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Issue #804 :: Thursday, October 16, 2003

Top Headlines

‘Massacre' a Cut Above Expectations
"The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" should have been a bad movie. I should have been able to laugh my way through it, mock it, tear it apart with my clever peanut gallery comments. I mean, really-a remake of an admittedly classic horror film directed by a man (Marcus Nispel) known for his work in commercials and music videos for Mariah Carey? Oh, yes. It should have been bad.

Accreditation Team Focuses On Undergraduate Education
A team of nationally known educators will end a three-day visit to campus today, capping a lengthy accreditation of the university meant to strengthen undergraduate education.

Pioneering Idiocy
When MTV's Real World came to Cal last month, hundreds of college-aged students lined up in the sweltering heat along Durant for a shot at the big time. Nothing was more appealing than the prospect of spending the next year living with other hip young people, starting drama with other hip young people then vanishing into obscurity, alongside other, no longer hip nor young people.

Main Event Pits Bears Against Prize Fighter and No. 3 UCLA
The Cal women's soccer team doesn't want the sympathy of an underdog this weekend.

News

Accreditation Team Focuses On Undergraduate Education
A team of nationally known educators will end a three-day visit to campus today, capping a lengthy accreditation of the university meant to strengthen undergraduate education.

Pilipinos Eye Increased Campus Visibility
They sang solemnly to the beat of clashing bamboo sticks and canned goods, telling a story of many Pilipino immigrants' experience-years of work on farms and canneries, and in domestic and sex industries.

Task Force Advises Raising Property Taxes
After six months of deliberation, Berkeley's mayoral task force presented its recommendation to the City Council Tuesday night on the best way to fill the city's multimillion dollar budget gap next fiscal year.

L.A. Times Reporter Defends Paper's Recall Coverage
Defending his paper's coverage of the recall election, Los Angeles Times political writer Mark Barabak spoke to about 400 students yesterday in a political science class, analyzing the election campaign, its outcome and the media's performance.

City Council Resolves to Make Environmentally Friendly Purchases
The City Council voted almost unanimously Tuesday night to adopt a sweeping resolution that city officials hope could make Berkeley a healthier place.

News In Brief
BAMN Alleges Officials Deterred Rally Attendance

Feature Photo: Calling On the Claremont


Kidnappers Point Knife, Gun at Elderly Man
A 76-year-old Berkeley resident was kidnapped at knife- and gunpoint, then left stranded in Oakland after his kidnappers stole his money Tuesday night, police said.


Sports

Main Event Pits Bears Against Prize Fighter and No. 3 UCLA
The Cal women's soccer team doesn't want the sympathy of an underdog this weekend.

Two QBs, Two UCs, and Too Many Similarities
Cal and UCLA have similar fight songs, colors, mascots, and academic standards.

No ‘Pot-Smoking Hippies' in This Ultimate Sport
Ultimate frisbee is a sport, a culture and a lifestyle.


Arts & Entertainment

‘Massacre' a Cut Above Expectations
"The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" should have been a bad movie. I should have been able to laugh my way through it, mock it, tear it apart with my clever peanut gallery comments. I mean, really-a remake of an admittedly classic horror film directed by a man (Marcus Nispel) known for his work in commercials and music videos for Mariah Carey? Oh, yes. It should have been bad.

Dirty Harry Views Violence Through a Cleaner Lens
Hollywood may be known for its progressivism, yet its four most prominent actors-turned-politicians (Ronald Reagan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, and Clint Eastwood) made names for themselves as superhuman reactionaries. For Reagan, elected office did little to alter his conservative character, and it's too early to see how governorship will change the careers of Schwarzenegger and Ventura, either in politics or in entertainment.

‘Tango Palace' Kicks up the Romance of Dance
Sexy bodies moving in a frenzy of passion to hot rhythms doesn't usually describe a refined evening at the ballet, but in the Smuin Ballet's latest masterpiece, "Tango Palace: Tangos, Fados, and other Curios," classical ballet borrows the sensual scandal of the tango.

‘Dutchman' Swoops Down on Race Issues
Squirming in a folding chair at a theater where the furthest seat is within spitting distance is probably the best way to see an Amiri Baraka play. The stanch metal cramping up your ass will remind you of the playwright's radical politics and often uncomfortable artistic vision. Every word of intense dialogue will find an ear less than fifteen feet away, whether that ear wants to listen or not. You will become the target of what Baraka himself calls, the "theater of assault." Heck, you might even enjoy yourself.

This Trip to 'Wonderland' is All Holes and No Rabbits
Sex. Coke. Los Angeles. $1.2 million dollars. Revenge. A cameo by Paris Hilton. Four people dead in a vicious murder that has become a real-life L.A. legend. And somewhere in this mix, the controversial "Johnny Wadd" Holmes, porn star of the '70s with a 14-inch cock.

Japanese Action Film Returns to Familiar Hollywood Territory
It's 2084 and Earth is fighting a bloody war against these indestructible aliens who, quite frankly, are beating the shit out of us humans. Milly (Anne Suzuki), a young cadet with a lionhearted resolve, barely escapes death and time warps to present-day Japan, determined to change history. She is supposed to find this alien called Daggra, the scumbag that landed on Earth in 2002 and allegedly started the whole conflict.

A Play That's Worth the Dime
Working a part time job at minimum wage to support a marginal teenage shopping habit was a smart way to get by in high school, but imagine trying to completely support yourself-rent, food, medical bills, and whatever luxuries you can manage to afford-working full time at the same wage. It's quite impossible in today's world, unless you decide to juggle a few more jobs here and there, subsist on ramen and water, and associate luxury with a monthly trip to the movies (matinees only).

These Queens Rule
San Francisco offered up it's very best as a city this past weekend. With jets flying overhead, rattling the city of San Francisco for fleet week, the eyes of the city were all on the sky. However, my sight was fixed on something just as exhilarating as an air show, larger than life like a navy boat, and surely as high as those screaming jets. Yes, indeed, the Queens of the Stone Age and the Distillers had arrived in the city.

'Girls Will Be Girls' a Bit of a Drag
A movie called "Girls will be Girls." Sounds trashy, right? It is. No worries though. "Girls," a hyper-stylized, drag queen-starring, anything goes Hollywood parody, manages to be almost as funny as it is trashy.

Music Reviews
Stereolab's new five-track mini album, "Instant O The Universe," due to be released on Monday, is the groups first album since longtime member Mary Hansen died in a bicycle accident in December 2002. The absence of Hanson's backup vocals, always blending so beautifully with lead singer Latitia Sadier's vocals, is a sad loss, yet "Instant O The Universe" retains the quirky, vanguard vibe that Stereolab is so famous for. "Instant O" is a gem.

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