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Issue #811 :: Thursday, October 23, 2003

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Director of Sylvia Plath Biopic Looks for The ‘Emotional Truth' of the Poet's Life
It's hard to believe that "Sylvia" is only Christine Jeffs' second directorial project, a powerful film that suggests a career's worth of experience. It's even harder to believe that Jeffs and her crew shot the entire movie in 52 days, just weeks after her agent phoned her farm in New Zealand, saying, "You've got to read this script." Of course, these facts are a little easier to swallow when you realize that this is the same Christine Jeffs behind "Rain," the indie feature that brought audiences to their feet at Cannes.

ASUC Senate Funds Frozen by Judicial Council
Student groups looking for money from the ASUC may have to wait a couple more weeks.

A Little More Than White
Consider the case of Lisa McClelland, a 15-year-old white girl from the suburbs of Oakley who wanted to start a Caucasian club at her high school. After receiving national media attention for her efforts, the freshman resolved to leave the ironically named Freedom High School on Tuesday, citing harassment from other students.

Hall of Fame
The Halls of California just got a little more crowded. Seven athletes will be inducted tomorrow and honored at Saturday's football game.

News

ASUC Senate Funds Frozen by Judicial Council
Student groups looking for money from the ASUC may have to wait a couple more weeks.

City Hopes to Close Racial Health Gap
Facing a city divided across racial and class lines, Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates launched a new task force yesterday comprised of experts and policy-makers charged with closing the vast gap in health between Berkeley's blacks and whites.

Reiner Pays Surprise Visit to Class
Director and political activist Rob Reiner surprised political science students with a guest visit yesterday, showing support for Howard Dean and, more surprisingly, enthusiasm for Governor-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Tradition Through a Colorful Lens
For UC Berkeley senior Puneet Jain, Bollywood movies are not just three-hour diversions on a school night, but a part of his childhood memories. Jain was introduced to Indian cinema at the age of three. With both parents avid fans, he remembers waiting for his father to come home each night to watch the latest film.

Parcel Tax Measure May Land on March Ballot
A measure which would raise parcel taxes for city residents is one step closer to appearing on the March ballot.

Panelists Weigh Revolutionary Chemical Legislation
A diverse group of Europe's leading environmentalists and chemical policy experts visited UC Berkeley yesterday to discuss a sweeping new legislative proposal in the European Union with California policy-makers and environmental groups.

News In Brief
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Sports

Badminton Bears Bash Birds and Bare Two Titles
Did you know if you give a shuttlecock a good smash, it can travel up to 200 miles per hour?

Abernathy Gets The Boot Before Washington
A boot is not very becoming, certainly not when paired with spandex, and especially not when it swallows the left foot of Cal's Gabrielle Abernathy.

Old McMackovic Gone, Farmer Remains
If any one thing can be blamed for sealing the fate of Arizona coach John Mackovic, it is senior running back Clarence Farmer's knee.

Football Recruit: Nate Longshore
The quarterback conundrum between experienced junior Reggie Robertson and JuCo sophomore hotshot Aaron Rodgers perplexed the Bears through the waning summer months.

Hall of Fame
The Halls of California just got a little more crowded. Seven athletes will be inducted tomorrow and honored at Saturday's football game.


Arts & Entertainment

Director of Sylvia Plath Biopic Looks for The ‘Emotional Truth' of the Poet's Life
It's hard to believe that "Sylvia" is only Christine Jeffs' second directorial project, a powerful film that suggests a career's worth of experience. It's even harder to believe that Jeffs and her crew shot the entire movie in 52 days, just weeks after her agent phoned her farm in New Zealand, saying, "You've got to read this script." Of course, these facts are a little easier to swallow when you realize that this is the same Christine Jeffs behind "Rain," the indie feature that brought audiences to their feet at Cannes.

Club Sets the Ball Rolling for Dancing-Casual and Competitive
In a generation of pop culture and hip-hop, it's hard to find something as classic and elegant as ballroom dancing. "Our grandparents danced, but our parents didn't. It's not cool to do what our parents did," says UC Ballroom Dancers President Josh Von Korff.

Even Sans Ghost, This Hamlet Has Plenty of Spirit
Move over, Campbell Scott. Step aside, Ethan Hawke. Forget the warmed-over "Hamlet" adaptations that have revived the "melancholy Dane" with infant CPR. Transparent Theater's " The No Ghost Hamlet" is going in with defibrillator paddles.

‘Return Journey' Rages at the Dying of Dylan Thomas' Light
If you were to conduct a search for a man with the same physical attributes, vocal inflections, and rhythmic mastery of words as the celebrated Welsh writer Dylan Thomas, you would find that man to be another Welshman, actor Bob Kingdom. And with over 15 years of practice in playing the role of Thomas around the English-speaking world, Kingdom is the master of portraying-or better yet, being-the man himself.

Being Guided by Pollard Proves a Mixed Blessing for Band
Standing before a waiting audience at Slim's last Friday, Guided By Voices frontman Robert Pollard unfolded a mammoth setlist that spanned four sheets of paper and instantly caused the mouths of the fanboy collectors in the front row to water with desire. "I present to you," Pollard intoned, "the declaration of indie rock."

Music Reviews


'Sylvia' Delivers Guilt and Pleasure
The famous "Lady Lazarus" quote, "Dying is an art," appropriately opens Christine Jeffs' film about the angst-ridden poetess, Sylvia Plath. But perhaps another quote from the same poem, reading, "The peanut-crunching crowd/ Shoves in to see/ Them unwrap me hand and foot-/ The big strip tease," might better describe the work, which, paradoxically, was as disengaging as it was captivating.

French Music? C'est Tres Bien!
The œuvres of French music will freely float, filling Zellerbach Hall this Saturday night. Replete with the likes of Berlioz and Debussy, the UC Symphony will perform two orchestral standards, "Harold en italie" and "Prélude à ‘L'Après-midi d'un faune'" along with one modern piece, "Cold Horizon," by UC Berkeley composer Reynold Tharp.

Music Review



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