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Issue #853 :: Tuesday, January 20, 2004
SPECIAL ISSUE: Spring Orientation

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Facing Reservations
CAMPO, Calif.-When Kumeyaay language teacher Stanley Rodriguez saw the 20 UC Berkeley students arrive, he sized them up immediately. Clad in Cal sweats and jeans, and fresh from a long car trip, the students were clearly outsiders on the Campo Reservation.

Far-Reaching Rulings Shift Balance of Power in ASUC
The Judicial Council is no longer the phantom branch of the ASUC. Meant to referee charges of ASUC rules violations, the council usually enters the spotlight just once a year during elections season, as the sole power able to disqualify political candidates for breaking election rules.

Q&A: Christopher Edley Boalts From Ivy
A former advisor to the Carter and Clinton administrations, Harvard law professor Christopher Edley will be Boalt Hall School of Law's newest dean July 1. He is a founder of the Civil Rights Project at Harvard University, a research center devoted to racial justice issues. www.dailycal.org.

News in Brief
Committee Formed to Pick Next Chancellor

Special

How to Make a Fresh Start With New Study Spots
We all mess up sometimes. Everyone who goes to Cal was used to being the top dog at their old high school. Failing was not an option, and a C wasn't considered average. But here in the real world, even those A+ students falter sometimes. So if you were one of those who received failing grades last semester, try and laugh it off, and realize that there is no need to panic.

A Second Opinion: Top Ten Albums of 2003
I suppose if I had to narrow down my listening experience this year into a single thread, it would have to be the realization of avant-garde into a more accessible domain. But then again, boiling down such a vast and varied medium such as music seems a little silly. We're all searching for what, in our minds, will fill some kind of aesthetic need (at least, that's how I operate). With that in mind, I should say that I am a neophile: I love that which is novel, creative and new; which is not to say that one should shun the traditional, but I think it will reflect these ten albums I've chosen as my favorites for the year.

A Second Opinion: Top Ten and Worst Five Movies of the Year
Two deconstructions of American mainstream visual culture by the year's most surprising comeback director. A stern condemnation of the American news media's tendency towards melodrama after Columbine, "Elephant" is clearly the superior film; however "Gerry" is equally intellectual and nearly as gripping emotionally, thrusting two dim-witted hipsters in a West devoid of signification and myth, doomed to decay before a desiccated nightmare of Americana.

It Was the Best of Rhymes: Music in 2003
Unlike the world of film, for which this year was a particularly disappointing parade of also-rans, there really isn't such a thing as a "bad year" for music. With enough artists rampantly churning out new material at a speedy-enough rate, there's usually just as much quality material to latch on to as there was in any other year. The only difference between 2003 and any other year is that this time around some of the quality material somehow managed to be by Justin Timberlake. With that in mind, here are 10 albums I managed to latch onto over the course of the last 12 months.

It is Going to Take More Than... Brain or Braun
In his seven previous seasons as coach of Cal men's basketball, Ben Braun orchestrated six postseason appearances by relying on the talent and hard work of his players.

Preseason Ranking Still Looms in Turnaround Season
The situation looked bleak earlier this season for the Cal women's basketball team.

From the Top of Mount Doom to the Depths of Zion
It was a good year for fish. And pirates. And boats. Nautically, things went very well.

Gymnastics Duo Eager For NCAA Return
They have already proved they are two of the most prolific gymnasts in Cal history.

Potential May Be Realized With Hands-On Huffins
With more funding and an emphasis on stretching the competitive limits of the program, Cal track and field coach Chris Huffins is a man on a mission.

Women Want Title, Men Want Respect
Both enter the season with impressive rankings, but while Cal's women's team features a roster oozing with veterans and talent-the men will enter the season largely untested and unseasoned.

Facing Reservations
CAMPO, Calif.-When Kumeyaay language teacher Stanley Rodriguez saw the 20 UC Berkeley students arrive, he sized them up immediately. Clad in Cal sweats and jeans, and fresh from a long car trip, the students were clearly outsiders on the Campo Reservation.

With Conor a Goner, Cal Still Unsure How to Fill His Shoes
A mere five players on the 2003 Cal baseball team cleaned out their lockers after last season, one of which was always cleaning up.

Cal No. 2 in Preseason Polls, Still Trailing World Champs
As any member of the Cal softball team could tell you, it's good to be No. 2.

Far-Reaching Rulings Shift Balance of Power in ASUC
The Judicial Council is no longer the phantom branch of the ASUC. Meant to referee charges of ASUC rules violations, the council usually enters the spotlight just once a year during elections season, as the sole power able to disqualify political candidates for breaking election rules.

Golf Teams Need Only to Look at Each Other in the Spring
One team can't finish, the other team only knows how to finish. The former can't start, the latter starts as if that's the only thing they need to do.

Drury-Pinto Has Sights Set on Success in Season II With Women's Polo
Who would have thought that one of Cal's newest architects never even used a drafting board?

Facing Toughest Schedule in Program's Young History, Lacrosse Talented Enough to Succeed
At the start of last season, Cal lacrosse coach Jill Malko proclaimed she wanted her program to have a breakthrough year.

Men's Swimming Carries Perfect Record Into Spring Season
As some made their way to the gym for a few post-holiday workouts, the Cal men's swim team made its way to the isolated dorms of the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs for two weeks of intense, high-altitude, oxygen deprived training.

Q&A: Christopher Edley Boalts From Ivy
A former advisor to the Carter and Clinton administrations, Harvard law professor Christopher Edley will be Boalt Hall School of Law's newest dean July 1. He is a founder of the Civil Rights Project at Harvard University, a research center devoted to racial justice issues. www.dailycal.org.

After Going Down Under, Women's Swimming Looking for Up Over Season
After returning from an intense, 10-day training "holiday" down under in sunny Sydney, Australia, the Cal women's swim team is in bloody high spirits.

News in Brief
Committee Formed to Pick Next Chancellor


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