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Issue #855 :: Thursday, January 22, 2004

Top Headlines

Student Group Goes to Court Over Budget Cuts
The University of California Students Association challenged Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's $148 million mid-year budget cut, taking a petition straight to the California Supreme Court yesterday.

Bring Down the Firewall
Sunday evening found me floating in a hot tub among a crowd of strangers, friends, a pitch-black sea of legs and bubbles, gazing up at the stars while eating ice cream and drinking champagne on the edge of Lake Tahoe.

USC, Cal Search for Identity
Heading into the second half of the season, the squad is having some trouble establishing an identity. One day, the players are battling a top-10 team right to the end; other days, they're losing to the UNLVs and Cal Polys of the world. As this team enters an important stretch of conference games, the talented newcomers are still struggling to mesh and produce on a night-in, night-out basis.

Self-Defense: McNamara Speaks
One of the strongest images in "The Fog of War," Errol Morris's new documentary about the life of former Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara, is a shot of a map of Asia lined with dominoes. Propelled by the movements of an invisible hand, the dominoes begin to tumble, one knocking slowly into the next, until there's nothing left but a long white row of fallen tiles.

News

Student Group Goes to Court Over Budget Cuts
The University of California Students Association challenged Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's $148 million mid-year budget cut, taking a petition straight to the California Supreme Court yesterday.

Haas Program Reaches Across Pacific to China
The Haas School of Business is crossing the Pacific to embark on a $2 million deal to offer MBA courses in China for five years beginning next fall, UC Berkeley officials announced yesterday.

Feature Photo: Line Dancing


Pro Football Player Robbed in Berkeley
Two-time Pro Bowl receiver and Tampa Bay Buccaneer Keyshawn Johnson was robbed at gunpoint outside a Berkeley barbershop yesterday, police said.

Ordinance Means Higher Prices for Low-Income Housing
In an attempt to entice developers to build in Berkeley, the City Council gave its final approval at Tuesday night's meeting to an ordinance that will raise prices for the city's low-income condominium units.

Report: Internet Voting Fraught With Security Vulnerabilities
A team of computer scientists that included a UC Berkeley professor warned yesterday that a $22 million Internet voting system for overseas military personnel slated to be launched in less than two weeks is so vulnerable to hackers that it should be discarded.

Berkeley Senior Garners Top Scholarship
Elizabeth Wang says she was never one of those students who founded companies or traveled the globe saving desperate children.

Berkeley Bay Trail Extension Tangled up in Trees
After almost two years of planning, the next step toward constructing a Berkeley extension of a 500-mile trail encircling the Bay Area has been put on hold-for the sake of 98 trees.


Sports

USC, Cal Search for Identity
Heading into the second half of the season, the squad is having some trouble establishing an identity. One day, the players are battling a top-10 team right to the end; other days, they're losing to the UNLVs and Cal Polys of the world. As this team enters an important stretch of conference games, the talented newcomers are still struggling to mesh and produce on a night-in, night-out basis.

Bears to Play Against USC, Hold Service for Lewis
Roughly four days after 20-year-old Alisa Lewis died of bacterial meningitis, her teammates and coaches on the Cal women's basketball have elected to travel to Los Angeles this weekend and face USC at 7 p.m. Friday as scheduled.

Coughlin Finale at Spieker Set for Friday Afternoon
It is a sad weekend for Cal swimming fans.

Sports in Brief
Cal Football Will Make Cameo at UCLA Game


Arts & Entertainment

Self-Defense: McNamara Speaks
One of the strongest images in "The Fog of War," Errol Morris's new documentary about the life of former Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara, is a shot of a map of Asia lined with dominoes. Propelled by the movements of an invisible hand, the dominoes begin to tumble, one knocking slowly into the next, until there's nothing left but a long white row of fallen tiles.

‘Butterfly Effect' Never Leaves Its Cliche Cocoon
Any suspense director worth his weight in fake blood has heard the famous Alfred Hitchcock quote, "There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it." It figures that someone would become so focused on this idea that they'd forget to put in all of the other elements that make a film watchable.

In the Buffett Zone, it's Party Time
Say what you will about your parents, or about old Southern folks who get liquored up and dance like bobbleheads with leis wrapped ‘round their swiney, sunburnt necks at the drop of a stick on a tin drum: the sound of Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band is as singular, precious and deep as a treasure chest full of doubloons spilt across the white ocean floor.

With ‘Tad Hamilton,' Winners are Losers
I'm really glad my 16-year-old sister is not writing the review for "Win A Date With Tad Hamilton!" She might actually convince some of you that the movie was worth watching. Or even worth being called a movie.

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