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Issue #862 :: Thursday, January 29, 2004

Top Headlines

It's Homage Heaven
Last Saturday found Brooks "Bee" Lundy, Eric Swihart, and a mystery companion across the street from Bimbo's 365 Club of the North Beach district on the cusp of 9 p.m.

Bears Amit-tedly Successful in Eugene
The name Tamir literally means "tall and pure". And never is that more true than when the senior from the Cal men's basketball team plays against a certain team in lime green.

What You Mixed With?
Someone asked me yesterday if she could trouble me with a personal question.

Prominent Senator LaFata Steps Down
Paul LaFata, a hard-nosed, two-term senator who stood by every line of the ASUC rules, stepped down from his post last night.

News

Greek House and Queer Co-Op Try to Mend Relations
Just a week before finals, residents of the Oscar Wilde House, a queer-themed Berkeley co-op, opened their door to find a disturbing surprise: a young man drenched in salad dressing, salsa and beer, tied to a chair and stranded on the front porch.

Ex-Prostitute Hits the Streets to Decriminalize Prostitution
Robyn Few envisions a Berkeley where prostitutes no longer retreat into the dangerous corners of San Pablo Avenue, or slink away from jail cells after spending the night. Instead, Few is looking to make Berkeley safe for the world's oldest profession.

Feaure Photo: Modern Art


City Council Starts Planning for Millions in Cuts
Bracing itself for a $10 million to $12 million budget shortfall for the 2005 fiscal year, the Berkeley City Council held a special meeting Tuesday night to discuss the different ways the city could deal with its rapidly shrinking pool of funds.

News In Brief
Robert Reich's liberal rhetoric was in full force yesterday afternoon, as the former secretary of labor addressed the Political Science 179 class in a packed Wheeler Auditorium.

Three-Decade Old English Extension Program to Shut Down in Early May
UC Berkeley Extension's long-standing English Language Program for international students will close its doors this semester because it does not fit with the university's new mission, UC officials announced Monday.

Prominent Senator LaFata Steps Down
Paul LaFata, a hard-nosed, two-term senator who stood by every line of the ASUC rules, stepped down from his post last night.


Sports

Bears Amit-tedly Successful in Eugene
The name Tamir literally means "tall and pure". And never is that more true than when the senior from the Cal men's basketball team plays against a certain team in lime green.

Cal Steps Into the Ring Against the Hobbit
Marquise Kately has been affectionately referred to as "Dub" by the Cal men's basketball team because of his resemblance to former Bears guard Brian Wethers.

Athlete of the Week: Leon Powe, Men's Hoops
In front of a national audience, Leon Powe put on quite a show.

Photo of the Week: Getting a Leg Up


Bears and Cougars Try to Keep One Another in the Basement
Athletically, if things are bad for the Cal women's basketball team right now, then things are downright horrific for Washington State.


Arts & Entertainment

It's Homage Heaven
Last Saturday found Brooks "Bee" Lundy, Eric Swihart, and a mystery companion across the street from Bimbo's 365 Club of the North Beach district on the cusp of 9 p.m.

‘The Big Bounce' Falls Flat
April may be the cruelest month for poets, but for moviegoers, January is the real wasteland. This is the month-right after the end-of-year Oscar rush, right before the onslaught of shiny spring things-that breeds the films of Mandy Moore and Eddie Griffin. This is the month where movies go to die.

SAT Flick Could Use Some More Revision
Remember the SAT? And the 1600 you, indubitably, got? Well get ready for some flashbacks thanks to "The Perfect Score."

Music Reviews
Someone out there in the record industry is long overdue for a bear hug and a pat on the back for accidentally leaving the back door open and letting a band like Stereolab sneak onto the rosters. Admittedly, it's been eight years and counting since their music has displayed signs of any artistic growth whatsoever, but if you came up with a sound that was some brilliant unholy mix of lounge, Krautrock, "ba ba ba"s and socialism, you'd probably want to stick around for a while on that plateau too, stagnation be damned.

Film Offers No Question of Whether To Be or Not 'To Be'
New Yorker Films, the American distributor of the heartwarming French documentary "To Be and to Have," would like you to think of the single-classroom schoolhouse at the center of the award-winning film as a remnant of an older, simpler age sparkled with wholesomeness and nostalgia. The press notes equate the antiquated with the adorable-"all over France, on can still find so-called ‘single class schools,' schools that bring together all the children from one village in a single class around a single teacher."

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