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Issue #922 :: Thursday, April 15, 2004

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ASUC Gets $50,000 From Auxiliary to Cover Deficit
To soften the blow from the 18 percent cuts into student group funding last week, an ASUC commercial activities board transferred $50,000 from reserve funds to cover the student government's deficit Tuesday night.

In the City: Where the Buffalo Roam
Ah, springtime. Birds are chirping, bees are buzzing, bison are herding. It's the time of year for growth, for rebirth, for love-or at least some heated, lusty version of like. There's no better place for a romantic getaway for students with $21.80 in their checking accounts than San Francisco. It's time to get in touch with nature and head over to Golden Gate Park. It's a minimal trek so plan a day trip: Take your $3.05 BART ticket to Powell Street Station and for a cool $1.25 hop on the Muni underground N Line until you get to 9th and Irving. Walk five seconds up 9th Avenue and, POW-you're in another world. From your dorm room you can be at the park in just over an hour.

Festival Is Filmlover's Mecca, Eden and Nirvana in One
The problem of previewing an event encompassing 175 films is also what makes it so exciting: that there will never be adequate time to economically or humanly watch every film or even one from all of the 52 countries represented. For filmlovers, the annual San Francisco International Film Festival is the richest, most satisfying marathon of films in the Bay Area, and some say the entire United States. Its scope stretches across the gamut of other San Francisco annual film events like Resfest, the Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and the Asian American Festival, bringing us the cream of the crop: the best films in the world not coming soon to a theater near you.

Queen of Clubs
When you hit a golf ball, it never matters what you yell-the damn thing never listens.

News

Neighbors Hit Le Chateau Co-Op With Slew of Suits
Neighbors of Le Chateau co-op filed 22 small claims suits for up to $110,000 against the University Students' Cooperative Association in February on charges of public nuisance and reducing property value.

ASUC Gets $50,000 From Auxiliary to Cover Deficit
To soften the blow from the 18 percent cuts into student group funding last week, an ASUC commercial activities board transferred $50,000 from reserve funds to cover the student government's deficit Tuesday night.

Local Devotes Life to Translating Mystical Text
A typical day in the life of Berkeley Hills resident Daniel Matt includes a light swim, a leisurely bike ride, and six hours of translating one of the most influential and complex ancient texts in the Jewish religion into English.

AirBears Network to Expand to Coverage
UC Berkeley will have 240 additional wireless access points installed on campus by next year, increasing coverage for wireless Internet users, university officials announced this week.

Students Scramble to Make Filing Deadline on Tax Day
Like many other graduating seniors, Pejman Pour-Moezzi is busy finishing up his cognitive science degree and logging hours as a research assistant, but less than 24 hours before the filing deadline, Pour-Moezzi is still clueless about how to do his taxes.

Eligible Voters Turned Away From ASUC Polling Locations For Second Day
Unknown registration blocks plagued the second day of ASUC elections yesterday, after reassurances from the ASUC Elections Council that Tuesday's snafu was a one-time mix-up.

Correction
Tuesday's article "ASUC Voting to Begin Against Backdrop of Last Year's Snafu" incorrectly stated that students who have forgotten their CalNet passwords have to go to Sproul Hall. In fact, they should go to Moffitt Library.


Sports

Queen of Clubs
When you hit a golf ball, it never matters what you yell-the damn thing never listens.

Athlete of the Week
It was not as spectacular as a near no-hitter, but the starting performance from Cal's Adam Gold against USC was enough to remove a huge thorn from the side of Bears baseball.

After Taking Tuesday Tango, Bears Face Top of the Class
Pitchers Kristina Thorson and Kelly Anderson have been constants in Cal's softball successes this season, and the numbers prove it. Thorson's 0.92 ERA places her fourth in the Pac-10, while Anderson is seventh at 1.23. Thorson ranks second in saves, and Anderson ties for second in wins.

Sports in Brief
Men's Hoops Adds Langford to ‘04 Class


Arts & Entertainment

Festival Is Filmlover's Mecca, Eden and Nirvana in One
The problem of previewing an event encompassing 175 films is also what makes it so exciting: that there will never be adequate time to economically or humanly watch every film or even one from all of the 52 countries represented. For filmlovers, the annual San Francisco International Film Festival is the richest, most satisfying marathon of films in the Bay Area, and some say the entire United States. Its scope stretches across the gamut of other San Francisco annual film events like Resfest, the Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and the Asian American Festival, bringing us the cream of the crop: the best films in the world not coming soon to a theater near you.

Carradine Doesn't Fear the Reaper in ‘Kill Bill'
The premonition for strangeness is undeniably present when an interview begins with the actor greeting you with a cocked left eye from across the floor. But that's the pleasantry of David Carradine. He's not being amusingly unusual for the sake of entertainment: he's just being himself.

‘Kill Bill: Volume 2" Adds Depth to the Original
If cinema is ever in need of edgy freshness, then Charlie Kaufman is the man to turn to. But when that need arises and has to be fused with a humorously offbeat style, then Quentin Tarantino is the Kaufman of directors. Or is Kaufman really the Tarantino of aspiring writers? It doesn't matter. In any case, what truly matters is that Tarantino continues to inject that richly abnormal talent of his into his latest piece, "Kill Bill: Volume 2."

Some Like It Fab: Gender-Swapping Comedy Alight With Laughs
You gotta admire Nia Vardalos's balls. For her second turn as a screenwriter, following "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," she's chosen to emulate none other than Billy Wilder, adding an extra level of deception to his classic guys pretending to be girls comedy, "Some Like It Hot," and producing "Connie and Carla," in which-you guessed it-girls pretend to be guys pretending to be girls. It's so crazy, it just might work!

New Comic Adaptation Not A Punishing Experience, Even For Non-Fans
By now I guess we should be used to it. After one hit, Hollywood soon floods the media market with other stars and films with that same formula. Take, for example, the Latin craze with Ricky Martin and J Lo. Or the female pop stars, such as Mandy Moore, Jessica Simpson, Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears. In the same way, after the smash hit of "Spider-Man" we saw and will continue to see movie after movie featuring some comic book character: "X-Men," "The Incredible Hulk," "Daredevil," and now "The Punisher."

SF Ballet's Latest Program Shimmers and Shines
Decked out in neon green tights and chic cowboy hats, graceful ballerinas transform into dazzling ragtime queens in Kenneth MacMillan's playful 40-minute ballet "Elite Syncopations." An array of stripes, plaids, checks, polka dots and a couple of stars on one dancer's backside create a zany circus vibe. Designed by Ian Spurling, the lively costumes show off the dancers' beautiful lines while begetting a cheerful, entertaining mood to the tunes of Scott Joplin.

Sugarcult: Palm Trees and Power Lines
Sugarcult fans have cause for rejoice today. The band has released its second baby, "Palm Trees and Power Lines" into the world to play.

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