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Issue #994 :: Thursday, August 26, 2004

Top Headlines

Police Crack Down on Greek Parties
Students looking for parties on Fraternity Row this week will have to look elsewhere, after a week that started with rowdy partying led to police citations and warnings from UC Berkeley officials to the Greek community.

Anacondas: We Don't Want None
I didn't have to wait too long for "Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid" to unveil its plot. Everything is revealed in the first five minutes. A team journeys to the wild jungles of Borneo to capture a flower they believe will prolong human life, and, of course, sell it to the pharmaceutical business for a profit. It's a very oversimplified, even farfetched plot that in itself reveals some of the problematic issues with the film.

Off the Beat: Traditional Values?
The California Supreme Court voided nearly 4,000 gay marriages earlier this month, managing to carefully sidestep the true controversy over gay marriage.

ASUC Store Begins Price War
The ASUC Bookstore is looking to reel students in with a low-price guarantee offer.

News

Police Crack Down on Greek Parties
Students looking for parties on Fraternity Row this week will have to look elsewhere, after a week that started with rowdy partying led to police citations and warnings from UC Berkeley officials to the Greek community.

ASUC Store Begins Price War
The ASUC Bookstore is looking to reel students in with a low-price guarantee offer.

Bill Aims for Lower Costs
The state Legislature passed two bills this week urging the UC Board of Regents to work with faculty to lower the cost of textbooks and create a textbook rental service for students.

Administration Hails Freshmen, Transfer Students
Hundreds of UC Berkeley's newest crop of students filled Memorial Glade in the university's annual convocation on Monday to listen to spirited words from ASUC President Misha Leybovich and Chancellor Robert Berdahl.

Report: Lab Chemicals Threaten Rio Grande
Adding to a series of problems facing UC-managed Los Alamos National Laboratory, a report released last week found that low concentrations of high explosives and other chemicals from the lab are present in the springs that lead to the Rio Grande.

Economist Loans Aid to World Bank
UC Berkeley professor Paul Gertler knows that sex sells.

Turning a New Page


This Week in Photo


Berkeley City Clerk to Retire After More Than a Decade
She comes to work at 6:30 a.m. and leaves close to 9 p.m.

News in Brief
Man Shot in West Berkeley

Corrections
A map of Greek house locations in Monday's special issue geographically misrepresented the locations of some houses.


Arts & Entertainment

Slash Fiction
Martial arts film geeks know that the story should never overshadow the fights. In its simplicity, combat-epic or sparse- achieves a certain clarity wherein the clutter of plot falls to the wayside. Only the fundaments of conflict remain, to be explored in focused meditative calm.

Anacondas: We Don't Want None
I didn't have to wait too long for "Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid" to unveil its plot. Everything is revealed in the first five minutes. A team journeys to the wild jungles of Borneo to capture a flower they believe will prolong human life, and, of course, sell it to the pharmaceutical business for a profit. It's a very oversimplified, even farfetched plot that in itself reveals some of the problematic issues with the film.

‘Suspect Zero' Provides Warmed-Over Chills
I went to see "Suspect Zero" based on the fact that the lead actor was interviewed by Jon Stewart. This is somewhat inconsistent with my usual reasons for seeing a movie, which usually involve whether the movie is going to be really good, really bad, or really really bad, which still qualifies as really good. But I have a thing for Jon Stewart, and in the end, inconsistency turned out to be a bit of a theme in regard to this film.

Casting Aside the Object of my Desire
BERKELEY's PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE proudly presents a new experimental film series entitled ‘Performance Anxiety.' The series highlights films by a group of 1970s directors, centered around the theme of casting out the supremacy of the object as the center of a piece of art.

Salon, and Thanks for All the Kitsch
The kindergarten adage goes that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but dammit, it's just so hard with a book like Cintra Wilson's "Colors Insulting to Nature." The cover's a visual McDonald's PlayPlace. The title, written as a massive set of three-dimensional letters decked out in pastel, is superimposed over an impressionist rendering of a calm autumn brook-the effect is hard on the eyes in the most beautiful way imaginable.

Fax Melodic: M83 Run Into America
Despite the fact that their band name sounds like a futuristic French zoo, there is a remarkable depth and gracefulness to the music of Anthony Gonzalez and Nicolas Fromageau, better known collectively as M83. Their most recent album, the lush, expansive Dead Cities, Red Seas and Lost Ghosts, has long been available as an import, but has thankfully gotten its proper stateside release at last.

Captain Pollard's Log: The Final Frontier
Robert Pollard of Guided by Voices has spent his songwriting career manically writing song fragments like the bastard love child of Barbara Manning and that guy who gets paid royalties for "Happy Birthday." For two decades, he's churned out hundreds of compositions per year with the frequency that Comedy Central reruns "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." And apparently, he's really, really tired.

Clinic's ‘Winchester' No Mystery
The word on the street (quite possibly Telegraph) was that Winchester Cathedral, the new album by Liverpool's surgeon-masked underwater organ monsters, was going to "a whole new direction!" from their last one, Walking With Thee, which was also rumored, wrongly, to be totally different from their brilliant first album, Internal Wrangler.

Taster's Choice: You Don't Know Jack
Okay, I'll admit it: I am Jack's pathetic fangirl. And not just any Jack. Jacks-of-all-trades. As August draws to a close, I can only recommend spending the rest of it with People Named Jack.


Opinion

Off the Beat: Traditional Values?
The California Supreme Court voided nearly 4,000 gay marriages earlier this month, managing to carefully sidestep the true controversy over gay marriage.

White Space