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Issue #996 :: Monday, August 30, 2004
SPECIAL ISSUE: Fall Orientation 2004

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Birgeneau: Berkeley Bound
University of Toronto President Robert Birgeneau has never kept his admiration for UC Berkeley quiet. Even when he was first appointed to the presidency, he mentioned the Berkeley campus as a model for his new university.

Berdahl Bids Adieu to Cal
Sitting comfortably in his plush California Hall office, outgoing chancellor Robert Berdahl looks at home. With less than a month before he leaves UC Berkeley's top post, Berdahl has yet to move out the stacks of books, little knickknacks and Cal gear he's picked up during the last seven years.

Let Your Brain Do the Eating
I want you to stop eating that crap. It's no good. Sure, it's close to campus, but really, it's not that cheap, and come on, you know that it sucks. Just go to the other place that has the same thing, but better. There's usually a good replacement for every evil food, either right by campus or, at the worst, a few minutes away by bus.

Help Me, Obi-Wan
"So you'll, like, show me around and stuff?" Music to my ears. And coupled with the puppy-eyed look Louis was shooting up (okay, down) at me, I was in mentor heaven. I barely restrained myself from shouting, "Oh my God, I'm totally your Obi-Wan Kenobi!"

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Birgeneau: Berkeley Bound
University of Toronto President Robert Birgeneau has never kept his admiration for UC Berkeley quiet. Even when he was first appointed to the presidency, he mentioned the Berkeley campus as a model for his new university.

Berdahl Bids Adieu to Cal
Sitting comfortably in his plush California Hall office, outgoing chancellor Robert Berdahl looks at home. With less than a month before he leaves UC Berkeley's top post, Berdahl has yet to move out the stacks of books, little knickknacks and Cal gear he's picked up during the last seven years.

Let Your Brain Do the Eating
I want you to stop eating that crap. It's no good. Sure, it's close to campus, but really, it's not that cheap, and come on, you know that it sucks. Just go to the other place that has the same thing, but better. There's usually a good replacement for every evil food, either right by campus or, at the worst, a few minutes away by bus.

Help Me, Obi-Wan
"So you'll, like, show me around and stuff?" Music to my ears. And coupled with the puppy-eyed look Louis was shooting up (okay, down) at me, I was in mentor heaven. I barely restrained myself from shouting, "Oh my God, I'm totally your Obi-Wan Kenobi!"

Different Stages
While summer is winding down, the arts season is gearing up for an exciting year. Here are my top picks for theatre, opera, and dance:

Film, Folks and Fun
Before you run off to the massive multiplexes showing the latest Hollywood blockbuster, pause a minute and realize that you're in Berkeley. Take a chance and explore the real art house cinema. If you're originally from a land known as Suburbia, you've probably never had the opportunity to experience the cinema like this.

Flier Me Not
Geographically, Sproul Plaza is Berkeley's concrete claim to infamy. Occupying the plot of campus real estate directly adjacent to Telegraph Avenue, it serves as a veritable battlefield between the forces of Republicanism, college a capella and aborted fetuses. You've just completed seven days' worth of Welcome Week activities, and admit it: you're sick of it.

Mia Mystery Not Fazing Cal
The No. 10 Cal volleyball team has many reasons to be confident entering its 2004 campaign.

Young Men's Water Polo Still Among the Best
Whoever coined the phrase "age before beauty," has never met the Cal men's water polo team.

Big Man on Campus
Aaron Rodgers needs to go to a meeting. He keeps telling the crowd gathering around him, "This is the last one."

Bears Feeding on Frenzy of High Expectations
When a football team opens its season with four of its first five games on the road, its schedule is generally not conducive to success.

Tracking the Bears in 2004
On a day of remembrance, Bears open their home schedule against a team that ranked 15th in the nation in rushing last season.

Cal Has Eleven Reasons to Smile
If there is one positive the Cal men's soccer team can take away from a second-round loss in last year's postseason, it is that most players on the 2004 squad will not forget the experience.

Cross Country Hopes Its Returns Are Happy
As perennial disappointments, Cal's men's and women's cross country teams know the recurrent preseason rhetoric of high expectations comes with little substance-but with five of the men's top six runners returning and every contributing runner returning for the women, one cannot help to be anything but optimistic.

Editor's Note
Berkeley is crazy. Seriously. You will not find a more quirky, more passionate mix of people. With the 33,000 students flying in a million different directions, one thing the entire campus can look toward this year is a new chancellor, Robert Birgeneau.


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