News in Brief: Lecturer Analyzes This Year's Academy Award Nominations

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In the spirit of the Academy Award ceremonies, a UC Berkeley lecturer gave her critique of the nominations on campus yesterday.

Carolyn Patty Blum, who lectures at Boalt Hall law school and directs the school's International Human Rights Law Clinic, uses film in her classes to teach lessons on matters like legal ethics and refugee law. For the past five years, she has held informal discussions come Oscar time about the films up for awards.

This year's discussion focused on gender issues.

"The 1999 film year revealed that men were having one big identity crisis," she said, citing such films as American Beauty, Magnolia and Fight Club for their portrayals of "generally unhappy" working-class men.

Blum also spoke about depictions of women and children in this year's films, pointing out that women were given more "textured performances" than usual and children were figured more prominantly than in past films.

Bryan Chin

Tenured Professor Fired From UC Irvine

The UC Board of Regents voted Wednesday to fire Sergio Stone, one of three doctors connected to the 1995 UC Irvine fertility scandal.

Dismissing a tenured professor is extremely rare. Stone is the first UC Irvine faculty member with tenure to be fired in the campus' 35-year history, and only the fourth in the entire UC system.

In October 1997 Stone was convicted in federal court of nine counts of fraud related to insurance billing.

That same year, a panel of UC Irvine faculty found that Stone had engaged in research misconduct. They said he had failed to obtain informed consent from patients involved in his clinical research and had not attained approval from the university.

UC policy dictates that only the regents have the authority to dismiss tenured faculty, after the recommendation of both the UC president and the campus' chancellor.

Stone addressed the board Wednesday and said the allegations against him were false.

"I am not the despicable person described by the administration, and if the facts are explored for truth and not only as seen through the eyes of the administration, I will be exonerated," he stated.

Stone was placed on leave with pay in May 1995 along with two other UC Irvine faculty members also implicated in the scandal.

UC Regents Focus On Summer School

The UC Board of Regents addressed yesterday the feasibility of expanding summer sessions in the UC system as a way to accommodate additional students expected to flood the universities in the next decade.

Larry Hirshman, UC vice president for budget, said approximately 27 percent of UC students currently take advantage of summer courses.

Classes are open to foreign students and community members, but Hirshman said plans would have to consider whether enrollment should be limited to students in the UC system.

Officials are asking for $54 million a year to pay for additional faculty and financial aid during the summer.

Renada Rutmanis


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