News in Brief: Students Receive Infractions For Interrupting Hearing

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More than 20 former third world Liberation Front members Friday received infractions for disturbing the peace for storming a courtroom in October.

Five months ago, 24 UC Berkeley students were charged with interrupting the hearing of six students arrested during last spring's ethnic studies protest. In the courtroom, the students performed a mock trial accusing Chancellor Robert Berdahl and Vice Chancellor Carol Christ of various crimes.

On Friday, the district attorney originally offered the 24 UC Berkeley students a misdemeanor charge of contempt of court which stipulated a one-year probation and at least a $100 fine.

The defendants' lawyer countered by asking for an infraction for disturbing the peace with no probation, no fine and credit for time served.

The judge accepted the defendants' offer after the judge who presided over the disturbed courtroom in October said he was comfortable with the settlement.

"The D.A. didn't seem that happy about it but we were," said Rachel Drolet, a former liberation front member. "It's all over."

Nadine Dabby

Comedian Boosts Comedy Night's Ticket Sales

A comedian who recently appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman headlined the Superbly-Squelch! Comedy Night Saturday at the Bear's Lair.

Zach Galifianakis appeared on Letterman last Tuesday. Janeane Garafolo, who guest-hosted the show, plugged the comedian's UC Berkeley appearance on national television.

Galifianakis' stint at the campus comedy event increased the show's advance ticket sales by 60 percent, said Squelch! Publicity Director Bret Heilig.

"Zach's recent spot on Letterman has been a big boost for us," Heilig said. "He is nationally famous."

Galifianakis' act was contracted by former Squelch! editor Luke Filose, who approached the comedian at a San Francisco club.

The comedian joked that he had agreed to perform for the comedy night before his appearance on national television.

"I made a promise to Luke that I would do it and why not?" he asked. "This was before I was a big star and I really haven't forgotten all the little people."

Galifianakis said his material has garnered interest because he deals with socially taboo issues.

"A lot of (my material) is stuff I would like to do, like sticking my penis inside the quick drop at Blockbuster and saying (to the salesclerk), 'Have you seen this? Is this any good?'" he said.

Comedians Robert Mac and Scott Silverman also appeared Saturday. The comedy night was the third of its kind this year.

Nadine Dabby


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