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Issue #106 :: Friday, February 18, 2000

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New ASUC Party Formed by Senator
Defectors from the political party Student Action have created one of their own, charging the two major ASUC parties of being "campaign machines."

Basic Need Number One
The housing situation in this city is sheite for students. You know this, and you won't be impressed by any couch-crashing, long-distanced, cramped-quartered, money-bleeding horror stories I might come up with because you are the horror stories (as in, you've lived them). You probably also haven't thought about it lately since you've managed to tuck in somewhere for the semester. Don't get too cozy though; come summertime you may again find yourself in the maelstrom, struggling to find footing.

Boiling Point
As the conversation begins to wander toward his favorite subject, Ben Braun's eyes light up.

From 'Upside Down' To Inside Out
Going into my interview with James McNew, who plays bass in one of the best bands in the whole world, I felt the need to establish that I was no elitist, ultra-detached rock writer but a living, breathing, blathering Yo La Tengo fan, someone who spends absurd amounts of money on import singles and owns all of the band's albums on CD and vinyl.

News

New ASUC Party Formed by Senator
Defectors from the political party Student Action have created one of their own, charging the two major ASUC parties of being "campaign machines."

Brazil's First Lady Supports Literacy
Governments can effectively fight poverty with meager resources, said Brazil's first lady during an on-campus speech last night.

UC Regents Vote Against Slave Labor Resolution
Lucent Technologies shareholders - including officials representing the UC system - overwhelmingly rejected a resolution Wednesday limiting the use of slave labor in China, a Lucent spokesperson said.

UC System Permitted to Operate Lab
The UC system is fit to operate Los Alamos National Laboratory for at least the next two years, the U.S. Department of Energy announced Tuesday.

Performers Speak Out About Dramatic Art on Campus
Ask any non-Californian to name the first things that come to mind when they hear the word ‘Berkeley,' and they might answer: hippies and hard sciences. But what about drama and dance?

Activist Opposes City's Controversial New Park
A Berkeley environmental activist said yesterday he is challenging the city's plan to build a skate park in an area marked by questionable air quality.

Delay of City's Master Plan Debated
Less than one year after its conception, Berkeley's Master Plan - the city's outline of future planning and development - once again came under fire at Tuesday's City Council meeting.

Fire Plan to Provide New Water System
As part of a new fire protection plan approved by the Berkeley City Council this week, firefighters may be able to use pump water from the bay in the event of a major fire.

Livermore Police Department Officials Deny Media Reports
The Livermore Police Department released a statement Tuesday denying earlier media reports that the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has been hindering the investigation of the murder of a lab employee.


Sports

Boiling Point
As the conversation begins to wander toward his favorite subject, Ben Braun's eyes light up.

Women's Hoops Battles Stanford
The Cal women's basketball team is going to have to try and weather the Pac-10's most potent long-range air attack with limited anti-aircraft firepower.

Madness Starts at Maples
They're not saying it, but they're thinking it.

Baseball Aims to Wave in Victories
While the Cal baseball team has already abandoned its tee-ball days in exchange for 90-mile per hour fastballs, it might not be a bad idea to regress.

Bullish Bears Looking to Better Best Start Ever
It's like not talking to your pitcher if he's got a perfect game going in the seventh inning. Like not saying anything if your shooting guard has hit 5-of-5 three-pointers by halftime. Or not mentioning to your buddy that he's birdied the last seven holes.


Arts & Entertainment

From 'Upside Down' To Inside Out
Going into my interview with James McNew, who plays bass in one of the best bands in the whole world, I felt the need to establish that I was no elitist, ultra-detached rock writer but a living, breathing, blathering Yo La Tengo fan, someone who spends absurd amounts of money on import singles and owns all of the band's albums on CD and vinyl.

Nine Yards Good Enough For A First Down
An artist's life culmination must be a scary thing after it's over. For one thing, most great works are accomplished when an artist is relatively youthful, younger than forty for sure. Yes, there are exceptions, but for the most part an artist must spend most of his professional career realizing that he's only going downhill.

Boiling Down
Why is it that it is now acceptable to take great films, copy them with a slight twist, and think it's all okay because you vaguely acknowledge the film you ripped off by mentioning it quickly at some point or another in your film? It isn't as if all the films that do this are awful - far from it, but why create a film that will invariably have to be compared to a classic?

Sucker Pitch
I probably should confess: I had never heard of Pitch Black until I was asked to review it. I thought that I was just out of the loop and that certainly there were people out there who really wanted to see it. The funny thing is that I was horribly, horribly wrong. Nobody wanted to see this movie. Only a small number of people I know had even heard of it until I mentioned it to them. Needless to say, this collective lack of interest probably should have been sufficient warning for me. But alas, I still saw the damn thing.

re:Calendar
"How To Help A Friend or Family Member With An Eating Disorder" with speaker Linda Zaruba, PhD, noon, Friday, Feb. 18, free, Tang Center, Section Club Room, 2222 Bancroft Way. 642-6074.

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