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Issue #115 :: Tuesday, February 29, 2000

Top Headlines

Berkeley High Students, Local Retailers Clash
Amid accusations of insolence, theft and discrimination, tensions between Berkeley High School students and Downtown area merchants have reached new heights.

Pierce Me Where?
Q: I want to get my labia pierced. Is that safe?

No Wonder It's Good
While you trudge through the morass of lifeless films after Christmas, you'll trip over an exceptional one in Wonder Boys. The latest from Curtis Hanson (L.A. Confidential) shines with brilliant storytelling, snapping the seasonal dry spell of films.

Bears Take Third At Pac-10 Meet
It's often said records are meant to be broken. The Cal women's swimming team doesn't say anything - it just does.

News

Berkeley High Students, Local Retailers Clash
Amid accusations of insolence, theft and discrimination, tensions between Berkeley High School students and Downtown area merchants have reached new heights.

Past Arrest Could Hurt UC Regent Finalist
A former UC Berkeley student and current finalist for the coveted student regent position was once arrested for storming a UC Board of Regents meeting to protest the ban on affirmative action.

Graduate Students Cast Votes Over Possible Strike
UC Berkeley graduate student union members began voting yesterday on whether to authorize a strike after several failed attempts to reach a contractual agreement with the university.

Berkeley's Vice Mayor Continues Long History of Activism
Berkeley Vice Mayor Maudelle Shirek's support of the Free Mumia movement is just one more chapter in a life marked by international adventures, controversial radical politics and humble community service.

Councilmember Arrested During Demonstration
SAN FRANCISCO - A Berkeley city councilmember committed civil disobedience and was arrested yesterday during a movement in support of a death row prisoner - a movement that has also drawn the dedication of Berkeley's vice mayor.

News Briefs: New Director Appointed for American Cultures Program
Troy Duster, a UC Berkeley professor of sociology, has been named the new director of the campus American Cultures program, the university announced this week.


Sports

Bears Take Third At Pac-10 Meet
It's often said records are meant to be broken. The Cal women's swimming team doesn't say anything - it just does.

Cal Recovering from Tough Defeat
Through 39 minutes of regulation Saturday night, Shantay Legans was brilliant. The Cal point guard burned Washington State with his pull-up jumper, hit two of his four three-point attempts and was 4-of-4 at the free-throw line for a combined 20 points heading into the final minute.

Softball Suffers First Loss
One of the youngest teams in Cal softball history had already accomplished the improbable heading into its weekend finale - the Bears had jumped out to a 19-win start, besting the previous 13-game school record. And with the way No. 8 Cal was tearing through teams, it didn't seem like the streak was ever going to end.

Athlete of the Week: Julia Cesnick
The Cal women's water polo team is getting help from all of its players in its quest for a national championship, and it found some from yet another source at the UC Santa Barbara Women's Open Tournament this past weekend.

Bears Defeat Card for Tourney Title
At one end of the pool, you have a team seeking to avenge an upset loss from earlier this season. At the other end, you have a team trying to defend its tournament title.


Arts & Entertainment

No Wonder It's Good
While you trudge through the morass of lifeless films after Christmas, you'll trip over an exceptional one in Wonder Boys. The latest from Curtis Hanson (L.A. Confidential) shines with brilliant storytelling, snapping the seasonal dry spell of films.

Great Chemistry
When I first read Ben Jonson last semester (in an English course with a title as archaic as the reading material, "115B: Literature of the English Renaissance - The Seventeenth Century"), I found myself first having too hard of a time figuring out just what the Jacobean poet was saying, then having too hard of a time trying to stay awake while doing it.

Incurable

Number seventeen from England's own spilled milk supergroup simultaneously harks back to number three (Seventeen Seconds) and of course their more recent numbers fourteen and fifteen (Wish and Wild Mood Swings respectively). It seems as though Robert Smith, ever more embodying "The Cure" by being the only original member left, is trying to combine the sound of early successes with his own contemporary style.

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