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Issue #123 :: Friday, March 10, 2000

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Union Files Labor Charges Against UC
The graduate student union filed more than 40 charges against the UC system yesterday for alleged unfair labor practices.

College Prep?
Down at Jack London and Julia Morgan's alma mater, Oakland High School, I teach an SAT preparation course. It's twice a week if I'm proctoring a practice test, once a week otherwise - all in all 12 sessions at three hours a piece. It doesn't take the full 36 hours to realize something is wrong.

Devils' Win Bursts Cal's Bubble
TEMPE, Ariz. - A little talk, some spin and a lot of hope collapsed in the face of one not-so-startling admission last night.

Mission Unwatchable
Mission to Mars, the new film by overhyped director Brian dePalma, epitomizes the childlike mentality which captured us in our youth - the idea of space travel and aliens and their being on Mars. Heck, some extremely questionable evidence on the subject continues to make the papers ever since that stupid rock was examined a while back.

News

Union Files Labor Charges Against UC
The graduate student union filed more than 40 charges against the UC system yesterday for alleged unfair labor practices.

Re-entry Student Succumbs To Illness
Students and faculty members reacted yesterday to the untimely death of re-entry student Sharon Lee, who passed away from Hodgkin's Lymphoma. She was 45.

Cosmologists Link Evolution to 'Catastrophe'
The Cambrian Explosion - the time when all of the major classes of animals first appeared - was marked by a huge number of astronomical impacts on Earth, a team of scientists announce in today's edition of the journal Science.

Students Examine History of Hip Hop
It all started with a 6-year-old boy's introduction to the Beastie Boys.

Off-Campus Land Purchase Plan Criticized by Officials
UC Berkeley's interest in purchasing off-campus land has sparked controversy between the university and the city.

Hey Students: Come on Down!
When a television game show holds tryouts for contestants on campus Monday, students will begin the race to win $2 million.

City Council Prepares for Fall Elections
Now that the March primary is over, attention is turning to the Berkeley city's November election, when four council members will be up for reelection.

News in Brief: Three Episodes of Violence Occur at Local High School
Berkeley High School was the scene of three separate violent incidents, police said yesterday.


Sports

Devils' Win Bursts Cal's Bubble
TEMPE, Ariz. - A little talk, some spin and a lot of hope collapsed in the face of one not-so-startling admission last night.

ASU on Big Dance doorstep thanks to versatile House
TEMPE, Ariz. - As the shot clock ticked away with four minutes left in the game, ASU's Eddie House knew what he had to do.

Bears Snag Victory in OT
It wasn't pretty and it sure didn't look like the same team that defeated UCLA last week, but the Cal women's basketball team managed to beat Arizona State, 60-55, in overtime last night at Haas Pavilion.

Women's Water Polo Bludgeons UMass
The Minutewomen marched into town yesterday, rifles ready and prepared to give the best in the country a hard-fought battle.

Sports Briefs: Gymnasts Take to Road for Season Finales
The Cal men's gymnastics team will meet its toughest competition of the season at the UCSB Invitational tomorrow at 7 p.m. The Bears (11-0) have been amazing this season, and will be led tomorrow by freshman Michael Ashe who has managed to net an almost perfect score twice in the last two weeks.

Hitting Woes Cancelling Near-Perfect Pitching
At the beginning of the baseball season, the general consensus was that Cal had the hitting for a postseason run. The question was whether it had the pitching.


Arts & Entertainment

Mission Unwatchable
Mission to Mars, the new film by overhyped director Brian dePalma, epitomizes the childlike mentality which captured us in our youth - the idea of space travel and aliens and their being on Mars. Heck, some extremely questionable evidence on the subject continues to make the papers ever since that stupid rock was examined a while back.

Three Nights Of Noise Pop
When I first heard about the weekend of shows lined up to close the eighth annual Noise Pop festival, one name sprang to mind: Mark T.R. Donohue.

Machine Politics
The Billy Pumpkins continue not to surprise, interest, or engage me whatsoever with their latest listless slab of noisy noise, boring slowdowns, and some of the worst lyrics written since Nazareth in their heyday. I had a little tiny bit of hope for MACHINA, I admit; I almost kind of wanted to like it. I had gained a little respect for Corgan as an artist (if still not as a musician) when he released the truly lousy, but differently lousy Adore. But, alas, MACHINA/The Machines of God sounds like a bald-faced attempt to repeat the Pumpkins' past successes with little understanding of what made them good in the first place. Listening to MACHINA's first few tracks, you can almost see the cover letter Billy included when he sent the master tapes to Virgin:

re:Calendar

"Equal Partners: A New Generation" panel discussion with architects from the 2 x 2: Architectural Collaborations exhibit, 3 p.m., Sunday, March 12, free with museum admission, Berkeley Art Museum, 2625 Durant Ave. 642-0808.

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