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Issue #165 :: Friday, May 19, 2000

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GSIs Approve Union Contract
Graduate student instructors at eight UC campuses voted to approve the first contract between their union and the university, officials announced yesterday.

Travelogue
In the first week of April, a friend and I stayed in Yangon to meet with various democracy dissidents. There is a certain risk in speaking with the leadership of the National League for Democracy.

Back To The Boneyard
Walt Disney's new super-hyped feature film, Dinosaur, suffers from severe plot-evasion. While they have created a film that is unprecedented in the scale and complexity of its computer animation, there is little dinosaur meat fleshing-out these technological bones. Unfortunately for the people who spent millions of dollars on computers and four years of their lives on this film, film-goers still demand a little story sprinkled atop their special effects, and Dinosaur does not deliver.

Everyone Go Trippin'
Let me preface this review by commending the DreamWorks promotional staff on some really good publicity. Not only did they fly film critics from college newspapers around the country to Los Angeles to see Road Trip and interview most of the talent, but they offered free food, drinks and gifts that included a pair of cheetah-patterned underwear, a sperm donation kit and several condoms with the clever line "burn rubber" on them. Not only were there interviews with the actors, but also a party following the screening where I finally discovered what goes on at all those wild Hollywood affairs. Much as I had suspected, the actors stand around and play video games while the girls gawk.

News

GSIs Approve Union Contract
Graduate student instructors at eight UC campuses voted to approve the first contract between their union and the university, officials announced yesterday.

UC Regents Consider Tuition Hike
LOS ANGELES - Despite potentially receiving $750 million more in state funding than originally anticipated, the UC Board of Regents still discussed increasing non-resident tuition at its meeting yesterday.

KPFA Activist Found Not Guilty
Supporters of KPFA radio celebrated last night after a jury acquitted the only person facing charges stemming from last summer's protests against alleged censorship at the station.

Dog Owner Sics Animals On Unarmed Local Man
Ordered by their owner to attack, two pit bulls charged an unarmed Oakland man in an unprovoked 15-minute assault, police said yesterday.

Homicide Case Employs Hypnotism
Berkeley police have employed hypnotism in order to obtain a lead in a hit-and-run case, the detective investigating the case said this week.

UC Berkeley Alumna Named Admissions Director
Pamela Burnett has been named UC Berkeley's new admissions director -- the first woman and the first Asian to hold the title, university officials announced yesterday.

Woman Assaulted After Losing Way
A man sexually assaulted a lost Oakland woman after promising to help her find her destination but then leading her to the railroad tracks instead, police said yesterday.

News in Brief: Regents Appoint Riverside Official as Chair
The UC Board of Regents has named S. Sue Johnson as its new chair for the upcoming academic year.

City Votes to Divert Funds to Bike Bridge
In a decision that pitted car owners against bike riders and business owners against community members Tuesday night, the city diverted money from a private parking garage to complete a bicycle pedestrian bridge.


Opponents of a UC Berkeley plan to install permanent lighting in Memorial Stadium have asked the Berkeley City Council to request an Environmental Impact Report on the project, adding more fuel to the already controversial proposal.


Arts & Entertainment

Everyone Go Trippin'
Let me preface this review by commending the DreamWorks promotional staff on some really good publicity. Not only did they fly film critics from college newspapers around the country to Los Angeles to see Road Trip and interview most of the talent, but they offered free food, drinks and gifts that included a pair of cheetah-patterned underwear, a sperm donation kit and several condoms with the clever line "burn rubber" on them. Not only were there interviews with the actors, but also a party following the screening where I finally discovered what goes on at all those wild Hollywood affairs. Much as I had suspected, the actors stand around and play video games while the girls gawk.

Back To The Boneyard
Walt Disney's new super-hyped feature film, Dinosaur, suffers from severe plot-evasion. While they have created a film that is unprecedented in the scale and complexity of its computer animation, there is little dinosaur meat fleshing-out these technological bones. Unfortunately for the people who spent millions of dollars on computers and four years of their lives on this film, film-goers still demand a little story sprinkled atop their special effects, and Dinosaur does not deliver.


Opinion

Travelogue
In the first week of April, a friend and I stayed in Yangon to meet with various democracy dissidents. There is a certain risk in speaking with the leadership of the National League for Democracy.

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