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Issue #181 :: Friday, June 30, 2000

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Distinguished Professor Dies
UC Berkeley Professor Barbara Christian, the first black woman to receive tenure at the university and a groundbreaking scholar in black literary theory, died of lung cancer this week. She was 56.

Blood And Glory
War is coming. You are the recently widowed father of seven children, and you are expected to join the revolutionary cause to oust England from America forever. You had hoped for a peaceful, quiet country life and thought your glory days of battle were behind you. Instead, you are given a choice -- stay or fight. This is the issue at the core of Roland Emmerich's The Patriot.

An American in Paris
What the hell was I thinking? The whole time, driving to the airport, getting on the plane - it did not seem to affect me. While on the plane, I was still in disbelief. What was I planning on doing? Even after I got off the plane, I still hadn't realized that I was now in Paris, the City of Light, where women and men dress so fashionably, as if it was their last day on this earth. Still, as I found the train to take me into central Paris, it had not occurred to me that I was in another country, far across the Atlantic Ocean. I guess it was because the train car that I was in was packed full of Americans. Only after I got off the train - and actually had to use my French to ask a lovely old couple how to get through the turnstiles because my ticket had rejected me - did it occur to me that I had arrived.

Council Offers City Manager Post To Veteran Official
The Berkeley City Council voted unanimously during a closed session Wednesday to offer longtime city official Weldon Rucker the position of interim city manager.

News

Council Offers City Manager Post To Veteran Official
The Berkeley City Council voted unanimously during a closed session Wednesday to offer longtime city official Weldon Rucker the position of interim city manager.

Distinguished Professor Dies
UC Berkeley Professor Barbara Christian, the first black woman to receive tenure at the university and a groundbreaking scholar in black literary theory, died of lung cancer this week. She was 56.

Oops! Mistake Makes Millionaire
For nearly every impoverished college student - especially those who cannot get past the second question on the hit television show - an easy million bucks is but a fantasy.

Report: ‘Disturbing' Racial Trends at School
Black and Latino students at Berkeley High School are suspended at a far higher percentage than their white counterparts, a group of professors and teachers involved in a four-year study told the school board this week.

Sterilize Your Animals, Says City
The Berkeley City Council passed an ordinance Tuesday to encourage sterilization of pets, capping months of prolonged debate and controversy.

News in Brief: Two UC Berkeley Professors Appointed Vice Provosts
Two new vice provosts are set to become part of a new wave of senior administrators at UC Berkeley, university officials announced this week.


Arts & Entertainment

Blood And Glory
War is coming. You are the recently widowed father of seven children, and you are expected to join the revolutionary cause to oust England from America forever. You had hoped for a peaceful, quiet country life and thought your glory days of battle were behind you. Instead, you are given a choice -- stay or fight. This is the issue at the core of Roland Emmerich's The Patriot.

re:CDs - Too Lil' Too Late
No, it's not as good as you wish it would be. Lil' Kim's sophomore effort, The Notorious K.I.M., only wishes it could be as groundbreakingly dirty and disturbing as its predecessor, 1996's Hard Core. But how can you top a classic?


Opinion

An American in Paris
What the hell was I thinking? The whole time, driving to the airport, getting on the plane - it did not seem to affect me. While on the plane, I was still in disbelief. What was I planning on doing? Even after I got off the plane, I still hadn't realized that I was now in Paris, the City of Light, where women and men dress so fashionably, as if it was their last day on this earth. Still, as I found the train to take me into central Paris, it had not occurred to me that I was in another country, far across the Atlantic Ocean. I guess it was because the train car that I was in was packed full of Americans. Only after I got off the train - and actually had to use my French to ask a lovely old couple how to get through the turnstiles because my ticket had rejected me - did it occur to me that I had arrived.

White Space