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Issue #189 :: Friday, July 28, 2000

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Graduate Program Receives Donation
A well-known philanthropist has given $7.5 million to a UC Berkeley graduate program that trains urban public school principals, Gov. Gray Davis announced Tuesday.

Festival of Feats
As the lights dim in the Castro Theatre, a crowd filled with conversations in a mishmash of European languages slips into silence. A spotlight pans across the theatre to rest on a podium, where multi-lingual introductions are followed by a week of presentations of some of the most intriguing and thought-provoking films from around the world.

Travelogue: A Japanorama
Getting back to your roots. For many, that seems to be the cool thing to do nowadays, with the explosion of hyphenated ethnicities and all. But for others, assimilation seems to be the way to go. Forget about taking a firm grasp of your culture and traditions. As long as you've got a firm grip on baseball, apple pie and everything else that's American, well, you'll be okay. And I must admit, I'm guilty of this kind of forgetfulness of culture. I'm Japanese, but I hardly know anything about the rich and creamy culture of my ancestors. Heck, Japan's all about sushi, samurai and Sony, right? Well, not exactly.

Memorial To Serve as Reminder Of AIDS
Jonathan Winters, an HIV-positive UC Berkeley employee, said he fears future generations of students will slip through the campus' gates, forgetting the issue of AIDS.

News

Graduate Program Receives Donation
A well-known philanthropist has given $7.5 million to a UC Berkeley graduate program that trains urban public school principals, Gov. Gray Davis announced Tuesday.

Memorial To Serve as Reminder Of AIDS
Jonathan Winters, an HIV-positive UC Berkeley employee, said he fears future generations of students will slip through the campus' gates, forgetting the issue of AIDS.

Robbers Solicit Directions, Kidnap Victim in Daytime
A UC Berkeley employee was robbed and kidnapped in broad daylight in downtown Berkeley, police said yesterday.

Residents Clash Over Plans for Fire Station
Factionalized residents argued over a plan to build a new fire station in the Berkeley Hills at Tuesday's Berkeley City Council meeting, but were assured that their input would be considered in the construction process.

Council Votes to Initiate Cell Phone Investigation
Hoping to unveil a correlation between car accidents and cellular phones, the Berkeley City Council voted Tuesday to request that the state keep track of how often the phones are present in accidents.

Emily's Kids
While most UC Berkeley students labored over midterms last April, senior Emily Wool spent four hours a day choreographing a tae kwon do demonstration to help inner city children compete in the sport's world championships in Las Vegas.


Arts & Entertainment

Festival of Feats
As the lights dim in the Castro Theatre, a crowd filled with conversations in a mishmash of European languages slips into silence. A spotlight pans across the theatre to rest on a podium, where multi-lingual introductions are followed by a week of presentations of some of the most intriguing and thought-provoking films from around the world.

Don't Blame Canada
Canada is famous for not being famous. If I had my way, The Five Senses would finally put our northern neighbors on the map and shame the commercial-and-star-driven vehicles disguised as high-quality cinema. Don't let its indie film packaging fool you - this is a big movie in a small movie's body. It's big compared to the shallow blockbuster fare that Hollywood has offered this summer and serious proof that you shouldn't associate the word "independent" with "yawn."


Opinion

Travelogue: A Japanorama
Getting back to your roots. For many, that seems to be the cool thing to do nowadays, with the explosion of hyphenated ethnicities and all. But for others, assimilation seems to be the way to go. Forget about taking a firm grasp of your culture and traditions. As long as you've got a firm grip on baseball, apple pie and everything else that's American, well, you'll be okay. And I must admit, I'm guilty of this kind of forgetfulness of culture. I'm Japanese, but I hardly know anything about the rich and creamy culture of my ancestors. Heck, Japan's all about sushi, samurai and Sony, right? Well, not exactly.

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