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Issue #2579 :: Thursday, January 20, 2011

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Former World Bank CFO Appointed to Administration
Former World Bank CFO John Wilton will become UC Berkeley's vice chancellor of administration and finance, Chancellor Robert Birgeneau announced in an e-mail to staff and administrators Thursday.

Bears to Travel Rugged Road to National Championship
The Cal rugby team may not be losing its varsity status this season, but it faces many challenges in its quest to repeat as national champions.

Best of Break Podcast
Like a John Cassavetes film, "Blue Valentine" features a mad blonde, a low budget and an ad-lib style of filmmaking. But writer-director Derek Cianfrance also invokes that indie auteur in setting what is essentially a mundane divorce drama in the working-class American milieu. Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling play Cindy and Dean. One has big dreams, the other has none, but they fall in love anyway and from their first encounter, they are already doomed. "Blue Valentine" feels familiar and lived-in: Small details and gestures give it believability and authenticity. As the marriage unpeels, the film starts to feel overwhelmingly sad yet Williams (especially Williams) and Gosling make us forget the intense pain we're seeing and experiencing with their acute, nuanced performances.

News

UC Regents Decry Recent Budget Cuts at Meeting Podcast
In their first meeting since Gov. Jerry Brown proposed cutting $500 million from the UC budget, the UC Board of Regents decried on Wednesday the state's treatment of the university system and questioned whether the university could survive the cut and maintain its world-class quality.

City Looks to Draw New Businesses
Aiming to heighten its efforts to draw new businesses into the city, the Berkeley City Council approved several measures that officials hope will ease start-up processes and drastically change the city's image to that of an ideal site for new commercial establishments.

Many Area Bookstores Forced to Move or Close
The city of Berkeley is home to several small, independent bookstores, but in the past couple of years, business has not been immune to the nation's downward economic trend and the expanding online market.

Campus Child Care Struggles to Thrive With Less State Funding Podcast
Child care services at UC Berkeley will be facing major changes for the 2011-12 academic year as administrators in the Early Childhood Education Program attempt to find ways to combat deficits from reduced funding sources at both the university and state levels.

Subway, Saigon Eats Open in Lower Sproul
With the start of the spring semester, UC Berkeley students reorienting themselves to campus eateries will also find two new - both familiar and different - spots in the Bear's Lair Food Court in Lower Sproul Plaza.

Lower Sproul Renovation Project Edges Forward
The next phase of the Lower Sproul renovation project was approved by a committee of the UC Board of Regents after several campus and student government officials presented the plan Tuesday at the regents' meeting at UC San Diego.

City Employees Set to Be Insured For Sexual Reassignment Surgery
After four years of negotiating with the city's health care insurers, the Berkeley City Council is set to develop a separate $20,000 annual fund for sexual reassignment surgery for city employees.

Photography Seminar Zooms In on Current Events
Following a year filled with protests, marches and building occupations due to fee hikes and budget cuts in the 2009-10 academic year, an idea clicked for computer science professor Brian Barsky to introduce a freshman seminar that used a hands-on approach to learning about current events and renewed the activist spirit on campus.

Local Massage Parlor May Face Unhappy Ending
Residents in a South Berkeley neighborhood are alleging that a local massage parlor is a front for a prostitution ring and are urging the city to shut it down, though city officials say a more thorough investigation is needed to make any decision about the business's fate.

Former World Bank CFO Appointed to Administration
Former World Bank CFO John Wilton will become UC Berkeley's vice chancellor of administration and finance, Chancellor Robert Birgeneau announced in an e-mail to staff and administrators Thursday.


Sports

Big Test Awaits Bears At UCLA Podcast
Quickness isn't the first trait that comes to mind when describing the 6-foot-7, 265-pound Markhuri Sanders-Frison.

Bears Look To Rebound Against Top Pac-10 Teams
The Cal women's basketball team is probably relieved to return to Haas Pavilion.

Bears to Travel Rugged Road to National Championship
The Cal rugby team may not be losing its varsity status this season, but it faces many challenges in its quest to repeat as national champions.

Cal Aiming For Return to Finals After Early Exit In 2010 Season
Head coach Amanda Augustus found her team in uncharted territory last May.

Cal's Expectations Exceed Lofty Preseason Ranking
It's picture day for the Cal men's tennis team. Athletes in bright yellow team shirts cluster in groups all around the Hellman Tennis courts, chatting and absentmindedly slicing rackets through the air. It's a day of relative relaxation and calm, but don't be fooled; even this early in the season the Bears maintain a disciplined focus on the months ahead.

Experienced Teams Have Cal's Season on Track
Cal track and field looks to pick up where it left off after finishing 17th last season.

Last Year's Success Breeds Confidence
"I don't think we're going to leave the top four for a while."

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Arts & Entertainment

Best of Break Podcast
Like a John Cassavetes film, "Blue Valentine" features a mad blonde, a low budget and an ad-lib style of filmmaking. But writer-director Derek Cianfrance also invokes that indie auteur in setting what is essentially a mundane divorce drama in the working-class American milieu. Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling play Cindy and Dean. One has big dreams, the other has none, but they fall in love anyway and from their first encounter, they are already doomed. "Blue Valentine" feels familiar and lived-in: Small details and gestures give it believability and authenticity. As the marriage unpeels, the film starts to feel overwhelmingly sad yet Williams (especially Williams) and Gosling make us forget the intense pain we're seeing and experiencing with their acute, nuanced performances.

Wallace Shawn to Reflect on Creative Works at Zellerbach
Speaking over the phone last weekend about his impending UC Berkeley appearance, renowned actor and playwright Wallace Shawn puzzled over just what role he'll be playing when he gets up on stage this coming Sunday. "I will be reading words that supposedly represent me," he says of the event at Zellerbach Hall, "but of course I'm dubious about the whole concept of the self anyway, and the idea that there is a unified self, and that each of us is one person remains to be proven. In my case, it seems disproven every day, but, you know, who am I to say?"

Reeling
It was "Titanic" that got me into movies. I'm talking Leonardo DiCaprio hoisting Kate Winslet up on the bow of an ocean liner. I don't know what it is exactly about that movie that inspired me in 1997. I wasn't even a fully formed person; my parents still had to drive me to the movies then. I guess I have to thank James Cameron but he'd probably eat me if I did that.

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