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Issue #2584 :: Thursday, January 27, 2011

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LIVE BLOG: CAL BASKETBALL vs. OREGON STATE


Campus Set to Discuss Athletic Team Reinstatement Proposals
After nearly four months of negotiations, athletics supporters will sit down with UC Berkeley campus administrators Monday to submit proposals for the reinstatement of five sports teams that were cut in September in order to save the campus nearly $4 million annually.

Cost-Cutting Initiative's Investment Still Unclear Podcast
As UC Berkeley's Operational Excellence initiative, aiming to save $75 million each year, continues in its design phase, the amount of money still necessary to invest in the cost-cutting project remains unclear.

State Report Advises UC, CSU To Cut Earlier Than Expected
The University of California and the California State University may have to deal with a portion of Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed $1 billion in cuts earlier than expected if a recently released report recommending that the cuts be spread out over two years is implemented.

News

Daily Cal Editor in Chief Relieved of Charges
Assistant U.S. Attorney and judge pro tem Mark Cullers released his decision yesterday relieving defendant and The Daily Californian's editor in chief and president, Rajesh Srinivasan, of charges of intentional infliction of emotional distress brought against him by Fresno podiatrist Harvey Purtz.

City's Plastic Bag Ban Faces More Delays
Choosing "paper or plastic" just got a lot harder for the city of Berkeley.

The Den's Barista Sweetens Every Customer's Morning Video
On any weekday morning at The Den next to Crossroads, sleepy-eyed students and rushed professionals alike stand in line at the Peet's Coffee & Tea bar, waiting to get their caffeine fix before beginning the daily grind - a routine many agree is made considerably better by the friendly face of Ahmed Ali, cashier and barista at the coffee shop.

Cost-Cutting Initiative's Investment Still Unclear Podcast
As UC Berkeley's Operational Excellence initiative, aiming to save $75 million each year, continues in its design phase, the amount of money still necessary to invest in the cost-cutting project remains unclear.

Proposed Sunshine Ordinance Overshadowed by Local Debate
Ten years in the making, the city of Berkeley's open government ordinance appears to be finally taking shape, though the current draft presented to the Berkeley City Council Tuesday left some city officials and residents criticizing the apparent lack of sunshine in city processes and the ordinance itself.

Community Members Hope to Beautify Downtown
Downtown Berkeley may soon be more appealing to the eye, supportive of showcasing local artwork and expressive of the sustainable and green themes that the city aims to promote.

State Report Advises UC, CSU To Cut Earlier Than Expected
The University of California and the California State University may have to deal with a portion of Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed $1 billion in cuts earlier than expected if a recently released report recommending that the cuts be spread out over two years is implemented.

Campus Set to Discuss Athletic Team Reinstatement Proposals
After nearly four months of negotiations, athletics supporters will sit down with UC Berkeley campus administrators Monday to submit proposals for the reinstatement of five sports teams that were cut in September in order to save the campus nearly $4 million annually.

Two UC Berkeley Scholars to Serve on State Energy Commission
On the same day that President Barack Obama pledged to dramatically increase clean electricity production by 2035 in his State of the Union Address, Governor Jerry Brown also announced his appointment of two UC Berkeley scholars to the California Energy Commission on Tuesday.


Sports

Smith Faces Beaver Defense That Slowed Down Randle
How does Brandon Smith know he's stepped up for the Bears? From the opposition, for one thing.

Underrated Recruit Changed Game for Cal
OK children, is everybody tucked in? Uncle G. has a bedtime story for everybody.

Bears Practicing for the Best as They Prepare for the Worst
The Cal women's basketball team has been running and scouting this week in preparation for a game against Connecticut.

Outcome in Oregon Could Define Bears
There's a traffic jam on the Pac-10 highway.

Press Room Banter: Women's Water Polo
Women's water polo - a sport that Poseidon himself could get behind, despite the clear absence of tridents.

LIVE BLOG: CAL BASKETBALL vs. OREGON STATE



Arts & Entertainment

OK Computer
The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs" is Mike Daisey's second monologue at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre in as many weeks. Daisey's latest could be described as wildly enjoyable if its message weren't as sobering.

Walk This Way
Bone to Pick" and "Diadem" is a prime example of the efforts of San Francisco's The Cutting Ball Theater, which prides itself on artistry, novelty and the absurd. After all, the show is directed by Cutting Ball artistic director Rob Melrose, stars Cutting Ball associate artistic director Paige Rogers, and is written by the newly-appointed Cutting Ball playwright-in-residence Eugenie Chan. This show is, if anything, an all-star Cutting Ball affair.

Jazz (We've Got)
Joshua Redman is the kind of musician you'd take home to mother. He's got a winning personality, he can wear the hell out of a tailored suit, and he's even a Harvard man. To top it all off, as a jazz saxophonist, he's insanely good at what he does.

Reeling
I was at a party over winter break when someone approached me and asked, under his breath, if I downloaded movies illegally and wanted to join his online file sharing club. I told him, off the record, that I've been known to dabble in torrents now and then, but Netflix has pretty much eradicated any need for that.

Bardem Wrestles With Slow Death in 'Biutiful'
No one does disaster better than Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. It's guaranteed that any seemingly normal family-oriented event, like sitting around the dinner table, will quickly go horribly wrong. And as soon as a car appears in a scene, you know that its passengers are toast. In Inarritu's new film "Biutiful," Javier Bardem plays Uxbal, a middleman in Barcelona who experiences his fair share of disasters. But Inarritu has moved on from simply cramming in as much mayhem and hysteria as possible, which sometimes had the effect of diluting his films. Now there's even time for a touching birthday celebration - and nobody gets killed afterward.

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