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Issue #2591 :: Monday, February 7, 2011

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Top Headlines

Assistant Vice Chancellor Set to Retire
UC Berkeley's Assistant Vice Chancellor for Planning and Analysis Dennis Hengstler plans to retire on Feb. 15, leading to the elimination of his position as part of the Operational Excellence organizational simplification initiative.

Trial Begins for Detained UC Hikers
Following almost 18 months of detainment, UC Berkeley alumni Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal entered not guilty pleas on Sunday to charges of espionage and illegally entering Iran.

GSI Union Positions Filled With No Contest
Following the withdrawal of 13 candidates for leadership positions, a union representing nearly 12,000 University of California academic student employees announced Friday that most of 80 union leadership positions had been filled in uncontested elections systemwide.

Cats Come Through, Bears Buckle in Three-OT Thriller Podcast
As the visibly exhausted Harper Kamp and Allen Crabbe walked away from their post-game interviews, coach Mike Montgomery patted both of them on the back and told them to go sign autographs. After the two played 107 combined minutes, they deserved to be signing as winners.

News

Trial Begins for Detained UC Hikers
Following almost 18 months of detainment, UC Berkeley alumni Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal entered not guilty pleas on Sunday to charges of espionage and illegally entering Iran.

GSI Union Positions Filled With No Contest
Following the withdrawal of 13 candidates for leadership positions, a union representing nearly 12,000 University of California academic student employees announced Friday that most of 80 union leadership positions had been filled in uncontested elections systemwide.

BART on Track to Replace Train Cars by 2023
In order to accommodate for a projected increase in commuters and update a nearly 40-year-old system, the Bay Area Rapid Transit is undergoing an estimated $3.4 billion endeavor to replace BART trains by 2023 - the agency's largest project since the rail system debuted in 1972.

Assembly OKs Funds for Student Liaison to Operational Excellence
The Graduate Assembly approved funding for the creation of a student liaison to Operational Excellence Thursday in an effort to increase student engagement, though the position must also be approved by the initiative.

Progress With Measures S and T Tripped Up by Commission Delay
Despite the recent passage of two medical marijuana ballot measures, the city of Berkeley appears to be at a standstill, handicapped by a delay in reestablishing the Medical Cannabis Commission - the apparatus that will set standards through which the city will accommodate a larger medical marijuana community.

UC Davis Professor Attacked by Mubarak Supporters in Egypt
UC Davis assistant professor of comparative literature Noha Radwan was attacked in Egypt - where she had returned to in order to care for her parents - last Thursday for voicing to international journalists her support for ending President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year reign.

Students Aim to Harness Energy From Elliptical Machines in RSF
Few gym-goers, racing against the treadmill belt or pedaling up a simulated hill, consider the energy required to power their daily workout - most are looking to reduce their waistlines, not their carbon footprint. But starting this summer, Berkeley patrons can do both.

Run for a Life
Jog for Jill, the second annual run in honor of the late Jill Costello, a former coxswain on UC Berkeley's women's crew team, inspired enthusiastic community members to run to increase lung cancer awareness and funding for research on cures for the disease.

City Unemployment Rate Reaches Lowest Point Since May 2009
Berkeley's unemployment rate decreased to 10.3 percent in December, the lowest it has been since a 9.9 percent rate in May 2009, according to preliminary figures released Jan. 21 by the California Employment Development Department.

Radio Station Files Grievance With Parent Company to Reverse Cuts
Still grappling with the layoffs of nine employees, union workers affiliated with Berkeley radio station KPFA have filed a grievance with parent company the Pacifica Foundation in an effort to reverse the company's November decision to cancel the popular "Morning Show" and fire its hosts.

Assistant Vice Chancellor Set to Retire
UC Berkeley's Assistant Vice Chancellor for Planning and Analysis Dennis Hengstler plans to retire on Feb. 15, leading to the elimination of his position as part of the Operational Excellence organizational simplification initiative.


Sports

Cats Come Through, Bears Buckle in Three-OT Thriller Podcast
As the visibly exhausted Harper Kamp and Allen Crabbe walked away from their post-game interviews, coach Mike Montgomery patted both of them on the back and told them to go sign autographs. After the two played 107 combined minutes, they deserved to be signing as winners.

Growing Bears Show Exciting Promise
Sean Miller couldn't "find enough good things to say about Cal."

Michalczik Returns to Cal As Offensive Coordinator
After weeks of silence despite persistent rumblings, Cal has finally officially announced the return of Jim Michalczik as both offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.

Sun Devils' Late Three Caps Hot-Shooting Half
For 39 minutes and 59-plus seconds, the Cal women's basketball team was in control on Saturday afternoon.

Vosters Scores 11 as Cal Splits Four Games at Stanford Invite
A hat trick is usually pretty impressive; someone bothered to come up with a nickname for three goals, after all.

Cal Continues Dominating Spring With Dual Victories
Usually when a team faces a top-10 opponent, it tries to be at full strength and in top form in order to be as competitive as possible.


Arts & Entertainment

Mad World
Otis Jackson Jr. showed up Friday night to SF's 103 Harriet for a highly-anticipated DJ set - not the venerated producer Madlib, not the crate-diggin' Beat Konducta, not the latchkey rogue Lord Quas, nor any of his other many aliases. He arrived as himself, unwilling to play the part of a persona, listlessly toying with his beats. What was supposed to be a celebratory reception for a rare appearance turned into a battlefield, as hip hop's cult hero fended off catcalls, retorted with his own boos and left the crowd questioning what the hell had just happened.

Broken Boulevard
Another downside to the economic crisis of the last decade is art that struggles to maintain relevancy by way of ham-fisted dealings with the recession. Fortunately, "Collapse," Aurora Theatre Company's newest production, is not among these guilty blue-collar panderers (cough "The Town" cough "The Fighter"). The new comedy by Allison Moore fires on all cylinders and leaves other recession-literature in the dust with its fast-paced jokes and well-designed subtext.

At SF's Garage Theater, Puppet Noir Play Shells Out Performance Worth Savoring
As with all great works, the idea was born from one great line: "He humped me and then he dumped me." Writer-performer Thomas John's "The Lady on the Wall: A Puppet Noir" cracks the case of the death of Humpty Dumpty, an abandoned shell of a woman left by a lover to grieve on a wall and die. But was it murder?

Cut Copy: ZONOSCOPE Podcast
It seems as if Cut Copy have found a comfortable niche with their critical and commercial success. But instead of following the sure-fire formula that has worked for them in past albums, the Australian quartet continues to experiment with their latest release. Zonoscope constantly entertains, brimming with exotic sounds and blithe synths. Clocking in at over an hour, it certainly makes for a daunting listen but each carefully crafted hook and bassline is hard to resist.

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