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Issue #2594 :: Thursday, February 10, 2011

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LIVE BLOG: Cal Women's Basketball vs. Washington


Campus to Announce Athletics Teams Decision Friday
UC Berkeley will announce Friday morning whether five teams that had been slated to be cut will be reinstated, a campus spokesperson has confirmed.

Oh, Brother
There isn't much sun left in the sky as Ben and Riki McLachlan slouch in the bleachers of the Channing tennis courts. It's after 5 p.m. and nearing sunset in Berkeley, but halfway across the globe in the little lakefront town of Queenstown, New Zealand, it's already two in the afternoon on the following day.

'Eagle' Delivers Insipid Tale of Sword-and-Sandal Bravado
The first 20 minutes of "The Eagle" show great promise, a small surprise that quickly gives way to the derivative action schlock that one might expect.

News

Local Performer 'Spaces Out' on Sproul
If astronauts wore celestial suits and walked on Earth instead of the moon, you might mistake William Wollbrinck for one.

Public Discourse Sparked By West Berkeley Zoning
At the Berkeley City Council's second public hearing on proposed zoning amendments to the West Berkeley Plan Tuesday, recommendations supporting large site development, warehouse re-use and increased building height limits proved most controversial.

Local Cottage Stands for Affordability and Energy Efficiency
Eighteen blocks west of UC Berkeley, a cottage standing in a professor's backyard exemplifies a new option for Bay Area affordable housing, consisting of a low-cost, energy-efficient dwelling strategically placed near a major transit corridor.

News in Brief
People's Park Frequenter Arrested by UCPD Monday

ASUC and CALPIRG to Launch Off-Campus Housing Review Website
Taking a page from sites like Rate My Professors and Yelp, the ASUC and CALPIRG have teamed up to develop a website targeted at helping students review potential living spaces as they seek appropriate accommodations.

Campus Decision on Athletic Teams Reinstatement Delayed
An announcement on whether the five sports teams slated to be cut by the end of this academic year will be reinstated has been put on hold indefinitely, despite initial campus reports that an announcement would be issued Thursday by noon.

Ruling Relocates Lawsuit Against Professor to Appellate Court
Following a court ruling Wednesday morning, a UC Berkeley professor's petition to dismiss a lawsuit filed against him was relocated to appellate court.

Campus to Announce Athletics Teams Decision Friday
UC Berkeley will announce Friday morning whether five teams that had been slated to be cut will be reinstated, a campus spokesperson has confirmed.

Man Suffers Minor Injuries in Attempted Strong Arm Robbery
Berkeley Police Department officers responded to an attempted strong arm robbery on Southside early Sunday morning, where one of two victims suffered minor injuries.


Sports

Balanced Club Looks to Compete in Crowded Pac-10
The Cal softball team seems to be picking up where it left off last season.

Bears' Duos Prove Double Trouble in Home Win Over Utes
Every other match had long since ended in the No. 18 Cal men's tennis team's victory over Utah. But sophomore Carlos Cueto was still out on the court of the Hellman Tennis Complex indefatigably battling the Utes' Dmytro Mamedov.

Oh, Brother
There isn't much sun left in the sky as Ben and Riki McLachlan slouch in the bleachers of the Channing tennis courts. It's after 5 p.m. and nearing sunset in Berkeley, but halfway across the globe in the little lakefront town of Queenstown, New Zealand, it's already two in the afternoon on the following day.

Husky Road Trip Awaits Cal Up North
After suffering perhaps the most heartbreaking loss imaginable, the Cal men's basketball team now faces its most difficult test.

Cal Seeks Revenge Against Huskies at Haas
To say the mood surrounding the Cal women's basketball team is one of displeasure would be putting it lightly.

Cal Maritime Can't Slow Down Bears' Youth Movement
The Cal rugby team's reserves may have been the ones playing, but looking at the scoreboard you wouldn't know it.

LIVE BLOG: Cal Women's Basketball vs. Washington



Arts & Entertainment

'Eagle' Delivers Insipid Tale of Sword-and-Sandal Bravado
The first 20 minutes of "The Eagle" show great promise, a small surprise that quickly gives way to the derivative action schlock that one might expect.

The Streets: COMPUTERS AND BLUES
On "Let's Push Things Forward," the rollicking, brass-balled standout from his 2002 debut Original Pirate Material, Mike Skinner - aka the Streets - issued his mission statement: "I make bangers, not anthems." It was at once a boast and an admission. The lyric is both a gauntlet tossed at the feet of mainstream pap and a self-deprecating acknowledgement of personal limits. These were the two modes that the early Mike Skinner worked in: swagger and stagger, fist pump and shoulder slump. They interacted magnificently, infusing each of his albums with a delicious mixture of cocksure highs and self-flagellating lows.

My Heart Laid Bare
As the author of more than 50 novels, 20 short story collections and a diverse canon of work that ranges from poetry to children's books, Joyce Carol Oates can be a bit intimidating. However, not stopping anytime soon, Oates will continue her prolific career with a lecture, entitled "A Writer's (Secret) Life: Rejection, Woundedness, and Inspiration" on February 10th in the Sibley Auditorium, with a follow-up panel discussion on February 11th in the Maude Fife Room. As the Avenali Chair in the Humanities, Oates will be the latest in a long line of illustrious writers, from Seamus Heaney to Maurice Sendak, invited to speak about their craft. For Oates in particular, that speech will tackle the intimate connection between writing and one's personal life.

Reeling with Ryan Lattanzio
If I had a water cooler, or knew where one was, I'd be talking around it. People always seem to be hungry for discussion around this mythical place. Maybe there I'll find someone to talk to about the Academy Awards - I haven't had much luck elsewhere. It looks like the Oscars are headed to the grave of the culturally irrelevant. Media-centrics and movie fanatics like myself are rejecting the advances of that one night where their mad obsession gets paid some tribute on national TV.


Opinion

Unwrapping the Present
Like many people, I make a list of New Year's resolutions.

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