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Issue #2608 :: Monday, February 28, 2011

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Stadium Construction Triggers Complaints Podcast
UC Berkeley junior Alva Gardner has been going without sleep recently. As she hears jackhammers and saws going to work on the renovation of Memorial Stadium and the construction of the Student Athlete High Performance Center beginning each weekday morning at 7 a.m., she must wait for attendants who help her into her wheelchair.

Noise Pop 2011
Contrary to its claim, "The Extraordinary Life of Jose Gonzalez" proves how ordinary an "extraordinary" life can seem. This past Wednesday, the Roxie held the U.S. premiere of the documentary as part of Noise Pop's film series. The film was remarkably similar to a Jose Gonzalez album: poignantly profound yet mildly sleep-inducing. Although that works for the slow guitar riffs of the indie-folk singer, it falls short in the film itself, which aims to explore the artist's intense introspection. A silent shot of him eating cereal does the trick, but a dozen more of him sleeping, sitting on the couch and so on are simply boring.

Cal Completes Sweep of Oregons
Entering this weekend's road games against the Oregon schools, Cal men's basketball head coach Mike Montgomery said that his squad needed to win "two out of three games" if it wanted to compete in the postseason.

State Finds Berkeley Patients Group Liable for Unpaid Taxes
In a hearing with the State Board of Equalization Tuesday, the city's oldest dispensary, Berkeley Patients Group, was found liable for over $6.4 million in taxes on its medical cannabis sales from 2004 to 2007, though the group could still negotiate the payment down to a lower amount.

News

Student Arrested for Allegedly Taking Pictures in VLSB Bathroom Stall
UC Berkeley student Masaki Kakizawa was arrested Monday afternoon after he allegedly took pictures of a female student in a bathroom stall on the third floor of the Valley Life Sciences Building.

Bequest to French Department Will Create Fellowship for Graduate Students
A bequest made to the UC Berkeley French Department through the will of former Ph.D student Georges Gerard will be used to create a fellowship for advanced graduate students studying French.

Stadium Construction Triggers Complaints Podcast
UC Berkeley junior Alva Gardner has been going without sleep recently. As she hears jackhammers and saws going to work on the renovation of Memorial Stadium and the construction of the Student Athlete High Performance Center beginning each weekday morning at 7 a.m., she must wait for attendants who help her into her wheelchair.

Campus Festival Encourages Eco-Awareness
Last Friday's PLAYgreen Festival promoted itself as the "largest eco-experiential college festival in the nation," and featured tabling from eco-conscious businesses from around the Bay Area and beyond displaying their green products and innovations.

New Technology Enables UC Scientists to Predict Water Levels in Snow Podcast
UC Merced Professor Roger Bales realizes that California has a dire problem: a water problem.

Event Highlights Peace Corps' Past, Goals
Bob Haas was walking across Sproul Plaza in 1963 when he heard that former President John F. Kennedy had been shot. Nearly 50 years later, Haas tearfully recounted his memory to the crowd that filled the International House Auditorium at the Peace Corps' Bay Area 50th Anniversary Symposium on Saturday.

State Finds Berkeley Patients Group Liable for Unpaid Taxes
In a hearing with the State Board of Equalization Tuesday, the city's oldest dispensary, Berkeley Patients Group, was found liable for over $6.4 million in taxes on its medical cannabis sales from 2004 to 2007, though the group could still negotiate the payment down to a lower amount.

Community Members Aim To Increase Sustainability
Some Berkeley residents are looking to transition back to a day when they knew their neighbors and grew their own food.

North-Facing Wall in Apple Store Construction Site Falls Against Adjacent Building
Following days of heavy rain softening ground soil at the new Apple retail store construction site on Fourth Street, the structure's north-facing wall sunk into the ground last week and fell against the adjacent building, causing structural damage to the property.

School of Law Launches the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israeli Law
The UC Berkeley School of Law launched the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israeli Law, Economy and Society this semester - a collaboration of faculty members dedicated to the expansion of these studies on campus.


Sports

Balance Powers Bears to Victory at UCLA
At the beginning of his second set, Bozhidar Katsarov was already behind. The senior had dropped the first set against UCLA's Alex Brigham, 6-7, and needed to win the next to keep himself in the competition. With the overall score at 3-2, the court No. 6 match could also secure a win for the No. 20 Cal men's tennis team.

Offense Returns as Cal Tames Wildcats
Tara Arolla knew something had to change.

Cal's Sick Play Leads to Weekend Sweep
Beginning every break, No. 4 Jana Juricova is seen reaching for her tissues immediately to blow her nose. Juricova, like half of the No. 6 Cal women's tennis team, is sick from the cold the squad contracted during its visit from Virginia.

Men's Basketball Placed On Two Years Probation
The Cal men's basketball team was placed on two years probation on Friday for making over 300 impermissible phone calls. Having already reported the majority of the violations and self-imposed sanctions, the Bears were issued only minimal penalties by the NCAA.

Cal Completes Sweep of Oregons
Entering this weekend's road games against the Oregon schools, Cal men's basketball head coach Mike Montgomery said that his squad needed to win "two out of three games" if it wanted to compete in the postseason.

Cal Downs Beavers to End Six-Game Skid Video
Cal women's basketball guard Rachelle Federico could not have imagined a more perfect ending to her career at Haas Pavilion.

Bunting Sparks a Run-Happy Weekend for Cal Down South
Three years ago, Chad Bunting was a nobody.

Morrison Defends Heptathlon Title, Becomes NCAA Qualifier
Senior Mike Morrison successfully defended his crown in the heptathlon at the MPSF Indoor Championships this past weekend.

Leverenz Shines, Cal Takes Second at Pac-10s
Heading into the final event of the Pac-10 Championships, the Cal women's swimming team needed to take first and finish at least two spots ahead of Stanford in order to surpass the Cardinal in the standings.

Bears Spring Out 21 Runs in Four-Game Sweep
Although the No. 14 Cal softball team came away with four wins in the desert this weekend, it was the tilt against LSU that encapsulated the Bears' overall success.


Arts & Entertainment

Noise Pop 2011
Contrary to its claim, "The Extraordinary Life of Jose Gonzalez" proves how ordinary an "extraordinary" life can seem. This past Wednesday, the Roxie held the U.S. premiere of the documentary as part of Noise Pop's film series. The film was remarkably similar to a Jose Gonzalez album: poignantly profound yet mildly sleep-inducing. Although that works for the slow guitar riffs of the indie-folk singer, it falls short in the film itself, which aims to explore the artist's intense introspection. A silent shot of him eating cereal does the trick, but a dozen more of him sleeping, sitting on the couch and so on are simply boring.

Vienna Philharmonic Performs Historically Significant Works at Zellerbach
The Vienna Philharmonic needs little introduction, and so it was without introduction that the musicians took the stage in Zellerbach Hall Friday night. The sudden flow of musicians onto the stage was followed by the entrance of guest conductor Semyon Bychkov. Likewise without introduction, the maestro strode onstage and confidently faced the audience for a brief moment before turning to his orchestra and beginning to conduct.

Radiohead: THE KING OF LIMBS Podcast
Radiohead have never been a band to follow conventions. From taking long hiatuses to implementing a "pay-what-you-want" policy, the leaders of the alternative rock scene have been defying expectations for years. Their latest album, The King of Limbs, builds upon this type of unconventional marketing. After months of public buzz and speculation, Radiohead quietly slipped in an announcement of the album's release and dropped the digital download a day early, to throw fans further off track. Despite the pleasant surprise that Radiohead have bestowed upon us, the actual work itself comes as less of a wonder. Refined but derivative, The King of Limbs relies on techniques already touched on in their previous albums, though it still makes for an enthralling listen.

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