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Issue #2619 :: Monday, March 14, 2011

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Top Headlines

Iran Sets Second Session Date for UC Berkeley Graduates' Trial
Iranian officials set a second session date in the trial of three UC Berkeley graduates for May 11, The Associated Press reported today.

Assistant Director for Campus Conduct Center to Leave Post
Laura Bennett of UC Berkeley's Center for Student Conduct and Community Standards - who has been involved in the campus's controversial handling of student conduct cases - is leaving campus this week and will enter a position administering the student conduct process at another school.

Independent and Third-Party Candidates Emerge
The CalSERVE party's decision not to run an executive slate for this year's ASUC elections has opened the field to several third-party and independent candidates seeking to make their mark as viable alternatives to students.

Chair of the Bioengineering Department Accepts Position at University of Chicago
After less than two years at UC Berkeley, Matthew Tirrell, chair of the Department of Bioengineering and professor of materials science and engineering and chemical engineering, is leaving to accept a position as the founding Director of the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago, which announced the decision March 7.

News

Independent and Third-Party Candidates Emerge
The CalSERVE party's decision not to run an executive slate for this year's ASUC elections has opened the field to several third-party and independent candidates seeking to make their mark as viable alternatives to students.

PG&E Works on SmartMeter Opt-Out Plan
Although the California Public Utilities Commission announced its decision to direct PG&E to create an opt-out option for SmartMeter installation Thursday, some Berkeley residents and other PG&E customers - who have been pushing for a moratorium on meter installation - are apprehensive about the details of the proposal.

Assistant Director for Campus Conduct Center to Leave Post
Laura Bennett of UC Berkeley's Center for Student Conduct and Community Standards - who has been involved in the campus's controversial handling of student conduct cases - is leaving campus this week and will enter a position administering the student conduct process at another school.

UC Irvine Office Finds Student Regent Guilty of Sexual Battery
UC Student Regent Jesse Cheng was found guilty last Thursday of a student conduct violation for sexual battery by UC Irvine's Student Conduct Office.

Community Members Gather to Honor Murdered Man
To raise awareness of the unsolved murder of Adolfo Ignacio Celedon Bravo and commemorate his life, his fiancee and friends gathered with other community members Saturday at the South Berkeley site where he was shot and killed six months ago.

City Partners With Online Service to Reduce Unsolicited Mail
In an attempt to reduce the amount of unsolicited mail that residents receive, the city of Berkeley has partnered with Catalog Choice - a free online service that helps consumers opt out of retail mailing lists - to help residents take control of the way their personal information is distributed.

Berkeley Researchers Use Part of Meteorite to Gain Insight Into Nature of Solar System Podcast
A four billion year-old pea-sized chunk of meteorite has given researchers new insight into the nature of the solar system 20 million years before the formation of the earth.

Store Operations Board to Proceed With Negotiations to Have Fresh Choice as an On-Campus Vendor
The ASUC Store Operations Board voted last week to move forward with a shortened lease for the newest on-campus vendor, buffet-style restaurant Fresh Choice, despite serious concerns from one board member.

Chair of the Bioengineering Department Accepts Position at University of Chicago
After less than two years at UC Berkeley, Matthew Tirrell, chair of the Department of Bioengineering and professor of materials science and engineering and chemical engineering, is leaving to accept a position as the founding Director of the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago, which announced the decision March 7.

Fourth Annual Wheelchair Basketball Tournament Takes Place at RSF Gallery Video
Basketballs bounced across the courts as players raced after them with their hands furiously spinning the wheels of wheelchairs during the fourth annual Roll 'n Shoot wheelchair basketball tournament Saturday.

Iran Sets Second Session Date for UC Berkeley Graduates' Trial
Iranian officials set a second session date in the trial of three UC Berkeley graduates for May 11, The Associated Press reported today.


Sports

Cal Sent Packing in Pac-10 Semis
Throughout the No. 7 UCLA women's basketball team's nearly perfect campaign this season, junior forward Jasmine Dixon has been key. The All-Pac-10 selection averages 11.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game and shoots 52.9 percent from the field.

Rain Only Delays Win Over Dirtbags
At 8:15 p.m., the lights at AT&T Park finally began flicking off. It was a long time coming.

Pair of Hat Tricks Sparks Cal in Thrashing of Aggies
Blaine Scully considers the captain of the Cal rugby team to be "the first among equals."

Morrison Sets Cal Heptathlon Record at NCAA Indoor Meet
Mike Morrison's fifth-place finish in the heptathlon at the NCAA Track and Field Indoor Championships this weekend doesn't quite tell the whole story.

Cal Wins Most Wanted Doubles Points in Malibu
At the onset of the spring season, the No. 14 Cal men's tennis team suffered through four away matches without ever capturing the doubles point.

One-Run Squeaker Over Troy is Cal's Only Drama in Undefeated Weekend
In sports, sometimes the entire game will turn on one pass, one save or one touchdown.

Bears' Losing Streak Hits Three Games After Bedeviling Weekend in Arizona
After a bitter loss to No. 2 Stanford last Saturday, the No. 7 Cal women's tennis team headed south for the warm Arizona sun to get some fine weather and to recover its lost rhythm.

Mannhart's All-Around Performance Keys Cal's Victory Over Hawkeyes Video
It was a warm welcome home for the Cal men's gymnastics team. Close to 600 fans were in attendance at Haas Pavilion on Saturday evening to witness the No. 3 Bears' triumph over No. 10 Iowa in their home opener.

Wildcats Claw Bears in Evanston
Friday's Cal lacrosse match ended the same way it began: with Northwestern scoring quickly and effortlessly.


Arts & Entertainment

To Have and to Have Not
Directed by Cary Fukunaga - one of the most exciting filmmakers to appear on the American scene in recent years - "Jane Eyre" reveals the workings of a master-in-the-making. With its bleak expedition through the lonely rural area of Victorian-era England, the film moves away from the drab fare that has become synonymous with the costume drama piece. Instead, Fukunaga relies on traditional elements of character development and narrative structure to develop an original take on a story that hasn't had much success in its past film incarnations.

'Win' Wrestles With Conventional Morality
The promotional poster for "Win Win" - Thomas McCarthy's 2011 Sundance submission - suggests a very predictable film. From the image of Paul Giamatti and a towheaded teenager sitting on gym bleachers, dressed respectively as coach and wrestler, you could conclude that this is an offbeat wrestling movie. But this judgment is insufficient: "Win Win" is not a quirky underdog sports flick but a traditional fable wrapped in indie clothing. The film is effectively a moral parable of reconciliation: Normally decent people make bad decisions with the best intentions, and then must shoulder the weight of their poor choices until they make amends.

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