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Issue #2622 :: Thursday, March 17, 2011

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Regents Approve Salary Increase for Berkeley Lab Director
The UC Board of Regents voted this morning to approve a merit increase in the salary of Paul Alivisatos, the director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Regents Meeting Marked by Future Financial Plans, Protests
SAN FRANCISCO - After almost two decades of decreasing state support for higher education, the UC Board of Regents deliberated Wednesday how to navigate another blow to the University of California looming in the form of a proposed half a billion drop in funds.

Chancellors Relay to Regents Impact That Further Cuts to UC Will Have on Financial Situation, Faculty Retention
SAN FRANCISCO - UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau was one of three UC chancellors to address the UC Board of Regents Wednesday on how further state budget cuts would not only threaten the future of their campus's financial sustainability but their ability to retain faculty and staff as well.

2011 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival
This Malaysian monster-slasher flick is so by-the-numbers it's almost endearing. When the principal of a girls' school announces that six prank-pulling students will be subject to a three-day detention, there's no attempt to mask the simple set-up for carnage. "So that they can all die, you know," he seems to be saying. In the world of "Histeria," this is the inevitable and only solution, because obviously, when you make light mischief, the outcome is always demon-inflicted evisceration.

News

Comic Book Store Opening Allows Many Fans to Escape From the Rain
It was 10 p.m. when The Escapist's storefront, marked only by a temporary sign taped to the window and lit Batman and Superman logos, opened its doors for the first time Tuesday and let around two dozen of its first customers in from the rain.

Area Restaurateur, Wine Columnist and UC Berkeley Alumnus Dies at 94
Former Bay Area restaurateur, wine columnist and UC Berkeley alumnus Hank Rubin, who died in his sleep in San Francisco Feb. 24, will return to what his wife called another home as his family disperses the ashes of the late writer and food guru in the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden. He was 94.

Regents Meeting Marked by Future Financial Plans, Protests
SAN FRANCISCO - After almost two decades of decreasing state support for higher education, the UC Board of Regents deliberated Wednesday how to navigate another blow to the University of California looming in the form of a proposed half a billion drop in funds.

Chancellors Relay to Regents Impact That Further Cuts to UC Will Have on Financial Situation, Faculty Retention
SAN FRANCISCO - UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau was one of three UC chancellors to address the UC Board of Regents Wednesday on how further state budget cuts would not only threaten the future of their campus's financial sustainability but their ability to retain faculty and staff as well.

Student Regent Chooses Not to Attend UC Board Of Regents Meeting to Prevent Larger Protests
SAN FRANCISCO - Amid controversy over an alleged sexual battery, UC Student Regent Jesse Cheng did not attend Wednesday's UC Board of Regents meeting at UCSF's Mission Bay campus because he said he felt his presence would provoke larger protests which might disrupt the meeting.

Union Workers Gather Outside Regents Meeting To Protest Controversial Appointee to the Board
SAN FRANCISCO - About 20 union workers from the UC gathered outside the UC Board of Regents meeting Wednesday, protesting the board's proposal to increase pension payments as well as the appointment of David Crane to the board, after he wrote a controversial op-ed.

State Committee Passes New Version of DREAM Act
Though former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed the California DREAM Act three times, a state assembly committee voted Tuesday to pass a new version of the legislation, which will now be reviewed by another committee before potentially being introduced to the entire Assembly.

Students, Local Merchants Help Donate to Relief Effort for Japan
As the death toll in Japan continues to rise and victims of last week's 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami remain uncertain as to when they will be able to return to their homes, Berkeley students and residents are organizing efforts to provide relief for the victims.

Jumping for Joy
Iranian community members at the 2011 Persian New Year Festival did not let the rain put out the flame of their festivities. In

Regents Approve Salary Increase for Berkeley Lab Director
The UC Board of Regents voted this morning to approve a merit increase in the salary of Paul Alivisatos, the director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.


Sports

Bears Aim to Shipwreck Navy
Staying warm in the chilly Berkeley weather may be a big concern for fans at Cal's lacrosse match today, but it doesn't look to be a problem for the visiting team.

Road to WNIT Title Defense Goes Through Cal Poly
The Cal women's basketball team did not set out the season intent on defending its WNIT title. But after a lackluster season kept the Bears out of the NCAA tournament, the best they can do is repeat - and they won't even be the favorites.

Zerbini Lone Winner in Texas A&M's Blowout of Cal
The No. 5 Cal men's tennis team must have the power to control the weather.

Midsemester Awards
There are few swimmers in the history of college swimming that have been as dominant as Cal's Nathan Adrian. The Bremerton, Wash., native is a six-time national champion, holds American records in the 100-yard freestyle (41.08) and 50 freestyle (18.71) and won a silver and a gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Bears Knock Out Trigger-Happy Rebels
This morning, most of the nation will watch the early crop of NCAA Tournament games and get that "March" feeling that college basketball fans wait all year to experience.

Late Cal Comeback Falls Short In 11-Inning Decision at Evans
Evans Diamond was begging for another miracle win. Shortstop Marcus Semien's three-run homer had knotted the game at 6-6 in the bottom of the ninth. The No. 15 Cal baseball team, playing in the 15th game of its final season, seemed destined for its third comeback stunner of the season.


Arts & Entertainment

2011 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival
This Malaysian monster-slasher flick is so by-the-numbers it's almost endearing. When the principal of a girls' school announces that six prank-pulling students will be subject to a three-day detention, there's no attempt to mask the simple set-up for carnage. "So that they can all die, you know," he seems to be saying. In the world of "Histeria," this is the inevitable and only solution, because obviously, when you make light mischief, the outcome is always demon-inflicted evisceration.

Reeling with Ryan Lattanzio
Try to tell someone about a dream you had, and they won't want to listen. Try to tell someone about a movie you saw that they didn't, and they'll probably want to listen even less. They weren't there with you. Dreams and movies can't be recounted intelligibly, not without losing some of their essence. It's like sculpting in 2D: You just don't have the means to make it work.

Travis Barker: GIVE THE DRUMMER SOME Podcast
There have been many attempts at fusing hip-hop/rap and rock over the years. These fusions, with the exceptions of legends like Rage Against the Machine, normally result in a band that has a slight edge over the atrocity that is Limp Bizkit. Thankfully, recent fusions have been significantly more successful: Such is the case with Travis Barker's debut solo album, Give the Drummer Some.

Noah and the Whale: LAST NIGHT ON EARTH Podcast
The most difficult part of making an album is finding a sound that sets you apart from the ever-growing sea of mediocrity. For most bands, the third album is usually the charm. However, Last Night on Earth shows that Noah and the Whale have officially become lost in this dull sea.

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