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Issue #2624 :: Monday, March 28, 2011

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New Faces Signal Promising Future for Gritty Cal Squad
When the defending Pac-10 champion Cal men's basketball team took the floor for its first game of the season, only three players were actual defenders of that crown.

ASUC Senate Decides on Election Polling Stations Podcast
After a decision by the ASUC Senate, which followed heated debate, students will have one less choice than last year in polling locations when they cast their ballots for the 2011 ASUC General Election next week.

Bears Fall to Stanford in Final Home Meet of Season, Program
Last Friday was a day of lasts. The duel between No. 4 Cal and No. 2 Stanford marked the last home competition for the Cal men's gymnastics team at Haas Pavilion. The meet was not only the last one in Berkeley for the five graduating seniors, but also for the rest of their teammates, as the program nears the culmination of its last season.

Violations of Campaigning Bylaws Spark Investigation
Although the ASUC election season is barely underway, ASUC Attorney General Nathan Rahmanou began an investigation March 14 into alleged campaign violations committed by an independent freshman senatorial candidate.

News

ASUC Senate Decides on Election Polling Stations Podcast
After a decision by the ASUC Senate, which followed heated debate, students will have one less choice than last year in polling locations when they cast their ballots for the 2011 ASUC General Election next week.

Violations of Campaigning Bylaws Spark Investigation
Although the ASUC election season is barely underway, ASUC Attorney General Nathan Rahmanou began an investigation March 14 into alleged campaign violations committed by an independent freshman senatorial candidate.

Pacific Steel, Workers Reach Agreement
A strike that began March 20 at midnight ended Thursday as Pacific Steel Casting Company and union workers reached an agreement on a new employment contract.

Students Create App to Combine Text, Multimedia
Gone are the days of cramming with bulky textbooks, readers and note books, as a notes mobile application that enables users to aggregate text, handwritten notes and multimedia content - developed last fall by four UC Berkeley undergraduates as part of an elective course - may help students study more efficiently.


Sports

Cal Splits Weekend Against L.A. Rivals
The courts were different, but not much else changed this time around.

SoCal Trip Brings Cal Mixed Results
The No. 10 Cal women's tennis team's trip down to Southern California was no Disneyland ride.

World Cup Victory Highlights Bears' Northwest Jaunt
The Cal rugby team defeated yet another divisional foe on Saturday to maintain its perfect overall and league record. But that match was not the highlight of the Bears' trip to the Pacific Northwest.

New Faces Signal Promising Future for Gritty Cal Squad
When the defending Pac-10 champion Cal men's basketball team took the floor for its first game of the season, only three players were actual defenders of that crown.

A Little Experience but A Lot of Heart
In his first season at Cal, Mike Montgomery took a ninth-place team dancing.

Bears Avoid Repeat of 2010 To Win Team Championship
When Texas took a half-point lead with just three events remaining in the 2011 NCAA Championships, it looked like history was going to repeat itself in the worst way possible for the Cal men's swimming team.

Bears Light Up Paris in Ninth, Walk Off in Extras
Someday, if this dream of a year continues, the Cal baseball team might look back at Sunday's game against Washington State as the sweet distillation of its season.

Bears Fall to Stanford in Final Home Meet of Season, Program
Last Friday was a day of lasts. The duel between No. 4 Cal and No. 2 Stanford marked the last home competition for the Cal men's gymnastics team at Haas Pavilion. The meet was not only the last one in Berkeley for the five graduating seniors, but also for the rest of their teammates, as the program nears the culmination of its last season.

Stewart Sets Personal Record at Stanford Invite
After Ray Stewart just missed the cutoff for the NCAA Indoor Championships with a provisionally qualifying time, he wasted no time making a splash in the outdoor season in his first outdoor appearance for the Cal track and field team.

Cal Closes Spring Break Trip With Three-Game Win Streak
Pennsylvania may not be nicknamed the Friendship State, but it sure made a friend in the Cal lacrosse team this past week.


Arts & Entertainment

Strokes' Long-Awaited Work Feels Rough Around the Edges Podcast
It's hard to believe that ten years have passed since the release of the Strokes' debut, Is This It. With its back-to-basics guitar-based sound mixed with lead singer Julian Casablancas' thin vocals, that album still sounds as timeless as ever. It remains as a symbol of a new beginning for rock music in the 21st century, while leading to a flurry of critical acclaim as fans and critics named the band "the saviors of rock 'n' roll."

With Debut, Chloe Roth Rejuvenates Modern Folk
Chloe Makes Music, the musical alias of Berkeley alum Chloe Roth, weaves the lyrical finesse of Ani Difranco with the buoyant fragility of Sufjan Stevens - in his sensitive Christian-boy days - to entangle the listener in an intoxicating patchwork of dreamlike harmonies. Her debut album The Puppeteer coats the listener's taste buds with the nostalgia of an elusive memory: uncertain, but palpable like a heartbeat. The harmonies are captivating but unobtrusive, leading eager ears down familiar avenues of loss, disappointment and uncertainty.

For Brooklyn's MEN, Politics and Disco Make the Agenda
A walking contradiction, MEN distinguish themselves with their smooth blend of dance floor beats that convey serious overtones. Politics, the economy, gender confusion - no topic is off-limits for the Brooklyn-based electronic group. Delivering music that challenges, MEN express political stances with tight synths and disco beats. With a recent debut under their belt and a nationwide tour in the works, MEN are still exploring their newfound fame. In a brief chat before MEN's set at Rickshaw Stop last Friday night, lead singer JD Samson provided insight into the group's background and aspirations, as well as her own personal motivations.

Britney Spears: FEMME FATALE Podcast
Britney Spears' most recent album, Femme Fatale, marks the re-emergence of a pop phenomenom. Teen-idol-turned-celebrity-megastar, Spears has always created catchy pop songs, but never before have they been so perfectly designed for the dance floor. After years of unwanted attention from the paparazzi, Britney seems ready to step back into the spotlight.

ACT Production of Pinter's 'Homecoming' Exudes Timeless Allure
In their dim and dusty family home in north London, four men live a life of bile and bickering. Enter stage right: an estranged son and his blonde bombshell of a wife. And let the absurdist power play begin. This is Harold Pinter's dark and provocative 1965 play, "The Homecoming." American Conservatory Theater's production of this classic work, directed by Carey Perloff, is a spellbinding work of spleen and seduction.

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