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Issue #2633 :: Thursday, April 7, 2011

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Organizational simplification proposals advance
Two proposals from the organizational simplification initiative of Operational Excellence moved forward today, as final approval was granted for the implementation of shared services centers on campus and a proposal to automate timekeeping via an online system will now move on to a final decision by the executive committee.

Protesters set to meet with campus administrators Friday
Plans for a Friday meeting between campus administrators and student protesters negotiated as a result of the March 3 Wheeler Hall ledge sit continue to move forward, despite the fact that there have been disputes over those who were selected to be present in the meeting and that student participants plan to present a list of demands to administrators.

Senate to vote on confirmation of UC Berkeley law professor
Despite Republican contention, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines Thursday morning in favor of bringing UC Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu's nomination for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to the full Senate for confirmation.

New colony of sorority founded by students
Each weekend last year, current UC Berkeley sophomore Sydney Lai would go to fraternities with friends, where she would flirt with guys and enjoy her nights - all the while playing a game with her identity.

News

People's Park tree-sitter released from jail Monday
People's Park tree-sitter Matthew Dodt, who was arrested in January after allegedly cutting a man's hand while attempting to slash his throat, was released from Santa Rita Jail in Dublin Monday after his remaining charges were dismissed in a preliminary examination.

New colony of sorority founded by students
Each weekend last year, current UC Berkeley sophomore Sydney Lai would go to fraternities with friends, where she would flirt with guys and enjoy her nights - all the while playing a game with her identity.

Problems with translation slow proceedings in area murder trial
A 2006 Oakland murder case faced more interpreting problems Wednesday morning as an alleged murderer underwent direct examination from his lawyer at the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse in Oakland.

Debate flows from water bottle initiative
At the Feb. 23 ASUC Senate meeting, UC Berkeley senior Rose Whitson conducted a taste test.

Students' time at community colleges increases
Berkeley City College student Ali Attari was ready for UC life over a year ago, but unavailable core community college classes held him back from applying to UC Berkeley until this year, his third year at the college.

Protesters plan to meet with UC administration
After a month of correspondence between administrators and protesters, four UC Berkeley students and one union worker may be able to meet with campus administrators on Friday to address grievances regarding the way in which Operational Excellence is run, a chance that was the result of negotiations between the campus and nine protesters who took part in the March 3 Wheeler Hall ledge sit.

Student-founded CampusCred sells vouchers to local businesses
Last August, UC Berkeley junior Sagar Shah did not expect much from the new business he had founded and launched with several other students last semester.

Senate to vote on confirmation of UC Berkeley law professor
Despite Republican contention, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines Thursday morning in favor of bringing UC Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu's nomination for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to the full Senate for confirmation.

Organizational simplification proposals advance
Two proposals from the organizational simplification initiative of Operational Excellence moved forward today, as final approval was granted for the implementation of shared services centers on campus and a proposal to automate timekeeping via an online system will now move on to a final decision by the executive committee.

Protesters set to meet with campus administrators Friday
Plans for a Friday meeting between campus administrators and student protesters negotiated as a result of the March 3 Wheeler Hall ledge sit continue to move forward, despite the fact that there have been disputes over those who were selected to be present in the meeting and that student participants plan to present a list of demands to administrators.


Sports

Go Your Own Way
If you were to walk past Mari Andersson, you might not even notice her. She is 5-foot-5, has a short, jet-black ponytail and distinctly Asian features - hardly characteristics that set her apart from thousands of other girls at Cal.

Henderson perfect through six in shutout
It certainly did for Cal sophomore pitcher Jolene Henderson, who, for the second year in a row, threw a perfect game against Sacramento State through six innings.

Bears' bats fall flat in 7-4 home defeat to Pacific on Tuesday
Brent McMinn started on the mound for the Pacific baseball team Tuesday afternoon, less than two innings' worth of action worked into his glove this season. He stood in the middle of Evans Diamond, staring down No. 13 Cal's leadoff hitter Vince Bruno.

Sports in Brief: Decathlete Morrison leads on day one of Texas Relays
Cal track and field's senior decathlete Mike Morrison is the kind of person who performs best under pressure, according to both himself and his coach Tony Sandoval. The first day of the decathlon at the Texas Relays in Austin was no different.


Arts & Entertainment

Giant Steps Gallery
On first glance, the crowd outside of Zellerbach Auditorium on Sunday afternoon seemed exceptionally energetic - no grumbling children being dragged to a show by their parents or uninterested students simply trying to complete an extra credit assignment. All of these people came ready to enjoy the annual Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater show put on by Cal Performances. Drawing on a wide array of modern dance styles, the company celebrated the 50th anniversary of founder Alvin Ailey's classic "Revelations" with a moving reflection on the history and experiences of its own choreographers.

Purpose, resolve drive 'Hanna'
A good action movie is hard to find. Fortunately there are rare coins like "Hanna" that stand out from the myriad bland and repetitive efforts. The film features Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana and Cate Blanchett, but the real star is the directing of Joe Wright. He takes a script with many disparate threads and weaves a stunning, measured and personal work.

'Poetry' paints intricate portrait of senescent heroine
Writing poetry is not hard, if it comes from the heart." So says the local writing instructor in "Poetry," a riveting film that won Best Screenplay at last year's Cannes Film Festival. The latest work from Lee Chang-Dong, director of "Peppermint Candy" and "Secret Sunshine," "Poetry" is both heartbreaking and poignant, paying homage to the power of words and observation.

Reeling: On Acquired Taste
A film will never mean to you now what it will in another year, month, day. We're ever-evolving, and our tastes grow more discerning as we get older, too - and that makes us pretty special, right?

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