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Issue #2646 :: Thursday, April 21, 2011

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Top Headlines

Campus to begin online system to monitor employee attendance, vacation time
The Operational Excellence executive committee granted final approval Tuesday for a proposal to automate timekeeping on campus via an online system to combat inconsistent monitoring of employee attendance and vacation time.

Sit-lie debate focuses on homelessness
Tonanzin Klote sits cross-legged with a feather in her cap and flowers tied to the jangle of necklaces around her throat. The cap, given to Klote by her boyfriend Daniel Ballance, has gained character over the years - a feather here, carefully-stitched tears and tatters there.

Earth Day honored all week
Michelle Choi and Michelle Lowe have been friends since middle school. They not only share the same first name, they are also both juniors at UC Berkeley with the same major, and this year, are the two coordinators of Earth Week, the biggest sustainability festival on campus.

Groups emerge as leadership elections near
Less than a week remains until the tri-annual statewide leadership elections for a union representing UC academic student employees, and with election slates and platforms recently released by two competing groups within the union, conflicts have arisen as candidates debate election policies as well as the future structure and direction of the union.

News

Scientists make advancements in field of plasmonics
In an age when technological grandeur is marked by the speed of a device, scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have made an advancement in the field of plasmonics that would broaden the range of materials used to make, among other things, extremely fast computers.

Hundreds file into McDonald's for its National Hiring Day
Hundreds of job seekers filed into Berkeley's two McDonald's locations Tuesday to apply to the fast food giant's workforce during "National Hiring Day."

Crossroads supervisor punched in face at Late Night
A man was arrested by UCPD on suspicion of battery early Sunday morning after allegedly punching a Crossroads Dining Commons employee in the face.

Sit-lie debate focuses on homelessness
Tonanzin Klote sits cross-legged with a feather in her cap and flowers tied to the jangle of necklaces around her throat. The cap, given to Klote by her boyfriend Daniel Ballance, has gained character over the years - a feather here, carefully-stitched tears and tatters there.

Earth Day honored all week
Michelle Choi and Michelle Lowe have been friends since middle school. They not only share the same first name, they are also both juniors at UC Berkeley with the same major, and this year, are the two coordinators of Earth Week, the biggest sustainability festival on campus.

Groups emerge as leadership elections near
Less than a week remains until the tri-annual statewide leadership elections for a union representing UC academic student employees, and with election slates and platforms recently released by two competing groups within the union, conflicts have arisen as candidates debate election policies as well as the future structure and direction of the union.

Rollin' in the grass
Community members gathered Wednesday in small groups around People's Park to celebrate the date - 4/20 - with food, music and plenty of smoke.

UC adopts systemwide student health insurance
The University of California has adopted a systemwide student health insurance plan aimed at reducing student coverage fees, providing a dependent plan option for spouses and children and giving students more pharmaceutical and treatment benefits.

Survey seeks student's tips for businesses
In an effort to gain insight into what the UC Berkeley community is seeking from its surrounding business districts and to sustain a working relationship with the rest of the city of Berkeley, the campus's student government will survey students, staff and faculty to gather suggestions on how to better represent their interests in city businesses.

Implementation of online courses subject to delay
From its inception, one of the initial plans for the controversial UC Online Instruction Pilot Project was to develop online courses for implementation as rapidly as possible, but while progress is being made towards rolling out online courses, the timeline for implementation has been pushed back, due in part to the pace at which recently selected faculty members are able to design and develop courses.

Amoeba Music named best record store in U.S.
Marc Weinstein and David Prinz own the largest collection of records in the United States, and as co-owners of Amoeba Music, they have the "biggest and most complete record store in the world," Weinstein said - an achievement that made it the best record store in America, according to Rolling Stone magazine.

Campus to begin online system to monitor employee attendance, vacation time
The Operational Excellence executive committee granted final approval Tuesday for a proposal to automate timekeeping on campus via an online system to combat inconsistent monitoring of employee attendance and vacation time.


Sports

Miller Time Video
Growing up, Kevin Miller came home from school every day eagerly anticipating a game of catch. One day, when he was five years old, his dad decided to toss him pop-up balls.

Bears welcome challenge from Sun Devils
Last December, the five-time national champion Arizona State baseball team was slammed with self-imposed sanctions so severe that its legendary coach Pat Murphy was forced to resign. Among their myriad of violations, the Sun Devils were found guilty of paying players for work they didn't perform, excessive phone calls and a host of other recruiting infractions. As a result, No. 9 ASU (25-9, 8-4 in the Pac-10) won't be appearing in the postseason this year, regardless of how good the squad is.

No catching up with the Kenyans
Normally, I'm the last person to praise any Stanford athlete. After all, Andrew Luck may be a Heisman nominee, but he still ruined my first Big Game. I must concede, however, Ryan Hall ran a damn good race at the 115th Boston Marathon on Monday. He placed fourth with his time of two hours, four minutes and 58 seconds (approximately 4:45 per mile for all 26.2 miles).

Bears seek revenge against Cardinal
After Oregon swept the season series last year, the Cal softball team found redemption last weekend by returning the favor.


Arts & Entertainment

SFIFF: A History
Thursday, April 21st marks the opening night of the 54th annual San Francisco International Film Festival. Presented and exhibited by the San Francisco Film Society, SFIFF stands among the Bay Area's preeminent film and cultural events, featuring some of the most promising independent and international cinema. The high pedigree associated with SFIFF is partly due to its stature as the longest-running film festival in the Americas.

Beginners
Given the title, it's entirely appropriate that Mike Mills' second feature film "Beginners" is set to open the 54th San Francisco International Film Festival, on the evening of April 21st. It's a privileged position for a film that already boasts big name actors such as Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor. But for all the bombast, "Beginners" is a quiet and subtle story about a lonely man, his dying father and their adorable Jack Russell Terrier.

Reeling: I lost it at the movies
There are days when, like a lightning bolt, she comes out of the sky, possesses my brain and makes her way through me, commanding my hands to slam away at the keys until I have nothing left.

Cut Copy dazzles with infectious energy Gallery
The Regency Ballroom played host to an explosive invasion from Down Under last Sunday night as a luminescent door eerily opened to reveal four dapper young men who greeted the crowd with bashful smiles and blithe waves. Clad in semi-formal attire and adorned with cheeky exuberance, the Australian quartet went on to win hearts as they rhapsodized about fiery love and desperate longings. Delivering the latter of a two-day set, Cut Copy had the chance to experiment with theatrics the night before and as a result, flaunted a polished and elegant showcase. Girls swooned, guys moshed, couples danced under the warm lights - it was all part of the Cut Copy experience, no big deal.

In new ad documentary, Spurlock sells out
Sporting a black blazer embroidered with sponsor logos, Morgan Spurlock stood on stage last week after a screening of his new documentary, explaining why he chose product placement as its subject. He was watching one of his favorite shows on television and all of a sudden found himself seamlessly placed right in the middle of a strategically disguised car ad. As he recalls it, Hayden Panettiere's character on "Heroes" is given a new car and screams "The Rogue? The Nissan Rogue!? Oh my God Dad, it's the Rogue!" as the camera pans across the car's logo.

White Space