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Issue #2654 :: Thursday, May 5, 2011

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Professor appointed as new dean of arts and humanities
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George Breslauer announced in an email to campus officials last Thursday that professor Anthony Cascardi has been appointed as the new dean of arts and humanities.

Yudof warns of drastic turn with all-cuts budget
UC President Mark Yudof had a simple message to deliver Friday morning when he testified before the state senate's budget committee: If the legislature opts for an all-cuts budget to fill its remaining $15.4 billion deficit, "all bets are off" at the University of California.

State Assembly passes one of two DREAM Act bills
The California State Assembly voted Thursday morning to pass one of two bills that make up the California DREAM Act, which would provide university-funded grants to undocumented students.

City proposes major cuts to budget
Amid a grim national, state and local economic recovery forecast, the city of Berkeley will implement drastic cost-saving measures to overcome an overall projected $12.2 million deficit in fiscal year 2012 and $13.3 million deficit in fiscal year 2013.

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City proposes major cuts to budget
Amid a grim national, state and local economic recovery forecast, the city of Berkeley will implement drastic cost-saving measures to overcome an overall projected $12.2 million deficit in fiscal year 2012 and $13.3 million deficit in fiscal year 2013.

Union to continue counting votes in leadership race
Following a contentious decision to halt vote counting in a statewide leadership election and amid outcry and mobilization by members from both competing slates, the elections committee for a union representing academic student employees throughout the UC reconvened Tuesday afternoon, deciding unanimously to resume counting votes.

Donations allow campus to reinstate men's gymnastics
In 1912, the Cal men's gymnastics team held its inaugural season. And after nearly a year of uncertainty, the squad will be able to celebrate its centennial.

Faces of Berkeley: Best-selling author finds home in city Video
Michael Lewis is a best-selling author, and yet he never wrote for fun, never wrote for a school paper and even admitted he was "vain" about things he wrote for school.

Eugene Lee, Institute of Government Studies director and professor, dies at 86
Education enthusiast, author and former director of the Institute of Governmental Studies and professor of political science Eugene Lee died in his Sonoma home April 27 due to complications from a stroke. He was 86.

City Council votes to delay taxi meeting
The Berkeley City Council voted to postpone action on the grievances of the Berkeley Taxicab Association at the council's Tuesday meeting, opting to move discussion to a later meeting in order to allow time for a meeting between city officials and members of the association.

ASUC Auxiliary to solicit potential vendors to fill Bear's Lair Pub space
While the formal lease for the third-party vendor operating the Bear's Lair Pub at UC Berkeley expired in March, the pub is continuing to operate on a month-to-month lease that could be discontinued in the future, leaving room for new third-party vendors to fill the space.

UC Berkeley students exhibit interactive device prototypes Gallery Video
UC Berkeley students showcased interactive computer devices of their own design - such as a personalized virtual closet, a feedback-giving back brace and a transforming wall - on Monday and Wednesday as part of their final projects for a graduate level class at the School of Information.

Study suggests score alteration on New York test
A report co-authored by UC Berkeley School of Law Professor Justin McCrary found that teachers in New York manipulated test scores on the state's Regents Examinations, which determine whether students can graduate from high school.

State Assembly passes one of two DREAM Act bills
The California State Assembly voted Thursday morning to pass one of two bills that make up the California DREAM Act, which would provide university-funded grants to undocumented students.

Yudof warns of drastic turn with all-cuts budget
UC President Mark Yudof had a simple message to deliver Friday morning when he testified before the state senate's budget committee: If the legislature opts for an all-cuts budget to fill its remaining $15.4 billion deficit, "all bets are off" at the University of California.

Professor appointed as new dean of arts and humanities
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George Breslauer announced in an email to campus officials last Thursday that professor Anthony Cascardi has been appointed as the new dean of arts and humanities.


Sports

Bears dominate Oregon State in weekend series opener
The No. 7 Cal softball team got off to a quick start to their weekend series with Oregon State, blanking the Beavers 9-0 in Corvallis, Ore.

The good Life awaits Bears in national quarterfinals
Life University breaks backs all year, but when the season ends, its rugby players focus on repairing them.


Arts & Entertainment

Couture and creativity come together in FAST Spring 2011 showcase Gallery
Fashionable isn't exactly the first word that comes to mind when describing UC Berkeley. Walking among a crowd of students who mostly dress for comfort and not style, one cannot help but wonder if Berkeley lives in its stereotype of sweatshirts and faded jeans. But in the world of FAST, a drastically different picture emerges. FAST - Fashion and Student Trends - unites the campus through a shared interest in fashion. Every semester, their runway shows offer an outlet or designers, models and the like. This spring was no different, as FAST's visually striking "Expose" celebrated students' creativity and passion for the industry.

Slouching towards Sloane
The whole thing is made up," Sloane Crosley told me over the phone about her book, she in New York and I in Berkeley. "I'm a Japanese midget."

CD Review: Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues Podcast
Anyone looking to vacation in the cool-breezed mountains this summer is in luck, because Fleet Foxes' Helplessness Blues will provide the perfect tunes to whistle. The West Coast folk group has finally reappeared with their much awaited sophomore album after gaining popularity in 2008 for their self titled debut. Light-hearted Appalachian anthems like "White Winter Hymnal" boosted their original country-chorus style into indie fan adoration for three years, building excitement for their return. Foxes fans may have high expectations, but Helplessness Blues will fulfill them with flying colors.

CD Review: Architecture in Helsinki - Moment Bends
It's been four years since we've last had an album from the hand-clapping Aussie quintent Architecture in Helsinki. Alas, it seems the years away haven't aged them well. When the band debuted with Fingers Crossed in 2003, they were vivacious, bubbly and numerous. But now that three of the band's original line-up have departed, it seems those members have taken the creative energy with them. Once infectious and playful, the band's latest release, Moment Bends, never manages to be anything but disappointingly dull.

Cinematic wonders continue
Winner of the Prix Un Certain Regard at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, South Korean writer/director Hong Sang-soo's "Hahaha" isn't the kind of comedy one would expect from its title. Told in a series of flashbacks, the film details the seemingly unrelated romantic escapades of two men visiting the same seaside town as they relay their experiences to one another. As the story unfolds, the audience realizes that the accounts take place at the same time with the same characters.

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