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Issue #268 :: Friday, December 8, 2000

Top Headlines

Buffaloes, Dons Start Off Cal's Winter-Break Docket
The Cal men's basketball team has picked a pretty good time to get things going in the right direction.

Party Yields, Lopez Elected to VP Spot
After a grueling four-hour debate divided along party lines, the ASUC Senate unanimously confirmed nominee Jose Luis Lopez as Academic Affairs vice president early yesterday morning.

Heartbreak, She Wrote
A wise man once said that every romantic relationship should end just like an old episode of "Murder She Wrote" - we find out who the culprit was that caused all the problems around Cabot Cove, and he or she is duly punished. Then Angela Lansbury has a spot of tea and smokes a doobie or whatever. What my chemically induced, altered-state dwelling friend was talking about was that evil, empty feeling a guy or gal is left with when they are punched in the stomach by Cupid. One minute it's you and shnookums together foev-a; the next, you're just a lonely soldier traversing the mine field of love. F*$#@&G Cupid. That rat bastard. Why doesn't he watch where he's flinging those freakin' arrows?

A Change of Art
Upon first glance, the dingy, weather-worn buildings along 8th Street seem an unlikely mecca for artistic expression. The small art studios hidden in the bowels of the buildings are usually closed to the public, allowing 8th Street artists and artisans to work in quiet solitude.

News

Party Yields, Lopez Elected to VP Spot
After a grueling four-hour debate divided along party lines, the ASUC Senate unanimously confirmed nominee Jose Luis Lopez as Academic Affairs vice president early yesterday morning.

UC Berkeley May Join Institute Program
After announcing the three new California Institutes for Science and Innovation yesterday, Gov. Gray Davis pledged to request funding to make UC Berkeley the fourth research center in the program.

Mars Clarified with Camera
A camera designed by a UC Berkeley alumnus was once dismissed for its resemblance to a kitchen wastebasket, but scientists revealed today that the device has captured the most revealing images to date of Martian history.

Legal Group Offers Aid To Class Action Lawsuits
In today's world, lawyers with a conscience are about as rare as a red-shirted student in the UC Berkeley student section at the Big Game. But a Berkeley-based group is helping to prove this stereotype wrong.

Web Site Offers New Outlet for Youth
Showcasing the Berkeley Youth Forum, a high school student introduced "Youth Zone," a new link on the city's Web site, at Tuesday night's City Council meeting.

News in Brief: Sexual Assault Cases May Enter Plea Bargaining
OAKLAND - An Alameda County assistant district attorney said there is a possibility that the youths accused of sexual assault at Willard Middle School will enter into a plea bargain at tomorrow's hearing.

Correction
Wednesday's article "Greeks Not 'Up on the Hill'" erroneously stated Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. was founded in 1921. The UC Berkeley chapter began in that year, but the national organization was founded in 1913.


Sports

Buffaloes, Dons Start Off Cal's Winter-Break Docket
The Cal men's basketball team has picked a pretty good time to get things going in the right direction.

Family Matters
Family is what Caren Horstmeyer is all about. Cal's first-year women's basketball coach lives within shouting distance of her mother and mother-in-law.

Interim AD Talks About Cal's Future
Editor's Note: This is the second half of a two-part interview with Cal associate athletic director Robert Driscoll. Driscoll will take over as interim athletic director next month when Athletic Director John Kasser leaves Cal to start a new job with Pac-10 Properties. Driscoll is a candidate for the permanent athletic director position, and Daily Cal Sports Editor Matt Duffy sat down with him this week to discuss his future at Cal, as well as his 14 years of experience with the athletic department.

Sports Briefs: Cal's Schott named to NSCAA All-America Team
She wasn't the best player in the conference, and she wasn't the most valuable player on her team. But Laura Schott is one of the best players in the country according to the National Coaches Association of America.

Letters to Sports: Call for Knight is Ludicrous
I just read Steve Fischer's letter to the editor suggesting that Cal replace men's basketball coach Ben Braun, preferably with Bobby Knight (Letters to Sports: "How Long Can the Bears Go?" Dec. 6). I don't know Steve Fischer, but I do know where he could receive some much-needed psychiatric care.


Arts & Entertainment

A Change of Art
Upon first glance, the dingy, weather-worn buildings along 8th Street seem an unlikely mecca for artistic expression. The small art studios hidden in the bowels of the buildings are usually closed to the public, allowing 8th Street artists and artisans to work in quiet solitude.

Straight from the Source
The Phoenix Pastificio is a bastion of gourmet foodstuffs. It makes pasta for 275 bay area restaurants - among them Greens in Fort Mason, Boulevard in San Francisco and Baywolf and Rivoli in the East Bay - and was recently included in the San Francisco Chronicle's "Fab Food for the Frugal" list. At The Phoenix, you can buy fresh pasta to prepare at home and baked goods to take away. Or, you can have an incredible pasta lunch at a very reasonable price.

Best Mates
A while back someone was telling me about a great band he'd just heard. Apparently they were a west coast indie group composed of a boyfriend and girlfriend; one played the organ, the other drums. "Oh, you're talking about Quasi," I said, proceeding to inform the person that the band's Janet Weiss and Sam Coomes have not been romantically involved for some time. Of course, I had jumped the gun in usual know-it-all fashion - instead of Quasi, the band he was going on about was the San Francisco-based duo Mates of State.

re:Calendar
Amazons in The Drawing Room: The Art of Romaine Brooks , through January 16, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday, Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday, $3-$6, Berkeley Art Museum, 2625 Durant Avenue. 642-0808.

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