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Issue #495 :: Thursday, March 7, 2002

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Conflicting Trends
More than one hundred armed conflicts are active in the world today-many of them have their roots in ethnic separatism and nationalism. Countless numbers of human beings die every day protecting old borders or trying to establish new ones. Every day, groups all over the world are vying for the right to control their own destinies.

UC, City Reach Agreement to End Campus Expansion Fight
The city of Berkeley finally threw in the towel last week and dropped plans to sue UC Berkeley-even though the university is slated to follow through with its northeast expansion project.

Men's Basketball: Bears Not Banking on UCLA Meltdown
Tonight, the No. 25 Cal men's basketball team has no idea what it's getting itself into.

Asian American Film Fest at 20
MTV Films, which released such blockbusters as "Crossroads," "Varsity Blues," and the critical sensation "Election," announced recently that their newest acquisition is Justin Lin's independent film "Better Luck Tomorrow," which opens the 20th annual San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival tonight.

News

News in Brief: Man Hit by Train in Berkeley
A 36-year-old man died in a probable suicide after being struck by a train in West Berkeley early yesterday morning, authorities said.

Page 2 Interview--Jason Siegel, Cal Cycling Team Member
A: We're going up Tunnel Road and then down Grizzly Peak Boulevard.

UC Berkeley Scientists Illuminate Early Years of Massive Stars
Scientists at UC Berkeley have finally put to rest how it is that massive stars-10 to 100 times the size of our Sun-are born.

Republican Official Blasts Democrats in Campus Speech
The Democratic Party, like a child molester, has stolen the future of the state's youth, said California's top Republican in an on-campus speech yesterday.

UC, City Reach Agreement to End Campus Expansion Fight
The city of Berkeley finally threw in the towel last week and dropped plans to sue UC Berkeley-even though the university is slated to follow through with its northeast expansion project.

House Committee Hears Prof's Tower Investigation
During a speech in front of a U.S. House of Representatives committee, UC Berkeley professor Abolhassan Astaneh testified about the obstacles that have hindered his investigation into how the Twin Towers collapsed.

Locals Scrutinize Hancock Agenda As Victory Nearly Assures Election
Now that the state assembly seat for District 14 is virtually guaranteed to Loni Hancock, city officials said they hope her experiences living and working in Berkeley will lead to an improved quality of life in the city through new national policy.


Sports

Men's Basketball: Sampson's Growing Pains Balanced By Flashes of Brilliance
It's hard to measure the impact Jamal Sampson has had on the Cal men's basketball team this season, but even harder to measure is the impact he will have on future seasons.

Men's Basketball: Bears Not Banking on UCLA Meltdown
Tonight, the No. 25 Cal men's basketball team has no idea what it's getting itself into.

Cal Stays Local to Compete in National Softball Tournament
The drive to Pleasanton may be a short one, but the road to the championship at the National Invitational Softball Tournament is much longer.

Sports In Brief: Sampson, Tamir Earn Pac-10 Honors
Although none of the Cal men's basketball players were selected to the All-Pac-10 Team yesterday, Bears freshmen Jamal Sampson and Amit Tamir enter the Pac-10 Tournament tonight with coveted spots on the Pac-10 All-Freshman team.


Arts & Entertainment

Thriving on Controversy, Solondz Explains Vision
Director Todd Solondz, along with Kevin Smith, Neil LaBute and Wes Anderson, has established himself as one of America's exciting new breed of comedic directors whose quirky blend of twisted geek humor and genuine, often surprising pathos has characterized an impressive era of independent screen comedy emerging in the post-Tarantino indie scene.

Theater Review: Speakeasy Theater Revives Ambitious ‘After the Fall'
Arthur Miller tends to write about three basic things: McCarthyism, broken men, and the Garden of Eden.

Asian American Film Fest at 20
MTV Films, which released such blockbusters as "Crossroads," "Varsity Blues," and the critical sensation "Election," announced recently that their newest acquisition is Justin Lin's independent film "Better Luck Tomorrow," which opens the 20th annual San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival tonight.

Moore's Irreverent Politics Rely on Popular Support
Michael Moore-the muckraker behind the documentary film "Roger and Me," the TV show "The Awful Truth" and the book "Downsize This"-was late to his book tour gig in Berkeley Wednesday night.

Movie Review: Mo' Money, Mo' Problems, Mo' Clichés
It's not the song, but the movie: "All About the Benjamins." Yes, finally! "Next Friday" duo Ice Cube and Mike Epps do their own buddy/heist flick and the results aren't too offensive. But is it worth going to the movie theater to see? Maybe not. If you find conventional heist films to be predictably disappointing, then you might want to wait till this one makes it to video.

‘Monsoon Wedding': A Brilliant Celebration of Style and Cultural Transition
Lavish musical numbers! Corny screwball humor! Gaudy melodrama! Oh the humanity! It's the kind of excess associated with Hong Kong cinema, Bollywood, and American musicals. But what some call excess, I call love. Love of music, of family, of culture. In "Monsoon Wedding," the love sprouts in glorious color and light as an ode to the beautiful customs of director Mira Nair's beloved India.

Impact Briefs 5: The East Bay Hit
Sitting in a subterranean darkroom-like theatre sipping beer while paying to watch your lifestyle be ridiculed on a Friday night sounds...rather noir and intellectually sadistic. But the low-key setting of La Val's Subterranean Theatre really reminds me of Dot's Poetry Corner, from Animaniacs: I liked it for its Dada-ist air, Berkeley style.

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