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Issue #507 :: Thursday, March 21, 2002

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Disposable Worlds
Value packs of individually wrapped snack-sized chocolate bars and Chinese noodle soups in styrofoam cups. Pre-packaged time-saving lunches for kids: a serving-size bag of chips, toy-shaped sandwiches in glossy plastic, pink napkins with cartoon designs. Bags of take-out Mexican food wrapped in tinfoil. Colorful coupons popping through thousands of mail slots every day-telling people what is fast and new and cheap. Telling them exactly what they need.

Lacrosse: Bears Nip Lions by a Nose in Furious Fight to the Finish
There is a famous story about Seabiscuit, perhaps the most well-known thoroughbred horse in history.

UC Police Announce New Policy on Crime Reports
Police at UC Berkeley announced yesterday a new policy requesting that school officials report instances of crimes in an effort to compile more accurate records of campus crime.

N.Y. Urban Graphic Ballads Come West
Collective sanity in pop culture must depend on a certain measure of regular memory purges; it seems as if author and comic artist Ben Katchor skims this lucid layer between yesterday's news and oblivion to create eight-panel moments that show us versions of ourselves that occupy the blind spots in our 'big picture.'

News

Graduating Seniors Raise Money for Class Gift
Whether donating a gift to beautify the campus, renovate a library or create a scholarship, this year's graduating class strives to leave its mark at UC Berkeley.

UC Enrolls Largest Percentage of Low Income Students in Nation, Study Finds
UC enrolls more low income students than any of the nation's top universities, public or private, according to a study released earlier this month.

Page 2 Interview--David Crao-Grene, Open Mic Singer
Q: I like your performance. What genre of music was that?

Real Issues Set Aside as City Council Sticks To Infighting
At its Tuesday night meeting, the Berkeley City Council did not cast a single vote that altered law, instituted new policy or otherwise affected the lives of Berkeley residents.

UC Police Announce New Policy on Crime Reports
Police at UC Berkeley announced yesterday a new policy requesting that school officials report instances of crimes in an effort to compile more accurate records of campus crime.

Study: Environmental Factors Impair Physical Function of Senior Citizens
Elderly Bay Area residents living in neighborhoods with excessive noise, poor lighting, heavy traffic and limited public transportation access have an increased likelihood of physical function loss, according to a recent study.

UC Berkeley Grad Student Uncovers Link in Human Evolution in Ethiopia
The murky history of humankind's ancestry has been illuminated by the work of a team of scientists that includes UC Berkeley researchers.


Sports

Unlikely Sluggers Power Cal Lineup with Pair of Solo Shots
Offense has been hard to come by at times for the Cal baseball team. Production from any spot in the order is welcome.

Despite Offensive Woes, Cal Finds Success in Year One After Lampley
Last November, the question hanging above the Cal men's basketball team was how would it adjust to life without Sean Lampley.

Lacrosse: Bears Nip Lions by a Nose in Furious Fight to the Finish
There is a famous story about Seabiscuit, perhaps the most well-known thoroughbred horse in history.

Sortball: Trip to Hawaii Means Work for Bears, Tropical Tourney Features Top Teams
Beaches, rain forest, warm weather and softball.


Arts & Entertainment

Scoring ‘Ideas in Animation' With Verve
Where silent films may conjure images of kooky Charlie Chaplin-like characters puttering around a black-and-white world, composer and musician Nik Phelps sees a half-painted canvas.

N.Y. Urban Graphic Ballads Come West
Collective sanity in pop culture must depend on a certain measure of regular memory purges; it seems as if author and comic artist Ben Katchor skims this lucid layer between yesterday's news and oblivion to create eight-panel moments that show us versions of ourselves that occupy the blind spots in our 'big picture.'

Once Again in Hollywood It's That Time Of the Year
Every March, just before Oscar night, and just after reviewers announce their predictions, you suspect that critics really, really hate the Academy Awards. Sure, they're fascinated by formulating some algorithm which deciphers all the academy secrets, but that's really to feed their own egos, not understand the industry.

Wesley Snipes' Gory, Cult Blockbuster Strikes Back
Fanboy: "Somebody who really puts all his other concerns aside in favor of comic books, usually superheroes."

Music Reviews


White Space