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Issue #542 :: Friday, May 31, 2002

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Stupid Water-Huggers
Shaving is a chore every man dreads-especially for those who sport the big Persian goatee that I do. (Note to the ladies: That's not the only big thing Persians boast). So imagine my surprise when, right in the middle of my shaving routine this morning, some complete idiot on my floor decides to get environmental on me.

Everything is Illuminated
Everything is Illuminated, Jonathan Safran Foer's first novel, starts out as a clever, crude and gimmicky comic novel. But as the plot evolves, the book matures, becoming a melancholy story about history and families (particularly grandfathers, fathers and sons). As the title suggests, a mystery waits at the novel's core. The plot concerns an aspiring writer named Jonathan Safran Foer who goes to the Ukraine to investigate his family history-specifically to answer the question: who saved his grandfather from the Nazis?

New Policy Leads to Strike by UC Davis Lecturers
UC Davis lecturers finished a historic two-day strike yesterday evening, an event that some say could be repeated UC-wide next fall.

Movie Review: Entertaining Sum Terror-Fancy
The latest Tom Clancy, Jack Ryan film Sum of All Fears, tells a frighteningly realistic story of a terrorist attack and nuclear war.

News

New Policy Leads to Strike by UC Davis Lecturers
UC Davis lecturers finished a historic two-day strike yesterday evening, an event that some say could be repeated UC-wide next fall.

Berkeley Employee Accused of Theft, Distribution of Transit Tickets
Police presented the Alameda County District Attorney's Office yesterday with the case of a UC Berkeley employee accused of stealing more than a quarter million dollars worth of transit tickets from the Berkeley TRiP Commute Store.

Mars a Little Closer Thanks To ‘Dust Devils'
In a truck blasting across the arid desert landscape pursuing electrically charged dust storms in Arizona, UC Berkeley researcher Greg DeLory might as well have been on Mars last summer.

Armed Man Robs Local Pizza Parlor, Diners Don't Notice
Pizza found its way into the criminal mind at least twice Wednesday night after both a provider and transporter of the hot pies fell victim to robbery.

City Council Stalls Action On Hate Crimes Measures
Following a seven-week trend, the Berkeley City Council once again delayed action on several hate crimes measures.

New State Budget Reductions Could Sting UC Berkeley Programs
UC Berkeley may experience a decrease in outreach program, research and library funding because the UC system faces a $162 million net cut in state funding.

Feature Photo: Blowin' in the Wind


Corrections
The op-ed "Police Review Inadequate," published May 10, should have been attributed to Berkeley Copwatch and the ASUC Student Advocate's Office, not Karla James.


Arts & Entertainment

Everything is Illuminated
Everything is Illuminated, Jonathan Safran Foer's first novel, starts out as a clever, crude and gimmicky comic novel. But as the plot evolves, the book matures, becoming a melancholy story about history and families (particularly grandfathers, fathers and sons). As the title suggests, a mystery waits at the novel's core. The plot concerns an aspiring writer named Jonathan Safran Foer who goes to the Ukraine to investigate his family history-specifically to answer the question: who saved his grandfather from the Nazis?

Movie Review: Entertaining Sum Terror-Fancy
The latest Tom Clancy, Jack Ryan film Sum of All Fears, tells a frighteningly realistic story of a terrorist attack and nuclear war.

Movie Review: Conversations: Scripted Verse
13 Conversations About One Thing is indie director Jill Sprecher's awaited follow-up to her acclaimed 1998 sleeper Clockwatchers, and though it doesn't pack the punch of her riotous comedy on grumpy office temps, the film reveals Sprecher's thematic ambition and aesthetic growth. It's rare that an American movie begins slowly and unimpressively, only to blossom into full poetry by the final minutes, a sign of a director who trusts her material and style without having to resort to some narrative hook or formal gimmick.

Movie Review: CQ'ed: Sought with No Returns
Movies like CQ and musicians like The Strokes and Blur make me wish I knew more about the 60s. Not the 60s of the hippies and the flowerchildren, but the 60s that revered Andy Warhol, rocked to the Velvet Underground, and drove little painted sports cars draped in the Union Jack. Then perhaps I can catch the spirit and derive meaning in Roman Coppola's debut feature CQ, a mildly entertaining love-letter to 60s trash cinema of the Barbarella strain.

Movie Review: The Lady and the Duke
The muted greens, browns, and blues of Eric Rohmer's The Lady and the Duke correspond to the film's plot, which alternates between tepid romance and Gothic melodrama. As with other Rohmer films, which are characterized by heavy doses of sexual tension, we are consistently cuckolded by The Lady and the Duke: the film promises a spectacle of sex-and-violence which is never fulfilled. It begins with a suggestive prologue about the star-crossed love affair between Grace Elliot and the Duke de Orleans, which seems to be the impetus for the narrative. Yet we never see more than a few brittle kisses exchanged between these two characters, as the film quickly contorts into a morality tale about treason and family honor. Later scenes depict moments of the French Revolution but tease out the blood and gore: the mob of proletariats who storm Bastille march home with all the zeal of a band of geriatrics finishing the last stretch of the Bay-to-Breakers. Their torpor is matched by a troop of French mercenaries, who half-heartedly ransack Elliot's house but fail to sniff out the Governor de Tulieres, who hides first in the bed, and then in Grace's boudoir.

Music Reviews
Eminem is the most relentlessly self-aware figure in pop culture today that there's next to no point in reviewing him. I don't really want to either, my head hurts and there's a bum outside my window that keeps pissing all around the pool.


Opinion

Stupid Water-Huggers
Shaving is a chore every man dreads-especially for those who sport the big Persian goatee that I do. (Note to the ladies: That's not the only big thing Persians boast). So imagine my surprise when, right in the middle of my shaving routine this morning, some complete idiot on my floor decides to get environmental on me.

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