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Issue #548 :: Friday, June 21, 2002

Top Headlines

Fight the Right
People have long fought for the right to vote, but what many do not realize is that voting, like the Linkin Park song, "doesn't even matter."

Union Set to Strike Over Labor Contract
For the first time in 30 years, a statewide 18,000-member UC union is organizing a strike to protest the university's alleged unfair labor practices.

Victorians in Drag
The Berkeley Repertory Theatre seems to have striven for contemporary relevance this season. The warning against Nazism in Ionesco's "Rhinoceros" applies to uniformist tendencies today, and Kushner's "Homebody/Kabul" is almost achingly hip with its condemnation of the ruination of Afghanistan wrought by the superpowers. Caryl Churchill's "Cloud Nine," which closes out the Rep's season, is strikingly topical as well; yet, it must have been far more so when it was written (in 1979) than in 2002.

UC Berkeley, Oakland Stall Over Treacherous Road
Nestled in the Oakland-Berkeley hills, a curvy stretch of road known for its spectacular view of the bay has earned a more dubious distinction-it is a launch-point for devastating car wrecks.

News

UC Berkeley, Oakland Stall Over Treacherous Road
Nestled in the Oakland-Berkeley hills, a curvy stretch of road known for its spectacular view of the bay has earned a more dubious distinction-it is a launch-point for devastating car wrecks.

Feature Photo: Swinging the Day Away


Connerly Initiative Not Likely to Appear On November Ballot
UC Regent Ward Connerly's Racial Privacy Initiative, which would ban UC from collecting an applicant's racial background prior to admission, may be absent from the November 2002 ballot.

City Worker Unions Unite to Demand Pay Raises, Benefits
Despite six months of negotiation, four city unions announced Monday they are uniting to lobby for wage increases and better retirement plans for municipal workers.

Union Set to Strike Over Labor Contract
For the first time in 30 years, a statewide 18,000-member UC union is organizing a strike to protest the university's alleged unfair labor practices.

Council to Decide Fate of 'Green' Building Plans
Berkeley will be going "green" if the city council votes to allocate nearly $100,000 to promote the use of environmentally responsible building materials next week.

Funding Gives Course Back to the People
"As I am fighting for my life, I am fighting for 'Poetry for the People,'" June Jordan wrote in a statement urging the university to commit to funding the program she started.

Journalist Questions Objectivity Of Middle East Conflict Coverage
British journalist Robert Fisk called for integrity in western journalism with regard to coverage of the Middle East conflict in a speech to a packed crowd yesterday at a Berkeley church.

News in Brief: Coffee a Hot Issue on Ballot Ballot
Brewed coffee prices in Berkeley may increase by pennies per cup if an initiative only allowing organic, fair trade or shade-grown coffees to be sold in the city passes in November.

Gap Found in Athletic Scholarships
A study released yesterday lists UC Berkeley as the only California university or college failing to give equal scholarship dollars to female athletes, 30 years after gender equality was passed as federal law.


Arts & Entertainment

Music Review: Hot Snakes


Music Review: The Ghost


Music Review: Mary Timony


Spawn vs. Jesus
Hoping for priest molestation humor, I was excited about reviewing "The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys'." Unfortunately, however, the film turned out to be about something different altogether. While it does feature unconventional, nonconsentual sex acts, "Altar Boys" really has nothing to do with religion.

Love in the Time of Beach-Front Development
Checkered with weather-beaten homes and oceanside flophouses, Plantation Island, Florida is a thumbnail sketch of the "sunshine state:" a beach community on a leash, slouching towards urban development. In this imaginary community the good guys are perilously close to the bad guys, just as the invented buccaneer past is but a hairsbreadth from the corporate colonies of the future. This schizoid state is the seminal spurt of John Sayles social commentary, a variation on the theme of cracker-versus-carpetbagger. "Sunshine State" generates a social class narrative in the same vein as "Matewan" and "Eight Men Out," which also depict corporate huckstering within small pockets of society.

Music Review: Cinematic Orchestra


Victorians in Drag
The Berkeley Repertory Theatre seems to have striven for contemporary relevance this season. The warning against Nazism in Ionesco's "Rhinoceros" applies to uniformist tendencies today, and Kushner's "Homebody/Kabul" is almost achingly hip with its condemnation of the ruination of Afghanistan wrought by the superpowers. Caryl Churchill's "Cloud Nine," which closes out the Rep's season, is strikingly topical as well; yet, it must have been far more so when it was written (in 1979) than in 2002.


Opinion

Fight the Right
People have long fought for the right to vote, but what many do not realize is that voting, like the Linkin Park song, "doesn't even matter."

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