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Issue #560 :: Friday, August 2, 2002

Top Headlines

Recent UC Berkeley Graduate Dies in Jerusalem Bombing
Marla Bennett, a UC Berkeley alumna, was killed Wednesday when a nail-studded bomb detonated in a cafeteria at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Honey, We Need to Talk
My good friend Justin is getting married this summer and like most engaged couples, he and his fiancee believe that they are "in love" with each other. What they mean by this, I am not quite certain; everybody has a distinct definition of love. Ask a 15-year-old to describe love and she will tell you of a fantasy world with very few boundaries. By the time she is 21 and her life experiences have amounted, her definition will have changed significantly. Love is relative, and for everybody, it is different.

Remodeling Boys
David Bowie has gone and rereleased "Ziggy Stardust." This new version packaged in some cardboard book-type binding (gone is the jewel case) contains not only the original eleven tracks but also includes another cd's worth of demo and outtake material. Thanks to this 30th anniversary commemorative release issued by Virgin, anyone who wants to get into the Stardust adventure has to pay twenty-five bucks.

New Program Limits Perks For Some UC Union Employees
A new UC alternative transportation program, effective in July, excludes some unionized employees, union officials said.

News

Recent UC Berkeley Graduate Dies in Jerusalem Bombing
Marla Bennett, a UC Berkeley alumna, was killed Wednesday when a nail-studded bomb detonated in a cafeteria at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

New Program Limits Perks For Some UC Union Employees
A new UC alternative transportation program, effective in July, excludes some unionized employees, union officials said.

War-Ravaged Sierra Leone Tries To Find Peace for Child Soldiers
The story of child soldiers in war torn Sierra Leone-who they are, who they became and how they might find their way home-is explored in a study by a UC Berkeley graduate student.

Cracks in Scientific Integrity Breed New Questions in High Stakes Field
Science is supposed to be a search for truth, but when fraud is suspected, the impact on public trust is devastating.

Revised Education Plan Calls For K-16 Integration
The second draft of the Master Plan for Education by a joint state legislative committee was released Tuesday, and aims to amend UC research funding and unite the plan for K-12 with higher education.

UC Investigation Unveils Range of Worker Violations
UC Berkeley maintenance employees on leave in a misconduct probe face a broader set of allegations than just drug-related infractions, university officials said yesterday.

Local Elementary Schools Qualify For State Awards
Two Berkeley elementary schools will receive a total of $14,825 for meeting academic performance growth targets, officials announced Monday.

News in Brief: District Welcomes Two New Principals
The Berkeley Unified School District school board appointed principals to two area schools yesterday.

Feature Photo: A Dignified Arrest


Corrections
Friday's article "State Audit Exposes Wage Disparity in UC System" incorrectly stated in the first paragraph that UC is spending more money on administration than on teaching. The article should have stated that administrative costs grew at a faster rate than academic positions.


Arts & Entertainment

Remodeling Boys
David Bowie has gone and rereleased "Ziggy Stardust." This new version packaged in some cardboard book-type binding (gone is the jewel case) contains not only the original eleven tracks but also includes another cd's worth of demo and outtake material. Thanks to this 30th anniversary commemorative release issued by Virgin, anyone who wants to get into the Stardust adventure has to pay twenty-five bucks.

WARNING: Don't Expect 'Happy Times'
Film is a young man's art," says legendary director Zhang Yimou, who as a young man was perhaps most responsible for generating our sense of film as art (well, at least in a Chinese context).

WARNING: Don't Expect 'Happy Times'
While young western moviegoers may glory in the cynicism of like-titled films "Pleasantville," "American Beauty," and "Happiness," director Zhang Yimou's newest film "Happy Times" unfolds to reveal a scope and depth far beyond the cheap irony that has become de rigeur.

Shyamalan 'Signs' A Contemporary Hitchcock
Who among us has not longed for a disaster of global proportions? Yes, yes, the end of the world, or at least the serious threat thereof. Why, imagine the license it would give you. No future, no consequences. It doesn't need to actually happen; the mere perception that it is going to happen can be strong enough to drive us into a frenzy of reckless passion.

Shyamalan 'Signs' A Contemporary Hitchcock
I'm convinced M. Night Shyamalan is Hollywood's reigning master of suspense. He follows the trail blazed by Hitchcock, showing us a little at a time, if anything at all. Like the Master, he's got a skillful and immediately recognizable style that's confidently original.

Heading South
When I first heard about "Rapture," I thought "A book about oral sex? Cool. Maybe a little gimmicky, but cool." But I put off reading it because I had heard that the title was ironic and the sex was anything but rapturous. When I finally broke down and read it (so as not to read the much-hyped "The Sexual Life of Catherine M.") I soon regretted my preconceptions. Susan Minot has written an elegant and intricate novella, condensing a tragic affair to its essence.

Writer Rebuts
In his response to my review of the film "Sex and Lucia," Ken Chen criticizes my admiration of the film for reasons that confound me. He claims that I do not understand director Julio Medem's earlier pictures because I mentioned that their storytelling is "unfocused," to which he responds that my calling them "unfocused storytelling is superficially accurate, but it's an unfair critique, like outlining the plot of a symbolist poem." I agree that such a critique is unfair, but since the point of the article was not to review his previous films, I simply wantead to focus on how Medem's has matured. Perhaps a better word for "storytelling" would have been "filmmaking." Chen's right in that his films are not about narrative, so we cannot discredit on that count. But what I wanted to point out was that Medem's "symbolism" which he uses as his subject instead of traditional narrative sometimes becomes unfocused and sloppy.

Music Review: El Pulpo
Sometimes a band comes along that just makes you laugh and that might be a good thing. The El Pulpo "Green Means Go" has that sort of light laughing gas effect.

Music Review: Various Artists


Music Review: Dave Matthews Band



Opinion

Honey, We Need to Talk
My good friend Justin is getting married this summer and like most engaged couples, he and his fiancee believe that they are "in love" with each other. What they mean by this, I am not quite certain; everybody has a distinct definition of love. Ask a 15-year-old to describe love and she will tell you of a fantasy world with very few boundaries. By the time she is 21 and her life experiences have amounted, her definition will have changed significantly. Love is relative, and for everybody, it is different.

White Space