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Cost-Cutting Initiative’s Investment Still Unclear by Alisha Azevedo Daily Cal Staff Writer


A plastic bag lies on a Berkeley sidewalk. The city’s prospective plastic bag ban has faced large delays in order to avoid a lawsuit.

City’s Plastic Bag Ban Faces More Delays by Soumya Karlamangla Daily Cal Staff Writer

Choosing “paper or plastic” just got a lot harder for the city of Berkeley. A ban on plastic bags will not be approved anytime this year, city officials said this week. What originally appeared to be a simple way for the city to become more “green” has become increasingly complicated over the last five years, as some environmentalists question the benefits of using paper over plastic, and opponents of the ban look to stall progress through a number of lawsuits. Now, to avoid such a lawsuit, the city will wait until a county-wide report documenting the effects the ban would have on the environment and community — an Environmental Impact Re-

port — is completed at the end of this year, county officials said. “It keeps getting delayed and delayed and delayed, and in the mean time, there are all these other cities adopting them,” said Berkeley Councilmember Kriss Worthington. “It’s not the end of the world to wait another year, but it’s frustrating.” When nearby San Francisco was the first city in the nation to ban plastic bags in 2007, it seemed only appropriate for Berkeley, known as a progressive city, to jump on the bandwagon. But as cities and counties around the state began to consider and adopt similar ordinances — even the Whole Foods Market grocery store chain banned plastic bags in 2008 — many were threatened with lawsuits, and some began to question whether the alternative, paper bags, are truly better

for the environment. The Save the Plastic Bag coalition has filed lawsuits against several cities that adopted plastic bag ban ordinances without completing an EIR, required by the California Environmental Quality Act, on the grounds that a report is necessary to pass a law banning plastic bags to illustrate potential problems with paper bags as well. In fact, the city of Oakland’s ordinance was overturned after the coalition filed a lawsuit against the city in 2008. The American Chemistry Council, a group that represents chemical manufacturers around the nation, has also challenged many bans, suggesting that plastic bags be recycled instead. “Plastic bag bans threaten wellpaying manufacturing jobs, saddle

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As UC Berkeley’s Operational Excellence initiative, aiming to save $75 million each year, continues in its ONLINE PODCAST design phase, Alisha Azevedo talks the amount of money still nec- about the many costs of essary to invest operational excellence. in the cost-cutting project remains unclear. The campus plans to borrow from the UC Office of the President to make any changes made under the initiative. Additionally, one part of the seven cost-saving areas under the initiative may not save as much as was originally estimated. It was anticipated that Operational Excellence may require the campus to invest $50 million to $70 million over the next three years with an additional $5 million per year afterwards in order to save $75 million annually in the long run, according to a clause of the Phase Two Amendment of the initiative signed by the executive committee in April 2010. But according to Claire Holmes, associate vice chancellor for public affairs and university communications, the campus has reached an understanding with the UC Office of the President that will allow the campus to borrow 75 percent of the implementation cost for the initiative. “If we do borrow funds, the money will be used to fund specific investments that may be identified in each business case,” Holmes said in an email. “As we borrow funds, the repayment schedules will need to factor in the investment project needs, when we expect to see benefits or returns from the investment and how it fits the needs of the campus as well.” UC Berkeley has already invested in consulting firm Bain & Company to support the initiative when they were originally hired in October 2009 at

a cost of $3 million — paid by central resources from the campus, according to Holmes. The firm’s continued aid to the initiative through Dec. 31 2010 is scheduled to cost an additional $4.5 million, though close to $2 million of that amount is conditional upon an analysis that will happen later this year. Though with the recent announcement that the campus is on the right track to save $20 million with the elimination of 280 positions under one initiative project, another project may not save as much as previously estimated. The procurement initiative team’s draft of preliminary recommendations released Dec. 21 — which highlights suggested savings in the categories of lab supplies and equipment, travel and entertainment and maintenance repairs operations — may result in $1.9 to $6.9 million in savings, but the initial savings suggested by the initiative’s design phase totaled $4.9 million to $7.9 million. The savings discrepancy comes from additional costs associated with the team’s plan to implement a new software for electronically keeping track of ordering campus supplies. The team also wants to pay one staff member to negotiate lower prices for lab supplies and equipment, according to Initiative Manager Heidi Hoffman. “The scale of our operations is such that it will take time to build the systems and relationships that will allow ongoing improvement in savings,” Hoffman said in an e-mail. “While we have scaled back short term goals, in the long term we hope to meet or exceed them.” According to Operational Excellence’s final diagnostic report released in April, total savings in campus procurement were estimated to be between $25 million to $40 million — an amount that the team is still striving to reach by looking at other categories such as meal catering

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The Den’s Barista Sweetens Every Customer’s Morning by Victoria Pardini Daily Cal Staff Writer

On any weekday morning at The Den next to Crossroads, sleepy-eyed students and rushed professionals alike stand in line at the Peet’s ONLINE VIDEO Coffee & Tea Ahmed Ali talks about bar, waiting to get their caffeine some of his experiences fix before begin- while at The Den. ning the daily grind — a routine many agree is made considerably better by the friendly face of Ahmed Ali, cashier and barista at the coffee shop. Ali, 59, who is known for his cheery demeanor, greets each customer with a bright smile and friendly chitchat to go with their double shot espresso. He has been working at the Cal Dining location for the past six years. “No matter how early it is, no matter how late it is in a day, he always has a smile to offer,” said UC Berkeley senior Jennifer Kong. “And it’s a genuine smile at that.” Ali was born in Yemen and came to

the United States about 18 years ago in search of better work opportunities. Before taking his first job as a custodian in Unit 1 at UC Berkeley, he worked at Macy’s and Safeway. “I worked in Safeway. It was very dangerous,” Ali said. “Here, (it is) a little more safe and good for benefits.” In order to prepare for a typical day, Ali wakes up at 4 a.m. to get to work just an hour later. He finishes his shift at 2:30 p.m., and afterward he sometimes helps out at a friend’s liquor store. Though his days are long, Ali said he enjoys his routine, simply because he likes being busy all of the time. Ali said when he first started working at Peet’s, his responsibilities were somewhat daunting to him because he was not accustomed to working with computers. Though he struggled at first, Ali now trains many new employees and helps them familiarize themselves with the system. “It (was) pretty difficult. I almost

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Ahmed Ali serves a customer at The Den. Many students and professionals look forward to his cheerful personality that brightens their day.


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The University of California and the California State University may have to deal with a portion of Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed $1 billion “Even though in cuts earlier than expected if a recentI’m an advocate ly released report recommending that for higher the cuts be spread education, I out over two years is implemented. can’t say don’t A report released cut higher Monday by the California Legislative education when Analyst’s Office, the at the same nonpartisan fiscal policy adviser for time important the state, advises shifting some of social programs the proposed $500 are being cut.� million cuts to each system to this year –Adrian Griffin in order to avoid a “steep drop� in funding once the next fiscal year begins. The report recommends continuing cost-cutting efforts including increasing class sizes, consolidating academic programs, laying off and furloughing employees as well as possibly raising tuition. The report’s release coincides with state budget subcommittee hearings held Wednesday in Sacramento for edu-

cation sectors to discuss the impact of proposed cuts to higher education. According to Judy Heiman, a principal fiscal and policy analyst for the office, the report proposes shifting a portion of the cuts to the UC and the CSU from the 2011-12 fiscal year to the current 2010-11 fiscal year — when the institutions received substantially more funding than they had anticipated — to mitigate the impact of the funding reduction over two years. She added that many of the issues being addressed in the plan dealt with the fact that because this year’s state budget was passed 100 days late, the UC and the CSU had to make major decisions before they knew what funding they would receive. She added that because of this, it will be challenging for them to spend all their funding in the remainder of the fiscal year. According to Patrick Lenz, the UC vice president for budget, the proposal is “premature� because it doesn’t take into account uncertainty regarding several factors in the state budgeting process. Brown’s budget proposal hinges on voter approval of an extension of tax hikes implemented during Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s administration, which, if rejected, could leave the UC facing funding cuts much larger than the proposed $500 million, Lenz said. “My reason for saying ‘no’ (to the pro-

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said Shirley Dean, former mayor and treasurer for the Citizens Sunshine Committee. “In fact, it takes a step backward.� Councilmember Jesse Arreguin, who submitted his own set of amendments at the meeting Tuesday, said in an interview that the current draft is “a darkness ordinance� that does not address several measures essential to an open government. “It’s sort of meaningless in that it doesn’t actually ensure that it actually can be enforced and ... hold the city accountable,� he said. “It’s just words on a paper.� At a work session in September, the Citizens’ Sunshine Committee came before the council to discuss the implications and components of an open government ordinance. The council then directed city staff to draft an ordinance to be presented this month. The proposed ordinance requires the City Council hold at least 26 regular meetings each year — three more than last year and two more than in 2009 — while also establishing an earlier start time of 6 p.m. and a start time of no later than 10 p.m. for public hearings. It also says that the City Council agenda packet must be distributed 11 days before the scheduled meeting, an idea initially proposed by the sunshine committee.

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y friends, I have had the epiphany of all epiphanies, and I believe that you can relish the same experience. It was more satisfying, more mind-blowing and more ... more ... just more than anything I have ever encountered in my seasoned 21 years of age. This revelation is known as Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games trilogy. Yes, these bad boys beat out all the book series you can name — the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Harry Potter saga, the Inheritance Trilogy, the Chronicles of Narnia, His Dark Materials trilogy and even the Twilight series for those of you who consider those things books. Now, you skeptics, non-believers or people who have not heard of this series (you are either glued to your video games or you are living under a rock), never fear, I was once like you. I was an English major, born and bred on the classics. I had no time for silly pleasure reads. But oh, sweet Jesus, as I delved deeper into Suzanne Collins’s chaotic post-apocalyptic world that was once the great U.S. of A., I vowed I would make time for these. These books are not child’s play nor are they for the faint of heart. They are like an everything bagel: a dabble of one thing and a dash of another. You like adventure? No problem! I guarantee you will be engrossed by the mere concept of the “survival of the fittest” competition for which the series is so aptly named. You like romance? Great. Watch out Twi-hard fans, Collins has two characters for you that will make current Edward and Bella fantasies look like kiddie crushes (and you won’t have to suffer through the chapters of onerous teen angst to boot). You solely prefer reading things about fashion? And come on, we know you are out there, but wouldn’t you know it, this book has more than enough intricate descriptions of high fashion to make any Vogue-lover drool. Into twisted mind games and conspiracy theories? This series is chalk-full of those suckers. hile these books might sound like the ultimate combination of teeny-bopper romanticism and Dan Brown novels, they truly are something all their own. Written originally for an audience of young adults, these novels starkly portray a life that could be if we do not attempt to defend oft-forgotten things such as democracy, environmentalism and even humanity. In a world where it is a game to literally torture children, we see what can become of future generations who are forced to dehumanize themselves and turn to a life of basic instinct, where the fight to survive is an hour-by-hour dilemma. But how can books targeted at such a young audience have such a profound and even political statement


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KATIE NELSON about what our future could hold if we are not careful? Such messages are not just meant for one specific age group, and Collins’s writings touch on subjects everyone can relate to. It is her ability to hone in and question what we cherish most — life, love, equality, comfort — that makes this series so poignant. had hoped to spend this past holiday break vegging around sunny SoCal and not thinking about such grand themes, but after plowing through the first book, then not leaving my room for the next 12 hours to finish the series and start it again ( just to make sure that it really was as epic as I had thought), I realized that these books were more than just a pleasure read. They made me think, and in all the right ways. I hungered for more. I re-read the series three times over the holiday hiatus, trying to hone in on all the topics that Collins was attempting to address not only through her characters, but through their world. Collins jarring warnings of “what if ” and “what may come” are ominous to say the least, and it is a testament to her writing ability when I had to sit back and close the book and reflect on not only the way I lead my life, but the way other people’s behaviors cause a sort of “domino effect” on how individuals will treat each other, how they will love or hate themselves and how they will ultimately define their ways of life. Pretty heavy, huh? I know, I know, you have your theses, your problem sets or your graduate school applications. You may even go out on the occasional date. And while life seemingly tends to revolve around such things, is it possible for everyone to just put down their pencils and take a breather and read these babies for a sec? I am serious when I say you will not want to eat or sleep unless you finish reading (so it is technically not so different from the stressful homework and application process you all currently employ). So grab your necessary supplies, whatever they be — you may want coffee — and shut your doors, get literate and read The Hunger Games series.


posal) is there are too many unknowns at this point,” Lenz said. “We need to discuss what the trade-offs of this plan are. If we could change this around to have a better understanding of what benefits the UC would receive from this plan, I’d have a better comfort level.” He added that a primary concern is that the recommendation is “too prescriptive” during a time when the UC is in need of “the ultimate flexibility in how we go about managing this budget.” Adrian Griffin, the assistant director for the California Postsecondary Education Commission said that while the cuts are less than desirable, they are necessary given the $26 billion deficit the state is currently facing. “These cuts represent a realistic forecast of what our state revenues currently are and what our expenditures are,” Griffin said. “To make the budget balanced, we need these cuts, and even though I’m an advocate for higher education, I can’t say don’t cut higher education when at the same time important social programs are being cut.” Aaida Samad covers higher education. Contact her at

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However, the ordinance does not address the issue of supplemental items that are usually submitted to the council at the last minute and not immediately made available online. It also does not set a clear way in which the ordinance can be enforced. “They’re not addressing the central question,” Dean said. “What they’re saying is we want open government, but they’re not saying what that means, how it’s to happen.” After meeting with the Fair Campaign Practices Commission last Thursday, city staff amended the drafted ordinance to give the commission authority to make recommendations to the council rather than just submit reports. City staff also clarified that the commission would not have authority for oversight of the ordinance, but that a new Open Government Commission, consisting of the same membership as the Fair Campaign Practices Commission, would. Steve Wollmer, chair of the Fair Campaign Practices Commission, said his commission is one of the only in the city with the authority and capacity to hold hearings and impose fines, so commissioners felt they had the exper-

tise to administer the ordinance. However, some have questioned whether the council can legally grant the commission this authority. At the meeting Tuesday, Dean urged the council to establish its authority to amend the Berkeley Election Reform Act, which was adopted by voters as an initiative in 1974, by seeking a formal legal opinion. The act created the commission and outlines its authority. “It’s like a sneaky end run that simply does not respect the initiative process or the fact that these people were appointed for a different purpose,” Dean said. City Attorney Zach Cowan said in an e-mail that a report to the council on Feb. 15 will evaluate whether council members could legally award the commission the power of oversight for open government practices. He declined to comment further on the subject. “If we’re going to adopt a sunshine ordinance ... we need to make sure that it actually will have a meaningful effect to make government more transparent,” Arreguin said. Stephanie Baer is the assistant city news editor. Contact her at

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he Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” is Mike Daisey’s second monologue at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre in as many weeks. Daisey’s latest could be described as wildly enjoyable if its message weren’t as sobering. This production has a much tighter focus than Daisey’s last piece at the Rep, “The Last Cargo Cult.” While the latter ripped consumerism as a whole, the former aims its ire at a particular target: the titular Steve Jobs and his Apple corporation. Whereas “Cargo Cult” successfully linked American identity to commerce, Daisey uses the metaphor of religion in “Agony and the Ecstasy” to examine the role of personal computing technology in contemporary life. As Daisey notes, we sleep, wake up and die by our phones (check-out Highway 13 every night around 5 p.m. for proof). More and more we are controlled by our iPods, iPhones and iPads, he argues, as we become slaves to our machines. “Agony and the Ecstasy” asks: If we are going to live in a cult of Apple technology, shouldn’t we at least know its origin story? The monologue recounts two connected but radically different parables of Apple. First there is the Life of Job—or rather Life of Jobs—wherein Daisey recounts the rise of the Apple CEO from bare-footed college dropout to bare-footed consumer electronics wizard. Daisey speaks of Jobs more like a mystic than an ordinary businessman. With hushed tones, he recounts shrewd deals, bolds visions and the man’s exile from—and return to—Apple. These aspects of the show are sometimes illuminating, sometimes terrifying; Jobs’ brilliant but vicious business practices are a source of pity and laughter. Woven into “Agony and the Ecstasy” is Daisey’s telling of his own trip to Shenzhen, one of China’s special economic zones,

where almost all of the world’s electronics are manufactured. This vision feels more like the Book of Revelation than the Gospel. Daisey describes a massive factory “employing” half a million people a day in order to sate the world’s thirst for tiny, well-designed mp3 players. The scare quotations are there, because as the factory is described, it sounds more like a labor camp than a job. In these moments Daisey paints an agonizing and unacceptable creation story for our revered iPhones. It would be easy to tag Daisey as a holierthan-thou activist. Yet he freely admits a long-held passion for computer technology, especially Apple products. Daisey isn’t just performing a monologue, he also enacts the struggle first-world consumers take part in everyday whether they realize it or not: Is my desire for stuff hurting the lives of others? He is not a zealot, he does not advocate throwing oneself on the gears of the machine. Rather he seeks to raise consumer awareness of the human cost, not just the $400 price tag. Besides the slightly different concerns, Daisey’s delivery is keener since his last show. His voice is softer at times and the fbomb count has dwindled. Yet he still pulls himself and the audience towards the edge of hysteria repeatedly. His narrative voice has found some sort of middle ground between the Howard Beale-ness of Lewis Black and the geek-age of Patton Oswalt (can’t imagine what that baby would look like: a screaming tirade on Marvel vs. DC Comics). “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” presents a chance to come to Jesus and witness the power and glory of modern theater.

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one to Pick” and “Diadem” is a prime example of the efforts of San Francisco’s The Cutting Ball Theater, which prides itself on artistry, novelty and the absurd. After all, the show is directed by Cutting Ball artistic director Rob Melrose, stars Cutting Ball associate artistic director Paige Rogers, and is written by the newly-appointed Cutting Ball playwright-in-residence Eugenie Chan. This show is, if anything, an all-star Cutting Ball affair. “Bone to Pick” and “Diadem” are two 40-minute pieces; both of them onewoman shows. “Bone to Pick” originally ran on its own in 2008, but for the purposes of this production, “Diadem” was commissioned and added to precede and give context to “Bone.” The story that unfolds in both is the tale of Ariadne: the Cretan princess who makes the mistake of helping the Athenian hero Theseus find his way through the

labyrinth to slay the half-man, half-bull (and half-Ariadne’s brother) Minotaur. Theseus promises to marry her in return for her advice—a promise he keeps up until a few days later when he abandons her for eternity on the desert island of Naxos. Talk about getting the short end of the deal. In “Bone,” the Ariadne character is reincarnated as a vengeful diner waitress named Ria, who serves her invisible customers day in and day out while drinking foul-looking water out of a coffee pot in her supposedly deserted, post-apocalyptic world. Theseus is reborn as a rowdy customer named “Theo” who comes to diner demanding rib-eye steak—the greasy-spoon analogue for the Minotaur. As Ria, Rogers’ accent is perfectly comedic and realistic, and her physical demeanor exudes an uneven mixture of nerves and nonchalance. From the bloodstains on her apron to the pencil holding up her hair, everything she says and does is so powerfully evocative of a vision of an

Americana wasteland, it’s almost scary. “Bone to Pick” seems to be the focus of the production. It is, after all, listed first in the production’s title even though it’s the second act. Traditionally, Cutting Ball tends to like productions that force the audience to work a little to understand. Their fear in this case seems to be that to an audience unfamiliar or even only slightly familiar with the myth, “Bone” might come off as somewhat indecipherable. That’s why, at least in this combination, “Diadem” is shown first. Weaving her way among fertility goddess statuettes adorning the otherwise bare stage, Rogers in “Diadem” portrays a younger, more recently abandoned Ariadne reminiscing from the shores of Naxos. Set in ancient times, the play maintains a florid poetic meter interspersed with moments of modernity and innuendo. Playwright Chan has a way with language—her lines are remarkably accessible but manage to maintain an antique linguis-

tic air, as if they came out of another time. From Ariadne’s lyrical ramblings the story of Theseus and the Minotaur emerges and skillfully pieces itself together. As much as “Diadem” provides the context for audiences to tackle the next play, one almost wishes that such context wasn’t necessary, and that “Bone” could really stand alone. For some reason, Rogers’ Ariadne is not as convincing as her Ria. This could simply be because Rogers seems so much at home in the latter role, making “Bone” more emotionally engaging—even if its plot and message are far less than obvious. It’s not to say that “Diadem” isn’t worthwhile in its own right, either. It is, without a doubt, a wonderfully staged retelling of the Ariadne myth. It’s just that, when combined with “Bone,” it feels more like a beautifully written footnote that you are forced to read first. Invest in a fertility goddess statuette with Arielle at

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was at a party over winter break when someone approached me and asked, under his breath, if I downloaded movies illegally and wanted to join his online file sharing club. I told him, off the record, that I’ve been to known to dabble in torrents now and then, but Netflix has pretty much eradicated any need for to do that. With Netflix, there’s not much room in my movie love life for illicit file sharing anymore. Illegal downloading is more like my mistress. Though Netflix doesn’t enable you to stream theatrical releases online — don’t worry, they’ll get there someday — movie watching is getting easier. You don’t have to race to Blockbuster, only to be met with that empty wall of a thousand pictures of “Inception” where the DVDs were only an hour before. Even Berkeley’s late Reel Video, perhaps the greatest video store there ever was, left me in a heap on the floor with stacks of movies under my arms: It can be overwhelming. Now you don’t have to decide ahead of time what will go and what will stay on your Netflix queue. In a few years, there won’t even be a Netflix queue: They are slated to soon be a streaming-only service. But that’s part of the problem. There’s something troubling me about that loaded phrase “Instant Watch,” an idiom now permanently fixed in the American lexicon. You can’t exactly watch these movies “instantly.” For me, choosing a movie to stream is as ardu-

ous an endeavor as setting up my queue and anticipating what I’ll want to watch in, oh, two years. Because I usually need a movie to fall asleep like some people need a night light, I try and pick something to watch but I just end up watching five minutes of a bunch of movies only to bag the whole enterprise. The other night, for example, I watched 42 seconds of “Caligula” (apparently that’s all I needed) and 49 minutes of “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired” (but I made it through a whole “Intervention” episode!). Maybe this isn’t a problem for anyone else. Maybe I am just an over-stimulated product of the 21st century who can’t sit through a damn movie. I scroll through my “Recently Watched” activity on Netflix and am met by a surprising number of unfinished movies. I apparently took five hours to watch Nicolas Roeg’s 1973 horror film “Don’t Look Now” which, at 110 minutes, I never finished and probably won’t. And suddenly watching something like Chantal Akerman’s three-and-a-half-hour “Jeanne Dielman” (1975) — an Instant viewing I seem to have turned into a miniseries event — is as daunting and presumably archaic a task as picking up James Joyce’s “Ulysses.” Woe is the movie buff who wants to watch everything and suddenly can. Some films are so fascinated by notions of human boredom (like those of Antonioni or Warhol) such that uninterrupted viewing is necessary. Others, like Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere,” are like a slow morphine drip to the arm. Sometimes, tedium is just plain tedium. Here’s a film I would have stopped five minutes in if I had seen it on Instant Watch. So in this sense, I think Netflix is breeding the kind of moviegoers — though you’re not exactly going anywhere — who are faced with myriad choices and can simply leave a movie unfinished. I, for one, can’t just walk out of a theater if I want to because there is some little voice in my head that tells me “Finish it! Finish it!” (I wish that voice hadn’t been there during “Somewhere.”) Netflix, on the other hand, has implanted a voice in my head that tells me “Get outta here! Get outta here!” Watch the rest of “Don't Look Now” with Ryan at


Bardem Wrestles With Slow Death in ‘Biutiful’ by Max Siegel

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o one does disaster better than Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. It’s guaranteed that any seemingly normal family-oriented event, like sitting around the dinner table, will quickly go horribly wrong. And as soon as a car appears in a scene, you know that its passengers are toast. In Inarritu’s new film “Biutiful,” Javier Bardem plays Uxbal, a middleman in Barcelona who experiences his fair share of disasters. But Inarritu has moved on from simply cramming in as much mayhem and hysteria as possible, which sometimes had the effect of diluting his films. Now there’s even time for a touching birthday celebration — and nobody gets killed afterward. Nevertheless, death plays a central role in “Biutiful.” In his free time, Uxbal communicates with the recently deceased, so mourners can learn what their last thoughts were. This is a task Uxbal takes seriously (albeit for a fee), since he has an advanced form of cancer that will kill him in two months’ time. On top of that, Uxbal jostles with his bipolar ex-wife, Marambra (Maricel Alvarez), over custody of their children. This is only a thin slice of what goes on in “Biutiful,” a film that is both more rich and low-key than Inarritu’s previous movies. It is the first feature-length film he has made without screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga, which may be for the best. Arriaga’s script for “Babel” (2006) jumped among three different continents, and unless Inarritu wants to venture into outer space, there aren’t many more places he can visit within a single film. Inarritu wisely plants himself in one location — Barcelona — and uses Uxbal’s position as a middleman to flow among the city’s various strata. This plays to Inarritu’s greatest strength: to make any environment he shoots in come alive. With the help of longtime cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, who fills the frame with constant activity, he sheds light on a rapidly modernizing city that’s experiencing growing pains. In one shot, we see a myriad of


biutiful, dark, twisted. In Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s 2010 film ‘Biutiful,’ Javier Bardem plays a dying man who communicates messages to the newly dead. construction cranes perched high in the sky, and then, below street level, a cemetery that’s about to be razed to make way for new buildings. A steady influx of immigrants from China and Senegal maintain this construction boom. Inarritu does a remarkable job of capturing the challenges immigrants face, which is no small feat. In one particularly impressive scene, riot police materialize and chase a dozen Senegal street vendors through a busy, tourist-laden plaza. Uxbal tries to stop them from beating an acquaintance of his, but gets arrested in the process. His brother, posting bail, sums up the tension surrounding immigration succinctly: “You got in a fight over a black guy?” “Biutiful” is in many ways a very good film, and it features a carbonmonoxide-induced accident that’s deeply shocking, even by Inarritu’s

standards. However, the film is ultimately a step forward and a step backward for the director. With a 147minute runtime, “Biutiful” goes on for far too long. Those powerful moments aren’t diluted by a surfeit of mayhem but by a surfeit of time. Uxbal dies over an agonizing, two-month-long period, and by the film’s end, it feels like we’ve been sitting for that amount of time, too. Inarritu’s 2003 film “21 Grams” illustrated that, although people die, often in terrible ways, life somehow goes on. “Biutiful” tries to accomplish the same goal, but you can’t help feeling that Inarritu himself became trapped in this self-indulgent web of his own making. Trap Max in your self-indulgent web at


by David Wagner

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oshua Redman is the kind of musician you’d take home to mother. He’s got a winning personality, he can wear the hell out of a tailored suit, and he’s even a Harvard man. To top it all off, as a jazz saxophonist, he’s insanely good at what he does. Last Saturday night the Berkeley native brought his charm, as well as his phenomenal chops, to Zellerbach Hall for a safe, but resoundingly crowd-pleasing concert hosted by Cal Performances. A homecoming of sorts, the evening was thick with nostalgia. Redman’s quartet played a bevy of classic tunes (including workhorses like “Summertime” and “Body and Soul,” which the band somehow managed to interpret in a fresh and compelling way). And when he played originals, Redman bypassed his latest stuff, choosing instead to revive some of his earliest compositions. The night packed few surprises. Solos were short and to-the-point. Melodies were instantly recognizable. Rhythms were groovy and in-the-pocket. By keeping the affair so straightforward, Redman and co. ladled out generous helpings of aural comfort food for the audience. Though the courses may have been predictable, they were also rich, fatty, and familiarly delicious. When harnessing the tenor sax’s raw power, Redman explored the extremes of his range, blurting out low-end honks and stretching up for high-end shrieks. His rhythmic dexterity on the tenor demanded attention. At one point, he was essentially playing his own bass line while also improvising over it. His approach was more relaxed on the soprano, bringing out the spiritual side of his persona. When handling this more delicate horn, his melodic inventiveness and emotional sensitivity stood out brightly. Redman complimented his deft playing by actually putting on a show—something that relatively few jazzmen do. Bringing his whole body into the performance, he bobbed and weaved, swayed and stomped along with the snaky grooves that foregrounded his improvisation. His band kept pace. Pianist Aaron Goldberg spewed out long, rapid-fire lines like so many rows of incomprehensible

programming code. But his harmonic sensitivity prevented his playing from lapsing into stale workouts. Reginald Veal’s touch on the bass was chunky yet nimble. And drummer Gregory Hutchinson combined a hip-hop-head’s knack for kinetic beats with a refined approach to dynamics and rhythmic accents. Considering it was their first time playing together as a unit, the group’s rapport was quite impressive. Technical fireworks, recognizable melodies, infectious licks, foot-tapping grooves—all this added up to a show that pleased the audience immensely. But somehow this satisfaction seemed incomplete. It was impossible not to feel a faint but constant gnawing desire to see Redman be a little more daring, to try something that might not go over so well with the audience, to make himself vulnerable. Redman’s been known to play it safe. Even when he’s appeared to be experimenting—such as on 2005’s electro-infused Momentum—he’s really just been finding a new way to stick to his guns. His nearly 20-year-long discography features many high-quality albums, but none of them have really stuck out from the rest. None except for his latest offering, 2009’s Compass, which is undoubtedly Redman’s most tentative and exploratory record to date. It’s also his most compelling. On Compass his accompaniment was stark, including only drums and upright bass. The really interesting stuff happens when he’s backed by two drummers and two bassists simultaneously. The result could’ve easily been disastrous, but the album is actually a strange, hypnotic success. With the solid, reliable bedrock that had always supported Redman beginning to shake and undulate beneath him, his playing becomes even more thoughtful and expressive. Anyone expecting experimentation from Redman on Saturday night would’ve left disappointed. The show was by no means a failure—the enthusiastic audience response testified to that. But it certainly backpedaled on the progressive adventurousness in Redman’s recent output. It seems like now more than ever jazz artists should be taking bold risks. But, as Redman clearly knows, playing it safe is a lot more likely to get the audience on their feet when it’s time to applaud. Put David in your pocket at

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consumers with burdensome new grocery costs and threaten existing recycling infrastructure,â&#x20AC;? Tim Shestek, senior director of state affairs for the organization, said in an e-mail. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(The American Chemistry Council) believes there are better and more consumerfriendly ways to reduce litter.â&#x20AC;? But Carol Misseldine, director of Green Cities California, a coalition supporting the adoption of environmentally progressive initiatives, said that plastic bag usage must be reduced â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in California, 19 billion single-use plastic bags are used a year, amounting to about 600 per second, she added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really obvious that (the American Chemistry Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) real issue is that they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to cut into their market share,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They make plastic bags.â&#x20AC;? Most cities acknowledge the detrimental effects of both plastic and paper bags â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the former for litter and marine pollution and the latter for green house gas emissions â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and are now creating what Misseldine called â&#x20AC;&#x153;second-generationâ&#x20AC;? ordinances, which include a fee for paper bags as well. But even these bans can come under fire if completed without an EIR. Berkeley is taking what she called a â&#x20AC;&#x153;cautiousâ&#x20AC;? approach â&#x20AC;&#x201D; waiting for an EIR before proceeding with an ordinance to avoid a lawsuit. According to Debra Kauffman, a senior program manager at StopWaste. org, the regional organization that is facilitating the county EIR, the report that cities will use to weigh the value of their own bans should be completed by November. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can definitely see why cities are doing it â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the safest route,â&#x20AC;? Misseldine said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the other hand, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very grateful to those jurisdictions that are moving forward anyhow.â&#x20AC;? The city of Manhattan Beach, for example, is currently fighting a lawsuit from the Save the Bag Coalition after the city did not file an EIR. The case made its way up to the state supreme court. A decision is forthcoming. While many are waiting for the potentially precedent-setting verdict of the case against Manhattan Beach, the Board of Supervisors for unincorporated parts of Marin County passed a ban

on plastic bags Tuesday to take effect early next year, which includes a 5 cent charge on paper bags â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all without conducting an EIR and instead claiming a categorical exemption, according to David Zaltsman, deputy county counsel for Marin County. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It costs a lot of money, it takes longer, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legally inappropriate,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The plastic bag manufacturers have been attempting to pull the local jurisdictions to delay their ordinances by doing unnecessary EIRs.â&#x20AC;? Councilmember Jesse Arreguin said he would have preferred Berkeley to take a similar approach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Berkeley has a reputation in being a leader in environmental issues, and if we can move forward soon in passing an ordinance, we can continue our leadership,â&#x20AC;? he said. But a categorical exemption can only apply when the environmental impact is indisputably good, so attempts at exemption have been questioned. The county has already been threatened with lawsuits from the Save the Plastic Bag Coalition, according to Zaltsman. Although he would prefer the law was passed sooner, Arreguin said that by proceeding cautiously, the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ban will be legally defensible and easy to uphold. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a delay,â&#x20AC;? said Mary-Kay Clunies Ross, spokesperson for the city of Berkeley. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more a question about approach than anything else.â&#x20AC;? She added that completing an EIR for just the city is expensive and timeconsuming and that the city had previously looked to the state to ban the bags but that a proposal was rejected in the state senate late last year. Both the city of San Jose and the county of Los Angeles recently approved the bans, with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;greenâ&#x20AC;? charge on paper bags, but both waited and completed EIRs after being threatened with lawsuits. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone agrees that we want to proceed ... we want to do it in a way that when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enacted, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upheld and doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cost the city a lot of lawsuits,â&#x20AC;? said Councilmember Gordon Wozniak. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to happen.â&#x20AC;? Soumya Karlamangla is the lead environment reporter. Contact her at

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and information technology, according to Eric Craypo, director of communications for Recreational Sports and initiative team member. Andrew Szeri, faculty head of the initiative and dean of the Graduate Division, said initiative teams were given ranges of savings despite the overall goal of $75 million because some proposals will be funded and pursued, while others will not receive funding depending on the number of the proposals submitted to the executive committee and their viability. The initiatives have their own timelines and most will be done with proposals by the end of March, Szeri said. Final costs and potential savings

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Utility boxes in the downtown area may have a new face as some community members try to instal sustainability-themed artwork on them.

for each of the teams will not be made available until teams submit their recommendations. “The important thing is to get to the overall goal,” he said. “Each project has its own savings attached to it — that might be a bit more or a bit less than what was imagined initially. If we find we’re lacking in some area, we can send the team back to do some more work.” The 98 faculty members serving the initiative teams are not being additionally compensated for their work, though Szeri is receiving an administrative stipend of $40,000 per year as the faculty head of the initiative. Alisha Azevedo covers academics and administration. Contact her at

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Community Members Hope to Beautify Downtown by Karinina Cruz and Jessica Gillotte Downtown Berkeley may soon be more appealing to the eye, supportive of showcasing local artwork and expressive of the sustainable and green themes that the city aims to promote. Looking to beautify the Downtown, Ariana Katovich — the restoration initiatives director at the Earth Island Institute — came up with the idea to allow business owners and community members to sponsor the installation of local, sustainability-themed artwork on one of 60 utility boxes in the area. Katovich previously lived in the area for three years and said she noticed that “Downtown Berkeley was very gray” and not reflective of its artistic community. After seeing colorful artwork displayed on utility boxes in various cities in California, she was inspired to launch the 60 Boxes Project in the city’s downtown area. “The goal is to utilize the great can-

vases that we have in our utility boxes,” she said. “We’re working with the community and businesses Downtown to sponsor boxes and then pairing them up with artists.” So far, businesses, foundations and local politicians have all pledged fiscal support for the project, including Mayor Tom Bates, Councilmembers Jesse Arreguin and Kriss Worthington and Ecocity Builders — a San Francisco based nonprofit organization. The Open Circle Foundation — supporting foundation of the East Bay Community Foundation — has contributed $8,000 to the project’s fund, according to Diane Sanchez, the East Bay Community Foundation’s director of grant making and donor services. Katovich said this donation enabled youth to participate in the project. Erica Hess, senior manager for community relations at Peet’s Coffee & Tea’s Emeryville headquarters said the company will be working actively with students from Berkeley High School

and the YMCA to create designs for the two utility boxes in front of the company’s Shattuck Avenue location. Although not all of the boxes have been sponsored yet, Katovich said artists have begun working on their designs. Once the contract with the city is signed — which Katovich said would be “any day now” — the project can officially accept artist portfolios. High resolution photos will be taken of the artwork and then printed on a polymer sticker, which will be covered with a graffiti-resistant coating. She said she hopes to complete the first wave of boxes by Earth Day in late April. Arreguin said he appreciates the integration of public art into public spaces. “That’s a new element that’s happening in the downtown, and I think it’s fantastic,” he said.

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quit,” he said. “They put me straight into the computer, I didn’t have any information about the menu or anything. Day by day, I get it.” While Ali lives with his sister and her husband in Berkeley, the majority of his family — including three siblings, his wife and his five children — still lives in Yemen. He said he hopes to eventually raise enough money to be reunited with his family in the United States, though he said he is not sure how long it will take him to achieve that goal. “I want to keep my family, and have some money to stay with my family.

That’s it,” he said. For the past eight years, he has been saving up to move his family to the U.S. In addition to realizing the better work opportunities in the states, Ali said he is very impressed with the quality of education and medical care in America versus that of his home country. However, he said at times he is disappointed that some people do not take advantage of the high quality education available to them. “I know some friend, he’s in Dubai,” he said. “His dad pays ... $60,000 a year (for him) to study here. People here ... they don’t want to go to school.” Ali admitted that sometimes when

The Daily Californian NEWS he runs into students outside of The Den on the street, they do not recognize him. However, he said that for the most part, students are friendly and happy to see him. “Everyone here is friendly, but he seems to go the extra mile as far as customer service and being really personable,” said freshman Erin Tatum. Overall, however, he said he enjoys his job and the bonds that he has made with the students he serves, adding that he likes helping brighten students’ days with his upbeat attitude. “I like everybody (to) be happy,” Ali said. “I love people. When they ask me questions ... it makes my day, you know?” Victoria Pardini covers Berkeley communities. Contact her at

Two UC Berkeley Scholars to Serve on State Energy Commission by Sara Johnson Daily Cal Staff Writer

On the same day that President Barack Obama pledged to dramatically increase clean electricity production by 2035 in his State of the Union Address, Governor Jerry Brown also announced his appointment of two UC Berkeley scholars to the California Energy Commission on Tuesday. Brown appointed UC Berkeley alumnus Robert Weisenmiller and doctoral candidate and Rhodes Scholar Carla Peterman to the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, charged with managing and promoting renewable and efficient energy policy in the state. Susanne Garfield, the commission’s assistant executive director for media and public communications, said the commission was “delighted” with the appointments. “(Peterman) is a phenomenally wellnetworked and knowledgeable person,” Garfield said. She added that the commission was glad to see Weisenmiller “back in the saddle.” Each appointee, if confirmed by the California State Senate, will serve five-year terms. Both positions are paid $128,109 annually, according to a press release. Brown appointed Weisenmiller, who holds a doctorate in chemistry and a master’s in energy and resources from UC Berkeley, to take over as the commission’s chair — a one-year term — at the end of current chair Karen Douglas’s term on Feb. 6. According to Garfield, Weisenmiller was appointed to the commission last year by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, but was never confirmed by the Senate Rules Committee. Appointees must be approved within a year of taking the oath of office.

As customary for unconfirmed officials, Weisenmiller resigned when Brown assumed office to allow him the ability to make new appointments. With Weisenmiller’s reappointment, his five-year term restarts this year. Weisenmiller was first appointed to the commission under Brown’s first term in 1977 and served until 1982. Peterman is a doctoral candidate in UC Berkeley’s Energy and Resources Group as well as a board member for The Utility Reform Network, a consumer utilities advocacy organization. “I am honored to be selected to serve on the California Energy Commission,” Peterman said in an e-mail. “I have high regard for the agency and its role as the state’s primary energy policy and planning agency.” Mark Toney, the executive director of TURN, recruited Peterman to be on the board in 2008. “She is bringing a really fresh perspective to the challenges of how you promote renewable energy,” Toney said. “I think she’ll be able to give every bit of concern to consumers that industry usually gets.” Peterman’s focus on consumers is also reflected in her dissertation research about the effects of solar technology subsidies on consumers, according to her personal website. Catherine Wolfram, an associate professor and co-director of the Energy Institute at Haas School of Business, sits on Peterman’s dissertation committee and said she has an open mind to policy issues and is good at seeing the larger picture. “It’s been Carla’s lifelong dream to do something in policy,” she said.

“I am honored to be selected to serve on the California Energy Commission.” - Carla Peterman

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Do you like to sing? Then you should audition for DeCadence a cappella Spring 2011! Auditions for vocal parts and vocal percussion will be held during the week of January 31st. Sign up for first round auditions at If you have any questions or concerns contact the Audition Coordinator Name: Maxwell Fisch Position: Co-Music Director What positions entails: Along with Mark, I plan rehearsals and run them with DeCadence. I tell people to sing things. Then I tell them to sing it better. It works well most of the time. Major: Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Hometown: Camarillo, CA Favorite place to eat in Berkeley: Zachary's Pizza Favorite song: "Sleep" by Eric Whitacre If you could have any superpower: How about the move you? Telekinesis, I mean.

Name: Mark Lee Position: Co-Music Director What positions entails: Run and plan rehearsals with Max, make sure the group is running along smoothly in general! Major: Business Administration, Music minor Hometown: Irvine, CA Favorite movie: 500 Days of Summer or Up Favorite song: What a difficult question to ask a musician! Maybe "Keep Breathing" by Ingrid Michaelson? Favorite class taken at Cal: People always give me judging looks when I say this, but UGBA 10, run by Professor Robinson. It's why I'm a Business major!



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omenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water polo â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a sport that Poseidon himself could get behind, despite the clear absence of tridents. Actively promoted in six of seven seas and sponsored by 18 water-based drinks (not to mention the 34 island nations that have named it their national sport), womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water polo also happens to be the beat I will be covering for The Daily Californian this semester. It all started a few weeks ago, when Poseidon himself (heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s way up there in the newspaperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pecking order â&#x20AC;&#x201D; just under Zeus, I think) asked me to report on a sport that was as Greek to me as mythology is to the average

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sorority â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and filled with just as many double entendres. Knowing that it would be my most difficult assignment yet â&#x20AC;&#x201D; except for the time I gave a sorority its fill of double entendres, if you know what I mean â&#x20AC;&#x201D; I jumped at the opportunity, well aware that a refusal would lead to my head on his trident, if you know what I mean. So if you have a moment, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to invite you on this wonderful journey of discovery and self-discovery as I discover what womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water polo is all about: You might just learn something about yourself, especially if you happen to play water polo. From what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve researched over the past few weeks, womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water polo appears to be a water-based sport, known for its athletes of the feminine persuasion. With six players and a goalie in the pool for each team, points are awarded through a â&#x20AC;&#x153;ballentering-netâ&#x20AC;? process. The highest scoring team often proceeding to win the match, as well as Poseidonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heart.

Balance between a teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drivers and defenders is just as critical as chlorine is to the poolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pH balance â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and just as deadly for the opponent when used correctly, or incorrectly in the case of chlorine. The significance of positioning and passing always provide an exciting display of athletic awareness and strategic defense initiative. From what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen, it is indeed a spectator sport. While fans are not encouraged to come on down from the bleachers and splash around in the pool during meets, water polo is heavy on the action, with minor injuries involving regular bumps and bruises, and some of the more serious injuries including water polio. But alas, as my journey of discovery comes to a close, it is important to remember that no story is complete if it lacks an origin story â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or an ending, for that matter. So perhaps it is time to dive into the deep end and begin with the story of the first water polo. It was the late 1800s: Communism



threatened the free world, dry land threatened the oceans, and with Darwinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shocking discovery of sea creatures evolving into land dwellers, water sports had been hung out to dry. A young William Wilson took it upon himself to codify the rules of the game, a game that would send shockwaves around the world of sports. And waves around the pools around the world. Spurning any association with the equestrian sport of polo, but still drawing heavily from the traditional pool game Marco Polo, water polo was founded upon the old English adage â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can lead a horse to water, but you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make him play water poloâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the even older English adage â&#x20AC;&#x153;HĂŚfdon swurd nacod, Ăža wit on sund reon, heard on handa; wit unc wiĂ° hronfixas werian Ăžohton.â&#x20AC;? And the rest (Marco!) is water (Polo!) under the bridge.

So before ever coaching a game as Calâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s head coach, Montgomery brought along Jorge. Both of their presences have transformed the attitude of Cal basketball. Now, Gutierrez is the fearless leader of a tough Bearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; team. Conversely, Garrett Sim has done little to distinguish himself on a floundering Oregon squad. As Montgomery classifies the Sim-for-Jorge swap, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d make that trade 100 times out of 100.â&#x20AC;? The moral of the story, kids, is not to fall for the allure of stardom. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let the star rankings, the high school hype or the list of offers fool you. Sometimes the best additions are the most understated. Just watch Jorge the next time he takes the court. Good night.

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Daily Cal Senior Staff Writer How does Brandon Smith know he’s stepped up for the Bears? From the opposition, for one thing. After a recent Cal basketball game, the sophomore point guard stumbled upon his own scouting Cal report on the other squad’s sideline. “They said: ‘looks to be aggressive, men’s must keep him out of the lane and stop Hoops penetration,’” Smith said at Tuesday’s weekly press conference. “So I thought, TIPOFF: ‘OK, at least I’m a threat.’” Indeed, the San Ramon, Calif., native Cal takes and De La Salle High School product on Oregon vs has been making the most of increased State playing time since working his way tonight at into the team’s starting rotation. Smith 8 p.m. at Haas racked up a career-high nine assists in Pavilion. an 88-81 overtime upset of Washington TV/Radio: CSN State, and chipped in 12 points (includ- Bay Area, KNEW ing a pair of 3-pointers) during last Sat(910 AM) urday’s 68-66 victory at USC. “He didn’t play much last year, so you’re not talking about a guy with a lot of experience in conference, but he’s done a pretty good job,” coach Mike Montgomery said. “I think against USC, if he finishes it up, he has a real good game … He certainly has had his moments; I think he does stabilize us.” As Cal (10-9, 3-4 in the Pac-10) opens up a four-game home stand at Haas Pavilion with tonight’s 8 p.m. tilt against Oregon State (8-10, 3-4), the Bears will certainly need Smith’s stability quarterbacking the offense. Craig Robinson’s squad kicked off the season in disastrous fashion — with non-conference losses to the likes of Seattle, Texas Southern and Montana — but the Beavers are always dangerous because of a pesky 1-3-1 trap zone that gets them 10 steals per game. Oregon State has been a particularly frustrating foe for Montgomery’s Bears, holding Cal to just 61 points per game while taking three of the last four contests. The key to the Beavers’ success was slowing down the normally explosive Jerome Randle, who mustered just 10.8 points per game on 35 percent shooting against Oregon State over the past two seasons. “I think (the Beavers’ defense) got into Jerome’s head a little bit, took away some off the things he likes to do,” Montgomery said of his former point guard. “I think it took him off his rhythm in terms of where he gets his shots and where he likes to get his shots. Brandon has been pretty good at handling that kind of stuff.” On the offensive end, Oregon State is paced by versatile guard Jared Cunningham, who has made his living around the rim. The 6-foot-4 Oakland native averages 14.3 points per game, and has garnered YouTube fame for his spectacular put-back slam over Arizona’s Jesse Perry. That same game, a 76-75 upset in Corvallis, Ore., Cunningham got to the free-throw line 11 times. “Very, very explosive,” Montgomery said. “(He’s) playing a with a lot of confidence.” After taking on the Beavers, the Bears return to action on Saturday for a 3 p.m. match-up with Oregon. The Ducks (9-10, 2-5) started November with just eight scholarship players after a tumultuous offseason, but have won two of their last three for new coach Dana Altman. Ed Yevelev covers men’s basketball. Contact him at



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K children, is everybody tucked in? Uncle G. has a bedtime story for everybody. Tonight, we’ll discuss when the best comes from a bad situation; when the finest blessing comes in a tremendous disguise. This is the fortunate tale of how Jorge Gutierrez ended up in Berkeley. Once upon a time, not too long ago, the Cal men’s basketball team was talent-rich in a Pac-10 abounding with NBA talent. This conference featured players like Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook and O.J. Mayo, among many others. And Cal had NBA prospects Ryan Anderson and DeVon Hardin to match this flood of top-flight talent. The Bears could score from anywhere on the floor — ­ near the basket, from the outside, from the mid-range, you name it. The problem was defense. Everybody likes to put the ball in the hoop. Stopping the opponent from doing so takes an extra mental gear. One ninth-place finish later, coach Ben Braun was fired and Cal basketball needed somebody else. That elected leader, Mike Montgomery, had to retain the two offensively gifted but defensively lacking recruits that Braun signed — D.J. Seeley and Garrett Sim — so the Bears would have players to replace the graduating Hardin and Eric Vierneisel as well as Anderson, who would eventually declare for the NBA Draft. Seeley agreed to stay (though he would transfer after last season), but Sim surprised everybody when he reopened his recruitment after Braun’s firing. Sim leveraged his tremendous senior season to sign with his hometown school, Oregon, who will play at Haas Pavilion this Saturday. The point is Cal needed to replace Sim, who abandoned Cal at the worst possible time and left the basketball team in the lurch. Most Division I-caliber recruits were off the market, and the Bears needed a guard. And then they found a guy that somebody should have found long ago. Jorge Gutierrez started on one of the best high school basketball teams in the nation. Nevada’s Findlay Prep featured other starters who would attend Kentucky, Washington, Florida State among other schools. The team went undefeated in Gutierrez’s senior season, but he only garnered offers from mid-majors like Northern Colorado and UC Santa Barbara. So the Bears looked at Gutierrez. He couldn’t dribble through defenders or swish long threes, but he could dive for loose balls and pick off opposing passes. And that was exactly the type of player that Cal needed. The Bears needed more than a scoring-obsessed guard to elevate their status in the Pac-10. They needed hustle and more importantly, they needed defense. They needed true basketball intangibles.

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Bears Practicing for the Best as They Prepare for the Worst Cal Refuses to Sleep on Woeful Beavers who Strive to Trap Elusive First Victory in Pac-10 by Jonathan Kuperberg Daily Cal Staff Writer

The Cal women’s basketball team has been running and scouting this week in preparation for a game against Connecticut. Cal Except for one Women’s thing — the Bears Hoops aren’t facing the two-time defending champs tonight. TIPOFF: They’re playing Or- Cal plays egon State, winless bottom vs feeder in the Pac-10. “We have to go Oregon St. in thinking we’re at 7 p.m. going to play Stan- tonight at Gill ford, we’re about to Coliseum. play UConn, top-10 Radio: teams,” sophomore KKGN 960 AM guard Eliza Pierre said. “We have to come in there with that kind of mindset or we’re gonna get blown out the gym, because every team comes ready to play.” So much for taking the Beavers (7-11, 0-7 in the Pac-10) lightly. But rightly so, because when Cal tips off against Oregon State at 7 p.m., at Gill

Coliseum in Corvallis, Ore., records won’t mean a thing. For starters, that’s because the Beavers are few baskets away from having the same conference record as Cal (11-7, 3-4). Against Arizona State on Dec. 31, freshman guard Alyssa Martin, the squad’s leading scorer at 14.9 points per game, missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have tied the game. On Jan. 6, the team was up by 13 points and close to a victory over Washington before the Huskies ended the game on a 16-0 run to win by three. “You can never sleep on a team,” power forward DeNesha Stallworth said. “You never know who’s going to come out ready to shoot.” Martin and sophomore guard Sage Indendi have been shooting readily; their combined 88 made 3-pointers this season is nine more than the entire Bears squad. “We just really want to get them out of their mode,” Pierre said. “It just starts with us, whatever we can do.” Cal counters with strong post play. Stallworth, who paces the team with 15.3 points per game, is coming off back-to-back 20-plus point games. But the sophomore said that her teammates will have to trust their shot against an aggressive 2-3 zone defense. “They play zone the whole time so

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Outcome in Oregon Could Define Bears JONATHAN KUPERBERG


here’s a traffic jam on the Pac10 highway. The middle lanes of the conference road are bumper-tobumper, with six teams are within one and a half games of each other in the standings. And the Cal women’s basketball team is smack in the middle of it. The Bears, at 3-4 in the Pac-10, are tied with Oregon in fourth place. One game above them are USC, Arizona and Arizona State. Those latter three teams all have one thing in common this conference season: They lost to Cal. Which brings me to the Bears’ road trip, which begins tonight against Oregon State and concludes Saturday against Oregon. Cal has a chance to

gain some much needed separation and cruise ahead of the conference’s congestion. You see, while those teams are rear-ending each other this week (the Los Angeles schools host the Arizona schools), the Bears will be up north, in the midst of what should be their easiest road trip of the season. The Beavers have been so miserable and the Ducks have been so onedimensional that Cal might actually win its first Pac-10 road game. In fact, it should win two. “It is a must-win (weekend),” said sophomore power forward DeNesha Stallworth, who leads the team with 15.3 points per game. “We’re known to play really good at home. We need to try to do that on the road.” At 7 p.m., tonight, Cal will face a squad that’s still looking for its first conference win. Oregon State has had several close calls but is still looking for that cigar. It was a missed 3-pointer at the buzzer away from overtime against the Sun Devils. And it was leading the whole game against Washington before the Huskies came roaring back to stun Beaver Nation. “They’re at home. They’re gonna do what we do when we’re at home,” sophomore guard Eliza Pierre said. “We play great at home but we have to learn how to pull together and play great away.” Pac-10 play, especially winning away games, has been a bit of a learning experience for a Cal squad that starts

four sophomores and a freshman. Beating the Beavers would give the Bears some much-needed confidence on the road, and perhaps send Cal on the fast track to that coveted thirdplace in the standings. The Bears’ first away victory could even prompt a pull into the fast lane. That’s where Cal will need to be when it takes on Oregon on Saturday afternoon. “All they do is run and shoot threes,” Stallworth said. The Ducks average 82.9 points per game on the season and have reached the century mark four times already. But for all their prolific point totals, they don’t play much defense. In conference play, Oregon has given up totals of 86, 87 and 109 points. If the Bears actually play to their potential — or at least are passable — then they should emerge from deep in the conference’s woods as the leader of the middle of the pack. If not, they’ll toil in the gridlock and eventually exit the freeway postseason-less. Cal is not going to win the Pac-10 race. But if it takes care of business in Oregon, it will show tremendous progress away from Haas Pavilion. It may even conclude conference play in an NCAA Tournament-worthy third place. And it should avoid the middle of the Pac-10’s nasty pile-up that’s — you guessed it — currently taking place in Los Angeles. Express your road rage with Jonathan at

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