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As the UC sails into uncharted financial waters, many fear that members of the university’s world-class faculty will jump ship for the fatter payONLINE PODCAST checks waiting Jordan Bach-Lombardo at private instiand Emma Anderson talk tutions. But this fear, about faculty wages. stemming from a long pattern of professors being recruited away from the UC, is pushing the university down the wrong path in its approach to retaining faculty, according to UC faculty members who contend that administrators are blinded with dollar signs and ignore — and allow to degrade — the aspects of the university that initially attracted those professors. Over the last 10 years, 515 tenuretrack faculty voluntarily resigned. On the other hand, UC officials maintain that a lack of state funding makes it difficult to compete. As all levels of the UC administration play the bidding game of matching outside offers to keep stars of the academic world in UC classrooms, the overall quality of the university is degrading, said UC Berkeley Professor of political science and Berkeley Faculty Association co-chair Wendy Brown. “There’s no reason to stay at a crummy institution and teach your heart out,” she said. ‘Ripe for the Picking’ At the same time that California’s

public universities are continuing to struggle with state funding reductions, private schools’ endowments are now recovering from the financial meltdown, rendering competition with these schools sometimes impossible for the UC. In one case, UC San Diego Chemistry and Biochemistry Department Chair Robert Continetti looked to private philanthropy to match a particular outside offer. “It’s a fool’s game that you’re sucked into that you can’t win,” said Richard Walker, UC Berkeley professor of geography. “Privates are always going to beat you.” Faculty can be enticed to leave for private universities by higher salary offers and by research facilities with better equipment and administrative support, according to Mark Schlissel, dean of the biological sciences division of UC Berkeley’s College of Letters and Sciences. But UC Provost Lawrence Pitts said the UC is still an ideal place to teach and research, citing its ability to employ couples as well as the “beautifulness and progressiveness” of working in California as strong factors in recruitment and retention. Instead of competing for faculty from a purely financial angle, Brown said UC administrators should focus on maintaining the overall quality of the university that drew most faculty to the university in the first place. “I love Berkeley because it is an extraordinary research environment and a great public institution where grad students are excellent and undergraduate teaching is rich,” she said. “If

undergrad education becomes more factory-like, if faculty colleagues leave for other places ... that’s the mistake the regents are making. We have to preserve the entirety of the university.” But with a potential $500 million state funding cut in the next fiscal year threatening to curtail undergraduate enrollment and forcing administrative reductions that put heavier clerical burdens on professors, private schools with multi-billion dollar endowments have identified the UC as “ripe for the picking” and could come raid its stellar faculty, Continetti said. While the UC on average pays their faculty members salaries of $112,862, the university’s private comparator institutions pay almost $35,000 more with average salaries of $147,724, according to a Jan. 19 report to the UC Board of Regents. When conflated with this gap, the current economic climate could lead to a spike in professors receiving — and seriously considering — outside offers. But retaining these faculty members at such a high price might not be in the best interest of the university, as allowing senior professors to leave can have a positive impact on the university by opening space for younger faculty, who are “the lifeblood of the (university),” according to Walker. A ‘Demoralized’ Faculty Should the administration match an outside offer for a faculty member, that professor’s salary jumps off the level

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Osha Neumann makes a sculpture from leftover scraps of styrofoam, metal and wood. He is also an attorney at the East Bay Community Law Center, where he often defends the homeless.

Area Artist and Attorney Finds a Home Defending the Homeless by Mary Susman Staff Writer

Saturday was just another morning on the Albany Bulb. Small waves crashed onto the land that juts into the bay. Tents plotting the territory of homeless people were scattered across the land, overlooking the bay with million-dollar views. Amid the serenity of the Albany Bulb, periodic clangs rang out as an artist picked out scraps of metal to sculpt. For artist Osha Neumann, the Bulb is a sacred space where he has worked nearly every weekend since 1999, after he discovered the land through a homeless client. As an attorney at the East Bay Com-

munity Law Center, Neumann frequently defends the homeless, often becoming very close with his clients. “These relationships with some folks, they seem to pick me,” Neumann said. “Even though I myself am privileged and have never been homeless, there’s part of me that feels comfortable with the outsider who can’t get it together.” Neumann, 71, never thought he would be a lawyer. After growing up in New York as “a timid, middle-class guy with no street experience,” Neumann rebelled. He worked as an artist, and a political activist, and he co-founded the anarchist street gang the Motherfuckers in the 1960s.

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For UC Berkeley sophomore Howaida Khamel, evacuating from Cairo on Tuesday with the rest of the UC community members in the area following days of mass anti-government protests and violence that shook the streets of her home was not an option. It meant leaving behind both her family and the growing revolution she supports, though staying may put her status as a UC student in jeopardy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Leaving Egypt in the midst of all this, packing up my bags and leaving my family, I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see it as an option,â&#x20AC;? Khamel said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As someone from Cairo, how people have come together has been something incredible to witness, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never felt as proud of the Egyptian people as Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve felt in the past week. This is history, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s being made right in front of my own eyes.â&#x20AC;? Kharmelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision to stay and the simultaneous removal of UC community members â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including 19 students â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Tuesday afternoon came after eight days of protests across Egypt as citizens of the nation called for the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak. Following a travel advisory for Egypt issued by the U.S. State Department, UC affiliates, including an archeological team from UCLA, were evacuated from Cairo Tuesday afternoon. According to Haydn Dick, executive director of the UCLA International Education Office, the removal is part of university policy governing UC study abroad programs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we run study abroad programs, whenever thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s political unrest thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a concern,â&#x20AC;? Dick said in an e-mail. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When the State Department upgraded to a travel warning over the weekend and started suggesting that Americans go home, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s standard policy in the UC system that we will cancel a UC program and get students out of there.â&#x20AC;? Khamel, a sophomore international student studying development stud- BWwho returned to ies Daily at UCCal Berkeley

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have a memory, sweet and enduring, in which a much younger version of myself is sitting on the carpet in my grandparents’ home, decorating their Christmas tree. The dormant living room fireplace gives the illusion of warmth. Though the tree is decades old and plastic, I’ve filled the clean scent of pine into this recollection because it seems to fit the scene of a happy family — me and my brother, my parents and my grandparents, preparing for the holidays. I have another, much more recent memory of sitting, this time, in the passenger’s seat of a car in their driveway. The house is dark, and I face the garage door as it opens, half expecting to see my grandpa’s silhouette coming forward to greet me. But the figure moving toward me is my dad, as old and tired as I’ve ever seen him, wheeling the garbage bin onto the curb. I notice that same plastic Christmas tree poking out of the top and for an instant I wonder what it’s doing in the garbage can. But then I remember: it doesn’t belong to anyone anymore. This house that was my grandparents’ house, and then just my grandma’s house, has become simply “the house on Magee Way.” Christmas was different for the Parrs this year. Instead of the usual food and festivities, we spent the holidays crowded around my grandmother’s bed, waiting for the end. She had requested to go comfortably in her own home. The hospice nurse warned us the day before Christmas Eve that she had mere hours to live, but even as she slipped into a coma, her breathing remained steady, and we waited, administering morphine and keeping her lips moist with a sponge. To everyone’s surprise, her chest continued to rise and fall steadily, and as we got used to this version of Grandma, as we had grown accustomed to every progressively gaunter and grayer version, the somber mood began to lift a little. When Christmas Day rolled around, we busted out her old record player and sang along with Mitch Miller in our off-key lilts, almost giddy that we were all there, still, together. After exhausting that record and many others, our chorus transitioned into a mirthfully tearful back-and-forth of tipsy “remember whens” late into the night. I spent this Christmas with family members I hadn’t seen in years, and though the circumstances of our reunion were not the happiest, we were liberated from the clutter of a commercialized holiday: no presents, no fuss about what to cook or what to wear — just family. y grandma was never exactly a sweet old lady. She taught her nurses politically incorrect songs and made sound effects when everybody ate, punctuating each swallow with a delighted “Bing!” Her political views were staunchly, maddeningly in opposition to my own. She was perpetually convinced I was a terrible student with a hopeless love life; even if I showed her a straight-A report card or introduced her to a boy, she

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would inevitably find some way to devalue it (“Well, Brittany got straight A’s too, and she’s younger than you”; “You like him? He looks dangerous!”). She criticized me for being overweight and then later berated me for joining the cross country team in high school because “runners are flat-chested.” She drove me crazy. And yet, all of her (infinite) exasperating qualities were at the same time her most endearing quirks. Such is the peculiar nature of unconditional love. But no matter how heated our exchanges became, our visits would always end with an emphatic hug and her gentle plea, “Drive carefully, Kate.” I was alone with her, reading aloud to the woman who taught me to read, when she finally slipped away on the night of the 27th. Death was a welcome relief; she had suffered for a long time. And when I looked at her, my long-standing fear of death evaporated. I didn’t see a corpse, some excavated shell. She was just my grandmother. Mom to some, Rainey to others. Grandma. month later, grief is chipping away at the initial relief as it finally sinks in that there’s no need to make my weekly phone call to her, no reason to peruse the large-print section in the library to find books for her failing eyes. Maybe we can get used to absence, but we never really get over it; we see that the chairs are empty but never stop believing that they shouldn’t be. Each pang of realization hits with an intensity that makes this former Catholic-schoolgirl-turnedatheist want, more than anything, to believe in Heaven. I have accepted that the silent, frail, white-haired woman with her oxygen tank is gone, but I still wonder what happened to that robust, copperhaired grandma from my earlier Christmas memories. Recognizing her visible transition from strong to weak, from playful to tired, over two decades has heightened my awareness of my own capacity to run, to speak, to move, to breathe, even — and the transience of these capacities. And I feel a sense of urgency to stand up and stretch and go outside, to go for a run in the hills. To enjoy the people around me. Because I know, even though I’m still so young, someday I’ll be that old lady driving too slowly (but carefully, Grandma!) in the fast lane.

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After the Discovery Channel Store headquarters in West Berkeley closed at the end of last year, Berkeley Crossing — one of the largest commercial properties in the city — is available for lease as its new owners hope to attract research and development and technology firms to fill the space. With a total of 81,700 square feet available for office use, the property — which is located at 1608 4th Street — was purchased by San Franciscobased Strada Investment Group from Spi Holdings following the end of the store’s 10-year lease in 2010, according to Stephen Carlson, broker for Aegis Realty Co., the company marketing the location. Originally occupied by a painting manufacturing company, the building was renovated in 2000 and later leased to Discovery Channel by Spi Holdings, according to Carlson. The store, which occupied approximately 60,000 of the 81,700 square

feet of office space, closed and moved out by the end of 2009. However, the company continued to pay its lease until its contract expired one year later, Carlson said. Though the store was the property’s only tenant, Matt Elmquist, a partner of the Aegis Realty Partners, said the owners are hoping to lease space to multiple tenants. The site offers suites ranging from 5,000 to 70,000 square feet and parking spaces at a rate of 2.5 spots per thousand square feet, according to Carlson. “It’s great for start-ups coming off of campus,” Carlson said. “A unique rehab set on 4th Street, so there’s a lot of amenities for the employees of the new companies that moved to the area.” According to Ito Ripsteen, a broker for Gordon Commercial Real Estate Services, cities like Berkeley and Emeryville have become a “hotbed” for micro shop offices and continue to draw energy and resources from the university. “(The city of Berkeley is) a draw for

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prescribed by the UC’s peer-reviewed faculty wage scale. “You’ve got young people making twice as much as people who have devoted 20 years,” said Walker, who has worked at the university for 35 years. “The presumption is that (they) are better, but that’s not necessarily true.” The so-called bidding game for professors has distorted the wage scale to the point that the UC now has what Brown termed a “two-tiered faculty.” Systemwide Academic Senate Chair

Daniel Simmons said 65 percent of UC professors currently earn wages out of sync with the salary scale. Although the majority of faculty salaries are off scale, the total money spent on these positions is relatively small, according to Pitts. “Many of those are only a short distance off scale ... If you took all the money (spent on faculty salaries) and added it up, only 18 percent goes to offscale payments,” he said. “It’s a problem, and a few years ago, there was a specific attempt to get more people on scale by

biotech and (research) and (development) companies who can feed off of the energy of the university,” Ripsteen said. While Berkeley currently has a significant number of empty, smaller retail spaces, Dave Fogarty, the city’s economic development coordinator, said the city’s vacancy rates for office spaces are relatively low compared to other cities. The overall vacancy rate for commercial office spaces in the city dropped from 13.56 percent in the third quarter to 12.99 percent in the fourth quarter of 2010, according to Cornish & Carey Commercial, a locally owned real estate firm, document. Other real estate firms, such as Norheim & Yost, are doing fairly well in leasing commercial properties in the past year, said Don Yost, a partner of the firm. “We’re doing great,” Yost said. “Busy as we have ever been in the last 12 months.” Karinina Cruz covers business. Contact her at kcruz@dailycal.org.

putting money into ... raising scales ... (but) the reality is that the state is unable to give the university enough money to pay faculty competitively.” That faculty salaries are frequently disproportional to merit and service can leave professors who have devoted themselves to the public university feeling devalued, said Walker. “You demoralize people by saying, ‘Professor X sold himself on the market,’ and rewarding that instead of saying, ‘Wow, thanks for your devotion,’” he said. Jordan Bach-Lombardo is the lead higher education reporter. Contact him at jbachlombardo@dailycal.org.

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Liquor License Transfer Issues Delay Pub’s Close by Katie Bender Staff Writer

Scheduled to shut down three months ago, the doors to Beckett’s Irish Pub and Restaurant on Shattuck Avenue remain wide open, as the popular downtown pub continues to serve Berkeley residents as it has for more than 10 years. Last fall, Beckett’s announced it would close by November, and that a new restaurant, BEC Bistro, would take its place. However, the process of transferring licensing for the location has been slow, and Beckett’s has yet to close. Carol Gilbert, President of Carol Gilbert, Inc. — the brokerage company that handled the switch from Beckett’s to BEC Bistro — said that the process of switching the liquor license between the businesses has been delayed, “but it is going forward.” She said the restaurants are waiting to receive a transfer from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. “All the papers have been signed,” Gilbert said. “The transfer is in the hands of the ABC.” Gilbert would not speculate as to

why the licenses had not yet been transferred, why the process had not been accounted for in the projected November closing date or when the transfer will be processed. Negotiations to transfer ownership of the pub to the bistro’s owners began in early May. She added that a form required for the transfer of the liquor license had just been completed and submitted to the department this week. “Now we’re just waiting for the transfer to occur,” she said. John Carr, the department’s public information officer, said he could not say for sure when the license transfer will be processed, but that the transfer is in its “final review stages,” and it could be approved within just a few days. “The licensing representative has completed her work, and now it is going through final review,” he said. This means Beckett’s could be closing very soon, if no outstanding issues are found in the license transfer application’s final review stage. Carr said that the BEC Bistro request to transfer the license had been sent directly to the department’s headquarters in Sacramento, instead of going first to the district office in Oak-

land. “The information was sent up here from the get-go,” Carr said. Gilbert also mentioned that applications for liquor license transfers could potentially take longer than usual, as Sacramento has cut back on the number of people handling the transfers. Last September, Jean-Yves Duperret, general manager for Les Copains d’Abord — the company that owns the bistro — said the bistro’s owners had been preparing for their move-in date by crafting menus, thinking of decorations and searching for nighttime entertainment in the area. Multiple sources have said that Beckett’s owners Martin and Mary Connolly elected to close the Shattuck Avenue location due to personal reasons. They also operate Johnny Foley’s Irish House in San Francisco. “The people who own Beckett’s also have a restaurant in San Francisco, and they also have two young boys, and it was just too much for them to manage both locations,” Gilbert said. Neither the Connollys nor Duperret could be reached for comment as of press time. Contact Katie Bender at kbender@dailycal.org.

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Neumann lived in a commune in Northern California before moving to the Bay Area, where he continued his activism — he has been arrested over 20 times, including during a protest of the Iraq war and once when police raided People’s Park. Neumann painted several murals in the area, including the mural on the outside wall of Amoeba Music on Telegraph Avenue. By his 40s, Neumann hit a rut and lost faith in himself as an artist. With a master’s degree in history from Yale University, Neumann surprised himself and decided to go to law school when he was 45 years old. “It was very weird for me to be doing law —there are no pictures in law books,” he said. “Law schools teach you to think like a lawyer, which I never wanted to do. I wanted to think like a human being.” Neumann now works with graduate students from the UC Berkeley School of Law and teaches them “stuff you can’t learn in law school.” He has even taken students to the Bulb to see the homeless there. “It’s a group that is so disparaged and friendless and powerless,” he said. “I have a lot of experience of what it’s like to be on the street and experience the power of the police officer and his capacity for brutality ... If you’re homeless, you can never escape that.” Although Neumann maintains a certain distance from his homeless clients, he is drawn to them and continues to fight on their behalf, crediting this to “an internal homelessness” he feels.

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Back on the Bulb, Neumann — who uses leftover scraps of styrofoam, metal and wood from when the area was a landfill — blends in with its homeless residents. Visitors appreciate his work. Observing a sculpture of a woman with her arms outstretched to the sky, Richmond resident Christian Chandler said he was impressed. “If there’s junk out here, do something with it,” Chandler said. “I’d rather see sculptures than just trash, even if the sculptures are made of trash.” Neumann’s son-in-law, Jason DeAntonis, said he likes the way he and Neumann — a “charming curmudgeon” — create art together on the Bulb. “We always have good, deep conversations,” DeAntonis said. “He taught me how to sort of be warm, how to be open, how to be vulnerable and also not to take shit at the same time.” Creating art can be difficult — normally, sculptures in a public space must be approved by committees and tested for endurance, and they cost thousands of dollars to construct. But Neumann finds comfort in the simplicity of creating art on the Bulb, even though it is technically illegal, as are the homeless living there. “There is no really great way to live now. There is no way to live justly, tenderly toward all the people who deserve justness,” Neumann said. “The best way to live is in opposition to all that is oppressive and destructive.”

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ll this Oscar talk is making me thirsty. Really, really thirsty. Do you know who Melissa Leo is? She’s a little bitch. Do you know who Natalie Portman is? She’s a little bitch, too. Christian Bale? Colin F-F-Firth? These are the Oscar brats of 2011. This past Sunday, everything you thought you knew about this year’s Oscar race proved to be a red herring in what was already a feathery cluster-fuck. The black swan that blew up the Oscar coop this year was a deus ex machina with a stutter: “The King’s Speech.” If they’re not turning tricks, the Weinstein Company’s got ‘em up their sleeve. I just saw an interview with “Speech” writer David Seidler who apparently used to have a stutter himself. But just because you had a stammer doesn’t mean you get handicapped parking, yaknowwhatImean? It’s common knowledge in cinemacentric circles that the Directors Guild and Screen Actors Guild Awards are the be-all and end-all of the season. “Speech” director Tom Hooper nabbed the DGA award — has anyone heard of this guy? — while the cast took Best Ensemble at the SAGs. This shocked people, like me, who expected David Fincher and his “Social Network” to take all. But why are we shocked? History repeats itself (and the Academy loves history). The Academy — yes, I am talking about the Mutant Academy — sticks to a certain formula in serving up their little gold men: First, you need to blow Harvey and Bob Weinstein. Then, you need to get Kate Winslet on the phone, and if you can’t get her,

you call someone else. Your movie must be a period piece, somewhere between World War I and II, and it must be a true story about overcoming adversity. The rest will come naturally. Bri’ish people? Bring ’em. Holocaust people? BRING ’EM. Don’t forget you need some all around feel-good-ery up in there. We want people crying but we wanna melt their hearts, too. And never, ever will computer hackers, dream hackers, lesbian moms or lesbian swans win Best Picture. Remember: If you can’t pick a winner and just want to be P.C., there’s always “Crash” (and I’m not talking Cronenberg, sadly). Let me offer my credentials. The only politics I know are Oscar politics. 2011 marks the decade anniversary of my attempts to see every nominated film. I notice there’s a lot of hysteria surrounding certain performances every year: It’s as if the votes are cast before the ballot is even written. Someone is planting celluloid dreams in Hollywood heads. Take the supporting actress frontrunner, for instance. There’s a new Leo in town, and it’s Melissa Leo. She’s been nominated before. She loves “the Method.” She loves method acting so much that she’s probably acting right now. Melissa Leo does not fuck around. Her performance in “The Fighter” — one of many 2010 movies I put in the “fine, just fine” category — is nothing spectacular. She plays a sassy broad, perpetually smoking and perpetually poor-endowed in the hair department (I swear, I really do own that same wig). Yet still, these saltof-the-earth, woe-is-the-lower-class performances, especially when they’re based on true stories, generate the hysteria I’m talking about. ’Tis the Oscar season, folks. Wherever you go, beware your surroundings. You might find Annette Bening (yet again) left for dead in a ditch at the hands of a Swank and a swan. Or if you’re not careful, you’ll be rounding a corner only to find a gaggle of “actor’s actors” bukkake all over Mizz Leo.

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n “A Little Help,” Jenna Fischer, Chris O’Donnell and the kid from “Weeds” try to start, revive and nurture their big screen acting careers, respectively. They all fail. Most of the film depicts Fischer, drunk and chainsmoking, trying to raise her rotund son after cheating husband O’Donnell dies. There are various plot points that threaten mother and son with the prospect of living in a slightly smaller house. Yet none of these conflicts and complications feel real, substantial or even tethered to one another, just tacked on — as if the writers didn’t think dealing with death was a big enough narrative bite. There is also too much screaming and yelling and talking and flirting and sex for Fischer to handle all by herself. Her life is indeed difficult, but you can’t sympathize with her: She is too stupid and drunk and melodramatic and bitchy to care. “A Little Help” doesn’t know whether it is a satire or a drama or a comedy or “Knocked Up.” It just kind of lists on and on and on and on, the same WASP car wreck over and over: like a Long Island housewife’s diary shared a fifth of vodka with “Mrs. Dalloway” and opened up each other’s fleshy pages — something you don’t want to see. —Derek Sagehorn

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uerteventura” goes for your run-of-the-mill dream fantasy-aesthetic as it explores a man coming to grips with the death of his lover. What sets writer-director Mattias Sandstrom’s film apart is its meditation on the genesis of relationships, especially those that cross lines of language and culture­— in this case, Swedish, English and Spanish. Occasionally a narrator makes trite statements, like “There are 1,000 ways to find out if you’re dreaming, there are none to find out if you’re awake.” Choppy cinematography and a burbling electronic score unsubtly reiterate: This just may in fact be a dream! Yet as “Fuerteventura” self-consciously throws linear plot development to the wind, the film is gratifying in its moments of less refined cinematic purity. The couple’s faces grow on you, as do their charmingly stilted trilingual conversations on the beach. This ethos applies most to sex in “Fuerteventura.” These scenes are radically different tonally but equally refreshing in that they diverge from the dream schtick as well as from commericial cinema in general. They arrive organically and are uncompromising in terms of nudity, male and female. They are reminders that in “Fuerteventura,” unsophistication can be a good thing. —David Getman

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orpusse is a confrontational, no-holds-barred performance artist hailing from the Montreal music scene of the late ’80s and early ’90s. Malcolm Fraser’s “Corpusse: Surrender to the Passion” compiles commentary from fans, collaborators and Corpusse himself. One interviewee compares him to the infamously violent punk performer GG Allin, if Allin had been more “conscientious,” assaulting himself instead of his audience. He paints his face, slicks his hair up in a single spike and frolics around, bellowing and singing extremely personal lyrics over keyboard backing usually provided by his close collaborator Lorenz. The film’s tone tends toward effusive adoration, which at first invites skepticism, but Corpusse’s inflammatory performance has evidently had a profound effect on his audience. The chaotic intensity described by his fans is not always captured in the filmed clips, but his uncompromising pursuit of his artistic vision is inspiring nonetheless. “Corpusse” explores interesting aspects of his personal background, including his close, supportive relationship with his mother, and the absent father who he recently found and contacted. But like any good music documentary, the filmmaker’s first interest is what makes Corpusse stand out from the pack, and stand out he does. ­—Sam Stander

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nlike the hands-off method that is used for most documentaries, Pip Chodorov’s “Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film” plays like a personal journal. Largely detailing avant-garde films between 1920 and 1970, the director refrains from presenting the films in chronological order based on their original release date. Instead he offers up each work according to his own personal discoveries as an experimental filmmaker, making for a great and organic introduction for those of us unfamiliar with the genre. As the son of a counter-culture TV talk show host, Chodorov was able to utilize old interview footage shot by his father with such avant-garde legends as Stan Brakhage and Hans Richter (the self-proclaimed creator of the first known abstract film). Their comments come off as a bit disillusioned with the state of cinema, but it’s to little surprise, considering that experimental film has never been as widely received as the visual art movements that inspired it. However, by exploring films that are divided by more than a half century of history between them, Chodorov illustrates that the legacy established by the early experimental giants is far from forgotten. —Jawad Qadir

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hen you watch a Gregg Araki film, you know you’re in for ride. His new film “Kaboom” doesn’t let down in that rega opens with a young, sexually ambiguous freshman at UCSD name (Thomas Dekker) fantasizing about his surfer-dude roommate, Th Unfortunately for Smith, Thor is exceedingly straight; fortunately able to find action at a nude beach, and with a student from Engl ... London. But it’s not all sex and games. Mysterious men wearing animal accost Smith one night, and he discovers that his best friend’s girl literally a witch. And if there’s one lesson we can take from “Kabo never to date someone with supernatural powers. So this is a very strange film. It veers from a cheap horror film romp — which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Araki’s outlook on sex ing, both explicit and liberating. It’s too bad “Kaboom” goes off th its final act, in which everybody explains everything that’s been go Those men in masks are part of a cult called the New Order (“Lik band?” Smith’s friend asks). But for a film this crazy, it’s best to av thing approaching rationality. —

e Jin’s documentary “Gold Farmers” is a fascinating look inside the outsourcing of yet another industry to China. It isn’t the manufacture of cars or computers that Jin explores, but rather the digital production of gold in computer games like “World of Warcraft.” This economic relationship ties lazy but ambitious video gamers in America and Europe to gold farms in China. These farmers spend up to 12 hours a day killing swamp rats and other easy tokens in order to sell virtual money for greenbacks. This economic niche market offers plenty of tantalizing questions for the filmmakers: What is real money? Are these people even gamers? What is the line between work and play? Instead Jin shows talking heads that recount the industries’ rise. As it is, the project would have been a better public radio piece. The straight interviews don’t offer anything visually, except perhaps images of the bored, affectless faces of the Chinese “gamers.” Even the filmmaking in “Gold Farmers” is clumsy and unambitious, fading in and out without apparent cause. Unfortunately the film fails on multiple levels and cannot capitalize on a fascinating subject and giving gold farmers the treatment they deserve. —Derek Sagehorn

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uperstonic Sound: The Rebel Dread Documentary” takes as its subject Don Letts, the documentarian and reggae DJ who participated in British punk’s first wave. He’s an inherently fascinating figure for many, since he’s usually the one behind the camera in the Clash’s music videos and such documentaries as “Punk: Attitude.” But Raphael Erichsen and Edward Dallal’s short documentary gives Letts perhaps too much of a wide berth, as if anything he says is absolute gold, and he talks more about his relationship with his dubstepproducing son Jet than his own celebrated life. His observations about West Indian cultural assimilation in Britain are much more interesting, as he comes from a family that has defined itself through music for three generations. There is, of course, a rundown of Letts’ role in history, even if it takes up all too little of the film. A particular emphasis is placed on Big Audio Dynamite, the band he formed with Clash guitarist Mick Jones, as well as his attitudes about the importance of bass in world music culture. Set against interview footage as well as archival clips provided by Letts himself, there’s some valuable information to be had here, even if the voice-over interviews are sometimes tinny and the pacing is inconsistent. —Sam Stander

rench actress Isabelle Huppert has almost made a career out of playing the cold and calculating vixen. In director Jeanne LaBrune’s “Special Treatment,” the story is no different as Huppert expertly embodies the detached professionalism of upscale prostitute Alice Bergerac in the throngs of her day-today routines. Less about the actual sex than about the preparations, the film emphasizes Alice’s precise, almost automatic, attention to detail— the right socks for a Japanese schoolgirl or the proper hair curlers for a ‘50s housewife. Initially, these scenes appear as the beginning of an intriguing, rich character study. However, much like Alice, the film remains largely indifferent and ultimately, rather banal. Scenes are cut before one can truly empathize or understand the characters within them and any profound, emotional moments are undermined by the fact that they go nowhere. When Alice meets a fellow “empty” soul, psychoanalyst Xavier (Bouli Lanners), there are moments of sincere connection, but they remain brief and directionless. Unfortunately, despite a lush look, the film functions much like Alice’s career— a series of scenes and persons with barely any connection made. —Jessica Pena

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t would be comically easy to underestimate “The Happy Poet.” It runs the gamut of the radioactive indie checklist: Idealistic quirk? The story is of an out-of-work poet who struggles to run a food stand while preserving his green-and-vegan ideals. Low budget production? There are about four locations for the entire film. Individual efforts that would make Ayn Rand proud? The film is written, directed, composed by and starring Texan Paul Gordon. But for all these signposts of bad movies, “The Happy Poet” is actually an entertaining film. The film never degenerates into the vanity project it aches to be. Paul Gordon’s performance, as poet-cum-vegan gourmand Bill, is a fully written and realized three-dimensional character. He is shy, idealistic, driven and believably strange (unlike the choruses of Wes Anderson-inspired protagonists over the last 10 years). The film, a comedy of sorts, revels in deadpan jokes — but not in vampiric sarcasm. Gordon channels the spirit of Austin’s over-educated slacker hordes into Bill’s utter inability to succeed in the “real world.” The supporting cast of business partners, customers and investors are adequate, but the unabashed star of “The Happy Poet” is the bard himself. —Derek Sagehorn

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he struggle for minority rights and the use of symbolic politics emerges often in the realm of Middle Eastern conflicts. However, in “Toumast: Guitars and Kalashnikovs,” documentarian Dominique Margot offers a glimpse of a little-known Bedouin minority, the Tuaregs. After their violence fails to achieve autonomy, Tuareg rebels adopt music so as to have their voices heard. Centering on the travels of rebel-turned-musician Moussa Ag Keyna (and his band), the film moves through Northern and Western Africa where the Tuareg live in fear of their governments. Keyna keeps Tuareg culture alive through a unique blend of traditional songs and electric guitar. However, keeping tradition relevant proves difficult in areas where they have little acceptance. The problem can be seen as Keyna guides us to Niger, where the presence of vast uranium mines in Tuareg-populated areas pose health threats for the inhabitants. Margot does more than demonstrate the political power that music has for a culture on the fringes. He shows the use of electric guitars and illustrates the convergence of modern and traditional customs by framing the side-by-side use of camels and jeeps. The film works as political commentary, but still has enough substance as a piece detailing the lives of an ignored people. —Jawad Qadir

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f the old adage is correct and dogs really do match their owners, then the owners in “Worst in Show” must be pretty repulsive. And, to be honest, that statement rings true for the majority of the competitors in the annual The World’s Ugliest Dog Contest held in Petaluma, California. Shockingly, this competition has been going on for 22 years and luckily, film directors John T. Beck and Don R. Lewis were there to capture all the glory, all the absurdity and all the pettiness that occurs when fame-seeking dog owners pimp out their pets for a $1,000 prize and, hopefully, some camera time with celebrities. It’s a thoroughly disturbing, yet oddly captivating subject that Beck and Lewis have stumbled upon. One professional competitor regales the camera with stories of his dog Rascal — the latest in a line of an awardwinning ugly dog dynasty. Yes, that’s right, dynasty. It’s a ludicrous world of shameless whoring, but it’s also a ludicrous documentary. To be perfectly honest, the quality looks like the product of an eighth-grade PowerPoint project. Not only is the sound quality fairly awful, but the scenes are transitioned with a nauseating pop punk noise all culminating in the terribly ironic truth: “Worst in Show” is the worst in show. —Jessica Pena

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Dance Marathon is hosting a silent auction today (Thursday) from 11:30am-1:30pm in the Multi Cultural Center. The auction is organized for professors and staff to contribute to The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, but students are also welcome. Food from Thai House will be available for a donation and many exciting prizes such as wine tasting for ten and theater tickets will be auctioned off. Join the movement and give back!

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Myself when I am real. Performing at Yoshiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jazz Club in Oakland last Saturday, Georgia native Lizz Wright projected a potent combination of blues and gospel music.

which, accompanied by the crowdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cheers, ultimately felt like a drum roll. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome back Lizz Wright.â&#x20AC;? The clamor eventually subsided, and there she was, rising from the shadowy backstage. She unhurriedly walked through the stage and humbly veiled her svelte elegance behind the microphone to finally commence her transcendent incantations. The night sparked no surprise, which, in this case, is a good thing. As expected, it gave rise to pure musical delectation. Both Wright and her audience conspired to make my heart feel bare and my eyes weepy. The room was filled, to its fullest, with a crowd whose rhythmic claps and melodious hums revealed a striking bliss and a diffused sense of musicality. With her hands reaching for the sky and her bare feet conquering the stage, she rose to flawless crescendos that often surpassed

her own recordings. And with a smile as steady as her voice, Ms. Wright married her classically trained pipes and her lyrical depths to pure gospel folklore. The audience cooperated to her candid sermons toward a musical haven. And Lord knows, even they did it better than well. As she introduced the familiar tune, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hit the Ground,â&#x20AC;? the vocalist confessed, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love playing for you all because you take it personal.â&#x20AC;? Song after song, cheer after cheer, the cohesion between the star and her groupies (who might as well be buddies) became obvious. Yoshiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gave sanctuary to a soulful family, where brothers and sisters hurrahed to her â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walk With Me (Lord),â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;(Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve Got to Use My) Imagination,â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I Fall.â&#x20AC;? Complemented by an exceptional quartet worthy of a Harlem reputation, Wright didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need much more than her voice to match the spark of an entire choir.

Mixing a cappella and electric tunes, she barely needed a microphone to permeate the club with her deep and occasionally raspy timbre. And as she covered Neil Youngâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Old Man,â&#x20AC;? she bore her soul by magnifying the songâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original plaintive overtones. The minimal instrumentation along with her steady contralto and subtle vibrato gave â&#x20AC;&#x153;Old Manâ&#x20AC;? a nonpareil profundity, which was unanimously revered by the flock. Playing in the core of industrial Oakland, Lizz Wright chose a morethan-appropriate venue to revive old blues traditions with amazing grace and undeniable talent. Anyone expecting to shiver before her sacred generosity couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have left disillusioned. She gave everything she had in her. And as one of her brothers said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was beautiful.â&#x20AC;? Even the Lord knows it. To Ms. Lizz Wright, Alleluia! Holler an â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alleluia!â&#x20AC;? at Charlene at cpetitjean@dailycal.org.

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The Daily Californian SPORTS

Arizona Looks for Revenge Against Cal at Home by Alex Matthews

Bears Bolster Defense from Back

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The Cal women’s basketball team’s biggest win in Pac-10 play has been against Arizona, but given that the Bears’ biggest inCal consistency has been their road Women’s play, tonight’s game Hoops against the Wildcats may not be another TIPOFF: blowout. The squads will Cal takes tip off at 6 p.m. to- on Arizona vs night at the McKale tonight at Center in Tucson, 6:00 p.m. Ariz. at the McKale Center Cal (13-7, 5-4 in Tucson, Ariz. in the Pac-10) was TV/Radio: KKGN swept last month 960 AM by Washington and Washington State, both teams that sit below Arizona and Arizona State in the Pac-10 rankings. Such unnecessary losses were likely the reason why sophomore guard Layshia Clarendon listed winning on the road as the team’s primary focus at midseason. Knowing their weaknesses on the road isn’t the only piece of their first nine conference games the Bears will be taking with them to Arizona. Cal’s first game against the Wildcats will undoubtedly be a source used as background knowledge for strategy. According to freshman guard Lindsay Sherbert, the Bears saw room for improvement in their transition defense against Arizona last month. The Wildcats’ defensive strategy will likely be to shut down Sherbert. The freshman guard made six 3-pointers, for a total of twenty points, in Cal’s 8060 victory over Arizona at Haas Pavilion on Jan. 8. Cal has demonstrated against other opponents, such as USC, its ability to break through a zone defense for closer shooting. Given Sherbert’s past success with threes, however, it might not matter what defense the Wildcats try if the Bears play to their offensive potential. Cal will also recall easily the Wildcats’ top scorer, Davellyn Whyte. The sophomore guard notched 23 points

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Sophomore guard Eliza Pierre stands atop the conference in steals, averaging 2.95 steals a game. The Pasadena, Calif., native also leads Cal in assists with 78 on the year. against the Bears. She averages 15.2 points per game, only surpassed on Cal’s end by sophomore DeNesha Stallworth and her a 15.4 point average. “(Arizona) came out and played us a lot in the zone,” Clarendon said. “They might come out and try to play man, they might try press or switch things up, cause we did kind of kill them when they played us in the zone.” Playing man-to-man, Cal will have to contend with Arizona’s defensive powerhouse Ify Ibekwe, who leads the Pac-10 in rebounds with 9.4 per game. The 6-foot-2 senior forward is also tied for fifth in the league with 2.53 steals per game, surpassed by the Bears’ Eliza Pierre with a 2.95 average. Clarendon was insistent that Arizona is placed, both in time and importance, before Arizona State. Nevertheless, the Sun Devils (13-6, 5-4), who Cal faces on Saturday, may be a more potent threat to the squad’s chances at a weekend sweep. The Bears are in a three-way tie with Arizona State and

USC for third place in the conference, so a Sun Devil victory would be a major setback for Cal. Arizona State defeated the Trojans by one point at the Galen Center last weekend. Yet Clarendon, who scored her season-high 24 points at the two teams’ last meeting, doesn’t think the Bears should pour all their energy into thinking about the tilt — what should be an undoubtedly contentious second game of the trip. Additionally, Cal’s defense was competent in the face of the Sun Devils’ only player to average double-digit points, Dymond Simon, who only notched six points against the Bears. Just one win for the Bears this weekend will mean a 200th career victory for Coach Joanne Boyle. A second one will see the Bears’ climbing their conference ladder quickly. Alex Matthews covers women’s basketball. Contact her at almatthews@dailycal.org.

Stefan McClure, from Vista, Calif., is considered a top-10 cornerback in the class and is ranked No. 24 at the position by ESPN. Fellow cornerbacks Kameron Jackson and Joel Willis are not as highly ranked, but Tedford is just as excited about their potential. “If you are a corner and you wanted to play early, this was a great place to come because they’re going to line up in there and play from day one,” Tedford said. “When you talk about Stefan (McClure) and Kameron (Jackson) and Joel (Willis), those guys are going to line up right there and compete right away.” The jewel of Cal’s 2011 recruiting class very well could be Moala. The 6-foot-3, 300-pound lineman will play right away according to Tedford. He added that Moala can bench press 490 pounds, already the Bears’ record. On the other side of the ball, Tedford stressed the need for more depth at running back, since Shane Vereen departed for the NFL and three of the squad’s remaining four backs have had injuries. Three of Wednesday’s signees are tailbacks. Tedford said all will see playing time, but C.J. Anderson could see the most due to his experience. Anderson is a junior college transfer from Oakland’s Laney College. Brendan Bigelow was the No. 13 ranked running back even after missing his entire senior season. Tedford called the speedster’s separation “awesome ... He’s got some natural stuff that not a lot of people have.” It is still to be determined as to whom will be handing off to the plethora of tailbacks. Incoming freshman Kyle Boehm will join Cal’s five returning quarterbacks, all of whom will see extra face time with Tedford this season. Tedford, in his 10th year leading the Bears, said he will take a more active role in coaching the quarterbacks this coming season. “It’s going to be like the old days when I’m with them everyday,” Tedford said. Contact Jonathan Kuperberg at jkuperberg@dailycal.org.

DOWD from Back Quarterback was the boss at running his high school’s offense. But when the playbook quadruples and he has to know what everyone else on the field is doing, it isn’t as easy. Beyond the field, there’s life. For some, poor academics will keep them off the field, regardless of their physical skills. For others, the sweet, sweet siren song of partying all the time will ring constantly in their ears. Most 17-year-olds don’t know who they are yet — ESPN sure as hell doesn’t either. The starting quarterbacks in this Sunday’s Super Bowl could tell you as much. Ben Roethlisberger was a backup in high school and a nobody when he enrolled at Miami of Ohio. In three years, he set nearly every major school record at quarterback. In the NFL, he was the Offensive Rookie of the Year. He wears two championship rings. The story of Aaron Rodgers is even more familiar to Cal fans. Tedford found him by chance, laboring to get noticed at Butte Community College, on a recruiting trip to check out tight end Garrett Cross. Unheralded and anonymous then, Rodgers now holds the record for the highest career passer rating in NFL history. Think of some of Cal’s best over the last few years. Center Alex Mack, a Pro Bowler with the Browns, was a two-star recruit. Running back Justin Forsett was too. So was safety Thomas DeCoud. Now, he’s a fan favorite and starter for the Atlanta Falcons. Coming out of high school, linebacker Desmond Bishop wasn’t on anyone’s radar; he went to City College of San Francisco before catching Cal’s eye. This is not to say Cal fans can’t be excited about the Bears’ catch. To have as miserable a season as they did and still recruit well says a lot (mostly about Tosh Lupoi). But don’t jump for joy because you think the program is saved. Signing Day is just another square on the calendar. Watching those players develop, for better or for worse, is the real part of football. And that comes much later. Ignore the all-day ESPN coverage and 11th-hour faxes with Katie at sports@dailycal.org.


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would give Cal a significant size advantage on offense â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but Montgomery has found benefits of zoning teams, primarily because of the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lack of depth, regardless#of2the opponent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really afford to get in foul trouble,â&#x20AC;? Montgomery said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People have not shot many foul shots against us (when weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in zone), so I guess weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not as aggressive in zone as we would be in man. You just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expose yourself to foul trouble as much. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more fatiguing in man.â&#x20AC;? Even with the progress that the zone has made, the coach assured that the Bears are ready to switch to man if their zones show any weakness. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We work on man everyday in practice and we work on man to prepare for other teams,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If the zone works, then weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re likely to stay with it. If it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t then weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to be able to play man.â&#x20AC;?

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Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve since learned the intricacies of what is now my favorite sport, as well as which Green Bay players to keep an from back The primary drawback of the eye on (how â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;bout that Clay Matthews, V. EASY matchup zone, however, is properly Greg Jennings and Aaron Rodgers and designed to force contested jump positioning the defense to prevent offor ya?). But most importantly, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve shots. ASU plays what is commonly re- fensive rebounds. learned that if you live in Wisconsin, The Bears picked up 15 offensive ferred to as a 3-2 matchup zone. Each there isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t much else to do in the frigid ANNIE GERLACH player is assigned to a particular area boards in their 65-61 victory over winter months besides cheer on the Arizona State in January, but coach (like in any traditional zone), but inGreen and Gold. And so fans do, in I once heard a myth that more avostead of operating in a traditional ro- Mike Montgomery thinks that is an the cheesiest way possible â&#x20AC;&#x201D; pun incados are sold on Super Bowl Sunday tation, the Sun Devils always have one area of the game where they can still than any other day of the year. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not tended. improve. defender on the ball. If you ask me, this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Super Bowl certain of the veracity of this claim, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can rebound the ball better,â&#x20AC;? While one defender guards the ball, Mankl]Zr%FZr,%+))0 appearance is as much about the fans Ma^=Zber<Zeb_hkgbZg DUMMY but I nonetheless love to picture suthe other four protect their assigned Montgomery said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not a great permarkets across the nation suffering as it is about the athletes. After all, the areas, making it difficult for the ball- offensive rebounding team though avocado shortages each year so that no Packers are the only publicly owned handler to pass (as all nearby areas there are games where weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been Super Bowl party goes without guaca- major league sports team in America. are guarded by the other defenders) good.â&#x20AC;? Theoretically, anybody can tangibly mole. Conversely, Cal has become a more or penetrate (because of the likeliThis Sabbath marks Super Bowl own a piece of Green Bay. hood of running into a double or tri- zone-oriented team in the last couple XLV. But donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think for one second But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so much more than that. of games after playing predominantly ple-team). this day will be one of rest. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Who buys the overpriced jerseys and man defense this season. When the defense works, the opposfreaking Super Bowl, kiddies. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the ridiculous foam cheeseheads in sportThe zone was tactically deployed ing teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s post players are effectively greatest exhibition of American athlet- ing goods stores? Who ensured that neutralized because of the inability to in Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 85-57 blowout against ics. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the love story of fan and team Lambeau Field has been sold out for get the ball into the post. This usually Oregon State â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Montgomery figured Gabriel Baumgaertner covers menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sharing an intense, passionate bond. the last 293 games? Who ecstatically results in a lot of low-percentage pe- Oregon State would use smaller play- basketball. Contact him at It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter which your team receives a Packer when he attempts a rimeter shots. ers to try and beat Calâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s zone, which gbaumgaertner@dailycal.org. is or even if you follow pro football; as Lambeau Leap? Me, my dad and problong as you have a pulse and clear vi- ably close to a million others nationsion, chances are youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have your ass wide. glued to the couch all day so as not to straight â&#x20AC;&#x201D; can use a home stand all three have become go-to scorers for I could rattle off stats and rankings. miss a second of this glorious event. from Back the Bears. against the Arizonas to make some I could not-so-subtly inform you that For me, this is the culmination of a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Guys have really learned to play headway in the Pac-10. lifetime of Green Bay Packers fandom. the 10-6 Pack is favored by two to three The victories moved Mike Monttheir roles, and are figuring out where â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve matured a lot,â&#x20AC;? center I grew up watching my father, a na- points to beat the 14-4 Pittsburgh Steelgomeryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unheralded club to 13-2, they're comfortable,â&#x20AC;? Kamp said during Markhuri Sanders-Frison said on Sattive of Milwaukee, lording over the TV ers. I could always remind you that the starting an eventual return to the Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s media press conference. urday after Calâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s victory over Oregon. whenever the Packers played, proudly shiny trophy awarded at every Super NCAA postseason. It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t supposed to be this way, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve played 21 games, and we've donning his cheesehead hat and eat- Bowl is called the Lombardi Trophy On we go to Feb. 25 and 27 of last of course. come a long way ... Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just so proud ing Ritz crackers sprayed with cheese for a reason â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as in, you know, Vince year â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not that many people need 2010-2011 began as an experiment, of my teammates. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re playing hard Lombardi, the greatest pro coach to straight out of the can. help remembering what happened as a transition for players who were in practice, playing hard in games, and I loved seeing my dad shout at the ever set foot on stadium soil. there. Cal trounced the Arizona thrust into leadership positions. It itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paying off.â&#x20AC;? Instead, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to ask you to take TV if a ref made a bad call or punch schools at Haas Pavilion by a comwas to be a learning experience for a Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard not to see the Bearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; progthe air whenever the Pack completed a look at those green-and-gold fans bined 40 points, a two-game stretch youthful roster. Instead, 2010-2011 is ress over this past month. that culminated in the Bearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; first Pacbringing some valuable dividends, and a spectacular play. 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Bears Welcome Top-20 Class on National Signing Day It’s the Least Wonderful Day of the Year KATIE DOWD

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looks bright. Walls has already enrolled at Cal this semester, and the McDonough, Ga., native looks to be in the running for a starting position. The explosive safety has a “lot of confidence in the angles he can take,“ Tedford said. The recruiting class includes three other defensive backs — all from instate — who could see playing time early and often.

’m just going to come out and say it: I hate Signing Day. The anticipation, the all-day ESPN coverage, the 11th hour faxes. I despise it all. I spent Wednesday afternoon listening to Jeff Tedford narrate tape of the 2011 Cal football recruiting class. And while that tape was impressive, I went to my high school’s football games. A superior athlete better be able to desecrate an offensive line of 170-pounders. Fans and TV commentators make such a big to-do about recruiting rankings and which team has the most five-stars. Signing Day is the most overrated day of the year, and here’s why: The “success” of a recruiting class is predicated on the subjective data from a few meaningless websites. No man sitting in front of his computer entering stars into a ranking system can truly calculate the success of an athlete. Everyone at this level looks good on tape. Maybe one jumps a little higher, so he gets an extra star. Maybe he’s a little too short, so he loses one. A player is not just his height, his weight, his 40 time. He is his personality, his habits and his ability to rise to the collegiate level. Joe Fan sitting at home poring over Scout.com all year long might feel like he knows more than anyone in the world, but recruiting is not a science and Signing Day doesn’t determine who will win the national championship. There are too many variables for anyone to comfortably foresee collegiate success. Sure, Bob the

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Coach Jeff Tedford introduced his 2011 recruiting class at Wednesday’s National Signing Day press conference. The Bears fared well in recruiting despite Tedford’s first losing season. by Jonathan Kuperberg Staff Writer

It may be February but the Cal football team pulled out a somewhat surprising win on Wednesday. Despite the first losing season under head coach Jeff Tedford’s reign, Cal has produced another top-20 recruiting class, announced at yesterday’s National Signing Day press conference. Highlighted by ESPN’s No. 7 defensive lineman Viliami Moala and No. 6 safe-

ty Avery Walls, the class is ranked as high as No. 14 in the country and No. 15 by ESPN. “A lot of these guys can come in a make an immediate impact, so really excited to get them here,” Tedford said. “Today was pretty uneventful; everything kind of fell in place just the way we thought it was going to be, just a solid group — great kids, great athletes.” Tedford said he was never worried about recruiting following his team’s

bowl-less season. He noted that the Bears’ history of success — and the presence of so many Cal alums in the NFL playoffs— made up for it. While most of the players — and the highest ranked ones — will play on defense, Tedford said his staff was not necessarily looking for defense over offense. It was, however, looking to fill specific positions. Starting defensive backs Chris Conte and Darian Hagan will be leaving, but the future in the Bears’ secondary

Sun Devils Bring Pesky Defense to Haas After Near Miss Against UCLA Arizona Has History of Raising Bears

by Gabriel Baumgaertner Senior Staff Writer

Having not faced consistent manto-man for two games, the Cal men’s basketball team has succeeded on its trek through the Cal danger zone. Continuing the MEN’S trend of the last Hoops two games, the Bears will face an- TIPOFF: other refined zone defense when they Cal takes take on Arizona on Arizona vs State tonight at 8 State p.m. at Haas Pavil- tonight at ion. 8:00 p.m. at Haas After sweeping Pavilion. the Oregon schools TV/Radio: CSNlast weekend, Cal Calif., KNEW (910 (12-9, 5-4) looked AM) effective in breaking the respective zones that it faced, but it will face one of the conference’s most effective alignments when the Sun Devils (9-12, 1-8) take the floor tonight. While struggling in conference play because of a truly tepid offense, Arizona State has one of the more structurally sound defenses in the Pac-10. That defense almost keyed an upset of UCLA last weekend, but the Bruins prevailed 73-72 in overtime. Ever since the arrival of coach Herb Sendek in 2006, the Sun Devils have frustrated countless teams with a matchup zone defense predicated on limiting passing and penetration

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nstead of catching up on the piles of history reading about the American West, I’ll use this space to impart some history myself. As Cal dives into the second round robin of Pac-10 play against the Arizona schools tonight, it is worth taking a look back to some recent editions of this series. In a way, they have become landmark games for the program over the past couple years. Flash back to early January of 2009. The Bears had lost a pair of NBA-caliber players, and were picked to return to the conference cellar after a ninthplace finish. Yet there they were in Berkeley, sweeping teams with the star power of (college version) Jordan Hill, Chase Budinger and James Harden.

>> M. Hoops: Page 11

Freshman Guard Emerson Murray (right), who was a Canadian Junior National team member, has played in 19 of Cal’s 21 games.

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