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Handling of Harassment Hearing Draws Complaints by Rachel Banning-Lover Staff Writer
About a year ago, Angelica Guevara was allegedly sexually battered by a fellow student at UC Berkeley’s School of Law. It took her five months to build up the courage, but in July 2010, she and another woman decided to come forward and report the incidents to the campus Center for Student Conduct and Community Standards after hearing that several other women had also felt harassed by the same individual. But for months after coming forward, Guevara — who graduated last May — has dealt with last-minute conduct hearing cancellations, miscommunication between the campus and witnesses to the incident and insufficient information about the standing of the case due to federal restrictions placed on the campus. And now that the hearing has happened, she may never find out the outcome. “The tragedy is that it makes me not want to come forward if something worse were to happen in the future,” Guevara said. “I’m disappointed to know that if a woman comes forward, her voice is still diminished.” Guevara alleges that she was grabbed inappropriately by a male law student last year while walking across campus with a friend. The other law school graduate to file a complaint against the same male student, Oriana Sandoval, had been at a law school event discussing the male student’s pending divorce, when, after the others in her group left, he allegedly told Sandoval that his divorce was in her interest before putting two fingers up to his mouth and simulating oral sex. “My incident was in a pattern of behavior,” Sandoval said. “His behavior was escalating and that was why I filed a complaint.” Per student conduct procedure, the women were put in touch with Denise Oldham, interim Title IX officer and director of the Campus Climate and Compliance Office — which investigates complaints of sexual harassment and sexual discrimination and provides direction to the Center for Student Conduct and Community Standards in the resolution and investigation of these complaints. When Oldham told Guevara that she had been unable to contact Guevara’s
two witnesses, Guevara e-mailed them on Sept. 1 to ask why they had not responded to Oldham and CC-ed Oldham and two law professors. After receiving a reply from both witnesses saying that they had not been contacted by Oldham, Guevara received a phone call from Oldham advising her that it was better to handle this issue over the phone instead of by e-mail. “I remember hanging up the phone and crying uncontrollably,” Guevara said. “I felt alone, and I began to feel I regretted the day I came forward.” The hearing was rescheduled twice, but ultimately took place Jan. 26. Guevara said she was given one night’s notice before each cancellation and had had to cancel work in planning to attend each. Due to work-related commitments, Sandoval, who lives in New Mexico, had informed the center she would not be available to Skype into the hearing, which meant she was unable to corroborate Guevara’s allegations. “If we couldn’t have been there in person or Skype in, there should have been alternative ways for us to participate,” Sandoval said. “Written questions could have been submitted to me.” Due to the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the campus cannot discuss conduct cases unless the person investigated gives their consent — thus, the campus may be unable to disclose the hearing outcome or the reason for the cancellations, to Guevara or Sandoval. “It’s unfortunate that we are, at times, limited by the law in terms of the information we are allowed to provide,” Oldham said in an e-mail. “The result is that complainants are not always aware of all the efforts we are making to fully investigate their allegations.” Susan Trageser of the Center for Student Conduct and Community Standards said there are two exceptions under the conduct code where complainants may learn of an outcome — in an instance of significant violence or an issue of sexual assault. Because this case does not fall under these categories, Guevara and Sandoval may not learn of the hearing’s outcome. “(Now) I don’t care whether he’s found guilty or not,” Guevara said. “The damage is already done.”
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Benjamin Smythe holds up a sign in front of Sather Gate in an attempt to fulfill his personal quota of making one person smile every day.
Local Brings Smiles to the Community by Mary Susman Staff Writer
You’re perfect. At least that is what Berkeley resident Benjamin Smythe tells people every day — and he believes it. Since August, Smythe, 35, has sat on the bridge by Sather Gate on the UC Berkeley campus, holding his cardboard sign and smiling at passersby. He has no agenda, only a quota of making one person smile every day. The idea came to him eight years ago from a homeless man in Laguna Beach who told everyone who walked by that they were perfect. Smythe never forgot that man, and when he was having a bad day five years later, he decided to deliver the message himself by holding a sign reading “you’re perfect” while meditating. “It just felt so great to tell the truth,” he said. Smythe, who spent his childhood in the suburbs in Connecticut, said he has not always had confidence in
himself. But through any struggles he has faced, he has remembered how his mother, his role model, raised him to believe he could not only do whatever he wants, but that he deserves to be happy. “She told me that my whole life, so I don’t really have any doubt,” he said. “I’m a normal person, I go through ups and downs, but this is my life, too.” Smythe admits holding the sign did — and still does — make him feel vulnerable, but he has learned to embrace the uncertainty of how others will react. “I got to burn through all kinds of judgments and stereotypes,” he said. “I never know who’s going to say something or smile. I look at somebody now, and I just see them.” Smythe does not limit himself to campus. In fact, nearly each day he goes around the city and sits on street corners, often holding his sign beside rush hour traffic because that’s when “the message makes the most sense.”
Green Playgrounds Spring Up Around Bay Area by Soumya Karlamangla Staff Writer
While elementary school students usually spend recess in yards with endless asphalt and harsh metal structures, children in any schoolyard designed by Berkeley-based environmental planner Sharon Danks instead play in blooming gardens, shaded ponds and nature trails. “We’re trying to put the idea of exploration and challenge and wonder back into an environment that they spend all their time in, and that’s the schoolyard,” she said. Danks and her firm, Bay Tree Design, have been working with Bay Area school districts to create green schoolyards, boasting features like outdoor classroom spaces, greenhouses, edible vegetable gardens and composting bins. These playgrounds, which allow students to understand natural processes in a way that urbanized
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According to freshman Kevin Sairafian, Smythe has a reputation among students. Sairafian remembers seeing Smythe on his first day of classes last semester and said he finally got to thank him a few weeks ago. “He’s not doing it to push any social awareness,” Sairafian said. “It’s nice to just have that moment where you can’t help but smile.” One of Smythe’s favorite parts about holding his sign is meeting new people. Remembering a boy with an oxygen tank who thanked him for his message, Smythe still gets choked up. Yet making others feel good is only a by-product of his true motivation: having fun himself. Although most people appreciate his message, Smythe holds his sign for his own benefit. “I love the people who flip me off, because those are the ones who teach me really to let go. If that’s not perfect, then I don’t have a right to hold this
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City Council Discusses Merits of Development Cap in West Berkeley by Yousur Alhlou Staff Writer
Sharon Danks, a Berkeley-area environmental planner, shows off a pond at Rosa Parks Elementary to children at the school. Danks and her firm have created green schoolyards that often include gardens and outdoor classroom spaces.
By approving a controversial amendment to proposed zoning ordinances in West Berkeley, the Berkeley City Council took its first step toward revamping business activity in the area at its meeting Tuesday night, though some council members voiced concern about sustaining the area’s existing economic landscape. During its third public hearing on the city Planning Commission’s proposed changes to zoning under the West Berkeley Plan, the council advanced establishing a no-cap policy on conversion of protected warehouse and wholesale space for research and development use in the area by modifying a contentious proposal that has been under consideration since 2007.
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ASUC Authorizes New Committee to Assess Hate Crime Reporting System by Madeleine Key Staff Writer
The ASUC Senate passed a bill Feb.16, authorizing the creation of a student committee to assess the functionality and usability of an under-utilized hate crime reporting system that had been developed by the UC Office of the President in response to incidents last spring. The formation of a student review board is the product of a joint effort of the ASUC and the campus Office of Equity and Inclusion and will be composed of about 15 students who represent a range of communities and grade levels on campus. According to Vice Chancellor of Equity and Inclusion Gibor Basri, the board will play a significant role in helping to edit and further develop the reporting site. In the past, UC Berkeley students had three channels available to report hate crimes â€” contacting UCPD by phone, contacting the Gender Equity Resource Center by phone or using the reporting form the center provides online. But as of last October, students can also report
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crimes through the UC Office of the Presidentâ€™s â€œCampus Climateâ€? page online. The pageâ€™s launch followed controversial incidents across UC campuses, including the â€œCompton Cookoutâ€? at UC San Diego and swastikas drawn on the Clark Kerr Campus at UC Berkeley. However, although the UCâ€™s system debuted four months ago, it has yet to be used by students at UC Berkeley. All reports that are filed through the new system by members of the campus community are transferred to Billy Curtis, assistant dean of students and director of the campusâ€™s Gender Equity Resource Center, who said he has yet to receive a single report from a student. â€œUnfortunately, the site does not exist in a form that is best used by students at the moment,â€? Basri said. â€œOur purpose is to figure out how to get it there.â€? CalSERVE Senator Stefan Montouth, author of the bill, said the role of the board is to hold the campus accountable for its pledge of zero tolerance for hate crimes. â€œYou donâ€™t really know what students need until you ask,â€? Montouth
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News in Brief Suspect Connected With Recent Burglaries Arrested UCPD arrested a suspect Feb. 16 in connection with a series of home burglaries at the University Village in Albany over the past five months. The apartment building, which offers housing to UC Berkeley students with families, has been the scene of 11 reported burglaries since September, including seven â€œhot prowlâ€? cases â€” burglaries that occur when victims are present inside the home â€” according to UCPD Lt. Alex Yao. The most recent â€œhot prowlâ€? burglary occurred in the early hours of Feb. 14 when the suspect, Toni Cooper, allegedly broke into the apartment of a male UC Berkeley student and his wife. The two woke up to the sound of rattling blinds as the suspect exited the apartment through sliding glass doors. A laptop and two cameras were among the $1,973 worth of property reported
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uke looks and acts a little like Hunter S. Thompson. By this, I mean he’s wearing an Indiana Jones hat, “Fear and Loathing” sunglasses and is waving a shotgun in my face. It is just after New Year’s, and I am killing time visiting friends in beautiful Southern California, where it has been raining for three days straight. We are on the outskirts of Lancaster, the stretch of wind-wrecked desert just after the Grapevine. Everyone I know from Lancaster is trying to kill themselves slowly — they drink, drive and smoke like it’s 1999 and the world wasn’t worth it anyway. This explains why the cure prescribed for our collective hangover is a round of light shooting. Nothing clears the head like the sound of buckshot whistling off into the distance ... or so I am told. We have assembled several miles off-road in a patch of desert that the recent snowfall has left untouched. In the spring, the hills will be covered in orange poppies, but for now they are a barren and dusty brown. Without any targets to practice on, the mountains themselves become our enemy — I imagine that the one on the left could be a craggier version of Vladimir Putin. I am handed a pair of heavy duty noise-protecting headphones. I can only imagine they were developed for the scientists in Los Alamos for their sheer size and heft. Their intimidating nature, however, is marred by the fact that they are Rudolph red. I feel like Elmer Fudd. Another gunshot cracks, and my ears ring with the vibrations. Take that Putin. Claire wants a shot now. She is also wearing a hat, but hers is a furry number, which, combined with her bright red coat gives her the menacing look of a royalist Sarah Palin. This is made more threatening by her habit of gesturing wildly with the gun. Bryan ducks behind the cars as Claire decapitates a bush. Wendi hides behind Janna who is hiding behind Sofie who is regarding the gun with a horrible fascination that makes me nervous. Hers is an addictive personality. Luke — in what is fast becoming a trend — waves the gun at me. “You,” he says briskly. Yep, that’s me. Here I am, standing in the middle of the desert in front of my three cowering friends. Luke follows this neutral pronoun with a second, slightly more terrifying word, “Shoot.” ell, I am on holiday, and this is the New Year, and oh, what the heck — who am I kidding — I really want to shoot a gun. No, a shotgun. So, I take it from him. It is long and black, though not the slick shiny black of Hollywood. This black has a dull utility to it that is somehow more menacing. I am then given a short lecture entitled, “Gun Safety for Dummies.” Though, in my opinion, no self-declared dummy should ever be handed a gun. It is simple: Keep the safety on, when the safety is released a small red
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MEGHNA DHOLAKIA dot will appear. Red like blood, get it? Get it? Next step, cock it — keep your finger on the trigger. Pull, release and don’t forget to brace the gun against your shoulder, a non-fleshy part. It kicks like a mule. I bring the gun to my shoulder, release the safety, cock the gun, and fire. The noise is a wave’s crescendo in my ears. t feels incredible. Like I could take on the world. Adrenaline is pulsing in my veins, and inexorably, my lips curve up into a stupid grin. I wish I had enemies so they could stand here and watch me shoot the shit out of this hill. They would tremble in fear. Unfortunately, I have no enemies, plus, I am a vegetarian and a pacifist and a liberal. Which makes this whole enjoying guns thing vaguely morally troubling. I have always been for gun control. The epigram, “guns don’t kill people — people kill people,” is a rhetorically dangerous phrase that overlooks the fact that most of us do not have the sheer Rambo-like strength necessary to take down another human being in mortal combat. However, this is an easier stance to make, having grown up in the suburbs. In an urban setting, a gun is inherently violent. Here, under a blue sky, it seems more like a shot to pierce through the indifference of the desert. A way of letting the mountains and the clouds and the cars speeding on Highway 14 know that we are here and we are young. I cannot help but think of Hunter S. Thompson again. Not the way he lived, fast and loose with all four cylinders roaring; I am thinking of the way he died. Thompson would have despised his suicide taken as an argument for gun control, but it remains that guns give us the means to do without thinking what we might never have done given reflection. Guns are not dangerous in the right hands, but who can determine which hands those are? Guns call to the worst primal instincts within us. The same laws that allowed us some harmless fun on a Sunday morning were partially responsible for a national tragedy in Arizona. The risk isn’t worth it; there are better ways to get my adrenaline rush. Maybe I’ll try sky-diving next.
Professor N. Louise Glass has a passion for fungi — especially the orange, moldy kind. “You can tell by all the paraphernalia,” she said, gesturing to her office walls, covered in dozens of pictures depicting fungi. Lucky for Glass, her passion just became her full-time job, starting in January of next year. Glass was awarded the UC Berkeleybased Miller Research Professorship to further her research in developing a computerized model of a fungus’ metabolism. The knowledge gained by this model may lead to further understanding of the organisms currently used to break down plants into biofuels. Glass said her research uses a systems-biology, or holistic, approach to the filamentous fungi Neurospora crassa — an orange fungus commonly found on burnt grass — to understand the metabolic behavior of the fungi. “Our long-term goal is to understand how Neurospora changes both its intracellular and extracellular metabolism when it meets plant cell wall material,” Glass said. Glass said filamentous fungi like Neurospora have the enzymes to break down plant cell walls, but yeast — needed to ferment sugar or starch into ethanol — does not. This fungus thus helps the process by first breaking down the cell wall. “If we better understand how Neurospora does it, we will have a better idea to better engineer these industrial
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Finalists Picked for Online Courses in Pilot Program Tran-Taylor, pilot program manager. According to Gary Matkin, UC Irvine dean of Continuing Education, Distance Learning and Summer Session and a member of the program’s advisory committee, undergraduate and lower division courses were preferred by the selection committee. UC Berkeley computer science professor Dan Garcia’s course “CS 10: The Beauty and Joy of Computing,” which connects programming with “the big ideas of computing,” was one of the 30 finalists. Garcia, who was notified of his acceptance two weeks ago, said he is already familiar with online courses and that he currently “screen-casts” his lectures online. After three years working on developing the course, Garcia said he decided to send a letter of intent to the project because he “loved the idea of gaining new audiences.” Although some faculty members have been skeptical of the success of online education, Tran-Taylor said the pilot project is first and foremost a research program. “(The project) is investigating whether
online instruction can be done effectively,” she said. “We’re really looking at whether we can do this well and cost-effectively.” Wendy Brown, co-chair of the Berkeley Faculty Association, said that although the association does not oppose a pilot project in online courses, the organization as a whole is doubtful of the project’s future success because online courses at other universities have not proven to be successful. “We’re pretty skeptical about the project of putting high quality undergraduate instruction online,” she said. But UCLA Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and advisory committee member Jim Davis said in an e-mail that the addition of online courses to the UC system is “both a growing expectation and an educational opportunity.” “Online courses offer potential ways to support access, timely graduation and minimized student costs especially with respect to high demand courses,” he said in the e-mail.
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than the industrial application, Glass said. Understanding the whole organism will allow the scientists to better predict how it reacts to manipulations. “If you have an increased flux and you realize that it affects another pathway adversely, then you build that into your engineered strain,” Glass said. “You can mitigate the negative effects on the other pathway that you might not understand if you manipulated only one pathway.” Jamie Cate, an associate professor of chemistry and molecular and cell biology, said in an e-mail that the fungus is a “great model for studying biofuel production” and Glass’ project “will open up new areas for understanding.” “I’m really a basic research scientist to understand how these organisms function,” Glass said. “The EBI sort of allowed that cross-fertilization to occur between the groups that are more basic-research-oriented and the groups that are more applied.”
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Thirty letters of intent were accepted as finalists at the end of January for the University of California Online Instruction Pilot Project to create systemwide online courses, in an effort to begin adding online courses to the UC curriculum by the fall of 2012. Each of the UC campuses, with the exception of UC San Francisco, are represented in the 30 proposals being considered for implementation by the pilot program. The potential courses — seven of which come from UC Berkeley faculty — range from introductory science and math classes to humanities courses, art and dance. The 30 UC faculty members whose letters of intent were selected for review will meet for a two-day workshop this weekend in Berkeley to discuss the format of the online courses, according to UC Riverside physics professor Jose Wudka. The letters of intent were chosen by a selection committee made up of 10 UC faculty members, said DoQuyen
from Page 3 strains that currently are used to make these plant cell wall degrading enzymes to make them cheaper and more of them,” she said. The Miller award covers a professor’s full salary and benefits for the sixmonth period and provides a $5,000 research fund, according to Kathryn Day, the chief administrative officer for the Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science. Day said the selection committee made the decision on Dec. 6 and the announcement was made in January. “(Glass has) done great work, and we wanted to give her the chance to focus on her research,” said Michael Manga, executive director of the Miller Institute and professor of earth and planetary science. A key component of this award is collaboration. Glass is working with the Energy Biosciences Institute and researchers from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to develop
this model. Nathan Price, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Illinois, is working on developing the computer model of the fungus based on Glass’ research data. “We are building a simulator for the cell that will take all the components of the cell,” Price said. He added that the model will take about a year and a half to complete, and will ultimately be accessible online. The idea behind the model is to understand how this organism functions so that scientists can better understand how to manipulate similar organisms, especially those generally used in the industrial production of biofuels to break down plant cell walls. With this understanding, scientists could engineer other fungi to “hyper-secrete” particular enzymes for biofuel production, Glass said. The research focuses on the basic understanding of these organisms rather
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landscapes prevent, have been gaining popularity across the nation as more organic forms of instruction. “A green schoolyard ... allows the teachers to teach their classes outside, to provide play environment that is richer than the traditional one — that has creative play and active play balanced, and one that reflects local ecology in a number of ways,” she said. “Around here, it usually means having less asphalt.” For the past several years, Danks has been working on designing green schoolyards in the San Francisco Unified School District — where 15 elementary school yards have been completed and 29 are in the works — as part of the district’s Proposition A bond program, composed of two local school bonds passed in 2003 and 2006 to improve district facilities. A chunk of that money has been designated to making schoolyards more eco-friendly, which is where Danks comes in. “We aim to serve children and parents and communities of schools in (the district) to help them transform their school yards into more vibrant learning environments, so basically, taking asphalt yards and making them vibrant outdoor classrooms,” said Rachel Pringle, programs manager for the non-profit, San Francisco Green Schoolyard Alliance, that works with the school district. Much of the district’s plans for making their schoolyards more eco-centric, according to Pringle, came from Danks, who has been pushing for more green space in schools for the past ten years. In 2000, she completed her joint master’s degree in landscape architecture and city planning at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design, and after receiving a Geraldine Knight Scott Travelling Fellowship, she explored innovative schoolyards — the subject of her master’s thesis — around Europe. She said each region she visited has its own speciality when it comes to schoolyard designs, and California’s is school gardens. But there is more to a green schoolyard than just a gar-
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sign,” Smythe said. “Who am I to say people have to like my sign?” Disagreement over his message reached an extreme about a month ago when he and his friend received a death threat online. Smythe, who posts videos on YouTube sharing his message of self-love — “not really teaching because I can’t teach you what you are,” he said — has since been more cautious when putting himself in the public eye. Yet even though he was threatened, he continues to spread his message with his large following on the Internet — he has over 500 subscribers on YouTube and over 152,000 video views. For the next year, Smythe is taking a yearlong break from work — previous jobs include working as a yoga instructor, a teacher and a cook — to
go on tour after he posted a video saying he would visit anyone who paid for his travel expenses. Within 24 hours, Smythe said he had to turn down offers. He plans to spend the year in various cities in the United States, Australia and countries across Europe, spending a week with each family, and together they will hold his sign. Smythe explains his outlook on life with an analogy: Everyone jumped out of a plane when they were born. There is no parachute, and everyone will hit the ground, when they die. “I can either laugh the whole way down, or I can cry the whole way down,” Smythe said. “I think that loving myself is part of that laughing the whole way down.” Mary Susman covers Berkeley communities. Contact her at email@example.com.
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den. Danks also emphasized making schoolyards more comfortable and usable by planting more trees for shade, creating barriers that allow different kinds of activities, growing edible gardens, tailoring playground equipment to different age levels and facilitating outdoor classrooms and art projects. And with this long list of goals comes a long list of benefits — a more balanced play environment, increased familiarity with ecology, improved teaching quality and a community’s ability to “reclaim its public space” that has been given to a school district. “What we’re doing is re-empowering the community at the school to be the stewards of their own backyard,” she said. She also works as a volunteer at Rosa Parks Elementary School in the Berkeley Unified School District, where solar panels teach students about renewable energy and an edible garden familiarizes them with seasonal changes and gardening. “It makes recess much more interesting for the students, and it encourages a lot of imaginative play with the kids ... and it also makes for a beautiful campus,” said Paco Furlan, principal of the school. “Students are able to do handson science with our pond and with our garden and also with the living plants that we have around campus.” In November, Danks published a book showcasing her knowledge about green schoolyards called “Asphalt to Ecosystems,” which also has pictures from many of the 200 schools she has visited in eight countries. After the schoolyards in San Francisco are completed in June, Danks will also host an international conference in the Bay Area for green schoolyard planners to “cross-pollinate,” she said. “Kids grow up to think about the world in the way they experience it,” she said. “Why should we accept clay and asphalt and boring environments for our kids when we could have something else?”
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West Berkeley: Some Aimed to Cap Space Conversion from front After more than three hours of public comment, the council decided in a 5-4 vote to solicit a report from the commission analyzing usage patterns when 100,000 square feet of protected space is redeveloped in the area — and if development reaches this mark, the council may consider instituting a cap. The council will vote on the changed language March 22 as part of proposed zoning amendments for the West Berkeley Plan. Councilmembers Max Anderson, Jesse Arreguin, Linda Maio and Kriss Worthington were in favor of initially capping allowable space conversion at 100,000 square feet and then monitoring usage of protected spaces and further allocating it based on demand.
But Councilmember Susan Wengraf said a cap on convertible space would deter potential businesses from coming to the area, adding that certain spaces, such as those for recycling centers, would remain protected under any new plan. The West Berkeley Plan — established in 1993 to ensure economic diversity in the area — currently protects manufacturing, warehouse, wholesaling and artist activities. However, the Planning Commission’s rezoning proposal seeks to attract innovative UC Berkeley spin-offs by expanding master use sites and uses of protected spaces, relaxing permit processes and increasing height limits. While the council supports economic development, some council members fear that rapid change may
Former Chemistry Chair to Become Scripps Research Institute President by Jessica Rossoni Staff Writer
After 10 years at UC Berkeley, former Chemistry Department Chair Michael Marletta will leave his position on campus this July to become the president of the Scripps Research Institute. Though Marletta — who served as the chair of the department from 2005 to 2010 — will not officially assume his new role of president until January 2012, he will take a leave of absence from UC Berkeley beginning this July and will continue his research in the bio-chemical field as president-elect at the institute. Once his term begins, Marletta’s duties will include organizing philanthropy and fundraising events for research, as well as setting the overall scientific direction for the institute. Throughout his career, Marletta has gained recognition for his research in the biochemical field, wherein he focused on protein structure, especially the fundamental principles concerning nitric oxide and its interaction with bacteria. “I found that I enjoyed the combination of doing research, leading a group and having a vision and being able to put that into practice,” he said. “Being chair of the department was something that I truly enjoyed doing, so I wanted to find something to continue that.” During his time at UC Berkeley, Marletta founded a now-popular introductory chemical biology course — which Marletta said has a waitlist every semester — and currently acts as an advisor for a group of 16 research assistants in the Marletta Lab, who will have the opportunity to follow him to Scripps once his research lab relocates to the headquarters in San Diego. While serving as chair of the department, Marletta was also vital in the retention of nearly a dozen faculty members who were approached by competing private universities with job offers, according to Daniel Neumark, current chair of the department.
Neumark and several research assistants described Marletta as a “great” advisor and mentor. “He’s definitely very caring, great to work for in the lab, a very good mix of caring about students and projects and caring deeply about the science that we do,” said graduate student Lars Plate, a research assistant in Marletta’s lab. “Considering how active he was as department chair and with Scripps, he’s still around a lot and there for everyone in the lab when we need him.” Neumark also described Marletta as “superb and selfless” and said he was “a great colleague, a great chair,” as Marletta eased Neumark into his role as the next department chair during their biweekly meetings last year. Christine Phillips-Piro, a postdoctoral fellow at the Marletta Lab, said that although she is sad that Marletta will be leaving, she thinks he will be a great leader for the institute. “I’m really excited for him and for science in general,” she said. “We really need some scientists that are also good politicians that can get out there and sell the science and get funding, especially in a bad funding environment. Not that he can’t do this at Berkeley, but at Scripps as president he will have a much broader impact on science in general.” Marletta said he will commute from Berkeley to Scripps for the next two years until his son graduates from Berkeley High School. At that time, he and his wife plan to make the permanent move to San Diego. “I think Berkeley has the best faculty, colleagues and students that I’ve seen anywhere; that’s what really makes it great,” he said. “The Ph.D. students that come to Berkeley are just outstanding, and I’ll miss that, but the opportunity is simply too great to pass up.” Contact Jessica Rossoni at email@example.com.
hinder small local businesses’ viability. Arreguin called the language change in the proposal “unnecessary” and foreshadowed a citizen referendum if the council neglects public opinion. “Allowing space for research and development while having controls in place ... they’re not mutually exclusive,” Arreguin said. Even Mayor Tom Bates, who voted in support of the language change, said the council may have “jumped the gun” at Tuesday’s meeting — but added that opposing council members voiced “unfounded concern.” “It’s not like it’s going to happen overnight,” Bates said. “If (rapid change) were to occur, we can easily do a moratorium and stop it ... I have more faith in the people who are elected.” Yousur Alhlou covers city government. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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said. “Representation is key.” The bill states that board member selection, which has yet to begin, will be determined by a temporary committee of four senators, assembled at the senate’s Feb. 16 meeting. “We want to ensure that as many communities are represented as possible through the people we select,” said committee member and SQUELCH! Senator Rachel Horning in an e-mail. Basri said the system has yet to be used by students — or publicized by his office — because its purpose is unclear. Until the program runs more efficiently, which will depend on the input of the board, it will not be widely advocated. If a student were to use the system
as it currently stands, Basri said, it is not clear whether or not the reportwould trigger a formal investigation or any other action. “I hope it’s used for informal reports of campus climate incidents as a way for students to let the administration know what happened,” Basri said. Officials from the UC Office of the President did not respond to multiple requests for comment. Basri said he will have to present suggestions for improving the system to the UCOP and that he hopes a revised system will be available to students by the end of the semester. Patty Hernandez, a UC Berkeley senior, said that although many of her friends have reported hate crimes to UCPD, little faith exists in the ability
of the process to affect change. “In my community, there’s the perception that there’s no point in reporting (to the campus),” Hernandez said. Montouth said the goal of the board is to produce a report with its recommendations and findings by the end of the semester. Because the board is starting halfway through a semester, he said its report may not be as extensive as reports of future semesters and that he hopes to see the process continue. “All students should feel safe on this campus no matter what race you are, no matter what your beliefs are,” Montouth said. “The system is not perfect, but that is why we’re working to make it better and why I stress the importance of the review board.” Madeleine Key covers student government. Contact her at email@example.com.
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very minute of Claude Lanzmann’s nine-and-a-half hour documentary “Shoah” brings us as close to the Holocaust as we ever will be. The film is a colossal achievement not just cinematically, but historically, reinventing how we narrate the Holocaust and narrate trauma, knowing that it could someday be forgotten. In giving faces to victims who were once just statistics, “Shoah,” upon its initial release in 1985, rendered the unspeakable particulars of the Final Solution speak-able in the Western consciousness. It’s doing that again now in 2011. Before its original theatrical run, the film took over 10 years to make. Lanzmann, an obsessive filmmaker, originally had at least 350 hours of footage. Until its 25th anniversary this year, the film’s impression on the U.S. had been virtually effaced. While it has always been screened in Europe, even finding a DVD copy here is hopeless. Though the film lacks rigorous structure, as Lanzmann sought to make his directorial hand as invisible as possible, “Shoah” begins in Chelmno and ends in the Warsaw ghetto, with most of the time in between devoted to stories of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp. Lanzmann opens his film with a song: Simon Srebnik, a Chelmno survivor, stands on a boat in the Narew River of Poland, singing a German military anthem. This is not the first time he has been here. Lanzmann has brought Srebnik back to where he was, as a young boy, forced to work for the SS and dispose of human ash into the river. He would entertain the SS guards with military songs, a small act that kept him alive. Distinct stories like these are the focal point of “Shoah.” At the end of the film’s first half, Lanzmann finds Srebnik outside a church in Auschwitz 40 years after the Final Solution was set in motion. Srebnik is surrounded by people telling stories of the gas vans, developed in Chelmno as an ostensibly tidier method for exterminating Jews. In this scene, it’s impossible to read Srebnik’s face: Part of him feels solidarity with other Polish Jews who survived, yet another part of him undoubtedly wants to forget — but he knows, as we do, that it’s impossible. One of the film’s most fraught, trenchant scenes finds us in Israel, in a barbershop with Abraham Bomba, a survivor of Treblinka. Framed by mirrors on all sides, Bomba narrates his experience at the camp as a forced laborer, where he chopped the hair off of naked women and children before they went to the gas chamber. He remembers one day when another laborer had to cut the hair of his own wife and children. Bomba can barely finish telling the story — Lanzmann, patient and nurturing, has to push him. “You have
to do it,” he tells Bomba. “You know it.” Bomba is just one of many subjects in “Shoah” with an infallible memory refusing to die. To construct a fully three-dimensional embodiment of the Holocaust, Lanzmann doesn’t just talk with survivors. In a chilling sequence, Lanzmann talks to a former SS guard who offers prototypes of Final Solution plans. Lanzmann denied his request for anonymity, secretly filming with a hidden camera. In seeing the SS guard up-close and in the flesh, we realize that the face of evil is quite ordinary after all. This realization is the true source of the palpable dread we feel in this scene. Late into the film’s second part, we witness an interview with Jan Karski, a professor and former Polish resistance fighter who helped bring the situation in Poland to prominence in the West. As he re-imagines what he first saw at the Warsaw Ghetto — naked corpses left to rot in the streets, the Hitler Youth terrorizing the ghetto’s residents — he can barely speak without having to leave the room. But Lanzmann, as he did with Bomba, doesn’t let up: He keeps the camera rolling, waiting until Karski returns to the frame. Lanzmann would’ve waited forever if he had to. Though many of the interviews are subtitled — namely, those in Hebrew and German because Lanzmann knows those languages — there are testimonies in Polish and Yiddish that necessitate a translator. Lanzmann does not subtitle these interviews because he wants us to be members of the conversation rather than mere spectators. He does not intend for us to “read” the film but, rather, to see and experience it as we can’t with a text. In place of archival footage, Lanzmann encourages our imaginations to take primacy. Some of the film’s most powerful scenes take us to the death camps as they are now. Though history’s ghosts remain, the land itself has not given up. Grass grows over the perimeters of mass grave sites. The trees are abundant. Yet Lanzmann encourages us to project onto these seemingly calm landscapes everything we’ve heard in the testimonies. “Shoah” ought to be essential viewing for the entire human race — yet it won’t be, if for no other reason than the running time. After almost 10 hours, “Shoah” has a cumulative effect that is literally staggering. Though I watched it in one sitting, the film, punctiliously edited by Ziva Postec, never feels as long as it should. The impact of Lanzmann’s documentary might not hit you until long after those many hours. When it does, it will invite you to tell someone everything you remember about “Shoah,” just as Lanzmann has retold the Holocaust to us. That’s how a narrative becomes invincible. See “Shoah” for yourself at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Russian Mafia, Beer Revive ‘Romeo and Juliet’
Romeo, Oh Romeo. Anachronism riddles Impact Theatre’s ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ which reimagines Shakespeare’s classic as a mob tale.
by Hannah Jewell Senior Staff Writer
veryone knows the story: In fair Verona, two feuding families, a forbidden love, tragedy, despair, the horror, the horror, etc. But deep within the pepperoni nether-regions of La Val’s Pizza, Impact Theatre is busy reminding us how much there is to laugh about in “Romeo and Juliet,” in a highly creative production driven by a few spot-on performances. Director Melissa Hillman has decided to spice this classic with a grungy Russian mafia theme. With the opening lines in Russian, the audience is introduced to a world of tattoos, guns and other paraphernalia of badassery, led by what appear to be the two scariest-looking men in the Bay Area as Lords Montague (David Toda) and Capulet (Jon Nagel). Luisa Frasconi’s Juliet is a sweet and delicate little thing, except when she’s erupting in a temper tantrum. Frasconi’s performance stretches from her wide eyes to the very tips of her toes. One could watch the entire show from the perspective of her feet, clad in white tights and black flats, skittering to and fro in anticipation of her Romeo. Meanwhile Michael McDonald proves to us all that Romeo is, truly, nothing more than a big dumb dweeb. With his dweeb-y costume and dweeb-y hair and dweebier musings on love and life, it’s hard not to imagine Romeo and Juliet as the two most annoying kids in your high school class. But as much as you hated them, it’s sort of cute when they get together. Sparingly used, the addition of a few sassy one-liners adds to the show’s accessibility. I never thought I would appreciate a “That’s what she said” tucked slyly into the work of Shakespeare. (Though it could be this particular company’s encouragement of the audience’s beer consumption
that makes such would-be blasphemy acceptable.) When the two lovers are left alone to their romantic devices, or when the youth of Verona are out in the streets displaying some top-notch drunk acting, it’s clear that this cast’s greatest strength is with comedy. Unfortunately, the show seems to lose some steam once things start going wrong. The death of Mercutio is tragic enough in this case, as it marks the end of a firecracker performance by Marilet Martinez. But in this as well as other death scenes, there is often more stillness and staring than any other kind of reaction. A notable exception to this is the Nurse, played by Bernadette Quattrone, who in a natural performance is the only adult outwardly comfortable with her own heartbreak. Lady Capulet (Ara Glenn-Johanson) remains a stone-cold bitch — not to mention a stone-cold fox. By the end of the show, the mobster schtick runs a little thin. “Oh yeah” — you are reminded from time to time, when someone stops speaking English — “Russians.” Maybe this is why Lord and Lady Capulet remain somewhat standoffish even with the death of their daughter — it fits their cold-hard mobster characters. Perhaps to avoid breaking with this theme, Hillman decided to cut the play short, before much of the grieving (and explaining) takes place in the script. And so in this version, we do not get to see that at least the Capulets and Montagues have decided to change their violent ways and settle the feud that caused so much bloodshed. This may be the point of this production, which places so much emphasis on violence. Giving the audience many laughs but not a lot of hope, this “Romeo and Juliet” ends up both funnier and more pessimistic than most. Hannah Jewell is the lead theater critic. Contact her at email@example.com.
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ate, Buoyant and Intim usic Kimya Dawson’s M peal Exudes Playful Ap
istening to Kimya Dawson is like whispering secrets while you spoon — highly personal, mildly awkward, very comfy and almost always just what you need. The raspy-voiced folk mama said it best when she described this vulnerable intimacy over a phone interview: “Hey I’m me, and I probably feel more weird than you, but I’m gonna sit here with my eyes closed and play my song.” Dawson started out her solo career as a 26-year-old hiding under a blanket at her parents’ house with four months of guitar experience and a 4-track. While her early work is quiet and cozy, she’s gradually been moving from whispers to shouts: “I’ve been playing the guitar for 10 years,” she said, “and I’m not that
much better, but my voice is a bit stronger – I’m a bit louder.” Her new album, entitled Thunder Thighs, is scheduled to be released this summer. It features two full choirs, six songs with Aesop Rock, one written by her daughter (with backup vocals sung by children) and “multiple six-minute-long jam sessions.” She contracted carpal tunnel just in writing up the credits that morning, she said. For Dawson, music has always been a coping mechanism for the eccentric life of someone who’s not afraid to feel. She approaches her lyrics as poetry (although she hates the “hallmarky” connotations of the word); never writing for an audience, and always writing for herself. As she put it, “It’s always just kind of like, ‘Wow I need to write this and if somebody else gets this, cool.’” She recorded her first three
albums at home, partly because that was all she had, and partly because that was all the pressure she could handle in her delicate state. Even after her “Juno”-induced popularity explosion, Dawson has tried her best to remain as house-showey, hug-friendly and home-recordy as possible. As she explained it, “I’m used to playing a show just like sitting on your mom’s couch.” Although Dawson never defined a motivation for an album, she admitted that Thunder Thighs has become about creating a “healing space” for yourself. “In the years that I’ve been making music I’ve become a lot stronger. It’s been a really empowering project for me … and hopefully it’ll feel really positive and empowering for people listening to it, too.” The new album features a community choir that she founded her-
Jhameel THE HUMAN CONDITION [Jhameel]
Toro Y Moi UNDERNEATH THE PINE [Carpark Records]
Adele 21 [Columbia Records]
C Berkeley alum Jhameel demonstrates refreshing versatility in his sophomore effort, The Human Condition. While previously hailed as the next Sufjan Stevens, he has found his own niche with this collage of bittersweet dream pop. As the title suggests, the album reflects on the experience of being human with what the artist calls “overwhelming love and bitter hatred.” Jhameel draws on a wider range of musical influences to illustrate this broad subject matter, allowing The Human Condition to appeal to a more diverse audience. Jhameel’s debut album employed natural sound, using marbles, water and other elements as instruments, and featured rich, processed vocals. The Human Condition abandons this ambient style to dabble in more accessible chamber pop and even pop rock on occasion, a change that works surprisingly well for Jhameel. He unites an otherwise hodgepodge collection of tracks with his signature soprano vocals, which range from rhythmic monotone to almost operatic belting, emulating the mood prescribed by the lyrics of each track. Such adaptability seems necessary for an album concerned with humanity in its entirety. The Human Condition is an ambitious concept album, especially for a musician who has only recently graduated from college. Yet, Jhameel proves that age does not necessarily determine wisdom, and his lyrics demonstrate a honed ability to observe and empathize with others’ experiences. Though he raises controversial topics of war, religion and sexuality, he avoids preaching a political agenda. It is this graceful presentation of philosophy and the album’s genre-bending production that will attract a more selective fanbase, though of more varying tastes. —Erin Donaldson
t was bound to be the ultimate bastardization. Chaz Bundick of Toro Y Moi, part of the inscrutable movement called Chillwave, had teamed up with Urban Outfitters to offer an exclusive first preview of his sophomore album Underneath the Pine. The recipe for artistic botchery was brewing. Underneath the Pine, Bundick explains, is a southern reference to a folklore burial spot. And if these are the sounds he envisions accompanying his everlasting sleep, I would gladly hold my breath, wriggle open the cover, and squeeze into the casket. Using U.O. as a marketing platform raises warning flags. But the music stands on its own merit, or to be more accurate, it moves in another direction, retreating from the sample-based architecture of his first album Causers of This into a melodically sophisticated setting of live instrumentation. “Before I’m Done” harnesses Bundick’s new song sensibility as a delicate acoustic guitar floats you into a wispy haze grounded in surprising bass and backbeat, only to dissolve into a dream-like abstraction. And in referencing composers like Ennio Morricone, Bundick proves he’s not tied to the glitchy clangor that dominated his previous sound spectrum. Songs like “How I Know” reinforce his knack for producing up-tempo pop grooves drenched in ’80s flavored synths. But more arresting are tracks like “Good Hold,” with its jarring piano and faint, wobbly fuzz, or the stealthily seductive instrumental piece “Divina.” Bundick lets time unfold gradually, leaving space open instead of filling it with his usual clutter. It turns out Underneath the Pine was never about demise, only rebirth. —Justin Bolois
t seems as if there are just two ways to attract attention in the music industry: outlandish experimentation and pure talent. Adele (aka Adele Adkins) emulates the latter, having made a name for herself with the heartfelt vocals of her debut, 19. She returns with 21, a deeply personal and unabashed album that brims with raw emotion that evokes empathy from even the hardest of hearts. Adele’s charm lies in her down-toearth persona. Displaying her emotions for all to see, her open honesty adds dimension to her songs, building an instant and steadfast connection with the listener. In 19, she explores a promising romantic relationship, which crumples in the much darker 21. It’s always unsettling to have an idealistic notion shattered before your very eyes and Adele leads us on her emotional journey, from defeated exasperation (“Take It All”) to eventual acceptance (“Someone Like You”). With this newfound emotional maturity also comes a cultivation of technique. Adele continues to deliver the soulful tunes that are her claim to fame but explores new styles as well. Rhythm, in particular, plays an important role in 21. The hollow beats in “Rolling in the Deep” add a natural swing that blends in with the discoed chorus, but the same beats reflect the contempt expressed in the jazzy “Rumour Has It.” Although 21 shines in its polished technique and dramatic showcase of talent, it fails to convey anything groundbreaking. Adele’s tales of love, though indeed woeful, run through situations that artists have been rhapsodizing about since the dawn of time. But Adele’s rich voice is the album’s redeeming quality and with its intimate topics and smooth flow, 21 is the ideal remedy for the heartbroken. —Cynthia Kang
self, and she’s made sure to include her extended artistic community as well. Her new 11-minute single, “Walk Like Thunder,” boasts vocals by John Darnielle (the Mountain Goats), bass strummin’ by Nikolai Fraiture (the Strokes) and rapping by new lyricist-BFFL Aesop Rock (with whom she has a collaborating act in the works.) Kimya Dawson has been humming around the indie scene for a while, but she’s not nearly out of steam. Her music has slowly become more cheerful and inclusive, but has never sacrificed that cuddly Kimya feel — a quality sure to be found on her new-
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have hosted three Oscar ceremonies in my living room. Well, my parents’ living room, anyway. It’s no Kodak Theatre, but at least I saved on the venue cost. From 2001 to 2003, I spent each of my spring breaks off middle school planning and hosting an amateur Academy Awards. This meant annually subjecting whatever family members were in town to three hours of a mostly one-man show where I forced them to celebrate movies they had never seen, heard of or cared about. Before the big night, which always made my precocious little self positively giddy, I drew up ballots for everyone in the house to vote for the movies I wanted them to vote for. For the most part, these nights of pathetic fan-boy spectacle had me running up and down the stairs, from the living room to the computer, playing sound bites of Thomas Newman scores. Together with the flaming “Moulin Rouge”-inspired cancan I choreographed for an opening number one year, that, folks, is as it gay as it gets. My best Oscar night was in 2002, the year I infamously rigged the awards: When tallied up, everyone’s votes made “A Beautiful Mind” the winner. I, still in my early years of snobbery, was not happy with the results and in a final stroke of genius decried Ron Howard’s film and declared Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s “Amelie” the winner. I don’t think my family suspected my last minute switcheroo then, but they know now if they’re reading this. As you can tell, these memories just get more and more embarrassing with time.
est album. So, if you want to sing along with her and Aesop Rock, make room for Thunder Thighs this summer, and be sure to make it to the Great American Music Hall tomorrow night for her and Aesop’s SF Noise Pop concert. You’ll get a preview of their future album, and you may even get a hug. Join a community choir with Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What I’m trying to get at here is that the real Oscars is not so different from my fake one. There is always potential for an upset at, literally, the last minute. Nobody remembers the movie “Crash” but everyone remembers when it won over “Brokeback Mountain” in 2006 — a moment when, I swear, my eyes bled. The “Crash” incident, where a film no one thought could win actually did, is a perfect example of what might happen on Sunday. I’ve still officially pegged “The King’s Speech” as this year’s clean-sweeper but perhaps the Academy won’t get brainwashed by groupthink and instead go for the more subversive choice, and once-thought front-runner, “The Social Network.” But I suspect this will not happen. On Sunday night, “The King’s Speech” will be immortalized as another one of those dusty cinematic relics on the shelf of Movies We Forgot next to some of last decade’s winners like “Slumdog Millionaire” or “Million Dollar Baby.” “The Social Network,” the stuttering king’s biggest adversary, will be one of those movies we recognize, years down the line, as the one that should’ve won (“Citizen Kane,” anyone?). Maybe it’s better this way. Maybe not winning the Oscar is just dodging the requisite stigma of being a Best Picture winner. After all, the status of these movies — from “Shakespeare in Love” to “Crash” — will be eternally called into question by people like me. This is why I prefer to host my own Oscars, where not everyone is happy, but at least I am. If I were to enact another one of my hokey adolescent fantasies this year — say, stage an Academy Awards — things would be different: I am 21 now so, of course, there would be the drinking games. To numb the pain of Oscar night’s torturous slow boil, from the bad jokes to the bad hair to the bad movies, everyone would drink each time James Franco or Anne Hathaway is onscreen (so, that is, almost constantly). But instead, I’ll be sitting alone in front of the TV, cursing and asking myself, “How did I ever get into this mess?” Do a little Oscars cancan with Ryan at email@example.com.
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Thursday, February 24, 2011
HAIGHT-ASHBURY A place whose name conjures acid flashbacks and a sense of rebellion, Haight-Ashbury is one of my favorite places in California. Where hipsters descend to stand languidly on street corners and the homeless sell pot on the streets, it’s this mix of the old and the new, the illegal and the arcane, that makes it such a tempting destination. Perched far west on Upper Haight, close to Amoeba Music and the resonant smell of marijuana, is Kan Zaman. Accessible by taking the Civic Center BART stop and the 33 MUNI Bus, the quick and cheap journey is worth what you will find — one of the best Middle Eastern restaurants in San Francisco, and a must-try for vegetarians and hookah lovers. The happy hour is fantastic. Rather than having to tackle a seat amidst drunken undergraduates at Beat the Clock, the ambiance at Kan Zaman is authentic, cultured and timeless. The food is delicious — with fresh hummus, babaganoush and warm bread for the avid palate and sumptuous cocktails to wash it all down, Kan Zaman is a great place to seek traditional Middle Eastern cuisine. Moreover, the food and drinks are perfect for the student budget (about $15 per person), leading us to the best part of the evening: the hookah. Strewn loosely over Kan Zaman’s couches and throw pillows, a few drinks in and shrouded by opiatic hookah smoke, I ponderously debated politics, art, and the meaning of life with friends. I felt transferred to another reality, to another time, when life was enjoyed as a luxury in itself. A night at Kan Zaman is a meaningful escape, and if spent with good company, promises to be one of your favorite memories this spring break. —Summer Dunsmore
Oakland is misunderstood land. It is very tempting for the average person to write the city of oaks off as one of those cities — you know, one of those cities — filled with the scary crack heads, gang bangers, and murderous thugs. A glorified ghetto stretched out over 78 square miles. A terrible land of squalor that was somehow never able to shake the wild west mentality of the 180o’s. A lawless city that in 2009 saw an unarmed man shot and killed by a transit cop and less than 3 months later, four police officers murdered by a convicted felon. It is a place people that most people chose to remember more for the crack epidemic of the 80’s and the soaring murder rate of the 90’s than for anything else the city has done or will ever do. But that is alright. We Oaklanders might even like it better that way. It just means that we don’t have to put up with the pesky tourists San Franciscans have to dodge. Or those damn upwardly mobile elites that populate the rest of the Bay Area with their bree and wool sweaters. Instead we got real people. People with struggles. Interesting folk who fill our city with unique culture. Sure we have seedy characters, but what interesting city worth a damn doesn’t? All that intimidation aside — we love visitors. And there is no better way to experience Oakland than by Bus. AC Transit offers the best cross section of Oakland that money can buy. AC Transit will take you up 1600 feet to the vast rolling redwood hills then right back down to the food rich Chinatown. In between you can catch a show at the Fox Theater, or see a movie at the Grand Lake Theater. And we have dope taco trucks. Still a little skeptical? Ease your way in by eating at the upscale restaurants of Piedmont Ave or the Temescal district - just watch out for the hipsters. —Javier Panzar
As Berkeley students, we are well aware of the Bay Area’s vast metropolitan options and bustling industry that make it one of the great areas of the United States. A thorough journey through both San Francisco and Oakland would require far more than one spring break, but a trip to Marin County is for those in need of a wondrous escape. One ferry trip and the traveler goes from the dense, urban sprawl of the bay to a placid, limitless path of nature that goes all the way up the coastline. Whether the sun is shining through the skyline or the fog engulfs the surrounding trees, Marin offers a unique vantage point of the vastness of the Bay Area. While one can merely travel up to the nearby Berkeley Hills to see the Golden Gate Bridge from afar, the Marin Headlands are located north of the Golden Gate, and offer a view of the bay that we don’t see when seeking out a sunset or meteor shower on a weekday night. For avid hikers, Mt. Tamalpais, the military barracks that faces San Francisco and Muir Woods National Monument offer countless sceninc routes and views and have all different levels of hiking and exploration. While it may go beyond the capabilities of public transportation, Marin County is also home to some of the finest beaches in Northern California. Unlike the sprawling beds of sand and countless amount of people found at Southern California beaches, Stinson Beach and Muir Beach offer a more secluded, peaceful interaction with the coast. And if none of that information is sufficient, then remember that Tupac Shakur attended high school in Marin County. California Love. —Gabriel Baumgaertner
The Daily Californian TRAVEL Cheap, relaxing, and beautiful — Huntington Park really is a triple threat. Take time out of your party-crazed spring break to enjoy one of the more peaceful parts of San Francisco. Take a San Francisco-bound BART train to the Powell Street Station and prepare yourself for a bit of a walk — but trust me, its worth climbing hills for. After you get off BART walk up Powell Street, past Union Square to California Street and take a left. Once you hit Taylor Street, you’ve arrived. Huntington Park, directly across from The Huntington Hotel, is small and beautiful: perfect for a spring afternoon or a late night stroll with that special someone. Surrounded by taller buildings, you really get a sense of enclosure. The architecture almost forces your gaze up towards the sky, but that’s a good thing. On a sunny day you can lounge on one of the many benches that circle the modest fountain at the center of the park. Or, if you’re more of a grass-sitter, then you can spread yourself out on one of the symmetrical lawns that encase the benches. Take time to watch the clouds pass overhead or pull out your favorite book — this is going to be a relaxing experience. But if you’re not into relaxation, perhaps you can indulge your inner child on the swing set located on the north side of the park. Whatever your fancy, this is the perfect location to unwind from the stress of spring break bingers. And for the price of a BART ticket, which costs a meager $7.30 roundtrip, this is one of the more affordable staycations you could ever hope for. —Andrew Davis
Now, if there is one Oakland destination that ranks above all others in terms of food, culture, and all that other good stuff neighborhoods get judged on, well, it has to be Fruitvale. Easily accessible by a dozen bus lines and BART, Fruitvale is a classic example of an Oakland gem. While it is often marred by violence and drugs — Oakland’s City Attorney is currently pursuing a controversial gang injunction to bar 40 alleged gang members from gathering in public — the neighborhood is also one of the cultural hearts of the city. In the span of a few short blocks you can experience the flavors of almost every country in Latin America. Guatemalan pan dulce (sweet bread)? 49th and International. Salvadorian platanos con crema y frijoles (fried plantains and beans)? 35th and International. But the true wealth of Fruitvale is the incredible variety of mexican cuisine. Of the more than 25 taco trucks that line International Blvd, you can get food from most of the major states in Mexico. Tacos Sinaloa - 22nd and International has the hands down best tacos in the Bay Area topped with all the furnishings you could ever ask for. We are talking about a place that has not one but two trucks, a pastel orange ice cream stand and a shrine to narco-saint Jesus Malverde in the parking lot . They don’t fuck around at all. Mi Grullense in front of the Goodwill on 30th and International is the incredibly close second to Sinaloa. There carne asada and al pastor will melt in your goddamn mouth. For those of you too scared to stand around smelly parking lots whilst eating, no worries. The best place to sit down and eat your meal is located just a few blocks south at El Huarache Azteca. Enjoy the cuisine of Mexico city while a massive mural of Quatzequatel overlooks you. Its epic. And if all of that is too damn ethnic for you, well they have a pretty dope farmers market on Saturdays from 10 am to 3 p.m. —Javier Panzar
Thankfully, as spoiled inhabitants of the Bay Area, our escape to serenity does not require a 10-hour plane flight to a sun-drenched resort and spa. The ability to experience relatively untouched natural beauty is limited to your tolerance of public transit — after all, Marin County is but a few forms of subsidized transportation away. Ferries from the San Francisco Ferry Building depart for Sausalito nearly 10 times a day during the week, and six times during the weekend. Some of my best memories as a Cal student are of day of trips I’ve taken with friends in Marin. Whether it’s the vastness of the Northern Californian coastline, the tranquility of the beach and the forest, or the perspective I’ve gained by simply getting the hell out of Berkeley, Marin can be both a source of adventure and restoration. All of the most popular cliches about nature ring true in Marin, in a way I’d defend is both genuine and unparalelled. The hills, they roll. The cliffs, they jut. We look out at the Bay Area and San Francisco from a view that doesn’t ever feel very narrow in Berkeley. But a hike in Mt. Tamalpais State Park or Point Reyes National Seashore or the Marin Headlands offers the opportunity to look back upon and out from the city-scape that so dominates our perspective. It’s difficult to capture the feeling of being apart and on top of the world we experience as our reality, our daily grind. It’s freeing and unsettling. But what better way to spend spring break — or rather, any break — than to get a little less comfortable with what we think we know and accept? So stretch your leg muscles, fill your reusable waterbottle and find a way to get there. Go. You’ll feel small. Reflective. And hopefully, inspired. — Madeleine Key
MISSION For $3.75 from the Downtown Berkeley BART, you can get to the 16th Street Mission station. A few blocks away is the Roxie Theater (3117 16th St.), the oldest continually operating theater in San Francisco, which shows independent, documentary and foreign films. If it’s a nice day, you’d do well to stop by Dolores Park (Dolores Street and 18th Street) to enjoy views of the San Francisco skyline. As you walk around the Mission, you’ll also notice murals, many of them the work of Precita Eyes Mural Arts Association, which also offers tours and has a visitor center (2981 24th Street). In addition, check out the Clarion Alley Mural Project (off of Mission Street between 17th and 18th). There are several neighborhood bookstores worth a visit, including Borderlands Books (866 Valencia St.), Modern Times Books (888 Valencia St.), Adobe Book Shop (3166 16th St.) and Dog-Eared Books (900 Valencia St.). In terms of food, the Mission has no shortage of Mexican restaurants, the decor of which tends to fall somewhere on the scale of Spartan to hole-in-the-wall. Do not be fooled. Many before you have scoured the area for the perfect Mission burrito, and I would venture to guess that they have not been disappointed. Feel free to embark on a quest of your own, but I can recommend El Farolito (2779 Mission St.) and Taqueria La Cumbre (515 Valencia St.) as decent starting points. If you’re looking for something more unconventional, the vegetarian BBQ chicken sandwich at Rhea’s Deli (800 Valencia St.) will not let you down. There’s also plenty more to be explored in the Mission that cannot possibly be contained herein, including swanky coffee shops, dive bars, pawn shops, thrift stores and boutiques (which sell things that look like great thrift store finds but cost more). Do yourself a favor and investigate them first-hand. —Valerie Woolard
Amidst the square sea of corporate high-rises and office buildings near Lake Merritt in Oakland rises one building drastically different from the rest — the amalgamation of glass, steel and cutting-edge architecture referred to as the Cathedral of Christ the Light. Constructed from 2005 to 2008 by the Diocese of Oakland in conjunction with architect Craig W. Hartman on a budget of approximately $172 million, the cathedral was erected to replace the Cathedral of Saint Frances de Sales. Like many other buildings in Oakland, the original cathedral was damaged beyond repair in 1989’s Loma Prieta earthquake. The design of the cathedral — which the diocese claims initially faced criticism by individuals who felt that the structure’s architecture was a major deviation from the standard cruciform shape of many churches — is akin to two convex planes leaned against each other to form an oculus, or eyelike shape, where the main worship area is located. According to self-reported statistics provided by the diocese, the 136-foot-tall structure was formed out of 60,750 tons of concrete and 1,028 glass panes. In addition to including an extensive collection of artwork, mausoleum, bookstore, conference center, underground parking complex, cafe and side chapels, the Cathedral of Christ the Light operates a clinic aimed at giving free health and legal services to those who cannot afford them. The cathedral is also the first to feature a garden dedicated solely to the victims of abuse by clergy. —Andrew King
Somewhere, in the deep recesses of your mind, there is a part of your body yearning to escape to a seaside resort in the middle of a dull week. Maybe you could bask in the beautiful sunlight and go for a relaxing bike ride, or treat yourself to a day at the spa — but where can you experience this idyllic adventure right here in The Bay Area? Transport yourself to the sleepy bayside town of Tiburon, where you will be kept occupied with the boutiques, the art galleries, the dining and even the wildlife from the second you step off the ferry in the morning to the moment you leave, watching the sunset against the picturesque San Francisco skyline across the bay as seagulls fill the water. To get there, depart from the Downtown Berkeley Station and take BART to the Embarcadero Station in San Francisco. Then catch the F Light Rail at Market and Main streets and ride to Fisherman’s Wharf. Finally, walk to Pier 41 at Fisherman’s Wharf and you will find the Blue and Gold Fleet ferry terminal, from which you can get to Tiburon. Once a railroad terminal and wartime facility for the Navy during World War II, Tiburon captures the annual tourist and even a Bay Area native like myself by allowing one to embrace her adventurous side, letting her go sailing in the morning, hike up the scenic trails in the afternoon, and still find the time to shop for jewelry at a local boutique. Top off the day with a filling yet hearty dinner at Dynasty Restaurant, where my family has been going for years (sweet and sour shrimp is the best), and then stop by Sweet Things Bakery for a chocolate mousse torte and you’ll be wishing you lived in one of the bayside homes to experience this type of luxurious living and relaxation every day. —Anjuli Sastry
Thursday, February 24, 2011
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Wayne Wang’s delightful “Chan Is Missing” (1982) begins as a gritty detective story set in San Francisco’s Chinatown district, following the exploits of two cab drivers as they traverse the city in search of a man who owes them $4,000. The film’s strong sense of time and place allows viewers to immerse themselves in its universe. Shot in low-budget 16mm black-and-white, the film has the look and feel of a city symphony. Montages of familiar Chinatown street signs and landmarks in are juxtaposed with lively, diegetic pop music, immersing the viewer within the film’s evocative urban setting. Along with familiar heavyweights like Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo,” Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Conversation,” Peter Yates’ “Bullitt” and David Fincher’s “Zodiac,” “Chan Is Missing” affirms San Francisco as one of the great movie metropolises. From bustling street markets to deserted alleyways, Wang’s feel for the city is at once irresistible and infectious. By occasionally embedding the camera within a firstperson point of view, “Chan Is Missing” offers a tour of metropolitan San Francisco through both the protagonists’ eyes and our own. A scene shot from the interior of Jo’s taxicab offers a glimpse of the Stockton Street tunnel; the Transamerica Pyramid features prominently in several cityscapes; a key conversation between Jo and Steve takes place beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. Through fleeting images of familiar structures, the film evokes both the intimate and the universal, capturing a culture keenly attuned to the beats and rhythms of modern life. —David Liu
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ber of s ie times, but ar m how often have ne an you visited Marin County? Hop on a ferry and visit Tiburon, where you’ll find a different side of the bay than you’re used to. Or if you’re the type of person who prefers spring breaks to be more relaxing by sitting down with a good book, take BART to the Mission district of San Francisco. A bonus: excellent Mexican food, the likes of which are almost impossible to find in the two-block campus bubble where most of us spend the day. Or you can really make use of that Class Pass on your student I.D. and go to Oakland, where you can visit a building of truly biblical proportions. But whatever you choose to do for your break, we hope this year’s travel issue has at least opened your eyes to some possibilities that exist in the bay. You don’t need to get lost in the world to have a great spring break — just in your own back yard. —Gabriel Baumgaertner and Evante Garza- Licudine ch
If living in the Bay Area for four years has taught us anything, it’s that you don’t have to fly to Florida or Mexico to have an enjoyable spring break. That’s why we decided to make this year’s travel issue focus on local destinations and the one reasonably cheap way any college student can take: public transportation. Sure, plenty has been written about making the most out of your money when you’re in college — and, admittedly, this issue was written by students living on a typical student budget. But more than that, the spring break we hope to portray is also one for the professor, the Berkeley resident or anyone who hasn’t really explored what the bay has to offer. There are more places in the bay worth visiting than we can put into these few pages, but the ones you’ll read about here are gems of the Bay Area. Sure, you’ve probably taken BART to the city an uncountable num-
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The Daily Californian TRAVEL
EDITORS GABRIEL BAUMGAERTNER EVANTE GARZA-LICUDINE
DESIGN ASHLYN KONG PHOTO ANNE MARIE SCHULER PRODUCTION CATHE DIETRICH
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travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” The great affair is to move. This R.L. Stevenson quote has been my mantra for as long as I’ve been enamored with the idea of dropping everything at a moment’s notice to just go. Which is to say, a very long time. Unfortunately, I don’t quite have the guts to just pick up and hop on the next Istanbul-bound plane out of San Francisco. Something tells me that most professors wouldn’t exactly understand if I skipped their precious midterm because I was busy getting lost in the maze of tables and carts that is the old spice bazaar. And so I keep my saffron-inspired dreams tucked away in that little corner of my brain that always seems to be ignored by the rational bits incessantly telling me to stop staring out the window and start writing that damn essay, due tomorrow. It’s a shame, really, because no amount of history reading can fully convey the bone-chilling temperatures of a Russian winter and how that’s reason enough to wait until spring to stage a military attack. Econ homework will never explain the feeling of being horrifically ripped off just for being white and trying to buy a few mangoes on the streets of Accra. Where better to practice the melodious intonations of the Italian language than in Venice? I’m sorry, Berkeley. I love you dearly, I really do, but wandering through the great wide world can teach me more than I’ve ever learned here on the hallowed grounds of this campus. ucky for me — and for all of you, too — you don’t have to travel all that far from our lovely little collegiate bubble to break on through to the other side, aka the real world. We’ve got the entirety of the bay at our fingertips. San Francisco, Marin, Oakland ... Seriously now, who needs to be
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And it’s not even like we have to stay all that close by, anyway! We are mere minutes away from one of this country’s most architecturally exciting cities, to say nothing of San Francisco’s top-notch restaurants, museums and the indescribable culture. Take a minute to marvel at the spectacular trails of fog slowly rolling in to engulf that beautiful bridge of ours. Lose yourself amongst crowds of tourists and delight in the little pleasures of watching sea lions bark to each other, lolling about without a care in the world. till not enough of a getaway? The faint image of the Campanile in the distance a constant reminder of the textbooks we’ve abandoned in favor of preserving mental health. Nothing’s stopping us from a weekend drive to Big Sur or to the serene vineyards of Napa. Heck, you can take a bus to Yosemite if you really need to escape for a while and become one with nature. No amount of hours spent in the Morrison Reading Room, making my way through the shelf of Lonely Planet guidebooks, could ever add up to the experience of actually packing a bag and heading off into the wild blue yonder. So while I romanticize the lights of Tokyo against the inky darkness of a night sky, isn’t it slightly hypocritical of me to not take advantage of what I do have at my disposal? The answer, of course, is a resounding yes. Far too often, we dismiss the idea of travel and instead “treat” ourselves to its lesser —supposedly more affordable, but much less interesting — cousin, the staycation. To hell with the staycation, I say. Go, go, go. It might not be far, it might not be a month-long excursion to a tropical island, but a getaway doesn’t necessarily require 40-pound suitcases and round-trip airfare. Take what you need, leave the rest behind and just go already. Take to the road, to the sea, to the sky, always remembering the reason we travel: To explore, to discover, to move.
horrifically ripped off while buying mangoes when you can be just as horrifically ripped off buying teacups and jade good luck charms in Chinatown? Oaksterdam is a lot like Amsterdam except there aren’t any tulips and no one puts mayonnaise on their French fries. Okay, maybe that one’s a bit of a stretch, Oakland isn’t at all like Holland, and thank god for that. But the Bay Area at large is a place that’s certainly worth exploring, even if we lack those sweet wooden shoes and copious condiments. Earlier this year, I grabbed a trusty companion and ventured to the other side of the bay, and it was wonderful. The $20-or-so we ended up spending on the Zipcar that carried us across the bridge and through the manicured neighborhoods of Mill Valley was a small price to pay for an afternoon of pure bliss. We strolled along Tennessee Valley Trail and made our way down to the pebbly beach below. Never mind the fields overflowing with wildflowers and sea grass, the rolling hills sloping down to meet us, that beach ... its dark shores and gentle waves had me at hello. It’s hard to justify purchasing a plane ticket that would, effectively, empty an average college student’s checking account when there are little gems like Marin’s Tennessee Valley Beach so near to us.
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Thursday, February 24, 2011
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Search through any NCAA Tournament projection and one will be hard pressed to find a bracket that has more than three Pac-10 teams in the mix. Arizona and Wash- Cal men’s Hoops ington are tournament “locks”, UCLA TIPOFF: is “on the bubble” and for the rest of Cal takes the Pac-10, it will on Oregon vs be either the NIT or tonight at CBI barring a con- 6 p.m. at ference tournament Matthew Knight championship. Arena. But don’t tell Mike Montgomery TV/Radio: CSN that these last three California, KNEW games are not im- (910 AM) portant. “I told our guys that to make the postseason that we need to win two of these last three games,” Montgomery said. “I’m not at the evaluation stage of the season yet.” The first of the Cal men’s basketball team’s final three games comes tonight at the spanking new Matthew Knight Arena against surging Oregon at 6 p.m. Having already given the Bears a good run at Haas Pavilion three weeks ago, the Ducks will likely be the most difficult test until the Pac-10 Tournament. Oregon coach Dana Altman has almost thoroughly transformed what was a hapless squad last year into a feisty one during conference play. After their eight-point loss in Berkeley on Jan. 29, the Ducks have won four of their last five and received markedly improved play out of several players. “They come at you with nine strong,” Montgomery said. “They’re playing hard together. They are really hustling. “They’re positive about what is going on and they seem to be playing very well together.” The biggest surprise of the flock has been Jay-R Strowbridge, a transfer guard from Jacksonville State.
Brought to the Ducks to “just to help them from being a disaster,” the diminutive shooter with big shorts scored a career-high 26 points in Oregon’s 82-63 thrashing of Oregon State and has hit double figures in six of his last eight games. Strowbridge had only hit that plateau four times in the teams first 18 games. It also comes as little surprise that Oregon has played significantly better since the opening of its snazzy arena. Stocked with some of the rowdiest fans on the West Coast and now a $227 million home, the Ducks have won four of the five games they have played at the stadium and the new abode has clearly been a catalyst in their improvement. The arena has darkly painted trees on the court and a really dim half court line that have drawn the ire of several coaches and players. USC coach Kevin O’Neill was one of the more vocal critics of the floor’s layout. “The only thing I would say is they’ve got to put a center line on the floor,” O’Neill told reporters after his team’s 68-62 loss in Eugene. “I wouldn’t have known if somebody was over and back or whatever.” Montgomery hasn’t seen the floor since the arena has been fully renovated, but even he acknowledged that some key parts of the floor are difficult to distinguish on television. “You can’t (see the line). There was a backcourt violation play I saw and I couldn’t see it,” Montgomery said. “I knew that (the player) was in the area but I couldn’t tell that he had gone backcourt.” Though the opposing crowd is one of the most hostile in the conference, Portland native Markhuri SandersFrison will have his fair share of supporters in the crowd for both games of the weekend’s roadtrip. “I’ll have a lot of family and friends,” Sanders-Frison said smiling. “I had to cut a lot of people off because I can’t get enough tickets.” Gabriel Baumgaertner covers men’s basketball. Contact him at email@example.com.
the get-go, I just said ‘I’m going to do whatever it takes to score for the team at NCAAs.’ That just drove me.” The sprinter broke out that next season, becoming a three-time national champion. Still, he never lost that walk-on mindset. “He has that scrappiness of ‘I just want to get in there and beat these guys,’” Durden says. “You watched him gravitate towards a group of athletes that were just a lot better than him, and he got better and better.” aniels now has the seventh-fastest 50 freestyle time in team history at 19.29, and is considered to be one of the “head honchos of the team,” as Shields puts it. He hasn’t only become one of the team’s physical and athletic leaders, but also has blossomed into an emotional leader as well. “I have a lot of doubts, and Josh is always like, ‘Hey dude, we’re going to win,’” Shields says. “He just has that attitude. It’s not necessarily being cocky; it’s just the way it is. I really appreciate that about him.” Now a fifth-year senior, Daniels wants to instill that same confidence in his teammates. For the Bears, he functions as perennial beacon of determination, helping them understand, and reach, their full potential. The team has lots of reasons to feel confident, especially given its current one-loss record and status as a heavy favorite to win NCAAs in March. As Daniels has developed in to a top-tier sprinter, Cal has blossomed as well. After the season, Daniels plans on continuing with swimming, and eyes the 2012 Olympics in London as a potential destination. Even if that goal doesn’t materialize, he knows that his confidence will remain unhampered. Daniels also knows that his model of sheer self-confidence — related to swimming or not — won’t be forgotten by his teammates. When asked what his legacy at Cal will be, Daniels’ answer is simple. “Stay sexy.”
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Jorge Gutierrez scored a career-high 34 points in 41 minutes in Cal’s 76-72 victory over UCLA on Sunday. The junior guard also chipped in six assists and three steals in the win.
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Slumping Bears Look to Duck Five-Game Losing Streak Tonight With a Losing Streak in Tow, Cal Returns to Haas Pavilion To Face the Pac-10â€™s Two Worst Teams, Oregon and Oregon St. by Jonathan Kuperberg Staff Writer
DeNesha Stallworth leads the Bears in scoring with 14.8 points per game. The sophomore power forward from Richmond, Calif., tallied 14 points, eight rebounds and three assists in Calâ€™s 80-67 loss to USC on Sunday.
Itâ€™s been exactly three weeks since the Cal womenâ€™s basketball team last won a game but one wouldnâ€™t know it by looking at the team. The team has not made any substantial changes, preferring to Cal stick to its game plan. Womenâ€™s â€œWeâ€™re not even thinking about the losing streak,â€? sophHoops omore guard Layshia ClarenTIPOFF: don said. â€œWe keep fighting, we canâ€™t go back.â€? Cal takes After dropping two winon Oregon vs nable games in Los Angeles â€” the Bears had previously tonight at beaten USC and was competi- 7 p.m. at tive with No. 11 UCLA â€” Cal Haas Pavilion. seems to be in need of some home cooking. And the secret ingredient in that recipe might just be duck. Cal takes on Oregon tonight at 7 p.m. at Haas pavilion before facing off against Oregon State on Saturday. As bad as the Bears (14-12, 6-9 in the Pac-10) have been the last few weeks, the Ducks (12-13, 3-11) have been even worse. Oregon has lost seven in a row and has yet to win in the month of February. It still hasnâ€™t won a conference road game heading into tonightâ€™s tilt in Berkeley. Earlier in the season, Cal torched the Ducks, 81-65. Nevertheless, the Bears are under no assumption that Oregon will go down easily. â€œWe donâ€™t look at them any differently,â€? Clarendon said. Thatâ€™s not to say Cal isnâ€™t confident about its chances. The Ducksâ€™ starting point guard, Nia Jackson, has missed the last four games with a knee
injury. The redshirt junior had been leading the team in nearly every offensive category, including points (17 per game) and assists (5.67 per game). The Bears have been working on their transition defense â€” an achilles heel all season â€” to combat Oregonâ€™s run-and-gun offense. The Ducks average 78 points a game, over 13 more than Cal, and â€œlike to get the ball out quick,â€? according to Clarendon. To combat Oregonâ€™s fast-paced style, the Bears will taking two players off the boards in order to get back on defense. â€œWe have the ability to blow the team out,â€? Clarendon said. In fact, Cal already has. Facing a two-point halftime deficit, the Bears obliterated the Ducks in the second half in Eugene, Ore. Clarendon was one of five Cal players to finish with double figure scoring in the Jan. 29 victory. The San Bernardino, Calif., native had 19 points and seven rebounds in the contest. She wasnâ€™t the star of the show, though. Oregonâ€™s Amanda Johnson led all scorers with 26 points. The junior forwardâ€™s 18 first-half points were the prime reason for her teamâ€™s lead at the break. She averages 16.4 points and 8.2 rebounds per game and, at 6-foot-2, can stretch the floor. Johnson has more 3-pointers than any of her teammates. â€œSheâ€™s a focus,â€? Clarendon said. â€œWe might put a guard on her ... (sheâ€™s) too quick for our post.â€? While Johnson will pull the Bearsâ€™ big away from the basket, they might want to stay there against Oregon State (9-16, 2-12) at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. The Beaversâ€™ senior forward, El Sara Greer, is formidable around the basket. She ranks eighth in the country with 3.24 blocks per game and pulls down 8.6 boards a game, half of them on the offensive end. Greer has helped lead Oregon Stateâ€™s resurgence. After losing their first conference games, the Beavers have won of their last four, the most recent being a 61-59 victory over the Ducks. Greer had a double double in the contest with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Jonathan Kuperberg covers womenâ€™s basketball. Contact him at email@example.com.
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Josh Daniels Was Not a Scholarship Swimmer, But He Became an NCAA Champion by Connor Byrne Staff Writer
oing into the 2010 NCAAs, Cal men’s swimming coach David Durden was still juggling with the relay lineups, particularly with the 200-yard medley relay. Most people figured he would choose Nathan Adrian, a 2008 Olympic gold medalist, for the ONLINE AUDIO anchoring freestyle leg. Listen to excerpts from Durden eventually decided to go the interview with Cal with junior Josh Daniels. sprinter Josh Daniels. “What is Dave Durden thinking?” ESPN analyst Rowdy Gaines wondered. Gaines questioned if Daniels, a former walk-on, would be quick enough to hold off Auburn’s Gideon Lowe, who had just dethroned Cal’s Adrian to take the 50 freestyle crown. Daniels didn’t just hold him off; he extended his team’s lead to a full body length, making himself, along with his teammates, national champions. Before the race, most people wondered if Daniels belonged on a relay contending for a national title. For Daniels, however, there was never any doubt that he was the right guy for the job. “Josh told me, ‘If I’m in the lead, or anywhere near the lead, there’s no way I’m going to lose it,’” sophomore Tom Shields says of their pre-race exchange. “He just has that absolute assuredness that is necessary for someone who swims the 50.” Daniels would go on to help Cal claim titles in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays, helping his team finish second at the NCAA Championships — its highest finish in over 20 years. hen you see his 6-foot-1, 194-pound frame, you immediate know you’re looking at a bona fide sprinter. There is visible swagger in his strut, which brings to mind images of a cape-donning Gary Hall Jr. sauntering to the blocks en-route to breaking world records. Daniels prides himself on his exuberant confidence, whether it relates to athletics or anything else in life, like
physical appearance. “I always talk about how good I look and how sexy I am,” Daniels says, tongue fully in cheek. “And that just goes along with having confidence. You’ve got to believe in yourself and say, ‘Hey, look at me, I’m the man.’” Coming out of high school, Daniels didn’t have the notoriety in the swimming world that many eventual NCAA champions do. The Fresno, Calif., native led the Clovis West swim team to four straight CIF titles, and was named team MVP three consecutive seasons, but never garnered any real looks from major collegiate swimming powerhouses. He turned down scholarship offers from UC Santa Barbara and Indiana to attend Cal. Daniels had taken a recruiting trip to Berkeley and had his application tagged. The only thing missing was the scholarship. “It was an easy choice,” Daniels said. “There was just no way I was going anywhere else.” Once on campus, Daniels became part of a team in the midst of a full blown transition. Cal legend Nort Thorton, who had coached the Bears for 27 years, had just retired, leaving the team looking for its next leader. A year after Daniels’ arrival, in came Durden. “He really just turned my whole focus around, and led me in the right direction,” Daniels said. “I just wanted to be better. I wanted to be on the NCAA team. I wanted to score points for the team and be one of those top guys.” Daniels redshirted his first season with the Bears, and only saw moderate success in his next two seasons under Durden’s direction. As a redshirt sophomore in 2009, Daniels was able to qualify for NCAAs in the 100 and 50 freestyle, but had what he describes as a disappointing meet. The Bears also struggled as a team, and failed to take a single relay crown. Instead of being discouraged, Daniels just got hungrier for success, and came out in 2010 with an insatiable drive for excellence. “All that frustration really upset me,” Daniels said. “From
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