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The Berkeley City Council may end a long-standing contract with the Ecology Center in an effort to close its $1.2 million refuse fund deficit.
City Debates Ecology Center Contract by Adelyn Baxter Staff Writer
Working toward closing the remaining $1.2 million deficit in the city’s refuse fund for the 2011 fiscal year, the Berkeley City Council discussed a proposal to terminate a nearly 40-year contract with the Ecology Center at a work session Tuesday — a suggestion that sparked debate among a crowded room of union workers, environmental groups and residents. A report issued by consulting firm Sloan Vazquez on Feb. 22 recommends
several cost-cutting measures that would save $1.2 million in operating costs and increase efficiency within the city’s Solid Waste Management Division — including the consolidation of the Ecology Center’s residential recycling program into the division and the transition from the current two-person trucks to one-person, semi-automated vehicles. Last July, the city entered a $84,000 contract with the firm to assess the city’s solid waste division and to determine a list of possible solutions to be considered by the council in order to
reduce costs. The report prompted a swift response from organizations such as the Ecology Center, the Community Conservation Center and the city’s Zero Waste Commission, all of which claimed the report made significant inaccurate calculations regarding its suggestions for saving costs and consolidating the recycling program. The Ecology Center, which has been operating the city’s nonprofit recycling since 1973, sent the Sloan Vazquez report to Alameda-based consulting
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Following weeks of discussion, the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Student Services and Fees voted Tuesday to recommend a ONLINE PODCAST fee to Chan- Katie Nelson and Allie cellor Robert Birgeneau that Bidwell discuss the fee would allow consolidation proposal. the campus to charge new undergraduate and graduate students a one-time payment for retrieving campus documents. The proposed “tiered” fee, which would be implemented in fall 2011, would consolidate 19 different fees that current students and alumni pay to obtain an unlimited supply of 10 documents, such as transcripts and letters of good standing, and instead require different payment amounts from new undergraduate and graduate students. “This is just a break-even proposition,” said Anne De Luca, UC Berkeley university registrar. “We want to be able to continue to provide service, but not burden students each time they walk into our office to purchase documents.” Students are currently charged $275 from 19 different miscellaneous fees. According to the Office of the Registrar’s Miscellaneous Student Fee Proposal Form, the individual fees would likely need to be increased at regular intervals in order to keep up with increasing costs. If the new fee is approved and passed by Birgeneau, incoming undergraduate freshmen and graduate-level students would save
anywhere from $250 to $110, depending on their level of education. An original proposal for the fee planned to offer a flat rate of $150 to both incoming undergraduate freshmen and graduate-level students. However, based on some of the concerns that the advisory committee had with the implementation process, the Office of the Registrar put together the current proposal that will be recommended to Birgeneau. De Luca said in an e-mail that undergraduates would be charged a onetime fee of $165, doctoral students a one-time fee of $100, master’s level students a one-time fee of $80 and law school students a one-time fee of $25. Students would not only be able to receive an unlimited supply of transcripts, but they would also have an easier time obtaining other commonly requested documents, such as letters of good standing, according to De Luca. “We are not interested in making money from students — we just want to provide services to students at even costs,” she said. “We tried to be really creative in how we could meet the needs of students. You pay once and you are done.” In addition to saving future students money, if the fee is implemented, current students and alumni would not have to pay anything to retrieve documents. However, some students sitting on the chancellor’s advisory committee said they are concerned about the approval process and possible passage of the student fee.
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Local Takes a Step to Beautify City by Victoria Pardini Staff Writer
Looking out over the city of Berkeley and across the San Francisco Bay, Bruce McMurray stands on the recently swept Le Roy Steps, lined with blooming yellow daffodils and wild lilac trees — a sight that did not exist four years ago, before McMurray and his neighbors undertook a project to beautify the steps. In 2004, McMurray, 69, began to clean up the “gluck” and weed-covered steps, located between Virginia Street and Hilgard Avenue in North Berkeley, deciding to remove graffiti that had defaced the bottom steps. Four years later, he and neighbors Vicki Wade and Eleanor Lee cleared the weeds around the steps and planted deerintolerant flowers. Last year, they planted about 400 daffodil bulbs, and this year they added 200 more. “The Le Roy Steps have taken on a life of their own, and they need to be nurtured and cher-
ished,” McMurray said, adding that over time neighbors have contributed around $3,000 to fund the beautification project. While McMurray, chair of Friends of Le Roy Steps — a neighborhood group dedicated to restoring the steps — attributes the continued project’s success to the entire neighborhood, Wade, who visited the steps as a young child and later moved into her grandmother’s old home next to the steps, said McMurray has been the driving force in improving the area. “Bruce really started helping and inspiring me,” Wade said. “It’s been a joint effort, but he’s really put in a lot of the labor and the necessary dealing with the city. He’s done a lot, and it’s changed a lot.” McMurray, who has lived in the neighborhood for about 30 years, grew up in Pasadena and later taught history at high schools on the east coast. In the 1960s, he continued his studies at the Harvard
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Bruce McMurray, a resident of North Berkeley, has worked to improve the condition of the Le Roy Steps with help from other community members. Yellow daffodils and wild lilac trees have now been added to line the steps.
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could cut its current operational costs in half to $1.5 million. In response to the report, the Zero Waste Commission also outlined seven points of criticism in the firm’s process and conclusions in a Feb. 28 resolution. The commission also expressed disappointment with the lack of a collaboration with city entities — like commissions such as itself — to investigate ways to reduce costs. At the work session, several council members pointed out beneficial suggestions made by the firm while also praising many of the union’s recommendations — including the reduction in the number of service trucks and the
Female Juvenile Sexually Battered Tuesday Night A female juvenile was sexually battered by a man who also allegedly exposed himself to her while she was walking through the UC Berkeley campus late Tuesday night. According to a UCPD crime alert released Wednesday afternoon, the girl was walking westbound on the Grinnell Pathway in the Eucalyptus Grove near the Life Sciences Addition at about 10:47 p.m. when she noticed a man following her. After crossing the west Grinnell Pathway bridge, she turned around to see the man allegedly exposing himself about a foot and a half away from her. The victim turned to flee, but the suspect grabbed her shoulder and then allegedly touched her inappropriately. The victim screamed, and several passersby came to her aid, according
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to the alert. The suspect then allegedly fled eastbound along the pathway, and the victim called UCPD from a nearby phone about two minutes after the incident, UCPD Lt. Alex Yao said. The victim was not injured in the encounter. The suspect — described as a male in his early 20s, about 5 feet 10 inches in height and 165 pounds — could not be located by UCPD in their search of the area following the incident. According to the alert, he was wearing a red, wide-rimmed baseball cap with a white emblem, a black puffy jacket and blue jeans at the time of the encounter. The alert also states that he has “bug eyes” and droopy eyelids. UCPD is urging anyone who may have witnessed or have any information regarding the incident to call the department’s Criminal Investigations Bureau at (510) 642-0472. —Sarah Springfield
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riting this article was difficult. It took about four drafts, three cups of coffee and several hours of random Googling (seriously, the mating rituals of the blue sunfish are fascinating), before I realized that I had wasted two days dancing around the point of my argument. So readers, there are couple things I need to confess. I like fantasy. I read science fiction. I love Cold War spy novels, and I think a couple of murders really adds that certain je ne sais quoi. The fact that I felt uncomfortable about admitting this is exactly what I wanted to write about. Genre, both cinematic and literary, is severely underrated in our culture. Its authors are mocked and their large fan-bases described as “uncultured.” My English major friend, who possesses a near perfect literary pedigree, has threatened to disown me on finding spy novels next to my copy of “The Great Gatsby.” There is something ... not quite proper about liking books about witches or kings or space ships at the ripe old age of 19. That’s kid’s stuff. When we were younger, though, the world was allowed to have magic in it. It came to us from a distant place, from where the wild things were, through a wrinkle in time, out of the wardrobe — its influence subtle as a knife. Children’s books are filled with witches, warlocks, talking animals, foreign lands and flying carpets. Their colors are bright and vivid, the sights strange and fascinating. Good children’s books are about the smells of spices and the feeling of flying. Yet, when we grow up, tales of a supernatural world become less respectable. Admitting a secret love for fantasy novels is a pretty good way to kill a burgeoning romance. The assumption is that most of genre fiction is pretty terrible, and honestly, quite a lot of it is. Certainly, the fact that most sci-fi book covers look like they were designed in the 1970s doesn’t help. Neither does the legacy of Star Wars — which, despite being a huge cultural phenomenon, helped establish the “space opera” trope. But for every story with alien overlords and erroneous physics, there is a serious, well-thought out novel with themes as deep as “The Sound and the Fury.” Not to mention that, with the acceleration of technological advancement, science fiction is rapidly becoming a way to tackle moral conundrums of technologies most of us cannot even imagine. “Never Let Me Go,” by Kazuo Ishiguro is a prime example, not only of a book that escaped the enclosures of its genre (it is now a movie starring Keira Knightley), but of a book that tackles a serious subject that the coming years could very well force us to confront. n an article in The Guardian, novelist Edward Docx argues that genre fiction is inherently limiting because it is formulaic: the space opera, the locked-room mystery, the ancient prophesy foretelling the doom of a civilization and the coming of a bright savior. But, the constraints of real life are so much more limiting. What a dull world, when a door is a door, and we know exactly what lies behind it.
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MEGHNA DHOLAKIA Docx passes over the fact that many of the best novels are cross-genre tales that we have stripped of their original tags. For proper “literary” novels with a fantastic element, we invented an entirely new classification — just so they could be taught in university English departments. Kafka, Marquez, Rushdie, and Murakami are not “fantastists,” though their novels all contain the fantastic. They are “magical realists.” s quasi-adults, we are restricted to those rarefied novels deemed as “literature,” a lot of which boils down to stories of disaffected surburbanites in search of meaning, disaffected twenty-somethings in post-collegiate depression, or the mid-life crisis of a disaffected business executive with an overbearing spouse. Spare me. I loved Jonathan Franzen’s “Freedom” and Zadie Smith’s “On Beauty.” I like Chuck Palahniuk and “High Fidelity” — but read too many stories of man’s struggle for meaning in suburbia and all that’s left is the self-absorbed pettiness of it. Most modern literature operates under the assumption that in order to relate to the lives of others, we need to be presented with lives identical to our own. I disagree. I am not a man. I don’t think like a man, and I couldn’t have a prostate if I tried. But, many of my favorite protagonists are male. I’ve never been married, neither have I been a parent or had a life-threatening disease. But, I can relate, understand and sympathize with those experiences, because they are human experiences. The dilemmas of humanity do not change if the humans who deal with them are on a spaceship, but a fantastic premise can help amplify and connect them. As we say in the theatre, up the stakes. What if there were more to worry about than whether to cheat on your significant other? Or what to bring to the neighborhood potluck? What if the stakes were as high as they could be? Playing for lives, for survival, for humanity. Out of tales of struggle come the concepts of honor, dignity and valor — archaic sounding words, but important all the same. That is why I like genre, because the characters are always playing for the highest stakes imaginable — for the fate of nations, kingdoms and galaxies; for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
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’ve been waiting for this moment, when I can write the column of my dreams, and I owe it all to Facebook. Amid the stinking wasteland of notifications that keeps on growing, I happened upon an event: “Mind and Body Awareness Week at Cal.” The kicker reads: “Learn more about mental health and the connection between how you think, feel, behave and learn.” Well, why would you want to be all kumbaya
with your fellow head cases if you can watch mental deterioration onscreen from a distance? It’s just more fun. Mental health is something I know well, cinematically speaking, not only because I call myself a cinephile — a diagnosis that beautifully merges cinema and philia and oh, how perfect for this column — but also because I have a hungry fetish for films about crazy people. Cinema is an especially shrewd apparatus for bringing out human madness. It shows the impossible-tovisualize psychic distress of the madman, but film can even more viscerally imagine the madwoman. A certain 2010 film I’ve already discussed ad nauseum — and seen six times, how crazy is that? — does exactly this, honing in on a girl pirouetting off the deep end. If female hysteria isn’t already its own canon, I’d like to canonize it. Hollywood has explored the radical potential of all woman-mind,
woman is in trouble. Somewhere in a wintry backwoods, her car has broken down. A man emerges from the snow, seemingly out of nowhere, to check her tires. But he should not be doing that. Something is off. All director Kim Jee-woon needs to do is lay out the requisite accoutrements of cinematic torture — a cleaver, a chain, a body bag — for us to know how this scenario will end. And so begins “I Saw the Devil,” a two-and-a-half hour knife-plunge into terrifying terrain.
especially Hitchcock (see: bird victim Melanie Daniels) but the most truly demented dames walk cinema’s psychiatric wards on the outskirts of Hollywood, in cult films. In broaching the iconography of female hysteria, we can’t ignore the evil sexuality of the blond naif Carole in Roman Polanski’s 1965 horror de force “Repulsion,” perhaps the prototype for all the batshit crazies thereafter. And then there’s She in Lars von Trier’s “Antichrist” (2009). While She, played with witchy cunning by Charlotte Gainsbourg, literally excises — in that infamous quick snip of her clit — the sexual demons that possess her, Catherine Deneuve’s Carole exercises power over imperious male suitors by killing them in her mind, even when they just want to take her to lunch. But neither can really exorcise their evil nature because it is entirely innate. From birth, these prurient priestesses of mania shouldn’t have been left alone.
“Devil” treads the realm of cinematic fantasy, far away from realism, where Korean auteur Kim solders genres that have otherwise grown tired, from faux-snuff to revenge romp, creating new ones. Right off the bloodstained bat, we’re in a cinephile’s dream. No doubt an ode to David Lynch’s “Blue Velvet” (1986), a child finds a severed ear in a cornfield; that ear belongs to the dead girl in the woods. She was Soo-hyeon’s girlfriend. A secret agent of indeterminate credentials, Soo-hyeon (Lee Byung-hun), armed with little more than his fists and his wits, sets out to exact 10,000-fold retribution on Kyung-chul, played by Choi Min-sik, the leading man of “Oldboy” and no stranger to revenge flicks. But this is no cat-and-mouse game: This is cat-and-cat if there ever was one. Both protagonists are born from the same primordial slime of obsession and compulsion. One is out to make good, or at least
Sharing She’s favorite pastime — selfinflicted genital mutilation, of course — one of the kinkiest of all coo-coos is Erika (Isabelle Huppert), the title character in Michael Haneke’s dark, devious “The Piano Teacher.” But Erika takes it further when she attempts a roll in the hay with Mom. For someone this far-gone, this is just another day. Unlike these leading ladies, the muses of dark magician David Lynch invoked in his surrealist companion pieces “Mulholland Drive” and “Inland Empire” aren’t clinically mad. Instead, they complicity swan dive into darkness because they’re curious as to how close to the edge the leap will bring them. Their consuming curiosity is, like mine, to go deeper, to see how bad it gets. Lynch’s approach to the female schizoid is less a meditation on being insane and more on becoming insane. As the assault of warped Lynchian visuals mounts, we start to lose just as many marbles as his characters. But there are more realistic films
his relative view of it, and the other evil. But nobody can win, and they can’t outsmart each other either. Soo-hyeon has opportunities to avenge his fiancee’s murder — he stages them himself, in fact — but won’t do it because that would take the fun out. Soo-hyeon finds as much satisfaction in protracting revenge as Kyung-chul does in being a bloodless psychopath. Unlike the slow door creak of Kim’s supernatural “A Tale of Two Sisters” (2003), this film moves at a wickedly energetic pace. Kim punctures his tapestry of horror with glimmers of absurdity and of absurd violence. To ensure this is all as much melodrama as psychodrama, Kim will throw in a ribald sexcapade or roll a decapitated head out of a box. The camp works, simply because we wouldn’t be able to breathe without it. Kyung-chul, with wispy bangs and flinty eyes, is the vilest villain since Jigsaw of the “Saw” franchise,
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that normalize madness and find it in the kind of people we could easily know in life. One such classic is John Cassavetes’ “A Woman Under the Influence.” Ahead of its time then and now, this 1970 film stars goddess Gena Rowlands as Mabel, a housewife and mother who can’t keep her erratic behavior in check. But in attempting to tame his shrew, and keep her from slitting her wrists, Mabel’s husband Nick finds that her nervous habits are actually quite endearing. Strangely, I find all these women endearing. Cinema can help us love people like these who we’d otherwise shudder at in real life. “You love crazy women,” my friends always tell me. Yes I do, and I’m not apologizing for it. So this week, don’t apologize for losing your own mental faculties when you can instead enjoy watching others lose theirs, and their genitals. Assess Ryan's mental health at email@example.com.
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Jasmin Darznik THE GOOD DAUGHTER [Grand Central]
n March 2, over 200 Iranian protesters were arrested in the wake of the events in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya. Almost a century earlier, in 1921, a young woman was born to an Iranian carpet salesman and his wife. The connection between the two events might seem tenuous, but it reflects two aspects of a country that is at once defined by its rich past and its chaotic present. It is a troubling dichotomy of the personal and the political that Jasmin Darznik explores in her new book, “The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life” - a story that spans the tumult and the violence of 20th century Iran through the eyes of three captivating women. Surrounded by the arid ridges of the Zagros Mountains and couched between the war-torn zones of Afghanistan and Iraq, Iran has remained thoroughly isolated from the West. For Darznik, this distance was even more pronounced. Born in Tehran, Darznik and her family emigrated to the United States when she was only three, and instead of indulging in the cultural traditions of her homeland, she drifted towards the unthinkable - miniskirts and modernist literature. But, Darznik moved on, matured, and became a professor of English while her mother, Lili, settled into the family’s new life in San Francisco. While helping her mother move, Darznik discovered a photo of her mother, no older than fourteen, dressed as a bride. With equal parts shock and intrigue, Darznik spent the next year of her life listening to tapes that her mother recorded, recounting the history of their family’s disordered life back in Iran. Beginning in 1921 with the birth of Darnik’s grandmother and ending in the present, the story is unrelenting in its detailing of the domestic abuse and personal tragedy Darznik’s mother and grandmother were forced to endure. The repeated episodes of brutality, both verbal and physical, culminated in the moment when Darznik’s mother was forced to give up her first-born daughter, Sara - a half-sister that Darznik never even knew existed. The memoir, like most memoirs, is painfully personal, but as Darznik mentioned in a phone interview, that was not the sole motivation for her book. Iran has “huge gaps in the historical record and even fewer accounts of women’s lives,” she claims. And even though “women are the most popular writers in Iran, that writing consists only of fiction.” The personal experiences of women remain, as she puts it, “taboo” in the Iranian consciousness. It is only through the lens of Iranian immigrants such as Darznik or Marjane Satrapi (with her “Persepolis” series) do we, as Westerners, encounter the truth behind an isolated Iran. In an effort to demystify and expose the cloistered culture of Iran, “The Good Daughter” takes on an almost ethnographic feel. Rituals of tea drinking, food preparation and the application of “rose water behind the ears and between the cleft of breast(s)” elevate Darznik’s work to much more than just memoir. The book becomes a fascinating intrigue into the private lives of those who live in a country that produces moments of violence and yet, remains enviably exotic. It is a tantalizing tension that Darznik draws out for us. Although the visions of cherry trees, embroidered tunics and silken veils may elicit idyllic notions of a faraway fantasy, those same veils close the world off from Iran and obscure the harsh realities of the women who wear them. Darznik rips this veil away and, in the end, reveals not just a personal memoir steeped in tragedy, but also, a memoir about a country torn between turbulence and tradition. —Jessica Pena
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Forever young. Starring Josh Radnor of ‘How I Met Your Mother’ fame, ‘Happythankyoumoreplease’ follows an unsuccessful writer as he navigates summer in New York City.
‘Happythankyoumoreplease’ Paints Empty Portrait of Youth by Rebecca Wallace Staff Writer
nyone familiar with Ted Mosby on “How I Met Your Mother” could predict much of what defined “Happythankyoumoreplease,” written and directed by – not to mention starring – Josh Radnor, who plays Mosby on the show. The movie drifts through New York City, featuring scruffy facial hair, copious plaid, indie ditties and misunderstood romance. It has its pleasant moments, but “Happy” is
searching for more than love and happiness. It’s searching for substance. The film zeroes in on five looselyconnected hipsters (and a delightfully suited-up Tony Hale) who have hard-to-pinpoint professions and plenty of angst. Radnor plays Sam, an unsuccessful writer who ponders his latest manuscript while sitting around dusty books and Dutch antiques. He accidentally acquires a small child on the subway, and he tracks down and woos a waitress. It’s all fairly standard in terms of comedic and romantic fodder.
In fact, Sam’s story is the most aimless of the film’s several quarter life crises. Melodrama also surrounds Sam’s best friend Annie (Malin Akerman), who alternates between being super chipper about her alopecia and super sad about her bad taste in men. Can she possibly find it within herself to be loved? Could the man of her dreams be Hale’s adorably dorky Sam #2? Akerman’s character utters some of the more insufferably twee dialogue, including an anecdote about the wise Indian cab driver who encouraged her to release
more gratitude into the universe. The one shining plot line is the relationship between Mary Catherine and Charlie (Zoe Kazan and Pablo Schreiber). The couple seems to make each other deeply happy … or as happy as people are allowed to be in Brooklyn. And yet they struggle with big, real-life decisions which might matter more than love: Namely, how much should you give up for another person? Movies with multiple, equally
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ONLINE PODCASTS Arts writers reflect on this week’s new releases.
Avril Lavigne GOODBYE LULLABY [RCA]
Raekwon SHAOLIN VS. WU-TANG [Ice H20]
Lupe Fiasco LASERS [Atlantic Records]
Wye Oak CIVILIAN [Merge Records]
wo-and-a-half years in the making, Avril Lavigne’s Goodbye Lullaby was posited as a departure from the artist’s more familiar pop-punk sound, aiming for an emotional, pared-down album about — you guessed it — life. But while Lavigne’s music has delved into the deeply personal, it lacks the personality or insight to keep it afloat. Goodbye Lullaby operates under a faulty hypothesis that deviating from tried-and-true material translates into perceived maturity. It’s really in tracks that channel Lavigne’s original skate-punk sound that the album provides a welcome relief from the otherwise uninspired material. Without the lively energy marking Lavigne’s debut, Goodbye Lullaby waxes dull. Fluffy harmonies lace forgettable melodies and catchiness replaces originality, producing a ’90s sound positioned more for nostalgicappeal than attuned critical listening. Promoting itself as antithetical to Lavigne’s previous material doesn’t seem to work for the album, either: It lacks the in-your-face attitude of old (save for punctuating epithets scattered throughout). With the exception of a few tracks — namely, “What the Hell” and “Push” — we get a taste of what grown-up Avril sounds like: boring. Goodbye Lullaby proves the perfect soundtrack fodder of romantic comedies, in which the titular character is defined by emotional one-dimensionality: She feels sad, she feels lonely, she feels independent (she likes to hook up). Just as the album can only harness one idea at a time — a compartmentalized catharsis — it’s the anthem for a lovelorn heroine whose perceptions are diluted down to easy-to-swallow, bite-size bits. It’s not a gesture towards a simplistic audience, but merely a concession to Lavigne’s inability to subtly channel anything more than what she feels. —Liz Mak
aekwon’s new album is, you know, whatever. It’s fine. It’s far from cringe-worthy, better than listenable, and, hell, even teeters on being pretty good. It’s just that it makes me like Raekwon way less than I thought I did. After Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… Pt. II I was ready to reorganize my list of favorite Wu-Tang Clansmen, but Rae’s new release cements the fact that he’s running in place. Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang is Raekwon’s chance to show off Raekwon, which should’ve been a great idea. His last solo effort was fantastic, but it was more thanks to the MC’s company than his rhymes. Its thrilling production was diverse yet coherent and the featured spots displayed collaborators at their finest. Rae is at the front of the mix this time around, figuratively and literally. Beats are predictably safe, engineered to give the rapper familiar footing, and the guests work alongside their host rather than overshadowing him. Unfortunately, this all works against him. No doubt he’s got incredible flow, it’s just that the form dramatically outshines content. As much as I hate recycling such a tired criticism about aging gangsta rappers, it’s really hard to buy his tough-guy rhymes this time around. OB4CL2 had similar lyrical content, but there Chef was embodying a character, continuing a story he’d begun when the persona seemed more believable. Rae’s already spent one album establishing that he’s still capable of doing what he’s always done better than everyone else; it’s got to be unsettling to realize he’s no longer the man that made him. Wouldn’t it have been incredible if, instead of trying to flex his nuts twice in a row, he’d explored this disconcertion? Sure, that kind of shoulda-wouldacoulda speculation is unnecessary, but so was releasing Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang. —Bryan Gerhart
fter three years of dedicated production, one would expect Lupe Fiasco’s third album to be a solid addition to his acclaimed discography. Instead, he has given us Lasers, a half-hearted venture into commercial rap. Lupe has repeatedly complained about corporate intervention with his vision for the album, and now the finished product speaks for itself. The once-inspiring lyricist now raps about feeling used and contemplating suicide, while most of the tracks feature paradoxically uplifting choruses and club beats. It’s as if he tried to sneak a “stick it to the man” message in the midst of a record that embodies all of pop music’s latest trends. It’s never a good sign when you have to listen closely for an artist’s contributions on his own album. Lasers boasts a hefty list of featured artists who, known or unknown, seem to play a much larger role on the album than Lupe himself. While drawn-out guest choruses appeared in his previous albums, they never outweighed his solo material like they do here. It seems like a strange choice for Lupe to make on his most personal album. As he points out in “Out of My Head,” “You’re a real good chorus, I’m a real good verse,” but it’s hard to believe that this is how he actually sees himself. Even more disappointing than Lupe’s lack of involvement is his lack of spirit. His confident and levelheaded lyricism made his past efforts unique. Among a generation of predominately self-indulgent rappers, Lupe has acted as an optimistic voice of reason, relying more on observation and storytelling than self-reflection. Contrary to this, Lasers is a bitter, self-pitying autobiographical work. It’s heartbreaking to see such a positive figure in the hip-hop community become so tormented, especially when it compromises his talent. —Erin Donaldson
ye Oak’s latest release, Civilian, is an easy target for haters, whether due to its lack of hooks, Jenn Wasner’s mumblings or its strange guitar distortions. But its consistency soothes — reinforced by dreamy vocals — and the Baltimore duo’s experimentation constructs a delightfully unpredictable work. Thankfully, their exploration of technique on this album is curbed and tasteful; gone are the painfully discordant riffs of 2009’s The Knot. Chilling, melancholy and unconventionally beautiful, Civilian is a delicate yet potent vocalization of loneliness. Weaving airy melodies with subtle accompaniment, Wye Oak create an atmosphere that is somber and nostalgic. Playing off a tone of regret, “We Were Wealth” rises and falls, sighing its way to a hazy climax. Despite carrying a sedate air, Civilian is anything but meek. Don’t be thrown off by its gentleness, for this soft outer persona masks its hidden, dangerous ferocity. The group piles layer after layer of instrumental sections, evident in “The Alter” and “Hot as Day.” They are connected by a thin strand that happens to be Wasner’s fragile vocals, heightening the tension as the tranquility bursts. This simmering aura of potency also emerges in the first single, “Civilian.” Collecting every frustratingly depressing thought we’ve had, “Civilian” packs them into three minutes of haunting chords, emotionally-torn lyrics and drum explosions. Agonizing and chilling, “Civilian” is difficult to shake off. The underlining depictions of desolation paint a bleak picture, much like the album it’s named for. Wye Oak’s latest effort is complex and forlorn with a touch of uneasiness, ultimately serving as a much needed accompaniment to solitary musings. —Cynthia Kang
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DEVIL: Kim’s Thriller Revels in Revenge Tale Gore from page 4
if Jigsaw had a psychology not simply hinged on constructing elaborate murder machines. Kyung-chul is evil incarnate. If he isn’t raping or ravaging, he’s putting on cologne or playing guitar. In an alarming moment, Soo-hyeon discovers the killer’s trophies: the bracelets and bras of his victims, all neatly arranged in a filing cabinet. Soo-hyeon, Kyung-chul’s moral converse, deploys extreme means to sate his thirst for recompense. His only Achilles’ heel is his hubris: Soo-hyeon is all too willing to enact his own elaborate fantasy at the cost of others, but the brooding intensity of Lee Byung-hun’s performance has us rooting for him, even as we’re kept at an ethical distance.
As Soo-hyeon narrows in on his target in the film’s denouement, Kim refuses to indulge his audience’s bloodlust and instead serves up a cold dish of moral ambivalence. Soo-hyeon and Kyungchul are left puzzling their interlocked fates, as are we. Something inscrutably cosmic has brought these two together. Kismet claptrap aside, Kim Jeewoon’s film is just as potent on a sensory level. Our minds, eyes and ears are subject to the same defamation as the body parts abound in the film, but that makes it thrilling to watch. At its gut, the lurid phantasm of “I Saw the Devil” is a profoundly horrifying experience. Enact your own elaborate fantasy with Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
happy: Radnor Film Lacks Vitality, Substance from PAGE 5
weighted story lines tend to rely heavily on meet-cute intersection. “Happy” doesn’t try to connect its tales of twentysomething woe in more than a cursory fashion. Even more than that, Radnor is content to choppily jump between the characters without a nod to traditional transitions. Mildly refreshing at first, this stylistic choice grows frustrating toward the end. It’s difficult to grow emotionally attached to anyone when the camera seems to be suffering from an acute case of ADHD. This impatience extends to the cinematographic choices within each scene. Radnor directs the movie in a very jittery way; he zooms in on the hands, then the face, then the coffee cup, then — bam! — to the next bar. Interspersed with the close-ups are some surprisingly touching shots of summer in New York City, from the parks to the delis. The city is treated
lovingly – more so than many of the human characters featured. Even that flip side of the Big Apple — its outrageous expensiveness — is actually mentioned (once) … although the artistically-inclined characters all live in fairly nice homes. Films should stop fooling impressionable audiences by showing roomy apartments owned by freelance writers (Sam), unruly artists (Mary Catherine) and philanthropic givers (Annie). It adds another implausible element to the angst of the young and the restless in the film. “Happythankyoumoreplease” is the type of purposeless movie that allows one to indulge in random asides like the one above, because there’s not much else to say. It’s a pretty movie, but like Sam’s writing, it’s all about the short story. There’s not enough material or message for a full novel or a full two-hour film. Thank Rebecca later at email@example.com.
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We Are Siamese. Philip Kan Gotanda’s ‘I Dream of Chang and Eng’ reimagines the life of the Bunker brothers, the first Siamese twins. by Charlene Petitjean Staff Writer
e all remember the bedtime stories and fairy tales of our childhood, all these “once upon a times” and “they lived happily ever afters.” And then there are the other stories that start with tempestuous nights and end with the unspeakable, awaking us from our deepest fantasies in sweats. Until March 13 at Zellerbach Playhouse, UC Berkeley’s Theater, Dance and Performance Studies Department takes us into a place where dreams and nightmarish tales interweave. In “I Dream of Chang and Eng,” Philip Kan Gotanda imagines a world where the extraordinary and the ordinary mingle to celebrate the strange lives of two emblematic figures. Gotanda’s play springs from his fascination with the original Siamese twins; born in modern-day Thailand, Chang and Eng Bunker spent their early lives as a touring freak show and eventually bought out their contract. After exhibiting themselves throughout the world and carousing with aristocratic figures, the brothers settled down as farmers on a North Carolina plantation, where they married Adelaide and Sarah Yates and fathered 21 children between them. Building on this
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biographical frame, “I Dream of Chang and Eng” isn’t an accurate tale of what the brothers’ lives were like. Rather, it is a commemorative piece based on the playwright’s very own vision of their complex, most intimate relationship. “I Dream of Chang and Eng” takes on the poignant tale of the twins’ lives — cursed with a freakish body and forced to be forever attached, they become deeply incompatible. While both businessmen at heart, their distinct personalities and individual goals tear them apart. Andy Chan’s Eng seems to remain true to his roots, wondering if the two have gone too far from home, while Josemari Saenz’s Chang is washed in good ol’ red-white-and-blue. When one radiates both a child’s innocence and an elder’s wisdom, the other exudes juvenile intrepidity and quasi-monarchical indulgence. Witnessing their ironic fate becomes painful. The cast works well as a whole, with some actors deserving special recognition for an undeniable dialectal agility, their frivolous acts beautifully contrasting with the play’s overall solemnity. Gwen Kingston as Elizabeth Monroe is superb and quickly becomes subject of captivation as she interlaces coquettish wit with sensuality. Chelsey Holland plays Katherine-Josephine, whose eerie phantasmal figure is essential to the
play’s poeticism. She haunts with her delicate incantations. Flamboyant wigs, oriental tunics, sumptuous Victorian dresses ... Actors parade an overwhelming mishmash of fashionable trends that transcends epochal boundaries. The stage remains, however, fairly minimalist - albeit a few furnishing items true to the 1800s aristocratic extravaganza - and inevitably calls for our imagination. Gotanda has wanted to make his fantasy a reality for the past 20 years. With a cast of 19 and lavish costumes, “I Dream of Chang and Eng” is the biggest production UC Berkeley has ever hosted; and only Zellerbach could have undertaken the challenge. “I Dream of Chang and Eng” is a tale where the strange amalgamates with the mundane, the comical shadows the tragic and the ghostly haunts the living. With Peter Glazer’s contribution, Gotanda blurs the line between what’s real and what isn’t, flirting with our emotions to the point of bewilderment. His dream is bizarre from start to finish. But it’s spectacular, too. And as it unravels, we wake up feeling something between awe and woe, wishing we didn’t have to after all. Move to North Carolina and marry Charlene at email@example.com.
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Student Action Announces ASUC Executive Slate by J.D. Morris Staff Writer
Following a year that saw the ASUC executive offices split down party lines, the Student Action party has announced its executive candidates for the 2011 elections. Current Student Action senators Vishalli Loomba, Christopher Alabastro and Joey Freeman will run for the offices of president, executive vice president and external affairs vice president, respectively. Julia Joung, who currently works as director of transparency of student fees in the executive vice president’s office, will run for academic affairs vice president. Currently, the party holds two executive positions in the student government — president and executive vice president. Rival party CalSERVE, which has yet to announce its slate, has external affairs vice president and aca-
demic affairs vice president. Loomba said if elected, she would be a strong advocate for student interests in the ongoing struggle to preserve funding for higher education. “I think that now more than ever, the ASUC really needs a strong leader and a strong voice,” Loomba said. “I can do that.” She cited her background as Panhellenic Finance Chair, a member of the senate finance committee and finance director in the external affairs vice president’s office as experience that would help her advocate for student interests in the “broader spectrum of budget cuts.” Loomba and Freeman each highlighted a desire to advocate for affordable education in their positions. Freeman said in an e-mail that though he would continue to support student organizing and mobilization as current External Affairs Vice President Ricardo Gomez has done, he would also look at organizing
lobby visits to further “engage students in the political process.” “I believe the ASUC has lost some of its ability to engage lawmakers through other channels and that lobbying is a valuable means of advocacy that should be preserved,” he said in the e-mail. Alabastro, whose main responsibility would be to run ASUC Senate meetings, said he hoped to use his institutional knowledge to run a more efficient and inclusive senate. He said he hopes to oversee more equality in the distribution of funding and resources to student groups while expanding its scope to also include students who are not involved with those groups. “I want to see the ASUC reach out to the entire campus, specifically to students who are not in student groups,” Alabastro said. To further reach out to students, Loomba said she would also seek to
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UC Berkeley Senior Had ‘Passion to Live’ by Kelsey Clark Staff Writer
UC Berkeley senior Danesha McCoy died March 1 after a lengthy battle with the cancer that she had beaten once before in childhood. She was 22. Friends described McCoy as a dedicated student and friend, a confident and nurturing individual, an Danesha artist, a writer, a McCoy tennis player and
a computer whiz who did not let her illness define who she was or what she was capable of. “She had goals in life and a passion to live,” said friend and Alpha Omicron Pi sorority sister Denise Rodriguez in an e-mail. “Everyday she strived to get closer to reaching her dreams no matter what challenge life presented.” McCoy was dedicated to her sociology major and was involved in the department as a sociology peer adviser, as well as a member of the Berkeley Undergraduate Sociology Association. “I think I saw her every day (last) spring semester on the fourth floor of Barrows,” said Allison Hall, an undergraduate ad-
viser in the department of sociology who worked closely with McCoy. “She was an integral part of our department.” A small gathering was held last Friday for the sociology peer advisers to reflect and share stories about McCoy. Hall and other members of the department said they also plan to attend McCoy’s memorial service on Thursday. At age 12, McCoy was first diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma — a rare cancer that affects children and young adults and usually manifests in the bone. After chemotherapy, radiation and surgery to remove the cancer in her right hip, McCoy lived a cancer-free life
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McCone Hall was partially flooded on Monday evening due to a burst pipe. Students worked together in order to block the stream of water from reaching the basement.
McCone Hall Evacuated Due to Flooding Caused by Burst Pipe by Jessica Rossoni Staff Writer
The basement of McCone Hall was partially flooded Monday evening after an old pipe suddenly burst outside, prompting a building evacuation and the shutting down of water and electricity to surrounding buildings. Despite water reportedly rising several feet in the air, minor damage was inflicted inside the building, said Christine Shaff, communications director for facilities services. Shaff and a Berkeley Fire Department official said they did not know how much water was lost. At about 6:20 p.m., the pipe burst with a “roaring sound,” when professor William Dietrich was in his office on the third floor of McCone, directly
above the site of the burst. The burst, Shaff said, was due to a separation in a water line running to the building, which was caused by general wear and tear of the pipe and the pipe’s age. She said there are no specific plans in place to ensure this does not occur again. “We have infrastructure of varying ages so I would guess that we have some older and newer,” Shaff said. “(Campus maintenance staff) do their best to maintain all of our infrastructure and as parts of it gets old, sometimes this just happens.” Dietrich said upon hearing the burst, he went downstairs where he and eight students began attempting to physically block the stream of water from reaching the basement, which
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Graduate School of Education to avoid being drafted for the Vietnam War. “I got the draft board to get me a deferment on grad school, but I still had my bag packed because I was either going to turn 26 and be free, or get my draft ticket and head to Quebec,” he said. After working in a bookstore and as union organizer in Massachusetts, McMurray moved to the Bay Area and started selling roller skates at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. He then produced audio-visual projects — including public service announcements, slide shows and sound programs — winning a bronze Hugo Award at the Chicago International Film Festival in 1975, though he added that an interest in landscaping sprouted a new passion in daffodils and maintaining the Le Roy steps. Last year, the Friends of Le Roy Steps was awarded a $7,160 grant from the Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund to install lights styled after 1920s gas light fixtures as a measure to increase the pedestrian safety in the neighborhood, especially for spectators returning from concerts at Hearst Greek Theatre or football games at Memorial Stadium. The group also received a $1,500 grant from PG&E and a $500 from Coun-
cilmember Susan Wengraf ’s discretionary budget fund. “Every once in a while, there are people in the community who are willing to give, and I think Bruce is the supreme example of that,” said Wengraf, whose district includes the steps. “He doesn’t want any attention, he doesn’t want any accolades, he just wants to be able to make it a better place.” While walking up the steps with his wife Martha, North Berkeley resident Bill Moses remembered the rose bushes that bordered the steps in the 1980s before they fell into disrepair. “It looks different, and it looks great,” Bill Moses said. “For me, they were always a pleasant place, and always a pleasant walk home.” On a regular day, families, students and residents trot up the steps to catch a glimpse of the San Francisco skyline and the Golden Gate Bridge. While McMurray sits on the steps planting a new row of daffodils, some passersby compliment him and others comment on the lush surroundings. McMurray remembers a group of people who once stood at the bottom of the steps applauding him, and in response, he blushed and jokingly blew kisses. Victoria Pardini covers Berkeley communities. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
McCoy: Senior Balanced Diverse Interests, Grades from page 8
until it reappeared last summer. She was again diagnosed after her doctors found carcinogenic cells during a surgery to correct a hip replacement she had received in October 2009. Her prosthetic hip was needed to replace bone lost in previous cancer treatments. “Danesha always had a drive about her no matter what the adversity was,” said her brother DeShaun McCoy. “Danesha wouldn’t give up, no matter what, even when the cancer spread.” During her time at UC Berkeley, McCoy was president of a tennis club, technology chair for her sorority and treasurer of the Cal Pre-Law Association. According to family and friends, McCoy planned to attend law school on the East Coast after graduation and dreamed of eventually getting her MBA and starting her own business. “She worked very hard at everything she did, and she wanted a lot out of life,” said her mother Germaine McCoy, who described her daughter as determined and fun-loving. Former roommate and sorority sister Gretchen Betzholtz said she marveled at McCoy’s ability to explore her many interests while maintaining A’s in her classes. McCoy left school in October 2009 to receive her hip replacement and, despite being absent from class for most
of the semester, studied during her recovery so that she was able to take her final exams. She returned to school in the spring of 2010, living with Rodriguez in the Alpha Omicron Pi house. “Everyday I walked into our room she always turned around with a big smile on her face and asked me how my day was,” Rodriguez said in an email. “I definitely looked forward to seeing her after a horrible day or bad test because her positive attitude was infectious and she had a way of always making me feel better.” Sorority sisters Allyse Bacharach, an employee of The Daily Californian, and Tammy Gilden compiled a gift bag from the sorority with books, video games and a Snuggie that was delivered to McCoy’s house last semester. “Danesha is the reason I joined my sorority,” Gilden said in an e-mail. “When I first met her, I was struck by her confidence, eloquence and warmth. I walked away thinking, ‘She’s the kind of woman that I want to be.’” McCoy is survived by her parents and younger brother DeShaun. Her memorial service will be held Thursday March 10 at 1 p.m. at the Laurel Ridge Community Church in Oakley, Calif. Contact Kelsey Clark at email@example.com.
City Police Confirm Identity of Homicide Victim South Berkeley Resident Found Shot Dead in His Home, Police Have Not Yet Confirmed Motive by Rachel Banning-Lover Staff Writer
The Berkeley Police Department confirmed Wednesday the identity of the victim of the city’s first homicide of the year to be 30-year-old Tobias Pemadorji Eagle, who was found shot dead in his South Berkeley home Tuesday afternoon. Police officers responded to multiple calls reporting possible gunshots in the area around the 1600 block of Blake Street shortly after 1 p.m., according to a statement from the department. Police found Eagle lying in his backyard, where Berkeley Fire Department para-
medics pronounced him dead. The department is investigating the incident as a homicide. “I was in the back of my house on a long-distance phone call and heard what I thought was a brick being thrown through my window,” said Berkeley resident Nancy Wilson, who lives next door to the victim. “I later realized (the brick) must have been gunshots.” Police found Eagle’s body slumped diagonally across the back porch of his house, according to Wilson, who said she climbed up a ladder to see what had happened next door. Eagle had been shot at fairly close range, she said. While the department has not yet confirmed a possible motive behind the shooting, it does not believe the incident was random and is appealing to the public for witnesses, according to the statement. The department has not yet made any arrests in connection with the incident. According to Wilson, Eagle had many friends and was not in conten-
Slate: Student Action Candidates Discuss Future Goals from page 8 ensure more student input is considered in Operational Excellence, a costcutting campus initiative aiming to save $75 million annually. “Right now, a lot of the decisions that are being made don’t have as much student input as they should, and I, as president, want to make sure
that student input is being taken into account,” she said. As an ethnic studies major — a department which is facing staff reductions and consolidation through Operational Excellence — Joung said in an e-mail that she has been frustrated by both the budget cuts and the initiative’s effects on the academic careers of students. “My goals are to enhance resources
McCONE: UCPD, Fire Department Aid Flood Scene from page 8
houses both laboratory and electrical equipment, according to Dietrich. UCPD and the Berkeley Fire Department arrived on the scene at 6:48 p.m., according to Gilbert Dong, deputy fire chief for the department, and UCPD proceeded to evacuate the building. “Safety is our first priority,” said UCPD Lt. Alex Yao, who was not on site at the time of the burst, but added that the standard response for police in these situations is to evacuate the building and aid in minimizing damage.
But, Dietrich, who said an officer threatened to arrest him while he was attempting to minimize damage, explained a different view of the events. “What we witnessed was that the police response was to just watch, and in my particular case, to interfere with trying to prevent the building from being flooded to where the electrical system could have been destroyed,” Dietrich said. “The firemen helped and got it done, but I did not understand the division of labor.” Yao said he was not aware of the interaction between Dietrich and the officer and that he could not comment, but add-
tion with anybody. He is survived by his wife and son. “He was such a kind and decent person, you never heard him raise his voice. He was a stay-at-home dad,” Wilson said. “There’s not a violent bone in his body.” A $15,000 reward is being offered by the city, in addition to a $2,000 reward from the Bay Area Crime Stoppers, for any information that may lead to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects responsible. The city saw six homicides last year, the same number as in 2009. The Berkeley Police Department is urging anyone who may have information regarding the shooting to call BPD Homicide Detail at (510) 981-5741 or (510) 981-5900. If callers wish to remain anonymous, they are asked to call the Bay Area Crime Stoppers Tip Line (BACS) at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Contact Rachel Banning-Lover at firstname.lastname@example.org.
and advising, and most importantly advocate on behalf of effected majors, departments, faculty, staff and students to the campus leadership about the cuts that are deteriorating our academic climate,” she said in the e-mail. All four will file their candidacies by March 11, and the election will be held April 5, 6 and 7. J.D. Morris is the lead student government reporter. Contact him at email@example.com.
ed that he would encourage the professor to contact UCPD about the incident. Shaff said the basement’s clean-up was mostly complete Monday night, although a classroom, laboratory and hallway did sustain minor damages to the floors and edges of the rooms. As of press time, campus maintenance staff were drying out the basement. Shaff said the cost of the damage is still uncertain. McCone’s electricity was back up at midnight Tuesday, just hours after the burst, and water was running again at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday. Shaff said no classes were canceled due to the burst. Contact Jessica Rossoni at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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f youâ€™re like me, you love Pac-10 football â€” but you also love Will Ferrell movies. If youâ€™re even more like me, youâ€™ve spent countless hours trying to come up with ways to combine the two. I recently realized how similar the two are. Both have crazy characters (Vontaze Burfict), nonsensical plot lines (remember the Pac-16?) and ridiculous endings (Iâ€™m looking at you, Kevin Riley). Anyway, I decided it would be a good idea to assign each Pac-10 school its own Will Ferrell character. Cal: Allen Gamble, â€œOther Guysâ€? Gamble is a nerdy detective whoâ€™s
much more interested in completing paperwork than actually working in the field. Sure, the Bears accidentally get in the way of their bigger counterparts every now and then (USC in 2003). But in reality, Calâ€™s just that nice guy who wants everyone to get along and work together, as long as it results in putting USC behind bars. Stanford: Brennan, â€œStep Brothersâ€? Brennan is spoiled, unemployed, still lives with his parents and behaves childishly, which means he probably went to Stanford. Even if the Cardinalâ€™s voices are a combination of Jesus and Fergie (who also doesnâ€™t have a real band and puts on lame halftime shows), that doesnâ€™t change the fact that all of their â€œfriendsâ€? are embarrassed to be associated with it. UCLA: Ron Burgundy, â€œAnchormanâ€? Hey everyone, come see how good UCLA looks! The Bruins used to be
gods walking amongst mere mortals. But UCLA is becoming increasingly irrelevant, and might be on the verge of a mental breakdown. Also, it wouldnâ€™t surprise me to find out that Los Angeles means something else in German. USC: Mugatu, â€œZoolanderâ€? USC is so hot right now; it could take a crap, wrap it in tin foil, put a couple fishhooks on it and sell it to Queen Elizabeth as earrings (think Matt Leinart and the Arizona Cardinals). But that doesnâ€™t stop it from breaking a few rules to ensure its supremacy. Oregon: Ricky Bobby, â€œTalladega Nightsâ€? Oregon is good at two things: going fast and winning. Are the Ducks the most cerebral team? The better question is whether or not they know what the word â€œcerebralâ€? means. But that doesnâ€™t stand between Oregon and sweet victory. Or endorsement deals. Oregon State: Gus Chiggins, â€œSat-
urday Night Liveâ€? Gus Chiggins is a forgettable SNL character ( just like OSU is a forgettable school). He is a prospector from the Wild West (Corvallis) who enlists in the modern day army. He has no business associating with such a prestigious unit (or scheduling teams like Boise State, TCU and Wisconsin). At the end of the day, the Beavers end up disappointing themselves, and ruin the fun for everyone else (Cal in 2007). Washington: Chazz Michael Michaels, â€œBlades of Gloryâ€? Washington used to be one of the baddest dudes around, feared by all its competitors. However, recently it has fallen on hard times, and turned to a bitter rival (Steve Sarkisian) to end its rut, and itâ€™s just all wrong. Washington State: Buddy, â€œElf â€? Honestly, how cute are the Cougars? Despite basically living in the North Pole and competing in a high
school football stadium, they just keep playing their little hearts out for those elusive wins. Also, Klay Thompson looks like an elf. Just saying. Arizona: Frank, â€œOld Schoolâ€? Frank the Tank is thirty-something, still in â€œcollege,â€? divorced and has a drinking problem. Sounds like Arizona to me. You get a contact buzz from just walking on campus. The Wildcats have never been to the Rose Bowl, but donâ€™t care. Win or lose, theyâ€™ve still got booze. Arizona State: Mustafa, â€œAustin Powersâ€? The Sun Devils are always pesky to get rid of. Even after you throw them off a cliff or toss them into a pit of fire and shoot them, they still seem to cause teams problems. They might be very badly injured, or very badly burned, but theyâ€™re still causing trouble. Discuss all things Will Ferrell with Connor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ihlmrhnk:eZf^]Z<hngmrE^`Zelpbmanl' FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 447016 The name of the business: Law Offices of Philip A. Boyle, street address 5724 Owens Drive #302, Pleasanton, CA 94588, mailing address P.O. Box 11881, Pleasanton, CA 94588 is hereby registered by the following owners: Philip Boyle, 5724 Owens Drive #302, Pleasanton, CA 94588. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant began to transact business under the fictitious business name listed above on 1/1/11. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda County on January 20, 2011. Law Offices of Philip A. Boyle Publish: 2/17, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10/11 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 448043 The name of the business: Fandor, street address 2887 College Ave., Suite #113, Berkeley, CA 94705, mailing address 2887 College Ave., Suite #113, Berkeley, CA 94705 is hereby registered by the following owners: Our Film Festival, Inc., 2887 College Ave., Suite #113, Berkeley, CA 94705. This business is conducted by a Corporation. The registrant began to transact business under the fictitious business name listed above on 2/1/11. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda County on February 14, 2011. Fandor Publish: 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17/11 NOTICE OF PETITION TO
ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: ICHIJI YANABA CASE NO. RP11561855 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both of Ichiji Yanaba. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by Katherine M. Nakano in the Superior Court of California, County of ALAMEDA. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that Katherine M. Nakano be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedentâ€™s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: March 28, 2011 at 9:30AM in Dept. 201 located at 2120 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94704. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objec-
tions or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code Section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner Allan T. Hikoyeda 675 North First St., Ste. PH-7 San Jose, CA 95112-5112 Publish: 3/3, 3/4, 3/10/11 NOTICE OF TRUSTEEâ€™S SALE TS No. 10-0153369 Title Order No. 10-8-548325 APN No. 056-1964-016 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 05/09/2005. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER.â€? Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pur-
suant to the Deed of Trust executed by TAMARA NADARAJAH, AN UNMARRIED WOMAN. dated 05/09/2005 and recorded 05/16/05, as Instrument No. 2005201081, in Book , Page ), of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Alameda County, State of California, will sell on 04/01/2011 at 12:00PM, At the Fallon Street entrance to the County Courthouse, 1225 Fallon Street, Oakland, Alameda, CA at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust, in the property situated in said County and State and as more fully described in the above referenced Deed of Trust. The street address and other common designation, if any of the real property described above is purported to be: 835 BANCROFT WAY, BERKELEY, CA, 94710. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $686,019.64. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept cashierâ€™s checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do
business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an â€œAS ISâ€? condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. If required by the provisions of section 2923.5 of the California Civil Code, the declaration from the mortgagee, beneficiary or authorized agent is attached to the Notice of Trusteeâ€™s Sale duly recorded with the appropriate County Recorderâ€™s Office. DATED: 03/02/2011 RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., CA6-914-01-94 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone/Sale Information: (800) 281 8219 By: Trusteeâ€™s Sale Officer RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. FEI # 1006.127845 Publish 3/03, 3/10, 3/17/2011 NOTICE TO CREDITOR'S OF BULK SALE AND OF INTENTION TO TRANSFER ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE (UCC SEC. 6101 ET SEQ. AND B & P 24073 ET SEQ.) ESCROW # 0126002604 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a bulk sale of assets and a transfer of alcoholic beverage license is about to be made. The name(s) and business address(es) of the seller(s) is/ are: Atsushi Katsumata 1686 Shattuck Avenue Berkeley,
California 94709 Doing Business as: Cha-Ya Restaurant All other business name(s) and address(es) used by the seller(s) within the past three years, as stated by the seller(s), is/are: (if none, so state) NONE The location in California of the chief executive office of the seller is: SAME The name(s) and business address of the buyer(s) is/are: 1686 Shattuck Avenue Berkeley, California 94709 The assets being sold are generally described as 50% of all: furniture, fixtures, equipment, inventory and other property And are located at: 1686 Shattuck Avenue Berkeley, California 94709 The kind of license to be transferred is: on sale beer and wine eating place # 360893 Now issued for the premises located at: 1686 Shattuck Avenue Berkeley, California 94709 The anticipated date of the bulk sale is upon approval by Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at the office of OLD REPUBLIC TITLE COMPANY located at 1000 Burnett Avenue, Suite 400, Concord, CA 94520. It has been agreed between the Seller/Licensee and the intended Buyer/Transferee, as required by Sec 24703 of the Business and Professions Code, that the consideration for the transfer of the business and license is to be paid only after the transfer has been approved by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Dated: Feb 16, 2011 Nobuhito Katsumata 3/10/11 CNS-2057408# DAILY CALIFORNIAN
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Mike Montgomery was asked to define his team after the Cal menâ€™s basketball team routed cross-bay rival Stanford on Saturday. â€œWe are who I Cal thought we were?â€? Calâ€™s coach quipped. Menâ€™s He gave a more Hoops straightforward answer once the TIPOFF: media room laughCal takes ter died down. vs â€œWe're not going on USC to win any glamour today at contests,â€? he said. noon at â€œWe're just a gritty the Staples Center. group of guys that TV/Radio: CSN has good chemistry Bay Area/KNEW together, and I think (910 AM) our roles are pretty clearly defined right now.â€? The Bears (17-13, 10-8 in the Pac-10) are certainly peaking at the right time. Cal comes into this weekâ€™s Pac-10 Tournament at the Staples Center as winners of four straight conference games. Yet, the Bearsâ€™ blowout victory over the Cardinal on Saturday night did more thanHARD finish off the regular season in style or exact revenge over a conference rival. Fifth-seeded Cal is will be playing games on back-to-back days for the
first time since the Old Spice Classic in December, but it at least earned a friendly tournament path by beating Stanford. Mankl]Zr%FZr,%+))0 Instead of squaring off against highoctane Washington, which had pummeled the Bears in both regular season match-ups, Mike Montgomeryâ€™s squad draws the No. 4-seed USC (18-10, 10-8) at noon on Thursday. #6 â€œWe both have confidence in beating each other,â€? forward Harper Kamp said of the quarterfinal match-up. â€œWe know itâ€™s going to be a physical game. Both teams are going to go hard. â€œI think weâ€™re playing for something really important.â€? The Trojans are surging after a season-ending road win over the Huskies and have themselves a de facto home game. Still, the Bears are no strangers to playing competitively in Los Angeles. Cal put on one of its more impressive defensive performances of the season when the team edged USC, 68-66, in January. Kevin Oâ€™Neillâ€™s vaunted frontcourt of All-Pac-10 first teamer Nikola Vucevic and Alex Stepheson mustered just 14 combined points thanks to foul trouble and a pesky zone defense from the Bears. For all the havoc that the 6-foot-10 Anne Marie Schuler/file Vucevic can wreak inside, his best contribution against Cal has been freeing Allen Crabbe averaged 16.4 points per game in conference play to lead the Bears. The guard was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. up the Trojansâ€™ normally pedestrian outside shooters. triple-overtime thriller. Saturday. â€œMaybe it wasnâ€™t in November Already burned by a pair of diminu- Feb. 17 home rematch, when the As the regular season champions, and December, there were losses that 22 points and ACROSS tive USC guards â€” Donte Smith and 5-foot-7 Jones racked up10. Dun words the Wildcats come in as favorites â€“ but raised some eyebrows, but I think now shots from long range â€” all in the Maurice Jones have combined for 13on five 1. Items a dried O seeds V EallR it's pretty L Asolid. L People A know T OhowBto E 11. Actress Paquin use with tournamentâ€™s top Lfour second half. 3-pointers in the teamsâ€™ two match-ups fruit platter 12. Mine passage the people that they have. an upset # 6this afternoon could set up having beat each other, A A Cal win N IchamL E A C I D E L A L â€” the Bears must show discipline in â€œA lot of people are capable of winpion at the Staples Center is a distinct tour13.entire Mature sealing off the perimeter. 5. Uncouth one of the best games of the S C A M P ningTthisRtournament.â€? E A D M I L L nament on Friday: a rematch with topWhile they barely held at the 10.on2nd â€œTonight Showâ€? host 21. Place for apossibility. ring T EtheLPac-10A Ed S Yevelev H E covers menâ€™s E basketball. P O D E â€œWe take our hit, but seeded Arizona, which just weeks ago Galen Center despite a 24-point erup14. First of gazillions 23. Tiny picture looks pretty good,â€? Montgomery saidPon I Contact tion from Smith, they paid dearly in the escaped Haas Pavilion in a 107-105, P E himBat email@example.com. E L T
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Thursday, March 10, 2011
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From Tag to Basketball, Talia Caldwell Used Her Competitive Streak to Propel Her Forward
Senior Staff Writer
alia Caldwell begins to laugh as she recounts the story. It’s a jovial laugh, the kind that makes you want to chuckle along with her. She had hopped a fence while playing tag as a kid and fallen, busting up her arm in the process. She didn’t think it was that serious at first, but it swelled up that night. “At three in the morning, I say ‘Mom,’ — and it’s huge — and she’s like, ‘Oh my God, we gotta go to the emergency room right now.’” She has to stop, the snickering blending in with the words. It’s no laughing matter, but Caldwell is amused by her childhood memories.
She was competitive even then. The games of tag were not limited to the outdoors. Caldwell would go as far as sneaking into Costco to play, getting inside by pointing the closest woman out as her mom. Caldwell, the sophomore starting center on the Cal women’s basketball team, lives for competition — always has, always will. Growing up in Los Angeles, Caldwell would play pick-up basketball games with the boys. Apparently playing with girls her age just wasn’t enough of a challenge for her. “If you wanna see a good game of how Talia really can play, see me play against some guys,” Caldwell says. “It’s fun. I just love it. The guys are more competitive already, so it just makes you want to be more competitive, physical — it was just so much fun.” But that ultracompetitiveness could be a burden sometimes. “I’ve gotten better since I’ve gotten older, but I used to be really bad when I was young,” Caldwell says. The kickball games could get especially brutal. She
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would taunt her opponents — in fifth grade. “I had mental games at a young age,” she says, “And that wasn’t cool at 10 years old.” In grade school Caldwell had to play with the kids in her P.E. classes. Needless to say, they were not as fired up about sports as she was. Some didn’t play very well; others didn’t even play. That didn’t go over so well with her. She remembers her thought process at the time as if it was yesterday, “I’m just mad, because if we lose, I am upset,” she says, banging the table. “Why are you on my team? Get off. What are you doing?” Those kids were not even the worst. What bothered Caldwell the most were the ones who just didn’t care. “I never understood the point of doing something just because,” she says. “That’s a waste of my time.” aldwell’s time isn’t wasted in the paint. She looks a lot taller than her 6-foot-3 stature — more physical, more imposing — and has no problem knocking people down ... that is, if they are standing between her and the hoop. She plows through defenders, sets impenetrable screens and seals opponent effectively and forcible during box outs. “I try to be tenacious in everything,” she says. Indeed, while some players shy away from contact, Caldwell embraces it. On the court, she barges into players, drawing fouls and getting to the line. She has attempted 151 free throws, by far the most on the team. She goes after rebounds with authority, dem-
onstrating her competitive fire. The sparks flicker the brightest every 3.7 minutes. That’s the average amount of time between her rebounds. “She is in my opinion one of the best rebounders in the Pac-10,” Cal guard Rachelle Federico says. “She out-toughs a lot of players, she’s physically strong and you put mentally strong on top of that, it’s a dangerous combination.” Caldwell’s frontcourt partner was more succinct. “Her rebounding ability is ridiculous,” power forward DeNesha Stallworth says. Caldwell’s determination is most apparent on the offensive glass, where she ranks second in the Pac-10 with over four boards a game. Not that numbers really matter all that much to her — she had no idea she pulled down 20 boards against Oregon on Feb. 24. But the results sure do. “I always wanted to win,” Caldwell says, “Even at kickball.” And in school. ohn F. Kennedy, Franklin Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt and five other U.S. presidents all went to Harvard. Caldwell could have joined them. But she spurned the Cambridge’s crimson courtyards for Berkeley’s Strawberry Creek. When she talks about it, she acts as if it was the easiest decision in the world. “I wanted to do business,” she says matter-of-factly. “If you want to do business it doesn’t make sense to go there for undergrad.” But turning down Harvard? “I just got into Haas.” A no-brainer. And it had nothing to do with basketball. Business is an aggressive, combative industry, but that’s what she likes about
it. Caldwell relishes competition. That’s what has made this season so difficult for her. The young Bears have underachieved, limping into the Pac10 tournament on Wednesday with a record just one game over .500. Cal lost six games in a row in February — and not just to good teams. During the stretch, the Bears lost to Washington, Washington State and Oregon, ranked seventh, eighth and ninth in the conference. “Oh Gosh,” she says, at a loss for words otherwise. She’s not used to defeat. Her Marlborough High team won its regional division championship three times and in 2007, the state championship. Last year, Cal won the WNIT. Even a week after the Bears put an end to the losing streak, the strain in her voice is still discernible. “It was terrible. It was tough,” she says. “Basketball takes so much work and effort, but it’s not enough sometimes. You’re just like, ‘Why? ... Why can’t this go right?’” In February, coach Joanne Boyle said time and time again that Cal was in need of a leader. She pleaded for someone on the team to step up. “(Talia is) all about setting goals and achieving them and having nothing less,” Federico says. “She carries that weight and pulls people along which I think our team definitely needed.” Maybe in this case, the biggest heart does in fact come from the biggest player. Jonathan Kuperberg covers women’s basketball. Contact him at email@example.com.