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Regents Meeting Marked by Future Financial Plans, Protests The UC Board of Regents Talks About How to Deal With Another Drop in Funding for the System by Jordan Bach-Lombardo Staff Writer
SAN FRANCISCO — After almost two decades of decreasing state support for higher education, the UC Board of Regents deliberated Wednesday how to navigate another blow to the University of California looming in the form of a proposed half a billion drop in funds. In Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget, which slashes state spending by $12.5 billion to help close California’s $25.4 billion budget deficit, the UC is slated to sustain a $500 million funding reduction and could experience an even deeper cut if Brown’s proposed tax extensions are not realized. While often criticizing the state for being an “unreliable partner,” the board discussed possible solutions including reducing enrollment, increasing fees and redistributing responsibilities away from the UC Office of the President. kevin Hahn/staff
UC President Mark Yudof, center, and the Board of Regents discussed the system’s current funding issues on Wednesday at UCSF.
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SAN FRANCISCO — Amid controversy over an alleged sexual battery, UC Student Regent Jesse Cheng did not attend Wednesday’s UC Board of Regents meeting at UCSF’s Mission Bay campus because he said he felt his presence would provoke larger protests Jesse which might discheng rupt the meeting. Last Thursday, the UC Irvine Office of Student Conduct found Cheng — a senior on the campus — guilty of a student conduct violation for sexual battery. While the Orange County District Attorney did not press charges against Cheng due to lack of evidence, the office’s ruling prompted protests outside the meeting against Cheng and led him to refrain from attending the meeting. Cheng said he may file an appeal with the office. He said he did not feel his absence at the meeting affected his ability to serve as student regent. Board chair Russell Gould said the issue will be referred to the board’s committee on governance after any appeals process. “I wouldn’t resign because the office said I may have done something ... I’m innocent in the sense that there were no criminal proceedings against me,” Cheng said. “If I was deemed as not being able to serve students well, then the question of resignation would be very prominent.” He said he met with campus chancellors before the meeting in order to mitigate the impact of his absence. Student Regent-designate Alfredo Mireles
SAN FRANCISCO — About 20 union workers from the UC gathered outside the UC Board of Regents meeting Wednesday, protesting the board’s proposal to increase pension payments as well as the appointment of David Crane to the board, after he wrote a controversial op-ed. DAVID Crane — apCrane pointed in December by then Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, but yet to be confirmed — wrote in a Feb. 27 op-ed to The San Francisco Chronicle that “Collective bargaining is a good thing when it’s needed to equalize power, but when public employees already have that equality ... collective bargaining in the public sector serves to reduce benefits for citizens and to raise costs for taxpayers.” State Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco/San Mateo, interpreted the oped to mean Crane is anti-union, and Yee organized statewide protests. Crane denied that he disapproved of public sector collective bargaining, adding that this reaction has not changed his view supporting increased pension payments. “I am a big fan of democracy,” he said. “I think collective bargaining is a valuable right.” After some expressed discontent about pension payments during the meeting’s public comment portion, union members left chanting “Union busting is disgusting” before picketing for about an hour outside. Jeffrey Branner, a senior custodian at UCSF and member of the American
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SAN FRANCISCO — UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau was one of three UC chancellors to address the UC Board of Regents Wednesday on how further state budget cuts would not only threaten the future of their campus’s financial sustainability but their ability to retain faculty and staff as well. Birgeneau spoke about the negative impacts of recent state budget cuts, which have included reduced class offerings, increased class sizes and furloughs. He said at the meeting that Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed $500 million cut to the UC in the next state budget would be “devastating” to UC Berkeley. Birgeneau added that when he began as chancellor at UC Berkeley in 2004, state funding and philanthropy were the top two funding sources for the campus. Now, he said, federal funding and student fees were the main source of revenue
ley’s Robert Birgeneau, UC Santa Cruz’s George Blumenthal and UC Irvine’s Michael Drake — came before the board to describe the impacts previous state funding cuts have had on their campuses and the potential effects if the most recent cuts go through. Across the UC, 4,400 faculty and staff have been laid off while 3,700 more positions have been either eliminated or gone unfilled since 2007-08, said Executive Vice President for Business Operations Nathan Brostrom. Funding reductions force campus administrators to focus on triage rather than think long-term, Drake said. “We’re spending a significant fraction of our time mitigating against the damage caused by cuts rather than building for the future,” he said. “When I go to the school of engineering, we’re not talking about nanoscience, we’re talking about having enough people to man the labs.” All of these problems could be exacerbated if Brown’s proposed tax extensions do not get on a ballot measure or if voters do not approve them, which could leave the university facing an approximately $1 billion cut, said UC Vice President for Budget Patrick Lenz. The board has yet to take a position on the tax extensions. Several regents voiced doubts over whether the tax extension revenue would be realized.
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for the campus, which next year faces a $110 million deficit. “You cannot take greatness for granted,” Birgeneau said. “We must make responsible, wise decisions. $500 million in cuts cannot be accepted with resignation and we cannot accept that this is reality.” UC Regent Eddie Island said he sympathized with Birgeneau’s wish to have the regents be more aggressive in refusing to accept Brown’s budget proposal, saying that he would try to be “responsible and wise” when the regents meet with individual chancellors to discuss financial decisions for keeping campuses afloat during difficult economic times. Birgeneau said in addition to UC Berkeley’s dwindling state funding, there were roughly 100 campus faculty members that were currently being “aggressively recruited” by outside universities. He said because the university cannot necessarily compete with financial offers from other universities, should California legislators pass Brown’s budget cuts, UC Berkeley could lose more faculty and staff. Within the past month, two prominent UC Berkeley faculty members announced they would be leaving the campus at the end of the school year to accept other positions. Former chemistry department chair Michael Marletta will
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Though former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed the California DREAM Act three times, a state assembly committee voted Tuesday to pass a new version of the legislation, which will now be reviewed by another committee before potentially being introduced to the entire Assembly. The Assembly Committee on Higher Education passed Assembly Bills 130 and 131 — authored by Assemblymember Gilbert Cedillo, D-Los Angeles — in a 6-2 and 5-2 vote respectively. If enacted into law, the bills would expand institutional and state financial aid to undocumented students in California respectively. Only Assemblymembers Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, and Katcho Achadjian, R-San Luis Obispo, voted against the act. “I believe that this bill undermines the rule of law, and it opens up the treasury to people through no fault of their own, granted, are not supposed to be in this state,” Donnelly said at the committee meeting. Opponents of the act have argued that the act would create an incentive
for illegal immigration. Gov. Jerry Brown has stated that should the legislation come to his desk, he would support it. Nonresident students that meet certain requirements already qualify for in-state tuition fees by meeting requirements in AB 540, including that students must have attended a California high school for three years and graduate, among other requirements. However, any of these students that are undocumented cannot receive university or state aid, according to David Alcocer, associate director of student financial support at the UC Office of the President. Assemblymember Marty Block, DSan Diego, said in an e-mail that he voted in favor of the bills because he believes “it critical that students who reside in the state get educational opportunities so they can contribute to California’s economy as productive tax-paying workers.” At the committee meeting, UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau testified on behalf of AB 130. The overall content of the current act reflects the previous version, however, AB 131 has been edited to ensure that Cal Grants will not be reduced for
students that are legal residents, according to Conrado Terrazas, communications deputy for Cedillo. Alcocer said that he estimated about 75 percent of undocumented students would receive $4 million of financial aid under AB 130, and 50 percent of them would be eligible for Cal Grants up to about $3 million under AB 131. Additionally, some 500 documented students that are eligible under AB 540 would benefit if the bills were to pass. Some students that do not meet state residency requirements and are considered out-of-state students, though they attended high school in California, would be eligible for Cal Grants. “We’ve already invested in our children in our K-12 system,” said Adam Keigwin, chief of staff for Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco/San Mateo, who co-authored the bills. “To … shut the door on their ability to go to college after that investment doesn’t serve our state well, doesn’t serve our communities well.” Both bills will be reviewed by the Assembly Committee on Appropriations in May, though a final date has not yet been set, according to Terrazas.
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As the death toll in Japan continues to rise and victims of last week’s 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami remain uncertain as to when they will be able to return to their homes, Berkeley students and residents are organizing efforts to provide relief for the victims. Over the next few weeks, campus clubs and city of Berkeley merchants will continue raising money for relief groups overseas through events, bake sales and donations. Samin Nosrat, co-founder of Pop-Up General Store and a former employee of The Daily Californian, is organizing the “Bakesale for Japan,” where she and other community members will sell baked goods in at least four locations throughout the Bay Area on April 2. Nosrat, who has organized several bake sales to support victims of natural disasters — including one project that raised over $23,000 for Haiti earthquake relief last year — said she hopes to expand the bake sale to the national level and raise $100,000 for Japan. “At the heart of it, food creates connections at a moment like this when people need it,” Nosrat said. “Bringing people together with an intention to do good work is really powerful, and already in about three days, it’s gotten so much momentum.” Jo Medeiros, events coordinator for Saturn Cafe in Downtown Berkeley, said the cafe will charge $5 at the door for its Thursday night community arts show this week — which is usually free — and will donate all proceeds from to Doctors Without Borders. Similarly, the club Shattuck Down Low in Downtown donated Saturday night’s profits of $525 to the American Red Cross — which was chosen as the recipient by the club’s guests — according to General Manager Nick White, who said the club hopes to give more of their profits to relief groups through additional nights like this. Several student groups on campus, including the Cal Japan Club, American Red Cross at Cal and the Nikkei Student Union, are in the process of planning events to raise relief money after the campus’ spring break next week, in addition to tabling on Upper Sproul Plaza for donations. At a Cal Japan Club meeting Tuesday, members discussed the possibility of hosting an event in the Unit 2 courtyard. “Selling food is our main idea right now,” said Hazuki Inoue, club president. “We would like to invite student groups who can sell something and performance groups to attract people to come.” Both the Red Cross at Cal and the Cal Origami Club are also planning to independently make 1,000 paper cranes, a Japanese tradition and symbol of hope — to show their support and solidarity for the victims. Contact Jessica Rossoni at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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MEGHNA DHOLAKIA be the butt of the joke — this time you’re on the inside laughing out. On the other hand, I once had someone tell me, point blank, “you’re very intelligent. You think well for a girl.” It maddens me that that possibility comes as a surprise. ike most people who grow up in liberal environments, I was taught that all human beings are inherently equal. Birth, not skin color, economic status or design of genitalia was the pre-requisite for admission to the human race. In fact, given that I attended a “shoes optional” elementary school, there was a particular emphasis given to equality. Of course you can have the blue blanket. Nobody is saying you can’t have the blue blanket. Nobody is hyper-aware of respecting your color preference at all. Not at all. Of course, you can play sports, ride a bike, climb a tree, roll around in the mud. Anything you like. You want to be a soldier? Sure honey, you can be anything you damn well please (except a fighter pilot). I remember being five and at a dinner party, wearing (upon my insistence) anything that wasn’t a dress. The adults cooed a little, talking over my head. “You’re so lucky,” one of the adults sighed, “can you think of anything you can’t do?” she asked, rhetorically. Being the little smart-ass I was, I pondered this question briefly and then replied, “I can’t pee standing up.” Out of the mouths of babes. I was deliberately being pedantic, but there is a truth to be found there. I can’t pee standing up, and no Equal Rights Amendment is going to change that. I used to think that a lot of the language of gender equality was silly. Of course, the average man is physically stronger than the average woman, of course the average man is taller than the average woman, and it seems silly to deny the law of averages. However, the danger lies in taking these averages and making them our expectation for the individual. Language matters. The assumptions we make and the jokes we tell shape our reality. What we choose to say is important. How we choose to say it is, perhaps, even more so. We’re all equally damned for inheriting this flawed world. The ability to equivocate cleverly about the meaning of a stupid joke or an offhand comment doesn’t change that. What you speak, write and say defines who you are. Choose wisely.
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become the next president of Scripps Research Institute in San Diego and Matthew Tirrell, chair of the department of bioengineering and professor of materials science and engineering and chemical engineering, accepted a position as the founding director of the University of Chicago’s Institute for Molecular Engineering. Marletta will begin his position at Scripps in January 2012, and Tirrell will begin at the University of Chicago July 1. Birgeneau said the questions he hears most often in meetings with campus faculty and staff are about UC Berkeley’s plan for financially sustainability in the future both in terms of research and general funding for campus programs. “We must be able to convince faculty that five years from now we will still be a prominent, thriving university,” he said at the meeting. “If the tax extensions fail and there is another cut to $500 million to (UC campuses), it would devastate our faculty and staff. We do not have a model in place to support those cuts.” Katie Nelson is the lead academics and administration reporter. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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belong to the largest minority in the world. We even get our own “special” day to comfort us about that fact. Women. In the U.S. alone, we’re 51 percent of the damn population. Icon, object, idol, equal — gender relations have never been stable or internally consistent for long. This particular column is the result of thoughts that have been simmering in my head for a long while, but were brought to a boil this weekend after reading a newsletter that allegedly leaked from one of USC’s fraternities. A few highlights are below: “A Cocksman is taught to live by the two most applicable principles I know: The Pie and the Gullet. You may already be lost in trying to comprehend this logic. Do not worry this is completely understandable ...” “Non-consent and rape are two different things. There is a fine line, so make sure not to cross it.” “The gullet report will strengthen brotherhood and help pin-point sorostitiutes more inclined to put-out.” If you don’t get the references, here is a hint — don’t try too hard. Should I have been surprised by the contents that leaked from a frat house? No. Was I? Hardly. The virulent e-mail did move me, however, as few pieces of writing have. Rarely has any written material given me the visceral urge to vomit, preferably all over its creator. There were a number of things that infuriated me about the e-mail, the blatant sexism (and racism) aside. The first was that I knew it would be passed off as “humor.” The e-mail is fascinating in a sick kind of way. The author uses some nice turns of phrase, and it is almost absurd enough to qualify as a satire. But it isn’t. Reading comments on the Internet (my mistake, I know), it was incredibly dispiriting to find people who would defend the letter for its “funny factor.” I’m sorry, I just can’t get behind that. Hateful invective isn’t funny. It doesn’t “push the envelope,” it isn’t edgy, or radical or any of the adjectives that attempt to justify hostile behavior. Real satire has a purpose: to catch society with its pants down. To expose our follies and vices and make us aware of the hypocrisy we accept. Whether or not that e-mail actually originated from the fraternity in question is irrelevant, and whether the author intended it as a satire is beside the point. It isn’t funny because it is too damn easy to believe. hough, in one way the e-mail did succeed. It made me aware of my own hypocrisy, in the things I say and what I let pass without comment. Ironically perhaps, being a girl with guy friends involves embodying one of the key attributes of a “gentleman” — being a “Good Sport.” Being a good sport can involve anything from giving guys tips on how to approach girls to laughing at sandwich jokes. Yes, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Yes, I admit, I find some of them funny. Beyond anything, being a good sport involves the ability to not take things personally. Sure, all ex-girlfriends are bitches, and most girls are vindictive, but that doesn’t apply to you. Because even though, in some other room, with some other group of people, you would
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here are many images which linger in the frame of Vietnamese director Phan Dang Di’s latest film, “Bi, Don’t Be Afraid!” The pained grimaces of an aging man, the drunken dejection of a middle-aged husband, the exuberant adventures of a six-year-old boy — these are the portraits that Phan’s film paints. It is a story of man at his most crucial stages of life — beginning, middle and end.
Only, there’s nothing crucial about these people’s lives. Though detailed in its depiction of a contemporary Vietnamese family, no plot, connection or character develops. Through a series of brief, unconnected and silent scenes, the audience bears witness to the mundane episodes of this family’s life. The young boy, Bi, explores an ice factory. He finds a maple leaf. His grandfa-
ther dies. Food is made. Nothing truly remarkable happens and yet, the film and the family continue on. Bi’s father attempts to rape a woman. His aunt settles for a loveless relationship. More food is made. At times painfully dull to watch, the film remains merely a series of stills on loop, where nothing is resolved or revealed. —Jessica Pena
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braxas” centers on the life of Jonen, a monk who used to be the frontman of a thrash rock band. Having turned to Zen Buddhism after hitting rock bottom in his days as a musician, Jonen doubts his purpose in life, torn between his love for music and his
hang Meng’s “The Piano in a Factory” takes a whimsical approach to what otherwise would have been a dull story. Set in industrial northern China, “Piano” focuses on Guilin, a lazy ex-steel factory worker whose world revolves around two things — music and his daughter. Just as his financial instability limits his cultivation of music, it also threatens to take away his child. Caught in the midst of a fierce custody battle, the girl decides to side with the parent who can cough up a piano. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and Guilin begs, borrows and steals before resorting to the brilliant idea of constructing the instrument from scratch. With its fair share of hardships, the story could have easily fallen victim to the melodramatic. Director Zhang, however, skillfully works in moments of light-hearted humor, further highlighted by the interesting amalgamation of music, from drunken warbles vocalized in the back of a butcher’s truck to strains of Russian pop. Highly romanticized, “Piano” is in no way a realistic representation of China’s working class, but manages to spin an endearing tale of a love for music, family and community. —Cynthia Kang
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n earnest attempt to mix a modern narrative with a French New Wave twist, “M/F Remix” lacks the quirkiness and endearing quality of the 1960s film style. Inspired by Jean-Luc Godard’s “Masculin Feminin” and set in the near past of 2004, the film focuses on two roommates (Mimi and Philip) trying to form their own identities. The film imitates the nonlinear narrative of cinema verite, yet falls short in capturing the essence of honesty imperative to the style. The two actors have few charming moments with one another, and deliver stilted performances that possess few subtle realities. Following in the footsteps of Godard, Jy-Ah Min constructs her piece with hand-held shots and attempts to capture realistic interactions between the roommates with abstract editing. Godard’s classically filmic black-andwhite images coexist with Min’s digitally captured shots. Min’s endeavor to capture the struggle of youth’s identity in the 21st century does not go unnoticed, yet it does not ultimately succeed. The viewer may be left wondering whether this is a professional piece of work or a film student’s final class project. —Dominique Brillon
ix years after he won the Special Jury Award at the Asian American Film Festival for his debut movie, “Cavite,” writer/ director Ian Gamazon returns with the torture film, “Living in Seduced Circumstances.” The movie centers on Minh, a young pregnant woman out to punish an elderly man who wronged her. As she puts him through torture in a deserted forest, her motives are slowly revealed. Violence appears sparingly throughout the film. Rather, Gamazon moves away from a scene before the actual act can be shown, attempting to create a sense of tension. Although the technique proves useful through the first 20 minutes , suspense fails to build once it becomes all too predictable. This is a movie with only two characters, one location and a one-man crew. Gamazon acts as writer, director, editor and cinematographer. With his heavy use of a handheld camera and lengthy segments of animation, “Living in Seduced Circumstances” illustrates why filmmaking should be a collaborative process. Otherwise, a filmmaker may be liable to overindulge in a stylistic manner that leaves the audience confused and frustrated. —Jawad Qadir
his Malaysian monster-slasher flick is so by-thenumbers it’s almost endearing. When the principal of a girls’ school announces that six prankpulling students will be subject to a three-day detention, there’s no attempt to mask the simple set-up for carnage. “So that they can all die, you know,” he seems to be saying. In the world of “Histeria,” this is the inevitable and only solution, because obviously, when you make light mischief, the outcome is always demon-inflicted evisceration. And so, our six heroines (except not really, because they’re mostly really mean), along with a too-perfect younger girl, one teacher and the suspiciously silent gardener, are left to their own devices during term break, with instructions to clean up the campus. An evil spirit, summoned as part of their original prank, manifests to wreak head-smashing chaos upon everyone. The movie has practically zero psychological depth and weirdly irritating editing, and the average episode of “Buffy” probably has better jump-scares, but somehow it is hard to fault such an unpretentious little genre package. If you caught this on TV at two in the morning, you’d be hard-pressed to change the channel. —Sam Stander
ne can only imagine the pitch meeting that must have taken place between renowned Chinese director Jia Zhangke and the state bureau in charge of commissioning “I Wish I Knew.” Some official must have said, “Hey, Jia Zhangke, we need a film for the 2010 World Expo that gracefully addresses a century of Shanghainese history. And could you keep it under three hours?” And Jia was probably like, “Consider it done, fellas.” While his project was clearly daunting, the result is far from tedious. It is a sprawling documentary-art film hybrid, featuring interviews from the wryly humorous to heartbreaking, while the cinematography showcases the city in all its gray and silver glory without being flashy. The only caveat for foreign viewers is that the subtler narrative connections between interviews might be hard to grasp. But that’s fine. You don’t have to understand the nuances of the Cultural Revolution to see the inter-generational continuity. Or to be moved by the story of an evolving metropolis, told through shots that peek through barely-open doors and sweep across Shanghai’s towering skyline. —Jill Cowan
nna May Wong broke the mold for Chinese-American actors today, even though they may seem largely absent from the silver screen. Born in 1905, Wong began her acting career amidst the rising tide of 1920s silent films and continued well into the ’40s with over 58 films to her credit. And yet, one rarely hears of her. Thankfully, director Yunah Hong’s new documentary, “Anna May Wong: In Her Own Words,” provides an informative introduction to the many trials of the first Chinese-American superstar. Elegant and extraordinarily talented, Anna May Wong’s charms are immediately conveyed with the use of archival footage and excerpts from her own personal letters and diaries. Interviews with scholars, actors and family friends only further enhance the feeling that history and Hollywood have overlooked — as one executive calls her — “one hell of a gal.” However, though the film manages to touch on Wong’s life and impact with a detailed and delicate hand, the sad fact still remains that the movie is only 57 minutes long. Too short and often disjointed, Hong’s documentary only acts as a primer for what should’ve been a featurelength showcase for a woman who never received the spotlight in her own time. —Jessica Pena
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reverence for his spiritualism. He finds solace in music — ironically the medium of expression that was once caused his destructive behavior, indulged his alcoholism and inspired him to perform senseless stunts on stage (with a hankering to take off his clothes). With the blessing of the chief monk and his wife, Jonen sets out to put on a live show in his town. He risks losing the support of his family, friends and temple by doing so, but his hope that music and religion will be able to co-exist within himself and lead him to a new level of enlightenment far outweighs the chances of failure. Director Naoki Kato beautifully shapes Jonen’s life, with a measured pace in each shot that allows the audience to immerse themselves in the narrative. Combining tradition with novelty, the tension between two social constructs within one man makes for a very interesting and moving piece of work. —Dominique Brillon
satirical commentary on our unhealthy relationship with technology, Barbara Wong’s “Break Up Club” follows the trials and tribulations of a fresh-faced couple, Joe and Flora. During one of their many rough patches, Joe (Jaycee Chan) resorts to stalking a strange site that magically fixes his love life, though it results in the destruction of another relationship. But not even a miracle can completely wash away their problems, as Joe’s lack of ambition
and Flora’s (Fiona Sit) high-maintenance attitude threaten to make a permanent dent in their relationship. Despite its creative subject matter, the film certainly doesn’t relay anything new. The triteness is echoed in Chan and Sit, who attempt to convey an honest portrayal of love but only end up delivering scenes that are either nauseatingly cutesy or uncomfortably annoying. The film’s only saving grace is its unexpected mockumentary style that adds a tasteful touch of reality, resulting in a ending that is refreshingly deviant from typical chick flick conclusions. “Break Up Club” barely touches the surface of what love is, choosing to express an already hackneyed story in an easily forgettable way. —Cynthia Kang CENTER FOR ASIAN AMERICAN MEDIA/COURTESY
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ry to tell someone about a dream you had, and they wonâ€™t want to listen. Try to tell someone about a movie you saw that they didnâ€™t, and theyâ€™ll probably want to listen even less. They werenâ€™t there with you. Dreams and movies canâ€™t be recounted intelligibly, not without losing some of their essence. Itâ€™s like sculpting in 2D: You just donâ€™t have the means to make it work. Thatâ€™s why when we sleep, we dream alone. And when we go to the theater, that public dreaming-place, we go there, too, to be alone â€” not because we want to talk to our date or meet new people or something. But we donâ€™t usually go alone, do we? Thereâ€™s something discomfiting about that dark room of strangers. If a movie has anything over a dream, itâ€™s that you can experience it with someone and afterward, theyâ€™ll know what youâ€™re talking about even if you noticed different things. Last year, I attended a talk by filmmaker Peter Greenaway called â€œNew Possibilities: Cinema is Dead, Long Live Cinema.â€? Given the title, you can imagine the ego at play. Greenaway said, â€œCinema as an individually perceived phenomenon is erroneous.â€? Though heâ€™s no doubt a brilliant director, that statement is just silly. How can you say that a moviegoer doesnâ€™t have his or her own subjective experience? Thatâ€™s as futile an attempt to bracket cinema as psychoanalysis is to bracket dreams. In my freshman year, I saw â€” or dreamt? â€” Charlie Kaufmanâ€™s â€œSynecdoche, New Yorkâ€? on the opening Friday. As the credits rolled, I went out into the night, shaken by the same feeling I get when I awake from
a revelatory dream. I felt, at once, as if I had entirely understood life and also knew nothing about it. I had gone into the movie with a talkative group of friends and left with a silent one. We didnâ€™t even want to ask each other why that house is always on fire. We had nothing to say because the movie had already said everything for us. The following Monday, I was walking to class and had another sudden, alien feeling: I had to see the movie again, alone this time. I skipped class and went straight to the theater. I sat down in the empty dark and watched the film a second time. Unlike those dreams you only think are recurring, this one actually was. I stayed for the credits because I didnâ€™t want to wake up, even as I came to and readied myself for life after â€œSynecdoche.â€? This past Sunday, I went alone to see Apichatpong Weerasethakulâ€™s â€œUncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives,â€? a very different kind of film, at the Rialto Cinemas Elmwood on College Avenue. Going to a movie alone is not like watching one alone at home on the couch with your cat. In the theater, you are sharing that movie-dream with those around you, and you are all working hard to make sense of it. Watching â€œUncle Boonmee,â€? if youâ€™re like me, involves a lot of sense-making. Why has this dying manâ€™s son returned after years missing and why does he look like a Wookiee? What is that talking catfish doing to that woman in the lake? What is going on here? But â€œUncle Boonmee,â€? like a dream, asks simply for your presence rather than your understanding. You canâ€™t make sense of it â€” sense isnâ€™t really even relevant â€” so why keep trying? Thatâ€™s how dream logic works. Youâ€™re meant to feel, not think. Not since â€œSynecdocheâ€? have I gone to the theater alone and had that kind of waking cinema-dream. The dream of â€œUncle Boonmeeâ€? was mine, even as I shared it with those strangers in the room. I stayed through the credits. Dream about Ryan at email@example.com.
Noah and the Whale LAST NIGHT ON EARTH [Island Mercury]
Travis Barker GIVE THE DRUMMER SOME [Interscope Records]
here have been many attempts at fusing hip-hop/ rap and rock over the years. These fusions, with the exceptions of legends like Rage Against the Machine, normally result in a band that has a slight edge over the atrocity that is Limp Bizkit. Thankfully, recent fusions have been significantly more successful: Such is the case with Travis Barkerâ€™s debut solo album, Give the Drummer Some. The key to successfully fusing these two sounds is to keep the formula 60/40. In this case, the album is mostly a collection of hip-hop/rap songs that feature Barker on drums with guitar providing only a subtle backing to the flow of the rhymes. Barkerâ€™s rhythm and timing can compete with any drum machine made by a DJ. He stays on top of the beat, but still keeps the focus on the rappers/emceesâ€™ rhymes and delivery. Barker definitely appears to be in his element here, more so than during his time with blink-182. Every clang on the crash cymbal, knock on the kick-drum or snap of the snare never feels over the top or out of place; Barker stays within his boundaries, but still manages to supplement the delivery of the lyrics to make them even crisper. With a new set of guests on each track, thereâ€™s something here for any hip-hop/rap enthusiast. If youâ€™re a fan of any of these artists and want to hear them do something new, or would like to hear how rock and hip-hop/rap can be properly brought together, Barker has created an album that will hopefully inspire other artists to get out of their comfort zones and experiment with combining different genres. â€”Ian Birnam
he most difficult part of making an album is finding a sound that sets you apart from the ever-growing sea of mediocrity. For most bands, the third album is usually the charm. However, Last Night on Earth shows that Noah and the Whale have officially become lost in this dull sea. Earth attempts to fuse the styles of their previous albums, Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down and The First Days of Spring, with a heavy stream of synths and drum machine pulses. However, Earth doesnâ€™t capture the soothing, multi-instrument sea-folk sound of Peaceful, or the darker, intimate tone of Spring. Instead, the album sprinkles droplets of each style throughout a swamp of synth melodies. Tracks like â€œLife is Lifeâ€? exemplify this mundane style with synthesizers and drum machines overpowering any other sound. With the absence of folk strings or intimacy, these tracks demonstrate how Noah and the Whale have lost all sense of who they are as a band. Although tracks like â€œOld Joyâ€? ditch the electronica vibe, the album as a whole sounds like it was recorded by a typical band that solely relys on synths and machines. The lyrics and notes that resonated intimate feelings or narrated a nautical journey have been lost at sea. Noah and the Whale have conformed to the flow of corporate radio. Peaceful worked to set them apart from the pack, but they have decided that following the pack is easier than leading it. If you love all things that include synthesizers and drum machines, Earth may be worth a listen. Otherwise, donâ€™t bother rescuing this beached whale because it is already dead on the shore of monotony. â€”Ian Birnam
Online www.dailycal.org INTERVIEW: Ian Birnam interviews Matt
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Asian American Film Festival: For more festival coverage, we review â€œHisteriaâ€? and â€œSlaying the Dragon: Reloaded.â€?
ONLINE PODCAST Ian Birnam reviews new work by Noah and the Whale and Travis Barker.
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its current $900 million to $2.4 billion by 2014-15, according to Brostrom. â€œWe face not only an immediate fiscal crisis, but also longer term threats to financial sustainability,â€? he said. To address this funding chasm, several regents advocated for â€œinnovative, out-of-the box thinking,â€? a phrase frequently heard in regentsâ€™ meetings since early 2009. Regent Norman Pattiz suggested at the meeting creating a team of salesmen that would pitch UCâ€™s services to the private sector. Brostrom also outlined a model which would rely on increased tuition levels at rates of up to 12 percent per year to fill the funding gap, depending on the level of future state contributions to the university. But David Crane, appointed by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to the board in December after several years spent working in the state government, said state funding for the university, which has been identified by the board as critical to the UCâ€™s sustainability, will not improve. â€œWe ainâ€™t seen nothing yet,â€? he said. â€œYouâ€™re going to look back in a few years, five years down the road, and youâ€™re going to say, these were the good old days.â€? Jordan Bach-Lombardo is the lead higher education reporter. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299, said they wanted to bring attention to their pay reductions, healthcare premium increases and Craneâ€™s perceived views on collective bargaining. Crane said when people are promised pensions, the government must allocate funds at that time to meet those needs. Because the state is in a deficit, having workers contribute more into their pensions cuts costs, he said. Some protesters said requiring more of their salary to be paid into pensions hurts those already earning little. â€œIt is not our university that is the problem, it is our leadership,â€? Branner said. â€œIâ€™m going to have to pick up a third job. Iâ€™ve already got two jobs, and then thereâ€™s no quality time with my family.â€? Contact Rachel Banning-Lover and Amruta Trivedi at email@example.com.
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â€œWe stung balls. We hit balls hard, right at guys,â€? Bruno said. â€œDidnâ€™t get guys over, didnâ€™t get guys in when we should have, but I guess you could say they had a good arm out there.â€? It was only after Remer was replaced â€” and a succession of seven different pitchers began â€” that the Bearsâ€™ bats began to show signs of life. Cameron Love, the first reliever lasted just one at-bat before being pulled. A walk, double, and two singles scored two runs that same inning. The Bears (10-5) had their share of just-misses on defense as well. A number of theACROSS Donsâ€™ hits skidded under diving players. Dwight 1. Senior Young animals Tanaka â€” making his first start of the 6. Pricey taxmen: abbr. season in place of injured center fielder 10. for Nicholas II Chad Bunting, who is outTitle six weeks after surgery for a Grade 3 thumb and sprain his predecessors â€” made a throw to home plate that 14. Marketplace of old nearly caught USFâ€™s Jason Mahood in 15. __ Pakistan; former the fifth. Second baseman Tony Renda, primed to tag a runner out and throw name for Bangladesh to first for a double playBlood: in the eighth, 16. pref. instead bobbled the ball. Varnish ingredient A disputed call17. in the fifth inning 18. Protective also may have altered the outcome barrier of the game. Bruno slid safely 19. had Preposition into second on Semienâ€™s groundball, 20. Danny Left high and dry allowing right fielder Oh to 22. Vial score. After some protest from of the medicine San Francisco (9-8) dugout, umpire re24. the Rex or Donna versed course and said Bruno had been 25. Train car tagged to end the inning. 26. Gaps â€œHe should have stood by his call,â€? Bruno said. â€œInstead, gotTestament a little 29. he Old prophet passive there and 30. felt that he should â€œBen-__â€? get an extra look â€” and the extra look Furry was a guy who was31. 30 feet away swimmer from 33. Second-largest city the play itself.â€?
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There are few swimmers in the history of college swimming that have been as dominant as Cal’s Nathan Adrian. The Bremerton, Wash., native is a six-time national champion, holds American records in the 100-yard freestyle (41.08) and 50 freestyle (18.71) and won a silver and a gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. After leading the Bears to a second place finish at the NCAAs in 2010, Adrian chose to return to Cal for his senior season with hopes of carrying his team to its first national title since 1980. The Bears are currently ranked No. 1 and are a favorite to take the national title in two weeks, largely due to yet another sterling season from their top sprinter. Adrian has yet to lose a sprint freestyle event in 2011, and recently won the Pac-10 crown in both the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle — for the third year in a row. There is still one accolade that Adrian has yet to accomplish: winning an NCAA team title. If Cal does manage to take home the NCAA crown in two weeks, Adrian will likely go down as one of the most decorated swimmers in NCAA swimming history. —Connor Byrne
no such luck Despite looming rain, the Cal men’s tennis team plays — and loses badly. see dailycal.org
In a world full of coach-speak, Mike Montgomery consistently delivers thoughtful analysis in his press conferences. So when the veteran coach addressed the media after his team’s 14point loss in its first game of the Pac-10 Tournament, it felt different when Montgomery infused a bit of emotion. “I told the guys we had one hell of a year given the circumstances that we dealt with,” Montgomery said. “These guys battled through a lot and they have grown tremendously as a group and as a team. I want them to start thinking about where we should be next year and when the NIT comes along we want to jump on that and use it as a springboard.” Montgomery orchestrated an identity transformation through resilience and toughness. A team that “won’t win any beauty contests” according to the coach, Cal won games by execution and lost games with unbelievable grit — all with a squad that had lost nine players in less than one year. After the Bears’ Dec. 22 battle with Kansas, Cal’s play got coach Bill Self to smile and say, “That was the most fun game that we have played.” Opposing coaches offered far more than the standard “you have to give credit to,” opening line. They raved about execution, physicality and hustle. It’s merely another tremendous effort in Montgomery’s career, and the upcoming years look promising at Haas. This was the starting effort for a Cal program that cannot be described in coach-speak. —Gabriel Baumgaertner
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This one’s a no-brainer. Though Crabbe already has official hardware, his Pac-10 Freshman of the Year award only confirmed what most Cal observers have known since January: that he will be very, very special. After a nondescript performance during the non-conference schedule, the Los Angeles native has blossomed into a go-to scorer for the Bears. He poured in a teamhigh 16.4 points per game during conference play. Once a timid and overly unselfish player, Crabbe has shown the ability to score in bunches: he racked up a career-high 30 points against Washington State and scored 21 in a single half during the regular season finale. Crabbe gives Cal a much-needed outside shooting threat — his 59 3-pointers are just one short of the school’s freshman record — but he is far from a catch-and-shoot player. He has become more adept at driving to the basket, and is currently the team’s third-leading rebounder. Bears coach Mike Montgomery said at the beginning of the season that freshmen can “do some funny things.” One thing is for sure: no one will want to miss Crabbe’s next act. —Ed Yevelev
In her first swim collegiate swim meet, Caitlin Leverenz was crowned Queen of the Pool against Cal Poly. She went on to become the Pac-10’s Freshman of the Year. That was just the tip of the iceberg. Leverenz has had a monster sophomore season for the Cal women’s swim team. The Tucson, Ariz., native was named Pac-10 Swimmer of the Month for January. In that month the No. 4 Bears won all four of their dual meets and Leverenz won a combined 15 events. On Feb. 12, Leverenz led Cal to just its fifth victory over No. 1 Stanford in programs history. She set two pool records en route to three individual first place finishes — in the 100-yard breaststroke, 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard individual medley. She was also part of the Bears’ winning 200-yard medley relay team. A week and a half later, at the Pac-10 Championships, Leverenz was part of two winning relay teams — the 200 an 400-yard medleys — and took first in the 200-yard breaststroke. Leverenz dives back into the pool today at the NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas. —Jonathan Kuperberg
Bears Knock Out Trigger-Happy Rebels With Depleted Front Court, Cal Relies on Guards Crabbe And Gutierrez to Beat Ole Miss in NIT First Round by Gabriel Baumgaertner Senior Staff Writer
Allen Crabbe (left) scored 20 points in Cal’s 77-74 win over Ole Miss. The freshman had five rebounds and four 3-pointers.
This morning, most of the nation will watch the early crop of NCAA Tournament games and get that “March” feeling that college basketball fans wait all year to experience. m. hoops But inside of Haas PavilOle Miss 74 ion on Wednesday night, 77 it felt like November. Be- Cal tween the sparse midweek crowd, an unfamiliar non-conference opponent and appearances by the likes of Jeff Pow-
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ers and Robert Thurman, the aura of playoff basketball hardly emanated. But on the floor, both teams played like legitimate postseason squads and turned in playoff-worthy performances in the National Invitational Tournament first round. Hosting a tough, athletic SEC squad in Ole Miss, the Cal men’s basketball team turned in a gutty performance against the resilient Rebels, winning an exciting 77-74 contest. Playing without starting center Markhuri Sanders-Frison, who dislocated his right shoulder in practice, the Bears dug deep into their bench, but managed another noteworthy effort and held off an athletic, shot-happy bunch of Rebels. Cal was also dealing with a flu-stricken Harper Kamp, but the junior center shrugged off his ailments to chalk up 11 points in 30 minutes. Kamp was spelled nicely by Bak Bak and Thurman, who both saw extended minutes with the two key big man limited. When asked about learning of Kamp’s
sickness after losing Sanders-Frison in practice the day earlier, Bears coach Mike Montgomery even threw a bit of levity into the series of unfortunate events. “I was thinkin’ ‘holy smokes,’ that’s not what we needed to hear” Montgomery said. “Markhuri was already going to be a huge loss because of his leadership and his inside presence ... Fortunately Bak and Robert did a pretty good job and we weren’t losing any ground. We were able to stay and keep him out a little bit longer.” While his outside shot was not in peak form, Jorge Gutierrez led Cal with 25 points. Allen Crabbe was the Bears’ most versatile scorer on the night, knocking down four 3-pointers and utilizing a running floater en route to 20 points for the night. All-SEC First Team guard Chris Warren anchored Ole Miss with 23 points on 8-for-19 shooting. Montgomery put it lightly when he said that Warren “liked to shoot the ball” in the beginning of the week, as the diminutive guard
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