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Although the ASUC election season is barely underway, ASUC Attorney General Nathan Rahmanou began an investigation March 14 into alASUC leged campaign violations comElections mitted by an independent freshman senatorial candidate. According to Rahmanou, an ASUC official informed him that while inside a campus residence hall, she was allegedly given a condom by the candidate as campaign material and that the candidate was allegedly wearing a campaign shirt with the ASUC logo on March 10 and 11. The official also provided photographic evidence to confirm her claims, Rahmanou said. The ASUC Constitution and Bylaws state that candidates cannot engage in “any campaign solicitation” and “any behavior that may be construed as active campaigning” within “any dormitory owned by the university or under the jurisdiction of Residential & Student Service Programs.” ASUC Solicitor General Jonathan Lavi said use of the ASUC logo — a trademark — is against the law as well as expressly forbidden during campaign season. “The issue of campaigning in the dorms has come up a lot in the past, and we’re going to interpret the bylaws really strictly,” Rahmanou said, adding that unless candidates live in a residence hall, they should not even be near one. “The dorms are off-limits.” Candidates were informed of campaign rules and regulations at a mandatory meeting held by the ASUC Elections Council on March 15 — the day after Rahmanou was notified of the alleged violations. Rahmanou said that although there is no official start date to the campaign season, candidates are advised to not begin campaigning until after the meeting. “We all agree that the candidate didn’t intentionally break the bylaws and wasn’t trying to actively campaign within the dorms, but unfortunately the bylaws include all actions that can be construed as campaigning,” Rahmanou said. He added that the candidate’s alleged violations would not merit disqualification. Rahmanou said he will make his final decision on whether to file a formal charge sheet after speaking with the candidate once more next week. Lavi said that political parties such as CalSERVE and Student Action take on a lot of the responsibility in advising their respective candidates about campaign rules and regulating their actions, which he said may explain why the freshman — an independent candidate — was unaware of bylaws he allegedly violated. After being charged with bylaw violations during last year’s elections, ASUC President Noah Stern and Student Action Senator Michael Bloch authored a senate bill last semester with former Attorney General Kevin Gibson amending the election bylaws as part of their settlement with Gibson. The bill revised several parts of the bylaws that were found to be confusing

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After a decision by the ASUC Senate, which followed heated debate, students will have one less choice than last year in polling locaASUC tions when they cast their ballots for the 2011 Elections ASUC General Election next week. ONLINE PODCAST At its March J.D. Morris comments 16 meeting, the senate decided on the recent decrease that part of the in polling locations. ASUC Constitution and Bylaws must be suspended because the Elections Council had planned not only to reduce the number of polling stations specified in the bylaws, but also to change some of the locations themselves. As a compromise, the senate also decided to add a seventh station though the council had only planned for six. According to the bylaws, the elections must have eight polling locations — at Upper Sproul Plaza, Kroeber Hall, Evans Hall, the Genetics and Plant Biology Building, Crossroads residential dining facility, Moffitt Library, Doe Library and Main Stacks Library. However, this year’s council had planned to change the number of stations to six — eliminating stations at Main Stacks and Doe libraries — in order to cut costs and promote online voting, while also moving the Upper Sproul Plaza station to Dwinelle Hall because the council said a station there would operate more efficiently. The cost of one polling location is around $1,000, according to council officials. But some senators were not satisfied with the six locations the council had

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Etcheverry Hall will be the site of a new polling station for the 2011 ASUC General Election in order to serve students on the north side of campus. chosen. “I feel if we are delegating all the money we are to student groups every year, we can take $1,000 for another polling location,” said Student Action Senator Spencer McLeod at the meeting. “To me, it’s an investment to ensure the process is fair.” Cooperative Movement Senator Elliot Goldstein stressed at the meeting that the senate needed to suspend the bylaws and keep with the council’s six

stations because of the cost associated with adding a location and because he said he did not think senators would be able to reach an effective compromise. Additionally, some Student Action senators advocated at the meeting for a station at Haas School of Business. “I feel the Haas community is one that is fairly disconnected from the rest of campus,” said Student Action Senator Michael Bloch. “One of my main concerns was that the entire constitu-

Pacific Steel, Workers Reach Agreement

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Pacific Steel Casting Company and union workers agreed to a new employment contract on Thursday, ending a strike that began March 20. by Damian Ortellado Staff Writer

A strike that began March 20 at midnight ended Thursday as Pacific Steel Casting Company and union workers reached an agreement on a new employment contract. Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics & Allied Workers International Union Local 164B workers began striking following the proposal of a contract that would make employees pay 20 percent of their

health care costs, according to Jose Carreno, a union member and foreman at the company. The union’s negotiating committee “overwhelmingly” rejected the proposal and voted to strike, he said. “Our main goal is to keep our medical benefits where they are,” Carreno said Wednesday afternoon. “We don’t make that kind of money to pay that kind of premium.” On Wednesday night, the two parties reached a settlement, according to Ignacio De La Fuente, vice president of

the union and an Oakland City Council member. De La Fuente, who was the chief negotiator in the settlement, said the contract — which will expire March 2015 — gives workers a $3.78 increase in hourly salary and requires that the company continue to pay 100 percent of employee health benefits. Pacific Steel agreed to pay $940 in monthly health benefits following the settlement, a $140 increase from before the strike, according to De La Fuente.

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ency might not come out to vote just on the basis of not having a polling station there.” After several senators, including McLeod and Bloch, unsuccessfully attempted to convince other senators to add a Haas station, the senate eventually settled on the addition of a seventh station at Etcheverry Hall upon agreement that it would also serve the com-

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within two days of the senate meeting. According to Sinha, the council is now completely ready for the new station and was able to fully prepare it in spite of the challenge. “The problem with staffing Etcheverry was really about who is going to trek all the way across campus,� Sinha said. “It’s not very convenient for students.� CalSERVE Senator Alex Tan, who had supported staying with the council’s proposed six stations, said he hopes to see the process move forward smoothly in the future, though he said the debate was more personal than it should have been. “I’m not exactly sure if it was the right decision, but there definitely was some element of compromise,� Tan said. J.D. Morris is the lead student government reporter. Contact him at jmorris@dailycal.org.

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and contentious during the last election, Bloch said, establishing a new set of guidelines for the attorney general regarding investigations and cases as well as restricted campaigning in any campus-owned property. But Bloch said despite the clarification provided by the amendments he and Stern authored, the bylaws could still be improved and updated. “The bylaws are so strict in terms of what you can and cannot do, it’s impossible to run a clean campaign,� Bloch said. “It’s not that people are unethical, it’s that the bylaws don’t always make sense.� He added that dozens “if not hundreds� of pieces of evidence of bylaws violations are collected each campaign season by rival parties. Madeleine Key covers student government. Contact her at mkey@dailycal.org.

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The amount paid by the company to workers for health benefits will increase yearly to compensate for continually increasing health care costs. “I feel very happy and actually impressed by these people,� De La Fuente said. “Four hundred and fifty-one people went out on strike, 100 percent of the people went out and 100 percent of the people went back in ... it’s an absolute victory.� Carreno, who has worked at the company for 11 years, said workers picketed in six-hour shifts, 24 hours a day. On Wednesday, dozens of workers were scattered around the intersection of Gilman and 5th streets, quietly marching around with signs calling the cuts “unfair.� “We’re exercising our right to strike,� Carreno said Wednesday in an interview with The Daily Californian. “They’re trying to shortchange us.� According to Carreno, Pacific Steel hired a third party company, Strom Engineering — which specializes in providing temporary workforce during labor disputes, according to the company’s website — to deal with the labor shortage during the strike. The union workers had been blocking the gates to a warehouse at 5th and Gilman to prevent Strom Engineering from transporting goods out of the warehouse, he said. Officers from the Berkeley Police Department monitored the crowd of workers last Monday and Tuesday, according to a statement from the department, although police were not on the scene Wednesday. The statement also noted that force was used Tuesday when between 100 and 125 workers tried to block truckers from leaving the warehouse. A pregnant woman in the front of the crowd was struck by police who were trying to contain the crowd. “That was the straw that broke the camel’s back,� Carreno said. Councilmember Linda Maio, whose district includes the steel plant, said the strike came as a surprise, adding that it was unfortunate that “a major confrontation� was necessary to reach an agreement. “The union had been working very closely with management ... no one expected it,� Maio said. “We hope that they can come to the table next time and not have to put everyone through all this.� Contact Damian Ortellado at dortellado@dailycal.org.

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munity of students on the north side of campus who previously would not have had a polling station nearby. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am disappointed that the senate did not approve the Election Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sound, apolitical plan,â&#x20AC;? Goldstein said in an e-mail. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe that some senatorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; vote was overtly based on partisan self-interest and should not have been politicized in the way that it was.â&#x20AC;? Elections Council Chair Shivom Sinha said at the meeting that an additional station would burden the council. He said a seventh location would be problematic for the council because they already had an intricate plan for the original six stations. But after the senate made its decision, Sinha said the council worked through the night to accommodate for the additional station, which he said was 90 percent staffed

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attended a bridal shower last weekend. It was an elegant sort of party, with plenty of tiny cupcakes, neatly wrapped presents, bubbly drinks and respectable older ladies. I struck up a conversation with one, introduced to me as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Somebodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mother.â&#x20AC;? We engaged in a nice little chat, touching on such elegant topics as my studies, my travels, her travels and the grandchildren â&#x20AC;&#x201D; oh, the sweet little grandchildren! She asked me about the nature of my living situation in Berkeley, and I made a shocking discovery: People read the San Francisco Chronicle. Specifically, they read articles on Berkeley issues â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and one little gem published on March 18 headlined: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Drugs a danger to student housing.â&#x20AC;? I told her I lived in a co-op. I began to explain what that meant, but I noticed that the respectable older lady had grown visibly nervous, putting down her respectably small cupcake in a flurry. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to explain what a co-op was. She had read all about it. The article in question, by Nanette Asimov, is enough to arouse anyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fears of reefer madness. It certainly terrified Somebodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mother, who fished the that dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chronicle out of the trash for me. I read it and spent the rest of the party pretending to sell drugs to her 2-year-old granddaughter. After a long afternoon of bridal pleasantries, it was a relief to get home to a nice, cool gallon of ether. That night I popped some Adderall XR to help me with my homework, but quickly tired of studying and took seven tabs of acid, half a pound of ketamine (robbed from a veterinarian,) a salt shaker of DMT, a beer bottle full of PCP, and a pinch of ayahuasca. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s college if not a chance to snort lines of Extenze and methamine, get naked and spray-paint portraits of Che Guevara on campus administration buildings? Ok, the truth is, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t use drugs. Never have, never will. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even know what anything in that last paragraph means â&#x20AC;&#x201D; I had to enlist the help of friends to write it. Friends who, thankfully, live in apartments, safe from the moral decrepitude of the co-op system. I had hoped to avoid writing an â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Defense of Co-opsâ&#x20AC;? column. Because co-ops donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to be defended. But this Chronicle article was too much. For one thing, Asimov relied almost entirely on the perspective of the mother of John Gibson, a student who overdosed in his bedroom in Cloyne last year who is now in a coma. What happened to John Gibson was terrible, and I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t blame his mother for anything she says in this article â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including that she wants to shut down the co-op system. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a grieving mother and can say whatever she wants. y writing it as a showcase for one motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fury, Asimovâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s article is certainly more dramatic, more emotional and more likely to scandalize respectable older ladies at bridal showers. It also makes it poor journalism. It sounds as if she has never set foot in one of the meth labs we co-oppers call

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to the app since the Mobile Challenge. Previously, the group had used Optical Character Recognition software â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which extracts text from images and translates it to electronic text â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as well as their highlight extraction algorithm to isolate highlighted portions. Because OCR software takes a long time to develop, the team used a trial version of an existing OCR software from another creator, according to Apoorva Sachdev, a third year electrical engineering and computer science major. But to continue using the outsourced OCR software, the team would have to pay for a license to be able to market their app, Karthik Lakshmanan, also a third year EECS major, said. So instead, for the beta version, the team eliminated the OCR feature and will only use the unique highlight extraction algorithm they developed in conjunction with image recognition software. The software will select and â&#x20AC;&#x153;cut outâ&#x20AC;? highlighted portions of text, change the background from the highlighter color to white and paste the image onto the note. Until they get enough positive market feedback from the beta version, the team will exclude the OCR feature, but the notes will still be â&#x20AC;&#x153;rich media content,â&#x20AC;? so users will be able to embed images, audio and video content. The team hopes to launch the app on the Android market by fall 2011 and on the Apple market by fall 2012. Jessica Gillotte is the lead business reporter. Contact her at jgillotte@dailycal.org

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Gone are the days of cramming with bulky textbooks, readers and note books, as a notes mobile application that enables users to aggregate text, handwritten notes and multimedia content â&#x20AC;&#x201D; developed last fall by four UC Berkeley undergraduates as part of an elective course â&#x20AC;&#x201D; may help students study more efficiently. Created in an Industrial Engineering and Operations Research program elective course, the app is backed by a sustainable business model that won the team the first-ever University Mobile Challenge in Barcelona. A beta version of the app will undergo test runs this week, with an official version projected to launch by the end of the summer. While studying and highlighting his mechanical engineering textbook, Taylor Griffin, a mechanical engineering and economics major, came up with the idea of an app that would allow for highlighted text, images, audio and video to be aggregated into one note on a smart phone for quick viewing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have a 300-page course reader, you have seven textbooks, you have webcasts, you have slides every now and then, and when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re studying â&#x20AC;&#x201D; how do you cram for classes effectively? What we wanted to do was create something that would aggregate all of those together,â&#x20AC;? said Jade Trinh, who graduated in December with a degree 10-NV-D-0248 Size: 8.5â&#x20AC;? x 11â&#x20AC;?

in business administration. The idea won them first place last month at the Mobile Challenge, a competition established by the Berkeley Mobile International Collaborative, a nonprofit organization that connects universities to enterprises and mobile companies, according to Trinh. The challenge hosted 11 university teams from around the world. The team members had independently enrolled in a campus elective course focused on combining aspects of engineering with entrepreneurship. By the end of the semester, they had created a sustainable business via a mobile note app. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The entire premise of the class was to try and create a business out of a mobile application,â&#x20AC;? said Trinh. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beyond like a one-time app download where you can get x million downloads for a dollar, we wanted to actually try to create a sustainable revenue model for a business â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that of course had to include a web service.â&#x20AC;? Their sustainable business model is based on a â&#x20AC;&#x153;freemiumâ&#x20AC;? plan, Trinh said. Users can download the app for free and get a fixed amount of storage space in a document cloud. They can then pay for additional storage space in the cloud, which is backed up onto the internet. Users will also be able to buy and sell their notes online, with a percentage of profits going to the startup. The group plans on launching a beta version of their app early this week, though they have made some changes Pg. D20 of D31

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home. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sad that the university subsidizes a bunch of party animals to take up seats that would be better occupied by serious students,â&#x20AC;? commented one â&#x20AC;&#x153;artsoundsâ&#x20AC;? on the online version of the article. Sweet Jesus. ereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my worry: If I, the seriousstudent-non-drug-user, had read something like this as a freshman, I might not have made the best decision of my college career. When I moved into Stebbins Hall last year, I liked Berkeley for the first time since I began college. For the first time, I looked forward to coming home at the end of the day â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and not because I knew Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be greeted by a continuously raging drug-fueled orgy within. (Though that was nice, too.) I liked the people. I liked the food. I liked the support. I liked that the place I lived was also a place to learn. How to make eggplant parmesan. How to compost. How to build a fire. How to live democratically and co-operatively with those very Ad Pack Pages different from you. How to build a bgm(It sags in the cement wall in the garden. middle, but dammit, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m proud of it anyway!) It was a chance to pay half as much rent as we did for the dorms and be ten times as happy. I know Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never live (or eat) this well again. Are we â&#x20AC;&#x153;party animals?â&#x20AC;? Well, on some nights we are, and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing wrong with that. But weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re also the â&#x20AC;&#x153;serious studentsâ&#x20AC;? that â&#x20AC;&#x153;artsoundsâ&#x20AC;? thinks should replace us. We are students of math and science and humanities and business and engineering and social sciences. And yes, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the occasional braless Bohemian among us, unconcerned with the trivialities of writing a paper when thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an equinox to celebrate. But thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what the co-ops prepare you for. You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t blame a community for one personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actions, and that is exactly what Asimov has done. In the same issue of the Chronicle was an article entitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lab tech admits guilt in killing of Yale student.â&#x20AC;? Did Yale create a community that spawned a murderer? Should we shut down Yale? I invite Ms. Asimov to come eat dinner at my co-op and see for herself how things work here. But watch out â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the quinoa might be laced with something interesting.

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t’s hard to believe that ten years have passed since the release of the Strokes’ debut, Is This It. With its back-to-basics ONLINE PODCAST guitar-based Jawad Qadir provides a sound mixed with lead sneak preview into the singer Julian Strokes’ latest album. Casablancas’ thin vocals, that album still sounds as timeless as ever. It remains as a symbol of a new beginning for rock music in the 21st century, while leading to a flurry of critical acclaim as fans and critics named the band “the saviors of rock ‘n’ roll.” Mix that kind of hype with a half-decade-long hiatus since the release of First Impressions of Earth, and the Strokes’ task of creating an album that lives up to the expectation feels impossible. After rumors concerning the band’s possible break-up — bolstered by a slew of side-projects and solo albums — Angles has finally arrived. No, it isn’t the redefining masterpiece that fans have been waiting for, though that might have been expected, considering much of the news being released about the internal difficulties of the band. Nor does the album prove to be the return to form that everyone else wanted after the release of their lead single, “Under Cover of Darkness.” Instead, Angles builds on some of the experimental qualities of First

Impressions without boring listeners to the extent of their previous effort. The band steers clear of their past mistakes by creating a middle ground between two distinct styles. They infuse the rough rock sound of First Impressions with the lighter rock/pop sensibility of Is This It and Room on Fire to create a mildly successful album that still occasionally suffers from the problems of its predecessor. As the title suggests, Angles arrives as a product of five distinct songwriters, taking the title of sole scribe out of the hands of Casablancas. Although the approach may prove to be useful in the band’s future projects, the album feels fractured as a result. The band inexplicably jumps from the reggae groove of “Machu Picchu” to the ’80s New Wave-inspired sound of “Two Kinds of Happiness,” bringing to mind Casablancas’ solo album, Phrazes for the Young. The album further suffers from the presence of a few tracks that never feel fully conceptualized. The Casablancas-penned “Life is Simple in the Moonlight” initially recalls some of the best tracks from the Strokes, but it builds to a climax that never arrives. “Call Me Back” proves to be a mess of a ballad, encapsulating the uneven nature of the entire album as it fails to capture the catchiness of past songs like “Under Control.” The track shows the Strokes at their most indulgent. On the other hand, the bright spots on Angles capture the band creating the kind of jumpy pop songs that remind listeners what all the

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hype was about in the first place. With its roaring chorus and memorable lyrics, “Taken for a Fool” stands as the perfect example of what the Strokes should sound like. Angles illustrates that the Strokes can still make an album, but not that they know how to work together as songwriters just yet. It may be a disappointment to those who have been waiting five years since their

last project, but fortunately Angles proves to be more surprising than boring. One can only hope that, having made an album, the Strokes won’t let another five years pass between projects again, and will go on to make many more that improve upon their latest release.

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Gender roles. A former member of electropop band Le Tigre, singer JD Samson, along with her new band MEN, brings feminism and gender issues to the forefront of her music.

For Brooklyn’s MEN, Politics and Disco Make the Agenda by Cynthia Kang Staff Writer

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walking contradiction, MEN distinguish themselves with their smooth blend of dance floor beats that convey serious overtones. Politics, the economy, gender confusion — no topic is off-limits for the Brooklyn-based electronic group. Delivering music that challenges, MEN express political stances with tight synths and disco beats. With a recent debut under their belt and a nationwide tour in the works, MEN are still exploring their newfound fame. In a brief chat before MEN’s set at Rickshaw Stop last Friday night, lead singer JD Samson provided insight into the group’s background and aspirations, as well as her own personal motivations. As a former member of the feminist group Le Tigre, Samson is no stranger to the music industry. But when Le Tigre embarked an indefinite hiatus, Samson found herself at a bewildered

standstill. “I was occupationally challenged,” said Samson. “(After) DJing for a long time, I decided to start making original music and found wonderful people to make it with.” Since its origins in 2007, MEN have exchanged bandmates as members flitted in and out, leaving unique contributions in their wake. The group’s current make-up comprises of Samson and guitarists Michael O’Neill and Ginger Brooks Takahashi. MEN create music with an agenda, making them a refreshing listen when compared to contemporary artists’ preference for using songs to lament about personal issues. Stemming from a “feminist confidence-boosting strategy,” MEN’s name refers to developing a male perspective. It has now grown to become a marker of “the way MEN feel about gender fluidity.” Striking content and pulsating beats combine to deliver a sound that is entertaining yet enlightening. “We are radical forward people that

want to talk about what we are thinking about,” said Samson. Talk About Body, the band’s recently released debut, showcases the marrying of strong ideals and dance floor rhythms. With lyrics such as “I’m gonna fuck my friends to get a little tiny baby/ and raise our kids/radical politics,” the album is unabashed and filled with blatantly sexual connotations. The messages MEN convey may be frank and controversial, but their ingenuity lies in the irresistible, pulsating bursts of electronic bliss. Despite chants of “Don’t give me another war,” the blithe dance overtones are what keep the music from becoming self-righteous. In hindsight, Samson believes that there is no better genre to convey such loaded content than through electronic. Cultivating some of the most interactive fans and calling for a high level of energy, dance music culture fascinates Samson because of its instant accessibility. “I love looking at the audience and

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seeing people that are just gone,” said Samson. MEN draw upon this aspect, succeeding in its discussion of politics, gender roles and materialism without coming off as pompous or preachy. Ultimately, Samson indicated, MEN stemmed from a need to discuss issues surfacing the LGBT community. Despite years of producing music and being immersed in the spotlight, Samson is still figuring her role as a proponent. Called a leader and an icon, she is careful not to fall victim to stereotypes. “It’d be pretty depressing if I were trying to live up to an expectation,” said the singer. “I’ve been trying to do the opposite and pretend like that’s not true.” She receives wide support for her music but she returns the favor, helping fans establish their gender and identity. “I know I can’t be a politician,” said Samson. “But it’s important (for fans) to know that my heart is in the right place.” Cynthia Kang is the lead music critic. Contact her at ckang@dailycal.org.

hloe Makes Music, the musical alias of Berkeley alum Chloe Roth, weaves the lyrical finesse of Ani Difranco with the buoyant fragility of Sufjan Stevens — in his sensitive Christian-boy days — to entangle the listener in an intoxicating patchwork of dreamlike harmonies. Her debut album The Puppeteer coats the listener's taste buds with the nostalgia of an elusive memory: uncertain, but palpable like a heartbeat. The harmonies are captivating but unobtrusive, leading eager ears down familiar avenues of loss, disappointment and uncertainty. Her spellbinding tones conjure images of small children running barefoot through damp grass, mouths freshly stained from cherry popsicles. Yet darker, more subdued sonic hues drag the listener back from the innocence of childish bliss to observe echoes of past pains. Indeed, “Wingnut,” “Murphey’s Law” and “Wormwood” are all eulogies for Roth's friends. The album’s opening track, “Apollo & Daphne,” strips and re-garments the tale in Ovid’s “Metamorphosis,” yet the immediacy of its lyrics transports it from myth to narrative: “Desperately she begged it to relieve her of her body/ And hardly had she finished when her limbs grew ossified.” Roth admits her love of wordplay. “I loved having the added challenge of rigid structures,” she said. “I took a lot of (Ovid’s) words and cut and pasted until it was lyrical.” Lyrics, it seems, have always been the essence of Roth’s artistic outlet. Also a journalist and a poet, Roth claims: “That’s what I’m best at: words. Not numbers, not real life. You meet musicians and they’re all fucking weirdos.” I’m not sure if anyone would sort Roth into the “fucking weirdos” cabinet, but conventionality has certainly never been her backyard. Classically trained in violin, she instead chooses to compose primarily on guitar, unhindered by technical awareness on the foreign fretboard to come up with melodies that “aren’t necessarily correct music-wise.” Roth adverts the brand “folk singer” by decorating the prototypical folk-song skeleton with diverse chord progressions and capricious arpeggios that carry smooth melodies through a surreal landscape. Her music writing methodology explores a technique of the French composer Ravel, who assigned letters of the alphabet to notes in the diatonic scale. This way, music is intrinsically written into lyrics, and the song is created by manipulating corresponding chords or notes. The result is a honed, revitalized sound blossomed from folksy roots that is distinctively her own. Roth enlisted the help of her long time friend Christopher Chu of the

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Morning Benders to produce the album. Chu composed layers of string parts to elevate core structures, creating deft orchestrations to lend the album a fuller, more dynamic backdrop against which Rothâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s haunting voice is juxtaposed. Yet her soft croonings command the music and maintains a cohesive balance through a myriad of instrumental threads that include harmonium, saw, accordion, banjo and glockenspiel. Onstage, however, Roth breathes a different life into her music, stripping it down to a poignant nakedness with minimal instrumental reinforcements. The Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day release of The Puppeteer at Cafe du Nord in San Francisco saw the audience become progressively quieter as Rothâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decibels dropped. Her captivity of a sweaty room

of drunken lovers comes from the sincerity of her performance, during which she feels â&#x20AC;&#x153;most authentically like (her) self.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can only make what comes naturally for me to make,â&#x20AC;? Roth states simply. Yet she never stays long inside her comfort bubble of obscure literary references set to soft melodies: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes I just feel like listening to Sigur Ros â&#x20AC;&#x201D; no one knows what the fuck theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re talking about.â&#x20AC;? Music for musicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sake exposes the fluidity of lyrics; Roth expresses her desire to cover a metal album, â&#x20AC;&#x153;to take gnarly lyrics and make them ethereal.â&#x20AC;? Her ability to make music pleasurable spins folklore into intimate memory, diluting the distinction between what is imagined and what is remembered. Make music with Belinda at bgu@dailycal.org.

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ritney Spearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; most recent album, Femme Fatale, marks the re-emergence of a pop phenomenom. Teen-idol-turnedcelebrity-megastar, Spears has always

created catchy pop songs, but never before have they been so perfectly designed for the dance floor. After years of unwanted attention from the paparazzi, Britney seems ready to step back into the spotlight. In Femme Fatale, Spears taps into the hottest trends in electronic music, borrowing the wobbly bass effect and exploring the many uses of the vocoder. At the same time, she maintains her early pop sensibilities, sticking to incredibly simple lyrics. In her hit single, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hold It Against Me,â&#x20AC;? she takes a typical pick-up line that every woman has heard and makes it her own: â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I said I want your body now/Would you hold it against me?â&#x20AC;? It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sound so corny coming from her. In the hard-hitting â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big Fat Bassâ&#x20AC;? featuring Will.i.am, Spears repeats the simple line, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can be the treble, baby/ You can be the bass,â&#x20AC;? until the

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suggestion sounds like a sexual proposition. The throbbing bass and hardhitting kick drum leave the vocals feeling more like a garnish than anything else, yet that syrupy sexiness still sounds sweet. But thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no need to scrutinize over what Britneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s singing about. Her voice is there to seduce, and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no fighting it. As the choruses creep into your head and start endlessly repeating themselves, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll realize that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been singing along the whole time; you were just too busy dancing to notice. Femme Fatale is a direct response to recent pop stars like Lady Gaga who are dominating the radio waves: Spears is still on the scene and she sounds more contemporary than ever. Fans rejoice ­â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the playing-field has been leveled and the competition promises to be fierce. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Jordan Woolsey

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No. RG11564602 In the Matter of the Application of Justin H. Fernandez for Change of Name. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner Justin H. Fernandez ďŹ led a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Justin Harrison Fernandez to Justin Aden Harrison. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. NOTICE OF HEARING: June 24, 2011, at 11:00 AM in Dept. 31, at the U.S. Post OfďŹ ce Building, 201 13th St. 2nd Floor, Oakland, CA 94612. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed, in this county: The Daily Californian in Berkeley, California. Dated: March 8, 2011 Jon R. Rolefson Judge of the Superior Court

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No. RG11564725 In the Matter of the Application of Kenosha Portia Washington for Change of Name. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner Kenosha Portia Washington ďŹ led a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Kenosha Portia Washington to Ilya Ben Washington. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. NOTICE OF HEARING: 5/20/2011, at 11:00 AM in Dept. 31 at US Post OfďŹ ce, 2nd ďŹ&#x201A;oor, 201 13th Street, Oakland, CA 94612. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed, in this county: The Daily Californian in Berkeley, California. Dated: March 9, 2011 10.0 in. Jon R. Rolefson

Judge of the Superior Court Publish: 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18/11 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE TS No. 10-0167196 Title Order No. 10-0008953 APN No. 052-1524-001-02 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 09/06/2006. 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." Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by EDDIE SIMMONS, AND CHERYL SIMMONS, HUSBAND AND WIFE AS JOINT TENANTS, dated 09/06/2006 and recorded 09/20/06, as Instrument No. 2006355505, in Book, Page ), of OfďŹ cial Records in the ofďŹ ce of the County Recorder of Alameda County, State of California, will sell on 04/25/2011 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: 1704 63RD STREET, BERKELEY, CA, 947032708. 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 $772,951.35. 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 cashier'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 speciďŹ ed in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and

authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an ''AS IS'' 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, beneďŹ ciary or authorized agent is attached to the Notice of Trusteeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sale duly recorded with the appropriate County Recorderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s OfďŹ ce. DATED: 03/28/2011 RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., CA6-914-01-94 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone/Sale Information: (800) 281 8219 By: Trustee's Sale OfďŹ cer RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. FEI# 1006.130390 03/28, 04/04, 04/11/2011

Notice is hereby given that sealed competitive bids will be accepted in the ofďŹ ce of the GSA-Purchasing Department, County of Alameda, 1401 Lakeside Drive, Suite 907, Oakland, CA 94612 NETWORKING/ NORTH COUNTY BIDDERS CONFERENCE RFP #900827 for Deferred Compensation Plan Investment Advisory Services, Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 2:00 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; General Services Agency, 1401 Lakeside Drive, Room 1107, 11th Floor, Oakland, CA NETWORKING/ SOUTH COUNTY BIDDERS CONFERENCE RFP #900827 for Deferred Compensation Plan Investment Advisory Services, Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 10:00 a.m â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Castro Valley Library, 3600 Norbridge Avenue, Chabot Room, Castro Valley, CA Responses Due by 2:00 pm on April 22, 2011 County Contact : Ann Marie Romero (510) 208-9742 or via email: AnnMarie. Romero@acgov.org Attendance at Networking Conference is Nonmandatory. SpeciďŹ cations regarding the above may be obtained at the Alameda County Current Contracting Opportunities Internet website at www.acgov.org. 3/28/11 CNS-2064722# DAILY CALIFORNIAN

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Dance Marathon is THIS FRIDAY April 1st at 8PM! Keep on fundraising for great prizes including a Wii, airplane tickets, a bike, and more. The more you raise, the better your chances of winning. Raise at least $15 to get delicious food all night, including Cheeseboard and Yogurtland. All donations will go to The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. The night will be packed with student performances, a live band, a bounce house and of course, dancing! Doors close at 11PM, so make sure you come before then. You don!t have to stay until 8AM, but you will want to! Does it bother you that the U.S. incarcerates more people than any other nation? Do you think prison conditions are unjust? Do you know what goes on at San Quentin, in our own backyard? UC Berkeley!s Center for Race and Gender will be holding a colloquium on Race, Punishment, and Crime Policy on Thursday, March 31st from 4:005:30PM in 691 Barrows. Karin Martin will discuss Punitive Crime Policy: Race, Ideology, & Social Hierarchy and Nicole Lindahl will discuss Trust, Manipulation, and the Maintenance of Social Boundaries at San Quentin Prison.

Come to the Israeli Film Festival! All movies start at 6:30, are free, and will be followed by speakers and dessert! April 4th- Restless, April 5th- Noodle, April 11th- the Secrets, and April 12th- Turn Left at the End of the World.

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Company is coming to Zellerbach! Show dates are March 29, 30, 31, and April 1 and 2. All shows are at 8PM. Tickets are $34/$44/$52/$58/$65 but are half price for students! Tickets are available through the Cal Performances Ticket Office at Zellerbach Hall; at (510) 642-9988 to charge by phone; online at www.calperformances.org; and at the door. Come hear the miraculously musical, stupendously symphonic, and heart-warmingly harmonious Berkeley Brass Quintet (BBQ) in its inaugural concert! Friday, April 1st from 12:151:00PM in Hertz Concert Hall. Do you prefer Piano Trios? Come hear Bright Sheng: Four Movements for Piano Trio and Ravel: Trio on Wednesday, March 30th from 12:15-1:00 PM (also in Hertz Concert Hall).

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baseball: Semienâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s RBI YEVElev from back

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Markhuri Sanders-Frison played just three minutes against the from back Cardinals after getting in early foul trouble â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a microcosm of his frusready. Krist drove a 3-2 fastball up trating first season in Berkeley. Jorge the middle, and Semien and Renda Gutierrez was still mainly a defensive sprinted around to score. First base- spark plug, while Allen Crabbe and man Devon Rodriguez flew out to end Richard Solomon had yet to finish the inning, but the outcome already high school. seemed settled â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Bears were too Those unproven commodities made determined to lose. up the core of the conferenceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest â&#x20AC;&#x153;We know weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re good, and we know surprise. The Daily Californian DUMMY weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hard to beat at home,â&#x20AC;? Semien Whether humorous (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just need to step on peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to win any beauty contestsâ&#x20AC;?) or throats.â&#x20AC;? frank (â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if we would have They finished off business with a ever played this lineupâ&#x20AC;?), Montgomfrenzied series of events in the 11th. ery made it clear that this season Bruno popped a ball up in the infield was an experiment â&#x20AC;&#x201D; only he has and Cougars third baseman Matt Ar- delivered results earlier than anyone gyropoulos camped under it. As the anticipated. ball was sinking into his glove, he lost Under his guidance, four players control and the ball sprung out. Bruno who had never been go-to scorers was safe at first. at the college level averaged double â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of people arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t used to the figures for the Bears. A sputtering ofwind here,â&#x20AC;? Bruno said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s swirling.â&#x20AC;? fense that mustered just five first-half Semien stepped into the batterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s box points early in the year, Cal develagain and wasted no time, crushing oped a chemistry and execution that Bret DeRooyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offering into the cor- Arizona coach Sean Miller labeled ner of right field. Bruno, running the â&#x20AC;&#x153;second to none.â&#x20AC;? whole way, scored uncontested. On the other end of the floor, Cal The team mobbed the field as the old were forced to play primarily zone due Evans Diamond scoreboard â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which to limited depth â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but Montgomeryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only has room for 10 innings â&#x20AC;&#x201D; flashed team still wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afraid to get aggresthe final score: 4-3 Cal. sive and only improved defensively as â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have this collective fire in us,â&#x20AC;? the season went on. Bruno said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to stop.â&#x20AC;? Perhaps most importantly, a squad that graduated five seniors had no Katie Dowd covers baseball. Contact shortage of reliable veteran leaderher at kdowd@dailycal.org.

ship. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We talked about it with Jorge, Harper and Markhuri that somebody has to take over off the court,â&#x20AC;? Montomery said after the Stanford win. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Over the summer, there were no ifs, ands or buts about working hard. They were fabulous.â&#x20AC;? With the core of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s squad returning in the fall, that hustle will not go away. There will be one considerable difference, though. Be it a pair of two-point defeats against Arizona, or admirable performances throughout a brutal non-conference slate, Calâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s effort this season wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always rewarded in the final score. Expect that to change next year, as the pangs of inexperience subside for everyone and late-game composure increases. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;what ifsâ&#x20AC;? that players expressed at the end of this spring should be far less frequent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have all the keys to unlock the doors we want,â&#x20AC;? said Sanders-Frison, Calâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lone graduating senior, after completing Pac-10 play. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we seized a few of those close games, we would have been right there ... We were right there.â&#x20AC;? Indeed, this past season with Montgomery at the helm, the Bears learned to compete. Next year, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll know what itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like to win.

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New Faces Signal Promising Future for Gritty Cal Squad by Gabriel Baumgaertner Senior Staff Writer

When the defending Pac-10 champion Cal men’s basketball team took the floor for its first game of the season, only three players were actual defenders of that crown. When the lineups were first announced, bewildered fans at a half-empty Haas Pavilion glanced at one another trying to figure out who these guys were. Starting the season, Cal had lost eight players from last year’s team. Two months later, the Bears would lose one of their most heralded freshmen, Gary Franklin, to a surprise transfer. Even coach Mike Montgomery, a 28-year head coaching veteran, admitted that he had “never seen anything like this before.” And that is how the 2010-2011 Bears built their identity. Mongtomery entrusted the only players with any collegiate experience, Jorge Gutierrez, Harper Kamp and Markhuri SandersFrison, to lead a crop of unproven freshmen, transfers and walk-ons into the uncharted waters of conference play. Most of these players had already been tested against some of the nation’s top squads — San Diego State, Notre Dame, Temple and Kansas — in nonconference play, but the weekly grind of a Pac-10 schedule would require a new attitude and dedication. Starting with a narrow 73-71 loss at Arizona, Cal established itself as an undermanned, unrefined and unrelenting group of fighters. “We’re just a gritty group of guys,” Montgomery said after his team steamrolled Stanford in its final regular season home game. “We’re not going to win any glamour contests.” While there would be no repeat of a conference championship and no NCAA Tournament berth, the Bears’ season

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was not short of excitement. The Bears were involved in eight conference games that were decided by five or fewer points including three overtime bouts — most notably a thrilling triple overtime loss to regular season Pac-10 champ Arizona. No coach in any major conference was faced with such extreme circumstances, yet Mike Montgomery refused to ever utter the phrase “rebuilding” when describing his team. “I don’t know what a rebuilding season is,” Montgomery said. The Bears not only made themselves feared within the conference, but established an exciting future. Gutierrez earned first-team All Pac10 honors, Kamp earned second-team and Sanders-Frison, the team’s lone returning starter, battled a nasty case of plantar fasciitis to become a legitimate presence in the post and the team’s most improved player. Most exciting was the rise of Allen Crabbe, the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, who was forced to take a more active role in the offense after Franklin’s transfer. To say that he flourished would be an understatement. Crabbe flashed scoring brilliance the rest of the season. Whether it was going toe-for-toe with the conference leading scorer, Klay Thompson, for a careerhigh 30 points or recording four consecutive 20-plus point games near the end of the season, Crabbe showed not only a tremendous knack for scoring, but maturity and tireless work ethic. Only two days removed from a victory in the first round of the NIT, Cal traveled one time zone over before ending its season with a 89-72 loss to Colorado, a team regarded as the biggest tournament snub. Playing most of the game without the injured Gutierrez and Sanders-Frison, the Bears ended the season much like they started it — undermanned but fighting until the end. Gabriel Baumgaertner covers men’s basketball. Contact him at gbaumgaertner@dailycal.org.

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Harper Kamp missed all of last season with a knee injury after having surgery after the 2008-09 campaign. The junior forward averaged 14.2 points and 5.6 rebounds this year.

n his first season at Cal, Mike Montgomery took a ninth-place team dancing. For an encore, he perched the program atop the Pac-10 for the first time in 50 years. 2010-2011 brought neither a conference title, nor games on CBS in March. And Rick Pitino wasn’t humbled in the opening round ... by the Bears, anyway. Still, year three may have featured Montgomery’s most impressive work yet — if last spring was Dancing With the Stars, this season has been nothing short of an Extreme Makeover. Just consider the situation he inherited. Harper Kamp didn’t step foot onto the court during last year’s NCAA win over Louisville, as he redshirted and missed the entire season due to a nagging knee injury. Brandon Smith suited up, but he was used only sparingly to spell Jerome Randle — and never saw the court in four of the team’s final five games.

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Bears Avoid Repeat of 2010 To Win Team Championship Adrian and Company Overcome Late Texas Lead to Claim First NCAA Title in 31 Years by Connor Byrne Staff Writer

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Marcus Semien was 2-for-5 in Cal’s win over the Cougars. The junior shortstop had the game-winning hit, a double in the 11th inning.

Bears Light Up Paris in Ninth, Walk Off in Extras by Katie Dowd Senior Staff Writer

Someday, if this dream of a year continues, the Cal baseball team might look back at Sunday’s game against Washington State as the baseball sweet distillation Washington St. 3 of its season. At the plate, the Cal 4 Bears were scrappy — they fought off a two-out ninth inning with three straight hits to tie the game. On the mound, they were stingy — starter Dixon Anderson and two relievers struck out 10 while giving up three runs. It all amounted to an 11-inning, 4-3 victory over the Cougars to complete

the weekend sweep. “I feel like with this team, stuff like this happens all the time,” left fielder Vince Bruno said. “We’re so close, and that makes it that much better.” After shutting out Washington State (9-10, 0-3 in the Pac-10) on Friday and Saturday, No. 16 Cal came out sleepy on Sunday, scratching out just one run against starter Chad Arnold, who came into the game with an ERA over 20. The Bears (16-5, 3-0) were down to their final strike in the bottom of the ninth. Shortstop Marcus Semien, whose batting average has hovered around .200 most of the season, was staring down an 0-2 count from reliever Paris

Shewey. It didn’t look good for Cal. “It was going to be one of those tough lessons like, ‘Hey guys, we can’t shut ’em out three days in a row,’” coach David Esquer said. But Semien fought back. He worked the count to 3-2 before singling to the gap in left center. The next batter, second baseman Tony Renda, hit a hard single to left. With catcher Chadd Krist at the plate, the reliever checked back at Semien at second, rocked forward and delivered low. Semien and Renda took off, moving up on the double steal. Shewey was shaken, and Krist was

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When Texas took a half-point lead with just three events remaining in the 2011 NCAA Championships, it looked like history was going to repeat itself in the worst way possible for the Cal men’s swimming team. The Bears had flashbacks of 2010, when the Longhorns overtook them on the final day of competition to take the NCAA title. This time, Cal took back the lead on the heels of sophomore Tom Shields’ third-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly and never looked back. When senior Nathan Adrian dove in for the final leg of the 400 freestyle relay and took a commanding body-length lead, the Bears secured their advantage and became national champions. “Everything that happened last year, we made sure to move forward and learn from it,” Adrian said. “We changed up the training schedule a little bit and made sure that I would go a lot faster at the end of the season as opposed to going some pretty fast inseason times.” Cal finished the meet at Dorothy L. Sheppard Pool in Minneapolis with 493 points to Texas’ 470.5. Adrian added yet another outstanding performance to his already sterling resume. He started off the weekend by breaking his own American record in

the 50 freestyle (18.66). He then came back on the final day of competition to win the 100 freestyle (41.10), joining Matt Biondi and Anthony Ervin — both Olympic gold medalists — as the third Bear in school history to win the event three years in a row. “This is such an awesome experience,” coach David Durden said. “I came to Cal four years ago and to be able to work with this group of seniors ... it is just wonderful to be able to finish this way with them.” Senior Damir Dugonjic also turned in another impressive meet, winning the 100 breastroke for the third year in a row in a school record time of 50.49. Junior Nolan Koon followed that mark to finish second (51.63). Koon also had to deal with some adversity in the 200 breastroke. His cap and goggles fell off midway through the race, and he had to settle for 15th place. “We just have had so many bizarre things happen in this meet, and it was just kind of surviving until the finish,” Durden said. Entering the final race of the meet, the 400 freestyle relay, the Bears needed to finish no worse than five places behind the Longhorns. Despite overly safe starts, two slower than 0.3 seconds, the tandem of Adrian, Shields, senior Graeme Moore and senior Josh Daniels blew away the rest of the field, putting an exclamation mark on their team championship — Cal’s first since 1980. “We got second place at Texas (in 2010) and I said, ‘You know what, we’re going to be back next year,’” Daniels said. “We did exactly what we wanted to do. We raced and we had fun this year and look what happened. We’re on top.” Connor Byrne covers men’s swimming. Contact him at cbyrne@dailycal.org.


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