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UC Regents defer discussion of fee hikes to Thursday’s meeting While postponement of talks of a 9.6 percent fee increase, students continue to voice concerns over higher education costs as the board’s vote approaches

Budget Cuts & Fee Hikes July 15, 2009 UC anticipates reduction of $813 million in state support

cations, including high school grade point averages and standardized test scores, are “better in many respects.” “The UC is a very special place, and we have an obligation to attract and keep the brightest students in the world to our campuses,” said Regent George Marcus at the meeting. “I don’t think that it’s in conflict with any of our policies.” Board members were also concerned

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Nov. 19, 2009 UC Board of Regents approves a 32% fee hike Nov. 20, 2009 Students occupy Wheeler Hall in protest of budget cuts, fee hikes March 4, 2010 Thousands protest in statewide Day of Action Oct. 8, 2010 Then governor Arnold Schwarzenegger restores $305 million to UC Nov. 18, 2010 UC Board of Regents approves 8 percent fee hike

Regents George Marcus, Sherry Lansing and Charlene Zettel discussed administrative affairs at the UC Board of Regents meeting Wednesday. The board deferred most discussion of a proposed 9.6 fee hike to Thursday.

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Despite repeated expressions of concern regarding a proposed 9.6 percent fee hike throughout the Wednesday meeting of the UC Board of Regents, the board deferred most discussion regarding the increase to Thursday, instead choosing to address upcoming challenges to maintaining the university’s excellence in the face of deep budget cuts. Facing $650 million in state funding cuts, the board met to discuss a wide range of topics, including issues of student enrollment, long-term planning and administrative efficiencies. The board expressed surprise regarding the outcome of the state budget, emphasizing a need to collaborate with the entire UC community — students, faculty and staff — to generate solutions to avoid a fee increase. “We didn’t know there was going to be a budget passed. It was sprung on us as well, and only then did

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we know we had to take action,” said Sherry Lansing, chair of the board, at the meeting. “Tomorrow we are going to look at every idea we can ... We are trying to find a way to have a consistent plan so that this doesn’t always happen.” At the start of the meeting, assembled students and workers voiced their concerns about the expedited nature of the increase in tuition. However, despite the fact that the board focused on the effect of cuts to the UC in its opening remarks, most of the meeting was focused on administrative affairs. Among the issues discussed at the meeting were admissions outcome data, with the board addressing the diversity of the incoming university student body and the growing number of transfer and out-of-state students. In addition, the board voted to approve a recommendation that Jonathan Stein — a UC Berkeley School of Law student and graduate student at the

Jan. 10, 2011 Gov. Jerry Brown releases state budget proposal March 24, 2011 Brown signs $500 million cut to UC into law May 16, 2011 UC spared additional cuts in revised state budget proposal June 27, 2011 Brown, Democrats compromise on state budget proposal, additional UC cuts June 30, 2011 State budget, $150 million additional cut signed into law June 30, 2011 Academic Council recommends fee hike July 1, 2011 UC officials announce 9.6 percent fee hike proposal July 14, 2011 UC Board of Regents to vote on 9.6 percent fee hike proposal

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Enrollment data prompt debate over makeup of student body By True Shields | Staff tshields@dailycal.org At a meeting of the UC Board of Regents Wednesday, admissions and enrollment data generated debate among board members who were divided over how the university will determine the makeup of its student body in years to come, while balancing a need to increase revenue, decrease excess costs and serve the needs of as many students as possible.

At the meeting, some board members advocated for increased international and out-of-state enrollment in order to maintain a competitive academic climate and to generate revenue. However, others emphasized a need to remain committed to the state’s Master Plan for Higher Education, which has the intent of allowing Californians — including first-generation and lower-income students — access to higher education. A presentation by UC officials at

the meeting laid out several goals for the university in the coming enrollment cycles, including boosting the overall quality of incoming students, increasing the presence of underrepresented minorities and maintaining a sufficient level of access for disadvantaged students. In addition to the increased revenue international and out-of-state students generate through tuition, one of the Committee on Educational Policy’s agenda items states that nonresident students’ qualifi-

By J.D. Morris | Senior Staff jmorris@dailycal.org Despite the approval of an affordable housing ordinance by the Berkeley City Council last month, a fee that would be imposed on developers unless they create a certain amount of affordable units will not be implemented until at least the end of this year. The council decided at its meeting Tuesday night not to establish a fee until it can be assessed in the context of other fees — including fees for transportation and child care — with city staff in October, after which a public hearing will likely be held in December. “You can’t establish one fee out of context from other fees that you are considering,” said Councilmember Laurie Capitelli. “My position has been consistently that until we put the entire package together, we will not be able to give any certainty to a housing provider of what the fees will be.” At its June 14 meeting, the council approved an ordinance that allows for the creation of an affordable housing fee, though the amount of the fee was not determined at that time because city regulations prohibit the council from imposing a fee without a public hearing. In 1986, the city adopted an inclusionary housing ordinance, which required that developers make 20 percent of their housing units affordable in new projects. However, this ordinance was struck down for apartments as the result of a 2009 state court ruling prohibiting the city of Los Angeles from mandating that developers provide affordable housing. In response to the ruling, Berkeley’s new ordinance requires developers to pay a mitigation fee — which could be as high as $34,000 per unit — unless the developers make 10 percent of their units accessible to low-income citizens, in which case the fee would be waived. Money generated from the fee will go toward the city’s Housing Trust Fund, which provides funds for the construction of affordable housing. Though the affordable unit requirement is lower than it was under the original ordinance, Councilmember Kriss Worthington said it could generate more low-income units because developers will need to make those units affordable to those making at or below 50 percent of the area’s median income, whereas the previous ordinance set the threshold at 80 percent. Yet Worthington said establishing a fee has been delayed too much. “There’s no way it should take this long,” Worthington said. “When a policy gets wiped out by a court, you should be able to replace the policy with a legally defensible alternative in a reasonable time.” Councilmember Jesse Arreguin, who advocated for immediate action on establishing a fee at the meeting, said he was disappointed with the decision. “The sky is not going to fall,” Arreguin said. “Yes, we certainly need to take into account feasibility, but I believe based on past practice, based on looking on the success of projects ... that we have enough info for us to make a decision on whether to proceed with a fee or not.” Additionally, the council approved the inclusion of conditional language into developers’ use permits stating that any new projects will be subject to

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fee: Inclusion of related language in developers’ permits OK’d at meeting From front the fee once it is established. Still, Arreguin said it is important to get a fee in place as soon as possible. “We as a city government have a moral obligation to try and make sure that we have policies to make sure that people with limited means — and all people — can live in our community, and that’s what we’re trying to accomplish with an affordable housing fee,� Arreguin said. J.D. Morris is an assistant news editor.


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Pilar Huerta phuerta@dailycal.org from consumer (surplus) culture, artists and academics compromise as their work reflects innovation’s dysfunctional culture. They may have fallen prey to the comforts of excess, but they are not subdued by it. eople with the instruments of art and education are obligated to contribute to the well-being of others who have been dragged down by the progress they only dream about. As countries like China and India are still considered “developing� with an increasing annual GDP in the midst of an economic crisis (generally considered the worst), how is economic growth a sign of progress when rural farmers are displaced and shantytowns are commonplace? The market is free while consumers and producers are distracted by profit. And yet the market is controlled when corporate welfare is prioritized over individual welfare, as taxes hardly act as regulation. Though this may be seen as a bureaucratic problem, the government has to feed the overarching instrument of progress — economic growth — through overproduction that can only be achieved by exploiting those who can’t even afford what they produce. Our physical needs may be satisfied, but the increasing use of antidepressants shows that our needs are beyond the “physical,� and our wants will never be fulfilled as long as they remain so. The artist’s conscious reflection of life and the scholar’s hopeful research show that we are not mere “profit-maximizers,� but are symbiotic. Since I didn’t trust a score manipulated by my lack of attention to numbers, I nudged my two friends to help me decide on a conscious one (especially when I had to miss the beginning of one poem to relieve myself of bad judgment). As the evening’s last poet put it, our score was “blunt like swishers.� Although our collaboration was an effortless one mediated by raising and furrowing our eyebrows at each other, each score was validated by subsequent cheering or booing. However, cheers were all we gave the poets, because they spoke their words with the clarity of truth. They had nothing to sell us — they only gave.

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Senator-elect arrested at immigration rally ASUC Auxiliary financial services By Allie Bidwell | Senior Staff abidwell@dailycal.org ASUC Senator-elect Ju Hong and six other students were released from jail Wednesday morning after being arrested in San Bernardino on Tuesday for blocking a city street during an immigration rally. Hong, an undocumented student at UC Berkeley, and the six others ju were charged with hong unlawful assembly and failure to disperse for blocking an “extremely busy street” and refusing to leave. All seven were released Wednesday at around 3:30 a.m. from the San Bernardino County Sheriff ’s Central Detention Center, according to UC Berkeley student Mario Lopez, Hong’s friend and campaign manager during the 2011 ASUC General Elections. Hong, who has strongly advocated for the rights of undocumented students, had traveled to San Bernardino

Valley College for a “coming out” rally for undocumented students from across the state. According to Lopez, Hong had decided to engage in a “peaceful act of disobedience: to shed light and stop controversial anti-immigrant policies and practices” with other students. San Bernardino Community College District officials told the Contra Costa Times that the rally went smoothly until protesters left campus grounds and blocked traffic on Mt. Vernon Avenue. “Once they started to jockey with the traffic and the buses, life got a little more complicated,” district spokesperson Alisa Moore told the Contra Costa Times. “If I were testing that law, I don’t think I’d test it with the San Bernardino police.” Friends were concerned that the students may have faced deportation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as a result of their arrests. However, ICE officials have said that the agency will not be seeking detainers on the students who were arrested. “ICE is focused on sensible, effective immigration enforcement that

focuses first on criminal aliens and others who pose a threat to public safety,” said ICE spokesperson Virginia Kice in a statement. According to ASUC External Affairs Vice President Joey Freeman, Hong has been “at the forefront” of advocating for the DREAM Act to ensure that undocumented students are “given an equal shot at higher education.” The California DREAM Act is composed of two bills — AB 130 and AB 131 — and would provide state grants and financial aid to undocumented students attending college in California. Both bills are currently being considered by the state Senate. “At Berkeley, we hold our activists in high esteem and I hope all students at Cal are aware that Ju put his own well-being on the line advocating for a just cause,” Freeman said in an email. “As fellow student leaders and good friends, all of my colleagues and I are deeply saddened by the events that have unfolded and anxiously wait for more information as it becomes available to us.” Allie Bidwell is the news editor.

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manager appointed interim director By Jonathan Tam | Staff jtam@dailycal.org Dean of Students Jonathan Poullard announced Monday the appointment of Marilyn Stager as the interim director for the ASUC Auxiliary. Stager, currently the financial services manager for the Auxiliary, will begin Sept. 1 and will replace Nadesan Permaul, who retired June 29. Stager has served as the financial services manager for the Auxiliary since September 2007 and previously worked as an ASUC controller from 1994 to 1998. Stager said there are plans to appoint a new permanent director by next January so that the new director would be involved as the Auxiliary continues its transition from Administration and Finance to the Division of Student Affairs. According to Stager, when Poullard approached her last week asking if she would like to be the interim director of the Auxiliary, she said she would “be glad to help the ASUC.” Stager said she believes she was appointed because of her extensive relationship with the UC Berkeley campus. “Since it is such a short term, they wanted someone who was familiar with what is going on within the ASUC and ASUC Auxiliary,” she said. According to ASUC President Vishalli Loomba, both she and Graduate Assembly President Bahar Navab were consulted in the decision to hire Stager as the interim director. The recommendation came from Felicia Lee, chief of staff for the campus Office of Student Affairs, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Harry Le Grande and Poullard, Loomba said.

“They gave us the recommendation, and we both felt that her work in the Auxiliary and experience from student affairs would make her a great fit,” Loomba said. ASUC Executive Vice President Christopher Alabastro said though he was not involved in the decision, he feels comfortable under Stager’s direction. “In the past, I worked with Stager on some of the initiatives that I wanted to start,” Alabastro said. “I am pretty comfortable because she has been working with us, and her institutional knowledge makes her very qualified for the position.” Though the ASUC Senate was not directly involved in Stager’s appointment, ASUC Senator-elect Shahryar Abbasi said he hopes that he and other ASUC senators will be included in the decision to hire the permanent director. Loomba said the hiring process for the permanent director will involve a national search extending outside just university staff members. The hiring committee will include students, but the exact composition has yet to be decided, she said. In the meantime, Stager will continue her position as the financial services manager and intends to receive directorial guidance from Permaul after he returns from his vacation in August, Stager said. Stager will be assuming the interim director role when the Lower Sproul Plaza renovation project and the Auxiliary realignment are at the forefront of the agenda, she said. “I’m looking forward to be the interim director — it should be a very interesting experience,” Stager said. “I am very appreciative to work for the ASUC during this transitionary time.”

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Federal position may obstruct commission efforts By Anny Dow | Staff adow@dailycal.org A recent federal decision determining that marijuana has no accepted medical use and should be classified as dangerous as heroin may prove to be another obstacle for Berkeley’s Medical Cannabis Commission as it prepares for its first meeting. The commission, which will meet July 21 for the first time since its reconstitution, is responsible for making recommendations to the Berkeley City Council regarding the implementation of Measure T. The measure was approved by 64 percent of voters last November and allows for the opening of six 30,000-squarefoot cultivation sites as well as a fourth dispensary while also calling for the commission’s reconstitution. However, the commission’s plans may come into conflict with the position of the federal government. On Friday, the Drug Enforcement Administration concluded that marijuana has a high potential for abuse, has no currently accepted medical treatment use in the United States and lacks accepted safety for use under medical supervision. The decision comes nearly nine years after supporters of medical marijuana requested that the government reclassify the drug. Similarly, a June 29 letter from the U.S. Department of Justice opened the door for a potential federal crack-

down on marijuana, stating that those who are involved with the cultivation, sale and distribution of marijuana violate the Controlled Substances Act “regardless of state law.” Councilmember Jesse Arreguin said the decision will give the commission and the council “some degree of caution” on how to proceed. “As the commission is considering how to move forward with the dispensary and the six sites for cultivation, this decision is going to hang over the heads of all the commissioners in terms of what it really means and whether the federal government will really crack down,” Arreguin said. He added that the decision is a step back not only for providing safe access to medical marijuana but also for the ability of local governments to regulate and ensure access to marijuana. “I was really disappointed in hearing about this memo and the new policy of the Department of Justice,” he said. “I think it goes against what many of us thought was the position the Obama administration would take.” In terms of the extent to which the decision will affect the commission’s future actions, Arreguin said the commission should still move forward on implementing medical marijuana policies in the city “to ensure that patients have safe access to this medicine.” Dale Gieringer, the state coordinator of California National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, said the decision

has no scientific merit. “The government has created a Catch-22 situation,” Gieringer said. “What the DEA said was that ‘we aren’t going to look at any evidence without FDA-approved studies.’ The problem with that response is that the FDA has also deliberately prevented any FDA-approved studies.” Despite the federal government’s opinion, James Benno, chief executive director of Northern California NORML, said that the decision “is not going to stop anybody.” “They can put a law on paper, but enforcing it will be an entirely different aspect,” Benno said. “The federal government does not have time to eradicate marijuana.” According to a statement from California NORML, medical marijuana advocates are planning to challenge the DEA decision with a bill by Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., which could let states regulate marijuana’s medical availability and end its classification as a dangerous drug. Patient advocate Bill Britt, a courtqualified cannabis expert and founder of the Association of Patient Advocates for Medical Marijuana, said the federal government should “back off ” and is in favor of states’ rights supporting the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes. “I’ve heard so many horror stories about people who are suffering and could be helped by cannabis,” Britt said. “It’s not a miracle drug, but it’s pretty damn close.”

that other prestigious international universities could offer more enticing enrollment packages to students that would otherwise attend a UC campus. However, figures presented at the meeting show an upswing in nonresident enrollment from about eight percent in 2010 to over 12 percent in 2011. In addition to concern that the university is not able to enroll top-tier nonresident students, Regent George Kieffer said that the university’s current focus on fundraising efforts for scholarships for disadvantaged students might be stifling the university’s ability to attract quality California resident students. While the board addressed concerns regarding attracting qualified students, it also discussed the freeze in enrollment growth brought on by state budget cuts and the need to continue increasing the overall diversity of the student body. In addition to ethnic diversity, the

board discussed ongoing efforts to make affordable education available to every socioeconomic class. The presentation showed that in 2011, 45 percent of incoming freshmen were first-generation university students, and more than 40 percent of freshmen were from low-income families. “It’s important to highlight what the University of California does for the state of California by providing access to an educational experience that may not otherwise be available to those students,” said Daniel Simmons, chair of the systemwide Academic Senate. Ultimately, the board shelved decisions brought up at the meeting — including proposed additional costs to international students’ tuition fees — and reserved them for Thursday’s meeting. Damian Ortellado of The Daily Californian contributed to this report.

initiative: Two of seven projects were implemented fully over the past year From Page 3 generated significant cost savings is Enterprise Risk Management, which saved about $83 million by lowering the cost of insurance for a large number of risks and hazards, according to a report from the board’s Committee on Finance. But these are just two of seven programs that have been implemented fully over the past year. Another 22 projects remain in early phases of implementation, their financial impact yet to be determined.

Though all of the university’s problems cannot be fixed through the initiative, UC Provost Lawrence Pitts said tuition increases are not the only other option and that more alternative thinking is needed to cover the rising UC costs. “The tuition increase we recommend tomorrow will only cover 25 percent of UC increased costs next year,” Pitts said. “We will have additional revenue strategies and additional cost cutting strategies on the table for all UCs.”

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Parent company of Ned’s files for bankruptcy UC center grants $3.4 million toward health care projects By True Shields | Staff tshields@dailycal.org

The parent company of Ned’s Berkeley Bookstore filed for bankruptcy last month to undergo a restructuring of debt, though company officials claim business will continue as usual. Nebraska Book Company — which owns over 290 stores and sells textbooks to over 2,500 stores across the nation — filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on June 27 in order to recapitalize about $450 million in outstanding loans and debt. Last month’s filing was announced in a company statement that also said the company had more than $20 million in cash and over $200 million in other financing to help transition through the recapitalization process. “This agreement solves balance sheet issues we have been addressing for months, and we are clearing a path toward continued growth,” said Nebraska Book Company president Barry Major in the statement. According to company spokesperson Alexandra Griffin, company officials could not comment on further details of the bankruptcy. The company began in 1915 as a single bookstore at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. According to the company’s website, the company began buying back books from students at the end of each term in order to meet the demand caused by an influx of former GI students at universities following World War II. Today, the company sells over 6 million textbooks each year and serves over 2 million college and university students. According to the statement, the company’s 2011 fiscal reports showed revenues of about $598 million, which Major described as “not

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Ned’s Berkeley Bookstore is owned by the Nebraska Book Company, which filed for bankruptcy recently. Sales at Ned’s, however, have not yet been negatively impacted. the highest operating results that the Company has ever reported” but instead simply a “solid year” of business. NBC Acquisitions Corp. — of which the Nebraska Book Company is a subsidiary — reported overall losses last year of about $98 million. Elio Distaola, director of public and campus relations for the Follett Higher Education Group, which manages the Cal Student Store, said that recently more students have turned to rental and digital course materials as opposed to traditional textbooks — a factor that could be affecting textbook businesses’ overall sales figures. “It is important to note that the Internet continues to exponentially impact total competition,” he said. “But

this is great for students and, frankly, keeps us extra sharp in the goods and services we provide.” For Ned’s Bookstore — located on Bancroft Avenue near its intersection with Telegraph Avenue — the bankruptcy of its parent company has yet to create a negative impact on sales or administration, according to General Manager Donny Berecz. “All the vendors and everything are still on board, and I don’t think there will be any changes,” Berecz said. “We’re still ordering as normal, and we’re actually carrying more books than we normally do.” Berecz added that despite the company’s announcement, Ned’s plans to fill three more open positions in the coming weeks and expects little to no top-down change to its management.

The UC Center for Health Quality and Innovation distributed more than $3.4 million in grants July 1 to fund nine projects submitted by UC campuses, in hopes of improving health care and reducing costs. As funding for health care decreases, finding ways to offer more efficient care to patients is a top priority for health care systems like the UC Center for Health Quality and Innovation, whose aims include enhancing patient care and setting guidelines for common practices that benefit communities and populations, said Terry Leach, executive director of the center. Though decisions for which proposals to fund have been made, Leach said funding would not be distributed until Sept. 1. Leach said one of the main purposes of the proposals is to enable university medical schools and centers to do more with less. “As we are squeezed more and more, and as there are fewer dollars, we know we can be more efficient,” Leach said. “We can’t do a one-size-fits-all — we have to tailor to the needs of individual patients so their experience is the safest that it can be.” After receiving over 100 proposals from UC medical centers and schools, Leach said she and other center staff made their decisions by examining whether the proposal could be carried out successfully, had a multicampus or multidisciplinary team and matched

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the center’s objective. “These particular interventions are very important,” she said. “They’re areas that federal policymakers identified as ones hospitals have to do better in. We can also use them as a springboard to help faculty and staff learn how to become a generation of innovators.” One proposal that has been chosen involves recruiting UC Berkeley undergraduates to work with UC San Francisco clinic patients to ensure they understand their condition and are fully informed when making difficult decisions regarding treatment, according to Jeff Belkora, the primary investigator and an assistant professor of surgery and health policy at UC San Francisco. The grant money would be used to test whether the plan was feasible and could be long-term, Belkora said. “The idea is that patients will get a good service that does improve their experience of care, that the clinics will benefit from having more patient-centered services like this, and students should benefit from this educational experience of shadowing patients,” Belkora said. Another proposal dealt with collaboration between UC campuses to reduce re-admissions. According to Ulfat Shaikh, the project primary investigator and an associate professor of pediatrics at UC Davis, UC campuses with medical centers shared techniques for ensuring smooth transitions for patient discharging. “The idea is to actually combine all the learning that the UCs have separately done into a powerful network that collaborates and learns from each other,” Shaikh said.


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Phife Dawg. Q-Tip and Jarobi White (left to right) perform in this new documentary. than a live action Wikipedia page. The directorial debut of Michael Rapaport opens with an electrifying animation in the style of the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Low End Theory cover art. What follows is a combination of talking-head interviews and archival footage that detail the Tribeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s conception and reception and vĂŠritĂŠ style backstage footage, most of which comes from their 2008 Rock The Bells â&#x20AC;&#x153;reunionâ&#x20AC;? tour. The film spends a great deal of time investigating the tense relationship between Q-Tip and Phife Dawg. As Phife put it, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The title says it all. You can have the beats and rhymes, but you also have to have the life that surrounds it.â&#x20AC;? Best friends from an early age, Phife convinced Tip to start rapping, and eventually Tip convinced Phife that it was worth pursuing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I introduced him to the game, he introduced me to the paper,â&#x20AC;? Phife says at one point. As the group history progresses, it becomes clear that Tribe is treated as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Q Tip and those other guys.â&#x20AC;? Obviously this doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sit well with the members, and

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they break up. And then they get back together, and then they break up again. Its predictable drama, and often feels exaggerated for the sake of cinematic sensationalism. Far more interesting is the exploration of Phifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s diabetesrelated health issues, which were problematic during their touring years and eventually necessitated a kidney transplant. That the rappers open up about such sensitive subjects so candidly exemplifies Rapaportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest directorial strength; the established trust between filmmaker and subject. Although Rapaport has stated that he wanted to document A Tribe Called Quest the same way that bands like the Beatles and the Stones have been, when asked why Tribe and why now, both he and Phife gave the same answer: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why not?â&#x20AC;? Appropriately, the whole film has a â&#x20AC;&#x153;why notâ&#x20AC;? feel to it. There are no grander themes presented beyond, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hey, werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t they great?â&#x20AC;? They absolutely were, but such a groundbreaking group deserves more than something so run of the mill.

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Not my daughter, you bitch!” —Molly Weasley to Bellatrix Lestrange, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”

Thursday, July 14, 2011 – Sunday, July 17, 2011

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By Jessica Pena | Staff jpena@dailycal.org

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t all began on a quiet, foggy evening in front of Number 4, Privet Drive. A curious-looking man with a long, scraggly beard and half-moon spectacles stepped before the scene. His hat, pointy. His demeanor, warm and kind. Ten years ago, this was the image that brought the enchanting world of J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” to the big screen. For most of us, now in our late teens or early 20s, there could not have been a more momentous occasion than this. Days and weeks spent curled up, devouring page after page of spells, charms, trolls and Quidditch were about to pay off as those fantastical images were finally realized on film. Now, after countless midnight showings, over six billion dollars in gross, worldwide revenue and two Albus Dumbledores, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” marks the end to this most expansive and most dynamic of film franchises. Over the past decade, no other film series has explored the kind of range that Harry Potter has. From the more family friendly Chris Columbus starters to the darker, almost gothic stylings of Alfonso Cuaron’s “Prisoner of Azkaban,” the Harry Potter franchise has been as much an exercise in making entertaining blockbusters as it has been an impressive showcase for cinematic experimentation. With “Sorcerer’s Stone” and “Chamber of Secrets,” the movies were lighter, still draped in the innocent cover of magical infatuation and child-like wonder. Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and Ron’s (Rupert Grint) voices had

yet to change, Voldemort had yet to make his menacing return while the soaring score of John Williams’ “Hedwig’s Theme” brought a level of soothing comfort perfectly tailored to the whimsical world of Hogwarts. But, at some point, those rosycheeked youths who stood wideeyed on Platform 9 ¾ had to grow up. As the directors have switched and the actors have grown (except for vertically-challenged Radcliffe), the tone and look of the films has become increasingly somber, gloomy and with David Yates’ final installment, viciously violent. “The Deathly Hallows: Part 2” is not the children’s fare that the series began with. It’s more mature in its technique, more epic in its special effects and more savage and bloody than any of its predecessors. Instead of Dumbledore’s compassionate gaze, “Deathly Hallows” opens with an unsettling portrait. A despondent Snape, clad in his trademark, morbidly black attire, looks over the desolate setting of Hogwarts castle. The sunny mirth of the students that once populated the hallowed halls has been drained, replaced by lines of colorless automatons marching in step like Nazi stormtroopers. Cut to a crestfallen Harry, staring at the grave of the recently deceased house-elf Dobby — and these are some of the lighter moments of the film. But, this grim turn should be no surprise. For those who’ve read the final book, you know that the tale is tragic. The plot doesn’t need to be rehashed here. J.K. Rowling’s concluding opus reached near massacre heights in terms of body count and the resulting emotional exhaustion. Harry has the weight of the wizarding world on his shoulders as he, along with his intrepid partners Hermione and Ron, continues to search for the Horcruxes needed

so he can ultimately destroy the indomitable Voldemort. The plot is labyrinthine, serpentine in the spirit of the Parselmouth villain and is surely immensely confusing for those who have not read the books (especially the last). The introduction of the Deathly Hallows, three relics that make one the Master of Death, would be baffling for non-fans alone, but the intricacies of Hogwarts lore and the lightning-fast speed of the second half make this movie easily the most inaccessible for casual viewers. But, for fans, the breakneck pace and richness of detail give the film a focus and maturity unseen since “Prisoner of Azkaban.” For much of the near two-hourlong movie, the camera moves at a frenetic rate, capturing the chaos and disorder of the Battle of Hogwarts. The effects are at their best, as towering mountain trolls and animated stone knights duel in a scene reminiscent of “Lord of the Ring’s” epic Battle of Helm’s Deep. The actors, particularly Alan Rickman as Snape and Daniel Radcliffe, leave an indelible emotional imprint as they face their cursed mortality. Save for a few moments of questionable content (at one point, Voldemort and Harry’s faces meld — it’s weird to say the least) and a laughably awful epilogue, “Deathly Hallows: Part 2” is a technical and touching achievement. Having said this, it’s not a perfect film. The movie’s rapid momentum is exhilarating but, at times, can leave one breathless and yearning for a break to take it all in. In the blink (albeit, a somewhat slow blink), Voldemort is dead. Hogwarts is in ruins and the triumphant trio of Harry, Ron and Hermione are left, like the audience, satisfied to be finished but puzzled, facing an unknown future. Jessica Pena is the assistant arts editor.

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