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UC Berkeley Among Top Military Friendly Schools by Aaida Samad Contributing Writer

UC Berkeley has been named one of California’s top “military friendly” schools due largely to its efforts in offering both financial and non-financial support services to veterans on campus, according to a recent poll. On Monday, G.I. Jobs magazine released their annual Military Friendly Schools List, which recognizes the top 15 percent of schools nationwide that are doing the most to support and recognize American veterans as students, according to Matthew Pavelek, a senior editor for the magazine. “I’m very pleased that the campus has earned this distinction — most of the time when people hear that there are veterans at UC Berkeley, they are

surprised,” said Ron Williams, director of veterans services at the campus’s Transfer, Re-entry and Student Parent Center. “It’s great for folks to know that Cal is supportive towards student veterans.” The campus and city communities have often been characterized as possessing anti-war sentiments. In 2007, when a Marine Corps Recruiting Center opened up on Shattuck Avenue, a series of protests erupted that lasted for more than a year. In January 2008, the Berkeley City Council passed resolutions supporting anti-war protests and criticizing the recruitment center. But some veterans on campus said they have not felt ostracized or discriminated against. “UC Berkeley has been extremely

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Berkeley Housing Privatization Plan Still Awaiting Approval Admissions

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After months of preparation, the Berkeley Housing Authority’s plan to privatize and renovate its 75 city-owned properties still awaits a federal go-ahead. In a presentation to the Rent Stabilization Board on Monday, the authority’s executive director Tia Ingram outlined the department’s progress on the project thus far and identified the steps that would follow project approval by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. “They still haven’t heard back anything from HUD, so they basically said they were waiting and continuing to get ready,” said Steve Barton, the board’s deputy director. Although the board was expecting HUD approval for its plan in March, it now anticipates a green light on the project by the end of the federal fiscal year on Sept. 30. In a July 13 letter to the board and the Berkeley City Council, Ingram said the plan requires moving the city’s public housing inventory to private ownership because the authority “lacked the ability to generate the $4 million conservatively estimated for necessary capital improvements.” The letter also states that the authority believes privatization is the only solution to bring the units up to “current standards” and still adequately serve lowincome residents in Berkeley. However,

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and will be greatly missed.” Duval won a total of two professional titles in her bowling career, and the National Doubles tournament with Nobu Asami in 1961. In 1969, she won the Women’s International Bowling Congress Championships team event and all-event titles. She earned AllAmerican bowling team honors three times and held a high average of 200 in 1967. Throughout her career, Duval won 23 major women’s tournaments in the United States.

After about a year and a half of serving as UC Berkeley’s deputy director of undergraduate admissions, Bob Patterson has accepted a job across the bay as associate dean and director of admission at Stanford University. At UC Berkeley, Patterson was responsible for many of the day-to-day operations of the admissions office, reporting directly to the director of undergraduate admissions. His position at Stanford, which he will assume Sept. 13, is a step up from his current position and will involve directing overall admissions efforts at the university. “I think it’s a good move on his part,” said Walter Robinson, UC Berkeley director of undergraduate admissions. “It’s a sad day for us and a great day for Stanford.” Though UC Berkeley officials said they will miss Patterson’s youth and innovative capabilities, many said his departure for Stanford is not uncommon in the world of higher education. “The higher education community is broad, and individuals move among different public and private universities throughout their careers,” said Susanna Castillo-Robson, associate vice chancellor for admissions and enrollment, in an e-mail. Patterson added that his move was not motivated by changes in salary. “It’s really about the opportunity for me to move to where I want to be in my career,” he said. Robinson said he did not want Patterson to leave and “did what (he) could” to keep Patterson. Both Castillo-Robson and Robinson declined to comment on any specifics about efforts to retain Patterson because they said such efforts were confidential.

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Berkeley Housing Authority expects to receive federal approval for its plan to renovate and privatize its 75 properties by Sept. 30. many tenants of public housing have remained opposed to privatization since it was announced last October. According to Barton, no tenants were present at Monday’s board meeting for public comment, unlike during previous presentations. At the meeting, Ingram characterized privatization as the best course of ac-

tion for the city due to a lack of continued federal funding and also reassured board members that current residents would be guaranteed affordable housing after the transfer is complete. The letter recognized that the lives of current residents would be disrupted, “at least temporarily,” but added that the “greater good” would be achieved.

“We remain confident that the Repositioning Project, while challenging, is the responsible thing to do and will result in a win-win-win situation for current and future low-income residents, the city of Berkeley and the Berkeley Housing Authority,” the letter states. Contact Nick Myers at nmyers@dailycal.org.

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Pioneer for Women’s Professional Bowling Dies at 94 by Caroline Cook Contributing Writer

Helen Duval, a pioneer of women’s professional bowling and life-long Berkeley resident who dedicated her life to the advancement of her sport, died July 29 of natural causes. She was 94. Duval owned the eight-lane Berkeley Bowl — which later became a grocery store with the same name — with her husband, Rosy Duval. She was later appointed to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness during

the Kennedy administration, where she served for five years. “She handled many local ‘learnto-bowl’ lessons at Albany Bowl and has taught thousands of people to bowl,” said Albany Bowl owner John Tierney. In 1944, Duval started bowling professionally and Helen joined the WomDuval en’s International

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Man Shot Multiple Times, Police Unclear on Details

Physics Professor Chosen as Academic Senate Vice Chair

A man was shot multiple times in southwest Berkeley Monday evening, and many details of the incident remain unclear. The Berkeley Police Department received multiple reports of a shooting near Oregon and Sacramento streets around 7:12 p.m. and arrived at the scene to find the victim suffering from gunshot wounds that were not life-threatening, according to Berkeley police Officer Jamie Perkins, who said many questions have been left unanswered. “He was uncooperative at the scene and uncooperative with our investigators, so it’s kind of hard to get the facts,” she said. “And there were witnesses, but their stories are a bit conflicting.” Perkins said the victim — who was conscious and talking at the scene — was transported to a nearby undisclosed hospital, but that his current whereabouts and condition are unknown. Police have not identified suspects, although Perkins said there may have been either one or two. No additional victims have come forward. Violent crime in Berkeley often increases over the summer. The city saw its third homicide of the year July 16 when a man was shot dead while sitting in his car near Russell and Milvia streets. Berkeley police urge anyone who may have information regarding Monday’s incident to call BPD Homicide Detail at (510) 981-5741 or (510) 981-5900. If callers wish to remain anonymous, they are asked to call the Bay Area Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-222-TIPS. —­Tomer Ovadia

UC Berkeley professor of physics Bob Jacobsen was appointed vice chair of the campus division of the Academic Senate earlier this week, serving alongside Fiona Doyle, the senate’s chair and professor of materials science and engineering, for the next academic year. Christopher Kutz, whose term as chair of the senate ended last month, announced the appointment Monday in an e-mail to the Academic Senate. Jacobsen will serve as vice chair for the academic year before becoming chair in the 2011-12 academic year. Doyle and Jacobsen will represent UC Berkeley on the Academic Council, the administrative arm of the UC system’s Academic Senate. The announcement of Jacobsen’s appointment follows news that Robert Anderson, a campus professor of economics and math, will serve as vice chair of the systemwide Academic Senate in the upcoming academic year. As the systemwide vice chair, Anderson will serve as one of two faculty representatives to the UC Board of Regents, among other duties. “The academic year ahead promises as many challenges to shared governance as the year just past,” Kutz said in the email. “With professors Doyle and Jacobsen leading the Berkeley Division, and the appointment of Professor Robert Anderson ... we are as well-placed as we could possibly be to meet those challenges.” Anderson will serve alongside UC Davis law professor Dan Simmons, who will take over as chair of the senate. —Javier Panzar

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Two of the seven Operational Excellence teams have assembled all of their members and are now preparing to decide how to implement changes that will bring the UC Berkeley initiative closer to its overall goal of saving upwards of $75 million. The initiative’s website announced Tuesday that the information technology team and the procurement team are fully formed, each with two sponsors, one initiative manager and additional team members. The other five teams — student services, organizational simplification, energy management, high-performance culture and financial management model — are expected to be announced by Aug. 31. The IT team is made up of 12 members in total, some with campus positions in the information technology field and others from departments such as history and recreational sports. The procurement team is made up of 14 members who hold positions in a range of departments, from molecular and cell biology to procurement strategies and business services. Because members are expected to devote 20 to 40 percent of their time to their teams, initiative leaders must obtain approval from members’ supervisors before members can join. After team sponsors were selected June 3, initiative leaders solicited

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After 42 years on the UC Berkeley campus, Charles Faulhaber, director of the Bancroft Library, announced Tuesday that he will leave the post he has held for 15 years next summer. Faulhaber, who first arrived on campus in 1969 as an acting assistant professor of medieval Spanish literature, oversaw the library’s major renovations in the last decade, as well as its acquisition of major collections, including Mark Twain’s manuscripts. “Charles has presided over a revolution there, in the way that libraries can share their holdings, their collec-

tions,” said Tom Leonard, university librarian. “He sort of always — with an animated expression or smile on his face — (thought) of ways to build collections or to get these collections out so people can see them.” Faulhaber said he had been thinking about retiring for a year and decided six weeks ago to step down next June. “Forty-two years on the Berkeley campus is enough for any sane person,” he said. “This is an absolutely incredible institution and I just feel blessed that I’ve been able to spend my career here.” In recent years, Faulhaber led the team that raised $33 million to renew

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dinary colleagues and staff on campus. In hindsight, I couldn’t have found a better job anywhere else.� After consulting the Academic Senate, Breslauer appointed a search committee of faculty members to advise him on choosing a new person to fill the vice provost position. Currently, only full UC Berkeley professors are being considered. By the end of August, nominations will be reviewed by Breslauer and the committee. Breslauer and Chancellor Robert Birgeneau will make a final decision after interviews and further advising from the committee. The search is slated for completion by late October so that the new vice provost can learn from Zedeck before the appointment begins, Breslauer said in an e-mail. Zedeck’s successor must handle a variety of issues spanning faculty retention, recruitment and welfare. Specific tasks include managing the campus academic personnel process, coordinating dean searches, recruiting new faculty, preventing faculty poaching by other universities and promoting faculty welfare. Since he was appointed to his position in May 2007, Zedeck was both innovative and effective, Breslauer said in an e-mail. He streamlined academic personnel processes, created the

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supportive of veterans like me,” said Greg Rogoff, a UC Berkeley senior and veteran. The magazine’s survey polled roughly 7,000 universities, colleges, community colleges and trade schools. Criteria were established to judge the schools by an academic advisory board composed of educators from a variety of universities and organizations. The board assessed each school’s non-financial efforts in success in recruiting and retaining military and veteran students, financial commitment to veterans and academic accreditations. UC Berkeley — which expects to enroll 285 veterans in the upcoming academic year — met many of the standards set by the magazine, including scholarships and financial support for military students and veterans, scheduling flexibility, additional support through advising and career placement and social outlets such as veteran organizations and clubs. “(UC Berkeley) recognizes that there is a need to acknowledge the unique situation for military students joining the campus,” Pavelek said. “A lot of times, veterans are not traditional students … To see that the school has gone out of its way to find a way to reach out to them, welcome them home and thank them for their service is really nice.” He added that the list assists veterans in deciding which universities to attend, enabling them to determine what schools provide support and services that will be best for them. “The bottom line is that it is a big transition going from being part of a coordinated military unit to going back to school,” Pavelek said. “Knowing that schools have gone out of their

way to ensure that veterans take full advantage of benefits is a big relief to students.” According to Marc Wallis, a veteran who graduated UC Berkeley in May with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, the university reached out to him on his first day on campus. During his Cal Student Orientation, he said he was taken aside and was able to meet other veterans and learn about campus resources available to him, including advising and financial aid. Aside from assistance at CalSO, Wallis said veterans on campus also benefit from priority registration in choosing their classes. As a transfer student, Wallis needed to take impacted lower division classes to graduate, and priority registration helped him get these necessary classes. “Priority registration at Cal is (a) great element,” said Blaise Turcotte, a student veteran and UC Berkeley junior, in an e-mail. “At Cal, vets, athletes and disabled students are the only recipients of priority registration. It basically makes it more effective.” Turcotte said one service that has been very supportive is the campus veteran student group, Cal Veterans Group. The group helps veterans on campus transition to life at UC Berkeley and fosters an “esprit de corps” between student veterans, much like the camaraderie that he encountered in military service, Turcotte said. “Berkeley is incredibly veteranfriendly,” Wallis said. “I know Cal is known for football and academics, but meeting other veterans, having that (group’s) support and getting help navigating though the bureaucracy at Berkeley was the best part for me.” Contact Aaida Samad at asamad@dailycal.org.

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According to Jeannine Raymond, assistant vice chancellor for human resources, efforts such as those that may have been used to retain Patterson are handled by the official who Patterson reports to. In this situation, Robinson is Patterson’s local manager. Raymond said the manager must consider whether there are enough resources to make a counteroffer or whether to even make a counteroffer. “Sometimes a fabulous growth opportunity outweighs the money,” she said. According to Lisa Lapin, a Stanford spokesperson, Stanford will “routinely

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She proved her ability to teach her sport by operating bowling clinics in the 1950s, when the American Junior Bowling Congress requested that she introduce bowling to California’s youth. Family friend Red Pfeiffer said Duval got picked up for her talent by the BVL — a nonprofit organization providing programs to war veterans and active duty service men and women — which sponsored her travel to teach veterans worldwide. “She will be remembered most for her work on the West Coast with the BVL and also her push to start youth bowling in California,” said USBC

spokesperson Terry Bigham. In a 1992 Bowlers Journal article, Duval said her son Richard was her motivation. Diagnosed with polio at age 5, Richard was hospitalized for almost a year. But Duval found a way to teach her son to bowl. The experience of working with her son helped her develop techniques for teaching disabled individuals. Duval was honored as a “bowling legend” at the National Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame’s Salute to Champions Gala in 1993. She was born June 8, 1916 and died July 29, 2010. She is survived by her son Robert Duval. Contact Caroline Cook at ccook@dailycal.org.

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hire people with previous higher education experience and from other universities, as they have the most relevant qualifications.” She said in an e-mail that the position Patterson will fill at Stanford was vacated when his predecessor left to become the head of New York University’s admissions office. UC Berkeley admissions officials lauded Patterson’s efforts on campus to move the admissions process toward embracing new technologies such as Twitter, blogs and webinars to reach prospective students. Robinson called Patterson “young, ambitious, and talented.” Judith McCoy, Stanford’s director of

administration and operations in the offices of undergraduate admission, financial aid and visitor information services, said in an e-mail that Patterson’s job at Stanford will involve admission initiatives including “outreach, multicultural programming, international admission and intercollegiate athletics.” Campus officials will conduct a national search to find Patterson’s replacement. “I’m happy for Bob, but, you know, this university has been here since 1868 — a lot of good people have come and gone, a lot of good people have come and stayed, and Berkeley will be just fine,” Robinson said.

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teams. Shelton Waggener, one of the IT sponsors and the associate vice chancellor for information technology and chief information officer, said his team has been holding two-hour long meetings twice a week for the last few weeks. “It’s a working group and everyone has an equal role to play,” he said. “It’s just different perspectives, and they’re all reviewing the different diagnostics.” Emma Anderson is an assistant news editor. Contact her at eanderson@dailycal.org. ogy department … (and) has been an invaluable citizen of the university for decades,” Breslauer said in an e-mail. “Throughout the decades, his labors as scholar, teacher and citizen have been at once conscientious, meticulous, inspiring, and highly effective.” Contact Aaida Samad at asamad@dailycal.org.

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the library, roughly half of the funds needed to seismically retrofit and renovate the library. The other half came from state funds, according Leonard. “It was estimated that it would cost perhaps $15 million to do the essential work on seismically improving this building,” Leonard said. “A much better approach was to rethink all of the spaces and put in a modern infrastructure and that’s the challenge that Charles helped us to meet.” The $33 million raised from private funds came from foundations, individual donors, Friends of the Bancroft Library and other library lovers, some of whom donated more than $1 million individually, he said. Following nine years of planning and renovations, the library reopened in January of 2009. “His leadership has been critical to the success of the renovation ... he finished with great flourish,” said Dave Duer, director of development and external relations at the university library. In his first year as director, Faulhaber helped the library collect manuscripts from the Mexican Inquisition trials from 1595 to 1810, including the records of “the single most important trial in Mexican history for people who were accused of practicing Judaism after they converted back to Catholicism,” Faulhaber said. Also on his watch, the library received the San Francisco Examiner’s photographic morgue — which included photos from around 1925 up until 2000 — consisting of about 3.6 million negatives and about 1.5 million prints in 2006. Faulhaber said the addition of the morgue makes the library’s photographic collection the second largest in the nation behind the Library of Congress. “He greatly expanded our visibility in the community, both the campus community and national community through fostering major exhibitions in a way that we had not been able to do before,” said Peter Hanff, deputy director of the library. Though the search for a new director is premature, Leonard said the university’s intention is to find a successor who has standing in scholarship and an administrative record. “We want a person who can be an excellent ambassador for the library and someone involved in fundraising,” he said. “(The Bancroft Library is) one of the real cultural jewels on the west coast ... so we’re very proud of it.” Stephanie Baer is an assistant news editor. Contact her at sbaer@dailycal.org.


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On the 1600 block of Shattuck Avenue, between Cedar and Lincoln streets, coffee connoisseurs come to a quandary. Sitting side-by-side on this block are Guerilla Cafe and Philz Coffee — two cafes that serve some of the most hyped coffees in the Bay Area. Both strive to embrace the community around them but do so in different ways, and both have collected their own variety of “regulars.” Guerilla Cafe, which opened in 2006, has been a fixture of the Northside neighborhood for a few more years than Philz Coffee, which only came to Shattuck this May. The two shops serve distinctive yet similar flavors of Bay Area coffee brands — Guerilla being one of the first to serve Oakland-based Blue Bottle Coffee and Philz serving its own coffee beans, which debuted at the original San Francisco store in 2003. Upon walking into the cafe, the “vibe in Guerilla is evident” said employee of two years Sandra Lawson-Ndu. A portrait of Howard Zinn covers one wall, works made by the owner and employees cover other walls and the sound of a bongo drum beats overhead. “We wanted to create a place where we serve really, really good coffee, kind of a low-fare breakfast menu ... and we really wanted the artwork to be a big part of the cafe,” said an owner and founder of the cafe, Andrea Ali. Ali, a ceramics artist who grew up in Berkeley and studied art at San Francisco State University, said many of the employees are artists as well. LawsonNdu sings “soul-indie” music and has performed at the cafe. “I love the fact that a lot of people are just doing their thing and working at the cafe like they’re artists or musicians ... and really all of those elements seem to come to the cafe,” she said. “It’s not like you do this on the outside and then you come here.” Founded in 2003 by Phil Jaber, Philz has since gathered a following with its seven stores around the Bay Area, including the Shattuck store, the

company’s first East Bay location. Like Guerilla, Philz makes its coffee drip-style, but the process from order to finished product is quite “unique” and requires detailed explanation to new customers, employees said. Customers choose from a variety of coffee beans — from light to medium to dark roasts — and the barista asks the customer how sweet or not sweet they want their cup of coffee to be. “It was a lot of just telling people over and over and over what we do and how this is different and why you won’t get a latte like you’re used to,” said store supervisor Brianna Skellie. Employees at each cafe expressed a passion for the community, as both shops organize events such as musical performances to bring in locals. Starting Aug. 20, Guerilla will be opening at 4 a.m. on Fridays during Ramadan for those who practice Islam. The shop has also organized a fundraising event to support relief efforts in Pakistan after the recent flood. Philz’s connection with the neighborhood is represented, partially, in the small rack on one wall that holds the mugs of regular patrons like recent UC Berkeley graduate Cecilia Ng. “It’s like the only coffee shop ... that’s big, and I can study here and the people are really welcoming and friendly and the coffee is really good,” said Ng, who has come to Philz almost every day since it opened. “I just love the atmosphere.” In a back room for employees, Skellie said they keep tabs on how some regulars with specific orders like their coffee as well as a “Wall of Awesomeness” that displays customer quotes about the coffee and baristas. When Philz first opened, some said a rivalry might ensue between the two stores, but employees at both stores said there has not been too much competition. “It’s a different thing and a different product,” Skellie said. “I think here there’s no sense of competition, just kind of a respect of what they do and what they stand for and everything they offer.”

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Man Robbed of iPhone, iPod in Downtown Berkeley by Stephanie Baer Contributing Writer

While walking down Shattuck Avenue early Friday morning, a male of an unknown affiliation was robbed of his iPhone and iPod, personal items that police say are commonly stolen around the UC Berkeley campus and throughout Berkeley. At approximately 2:42 a.m., the victim was walking on the east side of the avenue around Kittredge Street and passed three individuals. When one of the suspects caught up with the victim and began talking to him, the victim removed his ear bud to hear what the individual was saying. The suspect then struck him in the head and sprayed an unknown caustic substance into his eyes. As the victim fell to the ground, the suspect took the iPhone and iPod out of the victimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hand, according to Berkeley police Officer Jamie Perkins. Berkeley Fire Department paramedics treated the victimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s minor injuries, which were not life-threat-

ening, at the scene before a Berkeley police officer transported the victim home, Perkins said. iPod and iPhone thefts or robberies similar to Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s incident are common on Southside and throughout Berkeley due to the productsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; high resale value and thievesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; potential ability to easily conceal the devices, Perkins said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something that everybody wants,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People steal them because they are just such a hot commodity.â&#x20AC;? In an effort to increase the chances of recovering stolen hardware, Perkins said police suggest keeping track of serial numbers for iPhones, iPods and any other valuable items and make the information available to the police, who can enter the number into the Automated Property System, a nationwide database that most pawn shop owners also have access to. If the merchandise is located, police can run the serial number against the database and determine whether an item has been reported stolen. Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s victim provided police with the serial number for the iPhone at

the scene, Perkins said, adding that she was unsure if the victim had managed to report the serial number for the iPod. In a Dec. 8 incident, a UC Berkeley student was robbed of her iPhone while standing on a sidewalk in front of the Crossroads Dining Commons at Channing Way and Bowditch Street at about 6:48 p.m., according to a UCPD crime alert. When standing in an area that is presumably safe, such as outside of a dining hall, Perkins said students should be aware of their surroundings to avoid being robbed of their iPhone or iPod devices. She added that police also generally encounter incidents where people leave their property unattended at coffeehouses or other public areas. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The most important thing is to just be very aware,â&#x20AC;? Perkins said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pay attention who is walking by you (and) keep eye contact with people because these crimes happen so quickly.â&#x20AC;? Stephanie Baer is an assistant news editor. Contact her at sbaer@dailycal.org.

As voters prepare to tackle the various issues facing the city and state in this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s election, city and university leaders are both trying to get student voters to the polls on Nov. 2. Jeremy Pilaar, the ASUC voter coalition co-coordinator, said he hopes to register 5,000 student voters during this election period by working with various campus organizations such as the Berkeley Student Cooperative, Cal Greeks and campus political clubs, among others. The campaign will include installing registration drop-boxes in dorms in addition to establishing a visible presence in campus dining commons, on Sproul Plaza, at the Downtown Berkeley BART station and at Caltopia, he said. With the help of Barack Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historical bid in 2008, Pilaar said the coalition registered close to 10,000 students â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;an exceptional blip on the

radar scale.â&#x20AC;? The coalition this year will most likely rake in much lower numbers, typical of a midterm election. Still, Pilaar said the coalition will try to register as many students to vote in Berkeley as possible, hoping that a large turnout will give both the university and the city more clout when asking the state for resources. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we lobby for services and money, we can point to that bigger number,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So when we register voters, I do stress the local angle, but we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t aggressively push.â&#x20AC;? Councilmembers Kriss Worthington, Gordon Wozniak and Jesse Arreguin â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all of whom are up for reelection this November and currently represent the most heavily studentpopulated districts â&#x20AC;&#x201D; have a similar interest in encouraging students to register in Berkeley. Wozniak and Worthington estimated their districts are each composed of

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or all of CalSOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happy, golucky elements â&#x20AC;&#x201D; have you ever seen a frowning counselor? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the two-day orientation also introduces students to UC Berkeleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s harsh realities. Attendees get an early taste of the dining commons, where those cold, hard realities are actually the entrees. They even sit down for their first grueling Tele-BEARS session. When it comes to Cal football, though, no such â&#x20AC;&#x153;straight talkâ&#x20AC;? is present. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where I come in: to let you know that cheering on the team is not always a rosy experience. (More accurately, it hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been â&#x20AC;&#x153;rosyâ&#x20AC;? since 1959.) Make no mistake, future Bears fans: the community you are entering is one of the most dedicated in college football. You will have few better experiences in college than clapping and yelling your lungs off at the 50 yard line (especially on third downs), having a sea of hands transport you up the

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Calâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reputation as a rebellious campus has translated nicely onto the football field, where the Bears have defied the odds for half a century now â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the odds that, at some point, we have to win more conference games than seven (or nine, for now) other teams. (Note: itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s usually not a good sign when the Wall Street Journal takes the time to highlight this drought). Floridaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tim Tebow, that patron saint of pigskin, was practically drowning in tears last December after missing out on a third National Championship game in four years. He certainly wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find any sympathy among the Blue and Gold faithful, who have endured over 50 years (and counting) without so much as an outright Pac-10 title. Perhaps this spiel would be more poignant if told by an octogenarian still awaiting a New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Pasadena trip. That doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t change the fact that this generationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (relatively short) stint as a Cal fan has seen no shortage of pain. Certainly, the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s days of being a national laughing stock, of a 1-10 season, are a thing of the past. et even after leading us out of the wilderness, Jeff Tedfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tenure â&#x20AC;&#x201D;the greatest stretch for Cal football in recent memory â&#x20AC;&#x201D; hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t escaped its share of heartbreak. Quite often, one single play has been enough to leave fans wondering about what might have been. What if Jonathan Makonnen hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t slipped on Aaron Rodgersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; final pass at the Coliseum in 2004?

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What if Desean Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s toes were a few inches shorter against Arizona in 2006? What if, on that fateful October evening, Kevin Riley decided to throw the ball away against Oregon State? he experience has created a kind of mental balancing act, with Cal fans constantly hoping for the best, while simultaneously bracing themselves for the worst â&#x20AC;&#x201D; growing to treat every bit of hype or good fortune with a hint of suspicion. The upcoming season may exemplify this feeling perfectly. To be sure, these Bears do not have the mighty USC-slayers-in-waiting image that they carried in years past. Still, they enter this fall an intriguing combination of experience and young potential on offense, a pair of new energetic coordinators, and a sizable chip on their shoulders. The conference race may be as wide open its ever been, with one school out of the Rose Bowl hunt by default (technically two if you count Washington State). 2010 could have some glorious moments. It could also become quite painful to watch. Yet such is the life of a Cal fan, my friends. You can use any words to describe the experience â&#x20AC;&#x201D; thrills, tradition, spirit, pride, what have you. All I can say is that â&#x20AC;&#x153;easyâ&#x20AC;? isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t one of them â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and perhaps it shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be. After all, our Golden Bear wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be â&#x20AC;&#x153;sturdyâ&#x20AC;? without braving through some rough patches.

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roughly 50 percent students. Of these students, however, only some may be registered to vote and an even smaller number will actually cast their ballot in Berkeley and not in their hometown â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all making studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; impact on local politics difficult to evaluate. A high turnover rate among student voters â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who may leave the city after keeping tabs on local politics for four years or fewer, if at all â&#x20AC;&#x201D; breeds a lack of institutional knowledge, which may discourage students from voting for local measures, Wozniak said.

Pilaar said even though this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gubernatorial race â&#x20AC;&#x153;is not energizing young voters,â&#x20AC;? a few local initiatives, including the proposed amendments to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current Medical Marijuana Ordinance that could increase the number of cultivation locations throughout the city, may spark student voter interest. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The city does a lot, and maybe only 10 percent of what the council does directly affects students,â&#x20AC;? Wozniak said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But we rely on citizen input, and it really helps to have the student input, too.â&#x20AC;?

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University Forced to Deal With Massive Budget Cuts From State by Emma Anderson Daily Cal Staff Writer

Faced with over a half billion dollars in cuts from the state in the last year, the University of California has grappled with numerous efforts to mitigate their effects. The UC furloughed faculty, hiked up student fees and formed numerous committees to chart a new course for the university. While those measures captured the attention of the nation months ago, the physical effects of $637 million in state cuts are still being felt. To combat UC Berkeleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $209 million initial shortfall, the campus had to make changes as well, cutting the budgets of most research and teaching units by about 20 percent or more. Individual departments were left with deciding how to meet their shrunken budgets. Within the College of Letters and Science, 19 departments have cut phone service for faculty offices. One gardener now mows all the lawns on campus. There are 63 leaky roofs across campus and the campus has accrued millions of dollars in deferred maintenance. Though campus officials have said the number of course offerings have

been a priority, maintaining about the same level last year as in previous years, fewer lab and discussion sections have been offered for some classes because individual departments have been unable to afford graduate student instructors. To curtail cuts and generate more revenue, the campus has embarked upon an ambitious project, dubbed Operational Excellence, to streamline what many campus administrators say is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;decentralizedâ&#x20AC;? campus structure by potentially consolidating and cutting various units â&#x20AC;&#x201D; aimed to save at least $75 million. The UC Commission on the Future was established by UC President Mark Yudof and Russell Gould, chair of the UC Board of Regents, in July to craft new proposals to save the university money in coming years. Additionally, the campus admitted many more out-of-state and international students to this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s incoming freshman class in order to raise further revenue from the higher fees that non-residents must pay. The extra funds will go towards increasing courses offered as well as towards diversity initiatives. Emma Anderson is an assistant news editor. Contact her at eanderson@dailycal.org.

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anything. ut Berkeley, I remember from my first year, can be a cold, dismal and lonely place. Therefore I will present you, oh entering Class of 2014, with a list of “Five Things I’d Wish I’d Known Back Then.” To you, “back then” means “right freaking now.” 1. You are not an English major. This could easily be terrible advice, because for all I know, you are an English major. The thing is, I’m not, and I always knew I wasn’t, but for my entire first year I pretended to be. If you have any sneaky suspicions that you’ve entered a field because you can’t think of anything better to do, think of something better to do, and do it. Say nay to the naysayers: Your undergraduate major doesn’t matter, none of us are getting jobs after graduation anyway. 2. Take a language class right away. They are small, fun and friendly, and provide a needed respite from the giant lecture halls of freshman year. It’s a great place to find friends no matter your major, and starting a language in your first semester could mean you’ll graduate fluent. Fluent! 3. Enroll in Professor Ananya Roy’s “Global Poverty” class. Don’t ask questions. This is why you came to Berkeley. No excuses. Tuesdays and Thursdays 2-3:30 p.m., Wheeler Auditorium, CCN: 13480. 4. Never compare your own experiences to those you read about on your friends’ Facebooks. Chances are, they haven’t actually made 200 lifelong best friends in their first week. More than likely, they’re eating microwaved enchiladas and looking at other peoples’ Facebook statuses, feeling socially incompetent, just like you. 5. Remember that you’re special.

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This one sounds corny as hell, probably because it’s another of my mom’s pieces of advice. I cringe to even write it. But it’s the most important thing you must do at Berkeley. It’s a difficult task when you live in a place called Unit 3, in a half of a box on a floor of a dozen other boxes stacked eight stories high, full of people who did what you did in high school but better... a place where you will try to grow a plant but it will wither away and when it finally shows some sign of life, it will fall out the window and into the arms of a crack dealer in the street below. You are unique, you are impressive, you are intelligent, etc. etc. he first year at Berkeley can be tough. We don’t have that liberal arts college coddle-fest thing going on. At the end of my first semester, I was still confused about what I was doing and couldn’t honestly call myself happy. But eventually, I found my niche. It was in a co-op pantry next to a 10-kilo box of chocolate chips. Yours could be too. Now I can’t wait to return to my senior year. I can’t count the number of friends I want to eat frozen yogurt with or the professors I want to scream insults at. I’m already dreading the moment I have to say goodbye to the campus I wandered listlessly as a disillusioned freshman. It’s no surprise to find an academic challenge at Berkeley. But the true challenge for many, including myself, was in trying to take a big, mean, impersonal institution and make it home. When it happens, though, you realize you couldn’t have found it anywhere else. I can’t promise when or where you will find it, only that you will. Unless the donkey gets you first. Compare Facebook statuses with Hannah at opinion@dailycal.org.

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UC President Mark Yudof: The Man, The Myth, The Tweets by Javier Panzar Daily Cal Staff Writer

For a man at the helm of the largest university system in the world, Mark Yudof spends a lot of time on Twitter. The UC president sends a handful of 140 character messages out to his nearly 5,500 followers each day, with topics running the gamut between offbeat movie reviews and sobering updates on the state budget process. Since the UC was hit with more than $500 million in state cuts last summer, Yudof and his office have taken to social media to help advocate for the UC, according to Karen Breslau, director of executive communications for the UC Office of the President.

“There was some criticism when he first started ... that it was a flip thing to be doing when the UC was in such dire straights,” she said. “But (the tweets) are, for the most part, very much about higher education and the role UC plays.” And according to Howard Rheingold, a social media pioneer who teaches at UC Berkeley’s School of Information, Yudof is taking advantage of the social networks Twitter enables. “People always look at the surface of Twitter and don’t mine it for its potential,” he said. “If you know what you are doing Twitter can be a great tool ... you can begin to not only have a network, but a community.” Javier Panzar is the news editor. Contact him at jpanzar@dailycal.org.

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Writers Inscribe Legacy on Post-’60s Bay Area Culture Dave Eggers and the McSweeney’s Crew Update The Literary Landscape Inherited From the Beats by Ryan Lattanzio Daily Cal Staff Writer

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he Bay Area has been sounding its barbaric yawp since, well, whenever whenever was. The 1956 publication of Allen Ginsberg’s modern anti-epic “Howl” sent readers (and censors) running for the proverbial hills. He showed us how the best minds of his generation walked the “romance of the streets.” That poem, and Ginsberg, really did wade deep in the gutter, pulling an otherwise lay readership out of the flotsam and into the cultural fabric. Though the bustling kaffeeklatsch of the Beat Generation — Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, among other “angel-headed hipsters” — has been left for days bygone, some figures like Gary Snyder and David Meltzer are still hanging around, shooting the shit and rhyming it, too. The Beat Generation left its tortured heart in San Francisco, but it still beats! The turn of the century brought a new form of literary machismo to the Bay. Prolific novelists Michael Chabon and Dave Eggers, also the co-founder of McSweeney’s, are among the most nationally prominent Bay-based writers; each is the half of a literary power couple. Chabon is married to Ayelet Waldman, who is known to be a little too forthcoming about their sex life in her essays. Dave Eggers’ plus one is Vendela Vida, with whom he cowrote the screenplay for Sam Mendes’ 2009 film Away We Go. And Lemony Snicket? It’s merely a pseudonym. His name’s actually Daniel Handler, and he lives in San Francisco (fun fact: he’s an on-and-off accordion player for the Magnetic Fields). But unlike the Beats, these guys wear a chip on their shoulders. In fact, sometimes the Beats didn’t wear anything at all (re: Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs’ nudie shots). McSweeney’s may officially be a San Francisco-based publishing house, but it’s more of a large, imposing umbrella that encompasses most of the Bay’s glittering literati. Their magazine “The Believer” boasts monthly features, columns and interviews with and conducted by local writers. UC Berkeley English majors drooled over Professor Namwali Serpell’s elegant and delectably lascivious essay on “Lolita” in the May 2010 issue. As a bookworm and a movie geek, too, I feel Hollywood’s been especially remiss of late to notice San Francisco. It hasn’t adopted the filmic lore

of New York, but film’s absence in the Golden City has been filled by a plentiful literary culture. New York has its angry neurotics, and we just have our neurotics. (BTW, though I settled for “the Golden City,” a Google search of colloquial nicknames for San Francisco returned the phrase “The City That Knows How.” Tell me WHY this is archaic! Can we puh-lease bring back this into the lexicon?) For those new to the Bay, you don’t have to cross the bridge to pick the fruits from the tree of literary knowledge. Poets like Lawrence Ferlinghetti or members of the post-Beat LANGUAGE school movement (such Film’s absence as the English in the Golden department’s own Lyn Hejinian) flock City has been to Berkeley to hone filled by a their pun-manship. Berkeley’s unof- plentiful literficial street poet, ary culture. Julia Vinograd, hangs and hobbles New York has around our very own Caffe Mediter- its angry neuraneum on Telerotics, and we graph. She might ask you for an ice just have our cream sundae in neurotics. exchange for one of her whacky books of poetry. Caffe Med was host to a number of writers before acquiring its status as a fly-strip for buzzing transients and the community’s most disheveled. Mark Z. Danielewski, the warped genius who wrote “House of Leaves,” is said to have written his manuscript at Med along with other places around Berkeley. You could say Danielewski brought the avant-garde into the rank and file. It seems only a place as berserk as Berkeley could serve as a kind of salon for such radical freethinkers, where the best minds of our generation continue to write and rewrite the way we experience the Bay. Alas, I can only offer a microcosm of a microcosm of the Bay’s literary history. You might try City Lights Books and the Beat Museum in San Francisco, or even Moe’s in Berkeley to get a better idea of it. I could bust my book-loving nut all over your face if you want me to, but it wouldn’t compare to feeling the girth of the Bay Area literary horse-dick up your ass. And I’ve only lived here for two years, but that’s enough to start a revolution on paper, right? Traverse the City That Knows How with Ryan at rlattanzio@dailycal.org.


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FRESHMAN ORIENTATION The Daily Californian

COMIC RELIEF

10 THINGS, CONTINUED FROM PAGE 20

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he sheer bounty of San Francisco can entice anyone to go on a sartorial scavenger hunt, especially if she has an itch to wear something other than the hippie-afied tunics or vintage skirts that abound in so many campus-area storefronts. Whether or not those things have a place in your wardrobe, for the days you feel like sauntering in new skinny jeans or a short, bohemian dress, there is Sway. Located just south of UC Berkeley, Sway boasts a collection of womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clothes, shoes and accessories (sorry fellas) comparable in price and style sensibility to stores like Zara. Except, unlike the fast-fashion chains around Union Square, this small boutique provides a safe haven for the trend-conscious without turning its customers into carbon copies. Sway frequently rotates its stock and holds a biannual fashion show in the store, but its penchant for an urban-meets-feminine je ne sais quoi remains constant. Browse through the slouchy crop tops, highwaist skirts and frilly rompers downstairs, or doll up in leather oxfords and an evening dress on the second floor. Quirky, elegant, or a mixture of both, where there is a will, there is a Sway. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Nastia Voynovskaya

hether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in the market for a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peanutsâ&#x20AC;? anthology, some classic Jack Kirby comics, or the latest issue of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Unwritten,â&#x20AC;? Comic Relief on Shattuck Ave. has your number. Founded in 1987 by the late Rory Root, Comic Relief bills itself as â&#x20AC;&#x153;THE Comic Bookstore,â&#x20AC;? and with their accessible approach to organizing their vast stock, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to see why. Like any bookstore concerned with peddling prose, they put bigdeal books on display at the entrance; the rest of their stock is conveniently organized by genre and title, with a special section for particularly beloved creators. The layout is open and welcoming. Even if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not keen on superheroes, the shelves have plenty to offer, from assorted zines to manga to British science fiction comics. Then thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the ever-present cat, and that odd, bulky Tusken Raider mannequin in suspenders. Comic Relief used to pair nicely with neighbor the Other Change of Hobbit as a great way for geeks to blow their cash. Alas, the fantasy bookstore recently relocated to near Ashby BART, but Comic Relief remains as downtown Berkeleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only comic store. And an especially fine one, at that, whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re an inveterate reader or a comics novice. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Sam Stander

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hoever said that reading is dead must have never set foot inside Pegasus Books. Located just a couple of blocks from campus, their downtown branch is a popular venue for students. Like typical bookstores, Pegasus sells new and used books ranging from graphic novels to Victorian romances, but they also host events such as poetry readings and book signings. Whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for a rare edition of that classic or more popular or contemporary works, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re bound to stumble across it here. Even if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not seeking anything in particular, be sure to browse the staff â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recommendations, which display a diverse selection of well chosen favorites. Pegasus also gives off a homey feel, maybe due to the helpfulness of the staff who are always eager to assist you in finding that elusive title. You camp out for an entire afternoon, reading to your heartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s content. And if thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not your thing, Pegasus is famous for an annual New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s calendar sale, offering many exquisite pieces at unbeatable bargain prices. When you visit, be sure to say hello to Parit and Sabrina, the adorable store cats. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Cynthia Kang

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Were you a gym warrior in high school? Yeah, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be embarrassed. I was one too. Well, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you worry; those days arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t over just yet. Luckily for you, Cal has a whole assortment of intramural sports to keep those gym warrior days. Here are some IM tips from a seasoned vet: â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sign up for a free agent team. On paper it sounds like a good idea, but people stop showing up for games midway through the season because the free agent teams usually get stomped on. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Watch out for co-rec leagues. These

pac-10 expansion Larry Scott has sent a message: this ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t your grandmaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pac-10 anymore. This summer, the ambitious new commissioner has launched an aggressive campaign aimed at increasing his conferenceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visibility and financial competitiveness. In addition to his all-out marketing blitz â&#x20AC;&#x201D; complete with a new logo and a flashy East Coast coachesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; tour â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Scott has expanded the conference for the first time since 1978, when the Arizona schools were added. So far, his mission to attract attention has been a rousing success. Scottâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s initial addition of Colorado

leagues have odd rules that can lead to frustrating times. Take co-rec soccer, for example. Males can only dribble the ball three consecutive times. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Only the early birds get to play. If you want to sign-up a team you have to show up early. Like real early. People usually start getting in line around midnight and bring their sleeping bags with them. And no, this isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a freshman prank. Oh, and one more thing. If you win the championship, you get a free t-shirt. Let it be known that those tees are the most coveted pieces of apparel on campus. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Mustafa Shaikh

sparked a week-long media frenzy â&#x20AC;&#x201D; featuring talks of a possible 16-team mega-conference, with Texas as the grand prize. Ultimately, he was unable to raid the Big 12 and settled on plucking Utah out of the Mountain West. Questions still linger about the new 12-team arrangement, such as the championship game location and the type of division alignment scheme that would please all members. One thing is certain, though: we havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen the last of Scott as a major player in college football. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Ed Yevelev

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ocated in South Berkeley, Ashby Stage has all the makings of a 21st-century live theater experience. The venue is home to the notoriously cutting-edge theater company, Shotgun Players, whose masterful adaptations of classics and offbeat original productions have earned them a steady following of dramaphiles and literary rebels. And did I mention the space runs on 100% solar power, sells scrumptious baked goods and ticket prices usually fall within the $20 range? Bravo! Encore! As conscious members of the community, Shotgun Players have accrued their strong local presence by building long-term relationships with Bay Area playwrights and composers. Producing at least one commissioned work per season, the company has been known to convert its modest stage into a snowy wonderland, an English summer house or a farm full of beat-boxing animals. Many of their contemporary plays feature original musical scores that leave audiences yearning for a soundtrack to purchase. When you need a break from classes or parties, Ashby Stageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s imaginative offerings will give your intellectual side a chance to, well, play. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Nastia Voynovskaya

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The Hayward Fault â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which is sort of like the less-famous younger brother of the San Andreas â&#x20AC;&#x201D; happens to run along the entire length of Memorial Stadium. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a California native, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve probably heard a lot about what this means. Yes, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been overdue for an earthquake since forever, and yes, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s supposed to be big. Like most of the buildings on campus, Memorial Stadium doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exactly measure up to seismic safety standards. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why when you hike up to football games this fall, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll also be greeted by dirt and fencing â&#x20AC;&#x201D; signs of construction to make sure the whole thing

doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get swallowed up by the earth during some apocalyptic tremors. The retrofit also includes the Student Athlete High Performance Center, a swanky new facility filled with locker rooms and offices that should help recruiting. What does this mean? Well, in 2011, all â&#x20AC;&#x153;homeâ&#x20AC;? football games will be held at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s supposed to be a shuttle service for next season, so at least you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to deal with public transportation. And hey, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have time to brush up on the Cal drinking song. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Jack Wang

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Football season tickets are still on sale for students, but if you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t already shelled out $99 for premium seating on the 50-yard line, you probably werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t inclined to in the first place. But fret not, fledging Cal fans. There are plenty of other venues for you to don the blue and gold. Remember that ID card you had to line up for at CalSO? Yep, your Cal 1 Card will get you into any sporting event completely free of charge â&#x20AC;&#x201D; excepting menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball and the aforementioned football. The Pac-10 loves to bill itself as the conference of champions, and not with-

out good reason. The Bears, for example, field strong teams in a wide variety of sports, even if most of them arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t usually televised. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the volleyball team, No. 11 in the nation in preseason rankings. Head to Edwards Stadium to try and prolong your World Cup fever with either menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s or womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re living in the dorms, the closest stop is Spieker Aquatics Complex. Catch a late-morning menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water polo game as an alternative to Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entree of football. You can even hear the whistles from Unit 3. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Jack Wang


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FRESHMAN ORIENTATION

10 Things to Know About Cal Athletics the play

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Nov. 20, 1982. As a Cal student, that date — along with every step, catch and lateral of the Starkey-narrated miracle — needs to be permanently etched into your mind. The score was 20-19 after Stanford sent a field goal through the uprights. The Bears had four seconds left to save the Axe. Life isn’t supposed to unfold like a Disney sports movie. Five laterals, 50-plus yards and a broken trombone later, it did. The Play was something magical, a singular event that won’t be topped even if the Bears eventually do make a return to the Rose Bowl — there’s one of those every year, after all. John Elway’s college career finale was ruined in Memorial Stadium that day, stomped into the ground as Kevin Moen bowled through Stanford band members in the end zone. The Cardinal’s bowl hopes were dashed, the weight of their fans’ fighting words forever lightened. No matter what kind of mid-season collapse today’s Bears procure, no matter the disappointments and heartbreaks, The Play will always have a place in both the Cal and figurative sports halls of fame. It is, simply put, the greatest moment in the history of college football. Don’t be that person in the room who doesn’t know about The Play. You will be deservedly ridiculed. —Jack Wang

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The Axe

As far as trophies go, the Stanford Axe has to be one of the most unique. How many cups or statuettes could double as an effective weapon? The Stanford yell leaders first brought it out to a baseball game in 1899, using it to chop blue and gold ribbon and accompany the Axe yell — the chant which uses the phrases “Give ‘em the axe!” and “Right in the neck!” Cal students manage to snatch it after the game, smuggling it back to Berkeley with equal parts resourcefulness and intricacy. It was then kept under wraps for three full decades until 21 Stanfordites finally pulled off a successful heist. Having fully reached its status as a symbol of the cross-bay rivalry — and stolen five times since, three times from Cal — the Axe is now attached to a plaque that records the score of each Big Game. Today, winning the Axe can save a season. Even in the midst of a disappointing fall, rushing the field after the Big Game still gives one an irreplaceable mix of ecstasy, pride and Schadenfreude. The rivalry is also heating up again. The Bears have only lost the Axe once during Jeff Tedford’s eight-year tenure, but entered last year’s game as heavy underdogs before upsetting Stanford. This year, pendulum continues to swing towards Palo Alto. The all-time record is 38-33. Advantage: Cardinal. —Jack Wang

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JOE ROTH

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At some point this season — most likely the Bears’ opener against UC Davis — Jeff Tedford will surpass Lynn “Pappy” Waldorf as the school’s all-time winningest coach in the modern era. Yet one feat that has eluded Tedford, and every other coach since Waldorf in the last half-century: an outright conference crown and the Rose Bowl trip that comes with it. More accurately, Waldorf went to Pasadena three straight times — all within his first four years at Berkeley. The first Pacific Coast Conference title came in 1948, just his second season with the Bears. Though none of the Rose Bowl berths resulted in victory, Waldorf resurrected a Cal football program that had suffered eight straight losing seasons prior to his arrival. The Bears were not the only team to benefit from his miracle work. He transformed a one-win Oklahoma State team into a four-time conference champion, and his turnaround at Northwestern earned him the first-ever national Coach of the Year award. On Cal’s campus, there is a bronze statue of him resting on one knee. After all that he did, it’s a much deserved rest. —Ed Yevelev

PETE NEWELL

Don’t take these brief words as a full eulogy for the life of Joe Roth, who was a great player and a better person. Roth is one of Cal’s elite quarterbacks, a walk-on who arrived in Berkeley in 1975. That year, he led the Bears to a stunning upset of USC, a team Cal hadn’t beaten since 1957. It took him hours to walk from Memorial Stadium to his apartment a few blocks away; everyone wanted to shake Joe’s hand. Roth began 1976 as a no-doubt first-round draft pick. But a few games in, it became apparent that something wasn’t right. Roth had cancer. He told only Cal’s head coach and, through the intense mental and physical pain, finished the season. In December, tests revealed that Roth’s body was being ravaged by malignant tumors. He started chemotherapy a few weeks later and then, amazingly, flew to Hawaii and Japan for postseason senior bowls. His time, though, was winding down. In February, Roth was admitted to the hospital; he was dying. He demanded to be moved back to his apartment on College. There, family, friends and coaches kept him company in his final days. On the 19th, Roth passed away. Over 1,000 people attended his memorial service. His jersey, No. 12, is the only one that Cal has ever retired. Every year, one game is dedicated in memory of Joe, a man who reminds us that athletic greatness is one thing — but true courage is another. —Katie Dowd

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Part of a university bursting with tradition, Haas Pavilion is no different. Inside is a court dedicated to the late Pete Newell, the legendary men’s basketball coach whose six seasons on the sidelines signaled the apex of Cal hoops. Between 1956 and 1960, his Bears advanced to consecutive Elite Eights, captured an an NCAA title, and finished as national runners-up. Of course, Newell’s contributions extend far beyond Haas Pavilion and Cal. A member of both the Naismith and College Basketball Hall of Fame, Newell has been consequential at every level of the sport. He spent 15 years coaching college hoops, guided the United States men’s team to Olympic gold in 1960, and served as an NBA scout. Newell was also a world-renowned basketball instructor — publishing five different books on the game and founding a famous “Big Man Camp” that developed dozens of professional players. He passed away two years ago at the age of 93, and Berkeley is just one place where his legend lives on. —Ed Yevelev

tightwad hill

You’ve already heard about the quintessentially Berkeley spots: Telegraph, Sproul Plaza, Memorial Glade. Add Tightwad Hill to the list. Tightwad probably doesn’t get the recognition it deserves — it’s truly one of the most unique venues in all of sports. Tightwad is completely free and offers stellar views of the city, the Bay and, of course, Cal football games. After carving out a spot in the hillside for your chair (seriously, trowels are available for the job), you can sit back and enjoy the game with your friends Mr. Beer and Mr. Doobie, two things you absolutely cannot have inside the stadium walls. While the student section goes to war in Memorial Stadium, Tightwad Hill offers a more laid-back version of gameday. Its patrons include families with children, poor students and, yes, stoners. Perennial Tightwadders have made viewing a game a cultural experience of its own, complete with custom T-shirts and flags, and take it upon themselves to clean up the hill after games. The camaraderie built on the side of the hill with a big ol’ cannon shouldn’t deter you, though. They’ve always got room for at least one more. —Katie Dowd

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Excessive Reportage Limits Lee’s ‘Dead’

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rime reporter Henry K. Lee’s new “murder mystery” novel, “Presumed Dead,” reads less like a murder mystery and more like a report. A very, very long report. Contrary to its advertising claims, it also reads very little as the thriller it purports itself to be, with a near-obvious end (that you can guess from the beginning), lacking suspense and deficient of any — ahem — mystery. The “murder” part is true, anyway. Lee’s novel, released just last month, covers the real-life events leading up to and including the murder trial of Hans Thomas Reiser, a Bay Area native and UC Berkeley graduate. He single-handedly embodies the idea of computer geeks and CS majors as potentially autistic, asocial egomaniacs and — spoiler! (not really) — wife-killing sociopaths. Creator of the self-proclaimed world’s fastest computer filing system, ReiserFS, and accepted into Berkeley at only age 15, he is indisputably a genius, of the crazy-plotting-murder-genius kind. The novel follows the disappearance and murder — Or did she run away? Or was she part of the KGB? Or? OR?— of Hans Reiser’s estranged ex-wife, Nina Reiser, a Russian doctor who reportedly met him through a Russian mail-order catalogue. They fell in love, she got pregnant (chronology under dispute), had a crazy wedding and moved to Oakland. It’s a telling sign of true love when the pre-nup stipulates that the wife must have children. And it’s certainly no indication of a doomed marriage when the groom states that she must “give up everything else.” Amid an acrimonious divorce dealing with their children and Hans’ allegations that his wife suffered from Munchausen-by-proxy disorder and was over-diagnosing their children, Nina disappeared. The search-and-rescue turned search-and-recover process failed to locate a body, but instead revealed a scandalous past for the — by-all-accounts — great mother who searched Craigslist ads for sexual encounters and whose adulterous relationships included those with a jealous lover — whose ex-wife was nearly identical to Nina, and Hans’ former best friend — an S&M aficionado. A writer for the Chronicle, Henry K. Lee has

been a crime reporter in the Bay Area for 18 years. He began compiling the material for the novel during the Reiser murder trial, liveblogging the proceedings at www.sfgate.com/ZBLS. It was suggested by fans of the blog that he write a book. The thing is, unless you thrive in the tedious, you might be better off not reading it. The novel is impressively well-researched, though sometimes to its detriment, as Lee delves into tangents that relate the history of almost each individual and location. Often serving to weigh down the narrative and impede its flow, the excess material is of little interest and minimal importance. Lee’s descriptive powers, too, rely heavily on recitation and a brand of tell-don’t-show, both of which fail to capture a palpable, dynamic setting within “Dead”: “Nina wore a black-and-white sundress, a necklace with a blue stone and flip-flops. Rory had on a green shirt, and his sister ... was wearing a yellow dress,” Lee writes. Though it seems that the material is presented in full — it’s 445 pages long — the handling of it isn’t very objective, as the author’s description treats Nina with a gilded pen and Hans with tangible disdain. A multiplicity of nounverb sentence structures plagues the novel, and the read gets tired quickly as the material fumbles in a deluge of minute details and unvaried construction. The writing is often repetitious and fumbles in details of little interest while it repeats itself; it often makes the same point multiple times again and again, repeating itself over and over. “What would it mean if these crimes were just swept under the rug?” Lee asks in his foreword. “What if nobody cared? What if victims weren’t given a voice, an opportunity — sometimes from the grave — to be heard?” The questions are relevant, and the novel a testimony to the potency of crime reporting. But while Lee may be an adept reporter, he’s no novelist, and his narrative writing style is proof of an accomplished journalist who simply cannot provide a compelling account. The strength of “Presumed Dead” is based only on the riveting nature of the facts, and not Lee’s writing skill. So what if nobody cared? Too long, too detailed and sometimes too boring, the book may be better “swept under the rug” itself. Solve the maddening mystery of where the murder mystery went with Liz at emak@dailycal.org.

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have a confession to make: Despite my collegiate feminism, my vehement opposition to sexism and discrimination of all kinds, sometimes I can’t help but enjoy music that promotes misogyny, violence and other forms of political incorrectness. If the song’s beat catches my attention, the rhythm can feel like an injection of aural pleasure and I don’t seem to mind exposure to the impurities laced within. One of my most listened-to tracks this summer, “NoHoe” by local rapper D-Lo off of his 2009 album The Tonite Show, certainly falls under this category. In the song’s music video, D-Lo and his crew are just chilling when our leading man receives a text message from his “bitch” (his words, not mine) telling

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him that business is booming on the track (where the hos and prostitutes, uh, you know). Then, the thunderously percussive, minimalistic beat begins to blast its irresistible bass. Born out of the legacy of hyphy — the Bay Area’s fun-loving hip-hop movement that peaked in the mid’00s— local, club-worthy rap with a gangster aesthetic abounds on the Internet. With all their catchiness and nearly farcical lyrics, the likes of D-Lo and collaborators such as Sleepy D don’t seem to invite a much deeper reaction than amusement despite their offensive, oft-violently themed music. However, a new release by hyphy heavyweight Mistah F.A.B. made me rethink the cultural implications of blatantly irresponsible versification. Known for such speaker-rattling songs as “Super Sic Wit It” and “Ghost Ride It” (which popularized the term “ghost ride the whip”), Mistah F.A.B. recently came out with a song and music video that have steered his “Yellow Bus” in a diverging direction from the rambunctious raps typical of the Freestyle King of the Bay. “Fuck the World,” which F.A.B. premiered on his YouTube account a little over a week ago, narrates a troubled inner-city teenager’s life struggle and subsequent descent into hard drug use and street violence. But rather than glorifying gunfights or narcotic revelry like countless rappers young and old, Mistah F.A.B. rhymes in an urgent voice shrill with tension, squinting in somber disappointment as he paces around a cemetery. One scene depicts a young man holding a gun to another’s chest during a squabble; later, as loitering youths, streetwalkers and neighbors defiantly gaze into the camera, the chorus

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sounds: “He’s like, fuck the world / Life don’t mean nothin’ / He ain’t listenin’ / How you tell a teen something?” While Mistah F.A.B. has recorded his share of Ecstasy-addled pimping soundtracks, “Fuck the World” is perhaps his most explicit attempt to bring attention to the problems of youth violence in crime-ridden areas like his hometown, Oakland. With the streak of gang-related murders in Berkeley, Oakland and across the Bay so far this year, the video resonates with the pain and resulting cynicism and apathy rampant among young people in the forgotten corners of society. As a student of comparative literature, I learned long ago not to conflate the author of a piece with its narrator. But while D-Lo and his group HBR Click brag about making guns go “Blaaaat” over their infectious, thumping beats, it’s difficult to listen with detachment and ease knowing the reality of the recent killings and the day-to-day violence “Fuck the World” recalls. Rappers may take on exaggerated personae in their verses for the sake of entertainment, but that fantasy can feel too close for comfort to a cruel reality. Despite my squeamishness, I remind myself that, when it comes down to it, the intrinsically egotistical yet public nature of all art forms is a paradox. Like the stick-thin fashion models, graffiti artists and other instigators of art world contention I discussed in my column this summer, rappers like F.A.B. and even D-Lo feel out society’s fundamental beliefs with their intimate, subjective act of creative self-expression. Am I going to stop cranking up DLo’s The Tonite Show? Not now, at least. Even though I don’t agree with the

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Berkeley’s Theater Companies Offer Diverse, Affordable Art by Gwen Kingston Contributing Writer

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hen the weekend rolls around, most people think of going to the movies, a restaurant or a concert; few seem to think of going to the theater. And yet in a city like Berkeley you can be sure that, on any given Saturday night, there is a play underway. The East Bay’s theater scene offers an extensive and varied array of dramatic voices, from the seasoned professional to the decidedly amateur. Living in Berkeley, live performance is never difficult to find. Undoubtedly the most renowned of Berkeley’s theatrical institutions is the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the original venue of two of this year’s Tony nominees (“In the Next Room” and “American Idiot”). This company has been around since 1968, drawing all kinds of nationally acclaimed talent to the city. Berkeley Rep produces exceptional work, and it is certainly a worthwhile experience to attend a play on either of their two beautiful stages. However, it can get expensive. Probably the number one reason college students don’t go to the theater is cost. We all believe that going to a play

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has to be expensive. This is not true – especially not in Berkeley. Even theaters like Berkeley Rep and its next-door neighbor in both location and caliber, the Aurora, have half-price discounts for students and patrons under 30. But there are also far cheaper options. Shotgun Players, a wonderfully innovative theatre company often performing on Ashby Ave., offers pay-whatyou-can tickets every opening weekend. Similarly, Impact Theatre, the quirky little troupe which operates out of the basement of La Val’s Pizza, has paywhat-you-wish Thursday performances. This means that you can easily see quality theatre for a dollar, or whatever you feel like giving. With movie theater prices rising ever higher, going to a play may actually be one of the cheapest ways to spend your Saturday night. Furthermore, most of these theaters sell alcohol at their performances. There are few movie theaters where you can have a drink while you enjoy the show. On campus we have our own lively theatrical community. BareStage is UC Berkeley’s oldest student theater group, and produces shows every semester directed, acted and often written by Berkeley students. Whether you have a dramatic bent yourself, or simply want

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Dramatis personae. Theatergoers await a show at Berkeley Rep, just one of the many great options for taking in a play in Berkeley. to see your friends embarrass themselves, BareStage is definitely something to be explored during your time at Berkeley. We also have plenty of theater of the more activist variety. Theater for Charity puts on productions expressly to raise money for various philanthropic causes. To top it off their shows are generally hilarious. They keep their prices down to five dollars, and you

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or those not into what’s left of the Grateful Dead — aka Further — the second option for Saturday night’s closer was New York’s highly anticipated retro-rock revivalists the Strokes after nearly a four-year absence. With a wall of lights dancing behind the quintet between three banners lit up on either side of the stage, a tunnel-like image was achieved — but the effects cloaked the band in shadows for the majority of their set. The group opened with “New York City Cops,” “The Modern Age” and “Hard To Explain” off their debut 2001 album Is This It, setting a nostalgic

tone for the group’s loyal fans. Despite pauses and some rambling by frontman Julian Casablancas, the band held together and delivered an excellent set, spanning across three records, barely stopping for breaks between songs. As the crowd chanted “One more song,” Casablancas whispered, “Be careful what you wish for” and proceeded to kick off an encore that consisted of not one, but four songs. “Someday” was backed with projections of Pac-Man and Space Invaders behind the band while “Take It Or Leave It” closed the long-awaited performance. —Tracy Tieu

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cloud of smoke billowed over Outside Lands at sunset, the absolute perfect time for Nas and Damian Marley’s fusion of rap and reggae. While Nas is most notorious for his high energy raps, his collaboration with Damian was exceptionally mellow. Since each performer has already had solo success, I would have expected

them to fight for the spotlight. On the contrary, the two had great chemistry. As they do at every show, they opened with “As We Enter,” the festive introduction to their new album Distant Relatives. By uniting two popular genres, Nas and Damian attracted one of the more diverse crowds at the festival. High school students and mothers of

three were jamming out all the same. Even those who didn’t know the lyrics by heart sang along with the rest of the crowd and fed off the irresistible energy. This degree of unity is what reggae and hip-hop each traditionally preach, and Nas and Damian just took it to an even higher level. —Erin Donaldson

Bassnectar

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espite being stuck with a mid-afternoon slot and without his famous light show, Bassnectar killed it. His long, greasy hair swept over his turntables as he vigorously spun what is arguably the best dubstep out there right now. The crowd grooved harder than they had all day, tossing around inflatable beach balls. Bassnectar sampled tracks from such a wide variety of genres that it was impossible not to be having a good time. Then the power went out. It was the absolute worst time for this to happen. Half the crowd was

infuriated; the rest were confused and contemplating heading to another stage. Crowd aside, of all the acts playing the festival, a power outage was most inconvenient for a DJ performing one continuous track. Fortunately, Bassnectar was allowed to make up the 15 or so minutes cut out of his set because it wasn’t his fault (and probably because the festival was afraid of a riot). The energy never quite reached the degree it had once achieved, but it was still superior to that of any other Saturday act. —Erin Donaldson

Chromeo

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hromeo’s blend of funk and electronic struck a perfect balance, such that people could dance like mad and still sing along at the top of their lungs. The bands has developed quite a cult following because they’ve been around for so long. Their show was packed with fans that knew all the words to every song and were just generally amped to be there. Chromeo returned the love, performing with excellent stage presence but also remaining humble and easygoing. They are currently on tour for their new album, but the set included old favorites and only two new singles.

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fter being introduced with clouds of red smoke, Kings of Leon opened their set with “Closer” as a third screen projected camera angles in fast forward motion. Perhaps this was meant to bolster excitement, but I wasn’t phased. Kings of Leon ride on two things: their reputation and special effects. The group was lifeless on stage, melodramatically plucking away at their instru-

ments while Caleb Followill screeched. Guitarist Matt Followill played with a cigarette in his mouth for a large portion of the set, clearly trying to seem more “badass.” While whining lyrics like “Because I’m just too emotional” in a new song that mimicked riffs from past albums, it’s no wonder that the crowd referenced it to other songs. The group then played the over-covered “Where

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eats Antique is an Oaklandbased experimental jam band that, well, didn’t exactly start off as a band. It began as the brain child of Zoe Jakes — known for her blend of traditional belly dance with tango, break dance and Indian dance — who serves as the producer and arranger for the electronic afro-beat ensemble. With obvious trip-hop and downtempo jazz influences, the group performed a surprising set that mesmerized the crowd. The band boasted futuristic, percussive beats and chimes that echoed out from the stage. The set list embodied 45 minutes of

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It is clear that the band understands what audiences want to hear and were not just out to promote the new album (though this does make the album’s prospects all the more mysterious). The biggest hits (“Fancy Footwork,” “Needy Girl,” et al) were played early on, usually a surefire way to lose your audience. If that was a test of loyalty, however, the crowd certainly passed. Everyone stuck around until the very end when Chromeo closed with the odd choice of “100%,” a lesser known track off of She’s in Control. —Erin Donaldson

a complex layering of sounds fused with avant-garde belly dancing arrangements including group routines and solos by Jakes herself. The band expelled a kind of murky haze over the already cloudy skies of Golden Gate Park that infused their performance with a sense of mystic wonder. It is a rare event when, as an onlooker, you have no idea what’s going on the stage. And while that may have been true with Beats Antique, you really didn’t have to. Beats Antique were nothing short of pure innovation, even at the festival’s smallest stage on Saturday evening. —Tracy Tieu

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Is My Mind” by Pixies and as expected, the crowd went wild. Caleb then monotonously whispered, “Sing along if you know it,” as the group burned through their three-and-a-half minute ballad raving about fiery sex as if we all hadn’t heard enough about that steamy night already. The set ended as mediocre as it started, but I guess the smoke and lights were kind of cool. —Tracy Tieu

hen Of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes is promoting someone, you know that they’ve got to be on the risque end of the music spectrum. But a little risque doesn’t even begin to describe the sounds of Janelle Monae. Pushing the boundaries of race and genre, her futuristic storytelling encompasses elements of soul, electronic and orchestral music. But her aural experiment is taken to a new sensory level with her live show. Monae came on 15 minutes late, leaving her a mere 30 minutes. The way she handled her shortened time slot made her all the more impressive. She opened with the bracing intro to The ArchAndroid, getting the crowd pumped for what was in store, then transitioned into the album’s first track, “Dance or Die.” This initiated an abbreviated performance of The ArchAndroid and its biggest tracks, as well as a chilling cover of Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile.” She came out in her signature black and white, puffy-sleeved suit and fro-hawk. She was also accompanied by dancers sporting Plague Doctor masks, though her dance moves were by far the best. The show itself was a powerful demonstration of Monae’s character. —Erin Donaldson

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