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by Julia Maniquiz and James Zhao Since UC Berkeley upgraded its financial system software in July, some campus staff have expressed frustration and concern with the administration’s implementation of the new model, adding it could possibly foreshadow a questionable future for the Operational Excellence initiative. The new version of the Berkeley Financial System, called BFS9, was designed to make financial transactions easier for campus staff, but users have complained about a variety of problems, software glitches and a lack of instruction from campus officials. Administrators have emphasized

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that the implementation of the system is separate from Operational Excellence, but concern about the system’s implementation has created doubts about the campus’s ability to enact the cost-savings initiative. “I just don’t feel all the efforts are being coordinated very well,” said Chris Williams, architecture department management services officer. “There are a lot of factors that haven’t been considered in Operational Excellence, and I’m worried about what the final conclusion will be.” But Shelton Waggener, associate vice chancellor for informational technology and chief information officer, said BFS9 and Operational Excellence

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Ray Smith collects cans on Bancroft Way on Wednesday afternoon. Many individuals collect recyclables in order to make extra money, which in turn takes away from the city’s profits.

Council Aims to Crackdown on Recyclable Collector Groups by Gianna Albaum

and Victoria Pardini Since more people have turned to stealing Berkeley residents’ recyclables to make money, the Berkeley City Council passed a recommendation from the Zero Waste Commission in an attempt to crackdown on organized and motorized groups of poachers. The council approved the proposal following struggles with the city’s budget — which included a $4 million deficit in the refuse collection fund — and prompted some community members and city officials to argue that the city could not afford to let the poachers siphon the city’s profits any longer. While individual recyclable collectors, who are often poor or homeless, are familiar to most Berkeley residents, some poachers have recently organized into groups, using cars to cruise the streets before the Ecology Center’s truck arrives. Martin Bourque, executive director of the Ecology Center, a non-profit

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organization that operates the city’s recycling trucks, said that while no one will be “getting rich” off the enterprise, these groups “are doing good business.” “Keep in mind, what one person can keep and collect in a shopping cart in a day is a lot different than what a person with a pick-up truck and a helper or two can do in a day,” he said. As poaching activity increases and evolves, the city is hoping to respond in kind. City spokesperson Mary Kay Clunies-Ross said the most recent recommendation before the council is a “more coordinated strategy going forward,” though the recommendation includes some measures that may have already been implemented by the Ecology Center since May. According to Ray Smith — a Berkeley resident who said he has poached recyclables, though never as part of an organized group — the city’s homeless community has consistently been hit hard by enforcement.

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After the U.S. Senate failed to pass a federal act Tuesday that could have put over two million illegal immigrants brought into the U.S. as children ONLINE VIDEO on a path to citiSee students talk about zenship, Maria Belman joined how the DREAM Act dozens of oth- could help them. ers in a cramped classroom at UC Berkeley Wednesday to discuss how to pass the act. Belman would be entering her third year at UC Berkeley this fall, but because

she is not a citizen and thus does not qualify for financial aid from the state, she has withdrawn from the school amid rising fees — for the second time since she enrolled two years ago. “It has always been a question of money,” she said at a public hearing organized by the activist group By Any Means Necessary. “It has never been a question of grades.” Belman is one among thousands of undocumented students in the UC system that could have been eligible for citizenship — and received thousands in state and federal financial aid — if the federal DREAM Act passed. The act was first introduced in 2001

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With Chancellor Robert Birgeneau’s announcement Tuesday that some 200 positions will be eliminated starting in January as part of the Operational Excellence initiative, some campus employees are starting to fear for their job security. In a letter to faculty and staff, Birgeneau said these eliminations will save the campus $20 million annually — roughly one-quarter of the total $75 million the campus is hoping to save through Operational Excellence. Positions will be removed through retirement, attrition, voluntary separation or layoffs. Birgeneau stated in the letter that the cuts are necessary to maintain UC Berkeley’s ranking as the top public university in the country. He added that though the transition for faculty and staff members will be “difficult,” staff “will continue to have opportunities for career growth.” Due to the changes, some employees in each of the targeted 27 campus units could be given different jobs or supervisors, or they could become “individual contributors” — employees who are not managed by any one department or person. “We are committed to treating all of our employees with dignity, respect and fairness while recognizing that in the end, we will have fewer administrative positions on campus,” Birgeneau wrote. Rather than having administrators instruct individual departments on how to simplify organizational structures, the heads of each individual department will be asked to consolidate positions in a way that makes the most organizational sense for each unit, according to Fiona Doyle, chair of the campus division of the Academic Senate. Claire Holmes, associate vice chancellor for communications, said departments must submit design plans by Nov. 1. “It’s not like everything will line up as each unit will take its own path,” Holmes said. Nancy Kato, an assistant registrar at Berkeley Law School, said the letter only leads her to wonder how many more cuts the campus can handle and that employees are beginning to become “worried.” “I have a co-worker who works at

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are entirely separate projects led by different people. “(BFS) was started several years ago under the leadership of individuals who are no longer with the campus,� he said in an e-mail. “For OE, the design and implementation efforts are being driven by the subject matter experts from around the campus.� Williams said the complicated new software makes it difficult to process budgets on time. She added that compared to the old BFS system, it is more difficult to get even simple transactions approved. “In the old BFS, I could create temporary budget journals, and no one else had to approve them,� she said. “Now, it can take days before the money actually shows up when I need to spend it.� Alyssa Rahn, executive assistant for development and alumni relations for the Haas School of Business, said the

change is less work for administrators, who fill out and submit order forms, but more work for BFS9 users, who process the entirety of the transactions. “On a departmental level, it makes it easier for the administrative people,� Rahn said. “But I believe it’s been a nightmare for the actual business services.� Williams said although she wished the learning process for the new system had been easier, the decision to transition to BFS9 was ultimately the right one due to security issues with the old software. John Ellis, associate vice chancellor, finance and controller, said in an email that the administration is working to make the system easier to learn and use in response to user complaints by developing job aids, offering online and classroom training and sending weekly updates to the campus about key BFS issues. Contact Julia Maniquiz and James Zhao at newsdesk@dailycal.org.

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Though Bourque said the revenue lost from the stolen recyclables is “a significant amount,â€? David Tam, chair of the city’s Zero Waste Commission, said the total does not make a dent in the refuse collection fund’s deficit. The recommendation focuses on increasing police enforcement of existing anti-poaching regulations, though Berkeley police Sgt. Mary Kusmiss said poached recyclables would remain a “low priority.â€? Citations given to poachers will remain at existing levels — $100 for the first offense and up to $500 for the third offense within 12 months. Thirty or 40 such tickets may lead to an arrest warrant, according to Smith. Both Bourque and Clunies-Ross said the recommendation was at least partially rooted in community members’ complaints regarding noise and public safety. “Oftentimes there are other associated problems,â€? Bourque said. “(Poachers) can be very aggressive ‌ we’ve had a poacher throw a bottle at one of our drivers.â€? Tam added that many poachers will dump out recycling bins and take only the most valuable pieces, leaving a heap of trash in their wake.

However, Kusmiss said the city’s poaching problem is a small concern when compared to other common types of crime in the area. “Violent crime and property crime and domestic violence and disputes are always going to be a higher priority in terms of policing them than people stealing recyclables,� she said. To further combat poaching, Ecology Center drivers will also begin calling their dispatch operator if they see a poacher working ahead of the truck and community members will be encouraged to use the center’s recycling hotline to gather and compile information regarding the poachers’ license plates and vehicle descriptions for police use. Bourque said he hopes the recommendation will eliminate the “major and problematic� poachers in Berkeley and emphasized that the program is not a “draconian attack on homeless people collecting shopping carts.� “I think that already we’ve seen the police respond to a few high-profile poachers in the past month,� he said. “I think it has made a difference.� Contact Gianna Albaum and Victoria Pardini at newsdesk@dailycal.org.

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aniac. Meathead. Moron. All of these words have been uttered in conversations I’ve found myself in, all referring to the same individual. No, they weren’t in reference to me, and yes, my fiancee may tend to disagree sometimes. However, depending on your viewpoint, you may agree or disagree about the true target of this discontent. Glenn Beck is a hot topic these days. The enigmatic poster boy of the Fox “News” franchise fans the flames of the discourse dividing today’s political arena. However, the more invective Beck’s diatribe invokes, and the more outlandish his displays, the deeper he seeds a desire for many to push back. Specifically, Beck’s display late last month at the National Mall to “reclaim” the civil rights movement struck a dissonant chord within a large portion of the American public. Beck’s rally on the anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech spat upon the memories of the people who died during the struggle for equality in the 1960s. This “Restoring Honor” rally did not accomplish the goal stated by its name. Instead, it serves as a defining moment in the degradation of the decorum that should be present in a nation of civilized people participating in democracy. Sure, Beck maintained that he didn’t realize the significance of the day when scheduling the event. I’d rather shear a sheep and still call it fluffy than believe him because that “oversight” indicates a level of ignorance one wouldn’t expect from someone that has so effectively manipulated thousands of Americans. Enter Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert and their announcement of dual rallies to be held on Oct. 30 at the National Mall. To the chagrin of the news world, the comedians who make fun of the very pundits and politicians serving our country have slowly become the televised voices of reason in today’s divided political environment. Yes, Colbert’s satire is not exactly reasonable on the surface, nor is the title of his portion of the demonstration, “The March to Keep Fear Alive.” But that’s the point. he goal of corporate news is to hold ratings as high as possible. This increases the value of ad space, thereby increasing the value of the channel’s corporate parent. There’s nothing wrong with that, but the lines between business and news have been blurred. Colbert simply uses his hyperbolic spoofs to point out the absurd lengths some networks and individual personalities reach to in order to boost ratings. In contrast, Stewart’s half of the event, “The Rally to Restore Sanity,” speaks directly to the main point of the joint effort. He pointed that out during the event’s announcement last Thursday. “We live in troubled times, with real people facing very real problems. Problems that have real, if imperfect solutions, that I believe 70 to 80 percent of our population could agree to try, and could ultimately live with. Unfortunately, the conversation and the process is controlled by the other 15 to 20 percent,” he said. Stewart continued by showing

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Robert R. King examples of rancorous political moments from the last few years, including a clip of himself. He concluded that most people are so busy they don’t have the time to participate in that type of dramatic rhetoric, or have “the theatrical flair” to attract the auspices of the 24/7 news media. ther than ideology, the main difference between the Beck rally and the Stewart-Colbert event is that people actually asked for the comedians to stage an event. Social media surely influenced the decision to hold this rally. I imagine there was some thought about it between Stewart and Colbert. However, the big push came with the emergence of a popular online movement calling for Colbert to hold a “Restore Truthiness” rally. The request has been answered. Some detractors will probably view this as a stunt by two jokesters out to mock the political process. However, the fact remains that the political arena is too divided to be effective. Sure, Republicans hold a large portion of the blame due to their petulant approach to the legislative process, but Democrats share that blame because they’ve done nothing but facilitate the tantrums with their parallel responses. As Stewart said, there are real people out there facing real problems. Solutions aren’t found in the constant posturing and electoral politicking prevalent today. Until politicians can actually engage in a useful debate instead of worrying about which sound bite is going to sound good on YouTube, we’re pretty much stuck with the bickering and incompetent policy building. We will never see a healthcare system not predicated on profit margins. We will never have a regulatory system that will actually hold companies accountable for cheating the economy into collapse. We will never be able to find the amenable solutions to any of the issues affecting our country’s viability. Yes, these are idealistic requests and people have valid disagreements to them. But solutions can be found as long as we can return to being a reasonable, civil society. To get to that point, though, we need to encourage politicians to take a step back from acrimonious blustering, and like the banner Stewart revealed after his announcement implored, “Take it down a notch, for America.”

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(the campus) saying that they laid off so many people.” However, Holmes said there will be no early retirement buyout package, as retirement is a “personal decision,” though it could be part of planning processes that occur in the future. Holmes added that layoffs will hopefully be a last resort. “This isn’t about keeping faculty happy,” she said. “We want to approve services, and we want to make sure

we’re as administratively excellent as we are academically.” Kato said she is uncertain how evenly cuts will be distributed. “It’s the million dollar question — why don’t they cut from the top instead of repeatedly cutting from the bottom?” she said. Alisha Azevedo of The Daily Californian contributed to this report. Katie Nelson is the lead academics and administration reporter. Contact her at knelson@dailycal.org.

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The University of California filed a motion with the U.S. Federal Court of Appeals Monday, becoming the first research institution to try to intervene in the Sherley v. Sebelius suit that resulted in a controversial injunction blocking federally funded human embryonic stem cell research across the country. A federal district court instituted a preliminary injunction in August, blocking federally funded embryonic stem cell research and evoking surprise throughout the research community. The injunction was subsequently lifted this month as the appeals court debates whether the ban on federal funding should be reinstated or if the federal funding will be allowed until a final decision is made. In filing the motion, the UC — “the biggest grantee in the country,” according to program manager for the Berkeley Stem Cell Center Lily Mirels — has asked to weigh in on the decision. “Having a world-class research university to the appeals court will help the appeals court understand that the impact on the public is huge because the public has made a number of in-

vestments that are huge,” said Ken Taymor, executive director of the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy at UC Berkeley Law School. While the stay allows federal funding to continue for now, Mirels said there is uncertainty as to whether the injunction will go into effect again. If it does, the university would have to discontinue embryonic stem cell research, which would affect graduate students and postdoctoral candidates who receive training and stipends while conducting research. “The university has a commitment to these students ... If the training ground goes away, they have no source to pay it,” Mirels said. “There’s a large number of grad students and post-docs whose training and salaries are immediately on the line.” Arnold Kriegstein, director of UCSF’s Developmental and Stem Cell Biology program, made a statement to the court Monday expressing the impact the ban would have. “The problem is there is a threatened impact,” Kriegstein said in an interview. “We had a brief glimpse at what the scope of the impact might be during the time the injunction was in effect.”

Taymor said the court’s ruling to stop federal funding was “erroneous,” which he blames on the complexity of the science. “It’s easy to accept one person’s argument or another person’s argument when you’re faced with complex science ... and haven’t had adequate time to study it,” Taymor said. “One of the oddities of the legal system is these district courts are called upon to make judgments that require looking at science.” While the UC was affected by the injunction, because the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine and other private foundations provide funds for stem cell research, the effects were less than those felt in other states, Kriegstein said. The future of the lawsuit is unclear — the appeal may or may not come to a trial, and there are no set dates for when decisions need to be made, said Taymor. “Hopefully (the government) can turn (the decision) around at the district court level,” Taymor said. “Regardless of what happens at the district court, you can count on the losing side appealing.” Contact Mary Susman at msusman@dailycal.org.

Berkeley Steel Plant’s Odors by Stephanie Baer Daily Cal Staff Writer

Hoping to further reduce and eliminate odor complaints from residents living near a West Berkeley steel plant, the Berkeley City Council decided to dig deeper into the history of the plant’s regulation and develop a new plan to combat the odors at its Tuesday meeting. In a letter to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, which regulates the Pacific Steel Casting Company, the council will ask the district to rescind its acceptance of the company’s Odor Management Plan, which outlines steps the company has taken to reduce odor emission. The council

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The Coffee Spot and Bear’s Lair Brewpub have experienced differing levels of success after the departure of two neighboring vendors from the Bear’s Lair Food Court following leasing decisions by the ASUC Store Operations Board last semester. While construction continues in preparation for a new Subway franchise and Saigon Eats Vietnamese restaurant — which will replace spaces formerly occupied by Taqueria El Tacontento and Healthy Heavenly Foods — The Coffee Spot’s owner and pub’s assistant manager have opposing views on how the new arrivals will affect current business trends. Haitham Alloum, the owner of The Coffee Spot, said his restaurant has seen a 5 percent increase in revenue since the taqueria and Healthy Heavenly Foods vacated earlier this summer but predicts that the Subway’s opening will negatively affect that increase because both businesses sell sandwiches.

Although the restaurant has experienced a rise in sales, the lack of foot-traffic resulting from fewer businesses in the food court — as well as a three-month closure for seismic retrofitting — has negatively impacted the Bear’s Lair Brewpub, according to the bar’s assistant manager Michael Chilton. “I expect an increase in revenue because (the new vendors) will draw more people into the vicinity,” he said. “More people will be around, hopefully wander in, and just by looking at what we have, order more things from us, whether it be food or beer.” Alloum said while he hopes his restaurant’s service and more affordable prices will retain customers, he is taking other actions to offset competition, such as expanding his business to include a taqueria. The new taqueria is aimed to open before winter break but depending on construction schedules, may not be ready until the spring semester begins, according to ASUC Auxiliary Director Nadesan Permaul.

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oday’s fine art knows no bounds and hasn’t for a long time, which is perhaps why the artistic profession has come to evoke images of beret-clad occult geniuses, black coffee and impenetrably abstract paintings. But before the Marcel Duchamps and Jackson Pollocks of the last century bulldozed conventions until anything (including a urinal or splatters of paint littered with cigarettes) could be put in a museum, the artists of yore underwent painstaking technical training despite having little creative control. Merging the best of both of these worlds, Oakland painter and enamellist Benny Alba descends from several generations of artists and has exhibited her work across the country for three decades. While Alba’s abstract art doesn’t rigidly adhere to a single genre or technique, her tenderly cultivated approach to her profession recalls the pre-mercantile days of master workshops, hand-stretched canvases and lavish materials. In honor of the artist’s career, the Craft & Cultural Arts Gallery

in downtown Oakland features the new exhibit, “Open to Life: Benny Alba, a Retrospective 1983-2010,” showcasing a comprehensive selection of her paintings and glass-on-metal tiles. Using a simplified vocabulary of broad shapes and bright colors, Alba translates ancient imagery and traditional craftsmanship into the language of contemporary art. She bypasses realism altogether in her works, opting to represent her awe of natural beauty as expansive stretches of forest green, deep blue, ghostly white and sunny gold. Throughout the years the retrospective exhibit spans, Alba’s unfaltering love of hilly horizons, curvaceous clouds and overwhelming landscapes grounds her personalized renditions of mythological figures and nature motifs. “My mother’s time period (thought it was) so awful that the artist is dead and finally the paintings start making money … so they all got discouraged about it and made their stuff out of what’s called ephemera, meaning (the materials) don’t last,” Alba says of her laborious approach to her work. “That’s legitimate, but it’s sad when you think a piece of artwork is so special ... so I

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for the viewer’s personal interpretation. After retiring the culturally derived symbols from her paintings, Alba began to focus on extreme natural phenomena, which seem to be her recent obsession. Her “BONfire” series portrays her admiration of fire, which the artist professes was emotionally difficult because of the Oakland Firestorm of 1991. Tar black, scorching red and glowing white explosions fill each small canvas, displaying the awesome power of nature as well as its indifference to human welfare. On one stormy drive across the country, Alba admitted with a shade of mischief, she placed a camera on her steering wheel and captured the fluctuations between sleet, snow and sunshine for her landscapes. Benny Alba continues to work in her Oakland studio, constantly sharpening her skills and discovering new techniques. A window into her evolving legacy, “Open to Life” demonstrates how an artist’s dedication to her deep personal convictions can endure storms, wildfires and aesthetic trends.

pomorphized bird creature from Native American mythology that she frequently depicted in the ’80s and ’90s as homage to Southwestern tribes’ respect for all species. In the triptychs “Youth” and “Life Road,” the Kachina and the goddess stand side-by-side like old friends or characters from a favorite childhood novel. The swooping slopes cradle a gilded, trapezoidal road in the background, gliding the viewer’s eye along from one shape to the next. Despite the artist’s meticulously chosen folkloric imagery, the symbolism in her paintings serves only as a wink to the already initiated. Without prior knowledge about Kachinas or ancient female deities, the viewer encounters two highly styled figures — the female, with her patient gaze and convex head, the Kachina with his feather ornaments and robot-like bird feet — composed of solid color shapes in front of sweeping stretches of land. Alba’s personal meanings fill each color and figure (the Kachina’s feathers, for instance, represent the diversity of human skin tones while the road signifies a connection between past, present and future) but her minimally detailed canvases allow

decided early on that I would try to make things last.” Many of Alba’s works in “Open to Life” are avant-garde testaments to her love of craftsmanship. She adorned many of her paintings from the late ’80s and early ’90s — like the warm, colorful “In Answer to the Illusion of Exclusivity” or the chilling “The Window” — with Dutch leaf, a fragile, shimmering sheet of false gold, a trick Alba picked up from observing the light-catching icons at Orthodox churches. The paintings from Alba’s early career flowed from the artist’s strong beliefs about the interconnectedness of all human cultures and animal species, past and present. Carving a network of symbols from world history and her life experience, “In Answer to the Illusion of Exclusivity” features a triangleheaded female figure with stubby arms and a striped, apple core-shaped body. Alba culled the abstract figure, with its thoughtful human face, from ancient Mycenaean goddess statues that she adopted as a recurring symbol of female strength within her work. Another regular character in Alba’s paintings is the Kachina, an anthro-

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or the first few minutes of the new film “Buried,” we see nothing but a black screen and hear nothing but the screams of truck driver Paul Conroy (Ryan Reynolds), as we, along with our protagonist, realize that he has been buried alive in a coffin somewhere in the deserts of Iraq. Though the problem of a light-source is soon fixed (Conroy thankfully finds a Zippo lighter), the entirety of the film is this one man trapped in a box, trying desperately to escape it. If this description might make it sound like a horror flick too heavily reliant on a gimmick, then “Buried” will no doubt surprise you. This is first and foremost because it is not wholly a scary movie. Claustrophobia and fear of isolation are painfully present but they do not steer the film. Instead, it is Reynold’s Conroy that captivates us from start to finish. “What I liked about making this film is that the audience has never been in this situation before,” Reynolds tells the Daily Californian. “Not only filming a movie in a coffin but being buried alive. There is no right or wrong. There’s only honest.” This is exactly what we

get from the actor, who opted not to over-rehearse the dialogue on set: An off-the-cuff, genuine and complex performance. This film is an unorthodox one man show, focused on Conroy as he struggles to both survive in and escape the box. Reynolds never once checks out of this challenge, always sustaining a heightened state of anxiety as his character deals with terrorists and nohelp U.S. bureaucrats via videophone, the longing for his family, the creepycrawlers that join him in his coffined hell, a dwindling light source and more. Therefore, this isn’t Van Wilder in a box nor is it the latest addition to the Saw saga, “Close Quarters” edition. If you’re not plagued with claustrophobia then your preconceived fear of “Buried” is likely that the movie is boring. It is, after all, 90-odd minutes of footage of a man trapped in a coffin. However, when matched with Reynold’s charisma and wit — who else could deliver sarcasm in a coffin? — director Rodrigo Cortes’ vision ensures that the film is visually intriguing. Though his set is most rigidly set to the confines of a casket, the angles, lights and movements he chooses to catch show no limitations at all. They can be swift, dizzying and, despite the context, grand in scale. Cortes is so gifted at (oh,

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please forgive the feeble pun) thinking outside the box that entraps our unfortunate Paul Conroy that often the four walls of the coffin seem to disappear. There is however a problem of practicality. How can this man get reception in the four walls of his buried coffin in the Iraqi desert when I can’t successfully make an outgoing call from half of Berkeley? It is a technological impossibility, of course, but it’s a forgivable one ­— forgettable even. The conversations that Conroy’s miraculous cell reception allows are what make this seemingly contrived plot turn into a multi-dimensional, genre-less film. Though a tinkling voice in the back of your head may remind you that his phone could never function under such strenuous conditions, Chris Sparling’s otherwise inspired writing and Reynolds’s genuine performance allow you to drop this oversight as easily as your iPhone drops calls. Essentially, “Buried,” due to fine filmmaking on the levels of script, performance and production, is a captivating story that transcends the gimmick that could just as easily put it to rest and the horror genre that could have limited it like the four tight walls of a casket. Call your family to check in with Maggie at mowens@dailycal.org.

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or the last two years, criticism has been high against Wall Street; the greed, lying and corruption intertwined with government bailouts and the “average American” forced to pay the bills. And who better to drive these ideas into the ground than Oliver Stone? After more than 20 years he finally has a reason to release a sequel to “Wall Street.” Except in “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” Stone takes a different approach. This time, the infamous Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) returns from prison, and takes young, naive Jacob (Shia LaBeouf) under his wing to teach him the treacherous ways of the market and those whose lives depend on its ups and downs. On second thought, the same synopsis would probably work for the original “Wall Street.” Replace Shia LaBeouf

with Charlie Sheen, and you basically have the same movie. Stone attempts to address the issues that brought about the global financial crisis in 2008. In most of his movies, Stone has a need to offer some political commentary, or maybe he’s just interested in providing makeshift history lessons. But in “Money Never Sleeps,” it feels half-hearted. Talk of subprime mortgages is cut short by a pointless motorcycle race between Jacob and his manipulative new boss, Bretton James (Josh Brolin). It could be that the talk of subprime mortgages would leave an audience bored. Fair enough. After all, a movie is nothing without a good story. Which leads me to the next topic: Where’s the good story? “Money Never Sleeps” starts out strong, largely thanks to the compelling supporting roles played by Josh Brolin and Frank Langella, and of course the return of Douglas’ Gordan Gekko is

more than welcome. But the movie is supposed to belong to LaBeouf, and unfortunately, the character falls flat. Jacob lacks the redeeming qualities that are needed for the ending. In the first “Wall Street,” Charlie Sheen represents the trader that gets lured into the culture of greed. In “Money Never Sleeps,” LeBeouf is meant to represent the select few who try to do something good with their positions in the center of the business world. However, Stone doesn’t really build up to the ending. Instead, Jacob seems no different than the money-grubbing hedge fund managers he works for. “Money Never Sleeps” still has its redeeming qualities that can’t be denied. After all, Oliver Stone has proven that he knows how to craft a solid film, though he definitely needs some help with story development. Pacing continues to be one of Stone’s strong points with “Money Never Sleeps.” He understands the need to

explore the world of Wall Street for the audience before going headfirst into the story. For those who have seen the 1987 movie, this first half serves as a reappraisal of a world that has undergone enormous change in the last 20 years. Stone also acknowledges the iconic status of Gordan Gekko in popular culture, and he uses this to his advantage. Gekko does a new play on the old “greed is good” phrase, all while Stone moves the camera around him to illustrate a man that is larger than life. Like the film before it, “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” attempts a commentary on our current financial situation, but Stone fails to bring anything new to the table. Although he still knows how to inject some much-needed energy into a lagging story, Stone leaves us with little more than a retread of an ’80s movie that could have been much more poignant than it is. Bore Jawad with talk of subprime mortgages at jqadir@dailycal.org.

y car, Dan (a girl), is older than I am. From my window I can see her sleek Saab 900 rectangle-meets-triangle figure parked diagonally across my driveway. She is perfection, with all her dents, mysterious stains and lackadaisical brakes. But the one thing she lacks (other than an odometer and airbags) is a tape deck to which a drivin’ gal can connect her iPod with one of those newfangled whirligigs. You know the one. With the wire and the electricity. And so, whenever I tire of the Rufus Wainwright CD I have kept in my glove box since I was 16, I have only one option for entertainment, and it’s not the needy friend who always wants the ride to Costco. It’s the radio. On a long and lonesome drive last weekend, I found myself in such a perilous state of drudgery as to resort to radio-listening. To my dismay, I could find only Ira Glass begging in an NPR pledge drive and every other station playing “California Gurls” on repeat. The commercial break would have been a relief if it weren’t for the fact that there is no more abrasive creature in the universe than the radio ad. I decided to take a closer listen to the nature of these radio spots. For the good of the column. For mankind. One of the most iconic songs of my formative years was, of course, the “Mattress Discounters” jingle. All who grew up in the Bay Area in the past two decades can recite that one and only anthem to a good night’s sleep (on us). Or better yet, the Shane Company guy. With that voice. The greatest revelation of my Saturday radio-drive was that the Shane Co. guy is still going strong, selling his diamond wares in — you’ve had it memorized since middle school — Cupertino, San Mateo and Walnut Creek. He’s so calm. Calm like diamonds. Mattresses and diamonds and cars

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‘You Will Meet’ a Bland Disappointment

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ollywood veteran Woody Allen departs New York, his lawful wife, for another spin in London in his new film “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger,” a black comedy that depicts the lives of four characters whose dissatisfaction with their respective lives leads them to abandon rationality in pursuit of fantasies and self-constructed illusions. Anthony Hopkins plays Alfie, whose late-life crisis has left him guzzling carrot juice and hitting the tanning salon in hopes of recapturing his lost youth, and which leads, ultimately, to his leaving his wife of forty years for a younger, limber, money-sucking

hooker (Lucy Punch). His wife Helena (Gemma Jones) then turns her life over to the hands of a charlatan seer after seeking solace in the bottom of a bottle of sleeping pills. How original. Meanwhile their middleaged daughter, Sally (Naomi Watts), develops affections for her international art dealer boss (Antonio Banderas) in the midst of her crumbling marriage to her American one-bookwonder husband, Roy (Josh Brolin), whose own heart is wandering across the courtyard into the window of the beauty in red (Freida Pinto). The film opens with a paraphrased line from Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” that succinctly reflects its contents: Life is full of sound and fury, but in the end signifies nothing. The

patchwork of stories is expertly woven with meticulous threads of natural dialogue and genuine humor, yet after 98 minutes of onscreen soul-searching, the lights flicker on abruptly and the audience is left dazed in their seats, uncertain as to what profound sentiment Allen had tried to convey. “You will meet a tall dark stranger,” as prophesied by Helena’s fortune-teller confidant, Cristal (Pauline Collins), is interpreted by Helena as a sign that she would not have to spend the rest of her life alone. Roy, convinced of Cristal’s quackery, asserts that Helena will not find love with a handsome stranger, but that she will meet the dark stranger that we all eventually

meet. With this, Allen creates a grim paradox: We can choose to delude ourselves and chase falsities to alleviate our misery, or we can wallow in life’s futility until the tall dark stranger inevitably comes. The cast is a bizarre hodgepodge of seasoned actors and newfound talent that one would never expect to see together in a feature film. And the accents! A complimentary sampling platter for the ears. Nevertheless, the acting is effortlessly impressive, and the melange of personalities is synchronized and balanced. The cinematography is elegant and never obtrusive. Director of photography and previous Oscar winner Vilmos Zsigmond employs subtle,

SELLING from PAGE 6 — these seem to be the only things being advertised on radio anymore. It must be due to the rarity of these purchases, each company’s need to get that radio-specific stick in a potential customer’s ear. After all, you will only buy an engagement ring, a mattress or a car once in a lifetime. Or twice or three times, depending on your belief in marriage, back support and carbon emissions. Radio is a limited medium, no doubt. But not one for limited talent. One of my top five brain-fucks of 2009 was getting to listen to the demo reels of some of the top voiceover actors working in the Bay Area. Sure, maybe Joey said in “Friends” that one time that radio was for ugly people. But listening to these reels, it became clear: These are some talented ugly people. In the course of just a few seconds, dozens of characters would appear

neutral tones and simple layers in the composition of his shots to create an aesthetically indulging picture. There is a glaring lack, however, of any distinguishing features to make the setting unique; the story could have taken place in New York, or any other generic metropolis, for that matter. If you’re a diehard Allen fan, this film is a meager shadow of his genius. If you think he’s a boring twit who should retire already, this film won’t have you splurging on “I Heart Woody” apparel. “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger” is akin to a SlimFast bar: Ingestible, but leaving you craving full-fat calories. Splurge on “I Heart Woody” apparel with Belinda at bgu@dailycal.org.

from the voice of just one actor, alternating swiftly between accents, pitches and degrees of annoyingness. And indeed most radio ads are annoying. The voice that would be lauded in an animated Pixar or Disney movie as acting genius becomes profane when used to sell cars. Imagine Robin Williams as the Genie shouting at Aladdin to get his romantic shit together. Hilarious. Now imagine him shouting at Aladdin to BUY A FORD! FORD! LIMITED TIME ONLY! Obscene. But some ads, though they’re rare, manage to stick in your head in a way that is borderline charming. There’s something quaint about being sold wares on the radio with nothing more than a voice, and maybe some bleeps and bloops, as if Uncle Shane himself were sitting you down in his living room with a glass of sherry to assure you that you, too, have a friend in the diamond industry. Hannah’s house had a fire. Send your sympathies to hjewell@dailycal.org.

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Tale of Hoffman. Philip Seymour Hoffman produces, directs and acts in ‘Jack Goes Boating,’ adapted from a play by Robert Glaudini.

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hanks to the plethora of rom-coms flooding the movie industry, we tend to forget what being in a relationship is really like. It seems that if you’re not being bitten by a vampire or having romantic rendezvous on iconic landmarks, your love life is nonexistent. Then along comes “Jack Goes Boating,” a romance adapted from Robert Glaudini’s play that is easily relatable due to the one aspect that films in this genre have long abandoned — adherence to reality. There are no smooth one-liners or passionate displays of affection. Instead, “Jack Goes Boating” gives us the bare truth about love, without the Hollywood glamour. With a name like “Jack Goes Boating,” it’s not difficult to figure out the plot. There is a man named Jack and he does, indeed, go boating. Just as the film’s title is simple, so is the protagonist. He is devoted to his job as a limo driver, content with merely observing the glamorous lives of his customers. He harbors no grandiose ambitions. He hides behind his love of reggae, slipping on headphones and attempting to grow dreadlocks. But before you are lulled into a false sense of ease, keep in mind that Philip Seymour Hoffman is the

director, producer and male lead. His presence lingers throughout the film, turning a potentially bland plot into an idiosyncratic look at the ups and downs of relationships. Jack’s social life consists of lounging around with fellow driver Clyde (John Ortiz), and his wife, Lucy (Daphne Rubin-Vega). Taking pity on Jack’s third-wheel status, Lucy sets him up with her co-worker, Connie (Amy Ryan). As Connie is a pushover with an apprehensive attitude towards life, it’s a match made in loner heaven. But the first date is not one that they’d lovingly recount to their wide-eyed grandchildren. Jack is his typical, bumbling self while Connie views the night with a wary eye. Despite the bumpy exchange, they make plans for a second date. Maybe Connie finds Jack’s awkwardness charming and Jack finally realizes just how lonely he feels. Whatever the case, the two decide to put aside their hesitancy and give each other a chance. Jack, who has never had an ounce of motivation, pursues new interests for Connie’s sake. It’s quite endearing to see the lengths to which he is willing to go. She tells him her favorite hobby is boating and he immediately schedules swimming lessons with Clyde to conquer his fear of the water. She offhandedly mentions that she would

love a home-cooked meal and he seeks culinary help from Lucy. As one relationship begins, another wobbles. Clyde and Lucy watch over their friends’ budding romance and progress from viewing the pair with fondness to questioning their own stability. With doubt comes distrust and their carefully veiled web of lies unravels. Clyde and Lucy vacillate between emotionally charged shouting matches and drug-induced hazes, a sharp contrast to Jack and Connie’s gentle discourse. Ortiz is all too perfect as a paranoid yet philandering husband while Rubin-Vega, exasperated by his immaturity, treats him as a burden. The more promising Jack and Connie’s relationship looks, the faster Clyde and Lucy’s deteriorates. While Hoffman succeeds in juxatoposing realistic depictions of both sides of love, the film’s authenticity is both its upside and downfall. Who wants to sit through uncomfortable scenes that uncannily remind them of their own awkward first dates? At the same time, “Jack Goes Boating” offers a sort of enchanting catharsis and Hoffman’s realistic portrayal of steadfast devotion gives hope to the lonely. Attempt to grow dreadlocks with Cynthia at ckang@dailycal.org.

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Bears in the Pros: Alualu Sacked Tebow in Debut from Back

Long snappers are probably the least recognized players on the football field, but their unique set of skills are imperative to the success of any special teams unit. Most fans throw their arms up in disgust whenever there is a botched field goal or if a ball flies over the punter. Little do those fans know that not only is long snapping a very specialized duty, but that those mistakes often come from replacements. For a Redskinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; special teams unit that was plagued with bad snaps, bad punts and missed field goals in 2009, Sundberg may be exactly what coach Mike Shanahan needs to solidify what has been a shaky special teams unit. He probably doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care that fans donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know who he is, but like any long snapper, the succes of Sundberg often means the success of the whole team. But now Sundberg needs to impress. Despite an error-free second game, Sundberg botched a snap in Week One.

last April. So far so good, though. Alualu outshined local hero Tim Tebow in the Jagsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; home opener, recording his first career sack and even taking Tebow down for a limited one yard gain. He has also shown the strong character that so impressed scouts and coaches during interviews. Alualu plans on using part of his $17.5 million signing bonus to fund his fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new church back home in Hawaii. Nick Sundberg Most readers will read this name, put the newspaper down, scratch their heads, and then ask â&#x20AC;&#x153;who?â&#x20AC;? Nick Sundberg, for your information, was Calâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s long snapper and now has assumed the same duty for the Washington Redskins. Sundberg spent four years in Berkeley snapping balls for punts and field goals, and by the end of his tenure was revered as one of the top long snappers in the nation.

Gabriel Baumgaertner is the sports editor. Contact him at gbaumgaertner@dailycal.org.

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Finishing up its final drills on the eve of its biggest game yet, the Cal womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer team huddled together to hear Coach Neil Cal McGuireâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s closing statement on the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance Soccer during practice: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ready for TIPOFF: Portland.â&#x20AC;? With this shared No. 16 Cal vs sentiment and an takes on unbeaten streak on the No. 3 their minds, the No. Portland 16 Bears (5-0-3) Pilots today at 3 p.m. will face some of the at Edwards Stadium. stiffest competition of their season when GAMETRACKER: they host the No. 3 calbears.com Pilots (9-0-0) today at 3 p.m. It will be their last home event at Edwards Stadium before a three-game road trip that includes their first Pac-10 matches against UCLA and USC. Portland is the second ranked oppo-

sition of Calâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s season, and it still holds the upper hand on previous matches, having gone 5-3-2 against the Bears. The Pilots have won the past four games, with a 4-0 victory over Cal last year. Portland is coming off of a 1-0 win against then-No. 6 Texas A&M. The Pilots are led by freshman forward Micaela Capelle, who has racked up 13 points in her first nine collegiate games. Capelle has only stared three of those matches, but her six goals are four more than the team's secondleading scorer, Sophie Schmidt. Even as her team enters the contest as a heavy underdog, Bears senior Megan Jeslova noted that surprises that defy rankings can always occur. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s who comes out to play, in the end. On that given dayâ&#x20AC;Ś anyone can beat anyone,â&#x20AC;? Jesolva said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s whoever wants to show up.â&#x20AC;? The Bears have already shown they can show up. After nail biters against San Francisco and Pacific over the weekend, the team maintains confidence despite facing a significantly stronger opponent. Yet, the manner in

which they approached an unexpected adversity attested to their mindset at this point in the season. While San Francisco presented defensive problems, Calâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s utilizing of the weapon in team captain Alex Morgan allowed for an eventual penalty kick to win the game. With one of the weekendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tests behind Cal, the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reslience against Pacific reaffirmed the Bearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; potential to keep with Portland. Down a score in the 39th minute, the team trailed until the very end, adapting its play style and cycling through various formations until freshman defender Emi Lawson tied the game in the 87th minute. With these performances in their back pocket, and the Pilots waiting just ahead, McGuire is instilling a game-by-game and developmental attitude seems in the team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to focus on what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re capable of doing as opposed to the things that Portland is capable of doing,â&#x20AC;? McGuire said. Contact Samuel Farahmand at sfarahmand@dailycal.org.

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Midweek: Conference Play Signals Fresh Start from Back

and had another bounce off his hands for Riley’s first interception of the night. The latter looked like a sure touchdown, but he’s reportedly 100 percent now. Health aside, both he and Jones must line up Saturday opposite the best secondary they’ve faced this season. Wildcats cornerback Trevin Wade logged his 10th career takeaway with an 85-yard pick-six against Iowa. “They’re strong,” Jones said. “And they’re definitely quick and fast. They’re good players ... We’ve definitely went against bigger corners, but they are physical.”

slate ... ” junior wide receiver Marvin Jones said. “But it is an opportunity to start fresh because obviously these Pac-10 games are vital to the direction that we go for the rest of the season.” In the public eye, Cal’s slate still won’t be as blank as its injury report. Attention will veer again to quarterback Kevin Riley. After calling himself the conference’s best at the position during fall camp, the Wolf Pack defense forced him back into the same sort of inconsistency that has plagued his entire college career. The fifth-year senior will hope it’s not too late for him to wipe awat a few bad memories either. “This is a new week, a new opponent,” he said. “I still have plenty of confidence in myself and this offense. We’ll be fine, we’ve just got to execute.” Keenan Allen’s sprained ankle last week certainly didn’t help. He was sidelined for a surprising amount of the game, with the injury still under wraps, leaving Michael Calvin and Alex Lagemann with a few more reps than they would’ve otherwise seen. The freshman caught just one pass

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terceptions against Nevada, Riley is still ranks nationally 13th in pass efficiency, one spot ahead of Arizona’s Nick Foles. —The Wildcats currently have the top conference’s top passing attack. They are eighth in rushing offense. “They’re very, very efficient in their passing game, and it’s a lot of quick throws,” Tedford said. “So their passing game can be their running game because they’re so quick and get the ball out fast.”

Stivanicevic Leaves Squad

“In the end, she decided it was best for her to leave the team at this point in time. It was a mutual agreement between the staff and herself and we wish her all the best in all of her future endeavors.” While playing volleyball at Miramonte High School, Stivanicevic was named the Contra Costa Times Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009. well as the Cal Hi Sports Athlete of the Year in 2008. —Gabriel Baumgaertner

Freshman defensive specialist Juliana Stivanicevic, who has appeared in eight games this season, has decided to leave the Cal volleyball team. Stivanicevic, a freshman from Moraga, Calif. was used mainly in reserve roles spelling Robin Rostratter and Megan Schmitt. “After several meetings with Juliana, we presented her with every option,” head coach Rich Feller told CalBears. com.

Jack Wang covers football. Contact him at jwang@dailycal.org.

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Adrienne Gehan Plays A Beautiful Brand of Volleyball. To Her, It’s All a Work of Art.

taking flight Third-ranked Portland Pilots land at Edwards Stadium to take on Cal See page 10

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Despite the difference in setting, the freshman maintains the same level of concentration in the museum and on the court. Last week in an effort to save a rally against USF, Gehan had to set the ball over instead of taking a powerful swing. After the point, the freshman turned to coach Rich Feller and asked, “What’s a better place for that?” She could just as easily have been talking about art in a museum. nstead of positioning balls on the court, Gehan will be placing artwork in aesthetically pleasing ways as a museum curator. At least, that’s the path she is most interested in pursuing. Other options include being a museum director, private collector or teacher. Regardless of which option she chooses, she knows it will involve art. This was not always the case, however. Gehan’s mother is from Holland, so the family of five often spent long stretches during the summer in Europe. Art was always a central part of the journeys, though the family often spent time in the museum shops or food court waiting for her father to make his way through the exhibits. “At first, being a child, it wasn’t really interesting to me,” Gehan says. “But then probably when I was eight or 10, I started to appreciate it and enjoy being in museums and seeing the art, seeing the history.” Gehan quickly adopted her father’s steady gait through the museums from France to their native Dallas. Just as Gehan’s infatuation with art developed over time, her inclination for sports changed as well. The previously uncoordinated child only took up sports toward the end of middle school. Volleyball became something she would sacrifice theater and other artistic pursuits for, as well as precious time gallivanting from museum to museum. While she enjoyed her time among various collections, particularly from the Impressionist period, Gehan did not know her love of art would mold her career aspirations until she was exposed to it academically. As a freshman at the Episcopal School of Dallas, Gehan took a humanities course that involved periodic visits from a museum curator to discuss art’s relevance to the time period the class was studying. The seed was planted at that point, but really took root after an art history class during her senior year of high school. Now, the art history major just needs to decide on her concentration in the vast field. Finding her focus has never been a problem for the outside hitter, who committed to Cal on Aug. 8, 2008. It was the summer before Gehan’s junior year in high school, but she didn’t rush into a decision. “She was pretty early,” Feller says. “I think she just knew her own mind. She’s a

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pretty mature young woman and she had researched. She had made her visits. She had done her homework on the different schools. She was as sure as she could be, and after making her third visit on her own, she was absolutely sure.” While volleyball was a key consideration, it certainly was not the only one. “I wanted a school that I would love,” Gehan says. “Knock on wood, (if ) some awful injury were to happen and I wasn’t able to play volleyball anymore, I wanted to be able to stay here and enjoy it.” Part of that enjoyment would inevitably include art, and the proximity to San Francisco’s highly touted museums was part of her attraction to Cal. Since arriving in Berkeley, Gehan has already visited the de Young Museum’s Impressionist exhibit, and has plans to venture to MOMA. thletics and art are not different spheres to Gehan, but ones that overlap. “I’ve learned a lot of life skills from volleyball that translate over into art, like discipline for example,” Gehan says. “It’s hard coming into the gym every morning and lifting weights and doing extra workouts. “You need that for a lot of different things, but especially art, like memorizing all the slide IDs and different periods and stuff like that. It takes a lot of hard work.” Gehan has demonstrated great dedication to her sport, according to fellow outside hitter Tarah Murrey, and an ability to take criticism and guidance from the team leaders. “Adrienne is a very talented player and she has a hard work ethic,” Murrey says. “She has amazed all of us and she keeps improving. I think she is already a big role on our team, and she’s going to keep getting better with all of our help.” While she develops her critical eye for art, Gehan is also refining her attention to detail on the court. The converted middle and right side hitter is transitioning to more of a finesse game, as opposed to using just brute force. The new style is predicated on knowing what’s happening on the opposite side, in order to better place kill attempts. Gehan may properly position works at an exhibit in the future but, for now, she focuses on hand and ball placement. A ball came Gehan’s way again in the third set of Cal’s sweep of St. Mary’s this past weekend, this time from the other side of the net. Gehan timed her leap and stretch perfectly. The ball hit her hands in just the right place, fired straight back at the attacker and then to the floor. Gehan and her teammates roared with exhilaration, appreciating the work of art.

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Christina Jones covers volleyball. Contact her at cjones@dailycal.org.

Bears Prepare for Tricky Tilt in Tuscon Rodgers Continues to Impress,

Alualu and Sundberg Contribute

Team Looks Forward After Weak Showing in Reno, Readies for RedHot No. 14 Wildcats

by Gabriel Baumgaertner Contributing Writer

Though it would be easy to do so, we will refrain from featuring the obvious choice, Jahvid Best, for this week’s edition of “Bears in the Pros”. But, since the performance and the numbers were so very eye-popping, we’ll spell them out just one more time for you. Best still has fantasy football owners salivating after his performance of 232 total yards and three touchdowns. But it’s time we move past the beautiful performance that Best turned in on Sunday. Instead we will take a look at perhaps the most successful Cal player in the league right now (Aaron Rodgers), the other 2010 first round pick (Tyson Alualu), and one guy that you probably never knew played at Cal (Nick Sundberg).

by Jack Wang

BEARS

Daily Cal Staff Writer Last Friday, the Cal football team’s defense was ravaged in Reno, Nev., as All-Pac-10 linebacker Mike Mohamed was sidelined with a sprained toe. Three days later, coach Jeff Tedford announced that he would no longer disclose injuries to the media. It’s not an unprecedented move; Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh has been similarly taciturn about his players’ health, and is currently not saying a word about Cardinal receiver Ryan Whalen’s elbow injury. But the competitive advantage Tedford cites certainly didn’t help much against Nevada in the 52-31 loss. Predictably, the Bears (2-1) were dead silent on the trip back, but their Pac-10 opener against Arizona this Saturday gives them some hope in starting anew. “I think if we would’ve won, it still would’ve been starting off as a clean

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Kevin Riley threw a career-high three interceptions in Cal’s 52-31 loss to Nevada. The senior quarterback will face one of the conference’s strongest secondaries this weekend.

PROS

Aaron Rodgers For a guy that was stranded in the green room of the 2005 NFL Draft,

having sunk 22 selections down the draft board, Aaron Rodgers has already made a fine career for himself. Rodgers assumed the Green Bay Packers’ starting quarterback position in 2008 after the same player, you know, that Brett Favre guy, had kept the job for 16 seasons. Once thought an impossible task, Rodgers made all of Green Bay forget about Favre, and is now revered as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. In his first two games of the 2010, Rodgers has led the Packers to two victories and has thrown four touchdowns. A Pro Bowler last year, Rodgers is the primary reason that several pundits have picked the Packers to win the Super Bowl in 2011. Tyson Alualu If his first two games as a pro are any indication of how Tyson Alualu will fare in the pros, Mel Kiper, Jr. should be spending less time grooming his hair and more time watching tape. A four year mainstay along Cal’s defensive line, Alualu shot up draft boards after an impressive Senior Bowl performance — yet was still considered a risky pick at No. 10 by Jacksonville

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