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Campus Prepares for October 7 Public Education Protests Some Students, Staff and Faculty Aim to Increase Support for Education With Upcoming Protests
UCPD and UC Officials Prepare for Thursday’s Protests, Seek Strategies For Nonviolent Response
by Javier Panzar
by Katie Nelson
A year after drastic student fee increases and furloughs sparked massive protests throughout the UC system, students, staff and faculty at UC Berkeley and around the nation are gearing up for another week of sit-ins, walkouts, teach-ins and teach-outs in defense of public education. Similar to last year, unions will picket campus, some classes will hold sections outside of the campus’s administrative offices at California Hall, professors will speak at teach-ins and activists will rally on Upper Sproul Plaza on Oct. 7. But this year, without the immediacy of a 32 percent fee increase, activists say the week’s protests will be less about achieving specific demands and more about convincing the campus community that — though furloughs are over and fee increases have been implemented — the long term effects of massive losses in state funding on the university are only now coming into focus. Student activists and professors alike point to a recent announcement by campus officials to lay off 200 campus employees as part of an effort to make the campus more efficient, a freeze in faculty hiring, a proposal to develop online courses at the UC, a rise in out-of-state student enrollment and the elimination of four intercollegiate athletic teams last
UC Berkeley administrators and UCPD are reflecting on the chaotic demonstrations outside of Wheeler Hall on Nov. 20 to formulate an appropriate strategy of response for Thursday’s upcoming protest. The protest — publicized since the beginning of the fall semester through flyers, grafitti, YouTube videos, Facebook events and even balloons — mirrors last academic year’s angst surrounding the fallout from reductions in state support to the UC, which resulted in furloughs, service cuts, layoffs, fee increases and subsequent agitation from students, faculty and staff. Campus administrators and police have said that while the details of this week’s protest remain uncertain and no solid plans have been determined, officials must focus on avoiding the violence of Nov. 20 while addressing criticisms of campus response to the November protest brought forth by the Police Review Board in a report released in June. “We have reviewed some of the flyers to understand the issues and plans for the day,” said Associate Vice Chancellor for Communications Claire Holmes. “We are optimistic that the participants in Oct. 7 will uphold the Berkeley tradition of peaceful protest while expressing their views.” Last year’s handling by UCPD and
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UCPD officers, such as the one top left, responded to last year’s campuswide protests, right and bottom left, against public education cuts.
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Family, Friends Remember Deceased UC Berkeley Student Three Campus by Sarah Springfield Daily Cal Staff Writer
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Alex Lowenstein, who was found dead in his fraternity house on Sept. 24, was to graduate this coming spring and has been described by family and friends as an enthusiastic traveler.
The death of UC Berkeley senior Alex Lowenstein in his fraternity house Sept. 24 — in an incident still under investigation by police — shocked family, friends and members of the campus community, who now remember the 24-year-old world traveler and veteran as an adventuresome thinker and explorer. According to his parents, Dan Lowenstein and Mylo Schaaf, Alex Lowenstein was an avid traveler — having been in Afghanistan and parts of Europe and Central America, to name a few — whose experiences in the outdoors and within different cultures shaped his day-to-day relationships with family and friends. “Every opportunity he had he would think of some grand plan and then go ahead and figure out how to make it work,” Schaaf said. Alex Lowenstein entered UC Berkeley as a freshman in the fall of 2006 after taking a year following his high school graduation to volunteer and build houses in Panama. But after a year on campus, Alex Lowenstein was pulled from UC Berkeley upon completion of his military training — he had joined the National Guard his senior year of high school — and was deployed to Iraq in August of 2008, where he served for a year. Though he was young in comparison to some of his fellow soldiers, Alex
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Lowenstein quickly established himself as a leader within Bravo Company 1-184 Infantry and as a sometimes prankster, whose nickname, thanks to his Berkeley association, was “Hippie.” “We always told him he should become an officer once he finished school,” said Joseph Ernst, Alex Lowenstein’s team leader in Iraq. “We told him the military would benefit from having a guy like him. He was a very intelligent kid. His travels helped him out a lot, and he had more of an understanding of everything that was going on culturally.” After his tour ended in August 2009, Alex Lowenstein returned to campus that fall to continue his coursework as a peace and conflict studies major — his time in Iraq had given him “a real interest in how the world works,” Dan Lowenstein said. He was on track to graduate this coming spring and had plans to pursue volunteer and career opportunities in medicine over the summer. As a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity, Alex Lowenstein again used what his father called his quality of equanimity and perspective to become “truly the most loved brother in our house,” according to fraternity president Michael Midling. “He was always extremely positive, and he had this incredible laugh that just brightened the day for all those around him,” Midling said in an email. “He had a refreshing perspective
In the past month, three UC Berkeley professors received awards from the National Institutes of Health for research ranging from touch and pain sensations to RNA proteins. The institutes announced Sept. 30 that two of 52 recipients of the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award — which provides $1.5 million over five years — were Diana Bautista, assistant professor of molecular and cell biology, and Amy Herr, assistant professor of bioengineering and faculty scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Donald Rio, professor of molecular and cell biology, received the EUREKA award Sept. 2 from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences — one of the 27 institutes within the National Institutes of Health — which gives researchers up to $800,000 over four years for “exceptional, unconventional research enabling knowledge acceleration,”
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Regular Dental Care Could Lower Women’s Heart Disease women against cardiovascular disease until they begin menopause. Brown said further research into men at a younger age may also reveal a similar link between oral and cardiovascular health, because younger men display stronger symptoms much earlier. “It’s not that it works differently for men and women; it’s that the progression of the disease is different in men and women, so interventions work differently,” Brown said. According to the American Heart Association, twice as many women die of cardiovascular disease than from all types of cancer. Coronary heart disease, specifically, is the leading cause of death for women. The study used data gathered from about 7,000 people enrolled in the Health and Retirement Study — a
survey conducted every two years of Americans 50 years of age and older — from years 1996 to 2004. They controlled the study for factors such as age, race and marital status, as well as risk factors including diabetes, alcohol use and smoking status. A typical study would gather results using a randomized control trial, but Brown said his study was unable to do so because such a trial would have to deprive a control group of dental care completely. Brown’s study instead used statistical techniques that allowed the researchers to mimic the results they would have found using a control trial. Previous studies have examined similar connections, such as the Periodontitis and Vascular Events, a pilot study conducted to investigate the need for further research on whether
treatment of periodontal disease — a disease that affects tissues around the teeth — reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Brown said his study differs because it is the first to indicate a causal connection between any dental care and a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. The study’s findings have the potential to impact health care greatly, Brown said. “If it’s the case that we can reduce cardiovascular outcomes for individuals simply by making sure that you get regular dental care, then that has implications for overall health care,” Brown said. “Medicaid used to cover dental care for adults ... this could be instrumental in persuading people to bring that back.”
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Women who visit the dentist regularly may in fact be lowering their risk of having a heart attack later in life, according to UC Berkeley researchers. Timothy Brown, assistant adjunct professor of health policy and management at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, led the study, which found that women who do get regular dental care reduce their probability of developing cardiovascular disease by at least one-third. The majority of subjects in the study were over 50 years old. Brown said this was because men at this age are more likely to have already experienced symptoms of cardiovascular disease by this time, whereas estrogen protects
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Corrections The infographic accompanying last Thursday’s story “Campus Split Over Cuts of Five Athletics Teams” incorrectly stated that the Chancellor’s Advisory Council released their final report on Nov. 6, 2010. In fact, it was released on July 6, 2010. Friday's article "College Faculty Show Tendency to Sponsor Democrat's Campaigns" incorrectly stated a total of $414,351 was donated by UC employees in political contributions. In fact, the amount was $483,981. The Daily Californian regrets the errors.
Downtown Berkeley may be getting an urban makeover, including ecofriendly “rain gardens,” more bike lanes and a European-style public ONLINE PODCAST plaza, after the D o w n t o w n Sarah Springfield asks Streets and Gianna Albaum about Open Space the new downtown plan. Improvement Plan Joint Subcommittee finalized a new proposal Thursday. The Streets and Open Space Im-
provement Plan outlines 12 “major projects,” including the possible closure of Center Street from Oxford Street to Shattuck Avenue, transforming the space into a plaza for public art. Another project would reroute Shattuck’s northbound traffic — from Center to University Avenue — onto the same side as the southbound traffic. “The recommendations, if they were all implemented, would be a radical transformation to downtown,” said Matt Taecker, principal planner for the project. He added that it would create a “pedestrian utopia.” Though subcommittee Chair Jim
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on any subject, any time you needed someone to talk to, he would always be there. He was also extremely modest, even though he had more life experiences than any other brother.” This past summer, Schaaf and Dan Lowenstein had met their son halfway through his trip along the John Muir Trail from Yosemite Valley to Mt. Whitney and completed the hike together. Dan Lowenstein said the experience, especially catching sight of the sunrise over the mountain’s eastern horizon, was the result of “a natural inclination his entire life — he loved to just dream about and pursue these great adventures.” “And what we really feel now is that he is ahead of us on to the next adventure,” Schaaf said. A memorial service for Alex Lowenstein is planned for Oct. 24, with a location in Berkeley yet to be determined. Sarah Springfield is the city news editor. Contact her at email@example.com.
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Built on a model of temporarily utilizing land slated for future development and aiming to address issues of sustainability, food security and social justice, a communal farm will spring up in West Berkeley next May. The nonprofit organization Urban Adamah will transform an empty plot of land at 1050 Parker Street — donated for a two-year period by the Wareham Development company — into a community farm that will serve the surrounding area, said founder and Executive Director Adam Berman. “There aren’t enough community farms (in Berkeley),” he said. “Even if there are 20 or more community farms, we still wouldn’t be meeting the needs ...” Berman said the farm will be totally portable — food will be grown in 2-by24-foot wooden boxes, classes will be conducted in teaching tents and participants will use “deconstructable” greenhouses and chicken coops on wheels. “When the lease runs out, (we can) move all equipment, including the soil, from lot to lot,” Berman said.
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umanities (n.) — studies intended to provide general knowledge and intellectual skills (rather than occupational or professional skills). College means the freedom to make a lot of new choices. You can smoke, drink, vote, explore your sexuality, live however you want and find a new identity, all within a few years. Or, if you’re like me, you can dedicate your academic life to the pursuit of a major that relatives never remember. Then again, it’s not exactly the type of thing they brag about to their friends. Believe me, I sympathize. “Oh, Berkeley. My son took computer science there. What are you majoring in?” “Umm ... Rhetoric.” Cue rim shot and laugh track. Top it off with a sad trombone and end scene. I chose my major in sophomore year, back when it was too late to go premed and way too late to be an engineer. I never considered those paths, anyway. Not to perpetuate any negative stereotypes, but I’ve never been able to process and enjoy solving formulas and memorizing rotely to the same degree I could find sexual metaphors in Elizabethan-era texts. And when you have a talent like that, you have to embrace it! Once upon a time, I’ve been lead to believe the humanities were respected as a noble way to learn more about the people around you, the way the world worked and even learn more about yourself by connecting with the past and your fellow students. Then again, this time was probably in the era where men wore top hats to class. Nowadays, the humanities get ragged on for a few reasons, mainly because what you learn in most of the classes seemingly doesn’t correspond to real world skills. It’s a little hard to fit “Did extensive critical analysis on Dostoevsky’s existentialist texts,” on a resume. And even if you could include the critical research you’ve slaved over in an attachment to your cover letter, it’s pretty unlikely that your employer will want to read it. Or give a damn. Many people just find the idea of a twenty-one year old philosopher, artist or political commentator as self-indulgent, obnoxious and a general waste of youth. And that’s not even talking about all the flak grad students get. “Don’t you know that you’re squandering your college years and ruining your life?” Trust me, you don’t need to point it out. We already know. ut I think it’s time for a defense of the humanities. Which will come easily, because when you’re in the humanities, it’s easy to get pretty defensive. After all, you do learn plenty of realworld skills that you’ll need in your career someday. When your class consists of thirty people sitting in a big circle with a professor who doesn’t have the budget for PowerPoint or a lapel mic, you learn to get over your shyness very fast as he or she lectures passionately and generally gets in everyone’s face. You also learn how to feign attention brilliantly, nodding for emphasis and smiling when-
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ever something clever is said. And, under the threat of a participation requirement, you learn how to think on your feet and form an opinion mid-sentence, finding new and innovative ways to repeat the statement that was said thirty seconds prior. Before you know it, you’ll be using important-sounding words like hegemony, dialectic, deconstruction and paradigm with the confidence to appear that you know what you’re talking about. urthermore, the subjective grading system teaches plenty about heavy analysis. You get critical reading skills by learning to scan the prompt for clues as to what opinion you’re supposed to have in the 14-page essay. You develop critical watching skills as you learn to look for the clues that’ll indicate if your GSI is a classy semicolon kind of guy or has more of a casual emdash type of personality. I realize that these aren’t the most marketable skills, but they’re going to come in handy in any job that requires dealing with people. You learn how to adapt, improvise and argue about original, if insignificant topics. So, while I respect the sciences and other practical majors immensely and know that you’re all doing good work right now, I can’t say I’d trade if I could. I just have to follow my passion for writing extremely long papers about inane trivialities. Like marriage, picking your major can feel like choosing between the one who can guarantee you a comfortable and safe future and the one who just loves you the way you are but makes no promises. Obvious choice, right? Only if you’re the heroine in a romantic comedy. Still, there’s nothing to be ashamed of in embracing the humanities, and I’m not just saying that because there’s no going back on my choice. Be proud of your route! The fact that you chose something appearing so superficially impractical shows that you must believe in something, some passion to drive you down this road. And we all know how rare passion is. It’s not like you would take humanities because it’s easy, right? Right? So, enjoy your high-paying jobs, heroes. Even though I don’t know where I’ll be or what I’ll be doing in a year, at least I have Walt Whitman.
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week as signs of how the UC is changing after losing hundreds of millions of dollars in state funds. With California facing a $24 billion budget gap last year, the state cut $637 million in funding to the UC system. Though Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed a $370 million increase for the system this year, it is unclear whether that funding will materialize, as state leaders continue to quibble over this year’s state budget, which is 96 days late as of today. “I think (Oct. 7) is just getting people oriented towards the struggle for the public good the same exact way that (the Sept. 24 walkout) was,” said Ricardo Gomez, the ASUC external affairs vice president, who has been organizing many of the events of Oct. 7. “It wasn’t necessarily getting the demands met, it was about getting people on to the idea that there is something wrong with the way our society is going in terms of support for public goods.”
Similar to the national scope of March 4 — a day picked by California activists in 2009 to “defend public education” — the themes of Oct. 7 have resonated around the country. The University of Georgia, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University at Albany, State University of New York and dozens of other public universities around the nation have protests, rallies or other actions planned for Oct. 7. The American Association of University Professors has also endorsed the day of action. “(Oct. 7) is much more about trying to rally people about the fact that longterm support for public education has been slowly shrivelling,” said Richard Walker, a professor of geography at UC Berkeley who is set to speak at a campus teach-in Wednesday. “That is less dramatic than some fee increase, but is just as important because all the fee increases and all the cutbacks are all because of state cutbacks for public education.” As the scope of this week’s protests
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campus administrators of the Nov. 20 Wheeler Hall occupation — often characterized by the violent altercations between police and demonstrators that occurred outside the building — caused Chancellor Robert Birgeneau to commission the Police Review Board to examine the day’s events and draft recommendations on how the campus could have responded to the protest more effectively. The report provided a total of 32 recommendations for the administration and police to consider, stressing the administration should focus their efforts on improving correspondence not only between administrators and police, but between the campus and students as well. According to Wayne Brazil, Police Review Board chair and UC Berkeley School of Law professor, there is only so much the campus can do to implement the recommendations prior to any future protests, and it would be
unwise to make “pronouncements on the topic in advance” because the day’s events have yet to occur. Holmes said the campus will reach out to students, staff and faculty in the form of focus groups to discuss the recommendations of the report. She said these conversations will ultimately formulate the campus’s plans for Oct. 7. Along with striving for better communication between students and the campus, UCPD has focused on creating a system of communication delineation among administrators to maximize the decision-making process. “One thing that has already been in place is a crisis management team to communicate with administration,” said UCPD Capt. Margo Bennett. “The chief will talk to higher level administration to pass along information so that (administrators) can participate in the decision-making process as needed and provide insight on how to proceed throughout the day.” She added that UCPD recently pur-
becomes larger, the demands and groups taking part in actions are also increasing. On Wednesday, members of UC Berkeley’s Latino community will rally at California Hall to protest drops in Latino enrollment at the campus. At a meeting held two weeks ago to plan for Oct. 7, demands ranged from stopping the layoffs of 200 campus employees under Operational Excellence to establishing financial aid for undocumented students. Though some at the meeting criticized the sprawling nature of plans and demands, others say that diversity is a hallmark of the still-developing student movement. “Never have students across the board united in one vision and organized actions to support that vision,” said Viola Tang, ASUC academic affairs vice president, in an e-mail. “I believe that the multitude of demands are united in their over arching theme and idea, which only strengthens the movement.” Javier Panzar is the lead higher education reporter. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
chased a sound system that will allow police to better project and communicate with crowds. On Nov. 20, police used blow horns to try to communicate with the growing crowd outside of Wheeler Hall, but the system proved ineffective because people were unable to hear what was said, increasing tension and leading to instances of violence between protesters and police. While Bennett said she could not provide specific details as to plans for the size and scope of police presence on Oct. 7, she did say UCPD is “paying attention” to protester meetings and looking into other means of public access information to gauge the level of activity for the day of protest. “Handling a protest is a very fluid process,” she said. “We’re approaching it as if it is going to be a major level of activity on campus. We expect there will be crowds that we need to manage, and we’re preparing to be able to respond to whatever happens.” Katie Nelson is the lead academics and administration reporter. Contact her at email@example.com.
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Novosel said merchants on Center were “reluctant” to embrace the plan, Taecker was more optimistic. “We’ve been working really hard with … the merchants downtown,” he said. “When you feel so invested in a place, change is always worrisome. But I do believe we’ve addressed most of their concerns.” Planners said they hope to create more parking and wider sidewalks by rerouting the northbound section of Shattuck. “The purpose of this is to reduce traffic in the Downtown — to create quiet spaces, pedestrian-friendly spaces,” Novosel said. “We can actually have more ... street parking and possibly have a place for buses.” Taecker called some schemes “justadd-water” projects, such as planting about a thousand trees, installing of public art along sidewalks and improving evening lighting. The subcommittee will send the proposal to the city’s three major planning committees for feedback before sub-
mitting it to the Berkeley City Council sometime between December and February, according to Dan Marks, the city’s director of planning and development. Though Taecker said he expects council to approve the plan, work on the projects will not begin immediately — in part because they carry a $35 million price tag, according to the plan’s report. The subcommittee expects to start nailing down funding sources after receiving the go-ahead from the council. “Where do we get the money to make this happen?” Taecker said. “We don’t know yet. We’re dreaming, in a way ... how do we make this a better place?” Novosel said the city would probably take an “incremental planning approach,” constructing the projects individually as they obtain the funds rather than implementing the plan as a whole package. “It’s easy to feel, ‘oh there’s no money, times are hard,’” Marks said. “You begin with a vision of where you want to go ... this is a vision of where we’re headed.” Gianna Albaum covers city government. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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according to the institutes’ website. According to Jeremy Berg, the director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, the New Innovator Award is given annually to scientists in the early stages of their careers. Eligible scientists are within 10 years of receiving their doctorate and have not previously received substantial funding from the institute, Berg said in an e-mail. “These New Innovator Awards, they fund the innovators and not the project,” said Iswar Hariharan, head of the cell and developmental biology division of molecular and cell biology. “It gives them a cushion in comfort. They don’t have to worry about lapses in funding.” The EUREKA Award is given to scientists whose work is risky and technically challenging, Rio said. He added that the experiments the award funds may not even work. Rio said he is working to purify RNA from single genes to see the proteins that are attached to messenger RNAs. The funding from the EUREKA Award will allow him to implement new research approaches that use more ex-
pensive materials to study RNA. Herr’s research is on protein signaling in diseases and “may lead to improved diagnostic markers and therapies, especially for prostate cancer and autoimmune dysfunctions,” Herr said in an e-mail. Bautista said that after the long award application process — she submitted her application a year ago, and it went through several rounds of reviews — she was excited to hear that she had received the award. “It’s a huge honor because I’ve had a lot of project ideas that perhaps more traditional fundings wouldn’t take the risk on,” she said. Bautista’s research looks at the genes that mediate touch and pain by studying the star-nosed mole, which has a much heightened sense of touch. Hariharan called her research an “unusual approach for studying this particular problem.” “(Bautista’s) a perfect example of what a Cal professor should be — both at the forefront of research and actively involved in education,” Hariharan said. Contact Mary Susman at email@example.com.
Utilization of Empty Lots from page 2 Councilmember Jesse Arreguin, who helped draw up an ordinance obliging property owners to maintain their empty lots, supports the project. “We have a lot of vacant lots in Berkeley … and they create problems,” he said, adding that it is important for the Berkeley City Council to encourage active use of empty lots to avoid criminal behavior. Arreguin said encouraging local food production is a key part of the city’s strategy to address climate change. “We need to make our communities more self-reliant,” he said. Urban Adamah’s name comes from the Hebrew word for earth and was founded on Jewish values, said Berman. “Judaism emerged as a religion at a time when everybody was a farmer,” Berman said. “It’s not a coincidence that the Jewish tradition is also built on these traditions.” Sarah Wolf, engagement associate for Hillel at UC Berkeley, said she has observed that the Jewish environmentalist movement seems to target individuals who are older than college-age. “I’m hoping this program will give (college) students an opportunity to connect in a hands-on way,” she said. Berman said the Urban Adamah farm would be a failure if it only catered to Jews and added that the farm will run programs for community members and local schoolchildren regardless of their religious association. Contact Noor Al-Samarrai at firstname.lastname@example.org. Anna Vignet/Staff
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t six-foot-four, Win Butler towered above all on stage, backlit by a blaring red glow, his face bearing both raw aggression and pervasive melancholy. With deep-set eyes and vocals that exude pure pathos, Butler shared in his band’s commanding presence. Playing on Saturday, the first of a two-night set at the Greek Theatre, Arcade Fire engendered a haunting euphoria and abrasive power to produce a show that was, as one audience member accurately described, “amazeballs.” Opening the show, Calexico stepped forth with confident vigor. Their Tuscon, Arizona origins were evident in the band’s unique blend of southof-the-border stylings and Western twang. However, the shtick began to wear thin as one song merged into the other, and the Mariachi maracas could only move the crowd so much in the
direction of their Southwestern sway. It was time for Arcade Fire, and they were “Ready to Start” — understandably after 20 minutes of set transition. This is a large band with an even larger sound, after all. As the curtain ripped to reveal the looming presence of two freeway overpasses, the set was dour, even mundane. The band was not. It became increasingly evident, even from the first percussive riffs of “Ready to Start” and “Month of May,” that this was not a show for passive participation. Proclaiming the city of Berkeley as one of particular significance for him, Butler began to deliver an infectious performance, brimming with a uniquely somber charisma backed by an orchestra of thunderous sound. It is not difficult to understand why the band has had an almost meteoric rise from indie obscurity to chart-topping, “Daily Show” guest-performing popularity in only a few years when
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Matt and Kim Display Pure, Energetic Flair at Fillmore by Liz Mak
att and Kim’s devotees are of the hardcore variety, from those willing to buy originally overpriced tickets to the Fillmore ($18.50 + nine dollar surcharge online) from scalpers for $60, to aggressive, shove-happy punk moms with platinum-streaked hair. It seems that Matt and Kim embody a new brand of hip that spans multiple generations: While I came with housemates and a boyfriend (just one), what was really exciting was the idea of going with his grandma. She had tickets for the V.I.P. section. Pop-electronica was king this past Thursday night, as Bay Area-based band the Limousines’ warbly vocals and angsty strain of dance-synth beats played out an emotive soundtrack: The perfect accompaniment for the summer-after-high-school-graduation montage or for running after your lover as she’s about to board a plane and never come back. Punk moms, 30-year-old bros and teenage boy accompanied by his middle-aged parents were head-nodding to the band-sansguitar (with a minimalist setup of vocals, drums, and keyboard). The Limousines proved themselves cham-
pions of the sweaty dance scene. But the loud-mouthed Matt and Kim fans aren’t the type to bullshit if they don’t like what they hear — particularly if your band is Fang Island, also opening that night, and terrible in concert. As the second act, Fang Island proved that sometimes the bark really is worse than the bite: Accompanying their set were screams of “You’re horrible!” and nods of recognition. While recordings of their songs don’t play too poorly (or memorably), Fang Island live comes off as a recovering metal band, with stream-of-consciousness melodies and electronic renderings of people screaming. Changing genres from measure to measure, Fang Island’s inconsistent songs often get lost in the frenzy, making music that fulfills a purpose — have band, play loud, get laid — rather than an actual need. No one wants to listen to that shit. What the audience wanted was Matt and Kim. While the dance-pop band boasts two members, it also hosts an abundance of special guests including Matt’s superfluous backwards leg kicks, his mom, and Kim’s endless, widemouthed grin. Armed with a scene-setting smoke machine, better equipment and an ’80s LED display, Matt and Kim are no longer just a low-budget
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or to what purpose,” Adam Smith once wrote, “is all the toil and bustle of this world? What is the end of avarice and ambition, of the pursuit of wealth, of power, and pre-eminence?” Had Smith, the patriarch of all our modern innovation-driven societies, lived to witness the conception of a billion-dollar virtual enterprise like Facebook, he likely would have expressed similar sentiments. We have arrived at the Age of Mark Zuckerberg, the 26-year-old self-made entrepreneur who holds Internet communication in the palm of his hand, and “The Social Network” is both his story and very much our own. Building on the wisdoms and ironies of ages past, director David Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin have crafted a compelling hybrid of grand entertainment and incisive social commentary, the rare studio picture that edifies and enlightens. In the film’s memorable pre-credits sequence, we are thrust into the heat of a feisty argument between Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) and girlfriend Erica (Rooney Mara). He brags about status and she brands him an “asshole”; in the wake of this bruising verbal exchange, a relationship crumbles and a revolution is born. In the scenario that follows, Zuckerberg returns to his dorm, grabs a cold beer and begins coding furiously. As the film cross-cuts between his bitter epiphany and a massive house party taking place elsewhere on campus, progress and decadence clash head-on, suggesting an upheaval born of geeky retribution. Harvard University in “The Social Network” stands firmly rooted in the soil of Old World stratification, oppressive yet brimming with elusive opportunities. Zuckerberg both fits and breaks the Ivy League mold — he’s arrogant, sharp-tongued and intelligent, but also socially awkward and far removed from the elitist clubs he wants so desperately to be a part of. Convinced of his idea’s marketability, Zuckerberg enlists the acumen
of best friend Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield), a good-natured economics student who is in many ways Zuckerberg’s moral conscience. After accepting an invitation to code for social networking site ConnectU, Zuckerberg promptly unveils Thefacebook.com, much to the chagrin and suspicion of his classmates-turned-competitors. “I’m six-foot-five, 220 and there’s two of me,” gloats one of the Winklevoss twins (Armie Hammer), co-founders of ConnectU and proud members of Harvard’s rowing crew. Yet for all their aristocratic machismo, Zuckerberg’s would-be rivals are hampered by one inevitable notion: Power and privilege, once inseparable, are no longer one and the same. A time-lapse shot of the San Francisco skyline signals our hero’s pilgrimage to the proverbial Promised Land: California’s booming Silicon Valley, where Napster founder Sean Parker (the splendid Justin Timberlake) holds the keys to Facebook’s ascendance. Shrewd and street-smart, Parker exudes a devilish charm. “Private behavior is a relic of a time gone by,” he reminds Zuckerberg. “They don’t want you, they want your idea.” Relishing the opportunity, Zuckerberg invites Parker into the fold and, in turn, sows the first seeds of discord in his relationship with Saverin. As Sorkin’s screenplay darts back and forth between an ongoing lawsuit and Facebook’s meteoric rise to prominence in Palo Alto, loyalties disintegrate and impending chaos looms. Embodying the spirit of the Internet Age, “The Social Network” occupies the same wavelength as 2007’s “Zodiac,” Fincher’s other magisterial dissection of the relationship between man and media. And like the journalists and detectives in “Zodiac,” Kevin Spacey’s ruthless killer in “Seven” and Edward Norton’s whitecollar waif in “Fight Club,” the twenty-somethings in “The Social Network” are restless forces of nature, obsessive and meticulous to a fault. Their hunger for social revolution appeals to us even as we deplore their
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Flaming Lips Put on Visually Bombastic Show at Oakland Fox Eccentric Oklahoma Band Underwhelms Musically Saturday Night Despite Spectacle
ery mind. We drew a collective breath. Then appeared the command in neat block letters on the screen: SHOOT WAYNE. His body glowed a fantastic red as the audience obliged him, and as he raised his mammoth foam hands in salute, a seismic roar seized the theatre and made the event a true fiesta. The prismatic cabaret would have made for a euphoric live music experience had it been reinforced by quality sound and dynamic stage usage. But the sound was staticy and reverberated in odd patterns into the orchestra, while bassist Michael Ivins, lead guitarist Steve Drozd and drummer Kliph Scurlock prowled only their respective territories. Even Coyne didn’t venture far from center stage after his preliminary tour-de-Fox. The Lips delivered thematically appropriate hits off of their latest album, Embryonic, as well as iconic crowd pleasers such as “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots” and “Waitin’ For a Superman,” but excluded early anthems such as “She Don’t Use Jelly” and “Turn It On.” Nevertheless, the tender, Pavement-esque quality of their earlier material still resonated Saturday night, and coaxed a smile from the lips of every nostalgic Lips fan. We weren’t treated to any muchhyped covers of Dark Side of the Moon or “Bohemian Rhapsody,” possibly due to The Lips’ alarmingly short set (two solid hours were consumed by the opening acts, whose drone permeated through the porous foam of fluorescent earplugs littering the crowd). The ensuing encore was predictable, as everyone knew what was missing. The Flaming Lips left us with a poignant rendition of “Do You Realize??,” segmented by spontaneous applause, and sent a packed crowd onto the streets of Oakland at midnight with a pot butter high. And a foolproof indication of a night well spent? Undressing in the quiet darkness of your apartment afterward and realizing that you’ve given birth to a pile of confetti on your bedroom floor.
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She and him. Playing to a diverse audience, Matt and Kim dazzled at the Fillmore, supported by the Limousines and Fang Island.
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opening act. Not that you ever went for the quality of their equipment, or their playing. No one claimed that their music is the stuff of artistic genius, and anything more than just a good time. What’s notable about a concert from M and K — what Pitchfork calls “one of the most ridiculously fun live shows on the planet” — is its sincerity and enthu-
siasm. What’s gotten the band die-hard fans that know all the words to their songs is the self-conscious understanding that they’ve lucked out. Matt and Kim champion a D.I.Y., we-did-it-andso-can-you mentality, radiating an appreciation for the audience that got them to the big time: “This is the most successful I’ve ever been at anything in my life,” Matt said to the crowd. Projecting showmanship at its most pure and energetic, Matt and Kim
produced a set that got the feet jumping and the 45-year-old standing in your face to sing along to every song. The band played a show mirroring educational children’s programming for adults, lowering themselves into the audience pit for after-show hugs to close a set of unadulterated fun. Said the guy next to me with a sigh, at the post-show exit shuffle: “If I could spend just five minutes as happy as Kim, I could die.” Sell your grandma’s tickets to the V.I.P. section to Liz at email@example.com.
efore a single warble hit the air at the Fox Theater Saturday night, everyone in the attending audience was eaten by a vivid, pulsating vagina. A naked girl was dancing dreamily in the polychromous screen, hypnotizing the crowd with her butt cheeks, hips and the curve of her shoulders. What seemed like a psychedelic Crayola commercial morphed into a full-blown horror flick when she turned around, spread her legs, and the blinding light emitting from her celestial orifice blossomed into a visual crescendo that swelled larger and larger until — “AH! AH! It’s going to eat us all!” Thus began our journey into the metaphysical pussy. We were transported back to the fetal stages of cognitive existence: All cerebral activity was anesthetized amid the chaotic shrieks and epilepsy-inducing strobes. The Flaming Lips’ Afroed frontman Wayne Coyne burst from its core in his signature space-man bubble and crowdcrawled in his synthetic embryonic sac while his body was assailed by a thousand complimentary pocket lasers. What followed his violent birth can only be described as an equally frenzied childhood — an erratic birthday party minus the ribboned pigtails and the vanilla frosted cake. The crowd was doused with giant balloons and truckloads of confetti, while interwoven trajectories of spaceships and costumed dancers set the stage for a grand playdate. The lights were cut and the theater was thrown into darkness, penetrated only by the wriggling, sperm-like pinpricks of laser projected onto all surfaces by every other hand in the crowd. Anticipation permeated ev-
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you experience the voices of 8500 fans What then does the 2010 remake by Jessica Pena (according to Win) crescendoing in add to an already lauded and innovaContributing Writer exuberant joy. Their songs are tailored tive film? Helmed by “Cloverfield” perfectly for this live intensity. A clear director Matt Reeves, the film lingers s far as American remakes example would be propellant pop hits in the realm of its original conceit. Set go, the most benevolent word such as “Keep the Car Running” or in Los Alamos, New Mexico instead I can muster is ... mundane. “Wake Up,” which rev the crowd to of the frigid fringe of Scandinavia, the One needs only to reference this year’s roaring applause. But even the more frozen element of a snow-capped atborderline-racist remake of England’s Thursday, May 3, 2007 The Daily Californian DUMMY subdued sentiments of “Haiti” and “We mosphere hasn’t changed, and neither “Death at a Funeral” to make the case Used to Wait” were equally thrilling. has anything else for that matter. From that American remakes have a shaky From the drum battles of guitarist the apartment where Owen lives to the history at best. With the upcoming reRichard Reed Parry and Will Butler HARD lease of “Let Me In,” the remake of the # 98 pool where the penultimate scene octhroughout “Laika” to the whimsical curs, the sets and scenes are virtually 2008 Swedish film “Let the Right One dancing of Regine Chassagne during identical. Save the switch to English, In,” this problem of the remake rears “Haiti” and “Sprawl II,” the band has the pop and sizzle of some ’80s kitsch, its ugly and, like Hercules’ Hydra, irSAEED ADYANI/OVERTURE FILMS/COURTESY fun and it is a challenge not to partake. and the dramatic name change from repressible head once again. The content may be wearying — the Star-crossed. Despite its derivative nature, Reeves’ remake preserves the poignant Oskar to Owen, the film is nowhere For those unfamiliar with the anxieties of modernity are certainly not bond that forms between Chloe (Chloe Grace Moretz) and Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee). near a novel take on the original. InSwedish original, the plot is akin to toe-tappers, but Arcade Fire transform stead, it’s just mere transcription. “Twilight” but sans the skin shimmer, these contemporary concerns into a In a recent interview, director Matt teenage hormones and general lack and the physical tumult of burgeoning more a nostalgic indulgence than any maelstrom of electrifying hyperbole Reeves admitted to finding the adapta- attempt at constructive commentary. of any redeeming quality. Instead, puberty run rampant. (much like this review). tion process “daunting” when the idea the story hinges on the profound Though the anxiety of impending What does make the film redeemBeset by images of domesticity — of an American remake was pitched. connection between two twelve-yearadolescence may translate well from able is the virtuosity of its actors. The kids on bikes, palm trees, the 1950s, To achieve an American perspective, olds — one a vampire and the other, Sweden to America, the question quality of Chloe Grace Moretz, Kodi freeway overpasses — the visual cues ’80s Sweden is exchanged for an ’80s an introverted boy named Oskar. of this translation’s necessity looms Smit-McPhee and Richard Jenkins’ and glaring lights merged with the America filled with the looming presSubtle and richly nuanced, the film just as the contrived shots of Reagan evocation of pathos is what anchors music to create a viscerally charged ence of fear-monger Ronald Reagan, explores the loneliness of that moment do within the film. In an age where the film in a sea of familiarity. The atmosphere, replete with rock-star the sexual ambiguity of a David Bowie in life when one has left childhood but vampires have permeated the cultural spectacle. Whether it was Win leading vulnerability Smit-McPhee exudes or Boy George and the requisite presawaits adolescence with anxiety and zeitgeist with unceasing ferocity, the the crowd in a chorus of clapping or showcases not only the sadness of his ence of video arcades. Though the ignorance. Less about the seduction American remake has become just as his brother Will, who spurred through particular situation — an only child androgynous element of a Bowie or and glamour with which vampirism ubiquitous, mediocre and, like “Let Me the audience as a veritable parade and victim of relentless bullying — but Boy George underlines the sexual conhas recently become associated, “Let In,” utterly redundant. conductor with his smashing drum and the Right One In” explored the brutal fusion experienced by Owen and Chloe the sadness of a particular moment in spotlight, the band’s frivolity effected Put Hydra’s heads to rest once and for a child’s life. His suffering eclipses this reality of a lifestyle beset by desperaGrace Moretz’s Abby, what trickles simultaneous pandemonium and all with Jessica at email@example.com. tion and dependence. in-between age, where social distress down (yes, a Reaganomics pun) is poignancy. Adjectives abound here, but how does one condense such moments and Parker, augmenting the hyperrealclusion, the one-two punch of Fincher of energy and elation? The truth is, ity of their discourse. In another, dead and Sorkin rarely misses a beat, and words, by themselves, fail to convey silence is punctuated only by the sound it’s beautiful to behold. Straddling the ACROSS the power of a show like this. This lack 10. Fleet from Page 5 tion of “In the Hall of the Mountain of fingers on a keyboard, as a closedivide between art and industry, they might be due to my fever (not Bieber 1. Cut short King,” filmed through a tilt-shift lens, personal shortcomings. 11. 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Bears Roast Ducks, Down Beavers to Stay Perfect by Jonathan Kuperberg Contributing Writer
Senior defender Demitrius Omphroy is part of the Cal back line that held a Stanford team on a four-game winning steak to no goals.
Cal Tops Card in Pac-10 Opener by Kelly Suckow Contributing Writer
STANFORD — After 90 minutes of play on Saturday, in front of more than 1,100 fans, the score read 3-0 at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. The No. 16 Cal men’s soccer team (5-1-2) blanked Stanford (4-5) to mark the team’s fifth straight win against its rivals. “We just outworked them, definitely,” senior midfielder Servando Carrasco said. “Simply put, we just wanted it more than they did. The score shows that we did.” The fast-paced match was a test of fitness, with injuries and 20 combined fouls as evidence to the physicality that characterized the game. The first fallen soldier was Stanford’s goalkeeper, Jason Dodson, who was hurt a little more than 10 minutes into the game. Freshman Drew Hutchins, making his first collegiate appearance, finished the game in net. Cal sophomore John Fitzpatrick’s header from a play in the corner by se-
nior forward Davis Paul first challenged the new goalie. Fitzpatrick put the ball past Hutchins for the first goal at 15:02. Cal’s consistency both offensively and defensively kept all the starters on the field until about 2:30 left to go in the first half of play. Sophomore defender Steve Birnbaum was blindsided on a challenge by the Card’s Hunter Gorskie, warranting Gorskie a yellow card and taking Birnbaum out for the rest of the contest. Midfielder Riley Kovatch came off the bench as a replacement to mark the Bears’ first substitution. After a hard-fought first half expired, Cal held on to its lead 1-0, with 13 shots made to Stanford’s four. “We were just very composed on possession, that was what we wanted to do,” Carrasco said. “They were going to come out really physical so we wanted to play around them, and that’s what we did in the first half.” Cal head coach Kevin Grimes rearranged his lineup at halftime to minimize the effect of Birnbaum’s absence. Junior midfielder Ted Jones filled in
for the injured defender, and sophomore Chris Ortega replaced Jones in the midfield. According to Grimes, it took about 20 minutes for Cal to get back in sync after the switch. This gave the Cardinal the opportunity for a couple more offensive looks, contrasting to its performance in the first half. Once the Bears found their rhythm, the pressure was on. Hector Jimenez played a perfect through ball that split the Stanford defense for Fitzpatrick to slot it in with less than two minutes left in the tilt. A minute later, Jimenez played another assist, this time to Carrasco, who capitalized on a deflection off a defender to hit in the match’s third and final goal. “Today was a much more aggressive game than normal … I think that has to do with the rivalry,” Stanford head coach Bret Simon said. “I thought Cal today was very good. We were good in spurts, but I think they were the better team today.” Kelly Suckow covers men’s soccer. Contact her at email@example.com.
Bears Gorge on Cardinal After ‘Eater Upset by Byron Atashian Contributing Writer
The No. 3 Cal men’s water polo team faced No. 4 Stanford in its final match in this weekend’s SoCal Tournament — just like in the NorCal Tournament two weeks ago. The unexpected part was that yesterday, it was for fifth place. The Bears (10-2) triumphed over the Cardinal, 11-8, in their first meeting to secure a third-place finish, and again in Los Angeles with a score of 13-9. Host No. 2 UCLA fell to top-ranked USC in the championship match, another NorCal parallel, 8-7. Both Cal and Stanford (6-4) lost their second-round games against No. 5 UC Irvine and No. 6 UC Santa Barbara, respectively. The Gauchos slipped past the Cardinal, 12-10, while the Anteaters edged the Bears, 9-8, scoring the goahead goal with 44 seconds left on a power play. Irvine senior Brandon Johnson led with four goals, including the game-winner.
“A lot of teams are very close on a given day, they have the ability to beat each other,” Cal coach Kirk Everist said. “This year might be the deepest, closest year for a while.” UC Irvine tore through the Gauchos in the third-place match, getting out to a 7-2 lead before the final whistle sounded at 8-4. While the Bears faltered against Irvine the first day after knocking out Santa Clara, 15-8, the tides changed on the second day. Cal dominated Pacific in its first Sunday game, taming the Tigers in a 15-3 victory. Pacific had given the Bruins a run for their money a day earlier, keeping the 13-11 loss close the whole way. The Bears continued their tear against Stanford, building a lead as comfortable as 11-4 midway through the third period before giving younger players playing time. “Pretty good effort all in all (Sunday),” Everist said. “Everybody really contributed as a group.” The Serbian Bears constituted a large
part of Cal’s firepower, as juniors Ivan Rackov and Luka Saponjic chippedin four goals each against Stanford. Rackov finished the tournament with 15 and Saponjic punched in eight on Sunday. “Luka’s got that ability to really take over a game,” Everist said. “He’s a big guy, he presents problems defensively and if we can continue to get that production from him on the offensive end, we’re a hard team to beat.” Cal’s performance this weekend ranged from mediocre to peak form. It must maintain the latter in order to consistently stay ahead in the MPSF conference. “A lot of teams are pretty close this year and there’s not a whole lot of separation between them,” Everist said. “But depending on the concentration level of the kids on a given day in a given game, you’re going to see some lopsided games, too.” Byron Atashian covers men’s water polo. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seven points — that’s all it took. Friday’s match between the No. 8 Cal volleyball team and No. 11 Oregon was all but decided after just seven points. True, nearly three sets remained, but the Ducks were never competitive, never coming close to sniffing an opportunity, much less a lead, in Cal’s straight-set demolition (25-16, 25-14, 25-16) at Haas Pavilion. “I saw in their faces, they’re like, ‘Wow, we weren’t expecting this,’” senior setter Carli Lloyd said. “I don’t think they were expecting us to come out the way we did.” By the time Oregon coach Jim Moore had called a timeout, middle hitter Shannon Hawari had recorded two kills, opposite side hitter Correy Johnson one and the Ducks were down, 6-1. Unfortunately for Moore and Oregon, play eventually resumed. The Bears (14-0, 4-0 in the Pac-10) picked up where they left off, with another Johnson kill and a Cal block to jump start another 6-1 run. Moore stopped time again, but never came up with a plan to stop a defensive corps that totaled 16 blocks and 51 digs and held the Ducks (14-2, 2-2) to a .051 hitting percentage. “(Friday) was really the first time that we have been able to play our game at a very early stage in the match and continue it straight on through with no real let-ups,” coach Rich Feller said. “I think they got one or two runs of two or three points, maybe, but we never really lost that same focus and intensity.”
Cal’s energy level never wavered the entire match. Up by nine, Cal was still diving. Junior outside hitter Tarah Murrey dove into the Cal sideline at set point and narrowly missed an Oregon kill. Up seven in the third set, the Bears were still hustling, as three bodies fell to the floor to save passes. On the other side of the net, Oregon never found any sort of rhythm against Cal’s blocking regiment which, along with the rest of the squad, “scouted the crap out of ” the Ducks, Lloyd said. Meanwhile, Hawari and Murrey were racking up kills against a downright downtrodden Duck defense. Murrey paced the Bears with 16 kills while Hawari most likely kept her nation-leading hitting percentage intact with nine kills and a .500 percentage. The pair was so unstoppable that a quarter of the way through the third set, their combined 22 kills equaled the entire Oregon team’s total. However, that pinpoint execution, fierce blocking, and “legit” passing, according to Lloyd, that drove Cal to victory did not quite replicate itself against Oregon State (8-10, 1-3) the following night. Nevertheless, the result was the same, as the Bears won in straight sets (25-21, 25-18, 25-18). “(Saturday) you saw we still have things to work on, we still have a focus game to work on,” Lloyd said. “We have a lot of potential … I see us going far. I think that playing the way we did against Oregon, this team could win everything.” Jonathan Kuperberg covers volleyball. Contact him at email@example.com.
Freshman Adrienne Gehan logged seven of her 100 kills on the season this weekend. She stands at second on the team, trailing only junior Tarah Murrey, who has 225 kills.
Minus Morgan, Two-Goal Lead Over St. Mary’s Dwindles to Tie by Alex Matthews Contributing Writer
Cal forward Alex Morgan was in an unfamiliar place this weekend: with the women’s national team at a training camp in Georgia. As a result, freshman defender Emi Lawson was put in the unfamiliar position of forward. Lawson moved from center defender for the first half of Saturday’s 2-2 tie against St. Mary’s in Moraga, Calif. “In the absence of Alex Morgan, we felt like we needed a physical presence,” coach Neil McGuire said. “Emi offered us that, and she scored two very good goals.” In the two games Lawson has moved to the attacking third, she has scored three goals, tying sophomore Lauren Battung as Cal’s second-highest scorer. Both Lawson’s scores were within 30 minutes of kickoff. The Bears (5-1-4) maintained the 2-0 lead for another 45 minutes at St. Mary’s Stadium. The lead didn’t become uncomfortable until the Gaels’ Caroline Shelvin scored a penalty kick in the 76th minute. Lawson’s move back to defense for the second half seemed beneficial to Cal. The Gaels’ shot count dropped from nine in the first half to four in the second. But while the Bears kept those down, they weren’t defensively strong where it counted: on the scoreboard. St. Mary’s (6-3-3) capitalized on its ability to shoot well from 25-35 yards out, which McGuire predicted would
be a threat. Midfielder Ashley Soro converted a 30-yard shot that came off a Shelvin corner kick to even the score. “We have to be very aware of what we’re doing on defense in set pieces,” McGuire said. “The majority of the goals we’ve lost this season came off set pieces.” The Bears didn’t see the back of the net to regain their lead for the rest of the game, even with two 10-minute overtime periods. Lawson did well containing shots during the flow of the play in the second half, Cal struggled without her as a physical presence on the attack. “Our team played really hard, and we lost a goal on an unfortunate penalty kick, and then they scored a nice goal from thirty yards off a corner kick,” McGuire said. “We’re not losing goals by a lack of effort there.” Cal must learn to counter more than set plays in the start of their conference play at No. 11 UCLA on Saturday. The Bears have only lost one of their 11 games, but their record shows a loss of momentum. Cal’s last win was 1-0, off a penalty kick against San Francisco over two weeks ago. “I think we’re ready for conference play,” McGuire said. The Bears will have to prove it by regaining the early-season strength that earned them a four-game, 19-goal winning streak. Alex Matthews covers women’s soccer. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published on Oct 4, 2010