St. Vincent – Strange Mercy

Strange Mercy is not an instant favorite. But with a little cozying up, St. Vincent’s third album will seduce listeners into a melancholic love affair. With her latest effort, timid-voiced singer-songwriter Annie Clark offers another dose of mildly catchy melodies laced with ear-perking beats and sensual guitar riffs. Clark’s vocals
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Memories of an alumnus burn on

Esteban Silva, a UC Berkeley graduate, reflects on 9/11 and how he escaped the burning towers 10 years ago

This audio podcast is the first of two parts. Find Part two here. As the nation moved on, the 9/11 attacks may have faded from the foreground, but for Esteban Silva, fiery images are still burning in his mind. His initial memories from that day are as vivid as the sky
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Midweek notebook: Familiar faces and Superman

Coaching musical chairs The college football coaching carousel seems to be constantly moving — especially when it comes to assistants, but the Cal and Colorado football teams looked like they agreed on a swap after last season. Passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach Eric Kiesau as well as defensive
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Free Adobe software pilot program to cost campus $500,000

This fall, UC Berkeley will begin a year-long program for students that will allow them to download Adobe software packages for free as part of an agreement with the company that will cost the campus about $500,000. Beginning Sept. 6, students will be able to download the Adobe Creative Suite
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Just what are we watching on Saturday…?

In 15 seasons as the Fresno State head coach, Pat Hill has abided by the relatively simple mantra of “anytime, anywhere.” A coach never afraid to schedule difficult non-conference opponents (insert the already-tired but still relevant Presbyterian joke here), Hill leads his notoriously tough Bulldogs into Candlestick to take on
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Statistics show decrease in violent and property crimes

Preliminary statistics indicate an overall decrease in violent and property crime in Berkeley during the first six months of 2011 compared to the same time period the previous year — a trend mirrored in surrounding cities. The Berkeley Police Department recorded 4 percent fewer Part One Violent Crimes — which
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Second part of DREAM Act passes Senate vote

The second half of the California DREAM Act — which would allow undocumented students access to state financial aid — passed the state Senate Wednesday by a vote of 22 to 11. AB 131, authored by Assemblymember Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, will go back to the Assembly for a concurrence
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Team doubles efficiency of converting seaweed into biofuel

A team of scientists from UC Berkeley and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign reached a scientific breakthrough in their research — they doubled the efficiency of converting seaweed into biofuel. The researchers, who published the study in the August issue of Applied and Environmental Microbiology, focused on converting marine biomass,
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Campaign for undocumented students could help cover fees

UC Berkeley has started fundraising for a scholarship pool earmarked for the campus’ undocumented students. The philanthropy campaign was started by UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau shortly after Gov. Jerry Brown signed the first part of the California DREAM Act — AB 130 — in July, which allows undocumented students
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Beirut: The Rip Tide

When Beirut, the solo project of New Mexico native Zach Condon, debuted in 2006, it was a welcome blast from some accordion-filled past. With its resounding chorus of brass orchestration and romantic images of Ye Olde Europe, the band’s debut album, Gulag Orkestar, was a refreshingly cheery introduction for the
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