News Briefs

Women Composers Concert April 28

A concert of music by 20th century women composers, conducted by music professor Cindy Cox and performed by Berkeley Contemporary Chamber Players, will be presented Monday, April 28.

The program's featured composers include Joan Tower, Galina Ustvolskaya, Belinda Reynolds, Ursula Mamlok and Kaija Saariaho. The final segment will be a world premier of Cox's musical treatment of poems on ecological themes, "Three Songs on Texts by Mary Oliver."

The concert is at 8 p.m. in Hertz Hall. For tickets, call 642-9988. Tickets may also be purchased in advance at the Zellerbach Hall ticket office or at the Hertz Hall door starting an hour before the concert.

Cal's Own Calling Card

Cal's new pre-paid calling card provides low-rate telephone service for both domestic and international calling, with proceeds from its sale going to the university.

This flexible card, created by the Office of Resource Development, is sold with an initial value of $20. After the initial time expires it can be recharged for any amount of money by calling its 24-hour customer service operator.

Rates for both domestic and international calls made on the Cal card are competitive. A telephone call to anywhere in the United State using the card costs 30 cents per minute. A call to the United Kingdom costs 60 cents per minute at any time. The card can also be used while traveling abroad.

The Cal calling card is currently on sale at locations throughout campus, including the following locations:

· Berkeley TRiP

· Athletics Ticket Office

· University Hall cashier's office

· Housing and Dining Services cashier's office

· Recreational Sports cashier's office

For information call Amy Becker at 642-2773 or Suz-Anna Morandin at 643-6801.

Campus Farewells to Tien: Open House, I-House

The Academic Senate and the Faculty Club invite all campus faculty and staff to the Faculty Club (and Faculty Glade, weather permitting) for a "Farewell to Chancellor Tien" on Thursday, May 1, from 4 to 6 p.m. There is no charge.

The campus open house follows another tribute, on Wednesday, April 30, at International House's 1997 celebration and awards dinner. I-House is honoring Tien for his distinguished leadership in fostering excellence and diversity and for furthering international education, and the Bechtel Foundation and family for their generosity to International House for more than 25 years.

Questions of Character

"Are the French Really Rude? Are Americans Really Shallow?" will be the subject of a talk by Daniel Shanahan of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales, Paris, on Monday, April 28.

The lecture will take place in the French department library, 4229 Dwinelle, at noon.

Administrative Website

The new Berkeley Administrative Initiatives website is a primary venue for news and information about two major initiatives to improve how the campus conducts business-the Berkeley Financial System and the Human Resources Management System.

The website is intended to be user-friendly and informative and will be expanded and refined over the coming months. Ideas and suggestions are welcome.

The website address is To submit questions or comments, use email boxes located on the website.


"North American Federalism and NAFTA: Three Perspectives" will be the subject of a three-day campus conference April 27 to 29.

Mexican and U.S. perspectives will be offered Monday, April 28, followed by a Canadian perspective Tuesday morning.

The public sessions will be in Booth Auditorium of Boalt Hall. For information call 642-053 or email rjross@uclink2.berkeley. edu.

Citywide Arts Festival

The first-ever, citywide Berkeley Arts Festival kicks off May 31 with gospel choirs on Addison Street and ends with a bang July 3 with a Midsummer Mozart concert at the Greek Theater conducted by George Cleve. In between, the month of June will see arts of all sorts around the city.

For example: puppet shows in the parks, front-porch storytelling, writers reading their work at the Berkeley Repertory Theater, documentaries by locals at Landmark movie theaters, a marathon poetry reading at the Berkeley Art Museum and works by John Adams at Maybeck Recital Hall.

A calendar will be published in the East Bay Express in mid-May.

For information, or to take part in the festival, phone 665-9496 or visit festival headquarters at 2226 Shattuck Ave.



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