News Briefs

Alice Waters Lecture on Feb. 10

Acclaimed restaurateur, author and Berkeley alumna Alice Waters will discuss "The Ethics of Eating" Tuesday, Feb. 10, from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in Sibley Auditorium. Her talk and slide presentation will address support for sustainable agriculture and better nutrition education through the schools.

In 1971 Waters, then a Montessori school teacher, opened the now-famous Berkeley restaurant Chez Panisse. She has since written numerous cook books and garnered many awards and honors.

Currently she is helping to develop a food-based curriculum at Berkeley's Martin Luther King High School-involving students directly in planting, gardening, harvesting, cooking and eating.

Waters describes the goal of the Edible Schoolyard as demonstrating "to a new generation of citizens how our decisions about food affect the survival of us all and how eating can become a consuming habit that can give us pleasure every day of our lives."

She is also involved with the Horticulture Project at the San Francisco County Jail and a related job-training program and market garden, the Garden Project.

The lecture is sponsored by Health*Matters. For information call 643-4646.

Songs About Love at Hertz Concert

Several hundred singers from campus-wide choral ensembles will celebrate Valentine's Day on Friday, Feb. 13. The concert, "Love Against All Odds," is at 8 p.m. at Hertz Hall.

The eight groups performing include the student-led Golden Overtones and Men's Octet, Women's and Men's Chorales, the Jazz Choir led by Bill Ganz, the Alumni Chorus led by Mark Sumner, and the University Chorus and Chamber Chorus, directed by Marika Kuzma.

Singers include undergraduate and graduate students as well as alumni and staff.

The concert will present a wide variety of styles-among them 16th-century Italian and English madrigals about unrequited love, pieces about moonlight by Brahms, jazz standards and contemporary pop arrangements.

The concert will end with all the groups, together with the audience, singing a love song.

Tickets are $8 general; $6 for students, seniors, staff and faculty; $4 for Berkeley students. If available, tickets will also be sold at the door starting an hour before the performance (cash or check only at door). Since this is sure to be a well-attended event, the public is advised to purchase tickets in advance.

For tickets call 642-9988.

Dundes, Pagter on Workplace Lore

Alan Dundes and Carl R. Pagter will speak Tuesday, Feb. 10, on "American Wit and Wisdom in an Electronic Age," a free lecture sponsored by UC Berkeley Extension.

Dundes is professor of anthropology and folklore, Pagter an attorney who founded the California Bluegrass Association.

They co-authored "When You're Up to Your Ass in Alligators," a book on how folklore is thriving

and rapidly reproducing itself in the electronic age via photocopier, email and fax.

The authors will share entertaining tales from the workplace and show how workers, through their wit, turn the frustrations of automation and alienation into a common bond.

The talk will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek.

Visual Effects Painters Hold Feb. 14 Seminar

The "Role of the Painter in Film" is the subject of a three-hour seminar Feb. 14 sponsored by the Visual Effects Society and the Berkeley Multimedia Research Center.

Three avant-garde matte painters-Chris Evans, Paul Lasaline and Rocco Gioffre-will discuss their work as background and visual effect painters for films. Harrison Ellenshaw, co-chair of the society's education committee, will moderate the panel.

Their presentations are part of the 1998 Visual Effects Society Education Conference/Seminar Program, which aims at enhancing the teaching and learning of visual effects production.

The free seminar will be held at Wheeler Auditorium from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

To add your name to the Visual Effects Society and/or Berkeley Multimedia Research Center emailing list, email or call 643-0800. The group's web site address is

UC Extension Course on Interracial Families

Interracial children and their families are the subject of a four-week UC Extension course beginning Feb. 28.

The course will explore self-concepts, conflicts and coping strategies of interracial families and tools for fostering empowerment among interracial children.

The instructor is social worker Jan Faulkner, an assistant clinical professor at UCSF, an Alameda County mediation counselor, and one of the founders of I-Pride, an organization for interracial people.

Dates for the sessions are Feb. 28, March 14, April 4 and April 25, 9 am to noon, at UC Extension Center, 55 Laguna St., San Francisco. The fee is $170.

For course and enrollment information, call UC Berkeley Extension at 642-4111.

New SHIP Docks, Modem Software Aboard

Information Systems and Technology's Communication and Network Services welcomed the arrival Feb. 2 of a new, reliable subscription modem pool, SHIP.

This new Internet access service was created to provide staff and students with a consistently available dial-up service at low cost.

SHIP is part of IST's efforts to improve access to the Internet for all campus users.

Initially, 96 modems will be dedicated for subscribers to use with a limit of eight hours per session (instead of the two-hour limit on the free modems), at a cost of $10 per month. IST is committed to expanding the modem pool if use demands.

SHIP accounts are part of the Berkeley domain. In addition to providing subscribers improved access, SHIP will allow access to information resources on the campus network restricted to individuals who have Berkeley domain originating addresses. These resources include campus and off-campus databases, library catalogs and site-licensed software.

Those interested in obtaining a SHIP account can apply via email, following instructions available on the web at

Each user will be billed individually for service through the campus accounts receivable system. The costs will be billed to individuals and cannot be charged to departments.

For information contact Barinder Dhillon-Flanagan, 643-6829, email

Student Loan Defaulters Face Wage Garnishment

The California Student Aid Commission has begun to implement a new program to assure repayment of outstanding student loans.

Under the new program, the commission will initiate administrative wage garnishment against Federal Family Education Loan borrowers who have not made satisfactory repayment arrangements.

Without suing the borrower or obtaining a court judgment, the commission can order an employer to garnish the wages of a person who has defaulted on the repayment of his or her student loan.

Liberal voluntary repayment terms are being offered to defaulted Federal Family Education Loan Program borrowers who wish to avoid garnishment.

For information call the Defaulted Borrowers Hotline at 1-(800) 367-1589 or send written inquiries to the California Student Aid Commission, Internal Collections Branch, P.O. Box 419032, Rancho Cordova, CA 95741-9032.



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