Today the Daily Cal published a special Travel Issue called “What to Know Before You Go.” You can find your handy guide to worldly wisdom inside Monday’s issue.

Recommended reading:
- A Clog ex-pat on Cal’s presence at the Summer Olympics. Represent!
- Berkeley as an international location, for a glimpse at how the I-students see us

But don’t skip out on the rest either:
- Alex Lau’s column about food safety
- Public health program in Mumbai
- People dishing their travel tales

Bon voyage!

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Travel Issue [Daily Cal]

480px-gemeinefichte.jpg So, apparently, someone at The Stanford Daily holds the title of “Dirty Cal Student.” He writes a weekly column. About nothing. Badly. We’re confused. If, as one of the articles suggests, Cal students are “so much more into the rivalry between the two schools,” then why on earth would this column exist? You don’t see the Daily Cal publishing a weekly column written by “Narcissistic Stanford Student,” do you? We’ve got better things to write about, like Code Pink.

The big question here is, “Who is this guy, anyway?” A more minor question is, “Why are they letting him write an non-funny, aimless and poorly-written regular column?” Alright, we’ll take the high road and not devote any more time or Clog space to this. We just thought you should know the truth. Go back to your shower heads, Stanford Daily.

We hate to do it, but…Stanford Daily [Website]

1127090415.jpgFriday night we trekked over to the Valley Life Sciences Building, after hours, to witness the first screening of “Berkeley” in Berkeley. We settled down in the aisle of the over-capacity lecture hall, not really knowing what to expect of the supposed “coming-of-age story” about a guy going to Cal in 1968. Turns out the writer/director himself, Bobby Roth, came all the way from big, bad Hollywood to introduce his little “indie” film. Alas, all we really knew was that the movie was called “Berkeley” and was being shown by Superb–for free. Had we realized that this was the very same, aptly titled, “Berkeley” movie mentioned last year in one of our posts, we might have saved our derriere the pain inflicted by the badly chosen venue’s hard plastic stairs and gone to see a real movie instead. Or maybe not, since it wouldn’t have been free.

Anyway, long story short, we ended up sitting (uncomfortably, mind you) through the entirety of one of the finest perpetuations of the “Berkeley stereotype” to ever kind of hit the big screen. Luckily, the audience seemed to have a good sense of humor and a healthy affinity for irony, because to say that this film was bad would be, frankly, giving it a bit too much credit. Sure, “The Fonz”–Henry Winkler. Duh?–made a decently-acted paternal appearance, and Tom Morello (who we just found out is actually in the band, Audioslave) is present as a reticent ‘Nam vet-cum-activist. We’re reasonably certain the rest of the cast was a bunch of hot amateurs. Case in point–the young protagonist is the director’s recent Berkeley grad of a son, Nick Roth. Who, incidentally, looks like a cross between that guy from “Airbud” and “Transamerica,” and Adrian Grenier. Anyone? Anyone? Alright. read more »

Tom Boy

We’ve written about 900 Grayson before, but we can’t talk up the restaurant enough. Forget La Note for brunch, which (though tasty) always snakes its line out the door and is slightly pricey for a college budget.

900 Grayson is simple, friendly and hits the spot. Take Breakfast, one dish on the menu: eggs, double-smoked bacon or apple chicken sausage, hash browns and toasted levain. Plus, all the food is local and mostly organic.

Brunch is only served on Saturday 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., but you can still find the favorites on the breakfast menu. We recommend Breakfast, Tom Boy, and Demon Lover (or Seitan Lover if you’re a vegetarian).

Location: 900 Grayson, accessible by the 9 bus
Price: Averages less than $10 per dish
Notes: They even boast a hangover special!

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Saturday Brunch [900 Grayson]

Keeping our fingers crossed.

Take heed, oh readers, for the latest exciting episode in the Cody’s Books drama has unfolded. The bookstore’s location on Fourth Street closes in a few weeks, moves, and reopens again at a new site. At the end of March, the retailer flings open its doors to a bigger, better clientèle–and what human masses are bigger or better than the ones that cycle day-in and day-out through the downtown Berkeley BART station, situated but across the street from Cody’s new, prospective location?

That’s right–the ghost of Eddie Bauer will linger no longer. To the delight of book lovers and pavement loiterers alike, the new Cody’s opens on the corner of Allston Way and Shattuck Avenue on Mar. 24. Citing “skyrocketing rents” on Fourth Street–the world manages not to slide off its axis in collective shock–Cody’s store managers hope that revenues and foot traffic will benefit from Berkeley’s swingin’ downtown nightlife. Oxymoronic? Nah.

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nasa.jpg In a national effort to crush stereotypes and emphasize their field’s underrated importance to society–engineers everywhere are stepping away from their monitors, if only for a nanosecond, to let the world know that it is National Engineers Week (E-Week if you’re nasty).

The event ends today, Feb. 23. Engineer and former ASUC senator Igor Tregub penned quite a loquacious Op-Ed in the Daily Cal yesterday in honor of the past week. It was totally inspired by Ratatouille. Anyone can cook be an engineer, he said, as long as they are working to make the world a better place!

And perhaps he’s right–you don’t need to be in the College of Engineering to save the world as we know it. There’s actually a multidisciplinary student group somewhere called Berkeley Innovation that focuses precisely on engineering design solutions for a better Berkeley. If you’re thinking of a Berkeley with no crime, theft, hippies or shortage of common sense–think simpler.

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For those who dare not venture to the perpetually
in-progress Web site for the Daily Cal, you should know that there’s now a spiffy graphic (see right) advertising the new sectional blogs. Surprise. There’s more terror in the world.

OK, so it’s not so much of a surprise. Someone snitched to Danigerre a while back, but now it’s confirmed. And no, the Clog is not going anywhere. Sorry.

The Clog would like to welcome its fellow blog brethren to the Intrawebs. Say hello to:

- Bear Bytes, the sports blog
- Notes From the Field, the extra-news blog
- It’s What’s For Blog, the arts blog

Then there’s also the Editors’ Blog, which has been up for a while actually. We might as well throw that one some love as well.

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Daily Cal Blogs [Daily Cal]

In light of Crossroads’ recent reintroduction to real silverware and reusable dishes, we felt it might be useful to point out that the DC’s forks are bar-none for making doorstops. Not that we’re condoning theft or anything, but should you ever find yourself with a fork that is of similar malleability to the ones found at Crossroads, you’ll know what to do with it. We’d recommend actually eating with the potato starch compostable cutlery that we’ve come to know and love. It is mighty tasty. The spoons add just a hint of flavor to just about any soup or hot beverage, and the forks make great dessert. That is, if your idea of dessert involves gnawing on semi-edible utensils. Anyway, here goes:

1. Obtain fork. We don’t care how, just, you know, pull a Tim Gunn and “make it work.”

2. Locate door that requires stopping.

3. Bend fork so that it curves just past the head. Make sure it curves with the curve of the prongs. There should be a discernible groove just under the head of the fork where the head meets the now-bent handle.

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800px-peoples_park_25_years.jpg Many of you Cal students love, loathe or perhaps live in People’s Park. If you feel strongly about the place and have a few years to spare–then now is your chance to contribute to its painstakingly deliberated future!

Drama went down at the People’s Park Advisory Board early this month when five members of the board collectively resigned. In short, the five wanted to get cracking on park improvements by holding a student design contest (because the College of Environmental Design doesn’t have enough of those), while the university–which owns the land–needs to think about that a little bit. What if they don’t want a park anymore? What if they want to build housing? No, not for the homeless people, but for graduate students (who are probably just as poor).

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clog-stuff-011.jpgWhatever you think about the Vagina Monologues, you can’t argue that they don’t contribute to a good cause. The super-fem event’s activist aspect was evidenced on quite a few occasions during its run in the Pauley Ballroom this weekend. From the moment attendees arrived on the scene–entering the venue through a rather, erm, euphemistic set of gauzy, pink and red curtains–they were provided with opportunities to support V-Day, a “global movement to end violence against women and girls that raises funds and awareness.” A silent auction, along with several announcements about the organization’s charitable intentions, made it clear from the start that we were doing good.

That being said, we couldn’t help but notice that while most of the monologues were either hilarious and insightful, or heart (and vagina)-rendingly depressing–some felt a little like massive group therapy. But we don’t want to step on any toes, so we’ll leave that review type stuff to the pros. Hey, we made a rhyme!

What was almost as interesting as the show itself was the audience. Yep, we had a real field day watching us watching them. The first character we came across wasn’t technically an audience member, but rather, a somewhat misguided protester. He was holding up a sign riddled with spelling errors and a couple of obtuse sentences that (we think) were about The Vagina Monologues being some kind of over-extended metonymy in which women are self-objectified. Of course, the sign didn’t phrase it like that at all, so we really can’t be sure. read more »

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