Event April 26Would it smell as tasty? Would anyone have any idea that you were referring to the Durant Food Court? No, “The Asian Ghetto” is not actually its official name, and tomorrow the Asian Pacific American Coalition wants to make sure you don’t forget it.

In honor of “the nationally recognized” Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the APAC–with the help of the Telegraph Berkeley Improvement District–is putting on a culture and food festival on Telegraph Avenue from 12-3 p.m. The theme is “Not an Asian Ghetto: More than Just Take-Out,” as a way to “combat negative aggregation of cultures into a single ‘Asian’ monolith and the stereotypical portrayal of ethnic enclaves as traditional ‘ghettos.’” read more »

Green greeny green green! Monday was the fifth annual Sustainability Summit, organized by the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability (a.k.a. CACS, you know, in case you were curious). The Earth Week event started off with a few people talking about how awesomely their green projects have been going this year–and then they started handing out the green for green from green, if you know what we’re saying.

CACS announced the 2008 recipients of Green Fund Grants, “supporting innovative campus sustainability projects,” and presented the Berkeley environmental equivalent of The Oscars (for whatever they’re worth), Sustainability Awards.

And the winners are …

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Are you aware that Oakland-bred soul singer, Goapele, will be in Wheeler Auditorium tonight (for free)? Well, she is, and it’s all to promote the awareness of genocide in Darfur in a way that doesn’t involve hounding people with fliers on Sproul Plaza. ‘Cause you know, the infamously more aggressive college student approach to saving the world tends to turn people off.

DJ Fuze and famed Bay Area hip-hop group, Zion-I, will also be at the show to promote human rights, which is part of Don Cheadle’s Darfur Now College Tour. The concert starts at 8:30 p.m. And, no, Don Cheadle will not be present.

Today is also the Armenian Genocide Day of Remembrance. Head over to Memorial Glade for a glance at the Armenian Student Association’s genocide memorial, which won Best UC Berkeley Student Event in 2007 and commemorates the millions affected by human rights abuses.

Darfur Now Tour: Tour Stops: Berkeley [Website]
Genocide Awareness Week: In Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide [Events]

im in ur yard diggin ur vegtablz OK, can we just acknowledge right now that raccoons do not get nearly enough credit for being as adorable and cuddly-looking as they actually are? When we came across the semi-elusive Unit 2 Raccoon this afternoon we initially almost tried to scoop it up in our arms and snuggle with it for a bit–but then we remembered that it would probably bite us, and it was probably digging around in dirty dorm dumpsters. Alas, we were forced to content ourselves with gazing soulfully into those inquisitive dark eyes and imagining what could have been. (Cue “Happy Together” … )

In a journalistic flash, it dawned on us that this was a prime photo opp, and we reached for our camera. Unfortunately, our procyonid pal took our breaking of eye contact as a signal that our interspecies moment had passed, and proceeded to slip adroitly through the bars in the gate in front of the Vedanta Society, located on the corner of Haste and Bowditch. We can only assume that the ring-tailed omnivore was headed to an afternoon meditation session.

Image Source: Jill Cowan
Raccoon [Wikipedia]
Vedanta Society of Berkeley [Website]

Two thousand square feet of Grateful Dead memorabilia is a lot of memorabilia, and the living Grateful Dead members have decided to donate all of it–30 years worth of merchandise, stage backdrops, vinyl albums, groupie lingerie and life-size prop skeletons–to UC Santa Cruz.

Berkeley and Stanford both played grabby hands for the archive, because founder Phil Lesh attended Cal when he was a young ‘un and his progeny are yucking it up at Stanford now. These are entirely legitimate claims! But the Dead chose UC Santa Cruz because “the ethos of the band, the whole idea of community sharing, is really well matched with the campus … We also have this whole side that’s concerned with social justice and tolerance and community spirit.” Gee. What other campus does that remind you of?

Administrators have dubbed the archive’s advisory board Slugs & Roses, which, besides sounding like a delightful reason to barricade all entrances and dial the exterminator in a fit of terrified hysterics, is also a mix-and-match representation of Santa Cruz’s mascot and the Dead’s iconic rose art. What? No one likes slugs.

Image Source: woodcreeper under Creative Commons
Grateful Dead archives going to UC Santa Cruz [SF Chron]

On Thursday the National Organization of Women hosts the Women in Academia panel. A group of women, including professors, a grad student, a researcher and a provost, will discuss issues facing women in academia. NOW bills the event as a way to explore

why barriers “still exist to the full participation of women, not only in science and engineering, but also in academic fields throughout higher education.”

The event looks promising, plus we hear there’ll be Chipotle. Ladies repping and free bougie burritos? We’re so there.

When: Thursday 6 p.m. (will last about two hours)
Where: 20 Barrows

Women in Academia Panel [Facebook]

The semester’s winding down, and you’re likely sick of anything that doesn’t involve watching tired old television reruns until your brains leak out your ears. But in case bumming around in that glamorous pink sweatshirt isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be, the Cal Career Center is hosting its annual Just in Time Job Fair this week at the Pauley Ballroom. Apr. 23 features science and engineering opportunities, while Apr. 24 will find the ballroom host to business companies and public service providers, in addition to a number of holdovers from the previous day.

Possible future employers include IBM, Microsoft, Nike China, PG&E and a handful of investment groups, but if making scads of money on Wall Street and retiring to frolic comfortably ever after in Hawaii isn’t your idea of a life well lived, consider traveling to save humanity in Africa with the Peace Corps, or rigging George Clooney’s car with the CIA as a foreign intelligence operative. read more »

First, happy Passover! Second, good luck finding yourself some matzo.

Grocery stores in the Bay Area–Berkeley included–have come up short on matzo, a key ingredient to the Jewish celebration of Passover. During this holiday, observant Jews eat matzo at their Seder and then follow about a week of more unleavened bread fare.

The Chron reports that the shortage reaches

San Francisco, San Rafael, Oakland, Lafayette, Walnut Creek, Berkeley and Palo Alto. Even stores that specialize in Jewish products, such as Afikomen Judaica in Berkeley, said they’d run dry.

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Oh snap! This could be you! You could be the next Sex on Tuesday or the next politics “guru” or whatever columnist for the Daily Cal. Can you dig it?

Columnist applications are due this Friday, Apr. 25 for both summer and fall positions. You can pick up apps in the office at 600 Eshleman, or you can print one from online. Here are some more deets:

* Two sample columns needed (750 words for normal columns, 700 for SoT)
* An explanation of your themed column, if that’s the route you take
* Questions? E-mail the upcoming O-Page editor Victoria Tang at [email protected]

Good luck!


If you compare a 2007 survey on Cal reading tastes to similar surveys administered in 1997 and 1987, what can you infer about Berkeley students? Perhaps we should be afraid–very afraid. In the past 20 years, student preferences strayed away from poignant classics like “The Fountainhead” and “The Color Purple,” to lucrative bestsellers like “Harry Potter” and the “Da Vinci Code.” Alright, we admit it–we read and loved both bestsellers–but what does it mean that the most elite public education institution in the world prefers contemporary fluff over literary heavyweights? Could it be a sign of the apocalypse?

Perhaps, but it could also be that “(t)he 1987 survey, like the ’97 version, was conducted simply by distributing sheets of paper to freshman English classes,” while the most recent one was a “web-based summer/fall 2007 Survey of New Students (SoNS)” from 2,875 freshmen in every major.

Obviously, that explanation isn’t as fun.

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