The UC Board of Regents at UCLA met Wednesday to deliberate over fee raises for the 2008-09 school year. Faced with a choice between a) hiking up prices, and b) lobbying the state for money that it is most stubbornly not doling out to its quailing education system, the finance committee threw up its hands and ceded to the inevitable. It’s final, folks. We’re paying 7.4% more in fees next year, while non-Californians will be saddled with a painful 5% increase in out-of-state tuition (currently at a lurid $28,000 for both semesters).

After the meeting, police arrested 16 students who linked arms, chanted “Regents, regents, can’t you see; you’re creating po-ver-ty”, and refused to leave. Mad props, people. You won’t be living in trees anytime soon, but making rhymes and getting tackled by the police constitute some pretty serious baby steps. read more »

The Clog can’t help but feel unnerved by the increased frequency and timing of tragedy surrounding our campus these past few weeks. Unfortunately, we must bring news of yet another one. Saturday morning, anthropology senior Alan Hamai–who attended his department’s graduation exercises on Friday–was found dead outside his Durant Place home just a few days after a non-Berkeley student, Maceo Smith, was shot to death near the Durant Avenue Top Dog.

Hamai appears to have fallen from his roof. Police have yet to confirm whether it was accidental, but they do believe that alcohol may be related.

We send our condolences to Hamai’s family and friends.

Image Source: alumroot under Creative Commons
UC Berkeley Student Found Dead After Fall [Daily Cal]

Two days after a gunman shot and killed an alleged drug dealer on Durant Avenue, Berkeley’s got another shooting on its hands. This one took place around 3 p.m. this afternoon, at the intersection of Dwight Way and Martin Luther King Jr. The 17-year-old boy, who was shot by another male teenager, managed to flag down a teacher driving by in her car. Eventually, the teacher notified police officers, and paramedics transported the injured victim to the hospital. We’re happy to report that this one doesn’t end as grimly as the other ones have — the victim’s alive and well, if a bit incapacitated about the abdomen area. Which is perhaps due to having been shot there. Yes. read more »

Moffitt Library computer lab patrons were treated to a show of pure, unadulterated nekkid-ness at around 10:05 p.m. this evening. The Clog was one of the lucky audience members to get a whiff of the magnificent scent of mass body odor.

Unfortunately, our camera phone copped out on us, and our old YouTube video was knocked off the site due to “Terms of Service” violations, so you’ll have to rely on our word (and the totally unrelated picture of the MIT streaker above). Believe us, the smell of swingin’ body parts lingered well after the jaybirds left the labs.

Perhaps they’ll hit the stacks soon–unless they already hit it. Nevertheless, be warned. They’re known to shake their tail-feathers in the face of anyone who turns a head.

Update, 1:03 a.m.: The Clog just received some lovely point-and-shoot images of streaking in the Stacks from Daily Cal photographer extraordinaire, Justin Gonzaga. See photos after the jump.

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I\'m the muffin man, bitch!Does attempting to study alone in your room end only in frustration and drool on your course reader? Is the library too dauntingly far away, or are the Main Stacks just too darn quiet? Then boy, do we have the study solution for you!

For the duration of finals week, every dorm-dweller’s favorite late-night hangout, Crossroads, will be open from 10 p.m. until–ohmigawd–6 in the a.m. and will be serving free yum-yums the whole time! Yes, this means free life-blood (sometimes referred to as coffee), free soda, and free muffin tops. (OK, obviously we mean the baked item, not the wardrobe malfunction here.) read more »

There is nothing quite so exhilarating as a symbolic gathering to represent a student’s step over the threshold of happy university, and into the doom and gloom of the “real world.” On Tuesday, the Clog finally stepped over that threshold and celebrated our vast accomplishments (procrastination-induced all nighters, skipped classes, etc.) with fellow seniors at the annual Commencement Convocation, which was organized by the spirited leadership group, the Californians.

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While hundreds of soon-to-be Berkeley grads primped themselves for yesterday afternoon’s Commencement Convocation at the Greek Theatre, the Berkeley tragedy rate went up, again.

Durant Avenue was closed all night yesterday after two people were shot–one, fatally–near the popular hot dog joint, Top Dog. The shooting happened in broad daylight at around 3:44 p.m. and prompted one of the victim’s alleged family members to ask, “Is this Oakland or is this Berkeley?” [Daily Cal, Mercury News]

A takeover-style robbery hit Berkeley’s Cooperative Center Federal Credit Union on Ashby Avenue Tuesday afternoon. The robbers’ car was later spotted in Oakland. Four men were arrested, and $6000 recovered. [Mercury News]

Berkeley City College mourns the loss of 20-year-old student, Billy Carrigan. He was driving his truck at high speeds on Sunday evening near Chester, California when he reached a sharp curve and lost control of his vehicle, which flew into an embankment of pine trees. He died in the hospital Tuesday morning. Carrigan was presumably rushing home after his sister and her boyfriend were found dead the night of their prom. [SF Chronicle]

Today Berkeley blogger Beetle wrote his last post, in which he explained his motivations behind blogging Berkeley:

1. The reason I harp on the Daily Cal so much is not because I have some kind of animosity towards the newspaper. On the contrary, I want to see the Daily Cal actually do that thing we often refer to “journalism.”

2. (On ASUC): An organization which demands hundreds of dollars from each student but asks that those students not actually follow what it does with that money was practically begging for someone to take my role.

(The numbers are our emphasis.)

We may not have agreed with Beetle with many of his opinions, but we believe that he served an important role keeping a check on the paper and the student government … something that has not been filled by OTR, the Clog or any other blog.

Therefore, this pimp cup is for Beetle, and we’re pouring one out for you, homie.

Best Post Ever [Beetle Beat]

Have you been to Southside lately? An empty building on Durant Avenue–previously known as La Val’s, Tower Records, Noura Cafe and “that empty building next to House of Curries,”– is about to formulate yet another new identity.

It’s about time. According to a March Daily Cal article, the space was vacant for the past two years. Now, it’s suddenly gone and painted itself yellow and red to house what sounds like another Asian Ghetto–one that includes a new sushi joint by the name of Sushi Minami.

And what’s that–does that sign say “TOUCH Karaoke?” That’s right–it looks like a newer, closer place for you to belt out your Mariah Carey-isms is set to open soon on a Durant Avenue near you.

Image Source: Patrici Flores
Japanese Restaurant to Open At Former Noura Cafe Location [Daily Cal]


Cheeseboard pizza deserves a pilgrimage, worth even a trek on foot when you just can’t wait for the bus. Some Berkeleyans prefer Zachary’s, but if you want your pizza on the lighter side, there’s no better place than the collective down Shattuck Avenue.

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