In a world … where some university towns are horrendously lacking in late-night eating establishments, two Berkeley businesses have the guts, will and cojones to not only feed college students after midnight—but deliver to the ravenous hordes, too.

Nude Sushi and Mrs. Munchies are two supernaturally popular night delivery-only places that largely target the college student population, drawing up to 95 percent of their customers from the Berkeley student body.

Nude Sushi’s orders tend to spike so dramatically during football game days, they often disable their ordering system just so sushi chefs can keep up.

Mrs. Munchies, on the other hand, hasn’t been as affected by the wobbling economy as other businesses since, apparently, college kids don’t take their money from salaries. Magic ATMs, maybe? Sign us up!

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It’s Late, They’re Hungry [Daily Cal]

As the day of the 111th Big Game dawned over Berkeley, minions of deception were already hard at work distributing copies of a crappy counterfeit version of the Daily Cal’s super-awesome GameDay issue. As the confusingly unconvincing fake issues circulated, it became increasingly clear that these were not the work of respected (snicker) rivals from across the Bay, but the work of … well, we’re not really sure who–or what–was behind the puzzling prank.

A curious combination of old, wrongly-attributed actual Daily Cal articles, mostly-correct stats and a completely fabricated cover story about Jahvid Best being unable to play in the Big Game due to an ankle injury sustained from a “freak accident stepping off the team bus,” leads us to believe that someone wanted us to actually believe that Best was out. Someone with a lot of disposable cash … read more »

And no, we’re not referring to the Big Game. In a 70-21 rout over rival The Stanford Daily, Berkeley’s own The Daily Californian managed to keep the winning streak going strong after last year’s victory. Possibly the biggest win in the history of the Ink Bowl series—though we don’t think anyone knows for sure—the game meant vengeance for many of the Daily Cal’s writers, looking back at a 42-0 loss a few years ago.

But the real victory goes to the environment, as some unwilling onlookers were concerned about the massively hedonistic amount of empty water bottles on the ground, all of which were recycled, we’re sure. Go team! Go team, go!

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Sunday Shout-Out picks out the week’s stories that simply slipped our minds.

* While you were out drunk at 12:30 p.m. yesterday, fashionistas were totally judging your look. [BARE]

* If you weren’t among the thousands at Memorial Stadium or in the rabble of Tightwad Hill, you can catch up on Cal Band’s halftime show. Oh, nostalgia. [YouTube]

* Help the little bear out. This looks like a future Clog photo. [Photo Blog]

* Scared for finals? Maybe you should’ve just gone elsewhere and paid for your A’s. [Paper Trail]

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Earlier: The Same Old, Same Old

Although Stanford somehow managed to take home the axe after last year’s Big Game, this year they were hacked into firewood and pulverized into sawdust, so to speak, in a 37-16 victory on Saturday. Their “mascot,” which looked like a bunch of poinsettia-inspired potholders attached to a metal rack with bloodshot eyes and a creepily smiley mouth hanging off it like a Christmas ornament, was basically just a redder and more infuriated version of last year’s just as unsightly counterpart.

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UC Berkeley professor Patricia Buffler is looking for potential culprits for autism, a disease which affects 1 in every 150 children in the United States. Her research, however, is not geared towards genetics or the baby’s development in the mommy’s pregnant belly–for Buffler, it’s what’s on the outside that counts.

Buffler is checking out dust in air samples and keeping an inventory of household chemicals in search of a correlation between these and autism. Unfortunately for Californians, we seem to be setting up camp in one of their leading suspects.

Does this mean autism may be caused by airborne somethings or invading DNA mutators? It sounds like a microscopic alien horror movie. Creepy!

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Researchers try to solve mystery of autism [InsideBayArea]

After discovering the latest omen of the world’s coming demise, the Clog encourages Berkeley students to put down their books and enjoy their short-lived time on earth.

In an apparent proof that life imitates art and not vice versa, a Thai general has followed in the steps of such manly macho men as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Vin Diesel to become the next of his kin to exchange the fast and furious soldier life for a role less full of preposterone. Except, oh yeah, he’s not acting. read more »

Ideas are flying left and right for how to get our UC system out of its current financial rut. Our chancellor has a couple of his own up his sleeve: raise and lower student fees according to the financial need of each respective campus.

The University of California Board of Regents traditionally imposes equal tuition for undergrads across all nine UC campuses (currently $6,571 per year). If Chancellor Birgeneau’s idea were to be set into motion, each campus would be allowed to raise or lower said asking price by 25 percent.

He writes in his proposal (titled “Access and Excellence”) several upshots to his propositions. Among these: provide incentive for students to attend UC campuses aren’t exactly first in preference for students (as these campuses would lower their student tuition) and provide sufficient funding for the schools to which students flock like madmen (i.e., UC Berkeley. Represent!). Additionally, Chancellor Birgeneau predicts that any gap between top tier UC campuses and leading private schools will be made smaller once our campuses are better funded.

Well, duh. read more »

Some English professors may profess to know nothing about blogs, but that didn’t stop the English department from launching its new blog. In fact, the blog is an effort to draw more people into the community of dusty-Anglo-tome lovers in face of statewide budget cuts.

In an e-mail to English majors and “friends,” graduate student John Lurz explained the seed behind the idea:

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So, when we heard there was going to be a “carnival” sponsored by Adult Swim, we expected the usual host of “omg-free-stuff-none-of–which-I’ll-ever-actually-use” promotional goodies, and maybe some of those tacky beanbag-throwing carnival games. But when we got there we were actually quite blown away–and that means a lot coming from the Clog. read more »

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