Break out your telescopes, kids—it’s the International Year of Astronomy. (We’re talking about the stuff in the sky, not your love forecast. Just checking.)
A joint effort between the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), this year’s theme is “The Universe, Yours to Discover.” Apparently it’s a big deal as they’ve already named a small solar system body in its honor. read more »
So this is kind of weird … Apparently at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, a few men got into a fight over free burritos at Juan’s Place near the Berkeley Aquatic Park (as in, way outside the two-block-from-campus bubble to which we tend to confine ourselves) and it didn’t end well.
While the police haven’t released the names of the people involved, at least one person is in the hospital after getting beat by a tire iron and a metal pipe.
Posted by Alex Bigman on Wednesday, February 25, 2009 02:06 pm
Berkeley has an image to maintain. We like our people skinny (no chubby tortured-artists, pudgy street-urchins please), our businesses indie, and our bathrooms … plentiful.
In support of this image, back in ’99 the Berkeley City Council passed an ordinance barring carry-out and quick-service restaurants from upper University Avenue. However, while image maintenance takes precedence when times are good, priorities shift when the economy goes sour. Hence, the city council decided yesterday to lift the ban on quick-service joints. read more »
Of course, those Class Passes are so alluring. Current students pay for the passes through mandatory fees. If former students want the same hookup, they’d have to shell out $560 for spring-summer AC Transit bus use, according to the Daily Cal. Damn.
Students also copy their passes and share them with friends, and their replicas are so good that the bus drivers can’t tell the difference. So what’s the moral of the story here? When in doubt, go to Copy Central–not craigslist. But you didn’t hear that from us.
Image Source: Chris Chung, Daily Cal
Officials Voice Concerns About Class Pass Resales, Fraud [Daily Cal]
Posted by Alex Bigman on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 08:21 pm
In times like these, the unspoken wedding of “philosophy major” to “cardboard box” looms especially menacingly in your parents’ minds. However, in a triumphant response to pragmatic parental units everywhere, UC Berkeley honored Slusser Professor of Philosphy John Searle yesterday, its shining exemplar of what pro philosophers are made of, for his fifty years of instruction at UC Berkeley.
Even if you haven’t had the chance to take one of Searle’s stellar “philosophy of mind” or “philosophy of society” courses, read more »
The statistically significant and randomly selected group of 1,000 students (out of an annual average application pool of about 98,000) is asked by a team of four UC employees to provide positive proof of post-curricular programs, like a letter from a football coach that confirms you were a star quarterback in second grade.
A system like this is in place mainly “to scare everyone else straight.” So the question remains: Did anyone else know about this during the application process? Because we certainly didn’t … not that we don’t have badges. Because we totally do.
Field Trips are Clog excursions to find a day’s worth of cheap fun that any college kiddie can enjoy. Thus shall we all smite the humdrummery of everyday life on campus.
So you look in your wallet and find only a BART ticket worth exactly $6.80, your student ID and a $20 bill. If you figured this wasn’t nearly enough to spend a classy day across the bay, you figured wrong. Just be prepared to hike a hundred hills.