4th-posterYou might have thought Berkeley routinely boycotts July 4, since it’s like, a patriotic holiday that could probably somehow be construed as mildly politically incorrect or less than totally inclusive or whatever, but–much to our delighted SoCal summer transplant’s surprise–it does not. Apparently, the city puts on a series of  pretty Berkeley-ish events (Zydeco and belly dancing, anyone?) every year at the Berkeley Marina, which culminates in a fireworks display over the bay at night.

So whether you actually make the trip over there to get the full earsplitting experience, or you enjoy the rockets’ red glare from somewhere with a bay view and a couple of Natty Lights (or some other equally patriotic beverage), you can count on Berkeley to make July 4 at least a little bit special.

And just in case thinking about the potential detrimental effects  fireworks might have on “lost and frightened animals” was keeping you up at night, toss and turn no more. The city of Berkeley was all over it. In 2007.  Yes, you read that right. They were, indeed, considering a “Lazer light show” instead of fireworks.

4th of July Berkeley Marina [Website]

Oakland: at least it’s not Cleveland. From Eye on Blogs, we bring you a snazzy idea: a road trip to Oakland! Woohoo!

Earlier this week, the Daily Cal released its Summer Orientation issue, with some familiar faces recommending choice staycation spots. And a while ago, we pointed you to the travel blog. Honestly, we’re beginning to feel like pushers. Of awesomeness.

Enjoy the above video, and we’ll bet you’ll be planning your bus ride to Oakland in a jiffy! Oakland clearly > Berkeley. Self-irony 4 lyf.

Like Disneyland, but Oakland [Eye on Blogs]
Oakland! [YouTube]
Earlier: Satisfy Your Wanderlust Without Leaving Town

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.

Well, this is it, children of the Baby Boom … and children of the children of the Baby Boom … and children of the children of the children of the Baby Boom. So basically, this is it, everybody. This is the end of the cultural landscape as you know it. Michael Jackson will thrill the tabloids no more. After all the surgeries, he may not have been much of a P.Y.T. anymore, but at age 50, we hardly thought his time was up. read more »

493854770_48942e6ac3In a stroke of unparalleled brilliance, Stanford has unequivocally proven itself both eloquent and remarkably concise, at least in terms of marketing strategy. The recently released catchphrase for the upcoming football season quite flawlessly captures the spirit of not only the sport, but the school as a whole, in two simple words:

“We Work.”

Well done, Stanford. Although we seem to be alone in our approval, considering the Athletic Board has apparently expressed its discontent with the catchy little epigram. We can’t understand why anything so original and inspired could provoke the slightest degree of vexation. Sure, the current economic crisis renders it a tad on the douchey side. And taking into account an indisputable reputation for exorbitant wealth and snobbery, it might come off as mildly ironic as well.

But mostly, “We Work” is downright stupid—and, as such, hilarious.

Image Source: swanksalot under Creative Commons
Stanford football: Is the new slogan dumb, insensitive, or … ??? (I can’t think of a third option) [CollegeSportsHotline]

We all know the apocalypse is upon us for our sinful, heathen ways. But just exactly how close are you to the fault that will unleash the Big One on the Bay Area? Hazards Awareness Map will tell you.

So friends who live at 2250 Prospect Street, in the case of an earthquake, you will probably die:

You are IN or NEAR the following:

* HIGH Ground Shaking
This map shows the potential level of ground shaking hazard from earthquakes that geologists and seismologists agree could occur in California. It takes into consideration the uncertainties in the size and location of earthquakes and the resulting ground motions that can affect a particular location. (more information at http://www.conservation.ca.gov/cgs/rghm/psha/index.htm)

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As if finding a job weren’t difficult enough as it is (as we write this from our cardboard platform in People’s Park), hard times have wedged yet another wrench into the employment process. Easy-profit endeavors like selling drugs or scheming may seem like good alternatives these days. On a related note, the UC Berkeley Career Center wants to remind you that scheming is a two-way street, and you don’t want to be on the schemed side. Watch out for fraudulent job postings on their job board; here are a few things to look out for: read more »

Berkeley’s reach spreads far and wide … especially beneath the surface of the earth. Which is why you’ll find some of our top physicists and Lab researchers at DUSEL—the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory—halfway across the country, digging up all kinds of shenanigans at the Homestake gold mine. read more »

TASTYIf you didn’t get enough global culture at the Berkeley World Music Festival a couple of weeks ago, this Sunday from 12-5 p.m. is your chance to go for seconds at the Berkeley International Food Festival. The festival’s “nexus” will be at the intersection of University and San Pablo Avenues, which means you can take the 51–and you have no transportation-related excuses.

The international fun doesn’t end with comestibles. There will also be a main stage where “Grammy-nominated music sensation Johnny Polanco and his renowned LA salsa band” will be spicing up the general atmosphere, while a smattering of other world music and dance styles will be represented elsewhere.

And if world music still isn’t your cup of tea, don’t forget why you’re actually there–the food. In other words, if you attend the Berkeley Interntaional Food Festival and you leave without stuffing your face, you’ve done something horribly, horribly wrong.

Berkeley International Food Festival [Website]


Triumphantly fixing the classic “How many UC Berkeley civil engineering students does it take to build a concrete canoe?” zinger in reality, 19 of our finest managed to do just that. And as if our notions of Newtonian physics hadn’t capsized already, they also managed to race it against 21 other competitors and win! Way to go, guys. If civil engineering can pull this off, we’d like to see how our school of optometry would fare in a friendly competition over X-Ray specs. Now, that would be swell. read more »

479270001_68343e8678_bWe’re sure those of you who are out of Berkeley right now are beginning to ache to return to your classes and readings. At the same time, you have also been left thoroughly disenfranchised by the Clog’s summer to-do’s thus far which have actually required you to be in the Bay Area to enjoy. Well, fret no longer, as the University Library and College Writing Programs have released their annual summer reading list, this year’s theme—science. read more »

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