outside lands

Broke? Us too. Thankfully, we can all scratch “wallow in regret” off of our calendars this weekend; sure-to-be-riveting performances by bands-still-in-their-prime such as Built To Spill, Silversun Pickups, Jason Mraz, Dave Matthews Band and, yes, Atmosphere shall not be missed! Our friends at YouTube have yanked the price tag off of the Outside Lands Music Festival in Golden Gate Park and offered a slice of it, real gratis, via the interwebs right here.

However, it looks like if you want to catch the big names (Pearl Jam, Tom Jones, The Black Eyed Peas, TV on the Radio, M.I.A, Modest Mouse) you’re going to have to throw down cash and hop on BART … right now.

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YouTube to Broadcast Outside Lands Festival Live [SFist]


homeless musicians

It’s official: the fest is on. Whether you like it or not, many of your downtown Berkeley hangouts will open their doors to a smorgasbord of live acts. Fun for the whole family, the second annual Downtown Berkeley MusicFest offers musical genres that could span a good isle, isle and a half at Barnes and Noble. We hope you like Jazz, blues, bluegrass, country/western, reggae, world, tango, latin and klezmer. We really do. read more »


… as we are unofficially dubbing “The Google Books Settlement and the Future of Information Access” conference, rather boringly titled if we do say so ourselves.

But despite the mouthful, the conference name doesn’t give a whole lot of info: It’s basically a bunch of people who have a read more »


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At Calapalooza this evening, we at the Clog spotted another fun ASUC publicity ploy. This lovely poster advertised the opportunity the win a date with External Affairs Vice President Dani Haber and President Will Smelko.

A date with both of them simultaneously sounds a little awkward, but to each their own. We’re not sure what exactly is required to win the date either, perhaps it’s some sort of new fundraising ploy, in which case, maybe other campus groups will soon follow suit …

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Earlier: First LastSundaysFest


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The new school year means all sorts of changes, and probably one of the last of them on your mind was the official convening of the new ASUC senate. The first senate meeting of the semester took place last night, and while we’re assuming it’s not still going on, it wouldn’t be a record if it were.

Th ASUC also seems to be making a bit more of an effort to be hip and cool, launching a blog and a twitter feed. Now, we’re not entirely sure how reading Will Smelko’s tweets about the chancellor’s reception is supposed to usher in a grand era of hope and change in the ASUC in the face of a largely apathetic student body, but we suppose that remains to be seen.

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ASUC Elected Officials Blog [ASUC]
ASUC President [Twitter]


With an increase in UC tuition and a global recession on our hands, it’s probably more important than ever to find a job. Business owners in Berkeley have some encouraging words for you: good luck.

With students cutting back on superfluous spending and employers cutting back on hiring, there’s more competition for the dwindling number of jobs available to students. The unemployment rate in Berkeley has jumped from 7.4 percent last December to 11.9 percent in July, just under the current national average.

And a sad economy equals sad students (which means Le Petit will probably be the only business to see an increase in revenue). On the bright side, not having a job will leave you lots of time to protest the tuition hike by following Mark Yudof around or vandalizing his property or whatnot.

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Local Businesses See Decrease in Hiring [Daily Cal]


That faces wall isn't there anymore!Amidst all the hustle and bustle of your first day back at school, you might have noticed a certain climate shift about the campus. No, not that kind of climate shift, we mean an economic climate shift. Faculty and students alike have been all abuzz about the budget crisis, prophesying doom and whatnot, but one man has managed to put on a happy face about it all.

That man is Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, who seems oddly chipper in a video “back-to-school message” that the news center just published. In it, he basically says that things have been better and we’re still awesome and don’t worry about your academic experience because the most valuable lessons come from just being in college with a diverse group of peers, anyway.  Truer words have never been spoken. Oh wait–yes they have.

Nevertheless, we can’t blame the guy for trying to project optimism. We mean, we doubt making a video welcoming everyone back to campus then telling them to panic and run for their lives would have been very productive. So it’s a good thing he didn’t do that, we guess.

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Welcome to UC Berkeley- 141 years and counting [NewsCenter]


Wait, saywhat? It looks like there won’t be any strikes for a while now … hopefully. In an about-face of baffling proportions, the one union, ATU, Local 1555, preventing the previous round of contract negotiations from finishing decided to OK the new contract. Why the change now?

Maybe it’s a brilliant ploy to read more »


first classFor the last decade, Berkeley has been ranked the No. 1 public university on the U.S. News & World Report’s 2010 guide to “America’s Best Colleges,” and this year is no exception.

This isn’t exactly news as much as a reminder. Sometimes it’s easy to get lost in the co-op scene and think that Berkeley is called an institution of “higher” education for a reason.

As far as all private and public universities go, we rank 21st among 262 others. But more importantly, we rank just above UCLA, our mascot-stealing, pastel-colored offspring.

Feel free to use this information for bragging rights, an incentive for extra Christmas money from the grandparents or just general pompousness.

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Latest U.S. News rankings place Berkeley, again, at the top of the publics [Berkeley NewsCenter]


fall concert calendar

If you’re like us, you’ve already spent a full afternoon meticulously pouring through East Bay and SF concert calendars to scope out Your Hearing Loss Fall 2009 (and then proceeded to blog about it, so here we are!). For the rest of you, allow the Clog to streamline the process. We humbly suggest these highlights from our favorite venues: read more »


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