Critical Mass!

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

Ever feel like there just isn’t enough coffee in this town? Well, we guess it’s a good thing Philz Coffee is coming to help you all get your fillz of the caffeinated stuff. (Nyuck.) [InBerkeley]

Oh Berkeley News Center, you sure do know how to write a headline. Now that we think about it, “Boisterous Rally” probably would’ve been a more accurate and less negative way to describe the walkout. [NewsCenter]

This happened. Turns out 42 is actually a lot more than three. Who knew? [Daily Cal]

Freshmen in triples, thank your lucky stars you don’t go to Tufts. [Paper Trail]

Image Source: Anna Vignet, Daily Cal [ASIB]
Earlier: One-a-Penny, Two-a-Penny


0_foodincNo, but seriously. We know people who have seen this movie and have come out non-carnivorous as the day they were born.

This is why you won’t find us at Tuesday’s Wheeler Hall screening, which, incidentally, will be followed by a panel discussion featuring the film’s director, Robert Kenner and one Michael Pollan. Yeah. That Michael Pollan.

The whole event is scheduled to last from 7-10 p.m. and is fuh-ree for students (score … if we weren’t too scared to go) but will cost $12 general admission and $10 for “UCB-affiliates.” So check it out if you’re interested in becoming a little more stereotypically “Berkeley.” As for us, we may be uncultured contributors to the decline of the health of mankind and our economy, but we value our ability to enjoy a hamburger.

Film: Food, Inc, with director Robert Kenner [UC Berkeley Events Calendar]


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The kids at SUPERB! are back and booking. Having lured the likes of both Girl Talk and the Counting Crows to the depths of lovely Lower Sproul Plaza in semesters past, this time around expect yet another incredibly hit and miss lineup. But wait—get enthusiastic! This time around, the hit/miss ratio may depend on you. Seems a band or two may hinge on popular demand. If you care about Islands or Wu-Tang’s Raekwon the Chef, read on … read more »


yudofOh Mark Yudof. We know the last few months haven’t been the easiest for you. And it can’t be fun to have so many people blaming you for all the university’s problems.

While he may not have made all the best calls, we’re willing to believe that the current budget disaster runs a tad deeper than some misguided  executive pay raises and management decisions.

Which is why we cringed a little bit when we read this interview with him in the New York Times.

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HBD Oski!

Indeed, Saturday, Sept. 26 marks the birthday of Oski the Bear. The mascot is turning 68 years old this year and will probably be on TV in just a few short hours. Some history behind the origin of the U.C. Berkeley mascot: read more »


OK, we’ll be the first to admit the title is loaded. But the so-called “Bay Area News Project” (working name only, apparently) is drawing a lot of attention and ire from certain local, older outlets. What’s the big deal?

Basically, the BANP will cover a spread of media—online, print, radio, TV and telepathic broadcasting with help from KQED and the NY Times—and do it all in a non-profit manner. And they’ll also partner with UC Berkeley’s Grad read more »


Apparently FOX News’ Glenn Beck doesn’t have much faith in the “liberal future of America.” To promote his new book “Arguing with Idiots,” he sent Steven Crowder to do a Jaywalking-type interview with Berkeley students to show that the “university is not only incapable of protecting [its students] from idiocy but may atually encourage it.” read more »


The East Bay Media Center launches its 18th annual “Berkeley Video and Film Festival” tonight at Landmark Shattuck Cinemas. Nearly 40 short films, documentaries and music videos should lead to an enticing lineup, with titles ranging from “Obama Won” to “I Know Who Really Sent the Anthrax Letters” to “Haziah, the Goat Woman.”

Cal’s very own basketball legend Pete Newell, whose bronze likeness you may recognize from Haas Pavilion, will be represented in a 13 minute documentary preview entitled “Basketball Guru: The Pete Newell Story.”

The festival will begin at 7:30 tonight and will continue tomorrow at noon. General admission is $13, $10 for students and seniors. Get your ticket at 2230 Shattuck Ave.

Berkeley Video & Film Festival [Site]



Yesterday there was a big twitter-y to-do about Ellen mysteriously tweeting (read: possibly kind of pandering) to her Berkeley followers. Above are the results. 

Tweeting to UC Berkeley [The Ellen Show]


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Forgive us while we tear your gazes away from the walk-out coverage for one teensy weensy second. It seemed prudent to update you on the status of our three UC Berkeley alums who are still in Iranian custody.

Unfortunately, the news is that there actually isn’t news—or if there is, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s lips are apparently sealed. Wait, what’s that? The president of Iran being uncooperative?! Consider our minds comprehensively blown. read more »


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