We promise this is the last post about last week’s strike, but it’s official: the strike has struck. Though not everyone just put down their picket sign and updated their Twitter after Friday’s events:

*Forty-one students were arrested for trespassing. [LA Times]
*Two students had a few fingers broken by a few baton-happy riot guards, although no formal complaints have been filed. [SF Gate] read more »

This guy will be shopping Plaid Friday. Will you?Ever heard of Black Friday? Of course you have. It’s that day right after Thanksgiving where people in middle America get trampled at Wal-Mart trying to get the last Tickle Me Elmo and people un-pass themselves out of tryptophan-induced comatose states before dawn to stand in line for the opportunity to purchase video games. In other words, it’s Hell on Earth.

Fortunately, a few East Bay “indie” (or “independent” for the uninitiated) businesses have come up with a suitable, hipper alternative to that basic stand-by, black. They’ve initiated “Plaid Friday,” which participating merchants hope will raise awareness for local business and boost holiday sales.

As a result, flannel-donning hipsters can roll out of bed and feel like they’re sticking it to our culture’s rampant consumerism while still managing to pick up a hand-made something for the mom and/or dad they’ll never admit they have. Genius! Literally everybody wins. Except the people who don’t own any plaid clothing. But please, how many of those actually exist anymore?

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Local Shops Hope ‘Plaid Friday’ Will Boost Sales [Daily Cal]


Are you busy tomorrow night? We at the Clog don’t mean to pry, but as it turns out, there is a Scandinavian movie night this Tuesday, Nov. 24. This is for all of you who wandered around, bemoaning the fact that a university as widely acclaimed as Berkeley did not have one measly screening of a Finnish sci fi movie. You’re welcome.

If that doesn’t get your northern blood racing, we’ll just give you the title of the movie: “Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning.”

Enjoy that for a moment. We’ll wait. And here’s the synopsis, to wash it all down: read more »

Daily Cal sports writer Jimmy Tran on this photo: "I worked that guy."

Few Cal fans know that the Big Game wasn’t the only trans-bay football contest of epic proportions that occurred this past Saturday. Every year, on the morning of the Big Game, the staff of The Farm’s student paper, The Stanford Daily, battles the staff of our very own Daily Californian for the coveted Exacto knife (Get it? It’s like an axe! Only, smaller. And more paper-related) in a flag football game.

Every year, these two groups come together to perpetuate a rivalry older than time itself. Every year, flags are grabbed, touchdowns are scored and mirth is had by all involved. And every year (since, like, 2003 anyway) the Daily Californian prevails in victories that are as symbolic as they are impressive. Every year, that is, until this year. read more »

sleeping raccoonIt’s every college kid’s dream—that is, for those of us who even sleep to begin with—and thanks to a new study, it may just become reality. We’re not suggesting resting your head on “Paradise Lost” when you fall asleep in the library, hoping to learn by osmosis (believe us, we’ve tested this theory).

Nor can you expect to pick up French in your sleep by listening to some language tapes, although sniffing roses while learning French and then smelling them in your sleep may help you retain it better. Basically, since sleep is now thought of as a time for memory consolidation, replaying certain auditory or olfactory cues in one’s sleep can help trigger those same memories.

So, it’s not like a gigantic leap in cognitive neuroscience or anything, but it stands to reason that if you listened to a certain song every time you tried to memorize the conjugates of aller for your French quiz and then again in your sleep, you might just be a little better off. Maybe.

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Sounds During Sleep Aid Memory, Study Finds [New York Times]

a beacon of hyperactive hope?Attention North Berkeley moms: Looks like it’s time to dust off that weed butter recipe you haven’t touched since the Apartheid protests. No, not for you. Or your HIV-positive tabby cat. Yes, that’s right … for your kids. Your kids with A.D.H.D.

A recent report from Dr. Jean Talleyrand, founder of East Bay MediCann clinics, revealed that up to 50 Bay Area adolescents between the ages of 14 and 18 have been prescribed medical marijuana to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

UC Berkeley psych chairman Stephen Hinshaw has christened the treatment “one of the worst ideas of all time,” insisting that THC will further drain concentration, attention and memory of the patients. Doc Talleyrand maintains that cannabis is “safer than aspirin” and lacks the growth-stunting, depression-inducing, insomniac side effects of any amphetamine kids are popping these days.

While the treatment does seem pretty counterintuitive to the symptoms of A.D.H.D., the jury is still out. Who knows? Maybe Mommy-approved marijuana will put a few gutter punks out of business.

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Medical Marijuana: No Longer Just For Adults [NY Times]


Let’s abandon all the stereotypical geek images here, because we are Berkeley, and if we can’t be proud of our geeks, there’s nothing in the world left fighting for.

That said, all you Poindexters out there might want to break out your shiny fanny packs, because the Lawrence Hall of Science has a new series of events this fall known as GEEK OUT! The one last Wednesday night, for example, had guests building their very own base stations on Mars.

Geektastic, no? We at the Clog think these events are a great idea (especially since read more »


Well this guy’s lecture worked out real well, timing-wise. Mark Tribe (killer name, Mark Tribe) is an artist and professor at Brown University. He’ll be talking about participatory media in protests (i.e taking video and putting clips on YouTube, on the quick) and how it has changed the public sphere. read more »

If you were walking through Upper Sproul Plaza last Wednesday and confusedly took a copy of “On the Origin of Species,” you’re not alone.

The handouts were the culmination of a couple months’ worth of planning by Ray Comfort and others (in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the book’s original publication and Darwin’s 200th birthday this year) to give away copies at college campuses across America—but with a twist.

As the book cover notes, there’s a “Special Introduction by Ray Comfort,” which was kind of shot down and debunked by various groups of people. Further, the original plan was to give away copies on Nov. 19 (Thursday), but that was changed to Nov. 18 in a way that wasn’t publicized until the read more »

Editor’s Note: Due to ridiculously high traffic all day Friday, the Clog was sporadically down for much of the day. Thus we resorted to Twitter for all of our occupation coverage. The above slideshow is a culmination of all the pictures we posted on Twitter taken by various Daily Cal employees. What follows are the highlights from our Twitter coverage. You can expect a more comprehensive post later.

*BREAKING: Students take over Wheeler Hall. http://tr.im/FnuQ http://tr.im/Fnv8 read more »

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