Looking for something to do Thursday night? Look no further. Jazz singer Jacqui Naylor is playing in Oakland at 8 and 10 p.m. What’s more, 50 percent of the proceeds go to the San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium. If that doesn’t tempt you, Naylor’s latest album is called “You Don’t Know Jacq.” And we all know everyone loves a good pun.

Tickets are $20 for the 8 o’clock show and $15 for the 10 o’clock show ($10 with valid student ID). The show is Thursday, Jan. 28 at Yoshi’s Club in Oakland.

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Jacqui Naylor Quartet [Yoshi's Jazz Club Oakland]

i can haz … fusion-energy powers …And in the case of diamonds, this is especially true of squeezing. Which doesn’t exactly refer to crushing the crap out of your fatty bling ( … whatever the heck that means. We have just as little idea what we’re talking about as you do).

By “squeeze” we mean something more along the lines of “shock-wave compression between 1 million and 10 million atmospheres of pressure”—slightly more intense than your average bear hug. Diamond can definitely withstand a large amount of stress; its melting point, for instance, is 14,000 degree Fahrenheit—and according to lead researcher read more »


Are you tired of looking at the construction mess that is Dwinelle? Do you walk by feeling that its state of perpetual disarray is in some way a metaphor for your college experience?

Unfortunately, there are no real solutions to that problem.

In fact, there will be even more construction around our Berkeley campus. The powers of UC just approved money for a revamp of Memorial Stadium, in addition to the construction of a building called the Helios Energy Research Facility (or HERF, as we hope it will be nicknamed), which will be home to the Energy Biosciences Institute.

Memorial Stadium will stay where it is, but it needs to be retrofitted and renovated. (It is, for lack read more »

No exaggeration—it really has been nearly half a year since the trio of Berkeley grads’ arrest after crossing illegally over the Iranian-Kurdish border. Since that fateful day in July, the resultant bandwagon colored in varying shades of indignant outrage has accumulated quite a following, from university officials to the U.S. government to a number of miscellaneous celebs.

Now, pending a Council vote tomorrow, the City of Berkeley seeks to add itself to those ranks by means of a letter addressed to the Iranian government read more »


If you thought the “freshman fifteen” had something to do with stress, copious alcohol consumption and the ubiquitous all-you-can-eat buffets, think again. According to a new campaign by the Dining Halls, it’s all about the trays. You know, the more you can pile on, the more you tend to eat.

Or waste, as it may be. We all remember those famished excursions to Crossroads where getting one of everything seems like such a brilliant idea. Until you realize meatloaf, enchiladas, potato salad and Captain Crunch don’t exactly mix very well. As Sally Westcott, “a leader in the campaign to go trayless” put it: “If you have a tray, you have endless possibilities.” Well, about two plates’ worth, anyways.

Not that the 30 second or so walk from the table to the food bar is really that much of an incentive not to eat more, especially with other tray-like objects surrounding you (i.e. books) to act as a suitable substitute. Another obvious incentive is to cut down on food waste and the amount of water and energy used to wash the trays. We predict smaller plates and multi-purpose utensils will be soon to follow. We suggest you stuff some extra fruit in your pockets as a form of nonviolent protest.

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Dining halls join the trayless trend [NewsCenter]

Say hello to your mother for me. Ba-a-ad news, guys. This adorable Alpine milking goat, Honey, who calls Little Farm in Tilden Park home, has been kidnapped. Yes, that’s what we said: kidnapped. (Sorry– just wanted to make sure you got that.)

Honey has been missing from her pen since early January and the locals are reportedly pissed. So pissed, in fact, that one of them has donated half of the $1,000 reward for information leading to her successful return. The police have pursued a number of possible leads, including a search of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity “due to its previous association with goat theft from the park,” (snicker) but to no avail.

We can only hope that the douche nozzle(s) behind this nonsense are brought to justice soon and that Honey gets back, safe and sound.

P.S. This post goes out to Clogger Valerie Woolard who’s abroad in Bordeaux, France. You can read about her adventures on the Daily Cal’s travel blog. (HI VALERIE!)

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Beloved Goat Missing from Tilden Regional Park [Daily Cal]

kroeber hallwayProbably the vaguest demonstration to reclaim “Our” university thus far, the folks “whose university” invite you to help Makeover Kroeber Hall this week – tomorrow through Friday we mean. What this makeover will entail, the group’s Facebook event page and website leave only the faintest clue.

In any case, we gather that the mission is to set up a “new, positive type of space of what public education and our university really looks like.” Arts and crafts may be involved. Free food certainly will.

The blog poses “What’s this ‘Makeover’?” “Why Makeover Kroeber?” “What’s the schedule?” and “How can I get involved?” to which it offers no answers that we could find. If you have answers to these questions, please drop them as a comment!

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Kroeber Makeover


Being just a few hours away from the start of spring classes, some of us may realize we need a couple more units to make the minimum. We may end up feeling like Brian Regan the day his science project was due: “Oh no. That’s due today. I had nine months to work on it; I did nothing. I have a cardboard box.” It’s times like then when we resort to DeCals.

But what’s that? It looks like the DeCal site has been streamlined. If it wasn’t before, it should now be blindingly obvious where to find the list of offered classes, which is the only thing anyone really cares about anyway.

Still not sure what you want to take? Check below the jump for our choice for just a few of the winningest of the winning: read more »

According to the Associated Press, 35 frats might get taken to court for “underage drinking, harassment, assaults and noise ordinance violations.”

Also among the list of demands is the installation of a “live-in adult supervisor.” Can you imagine that conversation?

“So none of us like being woken up at 3 a.m. by those damn college kids, but one of us is gonna have to live with them. Who wants to spend most of their day with the people we managed to majorly piss off?”

We’re sure that’ll go well.

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Berkeley residents target rowdiness at frat houses [AP] via Mercury News

A squadron of volunteers, including a liaison from the Berkeley born What If? Foundation, flew to Haiti this week bearing food, first aid and water. Since 2000, Margaret Trost’s foundation has supplied up to 1,500 meals per day to poverty-stricken Haitian kids via St. Clare’s Church in Port-au-Prince. This 7.0 magnitude devastation has called Trost and her fellow Berkeley coordinators to kick some serious relief aid butt, Paul Farmer style.

In related news, three UC Berkeley grad students (who had been in Haiti pre-earthquake working on various sustainable development projects) are safe, unharmed and have elected to stay and put some sweat equity into the relief effort.

After all, in the face of destroyed homes, a dilapidated presidential palace, and the need to raise billions of dollars to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure, sometimes a dixie cup of H20 and a few handfuls of non-perishable dry goods is all a person can think to ask for.

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Bay Area Haiti Help on the Way [NBC Bay Area]

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