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.

We think the video speaks for itself.

Humphrey the Humping Dog [YouTube]
Earlier: Free Willy Gone Horribly Wrong


maozFor those of you unfamiliar with the curse of Telegraph Avenue and Channing Way, there appears to be a patch of inarable land, so-to-speak, where no business can successfully sprout. Last year we saw some …  unique establishments test out the waters of this business dead zone.

Maoz–a vegetarian Mediterranean restaurant–is the latest brave soul to move in, hoping to break the streak of business busts. At least their menu selection (falafel sandwiches, Belgian fries, eggplant, Babaganoush) looks a little more promising than cereal sandwiches and gourmet cream puffs …

With locations throughout the US, continental Europe and the UK, Moaz is basically the Chipotle of falafel: fresh ingredients, made to order. Their “Meal Deals” (sandwich, fries, beverage) run a bit on the pricey side ($8.00+), but they do have a complimentary salad bar. And judging by our sample on our way home, their falafel is worth every penny. read more »


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We all know hyenas are super cool. That’s well established–just look at Bonzai, Shenzi, and Ed. They’re the wisecracking, ironic badasses of the animal kingdom (fittingly, the same role that bloggers fill in the human kingdom). But did you know that their giggles vary according to social status? You didn’t. Well, lucky for you, UC Berkeley researchers just published a report detailing that very fact.

According to the article, dominant hyenas have a “steady, confident-sounding giggle” while “subordinate ones read more »


yoo maskAdd trash-talking our city to the reasons Berkeley residents don’t like Boalt Hall School of Law professor John Yoo. In fact, it’s possible the man whose background includes drafting the Bush-era “torture memos” has managed to do something even more scandalous. And this time it’s personal.

In a recent interview with the LA Times, he calls Berkeley “a natural history museum of the 1960s.” He adds: “It’s like looking at the panoramic displays of troglodytes sitting around the campfire with their clubs. Here, it’s read more »


THIS IS US RIGHT NOW.

Freshmen, gather ’round. Let the Clog tell you a story:

Once upon a time (like, uh, last year) in a kingdom called Cal Dining, they had delicious, delicious, artery-clogging chicken strips. It was a golden age for said kingdom, and the morsels of ostensibly real, white-meat chicken were coated in the crispiest of deep fried, lightly spiced outer coating stuff. They were awesome and they made the meal points that campus housing-dwellers were required to purchase worth having. (Warning: This post is perhaps unnecessarily long.) read more »


We’re sure that you, like most of the first world, were abounding with endless excitement last night as the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland began to collide protons at energies too obscene for publication in this blog (and that’s saying something). But in the midst of all your geeky late-night pizza parties, you may have forgotten Berkeley’s own participation in the events leading up to a world record-breaking experiment.

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We Berkeleyans enjoy having a high opinion of ourselves and our commitment to charity and social justice. And hey, it’s only snobbery if we’re phony about it, right? So we earn our bragging rights by doing things like attending the Berkeley Dance Marathon this Friday April 2 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. April 3 in the Pauley Ballroom.

It costs $15 to register and you can form your own team or go as an individual. Registration ends March 31 and it’s limited, so sign up as soon as you can. All the money raised goes to benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS foundation; in the past four years, it’s raised $80,000. It promises to be “a night full of food, performances, activities, and prizes,” so register here.

The website promises a hypnotist, a dance-off, lots of performances, and free food from the likes of Cheeseboard and Yogurtland. As if that isn’t enough, the theme is the 90′s and it’s actually called “Kickin’ It Old Skool.”

Frankly, you had us at “skool.” We are so there.

Image source: Andrew Baron under Creative Commons
Berkeley Dance Marathon [Berkeley DM]
Dance Marathon [Facebook]


When we first got the e-mail from her slate-mate Ricardo Gomez saying, “Eunice Makes My Dreams Come True,” we were all like, “Uhh, no thanks, Eunice Kwon, we don’t actually want the things that happen in our dreams to come true, because then we’d show up to class in our skivvies like half the time and we’d probably be on the run from a psycho killer who looks suspiciously like our hot GSI.”

Thankfully, there do not appear to be any naked people or murderous grad students in this video. Only banana suits:

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As much fun we have with all the downer lit in Berkeley classes, (cough, Dostoevsky, cough) it’s refreshing to know that once in a while, someone in Berkeley sees the glass as half full. And this time, the optimist won more than just happiness–she earned herself an award.

Christine Carter, executive director of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, just won the Council on Contemporary Families’ 2010 Award for Online Coverage of read more »


ZOMG, GUYZ WATCH OUT. What’s up Berkeley? Feeling masochistic? Great, so are we! Good thing we found this interactive map of campus buildings that shows you their seismic ratings.

According to California Watch, the UC system “still has 102 buildings rated as ‘poor’ and 10 as ‘very poor.’” And yeah, we get it, that’s not good and people should know what they’re walking into … literally. But still, we have to wonder why they couldn’t throw a single structure in there with a rating higher than “poor?” Not one “good” just for comparison’s sake? Just so we could breathe a sigh of relief walking through the doors of Wheeler Hall and know that we’ve made a good decision, if not in future employment opportunity then–at least–in seismic safety?

Throw us a freaking bone, here, California Watch! Because the feeling we get from interacting with this map is that everything is going to crumble under our feet at the first sign of a tremor. We couldn’t even seek refuge in the great, symbolic Campanile! Sad times.

And speaking of things that are going to crumble at the first sign of a tremor, watch out for the Greek Theatre. Just sayin’.

Image Source: Alan Wong/Staff, Daily Cal
MAP: Seismically hazardous buildings at UC Berkeley [California Watch]


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