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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.

In a world where few things remain safe or sacred, people tend to cling to their limited sources of comfort. Chief among these for many is often a beloved pet, whose loving smooches (or, in the case of this Clogger’s cat, haughty indulgences in your enraptured cooing) provide sound reassurance that something in this life appreciates the fact that you exist.

Which of course makes it awkward if that something brings about your untimely death.

UC Davis veterinary professor Bruno Chomel’s recent study warns dog- and cat-owners to read more »


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President Obama delivered his annual State of the Union Address last night. The entire speech can be found online, in case you missed it, along with plenty of political commentary critiquing or lauding everything from the president’s delivery and pronouncements to the behavior of congress.

But if you’re going to let anybody influence the way you think, it might as well be UC Berkeley professors and staff, who have published their analysis of Obama’s address on The Berkeley Blog. It’s well worth the read, if only to feel even more informed and opinionated than before.

[The Berkeley Blog]
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If we had a dollar for every application... we could afford the fee increases

If we had a dollar for every application... we could afford the fee increases

It’s January. For some, this might mean a struggle with New Year’s resolutions. For hordes of high school seniors, this means that after endlessly reworking personal statements and trudging through baffling admissions websites, college applications are finally submitted. Reflecting on own days back in high school — a decidedly surreal and mildly uncomfortable experience — we can take heart in knowing that no matter how competitive admissions seemed then, it was not as bad as now: Seniors applied in record numbers this year, with UC Berkeley garnering more than 52,000 new applications — topped only by UCLA (with 61,000) and UC San Diego (with 53,000).

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Something to add to your list of things that you’re probably not worried about but possibly should be: sidewalks.

It turns out, the sidewalks of Berkeley are particularly perilous, at least according to recent lawsuits filed against the city of Berkeley, each seeking more than $25,000 in undisclosed damages for various sidewalk-related injuries. One of the cases has already been settled for $50,000 and the other two are pending.

The claims allege that the city was negligent in maintaining its sidewalks and all report lost earnings, medical expenses and decreased earning capacity.

We’re not totally sure what the take-away message is here, except to watch your step and failing that … keep your receipts?

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Berkeley Residents Sue City Over Allegedly Negligent Sidewalk Maintenance [Daily Cal]


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There hasn’t even been a full week of classes, but we’re willing to bet (particularly given this phenomenal weather) that you’re already looking for an escape. Which is why we’ve put together this round-up of all the upcoming Bay Area concerts that we, according to our impeccable standards, expect to be worth your valuable time and hard-earned money … and which aren’t already sold out.

You’re welcome. read more »


Do you wish you could hang out with these guys? Are you not a particular fan of trying to track down your favorite a cappella group for Sproul performances? Do you not enjoy paying for things?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you might want to consider hustling over to Hertz Hall in a few hours, where a veritable plethora of campus a cappella groups will be performing indoors and free of charge. Whether you prefer the quirky stylings of Noteworthy, the preppy, collegiate airs of the Men’s Octet, they’ll all be there to welcome you to a new semester at 8 p.m. this evening.

The Clog will see you there.

Earlier: Be Equally Bewildered and Amused
Poker Face [YouTube]
Welcome [Back] to A Cappella, Spring 2011 [Facebook]


christopher-edleyWe’re writing from the Steinhard Courtyard of Boalt Hall, where a in collaboration with UCMeP (UC Movement for Efficient Privatization)-organizedSave Our Dean (SOD) just concluded a Solidarity Rally for Law School Dean Christopher Edley, complete with catchy slogans,  a remote-controlled car, barf bags, well-dressed law students, and healthy doses of equal parts hope, idealism and passion.

Drums punctuate the chants of “No pensions, no peace!” and ”Executive pensions are under attack! What do we do? Stand up and fight back!”

A law student takes the microphone to say, with a straight face, “You, sir, turn the epithet, ‘craven scum,’ into an honorific. We’re all craven scum!” as rally-goers erupt into cheers.

The rally is in response to a recent letter co-signed by 36 UC executives to UC President Mark Yudof and the Regents arguing against the establishment of pension benefit caps and the Dean’s decision to be amongst the signatories.

And what does that have to do with remote-controlled cars and barf bags?

The little bright orange car maneuvering between the forest of students’ legs is the future Tesla vehicle Dean Edley will be able to afford with the pension benefits the fictitious Apollo Group representative is offering him, while the barf bags are actually BARF bags, the Bereft Administrators’ Relief Fund’s fundraising containers.

(Note: Post edited for accuracy)

Image source: Save Our Dean web banner


mobile appHere’s a dream come true: Henceforth we’ll be able to carry the spirit of our beloved school with us, ever near our nimble fingers with the UC Berkeley Mobile app.

Imagine all the questions you’ll finally have answered. Which of our uncancelled sports teams are going to be playing this weekend? When was that marvelous floral felt pin workshop at the UC Botanical Gardens again? You simply must know. And how do you contact your professor since you seem to have lost all copies of all your course syllabi and bSpace isn’t loading? The answers … we don’t know, but presumably the UC Berkeley Mobile app will.

Now if only they had maps of Dwinelle in there too.

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the face of appropriate fear.

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.

So, as it turns out, the most outrageous thing about “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” is not that Mr. Cameron has actually managed to put together a decent film in his extended joke of a career. No, what’s really crazy is that it could in fact (sort of) happen In Real Life. You know, machines taking over and all.

We found this “All Things Considered” segment on singularity — i.e. the inevitable point in time when Artificial Intelligence will reign supreme and no one will dare try to tell a robot if he can or cannot love, dammit! The subjects of the piece were members of the Singularity Institute of Artificial Intelligence, which is located in none other than downtown Berkeley, read more »


142070879_52a83d8991_b In a discovery that is sure to broaden the scope of modern insults, researchers — including UC Berkeley’s Montgomery Slatkin — have found a finger bone in a Siberian cave which suggests that there were three distinct human species in existence 40,000 years ago.

This third species — called the “Denisovans” — was likely prevalent throughout much of Eurasia, though researchers admit that little is known about them archeologically or morphologically. Recently concluded genetic analysis on the bone has shown that the Denisovans may have contributed up to 6 percent of the modern human genome among certain populations, one researcher claiming that:

“In combination with the Neanderthal genome sequence, the Denisovan genome suggests a complex picture of genetic interactions between our ancestors and different ancient hominin groups.”

Hmm. “Genetic interactions.” That’s quite the euphemism. Anthropological research is ongoing, but in the mean time, the next time you are looking to insult someone’s primitive nature, you can forgo the now-trite “neanderthal” in favor of the more current “denisovan.”

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Genome of Extinct Siberian Cave-dweller Linked to Modern-day Humans [NSF]


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