nefariousHuman trafficking is one of those “things” that people feel sorry for but do almost nothing to prevent. Statistics, no matter how shocking, present themselves in a way that requires no emotional commitment from the reader.

A non-profit organization representative presents you with a bunch of facts about some horrific event. You nod and feel bad for the victims involved. You go back home and check your Facebook or YouTube. Sadness is forgotten. Sound familiar?

“Nefarious” is a documentary that reveals the disturbing aspects of modern human trafficking. Exodus Cry, the team behind “Nefarious” is quickly gaining attention and spreading awareness across the country.

A free screening is going to take place right here at Berkeley. Note the word “free.” Free is good, especially when it is towards a great cause. “Nefarious” will be screened at Wheeler Auditorium on Thursday, Sept. 29. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Remember … FREE. See you there!

Image Source: Exodus Cry
NEFARIOUS Documentary Screening [Facebook]


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The average Berkeley student's food pantry

Not all of us are great cooks.  If you’re looking to spruce up your cooking skills beyond filling a pot of water for instant ramen, Dr. Preston Maring will be hosting a cooking demonstration on Thursday, Sept. 29 from 12:10 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the Alumni House.

Dr. Maring is a gynecologist and administrator who started a farmers’ market at Kaiser-Permanente’s Oakland medical center in 2003, giving people access to fresh food. The idea was so successful that Kaiser-Permanente now has 21 hospital-based farmers’ markets in Northern California. At the demonstration, Maring will teach students proper slicing and dicing techniques, making food preparation an easy process rather than an entry into a chaotic abyss.

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coffee2519019976_2627ab652c_mSo, on Sept. 24, Berkeley hosted its very first Coffee and Tea Festival, which leads us to the question: What exactly is it that makes coffee and tea so awesome that they’re worthy of being celebrated? The Clog can’t help but feel like there’s a calling for us to generously provide our dear caffeine addicts and aficionados with a thorough (you have been warned) examination of both of these idolized libations. And to compare them if we dare.

Seeing how coffee is defined as “a precious, albeit addictive commodity for many millions of people around the world … the lifeblood of nerds, and the drink that keeps America’s workforce complacent on their journey to work” by the endearing Urban Dictionary, you’d think coffee is the friggen’ Elixir of Life. The hot, foamy key to success. The lucky Felix Felicis – appreciative Harry Potter reference, anyone? – to urgently gulp down before a daunting task (first Quidditch match or, in our case, exams).

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the stereotypical college student is depicted in various ways when it comes down to manner of dress, sleeping schedule (then again, what sleeping schedule?) and involvement in extracurricular activities, yet the read more »


bart seatsFact: BART seats are disgusting. The dark-stains, the uncomfortable scratchy cloth, and the knowledge that the fecal and skin-borne bacteria on the seats are antibiotic resistant prompts the germophobes here at the Clog to stand during train rides.

But now is the time to breathe a sigh of relief, to rejoice and shout hallelujah to the Heavens! For BART is remodeling its seats at last. read more »


smoke that shit

It’s no secret that the people of Berkeley — or as we like to call our adoptive city, “Luttel Amsterdam” (it’s Dutch for “little” so no corrections, English majors!) — love to partake in occasional doses of Cannabis sativa — or as the cool kids like to call it nowadays, “Marijuana.” Take too many strolls down Telegraph Avenue or Downtown Berkeley and we’re almost positive you’ve got no chance of passing your next drug test. And, given that officials seem completely nonchalant about it, why don’t we just finally make like a Dutch tree and smoke leaves. Get it? … No? … Was it that bad? … Okay, we apologize for that.

Robert MacCoun, professor of law and policy at UC Berkeley, has carried out a new study about the regulation of marijuana in the Netherlands and whether the United States would benefit from a similar system.

According to the Huffington Post, coffee shops in the Netherlands are allowed to sell limited amounts of marijuana to adults over the age of 18. Although the Dutch law still declares marijuana an illegal substance, it also prohibits officials from taking action against the coffee shop vendors or customers.

MacCoun explains that the Dutch system is read more »


The Clog took advantage of the opportunity to talk with some of you about your study abroad dreams, experiences and advice this past Friday at the Study Abroad Fair! Watch and hear all about it, and even get some tips and tricks from the study abroad experts.


2411318874_ecc236e5ee_mDon’t tell us that you can’t taste a difference. There is one.

Coke trumps Pepsi, any day of the week. Mountain Dew is an outrageous rip-off of Sprite, and Naked, while appreciated, simply will not match up to good ol’ Odwalla.
Last month, Coca-Cola’s contract with Cal expired, leaving poor Berkeley students to suffer with the travesty that is Pepsi.

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ASUC senate

In order to discuss the controversy surrounding the Berkeley College Republican’s upcoming bake sale, the ASUC Senate called a special meeting for this evening. You probably were busy doing just about anything else, but the Clog headed to the Senate Chambers and took some serious notes for anyone who wishes they had been in attendance …

6:00 p.m. We’re here — let’s get started. Oh wait, Berkeley time.

6:10 p.m. Berkeley time … meeting still not started.

6:15 p.m. Meeting called to order (it’s about time). Roll CALLLL.

6:16 p.m. Oh god, they’re talking about the Bill of Rights. Also, “and whereas” has been used at least four times already. Excessive? We think so. read more »


OB-PU801_iranhi_G_20110925173031Today, more than two years after their detainment and one year after their companion, Sarah Shourd, was released, Berkeley grads Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer boarded a plane with their families and arrived in New York City.

The three were accused of espionage and both Fattal and Bauer were sentenced to eight years by the Iranian government, but there has been no evidence released and it has been maintained that the hikers unintentionally crossed the border from Kurdistan into Iran.

Last Wednesday they were released from Teheran’s Evin Prison to Oman, who paid for their bail.

After a long and arduous struggle, they are home at last.

Hikers Return to U.S. After Release from Iran [New York Times]
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RogenA comedy about cancer? Coming from now producer, Seth Rogen, we’re not surprised. While the idea of a cancer comedy initially seems strange, upcoming release “50/50″ pulls off the perfect balance between humor and the dark side of illness. The movie is based on writer Will Reiser and Seth Rogen’s experience after they discovered Reiser had cancer.

The real-life friends came to San Francisco to talk about their journey and their new flick. Here’s what they had to say:

Are you worried about being type-casted as the guy whose friend has cancer?

SR: I am worried about it, but I think I’ll do three more movies about that before I’ll call it a limit. I have a few more diseases to hit.

WR: This is a franchise.

SR: Like Lord of the Rings. read more »


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