The Clog tramped out to the Sproul steps in one of its daily checkups on the Occupy movement. We entered from inside Sproul, and nearly stumbled onto someone’s sleeping quarters.

Affordable housing

Affordable housing

As glamorous as protesting the status quo looks, the life of an Occupier – the actual part of camping out and living in the wide open – seems quite uncomfortable to us.

Here are some essential ingredients to occupying:

1. Literature and music — nothing to better signify being a well-educated protestor than having sophisticated texts lying about. Oh and of course, don’t ever forget musical instruments. As we’ve emphasized time and time again, live entertainment is a paramount concern.

Something to while away the hours with...

Something to while away the hours with

For OccupyCal song-writing, of course

For Occupy Cal song-writing, of course

2. Tidying supplies — what’s the point of attempting to exact change if you’re going to be unkempt? This is why cleaning items to create a tidy space are necessary — to give off the air, or at least the semblance, of a little bit of professionalism. Of course, appearance matters to some extent as well, so don’t forget the aesthetic goods.

To keep the Sproul steps pretty

To keep the Sproul steps pretty

An organizer! With nothing in it...

An organizer! With nothing in it...

With all this dry wind, ya gotta keep that skin moist

With all this dry wind, ya gotta keep that skin moist

3. Clay — why clay? To make mushrooms. DUH.

A blob of crafting material...

A blob of crafting material...

...to create a mushroom field for Mario Salvio

...to create a mushroom field for Mario Savio

4. Paraphernalia — who doesn’t want a The Nightmare Before Christmas mask lying around? Definitely essential to any mass movement. Can’t you see the connection here?

Scarin' away the 1 percent

Scarin' away the 1 percent

What oddities have you noticed around Sproul?

Leave your observations in the comments box below!

Image sources (all): Lynn Yu, Daily Cal



Comments:
Gustaw Kowalski said:
Mar 23, 2012 at 12:04 am

OK