The million-dollar question: blackboard or document camera? Or at least this was the question in a Math 53 class earlier this semester.

The class, according to a bSpace poll, was equally divided. Here we discuss some of the pros and cons of each:

Document Camera: (for those of you who don’t know what this is, it’s basically the 21st century equivalent of an overhead projector)

Document Camera

Document Camera

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He goes by Bernie, just Bernie. He is a 50-something year old man who grows Gravestein apples in Anderson, California. To the Berkeley Farmer’s Market each week he trucks crates of the wondrous fruit and bottles home-brewed ruddy, autumnal juices and vinegar derived from them. Some of his apple trees are a century old. His philosophy is simple, “To get good apples you need to take care of the trees.”
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Lately, we haven’t been sleeping too well. We know many of you probably haven’t either, since the midterm season brings more than just exam stress. It brings an entire mid-semester slump! (Maybe it’s partly due to some bad sleeping habits?)

Here’s a few tips to getting better sleep, tailored to a sleep-deprived student body:

If you need rest, keep reading.

If you need rest, keep reading.

1. Organize your thoughts in a new, systematic way.

We’ve found that writing down a “to improve” list can be helpful. Why? In general, students deal with a large number of smaller stresses — exams, disagreements with roommates, buying textbooks — versus something larger. It can often feel overwhelming to try to constantly sort priorities, compartmentalize and keep focused with so many things to remember. As a result, we feel overwhelmed and plagued by worry! Keeping your priorities accessible and clear can eliminate an urge to mentally “search” and therefore lead to less struggle in falling asleep. (Read more about sleep and organization here.)

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Let's go fishing

Now that the first wave of midterms is over, you and your friends might want to get away from college life for a day or two. Oakland and San Francisco are the likely destinations to the east, though there is a more humble escape to the west along the Marina — the scenic, sea-breezy pier. read more »


SUSPIRIA

Does anyone even remember the laserdisc format? VHS forever!

It’s been another year and we return to that familiar season where it’s acceptable to be fascinated by the darker side of life. Stores around Berkeley are stocking their shelves with cheap paint, wigs, skulls and teeth that will be the building blocks to the perfect Halloween costume and the UA Berkeley 7 on Shattuck is screening the obligatory Paranormal Activity 4. Like last year, we at the Clog want to spread the Halloween festivities by compiling a list of horror movies that will be promising last-minute additions to the mandatory horror film marathon. Here are our recommendations below:

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Everyone has a dream of owning their own red convertible. However the red convertible we saw parked on Euclid and Ridge looked like it just drove out of one. read more »


Image source: Joshua Escobar, the Daily Cal


Rain

Nothing is going right, it’s one of those days. It’s raining and you forgot your jacket, your socks are wet. You didn’t understand half the questions on your quiz in discussion and you can’t find a seat in Moffitt. When you were walking home a car hit a pothole and splashed water all over you. You tried to make a joke and no one laughed. It’s a bad day. What you could really use is a pick-me-up along with some instant noodles, a hot shower and a hug. We can’t help you with those last three but we can help you find some great compliments on the fly to help turn that frown upside down.

Emergency Compliment is a site just for that. It has nice collection of creative pick-me-ups that puts a grin on our faces. Here’s just a few:

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Looking directly into the lens of the camera, Ricardo Lagos condemned Augusto Pinochet, the dictator of Chile, in a cool impassioned speech on live national television during a time when the word ‘dictator’ was censored. Earlier in Chile people who spoke out against Pinochet were imprisoned, murdered and exiled – or in some cases exiled then murdered. Through relentless organizing, campaigning and planning, Ricardo Lagos helped Chileans overthrow Pinochet peaceful and democratically. A term afterwards, he served as President of Chile from 2000 to 2006.

A few weeks ago Professor Shaiken, Chair of the Center for Latin American Studies, hosted former President Lagos when he visited UC Berkeley.

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Late Night at Foothill

You haven’t experienced college at Cal if you haven’t been to Late Night at least once. Whether you’re using your own meal points or cajoling your friend into swiping you in, it’s just something you have to do. When it opened this semester, we literally heard people singing as they skipped down the street, “Going to laaaate night! Going to get oooonion rings!”

A lucky few get to hold the door as the line at Crossroads leads outside most nights after 10 p.m.

A lucky few get to hold the door open, as the line at Crossroads tends to end outside most nights after 10 p.m.

Now, if you’re on Southside you can hop over to Crossroads for your midnight munch. Northside-ers have the Foothill dining common. Despite its distance, though, and the seemingly ginormous hills it takes to get there, a fair number of Southside-ers are willing to make the trek up to Foothill for its food instead. Apparently there’s a big enough difference between the two dining commons to make it worth the effort.

The line for Foothill's late night starts at the Bear Market's younger sibling, Cub Market, just down the hall from the dining common.

The line for Foothill's late night starts at the Bear Market's younger sibling, Cub Market, just down the hall from the dining common.

Foothill has one menu and Crossroads has a slightly different one. You wouldn’t immediately be able to tell by just glancing at the two, but students definitely feel it depending on their cravings. Foothill boasts steak plates apparently good enough to salivate over until normal dinner times have past, as well as other random items such as waffle fries and breakfast burritos. Crossroads lacks these oh-so-healthy options, but has other ones like orange chicken rice bowls and chow mein. Both have staples such as pizza, buffalo wings, and French fries. We’ll let you decide which place seems more appetizing, but so far we haven’t heard of anyone from Northside coming down just for Crossroads.

Have we made you hungry for fried goodness yet? No worries, Foothill Late Night is open Sunday through Thursday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Crossroads runs from Wednesday through Sunday, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Catch a bite before hitting the books again, or just take a break with those lucky meal point friends. Just don’t make it a habit. We don’t think that much dining hall food at weird hours could possibly be good for you.

Image source: Erum Khan, The Daily Californian


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