For a supposedly poor public school, Cal does tend to throw a lot of moneyDykes Come(s) To Berkeley around at athletics. Over $300 million went into the anticlimactic opening of the Memorial Stadium – an opening that featured a lazy Cal team that lost to an almost-as-pitiful Nevada team. Eight losses and two 40-point blowouts later, athletic director Sandy Barbour decided to rip up ex-head coach Jeff Tedford’s contract – despite the three years and almost $7 million remaining on it. And a little more than two weeks after the end of the teddy bear reign, Barbour has decided to throw the collective tuition of the entire freshman class at a new coach.

Who’s the new guy, you all ask? We guarantee you wouldn’t guess his name – Sonny Dykes. Let that sink in for just a second. The Chicago Bears famously claimed in 2007 that they couldn’t hope to win the Super Bowl with a coach named “Lovie” Smith, so you can imagine how the Cal football team is going to react to the announcement. Not that they’ll all be around to hear it – Keenan Allen, the best receiver in Cal history, declared that he’s bolting for the NFL when he heard the name.

On the bright side, the promising recruit Zach Kline will be taking over for his disappointing Zach counterpart at quarterback next season. And Dykes – he should really have a laugh track ready at his introductory press conference tomorrow – ran an offense at Louisiana Tech that averaged the same number of points that it took three games for Tedford’s gang to get.

Since the word on the street is that Chancellor-designate Dirks has shaved his trademark unibrow upon his appointment, maybe we might see Dykes pull off some of the same magic by tomorrow.

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As it gets closer and closer to the dreaded finals week, as essay after essay pile up,  and with the incessantly overcast weather, we thought there are probably a lot of negative feelings floating around. And you know, the best way of getting rid of negative feelings is to actually feel them. As you look at these here villains, let it all out. Yes, good. Let the hate flow through you.

Xenomorph from Aliens

GAH! That ghastly face and that grotesque body evoke some innate sense of disgust and repulsion in all of us. We hate to be prejudiced, but the Xenomorph is so ugly that racism is almost okay. Somewhere, in some Tibetan mountain, there is a monk that is so enlightened that he can accept the Xenomorph as a beautiful creature produced by millenniums of  painstaking evolution. For everyone else, it’s just a creepy alien.

Mr.Henry F. Potter from It’s a Wonderful Life

You don’t hate people just for being rich, you just get jealous of them. But Mr.Potter isn’t just a rich person. He’s greedy. He’s selfish. He’s dishonest. And worst of all, he’s got a horrific set of old man eyebrows. He makes a terrific villain because he’s such a caricature of a scrooge.

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Dead Week may be dubbed as “Dread Week” but to us at the Clog, it’s a joyous occasion. It’s the one week when your Facebook statuses receive way more likes than ever before and you procrastinate by doing things you never would, like clean your room or have lengthy conversations with relatives. To celebrate, the Clog has created a list of the three best ways to procrastinate, while learning a thing or two about your fellow Golden Bears.

1. AnonCon

It’s everyone’s favorite confession page. Only open during Dead Week and Finals, AnonCon houses everything from embarrassing photos and naughty stories to useful links like cookie delivery services, all submitted anonymously by Cal students. We’ve posted some of our favorite anonymous comments bellow. Ladies and gentleman, these are your classmates:

  • “I wish the new Chancellor hadn’t shaved his unibrow :C” — Don’t we all
  • “I’m obsessed with the men’s octet” — Who isn’t?
  • “Welp, there goes any semblance of my attempting to be productive at all.” — Welp, at least you tried
  • “People who wear non-Cal college shirts and sweatshirts drive me up the wall sometimes, do you not want to be here or what?” — We hear you.
  • “My current secret: I didn’t think Skyfall was as good as the rest of the fucking world seems to think. I don’t like Sam Mendes and I was bored by the narrative. But I don’t want to tell people who are excited to see it that I didn’t like it and the people that did like it obviously don’t care that I dont.” — Thanks for sharing that deep secret
  • “Confession, I think if I were a guy I’d be pretty cute and I, at least, would be pretty interested in me.” — Hmm?
  • “Anyone watch today’s episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic? Best episode yet this season!” — Such a great episode!
  • “The Clog is the greatest blog I’ve ever read!” — We agree!

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Dead week: when the hours blur together and the sky darkens only 30 minutes after you wake up. With noHugging Puppies Brings Good Luck classes to go to except for those pesky occasional review sessions, there’s really no incentive to get out of your dorm or apartment – except for the basic human needs of food and slight exposure to sunlight to avoid becoming like Edward Cullen. To celebrate the release of Breaking Dawn Part 2, Tony LaRussa’s Animal Rescue Foundation will be bringing some of Jacob’s little brothers to Berkeley for Pet Hugs!

All jokes aside, the ARF has been doing a fantastic job of keeping those adorable little werewolves – ahem, puppies – safe and sound, as well as training them to be therapy dogs! So why not take the long walk down the stairwell and into the open sunlight outside of Moffitt Library to see all of them! If it helps you to picture their faces, their names are Maddie, DeeDee, Koda-Bear, Quinn, Star, and Rudy, and they’re here to melt your stress away. Embrace your inner puppy and skip around with those fuzzy delights – and forget about that mountain of studying and stressing that awaits you upon the conclusion of Pet Hugs.

You can come out and see them when the Campanile strikes noon on both Tuesday and Wednesday of Dead Week! Watch out for those ominous clouds that foreshadow Finals doom, however – if it rains, the times might get switched around.

Image source: Be Well @ Cal


As the Finals issue features a great article on study-friendly instrumental tracks, we got inspired to explore the relationship of music and focus a bit further. It’s no surprise that while studying, many students prefer white noise or music to the jarring sound of chairs scraping throughout Moffit. But are there particular types of music that are more conducive to learning or focus? Some research suggests there are.

Studies in music and cognition receiving most media attention are those focused on what many dub the Mozart effect. The term usually refers to several similar theories, all centered on the idea that classical music may aid in temporary or long-term learning enhancement. In one experiment, students exposed to classical music showed increased — but temporary — spatial-temporal reasoning ability.

Similarly, gamma waves can describe a specific pattern of neural oscillations — brain waves — at a frequency of around 50 Hz. Researchers such as György Buzsaki have published evidence suggesting that the nature of the frequency of these waves may aid conscious attention through facilitating activity within the thalamus, a brain structure partially involved in alertness and consciousness. While the theory remains in need of further support, we still suggest trying out gamma-wave music therapy for yourself!

Our favorite tracks
We love Youtube tracks (1) Biaural Beats: Study, Focus, Concentrate and (2) High focus – Gamma brainwaves in particular, because they’re repetitive enough to discourage distraction. For those who might prefer classical music, we suggest the (3) Study Music Project, also on Youtube. Happy finals prep week!

-R.S.

Image source: Karmalize under Creative Commons.


If you’re like any self-respecting Berkeley student, you try your hardest to do well inHungry Bears class, keep up with a few activities, and spare a little bit of time for saving the world – if possible. Most of the time you may only get around to the first one, and though you may occasionally broach the second, you rarely get to the third. So if you weren’t feeling bad enough about how you’re not actively helping the community out, here’s a video that just might spur you to action.

The fantastic group of people over at our very own Social Media Club have put together a campaign to help out some of the people who need things a little bit more than the rest of us do. If you’re diving into your intact mountain of meal points every night, you can head over to any of the campus stores and grab some canned goods instead of that extremely large smoothie that’s probably bad for you. And the next time you go to Walgreens to grab a gallon of milk, throw an extra can of fruit or beans into your shopping cart – the tingly warm feeling that you get after you donate will definitely be worth the 99 cents.

If you’re still reading this and unconvinced, let the club give you a little extra incentive! Grab your phone and snap a picture of yourself in a cute pose with the pile of food you’re planning on donating, and tweet that with the hashtag #hungrybears. Not only do you get validated and feel popular when a bunch of people re-tweet you, but you could win a gift certificate for – you guessed it – even more food!

Image source: Fabian Medina under Creative Commons

Video source: MediaPopNow used with permission


Berkeley English-Chernin Program

If you have anything to do with the university’s English department, you may have already heard of something called the Chernin Program. It’s a mentoring program held every semester for anyone interested in English and literature, as a major or otherwise. Undergraduate groups meet every other week in the evening with a graduate student leader to talk about everything under the sun, from particulars about the English major to the nature of reading in general. Students talk about broad topics that you can’t get into during class and questions that have been bugging them, like what the heck does the dialectic mean? If you don’t get to talk about what you want during your regular meeting, your graduate leader holds office hours every other week to answer questions. You can ask about the major, classes you should take, applying to graduate school, or literature itself. There’s no extra homework or reading, just a relaxed meeting of the minds that can make you feel smart in your free time while taking a break from classwork. There’s also free food, which is always a bonus for poor, hungry college students.

Besides these regular meetings, the program also gives opportunities to explore Berkeley’s resources. You can sign up for seminars to learn how to research things in the libraries and online databases, or you can tour the Bancroft Library’s collection of cool old stuff. Want to see one of the first editions of ‘Paradise Lost’, or ‘David Copperfield’? They have them, and you can gawk at them all you want with fellow bookworms. You can view these items otherwise as read more »


Last month (yes, it’s December now!) we brought to you our first library crawl. But since there are a lot of libraries at UC Berkeley (in case you didn’t know), one crawl simply wasn’t enough. In this crawl, we bring to you Morrison, Bancroft and the Law Library. We hope this helps in finding a place to (pretend to) study during RRR Week, and we wish you the very best of luck on your finals.

Note: the Law Library is not open to undergraduates during Finals period.

Morrison Library – Eunice Choi

Morrison

Morrison

  • A quietness that isn’t intimidating like Main Stacks but instead allows people to fully focus on their reading/work.
  • A nice view of Morrison.

    A nice view of Morrison.

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