College students are hungry. They are also very likely on a budget. Put in a pinch of local restaurants trying out some marketing strategies and VOILA, a symbiotic relationship is born. Take Monday afternoon for example. It was a blustery and chilly time of day when classes were beginning to wind down for the evening. Pedestrians trying to walk down Bancroft Avenue were met with a swarm of chatty students congregated in a messy line in front of Yogurtland. A couple eavesdropped conversations later, it was ascertained that they were giving out free yogurt. One day only!
Those words just seem to stick in people’s minds, for good reason too! After all, how could you decline free food? And one day only? Missing it could be a crime! It’s a foolproof plan, especially when the froyo business around here is highly competitive. Yogurtland puts on a similar deal every semester, which gets hungry students through their doors … and overflowing out onto the sidewalks.
This pedestrian traffic issue was a bit of an annoyance for many. Somber students finally getting off class just ecstatic to finally go home and take it easy had to fight the froyo mob tooth and nail. Well, we do enjoy a hyperbole, but the line — if you could call it that — of froyo patrons did prove to be an nuisance. Yogurtland was happy: they were giving out free yogurt out of the goodness of their own heart (and future business). The customers were happy: they were getting free yogurt! A frozen meal on a freezing day. But hey, we all make concessions for free food. But do you know whose happiness was left out of that equation? Those poor innocent pedestrians!
Free food deals don’t exist in a vacuum, Yogurtland. THINK OF THE CONSEQUENCES OF YOUR ACTIONS.
(A note: we wish there was a font for silly sarcasm, it would be entirely appropriate here. Don’t take this the wrong way Yogurtland, we still love you.)
Image source: Hailey Simpson, The Daily Californian
Music festivals are a fantastic way to revel in your favorite bands and stumble upon some brand new ones. There are even those huge outdoor ones that fill an entire three days with live music. It’s an exhilarating experience for sure, but it’s not for everyone. For one, you’re on your feet practically all day, sometimes in scorching temperatures (Coachella, eh?). And on the music side of the coin, some bands’ live shows just work better in an intimate indoor venue rather than in outdoor settings that could drown out the sound.
These festivals surely get more publicity in the long run, but if you’re looking for a different festival experience right here in the Bay Area, check out the Noise Pop Festival in San Francisco! In its 21st year, the festival — happening from February 26th to March 6th — presents a plethora of shows in the city at a variety of different venues. You can attend as few or as many as you wish and with the festival pass you can score some sweet deals if you choose to milk the festival for what it’s worth. There are also some film, art and culture events as well! Here is a playlist highlighting some of the best of this eclectic shindig:
- Ramona Falls, “Fingerhold“
- !!!, “Must Be the Moon”
- White Arrows, “Get Gone”
- Toro y Moi, “New Beat” read more »
Enjoy the music discovery of Pandora and the playlist creation capabilities of Spotify or 8-tracks, but want something new to spice up your music life, especially now that we’re in the hectic heyday of school life once again? Here’s this little gem: Songza. It will quickly become your best friend.
At its core, it’s a gigantic collection of playlists curated by all sorts of companies, important music people, users and of course, the self-proclaimed ‘music-experts’ of the Songza team. But the way they are indexed is just the niftiest thing. It’ll likely put all your other music-streaming sites to shame.
First, you can skim through the popular playlists of the year to see what everyone else has been enjoying. You can also skim through playlist indexed by genre, decade (well, that’s typical), and even by activities (driving in the left lane, breaking up, etc) and moods! But here’s the real kicker. The music concierge option takes all these options to the next level: they’re catered to you. Let’s take a look:
Right now it’s Tuesday evening. Songza thinks that, based on the day of the week and time of the day, we’re most likely be doing one of these activities.
You’re right Songza! We are working. You smart little thing, you. Since we’re writing, we’d prefer no lyrics.
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Whether you’re good at it or “good” at it (exceedingly terrible yet incredibly entertaining), open karaoke is always a lively and fun way to spend an evening with friends. And now you can enjoy it six nights of the week! For all of you karaoke buffs out there, here is your gold mine.
Who: YOU (maybe …)
Where: Nick’s Lounge, 3218 Adeline St., Berkeley (near the Ashby BART station) read more »
2012 was without a doubt a great year in music from breakout debuts to soaring sophomore releases and everything beyond. Before we dive headfirst into the 2013 music world, let’s reminisce on some of the best releases of the past year (in no particular order) …
- Tame Impala, “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards,” Lonerism
- Best Coast, “The Only Place,” The Only Place
- Saint Motel, “Puzzle Pieces,” Voyeur
- Patrick Wolf, “Overture,” Sundark and Riverlight
- Delta Spirit, “California,” Delta Spirit
- First Aid Kit, “The Lion’s Roar,” The Lion’s Roar
- Divine Fits, “My Love is Real,” A Thing Called Divine Fits
- Alt-J, “Tesselate,” An Awesome Wave
- The Vaccines, “Teenage Icon,” Come of Age
- The xx, “Angels,” Coexist
- Sufjan Stevens, “Christmas Unicorn,” Silver and Gold
- John Mulaney, “Terrible Driver,” New In Town (not music, but a hilarious comedy album from the SNL writer who brought us Stefon!)
Check out the whole playlist on Spotify, and be sure to share with us your favorites of 2012 below!
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Innovations like OpenCourseware have made college-level courses increasingly available online, for free, which is a huge step in providing accessible and affordable education to a large number of people. Even our own UC Berkeley is contemplating offering these classes. While a great number are “legit” courses, some are just completely hilarious, and you begin to wonder how they came to be offered in the first place. Here are four silly courses that fall under this category: _____________________________________________________________
1) The Amazing World of Bubbles, CalTech
Normal human interactions with bubbles involve baths and innocent childhood outdoor activities, but apparently they have a secret world we civilians aren’t privy to. Did you know bubbles can harness energy that can be used in scientific pursuits? Nether did we. They’re practically a superpower.
2) Why Teach Art?, The Open University
This course just seems so meta. It’s not an art class. It’s not a class about teaching art. It’s a class about why teaching art is a beneficial pursuit to the educational world. It’s obviously very important, but someone is teaching a class about why people should teach art so that they’ll be interested in taking classes about teaching art so that they can one day teach art. So many layers, it’s almost “Inception.”
3) Vegetable Gardening and Lawn Care, Utah State University
Vegetable gardening is a noble pursuit (and also our grandmother’s favorite hobby). But instead of giving your grandmother a call or reading the back of seed packets to absorb the knowledge, you can now take a college course about it! At first, it seems out of place in a university setting, but growing your own vegetables is a great way to save money while stocking up on your greens: two things college students are usually in dire need of.
4) Airline Schedule Planning, MIT
This is clearly a legit and serious course, but the only reason it’s included in this list is that, at first, we thought it covered neat tips for planning your air travel. For a college course, we thought that was pretty nifty and kind of an interesting topic to spend an entire semester on. But this isn’t the case, which is a shame, ’cause we would have really appreciated a course like that.
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Are you starting to think about holiday shopping for family and friends? Tired of the tried and typical department store goodies? Have no fear! Our friends at the Berkeley Art Studio (located under the GBC) are coming to your rescue. Welcome to the Holiday Pop Up Shop, where all your dreams of sugarplums dancing in your head come to life (or something like that).
Who: The Berkeley Art Studio
What: Home-made art! Photography, pottery, jewelry, and paintings galore.
When: Now! Mon.-Fri. 12-9 p.m. and Sat.-Sun. 12-5 p.m. (until December 13th)
Where: Lower Sproul Plaza
Why: It’s the holidays! Your friends deserve gifts! You are a good friend!
Image source: hartboy under Creative Commons
Remember this man? It was just two weeks ago we were joking about Chancellor-Elect Nicholas Dirks’ beastly brow. We predicted that once he took office he would be called “The Brow.” Just look at him, posing effortlessly in this soft-featured scenery. Doesn’t his face just say, “If I don’t get you, my unibrow will?” In a mere moment, these hopes were shattered, cause … read more »
A universal struggle of student-dom is trying to get things done. One of the main deterrents of productivity is procrastination, which we’ve written a piece or two about recently, with one in the making. But at the heart of this problem is a lack of proper goal-setting. In a perfect dream world, we’d all say we want to do something and that sheer will alone would be all we need to carry us to the end. Unfortunately, only a very small number of people are wired like this.
Good intentions are not enough to make the whole process “worth it,” unless the end goal is mind-blowingly great. The average person needs incentive and stakes to rationalize the process of carrying our the goal. The new goal-setting website stickK does just that: it turns the process into a little game, since it’s proven that people are more likely to comply if a fun incentive is involved. And who doesn’t like games? Your goal is now a Vegas gamble! In a fun way. Not in a ‘oh gosh, I’m in mad debt’ kind of way.
StickK operates on the simple behavioral economic logic that:
1) “People don’t always do what they claim they want to do.”
2) “Incentives get people to do things.”
And they’re integrating this principle into their interactive goal-setting model designed to ease users in achieving that one pesky goal they’ve been trying to get done by making the process like a game, thus ushering them into the desirable ‘it’s not work, it’s fun’ mindset.
First, you choose a goal. It can be anything from losing weight to quitting smoking to simply hanging out with your friends more often. At each week or month, you can set micro-goals that you can measure your progress with. Next, you set the stakes, which is optional. If you haven’t reached your goal for the time increment, they charge your card the stakes you set. (They profit off of your failure? Great.) Then, you get a referee, which is any third party member who monitors and reminds you in your goal. And finally, you can add friends who will be there for moral support and can encourage you in your private journal, which adds to the community aspect of the “game” setting. Everyone’s a player, so they’re all in it together!
If you have trouble setting goals and keeping them, we highly urge you check this out!
Mmmm, imagine if you could make the stakes candy.
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