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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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Cardio all day every day

Cardio all day every day

Ah, yes, the classic college student dilemma: If we put off our studying to go work out, we might be too tired to properly study afterwards. If we do study now and put off our workouts, we might just end up too enthralled in our paper or proof to leave. And let’s face it, sometimes we cannot even dig ourselves out of the avalanche of books and papers and empty Cheetos bags without some excavator of sorts, so forget crawling our tired butts to the gym!

Still, for those brave and intrepid souls who have managed to balance their schedules, here are some dos and don’ts for the gym. read more »


Arriving late to class — we’ve all done it at one time or another.

For those of us who’ve perfected the art of scanning the lecture room for the nearest empty seats in 0.27 seconds, it’s a way of life. For those of us who have never felt comfortable with the concept of “Berkeley Time,” it’s a rare occurrence.

Everyone has a different style of arriving late, however. Three common variations of lateness include the “Half-Awake Stumble,” the “You Can’t See Me,” and “I-am-too-cool-to-be-on-time” styles — and we’re going to write some tips on how you can execute these arrivals in style.

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What have I done!?

What have I done!?

We’ve all done it. Streamed endless amounts of television until our minds are pleasant puddles of mush, putting off the inevitable grade-determining work that defines college. “I’ll get it done,” we all chant to make ourselves feel better. But when we actually get down to it, it’s like the world has crashed down on our shoulders. How did all that work suddenly multiply?!

Here’s some advice on making it through that last minute writing assignment without pounding your head on your laptop in frustration: read more »


Not everyone who attends Cal lives on campus. Some of us are actually commuters to this lovely school of ours. Now it’s true that students who live on campus do get access to a variety of interesting experiences just by living near it. However, we commuters can also get our own dose of Cal in unique ways even when we’re off campus. So when we were on our way to school one day, in the freeway change from I-680 to CA 24 W near Walnut Creek, we got to notice something distinctly Cal-related: a striking billboard advertising our football team.

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On the billboard, there is a picture of one of our players telling us in assertive bold capital letters “I’LL SEE YOU AT MEMORIAL STADIUM” with a look on his face indicating that we made a pretty serious commitment to see him and probably shouldn’t flake. Understandably, as an advertisement, the football player’s words are just something we automatically shrug off. But after seeing the billboard, we began to wonder, what would he do if we didn’t show up to memorial stadium? More importantly, what if the next day on our way to school, instead of the football player’s normal message to us, stood an entirely different billboard with a reaction to us not showing up?

Below is an artistic representation of what we believe would be there the following day.

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Immediately, we started to feel pretty horrible about the thought of this actually playing out. Thankfully, all of this is just our imagination running wild. After all, we are rather confident in our belief that we didn’t utterly devastate the day of a Cal Bears football player … At least, we hope.

Image sources: Matt Espineli, Daily Cal and Dylan Stephanides


Let’s face it: we all use the restroom. Usually, it’s quite a boring and forgettable event (hopefully), but not if you decide to do your business in the bathroom stalls of VLSB!  Every stall of the girl’s restroom is covered top to bottom with a colorful explosion of beautiful, random, funny and/or just plain odd graffiti. Ranging from a couple words scrawled in pencil to full-scale murals, this dense concentration of art begs the question: what compelled these people to adorn the stalls? Boredom? A desire to break up the bleak white stall walls? An art bug? Whatever the motive, the pieces are just plain interesting to look at! Here are some of our favorites: read more »


Is this … a teddy bear lounging in this tree? Our eyes must be deceiving us.

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P1020741Itching to hop on a plane and see new sights, perhaps while earning a few credits? Well, the Daily Clog checked out the Study Abroad fair held last Friday Sept. 21 and has all the updates you need on such academic adventures.
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Frat row is bustling with eager rushes, freshmen are still frequenting Crossroads, (yet to realize how bad the food is), and Berkeley’s air is perfumed with that new book smell. School is back in session, folks.  But while you were recovering from summer-hangover, Andy Kim and friends were dancing it up, in his recently released video “UC Berkeley Style.”

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5220652648_812be07688It’s the first day of class. Your professor has a horrifically monotonous voice or your GSI is distractingly attractive. Perhaps taking roll lasts an entire hour as the professor stumbles over complicated names. Or the person in front of you spends the entire class on fantasy football. Some classes are perfect, it’s true, but for most there’s a little something, especially on the first day, that just irks you. The Clog is here to give you some unconventional tips that we came up with in our PACS class.

Imagine your professor’s boring voice:

Add a beat and some autotune to your professor’s voice: If you can do this for real, go for it – you could get YouTube famous. Otherwise use your active imagination to add some spice to lecture.

Pretend that your random attractive classmates are having sex: Really we just included this to put the image in your head, cue evil laughter. But in all seriousness if you’re that bored, you may as well use your imagination powers to put others in awkward situations. And now that we’ve said it, it’s all you’ll be able to do.

Spy on the Gchat of the person in front of you: Sometimes you can’t help but glance over at your classmate’s computer. They’re the ones that are having a private conversation in such easy view! Sometimes they are just talking about the weather, but we’ve occasionally spotted an argument with a significant other.

Comment below with ideas of your own!

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