Amidst all the election excitement (or disappointment for any elephant lovers), this may seem a wholly irrelevant topic to bring up. But we’ll choose to think of it as a healthy break from all the politics. If you don’t agree, you can make it democratic and vote amongst yourselves.

Alongside thinking about the country’s future, we as students have to consider our own. What sort of classes are we going to take next semester? How many? Do we have any requirements left to fulfill? Counselors are there to help, but there are still a lot of decisions we have to make on our own. It comes down to choice, and sometimes the ones left just plain suck.

Schedule

Take for example a student ahead of the game. By the end of the middle of their sophomore year, they’ve finished all their college requirements as well as their breadth courses. They wouldn’t be in Berkeley if they weren’t forward-thinking and academically-minded (we hope), so it makes sense that they’d have these done with in a timely manner. But what happens in these cases is that there’s technically nothing left to take but major and possible minor requirements. The student’s become so far ahead of the game that they’ve put themselves out of it. They probably won’t get priority for some of the upper division classes they’re interested in, and they’ve done everything else they need to. Should they just take classes for fun now? That’s too novel a concept to wrap your head around. Besides, Berkeley isn’t supposed to be an academic vacation, if there is such a thing.

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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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telebears

Tele-BEARS. Most of you should have shuddered at the thought of it unless you’re a chemical engineering major new to Berkeley.

Fall semester is still far from over, but Tele-BEARS demands that you sacrifice your babies now in order to determine your spring semester classes. Okay, maybe not your babies, but it’s still really annoying.

So here are some tips from the Clog to make your sacrifice a bit less painful. read more »


Phase II of Telebears starts July 18, and you need to fill out your schedule. If you’re looking for electives and classes that won’t kill your GPA, look no further than majoring in Mass Comm. We’re kidding. Of course.

Taking the advice of posters on the UC Berkeley LiveJournal Community, we compiled a list of classes to consider when you need just a few more units for fall semester.

Unfortunately, UC Berkeley does not offer any real basket weaving courses.

Sliding Number of Units

  • Any DeCal listed on the site.
  • These courses will be up at the end of July. The site tends to list the courses progressively (and not all at once), so you may want to check back often.

    2 Units

  • Integrative Biology C82: Introduction to Oceans, MW 1-2 p.m. in 155 Dwinelle
  • 3 Units

  • Nutritional Science and Toxicology 10: Introduction to Human Nutrition, MW 2-3 p.m. in 150 Wheeler
  • Physics C10: Physics for Future Presidents, TuTh 9:30-11 a.m. in 1 Pimentel
  • Psychology 130: Clinical Psychology, MW 2-3 p.m. in 100 GPB
  • Psychology 150: Psychology of Personality, TuTh 10-11 a.m. in 100 GPB
  • Psychology 160: Social Psychology, MW 9-10 a.m. in 100 GPB
  • One community member said that a friend took Social Pyschology, an “awesome and absurdly easy” class.

    “A final composed of 2 short essays that you get the prompt to weeks before? Sounds pretty easy to me,” the member added.

    4 Units

  • Asian American Studies 20A: Introduction to the History of Asians in the United States, MWF 10-11 a.m. in 145 Dwinelle
  • College Writing 110: Advanced Composition: Challenging Writing, TuTh 2-3:30 p.m. in 14 Haviland
  • Development Studies C10: Introduction to Development, TuTh 12:30-2 p.m. in 2060 VLSB
  • Linguistics 5: Language and Linguistics, MWF 3-4 p.m. in 120 Latimer
  • Linguistics 55AC: The American Languages, MWF 3-4 p.m. in 145 Dwinelle
  • Sociology 3AC: Principles of Sociology, MWF 11 a.m.-12 p.m. in 105 Stanley
  • Another community member said of the College Writing course:

    bq. A great workshop class to improve your writing in a pretty stress free environment with a great laid back teacher. First day of class she comes out and says she gives everyone A’s as long as they come to class and do the work, which isn’t too bad.

    5 Units

  • Any foreign language course.
  • On student claimed that a language course is “awesomely fun and an easy 5-unit A.”

    When it comes to finding a decent schedule, we wish you the best of luck. We’ve seen some pretty gnarly schedules, and those students are never too happy with that. We suggest Aman’s UCB Schedule Planner. Word on the street is … it’s pretty sweet.

    UCB LJ Community–Easy Classes [LJ Seek]
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