Berkeley student life is punctuated by a wide variety of everyday campus issues – many that we drastically change our views on as the years go by here as undergraduates. We thought we would explore such a perplexing phenomenon through an easy-to-view infographic, where we’ve systematically compiled a rich look at how various students view several important, relevant issues affecting everyday campus life.

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Okay, okay. So by infographic we actually mean a bunch of rage faces.

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Such a mystery.

Such mystery

If you recently enjoyed Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of “The Adventures of Tintin”, or are simply a lover of the original comic book series by Hergé, take note of the Pacific Film Archive’s upcoming showing of Julien Duvivier’s movie, “The Mystery of the Eiffel Tower.” read more »


comicThey’re baaaaaack. Out of the ashes of Comic Relief comes The Escapist, which opened on March 15 at 3090 Claremont Avenue.

The new store features the old stock of Comic Relief, bought by mystery, fantasy and science fiction book store Dark Carnival. The man behind The Escapist, Jack Rems, not only bought the stock, but hired everyone who still worked at Comic Relief when it closed.

Although the store’s shelves are currently a wee bit lacking, the stock will definitely be increasing, says employee Ray Morales. The sort-of reopening is a blessing for those shaking from Comic Relief withdrawals. Plus, considering all the local stores that have closed recently, its nice to know that we Berkeleyans still have some of our priorities straight. Best news ever.

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The Escapist comic book store opens on Claremont [Berkeleyside]


comicreliefBerkeley just got a little less nerdy, which means a little less cool to many Berkeleyans. Comic Relief finally closed on Monday, after experiencing a lengthy period of inner turmoil, beginning with the death of its acclaimed owner two years ago until the more recent layoffs. In fact, financial issues were so severe at one point that their distributor refused to send them new releases.

Let’s look on the bright side though. At least they held out until Valentine’s Day, so that a large percentage of Berkeley’s population was not left comicless and dateless.

But have no fear! It is rumored that Dark Carnival will reopen the store under a new name. RIP Comic Relief, you will be sorely missed by everyone — not just the bespectacled outcasts who haunted your premises.

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Comic Relief Closes [Berkeleyside]


Good news for lovers of hard-hitting investigative journalism. The highly anticipated release of McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern No. 33 will arrive in the form of a 300-page single edition daily newspaper: “San Francisco Panorama.” Better news for us (broke as hell) Bay Area kiddies: the Quarterly will be available to us for the (much discounted) price of $5 on the day it comes out, Dec. 8.

The bylines alone reek of staggering genius. Writing from Michael Chabon, Miranda July, Roddy Doyle, Stephen King, William T. Vollman, Berkeley’s own Poet Laureate Robert Hass and read more »