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After discovering the latest omen of the world’s coming demise, the Clog encourages Berkeley students to put down their books and enjoy their short-lived time on Earth.

Well, this is it, children of the Baby Boom … and children of the children of the Baby Boom … and children of the children of the children of the Baby Boom. So basically, this is it, everybody. This is the end of the cultural landscape as you know it. Michael Jackson will thrill the tabloids no more. After all the surgeries, he may not have been much of a P.Y.T. anymore, but at age 50, we hardly thought his time was up. read more »


Google, NOOOOO!
After discovering the latest omen of the world’s coming demise, the Clog encourages Berkeley students to put down their books and enjoy their short-lived time on earth.

Google should really watch where it’s revving its search engines. On Thursday, a car that was recording a street view in rural New York totally rammed a little deer … and caught it all on video. Google proceeded to censor the snuff film, taking it down and replacing it with much less hart-wrenching footage.

Google also immediately jumped to its own defense and was all, “Lyke, don’t even worry about it guyz. Bambi and friends be killed all the time on da streetz.” Well, you know–in so many words … So not cool, Google. read more »


Students from the Cal Berkeley Democrats and the Berkeley College Republicans came to blows–er, cozied up for a nice tete-a-tete last night at the undergrad Political Science department’s annual debate. We heard it went off rather bloodlessly. Are eternal enemies getting toothless in their old age? [Daily Cal]

After a 44-year-old Berkeley man died in his apartment, his body remained undisturbed and undiscovered for at least two weeks. Meanwhile, his dementia-afflicted mother-who was occupying the same apartment-piled up about 20 garbage bags in her confusion, which helped mask the smell of the corpse. It may sound like a lurid Palahniuk splatter-fest, but it really happened. [Berkeley Daily Planet]

Two days ahead of his much ballyhooed reading at Zellerbach Hall, perennial favorite Haruki Murakami was passed over by the Nobel Prize committee for some French dude that no one’s ever heard of. Not that we’re trying to give detractors who insist that Americans are ignorant pigs any more ammo than they already have. [National Post]

Earlier: The News in Our Shorts: Berkeley’s Got Issues. And Sadness.


On a day when most of Berkeley citizens’ eyes are on the current AFSCME strike that bubbles across campus, few are aware that the city just lost one of its “champion” councilmembers. Dona Spring had been in the hospital for the past week due to an extended illness, and was only 55 when she died Sunday afternoon.

According to the City Council District 4 website, she had 27 years of community service under her belt and acted as a strong proponent for public safety, affordable housing and the environment–and was also a “fighter for the disabled, for animal rights, her district and all Berkeley residents.” Additionally, Spring held a degree in anthropology and psychology from Cal.

The Clog sends our well wishes to her family and friends, along with our appreciation for her many contributions to the city.

EDIT: For updates and additions to this story, see the Daily Cal article.

Image Source: Julie Himes, Daily Cal
Berkeley City Councilmember Dies [Daily Cal]


The Clog can’t help but feel unnerved by the increased frequency and timing of tragedy surrounding our campus these past few weeks. Unfortunately, we must bring news of yet another one. Saturday morning, anthropology senior Alan Hamai–who attended his department’s graduation exercises on Friday–was found dead outside his Durant Place home just a few days after a non-Berkeley student, Maceo Smith, was shot to death near the Durant Avenue Top Dog.

Hamai appears to have fallen from his roof. Police have yet to confirm whether it was accidental, but they do believe that alcohol may be related.

We send our condolences to Hamai’s family and friends.

Image Source: alumroot under Creative Commons
UC Berkeley Student Found Dead After Fall [Daily Cal]