berk high

Ever get that high school nostalgia? Recall the sports games, spirit weeks, school dances, showing up to class drunk and/or high. Wait what? Reeeeeewind and pause. As far as we’re concerned, attending class whilst crunk is neither conducive to the activity (learning) or even fun for that matter.

Still, Berkeley High students seem to find some appeal in it, perhaps because they believe (delusionally) in a certain status of badassness attained in doing so. Ah, high school, the place read more »


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In an unprecedented decision, Wesleyan University has labeled the illicit use of pharmaceutical “study-aids” like Ritalin and Adderall a violation of the school’s academic honor code. Essentially, this would make the use of these drugs by individuals without official prescriptions — allegedly 6.4 percent of college students — a form of cheating.

We here at the Clog love our sleep; the soft embrace of our blankets, the caress of our pillow. Which is why it at first seems so foreign to us that anyone would think to intentionally deprive themselves of that most blessed state, especially for the sake of studying. read more »


Pills!

Just about everyone likes money, which is why it’s always kind of shocking when someone up and gives you some. But that’s what happened on Sept. 2—Bionovo, an Emeryville-based biotechnology company received a research grant from the National Institutes of Health, and has decided to, quite literally, share the wealth with UC Berkeley researcher Dale Leitman.

The research is focused on female-specific obesity and whether or not Bionovo’s new drug can aid in the prevention of Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. This might not be the juiciest story the Clog’s ever broken, but we felt that the good people of Bionovo deserved some recognition for being so gosh darn generous.

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Bionovo, Berkeley Researcher Receive NIH Grant to Develop Obesity Drugs [Drug Store News]


So, remember Quaaludes? Yeah, neither do we. From what we can tell, they’re basically glorified horse tranquilizers. Evidently there’s still enough of a market for the stuff that two CalCoast lab techs have been busy producing over three million dollars of the drug, amounting to some 100,000 pills.

The dual arrest of Kevin Yan and Thomas Fairley was the product of a three-year investigation of “Operation Lude Behavior.” Cute.  According to the feds, the pair drove a total of five luxury vehicles to distribute the ‘ludes to clientele extending from the Bay Area all the way to New York.

Look bros, take a cue from Penny Lane, why don’t you? Rock and roll is dead. It used to be about the music, man. You’ve changed.

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Bay Area Lab Workers Pinched in a Quaaludes Bust [SFist]
Feds Bust Major Quaalude Ring; Two Locals Arrested [KTVU.com]


a beacon of hyperactive hope?Attention North Berkeley moms: Looks like it’s time to dust off that weed butter recipe you haven’t touched since the Apartheid protests. No, not for you. Or your HIV-positive tabby cat. Yes, that’s right … for your kids. Your kids with A.D.H.D.

A recent report from Dr. Jean Talleyrand, founder of East Bay MediCann clinics, revealed that up to 50 Bay Area adolescents between the ages of 14 and 18 have been prescribed medical marijuana to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

UC Berkeley psych chairman Stephen Hinshaw has christened the treatment “one of the worst ideas of all time,” insisting that THC will further drain concentration, attention and memory of the patients. Doc Talleyrand maintains that cannabis is “safer than aspirin” and lacks the growth-stunting, depression-inducing, insomniac side effects of any amphetamine kids are popping these days.

While the treatment does seem pretty counterintuitive to the symptoms of A.D.H.D., the jury is still out. Who knows? Maybe Mommy-approved marijuana will put a few gutter punks out of business.

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Medical Marijuana: No Longer Just For Adults [NY Times]


wallabyAfter 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.

It appears that some cute, seemingly innocent wallabies, such as the one shown at right, have become a bit rebellious and begun getting high off of opium poppies. Tasmania, you see, is the world’s largest producer of legally grown opium, and the poor creatures have been wandering into opium poppy fields, eating the crops and becoming … a bit disoriented.

This bizarre phenomenon has given rise to another—crop circles. As the Tasmanian attorney general puts it, “We have a problem with wallabies entering poppy fields, getting as high as a kite and going around in circles.”

Hmm … uncontrollably going around in circles, that sounds a bit like another Tasmania native. In any case, we can only hope that the adorable, drugged-up wallabies get the help they need. And we advise you, Berkeley students, to go outside and enjoy the vegetation — before the wallabies trample it.

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Stoned Wallabies creating crop circles [Telegraph]
SNES Super Nintendo TAZ-MANIA [YouTube]
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