Finding a place to study on this vast campus for a newly arrived freshman (or even for some that have already spent some time here) can be a daunting task. There are so many options, and today we’d like to give you some insight into just some of the places that you can sleep study all night long.

1. Main Stacks – Daniel Radding

Main Stacks is that way.
Main Stacks is that way.

In hindsight, we probably should not have sent one of our cub writers to Main Stacks, because it is really easy to get lost down there if you don’t know what you’re doing. Main Stacks is a HUGE library. To give you a sense of its size, consider this: You can enter from Doe and exit from Moffitt. There are four floors total (though you can only study on the lower three) with 400 seats available for individual study. Main Stacks offers a large variety of study environments, which we’re going to break down for you.

This has recently been dubbed the Hallway of Doom.

This has recently been dubbed the Hallway of Doom.

Standing Desks

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2475149762_be7b1aed72_oOH snap. But really, the headline is a bit sensational. (That’s what they’re for, though, right?) It’s merely referring to the Wall Street Journal’s latest study, which surveyed recruiters from 479 of the world’s largest companies asking which schools they deem to be the “top picks” in terms of turning out graduates who are “best prepared and most able to succeed.”

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Cal is known for a great many things: incredible academics, stellar athletics, energetic students and a kick-ass Campanile, to name a few. But what about human powered vehicles?

Cough, cough, sputter … say what?

Don’t choke on your half-caff mocha latte with a splash of soy from not Starbucks, you heard us right the first time. Human. Powered. Vehicles.

Our very own UC Berkeley broke no fewer than read more »


yurt

It can be easy to lure yourself into thinking that there can’t be much new in the world of yurts. The nomadic dwellings have been in use for centuries if not more, so there probably isn’t much left to be said about them, is there? Oh, how wrong you are.

As it turns out, some UC Berkeley engineering students have come up with a yurt-like house for members of an Indian tribe. Members of the Pinoleville Pomo Nation, have recieved a grant to build about 26 of the structures. The new homes, the first of which is already under construction, will incorporate various newfangled technologies, including rainwater collection as well as passive heating and cooling. Who knew yurts could be so hip?

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Student design embraced by Pinoleville Pomo Nation [College of Engineering]

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nasa.jpg In a national effort to crush stereotypes and emphasize their field’s underrated importance to society–engineers everywhere are stepping away from their monitors, if only for a nanosecond, to let the world know that it is National Engineers Week (E-Week if you’re nasty).

The event ends today, Feb. 23. Engineer and former ASUC senator Igor Tregub penned quite a loquacious Op-Ed in the Daily Cal yesterday in honor of the past week. It was totally inspired by Ratatouille. Anyone can cook be an engineer, he said, as long as they are working to make the world a better place!

And perhaps he’s right–you don’t need to be in the College of Engineering to save the world as we know it. There’s actually a multidisciplinary student group somewhere called Berkeley Innovation that focuses precisely on engineering design solutions for a better Berkeley. If you’re thinking of a Berkeley with no crime, theft, hippies or shortage of common sense–think simpler.

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They’re weird. They’re awkward. They’re unattractive–precisely because they’re weird and awkward. On college campuses everywhere, the bleak reputation of engineering majors is usually far from unfounded. (The Clog knows a few who don’t fit the bill, but we’ll save those sexy names for AnonCon. Tee hee!)

The stereotype is so true that even employers feel the detriment of an awkward engineering grad to their happily productive office environments. Tech savvy plus sub-par social skills does not equal excellent business–so educators are doing something about it. According to the San Jose Mercury News, our very own department of engineering responded to the demand with a class in “technical communication,” which aims to infuse graduates with the gift of professional gab.

A goal at Berkeley is to produce engineers who can communicate their expertise effectively, good news to anyone who’s ever struggled with an operating instructions manual in the wee hours of the morning. And maybe provide that moment of clarity that leads to the next big leap of engineering entrepreneurship.

Ideally, the move to transform the engineer from bumbling geek to smooth operator will eventually abolish that pesky stereotype we all love to perpetuate.

Anyone up for a bioengineering doughnut fest?
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