It’s been weeks since the election, so hopefully by now we’ve all scrubbed the blue and red eyeshadow from drooping eyelids and peeled the ‘I Voted’ stickers off our jacket lapels. Our neighbors finally have muted Baracka Flacka Flame. Some of us are elated, others disappointed; but one thing is clear for all of us – it was a wild ride, and everyone’s first instinct is to simply exhale.
But a long-awaited conclusion to this race should be no cue to abandon political momentum, wherever it carries our respective lives. You’ve probably heard – if not repeated – that now-famous quote by activist Mohandas Gandhi: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Considering the leader’s lifelong commitment to pacifist social reform, Gandhi’s rhetoric was perhaps more literal than popular Western reiteration might suggest. No, we’re not suggesting our readers drop out tomorrow morning to join the Peace Corps. However, we do note that armchair academia and box-checking will only get us so far. We are often divided in opinion over the President’s fulfillment of his first-term campaign platform of “Change” and “Hope,” but regardless of our feelings on any issue, we as citizens must also remember to look to ourselves as sources for progress, no matter what our leaders are up to. Real people create real ideas, and the often-seemingly small but deliberate efforts we make is what alters the course of society.
Remember John F. Kennedy’s famous inaugural address? “Ask not what you can do for your country,” he implored us, “but what your country can do for you.” And the man was right. Those ballot measures don’t write themselves, you know.
Posted by Kara King on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 11:00 am
On June 16 literary nerds across the world celebrate a little known holiday — June 16 is Bloomsday, a day that honors the famous author James Joyce’s masterpiece, Ulysses. Berkeley pays homage to this holiday (although summer school is never canceled which is baffling) by hosting a series of readings. read more »
Posted by Kara King on Saturday, April 14, 2012 01:31 pm
Aw Spring! The time of year where pink and purple girls and boys can be spotted walking through Sproul plaza, when that Bollywood song is stuck in your head all day, when….not your typical spring associations? Well then you are missing out!
Holi began in India as a celebration of the triumph of good over evil. According to Hindu tradition, there once was a demon who began to terrorize the three worlds. Being a typical demonic punk, he threatened the god Vishnu who had earlier destroyed his other demon brother in battle. However, the demon’s son, Prahlad, was despite his demon family tree, a devotee of the good Vishnu. Furious at his rebellious son, the demon asked both his demon sister and his good son Prahlad to sit inside a fire, in order to prove that Vishnu would not protect them. Well, as the story goes, Vishnu stuck by his main man Prahlad, but let the demon sister burn. Holi is the celebration of the burning of the dishonorable sister, and the rescue of the brave son. It is a celebration of life and rejuvenation, which UCB takes part in every year.read more »
Posted by Deborah Lee on Sunday, March 18, 2012 03:37 pm
Nothing is more representative of the college experience than eight-hour study sessions in main stacks. Fortunately, while the library may currently inspire more ire than affection with the final rush of midterms before spring break, Doe Library will be having an open house on Wednesday, March 21 in celebration of its centennial (1912-2012) that will actually make the library experience fun. read more »
Calling all students of wizardry, all experts on potions, charms, herbology and other magical subjects! We know that you (like us) have been waiting for the chance to use that stunning spell and that copy of “Hogwarts a History” that was compiled from Hermione quotes throughout the entire “Harry Potter” series. Now is the chance to show off your smarts.
We all know Cal can build a big-ass telescope, discover radioactive elements and lead a rockin’ protest – but can Berkeley make you laugh, cry and sit at the edge of your seat? That very question was answered Friday at the annual Campus MovieFest for the low price of $3 and a homework-free Friday night.
Campus MovieFest calls itself the “The World’s Largest Student Film Festival” and allows students from over 90 schools the opportunity to make their own short films. Students are given equipment (Mac laptops and Panasonic HD camcorders) and one week to write, direct, film and edit their own original film. Last night, read more »
We Cloggers are notorious for having a profound infatuation with food – think Tina Fey on “30 Rock” (God we love that show). As it turns out, this is highly beneficial for all of you lovely readers as we continuously work on keeping you up to date on all the fabulous Bay Area eateries, which, on occasion, happen to have deals that are almost impossible to pass up on.
San Francisco’s Dine About Town event is one of these deals, being quite possibly the greatest thing that has ever happened to the Bay Area since … well, since the sun finally decided to visit us again. From now until Wednesday, June 15, over 100 San Francisco restaurants read more »
Posted by Jill Cowan on Saturday, October 02, 2010 08:11 pm
And now for something a little different: A round-up! Of awards that the Clog is awarding to Homecoming events! Based on their titles! Dumb? Whatever. Here are the full listings for the student homecoming events (Oct. 4-9) and the weekend events for everybody, if you’d rather wade through them yourself.
Posted by Jill Cowan on Friday, April 16, 2010 06:02 pm
This might sound lame, but somewhere, deep down in our hearts where we buried our senses of innocence and nostalgia, we’re actually kind of excited for Cal Day. Maybe it’s that the weather always seems to miraculously turn out alright, or that the concentration of free stuff in the area is higher than usual, but whatever it is, we’re getting too damn old to pretend our cynicism overwhelms all positive emotion.
So dig out your Cal T-shirt and get ready to lord your Berkeley savvy over wide-eyed prospective freshmen (and their parents). It’s Cal Day (tomorrow), bitches! And in honor of our newly reborn souls, the Clog has compiled a short list of some of the day’s notable events: read more »
Posted by Cassie Myers on Tuesday, September 29, 2009 09:13 pm
Make sure you’re holding on to your figurative hat, because Berkeley admissions is about to go all high-tech crazy on your ass.
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is cooking up a new website called Picture Yourself at Berkeley, which allows prospective students (both freshmen and transfer) to sign up for personalized UC Berkeley web pages. Think of it as a sort of BerkeleyMyFaceSpaceBook. (That’s got quite a ring to it.)
If interested, students take a quick survey—major interest, ethnicity, athletic preferences (presumably followed by superpowers, read more »