1611765413_d01b66af58_bSummer is almost upon us! It’s time to creep out of our study holes like the survivors of a zombie apocalypse and get a taste of that much needed summer sun. After your tired eyes and pinkish-white skin have gotten used to the shock, we invite you to come lay out on Memorial Glade with us. During this week of RRR, use the Berkeley Beach to your advantage. Here are a few useful tips for your day at this surprisingly grassy seaside.

1. Bring a Blanket: With nothing in between the wet grass and your pasty thighs, your stay at the beach will not be as enjoyable. The grass is often wet and after a while will leave red, itchy imprints on your skin. We assume this is not what you want. So bring a blanket, towel, or old sheet, and lay on it just as you would on the sand.

2. Gain Higher Ground: In our opinion, the best spots on the glade are those that are slightly elevated. Go towards the edges, where the ground is slightly higher, and you will find that your experience will be much improved. First off, the view is better, as you can see all the activity going on around you. Also, you are farther away from the Frisbees, dogs and other nonsense that goes on at the center of the glade. Plus, you get to feel like the king (or queen) of Memorial, looking down on your subjects. read more »


6046180567_a24af92530_bFeeling artsy? The beautiful weather that has broken through the lightening storm is making us feel closer to the world of aesthetics. If you have had your fill of hangovers this weekend, and are at the point where the smell of alcohol is making you sick, it may be time to head over to the Legion of Honor for a different kind of sensory experience. The Legion of Honor is showing two very special exhibitions that will leave you feeling like quite the classy college student. Both exhibits are good for the brain and good for the soul. read more »


Ah, Deadweek … um, we mean Reading, Review and Recitation week, of course. Now that classes have ended officially, a whole week lies ahead before the crushing doom of finals. We all spend it differently, attempting to study with variations of success. The Clog went out on Sproul to find out what you’ll be up to, from student organization socials to Buffy the Vampire Slayer to living in the library. Comment below with your plans, both virtuously optimistic and realistically self-indulgent.

Best of luck in your studies (or lack thereof)!


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With more than half the semester already over, retaining information for those dreaded finals (or even more midterms) becomes exceedingly difficult for us non-geniuses. Instead of boring you with tips on forming a study group you can find via CollegeBoard via Google, we would like to give our own take on studying in a group. True, some students study better flying solo, but group learning can help retain information in two ways. read more »


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That’s right, AnonCon is back. And despite the fact that it’s been up for more than 12 hours, there has been a rather paltry showing of anonymous confessions. So go, confess whatever’s on you mind and distract your friends and neighbors from their arduous finals studies. Think of it as a public service.

Happy studying (and procrastinating)!

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It’s time for ANONCON FALL 2010! [Livejournal]


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December is upon us. To some, this means losing the classy facial hair lovingly cultivated during the past month. To others, it means putting the Christmas playlist on infinite repeat. And to all of us students, December’s arrival means we have to start worrying about exams and impending end-of-semester deadlines.

Believe it or not, all that worry can have an unintended consequence: stress.

Luckily, there are many resources available to students for stress management. The Tang Center’s website has a detailed list of the common stressors in student life, along with advice on how to remedy them. Tang additionally offers stress and anxiety counseling, for those who are really stricken. There’s also a stress management seminar, lead by licensed psychologist Linda Zaruba, being held tonight at the Faculty Club (6153) from 6:30-8pm. Sure, it’s geared toward graduate students, but if you’re a really stressed undergrad we’re sure there’s nothing to stop you from showing up for advice and some light refreshments. Eating well is key to combatting stress, after all.

So relax! Enjoy this last week of classes. Or, if you can’t, at least try not to pull any all-nighters. That craziness is proven to lower your GPA.

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Be Well! [Tang Center]


Get ur hed out of tat big box of FAIL, kitteh!

Crap, you guys, AnonCon‘s back.

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AnonCon Spring 2010 [UCBLJ]


studyThe official “dead week” period is coming to a close, and some of you will face your first finals mere hours from now. So we figured you should end it on the right foot, whether that be with procrastination or another round of studying. Whatever you choose, we’re not judging. read more »


confessionSo here we all were, a good couple hours into dead week, free of classes, with nothing to do but study and dread the approaching onslaught of finals. Perhaps you were working on a paper, making flashcards, doing practice finals or planning to do one or all of those things. But then … Anoncon appeared.

It’s a finals tradition as ingrained as the naked library run, in which UC Berkeley students blow off steam during finals by anonymously confessing their assorted misdeeds and deepest secrets.

And many of us must now come to the sad realization that instead of doing the many important things we should be doing, we’ll be squandering hours reading about the hottest GSIs and freshman admitting to having sex while their roommate was in the room.

Oh Anoncon, how we’ve missed you.

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UCB Anonymous Confessions [site]


notebookDespite the fact that the semester has not yet actually started, it may please you to know that you’ll have slightly fewer days of class than originally planned.

It seems that the Task Force on Exams (which has a pretty badass name, considering) as well as the Academic Senate came to the agreement that we all needed a bit more time to study before finals. read more »


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