The first week of school has come and gone, and we’ve all had a chance to settle back in to school life. That also means we’ve gotten the chance to see yet again just how different school is from our home lives. Whether or not you were pining for Berkeley after a few weeks home, there’s bound to be a few things you miss.
The bathrooms. You don’t have to clean the bathrooms yourself in the dorms, but you do have to share it with a whole floor instead of just your siblings. That’s a lot of people you probably aren’t best buds with using the same facilities.
The food. Home-cooked food! Need we say more? The luxury of trotting downstairs, opening the fridge and taking out a tupperware of deliciousness — that hasn’t come from the dining commons — is one that must not be taken for granted. And now we must live without it until spring break.
The privacy. You may love your roommate to bits, but not all the time. There’s something about walking into your bedroom and having no one else there to share the space with that’s pretty priceless. At Cal, you savor the moments you walk into an empty room. Maybe you even sing a little while there’s no one there to hear (mock) you.
Television. Most kids have at least one show they like to watch and having it on an actual T.V. screen rather than a computer screen is another novelty not found in the dorms. It’s often not even found in apartments either. At home the remote can become an extension of your arm as you flip through channels and watch shows too silly to deliberately pull up on Hulu.
The people. Hopefully this is the most important aspect of everyone’s lives. There are always people we miss from home, from parents, siblings, friends or even pets (though we realize those do not literally fall under this category). No matter where you live on campus, Unit 1 or an apartment on Dwight, this is the part of missing home we hope we can all relate to. But as long as you don’t let yourself get bogged down with it, we promise the semester will still turn out great! Trust us, being the Berkeley student you are, you’ll soon be so swept up in everything you won’t have time for anything else. And we’ve found the people here to be pretty great as well…
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As the semester winds to a close, many students with meal point plans are finding themselves in one of two situations: either they have an abundance of extra points or no points left at all. Those with extra points face the looming deadline to spend all points over the 100 point rollover limit before the end of the semester. On the other hand, students who are out of points face the dilemma of spending cash to buy every meal until the end of the semester or begging their parents to buy them more meals points.
There are two problems here with one obvious solution. read more »
Savor every last bite of Thanksgiving. Taste the turkey. This is your last meal. Finals are coming, impending doom is near. Sip on your sparkling cider. read more »
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Our campus’ beloved and often crowded Golden Bear Café, never actually referred to as anything but the GBC, is cracking down on all possible looters. Thinking of running in to grab a few napkins and a fork to eat the lunch you brought from home? Think again. To get access to these coveted items, you now have to have purchased something. Never mind the fact you probably ate there every day when you had meal points, you can’t take anything now if you don’t keep buying stuff.
One unlucky ‘customer’ got caught in a fib earlier this semester. Upon entering the esteemed establishments for a spoon, he was asked if he bought anything. The poor fellow began stuttering out a desperate claim that he’d bought some chips or other small snack earlier. Of course, this simply wouldn’t cut it for the GBC employee. They needed a receipt to irrefutably prove his honor. We’re pretty sure he just grabbed a spoon and dashed out as quickly as he could, but there’s a lesson to be learned here: If you’re going to steal from them, at least try to be sneaky about it. Either that or steal someone’s receipt first.
Just kidding. We wouldn’t condone theft. A perfectly condonable option is to buy something small from the café if you intend on using their utensils or condiments. If you aren’t willing to do that you’ll either have to bring stuff from home or ask a friend buying from the GBC to get you whatever you need.
Moral of the story? Theft is apparently a definite no-no, even if it is just paper or ketchup.
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You haven’t experienced college at Cal if you haven’t been to Late Night at least once. Whether you’re using your own meal points or cajoling your friend into swiping you in, it’s just something you have to do. When it opened this semester, we literally heard people singing as they skipped down the street, “Going to laaaate night! Going to get oooonion rings!”
A lucky few get to hold the door open, as the line at Crossroads tends to end outside most nights after 10 p.m.
Now, if you’re on Southside you can hop over to Crossroads for your midnight munch. Northside-ers have the Foothill dining common. Despite its distance, though, and the seemingly ginormous hills it takes to get there, a fair number of Southside-ers are willing to make the trek up to Foothill for its food instead. Apparently there’s a big enough difference between the two dining commons to make it worth the effort.
The line for Foothill's late night starts at the Bear Market's younger sibling, Cub Market, just down the hall from the dining common.
Foothill has one menu and Crossroads has a slightly different one. You wouldn’t immediately be able to tell by just glancing at the two, but students definitely feel it depending on their cravings. Foothill boasts steak plates apparently good enough to salivate over until normal dinner times have past, as well as other random items such as waffle fries and breakfast burritos. Crossroads lacks these oh-so-healthy options, but has other ones like orange chicken rice bowls and chow mein. Both have staples such as pizza, buffalo wings, and French fries. We’ll let you decide which place seems more appetizing, but so far we haven’t heard of anyone from Northside coming down just for Crossroads.
Have we made you hungry for fried goodness yet? No worries, Foothill Late Night is open Sunday through Thursday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Crossroads runs from Wednesday through Sunday, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Catch a bite before hitting the books again, or just take a break with those lucky meal point friends. Just don’t make it a habit. We don’t think that much dining hall food at weird hours could possibly be good for you.
Image source: Erum Khan, The Daily Californian
Berkeley is famous for coffee spots like Caffe Strada (voted eight-best college town coffee shop by Complex Magazine) and Café Mediterraneum (self-proclaimed creator of the cafe latte), but sometimes finding a free seat – let alone a power outlet for your laptop – in any of the old favorites can prove a challenge. If you’re looking for a change of scene, here are a few new coffee shops we’ve spotted in the past few months: read more »
As Cal students, we’ve all had to eat at the Dining Commons at one time or another. Even if we’re too “cool” to admit it, the warm — or perhaps cold, on purpose, but probably not — food has graced our bellies on a routine basis. This pattern usually ends after freshman year, but there are exceptions. Some sophomores or upperclassman have the distinct pleasure of living in the dorms for extra years. Whether you like it or not, that also usually comes synonymously with a meal plan. Out of habit and convenience, you might find that you’ll come wandering back to Crossroads — seemingly the most edible of all the dining commons — for a nice cooked meal. As a seasoned returner, you may notice things that you would not as a freshman. You may notice how everyone has their own strategic method of acquiring and carrying their food back to their table. It’s not something we think about that often or even plan extensively, but we all do it! Through what turned into a Crossroads case study of sorts (double alliteration!), we found that these food-gathering habits fell into 3 broad categories, all with their own advantages and disadvantages: read more »
What, classes are starting already? That fun few days of free food and parties is over? Do not fear, there are still two more days of Welcome Week. The Clog has tirelessly examined the Welcome Week calendar, and we’re here to give you some highlights. Sure you have class, but isn’t it more important to eat for free?
Berkeley Student Food Collective Make Your Own Sandwich Day, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. BSFC store 2440 Bancroft Way #102. The Berkeley Student Food Collective has some excellently delicious events planned, and this is one of them. You know how we feel about sandwiches. Be sure to also check out their Kombucha Pong from 3:30 to 7 p.m. in Lower Sproul and their No-Bake Bake Sale this Friday 11 to 2 p.m.
Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) Tour, 12 to 1 p.m.: The BAM/PFA is a hot spot for your dose of culture. On the tour you’ll get to hear about upcoming programs, as well as see some of their exhibits, Himalayan Pilgrimage, At the Edge and the Barry McGee exhibition. They offer more tours Friday, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
L&S Exploring Majors at Cal, 1 to 2 p.m., 262 Evans Hall: Do you have no idea where to begin with this whole majoring business? This is a good chance to calm some major major existential crises. Goodness knows we here at the Clog haven’t picked a major yet – when were we supposed to do that? They are also offering the workshop August 24 and 28.
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The view as we ran in hopes of finding a bathroom.
Every time we head to San Francisco, we feel like saying “Eureka!” after finding a new place in such unexpected circumstances (also known as a strong desire to pee).
Actually, we were being tourists and heading up to Pier 39 — the piers on the way to Pier 39 don’t offer much to tourists, unless we want take the Amtrak or walk into a dark loading dock — but before we got there decided to go into the historic Ferry Building to find clean public restrooms.
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Things are not what they seem in alleyways
It’s around 8 p.m. in San Francisco, and we’re trying to get some food — sandwiches mostly. One would think that Union Square is teeming with authentic cafes and food stands on the streets, but it was an unfortunate discovery to find not one but three closed delis — we weren’t settling for Carl’s Junior. Starving and thus slightly delusional, we ventured into a dim-lit alleyway (something we don’t recommend). In one alleyway by the Westfield Mall however, we were able to find an open restaurant: 54 Mint.
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