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The Academic Ranking of World Universities announced its list of the world’s top 100 universities today. Can you feel our collective smirk? Berkeley was No. 3 in the entire world, second only to Harvard and The-Rival-School-Which-Must-Not-Be-Named (*cough* Palo Alto *cough*).

That means best public university in the world, bitches. Whaddya say we fill out one of those research grants to celebrate?

But what does “best” mean? According to the article, read more »


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It will be an alliance that no one will soon forget.

No, that isn’t the tagline to the newest hamster-related action comedy. In point of fact, UC Berkeley will soon be joining with the University of Incheon in South Korea to “explore the potential for joint scientific research in energy, biology, accelerators, cosmology, and space.”

The agreement, signed Wednesday (at 10:30 a.m. local time in the Republic of Korea, in case you were wondering) investigates possible collaborations between UC Berkeley and its South Korean counterpart. Apparently Incheon will be the rendezvous point read more »


Apparently UC Berkeley physics professor George Smoot (and man behind the Big Bang) is, making him the second person and the first man ever to be able to say “I’m smarter than a fifth grader.” Which sounded more pathetic before we realized that we didn’t know the answer to the last question either:

What U.S. state is home to Acadia National Park?

Here’s the link to the full episode.

2nd Million Dollar Winner – Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? [mecha03]
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? [Hulu]


In case you’re unfamiliar with the TV sitcom series “The Big Bang Theory” (and we’re guessing you are) it’s about the relationship between two socially awkward physicists working at CalTech and their ditzy blonde neighbor. Basically, a sitcom version of Beauty and the Geek.

Apparently, our very own physics professor, George Smoot, wrote to the producers of the show and requested to be featured on an episode. Smoot won the Nobel Prize in read more »


Whether it be from just generally being awesome or for research into the early history of the universe, it’s a hot time for Berkeley professors to get their 15 minutes.

Two Berkeley physics professors, George Smoot and Paul Richards, recently won awards for their contributions to physics teaching and research, respectively. read more »


Kanye West has a crush on us. When he first landed on the scene, the hip-hop egotist concocted an imaginary “Universecity” and subsequently based his albums on it. We were flattered when he chose a bear as the school’s mascot–whose cuteness admittedly rivals that of Oski’s.

Then, there arose more similarities between West’s persona and the Berkeley campus. We realized that his pashmina scarves, “look-at-me” attitude and bizarre, pseudo-trendy sunglasses are reminiscent of 95 percent of our liberal arts majors–and the way the Louis Vuitton Don milks free speech for all its worth is totally done in stereotypical “Berzerkeley” fashion as well. Such is evident in the anti-Bush remarks he made on live television, and even in his attempt to make like The Daily Californian and join the blog world.

We admit we are feeling special–albeit a bit uneasy–by West’s clearly obsessive fascination with us. What’s next, stealing Nobel Prizes from George Smoot?

According to a skit on last weekend’s episode of Saturday Night Live, he’s already been there. Aww hell naw.

Kanye West Skit on SNL [Youtube]
Bush Doesn’t Care About Black People [Youtube]
KanYe West Blog [Universecity]