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Mumps. It’s been the talk of the town, lately, and we’re not just referring to our town. Oh no, no, no, friends, word has spread all the way to southern California!

Now, everyone knows that last week, we got creamed by the Trojans at our Homecoming game. What you might not know, is that the USC student body in its entirety received warning of the mumps before heading North. That’s right, a student-wide email was sent from Dr. Lawrence Neinstein, professor of pediatrics and medicine at USC’s Keck School of Medecine to ensure that no Trojan drink from the same glass as a Golden Bear.

The Clog managed to get our hands on the email read more »


5685080557_d1c4e0d002Harry Potter minions! The Chosen Ones! HOLLA!

Listen very closely to what the Clog is going to inform you special bunch about. Now, there are already tons of great events coming up this weekend, what with the Berkeley Project, Homecoming and oh, we don’t know, something about Occupy Berkeley, probably trivial … (Just kidding, the Clog know what’s up.)

Now we’re here to add something else to the list: A collegiate Quidditch match on our own campus.

Grinning yet?

You know, the epic game where witches and wizards fly on broomsticks and whiz around in the air, basically playing – to put it in lame, inadequate Muggle terms – supernatural basketball. Since we faithful followers of Harry Potter must be discreet about the magical blood running through our veins, read more »


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NYMPH performs tonight in the Berkeley Art Museum.

We know it’s midterms season, but you’ve got to take a study break some time, and what better way than by taking a look at the Clog’s weekly guide on what to do over the weekend (and then,  you know, going out and doing it)?

Friday

It’s Homecoming weekend! We’re sure you’ve already heard about the many planned festivities, so shake off those anti-establishment post-protest blues and arm yourself with some school spirit for the legions of parents, siblings, and Bruin fans about to descend upon Berkeley. Or don’t, and go to Dog Night with NYMPH at the Berkeley Art Museum instead: A celebration of our furry friends (per Japanese Edo period edict) with NYMPH performing psychedelic, avant-garde music within the cavernous concrete museum as Daniel Jay projects accompanying visuals involving/related to/inspired by dogs. (Awesome? Possibly.)

If you just want to get away from it all, Two Blocks of Art will be taking over the Central Market area (and by two, they mean ten) and, unusually, black people will be dancing. No, really, we’re not being racist: read more »


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As you may or may not have heard, someone has apologized to you recently. No, it isn’t that girl who hit you with her backpack in the slap-dash rush out of Wheeler on Friday afternoon. It isn’t even the guy who laughed uproariously at inappropriate moments while you were trying to watch a movie.  No, it was Sandy Barbour, Berkeley’s Director of Athletics.

Before you get excited, she isn’t apologizing for a soul-crushing Homecoming.  She’s actually apologizing for a more literal crushing—that of your body against a complete stranger’s at Memorial Stadium.  The letter of apology, addressed rather ambiguously to “Cal Football Fans,” laments the lack of crowd control at this past Saturday’s game.

In particular, Ms. Barbour states: read more »


Every year, Homecoming leaves us with a taste of … disappointment … in our mouths, whether it be from football flops, midterm season or something else. But you can at least always count on a variety of campus events every Homecoming week to sweeten that taste (which is kind of like sour apples) just a little bit. So with that in mind, read below the jump for a somewhat-officialistical schedule of Homecoming to-do’s. read more »


Each year, Homecoming floods the campus with old people and free stuff, the latter being a little more exciting. And OK, we’ll admit: Some of us went to Homecoming events mostly–alright, only–because they advertised free food, free entertainment…or somehow used the word free in conjunction with a noun. But with this week’s unimpressive turnout, we’ve been left to question the philosophy which generally guides our Homecoming experience: Whether the pursuit of the free stuff is worth it anymore.

First, the Sushi Social at Alumni House on Tuesday. Boasting both sushi and socializing, but delivering neither. OK, so we got there 40 minutes late because we had class, but this was no excuse for the decimated trays and the awkward remnants of mingling that ensued. The fallout from a sushi war, the dismembered and indistinguishable remains of fish parts didn’t resemble even a distant relative of sushi and the five or so people in a cluster in the corner didn’t quite constitute socializing. It looked like everyone else had the same reaction to free eats: get in, feign interest, get sushi, get out.

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Yep, it’s that special time of year that’s like every other special time of year—Homecoming is back! (Though we could have gone with midterm season.) Berkeley has a Homecoming you can take pride in: Unlike other campus festivities like Caltopia, you can get lots of free things during Homecoming.

And unlike Cal Day, there will be tons of lectures by Berkeley professors that will make even the most balanced jack of all trades feel inadequate. And unlike the Big Game, read more »


The Homecoming special issue came out today, and if you missed it, you can still check out three of the stories. Former Clogger Gerald “Gerlad” Nicdao coedited the issue. (Yes, we still miss you.)

Current Clogger Krista Lane also contributed to the issue, writing a column about what Homecoming means to her (or more like what it doesn’t mean).

If you missed the issue, you can still fetch one tomorrow at the Daily Cal office, located on the 6th floor of Eshleman Hall.

The Clog recommends poring through:
1. Krista’s column, hello!
2. In Good Company, a mishmash of bios of fictional Berkeley alumni
3. Coming Attractions, a smattering of to-do’s on the back

Not Your Typical Homecoming [Daily Cal]
In Good Company [Daily Cal]