shorts11-235x3001Want to know what the heck we mean by Winnemem Wintu? Head to the David Brower Center (home to Gather, that restaurant we can in no way afford) on Thursday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. for a benefit concerning, among other things, salmon. [site]

A UC Berkeley student hailing from Egypt discusses the situation back home, concern for his parents and his support for the protesters, who “just want the minimum.” [Mercury News]

Helplessly idealistic and desperate to jet-set? Maybe that’s why this school has produced more Peace Corps volunteers than any other. You should totes be part of that statistic! [News Center]

Twitter is in fact good for more than just trolling Kanye West. Case in point: an ongoing novella from the viewpoint of a fictitious homeless woman with a taste for Cheeseboard and social commentary. [Berkeleyside]

Earlier: Of Suffrage and Sports-Inspired Debauchery

After discovering the latest omen of the world’s coming demise, the Clog encourages Berkeley students to put down their books and enjoy their short-lived time on Earth.

We wouldn’t be breaking any ground to point out the unholy influence that the entertainment industry holds over our day-to-day lives. It’s a phenomenon of particular frustration when considering that little things like voter turnout are overwhelmingly superseded by hype over the latest episode of Jersey Shore. Just check out Yahoo’s top searches, for crying out loud. Our country’s priorities are, shall we say, askew.

Turns out it’s not just the general public who could use a serious reality check. Good old ex-prez George W. Bush told Matt Lauer, in an interview to be aired Nov. 8 regarding his upcoming book “Decision Points,” that the “all-time low” he experienced in his presidency was when Kanye West criticized the response to Hurricane Katrina by calling Bush a racist.

What. The. F**k. read more »


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 »

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]