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Diving into a caffeine-driven, sleep-deprived information vortex for the next week is the recommended way to get those Berkeley grades. Sleep is your worst enemy, as well as any sense of moderation or pacing.

To facilitate this, Late Night at Crossroads —UC Berkeley’s largest dining common — is giving out free coffee and tea. Now you have no excuse to fall asleep before 6 a.m. and a very flimsy excuse to fall asleep at all. How else are you supposed to learn all of that new material your professors dumped on you for RRR week? Not by consolidating your memories in your sleep, that’s for sure.

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Currently sophomores, we used to live in a ski lodge cozy Northside dorm known as Foothill.

We never understood the rationale behind the name. As any Foothill resident or ex-resident knows, Foothill is certainly not at the foot of any hill. Ironically, Foothill is notorious for being more towards the top of a hill, a fortress you can only breach by taking a series of treacherously long staircases. We can’t count how many times we’ve tripped up, down, and all around those cursed steps.

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In Berkeley lore, Foothill is “that Northside dorm” few Southside residents ever venture to, no matter how tempting Foothill’s Late Night steak may be. Foothill is also known as the home of reclusive future engineers. From our experience as residents, however, we found that Foothill had plenty of variation in engineering personalities, as well as in intensity of social life, that differed from floor to floor, building to building, and suite to suite.

Luckily for us, we ended up in a suite where most of us got along pretty well. In fact, we currently live in the same apartment with some of our suitemates, now close friends. Although we live close by, we don’t see these suitemates nearly as often as we once did back at the dorms—which brings us to the difference in social life between apartments versus dorms: read more »


Late Night at Foothill

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 as the line at Crossroads leads outside most nights after 10 p.m.

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.

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


To bring you this important message. Crossroads’ Late Night offerings have been updated.

They now serve grilled cheese, grilled chicken sandwiches, and perhaps most importantly, quesadillas–with or without chicken. You should not, however, let these revolutionary culinary developments distract you from the fact that the online menu is a filthy pack of lies. They do not actually serve organic tossed salad … yet. It also fails to mention that to-go boxes are now 50 cents. We know. Totally ridiculous, right?

So you best get those ideas of making yourself a makeshift crispy chicken Caesar salad out of your head, young’un. It’s time you learned that life is full of disappointment.

Menus- Crossroads Late Night [Cal Dining]


I\'m the muffin man, bitch!Does attempting to study alone in your room end only in frustration and drool on your course reader? Is the library too dauntingly far away, or are the Main Stacks just too darn quiet? Then boy, do we have the study solution for you!

For the duration of finals week, every dorm-dweller’s favorite late-night hangout, Crossroads, will be open from 10 p.m. until–ohmigawd–6 in the a.m. and will be serving free yum-yums the whole time! Yes, this means free life-blood (sometimes referred to as coffee), free soda, and free muffin tops. (OK, obviously we mean the baked item, not the wardrobe malfunction here.) read more »