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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 »


Those goddamn Europeans.

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According to the California Department of Public Health, the mumps outbreak at Berkeley began when a Cal student first contracted the virus in Great Britain. Tsk tsk, those British. Always giving their problems to us to deal with.

The outbreak has now increased to more than 40 total confirmed and suspected cases.

Mike Sicilia, the spokesperson for the department, declared that the source of the outbreak was identified after interviewing the infected. Apparently, it’s not unusual for mumps outbreaks in the U.S. to be initiated by some sort of foreign contact.

The campus, as you all are very well aware, has flown into panic mode. read more »


out sick“The UC Berkeley campus community is experiencing an outbreak of mumps.”

The sentence with which Associate Vice Chancellor Ron Coley started his campus-wide email was one that we Cloggers never expected to read. So when we checked our inboxes last night and found that, our first reaction was a hearty, “For reals?” followed almost immediately by an, “oh, sheiiit.”

To prevent mass hysteria (and the spread of the blasted virus itself), the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine will be available to UC Berkeley students at no charge and with no appointment necessary on Thursday, Oct. 6, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Tang Center. (Hooray for free stuff?)

In the meantime, read more »