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When the need for romance burns through the cloak of night and into the great outdoors, it may not be a bad idea to remove yourself from society by going up to the Berkeley fire trails.

Imagine, you are at the beginning of the trail off of Centennial Drive and you need loving. But where? The winding path has no few visible off shoots, and the few thin quick and slope. People on the facing hills probably can see you. All the trees around you do not provide enough cover for woopie. Maybe it’s because some are Eucalyptus trees which throw down oily leaves like someone with four aces, preventing many other types of vegetation from read more »


2577889435_5cb79621f3The weather is lovely outside. Hmmmm. What should we do on this beautiful day? Lay out on Memorial Glade? Nah, too many frisbees – one may actually hit us this time! Get some CREAM? Nah, the line is so long it’s barely worth it. We’ve got it! Go on a bike ride through SF … without any clothes?

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Morning Sernity by Brenda WalkerDespite current cultural trends, you don’t actually have to be a hipster to be a photographer. In fact, both disposable cameras and those fancy schmancy Nikons are welcome at the Berkeley Path Wanderers Association a.k.a. photowalks. For those of you who are unfamiliar with photowalks, they are exactly that … walks on which you take photos. Deceptive title, isn’t it?

Members of the association venture to various parks and outdoor settings to express their appreciation for nature through picture taking. While there are many professional photographers involved, rookies are more than welcome to soak up mother nature’s gifts and pick up some photo tips along the way. read more »


It’s been a tough year for the UC libraries. The librarians had a bit of a tiff with the university which was only just resolved. And the UC Berkeley libraries just narrowly avoided having to give up 24-hour study halls during finals.

Well now, they have encountered a new and formidable foe, this time from across the pond.

The Nature Publishing Group, based in London, has been negotiating a new contract with the libraries for access to its many journals, including Nature, one of the leading scientific journals.

The group, which publishes 67 journals in total, plans to raise the UC’s subscription costs by more than $1 million, a 400 percent increase, effective next year. read more »


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So we’re among the greenest colleges in the nation. Big deal. Have you actually PLEDGED anything to your beloved Mother Earth recently? Come to think of it, when was the last time you saw a Disney movie?

Thankfully, there is a free screening of Disneynature’s new documentary “OCEANS” (yeah, it’s that important) to solve both of your problems. The screening is tonight April 21st in Wheeler auditorium from 8 to 9:30. It’s free to get in–all you have to do is take the pledge to save your oceans here and the ticket will be emailed or texted to you at your earliest convenience.

Your conscience will be clear, your pledge will be made, and you get to see a movie a day before it’s officially released. Plus, you might even get to see something crazy.

At the very least, though, your righteous greener-than-thou attitude will gain some real-world cred, just in time for your next rant about pollution to that guy who sits next to you in your Poli Sci class.

Image source: CLF under Creative Commons
OCEANS Movie Screening [UC Berkeley Events Calendar]


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Get ready for the symposium of your life, because on March 4-5, Berkeley is hosting a symposium to “explore 400 rich years of African American nature writing, as evidenced in a new, first-ever anthology of nature poetry by black writers.”

Some may think that African-American nature writing is not very common, but, well, that’s just plain wrong. Cecil Giscombe, African-American poet and UCB English prof, explains it this way: “Nature is everywhere in writing, yet public read more »


OOH, AWE ... SOME!

Want to make the most of the last remaining dregs of summer? Have a car? Don’t have a car, but know someone who does? Then you should totally take advantage of  that sliver of time between your final summer finals and the start of real school (barf) in about a week or so and go to a national park.

They may not exist for long, after all, and there is literally no better time than this weekend–because it will be free. Yep, yep, yep! You can get in touch with your inner Teddy Roosevelt at any one of these national parks, all of which usually charge admission, and none of which–as far as we know–are particularly accessible by BART.  So there you go. When you get there, just remember to walk softly and carry a big stick.  A big walking stick, that is … ( Hardy har. God, we’re funny.)

Image Source: Anoop Joy under Creative Commons
U.S. National Park Service Free-Free Weekend Parks (By State) [NPS], via SFist