Affix National Condom Week to your growing list of to-do’s in the next few days—oh yeah, that’s right. Time for more free condoms!

The festivities begin Monday with a two hour workshop on relationship communication, starting at 6:30 p.m. in 235 Dwinelle. They go until Thursday, but the main attraction happens Wednesday on Upper Sproul Plaza at noon.

As always, there will be raffles, free lubricants and—this sounds juicy—fun activities. Ambiguity aside, the “activities” are probably not what you’re thinking. Or are they?

Like last year, we leave you with the option of taking Planned Parenthood’s Condom Quiz. Choose wisely!

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I choo choo choose you!

For simplicity’s sake, we’ll assume you all have the option of spending next Saturday with that special someone who brings out your embarrassing tendency to fart uncontrollably during lecture. Note that we could have phrased it to assume you’re not sad, sexless sacks of students, but we didn’t!

In either case, there are plenty of ways to celebrate that universally panned holiday of lusty love. Check it:

*UC Choral Ensembles is selling singing candygrams for a fistful of dollars. What better way to admit your adoration for your roommate/professor/boss/person who is all three? Candygram for Mongo!

*The Hearst Museum is having a—and we quote—massive jewelry sale. Get 10-ton gold rings for your sweetheart while precious metal reserves last!

*UC Berkeley students get free admission to read more »


… about a novel new theory in evolutionary biology, that is. A paper co-authored by a UC Berkeley professor of computer science and a Stanford professor of biology suggests that sexual reproduction isn’t about maximizing “fitness” so much as “mixability.”

“This idea of genetic mixability … hits on the difficulty evolutionary biologists have had in understanding sex,” writes ScienceDaily.

The difficulty is in part due to the idea that an “organism,” or “thing,” can end up as the cumulative result of many generations of gene-swapping and fitness-maximizing, only to fail to pass on many of its super-duper qualities to Generation N+1. read more »