Posted by Erum Khan on Tuesday, February 05, 2013 08:00 am
Been anywhere near Sproul these past couple of weeks? Even if you managed to avoid it like a trained ninja, everyone’s favorite word has still been hollered loud enough to hear from practically anywhere on campus. We know you’re all thinking of it. That’s right … vagina!
Continuing itsannual tradition, the student group V-Day is putting on a production of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues to raise money to help end violence against women. So what is your favorite method of advertising? We tucked a few away that stood out to us.
1. Gimme a V! Gimme an A! Gimme a G! You get the picture. Just in case you didn’t already know how to spell the biological term for lady part, V-Day took the time to remind you. Not just one, not just two, but there are at least five girls always on Sproul to help you win that upcoming integrative biology spelling bee.
2. I love vaginas! Whether this was being used literally or just to represent a love for women, we’re glad to know there exists such passion for the female form. Besides, it takes real guts to repeatedly proclaim that in public and with shirts that echo the sentiment.
3. Do you love vaginas? They love them, now prove you do too. Sometimes said in conjunction with the former exclamation and sometimes a standalone, you can once again choose how to interpret it. Symbolically, perversely, whatever you want. Just agree and take a flier.
4. Help end violence against women? Apart from the performance’s title, we fully admit they don’t always go around just yelling about vaginas. And how can you say you don’t want to help save lives? You’d look like a pretty big douchebag brushing them off with a “No, thanks.” Once again, take a flier and at least say you’ll think about it.
Posted by Erum Khan on Friday, January 25, 2013 08:00 am
It’s that lovely time of year again when clubs start recruitment anew and spring admits try their best to fit in as if they were actually here during the fall to figure Berkeley out. If you’re one of these numbers, here are some ways to know you still obviously look like a newbie.
1) You call the GBC the Golden Bear Cafe.
No one has time to call it by its full name except during campus tours and orientation.
2) You go to Crossroads for every meal.
People other than freshmen eat in our esteemed dining commons, but certainly not all the time! If you must stick to school dining, explore other places around campus!
3) You take every flier on Sproul.
Either you don’t know how to say no yet, or you’re eager to find out everything that’s happening on campus. We don’t think this will last long.
4) You say hi to people on the first day of class.
Being friendly is wonderful, but most students of any other year have grown old, boring and set in their ways. They probably won’t be initiating conversations during their 8 a.m. biology lectures any time soon.
5) You’re afraid to steal food from the DC.
Crossroads can’t actually expel you for walking out with a piece of pizza without a to-go box. Heck, we’ve known people who took whole Tupperware boxes with them to fulfill all their snacking needs for later.
6) You haven’t streamed any TV yet for fear of getting caught.
We don’t advocate illegal activities, but we promise no one will knock knowingly on your door the moment you search for a streaming website, and Hulu doesn’t instantly eat up all your allotted bandwidth.
7) You pay attention to the posters in the hall explaining each acronym.
We abbreviate everything, and the difference between the ASC and ASUC does need explaining. Just memorize them quickly, and don’t let anyone catch you looking.
Are you starting to think about holiday shopping for family and friends? Tired of the tried and typical department store goodies? Have no fear! Our friends at the Berkeley Art Studio (located under the GBC) are coming to your rescue. Welcome to the Holiday Pop Up Shop, where all your dreams of sugarplums dancing in your head come to life (or something like that).
It’s been weeks since the election, so hopefully by now we’ve all scrubbed the blue and red eyeshadow from drooping eyelids and peeled the ‘I Voted’ stickers off our jacket lapels. Our neighbors finally have muted Baracka Flacka Flame. Some of us are elated, others disappointed; but one thing is clear for all of us – it was a wild ride, and everyone’s first instinct is to simply exhale.
But a long-awaited conclusion to this race should be no cue to abandon political momentum, wherever it carries our respective lives. You’ve probably heard – if not repeated – that now-famous quote by activist Mohandas Gandhi: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Considering the leader’s lifelong commitment to pacifist social reform, Gandhi’s rhetoric was perhaps more literal than popular Western reiteration might suggest. No, we’re not suggesting our readers drop out tomorrow morning to join the Peace Corps. However, we do note that armchair academia and box-checking will only get us so far. We are often divided in opinion over the President’s fulfillment of his first-term campaign platform of “Change” and “Hope,” but regardless of our feelings on any issue, we as citizens must also remember to look to ourselves as sources for progress, no matter what our leaders are up to. Real people create real ideas, and the often-seemingly small but deliberate efforts we make is what alters the course of society.
Remember John F. Kennedy’s famous inaugural address? “Ask not what you can do for your country,” he implored us, “but what your country can do for you.” And the man was right. Those ballot measures don’t write themselves, you know.
Posted by Erum Khan on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 05:00 am
Elections are over, so there’s no new campaigning to throw at you… for now. But being in Berkeley, there’s always going to be another issue or movement to be aware of. Whether it’s CALPIRG or another independent student group, you can’t enter Sproul without exiting at least somewhat better informed about their cause. It would take real skillz (yes, with a z) to graduate without a general understanding of local happenings, and to some degree of national and global ones as well.
Don’t get us wrong, we’re not saying this is a bad thing. You should by all means stay as informed as possible. What we are saying is if for some reason you wanted to live in your own little bubble, this was the wrong place to come to school. There’s simply no excuse for obliviousness. Look at how much effort people put into advertising simple things like club events. They have posters all over campus, flyers, chalking, emails, Facebook, you name it. Take something on a larger scale like Prop 30 and state budget cuts and it goes even further, with all sorts of students and groups advocating their positions and making announcements. Everyone’s eager to inform everyone else and get them participating. If blissful ignorance was your thing, it sure isn’t anymore. Berkeley will force you into being in the know, thereby making you a willful rejectionist if you persist in a lack of interest.
With signs like this, you'll at least know there's some proposition about taxes and education, whether you want to or not.
This atmosphere can definitely be a good thing. Horrible as it might sound, for those not willing to go out and actively seek information it still provides a constant source of information. They can stay in the loop with minimal effort. For people already in the read more »
Posted by Erum Khan on Friday, November 02, 2012 12:32 pm
Last week, Danceworx held its awesomely brilliant showcase on Sproul. It was like our own miniature version of So You Think You Can Dance, college style of course. The student dancers performed a variety of styles, from tap to jazz to hip-hop and lyrical. Large numbers of dancers were incorporated in most routines, sometimes including a lead pair. Some smaller routines were featured as well, like the foursome tapping it out to “I wanna be like you.”
If you’d be interested in seeing Berkeley’s oldest student dance group perform, they’re having a showcase this Saturday, Nov. 3, in Zellerbach Playhouse, just behind Zellerbach Hall. It starts at 8, and you can buy tickets from any member or from their table on Sproul.
Keep your eyes out for them if you like what you see!
Posted by Erum Khan on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 08:00 am
We thank and commend in advance all you diligent students that (try to) hand out flyers on Sproul, but today we don’t have all nice things to say about your little squares of paper. If you’re only doing it because your respective club is forcing you to, even though you hate approaching apathetic fellow students, you just might be interested in this.
A new phone application is now available called Campus Quad, which updates you on events in and around Berkeley. It lets you browse through a live feed of current events, telling you all the ‘what,’ ‘who,’ ‘when’ and ‘wheres’ you need to attend. Groups can go on themselves and add their own events too. It basically tells you everything you need to know to keep up to date with the latest happenings — without the crinkle and hassle of paper.
Physical flyers often just get tossed out, scattered on the ground, or used as scratch paper to write down hasty to-do lists that will never get done. Not only would this digital route to publicity be saving trees (don’t worry, we’re not advocating the saving of cardinals), it would eliminate some of read more »
Posted by Erum Khan on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 02:32 pm
Walking by Sather Gate Monday afternoon, we happened to spot a rather eye-catching group of risqué-dressed singers. On closer examination we discovered they were none other than our coed a capella group Artists in Resonance, otherwise known as AIR. In the spirit of Halloween, they decided to make their themed Sproul performance one of Risky Business. After all, who doesn’t love Tom Cruise singing in his underwear? Take a whole set of singers in broad daylight and it becomes even better.
Luckily for these copy-cats it was a sunny day; otherwise the white dress shirts and shorts wouldn’t have been all that fun to dance around in. Sunglasses looked better with their ensembles that way too. A few of the girls had jeans on instead of shorts, but the majority of AIR went all out in their imitation.
Would you have the guts to sing in front of everyone on Sproul in your underwear? We’re not sure we would, so props to this group for pulling it off.
Posted by Uday Mehta on Monday, October 29, 2012 05:14 pm
With tuition, housing, food, and overpriced movie tickets to pay for, we all consider ourselves poor college students. Every time we open our wallets, we’re faced with a gaping black hole – and we know better than to put any money in there since it’ll just get sucked back up. And unfortunately, we don’t have a source of unearned income like we did back home with the family. So how do you get around all of this?
Take advantage of those meal points! Since you studious people are in class for most of the day, chances are that you skip a few meals during the week. Under one of the regular meal plans, you can usually have two meals in the dining hall every day, so if you eat less than that, then you should have a few to spare every now and then. You may think that the Bear Market or the RSF’s refueling station are overpriced, but it’s a great way to stock up on snacks and other small items that you can bring to class and eat-on-the-go.
Posted by Erum Khan on Thursday, October 18, 2012 12:00 pm
To prepare us for the Big Game against Stanford this weekend, tons of clubs and organizations have been selling shirts on Sproul with their ideas of school spirit. We’ll leave it up to you to decide which you like best, because there are just so many to choose from.
Cal Quidditch says “Voldemort Went to Stanford,” which apparently would be a strike against the Cardinals in their book.