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Berkeley’s famous and beautiful Hotel Durant has one of the best things we’ve spied in a while: a Stanford urinal. It’s in the men’s bathroom in the lobby, and for bonus points, the Stanford urinal is the only urinal available, so all male guests have no choice but to relieve themselves on the Cardinal Red and that tree (their poor excuse of a marching band calls a mascot).

It just goes to show how important the university is to the city and local business. The hotel itself is named after Henry Durant, the first president of the University of California, and is host to many of the guests that visit the university every year.

We at the Clog not only applaud this strong show of support of Cal in the famous rivalry we also encourage it to spread. These urinals should be used all over campus and in the bathrooms at Memorial Stadium as well. The rivalry is one of the biggest sources of school spirit on campus and an important part of our sports history. We hope to see more Stanford urinals around Berkeley in the future.

Image source: Daniel Radding, The Daily Californian


Now U C Me, Now You Don't (1)

As we’ve progressed into the so-called digital age, we as a University should exhibit the dynamism that makes us such an excellent institution. Yeah we didn’t believe that crap either – but that’s the reason that Dianne Klein, of the UC’s office of the President, gave for the recent “modernization” of the logo of the University of California.

In an unprecedented apparent disregard for the 144 year old seal that has become famous among academic circles – the open book that is truly representative of Cal students during dead week – the University of California has decided to go with a sleeker, cleaner, and more minimalistic design for all publicity purposes. If you were a fan of the older Victorian type scroll and circle, that’ll still be available for viewing pleasure on all official documents and letters. It appears that this stunt is just a marketing campaign that is supposed to make the UC campuses more attractive to the average Californian, as if the almost 400,000 collective applications received during last year’s college rush weren’t enough.

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They’re loud, they’re fast and they’re not afraid. The ground during practice time at Underhill quakes under their collective movement, and you can barely hear your own thoughts amongst the intense direction of coaches and captains. After months of practicing 3 nights a week, plus film sessions and weight lifting, they’re on their way to national recognition. And it’s time for you to know what they’re all about.

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oskiAfter last week’s inept play against UCLA, do you really wanna see some Cal football today?

Hell yes you do!

So what if they’ve lost four of the last five games? And so what if quarterback Zach Maynard – the same guy who threw a total of seven interceptions in their last two losses – will be starting again this week? And so what if it’s gonna be colder than a Stanford student’s heart in an Arctic winter? … Wow, these aren’t very encouraging words. How about this: The Bears are playing a team that is slightly worse than they are, meaning that you might actually witness a rare-ish win!

And since you’ll already be across the bay, you can read more »


Stanford Fail

Now, now, kids, it isn’t polite to poke fun at our incompetent adversaries brethren across the Bay. Especially when their failures come at the expense of many thousands of unsuspecting people.

According to The New York Times, the private records of 20,000 emergency room patients at Stanford Hospital were posted on a commercial website where they remained for almost a year (almost a year? Holy sh-) before being discovered last month. While the records did not contain Social Security numbers, birth dates or credit card numbers, they did contain “names, diagnosis codes, account numbers, admission and discharge dates, and billing charges for patients.”

And you thought we were calling them incompetent just to be mean.

Much of the blame, however, is being passed on (what a surprise) to read more »


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We here at the Clog love college rankings, especially the ones that rank Berkeley at the top — or at least above Stanford. So when we heard that PayScale recently announced college rankings based on graduate salaries, we couldn’t wait to see our wonderful institution of higher learning at the top. Think about it: another high ranking to brag about (see mom and dad, these loans are totally worth it!) and the promise of a high salary. Talk about a win-win.

But then we saw the rankings, and boy were we disappointed. When ranked by mid-career median salaries, UC Berkeley came in read more »


sensorThousands of tiny Post-it-note-sized seismic sensors hooked up to home computers are the future of earthquake forecasting. People who live in vulnerable areas (for example, everyone near the Hayward Fault, such as, oh, you know, almost every single UC Berkeley student) can volunteer to install one with a commitment of at least one year.

“With thousands of volunteers hosting our seismic sensors, forming dense networks in these regions, we’ll be able to get data on a level of detail and with a degree of accuracy that we could only dream about before,” said Jesse Lawrence, assistant professor of geophysics at Stanford University, where the project is based.

What this means in the long term is better earthquake forecasting, a more comprehensive understanding of seismic effects on a variety of building types and earlier warnings for Bay Area residents, so that when that big one finally hits, we’ll survive … even if our homes and baby earthquake sensors don’t.

Image source: Stanford University, Department of Geophysics
‘Citizen-seismologists’ sought to host tiny earthquake sensors on their computers [Stanford Report]


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Nothing wrong with that by the way, science buffs are people too. It’s true. Anyway if y’all are sick of pouring over the phospholipid handbook or executing smooth manifolds then we’ve got something for you this weekend.

Wonderfest, the Bay Area Festival of Science, is happening on Nov. 6 and 7. The fest will be at Stanford on Saturday (lamesauce) and Berkeley on Sunday (hip, hip, hooray!). They are having discussions with engrossing, forget-the-rest-of-the-world topics like “Does 10,000 hours of video gaming have side effects?” Uhhhh read more »


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We can’t all be Ophelia Shalotts, playing footsie with our rivals from Stanford. Some of us don’t have the goodwill and others are just too darn competitive to put aside differences. So if you like silly rivalries and physical exercise, the Pac 10 Fitness Challenge is the one for you.

The challenge is simple: we want to be more physically active than the other Pac 10 schools. To do this, you must register for free and log your minutes of exercise from Oct. 25-Oct. 29. It’s a little premature, we know, but before the week begins you’ll also get a chance to practice with the Pac 10 Fit Fest at the RSF on Thursday Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and then from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be giveaways, personal trainers on hand to get you started, and something called Free Fitness Activities!

This is your chance to get motivated. Free Fitness Activities has an alliteration, for God’s sake. That’s really too good to pass up. And if you register for the Fit Fest, you can win an I-Pad, a 50-minute massage, or a “bod pod health assessment.” Who wouldn’t want that? We can hear Stanfurd’s chorus of disappointed groans already.

Image source: Rance Costa under Creative Commons
Pac 10 Fit Fest @ RSF Oct 21 [Cal Recreational Sports]


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In a typically Stanfordian move, the rival institution trails UC Berkeley’s “Bring Your Genes to Cal” program with its own smaller, more expensive and more in-depth take on student genetic self-testing. Yet, despite the relative prudence of their approach, Stanford is still incurring intense scorn from bioethicists — which makes us look like completely reckless geno-hawks by comparison.

Read on and we’ll bring you up to speed on both programs; plus, we’ll condense the developing ethical debate. read more »


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