As the beginning to each holiday season starts to set in, Cal students tend to zoom intoWhat Cal Students Should Be Thankful For overdrive. We fantasize about winter break, especially after Thanksgiving has come and gone. In case you didn’t take a couple of seconds to say your thank-yous this past week, there’s still time! Marvel at all the reasons that being at Berkeley should make you thankful:

1)      You’re still a Cal student… hopefully! That’s something to be proud of, right? After all, you can’t really get higher than #1 for a public school.

2)      Finals are still two whole weeks away. That gives us all extra time to procrastinate on studying, because that’s no way to spend dead week! Sure, you may have had some homework to do over the holidays, but that has to be better than those college applications you were frantically filling out a year or two ago.

3)      Jeff Tedford is finally getting yanked after yet another dismal 3-9 season for the men’s football team. That means you only have to wait 10 more months for a well-coached football team!

4)      There have been less than 10 days that have had more than 0.10 inches of rain so far this school year. Considering that November is the fifth wettest month, it’s not saying much, but enjoy the good weather before February rolls around!

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Savor every last bite of Thanksgiving. Taste the turkey. This is your last meal. Finals are coming, impending doom is near. Sip on your sparkling cider. read more »


No family feast for you? Not a problem.

No family feast for you? Not a problem.

Not going home for the holiday weekend? While most dread the holidays (our relatives’ drunken shouting matches over eggnog, Christmas song covers by Justin Bieber…), many of us college students won’t have the luxury of going home for the holidays this year. If you’re one of the 30% of Cal students from out of the state or country – or simply can’t make it out of town – we’ve found some alternatives to ruminating in your dorm room next week.

Lusting after turkey dinner? Crossroads sometimes just won’t cut it, so check out Opentable for a list of East Bay and San Francisco restaurants that are serving traditional Thanksgiving dinner. read more »


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It’s that time of year again. The time of year when malls and radio start prematurely playing Christmas music before we can even put our Halloween costumes away. We at the Clog think this is downright disrespectful to a great American holiday, Thanksgiving.

Turkey day is still to be had. Don’t get us wrong, we at the Clog love Christmas as much as the next blog. But we can’t forget there is still a feast to be had followed by pie and painful food comas. Christmas music before Thanksgiving is a cheap money grab by corporate America and a dishonor  read more »


Now that Thanksgiving is mere days away, the mad rush to pick up all the elements of the feast has officially begun! Sure, people might make a big deal over where they’re getting their turkey and how best to prepare the perfect cranberry sauce, but we at the Clog know that the only thing anyone really cares about is the pumpkin pie.

And so, we took it upon ourselves to scour Berkeley and eat obscene amounts of pie, all for your sake, dear reader. Because now, instead of scratching your head and wondering where to find the pie you’ve been craving, you can simply read this! read more »


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Not home for the holiday? Fear not — the bay area still has plenty going on to keep you occupied during the whole two days we have without classes!

Start your holiday off right with a Roller Disco party (24 Nov. at 9 p.m.) that’s sure to leave you groovin’ to any beat you can find. Burn, baby, burn …

For the active bird, there’s the Eighth Annual Turkey Trail Trot (25 Nov. at 8 a.m.) — races of varying distances through Golden Gate Park. You’re going to be stuffing yourself full of food a few hours later, so why not get a head start on burning off all those extra calories?

If you think of Thanksgiving as that holiday that marks the shift from fall to winter (aka it’s now socially acceptable to listen to Jingle Bells, repeatedly), then head over to Union Square for Macy’s Day After Thanksgiving Tree Lighting Ceremony (26 Nov. at 6 p.m.). Can’t get enough of the scent of pine and those charming little white lights? Ghirardelli Square has a tree lighting ceremony of its own, as well (26 Nov. at 5:30 p.m.).

Warm and fuzzy not your cup of tea? Check out the Landmark Clay Theatre for a special Thanksgiving showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (27 Nov. at 12 a.m.). Dress up, do the Time Warp, and make merry.

Of course, if you wanna be all traditional and boring, you can always get yourself a turkey dinner at the many esteemed restaurants and hotels holding Thanksgiving specials (check out the Hyatt Regency or the Ritz-Carlton if you’re feeling … ritzy).

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In an interview, Christine Carter expresses the importance of teaching gratitude to children. Carter, a sociologist, happiness expert and director of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Parents program says that this gratitude can make for a happier family.

She draws the differentiation between gratitude and entitlement in kids, stating that often children feel like they are entitled to what they have rather than gracious. Entitlement, according to Carter, leads to feelings of disappointment and frustration while gratitude results in happiness and satisfaction.

When asked about the best ways to teach kids appreciation, Carter emphasizes a straightforward approach, “Simply counting your blessings in a routine way works wonders. In my family, we talk about what we are grateful for at dinnertime. Again at bedtime, my kids tell me about their “three good things” that happened during the day.”

And what better time to start practicing gratitude than Thanksgiving season?

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Teaching kids gratitude instead of entitlement [UC Berkeley News]


Every girl you know with a septum piercing and a thing for Jews hightailed her androgynous-footwear to the Multicultural Center Friday night with a single hope: to get extremely loud and incredibly close with bestselling author Jonathan Safran Foer. And his glasses. After a reading from his new non-fiction book, “Eating Animals,” Foer engaged in an hour-long dialogue with Berkeley meat eaters and others alike.

While some think the book is nothing more than a glorified PETA pamphlet with cutesy cover art, we did learn some neat stuff: read more »


Reports say a Wal-Mart employee died just a few hours ago, trampled to death by raging Black Friday bargain-seekers in New York. Shoppers tore down the front doors of the Wal-Mart at Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream, N.Y., knocking down the unidentified 34-year-old worker. Three other shoppers and a pregnant woman were taken to the hospitable for minor injuries.

According to eyewitness testimonials, the waiting shoppers pulled the doors from their hinges in their rush to get into the store. The surge, the NYT solemnly reports, endangered children, who had to be grabbed by their parents so as to not get lost and/or trampled upon in the mad stampede. Jeez. People really are nuts for their tech gadgets and Guitar Hero game kits.

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Wal-Mart Employee Trampled to Death by Customers [NY Times]