5731102289_5c25ee9523We went to the famous Magnes exhibit put on by the Bancroft library knowing very little about Jewish art. For some reason we imagined we would find Old Testament scrolls, archaic headdresses, clay jars ready to crumble and other ancient pricey pieces of biblical proportions, but nothing that would be relevant to today’s fast-paced, iphone based, ADD lifestyle. However, we are guilty of blaspheme because this exhibit would pique the interest of even the 10 statuses daily Facebook addict.

At the back of the exhibition room is a lonely door and once we entered it, our ears were the first to transition into a strange world. read more »


10489310_2d9ab9f952_zWe swear we saw the posters in the Free Speech Café come alive and even think we might have spotted Hagrid around People’s Park. It could be that Hogwarts is just on our mind because the largest quidditch tournament ever held on this side of the country is going to take place this month! On March 12 at 9 a.m., gravity may very well give in for the huge number of participants straddling broomsticks.

The Western Cup III Quiditch Tournament will be held on UCLA’s campus. For two days, 19 teams will compete for a chance to catch the golden snitch. Many local teams will be playing such as San Jose State University, Stanford  and of course our very own Quidditch League at Berkeley, who placed fourteenth out of around 100 teams in the Quidditch World Cup last November (accomplishing this great feat using only minimal magic). read more »


Remember when bumper stickers were hot on Facebook? Well, they’re not anymore because Mark Zuckerberg keeps changing the design. However, what are becoming popular on the internet are memes. As you all know, memes are just an easy way to express your everyday snarky thoughts via pictorial form. The best part is that one face can virtually describe thousands of cynical observations! Luckily, we have a little bit of a selection when choosing a meme picture. You have your awkward penguin, first world problems, college freshmen and hey, remember the college republican memes, featuring our very own Cal student? We’re so proud.

Speaking of college memes, perhaps you noticed the recent explosion of college groups dedicated to creating these memes online. Since these college groups are getting an accelerated number of “likes,” we at the Clog thought we would browse through some memes provided by other UC campuses. Unfortunately, we don’t actually understand the inside jokes other schools have. If anyone happens to understand this sucker found on the UC Davis Memes Facebook page (or this one on the UCSC page), let us know.

Anyhow, we decided to stick with what we know best … UC Berkeley. Here are some of our meme creations:

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ticking timerIt wasn’t so long ago that we were all huddled over our computers, typing furiously in an epic race against the clock to send in our UC applications by that end-of-November deadline. Oh yes, college applications might seem like a distant memory to some, but for the Clog, we remember those last stressful hours as though they were yesterday.

In fact, sometimes we wish we could forget, just a little, how sappy and awful those personal statements we wrote way back then were. Seriously, it seems a tad bit miraculous that a 500-word essay on the importance of cranberry scones was deemed worthy of a UC Berkeley acceptance letter. True story.

So, with this in mind, the Clog invites you to read more »


Sather gate lightsIt’s Big Game Week. The football face-off with our friendly foes doesn’t take place until Saturday, but that doesn’t mean that Cal can’t start getting its spirit on a little early. And so we couldn’t be more thrilled to see the lovely light display that now decorates our quaint little campus — the copious amount of blue and gold just warms our hearts. read more »


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We are sure that every Cal student has had a moment where they embarrassed themselves in front of their peers on campus. Fell down the stairs in Wheeler? Said something woefully dumb in your discussion section? We’ve all been there.

It’s not all that bad though. A recent UC Berkeley study published online in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology concludes that often feeling embarrassed may be an indicator of good character in an individual. read more »


free speechAs we mentioned before, last weekend, we ventured off into Southern California to escape the pressures of midterms and looming, sugary protests. It just so happens that Berkeley, while physically 400 miles away, remained with us in spirit and … utility boxes.

While heading to Old Town Pasadena for an evening of unspeakable debauchery, we just so happened to observe a bright blue box with a large photo of something that looked oddly familiar. Forgetting that this wasn’t Berkeley and we can’t do whatever the hell we want, we made a highly illegal U-turn and pulled up in front of the box. Lo and behold, Sather Gate stood right before our eyes.

The iconic photo of Mario Savio, leading a large group of protesters during the 1960’s Free Speech Movement (shit, these days, we can’t get that many protesters out for free sweets, much less for free speech), was plastered read more »


Yet another fair approaches Bear Territory, but rather than giving in to that insatiable desire for study abroad clog picfree stuff, how about actually taking a good look around?

Studying abroad is something nearly every student would want to do (if not, shame on you). However, rumors of students who have been on a study abroad program graduating a year later than usual or getting messed up socially have been a source of concern. There is nothing wrong with studying abroad; it is truly a life changing experience. Sure, going abroad makes your resume a little more pretty but experiencing a brand new culture speaks for itself.

Attending these fairs with the sole purpose of swiping free stuff only helps those bad rumors become reality. Actually going to the fair to obtain important information might be a better alternative. Why not travel to some country on the opposite side of the world and finish some units while you are at it? Double win.

Speaking of important information, check out the UC Berkeley Study Abroad Fair this Friday, Sept. 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Union. See you there!

Image Source: Crossett Library Bennington College under Creative Commons
UC Berkeley Study Abroad Fair [Berkeley Study Abroad]


Top of the ListWe know we’re getting a world-class education here at Berkeley, and we’ve got the chops to back it up.  So if working toward that diploma is feeling a bit grueling at the moment, you should know that people across the globe are attuned to UC Berkeley’s stellar academic reputation.

Want proof? QS Top Universities has come out with their 2011 lists of the world’s top universities, and Cal didn’t disappoint. UC Berkeley earned high rankings in many fields, including an impressive spot at number two in Chemistry, Environmental Sciences and Sociology, among others. Harvard took numero uno in each of these three fields, which we found pretty unsurprising, what with it being really old and famous and all.

Our favorite part? We beat out Stanford in a few of these categories — take that, Cardinal!

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University Rankings in 2011 [QS Top Universities]


P9240109The recent absence of low-flying helicopters dropping tear gas on student protesters gave us some clue that UC Berkeley’s reputation of extreme leftist radicalism may be slightly outdated. Understandably, though — it’s quite difficult for our young revolutionaries to measure up to this reputation while living under the massive shadow of one of the countries most historic civil rights movements; but come on people, quit slacking!

The Huffington Post has created a list of what they believe are the most radical schools in the country — four leaning left and four to the right. To our astonishment, the University of California, Berkeley — home of the Free Speech Movement, rooftop demonstrations and nude protests against the use of sweatshops to make school apparel — was left off the list. read more »


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