Unfortunately, we’re not talking about a “you’re on FIRE!” happy situation here. There was an actual fire in Unit 2′s Ehrman Hall at about 5 a.m. this morning.

Thankfully there were no serious injuries, although two students went to the hospital for “minor smoke inhalation.” 100 plus students were evacuated, and some rooms are not readily “habitable” at the moment.

They think the fire was started in a trash chute when something was discarded that “ignited debris in the trash room.” Remember folks: if it glows, it goes!

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2 injured in UC Berkeley Dorm Fire [KCBS]

im in ur yard diggin ur vegtablz OK, can we just acknowledge right now that raccoons do not get nearly enough credit for being as adorable and cuddly-looking as they actually are? When we came across the semi-elusive Unit 2 Raccoon this afternoon we initially almost tried to scoop it up in our arms and snuggle with it for a bit–but then we remembered that it would probably bite us, and it was probably digging around in dirty dorm dumpsters. Alas, we were forced to content ourselves with gazing soulfully into those inquisitive dark eyes and imagining what could have been. (Cue “Happy Together” … )

In a journalistic flash, it dawned on us that this was a prime photo opp, and we reached for our camera. Unfortunately, our procyonid pal took our breaking of eye contact as a signal that our interspecies moment had passed, and proceeded to slip adroitly through the bars in the gate in front of the Vedanta Society, located on the corner of Haste and Bowditch. We can only assume that the ring-tailed omnivore was headed to an afternoon meditation session.

Image Source: Jill Cowan
Raccoon [Wikipedia]
Vedanta Society of Berkeley [Website]

After discovering the latest omen of the world’s coming demise, the Clog encourages Berkeley students to put down their books and enjoy their short-lived time on earth.


Spring has clearly sprung in the courtyard of Unit 2–and probably Unit 1, since it has the exact same set-up as Unit 2. Woo, individuality. It came one March day in the form of blossoms on the trees–trees the world dismissed as generic, and not really worth commenting on. read more »