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As the USC away game rapidly approaches, hundreds of Cal students ready themselves for the long-standing California tradition of winnebago-ing to SoCal.

For those of you who don’t know what “bago-ing” is, let us fill you in. It’s basically like a family road trip on an RV. But, instead of your family, it’s a bunch of fraternity guys, and instead of your responsible Dad driving you, its a nervous freshman pledge holding your life in their hands. Rather than the fruit and fresh baked chocolate chip cookies your mom would normally pack, your bago is stocked with Hot Cheetos, Sour Patch Kids and Red Vines. And instead of stopping at famous sights along the way, you look forward to your one stop at the world famous Kettleman City In-n-Out. Get the picture? Yeah, it’s half crazy, half awesome.

As we prepare to leave the land of “hella” and composting, and enter a world of 24-Hour Fitnesses and bleached blonde hair, we must take this time to re-hash proper etiquette and important tips and tricks for surviving the bago. read more »


2431037499_cda3e6935cOn a rainy, windy, terribly distressing weekend of midterms in March, we tuned in to the live stream of the Western Cup III Quidditch Tournament (Read “Quidditch tournament flying over to the west coast”). Even through the bad-quality, grainy, stream we could see that the sun was shining at UCLA. It was a beautiful day for some Quidditch. The grass seemed much greener on the other side of the television screen, as we sat in our dark dorm room, a torrential down pour keeping us from going outside. During this rainy day we could either study or watch Quidditch, we decided on the latter.  As promised we have the results for you. read more »


usc scaryLooking for an extremely last-second costume that’ll scare the sh*t out of some student-athletes? Just wear a USC or UCLA jersey.

This Halloween weekend was completely horrifying for Cal athletics. The most obvious was the ghoulish collapse by the football team in a 31-14 loss at the Rose Bowl. Bears quarterback Zach Maynard managed to surpass his gruesome play against USC a couple of weeks ago – where he threw three interceptions – by throwing four interceptions to UCLA. To be fair, read more »


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Photo: Ren

On the fateful Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011 …
The sky was a vivid blue layered over with perfect clouds …
Many came to watch …
Screams filled the air …
Knuckles were bitten with anxiety, with excitement …
Bets, faiths and even newborn babies — okay, not babies — were recklessly cast …
Frothy butterbeers were downed by thirsty bystanders …
Blue, cardinal and gold came together …
In the epic Cal vs. USC Quidditch Scrimmage!

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Photo: Choi

How did this game progress? In what way, shape or form did the Quidditch gurus read more »


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Mumps. It’s been the talk of the town, lately, and we’re not just referring to our town. Oh no, no, no, friends, word has spread all the way to southern California!

Now, everyone knows that last week, we got creamed by the Trojans at our Homecoming game. What you might not know, is that the USC student body in its entirety received warning of the mumps before heading North. That’s right, a student-wide email was sent from Dr. Lawrence Neinstein, professor of pediatrics and medicine at USC’s Keck School of Medecine to ensure that no Trojan drink from the same glass as a Golden Bear.

The Clog managed to get our hands on the email read more »


3030939_a9883342b7This past weekend, while many of you suckers beloved readers were calling Main Stacks home and knee-deep in midterm studying (can someone please explain to us why professors call ‘em “midterms” when we’re only five weeks into the semester?), the Clog took an excursion down south to enjoy the beautiful, polluted auburn skies/beach water of Los Angeles, California.

And, in realizing that our then No. 1 Cal women’s volleyball team would be battling Pac-12 adversaries USC and UCLA on consecutive nights, we figured we’d take advantage of the opportunity to celebrate a couple of victories in enemy territory.

Of course, the gods recognized our arrogant thought process and threw a wrench in our plans.

In 13 games, the Bears had only lost read more »


Never done 3D at a football games.

Apparently, the fine folks at ESPN do not read the Clog. Shame, because if they had, they’d be aware that 3D technology has been proven to cause “eyestrain, fatigue and headaches,” all of which we’re not really that fond of.

As if watching movies in 3D doesn’t suck enough, ESPN 3D has announced that two Cal football games — Oct. 6 at Oregon and Oct. 13 against USC — will broadcast in 3D.

To see the games, you’ll need a very pricey 3D-ready TV, meaning you can’t just sit at a bar wearing flimsy 3D glasses and expect anything to happen (although that would be extremely amusing to see). read more »


Meh.This is a little old, but with the Giants-Phillies series tied at 1-1, it might be, uh, even more relevant (?!) now: Our good ol’ buddy John Yoo thinks that Phillies baseball is more worthy of the label “torture” than Giants baseball. (Former Daily Cal-er) Joe Eskenazi disagrees. [SF Weekly]

AHH BIG GUNS! MEMORIAL STADIUM! PICTURES OF BIG GUNS IN MEMORIAL STADIUM! URBAN SHIELD 2010!!!! [Daily Cal]

Cal football needs to put up some better stats. Stat! Groan. [Extra Points]

A trio of muggings at gunpoint, a trio of things to make you nervous walking home at night. What else is new? [CBS5], via SFist

Earlier: Not-So-Excellent Operation Edition


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Occasionally, The Clog takes interest in what old people think. While we’re all wading through last Thursday’s excitement in the form of Facebook statuses and top-notch student media coverage (wink), we thought it might be fun to take a look at two published views from the grumpy, grumbly perspectives.

Peter Robinson, Reagan speechwriter and fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, did not sympathize with the protests. read more »


Overpriced hot dogs, over-salted peanuts, over-cheesed nachos and other unhealthy, greasy staples of every stadium across the nation which generally only appeal to us as impulse buys, will now be available to football fans without even leaving their seats. That’s right, welcome to the 21st century: Stadium snacks are now premeditated, or at least that’s how it is when you attend a private university in LA.

With the help of Moccasio, a new business founded by for whom Henry West–a senior majoring in economics at USC–is a student advisor, stadium-goers can skip the long concession lines and just text their order without ever moving. After a payment is made over the phone, the order is received by a Moccasio worker (all USC students), and the grub can be picked up from any of the concession stands via a special texters-only line. Ha! Take that students without a texting plan!

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