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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


Let’s face it: we all use the restroom. Usually, it’s quite a boring and forgettable event (hopefully), but not if you decide to do your business in the bathroom stalls of VLSB!  Every stall of the girl’s restroom is covered top to bottom with a colorful explosion of beautiful, random, funny and/or just plain odd graffiti. Ranging from a couple words scrawled in pencil to full-scale murals, this dense concentration of art begs the question: what compelled these people to adorn the stalls? Boredom? A desire to break up the bleak white stall walls? An art bug? Whatever the motive, the pieces are just plain interesting to look at! Here are some of our favorites: read more »


Is this … a teddy bear lounging in this tree? Our eyes must be deceiving us.

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ImageStudents frantically whipped out their smartphones and dreaded what they inevitably saw this morning on the weeklong news forecast: a straight week of rain. Not like the poor folks up in the Pacific Northwest deal with it every day for the entire season or anything. Nevertheless, the Sproul walk was still a sea of umbrellas and grumpy students today … and now, here’s to another week of it.

As the hiatus from sunshine continues, let’s talk rain gear. If you’re a female college student, it’s safe to assume 95 percent of you were ecstatic to finally wear your rain boots in a non-ironic fashion. As for the general population, most of you dug around for your umbrellas, in which case your rainy day experiences correspond to one of the following types of umbrellas:

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Have you ever noticed how weird the door handles on the east entrance of the MLK Jr. Student Union are? Look at them:

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That can't be fun.

Not only do the bears have emaciated bodies that are reminiscent of giraffe necks, but they look terrified (not to mention uncomfortable). The look in their eyes screams, “Oh god, we are going to spend the rest of our lives being strangled by strange hands!” read more »


You may not have noticed, but the Clog loves Harry Potterjust a little bit. But we’re not the only ones. After all just watch Quidditch practice, listen in on a campus tour (every guide makes at least one Harry Potter reference) or take a Harry Potter DeCal.

So it’s no surprise that we’re just a short trip away from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry: hogwarts880

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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 »


chalk revolution

It’s hard to be all that creative when it comes to chalk-boarding. There’s really only so much you can do with a piece of chalk, you know. Or so we thought.

In classrooms all around campus, the Clog couldn’t help but to notice the very profesh-looking logos for Sigma Eta Pi that graced our professor’s blackboards. The image, so symmetrical, the letters, so legible!

As it turns out, the members of this entrepreneurship fraternity are super duper proud of their fancy chalk work (who wouldn’t be?) and seem to believe that stenciling is way to the future. With its high aesthetic appeal and superior erase-ability, we’d have to agree.

Image Source: Paige Nguyen, courtesy
Earlier: Obama … in Tights


Super ObamaWhilst strolling past 4.0 Hill yesterday evening, we couldn’t help but notice that our esteemed president had come to pay Berkeley a little visit.

The trip from D.C. left him looking a little flat, but he brushed it off as just a bit of jetlag. The man’s used to much longer flights, after all. Though his choice in wardrobe was quite a departure from the usual coat and tie, we thought he pulled off the cape and spandex with style.

“Super Obama,” as we dubbed the visitor, couldn’t stay long — something about having to lead the free world (pshhh … excuses) — but we enjoyed our time with him, however brief.

Image Source: Jillian Wertheim
Earlier: The Triumphant Return of ‘Yoshua’


JoshuaYup, he’s back! Or maybe we just haven’t been paying attention. Either way, we couldn’t be happier since he’s one of our favorite Berkeley … uh, eccentrics? Honestly, we missed hearing his cries of “Yahweh!” all throughout the campus. It just kinda made us feel at home. And his warnings to find a savior or else a post-apocalyptic hellscape awaited us always made us feel cared for.

We thought when that whole May 21 Judgment Day thing didn’t work out very well for him, he might’ve been too embarrassed to be seen around Sproul Plaza again. But he’s back and he’s even got the new Judgment Day countdown!

Since we were so happy to see him back, we decided to say hi and ask him what happened to all that fiery death read more »


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