As we sit helplessly on our last day of freedom, dreading the inevitable tolling of the early-

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morning Campanile that will signal the start of the new semester, most of us can’t help but to anticipate what our new classes will be like. Will they be difficult or could the professor be a pushover? Could there be something about that 8 a.m. Physics lecture that you actually like? And the overarching question of them all — could they possibly be fun? Well in case the professor doesn’t have plans for that, we at the Clog have put together a game that might make your first few school days a little brighter.

We would make it a real drinking game, but it’d be a bit unwise to take shots in class — not to mention in the wee hours of the morning. So for the time being just use the bingo card we’ve conveniently provided for you and remember to take your card when you go out to that party tonight, one shot for each mark. The letters denote each type of student, so mark that space when you see someone who qualifies!

Type #1: The Distracted Ones (D)

These are your typical Facebook or Youtube users. Since they’re fairly common — most of us are probably guilty of checking at least once per class if we have our laptops out — we’re not going to give them that many spots on the card. They will do almost anything to escape the incessant drone of the professor’s voice.

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It’s been weeks since the election, so hopefully by now we’ve all scrubbed the blue and red eyeshadow from drooping eyelids and peeled the ‘I Voted’ stickers off our jacket lapels. Our neighbors finally have muted Baracka Flacka Flame. Some of us are elated, others disappointed; but one thing is clear for all of us it was a wild ride, and everyone’s first instinct is to simply exhale.

But a long-awaited conclusion to this race should be no cue to abandon political momentum, wherever it carries our respective lives. You’ve probably heard if not repeated that now-famous quote by activist Mohandas Gandhi: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Considering the leader’s lifelong commitment to pacifist social reform, Gandhi’s rhetoric was perhaps more literal than popular Western reiteration might suggest. No, we’re not suggesting our readers drop out tomorrow morning to join the Peace Corps. However, we do note that armchair academia and box-checking will only get us so far. We are often divided in opinion over the President’s fulfillment of his first-term campaign platform of “Change” and “Hope,” but regardless of our feelings on any issue, we as citizens must also remember to look to ourselves as sources for progress, no matter what our leaders are up to. Real people create real ideas, and the often-seemingly small but deliberate efforts we make is what alters the course of society.

Remember John F. Kennedy’s famous inaugural address? “Ask not what you can do for your country,” he implored us, “but what your country can do for you.” And the man was right. Those ballot measures don’t write themselves, you know.

R.S.


Marching bands are pretty cool. Also, we have to admit that video games are pretty cool as well. But what if the two were combined into one impressively well-choreographed marching band routine? Well that is just what the marching band at Ohio State University did during one of their half time shows in what is quite possibly the most entertaining performance we’ve seen in a while. However, despite the attention the video has been getting, there seems to be a mini-controversy regarding the theme of OSU’s routine. They aren’t the first ones to do it.”

Coincidentally, Cal actually did a routine very similar to OSU’s back in 2007 in a couple football games that year against Stanford and Washington State. Naturally, the controversy is coming from YouTube commenters who are arguing away about whose better and who should get all the credit. To tell the truth, we didn’t realize that our marching band had done something like this in the past (It was before our time for some of us at the Clog so you can’t blame us!) but after doing a search on YouTube of “video game marching bands,” we pulled up the video by chance.

Honestly, the question of which school did what, when and where during what moment that the planets were aligned shouldn’t be a concern to everybody. After all, we both pulled off some pretty neat and entertaining performances. Regardless, the anonymous inhabitants of the internet should just take it easy and relax. While they do that, let us enjoy these lovely homages to our childhood video games of old!


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At the beginning of every Canadian’s American Dream is a cheesy song about California.

We’ve compiled a short and sweet playlist for all to enjoy: whether you are out-of-state/international and can empathize with this never-ending California fascination, or a born-and-raised, in need of a refreshing sense of appreciation for the Golden State. Running commentary, free of charge, is included. read more »


They’re loud, they’re fast and they’re not afraid. The ground during practice time at Underhill quakes under their collective movement, and you can barely hear your own thoughts amongst the intense direction of coaches and captains. After months of practicing 3 nights a week, plus film sessions and weight lifting, they’re on their way to national recognition. And it’s time for you to know what they’re all about.

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Joseph Kony and his child soldiers took up Facebook by a storm the other night when Invisible Children’s eleventh documentary entitled “Kony 2012” began popping up on everyone’s Newsfeeds. We were intrigued by the ubiquity of the 29 minute (and 59 second) video (does anyone really have time for that?) that has already garnered 11 million views on YouTube alone, and decided to spend some quality time procrastinating for a cause instead of doing homework (that’s much better than regular procrastination, right?). read more »


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While we do feel extreme privilege in being a part of the top public university in the country, nothing can surpass the sense of pride we felt in finding out that UC Berkeley is now — more importantly – the reigning king of YouTube.

That’s right ladies and gents: UC Berkeley can now add the accolade of having the most popular video of the 2010-2011 school year on YouTube EDU. This section of YouTube has over 400 universities and colleges that have set up their own pages, mostly to upload lectures and such.

The viral video was not a lecture, however, but that of paralyzed student Austin Whitney’s heroic walk across the stage at graduation thanks to a mechanized exoskeleton read more »


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We’ve all made excuses for YouTube’s usefulness in the past (“You can find anything! It helps me for school!”) while still managing to spend most of our time watching kids giving hockey psych-up speeches. In other words, the usefulness of YouTube is unquestioned, but the actual time put in to making it useful … that’s a different story.

Until now, with CitizenTube teaming up with the UCB Graduate School of Journalism to help inform citizens of the world.

It’s unclear yet exactly what role the grad school will play, but CitizenTube will “be gradually taking on more and more content.” This has the potential to be what we in the journalism biz call “super awesome.”

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In other vandalism news, the Berkeley anti-graffiti vigilante Jim Sharp, aka “The Silver Buff”, is still tagging strong, soon to debut in a vanity project entitled “Vigilante Vigilante.” The documentary, scheduled for a late 2010 release, hopes to “delve headfirst into the debate over illegal public expression.”

Sharp’s relentless YouTube documentarian, username Vigilantefilm, remains convinced that his meticulous removal of Berkeley’s “visual noise,” i.e. tearing down of posters and smearing local tags with large, mysterious silver voids, makes him “the most prolific graffiti vandal [Berkeley] has ever seen.”

So keep your eyes peeled for that silver paint, ladies. You never know when and where “The Silver Buff” will strike next.

Vigilante Vigilante – The People Who Buff Graffiti [YouTube]
The Silver Buff Anti-Graffiti Vigilante in Berkeley [SFist]


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Happy belated President’s Day, everyone! We didn’t manage to get your faces carved onto Mount Rushmore, so you’ll have to settle for the next best thing: a video message from UC president Mark Yudof.

As far as YouTube videos go, it’s pretty generic. It’s disappointingly SFW, with no fly-killing, swearing, or finger-biting (here’s looking at you, Charlie).

In the video, Yudof talks about the UC for CA “grassroots movement” which since November has added 130,000 members to its advocacy group. More information can be found at www.ucforca.org (not to be confused with ucca.org, which is the read more »


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