Big Game week is here, and the Clog’s not going to let you forget it. We’d like to kick off our spirit-infested week with the pride of all Cal pride: The Play. It’s been 25 years this month, and we’re still holding this over the ‘furd’s head.

As for this week, expect to catch:

* a mid-week hike up to the Big C
* Looks into The Stanford Daily
* Explorations of Stanfurd blogs
* Oski beating up their drunk bizarre tree

Seriously, we’re going to post any related videos we can find.

Now, for some more viewing pleasure, The Play reinterpreted for a digital world:

Cal – Stanford 1982 Big Game [YouTube]
3D Re-enactment of “The Play” [YouTube]

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.Roofs full of solar panels, hybrid cars and biodegradable coffee cups are just not enough for the most hardcore of environmentalists. The next foray for green-minded folks: green burials.Green burials have quickly become all the rage in the funeral industry because they are the ultimate two-for-one deal: less harmful to Mother Nature and cheaper than a normal funeral.One alternative burial method is rooted right in Marin County. At the Forever Fernwood Natural Burial Ground, people are buried in a natural state with either a small rock or a tree as a headstone. Guess the old Clog’s interface’s wish for a kickass mausoleum at Fernwood isn’t going to happen (we were thinking of a scaled back version of the Campanile).In order for families and friends to find the right bodies, corpses are buried with a GPS tracker. Hmmm …. GPS sure sounds natural. No word yet if these devices are biodegradable or not.Hands down, the Clog’s personal favorite for new age burials is promession. This process breaks down the corpse into a fine powder by submerging it in -320 degree liquid nitrogen and then slightly shaking the body. The remains are then buried in a biodegradable casket (did you really expect anything less?).The Cloggers were looking into pulling a Ted Williams once that final day has come, but promession takes liquid nitrogen to whole new level of awesomeness.Crying and Digging [Los Angeles Times]Promession [Promess Foundation]


 We know how it is. You barely finished stuffing yourself on Thursday before realizing that your big research project is due in a few days. On top of that, the finals apocalypse is near. Thanksgiving break, ha! It’s more like a Thanksgiving breakdown.Welcome to the end-of-semester rush–when stress runs high and the days run at an all-time low. Your plan may be to work nonstop through the next three weeks, but the Clog suggests you take a breather or two to enjoy the Bay Area’s warm, fuzzy holiday cheer. Not only will it make you feel merry and bright–but it’s also good for the economy. And that’s what the holiday season is all about: showing love … for the economy. Long live consumerism!From ballets, to skating rinks and musicals, the Clog has a lovely lineup of spirited entertainment for you this holiday season. But before you take any of our suggestions, finish up that leftover turkey.The San Jose Mercury News recently printed a post-Thanksgiving turkey recipe by Alice Waters, the mother of Chez Panisse and California cuisine. She will also hold book signings for “The Art of Simple Food” at two Bay Area locations next weekend.Once the leftovers are all gone, sweat off the mashed potato pounds with some intense holiday ice skating. Berkeley’s Iceland is no longer in business, but the outdoor ice rink at the Embarcadero is open, and so is the Oakland Ice Center.As for holiday performances, get tickets to the San Francisco Ballet’s “Nutcracker” before they’re all gone. If you’re one for less traditional fare, however, Cal Performances will be featuring “The Hard Nut”–a modern rendition of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet–starting Dec. 14 in Zellerbach Hall.Other shows this season include Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, and “Seussical the Musical”–which runs until Dec. 2 at the Berkeley Playhouse. We don’t know why that counts as a holiday event, but we think the Grinch might be making a cameo. If you like trees more than theaters, Tilden Park will be hosting a nature-themed “Christmas Fantasy in the Woods” until Dec. 23, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.And after you do all that, ease the guilt by giving. ASUC will have a Holiday Drive next week on Upper Sproul, where you can donate everything from toothbrushes to pillows to the Tag body spray you bought before you realized it was the scent of heterosexual male insecurity.Or you can just study.Happy Holidays!


 Even if you swear that you buy locally grown and only shop Mom-and-Pop shops, we all know how tempting it is for Berkeley residents to break their embargo with The Man during the holiday season. Those Black Friday Wal-Mart ads can be *so* enticing.But Berkeley Artisans leave no excuse for Berkeley residents to cop out before Christmas. (Or Hanukkah for that matter–they showcase menorahs among their many crafts.)Berkeley Artisans are opening their studios for their 17th annual, self-guided holiday tour aptly titled “Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios.” The event runs for four weeks, starting today through Dec. 16. Hours will run both Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.The artisans claim that
This self-guided tour presents a unique opportunity to meet the artists, to buy original & creative gifts, and to see working craft studios, giving viewers a glimpse into the creative process. 

 Those are their words, not ours. Though “original” and “creative” might not be such a distant description–we found products ranging from ukeleles to giraffe mosaics to gospel church-style birdhouses.But regardless of how creative or original they might be, they sure make themselves accessible. On their Web site, they include seven different ways to pick up a directory, the first place being the Web site itself.The need to include “send a self-addressed envelope to ___” in their list seems ridiculous to us because whoever is reading the Web site would be able to read the directory off there. Oh well, at least we know that these artisans cover all their bases.Image Source: Kelly CooksonA winter wonderland of art in Berkeley: Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios [Contra Costa Times]Berkeley Artisans [Web site]


 KRON Channel 4 News must’ve assumed that it would be hard for Berkeley students to go away for Thanksgiving break–sure, it’s nice to be away from impending midterms, but how will students deal with not knowing what is happening in the Nuclear-Free-Vegan-Save-the-Trees Zone?So KRON 4 took it upon themselves to make the tree-sitters accessible even when you’re watching TV in your Thanksgiving food coma. And the Clog is making sure that you are updated on every move the tree-sitters make … er, don’t make. Because we know that no one can ever get enough of the tree-sitters.This tree-sitter antics are a new holiday twist on the usual. Protest slogans are adapted for the holidays, such as “Home is Where the Tree Is” and “Civil disobedience is what the holidays are made of.”And traditional Thanksgiving activities, like donating food to families (er, tree-sitters) in need, have new meaning in the NFVSTTZ. Because the tree-sitters are violating the law, those who help them face jail time as well.But police just looked on this time, saying that “you have to pick your battles.” Maybe the tree-sitters should adopt that policy too.Thanksgiving in a Tree [YouTube]

If Black Friday is anything like the “Halo 3″ release in September, we imagine the caffeinated cheapskates among you will have been clamoring for coupons and free pumpkin pie since last night or at least pre-dawn hours this morning.Still, for those of you about to buy an Internet gadget or if you already own one that you’re fiddling with as you tap your feet to the cashier who price-checks every item that the old lady seven people ahead keeps second-guessing, we are here to entertain. Or, rather, Facebook is.To get you back in the mood for the fall semester’s home stretch, here are some groups we found (between pumpkin pie servings and non-alcoholic hot cocoa) with which you may or may not identify:* The CAL A+ Club, an elusive and exclusive group with unsurprisingly few members.* I Have Failed a Class at the University of California. Surprisingly few members here, but perhaps that has more to do with what people are willing to admit.* I acknowledge the 100 fold difference between .002 dollars and .002 cents. So do we, even if Verizon doesn’t.That said, we’ve got some leftovers to eat and papers to write. And, you know, overprivileged Californians to buy a diet soda for.“Lightening Up” is a Clog special devoted to link-stacking finding Facebook groups of interest. And by interest, we mean anything that seems amusing to us at the time. Since there are millions upon millions of Facebook groups which surely must amuse someone, this special will NEVER DIE.If the thought of school-related Facebook groups is too much to bear, feel free to go back to shopping or supporting Stephen Colbert or celebrity-bashing. It’s not like you’d be caught dead seeking obscurity.


 Found deep in the recesses of an unsuspecting freshman’s dorm room were broken remnants of an ancient fermented chocolate beverage, once thought to be an ordinary hot chocolate.Researchers, including one from UC Berkeley, believe the miraculous find proves the textbooks we read as elementary and high schoolers are wrong–for more than just falsely alleging that Pluto was a planet.As it turns out, Central American peoples have been hitting the bottle with cocoa, or at least cacao, since 1100 B.C., predating our AP World History textbook (and its “facts”) by nearly 500 years. Alcoholic chocolate seems today almost a novelty, but to those preceding the Olmecs, it’s just another thing on the menu.At least the discovery wasn’t actually made among a student’s possessions, unlike a certain notable artifact of far less interest.In any case, we hope students continue to drink responsibly, but knowing the intellectual curiosities of the collegiate persuasion (or the quasi-journalistic curiosities of the Clog), we imagine moldy hot chocolate could very well be the next smell to pervade dorm halls, the Clog desk or your Thanksgiving dinner table.Image Source: Edited by Krista LaneAlcoholic Drink a Thing of the Past [Daily Cal]

Sometime in the near (and possibly nebulous) future, The Daily Clog site will be down momentarily. Now don’t cheer cry just yet–we’ll be back up in jiffy. Our site will undergo some changes, such as a switch to WordPress and a new design.

We’re not sure when exactly … alas, we are a paper powered by mere students. Before the beginning of next semester (and hopefully before winter break), the tech fairy will visit the Clog and bless it with magical, technological advances and doodads.

What does this mean for you? Not much, really, except that the Clog won’t look as ugly or as hateful. Unfortunately, we can’t say the same for our staff.

We may not win football games, but we can sure win prestigious scholarships! Well, at least Cal graduate Asya Passinsky can. She is the first UC Berkeley alumna in five years to win a Rhodes Scholarship–which grants her a few years of free study at Oxford University. If you’re having trouble fathoming the significance of this honor, imagine this: Snagging a Rhodes is like getting an acceptance owl from Hogwarts. Past winners include President Bill Clinton and J.R.R. Tolkien, among other famous people.We’re rooting for Asya to attain as much success as those two gentlemen have–minus the sex scandals and hobbits. As we glance at Inside Bay Area, however, it seems she was already well on her way to success long before the Rhodes.

Passinsky seems no different than her peers. She is a longtime figure skater, freelance arts reviewer and sometimes investigative journalist for a newspaper in Russia.

 Yes, Passinsky is just like us because most of us can do triple axles, watch ballets and write exposes simultaneously. If other Berkeley students are truly this accomplished, if not more–why don’t we garner the prestigious honor more often? Perhaps our students are above the superficiality of so-called “prestige”?Nah.

Before Passinsky, Ankur Luthra in 2002 was the first UC Berkeley student to win the award in 14 years. Hayes said the award has been “somewhat elusive for Berkeley students,” in part because the lack of faculty-student relationships makes gathering the requisite five to eight letters of recommendation difficult.

 Think about how many opportunities we’re missing precisely because we don’t have that special faculty-student ratio–scholarships, grad schools, jobs. Start sucking up, people.In related news, Stanfurd beat us with a whopping three Rhodes Scholars who hail from the Palo Alto campus. The Clog doesn’t want to say it, but maybe it’s a sign.Alumna Off to Oxford as New Rhodes Scholar [Daily Cal]Cal grad chosen as U.S. Rhodes scholar [Bay Insider]The Rhodes Scholarship [Web site]


 The Bay Area is now home to two of the top ten most dangerous cities: Oakland (fourth) and Richmond (ninth). Oakland was ranked eighth last year.CQ Press published the annual rankings based on several statistics: homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and auto theft.Oakland officials have already come out and cited several problems with the study. This all sounds like the usual commotion that arises every time someone is placed at the bottom—or top—of some ranking system (e.g. U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges”).The Clog cannot imagine this news affecting Berkeley students, who have long treated Oakland as a leper colony. The closest most students get to setting foot in Oakland during the semester is walking across the platform at the MacArthur BART station to transfer to the San Francisco train.As for Richmond, the Clog can’t name one thing located in the city other than Costco. As long as the gangbangers consider Costco a neutral zone, we all should be just dandy.The report also included a list of America’s safest cities. San Jose, which was perched atop these rankings last year, slipped to third behind Honolulu and El Paso. Seriously, El Paso? That must sting the pride of San Jose dwellers.Image Source: David Corby under Creative CommonsOakland 4th-most perilous U.S. city [Oakland Tribune]San Jose loses title of safest big city in America, falls to third [Oakland Tribune]

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