3090995988_c02cc801eeWhile the rest of you were sleeping for 11 hours a day with visions of sugarplums dancing or something, and gaining the “Holiday 15″ with all that filler gift candy and food you just kept stuffing into your mouth to avoid talking to your relatives, the ASUC Judicial Council was busy deciding on recall procedures and the Daily Cal was busy reporting on it … and we were busy plotting our witty quips to use in writing about it. Bah humbug.

Although ASUC was toying with the idea of online voting to reduce the costs of its January recall election of John Moghtader, the Judicial Council decided to deliver a little lump of coal, issuing a ruling on Christmas Eve mandating that the election must follow the same procedures as regular elections. Looks like the ASUC’s gonna have to shell out the usual $48,000 for this election. Economic crisis anyone?

But alas, there might be a little gift from Santa after all. The Alameda County District Attorney announced that there will be no charges filed against those involved in the infamous Nov. 13 Eshleman Hall scuffle. We’d say that’s a better gift than that scented candle you probably got from your mom.

Image Source: seamusiv under Creative Commons
No Charges to Be Filed Following Fight in Eshleman [Daily Cal]

text while driving! Alright, we’ll knock it off with the Santa jokes as soon as it’s no longer December, or as soon as we’re not too lazy to think of something better. But, seriously, come Jan. 1, texting behind the wheel will be a bigger faux pas than bustin’ out a Nativity pun at a Jewish funeral in April. Yeah. We said it. read more »

The Clog would like to wish you happy holidays, whatever you wish to celebrate (or not): Festivus, Christmas, winter solstice, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or a simple break from school.

Above, we present our gift to you. It’s a real cute ditty from My First Earthquake, a band from across the bay. We hope your holiday travel sends you to warmer pastures or that you’re at least relaxed and dry.

New Chanukah Song – Fa La Freezing – iPod holiday lipdub [YouTube]
via Laughing Squid

In case you were actually studying or something during finals, and you were not lined up along the pathway on Level C of Main Stacks (psh, you intellectual elitist) then you missed over 3 dozen co-opers freeing themselves of their intellectual and material burdens as they streaked through the stacks this past Monday.

The annual naked run through the library makes UCLA’s Undie Run look about as radical as wearing neon colors and making obscure references to ninjas. So next year, instead of going on Facebook for the 100th time or watching reruns of The Simpsons to liberate your mind from finals, why not liberate your body from its material bonds–or just be a creeper and watch the parade of nudity, like us. We’re not judging, either way.

Cal Streakers Finals Week-Fall 2008 [YouTube]

According to Eventful, an aggregation site of local events, Berkeley ranks No. 2 as a “Small but Eventful” city. W00t. More bragging rights. So who beat us out then?

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If you’re looking to treat yourself after finals or need a last minute gift, try some of the chocolate from the East Bay. It’s delish.

Charles Chocolates
Location: Emeryville, but there are tons of Berkeley shops that carry the chocolates too
Deets: Organic ingredients, small batches, hand made, fresh.

You can even get a tour of their kitchen and facilities.
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A study published by Nature Neuroscience and led by a UC Berkeley psychologist suggests solving crossword and sudoku puzzles is more likely to lower anxiety in people than, say, watching television. Gee, we wonder why that is.

In addition, anxious people finished slower than others when faced with simple tasks, being unable to block out distractions as well as others. Solution? More meditation, of course.

A proposed explanation says the amygdala overreacts to certain stimuli, in turn lowering one’s ability to concentrate.

Conclusion? Stop procrastinating studying for your Saturday final and do more sudoku, dammit!

Image Source: incurable_hippie under Creative Commons, solved by Evante Garza-Licudine
Brain workout may help anxiety, study suggests [Chron]

… and MSN City Guides can’t stay. Er, not for long, at least. Well, you know what they say–”If you can’t take the Berkeley, get out of the Berkeley,” or, uh, something like that. [MSN, via SFist]

… cold enough to snow in San Francisco, apparently. And in all the high hills from Sonoma to Santa Cruz. But … no, no. We couldn’t possibly hope that–perhaps, maybe? Down here? Murphy’s law? Seriously, if there are snowball fights in Berkeley the day we get back to SoCal, we’re going to punch someone in the throat. [SFist]

… and it’s only getting colder for the university’s money supply (or hotter, depending on whether you favor a “Financial Armageddon” by fire or ice.) You know something’s really up when R-Birge sends out a 1,843 word-long “message” to the campus community about the “Current Economic Situation.” We’ll admit we skimmed it, but that’s all it took to get the gist: we’re f*cked. [CalMail]

Earlier: Berkeley Measures, Technology and Berkeley Professor Measures Technology

We’d say “How embarrassing,” but that’d be a little redundant, seeing as how this is the man who choked and fainted while eating a pretzel, is known for his “unique” aphorisms and has a slew of YouTube compilation videos devoted to his less-than-presidential moments.

Apparently the shoes came flying after Bush declared that there’s still “more work to be done” in Iraq while at a news conference in Baghdad yesterday. We really can’t blame the journalist, though–haven’t we all had our “Oh-my-god-Bush-is-such-an-idiot-I-want-to-pelt-him-with-footwear” moments? But maybe we haven’t all wanted to exclaim “This is a farewell kiss, you dog!” while doing so, like the alleged shoe-flinger.

“All I can report is it is a size 10,” Bush said after a successful dodge. He called the incident a sign of democracy, saying, “That’s what people do in a free society, draw attention to themselves.” Props to Muntader al-Zaidi for boldly taking journalism where it has never gone before.

Raw Video: Iraqi Journalist Throws Shoe at Bush [YouTube]
Bush: Iraq war is not over, more work ahead [Yahoo! News]

…Well, in doll form anyway. Apparently the characters of High School Musical (3? 5? whatever number they’re doing nowadays) have finally graduated from high school, even though most of the cast is already old enough to drink and some have been involved in nude picture scandals.

But you didn’t think they’d let this teeny bopper cash cow go that easily, did you? Despite the whole leaving high school thing, there’s supposedly another installment (so would that make this College Musical now?) in the works. Way to milk the franchise for every prepubescent squeal that it’s worth. read more »

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