John Yoo, lucky duck of a man, can now add the lovely ladies of Code Pink to his ever-expanding fan base. Like so many shameless groupies, the avid activists clamored outside his Berkeley residence early Sunday evening, vying desperately for the law professor’s attention. Haven’t they any dignity?

Okay, so that’s not exactly how it went down, which (transparent sarcasm notwithstanding) read more »


For those of you who drive, live and dwell on or around campus, or simply choose to walk rather than subject yourself to the whims, smells and sad resignation aboard the AC transit system, this year expect a seller’s market for bus pass stickers. Amidst a gaping deficit and, it would follow, looming budget cuts, it looks like bus prices are on the up and up. Our hands protectively cup our oh-so-valuably adorned read more »


If word on the street does not deceive, Zaytuna College in downtown Berkeley might lay claim to fame in becoming the “first fully accredited Islamic University in the nation.”

The pursuit of this prestige comes in the wake of the school’s first graduating class, which totaled five students.

When it comes to educational institutions, the more the merrier, we suppose. Recession, schmeshmeschmen, right?

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Berkeley to become home to yet another university [Examiner]

wallabyAfter 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.

It appears that some cute, seemingly innocent wallabies, such as the one shown at right, have become a bit rebellious and begun getting high off of opium poppies. Tasmania, you see, is the world’s largest producer of legally grown opium, and the poor creatures have been wandering into opium poppy fields, eating the crops and becoming … a bit disoriented.

This bizarre phenomenon has given rise to another—crop circles. As the Tasmanian attorney general puts it, “We have a problem with wallabies entering poppy fields, getting as high as a kite and going around in circles.”

Hmm … uncontrollably going around in circles, that sounds a bit like another Tasmania native. In any case, we can only hope that the adorable, drugged-up wallabies get the help they need. And we advise you, Berkeley students, to go outside and enjoy the vegetation — before the wallabies trample it.

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Stoned Wallabies creating crop circles [Telegraph]
SNES Super Nintendo TAZ-MANIA [YouTube]
Earlier: King of Pop Rocks Our World, Beats It


If you happen to be one of the approximately 335,000 people who relies on BART for transport on weekdays, you might want to begin exploring your alternatives, as BART tries to avert a strike among its workers. read more »

100761143_226e540b49Oh, ’tis a beautiful bubble of surreality in which we live, this quaint little locus for conservative derision. How sweet the instance in which we inspire actual fear; what better means to disseminate the seeds of anarchic malcontent than through the tender minds of our children?

Truly this is the terror gripping the moral majority by the seat of their pants in the wake of a most scandalous exposition: children thinking for themselves! Eighth grade students at our very own Black Pine Circle School have forever left their mark in the form of mosaic tiles depicting, among other deeply horrifying subjects, the Communist hammer and sickle and an epitaph declaring, “Capitalism will fail.”

Lord have mercy. And by that we mean rock on. Fox News, naturally, kind of lost its sh*t and went off about “blatant proof of political indoctrination of young children”–because of course no forward-thinking thirteen year old could possibly be attracted to liberal ideals of their own volition. Brainwashing abounds in Berkeley, friends; it’s a sorry state indeed.

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‘Capitalism Will Fail,’ Marijuana Leaf Part of California School Mosaic [FoxNews]

Somewhere in between Aerosmith and the Jonas Brothers, UC Berkeley’s very own Steven Chu managed to merit a profile in the newest issue of Rolling Stone.

The profile paints the Nobel Laureate, professor and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab director-turned Secretary of Energy as a Washington outsider faced with the challenges of dealing with the nation’s global warming and energy crisis. It also touches on a few of Steven Chu’s more “Berkeley” qualities, such as his insistence on relying on his $5,000 bike for transportation rather than owning a car.

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Secretary of Saving the Planet [Angry Asian Man]
RS Issue 1082-83 [Rolling Stone]

Construction is an easy thing to hate. Coincidentally, construction in Berkeley spreads faster than the rats in our kitchen (please don’t ask).

Dear Construction Sites of the Berkeley Campus,

Stop. Just stop it already. Students do not wake up at 7 a.m. or even 8 a.m. (technically they are still half-asleep even if they are so-called “awake” at these times). read more »


For all our bitching, it seems that our fair city has kept its economic footing remarkably well throughout this whole recession thing. The Berkeley City Council passed a neat budget this week; no layoffs and about one percent growth. Whether a result of good governance or just another manifestation of our singular un-normalness, we could care less. We’ll take it, and we’re not about to toss out the recession card either, which has nicely excused our financial shortcomings thus far. For the curious, here’s the scoop and a theory or two on our unique little prosperity: read more »


In spite of the rep it gets (or that we give it), even good old Oakland delivers a concentrated dose of gentrification here and there. For those wide-open summer days, the Clog humbly suggests an exodus from the Berkeley grid we know and love. Take Telegraph down a ways for some unforgettably dank fried chicken sandwiches and then continue Southward for a free outdoor film screening. After all, the days aren’t getting any longer. read more »

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