The bummers do not cease. When campus officials got word that the Live Weekers were planning a totally rad all-night concert for tonight in Wheeler Hall, they had them all arrested for trespassing. The concert would have included guest performers and a live DJ.

Protesters vowed the concert would have ended by 8 a.m., an hour before finals were set to begin in the same building, but campus officials, lame to their cores, did not wish to take any chances with those f*cking hippies (note: the term “f*cking hippies” was not actually employed by anyone, to our knowledge). read more »


Let’s jazz it up, ’cause here’s another reason to love Berkeley: we have a program called “The Young Musicians Program” that “provides year-round, individualized instruction to musically gifted low-income students in grades four to 12 at no cost to their families.” Even cooler, this program just received a big donation boost from the estate of famous jazz pianist Earl Hines.

Hines, a jazz luminary who died in 1983, lived in Oakland for the last three decades of his life and was dedicated to furthering musical education. In addition to moolah, a collection of his compositions and memorabilia read more »

It's business time.

Aw, yeah. The headline pretty much says it all, except, “Check out number eight’s mustache. This team obviously means business.” That should probably be said, too.

Also, Berkeley’s very own team, Berkeley Revolution, will be representing the entire U.S. of A. in the unicycle basketball world championships. Which are in New Zealand, by the way, the only logical place for the unicycle basketball world championships to take place.

The team will be playing read more »


Your response to this may depend on your attitude toward The System. In the spirit of the folks who stuck a wrench in the S-word strike-wise, this time around: same wrench, other direction. In a rejection of the extended dead week, Wheeler Hall’s steps will be made an open university all week, 24/7. It’s called Live Week. Dance parties were mentioned. read more »

Good stories happen to people who can tell them. Or in the case of Queen Scheherazade from “Arabian Nights,” good stories happen to a young woman whose only hope at dodging her own gruesome beheading is to leave her homicidal husband on a narrative cliffhanger 1,001 nights in a row until the morning he finally decides she deserves to live.

Who knew Persian Kings were such suckers for a good bedtime story? And who knew that this basic formula for narrative suspense is the same formula that fabled broadcast journalist Ira Glass grips us with every week during “This American Life“?

Every seat in the house was full read more »


Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd, and Joshua Fattal, the three UC Berkeley graduates detained in Iran, are still there. They have been charged with espionage and are now entering their fifth month of imprisonment. Thankfully, though, many people are rallying to get our hikers back. A host of people, including several celebrities, just sent a letter to Iran’s Mission to the UN. read more »

ball kicking

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.

It’s easiest to pin this one on Indiana, but we’re afraid it might be a humanity thing. Apparently “ball tapping” (kicking people in the balls) has become a common practice among the Midwestern hellhole Midwestern state’s middle school male population. Read the full article here, but beprepared for section titles like “just wanted to fall and cry” and “emergency surgery,” with accompanying details. read more »


Then you should put your name in the not-entirely-chance-based hat for a Gilman International Scholarship! We totally would, if the Clog weren’t mostly English majors who speak Romance languages. Confused? Here’s the run-down:

The Gilman International Scholarship is apparently a federally-funded program for students who are big on the desire to study abroad and small on the extra cash-monies. The catch–What? Don’t tell us you’re surprised–is that you have to be the type of student who doesn’t usually go abroad. Read: not a humanities major and studying things that require you to go somewhere unusual. Like the Middle East. Or ‘Nam.

In other words, if you’re a History major who’s planning on “studying” in Madrid, you might be out o’luck on this one. On the bright side of things, if you do qualify to apply, you’ve got about a one in three chance of winning. It’s like the lottery on steroids. Except not really like that at all.

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Untraditional students of the world [NewsCenter]

confessionSo here we all were, a good couple hours into dead week, free of classes, with nothing to do but study and dread the approaching onslaught of finals. Perhaps you were working on a paper, making flashcards, doing practice finals or planning to do one or all of those things. But then … Anoncon appeared.

It’s a finals tradition as ingrained as the naked library run, in which UC Berkeley students blow off steam during finals by anonymously confessing their assorted misdeeds and deepest secrets.

And many of us must now come to the sad realization that instead of doing the many important things we should be doing, we’ll be squandering hours reading about the hottest GSIs and freshman admitting to having sex while their roommate was in the room.

Oh Anoncon, how we’ve missed you.

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UCB Anonymous Confessions [site]


English majors, get out your first edition books and be ready to salivate, because novelists (and literary power couple) Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman are coming to the Berkeley Rep next Monday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.

They will be talking with columnist Jon Carroll in a fundraiser for the Park Day School, a progressive school in Oakland. Chabon and Waldman have four kids, and they’ve both written on parenting, so you can bet your sweet bippy they’ll be passionate about this topic.

Chabon is best known for read more »

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