Never fear! I'll save you!

In case you missed it, a few weeks back some mischievous crafters decided to knit a cover for the letter “T” on a sculpture near the Berkeley-Oakland border that reads “Here There.”

Apparently, some offence was taken to the fact the artwork designates Berkeley as “Here” and Oakland as “There,” and a quote by Gertrude Stein about Oakland, in which she said “There is no there there.” They felt this relegated Oakland to an inferior status.

So, in a shocking act of civil disobedience, read more »

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.

Weak-stomached readers beware: this story is all kinds of sickening. We’ll try to be brief about it, but there’s just no sugar-coating the details.

So, you have Jarrod Wyatt, an American cage fighter, who was hanging out with pal and training partner Taylor Powell in a California hotel. The pair and another friend collectively drank mushroom-infused tea, whereupon Wyatt apparently became convinced that Powell was “possessed by the devil.”

After said other friend left the hotel room—ostensibly to call the police because Wyatt was beginning to act bizarrely—Wyatt read more »


Just in time to make your summer a little bit hotter, we bring you the one, the only, the 2010 UCB suggested summer reading list. Technically it’s supposed to be for incoming freshies, but the last time we checked, there were no laws preventing reading. And just imagine all the self-righteous goody-goody points you’ll score.

Professors pick their recommendations on a specific topic each year and this year’s topic is … wait for it … “Education Matters.”Books include “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson (about building read more »

dna testing

What if Cal uses our DNA samples to get going a eugenics-like alumni legacy program?  Or what if we all get a letter years down the road:  “Seeing how gene sequencing technology has improved since you submitted your ‘On the Same Page’ program sample back in 2010, we have taken the liberty to run a more in-depth analysis of your genetic make-up. You have two months to live, and you ain’t never goin’ to space.” It’s a slippery slope, man; either way, Jude Law is going to incinerate himself.

Okay,  okay, the real criticism that has surfaced against “On the Same Page” is somewhat more down to earth. Read on for the concerns raised and Cal’s comforting response. read more »


Pretentious David Bowie references aside, we here at the Clog like to tease Berkeley students for being broke. Just remember that we do it out of love. And since you’re still probably broke, why not go to a screening of “Invaders from Mars” tomorrow May 28 at the BAM/PFA at 7:30? It’s free for UCB students, and only $5 for general admission.

The screening is preceded at 6 by a reading from the wonderful book of “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” (soon to be a Martin Scorsese movie, so film majors, take notice) and a short film from George Melies called “A Trip to the Moon.”

As if all that isn’t enough, the movie itself features “flying saucers, eerie sounds, quicksand that sucks victims into an underground lair, raygun battles, and Martians in bold green jumpsuits with pronounced zippers!”

“Pronounced zippers,” you say? Yeah. We’ll be there.

Expanded cinema: Invaders from Mars [BAM/PFA]
Image source: Hey Paul under Creative Commons


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flamingoloveSurely you’ve already heard about the three Berkeley alumni who were arrested last year after crossing the Iraq-Iran border.

Well, we at the Clog have good news to report!

No, they haven’t been released.

But during their stay in prison, it seems that Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd have struck up continued a bit of a romance … in fact, they are now engaged. The news was announced via the couple’s mothers, who recently visited them.

Bauer reportedly proposed back in January, using a ring he made out of his shirt threads. Third-wheel hiker Josh Fattal will serve as best man.

Now we can only hope that someone will grant their release from prison as an engagement gift.

American Hikers Become Engaged in Iranian Prison [The Frisky]
Image Source: kjunstorm under Creative Commons

Option 2: Say goodbye ... to THESE! Egad. So our sister (brother?) blog, Notes from the Field, reports that just months after a round of changes and service cuts, AC Transit is still in need of the green–and we don’t mean weed. (Though the company’s board of directors may want to indulge after they meet to “gauge public response” to the cuts they just proposed.)

In order to get closer to closing their projected budget gap, they’re considering three service reduction plans. And from the looks of things, they will all suck for somebody. Actually, they’d all suck for everybody: read more »


If you’re bemoaning the fact that it’s summer and here you are, stuck in school, at least take comfort in the fact that you are certainly not alone. This year more than 13,800 students signed up for summer sessions, breaking the previous record by at least 1,000 people. We’ve also got 1400 people signed up for online classes, a 50 percent increase from the year before.

So what gives? Are that many people so determined to avoid the “Sex and the City” sequel? Are Berkeley students really the wet blankets that the rest of the country seems to insist we are?

Well, hold on to your hat, ’cause this might surprise you: a lot of it may have to do with money. Summer session is cheaper than upcoming semesters because read more »


Last week, some members of the board of UC Regents raised the maddeningly insane question: is the relocation of an art museum a justifiable investment for the university at a time when it can’t afford things more directly pertinent to its basic mission? Fortunately, the foam around their mouths was eventually wiped by sleeve and their deranged criticism dismissed. New BAM gets $5.6 mil, and you can read on for the justification: read more »

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