This evening, as we made our roughly fortnightly trek to the gym, we noticed it was a bit more crowded than usual, not that we would really know.

As it turns out, tonight was the kick off of the fitness class/shameless Nike promotion, the Nike Training Club (for ladies). Apparently it involved free tank tops and trying on Nike running shoes. Given the fact that so many people showed up that some were turned away, we’re willing to bet that they’re fresh out of tank tops, but there are other freebies still to be had.

The classes are continuing on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. in the RSF for the next six weeks, so if you’ve fallen off the wagon on your New Year’s Resolution, this could be your chance. Or you could continue to watch YouTube videos instead. We don’t judge.

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FREE Nike Fitness Class at Cal’s RSF [Facebook]

1518129740_54e6495fd1By NBD we of course mean that we might be somewhat losing our sh*t.

It’s true, folks—Ms. Oates will be gracing our campus with her inspired presence on Thursday, Feb. 10 to speak in Sibley Auditorium. Her appearance is part of the Townsend Center for the Humanities’ Avenali lecture series, which names a distinguished scholar as honorary Chair in the Humanities for one week every year.

The lecture is free (YUSSSS), but ticketed, so you know the drill: Show up at Sibley as early as possible on the day of (but not before us, please) and hope you can snag a ticket when they start handing them out at 5 p.m. Ms. Oates’ lecture begins at 6 p.m. and will address “The Writer’s (Secret) Life: Rejection, Woundedness and Inspiration,” which promises to leave us just as existentially unsettled as does her fiction.

We totes will see you there.

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Author Joyce Carol Oates to give public lecture on the UC Berkeley campus [Mercury News]


So, it turns out People’s Park is still just as sketchy as it seems. On Thursday night, a man who had been inhabiting one of the trees there for 89 days was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, wherein he allegedly attacked another man with a knife while still in his tree.

While we try and fail to visualize this scene, it should be noted that the tree -sitter in question, Matthew Dott, is not to be confused with the tree-sitters at Memorial Stadium or that one guy in front of Wheeler. Tree-sitting is kind of a local hobby.

Dott, who’d previously stated he would, “be here however long it takes until this park remains a park,” whatever that means, came down from his tree voluntarily after police officers began moving in to remove him.

We’d like to think People’s Park is a little safer now, but probably not by much.

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People’s Park Tree-Sitter Booked on Suspicion of Attempted Murder [Daily Cal]

This guy wrote a good resume.

This guy wrote a good resume.

A new term and a new year have put us in the mood to really apply ourselves. Specifically, by applying to jobs and internships. And like most processes of applying oneself, securing a coveted position starts off with a proper resume. Whether your current resume is already bursting at the margins or is no more than a blank sheet of paper, a hilarious (read: irritating) list of the “Top 5 Intern Resume Mistakes,” recently put together by Politico’s James Kotecki, may point in the right direction. Or at least point out what he, James Kotecki, deems to be the wrong directions, leaving you to figure the rest out for yourself.

We’ve perused Mr. Kotecki’s list of mistakes -

5. High School is Over
4. Useless Padding
3. You Did WHAT?
2. Obvious Typos
1. You Don’t Match. At ALL

- and consolidated it into two points for your reading convenience. According to Kotecki:

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nabolom bandWe discovered something magical in Berkeley today, something we suspect few students know about: The perfect Saturday-morning hangover cure. Absolutely, exquisitely, unbelievably perfect.

Every Saturday from 10 to 1, the folk band Friends of Old Puppy plays at Nabolom Bakery. The healing, restorative part of it? Well, picture this: Some home-brewed chai or a fat, green mug of latte steaming in your cupped hands, a freshly baked almond croissant or cheese roll resting on the table before you (a product of the worker-owned collective you are supporting), a near-tangible calm and wisdom radiating from the heads of wispy, graying hair all about you (they were not out late last night, they were not steeling themselves against a week of studies and late nights and awkward social encounters with shots of Popov, read more »

A weekly series on how to have an amazing weekend when you have no money (we’re telling you, it is possible, especially if you check out this Sunday’s events).



ASUC Superb is screening the romantic-action-comedy/ actors-past-their-prime-in-action-roles “Red (Retired and Extremely Dangerous, ha) in Wheeler Auditorium tonight for only $3. Also, world-class 14-year-old violin prodigy Stephen Waarts is performing a Beethoven concerto with the Oakland-based Prometheus Symphony Orchestra at the First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley.

For a healthy overdose of high culture, catch modern opera performances from Phillip Glass’s Orphée at the De Young Museum or some jazz pieces by the Berkeley Jazzschool’s Advanced High School Ensemble at the Museum of African Diaspora, right by the Powell BART station.

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The newest addition to Berkeley’s plethora of Wednesday night festivities (you know, the studying, the lounging, the smoking, the trivia quizzing at Bear’s Lair, the studying, the lounging…) is the Dancers’ Den at the Berkeley City Club, an indoor addition to the local Lindy scene.

The Daily Cal’s Multimedia Department takes you straight to the slick hardwood floors, the feet flying and arms swinging, the jazz of a bygone big-band era, although we suspect the full bar, the beginner and intermediate lessons, and the student discounts might not make the leap through YouTube to your computer screen (just know that they’re there). Their report features interviews with the organizers, Jean and Bromley Palamountain (who are also the swing instructors), James McBryan, and Joleigh Davis.

DSCN5607 If you’re a Berkeley student, you probably got a bizarre message in your inbox this afternoon with the cryptic subject-line: “What Cal Student Want: Do You Agree?”

After determining – with some degree of difficulty – that the message was not spam, we found that it was simply a request to take a survey from the UC Berkeley Operational Excellence Student Services Initiative. So we obliged and took the survey. It’s true: most of the improvements noted were indeed things that we, as “Cal student,” want.

But it got us thinking: “what do we want, really?” Intelligible, proper grammar? Nah. We want to take surveys.

Student Affairs and Operational Excellence [Site]

206215356_3e169509fcIt’s not exactly the controversy you would expect. At face value, the city of Berkeley’s proposal to fund its municipal employees’ sex-reassignment surgeries strikes us as pretty awesome. And, of course, it’s the sort of thing that’s guaranteed to get someone’s panties in a twist.

Lips indeed are flapping, but the predominant concern seems to be more financially motivated than anything else. Given that Berkeley is currently looking at a pretty hefty deficit for its benefits plans — to the tune of $252.8 million — the plan to apportion another $20,000 for reimbursing sex changes isn’t exactly something to sneeze at.

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Care to join the esteemed ranks of the Daily Clog?

Think of it, the Clog could be your canvas to bring news and commentary to the good people of Berkeley.

Anyway, if this or any of the other positions at the Daily Californian happen to appeal to you, let this be a friendly reminder that applications are due on Friday (Jan. 28) at 5 p.m. at 600 Eshleman or online. All the information you need to apply is at apply.dailycal.org. If you have further questions, our development editor or yours truly (if you’re applying to the Clog) can probably address them.

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Apply to the Daily Cal [Daily Cal]

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