veryfashionableAlthough UC Berkeley was ranked the “Greenest School in the World” (according to a study conducted by the University of Indonesia) only eight months ago, we were dumbfounded to find out that we were left off of the Daily Beasts’ top 25 “Greenest Schools” in America list.

However, all hard feelings (including our continued dismay at Cal’s absence in the “Most Radical Schools” list by the Huffington Post — don’t think we forgot, Huff!) have been forgiven (temporarily) after reading the spectacular news that our institution has been ranked ninth in Her Campus’ “Most Fashionable Colleges” List.

And here we thought that being fashionable was only read more »

This is an ordinary dumpster, not Gregory Kloehn's dumpster house.

This is an ordinary dumpster, not Gregory Kloehn's dumpster house.

Berkeley’s all about living a sustainable lifestyle; reducing, reusing and recycling whenever you can and being a “green as possible” kind of person. We know that — we’ve been carting reusable water bottles all over the place for the past few years. But there’s someone who takes the “waste not, want not” mindset to a whole new level, and his name is Gregory Kloehn. He’s a local guy who likes to make things, and most recently he took a dumpster and made it into a home.

If you were thinking he just cut some windows out of the sides and threw a beanbag chair into the bin, you’d be sorely mistaken. Kloehn’s dumpster house is the real deal — complete with running water, a working stove and stainless steel appliances!

Don’t believe us? Check out the video that Berkeleyside has accompanying their article on Kloehn’s creation. It’s enough to make you want to give up that overpriced shared apartment you’re living in and turn to the nearest trash receptacle for inspiration.

Image Source: mike fischer under Creative Commons
Berkeley man makes a (really rather nice) dumpster home [Berkeleyside]

2637510864_c17f217652Everyone grooves to a different beat — catchy pop on the radio, your favorite local indie band, the awesome album you picked up from that random rapper on the corner by Smart Alec’s ( … or not).

So what about “music for riots?” A “Dr. Seuss world of sound sculptures?” A violinist who “who plies the barbed-wire fences of Australia’s outback?”

From Sept. 3 through Sept. 18, BAM/PFA will host a series entitled “Sounding Off: Portraits of Unusual Music.” Featuring five films that showcase musical experimentation from around the world, the program highlights an overarching challenge to the art of sound production as we know it.

The schedule, as follows: read more »

CREAM Ice cream sandwichEveryone and their mother knows that the Clog goes bat-shit crazy for free things. And when those free things happen to be perfectly delicious ice cream sandwiches, well, it’s just plain madness.

While scrounging around on the interwebs for some cheap eats, we were pleasantly surprised when we stumbled across an opportunity to grab some CREAM fo’ free! The key is to visit Munch On Me, a website that encourages you to “get your nom on.” (Words to live by, fellow foodies, words to live by … )

Since sharing is caring — and since CREAM is so frickin’ delicious — we’re spreading the news. There are only six days left to get in on this action, so go on and treat yourself. After all, everyone needs something to get them through the first full week of classes … we’ll see you in line.

Image Source: rikomatic under Creative Commons
Featured: Ice Cream Sandwich [Munch On Me]

sunday nightSunday Shout-Out picks out the week’s stories that simply slipped our minds.

With a new semester comes new classes that are always difficult to find. Knowing this, the fine people at this institution have come up with a much faster way to access your classes, campus maps and other goodies through your iPhone or — the far less superior and far more “overprivileged” – Android. Just type in [News Center]

Astronomers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory discovered read more »

Robert Hass, Pulitzer Prize winner, former Poet Laureate and all-around baller.

Robert Hass: Pulitzer Prize winner, former Poet Laureate and all-around baller.

Is there a better way to spend your lunchtime than by listening to the soothing sounds of poetry being read aloud? No. The answer, friends, is obvious, especially when you take into consideration that the poetry in question is being read by Pulitzer Prize winner and former Poet Laureate Robert Hass.

Really, guys, this is a no-brainer. It’s like story time, but more grown up and more better.

Find your way to the Morrison Library (better known as that room in Doe with the cushy sofas where everyone used to go for napping purposes until the librarians cracked down on the napping) on Thursday, Sept. 1. The readings start just after noon and last until almost 1 p.m., so if you cleverly managed to avoid classes during peak lunch hours, you know where to go.

Image Source: Steve Rhodes under Creative Commons
Lunch Poems [UC Berkeley Events]

Super ObamaWhilst strolling past 4.0 Hill yesterday evening, we couldn’t help but notice that our esteemed president had come to pay Berkeley a little visit.

The trip from D.C. left him looking a little flat, but he brushed it off as just a bit of jetlag. The man’s used to much longer flights, after all. Though his choice in wardrobe was quite a departure from the usual coat and tie, we thought he pulled off the cape and spandex with style.

“Super Obama,” as we dubbed the visitor, couldn’t stay long — something about having to lead the free world (pshhh … excuses) — but we enjoyed our time with him, however brief.

Image Source: Jillian Wertheim
Earlier: The Triumphant Return of ‘Yoshua’

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Android apps know more about you than you think. In fact, they know much more about you than they should.

That’s what Erika Chin, a UC Berkeley Computer Science graduate student, and fellow security researcher, Yekaterina Tsipenyuk O’Neil, reported at this year’s DEFCON. Over 30% of Android apps are “overprivileged,” they say, which means they have access to information that they don’t need to function.

But … we don’t mean to go all luddite on you now. We grew up on healthy diets of Nintendo and AIM, too.

On that note, nProgress just launched the new student-specific app, ntro, for UC Berkeley students, to facilitate quasi-serendipitous encounters that wouldn’t otherwise occur. App users can find others based on common interests. What that will mean is no more headaches over forming last-minute study groups, locating student group meetings or finding musicians to form highly successful Grammy-award-winning bands with … maybe.

Image source: MP4Nation
Def Con 19: Android apps ask for too much power [Consumer Reports]
Students experiment with new app [Daily Cal]

kathleen-murilloKathleen Murillo looks stunning. Always. To the point where we suspected superhuman abilities at work. As a psychology major and blogger extraordinaire, she shares fashion advice and commentary (complete with photos) on her blog, which has been featured in Teen Vogue, Elle, Refinery 29 and Chictopia, among others.

She graciously took time out of a hectic day to field overly nosy questions about what it takes to be amazing, inside and out:

1) How and when did you develop such an impeccable and inspiring fashion sense?

Ever since I was little, I’ve always had a love for art. I guess from there, I’ve developed a creative eye for things — including fashion! Just this past year I’ve grown a deeper love for fashion and with that, started my personal fashion blog back in September 2010.

2) How do you balance it all: The Berkeley education along with the blogging, shopping, two jobs, internships and extracurriculars? (Do you own a Time-Turner, and where can we get one?)

I seriously wish I had a Time-Turner in my back pocket! But, there is one item that is a must-have when it comes to balancing everything: My planner. If you take a peek into my planner, it’s practically filled with lots of notes scribbled everywhere, but helps read more »

mmm... sleepy time

Another summer gone, another school year begins.

No worries, because we at the Clog are here to make sure that at least one of your fall semester classes will be worth waking up for. Because we love our readers so dearly and would hate for you procrastinators to add a boring, soul-gnawing class just to reach that 13 unit mark, we present to you a short list of noteworthy classes we’re convinced you will enjoy immeasurably.

So … read more »

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