We all know Cal can build a big-ass telescope, discover radioactive elements and lead a rockin’ protest – but can Berkeley make you laugh, cry and sit at the edge of your seat? That very question was answered Friday at the annual Campus MovieFest for the low price of $3 and a homework-free Friday night.

Campus MovieFest calls itself the “The World’s Largest Student Film Festival” and allows students from over 90 schools the opportunity to make their own short films. Students are given equipment  (Mac laptops and Panasonic HD camcorders) and one week to write, direct, film and edit their own original film. Last night, read more »

jane lynchIf there’s one redeeming feature about the show “Glee,” it would be Jane Lynch’s character Sue Sylvester, and her fantastic one-liners. Lynch makes a show filled with trite high school quips and dry dialogue almost bearable, and any episode without Sylvester’s japes and jeers feels even more cliche than it usually does.

So why is the Clog suddenly bringing her up? Well it just so happens that this Emmy and Golden Globe winner will be visiting Cal tomorrow.

Lynch will be at the Pauley Ballroom from 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. tomorrow to talk about her work on the show, and her new book, “Happy Accidents.” We’ve even heard whisperings that read more »


Since November 12, 2010, the final game that Alex Morgan would ever play in a Bears uniform, many predicted (you know who you are) that the Cal women’s soccer team would be mediocre at best without their stunning offensive player.

Morgan — who became a soccer star with her fantastic play with the U.S. national team at this summer’s Women’s World Cup — led the team in scoring in each of her four years and is third all-time in points (107) and goals (45) in school history. During her final season in 2010, she played in only 12 games but still scored 14 goals. The second leading-scorer on the team, Lauren Battung, had seven goals in 18 games played. Therefore, the feeling of skepticism wasn’t completely uncalled for.

The Bears, however, determined to make fans out of the naysayers, have started the season strong read more »

into the woodsThis weekend, in an attempt to escape from pizza-filled occupations of Tolman and murmurs of bake sales on Sproul, the Clog took a trip away from the cosmopolitan cesspool of classes and chaos. We went camping.

Oh, nature. Nature is like a woman. She draws you in and seduces you with her scents, sights, and touches. And then she breaks your ankle. This is precisely the type of attitude the Internet-addicted Cloggers had in venturing forth. We Cloggers do not willingly engage in strenuous physical activity, and as such, pitched our tents at Camp Tilden. read more »


During a lull of new movie releases, you might be willing to watch a movie that’s assuredly terrible – just for the sake of going to the movie theater.

An easy alternative is checking out the Flashbacks at the United Artists Theater on 2274 Shattuck Avenue. The UA screens an old, critically-acclaimed movie at their theater every Thursday at 8 p.m, giving movie-goers the opportunity to have a cinema experience with classics they may have missed out on. For many Berkeley students, these may be ones that were released even before they were born. As an added bonus, read more »

InstrumentsIf you feel burnt out over the weekend during your effort to catch up on ten readings that mysteriously never got finished over the school week or become mired in a deepening spiral of procrastination where even checking Facebook for the 20th time loses its splendor, consider giving yourself a break by visiting Cal Performances’ annual Fall Free for All on the UC campus this Sunday, Sept. 25.

Starting from 11 a.m., there will be over 25 performances, ranging from music and dance to theater, throughout the day at various locations across campus. As the name “Free for All” suggests, all performances are free and require no tickets. Events include a performance by the Berkeley Symphony Wind Ensemble at Zellerbach Hall  at 5 p.m. and a presentation by Jane Lynch of the television show, “Glee,” regarding  her new book, “Happy Accidents,” at Pauley Ballroom at 2:30 p.m. read more »

St. George SpiritsIf you’re 21 and over, and looking for a break from studies, or just an evening outside Berkeley, head on down to Alameda to taste some premium Californian wines and spirits.

Formerly home to a U.S. naval base, Alameda Island and its drinking spots have a chic industrial feel and a stunning atmosphere during sunset sessions. It’s packed with delectable wineries, distilleries, breweries and of course nice eateries.

As a starting point, read more »

Day of Action Protest 9/22

You may or may not have heard, but today was a “Day of Action” on campus. Students were called to protest fee hikes by attending a noon rally on Sproul Plaza and then marching around campus to make sure that our collective student voice was heard.

But, like most Berkeley protests as of late, this one seems to be a bit of a dud. Turnout was low and student participation was murky at best. Though there were moments of action, we could hardly say that it was enough to merit the title of the day. For play-by-play coverage, check out the Daily Cal’s live blog, complete with photos that are easily worth more than a thousand words.

Last we heard was that a bunch of protesters were sitting in Tolman Hall and nomming on some pizza. Which is cool — we get it, pizza’s tasty — though we must say, it’s hard to take anyone seriously when they’ve got a mouthful of pepperoni.

Shit might get real if the protesters refuse to leave Tolman at 10 p.m. (when the Hall officially closes), but until then we’ll just have to just wait and see …

Image Source: Giana Tansman, Daily Cal

Eight is the golden number when it comes the UC Men’s Octet. They’ve got Bass singers, Baritones, and first and second Tenors. They’ve got rhythm and harmony and personality in spades.

But who are the men behind the voices? The Clog went behind the scenes with the Octet in order to discover just who these serenading studs are. And what did we learn? Well, you’ll just have to watch our video to find out.

Yet another fair approaches Bear Territory, but rather than giving in to that insatiable desire for study abroad clog picfree stuff, how about actually taking a good look around?

Studying abroad is something nearly every student would want to do (if not, shame on you). However, rumors of students who have been on a study abroad program graduating a year later than usual or getting messed up socially have been a source of concern. There is nothing wrong with studying abroad; it is truly a life changing experience. Sure, going abroad makes your resume a little more pretty but experiencing a brand new culture speaks for itself.

Attending these fairs with the sole purpose of swiping free stuff only helps those bad rumors become reality. Actually going to the fair to obtain important information might be a better alternative. Why not travel to some country on the opposite side of the world and finish some units while you are at it? Double win.

Speaking of important information, check out the UC Berkeley Study Abroad Fair this Friday, Sept. 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Union. See you there!

Image Source: Crossett Library Bennington College under Creative Commons
UC Berkeley Study Abroad Fair [Berkeley Study Abroad]

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