Stockpiling Newbie freshmen aren’t the only ones that are allowed to pine for home sometimes. Being away from home can be great when it comes to no curfews and no house rules (no rules your parents assigned at least), but as soon as things get rough we’re all crying for our mommies.

When we’re at home and start sneezing there’s usually someone to take care of us. A mom, a dad, an unusually kind sibling. There’s someone to tell you to have soup and maybe warm some up for you, even if it is Campbell’s from a can. You can wrap yourself up in a blanket, camp out in front of the T.V. and daze in and out like there’s no tomorrow. But when you get sick here? No such luxury.

If you’re in a dorm room you either get soup from Crossroads or go in search of a microwave to warm up a can of soup from the dollar store. Your roommate may be nice and get you some, but they’ve got their own stuff to deal with too. They can’t exactly stick around the room to be your nurse, even if they are your friend. You’ve got to get off your butt and take care of yourself. If you’re in an apartment you’ve got to do the same, only with the added bonus of chores and no meal plan to ensure nourishment of some sort. There’s also school. Sure, you can skip a few classes if you really need to, but those essays and midterms aren’t going to do themselves. Missed lectures add up, and deadlines can only be pushed when you’ve got understanding instructors. College may not exactly be the same as the real world, but it’s closer than high school was.

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Elections are over, so there’s no new campaigning to throw at you… for now. But being in Berkeley, there’s always going to be another issue or movement to be aware of. Whether it’s CALPIRG or another independent student group, you can’t enter Sproul without exiting at least somewhat better informed about their cause. It would take real skillz (yes, with a z) to graduate without a general understanding of local happenings, and to some degree of national and global ones as well.

Don’t get us wrong, we’re not saying this is a bad thing. You should by all means stay as informed as possible. What we are saying is if for some reason you wanted to live in your own little bubble, this was the wrong place to come to school. There’s simply no excuse for obliviousness. Look at how much effort people put into advertising simple things like club events. They have posters all over campus, flyers, chalking, emails, Facebook, you name it. Take something on a larger scale like Prop 30 and state budget cuts and it goes even further, with all sorts of students and groups advocating their positions and making announcements. Everyone’s eager to inform everyone else and get them participating. If blissful ignorance was your thing, it sure isn’t anymore. Berkeley will force you into being in the know, thereby making you a willful rejectionist if you persist in a lack of interest.

Prop 30 Signs

With signs like this, you'll at least know there's some proposition about taxes and education, whether you want to or not.

This atmosphere can definitely be a good thing. Horrible as it might sound, for those not willing to go out and actively seek information it still provides a constant source of information. They can stay in the loop with minimal effort. For people already in the read more »


Our campus’ beloved and often crowded Golden Bear Café, never actually referred to as anything but the GBC, is cracking down on all possible looters. Thinking of running in to grab a few napkins and a fork to eat the lunch you brought from home? Think again. To get access to these coveted items, you now have to have purchased something. Never mind the fact you probably ate there every day when you had meal points, you can’t take anything now if you don’t keep buying stuff.

GBC Sign

One unlucky ‘customer’ got caught in a fib earlier this semester. Upon entering the esteemed establishments for a spoon, he was asked if he bought anything. The poor fellow began stuttering out a desperate claim that he’d bought some chips or other small snack earlier. Of course, this simply wouldn’t cut it for the GBC employee. They needed a receipt to irrefutably prove his honor. We’re pretty sure he just grabbed a spoon and dashed out as quickly as he could, but there’s a lesson to be learned here: If you’re going to steal from them, at least try to be sneaky about it. Either that or steal someone’s receipt first.

GBC Stuff

Just kidding. We wouldn’t condone theft. A perfectly condonable option is to buy something small from the café if you intend on using their utensils or condiments. If you aren’t willing to do that you’ll either have to bring stuff from home or ask a friend buying from the GBC to get you whatever you need.

Moral of the story? Theft is apparently a definite no-no, even if it is just paper or ketchup.

Image source: Erum Khan, Daily Cal


Last week, Danceworx held its awesomely brilliant showcase on Sproul. It was like our own miniature version of So You Think You Can Dance, college style of course. The student dancers performed a variety of styles, from tap to jazz to hip-hop and lyrical. Large numbers of dancers were incorporated in most routines, sometimes including a lead pair. Some smaller routines were featured as well, like the foursome tapping it out to “I wanna be like you.”

Danceworx guys

If you’d be interested in seeing Berkeley’s oldest student dance group perform, they’re having a showcase this Saturday, Nov. 3, in Zellerbach Playhouse, just behind Zellerbach Hall. It starts at 8, and you can buy tickets from any member or from their table on Sproul.

Keep your eyes out for them if you like what you see!


We thank and commend in advance all you diligent students that (try to) hand out flyers on Sproul, but today we don’t have all nice things to say about your little squares of paper. If you’re only doing it because your respective club is forcing you to, even though you hate approaching apathetic fellow students, you just might be interested in this.

Sproul

A new phone application is now available called Campus Quad, which updates you on events in and around Berkeley. It lets you browse through a live feed of current events, telling you all the ‘what,’ ‘who,’ ‘when’ and ‘wheres’ you need to attend. Groups can go on themselves and add their own events too. It basically tells you everything you need to know to keep up to date with the latest happenings — without the crinkle and hassle of paper.

Flyers

Physical flyers often just get tossed out, scattered on the ground, or used as scratch paper to write down hasty to-do lists that will never get done. Not only would this digital route to publicity be saving trees (don’t worry, we’re not advocating the saving of cardinals), it would eliminate some of read more »


Risky AIR

Walking by Sather Gate Monday afternoon, we happened to spot a rather eye-catching group of risqué-dressed singers. On closer examination we discovered they were none other than our coed a capella group Artists in Resonance, otherwise known as AIR. In the spirit of Halloween, they decided to make their themed Sproul performance one of Risky Business. After all, who doesn’t love Tom Cruise singing in his underwear? Take a whole set of singers in broad daylight and it becomes even better.

AIR

Luckily for these copy-cats it was a sunny day; otherwise the white dress shirts and shorts wouldn’t have been all that fun to dance around in. Sunglasses looked better with their ensembles that way too. A few of the girls had jeans on instead of shorts, but the majority of AIR went all out in their imitation.

Would you have the guts to sing in front of everyone on Sproul in your underwear? We’re not sure we would, so props to this group for pulling it off.

Image source: Erum Khan, The Daily Californian


Late Night at Foothill

You haven’t experienced college at Cal if you haven’t been to Late Night at least once. Whether you’re using your own meal points or cajoling your friend into swiping you in, it’s just something you have to do. When it opened this semester, we literally heard people singing as they skipped down the street, “Going to laaaate night! Going to get oooonion rings!”

A lucky few get to hold the door as the line at Crossroads leads outside most nights after 10 p.m.

A lucky few get to hold the door open, as the line at Crossroads tends to end outside most nights after 10 p.m.

Now, if you’re on Southside you can hop over to Crossroads for your midnight munch. Northside-ers have the Foothill dining common. Despite its distance, though, and the seemingly ginormous hills it takes to get there, a fair number of Southside-ers are willing to make the trek up to Foothill for its food instead. Apparently there’s a big enough difference between the two dining commons to make it worth the effort.

The line for Foothill's late night starts at the Bear Market's younger sibling, Cub Market, just down the hall from the dining common.

The line for Foothill's late night starts at the Bear Market's younger sibling, Cub Market, just down the hall from the dining common.

Foothill has one menu and Crossroads has a slightly different one. You wouldn’t immediately be able to tell by just glancing at the two, but students definitely feel it depending on their cravings. Foothill boasts steak plates apparently good enough to salivate over until normal dinner times have past, as well as other random items such as waffle fries and breakfast burritos. Crossroads lacks these oh-so-healthy options, but has other ones like orange chicken rice bowls and chow mein. Both have staples such as pizza, buffalo wings, and French fries. We’ll let you decide which place seems more appetizing, but so far we haven’t heard of anyone from Northside coming down just for Crossroads.

Have we made you hungry for fried goodness yet? No worries, Foothill Late Night is open Sunday through Thursday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Crossroads runs from Wednesday through Sunday, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Catch a bite before hitting the books again, or just take a break with those lucky meal point friends. Just don’t make it a habit. We don’t think that much dining hall food at weird hours could possibly be good for you.

Image source: Erum Khan, The Daily Californian


We’ve talked about the Martinez Commons’ slight issues before, but the adventure of Sunday night wasn’t one of technical malfunction (at least not that we know of). At just past 1 a.m. residents of the new dorm were shaken from beds and pointless YouTube videos by an extremely loud and persistent fire alarm. They were shuffled out of the building in their sleepwear, congregating on Channing Way in a mass of confused college students. To top it all off, Berkeley had decided to rain. Lots of students only had tee-shirts and shorts to protect them from the lovely weather, while a lucky few had fuzzy pajamas. Anyone with flip-flops was guaranteed cold feet.

Rain waiting is no fun

A number of forewarned students brought umbrellas for everyone to huddle under, or at least everyone who could fit. Everyone else ran for cover at Crossroads, barging in on the winding down late night service or grouping under the small cover just atop its entrance. These were desperate kids. But hey, at least they got to bond with whoever they shared cover with. “Hi, I’m Bob. Nice to meet you. Thanks for standing an inch away from me so that I can read more »


To prepare us for the Big Game against Stanford this weekend, tons of clubs and organizations have been selling shirts on Sproul with their ideas of school spirit. We’ll leave it up to you to decide which you like best, because there are just so many to choose from.

Cal Quidditch

Cal Quidditch says “Voldemort Went to Stanford,” which apparently would be a strike against the Cardinals in their book.

Phi Sigma Phi

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Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you already know that it’s Big Game Week! This means a slew of fun stuff on and around campus. On Monday there was a cable car rally in San Francisco. Tuesday saw the Tree-chopping Rally in front of Sproul Hall, and Wednesday night was the Laugh Your Axe Off comedy show. Thursday there’ll be the Night Rally starting at Bowles and marching around campus for all to hop in on. Finally, the Friday night before the game will be the Big Game Rally, complete with fireworks for the very first  time!

Try to catch as much of this week’s happenings as you can. But for those of you who’ve missed some, we’ve generously chronicled what Sproul’s looked like thus far.

Cal Banner

The Cal Straw Hat Band and Cal Dance kicked off Tuesday's rally, with Oski sauntering in and out of the action as usual.

The Cal Straw Hat Band and Cal Dance kicked off Tuesday's rally, with Oski sauntering in and out of the action as usual.

Cal Forestry enthusiastically obeyed the crowd's chants of "Chop that wood!" We all showed great appreciation of mascots here. Especially when the club announced they would be selling shirts that say "Not all trees deserve a hug".

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