out sick“The UC Berkeley campus community is experiencing an outbreak of mumps.”

The sentence with which Associate Vice Chancellor Ron Coley started his campus-wide email was one that we Cloggers never expected to read. So when we checked our inboxes last night and found that, our first reaction was a hearty, “For reals?” followed almost immediately by an, “oh, sheiiit.”

To prevent mass hysteria (and the spread of the blasted virus itself), the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine will be available to UC Berkeley students at no charge and with no appointment necessary on Thursday, Oct. 6, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Tang Center. (Hooray for free stuff?)

In the meantime, read more »

shakespeare and CoTo usher in the month of October, Shakespeare and Co. Booksellers is getting a head start on Halloween madness with a spooky selection in their window display.

We noticed the books while leaving Peet’s (just across the street) — coffee in hand, we took a few minutes to peruse a few covers and the words of wisdom that the folks at Shakespeare and Co. tacked on.

“One Eye, Two Eyes, Three Eyes” was declared “not safe for wimps,” and we were advised that if we insisted on reading “A Touch of Dead,” not to do so “before bed.” A Scooby-Doo tale was prefaced simply: “Rikes!” read more »

happy 40thNo, we’re not talking about that one Will Smith movie …

Forty years ago, today, our esteemed Daily Californian declared its independence from the university after the threat of censorship spurred the students at the Daily Cal to get their shit together and change things up.

On Sept. 28, 1971, this announcement was made known to the UC Berkeley community through an editorial titled “It’s your newspaper now.” Read the editorial that changed it all as well as a note from our current Editor in Chief and President, Tomer Ovadia, here.

The Clog might be young, but we’ve been known to respect our elders (on occasion) and we can appreciate that 40 years of independence is nothing to scoff at.

Image source: Jagrap under Creative Commons
40th anniversary independence [Daily Cal]

ASUC senate

In order to discuss the controversy surrounding the Berkeley College Republican’s upcoming bake sale, the ASUC Senate called a special meeting for this evening. You probably were busy doing just about anything else, but the Clog headed to the Senate Chambers and took some serious notes for anyone who wishes they had been in attendance …

6:00 p.m. We’re here — let’s get started. Oh wait, Berkeley time.

6:10 p.m. Berkeley time … meeting still not started.

6:15 p.m. Meeting called to order (it’s about time). Roll CALLLL.

6:16 p.m. Oh god, they’re talking about the Bill of Rights. Also, “and whereas” has been used at least four times already. Excessive? We think so. 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.

Scantron testAfter 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.

There’s a lot of crazy in the world: Snuggies, for one, or “Schweddy Balls”-flavored ice cream, for another. But when we read that a UC Berkeley study found that thousands of the four-and five-year old children who take California’s official test for English language proficiency (an ordeal that can last up to two hours) prior to starting kindergarten are likely to fail said test, our immediate reaction could be aptly characterized with a simple “no, duh.”

First of all, most kids that young haven’t even learned to read yet — that usually goes hand in hand with some schooling — and second of all, read more »

Will Crum band

We were just chilling in the Daily Cal office Thursday afternoon, when suddenly, at quarter after 5, that unmistakable sound of amplified feedback infiltrated the space around us. Looking out the window onto Lower Sproul Plaza, we pinpointed the location of said sound as coming from two dudes rocking out down below.

Naturally, we headed downstairs to check it out.

After a brief, five-minute set, drummer Daniel Hodge began packing up, but the band’s singer and namesake Will Crum spared a few minutes for the ol’ Clog, and came over for a chat.

Their jam sesh was actually a “guerilla show,” he explained; an impromptu, small-scale concert that appears out of nowhere and disappears just about as soon as the music stops. Crum told us read more »

For those of us who needed an upbeat way to spend Sunday afternoon, the Solano Stroll was exactly what the doctor ordered.

We walked the 26-block stretch — which did a pretty fair number on our dainty little feet — and had some fun checking out the seemingly endless booths. There was food and music and we very nearly took up a complete stranger’s offer for free hugs (no, really). But mostly we just did what the name of the event suggested, and took our sweet time strolling along.

chalk revolution

It’s hard to be all that creative when it comes to chalk-boarding. There’s really only so much you can do with a piece of chalk, you know. Or so we thought.

In classrooms all around campus, the Clog couldn’t help but to notice the very profesh-looking logos for Sigma Eta Pi that graced our professor’s blackboards. The image, so symmetrical, the letters, so legible!

As it turns out, the members of this entrepreneurship fraternity are super duper proud of their fancy chalk work (who wouldn’t be?) and seem to believe that stenciling is way to the future. With its high aesthetic appeal and superior erase-ability, we’d have to agree.

Image Source: Paige Nguyen, courtesy
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