Coming to and from the Main Stacks the past few days, you may have noticed a group of students camped out in front of California Hall and an accompanying police force of at least a dozen.

As much as we support the right for students to fight for what they believe in, finals seems like the worst time for a hunger strike. Oreos and Cheetos are the only thing keeping us sane after not seeing sunlight for over eight hours.

The group, dubbed the “Hungry for Justice Coalition,” had a rally Monday at 3:30 p.m. in front of California Hall, after police tried to end the strike, resulting in the seizure of protesters’ sleeping bags and tarps. We attended the rally and heard that apparently the group not only won’t eat, but has recently given up water too, claiming they have only 48 hours to live. read more »

sufficient groundsIf you picked up yesterday’s issue of the Daily Cal and decided to test out Sufficient Grounds, the winner for “Best Sandwich,” you’ll see that it in fact no longer exists. Despite their new colorful, seizure-inducing marquee board, Sather Lane has pretty much turned into a ghost town and Sufficient Grounds is just the latest business casualty.

Seems that the only business that can endure recession frugality and the ridiculously high rent (around $7,500 per month) is student fave Yogurt Park. And really, why walk any further when the best fro-yo in Berkeley is right there? (And is it just us or does there seem to be an inverse relationship between the success of the economy and the success of yogurt shops?)

What made their sandwiches so unique was the owner’s special bread recipe (literally handed down through generations), and it seems that tough times have led him to consider selling it for a “hefty” sum. Die-hard fans, it’s not too late to get out your wallets. The owner is also considering reopening in Berkeley or Southern California.

We can’t help but wonder whether the sandwiches that could serve a nuclear family or the interminable donut samples have anything to do with the closing. Nevertheless, we will mourn the loss of your original honey wheat bread. Sufficient Grounds, you will always be more than sufficient in our eyes. *Sniff*

Image Source: Skyler Reid, Daily Cal
Rising Costs Force Sufficient Grounds to Close [Daily Cal]

b of bEvery year the Daily Cal selects the best things to do, see and eat in Berkeley. The Clog weighs in on the results:


BEST PLACE TO HAVE SEX: 50-Yard Line of Memorial Stadium … slightly more believable than the Main Stacks, but some how we still doubt it

BEST CAMPUS ECCENTRIC: Sproul Preacher Guy … nothing like the soothing drone of Deuteronomy in the morning

BEST BLOG: California Golden Blogs … really guys? The CCMA would beg to differ.

BEST PERFORMANCE THEATER: Berkeley Repertory Theatre … we’re not surprised

BEST PLACE TO STUDY: Gardner Main Stacks … see the Clog’s lounge crawl

BEST PLACE TO USE MEAL POINTS: Golden Bear Cafe … now serving crab wantons and vegetable empanadas. Are we talking about the same GBC?

BEST WIRELESS: AirBears … or check out what the Clog thinks


BEST SANDWICH: Sufficient Grounds … but don’t actually try to go there read more »

2598816622_048093aecbHere’s a scary factoid: newspapers in the Bay Area have reduced their newsrooms by nearly 50 percent in the last several years. As people currently working in the field of journalism, statistics kinda lead us to question our career goals.

Not that the crash and burn of the newspaper industry is anything new. But with newspapers disappearing daily and journalists steadily losing their jobs, one has to wonder if a news-less world is on the horizon. In a recent trend, nonprofit news organizations have started to “sell their stories to multiple partners–newspapers, radio and television stations, blogs and hyper local news sites–” which had previously been “phobic about printing any article that was not produced by their own staff writers.” read more »

j wolfJosh Wolf has had a rough journalistic career to say the least. In 2006 he set the record for being jailed in federal prison longer than any other journalist in U.S. history for protecting source materials (he refused to turn over his video footage of a “protester being choked by a police officer and other officers threatening passers-by with stun guns”). There was also question of whether he was a journalist or just an “activist with a camera.” read more »

broadwayWhere would you go to see “Scalpel!,” a musical about murderous plastic surgery recipients or “Girlfriend,” the story of two boyfriends? Look no further than the Bay Area, which has recently established itself as the birthplace of offbeat musicals, some of which have been going on to conquer Broadway, for example.

You may remember “American Idiot,” the Green Day musical at the Berkeley Rep which transformed scoffs to shock when it made it to Broadway (it opens next Tuesday). Or “Passing Strange,” the bizarre compilation of a singer-songwriter and a rocker, which also recently made its Broadway debut.

The Bay Area has a reputation for being a supportive environment for nonconformity, and apparently the same applies to the theater world. Writers and directors come out here to test out their bizarre brain children away from the prying eyes of industry executives and New York critics.

The world of musicals has long favored “mass appeal over experimentation,” but the recent wave of quirky and successful works coming out of the Bay recently has begun to open a new niche in the musical market and draw in different kinds of viewers.

We don’t mind being musical guinea pigs, so long as we get to see Broadway musicals for cheap before they get big.

Image Source: Dom Dada under Creative Commons
Where Musicals Can Dare to Be Different [NYT Bay Area Blog]

3390107277_efce623b89When was the last time you saw a play? We thought so. And when was the last time you had the opportunity to see a play for only five bucks? That’s right, probably never. It’s cheaper than a movie and way cheaper than a 3D movie. So jump on it, people, you may not get another opportunity like this one.

George Bernard Shaw’s “Arms and the Man,” described as an “anti-romantic comedy,” is being put on by the English Undergraduate Association (EUA) this weekend and next. For those of you unfamiliar, the EUA is a club for English majors where they gather to eat pizza and discuss English. That’s right, they talk about English in their free time too. read more »

We’re starting to think The Campaign For Berkeley wall of faces, meant to raise money for Berkeley, might actually be costing Berkeley more than its bringing in. With frequent de-face-ments and replacements of pictures, the upkeep of the wall can certainly not be cheap. We’re not sure whether it’s random acts of destructive behavior or anger over budget cuts that are provoking these alterations, but if it’s the latter, this may not be the best way of expressing it.

Image Source: Ruby Lee

maozFor those of you unfamiliar with the curse of Telegraph Avenue and Channing Way, there appears to be a patch of inarable land, so-to-speak, where no business can successfully sprout. Last year we saw some …  unique establishments test out the waters of this business dead zone.

Maoz–a vegetarian Mediterranean restaurant–is the latest brave soul to move in, hoping to break the streak of business busts. At least their menu selection (falafel sandwiches, Belgian fries, eggplant, Babaganoush) looks a little more promising than cereal sandwiches and gourmet cream puffs …

With locations throughout the US, continental Europe and the UK, Moaz is basically the Chipotle of falafel: fresh ingredients, made to order. Their “Meal Deals” (sandwich, fries, beverage) run a bit on the pricey side ($8.00+), but they do have a complimentary salad bar. And judging by our sample on our way home, their falafel is worth every penny. read more »

yoo maskAdd trash-talking our city to the reasons Berkeley residents don’t like Boalt Hall School of Law professor John Yoo. In fact, it’s possible the man whose background includes drafting the Bush-era “torture memos” has managed to do something even more scandalous. And this time it’s personal.

In a recent interview with the LA Times, he calls Berkeley “a natural history museum of the 1960s.” He adds: “It’s like looking at the panoramic displays of troglodytes sitting around the campfire with their clubs. Here, it’s read more »

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