If you’re a big fan of both cinema and Swedish mystery writing, you are no doubt aware that you’ll have to wait a few more months for the David Fincher-directed film version of Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” but the Swedes are way ahead of us, and have already created movie adaptations of the entire trilogy.

You can catch a free screening of the third movie right here on campus, followed by a discussion with the filmmaker. It’s all happening on Monday at 7:30 p.m. in 142 Dwinelle.

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The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest: Screening and Discussion with filmmaker Daniel Afredson [Events Calendar]

It was way more money than this.

Masayoshi Son is a Berkeley alumnus, as well as being the richest individual in Japan and the 113th richest person in the world. He also just donated more money than we’ll ever have to help the relief effort in his country.

Son is personally donating $119 million to help with emergency aid and other relief efforts and has said he will be donating his full salary from now until his retirement “to provide support to children orphaned by this disaster and the many other orphaned children.”

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Softbank’s Masayoshi Son giving $119 million to Japan quake victims [CBS News via Berkeleyside]

hubrisMembers of the major resume builder ahem, student political party Student Action declined to show up for the Daily Cal’s ASUC Candidate Forum today. It appears that since CalSERVE is not running any executive candidates, Student Action decided they had better things to do on a Friday night. They left the Daily Cal a lovely voicemail this morning saying they were passing on the forum to do some “grassroots campaigning.”

Let’s be real here, the forum is not the most serious political event there ever was. But, the ASUC also isn’t the most serious political body there ever was, what with how often its members don’t seem to know the rules of their our organization and end up suspending the bylaws as result … or allocating one program $15,000 twice by accident.

All the same, this behavior doesn’t seem quite in line with Student Action’s party line as “mak(ing) student government accountable to every student, every year.” read more »

buttonsHere we are at the ASUC candidates forum in 101 Morgan, a little cheesed that we got stood up by Student Action at the last minute, but there will be plenty of time to discuss that later.

6:25 p.m. And we’re out!

6:24 p.m. Ballard wishes we asked about Operational Excellence and the new admissions policy.

6:23 p.m. “It’s a shame that the Student Action candidates didn’t show up to the only open forum before the students that we have before the election.”-Montouth

6:22 p.m. “I believe in freedom, and America. I love America. So … you should vote for me.”-Carlton

6:20 p.m. “The fact of the matter is ASUC is broke.” -Montouth. Wants to hire an ASUC grants writer, put out a midyear report.

6:19 p.m. “I honestly don’t know too much of what he’s done, and I’m in the senate.”-Stefan Montouth on Noah Stern.

6:18 p.m. “He cheated so much and got away with it, that’s amazing.” -Carlton on Noah Stern’s accomplishments.

6:16 p.m. Ballard calls Stern completely irrelevant.

6:15 p.m. Carlton is really excited about the question on Noah Stern’s successes and failures.

6:14 p.m. “Subway kind of sucks.” -Carlton, advocating bringing a Taco Bell to campus.

6:11 p.m. Montouth wants to increase student representation on the Store Operations Board.

6:10 p.m. “I really want to work on educational forums where we, as students, can educate ourselves” – Ballard read more »

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

Berkeley’s first homicide of the year took place Tuesday on Blake Street. The victim was Tobias Pemadorji Eagle and police have not stated a suspected motive for the crime, except to say that they do not believe it was random. [Daily Cal]

Berkeley unemployment rate is/was up in January. [Daily Cal]

Possibly soon to join those unemployed read more »

This is not at all what it was like.

As you should know by now, a massive earthquake and consequent tsunami hit Japan late last week. There was devastating damage and, as you can imagine, a considerable death toll.

Shifting your attention now to Berkeley, the remains of the tsunami hit here, a good 5,000 or so miles away, on Friday. The folks over at Berkeleyside have been really psyched about it all weekend. First, the site, which infamously declined to cover the Oscar Grant trial protests because they were not happening in Berkeley, posted a video from Emeryville—Emeryville! It was of a swell very, very slowly approaching the shore.

That was all well and good. The visual was cool, even if the video portion was not really necessary. But that was not the end. read more »

This is a funny looking horse. Try not to read too much into it. CalSERVE, the oldest existing student political party on campus, has announced that they will not be running any executive candidates in the upcoming ASUC elections.

The move is a little perplexing, given that the party currently holds two of the five executive positions. And while they’ve had a rough two years following it, they swept all four of the partisan executive positions for the 2008-2009 school year.

They are also, it should be noted, one of the two major parties in the campus’s esteemed political system read more »


We were at Yali’s in Stanley Hall today, enjoying a strawberry smoothie before lecture began (if you must know). And we happened across this unusual sight.

We believe it was a bizarro sculpture of a milk carton, adorned with white paint to make it look like milk was dripping down the side, complete with a fake puddle of milk on the counter.

If this is the case, we’re not sure why this work of fine art was positioned just above the recycling. Also, why? We didn’t really want to touch it, so we were unable to confirm our theory.

Any other ideas or insight? Leave them in the comments.

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We found this sign on the door of the stairs to basement in Eshleman Hall. It seems that someone saw it fit to change this sternly-worded reminder that the door is well positioned to smack anyone milling around the lobby into a bit of found poetry.

That’s what happens when you put all the literary types in the basement.

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Today is a “day of action” for public education, which means you’ll probably run into a “Lay off Yudof” sign during the course of your day. We, at the Clog also find Mark Yudof to be a great source of material, but mostly because we’re fascinated by him.

So before you insist that he be laid off (a claim we have neither the time nor maturity to discuss in detail here), here are some things you might not know about our “stout and self-deprecating” UC president.

Here’s some trivia to get you started: read more »

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