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

Unless you decided to extend your spring break like some of our professors did, you may have noticed that it was a slightly political week for some of us on campus.

On Monday, former vice-president Al Gore video-chatted with a small group of graduate students at the UC Berkeley School of Law. For 30 minutes, he spoke to the students about renewable energy and climate change issues and later opened up the floor for discussion. Daily Cal cameras not only captured the lecture read more »


Given that it’s Earth Week, we thought it appropriate to share this — a tool to determine just how badly you’re screwing up the environment.

According to UC Berkeley researchers, cutting down on individual emissions requires more work for some than others. And here we’ve been thinking all we had to do was follow the directives mingled with the credits at the end of “An Inconvenient Truth.”

Al Gore, you have only led us astray.

Image Source: dekade under Creative Commons
CoolClimate Carbon Footprint Calculator [site]
Earth Day 2011: How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint [ABC]
Earlier: Be Mindful

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This may or may not come as a surprise to you: Hella rich people here, too. Hella. Rich.

And while the drama surrounding the Berkeley-rich may not be quite as juicy as that produced in Orange County, it often proves more thought-provoking. Case in point: can Mitch Kapor’s proposed 6,748 square foot home really be as environmentally sustainable as the city has dubbed it? Oh hey, I think your Ramen is ready—or do you like it soggy? read more »

After 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.

Terrifying though the giant plastic vortex in the Pacific may be, we’d take that particular symptom of Armageddon over this one any day.

Man, do we wish we were making this up. But the Arctic seas are indeed gradually turning into acid, as a result of (big effing surprise) carbon-dioxide emissions. Which admittedly renders the above video somewhat of a stretch, but we thought it might be nice to lighten the mood a tad before comprehensively maiming every last one of your hopes and dreams. read more »


cimg2231There have been a lot of big names gracing our campus with their presence lately, most of which we’ve only been able to read about in the newspaper. If, like us, you decided to spend your time sleeping rather than camping out to nab a ticket to see His Holiness speak The Hard Word film on Saturday, then you’re probably kicking yourself for choosing unconsciousness over a global spiritual leader.

But you didn’t have to wait in any inconvenient 16-hour lines to see Thursday’s important speaker; in fact all you really had to do was walk up and sit yourself down. Former Vice President, Academy and Grammy Award winner, Nobel Laureate and environmentalist hotshot Al Gore was the honored speaker at Thursday’s opening of the Blum Center for Developing Economies (aka that thing they’ve been building on North Side forever). read more »

Extwa, extwa! Wead all about it!US News just released its grad school rankings. Haas is a lucky No. 7 for business, Berkeley’s College of Engineering ranks third for engineering and Boalt is the sixth best law school in the land. Oh, and the baller-est Berkeley graduate program of them all? ENGLISH, baby! We may not be making any money, but at least we’re the best at it. [US News]

BART fares are probably going to be hiked in July. Groan. Sigh. [SFist


It was only a matter of time before the ASUC demanded its own recount. Wait, what? They do this every year? Well in that case … [Daily Cal]

Speaking of recounts, Al Gore was here. Get excited for this awesome audio slideshow, since you probably missed him in person. Also, ManBearPig

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Earlier: Depression Edition

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After last Thursday’s speaker, whose appearance was surprisingly quiet and yet apparently heavily publicized (if you believe some people), we vowed to get wind of the next big name speaker early on—introducing Al Gore, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, former Vice President of the United States, and class act all the way. read more »