You’re at your friend’s apartment, having a blast playing Mafia and pigging out on cookies. You look at the clock. Oh no, it’s 2:30 a.m. and you’re in a shady part of Berkeley! Who you gonna call? BearWALK!

There are those of us too cool to call the campus security escorts, perhaps not wanting to be seen walking near a uniform and walkie talkie clad student, even if it is absurdly late at night. But for those of us without a buddy to latch onto when things go bump in the night — or without someone to push in front of us and bolt — BearWALK’s not a bad choice. What do you do when your hired human shield shows up, though?

An Oski Shuttle

Two interesting categories of students seem to arise from this ‘please-walk-me-home’ and ‘I’m-paid-to-be-here’ relationship. First you have your typical, awkward freshman (or upperclassman?), staring at the ground and trying to reach home as fast as they can to avoid conversation. Then there’s your Chatty Kathy, talking the night away and supposedly easing tension. Hey, they’re just being friendly, right?

It’s a tough balance to try and strike, treating your walking buddy as someone who doesn’t bite while also letting them do their own thing. We advise you to try and make enough conversation to relieve the bubble of tense silence that can form during your 15 minute walk, but know that a bit of quiet here and there isn’t a read more »


At Calapalooza this evening, we at the Clog spotted another fun ASUC publicity ploy. This lovely poster advertised the opportunity the win a date with External Affairs Vice President Dani Haber and President Will Smelko.

A date with both of them simultaneously sounds a little awkward, but to each their own. We’re not sure what exactly is required to win the date either, perhaps it’s some sort of new fundraising ploy, in which case, maybe other campus groups will soon follow suit …

Image Source: Valerie Woolard
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