Last month (yes, it’s December now!) we brought to you our first library crawl. But since there are a lot of libraries at UC Berkeley (in case you didn’t know), one crawl simply wasn’t enough. In this crawl, we bring to you Morrison, Bancroft and the Law Library. We hope this helps in finding a place to (pretend to) study during RRR Week, and we wish you the very best of luck on your finals.

Note: the Law Library is not open to undergraduates during Finals period.

Morrison Library – Eunice Choi



  • A quietness that isn’t intimidating like Main Stacks but instead allows people to fully focus on their reading/work.
  • A nice view of Morrison.

    A nice view of Morrison.

  • Extremely comfortable, squishy couches and seats of various kinds that make reading a read more »


Looking directly into the lens of the camera, Ricardo Lagos condemned Augusto Pinochet, the dictator of Chile, in a cool impassioned speech on live national television during a time when the word ‘dictator’ was censored. Earlier in Chile people who spoke out against Pinochet were imprisoned, murdered and exiled – or in some cases exiled then murdered. Through relentless organizing, campaigning and planning, Ricardo Lagos helped Chileans overthrow Pinochet peaceful and democratically. A term afterwards, he served as President of Chile from 2000 to 2006.

A few weeks ago Professor Shaiken, Chair of the Center for Latin American Studies, hosted former President Lagos when he visited UC Berkeley.

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Bored of regular art exhibitions? Look no further than the Bancroft Library’s “A Place at the Table: A Gathering of LGBT Text, Image and Voice” exhibit, which will showcase literature, film, photography and other work of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender artists. Many of the pieces were held by writers Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. read more »

5731102289_5c25ee9523We went to the famous Magnes exhibit put on by the Bancroft library knowing very little about Jewish art. For some reason we imagined we would find Old Testament scrolls, archaic headdresses, clay jars ready to crumble and other ancient pricey pieces of biblical proportions, but nothing that would be relevant to today’s fast-paced, iphone based, ADD lifestyle. However, we are guilty of blaspheme because this exhibit would pique the interest of even the 10 statuses daily Facebook addict.

At the back of the exhibition room is a lonely door and once we entered it, our ears were the first to transition into a strange world. read more »

Women suffrage: beat out SPAM™ by 30 years.

Women's suffrage: It's older than SPAM!

If you are an expert on Californian history, you might have known that Oct. 10, 2011 marked the 100th anniversary of the state giving its women the right to vote.

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Apologies, first of all, for not including the upside down exclamation point. Unfortunately, that is beyond our capabilities, but it is always in our hearts. The good news, however, is that “Celebrating Mexico,” the newest exhibit in the Bancroft library, (opening Sept. 2) is finally here.

The exhibit covers a wide range of Mexican history from the beginnings of calls for independence to the empire of Maximilian to the Mexican Revolution of 1910. It has countless valuable documents, too, including a “Wanted” poster for Pancho Villa, the most infamous of bandits (who, true story, actually killed a man by feeding him poisoned donkey meat).

There’s also a manifesto from a “pro-democracy intellectual” named Francisco Madero who attended Berkeley from 1892 to 1893. That’s right, he was a Cal Bear!

Mexico’s history is far too rich to detail here, so it’s only fair for you to go and check out the exhibit. And we should add that there’s a complementary exhibit at Stanford as well, but we already know you don’t want to go to that.

Image source: NightRPStar under Creative Commons
Bancroft library opens Mexico exhibit [UC Berkeley News]

You mourned the loss of the path between the Campanile and Memorial Glade during the reconstruction of Bancroft Library, you were perplexed by the various Campaign for Berkeley-related projects springing up around Dwinelle and Memorial Glade, you cringed at the recent mutilation of Sather Gate and now, desensitized to the ubiquitous alterations to campus, you may have failed to notice that yes indeed more campus construction is occurring, more highly trafficked pathways are being obstructed by fences, and a few ornamental porta-potties now decorate our campus.

We’re proponents of campus evolution, but at some point we have to ask will it ever end? Or at least, couldn’t they have waited until winter break or summer when we students could avoid the omnipresent fence blockage and hum of distant drilling? More pictures after the jump. read more »

Sather Gate’s looking a bit destroyed, and the OCF’s decided to succumb to its money woes and postpone its triumphant return to late October, but at least one place on campus is set to reopen for sure. The newly retrofitted Bancroft Library will open its doors on January 5th, at precisely 1 p.m., to a student populace that will have already evacuated Berkeley for the remaining duration of that month. Brilliant timing, guys. read more »