Nosaj ThingWell, a fairly popular artist who goes by the moniker “Nosaj Thing” performed on Lower Sproul last Friday. Truth be told, we only learned of his existence on Thursday afternoon, but upon learning that he’s an “ambient DJ who makes his own cool light shows,” we were reasonably intrigued.

Nosaj Thing was supposed to go on at 10 p.m. but when we got there, some tiny girl with a pixie cut was warming up the stereo system. There were only about six people there, and all of them were showing off their awkward and bizarre repertoire of rhythmical dance moves. However, a pitcher of beer at the Bear’s Lair later, the crowd had grown considerably, and ambient music had already started to emanate from the standing speakers. Nosaj Thing was about to go on. read more »

Today’s strike, in large part a response to last week’s DSC02583brutal police action and the state’s funding cuts to higher education, was, dare we say, even better than last week’s Day of Action?

Better in what way, you wonder?

Gone were the cries of outrage and guilt — the campus atmosphere had metamorphosed from one revolved around hate for the 1 percent to love for fellow occupiers. Rather than being divided in how to proceed with the movement, the Cal community had united to celebrate the fight for income equality and social justice.

Instead of devoting a day to voicing grievances, Cal dedicated this strike to appreciating the individuals of the university, literally embodying the word “community.”

Sound cheesy? Here’s how today’s protest demonstrated what a public and “open” university looks like:

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uc berkeleyIn 2010, UC Berkeley spent nearly $326,000 trying to attract students from all over the globe. The money goes towards travel costs, catering, venues and equipment rental for the events  put on overseas. Additionally, Berkeley spent $23,000 on an advertising campaign through a website called Zinch and $5,800 on a breakfast for college counselors. Hey Berkeley, can we get our name on that breakfast list? read more »

beer pongWhat do college students Google? We’d imagine a lot: student loans, academic probation, scholarships or perhaps GPA. Well, almost. According to one investigation, students tend to Google what they seek in their college experience. The facts speak for themselves – “beer pong” is searched nearly 14 times as much as “college admissions.”

Partying is definitely a priority in trends with “beer pong” receiving 60,500 hits per month, followed by “flip cup,” “keg stand” and — wait for it — “We’re going streaking through the quad” with 140 global monthly searches. The search, “top party schools” receives 8,100 Google searches in a given month with “Penn State,” “ASU” and “UCSB”  arising most often as Google’s insightful response.

Top food-related searches include, “campus food,” “dining hall,” “campus delivery” and “chinese food college station.” The most Googled dining halls include those at UCLA, University of Michigan, Rutgers University and University of Washington.

Interestingly, “academic probation” is searched twice as much as “College GPA” and “student loans” gets 56 times more monthly searches than  ”college tuition.” After all, college isn’t exactly a cheap date. [See budget cut protests].

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College, according to keywords [The Degree 360]

5186529080_67cce0c7aaAt this point, the UC Regents’ approval last Thursday of a 9.6 percent fee increase should be old news to you. Even if the specifics of California’s budget plan and its exact impact on your college tuition are more than a little confusing, the mere fact of fee hikes is enough to get everybody’s blood boiling with a quickness.

But on the subject of confusion, it seems that even members of the ASUC don’t entirely grasp the logistics of this whole crazy business. See, in addition to the 9.6 percent figure that the regents ultimately approved, there was also the matter of “trigger” cuts to consider — meaning the potential for an additional loss of $100 million in state funding to the UC within the next six months and, consequently, the possibility of yet another 5.9 percent increase in the cost of student fees.

Now, because student leaders got especially riled up vis-a-vis any talk of a trigger increase, the regents agreed at Thursday’s meeting to table that discussion read more »


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

Although UC Berkeley no longer ranks as a politically radical institution, our super nerds are totally leading the Green Revolution. The Batteries for Advanced Transportation Technologies team at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab is leading research aimed towards making more efficient and affordable car batteries. [San Jose Mercury News]

Speaking of nerds and Berkeley, the United Artists Berkeley 7 theater is already expecting at least 600 people for the first showings of the final Harry Potter movie. Better get your tickets now, or just see it later like a normal human being. [Berkeley Patch]

Everyone already knows about state budget cuts and how much they suck, but on the plus side, a Daily Cal editorial about the cuts was cited in the New York Times. [New York Times]

Speaking of opinion pieces and the Daily Cal, if you would like to write for the Daily Cal (and, um, the New York Times?) submit something to the new Letters to the Editor section. [Daily Cal]

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Earlier: Michelle Obama, Plasmon Rulers and Budget Cuts … Oh My!

2686623656_ef69199f88As you might have heard, California public universities have officially lost 650 million dollars this year due to state budget cuts. While we have managed to stay afloat thanks to federal funds and private donations — some of our athletes are especially grateful — UC Berkeley has had to find other ways to make more money, like accepting a huge number of out-of-state and foreign students.

According to the statistics on next year’s incoming freshmen class, around one third of them will be from outside California. Why so many out-of-state students? If you’re the glass half full type, you might be thinking, “It will provide us with a more rewarding cultural experience at Cal!”

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This some bull!

Honestly, we really hate being the bearers of bad news, so we apologize in advance. Kids, Sacramento is at it again (seriously, are you really that surprised?).

Nowadays, the words “California legislators have a new budget plan” are usually followed by an array of expletives by Cal students. We’re sorry to say that this time will be no different. And the damage is — drumroll please — another $150 million of cuts to the UC system (pause for expletives). This now brings the grand total to $650 million in cuts this year. Yea, we know. read more »


Lately around the Berkeley campus, “budget” has become a four-letter word … usually followed by “cuts.” State funding for California universities continues to be slashed while students continue to get a little upset about it. Some, we’re looking at you rooftop protesters, are a little more upset than others.

Fortunately, Berkeley will be hosting a 100 million dollar project funded by the Intel Corporation. The program, which will include a few other inferior institutions, will focus on cyber security.

So not only will Berkeley receive some serious cash money, but everyone will also be benefitting from research that aims at protecting us from that pesky malware while also working on securing our mobile devices that we can’t seem to pry ourselves from.


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Intel tips second university research center [EE Times]

cutsSometimes, not being first is a good thing. Data on the Huffington Post places the UC system tenth on the list of 13 public colleges that had tuition raises this year.

Lucky number one is the University of Iowa which will see a system wide 5 percent increase, with engineering students facing 20 percent increases and nursing students a mountainous 40 percent. With our 8 percent, we’re not looking too shabby.

Coming in last is Connecticut with a significantly smaller 2.5 percent which was approved by the board of trustees earlier this year. Let’s hope we’re not moving on up next year.

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The Largest Tuition Increases In Public Colleges [Huffington Post]

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