Elections are over, so there’s no new campaigning to throw at you… for now. But being in Berkeley, there’s always going to be another issue or movement to be aware of. Whether it’s CALPIRG or another independent student group, you can’t enter Sproul without exiting at least somewhat better informed about their cause. It would take real skillz (yes, with a z) to graduate without a general understanding of local happenings, and to some degree of national and global ones as well.

Don’t get us wrong, we’re not saying this is a bad thing. You should by all means stay as informed as possible. What we are saying is if for some reason you wanted to live in your own little bubble, this was the wrong place to come to school. There’s simply no excuse for obliviousness. Look at how much effort people put into advertising simple things like club events. They have posters all over campus, flyers, chalking, emails, Facebook, you name it. Take something on a larger scale like Prop 30 and state budget cuts and it goes even further, with all sorts of students and groups advocating their positions and making announcements. Everyone’s eager to inform everyone else and get them participating. If blissful ignorance was your thing, it sure isn’t anymore. Berkeley will force you into being in the know, thereby making you a willful rejectionist if you persist in a lack of interest.

Prop 30 Signs

With signs like this, you'll at least know there's some proposition about taxes and education, whether you want to or not.

This atmosphere can definitely be a good thing. Horrible as it might sound, for those not willing to go out and actively seek information it still provides a constant source of information. They can stay in the loop with minimal effort. For people already in the read more »

Today we ran across this well-intentioned but generally difficult to watch parody of a parody encouraging you all to vote. Judging by the tags on YouTube, CALPIRG and the Cal Vote Coalition are both involved, among others.

Seriously though, the deadline to register to vote is Monday (that’s tomorrow) so if you haven’t tracked down one of those people with clipboards milling around Sproul yet, now is the time.


Ticketmaster, a company known for not heaping service fees and never leaving its customers feeling ripped off, plans to merge with Live Nation, its only major competitor. Which raises the question: Dear whoever is supposed to be upholding anti-trust laws, what the f*ck are we paying you for? CALPIRG urges you to put on your best outrage and e-mail that “whoever” right here. Read our four word summary of the editable letter below. read more »

We reckon that every UC Berkeley student has probably asked themselves at some point in their college career – “what won’t CALPIRG do to get a pledge?” – and we can now check “getting naked” off the list.

Life isn’t easy for CALPIRG. You know, the kids with the orange stickers. The statewide group founded “to win concrete results for our health and our well-being” is required to meet a pledge quota of 20 percent of the student body or else they lose their pledged funds.

So we guess we can’t blame them for plastering their semi-nude selves all over campus to earn a  buck. Though we figure the campaign would be more effective if they disrobed on Sproul instead of on paper. Just an idea.

Image Source: Ruby Lee