From the very first day you met your roommate(s), you’ve probably beenWhy Your Roommate Is A Hermit Crab engaged in a never-ending battle for space. There just isn’t that much space to go around in that cramped room that doubles as a work space and a home media center, especially when you’ve got one or two other people to share it with.

There are always those subtle signs – when your roommate narrows his or her eyes when you cross over to the fridge that happens to be on their side of the room, or when you walk in on your roommate measuring the length of the room and making sure they’re not being cheated of any space. When a fleck of dust crosses the invisible line and it draws a small scream of anguish, it’s probably indicative of your roommate’s transformation into a hermit crab.

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In efforts to reduce waste, campus groups are planning “free days’” for tomorrow and Saturday where the public can come collect used furniture from the soon to be demolished Smyth-Fernwald Complex. The Daily Cal reports: “On July 13 and 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the campus programs will host a “Free Day” outside of Clark Kerr Campus Building 5, which will be open to all campus faculty, staff, students and general public, to come and salvage free desks, shelves, chairs, sofas, tables and other reusable items from the complex.”

Don’t feel like shopping for that new couch for next year? Get out to CK tomorrow. And bring a car to help you carry the load back home. Or lots of friends. But mainly, a car.

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Unfortunately, this is entirely real. Apparently three swastikas “were drawn on the hallway walls” of Clark Kerr “over the past few days.” Fellow residents of the units recently received an email from the chancellor strongly condemning this act. They have no idea yet who did it, what it was directed at, or if the people who did it were students or Clark Kerr residents.

But rest assured, the UC police department is on the case, and these swastikas are being classified as “hate incidents.” Because as the email said, “We cannot lose sight of the fact that the swastika remains a powerful and disturbing reminder of a Nazi regime and philosophy that condoned anti-Semitism, racism, homophobia, rabid intolerance and mass murder.”

Frankly, we were kinda hoping that as a society we were past all of the swastika-drawing hate crimes. Let’s hope that this is an isolated incident that will be resolved quickly.

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Multiple swastikas found drawn at Clark Kerr campus [Daily Cal]

Two men were taken into custody yesterday by the UCPD in connection with the robbery of a Clark Kerr dorm three weeks ago. 21-year-olds Gary Doxy and R.J. Garrett, both ex-football players, are alleged to have held four of their peers at gunpoint while demanding wallets and laptops. Turns out the gun was a BB gun. Not that that makes it all better or anything.

Significantly, police say that the robbery may have been incited by some racial slurs–ones that a drunk white male crew member allegedly made during the course of a party. News of the slurs is believed to have eventually reached Doxy and Garrett, who then allegedly proceeded to stick up two members of the crew team and some incidental roommates. Specifically, police believe they robbed crew members who hadn’t made the offensive comments themselves. Come again?

(Note: Post edited for accuracy.)

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Two UC Berkeley Students Arrested in Connection With Clark Kerr Armed Robbery [Daily Cal]

Robbers crawled through an open window in a Clark Kerr dorm last night, which immediately begs two questions.  One: whose brilliant idea was it to build ground-floor Clark Kerr windows so big and wide that six-footers can just sail right through them?  Two, which in retrospect isn’t so surprising considering point one: dangerous criminal people with guns are targeting dorms now?

Police officials are feeling the shock too.  The four students whose dormitory was broken into were apparently ordered to give up laptops and wallets at gun-point. The assailants left with one of each and have not been apprehended.  None of the students were injured.  We direct our most sincere expressions of gratitude heavenward.

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Police Seek Two Suspects Following Clark Kerr Armed Robbery [Daily Cal]