5640108420_b9a4d89915Calling all expert namers (this means you, Adam and Eve)! As you may or may not know, the CalMail system proved to be a huge failure last semester, leaving the entire Berkeley community scrambling for a solution. Luckily, the almighty and all-powerful Google has stepped in to take the reigns, and now an entirely new and improved mail (and calendar) system looms on the horizon.

Who cares if it works though, the IT Productivity Suite Team is more concerned about having a really clever and inventive name to compete with the respective (and witty) UC Davis and UC Santa Cruz “AggieMail” and “Slugmail” systems. And so, the team has enlisted the help of the creative minds at UC Berkeley with a friendly naming competition. Think you have what it takes? read more »


Clumsy “Daily Show” references aside, we’ve got an opportunity for those people who like writing, competition and money: this year’s Lili Fabilli and Eric Hoffer Essay Prize contest is now under way.

For the unitiatiated, this prize is for an essay of 500 words or less on a given topic. UCB students, faculty and staff are eligible to enter and the prize is up to $3000 “divided at the judge’s discretion.” This year’s topic? The End of Civility (capitalized for emphasis).

500 words can be limiting, but Eric Hoffer believed in brevity. The guy even said “there is not an idea that cannot be expressed in 200 words.” We’re guessing this means that the 300 words after that are just filler and pretty metaphors.

Anyway, the essay’s due by 4:00 p.m. on Dec. 1st to 229 Sproul Hall. Don’t put your name on the entry, either — just read the general rules if you don’t believe us.

We would wish you good luck but apparently civility is over, so instead we’ll end with a hearty “Hope you fail miserably!”

Image source: Orin Zebest under Creative Commons
Lili Fabilli and Eric Hoffer Essay Prize [UC Berkeley Financial Aid and Scholarships Office]