Amidst all the election excitement (or disappointment for any elephant lovers), this may seem a wholly irrelevant topic to bring up. But we’ll choose to think of it as a healthy break from all the politics. If you don’t agree, you can make it democratic and vote amongst yourselves.

Alongside thinking about the country’s future, we as students have to consider our own. What sort of classes are we going to take next semester? How many? Do we have any requirements left to fulfill? Counselors are there to help, but there are still a lot of decisions we have to make on our own. It comes down to choice, and sometimes the ones left just plain suck.


Take for example a student ahead of the game. By the end of the middle of their sophomore year, they’ve finished all their college requirements as well as their breadth courses. They wouldn’t be in Berkeley if they weren’t forward-thinking and academically-minded (we hope), so it makes sense that they’d have these done with in a timely manner. But what happens in these cases is that there’s technically nothing left to take but major and possible minor requirements. The student’s become so far ahead of the game that they’ve put themselves out of it. They probably won’t get priority for some of the upper division classes they’re interested in, and they’ve done everything else they need to. Should they just take classes for fun now? That’s too novel a concept to wrap your head around. Besides, Berkeley isn’t supposed to be an academic vacation, if there is such a thing.

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As the day of the 111th Big Game dawned over Berkeley, minions of deception were already hard at work distributing copies of a crappy counterfeit version of the Daily Cal’s super-awesome GameDay issue. As the confusingly unconvincing fake issues circulated, it became increasingly clear that these were not the work of respected (snicker) rivals from across the Bay, but the work of … well, we’re not really sure who–or what–was behind the puzzling prank.

A curious combination of old, wrongly-attributed actual Daily Cal articles, mostly-correct stats and a completely fabricated cover story about Jahvid Best being unable to play in the Big Game due to an ankle injury sustained from a “freak accident stepping off the team bus,” leads us to believe that someone wanted us to actually believe that Best was out. Someone with a lot of disposable cash … read more »