268149161_b370a426ed_oIt’s time to ‘fess up, guys. No one actually checks their Facebook invites anymore, do they? We see the notification, get a little bit giddy, and then frown just a little bit when we realize it’s not a “like” on that latest photo we posted of our breakfast cereal a la almond milk and banana slices.

However, sometimes it could just do some good to check the event invites more closely, even if we have to wade through the multiple club meetings and sponsorship spams. In fact, there may be hidden gems such as the Willard Park Clothing Swap buried deep beneath all those frat parties and grilled cheese sales.

Hosted by Ruby Lee and friends TODAY from 5 p.m. to 8p.m. at Willard Park (snuggled in between Regent Avenue, Hillegass Avenue, and Dana Street), the clothing swap is meant to channel the free piles at the co-ops.

Essentially, you just bring a bunch of clothes that you don’t want, have been trying to donate, planned on burning anyway, etc. and let people take what they feel like. The trade-off is that you get to browse other people’s free piles and grab what you want, too! For goods that are more expensive, one-on-one trades are allowed and even encouraged. read more »

It was way more money than this.

Masayoshi Son is a Berkeley alumnus, as well as being the richest individual in Japan and the 113th richest person in the world. He also just donated more money than we’ll ever have to help the relief effort in his country.

Son is personally donating $119 million to help with emergency aid and other relief efforts and has said he will be donating his full salary from now until his retirement “to provide support to children orphaned by this disaster and the many other orphaned children.”

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Softbank’s Masayoshi Son giving $119 million to Japan quake victims [CBS News via Berkeleyside]


So UC Berkeley has this liberal thing going on. It’s in the history, it’s in a whole lot of students, it’s in that stylin’ octogenarian shouting things on Upper Sproul Plaza and its in the professors. Well, an anonymous donor has decided to throw an ideological wrench into our academic left wingery by donating a whopping $777,000 toward the establishment of a Center for the Comparative Study of Right-wing Movements. read more »

Earlier this week, UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert “Canuck Bobbby” Birgeneau announced a $113 million dollar donation to the campus. The grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is the largest gift in the history of the campus. The university claims that the money will fund 100 endowed chairs across the campus. However, using our leet reporting skillz, the Clog has uncovered the real programs on which the money will be spent. A breakdown of the gift:

* $33 million to hire Rudy Giuliani as a consultant to work on ways to strengthen the Memorial Stadium fence.

* $14 million in emergency spending to help Beetle fight his crippling addiction to caring about the ASUC.

* $23 million to buy Jeff Tedford a solid-gold golf cart to ride around on during football games.

* $100 billion to take over the world. OK, so we’re a little short. – according to Christine