As the semester winds to a close, many students with meal point plans are finding themselves in one of two situations: either they have an abundance of extra points or no points left at all. Those with extra points face the looming deadline to spend all points over the 100 point rollover limit before the end of the semester. On the other hand, students who are out of points face the dilemma of spending cash to buy every meal until the end of the semester or begging their parents to buy them more meals points.

There are two problems here with one obvious solution. read more »

Stockpiling Newbie freshmen aren’t the only ones that are allowed to pine for home sometimes. Being away from home can be great when it comes to no curfews and no house rules (no rules your parents assigned at least), but as soon as things get rough we’re all crying for our mommies.

When we’re at home and start sneezing there’s usually someone to take care of us. A mom, a dad, an unusually kind sibling. There’s someone to tell you to have soup and maybe warm some up for you, even if it is Campbell’s from a can. You can wrap yourself up in a blanket, camp out in front of the T.V. and daze in and out like there’s no tomorrow. But when you get sick here? No such luxury.

If you’re in a dorm room you either get soup from Crossroads or go in search of a microwave to warm up a can of soup from the dollar store. Your roommate may be nice and get you some, but they’ve got their own stuff to deal with too. They can’t exactly stick around the room to be your nurse, even if they are your friend. You’ve got to get off your butt and take care of yourself. If you’re in an apartment you’ve got to do the same, only with the added bonus of chores and no meal plan to ensure nourishment of some sort. There’s also school. Sure, you can skip a few classes if you really need to, but those essays and midterms aren’t going to do themselves. Missed lectures add up, and deadlines can only be pushed when you’ve got understanding instructors. College may not exactly be the same as the real world, but it’s closer than high school was.

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Currently sophomores, we used to live in a ski lodge cozy Northside dorm known as Foothill.

We never understood the rationale behind the name. As any Foothill resident or ex-resident knows, Foothill is certainly not at the foot of any hill. Ironically, Foothill is notorious for being more towards the top of a hill, a fortress you can only breach by taking a series of treacherously long staircases. We can’t count how many times we’ve tripped up, down, and all around those cursed steps.


In Berkeley lore, Foothill is “that Northside dorm” few Southside residents ever venture to, no matter how tempting Foothill’s Late Night steak may be. Foothill is also known as the home of reclusive future engineers. From our experience as residents, however, we found that Foothill had plenty of variation in engineering personalities, as well as in intensity of social life, that differed from floor to floor, building to building, and suite to suite.

Luckily for us, we ended up in a suite where most of us got along pretty well. In fact, we currently live in the same apartment with some of our suitemates, now close friends. Although we live close by, we don’t see these suitemates nearly as often as we once did back at the dorms—which brings us to the difference in social life between apartments versus dorms: read more »


Here’s a really simple trick for those of you living in a triple in the dorms. If you have one of the double connected desks, then you have

a perfect spot to keep those expensive headphones. read more »

The Fork Doorstop

Open doors make happy floors, or so they say. Having an open door can be a lot easier said than done if you didn’t put “doorstop” on your packing list. (We can’t think of why you would.) read more »

5124207642_891199d47c_bIt’s time for that wonderful, spooky and exciting holiday that kicks off the fall: Halloween. On October 25 the Residential Hall Assembly (RHA) is holding its annual RHA’s All Hall-O-Ween. It’s trick-or-treating… in the residence halls!

The event is a great way to share the fun of Halloween with University families and local elementary school students. Residents can volunteer to give kids candy from their rooms — all candy is provided — or they can volunteer to be tour guides. The RHA is working with the East Bay Asian Youth Center to bus in children and their parents from Garfield Elementary School and La Escuelita Elementary School in Oakland to come trick-or-treat with the residents. In addition, the RHA is also providing buses for families living in University Village and the housing department. The event is funded using a portion of the $45 fee that every resident pays to the Residential and Student Services Program, so it’s a great chance to see your money at work!

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The wonderment surrounding the recently constructed Maximino Martinez Commons has subsided, but we still thought we’d answer some lingering questions about how the new residence hall has turned out.
Martinez lobby
Walking in, a common reaction has been “It looks like a museum!” The weird angles and wood/steel combos definitely give credit to that idea. The lure of brand spanking new apartments is also something to chat about. But other than its new, pretty fixings, we’ve starting to wonder if this dorm is really all it’s cracked up to be.

There were already issues surrounding the bathrooms before students even moved in. The confusion over gender inclusive versus gender designated ones was an interesting, to say the least, topic fluttering about the halls towards the beginning of the semester. That got sorted out though, so no real harm done. Now what else still needs fixing around the place?

For two days in the beginning of September, heating was turned up to full blast to get it up and running, as to avoid kinks during colder weather. Ice cream was handed out and shorts were worn, so again there was no real inconvenience. But another morning, residents woke up to no electricity. No lights, no working fridge, no internet. That’s right, no in-room connection to Facebook for almost an entire day! It turns out the main power transformer failed and was disabled. Hours later that same night a generator was installed, restoring power to the studying inhabitants. But power tests remained, and a few hours of electricity were still missed while a temporary transformer was installed. The building is now up and running (Facebook is once again available), but not exactly on a permanent basis yet.

The Martinez Commons are clearly a work in progress. But in exchange for mattresses no one has slept on before, we suppose some concessions must be made. It still has a great location, beautiful courtyard, clean bathrooms, and is a half block away from “late night” at Crossroads. This slightly defective but shiny new student home promises future comfort to its residents, it’s just not exactly perfect yet.

Image source: Erum Khan, The Daily Californian

So now that we’ve established UC Berkeley’s suckage, the Clog would like to add reason No. 2: lack of dorm light shows The Muppets Take Manhattan dvd Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes movie download

. Don’t we have enough socially awkward, friendless engineers to one up Poland

1776 psp
Diary of a Tired Black Man movie download

? What’s that? They’re all busy playing WoW? LAME.

college dorm light show! AWSOME [YouTube A American Crimen video The Killing Floor full movie Blade dvdrip ]

Stanford must have some really nice dorms.

Both The Chron and the Stanford Daily report that an 18-year-old female was living on the Stanford campus dorms for most of the school year. Except there are some teeny-weeny little issues—specifically her not actually paying rent or being a student.

Yes, you read that properly.

Azia Kim, a graduate of Troy High School in Fullerton, managed to pass herself off as a Stanford freshman and squat in the university dorms (well, it’s not that hard to strut around in Jimmy Choos on the Farm). The San Francisco Chronicle reports that she lived in two dorms over the past eight months before University staff finally caught on.

bq. “Shortly after student orientation last fall, Kim was able to convince students in Kimball Hall to let her share their room, and then to leave the window open — allowing her access even though she didn’t have a school-issued card key, students said.”

Honestly, we here at the Clog have gone to some pretty extreme ends to save money in the past (food is such a vanity item, anyway), but this beats us hands down. The Stanford Daily reports that the theft of services charges, paid at the unauthorized visitor charge of $175 per day, could be as high as $42,000 for Kim. While we can’t tell you whether or not we think that’d be a fair punishment (Kim could also be charged with trespassing), we can tell you that you can get a damn snazzy apartment for $5,000 a month. Probably one with a sauna. And a butler.

Kim apparently went so far as to buy books for classes she was claiming to be in and taking time to study for finals which she would never take. It’s kind of commendable—we have enough trouble doing those things for classes that we’re actually in.

Much of this occurrence is still a mystery. How Kim managed to avoid detection for such a long time (seriously, never using the door to your room? Always climbing through the window when you get home? Should’ve been a bit of a red flag that something was amiss) and why she went to such lengths to impersonate a (lowly) Stanford student are two of the major questions that have been asked in the wake of the discovery.

We’re mainly just asking why someone with that much ingenuity would choose Stanford over UC Berkeley. Oh well.

Impostor discovered at Stanford [SF Chronicle]
IMPOSTER CAUGHT [The Stanford Daily]