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 »

281730188_998102e47cWhat, classes are starting already? That fun few days of free food and parties is over? Do not fear, there are still two more days of Welcome Week. The Clog has tirelessly examined the Welcome Week calendar, and we’re here to give you some highlights. Sure you have class, but isn’t it more important to eat for free?


Berkeley Student Food Collective Make Your Own Sandwich Day, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. BSFC store 2440 Bancroft Way #102. The Berkeley Student Food Collective has some excellently delicious events planned, and this is one of them. You know how we feel about sandwiches. Be sure to also check out their Kombucha Pong from 3:30 to 7 p.m. in Lower Sproul and their No-Bake Bake Sale this Friday 11 to 2 p.m.

Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) Tour, 12 to 1 p.m.: The BAM/PFA is a hot spot for your dose of culture. On the tour you’ll get to hear about upcoming programs, as well as see some of their exhibits, Himalayan Pilgrimage, At the Edge and the Barry McGee exhibition. They offer more tours Friday, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

L&S Exploring Majors at Cal, 1 to 2 p.m., 262 Evans Hall: Do you have no idea where to begin with this whole majoring business? This is a good chance to calm some major major existential crises. Goodness knows we here at the Clog haven’t picked a major yet ­– when were we supposed to do that? They are also offering the workshop August 24 and 28.

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nefariousHuman trafficking is one of those “things” that people feel sorry for but do almost nothing to prevent. Statistics, no matter how shocking, present themselves in a way that requires no emotional commitment from the reader.

A non-profit organization representative presents you with a bunch of facts about some horrific event. You nod and feel bad for the victims involved. You go back home and check your Facebook or YouTube. Sadness is forgotten. Sound familiar?

“Nefarious” is a documentary that reveals the disturbing aspects of modern human trafficking. Exodus Cry, the team behind “Nefarious” is quickly gaining attention and spreading awareness across the country.

A free screening is going to take place right here at Berkeley. Note the word “free.” Free is good, especially when it is towards a great cause. “Nefarious” will be screened at Wheeler Auditorium on Thursday, Sept. 29. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Remember … FREE. See you there!

Image Source: Exodus Cry
NEFARIOUS Documentary Screening [Facebook]

While the economy goes all to hell one multinational Wall Street banking Goliath at a time, libraries are still lending things out for free. The Graphic Arts Loan Collection that the Clog reported about earlier this summer is now up and running at ye old Morrison Library, making Berkeley one of the few brave universities across the nation — alongside MIT and Oberlin — that’s made the decision to condemn works of fine art to potential vandalization by lending pieces out to its general student populace. Except not, because Berkeley students are fine, upstanding citizens! Also each piece is valued at 600 dollars or less.  Yes, even the brand names.

If free framed art sounds cool enough to lure you and your trendily destitute ways away from the ultra popular Rasterbator, you can peruse the selection of over 700 prints at your leisure here. A sampling of the more interesting ones under the jump: read more »

Sometimes sacks of money do fall from the sky. Officials from California’s community college adminstration announced the largest philanthropic gift they have ever received in the history of the system’s existence yesterday, and also valiantly restrained from falling all over themselves to kiss Bernard Osher’s feet. Hell. For fifty million dollars, we’d do the same.

Our fair governor was at the news conference too, where he identified a community college education as a very important stepping stone to the land of fame, riches and biceps that no normal person could get two hands around. When asked about the secret to his success, he said that the solution’s obvious: read more »

Today is Free Comic Book Day! From 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., comic book stores around the nation–indeed, around the world–will be giving away copies of select titles to lucky store goers. The closest store to campus, Comic Relief, numbers Superman, Hellboy, X-Men and Sonic the Hedgehog among the several dozen comics offered. Did we mention the adorable tiny tot munchkins who can shoot lasers out of their eyes and fly? Whatever your inclination, the website provides a handy list of everything that will be in stock.

Check out the store locator for the United States and Canada, or hop on over to the global store locator, for our international readers. We know you’re out there.

FCBD Store Locator [Free Comic Book Day]
Comic Relief: the Comic Book Store [Comic Relief]

foodFree food. As a natural extension of Cal Day, the co-ops are opening up their in-house foodie fests to the general public for the rest of this week. If you live off culinary delights like top ramen and mayonnaise-slathered bologna sandwiches like we do, now’s your chance to stave off death by malicious triglycerides and hobnob with some hippies in the process.

Speaking of hippies, Loth’s dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. tonight, followed by Casa Zimbabwe at 7 p.m. and Afro House at 7:30 p.m. The rest of the schedule follows after the cut. read more »

caldayAlready matriculated? Sure, Cal Day won’t have as much to offer you as it will to next year’s crop of puny freshmen, but damn if live marine animals and racing robot cars don’t sound the teeniest bit cool.

With that in mind, the Clog has compiled a shortlist of events that are – indeed! – worth the investment of your oft-wandering attention. Get ready to roll up your sleeves and get in touch with your inner child at the Archaeological Research Facility. Or you could make a pot. A lot of the museums on campus will be open to the public too, so maybe dropping a live tarantula down the shirt of a loved one at the Essig Museum sounds right up your alley. The options are endless! read more »

The image “http://clog.dailycal.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/450px-chainsaw_sabri.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.Maybe you, like many other denizens of Berkeley, have that occasional hankering to make like a real live hippie and shack up in the trees. Maybe you’d rather grab a bottle of wine and a loved one, and leave out the hammock and face rags. Who does hammocks anyway? Hammocks are for newbs. Tree houses all the way!

For those of you who don’t live in Loth, the Clog is here to advise you on all your treehouse-building concerns. The next time you’re thinking of setting up shop in a nice oak somewhere, look not to Ace. Avoid Eastern Supplies, and hop not onto the 51, which would drop you off in front of Bolfing’s Elmwood Hardware on College Avenue. For all your hardware needs, the Berkeley Public Library has them all beat. read more »