The Clog did not speak too soon when we warned you of the coming zombie apocalypse. With the threat of a 20.3 percent tuition increase looming large in the instance Jerry Brown’s tax initiative fails this fall, students protested at the UC Regents meeting dressed as zombies. Get it? Cuz the debt is killing us slowly and turning us into the living dead. Ha. Ha. read more »

Sometimes, we think that there has to be a better, more efficient way of protesting budget cuts and slashes to education funds.


After all, marching around campus screaming and waving picket signs does grow extremely exhausting after a while, and camping out in front of banks is not exactly what we’d term comfortable.

So this year, on top of the usual occupying buildings and eating pizza, the campus will be engaging in a less hands-on approach to protesting — the ASUC’s EAVP office will be activating a program called “Save Our State, Fund Our Future!”   read more »

In times of financial crisis and frantic number-crunching, it’s reassuring to believe that people behind the scenes are covering all the bases when doing their math.

So, naturally, when we heard that Cal might reinstate the five varsity sports it so heartlessly cut last semester, we couldn’t help but roll our eyes. Not because we don’t want the teams back (it would be awesome, hooray!) but because their potential restoration is due to the UC’s apparent inability to do basic arithmetic.

See, there’s this federal gender-equity law thingy, and read more »

An unfortunate chain of historical blunders renders California voters haunted by the following harrowing election narrative: we (unwaveringly) tow the Democratic party line for our legislation, then stick a wildcard Republican to the governorship.

Ethan Rarick, director of the Robert T. Matsui Center for Politics and Public Service at UC Berkeley, seems hellbent on dispelling this myth. Despite our recent track record, Rarick insists that 15 years of consistent partisan preference will lead Jerry Brown’s “back-to-the-future search for his old job” to victory in November 2010.

That is, unless opponents Whitman and Poizner bloat their campaign with those “self-financed air-blitzes” Republicans get off on. Rarick still remains unconvinced, stating that any Democratic candidate in this race will have the advantage of a “septuagenarian moonbeam.”

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Bet on the donkey in this race [LA Times]

If you’re embarrassed about your mom being on Facebook, at least there’s a silver lining: so is Gavin Newsom. The Chron pointed out that Newsom has a buttload of Facebook “friends,” to the tune of 25,000. Except that the Chron fails to note the difference between friends and supporters, real pages and public pages.

There is a difference.

Below, an abbreviated list of politicians you may actually or care about who are on Facebook as public figures. Like your mom. Hi-o!

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