We were sitting in one of our first lectures of sophomore year when a friendly looking lad sat down next to us. We glanced over at him briefly before continuing to stare blankly at the front of the lecture hall where the professor was setting up his PowerPoint.


We continued staring ahead, lost in a vegetative state.

“My name is Jen.”

She can’t possibly be talking to us, we thought as we turned over to the student sitting next to us. We found ourselves, however, faced with a grin and an extended hand.
Startled, we introduced ourselves and shook her hand. And then asked her something that unofficially wrote us off as upperclassmen:

“You’re a freshman, right?”

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Arriving late to class — we’ve all done it at one time or another.

For those of us who’ve perfected the art of scanning the lecture room for the nearest empty seats in 0.27 seconds, it’s a way of life. For those of us who have never felt comfortable with the concept of “Berkeley Time,” it’s a rare occurrence.

Everyone has a different style of arriving late, however. Three common variations of lateness include the “Half-Awake Stumble,” the “You Can’t See Me,” and “I-am-too-cool-to-be-on-time” styles — and we’re going to write some tips on how you can execute these arrivals in style.


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5220652648_812be07688It’s the first day of class. Your professor has a horrifically monotonous voice or your GSI is distractingly attractive. Perhaps taking roll lasts an entire hour as the professor stumbles over complicated names. Or the person in front of you spends the entire class on fantasy football. Some classes are perfect, it’s true, but for most there’s a little something, especially on the first day, that just irks you. The Clog is here to give you some unconventional tips that we came up with in our PACS class.

Imagine your professor’s boring voice:

Add a beat and some autotune to your professor’s voice: If you can do this for real, go for it – you could get YouTube famous. Otherwise use your active imagination to add some spice to lecture.

Pretend that your random attractive classmates are having sex: Really we just included this to put the image in your head, cue evil laughter. But in all seriousness if you’re that bored, you may as well use your imagination powers to put others in awkward situations. And now that we’ve said it, it’s all you’ll be able to do.

Spy on the Gchat of the person in front of you: Sometimes you can’t help but glance over at your classmate’s computer. They’re the ones that are having a private conversation in such easy view! Sometimes they are just talking about the weather, but we’ve occasionally spotted an argument with a significant other.

Comment below with ideas of your own!

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040Don’t you love when you’re just sitting there spacing out in chemistry lecture and a cat jumps up onto a desk? We do.

Freshman Sandon Griffin, the owner of the cat, proceeded to take out his spray bottle to give his kitten water and feed it. “He’s 9 weeks old so I thought he was too young to leave at home,” said Griffin. If you were wondering, the cat’s name is Mr. McGrizz.

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Berkeley has booked an incredibly successful female politician to teach four seminars. Before all the Hillary fans get too excited, this person actually succeeded at becoming the first female president. That’s right! It’s former president of Chile Michelle Bachelet!

As head of the United Nations new Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, Bachelet will discuss a variety of topics ranging from the difficulties she handled during her time as president to the issue of women’s rights.

Bachelet is no stranger to UC Berkeley and has made two previous visits. She also has a pretty impressive track record, with an approval rating of over 80 percent when she left office in 2010. This popularity is accredited not only to her support of social programs, but her capability in the face of a major financial crisis in 2008.

The first seminar was on Feb. 18 and the next three have currently undecided dates. Don’t miss the chance to hear this experienced leader in person!

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Former Chilean president to teach CLAS seminar [UC Berkeley NewsCenter]

Angela Davis will speak at the 11th Annual Mario Savio Memorial Lecture on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. Davis will discuss the nexus of criminalization and of poverty and racial discrimination in a lecture entitled “From Jim Crow to Guantanamo: Prisons, Democracy and Empire.”

Davis is currently a professor at UC Santa Cruz and serves as the chair of the history of consciousness department. Davis, however, is most known for her politics in the ’70s, having joined the ranks of the Blank Panther and the Communist parties. At one point, she made the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted” list.

Interested? You haven’t heard the best of her story. The lecture will be held in Pauley Ballroom. Admission is free.

Lecture: Angela Davis on Prisons, Democracy and Empire (Berkeley) [funcheapSF]

So we’re pretty sure Apple is going to take over the world pretty soon. All it needs to do is produce PC-eating Macs and buy out Google. In its latest bid for world domination, Apple’s hitting the books.

The company recently released iTunes U, a platform for universities like Berkeley to share its recorded lectures and events. It’s just like webcasting, but this stuff will go straight to your iPod. Or it will be lost with all those thousands of music tracks you’ve downloaded while “studying.”

Now iTunes can actually help you study. The Daily Cal reports that iTunes U houses “more than 10.6 million MP3 files from the campus, including 3,000 hours of lecture from more than 80 courses.” If you’re a science major, this is good news for you.

Berkeley separates its section of iTunes U into courses, events, research and campus life. Under courses, the section boasts:
* Computer Science, 436 tracks
* Chemistry, 137 tracks
* Physical Sciences, 383 tracks
* Arts & Humanities, 110 tracks
* Engineering, 433 tracks
* Social Sciences, 585 tracks
* Biological Sciences, 253 tracks
* Natural Resources, 150 tracks
* Information Science, 53 tracks

Like we said, science majors, good game. Humanities never gets webcasted. Sad face.

The Berkeley page is a little bare bones right now. And we hate to say it, but Stanford’s page looks so much more organized than ours.

But never mind that. We quickly browsed the offerings and made our selection: an arts lecture entitled “Ballet and Sex.” We dunno. It sounded good at the time. Stop judging us.

Oh, man. Only Berkeley students would listen to a lecture during summer break. We need a job. Perhaps iTunes will need a dominating henchman. Who likes ballet and sex.

Apple Venture Lets iTunes Users Listen In On Campus Lectures [Daily Cal]