Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you already know that it’s Big Game Week! This means a slew of fun stuff on and around campus. On Monday there was a cable car rally in San Francisco. Tuesday saw the Tree-chopping Rally in front of Sproul Hall, and Wednesday night was the Laugh Your Axe Off comedy show. Thursday there’ll be the Night Rally starting at Bowles and marching around campus for all to hop in on. Finally, the Friday night before the game will be the Big Game Rally, complete with fireworks for the very first  time!

Try to catch as much of this week’s happenings as you can. But for those of you who’ve missed some, we’ve generously chronicled what Sproul’s looked like thus far.

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The Cal Straw Hat Band and Cal Dance kicked off Tuesday's rally, with Oski sauntering in and out of the action as usual.

The Cal Straw Hat Band and Cal Dance kicked off Tuesday's rally, with Oski sauntering in and out of the action as usual.

Cal Forestry enthusiastically obeyed the crowd's chants of "Chop that wood!" We all showed great appreciation of mascots here. Especially when the club announced they would be selling shirts that say "Not all trees deserve a hug".

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save ucUnfortunately, Guy Fawkes’ Day was held on a Saturday this year. Otherwise, UC Berkeley’s “Day of Action for Public Education” would coincide nicely with the revolutionary celebration.

Tomorrow’s protest against the UC budget cuts and tuition hikes is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. with a “teach-out” — GSIs and professors will be gathering their classes out on Sproul Plaza for what looks to be a chilly morning session. Our sympathies to those who will be listening to lecture in the freezing cold.

Then, at noon, a student walkout and rally will take place at the same location, read more »

We found this flyer on a bike rack near Moffitt Library.

“Fight back against the recent upsurge of ridiculous bike citations by UCPD on campus! This is an act of civil disobedience.”


Apparently all bicyclists are supposed to meet at noon on Tuesday at Bancroft and Telegraph. Prepare to be sideswiped.

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Earlier: Yarn Bomb in Golden Gate Park

emptyWe know this information is probably new to all of you–but we hear tell there’s going to be some sort of walkout tomorrow. Now, if you didn’t know about it, we can’t blame you, because it hasn’t gotten much coverage. Okay, maybe that was sarcasm. Maybe all of the things we linked to about it have been published in the past 48 hours and there are about 78,498,320 more.

In any case, expect to encounter a lot of picket lines and rallies if you’re planning on being anywhere in the vicinity of campus tomorrow. If you’re thinking of participating, and aren’t just doing it as an excuse to stay home and sleep all day, we at the Clog have put together this guide to help you keep straight the teach-ins, walk-outs and teach-outs. read more »

Hate sexual assault? Next week’s Take Back the Night events beckon you. Join your fellow students in breaking the silence of sexual violence and assault.

The March
Day: Tuesday, April 14
Time: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Upper Sproul Plaza to Bancroft Way to College Avenue through the units

Holding candles and DIY signs, students and community members will show their solidarity against sexual violence.

The Rally

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Thursday, April 16
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Upper Sproul Plaza

It’s empowerment through the arts as people share their stories, poetry and music.

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Take Back the Night 2009 [Website]

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On Wednesday, the skirts will have it. A variety of groups on campus–Berkeley NOW, V-Day and Women’s Identity and Sexuality Small Group–will host a protest of sorts in response to the spate of recent sexual assaults around campus. Last week we blogged about the skirt creeper, but just this weekend he’s added two more assaults to his growing tally.

The rally’s designed to let women “feel safe wearing whatever we choose,” which is important considering that the Daily Cal states that the most recent victims were not wearing skirts. Seriously, someone needs to mace this guy.

When: Wednesday, Mar. 4
Time: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Upper Sproul Plaza

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SKIRT RALLY [Facebook]
Two more Berkeley skirt-lifting attacks [SF Chron]
Two Additional Victims Assaulted in Ongoing Series [Daily Cal]

San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom, who made a bold choice to legalize gay marriage in his city, leading to over 3,000 same-sex couples to marry in San Francisco back in ’04 when they could only legally get a “civil union,” is now coming to our home turf to lead a rally in opposition to Prop 8.

The event will take place Friday, October 3rd on Upper Sproul from 12:30 to 1:45pm and will include student speakers, community members and local politicians speaking about the issue. And yet another man who scandalized the country will lead a rally to support something controversial on the steps of Sproul, and so the Berkeley legacy continues.

And check out our post on Prop. 8 from earlier this week.

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The Battle Over Same-Sex Marriage [San Francisco Chronicle]

dsc_0085.JPG Like 4-year-olds with paper cuts, extremist groups are experts at exaggerating distress. Code Pink and World Can’t Wait — Drive Out the Bush Regime, for instance, like to throw around accusations of “police brutality,” whenever the 5-0 does anything that interferes with their mission–even if said cops are simply standing there like a stoic Royal Guard (one that got paid about $93,000 in overtime for Tuesday’s rally, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.)

It’s no surprise, then, that these passionate Berkeley super-liberals are usually brushed off as “the extremist groups that cried wolf.” Actually, they pretty much get brushed off, period.

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It was Cal’s 139th Birthday!!! One of the best days of the year!

There were free cupcakes on Sproul, blue and gold balloons everywhere and our friends at the UC Rally Committee trying to bolster everyone’s school spirit.

And what’s a huge party without hot dogs (and booze, but there wasn’t any booze)? So Rally Comm invited four of those kids from Stanfurd to challenge four Cal students in a hot dog-eating contest Takeru Kobayashi-style.

And we have to say that we’re pretty disappointed.

On the day that Cal celebrates its birthday, those Rally Commers lost the hot dog-eating contest to the Indians.

After four rounds, both universities were tied at 11.5 hot dogs each. The tiebreaker? Whoever can eat one hot dog the fastest.

Rally Comm sent in their person and lost (she’s the one holding the bottle in the picture above). And when the Stanfurdite was almost done with his hot dog, she ran over and tried to prevent him from eating the dog.

So, not only does Rally Comm suck at eating hot dogs (among other things), it also cheats.

As preservers of the Cal spirit, Rally Commers, you were expected to win on its charter day. Not lose a hot dog-eating contest.

Well, we guess that the Rally Commers were trying to help those Stanfurdites with their spirit, since it looks like hot dog-eating is the only thing in which the Cardinal can beat Cal.