UC Men's OctetSproul has fallen into its rhythm, which includes — you guessed it — our beloved a capella groups. If you haven’t already, we’re sure you’ll fall in love with the campus fad no matter which performance you manage to catch in front of Sather Gate. The semester is showcasing a host of new talent, now that groups have selected their newbies, but it’s also shaking up what we’ve gotten used to over the years

UC Men’s Octet, just eight of the campus’ singing celebrities, is comprised almost entirely of new members this year. This fresh ensemble promises to delight just as much as the old, practicing ten hours a week to learn the group’s old songs as well as new ones. They even have to put extra effort into presentation. After all, those snazzy suits we see them in during large concerts don’t grow on trees. With that much work, they’re sure to find their unique sound sooner rather than later. They’ll be jumping on each other and making obscene jokes before we know it, if they haven’t started already.

If you miss some of your favorite Octets, watch out for them in neighboring groups! Jeff Nathan has transferred from the Octet into the coed cape-wearing group Decadence, and Patrick Wong has joined the coed group Artists in Resonance. Each wanted to expand their a capella experience here at Cal, moving from an all-guys group to slightly different dynamics.

If we’ve managed to bring you out of the a capella-loving closet but you have no idea where to listen in on their free concerts, we have the answers! You can plan out a week-long extravaganza.

Artists in Resonance: Mondays at 12:00 p.m.

Decadence: Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m.

UC Men’s Octet: Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m.

Drawn to Scale: Fridays at 12:00 p.m.

California Golden Overtones: Fridays at 1:00 p.m.

Noteworthy: Fridays at 2:00 p.m.

As these artists say every performance, go Bears!

Image source: Erum Khan, Daily Cal


Maybe Sather Gate should get sponsored by Apple?

Image: Robert Frawley, Daily Cal

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It’s summer and you don’t want to spend all your time living in the library. We complied a short list of the best outdoor study places on campus. Each colored dot signifies the location of a photo that has a matching color border (below) so you too can enjoy the sun this summer. Also, remember to breathe in lots of fresh air! read more »

Sather gate lightsIt’s Big Game Week. The football face-off with our friendly foes doesn’t take place until Saturday, but that doesn’t mean that Cal can’t start getting its spirit on a little early. And so we couldn’t be more thrilled to see the lovely light display that now decorates our quaint little campus — the copious amount of blue and gold just warms our hearts. read more »

free speechAs we mentioned before, last weekend, we ventured off into Southern California to escape the pressures of midterms and looming, sugary protests. It just so happens that Berkeley, while physically 400 miles away, remained with us in spirit and … utility boxes.

While heading to Old Town Pasadena for an evening of unspeakable debauchery, we just so happened to observe a bright blue box with a large photo of something that looked oddly familiar. Forgetting that this wasn’t Berkeley and we can’t do whatever the hell we want, we made a highly illegal U-turn and pulled up in front of the box. Lo and behold, Sather Gate stood right before our eyes.

The iconic photo of Mario Savio, leading a large group of protesters during the 1960’s Free Speech Movement (shit, these days, we can’t get that many protesters out for free sweets, much less for free speech), was plastered read more »

shorts11Sather Gate was officially unveiled again, or something. We saw a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday involving lots of senior citizens and lots of expensive-looking cheese and wine. Apparently we weren’t old enough for a free sample.

In other campus face lift news: You probably spied the spire reconstruction atop our favorite bell tower, or perhaps you were just annoyed because you couldn’t use the Campanile Plaza pathway anymore. At some point we feel that endless reconstruction and $800 million budget cut should become mutually exclusive. [NewsCenter]

Look out for new bike racks around Hearst Women’s Gym, the Bancroft Parking Structure, Giannini Hall, Wellman Hall, and Mulford Hall. Translation: more bikes to steal. [NewsCenter]

So it’s week five of Session A, which in semester terms, means that you’re just getting out of procrastination mode and starting to crack open the first novel you’re supposed to read, but in summer sessions terms it means finals are in a week. And word to the wise: Library hours kinda suck. [Library Website]

Previously: The “Pennies From Heaven” Edition


What the what?! On Wednesday, SFist posted the above flyer, which was found taped to a utility box in Elmwood.  The flyer asks if you’ve lately experienced “Dust bunnies … Mismatched socks … Appliances behaving strangely”–among other similarly kooky things that put those ironic Sather Gate protest flyers to shame–then proceeds to explain that “You may be the victim of targeted PSYCHOTRONIC SABOTAGE, MICROWAVE HARASSMENT, SYNTHETIC TELEPATHY, OR GANG STALKING!” Well, that’s always good to know.

Long story short, we were just as confused as you probably are, so we did a little investigative research to try and get as close to the bottom of this rabbit hole as it seemed possible to get by clicking around the internets. read more »

Approaching Upper Sproul Plaza after a long day of class, expect a clear, unobstructed view of the herd of ravenous sign-wielders waiting to latch onto you with homing-missile determination. Oh, and say goodbye to the morning jackhammer serenade on your way to Dwinelle Hall.  For those of you who have been avoiding this terrifying region of campus altogether lately, the construction work is gone; Sather Gate has returned! read more »

As the Men’s Octet began singing, this flyer was handed to us by someone trying to make an (ironically humorous) statement … we think. In the process of hating on Sather Gate, the protesters blocked access to the gate itself. Nice.

To note: the Wingdings message is gibberish, so don’t bother. Also, the Website doesn’t exist either. And is the misspelling of “their” intentional?

Read this.  Now play this:

Are you crying yet? Because we definitely are.  And no amount of Facilities Service’s industrial solvent will wash away the tracks of our tears. Moment of silence, please?

Image of Jimi Hendrix Lost During Sather Gate Restoration [Daily Cal]
Jimi Hendrix Little Wing Winterland 12.10.68 [YouTube]
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