What’s that? You like A Cappella? Of course you do. Fellow lovers of all things A Capella, the Clog is here to let you know what’s up. And what is up is the annual West Coast A Cappella Showcase, featuring the California Golden Overtones and UC Men’s Octet.

Come by Wheeler Auditorium this Friday or Saturday (Nov. 4 and 5) to see some of the West Coast’s best college a cappella show off their stuff. Both shows start at 8 p.m. and tickets cost $7 for Berkeley students, $9 for other students and $10 general admission. Bring your IDs, and trust us, it’s worth the money. read more »

quartetThe UC Choral Ensembles are delivering “Valentine Grams” this weekend (Friday through Monday). What is a Valentine Gram, you ask? Well, it is when several real, live, singing college students serenade the person of your choice with two love songs and deliver them a long-stemmed rose and card. Who could you order a Valentine Gram, you ask?

Well, we’ve brainstormed a few possibilities:

1. Your GSI, to distract from the fact that you haven’t done the reading.

2. Your boss that you hate, to interrupt an important meeting.

3. That friend who hates Valentine’s Day, because that’s just your sense of humor.

4. Your girlfriend/boyfriend/significant other, to be sweet and romantic.

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Q: OMG, OMG. What do you get when you cross a highly-choreographed, air guitar-sprinkled Tamil song and dance number with Berkeley landmarks like the Asian Ghetto* and the Campanile? read more »

Inspired by the Big Game breathing down our necks, the Clog decided to peruse The Stanford Daily and found an alumnus of ours riding Berkeley pretty hard.

Howard Loo, who attended both Stanford (B.S. 1997) and Berkeley (J.D. 2003), decided to bash Berkeley students for their rendition of the national anthem in an Op-Ed article. He cited students for their lack of respect for our nation on account of alterations to the national anthem.

After reading the article, the Clog had a nice laugh at Loo’s expense. Somehow in the middle of his blind patriotism, he mistook the harmless exuberance of Cal fans as a ploy against the nation and Stanford. Searching for meaning in every word should be left to close readings of Thoreau—replacing the word “red” with “blue” does nothing to change the spirit of the Star-Spangled Banner.

Along the way of eloquently arguing his point, he made several remarks that caused the Clog to question Boalt’s admissions panel. First off, this is by no means a new tradition. To the Clog’s knowledge, Berkeley students have been singing this version for years now.

Guess Loo never got around to attending a sporting event during his time at Cal—he was too busy reminiscing about Stanford’s dorm life. Seriously though, he needs to get out more.

Loo also made sure to clarify issues that have been in the dark for years.

I was appalled, disgusted and shocked by the concerted efforts of Cal students to disrupt the singing of our (both Stanford and Cal’s) national anthem.

Really Loo? Do we actually share the same national anthem as Stanford? All this time we thought they were busting out “O Canada” down on the farm.

To close, Loo encouraged Stanfordites to remain classy and not stoop to level of Berkeley students. The Clog is guessing that in his bible, peeing on the opposition’s grass and making band formations in the shape of penises is the respectful thing to do.

Go Cal! Don’t stop singing now!

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Op-Ed: Cal fans sink to a new low [The Stanford Daily]

We really thought that the only people who made asses of themselves in the ASUC were the Student Action folk.

Well, not anymore. We came across this really cheesy “campaign” video of our NEW ASUC president, Van Nguyen, singing his heart out for all of you.

First, we have to say that the video up there was posted a day before this year’s elections, which took place April 11-13, if you didn’t remember. And second, just over 1,000 people have seen this (let’s just say) non-flattering video of President Nguyen.

What would have happened if the entire student body saw this video of Van? We really don’t know. Would it have affected the outcome of the election? Maybe. But who wouldn’t want to vote for a guy who sings his heart out for the ASUC? BTW, Van should totally send the video to American Idol.

But Van isn’t the only one to make a fool of himself.

Here’s another video from CalSERVE, this time it’s their celebratory video, after they defeated -evil- Student Action in this year’s elections.

Let’s just say that since the party is in power now, they should get a new camera guy and maybe they don’t need to hold hands in a circle anymore.

We also wonder if they got inspiration for the music for the video from the Critical Mass guys. Eh, probably not. They are associated with the ASUC.