After enduring a torturous first day of class including on-the-spot lab cancellations and two hours of awkwardWelcome Week, The Calm Before The Storm introductions most of us likely wish that we could relive the relative peace and freedom of last week. Though most of us may have been lounging about away from Berkeley, many others namely spring admits were partying it up with all the Welcome Week goings-on. In case your flight was delayed by a matter of days, allow us to catch you up on everything that went down.

In the event that you’ve made use of a dorm restroom and taken a number two anytime last semester, you’ve probably seen one of the health tips that our awesome health workers have been putting together. Their peers at the Tang Center put on a presentation about staying healthy, something that a lot of us have yet to learn.

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Stockpiling Newbie freshmen aren’t the only ones that are allowed to pine for home sometimes. Being away from home can be great when it comes to no curfews and no house rules (no rules your parents assigned at least), but as soon as things get rough we’re all crying for our mommies.

When we’re at home and start sneezing there’s usually someone to take care of us. A mom, a dad, an unusually kind sibling. There’s someone to tell you to have soup and maybe warm some up for you, even if it is Campbell’s from a can. You can wrap yourself up in a blanket, camp out in front of the T.V. and daze in and out like there’s no tomorrow. But when you get sick here? No such luxury.

If you’re in a dorm room you either get soup from Crossroads or go in search of a microwave to warm up a can of soup from the dollar store. Your roommate may be nice and get you some, but they’ve got their own stuff to deal with too. They can’t exactly stick around the room to be your nurse, even if they are your friend. You’ve got to get off your butt and take care of yourself. If you’re in an apartment you’ve got to do the same, only with the added bonus of chores and no meal plan to ensure nourishment of some sort. There’s also school. Sure, you can skip a few classes if you really need to, but those essays and midterms aren’t going to do themselves. Missed lectures add up, and deadlines can only be pushed when you’ve got understanding instructors. College may not exactly be the same as the real world, but it’s closer than high school was.

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Mumps. It’s been the talk of the town, lately, and we’re not just referring to our town. Oh no, no, no, friends, word has spread all the way to southern California!

Now, everyone knows that last week, we got creamed by the Trojans at our Homecoming game. What you might not know, is that the USC student body in its entirety received warning of the mumps before heading North. That’s right, a student-wide email was sent from Dr. Lawrence Neinstein, professor of pediatrics and medicine at USC’s Keck School of Medecine to ensure that no Trojan drink from the same glass as a Golden Bear.

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Those goddamn Europeans.

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According to the California Department of Public Health, the mumps outbreak at Berkeley began when a Cal student first contracted the virus in Great Britain. Tsk tsk, those British. Always giving their problems to us to deal with.

The outbreak has now increased to more than 40 total confirmed and suspected cases.

Mike Sicilia, the spokesperson for the department, declared that the source of the outbreak was identified after interviewing the infected. Apparently, it’s not unusual for mumps outbreaks in the U.S. to be initiated by some sort of foreign contact.

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out sick“The UC Berkeley campus community is experiencing an outbreak of mumps.”

The sentence with which Associate Vice Chancellor Ron Coley started his campus-wide email was one that we Cloggers never expected to read. So when we checked our inboxes last night and found that, our first reaction was a hearty, “For reals?” followed almost immediately by an, “oh, sheiiit.”

To prevent mass hysteria (and the spread of the blasted virus itself), the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine will be available to UC Berkeley students at no charge and with no appointment necessary on Thursday, Oct. 6, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Tang Center. (Hooray for free stuff?)

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… that it is Mind and Body Awareness Week? UC Berkeley’s Tang Center is sponsoring said awareness through Friday in order to help us all “[l]earn more about mental health and the connection between how you think, feel, behave and learn.” An ambitiously broad mission statement, yes, but the week’s activities do sound pretty worthwhile.

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It’s gettin’ cold, yo. It’s that puddle-jumping, pea coat-wearing, fireside chat-hosting time of year. A time when we soup lovers spend autumnal afternoons searching for our soupmate: that special someone whose taste in soup is so remarkably similar to ours that when we find them, we’ll never have to eat chili alone again.

On the flip side, if you or anyone you share a bread bowl with comes down with a case of the sniffles, we advise a visit the Tang Center for a flu shot:

Fall Seasonal Flu Shot Schedule:
Wednesday, Oct. 21
Monday, Oct. 26
Thursday, Nov. 5
Monday, Nov. 16
Wednesdsay, Dec. 2

All from 12-6 p.m. at the Tang Center, located at 2222 Bancroft Way, Education Center, on the 1st floor.

For students on the SHIP insurance plan, the shot costs a measly $5—$6 for thimerisol-free. If you waived out of SHIP, a regular vaccine will set you back $25, or $30 for thimerisol-free. Walk-ins welcome for those affiliated with the campus, as well as community members college-age and above.

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F*ck, these budget cuts have teeth. Still, the surgeon’s hand must have slipped when it shaved off 23 percent of University Health Services’ annual budget (about $2 million.) No really, faculty pay cuts and student fee hikes are a pain and all, but what are we supposed to do when we get swine flu? See what to expect next time you visit the Tang Center (grab on to your wallet and brace yourself): read more »

The fact that we’ve been getting more and more student questionnaires via email asking us about our trends in suicidal thoughts has been mildly unsettling, but it may just be Tang looking out for us. They’re upping their services in response to increased counseling service visits per year (now more than 14,500). They’re also just in time for finals (the season of stressing) and winter (also not so good).

So if you’re feeling the gray hairs growing out, the worry wrinkles settling in or the blood pressure climbing off the charts, drop in on the Tang Center and find a peer or professional–whatever you’re into. Apparently, taking care of your mental health is the cool thing to do nowadays.

On a more serious note, if you need help, talk to someone. Anyone. It’ll be worth your time.

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Tang Center Increases On-Campus Presence of Counseling Services [Daily Cal]