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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Steps for a successful oak protest:

# Occupy the trees
# Take pictures of naked people in and around trees
# And possibly damage said trees (at least according to police)

The Save the Oaks at the Stadium coalition, also known as the tree people and (affectionately) as Treewoks, is suspected of damaging two trees, UCPD says. The process of constructing a living space in the trees allegedly damaged a cedar and a redwood.

Ayr, a member of the coalition, said it isn’t so. The Daily Cal reports:

The sleeping platforms are made out of plywood planks and springy, net-like reed catchers that are tied tightly to the trees so as not to cause any damage, Ayr said.

He also said no permanent damage was done to the two trees in question.

News 10 reports that the tops of the two trees have been cut off and are damaged permanently. No one has been cited yet, but whoever turns out to be responsible may face charges of vandalism, trespassing and lodging on campus.

Ayr explains that

It’s ridiculous and hypocritical for the UC to cry crocodile tears about removing dead and damaged branches when they’re planning on cutting down the grove.

It’s only been less than a year, fellow tree people! This is the man trying to knock us (and the trees) down. C’mon, let’s fight to preserve these trees.

You know, sounds like somebody’s got a case of the Mondays.

Image Source: Eli Weissman, Daily Cal
UCPD: Protesters Damaged Two Trees Near Stadium [Daily Cal]
Berkeley Tree Sitters Accused of Vandalizing Trees [News 10]