#YOLO-ing: The cop way

In what may be the greatest execution of #yolo yet, UC Davis police officer Lt. John Pike will not be facing criminal charges. Not only will he go down in history as the cop who infamously blasted Occupy protestors in the face with pepper spray last November, but also as the guy who actually got away with it.

Hey, as the saying goes, “YOLO!”

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The officer who rose to notoriety last spring after pepper spraying a line of protestors at UC Davis has left the school. Protestors across the Bay delight.

Now the question is, what will Lt. John Pike be doing next? As an officer for Davis, Pike made $110,243.12 in 2010. If he plans on entering a profession where he’ll make just as much or more, there goes the pursuing-a-PhD or going-back-to-school plan.

Maybe he should just cuddle up at home with Winnie the Pooh and friends and not show his face until the anger dies down. As if it ever will. What do you think, Berkeley?

Image source: Chris Gionet under Creative Commons

Listen, we know what you’re thinking and we’re thinking it too: mythological creatures have been so underappreciated lately. They used to be the talk of the town, and now they’ve just sort of fallen to the wayside. But never fear! We’ve been brainstorming ways to get them back into the limelight (where they belong). So let’s all imagine for a second. What if the biggest (or lamest, in Stanfurd’s case) universities in California had mythological mascots?! We know, we’re really excited too.

Let’s start with a few obvious choices as a warm-up: UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara.

The UC Davis Garden Gnomes


Let’s be real. read more »

Remember when bumper stickers were hot on Facebook? Well, they’re not anymore because Mark Zuckerberg keeps changing the design. However, what are becoming popular on the internet are memes. As you all know, memes are just an easy way to express your everyday snarky thoughts via pictorial form. The best part is that one face can virtually describe thousands of cynical observations! Luckily, we have a little bit of a selection when choosing a meme picture. You have your awkward penguin, first world problems, college freshmen and hey, remember the college republican memes, featuring our very own Cal student? We’re so proud.

Speaking of college memes, perhaps you noticed the recent explosion of college groups dedicated to creating these memes online. Since these college groups are getting an accelerated number of “likes,” we at the Clog thought we would browse through some memes provided by other UC campuses. Unfortunately, we don’t actually understand the inside jokes other schools have. If anyone happens to understand this sucker found on the UC Davis Memes Facebook page (or this one on the UCSC page), let us know.

Anyhow, we decided to stick with what we know best … UC Berkeley. Here are some of our meme creations:

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After discovering the latest omen of the world’s coming demise, the Clog encourages Berkeley students to put down their books and enjoy their short-lived time on Earth.

In a world where few things remain safe or sacred, people tend to cling to their limited sources of comfort. Chief among these for many is often a beloved pet, whose loving smooches (or, in the case of this Clogger’s cat, haughty indulgences in your enraptured cooing) provide sound reassurance that something in this life appreciates the fact that you exist.

Which of course makes it awkward if that something brings about your untimely death.

UC Davis veterinary professor Bruno Chomel’s recent study warns dog- and cat-owners to read more »

Tell 'em, girl!

Are you ready to ruuumble, Cal Bears?! Why, you ask? Can’t you just feel it in the unseasonably sweltering air? It’s football time! This Saturday, September 4 is our first home game against UC Davis. Kick-off is at 1 p.m.

Yes, we’re going to make the “Who even knew Davis had a football team? What, is it made up of cows?” joke. And you’re going to like it. Maybe. Apparently, this will be the first time Cal and Davis have met “upon the gridiron,” as they say, since 1939. So we’re guessing somebody forgot about the Aggies … until now.

“But are they actually any good?” read more »

We’re not quite sure how to break this to you guys, so we’ll just lay it on you: UC Davis students Henry Nguyen and Josue Melendez are facing charges for abusing hamsters. In addition to battery and torture via cigarette lighter, the criminal report notes that the suspects supposedly struck the rodent(s) in question with a ruler, “flung it across the room, and put the animal in a cup and lit the bottom of the cup on fire.”

The boys (allegedly) videotaped the whole ordeal and posted it on Facebook.

So much for our distilled, utopian vision of Davis as a pastoral land of kind aspiring vets and sheep midwives enjoying harmonious residence together in barnyard co-ops.

Image Source: Yukari* under Creative Commons
UC Davis Students Arrested for Torturing Hamsters [SFist]

We promise this is the last post about last week’s strike, but it’s official: the strike has struck. Though not everyone just put down their picket sign and updated their Twitter after Friday’s events:

*Forty-one students were arrested for trespassing. [LA Times]
*Two students had a few fingers broken by a few baton-happy riot guards, although no formal complaints have been filed. [SF Gate] read more »

Perhaps tired of turning around and finding their lunches being sampled upon by rodents, scientists at UC Davis are test-driving a program that’ll tamp down the rapidly multiplying squirrel population on campus. It’s squirrel birth control! Officials say students and faculty will catch the critters and inject them with hormones, then release them back into the wild, where the squirrels will continue to do as squirrels do, except without the tremendous rates of procreation and the itty-bitty progeny.

Officials also said that there were no squirrels–or no nonnative tree squirrels–seven years ago, but that there are 400 now. According to doctoral students, the squirrels can cause grievous harm to people, chew through orchards of almonds and walnuts, eat baby birds and wreck power supplies by snacking on tasty electrical wires.

We’ve heard horror stories about the squirrels at UCLA, but Davis is different in that it’s got 5,300 acres of attractive habitat. And we think we have it bad here.

Image Source: swafo under Creative Commons
UC Davis: Troublesome, Non-native Squirrels Will Get Birth-control Shots [Physorg]

So maybe becoming an EECS or Math major no longer means choosing an awkward, sexless, and sunshine-deprived existence. In fact, it may just mean you’ll be the one to snag the hot girl at the party, that is, if you, uh, actually go to them.

According to a life-changing new study out of the department of Psychology at UC Davis, women go for more than just good looks (gasp). Apparently, something like survival-of-the-smartest kicks in when a woman meets a man, and she considers how his intelligence level might affect the kind of genes he may pass to their future progeny. read more »

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