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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281730188_998102e47cWhat, classes are starting already? That fun few days of free food and parties is over? Do not fear, there are still two more days of Welcome Week. The Clog has tirelessly examined the Welcome Week calendar, and we’re here to give you some highlights. Sure you have class, but isn’t it more important to eat for free?


Berkeley Student Food Collective Make Your Own Sandwich Day, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. BSFC store 2440 Bancroft Way #102. The Berkeley Student Food Collective has some excellently delicious events planned, and this is one of them. You know how we feel about sandwiches. Be sure to also check out their Kombucha Pong from 3:30 to 7 p.m. in Lower Sproul and their No-Bake Bake Sale this Friday 11 to 2 p.m.

Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) Tour, 12 to 1 p.m.: The BAM/PFA is a hot spot for your dose of culture. On the tour you’ll get to hear about upcoming programs, as well as see some of their exhibits, Himalayan Pilgrimage, At the Edge and the Barry McGee exhibition. They offer more tours Friday, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

L&S Exploring Majors at Cal, 1 to 2 p.m., 262 Evans Hall: Do you have no idea where to begin with this whole majoring business? This is a good chance to calm some major major existential crises. Goodness knows we here at the Clog haven’t picked a major yet ­– when were we supposed to do that? They are also offering the workshop August 24 and 28.

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We at the Clog send our warmest welcomes to everyone on their way back to the Berkeley bubble for the exciting new school year–especially the freshmen. Our condolences on your weak, two-day Welcome Week.

Need some extra help getting settled into this brand new phase of your life? We at the Daily Cal try our best–on Thursday, we released a special issue of its daily newspaper aimed especially at Cal noobs. From Berkeley’s political history to an explanation of the Big Game and the Cal-Stanford rivalry, you’ll pretty much have a head start on becoming a full-fledged Cal student with all the helpful tips we’ve so lovingly compiled.

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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Berkeley But Were Afraid to Ask [Daily Cal]
Annual Big Game Unites Cal Students and Fans [Daily Cal]

Spring Welcome WeekOK, so it’s technically Spring Welcome Week.

Who are we kidding. If you’re a student, you’re probably not even back in Berkeley. If you are in Berkeley already, then you’re either here against your will, or you’re new to our beloved university. We at the Clog give our condolences to the premature death of your winter break. May it rest in peace.

In any case, we warmly welcome all you spring admits, transfer students, newly hired employees and perpetual Berkeley residents. You guys don’t get the excitement of a full-blown Welcome Week–complete with replete amounts of complimentary meals and excessively large club and business fairs–but who needs a Caltopia, anyway? They don’t even give away free BART tickets anymore. Yes, we’re still bitter about that.

Here’s a short list of some of the welcome-themed events going on this week. You can find more activities at UC Berkeley Events or at the Spring Welcome Week website.
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Tomorrow is the start of Welcome Week, if you haven’t heard yet. And if you haven’t been on the southside of campus in the last couple of days, it’s been a nightmare with all the traffic and all those pesky little freshmen moving into the dorms.

So, to try to cool all of you off before classes start next week, the Daily Cal is going to give all these freshmen (and you) a little history lesson about what happened 40 years ago.

Don’t remember?

Well, pick up the special Summer of Love issue inside tomorrow’s paper and reminisce about what is what like at this little placed called Berkeley back in 1967.

Then you’ll remember that hating your new roommate isn’t so bad or wish that you could take Doc’s De Lorean back to 1967. And then maybe it will get you to decorate your room with all those flowers to the right.