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Issue #2094 :: Monday, June 23, 2008
SPECIAL ISSUE: Summer Orientation Issue 2008

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Raising the Bar for Cal Athletics
Five individual national championships. Eight All-American honors. Six Mountain Pacific Sports Federation event titles.

Prepping for Marathon Reading
This month saw the release of "When You Are Engulfed in Flames," the latest collection of personal essays from memoirist, humorist and possible masochist David Sedaris. Think about it: You must be a little into pain if you're willing to release book after book of revealing anecdotes. Sedaris has made a career out of airing his dirty laundry-and making it really, really funny.

Exploring the Berkeley Arena
After receiving this assignment, I figured the only way to write accurately about the best Berkeley hangouts beyond the immediate vicinity of campus, outside of which many of us admittedly don't venture nearly enough, was to go on an all-day tour of this strange place I'm lucky enough to call home.

Lunging Into Summer Work
There are two steps that you have to take before you can start pounding the Berkeley pavement, flyering the cafes and headshops and non-profit headquarters with your life's silver lining in paper form (meaning your resume).

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Raising the Bar for Cal Athletics
Five individual national championships. Eight All-American honors. Six Mountain Pacific Sports Federation event titles.

Prepping for Marathon Reading
This month saw the release of "When You Are Engulfed in Flames," the latest collection of personal essays from memoirist, humorist and possible masochist David Sedaris. Think about it: You must be a little into pain if you're willing to release book after book of revealing anecdotes. Sedaris has made a career out of airing his dirty laundry-and making it really, really funny.

Exploring the Berkeley Arena
After receiving this assignment, I figured the only way to write accurately about the best Berkeley hangouts beyond the immediate vicinity of campus, outside of which many of us admittedly don't venture nearly enough, was to go on an all-day tour of this strange place I'm lucky enough to call home.

Lunging Into Summer Work
There are two steps that you have to take before you can start pounding the Berkeley pavement, flyering the cafes and headshops and non-profit headquarters with your life's silver lining in paper form (meaning your resume).

Vying for Blockbuster Gold
DC Comics' Batman returns to the big screen (yet again) in "The Dark Knight," the sequel to "Batman Begins." Christian Bale reprises his role as Bruce Wayne (also happens to be Batman, in case you did not know). The actor has been praised for his take on the character, which some fans have called the best Batman yet. But the true star of the movie promises to be Heath Ledger, who plays the Joker. The late actor spent a month by himself in a hotel room to transform the character from a foolish criminal to a psychotic anarchist in the mold of Sex Pistol's lead singer Johnny Rotten. The end result, as seen in previews, is nothing short of masterful; it has the potential to change the lasting memory of Ledger from his portrayal as a ranch hand exploring his sexuality in "Brokeback Mountain" to a talented actor of many faces. With such a performance in hand and Christopher Nolan's direction, "The Dark Knight" is sure to stand out in a summer that is flooded with comic book movies.

A Pentathlon of Summer Events
It's summertime, and the living is supposedly easy. To make it even easier, though, the Daily Clog has compiled a little to-do list comprised of fun stuff to do in the Bay Area during the summer. But F.Y.I., this is really just the tip of the iceberg. Keep your eyes, ears and Internets open and you should have no problem keeping yourself pleasantly occupied during the warmer months. Now go, young sparrow! Venture forth into the world, and while you're at it, thank your lucky stars you're not stuck in the 'burbs, working for the man, like some poor saps we could mention. Sigh.


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