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Issue #2143 :: Thursday, October 2, 2008
SPECIAL ISSUE: Homecoming

Top Headlines

Homecoming Visitors Make Berkeley Businesses Thrive
Business owners in Berkeley are planning for UC Berkeley's annual homecoming football game this weekend.

Good, Bad or Just Plain Quirky?
It's well known that among the student body, Homecoming is not a very well-known event. OK, that probably doesn't make sense-but neither do many of the Homecoming events going on this week. Since Homecoming isn't as popular as some other Cal traditions, the events have become a little ... quirky. Don't get me wrong, a little quirkiness isn't a bad thing. After all, what would Berkeley be without it? That's right-Palo Alto.

Spirit Groups Deal With Budget Cuts
A strained economy and unversity budget have left UC Berkeley student spirit groups bearing off uneven financial straits leading up to Homecoming 2008.

Faculty, Student Portrait Wall Gives Campaign a Public Face Video
A pair of students in a crowd looks up at the large wall of faces in front of Dwinelle Hall. One points and nods as she gazes up at the many smiling, laughing and pondering portraits lining the mural; the other eyes the black-and-white photos doubtfully.

Arts & Entertainment

Thumb Wars: A weekly forum for pop culture quarrels.
I watched the "Grey's Anatomy" season premiere on live television instead of "The Office."


Special

Homecoming Visitors Make Berkeley Businesses Thrive
Business owners in Berkeley are planning for UC Berkeley's annual homecoming football game this weekend.

Good, Bad or Just Plain Quirky?
It's well known that among the student body, Homecoming is not a very well-known event. OK, that probably doesn't make sense-but neither do many of the Homecoming events going on this week. Since Homecoming isn't as popular as some other Cal traditions, the events have become a little ... quirky. Don't get me wrong, a little quirkiness isn't a bad thing. After all, what would Berkeley be without it? That's right-Palo Alto.

Spirit Groups Deal With Budget Cuts
A strained economy and unversity budget have left UC Berkeley student spirit groups bearing off uneven financial straits leading up to Homecoming 2008.

Faculty, Student Portrait Wall Gives Campaign a Public Face Video
A pair of students in a crowd looks up at the large wall of faces in front of Dwinelle Hall. One points and nods as she gazes up at the many smiling, laughing and pondering portraits lining the mural; the other eyes the black-and-white photos doubtfully.

Thumb Wars: A one-time forum for mascot quarrels.
Say what you will about Oski-call him overweight, ugly and wimpy, or even an old bald guy in a costume. We Oski fans know the truth. And the truth is that Oski is one of the most kickass mascots to ever grace a football field, and if you don't like him, you obviously have no love whatsoever for Cal.

Donations Display Alumni Spirit on Campus
Anyone who's taken a walk around the UC Berkeley campus has noticed the seemingly countless name plaques on benches, chairs and statues of bears.

Alumnus Reflects on His Experience at Berkeley
In the 10 years that have passed since Jake Zim graduated from UC Berkeley, he has gone from lacrosse player and history major to the Chief Operating Officer of Safran Digital Group, which has been involved in producing television and movie content for video game platforms and mobile phones.

Homecoming in Freshman Eyes
Every year in Fort Collins, Colorado, right before flu season hits, a very infectious condition called "Ram Fever" strikes, affecting everyone across town and all Colorado State University's alumni.

The Class of 1958 Gives Back to Cal
The Class of 1958 will celebrate its 50th reunion this weekend-and what a celebration it promises to be.

A Good Look At the Faces Of the Faces Of Berkeley
Ever since one peculiar day last April, the Berkeley community has been watched over by giant, smiling faces on posters mounted in Dwinelle Plaza, outside VLSB and tucked between the trees in all corners of campus.

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