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Issue #2641 :: Saturday, April 16, 2011
SPECIAL ISSUE: Cal Day 2011

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Well-known campus legends examined and explored
Gather 'round, gather 'round! Would you like to hear a story?

Students deconstruct Berkeley stereotypes
Though fundamentally known for its stellar education, UC Berkeley - also known as "Berzerkeley" - carries around the ubiquitous stigma of being ultra-liberal college, home to the hippies, the crazies and the radical political activists. According to Berkeley students, the vast diversity of people on campus stands testimony against this and any stereotype, proving that the campus refuses to be constricted to a label.

Rats, fungi, leaks and how I learned to love UC Berkeley
I grew up in northern California, so naturally I couldn't wait to escape it. I'd always envision myself spending my college years in some southern California oasis, at least 400 miles away from home. I'd go to the beach at least once a week, lay out in the sun and have the time of my life.

Berkeley hyenas featured in many studies
A lost wanderer in Berkeley might expect to run into some deer, a few homeless people and maybe even a mountain lion or two. But a walk into the hills could lead right into a pack of giggling carnivores - spotted hyenas.

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Well-known campus legends examined and explored
Gather 'round, gather 'round! Would you like to hear a story?

Students deconstruct Berkeley stereotypes
Though fundamentally known for its stellar education, UC Berkeley - also known as "Berzerkeley" - carries around the ubiquitous stigma of being ultra-liberal college, home to the hippies, the crazies and the radical political activists. According to Berkeley students, the vast diversity of people on campus stands testimony against this and any stereotype, proving that the campus refuses to be constricted to a label.

Rats, fungi, leaks and how I learned to love UC Berkeley
I grew up in northern California, so naturally I couldn't wait to escape it. I'd always envision myself spending my college years in some southern California oasis, at least 400 miles away from home. I'd go to the beach at least once a week, lay out in the sun and have the time of my life.

Berkeley hyenas featured in many studies
A lost wanderer in Berkeley might expect to run into some deer, a few homeless people and maybe even a mountain lion or two. But a walk into the hills could lead right into a pack of giggling carnivores - spotted hyenas.

Sex on Cal Day: Sifting through the feminine mystique
What is the "obligatory college lesbian experience", or the "OCLE", as I've so succinctly dubbed it? It's not "Girls Gone Wild", i.e. college girls who throw their inhibitions to the wind at the cost of all dignity and any chance of a future career. In my opinion, the OCLE is a coming-of-age experience, almost a transformation of sorts. You've made it to college, the place where experimentation and debauchery fruitfully prevail ­- and whether you like it or not, you are supposed to indulge in this experimentation and debauchery. It's what I like to call being "young and stupid", making mistakes and having your heart broken. These are life experiences– for better or worse.

Alternative Education
PACS 94, Theory and Practice of Meditation, offers a unique class setting in which one hour a week is divided between discussing the theory behind meditation, while also providing time to practice meditation during class time.

Off the Wall
For students looking for a sport that will test their physical limits, Cal Parkour may be just the rush you're looking for.

UC Berkeley's unique DeCal system offers a diverse selection of courses
Courses available through Democratic Education at Cal, better known as DeCal, offer a unique system of elective style courses, taught and designed by students, in which undergraduates can pick up a few extra units while learning from their peers in a small class setting.

Golden Bears' uneven season keeps fans interested
When a football team wins all the time, it's just plain boring.

Off-campus housing give new alternatives to dorms
A day before his July CalSO last summer, Justin Li still hadn't heard back about his dorm assignment at Cal. He didn't want to repeat the experience of his older sister, who was denied a spot her freshman year.

Unusual Eats
Around Berk-town, people have either never heard of Pad Thai noodles or love it with a fiery passion.

Campus Hangouts
Showers? Check. Coffee machines? Check. Computer labs, couches, and flat-screen TVs? Check, check and wait, what now?

Editors' Note
After all of the applications, essay-writing and unnecessary stress, you've finally made it here. Now you're the one faced with a seemingly momentous decision.

The perks of giving a snowflake
Everyone around me wants to further their education - college, grad school, circus training school (these are real people). Granted, I'm planning on going abroad to study Chinese after graduation; but anything formal? Can't even fathom the thought of it.


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