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September 22nd, 2010

Free Amazon Prime for students

Amazon is currently giving free 1 year memberships to Amazon Prime (free 2 day shipping, $3.99 overnight shipping) to current students with a .edu email address: http://www.amazon.com/gp/student/signup/info

I'm not sure how long they're offering this (it doesn't say on the site). Just thought i'd give fellow students the heads up on this in case you haven't heard about it yet. This is going to save me a ton on shipping textbooks this year!

September 20th, 2010

The Facebook Movie

Berkeley '06 grad. We're starting a social networking site for artists (launching in December).

Holding a viewing of "The Social Network" and discussion afterwards, Oct. 1 Details. to follow on TheArdor.com

September 12th, 2010

Metro PCS coverage at UC Berkeley

Has anyone has had any experience with MetroPCS' service on campus? I believe they're on Sprint's network, but I'm not certain. Still, if anyone has had experience with Sprint's network on campus, that would be helpful as well. I'm looking to switch out of my AT&T contract.

September 10th, 2010

TB testing sites in Berkeley or other East Bay cities

I have to get a TB test done for my new Americorps position. What are some places to get a TB test done for cheap? I tried calling the Berkeley Free Clinic this evening at 5:45, didn't get through until 5:50 and they were already all booked up. Any tips to ensure that I get an appointment? Or any other places that I can get a test done? Thanks in advance!

September 9th, 2010

Looking for female roommate

My friend was originally going to live with me, but she ended up moving somewhere else so now I'm scrambling to find a roomie for my 2 bedroom apartment in North Oakland. I recently graduated from Cal and go to grad school in SF now, but I'm sticking around in the East Bay.
If you or anyone you know needs a place to live, please drop me a line!
I'm not sure if this is the appropriate place to post an ad like this, but I follow the community a lot and wanted to cover my bases. Cheers!

September 6th, 2010

Lost Sunglasses

 Hey all,

I found a pair of sunglasses in 242 Dwinelle on September 1st at 8PM. If they're your's and if you happen to read this post, please shoot me an email at a_choi_88@hotmail.com with descriptions of the sunglasses and when you can pick them up. 


September 1st, 2010

About a freedom of expression in Mordovia

             According to article 10 of The European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right includes the freedom to hold opinions, and to receive and impart information and ideas without any intervention from state structures.
            I will speak about some examples of absence freedom of expression in Mordovia now. I quote criminal case materials № 14794 which was fabricating on me in 1998 year, a 8 years long, in the absence of crime structure. On criminal case pages 82-84 № 14794 there is a decision from August, 31st, 1998 about excitation of the petition for prolongation of term of preliminary investigation on criminal case № 14794 till 5 months, that is till November, 5th, 1998. The decision has been made by the chief of investigatory department Kochkurovsky ROVD. In the decision the illegal argument about performance of a crime by me has been specified, and the head of research department Kochkurovsky ROVD asks the public prosecutor of republic Mordovia to prolong the term of preliminary investigation on criminal case № 14794 for five months, so that to collect characterizing material and to bring charge to me. The public prosecutor of Republic Mordovia Senkin P.Е. has given the consent on September, 3rd, 1998 for illegal attraction me to a criminal liability also has prolonged preliminary investigation terms on criminal case № 14794. I will write for an example of the citation from this decision about prolongation of term of preliminary investigation so that it was clear why me so assiduously pursued on this criminal case. Here that public prosecutors and interrogators have counted illegal. Literally: "...together with Elaev I.A., together at entrances of 4 floor houses, scattered newspapers ..., so that inhabitants didn't vote for the head of Republic Merkushkin N..."
             Really, whether it is possible to agitate against Merkushkin's election by the head of Mordovia?
             Really, whether it is possible to agitate against Merkushkin's election by the head of Mordovia?Collapse )

Lawyer Elaev Ivan Aleksandrovich, Russia, phone: +79510538999, e-mail: I.A.Elaev@mail.ru

August 13th, 2010

bros marrying bros

Berkeley grad '06. This is our little take on propaganda from the right in the "bros icing bros" world.

August 12th, 2010

berkeley --> LALAland next weekend.

hey guys. i was wondering if any vehicle-clad berkeley kids out there were planning to drive to los angeles next weekend. ideally, i want to leave friday morning (8/20) and come back either sunday night (8/22) or monday (8/23). i posted an ad to craigslist but i figured doubling up wouldn't hurt.

i'm a pleasant 21 year old female. more importantly i'm not a freak, and i enjoy good music, heated conversation, reading, sitting in silence, whatevs. so if you'd like someone to split gas with, hit me back.

August 9th, 2010

Zipcar vs. Citycarshare

default, shotdari
Hey guys!

After finding just one entry on Citycarshare in the comm, I was just wondering if any of you had any experience with which organization (Zipcar vs. Citycarshare) would be better for the average college student. I would probably just use the car just for the basic grocery shopping, moving, and occasional trips to the city. I was looking at both their rates for UC Berkeley students and leaning more towards Zipcar cause you only need to pay $25 annually, but pay an hourly rate of $7 + first 180 free miles, while CCS has a $50 annual fee, hourly rate of $5.50 + $0.35/mile. Both customer service seem to have their downsides, so I'm not quite sure which to choose.

If you guys have any inputs, I'd really appreciate it!


August 8th, 2010

Independent Co-ops

Hi, folks! I can't stay in the BSC anymore now that I've graduated. Do you know of any independent co-ops with rooms available near the UC Berkeley campus? Thanks!

August 4th, 2010

Professor Suh

Has anyone ever had Professor Suh, J for upper division accounting?

If you did, how was he? and I don't mean is he easy! Courses at this level are supposed to be challenging! The other instructor is Rada Brooks and I heard she's great but she only teaches on Mondays and Wednesdays.

July 24th, 2010

Books for sale

In an effort to clean out my closet and make a few extra dollars, I'm selling off a bit of my library. Take a look below to see if there is anything you want. I'm happy to ship books to you if you're out of town, but you'll have to cover the shipping costs. For those in town, I live in Oakland, but can also meet people on campus.

If you buy a bunch, I'm happy to do some discounting.

(Sorry in advance for shamelessly Craigslist-ifying this community).

Books I'm sellingCollapse )

July 22nd, 2010


warhol skull
So... can anyone recommend a decent hotel, inexpensive, and safe in or near Berkeley?

I realize that everything is pretty pricey, but I was hoping one of you might know a secret spot.


Prof Ahmet Yildiz

Signing up for Physics 8A for next semester, and it says he's a professor for one of the lectures. (The other professor teaching has terrible ratings on Rate a Prof, his name is VOICULESCU).

There are unfortunately no reviews about Professor Yildiz. Can anyone give some feedback? He supposedly taught Physics 7a last semester.

Thanks! Go Bears!

July 19th, 2010

Good, fast places to eat lunch in downtown Berkeley?

What are some good, fast places to eat lunch in downtown Berkeley? I only have a half-hour lunch break. Usually, I grab a sandwich from EZ Stop Deli or a burger from Bongo Burger, but I'm craving more variety. I prefer cheap places, no more than $5-7 for lunch. Thanks in advance!

July 17th, 2010

Dean's List?

 Does anyone know when the Spring 2010 Dean's list generally comes out? I checked the L&S website, but they're still on Fall 2009. I finally made it after 8 long semesters, and damnit, I want to see my name on the website .. even if it means absolutely nothing now ;)

July 16th, 2010

The Wire reader?

Does anybody who's taken the film class on "The Wire" happen to have the reader to that class? If so, wanna give/sell it to me?

Yo-yo Berkeley


July 15th, 2010

The decline of studying

New paper in the Review of Economics and Statistics journal claims that students these days study less than they did fifty years ago.
Using multiple datasets from different time periods, we document declines in academic time investment by full-time college students in the United States between 1961 and 2003. Full-time students allocated 40 hours per week toward class and studying in 1961, whereas by 2003 they were investing about 27 hours per week. Declines were extremely broad-based, and are not easily accounted for by framing effects, work or major choices, or compositional changes in students or schools. We conclude that there have been substantial changes over time in the quantity or manner of human capital production on college campuses.
Some possible hypotheses:

1. Technology: The bad version of this story is that the allure of the internet (Facebook, Twitter) has ruined students' ability to concentrate. The good version of this story is that students are now more efficient (who goes to the library anymore to dig up journal articles, or types papers on typewriters?). Babcock and Marks don't buy either of these stories, as you can see in the abstract.

2. Economy: Students often have to hold jobs now in order to pay for the rising cost of going to college. Relatedly, the demographics on college campuses is changing. The working poor make up a larger percentage of student bodies, which means the pressure to get a job while going to college is being created on two sides. Babcock and Marks don't buy this story either, however.

3. Psychology: Students these days - nay, our entire generation - are reportedly suffering from depression and stress more than past generations. It could also be that students these days just don't know how to study. Causal explanations for these two hypotheses are still open.

4. Pedagogy: Professors aren't challenging students as much anymore. Perhaps this is because they've become too busy to manage the increasing number of students they have to teach, or perhaps because students are more likely to complain when they receive a low grade. Another possibility is that course evaluations are playing a bigger role in tenure reviews, and as a result, there is an incentive for professors not to make their classes too demanding. Either would lead to grade inflation, which in turn means less studying time needed in order to earn that A.

Any reactions? The 27 hours per week roughly translates to 3-4 hours of studying per day. Does that sound about right to people here?

Original paper can be found on this NBER link.

July 14th, 2010

Two random tidbits: since it's not like this community has much else these days

(1) Gordo Taqueria is opening a new location on Telegraph. Assuming everyone's palates haven't been poisoned by La Burrita yet, Gordo should finally provide good, cheap Mexican food near campus.

(2) Amazon is trying to take control of the textbook market: Free 1 year subscription to Amazon Prime through their new Amazon Student program: Free 2-day shipping and $3.99/item overnight shipping (don't have to be textbooks), a $79 value for having an .edu email account.

(The catch: Used books sold by individuals usually do not qualify for Prime.)

July 13th, 2010


Thanks to everyone who replied to my last post! I really appreciate it!

I did call the art practice department and they said that i'd have to crash the course. Ms. Dee Plev was incredibly kind and patient and answered all my questions.

I hope you all don't mind but I have another question! I'm commuting to Berkeley from Fremont because I would only be on campus on Tuesdays, Thursday, and Fridays for discussion (if my ideal schedule goes through). Is it true that finding a parking space is like Dustin Hoffman getting his teeth yanked in Marathon Man? Now, I know if I get to campus early it shouldn't be a problem. Is getting a parking permit worth the money? My original plan was to drive to Berkeley and find a safe neighborhood to park in. Then I'd take out my bike and ride to campus. Is this even legal? Do I have to pay the person who lives in the house that I park in front of?

What are your suggestions?

July 12th, 2010

Phase 1 and Phase 2?


I just got accepted to Haas as a transfer from a community college and was wondering what the difference was between Phase 1 and Phase 2? I got an advisor code late and started to register for courses for Fall 2010. I was able to register for 2 basic UGBA classes such as accounting and microecon, but when I tried registering for upper division art courses (also a prospective art minor) it said that the class was full and that I also needed approval from the instructor. But when I checked the schedule online, the class wasn't full at all! Will registering in Phase 2 help?

I know this question might sound silly, but can someone clarify what is going on? Do I need to contact the art department?

Thank you to everyone who comments and GO BEARS :)

July 10th, 2010

Place to find (affordable) Professional Clothes

I recently got a no-jeans-allowed job (starting Monday) that is going to require me to break out of the college-kid/high-school dress code cycle that I've been in since I was 16 (no kidding, I still have Forever-21 shirts in my closet from that era).

My professional 'tire breaks down as so: I own one "interview" suit (that g-ma tailored for me), 2 "winter" shirts, 1 pair of black pants (leftovers from my waitressing days, I'm fixing the hems as we speak), and one knee length skirt.

I'm creative enough to see how I can get through 1 week with these options, but I actually need to get through 3 weeks (before my much needed 1st paycheck). I'm thinking I need at least a few more shirts (preferably suited for summer) and a pair of good slacks. I need to get these things for under 100.

I just spent the morning in Ross, and am scratching that option off my list. Any other suggestions ladies?

SF lounges with a great view

cult IG
Are there any SF lounges with a nice city view you would recommend (a friend and her boyfriend are coming up in about a week or so). Proximity to public transportation is not a big concern since they will most likely take a cab. Drinks and lounge atmosphere are somewhat important, although the main emphasis is the view.

I tried looking up some places on yelp, and so far: The View and Seasons Bar and Lounge. There were a few other places that sounded pretty good, but I couldn't tell from the reviews or the pictures if there was a good view of the city or not.

July 1st, 2010

Berkeley ROI

The Wall Street Journal's Real Time Economics blog just published a story about which colleges offer the best return on investment.

UC Berkeley came in at #16; over the course of 30 years, you will have an additional $1,223,000 in your bank account because of your Cal degree. Additionally, although you would have made more money over 30-years if you went to MIT, Harvard, Stanford - or any number of elite private universities, really - UC Berkeley holds a better annual ROI percentage than almost any other school.

Just another way of saying that UC Berkeley is a better bang for your buck, economically speaking.

Full study here.

June 25th, 2010

rice cooker?

cult IG
So, the coating on the bottom of the inner rice cooker pot is starting to peel/scrape off, and I don't think it's safe to continue cooking rice in it anymore. (I think it's made from a cheap material that allows it to cook faster.)

I'm in the market for a cheap replacement, but I'm looking for a specific  type of inner pot material. It looks like the one in this picture. I tried looking it up on the Zojirushi website, but all it tells me is that their rice cookers come with a "durable nonstick inner cooking pan."

Does anyone know what material it's made of?

June 24th, 2010

Dentist Recommendations

Hi all, I need to get some fillings filled and was hoping to find a good dentist in Berkeley. Any suggestions on a great local dentist that accepts Cal's dental insurance? How much do students generally have to pay? What is our coverage like?

Thanks in advance :)

June 20th, 2010

How do new grad students find housing?

I'm starting grad school at Berkeley in the fall and I'm a bit lost on how to find an apartment.  How do most first year grad students find apartments?  I was really interested in the Berkeley grad student coop but I turned in my application way to late so that's out of the question.  The International House and the Graduate Student Apartments look extremely overpriced and not-nice-looking.  Are there any other companies/organizations that have a straight forward leasing process that doesn't require me to be in Berkeley?  Would it be a bad idea to try and find a place through Craig's List and just mail in a check for the first month's rent?  What about just showing up and trying to find a place right before classes start?

June 18th, 2010


Cal Football
OK Bears, we've added Colorado and Utah; the conference is setting itself up for a playoff format.  Looks like two 6 team divisions:  UW+WSU+OU+OSU+Utah+Colorado vs. Cal+Stanford+USC+UCLA+ASU+AU.

Or should they swap off Utah and Colorado and send 'em south and leave Cal & Stanford with the northern half of the conference?

What say you?

June 13th, 2010

Celtics bar?

There are Sox bars in the city. Are there Celtics bars in the East Bay?

June 11th, 2010

Livin' In Your Living Room

Hey folks. I need a place to live in the greater UC Berkeley campus(access to kitchen/bathroom, room for a desk, computer, and a place to sleep) from July till mid-August. I need it on the cheap. Reaaal cheap. Unusual arrangements encouraged. I know it's a bit of a stretch asking on here, but if you have anything like this available or if you know anyone who has something like this, let me know. Thanks.

No other stipulations. Shoot me an e-mail for more information if you know anything.

June 10th, 2010

World Cup

Where would be the best bar/place to watch the world cup in berkeley/albany/oakland?

June 5th, 2010

Samsung Gravity & T-Mobile 1-Year Contract: FREE PHONE!


I am going abroad for a year and am in need of someone to take over my current T-Mobile Contract. The phone exchange would happen in late July (July's phone bill paid for by me), and will last for another year. Currently, my account is set up for Unlimited Web & Text and 300 monthly daytime minutes, which totals about $55/month. When you take the account, the phone number can be changed, as well as any services you may want.

All I am looking for is someone who wants/needs a new phone in July. My Aqua/White Gravity (official model picture below) is a bit dinged up, but it comes free with the trade off, and I will cover the Change of Responsibility charge.

The current number on the phone is a (510) number, so if that's your current area code, no need to change the number- I never have telemarketers on my line.

Serious inquiries only! Thanks!

Samsung Gravity

ph.d. placement rates

Does anyone know where I can find a listing of ph.d. placement rates by field? In other words... what is the chance of actually becoming a professor if you get a ph.d. in X subject area? I know that for example, it is much easier to be a professor if you study Computer Science than English. But what are the exact rates for other disciplines?

June 2nd, 2010

Israel and the Flotilla

I'm sure some of you may already know, but this has not likely reached everyone's screen just yet:


And if you'd like to voice your opinions, the BBC also has a "Have Your Say" about it: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/05/was_israel_right_to_board_the.html

My OskiCat Renewals

Has some CS programmer figured out a way to automatically renew library books through My OskiCat? Some grad student made an automated renewal service a long time ago, but it stopped working once Berkeley switched to My OskiCat. Is there something for this system?

June 1st, 2010

Competition for those who know the Law

The International Contest of Young Lawyers “Precedent” is an on-line activity for students and young professionals. It's a bilingual contest where you can send the work in English or Russian.
It’s main goal is to give young lawyers and students a place to share opinions and try their skills. At the same time practicing lawyers and the one who is just interested in jurisprudence may participate.
There are two spheres where the participant may choose a case to resolve - intellectual property and private international law. Here’s the list of cases.
You can vote for the works and comment! Here are the approved solutions.
The Contest is held till 21 of June 2010. You can send a work up to June 15.

Prizes for the winners are granted!
Participate and tell your friends and classmates!

May 29th, 2010

Men's suit for size dweeb

Looking around the Berkeley campus, I see many men my size, and yet, I have been unable to find a suit that fits my emaciated, malnourished frame. Also, I'm short. I've looked in Berkeley, Oakland, and San Francisco. and have also tried the boy's department (they were roughly the right size, but shaped for people whose balls haven't dropped). Has anyone with a similarly puny build been able to find a decent suit?

May 28th, 2010

summer im sports

Hey, does anyone know if signing up for summer im sports is as horrible as for the regular school year? Has anyone done it before? If so, how early do you recommend getting in line?
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