With 2013 nearly over, The Daily Californian decided to look back on some of the reasons dailycal.org saw an unprecedented number of visitors. From Jan. 1 to Dec. 28, dailycal.org recorded more than 4.1 million visits and 7.2 million pageviews. We aggregated our website’s 25 most-read posts to relive the hottest talking points in Berkeley, the surrounding communities and beyond. Thank you for your continued support, and have a happy new year!
The story covering the explosion that occurred near California Hall in campus on Sept. 30 — which prompted UC Berkeley officials to declare a state of emergency — garnered more than 200,000 pageviews on the day of the explosion. It is, by a wide margin, the most-read article in dailycal.org history.
It seems many people in the Internet genuinely wanted to know the answer to why urine smells funny after one eats asparagus. Consistently raking in thousands of pageviews every month since its publication, this post is a prime example of the influence of SEO and Google search.
Not to be outdone by other outlets who were publishing their own “Best and Worst Dressed at Oscars 2013” posts, the Arts & Entertainment department published its own, attracting in nearly 40,000 pageviews.
A great film review in its own right, the “Spring Breakers” article skyrocketed to the top four most-read articles in 2013 thanks to its eye-catching featured image.
5. Get in on the secret: 11 Starbucks secret-menu drinks that will cure your cravings (The Daily Clog: Nov. 15)
6. Kanye West’s ridiculously expensive plain white T-shirt is (sadly) a hot item (The Daily Clog: July 19)
Grade inflation is on the rise for many universities nationwide, UC Berkeley’s stance to change its transcripts to better contextualize students’ academic achievements drew a variety of reactions.
“HOLY S***, WHAT THE F*** JUST HAPPENED?!,” indeed.
Former Sex on Tuesday columnist Elisabeth Bahadori eloquently dissects the finger-pointing mentality toward rape victims.
14. UC Berkeley admits only one student to the class of 2017 due to ‘budget cuts’ (The Daily Clog: April 1)
In response to this Buzzfeed article, The Daily Clog added 40 more signs you were or are a Golden Bear.
17. President Obama interrupted by former UC Berkeley student senator at immigration speech in San Francisco (News: Nov. 25)
Former ASUC Senator Ju Hong grabbed President Obama’s attention — and shortly after, the national media’s — by interrupting his speech to ask the president to take more action on immigration.
SB 160, an ASUC bill seeking ASUC and UC assets to divest from companies affiliated with Israel’s military, passed after a dramatic, emotional night that carried on for 10 hours.
The Storify feed helped aggregate all updates and reactions from social media during and after the Sept. 30 explosion on campus.
24. Bomb squads investigate 2 incidents in Berkeley; campus’ southern entrance briefly closed (News: Oct. 28)