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Skeletons in the Campanile’s closet

One hundred years ago when architect John Galen Howard looked up at the almost-finished Sather Tower on a gloomy October day, a small shadow might’ve darkened his mind. On most days, the Campanile stands tall and majestic, just as Howard intended it. But on that cloudy morning, something about the
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A real haunted house: the spirits of Lothlorien

Lothlorien sits near the corner of Channing and Prospect, removed from the street by a series of unlit cement steps obscured by tangled tree branches. Inside the student cooperative, dozens of students and two ghosts make their home. The co-op is made up of two large houses separated by a
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A mystery in Webster tunnel

Alannah was going to be late. Traffic was backed up way beyond the mouth of the tunnel, and she had left the house with no time to spare. It was days like this that she hated living on an island. It’s barely an island. A stone’s throw from Oakland, is
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The Tweedledee and Tweedledum costumes were manufactured in France in the 1960s and found in New Jersey.

An American Halloween: still scary, after all these years

On Halloween night in 1974, Ronald Clark O’Bryan returned to his friends’ house in Pasadena, Texas, after an evening trick-or-treating with his kids. Wet from the rain, he held five 22-inch Giant Pixy Stix. He cheerfully passed out the candy to a group of children, including his 8-year-old son, Timothy.
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Babyhood

My name is Tom Edmondson, and I am an adult baby. I know what you’re thinking: “How can you be a baby if you’re 20 years old?” This is exactly the kind of ignorance I deal with on a regular basis. Many of you think “baby” is defined by one’s
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The Society for the Advancement of Ghosts convenes

MINUTES OF THE 146th ANNUAL HALLOWEEN BOARD MEETING OF THE UC BERKELEY CHAPTER OF THE SOCIETY FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF GHOSTS (SAG) (WE CAME FIRST, YOU CHANGE IT, POMPOUS ACTORS) – FRIDAY, OCT. 31, 2014 – LOCATION: NORMAL MEETING SITE IN BASEMENT OF BOWLES HALL HAS BEEN CHANGED TO HEARST
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What we’re being (for Halloween)

Ever since my Tinkerbell costume stopped fitting when I turned 10, it’s been hard to figure out what to be for Halloween. This year, I will dress up as Riff Raff, because Riff Raff dresses up as Riff Raff 364 days a year. Why not 365? For Halloween, he is
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Inside Berkeley’s not so secret society

Every other Tuesday, campus administrators, ASUC officials, Daily Cal editors, student athletes and other campus leaders gather in a secret room at Senior Hall, a wooden building nestled behind the faculty club. They file in and take a seat. The Order of the Golden Bear is convening. Inherent in the
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Signs of Growth

Berkeley's Student Organic Garden Association gains popularity

There’s a fence on Walnut Street laced with morning glories. It extends for a city block, enclosing a quarter acre of potted baby greens, lettuce heads sitting pleasantly beside other vibrant greenery and a number of peaceful volunteers. A handmade sign on the flower-ridden fence reads: UC Berkeley Student Organic
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Berkeley’s Blueprint

A look at the changing campus architecture

UC Berkeley is in dialogue. Not just the students, but the buildings themselves, marking the campus’s progression and growth with their varied styles and aesthetics. The first impression of UC Berkeley’s campus is not a cohesive one. Wheeler Hall stands near the center of campus, an old stately building appreciated
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