The 3 types of midterm zombies you might become

As midterms begin, you may see more students than usual walking on Sproul Plaza with red, sleep-deprived eyes and carrying cups of coffee and blue (actually green) books. Everyone reacts to the stress of midterms in different ways, but here are three different types of midterm zombies you may encounter
Read More…

Thumb Wars: The Great Divide

Is Northside or Southside a better place to live in?

Team Northside The immediate response for many people when faced with Northside as a living option is that it’s too far from everything else, i.e. Southside. I’ll admit that was my original stance. But after living in the nether region north of campus for the past nine months, I’ve come
Read More…

Designers compete to reimagine logos

Seated around banquet tables in teams of twos, threes and fours, students stare intently at their laptop screens, periodically consulting each other about things like typeface, color scheme and cohesive branding. Yogurt Park, it was overwhelmingly decided, should be upbeat and colorful, while many felt Cafe Milano was better served
Read More…

Coffee Buzz

A look at the coffee empires that rule Berkeley

We live in a world of underground coffee mafias and warring roasteries. That’s an exaggeration, but have you ever noticed the same cups, coffee or employees at multiple local coffee shops? Berkeley’s anti-chain mentality is part of what makes it so uniquely perfect for the independent bookstore and cafe culture.
Read More…

Hookup: The ambiguity of collegiate intimacy

This is the first installment in a four-part series exploring UC Berkeley’s “hookup culture.” Students’ names have been changed or withheld in order to protect their privacy and foster honest conversation. It is a typical Friday night party. The musty combination of sweat, hormones and repressed desires are undercut by
Read More…

Coffee in the atompshere

Berkeley coffee shops are defined by their unique and lively atmospheres. The Daily Cal hits the streets to find out what attracts students and residents to their favorite coffee haunts.