Myths of UC Berkeley debunked

After attending CalSO, we left with our minds full of random myths and legends of UC Berkeley. Many of these legends were never brought up again after the weekend-long orientation, but others haunted UC Berkeley students forever. Despite what your orientation leader may have told you, some of these myths are
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Bringing back old memories

Once we’re in college, there are so many changes that our life before seems like a distant memory. And as you go about your daily life, there are some things that might make you reminisce about your childhood and high school. When we have a whole lot of math homework
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Spotting the common “CalSO”

Newfound research has discovered a new species of UC Berkeley students colloquially called “CalSOs.” These “CalSOs” are thought to have emigrated from all parts of the world and have seemed to begin to find shelter in the UC Berkeley area. These shy and confused creatures are sometimes hard to spot in the chaotic Berkeley terrain. They can often be mistaken for the sophomore or junior species, but luckily with new research, scientists have noticed a few telltale signs that can help us identify these “CalSOs” and can help us understand what makes them fundamentally unique.
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CalSuhhhhh: Overheard conversations

It all started on a Thursday afternoon when a super-tan, Izod polo-wearing, lime green Hydroflask-sporting gentleman with a CalSO nametag around his neck found an open spot among the zoo on Memorial Glade. He opened a bag of chips and tapped the person next to him, who was wearing the
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Finding your niche at UC Berkeley

After opening the acceptance letter plastered with the face of Amy Jarich, the woman who holds a mysterious allure surpassing even Chancellor Dirks’, my sense of self worth soared. It’ll be marked in my life history as my most monumental validation. It was perhaps the only time in my life where I felt as on top of the world as Oprah Winfrey does daily.
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Don’t haze me bro: Tele-BEARS dysfunction

Here at UC Berkeley, we enjoy a classic tough luck attitude and a unique grit that makes us such a rare breed. The recently retired Tele-BEARS — the notoriously dysfunctional, hellish, mental breakdown inducing, destabilizing and dehumanizing class signup system introduced to us as high school graduates — took on
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CalSO: A history

Each summer, thousands of newly admitted UC Berkeley students flood campus for two-day crash courses on time-honored Cal traditions and to sign up for their first set of classes. Since its inception in 1968, CalSO was intended as a space where baby Bears could learn to navigate the campus and meet some of their peers before officially starting school in the fall.
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