28 February 2007

Even the chemistry in Berkeley is Organic and difficult.

I had my first midterm yesturday at 6:30 - O-CHEM. I studied non-stop for a good week, even though the professor still gave new material till the day of the midterm. I studied so much I even dreamt about chlorination cracking mechinisms and such AND I passed up on 3 parties that week, how sad. At the end of course, I got slapped with the test. It was very very tough and extremely challenging. Let's just hope the curve will save me somehow. Now I have to study for my Arabic and English midterms, good luck on miterms everyone!

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27 February 2007

Getting involved in campus

A wise EECS major once told me, "You're the one that chooses how great your Berkeley years will be be. You'll get out only as much as you put in." When you come to Berkeley, it's quite easy to stay uninvolved. No one forces you to talk to your neighbors. You don't have to leave your room. You can stay isolated (perhaps miserable) if you so desire. People who say Berkeley sucks tend to be those that have no passion. On the other hand, you can be a person who has drive, ambition, and passion. You can jump into things at Berkeley. Join a club. Talk to the people older than you. Learn, live--really live. You might not have drive, ambition, or passion. That's fine too. Many of those people are actually a bit scary. ^^ j/p.... However, explore and find something that you like. Volunteer. Sing. Dance. Act. There's so many opportunities here. It's up to you to get started yourself. You're here, independent, and you get to mold yourself.

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27 February 2007

New Kid on the Blog

Hello, everyone! My name is Joel, and I am a Forestry and Natural Resources major (well, intended major, but I'm pretty much there). When I tell people that I am a forestry major, I invariably get asked several questions, like "What's that?" or "Are you going to be a forest ranger?" or "What are you going to do with that?" I guess people don't consider Forestry to be a major that provides many career opportunities, unlike, say, Art History or Theater. So what is Forestry and Natural Resources? They actually used to be two different majors, but were lumped together into one. Forestry is the science and art of cultivating, maintaining, and developing forests (see, art people that I potentially offended? Foresters are artists too.) The major provides concentrations in either the natural sciences or in the human dimensions of natural resources. Why did I choose FNR? I always loved nature (although as an LA boy, I never really got exposed to much to it), and understanding how natural systems work is fascinating to me. Recently, I've become more interested in the role of human beings in the natural world, and how we make use of the natural resources that surround us. So, no, I don't know what I'm going to do with forestry, but I'm not worried about that now. Alright, I hope that answered some questions about forestry. Yes, I am a tree hugger, because hugging a tree is the easiest way to measure its DBH (that's diameter for you non-forester types). Plus, you know, I like trees. They're nice. About me: I like puns, as you can see by the title of this entry.

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26 February 2007

Be A Guinea Pig

Being a guinea pig pays well above minimum wage. There's two routes to go, the psychology way or the social sciences way. Psychology: This is with the RPP or the RSVP labs. Go to http://rsvp.berkeley.edu to check it out. They pay $10/hour and you normally get out within an hour. (Cash payment) Social Sciences: This is with the X-Lab (sounds nifty eh?). http://xlab.sona-systems.com They normally pay $15 an hour but things run for 2 hours. You only do stuff for the first hour. The second hour is for payment processing. Sometimes you get to also keep the money that you win in the projects. (Check payment)

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26 February 2007

FAFSA & Taxes

Yep, it's that time of the year again! Yay! Tax time. FAFSA is due this Friday and of course I'm sitting here trying to figure everything out at the last minute. I have a few words of advice for you folks - don't trust anyone to do your paperwork other than yourself. My fiance wanted to deal with the taxes this year, so I collected all of the paperwork in an envelope for him, then placed it on his desk for him to help me with. I told him that it needed to be done by March 1. Then - it's lovely... he let it sit there for the past 4 weeks. When I reminded him this weekend that I need to have everything done by March 1st, he of course says "Why didn't you tell me that?!" Then proceeded to call his dad and ask him how to do my taxes. Mind you, I'm not stupid. And I am 24. I have done my own taxes for a few years. I don't need him to do my taxes... but somehow I convinced myself that it was a good thing to let him worry about them. Well, folks, now I'm hoping that I get my financial aid application in on time. Don't make my mistake - take these silly things into your own hands - as I will be sure to do in the future. What a pain!

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24 February 2007

Star Trek Bloopers!

I love Star Trek.

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24 February 2007

What plants will do well?

Seems like I'm always being asked "Will this do well out here?" Well, there is an ultimate resource out there that will tell you just that. It's the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map. Growing up, I just assumed that everyone had one of these, and would consult it regularly when planning their garden. Well, now everyone (at least those who read this blog) will wonder no longer. Here's a site that outlines the zones: http://www.usna.usda.gov/Hardzone/ushzmap.html When you look up information on a plant - when buying it online or just looking in a catalog - they always mention what zone it will do well in.

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23 February 2007

Aldo Leopold's The Land Ethic

Aldo Leopold was a forester, conservationist, ecologist- I think philosopher of axiology ought to be added to this list. Axiology is the philosophical branch concerned with ethics and aesthetics and, for Leopold, ethics in land use and conservation are key to understanding our place in not only human communities but also in the biotic community at large. In 1949 Leopold published The Land Ethic, in which he outlines a very different way we ought to understand our relationship with nature. aldo.JPG He argues that man had an obligation to the land rather than a dominion over it. He says: "Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land." We ought to practice sustainability because we are above all things beholden to the land. Leopold's ecological ethic is a sad contrast to some of the wholesale exploitation that persists 58 years later. The Land Ethic is deeply sensitive and thoughtful ethical theory. It's foreruns both the modern conservation and deep ecology movements. A worthy read, neither for the overstimulated nor the short of attention, can be found here: The Land Ethic

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21 February 2007

Preparing for Japan Study Abroad

Even since being accepted into the study abroad year program in Japan, I've vibrated between excited and worried. I'm a detailed oriented person, so I've been trying to figure out and plan for when I go abroad. I'm not impatient, I'm just focused. There's an orientation meeting for Japan study abroads in April. That's a couple months away and many things need to be planned for in advance. For example, money exchange. It's forecasted that the dollar will weaken against the yen in the coming months--in fact, it already has. Where it was 120.+ yen to the dollar, now its at 119.+ yen to the dollar. Sure, what's a yen difference. It makes quite a bit of difference when you're talking about the USD$20,000 estimated cost of the trip. While a portion of that is paid directly to UC Berkeley to pay to ICU (International Christian University), much of that will become Yen (the Jpn currency).

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20 February 2007

A great article on epilepsy

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/20/health/20epil.html?_r=1&oref=slogin Battling Epilepsy, and Its Stigma By ALIYAH BARUCHIN Published: February 20, 2007 The first thing you notice about 12-year-old Nora Leitner is the dark circles under her eyes. They stand in stark contrast to the rest of her appearance; at a glance she might be any petite, pretty tween girl, with her blond ponytail, elfin frame and thousand-watt smile. But the circles tell a different story: Nora looks as if she hasn’t slept in a month.

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19 February 2007

SLC...what a concept!

I bet you've heard about the Student Learning Center. I did too. Yet, I refused to use their services which were publicized almost everywhere I went. "I don't need anyone's help!" I thought vainly. However, after suffering through Chem 1A last semester, I decided to give the SLC study groups a shot for Organic Chemistry and if I didn't like them, I could always drop out. I signed up for the MW 2-4 study group and ever since my first session I have fallen in love with the SLC completely. My study group leader is a genius. The first hour of the session he lectures us and goes over tough material from Professor Freche. The next hour we spend solving a worksheet together that he prepared for us. The beautiful part of the worksheet is that he compiles problems from past O-Chem tests from Freche, Pederson, etc and puts those that apply to the lecture on the worksheet so we can practice AND get used to their exam questions. GENUIS I TELL YOU! The study group has been keeping me on track and it’s a great way to study. Plus, think of it this way, consider the SLC study group a class that you have to attend, and if you do, then you have 4 hours of chem studying guaranteed per week. So for those of you who go home after class and "forget" about o-chem, the 4 hours or outlines studying is a big help. IF you haven't visited the SLC, do so soon before you dig yourself in a hole too deep to dig out of! Sincerely, Once a stubborn "independent" Berkeley student!

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18 February 2007

The Cute Table

When we moved into our apt, one of my roommates found this small table the size of an ottoman. We never used it because it was too short. It was sitting in my closet taking up space. Finally, I asked my roommate if we still needed it. She said, "No, you can throw it away." Immediately, I grabbed my keys and took the table outside. As I was walking back into the apartment building, I hear a squeal, "Ooh, this table is so cute!" I look around and there's this girl walking to the table. She pushes on it to make sure that it doesn't wiggle (it doesn't, it's quite sturdy). Then she picks it up and walks away. Golly, it didn't even last five seconds outside. =) So yup. You get most of your student furniture from the streets.

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18 February 2007

I Am Not Maximizing My Production Possibilities Frontier

I decided to take a couple minutes out of my Econ studying to tell you an interesting story that happened to me yesterday. Essentially this is what I focus on when I am out of the books. I was eating dinner at the DC when I saw across the room, a pretty girl sitting at the table. Eating alone. While shoveling corn into my mouth I wondered why she was sitting alone. She wasn't stunning or anything but she was certainly good looking enough not to warrant a companion. I switched off the corn and then moved on to the beef lasagna (some Italian ditty started playing in my head at the same time). I asked myself first, why didn't this girl get take out if she was going to dine alone? She wasn't reading anything or looking at anything just other than her food. She was staring at her food and eating it. Maybe, she was going to meet up with someone but that someone stood her up and now she is sitting sadly staring at her food and unable to lift her sad head up from underneath the sagging weight of her sadness. Maybe this guy was her best friend since like elementary school and they finally fell for each other during junior year of high school during prom and they planned their colleges together and decided to pick Berkeley so that they can go get an awesome education and become rich so they can buy a small cabin up in San Luis Obispo where he would teach students in security analysis. I like to think up stories for people that I see. Especially the weird ones. Then the story got even weirder. She smiled. Randomly. Wasn't listening to anything or looking at anything other than her dessert of a lonely pineapple (ugh that fruit sucks) slice. Just smiled. I was like what in holy pigeon pooping marginal benefit tarnation was that about? I revised my story. She's just like that guy in A Beautiful Mind and is talking to people who are not really there. Then she'll go back to her dorm and scribble genius equations on the board marrying the male version of Jennifer Connelly once she gets out of college and find before long a book written about her. A smile, I wondered to myself, what the heck was THAT about? She left soon after and I never got to talk to her and figure out the true story but most of the time the stories that I get from people are never as entertaining as the ones I make up in my head. And who knows maybe I get right once and a while? Next week's fun fun fun topic, poker chips that are made of clay and not plastic.

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16 February 2007

No time for art? Yeah right.

This semester isn't offering me any time for an art class, but goodness I feel like I'm taking one. All three of my plant science courses this semester require a considerable amount of detailed, quick sketching. Hopefully my drawing skills will show an improvement at the end of the semester. It's spectacular looking at flowers under a hand lens and microscope - so much beauty in unexpected places. And so many colors. It blows me away the kind of colors that show up in the most boring, little flowers.

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14 February 2007

learning at CNR....way more than a classroom education

As a new member of fresh faces, I will start with a little introduction. My name is Nicole (nikki) Fernandez and I am currently a third year undergraduate who recently switched from Molecular Environmental Biology to the Conservation and Resource Studies Major. So why do I love CNR? As one of the smaller colleges on campus CNR offers a nurturing, intimate environment where class sizes are smaller and more attention is paid to the individuals. I have loved my professors and have gotten to know many of them on a first name basis. One of the things that CNR offers that not many other offer are chances for field work or field trips. Yesterday, I took a little trip to Ano Nuevo State Reserve with my Wildlife Ecology class with Justin Brashares. So what exactly attracts people to the reserve and keeps people piling in from year to year? warning.JPG That's right, it is the elephant seals. Mating season begins around December and lasts until about March. We saw a few pups that did not look too good. Our guide told us that about 60% of yearlings die, which according to my amazing wildlife ecology skills tells me that they probably have a type 3 survivorship curve. We also learned a few things about their feeding patterns, molting, behavioral patterns, mating and gestation, weaners, birth, and development. It was a lovely and welcome escape from the sometimes dreary classrooms of Berkeley. loungin.JPG sleepingsoundly.JPG matingseason.JPG blob.JPG onthebeach.JPG

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14 February 2007

Classes I'm taking Spring 2007

I'm taking five courses this semester, four of them for my major, one for fun. MCB 102 Survey of the Principles of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology NST C114 Pesticide Chemistry and Toxicology PH 150A Epidemiology (the study of diseases) UGBA 96 Personal Finances Chem3BL OChem Lab Guess which is the fun class....Personal Finances. =) That's the great thing about Molecular Toxicology. There's so much room to explore since our only breadth requirement is 22 units in the Humanities, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Philosophy & Values, or Foreign Language. That covers pretty much everything you would want to study. Actually, it doesn't cover my Personal

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14 February 2007

Looking for specimens?

Berkeley has a great network of natural history museums, including: - UC Botanical Garden - Museum of Vertebrate Zoology - University and Jepson Herbaria - Essig Museum of Entomology - Museum of Paleontology - Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology The museums have a great search website that helps you find specimens by taxonomy and/or geography. http://bnhm.berkeley.edu/query/index.php It's a great resource if you're searching for something specific, like a living sample of Agave or records of plants found in the Ano Nuevo peninsula. The herbarium also has its own search page, which is much more intensive if you're just searching for plant data http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/consortium/ This one allows you to search for samples from 13 herbaria in the state of California. If you're just trying to familiarize yourself with native California plants, here's another great resource to enjoy http://calflora.org/ It has photos of California native and naturalized plants. You can search by plant community, county, rare plants, invasive plants, and more. It also has a mapping feature that lets you see the plant's range of dispersal. I've used this website nearly every day for my California Plant Life course - it's just so handy.

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14 February 2007

Valentine's Day is upon us!

This is one of my favorite holidays. Why? It's my mom's birthday! I always have a reason to celebrate on this great day. Too bad I have school & work.

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13 February 2007

Happy Valentines' Day

Even though it is still 1 hour and 15 minutes away from Valentines' Day, I have been receiving chocolates, candies and cards from my floormates and friends. Walking through the street, I feel I am immersed by those red and pink hearts. Here is a little FYI for those who are curious about the origin of Valentine's Day in North America. Valentine's Day was probably imported into North America in the 19th century by British settlers. In the United States, the first mass-produced valentines of embossed paper lace were produced and sold shortly after 1847 by Esther Howland (1828-1904) of Worcester, Massachusetts. Her father operated a large book and stationery store, and she took her inspiration from an English valentine she had received. Since 2001, the Greeting Card Association has been giving an annual "Esther Howland Award for a Greeting Card Visionary." In the second half of the 20th century, the practice of exchanging cards was extended to all manners of gifts in the United States, usually from a man to a woman. Such gifts typically include roses and chocolates. In the 1980s, the diamond industry began to promote Valentine's Day as an occasion for giving jewelry. The day has come to be associated with a generic platonic greeting of "Happy Valentine's Day." Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!!!

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Posted by Yang Cao at 2:37 | Permalink

13 February 2007

Hi. Why Molecular Toxicology (moltox)

Heya. I'm a Molecular Toxicology major. What is MolTox? It's the study of toxicology at a molecular level. What's Toxicology? It's the study of adverse effects of substances on life. So why MolTox? I have two answers, a short one and a long one. To make things short, when I was applying to colleges back in high school, I didn't think I would get in anywhere. I did the "spray and pray" method. I applied to a total of 27 schools. At every school I chose something that seemed interesting. At Berkeley, it was MolTox. I figured that 1/2 to 2/3 of college students end up changing their major. It couldn't be that difficult to change majors. If I chose a safe major, I wouldn't take the chance to experiment and try new things. So MolTox. For the long answer, read on:

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11 February 2007

A great article from the NY Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/11/fashion/11green.html Sure, not every college student is planning a wedding. But I thought - what a great idea! That's one option I hadn't ever considered. It doesn't get a lot of press to have a wedding with minimal environmental impact. Here's the article:

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11 February 2007

My little Garden

As the garden manager at a student coop, it's pretty frustrating work. Especially when the previous person in my position wasn't diligent. Been spending a considerable amount of time weeding and generally getting frustrated. My garden log is my only solace. It shows me that, yes, I have completed a lot, yes I have made progress - even if it's not quite as I intended. The reality is that there's considerably more work to be done than any one person can hope to accomplish in 5 hours a week. Here's a few images from our frightful little garden. Hopefully the photos that I post at the end of the semester will be more encouraging. Walk down into the garden Look to the side, you'll see this climbing rose Turn the corner, here's what you see Look around, you'll see a little more Budding daffodil in the front yard

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11 February 2007

Ooo I Hear Laughter In the Rain

Oooo how I love the rainy days and the happy way I feel inside ... Laughter in the Rain by Neil Sedaka. That would be the theme song of yesterday. Well, except the laughter was in my head. To myself. Cause just randomly laughing in the rain kinda would make people cross to the other side of the road you know? I want to say I went out yesterday to go walk and lose myself in the wonderful campus of Berkeley but that's not true. I had to go to the bank (all the way at the BART) and I will rather walk three and a half blocks than incur a processing charge at an ATM machine. I refuse to give money to the institution. I pulled out a bunch of dollars and then while standing at the crosswalk, thought about the following things. First thing, I am calcuating the opportunity cost of the time I'm taking to go to the bank (is it greater than the monetary cost deducted by a nearby ATM?). Second thing, where the heck am I going to eat for lunch? I answered that in a jiffy by going, "Chinese." Third thing was the route I am going to take. I wanted to go and stop by the gigantic VLSB building but I decided to take the route I used to take last semester. I call it the Route of Memories. Oh the old days last semester ... I want to cry. Give me a Kleenex. Sniff sniff. The fourth thing was whether to go buy a croissant to feed the squirrels. Hey, it was a long wait for a green light. While I was about halfway through the crosswalk the rain went from a puny drizzle into a bad-momma-jomma downpour. Good Lord, I wish I stole an umbrella from my suitemate. Since I was lord soaking wet anyways, I went down to Strawberry Creek in one of the most isolated parts of campus and sat with my sandaled feet in the running water (definitely scrubbing those piggies later) and just hummed songs to myself. Then I laid down on the soil and watched the rain fall down around me. Could have took a nap had not the rushing water pushed me down a couple feet and I was afraid of where I would wake up. Notch one more moment into "the College Experience."

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10 February 2007

A bit about North Side

I live in Ridge House, and love it. It's one of the student cooperatives through the USCA. We're a block away from the UC's North Gate, and about two minutes away from all of my classes. So, North Side is a great place to live if you're studying in CNR because you're the closest you could possibly get to these buildings: Koshland, Genetics & Plant Biology Teaching, Valley Life Science Building, Giannini, Tollman, Mulford, among others. You're also very close to the Doe and Moffit libraries. The North side of campus is quieter than the South, East, or West sides of campus. It's lined with old houses that have been converted into apartments, newer apartment buildings, and several cooperatives. Such a landscape emotes a different vibe than the run-down and bum-ridden South Side, or the frat & sorority- plagued East side. Here's the sign from a fun niche bookstore that's on Euclid. And some fun teacups outside Nefeli Cafe There's more great stuff on this side of campus. Try continuing down the street as you walk through the UC's North Gate. You'll find inexpensive beer and pizza at La Val's, delicious sandwiches at Stuffed Inn, unique teacups and crisp croissants at Nefeli, fresh smoked Gouda at 7 Palms, squeezed juice and coffee at Brewed Awakening. Sure, North Side doesn't have Strada or Jupiter, but it's still a fun place to live, or just hang out.

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09 February 2007

Trash Your Trashcan

Great article in January 2007's edition of "Common Ground" - a holistic living magazine for the Bay Area. Check it out at http://commongroundmag.com/ 7 Simple Steps to Trashing your Trashcan Let's face it - we know better than to dispose when we should be Reusing, Reducing and Recycling. But we're busy, forgetful and, well, does it really make that big of a difference? You know the answer. So clip out these friendly reminders on how to bring your personal waste closer to zero. Just think: you'll never have to take out the trash again!

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09 February 2007

Hunting

Today I went hunting for everything in the garden with the genus: Tillandsia. Someone is doing research on the group, and they'd like as many samples as they can get. So Holly sent me through various specific greenhouses to find Tillandsia. What is Tillandsia? There's a lot of variation. Here's a photo that came out ok: Other species in the genus include the ever-so-popular "Spanish Moss." And other pretty tropical plants that loosely resemble the foliage of pineapples. It was fun. The greenhouse that I was searching in was overgrown, crazily unkempt, filled with crazy orchids and tropical cactaceae. Go figure. An adventure. Then I made a bunch of labels for other stuff.

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09 February 2007

Berkeley, CA VS Grand Forks, ND

Berkeley is, by far, the best place that I’ve ever lived. It’s this incredible fluxing nexus of youth, culture, and art, somehow lodged in a small city. I’m from Belmont, a sleepy little burg about 40 miles south of here. It’s nice digs for the elderly and young couples eager to start families, but it’s not quite idyllic for a college age guy looking for high adventure. Accordingly, when college acceptance letters came in, my brother (oddly also named Eric, henceforth referred to as Eriq) and I were both quite excited as we’d both been accepted to our schools of choice; UND with it’s unmatched aeronautics department for Eriq, and UCB with its unmatched reputation for progressiveness and liberal forethought for me. We’ve both spent considerable time exploring our new surroundings and I figure it’s about time to explore one of the burning questions that keeps me up late at night; if the UCB and UND (along with their surrounding areas) were to morph into giant fighting robots/monsters (with the associated laser eye beams/kung-fu grip action) who would win? Prepare yourselves my intrepid readers, as we explore the good, the bad and the ugly in this epic grudge-match. (Yeah…uhhh... big school rivalry here, sure!) Two giant-school-robot-monsters will enter the thunder-dome but only one will survive. While I will seek to keep all bias out of the proceedings, readers with sensitivities to lopsided ass-whoopings may wish to leave this weblog and never return!

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08 February 2007

Ceanothus in bloom!

Today my California Plant Life took a field trip to the UC Botanical Garden. I'm pretty familiar with the place, as you folks already know. Here's proof: It's a bad image, but it's my name tag from the UC Botanical Garden. Last semester I was there 7-9 hours/week working on signage, collecting flowering (phenology) data, and updating their endangered species list. This semester it's only 6 hours/week, but I still have a lot of fun over there with Holly and Barbara in curation. So, today we went with my California Plant Life course. Our trusty GSI Christopher took us on a journey through some significant natives and their habitats. Here's a photo of Christopher showing students the attributes of a plant. My notes from the journey! Ceanothus. Beautiful blue or white flowers, found along stream-beds or mountainsides. One of the more showy California tree shrubs. Its flowers are soapy when crushed and mixed with water. It lives 10-20 years, then dies. More to come... right now I need to run to class!

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Posted by Christina at 2:18 | Permalink

07 February 2007

One down, 7 more to go!

Ok so my second semester of college is officially in action. I feel like I totally own this semester, and by own it, I mean I knew how to pick my classes, how to get into full classes, how to plan out my breaks, how to get connected with my GSIs and professors right away, how to handle office hours, how to use SLC study groups, how to manage my free time, and how to get HW done without freaking out. Sounds all fancy and dandy right? WRONG!!!!

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Posted by Rola Abduljabar Rabah at 3:29 | Permalink

07 February 2007

I Live at Foothill

I am going to rhapsodize about my dorm. Foothill. I live at Foothill, that merry merry Foothill, Listen to me rhaposdize all about it you will, It is built on a slope, a stable one I hope, You carry stuff up to it, water, drinks and soap, Your legs and knees will take a beating, You lose everything you've been eating, Your stomach line gets a litter thinner, You are free to eat bigger dinners, Once you move in to the Hill, Life ain't so run of the mill, You wanted your life to be love and peace, Well, you'll definitely get the latter at least, At Foothill, we all love each other, You are all on a single ship (it's got a frozen rudder), The fog is dense, the air is cool, Up here, the squirrels and pigeons rule, I saw a cute little blue bird fly around, It made a really hawking sound, That's all the wild life that I've found, Well, all the ones I've seen around. Yes. At least I know that if my Berkeley education doesn't work out, I can always moonlight as a soulful rapper/songwriter.

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06 February 2007

Working on Working

This semester is going to be just as full as last semester no matter how hard I try to shed off extracurricular activiites! I was pretty dejected in December when I found out my new college GPA, and I concluded that it was because I went to meetings every night of the week and always had full weekends with volunteering or dancing. All this resulted in homework coming second to activities.. so maybe I got an A in trying all that Berkeley student groups tempted me with, but, well, not an A in academics. As a suggestion to incoming freshmen-- LISTEN to people when planning your schedule.. like how they said take the minimum class units, don't overload yourself, take time to adjust.. etc. Sophomores on my floor predicted my personal failure (I am no longer a 4.# student), but I thought I was a superhero. This semester I love my classes! Well, they're not always crazy interesting, but I chose them all and got them all and I have fluent GSIs. I'm taking Nutri Sci 10, Chem 3A (organic), Math 54 (linear algebra), Span 25 (literature), and an archeaology seminar. If you haven't noticed, no more environmental economics and policy major. I am hoping to switch to Nutritional Science in CNR, since I've been fascinated by nutrition since sophomore yr of high school and I detest working on making more money. I laugh at myself now, but I was naive. I took EEP thinking I could use it to be a policy-maker or at least understand how the world deals with the environment in the business and political realm. I learned what I wanted- but much more than I asked for.. so many line graphs and economic concepts, not too hard, but just not interesting. I recommend the class, even if it's not my major anymore- if you want to learn why pollution still exists. As a small note, Cafe 3 opened up this semester! (Unit 3's Dining Commons) And it has a fun ambiance and the best juicy cucumbers. It doesn't match up to Crossroads as far as vegetarian hot food options, but there is a Pho station, tons of fresh fruit, a waffle maker, a sushi bar, good pizza, custom-made omelettes, and daily pastries like at the GBC. They also have great cauliflour- haha..yes I look forward to that more than the pastries. It's fun there meeting more people by chance than at Crossroads since it's smaller and it's right in front of my building, Norton. I can't write up a whole review of all the DCs yet.. I have to visit Foothill and Clark Kerr more.

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05 February 2007

First week of February

It's already February! Housemates are preparing for their first Physics and Math midterms. I'm preparing for quizzes on California native plant identification and systematics of vascular plants. I'm glad I'm studying what I love. Great memories walking into the co-op this afternoon after class. The fire alarm went off. Someone from central maintenance was fiddling with a defunct heater, trying to get it to work when he created some smoke and triggered a fire detector. Everyone ended up outside sitting on the porch, chatting while the maintenance guy made it so the fire department wasn't alterted. After a while, they gave us clearance to re-enter our home. Craziness.

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Posted by Christina at 9:23 | Permalink

02 February 2007

CNR is Freakin' Awesome!

CNR is a tight-knit college with great programs that encourage students and faculty to work together. It also has a terrific Student Resource Center.

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Posted by Eric Thurston at 2:25 | Permalink

01 February 2007

Where should i eat?

My Top 10 places to eat in Berkeley (in no paticular order) 1. Smart Alec smart%20alec.jpg 2. Café Intermezzo cafe%20intermezzp.jpg 3. Tako Sushi 4. Tai Basil 5. Gypsies 6. Zachary’s Pizza zacharys.jpg 7. Las Palmas 8. Tuk Tuk Tai 9. Café de la Paz cafe%20de%20la%20paz.jpg 10. Yogurt Park yogurt%20park.jpg (images retrieved from google.com)

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