March 16, 2008 9:15 PM

Pizza, Ping Pong, and Air Hockey

Have you ever heard of BERC? It stands for the Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative, a 2-year old graduate student club that brings together people interested in energy, climate change, and sustainability. With over 400 graduate student members, the most active mailserv I've ever seen, and creator of the huge UC Energy Symposium that just went down on March 7th, I always thought it was a shame they didn't have a place for undergraduates. It's going to change this week:

**Cheese Board** Pizza, Ping Pong, and Air Hockey

Wednesday March 19th, 5pm-6:30 pm

Mulford, Room 260, CNR Student Resource Center

As a loyal reader of Fresh Faces, you're invited to the BERC Undergrad Kickoff Night! We want to have a fun, relaxing, time while introducing undergrads to the incredible opportunities and especially the community that is BERC. This event is for EVERYONE, grad students, undergrads, faculty and staff. There is no agenda, come eat, drink, be merry, and practice your leisure sports because the competition will be fierce.

The event will be organized by Harris Cohn (CRS) and I (EEP) who were appointed VPs of BERC Undergrad earlier this year. The title is still fuzzy, but our role isn't. Our plan is to first create a mentoring program where undergraduates interested in energy, climate change, and sustainability, can pair up with graduates students in business, law, engineering, public policy, and the many sciences: social, physical, biological, & environmental. Second, we're looking for sophomores or juniors who might be interested in taking over our role and developing something larger for future years -- like a BERC study abroad program, or renewable energy projects in developing countries.

Feel free to forward this announcement to your friends.

Drop us a line if you have any questions. We're looking forward to it, hope to see you there!
Harris Cohn ( and Tay Feder (

The key to an successful function: good food, good people. The many people we know from the Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative (BERC) fit the first bill. For the latter, we picked the Cheese Board Pizza Collective on Shattuck Ave, and some Odwalla juice (because Naked juice is too provocative). We will have ten pies of: Fresh Mushrooms, Baby Spinach, Caramelized Onions, Mozzarella Cheese, Asiago Cheese, Garlic Olive Oil, Italian Parsley.

I thought the best pizza in the world was Fat Slice's Veggie pizza. It's pretty good, but that was before I discovered the Cheese Board. The Cheese Board is a bread and cheese collective that opened in the late sixties, and started serving pizza in the eighties. It's owned by its workers, each an equal shareholder, paid equal hourly wages, and each a member of the board of directors. They only have one flavor of the day, and it's always awesome (except on Mondays, since it's closed on Mondays). See you on Wed!

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