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<strong>All pictures are mine!</strong>
Yesterday was UC Berkeley`s annual open house, which they call Cal Day. The academic departments and student life organizations all came out to the booths along Sproul Plaza to answer questions and entice prospective students. The event isn`t limited to incoming students, so everyone is welcome.
According to the program I got at the North Gate entrance, there were over 300 events on campus that day, from campus tours to curriculum demonstrations to interactive activities. They had the Cal Band, brass quintet, and some a cappella groups play and sing at several places throughout the day, like by Sather Gate, under the Campanile, on Sproul Plaza, and in front of the Daily Cal building. They also had live entertainment in front of the university library.
Some of my friends sat in on one of the classes they had for visitors that day. Another built circuits in the engineering department. There was a baseball game against Utah at the diamond. The entire campus was just <em>alive</em> with spirit the whole day, even though Cal Day started at 9 am and most things wound down by 3 or 4 pm. I know I was worn out already by noontime, but the energy of the school was still all there.
I thought the campus was extremely nice. I loved the friendly atmosphere there that I didn`t find at Stanford. I`ve also been to Cal on a normal day, and there were lots of people walking around campus, so that it wasn`t a complete ghost town, like Stanford was when I visited. I don`t mean to fuel the rivalry, but I prefer Cal. Go bears!