UC Berkeley freshmen, some looking dazed, others excited, as well as more blasé seniors, turned out in their thousands on Sunday for Day One of Caltopia, the self-described “two greatest days on the planet”.
The event, held at the UC Berkeley Recreational Sports Facility at 2301 Bancroft Way, sees more than 100 exhibitors showcasing their wares and services to the Cal community, including the university’s staff and faculty.
It’s a combination of freebie-fest — with giveaways galore, be it bites of Clif Bars, T-shirts, pens and mouse pads and the chance to win covetable prizes like Kindles from big brand names like Pepsi — and social mixer.
Berkeleyside made its debut at Calopia yesterday and we will be there again today. Find us at booth E104.
We have partnered with a host of wonderful Berkeley businesses to give out fabulous raffle prizes worth in total over $600. We would like to thank the following businesses for their generosity in providing gift certificates: Ajanta, Axis Optical, Berkeley Hat Company, Books Inc., Cioccolata Di Vino, Ecology Center, Elmwood Café, Fantastic Comics, Friends of the Berkeley Public Library, Gather Restaurant, Hotel Shattuck Plaza, Ideologie, Impact Theatre, iScream, Joshu-ya Brasserie, LMI.net, Moe’s Books, Mrs. Dalloway’s, Pegasus, Phil’s Sliders, PiQ,Powell’s Sweet Shoppe, Revival Café, Rudy’s Can’t Fail Café, Saul’s Deli, Shattuck Plaza Hotel, Shoes on Solano,Slash Jeans, Summer Kitchen Bake Shop, and Venus Restaurant.
A second raffle prize comes courtesy of LaVals Pizza and Northside Travel: free pizza for a year, worth over $400. We encourage you to patronize all these great Berkeley businesses and spend your money in the city to boost our local economy. The winners will be announced on Berkeleyside on Wednesday August 24th, one prize for students, one for Cal staff and faculty.
Yesterday also saw the launch of our exciting new partnership with OneNews, makers of the most sophisticated citizen journalism app out there. Find out more at OneNews or by dropping by to see us at Caltopia today. You can become a member of Berkeleyside’s OneNews network by going to the sign-in site. OneNews works with iPhones and Android phones. Versions for Windows 7 phones are in the works.
Admission to Caltopia is free. Full details can be found on the Caltopia website.