Athlete: Allison Stokke School: University of California, Berkeley Team: CAL Bears Sport: Track & Field - Pole Vault Competition: 81st Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays Opponent: Various Result: 6. Place Location: Mike A. Myers Stadium - Austin, Texas, USA Date: 04-Apr-2008
What would you recommend taking to college? In state, and out of state?
brace yourself, this post is a lot longer than I thought it would be
I’m in state, so I really can’t say for out of state people (I hear they generally tend to bring more stuff). My individual needs are probably also quite different than others’, and different colleges provide different materials in the dorms. At the beginning of the semester I actually wrote down a few of the things that were nice to bring in a blog post here. I also took a few pictures of my dorm room with stuff moved in so you can get an idea of what I brought from here. You’ll probably find some nice checklists online of all the basics, like bedding and bathroom supplies and clothing, so I’ll skip those (unless you really want to know, in which case shoot me another message). I was actually quite underpacked, so I’m also going to include some things I wish I had brought in hindsight. As a female first year living in a mini-suite (which means the bathrooms are attached instead of one per hall) at UC Berkeley in California (where the weather is quite mild), a few specific items I would recommend bringing:
dorm decorations (and double sided tape or pins to stick them up)
a whiteboard with corkboard for push pins
ethernet cord (it’s a lot more reliable than wifi once you’ve set it up)
one single good non-academic book for stress relief
a paper calendar
a lamp with an opaque shade (translucent ones spill light everywhere)
blue painters tape
as many pens as you can
stapler, hole puncher, printer, etc. are quite nice if you can manage it
wipes to sanitize everything before you unpack
A FAN!! it is so unbelievably hot and muggy the first few weeks
on a similar note, bring a blanket. it was way too hot to sleep in bed the first few weeks, but its still nice to feel covered.
small shelves (those foldable locker shelves work great)
bookshelves are also useful
mugs, forks, spoons, plates, etc. you will want to eat in the dorm room and it’s not very nice to steal from the dining halls.
more hangers than you’d think you need (you will probably go shopping at some point or get free shirts, and hangers can break fairly easily)
a small portable vacuum if you can. dorms usually have a large old vacuum that you have to drag up from the basement, so having a small vacuum on hand is really convenient
paper towels (spills happen)
shower caddy (i like the two piece ones with the small on inside for toothbrushes and stuff, otherwise you have to drag the whole thing around sometimes)
for most people i hear a robe is nice but i don’t need one bc minisuite
i really like having a keurig bc coffee of course but it also dispenses hot water in a minute, which is really handy for ramen and stuff
free-hanging hooks, if you have somewhere to hang them off of, they’re actually quite useful (they’re the yellow things on the side of my bunk, if you can see from the second post I linked)
all the laundry supplies, from hamper to detergent (I recommend Tide Pods they’re super convenient) to dryer sheets (those are nice)
relaxing things: don’t be embarrassed about wanting to bring a stuffed animal! i brought my stuffed dolphin and it was really nice, as opposed to my roommate who didn’t bring her panda pillow pet and really regretted it (she brought it with her after going home out of state for thanksgiving)
candles, bath products, etc are also nice just for scent, even if you can’t use them in the dorms
makeup, small mirror, and makeup wipes. wipes are really nice to offer to someone if they’ve been crying and want to clean up (from experience)
febreeze (esp if a floormate with bad BO comes to visit)
not really a thing, but be prepared to say your name, where you’re from, what you’re majoring in, where you live, and maybe an interesting fact about yourself about 200 times in the first few days-weeks
You're gonna teach a summer course at Cal? So bummed I'm graduated :(
:( If you’re in the area, seats are available! Not as cheap if you’re not already a student, but since it’s summer, the ordinary restrictions don’t apply (I believe you can take summer courses at Berkeley so long as you have a high school diploma).
Paramveer Chohan pulls away to win the men’s 4x400-meter relay and clinch the Big Meet for Cal.
CAL WINS 123RD BIG MEET
STANFORD – Throughout much of the afternoon, Cal and Stanford traded leads in the 123rd edition of the Big Meet. The Golden Bears, though, came on strong late and pulled away to claim the men’s competition, 91-70.
Cal capped the men’s race with a thrilling victory in the final event – the 4x400-meter relay – as freshman Paramveer Chohan surged ahead in the final 50 meters to hand the Bears the win in 3:11.55.
Overall, the Bear men prevailed in 11 different events. Of note, Ashtyn Davis ran the fifth-fastest 110-meter hurdles race in school history as he was timed in 13.65, and Cole Johnson broke a 10-year Stanford winning streak in the 400 meters with his victory in 48.33.
Cal trailed for much of the first half of the afternoon and finally took its first lead, 49-46, after Eugene Hamilton III and Josh Lewis went 1-3 in the 800 meters. The Cardinal soon moved back ahead, before the Bears closed with wins in the discus, triple jump, 3000 meters and the 4x400 relay.
“I’ve said it over and over again, this meet isn’t about the superstars,” director of track & field Tony Sandoval said. “It’s about a third place or a third place over a second place or an upset here and there. This why it’s a team sport. On the men’s side, we had a little bit of a cushion, but we had a few stumbles along the way. But it seemed like in one event after another, someone had a bright spot. For the women to come that close at the very end, I’m very proud of their performance.”
In the first event on the track, senior Megan Bordes won the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase, lowering her personal best by 10 seconds and running the No. 3 time in school history with her 10:22.24 finish. Max Leach gave the Bears a sweep of the steeple, claiming the men’s race in 9:15.39.
Peter Simon posted his own lifetime best in the men’s shot put, winning the event with a mark of 63-8.25, which keeps him fourth all-time at Cal. McKay Johnson gave the Bears valuable points with his second-place finish at 60-2.50.
Ashley Anderson claimed with women’s long jump with a wind-aided 19-2.50 and came back a short while later to earn a victory in the triple jump with a mark of 42-3.25.
Late in the afternoon, Malik McMorris posted a mark of 178-2 in the men’s discus, which led a 1-2-3 Cal finish and essentially clinched the meet for the Bears.
Other winners for Cal on the day were: Destiny Parker in the women’s hammer (PR 202-5, #4 all-time at Cal) Schantell Williams in the women’s 400-meter hurdles (PR 1:01.01) Lauren Martinez in the women’s pole vault (13-1.50) Jayla Scholis in the women’s 100 meters (11.83) Luciano Lopez in the men’s pole vault (13-1.50) Karsten Wethington in the men’s triple jump (50-3.25) Connor Meech in the men’s 400-meter hurdles (52.23) Robert Brandt in the men’s 3000 meters (PR 8:07.80)
The Cal men have been victorious in five of the last six meetings over the Cardinal in the Big Meet - which dates back to 1893
BIG MEET: INSIDE THE NUMBERS - Men’s Series: Cal leads Stanford, 70-51-2 - Women’s Series: Stanford leads Cal, 24-22 - Cal owns the largest winning streak in the series (men’s team won 25 straight from 1972-96) and the widest margin of victory in both series (85 points for the women in 1980; 81 points for the men in 1983) - Since the women’s Big Meet began in 1980, there have been 20 competition sweeps - 11 by Cal (last time: 2014) and nine by Stanford
KO in her headband phase, and she was wearing a red one. Matchy-matchy with Alex.😻😻😻
Except for the hat trick, of course. Sorry Alex. ⚽️⚽️⚽️
Too much to get into. Brianna Bak, Alicia Jenkins, Ali Riley & KO at the coin toss…Ali at Amanda White’s heels…Allison McCann x Baby Horse…Mariah Nogueira and Baby Press celebrating KO’s brace (two consecutive headers)…KO celebrating for three…UNDEFEATED.
when you realize you’re going to thE FUCKING OLYMPICS AHHHH
p.s. this is Jacob Pebley, rising sophomore for the Cal Bears and current National Team member for the 200 back. he out touched defending gold medalist Tyler Clary in a shocking upset to punch his ticket to Rio. his post race interview was super sweet- he got all choked up bc his mom passed away 10 years ago and all he wanted was to make her proud. Jacob, I KNOW your mom is looking down on you so damn proud. :’)
BERKELEY, Calif. – Bright sunshine and warm temperatures greeted Cal baseball fans for the final time in 2017 and the Bears made sure to leave a lasting memory in their final home game of the year as a five-run sixth inning backed a quality effort on the mound and produced an 8-3 victory over No. 7-ranked TCU at Evans Diamond.
Given one final chance to show some of the progress gained throughout the 2017 campaign, Cal hit the scoreboard first Saturday. A solo home run to right field by Jonah Davis provided a spark in the third inning and gave the Bears an early edge against the visitors from Fort Worth.
TCU (39-14) evened the score with a run in the top of the sixth but that tie didn’t last long. Cal erupted for five runs in the bottom of the inning with a two-run single by Tyrus Greene, RBI bunt single by Preston Grand Pre, run-scoring single to right-center by Cameron Eden and an RBI sacrifice bunt by Max Flower putting momentum right back in the first-base dugout.
Andrew Vaughn drove in Cal’s seventh run with a single in the seventh and Eden homered to left in the eighth to finish Cal’s scoring and provide more than enough cushion even as TCU tried to rally late. Cal out-hit the No. 7 team in the nation for the second day in a row, finishing with 14 hits to the Horned Frogs’ seven.
Cal’s offensive barrage in the sixth inning came just one out too late for junior Matt Ladrech to earn a victory but the southpaw certainly deserved it. He worked into the sixth inning and allowed just one run on two hits, striking out three while walking four.
Tanner Dodson, who dazzled both the Horned Frogs and a television audience throughout the weekend with his defense in center field, got the final out of the sixth inning and never gave the ball back to pitching coach Thomas Eager as he went 3 1/3 innings to earn the victory. Dodson struck out four and didn’t walk anyone while allowing two runs.
Saturday’s hit totals were spread evenly throughout the lineup but Vaughn and Eden led the charge by each recording a three-hit day. Davis, Jeffrey Mitchell, Jr. and Grand Pre each had two hits and Cal finished the series with 27 hits to TCU’s 23.
“We hung in there just like we did the first two nights,” Cal head coach David Esquer said. “We hung around all three nights, we just did more to win today. We left the game at third base yesterday a couple times and the same on (Thursday) night where we just didn’t take care of the ball well enough to keep the game as close as it really was.”
Saturday’s win also wraps up a highly productive season at home for the Bears. Helped by sweeps of Washington State, Arizona State and USC, Cal finishes the 2017 season with an 18-10 record at Evans Diamond. And, the win over TCU marks the second-straight victory in a series finale over a top-10 opponent after the Bears beat Stanford on Monday to close out that series.