Karl Berger’s Campus Journal

weather and a KLC promo

   Just a few more days until Halloween!  It’s going to be quite different from Halloween back in Maine.  I’m curious to see what this mischievous holiday will be like in a big city.  I did go searching for a costume, you know, a gorilla suit, or possibly some fixings to make one of the droogs from A Clockwork Orange, however it seems as though the theme at most costume stores is to jack the price up right before Halloween—go figure.  I’ll have to work something out… tomorrow.  portland
Got a chance to talk to the folks back home the other day.  Pops said that it had begun to snow a little there.  I do miss the late fall in Maine.  I’m told there won’t be too much frolicking in the snow out here in Portland; just rain.  Today, however, was yet another beautiful day.  I’m starting to think that this whole “Pacific Northwest has terrible weather” is a scam.  Unfortunately veteran Portlanders tell me otherwise.  But hey, we’re resourceful college kids, we will come up with plenty of fun and exciting things to do during the rainy season.  For example: the radio show Nate and I run.  Please tune in every Monday from 11pm to 1am Pacific Standard Time. Radio Show (www.klcradio.net click on open in iTunes)  nate at KLC
I advise everyone to try to get a radio show; they are so fun.  We don’t really play any specific music, nor do we have any theme.  We go and chat a little bit, play some good tunes and get hyphy.  If not a radio show, there are so many clubs and groups that I’m sure you’ll find something to occupy your time.
I hope everyone has a good Halloween.  Don’t eat too much candy.


29 October 2008

quick update

Hi folks.  Not too much has been happening lately; just the usual shenanigans and buffoonery.  There have been a lot of papers due and midterms going on this week, so studying has been a priority.  I did get to take advantage of the good weather last Friday.  I meandered over to south campus (grad school area) and enjoyed the grassy knoll with some friends.  Joey brought his ghetto blaster, which really livened things up.  South campus is a nice place to go and relax, maybe throw a Frisbee around, or just chill with some friends.
One of my friends parents were in town this week, so I did have the pleasure of getting some free food in town.  We went to Apizza Scholls on Hawthorne and had the best pizza in Portland.  Everything was scrumptious, and the best par was, I didn’t have to pay!  Whenever your friends’ parents come out to visit, and they offer to take you into town for dinner, you should definitely go.  Don’t get me wrong the Bon has good food; it just gets a little repetitive.
Well, its that time of year when we start to think about classes for next semester.  I think registration is only a few weeks away.  The dilemma with choosing classes is there are so many really awesome classes, but there isn’t enough time to do all of them in one semester.  There’s a scuba diving class, which sound so ill, but I think I’m going to take the rock climbing class instead.
Well I have a big ol’ biology midterm tomorrow, so I’m off to hit the books.


23 October 2008

Mmmmmm bananas…

    Well, it’s officially autumn.  Fall break came and went so fast it’s actually not funny.  I can hardly believe that two months ago I was back in Maine living the summertime dream.  My first collegiate fall break went quite well.  I stayed on campus, which was quiet, but really nice.  I woke up late everyday, and caught up on a lot of relaxing.  The leaves are changing, and the temperature is dropping, but lets be honest, it’s nowhere near as beautiful as fall in New England.  I will admit that the weather has been amazing, which is odd because everyone out here told me it would be awful this time of year.

Today was by far the best day I’ve had since coming to Lewis and Clark College.  Every day here is spectacular, however today was just shy of perfect.  On Tuesday I was informed that my today’s class would be canceled, total bummer (not really).  This schedule change left me with no classes.  I woke up at roughly 11:30 and made my way into the crisp late morning air.  On my way to the Bon (the dining hall) my CLA friend convinced me to join him in a brief hookah smoking session.  I then ate and went into the city with my pal Nate (the one who DJ’s with me).  We took the streetcar up to Anna Banana’s on NW 21st street.  Anna Banana’s is by far the best coffee shop in the tri-county area, if not the entire state of Oregon.  I had the Lanikai Beach Mocha, which is espresso with banana, macadamia nut and coconut. ( Sweet Deliciousness)  Nate had the Doot Da Do, which is chi with a shot of espresso.  We did work, ate cookies, and drank the most delicious beverages ever.  We ran back to Pio Square and just barely made the bus back to campus.  I ate dinner, nothing special, but for some reason fairly good today, then hopped on the College Outdoor’s climbing shuttle to the Circuit (a local bouldering gym).

At the end of the day I felt simply content.  I didn’t go on any wild adventure or do anything particularly enthralling, but I had a great time.  Now that just about two months of school behind me I finally feel settled in.  I think that to me L&C is becoming more and more like home.

Until next time,


17 October 2008

Yup… its a blog.

Woah!  So much has happened in such a short amount of time!  I really don’t know where to begin; how should I bring you into my life?  What tales should I tell you, to impress you, astonish you, lure you into reading more of what I have say?  Lets start at the beginning:
New Student Trips (NSTs) are probably the best way to start off a college career.  I backpacked the Wallowa Mountains, which was tight.  We hiked and hiked, and ate, slept under the stars, cooked delicious food, swam in alpine lakes, told stories and basically just had a great time.  If hiking isn’t your thing there were rafting trips, kayaking trips and trips in Portland focused on serving the community.  I highly recommend going on a NST, it’s a great way to meet a few people before meeting a lot of people.

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Well, the trip was over and we all settled down and got right into scholastics (only half serious).  Orientation was basically organized chaos.  There was so much going on all the time and no way that you could get to everything.  Finally said goodbye to mom and pops, and then relaxed—well for about a day and then classes began.  Classes aren’t bad at all though.  I mean sure, there is a lot of work to do, but it’s all interesting.  After class, there are never ending possibilities to keep you busy.  Currently I am playing varsity tennis, take part in the climbing club and paddle club and I DJ a radio show Monday nights from 11pm to 1am with my pal Nate.  I advise all of you to tune in at www.klcradio.net.  This weekend the climbing club is taking a trip out to Smith Rock, which should be sick but I’m going to skip it to see the Blue Scholar and Common Market show.
Oh boy, life has been crazy since college started.  Good crazy though, don’t you worry yourself I’m not actually crazy.  I guess I’ll just have to tell you more next week.  I hope you semi-enjoyed what I had to say.  Hit me up if you want, kberger@lclark.edu.  Stay fresh.

14 October 2008