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VARSITY SPORTS / Go Bears!

Cal Athletics posted its highest finish ever in the Directors' Cup in 2010-11, taking third overall in rankings that measure overall excellence. The Golden Bears captured national championships in men's and women's swimming and diving, as well as in rugby, with 14 teams placing among the nation's top 10. Cal also produced 16 individual national champions, four national coaches of the year and three national players of the year.

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EVENTS /
Performances, debates, & exhibits

Critic's Choice highlights what's happening this week at Berkeley. The university hosts an amazing parade of cultural offerings, from symphonies to plays to sold-out rock concerts and lectures. Venues include:

 Yo-Yo MaCal Performances: Acclaimed performing arts center presents top artists such as best-selling novelist David Sedaris, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the Alvin Ailey dancers, and economist Paul Krugman. Schedule >

Berkeley Art Museum: Showcases more than 13,000 items, including important artworks by Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Paul Gauguin, as ell as hosts major traveling exhibitions. Schedule >

Greek theatreGreek Theater: This 100-plus year-old amphitheater hosts large-scale campus events like Commencement, plus rock concerts and popular speakers. More camera/photos >

Pacific Film Archive: Home to the largest collection of Japanese films outside Japan, the theater is equally likely to host a film festival focused on video games as on Ingmar Bergman's films. Schedule >

TRADITIONS / Rushes, rallies, and rituals at Berkeley

Oski and cheerleaderWho was the Angel of Death? What's with the "Big C" up in the hills? Who wears Oski's jolly bear head and size 54 yellow sweater? More >

ACTIVITIES / An outlet for every interest

intramural and recreational sports Intramural and recreational sports: Whether you're into fencing, ballroom dancing, Wushu, or badminton, find a sports club or intramural league that fits at Cal Recreational Sports.

Scrabble clubClubs: Berkeley has 800-plus student clubs — on everything from fashion to Bible study. Or start your own, as Scrabble fans did. More >

Community service: Nearly half of all Berkeley undergraduates do volunteer work, often in concert with the Cal Corps Public Service Center. More >