BERKELEY (CBS SF) — An estimated 30,000 students and supporters of the University of California at Berkeley are expected to attend Caltopia IX, one of the nation’s largest experiential college lifestyle festivals, starting Sunday morning.

More than 100 local and national sponsors and exhibitors will offer free services, products or programs at the two-day festival taking place at the UC-Berkeley Recreational Sports Facility.

Among this year’s exhibitors are the American Institute for Foreign Study, BART, Contiki Vacations, Groove Yoga, Peace Corps, Skull Candy, Slurpee, T-Mobile and Wells Fargo.

Caltopia IX, which is hosted by Cal Recreational Sports, will offer giveaways including up to $5,000 in prizes for treasure hunters who “check-in” at various booths through the social media site Foursquare.

The festival’s Facebook fan page will also stream live photos of people who pose at one of its ten themed photo stations.

Considered an annual rite of passage for Cal students and the campus community, attendees are encouraged to bring a sense of adventure, an appetite for delicious food samples, and enough energy to haul away a ton of swag.

Caltopia IX will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday and Monday at the UC-Berkeley Recreational Sports Facility, located at 2301 Bancroft Way in Berkeley.

Comments (2)
  1. Milan Moravec says:

    Why you should care about the economic woes of University of California Berkeley. UC gains from California’s economy pain. No deal! University of California Berkeley (Cal) to sharing financial sacrifices with Californians, students.

    Democrats, Republicans face mortgage defaults, 12% unemployment, pay reductions, loss of unemployment benefits. No layoff or wage reductions for Chancellors, Vice Chancellors, Faculty during longest deepest recession.
    There is no good reason to raise tuition, fees when wage concessions are available. UC wages must reflect California’s ability to pay, not what others are paid. If wages better elsewhere, chancellors, vice chancellors, tenured, non tenured faculty, UCOP apply for the positions. If wages determine commitment to UC Berkeley, leave for better paying position. The sky above the 10 campuses will not fall.
    In the spirit of shared economic sacrifices stand up for UC!
    No furloughs. UCOP 18% reduction salaries & $50 million cut.
    Chancellors’ Vice-Chancellors’, 18% cut. Tenured faculty 15% trim.
    Non-Tenured, 10% reduction. Academic Senate, Council remove 100% costs salaries.
    It is especially galling to continue to generously compensate chancellors, vice-chancellors, faculty while Californians are making financial sacrifices and faculty, chancellor, vice-chancellor turnover is the lowest of USA public universities.
    The message that President Yudof, UC Board of Regent Chair Lansing, UC Berkeley Birgeneau are sending is they have more concern for generously paid chancellors, faculty. The few at the top need to get a grip on economic reality and fairness.
    The California Legislature needs a Bill to oversee higher education salaries, tuition.
    Email your opinion

  2. OneNews says:

    When you get to Caltopia – be sure to check in with Berkeleyside at booth E104 to learn about their OneNews citizen journalism initiative and take part in their contest –

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