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UC-Berkeley Graduate Assembly/Pelican Building
Earle C. Anthony Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720

This office in historic Earle C. Anthony Hall (aka "The Pelican Building") represents Cal's 10,000 graduate studentsMore and is supported by student fees. The office disburses travel grants for grad students to present their research at conferences outside the Bay Area. It runs events ranging from beer nights to workshops on PowerPoint presentations and writing scholarly articles. Several groups focus on grad students of color, who are greatly underrepresented at Cal. The Graduate Assembly also lobbies for students' interests in Sacramento and Washington.

The very cute Pelican Building itself, commissioned in the 1950s by wealthy alum Earle C. Anthony, was granted city landmark status in February 2011. Before becoming one of America's top dealers in Packard autos, Anthony founded Cal's campus humor magazine, the California Pelican, in 1903. He celebrated the Pelican's 50th anniversary by donating the building. Originally, it was to have been designed by Bernard Maybeck, who was then in his 90s. The master handed the job off to Cal architecture prof Joseph Esherick, who incorporated enough Maybeckisms into the design that the building seems a lot older than it really is. The university wasn't wild about a bunch of sophomoric humor writers getting their own building, but humored Anthony, as it were, in the hope he would donate more money later to larger causes. So worried was Anthony that the building might be taken from his beloved humor writers that he demanded gigantic pelican plaques for it that would be impossible to remove.

Sadly, the magazine foundered, and the building was given in 1978 to the Graduate Assembly. Into the Pelican Building's fireplace mantel is carved a motto pertinent to both humor writers and graduate students: "If You Can't Be Good Be Careful." 

Maple Tree Press
1700 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710
Maple Tree Press provides publishing for children's books, and began under Owl Books. Some of the genres are teen,More sports, science, crafts, picture books, humors and more. 
Twig & Fig
2110 Vine St, Berkeley, CA 94709
Twig & Fig offers a huge selection of quality paper products from around the world. It has printed cards, personalMore stationery and leather journals as well as birth announcements in a variety of humorous styles. The store also carries couture invitations that are perfect for weddings and bar mitzvahs. Twig & Fig uses printing techniques that include screen printing, foil stamping, laser etching, engraving and offset etching at its letterpress workshop.
Urbanity
1887 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707

Urbanity styles itself as an upscale resale shop and likes to define "consignment" as "style sharing," presumably aMore humorous jab at the old file sharing days of Napster. The guitar pick logo on the sign is an homage to the owner's husband, the lead guitarist from the rock band Third Eye Blind. Her store carries upscale brands of clothes, shoes and accessories and it is not uncommon to find Prada, Yves St Laurent, Miu Miu, Marc Jacobs and the like at this little boutique.