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Monster’s University based on Berkeley's campus?

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FEBRUARY 22, 2013

As if we didn’t already go to the coolest college in existence (you are disowned if you do not agree), Pixar just gave us one more reason to toot our own horns as Berkeley kids. The prequel to everyone’s favorite animated monster movie, “Monster’s, Inc.,” uses parts of Berkeley as the basis for its setting! That’s right, the campus of Monster’s University has some Berkeley inspiration in it!

There seem to be glimpses of the Campanile in images of a much cuter Sather Gate. There might even be some buildings worked in there that you see, too, if you pay attention. We won’t be able to tell for sure until the movie comes out this summer (we cannot wait!), but Pixar itself has said that Berkeley was one of the schools it used to design its imaginary one.

In our hearts, though, Monster’s University is 100 percent real. I mean, it has a legitimate website and everything! Who wouldn’t believe that after browsing through it? We were halfway through ordering our transcripts for transfer applications when someone told us it was just a movie. (We might still try sending them in anyway. The Golden Bears are great, but those guys have classes on creepiness.)

If you’re wondering why we’re so dead-set on this institution’s reality, you obviously haven’t checked out its site. Its creators haven’t missed anything. Wondering about the campus? Admission requirements? Alumni? It’s all there. Seriously. They have the weather report at the bottom of the page in degrees Fahrenheit! If you think there’s a single thing on that page that you can’t click on, you’re wrong. They’re messing with our heads. We don’t know what’s real and what’s fiction anymore!

We may sound over the top with all our fandom, but we won’t apologize. Don’t you think the Monsters Aptitude Test (MAT) seems so much worthier a thing to study for than the SAT?

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FEBRUARY 22, 2013