Every semester, a new band of Noteworthy Guys don the golden vest and tie.  This semester, we have the following fantastic people.  Click to jump to the member of your choice:

Conor Martin
Eddie Cekici
Jonathan Nagel
Joshua Jacobs
Joshua Onozawa
Adam Goldstein
Anjan Bharadwaj
Ellington Chen
Jessica Yu
Leo Sun
Stephanus Yang
Tom Guan
Will Bassett

Conor Martin (Music Manager)

Voice Part: Baritone
Semester in Noteworthy: 3rd
Semester in Berkeley: 7th
Major: EECS and Music

Interests: Climate Technology, Climate Policy, AI/ML, Arranging, Competitive Backwards Speed-walking, Slow Skating, FIBA, Analog Technology, Hiking (only downhill), Sand Surfing

Bio:
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Arire tbaan gryy n yvr naq uheg lbh


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Arire tbaan yrg lbh qbja
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Edward Cekici (Business Manager)

Voice Part: Baritone/Bass/VP
Semester in Noteworthy: 3rd
Semester in Berkeley: 5th
Major: Chemical Biology

Interests: Gipsy Kings, Jon Bois, Outer Wilds, Time Loops, Gipsy Kings, Jon Bois, Outer Wilds, Time Loops, Gipsy Kings, Jon Bois, Outer Wilds, Time Loops…

Bio:
“How Do You Have a ‘W’ In Your Name But Still Take L’s”: A One Act Play by Edward Cekici


(Curtains rise. A man dressed in a ghastly Hawaiian shirt with one more button open than anyone should is on stage. He is holding a bottle of olive oil, imported from his motherland of Albania. He starts to speak, when a whole tomato is thrown at him, splattering the red pulpy inside onto his shirt. It seeps into his clothing, making it stick to his skin. He looks visibly uncomfortable. Still he persists, and opens his mouth once more, only for a second, larger tomato to be hurled from offstage, striking him square in the groin. He writhes in pain in a fetal position for a solid minute, but does not make any noise for fear of breaking the already shattered illusion of performance. Finally, he gets up, and manages to squeak out his first line.)

Edward: Hello.

(He is then assaulted by another tomato. This one is unripe and hits him directly in the head. He falls to the ground, unconscious. The bottle of olive oil he was holding shatters on the floor, and splashes onto him, making it look like he peed himself. There is uproarious applause as the curtain sets on the scene: a man caked in tomato, strewn across the floor, embarrassed, unassisted, and with way too much chest hair showing.)

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Jonathan Nagel

Voice Part: Tenor 1
Semester in Noteworthy: 6th
Semester in Berkeley: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Major: Energy Engineer

Interests: Musical dissonance, harmonics, nature, organizational patterns, e x p l o r i n g , and unexpected silence.

Bio:
Hello. My name, major and interests are listed above. Or below, I am actually too lazy to check the formatting. Let’s see…what is a good anecdote to share that will elaborate on who I am. Well, I am a bit pedantic, I enjoy making meta cHello, nice to meet you! Or…I guess I’m not really meeting you, I’m more capturing a moment, writing it down, and you’re reading it. Though, if you’re reading this, you probably know me in some capacity. If not: hello, this is a very strange way to become informed about me. I love it. Well, there really isn’t much more to this moment. I hope you’re enjoying your stay on our website and have a wonderful day!!

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Joshua Jacobs

Voice Part: Bass
Semester in Noteworthy: 8th
Semester in Berkeley: [ERROR]
Degree: EECS

Interests: Smashing Bros, Poking mons, doing a sing, the unending void that will inevitably swallow all of existence, baking i guess

Bio:
Joshua Jacobs, better known as Big Jorn, has lived one of the most eventful lives in history. It all started at the moment of his birth, which historians refer to as Big Jorn’s Big Born. Eyewitnesses to the event say that the 3 minute old infant managed to convince the doctors to give him a scalpel to cut his own umbilical cord in a most impressive display of non-verbal persuasion. Big Jorn grew up in a modest family, working hard in his parents’ grain fields until his 16th birthday when his parents gifted him the rights to the entire farm. He immediately established the small farm as a leader in the grain industry with the development of Big Jorn’s Big Corn, ears of corn bigger and more nutritious than any seen before. After becoming the biggest name in corn, Big Jorn worked with the leaders of every nation across the planet to provide ample sustenance to the peoples of every country, ending world hunger forever.

Having grown bored with the grain industry, Big Jorn made a sudden pivot into the world of adult films. He started his own production company, Big Jorn’s Big Porn, and began releasing some of the most famous adult films ever to be filmed (not that anyone would admit to seeing them). But suddenly, tragedy struck as Big Jorn engaged in a fight with a wild lion to protect a group of school children at a local zoo. He managed to protect the children, but was ripped to shreds in the process, in an event now known as Big Jorn’s Big Torn. His funeral, Big Jorn’s Big Mourn, was the most attended burial in history, with attendees ranging from world leaders, to celebrities, to childhood friends. However, some of Big Jorn’s most devoted followers insist he will return, in the momentous event they call Big Jorn’s Big Reborn.

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Joshua Onozawa

Voice Part: Tenor 2
Semester in Noteworthy: 2nd
Semester in Berkeley: 2nd
Major: Economics Major / Data Science Minor

Interests: Coffee, cooking, La Burrita California Burrito, mashups, Ringfit Adventure, self improvement (i.e. building healthy habits and destroying them), video game ost (Touhou Project), YouTube video essays of movies/manga I’ve never seen before.

Bio:
I couldn’t think of anything to share in my last bio, so I copy-pasted a recipe for banana pancakes I found online. You know when you are thrown into a new environment and don’t know how much to say about yourself, you end up slipping up and feeling awkward? Well, that’s what happened to me. And here I am, after surviving my first semester at Cal, reflecting upon things I should share about myself.

Let me see… I am Japanese, so I guess my enjoying anime and manga wouldn’t make me a weeb but a man of my own culture, I guess? My favorites are Samurai Champloo and Spice and Wolf – both significantly impacted me, as one introduced me to lofi-hip hop (R.I.P. Nujabes) and the other taught me economics. My favorite manga… I wouldn’t recommend this to everybody, but it’s called Oyasumi Punpun. It’s about a little bird creature who goes through life. Don’t read it if you’re going through hard times. I have warned you.

Other hobbies of mine are mostly music related. Coming up with wacky mash-up ideas with video game music and 90s hip hop, looking through recent trends, and finding hidden artists that hit my vibe… those kinds of things. I found a mash-up of B.O.B. by OutKast and Flowering Nights from Touhou Project, and it was the best thing I’ve listened to in a while. There’s also a mashup of It Was A Good Day by Ice Cube and K.K. Crusin’ from Animal Crossing – that one is my favorite.

I have three midterms coming up at the moment, so I really shouldn’t be spending so much time writing this. Uhhhhhh… I turned 21 this semester so if anyone is down going to Raleigh’s for Taco Tuesdays, let me know!

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Adam Goldstein

Voice Part: Bass
Semester in Noteworthy: 1st
Semester in Berkeley: 3rd
Major: EECS

Interests: besides the obvious singing: programming things that sometimes work, hitting/shaking/scraping things arguably musically, DIYing things that temporarily barely work, and cooking things that taste solidly mediocre

Bio:
No clue what to write But haikus are pretty fun So bio over. Except apparently I have to write more than this, so here’s some more text about me that I definitely wrote, and not a bot, and is totally 100% about me, and not a bot: I was born in the year 2006 in a small town near the Czech Republic, and I moved with my mother to a country town called Minsk. It was a big country, which was not my favourite in this review but I guess I should mention that the other three countries that I was born in are in Eastern Europe, which , like I said before, are very hard on me and I have a lot of emotional baggage as a result . That said , there was a pretty cool school that I got to attend there, and I also got to live in a pretty cool place: I’m talking about the Czech Republic. My English skills aren ‘t the best, but I do know how to use Google translate and do basic word searches . Also, I’m still pretty happy about how my friends got to know me from this blog .

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Andrew Tran

Voice Part: Tenor 2
Semester in Noteworthy: 1st
Semester in Berkeley: 3rd
Major: Chemical Engineering / Aerospace Engineering Minor

Interests: Baking, gaming ( not atm 🙁 ), reading, taking absolutely any excuse to put off work, and having absolutely SCATHING takes on food

Bio:
So during transcription, DNA unwinds to allow RNA polymerase to bind to a promoter sequence and begin building a new strand in the-oh wait wrong kind of bio? You wanted the one about me? My bad, let me start over. Hey everyone! I’m Andrew and I’m a transfer student (cause we gotta represent) in my 2nd year at Cal. One time in middle school I nearly slipped off the side of the mountain during a night time hike after a heavy rain. The trauma still haunts me to this day. My proudest vocal achievement is being heard by my friend’s dad across their backyard despite him mowing grass with earmuffs on. Not great for stealth, but great for singing and Sproul performances! ( that I can’t go to because I have class 🙁 )

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Anjan Bharadwaj

Voice Part: Tenor 1
Semester in Noteworthy: 1st
Semester in Berkeley: 5th
Major: CS

Interests: Singing of course, hiking, setting records on Mario Kart Wii, snackpassing with friends, trying to go viral on twitter, cooking or baking something every now and then, watching basketball but being bad at playing it

Bio:
I tried using GPT-3 to generate a biography but it ended up stereotyping me so hard based on the input prompt that I gave up on that, so here goes nothing:

Hi, I’m Anjan, and I’m one of the few CS majors on campus who showers regularly. I like to sing (a lot of karaoke which isn’t the best because I always go a little over my limit and lose my voice which sucks when we have rehearsal on Saturday mornings but oh well). You can usually NOT find me:

  1. holed up in Soda working on cs assignments, because I don’t go to lecture/disc 😀
  2. near the kitchen in my apt, because i’ve developed an unhealthy habit of spending my life savings at chipotle and/or taco bell
  3. in most libraries (apart from main stacks, I’m built different fr)

Instead you’ll find me in the RSF 25/8 because im #swoleworthy

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Ellington Chen

Voice Part: Baritone
Semester in Noteworthy: 1st
Semester in Berkeley: 1st
Major: Marine Science and Integrative Biology

Interests: Guitar, chess, ‘between 3 and 15 interests’, bank mortgages, that time when, singing? asking questions? answering question (non plural), I’m trapped in the basement and eddie wont let me out, film

Bio:
My friends say my humor is cringe, so I dabbed on them haters. The lunch lady told me I could grab no more eggs, so I nabbed all them taters. 你好我的名字是‘THEDESTROYEROFWORLDS’, so I stabbed all them traitors.

A wise woman once told me, ‘CeraVe® Daily Moisturizing Lotion. Developed with dermatologists, its unique formula – with 3 essential ceramides – moisturizes and helps restore the protective skin barrier.’ She couldn’t have been more wrong…

I’m actually the one true heir of the Scandinavian empire and was reincarnated into the body of a 6 foot five, outrageously handsome and muscular, voted ‘most charming’, asian man. But then I died from dehydration because was it hot in here? Oh, it was just me. So I reincarnated into a member of Noteworthy…

[insert joke about IKEA]

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Jessica Yu

Voice Part: Tenor 1
Semester in Noteworthy: 1st
Semester in Berkeley: 5th
Major: Econ + Demography (minor)

Interests: singing, arts and crafts, casually walking, procrastinating, sleeping, visiting museums/art galleries/themed parks/amusement parks, thrifting, world travel

Bio:
The first non-male and soprano to ever become part of Noteworthy (go Tenor 1). Noteworthy’s human tuner when no whistle tuner is around.

I am a very practical and pragmatic human being so a creative writing assignment like this bio is, honestly, a time-consuming task for me. Reading my teammates’ masterpieces gave me a huge ton of stress (shout out to Big Jorn, I will never be able to write anything as creative as The Story of Big Jorn). But fortunately, through 14.5 years of being a student I have mastered the art of B.S.-ing! I have got to here, easily exceeding the word limit set on the google doc where this paragraph is required to be submitted through. But I do feel like my bio would look better and make me look more obviously part of this group if it is longer, so hence I added this additional line. Damn, this space is actually quite neurodivergent-friendly, exactly suitable for racing thoughts and impulsivity caused by ASD and/or ADHD :O

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Leo Sun

Voice Part: Bass
Semester in Noteworthy: 1st
Semester in Berkeley: 3rd
Major: Data Sci/ Cog Sci

Interests: Music, obvi. Movies, video games, mixology, tabletop rpgs(dnd), magic the gathering, marching band, COOKING, exercising long walks on the beach

Bio:
Okay so this one time I got a new pair of glasses and I lost it on a drive up to Davis less than two weeks later. My friends dared me to stick my head out the window and play rock, paper, scissors with the driver of the car next to us on the highway. I look out, turn my head around and WOOSH my glasses gets blown right off my face. So the moral of the story is don’t go to Davis.

You might know me as the guy who drops banger comments on the Calfessions Instagram page, or the BearWalk guy, but really I’m just a singer in a smoky room, a smell of wine and cheap perfume, for a smile they can share the night, it goes on and on and on and on….

Gangsta Limerick:

There once was a dude from Beijing
Who dreamed of in college he’d sing
he saw Anna Kendrick
her movie he’d mimic
too bad his voice is earsplitting


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Stephanus Yang

Voice Part: Tenor 2
Semester in Noteworthy: 1st
Semester in Berkeley: 1st
Major: Chemistry

Interests: horizontal running, monopoly, oski, starbucks, mixing solutions, producing sound

Bio:
Pronounced: Ste-fuh-nuhs

Here are a few fun facts about myself in an acrostic poem.

Never sleeps enough
Only ever wants to eat
Totally isn’t failing classes
Even when he attempts to cheat
When he isn’t singing
Or trying not to be tardy
Real fans can find him
Turnt up at a party
He’d love to get to know you
Yeah all of this is true*

*for legal purposes this is not all true

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Tom Guan

Voice Part: Baritone
Semester in Noteworthy: 1st
Semester in Berkeley: 5th
Major: Psychology

Interests: singing, finding good food spots, working out, listening to christmas music “too early”, existentialism, coming to terms with the fact that humans are nothing but a tiny little speck in the history of the universe, dancing poorly (with heart though), spending too much of my time playing video games, playing sports, board games, and saving myself from the nothing I’ve becometarbucks, mixing solutions, producing sound

Bio:
When I was younger, there were these 4 friend groups that all got along with each other. Despite this, it was never to the extent where we would all become one friend group, and this sentiment came to fruition multiple times. However, these instances only involved a conflict between two people in different groups that eventually would simmer down. Several years would pass until this harmonious dynamic went up in flames, as 1 of the groups decided to spread mean rumors and pick fights with the other 3 groups in a seemingly coordinated manner. With the teachers and staff turning a blind eye to all of this, the only person that could stop this was this kid that was close friends with many people in all 4 groups. The timing could not have been worse, as he moved really far away the year before this all happened. The fighting got even worse, and that’s when this new kid showed up at school! His name was Noah T. Worthy (his middle name was Tyler I think? I only learned it once, so I’m not sure), and he became friends with everyone through all the conflicts. I told him that he had to fix the friend groups, since no one was willing to be rational and listen to people from the other groups. Even though he always doubted himself, I always knew, that Noah would solve the conflicts and save the friend groups!

To be continued…

And while you’re here, check out the most recent entry to the Noteworthy blog (each post is a diary entry paired with a brief recording of what happens in Noteworthy!): https://blogs.motiondevelopment.top/watch?v=snhjKvWd5jAxHIBWneM9

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Will Bassett

Voice Part: Tenor 2
Semester in Noteworthy: 1st
Semester in Berkeley: 13th
Major: JD Candidate (Law Student)

Interests: missing class, forgetting things, being 50 years old

Bio:
Will, will Will will Will Will’s will?

something to think about…

(i just want use those two lines but the text box requires 300 characters so lemme tell you about my day. I just had early morning coffee with a berkeley law alum. It was nice to talk to him but it was way too early in the morning and I don’t normally drink coffee so I really had to shit after. But the shit honestly felt SUPER freeing, like one of the best ones I’ve had in a while. Oh I’m at 300 characters already, sorry for whoever had to read this)

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