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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:

David Qiu
Minkyu Sohn
Michael Noor
Joshua Deng
Hemal Madaan
Jerry Yin
McCoy Cantwell
Michael Lu
Jackson Starkey
Josh Jacobs
Luke Mott
Michael “Mark Derek” Lu
Maneck Palkhivala
Josh Kaiser


David “Nutan” Qiu (Business Manager)

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Voice Part: Bass
Semester in Noteworthy: 8th
Semester in Berkeley: 8th
Major: Computer Science
Interests: Anime (One Piece, Shonen, others), Scooters, Boba (mostly fruit teas tho), Pokemon Go, NiCE, Kansai, Javanese Gamelan

Bio:
I like anime because it’s hype.
I like scooters because it’s fast to get home from campus.
I like boba because it’s sweet and I don’t drink enough water so I internally associate thirst with a craving for boba. I also have over 100 reward points at Sharetea / Raretea / TeaOne. Excluding Berkeley, I have been to three other Sharetea locations in Davis, Houston, and Sugar Land. The ones in Texas smell like almonds. They can’t do that in California because allergies. Also the reason Raretea changed its name was because it was breaking away from the chain, Sharetea.
I’m level 35 in Pokemon Go. My friend code is 2665 8271 3402. My prized possessions in Pokemon Go are my 100% IV Mamoswine, Cloyster, and Houndoom, my 0% Drowsee and Baltoy, my shiny Magby, Minun, Medicham, and Altaria, and my lucky shiny Vaporeon. I enjoy doing raids in the Berkeley area.
I joined Nikkei Choral Ensemble (NiCE) last semester. It’s fun being in two groups whose rehearsals don’t conflict.
I like Kansai because their sashimi slices are huge and good quality but it’s only worth going during their happy hour, which is either super late night all week or all day Sunday. At happy hour expect to spend about ~$20 per person.
I like Javanese Gamelan for reasons I’ve mentioned in a previous bio. Music 140, Javanese Gamelan, is an effort/attendance based course with no homework, but has a full set of an Indonesian metallophone orchestra called a gamelan, the size of which is rare in the US. It’s a completely different way of thinking about music, as a concept of density and elaboration. This will be my 5th semester taking gamelan. The first 3 semesters were for my music minor but the extra two semesters have been because I enjoy it so much and it creates no extra burden on my schedule.

Gangsta Rap:
Yo my name is David and I’m a fourth year
I’m really really psyched that graduation is near
I might take some time to go and travel to Paris
But first I’ll hear a speech that’s not by Senator Kamala Harris

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Minkyu Sohn (Music Manager)

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Voice Part: Tenor 1
Semester in Noteworthy: 7th
Semester in Berkeley: 8th
Major: Molecular & Cell Biology – Genetics, Genomics, & Development
Interests: Still being the Official Dad™ of the California Golden Overtones; vijimo games, like Smash Ultimate, Overwatch, and Slay the Spire; Triple Antibiotic; chord progressions and harmonic analysis; use of semicolons in lists that include sub-lists; egg

Bio:
In my time in Noteworthy, I wrote over 30 raps. Here’s a compilation of some of my favorite Gangsta raps and maybe some never-before-rapped ones. Go Bears

Yo it’s DJ Cal-ed and you smart and loyal
I’m rich, wise, and famous so I’ll make you a royal
I make hits, then anotha one, I stay being blessed
So just reach into my pants and grab this key to success

Yo my name is Minkyu and I love bell towers
I’ll sit on a bench, listen, and count the hours
The Campanile is my bae cuz it’s solid as a rock
Dong, dong, dong, dong, dong, dong… it’s sex o’clock

Yo my name is Minkyu, let me tell you what’s the buzz,
I’m that striped motherfucker with the black and yellow fuzz
They say my bars are killer like the stinger in my butt
But the most potent part of my body – is beez nuts

Yo ny mane is Minkyu and I’m gangster as h*ck
Catch me in the walk zone playing with my tech deck
I’m 2edgy4lyfe, so I’m nver goin’ to heaven, and I’m
Always late to class, see me at 8:11

Yo my name’s Julia, goodie goodie woop woo
Very on key, yay yay hoo hoo
Wowie woo hoo good sound bow wowie
Is there a way to delete messages from groupme?

Gangsta Rap:
Yo my name is Minkyu and I like to supersize
I always upgrade for the extra large fries
From my money to my rep, everything I got’s enormous
I’m sure you know what I really mean… my really big thermos :)

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Michael Noor

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Voice Part: Baritone
Semester in Noteworthy: 6th
Semester in Berkeley: 6th
Major: EECS
Interests: Boba. And I guess like singing, baking, writing, theater, coding, and video games too.

Bio:
You. Me. A bottle of strawberry champagne over a candlelit dinner. Romantic music plays over the phonograph. The year is 1922 and we’re not supposed to be here – none of us are supposed to be here. And yet here we are, and yet we aren’t – or so we’ll say if anyone asks. I suppose you could call this place a “hole in the wall” type of joint. There definitely seem to be many holes in the wall, actually. Especially in the bathroom! Did you notice all the oh shit this is a gay speakeasy isn’t it?

Gangsta Rap:
Girl, I live for gossip, if there’s drama, bitch I’m there.
If it happened in the last ten years, you know that I’m aware.
I heard the fight you had last night when he called you a whore,
And by the way, he’s cheating on you with the girl next door.

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Joshua Deng

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Voice Part: Tenor 2
Semester in Noteworthy: 4th
Semester in Berkeley: N/A
Degree: Bioengineering, B.S.
Interests: Singing (creative…), Chemistry (especially how it makes up all the things we see), Kicking, Ass, Taking, Names

Bio:
Hi everybody! My name’s Josh and I’m a first semester freshman at Cal (that’s UC Berkeley if you don’t know, GOBEARS YEET). So excited for the first semester of my college experience and my fourth semester with this awesome group! Outside of Noteworthy, I’m also going to all of my classes (who doesn’t!?), on the quidditch team (I’m a Chaser!) and part of like 13 different clubs (T.T). Running around everywhere, I swear I’d lose my head if I didn’t have my lanyard holding it down! Oh woah, my roommates are headed out to late night so I’m gonna go get me some fried chicken! (Wait a minute…) Good night y’all!

Gangsta Rap:
Yo my name is Jess and I study biochem
I love to learn about distributions by Boltzmann
Boy, you got good genes and I like our chemistry
Let’s do it on the table… periodically

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Hemal Madaan

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Voice Part: Tenor 1
Semester in Noteworthy: 4th
Semester in Berkeley: 4th
Major: Economics and Data Science
Interests: Eating (Thai food especially), reading, singing, meeting new people/making new friends, hiking, exploring new areas, napping (too much), sustainability, hip-hop, R&B, and indie,

Bio:
Hows it going my dudes this is hemz bringing you some fre$h updates. The weather’s feeling pretty cold up here in the dark tundras of Berkeley, CA. Slight chance of rain and higher chance of shivering. HIGHEST chance of procrastinating students being out and about or watching Netflix. In other news, In N Out is very far and I have been craving it so please text me if you want to go (678) 999-8212. That is not my number but points if you can figure out where that’s from but also hit me up I do want In N Out. If you reaaaaaallly wanna know about me you can watch this 5 minute informational clip

Gangsta Rap:
Yo my name is Hemal and I love love
I live for that warmth, it’s a gift from above
You might think this is for someone really special in my life
But if I’m totally honest I just really love Imm Thai

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Jerry Yin

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Voice Part: Bass
Semester in Noteworthy: 4th
Semester in Berkeley: 4th
Major: MCB Biochemistry & Molecular Bio + Happiness
Interests: Pitch Perfect, Pitch Perfect 2, Pitch Perfect 3, Boba, Making friends, Making friends with boba, Making boba with friends, Basketball, Dodgeball, Pre-Med Honor Society Vice Pres, Teaching Bio 1AL, Being President of UC Choral Ensembles :)

Bio:
So I’ve become super addicted to Taylor Swift music lately. I actually purchased Spotify Premium so that I can listen to my girl Taylor in the shower without those stupid ads interrupting her heavenly voice. The worst are the ads that are like “”Thank you for listening to these ads, you now have 30 minutes of free, uninterrupted music”” like that’s not even an /ad/, stop wasting 10 precious seconds of my shower with your BULLSHIT, you corporate scum.

Anyway, old Taylor is sooooo much better than new Taylor, and this is undebatable. Just like how Pitch Perfect is the best movie of all time, and the Pitch Perfect series is the best trilogy of all time is undebatable. Country Taylor was a serious gift to music, and the album “”Taylor Swift”” is probably the most underrated album of all time tbh. Like if you ever want to hang out w me I’ll probably be blasting that shit so yea come thru it’ll be a good time. “”Fearless”” has some serious bops, as does “”Speak Now.”” Some of the songs in “”Red”” are my in my personal top 10, but this album is sort of where her transition begins which is why I’m very meh about it. “”1989″” has some of her most popular songs, but it just feels wrong. And don’t get me started on “”Reputation.””

Old Taylor you are NOT dead!! You are out there somewhere, and I will find you, and life will be great again. Go Bears…

Gangsta Rap:
Hey my name is Jerry and fuck Valentine’s Day,
My girlfriend had a CS midterm but that’s okay,
Because in the end all that matters is that she’s mine,
Erin Song, everyday I’m with you is Valentine’s.

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McCoy Cantwell

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Voice Part: Tenor 2
Semester in Noteworthy: 3rd
Semester in Berkeley: 3rd
Major: Political Economy, Spanish minor
Interests: Searching for and characterizing a variety of rocks and soils that hold clues to past water activity, determining what geologic processes have shaped the local terrain and influenced the chemistry, performing calibration and validation of surface observations made by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter instruments, search, for iron-containing minerals, identifying and quantifying relative amounts of specific mineral types that contain water or were formed in water, such as iron-bearing carbonates.

Bio:
McCoy, also known as MER-B (Mars Exploration Rover – B) or MER-1, and nicknamed Mac, is a robotic rover that was active on Mars from 2004 to 2019. Launched on July 7, 2003, as part of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover program, it landed in Meridiani Planum on January 25, 2004, three weeks after its twin Spirit (MER-A) touched down on the other side of the planet. With a planned 90-sol duration of activity (slightly more than 90 Earth days), Spirit functioned until it got stuck in 2009 and ceased communications in 2010, while McCoy was able to stay operational for 5111 sols after landing, maintaining its power and key systems through continual recharging of its batteries using solar power, and hibernating during events such as dust storms to save power. This careful operation allowed McCoy to exceed its operating plan by 14 years, 46 days (in Earth time), 55 times its designed lifespan. By June 10, 2018, when it last contacted NASA, the rover had traveled a distance of 45.16 kilometers (28.06 miles).
Mission highlights included the initial 90-sol mission, finding extramartian meteorites such as Heat Shield Rock (Meridiani Planum meteorite), and over two years of exploring and studying Victoria crater. The rover survived moderate dust storms and in 2011 reached Endeavour crater, which has been described as a “”second landing site””. The McCoy mission is considered one of NASA’s most successful ventures.
Due to the global 2018 dust storm on Mars, McCoy ceased communications on June 10 and entered hibernation on June 12, 2018. It was hoped it would reboot once the weather cleared, but it did not, suggesting either a catastrophic failure or that a layer of dust had covered its solar panels. NASA hoped to re-establish contact with the rover, citing a windy period that could potentially clean off its solar panels. On February 13, 2019, NASA officials declared that the McCoy mission was complete, after the spacecraft had failed to respond to over 1,000 signals sent since August 2018.

Gangsta Rap:

My name is MC Coy, I want to live among the stars
Fascinated by the presence of liquid water on Mars
You’ll encounter my third kind if I do a flyover
I last longer than I should: Opportunity Rover

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Michael Lu

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Voice Part: Baritone
Semester in Noteworthy: 3rd
Semester in Berkeley: 4th
Major: EECS
Interests: Eating, sleeping, singing

Bio:
Michael, 29, was raised playing roller and ice hockey since age four in the Jr. Ducks program. He continued playing locally until being stricken with Parkinson’s last year. Even though he cannot play at the level he once did, he works as a hockey instructor in the Ducks Learn to Play Program powered by Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, where he helps grow children’s hockey skills and love for the game. Michael is also studying toward his Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology to counsel children with disabilities. Michael is optimistic and hopeful about life and his journey with Parkinson’s. He works with the nonprofit organization Parkinson’s Resource Organization as a member of the Board of Directors, and is making it his mission to take his diagnosis to help raise awareness for Parkinson’s to find a cure. Michael’s goal is to help inspire those with Parkinson’s, and demonstrate that the disease does not define him.

Gangsta Rap:
Yo my name is Michael and I’m a real code monkey,
eat code sleep repeat the eecs life is my creed,
but me being clean is a sight rarely seen,
‘cuz the last time I showered was 2013

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Jackson Starkey

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Voice Part: Tenor 2
Semester in Noteworthy: 2nd
Semester in Berkeley: 2nd
Major: Mathematics
Interests: The number 6, the number 173, Zionism, regressive income tax, making a finger gun and saying “pew,” the number -1/12, singing with my friends :-), eating the rich

Bio:
You know they say that all men are created equal, but you look at me and you look at Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, and you can see that statement is not true. See, normally if you go one on one with another content creator, you got a 50/50 chance of winning. But I’m a genetic freak and I’m not normal! So you got a 25%, AT BEST, at beat me. Then you add Senator Chuck Grassley to the mix, your chances of winning drastic go down. See the 3 way at Sacrifice, you got a 33 1/3 chance of winning, but I, I got a 66 and 2/3 chance of winning, because Michael L. Fitzgerald KNOWS he can’t beat me and he’s not even gonna try!
So Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, you take your 33 1/3 chance, minus my 25% chance and you got an 8 1/3 chance of winning at Sacrifice. But then you take my 75% chance of winning, if we was to go one on one, and then add 66 2/3 per cents, I got 141 2/3 chance of winning at Sacrifice. See Felix, the numbers don’t lie, and they spell disaster for you at Sacrifice.

Gangsta Rap:
My name is Jackson and you will see,
My flow is straight gas, but I don’t fuck with BP.
Naw, I keep it on the DL, I’ll never spill;
You can call me Sarah Palin when I drill, baby, drill.

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Josh Jacobs

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Voice Part: Bass
Semester in Noteworthy: 2nd
Semester in Berkeley: 4th
Major: EECS
Interests: Pokemon, smash Bros, eating, sleeping, occasionally breathing

Bio:
Josh Jacobs quik fax:

I have two cats
I have a killer Arnold Schwarzenegger impression
I have fallen asleep standing up
I have visited over 20 different countries
I am currently the tallest member of Noteworthy
I’m lazy and don’t like writing new bios
I once read the entire Harry Potter series in 4 days
I can recite pi to 100 digits
I can name all of the original 151 Pokemon from memory
Does anyone even read these things?
Pee is stored in the balls

Gangsta Rap:
My name is Josh and I’m an Acapella singer
My raps are so fly, they call me word-slinger
I’m flowing like a river, I’ll try not to splash you
But if you like to get wet, I’ll show you what that mouth do

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Luke Mott

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Voice Part: Baritone
Semester in Noteworthy: 2nd
Semester in Berkeley: 2nd
Major: Business
Interests: Eating, Breathing, Walking, Talking

Bio:
Hey man name’s Luke and I’m a first year intending to study business at Hassssss. I joined noteworthy because the name was very witty. It has been one of the coolest experiences ever getting to become friends with all the noteworthy guys.

I am a super smash brothers tutor, now accepting new students. Only 1 million dollars per hour so if you wanna get good hmu. I think I need about one more sentence to reach the word limit.

Gangsta Rap:
Hey my names Luke and my Rhymes are incredible,
Everybody knows my lyrics are impeccable
All the people know near and far,
I dress real fresh and I got Noteworthy bars

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Michael “Mark Derek” Lu

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Voice Part: Baritone
Semester in Noteworthy: 1st
Semester in Berkeley: 8th
Major: Applied Mathematics/Computer Science
Interests: pretending to be good at things, pretending to know how to do things, pretending that I can’t do things by suggesting I can’t, pretending to be someone I’m not, pretending, pretending to be a bass, pretending to be a soprano, friends are pretty cool too, be my friend pls

Bio:
Hello everybody! My name is Mark Derek and we’re Drawn to Scale. Today we are Decadence A Cappella because we feel like it, so we hand sewed these lovely gold vests. We perform every Wednesday at 12pm under the beautiful Sather Gate. Actually, I think we perform every Thursday at 11am now, but I’m not too sure because my life has recently been quite crazily backwards for some reason. I’m not too sure, but it’ll probably be less confusing if you go ask Michael Lu from Noteworthy about this. Anyways, we have a couple more songs so stick around, come sit down, and enjoy some lovely music and choreo. This next one is a Cal favorite with a twist, and you’ll get to hear me sing about young people and love.

Gangsta Rap:
Yo my name’s Mark Derek and I beatbox with the cadence
Singing scales to songs, drawn to perfect arrangements
But I’ll drop all you bitches, take a seat and stare in awe
for Noteworthy mothafuckas thems my real fuckin squad

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Maneck Palkhivala

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Voice Part: Bass
Semester in Noteworthy: 1st
Semester in Berkeley: 5th
Major: English
Interests: Smoking meats, drinking juice, and hanging with the bois

Bio:
Maneck was having a great time living life as an insurance salesman until one day, a bite from a radioactive singer changed his DNA, causing him to develop powers. Powers that sometime threaten to consume him. If Maneck does not sing for at least three hours a day, his internal organs start to consume each other, causing a tickling sensation through his abdomen. With his newfound powers, he decided to take on the world of collegiate a capella by storm, but ended up only taking it on by light drizzle.

Gangsta Rap:
Yo my name is Maneck, so sick its bubonic
Rhymes blazing so fast like super sonic
The only time I slow down is if I’m smoking chronic
Yo I’m like a fast sloth, though that’s just oxymoronic

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Josh Kaiser

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Voice Part: Baritone
Semester in Noteworthy: 1st
Semester in Berkeley: 6th
Major: Political Science
Interests: Video games, memes, music, polo shirts, girls

Bio:
ATTENTION FEMALES OF UC BERKELEY

My World of Warcraft guild, Golden Bronies, is having its first annual formal and I am looking for a m’lady to accompany on this lovely evening. The night will start at Derek’s place for light refreshments and appetizers, then move to Panera Bread* for the main event. At Panera Bread there will be a brief induction ceremony for Christopher, our guild’s new Mage (level 84). Afterwards, we can indulge in some fresh coffee at the McCafe, and if you’re lucky the night will end back at my place *winks and tips fedora*

I have not had any luck on tinder finding any mates (even though I bought the unlimited swipe package) so hopefully I meet more sophisticated women here. Some basic requirements for being m’lady for the evening:

• ⁠must be interested in WoW and anime
• ⁠must be at least 5’7″
• ⁠C cups preferred, B cups acceptable (A cups need not apply)

Please leave a comment with a photograph of yourself below if interested

Josh

Golden Bronies

Level 97 Warlord

Gangsta Rap:
Yo my name is Josh and I like to play the drums
Beats so sick you’ll have to take some tums
Everyone knows I have a positive demeanor
But it’s really because, I have a 13 inch wiener

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