Healthy living

The Easy Way Out

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I’ve got 10 minutes before I need to be at Wheeler Hall. Enough time for a quickie? I think yes! “I’ll have one old-school roll with pecans and chocolate chips.” Thus my passionate affair with Cinnaholic continues unabated. I get my cinnamon roll. Five minutes until class. There’s no time
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The kaleidoscope

Demystifying Disability

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It was 3:35 p.m. on a Thursday in November when I began to see in shades. I was 15, and my mother took me to the optometrist for what was a routine appointment. After checking in, I walked over to the reception area. Waiting to be seen was a young
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Knock, knock

There and Back Again

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On Wednesday night, I visited William Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon and felt driven to write something related to the old Bard. Because I’m now in Scotland, I choose “Macbeth.” 19th-century Shakespearean critic Thomas De Quincey once analyzed “Macbeth,” focusing on one moment in the second act: the particularly awful feeling caused
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Outrage: a spring break interlude

The Gray Area

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No, I would not like to go to your business fraternity’s open house night, thank you very much. I’m much too busy figuring out how to make the world a better place — one paper-mache effigy of Janet Napolitano at a time. I have protest song practice tonight anyway.
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Stop, look and listen

The Easy Way Out

I’ve finally made it to the San Francisco International Airport and I am ready to leave this filthy place for spring break. A week filled with relaxation and not school. A Mozart symphony plays quietly in the background.
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Invisible disability

Demystifying Disability

When people think of disability, they typically picture the handicap symbol: white wheelchair and blue square. The handicap symbol is representative of physical, visible disability. But there is a whole other kind of disability that is not represented in that symbol: invisible disability. Invisible disability is overlooked by both the
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Squatting in a Chinese restroom

There and Back Again

The line of women extended out the door and into the dirt road. They crossed their arms, shifted their feet, tapped the ground, complained loudly and gesticulated wildly at the newest app on their smartphones. Men walked past hurriedly with a swift glance before heading directly into the room to the left.
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Impact unintended

If you have been hitherto fortunate enough to remain ignorant of UC Berkeley’s most recent non-issue outrage, I shall now destroy your inner peace. Recently, Sumayyah Din, an independent ASUC Senate candidate backed by the Middle Eastern Muslim Sikh and South Asian Coalition candidate, created a hashtag for herself comprising
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We can’t be friends if you get a 2.0

The Easy Way Out

Though the admissions people would like to claim otherwise, I am here to tell you that if you are a UC Berkeley student, you were admitted solely because of exam scores and grades. Nothing more. This will continue for the foreseeable future. If any of us manage to get hired after we graduate from this place, it will be because of one thing and one thing only: our GPAs. Keep that in mind as you blow off studying to read this column.
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Dear Birkenstocks: Fuck you

Demystifying Disability

You are born, and then you die. Everything else, i.e. shoes, is optional. I have single handedly purchased hundreds of pairs of shoes. I blow through them quickly because I drag my toes. I punish plastic, mar leather and destroy cork. Why? Because my walking pattern goes toe-heel, instead of
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