Doing what we’re supposed to

There and Back Again

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Two days ago, I put my friend in an awkward spot, something I do frequently to friends of mine. Basically, she grabbed me a banh mi sandwich when she wasn’t entirely supposed to — she was volunteering at a food-filled event for graduating seniors in a sort of in-charge position,
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Blocking the gate: Dragging protest out of the darkness

The Gray Area

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Thousands of wide-eyed parents and prospective students were treated to a genuine UC Berkeley protest experience on Cal Day this past Saturday, when members of the Black Student Union blocked Sather Gate for more than an hour protesting police brutality and the campus climate. Indeed, the demonstration was so effectively
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Look both ways before answering an exam question

The Easy Way Out

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I walk out of the test in a state of colossal despair. Aside from just destroying my GPA, that test destroyed my spirit, my soul, my happiness and everything that makes me, me. It was disastrous. My only consolation is that I’m pretty sure I got most of page three
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Princesses and palsy

Demystifying Disability

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I am in my early 20s, which means it’s time for me to hunker down and find a life partner. This idea isn’t coming out of nowhere. Like most problematic things, my notion of dating is from Hollywood. Growing up, I always thought that all the good people would be
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For the travelers on campus

There and Back Again

Spring has arrived, and with it comes glorious sunlight until 7:30 p.m., flowers in bloom, even more squirrels, midterms and, of course, groups of prospective students led by backward-walking tour guides. We all sort of know the procedure: The tour guide’s answer to any question always begin with “Great question!”
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Sticks and stones: On the imprecise use of language

The Gray Area

This past week, the Internet was accosted by a slew of presidential announcements: each candidate imploring your early support, each one’s messages just as conveniently vague as the last. But let’s not be too cynical. Words, after all, are said to be our servants, and their ambiguous use in political
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Please don’t pay your taxes

The Easy Way Out

A memory: The year is 2011, and it is the best time of my life. The Republican primary is in full swing. Herman Cain is romping around, defending his own ignorance on foreign policy. Rick Perry is releasing an advertisement in which he quite shamelessly laments the fact that openly gay people are serving in the military.
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Leadership and legs

Demystifying Disability

For a long time, I believed that by not talking about disability, I could make it go away. If I didn’t acknowledge to myself that I was disabled, then I wouldn’t be hindered in reaching my goals. Leadership is about initiative, growth and self-acceptance. It took me a long time
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Taking Arthur’s Seat

There and Back Again

I now know why people climb mountains. Alone. On windy days. There is some desperation, definitely, especially near the end. You start lamenting why you wanted to do this in the first place. And then, triumph. Two weeks ago, I decided to climb Arthur’s Seat. Somewhere around the bottom of
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Marginalized A-mur-ica

The Gray Area

Alas, another Easter weekend come and gone! Another visit back home to play through my 21st identical run of the family’s Easter festivities complete with the obligatory Sunday morning mass at St. Anne’s parish. Living in one of the most religious parts of the state, our family is perhaps scandalously
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