Lies!

The Easy Way Out

Karim_mug-web

With just four minutes remaining before my anthropology paper was due, the words just wouldn’t come. My name was boldly written across the top of the Word document, but there was nothing else. At 11:56 p.m., with three pages left to write, the situation seemed hopeless. But then, an idea!
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Defined by my bucket list, not barriers

Demystifying Disability

jasmine_leiser

Last Wednesday, I sat in the back of a darkened room in Hearst Gym. I was with my swim class, and we were reviewing videos that our coach had filmed of our practice. As a group, we would critique the strokes of other swimmers to identify technique. When my clip
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Talking loudly on the Taipei Metro

There and Back Again

Katherine_Hsu-online

The best time to rob me is on the BART, when I’m coming back to Downtown Berkeley after a long weekend at home. The spoils are my iPad, my iPhone, my laptop, my readers (barely opened), my notes (again, broken promises) and my different assortments of food that my family
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Divest from the ASUC

The Gray Area

brendanpinder_mug-online

After more than 100 years of relative fiscal solvency, UC Berkeley’s student government found itself in such a financial predicament in the late 1990s that the campus had to all but force it to surrender its direct oversight of business operations. No longer fit to manage its investments independently, the ASUC would now have its finances monitored by several faculty and staff members through the newly formed ASUC Auxiliary.
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Karim_mug-web

A case against the environment

The Easy Way Out

I am Karim Doumar, and I hate the environment. I hate it. Before you roll your eyes and go back to perusing Facebook or whatever intellectually stimulating task you were up to, hear me out. I have no choice.
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jasmine_leiser

Paisley and palsy

Demystifying Disability

My identity makes people feel uncomfortable. Like a paisley coat, my identity doesn’t really match anything. My coat is cerebral palsy-paisley-patterned, to be exact.
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Katherine_Hsu-online

Pencil shavings and the spirit of New Year’s

There and Back Again

Last Saturday, my grandfather shaved a pear for me to eat. The shavings were circular, spotted and yellow: a little Matisse in the making. As I watched him slowly shed the yellow peel to reveal the white, moist fruit underneath, I was suddenly struck, as memories often arrive, with a
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brendanpinder_mug-online

The case for uncertainty

The Gray Area

Politics demands seductive sets of certainties: These are true, those are not. We are right. They are wrong. The competitive nature of democracy can force us into dealing in “winning” absolutes at the expense of discovering the subtle truths with which democracy was once purportedly concerned. It is born from
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Karim_mug-web

Let’s get down to business

The Easy Way Out

The treacherous journey through Sproul Plaza is one that few ever become fully equipped to handle. But with my sourest face possible and noise-cancelling headphones, I almost feel prepared for the onslaught. I survey the landscape, making quick note of the presence and position of the flyerers. They are everywhere.
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Thank God for the first generation

A Whole New World

It is time, then, to appreciate the first generation and the ones who are rapidly forgotten. It is time to revisit how much they did for us and how much we did not understand in our younger years.
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