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Belly of the beast

Staying in Omelas

When their darkest nightmares come to life, my friends confide in me the monsters that prowl their minds and the scars that etch their breaths. I want to be present for those stories that make them who they are, that cloud over their familiar smiles. If they have gifted me
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karinapauletti_online

Being there

Brave New World

After hours of staring at a screen and typing my research paper, I was ready to go home. I didn’t realize four hours had passed. Stomach rumbling, my eyes were fixed on my phone’s glowing screen. I was overwhelmed by the amount of unanswered messages were on my phone while
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kylie_sammons_online

Saying “hell yes”

“I’m used to just fucking.” I had just told this person I was starting to date about how consent should work in kink, a discussion of all the things you want beforehand, and he wasn’t having it. “The hottest things happen when you just go for it.” Consent education has
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rudra_reddy_online

Coulter will speak

Behind Enemy Lines

Continuing in a long, distinguished tradition of despicable censorship, Dean of Students Joseph Greenwell sent out an email April 18 to members of Berkeley College Republicans and BridgeUSA informing them that the campus had unilaterally decided to cancel Ann Coulter’s speaking appearance April 27. He stated that the campus had
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sarah_heo_online

Open to all

Staying in Omelas

The horrific lynching of Emmet Till was immortalized in the 1955 photograph of his mutilated and bloated form. His mother had insisted on an open-casket funeral for the African American boy who had been executed for allegedly flirting with a white woman, a bold stance against the brutality of white
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karinapauletti_online

Follow me

Brave New World

He persisted, even after I had said “no” multiple times. I was just 17 and he was well into his 30s, perhaps early 40s. A part-time job I enjoyed going to turned into a horror film whenever he turned up. “Your chest looks nice in that shirt,” he said to
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Sad reacts only

Fish Out of Water

It’s like I’m sitting in a circle with a group of people, and we’re casually talking about midterms. Everyone’s laughing and having a good time. “Hey,” someone says with a wide smile to the circle. “I have crippling depression!” We all laugh. “Haha, oh man. I swear, whenever there’s a
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kylie_sammons_online

Am I infected?

My phone rang in class. It was my gynecologist calling me in the one time slot I told him not to. I hurried from the front of the giant lecture hall to the exit in the back to answer. He told me my pap test had come back abnormal and
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rudra_reddy_online

Let Coulter speak

Behind Enemy Lines

As liberals brace for the trauma that Ann Coulter’s appearance at UC Berkeley is going to unleash on their favorite victim groups, the few intellectual grown-ups among their ranks have been formulating the “not intellectual enough” argument to justify their visibly ideological opposition to her. Caiden Nason, a spokesperson for
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sarah_heo_online

Code of Honor

Staying in Omelas

Swords drawn, regal warriors charge toward each other, dauntless in the face of piercing arrows and fallen friends. Ruby and midnight banners flutter above, distinguishing right from wrong, the good guys from the bad. My parents sigh in relief from their perch on the couch as the protagonist narrowly avoids
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