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Because I said so

Stale Off the Boat

No “ifs,” “ands” or “buts.” “Because I said so.” So on and so forth. My parents grew up in a world where people didn’t question their elders. Their words equated to law, and they never needed to provide explanations. That was discipline. But it’s not something I understood. For the
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Hellward bound

Deadly Sins of Berkeley

If you’ve been keeping up with this column throughout the summer, by this point, you’ll be aware of the fact that UC Berkeley is a great big den of sin. In fact, this is true of most college campuses. Actually, it’s true of most places where youths gather with their
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The sex you aren’t having

A Penny for Your Bullshit

Somewhere, a restroom echoes with moans of relief from impatient lovers, fighting their way out of tight clothing and cramped space to reach each other. They desperately grab at warm flesh and cool porcelain for leverage for fear of losing any ounce of pelvic pressure. Somewhere, a man meets a
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WTF is waterproof?

Stale Off the Boat

My cousin grabbed my wrist and dunked it into the water repeatedly. She was mesmerized. “You can just put it in water and nothing happens?” she asked, pointing to the waterproof wristwatch I’d bought at Target a few months ago. I nodded my head, wondering why she had never heard
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The politics of envy

Deadly Sins of Berkeley

“Envy: a feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another’s advantages, success, possessions, etc.” A group of students is talking about GPAs and how hard students work. On the surface, it’s a friendly conversation, but underneath, everybody is locked in an epic combat to determine who is the best.
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Hindered by Tinder

A Penny for Your Bullshit

Several weeks and hundreds of swipes ago, I decided to test out a virtual connection in the real world, as is the growing norm. We agreed to keep it traditional and meet at Comal in Downtown Berkeley for dinner at 7. I went through the typical pre-date phases: anxiety, followed
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Riding the broke bus

Stale Off the Boat

He had hair down to his ears, black-rimmed spectacles too big for his face and a furry caterpillar of a mustache. He was my hero. My school bus driver was the coolest guy my 5-year-old self had ever met. He had such a sweet ride that 50 Cent didn’t even
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