Melissa Wen_online

The beginning of unbelief

Off the Beat

My mom is perpetually late, but not on the morning of her daughter’s fifth-grade graduation. Because an elementary school promotion is the sort of thing in life that you show up on time for. Or so she told my dad and me in an urgent, rising voice as we sat
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Leveling the playing field

NATIONAL ISSUES: Student-athletes must be allowed to unionize.

The work of student-athletes in football and basketball programs is responsible for generating millions in revenue for universities across the country. But despite working more hours for their schools than most student employees, the players are prevented by the NCAA from reaping any benefits of their labor. Last week, in
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The importance of student-led change in campus life

Unsafe alcohol use has long been an elephant in the room in regards to fraternity and sorority events not only at UC Berkeley, but nationwide. Throughout the past few semesters, we’ve seen national headlines about fraternities across the country involved in a variety of serious trouble — much of it
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Life according to Dante

Off the Beat

“In the middle of the journey of our life I found myself within a dark woods where the straight way was lost.” So begins the epic by Italian poet Dante Alighieri. “The Divine Comedy,” split into three parts, tells the tale of the proverbial Dante and his quest through hell,
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Backpacking across time

Off the Beat

Two years ago, in a typhoon of mixed emotion, I left all I knew and moved clear across the Pacific Ocean to pursue my college education. When I first got to Berkeley, backpack and overstuffed luggage in tow, I was overwhelmed by the excess of the unfamiliar. Everything and everyone
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My grandfather’s cane: social consciousness and 25 years of ADA

In 1990, Congress passed and president George H. W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law. Twenty-five years later, as many across the United States celebrate a quarter century of progress, we should pause to appreciate milestones and confront new obstacles. In sweeping rhetoric, the ADA’s preamble declares,
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ASUC Student Union board must protect Lower Sproul contract workers

CAMPUS ISSUES: ASUC Student Union board must be accountable for Chartwells workers' rights

In just a few short weeks, a pizzeria, burger joint, Mexican eatery and whiskey bar will open their doors in Lower Sproul Plaza. The area will likely become a concentrated hub of student life — something that students haven’t experienced in two and a half years. But underneath the fanfare
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Brave in the attempt

Donny doesn’t like to run. For the last three years, I’ve been a coach at a week-long sleepaway Special Olympics sports training camp, and perhaps the most important thing I’ve learned is that Donny doesn’t like to run. Frustratingly, Donny signs up for track every year. It boggles my mind
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