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A plea to cooperate within UC

Ed-xistential Crisis

The dysfunctional relationship between the UC Office of the President and the UC Student Association threatens to undermine the university’s tripartite commitment to affordability, accessibility and quality. In brief, the UCOP is the administrative center of the university system. Its responsibilities range from managing the system’s fiscal operations to lobbying
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The attraction awards

Sex on Tuesday

It’s my honor this evening to present the nominees for best leading woman in the American Heterosexual Race Preference Awards. White, you gave an unforgettable, centuries-lasting performance as the fairest of them all — an American classic and the industry standard in beauty and attraction. Asian, you delighted audiences across the
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It takes 2, sometimes more

Lessons from My Mother

One exceptionally cloudy June morning, my mother and I found ourselves stomach-deep in icy Minnesota lake water, toiling under the weight of a 40-foot-long, currently teetering lake dock that belonged on our family’s lake rental property. This biyearly ritual of rolling the dock into the water in the spring and
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Wear lipstick; apply for foodstamps

Advice: Do Not Follow

The glass doors of the Alameda County Social Services Agency were finally in view, and I slowed, glancing over to the window. Staring at my skewed reflection, I thought, “Am I really wearing lipstick to get food stamps?” I’d made the decision 30 minutes prior, and at the time, it
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Curriculum in distress

The Ed-xistential Crisis

While UC Berkeley has been “reimagining” undergraduate education for years, it has yet to settle on an acceptable alternative to its presently beleaguered curriculum.
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Navigating the intersections of submission

Sex on Tuesday

I’d gawked the hell out of her FetLife profile photos: There’s one of her on her knees, arms tied to a spreader bar, and another of her nude on all fours, wearing a plush pair of cat ears and lapping milk out of a bowl — all for the gaze of her Dominant husband.
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On finding hidden castles

Lessons from My Father

One especially snowy winter, my dad decided that it was the perfect time for a road trip. He, along with my three siblings and I, bundled up and piled into his beat-up powder-blue Ford pickup, inviting along our longtime friend Adventure to drive along with us into central Syria.
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10 reasons to reject my counsel

Advice: Do Not Follow

Before we dive right in, I should say that there are probably going to be problems with my advice. You may disagree with it. You may hate me for it. You may say that I am a no-good, trash-bag-wearing, forest-shitting UC Berkeley student who never flipped a coin when you asked me out. Wow. There you were, putting yourself out on a limb, and all I said was, “No, I’m married.”
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The ‘public’ in public higher education

Ed-xistential Crisis

Whenever I introduce myself and my field of study, dinosaurs all too often find their way into the conversation. As a student of archaeology, being reminded that my discipline is frequently associated with dinosaurs — which actually fall under the purview of paleontology — is a humbling experience. It also provides an occasion for fretting over archaeology’s shortcomings in engaging the public.
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I’ll stop writing about sex on one condition

Sex on Tuesday

Nothing soothes the shame of my secrets like finding a kindred pervert. “Does it make me kinda serial killer-y if I keep track of all the names of my sexual partners? Like trophies? Is that a thing?” Another 3 a.m. text message for the books. When I saw my best
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