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Cloyne Court killed my goldfish

Advice: Do Not Follow

For three years, Cloyne Court was my wooden playground. Each semester, the Berkeley Student Cooperative house filled with 149 members, some new, some old. During my years in the house, I learned more about the world and about people than I have from any course or professor on campus. In
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In discussion with Dirks

Ed-xistential Crisis

In fall 2011, I nervously walked into California Hall for the first time to meet with then-chancellor Robert Birgeneau as part of my freshman seminar on public higher education. It was a tumultuous time, to be sure, as UC Berkeley dealt with another round of budget cuts inflicted by the
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(A says no. B proceeds.)

Sex on Tuesday

In my old creative writing group, I volunteered to read the stage directions for someone’s screenplay. The writer had us read through a surrealist, alleyway dumpster scene that was part courtroom flashbacks and part drug-induced club ruckus. Of all that setup, this is the one line that stayed with me:
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This is freedom

Lessons from My Father

I call my dad way too much. I call him to gush over how much I love my classes, to tell him that today we somehow ended up talking about the universal beauty of Beyonce, Michael Jordan and sunsets in my ancient political theory class, to inform him that yogurt
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How to eat bananas

Advice: Do Not Follow

The other day I was eating the most important, essential, critically acclaimed, well-balanced meal of the day — breakfast — and my friend looked at my bowl of cereal and perfectly sliced banana and said, “When you eat bananas, you are basically eating blood.” Imagining my cute circular banana bits
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One university and UC Hastings

Ed-xistential Crisis

There’s little that can be said about legal education that students, graduates and professors of law schools haven’t already said. It needs to be more practical, or more grounded in theory. The juris doctor takes too long to complete, or is just the right length. Law school has been both
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Sex and depression are not mutually exclusive

Sex on Tuesday

On our first date at a bar on Southside, before the fries even left the kitchen, we high-fived over learning about each other’s dead dads. It wasn’t a toast to their deaths but a quick signal that we knew each other’s grief. That’s the kind of plain understanding I look
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‘It’s just hair’

Lessons from My Mother

We’re all vain. We all like some aspects of ourselves better than others and spend idle moments comparing our traits with those of our companions. We’re able to see in ourselves something that is unlike anyone else, and in that, we are different, unique, individual. For most of my life,
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When insulting the government

Advice: Do Not Follow

So you want to make public an opinion that you have about the government, and the opinion is somewhat scathing. You are in luck. In the United States, we have laws protecting our freedom of speech, and America’s laws apply equally to all groups of people, regardless of religion, race,
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Avoiding the university ‘crisis’

Ed-xistential Crisis

When I was brainstorming the title for this column at the beginning of this semester, I had my hesitations about “Ed-xistential Crisis.” Granted, the alternatives “Hire (Me) Education” and “Ed Word” (which would’ve been great if my name was Edward) weren’t all that suitable. But not only is “Ed-xistential Crisis”
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