andrea_mug-online

Steve and Lisa

Off the Beat

Whenever my dad drives, I sit in the back. I never know what to say to him, so I perch there. The backrest blossoms into a veneering hedge. I stare out the window. I tune out the small talk.
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ChrisTril

Memes were a mistake

Off the Beat

On March 2, 2015, Keurig K-Cup inventor John Sylvan admitted that he regretted creating his coffee-brewing invention. “I feel bad sometimes that I ever did it,” Sylvan said in an interview with the Atlantic, regarding the disposable, nonrecyclable cups of coffee grounds that are quickly filling up landfills and polluting
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IlafEsuf_online

Scale says 100

Off the Beat

Even the chaos of Sproul Plaza couldn’t distract my friend from our cringe-worthy conversation. He zeroed in on my comment, his judgment quieting the swarm of students around us. I had made the mistake of saying I look good. Out loud. I said it with a slight laugh so it
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ericka_shin_online

Again and Anew

Off the Beat

I’d told my friends that I would be going to South Korea this winter and was met with “oohs” and “aahs.” A different country! Street food! Korean pop culture! I vigorously nodded along in apparent excitement at the prospects that they thought I would face. In my head, though, I
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Jihoon Park_online

Everyone’s an asshole (and that’s OK, kind of)

Off the Beat

As I was walking back to the table with my drink, another customer bumped into me and spilled coffee onto my jacket. I stood there stunned for a moment with a “Wow, did you really just do that?” face while the other customer walked away without even saying sorry. When
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Neal Lawrence_online

Before the fall

Naked Brunch

On June 12, 2016, 50 people were killed in the deadly mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. The next morning, while I was preparing to attend LA Pride, the police intercepted a heavily armed man with that same destination. In the days that followed, I wrote this piece
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Jay Chotirmal_online

Newsstands over newsfeeds

Stepping Back

Social media platforms were once an effective and entertaining form of communication utilized to spread information and organize movements — from Occupy to Black Lives Matter. The same online platforms have evolved in such a way that they’re practically incomparable to their past selves. Social media platforms no longer foster
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Chris Cox_online

This column got me laid

Sex on Tuesday

As UC Berkeley’s resident Edgar Allan Hoe, I have blessed this campus with enough dick debacles and anal autobiographies to last one whole glorious, gay semester. Writing this column has been quite a trip. Well, actually, multiple trips to be exact: to bedrooms, bathroom stalls and beyond. While I’m extremely
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Jake Fineman_online

The last laugh

Pot Calling the Kettle

The great secret of the ASUC, which I have divined after spending more than four years exploring its Byzantine ins and outs, is one that is probably clear to the outside observer: It is a fundamentally stupid organization. No matter how large and sprawling its bureaucracy grows, no matter the
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Chris Cox_online

Monoga-me?

Sex on Tuesday

Confession: I have never been in a committed relationship. I’ve also never held a boy’s hand in public or passionately made out under the twinkling twilight with someone I’ve had strong feelings for. In fact, I haven’t had strong feelings for another gay man in my life. Usually, I dupe
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