Catherine Strauss_online

Anxiety

Off the Beat

My anxiety spiked this semester during my history midterm, making it all the more cruel, but it didn’t stop there. The anxiety continued through the next few weeks, and though I managed to maintain my composure over the following weeks, my anxiety grew and the effects started showing. With my
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Spencer Simpson_online

The new power generation

Off-white

It was a warm summer evening when I got the call. After a long day of entertaining family members at my cousin’s seaside wedding, I was lounging in a tropical-themed San Diego hotel when I received a somber interruption from my former roommate and esteemed dance-enthusiast Kashawn. Upon my answering,
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Libby & Alastair_online

On listening

Bits of Berkeley

This semester, we set out to tackle university issues that seemed too complicated to address in one week’s column. We thought that maybe with two weeks, we could present a fuller image of the issues we hoped to explore. Unsurprisingly, we found that we could not. While two weeks allowed
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Trixie Mehraban_online

‘Yeah I luv dem strippers’

Sex on Tuesday

Sometime in my first few months of dancing, an older dancer took me aside and told me to “carry myself like a mediocre white man.” In other words, act as if everything I did was magical, world changing and definitely the best thing to happen to anyone around me. It
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Taran Moriates_online

How the hell did I get here?

Lost in Confusion

We stood on top of the roof of my friend’s apartment building, peering out across the lit-up, somewhat hazy Berkeley nightscape, pacing from one edge to the next, side-to-side, looking and looking, seeing the fading traces of the blinking lights up on the hills, up on the dorm buildings, up
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Spencer Simpson_online

No scrubs

Off-white

One of the best facets of living in a co-op are the impromptu conversations that arise in that vague time period where students are either sleeping or on a caffeine-induced studying binge. In this intimate space of “not yet day” and “slightly past night,” I recently found myself listening intently
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Alastair Boone update_online

Dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline

Bits of Berkeley

California has built more than 20 prisons since 1980 — in that same time, the state has built only one additional UC campus, in Merced. Statistics such as this abound. When it comes to funding, they capture a troubling comparison: According to university data, nine percent of California’s general funds
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Trixie Mehraban_online

Rescuing Ruby

Sex on Tuesday

Ruby is one of those coworkers whose life endlessly perplexes me. When I first started at my club, I recognized her as one of the veteran dancers — her sales skills are a force to be reckoned with. It was also clear to me that she had a few illegal
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Taran Moriates_online

The college relationship debate

Lost in Confusion

My dad and I were sitting at the edge of the ocean on Catalina Island sharing a pitcher of beer, which was very exciting for my then-18-year-old self and which I mention here because an alcohol reference increases my writer cred. It was a father-son weekend trip before I headed
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Spencer Simpson_online

Tongues untied

Off-white

Like any other day of my sophomore year I had woken up early, meandering to and from classes in between periods of vigorously taking notes while trying not to fall asleep. I had arrived a few minutes early to my final discussion section of the day; sitting down among some
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