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Indulge those birthday demands

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If somebody is celebrating a birthday, they should wake up to various texts and missed calls. The first thing they should experience is other people acknowledging the importance of the day. They should then, most likely, eat a meal — the first meal of a new age can set the
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Codeine-soaked blunts: how to be cool

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Oftentimes when I’m lying in bed, contemplating my life as we all do in college, I remember how selfish I am. Not in an overt way. I love sharing my food so others can experience the pure and absolute joy that comes with every bite of a Cubano sandwich. I
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It’s not so bad

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Supermodel Barbie’s sequin dress sparkled and glittered in the fluorescent lights of Target. Entranced, I knew she had to be mine. Determined to make her the newest addition to my ever-growing collection, I ran up to my mother, toy in hand and prepared to make as convincing an argument as
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A little goes a long way

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Saturday marked the fourth full day that my phone had been dead. I realized this as I woke up that afternoon a little hungover, covered in sweat and glitter, alone in my small, hot apartment. My foggy but glamorous head decided that it was probably time to fix that and
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Kicking away the bucket list

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I didn’t expect my last day of classes to end sitting on the outside of a circle of seniors as they played “Never Have I Ever” on the steps in front of Doe Library. The evening had been an adventure of sorts — one last chance for my graduating friends
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Embedded in my forever collection

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When I was 7 years old, I tucked myself between my parents on our living room sofa and watched the very first airing of the finale of “Friends.” Much of the humor and plot flew right over my innocent little head, but 12 years later, I can still remember the
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Clean eating is ruining my gut

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If you have an Instagram, you know that there are millions of photos out there that make you feel pretty guilty about what you eat. At least that happens to me. My search history has made the app aware of my tendency to look at photos that make me extremely
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Anxiety

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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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The new power generation

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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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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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