casey.given.online

‘Hope’ for an end to war

It was Nov. 4, 2008, and Berkeley was going berserk. After only a few hours of vote-tallying, news had spread that Barack Obama was the next president of the United States. Telegraph Avenue flooded with students and citizens jumping for joy with “hope” for “change.” As a spring admit freshman,
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true.shields

A moment of trepidation

It’s Wednesday night, and I can’t help but fiddle with my growing hoard of chips. It’s one of the most basic poker rituals — take two even stacks of about five chips, use two fingers to lift up one stack and neatly slide the other into it. The effect is
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Nina Brown

Unheard and overworked

This week, I will do my best to outline the story of an employee working for the International House at UC Berkeley. According to this individual, who wishes to remain anonymous to protect his job, certain I-House practices — including hiring contracted workers and allowing less time to complete a
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kia

Power play

Ladies, picture this: you and the cute guy with a little crush on you and a hell of a lot of sexual attraction towards you, are walking back to your place on a random week night. He can’t come up because your roommate is sleeping upstairs, but that doesn’t mean
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Christopher Coulter Columnist

An occupational hazard

The pesky disturbance to South Manhattan’s normally robust power lunch crowd, known as “Occupy Wall Street,” could be bad for business. If the menacing protests keep up, we could see productivity drop and profits fall. And not just for greedy waitresses and restaurateurs. Sure, escaping back home to the Upper East
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kia

The sun is up — get out of my bed

Ah. It’s the morning after. You wake up, look around you or next to you, and it hits you. You remember that last night, for whatever reason, you hooked up with the person beside you (or in whose room you’re in). Whether you’ve known them for a while or just
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Sex on Tuesday

SEX ON TUESDAY: Love in the time of Facebook

Dating has always been exhausting and nerve-wracking. The thwarting feat has been recorded in literature for centuries and agonizing heartaches have been melodized in cathartic tunes and many sorrowful nocturnes. Unrequited love, the turmoils of lust and the basic foils of romance are eternally resonant. The difference is that in
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casey.given.online

A tale of two protests

They were the best of times, they were the worst of times at UC Berkeley. Like any other typical days, these two began with students sleepily strolling through Sproul, dodging endless obstacles of suit-clad solicitors, sanctimonious eccentrics and agitated activists. However, these two days were by no means typical. Rather,
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true.shields

To stand in giants’ shadows

Imagine being guided by an old yet firm hand into a living room and then sat before a growling fire and a bowl of ice cream. The hand pats you on the back after sitting you down and leaves momentarily to retrieve something: a circular wooden board, with semi-spherical divots
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VIDEO: On a magic carpet ride

Last week, I wrote an article inspired by my sudden nostalgia for car sex. Besides motor vehicles, I was curious to know where else people would like to get it on. I asked this question in between classes on campus, while waiting for the bus in San Francisco, in coffee shops and
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