cecilia.wong

OFF THE BEAT: Friends with consequences

FWB. An acronym with which many college students are familiar. A phrase that encapsulates the exciting and enthralling romantic life without commitment. This is the phase between being single and being in a committed relationship. The rules are blurred, and the only thing that can be expected is the late-night text
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alliebidwell

OFF THE BEAT: I’m Greek — you’re weak

I’m Greek. Like really Greek. Although I’m in a sorority, that’s not really what I’m talking about. You know, the “loud breeding Greek eaters” who think that every word in the English language stems from Greek, that everything in existence was invented by the Greeks and that not eating meat
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david.liu

OFF THE BEAT: Bookshelves and puzzle pieces

Someone once remarked there is absolutely nothing that compares with the influence of a mother. For me, it is a testament to a fine truth, one whose foundations transcend simple love, kindness and understanding. It holds a greater truth in my heart than I would like to admit at times.
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gabe

OFF THE BEAT: Ode to my fallen minivan

Dear Sienna, To address you in this letter is a formality that reassures only myself. No matter how affectionately I try to pen these words, I will forever have to cope with my carelessness and my neglect that as of two Saturdays ago permanently separated us. But I am impelled
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jackwang.online

OFF THE BEAT: Bleeding fandom. Kind of.

Three years ago, a sportswriter told me you should never be a fan of the team you cover. I’m still trying to decide if he was right. I now cover the football team for the Daily Cal, and I’m starting my second year on the job. It’s the coolest gig
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jillian.wertheim.online

OFF THE BEAT: In the footsteps of giants

During my first visit to Washington, D.C., my mother insisted that we pay homage to the many markers of our American identity. Lincoln, Jefferson, Washington, World War II, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier — I remember walking among them all. Obelisks and colonnades and carved marble statues. The grandeur
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Nastia Columnist Photo

OFF THE BEAT: Journey to trash mountain

It’s no wonder so many religions preach against an overabundance of material goods. Not only do they distract you from whatever holy activities your soul is supposed to be partaking in (because, y’know, mine is totally doing that), but they can also be pretty annoying. I never thought of myself
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true.columnistmug

OFF THE BEAT: Five bucks for five minutes

It is almost time to go on stage, and I am terrified. Thoughts are bouncing around inside my head like frenzied bees, and I’ve broken out in a full flop sweat — the kind that immobilizes you with its awful gravity and torrential volume. The act before me consists of
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Simone Lang

OFF THE BEAT: Eating your way sick

Especially now that school’s up and running, it’s easy to eat whatever you can get on the go. We stop for a burger and french fries at Smart Alec’s or find ourselves at Gordo’s day after day — the faster and cheaper it is, the better. It’s not that we
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annie.gerlach

OFF THE BEAT: The perils of StumbleUpon

My computer might as well be named Jesus, because it’s risen from the dead more times than I can count. Now I’m certainly not blaming Hewlett-Packard; this one’s all on me. But I just can’t help myself. Trojan virus overdoses be damned, I’m hopelessly hooked on StumbleUpon. The search engine
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