Social networking

NATIONAL ISSUES: A survey reveals that law schools are more likely to scan the Internet during admissions — applicants beware.

In applying to law school, the next person to peruse your Facebook profile may not be the attractive economics major in your public policy class. This social media inspector could very well be a law school admissions officer. Law schools are more likely to search for an applicant online than
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Halloween is never a drag

Halloween Special

Thumbing through the Target costume section, my Dad and I land on the frilly pink Barbie costume at the exact same moment. I stare with horrified intrigue at the pink velour, the frizzy tulle streaked with white and the gold B signature stylishly crafted on the right hip. “Ohh,” my
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When you see doubles on Halloween

The witch, the ghost, the Nixon mask — Halloween costumes can be classic but a bit stereotypical. For instance, look at what people searched this year on the Internet: some of the top Googled Halloween costumes were Nicki Minaj, Charlie Sheen and Angry Birds. These fan favorites are aligned to
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Educate yourself about the cuts

This is just a quick quiz to tell if the budget cuts affect you. Have you ever or do you currently: attend a public school? Use public transportation? Enjoy public libraries, swimming pools, parks or infrastructure? Hope that future generations will have access to these things as well? If you
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What I saw at Occupy Oakland

An Open Letter to Mayor Jean Quan

Mayor Quan, Over the past two weeks, my friends and I have camped at, donated food to and joined in the nightly general assemblies of the Occupy Oakland encampment at Frank Ogawa Plaza (also popularly known as Oscar Grant Plaza) off and on. I am a graduate student in city
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Oaks creaking in the wind

I’ve been dismantled. Every bishop, knight and rook I once marshaled on the checkered battlefield has been ruthlessly eliminated. It’s taken exactly four minutes and 47 seconds — my humiliation is complete. Across the table from me, an older man with wispy, thinning gray hair taps the reset button on
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Examining escalation

BAY AREA AFFAIRS: The violence witnessed during an Occupy Oakland rally Tuesday was unacceptable. We hope nonviolence will ensue.

The streets of Oakland erupted in violence and chaos Tuesday night as an attempt by Occupy Oakland protesters to reclaim the location of their occupation culminated in clashes with police. One demonstrator sustained a fractured skull after being hit in the head with what was thought to be a police
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Loan sharks still circle

NATIONAL ISSUES: President Barack Obama’s plan for easing the process of paying off federal student loans is only a first step.

As the price of an education grows steeper across the nation, so too has the burden of student loans. Student debt will surpass a staggering $1 trillion this year, meaning total student loan debt will be greater than the credit card debt in the United States. Something must change. Though
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