Editor’s Note: Catching up.

When winter break rolls around, all you want to do after a series of mind-numbing finals and long days at work is to cut yourself off from your normal world. It’s healthy to toss out the router and disconnect from the Internet, kick back with a good book and eat
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The Daily Cal Instagram photo contest winners

Over winter break, UC Berkeley students collectively went everywhere. Some returned home, some journeyed across the United States, others jetted off to far-off locales. We wanted to catch up with people to see where they went, so we asked for your best break Instagram photos. For the past week, Daily
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San Francisco’s Noise Pop Festival turns 21

San Francisco’s annual Noise Pop Festival, which has hosted such legendary acts as “Death Cab for Cutie,” “Yo La Tengo,” and “Yoko Ono,” is celebrating its 21st year. Combining indie music, art and film, the festival gives attendees a well-rounded cultural experience unlike any other festival on the West Coast.
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Winter sports recap

Men’s Basketball Eleven seconds away from beating the No. 21 team in the country on Dec. 9, the Cal men’s basketball team appeared poised to crack the top 25 and stake its claim as an early contender for the Pac-12 championship crown. But Quintrell Thomas grabbed an offensive rebound and
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Learning to leave

“Ticket for 1 for the 2:30 showing of Zero Dark Thirty, please.” The theatre employee peered past my short frame to see if I was with anyone else. I looked back at him, waiting impatiently for him to complete my transaction. As I waited, I thought back to the previous
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A ‘Sliver’ of happiness

New pizzeria owned by Cheese Board vets improves on the original formula

The other day I ran into my close friend Anya, whom I’m eager to see outside the confines of the Daily Cal office (where we both practically lived last semester). But where to meet up? Somewhere with food, obviously. Anya insists on The Cheese Board Collective. But does she know
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Cinema Unchained

A woman clapped. That was it. It wasn’t loud. This wasn’t the rapturous thrashing of hands found at sporting events or my favorite restaurant, Medieval Times. No, hers was a subtler act. It was quiet, it was proud and it was in a movie theater — a behavior far from
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A stranger in my own home

Sense of home blurs as students move forward

This winter break, I had the opportunity to spend three weeks with my family in our new home in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. My parents had officially moved out of Hong Kong this past summer, so it was my first time in Vietnam. Everything felt completely foreign as I
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