2014 Year in Review

We made it. 2014 isn’t a year The Daily Californian will be forgetting anytime soon. As the winter holiday approaches and many of us give Berkeley our (temporary) goodbyes, spring semester might feel like it happened a lifetime ago. So for those of us who have gotten swept up in
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Unspoken rules of the RSF

Hey UC Berkeley Bears, It’s Big Game week, and although we can’t all be on the sidelines this Saturday, we certainly can work up a sweat elsewhere. Whether it’s at the Recreational Sports Facility or the stadium, students are making Michelle Obama smile with all their motion. But there is one
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From a humbled copy editor

I have a confession. I almost emailed a GSI improperly using “your” in place of “you’re.” Similar to the distinction between “there,” “their” and “they’re,” the difference between these words’ usage is remarkable, yet many people often misuse them. Thankfully, I caught my error before sending the email. I then
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What does it mean to be an individual?

My cohort is allegedly narcissistic and selfish. Recently, LinkedIn found through a survey that 68 percent of millennials would sacrifice a friendship for a promotion. Ouch. I, too, could feign superiority and look down upon my generation, but that would be disingenuous of me. I don’t think our fears and anxieties are unfounded. The cost of living is higher. More than a quarter of a million college graduates last year had minimum wage jobs. Still, I am hesitant to say that the academy has turned students into immoral, irrational players of commercial interest, as Allan Bloom suggests in “The Closing of the American Mind.” If anything, I am rather uncharacteristically optimistic about the broadening of disciplines and diversity in the modern university, which, though imperfect, opens up the potential for collectivity. And I am rather optimistic about what my generation has to offer.
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