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Assorted clichés: my unwritten travel blog

I walked assuredly down the street a couple weeks ago in Paris, iPhone in hand and overstuffed backpack secured firmly to my shoulders. My passport and wallet hung tightly to the right side of my body in an ugly, copiously zippered black satchel I purchased before going abroad — something
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White Girl Problems

As a white person, race can sometimes be an awkward thing to talk about. So the recent incident at Elmwood Cafe in Berkeley involving comedian W. Kamau Bell has left me with questions about racism in my backyard and the role that I play in combating it. Bell was greeting
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Photo Essay: Fire Trails

The fire trails behind Clark Kerr campus serve as a perfect place to kickstart your morning or even take an afternoon study break. Not only does the hike provide stellar views of the Bay Area, but it also, surprisingly, has a ton of wildlife along the way, including bunnies, deer
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Interview: Neil Lawrence, Drag Show Organizer

I first noticed Neil Lawrence when he sat four rows behind me in Professor Lee’s English 45C class. He was the source of the first, “That’s so Berkeley” text I set back to my parents in Cleveland. “Today,” I wrote them, “Prof. Lee asked if there were any Communists in
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You are the things you own

I first found Filip, a 22-year-old Slovakian medical student, in a dazed state at London Heathrow Airport, where he sat with his knees pulled up to his chest and his bags scattered around him at the departures security check entrance. He made the same mistake that I did, booking a
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Picks of the Week

tUnE-yArDs, the brainchild of musician Merrill Garbus, sounds about as self-aware as Ted Cruz. The music project’s beats ostensibly cater to those of the perpetually strung-out variety — but also to the twee and the defensively bohemian and the young and merry who siphon energy off the very notion of
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