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Feeling and connecting through art

“I don’t like looking at art,” my friend told me as we listlessly lazed in my apartment, discussing summer plans. “I prefer hands-on exhibits.” Rather than taking offense, I was curious at her comment. It made me think about not only how we engage with art, but also what we
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Stop whining, start fixing

Two steps forward

Of course, there are problems big enough that “whining” is necessary. “No whining unless you’re bleeding” is not a literal instruction — If you’re seriously injured you should get help; the same is true for emotional pain and major life obstacles. The phrase has a second, implied meaning, which is that if you are in fact bleeding, asking for help doesn’t count as whining. Unfortunately, some people don’t see that, refusing to “whine” even when their problems are far larger than can be solved individually. Refusing to seek assistance — as in the case of addiction or depression — can be far more destructive than seeking it too much. A balance must be struck: If the problem is too big to solve alone, get someone to help you; if it’s a petty annoyance, don’t bring it up.
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One does not simply go to Berkeley

During my freshman year, I felt as lost and lonely as an astronaut stuck on Earth. I had dropped out of my engineering courses by week two. After hanging out with my floormates all night in the fire escape, I would go to bed still feeling dizzy and lonely. Then
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What textbooks should actually look like

It’s known that you should never judge a book by its cover, but when it comes to textbooks, it would really help to know what you’re getting yourself into. We wouldn’t mind spending $100 on a textbook if it accurately described the class. Here is what we think textbooks should
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Tristen Missett (left), Margaux Thierry (center) and Sohee Kim-Souron practice their French during Cafe Blue Door’s Language Cafe, a regular Tuesday night event. Participants can offer impromptu lessons, though languages offered vary weekly based on participants’ knowledge.

Language enthusiasts come together at Berkeley cafe

In a Berkeley cafe, bustling on a Tuesday night, two men lingered over a word: bonito. Bonito means baby, one of them suggested. The other one hesitated — not quite. Bonito is beautiful, he explained. Baby is bebé. And if one wants to admire one of these miniature humans: bonito bebé, beautiful baby.
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Off the beat: I can’t count in English, and I love it

Once, at a party, a friend turned to me and somewhat drunkenly asked, “So, like, what exactly are you?” Despite the weird way she phrased her question, I understood what she meant — but only because I’ve been asked this question numerous times in a variety of ways. As I
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For the sake of continuity

I love tutoring statistics at the Student Learning Center, but it admittedly gets frustrating sometimes. And no, I’m not talking about the inevitable frustration that builds when students simply don’t understand concepts or ask for the same clarification seven times in a row. (Though I do sometimes like to believe
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Upside down over idioms

Just a thought: Does it bother anyone else that to be “up for” and “down for” something mean the same thing? From a couple of quick Google searches, it seems the former is more established as a proper English idiom (though, to be fair, I am defining “proper” as not
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Cal Grads Have It Good Too

Graduate school at Cal … not too shabby

After a particularly long week of class that culminates in a rather pointless discussion section at 5 p.m. on a Friday, you might be letting your thoughts stray to other things like the weekend, or maybe spring break. Looking around, you’re fairly sure that everyone is echoing similar statements, except
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