Ismael Farooqui

Budget Smudget! Defending UC Berkeley’s public mission

The Campus on a Hill

When I was at Yale University one summer, I found myself reflecting on the little differences between it and UC Berkeley. At UC Berkeley, an important meeting always suffered from a shortage of food. At Yale, I attended mundane events with tables stocked like a supermarket shelf. This was the
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In the queer

How to Muslim for Dummies

“What would you do if your kid was gay?”

The question lingers heavily in the air between all of us like pungent perfume.
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Skipping stones: Being a 1st-generation student

Applying to colleges was a scary time for us all. Despite waves of self-doubt, we took a leap of faith and applied to UC Berkeley. But can you imagine jumping headfirst in a sea of uncertainty and packing up everything you own to go to a new country? For some of
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Thank God for the first generation

A Whole New World

It is time, then, to appreciate the first generation and the ones who are rapidly forgotten. It is time to revisit how much they did for us and how much we did not understand in our younger years.
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