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Two pages forward

Two Steps Forward

Books have wrought immense change on the world. “Harry Potter,” “The Chronicles of Narnia” and many others have given magic to millions. This is to say nothing of religious texts, which have shaped the lives of people around the world for millennia. These are a few well-known and extremely popular examples of the effects of the written word. In my nearly two decades of dedicated reading, I’ve come across other, lesser-known works that inspired changes of their own within the confines of my mind. This is a limited account of those books, each of which remain relevant in an increasingly paperless age, and each one is highly recommended by yours truly.
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Craving violence is human

Growing Pains

After arriving at my friend’s house and talking about pure nothingness for a few minutes, it became clear that we were bored and needed something more than each other’s company to have a good time. She suggested we play some video games, which I happily agreed to — “Mario Kart”
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IB 157 students walk along the coast to the Monterey cypress grove at Point Lobos State Reserve.

Getting lost and finding woody plants

California has been my home since I took my first breath, my sense of self created between rolling oak hillsides and riparian corridors. However, my knowledge of the ecological communities I visited on weekends and holidays was sparse at best until last semester when I took Integrative Biology 157, “California
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The ‘literal’ truth

Stopping by Avant Card to pick up a birthday card on my way home one day, I saw a card that read, “Misuse of ‘literally’ makes me figuratively insane.” I could not believe I had found a card that described my feelings toward the absurdity of modern vernacular so perfectly. Ever
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More misinformed voters

We must hold our institutions accountable to disseminating all the news that is fit to print — for our democracy’s very survival depends upon it.
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A fun.-filled night at the Hearst Greek Theatre

Last Friday and Sunday, crowds flooded the Hearst Greek Theatre to see arguably one of the most successful groups in popular music right now. You’ve probably heard their songs on the radio upwards of a thousand times, but what exactly has made fun. so successful?
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At the first large-scale anti-Morsi protest (November 27, 2012) over 200,000 Egyptians gathered in Tahrir Square to protest President Morsi's overreaching his democratic powers. In the foreground a man from Alexandria holds a cross and Qur'an before the speakers' platform as a prominent reminder that their issues with the government are secular, but also an opportunity for unification. In the background the banner reads, "Egypt for all Egyptians."

Voices speak out on Cairo

Egyptians address our misconceptions on the Middle East

If someone gave you 140 characters to share one message with the world, what would you tell people? Really — think about that for a second. Would it be a message of hope, of freedom? Would you share your words of wisdom or maybe give caution to the coming generation?
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Media networks are corporations first

The right to choose

In the wake of the horrific Boston bombing in April, millions of people waited for any breaking news that would put them at ease. Families of victims, national security advisors and millions worldwide sat in silence as the 24-hour news cycle ripped apart every detail and fact that it could
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Video: Cross Country Roadtrip

It turns out the United States is a big country. Like 3,280 miles across. Normally,the other coast is a mere six-hour plane ride away. But where’s the fun in that? Toward the end of this holiday break, I got together with two of my friends and coworkers from the Daily
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