Pilar Huerta - Opinion Blog Writer

Hipsters for dum-dums

A guide to the plaid-clad plague sweeping through the boroughs of San Francisco

Hipsters suck. They walk like the sidewalk’s a runway, and speak like no one else knows what they’re talking about. Your seemingly typical generational, conforming non-conformists, hipsters don leather belts on jeans already too small for them, and wear turquoise-shell Ray-Bans that annoyingly nuzzle their thick heads. Scrutinize or glorify
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Affirmative action advocates should make a better case

The Devil's Advocate

Affirmative action found its way back onto The Daily Californian’s front page Tuesday — this time without the help of a satirical bake sale. For those of you who aren’t up to date on the latest Proposition 209 news: Students staged a protest on Monday outside a San Francisco courthouse
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Haste makes waste

CAMPUS ISSUES: While the ASUC Senate can and should make ideological stands, it should not spend student money so recklessly.

Students at UC Berkeley share a passion and desire for advancing justice and making wrongs right. Issues like budget cuts often draw attention from the campus community, and the student government plays an important role in expanding support. But the ASUC Senate’s Feb. 7 bill — which reiterated support for
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Members of a group against Prop. 8 celebrate after hearing the verdict passed down by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Local residents celebrate Prop 8 decision on courthouse steps

SAN FRANCISCO — Albany resident Alan Eckert was alone on the corner of Seventh and Mission streets early Tuesday morning holding a colorful sign that read, “GAYS — We love Boies,” a play on words praising lawyer David Boies for helping oppose California Proposition 8. Eckert felt the need to
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The Toaster Oven is a new sandwich shop that just opened on Telegraph Avenue.

New sandwich shop opens on Telegraph

The Toaster Oven became the newest choice in Southside eateries Monday morning, opening its doors on Telegraph Avenue. Next to Chipotle Mexican Grill and across the street from Sam’s Market, the Telegraph shop is the first East Bay location of a Bay Area chain that sells sandwiches, soups, salads and
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Iconic hip-hop duo Black Star graces the Mezzanine

On Nov. 16th, Black Star — rappers Mos Def, now known as Yasiin Bey, and Talib Kweli — hit the Mezzanine in San Francisco. Known for their thought-provoking and introspective lyrics, Black Star has managed to stay in demand even though their last album came out over a decade ago.
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Artist Mario Martinez engrosses with detailed sci-fi images

Tucked away in the folds of San Francisco’s Inner Richmond, there is a space station of sorts that will transport you into a science fiction world of the future. This past Friday, the recently fire-damaged Fecal Face Dot Gallery opened up a temporary new location for its shows. Inside, they
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City Council puts cellphone ordinance on hold

Despite public support for an ordinance that would warn of possible radiation from cellphones, Berkeley City Council members continue to wait for the resolution of similar legislation in San Francisco. “My impression is that sometime in the next two or three months, there’s going to be an item on the
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YouTube video Brandweer Nederweert

Political PR: the good, the bad, the viral

Endorsement videos for presidential candidates and even city officials are taking a strange turn — not only are they going viral on the Internet but they seem to be produced for the sole purpose of going viral. There are YouTube sensations born out of happenstance and there are those that
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Gold Panda electrifies The Independent in San Francisco

With the crowd’s welcoming applause Derwin Panda walked on stage,  scarcely showing a smile from under his heather gray hoodie — his image embodied that of the exact young urban recluse that would produce the cryptic yet hopeful electronic sound that defines Gold Panda.  After a few twists of the
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