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A picture-imperfect holiday

Off the Beat

My holiday season always begins the same way — I sit impatiently in an almost-empty BART train car hurtling itself away from the chaotic streets of Downtown Berkeley to the sleepy suburbs of the South Bay. Phone in hand, I scroll absentmindedly through my Instagram feed, sifting through perfectly filtered
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A tale of two Christmases

Off the Beat

I’m dreaming of a (non)white Christmas — two of them, actually. Being Coptic Christian means that my official Christmas falls on Jan. 7. But my family has adopted a tradition of having a small Dec. 25 Christmas, too, a way of making a Western holiday our own. Our wooden dining
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‘Comics Studio’ DeCal showcases student artwork

Friday night’s showcase also included a chance for students to share their social media handles, so that they could follow each others’ work beyond the course’s end. This sense of supportiveness lends itself well to the DeCal, which caters to students of any artistic background.
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Prove your ‘new year, new you’

New gym memberships and gym usage in general tends to peak in January every year, and this is no coincidence. The most common New Year’s resolutions in 2018 were eating healthier, working out more and spending less money, according to YouGov, and past polls indicate that it’s been a common
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Chasing dreams as a first-generation Pinay

Cal in Color

These spaces — spaces like UC Berkeley — were never created for people like me. Retention rates of Pilipinx students at UC Berkeley always frustrated me, but at times like these, I was numb to the idea of becoming a part of those statistics.
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