Capitalism and weed

Murmurs from the Bathroom Wall

As 4/20 fast approaches, stoners everywhere are gathering together their beloved bongs, trusty lighters and favorite strains for an afternoon that will be unforgettable. Or, if smoking a particularly potent plant, forgettable. Set against the backdrop of recent ballot measure approvals in Washington and Colorado, this Saturday is the perfect
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Masturbation talk

Sex on Blogday

Everyone must masturbate. And almost everybody does, too, but masturbation is still not typically openly discussed. Instead of embracing it an act of self-exploration, many times people keep it hidden back in the bedroom. But masturbation should be at the forefront of discussion when it comes to sexuality, because it
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Berkeley as a land grant university

Grass Roots

I’m being selfish when I say that UC Berkeley needs to go back to its roots. As a member of the Student Organic Gardening Association, a facilitator of our organic gardening DeCal and a student deeply passionate about food systems and sustainable agriculture, I can clearly see how little stock
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BroBile

The Discomfort Zone

The Internet has been a fun place this week. Well, fun is relative. It was probably fun if you, like me, avoided the scores of CalSERVE, Student Action and SQUELCH! Facebook posts and messages that accumulated in the week before election day. If you lingered on Facebook with “Thrift Shop”
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Stalled identity crisis

Murmurs from the Bathroom Wall

If writing on a wall is artistic expression, then desecrating a sign is protest. Take the two bathroom signs next to the Free Speech Movement Cafe: The woman’s head has been replaced by the symbol for anarchy and the man’s head is blued-out completely. Or take the men’s restroom sign
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The marriage of sugar daddies and prostitution

Sex on Blogday

With UC Berkeley semesterly tuition and fees set around $4,792 for California residents and $18,931 for non-Californians, money is tight. And these numbers don’t account for overpriced housing, food or textbooks. But what if I told you that there may be someone out there who is willing to help pay
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Finding passion in California parks

Grass Roots

Seeing Yosemite for the first time was as close to a religious experience as I’ll most likely ever have. I’ve always loved spending time in the outdoors, hiking, kayaking and the like, but this spring break, I realized how deeply I am physically and emotionally tied to the outside world.
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The unbearable whiteness of being

The Discomfort Zone

In a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed, disgruntled high school senior Suzy Lee Weiss discusses how the college process is unfair. In the op-ed, Weiss connects how colleges tell applicants to “just be yourself” to how these three words break the backs of all college seniors who do not have
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When walls write back

Murmurs from the Bathroom Wall

Trouble in your love life? Need some anonymous guidance to navigate the turbulent tide?  Simply write out your problem in a bathroom stall of your choosing and by the next day you’ll have plenty of responses — some helpful, some judgmental. And, while Berkeley is home to many up-and-coming Dr.
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Do vibrators behold the future of sex?

Sex on Blogday

This past Tuesday, I attended a party at the Berkeley location of Good Vibrations, a Bay Area-based sex shop filled with classy and delicate goodies. The event was co-sponsored by the Berkeley Free Clinic, a sexual nonprofit health care center. I had a blast playing dildo ring toss, listening to
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