Too great expectations

Critical Musings

Lately I’ve been feeling guilty about not living up to the expectations I have of myself. Hearing me complain, a friend suggested I think about what 10th-grade me might think of present-day me. Tenth-grade me would be pretty happy with where I am. Tenth-grade me would feel proud of getting
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This is not a two-way street

Council Watch

What’s worse than driving in Berkeley? Parking in Berkeley. Berkeley City Council has put forth a plan that would turn Durant Avenue and Bancroft Way into two-way streets. My first thought: THANK THE LORD. The fewer one-way streets, the better. My second thought: I don’t even own a car. What
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Sexual healing

Sex on Tuesday

In the first semester of my freshman year, I took a philosophy course that not only piqued my interest in the major but taught me something very important. One day, I walked into class to find a documentary playing on the topic of primate social behavior. My favorite of the
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Isocrates on divestment

The Critic Who Counts

Nothing like a scandalous political quid pro quo, complete with new information about an ideologically stained physical assault on Sproul alongside bylaw violation charges galore to awaken our senses. I give you, Divestment: Season 2. After this latest flood of melodrama, politicians in Washington, D.C., and Sacramento look like snoozers.
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On the end of the semester

Critical Musings

April is the worst, the Facebook statuses have declared. And they’re right. “April is the cruellest month, breeding/ Lilacs out of the dead land,” T.S. Eliot writes in “The Waste Land.” “Mixing/ Memory and desire, stirring/ Dull roots with spring rain.” In Berkeleyland, April is indeed a time to mix
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An ode to the public commenter

Council Watch

Hello, I am here to speak about DRONES. Hmm. That doesn’t sound nearly as impressive or hilarious coming from me. Given that Berkeley City Council is on spring recess right now, I thought I’d take the time to write about the 10th member of the City Council — the general
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In defense of relationships

Sex on Tuesday

The single life is amazing. Nobody to answer to, no one else’s needs to take into account when making big decisions. You can have sex with whomever you want, and if you get bored of one partner, there’s nothing stopping you from moving to the next. It gets glamorized as
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After divestment

The Devil's Advocate

The ASUC Senate’s deeply misguided vote to divest UC funds from companies affiliated with the Israeli military is, in one sense, utterly irrelevant. Despite its best efforts, the coterie of far-left activists that dominates student politics rarely influences university policy — Chancellor Birgeneau helpfully reminded us that the regents’ investment portfolio will
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A slim definition of beauty

Critical Musings

Rejoice! Dove thinks you’re more beautiful than you believe. Or at least that’s ostensibly the message of the soap company’s recently released “Real Beauty Sketches” commercial. The three-minute clip is part of the company’s “Campaign for Real Beauty,” which claims to have “started a global conversation about the need for
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People’s Park problems

Council Watch

It’s simple: People’s Park, in its current form, needs to go. Who would have guessed that a square patch of university land would turn into the biggest headache for the city and the school, a third rail in city politics that leads to shouting, screaming and the inexorable retreat? For
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