The museum of my former self

“Well, it’s kind of like a museum, being home and seeing all the pieces of what your days used to be,” my dad pointed out to me as we sat on the living room couch. In many ways, he was right. All the Halloween decorations from elementary school my mom
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The fragility of masculinity

On September 23, the hashtag #MasculinitySoFragile trended on Twitter, a small movement underscoring the insecurity of masculinity in modern society. Tweets touched on the often confining expectations placed on men, such as suppressing their emotions and avoiding to appear “feminine” in any way. Although the hashtag caused a large controversy
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At Berkeley and beyond: Reinvesting in space exploration

Quintessential UC Berkeley conjures up many images. The Campanile, squirrels that may as well be human and the always appreciated Berkeley time all land among those elements, which, despite your major or your living situation, are bathed in ubiquity from Day One. A less obvious one to add to this
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305 and counting

On my 20th birthday, I sat hunched over my notebook, pen furiously mutilating the paper because I could not believe it had happened again. The previous day, Oct. 1, Christopher Harper-Mercer — armed with six guns — had opened fire in a classroom at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.
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Say ‘know’ to drugs

Drugs are dangerous. They corrode the mind, corrupt the soul and weaken your resolve — at least, so I’ve been told. From my first D.A.R.E. presentation in elementary school to my collegiate education, I have heard again and again that drugs fry your brain like an egg. But no one
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A colonial sexuality

Have you ever watched porn after masturbating? Have you ever, while your discretion isn’t clouded by raging hormones, taken a clear and analytical look at what’s on display? The first time I really noticed what I was watching — the first time a hilariously terrible script and blatant racism shocked
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To win the argument, lose the debate

On a recent Tuesday, nine UC Berkeley undergraduates and I gathered in a lecture room at the Goldman School of Public Policy to debate the subject of jus soli birthright citizenship — a principle enshrined in the 14th Amendment, which grants legal status to all persons born in sovereign U.S.
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Seeking: One Trump supporter

Despite this epidemic of Trump fever, I could not recall ever having a serious conversation about Trump with a genuine supporter of his. As a UC Berkeley student, I couldn’t think of a single person on campus who wanted to “make America great again.” But that couldn’t be right. There had to be one of his very many supporters on our liberal oasis of a campus. So I set out to find one.
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Hijacked: Un-education in the modern American university

A liberal education must be an education in virtue, an immersion in the ideas that allow individuals to reason beyond their mere interests as dictated by circumstance, in the mystery of their place and purpose in the world. Such an education is not “safe”: It requires the uncomfortable examination of values in an environment of withdrawn silence, far from the cacophony of pop culture, daily news and social media that so easily drowns out rational thought.
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Between the devil and the deep blue sea

I have been following the news coverage of the refugee crisis day and night. While watching the news, I debate whether I would be happier knowing that my students were still safe in that refugee camp or if they’d be better off fleeing on one of those floating boats in the Mediterranean.
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