The case for proofreading

I’m going to start with a confession: I recently turned in a paper about Henry James’ “The Portrait of a Lady” with a grievous mistake in the opening sentence. I called the novel “A Portrait of a Lady.” Needless to say, it was extremely embarrassing to have the paper returned to
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The world’s most powerful weapon

Tales of Two Cities

I’m sitting in my game theory class. It’s Tuesday. I have all the color-coded midterm questions our GSIs are frantically passing out. The clock hits 8:10, and a hush falls over 105 Stanley. Twenty minutes into the midterm, an alarm goes off, and white lights start flashing on each side
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Berkeley ranked fifth by people actually familiar with academics

In a recent article, we talked about how high schoolers ranked Berkeley as 27th in desirability. Well, it seems that senior academics disagree (called it)! Now comes the important question: Who has more authority, high schoolers or senior academics? High schoolers definitely know what they’re talking about when it comes
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Letters: July 29 – Aug. 5

I was deeply disturbed by the admission to undergraduate status of Khairi Fortt, a Penn State football player, only a few days before the new term opens. From all indications, he was “admitted” by the Athletic Department, without application or the critical vetting that thousands of other would-be undergraduates went through nearly a year ago.
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Taking some time off from Cal

In the middle of my sophomore year during the fall 2008 semester, I was diagnosed with major depression. During the course of the next semester, I did everything I could to relieve my depression, from exercise to therapy. But despite all this I felt progressively worse. Life seemed hopeless and
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Athletic academics

HIGHER EDUCATION: NCAA academic regulations must strike a balance between individual accountability and team responsibility.

The term “student-athlete” implies dual responsibilities: the individual is committed to both education and athletic prowess. At the university level, it is imperative that the former not be sacrificed for the latter. According to NCAA figures, UC Berkeley had an impressive 81 percent graduation success rate for student-athletes as of
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