A student looking stressed in lecture looking at their schedule

Stop glorifying UC Berkeley’s workaholic stress culture

CAMPUS ISSUES: On this college campus, professors and administrators must encourage learning — not academic burnout

A recent tweet criticizing a UC Berkeley electrical engineering and computer sciences professor’s proposed 80-hour weekly academic workload has outraged many community members. But this incident is symptomatic of a larger issue: the toxic work culture on this campus. UC Berkeley is often stereotyped as the “workaholic” UC campus, and it’s time for the community to acknowledge how harmful that title really is.
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Three students standing in front of Sather Gate surrounded by text bubbles

Microaggressions are a reality at UC Berkeley. It’s time to stop ignoring them

CAMPUS ISSUES: A recent message from Chancellor Carol Christ drew the community’s attention to a widespread issue. Now it’s time to act

Last week, UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ released a statement in response to recent microaggressions directed at Chinese American faculty members on campus –– But this isn’t an isolated incident. If UC Berkeley students and staffers truly want to be “woke,” they need to unpack their internalized biases and recognize their own prejudices. All community members must hold themselves accountable for calling out harmful and discriminatory comments to create an inclusive environment.
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Unpopular opinion: I hate the holidays

Off the Beat

Content warning: Sexual assault and suicide As a child, the holidays were magical times filled with love and good food. It was the time of the year that I got to reconnect with family, creating memories that I would cherish until the next year brought new ones. The holidays meant
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Out of body experience

Sex on Tuesday

My mind leaves my body for the 10th time today. My mind is blank, my body is not my own, I am empty and hollow. I may appear otherwise, but I am mentally withdrawn from my physical self. I’m dissociating. You’re inside of me. I feel nothing. Someone asks me
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The 5 stages of ghosting

Miss Communication

“What’re you up to tonight?” I said nothing. The next day, my phone illuminated with another text: “How’s it going?” He was brief and unassuming, but again, I said nothing. A couple of hours later, “How about a drink tonight?” I quickly dismiss the notification as if doing so made
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Lovelytheband opens up at Rickshaw Stop

Just before lovelytheband played “broken,” its biggest radio hit, Collins talked about the stigma of mental health and emphasized that his lyrics are more than a record of his emotions: They say that it’s OK to feel those feelings. No one is alone in feeling them — not him, not anyone listening to his music.
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