First impressions of UC Berkeley

For a first-timer at UC Berkeley, there’s a lot that suddenly jumps out at you — the idiosyncrasies that are just very Berkeley. And there are many things that form your first impression of Berkeley. Most of us hear this or that before we get here, but there are some things you just need to experience in person to really understand this place.
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Live like a college student, eat like a champ

Eating delicious, healthy food in college can be a struggle. When you’re afraid to branch out and give the mysterious fish dish of the day at Crossroads a try, the obvious options are burgers or pizza. Compounding that, it’s damn near impossible to make food in your residence hall unless it
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A letter to Clark Kerr

As the school year comes to a close, we often reflect upon the bittersweet moments of forgotten nights, clumsily falling on Sproul Plaza, trips to San Francisco and getting Artichoke with friends right before the sunrise. For freshmen, the end of the school year means saying goodbye to the residence
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How to interact in the residence hall bathrooms

It’s just another day when you walk into the bathroom and feel relieved to find that you can finally brush your teeth in peace without anyone in there loudly peeing or loudly singing a Spice Girls song. And then, not even 30 seconds later, alas, someone else walks in to brush their
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Taming the beast: how to deal with the problem roommate

It’s the sixth week of the semester, but you still haven’t suppressed the urge to take your roommate’s stale pizza crusts, which are currently littering the floor of your dorm, and shove them forcefully into the depths of his nasal cavity; or the urge to sneak the headphones she refuses
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Dorm Cooking: Easy pear and Gorgonzola pizza

After moving into the residence halls last fall along with thousands of other freshmen, I had gotten a little sick of monotonous dining commons food and am running out of money to spend on eating out. So what’s the best way to combat this culinary crisis? The solution, I recently discovered, lies right in your very own residence hall.
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