5 things to enjoy if you’re home from school

We know a lot of you Berkeley students are out there being productive, spending the summer doing internships and taking classes that will help you graduate early (as if you weren’t already an overachiever by coming to this school). But for those of you using summer as a vacation, even
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Home for spring break

Critical Musings

Berkeley will empty out over the next few days. There will be no flyer-wielders on Sproul, no packed-to-capacity 51Bs at 5 p.m.; I might finally get a table at People’s Cafe. Spring break will mean the en masse student migration from here to varying degrees of Elsewhere. There will be
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A stranger in my own home

Sense of home blurs as students move forward

This winter break, I had the opportunity to spend three weeks with my family in our new home in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. My parents had officially moved out of Hong Kong this past summer, so it was my first time in Vietnam. Everything felt completely foreign as I
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Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros: Here

With a band name like Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, it was hardly surprising when their 2009 album, Up From Below became something of an anthem for hipsters the world over. Three years later, the band’s follow-up album, Here, moves into new territory without totally forsaking the folksy kitch
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The nostalgic way forward

Nostalgia, I have been taught, is a longing to recreate a lost home. It’s a desire I always feel intensely during my first few weeks back in Berkeley after any time in my hometown. I long for the way the world looks from inside a car — the way buildings
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OFF THE BEAT: Boats against the current

I never know what to say when people ask me where I’m from. Usually, I just roll my eyes and say something to the effect of “it’s complicated,” but sometimes I take a deep breath and provide the full explanation. There may be an easier way to describe it —
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