Legally protected speech does not always merit respect

Americans often marvel at strict laws in countries such as Singapore, where chewing gum, littering, jaywalking – and even failing to flush the toilet – are punishable with fines, prison time and in some instances, caning. We cherish our greater freedoms, resist laws and regulations and disparage any legislation that
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A glimpse into I-House student experiences

Exchange students living at the International House share their experiences and cultural shocks related to the city and campus. They reflect on some of their unusual experiences, such as the Greek culture here and discuss why coming to UC Berkeley to study is a great opportunity.
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What I wish I knew when coming to UC Berkeley

On Jan. 18, I stepped off a bus and found myself in uncharted territory. I had heard a lot about where I was going — both good and bad things — and read a fair amount, too. As I got closer, I thought I was ready for what sure to be a momentous occasion. But nothing could have really prepared me for my first visit to Target.
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My semester at sea: Singapore and Burma

In the past week, I’ve been to one of the wealthiest countries in the world and one of the poorest. Both Singapore and Myanmar (Burma) were occupied by the Japanese during WWII, but since then they have followed very different paths. The contrast was absolutely striking and not always in
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