Stop glorifying UC Berkeley’s workaholic stress culture

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

A student looking stressed in lecture looking at their schedule
Alexander Hong/Staff

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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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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Can I see your ass?

Miss Communication

On one screen, a group of refugees landed on the Greek coast under a gray sky. They jumped from an overcrowded raft, carried their children up the rocky shoreline and shivered from the cold water under foil emergency blankets. On another, smaller screen, I opened Snapchat and took a photo
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Cal Hacks 4.0

At last weekend’s CalHacks event, more than 2,000 students from 14 universities came to UC Berkeley’s California Memorial Stadium to participate in the annual coding competition. Video By: Edward Hwang, Madhav Soni, and Pransu Dash