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Fan Mail and Shouting Matches

A Pre-Holiday Health Scare

Ben Moss explains why he does what he can to make the most of his good health to honor those who do not have that same opportunity.
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People or Parasites?

Columnist Ben Moss explains why refusing to reproduce will most likely not save the planet.
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The Red Bull and Pizza Experiment

Columnist Ben Moss explains why Red Bull and pizza may be the solution to all of your scholastic struggles.
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The Problem With the Nobel Prize

Columnist Ben Moss explains why awarding the Nobel Prize can be problematic when it comes to the humanities.
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Finding Solitude in Modernity

My girlfriend and I decided to go to the gym instead of attending Extravaganza. I know that’s something like blasphemy at UCSB, but we were still recovering from a party at my fraternity on Saturday...
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Mother’s Day Pink

  When I wake up on Mother’s Day, I’m reminded of two things: One of them is my mother, and the other is not. Like everyone else, I spend a few minutes thinking about how my mother performed ...
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<3-to-<3 in Ones and Zeroes

I was mindlessly browsing the internet the other day, as one does, and I came across an article promising to reveal the 21st century’s sexiest career. I must say, I never expected Yahoo! Finance to ...
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Grammar Be Good, But Only Rock Stars Sell Their English

I’m not sure you can call what I do “journalism”; I’m just not sure it makes the journalistic cut. That said, there’s just no other heading for it, so if I can do so without bringing out any...
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The Art and Science of Moving Lecture Along

I think there should be a course on lecture hall etiquette but, unfortunately, no such thing exists. That’s why, this week, I’m going to use my status as a columnist to denounce what I consider th...
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All Eyes on Spring Insighters

This last weekend, my fraternity and I spent the day directing traffic at Spring Insight, the annual event engineered by UCSB’s Office of Admissions and facilitated by hundreds of volunteers. For as...
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Lions, Tigers and Apartheid, Oh My! The Truth About Political Name Games

You’ve probably heard about the massive controversy regarding a proposed piece of Associated Students legislation. A nine-hour Mexican standoff between proponents and opponents was so well-attended ...
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365 Days, 365 Reasons to Celebrate

The calendar is too cluttered with special occasions. If you cast a wide enough net, we’re always close to a holiday or something else noteworthy. I have 19 first cousins, and they all have birthday...
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North Korea: Come Out, Come Out Wherever You Are

You have probably already heard that about a month ago former Massachusetts senator John Kerry took office in President Obama’s cabinet, beginning his service as U.S. Secretary of State. Since assum...
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Globalization: The Boogeyman Whose Chills Only Run Skin Deep

The present and future of the world is global. So we’ve been told repeatedly, in a variety of ways, in a number of different contexts. It is a recurrent theme in our education at UCSB and its discus...
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Don’t Throw Out The Trash Just Yet: The Redemptive Value of Garbage TV

  I don’t watch much television now, but when I do I live on the extremes. I’m a college man, so it’s sort of my duty to play the intellectual, at least as a façade. I’ll watch “60 Min...
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