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Spooky Stories From the Opinion Staff

The Opinion Staff share their best spooky stories in honor of Halloween.
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Ask AJ: Halloween Horrors

AJ answers all your pressing questions about Halloween festivities and dealing with midterm stress.
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Siri and Shopping Carts

Toni Shindler-Ruberg unpacks the trend of gendered artificial intelligence and its implications of automatically conflating femininity with servitude.
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The Troubling Commodification and Appropriation of Spirituality

Maggie Modovsky explores the troubling commodification and appropriation of spirituality as a trend.
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Argument in the Office: Booster or Bust

Emily Kocis and Toni Shindler-Ruberg debate the nuances and priorities surrounding vaccine booster shots.
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Ask AJ: Barely Functional Fall

AJ breaks down some fall fallacies.
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Killing the “Final Girl”

Katie Caracciolo explores the "Final Girl" trope in horror movies, delving into the past and recent representation of women in the genre.
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Editorial: Why Was UCSB Severely Ill-Equipped for its Return to In-Person Instruction?

Issues from the housing shortage to the current lack of courses show that UCSB is not meeting the basic needs of its students. 
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The Deep Invasive Roots of Christian Nationalism

Megan Ramsey explores the current and historical roots of Christian extremism.
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The Death of Physical Media

Min Seo Riu unpacks the rise of streaming services and resulting decline of physical media.
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The World Is Literally on Fire and Here’s Why

Athina Mihalopoulos reflects on the fires that ravaged Greece this summer, highlighting the dangers of both climate change and arson.
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The Fight for Legal Weed Isn’t Over

Nathan Lee breaks down the continuous challenges to the legalization of marijuana and why it's an important step forward.
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Should Classes Be In-Person This Fall?

Nathanial Ramierez grapples with feelings of unease and excitement pending the upcoming school year and return to campus.
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Professors: Just a Teacher or Potential Bestie?

Christine Tu and Min Seo Riu debate if relatability or reliability is more important when it comes to your professors.
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Letter From the Editor: Finally Back

To the class of 2025:  I’ve never written a piece for the Nexus purely from my own perspective before. As a news reporter and editor, my voice is only behind the scenes. I take the stories and insi...
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