Societal norms teach men to ignore emotions rather than seek help
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Societal norms teach men to ignore emotions rather than seek help

Men remain silent on their mental health due to lack of resources Mental illness can affect anyone regardless of age, race, socioeconomic status or background. It doesn’t strongly…

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Sandhill cranes are relying on us to provide their wintering habitat
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Sandhill cranes are relying on us to provide their wintering habitat

Migrating cranes turn to farmlands and preserves to make up for wetland loss in the Central Valley The Sandhill cranes start out as black strands on the horizon…

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There and Back Again: The political evolution of a white guy
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There and Back Again: The political evolution of a white guy

I almost took the path to Trump. Here’s how — and what stopped me. I almost voted for Donald Trump. Not in the physical, cast-your-ballot sense. I proudly…

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The importance of depicting war accurately in movies
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The importance of depicting war accurately in movies

Movies must avoid glorifying war and instead show the damage they do to humanity Twelve years ago, I stumbled upon the movie “Saving Private Ryan” on television and…

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Scientists send humanity a second notice to save the planet
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Scientists send humanity a second notice to save the planet

We’re headed for trouble unless we can overcome cynicism and learn to work together It’s like a bad episode of “Intervention”: 16,000 scientists from 184 countries issued a…

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Fighting mental illness through organizations, social movements
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Fighting mental illness through organizations, social movements

Nonprofits help those who struggle with mental health feel less alone It’s easy to feel alone while struggling with mental health. On one hand, the feeling of being…

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Can Religion Be Replaced?: What can overcome the secular dismantling of community?
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Can Religion Be Replaced?: What can overcome the secular dismantling of community?

Hobby, political groups seem a lousy replacement. Or are they? Of all the intellectual topics thrown around the dinner table or coffee shop, religion is one of the…

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Perspective in Politics: The failure and impact of the Arab Spring
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Perspective in Politics: The failure and impact of the Arab Spring

Why removing dictators doesn’t guarantee peace or democracy Seven years ago, hope resonated through the Arab world. In what became known as the Arab Spring, millions of people…

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Writing my way through mental illness
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Writing my way through mental illness

A coping mechanism supported by well-known authors From my own experience, writing has been a significant coping mechanism. Someone once told me that writing is for those who…

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Climate change skeptics deny protection for endangered species
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Climate change skeptics deny protection for endangered species

Despite what the DOI says, walruses can’t save themselves Last month, Pacific walruses were among the 25 animals to be denied endangered species status by U.S. Fish and…

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Perspective in Politics: Democratic Party must fix weak turnout, infighting for 2018 elections
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Perspective in Politics: Democratic Party must fix weak turnout, infighting for 2018 elections

The party can come together in opposition against the president Just last week, the Democratic Party successfully won various elections across the country, especially in Virginia and New…

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PDA ALERT: The American Flag: Patriotism doesn’t stop at flying the flag
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PDA ALERT: The American Flag: Patriotism doesn’t stop at flying the flag

Solely flaunting the flag shows insecurity, not unabashed patriotism A few months ago, over summer break, I was walking through my neighborhood when I saw a raised flatbed…

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Possible cuts to campus counseling departments put student health at risk
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Possible cuts to campus counseling departments put student health at risk

UC administration fails to address UC Riverside’s new counseling employee contracts On the UC Davis campus, students are offered access to Counseling and Psychological Services. These services can…

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It’s time to restore Hetch Hetchy
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It’s time to restore Hetch Hetchy

The Bay Area must invest in alternative sources of drinking water Have you ever looked out over the Yosemite Valley and thought, “Somebody should cut down all these…

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A Plug for Used Bookstores: How used bookstores offer a more intimate reading experience
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A Plug for Used Bookstores: How used bookstores offer a more intimate reading experience

The digital age has shifted the reading discourse At the corner of Speedway Boulevard and Wilmot Road, a certain store awaits shoppers as they brave the stifling heat…

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