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Exercising Caution

I just wanted to write a fun blog encouraging you to go for a run and not stress about finals for a bit. As it turns out maybe that was overambitious. My last handful of blogs have been fairly uncontroversial; the research I encountered generally pointed to one solid answer and –besides having to manage…

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Evolution Confusion

BY MELODY NAZARBEGIAN | BLOGGER | SQ ONLINE (2018-19)   As finals week approaches, the phrase “survival of the fittest” resonates with many students seeking to prove themselves in UC San Diego’s competitive academic environment. Darwin’s theory definitely did not refer to one’s ability to study for endless hours, surviving on minimal amounts of sleep…

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A Word for the Weary

  We joke about sleep a fair bit on the UC San Diego campus. The campus-famous Facebook meme page bears the moniker “UCSD Memes for Sleep Deprived Teens”. After years of hearing clever nicknames, UC Sleep Deprived remains one of my favorite for the school. These jokes, however, are rooted in a serious issue: walk…

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Creepy Creatures, Menacing Myths

BY MELODY NAZARBEGIAN | BLOGGER | SQ ONLINE (2018-19)   In the midst of Spooky Season, images of the creepiest creatures come to mind, and are sure to elicit a few shrieks. Our notions that arise from exaggerated, mythical imagery in films and other media, however, tend to be inaccurate. One of the most prominent…

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Blame it on the Alcohol

BY MELODY NAZARBEGIAN | BLOGGER | SQ ONLINE (2018-19)   Alcohol: college students’ favorite functional group and scapegoat. As we take on a new school year, reunite with friends and roommates, and indulge in our preferred modes of leisure, we should examine our misconceptions about alcohol, many of which are rampant among college students. Students…

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Breaking out of Summer Break

DANIEL LUSK | BLOGGER | SQ ONLINE (2018-19)   Hope school is going well. Or welcome back? I don’t really know the timeline for when this post is going up so I’m not sure how to kick it off. I’m writing this during the last few weeks of summer so my thoughts are on getting ready…

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Waking Up

LIAM HUBER | BLOGGER | SQ ONLINE (2016-17) How an Ancient Molecule Opened Our Eyes and Exploded Evolution Personally speaking, I have reached both that time of the day and that time of the year when I would really like to go back to bed. Unfortunately, I can’t quite do that; with impending exams, papers that are…

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Late Bloomers

LIAM HUBER | BLOGGER | SQ ONLINE (2016-17) How Flowers Overthrew the World’s Reigning Flora and Reshaped the Biosphere, Befuddling Botanists to this Day Having outlasted the 2016 dumpster fire, it would be nice to report that 2017 will be less lousy. Unfortunately, only a few weeks in, this does not look like it will be…

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Translational Medicine Day

CALLUM ARRAS | BLOGGER | SQ ONLINE (2016-17)   Translational medicine—this term for healthcare was new to me as I approached the Telemedicine Building for the first time for a reason other than a turbo combo from Club Med. My immediate assumption was that the “translational” aspect pertained to the conversion of RNA to protein…

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Sleep Equals A+

MADELEINE YU | SQ ONLINE | BLOGGER 16-17   Well folks, the weeks have zipped by and I hate to be the one to say it, but Finals Week is here. The already-packed Geisel will be the first place to go and believe me, I won’t be anywhere near there when chaos ensues. Every ten…