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There’s a Grinch UC

Brian Buck Dec 05 , 2022

It seems the Grinch has come to spoil the holidays for faculty and students alike at University of California campuses. A strike by 48,000 academic workers from every campus is approaching its fourth week. The workers have walked out, demanding higher wages and increased child care benefits. As I.....

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Don’t Name Your Turkey!

Brian Buck Nov 21 , 2022

Bartholomew. That’s the name of this year’s turkey. Every year, my daughter names our Thanksgiving turkey in the hope that we won’t eat it. At some point, she realized that the turkey was already dead, so naming it wasn’t going to stop Dad from cooking it, nor was Dad going to feel any guilt as he.....

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Trolling King vs. Chief Twit

Brian Buck Nov 14 , 2022

I may have witnessed one of Halloween’s scariest moments — on Twitter. I think I saw Stephen King — yes, the King of Horror — trolling Elon Musk, the social media platform’s new owner. OK, maybe it wasn’t scary and maybe it wasn’t trolling, but it was such an odd exchange that I had to laugh. It.....

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The Lost Art of Schmoozing

Brian Buck Nov 07 , 2022

It’s college application time. Many seniors around the country are stressing about their future. My daughter is one of them. A few weeks ago, she met an admissions counselor from a school on the East Coast. She was impressed by what he had to say about the college — so much so that we decided to.....

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