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Thu
28
May
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Book Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

Hanna Starobinets
Staff Writer

You can be sure that it’s going to be a fun ride when you pick up a book with an astronaut on the cover that begins with the words: “I’m pretty much f--ked. That’s my considered opinion. F--ked.”

After blazing through software engineer Andy Weir’s breakout novel The Martian, released in print in 2014, I wasn’t in the least surprised that it was already in production for a major motion picture starring Matt Damon. It’s just that good.

Thu
30
Apr

Mama M: Taken for Granted

Dear Mama M,

What do I do if I have a friend who I feel is often taking me for granted? I don’t want to confront her because I don’t want to hurt her feelings, and I don’t want to make a big deal out of it or risk losing the friendship. Maybe I am wrong for feeling this way, but it does make me feel bad much of the time, and I don’t really know what to do. Any advice?

Sincerely, Totally Taken for Granted

 

Dear Totally Taken for Granted (TTfG-not to be confused with TGIF),

I am so very glad that you asked!! Believe it or not, I have given this topic a lot of thought. Sometimes friends have different ways of looking at things and sometimes friends are frenemies.  What does your heart tell you about this friend?  If they are full of crap, self-centered, and un-loving then perhaps it is time to ease on down the road. But, if you feel like there is a chance to learn and grow here then you are very lucky sugar.

Wed
15
Apr

Mama M: Living A Lie

Dear Mama M,

There’s all this talk about how the biomedical workforce is shifting, and there are not enough academic jobs to accommodate all the PhD students currently being trained. PIs, however, are not traditionally supportive of students who want “alternative careers,” partly because they don’t know how to support our career development in these directions, and they don’t want these pursuits to take time away from lab. I don’t even want to do research after I graduate, but I’m afraid to tell my thesis committee. On the one hand, I want to tell them because I don’t want to waste my time in pursuit of high-profile publications that I don’t need. But what if this changes how they view me, and they don’t want to waste their time guiding a student who doesn’t want to do research?

- Living a Lie

Thu
02
Apr

New UCSF Alcohol Policy is Indicative of Deeper Problems

By Akshay Govind
Staff Writer

There has been a fair amount of attention paid to UCSF’s new policy that a staff or faculty member must be present at campus events that will be serving alcohol. On one hand, administrators have put the policy forth to help ensure student safety, but on the other hand, many students who are able to make their own legal decisions about alcohol in any other setting feel infantilized or insulted by the need for a chaperone.

Thu
05
Mar

Mama M: First-generation medical student struggles in effort to understand program’s hidden curriculum

Navigating the fast pace of med school (illustration by Joe Bien- all rights reserved)

Dear Mama M, 

As I have navigated through medical school, I have witnessed that some know the “unspoken secrets” of excelling in medical school more than others.     

As a first-generation college—and now medical—student, I sometimes find that I do not know the hidden curriculum behind professional schools. 

What is your advice on how to excel during professional school as someone who might not come from the pomp and glamour of an educated family and the breeding for academia that it seems to provide?

—StrivingforExcellence

 

    Dearest Striving,

Thu
05
Mar

New alcohol policies for RCOs insulting to adult students

MORE: UCSF announces new restrictions on alcohol policy

By Nicolas Strauli
Contributing Writer

The UCSF administration has decided to institute a new alcohol policy for student clubs, where alcohol can be consumed during club meetings only if a faculty or staff member is present. 

As an organizer of a registered UCSF club, I find this policy extremely inconvenient. As a student, I find this policy offensive. Almost by definition, student clubs are geared toward student issues. As a result, it will likely be extremely difficult to persuade faculty or staff to take time out of their busy schedules to attend every meeting. 

Wed
18
Feb

Jon Stewart Exits The Daily Show at Exactly the Right Moment

Jon Stewart satirizing the 2012 presidential candidates (credit: Comedy Central)

By Akshay Govind
Staff Writer

I was a senior in high school in 1999 when Jon Stewart took over The Daily Show from Craig Kilborn, and I am a little embarrassed to admit I was initially skeptical of the transition. I had grown used to Kilborn’s “Five Questions” shtick (which would leave with him as intellectual property) and perhaps I bought into the poster-boy smile and the light hair on the brawny frame we had all come to expect from someone who would play the role of half nighttime talk-show host and half newscaster.

Wed
18
Feb
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All Lives Matter: A reflection on intolerance and misunderstanding this Black History Month

SFGH prayer vigil, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 (credit: David Hand)

Last week in a quiet neighborhood near the University of North Carolina campus, three young Muslim students—one of whom was bound for dental school and all of whom were active in humanitarian efforts—were murdered over a parking space. The alleged perpetrator was a self-identified atheist whose social media feeds appeared to be filled with hostility toward Islam and other religions. Police are investigating whether this was a hate crime.

To honor these lives cut far too short, residents at SFGH organized a vigil last Thursday.

Tue
03
Feb

Mama M: How Do I Know

Art credit: Joe B

Dear Mama M,

I don't know why, but I keep dating people who "aren't good for me."

That's what my friends and family tell me. I don't even know really what they mean, but I am starting to wonder about it as I get older. In general, I just know we are attracted to be together a lot, and we enjoy each other's company most of the time. What should I be asking myself, to know if I am choosing the right person to date, and even maybe to commit to, someday?

Sincerely,

How Do I Know

 

Dear “How,”

Tue
20
Jan

Mama M: Hopeless and Harried

Dear Mama M,

I am early into my third year med-school clinical rotations now, and I am embarrassed to say that I am still so much more than overwhelmed. There is so much to know, and it is not all just “medicine.” That’s hard enough, but no one really prepared us for the rest of “real life” getting things done on the wards: I am always getting lost in the hospital. There are always new forms for everything you order. I am supposed to text-page certain people and numeric-page others. Some forms you have to hand-carry to radiology or the lab, others you have to get in by 11 a.m. or else forget about it. Some consults that I call can be very rude and intimidating and make me feel terrible for my ignorance.

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