1984, 34 Years Delayed

by Alison Xin In certain Chinese cities, the government has implemented a public safety program that feels decidedly “Big Brother”-esque. Millions of cameras across the country send real-time surveillance data to law enforcement. Surveillance devices have become ubiquitous, not only lining public areas like streets, subways, and parks, but also monitoring apartments, houses, and even…

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State of Surveillance

By Alison Xin Chances are, with the Hawaii missile panic, DACA, North Korea, and a plethora of other crises piling up recently, the passing of Section 702 has flown under your radar. I admit that I would have missed it had I not been on a strange tangent through current events in cyber-security.  Essentially, the…

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Merry Christmas Everybody! A Short Story

by Alison Xin The Head of Marketing announced a pop-up meeting on November 1st. More than half of those who showed up looked absolutely demolished, probably from staying up too late going to trashy Halloween parties. Too bad, but the machine of capitalism doesn’t stop for anybody. One of the new guys — Jake or…

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HB Tips for Students 1 | The Dining Hall

By Alison Xin Ah, the lunch room. The watering hole of the educational savannah. Continuing this metaphor, the behavior of students in the dining hall and servery seem to resemble animals rather than civilized humans. In the interest of common decency, here are some things to do or keep in mind while obtaining or consuming…

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How to Dance like a Peacock Spider

by Alison Xin *Warning: the following article slowly becomes more deranged. Viewer discretion is advised. So this is it, huh. You’ve tried everything to woo that special someone, but nothing has worked. Flirting, gifts, food items…no results. Now you’re here. Here to learn the secrets of the mystical peacock spider. Part peacock. Part Spider. All…

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