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By Kim Girard, Berkeley Haas

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Robert Paylor practices walking with a forearm walker during his physical therapy session with Tom Billups, associate head coach of the UC Berkeley rugby team, at the Simpson Center for Student-Athlete High Performance. (UC Berkeley photo by Brittany Hosea-Small)

This semester, Robert Paylor, a junior at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, is up by 5:30 a.m., hits the gym, then attends an accounting class and a political lecture, works out again for two hours, bolts down Chex Mix and an energy drink, and heads to another class.

Most Cal student-athletes have a similar routine. But for Paylor, a former varsity Cal rugby player recovering from partial paralysis, just getting out of bed and dressed in the morning is a feat, never mind the daily grind of navigating the hilly campus in a wheelchair and an intense rehabilitation schedule. …


by Robin Lakoff, professor emerita of linguistics

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In the process of conquering the world, Alexander the Great came to the town of Gordium. In that town was a piece of rope entangled in an intricate knot. Whoever unraveled the knot, according to legend, would rule the world.

Many had tried, and all had failed. Nor had anyone ever ruled the world. Alexander contemplated the knot and his options. He fiddled with the knot but got nowhere. Then he drew his sword, sliced the knot apart, and went on to rule the world.

This legend is usually told as a justification of a bravura style of leadership. Wannabe leaders try conventional solutions to problems and fail. The natural leader scorns those, thinks outside the envelope, and rightly rules. …


By Anne Brice, Berkeley News

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Teresa Scanlan started at Berkeley Law this fall. (UC Berkeley photo by Anne Brice)

First-year Berkeley Law student Teresa Scanlan never set out to be Miss America. It was just something that kind of happened.

From a family of six kids in rural Nebraska — all of whom were homeschooled — Teresa didn’t think about how she looked or what she wore. It wasn’t important. She cared about learning new things, playing piano and discussing politics with her family. She wanted to be a lawyer — somebody whose words people remembered.

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Teresa (left, front) studies with her sister. (Photo courtesy of Teresa Scanlan)

“I was never the girl who wanted to be a princess when I grew up,” she says. “I never had any other plans except that I wanted to be an attorney, a judge, a Supreme Court Justice. …

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