Check your code

Cracking the Code Ceiling

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Over the years, I’ve learned to fully embrace myself as a coder regardless of the sexist stereotypes forcing me into a box I can never fill. I refuse to be silenced by those who distrust my coding abilities as a woman in STEM.
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UC Berkeley needs more funding for sexual assault survivors

Content Warning: Sexual assault, sexual harassment The effects of sexual violence and sexual harassment, or SVSH, on survivors are innumerable and often intangible in their enormity. For students, sexual violence and harassment can result in post-traumatic stress disorder, decreased ability to perform academically, damaged relationships and a lost sense of
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University of California must allow faculty to boycott Israel in academia

On Dec. 13, the 10 UC chancellors took the unusual step of signing a collective statement that opposed the “academic boycott of Israeli academic institutions and/or individual scholars” as being a “direct and serious” threat to academic freedom. When some faculty members expressed concerns that such a high-level collective statement
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Tell him, boy, bi

Sex on Tuesday

Since then, I’ve been learning and relearning how to fully embrace my sexuality. I thought that the ending of my relationship would be the last time my body and sexuality were directly policed — but I was wrong. I am still constantly being regulated and policed by society’s toxic expectations of what it means to be a bisexual woman of color.
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UC Berkeley students must be properly educated on sexual violence and sexual harassment

CAMPUS ISSUES: The responses to a recent anonymous Facebook post showed how little students know about supporting survivors

Earlier this month, an anonymous Facebook post on the Confessions from UC Berkeley page sparked a campuswide conversation about sexual violence within the tech community. And while the efforts clubs are making to raise awareness about this issue are promising, they also point to an appalling truth: how little students know about addressing and responding to sexual violence.
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Call me by my (full) name

The Half of It

Learning to embrace my name has been a constant struggle. In both China and America, people attempt to use modified versions of my full name to make me palatable. I no longer, however, am compelled to break myself into pieces to fit in. Both my Chinese and Jewish-American heritages are central to my identity.
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If the NCAA won’t allow colleges to pay student-athletes, athletes should be allowed to pursue other sources of income

STATE ISSUES: Universities make billions of dollars off of the unpaid labor of student-athletes. This has to stop.

College athletes have brought in billions of dollars to campuses — some even risk their lives to play their sports. These students are forced to compromise on academics and financial stability to support their campus. They deserve fair compensation for these sacrifices — and if the NCAA won’t allow campuses to pay student-athletes, it should, at the very least, permit athletes the right to be compensated through sponsorships.
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A group of black students stand in front of Sproul Hall. Large yellow text at the top reads "BLACK AT CAL."

California’s affirmative action ban must be repealed

On Jan. 30, the ASUC Senate passed a resolution standing in firm opposition to the historic Proposition 209, a California ballot initiative that removed race as a factor in college admissions. In 1996, California voters approved Prop. 209, slashing enrollment of Black students across California colleges. From 1997 to 1998,
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Writing into a revolution

Off the Beat

I watched my family’s home turn into chaos on a television screen as I sat almost 8,000 miles away in California. Swarms of protesters were marching through the streets of Cairo to demand an end to then-president Hosni Mubarak’s rule. I was shocked and didn’t know what to make of
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UC Berkeley needs to diversify its English curriculum

Being a student of color at UC Berkeley is immensely difficult. Walking into a classroom, students might hope to find a professor or peer that might share their language, culture and perhaps, even skin tone. There is comfort in numbers. Sadly, the odds of finding someone that shares their experiences
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