ASUC Senator King Xiong gives voice to Hmong community

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The Hmong community makes up less than 1 percent of the thousands of students at UC Berkeley. Belonging to one of the smallest communities at UC Berkeley, Xiong aspires to leave footprints on political and social grounds for Hmong students who are soon to become future college students and leaders. Read More…

No boundary between free speech, political advocacy

We understand you have issued no regulation nor taken any steps to restrict political advocacy or “uncivil” speech on campus. Nonetheless, we are concerned that your call for “civility” may have — or already has had — a chilling effect on the exercise of free speech by UC Berkeley faculty and students. Read More…

Freedom and its limits

This fall, the campus celebrates the achievements of the 1964 student movement that made Berkeley famous for extending the First Amendment’s definition of free speech to the University of California. Read More…

Off the beat: Remember to meet your meat

I’ve yet to feel the deep, urgent repulsion toward meat products that seems to be the aim of so much vegan propaganda. I’ve also not entirely been taken up by the food movement’s tempting moral asylum available by eating free-range, antibiotic-free, organic and local animals. Read More…

Who should define civility?

CAMPUS ISSUES: Chancellor Nicholas Dirks' email, in which he calls for civility as a precondition of free speech, fails to properly define civility.

The naturally ambiguous definition of “civility” has sparked intense discourse on the UC Berkeley campus after Chancellor Nicholas Dirks sent an email Sept. 5 entitled “Civility and Free Speech.” Read More…

On civility and divisions

We don’t want “free speech” that is condoned by the administration. Let us explain. Chancellor Nicholas Dirks is tasked with defending and bettering the institution of UC Berkeley. Read More…

Not on the same page

Those were my thoughts upon reading Chancellor Nicholas Dirks’ message of Sept. 5. It came late on a Friday afternoon — one of those irritating, one-way messages that signs off in bold, “Please do not reply to this message,” thus clothing an imperative — “do not reply” — in the language of civility: “please.” Read More…

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White paper exposes unfair cuts to PACS

We as students have suffered the consequences of negligent administrators for too long. Instead of improving PACS and providing it with the resources it so rightfully deserves, IAS administrators have systematically incapacitated the program and altered it almost beyond recognition. Read More…

Defending against the police

CITY ISSUES: The dialogue surrounding the police use of tasers shows citizens are paying attention to their police, which is a positive step.

It has been little more than a month since outrage swept the nation in response to the killing of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, sparking protests, solidarity marches, online campaigns and other actions of support. Read More…

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Off the beat: What we say really matters

There is a good deal of research suggesting that our ability to properly understand abstract concepts and complex spatial relationships depends, in large part, on our ability to combine much simpler concepts and relationships using language. Moreover, the use of language to attempt to shape how and what we think is by no means a new concept. Read More…