Urgent student input needed in budget-planning process

HIGHER EDUCATION: With Gov. Brown's proposed budget, at odds with the UC plan, students deserve a place at the table to resolve disputed issues

Our state’s governor and highest-tier public university system are on the verge of a stalemate over two central points of contention: nonresident enrollment increases and the extent to which the state is obligated to fund the UC system.
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Our generation can become part of the solution

NATIONAL ISSUES: Recent national and local protests are a sign that our generation will no longer allow racism and discrimination to play a role in our society.

This week, we witnessed the uproar spreading across the United States in response to the St. Louis County grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown. We firmly stand with the protestors against the injustice this decision reflects. Since the Civil Rights Movement, this
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Take control of our education, not just a building

HIGHER EDUCATION: While we agree with the goals of the student protest at Wheeler Hall, the movement would be more effective if it was addressed to Gov. Brown.

Over the last week, more than 200 students have camped in Wheeler Hall to demonstrate their frustration with the UC Board of Regents’ recently passed plan to increase tuition should the state fail to increase UC funding. While we wholeheartedly agree with the goals of the student movement, protesters must
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Who is going to fight for us now?

UNIVERSITY ISSUES: With the tuition hike approved, the university moves away from its traditional, state-funded model and increases its dependence on students.

When the state allows a university to turn students into a significant source of funding, it is allowing the university to slowly discard its public identity.
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Waiting on the unfair tipping system to change

BAY AREA AFFAIRS: While tipping may be a good idea in theory, service charges implemented by the restaurant lead to more fair and equal pay for restaurant employees.

There is a fear that in the absence of tipping, the level of service at restaurants will deteriorate. There are other ways, however, through which servers could be held accountable for maintaining high standards.
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How do you see the University of California?

UNIVERSITY ISSUES: With the university depending more on student tuition, the identity of the University of California as a public university is questioned.

The question at hand is not who should be blamed, but rather how do we, as residents of California and UC students, perceive the University of California.
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Passing an apathetic student district in Berkeley

CAMPUS ISSUES: Voter turnout in District 7 was surprisingly low, and the trend of not voting in midterm elections defeats the purpose of a student district.

While the numbers do not reflect mail-in ballots, we still find them shockingly low — especially considering the important ballot measures up for consideration Tuesday.
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