State ensures health of undocumented immigrants

Earlier this month, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that could allow undocumented Californians to obtain health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Though it may be a largely symbolic move, it’s a step toward including undocumented immigrants in our metric of measuring the quality of life in the United
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Death penalty not warranted for Darnell Williams Jr.

Earlier this month, an Alameda County jury recommended the death sentence after finding Darnell Williams Jr. guilty for two counts of first-degree murder. This is the only case that Nancy O’Malley, the current Alameda County District Attorney, has pursued since she took office in 2011. In 2013, Williams Jr. shot
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School shootings must not be validated by victim count

Early Wednesday morning, UCLA students were notified on their phones of a vague crime on campus, only later to be made aware that the crime was in fact a shooting. Reports of the shooting were met with a massive response by law enforcement and the UCLA campus community. SWAT officers
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High price of chancellor’s fence is indefensible

In September, the Senior Editorial Board of The Daily Californian editorialized in support of the decision to construct a fence around University House, where the UC Berkeley chancellor lives rent-free. The board supported the fence in the name of safety and reducing security costs. Several months later, the fence was
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Berkeley city Housing Action Plan not yet useful

Amid an increasingly severe housing crisis in Berkeley, City Council met last week to put together a Housing Action Plan that some found to be unsatisfactory in its vagueness. During the meeting, several council members brought up the luxury housing developments that have recently cropped up around Berkeley. These new
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University takes step toward right direction

When an undocumented student receives an acceptance letter from one of the University of California campuses, they’re immediately at a disadvantage compared to students with citizenship. Unlike citizens, undocumented students have fewer financial resources at their fingertips to help them through their years at UC Berkeley. In the state of
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Administrators are reactive, not proactive

When the campus announced last week that it would be allocating $2.5 million to improve its response to sexual harassment and assault, it felt like a reaction rather than a solution. At best, it’s a small Band-Aid on a large wound, at worst, it’s simply a plan to protect the
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Solution to campus housing crisis is no solution at all

CAMPUS ISSUES: growing student housing crisis in Berkeley leads to extended housing at surrounding colleges for limited number of UC Berkeley students

In an effort to ease the strain of Berkeley’s housing crisis that will only be made worse by the incoming 750 extra students this fall, the campus recently announced a partnership with Mills College and Holy Names University to expand campus housing options. This student housing option, however, is miles
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Speaking the language of tolerance, acceptance

STUDENT LIFE: Recent events prove the importance of using accurate, precise language to describe all things in order to avoid unnecessarily silencing others.

Months ago, the campus announced that it would comprehensively review all building names. This came after calls to rename Barrows Hall because of David Prescott Barrows’ imperialist ideals. Last week, a series of posters professing hate speech toward pro-Palestinian activists were removed from campus, prompting an aggressive dialogue about the
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Getting in bed with corporations, waking up in hell

CAMPUS ISSUES: Poor budgetary decisions from campus, university and state put the UC Berkeley campus in the unfortunate position of relying on corporations.

So long as the state of California continues to grant the University of California insufficient funding and our campus continues to overcompensate high-level administrators, the public mission of the university will be compromised. Every time the campus enters into a partnership with private corporations, it opens itself up to a
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