2014 ASUC election endorsements

Voices for all

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To read the Senior Editorial Board’s full endorsements, click here. Because each of the campus’s two major student political parties — Student Action and CalSERVE — tends to cater to quite different constituencies, this election represents a crucial turning point for the ASUC. Student Action’s years of political dominance crumbled Read More…

Admissions data reflect a dearth of resources

CAMPUS ISSUES: The campus's increasing reliance on nonresident students to fill its coffers is excusable in the context of state disinvestment from higher education

Admissions data for the 2014-15 school year demonstrate UC campuses’ plan to rely more heavily on higher-paying international and out-of-state students to make up for insufficient state funding. The move is understandable and tolerable, as long as UC campuses continue to prioritize serving California residents. With a 17.3 percent acceptance Read More…

ASUC Senate incapable of managing Cal Lodge

CAMPUS ISSUES: The ASUC Senate should maintain ownership of the Cal Lodge, but allow a professional to make the major decisions.

The ASUC Senate recently hired two MBA candidates at the Haas School of Business to help it create a business plan that will bring its Lake Tahoe-area lodge out of disrepair and into the black. It’s an encouraging step to correct the senate’s yearslong mismanagement of the property, but until Read More…

Steele should be a good fit at UC Berkeley

CAMPUS ISSUES: Incoming Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Claude Steele has a fresh perspective on some of the issues he'll grapple with

Claude Steele, the new second-ranking administrator at UC Berkeley, does not appear as if he will usher in any sweeping changes. But he seems to have the appropriate values and nuanced understanding of the campus necessary to succeed. In an interview with The Daily Californian’s Senior Editorial Board on April Read More…

Keep the ASUC election classy

CAMPUS ISSUES: Vicious personal attacks against CalSERVE presidential candidate Naweed Mohabbat were not the right way of voicing legitimate concerns about his character

The ASUC election took a turn for the nasty this week. Never in recent memory have elections been this negative, nor has the democratic process made the UC Berkeley student body look so bad. The week’s vitriol, mostly targeting CalSERVE members, began with legitimate concerns about ostensibly inconsistent statements presidential Read More…

Honor code plaques are unneeded

CAMPUS ISSUES: The effort to install more than 400 plaques bearing campus’s honor code suggests students lack honesty, integrity and respect.

The campus honor code, which was implemented during the 2012-13 school year, is a good-faith attempt to emphasize the importance of honesty and integrity in academics and social life at UC Berkeley. But the installation of plaques bearing the honor code in more than 400 classrooms throughout campus is an Read More…

College athletes deserve to unionize

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: A National Labor Relations Board official’s decision to allow college athletes to unionize provides momentum for reform.

Today, the concept of the collegiate student-athlete as the term implies — with “student” taking priority — is a myth. Consequently, the traditional organization of collegiate athletics is being challenged in U.S. courts. The recurring theme throughout multiple lawsuits is that revenue-generating collegiate sports have become professional institutions, and need Read More…

UC climate survey requires more context

UNIVERSITY ISSUES: The UC system’s campus climate survey is a positive first step, but officials must gather more information before taking action.

UNIVERSITY ISSUES: The UC system’s climate survey is a positive first step, but officials must gather more information before taking action. Read More…

ASUC elections need a diversity of candidates

CAMPUS ISSUES: It’s worrying that in this year’s ASUC elections, Student Action is offering only a presidential candidate on its executive slate

Elections in representative democracies require a healthy amount of competition to fully vet candidates and ensure that they will work hard to best represent their constituents. So it’s worrying that in this year’s ASUC elections, one of the campus’s two major political parties, Student Action, is offering only a presidential Read More…

The student district must not be defeated

CITY AFFAIRS: Divided supporters of a student supermajority district risk losing student representation if they don't unify for the November referenda.

As Berkeley inches toward the November election and grinds closer to the conclusion of a chaotic, years-long redistricting process, the realization of a student supermajority City Council district — which seemed within grasp earlier this year — is in peril. Read More…