Laboring against a stigma

CAMPUS ISSUES: Faculty and student population must take it upon themselves to fight discrimination against pregnant students on campus.

Not everyone on our campus took the same path to get here; we need to be accommodating of different student lifestyles, from student-parents and pregnant students to veterans and athletes. Read More…

Plan ahead for practice fields

CAMPUS ISSUES: If the campus decides to reallocate field space for football practice, it must first take into account the impact on the field hockey team.

If the campus decides to allocate the space above the new parking structure to an additional football practice facility, it must demonstrate an immediate and substantial need for doing so. Read More…

Focus on changes before fees

CAMPUS ISSUES: Before raising tuition fees, the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism must make concrete improvements to its program.

In order to justify raising tuition, the journalism school must first implement fundamental changes to its programs and maintain avenues for increased access to students of lower socioeconomic background, proving that it can offer an education worth the high tuition costs it expects its students to pay. Read More…

It will get worse before it improves

CAMPUS ISSUES: As reports of sexual assault on campus increase, we must try all proposed solutions in the hope that something will change.

On Thursday, members of the campus community learned that the Berkeley Police Department was investigating three separate sexual assaults from Sept. 27, at least two of which police said occurred in fraternities. Amid the recent victory of the “yes means yes” law in California, the news seemed nothing less than Read More…

Signing off on co-ed stalls

Gender-neutral signs should accompany Napolitano’s policy to convert single-stall restrooms into gender-neutral facilities.

On Monday, UC President Janet Napolitano adopted measures to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students, staff and faculty. Read More…

Don’t defer maintenance

STATE ISSUES: Brown removes additional funds to the UC aimed for deferred maintenance, an issue that should not be put off any longer.

On Saturday, Gov. Jerry Brown rejected a line-item measure to supply additional funds for UC and CSU deferred maintenance. This measure was supported by UC President Janet Napolitano, student groups and university workers unions. Read More…

Constraints felt by all students

CAMPUS ISSUES: The whole student body can benefit from increased attention to their undergraduate experience, not just student-athletes.

In January, Chancellor Nicholas Dirks convened the Task Force on Academics and Athletics to better understand the needs of student-athletes. Read More…

Mon-Shane Chou for AAVP

CAMPUS ISSUES: After meeting with both contenders, The Daily Californian's Senior Editorial board recommends Mon-Shane Chou as AAVP.

After meeting with each candidate, we recommend Chou as the 2014-15 AAVP because of her institutional knowledge and specific goals for the office. Read More…

Invest in the environment

UNIVERSITY ISSUES: In addition to moving is funds to sustainable investments, the university should gradually divest from fossil fuel companies.

On Wednesday, the UC Board of Regents refrained from taking the stance that many universities and other investors have: divesting from fossil fuel companies. Read More…

Unity, not divisiveness

CAMPUS ISSUES: The Committee on University and External Affairs’ decision to postpone Senate Bill 11 indefinitely was the right thing to do.

On Monday, the ASUC Standing Committee on University and External Affairs indefinitely postponed a bill that addressed academic relations with Israeli institutions after some senators said the naturally divisive bill would hurt the long-term workability of the ASUC senate class. Read More…