Leveling the playing field

NATIONAL ISSUES: Student-athletes must be allowed to unionize.

The work of student-athletes in football and basketball programs is responsible for generating millions in revenue for universities across the country. But despite working more hours for their schools than most student employees, the players are prevented by the NCAA from reaping any benefits of their labor. Last week, in
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ASUC Student Union board must protect Lower Sproul contract workers

CAMPUS ISSUES: ASUC Student Union board must be accountable for Chartwells workers' rights

In just a few short weeks, a pizzeria, burger joint, Mexican eatery and whiskey bar will open their doors in Lower Sproul Plaza. The area will likely become a concentrated hub of student life — something that students haven’t experienced in two and a half years. But underneath the fanfare
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Bearing the burden of our activist past

CAMPUS ISSUES: Students need a strong understanding of Berkeley's history in order to incite meaningful change.

For students entering UC Berkeley for the first time this fall, the semester marks a new beginning — an opportunity to learn, transform and maybe reclaim the Axe. Anything seems possible. But incoming undergraduates and graduates alike should also be aware that though the university experience is marketed as an
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No affordable housing to call home in Berkeley

CITY AFFAIRS: Affordable housing needs to be a city and campus priority

Berkeley needs to address its housing crisis in a big way. There is simply too little affordable housing on  the market to adequately meet the demands of the community. And the city’s efforts to meet the demand for affordable housing have only been fractionally successful at best. In fact, between
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Fighting for a seat at the table

UNIVERSITY ISSUES: Plans are finally moving forward to create a second student regent position on the UC Board of Regents.

The most important voices in the University of California, student voices, are those most often ignored when it comes to the running of this institution — a fact made abundantly clear during last year’s tuition hike considerations. But now, exactly 40 years after the first student regent took her position
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Chancellors not for sale

UNIVERSITY ISSUES: Keeping upper-management positions competitive is important, but investing in minute salary increases is not the best use of UC funds.

The UC Board of Regents’ vote last week to increase the salaries of 15 executive administrators was unnecessary, placing precious UC funds into the hands of those who already earn many thousands of dollars beyond a living wage. The reasoning behind the salary increase is that in order to attract
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Berkeley Global Campus must protect local interests

CAMPUS ISSUES: UC Berkeley officials behind the Richmond satellite campus must ensure that it benefits residents

The big idea behind the Berkeley Global Campus at Richmond Bay is bright — brilliant, even: to attract international researchers to collaborate with the UC Berkeley community on the most pressing issues of the day and to do so in our local community. But many of the problems surrounding the
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Berkeley needs improved housing-safety measures

CITY AFFAIRS: City council to review proposed safety measures following balcony collapse

On June 16, six students died and seven more were injured because of the collapse of a Downtown apartment building’s fifth-floor balcony. To the families of the victims, we offer our deepest sympathies, and to those students still recovering, we offer our prayers and best wishes. In the wake of
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Affirmative action necessary to support diversity, upward mobility

NATIONAL ISSUES: Affirmative action case to be heard once again by Supreme Court

With the Supreme Court’s decision to once again consider race-conscious policies in university admissions, those who champion diversity and access to higher education for underrepresented minorities must once more make the case for affirmative action. It’s disappointing that with racism at the core of recent national tragedies, the court feels
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Landlord coalition may threaten tenant rights

CITY AFFAIRS: A recently formed Berkeley group to advocate the rights of property owners is troubling in its stark opposition to the rent board’s pro-tenant policies.

The nascent formation of a coalition to lobby for landlord rights, complete with its own political action committee, is concerning. We are troubled by the idea of powerful people pooling their resources and wealth for causes that may further cripple affordable housing and regulations meant to protect tenants. The coalition
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