Media outlets perpetuate racism in coverage

Last week, protests broke out across the United States over yet more senseless killings of innocent Black men. We’ve seen news coverage ranging from disrespectful to sloppy to supposedly objective. With news surrounding such a heavy and unjust topic, however, it’s become clear that even the most sterile reports perpetuate
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UC spending on publicity could be put to better use

This past year, documents came to light that showed UC Davis administration had spent nearly $200,000 in an attempt to  scrub the Internet of traces of an image that depicted a campus police officer using pepper spray on a seated protester in 2011. The reactions that followed communicated the general
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Crowdsourcing not efficient solution to budget crisis

After countless failed attempts by well-paid administrators to balance UC Berkeley’s budget, the campus has finally decided to ask the people for advice. Last week, campus announced that it would be launching a crowdsourcing website that would serve to collect ideas on how to raise its revenue from the campus
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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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