Students with dependents watch sinking SHIP

CAMPUS ISSUES: UC Berkeley student-parents and those with spouses are forced to walk the plank into a sea of insurance programs

UC Berkeley’s plan to terminate health insurance for dependents of students will cut off a valuable option for a population that is already marginalized on our campus and faces a greater degree of responsibility than most. Beginning in the fall, UC Berkeley’s Student Health Insurance Plan will no longer cover
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Recent funding agreement not a sign of great progress

UNIVERSITY ISSUES: The tuition agreement, though it provides support for in-state students, doesn't address the issue of state divestment from public higher education.

Though last week’s funding agreement between the University of California and the state has been touted as a success for the university, it fails a large portion of the student population and only weakly addresses the issue of state divestment from public higher education. The compromise between Gov. Jerry Brown
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Issues behind forum protests obscured by tactics of a few

CAMPUS ISSUES: Of two protests held at a campus event, one successfully conveyed protesters' message while the second damaged an opportunity for constructive conversation.

An outbreak of protests at a campus forum last week illustrated both the constructive and destructive methods of demonstrating against the administration. While a group of silent protesters in front of the stage effectively denounced recent student arrests, the tactics of another group of students heckling the speakers stunted dialogue
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UC Berkeley needs more gender-inclusive bathrooms

CAMPUS ISSUES: Everyone should have easy access to restrooms on campus that they feel comfortable using.

The campus administration needs to publicly and systematically address the need for widely accessible gender-inclusive restrooms. The issue is prevalent enough that a group of students, self-titled as the Bathroom Brigade, formed in order to bring attention to these concerns after some faced challenges to find inclusive restroom facilities. Last
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Act now, every day to mitigate drought’s consequences

STATE ISSUES: We need to change our mindset and habits to conserve water

In weathering the ramifications of four years of drought, whole portions of Strawberry Creek may soon disappear. According to Tim Pine, who oversees the campus’ surface water quality program, the creek’s level is dropping and its flow dwindling, exposing rocks that would, in any other year, be under water at
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Examining problems posed by Greek life

CAMPUS ISSUES: It should not take alcohol poisoning and sexual assault to spur change

This academic year, at least one student death was caused by alcohol intoxication on the premises of a fraternity house. In the sobering aftermath of tragedy, we point to individual failings: Why weren’t friends looking after him? Why did no one cut him off from drinks? Why weren’t paramedics called
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Commencement speaker is lackluster choice

CAMPUS ISSUES: CEO Marc Benioff is a safe choice but not particularly representative of UC Berkeley

The campus’s choice for a commencement speaker, announced Thursday, is largely lackluster and builds on a tradition of white men in tech sending off students into the world outside UC Berkeley. Marc Benioff, the founder and CEO of Salesforce.com, will not necessarily be inspiring to the average student. Though we
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Smoking out tobacco use needed, even if businesses lose

CITY ISSUES: A proposed amendment to the city ordinance would make Berkeley a healthier place

As the country’s leading preventable cause of death, tobacco use should be curbed in as many ways as possible, even if that means hurting some businesses in the short term. Berkeley City Council might do just that. The council will soon decide whether to stringently limit minors’ — and, in
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Berkeley must redirect resources to help mentally ill, ease strain on police

CITY ISSUES: Intervention by police should be last resort

In light of concerns voiced at a recent community meeting, the city needs to redirect its resources to different intervention programs for those undergoing a psychiatric or mental health crisis. Berkeley Police Department, which is responding to a rising number of such calls, should be a last-resort safety net. The time, energy and costs associated with police handling the bulk of these emergencies would be better used elsewhere.
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Charges against ASUC candidates indicate voter awareness

CAMPUS ISSUES: Spamming allegations must be addressed head on by Judicial Council

The aftermath of ASUC elections this year saw spamming charges filed left and right, against individual candidates and parties’ entire executive slates. The charges alleged that candidates sent unsolicited emails to recipients they did not have a prior relationship with, did not obtain permission by an organization’s leadership to send
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