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…

Who should define civility?

CAMPUS ISSUES: Chancellor Nicholas Dirks' email, in which he calls for civility as a precondition of free speech, fails to properly define civility.

The naturally ambiguous definition of “civility” has sparked intense discourse on the UC Berkeley campus after Chancellor Nicholas Dirks sent an email Sept. 5 entitled “Civility and Free Speech.” Read More…

Defending against the police

CITY ISSUES: The dialogue surrounding the police use of tasers shows citizens are paying attention to their police, which is a positive step.

It has been little more than a month since outrage swept the nation in response to the killing of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, sparking protests, solidarity marches, online campaigns and other actions of support. Read More…

Advocate through action

CAMPUS ISSUES: ASUC Senate needs to include more tangible improvements in its Advocacy Agenda to better meet the student body's needs.

As is required of it each fall, the ASUC Senate began its term by discussing, among other things, its advocacy agenda for the upcoming academic year. The senate class proposed three initiatives: health and wellness, ASUC accountability and improving undergraduate experience and education. Read More…

Student research comes first

UNIVERSITY ISSUES: By investing in outside facilities instead of funding Lick, the UC is depriving students from research opportunities.

Last September, the University of California decided to cease providing funds to Lick Observatory, the university’s only fully-owned observatory, by 2018. Read More…

Increase access to degrees

STATE AFFAIRS: Allowing certain community college districts to offer four-year degrees makes higher education more accessible and affordable

Last month, the state Legislature passed a bill that would approve a pilot program allowing 15 community college districts in California to each offer one bachelor degree program not offered by any CSU or UC campus. Senate Bill 850 hopes to meet California’s rising need for bachelor’s degrees to remain economically competitive in the next few decades. Read More…

To the voters, not the courts

CITY AFFAIRS: It is more feasible to focus on campaigning instead of going to court over ballot question language so close to elections

Last week, Berkeley City Councilmember Jesse Arreguin filed a lawsuit asking the Alameda County Superior Court to amend ballot language for a Downtown development initiative on the November ballot. Read More…