2016 ASUC election endorsements

Rachael Garner/Senior Staff

To read the Senior Editorial Board’s full endorsements, click here. To vote in the 2016-17 ASUC general elections on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, click here. This year, Chancellor Nicholas Dirks announced a campuswide budgetary crisis, in which UC Berkeley is running a $150 million annual deficit. This year, not one but multiple
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Speaking the language of tolerance, acceptance

STUDENT LIFE: Recent events prove the importance of using accurate, precise language to describe all things in order to avoid unnecessarily silencing others.

Months ago, the campus announced that it would comprehensively review all building names. This came after calls to rename Barrows Hall because of David Prescott Barrows’ imperialist ideals. Last week, a series of posters professing hate speech toward pro-Palestinian activists were removed from campus, prompting an aggressive dialogue about the
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Getting in bed with corporations, waking up in hell

CAMPUS ISSUES: Poor budgetary decisions from campus, university and state put the UC Berkeley campus in the unfortunate position of relying on corporations.

So long as the state of California continues to grant the University of California insufficient funding and our campus continues to overcompensate high-level administrators, the public mission of the university will be compromised. Every time the campus enters into a partnership with private corporations, it opens itself up to a
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New enrollment system leaves much to be desired

CAMPUS ISSUES: Campus must work quickly to repair bugs in the new enrollment system and to undue certain changes to tele-BEARS which make signing up for classes more difficult for students.

The campus’s announcement that it would be revamping and replacing Tele-BEARS sounded like a godsend. The revamp didn’t promise to end issues of over-enrollment — only more resources and course offerings could do that — but it did promise to update a slow, outdated, often glitchy system that harks back
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UC Davis chancellor should heed students’ demands

UNIVERSITY ISSUES: In light of recent controversy surrounding her appointment to various for-profit boards and a costly PR campaign, Linda Katehi should resign.

In 2003, Barbra Streisand sued a photographer for $10 million over a picture of her house that had been uploaded to his website. Before the suit, the offending picture had been downloaded only a few times. After the suit, more than 400,000 people downloaded the picture of Streisand’s home. This
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Peaceful protesters deserve respect and dignity

CITY AFFAIRS: Disbanding of Old Post Office homeless encampment was abrupt and the United States Postal Inspection Service did not provide protesters sufficient warning.

The homeless of Berkeley are one of its most visible populations, often living on sidewalks and in public parks, in plain sight and under constant scrutiny. And yet when it comes to policy and rights, they are commonly rendered invisible. So when a 17-month-old encampment of protesters — most of
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Solutions must surround survivor empowerment

CAMPUS ISSUES: By hiring Yann Hufnagel, Nevada reiterated that survivors are too often overlooked and ignored even when their perspectives are most important.

A college fires its assistant basketball coach after finding him to have sexually harassed a female reporter. Other schools jump at the chance to hire him, and within a month, he’s signed onto a new coaching job — a true and all-too-familiar story of how the power of successful men
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Tang Center needs to provide medical abortion

CAMPUS ISSUES: Resolution in ASUC Senate and bill in Graduate Assembly effectively and correctly urge Tang Center to alleviate complications in seeking abortions.

Across the nation, women are forced to jump through insurmountable hurdles to get a legal abortion, and recent threats from Republican politicians against Planned Parenthood have only exacerbated the problem. Here at UC Berkeley, the Tang Center would take a great step in countering this trend by providing medical abortion
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Blame on university for lack of state funding justified

UNIVERSITY ISSUES: State audit correctly ignores lack of state funding in ruthless and vigorous critique of university's high level of out-of-state enrollment.

We, the Senior Editorial Board of The Daily Californian, want to extend our most gracious thanks to the state auditor for spending 400,000 tax dollars to compile a report criticizing the University of California’s money management and admissions practices. The audit revealed a shocking truth: The university has ramped up
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Principles of intolerance largely symbolic move

UNIVERSITY ISSUES: Statement of principles against intolerance awkwardly omits many forms of discrimination that are equally as harmful as anti-Semitism on campuses.

The Statement of Principles Against Intolerance, approved by the UC Board of Regents last week, rightly condemns bigotry and hate speech. Openness and respect are paramount to productive, free conversation. Denouncing hate speech is a largely symbolic but absolutely necessary step in creating a university climate that encourages dialogue and
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