Football player working at a desk

If the NCAA won’t allow colleges to pay student-athletes, athletes should be allowed to pursue other sources of income

STATE ISSUES: Universities make billions of dollars off of the unpaid labor of student-athletes. This has to stop.

College athletes have brought in billions of dollars to campuses — some even risk their lives to play their sports. These students are forced to compromise on academics and financial stability to support their campus. They deserve fair compensation for these sacrifices — and if the NCAA won’t allow campuses to pay student-athletes, it should, at the very least, permit athletes the right to be compensated through sponsorships.
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Cal students holding a banner that reads "More affordable student housing" in front of Berkeley City Hall

Berkeley must remember that more housing is not the same as affordable housing

CITY AFFAIRS: Berkeley’s housing crisis has reached intolerable levels. Community members must actively advocate for affordability

Berkeley City Council approved the creation of a housing complex in Downtown Berkeley entirely at market-rate. Community members have blindly rallied around increased housing, without pushing for the affordability of those developments. What’s the point of building more housing if the people who need it the most can’t afford it?
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‘A new form of censorship’: Protect your local newspapers or they’ll disappear

NATIONAL ISSUES: Local papers are closing their doors across the country, and residents have the power to stop this epidemic

Last month, the East Bay Express laid off its entire editorial staff — except for one editor.
Unfortunately, this represents a national trends in which local newspapers in the United States are collapsing at an alarming rate, leaving many communities without essential news coverage.
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Mostly white UC Regents board juxtaposed with diverse UC Berkeley population

Gov. Gavin Newsom must diversify UC Board of Regents

STATE ISSUES: Diversity at the top encourages diversity at the bottom. Newsom must do better than his predecessors on appointing regents.

At the end of his term, former governor Jerry Brown appointed Jonathan “Jay” Sures to the UC Board of Regents — a white man to an already predominantly white male board. Gov. Gavin Newsom must not fall in the footsteps of his predecessors and appoint regents that reflect the diversity of California.
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Cal Football player and opposing team player clash on the field

Cal football revenue shouldn’t come at the cost of its student-athletes

CAMPUS ISSUES: Cal football players deserve to be protected from the long-term health risks their sport exposes them to

Football players are at a high risk of developing chronic traumatic encephalopathy — a degenerative disease that results from repeated trauma to the head. Football is a key source of revenue for the campus athletic department, but should this money really come at the cost of its students’ welfare?
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Illustration of students in a classroom. A hand symbolizing budget cuts takes away a student's books

Berkeley school district cannot cut resources from students who need them most

CITY AFFAIRS: At a time when Berkeley schools are facing an equity crisis, it can’t afford to defund diversity programs

The Berkeley Unified School District board is considering defunding the Office of Family Engagement and Equity, which aims to provide support to underserved students and their families — affecting nearly 40 percent of students in the district. It should go without saying that the financial sustainability of a public school district should never come at the cost of supporting the students who rely on it most.
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UC Berkeley must fight back against Trump’s transgender military ban

NATIONAL ISSUES: At a time when the federal government is promoting transphobia, the campus community must take concrete steps to support transgender and gender non-conforming individuals

This week, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 in favor of allowing the Trump administration’s ban on transgender people serving in the military — a decision that completely dehumanizes trans individuals, depicting them as unfit and a burden to serve. So, when the Trump administration seeks to dehumanize marginalized communities, everyone must resist.
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In first budget proposal, Gov. Gavin Newsom shows his commitment to students

STATE ISSUES: Gov. Gavin Newsom set himself apart from his predecessor with his $1.4 billion increase to higher education in his first budget proposal. We just hope this trend continues.

Last week, newly-elected Gov. Gavin Newsom released his budget proposal for the next fiscal year — one that includes greater investments in California’s future with a clear commitment to equality. After former governor Jerry Brown’s disappointing last term, it’s refreshing to see that Newsom is already keeping his promises to his constituents.
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UC Berkeley must provide free menstrual products in all campus restrooms

CAMPUS ISSUES: Menstrual products are a basic necessity. Campus officials must prioritize their accessibility to students.

Last week, the Berkeley Unified School District board unanimously approved a policy that would require all girls’ and gender-neutral bathrooms to have free menstrual products — a mark of progress on the district’s part. But what’s alarming is that the world’s “No. 1 public university” has yet to follow suit in providing this basic necessity to community members.
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Halfway through their terms, here’s what ASUC officials have accomplished

CAMPUS ISSUES: With one semester down, The Daily Californian editorial board checked in on ASUC officials to see how far they’ve come on their campaign promises

Over the past few weeks, The Daily Californian’s editorial board has met with nearly all of the ASUC executives and senators to discuss the progress they’ve made on their platforms in the first semester of their terms. Some officials have made substantial progress on their term goals, while others are
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