Delaying judgment

BAY AREA AFFAIRS: BART’s idea to extend service Friday and delay trains Saturday would benefit students but could have bad effects.

With BART considering a plan to extend Friday night hours and delay services on Saturday, we are excited about the implications for students, but we acknowledge that the plan could present setbacks. Students inevitably wonder how they will return home when traveling across the Bay, and BART train schedules can
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A necessary rejection

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed SB 185, a bill that was counter to constitutional processes and an inadequate solution.

The veto of SB 185 disappointed advocates who wanted to facilitate greater access for underrepresented minorities in our state’s public universities. From the start, however, this bill was not the answer to increase diversity and was in fact counter to the state’s constitutional procedures. SB 185 sought to allow the
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A DREAM comes to life

The signing of the second part of the California DREAM Act is historic, but there is still more progress to be made.

This Saturday, another chapter was penned in the history of rights for America’s undocumented students. With Gov. Jerry Brown’s signing of the second part of the California DREAM Act, undocumented students will be able to receive state aid starting in 2013, giving hope to others around the country. Brown’s signature
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Exodus of the educated

STATE ISSUES: Studies on California’s economic situation show little positive change. Will college graduates stay in such a state?

Data released Tuesday shows that to cover only the most basic needs, a family of four in California requires an average of more than $63,000 a year, or an income level almost triple that of the federal poverty level. While this statistic reveals an incongruence between the federal standard and
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Otherwise occupied

NATIONAL ISSUES: With youth compromising much of the Occupy Wall Street movement, we find our generation’s efforts weak.

The Occupy Wall Street movement, spreading nationwide and seeping into the Bay Area, has been painted in the media as directionless and at times anarchic. In many aspects, this portrayal is apt. There is no central figure or vessel of authority. There is no sound or resolute message banding the
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Shaky enforcement

CITY AFFAIRS: The city has dwelled too long on the issue of coercing owners into retrofitting their buildings. It is time to act.

The city’s dilemma of coaxing landlords into retrofitting their earthquake-vulnerable buildings has dragged on too long. According to a 2008 US Geological Survey study, there is a 63 percent chance that in about the next 30 years an earthquake of magnitude 6.7 or greater will shake the Bay Area. According
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A hateful indicator

CAMPUS ISSUES: The huge spike in the number of hate crimes around campus should inspire further examination of climate.

The number of hate crimes around the UC Berkeley campus in 2010 was more than triple that of 2009 — 22 compared to six. While UCPD attributes this increase to improved reporting methods, even six is too many, and officials should seek to look further below the surface for a
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Let conversation rise

CAMPUS ISSUES: The bake sale and other demonstrations Tuesday created conversation on campus, but the dialogue must not end now.

On a campus where conflicting ideologies often result in contention and clashes, the results of the demonstrations Tuesday were pleasantly surprising. The bake sale and the counter-protest spurred conversation and civil demonstrations. Threats of violence against the Berkeley College Republicans were not realized, and opposing groups avoided aggressive confrontation. Upper
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Future financiers

CAMPUS ISSUES: With UC alumni seemingly reluctant to give back, the question lingers ­— will current students one day donate?

With the state funding about 11 percent of the University of California’s budget, officials are turning to wealthy alumni. Campuses like UC Berkeley are investing in highly paid administrators to wine and dine those former Bears who maybe still bleed enough Blue and Gold to shed a little green for
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Half-baked sale

CAMPUS ISSUES: While within the rights of free speech, the planned bake sale is offensive and represents a need to converse on campus.

UC Berkeley, known as the bastion of free speech, has a student body that appears to suffer from the same ailment of many failed college relationships — a lack of communication. The controversy surrounding the Berkeley College Republicans’ bake sale planned for today stems not only from the event’s offensiveness
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