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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A fading fight

CAMPUS ISSUES: Falling in line with previous protests, Thursday’s rally failed to draw large crowds and broad student support.

We hear among our peers the struggles and fears that haunt them as they helplessly watch tuition increases pass semester after semester. They have much to say and express. But Thursday’s protest was unsuccessful at conveying that sentiment. The poor turnout — about 300 at its peak — was not
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Speechless

UNIVERSITY AFFAIRS: The UC Board of Regents’ student representatives were silent during a critical discussion, much to our dismay.

UC Student Regent Alfredo Mireles Jr. has one vote on the UC Board of Regents. As the only voting member enrolled in the UC system, he represents all 220,000 students. But last week, during the regents’ consideration of a plan which could see tuition surpass $22,000, neither Mireles nor Student
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Listen up, legislators

The outcry against tuition increases throughout the years has been scrawled across this paper’s opinion page and shouted from the steps of Sproul Hall time and time again. We, California students, have called upon Sacramento to take action. We’ve made compelling arguments and exhaustive pleas. But it seems our cries,
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Work in sync, not at odds

UNIVERSITY ISSUES: The trend in UC campuses snatching each others’ staff is not reflective of a cohesive university system.

In a time of economic hardship when the entire University of California system must already fend off the advances of private schools seeking to recruit top faculty and staff members, there is no sense in UC campuses competing with one another for talented employees. But that is exactly what is
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Simmer down criticism

CAMPUS ISSUES: Complaints about the recent changes in construction plans for Memorial Stadium should be tempered.

Memorial Stadium has been called many names — for example, a stadium with one of the most scenic views in college football and an icon of UC Berkeley — but it will never be regarded as quiet. Especially now with the stadium’s ongoing renovation, the noise and activity emitted from
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Alcoholic awareness

The increase this year in alcohol-related casualty calls by students indicates the campus environment must change.

At universities nationwide, the same weary mantra plays out semester after semester — college students binge-drink in dorms and anywhere that will serve hard liquor. UC Berkeley is no different, and we recognize that this is to be expected, but the spike in students rushed to the hospital for alcohol
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Media cannot be caged

BART suggests creating a “media area” during protests, but it is not the role of police to protect reporters in this way.

The role of a journalist is not to obstruct but to remain a fly on the wall and a diligent observer. A reporter’s primary objective is to disseminate accurate accounts of current events to the public, and to inform without bias. But to restrict a reporter’s ability to follow the
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