Trading spaces

CAMPUS ISSUES: Though we are sad to see the only 24-hour food-friendly study space on campus lost, we understand the decision.

The ASUC Senate authorized at its meeting last Wednesday the conversion of the Eshleman Library from student space to a commercial venue until next fall, when Eshleman Hall is scheduled to be demolished. However, the authorization won’t really change anything. Last year, former ASUC Auxiliary Director Nadesan Permaul and former
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Nuclear waste

CITY ISSUES: The Nuclear Free Berkeley Act is outdated, and we applaud the efforts by one city official to repeal parts of it.

Members of Berkeley’s Peace and Justice Commission, who say the threat of nuclear war is still real, are up in arms in response to Berkeley City Councilmember Gordon Wozniak’s efforts to repeal parts of the Nuclear Free Berkeley Act. However, the act is a relic of a bygone era. Passed
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Trigger-happy

STATE ISSUES: California has fallen about $700 million short of revenue targets so far this year, making trigger cuts more real.

The California Controller’s Office revealed this week that the state is now over $700 million behind its revenue projections for this year. This report not only strengthens our certainty that the potential $2.5 billion midyear trigger cuts will go through, but it also enhances our doubts about state legislators’ budget-making
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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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