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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An overdue foreclosure

CITY AFFAIRS: The city’s recent action taken to reignite the development of a vacant lot on Telegraph Avenue was long overdue.

After 20 years of allowing the vacant lot on the corner of Telegraph Avenue and Haste Street to sit idly — collecting trash, attracting rodents and becoming an eyesore on Southside — the Berkeley City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to foreclose the property. It’s about time. We are glad
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Discussing the future

HIGHER EDUCATION: Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom’s new group to discuss funding for higher education shows influential potential.

As often happens in politics, a new committee has popped up to address a sweeping issue in the state of California, boasting the sole end goal of submitting recommendations. The group, assembled by Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, will throw members of both the private and public sector together in a
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A step closer to a dream

The rest of the state’s DREAM Act is set to be signed into law — another victory for undocumented students.

For undocumented students, the California DREAM Act is another door unlocked. For legislators and activists who worked tirelessly for undocumented student rights to be written into law, the bill is a long-awaited victory. For America, the bill is paving the way for other states to follow. We expect Gov. Jerry
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A dubious investment

A UC Berkeley initiative’s $500,000 plan to provide free Adobe software is questionable as to why it was devised.

Photoshop amateurs and creative designers alike may light up to hear that a UC Berkeley project is doling out $500,000 for students to have free Adobe software, but the news also generates questions, skepticism and confusion — why Adobe, why the expense and how will this serve as a sustainable
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Becoming balanced

CAMPUS ISSUES: A report gave UC Berkeley a failing grade for general education, calling into question our balanced education.

The top 10 slots in national — even global — rankings are often reserved for UC Berkeley, but a recent report gives the campus an unambiguous F. Rankings released Tuesday by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni graded colleges based on whether they require seven core subjects and gave
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Narrowing the gap

CITY AFFAIRS: After state data shows a widening gap between minority and white students’ success, action needs to be taken.

As time passes and minority students continue to struggle in Berkeley public schools, the educational vision of the city remains far-sighted. Not only did the percentage of Berkeley students passing the state high school exit exam decrease this year, but the gap between minority and white students widened, according to
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