ASUC must slash financially wasteful practices

Over the last four years, the ASUC’s financial team has struggled to balance its substantial recurring budgetary shortfalls. In the 2014-15 year alone, the ASUC is expected to run short of its initial projections by more than $200,000. Coupled with the approximate $165,000 of overspending rung up over the previous
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Services not citations needed to address homelessness

On Tuesday, the Berkeley City Council will be voting on a controversial proposal that will further criminalize the homeless. The plan, called “Berkeley’s Community Commercial Sidewalks and Public Spaces,” includes 10 proposals to cite, arrest and further marginalize our most downtrodden. It only offers one positive proposal — a year-round
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Fraternity incident demands response from public, students

I’ve lived in Berkeley for almost two years; I transferred here from Oxnard College in Southern California to study English and global poverty. So far, it’s been nothing short of a dream. I find my convictions challenged and called upon at every turn, my academic stamina pushed to the absolute
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An open letter to those misunderstanding #dintifada

Dear campus community, On Sunday night, as I launched my campaign for ASUC Senate, one of my hashtags on Facebook, #dintifada, was not received well by some students at UC Berkeley. To clear up any misunderstandings, I wanted to publicly share my thoughts on this issue. It was not my
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Statement from UC faculty on divestment from Israel

With the Associated Students of the University of California, Davis, or ASUCD, vote to pass Senate Resolution 9, known as the “divestment resolution,” UC Davis joined the student governments of six other UC campuses (UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, and UC Santa Cruz), and a
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How we are improving the undergraduate experience

Chancellor's Corner

A few weeks ago I held a fireside chat with students on the subject of undergraduate education.  Much of the conversation concerned curricular issues, from majors to breadth requirements, from DeCal courses to the role of electives and freedom of choice. The conversation ranged widely, and was both incisive and
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UC falsely describes tuition plan as ‘Robin Hood’ scheme

In the past decade, as tuition at the University of California has nearly doubled, it has become commonplace to hear that tuition hikes do not adversely affect low-income students. UC Berkeley’s leaders have spearheaded this argument. Former Chancellor Robert Birgeneau and former vice provost George Breslauer assert that higher tuition
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