Wellness Fee Referendum golden opportunity for all

Both graduate and undergraduate students overwhelmingly supported the Wellness Fee Referendum during the 2015 ASUC general elections. The margin of victory — 7,308 “yes” votes to 2,950 “no” votes — made the referendum the most widely supported monetary student fee on the ballot. The landslide passing signals wellness as a
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Protect housing costs, increase regulation of short-term rentals

On Tuesday, Berkeley City Council will vote on guidelines to send to the Planning and Housing Advisory Commissions for legalizing and regulating short-term rentals (defined in Berkeley as rentals lasting fewer than 14 days) and vacation rentals (short-term rentals during which the host is not present), which are advertised on
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Intercollegiate athletics crucial to academic values

Chancellor's Corner

Every so often, I am asked — by students, faculty and, on occasion, alumni — what I really think about the place of intercollegiate athletics on our campus. While the question is sometimes motivated by a concern that UC Berkeley doesn’t do enough to support athletics, the question more often
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Updated SHIP policy best option for students overall

In April, we announced plans to discontinue dependent health insurance as part of the UC Berkeley Student Health Insurance Plan, or SHIP. There are currently more than 22,000 students, undergraduate and graduate, on SHIP, and 122 of these students have family members in the voluntary dependent plan. We made this
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UC profits, we see exploitation

“Budgets are moral documents” — they reflect the values and priorities of the institutions from which they are issued. The recent California state budget proposal put forward by Gov. Jerry Brown reveals, among other things, a lack of state commitment to the standards of educational quality proudly sold by the
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Postdocs strengthen university community

As a graduate student in history and computing, Nicola Lercari had spent years perfecting a process that allowed him to create true-to-life digital visualizations of ancient towns and archaeology, creating a window into the past. His work bridging archeology and virtual reality was sought after by museums and other cultural
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Fossil Free UC faculty letter not specific enough in demands

The university-wide campaign called Fossil Free UC encourages faculty to sign a letter to request the UC Board of Regents to divest university endowments from fossil fuel stocks, an initiative largely driven by climate concerns. Seeking to engage the entire faculty of all UC campuses to address one of the
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University must implement anti-sexual assault training

At the UC Student Congress, hosted by the UC Student Association last August, the UCSA adopted the UConsent campaign at the urging of hundreds of students in attendance. UConsent is the University of California-wide campaign against sexual assault, which works to support a culture of consent through increased “awareness, education
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Against all odds, Assad regime still stands

If the Syrian conflict has proven anything over the past four years, it is that Bashar al-Assad is determined to preserve his presidency. I believe that the days when a coordinated solution for Syria did not involve the dictator are over and that the desire to leverage against the regime
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