Cop culture promotes siege mentality

7.31.16
Crystal Zhong/Staff

On Saint Patrick’s Day, a couple years back, my companion and I were about to cross the street to check out a local bar when we were nearly sideswiped by a recklessly speeding taxicab barreling right by us. “Oy!” I called out after the cab in wasted Brit-style protest. “Hey!” another voice yelled out aloud in a more belligerent tone.
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Campus must change from top down

The chancellor will resign.  We now have to understand what happened and what lessons it holds for the future. Undoubtedly, he inherited a challenging fiscal situation, which was made more challenging by the deal struck between UC President Janet Napolitano and Gov. Jerry Brown. This was a year ago. Since
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Next chancellor has no easy task

On Tuesday, the battle cry of the progressive student activist was answered when Nicholas Dirks announced his resignation as UC Berkeley’s 10th Chancellor. In a campuswide email he declared that the time is right for him to “step aside” and “allow someone else to take up the financial and institutional
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Goodbye and good riddance

Three years, one iconic unibrow and countless scandals later, I finally said goodbye to my “Chancellor Dirks UC Berkeley” Google alert. In what I can only assume was a deliberate attempt at irony, Dirks ended the recent email announcement of his resignation with “gratitude to all for the opportunity of a lifetime” — as though he were accepting our willing tribute and not fleeing.
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New school year presents many challenges, opportunities

This year is one of transition — for the world, the country, the state, the city and even for our campus. As we confront a year of uncertainty, social change and globally complex issues, it is imperative that our campus community of administrators, faculty, employees and students unite behind a common vision of UC Berkeley as a beacon for equitable, innovative and enduring public higher education.
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Structural racism must be discussed with affirmative action

It is of extreme importance that the conversation about affirmative action include a conversation about structural racism — both the effects of its historical legacy and an acknowledgement that race is still a salient factor in the lives of American citizens and that unequal access, treatment and representation are still prevalent today.
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Political campaigning should not be a reality show

While this presidential election has sparked many people’s interests in politics, with the back-and-forth ranting of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, it has also caused many to lose faith and hope in our political system. It seems that the debates have turned into some raunchy reality TV show where the
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