Gill Tract occupiers disregard democratic process

In the UC Village in Albany, I live within a stone’s throw of the Gill Tract, and for the past three weeks, I have had a front-row seat to the escalating conflict between the Occupy the Farm movement and the University of California, Berkeley. I’ve watched it unfold from two
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Gill Tract occupiers are there to farm

Many readers have undoubtedly heard about the recent Occupy the Farm action in Albany to “take back the tract.” As an undergraduate who has been involved in organizing the action, I would like to offer my personal experience, debunk a few misconceptions about the action and encourage fellow undergraduates to
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Occupation is Gill Tract’s last chance

Each morning for the last two weeks, I have risen with the sun, ready to get to work pulling weeds, tilling soil and planting seeds. Each night I have set up a tent and slept under the stars, reflecting on a long day of work. I am one of the
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Gill Tract occupation impedes agricultural research

Spring is a busy time for a maize geneticist. Experiments have to be planned, students have to be recruited and thousand of seeds have to be carefully organized and packaged for planting. It is important to get everything just right, because we only get one opportunity to do large-scale field
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Gill Tract occupiers’ sustainability ideas are wrong-headed

The food movement is vibrant at UC Berkeley. On the weekend of April 21, a group of locals — including some students and faculty members — began an ongoing occupation and planting of the Gill Tract farmland that was about to be plowed and cultivated for federally funded UC researchers
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Reassessing priorities for research funding

In spite of its prevalence, autism research receives less funding than maladies that occur with less frequency in children

What would it be like to be misunderstood by everyone around you, to be terrified of a soft touch but unaware of a punch? What would it be like to only understand emotions as memorized lists of cues to look for? What would it be like to have autism? Many
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Recognizing the ‘Others’

Adding a new ethnicity checkbox to the application would recognize the cultures of some of those currently classified as 'Caucasian'

I had grown up most of my life with no questions about my ethnic identity: I am an Armenian American whose family is from Egypt, and growing up I was given the privilege to be proud of my multicultural background. Though I recognized at a young age that on all
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Loans present threat to families

A massive crisis is quietly building with rapidly burgeoning student college loans caused by equally snowballing increases in college costs: the inability of indebted college students to marry and raise children after graduation. Yet there is an answer to this problem. As noted in a recent article in the Wall
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