Whistling in the dark: Berkeley budget woes

A couple years ago, the City of Vallejo went bankrupt, blaming unsustainable costs of wage and benefit packages negotiated with employee unions. Two months ago, Pleasant Hill, despairing of a negotiated settlement with the unions, imposed a salary freeze on its workers and dramatically reduced pension benefits for future hires.
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CALPIRG: A voice for the public

CALPIRG interns and volunteers have engaged thousands of students here at Cal this semester, from asking students to sign petitions to ban plastic bags, collecting donations for famine relief in Somalia, student pledges to reduce energy overuse, signatures to urge Congress to cut wasteful subsidies to big agribusiness or pledges
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Our campus is not a war zone

In person, Bob Birgeneau is an affable man — a textbook example of a gentle Canadian neighbor. Years ago, as MIT’s Dean of Science, he used to command universal adoration and respect. Sadly, today’s Chancellor Birgeneau appears largely divorced from the Dean Birgeneau that I once admired while a graduate
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The straw that broke the student’s back

As a proud University of California graduate, I sincerely believe that public education enables everyone to pursue their dreams and move our nation forward. With a troubled economy and millions of Americans out of work through no fault of their own, it is even more important that lawmakers invest in
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Lost and found: Mario Savio’s reflections

“There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part … and you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears … and make it stop. And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it,
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Stanford solidarity with Occupy Cal

Although we are “rivals” with Cal students, we are one where it matters — in an interest to create a more just and equitable world than the one we inherited. To that end, we stand in solidarity with students at UC Berkeley, who have continued the legacy of the student
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On protracted movement

How striking may hurt us and what we can do to change

Strikes hurt the university and our fellow students greater than they do the UC Board of Regents. This is especially so because many of the strikes in recent years have not been endorsed by the UC campuses and resulted in quite little change: The tuition increased anyway. What we really
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UC Berkeley’s administration should be held accountable

Agreeing or disagreeing with the reaction of UC Berkeley’s administration to the budget crisis is a matter of political opinion. But after Wednesday night’s events, one thing is beyond doubt: The current administration is acting irresponsibly and can no longer lead our university. On Wednesday, the campus called on the
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What would Mario Savio say about the Occupy movement?

“There comes a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part, you can’t even passively take part; and you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve
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