Endorsement may lead Democrats astray

As an active member and executive board member of the Cal Berkeley Democrats, I am shocked and disappointed to see that Paul Murre, president of the California College Democrats, endorsed Connor Landgraf for ASUC president without consulting our chapter here on campus. First, Paul is not and never has been
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Let the Daily Cal stand on its own

As publications everywhere struggle to survive, it is understandable that The Daily Californian would seek to obtain new sources of funding, such as the V.O.I.C.E. Initiative. But as representatives of other ASUC-funded publications — the Berkeley Poetry Review and CalTV — we think we speak for an unacknowledged segment of
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The importance of student press

You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. This rings in my head as students head to the polls to vote on the V.O.I.C.E. Initiative, a $2 per semester student service fee that goes towards filling the hole in The Daily Californian’s budget caused by decreasing advertising revenues as
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Drunk sex isn’t always better, either

When I arrived at work a couple weeks ago, my email inbox was inundated with emails about the most recent Sex on Tuesday column, titled “Sober isn’t always better.” My initial reaction was, “I don’t understand why people even continue to read this column” — I sure don’t waste my
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Church, state and Democratic polity

Do church and state really need to be separate? Are they at all? Many Americans are keen on the line drawn between these two spheres, regarding it as a key tenet of American values. Yet we know that the faith of our leaders can often be a discussion piece. With
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Kony 2012 and why you should care

Kony 2012 is one of the most brilliant things I have ever witnessed in my life. I study ideas — good ideas, bad ideas, powerful ideas, ideas started by one person, ideas started by a group, ideas that never became realities, ideas that were popular and now are not. You
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Ishi cast member reflects on the play and its criticisms

I’d like to preface my comments by saying I can’t imagine how hard it must have been to watch our production of “Ishi: The Last of the Yahi” as someone of American Indian descent. I have the utmost respect for those brave and courageous California natives who came out and
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Encouraging shared governance for students

So much about the University of California has changed since Mario Savio’s infamous speech Dec. 2, 1964. Since then, the state and the UC Board of Regents have moved far away from the Master Plan. In 2011, for the first time in the university’s history, undergraduate students paid more than
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Farrakhan’s secret relationship

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan addressed an estimated 600 students at UC Berkeley last Saturday and told black students not to befriend any Jew without first reading “The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews,” a book that promotes the thesis that Jews were behind the black slave trade. Heck of
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