UC Berkeley needs to be efficient about confronting problematic building names

CAMPUS ISSUES: If administrators seriously value diversity and inclusion on campus, they must face UC Berkeley’s racist legacy.

It has been more than 2 ½ years since a committee was first formed at UC Berkeley to review building names that have roots in racist and oppressive histories. So far, not a single name has changed. People of color at UC Berkeley continue to study, work and teach in
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Recent UC student workers contract is regressive

In late August, UC student-workers across the state saw one of the most regressive contracts in a decade take effect. To make matters worse, this atrocious contract was embraced by some in the leadership of the UC Student-Workers Union, or United Auto Workers Local 2865. And the process of contract
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Crossing the line

Off the Beat

Over the last few months of writing a weekly column about my mixed background, I’ve realized how proud I am to be biracial in spite of the occasional sense of exclusion. I’ve talked about what racial categories mean to me, discussed the feeling of being excluded from my Algerian side
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People’s Park is a historical monument worth fighting for

In a letter to UC Berkeley alumni published in the summer 2018 issue of California Magazine, UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ announced her intention to build student housing on People’s Park. We, the undersigned members of the People’s Park community, object to these plans. Our park, the People’s Park, was
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Hung up on financial aid

Off the Beat

After all of the obstacles students have overcome to get into college, being able to afford an education should be the least of our concerns. And yet, rather than worrying about schoolwork or exams, I spend every day worrying that my financial aid will fall through and that I won’t be able to pay my rent or afford my food.
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The Berkeley burnout

Off the Beat

Gradually, we reach a big UC Berkeley mood: burnout. We students stay up too late to write papers due too early the next day. We push ourselves to pick up more extracurriculars, join more clubs. And we never prioritize those breaks we really need.
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Carol Christ must acknowledge UC Berkeley’s role in gentrifying the city

CAMPUS ISSUES: In leading UC Berkeley, the chancellor must accept the campus’s unique reach and influence

UC Berkeley plans on building student housing on nine different locations throughout the city — and Chancellor Carol Christ doesn’t seem to realize how this gentrification will impact the city’s residents. In a meeting with The Daily Californian’s editorial board this week, Christ said she doesn’t think student housing contributes
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A little bit louder now

Sex on Tuesday

This column was originally published in the Dec. 1, 2009 issue of The Daily Californian. Mom, looks like I’m going to be doing this for the rest of the semester. Warning: If you read this, our phone conversations are going to get even more awkward. Let’s be real here — we all
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