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Envisioning justice for students

For the most part, Cal students remain completely and blissfully detached from UC Berkeley’s conduct process and equally unaware of the many problems associated with its implementation. Yet for the fraction of students who find themselves accused of violating the code of conduct, the process immediately throws their college experience
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A step closer to a dream

The rest of the state’s DREAM Act is set to be signed into law — another victory for undocumented students.

For undocumented students, the California DREAM Act is another door unlocked. For legislators and activists who worked tirelessly for undocumented student rights to be written into law, the bill is a long-awaited victory. For America, the bill is paving the way for other states to follow. We expect Gov. Jerry
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OFF THE BEAT: The perils of StumbleUpon

My computer might as well be named Jesus, because it’s risen from the dead more times than I can count. Now I’m certainly not blaming Hewlett-Packard; this one’s all on me. But I just can’t help myself. Trojan virus overdoses be damned, I’m hopelessly hooked on StumbleUpon. The search engine
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A dubious investment

A UC Berkeley initiative’s $500,000 plan to provide free Adobe software is questionable as to why it was devised.

Photoshop amateurs and creative designers alike may light up to hear that a UC Berkeley project is doling out $500,000 for students to have free Adobe software, but the news also generates questions, skepticism and confusion — why Adobe, why the expense and how will this serve as a sustainable
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Defining UC Berkeley’s future

The year 2011 marks unprecedented change. A “super committee” is at work in Washington, D.C., attempting to solve our nation’s debt crisis, leaving key programs like Pell Grants at stake. A budget crisis plagues Sacramento, forcing our tuition to skyrocket. Closer to home, the UC Berkeley campus is in the
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Becoming balanced

CAMPUS ISSUES: A report gave UC Berkeley a failing grade for general education, calling into question our balanced education.

The top 10 slots in national — even global — rankings are often reserved for UC Berkeley, but a recent report gives the campus an unambiguous F. Rankings released Tuesday by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni graded colleges based on whether they require seven core subjects and gave
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Narrowing the gap

CITY AFFAIRS: After state data shows a widening gap between minority and white students’ success, action needs to be taken.

As time passes and minority students continue to struggle in Berkeley public schools, the educational vision of the city remains far-sighted. Not only did the percentage of Berkeley students passing the state high school exit exam decrease this year, but the gap between minority and white students widened, according to
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OFF THE BEAT: Learning to be a sex nerd

I am a nerd. About everything. I over-research anything I decide that I want to do. I exhaust the resources on the Internet and then move on to books if I still want to know more. When I started having sex, I started doing the same thing I always do:
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OFF THE BEAT: It’s not you, it’s me

It’s 10 p.m., and I’m sitting at the table of my summer home in Portland, Ore. Three empty bottles of BridgePort Kingpin Double Red Ale are on the table next to my laptop screen. A breeze is coming in through the open screen door, and I’m reminiscing about my life
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