letter to the editor

Carol Christ, leave People’s Park open and free

It is a grave mistake to build on People’s Park. People’s Park has a rich history and, therefore, you can’t attack it without expecting backlash. You speak of your commitment to an inclusive community, diversity and history. People’s Park is currently the channel of this kind of diversity. I beg
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Is there hope for homeless population?

Berkeley, and every other community in our country, is not doing enough. If we do not grab the condition of homelessness with both fists and make a greater commitment to deal with all its aspects, this will be the “new normal.”
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New Title IX policies will upend years of progress

Meaningful change is inherently slow. When discussing sexual violence and sexual harassment, commonly referred to as SVSH, the issue is further complicated by legal and cultural barriers. Culturally, survivors are often not believed or taken seriously, and those who do report often see their assaulters face zero to minor legal
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Dropping out

Off the Beat

Spending time with yourself can teach you a lot about your interactions with others. After a cathartic and solitary summer, I’ve decided to check my priorities during this fall semester.
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Another year, another winter: Berkeley officials still haven’t acted on city’s homelessness crisis

CITY AFFAIRS: The city still hasn’t decided on its new permanent emergency shelter location, once again letting down hundreds of its homeless residents.

In December 2017, the city of Berkeley was woefully unprepared to shelter its growing homeless population. And nearly a year later, it finds itself in almost exactly the same situation. On Aug. 31, the Emergency Storm Shelter closed its doors to hundreds of homeless community members. In its place, the
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UC Berkeley must put students first in sex misconduct cases

A little over a month ago, I was notified that my former professor has been suspended for three years without pay. The outcome has been long in the making; I filed my complaint in March 2016. The process has been mostly silent. First there was a five-month investigation, during which
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The new union contract is a failure of union solidarity

The week before last, the bargaining team for UAW 2865 — the union representing teaching assistants, associate instructors, tutors and readers across the UC system — failed its members spectacularly by positioning its current contract offer as a success. Much ink has been spilled in the intervening days about the
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Silent swan song

Off the Beat

I’d spent many years as a secret singer, and finally joining a choir at age 21 felt both liberating and terrifying. So when I developed a cough just days before my final performance with the choir, I decided that — no matter what — the show must go on.
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And it was all yellow

Off the Beat

Yellow has been sprinkled into my life, adding richness and intensity — much like the yellow turmeric my mother sprinkles into her home cooked Indian dishes.
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