Off the beat: The Cat Fancy conundrum

I’m going to make this about myself for a hot minute if that’s alright. This is what columns are for anyhow — deluding oneself that you’re significant enough to publish many sentences that begin with the word “I.” So, here I go. I’ve been watching a lot of those “Oscar
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Piercing the way to maturity

I got my belly button pierced in a fit of quasi-teenage rebellion on my 18th birthday. Most people allow having a needle jabbed through their abdomens to look cool, to have an excuse to show off their abs or to join the exclusive cult of the navel-pierced. But for me,
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Marijuana ban would protect youth, families

Schizophrenia, psychosis are among associated ailments

It is not surprising that Dan Rush would write  an article favorable to pot (“Bill’s passage would protect patient welfare,” Aug. 13), but hopefully, the majority of students will see through the smoke and realize that the “medical marijuana” is a hoax to begin with and doomed to fail. To
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Letter: Committee correct in admission of athlete

Several days ago, The Daily Californian published a letter from Ralph Shaffer concerning the transfer admission of a student athlete. The author asserts that athletes may be admitted to Cal in questionable and inappropriate ways and charges specifically that the student in question had been admitted in just such a
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Red all about it

MEDIA MATTERS: Independent student journalism is an indispensable endeavor, from the Daily Cal in 1971 to Georgia’s The Red & Black today.

On May 11, 1971, The Daily Californian published an editorial encouraging readers to “Take Back (People’s) Park.” The controversial editorial divided the public, the staff and the editorial board itself — so much so that, the Daily Cal’s Publisher’s Board fired the three editors in favor of the editorial.Shortly after, the Daily Cal staff published an editorial refusing to accept the firings and became editorially and financially independent. The rest is history.
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Out of action

UNIVERSITY ISSUES: Despite a brief from Mark Yudof and 10 chancellors, affirmative action is not a suitable avenue to achieve diversity on campus.

California voters took to the polls on Nov. 5, 1996 and passed Proposition 209, which forbid state government organizations from considering race, ethnicity or sex in areas that include public education and employment. Suffice it to say, Prop 209 banned affirmative action in the state. Despite constant protest and legislative proposals to amend the law for public education, it still stands 16 years later — and that’s the way it should be.
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Same as it never was


Although all the other parts of our lives are perpetually changing, at least one thing is truly stable: the past. Even if we have no idea who we are or who we want to be, we can always remember who we’ve been. Despite having been overwhelmed about starting UC Berkeley,
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Discipline and the Olympics

As the Olympics came to a close this past weekend, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of sadness. I could not care less about the sporting events — from swimming to shot put to table tennis, it’s all Greek to me — but I will miss the athletes, those
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A vote for democracy

STATE ISSUES: We support a California bill that would allow voter registration on Election Day, benefiting students and the state as a whole.

Even in the 2008 election, which had the highest percentage turnout in decades, more than one-third of the country’s 18-and-over population did not vote. Assembly Bill 1436, which would allow California voter registration on Election Day, probably would not make a huge dent in that statistic.
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