A relevant case-study

HIGHER EDUCATION: The Bayh-Dole Act is still a relevant tool in maintaining continued innovation at research universities.

The U.S. Supreme Court case Stanford v. Roche, which centered on Stanford University’s attempt to assert control over an HIV-detection kit invented by School of Medicine professor Mark Holodniy, appeared to come down to semantics. Fortunately, the ruling on June 6 is not fatal to the Bayh-Dole Act, which allows
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A happy conclusion

HIGHER EDUCATION: By refusing to hear the challenge to AB 540, the U.S. Supreme Court has made the correct decision.

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal last Monday that challenged California Assembly Bill 540, which allows undocumented students to pay resident tuition at in-state colleges. The decision is a welcome conclusion after years of legal challenges, beginning when the original lawsuit was filed in December 2005. Undocumented
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Recently Banned: Rainbows in Ontario, Male Lingerie Salesmen

In an uncharasteristically un-Canadian act of cupcake-hating— erm, we mean, homophobia, one Ontario Catholic school banned all depictions of rainbows on campus when students of their unofficial gay-straight alliance attempted to hold a fundraiser with signs and banners displaying them. In response, the students took down the signs and baked
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Bursting the food bubble

Connect the Dots

My last grocery bill totaled about $35, a budget that naturally excludes the likes of King Pin runs. Intended for two weeks worth of ten-minute dinners, quick orange juice and banana breakfasts, trail mix laced with too much chocolate snacks, and other such indulgent necessities, my grocery list lacks the
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Break the stigma around the mentally ill

What do Howard Hughes, John Nash and Kurt Cobain have in common besides the fact that they were geniuses in their respective ways? They all suffered from mental illness at some point in their lives. However, their personal problems were pushed aside during their prime times in the spotlight. Only
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This price is right

CITY AFFAIRS: The parking fee increase for the Downtown area is a fair and necessary step to increase economic activity there.

The Berkeley City Council voted March 1 to increase parking fees for the downtown area from $1.50 to $1.75 an hour to help finance the service improvements that will take place under the Downtown Berkeley Property-Based Improvement District (PBID). Though the fee increase comes during an economically difficult time, the
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Under summer’s cover

CAMPUS ISSUES: The administration and ASUC did not adequately publicize the ASUC Auxiliary’s oversight change.

The ASUC is a democratically elected body that is responsible first and foremost to the students who form its electorate at UC Berkeley. When significant changes are made to the ASUC, students should be able to expect that they will be informed. Unfortunately, the majority of the student body may
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Federal government should get serious about spending cuts

For the past few months, Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner has been warning Congress about the country’s imminent arrival at the $14.3 trillion national debt ceiling, casting a dark cloud over our nation’s capital. Geithner foresees doom and gloom if our legislature neglects to raise its spending limit, claiming
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Let’s have the sex talk

Sex on Monday

When I handed my friend a camera and told her my grandma wanted a nice picture of me, she looked through the view finder and said “No, no, don’t try to smile, you look weird. Talk about sex!” Of course, when looking back at the pictures, I discovered that discussing
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Un-sexy public acts may get you arrested

By un-sexy public acts, we specifically mean masturbating on planes, as one shameless gentleman was alleged to have done on a cross-country United flight. At least the three 18-year-olds who noticed can’t be as traumatized as the passengers on that one motherfuckin’ plane with those motherfuckin’ snakes (see left). Another way
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