The empty gesture

Jesse Cheng’s decision to resign prematurely leaves his tumultuous term as UC student Regent unfinished.

UC student Regent Jesse Cheng’s premature resignation leaves his tenure incomplete after a term marred by controversy. The scandal he faced is enough to make most public officials resign immediately, but his waiting for two months to pass after receiving a student conduct violation for sexual battery by the UC
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Get it together

The decision to partially rescind project approval for the Memorial Stadium renovation project was responsible.

The UC Board of Regents’ unanimous decision to partially rescind their previously accepted California Memorial Stadium project approval was a responsibly cautious move. Though we wish the rescission were unnecessary, in light of the current legal concerns surrounding the renovation project, we understand the board’s action. On November 29, 2010
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OFF THE BEAT: Traveling sans language

Traveling is supposed to make you smarter. Surrounded by foreign stimuli, the intelligent and discerning tourist has perked ears and sharp eyes and learns to navigate the unfamiliar with sensitive footsteps. Like the raised hairs on cold skin, perception stands at attention and responds to the smallest of touches, becoming
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OFF THE BEAT: Sobering reflections of a grad

I got defriended this week on Facebook, by someone whose cyber-allegiance I would never have questioned. If you asked me to list potential friendship renegers, it would be a long index, including people from high school and people who misunderstand my sometimes taciturn nature for disdain. (“You may seem unfriendly,
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OFF THE BEAT: Apathy, the constant threat

“All bets are off,” that’s one phrase that should scare the heck out of all University of California students and aspiring UC students. Especially when it comes from the one, the only, UC President Mark Yudof. Testifying in front of the state Senate’s budget committee, Yudof uttered those foreboding words
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Hunger strikes out

CAMPUS ISSUES: Those who participated in the hunger strike should have explored alternative, less contentious avenues.

After 12 days, a hunger strike that began April 26 against the consolidation of the gender studies, ethnic studies and African-American studies departments ended without the campus administration meeting any of the strikers’ demands. The strike should have taken less contentious forms in order to garner more public support. Those
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Checks on spending

CAMPUS ISSUES: Campaign finance reform is necessary to ensure equal access to ASUC elections for all candidates.

Running without the backing of a major student political party puts ASUC candidates at a financial disadvantage. Unsurprisingly, the authors of a defeated spending reform bill in the ASUC were third-party and independent senators. The bill received just a handful of votes because the major parties stood against greater transparency
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