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Berkeley school district cannot cut resources from students who need them most

CITY AFFAIRS: At a time when Berkeley schools are facing an equity crisis, it can’t afford to defund diversity programs

The Berkeley Unified School District board is considering defunding the Office of Family Engagement and Equity, which aims to provide support to underserved students and their families — affecting nearly 40 percent of students in the district. It should go without saying that the financial sustainability of a public school district should never come at the cost of supporting the students who rely on it most.
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UC academic researchers need better working conditions

Academic Researchers, or ARs, are the backbone of the UC system’s world-renowned research mission. Academic researchers conduct experiments, write grants, mentor colleagues and run research labs. Our cutting-edge work in areas such as biotechnology, medicine, agriculture and green energy leads to almost $5 billion in grant revenue each year. In
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Abstinence only: No sex for you!

Sex on Tuesday

This column was originally published in the Oct. 15, 2002 issue of The Daily Californian So we’ve already gone through vibrators, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, dildos and erotic fantasies. Been there, done that; what else do you have for me? Well, if you sexually adventurous readers are really up for
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Becoming my own hero

Off the Beat

All of us are growing and learning every day — tomorrow, I’ll be a slightly wiser version of myself today. So I try to acknowledge the growth I’ve made, because I am the hero 12-year-old me hoped to grow up to be.
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UC Berkeley must fight back against Trump’s transgender military ban

NATIONAL ISSUES: At a time when the federal government is promoting transphobia, the campus community must take concrete steps to support transgender and gender non-conforming individuals

This week, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 in favor of allowing the Trump administration’s ban on transgender people serving in the military — a decision that completely dehumanizes trans individuals, depicting them as unfit and a burden to serve. So, when the Trump administration seeks to dehumanize marginalized communities, everyone must resist.
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Not a 2nd-class traveler

Off the Beat

Everywhere I travel, my family has had to both reassert our identity and tolerate the casual racism from enough of the locals for it to become a discernible issue. I am fed up with a binary system that refuses to accept that I am just as American as any white individual born and raised in the United States of America.
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UC Berkeley must work to introduce scooters on campus

Today, transportation represents roughly 40 percent of California’s carbon emissions, which signals that we urgently need to pursue alternative means of getting around. Although not a silver bullet, scooters represent a promising, sustainable and fun option.
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Taking off my rose-tinted glasses

Off the Beat

Before I knew that I would be going to school at UC Berkeley, the campus lived in my mind as a kind of promised land. My perception of the school was formed by black-and-white photos of students and community members protesting for what they believed in. I expected social awareness
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Light the lights

Sex on Tuesday

Whatever your reasoning may be, if you’ve never had sex with the lights on, you really ought to give it a try. I’m sure for many of you this isn’t uncharted terrain — some of you probably even do it on a regular basis.
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