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Who said privatization was bad?

Given Insight

If you don’t live under a rock — that is to say, if you don’t have classes exclusively in Evans Hall — then you’ve probably been following our campus’s perennial protests against tuition hikes. For years, demonstrators have rallied on Sproul Plaza, occupied buildings, vandalized landmarks and disrupted regents meetings in the name
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Haters gonna hate. So what?

Given Insight

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” This old adage, repeated on countless playgrounds across the country, made so much sense when we were kids. If some menacing meanie approached us on the schoolyard spewing put-downs, we were taught to disempower them through intentional
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Casey’s Given me a headache

Champagne Problems

I got 99 (champagne) problems and Monday’s political columnist Casey Given is one. It has only recently struck me that The Daily Californian’s only political columnist possesses an ideological mindset that is far from mainstream. Rhetoric major Casey is so eloquent that, up until recently, I found myself nodding in agreement
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Surveying a student regent

Given Insight

It’s March 1, and as I ascend the steps of Eshleman Hall, I hear echos from the Day of Action protests rattling in my head. I have an appointment with UC Student Regent-Designate Jonathan Stein, one of the loudest voices in California’s movement to increase public funding to higher education. As
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Congressman Barney Frank speaks about the relationship between the United States and Israel.

Speaking frankly, persuading subtly

On Thursday, Representative Barney Frank took the stage of a crowded Dwinelle lecture hall, addressing an enthusiastic audience of students with his typical congressional swagger. Best known for his former chairmanship of the House Financial Services Committee (and remarkable comeback abilities), one would expect the Massachusetts congressman to speak about
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Robert Reich’s ‘poverty’ of truth

Given Insight

Every Friday at noon, a swarm of students descend upon Wheeler Hall abuzz with excitement. Though they represent an array of majors, one would hardly guess so by the singular topic of their conversations. That’s because these students have temporarily put their test tubes and problem sets aside to enroll
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The myth of partisanship

Given Insight

Once upon a time in a land not so far away, there was a vast empire whose arms stretched across the globe. Although it was not a monarchy, its political class ruled with the wrath of kings and queens. They conquered foreign kingdoms in a hopeless hunt for bogeymen they
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Demonizing democracy

Given Insight

Students, faculty and online commenting trolls, the libertarian troublemaker is back! Last semester, I was called an “idiot,” a “frat boy rhetor” and — my personal favorite — a “dumb libertarian who jerks off to Ayn Rand.” Yet, despite the fact that my IQ is greater than 30, I don’t
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Stopping smokeless statism

Off the Beat: Given Insight

I am a sanctimonious non-smoker. I have never smoked a cigarette in my life, nor do I ever intend to. I find smoking downright disgusting and cannot comprehend how any rational person would take up the habit. Much to the chagrin of my smoking acquaintances, I make my opinion of
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Fighting the campus army

Given Insight

Oh Berkeley, you fickle mistress! I thought that I had seen every side of you, my dear. We’ve endured so much together over the past three years — a social security scam, an endless array of protests, several building occupations and even a riot. By now, I figured that I’d
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