Service workers as second-class citizens

Urban Animal

For all its daring, colossal beauty, professor Alexander Coward’s recent widely circulated email made a poor comparison that struck me. The more I think about it, the more it bothers me. Coward wrote a letter to the freshmen in his Math 1A class who were scared about the upcoming strike. Read More…

Again, campus falls short

CAMPUS ISSUES: The campus’s failures responding to the Sept. 30 explosion, detailed in a recent report, suggest a recurring problem.

A report released earlier this month evaluating the campus’s response to the Sept. 30 explosion confirmed what many affected might have already suspected: UC Berkeley administrators’ shortcomings, which unnecessarily protracted the amount of time students were left trapped, panicked or confused, resulted from communication failure. By now, administrators’ communication breakdowns have Read More…

Keep administrators on the hook

CAMPUS ISSUES: By ruling against UC Berkeley administrators' request to be dismissed from Occupy Cal-related lawsuit, judge ensures accountability and transparency.

U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rodgers made the correct decision Jan. 17 when she ruled against dismissing UC Berkeley administrators from a lawsuit related to their role in the police response to the Nov. 9, 2011 Occupy Cal protest. Read More…


Occupying for a better Berkeley campus

Urban Animal

Hours after the noontime rally, the police arrived on Sproul Plaza in riot gear. Riot gear, I thought. Were they kidding? The police told us — a few hundred students — to leave. We linked arms around the tent. This was the moment I became an Occupier. They jabbed clubs Read More…

Accountability hard to find

CAMPUS ISSUES: Even though campus officials will avoid legal consequences for violent police crackdown on Occupy protestors, hurdles remain.

When Occupy came to Cal in fall 2011 and shook up the campus, many UC Berkeley students were gripped by rousing speeches by professor Robert Reich and marches along major Berkeley streets. But many also bore witness to arrests of professors and viral videos of students assaulted by the police. Read More…