Southside sees a surge in robberies in January

In the month of January, the area south of the UC Berkeley campus saw a “surprising and troubling” uptick in robberies compared to this month last year, according to a UCPD officer. After only one robbery on Southside in January 2011, the area has experienced eight robberies, including attempted robberies,
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Revised student conduct code approved

A revised form of the UC Berkeley Campus Code of Student Conduct has been approved and will go into effect Feb. 1, the campus announced Monday. Changes to the code come after more than a year of review and were prompted at least in part by protests during the 2009-10
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City of Berkeley could move funds out of Wells Fargo

Distrust of big banks became a common theme of the Occupy movement and inspired thousands across the nation to move their money to smaller credit unions. Now, the city of Berkeley may follow suit. At its Tuesday meeting, the Berkeley City Council will consider a proposal to move Berkeley’s assets
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UC campuses shift to be smoke-free

Huddled under his black umbrella as he stood next to an ashtray on Lower Sproul Plaza last Monday, UC Berkeley senior Patrick Gellar took a long drag on his fifth cigarette of the day. Gellar began smoking at community college, where he said “everyone smoked.” Now, he smokes 10 to
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California should give a shit

Off the Beat

I fucking hate opinions. That is not to say that I hate other people’s opinions. I just always avoided giving mine. I attribute it to being the youngest of three brothers with a vocal father — to avoid fights I became a natural listener. I just never felt confident or
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Increasing number of students admitted ‘by exception’

Among the thousands of applicants UC Berkeley receives each year, a handful of students are considered exceptions and are admitted without fulfilling all of the University of California’s admission standards. In order to be eligible for acceptance, students applying to the university must meet specific requirements before graduating high school,
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Cal is my university, too

I chose to attend UC Berkeley primarily for its public mission. I respect its purpose above all others; It made for an easy decision to leave my Vermont home to study in California. But I have often felt, throughout my five semesters on campus, that this respect is not reciprocated.
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