Speechless

UNIVERSITY AFFAIRS: The UC Board of Regents’ student representatives were silent during a critical discussion, much to our dismay.

UC Student Regent Alfredo Mireles Jr. has one vote on the UC Board of Regents. As the only voting member enrolled in the UC system, he represents all 220,000 students. But last week, during the regents’ consideration of a plan which could see tuition surpass $22,000, neither Mireles nor Student
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Listen up, legislators

The outcry against tuition increases throughout the years has been scrawled across this paper’s opinion page and shouted from the steps of Sproul Hall time and time again. We, California students, have called upon Sacramento to take action. We’ve made compelling arguments and exhaustive pleas. But it seems our cries,
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Work in sync, not at odds

UNIVERSITY ISSUES: The trend in UC campuses snatching each others’ staff is not reflective of a cohesive university system.

In a time of economic hardship when the entire University of California system must already fend off the advances of private schools seeking to recruit top faculty and staff members, there is no sense in UC campuses competing with one another for talented employees. But that is exactly what is
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Simmer down criticism

CAMPUS ISSUES: Complaints about the recent changes in construction plans for Memorial Stadium should be tempered.

Memorial Stadium has been called many names — for example, a stadium with one of the most scenic views in college football and an icon of UC Berkeley — but it will never be regarded as quiet. Especially now with the stadium’s ongoing renovation, the noise and activity emitted from
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Alcoholic awareness

The increase this year in alcohol-related casualty calls by students indicates the campus environment must change.

At universities nationwide, the same weary mantra plays out semester after semester — college students binge-drink in dorms and anywhere that will serve hard liquor. UC Berkeley is no different, and we recognize that this is to be expected, but the spike in students rushed to the hospital for alcohol
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Media cannot be caged

BART suggests creating a “media area” during protests, but it is not the role of police to protect reporters in this way.

The role of a journalist is not to obstruct but to remain a fly on the wall and a diligent observer. A reporter’s primary objective is to disseminate accurate accounts of current events to the public, and to inform without bias. But to restrict a reporter’s ability to follow the
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An overdue foreclosure

CITY AFFAIRS: The city’s recent action taken to reignite the development of a vacant lot on Telegraph Avenue was long overdue.

After 20 years of allowing the vacant lot on the corner of Telegraph Avenue and Haste Street to sit idly — collecting trash, attracting rodents and becoming an eyesore on Southside — the Berkeley City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to foreclose the property. It’s about time. We are glad
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Discussing the future

HIGHER EDUCATION: Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom’s new group to discuss funding for higher education shows influential potential.

As often happens in politics, a new committee has popped up to address a sweeping issue in the state of California, boasting the sole end goal of submitting recommendations. The group, assembled by Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, will throw members of both the private and public sector together in a
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A step closer to a dream

The rest of the state’s DREAM Act is set to be signed into law — another victory for undocumented students.

For undocumented students, the California DREAM Act is another door unlocked. For legislators and activists who worked tirelessly for undocumented student rights to be written into law, the bill is a long-awaited victory. For America, the bill is paving the way for other states to follow. We expect Gov. Jerry
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A dubious investment

A UC Berkeley initiative’s $500,000 plan to provide free Adobe software is questionable as to why it was devised.

Photoshop amateurs and creative designers alike may light up to hear that a UC Berkeley project is doling out $500,000 for students to have free Adobe software, but the news also generates questions, skepticism and confusion — why Adobe, why the expense and how will this serve as a sustainable
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