Up in smoke

UNIVERSITY ISSUES: UC President Mark Yudof’s letter ordering all of the system’s campuses to become smoke-free by 2014 is a welcome move.

Decades ago, it might not have been that strange to visit a professor for office hours and find them with a cigarette hanging from their lips. Today, you might catch a few stressed students taking a drag outside of the Free Speech Movement Cafe during dead week. In two years,
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Review session

CAMPUS ISSUES: Many moments on campus were widely scrutinized this semester, but how will we choose to remember this fall?

An intentionally racist bake sale. Police officers jabbing batons against nonviolent student protesters. These images were some of the most iconic of fall 2011, but they should not be the ones that completely characterize this semester. As we move into the spring, we cannot forget the progress that has been
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Failure to communicate

CAMPUS ISSUES: After much scrutiny of UC Berkeley’s handling of Nov. 9, the chancellor issued a less-than-satisfying apology.

As students began to zip across the country for Thanksgiving break last Tuesday, UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau shot out an audio message to the UC Berkeley community — at last an apology for the highly-criticized events of Nov. 9. It takes courage to take full responsibility for the police
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Flagrant disregard

CITY AFFAIRS: Efforts to aid those affected by the Nov. 18 fire are noble, but reports about the landlord’s behavior are troubling.

A fiery blaze engulfed an apartment building at the corner of Haste Street and Telegraph Avenue on the night of Nov. 18, sending up in smoke the homes of 68 tenants, several businesses as well as the confidence of some residents in their building’s management. Soon after the fire, UC Berkeley
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Educating the enforcers

UNIVERSITY ISSUES: The recent incidents of excessive force by police on two campuses should be a wake up call for officers and campus administrators.

The University of California has been receiving negative attention in the media recently, and this time it’s not for tuition hikes. Police officers at UC Davis on Friday pepper-sprayed docile student protesters directly in their faces while they sat on the ground linking arms. Videos of the incident have since
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A silent suppression

UNIVERSITY ISSUES: The UC Board of Regents’ newly rescheduled meeting does not provide a proper forum for public discourse that it should.

After cancelling their meeting originally set for Nov. 16 and 17 due to “a real danger of significant violence and vandalism,” the UC Board of Regents rescheduled for Nov. 28. This was a letdown to protesters hoping to make the trip to the San Francisco location. However, the real disappointment
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No longer preoccupied

CAMPUS ISSUES: The Occupy Cal movement has succeeded in galvanizing a diverse range of people on campus. The energy and momentum it has gained cannot end here.

In days since the world witnessed the violence on the UC Berkeley campus by police against protesters, various facets of the campus community have started to come together for higher education. Past movements for this cause have experienced fragmentation — administrators shunning student protest acts and focusing on their own
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Consoling a community

CAMPUS ISSUES: The shooting of a fellow student on Tuesday at the Haas School of Business was a shocking event, and we must take this moment to process what happened.

Now is a time for pause. When a Haas School of Business student was shot by UCPD Tuesday afternoon and subsequently died later that day, it struck a chord of confusion and sadness that reverberated throughout our campus community. Shock was the overwhelming sensation. Shock that such an event could
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CAMPUS ISSUES: The use of violence by police against protesters last week was unacceptable, as was administrators’ initial response.

Thousands of students, instructors and staff members emerged from varied corners of campus Wednesday afternoon to rally on Upper Sproul Plaza, the very venue that once showcased the Free Speech Movement. In stark contrast to more recent protests, student government officials stood shoulder-to-shoulder with these fellow demonstrators, and a member
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The blame game

HIGHER EDUCATION: With the midyear cuts to the UC guaranteed to occur, we continue to see our public leaders pointing fingers.

What we long knew to be inevitable has now been confirmed. In an interview with The Daily Californian’s Senior Editorial Board Friday, UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau said that Gov. Jerry Brown personally “assured” him that the UC will be hit with up to $100 million in midyear cuts, guaranteeing
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