Online education: proceed with caution

UC Web-based learning should be grounded in campus efforts

Online education is an emerging issue at the University of California, with Gov. Jerry Brown and UC leadership strongly in support of moving some portion of a UC education online. At the last UC Board of Regents meeting, online education was viewed as a potentially transformational development — the modernization
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Valentines and violence

Take a stand against sexual violence this Valentine’s Day

Everyone knows about it — the first “V” in V-Day: the valentine, the heart.  The pleasure of being in love, all the way from the casual one-night hook-up for fun to shameless flirting to being in love for the long haul; the ecstatic highs, the melt-down heartbreaks and everything in
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Governor, students need your leadership

Editor’s Note: This op-ed was previously published in the California Aggie. Here at the University of California, students are living in interesting times. After nearly a billion dollars in state funding cuts and a doubling of tuition in just five years, 2013 looks to deliver at least a moment of
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Why California needs an oil tax

The tax would raise money to invest in our state’s future

Education is suffering. The economy is forcing too many people to rely on government assistance, and we are not doing enough to promote renewable energy. We have a problem when California, the ninth largest economy in the world, has a 9.8 percent unemployment rate. Enrollment at California community colleges has
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Patriarchy is not the answer to rape culture

The 'victim' and 'protector' framework is not constructive

Although Mihir Deo makes a well-intentioned point that he indeed should have walked his sister home that night in Belize (“Stop India’s rape culture,” Feb. 5), many of the views expressed in his discussion of rape are grounded in the skewed frameworks that color discussions of rape and sexual violence
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Stop India’s rape culture

A little more than a month ago, on Dec. 16, 2012, a 23-year-old student was brutally raped by six men on a public bus in Delhi, India. She had boarded what she thought was a public bus but which was actually a vehicle being driven by the six men on
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Every student should feel safe on campus

Campuswide surveys from 2008-2012 reveal striking differences in students’ experiences at Berkeley. For example, 30 percent of African Americans surveyed over the past five years in the UC Undergraduate Experience Survey (UCUES) felt a gap between the importance of diversity to them as opposed to the importance of diversity to
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No compromise on immigration reform

In 2006, the movement for immigrant rights — born out of high school walkouts and massive demonstrations that shut down Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Phoenix and other cities — handed president Bush his first major political defeat and changed American politics forever. The movement’s goal was to defeat a draconian
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UC research should be free

The public deserves unlimited access to intellectual output

It is a felony to share knowledge created by the faculty, staff and students of the University of California with the public. Wait. What? In 2011, online rights activist Aaron Swartz was accused of using the MIT computer network to download millions of scholarly journal articles with the intent of
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Transfer students need more resources

A new advisory committee to the chancellor could go a long way

Once considered one of the best community colleges in the nation, the City College of San Francisco is on the verge of collapse. CCSF is likely to be another one of the many casualties of the lack of adequate funding for education in our state. In response to this lack
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