Educate yourself about the cuts

This is just a quick quiz to tell if the budget cuts affect you. Have you ever or do you currently: attend a public school? Use public transportation? Enjoy public libraries, swimming pools, parks or infrastructure? Hope that future generations will have access to these things as well? If you
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What I saw at Occupy Oakland

An Open Letter to Mayor Jean Quan

Mayor Quan, Over the past two weeks, my friends and I have camped at, donated food to and joined in the nightly general assemblies of the Occupy Oakland encampment at Frank Ogawa Plaza (also popularly known as Oscar Grant Plaza) off and on. I am a graduate student in city
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Student district isn’t good for city

Imagine Berkeley students having one or two strong voices on the Berkeley City Council. Now, let’s reflect on how we could get that to happen. A student-majority district? Wrong. Redistricting has come to the city of Berkeley — and with it comes many issues. Redistricting is basically the redrawing of
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The UC can set agenda for state change

Like any others on Berkeley’s campus who have registered with “UC for California,” the systemwide advocacy platform, I received an email on Sept. 28 from UC President, Mark Yudof. The message, one of very few that I’ve ever received from UC for California, asked that I pass on a link
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Students: Inspiration to change the world

On Jan. 20, 1961, President John F. Kennedy said in his inaugural address, “Let the word go forth from this time and place … the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans.” Throughout history, students have been the inspiration for changes in the world. Whether it was
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Talking for and against doesn’t mean real talk

A response to the pro-con debate about the Palestinian bid for statehood in the United Nations

I was sitting down, calmly getting ready for my afternoon study session when I came across “the Lewis battle” in The Daily Californian, about Israel and the Palestinian bid for statehood in the United Nations. It was unsurprising that considerable analysis has been left out when the campus receives just
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Student speaks about his success in co-op

On Sept. 12, Vice Chancellor Basri sent a message to all UC Berkeley students about the campus’s efforts to ameliorate the hardships of undocumented students. Notably, the campus did not take a formal stance on this issue until California passed AB 130, the first half of the California DREAM Act,
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Gov. Brown’s veto doesn’t end struggle

The situation in the University of California is at a crisis point, and everything must be done to increase underrepresented minority student enrollment now. Gov. Jerry Brown should have signed SB 185, which allowed public universities to consider race and gender in admissions to increase underrepresented minority student enrollment. However,
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Bake sale coverage is a distraction

I am shocked and saddened by how quickly the media has eaten up the anti-affirmative action bake sale at Berkeley. It is time for the media to address an issue that actually has long-term ramifications for the State of California and the communities this bake sale targets: the privatization of
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