UC Berkeley must demand funding for basic research

At the end of November, the spacecraft InSight landed on Mars and captured the hearts of people around the country. NASA will explore the deep interior of Mars with the goal of understanding the planet’s composition and evolution. The InSight landing is significant not only because it accesses new data
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UC Berkeley J-School needs to expand audio journalism classes

We live in the age of the podcast, with digestible chunks of audio information delivered to our devices anywhere, anytime. There are reportedly more than half a million podcasts, yet only a handful consistently rise to the surface. According to Podtrac, 2018’s most downloaded podcasts were “The Daily,” “This American
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Four people plant trees at People's Park

We must protect People’s Park’s plant life

On Dec. 28, UC Berkeley cut down dozens of trees in People’s Park. The long-deferred maintenance was initiated to the disappointment of many community members. In People’s Park’s 50th year, we need to speak up to university and city officials and our neighbors to make sure this community landmark is
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Undocumented students across the UC standing together

UC must get more funding for undocumented students

On Jan. 11, Gov. Gavin Newsom put forward a $209 billion state budget proposal that outlines his vision for the state. The bill includes a series of funding increases for the UC, which signal a welcome departure from former governor Jerry Brown’s more restrained appropriations. The governor’s proposal allocated $1.3
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Workers uniting together with signs that read "UNITE, WORKERS UNITE, STAND TOGETHER, WORKING TOGETHER"

UC needs to provide better conditions for workers

More than 210,000 employees help run the University of California, including thousands of lecturers, researchers, student staff members, managers, administrators, and patient-care and service employees. Each one of these workers deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, and each one of these workers deserves decent pay, job stability and
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Crowd of protestors with signs reading "support survivors, end rape culture, hear our words"

If Title IX changes, UC Berkeley must protect survivors

The sexual violence and harassment reporting process remains deeply complicated across America’s college campuses. The issue of sexual assault and the seemingly endless series of high-profile cases of harassment and violence at U.S. colleges demand survivor-centered, equitable solutions. Despite this, the U.S Department of Education has moved forward in its
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UC academic researchers need better working conditions

Academic Researchers, or ARs, are the backbone of the UC system’s world-renowned research mission. Academic researchers conduct experiments, write grants, mentor colleagues and run research labs. Our cutting-edge work in areas such as biotechnology, medicine, agriculture and green energy leads to almost $5 billion in grant revenue each year. In
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UC Berkeley must work to introduce scooters on campus

Today, transportation represents roughly 40 percent of California’s carbon emissions, which signals that we urgently need to pursue alternative means of getting around. Although not a silver bullet, scooters represent a promising, sustainable and fun option.
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Berkeley school district must eliminate racial biases

As a parent of two Black sons who went through Berkeley public schools and after 12 years on the Berkeley school board, I am convinced that the single most significant factor in our continuing racial academic disparities along racial lines is the implicit bias of too many of our classroom
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