Staring down the barrel of Proposition 30

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In the aftermath of Proposition 30, the ASUC cannot rest on its laurels. Education was held hostage by California lawmakers in the sights of a gun whose trigger would have been pulled if the proposition failed. Though the success of the proposition means that the trigger has remained locked, it
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Agnosticism, atheism and labels

Religiously Inclined

As is common in the religious world, the concepts of both agnosticism and atheism are unforgivingly complicated. Even the standard Google search does not adequately resolve inquiry into their basic definitions. My own attempts to tackle these two subjects were in fact quite humbling — I realized, once again, that
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Just a little bit racy

Sex on Tuesday

A recurring subject among my housemates is the racial categorization of sexual preferences. My housemate once complained to me that people call her “exotic” because she is a black woman and that they often want to get with her only because she has curves. My other housemate told me he feels
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The hanging zombie

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The epidemic of racial transgression has yet to depart from our campus. Last week, the ASUC Senate passed a bill condemning the hanging zombie decoration that Theta Delta Chi — a fraternity at the corner of College and Durant avenues — placed over its lawn. Though the ASUC did bring
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Tolerance: the new god

Religiously Inclined

The truth is, I probably don’t agree with you. On one issue or another, I hold beliefs that fundamentally differ from those of my family members, roommates, other Cal Bears and fellow Americans. And this difference of opinion is the pride and joy of the American social makeup — we
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The Republican civil war

The Devil's Advocate

“If the Republican Party cannot win in this environment,” declared conservative luminary George Will in September, “it has to get out of politics and find another business.” Fox News host and Tea Party darling Laura Ingraham agreed, telling Republicans, “if you can’t beat Barack Obama with this record, then shut
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The talk (that must be had)

Sex on Tuesday

Here is one of the most important words in the English language: con·sent /kənˈsent/ Noun: Permission for something to happen or agreement to do something. Verb: Give permission for something to happen. Comprehend it and internalize what it means. Now internalize this: Sex cannot happen without consent. Sex without mutual
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Reagan on the ballot

The Devil's Advocate

Ronald Reagan entered California politics in the 1960s with the University of California, and the Berkeley campus in particular, as political targets. A recent article in Dissent Magazine argues that Berkeley “provided the most useful political foil” for Reagan’s gubernatorial campaign, “crystallizing all of his ideological themes into a single figure for
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Show me the money

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Student groups and the ASUC itself will deteriorate without more funding. While the ASUC does sometimes misuse its money and fall short on revenue generation, the majority of its deficit is simply not the fault of its elected officials. The ASUC needs a referendum to increase the revenue it brings
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A religious president

Religiously Inclined

Armed with my little blue notebook, I ventured out into Upper Sproul last week with the intention of talking to people about how the religious beliefs of our two main presidential candidates factor into the election. I was shocked to discover that I should have been asking a much more
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