Guilty until proven innocent

The Devil's Advocate

In October 2010, members of Yale’s Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity marched around campus chanting, “No means yes! Yes means anal!” The incident — and subsequent allegations that the Yale administration failed to respond adequately to the fraternity’s abhorrent behavior — provoked a national discussion about sexual violence and rape culture
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The AC Transit bully

#ASUCproblems

AC Transit must descend from its throne of supposed magnanimity and give UC Berkeley students the deal they deserve. Because the AC Transit Class Pass will most likely reappear on the spring 2013 ASUC ballot, ASUC President Connor Landgraf should continue his efforts in meeting and negotiating with the organization
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Hare Krishnas on Haste

Religiously Inclined

Among the throngs of eccentric members of the Berkeley community, one can often see — and certainly hear — bands of instrumented followers of the Hare Krishna movement. Their telltale sign is that they repeatedly chant variations of the words “Hare Krishna, Hare Rama.” Last Monday, one such devotee “fliered”
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Drawing the line

Sex on Tuesday

I don’t normally write about politics. But the fact that my reproductive choices and future in general are being decided on by distant politicians who only care about me for economic and political gain makes me feel disempowered. Is cutting women’s health care and rights a serious platform for politicians?
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Homeless by choice

The Devil's Advocate

There are two major points of contention in the bitter debate over Berkeley’s Measure S, which would prohibit sitting on sidewalks in commercial districts from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. The first concerns the vitality of local businesses and the quality of life for Berkeley residents. On this front, proponents
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Partisanship must die

#ASUCproblems

Partisanship has inhibited the success of the 2012-13 ASUC Senate class. More than just embarrassing, this pathetic division is based on an illusion of partisan differences that has been augmented by missteps of the ASUC executive vice president’s office. In order to effectively enact change, the two major parties in
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Inspiration from prayer flags

Religiously Inclined

During a recent visit to UC Santa Barbara, I noticed, for the umpteenth time, Tibetan prayer flags hanging in the least likely of places: above a liquor store entrance or dangling from an apartment building with red cups littered in the background. Perhaps I am just oversensitive to these multicolored
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The future of flip-floppers

The Devil's Advocate

In an appearance on CNN in March, Mitt Romney spokesperson Eric Fehrnstrom was asked whether the far-right positions Romney took during the primaries would hurt his chances in the general election. Fehrnstrom was not concerned. “Well, I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign. Everything changes. It’s
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The triple threat

Sex on Tuesday

Me: “Oh my goodness, you and your girlfriend are so cute.” Couple: “Wow, thanks.” Me: “Yeah, you really are an attractive couple. I would love to fuck with the two of you sometime.” This is an interaction I often have when I’m out and usually drunk. Since I’m not trying
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Measure B.S.

#ASUCproblems

Senate Bill 64 — co-authored by CalSERVE Senator Nolan Pack and passed last Wednesday night by the ASUC Senate — does the right thing in opposing Measure S on November’s ballot. The bill protects the men and women you walk by on your way to class every day. It protects
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