OFF THE BEAT: Apathy, the constant threat

“All bets are off,” that’s one phrase that should scare the heck out of all University of California students and aspiring UC students. Especially when it comes from the one, the only, UC President Mark Yudof. Testifying in front of the state Senate’s budget committee, Yudof uttered those foreboding words
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Hunger strikes out

CAMPUS ISSUES: Those who participated in the hunger strike should have explored alternative, less contentious avenues.

After 12 days, a hunger strike that began April 26 against the consolidation of the gender studies, ethnic studies and African-American studies departments ended without the campus administration meeting any of the strikers’ demands. The strike should have taken less contentious forms in order to garner more public support. Those
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Checks on spending

CAMPUS ISSUES: Campaign finance reform is necessary to ensure equal access to ASUC elections for all candidates.

Running without the backing of a major student political party puts ASUC candidates at a financial disadvantage. Unsurprisingly, the authors of a defeated spending reform bill in the ASUC were third-party and independent senators. The bill received just a handful of votes because the major parties stood against greater transparency
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