The noble necessity

CITY AFFAIRS: The pension agreement for maintenance and clerical workers is a welcome and necessary compromise.

Public employee unions face criticism across the nation — fairly and unfairly — for their impacts on state and city budgets. That is why last Tuesday’s announcement of a deficit-reducing pension deal between Berkeley city officials and the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 — which represents the city’s maintenance
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Sitting on the sideline

STATE ISSUES: While we are happy that the governor vetoed cuts to the university, we are upset at our EAVP’s absence.

Issuing the first veto of a state budget in California’s history, Gov. Jerry Brown’s rejection of the proposed state budget Thursday underscores the continuing threat that cuts pose to public education. The spending plan included $150 million in additional cuts to the University of California and the California State University
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Filtering creativity

The Way I See It

I am not original. I hate to admit it, but it’s true. My creativity is stunted; my ideas are limited and heavily inspired by others. Being incredibly pretentious, it is terribly painful for me to admit to you, dear reader, that I am but a combination of the ideas of
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Untinting the windows

Connect the Dots

Well, you know when you pedal, and you don’t go anywhere?” my friend answered when I asked her what was exactly wrong with my fashionably functional bicycle. Though I had ridden it to her house only the night before, I had a feeling there was something slightly off with my
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Unsexy sex tips to know

Sex on Monday

Sex is gloriously disgusting. A wonderfully fun meld of sweat, saliva and sexual fluids, the result is more than a little gross. Looked at from the right angle, sex is down right unsexy. Anyone who has been down in the trenches can tell you: there are some pretty unsavory side
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Studying abroad provides invaluable life experiences

Before this semester in Dublin, Ireland, I didn’t know my long-lost cousins, how to pour the perfect pint of Guinness or give tips on raising a prize-winning Greyhound. No conselour or guidebook can predict such diverse accounts. Despite the adventures, many students who return to our purple mountains majesty might
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Vacancies harm city


Thank you for J.D. Morris’s article on the online poll regarding shopping on Telegraph Avenue. People seem eager to misinterpret this poll, in which students express a wish to see less homeless people on the street. I believe it is safe to suggest that all of us, the whole community
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A relevant case-study

HIGHER EDUCATION: The Bayh-Dole Act is still a relevant tool in maintaining continued innovation at research universities.

The U.S. Supreme Court case Stanford v. Roche, which centered on Stanford University’s attempt to assert control over an HIV-detection kit invented by School of Medicine professor Mark Holodniy, appeared to come down to semantics. Fortunately, the ruling on June 6 is not fatal to the Bayh-Dole Act, which allows
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A happy conclusion

HIGHER EDUCATION: By refusing to hear the challenge to AB 540, the U.S. Supreme Court has made the correct decision.

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal last Monday that challenged California Assembly Bill 540, which allows undocumented students to pay resident tuition at in-state colleges. The decision is a welcome conclusion after years of legal challenges, beginning when the original lawsuit was filed in December 2005. Undocumented
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Recently Banned: Rainbows in Ontario, Male Lingerie Salesmen

In an uncharasteristically un-Canadian act of cupcake-hating— erm, we mean, homophobia, one Ontario Catholic school banned all depictions of rainbows on campus when students of their unofficial gay-straight alliance attempted to hold a fundraiser with signs and banners displaying them. In response, the students took down the signs and baked
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