Politically Occupied: a recap of the past year’s political events at UC Berkeley

A look back at a busy year of protests and activism on campus and beyond

For a university that has protesting in its DNA, tensions understandably flared over rising tuition costs, affirmative action and the Occupy Movement, as well as police presence on campus following a large protest in November 2011. While it’s impossible to predict the future, we can look back at events that
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Letters: June 18 – June 24

The recent article “Up to 92 percent of Californians under 65 covered by Obamacare, study says” (June 18) described the anticipated health care coverage increase under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The article referred to the proposal by the pejorative “Obamacare,” which title follows from the narrative that President Obama is foisting the law on the American people.
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Parting thoughts

Farewell columns from graduating student leaders

As part of our 2012 Graduation Issue, we asked student leaders who are graduating to write farewell columns reflecting on their college experiences and sharing the lessons they learned. Below are links to the columns: Leading through not leading, by Daniel Kronovet, president of the Berkeley Student Cooperative for the 2010-11
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Parting thoughts: the need for diversity of opinion

The following is a farewell column from our 2012 Graduation Issue. Read the other farewell columns here. Whenever I travel to Republican events around the state, the first question is almost always, “So tell me, is it hard to be a Republican at Berkeley?” They assume that my daily life
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2012 ASUC election endorsements

Taking a Stand

Click here to read the Senior Editorial Board’s full endorsements. In the past academic year, UC Berkeley students have met history head-on, continually shouting for our rights and ideals — whatever those may be. Instances including the Berkeley College Republicans’ intentionally racist bake sale, police violence at Occupy Cal, Louis
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Three questions for the ASUC candidates

The Devil's Advocate

To my knowledge, no ASUC candidate from a major party has said anything controversial this election season. We’ve heard a lot of nebulous rhetoric about “leading Cal to a brighter future” and “improving campus climate.” But I haven’t heard anyone from CalServe or Student Action say something a substantial number
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Report: Leftism at the UC leads to skewed education

Liberal faculty and politically correct thinking at the University of California has resulted in students receiving a decrepit and biased education, a report released this month by a conservative think tank claims. An April report released by the privately funded California Association of Scholars entitled “A Crisis of Competence: The Corrupting
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