Let there be Maher

UC Berkeley is proud of its radical past, and the truly radical thing to do here is to reject the easy way out of controversy and welcome Maher to Berkeley. Not with loud protests, but with the potent forces of reason and respect, through symposia, debates and, after he has had his say, spirited rallies. Let him talk, listen politely, and watch him sweat.
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Maher’s invitation shows disregard for students

This is not a matter of free speech — Maher can iterate his beliefs on campus at a debate or club event. This is about granting Bill Maher the honor of being our commencement speaker when he clearly spreads ignorance and intolerance affecting the very people he would be addressing. When the exercise of free speech invokes hatred, we must stand up against that hatred.
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Students should be the stars

CAMPUS ISSUES: The quality of graduation commencement speeches should not be compromised for the presence of a noted figure.

Our pool of alumni is expansive and brilliant, and to not tap into our campus resource is a disservice to graduates looking to build their own legacy after leaving UC Berkeley.
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Sustainable commencement

CAMPUS ISSUES: Graduation caps and gowns should be made more sustainably and include plans for recycling and reuse.

The UC Berkeley campus has made significant efforts toward sustainability, and the city of Berkeley has a commitment to achieve zero waste by 2020. But the standard cap and gown set is still an expensive ecological waste item. Graduation gowns such as the ones manufactured by UC Berkeley’s choice label
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Cool commencement speakers other than Nancy Pelosi

You probably know by now that Nancy Pelosi will deliver the commencement speech at the class of 2014’s general graduation ceremony. But did you know that individual colleges have their own graduation ceremonies as well? Well, they do — which means that Nancy Pelosi won’t be the only keynote speaker in town.
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How to write a commencement speech

The Berkeley Bucket List

Open a Word document. The enormity of what’s about to happen and change will balloon before you like an airbag deploying in slow motion. Write out a list of cliches, overwrought quotes, admonitions about the future and reminders about the oyster-nature of the world. Select all. Delete. Start over. The
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Senioritis is a serious disease

The Berkeley Bucket List

There comes a point in the life of every college student when the ability to give a damn runs dry. She starts to focus on the bare essentials of getting by, counting the days until graduation.
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