Upholding the FSM legacy: a how-to guide

Fifty years ago today, UC Berkeley students surrounded a police car as part of a 32-hour protest after the arrest of Jack Weinberg, who had been tabling for the Congress of Racial Equality on Oct. 1, 1964 when campus police apprehended him. The protest — which combated a university regulation prohibiting advocacy,
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Fighting poverty more effectively at home and abroad

The fact of the matter is foreign aid policy is more political than personal. Often, even if a foreign country has high levels of extreme poverty, other nations will reduce aid if the foreign country’s political leaders act contrary to the prevailing will of the donating country.
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Letter: July 29 – August 5

Hard times for the University of California Of historical value we find it interesting to note that our beloved Alma Mater appears to have evolved from a bastion of innovative thought and free speech to a seemingly spineless institutution begging for funds, selling out entire departments to the likes of
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Facilitated free speech

UNIVERSITY ISSUES: A new change in UC policy to protect faculty speech is encouraging but the policy should be broader.

The UC Board of Regents approved a change to its faculty code of conduct earlier this month to protect faculty members who wish to speak out against administrative policies from the possibility of losing their jobs. It comes as a surprise that this protection was not already in place; it
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Change the discourse on free speech

UCSA position does not reflect ideas of students within the UC

Last year, I was privileged to serve the student body as its external affairs vice president and as part of my duties, represent UC Berkeley as a voting board member of the University of California Student Association. I have great respect for the UCSA but am deeply saddened by the
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Tyranny of the majority, UCSA style

#ASUCproblems

When you lower a basketball hoop and dunk, you do not accomplish the same feat as doing so at its normal height. If you cheat on a test, you do not morally earn that A. When an opposing voice is actively neglected from a major debate on legislation, that body and that legislation becomes permanently tainted. Whether or not members of the UCSA board purposely committed this withholding of information is unclear, but the fact that that sentiment explicitly existed by some of its key supporters destroys the democratic process supposedly involved in the vote.
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Pathetic partisanship

CAMPUS ISSUES: Student Action’s victory in this year’s ASUC election reveals a worrying complacency in the student government’s attitude.

UC Berkeley alum and former Intel CEO Andrew Grove once said, “Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure.” While the ASUC is far from being a failed body, his words hint at a troubling trend very much present in our student government’s party system. On Thursday, it was announced that, for
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Don’t harbor hatred

CAMPUS AFFAIRS: While Louis Farrakhan has made hateful statements in the past, he should not be prevented from speaking on campus.

UC Berkeley’s place in the American story represents the best in scientific, social and cultural innovation. Its scholars have found treatments for heinous afflictions and advanced justice with their research and words. When we fight, we fight for freethinking justice, as exemplified by the Free Speech Movement of the 1960s.
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Farrakhan’s presence demonizes Jews and others

When I recently heard that the keynote speaker for the Afrikan Black Coalition Conference was going to be Minister Louis Farrakhan, I was disappointed. For a campus that prides itself on openness and inclusivity I can’t think of a more divisive speaker. When Farrakhan spoke at a national convention just
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