Use of police force draws fierce condemnation

For UC Berkeley graduate student Alex Barnard, the most disempowering moment of Wednesday night was not when he was repeatedly hit with a police baton, cracking one of his ribs. Instead, the most disturbing moment of his experience came afterward, when he says an officer told him he had “no
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Encampments sticking point between protesters and administration

After the tumult of Wednesday’s demonstrations, Occupy Cal protesters and the UC Berkeley administration, though willing to negotiate with one another, are in a stalemate over campus policy. Shane Boyle, campus head steward of UAW Local 2865 and an organizer, said he and other demonstrators remained open to negotiation with
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Occupy Cal assembly decides not to camp overnight

After discussing issues from police brutality and racism to procedures for making proposals at future meetings, Occupy Cal protesters voted Thursday evening not to camp with tents in Sproul Plaza that night. Eighty-six protesters voted against setting up tents, 20 voted for the proposal and 21 abstained. The Occupy Cal
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UC Berkeley’s administration should be held accountable

Agreeing or disagreeing with the reaction of UC Berkeley’s administration to the budget crisis is a matter of political opinion. But after Wednesday night’s events, one thing is beyond doubt: The current administration is acting irresponsibly and can no longer lead our university. On Wednesday, the campus called on the
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Occupy Cal plans encampment despite Chancellor’s warning

In direct violation of campus policy, protesters plan to set up encampments as part of Wednesday’s Day of Action. Demonstrators will take part in Occupy Cal, a central component of the larger November Days of Action protest, when they establish an encampment on campus, according to Shane Boyle, campus head
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The blame game

HIGHER EDUCATION: With the midyear cuts to the UC guaranteed to occur, we continue to see our public leaders pointing fingers.

What we long knew to be inevitable has now been confirmed. In an interview with The Daily Californian’s Senior Editorial Board Friday, UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau said that Gov. Jerry Brown personally “assured” him that the UC will be hit with up to $100 million in midyear cuts, guaranteeing
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UC Berkeley Day of Action planned for Wednesday

As Nov. 9 — dubbed a “Day of Action for Public Education” — approaches, UC Berkeley students, faculty and campus leaders are expected to come out to protest against budget cuts and tuition hikes in California public universities. According to organizers, the all-day Wednesday protest is scheduled to kick off
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