Eating the ‘reality sandwich’

UNIVERSITY ISSUES: UC President Janet Napolitano, Gov. Jerry Brown, the state Legislature and the regents must avoid a tuition hike.

We’ve heard this story before, and we know how it’s going to end. Once again, the president of the University of California system, the UC Board of Regents, the state Legislature and the governor’s office are doing their usual dance over the amount of money the state will pour into
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Napolitano makes her case

UNIVERSITY ISSUES: UC President Janet Napolitano’s proposal to freeze tuition for the next academic year is promising for UC students.

UC President Janet Napolitano took a bold step Wednesday at the UC Board of Regents meeting in San Francisco, proposing an undergraduate tuition freeze for the 2014-15 academic year. The tuition freeze, in addition to a number of other progressive measures announced at the meeting, show Napolitano is going to
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Napolitano makes progress

UNIVERSITY ISSUES: UC President Janet Napolitano has started to address criticism of her record with a new aid plan for undocumented students

Since she was announced in mid-July as the pick to be the next president of the University of California, Janet Napolitano has endured much criticism. Pegged by many as a government official responsible for anti-immigrant policies and the actions of the much maligned Department of Homeland Security, Napolitano was rightfully
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Finding a dean for students

CAMPUS ISSUES: The search for a new dean of students must take into account the concerns of students and the needs of the administration.

While finding the right person to be UC Berkeley’s next dean of students is undoubtedly difficult, the search committee doesn’t have to look too hard to outline both the shoes the new dean needs to fill and this person’s role in tackling some of the challenges the campus faces. The
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No confidence, no progress

CAMPUS ISSUES: A bill passed by the ASUC Senate does not give incoming UC president Janet Napolitano room to grow into her role.

The ASUC Senate passed a deeply flawed bill Wednesday night that gives incoming UC president Janet Napolitano an unfairly limited amount of time to take important steps toward reassuring undocumented students of her ability to fight for their rights. Napolitano’s troubling record on immigration and the rights of undocumented people
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Toward a calmer campus

CAMPUS ISSUES: The Department of Education ruling offers a valuable look at campus climate and sets a calmer tone.

Over the last few years, many have leveled charges that UC Berkeley is a hostile environment for Jewish and politically pro-Israel students. In dismissing a July 2012 complaint filed against the campus originating with two former UC Berkeley students, the Department of Education concluded these charges are without merit and
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