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Don’t UC Our Side of the Argument?

On Thursday October 6, 2011, UC Berkeley’s Undergraduate Political Science Association (UPSA) held a one and a half hour panel discussion on Affirmative Action and SB 185. The panel speakers were: Shawn Lewis (Berkeley College Republicans-BCR), Andre Louis (Students for Liberty-SFL), Marco Amaral (La Raza), Glynn Custred (co-author of Proposition 209), Ronald Cruz (attorney for…

Bringing Light to an Unheard Issue

Stepping onto the battlefield that was Upper Sproul Plaza one could not escape the sight. From the dozens of protestors wearing black shirts, laying down right in front of the steps of Sproul, to the commotion and media attention that surrounded the Berkeley College Republicans table, there was not a sight to be missed. For…

There’s No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

The free market economist Milton Friedman once famously said, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch,” meaning that all goods are paid for somehow. If only he were a professor at Berkeley! This fall, our university’s “wise” administration struck a deal with Adobe Systems to offer their popular Creative Suite to Cal students for…

Nad Permaul

When touring campus, potential Cal students are inevitably told about the virtues of the ASUC, ostensibly the sole remaining autonomous student government in all the land. This used to be true. Up until 1997, the ASUC and all of its functions were controlled by elected student leaders. However, there was a small problem: turns out…

The Minuteman: Crossing the Conservative Wires

1. Thursday: Mock Deportation Protest On April 29, Berkeley students, gagged and tied, protested Arizona’s recent immigration law. The law, which requires police to detain and question anyone in suspected of illegal immigration status. While the law essentially just enforces existing Federal law, it has sparked national controversy surrounding threats to civil liberties including national…

The Minuteman: Crossing the Conservative Wires

1. “Blackout” Avoids Discussion Regarding Campus Racism In the Black Student Union’s March 1st “Blackout”, about 200 black students dressed in black and wore black cloths over their mouths and faces as they stood or sat in silence under Sather Gate. The point was supposedly to protest the alleged racism at UCSD in the aftermath…

The Minuteman

1. Head Start – No Start? In a recently released study, the Department of Health and Human Services affirmed that the 45-year-old Head Start preschool program has no lasting effects on its students in all of 114 academic and non-academic tests. “These results make it clear that we need to build a more coordinated system…

The Minuteman

1. Obama Administration Gives Terrorist Organizer Civilian Trial The Obama administration decided to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, one of the men behind the 9/11 attacks, in a civilian – rather than military – court. Attorney General Holder explained, “The alleged 9/11 conspirators will stand trial in our justice system before an impartial jury under long-established…

The Minuteman

1. Supreme Court Hears Case against Campaign Finance Laws The Supreme Court recently heard Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission, a case that might potentially overturn many government restrictions on politically-oriented speech, and Justice Sotomayor’s first case. Chief Justice Roberts expressed hostility to the government’s argument, declaring “we don’t put our First Amendment rights in…