Its a good week to be a student!

In that past week, we have witnessed the passage of a revolutionary health care bill as well as vital student aid reform. Both overhaul their respective systems, placing a focus onto patients and students rather than insurance companies and big banks. While the focus of the debate around reconciliation was on the health care aspect of the bill, it is important for students to know how the loan industry will change will the passage of student aid reform. Students will see increases in the Pel...
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facebook.edu: Campaigning for Higher Education

When I came to Cal, I purged my closet of all things red, of course in solidarity with thousands of Cal students before me turning up their noses at the Stanford Stink.  But I’m sure over the last year people reading this have rallied with me in that hated color, forgetting the pettiness of rivalship, and repping a different sort of solidarity.  Over the last year, many of us have yelled, marched, and advocated for a cause few of us can ignore.  On March 22, my red shirt again blended in with th...
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Working People in Poverty at the University of California

The University of California employs thousands of people to keep the business of educating California's young people running smoothly. These people work every day to keep the ten campuses that make up the UC system clean and safe. They are also responsible for feeding students, faculty, administrators and campus visitors. These people work hard every day as employees of the best public university system in the world. And far too many of them live in poverty. 96% of UC service workers qualify ...
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Walkout Advocacy Letters

At our meeting last Thursday, almost 100 Cal Dems signed letters urging their representatives to protect higher education in California. You can view a copy of our letter here. We told Sacramento to look for new revenues--including tobacco and oil severance fees--before squeezing students, faculty, and the future of our state. Our message was clear: we would rather have affordable education than affordable cigarettes. This was a great first step, but it won't be our last. Education is...
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