Opinion

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Carpools benefit students

Only about 100 miles apart, USF and the University of Central Florida (UCF) are close geographic neighbors and their students, teachers, staff and alumni are spread across the state. There’s no doubt that some Orlando-area high school students decided to attend USF to get away from home without being too […]

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Light the tower for more than justfootball wins

Students returning to campus from Thanksgiving break came home to see the USF water tower illuminated green for the Bulls’ historic win over Miami on Saturday. The tradition of lighting the tower is one of the University’s most recognizable, but it displays an obvious bias toward football as USF’s most […]

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Police mug shots should be published

In Florida, police officers receive more than just a gun and badge. They are also granted the right to avoid paying the same price for legally questionable behavior as those they incarcerate. Florida Statute 119.071 allows active law enforcement officers the opportunity to avoid having their mug shot made public […]

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More democracy needed in Egyptian elections

Last weekend marked the opening of the parliamentary elections in the Arab world’s most populated country – Egypt. Thus far, they have only resulted in clashes ithin the population. Though the elections rovide Egyptians with a very thin slice of the democratic ie, the majority of the Egyptian population aintains […]

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GOP putting politics ahead of safety

For decades, one of the central foreign policy goals of the U.S. has been the reduction of American and Russian nuclear weapons arsenals. President Ronald Reagan began working toward this goal in earnest during his time in office, and the progress he made was built upon by George H. W. […]

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Target pedestrian violators

In the U.S. last year, 4,092 pedestrians were killed and another 59,000 injured in crashes involving motor vehicles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. USF saw numerous accidents this semester with many involving pedestrians. A proactive solution is necessary for campus safety, and is already being implemented effectively […]

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Intrusive airport screening is not justified or necessary

As one of America’s most treasured holidays, Thanksgiving will inevitably bring millions of travelers to U.S. airports. However, this year travelers will face much different airport security measures. Quickly growing to become the nation’s primary security screening method, full body imagers and the alternative enhanced pat downs have led to […]

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Group support can counter effects of bullying

A string of recent suicides by teenagers who have been bullied because of their sexual orientation has attracted attention from the media and the nation as a whole. According to AOL news, there were six gay teen suicides in September alone. The most publicized incident involved Tyler Clementi, a freshman […]

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Revisit affirmative action

When former GOP Gov. Jeb Bush passed the “One Florida Initiative,” it effectively banned the use of affirmative action in the application processes of Florida state colleges and universities. It garnered criticism from not only Florida citizens, but also the U.S. Department of Education. The negative effects of the ban, […]

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Understanding needed in religious debate

During an interview with the Greek daily newspaper, Eleftherotypia, earlier this month, prominent physicist Victor Stenger said “new atheists” see religious fundamentalism as a grave threat to society that must be constantly “challenged at every turn.” New atheism centers on taking a stronger stance than many atheists against fundamentalist religion. […]