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Cigarette packs should not feature graphic pictures

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has total regulatory control over cigarettes and now plans on taking radical new steps in its campaign to snuff out smoking without banning it completely. Beginning Oct. 22, 2012, packs of cigarettes will feature a text warning and vivid color picture of the potential […]

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USF wrong to mandate insurance

Efforts are under way to require all incoming, full-time USF students to have health insurance in order to enroll and avoid holds on their registration. If successful, the requirement would go into effect in fall 2012. Students have a chance to voice their opinion during Student Government elections in February, […]

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Lets not go down the same dangerous path twice

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has once again brought his opinion on the “threat of Iran” to the world stage. While visiting the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America last week, Netanyahu declared that Iran’s nuclear program is a threat to not only Israel’s security, but also […]

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Court tuition ruling is right

In a move that stunned many Americans, the California Supreme Court ruled Monday that some illegal immigrants should be eligible to receive in-state tuition for college. A lawsuit challenging the ruling was brought forward by Kris Kobach, a law professor who drafted Arizona’s new immigration laws that are now moving […]

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USF has done well addressing athletes graduation rates

Compared to other college athletes in the U.S., USF players’ graduation rates are shockingly low, according to recently published NCAA statistics for athletes who started college in 2003. With USF football’s graduation rate falling to a mere 46 percent, the team dropped to the lowest academic ranking in the Big […]

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Original tests prevent cheating

Upon learning that about 200 of the 600 students in his management class cheated on their exams, University of Central Florida professor Richard Quinn made national news earlier this month when he confronted the entire class and offered offenders a second chance if they came forward and confessed. However, beyond […]

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For future veterans sake, let robots do the fighting

Every year, Veterans Day offers the opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the sacrifices that U.S. servicemen and women have made for Americans and people around the world. Although all soldiers’ sacrifices should be honored equally, some pay a higher price than others. Conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have required […]

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Pass on online classes

Distance learning is not always conducted from a distance. Many students living on campus are opting into online courses, not taking into consideration the strain they may be putting on their intellectual and academic success. According to the New York Times, online courses have become more prominent in public institutions […]

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USF must consider positives of gender-neutral housing

Until recent decades, colleges did not allow men and women to live in the same dormitory buildings and set strict limits on visitation hours. While these restrictions still hold true at some schools, colleges have generally moved toward more gender-neutral arrangements and, as evident on USF’s campus, many now feature […]

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Perfect crime: the midterm elections

Republicans in Congress saw a huge victory in the 2010 midterm elections last week. The party gained more than 60 seats in the House of Representatives and took control of politics in Washington, D.C. One may wonder how they managed it. The GOP won because conservatives began the 2010 campaign […]