Opinion

Opinion

Florida needs a plan for disruptions by COVID-19

COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus, has made its way to Florida, with 23 cases confirmed Wednesday by the Florida Department of Health. To control the outbreak, the Florida Board of Governors urged state universities to move to online classes. For USF, this means remote classes will begin March 23 and […]

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Florida budget features alarming gap between two-year and four-year colleges

As the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature gets closer to finalizing its budget for the coming year, Florida continues to follow an often-overlooked trend in higher education: inadequate funding for state and community colleges.  The Florida College System (FCS), which oversees two-year community colleges like HCC, currently serves about 733,000 undergraduates, over […]

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College students, your vote matters

When it comes to democracy, citizens’ powers lie in the fact that we’re able to choose who represents us in government. Whether we decide to use our power or not is a different story.  Once you’re 18, you can legally vote. You’re given the label “adult,” because that’s the age […]

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USF should find new ways to reduce plastic waste

Student Government is currently considering a “plastic-free” resolution which would ask USF to move toward more sustainable options and would do away with single-use plastics such as straws, cups and cutlery. Specifically, the resolution calls for the campus to “establish a purchasing policy which eliminates campus and food vendor procurement […]

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New ballot initiative threatens voter control

Students on campus might be familiar with the paid petitioners that often hang outside the library and the Marshall Student Center (MSC), advocating for a “double elections requirement” for Florida constitutional amendments. Unfortunately, this effort — designed to limit the ability of the public to influence our government — has […]

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The case for putting politics into Student Government

Last Tuesday, Student Government (SG) senators weighed in on the “Roots for Justice” resolution that condemned President Donald Trump’s plan for addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The sponsors of the resolution, including representatives from Students for Justice in Palestine, argued that the plan excluded Palestinian stakeholders and showed bias in favor […]