Opinion

Opinion

Florida Legislature should pass vo-tech scholarship bill

Important legislation that would make community college essentially free for all Floridians whose households make less than $50,000 has stalled in the Florida Senate after being introduced Jan. 14. Senate Bill 1004, introduced by Sen. José Javier Rodriguez (D-Miami), would create the Sunshine Scholarship Program that would cover tuition and […]

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Students need action on affordable housing

On Feb. 12, a new survey from the Hope Center for College, Community and Justice  found that among U.S. college students at colleges and universities, an astonishing 46 percent of students were “insecure” when it came to housing and 17 percent of students had been homeless in the past year. […]

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Police facial recognition threatens privacy

Facial recognition technology may seem like just a feature on our phones, but it’s already being used to solve crimes in our own backyard. Police departments all over the country, in Florida and even on campus are using this technology to identify suspects of unsolved crimes. The Tampa Bay Times […]

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Toxic expectations hinder male success in school

A longtime gap in educational attainment continues to hold at colleges and universities, including at USF, and it’s not what many would expect. Last semester, women outnumbered men in first-time-in-college enrollment by a margin of 20 percent, according to a story by The Oracle. Between fewer applications and issues with […]

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Florida Republicans put party over country

On Thursday, Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) introduced a constitutional amendment to raise the threshold for impeachment of a federal official to 60 percent. The U.S. Constitution currently only requires a simple majority. Speaking to USA Today, Scott explained the rationale for his amendment. “Our country should never again suffer through […]

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Chaos in Iowa Democratic caucuses shows need for reform

On Feb. 3, the Democratic presidential primary officially kicked off with the Iowa caucuses. Polls showed a close four-way race between former Vice President Joe Biden, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and former South Bend, IN Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Voters, commentators and campaign staff all went into […]

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Coronavirus concerns are no excuse for bigotry

As journalists and public health agencies track the spread of the coronavirus, popular narratives about the illness have taken a dark turn into anti-Asian racism. Surrounding the now-global outbreak is the hateful myth that the coronavirus is a uniquely Chinese illness. Media outlets like Business Insider have pointed to individual […]

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U.S. should ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

On Jan. 27, Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), a constitutional amendment guaranteeing equal rights for women, reaching the threshold it needs to become law. Passing this amendment is crucial for legal gender equality. Advocates for the amendment point out that it provides a […]