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  • Make room for e-books on digital bookshelf

    Whether reading them on tablets, laptops, or even cell phones, electronic books (e-books) have been on the rise in recent years.

  • Unpaid interns’ rights should be recognized nationally

    Unpaid internships have been slowly moving out of shadows in recent years, as seen with a new law that opened the door to unpaid interns’ rights. However, the unpaid internship system has not quite finished improving.

  • NCAA owes athletes more than snacks

    A new proposal from the NCAA could soon provide unlimited meals and snacks for student athletes.

  • Students need better indication of college readiness

    It is used to be assumed that a high school diploma and the necessary exit examination scores were all a high school graduate needed to make an easy transition into college-level curriculum. However, the number of college students enrolled in remedial courses, which are not taken at college level, might shine light on the issue of college readiness.  

  • Campus safety should factor into college rankings

    When potential students are considering which college is the right choice for them, they may research a school’s graduation rates or financial resources — facts typically calculated in traditional college rankings in
    the U.S. 

  • Winston case beckons more aggressive investigation

    Jameis Winston, the star Florida State University (FSU) quarterback who led his team to Bowl Championship Series victory and scored himself a Heisman Trophy, is yet again having the spotlight shown on the darker side of what he is known for.

  • Vogue Italia wrongly glorifies abuse with photo spread

    Shock tactics are often used by desperate companies to maximize attention, such as American Apparel’s current controversial advertisement depicting an under-the-skirt shot of a bent-over woman.Shock tactics are often used by desperate companies to maximize attention, such as American Apparel’s current controversial advertisement depicting an under-the-skirt shot of a bent-over woman.

  • SG should stop childish politics

     

    As members of Student Government (SG) discuss the more than $14 million in student A&S fees for the annual budget they are responsible for allocating, they continue to be distracted by the allegations being slung in the childish parody of politics they are tied up in. 

  • Despite criticism, Athletics’ search firm saved face

    With the hiring of former Kentucky assistant Orlando Antigua on Monday afternoon, the USF coaching search is officially over. 

  • Pro-ana bracelets reveal dark side of online community support

    Not all options for seeking help for eating disorders are necessarily healthy, as seen in recent years with the rise of pro-anorexia, or “pro-ana,” communities on message boards and “thinspiration” images on Tumblr that promote unhealthy weight loss. 

  • Threatening Sex Week dangerous for open discussion

    Students at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville almost saw their choice of having lectures that broach topics more than what is discussed in the classroom limited, which could have had detrimental effects on the ability to promote student awareness on various topics.

  • When ‘busy-bragging’ does not apply

    When barely being able to balance the daily obligations that come with being a student, some might find the overflow of responsibilities seeping out with verbal explanations of their busyness
    to others.

  • When Student Government forgot about the students

    Who needs Netflix and HBO when perhaps the most intriguing drama of the season, rife with questionable ethics, self-aggrandized importance and fiery rounds of finger pointing, can be tuned into just by paying attention to Student Government during this student body presidential election election cycle? 

  • School’s dress code silences student expression

    Sometimes, recalling K-12 years might be extra cringe-worthy if one was subject to mostly arbitrary dress code rules, such as no distracting hair color or not rolling up the bottoms of long pants.

  • Michigan’s ‘free’ college plan is nothing new

    Many college students do not have to be asked twice about whether they want fewer expenses. The opportunity to cut costs is welcomed at any level from taking advantage of a student discount when buying dinner to advocating for free textbooks. 

  • SAT revisions miss the mark

    While many high school students let out a sigh of relief regarding the recent changes to the SAT — including a return to the previous 1600-point scoring scale and the now optional timed essay — the College Board, which is in charge of the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program, is putting some students on the back burner with these so-called improved changes.

  • Win or lose, it pays to be a coach at USF

    It is time to admit USF is spending an absurd amount of money on coaches that no longer call themselves Bulls. 

  • Promiscuity has nothing to do with contraception

    Though many opposed to birth control use cling to the misconception that women who use it are more “promiscuous” than those who do not, a recent survey in defense of contraceptives proves this is not the case. 

  • Trivial violations should not overshadow student voice

     

    When the student body presidential elections were announced the Friday before spring break, it seemed counterintuitive that the candidate with the most votes was not named president.

  • To meme, or not to meme

     

    Hate them or make them, memes are blowing up social media. 

  • ‘Improved’ food labels will not promote health

     

    The movement toward healthier eating habits and greater awareness of nutritional information in the U.S. is already seen with small labels indicating calorie content on the front of Snickers bars and soda bottles. 

  • Release of teachers’ scores enhances student success

    Though evaluating teachers’ performance based on test scores is often considered an incomplete assessment of their abilities, the benefit of this information —though simply a measurable piece of data — is valuable for parents and students. 

  • Candidate contributions reveal power of networking

    When considering the success of candidates’ campaigns for student body president, preserving a strong platform is not the only factor at hand.

  • Higher minimum wage for older demographic

    When standing in line at McDonald’s or Burger King and suffering a 10-minute wait for a simple cheeseburger and fries, it is easy to dismiss protestors and national campaigns to raise the minimum wage to $15, which many have advocated in recent months.

  • ‘Husband-hunting’ is not the college goal

     

    Susan Patton, who first made her fame as “Princeton Mom” last year when she wrote into the Daily Princetonian reminding women of their real purpose in college — to pick up a husband — is back at it again, making several bold claims in a recent Wall Street Journal column.

  • Faith is no excuse to discriminate

     

    Though some prefer to separate business from their personal lives, some conservative business owners in Arizona may soon have the privilege to combine both
    without consequence. 

  • Google Plus may have the last laugh

     

    When Google Plus initially appeared to be something of a flop after a heavy marketing effort to pitch their social networking platform as the next Facebook, many scoffed at what they thought may be the beginning of the overexpansion and crumbling of the Google Empire.

  • So you’re single on Valentine’s Day ...

    So what? If you’re single on Valentine’s Day, to hell with the flowers and candy hearts.

  • Rape victims deserve proper support from universities

    Though school is always intended to be a safe environment for students and a supportive resource in times of hardship and danger, one university’s officials have been exposed to lack responsiveness to an ever-present issue college students face. 

  • CVS improves business, health without cigarettes

    By the end of this year, CVS pharmacy will discontinue cigarette sales. The company’s resolution could not only be an ethical choice, but a business savvy one.

  • Stand Your Ground turning into defense for racism

    Though most of the U.S. seems to have progressively moved forward with the Civil Rights era, which started several decades ago, the South always seems to fall behind. Every year, there seems to be another southern high school still fighting with the archaic problem of segregated proms, but in recent months another problem seems to be becoming a trend in Florida, a state law that seems fine on paper but in practice seems eerily reminiscent of old Jim Crow laws.

  • Creativity can’t be taught

    While some universities are trimming some of the most traditionally fundamental portions of education, in areas such as classics and humanities, other universities seem to be taking a different approach.

  • Why are we still talking about creationism?

    Hundreds of thousands of people watched the debate Tuesday between Bill Nye, affectionately known as the “science guy,” and Ken Ham, founder of Kentucky’s Creation Museum and critic of the theory of evolution.

  • Sochi Olympics offers opportunity to reflect on LGBT rights in Russia

    As the world anticipates the steadily approaching Sochi Olympics, the swell of pre-Games excitement is accompanied by the dimness of Russia’s current LGBT rights climate. 

  • Gender inequality still problem in academia

    The University of Colorado at Boulder announced last week it would implement leadership change in its philosophy department in order to affect a cultural shift making the department “less hostile to women,” an article in Inside Higher Ed stated. 

  • Liberal arts have return on investment too

     

    The start of the state budget allocation season is rounding the corner, and the outcomes of what college graduates do after their degree in state is increasingly becoming more important to state Legislature.  

  • Stricter gun regulations needed to prevent tragedy

     

    Firearms cannot be carried openly on campus, but after a recent policy change at USF, it is now permissible to leave a gun in one’s car.

  • Looser gun regulations needed in public places

     

    Despite the recent tragedy in a Wesley Chapel cinema, Americans should still have the right to keep a gun on them — anywhere. 

  • Increased verification needed for online courses

    The number of students receiving their education behind the fluorescent glow of laptops, earning entire degrees in the comfort of one’s pajamas, is rapidly increasing — but so is the risk of cheating and losing the value of a degree a university awards.

  • Sore eyes shouldn’t look toward electronic devices

    If you’ve been looking at your phone or working on a computer and noticed your eyes started hurting, a recent report by the Vision Council suggests you are probably one of 70 percent of U.S. adults who experience some form of eye strain due to prolonged use of electronic devices.

  • Football fans shouldn’t overlook serious allegations

    College football has dominated the attention of fans every Saturday during its season, and its elite players have become idols in the process. 

  • Common Core is not ‘federal intrusion’

     

    The results of last year’s international  Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) exam, which tested the 15-year-olds of 60 of the world’s industrialized nations, show that education in the U.S. has flat-lined.

  • End of ‘Sponsored Stories’ means nothing for Facebook privacy

     

    Despite the recent huzzah for privacy rights activists propelled by Facebook’s announcement of scrapping its “Sponsored Stories” feature — a feature that resulted in a class action lawsuit against the social media savant — the blinds are still not fully drawn for the “like”-happy denizens of the Interwebs who are looking for privacy. 

  • Frivolous Facebook ‘likes’ a financial folly

     

    According to the U.S. Department of State, “likes” on Facebook can be measured.

  • Teen’s plastic surgery represents reaching effects of bullying

    Despite the efforts public schools may take to prevent bullying and intervene, the far-reaching effects of bullying among young adults should not be surprising.  

  • Viewers shouldn’t fall prey to ‘Duck Dynasty’ marketing ploy

     

    Every time you see a Facebook status that reads, “I stand with Phil,” you have to wonder to yourself “Which bigoted remarks does this person stand with — the homophobic ones or the racist ones?” 

  • U.S. should lead China by example

     

    In recent decades, there has been public belief speculating the economic rise of China would compromise the values U.S. foreign policy has promoted ever since the aftermath of World War II. However, the opposite may be occurring. 

  • No need for guns on campus

     

    The rhetoric in the debate over gun control seems to continually bounce between staunch defenses of the right to bear arms and tragic crimes that demand national attention such as those at Sandy Hook Elementary School and Columbine High School. 

  • Simple solutions won’t suffice in South Sudan

     

    As violence continues to invoke turmoil in South Sudan, peace talks between the warring ethnic groups are once again delayed and U.S. diplomats sit chewing on their nails and issuing meaningless edicts of denouncement in hopes that the newest country in the world does not become another failed state, it once again becomes clear that carving new geographical boundaries does not solve problems. 

  • US needs to catch up in education race

     

    U.S. high school education is like the track runner that misses the firing shot to start the race. Instead of taking off to keep up with the runners, he stumbles around and doesn’t realize the race has begun until it’s already too late.    

  • Students should be aware of resources for finals

    For most students, finals week involves a lot of stress, but many don’t know how to manage it. 

  • University employees deserve sick leave payout

     

    Some of the university’s groundskeepers, maintenance staff, advisers and nonadministrative staff could lose their ability to cash out their built-up sick leave pay. Thankfully, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) union, which represents those workers, rejected the university’s proposal to delay the change in policy.  

  • Compliments can benefit campus morale

    According to Forbes, a 2012 study found that receiving a compliment provides a person with the same positive effect as receiving cash. While a compliment may not be what pays tuition and fees, it can surely provide the motivation needed to study for and pass exams. 

  • Sidewalks on Fletcher Avenue are necessary

    Fletcher Avenue has numerous apartments across the street from campus that house many students. Because the apartments are so close to campus, most students walk from their apartments to class.  

  • Education should not be afterthought in higher education

     

    Not everything is a matter of business. 

  • Education should not be afterthought in higher education

     

    Not everything is a matter of business. 

  • Letter to the Editor: ‘Battle of the Bulls’ event spreads falsehoods about Israel

     

    I attended “Battle of the Bulls” hosted by Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). In this game-show style competition, participants from seven student organizations were asked to answer highly skewed, dehumanizing questions about the state of Israel. 

  • Dean Eisenberg is not a celebrity

     

    Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Eric Eisenberg is far from a celebrity and the obnoxious videos need to stop. 

  • Students deserve a week off for Thanksgiving

    It’s rare to find a university with a full week off for Thanksgiving. 

  • Genshaft’s performance stipend could be put to better use

     

    President Judy Genshaft is USF’s best cheerleader and has done a wonderful job at marketing USF as a top research university, but that is nothing new.

  • Bookstore should capitalize on students equally

     

    It’s that time of year again. TV stations flood the airwaves with Christmas films, radio stations assault your ears with “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” memes spouting “Jesus is the reason for the season” flood Facebook and stores decorate with fake trees and spew green and red as reminders of the little time that shoppers have to buy presents for family and friends. 

  • Medical amnesty policy doesn’t reach far enough

     

    While USF should be commended for its move in deciding to provide amnesty from academic reprimand to those who report overdoses of illegal substances, the new policy is likely too narrow in scope to have any real impact. 

  • Citizens righteously disapprove of US government

    It only took a government shutdown and a consecutive string of government failures, but it seems Americans have finally figured it out. 

  • Americans need to find a new Canada to escape politics

    For those dissatisfied with American politics, the joke used to be to head north to Canada.

  • Letter to the Editor: University should follow SG path for ‘undocumented student’ tuition

     

    This past June, Florida International University (FIU) in Miami began offering in-state tuition for undocumented students that qualified for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which passed last year. 

  • Alec Baldwin has unreasonable paparazzi expectations

    After accusations for using an anti-gay slur against a reporter, “30 Rock” star Alec Baldwin is threatening to leave the show business.

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: ‘Animals are not meant to be in a circus’

    The Ringling Bros. Circus is coming to Tampa and its surrounding area starting in January. At one point in our lives, we all probably liked going to circuses and we did not know about the conditions the animals that performed were kept in. 

  • Speed limit legislation not beneficial to drivers

    Interstate speed limits might be seeing an increase, but the bill is nothing more than a people pleaser. 

  • Real ID Act is a real waste of time and money

    Your ID may not be within federal compliance after Dec. 1, 2014 according to the Real ID Act.

  • SG bill creates opportunity for ‘undocumented students’

     

    The Student Government (SG) Senate took an important step in passing a resolution Tuesday evening that will advocate for the university to adopt a policy allowing students that have at least graduated from a Florida high school or have attended USF for at least 12 months and are the children of immigrants illegally living in the U.S. to pay in-state tuition instead of the current out-of-state rate.

  • Climate change conversation necessary after typhoon

     

    As the United Nations seeks more than $300 million in emergency relief funding  from its member nations in the aftermath of one of the most devastating and tragic natural disasters in recent history, perhaps Typhoon Haiyan should lead the international community to start thinking proactively instead of retroactively.

  • Obama’s broken promise means broken trust

     

    It is not surprising that for the first time in the last two years President Barack Obama’s approval rating dropped below 40 percent this week, according to Gallup.

  • SPC students insensitively displace homeless

     

    More than 3.5 million people in the U.S. experience homelessness every year, and the Tampa Bay area has more than 25,000 homeless people, according to Metropolitan Ministries.  

  • Internet killed the video store

     

    Spotting a Blockbuster Video store is about as rare as spotting a doppelganger

  • Should driving with Google Glass warrant a citation?

      While still unavailable to the general public, about 10,000 Google Glasses, glasses with lenses that allow users to take photos, web chat, use a GPS and check email, have been distributed across the U.S. to “explorers.”  One explorer in San Diego, Cecelia Abadie, was wearing Google Glass while driving last Tuesday and was stopped for speeding.

  • Brazil-Tampa partnership favors USF interests

    Since 2005, Brazil has been climbing its way up the economic ladder and now has a $2.5 trillion GDP, making Brazil’s economy the sixth best in the nation, according to CNN. 

  • Soda tax can lower obesity rates

    Two out of three adults and one out of three children in the U.S. are overweight or obese, according to the Harvard School of Public Health. There are many variables to blame for the high rate of obesity in the U.S., but there is no reason not to look into ways to prevent it. 

  • Commercialized winter holidays started too early

    Nowadays, one doesn’t need to stare at a calendar to figure out a holiday is coming up — retailers do that for us. 

  • Common Core has potential

    The U.S. education system rating is severely declining  when compared to other countries around the world. According to a report by the Council on Foreign Relations, the U.S. has fallen 10 spots in the rankings for high school and college graduation rates in the last three decades. 

  • Politicians should stop playing health care website blame game

     

    It is almost laughable that the country that invented the Internet, Facebook, Twitter, and continues to lead the world in information technology, is so inept, that its government cannot get a federal website working properly.

  • Schiano deserves to be fired

    It’s easy to spot the true Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans this season. 

  • NSA defense of French, Spanish spying irrelevant

     

    The National Security Agency (NSA) has been contorting itself willy-nilly to defend its non-spying practices on France, Italy and Spain. 

  • New school security laws needed

     

    The echoes of gunshots once again reverberated through the heart of America with the 13th school-shooting incident since the one at Sandy Hook Elementary last year.  

  • Immigration reform cannot wait for partisanship

     

    After the government shutdown ended, President Barack Obama has been pursuing a new part of his agenda — immigration reform. 

  • Letter to the Editor: ‘“Think PINK Fridays” are more than wearing pink

     

    “Think PINK Fridays” with Campus Recreation are much more than just “wearing pink T-shirts.”

  • Blame should not fall on rape victims

     

    Rape is frequently blamed on a lot of things: High alcohol consumption, the way a woman dresses, the way a woman is “asking” for it, a misunderstood acquaintanceship, campus dorm culture and many more excuses. 

  • Health care website poorly planned

    The Affordable Care Act might be affordable, but only if one can navigate the glitch-filled website to find a suitable plan. 

  • Benefits outweigh inconvenience for uniform speed limits

    The alerts have gone out and new signs have been posted. It’s official — the campus-wide speed limit is 25 mph, unless otherwise posted. 

  • Time to start lowering the debt ceiling

     

    Now that the debt ceiling has been raised, Congress has permission to spend more money than they actually have. 

  • Increase in Homecoming fund is contradictory

     

    This year, the Homecoming Steering Committee saw a more than $10,000 increase in its budget, totaling $418,229 plus a $42,400 grant. This year, the university also aims to reduce spending by $12 million, $9 million of which is coming from Academic Affairs and support units.

  • Young’s life should serve as example to Congress

     

    A well-known and favored Florida representative for the Tampa Bay area, C.W. Bill Young, who spent 43 years of his life in the U.S. House of Representatives, passed away last Friday. 

  • Slavery is still a major issue in the world

    The 2013 Global Slavery Index states there are an estimated 29.8 million people caught in some form of slavery around the world, mostly in Asian and African countries. 

  • Pink shirts are not enough from institution level

     

    Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death in women and one in every eight women will develop invasive breast cancer, according to research from the Moffitt Cancer Center. 

  • Shutdown problems not solved yet

     

    Finally, in the 11th hour, members of Congress saved the day by ending the partial government shutdown and voted to extend the nation’s debt ceiling.

  • Raising debt ceiling only option left to prevent chaos

    The Thursday deadline is just one day away, and the decision to raise the debt ceiling still ominously awaits a verdict. 

  • Dropped DUI cases have questionable ethics

    Forty DUI cases are now being reviewed by the State Attorney’s Office because of the controversial involvement of one Tampa Police Department officer. 

  • Patriot Act author best suited to fix its flaws

    The Patriot Act must be one of the most infamous acts in modern times. 

  • Letter to the Editor: ‘Abortion protest was too extreme’

    Everyone is indeed entitled to his or her own opinions and everyone has the right to publicly voice those opinions. 

  • Online dating poses risks for students

     

    In today’s society, online profiles of the average individual can often be easily attained, but can also often be a deceitful presentation of facts, with no verification involved. 

  • UN at fault for cholera outbreak in Haiti

     

    Rather than taking necessary safety measures to keep hundreds of thousands of people healthy, the United Nations (UN) has carelessly allowed them to become infected with a newly spread disease. 

  • America can’t afford the shutdown

    Since the government shutdown started Oct. 1, around 800,000 federal government employees were furloughed with the promise of backpay only granted later.

  • Tampa Bay Rays didn’t get fan support they deserve

    As the popular song goes, “we’ll root, root, root for the home team, if they don’t win it’s a shame.”

    But is it really? 

  • LETTER: ‘Obamacare has benefits for college students’

    Formally known as the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare gives college students and young adults a lot to be happy about.  For starters, if your parents have coverage and you are lucky enough to be on their plan, you can stay insured up to the age of 26.  That’s all the way through grad school for some.  

  • LETTER: ‘Obamacare column lacks factual information’

    The column on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is full of misinformation typical of the right-wing attempt to take over the thoughts of young people through editorial control of college newspapers. Her whole argument is filled with non-factual scare tactics that suggest college students living paycheck to paycheck will be burdened with an additional $721 per month.

  • Campus no place for discrimination

    Suppose a radical preacher came to USF to give a lecture in which he or she told minorities in the audience they were bad because they were born a different race. 

  • Student body takes unnecessary offense

    In a country and at a university that has always celebrated diversity and the right to free speech, the controversy surrounding an upcoming event has had several offended and many students taken aback. 

  • Congress selfishly takes away from WIC program

    Mothers are constantly concerned about their children’s well-being, but the government, or lack thereof, has given them an especially frightening fear to face — How will they feed their babies? 

  • Sock puppets aren’t cute anymore

    Many generations of children have learned sock puppets are fun and imaginative toys, but Amazon reviewers have turned the term “sock puppet” into a dirty word. 

  • Letter to the Editor: In response to Sept. 24’s column titled 'U.S. students don’t need passports'

    While I agree with the assertion that the lack of a passport “shouldn’t keep students from developing a well-rounded, diverse and cultured learning experience that would make a great resume,” students should carefully consider the differences between cultural experiences within the U.S. and those abroad.

  • Obamacare not beneficial for young adults

    President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, is depending heavily on young people buying coverage, but its costs are far out of reach for young adults. 

  • Obama breaks promises by failing to close down Guantanamo Bay

    The U.S. military announced last week that the hunger strike in the Guantanamo Bay detention facility is basically over after detainees were subjected to six months of force-feeding, according to an article in the Washington Post. 

  • UN takes right step to reduce carbon footprint

    The United Nations (U.N.) has finally found a way to save the world, and it doesn’t involve world peace. 

  • Background checks won’t solve the gun problem

    With the recent Navy Yard shooting, the recurring debate has been re-ignited and President Barack Obama claims there needs to be stricter gun laws in America. 

  • It’s just another government shutdown

    Start stocking up on your rations, America, and get ready for a shutdown of the government.

  • Turning in chemical weapons is not enough

    The conflict in Syria has dominated headlines for weeks with each resolution attempt seeming more desperate than the last.

  • Rapists are being let off too easily

    According to the National Crime Victimization Survey, a person is sexually assaulted somewhere in the U.S. every two minutes. 

  • Kevin

    What you said

     

    Oracle photographer Adam Mathieu asked students how they felt about prospects of getting a job immediately after graduation.

  • Florida needs complete ban on cellphones while driving

    On Oct. 1, Florida will join 41 other states with a no texting and driving law. But while gigantic billboards advertising the new law will be erected, according to the Tampa Bay Times, there will not be a considerable amount of effort from the state of Florida to help the general public understand the ban on texting and driving. 

  • US students don’t need passports for study abroad experience

    Many at the university urge students to study abroad, and some consider it a near requirement to graduate and be globally competitive in the workforce.

  • Students need international travel on their resumes

    A 2011 CNN article reported that only 30 percent of Americans owned passports. The article also stated that in prior years, the percentage was in the teens. This number is internationally compelling, as Canada’s passport percentages are double and the UK’s is 75 percent.

  • EDITORIAL: University should re-evaluate spending, cuts

    In a time of extreme budget cuts, there’s somehow room in the budget cuts for faculty raises.  At the Faculty Senate meeting last week, USF administrators stated they were looking to cut $12 million from this year’s budget, $9 million of which would be coming from Academic Affairs and its support units, such as the Library and Office of Graduate Studies.

  • Miss America controversy should serve as lesson of equality

    The very stage that was supposed to display the wide diversity of American beauty is the cause of the recent racial backlash against the newly crowned Miss America.  

  • Don’t waste your money on iPhone upgrades

    Apple has created two new products for its obsessed followers and its “wannabe” followers who can’t afford the high prices of an iPhone: the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C.

  • LETTER: ‘The Oracle’s football commentary is a joke’

    As a senior here at USF, I have sat through four years of disappointment at Raymond James Stadium. After Week 1’s colossal loss to McNeese State, my final glimpse of hope was shot down. When I opened The Oracle to read the commentary regarding this historically horrific loss, I was shocked to see how easy you guys let the team off the hook. 

  • Sentencing in rape case doesn’t fix Indian justice system

    Four men were sentenced to death in New Delhi, India on Sept. 10, after raping a 23-year-old woman on a bus, who later died from the horrific injuries she sustained from the attack. 

  • LETTER: ‘We should seek to support one another, not rate.’

    I was walking to the Marshall Center last Thursday, when I overheard a fellow student loudly say the women at USF are below average-looking and that girls at other schools like UF and FSU are way better-looking.

  • LETTER: Because of Greek life, ‘cons have become pros in my life’

    I read a recently published opinion post entitled, “Fresh perspectives: Freshman should avoid Greek life” and felt drawn to write in with my own thoughts. You see, I used to be a hater myself. My freshman year, I traveled the halls of USF announcing that “I would never pay for my friends!” Besides, I didn’t fit the mold — I wore Vans, liked rock music, hated Lilly Pulitzer and didn’t understand why people wore those string-things on the backs of their sunglasses. But I still found myself wondering what all the hype was about. So, I secretly signed up for sorority recruitment.

  • LETTER: Why Greek life is the best decision I’ve ever made

    I can say with unwavering confidence that going Greek is the best decision I have ever made and I can guarantee that I am not alone. 

  • LETTER: Why Greek life is a positive experience

    While the choice to get involved in Greek life is one that involves many first-year students, not all of them are freshmen. Transfer students of all ages and credit levels choose to become a member of USF’s welcoming Greek community every year. 

  • Fresh perspectives: Freshmen should avoid Greek life

    The choice to get involved in Greek life is one that involves many first-year students on campus. Though many students are eager to jump into a fraternity or sorority, others have well-motivated reservations. These reservations are because the cons of Greek life outweigh the pros. 

  • Tampa Bay Times now charges unfair subscriptions for online readers

    News on the Internet is known to be free, which is why print circulation only makes up 27 percent of total newspaper media revenue, according to the Newspaper Association of America. 

  • Miley Cyrus is not Hannah Montana. Get over it.

    Miley Cyrus just can’t seem to get any love. 

  • Zimmerman needs to keep himself out of headlines

    George Zimmerman might as well start his own reality TV show. 

  • Letter to the Editor: In response to “The rise of super-grainy-cleavage selfies" article

    I wanted to write to you to voice a complaint about the article in the USF Oracle entitled “The rise of super-grainy-cleavage-selfies.”

  • Assad unlikely to cooperate with chemical weapons deal

    It seems like the best way to describe the war in Syria is to compare it to a game of charades. 

  • Down with drones: Why US should halt use of drones

    The use of unmanned aerial vehicles, more widely known as drones, have cost countless lives in countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and Iraq. The U.S. justifies the use of drones as an efficient way to target and kill al-Qaida terrorists, but the fact that civilian lives are just as much at stake has been belittled by the U.

  • MoBull Messenger System fails to properly inform students

    If students and faculty were not awake at 2 a.m., many woke up to a concerning text message or email about an “unsafe situation in the vicinity of campus” on Sep. 6. 

  • Letter to the Editor: ‘Hope in the midst of the stampede’

    The stampede symbolically stands for all as one, standing firm as individual Bulls no matter the placement. 

  • Fresh perspectives: A freshman’s thoughts on the change in Library hours

    The controversy over the new Library hours has been an ongoing battle for students. 

  • The rise of super-grainy-cleavage-selfies

    It’s safe to say that the equation has been solved. 

    Ladies of Facebook, the way to create the perfect profile picture has been discovered.

  • Fast-food worker strike for doubling minimum wage reasonable

    Fast-food workers have decided enough is enough, and they rightly deserve more than the current minimum wage. 

  • Orientation was not helpful preparation for first week

    First-year students have the privilege and burden of having to make new friends and explore a new campus, while dealing with the emotional woes of missing home. 

  • Twerking is overrated

    Twerk

    Miley Cyrus has made this word apart of almost everyone’s vocabulary across the country. After her VMA performance Cyrus tweeted that her VMA performance had 306,000 tweets per minute. This is more than the Super Bowl. 

  • Budget cuts shouldn’t cut student experience

    It seems tuition is going up and student resources are going down. 

  • Parking woes call for alternative solutions

    The parking petition circulated among disgruntled faculty members is perhaps the most recent example of a woe that has come to serve as a quick icebreaker in bonding students and faculty during the first days of the semester. 

  • Canvas is better than Blackboard

    Change is difficult to cope with and very few people handle it well.  Naturally, when a student is told Blackboard, a site they’ve finally grasped to manage their classes, is being done away with and now they have to figure out how to use Canvas, the reaction is negative.

  • Tuition payments with a credit card will cost you

    Starting a new semester is exciting, but it’s one of the most expensive times of the year. Students have to purchase books, supplies, dorm room or apartment gear and for those without a scholarship deferment, tuition in full. '

  • A message to readers

    Life happens 24/7. 

  • American media undervalue covering serious issues

    American news outlets have turned to increasingly elaborate measures to grab viewer attention.  

  • Mandatory sentencing laws have questionable merits

    In light of the George Zimmerman case verdict, an onslaught of public outcry aimed against Florida’s legislative integrity has ensued.  

  • Zimmerman case highlights public ignorance to rule of law

    Following the shooting of Trayvon Martin in a modest central Florida suburb, two cases immediately sprang to life.  

  • Role of race relevant in Zimmerman case

    The verdict of the case against George Zimmerman highlights what is wrong with the U.S. justice system.

  • Partisan demagoguery apparent in gay marriage debate

    In the wake of the milestone ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and deferred the California gay marriage ban to a lower court’s nullification, rebellious antagonism runs rampant in the Bible Belt as religious conservatives attempt to regain lost ground.

  • Obama healthcare mandate delay a risky political stunt

    The Obama administration’s abrupt announcement of a year-long delay on a 2014 Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandate, which requires businesses of 50 or more full-time employees to provide health benefits, is as unanticipated as it is politically enigmatic.

  • Military coup a toss-up for Egypt’s future

    Egypt’s hotbed of civil unrest boiled over on July 3, when democratically-elected president Mohamed Morsi failed to meet a 48-hour ultimatum to quell the demands of a nationwide protest of millions. 

  • NFL conduct policy biggest issue for players

    Given the NFL’s perceived crime streak, including several recent high profile cases, it’s no wonder some see the league as a harbor for criminals.  

  • Proposition 8 dismissal hinders LGBT progress

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s long-awaited decision on the constitutionality of gay marriage bans and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) came to a head on Wednesday as the court voted 5-4 to strike down a DOMA provision that prohibited federal recognition of same-sex marriages and associated benefits.

  • Supreme Court decision fails to consider current inequalities

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn a vital provision of the Voting Rights Act of  1965, which allowed for federal oversight of certain southern voting districts in the U.S., represents a daunting discrepancy between the Court’s interpretation of ideal constitutional principles and the non-ideal history of racial inequality in the American South.

  • Racism remains troubling facet of American society

    Racism is endemic to all societies that boast cultural diversity, though acknowledging its existence does not necessarily absolve or justify its impact on the population.

  • Snowden case does not amount to treason

    The controversy surrounding whistleblower Edward Snowden is no longer an issue of the National Security Agency (NSA)’s scandalous PRISM program — nor should it be a comprehensive analysis of his lifestyle outside of work as an intelligence analyst.

  • US, Taliban talks highlight policy change

    Historically, the U.S. has said it doesn’t negotiate with terrorists — unless it is convenient. Then it just might extend a helping hand.

  • Obesity should not be considered a disease

    During its annual meeting in Chicago, the American Medical Association (AMA) took an unprecedented step in public health policy and declared one-third of all Americans “diseased,” applying the label to obesity.

  • Board of Trustees decision lacks transparency, support

    The USF Board of Trustees (BOT) held a special meeting Monday, cementing a decision to increase undergraduate in-state tuition by 1.7 percent, pursuant to a 2007 law that requires that State University System schools increase tuition in accordance with the national inflation rate.

  • Photojournalist layoffs a poor strategy

    “A picture is worth a thousand words.”  

  • Florida work policy legislation a corporate giveaway

     

    Despite extensive countywide efforts to implement employee benefit mandates,  Gov. Rick Scott, backed by numerous corporate sponsors, signed a statewide counter-legislative measure intended to limit the rights of voters to require benefits such as sick and maternal leave from their employers. It’s a move that puts limits on the autonomy of Florida’s 67 counties in determining employment policies and is at odds with referendums across the state.

  • Immigration bill fails to address core issues

     

    The immigration reform bill presented by the “Gang of Eight,” a bipartisan group of senators who crafted the 844-page legislation to remedy the highly politicized issue of approximately 11 million undocumented residents within U.S. borders, passed with overwhelming support by a tally of 82-15 in the Senate chamber.

  • Milani

    Talking points: Iran elections

    After eight years of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s presidency, Iran will hold the first round of elections between candidates, including one hand-picked by Ahmadinjad, on Friday. USF Director for the Center of Strategic and Diplomatic Studies and Iran expert Mohsen Milani weighed in on the upcoming election during a conference call hosted by “Foreign Affairs” magazine.

  • Obama response to NSA scandal inadequate, alarming

     

    During President Barack Obama’s public press conference addressing the leaks from the National Security Agency’s controversial PRISM Internet surveillance program and court-ordered seizure of Verizon phone records, he reiterated his campaign’s most vital commitments — to keep the American people safe and adhere to the principles of the constitution.

  • Media coverage biases Zimmerman trial

     

    As the trial of George Zimmerman, the man accused of fatally shooting teenager Trayvon Martin, nears its start, Sanford, Fla., may soon resemble Orlando during the Casey Anthony trial.

  • Emotional appeal undermines complexity in child transplant case

    Media stories that highlight morally sensitive topics often serve to bring important social issues to light, yet they have a tendency to undermine their complexities.

  • Religious conservatism threatens progress

     

    Kevin Beckner, Hillsborough County’s first openly gay commissioner, oversaw a commission vote this week that would officially enforce his proposal to overturn a 2005 Hillsborough County censure of the LGBT community and LGBT affiliated events with a supermajority vote.

  • Internet users should be more accountable

    A recent Washington Post article brought to light an interesting question of whether the “right to tweet” exists after the arrest of six British Twitter users who posted ‘inappropriate sentiments’ in the aftermath of the beheading of a British soldier in broad daylight in London.

  • Turkish protests a test for secular values

     

    What began as a nonviolent sit-in by a small number of environmentalists protesting the demolition of the quaint Gezi Park in the busy tourist district of Istanbul’s Taksim Square has escalated into full-fledged popular demonstrations against what many Turks perceive as an increasingly authoritarian regime.

  • Monsanto poses challenges to democracy

    Corporate interest often interferes with policy in democratic, capitalist societies. Affluent firms command a substantial influence over legislation that impacts their revenue, often at the expense of popular consensus.

  • Florida budget, policy disregards mental health

    In light of an unprecedented surge of mass shootings in the U.S., public concern has been fixated on issues pertaining to gun violence and control. Despite the importance that gun control plays in these events, there’s an underlying problem that has lacked significant
    attention: mental health. 

  • Disgraced political comebacks an age-old trend

    With the announcement of shamed former Rep. Anthony Weiner’s intent to run for mayor of New York City in the November election, the American political arena continues to run amok with morally disgraced has-beens attempting to revitalize their once-distinguished careers in public service.

  • Kaitlyn Hunt case not an issue of sexuality

    The plight of the parents of 18-year-old Kaitlyn Hunt is heart-wrenching.

  • Pro: Plight of Palestinians should not be overlooked

    One cannot comprehend the meaning of a genocide until they are aware of what happened during Germany’s Holocaust. I specify the country to avoid confusion that seems to surround the term’s meaning.

  • Con: Palestinian ‘Nakba’ event misconstrues history

    The Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) event on May 15 commemorated a day that Palestinians refer to as the “Nakba,” an Arabic word meaning “catastrophe.” The day prior marked the 65th anniversary of Israel’s declaration of independence.

  • Government intrusion unjustified in AP scandal

     

    The buffer zone between freedom of the press and federal jurisdiction has been a delicate issue, often setting the precedent for government transparency, civil rights advocacy and the ability of average citizens to engage in the democratic process.

  • Climate misconceptions pose serious threat

     

    Something happened on Earth last week that had not occurred in more than 3 million years: A reading of carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the atmosphere nearly surpassed 400 parts per million (ppm).

  • Abercrombie, Bangladesh and the path to profit margins

     

    There are first world problems and third world problems.  Differences in the quality of life among the world’s countries often influence the way individuals prioritize these problems.  But often, first world society finds itself relying on third world solutions and the retail industry is no exception.

  • American infrastructure faces bleak future

    The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the world’s largest and oldest publisher of civil engineering information, report card on American Infrastructure for 2013 offers a bleak insight on the U.S.’s crumbling foundation.  

  • Call for corporate transparency well-intentioned, impractical

     

    According to the New York Times, in a bold and controversial decision, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) officials indicated they would consider looking into altering their policies to require publicly traded companies to disclose political donations on their financial statements.  

  • FAU professor’s misguided views disrespect victims

    Did the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary or the Boston bombings actually happen? That is the question posed by Florida Atlantic University mass communications professor, James Tracy. 

  • On-campus housing options limit students

    Due to the shortage of housing on campus, many students are still searching for a place to sleep this fall. 

  • CISPA criticism partially unwarranted

     

    Last Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act known as CISPA by a margin of 288 to 127. Since then, the bill has garnered a bevy of criticisms from within the House itself, civil liberty activists and cyber privacy activists, including the hacktivist group Anonymous. 

  • Why North Korea is awesome

     

    North Korea has gone rogue.  

  • 24-hour news networks have unsavory side effects

     

    The recent days of media coverage in the capture of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings has put the best and worst of 24-hour-news networks’ coverage on display. 

  • Senate gun control vote ignored public opinion

     

    In a not-so-shocking day in Congress on Wednesday, two proposed changes to a gun control bill in front of the Senate failed to garner the 60 votes necessary to be enacted by a mere six votes. The proposed legislation, called the Manchin-Toomey plan, was a bipartisan compromise meant to expand background checks on gun purchases made online and at firearms trade-shows. 

  • Washington can learn from MLB

     

    Perhaps America’s favorite problem causers could take a lesson from America’s favorite pastime. 

  • Port Canaveral officer’s actions unjustifiable

     

    Former Sgt. Ron King was fired from the Port Canaveral Police Department last week after he brought gun range targets that resembled the slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin to a shooting course he taught as a side job. According to CNN, an internal investigation determined that King possessed the paper targets and offered them to a fellow officer for use in firearms training. 

  • Google’s ‘Person Finder’ crucial tool in terror’s aftermath

     

    As the country looked in horror after bombs were detonated during the Boston Marathon on Monday leaving at least three dead and more than 140 victims injured at time of print,
    the search engine giant Google was readying its considerable Internet presence to help.

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: ‘Big improvement’ in Dining since chicken incident

    As a student here at USF, I have been witnessing a lot of issues being brought to our attention concerning our dining centers. 

  • Pop culture icons’ comportment reflective of societal values

    Justin Bieber’s visit to the historic Anne Frank House in Amsterdam incurred the wrath of the internet on Sunday, and rightfully so.

  • Technology may change, decency does not

     

    Maybe Anthony Weiner still doesn’t get it. 

  • Emergency contraception should not need prescription

    New York Federal Judge Edward Korman ruled to lift point-of-sale restrictions and age verifications for emergency contraception such as Plan B and Preven, commonly known as morning after pills. The ruling, which has garnered debate from competing interest groups and the medical field, would allow the drug to be sold to anyone without restrictions or a prescription.

  • Egyptian satirist’s arrest shows Morsi’s true colors

     

    It has been two years since the revolutionary wave of the Arab Spring made its way to Egypt, allowing for the ousting of long-term Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Since then, Egypt has made small strides in the development of basic freedoms.

  • Mass Comm confusion shows lack of shared governance

    In the last two months, the School of Mass Communications has been the subject of much scrutiny and criticism. 

  • Arguments for concealed weapons on campus lack logic

    In the course of tragic events, societies are prone to reconsider the past in search for preventative measures. We make assumptions about causes and reconcile them with our beliefs and principles before proposing a solution.

  • Concealed carry protest methods are questionable

    The USF Police Department announced Friday that a group on campus was scheduled to hold a week-long protest in support of carrying concealed weapons by wearing empty gun holsters and handing out literature supporting their cause this week. 

  • Rutgers coach should be fired, but not hated

    The Rutgers athletic department announced on Wednesday that it fired the men’s head basketball coach, Mike Rice, after a video on YouTube showed the coach yelling, pushing and throwing basketballs at the team during a practice. The video aired on ESPN on Tuesday and quickly received reaction from the public — and even a response from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. 

  • Arms dealing is problem far beyond UN treaties

    The United Nations General Assembly approved the most comprehensive global arms trade treaty on Tuesday after gaining a majority of the member states’ support. The treaty finalizes a nearly decade-long campaign to curb the distribution of weapons to countries that have been charged with human rights violations, terrorism and organized crime. 

  • Hollywood should not cater to Chinese censors

    The film industry has been a staple in American society since the invention of motion pictures in the late 1800s.  

  • Women’s basketball deserves recognition

     

    The USF women’s basketball team had the strongest performance among USF Athletic teams this season. 

  • Treat cause, not symptoms in graduation rates issue

    USF is facing pressure from the state and its coffers to increase four-year graduation rates, which are at a low 34 percent. Six-year rates aren’t much more laudable, at only 52 percent.

  • Facebook slacktivism does not advance gay rights

     

    As Facebook has been inundated with users posting red equal sings as their profile pictures in favor of gay marriage, the image, which has been uploaded more than 2.7 million times according to Facebook’s data, the photo, and message behind it has come to be more of a social status than a symbol for social change.

  • Supreme Court has chance to take stance on gay marriage

    In a busy week for the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), Tuesday morning marked the beginning of arguments about the controversial issue of gay marriage. The Court will hear both the 2008 California ballot initiative known as Proposition 8 and an appeal of the Defense of Marriage Act of
    1996 (DOMA).

  • Dining Services’ swift response is commendable

    Uncooked chicken is never a pleasant sight, and after the image of raw chicken purportedly served in the Juniper Dining Hall was shared more than 200 times, the image must have been least pleasant for USF Dining Services.

  • Westboro’s rainbow neighbor a sign of hope

    The multi-faceted charity, Planting Peace, started renovations on Tuesday to their newest project, the “Equality House.”

  • U.S. should follow Maryland in banning death penalty

    In 1984, Kirk Bloodsworth was arrested and convicted of rape and murder in Maryland and sentenced to death because he resembled a police sketch of the police’s prime suspect. He spent nine years in a Maryland prison before his lawyers were able to convince prosecutors to test a still-novel science of DNA evidence. Bloodsworth was later proven innocent, making him the first death row inmate to be exonerated using DNA.

  • Silly girl, technology is for boys

    Behold, fair maidens of the world. A new product has been designed just for us.

  • Supreme Court should overturn Arizona voter law

    The Supreme Court heard arguments early Monday regarding a controversial Arizona voter registration law passed in 2004 that required prospective voters to prove citizenship before applying, though federal regulation does not require it.  

  • Mass Comm changes should involve mass input

    There were a couple of things that could have been conceived as “exciting new changes” when Dean Eric Eisenberg emailed the students in the School of Mass Communications over spring break.  

  • Bystanders as guilty as perpetrators in Steubenville rape

     

    In a small rust belt town of Steubenville, Ohio, just west of Pittsburgh, teens from a local high school celebrated the end of their summer break in 2012 with a collection of alcohol-laden parties. But this party did not end with a simple hangover. 

  • The spring break you won’t forget: Protecting yourself from STDs

    For the average college student, next week will consist of no work, no school, lots of alcohol and lots of sex — usually with random hook-ups.

  • Sequestration game hurts non-players

     

    The automatic government spending cuts known as sequestration officially went into effect last Thursday. 

  • Republican attack of Planned Parenthood unwarranted

     

    Last week a group of Republican lawmakers ordered the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to once again audit the family planning and women’s health group Planned Parenthood and its subsidiaries. 

  • Rodman should not be chastised for North Korea visit

     

    In an interview with George Stephanopoulos on Sunday morning, former NBA star Dennis Rodman faced a harsh line of questioning after recently returning from a trip to North Korea in which he called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “awesome.”

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: 'Students should be able to decide where the money ... goes'

     

    On Friday, USF students voted in favor of adhering to the principles of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” 

  • Publicity, commentary only hurts Trayvon Martin case

    It has been a year since 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in a Sanford neighborhood.

    But in the year that followed, the general public and national media have clouded the case with speculation, racial rhetoric and legal uncertainty that have only led to further polarized public sentiment about the motives behind what took place.

  • NASCAR cannot guarantee fan safety

    When it comes to attending a hockey, baseball or basketball game, fans want to make sure they feel safe and protected.  

  • Syrian peace dependent on global intervention

    After a meeting on Monday with Britain’s Foreign Secretary, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to the media about the joint effort to curb violence of the continuing Syrian Civil War.

  • Media’s role in social change reactive, not proactive

    While the decision from the Associated Press Stylebook, the guide that sets the standard for most print and online media outlets in the U.S.,  to expand the entry of “husband, wife” to include all legally recognized spouses regardless of sexual orientation, should be regarded as a step in the right direction, a bigger question has surfaced: What is the role of media in social change?  

  • Dating Dilemmas: How much is too much?

    What happens when your would-be prince tries sweeping you off your feet too early?

  • Tensions over school safety take “zero tolerance” to new level

     

    In light of recent tragedies on school grounds, it’s natural that parents, administrators and students worry about the safety of their schools. 

  • Sequestration is childish game

    The nation was warned in early January that it would happen again and, much to our chagrin, indeed it did. 

  • Keystone XL pipeline merits not worth environmental harm

    Thousands rallied on the National Mall on Sunday and a small group rallied on campus Tuesday to demand President Barack Obama to act on his promise to curb global warming, urging him to reject the Keystone XL pipeline that would connect Canada to refineries in the Gulf of Mexico through the U.S. 

  • Minimum wage should not be left to whims of laissez-faire

     

    In his State of the Union address last week, President Barack Obama mentioned raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9. 

  • Polytechnic funding request rests on little merit

     

    Florida Polytechnic University seems to be the gift that never stops taking.

  • Australian kids crushed by new health guidelines

     

    One of the fondest memories anyone can recall as a child is that perfect moment — after everyone has finished saying “happy birthday,” right before you blow out the candles. There are few moments in life when you feel more connected to your family and friends.

  • Viral video displays alarming trend of voyeurism

    During a sunny August afternoon in an alleyway in Newark, in an act of brutal manipulative violence, three men stripped a teenager of his clothes, poured water over him and beat him multiple times with a belt as bystanders watched and walked by. The beating allegedly occurred because of a measly $20 debt the victim’s father owed the three men.  

  • Sanctions on North Korea must be uniform

     

    The Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK) confirmed Tuesday that it conducted its third nuclear test in an underground testing facility after South Korean monitors detected seismic activity coming from the north. 

  • State of the Union address a bevy of optimistic promises

    President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address on Tuesday, laying out his plans and perspectives for the future of the country.

  • Number of student body presidential candidates shows lack of involvement

     

    With the student body presidential election only two weeks away, the dearth of presidential candidates is troubling. 

  • ‘Finish in Four’ worthy of consideration

    Gov. Rick Scott’s proposals for higher education have not always been popular, but his recent “Finish in Four” proposal may offer merits that the state legislature would be wise to consider. 

  • USF to host Opening Day softball tournament

     

    Softball coach Ken Eriksen hasn’t been sleeping too well lately. 

  • Immigration reform should not be political bait

     

    Last week Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) claimed that failure to pass immigration reform would cause the GOP to lose future elections to lose to Democratic presidential candidates. Little does McCain know, it is statements like these that sustain the disconnect between the Hispanic community and the Republican Party. 

  • Drone strikes on U.S. citizens in al-Qaida complex, but necessary tactic

    America has been fighting against the terrorist organization al-Qaida since the 9/11 attacks in 2001, and in May 2011 Osama bin Laden, the former leader of
    al-Qaida, was killed by Navy SEALs while hiding in a fortress in Pakistan. Bin Laden’s predecessors, Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, Mustafa Abu al-Yazid and Abu Hafs al-Shariri were all killed by unmanned drone air strikes while in Pakistan. 

  • Letter to the Editor: Re: "Students find parking, appeals process 'confusing'"

    I am going to start by saying something that will make most of USF angry at me: USF’s parking problem is not PATS, it is you. 

  • War on drugs made dangerous synthetics possible

    The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and law enforcement are fighting a losing battle against marijuana that some states have already bowed out of. The introduction of synthetic cannabinoids, such as Spice and K2, only helps the argument that marijuana should be legalized by noting that the illicit drug has not proved to cause health risks. 

  • A letter to our readers

     

    We’ve seen an increasing number of sources on campus requesting to conduct interviews via email, and in the interest of providing our readers with the most accurate version of the truth, The Oracle will no longer conduct interviews via email, with only extraordinary circumstances as exceptions to the rule.  

  • Housing owes residents better communication

     

    Losing power for more than 10 hours is frustrating, but not knowing why power is gone, or for how long it will be gone, is unreasonable. 

  • Rays cannot stay at Tropicana

     

    Tampa Bay Rays owner Stuart Sternberg spoke at a regular Pinellas County commissioners meeting Tuesday to discuss the Rays future in the Bay Area a week after a Major League Basement commissioner released a statement that the MLB was disappointed with the organization’s attendance at Tropicana Field.

  • Letter to the Editor: ‘Students do not take advantage of the appeals process’

    I felt compelled to write this as I sat idly waiting for a parking spot at USF. Any of the thousands of students who try to park know the frustration I felt in that moment and daily, and that is precisely what this is about: the frustration of USF parking.

  • Immigration policies restrict comprehensive reform

     

    When Barack Obama addressed the nation from a high school in Las Vegas on Tuesday, he stated his plans to overhaul immigration policy.

  • High-powered rifles not the answer to improving schools

     

    A week before the Sandy Hook shootings, a school district in Fontana, Calif., decided to supply school police officers with high-powered semiautomatic rifles.

  • Letter to the Editor: Re: 'Students find parking appeals confusing'

    ‘There are issues with parking at USF, but students not being able to follow clearly marked signage is not one of them.’

  • Boy Scouts lifting of gay ban only a start

    LGBT individuals will be able to join without ridicule and will not be vindicated until the Boy Scouts drop their
    policy indefinitely and become entirely inclusive.

  • Should same-sex couples be allowed to adopt? PRO.

    In the midst of hot political topics such as abortion, gay marriage and adoption rights, hundreds of thousands of children are waiting for a family to call their own. In the 21st century, one would think the idealistic family image that the Cleavers set for America would no longer apply.

  • Should same-sex couples be able to adopt children? CON.

     

    They believed that every child should grow up with a mother and a father. And I couldn’t agree more.

  • Algeria’s response to hostage crisis should not be judged

     

    At dawn last Wednesday, 32 alleged al-Qaida militants entered a secluded natural gas plant in In Amenas, Algeria, hell-bent on taking as many hostages from the facility as they could to Mali for ransom. Their plans were thwarted by the facility’s security and the Algerian military, but not before the horrific events took the lives of 37 hostages including three Americans.

  • MLK Day should be reserved for service

     

    When President Barack Obama was publicly sworn into office for his second term on Monday, his inaugural address was filled with hope, and talk of equality for all minorities, fitting for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. But the day typically devoted to service across the country thus became a day devoted to politics. 

     

  • Armstrong confession falls flat with supporters

     

    Invincibility, by his own admission, was something that Lance Armstrong had felt he embodied. He was a person that lived “the perfect life,” and was the underdog that came out on top, despite the grim circumstances of cancer. To me, he was one of those people who defied the odds and became an inspiration to millions of people.

  • Second Amendment should not deter gun control

      When President Barack Obama issued a proposal Wednesday for stricter bans on assault weapons and more stringent background checks, opposition was expected.   But the amendment used to prop up the argument against the proposal is foolhardy. In 1791, our forefathers signed the most important document in American history that included the list of our inalienable rights.

  • Armstrong’s doping confession should not tarnish other strides

     

    Renowned ex-cyclist Lance Armstrong is expected to appear on the Oprah Winfrey Network this week to admit his use of banned performance-enhancing drugs before his memorable seven Tour de France victories. 

  • Disaster relief should not be political

     

    It has been nearly three months since Hurricane Sandy hit America’s east coast, causing an estimated $62 billion in damages, killing 149 people. 

  • Religious freedoms rightly extended to prisoner

     

    American-born Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh, 31, who was arrested in November 2001 and is serving 20-year sentence in an Indiana federal prison for aiding the terrorist group, was recently granted the right to congregate with fellow Muslim inmates for daily prayers, a right that was long overdue. 

  • Human rights should not be ignored at any cost

     

    When the Saudi Arabian government issued a statement upon receiving much international backlash after the execution of a Sri Lankan maid, it was a statement that resonated with many cultural relativists — or those hiding under the veil of relativism. 

  • Ryan’s support for bill poorly envisioned

     

    Here’s to hoping Paul Ryan’s latest bill disappears just as quickly as his five minutes of fame in the national spotlight did. 

  • Human rights should not be ignored at any cost

     

    When the Saudi Arabian government issued a statement upon receiving much international backlash after the execution of a Sri Lankan maid, it was a statement that resonated with many cultural relativists — or those hiding under the veil of relativism. 

  • NHL lockout hurt more than just fans

    The lockout left a sour taste in the mouth of fans and may last for a while.

  • Everyone should sacrifice to fix debt problem

     

    The nation’s financial crisis is not over and we are still burdened with a massive debt. While the legislature has come to an agreement that has stunted our plummet into financial turmoil, the arrangement has only pushed the prospect of sequestration off until March. 

  • Safety, not politics, should spur gun control debate

      When tragedies like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary or the theater in Aurora Colorado occur, the debate over gun control policy inevitably follows, endlessly polarizing the nation into what each individual believes to be the lesser of many evils.  But it is this polarization, cultivated by a bevy of special interest groups and fear, which makes it impossible for our nation to come to an agreement that could prevent tragedies like Sandy Hook from occurring.

  • NCAA drug testing policies should have greater scrutiny

      An article in Sunday’s issue of the New York Times brought to light an issue that deserves closer examination from the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association.) The article revealed the NCAA’s drug-testing, which is conducted by an external company, Drug Free Sport, in the interest of transparency, has some less than savory elements to it that do not serve the organization if deterring drugs among student athletes is something they truly value.

  • Hacktivism unethical, yet premise makes sense

    In a society that values technology for both its potential for good and its capability for evil, the “hactivism” tactics of
    loosely-affiliated hacker group Anonymous has provided a glimpse into the shifting boundaries of law, ethics and the morals of activism.

  • Compliance should remain important in diversity model

    Editorial: USF should act with much caution as possible to ensure it is still protecting the important need for diversity and equal opportunity in the workplace.

  • Lottery boasts valuable benefits

    With the nation abuzz from this weekend’s announcement of the record Powerball lottery purse, many naysayers have come out of the woodwork to criticize the nation’s most successful and trendy form of revenue generation.

  • Gun control debate does not belong in tragedy

    Editorial: It will never be easy to delve into the mind of someone who could take another human beings life.

  • Holtz not the only problem with football program

    The decision to fire football coach Skip Holtz announced Sunday, has left many USF students and fans saying: “Well, it’s about time” — plus or minus a few expletives.

  • Prisoners of Guantanamo Bay should get a fair trial

    Editorial: It is this type of propagandist fear-mongering that followed the 9/11 attacks that led to the creation of Guantanamo Bay outside of the public eye and off of American soil.

  • We’re sad to see you leave, Holtz, but it’s time

    Editorial: You wished us all the best with our future, and we wish you all the best with yours.

  • Political differences must be settled before fiscal cliff

    Editorial: Regardless, the fate of the country’s economy and the lives of students relies on the ability of Congress and the president to come to a compromise while facing the fiscal cliff.

  • Transit would boost area economy

    Sometimes chances don’t come around twice.

  • Tampa has bright future ahead with urban planning

    Editorial: Tampa is headed in the right direction with its improvements plans, and its planning tactics should serve the community well.

  • Facebook users don’t understand copyrights

    For once, many are regretting having blindly agreed to the terms and conditions attached to the creation of a social media account - Facebook.

  • Don’t rush to judge Morsi’s edict

    Editorial: In Tahrir Square, thousands are protesting a decision made by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi that would eliminate judicial review over most of his decisions. 

  • Responsibility of speech important online

    After a recent video we posted, “Gangnam Style ‘flash mob,’” has made its rounds of the Internet and received more than 83,000 views the comments on the video have brought into question whether the responsibility of free speech should be regulated.

  • Florida needs to protect limited water resources

    Editorial: Since elementary school days, the same phrases have been drilled into our heads: Don’t let the water run. Take shorter showers. Use less water.

  • Israel ready to negotiate peace

    The fate of the Palestinian people living in Gaza is unfortunately at the mercy of Hamas.

  • U.S. should approach Cuban embargo with caution

    Editorial: Despite how relentless American political discourse can get, the oppression that Cubans face from their government is daunting enough.

  • Hostess dilemma shows importance of unions, snacks

    In the meantime, consumers are eating up as many Twinkies as they can — hoping the company’s factories won’t shut its doors for good.

  • Rice’s entire record should be considered before nomination

    Editorial: The Republicans are too harsh on Susan Rice when basing their sole criticism on the Benghazi issue.

  • Israeli-Palestinian student activism causes more harm

    Once again an international incident has set off a fever pitch of protests and demonstrations across USF.

  • US plays big, silent role in Gaza

    Though the rockets and bomb blasts are almost 7,000 miles away, the turmoil in Gaza is not far removed from U.S. interests.

  • No change should be expected from new Chinese government

    Editorial: If there were any upside to a Communist party like that in China, it would have to be that there are no pesky campaign ads or antagonizing super PACs.

  • Western ideas play into Ugandan anti-gay bill

    Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights are not an isolated issue.

  • Petraeus emails show Internet lacks veil of privacy

    Even after deleting one’s browsing history, if one is logged into a Google account, any search is saved in the history and could potentially be accessible to all.

  • Veterans Day celebratory, but issues remain

    Just as America prides itself on its military prowess, it should pride itself on its commitment to helping
    veterans.

  • Secession not a reality, despite petition efforts

    If not for democracy, would the people have a right to petition?

  • Colorado marijuana amendment not the end of drug war

    Column: Though both Colorado and Washington passed legislation Tuesday to legalize recreational use of marijuana, the battle to decriminalize the drug’s use has not ended.

  • Florida still doesn’t know how to vote

    Editorial: If Florida hopes to maintain its importance as a state that holds a place in national politics, it needs to be able to come through on Election Day.

  • General elections should not ignore smaller candidates

    Names like Elizabeth Belcher and Tom Lee, or Shawn Harrison and Mark Danish may as well have been Greek to many.

  • Voting process should be uniform across US

    Editorial: As the political climate gets more heated, the stretch toward undeniable election legitimacy just adds to the turmoil that is American politics.

  • Letter to the Editor: Pres. Candidates on Climate Change

    Scientist Michio Kaku confirmed on CBS on Nov. 2 that scientific  opinion on the reality of global warming is now nearly unanimous.

  • Not every vote counts in Electoral College system

    Editorial: America has lived with the Electoral College system for long enough.

  • Amendment would OK taxpayer money for questionable groups

    Amendment 8 is a misleading and un-American attempt to break down the wall of protection between church and state, and voters should vote no on the amendment to keep this vital separation intact.

  • Student basketball tickets a barrier to attendance

    For now, requiring students to request game tickets and move their cars from the Sun Dome lot only impedes student attendance and adds stress to attending a basketball game.

  • Sandy brings moment of bipartisanship

    Amid the whirlwind of tragedy that came with a hurricane that claimed an estimated 124 fatalities as of Wednesday night, one unintended blessing has emerged after the storm — a glimpse of bipartisanship that has been missing in a political season filled with vitriol and mudslinging.

  • Vote with the mind, not with the heart

    While all those things may be useful, the best way for Americans to make their vote truly count may be to forget all of it.

  • Zimmerman websites distort trial

    Editorial: The latest attempt for a gag order failed to prove that the content conflicts with accepted Florida Bar Association rules and will not, in the court’s view, sway potential unbiased jurors.

  • ‘Abortion’ amendment would add complications

    Column: Amendment six ignores implications that come with pregnancy by rape.

  • Climate patterns must be viewed holistically, scientifically

    Editorial: A logical conclusion to draw is to blame it on human-accelerated climate change.

  • What you said: Election 2012

    Oracle photographer Jasmine Abney interviewed four students at random in the Marshall Student Center to see who they would vote for. This is what they said.

  • Vote no for Amendment 12

    Editorial: Amendment 12, pitched by USF graduate Rep. Shawn Harrison, is not good for the students at USF — nor for students across the state.

  • Rape should not be made political issue

     

    On Tuesday night, Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock responded to a question about his stance on abor- tion during an Indiana debate in which he said, “Even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that is something that God intended to happen.”

  • President should have spoken on record to paper

     

    President Barack Obama’s disappointing exchange with the Des Moines Register perhaps speaks louder than the decision the newspaper will make in endorsing a candidate.

  • Supreme Court should reconsider same-sex marriage

    Despite circuit courts’ recent rulings to repeal DOMA, neither the Bush nor the Obama administrations have moved to change it.

  • Poor word choice offensive and disrespectful

    Editorial: Coulter’s use of the word reflects a larger societal problem in the U.S. of misusing offensive vocabulary words.

  • Letter to the Editor: Be proud to be a Bull

    Be proud of our young program and the talent that will be on the field.

  • U.S. should engage in more collaborative foreign policy

    Editorial: While former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama squabbled over Libyan diplomacy and the U.S.’s presence in Syria, the premise of their arguments were off base.

  • Intervention could have saved teen’s life

    Column: Facebook should be more vigilant when enforcing its policies as well, since it left a nude photo unchecked on its website.

  • Newsweek’s move to online reflects content choices

    Editorial: News publications do not need to prove they are radical to stay alive.

  • Letter to the Editor: Justin Long's visit to USF

    We are calling on our politicians to stand up to dirty energy and present platforms with clean energy futures in mind.

  • City Councils deal with mundane issues

    Editorial: It’s reassuring to know that local governments are hard at work deciding on the burdensome issues that weigh upon their citizens, ensuring that citizens are getting jobs and are not on the street.

  • Letter to the Editor: Trustee criticizes USF football

    A letter to an editor in response to an Oct. 15 article on a USF trustee criticizing the football team.

  • Romney waffles in second debate

    Editorial: The rhetoric used by candidates set them apart more than before, and Romney’s stances on key issues were hard to relate to.

  • Parents need to consider HPV vaccination facts

    EDITORIAL: A study released Monday found that the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, which protects against cervical cancer, is not correlated to promiscuity in girls.

  • Third party candidates deserve more attention

    COLUMN: In today’s political system there is more evidence that third party political candidates are having a larger affect in the eyes of Americans. 

  • College campuses no place for fracking

    A law passed last week will allow state colleges and universities in Pennsylvania to drill for natural gas on their properties using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

  • Race-based academic goals will reinforce inequalities

    The stereotype that Asians are good at math — along with other even more detrimental ones — should be stopped by education leaders, not propagated.

  • LA ballot choice starts conversation about safer sex

    In November, citizens in Los Angeles will have an interesting choice to make: do they support requiring all performers in pornographic films to wear condoms? 


  • Vice presidential candidates must tell the truth

    Editorial: When second-in-command hopefuls Joe Biden and Paul Ryan square off in tonight’s vice presidential debate, their real success will lie in how they are able to communicate the truth to young voters.

  • Contract extensions should be examined more closely

    Editorial: Whether or not Holtz deserves to be fired — as Facebook pages and self-proclaimed armchair sports gurus have suggested — is somewhat of a moot point.

  • Quote approval should never have been commonplace

    Column: Though it is good news that many media outlets are finally  rejecting this practice of allowing sources to review their quotes before publication, why were so many of them participating in it in the first place?

  • ID laws shouldn’t stop voters from going to the polls

    While every ballot cast should be authentic, the push to enact strict laws that delegate how Americans can vote is unethical and unconstitutional.

  • Stem cell research and politics must be separated

    Editorial: Two scientists were awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine Monday for their discovery and work with stem cells — cells that can be “programmed” to develop into different types of cells that can serve different functions in the body.

  • First ladies can do more than bake cookies

    Why is the media talking about cookies?

  • Campus law enforcements offer uneven punishments

    Editorial: At the University of South Alabama (USA) a student, who was naked and charging at an officer outside the police station, was shot in the chest and killed Saturday morning by the officer on duty.

  • First debate marked by insincerity, half-truths

    Editorial: Though Romney tried to prove his firm grasp on details, lavishing on Dodd-Frank related issues, his grasp on reality was quite loose.
    But the president was not much better.

  • PBS cut would do little to solve debt problem

    Mitt Romney said he loves Big Bird. He said he loves PBS. Heck, Mitt Romney even said he loved debate moderator Jim Lehrer.

  • Affirmative action still necessary in college admissions

    The Supreme Court will soon hear a case that could shake up the college admissions process.

  • Foreign language courses should speak to students

    University foreign-language classes would better serve uninterested students if the courses were more immersive.

  • Voter fraud reformers should look within

    Editorial: Florida’s voter registration issues should give citizens more incentive to vote for those candidates who are not wasting time using the acts of registering to vote and voting as tools to gain ground in elections.

  • Museum exhibit sponsorships need to be credible

    A growing problem during tight economic times is the reduction or lack of funding provided for public institutions such as museums. A recent visit to MOSI showed just how desperate the cash-starved museum really is.

  • Letter to the Editor: Loss against FSU

    After witnessing the loss of USF to FSU, I felt compelled to write this quick tid-bit on my perspective of football’s impact on USF.

  • Term limits should apply to Supreme Court justices

    Editorial: A study from Northwestern, and even a quick look at voting records, shows that since 1937, Supreme Court justices have become more politically polarized, voting more along party lines

  • Ambassador journal should have been cited by CNN

    Editorial: CNN revealed Friday it had used U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens’ journal, which a reporter found at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi three days after deadly attacks killed him and three other Americans on Sept. 11, as a source.

  • Fine the referee, not the coach

    It may seem like a simple concept at first glance: Embarrass a professional football referee on national television and get fined by commissioner Roger Goodell.

  • True Life: I have to park my car on campus

    Quickly finding a spot to park on campus is a rare event. When it does happen and those extra 20 minutes before class can be spent as personal time rather than walking across a sun-drenched parking lot, the day is a good one.

  • Education board postpones decision, sends message

    Editorial: Postponing the deadline to find a new state education commissioner was a clear message from the Florida Board of Education: education is the top priority, and politics won’t hinder it.

  • Employers read between the lines on Facebook

    Editorial: With more than 955 million Facebook users, the social media site is one of the fastest growing ways to network and find information, and employers are taking full advantage of that. More employers are using the outlet as a way to do background checks and unofficially interview candidates long before they step foot in the office.

  • Letter to the Editor: Libyan Rioters

    Recent violent outbreaks in Libya after the film “The Innocence of Muslims,” an American-made movie with an anti-Islam message launched on YouTube, led to the death of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens.

  • Letter to the Editor: Chick-fil-A

    In response to the Sept. 19 column “Chick-fil-A’s real problem.”

  • Parents should handle the paddle, not teachers

    Editorial: Though paddling and corporal punishment in schools seems to be unheard of today, it is still legal in 19 states — including Florida.

  • Latino voters should not be used as electoral pawns

    Editorial: With less than 50 days until the presidential election, discrimination in America rears its ugly head as people are cast into voting blocks. 

  • Silence in sports furthers homophobia

    Last weekend, Yunel Escobar, a player for the Toronto Blue Jays, painted a homophobic slur in Spanish on his eye-black during a game against Boston.

  • Chick-fil-A’s real problem

    Despite a summer of coverage and a petition going around campus, there still seems to be confusion in the controversy surrounding Chick-fil-A.

  • New York ban on soda shows new trend in health

    Editorial: New York City voted on a ban last week that prevents soda and other sugary drinks to be sold in cups larger than 16 fluid ounces. In just a few months,  restaurants, fast food chains and other regulated vendors will no longer be able to sell oversized drinks in the city.

  • Charlie Crist is not ‘for the people’

    Former Fla. Gov. Charlie Crist has caused quite a stir.

  • Newsweek’s ‘Muslim Rage’ does not reflect reality

    Newsweek is only adding to detrimental, inaccurate stereotypes of Islam with its dramatic cover image and story this week: “Muslim rage.”

  • No guilt necessary for boomerang generation

    Editorial: The transition from college to the real world can be rough, and most graduates do not enter the workforce with a $40,000-a-year job.

  • Controversial film and protests both go too far

    Worldwide protests have erupted in response to the anti-Islam film “Innocence of Muslims.” Responses have ranged from peaceful to extreme violence, with some leading to deaths of both civilians and diplomats.

  • Letter to the Editor: Today Show

    The 11th anniversary of the horrendous terrorist attacks occurred this past week, which invariably led to commemorations of this notorious event throughout the country. 

  • Editorial: Technology addiction poisons planet

    This week, Bloomberg News reports that analysts predict the iPhone 5 will be the best-selling smartphone. As pre-sales open Friday and the phone is released Sept. 21, this prediction reflects a major problem forming in our society: addiction. 

  • Letter to the Editor: Religious fanatics on campus

    Today a religious fanatic was proselytizing over a loudspeaker at the Marshall Student Center that could clearly be heard from the Psychology-Communication Sciences & Disorders building to the Business Administration

  • New generation should read the newspaper

    Editorial: This generation of students, the so-called “Millennials,” is struck with a growing plague of news illiteracy. 

  • Teacher strikes reflect global action

    Chicago public school teachers are on strike this week after long negotiations concerning salaries, benefits and job components such as teacher evaluations. While students may sit out classroom time in these strikes, they often only last a few days and end in usually fair compromise.

  • A day to heal

    On the eleventh anniversary of the most tragic event of the new millennium, take the time to appreciate those around you. 

  • Collins Park is wasted effort for beautification

    Editorial: Last week, lighting and an awning was carefully hung over the south facade of the Library, putting the finishing touches on USF’s new Collins Park. This project of the university’s totaled a stunning $1 million. Though the park is a pleasant addition to the campus, there are possibly a million better ways to spend $1 million. 

  • Letter to the Editor: Chick-fil-A petition

    Letter to the Editor: Gay marriage and delicious chicken sandwiches are not political statements.

  • College indecision: waste of time and money

    Debate: Real Cost of College (Con)

  • College provides more than just an education

     

    Debate: Real Cost of College (Pro)

  • Students need jobs now for opportunities later

    Editorial: Going to college to earn a standard four-year degree is not enough to guarantee success. Students should take advantage of opportunities to work while in school.

  • Apple controls consumers after verdict

    The latest model of the iPhone comes out September 12, and as consumers upgrade their phones, they will downgrade their values in American capitalism.

  • Politicians crave youth vote in upcoming election

    Editorial: Despite what was said at the RNC last week, this year’s election is offering nothing new when it comes to “opportunity” or “promises.”

  • GOP represents new opportunity

    This election, our generation is asking the question: “Who represents us?” It's not a new question.

  • Race should not be ignored in politics

    EDITORIAL: U.S. politics are raceophobic

  • Romney needs more to win Latino vote

     

    On Tuesday, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will not be able to attract Latino voters by using prominent Latino representatives and spokespeople.

  • Tampa is prime venue for Convention

    Amidst the billowing winds of Tropical Storm Isaac and the new barricades in place to direct downtown traffic, it is obvious that something big is happening in Tampa.

  • USF wise to cancel first day classes

    Though many stayed dry and enjoyed Hurricane Day festivities with classes canceled on what would have been the first day of the semester, USF’s Emergency Management Team made the right decision in closing all campuses Monday.

  • Legalization of drugs should be based on evidence

    Many Americans believe marijuana should remain illegal, but the argument over which drugs should be legal and which should not remains unsolved.

  • Young voters should not give up on political process

    As the election season grows nearer and the 2012 presidential election continues to reside at the forefront of the nation’s mind, college students especially must educate themselves and exercise their right to vote, both at the local and national levels.

  • Stricter gun safety laws could prevent unintentional death

    Though citizens should have the option to purchase weaponry at their will, they should also be thoroughly educated on the lethal dangers of guns. Unfortunately, even those who are experienced with guns sometimes lack awareness in gun safety.

  • Verdiem Surveyor is a sound investment

    The USF Information Technology (IT) department may adopt Verdiem’s software product Surveyor. The program would put computers into sleep mode after two hours of idleness during the day and after 45 minutes during the evening.

  • Higgs boson should garner more excitement

    While America was busy celebrating its 236th birthday, Europe’s research lab Conseil Europeen pour la Recherche Nucleaire (CERN) announced its discovery of evidence that supports the existence of the Higgs boson after 50 years of theorizing.

  • Legalizing guns on college campuses won’t lead to safety

    After a recent stream of armed robberies at Georgia Tech, many students and organizations at the university, including the Georgia Tech Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, have started to push for the legalization of gun carrying on campus.

  • Voter ID laws should not be used to restrict student votes

    According to an analysis by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, about 60 percent of voting-eligible Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 actually voted in the 2008 elections.

  • Letter to the Editor : Appreciating Tutoring

    The Tutoring Center provides a gregarious yet demanding environment that is productive yet comfortable to work in. Being an international student, I must say that I am thoroughly impressed with the Tutoring Center’s structure and efficacy.

  • Florida should comply with federal health care provisions

    In light of the Supreme Court’s recent health care rulings, Gov. Rick Scott’s decision not to uphold some of the optional provisions of the law seems to be, as Senate Democratic Leader Nan Rich, D-Weston, said, short-sighted.

  • Banning profanity will not refine America

    Last week, the small town of Middleborough, Mass., population 23,000, decided it was fed up with its darned kids and their darned swearing ways.

  • Roberts neither hero nor villain of Supreme Court, embodies justice position

    After the Supreme Court voted last week to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA), along with its individual mandate to purchase healthcare and reject the bulk of Arizona’s immigration laws, constituents and pundits alike went wild, rendering Chief Justice John Roberts the protagonist of a polarized parable of politics.

  • University burdened by dwindling middle class

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average American middle class household earned $49,445 in 2010. This median number is flanked on both sides by extreme wealth and extreme poverty — a division that is reflected in the distribution of students at USF and one that leads to an increased financial burden on universities.

  • Using loan relief to attract graduates will not provide a long-term solution

    Paying off debt may be enough to bring fresh faces to a city or corporation, but it is not enough to keep them there.

  • Standardized testing holds merits as benchmark

    With Obama’s 2009 Race to the Top program to fund high-scoring schools, along with other recent developments in testing, standardizing testing has faced a significant backlash.

  • Addiction should not be redefined as disease

    The American Society of Addiction Medicine in Aug. 2011 redefined addiction as “a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry.” The definition, at its root, was meant to reduce some of the stigma associated with addiction. Nonetheless, redefining the term will not change its effects on society, and addicts must be held accountable for their choices.

  • Despite criticism, USF can improve graduation rates

    Though USF received heavy scrutiny at the Board of Governors (BOG) meeting last week for its low graduation rates, USF has already taken action to rectify what appears to be a solvable problem.
    Only 34 percent of USF’s first-time-in-college students graduate within four years, and about 52 percent graduate within six years.

  • Convenience of fast food not worth sacrificing health or money

    With the country’s volatile economy and high unemployment rates, many Americans are searching for ways to conserve money. Unfortunately, they are sacrificing one of the most important things in life: their health.

  • Need-based financial aid should be more of a state burden

    With the $300 million budget cut from the state university system, Gov. Rick Scott has effectively ensured that USF will be responsible for much of its expenditures, including need-based financial aid.

  • BOT finds middle ground with 11 percent increase

    The USF Board of Trustees’ (BOT) decision to raise tuition differentials by 11 percent is just enough to cover university needs, while not overburdening students with the maximum allowable 15 percent increase.

  • Controversial rule change will ensure youth safety

    Pop Warner, the world’s largest youth football, cheerleading and dance organization in the world, according to the organization’s website, implemented a rule last week that has some banging their heads.

  • Ease of access to Adderall is cause for concern

    As the demands of higher education become increasingly competitive, students continue to use prescription drugs such as Adderall for an additional advantage. A recent New York Times article, “Risky Rise of the Good-Grade Pill,” has sparked a revived interest in prescription drug abuse in schools and colleges.

  • Thirst for sensationalism led to ‘zombie apocalypse’

    A zombie outbreak began in Miami last week, but it isn’t the kind you think.

  • History repeats itself with brazen voter purges

    Audacious is a word that consistently describes Florida’s Republican party and its leader Gov. Rick Scott.
    It also describes the state’s policy of scrubbing voters on the basis of their suspected citizenship status — a supposed effort to curb voter fraud strongly reminiscent of the 2000 elections.

  • Technology should be used to supplement education

    As digitalization gains momentum, it is important for universities to embrace technology as a supplement to classroom teaching.

  • Population changes do not warrant immediate action

    At USF, the number of black students enrolling is dropping. This change does not warrant immediate action from the university, though continued observation of the ethnic profile trends could eventually benefit these underrepresented minorities.

  • Letter to the Editor

    In response to the June 1 editorial “USF could forfeit faculty quality after Lakeland additions.”

  • Domestic propaganda threatens American rights

    Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., and Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, in May suggested two amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2013. One which causes worry would repeal a part of the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948 that prevented the Department of State from spreading its own propaganda within the country.

  • USF could forfeit faculty quality after Lakeland additions

    Florida Polytechnic University and its creation and maintenance have been a point of contention in the state since Senate Budget Committee Chairman JD Alexander began his pursuit to create it. Now, with the former USF Lakeland campus officially becoming a university of its own, a more pressing issue surfaces: faculty members.

  • Users should not be surprised if Facebook starts charging

    When Facebook went public, its initial public offering (IPO) gave investors the chance to own a piece of the massive social network via stocks. But with the development, the company is bound to change, and this time it’s not going to be just a revamped homepage.

  • Innovation and education must be balanced

    The University of South Florida is “Florida’s leading metropolitan research university,” according to its mission statement.

  • Online public university needs stronger foundation

    The economic situation calls for innovation in all respects, and education is no exception. Florida legislators are searching for a means of progress that will allow a surge in creativity and merit — and this beacon of education is apparently an online school.

  • Facebook has helped redefine the role of social media

    Since February 2004, Facebook has accumulated 901 million users worldwide, so it was no surprise on May 18 when the company went public at an estimated value of $100 billion.

  • Lawmakers should consider shift in demographics

    The shifting racial makeup could pose a generational rift between the older, mostly white America with the younger and more diverse population. This will lead to a need to reconsider policies concerning access to higher education in particular, since it will shape the future of new generations and the future of the country.

  • Bachelor’s degree no longer enough for job market

    When most students enter college, they have spent thirteen years preparing for a bachelor’s degree. That may not be enough.

  • U.S. should find middle ground with global connections

    The case of Chen Guangcheng, the Chinese civil rights activist who made headlines when he escaped from abusive house arrest last month and sought solace in the U.S. Embassy, has brought the significance of study abroad and global connections to the spotlight. With substantial emphasis being placed on education abroad and globalization in universities across the nation, it is a wonder that the U.S. government seems to have trouble accepting immigrants.

  • No need to forsake USF mission for improvements

    Since Hillsborough County Commissioner Victor Crist began working on plans to improve the neighborhoods that surround the university, members of the community have adamantly voiced their support.

  • Republican filibuster of student loans comes at bad time

     

    With Americans owing more than $1 trillion in student loan debt, the Senate’s filibuster last week of a Democratic proposal to freeze student loan
    interest rates could not come at a worse time.

  • Same-sex marriage should not be a political issue

    Since President Barack Obama expressed his support for same-sex marriage last week, he has been heralded with rainbow halos and dubbed the “first gay president” by Newsweek. But he has also faced harsh criticism, including being accused of having “shaken his fist at God” by Franklin Graham, an evangelist and the son of the traditional presidential spiritual adviser.

  • SG judicial branch spending misuses student-paid funds

    In the current economic climate, Americans have kept a watchful eye on wasteful government spending. Expensive food and lavish perks for government officials have dominated headlines, creating embarrassing situations for officials and causing those they are meant to represent to lose trust in who they’re funding.

  • Cheeseburger pizza a sign of the times

    Picture, if you can, a pizza topped with cheese, meat, lettuce, tomato slices and — embedded in the crust — 12 cheeseburger patties.

  • Scott wrong to veto rape crisis centers

    When Gov. Rick Scott vetoed $1.5 million in funding for 30 certified rape crisis centers operated by the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence (FCASV) in the state budget, the message was clear. The estimated 1.3 million victims of rape in the state are not important.

  • Student-loan act should be extended

    An issue that both President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney actually agree on can only mean two things for America — either the Mayans were right or it’s something that should be seriously considered.

  • Computer essay graders put students at disadvantage

    Students anxiously awaiting results on papers during finals week may be wishing professors could grade them faster, yet a new technological development may provide the perfect example of “be careful what you wish for.”

  • Cuban sandwich war should cool down

    Never before have two Florida cities been so divided by a sandwich. In what has been dubbed the “Cuban Sandwich Crisis,” Tampa and Miami have split into rival camps over which city has the rightful claim to the Cuban sandwich.

  • Scott failed Florida in Polytechnic decision

    Even though the existing 11 state universities are facing $300 million in cuts, Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill Friday that will immediately turn the USF Polytechnic branch campus into the 12th independent university, Florida Polytechnic University.

  • Internet privacy laws lacking in US

    It tracks every click, browse and purchase. The only trace of evidence left behind is a cookie, and not the kind your grandmother bakes.

  • BP oil spill’s lasting effects still need to be addressed

    Friday marks the two-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, which killed 11 workers and sent nearly 200 million gallons of British Petroleum (BP) oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico for three months.

  • Starbucks should’ve let customers know about bug ingredients

    A dried cochineal insect found in Mexico and South America is crushed to make a red dye that is approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

  • Taxing the wealthy won’t fix economy

    Though the day’s traditional pageantry includes lamenting the over-taxation of all Americans, Tax Day 2012 saw protesters actually advocating for higher taxes — as long as they’re paid by someone else.

  • Gov. Scott’s tuition increases won’t prove effective

    In the cuddly surroundings of an elementary school in Jacksonville, Gov. Rick Scott signed what he called an “education budget” Tuesday, according to the Tampa Bay Times, patting himself on the back for his focus on education.

  • Romney’s riches are nothing to mock

    The U.S. Senate’s top Republicans called for the GOP to unite behind leading presidential candidate Mitt Romney this month, a statement Vice President Joe Biden appeared to think was a joke on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

  • Top jobs list sends the wrong message

    Software engineers got a boost of satisfaction in their chosen profession last week, as the position earned the title of best job for the second year in a row in a list of the top 200 jobs by careercast.com.

  • Titanic tributes shouldn’t go too far

    This weekend marked the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, an important moment in world history. The passing was marked in a number of ways, some of which were more tasteful than others.

  • Gov. Scott should veto independent Polytechnic bill

    Gov. Rick Scott has received the budget bill that allows for USF Polytechnic to become the independent Florida Polytechnic University, and has until Saturday to make a decision.

  • On-the-job experience trumps education

    Both proper education and appropriate experience are ideal for finding a hob, but if only one is possible, experience outweighs anything learned in the classroom.

  • USF should investigate Real Food Challenge

    A referendum on the Student Government ballot in February showed that 93 percent of students are interested in signing a “real food” commitment that would require at least 20 percent of the food purchased by campus dining services to be local and require fair treatment of workers as well as higher qualities of food.

  • USF alone can’t fix Urban Teaching Academy plan

    According to the Tampa Bay Times, USF President Judy Genshaft has come to the rescue of Hillsborough County’s Urban Teaching Academy program. Yet it seems that “rescue” will be more complicated than was initially reported.

  • Washington should stay out of FDA decisions

    Congress and the White House are becoming increasingly more involved in the regulations passed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

  • Hacking in the name of journalism is a slippery slope

    Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. is once again at the center of media innovation, but for all the wrong reasons.

  • Trayvon Martin case should be tried by jury

    In a sure-to-be hotly debated decision, special prosecutor Angela Corey announced that a grand jury will not examine the case of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old who was shot and killed in Sanford by self-proclaimed neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman.

  • Letters to the Editor

    In response to the April 5 editorial “Absence, apathy at budget meeting shows SG’s failing”: 

  • State government should ban guns at RNC in Tampa

    Yet another potentially harmful gun regulation law will allow concealed weapons in the “clean zone” surrounding this year’s Republican National Convention (RNC).

  • Consumers have right to know facts about ‘pink slime’

    During the past month, consumers and media outlets have expressed outrage over a beef additive found in many products that resembles a “pink slime” in its manufacturing process.

  • Absence, apathy at budget meeting shows SG’s failing

    In a unanimous vote Tuesday, Student Government (SG) passed the 2012-13 Activity and Service Fee budget, which came in at $13,595,429.

  • Girls should not be denied legal access to contraception

    A Boston University School of Medicine study found that nearly one in five pharmacies report that it is “impossible” for 17-year-old girls to buy emergency contraception, despite their legal right to do so.

  • SG spending is excessive in a time of budget cuts

    In a nearly unanimous vote of 30-0-1, Student Government (SG) passed the student-paid Activity and Service (A&S) fee budget bill last night with no amendments and few questions.

  • U.S. intervention in Syria can’t wait

    It has inexplicably taken until now, as the Syrian opposition’s death toll surges toward 10,000 and more than a year has passed since Bashar al-Assad’s government resorted to unrestricted violence to put down a previously peaceful uprising, for tangible assistance to be provided to the Syrian resistance movement by the Western world.

  • Supreme Court wrong to allow strip-searches

    After a New Jersey man was mistakenly arrested for not paying a paid traffic ticket, then subjected to strip-searches at two jails, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that officials may strip-search those arrested for any offense.

  • Financial aid programs should not be cut

    With the cost of higher education on the rise, proposed cuts to federal aid programs will increase the financial burdens of families with college students. While paying for college is part of a student’s responsibility, the federal government should not cut more funding than absolutely necessary.

  • Stand Your Ground law endangers citizens

    Since the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin at the hands of a neighborhood watchman who was not arrested after claiming self-defense, the Florida Stand Your Ground law has been a subject of controversy.

  • Keystone Pipeline is ultimately a pipe dream

    Republican criticisms of President Barack Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline project have been a consistent presence in news articles since January. However, the pipeline is not the answer to lower gas prices.

  • Hosting RNC will benefit Tampa residents, businesses

    As the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa nears its Aug. 27-30 date, the pressure is on for Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and the city of Tampa to figure out the logistics of the enormous event.

  • GOP’s war on women is costing them votes

    This month, Republican politicians have relentlessly proposed legislation that affects the lives of women — acts that could cost them votes.

  • Santorum’s outburst undermines campaign efforts

    Though presidential hopeful Rick Santorum may view his latest bout with the media as an opportunity to take a stand against biased coverage, he should have kept his foot out of his mouth for the sake of his campaign.

  • Sergeant who killed Afghan civilians should be punished

    Disbelief and outrage quickly spread across Afghanistan and the U.S. last week when Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales allegedly went on a vicious killing spree that resulted in the deaths of 17 innocent Afghan civilians.

  • Tuition increases may be a necessary evil

    When Gov. Rick Scott announced in February that he would reject any proposals for state universities to increase tuition, it seemed that he had restored his reputation among protesting students.

  • Health care reform needs to consider young adults

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act affects the health care of more than 30 million people — among them, students and citizens under age 26.

  • Relocating Rays to Tampa will provide competitive edge

    As the Major League Baseball (MLB) season prepares to kick off, our cash-poor hometown Rays received good news Tuesday that a permanent move may soon get another at-bat.

  • Tampa isn’t interested in the Rays no matter where they play

    The lackluster fan turnout that has plagued the Tampa Bay Rays is not an issue of physical address, but the lack of camaraderie in the Bay area as a whole.

  • Trayvon Martin case shows failure of justice system

    About two hours away from USF, Sanford, Fla. is home to one of today’s biggest news stories — the shooting and killing of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by resident George Zimmerman.

  • America’s foreign policy needs balance

    Instead of beating the drums of war, the U.S. must recognize that the threat of force upon another nation will encourage armament and could escalate to a war.

  • USF’s partial smoking ban has hurdles to overcome

    Starting today, members of the USF community worried about the damaging effects of cigarettes and secondhand smoke may breath a deep sigh of relief as a campus-wide smoking ban goes into effect.

  • New cancer treatment should be widely used

    Over the past decade, researchers have been on the path to providing cancer patients with new treatment options.

  • Kony 2012 campaign provides plenty to criticize

    Since it first hit the Internet earlier this month, social networking sites have been buzzing with hash tags and pleas to help spread Invisible Children’s Kony 2012 campaign.

  • Students should check out alternative spring break options

    At the end of this excruciatingly long week, students will be packing their bags to go home, board cruise ships and catch planes. 

  • Court right to uphold employee contracts

    Leon County Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford ruled Tuesday that last year's pension plan that would effectively reduce public employees' salaries by 3 percent was unconstitutional.

  • Ohio school shooter case should remain in juvenile court

    Last week, 17-year-old T.J. Lane fired randomly at students at Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio, killing three and seriously injuring two. According to the New York Times, prosecutors said it is likely Lane will be transferred from juvenile court and be charged as an adult for these crimes

  • Limbaugh’s attacks on law student are unacceptable

    Though Rush Limbaugh issued an apology Monday for his inappropriate comments toward a female Georgetown University Law student, many, including his advertisers, are not accepting it.

  • Americans should look past violence in Senegal

    When reading of African nations in turmoil, Americans often imagine that violence is the defining mindset in the country.

  • Unclear House budget may cost USF

    The Florida House passed the USF Polytechnic and budget bill Monday and claimed compromise in favor of USF, but many costs associated with creating Florida Polytechnic University remain unaddressed.

  • USF should continue certifying buildings for LEED

    Universities around the country, including USF, are making steps in the right direction to create energy-sustainable campuses.

  • Road to nowhere leads to Alexander and his schemes

    In addition to Florida Polytechnic University, many speculate that state Sen. JD Alexander, R-Lake Wales, may see more of his dreams materialize in Polk County.

  • Increases in capital gains tax can decrease income equity

    Newt Gingrich promises to eliminate the capital gains tax so more money can flow into the market. This sounds like a good plan in theory, but after some careful thought, it may not be so great.

  • School district should not limit advocacy groups

    The Hillsborough County School District drafted guidelines Tuesday that would regulate outside speakers in K-12 classrooms. The changes come in response to complaints from conservative activists after Hassan Shilby, a lawyer and imam, spoke to an Advanced Placement (AP) world history class at Steinbrenner High School.

  • Political parties hinder student elections

    When it comes to creating long-standing political parties, USF has failed where many other universities have succeeded — a positive testament to the Student Government (SG) voting system.

  • Polytechnic should remain under USF until accredited

    USF President Judy Genshaft met with the president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Tuesday to discuss the timeline for the USF Polytechnic split and discovered what many Floridians following the issue were assuming.

  • Same-sex marriage will boost states’ economies

    This week, Maryland could become the eighth state to approve same-sex marriage, a decision that would ultimately benefit all residents of the state.

  • Widening Fletcher Avenue would ease traffic, aid safety

    Many USF students take Fletcher Avenue to get to class every day. Traffic often lines the four-lane road and while engineers believe widening the road is sorely needed, there is difficulty getting federal or state money to fund the project.

  • Friends don’t let friends become roommates

    Spending time with friends  is a great thing, but  living with them is a different story. Though it may seem like the perfect idea and may even be easy at first, rooming with friends can come with a lot of complications.

  • Alexander’s behavior is inappropriate, incriminating

    USF won another small victory in its battle with the Senate's proposed budget Thursday, turning legislators' focus back to the USF Polytechnic split.

  • Girl Scouts should not be controversial

    At one time, the most controversial thing about the Girl Scouts of America was the ever-increasing price of their signature cookies. Yet now, the 100-year-old organization has become embroiled in scandals that have labeled it pro-abortion and pro-transgender

  • Supreme Court should uphold affirmative action

    When the Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, media outlets reeled at the prospect that affirmative action could be abolished.

  • Ignoring dying bees will impact humans

    Best known for prompting shrieks and swatting of air, bees rarely receive proper recognition for their contributions to humankind. But now that they are disappearing by the thousands, it will be up to humans to ensure their survival.

  • Allowing tuition raises will not resolve budget issues

    The House approved a measure Tuesday that would allow universities that meet certain requirements to raise tuition with no limits. Currently, only University of Florida and Florida State University meet at least the minimum 11 of 14 requirements necessary to qualify.

  • Genshaft, Alexander meeting needed public information

    USF President Judy Genshaft and state Sens. J.D. Alexander, R-Lake Wales, and Evelyn Lynn, R-Daytona Beach, held a "productive" meeting Monday evening concerning budget cuts, but revealed little about what progress was made.

  • Letters to the Editor

    In response to proposed budget cuts to USF:

  • ESPN wrong to apologize for ‘chink in the armor’

    Jeremy Lin, who was born in the U.S. and is of Taiwanese heritage, is off to one of the best starts in NBA history. But much of the talk surrounding the New York Knicks breakout point guard has revolved around race.

  • Death of pastor’s daughter demonstrates serious issue

    Hannah Kelley, 20, was accidentally shot through a wall of her family's church in Lealman, Fla., and died Saturday. Authorities have determined that the shooting was an accident, but the tragedy shows the dangers of firearms in even the most seemingly safe situations involving them.

  • Senators’ attitudes rob students of learning opportunity

    Instead of an equal, reasonable discussion, USF students who attended Wednesday's Florida Senate Budget Committee meeting were met with condescending attitudes from senators, who questioned their ability to understand the Florida budget.

  • Misinformation hinders Senate committee debate

    When students learned of a Florida Senate budget proposal to cut USF funding by 58 percent, many immediately set out to change the minds of the Legislature before the cuts became a reality.

  • Mystery monkey should remain free

    The world-famous Mystery Monkey of Tampa Bay has haunted the tree-lined streets of the Bay area for the past few years, escaping many attempts at capture and capturing the imaginations of people everywhere.

  • Budget cut protests must hit Alexander and beyond

    The Florida Senate has proposed a budget that would cut 58 percent of USF's budget, with Sen. J.D. Alexander, R-Lakes Wales, behind the scenes as Senate Budget Committee chairman — all while creating far less drastic cuts for other universities.

  • Religious organizations should be exempt from covering birth control

    Catholics are traditionally opposed to birth control and being forced to provide it for their employees creates a moral dilemma. Though some exceptions to the mandate have been made, they do little to respect personal and religious convictions.

  • Employer birth control coverage is not an attack on religious freedom

    Though it may go against the ideas of those in charge of religiously affiliated institutions, they should not be granted the right to deny their employees access to medical treatment and preventative measures that they would receive under another employer according to the law.

  • Courts need to take domestic violence seriously

    A Florida man was sentenced to pick up flowers for his wife, buy her dinner at Red Lobster and then take her bowling after being arrested for domestic violence, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

  • Polytechnic contractor decision benefits USF

    After it was announced that the firm Skanska won the contract for the new $46.5 million USF Polytechnic campus and donated a hefty $1 million to the USF Foundation a year later, many wondered if USF was more concerned with donations than qualifications when choosing contractors for University building projects.

  • New definition of autism could leave out too many

    At least 1 million children and adults are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder or related disorders such as Asperger's.

  • Recognizing STUNT for Title IX would benefit USF

    Cheerleading may not be considered a valid Title IX sport, but USF's STUNT team has the possibility of being recognized as one by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

  • Barring younger patrons will not make clubs safer

    After shootings occurred at two Tampa area nightclubs in October and November last year, the Tampa City Council is considering options that would ban patrons under 21 from attending clubs.

  • Tampa Bay Times should not be paying for name on Forum

    Any fan watching the Tampa Bay Lightning face off against the Florida Panthers on Saturday couldn't help but notice the Tampa Bay Times logo scattered about the arena.

  • Soliciting USF students is unnecessary

    As students prepare for another potential 15 percent increase in tuition — despite Gov. Rick Scott's claimed plan to veto any tuition hikes — the USF Foundation Office of Annual Giving has created an organization that is asking students for more money.

  • Vegetarian diets have hidden benefits

    Vegetarians and vegans can vouch that if the most frequently asked question about their diet isn't, "Why?" then it is most certainly, "How do you get everything you need?"

  • Google’s privacy changes benefit users and businesses

    Last week, Google Inc. announced its new privacy policy, which will take effect March 1.

  • Defunding was wrong move for Komen foundation

    The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation decided Tuesday to stop providing grants for breast cancer screenings to Planned Parenthood, some say due to pressure from anti-abortion groups. 

  • Romney had advantage over other candidates

    It's no secret that the politicians who have the most money invested in their campaign seem to be everywhere during election season. This is certainly true when it comes to Florida and Mitt Romney's win in the Florida presidential primaries Tuesday night.

  • Farmers should consider alternatives to freezing crops

    Talking to an insurance company regarding a sinkhole under a home doesn't seem as pleasant as biting into a perfectly grown Florida strawberry, but for residents of eastern Hillsborough County the two are interconnected.

  • Students’ safety should extend around the campus

    Staggering amounts of recent off-campus crimes surrounding Tulane and Loyola universities in New Orleans have left many students concerned about their safety.

  • Occupy will succeed to unknown ends

    Occupy USF joined hundreds of protesters outside last week's NBC Republican Presidential Candidates Debate, and while the success of the presidential primary candidates won't be decided before Tuesday's primary, it's not too soon to pick a winner — the Occupy protesters.

  • Obama’s higher education reform is misguided

    President Barack Obama repeated many of the ideas presented in his State of the Union Address Friday at the University of Michigan; emphasizing that "higher education is not a luxury — it's an economic imperative." 

  • H5N1 research benefits outweigh risks

    This month has thrown academia and the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) into an uproar. 

  • School newspaper had right to run anti-gay column

    A Wisconsin high school newspaper drew national attention this month when it ran two opposing opinion columns discussing adoption by same-sex couples.

  • Abortion restrictions will not solve problems

    On Friday, President Barack Obama ruled that religious hospitals and businesses could not restrict employee insurance coverage for birth control and Sunday marked the 39th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. But in Florida, abortion is conversely being restricted in new laws that, ultimately, will not stop the procedure from

    happening. 

  • Don’t let works be removed from public domain

    While the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) dominated last week's headlines, another damaging intellectual property decision actually passed with relatively little outcry.

  • Candidates should have addressed students more

    The NBC  Republican Presidential Candidates Debate, hosted Monday at USF, provided a great opportunity for the Tampa area to get a firsthand look at the political issues in this year's election.

  • Online piracy legislation needs to better reflect issues

    On Friday, congressional leaders postponed voting on two antipiracy bills after an overwhelming number of protesters spoke out against the proposed legislation.

  • Students should follow debate despite lack of tickets

    The NBC Republican Presidential Candidates Debate descends onto campus today, bringing a national spotlight to USF. With all four remaining candidates confirmed and the Florida primary only a week away, the debate is an incredibly important political event. 

  • Students’ right to free speech should be upheld

    The Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it will not intervene in three cases of First Amendment controversies over students on the Internet — a move that could have dangerous repercussions.

  • College is a positive personal investment

    In tough economic times, many students wonder if their college education is costing them more than it's worth, an issue The Chronicle of Higher Education is calling "The Value Gap."

  • Tampa’s tolerance still has a long way to go

    In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, The Daily Beast set out to determine the top 20 most tolerant cities in America. 

  • Don’t forget Senate race during presidential process

    As the race for the presidential nominee narrows, Florida has positioned itself to be a driving force — hosting the Republican National Convention in August and even sacrificing delegate votes to push up the Florida primaries for better exposure.

  • Republicans can learn from Obama’s mistakes

    Keep trying, Republican candidates, and maybe your voracious Twitter blasts will attract a couple of young voters. #JKLOL

  • Expediting Florida primary is foolish, costly

    In an attempt to gain more influence over the Republican nomination for the presidential race, Florida may have inadvertently ousted itself from the conversation.

  • Attacks on Muslim class speaker unnecessary

    Steinbrenner High School teacher Kelly Miliziano received more than a mere parent complaint when she invited a Muslim speaker to visit her class.

  • Universities lending to states a bad idea

    State budget shortfalls seem to be a reoccurring theme across the U.S. However, though governors are forced to think of increasingly creative ways to plug ever-widening holes, they must also stay grounded in reality to avoid dreaming up ridiculous proposals like Missouri Gov.

  • ECU wrong to fire student paper adviser

    Two months ago, East Carolina University and its independent student newspaper, The East Carolinian, made headlines when they ran full-frontal photos of a football-game streaker on their front page.

  • Obama doesn’t seem to like being president

    President Barack Obama isn't happy.

    The president seems to have lost his spark, as media have buzzed with speculation over the root of his gloomy demeanor between coverage of those vying for his job.

  • USF’s name is fine as is

    The University is playing around with a new name: "University of South Florida Tampa Bay."

  • Government officials shouldn’t take Twitter so seriously

    The Kansas governor's office recently made a laughingstock of itself after trying to get back at a teenager who tweeted disparaging remarks about Gov. Sam Brownback.

  • Tampa Bay area doesn’t have to be so sad

    St. Petersburg is the saddest city in America, with Tampa right behind at No. 4, according to a study by Men's Health magazine, which used such data as unemployment and suicide rates, antidepressant usage and numbers of people who admit depression.

  • China’s plan to cut degrees is a bad decision

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott has borrowed many of his misguided education ideas from Texas, but he may have a new role model: China.

  • Ron Paul should not be overlooked

    Texas Congressman Republican Ron Paul is not your usual presidential candidate.

  • Game time to blame for poor student turnout

    USF played a football game this weekend, but many students probably missed it. That's because USF played at 11 a.m. Friday, when students were either recovering from a post-Thanksgiving food coma or fighting the crowds looking for Black Friday deals.

  • Egypt shows need to question leaders

    Leadership worldwide is under scrutiny. From the uprisings in the Middle East, to "Occupy" protests in Europe and America, leaders everywhere are truly beginning to understand the hardships and responsibilities of democracy.

  • Universities should learn from Penn State fallout

    In the aftermath of the Penn State sex abuse scandal, where a failure in communications may have allowed child abuse to continue unchecked, U.S. universities are considering policy changes to prevent such incidences from reoccurring.

  • Letters to the Editor 11-22-2011

    In remembrance of the JFK assassination:

  • Recording lectures shouldn’t be too restricted

    A proposed policy at the University of Missouri would require students to obtain written permission from their professors and classmates to record class lectures or discussions.

  • Cain controversy demonstrates sexual harassment problem

    Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is not the only one having to answer to sexual harassment claims. According to a study from the American Association of University Women, nearly half of secondary school students have experienced sexual harassment, defined as "unwelcome sexual behavior that takes place in person or electronically."

  • Occupy’s student-debt refusal a poor idea

    Student loan debt is a growing concern within the Occupy movement, and a group of New York protesters have a solution: absolve all student debt.

  • Front-page nudity was a poor decision

    East Carolina University students were in for a surprise when they picked up the Nov. 8 issue of the school's student newspaper, The East Carolinian, which featured full-frontal nude photos of a male football-game streaker.

  • Letters to the Editor 11-15-2011

    In response to the Nov. 14 editorial "Occupy USF is flawed, misguided":

  • Poly problem will persist

    Last week's Board of Governors (BOG) meeting was intended to resolve the USF Polytechnic issue, but its decision only complicated the matter.

  • Cheating on college admission tests must be stopped

    Cheating on the SATs, ACTs and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) has been rampant, according to several articles in the New York Times. Numerous examples of cheating on the college admissions exams have been uncovered over the past semester.

  • Occupy USF is flawed, misguided

    ‘Occupy' may become the word of the year, as the movement that started with Occupy Wall Street has swept across the U.S. and overseas in the last few months.

  • Letters to the Editor 11-09-2011

    In response to higher education priorities:

    Listening to the leaders of our country's most innovative companies, one of their biggest concerns about investing in America is whether our workforce has the education necessary to power their growth

  • USF Poly purchasing choices are out of this world

    Not long ago, at a regional campus not so far away, USF Polytechnic decided to boldly go where no public university had gone before and spend $10,000 on four life-size, "museum quality"

  • Employees shouldn’t have to worry about Facebook free speech

    In the age of social media, students are constantly warned about what they post on their Facebook page or Twitter account, as prospective employers may be reading. For those who have jobs, it is considered bad form to trash talk one's employer online, even on private pages bosses can't see.

  • Plagiarism software won’t stop cheating

    Plagiarism has always been a problem for colleges, and it shows no sign of going away. About 62 percent of undergraduates admit to having cheated on writing assignments, according to data from Clemson University's International Center for Academic Integrity.

  • Tampa hotels should not have to lower rates for RNC

    Hosting an event such as the Republican National Convention (RNC) is supposed to bring myriad benefits to cities, including an economic boost. Considering the state of the economy, next year's RNC may be just what Tampa needs.

  • Sports commentators treat Tim Tebow unfairly

    Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow has been in the national spotlight since his days at the University of Florida, where his on-the-field accomplishments made him one of the greatest college football players of all time.

  • State-funded student loans wouldn’t work

    After President Barack Obama presented his plan to step up federal student loan reform last week, Republican presidential candidate and businessman Herman Cain suggested a plan of his own: shifting the burden of student lending from the federal level to the states.

  • Sex trafficking must be stopped

    Even in the U.S., the fight for freedom is not over.

  • Student organizations must keep USF policies in mind

    A Christian student organization at USF, Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship, lost its Activity and Service (A&S) funding last week after the organization removed a student from a leadership position in response to her coming out as bisexual.

  • HPV vaccination is beneficial for boys

    Boys ages 11 through 21 should start getting vaccinated for human papillomavirus (HPV), according to a suggestion released last week by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • Universities should decide when to cut degrees

    The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board voted last week to eliminate 64 degree programs at public universities. Another 145 programs were voluntarily cut.

  • Politics should not dictate when life begins

    A proposed constitutional amendment will ask voters in Mississippi next week, "Should the term ‘person' be defined to include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning or the equivalent thereof?"

  • Obama’s student loan plan sends the wrong message

    President Barack Obama announced his plan to provide relief to student loan debt during a speech in Denver last week.

  • Letters to the Editor - 10-26-2011

    In response to the Oct. 19 article "Firearms trigger campus debate."

    Given the political unrest that permeates the country, economic shortcomings that affect every social class and daily frustrations stemming from both, I consider myself and every other student on the USF campus to be in danger.

  • Voter registration should not be unduly hindered

    Voter apathy has always been a problem among young people, despite vigorous voter registration drives every election year. Florida's new election laws will do nothing to help the issue, as third-party registration groups may face the threat of fines.

  • Occupy Wall Street and tea party are one and the same

    Both the Occupy Wall Street and the tea party movements are a symbol of the times. The American people are growing tired of the wealth disparity that has grown in recent years. Wall Street executives are receiving record bonuses in the post-bailout era while millions of Americans have lost their jobs, homes and a piece of the American Dream.

  • Rick Scott has wrong ideas about higher education

    Gov. Rick Scott is not making any friends in higher education this month.

  • Welfare recipients should not face drug tests

    There is a growing trend among states to test welfare recipients for drug use. According to the New York Times, three dozen states, such as Arizona, Missouri and Indiana, have passed policies that drug test those who receive government assistance, such as food stamps, unemployment assistance and public housing.

  • Universities should have own gun regulations

    Recent changes in state regulations have reignited the debate over whether students with concealed weapon permits should be allowed to bring firearms onto campus.

  • Minors should not have access to tanning beds

    Last week, California passed the first legislation in the country banning indoor tanning devices for all minors in the state.

  • All legal residents should receive in-state tuition

    The Florida State Board of Education and the Board of Governors face a federal class-action lawsuit that claims the state has discriminated against U.S.-born students whose parents may be illegal immigrants.

  • Love Your Body Day promotes right values for women

    Twenty years after Naomi Wolf's "The Beauty Myth" was published, girls and women are still under assault by media images depicting narrow beauty ideals and stereotypes, leading to low self-esteem and body image disorders. The National Organization for Women (NOW) wants to change that with today's National Love Your Body Day.

  • Upward Bound incident reveals problems with laws

    Earlier this month, sexual battery charges were dropped against former Upward Bound (UB) mentor Herron Gaston, who was accused of having sex with a minor.

  • Obama should stay out of protests

    The Occupy Wall Street movement has extended far past New York City's Zuccotti Park over the past few weeks. Even the White House has picked up the cause.

  • Graduates should not sue schools for career failures

    Law schools train students to be well versed in every aspect of the law, and many recent graduates, facing a tough job market, have used that education to turn on their alma maters by filing lawsuits.

  • Rick Scott’s anthropology stance is misguided

    Liberal arts majors and anthropologists across the country are up in arms after Florida Gov. Rick Scott remarked that state universities should shift funding to science, technology, math and engineering (STEM) fields because those are the majors that create jobs.

  • USF Polytechnic’s new campus plans are unrealistic

    On top of pursuing its already dubious decision to separate from the USF System, the USF Polytechnic campus is also going ahead with its plans to build a new multimillion dollar new campus.

  • Court budgets must be bolstered

    The Great Recession must not claim the judicial branch as another one of its victims.

  • Public must not fault Wall Street for poor economy

    Many American reforms have made their mark on history through protests — women's suffrage, the civil rights movement and the ongoing gay rights movement, to name a few.

  • Longevity technology will transform mankind

    Recent technological advances in biology, chemistry and computer sciences are making the dream of living a longer and healthier life a reality.

  • Steve Jobs not vital to Apple’s future

    When visitors reach apple.com, they are now greeted by a quizzical yet mischievous portrait of Steve Jobs, the charismatic Apple CEO who has been lauded by media outlets as one of the foremost visionaries of our time.

  • Drug bill is unwarranted

    Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) proposed a bill last week that would allow federal prosecutors to bring conspiracy charges against U.S. citizens for planning activities abroad that would violate U.S. drug laws. "Under this bill, if a young couple plans a wedding in Amsterdam, and as part of the wedding, they plan to buy the bridal party some marijuana, they would be subject to prosecution," Bill Piper, director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance, told the Huffington Post.

  • Jobs’ legacy complex, yet inspirational

    Last week, Apple CEO Steve Jobs died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Jobs certainly accomplished much during his tenure with Apple, but what will be his legacy?

  • Fluoride concerns are exaggerated

    Pinellas County voted to discontinue fluoridating its water supply last week. The addition of fluoride to public water systems was adopted by the U.S. Public Health Service as an official policy in 1950 to reduce cavities and promote oral health.

  • Media should focus on case, not race

    Criminal trials that receive widespread media coverage can be a great platform for discussing the shortcomings of American society, but the media's coverage routinely has shortcomings itself — particularly when it comes to race. 

  • Anti-cyberbullying bill oversteps the Constitution

    Cyberbullying has become a real problem in the last decade. Internet users, particularly teens and children, are routinely victimized under the veil of anonymity provided by the web.

  • Don’t cut foreign aid

    U.S. foreign aid has a significant impact on people around the world, funding countries directly and indirectly through agencies such as the Department of State and Non-Government Organizations such as the World Food Programme. However, aid has been drawn back severely this year.

  • Letters to the Editor 10 - 4 - 2011

    In response to the Sept. 28 article "Ducklings at risk on campus":

    I was deeply moved by the tragic story of the helpless little ducks chronicled in The Oracle. This has inspired me to propose another necessary reform: squirrel crosswalks.

  • Public record requests must be affordable

    Florida's Sunshine Laws are intended to keep the state's government transparent and accountable. Whenever public records information is requested, the price is no more than the lowest paid employee's labor capable of the job plus the cost to make the copies, according to Florida Statutes.

  • ‘Career-Life’ initiative benefits women in STEM

    Fewer women than men hold careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

  • Univision used poor judgment in Rubio story

    Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and his past have been placed under a microscope since his election in 2010. The Spanish-language media broadcasting company Univision, in particular, has had an extensive history with the senator.

  • Women will strengthen US combat units

    Australia began a five-year process of opening the ranks of all its combat units to women Tuesday, according to the Associated Press, a reform that the U.S. has considered before, but has not yet decided on.

  • Texas plan not appropriate for Florida universities

    Gov. Rick Scott has expressed interest in reforming higher education in Florida by imitating a plan proposed by Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, even asking Florida college presidents their opinions on the proposal, according to Jacksonville's News4Jax.

  • Haiti has made little progress

    Nearly two years after a disastrous earthquake hit Haiti, reconstruction of the Western Hemisphere's poorest country is far from completion.

  • US protests force public accountability

    In New York City, at least 80 protesters were arrested Saturday outside the New York Stock Exchange. The protesters, part of a movement called Occupy Wall Street, have been there continuously since Sept. 17, according to their website.

  • Secularist law goes too far

    The French government banned praying in the streets of Paris last week. While the law is targeted toward Muslims, it will apply to people of all faiths.

  • Big East departures present opportunity

    The Big East remains — for now. Big East university presidents and athletic directors discussed the fate of USF's athletics conference during a meeting Tuesday night.

  • Obama has thrown down the gauntlet

    President Barack Obama has characterized himself as the father figure in the continuing argument between bickering sides of Congress. He has made concessions and attempted to compromise with the House of Representatives and Senate Republicans, but his diplomatic efforts have borne little fruit.

  • Anonymous fights for freedom of speech

    On Aug. 9, the Internet terrorist group Anonymous sent out a press release describing plans to take down Facebook on Nov. 5.

  • Avoid overconsumption of carbohydrates

    For decades, Americans have been consuming large quantities of refined carbohydrates that have led to increases in obesity, heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes and other diseases that have sparked a serious health crisis in the

  • US must raise retirement age

    Though their views ignite controversy on multiple fronts, the tea party is right about one thing: America's entitlement programs need to be reformed.

  • Al-Arian’s legacy remains unresolved

    Last week, the U.S. observed the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, a moment marked by reflection on the lives lost in the initial attacks, as well as the innumerable ways the world has changed in the past decade.One event in post-9/11 history that may have been overlooked still holds ramifications for higher education in general, but USF in particular.

  • Tampa City Council should reach out to Cuba

    The Tampa City Council has been debating the merits of sending an official letter to the government of Cuba according to the St. Petersburg Times, offering greetings to an island nation that has been under a U.S. trade embargo for the past five decades.

  • Palestinian peace process is not dead

    With the excessive changes in the Middle East, the heat is on for Israel. With rising discontent in the region, shaken foundations between Israel and Turkey and the Palestinians' potential declaration of statehood later this month, there must be significant changes in the worldwide Middle Eastern policy.

  • ‘Pre-crime’ technology warrants oversight, not fear

    The idea of "pre-crime" technology may seem straight out of the 2002 film "Minority Report." However, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, common software used by economists, seismologists and financial analysts are already being used to try to predict crimes before they happen.

  • Perry and Romney won the Tea Party Debate

    The Tea Party Express rolled into Tampa last night for a televised debate on CNN, with jobs and economic reform as the prevailing themes. Of the eight candidates who attended, two distinguished themselves as front-runners: Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. The pair stood out as the two strongest and most confident candidates.

  • Letters to the Editor 9-14-2011

    In response to the Sept. 7 article "Higher education reform proposals raise concerns at USF" Thank you for running the Sept. 7 article on faculty and administration concerns about some of Gov. Rick Scott's proposals. Since some of them involve tenure, we should be clear about what tenure is — and what it is not.

  • 9/11 first responders shouldn’t have been excluded

    With the passing of the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks came a surge of heightened emotion throughout the U.S. Sunday. Yet, not all of that emotion funneled into pride, remembrance and the forward movement of the nation — some of it was channeled into pure disgust.

  • Warning drivers with lights should be legal

    If motorists flash their headlights to warn of a hazard, is it illegal? What if that hazard is a speed trap?

    Controversy has recently been raised in the Tampa Bay area concerning the legal use of light signals.

  • Israeli diplomacy is a failure

    Israel's recent foreign relations are fraught with uncertainty.

    Longtime ally Turkey has distanced itself from Israel ever since the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) stormed a Turkish ship during the Gaza flotilla incident in 2010. Neighboring Syria is rioting under a general crackdown, and on top of that, Egyptian citizens mobbed the Israeli embassy in Cairo last week. The ambassador was forced to flee to Israel, according to Reuters.

  • Letters to the Editor 9-12-2011

    In response to Lee Roy Selmon's passing:

    Most people saw Lee Roy Selmon as an iconic football player and a Tampa Bay star. For others, he was a friend, a colleague, a husband, a father, a grandfather, an uncle, a brother, a son and a role model. Just last Tuesday, my co-workers and I were trying to convince Lee Roy to get a Twitter.

  • Anti-terrorism after the 9/11 decade

    For our generation, this decade will be remembered by the terrorism that marked its birth. The Sept. 11 decade saw a titanic shift in U.S. domestic policies toward terrorism and the Bill of Rights. When President Barack Obama was elected in 2008, it was viewed as a rebuke of the policies of former President George W. Bush's administration.

  • Defense and war cuts are necessary

    The U.S. has the largest defense budget in the world, at a sum of $680 billion for the year of 2010, according to thehill.com.

  • USF should protect gender identity

    Gender identity is an important part of anyone's personality. Yet, gender identity and expression has yet to be included within USF's anti-discrimination policies..

  • Letters to the Editor

    In response to the Sept. 1 article "No discrimination protection for gender identity at USF"

    I am a biological female, and I happen to feel that my body matches the rest of me. Not everyone is so fortunate, and I understand that.

  • USF has unfair financial expectations

    USF doesn't seem to care that its students are broke.

    The first week of school, students are expected to have all required materials for their classes, as well as a parking permit to attend their first classes or else risk getting dropped. Many would want to buy these items with help from their financial aid. However, that is not available until the second week of school.

  • Court ruling on filming police is just

    When Tommy Frane and William Kilgore began filming an arrest earlier this year, they probably did not anticipate being arrested as well.

  • Consider candidates’ qualifications over religion

    As the race for the U.S. presidency gains momentum, headlines applauding and lampooning candidates have berated the public. The merits of presidential hopefuls are questioned on every platform; however, religion has proved to be the scarlet letter for GOP candidates.

  • Bachmann should be careful with her statements

    Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has spent the last weekend campaigning in Florida for her GOP presidential primary, but she may be doing more harm to her cause than good.

  • Graduate education is not for everyone

    College graduates entering the work force today are facing unprecedented challenges when seeking employment, leaving many wondering about the merits of graduate education.

    According to a poll conducted by consulting firm Twentysomething Inc., 85 percent of college graduates plan to move back in with their parents this year. Likewise, unemployment among adult men and women over the age of 20 for July was 9 percent and 7.9 percent, respectively.

  • Libyan rebels must find peace within factions

    The six-month Libyan civil war is seemingly coming to a close. The rebels have pushed Colonel Moammar Gadhafi loyalists into the city of Sirte and even Gadhafi's family has fled Libya, according to Reuters.

  • Why does the media ignore Ron Paul?

    Last week, "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart called 2012 presidential candidate and Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) the "13th floor in a hotel," regarding how the politician has been ignored in the media.

  • RYO cigarette machines evade taxes

    Smokers across America are cashing in on new Roll Your Own (RYO) cigarette machines that offer cheaper cigarettes.

  • Don’t call Palin or Bachmann feminist

    As the GOP presidential primary draws near, the media has set its sights on two conservative women — confirmed candidate Michele Bachmann and possible runner former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. These news outlets have analyzed both political figures from seemingly every angle, with such wildly contrasting classifications as strong, crazy, outsider and opportunist.

  • Gold bubble will burst

    Businesses and shops that deal in gold have become commonplace across America. Pawn shops as well as new 
companies that buy and sell gold in mall shops have made gold speculation easily accessible to Americans On Sept. 16, 2008 — the same day global investment bank Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.

  • University should not allow cohabitation

    When news broke last month that USF planned to change its housing policy, much of the attention was focused on changes meant to help transgender students. However another issue that was eclipsed by the gender neutrality controversy could make just as many waves in the near future.

  • Egyptian uprising is not quite a revolution

    Months have passed since the eventual fall of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, but little has progressed in the Arab world's most populous country.

  • No need for North Tampa branding now

    By now, many students have noticed the Bulls flags branding USF's campus and the ongoing Leroy Collins Boulevard construction, but may be unaware that they represent part of a larger goal.

  • America needs a new space race

    The final space shuttle launch at the Kennedy Space Center earlier this month signified the end of an era, and for many Americans, that last flight carried the same bitter disappointment of a child giving up dreams of becoming an astronaut.

  • News of the World should serve as cautionary example

    The News of the World, Britain's best-selling Sunday tabloid according to the Guardian, printed its final copy July 10 after reports of corruption, bad business and illegal activity forever smeared the paper with a reputation for unethical and criminal reporting.

  • Despite higher costs, Netflix is still a good deal

    On Tuesday, online video streaming website Netflix announced that it will change the current plans offered to subscriber by Sept. 1, inciting backlash from consumers.

  • Gender-neutral housing should not cause alarm

    On July 7, USF became the first college in the state to allow students to identify themselves as male, female or "transitioning" when applying for on-campus housing.

  • MCAT and LSAT tutoring services are worth the cost

    When it comes to planning one's future, many will go to any extent to achieve their goals. For students, post-graduation aspirations such as law school or medical school come with high expectations on the LSAT (Law School Admission Test) or MCAT (Medical College Admission Test).

  • US plan to cut Pakistan military aid is appropriate

    News broke last weekend that President Barack Obama plans to cut foreign aid to Pakistan by $800 million — money that would be used to reimburse the country for military operations at the Afghan border, as well as help provide training and supplies for its military.

  • Orlando should concede Food Not Bombs battle

    Keith McHenry, co-founder of the charity organization Food Not Bombs, was arrested last week with two other accomplices for what has been described as "food terrorism" by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. Their crime? Feeding the homeless in Lake Eola Park.

  • Twitter town hall is positive

    President Barack Obama took the unusual step of holding a Twitter "town hall" Wednesday afternoon in an effort to answer questions straight from the minds of ordinary citizens that use the popular media service.

  • Verdicts in Casey Anthony case are correct

    When Casey Anthony was acquitted of first-degree murder charges relating to the death of her infant daughter, Caylee Anthony, in an Orlando courthouse Tuesday, jaws dropped.

  • Gov. Scott’s rail policies are inconsistent, political

    Gov. Rick Scott, in a purely political move, rejected federal funding in February for a high-speed rail project connecting Tampa to Orlando.

  • Tea party summer camp is ridiculous

    Summer camp is in some ways a staple of the American psyche and pop culture. One need look no further than Nickelodeon's television series "Salute Your Shorts" or "American Pie Presents: Band Camp" for wide-ranging examples.

  • Debt ceiling should be abolished

    A battle is raging in Washington, D.C. over raising the debt ceiling, which the U.S. hit May 16.

  • Gay marriage scores a telling victory

    The fight for gay marriage reached a significant milestone Friday, when a bill legalizing gay marriage passed through the New York Senate.

  • ‘Jackass’ star’s death is tragic lesson for students

    The man who jumped from balconies, cycled into a field of cactuses and traversed an Iceland waterfall in a barrel died Monday morning in a tragic car crash.

  • Obama’s draw down is too little, too late

    On Sept. 11, 2001, the U.S. was brutally attacked by the terrorist organization al-Qaida, resulting in the deaths of nearly 3,000 Americans. In retaliation, then-President George W. Bush directed the American military to wage war on the terrorist group and the Taliban regime that harbored it in Afghanistan in retaliation.

  • Letters to the Editor

    In response to the June 16 editorial "Don't fund the smoking ban." I am puzzled by the stance The Oracle has taken on the partial smoking ban in the last few months.  While the majority of students, faculty and other interested parties have shown support through surveys and Student Government elections, The Oracle is grasping at straws by claiming the ban is not a proper use of funds.

  • Media obsession with Anthony trial goes too far

    Three years ago, a 2-year-old girl disappeared near Orlando. Her body was found five months later. In the ensuing years, much has been made of the death of Caylee Anthony, generating a huge amount of media coverage. While the public certainly has a right to know about the case, the media should exercise good taste in dealing with the tragedy.

  • Weiner shouldn’t pull out of Congress

    It's been nearly three weeks since the "Weinergate" scandal broke onto the news scene. First, a non-nude crotch shot of Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) emerged on Twitter. Later, a fully nude picture was released. Now, there are strong calls from members of both parties for the representative to resign.



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