Pro/Con: Employer coverage of birth control debate
Students offer different views regarding the ongoing employer birth control coverage issue.
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.
OPINION: Florida can’t outlaw the LGBTQ community
On May 17, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed multiple bills that are openly discriminatory toward the LGBTQ community, according to a May 17 article from the Orlando Sentinel. These bills ban the use of pronouns in schools that differ from an individual’s gender at birth, allow trans people to only use bathrooms that correspond with their […]
OPINION: New course offered by USF highlights issues with on-campus mental health care
USF is offering a seven-session course designed to help managers and employees understand mental health and how it can impact the workplace, according to a May 22 article by USF Newsroom. While this course may be beneficial to other organizations, the university needs to focus on improving mental health services for its own students as […]
OPINION: Honors College takes away valuable resources from other areas of USF in need
USF’s new Judy Genshaft Honors College held a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 12, but it will not actually be operational until June 12, according to a May 18 article from The Oracle. The Honors College building consists of several new classrooms, studios and common areas. While some of these areas are open to all […]
OPINION: College students need to avoid overusing dating apps
Over 300 million people across the world use dating apps, according to a May 2 article by Business of Apps. Many people have reported negative effects on mental health as well as threats or physical violence. College-age adults are the most active on these apps, with 53% of college students saying they have used one, […]
OPINION: Toxic masculinity in sports needs to be addressed
USF running back Michel Dukes Jr. was arrested for domestic violence on April 29, according to a press release by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department. Many college sports foster an environment of toxic masculinity in which disrespect toward women is allowed. The men who participate in these sports, both as athletes and coaches, need to […]
OPINION: Undocumented students should continue to pay in-state college tuition
Pushback from a group of young immigrants known as the Dreamers helped the Florida legislature vote to keep House Bill 851 from 2014 on May 5, according to an article from The Tampa Bay Times. While the law allowing undocumented students to pay in-state tuition rates for college is still in place for now, there’s […]