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  • College costs clear out students’ wallets

    College is full of subtle fees and bogus charges. As students, we pay for things we sometimes won’t even use.

  • Andy Zunz

    Welcome from the new editor-in-chief

    I’ve given a lot during my time at the Central Florida Future: blood, sweat, tears … well, maybe none of those things.

  • Musa Ahmad

    US must take backseat in Cairo crisis

    The recent turn of events from springs of civil disobedience to traditional autocratic governments in Egypt tragically resulted in unprecedented amount of bloodshed this past week: hundreds killed and thousands injured into what will surely be only the beginning of a potential civil war.

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  • Unpaid internships often exploitative

    For those who have never had an internship, you might imagine something out of The Devil Wears Prada, chained to the hem of a purse-lipped Miranda Priestly, fetching coffee and dry cleaning, working long hours, all while watching your personal life go up in flames.

  • Musa Ahmad

    Bangladeshi factory regulations need revising

    If you take a moment to look at the tag on your T-shirt, there is a very good chance that it was made in Bangladesh — a small country with an ever-growing population that has become the world’s second largest clothing exporter.

  • Dave Carriere

    Future provides defining campus connection

    Next week, I, along with about 3,820 of my closest friends, will graduate from UCF, and with that, comes the bittersweet realization for me that this will probably be the last time my byline appears on a page of the Central Florida Future.

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  • U.S. universities accountable for sexual assault case oversights

    Protesters rallied outside of the U.S. Department of Education on Monday and called for the agency to hold colleges to a higher level of accountability for oversights when handling sexual assault incidents, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

  • Adam Rhodes

    Workplace protection a step in the right direction

    With the recent judicial decision regarding sexual orientation and the inherent civil rights that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender identifying citizens deserve, news on Wednesday that a Senate panel passed a measure of anti-discrimination that would protect LGBT citizens from workplace discrimination is an enormous step in the right direction.

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  • Jennifer DiDomenico

    Dual-enrollment courses an academic, financial asset

    Many Florida public schools are being forced to pay dual-enrollment bills for the first time after a new law pushed through the legislative session this year.

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  • Shelby Nathanson

    New policies justify FAMU band return

    When many think of marching bands, they imagine polyester-clad, instrument-wielding students — dare I say nerds — jamming out to halftime tunes on the field at football games.

  • Sierra Farrands

    Obama foolishly donates money for sake of allegiance

    Two-thirds of the residents of Sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to electricity. Growing up with the comfort of amenities such as air conditioning, lights in our homes and television, we often take these things for granted.

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  • STEM teachers help local industry grow

    The Metro Orlando area ranks 86th in the country as a home to jobs pertaining to science, technology, engineering and math — otherwise known as STEM — according to a report from the Brookings Institution.

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  • Phillips

    Sensory prosthetic arm has immense potential

    Imagine a world where amputees can feel what they are touching through their prosthetic limbs.

  • Glenn

    Osceola chairwoman’s fraud highlights trend

    After voters managed to chuck former Osceola County School Board Chairwoman Cindy Hartig, Osceola citizens were almost stuck picking up the tab for her unemployment checks due to an oversight by the Department of Economic Opportunity.

  • World not ready for ‘de-extinction’

    At a TEDx conference hosted by National Geographic in Washington D.C., scientists discussed reviving animals from extinction — in a process aptly named “de-extinction” — and the ethics that emerge from such an endeavor.

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  • Anna Eskamani

    Take steps to prevent risk of cervical cancer

    While for most of us January marks the beginning of the New Year and the spring semester, it’s also Cervical Health Awareness Month, a month designated to shines a spotlight on a wide range of cervical health issues, including human papillomavirus and cervical cancer.

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  • Oluwafunlola Falade

    SGA looks to improve communication efforts

    During our time at UCF, we’ve all experienced that tremendously awkward moment when friends you know walk right past you and your spirit waved without their notice.

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  • UCF alert system needs overhaul

    In the evening of Jan. 7, around 6 p.m., a UCF alert was sent out by email and text message to students and faculty: “Shooting near main campus police searching for suspects. Report suspicious activity to 911. More info when ready.”

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  • Anna Eskamani

    Scholarship reform creates extra burden

    Across the nation, and here in Florida, students are faltering under the heavy weight of college tuition.

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  • Ali Kurnaz

    Tragedies introduce tough conversation

    We are all deeply saddened by the loss of children and adults in Newtown, Conn. As a country, we have been through tragedies like this too often.

  • Fiscal cliff issue shows ineptitude

    Late Tuesday Jan. 1, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 257-167 on a Senate bill to pass legislation that would avoid the financial situation known as the “fiscal cliff” — a series of spending cuts and tax increases that was scheduled to take effect at the start of this year.

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  • Adam Rhodes

    Rights for women must align globally

    Countries in the Middle East have once again exhibited the idea that despite the fact that it’s 2012, women should be seen as subordinate citizens or even regulatable property.

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  • Samantha Rosenthal

    Obamacare to affect Fla. nursing facilities

    Since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was passed this summer, states and many rights groups have been arguing about the pros and cons.

  • UCF lacking in ethics guidelines

    A recent mass email, sent to UCF faculty, informed professors that iThenticate, an online tool similar to Turnitin.com, is now mandatory for faculty to use for research proposals and other material generated for publication.

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  • Marijuana gets a fair chance

    While Tuesday’s presidential election gained the expected national media buzz for most of the evening, a lesser-known but substantive victory took place in the Midwest: Colorado became the first state to legalize cannabis for recreational use.

  • Paula

    Building demolition erases Orlando history

    All too often in our society, we make plans of destruction rather than creation.

  • Kaley LaQuea

    Election advances rights for LGBTQ

    In 1969, the Stonewall riots took place at a bar in Greenwich Village and became one of the most prominent events in the fight toward LGBTQ marriage equality in the United States. 

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  • Court should alter admission process

    Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in the Fisher v. University of Texas case, which is a decision that could drastically alter the role of race in college admissions.

  • Alexandra Pittman

    Shift toward healthy lifestyle imperative

    We live in a society in which everyone judges one another based on appearance alone, where both women and men have been subjected daily to unrealistic advertisements that depict society’s definitions of “beauty.”

  • Kaley LaQuea

    Global warming cause for renewed activism

    A new survey released by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication found that 74 percent of Americans believe that global warming is responsible for the plethora of unusual weather taking place across the nation and worldwide.

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  • Social media role still in question

    The debate continues over the place of social media in today’s society, and one question that has yet to be thoroughly answered still remains: Where is the line drawn between an individual’s personal and academic/professional life?

  • Samantha Rosenthal

    Gitmo detainees must be tried and released

    Guantanamo inmate Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif described the state of his confinement in one of his letters to his lawyer: “This is a prison that does not know humanity, and does not know anything except the language of power, oppression and humiliation for whoever enters it. It does not differentiate between a criminal and the innocent,” Latif wrote in late December 2010.

  • Thomas Hellinger

    Obama must pardon Bradley Manning

    In May 2010, U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was arrested while on duty in a military base near Baghdad.

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  • Merit funding may backfire

    A recent Florida Board of Governors decision will determine how funds will be allocated to schools in the Florida university system through a merit-based system that ranks schools according to performance rather than need. 

  • Ali Kurnaz

    Sick-time initiative thwarted by officials

    More than 50,000 citizens of Orange County were betrayed by their county commissioners this month, who decided that they would rather support special interests over the cause of their own constituents.

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  • Tawanah Reeves

    Romney comments will matter in Nov.

    Every year, political campaigning is like a trip to the circus for the American public, with the four-year arena of the Oval Office starring as the main attraction. 

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  • Sejal Madhubhai

    Drug-resistant STDs pose risk to students

    Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that it would stop recommending the use of the antibiotic cefixime as a way to treat regular cases of gonorrhea.

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  • Aubrey Marks

    Women’s vote will be essential in campaign

    Aug. 26, 2012 marks the 92nd anniversary of women obtaining the right to vote through the 19th Amendment, which declares that “the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”

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  • Binge drinking not part of college

    A new study conducted by Colgate University sociology professors Carolyn L. Hsu and Landon Reid concluded that students who binge drink are happier and have more fun.

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  • Email represents goals of university

    UCF cross-cultural psychology professor Charles Negy gained national notoriety after a post on Reddit publicized an email that Negy sent out to his students.

  • Chris Friend head shot

    STEM push must continue in college

    A little more than a month ago, the Central Florida Future ran an editorial stance titled, “STEM initiatives not the answer,” which casted a critical gaze on America’s education system.

  • Theodore head shot

    Ryan strong pick for Romney campaign

    As the presidential campaigns heat up in these last few months before the election, Mitt Romney’s vice presidential pick Paul Ryan does not come without controversy.

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  • Racks determine press freedom

    Recently, the administration at the University of Florida demanded that the 19 newspaper racks, which hold the student paper The Independent Florida Alligator, be removed from campus by Aug. 15.

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  • Shayne Cheshire

    Fla.’s Amendment 8 threatens separation

    It is the view of credible historians and academic scholars that the founding fathers, in order to preserve true religious freedoms, determined our government should separate and isolate itself from religious faith and practice. 

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  • Kaley LaQuea

    America needs to reconsider gun laws

    It is often the case with tragedies such as the theater shooting in Colorado that occurred early Friday morning that people immediately feel the need to find someone or something to direct blame toward.

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  • Eddy Duryea

    Low self-esteem on rise among youths

    It’s all around us, and it’s been eroding at our self-esteem for quite awhile now. 

  • Kaley LaQuea

    Prescription drug use needs strict monitoring

    Last week, the Food and Drug Administration announced that it would not install a requirement for doctors to complete mandatory prescription drug training to be able to prescribe more serious painkillers such as OxyContin, despite advice from an expert panel that suggested the need for one.

  • Homeless plight pervades in Fla.

    Florida currently ranks first in the nation for home vacancies. Nearly 1.5 million homes are unoccupied in the state and will more than likely remain that way until the real estate market improves. 

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  • Ali Kurnaz

    State of Florida needs Affordable Care Act

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act offers crucial benefits to the citizens of Florida.

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  • Andrew Risavy

    Tea Party does not advocate violence

    The left-leaning website thinkprogress.org recently published an article in response to a statement made by Roy Nicholson, chairman of the Mississippi Tea Party, accusing him of advocating violent resistance against the federal government.

  • Fate of Fla. jobs, taxes dismal

    While budget cuts around UCF may not be readily apparent to students just yet, rest assured it will get worse before it gets better for Florida’s university system and the state economy as a whole.

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  • Kaley LaQuea

    Library renovations will benefit campus

    In addition to the proposed 15 percent differential tuition increase, students in fall may see $2 more going to the capital improvement trust fund fee to pay for various library renovations, including added space, seating and the possible installation of an Automated Retrieval System, which would mechanically retrieve books stored in bins for students upon request within 10 minutes.

  • Jennifer Theodore

    Guantanamo appeals would be ineffective

    The detention camp at Guantanamo Bay has been the subject of much controversy regarding, among other things, its holding of prisoners indefinitely without trial.

  • New partnership brings benefits

    A newfound partnership with the Saudi Arabian school Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University has been solidified after two years of work. 

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  • New payment process a pain

    Starting in August, students planning to pay for tuition with credit cards will incur an additional 2 percent fee instead of the $10 flat rate that previously accompanied credit payments. 

  • Aubrey Marks

    Obama spending habit is slower than thought

    Here’s a big myth about Barack Obama’s presidency: Obama led our country into a massive increase in federal spending, massive enough for Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney to characterize it as a “spending inferno” that has “accelerated at a pace without precedent in recent history.”

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  • Jennifer Theodore

    Obama’s spending needs to be checked

    News reports about the dismal state of the economy are filled with talk about the growing national debt and deficit spending, and what effect they will have on the upcoming election.

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  • Lack of assistance for deaf not OK

    The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 states that businesses and institutions can be at fault if they fail to provide services and also for “not making reasonable accommodations to the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual with a disability who is an applicant or employee.”

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  • Jennifer Theodore

    Paycheck Fairness Act misguided effort

    “It’s pretty evident that the GOP agenda is focused on rolling back the clock on women,” said Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., the chairwoman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, after the Senate vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act, which lacked a single Republican vote and failed to advance.

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  • Sejal Madhubhai

    Affirmative action no longer necessary

    President John F. Kennedy first established affirmative action in 1961, and since then, it has been seen as a monumental controversial move for minorities.

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  • Shayne Cheshire

    New Atheism values intellectual honesty

    Over the last 40 years, Gallup polls as well as other surveys on American attitudes have consistently concluded that the most despised minority in America is one in which people refer to themselves as atheists or agnostics.

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  • Private rail line a boon for Florida

    After Gov. Rick Scott rejected more than $2 billion in federal stimulus funding provided to construct a high-speed rail line between Tampa and Orlando, hope for an alternative and viable form of public transportation was all but lost entirely.

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  • steven

    End taxpayer payouts to big oil companies

    The recent “Repeal Big Oil Tax Subsidies Act,” which was not passed, would have stopped Big Oil from receiving federal subsidies amounting to $24 billion and allowed for an estimated 37,000 new American jobs in the field of wind energy and other sustainable clean energy alternatives.         

  • kaley

    Scott wrong to end animal coloring ban

    Earlier this week, Gov. Rick Scott passed an agricultural bill that contained an amendment to approve the artificial coloring of animals.      

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  • Vulgar language unfit for TV

    After the arrest of two men in the case of the Good Friday Shootings in Tulsa, Okla., the media has turned its eye to a Facebook post made by one of the suspects prior to the shooting, which left three African Americans dead and two wounded.       

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  • kaley

    Explore other options before raising tuition

    College students in Florida are undoubtedly keeping a close eye on legislation being passed at the state level regarding hikes in tuition rates. Legislation that passed a Senate vote earlier this month now awaits approval of Gov. Rick Scott.

  • Anna

    ‘Obamacare’ spells more health equality

    Picture this: You are a 30-year-old woman paying $375 a month for your health insurance. The man sitting across from you – who is of the same age and uses the same exact insurance plan – is paying 31 percent less.

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  • Install more dashboard cams

    The fatal shooting of a Brevard County sheriff’s deputy earlier this month has left a community grieving the loss of a devoted public servant and protector.

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  • kaley

    US support in Libya fueling war crimes

    The inception of 2012 has ushered in a new wave of scrutiny regarding the mounting list of potential war crimes in Libya that have been unfolding in recent months.

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  • Ali Kurnaz

    SGA must put an end to pizza politics

    Student Government Association’s election season has finally arrived. In this democratic ritual, students participate in the selection of student leaders to represent the interests of the UCF student body.

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  • War has troops at breaking point

    The longest war in United States history is stretching our troops to the breaking point.

    Cases of troop misconduct over the last few months show a dangerous tension growing between some of our soldiers and the Afghan population they are tasked with protecting.

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  • ida

    Mayor defends public over private interests

    It's been pretty apparent that the leaders in Tallahassee don't like transparency. They do, however, like their special interests. 

  • clayton

    Answer Iran threat with more diplomacy

    On March 4, President Barack Obama appeared before the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee to denounce the "loose talk of war" with Iran that has been building in recent weeks and advocate a diplomatic approach.

  • Kony 2012 video pushes for war

    f you hadn't heard of Joseph Kony, a rebel leader in Central Africa who is wanted for brutal war crimes by the International Criminal Court, before last week, chances are you have by now. 

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  • Halt prison privatization

    Florida lawmakers pushing to privatize more than two dozen state prisons from Orlando south hit a roadblock last week when Senate leaders failed to win over Republicans standing firm in opposition to the controversial bill.

  • Aubrey

    Balance necessary with cost, quality of education

    According to the College Board, the average in-state tuition at four-year public colleges this school year rose 8.3 percent. 

  • Kaley

    Romney campaign stronger after Fla.

    With two wins now under his belt, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney took 46 percent of the vote in Tuesday's Florida Republican primary

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  • Republican rule breaking costly

    Tomorrow's primary is going to put Florida in the national spotlight, but despite all the attention, the state's impact on the Republican Party presidential nomination may end up disappointing by the time of the Republican National Convention in August.

  • Tamara Groom

    Policy affects price at pump, not politicians

    Imagine what you'd do if you were attending college in a small town 3,000 miles from mom and dad and you heard a speech about peak oil that made it seem like very soon the economy might collapse and the transportation systems we take for granted might no longer be in place.

  • Anna Eskamani

    Remodel PECO, save public scholarships

    So you came to UCF back in 2008 with a 100 percent Bright Futures scholarship that would cover the cost of your entire tuition.

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  • Aubrey Marks

    New laws will prevent voting, not vote fraud

    According to the League of Women Voters, Americans are twice as likely to get hit by lighting as to have their vote canceled out by a fraudulently cast vote.

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  • andrea keating

    New guidelines for infants a good idea?

    The American Academy for Pediatrics just released its new guidelines for infant and toddler car safety restraints, and many parents are not ecstatic. And for once, I cannot blame them.

  • Grant the Pell preservation

    House Republicans are proposing legislation in Congress that will aims to tighten eligibility on Pell Grant programs and would also eliminate 31 education programs, according to a report from the Chronicle of Higher Education.

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  • Ida

    Four saving words: ‘pass this jobs bill’

    Unemployment now stands at 9.1 percent, there are 14 million Americans currently out of work and there are four words that the College Democrats at UCF believe can help alleviate these dismal statistics — "pass this jobs bill."

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  • Harold

    Choose Reaganomics over Obamanomics

    As young Americans, ages 16-24, grapple with unemployment at 25 percent, President Barack Obama spoke to a joint session of Congress to lay out his new "jobs plan" to the nation.

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  • Success will come from consensus

    As our federal government continues to debate what steps to take to lower unemployment and improve the health of our economy, one particular committee is becoming the center of attention.

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  • Let’s put a stop to robo-grading

    In order to ensure fair grading, some professors are being taken out of the grading process altogether and instead being replaced by independent assessors, and computers in some cases, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

  • Aubrey

    Medicaid coverage shouldn’t discriminate

    About a month ago, a man from South Carolina named Raymond Johnson was diagnosed with breast cancer.

  • Anna

    Don’t take shortcuts in cutting carbon

    Al Gore, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning former vice president who fell a few hundred Florida votes shy of becoming America's 43rd president has evolved into becoming one of the world's leading advocates of climate change awareness.

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  • Maintain money for Medicaid

    Despite all the talk of cutting entitlements, one program remains particularly popular among Americans.

  • Ida

    Don’t expect high score from cuts to education

    Experts in education like to stress the need for longer school years in the United States. According to the New York Times, however, there's a trend in the opposite direction.

  • Austin

    Austerity measures could create unrest

    Bloody acts of social violence and billows of tear gas have yet to manifest in America's streets since the financial crisis, but the growing disparity between the plutocracy and the lower middle class in the United States could trigger the type of turmoil seen in other Western countries.

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  • Elected officials should behave

    On Friday, former U.S. Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) was indicted before a federal grand jury for allegedly using illegal campaign donations to conceal his affair with a mistress from the voters, according to the Washington Post.

  • Bryan

    College education bubble ready to pop

    Peter Thiel has many impressive points on his résumé: Yale law graduate, co-founder of PayPal, venture capitalist and hedge fund manager.

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  • lacy

    A prescription for ‘the spotless mind’

    Spoiler alert: 'The Hangover Part II'

    If you're debating whether or not you want to read this column, fear not. If you hate it, soon enough you will be able to pop a prescription tic-tac and erase it from your memory.

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  • Aubrey

    Cutting bargaining rights is a raw deal

    Let's rewind back to February, when thousands of people camped out in front of Wisconsin's state capitol, shouting at Gov. Scott Walker that it was unacceptable to strip away collective bargaining rights for unions.

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  • Anna

    Our right to choose, no longer an option?

    This may come as a shock to many of you, but here in the United States, receiving an abortion is legal. In fact, abortions have been legal for more than three decades now, and if you don't believe me, check in your history books for the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court case of Roe v. Wade. The Court's 7-2 ruling should make it very clear to you that a woman has a constitutional right to privacy — and that includes terminating her pregnancy.

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  • Leave Iraq by year's end

     A recent column on the website of National Public Radio said that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is reconsidering his position on the withdrawal of U.S. troops.

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  • Michael

    Homosexual athletes break the stereotype

    Your stereotypical football player, rugby player, soccer player, basketball player is a lot of things, but he isn't gay.

  • Lacy

    Republicans share Common problem

    If I walked up to you and said "My peoples want hits, I hit it from the back. Under the cherry moon, I hold notes and carry tunes," would you invite me to your house?

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  • Don’t dishonor honors classes

    Honors courses, which are advanced classes that provide students with grades more heavily weighted toward their GPA, are starting to disappear from schools across the country, according to an article in the Washington Post.

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  • Central Florida Future

    Focus on GPA turns us into mindless 4.0 drones

    In today's Future, "Our Stance" is about grades in higher education and the overall value of a college degree in today's society.

  • Hard classes key to learning

    In the time we've spent at UCF, we've realized that college should be mostly about what you learn and the experiences you gain and less about the grades you earn.

  • Central Florida Future

    Spoken word holds dangerous sway

    In the wake of the shootings in Tucson recently, I remember hearing on the radio that Representative Gabrielle Giffords said prior to the attack that because of the political rhetoric and events of late, she had become increasingly worried about her safety and that of other congressional leaders.

Opinions for January 16, 2011

  • The girl who didn’t cry wolf

    When someone tries to make us do something we strongly object to doing, it's not surprising if we go kicking and screaming.

  • Women should face combat

    The old saying tells us to "never hit a girl," but we know some pretty tough chicks who can handle their own better than a lot of guys out there.

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  • Central Florida Future

    Mental health paramount for students

    College is supposed to be filled with great experiences, meeting new friends and learning new things.

  • Central Florida Future

    Lochrane resigns as SGA VP

    Throughout my seven years here at UCF I have witnessed the campus grow and change from a small university that was just getting started, to becoming a nationally ranked school in both academics and athletics.

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  • Shayne Cheshire

    New Atheism values intellectual honesty

    Over the last 40 years, Gallup polls as well as other surveys on American attitudes have consistently concluded that the most despised minority in America is one in which people refer to themselves as atheists or agnostics.

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  • Private rail line a boon for Florida

    After Gov. Rick Scott rejected more than $2 billion in federal stimulus funding provided to construct a high-speed rail line between Tampa and Orlando, hope for an alternative and viable form of public transportation was all but lost entirely.

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  • Lack of assistance for deaf not OK

    The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 states that businesses and institutions can be at fault if they fail to provide services and also for “not making reasonable accommodations to the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual with a disability who is an applicant or employee.”

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  • Jennifer Theodore

    Paycheck Fairness Act misguided effort

    “It’s pretty evident that the GOP agenda is focused on rolling back the clock on women,” said Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., the chairwoman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, after the Senate vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act, which lacked a single Republican vote and failed to advance.

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  • Sejal Madhubhai

    Affirmative action no longer necessary

    President John F. Kennedy first established affirmative action in 1961, and since then, it has been seen as a monumental controversial move for minorities.

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Opinions for June 14, 2012

  • New payment process a pain

    Starting in August, students planning to pay for tuition with credit cards will incur an additional 2 percent fee instead of the $10 flat rate that previously accompanied credit payments. 

  • Aubrey Marks

    Obama spending habit is slower than thought

    Here’s a big myth about Barack Obama’s presidency: Obama led our country into a massive increase in federal spending, massive enough for Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney to characterize it as a “spending inferno” that has “accelerated at a pace without precedent in recent history.”

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  • Jennifer Theodore

    Obama’s spending needs to be checked

    News reports about the dismal state of the economy are filled with talk about the growing national debt and deficit spending, and what effect they will have on the upcoming election.

Opinions for June 18, 2012

  • Kaley LaQuea

    Library renovations will benefit campus

    In addition to the proposed 15 percent differential tuition increase, students in fall may see $2 more going to the capital improvement trust fund fee to pay for various library renovations, including added space, seating and the possible installation of an Automated Retrieval System, which would mechanically retrieve books stored in bins for students upon request within 10 minutes.

  • Jennifer Theodore

    Guantanamo appeals would be ineffective

    The detention camp at Guantanamo Bay has been the subject of much controversy regarding, among other things, its holding of prisoners indefinitely without trial.

  • New partnership brings benefits

    A newfound partnership with the Saudi Arabian school Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University has been solidified after two years of work. 

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  • Ali Kurnaz

    State of Florida needs Affordable Care Act

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act offers crucial benefits to the citizens of Florida.

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  • Andrew Risavy

    Tea Party does not advocate violence

    The left-leaning website thinkprogress.org recently published an article in response to a statement made by Roy Nicholson, chairman of the Mississippi Tea Party, accusing him of advocating violent resistance against the federal government.

  • Fate of Fla. jobs, taxes dismal

    While budget cuts around UCF may not be readily apparent to students just yet, rest assured it will get worse before it gets better for Florida’s university system and the state economy as a whole.

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  • Eddy Duryea

    Low self-esteem on rise among youths

    It’s all around us, and it’s been eroding at our self-esteem for quite awhile now. 

  • Kaley LaQuea

    Prescription drug use needs strict monitoring

    Last week, the Food and Drug Administration announced that it would not install a requirement for doctors to complete mandatory prescription drug training to be able to prescribe more serious painkillers such as OxyContin, despite advice from an expert panel that suggested the need for one.

  • Homeless plight pervades in Fla.

    Florida currently ranks first in the nation for home vacancies. Nearly 1.5 million homes are unoccupied in the state and will more than likely remain that way until the real estate market improves. 

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  • Racks determine press freedom

    Recently, the administration at the University of Florida demanded that the 19 newspaper racks, which hold the student paper The Independent Florida Alligator, be removed from campus by Aug. 15.

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  • Shayne Cheshire

    Fla.’s Amendment 8 threatens separation

    It is the view of credible historians and academic scholars that the founding fathers, in order to preserve true religious freedoms, determined our government should separate and isolate itself from religious faith and practice. 

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  • Kaley LaQuea

    America needs to reconsider gun laws

    It is often the case with tragedies such as the theater shooting in Colorado that occurred early Friday morning that people immediately feel the need to find someone or something to direct blame toward.

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  • Email represents goals of university

    UCF cross-cultural psychology professor Charles Negy gained national notoriety after a post on Reddit publicized an email that Negy sent out to his students.

  • Chris Friend head shot

    STEM push must continue in college

    A little more than a month ago, the Central Florida Future ran an editorial stance titled, “STEM initiatives not the answer,” which casted a critical gaze on America’s education system.

  • Theodore head shot

    Ryan strong pick for Romney campaign

    As the presidential campaigns heat up in these last few months before the election, Mitt Romney’s vice presidential pick Paul Ryan does not come without controversy.

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  • Sejal Madhubhai

    Drug-resistant STDs pose risk to students

    Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that it would stop recommending the use of the antibiotic cefixime as a way to treat regular cases of gonorrhea.

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  • Aubrey Marks

    Women’s vote will be essential in campaign

    Aug. 26, 2012 marks the 92nd anniversary of women obtaining the right to vote through the 19th Amendment, which declares that “the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”

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  • Binge drinking not part of college

    A new study conducted by Colgate University sociology professors Carolyn L. Hsu and Landon Reid concluded that students who binge drink are happier and have more fun.

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  • Merit funding may backfire

    A recent Florida Board of Governors decision will determine how funds will be allocated to schools in the Florida university system through a merit-based system that ranks schools according to performance rather than need. 

  • Ali Kurnaz

    Sick-time initiative thwarted by officials

    More than 50,000 citizens of Orange County were betrayed by their county commissioners this month, who decided that they would rather support special interests over the cause of their own constituents.

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  • Tawanah Reeves

    Romney comments will matter in Nov.

    Every year, political campaigning is like a trip to the circus for the American public, with the four-year arena of the Oval Office starring as the main attraction. 

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Opinions for October 1, 2012

  • Social media role still in question

    The debate continues over the place of social media in today’s society, and one question that has yet to be thoroughly answered still remains: Where is the line drawn between an individual’s personal and academic/professional life?

  • Samantha Rosenthal

    Gitmo detainees must be tried and released

    Guantanamo inmate Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif described the state of his confinement in one of his letters to his lawyer: “This is a prison that does not know humanity, and does not know anything except the language of power, oppression and humiliation for whoever enters it. It does not differentiate between a criminal and the innocent,” Latif wrote in late December 2010.

  • Thomas Hellinger

    Obama must pardon Bradley Manning

    In May 2010, U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was arrested while on duty in a military base near Baghdad.

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  • Court should alter admission process

    Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in the Fisher v. University of Texas case, which is a decision that could drastically alter the role of race in college admissions.

  • Alexandra Pittman

    Shift toward healthy lifestyle imperative

    We live in a society in which everyone judges one another based on appearance alone, where both women and men have been subjected daily to unrealistic advertisements that depict society’s definitions of “beauty.”

  • Kaley LaQuea

    Global warming cause for renewed activism

    A new survey released by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication found that 74 percent of Americans believe that global warming is responsible for the plethora of unusual weather taking place across the nation and worldwide.

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  • Marijuana gets a fair chance

    While Tuesday’s presidential election gained the expected national media buzz for most of the evening, a lesser-known but substantive victory took place in the Midwest: Colorado became the first state to legalize cannabis for recreational use.

  • Paula

    Building demolition erases Orlando history

    All too often in our society, we make plans of destruction rather than creation.

  • Kaley LaQuea

    Election advances rights for LGBTQ

    In 1969, the Stonewall riots took place at a bar in Greenwich Village and became one of the most prominent events in the fight toward LGBTQ marriage equality in the United States. 

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