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OPINIONS
Tuesday, May 4, 2004
Mailbag

More Eastern courses needed in UA gen eds

I think that it is rather unfortunate that the number of non-Western particularly Eastern courses in the general education program are so few and far between. Considering that UA students are required to take quite a number of these tier one courses, it is only fair that such courses are more balanced between different cultures and groups giving students more options and exposure to different ideas. [Read article]

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photo Connecting The Dots: Finally, UA is getting some relief

After three years of turmoil, the UA deserved a break. So, a year mostly full of good news was just what the doctor ordered. And the UA got it.

Let's face it, our campus faced some hard times over the past few years: the College of Nursing shootings, financial disaster, drama on the football field, not to mention coping with the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the war in Iraq.

But with some rare exceptions, this year turned out to be a huge turnaround. The bad news translated to good. [Read article]

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Talking Back: Truth is not political manipulation

Apparently, there is a strong, right-wing effort out there to hide anything that shows the deadly costs of war at least when it's something that can be viewed as hurting morale and support for the war.

Last week, there was the whole fiasco surrounding the release of the pictures of the flag-draped caskets of fallen Americans returning from war, with the right wing claiming that it was disrespectful and exploitative of the dead. Funny, though, there was no right-wing objection to the use of Pat Tillman's death as an example of true patriotism. Why wasn't the focus on his death viewed as an exploitation of his sacrifice, especially when he was someone who refused the media's spotlight? I guess it's only exploitation when it could possibly reduce the public's support for war. [Read article]

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