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OPINIONS
Tuesday, September 9, 2003
Mailbag

Poll shouldn't be used to promote agenda

Over 10 years ago I graduated from the UA, and for over 10 years I have followed the happenings at my alma mater. Never have I been compelled to write a complaint letter to the staff at the Daily Wildcat.

This week, there is an online poll concerning President Bush's plans for Iraq. In general, these non-scientific polls are used to provide a glimpse of the population's feeling. They are not used to provide an editorial or promote an agenda. Save that for the editorial page. [Read article]

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Editorial: Residents must be responsible for dorm security

Two weeks into school and already it's come to this guests need two forms of ID to enter Coronado and must sign their names in a logbook that will keep track of traffic into the hall.

Why? According to Residence Life Director Jim Van Arsdel, it's because too many outsiders were walking unescorted around Coronado.

The tighter security measures, Van Arsdel said, are unrelated to now-discredited reports of a sexual assault in that hall earlier this semester. But those reports can't make anybody more comfortable, and if there's one thing that will without question lead to tougher security, it's an assault allegation. [Read article]

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photo Let's pass on the surface lots

A political cartoon that ran in the Arizona Daily Wildcat 60 years ago pinpointed one of the hottest issues on campus at the time: the lack of parking. That was in the 1940s, when the population of the UA was only a fraction of what it is now.

Still, students list parking as one of their top concerns on every year's so-called Campus Climate Survey conducted by the Dean of Student's Office.

Administrators laugh the problem off. "What can be done?" they say. After all, if parking has been a problem since the 1940's, why would it suddenly get better now? [Read article]

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Party busting causes a strain on resources

This weekend in Tucson was typical: students were enjoying the pool, parties, bars, movie theaters, coffee shops and what have you. Everything seemed like a fun and relaxing weekend, save for the multitude of Tucson Police officers roaming around town hunting for off-campus parties, trying to bust under-aged drinkers.

Never in the last three years has there been such a visible presence of Tucson's finest actively interfering in one of the most common collegial activities party-going. In fact, they are putting such a strong focus on this, it seems like other areas of duty are being neglected. [Read article]

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