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OPINIONS
Wednesday, April 14, 2004
Mailbag

Journalism minors not locked out of classes

The Arizona Daily Wildcat story yesterday concerning minors being locked out of classes contains an incorrect statement that "minors have been handicapped in journalism " In fact all journalism minors have the same access to classes as journalism majors. The department temporarily suspended entry into the journalism minor last fall because we have nearly 500 majors and only five full-time faculty. However, all university academic advisers were informed of this decision weeks before it was implemented, so students who were considering a journalism minor would have time to sign up. In no way would the department ever lock out a minor from any class or treat these students any differently than our majors. [Read article]

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A Wider Lens: Wartime, facts and politics

Over the past week and a half, the United States and its allies have experienced dozens of troop fatalities in Iraq during the bloodiest days of the war since the fall of Baghdad. And with these deaths and the general rise in instability, as would be expected, there has been a new intensity added to the political firestorm.

The left has been hitting the president hard, both in Congress and in the press. Former Clinton administration drug czar and retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey commented in this week's Time Magazine that "there are no more U.S. troops to send to Iraq." Several senators have taken issue with the administration's handling of the situation in Iraq, and in particular, the originally planned handover of control to the Iraqis on June 30. These attacks are in addition to those thrown at the president by John Kerry. [Read article]

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photo Issue of the Week: Faculty Felons

The Arizona Board of Regents recently drafted a policy for hiring and firing faculty previously convicted of certain felonies. Though the bill calls for increased and standardized scrutiny of potential hires, it stops far short of the bill previously proposed by Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Gilbert, which would have mandated the immediate termination of all faculty felons. We asked our columnists, "Is the board of regents' policy the right one for students and faculty? Or are the regents a little too soft on crime?" [Read article]

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