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OPINIONS
Tuesday, September 2, 2003
Mailbag

Weapons-free zone only serves awareness

This letter is in response to Kendrick Wilson's article on the UA's weapons-free zone. I commend Mr. Wilson for bringing attention to an issue that I feel should have gotten much more notice after the violence we experienced here at our own campus last fall. However, I do not agree that we should in any way feel "lucky" to be designated a weapons-free zone, nor should we feel any safer because of the title. [Read article]

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photo Chávez important, but not for building

On April 29, 1993, some 35,000 people walked the three miles from Delano to Forty Acres, Calif., in a massive parade following the casket of a man who deceased Senator Robert F. Kennedy described as "one of the heroic figures of our time."

Now, a decade later, the same number of students will soon pass by the Economics building that was renamed yesterday in honor of César Chávez, the Yuma-born Chicano hero who was a champion for farm workers' rights in the southwest. [Read article]

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Guest Commentary: Cultural immersion is a valuable learning experience

Salam Aalaikoom, Wildcats! I hope you all had a nice and productive summer vacation and you are ready to hit the books and nourish your brains with knowledge! Knowledge is what we are all here for, and acquiring it is what distinguishes our species. So this welcoming letter is also a call for students to gain new enthusiasm for cultural understanding, which cannot be found solely in books or during lectures, but also through a dialogue with people of different religious, racial and cultural backgrounds. I cannot overemphasize the importance of cultural understanding, especially considering the fact that many people nowadays accept cultural stereotypes without really having firsthand contact with the people concerned. [Read article]

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View Points

Question: What do you think of giving the domestic partners of homosexual UA employees the same benefits that the spouses of other UA employees receive?

Editor's note: Due to an error in Friday's Wildcat, several people were misquoted in the Viewpoints section. The section is reprinted below as it should have appeared. The Wildcat regrets the error and apologizes for any confusion that it may have caused. [Read article]

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