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Thursday, January 22, 2004

Universities need more money from Legislature

It should come as no surprise to any alumni, employees, faculty, staff, students or friends of the university that once again the illustrious leadership of the Arizona Legislature is considering no increase to the impending 2005 budget, despite Gov. Napolitano's requests.

When are Arizona voters going to stand up and scream "no more"? We vote these people into office; they are our representatives and yet we continue to bend over and say, "Please sir, may I have another?" When is everyone going to realize that this state is in serious jeopardy when it comes to higher education? We need some serious financial help to climb out of the gutter when it comes to pitiful salaries, laughable availability of courses, loss of faculty due to salary issues and, let's not forget, that myriad of other "petty" problems that each of us on this campus faces on a daily basis. Sure K-12 funding is getting better, but where are these students supposed to go when they graduate from high school? Do we want to not have any more state universities - would this help balance the precious budget some? [Read article]

Major Disappointment: No major? No problem

It seems that from the moment of conception, society determines the path best for each person and the necessary pressures to push him or her there along the way. In many cases, that long and winding road leads to college. Whether immediately or eventually, this means having to choose a major. And this choosing a major business can become a major pain in the you-know-what. While resolving life-long aims and goals used to be something near enjoyable or promising, it has now become something closer to an anxiety attack. [Read article]

photo Point, Counterpoint: Statewide smoking ban

Should the rest of Arizona be forced to follow Tempe's lead and ban smoking from bars altogether?

Free to be healthy

In America, we place personal liberty at a premium. Most individuals strongly believe in the importance of our constitutional rights. However, when one's choices infringe on the well-being of other citizens, a line must be drawn between what is permissible and what is prohibited. [Read article]

View Points: Activity Fee

Question: How do you feel about the

possibility of a new activity fee that all students would pay?

"I can see why some people would be upset if they're not attending the events, but if there are more activities on campus, then it's fine."

"I need to figure out how I am going to pay for textbooks before I pay for more entertainment." [Read article]

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