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OPINIONS
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
photo Tuition on trial: What are we paying for?

Every year, a collective groan engulfs the campus as next year's tuition increases become public knowledge. Unfortunately, this year predicts a similar trend as rates will rise for both in-state and out-of-state tuitions as reported in yesterday's Wildcat.

As chagrined students seeking out needed funds from the already dire financial aid situation, it's time for us to discover the true use of our tuition money. But, more than that, we must fight for our right to receive a proper education from an entity that views us more as commodities than actual individuals. [Read article]

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United Nations: international terrorists

There have been allegations of sexual misconduct by U.N. peacekeepers in operations around the world. In the 1990s the first reported sexual misconduct by peacekeepers was written off by the United Nation's top official in Cambodia, Yasushi Akashias, as "Boys will be boys."

The United Nations has been in the Democratic Republic of Congo since the 1960s, and there have been 150 different allegations of rape and sexual abuse directed at 50 different U.N. peacekeepers by Congolese women and girls. [Read article]

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Editorial: San Francisco fascism

"If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins." Benjamin Franklin

Say what you will about the freewheeling flamboyance of the Castro District or the "far-out" charm of Haight and Ashbury, but the time has come for San Francisco to rein in its tradition of flouting the rule of law in the name of progressivism.

With the recent passage of a measure restricting the possession, selling and manufacturing of firearms and ammunition, the Golden Gate City has taken a swipe at the Second Amendment in a futile attempt to prove a fallacious point: that the only way to stem the tide of surging violence is to take away an instrument that aids, but by no means causes, violence. [Read article]

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Mailbag

Journalism department addressing concerns

Ryan Johnson's column ("Journalism faces tough decisions") about 12 seniors who could not get journalism classes needed to graduate was at best naive and at worst callous.

Lifting enrollment caps in writing classes, decreasing requirements in the major, and eschewing accreditation that ensures high standards would do nothing more than give students an inferior education for their money. [Read article]

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