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OPINIONS
Friday, October 1, 2004
photo Mandatory meal plans coming to a UA near you

Earlier this semester, Northern Arizona University implemented a $2,500 mandatory meal plan for freshmen.

In November, Arizona State University administrators hope to submit their own mandatory meal plan proposal to the Arizona Board of Regents.

UA students, get ready because we're next.

Proposals for mandatory meal plans could be on the horizon.

While Dan Adams, director of student unions, insists there are no proposals, only discussions, and no idea of what "mandatory" could mean, the fact is that he admits discussion of a minimum buy-in meal plan exists. [Read article]

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Editorial: First debate belongs to Kerry

If John Kerry's weakness is foreign policy, George Bush has a lot to worry about come November. Kerry, who has been widely criticized as the weaker of the two on foreign policy, decisively showed in last night's debate that he can measure up to - and significantly surpass - the president.

While President Bush looked unprepared and flustered, Senator Kerry was poised and articulate.

Bush was clearly caught off-guard by the intensity of the debate and stumbled through anything not prepared for him in advance. He interjected several times, only to realize he didn't have anything to say. Kerry, on the other hand, came prepared to defend his record and attack the president's, and his speech was consistently measured and reasoned. [Read article]

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Mailbag

No reason to eliminate humanities program

With respect to the humanities program, Richard Poss states that the faculty has accepted the elimination.

But this is no way entails that anyone agreed with the current administration that such an idea made any sense.

There were many options available preferable to elimination.

Outside reviewers gave the program highest marks and evaluations for its well-known proficiency as a pedagogical unit in a university whose national standing is hampered by low graduation rates. [Read article]

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