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Iman Zekri

Having guns on campus is a dangerous proposal

The ongoing debate regarding campus carry legislation has been at the forefront of recent policy agendas concerning campus safety. This legislation has been a controversial response to the horrific school shootings that have resulted in the death of some of our nation’s bright, young students. Needless to say, there are individuals who feel strongly on both sides of the debate. Some people feel that guns on campus could deter crime and provide a more immediate response time. However, when it comes to allowing lethal weapons on college campuses, one must seriously consider the risks involved. These risks are what...

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Obama’s farewell address

History and social studies textbooks will forever note that president Barack Obama was the first African American President of the United States. He was certainly not a perfect president, but to deny any of the incredible things he has done for this country would be misleading and unreasonable. Obama has been an advocate for racial, sexual and religious minorities. It is hard to believe that it has already been eight years of Obama’s presidency because it seems like just yesterday I was watching live coverage of his inauguration on television. After two terms in office, it is fair to...

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How does Bernie measure up?

Up until 1980, when NBC’s John Chancellor announced to the nation that Ronald Reagan would be the people’s next president, no president had lost his run for re-election but Herbert Hoover in 1932. Similar to Jimmy Carter, Bernie Sanders has identified himself as a Washington outsider who believes he can make government more transparent. But, what if in his attempt to do so, he hands the White House to the GOP for the following eight years? Generally speaking, the far majority of people who have become the president of the United States are considered novices when they first start...

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College exams are changing for the better

College courses are starting to shift their final examinations away from multiple-choice questions; essay exams are the new norm for finals. Numerous college professors have realized that assessing students based on their knowledge of textbook chapters actually requires very little thinking on a student’s part. The old standard of memorization as being a sign of intelligence is disappearing, as professors encourage their students to engage in higher-level thinking. Thankfully, knowledge is no longer measured by whether or not you know the right answer, but if you have a grasp on particular concepts and ideas. This means that take-home finals...

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Taking a bite out of the Big Apple and each other

A recent democratic debate was held in Brooklyn, and there were numerous harsh exchanges between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. It is clear how important the state of New York is to both campaigns, considering it could either secure Clinton’s success or provide Sanders with a fighting chance. Both candidates were criticizing each other’s qualifications, policy positions and judgment. Sanders voiced his disapproval of many decisions Clinton made in the past to demonstrate poor judgment on her part. “I question a judgment which voted for the war in Iraq, the worst foreign policy blunder in the history of this...

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Events like Research Day should be held more often at FGCU

Research Day was held on Friday at Alico Arena, and it was incredible to attend an event where so many students were willing to go the extra mile in their fields of study by completing sophisticated research projects. The Office of Research and Graduate Studies did an excellent job running the entire event, and it ran smoothly, from the setup in the morning to the award ceremony in the afternoon. Events similar to Research Day should be held on campus much more frequently because they provide students with the opportunity to learn from others and share their own knowledge...

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The president’s failure to plan for the aftermath of intervening shouldn’t overshadow the countless lives that were saved in Libya

During President Barack Obama’s 2011 speech about Libya, he emphasized the need for action and the severity of the situation in Libya due to Qaddafi’s tyranny. “For generations, the United States of America has played a unique role as an anchor of global security and as an advocate for human freedom,” Obama said. “Mindful of the risks and costs of military action, we are naturally reluctant to use force to solve the world’s many challenges. But, when our interests and values are at stake, we have a responsibility to act. That’s what happened in Libya over the course of...

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Despite setbacks in the Deep South, the Sanders campaign is still ‘berning’

At the beginning of Bernie Sanders’ campaign, it truly looked like he didn’t stand a chance against frontrunner Hilary Clinton. His recent successes in Alaska, Hawaii and Washington have many people reconsidering their initial predictions of Sanders failing and ultimately ending his bid for the Democratic nomination. During a rally in Madison, Wisconsin, Sanders declared that his successes have opened a viable door to the nomination. “We knew from day one that, politically, we were going to have a hard time in the Deep South,” Sanders said. “But, we knew things were going to improve when we headed west.”...

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Republicans should be more grateful for Obama’s Supreme Court nominee

The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has been followed by ample controversy and intensified divisions between the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. Numerous Republicans have refused to consider Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been extremely vocal is his opposition. “I can’t imagine that a Republican majority Senate, even if it were soon to be a minority, would want to confirm a judge that would move the court dramatically to the left,” McConnell said. Some members of the Republican Party have gone as far as claiming that Obama does not have...

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Is Chris Christie vying for the vice presidency?

Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey, has been publicly endorsing Trump ever since he suspended his presidential bid on Feb 10, for the 2016 presidential election. Christie has developed into Trump’s largest supporter and defender. After Christie dropped out of the race, he began to commend Trump like he is some kind of savior. During a press conference Trump held in Florida, Christie claimed that Trump is the best candidate in the race. “Tonight is the beginning of Donald Trump bringing the Republican Party together for a big victory this November,” Christie said. “Tonight is the beginning of Donald...

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