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Letter to the Editor: No surprise student smoking hasn’t stopped

It is of no surprise to me that – as one of your recent opinion articles states – “FGCU’s tobacco ban hasn’t stopped student smokers” completely, and it was unrealistic to think that it ever would. Many in our community seemed to believe that just putting text on the FGCU website and posting few signs around campus would suddenly flip a magical light switch that would “turn off” smoking on our grounds. “Eagles Care for Clean Air” has done exactly what comprehensive anti-tobacco policies always do: it ignores the complexities of health education and smoking cessation and simply shames...

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No, abortion criminalization is the human rights violation

In a letter to the editor, Timothy Hsiao wrote a thought-provoking article claiming that the practice of abortion is a human rights violation tantamount to murder. He claims that the entire abortion debate “hinges on the identity of the unborn, not choice.” From there, he asserts that a fetus’s identity is fully human because size, dependency and intelligence cannot determine humanity, as evidenced by severely disabled individuals who are undeniably human. He ultimately concludes that if fetuses are human beings, then abortion is equivalent to murder and thus constitutes an egregious human rights violation. In this response, I hope...

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Yes, abortion is a human rights violation

Everyone would agree that abortion kills something. That much is clear. But given that abortion does kill something, shouldn’t we determine just what it is that we’re killing before we advocate for the right to kill it? It would be reckless for a hunter to shoot at a rustling in the bushes without knowing what he is shooting at. In the same way, the right to choose isn’t the right to choose anything. Before we talk about whether one is entitled to make a certain choice, we must first know what is being chosen. We all want people to...

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Remember where you came from

Most of us have temporarily forgotten in our 20-year history that the only expectation FGCU has is that we “practice civility and mutual respect in all deliberations.” As FGCU employees, whether faculty, staff or student, most of us have also temporarily forgotten our sworn or affirmed oath to uphold the United States Constitution and the Florida Constitution. Perhaps more importantly during our temporary forgetfulness, most of us have failed to remember that every state constitution in the United States of America has, in its preamble, a reverence to a Supreme Being. The absence of mutual respect in human relations...

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No to racism on campus

In light of the repugnant racist expression that occurred on campus last week, I wish to add my voice to the long list of those who have said NO to racism on this campus. As Director of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies, I have studied racism. As a professor, I teach about it. As a Jew, I have experienced it. As a foreigner, I have been subjected to it. As an Australian, I have witnessed it. I know what racism is. I know where it starts, and I know what feeds it. And I know where it can...

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Dunk City returns to Southwest Florida

Do you remember where you were when you heard the Eagles made the Sweet Sixteen? Last night, FGCU won its game against Fairleigh Dickinson and qualified for the NCAA tournament. We’re officially in the top 64 teams now. It’s time to bring back the Dunk City brand as we head to Raleigh, North Carolina for what promises to be an exciting match against the Tar Heels. Turning on my TV this morning, I heard commentators speculating about whether a No. 16-seeded team can beat a No. 1 seed. FGCU and coach Joe Dooley’s names came up as possible candidates for that historic...

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The return of Dunk City

Do you remember where you were when you heard the Eagles made it to the Sweet Sixteen? This past weekend, FGCU hosted a Selection Party for the NCAA Division I Basketball tournament. Players and fans were excited, and anticipation echoed through Alico Arena. Dunk City was told it would be heading to Dayton, Ohio Monday night to play Farleigh Dickinson. As the head coach, Joe Dooley has done an amazing job. The players have matured into a team that has won the conference tournament for the first time in three years, earning a well-deserved berth in the national tournament. Walking into a Publix in Estero this morning,...

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Honor the Second Amendment by supporting open carry and campus carry

Dear Senate Judiciary Chairman Miguel Diaz de la Portilla and Senate President Andy Gardiner, I’m a member of the NRA, Florida Carry, Georgia Carry and author of the blog Pursuit of Patriotism, as well as being published by AmmoLand News. I’m writing to urge both of you to support the open carry and campus carry bills. Let there be an honest, full Senate vote. Transparency in government is a good thing. Sweeping these bills under the rug and giving cover to timid Republicans will anger voters, as it would be an obviously cynical political move. Let the voters see...

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Global warming is a fraud

Letter in reference to Jan. 2 Eagle News  article “Going to the beach in January” by Iman Zekri Dear Editor: It is a mistake for Iman Zekri to make a link between extreme weather and global warming. This is one of the few areas of agreement between the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC). In 2012, the IPCC asserted that a relationship between global warming and wildfires, rainfall, storms, hurricanes and other extreme weather events has not been demonstrated. In 2013, the NIPCC concluded the same, saying, “In...

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UPD cares

During the past three months, University Police Department has seen an increase in calls for service and activity on and activity reported from off-campus sources and the monitoring of online social media activities. Statistics since the beginning of August compared to the entire year of 2014 show a noticeable increase in the use of drugs and alcohol on campus. During 2014, there were three DUI crashes, 10 DUIs, 11 zero tolerances, and 13 notices to appear issued for drugs while in the operation of motor vehicles. Officers issued 852 warnings and 488 citations for traffic infractions on campus. Since...

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