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Columns from 2017

The Magic of America: a Roller Coaster of Opportunities, Manoj Chopra

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UCF Forum Opinion Series to begin 6th Year with New Columnists, Gene Kruckemyer

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Connecting to the Natural World is Important to Our Personal Development, Nathan Vink

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Yes, You Can Do More Than 1 Thing at a Time Successfully, Jim Smith

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I Hope This Week’s Graduates Acquired What I Did at College: Lifelong Friendships, Meg K. Scharf

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Everyone Can Enjoy Reading—If Given the Right Book, Emma Gisclair

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Learning From a Complex Communications Experiment in My Own Home, Carolyn Massiah

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There Will Come a Time When You’ll Have to Leave Something Behind, Yolanda Hood

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The World is Complex – That's Why We Need All of Us, Bruce Janz

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Leadership is About Developing 1 Voice and 1 Movement, Germayne Graham

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Seeking Direction in Your Life? Outdoor Education May Point the Way, Nathan Vink

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Is it Time to Level the Playing Field for College Athletes?, Ali P. Gordon

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Why Can't You Just Be On Time?, Jim Smith

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No, There is No Ghost in the Campus Library Stacks, Meg K. Scharf

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Allow the Waves to do Their Work, Carolyn Massiah

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Maybe Colleges Should Take a Lesson from Zoos, Michael Preston

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There's More Than $ Involved When it Comes to Understanding Costs of Fracking, Ali P. Gordon

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Much of My Work Ethic, Time Management I Have Learned Through Parenting, Germayne Graham

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The Key to Discovery: Pose the Right Questions, Bruce Janz

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The Earth Does Not Need Us, but We Most Certainly Need a Healthy Planet, Nathan Vink

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Why Can't Everyone RSVP Responsibly?, Jim Smith

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With a Little Help From My Friends..., Meg K. Scharf

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I Still Love Watching Films on Big Screen – Despite Trend To Small Screens, Amanda Osorio

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It's Time to Spring Clean Your Closets — and Personal Relationships, Carolyn Massiah

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Fake News? Know the Source, Question Motivation Behind Stories, Gerrod Lambrecht

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In These Troubled Times of Public Discourse, is There Still a Place for Dialogue?, Bruce Janz

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Never Underestimate the Power of Forgiveness, Germayne Graham

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Basketball's On-the-Court Situations, Strategies Often Extend to Workplace, Ali P. Gordon

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Now More Than Ever We Need to Protect Our Public Lands, Nathan Vink

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The Advice I Follow: ‘Conquer by Continuing’, Jim Smith

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My New Goal: Follow Ben Franklin's Rule to Set Aside 1 Hour a Day to Learn, Meg K. Scharf

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My TV Wish List for Future: Latin-Culture Network but with English Dialogue, Amanda Osorio

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Relationships That Have Roots Are the Anchors in Our Lives, Carolyn Massiah

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2016 Was a Transformative Year for UCF, Gerrod Lambrecht

Columns from 2016

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We'll All Be Better Off If We Ask Better Questions in 2017, Bruce Janz

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Help Those Who Are Trying to Overcome a Loss During Holidays, Germayne Graham

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Homeschooled Students Bring Own Set of Skills to University Campuses, Ali P. Gordon

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Help is Here if You Are Experiencing the 'Fear of Missing Out', Nathan Vink

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Traffic Obstacles Often Reflect Area's Growth – So I Try To Face Them With a Smile, Jim Smith

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Do We Need to Use (and Discard) So Many Plastic Bags Each Year?, Meg K. Scharf

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Let's Find a Way to Make the Dialogue Work, Bruce Janz

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Flight Emergency Advice Works Just as Well Back on the Ground, Carolyn Massiah

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Are You Ready for Some Football – I Mean an Election?, Gerrod Lambrecht

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Preparation is the Key to Facing Whatever May Come Your Way, Michael Preston

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Try Leaving Your Comfort Zone — You Might Learn Something About Yourself, Bruce Janz

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Even in a Crowd, Protest is a Personal Journey, Germayne Graham

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Our Future Water Supply Needs Your Help Now, Nathan Vink

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What Might Have Happened If I Followed That Dream?, Jim Smith

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Checking Out Things at the Library – Including These Myths, Meg K. Scharf

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The Only Way I Was Going to 'Veganize' My Life Was to Immerse Myself, Amanda Osorio

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We All Should Strive To Be the Palm in the Storm, Carolyn Massiah

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Positive Effects Can Result From Both a Cordial Welcome – and Even Adversity, Gerrod Lambrecht

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We Must Learn to Tell Narratives That Make Us Better – Not Diminish Us, Bruce Janz

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Merging is More Than a Traffic Term, Germayne Graham

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Building a Pathway to Engineering for Our Daughters – Brick by Brick, Ali P. Gordon

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UCF Forum's New Opinion Columnists to Begin Wednesday, Gene Kruckemyer

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What if we stopped speaking negatively and instead used words of kindness?, Elizabeth Santiago

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The Only Time You Truly Can Have Everything is on a Bagel, Michael Preston

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What Holds Us Back From Achieving a Better Society?, Barry Mauer

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The Sacrifices We Parents Make – Even When We Don't Understand Why, Yolanda Hood

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University Theatres Should Open People's Eyes to New Ideas, Heather Gibson

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Change is Constant – So You Better Learn to Adapt, Traci Evison

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Dear Daughter, In Face of Tragedy Try to Keep Your Spirit Intact, Leandra Preston-Sidler

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How Did We Wind Up in Such an Unlikely Universe?, Michael Bass

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An Updated Variation on Consumer Shopping – And I Like it, William Steiger

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New Florida Predator Needs to be Stopped Now Before Problem Worsens, Elizabeth Santiago

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Lessons From a Garbage Dump: How to Say 'No', Michael Preston

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If Our Gatekeepers Can't Function Properly, We Are Doomed, Barry Mauer

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UCF Forum: My Addiction to All Things Colorful, Crafty, Stationery and Office Supply, Yolanda Hood

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Exposure to the Arts at Young Age Fosters Creativity in Children, Heather Gibson

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He Used the Internet - I Used the Encyclopedia, Rebekah McCloud

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Don't Let Clutter of Extraneous Thoughts Get in Your Way, Traci Evison

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Do we really need more 'stuff'?, Michael Bass

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Political Ads Might Not Change Your Vote- But They May Get You to the Polls, William Steiger

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Tapping Into the Issue of Phone Privacy, Elizabeth Santiago

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March Madness Lesson: How 'And One' Can Boost Your Career, Michael Preston

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Censorship Is Not All Bad, Barry Jason Mauer

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We All Have the Right to Read What We Want, Yolanda Hood

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My Newfound Respect for the Hard Work Performers do Before Stepping on Stage, Heather Gibson

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Our Youth Is to Keep or Surrender As We Choose, Rich Sloane

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Volunteering May Teach You Something About Yourself, Traci Evison

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Don't be Afraid of Failure, Michael Bass

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Online Advertising: Overwhelmed or Overjoyed?, William Steiger

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Challenge Yourself to Learn More Than is Being Taught, Elizabeth Santiago

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Our Best Hope in a World Filled With Emergencies? Education, Barry Jason Mauer

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If You Want to Be On Time, Make Sure You End On Time, Michael Preston

Columns from 2015

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This Year Show Compassion – for Others and Yourself, Yolanda Hood

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The Good, the Bad and the Quintessential Christmas Music, Heather Gibson

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A Holiday Greeting That Applies to Everyone, Terri Susan Fine

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Generosity Creates Its Own Ripple Effect, Traci Evison

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Toward a More Scientifically Literate Public, Michael Bass

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More Ethics Training in Classroom Will Benefit Workplace Behaviors Later, William Steiger

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The Conversation That Determined My Views on Gender Equality, Elizabeth Santiago

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Criticism – The Thing We Hate the Most Makes Us the Strongest, Michael Preston

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The United States Could Use a Therapist General, Barry Mauer

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Today's Libraries (and Librarians) Have Shaken Off Stereotypical Images, Yolanda Hood

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The Next Time Someone Has Something Bad to Say About Your Work..., Heather Gibson

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You Don't Need Any Special Talent to Join Fight Against Hunger, Terri Susan Fine

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The Best Leap of My Life Could Be Yours, Too, Traci Evison

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Don't Just Blindly Follow All 'Green' Trends -- Do Your Research First, Michael Bass