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Columns from 2021

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Coffee in the Age of COVID, David Poissant

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It’s Time for Daunte Culpepper to Come Home, Marc Daniels

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The Pandemic Ruined My Social Skills, Ashley C. Turner

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Learning as a Student in the Pandemic, Narvin Chhay

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An Ode to the RA, Bree Watson

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The Courage to do the Right Thing, Matthew Scott

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Planning for Imperfection in a World Often Obsessed with Perfection, Seetha Raghavan

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Recognizing the Therapeutic Value of Baking During the Pandemic, Camille Dolan

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Richie Grant’s Journey Is 1 to Salute, Marc Daniels

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Getting to the Place Where Body Size Doesn’t Matter, Richelle Joe

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Spain Deserves More Credit for American Independence, David Head

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Everything in This Life is Connected, Narvin Chhay

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In Defense of Doing Nothing, Bree Watson

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Your Most Important Question Today May Be: Who Are You?, Matthew Scott

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When Flying is Truly Out of This World, Seetha Raghavan

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I Wish We Had Learned Better From Our Early Response to HIV, Richelle Joe

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Better Parenting Through Western Civ, David Head

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Industry Adjunct Faculty: The X Factor, C. Keith K. Harrison

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Change Brings A New Era to UCF, Marc Daniels

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Being Interested is Interesting, Ashley Colquhoun

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As Second-Generation Americans, We Aren’t as Different from Our Parents as We May Think, Narvin Chhay

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Learning to Parent in the Pandemic, Bree Watson

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Overcoming Fear, Matthew Scott

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Shattered Glass Ceilings that Pave the Way to Inspiration, Seetha Raghavan

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In Celebration of Aunts, J. Richelle Joe

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Now is Right Time to Heed Washington’s 1st Inaugural Address — a Call to Unity, David Head

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I Turned My Love for Hip-hop into My Dream Job, C. Keith K. Harrison

Columns from 2020

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More than a Quarterback, Marc Daniels

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The Cost of Procrastination Is the Life You Could Have Lived, Ashley Turner

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Not Everything in Today’s Society Needs to be a Competition, Narvin Chhay

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Paw Patrol, Bree Watson

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Remember Love, Matthew Scott

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The Benefits of Discovery Through International Collaboration, Seetha Raghavan

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Solving the ‘Mystery’ of Cranberry Sauce at Thanksgiving, a Holiday for All Americans, Maritza Martinez

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Tell the Truth and Make Space for Hope, Richelle Joe

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The Art and Science of Preparing Today’s Students for the Real World, Keith Harrison

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We Must Be Vigilant to Preserve Proper Respect for Our Veterans, David Head

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The Irresistible Draw of Sports, Marc Daniels

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“I Am Speaking!”, Ashley Colquhoun

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We Need to Make Today the New Tomorrow, Narvin Chhay

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Even Virtual Meetings Can Have Powerful Lessons, Brenda Thompson

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If You Don’t Take a Risk, You’ll Never Know Victory or Defeat, Peter W. Telep

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Are We As Great If Our Nation Is Built On Hate?, Syretta Spears

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Each Generation Must Act as a Cultural Bridge to the Next, Chung Park

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Finding a Sense of Belonging in an Orlando Community, Katie Philp

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The Times They ARE a-Changing!, Roy Lenfest

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Reality of My Daughter’s Home Schooling During Pandemic Has Begun to Sink In, Lillian Caraballo

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Pets Are Not People, Jeff Kunerth

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If 2020 Hasn’t Turned Out the Way You Planned – You’re Not Alone, Emma Gisclair

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A Perspective on Our Most Valuable Natural Resource, Brenda Thompson

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Some Don’t Realize What a Profound Gift of Time This Pandemic Is, Peter W. Telep

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Each Human Being is Precious, Syretta Spears

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Green Suggestions to Benefit Us All on Campus, Chung Park

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A Long Walk and the Kindness of Strangers, Katherine Philp

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What Makes You Think Your Rights Are More Important Than My Rights?, Roy Lenfest

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The World is Changing — and I’m Ready to Evolve With It, Lillian Caraballo

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Life Lessons From Baking My Own Bread, Emma Gisclair

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I’m in Paris Today Via an Online Course…Bonjour Mes Amis!, Brenda Thompson

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Now More Than Ever We Need to be Vigilant for Symptoms of Distress, Syretta Spears

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Regaining Our Innocence, Chung Park

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The Virus is Not Our Enemy Plotting Against Us, Katie Philp

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Seeking Quiet Solace Amid a Pandemic, Michele Gill

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‘Old’ in the Age of Coronavirus, Jeff Kunerth

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Somehow, Amid the Coronavirus Chaos There Can Be Peace, Lillian Caraballo

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Surviving the Ravages of COVID-19, Brenda Thompson

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The Powerful Force of Nostalgia, Peter W. Telep

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Misconception About Childless Adults Can Be Misguided, Syretta Spears

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Friendship, Forgiveness and Fences: Healing a Past Hurt, Camille Dolan

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Not All Healing is Physical – Recognizing and Overcoming Grief, Katie Philp

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All That Glitters – Could Be Unhealthy, Roy Lenfest

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Maybe it was Dumb Luck – Or Maybe it was Something Else, Jeff Kunerth

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Doctor Killed by Coronavirus Will Long be Revered for Trying to Protect Others, Lillian Caraballo

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The Main Reason People Don’t Chase Their Dream of Writing, Emma Gisclair

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To Win at Sports, You’ve Got to Get in the Game – and Don’t Give Up, Brenda Thompson

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The Agony of Defeat, Peter W. Telep

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Why Are Adults Without Children Sometimes Made to Feel Incomplete?, Syretta Spears

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There is Power Inherent in Working with Colleagues from Different Disciplines, Chung Park

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As We Enter 2020, Let’s be the Change Our Children Need, Katherine Philp

Columns from 2019

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Why I Believe in the Power of Positivity, Roy Lenfest

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Why Do I Teach Journalism? Because it is More Important Now Than Ever, Jeff Kunerth

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Go Ahead — It’s OK to Allow Yourself to be Silly Sometimes, Lillian Caraballo

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Yes, I Waited 6 Hours in Line for a New Theme Park Ride, Emma Gisclair

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Who, Me? A Philanthropist?, Brenda S. Thompson

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On Becoming a Mom in Central Florida, Katie Philp

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From My First-hand Experience, Unhealthy Sugar Habit is Hard to Break, Syretta Spears

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Access to Awe, Wonderment and Beauty are Basic Necessities, Chung Park

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The Mountains Are Not IN the Way—They ARE the Way, Peter Telep

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Texting Drivers, Yes You! — Put Down Your Phones and Pay Attention, Roy Lenfest

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The Evolution of an ‘Office Park’ to a Campus with Vitality, Jeff Kunerth

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A New Generation That Understands Its Power and Role in the World, Lillian Caraballo

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In Defense of Fan Fiction, Emma Gisclair

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I’m About to Graduate – But I’ll Never Stop Learning, Nicole Wills

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Dreaming About the Transformative Power of International Service-Learning, Alvin Wang

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I’ve Learned Firsthand the Difficulties of Coping with Mental-Health Issues, Katherine Torres

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Mom’s Key to Longevity: Oatmeal and Prayers, Camille Dolan

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In This Era of Racial Divide, How Do We Bridge the Gap?, Cynthia Schmidt

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What To Do With the American Musical?, David Poissant

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Robin Hood Had it Easy − The Real World is Not So Straightforward, Stephen M. Kuebler and Jonathan Beever

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Let’s Stop Glorifying Tribalism—It Doesn’t Serve Us Well, Michele Gill

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Yes, I Adopted a Cat—But She’s Done Her Share of Taking Care of Me, Too, Nicole Wills