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Columns from 2014

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Orlando- We’re No More Weird Than Anywhere Else, Tom Cavanagh

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U.S. Postal Service Gets My Stamp of Approval, Rich Sloane

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Some Graduates Have a Plan – For You Others…, Mark Routhier

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Employers Need to do More to Help Maintain Careers of Employees With Babies, Leandra Preston-Sidler

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Pay Attention to the Weather of Business and Life – And Don’t Steer Into an Iceberg, Bob Porter

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Sometimes We Need to Press 'Reset' Button and Return to Basics, Erin O'Flaherty

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You Are the Momma Now, Rebekah McCloud

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How Many Credit Card Frauds Must We Endure Before Security Improves?, Maritza Martinez

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The Anxiety of ‘Read It Later’, Nathan Holic

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Is Today’s Young Music Too Obscene? (Or Has My Perspective Changed?), Tom Cavanagh

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Traffic Lights Turn Me Red, Mark Routhier

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Wipe That Schmutz Off Your Face- and Keep Reading, Rich Sloane

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Toughness, Sensitivity Not Mutually Exclusive in a 'Real Man', Leandra Preston-Sidler

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Lessons Learned From Archery: How to Focus and Hit the Bull’s-eye in Life, Bob Porter

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America Needs to Reclaim Status as 'Land of Opportunity', Erin O'Flaherty

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I Can't Pinpoint When the Problem Started – It Was Just There, Rebekah McCloud

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It's Time to Convert the – in Your Life to !, Maritza Martinez

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The Struggle of Digital De-Cluttering, Nathan Holic

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Even if not Flashy, Any Work That Benefits Humanity has Value, Tom Cavanagh

Columns from 2013

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'Cool Hand Luke' Quote was Right: Failure to Communicate is Spreading, Rich Sloane

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I Love it When Linus Reminds Me What Christmas is About, Mark Routhier

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First Month with My Newborn Was Both the Fastest and the Longest of My Life, Leandra Preston-Sidler

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'To Change is to Learn and to Learn is to Change', Bob Porter

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Let's Set Aside Differences – Not Just During This Season, But All Year, Erin O'Flaherty

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Rebekah McCloud

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

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An Open Letter to List Articles, Nathan Holic

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Unfortunately, 'A Little Birdie Told Me...' Seems to be Trend of Online 'Journalists', Tom Cavanagh

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Trash Talk, Rich Sloane

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I'll Just Say It, Men: Sexual Attackers are Arrogant, Insecure, Weak, Mark Routhier

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The Overlooked Victims of Domestic-Violence Cases: Pets, Leandra Preston-Sidler

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Run Toward Your Next Job, Not Away From Current One, Bob Porter

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Listen – You May Save Someone's Life, Erin O'Flaherty

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Cat Got Your Tongue? (The Lost Art of Conversation), Rebekah McCloud

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Reflections on the Day the Earth Stood Still, Maritza Martinez

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When We Say We're Bored, What are We Really Saying About Ourselves?, Nathan Holic

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Email is for Old People – LOL!, Tom Cavanagh

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'I'm As Mad As…', Rich Sloane

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The Meaning of Life – or at Least University Life, Mark Routhier

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She, He and Ze All Have the Right to Make Own Identity Choices, Leandra Preston-Sidler

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Finding the Sweet Spot in Your Life Can be More Than Just a Dream, Bob Porter

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Some People Trying to Look Fit Adopt Unhealthy Lifestyles, Erin O'Flaherty

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Give Someone a Break, Melody Bowdon

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Age is Nothing But a Number, Rebekah McCloud

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The New Flavors of the Century: Salsa and Guacamole, Maritza Martinez

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When Do We Stop Caring About the Brands That Define Us?, Nathan Holic

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We Must All Work to Solve Childhood Obesity, Lisa Barkley

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Community Volunteers, Thank You for Your Time – and Following Rules, Linda Walters

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Find Your Passion – That’s What Makes Life Worth Living, Eileen Smith

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To Serve or Not to Serve, That is the Question, Denver Severt

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Value of Social Science Research Often Measured by What You Don't See, Roberto Hugh Potter

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An Ode to Florida’s Summer – And a Time to Remember, Carla Poindexter

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Can't You Put Down Your Phone When You're With Someone Else?, Heather Waymouth

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U.S. Foreign Policy Can be Only as Good as Public's Understanding of World Affairs, David Houghton

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Time for Today's Lesson: Learn How to Ask Questions, Seek Answers, Richard C. Crepeau

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Our Diversity is What Will Drive New Levels of Excellence, Lisa Barkley

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Service-Learning Helps Students Tackle World's Tough Issues, Linda Walters

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As Young Simulation Industry Matures, Now is Time to Define Ethical Standards, Eileen Smith

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“Thank You” for Reading This Column, Gene Kruckemyer

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Learning Fiscal Policy – and Lifelong Lessons, Denver Severt

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Together, Science and Art Can Provide Answers in Search for Truth, Carla Poindexter

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I Wish Someone Had Given Me This Advice Sooner About College, Heather Waymouth

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Overseas Drone Attacks Test Constitution's Precepts, David Houghton

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Young Athletes Must Learn to Balance Health, Challenges, Lisa Barkley

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Today's College Degree Should be as Accessible as a High School Diploma, Richard C. Crepeau

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Facing Continual Challenges, Oysters Need Our Help, Linda Walters

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Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing, Eileen Smith

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'What Types of Games Do You Play With Your Students in America?', Denver Severt

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'Smart' Justice is Based on More Than Just Reducing Costs, Roberto Hugh Potter

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In Attempt to Quell Violence, Don't Publicly Identify 'Mentally Disturbed', Carla Poindexter

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Flu Shot Benefits More Than You -- Don't Put Others at Risk, Heather Waymouth

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If We Are a 'Civilized' Society, We Must Find a Way to Stop Violence, David Houghton

Columns from 2012

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The 'Art' of Medicine: Building a Caring Relationship with Clients, Lisa Barkley

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It's Hard to Adjust to a Florida Christmas When You're Sweating, Richard C. Crepeau

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Should Faculty be Allowed to Volunteer Time to Help Students Study Abroad?, Linda Walters

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Ancient Athens Can Teach Us Education Fundamentals Today, Eileen Smith

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Take Time to Compliment Those Who Inspire You, Denver E. Severt

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'Everything I Love is Illegal, Immoral or Against the Advice of the Surgeon General', Roberto Hugh Potter

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Humanities, Sciences Must be United -- for Our Collective Success, Carla Poindexter

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How Can You Change the World if You're Not Paying Attention?, Alexandra Pittman

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Lost Lesson From 'Argo': Dignified Restraint in Face of Victory, David Houghton

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Much Has Improved in 50 Years, but Early UCF Had Own Charm, Richard C. Crepeau

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Secret of Success in Large Classrooms is 'Village' of Support Help, Linda Walters

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Once We Know How to Learn, We're Off and Running, Eileen Smith

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If You Expect to Succeed, be Wary of the 'Iceberg Effect', Denver E. Severt

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Students Disinterested in Voting Need to Smarten Up, Alexandra Pittman

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Can We Own Art? Or Just Be Its Legal Guardian?, Carla Poindexter

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Violence is Not a Virus, but it is Transmitted, Roberto Hugh Potter

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President Must Be Natural-Born Citizen -- But What Is That?, David Houghton

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New Calendar Would Improve Educational Climate in Classrooms, Richard C. Crepeau

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Court-Upheld Health Coverage is Necessity for Young Patients, Lisa Barkley

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Want a Good Reference Letter? Do Something to Deserve It, Linda Walters

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Simulation can help make the invisible visible, Eileen Smith

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Everyone Should Strive For 'Doing Better Than That', Denver Severt

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The Future of Health Care? Lessons of a Simple Model, Roberto Hugh Potter

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Art is Always a Series of Questions to Contemplate, Not Solve, Carla Poindexter

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Technology Can be Blessing, Curse to Students, Alexandra Pittman

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Political-Science Forecasts are Predictably Unpredictable, David Houghton

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An Olympic-Size Debate: Cost vs. Legacy, Richard C. Crepeau