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Opinion Topics

Each month, Campus Current asks for student opinions on a topic or issue we hope will spark conversation. You don’t have to write about these topics to get published, but we hope it will spark some ideas.

Deadline: First draft submitted by October 10th

Please visit our Opinions Policy page to be sure you understand how your work may be edited.

Requirements:

  1. Please include your name, what year you are in school (first year, third year, continuing education, etc.) and what your major is (or what you hope your major will be after transfer, if you know). We do not publish anonymous opinion pieces. This does not count against word count.
  2. You may also wish to include your political party affiliation if you feel it is relevant.
  3. Please choose for yourself a central point you are trying to make, and build your article around that.
  4. Opinion pieces are generally around 200-300 words once published, but we recommend a first draft of 300-400 words, especially to first-time columnists.

Topic suggestions (choose one):

1. Respond to one of last month’s opinion articles. Please say which article you are responding to and be specific about what you agree and disagree with.

2. Or: Are you or someone you know affected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program? Please share what DACA means to you and how you feel about the recent political controversy surrounding immigration in America. You might talk about the proposed border wall, the recent travel ban or the even more recent questions surrounding the possible cancelation of DACA.

3. Or: How do you feel about athletes protesting by kneeling during the playing of the national anthem at their games? Choose one of the following bullet points as the focus for your article:

  • Do you believe athletes are being respectful or disrespectful in their method of protest? Why? If you think they are being disrespectful, in what different way should they go about bringing attention to the issues they are protesting, if any? How would you feel if AACC athletes decided to kneel during the anthem at the start of one of their games? or
  • How do you feel about the issue they are protesting: biased and violent policing in America? Do you have a personal connection to the issue? If so, please explain how this issue relates to you and how you feel about it.

Send your answers to one of the questions above to CampusCurrent@gmail.com with the subject line “Opinion” and we may include your thoughts in our next print edition!

Please visit our Opinions Policy page to be sure you understand how your work may be edited.

 


 

Something else on your mind?

This topic and associated questions are intended to provide inspiration only. If you have other things you want to say and you’d like us to publish them, please send them in!

Just don’t forget to tell us your letter or essay is “OK to print” so we have your permission to publish it.

Still looking for inspiration?

Try writing something in theme with a national monthly observance.

You can also look through our past opinion prompts (below) to see if something sparks your interest.

 


 

Oct edition: Free speech on college campuses

You only need to answer each question with just a sentence or two, but you can go deeper if you’d like:

  1. First, please tell us your name, what year you are in school, and what your major is.
  2. Do you consider yourself a conservative, liberal, or independent?
  3. Do you feel like your opinion is welcome on campus? Can you give an example of why you feel that way?
  4. How would it make you feel if AACC invited someone with extreme views to speak on campus, such as a white supremacist or a far left activist? Do you think it should be allowed? Why?
  5. Do you feel like anything has changed on campus since the presidential election? Since Charlottesville? What’s different?
  6. How do you feel about professors discussing their personal political views in class? In private? Does it matter what kind of class it is?
  7. If you have any other thoughts, feel free to say. Otherwise, you’re all done!

 

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