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    Pass/Fail: See if these ideas make the grade

    Stoops’ name, recruiting fervor reap youngblood bonanza

    The wealth of recruiting riches unveiled by the football program Wednesday – 20 prep and two junior college studs, the team’s second top-20 haul in two seasons – was a testament to both the coaching staff’s hard work and the magic of head coach Mike Stoops’ family name. Stoops’ third consecutive stellar recruiting class will go far in adding depth and closing the talent gap between the Wildcats and conference powers like USC, which Stoops beat out for two top prospects. Though Stoops is yet to win consistently, his recruiting prowess has built a solid foundation and earned him a Pass.

    All administrative eyes on Facebook

    Think students are the only ones using to procrastinate? Think again. Yesterday, UA administrators held a largely pointless forum on online communication via sites like Facebook and We know administrators and police across the country have been using Facebook to track down academic and legal violations for some time; we don’t need a forum to remind us that we’re in the public spotlight, even in the privacy of our homes. For wasting students’ time and invading students’ privacy, Facebook-friendly administrators earn a Fail.

    We see Day, we see Day, we see Day O’

    Tuesday’s confirmation of Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court marked the official retirement of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. As the first woman to ever sit on the nation’s highest court, Justice O’Connor demonstrated a remarkable record of legal brilliance over 25 years as an associate justice. She has also been gracious enough to extend her tradition of visiting Tucson to teach a brief class on the Supreme Court to students at the James E. Rogers College of Law. For a long and dignified career in public service and a continued commitment to education at the UA, Justice O’Connor is more than deserving of a Pass.

    Whiny sit-in misses the mark

    The freedom to question is vital to the academic community, and political protests have always been, and hopefully will always be, a visible reminder of that freedom. However, there’s a fine line between raising awareness and disrupting business, and students crossed that line Tuesday when they moved an anti-Bush rally on the UA Mall into the campus ROTC building and staged a sit-in. To conflate military personnel with the man in charge and attempt to disrupt their ability to do their jobs represents a grievous error in judgment. For shutting down ROTC with their whining, the protesters receive a Fail.

    Opinions Board

    Opinions are determined by the Wildcat opinions board and written by one of its members. They are Lori Foley, Caitlin Hall, Michael Huston, Ryan Johnson, Aaron Mackey, and Tim Runestad.

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