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Today on Context Florida: Racist frats, Martin County, do what you love and higher education

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Today on Context Florida:

Marc Yacht talks about the Oklahoma University Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) chapter, which raised the stupid-bar with a nine-second racist chant going viral. Media were quick to put aside the usual murder and mayhem to air this fraternity spectacle worldwide. So whom are these undergraduates finding joy in racist chants?

Martin County must stand up to development bullies in court, says Sally Swartz. The quality of life that makes Martin different, according to County Commissioner Maggy Hurchalla, includes such things as a 4-story building height limit, restricting density to 15 units per acre, and an urban boundary that confines growth to where services such as water, sewer, fire and police protection already are available. It means protecting residential neighborhoods.

As an undergrad in the middle of the Material Girl 80s, Laurie Uttich does not remember anyone – a professor, a parent, or even a random guy on the street (or in the career counseling center) – ever telling her to “do what I love and the money will follow.” Instead, she heard: “Get a job.” (And: “You’ve only got six months before you start paying off that student loan.”)

If Marc Yacht’s recent commentary were a paper written in a senior undergraduate course, it would not get a very good grade, says Saint Leo University president Arthur F. Kirk Jr.. Yacht ignores important facts and falsely argues that the sole purpose of higher education is to prepare graduates for immediate post-graduation employment. As Paul Harvey used to say, “Now for the rest of the story.”

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Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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