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Implications: What does this story mean to the USC community? Is there a similar trend at the national level? What is the impact?
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Letters to the editor are welcomed on any topic related to USC or to the contents of the blastZONE. All materials submitted must be signed and include the writer’s name, year in school or position, major or department, USC identification number and a phone number and/or e-mail address where the writer may be reached. Anonymous letters and any letter without this information will not be printed.
Letters must be brief (500-600 words), and can be delivered to the offices of the blastZONE in Student Union 400, e-mailed to:, or sent to: Editorial Director, blastZONE, USC Student Union 421, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0895. Longer letters may be considered as guest columns.
Letters from groups must have the name and phone number of a person for the group, and should be signed by each person whose name appears on the letter.
All letters are subject to editing for space and clarity.
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Any postings that the blastZONE deems incongruent with its policies – including messages that are defamatory, obscene, abusive or in violation of copyright or trademark laws – are subject to editing or deletion. Although the blastZONE cannot reasonably expect to review every forum posting and is not responsible for any posted content, it reserves the right to monitor forums and remove posting privileges of users who violate these terms. All messages must be written in English.
Comments, interactive areas, discussion boards, and the blastZONE Forums are intended to encourage public debate. We expect participants to differ ? judgment and opinion are subjective, and we encourage freedom of speech and a marketplace of ideas. But by using these areas of our website, you are participating in a community that is intended for all our users. Therefore, we reserve the right to remove any content posted on our site at any time for any reason.
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(Adapted from the Los Angeles Times Forums Policies with permission.)