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During these sessions, the court could rule on major issues, this time around that includes the case about whether race should be a factor when colleges decide which students to accept.

For ‘this time around ... which student to accept’, what’s the subject and verb?

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For the sentence as a whole, the subject is "that" and the verb is "includes". –  David Schwartz Nov 8 '12 at 0:25

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Within the "when" clause, colleges is the subject, and decide is the verb.

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But OP didn't ask about that little "when" clause at the end. He asked about ‘this time around ... which student to accept’. Which IMHO is a sentence - it's just that OP has punctuated his example badly. –  FumbleFingers Nov 9 '12 at 2:55
    
Yes, I can see that now. It wasn't clear to me when he asked. –  Colin Fine Nov 9 '12 at 17:00

Grammatically speaking, the whole "sentence" looks a bit sloppy to me.

There's a straightforward sentence that should terminate with a full stop after "issues". That's followed by another sentence which, stripped of the irrelevant extra words, would be...

This time around those [major issues] include the case about [whatever it's about].

In short, the subject of the clause/sentence is "that" (but it should have been "those" anyway, because it refers back to "major issues"), and the verb is "includes" (but it should have been third-person-plural "include").

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