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Thursday, April 25, 2024

Our Student Senate is finally getting back to work. We can?t blame them for taking it easy over the break. It was summer, after all, and nothing is more tempting than a cool pool and an icy drink. We wouldn?t want to be cooped up in the Reitz Union while all our friends played Frisbee on the beach.

But that?s not to say the Senate did nothing while we were traveling, lounging, partying and otherwise enjoying our youth. The senators worked on some important stuff: pushing for on-campus paper-recycling bins during exam week and a book buyback Web site, to name a few initiatives.

The Senate also wrapped up plans for the "Remembrance Memorial to the Fallen Gators," which should be erected outside the Reitz Union by October. We can?t help but notice the redundant name - maybe our senators can pass a resolution for a better name before it is unveiled.

We look forward to seeing what the Senate is working on this semester. We hope all the new senators who began their terms in March are settled in and ready to vote because we?re counting on them.

But we must point out that our senators need to remember who elected them - the students - and they need to keep the student body?s best interest in mind, not Florida Blue Key?s.

We?ve been keeping an eye on what the Senate is up to right now. Guest speakers at Senate meetings are well and good, but expanding UF WebMail is even better. Online video of Senate meetings will help break down the smoke screen, and fueling Regional Transit System buses with biodiesel will help curb pollution. Keep in mind the more important aspects of your jobs, Senators, and this semester, as well as future ones, will be better for all of us.

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