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Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Considering all that's happened this week - Andrew Meyer, Tasers, UPD, worldwide news coverage and so on - everything else just seems boring in comparison. Take, for instance, the Gator Party platform.

Its Tuesday release was a little overshadowed by what has been dubbed "Tasergate," but we got around to it.

But there's not much to report. It's safe to say this is one of the most boring platforms we've seen in a while.

One of the platform's points is to "oppose budget cuts in the State University System." This just begs the question: What Student Government party in its right mind would support those budget cuts? Who'd vote for those people? We can't help but imagine Gator just tacked this onto the end of its platform to take up space.

One idea we thought had potential went sour as soon as we started asking questions. Gator wants to institute a "Faculty/Student Discount Day," claiming it would give college students a break while providing a boost to the Gainesville economy.

The problem here? Gator said it would probably only be at the UF Bookstore once a semester, to start. So can Gator fill us in on the boosting-the-economy part? If the party could have this at the mall, Target or grocery stores once a month, we'd listen.

Metered parking at Southwest Recreation Center is a nice idea, but once again, the logic behind it is flawed. Parking meters, by nature, require people to meter them. Unless these meters require about 20 quarters an hour, UF probably can't afford to hire more parking enforcement officers for this lot.

Gator prides itself on "tangible" goals - it ran with the same idea in the spring - but maybe it should consider some further-reaching, better thought-out ideas.

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