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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

By now, you've probably seen the e-mail sent by UF President Bernie Machen about the slight delay for Dr. Jack Kevorkian's Accent-sponsored speech, which has been moved to Jan. 15. Machen & Co. claim this is for the safety of students because many students have already protested Kevorkian's appearance.

Ever since the infamous Tasering at Sen. John Kerry's forum, everyone seems to be on edge. But the key difference between the Kevorkian speech and Kerry's is that Kevorkian's is not set up as a forum, and no question-and-answer session was planned.

Pushing the event back three months to allow the Florida Department of Law Enforcement more time to conduct its investigation of the Tasering event seems like quite a long time.

Many students will graduate by then. Andrew Meyer's YouTube videos will probably be out of the "most viewed" lists. By pushing Kevorkian's speech back, is UF trying to get us to forget about what happened last month?

Sorry guys, but protesters will still be out there hardcore whether Kevorkian doesn't come for one week, one month or one year. We're pretty sure UF would be just fine keeping the original date and hiring a few more police officers - sans Tasers, of course.

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