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Friday, March 31, 2023

So Student Government got Library West to extend its hours during exam week - one of the Gator Party's platform goals for this year, which party members will surely pat themselves on the back for and tout as a "tangible result."

And yes, Starbucks will be open for your caffeination pleasure.

So what does SG want, a medal?

Library West will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 a.m. from Dec. 1 to Dec. 14 so students can cram for exams, write 15-page research papers and, of course, check Facebook compulsively. It'll cost the library ,5,000.

This couldn't have been that hard to accomplish. And it wasn't even done by Gator senators. No, it took party bigwigs to get the job done. Student Body President Ryan Moseley and Student Senate President Kevin Reilly worked out the deal with the library.

Allow us to clarify: We recognize this is a good thing. We're happy it happened, regardless of how. We gotta study, too, you know.

Now the problematic aspect: It's unfortunate that the same few people seem to get everything done while almost all the senators sit back and just show up at a meeting once a week. We don't think that qualifies as "tangible results."

What does this say for the future of SG after those few people graduate or move on?

Call us jaded and cynical, but we can't say we're hopeful for the future.

If a handful of senators are working to make these small changes, imagine what could happen if all the senators were as dedicated. An SG party might actually - gasp! - accomplish its platform and then some.

Oh, who are we kidding? That'll never happen.

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