As a person deeply interested in public service, it is no wonder that I gravitated toward the fields of journalism and politics.
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UF Student Government has long been a legal and public relations liability to our university. Some years, our Student Body President gets arrested. Other years, SG drags UF into a lawsuit.
As some of you may have noticed, The Alligator has not had a very active opinions section these past couple of months as editors worked to reformulate how the space could best serve the community we serve.
Student Government has always been a dumpster fire, and UF’s administrators have always been afraid to get their hands dirty while putting it out.
As usual, it all started with an email.
Since budget hearings have started and the money has begun flowing, let’s examine how things have been looking so far.
Uber Safe Rides has been a project that I’ve been fascinated with since my freshman year in 2016. Originally, a hefty 50 percent discount on nighttime rides in and around campus, I was impressed that UF Student Government had been able to enact a program that would make a big difference in the lives of students.
Do you ever just want to waste $50,000, but don’t feel like dousing it in gasoline and setting it on fire? Don’t feel like funding emergency blue lights? Don’t feel like helping student organizations that are struggling with funding?
As we head to the polls tomorrow and Wednesday, I have to make it known to you: all is not as it seems with Gator Party.
I heard on the grapevine that a certain someone said that installing additional blue lights on campus would be a tremendous waste of student fees, to the vast disapproval of the Student Body.
People often make a valid critique of my columns (and by extension, me) in saying that all I do is complain about things without actually doing anything.
With renewed scrutiny over Student Government’s ability to handle our money, I feel as though it would be a great idea to go over how the budget works, especially with the new class of 2023 likely scratching their collective heads.
Florida State University has a circus. UF has our Student Government with better clowns.
Last week, I talked about how Senate meetings have traditionally been canceled while senators were in Israel and our overall never-formally-explained coziness between many SG officials (who happen to be Christians) and Israel.
I’ve been a senator now for quite a while and once you’re around long enough like me, you start to notice things. For example, I noticed that, for at least the third summer in a row, a Senate meeting was canceled while there was an event related to Israel taking place.
Audrey Wikan was caught lying to the Student Government Senate about a job she never had.
Student Government Senator Audrey Wikan claimed to have served within the Florida legislature as the “district secretary” under Representative Jennifer Sullivan.
Wow, someone did something horrible in Student Government; we all sure haven’t heard of that one before, have we?
Once upon a time, I used to be able to show up to Student Government Senate on Tuesday nights and leave around 20 minutes later. It was a time in which we would all sit there, pass legislation by unanimous consent, listen to a couple short reports and then move on with our night.
It is no secret that our Student Government’s majority party likes to tout its close ties to Israel and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.