On Oct. 24, The New York Times reported that the Department of Justice raised U.S. Attorney General John Durham’s probe into the origins of the Mueller investigation to a criminal inquiry. What does all this mean? And why is this concerning for our democracy?
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It’s exam season at UF. Students are crowding the libraries and voraciously consuming books and study guides to prepare for the big day. Some of these students pull all-nighters to study, forgoing sleep and staying up all night to prepare. I’m here to tell you that not only are all-nighters a poor method of studying, but that there are much better options available.
Earlier this month, a controversy started brewing over whether Sen. Elizabeth Warren lied about being fired for being pregnant. But, does this discussion miss the point?
On Thursday, a partially redacted letter was declassified from the U.S. intelligence community. The complaint letter filed by a whistleblower (later revealed as a CIA officer posted to the White House) described a call where President Donald Trump pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to launch a private investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and Biden’s son Hunter, the latter of whom was formerly on the board of a Ukrainian natural gas company.
As I write this column, 19 Democrats and four Republicans (including incumbent President Donald Trump) are running to be their party’s nominee for president of the United States. Each candidate has outlined their policies and platforms and are giving speeches telling voters what they’d do if elected. This is all well and good, but there’s one group that could make much of those plans meaningless: the United States Senate.
Ten Democratic presidential candidates gathered on Thursday for the party’s third primary debate, and once again Joe Biden was in the news afterwards. In June, a confrontation betweenBiden and Kamala Harris concerning Biden’s previous stance on school integration using buses splashed across headlines. This time, it involves Biden’s response to a question about racial inequality and reparations. Biden’s answer was rambling and confusing, but what struck people the most was when he told parents and caretakers to “make sure you have the record player on at night,” so their kids would hear more words. Needless to say, record players are no longer in common use. Combined with Biden’s outdated references, the 76-year-old former vice president seem out of touch and unfamiliar with the modern world.
Last week, Hurricane Dorian rolled into the Caribbean as a monster hurricane. Although Florida was mostly spared from the storm’s destruction, the island nation of the Bahamas was not. The country’s prime minister called Dorian’s impact“generational devastation.” Looking at the damage, you can see why: 60 percent of the homes on the Bahamian island of Abaco were destroyed; entire neighborhoods were flattened; 70,000 people were left homeless; and the current death toll of 43 is expected to rise drastically. It’s fair to say the hurricane devastated the Bahamas. The worst part is that Hurricane Dorian is not an anomaly.
During discussions of hurricane tracks, forecasts and cones of uncertainty, I’ve heard mention of how the meteorologists discussing these forecasts “always” get it wrong or make mistakes. While I can understand why people feel this way, such comments detract from the important work that meteorologists do.
By now, you’ve likely seen it all over the news and your social media feeds, but I’ll give you a quick reminder anyway: the Amazon rainforest is on fire.
On August 16, 2019, actor Peter Fonda died. A member of a prominent acting family, Fonda is probably best known as a countercultural icon who starred in films like Easy Rider, which is about two motorcyclists traveling through the Southern U.S. However, as my only experience with Fonda is his role in Thomas and the Magic Railroad (likely not Peter Fonda’s proudest moment), I cannot give a proper obituary of the man, nor will I try to. Instead, I would like to focus on his political statements, which brought him a good deal of notoriety in his later years.
The new Fall semester is upon us. Whether you’ve already been here for Summer or are coming back from break, there are lots of different factors you might need to adjust to, such as a new schedule, a new dorm or apartment or a new bus routes. To help ease the transition, here are some tips to help you transition smoothly to Fall.
The Alachua County School Board voted unanimously to increase the school budget and raise property taxes on Thursday. This would bring the county’s total education budget to $423 million.
I first wrote about remakes, reboots and sequels for The Alligator in November of last year. At the time, I addressed Hollywood as a whole and how it can do remakes better. But I have since realized that while almost all of the major studios are guilty of this, Disney’s approach has been… special.
Last week, the Florida legislature approved a mandate for mandatory mental health classes in Florida public schools. The law mandates students take at least five hours worth of courses each year from grades six through 12.
Last Wednesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the order that will replace the statue of Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith in the National Statuary Hall with that of educator Mary McLeod Bethune, an African American educator. This switch is for the better.
Nike, Colin Kaepernick, the American flag and slavery combined together to create a lightning rod of controversy last week.
UF is planning for a lot of changes in the coming years. Earlier this month, students found out about the $2.2 billion expansion and projects planned by administrators. These include an expanded honors program residential space, a new student healthcare facility and turning Union Road and parts of Newell Drive into pedestrian walkways. Although these changes sound appealing, I have some thoughts on them.
Most people are familiar with the drinking age, especially for college students. You’re acutely aware it’s illegal to drink an alcoholic beverage if you’re under the age of 21. But Florida also has a smoking age, and it’s currently 18. It’s time to change that and raise the smoking age to 21 as well.
June is Pride Month, and during this time of celebration and unity, many would be quick to remind us that LGBT people have made great strides in the past decade, with growing public acceptance and legal victories like the legalization of gay marriage nationwide in 2015. But gay people still face threats, from discrimination, stereotypes, and yes, even physical attacks.
Thought vaccines had wiped out disease and cleared the way for a sickness-free future? Well, mumps came to UF to prove you wrong.