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On Monday morning, Carly Reeves woke up to UF alerts regarding a gunshot outside her dorm at Murphree Hall.
Nicole Gonzalez left to use the restroom and came back to an empty table.
Last week’s news about the Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee was, predictably, both applauded and denounced. Supporters and detractors ended up in a petty squabble. Media outlets declared their allegiance with the semantics of their headlines — compare Reason’s “FratPAC Lobbying to Hold Campus Rapists Criminally Accountable” to Salon’s “Fraternities plan to lobby Congress to prevent campus rape investigations.” The issue itself is actually pretty straightforward: A political action committee representing Greek organizations will start lobbying for a rule that would require sexual assault cases to be investigated by law enforcement before university administrations involve themselves. It seems reasonable enough on paper, but there’s reason to be skeptical and even a bit put off by the idea.
Gabriel Mondry folded his arms and stuck out his hip to flaunt a black leather gun case.
Last month, Florida’s Republican U.S. senator and UF alumnus Marco Rubio proposed a bipartisan-supported bill detailing a plan to combat sexual assault on college campuses. A letter he wrote was featured in the Alligator, and he has been applauded by people on both sides of the aisle for his seemingly progressive piece of legislation. I even found myself commending Rubio until I realized he and the team of senators — a total of five democrats and five republicans — made the same mistake most people are making when it comes to combating sexual assault: They’re focused on the aftermath of rape instead of focusing on disintegrating rape culture.
Every American will need access to some form of higher education in the 21st century. Ensuring this is possible will require lowering costs, expanding options and changing the way students pay for degrees. But these reforms will be of little use if students don’t feel safe on college campuses.
While the legality of same-sex marriage is spreading across the nation, some LGBTQ+ activists are concerned the success of the fight for marriage equality will shift attention from the remaining struggle for equal rights.
Around this time last year, a loophole was forced open that allows students to keep guns in locked cars. Many found it problematic, some saw it as a decent compromise between an all-out ban and a free-for-all. But for a few on the ideological fringe, it wasn’t nearly enough of a relaxation.
Revisions made to a federal sexual assault act will now include LGBT students. But for some people in UF community, the act is not enough.