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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

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New app connects campus

A new app has hit the market. It’s a traditional social media network app with a hint of exclusivity. Why should you download it? David Jumper, the head of the Speakiesy app, said it’s your connection to campus.


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FratPAC initiative is ineffective and misguided

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.


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Rubio rape bill focus misplaced

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.


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Combating sexual assault on campuses

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.



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