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Friday, October 15, 2021

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Your vote is your voice in Alachua County

Welcome, or welcome back, to Alachua County, Gators! Whether this fall marks the beginning of your college career or the beginning of the end of your college journey, you have the chance to make your voice heard in our community. 


Peter Fonda: The passing of an outspoken celebrity

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.

FILE - In this March 12, 2019, file photo, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to the International Association of Firefighters at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington. Biden says he does not recall kissing a Nevada political candidate on the back of her head in 2014. The allegation was made in a New York Magazine article written by Lucy Flores, a former Nevada state representative and the 2014 Democratic nominee for Nevada lieutenant governor. Flores says Biden’s behavior “made me feel uneasy, gross, and confused.”(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Joe Biden, please do better.

Former Vice President Joe Biden made Nevada state legislator Lucy Flores feel “uneasy, gross, and confused” at a campaign rally in 2014, according to an essay published by The Cut. Flores explains in her essay that Biden came up from behind her, smelled her hair and kissed the back of her head.

Nestor Garcia, a 21-year-old industrial engineer major, attends the early voting session on Oct. 22, 2018, at the J. Wayne Reitz Union to vote for the first time.

Our voting system is archaic and in need of change

The entire system of how Americans vote could be changing soon if Colorado is any indication. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has stipulated that he is going to sign a bill that will sidestep the Electoral College in favor of a system that will allow the candidate with the most popular votes to win.


Vote! You’ll even get a sticker out of it

We’ve given our opinion on who you should cast your vote for in the Student Government elections (hello, it was in the opinions section and is online), but now it’s your turn to decide. Consider this a friendly reminder that whether or not you vote, SG has control of nearly $21 million that’s taken from UF students from student fees. So, maybe take five minutes out of your day to vote, so you can have some control over where that money goes. And if you have voted, congratulations, we appreciate it.

Offset, left, and Cardi B arrive at the 61st annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Stop putting celebrities on pedestals. They aren’t going to save us.

In the age of social media, we’re pretty accustomed to celebrities chiming in with their opinions on a range of topics. Recently, rapper Cardi B posted a series of videos condemning President Donald Trump for the government shutdown. She shamed him for leaving thousands of government employees without pay for over a month and defended previous administrations’ government shutdowns as being over more worthy causes than a border wall. The videos went viral, and people on both sides of the political spectrum commented on them. Not everyone loved it but, of course, her fans praised her for using her social platform to push an agenda.


Darts and Laurels: January 11. 2019

You’re deep asleep. You went to bed at 3 a.m. — still on your Winter Break sleeping schedule — when you hear it: that all too familiar beep beep beeping of your phone alarm. No, it’s not a bad dream. You really are looking at the questionably beige-colored ceiling of your dorm room. It’s the first day of the Spring semester. And you better book it because your chem lecture started five minutes ago.

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