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Kent Fuchs
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In the aftermath of tragedy, remain optimistic

My friend Bob is a pessimist. Bob was a senior leader at another university for many years. No matter what opportunities or challenges that university faced, Bob was pessimistic about the outcome. During the years Bob reported to me, I frequently chided him on his persistent pessimism, which had a negative impact on those with whom he worked. His response was always that he was a short-term pessimist, but a long-term optimist.


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What is a Provost?

A friend visiting Charleston, South Carolina, sent me a photo of a historic building with a prominent sign inscribed “Provost Dungeon.” My friend claimed the dungeon was where Charleston placed misbehaving provosts. I have also seen a plaque in New York City near city hall inscribed, “Near this site stood the Provost Prison, where patriots died for the cause of freedom 1776.”


Florida Alligator
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It’s in the NPI’s interest to avoid violence

There appears to be a collective angst looming over campus as preparation continues for Richard Spencer’s arrival on campus Thursday. I’ve already witnessed students discussing the notion of skipping class, fearing some faceless, nameless harm will do them injury. I empathize with this concern, especially for first-year students new to campus life.


Florida Alligator
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I disagree with Fuchs’ decision to reject Richard Spencer

UF’s decision to ban Richard Spencer and his National Policy Institute from speaking on campus is a grave mistake, and one the university will come to regret. In a statement released last week, UF President Kent Fuchs defended his decision because of safety concerns. While the safety of those on campus is obviously a legitimate concern, so is the concern of free speech, which has now been shunned as a result of this decision.


Florida Alligator
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Why Richard Spencer should not speak on campus

UF President Kent Fuchs’s Aug. 16 statement cancelling the visit by white supremacist Richard Spencer was on the mark. Events in Charlottesville, Virginia, together with warnings of a “battlefield” in Gainesville provide ample reason to halt the event. Fuchs was also right to emphasize that personally, he finds Spencer’s rhetoric “repugnant and counter to everything this nation stands for.” But though safety issues and not Spencer’s ideas comprised the reason for the cancellation, Spencer is considering a lawsuit, arguing that UF is using safety as a pretext to limit free speech. In a similar case this year, Auburn University allowed Spencer to speak rather than face a court battle.


Florida Alligator
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A few goals for new, returning Gators this semester

Welcome to UF! Whether you just graduated from high school and have moved to Gainesville to start your bachelor's degree or you attended college in another country and have come to Florida to pursue a graduate or professional degree, I am so pleased you chose UF as your university. I have three goals for you this academic year.



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