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Sunday, May 16, 2021

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Florida Alligator
OPINION  |  LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Meyer and Kevorkian events are separate

Andrew Meyer strikes again! However, this time we didn't see it coming. Only his actions could effectively assist in the suicide of another campus speech. I can only assume that in light of recent events, UF President Bernie Machen believes postponement of a "controversial" speaker will somehow ease tension and tame the chaos he has created.


Florida Alligator
OPINION  |  LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Welcome Kevorkian with open arms

In light of the infamous Tasering incident at UF on Sept. 17 as well as the controversial appearance by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at Columbia University on Sept. 24, I urge my fellow Gators to welcome Dr. Jack Kevorkian to Gainesville with open arms. Education is not merely memorizing and regurgitating facts, but also taking the "red pill" if you will - that is, pushing our minds to the limit by immersing ourselves in controversial viewpoints. If no change of opinion occurs, then our original beliefs will be further cemented; otherwise, a paradigm shift will have occurred with our mindsets.


Florida Alligator
OPINION  |  EDITORIALS

Protests inevitable for Kevorkian's speech

By now, you've probably seen the e-mail sent by UF President Bernie Machen about the slight delay for Dr. Jack Kevorkian's Accent-sponsored speech, which has been moved to Jan. 15. Machen & Co. claim this is for the safety of students because many students have already protested Kevorkian's appearance.


Florida Alligator
OPINION  |  LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Inconvenient studies still relevant

In response to Friday's column by Colleen Shea, "Everything causes cancer - we get it," I'm relieved I'm not the only one who is concerned that the number of "scientific" studies, which seemingly help society, are rising. I can't think of a single thing these "scientists" have unveiled that wasn't inconvenient.


Florida Alligator
OPINION  |  COLUMNS

Let coaches and players do their jobs

Charlie Weis, University of Notre Dame head football coach, might punch you in the face if you ask whether he's responsible for the first 0-5 start in school history. You can't say you blame him, either - you'd probably hit back if he asked about your C-plus in calculus.


Florida Alligator
OPINION  |  LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Campus preacher needs a replacement

Although I am not familiar with the departure of Joey Johnsen from Turlington Plaza, I felt compelled to respond to Ryan Heuser's Friday letter to the editor. His letter resounded with sorrowful loss, which many of us have or will experience in this life sooner or later. But his damnation decree for UF students without Johnsen is not the way to grieve a loss. Another preacher, Charles Stanley, once said, "It is not Jesus' voice accusing us of constantly falling short. He is the one who lives to intercede for us."


Florida Alligator
OPINION  |  LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

UF toilet-cleanliness campaign needed

I've lost count of how many times I've found bathroom stalls partially or completely unusable because of what I like to call "negligent use." Apparently, many among us are woefully uneducated in the field of toilet etiquette and usage, and it is our responsibility as a learning institution to pass these critical skills on to every student. Imagine the damage to The Gator Nation's image this is causing. Alumni letting toilet bowls fill to the brim and forcing their colleagues to wipe their urine off of toilet seats must be making quite a bad name for us.


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