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.
UF's decision to postpone Kevorkian's talk is so reactionary. What message is this sending? Maybe we are being punished, and the powers-that-be do not have the confidence that we can listen to some old geezer speak about death without asking some pointed questions.
It is reassuring to see that the Alligator editorial board appreciates the ideas behind the student-run cafe - a non-corporate, nonprofit, student-run space that serves cafe-style food and beverages at cost to consumers.
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.
The advent of the Florida Tomorrow campaign is a great chance for UF to address its cash concerns - but only if done properly. Even though it looks innocent enough, this campaign has a dark side, primarily the fattening of UF's endowment.
I'm writing to wake up the students who go to football games here at UF. Our crowd on Saturday was embarrassing. You might say, "But we were so loud, what are you talking about?" I would ask you, how loud were you in the first half?
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.
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.
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.
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."
The time of the Student Government election is upon us. And you know what that means: The Alligator's endorsement will be bestowed on the most-deserving parties and candidates - or withheld because we think no one has any clue what they're doing.
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.