I just wanted to congratulate Mike McCall on a completely enjoyable 10 minutes of ripping into the University of Tennessee on ESPN on Thursday. He started off a little weak, saying Rocky Top was one of the great traditions in college football, but recouped with a dig about being surprised that 100,000 people from Tennessee are able to memorize anything at all, and it all went uphill from there.
I am writing in response to Daniel Burroughs's guest column in Thursday's Alligator, "Florida must keep Bright Futures Scholarship Program." The assertion that Florida must maintain the Bright Futures program unchanged is, at best, misguided. The state cannot sustain the financial burden of maintaining Bright Futures' low standards indefinitely. Bright Futures pays 75 percent tuition for a mediocre 3.0 weighted high school grade point average and an SAT score of 970 - 51 points below the national average.
In response to William Sanchez's letter concerning Jack Kevorkian, I have just one question: Why waste your time caring about this situation? I would really like to know how his opinion would change after being confronted with a lifetime of pain and suffering without end. Would he decide to keep on truckin', or would he throw in the towel and end his own life? Would he call up Kevorkian and employ his expertise in the matter? If I ever reached a point in my life where the only thing that greeted me with every new day was the grim reality of more pain and agony, then heck, put me out of my misery!
I am writing to reiterate Paige Usyk's column, "Are hookups the modern 'free love' revolution?" in Thursday's The Avenue. Why do people deride the sexuality of women? Why do people call women sluts? Do they actually think these women are doing some kind of evil? If people think being sexually free is wrong, then try to pass a law. But, of course, the law would never pass because there is nothing wrong with being sexually free.
As a result of the decline in Florida's economy, a special session of the Legislature this fall will consider an expected 4 percent to 10 percent reduction in the statewide budget. This would result in the State University System losing between ,100 million and ,232 million.
Although I agree there is nothing wrong with controversial speakers, I believe that ,50,000 is a steep price to pay someone convicted of murder and stripped of his medical license. The truth is Mr. Kevorkian is a very sick individual whose ultimate goal is to experiment on the living.
It's been a busy week for the Department of Darts & Laurels. So much has been going on around campus. We've been so busy gathering quotes for "Overheard in Gainesville" and avoiding the Turlington preacher, we've barely had time to cross West University Avenue for a bite to eat or a pitcher to drink. Somehow we managed. But we also managed to bring you a special all UF, all the time edition for this week's…
Never before have I been so against a proposal from the Student Senate and so supportive of an editorial from the Alligator. Accent's success lies not only in the experience, professionalism and dedication of its staff, but in its independence from Student Government's legislative branch. The Accent chairperson must be free to act quickly to respond to offers from speakers and be able to act even quicker to research and bid on potential speakers. Requiring the Accent chairperson to report to the Student Senate and ask for approval would strangle Accent's success.
I am writing in response to Wednesday's letter "Clotheslines a hazard for children." I loved the tongue-in-cheek letter about rogue clotheslines. I could imagine those heinous downed nylon wires lurking in the shadows just waiting to pounce on some unsuspecting victim, the clothespin springs beckoning the innocent, and the ruthless sheets laying in wait to cause those "zooming" children to fall off their trikes.
An editorial in Wednesday's Alligator talked about the increased prices of soda, which is intended to encourage Gators to be healthier. Unfortunately, it missed the most important problem with this policy: It is not in any way the job of UF to encourage people to be healthier.
They move around, barely visible to the naked eye. In silence, they attack their victims and leave us in agonizing pain when all we want to do is get to class. No, not terrorists. We're talking about the newest sadistic wave taking over Gainesville.
To all you Florida residents, please take a valuable lesson from your neighbor to the north: Don't let your legislators change anything about Bright Futures.
I am responding to Anuradha Pandey's column in Tuesday's Alligator. She has the perfect idea of what this school should do: If we want lower faculty-student ratios and shorter lines for academic advising, we should admit fewer students. Why is it UF's responsibility to accept everyone who is qualified and jam-pack our classes so no one gets a quality education?