Dec. 16, students will see nearly three years of cumulative effort come to a vote when the Faculty Senate meets. Provost Joe Glover has stated the proposal to make the Wednesday before Thanksgiving a holiday will be considered at this meeting.
In a report compiled in June, consultants advising John Wright, the dean of UF's College of Journalism and Communications, suggested a format change to WUFT-FM would only lose $52,000 in membership dollars the first year ($26,000 per semester). Sadly, this semester's drive fell short. It represented a loss of more than $49,000 compared to fall 2008. That is a nearly a 40 percent reduction in pledge dollars; the number of pledges fell by 40 percent as well. The fall pledge drive brought in 29 percent less than the much weaker spring 2009 pledge drive.
Over the past couple of days we have heard several Student Government officials praise the new "transparency policy" being created through Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act waivers. This new policy should not be lauded as progress towards creating an open government, but rather as a cheap ploy by higher-ups at the university.
Come on now, Alligator editorial board. Have you gone nuts? What's up with telling students their votes won't matter on Jan. 29? It is this type of thinking you'd expect from the Fox News pundits, not a beacon of hope in the journalism industry such as you guys.
The Alligator really downplayed this fall's SG election turnout. Considering the horrible weather, lack of real competition and limited campaigning, it was impressive to see this election garner one of the highest turnouts in fall campaign history. In fact, this year's turnout set a record for normal fall election turnout.