The opponents of the concept claim it will hurt GPA's, meanwhile the proponents claim it will not affect 'good' students or GPA's in general. A strong example was given by Sen. Pedro Morales, only the senator gave an opinion as a TA in the suit of a student rep. Yes, for Morales the TA it would be easier to grade, but for Morales the Student Senator how would it fare?
I also found a lot of truth in IRHA President E.J. Walicki's post, as well as a letter from Aimee Collins-Mandeville sent to my inbox in protest of it. Ms. Collins-Mandeville has accepted an offer to write a rebuttal at some point in the near future. I look forward to hearing from her and applaud her for using the Facebook as a means to organize students. Some leaders, like Sen. Jordan Loh give credence to groups of concerned students, joined together to lobby for an important cause (sadly some of his colleagues suffer from moral turpitude).
I guess it takes an Alligator article to prove my point. I made this point many days before the paper printed it and I have it in print that the editors of that paper actively read this blog. Whomever inspired their work, the case in point is that Boyles put out this survey (imo) to ward off the suspicious probes of the Alligator, only to carry out his will regardless of student sentiment. Regardless if this resolution will make things better at UF, why put out a survey if the results will have no effect on the outcome? I'm bad with some names, but this Sen. Bell sounds like a real character.
Ok, this is just plain ridiculous. While I can see the logic of Asian American student leaders looking to embarass UF and even SG by raising money on their own to build an institute, it's really not a pragmatic way to go about building their center. Property around the University is ridiculously expensive, upkeep would be monstruous, and while it seems to be taking forever, it's the University's responsibility (at least I think). Currently the total amount of money raised (according to the Alligator) is $2,000, which is great, but that's a million years from a house or center. The way to go is to keep lobbying for a center...if instead they go full throttle on using private money and throwing patience out the window, Asian Americans might only get a small tool-shed between the IBC & La Casita.
Last night I sent out out an email to the two mainstream presidential hopefulls asking them to tell my audience about the most important issue they believed in. Not as prospective candidates, but as students. I wanted to see what they had to say sans the armies of campaign writers and w/o all the red-tape involved during an election. So far I haven't heard from either of them. The deadline is tonight. I'm hopeful one of them will respond.
24hrs. later & neither replied.
Oh well, that's mainstream kids for ya.
James' interview, Grapski updates, and a few other projects & blurbs on the way. December will be a very cool month for Radikal-readers.