Once again I find myself dissenting from the status quo. Many folks, including some readers of this blog insist that UF-SG is a 'microcosm' of the real world. Yet early last week the Gainesville Sun reported that only about 7,000 out of Gainesville's 60,000+ eligible voters came out to the polls (sound familiar?). Of UF's approximately 54,000 students only about 7,000-8,000 voted in this past election -- how much of a microcosm is UF SG?
"Most students spend at least nine months per year in Alachua County and summer sessions allow for an even longer amount of time to be spent in town. I believe that UF students should vote in local elections, follow local issues, and organize to become a force in Gainesville politics." -- Nick Capezza
And what about voter apathy? I am of the firm belief that local gov't is far more relevant to us as members of a community than the federal or state government. Very few of us would directly be effected by having either a Republican or Dem in the White House or Tallahassee, however, a bad mayor or an ineffective County Commission and trash bags might start piling up outside our door, the utilities bill might go through the roof, the roads might erode and break into pieces, drinking water might be polluted, police might lose ground to criminals, towing companies could hike prices at will and remove cars more indiscriminately given a lax city/county, bar times could be altered once again -- in fact they could be forced to close at midnight, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. If you think I'm crazy, why is it I can drink and party till 5am in Miami but have to be out of the club by 1:45am here?
Access, Jamal, & Jared
There was a time when CTV was a top priority, when it had quality leadership, and abundant resources. While there seems to be a shitstorm on the current leader of the program, I would put a large portion of the blame on the shoulders of an ineffective president and a treasurer likely to follow in his predecessor's footsteps. I mean what evidence do we have that Moseley (a person Nina DeJong stated: "rode a wave placed for him") will be any different than John Boyles? What happened to this wonderful program created by Jamal Sowell and put perfectly into practice by Jared Hernandez?
"It seems clear why Chomp the Vote failed this year and it has to do with the leadership: they simply didn't care. Whether Ms. Hillman overloaded herself is up for question, but those in oversight positions appeared apathetic to Chomp's cause and didn't act when it began to fail." -- FRANK BRACCO
"I guess it just wasn't a high priority for the administration. Considering we had both a midterm election (with governor race) and a mayoral/city commission election, I really can't explain why Chomp the Vote wasn't a higher priority. I can only say it was a failure and I hope the new administration
does better." -- GAVIN BAKER
Will Moseley Be Any Different?
Well according to the Greeks Moseley represents true leadership. And the turncoats, they have a lot to say. We have the word of Pedro Morales, who claims in emails to have Moseley's ear on Grad Affairs (which is taken as banter by top Gator officials). We have Ryan Day & Kim Cruts, whom according to emails that will be brought to light in 2008 were in negotiations with the Gator Party for senate seats, turning everything they've said about "supporting the better candidate" -- utter horse-shit. The true hope fot the UF Student Body will come from Gator's Veep & Treasurer, but President Moseley will leave many wondering if John Boyles is still in charge, I mean this guy could mess up a cup of coffee, nice guy, but ineffective as they come.
Damn Shame. Another great program created by the Access Revolution, run into the ground by the System. That's Great. Terrific.
Kinda Right-Wingish, But I Love Him, LMAO