Coming almost full circle, almost a year later, I believe the slap on the wrists by FBK on a then-burgeoning African American block has left very real scars, scars that will allow for Moseley to rule almost unopposed and that will surely have an effect on the '08/'09 UF-SG Executive ticket.
First let's see the switch. Upon Green's return for the Holiday break, we see a change in from his pre-Break outraged shock, which given a natural progression sans the break could have easily turned into more of a combative positioning. Instead, let's read his letter:
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2006 16:42:52 -0500
From: "Samuel Green"
How are you?
I hope that you had a great holiday break. The blog comments have grown quite fast and have become a phenomenon across the campus. Just to clarify, I just wanted you to know that I have never taken a stance on anything that may have occurred. Your intentions to pursue this matter is appreciated, but I believe people are believing that I charged you with this initiative. The responses and follow up articles have been overwhelming, but I believe that it has taken a negative turn and it is degrading my character.
Nevertheless, after taking the holidays to go home and reconnect with my family and God. I have accepted peace with everything that was at one point hostile or uncomfortable within my life. This situation and my overall involvement in SG has taught me to that I cannot make everyone happy and that people will believe whatever they want. At the end of the day, I am more concerned about my personal character and the positive legacy that I leave behind. However, I am more concerned with having the confidence to believe that I had the best interest for students at heart and that I worked hard for others. Today I am blessed and happy! I have moved on from this situation and am focusing on being the best Senate Pro Tempore doing what I was elected to do.
Thanks and God Bless,
But putting the blame on Green is simply NOT fair. In fact, a large portion of the blame goes to Stephanie Garry and Lyndsey Lewis, both high ranking then-employees of the Independent Florida Alligator. After a series of pre-and-post emails, I was able to get this. Read how the student paper effectively leaves the students in the lurch. NOtice that the letter even speaks of countless other pleas to look into FBK's control of SG. Notice how the reporter, nor her editor, nor anyone on the current or past staffs HAVE LOOKED INTO THIS. It's clearly not impossible, even by the author of the letter's own opinion, just apparently too difficult for them to spend their time on. That's real reporting right there folks!
Date Tue, 28 Nov 2006 17:57:50 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: An Injustice Worthy of Print
From: "Lyndsey Lewis" firstname.lastname@example.org
To: "Christian Duque" email@example.com
As a former SG reporter myself (and reader of your blog, believe it or not), I'm well aware of the situations you're describing. You're not the first person to offer these kinds of tips, and I doubt you'll be the last. The problem is convincing people to go on the record about this sort of information. I can't publish anything based on anonymous tips or non-credible sources, of course, so I'm reluctant to assign stories about Greek corruption or FBK conspiracies when there's no solid information to back up accusations.
Stephanie Garry and I discussed the Sam Green situation, but we're not necessarily going to publish something about it. I'll probably have one of my reporters look into this, but personally, I don't think the situation merits an entire story. Despite whatever private ties SG and FBK may share, they're not officially linked, and the last thing I want to do is run a story filled with unfair implications and unsubstantial evidence.
Thanks for taking the time to contact me and Stephanie. We always appreciate reader feedback, but I do need to add that this e-mail is not for publication.
Independent Florida Alligator
I love how Ms. Lewis speaks of SG and FBK as two old friends or two individuals. The fact is any possible "private relationship" between a public body entrusted with representing ALL STUDENTS and its PRIVATE RELATIONSHIP with an organization that only represents a FRACTION of students is ---> NEWSWORTHY. But how can we fault poor Sam Green when we have MORONS covering the news? I'm taking a risk being sued here, but I don't care, I initiated contact as the author of a blog and I've waited a fair amount of time, either way, I'm doing what I feel is right by the students, anything that comes of it, oh well.
Ok, so now I'd like to put a few anonymous comments (anonymous to keep my sources' privacy intact, as promised).
I talked with ----- about Mr. Green. It was politics, nothing more. The A.A. Community knew the story. Green is in the middle of an SB president battle. By spring, it will have sorted itself out and he will likely be tapped.
Now, the Party Chair, as we know, is appointed prior to slating, and often becomes the Party Leader in Senate, but not always. An example of this happening is Laura Gonzalez, and example of this *not* happening is Sam Green -Laura remained Party Chair and Access phased out of R & A representation because they were 2 elections removed from office.
I hope this helps some. I wish I could sugar-coat the entire thing, but it wouldn't be what I truly believe. I ultimately see Sam taking a spot as Treasurer on Josh's camp. Politically it is the right move, and I don?t think he would do the worst job as SBT.