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Saturday, April 18, 2009

University of Florida: Big News

In perusing the local newspaper, the Gainesville Sun, this weekend it's clear that there is one major concern. Will the Blue team or Orange team win the vaunted intrasquad spring scrimmage? Forget the fact that the University that the team supposedly represents is falling apart from within. Forget the fact that most of these student athletes will have to put food on their plates via some other means than athletics. The cuts proposed by UF are going to limit the options for these students and is going to diminish their degrees.

Look, I'm a UF alum so I'm all for college athletics and the pleasant diversions they bring and the loyalty they instill amongst the alumni. What I don't understand is when the athletics dominate the conversation over the mission of the University. Look at the Gainesville Sun forums. The cuts get maybe one or two comments whilst the orange and blue game is discussed like a war was taking place. It's an intrasquad scrimmage folks, that's it.

Well, this happens at other Universities. It will be interesting to see if the cuts are announced at the game with the request for fans to contact the Florida house. Right now the Senate budget would result in minimal damage whereas the House budget would devastate UF (and many other Florida Universities). It's too bad that UF alumni don't demand the same excellence from their academic programs as they do the athletic programs.
I've said nothing new here, I know but it makes me feel better to say it.


Joe Meert


At 4:31 PM, Anonymous phil neuhoff said...

well, there you have it, Joe. Gainesville basically has no responsible media, the alligator included. Taking another g'ville situation of current interest, the absurd but predictable behavior of GPD, one can see that the media actually encourages Gainesville's ills. All the media seem to want to report on is who got arrested and the sports teams. Even though the major employers in town are suffering, there is little coverage except rah rah stuff about sports and donors and hurray, another person got arrested.

At 9:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. It's very hard to find much continuous coverage of the important news. Even the blogs at the UF site have gone silent.

This is the time Machen gave for discussion. Where is it?

At 12:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, if want news about the world and what is going on aorund town there is this thing called THE NEWS!!!! Its on channel 13, 6, and 9 if you didnt know that!


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