Don't vote for Bush in 2004
Published: Saturday, January 18, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 18, 2003 at 1:34 a.m.
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o An article (Jan. 14) in The Gainesville Sun states that 23 percent of UF student-athletes are enrolled in the College of Health and Human Performance with 49.5 percent in Liberal Arts and Sciences and 9.7 percent in Business. This is about correct.
However, the negative context in which the Health and Human Performance information was presented does a disservice to the student-athlete, to the 1,800 students enrolled in this college and to the college's fine academic reputation.
As dean of the College of Health and Human Performance, let me put this issue in a broader context: Only about 6 percent of our college enrollment are student-athletes.
Typically, these athletes come from all 16 varsity sports sponsored by the University Athletic Association. Currently, about 60 percent represent men's varsity sports and 40 percent represent women's varsity sports. The average GPA for student-athletes enrolled in the college is approximately 2.9.
Besides the stringent requirements for our majors, student-athletes in the college must meet the same two-year general education requirements as all other UF undergraduate students, which includes composition, humanities, social and behavioral sciences, math, physical and biological sciences, as well as a 24,000 word writing requirement.
The faculty of the College of Health and Human Performance is not in the business of keeping athletes eligible to play, as The Sun article might suggest, although we welcome qualified student-athletes into our programs.
And it is understandable that athletes would gravitate to studies in exercise and sport sciences, health science education and recreation, parks and tourism since these areas focus on careers and available jobs that embrace the essence of sport - helping people of all ages improve our health, fitness and quality of life.
|Patrick J. Bird,
|College of Health and Human
|University of Florida
BRIEFS HEAD NO KICKERf=Bureau Heavy * s=14 l=16'Old' Gainesville was bettero
o David Flagg (Jan. 12) supports the building of the downtown high rises. Flagg writes, "Gainesville cannot always remain the same ..." Why not?
I liked the old Gainesville - with fewer traffic jams, fewer shopping malls and less air pollution - much better than the present city. The proposed high rises certainly will exacerbate these problems many fold. After the high rises have been built, will Flagg go to Cedar Key and tell its people that "Cedar Key cannot always remain the same"?
Flagg writes, "new people cause ... a demand for increased government services on a limited tax-revenue base." Growth promoters always cite the need for an increased "tax-revenue base." But growth has been going on for decades, without the promised benefits ever coming to pass.
The Gainesville Sun runs stories about revenue shortfalls, reduced services and the need for additional taxes almost on a daily basis, after decades of tremendous growth. Impact fees are, of course, the only logical and fair solution but are not likely to ever be implemented.
Flagg writes, "If the builders are in compliance with zoning and permitting, there's little the city can legally do to stop the project ..." He is probably right.
However, the proposed high rises are such a drastic change for the city that one would have expected an extensive public debate, followed by some kind of citywide vote on whether the residents like the project (allowing it to proceed in some form) or do not like it (thereby killing it). Instead, Flagg suggests "an attitude of cooperation."
Yep, hold your tongues and let them who know better than you do what they want with your tax money and your city.
I watch incredulously as troops leave for their various destinations. I see the American people gazing apathetically at the present scene, with a president who cuts taxes for social services, apparently has no interest in the problems of people at large and threatens to bankrupt the country with an unjustified war.
When will we wake up? If Bush wins re-election in 2004, we are marching to our doom. Women will lose the right to legal abortion. The poor will be uncared for. "Faith-based organizations" will have no money to help people.
We must begin now to work for a Republican defeat.
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