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Students and Faculty at U. Florida Already Making Demands of Incoming President Ben Sasse

Students and Faculty at U. Florida Already Making Demands of Incoming President Ben Sasse

“Maintain pre-existing commitments to inclusivity, equity and diversity”

Sasse hasn’t even started yet and the left is already barking demands. They want him to disavow Ron DeSantis.

FOX News reports:

University of Florida protesters demand new president Ben Sasse disavow DeSantis’ anti-woke ‘attacks’

Students and faculty have planned yet another protest as former Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., prepares to take leadership of the University of Florida.

UF President-elect Sasse recently won approval from the Board of Trustees to become the school’s next president. He is one of many Republicans and conservatives who are taking up positions in Florida’s academia amid a much larger push against woke politicization of education.

The Gainesville Sun, a local Florida newspaper, reported that the incoming college president “will be greeted by protestors Monday afternoon outside the school’s administration building as he officially takes the helm of the top-5 public university.”

Protesters will reportedly demand Sasse commit to an agenda with demands such as, “Market equity raises for staff,” “Publicly disavow attacks from Tallahassee on academic and free speech,” and “Maintain pre-existing commitments to inclusivity, equity and diversity.”

Sasse was escorted inside a police car for safety when he visited the campus amid protests in the fall.

A local organization, UF Graduate Assistants United, tweeted footage of Sasse entering the police vehicle as an onlooker said, “We don’t want you here,” and screaming could be heard. The organization tweeted, “This is what a coward looks like. This will be your life every day if you accept a position here. @BenSasse.”…

The UF protesters’ reported demand to “Publicly disavow attacks from Tallahassee on academic and free speech” seems to be aimed at the state’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.

DeSantis on Tuesday unveiled new legislation to cut funding for critical race theory and diversity, equity and inclusion programs in state colleges. This comes after the DeSantis administration requested in late December that all state universities report expenditures and resources used for campus activities that relate to CRT and DEI initiatives.


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If Trump would back out and support DeSantis, I would go from liking him to revering him.

Students … have planned yet another protest
If the very first thing he does is say “Students don’t make demands. They are here to learn, and the faculty we hire should be oriented on teaching them what they don’t know. If students don’t get that, maybe they’re not ready for college,” then I would be danged impressed. And that would be the most effective method to squashing the woke inquisition bullcarp.

(He should then say, “If professors don’t get that, then maybe they’re not ready for college, either.”)

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to GWB. | February 6, 2023 at 3:14 pm

    My plain way of thinking says, end tenure in state colleges and universities and this nonsense would end overnight.

    henrybowman in reply to GWB. | February 7, 2023 at 2:14 am

    “You folks worry about keeping your grades up, Running the university is our job.”

If Sasse doesn’t tell them to pound sand, he won’t last a month

A Punk Named Yunk | February 7, 2023 at 9:27 am

In the same vein as other comments here:
1. No more woke courses
2a. Tell the professor’s union to pound sand; not dealing you lunatics anymore.
2b. Professors that insist on teaching woke stuff will have their tenure revoked and will be fired.
2c. I think this is done already in many schools: Professors must submit their lesson plans to a scholastic board. (Gotta watch who gets on that board as well.)
2d. Professors veering off their lesson plans and injecting lunatic ideology into their lessons will be fired. This would be VERY strictly enforced for STEM and other hard-science courses, where there is little wiggle room for personal opinions.
2e. All classes will welcome students recording the lectures & discussions.
3. Students staging disruptive demonstrations will be expelled.
4. Student who participate in violence will be expelled and arrested.

How’s that far a cold-turkey start? I suspect a majority of students – who enrolled to learn something and have been cowed into silence – will welcome such changes.

So happy my daughter chose The Ohio State University over Florida State