Confederate Flag Painting Banned at Gainesville State

Artwork depicting a Confederate flag was taken down at Gainesville State College, located in Georgia. President Martha Nesbitt ordered that the artwork be removed after written protests came from a website called “Southern Heritage Alerts.”

The artwork, which features two Klansmen, a lynched black man and a black woman in African garb within the flag, was taken down on Jan. 25, two weeks after it had been placed on display.

“Sometimes a president has to make difficult decisions. First and foremost, I have to consider the impact of an action on the health and reputation of the institution. In this instance, I made a judgment call that the negative results would outweigh the positive ones,” Nesbitt said in a news release.

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University of Florida Proposes Spring-Summer Scheduling

University of FloridaNo longer will fall be the “back to school” season for some of the students at the University of Florida. By giving students the option of taking spring and summer classes only, the university is hoping to prevent overcrowding.

But before this new scheduling can become a reality, a state law must be changed. Joseph Glover, the university’s academic administrator, proposed the idea of the new schedule to the Florida Board of Governors at a meeting last week. Glover said the new arrangement would be a productive, effective way to bring in more students to the university to fill demand.

“U.F. is a large institution and, basically, in the fall semester the Gainesville campus is full to capacity,” he said to the board. “We do have extra capacity in spring, after winter graduation, and lots of capacity in the summer. So the thought came to us, what’s so sacred about fall-spring? What if we offered our students the ability to be spring-summer? We see more and more students who are opting for innovative programs. I think there would be a market for students who would be interested in doing this for a variety of reasons.” Read the rest of this entry »


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