I had to leave 20 minutes early when the floor was opened to faculty members to ask questions and voice their comments. I wanted to stay and get my two cents in but, undergraduates were not going to be permitted to speak. I knew Yost wouldn't let it get that far. I just couldn't sit there any longer as Machen ignored and down right refused to listen to the people his decisions were directly effecting. A professor from Political Science asked, "Bernie? Bernie? Are you even listening?" To which he responded "I didn't hear the question." Translation: I've made my decisions. I don't care what you or anyone else has to say. I'm cutting these programs because I want to. I realized then that the university operates as a microcosm of our nation. Much like President Bush, President Machen doesn't care about anyone but himself and his own personal interests. I sat in a bathroom and cried for all the people that would be effected by this goddamnedmotherfuckingpieceofshitexcuseforahumanbeing, and wondered why it seemed only fucktards were in positions of power. I also wondered how they got there, and how we as a populous have been deluded for so long.
Overall, judging from the discussion I'd say if any program as the potential for being saved the Philosophy Ph.D. and French Ph.D programs have a pretty good shot. That said, I think the entire meeting demonstrated the hopeless of the situation and laid out UF's destination to go down the shitter.
Today, it's not so great to be a Florida Gator. We're watching the "Foundations of the Gator Nation" crumble and burn.
There is a slight glimer of hope. The budget posted online is not the finalized one. There is still a snowballs chance in hell that something could be changed before being submitted to the Board of Trustees next week.