GAU in the News
Graduate students march to UF administration office
November 17, 2018
Graduate students want the UF administration to pay up.
Lugging around a giant check up to the steps of Tigert Hall, more than 40 graduate assistants protested their requirement to pay fees despite being employees of the university. The students from the Graduate Assistants United rallied on Plaza of the Americas before marching to Tigert Friday afternoon.
The union advocates for the rights of graduate students, said Roberto Munoz, a 36-year-old paid assistant for the UF union.
Though tuition is waived for graduate assistants, they’re still liable to pay about $700 in fees each semester, said Munoz, a third-year UF anthropology doctoral student.
UF grad students protest student fees
November 17, 2018
University of Florida graduate student Roberto Munoz still isn’t sure if he will go home to his native Puerto Rico to see family over Christmas break.
As a teaching assistant at UF on a meager stipend, Munoz faced an additional financial hardship on Friday — paying $719.64 for his semester student activity fees.
“You sometimes can’t see your family,” Munoz said. “Sometimes rent is almost short. You have to prioritize rent, but sometimes if you don’t pay fees on time you have to pay a $100 penalty.”
Munoz was one of close to 40 graduate student assistants who gathered at the Plaza of the Americas on a cool Friday to protest the deadline for paying student fees. From there, grad students marched to the steps of Tigert Hall, UF’s administration building. Some carried signs that read “No Pay for Work” and “Something About Fees Stinks, and It’s Not The Swamp.”
The November election could cost us our No. 8 top public spot
Bobby Mermer and Stephen Phillips
November 1, 2018
The upcoming midterm election is critical for the future of Florida. On the ballot are not only candidates and initiatives but the very character of our state. Each and every one of us has a stake in this election and in our democracy. Here are three things that make this election critical that you may not have considered before.
Almost every state- and county-level official we elect this year will have some say in determining education funding at either the K-12 or university level. Each year, the state legislature divvies up funding not only for K-12 education, but also for the state’s colleges and universities. According to a report by the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association, Florida spent less money last year on higher education per full-time student than any other state. We have the option this year of voting for candidates who want to stay this course or voting for nominees seeking change.