GOP mocks Obama’s peace prize, Russians praise it
WASHINGTON – While Russia’s president congratulated President Barack Obama for winning the Nobel Peace Prize, Republicans see the award as so outrageous that they’re using it to raise campaign money.
Obama won the prize “for awesomeness,” said the mocking GOP fundraising letter. Obama’s honor shows “how meaningless a once honorable and respected award has become,” said the letter, signed by Michael S. Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev had a different view. He said the award will encourage further U.S.-Russian cooperation.
“I hope this decision would serve as an additional incentive for our common work to form a new climate in world politics and promote initiatives which are fundamentally important for global security,” Medvedev said in a letter to Obama.
Steele said Obama hasn’t accomplished enough to deserve the prize. Numerous Democrats and independents have expressed similar views, though generally in less bombastic terms.
Asking for contributions to the RNC of $25 to $1,000, Steele wrote that “the Democrats and their international leftist allies want America made subservient to the agenda of global redistribution and control. And truly patriotic Americans like you and our Republican Party are the only thing standing in their way.”
Students, faculty rally against state legislation targeting diversity initiatives
At a Tuesday rally intended to create student awareness for preserving academic rights, history professor Alex Levine read aloud two emails he received earlier this week from prospective employees and graduate students expressing fear for their future at USF. One of the emails was from a trans philosophy graduate student who messaged him about her […]
BOT approves new collective bargaining agreement, hears public comments regarding state legislation
At Tuesday morning’s meeting, the Board of Trustees (BOT) voted to accept a 3-year bargaining agreement (CBA) with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and listened to public comments from students and professors regarding House Bill (H.B.) 999. During the 9:30 a.m. hour-long meeting in the Marshall Student Center Ballroom, the […]
BOT approves $22 million expenditure for on-campus stadium
The Board of Trustees (BOT) met Tuesday morning at the Marshall Student Center Ballroom and approved the use of $22 million for the design of the university’s planned 35,000-seat on-campus football stadium on Sycamore Fields, located on the east side of the Tampa campus. The proposal received a unanimous vote. There was no formal […]
Four students arrested during SDS protest
Four members of Tampa Bay Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) were arrested at the Patel Center for Global Solutions on Monday during a protest, according to USF Police Public Information representative Michael Lavelle. Laura Rodriguez, a 23-year-old USF alum, Gia Davila, a 21-year-old student, Jeanie Kida, a 26-year-old student and Chrisley Carpio, a […]
SG presidential race enters run-off election, unofficial gubernatorial and senatorial results announced
Two presidential tickets – juniors Cesar Esmeraldi and Elizabeth Volmy and juniors Sebastian Solano and Jessica Malanga – will enter a runoff election on March 21 and 22 to decide the next Student Government (SG) platform to serve USF’s student body. The meeting to announce the unofficial results, which was held Friday from noon to […]
USF Sarasota-Manatee holds groundbreaking ceremony for new residence hall
A groundbreaking ceremony for a 100,000 square foot dual housing and student center complex occurred from 2-3 p.m. on Wednesday, meaning USF Sarasota-Manatee will join the residential campus cohort when the facility opens by fall 2024. Members of the Board of Trustees, President Rhea Law, former USF President Judy Genshaft and Chair of the USF […]