Stop removal of the Alligator's newspaper racks from UF's campus
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university of florida

Stop removal of the Alligator's newspaper racks from UF's campus

    1. Erin  Jester
    2. Petition by

      Erin Jester

      Gainesville, FL

The Independent Florida Alligator and its signature orange news racks have been an integral part of UF campus life since the newspaper became independent from the university almost 40 years ago. The Alligator focuses on issues that matter to the UF community and strives to maintain the highest level of journalistic integrity.
UF has demanded the Alligator remove 19 of its orange news racks from campus by Aug. 15. If the Alligator wants to maintain its current presence at UF, it would have to lease space in university-owned black modular racks and sign a licensing agreement. This would jeopardize the Alligator’s independence as well as its readership.
The orange racks are the best way for the Alligator to stay independent and be easily accessible to students. By forcing the paper into university-owned racks, UF is able to control the Alligator’s campus distribution, which means the university could eventually force the newspaper off campus. The licensing fee is also an unfair tax on the paper. UF is forcing the Alligator to pay to distribute a free paper that serves the student body.
We at the Alligator ask you to support us in our fight to keep the orange news racks on campus. You can sign a petition to save the racks here. We thank you for your support.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Jennifer Murray FLEMING ISLAND, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      removing a newspaper's influence on campus makes the university as a whole look bad.

    • Ally Russo SARASOTA,, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      The alligator was a huge part of my days during my time at UF. The orange racks are iconic and symbolic of one of the country's best college newspapers and taking away these racks will drastically change the circulation in a negative way, which the Alligator does not deserve

    • Kara Van Hoose MERRITT ISLAND, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      I read the Alligator my whole time at UF. It's a great resource and should never be silenced.

    • Caroline Johnston MIDDLEBURG, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      The Independent Florida Alligator is an excellent source of campus/intellectual news. It's local, fair in its representation of controversial views, and of course informative. UF claims to take pride in its Journalism program- if so, why chastise a newspaper that employs several of your students? While not perfect, the Alligator is a great source of news, entertainment, classifieds, crosswords, and discussion among UF students. To restrain it's non-encroaching existence would be foolish.

    • Cyndy Pyke PLANTATION, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      As a Miami Hurricane fan, I think this is wrong and will lend my support . Change is not always good....Keep the orange news racks.


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