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Petition to Hofstra University Student affairs (, Vice President W. Houston Dougharty

Bring Back Hofusa

Over the summer of 2017, Hofstra University, completed an unjust act that resulted in hatred, tears and dishonor. The university made a contract with Smashburger, and removed the student's beloved Hofstra USA, a campus diner. This diner had many options, for any and all dietary needs. Now Smahsburger has ruined it. There are limited options, and even those who eat meat do not want to eat a burger at 1 am, or everyday for that matter. Students are getting ill from the food, no one is receiving proper nutrients and now in addition to this disgusting slop they call food, they also would like to add in a Chik-fil-a and remove our 24/7 opened grocery store. Apparently the university does not care about their students health, and will do anything to make money for themselves. Didn't think a liberal Univeristy could be so corrupt. Interesting. In addition to this, the university did not allow the students to have a say in this major change. Now all students can eat after midnight on campus is burgers, fries or milkshakes. Unless, of course, the university is pushing for students to walk off campus into the dangerous streets of Hempstead, on the Turnpike, to get more of a variety of options. Hofstra University is ruining their students from the inside out. It is their job to protect us, but instead they are actually slowly killing us by providing the students with fast food, filled with carcinogens. Hofusa has been on this campus from basically the beginning and now they have removed a historical monument. The menu included anything a student could want late at night after studying. The atmosphere was inviting and encouraged students to relax after a hard day at class. Now when students go to Smashburger, they wait a minimum of an hour for their food or drink, and when they receive the is cold, and if that isn't the worst part, now students do not even sit down and eat, they walk back to their dorms to eat it. There is no relaxing or social environment there, where you can meet new people or talk to your friends. Smashburger is the worst thing Hofstra has ever brought to this campus. Removing Hofstra USA was the biggest mistake. Bring Hofusa back or bring me death.  

Victoria Mangiapane
690 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Mrs. Dale Getto

Reopen Towers 1, 3, 4, and 6 at Albany High School

Albany High School is a  with 2500+ diverse students enrolled. Students of every race, sex, gender identity, cultural background, ethnicity, upbringing, orientation, health, and economic status attend this 110,000 square foot behemoth. Despite its massive size and multiple sets of hallways to traverse, nearly all classes take place within the same 75,000 square feet, which also includes stairwells, long halls, two cafeterias, 12 bathrooms, a library, and numerous offices. When these variables are added to the equation, there isn't much elbow room left over. Thus, mayhem ensues when the bell rings. A 900Hz square wave echoes through the hall. Freshman and people with a long commute dart out the room, zipping through the long halls. Droves of students pour out of the library and several side-halls like marbles from a sack. Crowds quickly form, and the front hall becomes a mess of students chatting, squeezing through tight spaces, and colliding repeatedly. Obscenities and screeching often peak their head among the murmur as the students either bob and weave to class, bulldoze through, or do nothing until reprimanded by a monitor at the late bell. 4 minutes pass as the late ones sneak in as the doors, cafeteria doors prop open, and hall monitors project "Let's go! Class or lunch!" through the now desolate corridors. It isn't all tumbleweeds and blowing wind after the late bell - or the occasional hall sweep announcement.   Instead, there's still at least 50 teens still roaming the halls.   Those who convince their teacher they have to "use the bathroom." Those who have been called down to an academy office. Those who got their library passes and are making their way down. And those who just don't care. The aforementioned students only have two stairwells to transfer from floor to floor on. One is Tower 2, which holds little use as there are no frequent points on any floor near the tower. The other is Tower 5, which is near the cafeteria (which closes its doors after a few minutes) and the library.   Towers 1, 2, and 3 are not close enough to any frequents in the building, so those are not too much of a bother. However, Towers 4 and 6 contain access point for nearly all of the bathrooms, both academy offices, and the bridge connecting the main office and music wing to the remainder of the building. Having these doors locked creates annoyance and inconvenience for students who need to quickly work to the restroom or are being called to the main office. The main hallway is very important and contains all the areas students need to get to. Having them locked and having a hall monitor scold you from the other side is irritating, especially when students need to use the bathroom ten feet away. Instead, they have to go down to the first floor (where the door's unlocked,) head to the middle tower, climb up the stairs, work their way back to the bathroom they were so close to in the first place, then wait for a hall monitor to stop chatting and/or telling other students to go around in order to unlock the bathroom.   This wastes 3-5 minutes of precious time they could use to be learning in the classroom or speaking to whomever they went so see to begin with. It is not only an inconvenience; the fact that there are no signs on the closed side telling to go around and the fact that most monitors have a "haha, gotcha" sort of attitude about students coming through is an annoyance as well. There was also a sign at one point telling students who attempted to use those stairwells to "get used to it." This comes off as immature and disrespectful to students, especially those who are unaware of the change to the system.   If any towers should be locked for any reason, be it security issues, decreased need for staff, or just plain bothering the students (which I doubt,) it should be the back towers. Most students only use those stairwells during transition times and they aren't connected to anything of interest, such as the gym or library. If those doors are locked, it also decreases reason for students to use the back halls in between periods at all, making surveying the halls much easier for security. Also, the number of students in the hallways causing disruption and difficulty will drop, as they get from point A to B in much quicker fashion.   Please consider reopening the towers for the convenience of the students, faculty, and staff. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Mari Wolfgang
171 supporters
This petition won 4 weeks ago

Petition to Mr. Wardle

Hold Weber High School Racist Cheerleaders Accountable

Weber High cheerleaders brought shame to their school and the state of Utah when their racist display of ignorance became viral as they smiled and laughed while shouting the words "nigger" and "fuck". They also displayed the need for rules that address racism within their school policies which are notably absent. These girls broke the rules of the code of conduct in Weber High's school policy in the most public way possible: "Conduct (including social media conduct) that occurs off school grounds may be cause for suspension/removal from Weber High School, should such conduct cause a significant disruption at school". Cheerleaders represent their school, city and state. Cheerleading is a privilege that is earned. Not a right or weapon to be used to hurt others while smiling and laughing. They are supposed to be examples of their school student body. These racist girls have proven they aren't leaders of anything but hate and white privilege. They are ignorant, cruel and laugh at the words that have incited fear, pain, violence and murder of Black people. Students of color feel that they are not valued in Utah or the schools they attend because there never seems to be consequences for the white kids who hurt and belittle them with words like nigger, spic, etc. THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE!!!! STOP MAKING EXCUSES FOR RACISM in your student leadership! "Reiterated the school district, ‘We also wish to remind everyone that these are kids, and sometimes kids do really stupid things without thinking," ‘Certainly, there are no excuses for this type of behavior, but they are still children in a sense and hopefully this will be a learning experience for them and others.’ HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE SO THEY NEVER FORGET!!! Students of color have a right to attend a school that supports them and holds ALL students accountable for racist talk or behavior, including pretty white cheerleaders. Weber High MUST expel these cheerleaders from their positions and find BETTER REPRESENTATIVES for their cheerleading squad, IMMEDIATELY! They have brought SHAME to your school and our state and should be held accountable for their actions. Make examples out of this group of girls and this horrific display of ignorance, so that this NEVER happens again. #Accountability is paramount in teaching kids responsibility for their actions. I feel that Utah schools have a great need for classes on civility and race and ethnicity, so that the students can learn the value of all cultures and contributions made to the world by people of color.    

Terry Mitchell
4,874 supporters