Been following the Florida Atlantic University scandal? You know, the one where FAU prez Frank Brogan gave fundraiser Lawrence Davenport almost $600,000 to walk away quietly from his job. Brogan should resign now; the incident proves he's not to be trusted with our money. It's outrageous especially considering that he and old buddy Jeb Bush, for whom Brogan served as Lt. Gov., hiked tuition rates every year. But lame politicians like state Sen. Jeremy Ring of Parkland continue to vouch for him, as Scott Travis' article in today's Sun-Sentinel shows.
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FAU student Josef Palermo isn't sitting idly by. He's organizing a student boycott of the university's vending machines beginning tomorrow at noon. The Pulp further suggests heckling
Brogan at every turn until he has no choice but to go away. Here's part of the letter Palermo sent the Pulp:
I'm writing to you tonight/this morning to express my utter disgust for FAU President Frank T. Brogan and his recent backroom decision to pay outgoing FAU Vice President Dr. Lawrence Davenport nearly $578,000 dollars.
A handful of students and I are actually attempting to mobilize the University community to action, and we have a protest and boycott of the FAU vending machines planned to commence this Tuesday at noon. I invite you to view the contents of my FaceBook page (a social-networking site for college students) to view what my classmates and I have been organizing and discussing. I would especially like you to take a moment to read the "manifesto" I blogged on my FaceBook Notes. (I would paste everything but it's been HTML-formatted and it would not transfer well.)
More than anything, Mr. Norman, I would just like you to know that contrary to popular belief, there are students at FAU who pay attention and dare to challenge the status quo in situations like these-- and my goal is to find more of them like us, and inspire them to speak out and take action. We refuse to let administrators slide by on matters that impact us, or worse: take away funding that could be used for programs to improve services for students.
Thank you for your time, Sir.
Josef Palermo FAU student, Class of 2008
More power, Joe.