‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ still persists in politics

Andrew Gillum, former mayor of Tallahassee and gubernatorial candidate, was considered a rising star in the Democratic party. In March, several media outlets reported that Gillum was one of three men who was found inebriated with crystal meth in a Miami hotel room. One of the men was a known gay male escort. Gillum’s critics casted judgments on his sexuality, which raised questions about the acceptance of the LGBTQ community in politics. So while America alleges to be this open, inclusive and diverse society, in …

Student trustee candidates advocate for equity and diverse representation

In a forum Tuesday afternoon in the quad, candidates for student trustee explained their qualifications, motivations for running and how they will advocate for students’ interests if elected. The student trustee serves as a liaison between the Board of Trustees and PCC’s Associated Students. At Board of Trustees meetings, they represent the student body, holding the power to make and second motions, participate in discussion and have an advisory vote. The Student Trustee also sits on the Associated Students executive board in an advisory capacity. …

Associated Students candidates campaign for change

Hopeful student candidates lined up and presented their electoral speeches about student affairs on Tuesday afternoon at the campus quad, conveying to the audience why they should be elected for next year’s Associated Students (AS) executive board. Carrie Afuso, a student life advisor at PCC, spearheaded the student forum by introducing the candidates. In the electoral campaign, 12 students are running for a legislative or executive branch, some office positions remaining uncontested. Board positions that remain uncontested are VP for Academic Affairs, VP for Executive …