Some thoughts on the NCF merger situation:
-New College is better off independent and we must continue to fight. While the administration is on our side here, the way in which they use student voices to their advantage but expect us to follow their whims in when and how we address legislators is counterproductive, and students must expect to campaign against HB 7087 independently of the administration.
-There should be contingency plans in place for negotiating for administrative autonomy if NCF is given to FSU or UF. If the bill progresses much further, we should start applying pressure to the leadership of whichever university is named in the final draft, and seeking solidarity from their student body.
-We must continue to remember that even though NCF is our mess, it’s still a mess. The police continue to stick their noses where they don’t belong. No one has faced consequences for the coverup of the admissions debacle. The campus is still inaccessible af. The campaign to divest from harmful industries is ongoing. The current truce with the administration is not a long-term alliance, and need not even be a cease-fire, as they will continue to work against the merger even if we challenge them on other issues.
-Finally, I think it is important to reflect on our reaction to this bill in comparison to other, materially far more important, bills. We didn’t mount a massive organized campaign against the forced parental consent for abortion bill that just passed (although some students did a great deal of work against it). We aren’t sending people to Tallahassee to fight the bill requiring teachers to out LGBT+ youth to their parents. It is, arguably, incredibly selfish to focus on this particular bill to fight, and that is a complicated moral question to consider in how we allocate time and material resources.