Every human life has value.

GatorThe University of Florida is the Alma Mater of both of my parents. I have a few aunts and uncles who graduated from there as well and a cousin currently attending the university. I’m a born and raised Florida Gator with orange & blue running through my veins – esp. during football season. So, it is with a heavy heart that I report that Dr. Jack Kevorkian is scheduled to speak at the University of Florida this October. Not only is he speaking, but he’s getting $50,000 for it. Is it just me, or is there something seriously wrong about having a convicted murderer speak at a state university?

But it appears that the campus’ student-run speakers bureau, Accent, jumped at the chance to nab the euthanasia advocate. According to Kevorkian’s lawyer:

“They were actually the first ones to call…They sent the request almost immediately after he was out (of prison).”

Dr. DeathAnd what is the purpose of having a well known euthanasia and assisted-suicide advocate speak at the university? In an interview with Life Site News, Accent spokesperson, Steven Blank, said:

“We figure that this will be a great way to engage our student body and entertain”

We’re talking about killing sick people (euthanasia) or helping them kill themselves (assisted suicide)! This is hardly an ‘entertaining’ subject nor is it one that should be endorsed on a college campus.

Needless to say, my father was not pleased when I told him about this and let his old school know it:

Hello:

I’m a 1980 graduate of UF with a degree in telecommunications with my own business in central Missouri. I’ve been told that you’re planning to have convicted murderer Dr. Jack Kevorkian speak.

Don’t.

I have supported UF with financial donations in the past (besides my degree). I will never support the University again if you have this maniac speak for any reason at my alma mater.

Thank you

You, too, can make your feelings known:

To sign to Schiavo Foundation’s petition “Stop Dr. Death”:
http://tool.donation-net.net/entrance/enter.cfm?dn=1068&…

To express your concerns contact:

ACCENT Speech Bureau
300-1 JWRU, Room 306
P.O. Box 118505
Gainesville, FL 32611-8505
Tel: 352-392-1665 ext. 306
Fax: 352-392-8072
Website: http://www.sg.ufl.edu/accent
Email: accent@sg.ufl.edu
Press/Upcoming Show Information: 352-392-1665 ext. 411

J. Bernard Machen
President of University of Florida
president@ufl.edu

July 23rd, 2007 at 7:47 pm