John Romano column: Consider students before deciding on independence for USF Poly
The fight is almost over, and the grownups seem happy.
The bill that would turn USF Polytechnic into the state's 12th university has landed on the desk of Gov. Rick Scott and needs only his signature to become reality.
That means the political scheming of Sen. JD Alexander, R-Lake Wales, is almost complete. That means the budget concerns of University of South Florida leaders are close to being put to rest. And that means legislators are all sleeping soundly.
But has anyone stopped to ask what that means for USF Poly students?
"I haven't found anyone on this campus who is in favor of that bill,'' said Damon Dennis, the USF Poly student government president. "Our office is right next to the student lounge, and I talk to people about it every day. No one likes it.''