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At the request of friends and student senators, the Student Senate passed a resolution Tuesday that honored Catherine Barclift, a first-year UF law student who died Nov. 6.

On Nov. 5, 22-year-old Barclift was hit by an SUV during her daily jog.

She was thrown about 40 feet and taken to the intensive care unit of Shands at UF, where she died the next day.

Barclift was the 26th UF student to die in 2007 and the 10th UF student to die this semester.

Former Student Senate President Robert Agrusa said about two other individual resolutions have been passed this semester.

During the meeting, Sen. Ryland Rogers, a senator who represents UF sophomores, said the Senate does not choose which students are honored with a resolution.

There is no bias toward any student, Rogers said.

A resolution is a piece of legislation that does not take action but expresses a view of the Senate.

Resolutions for students can be passed only when other students bring them to Senate, and he said he encourages students to do so for students who have died.

In an interview after the meeting, Senate pro tempore Kellie Dale said friends of the students, not senators, write the resolutions.

"We don't go out and solicit and say, 'Hey, come write a resolution,'" Dale said.

Student Senate President Kevin Reilly said each semester a "Fallen Gator" resolution is passed to acknowledge student deaths.

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Natalie Peters, a former cabinet secretary, co-authored the Barclift resolution with three others, including Mike Patrone, a former Senate president.

Peters said the process of drafting and passing the resolution was easier with Patrone's Senate experience.

The resolution detailed Barclift's activities, including the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, and her "unwavering faith in God."

Peters said the resolution would be placed in a scrapbook for Barclift's family.

The scrapbook is being compiled by the John Marshall Bar Association, of which she was a member. The scrapbook will also have pictures, notes and cards.

"She was a great girl," said Peters, who taught Barclift as a graduate assistant.

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