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Sunday, December 03, 2023

Reynolds assumes role of Student Body President

<p>Student Body President Anthony Reynolds poses for a photo Friday. He ran for Student Body vice president in spring 2011.</p>

Student Body President Anthony Reynolds poses for a photo Friday. He ran for Student Body vice president in spring 2011.

Anthony Reynolds and Juan Rodriguez make eye contact, ask about someone's day and give handshakes and hugs.

They've both expressed how much they love interacting with other UF students. Reynolds plans to start hanging out on Turlington Plaza, just to talk with students.

That's why Reynolds ran for Student Government vice president in spring 2011: to interact with and represent students.

With the recent resignation of former President Ben Meyers, Reynolds has taken over the president's office.

He said he feels the president traditionally works more with the UF administration than with the students, which is why Reynolds plans to go out of his way to talk to his constituents directly.

Rodriguez now represents the students as the SG vice president. Rodriguez previously served in the Student Senate, where he was a member of the Budget Committee and advocated co-sponsoring events and increasing funding for Multicultural & Diversity Affairs.

Rodriguez is a former president of the Hispanic Student Association, and he still gives advice to the current president, 19-year-old family, youth and community sciences junior Stephanie Salazar.

"He is one of the most dependable people I've ever met," Salazar said. "And not just dependable, but I can call him at any time for professional or personal reasons, and he'll be there."

Meyers said he's excited to see what the pair will accomplish, especially his good friend Reynolds.

Meyers stepped down last week due to personal reasons.

"One of the things that comforted me was that Anthony was going to take over," Meyers said.

Reynolds said he actually was focused on a different organization when he started out as a Gator.

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He was active in the Asian American Student Union right away, and he eventually decided to get involved on campus on a schoolwide level.

Reynolds worked his way from a Unite Party volunteer to party president, and he served in multiple SG cabinets.

He was a director of Students Taking Action Against Racism and chaired the campus division cabinet, which allowed him to work with then-Vice President Marcus Dixon.

Reynolds was the first AASU member to be Student Body vice president, and now he is the first to be president.

AASU president Michael Satyapor befriended Reynolds during their sophomore year in AASU.

The pair also worked together on the cabinet, and even though they're both busy, Satyapor said they make time to talk or hang out weekly.

Satyapor said Reynolds is "always the same person," no matter the situation.

Reynolds and Rodriguez are the first racial minority president-vice president team at UF.

"It's a historic moment for The Gator Nation," Reynolds said.


Student Body President Anthony Reynolds poses for a photo Friday. He ran for Student Body vice president in spring 2011.

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