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<p>Jodi Bieluch (right), a 20-year-old psychology junior, leads a group of about 80 students to squat in an attempt to break a world record on the Plaza of the Americas on Nov. 19, 2015. Gators for UNICEF hosted the squat to inform students about the 2.5 million people around the world who don’t have access to restrooms.</p>

Jodi Bieluch (right), a 20-year-old psychology junior, leads a group of about 80 students to squat in an attempt to break a world record on the Plaza of the Americas on Nov. 19, 2015. Gators for UNICEF hosted the squat to inform students about the 2.5 million people around the world who don’t have access to restrooms.

Eighty-seven people popped a squat on the Plaza of the Americas on Thursday afternoon.

Gators for UNICEF hosted World Toilet Day in the hopes of breaking the world record of 118 people squatting in one area for 10 minutes, similarly to how people sit on toilets.

While they fell 32 people short of beating the record, Gators for UNICEF President Jobi Bieluch said they were still able to educate students about the 2.4 billion people who don’t have access to bathrooms.

Chloe Bennett, the Gators for UNICEF treasurer, said the rain may have affected the event’s turnout.

"We’re a small organization," the UF political science junior said. "We wanted an event that would bring a lot of people and brings awareness to this — to the fact that not a lot of people around the world have access to sanitary facilities."

UF criminology and law sophomore Bryan Boggiano said squatting at the event made his legs more sore than they were before.

"My legs are definitely sore from yesterday," the 19-year-old said. "Yesterday was leg day for me."

He said he still liked that the group taught people about the importance of clean water.

Melissa Turnier, a UF Spanish senior, squatted with her professor. It was her favorite part of the event.

"It was cool to see people stop and take part in the event, especially because we are so busy the last days of the semester," the 22-year-old said.

Jodi Bieluch (right), a 20-year-old psychology junior, leads a group of about 80 students to squat in an attempt to break a world record on the Plaza of the Americas on Nov. 19, 2015. Gators for UNICEF hosted the squat to inform students about the 2.5 million people around the world who don’t have access to restrooms.

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