DJ Diesel — also known as Shaquille O'Neal — comes to Gainesville for a Halloween bash to spin some music for thousands of fans. UF students, Gainesville locals and Shaq fanatics flocked to Vivid Sky Warehouse on Oct. 31 to hear Shaquille O'Neal, Kaivon and Butler DJ'ing for one night only.
U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, returned to UF campus Tuesday to be interviewed by the Board of Trustees. If selected, Sasse will succeed President Kent Fuchs as UF’s 13th president.
UGA, the No. 1 team in the country and reigning national champion, proved to be too much for Florida Saturday en route to a 42-20 win. Georgia’s best players like Bowers and junior defensive lineman Jalen Carter dominated as head coach Kirby Smart’s team looked the part of the country’s top team.
Thousands of students, parents, children and Gainesville residents gathered in Bo Diddley Plaza Oct. 22 for Gainesville Pride Festival’s grand return. The festival was canceled in 2020 and 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but attendees came back in full force — adorned in all colors of the rainbow and representing all sectors of the LGBTQ community.
Just two miles away from DeSantis’ keynote speech at the Alachua County Republicans’ annual fundraiser in Alachua, Florida, protesters made their voices heard at a street corner.
Popcorn, power walkers and political figures — just some of the things you can expect at UF Homecoming. After a slow, but steady return to in-person events in 2021 following Homecoming’s cancellation in 2020, the parade and other festivities are back in full force. Homecoming festivities initiated the morning of Oct. 7 with a festival, the Gator Gallop run and the annual Homecoming parade.
The Florida Gators held off the No. 7 Utah Utes 29-26 in the first game of the season Saturday. The team was backed by 90,799 fans in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium — the most ever for a UF season opener, 10th most in program history and 2,251 more than the listed capacity.
As the lights dimmed in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center, the ground shook with students rising from their seats and introductory music reverberating through mega speakers attached to the ceiling. From the stage, a white fluorescent streak of light emerged through the smoke, crossing to point into the crowd. Then, from the wings, the long-awaited star of the night emerged. “Oh man, University of Florida, what’s poppin’?” Joey Bada$$ yelled into his microphone, kicking off his set for the night as well as the start of the Fall semester. Joey Bada$$ and Jean Deaux took to the stage to play a UF student-only concert at the O’Connell Center Wednesday night.
On St. Patrick's Day, about 100 people attended "Dia Day," a celebration of the late artist Bo Diddley, at Bo Diddley Plaza. The event featured a musical and fashion show that revolved around art including sculpting, hair braiding, live painting and clothing design all on one stage. Kristen McDaniel, the granddaughter of Bo Diddley, embraced the community outreach and artistry of the event that her late grandfather stood for.
Members of the UF and Gainesville community gathered for a rally in support of Ukraine during its ongoing invasion by Russia. The peaceful demonstration began at Turlington Plaza and ended at Plaza of the Americas on Thursday, March 3, 2022.
Students, faculty and other community members gathered for a protest outside of Tigert Hall to bring awareness to low wages of teaching assistants throughout the college. They shouted "GAs Deserve Living Wage" and marched around on SW 13th Street on March 1 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Cindy Lasseter Smock, better known to her more than 500,000 TikTok followers as “Sister Cindy,” came to Plaza of the Americas on Monday, Feb. 7. A former UF student from the ‘70s, Smock came with her husband George Edward “Jed” Smock Jr., who she said converted her when she was a student. A viral sensation, Smock was met with a crowd of over 500 students that dwindled throughout the day. She said on her TikTok that she will be at UF until Wednesday, Feb. 9.