Protestors sweat in the humidity as they walked from University Avenue to Gale Lemerand Drive and back, some stopping occasionally for a water break or to breathe without their masks. They waved signs and changed messages like, "No justice, no peace, no racist police," and "Black Lives Matter." Read more about the protest here.
Decked in veils, flowers and formal wear, couples from across Florida drove cars, trucks and limousines to the drive-thru-turned-“Wedding Window.” They pronounced their love to each other at the Alachua County Family and Civil Courthouse from about 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday. Read more here.
Eight drag queens competed for the best ugly haute couture look during the University Club Drag Race (UCDR) show Monday night. The show featured performances by two co-hosts and the reigning champion from a previous drag race. There was also a cake-eating competition and lip sync battle to determine which drag queen would not be returning to compete in the show next week.
Arda Aghazarian, a Palestinian activist, leads a lecture on love in Palestine and how the illegal occupation influences the everyday relationships of Palestinians. She spoke to students at the Loving in Palestine event hosted by UF’s chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine at the Civic Media Center Tuesday evening.
The Writing on the Wall event hosted by the IRHA allows students to write negative comments people have called them or insecurities that students might possess to raise awareness of the power of words. On Thursday, the students breakdown the wall representing the tearing down of these labels.
The Catholic Gators set up a eucharist adoration event in the Plaza of the Americas on Tuesday. The Eucharist is the bread held in the center of the monstrance on the table the club set up. The Eucharist is considered to be the actual body of Jesus Christ by Catholics because Jesus said "This is my body, which is given for you" during the Last Supper. The attendees worshiped the Eucharist through prayer and singing. There was also a priest available for confession.
On Saturday, the Arab Students' Association held its first annual Charity Gala hosted in the Holloway Touchdown Terrace at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. This year, 100% of proceeds will be donated to the Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund, an organization that brings Palestinian children free medical care they are unable to get locally.
On February 8, 2020, the UF Sikh Students Association came together at Maguire Village Commons to celebrate two Punjabi festivals. Lohri is a cultural holiday that is celebrated to mark the end of winter. While Basant is a festival to celebrate the beginning of spring.
Dance Marathon hosted its first annual Miracles in Color 5K run at Flavet Field on Sunday, February 9. The run included two waves: the first for runners wanting to complete the race and the second for runners wanting to go at their own pace. The proceeds from the event will be donated to UF Health Shands Children's Hospital. The registration fee included a DJ, food and a T-shirt.
This year marks the Gainesville Hoggetowne Medieval Faire’s 34th anniversary. The multi-day event draws in tens of thousands of people, and was so popular that organizers added an extra weekend this year to help with overcrowding. Visitors can eat fried fair food, buy from over 160 merchants, watch people fight with swords and more.
The Annual Commemorative March was one of nine events put on by the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Florida Inc. to honor its namesake. The march started at Bo Diddley Plaza at 1 pm on Monday, January 20 and ended in front of the King Center, the location of the last event.