Gainesville hosted one of over 650 women's marches that took place throughout the United States on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021. Hundreds of people came out to Depot Park and the corner of University Avenue and 13th Street to participate in the North Central Florida March for Reproductive Rights & Justice. People chanted "My body! My choice!" and "What do we want? Women's rights! When do we want 'em? Now!"
"If for some reason [a woman] finds herself pregnant and decides that she's not able to take care of her body [or] take care of a developing fetus, then it is the most humane thing to terminate that pregnancy," Peggi Young, a protestor at the event, said.
Lauren is a third year photojournalism student pursuing a minor in Spanish. She has shot photos for Fresh Take Florida and the Gainesville Sun. Lauren likes roller skating in her free time.
Erin Amerman opened Critter Creek Farm Sanctuary in 2016, but had been thinking about it since 1997. The 210-acre farm is home to many animals once destined for the slaughterhouse, but Amerman isn't satsified. She won't stop until the sanctuary is no longer needed.
COVID-19 affected everyone in countless ways, and the University of Florida’s College of the Arts experienced its own wave of difficulties because of the pandemic. Like most of the classes offered at UF, the performing arts courses had to switch to an online environment at the end of Spring 2020. As the new school year rolled around, classes started returning to in-person settings, but the traditional atmosphere of learning and performance remained changed. Students and professors have had to cope with changes such as recording their performances instead of hosting them live, wearing masks and social distancing in classes. The required distance that must be maintained between the students and professors created a roadblock for their art. Physical touch and connection are crucial to what they do, as well as receiving live feedback from an audience. The members of the performing arts community have struggled to redefine their art in this new era that COVID introduced, and they hope that the performing arts that they know and love will soon return. The students and professors remain positive and are using this challenge as a way to expand their talents. (Video produced and edited by Elena Barrera)