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Saturday, May 18, 2024



City Commission addresses proposed funding cuts to RTS; UF invites city ‘back to the table’

The Gainesville City Commission held a special meeting Thursday addressing the reductions in funding for the Gainesville Regional Transit System proposed by UF during “good-faith talks” between the city and the university. No official decisions have been made regarding the proposed changes, and UF and the city are “still at the table,” according to a letter from UF sent Thursday.


Gainesville votes in Florida primary election

Nearly deserted Alachua County polls defined the 2024 presidential preference primary election March 19, highlighting low voter turnout and persisting racial disparities. Alachua County Republican presidential preference primary voter turnout displays an overall decline since 2004, falling below the 2024 state average turnout of approximately 21.2%. President Joe Biden was automatically listed as the state’s Democratic presidential nominee prior to the preference primary election day, leaving only registered Republicans with the choice to weigh in on their party candidates.


Vision Party wins Spring 2024 executive ticket, majority Senate seats

As Supervisor of Elections Ethan Halle stood on the stairs above the Reitz atrium, the ground floor came to a hush as students set down their Sprite cups and lowered their cardboard cutouts of candidates’ heads. The results were in. Vision Party swept the executive ticket of the Spring 2024 SG election, electing John Brinkman as student body president. Laura Thomas and Saketh Damera, both from Vision, will serve as vice president and treasurer. Filmed by Gabriella Aulisio, Kyle King and Ben Nielsen


UF Student Government Executive Debate 2024

UF students gathered at the Reitz Grand Ballroom Feb. 12 to watch Change Party's and Vision Party's Spring 2024 executive ticket candidates debate in preparation for the upcoming Student Government election. Filmed by Ben Nielsen, Kyle King and Gabriella Aulisio Edited by Kyle King Thumbnail photo by Evelyn Miguel


Gainesville hosts 37th Hoggetowne Medieval Faire

Flocks of families, friends and fabled characters gathered at Depot Park Jan. 27-28 to revel in warm weather and high spirits at the 37th annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire. This year’s event offered a different spin on the typical three-weekend affair, with free admission, a one-weekend schedule and a smaller event space.


Alachua County gathers for celebratory parades of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Hundreds of Alachua County residents took to the streets Monday, commemorating the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. through a series of county-wide celebrations. Jan. 15 marked the 40th anniversary of Gainesville's celebration honoring King, and Micanopy’s first annual march. The events were filled with signs, speeches, awards and hotdogs.


Where's the line; Freedom of Speech

Editors Note: This video contains profanity and mention of sex. Ashleigh Lucas is a first-year journalism major doing videography for The Alligator. She specializes in Multimedia Journalism where she one day hopes to work as a reporter in Broadcast news. She's had work published for the NewsPress, and maintained a two year internship with the School District of Lee County producing news packages. In her free time, she likes to watch films and practice her photography skills.


50 Years On: Editorial Independence in Student Journalism Webinar

The Alligator has a long history of fighting for First Amendment rights and protecting free speech and the public’s right to know. Fifty years ago, then-editor Ron Sachs was at the forefront of the controversy that forever changed the newspaper—and its name. Hear from Sachs and retired UF journalism professor Jean Chance on why one of the Alligator’s most prominent stories is about the paper itself and the student journalists who fought for, and won, editorial independence. Moderated by Master Lecturer Mike Foley. As you heard in yesterday’s webinar, the Alligator is printing one day per week and our online content is stronger than ever. We are adapting to the world around us to continue serving as an accurate, reliable news source for UF students, Gainesville residents and beyond. Can you help make that possible? Please consider making a secure donation through our website at:

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