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CAMPUS  |  STUDENT LIFE

Men’s restrooms still outnumber women’s in STEM buildings

Fewer women’s restrooms in UF STEM buildings lead some women to question whether they belong in a male-dominated field. Ginger Lucas, a 22-year-old nuclear science senior, said the lack of equal restrooms bothers her but pushes her even further to prove her capabilities to others. “It’s just a minor inconvenience and sort of irritation,” Lucas said. “Like a reminder of the past, of how things used to be.”


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CAMPUS  |  STUDENT LIFE

Earth Day celebration to clean up the springs

For more than 20 years, environmental organizations have called attention to the threats pollution and over pumping pose to the Santa Fe River. The river is home to more than 30 springs and provides habitat for a wide range of diverse flora and fauna.  The Spring Fling event, hosted by several environmental conservation organizations, including Stand Up 4 Springs and the Public Interest Communications Student Association’s Florida Springs project, hopes to combat some of the damages. It will take place April 22 starting at 8:30 a.m. at Canoe Launch in Canoe Outpost High Springs. 


Members of the UF community sit maskless inside of Library West on Friday, March 25. UF announced this week that it no longer expected masks to be worn in its facilities.
CAMPUS  |  STUDENT LIFE

Coursehero could earn students a lawsuit

Beyond normal repercussions for cheating and honor code violations, students can be sued for sharing course content violating copyright laws.  David Berkovitz, Chapman University professor, filed a lawsuit March 10 against unknown students for posting his exam prompts on Course Hero, a subscription-based website where students share content from their college classes, according to The Washington Post. 


CAMPUS  |  STUDENT LIFE

Tim Tebow to speak at April’s commencement

Former Gator quarterback Tim Tebow will return to The Swamp this Spring to address the 2022 graduating class in a commencement speech. Tebow will speak April 29 at 7 p.m. in the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium for the university-wide ceremony, a celebration of students from all colleges. Graduates, their families and members of the public are invited to come to the special night under the lights. 


CAMPUS  |  STUDENT LIFE

Students experience first Spring Break since pandemic shutdowns

Last year, UF students did not partake in their long-awaited Spring Break. Administration canceled the break “for the purpose of making the Spring semester as successful and healthy as possible” and instead gave students an extra week of Winter Break.  This year, students’ mid-semester break from March 5 to 13 came amid the ongoing Russia-Ukraine invasion. 


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CAMPUS  |  STUDENT LIFE

Renewable energy could save UF millions of dollars

A new analysis suggests UF could transition to renewable, cheaper energy and save $100 million, rather than move forward with its current more expensive plan to construct a gas plant.  The Rocky Mountain Institute, an environmentalist think tank, presented its analysis to a group of climate scientists, retired professors and Matt Williams, UF’s sustainability director, on Wednesday. It found UF can save money by using clean energy to achieve its energy needs while protecting the natural environment.


Nearing Cora P. Roberson Park, protestors march down Southwest 6th Street. The protest started at the corner of University Avenue and 13th Street.
CAMPUS  |  STUDENT LIFE

UF community protests Don’t Say Gay bill

The UF Young Democratic Socialists of America and Take Action Florida collaborated with Arcenas and Katz to gather 130 students and community members to march from the corner of West University Avenue and 13th Street to Cora Roberson Park.  The 1-mile-march protested the “Don’t Say Gay” companion bills HB1557/SB1834 which passed its first reading in the House on Thursday. The bills would prohibit “discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity in certain grade levels.” These policies could destroy students’ bonds with teachers, like Arcenas’ bond with Leach at Sebring High School.  


Students play a game of poker at the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom on Friday, Jan. 28. The event was the inaugural Gator Gala, a get-together for students with games, food and a dance floor.
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Student Government hosts its first UF Gator Gala

SG and Gator Nights partnered to host the inaugural Gator Gala Friday evening at the Reitz Union. The free event was open to all UF students from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom with live music, poker tables and raffles for free items, including a UF basketball jersey worth $109.99.



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