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Saturday, December 03, 2022

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Students protest against UF for initially denying three professors the ability to testify in a case against the state on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021 on the corner of West University Avenue and Northwest 13th Street.

Free UF Coalition hosts teach-in event on academic freedom

Eight professors spoke out in November about their rights being barred by the university, raising questions about the institution’s independence from the state government.  Since then, students and faculty have been working to spark change around the campus. The United Faculty of Florida, UF Young Democratic Socialists of America, UF College Democrats and the United Campus Workers organized the coalition and the outdoor event.


African American studies professors push for increased knowledge of Black History

  UF students lack a proper education in African American history. “I just think that the under-education of our student population is doing us much more harm than it does good,” Stevenson said. Stevenson uses a teaching methodology called critical pedagogy, or teaching through inquiry. He frequently asks students questions about historical people and analyses only to find they have never heard of them. 


Search for UF’s new president comes amid discussion of decreased transparency laws

  UF expects to start looking for a new president in March, UF spokesperson Hessy Fernandez wrote in an email. The search has been kept under wraps so far, and SB 520/HB 703 would keep it that way.   Meanwhile, Florida’s senators and representatives have filed Senate Bill 520 and House Bill 703, which would delay the release of any information identifying a university’s presidential applicant, including meeting recordings that would disclose such information if obtained through a public records request. 


Gator Nation will bid a farewell to its leader Kent Fuchs

  UF President Kent Fuchs announced Wednesday morning that he will be resigning from his position to transition into a professor role. UF released the announcement for Fuchs’ resignation in a campus-wide email and video message. Fuchs, 67, intends to continue his presidential duties for the rest of the year and step down in 2023 once a new president is sworn in. He plans to return to his home department of electrical and computer engineering.  

(From left to right) Paul Tash, Chairman and CEO of the Times Publishing Company, Tampa Bay Times Executive Editor Mark Katches, UF journalism professors and Times reporters Kathleen McGrory and Neil Bedi, and former Deputy Editor of Investigations Adam Playford cheer on McGrory and Bedi as they are announced as the winners of the Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting on June 11, with the McGrory family pet beagle, Susan, sitting on the couch.

UF’s media prominence rises to No.4 as faculty experts speak on international platforms

In the past two years, UF’s faculty has been called upon to share their expertise on a variety of current events and topics on respected media outlets such as NPR and the Washington Post. Major topics faculty members have contributed to include COVID-19’s impact on life expectancy, the virus’ Delta variant, the humanitarian crisis and protests in Cuba and this year’s hurricane season.

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