“Do good, and say ‘I love you,’” is the phrase echoing through the UF community in honor of Sophia Lambert, a first-year UF theatre and psychology major who died Jan.16 after a fatal crash on West University Avenue that sent five others to the hospital. She was 18 years old.
Paxton will be remembered for her encouraging nature and selflessness, her mother, Lisa Paxton, said. Her favorite saying was, “Progress over perfection.”
After canceling Spring Break, UF administration is urging faculty to suspend classes and exams for two days this semester to avoid student burnout.
Students are encouraged to donate items such as masks, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and toiletries through Feb. 1 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.
To accommodate more students this Spring, UF gyms are increasing capacity restrictions. Students will also have to be cleared for campus to enter the gym, certain areas are closed and students will have to log attendance for contact tracing purposes.
UF’s parking ticket payment revenue is approximately $1.4 million, but this year’s is projected to be less than half at about $500,000. Despite the expected decrease in funds, TAPS has not increased parking citations for monetary gain.
UF administration added a feature to its GatorSAFE app where students can report teachers for conducting in-person classes online. UFF-UF, the university's faculty union, believes this violates their collective bargaining agreement.
UF's Counseling and Wellness Center officially launched its online counseling program, SilverCloud, at the beginning of 2021 in response to the center's high demand for services.
The proposed legislation will create a commission of experts to study Gainesville traffic patterns and introduce a transportation safety course to educate students.
Gainesville RTS is adding four buses to existing routes 12, 13, 20 and 38 to accommodate returning UF students. It's also sticking with successful COVID-19 guidelines from Fall 2020, including mask requirements and social distancing.
If a student tests positive, classes won't be moved online, but positive individuals will need to join an online or HyFlex alternative of their class and self-isolate. They can return to campus once they've been cleared on One.UF.
Depending on how available the COVID-19 vaccine is come March, UF hopes to hold in-person graduation ceremonies for Spring 2021 and make-up ceremonies for the class of 2020.
David Richardson, UF CLAS dean, wrote faculty that students only need to be tested for COVID-19, not receive a negative result, to be cleared for campus. Dr. Michael Lauzardo answered questions about in-person classes at a faculty town hall meeting Saturday.
UF President Kent Fuchs received his first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday morning along with UF professor Mike Foley and UF Health chief epidemiologist Nicole Iovine.
Gender stereotypes have led to bias from students and faculty.
The restaurant, previously located at 1642 W. University Ave. in Midtown, will be moved to 1026 SW Second Ave. in the Gainesville Innovation District, two blocks from UF’s campus. Construction will begin in the summer of 2021 and is expected to take 12 to 14 months.
Hanukkah began at sundown on Thursday and ends Dec. 18. The previous finals time was a week prior.