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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. 


CAMPUS  |  STUDENT GOVERNMENT

Senate passed few bills this semester

Every Tuesday evening on the ground floor of the Reitz Union, the UF Student Government Senate meets to discuss and vote on legislation.  During meetings, some Senators play computer games like Octagon, do homework in Canvas or scroll through social media.  Seven bills have passed this semester and seven bills were passed last semester, compared to 19 last Spring.


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.
CAMPUS  |  UF ADMINISTRATION

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.


Cristie Anderson, 38, a nursing student at Santa Fe College, passes by the Alan J. Robertson Administration building on Friday, June 18, 2021.
CAMPUS  |  SFC

Santa Fe College still plans for a precautionary spring graduation ceremony even after lifting all COVID-19 protocols

Santa Fe College upholds its plans to host a limited-capacity graduation ceremony in April despite lifting all COVID-19 restrictions. Santa Fe lifted COVID-19 precautions related to serving food, onsite class size and event size across all SFC properties Monday. However, graduates will still be socially distanced at their April celebrations.


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. 


Student Government SG Generic
CAMPUS  |  STUDENT GOVERNMENT

Student Government website crashes from funding request overflow

Student government opened the ability for student organizations to submit requests for operational, event and travel funding Monday morning. Less than an hour later, an overflow of people on the website caused it to shut down.  In an email, Budget and Appropriations Committee Chair Catherine Giordano informed organization alerted leaders and Senators of the form’s crash and apologized for inconveniences. 


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. 


CAMPUS  |  STUDENT GOVERNMENT

UF Senate begins new legislative session, elects Senate leaders

UF Senate swore in its batch of 50 newly elected senators and chose a new Senate president and president pro-tempore at the meeting. It was in the process of electing the members-at-large when the meeting was cut short, as the Reitz Union building closes at 11 p.m. The election results bring few changes to the chamber. Gator Party remained the supermajority while Change party remained the minority party. Gator Party’s candidates also won the election for Student Body president, vice president and treasurer, who will take office in April. 


Photo by John Matychuk on Unsplash
CAMPUS  |  STUDENT GOVERNMENT

SG opposes diminished student parking spots

UF’s Transportation and Parking Services will convert 40 parking spots in Norman parking garage from student to faculty parking. Student Government leaders protest. The Student Body president and Student Body president-elect released a statement via Instagram and Facebook Saturday opposing the decision.  


Century Tower
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.


UF journalism department chair Ted Spiker interviews Howie Mandel, a comedian who is known for hosting "Deal or No Deal" and judging "X Factor" at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center on Monday, Feb. 28.
CAMPUS  |  STUDENT GOVERNMENT

Student Government hosts Howie Mandel as an Accent speaker

Howie Mandel filled the O’Connell Center with laughs in an event for UF students Monday evening. The comedian, America’s Got Talent Judge, Deal or No Deal game show host and personality spoke to a crowd of a few hundred students.  Accent Speakers Bureau, an agency of Student Government that invites guest speakers to campus, spent $110,000 on the event, according to a contract; it included Mandel’s airfare, meals and hotel.


CAMPUS  |  UF ADMINISTRATION

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. 


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