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Saturday, April 17, 2021


A person wearing a UF sweatshirt rides past a construction site on Museum Road across from the Reitz Union on Friday, March 19, 2021. (Photo by Chasity Maynard)

UF set to build new honors residential complex

The Gator Residential Complex, an undergraduate dormitory for honors students, will replace the Broward Outdoor Recreational Complex in 2022. UF officials don’t know when demolition will start. The complex behind Broward Hall contains tennis courts, basketball courts, sand volleyball courts, a skate park, a roller hockey rink and a pool.  

Two attendees stand in front of Tigert Hall at UF during a vigil on Thursday, April 1 honoring the life of international graduate student Huixiang Chen, who died by suicide in 2019. UF's Graduate Assistants United organized the event to express frustrations over abusive graduate student-mentor relationships.

UF community honors Huixiang Chen at a vigil

Nearly a year and a half after international UF doctoral candidate Huixiang Chen died by suicide in his on-campus lab, UF’s Graduate Assistants United held a vigil in front of Tigert Hall to honor his life. Chen’s body was discovered in Benton Hall June 14, 2019. 

A man observes the collection of movies and books on the display honoring the late Patricia Hilliard-Nunn at the Headquarters Library. Hilliard-Nunn was an activist and adjunct associate professor at UF in the African American Studies Program who died on Aug. 5 at 57.

UF libraries display a collection of works in honor of Patricia Hilliard-Nunn’s legacy

The Alachua County Library District and George A. Smathers Libraries at UF partnered to organize a display to honor Hilliard-Nunn, an activist and adjunct associate professor in UF’s African American Studies Program who was known for her research in media and culture, enslaved Africans and African American history in Alachua County. Hilliard-Nunn died on Aug. 5 at 57.

Two people light each other’s candles during an event on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021 to honor those killed during a school shooting in Parkland, Florida three years ago.

Gainesville remembers Parkland shooting victims

About 80 students gathered in Plaza of the Americas on the evening of Feb. 14 to observe the third anniversary of the shooting. March for Our Lives Gainesville, a local branch of the national organization formed immediately following the tragedy to advocate for gun reform, honors the  anniversary each year with a vigil on the plaza.

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