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Turns out it was this crazy, life-changing experience. It was where I launched my career and made my closest friends. It houses my first bylines and favorite college memories. It will always be where I first fell in love with journalism. I just wish I had a little more time.
This column is really my first real goodbye. I still have time with my friends and professors, but as I write this, sitting on the dirty carpet of The Alligator office, I know it is the last time I ever do it. And it’s sad.
After the tragic and hate-motivated events of March 16, Asian American members of the Gator community hoped to find empathy and support from our school. That’s not what we saw.
The counselors at the Counseling and Wellness Center and Wellness Coaches at GatorWell encourage students to call or visit our websites to learn what’s available in the summer, as well as the types of support we provide to help you get to the Spring finish line.
Since March is Women’s History Month, we checked with Carl Van Ness, university historian, for help unraveling a longstanding UF mystery. What he said renewed my appreciation for the early history of women at UF – their accomplishments and struggles.
The fight to protect Bright Futures may feel like a steep uphill battle, but that does not mean that we are helpless to the whims of self-interest within the Florida State Legislature. In truth, there are multiple ways you can make a difference toward protecting Bright Futures.
Throughout processing my denied application, I came up with a few suggestions to help soothe any other Gator graduates experiencing the bitter taste of rejection from graduate schools this season.
To the administration at the University of Florida: Look beyond your campus and remember that while you serve students, you are a neighbor to many who call this place home. May this pandemic mark the beginning of a renewed and compassionate partnership.
Over the summer, UF President Kent Fuchs shared his plan to combat racism on campus in an email entitled, “Another step toward positive change against racism.” However, if this was truly ‘another’ positive change against racism, what was the positive change before this anti-racism plan?
It is important to see how far we have come and to honor the tough choices we have made to sustain ourselves during the pandemic. We continue to have important choices to make individually and collectively moving forward which can make a big difference in survival.
The demands being made in the recent Reitz boycott may be new to many current students, but they have deep histories within two interrelated struggles on UF’s campus: one towards food justice and the other away from the prison-industrial complex at UF.
While the UF administration employs GATORSAFE as a tool of discriminatory policing, students must refuse to attend face-to-face HyFlex classes in solidarity with our instructors' right to do the same.
As the vast majority of UF students have discovered during the first week of this semester, spring classes are a ‘worst of both worlds’ amalgam of digital and classroom learning when well-planned remote learning would be safer, cheaper, and more effective.
Digital editor of The Avenue, Valentina Botero, says goodbye with a final column.
I’m sad my time with The Alligator was short, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.