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Tuesday, April 23, 2024

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Valentine’s Day roundup: events for couples, singles

With Valentine’s Day weekend coming up, you might find yourself at a loss for creating the perfect day. Whether you’re planning to spend Feb. 14 with a special someone or currently riding solo, there’s plenty to do in Gainesville to get in that loving spirit. Here’s some of the best Valentine’s Day events this weekend, no matter your Facebook relationship status (if that’s still a thing).


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Binge Drinking Game: Syllabus week edition

You’ve now slept off your holiday food-coma, packed up your bags and suffered through the traffic on Archer Road. It’s here. The dreaded syllabus week where the campus is crowded with starry-eyed first-timers and returning students who have enough experience under their belt to know a little of what to expect in the upcoming term. Alcohol is a token remedy for those first tedious days, and what better way to start the semester than to show up hungover for your first couple of classes? Let’s drink!


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Best local beers for fall

Swamp Head Brewery: A local favorite for craft beer fans, Swamp Head Brewery, located at 3650 SW 42nd Ave., is known for its creative brews and is at its peak in fall, when it offers tons of special-edition drinks to accompany the colder weather. Check these out:


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Must-dos for your last Gator gameday

It’s your senior year of college, and you’re a Florida Gator with a terrible case of football FOMO. With the last home game right around the corner, it’s a wonder how students and fans can think of anything except throwing around an air-filled lump of pigskin. We wait all year for our first home game, and poof: Just like that, it’s over.


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Romance in Gainesville: Five local first-date ideas

With the Fall semester now in full swing, plenty of students are hitting the town and meeting new people. New relationships are in the making, and with new relationships come lots of dating. Unfortunately for us broke college students, lavish, expensive dates aren’t really an option. The bright side is there’s a plethora of things to do in Gainesville that are cheap — or even free. With that being said, here’s five of the best first-date ideas for any student looking to impress that special someone.


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You are what you wear: an analysis of first impressions

We hear clichés all the time. Sweet as pie, a truckload, hot as hell (Who even really knows if hell is really hot or if hell exists at all?). Another classic cliché is, “You are what you eat.” From that, a spinoff has been born into a world where first impressions are often last impressions and you are what you wear.


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This weekend in Gainesville

Looking for something to keep you busy as you wish away the Saturdays until football season? The Avenue is here to help you out with the best places to get drinks, hear local music and get artistic this weekend.


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A general guide to the eight different types of texters

Texting: a seven-letter word that has taken over our lives in this past decade. What used to be a handful of cellphone owners has quickly turned into the majority of the population. And a big part of communication exists from furiously thumbing away at a glass screen. These are modern times, and if you don’t want to get left behind, then here is a crash course on the different texters of this technology-crazed generation.


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Ways to give back this weekend

In light of the recent tragedies in Orlando, I think all of us are looking for ways to give back to our community during this difficult time. Below are some things to do this weekend where your time and money will be going to those in need:


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Surviving Paris and other big cities

Before I left the U.S., I did a ton of research on each city and country I planned to visit in order to ensure as much safety as possible. There were quite a few horror stories about being pick-pocketed in places like Paris, but I figured I’d just use common sense. And I don’t want to speak prematurely, but it worked.



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