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Sunday, May 22, 2022

Fernando Figueroa

Alligator Staff Writer

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 LIFE

UF community protests Don’t Say Gay bill

The UF Young Democratic Socialists of America and Take Action Florida collaborated with Arcenas and Katz to gather 130 students and community members to march from the corner of West University Avenue and 13th Street to Cora Roberson Park.  The 1-mile-march protested the “Don’t Say Gay” companion bills HB1557/SB1834 which passed its first reading in the House on Thursday. The bills would prohibit “discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity in certain grade levels.” These policies could destroy students’ bonds with teachers, like Arcenas’ bond with Leach at Sebring High School.  

NEWS  |  CAMPUS

UF partners with foundation to fund Blockchain Lab

UF received $270,000 to provide resources to students who want to learn and develop blockchain technology including cryptocurrencies and NFTs.  Blockchain is a complex technology, and its applications have not yet been fully defined. Some popular applications of the blockchain include cryptocurrencies like Dogecoin and non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, which are typically digital artworks, like Bored Ape.  

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