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Thursday, February 22, 2024

Haley Stracher

Florida Alligator

Gainesville residents leave all kinds of things on the bus

Chandlee, a 22-year-old mechanical engineering fifth-year, was coming home from 101 Cantina late one Friday night. Her friends got back on the bus and searched for the key, but they couldn’t find it. The night ended with a call to an emergency locksmith at 3 a.m. to open Chandlee’s apartment.

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Classy Kicks

The members of the UF Lambda Rho chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho sorority wear sneakers to a formal dance on Saturday in the Broward Hall basement. The group collected $1,000 and about 100 pairs of sneakers for Soles4Souls and St. Francis House.


UF Holi

Covered with colored powder and mud, UF Holi Festival of Colors participants watch the festival unfold Saturday on Flavet Field. Holi is one of the major religious festivals in India. 


Hear the Bells

Sitting beneath bells that date back to the ’70s, Kelsey Grabach, a 20-year-old UF business and Spanish junior, prepares to play a song in front of friend Hannah Stone, an 18-year-old UF biology freshman.


Miss UF 2014

  Telecommunication sophomore Elizabeth Fechtel of Alpha Delta Pi displays her choice of evening wear during Miss UF 2014 at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on Monday night.



“I don’t even think about the color of her skin, except that I just know it’s prettier than ours,” said Chuck Williams, a 43-year-old special-needs teacher at Fort Clarke Middle School.



Two-year-old Farrah, right, and Davis spend Halloween together with Williams, Davis’ adopted father, and his mother. Farrah and Davis are cousins, but Williams said they are growing up like sisters.



Williams said he thinks about what Davis’ life would’ve been like if he hadn’t adopted her. “I kind of have a responsibility to make sure that she goes the complete opposite way and gets everything that she deserves,” he said.

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