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Friday, October 15, 2021

Margaret Dotson


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The University of Florida Society of Women Engineers (SWE) hosted a variety of events during the second week of fall semester encouraging students to attend other events and provide an opportunity for them to connect with people from other majors. SWE’s goal is to help empower women across campus to become engineers and leaders in STEM fields. “I just want to be a part of it,” said electro engineering freshman Kathleen Yang about the organization. 

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I remember this event. The LGBTQ+ Welcome Assembly hosted by the Pride Student Union. It was one of the first few things I shot for The Alligator as a photography intern during the Fall 2019. I was a newbie at shooting for a newspaper, and I took 600+ pictures at that event. Seventy of them I sent to my editor, and three were printed. After trying my best to get photos of the performances, with their difficult lighting and fast movements, I grew frustrated and started walking the halls behind the ballroom. I knew I wanted to get some sort of behind-the-scenes photo, but I also didn’t want to invade anyone’s privacy while they were changing costumes. Ivy Les Vixens, a local Burlesque dancer, let me come into her dressing room and said she was just finishing up her makeup if I wanted to take some pictures. So I did. After taking this photo, I felt much more confident about photographing the event, and I even ended up underneath the stage to get another epic shot. As one of the first events I photographed that was a full photo story, this photo helped convince me this was what I was supposed to be doing, and I was capable of shooting for a newspaper. One picture may seem trivial to a freshman just trying to make her mark on campus, but it was monumental to me.

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I remember this event. The LGBTQ+ Welcome Assembly hosted by the Pride Student Union. It was one of the first few things I shot for The Alligator as a photography intern during the Fall 2019. I was a newbie at shooting for a newspaper, and I took 600+ pictures at that event. Seventy of them I sent to my editor, and three were printed. After trying my best to get photos of the performances, with their difficult lighting and fast movements, I grew frustrated and started walking the halls behind the ballroom. I knew I wanted to get some sort of behind-the-scenes photo, but I also didn’t want to invade anyone’s privacy while they were changing costumes. Ivy Les Vixens, a local Burlesque dancer, let me come into her dressing room and said she was just finishing up her makeup if I wanted to take some pictures. So I did. After taking this photo, I felt much more confident about photographing the event, and I even ended up underneath the stage to get another epic shot. As one of the first events I photographed that was a full photo story, this photo helped convince me this was what I was supposed to be doing, and I was capable of shooting for a newspaper. One picture may seem trivial to a freshman just trying to make her mark on campus, but it was monumental to me.

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TJ Comer, an 18-year-old wildlife ecology freshman, plays wheelchair basketball Thursday evening as part of the Inclusivity project at RecSports. Every other semester, wheelchair basketball is offered as a sport for UF students to compete in. Students who aren’t handicapped are encouraged to join to raise awareness for disabilities and to understand people who have disabilities. “It’s a lot harder than I thought it would be,” Comer said. “But eventually I got used to it.” He said he was planning on joining intramural basketball and flag football but is now considering joining wheelchair basketball.  

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