Over the course of his 14-year career, Ballard strengthened multiple Gainesville programs and community events. He directed theater performances for young audiences and created signature events such as the performing arts festival Jest Fest.
Melanie is a freshman majoring in Business, hoping to specialize in pre-law in the future. When she's not designing a graphic or writing an article, she's probably making jewelry or exploring coffee shops in Gainesville.
In light of recent cases of sexual assault on and around the UF campus, The Alligator listened to the stories, explored the resources and followed the trends affecting students.
After arriving in the U.S. in 2011, Molly Wagner owned her identity as a person with a disability, overcame the expectations society set for her and made her way to UF. She challenged what it meant to be mobility impaired.
The pandemic gap left students keen to explore, connect and find their place in Gainesville whether through social media, crowded buses or places of worship.