GOODBYE COLUMN: I've spent five semesters at The Alligator, three of those as a desk editor. And recently, I've noticed a shift. Managing editors who used to seem terrifying are now my friends. Freshman reporters I used to see hurry home after meetings are now sticking around to chat. The best part of The Alligator — besides its phenomenal coverage — is the community it creates.
Nora O'Neill is a fourth-year journalism and philosophy student and the Enterprise Editor for The Alligator. She previously served as the Avenue Editor and the business and economics beat reporter. In her free time you can find her reading books with no plot and abusing her Chemex.
Southwestern Advantage, which sells textbooks, has been the subject of scrutiny by students. The company recruits at UF career fairs and at the Reitz Union, working closely with the UF Career Connections Center. Students say the program is misleading, predatory and unethical.
COVID-19-related apartment vacancies, as well as excitement and uncertainty surrounding the increase of in-person classes this Spring, are forcing UF students and Gainesville apartments alike to continue adjusting to housing needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Half of the money from the Christmas tree sales will go to help children in countries such as Guatemala and Cambodia.
Tourism has a major economic impact on the city
The lack of affordable housing in Gainesville is worse than most of Florida
When the COVID-19 pandemic forced classes online and sent students home, many were left with an unprecedented amount of free time. For some, that time was used to take summer classes or learn new skills. But for others, it was used to bring to life goals they’d been dreaming of for years or spontaneous passion projects.
The group is calling for landlords and lawmakers to implement changes to help low-income renters
Dessie Robinson, a United States veteran and regular attendee of horticulture therapy, transfers young rabbit ear seedlings into pots. Robinson has attended the program for two semesters after hearing about it from the social work department at the VA.