Swamp Talk: The Hype Behind Dance Marathon

By Tova Miller FTK: it’s on shirts, headbands, posters, buses and hospitals. It’s a saying that pops up on campus daily and dominates social media. You might be wondering what the heck “FTK” is. FTK, meaning “for the kids,” is the Dance Marathon motto. Dance Marathon at the University of Florida is a philanthropy held each spring to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals … Continue reading Swamp Talk: The Hype Behind Dance Marathon

Swamp Talk: Student Government Elections

By Ben Paikowsky The fliers are everywhere. Wearing a sticker protects you from being hassled in Turlington. Platforms are proudly displayed. Sometimes, there’s a dog wearing a t-shirt. If you’ve been on campus for a couple of years, you probably know that these signs only point one way- election season is here. Student Government elections began today and will continue until tomorrow. Polls will be open … Continue reading Swamp Talk: Student Government Elections

Swamp Talk: Need Some Zzz’s? UF’s Best Places to Nap

By Mary Elysee Velasco The person responsible for making naps mandatory during kindergarten was a genius. Whoever removed naps from the higher education system was a sadist. From the struggling chemistry major scribbling calculations late into the night, to the starving art major slaving away on a project before the due date, there is something we Gators can agree on: we all need naps. We all … Continue reading Swamp Talk: Need Some Zzz’s? UF’s Best Places to Nap

Swamp Talk: Hey College Kids, Want a Master’s Degree in Drone Warfare?

By Mary Elysee Velasco The United States government has developed a new video game. You play as a courageous captain fighting to defend your fellow countrymen from slimy enemies across the globe. Complete with a system of computer monitors, a jet joystick and a big, shiny, red button, you’ve got $20 million worth of missilery and machinery in your hands. On the scanner, a foe has … Continue reading Swamp Talk: Hey College Kids, Want a Master’s Degree in Drone Warfare?

Swamp Talk: iPhone 5S, 5C more “fragile”; What’s a college student to do?

By Kelsey Meany If any of you are like me, Friday marked the one of the best days of your entire life (second to the day the iPhone 5 came out). In a divine order of the gods, my paycheck came through Friday morning – the exact day that pre-orders began for the iPhone 5S, the newest in Apple’s iPhone line, which has received solid … Continue reading Swamp Talk: iPhone 5S, 5C more “fragile”; What’s a college student to do?

Get To Know Gainesville: Virginia Martinez

by Laici Little If you ever spend any time in UF’s Reitz Union, you 
may have had some interaction with this week’s featured Gainesville 
resident. Twenty-year-old Virginia Martinez was up bright and early on a Saturday
 morning working at the information desk next to the food court when I had the
 chance to speak with her. She described herself as someone who was kind of shy … Continue reading Get To Know Gainesville: Virginia Martinez

Get to Know Gainesville: Tim Stout

By Laici Little We’ve all seen the pastors yelling at Turlington. If you’re like me, you may have stood and listened to them for a bit. Although Tim Stout was a pastor for many years, you won’t find him screaming doomsday around campus. You are more likely to see this 67-year-old walking around with his backpack and a handful of thick, white pamphlets. I first … Continue reading Get to Know Gainesville: Tim Stout

Get to know Gainesville: Mengshan Zhou

By Laici Little We walk across campus or shuffle our way through Trader Joe’s, and the people we pass turn into nameless blurs. We forget that the stranger next to us on the bus has a story of his or her own. This week, I heard the story of a 25- year-old woman named Mengshan Zhou, or Minty, as she calls herself here in America. … Continue reading Get to know Gainesville: Mengshan Zhou