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News for April 17, 2014

  • Young America organization to arrive at UCF

    National nonprofit to open chapter at UCF, give fiscal advice

    If you’re worried the economy won’t treat you as well as it treated your parents, you may be right — but one new organization is seeking to level the playing field between generations.

  • Weston

    Weston Bayes to bring passion for UCF to SGA presidency

    Friends encouraged the pre-law student to run for office

    Running for SGA student body president isn’t an easy task. This year, students voted in Weston Bayes, a political science pre-law junior.

  • UCR

    UCF Police Department releases Uniform Crime Report

    Yearly report also shows decline in assaults

    The UCF Police Department reported that forcible rape was the form of crime with the highest increase last year, according to the department’s Uniform Crime Report for 2013.

  • Graduates could face 'mal-employment' in the workforce

    Study: 1 of 3 alumnus work jobs that don’t require a degree

    After two months of searching for work with no results, Shakirra Meghjee began to feel hopeless.

  • Imprinted Ink

    Imprinted Ink T-shirt line impacts students, environment

    A local, green screen printing company is leaving its imprint on both customers and the environment.

  • Echoes

    UCF to host final Echoes concert performance

    Annual Echoes concert will be replaced by another program next year

    An artist’s descent into madness, a grandmother’s fight against breast cancer and a tortured soul’s search for freedom are just a small sampling of what one can expect from this week’s Echoes dance concert.

  • Chi Omega

    Chi Omega suspended after hazing report

    The UCF Chi Omega chapter has been put on organizational interim suspension on charges of violating UCF’s hazing, alcohol and disruptive conduct rules, according to a letter UCF sent to the sorority president Monday.

  • 4Rivers

    4Rivers near UCF keeps up with large crowd

    4Rivers served 4,000 pounds of brisket, 3,000 pounds of pork in its first week of business

    Since 4Rivers Smokehouse opened on April 2, it seems the UCF community can’t put the brisket down.

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  • University Blvd./Centaurus Blvd.

    Boutique hotel considered to fill vacancies at UCF

    University said it’s interested in income streams other than taxes, tuition

    UCF is considering building a boutique conference center hotel on campus.

  • Education

    Education major return on investment ranks worst

    The Atlantic: UCF program is ‘biggest waste of money’ for return on investment

    Some UCF students are wondering if majoring in education is worth the money.

  • UCF Shuttles

    SGA discusses Universal Knights shuttle mishaps

    Student government will not reimburse students who chose to take a taxi home

    After waiting in lines for rides in the Toon Lagoon, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Seuss Landing on March 30, some students had to wait for shuttles after Universal Knights as well.

  • Invisibility

    UCF develops invisibility technology

    Researchers develop technology that could mask jets from infrared detection

    The UCF NanoScience Technology Center has been engineering artificial nanostructures called metamaterials that, when formed in layers over a surface, can bend light in such a way that the object it is covering is not seen by certain infrared detectors.

  • UCF Bass fishing team

    UCF Reel Knights gain national attention

    Student strategic fishing club tackles national competitions

    The UCF bass fishing team is hooking more than just bass — it’s also catching national attention, one tournament at a time.

  • Grant round up

    UCF earns $9 million for research

    Faculty talk money, university developments

    Since the beginning of the semester, researchers have won a total of $9,228,083 in grants at UCF.

  • Study Abroad

    College of Business Administration suspends study abroad program

    College of Business left with no one to run travel program

    Are you a business student hoping to study abroad next year? Too bad — you’ll have to look for the opportunity elsewhere.

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News for March 31, 2014

  • Transfer Valencia

    Changes coming to UCF Transfer & Transition Services

    With more than 11,000 transfer students enrolled in 2013, UCF seeks to personalize knighthood

    Life’s more difficult for transfer students, especially at such a large university — so Transfer & Transition Services is changing up the way it helps students transition into knighthood.

  • Research Week

    Students showcase work at UCF's Research Week 2014

    From Orlando to India, presentations aim to change the way people live

    Research Week begins Monday, March 31, and students will have a chance to make the research they’ve been doing all semester available for the rest of UCF to view.

  • Pizza

    UCF area pizza places benefit from dairy stimulus

    Dairy industry subsidies hit college students right in the gut

    With barely enough time to study, go to class and potentially squeeze in a nap, eating a balanced diet may have trouble staying at the top of the priority list for some UCF students.

  • housing

    UCF students may be unaware of Oviedo renting laws

    Decades-old Oviedo ordinance generates 15 formal complaints over year’s time

    UCF is just a stone’s throw away from Oviedo, but students residing in the community may not be aware that they are violating a valued rule.

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  • KnightSpeed Moving

    KnightSpeed Moving makes process easier for community

    Student-started company is self-proclaimed “#1 moving service” in Orlando

    Students dreading the move into and out of their dorms this summer and fall will be relieved to know they don’t necessarily have to go through the grueling process alone.

  • Housing

    Student housing fills up for upcoming summer semester

    From fall 2004-14, UCF added 16,930 more students as campus residents

    Students flocking to campus to find available student housing might need to explore other options as the summer semester draws near.

  • Health Center

    Financial aid could cover health care costs

    Decision on required health insurance goes to Finance Committee April 3

    Despite the March 31 deadline to get health insurance, UCF students might have another couple of weeks to sign up.

  • Clothesline project

    UCF Victim Services hosts Clothesline Project

    Students create T-shirts to display during Sexual Assault Awareness Month

    In an effort to speak out against sexual assault and domestic violence aimed at women, UCF Victim Services and Knights Advocates will be bringing the Clothesline Project to campus.

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  • Education complex

    Future teachers bring economy $39 million

    Experiential learning students get real experience, results

    The teachers of Florida’s next generation have entered the workforce and already made a lasting economic impact - to the tune of $39 million to be exact, according to a recent study featured by the College of Education and Human Performance on its website.

  • Cheerleaders

    Team cheers together, stays together

    Graduating seniors, coach continue legacy

    Since winning second place at the College Cheerleading National Championships, the graduating members are contemplating their future plans with the team in mind.

  • Job Fair

    UCF Career Services to offer job advice beyond Expo

    Interview, resume workshops offered throughout semester

    Even though the Spring Career Expo passed, students will still get the chance to spruce their resumes and flex their speech skills with events hosted by Career Services.

  • Gun range

    College GOP guns for safety with shooting social

    Students urged to ‘Fall in Love with 2nd Amendment’

    Pink candy hearts, rosy-cheeked cherubs and a .270 Winchester Short Magnum - that is what February is all about for the UCF College Republicans.

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  • WestbrookJacob

    SGA leaders revisit campaign promises

    Westbrook, Kahn rehash 58 campaign goals, explain future plans

    As their term comes to a close, Student Government Association President Melissa Westbrook and Vice President Jacob Kahn looked back with the Central Florida Future on status of their campaign goals.

  • TWaldrop

    UCF provost named finalist for presidency

    University of South Alabama leader may come from UCF

    Potentially beating out more than 130 nominees, Tony Waldrop, UCF provost and executive vice president, may be the next USA president — for the University of South Alabama, that is.

  • Harry Potter club

    Harry Potter Club to become a registered student organization

    Organization to become official after elections

    It’s official — the Harry Potter Club is about to be more than fiction.

  • Coffee

    Students increase caffeine intake for class success

    Caffeine habits tend to increase with course difficulty, study time

    If UCF had an official drink, it could be a tall cup of coffee. 

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  • Parking garages

    Crowded parking could prompt burglary

    UCF Police launch initiative to warn students of theft risk

    With the holidays approaching, filled parking lots could lead to shopping sprees for car burglars, according to UCF Police.

  • Disney cruise ship

    Students cruise for credit in 2014

    Rosen course touts Disney experience

    Rosen students have the chance to experience Disney magic while cruising the sea — and earn course credit, too.

  • UCF ignores FOIA request

    A federal judge has ordered UCF to release documents involved in a same-sex parenting study, but UCF has obtained legal counsel in efforts to block the release.

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  • Compensation and Labor Committee

    Debate on faculty raises continues

    Administration, faculty union met to discuss potential pay increase

    Negotiations are at a stalemate regarding salary raises for UCF faculty members.

  • Adderall

    Drug boasts mental boost

    Legal alternative to Adderall not proven to enhance studying

    A new mental supplement has been launched to improve students’ study habits, and is touted as an alternative to nonmedical use of Adderall.

News for November 18, 2013

  • Classroom II dedication

    UCF business program helps employ veterans

    Participants learn basics of starting own business

    Veterans at UCF have the opportunity to take the fast track when it comes to entrepreneurship thanks to the Business Incubation Program.

  • Total Betty Society

    Alumna launches Total Betty Society

    Accessory business receives national acclaim

    Glam is the name of the game for one UCF alumna, whose hand-crafted jewelry struck gold with The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

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  • Local DJ boogies his way to the top

    UCF Craigslist creator has more than 22K followers on Twitter

    Afshin Cooks, also known as Sheen Boogie, has received local notoriety for being a man of many talents. 

  • Next Door Bar

    Brews served Next Door to UCF

    Venue boasts 3 pool tables, jukebox, 8 flat screen TVs

    El Corral and Sage Leaves may have stripped down their signs and closed up for good, but Pete Zachman, a former UCF student, plans on corralling students back by opening up the Next Door Bar.

  • Technology, services reduces driving

    Bike share program, shuttles among commuting options

    Advances in technology could reduce the amount of time spent behind the wheel, especially for those who grew up in the digital age, a study shows.

  • U.S. Dept. of Energy

    UCF leads shift to renewable resources

    $3.2 million to aid research

    UCF could lead the movement in advancing renewable resources, thanks to a $3.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.

  • Knights seek accommodations for deaf

    50 students registered with Student Disability Services

    Since his freshman orientation, Jacob Salem has attempted to make getting involved on campus more accessible for deaf students. 

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  • Spirit Splash

    Golden Homecoming shines on

    Craig Robinson headlines Comedy Knight Wednesday

    The Golden Homecoming has officially swept campus, bringing together 50 years of tradition.

  • Students could soar with aviation scholarship

    Vision of Flight to host local fundraiser

    An Orlando-based, nonprofit organization is looking to spread its wings in a big way. 

  • 5K hits home for local family

    Live United month targets $150K for local homeless

    While students may have had light-hearted fun running in the Spooky Knights 5K, their participation made a major impact on the homeless community — especially Kadette Cantave.

  • Economy boosted by UCF initiatives

    UCF has been placed among the nation’s best for local and regional economic impact.

  • Medical City

    Medical City slated to benefit research

    Innovation Center to open at Lake Nona

    UCF’s reach for medical research stands to expand in 2015 with the addition of a Florida Blue Innovation Center at Lake Nona Medical City.

  • UCF helps digitize medical documents

    Electronic health records reduce risk of human error

    Paper medical records can pose challenges due to human error, but could be a thing of the past thanks to new means of storing and sharing information.

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  • Facebook aids busy teachers

    Social media page founded to provide parenting forum for UCF faculty

    Social networks are utilized for a number of reasons. Sometimes useful, sometimes not.

  • College Democrats

    ‘No violation’ for College Dems

    Drug-related allegations toward 2 officers resolved

    Drug-related allegations surrounded two officers of the College Democrats at UCF, but a “not in violation” decision is allowing them to “keep moving forward.”

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  • Iranian Student Organization

    Students bring Iranian culture to campus

    Organization open to all Knights

    The Iranian Student Organization is spreading awareness about its culture one event at a time.

  • Volunteer UCF

    Volunteer UCF partners with Page 15

    Knights volunteer with grade schools, promote literacy

    UCF students are bringing encouragement and a fresh perspective to local grade school children.

  • Psychology makes major UCF impact

    Top 5 programs explained

    UCF has no shortage of majors to choose from for the more than 50,000 undergraduate students currently enrolled.

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  • SAT

    National SAT scores fall short

    College readiness not solely based on test performance

    Less than half of the 2013 high school graduating class earned the SAT’s minimum college-ready score, according to the annual report on college and career readiness released on Sept. 26 by College Board.

  • Report shows rise in sexual assaults, decrease in robberies

    Annual security report released on UCF main campus

    Sexual assaults on main campus have nearly doubled in 2012 compared with 2011, according to a report released by UCF.

  • Knight Camp

    Knight Camp names new student director

    Program expansion, leadership promotion planned for future

    Campus involvement, strong goals for the future and a passion for UCF helped Peter Reyes secure the spot as Knight Camp’s next director.

  • Alpha Phi Alpha, Phi Delta Theta host For the Kicks

    12 teams to compete in kickball tournament in support of Children’s Miracle Network

    The Greeks are taking it back to the playground days as For the Kicks, a charity kickball tournament, takes over the UCF Softball Complex this Saturday.

  • Sigma Chi

    Sigma Chi house leased to Delta Zeta

    Fraternity takes steps to improve chapter before return to UCF

    Weeks after sorority recruitment, Delta Zeta’s banner still hung over Sigma Chi’s house letters, but the house was vacant.

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  • Race for the Cure

    Runners battle breast cancer in Race for the Cure

    Campus race to donate 75 percent of proceeds to programs in Central Fla.

    Students and Orlando residents will be running in tutus this Sunday for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. 

  • bike

    SGA gives UCF students a free ride with Bike Share

    36 rental bicycles available to students

    Students searching for a rush-hour parking spot in Garage C aren’t the only ones with headaches. Bicyclists need space, too.

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  • Veterans Academic Resource

    VARC helps students transition

    UCF programs help veterans succeed

    The Veterans Academic Resource Center at UCF helps eligible student veterans with their transitions back to school.

  • class

    UCF class sizes bring mixed feelings

    Student-to-teacher ratio affects each learner differently

    There are many different ways to take a class at UCF.

  • UWC

    Golden Rule redefines cheating

    While the defining components of plagiarism may be well understood by some Knights, others are concerned that the current guidelines in UCF’s Golden Rule Student Handbook do not provide a clear distinction between intentional “plagiarism” and “misuse of sources,” leaving students at risk of severe penalties for unwitting academic misconduct.

  • Knight-Thon

    Knight-Thon to raise $365K for local hospitals

    Thousands of balloons dropped from the ceiling of the Student Union on Sept. 17 as Knight-Thon, UCF’s Dance Marathon and the university’s largest student-run philanthropy, revealed its fundraising goal for the year and the theme: to raise $365,000 and “Our Time is Now.”

  • Monoj Chopra

    Q-and-A with Manoj Chopra

    Political power speaks about his role at UCF, Fla. Board of Governors

    The Central Florida Future recently sat down with Ph.D. and UCF civil engineering professor Manoj Chopra to discuss the role he has been playing on the political side of the university system. 

News for September 19, 2013

  • Syria

    UCF students weigh in on Syria

    The world is on edge as it watches the situation in Syria unfold.

  • stress animals

    Service animals alleviate anxiety

    Students may skirt system to connect with favorite pets

    Some enjoy the company of an animal.

  • Students talk gaining access to restricted majors

    Acceptance-based programs require much preparation

    Some of the degree programs offered at UCF are restricted programs — meaning students must apply and gain acceptance in order to move forward in the program.

  • UCF political science program 11th in US

    Last month, Affordable Colleges Online, a website that helps students find affordable higher education and information on financial aid, named UCF’s political science program as one of the best programs in the country based on return on investment.

  • Northgate Lakes

    Northgate apartments see new management

    Fall ’13 residents will not be affected by ownership

    In a sweep of sales, UCF students found themselves under new management at Northgate Lakes. 

  • Veterans Commemorative Site

    Military hopefuls inspired by changes

    Marriage policy affects gay students’ choice to enlist

    The Pentagon announced it would extend federal benefits to married same-sex spouses of the U.S. military no later than Sept. 3, according to a Defense Department announcement. 

  • Burger U

    Burger U: 1 month later

    Customer service, experience top priority for campus restaurant

    Nearly a quarter into the fall semester and a little more than three weeks after opening, UCF’s newest on-campus restaurant has high hopes for the future.

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  • TRX fitness courses to pump up Knights Plaza

    RWC class $80 for UCF students

    UCF students will have a chance to challenge themselves more than just academically this semester with TRX classes expected to open up in RWC at Knights Plaza mid-semester.

  • Students charged for excess credit hours

    To encourage students to complete their baccalaureate degrees, the Florida Legislature established an Excess Credit Hour Surcharge, where students will have to pay for excess credit hours.

  • smoking

    FSU mirrors smoke-free policy

    UCF provides advice to help reduce tobacco use

    A trend has emerged among college campuses nationwide. Much like any trend, a few forward-thinking universities started it, then a few more grabbed hold. 

  • College of Education

    Research funding cuts impact university

    UCF receives $15.9 million less than in 2011-12

    UCF saw a 12 percent drop in research funding in the 2012-2013 school year, receiving $113 million, compared with more than $128.9 million in the previous year.

  • med school

    UCF med school ranked among most beautiful

    A sign greets motorists as they enter Orlando’s city limits, it reads: The City Beautiful.

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  • med school

    UCF med school receives 120 iPad minis

    IPad minis were on the menu at the College of Medicine’s orientation for its 120-member class of 2017.

  • bar app

    New bar app zaps fake IDs

    Underage drinking target of technology

    An adored device can now cause a total buzz kill.

  • Amber Alert rings false alarm

    Statewide message distributed Monday

    Many received an Amber Alert text message Monday about a child abduction in Miami-Dade County that was canceled and called a misunderstanding.

  • Zipcar

    Students zip around Orlando with Zimride

    Campus car services help students commute

    Ask any college student without a car, they’ll probably all say the same thing: Life can be incredibly difficult when having to rely on public transportation or a gracious friend.

  • parking

    Packed parking alters students’ plans

    Permit prices rise, spaces limited

    Neuroticism may be the reason students race for parking spaces on a daily basis at UCF’s parking garages and lots.

  • Campus opportunities help students network

    “Don’t plant the seed when you’re hungry” is the description for Networking Basics, one of Career Services’ many workshops on networking, and it is precisely the right state of mind to take while networking in college.

  • Lasers

    Laser technology advances at UCF

    UCF aids pioneering attosecond research

    UCF received a $7 million contract with the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to increase the intensity of the laser currently used for research by professor Zhengu Chang and his team.

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  • Campus jobs

    Arena, Union offer convenient campus jobs

    Hundreds of minimum wage student jobs are offered on campus.

  • BCC to amp up degree options

    On July 1, Brevard Community College changed its name to Eastern Florida State College and starting in August, it will offer two four-year degree programs in addition to the two-year associate degrees currently available.

  • Subscription box

    Boxes bestow low-cost luxury

    Beer, makeup among deliveries

    With the advent of the delivery of unique items tailored to individual preferences, box subscriptions are becoming more and more popular.

  • Tailgating

    Gamedays to get late start

    Tailgating to begin at 4 p.m.

    UCF football games always mean big crowds and tailgating.

  • Locally sourced foods

    Homegrown food a fresh Fla. trend

    Do you know where your food comes from? Many students don’t, and with a busy schedule, it’s usually the last thing on a college student’s mind.

  • Legal services

    Little-known legal aid takes on campus cases

    Student Legal Services handles misdemeanors

    Although many UCF students may not realize it, the Activity and Service Fee that gets tacked onto tuition not only covers things like clubs and the gym, but also legal services.

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  • Study: Race matters in timing of arrest

    Students weigh in on Zimmerman trial, racial implications

    UCF associate professor and graduate coordinator Kareem Jordan conducted a study on the public reaction to the killing of black teenager Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, a Caucasian of Hispanic descent.

  • Teacher-prep program ranked among best in Fla.

    UCF’s teacher-prep program was named among the top programs in the state in a survey published by the National Council on Teacher Quality on Tuesday.

  • Locals spearhead Orlando Restore the Fourth rally

    Some call him a traitor, others a whistleblower fighting for American rights — all know him as Edward Snowden, the guy who leaked top-secret national security documents and then fled the country.

  • Seats saved for future doctors

    The medical school admissions process can be a daunting one.

  • University biologist takes talents to nation’s capital

    The National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C., has a new program director in UCF biologist Betsy Von Holle. She began her work in D.C. at the beginning of the summer.

  • New rules for RSO funding through Senate coming soon

    New policies to be enacted this month for 2013-2014 fiscal year

    With a projected $18.8 million raised from the Activity and Service Fee for 2013-2014, UCF is planning to divide the money among various student organizations, giving Senate all the more reason to establish new policies for how money is distributed.

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  • Deliveryman robbed at gunpoint on UCF campus

    A food deliveryman was robbed on campus shortly after midnight Sunday by three individuals carrying weapons, according to a UCF Police Department community alert. 

  • financial aid office

    UCF ranks No. 42 for best value education

    Starting the semester, UCF slid down to 42nd from 33rd last year in the Kiplinger list of the top 100 public colleges based on admission rate, total cost and student-to-faculty ratios.

  • smoke-free campus

    Campus officials say smoke free is the way to be

    The smoke-free campus policy issued in the fall 2012 semester has been effective in some parts of campus but not without setbacks.

  • STEM

    Lower tuition may be sought for STEM majors

    A task force created by Gov. Rick Scott has suggested lowering tuition for students majoring in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math as a result of growing costs in education across Florida’s state universities and a poor economy.

  • canvas

    Students switch to Canvas

    New online course system proved tricky for some users

    With classes officially beginning Jan. 7, students got their first look at the new face of online classes at UCF — the Canvas system.

  • emergency alert

    Emergency alert system explained

    During emergency situations, such as the recent shooting that took place near UCF’s campus, the Office of Emergency Management has its hands full trying to send out timely and efficient information to a student population of about 60,000 students.

  • students in class

    Teaching in the tech age poses challenges

    It turns out students aren’t the only ones who can’t keep their phones in their pants.

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  • Restaurants--Wawa

    4 Rivers to join UCF area dining

    Restaurant owners looking to expand nearby

    Restaurants surrounding the nation’s second largest university seem to come and go with more frequency than cool temperatures in autumn, but that hasn’t scared off 4 Rivers Smokehouse, Graffiti Junktion and Wawa from serving up the UCF area with new dining options next year.

  • Active Minds

    Campus display aims to ‘Send Silence Packing’

    On Friday, Active Minds brought its Send Silence Packing display to UCF where it placed 1,100 backpacks on the ground in front of the Student Union to represent the number of students whose lives are claimed by suicide every year.

  • Hunger Banquet

    Volunteer UCF hosts its annual Hunger Banquet

    Volunteer UCF’s 19th Annual Hunger Banquet was held on Tuesday in the Pegasus Ballroom of the Student Union.

  • Trojan Report Card

    Trojan sexual health report grades UCF

    This year, UCF ranked 82 out of 141 on Trojan’s Sexual Health Report Card, a yearly report that ranks universities in terms of sexual health services they offer to students.

  • Golden Rule Handbook

    Students have more rights than they may know

    The right to a speedy trial, the right to peaceful protest, the right to express oneself, the Bill of Rights, fight for your right to party – It seems like people everywhere are concerned about human rights

  • Tailgaters owner found dead in home

    Suspect identified, in hiding

    UCF bar owner Gregory V. Faull was found dead Sunday morning at his home in Belize, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

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  • UCF Homecoming

    King and Queen are crowned

    Winners announced at Homecoming Game

    All 10 members of UCF’s 2012 Homecoming Court stood on the field of Saturday’s football game during halftime, anticipating the next words from the announcer, Erik Kohler.

  • UCF Rosen Campus

    $15M Rosen expansion planned

    UCF hopes expansion will allow for smaller student-to-faculty ratio

    The Rosen College of Hospitality Management, which already boasts “the largest facility ever built for hospitality management education,” according to its website, is making plans to add a $15 million expansion.

  • UCF Housing

    Students share pros, cons of campus living

    For some students, attending UCF means living away from home for the first time, and being comfortable in their new homes can make all the difference.

  • Canned donations

    Groups vie for more holiday volunteerism

    With Halloween celebrations done for the year, it is now time for stores to fill the shelves — if they haven’t already — with Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations. 

  • Law aims to limit drug overdoses

    Act provides amnesty

    Unintentional drug overdose is one of the leading causes of death in Florida, where an average of seven people die every day from the misuse of prescription drugs, according to Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs’ Prescription Drug Task Force.

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  • President Hitt

    Hitt addresses UCF community

    President hosts State of the University

    UCF President John C. Hitt made his annual State of the University Address to a group of more than 450 students, faculty and community members on Tuesday afternoon in the Pegasus Ballroom.

  • Knight Library

    Knight Library set to relocate

    It’s official, the businesses in the University Shoppes Plaza across from UCF, home to some of the most popular hangouts for students and locals, will be closing their doors for good on Sunday

  • Zipcars

    Some students debate success of Zipcar program

    “Wheels when you want them” is the motto of the car-sharing company Zipcar.

  • Tutoring week

    UCF plans events for National Tutoring Week

    Starting Monday, the Student Academic Resource Center, Academic Services for Student-Athletes, the Mathematics Assistance and Learning Lab and the Writing Center will be celebrating National Tutoring Week by honoring the 250 staff and students who serve as tutors, mentors, consultants or supplemental instruction leaders on campus.

  • Pinterest

    Students use Pinterest for arts, crafts and fun

    With so many social media networks flourishing nowadays, it may seem nearly impossible for a new one to get even the smallest glimpse of the spotlight.

  • Banking issues

    UCF still searching for new banking partner

    College students have been hunted for years.

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  • Kiminobu Sugaya

    UCF awarded $329K grant

    Researchers aim to regrow failing organs

    UCF scientists Kiminobu Sugaya of the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences and Aristide Dogariu of the College of Optics and Photonics have been presented a $329,764 grant from the National Science Foundation for research that may help patients regrow organs that are failing them.

  • So You Think You Can Dance

    UCF student nearly wins reality TV show

    As the finale closed Tuesday night, UCF student Tiffany Maher walked away with second place on So You Think You Can Dance.

  • Aruba's Palm Beach

    Rosen researchers collaborate to create Aruba travel guide app

    A new app, created based on research done by professors at UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management, has more than 10,000 downloads and mostly four- and five-star reviews.

  • UCF business planner

    New system provides advising for students

    The UCF College of Business is set to officially release its online resource tool, the Student Planner, midsemester for undergraduate business students looking to plan their studies online rather than going to see an adviser.

  • Concussions in sports

    Concussions prevalent in contact sports

    Students urged to keep safe

    As the fall weather becomes cooler, it encourages students to play sports outdoors.

  • terrorism course

    UCF offers course on terrorism

    Students gain insight on the role of media’s effect on terrorism

    Terrorism is a word that illicits a response from people; whether it be fear, anger or sorrow, the response is usually a strong one. The current generation, often referred to as millennials, has grown up with terrorism being part of everyday vocabulary.

  • National Merit Scholars receive $400M annually

    Most students who graduate from college are overjoyed to finally be done with school, but this excitement can be short-lived for those who now have the burden of student loans looming over their heads. 

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  • Student’s app violates policy

    U Could Finish creator receives punishment

    Tim Arnold, a UCF marketing student who created a website called “U Could Finish” designed to ping students the moment a spot in a class opened up, has been found in violation of university policy and placed on academic probation until the end of the 2013 spring semester.

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  • UCF 50th Anniversary

    Interactive timeline chronicles UCF history

    Patrick Burt, web communications director for UCF marketing, has been with the department for seven years and is currently working on the university’s designs for the upcoming 50th anniversary as well as an interactive UCF timeline.

  • Student Union

    Student Union workers serve 25 thousand people daily

    Sebastian Marcet routinely falls asleep at his work desk, specks of paint clinging to his forearms. In the morning, he will put aside his current landscape painting, clean up as best he can and come into work at the Corner Cafe. 

  • Sally Ride

    Astronaut Ride paved science path for women

    When Sally Ride broke through the Earth’s atmosphere in 1983 aboard the space shuttle Challenger, becoming the first American woman in space, she simultaneously broke down another barrier as well.

  • Hidden Arts exhibit

    UCF faculty shows off hidden talents

    A group of UCF employees wants to show that there are “hidden artists” among us.

  • Memory Mall creator saddened by damage

    Memory Mall, a memorial of its kind of which UCF is the only public school in the nation to have, is a big deal to a majority of the UCF campus.

  • Trustees vote to plan organic food store

    The UCF Board of Trustees voted Thursday morning to move forward with creating an organic food store on campus and to rename the Math and Physics Building to the Mathematical Sciences Building.

  • Film dept. plans merge with Visual Arts school

    Move to be completed in 2013

     

    The UCF film department is set to merge with the College of Arts and Humanities’ School of Visual Arts and Design this fall.

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  • Kelly Riodan

    Student runs camp for youths with special needs

    Campers receive extra attention

    For Kelly Riordan, a senior communication sciences and disorders major at UCF, her summer consists of playing video games, watching movies and playing in the sun; however, she is making a difference in the community by doing so. Riordan is doing all these things at the summer camp she developed for children with special needs.

  • WMFE

    UCF to buy WMFE-TV’s license

    Station will give students hands-on experience

    The UCF Board of Trustees met Monday to approve the purchase of WMFE-TV’s public broadcasting license and equipment. 

  • Students targeted for use of Adderall substitute

    Stressed-out college students are no longer reaching for the soda or coffee during study sessions.

  • EA Sports partnership

    FIEA doesn’t play games

    Video game company partners with UCF game-design school

    You wouldn’t think growing up in a cowboy family in Arizona would prepare someone for a career in the gaming industry.

  • Homeless to Harvard

    UCF grad earns Ivy League degree, walks away debt free

    Lalita Booth went from being a high-school dropout to an Ivy League graduate. 

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  • Dance class

    Students dance through summer with new company

    With a promising smile, the instructor encourages the class to forget about nerves and enjoy the smooth melody of the song playing through the speakers.

  • Survivor--Kat Edorsson

    Kat Edorsson returns to UCF to earn degree

    After being voted off CBS’ hit show Survivor: One World, Kat Edorsson returned to the UCF campus last semester ready to take on a full-time class schedule, a demanding job in sales and all of the criticism she was sure would come her way once the show aired.

  • Muslim-run food pantry provides aid to homeless

    Student manages store with goal to give back

    Rustic, foreign art hangs on display across racks of sequined ethnic clothing, vintage leather shoes and polished kitchenware at Muslim Social Services.

  • Mini Maker Faire

    Do-it-yourself exhibits electrify crowds

    More than 2,500 science and art aficionados descended on the Central Florida Fairgrounds on Saturday for the inaugural Orlando Mini Maker Faire, a gala of do-it-yourself tech and art projects that blended the backyard resourcefulness of science fair projects with a sense of carnival sideshow fun.

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  • Upward Bound

    High schoolers leap upward through UCF

    Fifty-four unique high schoolers from the Orlando area were recognized Sunday for their accomplishments during the past year at a banquet at the UCF Student Union.

  • birth control

    Study: Women are misinformed about birth control

    Women between 18 and 24 have highest birth-control failure

    Do you know everything about what birth control you or your partner is using?

  • Trustees approve 15 percent tuition hike

    Increase would generate $20 million

    The UCF Board of Trustees approved a 15 percent increase to the tuition rate for fall 2012 on Thursday, a move that could generate $20 million for UCF.

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  • Ereck Plancher appeal

    UCFAA files Plancher appeal

    Planchers to file response later this month

    The UCF Athletics Association has filed its appeal in the wrongful death case of Ereck Plancher, a 19-year-old UCF wide receiver who died on March 18, 2008 after collapsing during an offseason conditioning drill.

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  • NASA

    NASA picks up 3 UCF projects

    Physics experiments to be carried out on private space flights

    Despite its recent retirement of the space shuttle program, NASA is continuing to further space exploration in today’s day and age, and UCF is getting taken along for the ride. 

  • relay

    Knights will walk all night long to fight against cancer

    Almost everyone is affected by cancer. Whether it attacks them directly or finds its way into the life of someone they know, almost everyone has a story.

  • ipads

    iPads give children with Down syndrome a voice

    UCF recently partnered with the Down Syndrome Foundation of Florida to offer iCan Communicate, a program designed to help children with Down syndrome who have limited speech capabilities. This program, which was held March 22-24, consisted of therapy sessions and clinics to test how children responded to iPad apps created to help them communicate.

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  • BrandYourself.com boosts online reputations for job seekers

    What did three job applicants have in common with a drug dealer, a child molester and Moroccan hotels? According to Google, it was their online reputations.

  • Marlie

    Nursing scholarship created in girl’s memory

    The memory of a girl who lost her life to brain cancer may now have the chance to live on for a dedicated student in UCF’s School of Nursing.

  • Gavel

    McCann passes the gavel

    SGA leaders ceremonially transfer power

    Family, friends and faculty witnessed a festive event when Student Government Association President Matthew McCann and Vice President Adam Brock turned their power over to the next administration Monday night.

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  • drew pope

    Candidates ruled not in violation of regulations

    All election violation charges against President-elect Cortez Whatley and Vice President-elect Rachel Brill were cleared after hearings last week.

  •  Pembroke Circle

    Graduate student makes film on domestic slavery

    Though the history books may say slavery ended with the Civil War, there are currently 27 million people enslaved throughout the world, with 2.5 million located in the United States, according to the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking. 

  • Conservation Celebration

    Conservation group urges saving the environment

    Knights for Marine and Wildlife Conservation held its inaugural Conservation Celebration Saturday at the Reflecting Pond. 

  • LEAD

    LEAD helps feed the children

    Capstone class aims to make 50k meals Thursday

    The UCF community will be doing its part this week to stamp out world hunger.

  • Alcohol safety policy passes

    Amnesty given in drinking-related crises

    UCF has passed an alcohol emergency plan meant to encourage students to report potential alcohol-related emergencies while they, or the person they are helping, are drunk.

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  • Three students win Xerox STEM studies scholarship

    Three UCF students have won prestigious scholarships designed to support women and minorities in their pursuit of science, technology, engineering and mathematics degrees.

  • rotc

    ROTC team competes in southeastern athletic competition

    The Air Force ROTC at UCF showed what it was made of this weekend, taking to the playing field instead of the battlefield.

  • eternal knights

    Ceremony honors lost Knights

    UCF faculty, SGA president speak at Eternal Knights

    Overwhelming feelings of love and community filled the Pegasus Ballroom last Thursday, when nearly 300 UCF family and friends said goodbye to deceased UCF students at the 2012 Eternal Knights Memorial Service.

  • book festival

    Book Festival brings bestsellers

    State prosecuter Jeff Ashton among featured authors

    Though the stereotypical bookworm possesses the skill of silence, UCF’s third annual Book Festival on Saturday was filled with loud laughter and controversial conversation between authors and their readers. 

  • The Blair Thomas Book Fund

    Scholarship named in honor of UCF alum

    Award given to women in sports management

    A UCF alumna is being honored in a very unique way — by having a scholarship named after her.

  • AVID

    Program helps children realize college dreams

    Four simple words summed up what 42 middle school students silently felt as they stepped off of a school bus at UCF on Friday: “I feel so small.” 

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  • gem of the ocean

    Theatre earns national nod

    Gem of the Ocean actors receive high honors at festival

    The theater department at UCF continues to build on its prestigious reputation on a national level.

  • ecuador

    Students spend spring break in Ecuador to help promote health education

    Fifteen students, 1,974 miles and a mission: improve the health of people of Ecuador through health education and providing donations to those less fortunate.

  • Kat Edorsson

    Senior out to prove she is sole ‘Survivor’

    UCF senior Kat Edorsson is embracing her wild side in Upolu, Samoa for $1 million as she competes on this season of CBS’ Survivor: One World.

  • Dr. Essam Radwan

    UCF designated for transportation grant

    UCF transportation experts are part of a team that has been awarded $3.5 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation to establish a southeast-based university research center to study the nation’s transportation needs and provide data to improve transportation systems across the country.

  • SGA candidates

    Candidates talk RSOs, MSC

    Storage space, SGA support discussed during first forum

    It’s election season for the Student Government Association, and the presidential and vice presidential hopefuls revealed some of their goals at the RSO/MSC Candidate Forum on Monday, March 12.

  • UCF tuition on the rise due to state funding cuts

    Maximum tuition increases will follow legislators’ decision to cut $300 million from state universities. UCF lost $56.2 million.

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  • Safe Knight Week

    Safe Knight Week talks tips for safe spring break

    Spring break is infamous for being associated with college students partying, and though this may not be typical of every UCF student, there is always the possibility of injury, or even death, if safety awareness is ignored.

  • Student Union starts open-piano program

    With his audience watching on intently, Juan Roa, a computer science sophomore, performed a rendition of Ludwig van Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" on a grand piano.

  • Panel discusses aim toward ‘sports town’

    Orlando is looking to become a better sports town, and UCF's upcoming jump to the Big East will play a key role in making it so.

  • Dr. G

    Med students experience expert lecture

    What was the cause of death? One thing is for sure, it was not the group of first-year medical students working with their first patients – they were already dead.

  • bike safety

    Bike safety week rides to UCF

    Foundation brings back ‘Survive the Drive’ team

    This week's cooler weather brought down more than just a cold front as an entourage of a dozen cyclists and several road safety advocates biked down from Florida State University for Florida Road Safety Week at UCF.

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  • THATcamp

    2nd digital humanities conference is all THAT

    Participants from all kinds of professional and academic backgrounds came in full force to the regional THATCamp Florida 2012 as the University of Central Florida's history department and RICHES program hosted the event over the weekend of Feb. 18-19 at the UCF Center for Emerging Media.

  • smoke free ucf

    Smoking banned on campus

    New policy to take effect in fall 2012

    UCF will be a smoke-free campus beginning in the fall.

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  • people in motion

    UCF graduate directs documentary on Parkour movement

    Imagine a world where people moved from place to place by walking on walls and soaring over fences; where people sat on ledges instead of in chairs and walked on buildings instead of sidewalks.

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  • José Fernández

    CAH dean deemed influential

    Chosen as one of the city’s top 25 Hispanics

    With UCF growing more and more ethnically diverse with each passing year, one UCF dean was recently recognized for representing his heritage in a positive way.

  • GMAT

    Advisers unaware of changes in GMAT

    Test’s revisions were announced June 2010

    The Graduate Management Admissions Test, the primary yardstick by which business schools measure applicants, is getting a makeover.

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  • Writers’ conference hosts bestselling authors

    This past weekend, authors, poets and journalists alike gathered at UCF for the first Florida Writers' Conference to share their latest work, give advice to fellow writers and tell their stories.

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  • sga city hall

    SGA holds Day at City Hall

    In an attempt to bridge the gap between UCF students and the local government, the Student Government Association hosted their first-ever Day at City Hall.

  • SGA extra

    Student Government launches new website

    Staying true to campaign promises of transparency, Student Government Association President Matthew McCann and Vice President Adam Brock have launched SGA Extra, a website created to stream events hosted and sponsored by the SGA.

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  • math students

    Students have opportunity to study math in England

    The mathematics department has created a new exchange program allowing students majoring in mathematics the opportunity to spend a spring semester studying in England.

  • Dwight Howard Charity Basketball Game (Katie Dees)/_MG_9968.JPG

    D12 Foundation hosts charity game at UCF

    Dwight Howard fills NBA void

    NBA all-star Dwight Howard hosted a celebrity basketball game at the UCF Arena on Sunday night, giving basketball-starved Magic fans something to cheer for while simultaneously raising money for his youth-geared charity.

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  • Hakan Ozoglu

    Book examines rise of militant Turkey

    UCF professor, author Hakan Ozoglu to discuss book

    Hakan Ozoglu may have failed history in high school, but with the release of his second book, "From Caliphate to Secular State: Power Struggle in the Early Turkish Republic," Ozoglu is ambitiously hoping to rewrite history.

  • helath clinic

    College of Medicine to open health clinic

    UCF students, staff and local community residents will get the opportunity to have their health needs taken care of — all while benefiting the goals of their fellow Knights and university staff.

  • 5 miler

    UCF to host annual U Can Finish race

    Stretch your calves and lace up your running shoes because Florida Hospital's U Can Finish 5 Miler and 2 Mile is approaching.

  • Rock 'Em Socks

    Student sells pink basketball apparel to help fund research

    Take a college senior, throw in the usual 15 credit hours, a custom machine that dyes socks, an online company and a $1,000 donation to breast cancer research and you would get Rob Nick.

  • increased diversity

    Campus diversity on the rise

    Largest increase in Hispanic population

    UCF has shown an immense growth over the past 10 years, not only in population but in diversity, as well.

    According to the Office of Institutional Research website, UCF minority rates have increased from 1999 to 2010, with a 5 percent jump in Hispanic attendance as well as an 11 percent decrease in Caucasian attendance.

  • occupy wall street

    Alumni occupy Wall Street in New York

    UCF alumni are among the thousands who have gathered in protest for Occupy Wall Street, a movement that has garnered international attention.

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  • greek

    Greeks push against hazing

    Community hosts Hazing Prevention Week

    This week, UCF's Greek organizations are observing the annual National Hazing Prevention Week, an opportunity for campuses, schools, communities, organizations and individuals to promote the prevention of hazing, a nationwide phenomenon.

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  • about.me

    Getting to know all About.me

    In an age where tweets and Facebook statuses rule the web, phones and general conversation, companies are finding new ways to use evolving forms of communication as an advantage.

  • yum yum

    UCF snags a Yum-my treat

    Sporting yellow and white stripes and playing a Puppini Sisters album through an iPod dock, the Yum Yum Truck, originally a van owned by a state prison, transports cupcakes instead of convicts with a classic, ‘50s vibe.

  • ucf

    UCF in top 5 as up-and-coming school

    As UCF enrollment increases, so does national recognition. Now, the university is a school-to-watch, according to a new report released this week.

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  • Dr

    Researchers work to treat blood clot condition

    UCF and UF earn medical grant

    UCF is making a name for itself in the field of medicine with a little help from a $5.5 million grant.

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  • pbs

    WUCF launches despite obstacles

    Station survives after Gov. Scott’s veto

    Despite support from the Orlando community, WUCF-TV's process to adopt PBS to its network has not gone without its share of obstacles.