In case you missed it: March 5 - March 12
Cellphone robbery reported at Knights Circle
A UCF student told university deputies he was approached and punched by four male suspects, who then stole his cellphone. The robbery occurred at the UCF-affiliated apartment complex Knights Circle around 3:20 a.m. Saturday. The victim, who does not wish to press charges, said the suspects drove away in a black four-door sedan.
Detectives are searching for a person of interest who may have been involved in the theft of a student's purse. The incident occurred Jan. 18 at an Alpha Delta Pi sorority event. The total cost of the items stolen exceed $100. Those with information should call Detective Sgt. Christopher Gavette at 407-823-2403.
At his campaign rally Thursday, Democratic presidential candidate covered topics such as free college, universal health care, raising minimum wage and student debt. He discussed creating a path to citizenship via comprehensive immigration reform, actively responding to the global crisis climate scientists warn of and overturning the infamous Citizens United Act.
Canine Wounded Heroes donated two protective vests to UCF's K-9 unit. Made by K9 Tactical Gear, the vests will protect agency pups Max and Jogy from knife and gun attacks. Two more vests are on order for the department's other K-9s, Justice and Samson.
Faculty and students across a variety of scientific disciplines can now collaborate on projects and the search for research grants with the launch of UCF's new Applied Research Institute. The institute’s initial focus will lie in projects that “align with Florida’s economic development needs, such as photonics, modeling and simulation, engineering and biomedicine.”
A new campus arboretum completed construction March 4. Replacing the Stockard Conservatory, which sat on campus in the 1980s and 90s but was destroyed by Hurricane Charley, the new greenhouse will be used as a community garden and teaching tool for biology courses. The new structure will open March 25, with a public ribbon-cutting ceremony from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Republican presidential hopeful held a rally at the CFRE Arena on March 5, drawing thousands of supporters and hundreds of protesters. Trump was confident he can beat Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and win Florida in the primaries. He also discussed his plan to build a wall along the Mexican border, his own contributions to his campaign and accusations that his hands are on the small size.
Following approval from the Florida Board of Governors, the state legislature approved a plan that would request $20 million in state funding for a downtown UCF campus. The last obstacle facing the campus is Gov. Rick Scott, who vetoed $15 million in funding for the project last year. State support will not be secured until the governor signs the budget.