In case you missed it: March 18 to March 23
UCF student robbed at gunpoint inside Tivoli apartment
On March 22, two assailants robbed a UCF student at his home in Tivoli apartments. The victim's apartment was unlocked and the two assailants stole $75 along with the student's wallet and laptop.
Students to see changes in federal student aid
On March 18, Secretary of Education John B. King announced that students will see changes to Federal student aid beginning next year.
The changes will include new loan-repayment options such as income-driven repayment plans and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. FAFSA will also be available earlier in the year.
“More Americans are graduating from college than ever before, and many students seeking education have taken federal loans,” said Ajita Talwalker Menon, senior policy advisor for higher education at the White House Domestic Policy Council. “We’re continuing our focus on this and doing everything we can to support the 40 million Americans out there with student debt.
Atlas V rocket carrying UCF experiment successful
NASA and UCF took one giant leap toward asteroid mining on March 23 with the successful launch of Atlas V in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Atlas V is carrying a lot more than just the hope for potential resource-gathering, as it carries five experiments to the International Space Station designed to test how microgravity affects specific elements. One of those experiments is Strata-1, the only experiment to be entirely crafted by a team of UCF professors and undergraduate students.
UCF Rosen tops global ranking of hospitality schools
UCF's Rosen College of Hospitality Management program was declared the fifth best hospitality and hotel managements schools for 2015 internationall. The rank was awarded by business magazineCEOWORLD. The ranking is based on a global survey of 18,000 hospitality recruiters and senior managers of luxury hotels around the world.
10-year-old cheerleader receives Limbitless bionic arm
On March 16, 10-year-old Julianna Linton was the 15th child to receive a 3-D-printed bionic arm from Limbitless Solutions. After losing her left arm due to a congenital amputation caused by amniotic band syndrome, the young cheerleader never lost her drive to compete or perform on the field.
“We want children to know, especially girls, that there are no limits,” Manero said. “We want them to dream big and then go after it. That’s really important. You can be smart, beautiful and strong and do it all here at UCF.”
UCF program sends students to Bithlo for spring break
UCF’s Alternative Break Program, also known as ABP, gives students the chance to travel while making a positive impact on the world. This year, UCF brought in students from Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, and Millersville University in Millersville, Pennsylvania, to work with UCF students in Bithlo.
“I fell in love with Bithlo,” said Kimberly Batres, a sophomore anthropology major at UCF. “Something people don’t realize is that this area is more than just a trailer park community or a low-income neighborhood. They don’t have access to a clean water supply, and it’s caused so many issues for them.”
Student Union designates open-faith prayer room
UCF’s Muslim Student Association has finally won their fight for an interfaith prayer room in the Student Union. After more than 10 years, the UCF Prayer and Reflection room is now open to all faiths and backgrounds as a safe space
“Making our campus as inclusive as possible has always been an upmost priority of mine," said Cait Zona, the current Student Government Association president. "It is really important that this room is for all religions because we want to make sure all students feel equal and safe on our campus.”
The president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, Rajan Zed, said the room was a step in the right direction.
Alissa Smith is the News Editor for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @thealissasmith or email her at AlissaS@centralfloridafuture.com.