We've gathered a few of this week's top headlines to make sure you start your day right. If you want to know more about what's going on in and around UCF, take a glance at this week's ICYMI which features Downtown UCF funding, a lost Knight and an update on UCF parking.

UCF student dies following car accident on I-4

On Feb. 17, UCF lost one of its Knights. Senior Maxine Bartkovich was declared dead at Orlando Regional Hospital Medical Center after being involved in a four-vehicle collision on I-4 near Walt Disney World. UCF film student J.W. Hendricks remembered his friendship with late 21-year-old hospitality major as powerful.

“No one will ever be able to capture her spirit, but for those of us that knew her and were captured by her spirit, we know that a life with Maxine Bartkovich in it is a good life,” Hendricks said. “And we want to spread the love that she so powerfully radiated. We're going to make sure that love doesn't die.”

UCFPD declares Anti-Semitic displays case inactive

On Feb. 17, the UCF Police Department changed the status of its investigation into anti-Semitic displays. It’s now an ‘inactive’ investigation because all of the investigative leads have been exhausted, according to a UCFPD press release.

Over the past two years, there were more than six anti-Semitic displays recorded at UCF.

New garage, parking planned at UCF

Downtown UCF is closer to becoming a reality thanks to Florida Hospital’s $1.5 million contribution.

On Feb. 22, the city of Orlando donated $75.2 million. Orange County previously contributed $3 million, Valencia College promised $2 million, the Orlando Magic and CFE Federal Credit Union have both pledged $1.5 million and President John C. Hitt and other UCF leaders contributed more than $1 million to the project.

UCF will present its revised plan for Downtown UCF funding to the Board of Governors on March 2, when they’ll be requesting $20 million in state funds. If everything goes according to plan, UCF expects to open its downtown campus fall 2018.

Zika virus strikes Florida

There are now 29 Zika virus cases in Florida, according to a Florida Department of Health update on Feb. 23.

The Zika virus is now present in 10 Florida counties, with two cases in Orange County, one in Osceola and 11 in Miami-Dade County.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are now 14 reports of the Zika virus in the United States that could have been sexually transmitted. Multiple cases involved pregnant women with male partners who had recently been to a country where the Zika virus was prevalent.


Alissa Smith is the News Editor for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @thealissasmith or email her at

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