On Friday, UF student affairs interim vice president Win Phillips sent an email to students addressing two incidents he said were related to racism and anti-Semitisim, stating UF “places the highest value on creating a diverse, inclusive and welcoming environment.” 

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This week, I planted a live oak on the lawn of the Reitz Union near the Field and Fork Pantry.  The planting ceremony was with Louise Fresco, the president of Wageningen University, in celebration of the collaboration between our universities and in honor of Wageningen’s centennial anniversary. Wageningen, based in the Netherlands, is the world’s No. 1-ranked university focusing on agriculture.

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Returning from winter break, I am sure that many other students can sympathize with my struggle to avoid arguments over politics at family gatherings. My experiences have led me to this: Imagine if only people who voted were allowed to start arguments over the holiday dinner table?

Wow, I’m finally leaving the godforsaken basement office that is The Alligator. Despite my cries to never come back at the end of every semester, it is a year and a half later and I’ve finally reached the point where I truly can’t come back. As a Leo sun and Virgo rising, I’m deeply unemotional, so I don’t know how to be sentimental. Instead, I'm just going to spew a bunch of words and stop when I feel like I’ve run out of things to say as a true fire sign with a Gemini moon. 

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Darts and Laurels

You’ve spent an hour jogging on this nature trail, but you’ve already started regretting coming into existence. Walking along a bustling stream seems like a nice idea on paper, but no one ever talks about the mosquitoes in their poems. 

As you patiently wait for your order, you can’t help but feel a bit uncomfortable. 

The air feels more crisp than usual. You look up to see a dark clouded sky framed by large pine trees and leaves rustling in the cool wind. You’re suddenly thankful you wore your hoodie and jeans. It seems like autumn is finally here. With midterms over, you have time to enjoy one of the finer things in life — pumpkin patches.