• By Casey Ryan
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The fight between capitalism and socialism came to the University of Central Florida when the Young Americans for Liberty and the Knights for Socialism debated Wednesday night.

  • By Marc Sznapstajler
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Every Wednesday a 21-year-old biology major walks into East Coast Wings with a holster wrapped around her waist equipped with scissors, sharpies, a balloon pump and hundreds of balloons.

  • By Alyssa McComb

Peanut butter filled baths, BMXing in Canada and car drifting events are just a few things that can be found in over 300 of Adam Lizotte-Zeisler’s, also known as Adam Lz, YouTube videos.

  • By Alyssa Hutchinson

On a tan couch in a typical student apartment, Dante, Sparky and Kurue gathered to open up about a part of their lives many might not know about: fursuits, conventions and fursonas—these are the interests that bind the three together and make them apart of the furry fandom.

  • By Josie Graham

Three political clubs came together on Sept. 11, 2016—in the midst of one of the most controversial elections this country has seen—to place 2,996 American flags on the Free Speech lawn on campus, each flag representing a life that was lost 15 years ago.

  •  Crystal Ruiz

In 2013, three students from UCF went to Haiti on a mission to help improve lives there. Two years later their idea has grown to aid villagers in building healthier lifestyles and stronger immune systems.

Glee Club vice president Erika Hanley (left) and president Ethan Hooper perform Walk the Moon's "Shut Up and Dance" front and center alongside the rest of the Glee Club at UCF during its Winter Showcase on Saturday, Nov. 21. (Photo by Marissa Norwood)

Francisco Guillen serenades fellow Glee member Danielle Klein during a performance of Sin Bandera's "Kilometros" at the Winter Showcase on Saturday, Nov. 21. (Photo by Marissa Norwood)

  • Marissa Norwood

The sounds of students singing fill the halls of the second floor in the UCF Biological Sciences building on a Wednesday night. Rehearsing the night away, the students in UCF's Glee Club are hard at work to prepare for their end-of-the-semester showcase.

In Colombia, Andrea Ortega, executive director of Children Beyond Our Borders, visits two scholars who have been sponsored by CBOB since they were children. (Photo courtesy Children Beyond Our Borders)

Andrea Ortega (left) poses in Quito, Ecuador where Children Beyond Our Borders founded a trip in summer 2015. (Photo courtesy Children Beyond Our Borders)

  • Marimar Toledo

Some students find their passion during college, but 24-year-old Andrea Ortega realized her calling through her work with Children Beyond Our Borders.

Kelsey Hundley, a senior at Timber Creek High School, builds blocks with Christian during a monthly tutoring session put on by Charisma’s Crayons — a nonprofit organization that aims to give homeless children better educational opportunities — at the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Flo…

Michele Gibbs, a senior at Timber Creek High School, shows Jennesis how to leave her mark during a monthly tutoring session put on by Charisma’s Crayons — a nonprofit organization that aims to give homeless children better educational opportunities — at the Coalition for the Homeless of Cent…

Diana Abarca, co-founder and CEO of Charisma’s Crayons, receives a kiss from Nehemiah at a monthly tutoring session put on by Abarca’s nonprofit organization at the Orlando Coalition for the Homeless on Saturday, Nov. 14. At each tutoring session, kids ranging from pre-K to fifth grade come …

  • Victor Ng

Children wait eagerly outside the doors leading to the TV room at the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida center. Arts and crafts, games and movie nights await them inside.

Jared Dipsiner approaches Dima Alshaibi (left) and Heebah Ahmed to ask if they will agree to be interviewed as part of his video series for his Middle Eastern News project on Nov. 18 inside the Student Union. (Photo by Deanna Ferrante)

Dima Alshaibi (left) and Heebah Ahmed answer Jared Dipsiner's questions about the Islamic state for one of his videos as part of his Middle Eastern News project on Nov. 18 inside the Student Union. (Photo by Deanna Ferrante)

  • Deanna Ferrante

You can't escape them. The images of a war-torn Middle East proliferate newscasts, newspapers and magazines. We see the cities in ruins, the terrified citizens fleeing the destruction; a place so unlike our own it seems almost unreal.

Jacoub Reyes, a UCF alumnus, holds up a piece of art he got from one of his favorite Puerto Rican artists in exchange to one of his pieces. (Photo by Natalia Baqueiro)

Jacoub Reyes, a UCF alumnus, displays T-shirts with his designs that he sells on art shows. (Photo by Natalia Baqueiro)

  • Natalia Baqueiro

On a horizontal piece of wood there is a drawing of a big cockatiel birdman. Taking a closer look it's full of lines, all in different shapes and forms, but perfectly drawn, stacked on top of each other, giving it a 2-D look.

  • Christopher Bobo

Armed with only wood, paint and chalk, a group of UCF students created a chalk wall to get their peers engaged and talking about the issues close to their hearts.

  • Harry Sayer

Brett Nemeroff stands in front of the UCF Reflecting Pond showing off with his yo-yo. The tricks seem effortless, with the yo-yo spinning into intricate patterns in different directions, only to loop back to its owner for a brief moment before it’s sent off again.

Lucien Charland and Keane Mayer sell their crops for the first time at the markets in St. Kitts while entertaining locals with music. (Photo courtesy Lucien Charland and Keane Mayer)

Vibrant colors are shown in a handful of the crops that Lucien Charland and Keane Mayer sell at the markets in St. Kitts. (Photo courtesy Lucien Charland and Keane Mayer)

  • Alahna Kindred

UCF alumnus Lucien Charland and his childhood friend Keane Mayer left the everyday comforts of running water and electricity to move to the Caribbean island of St. Kitts — with the hopes of growing their own food for locals.

  • Rosie reitze

Spending 14 hours or more a day working in the U.S. Marines, David Foresman’s free time was sparse. But when he had a minute to rest, he would remember home and the people he missed there.

  • Brianna Ordenes

At 6:45 a.m. for the eighth day in a row, Nick Miuccio, captain of the UCF surf team, paddled out to catch some waves that seemed to be substantially bigger than usual.

  • Shana Medel

Clad in black and gold attire, students storm the Reflecting Pond every fall in hopes of snatching up one of UCF's coveted Spirit Splash ducks. But they weren't the only ones who took the plunge this semester.

  • Tim Briggs

Alexandra Peters finishes reciting her second poem at Project SPIT's One Night Slam. Her performance is lauded with applause by spectators and her fellow poets, but one cheer projects louder than the rest.

  • Nick Russett

The field of robotics may be very complex for some, but for Michelle Hawley, it’s more than a complicated industry; it’s her passion.

  • Anne Lottman

With batons clutched tightly in their hands and beads of sweat forming on their brow, students take turns conducting an excerpt from Beethoven's No. 9 symphony and critiquing their peers.

Jesse Rubens, a junior health services administration major, talks to a student about his passion for politics and why voting is important. Rubens is the president of UCF's Knights for Hillary. (Photo by Natalia Baqueiro)

  • Natalia Baqueiro

An enthusiastic student stands by the UCF John C. Hitt library, approaching and greeting as many Knights as he can. With a genuine smile, Jesse Rubens shakes students’ hands and begins explaining his support for Hillary Clinton to be the next president of the U.S. Turning his clipboard aroun…

  • Jarred Paluzzi

Two musicians, playing instruments they didn’t intend on learning, became the perfect duo after meeting through Facebook.

  • Harry Sayer

In 10 seconds, someone could send a tweet, check their watch or buy a pack of gum; but The Yeti Boyz are using that time to make it big.

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