As UCF students Natalie and Ben sat facing one another in the John C. Hitt Library, the only visible divide was in the colors of the stained glass behind them. In Israel, their people are separated by a wall.
As the October sun faded over Bright House Networks Stadium, Beatrice Plummer took her seat in the section dubbed for families. The pregame butterflies that affect even the most confident players affect her as well. But after kickoff, and the first hit, they subside.
Standing in the designated free-speech zone under mossy trees, a cheerful young man holds a sign that says “Free Hugs.” Behind the sign is a student who just wants to brighten someone’s day.
Knowing UCF’s large population can create a difficult dating environment for students, UCF graduate student Richie Frost did something to change it.
“Meanwhile, the joyful anticipation deepens.”
In between electrical engineering studies, student Saint-Surin Paul, 46, studies the English language. It’s not out of fascination for the language — it’s to learn it.
A UCF student shows off her sign during this year's Slut Walk. Photo courtesy of College Democrats at UCF.
Therapist Stacy Nale-Stadom stands at the front of an empty room, waiting for students to file in for the "Only Yes Means Yes for Sex" discussion. The room remained empty during the entire presentation. Photo by Kimberly Slichter.
Graphic courtesy of Apeejay Stya University.
Graphic by Kimberly Slichter.