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UCF professor spends 20 years studying archeological site in Peru

J. Marla Toyne, an associate professor of anthropology at UCF, has been studying remains from an archeological site in Túcume, Peru for 20 years, and she continues to pursue her greatest passion – “playing with bones.” Toyne visits the site every summer and always looks forward to seeing her "summer family" -- the community she first met as a young graduate student. Toyne reflected on the time she's spent at the site, the relationships she's developed with the local people, and the growth of th
By Melissa Perez-Carrillo
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New humanities course demonstrates Latinx contributions to U.S. culture

Philosophy lecturer Stacey DiLiberto had a vision to diversify her department. To accomplish this, she chose to create a new class for UCF students. DiLiberto chose one that would tie in her Latin American roots and help students learn more about a culture they may be unfamiliar with. DiLiberto said empathy played a role in her desire to start a new class for spring 2021, "Latinx Cultural Expressions". "The more voices and ideas students can become exposed to, the more empathetic they can bec
By Nicholas Geddes
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Latin America's Economy Faces Slower Recovery

Latin America's economy is growing at a slower than average rate compared to the rest of the world. The International Monetary Fund shows that the world’s economy will grow by 5.2% this year, while Latin America’s economy will expand only by 3.6%. UCF Associate Professor of History Yovanna Pineda said part of the reason why Latin America growth is slower than the U.S. is because the U.S. could afford to have inflation, since it is a large economy, since U.S. is allowed to print money. “There
By Kristi Sultan
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Latin America's Economy Faces Slower Recovery

Latin America's economy is growing at a slower than average rate compared to the rest of the world. The International Monetary Fund shows that the world’s economy will grow by 5.2% this year, while Latin America’s economy will expand only by 3.6%. UCF Associate Professor of History Yovanna Pineda said part of the reason why Latin America growth is slower than the U.S. is because the U.S. could afford to have inflation, since it is a large economy, since U.S. is allowed to print money. “There
By Kristi Sultan
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UCF honors the passing of 27 Knights in annual Eternal Knights ceremony

UCF held a ceremony to honor 27 UCF students who passed away during recent academic terms on Thursday at the Reflecting Pond. The memorial service was held both in person and virtually, due to COVID-19 this year. The service was held outside and had been streamed live for others to join virtually for the first time. Eternal Knights is an annual event that began in 2008 to honor the lives of students from the UCF community. The event presents an opportunity for families and friends to pay tribute to the ones that they love and lost.
By Beatriz Oliveira
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Immigrant Justice Center at UCF gives back to community

The Immigrant Justice Center at UCF's goal is to help students educate and assist immigrants around the UCF community. Junior legal studies major Tanya Fernanda is the president and founder of the Immigrant Justice Center. Fernanda is originally from Mexico City, Mexico. She moved to the U.S. when she was 16 with her mom and two sisters to escape violence. She said moving to the U.S. was a very difficult transition because of the long process it took for her to become a legal citizen. Fernand
By Kristi Sultan
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UCF ranked first in graduate game design program

UCF's graduate game design program — the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy — is ranked No. 1 in the US, according to the Princeton Review's 2020 Ranking List. Part of the FIEA program's success comes from the focus on its diversity and industry, the FIEA Executive Director Ben Noel said. He said the program was designed from the ground up, and that all the faculty come from the game design industry. "We bring in students from all over the world that are a mix of producers, artist and p
By Kristi Sultan
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UCF women's tennis teams trounces UNF

The No. 16 Knights (10-3) faced the Ospreys (7-5) at the Orlando USTA National Campus. The afternoon started out hot and only got hotter as the teams duked it out over three long hours. The match points were not easy wins for the Knights- doubles and singles three being the only quick wins, with the doubles one and three pairs closing their sets out 6-3 and 6-1 respectively. Singles three Ksenia Kuznetsova had the quickest win of individual matches, winning 6-2, 6-2 against UNF’s Ana Paula Mel
By Sierra Williams
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UCF as speech-pathology leader during the COVID-19 pandemic

As students worried about what type of hands-on experience they would be able to receive for their speech pathology degree, UCF launched a new course just in time and included relevant COVID-19 material. Since the pandemic began, many UCF speech pathology master’s students who planned to do their internships during the summer became concerned about not obtaining their program's required hours, said Erika Daly, communication sciences and disorders master's student. “The call was really for peop
By Daniela Vivas Labrador
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UCF COVID-19 waste water testing: Finding the virus

The University of Central Florida is creating a new way to track COVID-19, and that's by looking underneath the campus. According to UCF, the wastewater program will be testing on sewage on campus. The testing was announced in the beginning of Spring semester by UCF.
By Cliff Tumetel
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UCF defeats Tulsa after tough second half

UCF men’s basketball defeated Tulsa Tuesday night in its final home game of the season. The Knights (9-11, 7-10 AAC) beat Tulsa (10-11, 7-9 AAC) 73-69 after a harrowing second half. This was UCF’s first match up in ten days, after their games against Temple University and Southern Methodist University were cancelled. The Knights started out strong in the first half, showing off their teamwork as they trampled Tulsa’s attempts to take an early lead. By the end of it, UCF was a healthy 16 points
By Sierra Williams
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UCF provost prioritizes student success, graduation rates

While leading her first open forum as UCF's new provost and vice president for academic affairs, Elizabeth Dooley said Tuesday she believes a united UCF community can achieve student success. "I truly believe that together, we are better," Dooley said. The forum hosted an audience of about 200 people at the Morgridge International Reading Center on UCF's main campus and centered on student success. It focused on four-year graduation rates, which is the given time frame students are expected to
By Adriana Aquino
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UCF Majorettes mother-daughter duo share Marching Knights experience

As Raelyn Hudson marched onto the UCF football field for the first time, majorette coach Lynann Hudson stood as a proud mother with tears in her eyes. “It is honestly the best time sharing these experiences with my mom,” Raelyn Hudson said. Lynann and Raelyn Hudson are a mother-daughter duo on the UCF Majorette line. Lynann Hudson said she had always dreamed about watching her daughter on the Knights home turf, but the experience was a feeling like no other. Raelyn Hudson, sophomore criminal
By Taylor Anderson
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Students struggling with mental health cope through use of the arts

Mariana Restrepo and Isis Bermudez struggled with mental health issues during the past year due to remote learning. However, they both found solace through the use of the arts. “I love painting and I never do it because I never have time, and now I'm locked up in the house," Restrepo said. “It was something to look forward to. To express myself, to bring out creativity, and to keep my mind focused on positivity.” The sophomore health sciences major said she struggled with depression and codepe
By Zoemar Lebron
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