Tanesha Bridenback

UCF students trade in the sun and sand for a cultural awakening

Many college spring breakers flock toward the warmer weather with friends, music and fun. However, some students at the University of Central Florida have a different plan. Trading in their sandals for sneakers, a group of UCF students is heading to Washington D.C. in hopes of learning more about African-American culture and history. Cassandra Allen, Student Director of the Multicultural Student Center, is helping coordinate the trip and hopes the students will gain valuable knowledge

New coffee shop brews in Winter Park

UCF coffee lovers flocked to their new hub as Foxtail Coffee Co. hosted its piping hot grand opening in Winter Park Saturday. Foxtail may already be a household name as the company has been promoting its opening for months around Orlando. Camille Gonzales, a third-year UCF nursing student, saw the company tabling at last month’s Orlando Pride Parade downtown and made sure to come to Saturday’s event. “It has a great environment,” Gonzales, 20, said. “The woodsy and homey atmosphere caters to

Everything you need to know about Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew, as put by The Weather Channel, “will be the strongest Florida east coast strike since Hurricane Andrew.” The Category 4 hurricane, which originally formed as a tropical storm off the coast of Africa, is expected to bring gusting winds and heavy rains to the Central Florida area. It has already hit Haiti, Cuba and the Bahamas, moving at roughly a speed of 14 mph and with winds blowing at a rate of 140 mph. With more than 200 fatalities in Haiti, Florida Gov. Rick Scott urged

Chicago failed community after Laquan's death

On Nov. 25, video evidence was released showing Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. However, the reason this case is receiving so much attention is because it was a police-involved shooting that occurred more than a year ago, on Oct. 20, 2014, and was just swept under the rug by the city. With incidents such as these, where the victim takes an unnecessary number of shots or when it’s depicted as a race issue and an abuse of authority, citizens have a righ

Terrorist attacks unite America in solidarity

As one nation undergoes tragedy and heartbreak, another comes together. Last Friday, six different locations in France were attacked, resulting in more than 120 deaths and hundreds of injuries. These terrorist attacks are being claimed by ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and are declared as an “act of war,” French President Francois Hollande said. In this mode of crisis that the Parisians are in, hearts all over the world are going out to them. Along with concern for their safety, ma

All women can be heroic like Serena Williams

Not all heroes wear capes. Some wear heels. When I think of a superhero, I think of someone who can fly or someone who can stop a train with just the slightest touch of a pinkie. However, when I think of specific superheroes, an array comes to mind, with a few superheroines in the mix occasionally. Apparently I’m not the only one tired of women not getting their time to fly. As of last Wednesday, after chasing down a guy who tried to steal her phone, the tennis goddess known as Serena William