Gender gaps in journalism classes and newsrooms concern students

Take a look at a typical classroom at the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications, and one fact becomes obvious: girls rule.

Women, in fact, made up almost 75% of total student enrollment in the journalism school during the Fall 2013 semester — and UF isn’t an exception. Women made up two-thirds of the student body enrolled in bachelors and masters degree programs during the fall 2013 semester, according to the 2013 Annual Survey of Journalism and Mass Communication Enrollment, the latest year available for the data.

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The 8 Best Parts of Coming Home for Winter Break

Winter Break is so close, and we’re all anxious with anticipation to escape the confines of our campus. Fed up with final papers, presentations and exams, we Gators are just about ready for this semester to come to a close. Here are just a couple of things we’re most looking forward to about being home this holiday season.

1. Food that doesn’t require multi-step microwave instructions

After weeks of food that’s frozen, dehydrated, canned and every form of preserved, nothing tastes as good as a home-cooked meal. Even meals that you might’ve groaned and complained about as a kid evoke a certain nostalgia and appreciation as a college student returning home. Make sure to enjoy every meal because it’ll be back to microwavable insta-meals in what’ll feel like the blink of an eye.

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This post was a top chapter article on Her Campus, on Dec. 18, 2014!

 

The 9 Most Annoying Conversation Starters You’ll Hear During Winter Break

Oh, the holidays. A time when you’re reunited with all of your beloved friends and family to catch up on college life and hear about months of missed gossip. This usually leads, however, to a very predictable and tired list of conversation starters that get old very fast. Here are some of the most annoying ones:

1. “Wow, you’ve really gained/lost weight!”

Said by: Complete random family friend at a holiday party who you are in no way comfortable holding a full conversation with and have probably been trying to avoid the entire time.
What you want to say: “Can we not comment on the physical appearance of my body, please? After the hell that is finals week that weight gain or loss wasn’t intentional nor was it pleasant, and I’m already aware of it.”
What you’ll actually say: “Yeah, that dining hall food, am I right?”

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University of Florida issues warning after Twitter threats

The University of Florida received 15 simultaneous Twitter messages Tuesday evening with the threat, “Im gonna shoot up the college tomorrow.”

In a campus-wide alert sent by email at 1 a.m. Wednesday morning, the University of Florida Police Department said the threat is “general in nature” and that the “credibility of the threat is considered to be low at this time.”

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Thanksgiving break is literally the worst thing ever

Thanksgiving break is horrible. It’s as if someone made the conscious decision to mercilessly taunt us poor college kids with a few days of the warmth and comfort of family, food, and friends – only to toss us back, headfirst and still recovering from food comas, into the depths of hell that is finals week.

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Maintaining Motivation: How to Overcome the Daily Struggle

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar

When it comes to the daily grind of school, it gets too easy to forget why you chose a major and career goal in the first place. We can all relate to taking core classes that are sometimes completely irrelevant from our actual interests and dealing with difficult professors who makes it easy to lose focus. Here are some ways to incorporate more motivation into your day to keep you on top of your game and always putting your best foot forward.

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Pentz lives in housing through Southern Scholarship Foundation

Dinner at Hansen is homemade lasagna prepared in a communal kitchen by the students themselves – a stark contrast to the infamous dining hall grub that other college students at UF are eating.

Ansley Pentz feels right at home.

Pentz, a 19-year-old journalism sophomore from Chiefland, Florida, doesn’t hesitate in the slightest to call her 16 other housemates family. Living in Hansen, one of nine houses in Gainesville that are part of the Southern Scholarship Foundation, she couldn’t be happier with her housemates and the warm, home-like atmosphere the program provides.

“It’s so nice to come home to smiling faces,” Pentz said. “I love having someone to share things with.”

SSF provides rent-free housing to students across Florida with financial need and academic merit. Gainesville has nine houses: three for men and six for women.

The houses are a much more intimate setting than the standard dorm or apartment-style housing – possibly setting the state for quarrels and disputes. Pentz disagreed.

“Overall, the experience is really good because people are so carefully selected,” Pentz said. She emphasized however, that the house rules keep everyone in check.

“I really rejoice in the rules,” Pentz said. “I know I can come home to a safe, nice environment.”

After an extensive application process, Pentz toured the home before her freshman year and felt that the program would be a good fit. But, taking the plunge into communal living with 16 other people, Pentz had her hesitations initially.

“It was a little daunting at first because you’re living with all of these strangers,” Pentz said. But she quickly acclimated to the experience and became close with many of the women – bonding over similar majors and life experiences.

“I definitely Facebook stalked everyone first though,” Pentz said.

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