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After working in a corporate job for a long time and being let go because of COVID-19, Wendy Leininger decided it was time to join her husband full-time at Echoes of Retro and pursue her passion for vintage items.

“My wife is a huge asset to the store. She’s good with trends and an excellent negotiator,” Marvin Leininger said. “She is a very creative person, and as unfortunate as it was for her to be let go from her corporate job, she is much happier now.”

The vintage shop started in 2014, and

UCF prepares for campuswide alert tests

The UCF Department of Emergency Management will run routine tests this spring during Safe Knight Week to ensure students are receiving emergency alerts.

Bryan Garey, emergency management and business continuity manager, said that the purpose of these tests is to ensure that the different methods used to notify students, faculty and staff of any emergency on campus are running smoothly and if not, then to find out what is missing and remedy that.

The alert tests will run on Wednesday, March 13

Alcohol abuse becomes a concern among college students

For some students, alcohol consumption is a regular part of their college experience; however, this can quickly turn from recreational to a concern.

According to the 2022 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 49% of full-time students from ages 18 to 22 drink alcohol, and 28.9% engage in binge drinking.

The survey considered binge drinking as consuming more than five drinks for males, and four or more for females, within two hours which can bring their blood alcohol concentration (BA

Every second matters when adversity strikes

Grayson Zrelak, a UCF student and two-time cancer survivor is currently fighting for his life after a terrible accident.

Despite spending multiple days in the hospital when he was first diagnosed with cancer, Zrelak is back at the hospital facing what could be the most difficult battle of his life.

On Jan. 16, Zrelak was riding his skateboard on his way to work at Sonic Drive-In in Longwood when his life took yet another heartbreaking turn. While crossing the street, a woman making a left turn

Pedestrian safety is still a pressing issue for UCF students

With work now underway on the $13.2 million of pedestrian safety improvements near campus, UCF students say the safeguards can’t come soon enough.

This year has barely begun, and yet at least 26 pedestrians have been injured in 30 pedestrian crashes in Orange County during 2024, according to the Florida Highway Patrol website.

Angel Pinos, junior biomedical sciences major, is a Taco Bell shift manager and said that he sees accidents at least once every two weeks on his way to work.

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Convenience to campus: A new garage availability system

Starting this spring, UCF students can use the new garage availability system designed to make their parking experience less chaotic.

Even though finding parking on campus can be difficult, the UCF Parking Services website, as well as the UCF mobile app, is providing a live garage availability tracking system to make students’ lives easier.

Anand Rampersad, UCF parking and transportation services business strategies and financial/auxiliary services assistant director, said in an email intervie