Bike Week fills up Daytona, spills over to Orlando and beyond

The roar of engines echoed through Main Street at Daytona Beach's 75th Bike Week on Friday. Leather-clad revelers whooped and hollered while onlookers admired the custom bikes, belly-busters and bandannas. When Bike Week first started in 1937, it was confined to Daytona Beach. These days Bike Week events can be found spreading out across the state. "It has truly grown right along the I-4 corridor," said Sal Crivello, director of operations at Seminole Harley-Davidson. "It has become somewhat

Winter Park businessman donates kidney to man he barely knows

As Patrick Chapin was wheeled into the Florida Hospital operating room on a gurney, he told his family that he would see them on the "other side." "I mean the other side of the hospital, when this is all done," Chapin, 48, recalled saying to his wife and family. Chapin, the CEO and president of the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, was on his way to donate a kidney to David Andrews, the husband of an acquaintance and the executive vice president of Gettysburg Commercial Corporation.

Chloe's Law makes progress, passes through House committee

Chloe's Law, also known as HB357, passed through a Florida House subcommittee on Feb. 2. The law would require the Department of Transportation to install roadside barriers along bodies of water near Florida's highways by June 2018. The bill targets roadways where deaths due to drowning resulted from motor vehicles accidents, and focuses specifically on incidents that occurred between July 1, 2006 to July 1, 2016.

UCF 2016-17 ASF budget could see cuts

Editor's note: This article previously stated that SGA might forgo Spirit Splash ducks due to budget cuts. SGA President Cait Zona said this is not true. In fact, Homecoming recommended that SGA take money away from its marketing budget in order to keep the ducks and avoid losing tradition. The UCF Activity and Service Fee budget committee needs to cut $853,570 from requested funds in order to stay within its 2016-17 budget of $18,600,000.

Mr, Miss Africa pageant to celebrate cultural diversity

Beauty pageants may not be traditionally associated with cultural awareness and equality, but that’s exactly what UCF’s African Student Organization aims to promote this Friday with the Mr. & Miss Africa pageant. The organization’s first-ever pageant will feature a standard introduction, interviews, a talent performance, evening wear, sashes and even tiaras. But, in line with the event’s ultimate purpose, it will also feature one additional section.

UCF alumni talk about directing the Blair Witch Project

UCF alumni Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Myrick both ended up at UCF’s film program by a twist of fate, but they ended up creating one of the most successful independent horror films of all time, “The Blair Witch Project.” After switching over to film from their previous career aspirations, the duo wrote, directed and produced the movie with a budget of $22,000, ultimately garnering a total revenue of $248 million and setting the foundation for a new style of found-footage, handheld horror.

UCF professor's book teaches students to self-motivate

With busy schedules demanding students' time, it can be hard to push forward and keep motivated throughout the semester. But with the right mindset, motivation doesn't have to be a struggle. Bobby Hoffman, a UCF associate professor who teaches Motivation in Learning and Performance at UCF's College of Education and Human Performance, has written a book that details how to overcome motivational challenges through self-awareness and practical strategies.