‘Get to Know the Custodians’

'Get to Know the Custodians'

In 1996 I was fresh out of college living in Bay City, Mich., and about to begin my first year as a paid volleyball coach. As many people in my situation, I was scared to death about my lack of experience and my potential inability to shape the hearts and minds of 15- to 18-year-old-volleyball […]

  • It's the Duty of All of Us to Stop Sexual Abuse

    The campus-security video is harrowing. In the early morning hours of June 23, 2013, four Vanderbilt University football players carry the limp, unconscious body of a 21-year-old female honors student from a car and into a campus dorm building after a night of drinking in downtown Nashville. The men dump her in a hallway and […]

  • Advocating for Children is Everyone's Responsibility

    Florida drew national media attention in 2008 when 2-year-old Caylee Marie Anthony of Orlando was reported missing. In the months and years that followed, her mother, Casey, was charged and ultimately acquitted of Caylee’s murder. Along the way she became society’s public example of a bad mother. During the months leading up to and after […]

  • A Community is More Than a Group of People

    I recently met someone from Bolivia through a mutual friend. She was telling me how different it is in Florida, as no one ever is outside or takes walks. I thought that was an odd statement, given that I see plenty of fellow Floridians outside enjoying our beautiful state. Then I thought: The difference is that […]


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  • Do What You Love (and the Money Might Follow)

    When I was an undergrad in the middle of the Material Girl 80s, I don’t remember anyone—a professor, a parent, or even a random guy on the street (or in the career counseling center)—ever telling me to “do what I love and the money will follow.” And while author Marsha Sinetar released her book with […]

  • My Mistake as an Immigrant Student was Viewing My Difference as a Drawback

    As an immigrant and first-generation college student, I have overcome many challenges throughout my life that I have had trouble sharing with others. For most of my childhood, I was ashamed of my background because I did not feel that I could connect with my peers. However, because of ABC’s new TV show “Fresh Off […]

  • Sagging Pants Does Not Equate to Sagging Values

    For years I’ve debated the issue of people wearing sagging pants with anyone who cared to listen. I’ve hesitated to speak publicly for fear people would think I was condoning the style of dress. For the record, I believe style is a matter of personal expression.  Consider it this way: Some Americans grow up in […]

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A Bold Move

A bold move by UCF. 30,000 jobs. And billions in economic development. The only project of its kind. Some call it a game changer. We call it a medical city. With research, hospitals and a College of Medicine…we’re transforming and savings lives. I’m Rick Walsh, UCF Class of ’77.