UCF Officials Crack Down on Drunk Driving

The University of Central Florida Police Department urges students to “drive sober or get pulled over.”

The new school year has begun, and UCF’s Police Department is starting early in their fight against reckless driving.  They have issued out new information about an increase in DUI checkpoints near campus.  The checkpoint wave will take place from August 22nd to September 1st.

UCF’s Police Department

The new slogan for these organized traffic stops?  Drive sober or get pulled over.  UCF officials are not hesitant to pull over anyone they suspect could be under the influence.  Officer Peter Stephens told Knightly News this issue needs [...] Continue Reading…

UCF May Build New $75 Million Campus In Downtown Orlando

As UCF students return to campus for the fall semester, few of them have apparently heard that university officials are contemplating building a new $75 million campus in downtown Orlando

Tom Lemos

As widely reported in the local news media, the UCF Board of Trustees on July 31 added a downtown campus to the university’s five-year plan and the state Legislature gave UCF $2 million to study the feasibility of building such a campus, which would include a parking garage that would provide spaces for 1,300 cars and housing that could accommodate up to 800 students. The [...] Continue Reading…

SeaWorld To Build First-Of-Its-Kind Killer Whale Environment kv/

Photo courtesy of Freerangestock

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. announced plans to build a new killer whale environment

Jim Atchison, Chief Executive Officer and President of SeaWorld said, “Through up-close and personal encounters, the new environment will transform how visitors experience killer whales.”

Photo courtesy of Freerangestock.

The new environments have a planned depth of 50-feet and span more than 350-feet in length giving a total surface area of nearly 1.5-acres. The total water volume is said to be ten million gallons which is nearly double the current facility.  The new tanks are part of what SeaWorld is calling the Blue World Project. The first of the new [...] Continue Reading…

Pegasus Palooza Kicks Off School Year For UCF Students

UCF’s first year experience event gives students a taste of what the university has to offer

Knight Rave 2013

The University of Central Florida kicked off its official Welcome Week on Saturday, August 16th, 2014.  Pegasus Palooza is a week full of fun activities for UCF students to get socially and academically involved. With events happening throughout the week, the welcome week gives new and old students an opportunity to meet other people and find their niche on campus.

UCF’s Pegasus Palooza is from August 16-August 23.


Pegasus Palooza is an annual event offered to the [...] Continue Reading…

New UCF Policy Determines Financial Aid

Homework in the first week of school just became more important for students at the University of Central Florida

UCF student completing assignment

Starting Fall 2014, UCF officials are implementing a new policy that may delay financial aid disbursement for students.

In an email, Associate Vice President for Financial Aid at UCF Dr. Gordon Chavis said, “The new process was implemented, because UCF was found to be non-compliant with federal regulations governing federal student financial aid.”

These regulations state that students who receive this aid must be academically engaged in each course in which they are enrolled. Chavis explained [...] Continue Reading…

Friends Of ISIS Captive Sotloff Speak Out Admiringly Of His Talent, Passion

By Brian Stelter and AnneClaire Stapleton, CNN @anneclaireCNN

(CNN) — When freelance journalist Steven Sotloff disappeared during a reporting trip to Syria in August 2013, his family kept the news a secret. Families of hostages are frequently advised to do this by security firms, and news organizations are sometimes willing to cooperate.

But Sotloff’s abduction is now international news. Sotloff is seen at the end of a video published on Tuesday by the Islamic extremist group ISIS. After another journalist, James Foley, is shown with his head cut off, the video’s narrator indicates that Sotloff will be killed if President Barack [...] Continue Reading…

Steven Sotloff: Former Roommate Speaks Out On ISIL Video

Emerson Lotzia said Sotloff is a fearless journalist and a great friend

American journalist and former UCF student Steven Sotloff is being held hostage by ISIL, an Islamic extremist group. ISIL released  a video titled “A Message to America” which first showed the beheading of American journalist James Foley before threatening Sotloff’s life. On Wednesday, National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said, “We have reached the judgment that this video is authentic.”

“I refuse to watch the video,” said Emerson Lotzia, Sotloff’s former roommate at UCF. “But a friend messaged me a still [photo] from the end of the video when Steve makes an appearance.”

Emerson Lotzia is a [...] Continue Reading…