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Title: Off campus life newsletter
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Language: English
Creator: Dean of Students Office, University of Florida
Publisher: Dean of Students Office, University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: October 2009
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OCL


UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

OFF CAMPUS LiFE


OCTOBER 2009 VOLUME 2, ISSUE 9
Page 1


OCL: Who We Are and What
We Do For You

The Office of Off Campus Life advocates for your rights
in the community and provides support services and
education to better your off campus experience with
the ultimate goal of helping you develop into a globally-
conscious Gator.

In other words, we are here to serve any needs you
may have with living off campus. Roommate or land-
lord issues? We're here. Concerns about your personal
safety? We're here. Unclear about your rights as an off
campus student? Again, we're here.

The Office of Off Campus Life aims to provide programs
and services that will prepare you to be a great Gator
neighbor, here in Gainesville or wherever the road may
take you.
Go to www.offcampus.ufl.edu for more info or drop by
OCL's office in the Dean of Students Office in Peabody
Hall (next to the Registrar's Office) to learn more about
our services.


Roommate Props and Flops
OCL wants to hear about your experiences with your roommates. Send us a short blurb (no longer
than 5 sentences) about your incredible...or not-so incredible roommates. Your entry could be select-
ed to be in our next newsletter. If chosen, you will receive a Publix gift card for doing nothing more
than ranting and raving about your off campus experience. E-mail submissions to leahv@offcampus.
ufl.edu no later than October 23 to be considered for November's newsletter. In the e-mail, include
your first and last name and a phone number where we can reach you. No inappropriate or vulgar
language will be published and OCL reserves the right to edit your submission for length or clarity
purposes.


Check out the Buzz on Off Campus Life!

SMeet Buzz, the Office of Off Campus Life's friendly and
ifun mascot. Look out for him dancing around campus
with free give-aways and information about OCL's pro-
e grams and services. You could walk away with a free "I
Love OCL" t-shirt, free color-changing cups, and new
knowledge and awareness about what OCL does for you,
the off campus student. Don't be shy...come up and say
Shi! Join the OCL Facebook and Twitter group to keep
[. tabs on Buzz's whereabouts.


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Meet the Office of Off Campus Life!
Nora Kilroy
Director


Nora has her BA in English Education from Mercer University and her M.Ed. in
College Student Personnel Counseling from the University of Southern Missis-
sippi. She joined the University of Florida community 7 years ago, working in
various offices. Despite living in four different states over a period of five years,
Gainesville is the first place she considered home. "It has a welcoming feel here.
People seem more open to others' perspectives. Plus, the weather is great."
In addition to being the Director of OCL, she serves on the city's Student Community Relations Advisory
Board, advocating for student rights in the community. She loves fast cars, the outdoors and Florida's
warm weather, wittiness, and, of course, the Gators. In fact, one of Nora's personal goals is to do the
Gatorwalk and get a high-five from Tim Tebow. Go Gators!


This can be you and your group of friends if we pick
your photo submission for next month's newsletter!


Green is the New Black











OCL


UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

OFF CAMPUS LiFE


OCTOBER 2009 VOLUME 2, ISSUE 9
Page 2


I Get Around

Drinking and driving are never a
good combination. But, what do
you do when you need a ride home
and nobody around you can drive
safely? Here are some different
ways in Gainesville to get home
safely:

*Later Gator- RTS bus service of-
fers night time lines from 8:30PM-
2:45AM or 3:05AM (depending on
which route you take). Fare is free
with a Gator 1 ID or $1.50 without
one. Each of the three bus routes
goes by downtown every 10, 20,
or 25 minutes. See http://www.
go-rts.com/Current-Semester%20
proof/campus.html for more
details.

*SNAP- Student Nighttime Auxiliary
Patrol (SNAP) can pick you up any-
where on campus and drop you off
anywhere on campus. Key word is
on campus. Call 352-392-SNAP for
a lift.

*Fabulous Rides- Their service
does sound pretty...well...fabu-
lous. In addition to traditional
taxi services, this company offers
designated drivers who will meet
you at your car and drive your car
(and you) home. Go to http://
fabulousrides.com/home.htm for
more information.
Call the Transportation Hotline at
1-877-RIDE-UF1 for your one-stop
hub of transportation information.


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This well-known phrase from a popular board game may
seem to hold no meaning in the real world, but it can very
much so become a reality for students. With Homecoming,
the Florida/Georgia game, and Halloween fast approach-
ing, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate. By all means,
party like a rock star, but don't put yourself and loved-ones
into reckless, preventable situations. Here are some tips on
how to keep your coot (and cash) during party season:

-Think VIP: Keep the guest list limited to those you know
and trust. People who know you are less apt to steal your
belongings and trash your place.

-Take One For the Team: Have one of your roommates stay
sober throughout the party. This way, if things get out of
hand, there is someone to handle issues responsibly.

-Don't Hook UP: Park only in designated visitor spots or
permissible areas. The excuse of "I parked there because
other people parked there, too" or "I was told to park
there" does not protect your car from the hauling hooks of
tow trucks.

-3 Strikes and You're Out: According to Florida's Open
House Party Statute, if your party is too loud (violat-
ing Gainesville's Noise Ordinance of hearing noise from a
distance of 200 feet or more), has over 100 people, and is
serving alcohol to minors, you and your roommates can get
a $200+ fine and go to jail. J


21 & Up: Open House Parties
SGet your lawyer caps on and
start thinking like Elle Woods.
According to Chapter 856 of Flor-
ida Code (also known as the Open
House Party Statute), "No person
having control of any residence
shall allow an open house party
to take place at said residence if
any alcoholic beverage or drug is
possessed or consumed at said
residence by any minor where
the person knows that an alco-
holic beverage or drug is in the
possession of or being consumed
by a minor at said residence and
where the person fails to take
reasonable steps to prevent the possession or consumption of
the alcoholic beverage or drug". If this isn't a run-on sen-
tence, then I'm not sure what is. But, seriously, what Statute
856.015 means is if you are the host of a party where alcohol
is knowingly being served to and consumed by people under 21
years of age, you are considered responsible and have com-
mitted a misdemeanor of the second degree. Even though
the under-aged guests may have been uninvited, if they are at
your party and are drinking, you are considered liable.

So, what does this all mean to you? It means be smart about
your party choices. The Office of Off Campus Life is not by
any means advocating for you to party, but if you choose to,
we want you to do so wisely. Like G.I. Joe always said, "Now
you know, and knowing is half the battle". It's up to you to
tackle the other half and put your knowledge into action. Do
Joe (and yourself) proud and party responsibly.




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