Published: Monday, January 6, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 6, 2003 at 12:13 a.m.
Eric Purick was sweaty on a chilly Sunday evening but he was happy - he had returned to Gainesville from the holiday break in time to resume the weekly game of ultimate Frisbee at Flavet Field on the University of Florida campus.
Purick was among the thousands of UF and Santa Fe Community College students who found their way back to town for the start of classes this week.
"I got back just in time. I left this morning planning on being here," said Purick, who is from Jupiter. "I'm glad to be back. I got home and my parents had a list of chores for me to do."
Around UF Sunday, dorm parking lots were filled with students toting pillows, luggage, guitars and - in the case of freshman roommates Allison Kirkpatrick and Megan Hinman - fencing gear.
Neither worked out at the sport while they were on break. Both said they were pleased to return to Gainesville.
"It's warm here. I was in Atlanta and it was cold," Kirkpatrick said.
"I'm glad to be back because there was really nothing to do at home," Hinman added.
Several students said the spring semester is the toughest because it has few holidays.
Cindy Swirko can be reached at 374-5024 or swirkoc@ gvillesun.com.
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