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Published: Friday, September 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, September 1, 2006 at 3:49 a.m.

Memorial for students killed in crash is today

  • A memorial service for two University of Florida students who died in a crash on Interstate 95 in southern Virginia in August is scheduled for this afternoon.
    David Marshall, 39, and his brother, Brian Marshall, 31, were both in UF's graduate program for counselor education.
    David Marshall, who was pursuing his doctorate degree, was the founder of the Florida Center for Performance Excellence, a sports psychology counseling service.
    Brian Marshall was pursuing a master's degree.
    An online tribute to the men reads: "We miss their energy and the many ways each of them contributed to the department . . . recruiting new students for the softball team, their chili and chowder at potlucks and turkeys at holiday parties, their open door to their home for Super Bowl and Red Sox games, their love of argument and debate, their demand for professional excellence, and mostly their generous and gregarious spirits."
    The memorial service begins at 4 p.m. in the Norman Hall courtyard. In case of rain, the memorial will be moved to the University Auditorium.
    A reception will follow in the Norman Hall Terrace Room, located on the ground floor of Norman Hall overlooking the Norman courtyard. For more information, go to

    UF fraternity donates $13,000 to charities

  • The University of Florida's Phi Beta Sigma fraternity is donating $13,000 today to several local charities.
    The money was raised during the summer at the fraternity's annual "Blue and White Weekend." A ceremony is planned for the front steps of Tigert Hall at 12:30 p.m. today.
    Some of the money is going to Duval and Rawlings elementary schools as well as a program sponsored by Planned Parenthood that educates young men on HIV/STD prevention. Also, the local chapter plans to sponsor several youth baseball teams at a local community center.
    "Blue and White Weekend has generated millions of dollars for the Gainesville economy, and proceeds have always benefited the people of Gainesville," said Mike Powell, chapter adviser for the fraternity.
    Phi Beta Sigma is a historically black Greek organization founded in 1914 at Howard University.

    Gator fight song among most played ring tones

  • Cell-phone-talking Gators have made the University of Florida fight song one of the top college sports-related ring tones downloaded from the Web, according to one online retailer.
    Only fans of Army and Notre Dame have downloaded more fight song ring tones from than those from UF. The band rendition of "Orange and Blue" even beats out the fight songs of some of UF's major rivals, including Florida State University (No. 4), the University of Georgia (No. 5) and the University of Miami (No. 6).
    The UF logo is also the third-most downloaded logo. The University of Texas and the University of Arizona come first and second respectively.
    With a student body of nearly 50,000, which is one of the largest student bodies in the country, it's no wonder UF ranks so high. Cell phone users between the ages of 18 and 24 are twice as likely to download a new ring tone as other mobile phone subscribers, according to the research firm M:Metrics.
    - Compiled by Janine Young Sikes
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