Introducing UF's new Student Body President

Published: Friday, June 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 1, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

He was born in Derbyshire, England, 22 years ago but moved to Miami at the age of 6, so he's very much a product of America.

But when University of Florida Student Body President Ryan Moseley watches his beloved English soccer team the Derby Rams - or even plays soccer on his Xbox - he says he puts on a thick British accent.

Yes, Moseley's roots are in Great Britain, but he's immersed himself in American culture. He's a huge sports buff, having lettered in basketball, volleyball and soccer in high school, and says his best college memories so far are all the national championships the Gators have won.

"I'm a huge Gator football and basketball fan, but I enjoy watching all of the other Gator sports, too. It was great watching the gymnastics team perform so well, and I just want to take in all that UF has to offer," Moseley said.

Moseley, 22, is also president of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, or Sig Ep, and said he enjoys doing "pretty generic stuff" like hanging out with his friends and listening to "a good little mix" of music during his downtime.

"Music-wise, I like a little country in the morning, more relaxed music like Jack Johnson during the day and then I build up to hip-hop at night," he said.

And although he claims to be just like every other college student, he doesn't care for three foods that tend to be popular in America: macaroni and cheese, peanut butter and tuna.

"I love all kinds of meat, though," Moseley said.

While he has savored Florida's huge success in football and basketball, Moseley said his most difficult circumstance while at UF was dealing with the tragic Virginia Tech shootings in April. "It was a pretty solemn moment," he said.

Moseley, who was Student Body Treasurer last year, majored in finance and is now enrolled in the Master of Arts International Business Program.

"My master's program is one year, then I plan on going to law school, and after that I'll see what falls in line from there," he said.

At the moment, however, Moseley's plans are pretty intact, and although he admits to being very impatient, he said he is preparing himself for the upcoming year.

"After serving last year as Student Body Treasurer, I have been able to adjust to the (role of president) quickly because there was much less of a learning curve," he said.

Moseley said the jobs are very different, yet both require all-day commitments, so he feels he has "built up the stamina for the long days."

He said he is using this summer to set the foundation for his platform goals and to train staff.

Some of the goals Moseley is working on: writing a weekly newsletter to inform students of his progress, installing more blue-light phones on campus for safety, establishing a GPS system with the RTS buses so students can be at their stop accordingly and also creating a Student Government handbook for students so they can make use of services available to them as well as find ways to get involved.

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