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Student heads to Gainesville to become online Gator

Student heads to Gainesville to become online Gator

Emily Long owns a Gators umbrella, an orange and blue bathing suit and a University of Florida tailgating game. She could easily go about two weeks without wearing the same UF shirt twice. When it comes to her college choice, "I'm not kidding," said Long, 18, of Orlando. "I'll do whatever it takes to go to UF." Long is one of a small number of students who have enrolled in UF's controversial new program where she will take online courses for up to two years before she's allowed to step into a real classroom. And she's taking it a step further: Long is moving to Gainesville while she takes the online classes. After the flagship university...

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