Michael Cizek T2B_profile

 

Cats and dogs are great…just not when they come from the sky.  Trading rainy Seattle for the golden sunshine of Gainesville, Michael Cizek, a 2nd year finance student, was reportedly seen slipping out of his worn rain coat and into a pair of unused shorts.

Before he was a college student, Michael was hatched in Richmond, VA.  He grew up loved by his mother, father, and little sister Alexandra.  In his youth Michael enjoyed playing baseball, learning about any moving vehicle, and watching [orange and] Blue’s Clues.  But like all lads, Michael grew up, began growing facial hair (sorta…), and was ready for college.

When it came time to picking a college, Michael had a tough choice.  But after careful consideration, Michael spoke to UF like he speaks to his nose saying, “I pick you!”

Upon entering UF, Michael wasted no time at all.  20 minutes after saying goodbye to his dear parents, he rushed over to his first Gator Band rehearsal.  After a fun season of Gator Football and playing lots of Sousaphone, Michael was ready for more.

He met lots of new friends in Student Government, the Florida Leadership Academy, and as both a Resident Assistant and Preview Staffer.  That’s some fun stuff, but Michael wanted to try something that is neater than a pocket on a shirt.

In September of 2015, Michael won a contest to be the year’s student Mr. Two Bits.  He led the cheer to over 80,000 people before the East Carolina football game.  During the cheer, Michael tried to do a backflip…emphasis on tried.

Michael now enjoys spending time with friends, riding his bike around Gainesville, eating pizza, and not trying to backflip. If you ever see him around campus, be sure to say hello!  He is good with children and does not bite.

Bikes

 

Meet Gator Tandem

The Gator Tandem began life in 1968 as a Schwinn Twinn Tandem Bicycle.  They were marketed by saying, “Cycling is fun alone, but you can double your fun on a new tandem!” Instead of doubling the fun, riding a tandem bicycle is more like fun squared…

Gator Tandem

The Gator Tandem began life in 1968 as a Schwinn Twinn Tandem Bicycle.  They were marketed by saying, “Cycling is fun alone, but you can double your fun on a new tandem!”  Instead of doubling the fun, riding a tandem bicycle is more like fun squared!

The orange and blue tandem bike was purchased by Michael Cizek in September of 2014.  He bought it to resell it.  But instead of making a quick buck, Michael realized how much fun it was to have a tandem bike.  He couldn’t sell such an amazing mode of transportation to someone else- they might try and ride it alone! *gasp*

Without a car on campus, Michael was able to drive his friends to class.  On game days, he and his friends would ride around waving at all the tailgaters.  The bike has been ridden all over Gainesville- its even been on Florida Field on a game day!

The Gator Tandem is ridden every week, and Michael is always looking for new friends to ride it with!  If you ever see the Gator Tandem, be sure to snag a picture and tag it with the hashtag #UFt2b!

Crew

 

Mickey Howard, Associate Director – Dean of Students Office

Alyson Landry, Special Projects Coordinator – Media Services

Todd Sanders, Director of UF Social Media

Ryan Morejon, Coordinator of UF Social Media

Thomas Moseley, Videographer

Zachary Read, Videographer

 

Collaborative Partners:

  • Dean of Students Office
  • University Relations
  • UF Social Media
  • Division of Student Affairs

 

Special Thanks:

  • UF Media Properties
  • University Athletics Association
  • Office of Admissions
  • Sara Tanner, Director of Marketing – Division of Student Affairs
  • Shan Jiang, Web Developer – Division of Student Affairs
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