UCF junior Parker Smith said he noticed something was off when his exiting his flight that supposedly was arriving in France. “At first I just thought perhaps France wasn’t as different as I suspected it would be, but once I started recognizing landmarks, and then UCF faculty members simply dressed in stereotypical French clothing, I knew something was up,” he explained. After realizing how expensive Parker Smith’s trip to France would be, the UCF study abroad staff decided to instead send Smith back home to Orlando after his layover before his flight to the airport in Nice, France without telling him. In a show of campus spirit, and blatant cultural stereotyping, UCF transformed memory mall into a French Riviera complete with mimes and soft music playing over loud speakers. Study Abroad program director Jonathon Striker explained “First it seemed like an easy job to create the illusion of France, but two or three props in we realized we had literally no idea what was specific to France. At some point we had art students building Italian structures and the Medieval Swordsman club was even chipping in to create the feel of feudal England.”
At press time Parker Smith was seen saying “Don’t even” after being greeted by his roommates with a heavy Parisian accent.