In March 1966, Diamond Village was dedicated to 1950-51 student body president Emory Gardner Diamond.Diamond served as clerk of the Honor Court from 1949 to 1950 and in 1949 was mayor of Flavet Village II, now the Keys complex.He left UF to serve as a fighter pilot with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and returned as a married veteran in 1947. Diamond
helped raise funds to build a new student union, which is now the J. Wayne Reitz Union
.He encouraged the establishment of a Student Traffic Court and served as a manager of the Gator Band.He
also initiated block seating for football games after conflicts between University of Miami
and UF fans. Diamond
died in a private airplane crash on Dec. 31, 1959.
Many new residents are thrilled with the renovations.
"It's good, much better than the old one.It's cheaper than off-campus," said Poonnachit, a horticultural science major who recently transferred to one of the new buildings."Before, you had to install your own air-conditioner and a gas heater.Now, we have central air-conditioner, and the kitchen is remodeled also."