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VOLUME 98 ISSUE 71
Published by Campus Communications, Inc. of Gainesville, Florida
We Inform. You Decide.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2005
Groups unite in efforts
for tsunami victims
By LINDSAY TAULBEE
In the aftermath of the
deadliest natural disaster
ever, student organizations
are joining to collect aid and
pay respect to the victims of
the devastating tsunami half
a world away.
Several UF groups, in-.
cluding the Interfraternity
Council, UF's South Asian
Student Alliance and the
Asian Student Union, are
planning events for the com-
ing days that will include do-
nation drives and a candle-
In Washington, President
Bush announced on Monday
a nationwide, private fund-
raising effort to provide
additional aid for tsunami
The president's brother,
Gov. Jeb Bush, is leading a
team of U.S. aid and disaster
experts scouting the region
with Secretary of State Colin
Through Thursday, more
than 200 volunteers repre-
senting all chapters in the IFC
will heed Bush's call, collect-
ing donations on Turlington.
Plaza, said Jeremy Martin,
administrative vice president
of the council.
"The more. student in-
volvement we can get, the
more successful it will be,"
All donations will be
sent to the' International
Committee of the Red Cross'
IFC has not
Bush hope to col-
lect as much
as possible from passing
Crediting Sigma Phi
Epsilon fraternity member
Chris Ferrante with the idea
of collecting the donations,
Martin said, "it hit my heart
and many others, and that's
why we' decided to under-
take this effort."
Meanwhile, at a meeting
Monday night, several cam-
pus groups discussed plans
for a candlelight vigil.
The vigil is .tentatively
scheduled for the evening
of Jan. 11 on the Reitz
Union North Lawn, said
Satish Kunisi, president of
South Asian Americans for
Reflection and Change.
"Hopefully we'll have
some speakers, some UF
professors and some affected
students," he said.
Gators for Tsunami
Relief, a coalition of stu-
dent groups which includes
the South Asian Student
Alliance, SAARC and the
Asian Student Union, among
others, hopes the vigil will
provide a chance to collect
donations and reflect on the
torturous events of the past
"We want everyone in the
UF community, ideally, to
come," Kunisi said.
In the next two weeks,
Kunisi said, the groups also
will collect donations on the
Reitz Union Colonnade.
Mark Villegas, president
of ASU, said he also would
like to see the whole commu-
nity participate in the vigil.
The effects of the disasters
do not reach only the Asian
and Asian-American com-
SEE TSUNAMI, PAGE 8
Revised federal formula causes shrinking Pell grants
By EMILY YEHLE
UF junior Es Swihart receives $1,500 a
semester from the federal government. As a
theater major who has constant rehearsals,
she doesn't have time for a job and relies on
that money to help pay for groceries, rent and
More than 15 percent of UF students re-
* The Gators were
forward Matt Walsh
State. UF couldn't
pull out the vic-
tory, but Coach Billy
Donovan said the
Gators would've lost
even with Walsh.
See story, pg. 22.
ceive Pell grants and are in the same situation
as Swihart. All are in jeopardy of losing some
of that money next Fall because of changes to
be made in the federal aid program.
"It's not the tuition that's going to be a
problem. It's the living," said Swihart, who
also is a Florida Bright Futures Scholarship
recipient. "It's already really hard to do this."
Federal Pell grants will be scaled back due
to an update of a formula used in the Free
Application for Federal Student Aid.
Available from Commercial News Providers"
"Certainly students that are bor-
derline on Pell grant, if they go
from eligible to ineligible, could be
UF's director of financial aid services
About 8,000 UF students, and more than 5
million students nationwide, depend on the
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award for college expenses.
The New York Times reported on Dec. 23
that about 1.3 million students nationwide
could receive less money, and about 90,000
could lose the grant altogether, according to
two analyses.of the change.
State and institutional aid also may be in
danger, as some students could look too rich
under the changes.
"Certainly students that are borderline on
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Court denies sheriff's bud-
get appeal for more cash
Nearly two years after it
began, the budget debate be-
tween Sheriff Stephen Oelrich
and the Alachua County
Commission has come to an
On Dec. 10,
the Florida First
District Court of
in the county's
Oelrich a previous ruling
by Circuit Judge
Oeirich filed a lawsuit
against the county in July 2002
to change how the sheriff's
department is funded for pa-
trolling unincorporated areas.
Normally, such services are
paid for through the Municipal
Services Taxing Unit, a mecha-
nism put in place by the state
for county governments to tax
residents living outside of city
limits for services rendered.
Oelrich believes such services
-should be paid for
through the coun-
ty's general fund,
`- !' he said.
"Since many of the cities
have their own law-enforce-
ment agencies, it doesn't seem
right to tax those people for
law-enforcement service they're
not really taking advantage of
because they have their own
departments or a contract for
it," DeLaney said.
SBut DeLaney said she un-
derstands Oelrich's budgetary
"I think' that any time you
have an organization that has a
mission and is committed to it,
of course they're going to advo-
cate their strongest to get what
they need, which includes fund-
ing, and to the sheriff's credit,
he's been very aggressive and
very good at doing that."
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Lawsuit questions educational board's effectiveness
By JAMES VANLANDINGHAM
Alligator Staff Writer
TALLAHASSEE Saying the state uni-
versity system has de-evolved into a "spoils
system" in which money is allocated on the
whims of politicians, a group led by a former
UF president will ask a judge to rule the state's
university governance regime unconstitu-
The group, Floridians for Constitutional
Integrity, filed suit in Tallahassee circuit court
Dec. 21 claiming the state has not lived up to
a 2002 constitutional amendment mandating
the creation of an autonomous governing
board for Florida's 11 public universities.
The group is headed by E.T. York, who
served as interim president of UF from 1973
to 1974 and as chancellor from 1975 to 1980 of
the state Board of Regents, which oversaw the
state university system until the Legislature
dissolved it in 2000.
Group seeks authority for board
The lawsuit claims' Florida's govern-
ment broke the law when it put the Board
of Goverrors, which was established after
voters backed the amendment mandating the
board be autonomous, under the oversight of
the Florida Department of Education and its
commissioner, appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush.
Further, the lawsuit contends the fully
autonomous board -should have the power
to determine the authority and responsibil-
ity of each university's board of trustees and
what new academic programs should be
established, and it should hold the exclusive
right to approve budgets and tuition levels
for each state university.
One example of how this could affect UF
students is the recent decision by UF's Board
of Trustees to pursue block tuition, which
would raise most UF students' tuition costs
while making all full-time students pay the
same price whether they are taking 12, 15 or
18 credit hours.
York said the lawsuit likely will go all the
way to the Florida Supreme Court.
Pork barrels falling at universities
"We are basically concerned with hav-
ing the Florida government adhere to the
Constitution," York said, adding universi-
ties should "not be subject to the sort of po-
litical meddling and intrusion that has been
so prevalent in the past."
Last year, legislative leaders doled out
$30 million for pet projects, including an
Alzheimer's institute to be named for
House Speaker Johnnie Byrd's father, a
biomedical research center to be named for
Senate President Jim King's parents, and a
chiropractic program at FSU, which would
make it the first school in the nation to rec-
ognize chiropractics as a legitimate medical
profession. The program was spearheaded
by Senate Majority Leader Dennis Jones, a
"This is a constitutional board, ap-
proved by voters, and it has broad
authority and responsibility."
Carolyn K. Roberts
Board of Governors chairwoman
An overlooked bill passed in the waning
moments of last year's session ensured all
three programs will be paid for in perpetu-
ity out of state liquor taxes without further
Test upcoming for governors
But in what York called a test case for the
new Board of Governors, even under the
state's supervision, the body will meet Jan.
27 at UF's Reitz Union to decide whether to
approve the creation of a FSU chiropractic
school. The board will be under intense
political pressure to keep its hands off a
university funding process legislators have
come to regard as their private fiefdom,
Carolyn K. Roberts, the board's chair-
woman, said the board is independent and
will make its decision based on the merits of
the proposed school.
Though she believes the board already is
managing the university system properly,
Roberts said she respects the views of York
and other plaintiffs in the lawsuit.
"I feel that the people who filed that
suit have the same goals as the Board of
Governors," she said. "We all believe that
the state university system is one of our
best assets, and it's very important that we
protect the university system and govern it
UF President Bernie Machen said while
the lawsuit may not be the most efficient
way to solve the governance problem, it
may help to sort out exactly who has author-
ity over Florida's universities.
"I just want to know the rules and who
makes them," he said. "And the sooner, the
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By BRIDGET CAREY
The rap artist who brought the
catchphrases "fo' shizzle" .and
"crack-a-lackin" into America's
homes will share his gifted.linguistics
at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center
Feb. 4, and tickets go on sale Friday
at 10 a.m.
A Snoop Dogg concert will be
part of the lineup .of events in store
for Black History Month. Student
Government Productions worked
with the Black Student Union to bring
the artist for more than $100,000,
Student tickets are $15 aid can
be bought only at the University Box
Office at the Reitz Union with a valid
Gator 1 Card. General tickets cost $25
and are available at all Ticketmaster
locations as welJ as Ticketmaster.com.
There is a limit of 10 tickets per per-
"It's hard to say why he's so
popular," SGP chairman Jeff Yeatman
Yeatman said people stopped on
the street could say they had heard of
Snoop Dogg for more than a decade
of musical success and also cameos
in recent television commercials and
"You love him, or you love to hate
him," Yeatman said.
SInsurance for the
Student concert cost SGP an
Lfe additional $11,877 to
protect UF from liability
should anyone get hurt
during the show. Insurance for an
average concert usually runs near
$2,500, but Yeatman said he doesn't
know exactly why insurance costs
"Snoop is a little bit rowdier," he
said. "The insurance company judges
the type of risk that maybe this crowd
would invite into the venue:"
Although the O'Dome holds
more than 12,000 seats, only about
8,000 tickets will be on sale for those
who want to see the self-proclaimed
"Doggfather," as no seats will be
filled behind the stage.
Parking appeals cut back
Appeal limit 20 days
By ELIZABETH PRANN
Starting this semester, when students find
a bright yellow ticket under their windshield
wipers for parking violations, they also will
find they have only 20 business days to ap-
The Student Traffic Court and Transportation
and Parking Services officially shortened the
90 calendar-day appeal window to 20 business
days for all tickets issued on or after Jan. 1.
Interim Director for Transportation and
Parking Services Scott Fox said there are sev-
eral reasons the change was made.
Students who appeal parking tickets must
wait four to six weeks while their appeals are
heard by a series of student justices.
"We would really like to improve that four-
to-six-week window," Fox said. "We think our
customers deserve a timely response."
Fox hopes this change will reduce the likeli-
hood students will forget about their tickets.
Therefore, they can avoid flags on their records
or boots on their cars.
"We truly think reducing the appeal win-
dow will not create such an opportunity to
throw it out the back door and forget about it,"
He said a 20-business-day period is hard to
Fox said another issue the reduced window
corrects is the number of insincere appeals,
such as those from students who come in at
the end of the semester and ask how many
tickets they have and how many are eligible
"We don't want to attack these people, but
we want to close the door to these frivolous ap-
peals," Fox said.
If that type of appeal is reduced, the whole
process will be more efficient, he said.
The rule change was brought to a public
hearing and went through UF's standard rule-
Fox said there is not a specific event or indi-
vidual who came up with the idea, but it was
an effort to improve the ticket process.
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6, ALLIGATOR N TUESDAY, JANUARY, 2005
It's time to get to work
on another semester
If the events that occurred during the break are any in-
dication, we Gators were very naughty last year.
Our first lump of coal came two days before
Christmas when it was announced that eligibility stan-
dards for Federal Pell Grants would be tightened-a
measure that is expected to leave many students with
decreased grants and others with none at all. The news
hit hard here at UF, where fees are rising and students are
facing the prospect of block tuition.
Then, the Federal Elections Commission stepped in to
take Santa Claus' place for a day, delivering UF a freshly-
wrapped complaint for booking filmmaker Michael Moore
to speak last October. Strangely enough, the card tacked
onto the box listed the complaint as being from "the guy
who wrote that Moore-bashing book last year."
And on New Year's eve, the one present we had been
waiting weeks for was snatched away as our Gators suf-
fered a devastating defeat at the hands of the Miami
But just when we started to think we hadn't done any-
thing good last year, we found a few real gifts under the
On Dec. 16, President Bush signed into law the
Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Act of 2004, an act that
will provide for a much-needed overhaul of systems by
which America gathers its intelligence.
Santa also must have been pleased with us when
Gainesville's new'anti-handbill ordinance took effect. This
will hopefully help us to stem the flood of unwanted gifts
from the flier-fairies for years to come.
Now the holidays are over, and there is much for each
of us to do if we want to have a better holiday season this
UF President Bernie Machen has a long list of New
Year's resolutions as he begins his second year in office.
In keeping with his goal to establish UF as a top 10 public
research university, he has made obtaining funds for a pay
raise for about 4,000 faculty members his highest priority.
His fight to convince the state Legislature to allow UF and
other universities to set their own tuition rates also likely
will be at the top of his to-do list.
Getting top billing among UF's resolutions is the search
for a provost to fill the position vacated by David Colburn,
who stepped down in December.
The City Commission faces the task of selecting a re-
placement for former City Manager Wayne Bowers. There
could be some new faces in the Comission by then, 'as
three seats will be up in the March elections. Also figur-
ing prominently among the Commission's resolutions is
to decide whether or not to approve Gainesville Regional
Utilities' proposed 220-megawatt, $535 million coal-burn-
Finally, Student Government will.be gearing up for
'its own elections, as all three executive offices and the 43
senatorial seats representing academic colleges will be up
for grabs. The new SG officers will have a lot of work to
do, especially in dealing with issues such as the aforemen-
tioned block tuition.
And if all of that gets done, we'll be well on our way to
a merrier Gator Christmas.
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Letter to the Editor
Organizations offer valuable experience
Editor: A new year is upon us. How
about making involvement one of your
resolutions? If you are not yet active on
our campus, then do it soon.
I like to put life in perspective. In the
scheme of things, most students spend
approximately four years at a university.
When compared to the overall picture of
our lives, four years is a very short amount
of time; so make the most of it.
Rather than attending a party or watch-
ing a television episode, invest that time
into an organization. Through active par-
ticipation in organizations, you can meet
amazing people and develop your com-
munication skills, your social skills and
your leadership skills all of which are
essential for a successful future.
Student Government is just one route
in which you can become involved on this
campus; however, there are many student
organizations that you can find. And if one
doesn't exist, create it.
If not Student Government, then get
involved with a student organization of
your personal interest. Become active in
something that you care about.
In the end, the benefits from your ex-
perience in a student organization will far
exceed any late-night party or television
show. While you dream of becoming a
millionaire or having a lucrative career,
remember that you are living someone's
dream by simply sitting in a college class-
Make your college experience memo-
rable by becoming actively involved.
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Court dismisses murder charges in Vedam case
By JUSTIN HEMLEPP
Alligator Staff Writer
More than a year after the brutal
stabbing death of a UF graduate as-
sistant in his Maguire Village apart-
ment, murder charges against the
prime suspect have been dismissed,
and the culprit in the campus' first
homicide in 25 years still is on the
The State Attorney's Office has
yet to decide whether to appeal a
judge's Dec. 10 decision to dismiss
first-degree murder charges against
Praveen Kumar Vedam, suspected
by University Police in the slaying
of his best friend,. Sudheer Reddy
"The state at this point is looking
at our options to see which is the best
way to go," said State Attorney's
Office spokesman Spencer Mann,
adding, "It continues to be a fluid
As the case did not make it to a
jury trial, any new evidence could
result in further charges against
Vedam, a computer programmer
at Nanoptics Inc. and a graduate of
UF's master's program.
In his decision, Circuit Judge
Robert Cates found the prosecu-
tion's case against Vedam lacked
enough evidence to go to trial.
Satti's body, covered in -linens
and surrounded by splattered
blood, was found in his bed Jan. 4,
2004. He was identified only after
medical records were forwarded
to investigators by his family in
While UPD officials pledge to
press on with the murder investiga-
tion, which thus far has produced
only circumstantial evidence against
Vedam, spokesman Joe Sharkey said
"those circumstances, we feel, speak
The investigation to date has
pointed to one individual, he said.
A crime of opportunity
Defense attorney Robert Rush
disagrees with investigators' con-
clusions about his client, noting "a
very plausible connection (in the
murder) to prostitution activity."
Records show a telephone call
Nick West. Allgalor Staff
Praveen Vedam, right, hugs his attorney Robert Rush after a December hearing. Murder charges against
Vedam were dismissed in circuit court Dec. 10.
from the victim's apartment to an
escort service on Dec. 31, 2003,
the night of his disappearance.
The escort service reported a "Mr.
Reddy" had contracted its ser-
vices that night. Reddy was Satti's
Investigators "looked very
closely" into a possible prostitu-
tion link to the murder but "found
nothing to support that theory,"
Rush described the grim scene
after the murder in Building 382's
apartment No. 7, where blood
covered virtually everything in
the room save for the torso of
Satti's naked body.
"The evidence clearly indi-
cated to me that there was sexual
activity going on at the time of the
murder," he said, indicating that
the lack of blood on Satti's torso
implies he was straddled during
Speculating the killer, also
would have been covered in
Satti's blood, Rush said he or she
likely showered before depart-
ing the crime scene, leaving a
still-unidentified clump of hair
behind in the tub for investigators
"It is a typical robbery-mur-
der, a crime of opportunity.
That's what the evidence
points to very clearly."
Vedam's defense attorney
"We find that there is some
evidence there that supports our
theory, and that is the possible
mix of male-female blood at the
crime scene," he said. "There re-
ally was a possibility of unknown
third parties using his bathroom.
We have hair."
If the hair is identified, how-
ever, its owner would not neces-
sarily become a suspect in the
crime, Mann said, adding blood
at the scene was not identified
by investigators as either male of
Rush said the killer likely came
to a quiet university campus dur-
ing Winter Break and observed a
lone student neatly packing bags
for an upcoming move to New
Hampshire, where Satti planned
to pursue a doctoral degree.
"It is a typical robbery-murder,
a crime of opportunity," he said.
"That's what the evidence points
to very clearly."
A year of suspicion
In January 2004, Vedam was
accused in the theft of Satti's Dell
Inspiron laptop computer a
charge also dismissed by Cates in
Investigators found Satti's
Hotmail and Gatorlink e-mail ac-
counts had been accessed and al-
tered after his body was discovered.
The computer's name also was
changed to "nirvana," which to
Hindus is defined as "the world
soul from which all souls derive
and to which they return as the
supreme goal of existence."
Witnesses reported Vedam was
using a similar computer at work,
and the missing machine later was
found in pieces by investigators in
a warehouse near Nanoptics.
Police, however, did find a lap-
top case containing a San Francisco
guidebook and a small amount of
blood matching the victim's DNA
profile stashed in an air duct at
Satti had vacationed in San
Francisco prior to the slaying.
Vedam was charged in the
murder Feb. 18. One day later,
Vedam's roommate, Surya Anil
Lingermallu, confirmed the victim
often shared the missing laptop
with the suspect.
After posting $25,000 bond in
July, Vedam was released from
jail on conditions he relinquish his
passport, not leave the county and
submit to electronic monitoring.
Vedam's six-month stay in the
Alachua County Jail was worsened
by his Indian heritage, Rush said.
"English is his second lan-
guage, he's in a foreign country in
a foreign jail, accused of killing his
best friend for whom he made all
the funeral arrangements and dis-
cussed all the arrangements with
the (Satti's) family. He was devas-
tated, incredibly depressed."
Rush credits the local Indian
community for supporting Vedam
through his challenges, supplanting
his family still on the Asian subcon-
tinent. Many offered their homes
to the accused after his release, and
the Indian Cultural and Education
Center solicited donations to recoup
Vedam's defense costs.
Meanwhile, -investigators are
confident they will solve UF's first
homicide in a quarter century and
bring the murderer to justice.
"We'll continue to work hard to
gather the evidence to convict the
killer of Sudheer Satti," Sharkey
About 8,000 UF students affected
PELL, from page 1
Pell grant, if they go from eligible to ineligible,
could be negatively impacted," said Karen Fooks,
UF's director of financial aid services.
Some of these recipients might have to live with
less Pell grant money, she said, but she hopes most
will fill in the gaps with other grants and loans.
SHowever, Fooks stressed the impact on each
individual is hard to determine, as every student's
award is reassessed each year.
In fact, most students probably won't notice the
difference, she said.
"The reality is a student's eligibility goes up and
down every year based on the family's ability to
pay," Fooks said.
Full-time students receive $400 to $4,050 annu-
ally based on an estimation of how much money
their families can afford to invest in college. After
Congress passed a spending bill that did not re-
new-the, rrf ula uwed. fite that estimahton, the Li S.
Education Department announced Dec. 23 it will
change the calculation.
The current formula is based on 1988'tax data.
When updated, it will use 2002 information.
The change is expected to save the government
$300 million'during the 2005-06 academic year, ac-
cording to The New York Times.
Supporters of the change argue the saved'
money will help pay off the Pell grant's $4 billion
deficit and eventually will give more money to
poor students who need more than $4,050 to pay
for their education.
However, Swihart said she thinks the cut will
not help current students.
"I understand their perspective outside the
realm of being in college," Swihart said. "But for
students who come from lower income levels, try-
ing to put themselves through college is difficult."
The update is overdue, Fooks said, but com-
Spounding the years of error at once will be a much
bigger hit to students' wallets than it would have
been if the changes had been made every year.
Vigil scheduled for Jan. 11
TSUNAMI, from page 1
munities, he said, but instead
extend to all of Gainesville.
"This is a human thing," he
said. "I think everyone should
Although he does not know-
anyone affected directly by
the disasters, he said most of
the people he knows still were
moved in some way.
"I think there's definitely
emotional effects," he said,
because numerous students'
ancestries trace back to the af-
No matter what happens,
Villegas said, he. hopes the
global relief efforts will be
Decades down the road,
generations still will be dealing
with the consequences of the
disaster, reasoned Villegas.
World organizations should
find a way to institutionalize
the efforts so they extend over
many years, he said.
Information from the
Associated Press was used in this
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TUESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2005 N ALLIGATOR, 9
WI Local movie stores may not join
V A national change in rental policy
Morgan Petroskl Alligator Staff
Colby Anglin, 19, returns a "Dodgeball: An Underdog Story"
DVD to the Blockbuster Video at 1310 NW 23rd Ave.
* ONLY CORPORATE-OWNED
BLOCKBUSTER LOCATIONS ARE
DROPPING LATE FEES.
By LAURA FIGUEROA
Although Blockbuster Inc. an-
nounced it is abolishing late fees,
Gainesville's three area stores will
not adopt the new policy, at least im-
"The program you have been see-
ing advertised on TV is a corporate
program," said Andy Cohen, general
manager of all three Gainesville loca-
Cohen said since his stores are
independent franchises, it is at his dis-
cretion whether or not to participate
in the new program, which he has
declined to do pending a trial period.
"If it works for corporate custom-
ers, and once we get feedback from
corporate- locations, it's something
that we can do later down the road,"
Blockbuster's corporate headquar-
ters announced as of Jan. 1 the com-
pany no longer would charge late fees
for customers at its more than 4,500
The new corporate policy would
have allowed customers a grace pe-
riod .of one additional week from the
initial due date to return rented mov-
ies or games.
If the rentals are not returned with-
in a week, the company then would
charge the customer the selling price
of the item.
"If it works for corporate
customers, and once we get
feedback from corporate loca-
tions, it's something that we
can do later down the road."
Local Blockbuster general manager
According to Blockbuster's Web
site, customers would be credited
back for their purchases if they return
items within 30 days; however, they
still would be charged a "minimal
Having been the victim of $30 in
late charges for a movie he said he
returned to Blockbuster, Dayron Leon,
a UF pre-pharmacy sophomore, found
premature happiness at the thought
that Blockbuster was changing its
policy regarding late fees.
Also disappointed is UF senior
"I assumed that all the stores were
going to have the same promotion,"
Mehta said. "It's a good thing I'm
finding out now or else I would have
probably returned my videos that
extra week late, thinking I was still in
Cohen said while it is "very pos-
sible" the three Gainesville locations
will adopt the corporate policy, pro-
viding it "works well for corporate
stores," Blockbuster does offer a sub-
scription program without late fees.
Customers can join the Movie Pass
program for a monthly fee of $24.99,
which allows them to rent up to two
movies at a time with no set return
Blockbuster also offers an online
rental service, like the popular Netflix,
for $14.99 a month. Subscribers can
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UF first, second in National Merit scholars rankings
By EMILY YEHLE
UF is first among public
universities and second among
all universities in recruiting
National Merit scholars, accord-
ing to rankings from National
Merit Scholarship Corp.
"We have some really
smart freshman," said Jeanna
Mastrodicasa, associate director
of the UF Honors Program.
With 259 scholars, UF has
moved up the list since last year,
when it ranked second among
public universities and fourth
among both public and private.
Nationally, 8,258 merit scholars
are enrolled at 375 universities.
UF also placed in the top
10 schools for recruitment of
National Achievement scholars,
an award given to black students
who do well on the Preliminary
SAT, or PSAT. With 40 students,
UF ranked first out of 76 public
universities and fourth out of
166 public and private colleges.
Last year, UF had 60 achieve-
ment scholars and ranked second
nationwide, but this year some
achievement scholars receiving
were not included in the national
tally, decreasing the UF count,
Although the improved Merit
Scholarship ranking is exciting,
"One of the challenges is
where are we going to go
from here. But as long as
we're in the top 10, it's still
the schools that surround UF on
the top 10 list also are impressive,
Mastrodicasa said. Harvard, Yale
and Stanford are among schools
that rank closely to UF.
"These are phenomenal
schools," she said. "Florida com-
petes very well with national
This academic year, UF is
second only to Harvard, which
recruited 312 students.
National Merit scholars are
chosen based on PSAT scores. If
those scholars listed UF as their
first choice college and attend
the university, they are counted
in the numbers included in the
To entice students to come to
UF, the university offers scholar-
ships and automatic acceptance
to the Honors Program, in which
students can take courses with-
small class sizes.
Florida resident scholars re-
ceive $5,500 annually plus a one-
time payment of $2,000 to be used
for educational enhancement.
Non-residence fees are waived
for out-of-state students, mean-
ing they essentially pay in-state
tuition. They receive $9,500 an-
nually and the $2,000 stipend.
In the past three years, UF
has recruited 669 National Merit
National Merit scholars ben-
efit UF by becoming involved
in academic and campus life
and perhaps eventually winning
other scholarships and awards,
"One of the challenges is
where are we going to go from
here," she said. "But as long as
we're in the top 10, it's still phe-
Shands' revamped NICU makes room for families' sake
Renovated unit doubles previous space
By JEFF SIRMONS
Shands hospital celebrated on Monday the
rebirth of a more "family friendly" neona-
tal intensive care unit boasting twice the
space of the previous facility.
The $4.2 million renovation to the
Donald V. Eitzman, M.D., Regional NICTI
was funded completely by a donation
from- the Children's Miracle Network,
which receives support from UF student
fundraisers such as Dance Marathon.
The newly renovated NICU increased
its nursery space to 4,060 sq. ft., maximiz-
ing family space for the minimally sized
"The greatest benefit the new NICU has
is it's more family friendly, allowing extra
time for families to spend with their strug-
gling child," said Terence Flotte, chairman
of the department of pediatrics in the UF
College of Medicine. "Before, the space
was so cramped that doctors had to kick
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fants. Now, that's not usually the case."
The previous NICU was too small for
pediatricians to perform many life-sav-
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to transport the infants
UF elsewhere in the hospital.
Research They now can be per-
Along with the much-
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contagious diseases, two extracorporeal
membrane oxygenation, or ECMO, rooms
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family waiting room.
Furthermore, neonates enjoy increased
"The new NICU has more private
places for parents, while also allowing for
more extensive equipment without cramp-
ing family space," Flotte said.
The new equipment will help Shands
save more lives, said David Burchfield,
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Season starts for students seeking Senate seats
* STUDENTS HAVE UNTIL
FEB. 15 TO REGISTER.
By BRIDGET CAREY
Student Government election
season kicked off Monday, and
two new parties have announced
they are game for battle. And with
both parties hosting non-Greek
student body presidential candi-
dates, they break away from the
traditional party profiles.
The improvisational comedy
and sketch troupe, Theatre Strike
Force, announced some of its
members will be running in the
upcoming Spring student body
elections. Unofficially named-the
Strike Force Party, a representa-
tive says its executive ticket has
no Greek ties and is not involved
The other party, unofficially
named the Progress Party, boasts
Student Sen. Mackenzie Moritz as
its presidential hopeful.
Paperwork has yet to be filed
for either party.
"We were just discussing SG
politics and just hanging out, and
none of us like what takes place
in Student Government," theater
group president Eddie Geller said
of the decision to create a party.
"And a lot of people don't like
the whole control of the Greeks
thing. We're another group of
people who like to challenge the
The party is waiting to an-
nounce the names of those
running on its executive ticket
until Thursday night during the
group's show at the Constans
A history of dominance
Any student can sign up to
register a party, create an execu-
tive ticket and run in the Spring
election. But history shows those
with support from Greek houses
are the most successful in win-
ning, since Greeks are the most
"People in the fraternity sys-
tem aren't inherently bad," Geller
said. "But when a minority has a
stranglehold on what takes place
in Student Government, I don't
think it's a good thing. I think a
lot of people would agree."
Moritz said after being a
senator with the Access Party for
nearly a year, he feels Access did
not live up to its motto of "Access
for All," and many changes can be
made to help make SG more wel-
coming to all students.
"I'm not the Greek party. I'm
not the anti-Greek party. I'm the
qualified people party," Moritz
.Moritz has yet to establish an
executive ticket but said if elected
president he would be more ac-
tive in discussing student issues
during Board of Trustees meet-
ings. The board is UF's top gov-
"The sad truth is that if
you are not affiliated with
Greeks, your potential for
success is severely limited."
Theatre Strike Force president
He also said SG should better
educate students about how their
government Works and what stu-
dents can do to become involved.
Positions appointed by the
student body president should
be filled by an application and in-
terview process instead of choices
based on "who they know," he
Moritz explained Greek houses
that support particular candidates
traditionally are promised posi-
tions within the new government.
"I would make SG more pro-
fessional instead of a buddy-bud-
dy type system to make it more
respected," he said.
While he refused to detail the
party's executive ticket, Geller did
say the Strike Force's presidential
nominee previously was involved
with managing the Student
Alliance Party close to a year ago.
But aside from that, he says no
potential candidate is involved
with SG or is a member of a Greek
"The sad truth is that if you are
not affiliated with Greeks, your
potential for success is severely
limited," Geller said.
Realizing it is hard to win
without Greek support, he said
the party primarily is focused on
"stirring up more debate" rather
than worrying about winning the
Insiders consider moving up
One likely contender against
the both parties is former Student
Senate President Joe Goldberg,
who said he was considering a
bid for SG's top spot.
"I'm thinking about it,"
Goldberg said about becoming.
a student body president hope-
ful. "I want to talk to some more
people and have conversation
with my family."
Goldberg is a Phi Delta Theta
fraternity brother with nearly four
years of SG experience under his
belt. Although he. didn't run for
re-election in the Fall, Goldberg is
still active in SG.
Goldberg said he first wants
to lay out his options and survey
the opinions of others before he
makes an official decision. After
time as a student senator, he
knows what the president posi-
tion may hold in store.
Another name thrown around
the grapevine of presidential pos-
sibilities is Student Body Treasurer
Dennis Ngin. He said he has been
thinking about running, but it all
depends on what support he gets
from Access Party leaders.
"I think a lot of people want to
see things improved upon," Ngin
said. But he added Student Body
President Jamal Sowell who
announced he was not running
for re-election has done a great
job while in office.
Students who plan to run have
until Feb. 15 to file paperwork
at the Student Activities Center
located on the third floor bf the
Moore campus crawl spurs FEC filing, UF to respond
By MEGAN SEERY
Alligator Staff Writer
UF administrators soon will respond to a
Federal Election Commission case sparked
after the school paid $50,000 for filmmaker
Michael Moore to speak during a heated elec-
Arizona attorney David Hardy, co-author
of New York Times best-seller "Michael
Moore Is.a Big Fat Stupid White Man," filed
a complaint with the commission over alleged
election laws violations committed by several
universities, including UE
"Universities can bring anyone to speak on
politics generally," Hardy said. "The question
is if the money was used as an expenditure to
influence a general election."
The university violated the Federal
Election Campaign Act of 1971 because it did
not report his speech as a contribution to then-
Democratic nominee John Kerry, he said.
"Moore was giving
counts under campaign
finance rules because it's a
Moo-re Local political organi-
zations paid for Moore's speeches on several
college campuses, he added.
But at UF, no outside organizations po-
nied up for Moore's speech, making Student
Government's speakers bureau the sole spon-
sor, Accent Chairman David Buchalter said.
The bureau consulted university lawyers
prior to the event to verify its legality and also
invited Republican New York Gov. George
Pataki to provide a contrasting perspective,
Pataki, who spoke at UF six days before
the election, endorsed President Bush in his
"He endorsed Bush because he was here
as part of the other side," Buchalter said,
noting neither Moore nor Pataki gave stump
speeches. "He was simply providing his point
Hardy said it's not a matter of who's speak-
ing but of what they're speaking about.
"If Pataki or anyone else gave a very spe-
cific support-for-Bush speech, I think that
would be worth reporting (to the FEC), too,"
UF General Counsel Pam Bernard said
the university's response, which she hopes to
file within two weeks, will detail the variety
of speakers who have come to campus in an
attempt to show UF is not trying to push a
If the FEC finds UF violated election laws,
the university will dispute the ruling, Bernard
"I think the Univeristy of Florida would
not be alone in taking issue with that finding,"
she said. "If the university cannot have contro-
versial speakers, where can we have them?"
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* DRIED-OUT CHRISTMAS
TREES AND SPACE HEATERS
ARE EXTRA VULNERABLE.
By ELIZABETH PRANN
Despite the mass exodus of
students during Winter Break,
there has been a consistent
increase of household fires in
Gainesville during the month of
December, a Fire Rescue official
It's not really a factor that
there is a large population leav-
ing because that just means there
is a large population coming,
said Elmond Taylor, assistant fire
"The immigration goes both
ways," Taylor said.
He said the increase is due to
a combination of attitudes and
Public Risky behavior
Safety during this time of
year includes neglect-
ed and dried-out Christmas trees,
unsupervised candles and space
heaters, as well as a relaxed at-
titude. Pine needles may become
magnets to a blaze if allowed.to
dry and fall, especially.because
the leaves are numerous and
GetC aiill,. Winter Break only
contributes to the neglect.
"The home is where the haz-
ards are," he said.
He said students can't drop
their guard if they are leaving for
a long period of time.
Many forget how important
it is to keep water in the base of
a live Christmas tree, no matter
how small, and turn off lighted
ornaments when they go out.
Additionally, students should
not disregard fire safety just be-
cause the holidays are over.
Gainesville still may have
cold months in the future, and
that means residents must be re-
sponsible if they are thinking of
purchasing a space heater.
Taylor refrained from recom-
mending a brand name, but he
did recommend a safe type of
space heater a radiator.
"The heat will radiate with no
open flame, and the heat is also
kept constant," he said.
Thik electric space heater does
not require the maintenance of
-refilling or turning it off when it
gets too hot.
After 25 years in the industry,
Taylor said he has seen some un-
"People have put gasoline in
a kerosene-only heater, and it
exploded," he said. "It's all about
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2 fen roommates wanted 3BR/2BA, cable
internet, new floors, walk-in closets, W/D,
2 large porches, no cats, lease dates very
flexible, on SWArcher, $300/mo + utils 371-
LAST ONE AVAILABLE!
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parking, private entrance, $325/mo incl utils.
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PROF/GRAD STUDENT. Safe, quiet furn or
unfurn. All amenities $300/mo Leave mssg.
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All until incl. W/D cable TV, ph, wireless e-net,
app & new fum. prvy fence w/decked bkyd.
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0210 Iv mssg 1-4-3-1
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pus. Female preferred. Call 786-201-9305
or 352-376-8845 1-6-4-1
5 For Rent ,Unfurnishd
GATOR PLACE APTS 3600 SW 23 St.
2BR/1 BA W/D is optional. Park in front of
your apt. Pet play park. 2 mi to VA/Shands.
$525/mo 372-0507. 4-20-71-2
*QUIET, CLEAN, LOTS OF GREEN
SPACE. Rustic 1BR apt. $325/mo.
*1BR cottage $375/mo. Call 378-9220 or
mobile 2V,-3901. 4-20-71-2
STEPS FROM UF
AVAIL JAN!! Stu-1BRs
Walk-in closets, balconies
Call 371-7777 -
S$89 1st month's rent
Need a Rental Home or Condo?
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CAN'T FIND PARKING? BUS FULL?
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Pool *We Pay Most Utilities Pets OK
Residents get FREE parking...guaranteed
You can't live any closer! 372-7111
1 & 2 BR APTS HUGE
1BR $515 H 2BR $565
Water/Sewer included H Pets Ok
Pools H Fitness H Bball H Vbal
335-7275 H Open Saturdays
LUXURY LIVING DOWNTOWN
Stylish Studios, 1/1's & 2/2's
Avail. Now/January: 338-0002
*SUN BAY APTSO
*Grad students $99 Deposit*
**Walk or Bike to Campus 00
S1-1 $460/mo $02-1 $520/mo
CHECK OUT OUR CLEAN, QUIET,
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NO PETS ALLOWED. 335-7066. 4-20-71-2
1 BRs Move in Dec/Jan
* Only $460-475/mo
-* Pools Pets Ok Quiet
* 372-7555 Open Sat
Your new home is waiting!
Luxury 2BR TH & 3BR Flats
Util & Furn pkgs avail*RM Match
Leasing Now and Spring*379-9255
Deluxe, large one or two bedroom, 60 sec-
ond walk to UF. Wood firs, washer dryer
included, fireplace, patio deck. Can furnish.
Short term available. Private Owner. $495-
up. 352-538-2181. Lv mssg 4-20-71-2
The Perfect One Bedroom
Oversized 1/1 with patio only $595
Alarm*Pool*Parking @ UF*Pets OK
Sign now for 1 month FREE! 332-7401
LIVE EVERY DAY A VACATION!!!
FREE cable w/HBO & SHOWTIME*Alarm
Gated*24hr gym*Tan FREE*Close to UF
1,2 & 3BR with GATED ENTRY
HUGE apts w/screened porches
FREE Alarm H FREE Tanning
24-hour Gym H Quiet NWArea
Move-in Specials 372-0400
NEW Luxury @ Dorm Prices
2/2 or 3/3 w/FREE Internet
FREE Cable H Free Tanning
FREE Alarm H GYM H WD
TV in every kitchen! 374-FUNN
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Quality single family homes. Walk or bike to
UF. www.ellieshouses.com 352-215-4991 or
1.1 from $460.00 2.1 $520.00
$99 deposit for Grad students
999 SW 16th Ave phone # 376-6720
2&3 BRs Remodeled, Great Atmosphere!
Amazing Amenities, W/D, Free Tanning,
Pool Spa, PC Lab, Fitness Center, Tennis &
more! Call 372-8100 to tour your new home
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free UF parking. Call 373-1111 or
1 BLOCK FROM UF
2BR/1&2BA!! Pets OK!!
DW, W/D, Free Parking!!
From $560 371-7777
WALK TO CLASS
Town home; w/d, dw,
Alarmll Open Weekends!!
Avail Fall 371-7777
Rooftop Luxury Overlooking UF
Private 3/2 with HUGE deck
W/D*Free Parking*Elevator Access
One of a kind luxury! 372-7111
plus July FREE
on a 15 month lease
Sun Island Properties
MORE SPACE...LESS RENT!
HUGE 2, 3 and 4 Bedrooms from $759
Call for daily specials! 332-7401
*Work, Live, Play*
1/1 & 2/2 flats, 3/3 TH
Free Tanning, Aerobics, 24 hr gym
SPC lab, Gated, Trash Svc, All amenities.
Now Leasing, 335-4455
Want more? Free even!
4BR 2.5 $1020 Only 1 left
Spacious floor plan alarm tennis
Free UF parking 376-4002
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150 ft from UF 2bd townhomes
Going fast, call TODAY! 373-1111
Pine Rush Apartments
1&2 BR apt homes
$99 deposit Aug & Sept Freel
* SW, fancy 2BR near UF, Ig kit, sc pch,
trees $530-550 Share 2BR $300-450
*NW 39 Ave 2/2, patio, loft, new wd ptn fir,
Ig, open, good area $570-610 0 2/2, patio,
gate $500-510 @ 373-8310 1-5-81-2
HOUSE Walk to UF!
Spacious 3BR house avail now!
Wood floors, huge screen porch
Great Value! Open wkends 372-7111
More for less, FREE even!
2BR/2BA- Only $680
Pool bus route alarm tennis
Pet perfect- Free
Stop by and see us 376-4002
1BR/1BA $420, 2BR/1BA $495, 2BR/2BA
$525, 3BR/2BA $695. New carpet, Italian
tile, cent AC/H, covered patio, DW, verticals,
W/D hkups, pool. Some utils, walk to UF.
1BR & 2BR/1BA with W/D, central heat/air,
dishwasher,ceramic tile, private patio, pets
arranged. Off SW 34th St. Near bus rt. From
$499 377-1633 1-31-92-2
2 BR 1 BA apt 850 sq ft
carpet/tile, W/D hk'ups, DW, storage, on
bus route. $550-600/mo. Call 278-0978.
Immediate move in! Exclusive 1BD/1BA
grad student discount, 2 bus rts., pool, pet
friendly, move in- special, short term avail,
open Sat. 372-0118 1-4-73-2
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SPECIAL DEALS AT
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Huge 2/2 & 3/3 Twnhms
FREE cable, W/D, alarm,
tan, gym, DOG PARK!!
Going fast! 377-2801
Free Extended Basic Cable! Pets Welcome!
1000 sq ft Split Floor Plan, W/D Hook-ups
& DW, 1BR/1BA& 2BR/2BAAvailable. Call
Now 372-9913 4-20-71-2
Amazingly Affordable! HUGE 650sq ft
SBR 1000 sq ft 2BR Townhouses & Flats!
Discounted Rates Starting @ $380 & $480.
Close to Santa Fe, UF & 1-75, 332-5070.
HOUSES Close to UF, schools, shopping,
630 NW 35th St. 3/2, family room, carport,
Ig screened porch, fenced backyard $1200
331-0095 OTHER HOUSES AVAILABLE.
Total Elec, 2 & 3 Bedroom, $395-$550, cent
A/C, pooJ, tennis, B-ball waste, pest, lawn
mowing. 251b pet $15/mo. M-F 10-6 or by
appt. Alamar Gardens 4400 SW 20th Ave.
373-4244 UF bus line #20 4-20-71-2
2.5BR/2BA Historic house downtown. Avail
Jan or Feb. Vaulted ceilings, many windows,
wood & tile firs. Cent A/C & gas appliances
See at: pleasantstreet.net 1-4-16-2
1 MONTH FREE! 2BA 2.5BATownhouse,
w/d hookups, pool, lots of closet space,
1452 SW 25th Place
Carl Turlington Real Estate, Inc. 372-9525
CLOSE TO SHANDS & UFI 3 BR 2BA,
Washer/dryer, lawn svc, terrazzo floors,
$1000/rent, 3811 SW 20th Street
Carl Turlington Real Estate, Inc. 372-9525
SHORT TERM LEASE 2BR 1.5BA
Duplex, walk to UF, CH/AC, 6 month lease,
$495/rent, 807 NW 3rd Avenue
Carl Turlington Real Estate, Inc. 372-9525
Rocky Pointe large 1BR/1BA, Animal friendly
w/fenced yard, W/D. $580/mo. Avail ASAP.
Call 283-3344 1-10-15-2
Beautiful 2BR/2.5BA tiled twnhs! .5 mi to UF,
W/D hkup, DW, new everything. 1000 sq ft!
Pool. Pets ok. Steal @ $675/mo + security.
Ask about incentives (352) 871-7460 1-4-
*HOMES* BLKS TO UF! 3BR/1BA wd
firs, ceramic tile, W/D, cent H/AC, garage,
fenced yard, 4 SW 25th St $1075/mo 0
3BR/1.5BA wd firs, cent H/AC, W/D, fenced
yard, 303 NW 36th St, $900/mo 0 4BR/3BA
wd/tile firs, fp, W/D, cent H/AC, 1562 NW
18th St $1500/mo. Call Carol 359-3341 or
3 blks from UF from $375/mo! Call Carol
359-3341 or 359-5584. 1-7-11-2
ROCKWOOD VILLAS 3BR/3 FULL BATHS.
End unit. W/D. Recently renovated. $795/
mo. Call 407-578-2721 1-10-12-2
One BR apt for rent. 1 person, 1 car, no
smoking, no pets, no fleas. It is small, but
has it all. All util. pd. $360/mo, unfurnished.
Call Charlie "Whitey" Webb. 375-4373. Stop
by 1215 NE 20th Ave. 1-18-15-2
FOR RENT 3BR/2BA in Melrose Lg rms
new paint/tile/carpet.Cent/heat/ac laundry
no pets. Lg yd parking close to schools. F/S
352-475-221"6 ask for Jim. 1-4-4-2
2BR/1BA with large fenced' yard. Safe,
quiet neighborhood with many trees. Near
University. AC, washer and dryer. $700/mo.
Call Hamilton 262-2731 1-5-5-2
3bdr/lba duplex. Nice home, nice, quiet
neighbors. 2.3 mi fr campus. Washer/dryer.
Central A/C, non-smoking; $695 1st, last,
dep. 2214 NE 8th St 376-7529 or 219-2399
CASABLANCA WEST. Room w/own bath.
Clean, NS, pool, $350/mo. Call 246-4023 or
email email@example.com 1-7-5-2
A GREAT DEAL 2BR 1.5BA
W/d hookups, CH/AC, dishwasher,
$475/rent 5320 NW 20th Court
Carl Turlington Real Estate, Inc. 372-9525
A REAL BARGAIN 2BR 1BD apt,
W/d hookups, dining room, courtyard, $450/
rent, 535-B NW 26th Avenue
Carl Turlington Real Estate, Inc. 372-9525
SUPER CUTE! 2BR 2.5BA TH, fireplace,
dining room, washer/dryer,
$700/rent, 2327 SW 73rd Terrace
Carl Turlington Real Estate, Inc. 372-9525
PETS CONSIDERED! 3BR 2BA,
Fenced yard, carport, ceramic tile, living &
family rooms, w/d hookups, $1100/rent
Carl Turlington Real Estate, Inc. 372-9525
MASTER BR & STUDY in vintage home for
quiet person. Cent H/AC, W/D, wood floors &
wood stove, front & back porches. $400/mo
Share utils. Call 338-7670 1-10-5-2
VINTAGE CUTE & CLEAN 1 & 2BR/1BA
DUPLEX APTS wood floors, yard, NW, quiet
area, bike to UF. $450/mo Call 338-7670
For Rent Unfurnished I
1 MONTH FREE RENT!
20 steps to class! 1,2 &3 BR apts avail
Aug on special from $310/BR. LOFTS Ig
closets & TONS of amenities! Call 376-6223
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CASA BLANCA WEST 1000sq ft 2BR/1.5BA,
W/D, pool, on bus rte, near UF, Shands,
Butler Plaza. Very clean & quiet townhouse!
$650/mo NEGOTIABLE! 256-3609 1-12-
HUGE 1BR/1BA for $282/mo available in
3BR/2.5BA townhouse at In The Pines.
Beginning Jan ending Aug 05. Call Jon 727-
WANTED: Female to sublease 1BR/1BA
apt in 4BR/4BA apt at Gainesville Place.
Furnished. $475/mo. Jan 1-Jun 2005. Call
1BR1BA in 2BR/2BA condo. Pickwick Park
near UF/Archer'Can be furn or not. Complex
has pool. Unit has W/D. $400/mo no sec dep.
FEB FREE. Move.in Jan 18 lease thru Aug
1 Can renew. Contact Erich 352-895-7231
1BR/1BA in 4BR/2BA apt Univ Commons
SW Archer bike/bus to UF. Lease exp May
05 Cable & furnished. $335/mo + dep in-
cluded + mo free. Male pref. 305-342-3031
2BR avail in 4BR/4BA condo in Countryside
@ University. Includes cable, utilities, W/D.
Living rm furn. Call Irvin (352)379-2926
email-. firstname.lastname@example.org $450/month
Williamsburg Village Apts 1BR apt avail Dec
15th. Dec& Jan rent PAID. NO DEP. Walking
dist to Shands & Vet School. $590/mo
NEGOTIABLE. Call Nicole 970-219-5943 or
Gainesville Place 4BR/4BA HfumishedH ALL
UTIL INCL Avail 1/05 8/05 respectful room-
mates $465/mo negotiable No Dep. Robert
1BR/1BA in 2BR/2BA cond $325 + 1/2 utili-
ties, prefer Graduate student, Female only.
Available after Dec 10th. Lease until July. For
more info call 407-312-6328 1-6-5-3
THE EXCHANGE Great student complex.
1 female for 1BR/pvt BA in clean 2BR/2BA.
Avail immediately for spring sem or thru Aug.
Furn. Under market rent $450 561-630-7501
or 352-262-5881 1-4-2-3
1BR/1BA Apt unfum, close to campus, quiet
neighborhood. $420/mo. Call 561-714-3757
Sublease Special 2BR/2BA townhome w/
W/D; patio. On Archer Rd, close to Butler
Plaza. Avail Jan-Aug. $700 neg. No sec
dep. Furniture also on sale. 352-375-8977
Courtyards- 1 room in spacious 4/1.5 town-
house. Furniture and all util included; great
place $399/mo, NO sec deposit. Avail now.
514-6408 or email@example.com 1-14-10-3
Apartments Sublets & Roommates
All areas. Stu, 1 & 2 Bdrm; $400-1500
Shit-Long & Furn-Unfum
1-(877) FOR-RENT (367-7368)
Female roommate for one/two female UF
students. Quiet. Resposible. 60 second
walk to UF Old house charm with all ameni-
ties. Avail Now. $400 up. 352-538-2181.Lv
message. Private Owner 4-20-71-4-
Roommate Matching HERE
Oxford Manor 377-2777
The Landings 336-3838
The Laurels 335-4455
Cobblestone 377-2801Hidden Lake 374-
1BR in 2 story furnished house in nice NW
neighborhood close to UF. Washer & dryer
in house. Rent $350/mo. Call Mike 316-3930
Furn or unfurn 1 BR/1 BA in furn 4BR 2nd floor
condo at COUNTRYSIDE AT UNIVERSITY.
Walk-in closet, W/D, microwave, balcony, on
bus route. Short term lease avail. $400/mo
utils incl. Call 694-4556 after 5pm. 1-14-10-4
1 or 2BR avail ASAP in 3BR/3BA at
Colonial Village. Beautiful apt. W/D, pool,
tennis, gym,...Call 371-2312 or e-mail:
MUSIC HOUSE Loft 1BR now/1BR Jan. 1.5
mi to UF, on bike path, W/D, DSL, digital re-
cording studio, big house, big pvt yard, very
nice, pref music student/musician. $300/
$275 w/yr lease. 371-9409 1-10-18-4
Avail immediately! $400/mo + utils. 4-6 mo
lease avail. Perfect for grad/intl student!
Spacious 1BR efficiency, furn/unfurn, 5 min
to UF. Lg home in Kirkwood. 352-375-6996
or 352-284-0979 1-14-20-4
Responsible person to share a house near
SFCC on large lot off NW 39th Ave. Cent
AC, W/D, outside smoking ok. $200-270/mo
+ utils. Call Bryan at 378-5866 after 1pm.
LARGE ROOM in 3BR/1BA HOUSE About 1
mile from campus. Off NW 22nd St & 8th Ave
in quiet neighborhood $350/mo + utils. Call
2 M to share LG 3BR, luxury furn, twnhs
w/pre-dent M, Hi-spd net, W/D, pool, on bus
rt by G'ville HIth & Fit Avail 12/10, $435/mo
+ part util, firstname.lastname@example.org or 407-340-
Female roommates wanted brand new 2100
sq ft home. Huge pool, pvt fence, minutes to
UF. Internet, HBO cable, sec alarm & utils
incl $525/mo. Call Jacqueline 352-395-7462
or 941-780-3526 4-20-71-4
Close/Cheap seeks 1 more for 5BR/2BA.
$250-320. 2 dogs, no more. Cable mod,
AC, W/D, big yard. No smoke/drugs/unempl.
337-1991 email@example.com 1-4-7-4
FREE CHILI'S DINNER ONCE A MONTH!
Pvt rm & bath at Univ Terr W. to.share w/3
studious males. $435/mo incl all utils. Short-
term lease ok. Pool, hot tub 772-349-9372
Female NS roommate needed to share 2/2.5
toanhouse. Pool, ethernet, cable, W/D, pri-
vate bedroom and bathroom. $495/month.
Call 941-228-1266 leave message. 1-7-8-4
STUDENT ROOMMATE NEEDED in 3BR/
2BA condo. Pvt patio w/room $350/mo Call
Tina @ 352-331-1151 1-11-6-4
2 Blks from UFI 1BR/1BA in 4/4 townhouse.
Fully furnished except personal BR. W/D,
wireless, pool. Avail Jan. 3Fs looking for M or
F. Call 246-6669 1-4-5-4
2BR avail to NS, F. Quiet 1600 sq ft home.
Gated Plantation Oaks Country Club. W/D,
furn living area, garage avail, wireless inet
& cable. $400/BR + 1/3 utils. No pets. 954-
1 BR/1 BA in 2BR/2.5BA townhome less than
1 mi to UF in Mill Run. I-net, new carpet,
cable, male student preferred. Clean. $388
can work a little bit + 1/2 utils avail now 954-
249-0528 1-6-5-4 -
2 awesome women looking for grad/
professional to share beautiful new
home. W/D, wireless, hi-speed internet,
study. Available 1/2005. $375 + 1/3 utili-
ties. 352-284-0700 1-4-3-4
Room avail now $350/mo + 1/2 utils in
2BR/1.5BA in Greenleaf. Close to UF. W/D,
beautiful patio, living room furn, NS, no pets
please. Call Aissa @ 256-5987 1-5-4-4
Male grad/mature student for small furnished
apt for 1 person only on side of private home,
no pets, clean, quiet, patio, 1 mi from UF,
avail 1 jan $400/m w/util incl on bus line.
QUIET RURAL AREA.16' X 18' prvt room
& bath w/prvt entrance. Lg walk in closet,
pets neg, vegetarian pref. Kitchen & laundry
privileges. $300/mo without utils. Call 352-
Room for rent in big house 2 blks behind
Norman Hall. DSL, big screen, fun room-
mates. Avail Jan. $325/mo OBO + 1/5 util.
Call 305-546-9473 1-7-5-4
F/NS roommate wanted to share a furn 3/
1 home in NW. Pref environ/animal friendly.
Rent $350 + 1/2 utils. Nice area 3mi to UF.
Call Elise @ 336-6641. 1-10-5-4
I Real Estate
Sell your house, condo, acreage, mobile
home and much more in the ALLIGATOR
CLASSIFIEDS! Reach over 24,000 possible
buyers! Mastercard and Visa accepted over
the phone. Please Call 373-Find
Quad-, Tri-, or Duplex w/pvt parking, extra
land, 60 sec walk to UF. Exc cond. House
3/4BR, 2BA, wd firs, covered prch, concrete
patio, garage/work-shop. Pvt Owner. 352-
538-2181 Iv mssg 4-20-71-5
Sublets and Rooms Available
All Florida Areas; All Major Cities
Browse available Rooms FREE!
1-(877)-For-Rent (367-7368) 4-20-71-4
NEW COMPANY IN GAINESVILLE
looking to buy or lease houses in this area.
Any size, price or condition. Call Ed & Diane
Gator Place Condominiums
2BR/1 BA, W/D room, 2 miles to Shands & VA
Hospital. SW 23rd St. & SW 35th PI. Quiet,
luxury, small complex. For March 2005 from
$84,700. Call 336-3900 1-6-67-5
The Flavor of New Orleans comes to cam-
pus. Luxurious St. Charles Condominiums.
1 block to UF. Choose from 2BR/2BA fiats,
or view the University from your 3BR/3BA
townhouse. Prices starting in the $180's 375-
Almost new 2BR/2.5BAtownhome for sale.
or call 352-219-9551 1-31-61-5
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2/2.5; 2 story Twnhs Mill Run 1095 sq ft
Fabulously Avail Now Vault Ceilings Tiled
baths/kitch/dining. New Kitch/appls. Berber
carpet .5 mi to UF $110K (352) 871-7460
MUST SEEI! 1-4-3-5
SOFA & LOVESEAT
Brand new still packaged w/warranty. Must
sell. Can deliver. Retail $1400. Sacrifice
$399 352-372-7490 4-20-71-6
BED King Pillowtop mattress & box springs.
Orthopedic rated. Name brand, new, never
been used, in plastic with warranty. Sell
$230. Call 352-372-8588 Can deliver. 4-
CHERRY SLEIGH BED solid with Pillowtop
Mattress & Box. All new still boxed. Cost
$1500, sacrifice $550 352-271-5119 4-20-
BEDROOM SET. 7pc Cherry, Queen/ king
bed, dresser w/mirror, 2 nightstands, chests
avail. Dovetail const. New, in boxes. Can de-
liver. Retail $6500, must sell, sacrifice $1400
(352) 372-7490 4-20c-71-6
BEDROOM SET 7pc Cherry, Queen/ king
bed, dresser w/mirror, 2 nightstands, chests
avail. Dovetail const. New, in boxes. Can de-
liver. Retail $6500, must sell, sacrifice $1400
(352) 372-7490 4-20-71-6
SOFA, LOVESEAT, & CHAIR 100% Italian
leather. Still new in boxes w/warranty. Cdst
$5000. Sacrifice $1,500. Call 352-372-8588
DINING ROOM Beautiful cherry set w/table,
6 Chippendale chairs, hutch & buffet. New,
still in boxes. Retail $5200, sacrifice $1100.
Must sell. Can deliver. 352-372-8588 4-20-
FUTON Solid oak mission-style frame w/
mattress. Brand new, all unused in box. Sell
$199 can deliver. 352-377-9846 4-20-71-6
BedsOFull mattress & boxspring sets
$49OQn sets $89*Single sets $399King
sets $99*From estate sale: Safe pine
bunk bed $109. 376-0939/378-0497. Call a
Mattress 4370 SW 20th Ave 4-20-71-6
Bedding close-outsaAll wrapped in
plasticOtwin sets $79*full sets $1190Qn
sets $139OKing sets $1890student dis-
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We deliver. 4-20-71-6
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new, still'in plastic. Sacrifice $150. Call 352-.
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BED FULL SIZE ORTHOPEDIC Pillow-top
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"COMPUTER & LAPTOP REPAIRS"
We buy computers and laptops
Working and Non-working
378-4009, 607 NW 13th Street
GATOR CAR ALARMS Take a bite out of
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WE ARE CHEAPER
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Great prices. Warranty 374-4678 1-6-74-8
In the market for a new set of wheels or just
looking to add a second to that collection?
Want personalized handlebars or a fitted
seat? Check in the Alligator Classifieds.
NEW& USED BIKES FOR SALE
Many to choose from
IBest Prices in Townl
SPIN CYCLE 373-3355
424 W University Ave 4-20-69-9
M For Sale
Private; Secure, Guaranteed. 60 sec to UF.
Reserve now! Reasonable rates. 352-538-
2181. Can leave mssg. 4-20-71-10
PARTY SUPPLIES: Complete line of bar
supplies, glassware, beer taps, draft beer
equipment. Professional.cooking utensils.
R.W.Beaty Co. 4322 NW 13th St, Gville
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Many Brands Available 518 SE 2nd St.
** SOLANO CYCLE SCOOTERS **
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KYMCO, Vento, Hyosung, Keen & marly
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338-8450 solanocycle.com 1-6-74-11
*NEW SCOOTERS 4 LESS*
New location now open 1901 NW 67th
Place www.newscooters4less.coin 352-336-
1271. Best prices in Gainesville. Scooters
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2001 Honda F 4i. Red on white. Jardine ex-
haust, 3 stage jet kit. Nicest F 4i around. First
5000 gets it. Call Jesse at 352-256-5877 For
SCOOTER FOR SALE
'94 49cc Yamaha Razz
Runs Greatl $925/OBO
(352) 514-3261 1-6-3-11
*FAST CASH PAID FOR ANY CAROL
*Running or notlO
NEED HONDA, TOYOTA, PICKUP^
*Over 10 yr svc to UF students
*Call Don @ 215-7987 4-20-71-12
CARS -CARS Buy*SellOTrade
ClearT BMW, Volvo, Mercedes
Toyota, Honda, Nissan cars
3432 N Main St. www.carrsmith.com
CARRSMITH AUTO SALES 373-1150
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18, ALLIGATOR TUESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2005
**FAST CASH PAID**
For: CARS, TRUCKS, MOTORCYCLES
Running or Not 1990 & up only
Call Ray 352-284-8619
OVER 50 IMPORTS UNDER $10,000
SELECT MOTOR CAR
THE YELLOW BUILDING
2715 N MAIN 377-1616
Best Cars Lowest Prices
96 Accord LX 4dr $3995
97 Civic LX 4dr $3995
95 Civic EX 4dr $4295
97 Civic EX 2dr $3995
**Power windows don't work?**
On site available
Call Steve 338-5142.
93 Corolla/Prizm 89k miles................$2995
95 Camry LE $3995
93 Camry XLE $2995
97 Camry LE $5495
Auto Rental & Leasing
18 Year & Up Welcome
Exchange Student Visiting Prof
As Low As $395 Per Month
$500! Police Impounds!
Hondas, Chevys, Toyotas, etc.
For listings 800-747-9319 ext 4622 1-31-
086.Gdillac Coup de Ville 56K orig miles,
very clean inside & out. All power, A/C, blue,
$3200 -96 Honda Civic 5 spd 2dr. A/C 90K
all power, CD, clean inside & out $4200
LOCAL ARTIST NEEDS: GOLD,
DIAMONDS, GEMS, CLASS RINGS,.ETC
TOP CASH $ OR TRADE. OZZIE'S FINE
JEWELRY. 373-9243 4-20-71-13
On-going VOLUNTEER needed: Blind lady
needs trans on Sundays only to Mass @
Queen of Peace Catholic Church or St.
Augustine Catholic Church. For more info
call 219-6948. I live in the Tower Rd area.
Gator Textbook BuyBackl We pay a lot of
cash out for used textbooks! We even pick
them up! Better prices than student store.
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any reader who responds to advertising
use caution and investigate the sincerity of
the advertiser before giving out personal
information or arranging meetings
LIKE TO WORK WITH LUXURY CARS?
Bright? Enthusiastic? Like people? Must be
over 22, stable work history, clean driving re-
cord, drug-free, pers ref. www.carrsmith.com
for details. 4-20-71-14
Animal Care Tech looking for hard working
person to work w/ reptiles & rodents. Will
train, PT to start with more hrs possible.
Start at $5.50/hr. Flex hrs. Please call 495-
9024 between 9-4 M-F. 4-20-71-4
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Flexible schedules and competitive pay. Join
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Tired of sitting around w/out it? Sit here &
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students to raise funds. Earn up to $8.00/hr
with a FLEXIBLE schedule. Apply at 105
NW 16th St. 4th floor, Academic Classroom
Building 105, or call 392-7754 for more info.
Work from anywhere. Create own schedule
w/a 47 yr old $500 million co. No experience
necessary. Call 1-877-656-3344 for appoint-
University of Florida
Survey Research Center
392-2908 ext. 105
$7/hr + BONUS + Paid Training
Nights + Weekends
Telephone Interviewing NO SALES
Must work summer break.
408 W. University Ave Suite #106
$$ STUDENTS GET CASH $$
For gently used brand name ,
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$Cash on the Spot$ SANDY'S No appt
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HIRING KITCHEN STAFF & DRIVERS
FT or PT, flexible schedules. Call 2-5pm
378-2442 or come in and fill out an applica-
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34th St Mon-Fri 4-20-71-14
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Needed for evaluations of
Local Stores, Restaurants and Theaters
Flexible Hours, E-mail required
Call 1-800-585-9024 ext 6254
Private dance co. Great for students. Great
pay, fast cash & flexible hours. Call to start
today! 378-3312 1-18-62-14
The Phonetics Laboratory in the Program in
Linguistics is looking for people to participate
in a listening experiment. You can earn $10/
hr by participating in a study of the perception
of speech sounds from foreign languages. If
you are interested in participating please
contact Jenna Silver email@example.com
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Flexible hours. Great for college students.
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m Help Wanted
Now hiring experienced
notetakers & editors
for spring 2005
Apply at gatorNotes.com
BARTENDER & SERVER, experienced &
friendly! Apply now and be off 12/23 thru
1/1. NAPOLATANOS 606 NW75th St.
NOW accepting applications for Resident
Assistant, Appentice Resident Assistant,
and Residential College Advisor positions
for the FALL 2005 Semester. Applications
are available from every residence hall area
office, and the Residence Life and Education
office in the Department for Housing and
Residence Education. Application deadline
is 4:30pm on Monday, January 10, 2005. For
further information contact Kathy Smith at
392-2171 ext 10139. 1-10-11-14 c
FREELANCE ONLINE TUTORS
Instruct 3rd thru 12th grade students from
any location; internet connection required;
send resume firstname.lastname@example.org 1-14-
SNOW SKI SHOP
Seeks super salesperson for part/full time.
No nights. Swim & Ski Country. 378-8751
now hiring, cashiers, kitchen crew, & safe
drivers. Drivers get cash paid daily. Flex hrs
& meal discounts. Apply @ SW 34th St or
NW 39th Ave locations 1-14-13-14
AFTERSCHOOL CHILDCARE 3 great kids
5, 7, 8. Homework, play, trampoline, bikes.
Need car with 3 backseat seatbelts & refs.
M-F 3:45 6 PM. Can share job. 373-7899
DANCERS WANTED Are you pretty?
Dancers wanted for private company great
pay, flexible hours open 24 hrs. Call 352-
Two positions available for web program-
ming (hand-coded HTML, ASP, XML, etct)
and/or multimedia development (PhotoShop,
PowerPoint, digital video, etc.) Broad range
of skills/interests a plus. Can be PT/FT. See
www.medianerds.com for details. 1-4-3-14
SCHOOL BOARD OF ALACHUA COUNTY
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM VARIOUS
LOCATIONS -JOBS BEGIN
*ACTIVITY LEADERS $10/hr Bach
Desired or successful exp or training working
*AIDE $7.61 /hr HS or equiv exp as
teacher aide or combo of training and exp
*CENTER AIDE $8.67/hr HS or equiv exp
& training working w/handicapped children.
Hours required M, T, Th, F-1:45 5:30 Wed
12:30 5:30 PM
'DRUG TESTING REQUIRED
BACKGROUND CHECK CONDUCTED-AA/
EOE CALL 955-7766 FOR INFORMATION.
Submit application, resume, 3 reference let-
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University Ave. 1-7-5-14
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5-9pm Mon-Fri at 1900 SW 34th St Suite
206 (2nd floor above credit union)
No exp necessary. Average pay $7.50/hr.
Flex hrs, casual downtown office, should
type 50 wpm. Email resume or questions to
GREAT PAY FOR PEOPLE WHO STAY! Park
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work environment. Apply in person 7404
NW 4th Blvd. Across from Home Depot. No
phone calls please. 1-31-19-14 -
Looking to make easy $$? Sell book that
sells itself. Flexible schedule. Unlimited $$
potential. Contact email@example.com
NOW HIRING NOTETAKERS
The Perfect Work Study Program
Hiring excellent notetakers in UF's 50 most
popular classes. Apply in person. Located
across from The Swamp in the UF Plaza.
Interviews only. Office employees-editing
experience a plus. General office staff for
days & nights (a 20hr/wk) Apply in person
Imagine a job where you get paid to go to
pool parties, night clubs, theme parks and
concerts. Kiss 105.3 is currently looking to
expand our boom box promotional team.
Duties include driving the giant boom box all
over Gainesville, setting up and maintaining
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Work behind the scenes in theater produc-
tions, concerts, and dance performances at
the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts!
The Center is now hiring for technical crew
positions. Some odd shifts and weekend
work is required. Paid training and regular
opportunities for advancement. To schedule
an interview, please call 392-1900 ext. 310
Jan 4th thru Jan 14th between 8:30 am and
4:30 pm. Theater experience is a definite
Close To UF, Convenient
533 SW 2nd Ave. 377-1771
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Awesome Horses & Top Notch Instruction.
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TRAFFIC SCHOOL ONLINE
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With Online Driver Improvement Courses
Whipoorwill Farm: Stall and/or pasture board.
10 min W of UF off Archer Rd. CBS Barn
12x12 stalls on 27 shaded acres. Lighted
arena, round pen, trails, tackroom. Owner on
premises. 376-8792 4-20-71-15
SLEEPY HOLLOW HORSE FARM
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GUNS! GUNS! GUNS!
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Over 500 handguns in stock
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FLASHBACKS PAYS.CASH FOR
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Successful 2004 sets hopes high for gymnastics
* THE GATORS ARE RANKED
SIXTH HEADING INTO 2005.
By DAN TREAT
Conference performers. A nation-
high seven All-Americans. Team
records in four of five events. A
runner-up finish in the NCAA
Regionals. An appearance in the
NCA Super Six.
What can the UF gymnastics
team do for an encore?
Perform even better in 2005.
The No. 6 Gators return all seven
of those All-Americans and lose
only three gymnasts, while adding
a talented crop of freshmen that
includes an Olympian.
All of that adds up to preseason
expectations that are higher than
they have ever been.
"We had the same two judges
come out for our inter-squad meet
last year," Coach Rhonda Faehn
said. "They said that we are much
further along and look stronger than
this time last year. All we have to
do is a few cleaning up areas, and
they said if that's all we have-to do,
then we're sitting pretty good right
Leading the returning perform-
ers is Erinn Dooley, UF's co-captain
and a six-time All-American. She
tied for fourth in the all-around
competition at the NCAA champi-
onships and advanced to the NCAA
Alligator File Photo
Erinn Dooley is one of two members of UF's gymnastics team who hope to top last season's success. But
the six-time All-American has more than team success to worry about in 2005.
individual finals on both vault and
She hopes for all of that and more
in the upcoming season.
"I would love to go all the way
to nationals and be All-American
again," she said. "But it's hard to
think about individual because I'm
such a team player."
The other senior the Gators
will look to for'leadership is Orley
Szmuch. She was named a first-team
All-American after finishing 10th at
the NCAA balance beam finals, as
well as nabbing second-team honors
in the all-around and vault.
Szmuch feels a connection with
this team that she hasn't felt with
any team prior.
"I was saying the other day,
I've never felt so close to a team
so early in the season," she said.
"Usually it takes two or three meets
to have such a close bond. I felt from
October that we were already in
tune with each other, and that helps
Szmuch is just one of several
Gators battling injuries. She had
surgery on her ankle in the off-
season, and it has healed slower
than expected. Dooley is coming
back from a stress fracture in her
foot. Freshman Nicola Willis, an
Olympian, is battling a rotator cuff
tear and has been limited. Faehn
does not believe that she will be 100
percent during the season.
Along with Szmuch and Dooley,
five other All-Americans return to
Gainesville. Sophomores Breanne
King and Samantha Lutz, the other
Gators co-captain, each saw time
in the all-around last season. King
was an All-SEC pick and was a sec-
ond-team All-American in the floor
exercise. Lutz was a first-team All-
American on balance beam.
Joining them as All-Americans
are Savannah Evans (second team,
floor exercise), Katie Rue (second
team, balance beam) and Chantelle
Tousek (first team, vault).
UF has put together one of the
nation's most difficult schedules, as
it is scheduled to face 13 of the top 25
ranked teams in the preseason. The
Gators will face fellow top-10 teams
Alabama and Georgia Friday.
"It's important to compete
against those teams to see their skill
level and how we'll perform.against
those teams," Faehn said. ."That
gives us a good idea of where we
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4. South Carolina 5. Kentucky 6. Vanderbilt
Record: 6-5, 4-4 SEC Record: 2-9, 1-7 SEC Record: 2-9, 1-7 SEC
The Gamecocks' year ended in The Wildcats met expectations they The struggles on the field don't
Lou Holtz's resignation, plus South weren't expected to be very good. compare to the tragedy of Kwane
Carolina refused to play in a bowl Kentucky won a single conference Doster's shooting death on Dec.
game because of a nasty brawl in the game against Vanderbilt. Rich Brooks 26. Doster had averaged 4.9 yards
Clemson game. The arrival of Steve has been retained as coach, but that per carry in 2004 and was the SEC
Spurrier has lifted the expectations arrangement may be tenuous. While Freshman of the Year in 2002. Three
significantly. He has some work to do it is completely unrealistic to expect fathers of members ofthe squad have
with the offense, including choosing a the football team to approach the now set upa memorial fund to assist
quarterback. The optimism, coupled Kentdcky basketball team in success, Doster's family. The year started with
with the game against 2004 was still a bowl hopes. Now, i I
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Record: 12-0, 8-0 SEC Record: 9-2, 6-2 SEC Record: 5-6, 3-5 SEC
Auburn won the national Prior to the start of the 2004 season, Undoubtedly, the Razorbacks will
championship. However, its coaches then-LSU coach Nick Saban told his be picked to finish at or near the
and players are the only ones that team that they were starting at the bottom of the SEC west entering the
think so. An undefeated romp bottom of the mountain. It didn't 2005 season. But that is exactly how
through the difficult SEC schedule work. Th6 Tigers appeared fat and Coach Houston Nutt likes it. Nutt and
was rewarded with nothing more than happy as the defending champions his team thrive off of the "us against
the Sugar Bowl. However, a repeat and played sloppy football throughout the world" mentality and have learned
performance will be difficult following the season. Back-to-back blockbuster to respond well to it. The thing that
the loss of numerous team leaders, recruiting classes will give new coach Arkansas must worry about now is
But unlike other SEC es Miles, from keeping Nutt. He will
programs, Auburn will A Oklahoma State, have the Razorbacks
keep it's coach -Tommy the chance to win turning heads all season
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TUESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2005
'Noles too much for
Nick West' Alllgatoi Staff
In his final game with the Gators, tailback Ciatrick Fason rushed for 94 yards on 17 carries.
With a Peach Bowl loss, Fason said the Gators need to do the little things next season.
Team frustrated after loss
* UF LOST TO TO FLORIDA
STATE FOR THE FIRST TIME
IN SEVEN YEARS.
By BRYAN APP
Alligator Staff Writer
TALLAHASSEE- The' came.
They saw. They faltered.
Facing their first true road test
of the season, in the last game be-
fore beginning their Southeastern
Conference schedule, the Gators
With its leading scorer side-
lined, UF fell 82-69 to a more
physical Florida State team that
never lost the lead.
The Gators definitely could
have used junior Matt 1\alsh''s
hustle and team-leading scoring.
Instead, the starting shooting
guard remained on the bench in
street clothes with a high-ankle
During practice Thursday,
Walsh took off running at full
speed trying to breakthrough a
When he hesitated near mid-
court to shake a defender, Walsh
stepped on sophomore guard
Lee Humphrey's foot, rolling his
"I was scared when it hap-
pened," Walsh said. "I thought I
had broken it or something be-
cause I heard something pop.
Men's Basketball was glad to
UF 69 find out it
Florida State 82 was a sprain
It was the first game Walsh
missed in his UF career, but he
may be on the bench for as long
as/two weeks, as Coach Billy
Donovan said the injury is worse
than initially suspected.
Donovan, however, said he
didn't believe a healthy Walsh
would've made the difference
against the Seminoles.
SEE BASKETBALL, PAGE 23
By LOUIS ANASTASIS
Alligator Staff Writer
There won't be any trash cans or chained
doors. Not yet. And it won't be 5:30 a.m., the
time when he often starts grueling his team with
Still, today is a start. Today at 7 a.m., UF coach
Urban Meyer will hold a team meeting with the
Gators for the first time since.Dec. 8. Also for the
first time, Meyer will speak to his Gators with no-
split obligation to Utah. The days of state-hop-
ping are over; except for his family's move to
Gainesville. And the smoke from departing and
incoming coaches will begin to clear.
"The future here is very bright," co-defensive
coordinator Charlie Strong said.
That is the consensus among a team that
ark this historic date on your
Today, we've launched'
Alligatorsports.org, which is on its way to
becoming the most comprehensive and
in-depth Gators Web site worldwide.
Everyday you'll find the daily Alligator
stories along with special online features
at Alligatorsports.org. But in addition,
you'll find in-depth information about
the various UF sports and teams around
left the Georgia Dome at the dawn of 2005 with
a performance characterized as anything but
bright. The Gators were filleted in the Chick-fil-
A Peach Bowl. As if on cue, with special teams
specialist and former coach Ron Zook absent for
the first time, the special teams choked. And the
offense roared about as loudly as an overheated
engine. After the game, UF wide receiver Jemalle
Cornelius wasn't shy about describing the team's
"Right now it's frustration," Cornelius- said.
"We were the No. .1 offensive team in the SEC and
we had to come out and put up a lot of points like
we usually do, but it was hard getting in a rhythm.
We just have to put it behind us, get ready, put in
a new offensive system and try to get everything
down once Coach Meyer gets here."
SEE PEACH, PAGE 23
the SEC, message boards where you
can spend hours arguing about your
favorite team, classic Alligator sports
stories including those from the 1996
championship football season, great
sports photos and so much more.
What you'll see today is just the
beginning. Check back several times
a day for updates and additions to the
site. Throughout the semester we'll be
adding plenty of interactive features,
multimedia and more information
about the Gators than.you've ever seen
serve up rare dual defeat
"TALLAHASSEE VIA ATLANTA
After all the hype, all the
hoopla and all the Chick-
fil-A sandwiches, the
Gators were washed away by the
It was never even close.
Charlie Strong and Larry Coker
were still conducting pre-game
handshakes when Devin Hester
scored the first touchdown of the
Chris Leak was still warming
up to Michael Jackson's "Bad"
when he was sacked for the first
If that wasn't gruesome
enough for the Gator Nation's
stomach to handle, a mere 36
hours later, Billy Donovan's
crew was in Tallahassee getting
ready to face the Florida State
Yes, those same Seminoles
who fell to Florida International
earlier in the season.
Yes, those same Seminoles
won a road
... game in othe
AI James K.
Abramson and Aunt
Drew's Control Jemima was
email@example.com really some-
Y e t
against the Gators, the Seminoles
looked more like Duke and the
Gators something between UCF
and the Clippers.
You can blame the absence of
Matt Walsh, who is arguably the
best player on the team (although
Peep Roberson would have
something to say about that),
but something's wrong with this
The long weekend ended up
looking something like this:
Florida teams not from
SEE CONTROL, PAGE 23
Urban Meyer has arrived in
Gainesville and recruiting has be-
gun. Catch up with all the Gators'
oral commitments and prospects
in Wednesday's Alligator.
"One day while I'm walking through
the mall, I'll hear, 'Somebody's
father's sister's brother Is a GM for
the Falcons and they love you and
want to take you in the first round.'"
UF linebacker, on false intentions of
people related to the NFL draft
0 2002: With almost no warning, Steve
Spurrier shocked Gator Nation by resign-
ing as the coach of UF's football team. His
departure left the Gators in disarray. Check
out alligatorsports.org for the full story.
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TUESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2005 U ALLIGATOR, 23
Special teams lacked spark in Peach Bowl defeat
Nick West/ Alligator Staff
Miami's Devin Hester proved his status as one of college football's premier athletes
by returning a blocked Matt Leach field goal 78 yards for a touchdown. The score
sparked a UF special teams meltdown that would prove lethal in the Peach Bowl.
By IAN FISHER
Alligator Staff Writer
ATLANTA The Gators played all
season without a specific special teams co-
ordinator, and it showed Friday night in the
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.
Former UF coach Ron Zook oversaw the
special teams-by-committee approach, but
with no Zook, how would the Gators special
Not so good.
The first points of the game came on a UF
field-goal attempt, but it was not UF who
scored the points.
The Gators were going for the first down
on fourth and 1, but a Dallas Baker illegal
motion penalty made it fourth and 6, and
the Gators opted to go for the 32-yard field
Miami's Thomas Carroll got a hand on
the kick and speedy three-way player Devin
Hester recovered the ball, running it back 78
yards for the touchdown.
"The momentum switched real quick
on the field, especially when that kick got
blocked and they ran it back," wide receiver
Jemalle Cornelius said.
It was only the second non-offensive
touchdown UF had given up all season, the
other coming on a Mississippi State punt
return. A third wasn't too far away.
In the second quarter, UF's Eric Wilbur
punted the ball to Miami's Roscoe Parrish
waiting at the 28-yard line. He broke a tackle
and a huge hole opened up.
Before the Gators could say, "Nat an-
other," Parrish exploded through the-hole,
shook off a helpless Wilbur and was gone
.for Miami's second special teams touch-
"We know special teams changes the
momentum of the game," Parrish said. "We
took advantage of it."
Interestingly, Zook had been in charge
of punt coverage until the Peach Bowl. Red
Anderson took over before the bowl game
and had a less-than-desirable debut.
But plays leading to points weren't
the only special teams miscues. Tremaine
McCollum, who mainly plays on special
teams, ran a Miami kickoff out of the end
zone, only advancing to the 10-yard line,
costing UF 10 yards.
It was on that drive that Parrish returned
McCollum's mishap didn't quite over-
shadow his big special teams play, however.
He blocked a Miami punt in the first quarter,
but it led to Miami points anyway, as the en-
suing drive ended with Hester returning the
blocked field goal.
In addition to having one field goal
blocked, senior Matt Leach missed a 40-yard
field goal wide left near the end of the sec-
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CONTROL, from page 22.
Gainesville: 2, the Gators: 0.
It seems that somebody is spiking UF's
Gatorade supply with LSD it may be the
only logical explanation.
But for all of the New Year's '05 letdowns in
Gatorworld, there's plenty of promise ahead.
Urban Meyer heads to Gainesville fresh off
a thrashing of a Pittsburgh team that probably
could have beaten this year's Gators..
Considering all the hype surrounding
the man with the nost unique first name for
an SEC- coach since Bear, you better register
your next door neighbor does.
FSU and Tennessee are home games.-LSU
(minus Nick Saban) and Alabama might be the
biggest challenges on the road unless Steve
Spurrier really brings his ole' ball magic to the
Basically, if the Gators blow it next year,
they need to disband the football team.
As for the hoopsters, there's alot of ball to
be played. Plenty of teams in recent years have
slipped early, (i.e. UF, 2000) and made a giant
run in March.
SMy suggestion to Donovan: send the boys
to Harlem this week so they can learn to play
against those physical teams remember, in
the street, it's only'a foul if there's blood.
New offensive schemes
to feature pass attack
PEACH, from page 22
Meyer should have plenty to
say to UF's offensive players. He
could show them highlights, of
Utah's 35-7 win against Pittsburgh
in the Fiesta Bowl. Or Meyer could
replay highlights of the Peach Bowl
that mirrored UF's roller coaster
season. He could show them quar-
terback Chris Leak sliding short
of a first down and wide receiver
Chad Jackson doing the same on a
separate play. He could show them
wide receiver Dallas Baker dashing
onto the field late, thereby elimi-
nating Billy Latsko's first-down
reception to the 1-yard line. It goes
without saying that players feel
"Today we kind of came down
a little bit, but I thought in the last
three or four games of the season,
both sides of the ball matured re-
ally well," said center Mike Degory
after the game. "I'm not trying to
call our team immature [now], but.
I don't think we played up to our
There aren't nany Gators
who want to see maturity make a
comeback more than Degory. In an
era when bolting for NFL money
early is almost standard procedure,
Degory chose to return for a final
season when he heard UF hired
Meyer. Degory had been courted
by Meyer as a Notre Dame assis-
tant before choosing UE.
"He made a great first impres-
sion," Degory said.
Whether all of Degory's team-
mates agree should go a long way
in determining how long it will
take the new coach to implement
his plans: Gone are the bubble
screens and conservative play-call-
ing. In is a permanent shotgun for-
mation and the dizzying array of
options in Meyer's spread offense.
"His system gets the ball in the
playmakers' hands and lets them
make plays and
that's what I
came here for,"
caldwell players chose
UF is winning.
They hoped to rediscover the kind
of .swagger Meyer developed at
Utah where he compiled a 22-2
record over two seasons. That's the
culture Meyer hopes to start culti-
vating in Gainesville with today's
meeting. A departing Gator wants
to pitch his teammates a dash of
advice as well.
"All they have to do is go hard
and play each game," tailback
Ciatrick Fason said. "They have.
to eliminate all the mistakes and
go out and play defense. That's
what will get the team to its old
ways and get them back to the SEC
Playing .defense is something
Strong has already helped. The
mistakes and old ways will stark.
with Meyer at 7 a.m. sharp today.
24, ALLIGATOR a TUESDAY, JANUARY 4,2005
Gators rally in second half to overcome USF lead
BY MICHAEL MAURINO
In its final tune-up before confer-
ence play, the UF women's basket-
ball team found itself in a defensive
struggle. But, behind a deep bench
and a swing in momentum late in
the game, the Gators defeated South
Florida 58-50 Sunday afternoon.
UF (9-4) was playing in its third
game in five days, after winning
the State Farm Classic earlier in the
week. Looking tired, the Gators
struggled in the first half. Shooting
9 of 25 from the field and turning
the ball over 12 times in the open-
ing half, UF fell into a deficit that
reached a maximum of 8 points.
The Bulls had trouble keeping
the lead, as they also had problems,
on the offensive end. Hitting only 32
percent of its shots in the first half,
USF could not turn the tide when
the Gators started a modest rally to
tie the game at halftime, 22-22.
The Gators were without junior
Danielle Santos, who suffered a
stress fracture in her right foot
during the Dec. 19 loss at Baylor.
Senior Tamia Williams had stepped
in for Santos in the previous three
games, recording 13 points and five
With Santos out for po-sibi, an-
other two weeks, Williams said she
was ready to take Santos' place.
"Of course I'm praying for
Danielle to conm back ith .1 full
recovery. But I'm read\ to step into
any role Coach need me to step
into on this team," said Williams,
who averaged 13 points in the last
four games. "Whether it's coming
off the bench or starting the game,
whatever it takes, that's what I'm
going to do."
As the second half began, USF
stretched the margin to 9 only five
minutes in before the Gators started
another rally. With forwards Brittany
Davis and Bernice Mosby leading
the way, UF cut the lead to 1.
Saying it was the "Bernice and
Brittany Show" that swung the mo-
rfentum b.ck :t the Gator- Coach
CarolynPeck s.aid e.Ecution a. the
difference in the -econd half.
"V- did a mnuch better jo,:b in the
seLo'.nd half ot e \tciiirtng ior offense
and spreadulg thie basketball like
we've been doing P~eck -aid 'We
had a tneat tournament and i\e got
back to Lhat in Ultl second halt
UF iiould not take the lead for
good unt \il lliamn put UF up 41-40
at the-5:46 mark. Down the stretch,
however, it was UF's forwards who
sealed the game.
Mosby, following her Most
award in the State
Farm Classic, led
UF with 13 points
and 13 boards.
Eshe were both
perfect from the
Mosby field, hitting four
and three shots, respectively. Davis
finished with. 9 points and eight
Eshe also had 9 points and added
seven rebounds. Of that, 7 points,
four rebounds and a block came
in the last six minutes as UF took
For UF, victory was always in
"In my mind, I never doubted us
winning this game. I knew we were
going to come back, I knew we were
going to win," Williams said. "We're
a good team. And when we're play-
ing together, and we're setting up
people and we're diving [for loose
balls], we're hard to beat."
Sunday was UF's third consecu-
tive win, following six consecutive
wins to s-tart the season. After hav-
ing their winning streak stopped
with an 89-62 loss to No. 6 Baylor,
the Gators lost 79-77 in double over-
time to Richmond before last week's
UF -, il li ok to keep its current
streak going as it starts Southeastern
Conference play Thursday at
One of two shooting from Lee hurt UF
BASKETBALL iromn page 22
Other Gators _tepped up to fill the
void. Anthony Roberson contributed a
game-high 22-point performance, despite
shooting what Donovan called an excessive
amount of three-pointers.
Also, in his first start of the season,
Humphrey pleased his coach with a career-
high 15 points.
While teammates said the loss of one of
their leaders hurt, it was not an excuse for
letting the win slip away.
"If that's the case if, losing a player,
we don't play well -' the season isn't go-
ing to be too good," Roberson said. "I think
we've got 12 players on this team, and I
don' think that's any excuse for losing."
But the absence of one of UF's clutch of-
fensive performers was apparent, as the
Gators were only able to muster 15 points
off 21 FSU turnovers.
Conversely, the Seminoles rarely missed
After the Gators rallied from a 17-9
game-opening deficit, FSU forward Adam
Waleskowski scored 9 consecutive points
to regain the momentum for the Seminoles
with 6:50 remaining in the first half.
Waleskowski finished with 18 points and
Tea.i i mate \on \ a ter scored a team-best
20 V ,ille h I ttng 6 ot S three-pointers, one of
which capped the first half and a 12-2 FSU
run, after the Gators cut the lead to 3.
Despite the Seminoles' offen-si e advan-
tage wilth Waklh's injury, the absence oft an-
other key Gator this one healthy and in
uniform may have made the difference.
David Lee, UF's leading rebounder and
third-highest scorer this season, had only
4 points and two rebounds in 19 minutes.
UF's lone senior was not alone in the team's
rebounding struggle, as the Seminoles out-
rebounded the Gators 44-20 overall and 16-
5 on the offensive boards.
Less than two minutes into the second
half, Lee scored his only field goal, one of
only two attempts.
About three minutes later, after holding
the ball too long for a shot-clock violation,
he took the bench.
For the remaining 14 minutes, 50 sec-
onds, Lee-remained seated with a dazed
look on his face.
"David Lee is a senior in college now,"
Donovan said. "And he' supposed to be a
Nai-snth Player of the Year candidate.
"He should never go through a game
getting one shot. I can't shoot the ball for
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