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VOLUME 98 ISSUE 105
/ TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2005
Battle goes sour
By JUSTIN HEMLEPP
Alligator Staff Writer
ir, n~l a sli:..' n e] l .:,r ,:,Ia,
The battle for control of $11 mil-
lion of student money has become
increasinlgh controversial in light of
a complaint to the University Police
Department, a mass realignment
and the potential disqualification of a
Student Body presidential candidate
UPD INVESTIGATES SG: An adviser
to Student Bod\ Preident Jamal
Sowell filed a "vuulla' complaint
with UPD alleging "improper ac-
tion going on in the campaign for
Lowell \\ong. i\ho declined com-
ment for this article, told investigators -
Wednesday afternoon he "had no
per -snal knowledge of the events. just
what he has heard." reports sho\v.
The report does: not -pecificall
identify any questionable actions.
UPD -po'ke.main Joe Sharkey said
Wong showed "no proof" of his al-
Sharkey said an investigation into
WVong s. complaint is undLe v. a\ one
interview was- conducted Monday
and a second follows today.
Neither Sharkey nor Wong would
di.i-ct- who or what law enforce-
ment was alerted to, both citing the
"\e took an information [report]
Miss UF, Pageant
winner Mari Wilen-
sky receives her
crown from last
year's winner, Ash-
ley Glass, Monday
night at the Phillips
Center for the Per-
forming Arts. See
of the Avenue for
from an individual (Wong) who
made some very vanilla accusations,"
Sharkey 'said, adding investigators
have yet to turn up foul play.
"One of the people said they had
never met the other person," he said.
"The people he (Wong) was .ac-
cusing ith haUing the improprieties.
that person said he had nothing to do
with those people."
A TUMULTUOUS TUESDAY: Wong
would not confirm whether his
complaint concerned a realignment
of mostly black senatorial hopefuls
Student But Wong s
Government accusation of im-
less than one da\ alter -e%\ era] Lmpact
slaters jumped ship to The Gator
Party late last Tuesday.
Sources close to SG disclosed
last week that members of the Black
Student Union pressured many can-
didates into Wi\-itiling to Gator.
SBSU officials previously denied
involvement with the realignment.
Also last Tuesday, two hours before
slatingi deadline. Impact'- original trea-
-.urer candidate Elda Auixaliaire pulled
out ot the race citn reag' ,on 'sper.onai
in nature." leaving the part to quicklI
register Michllde LiUhtbourne as its
new trea-urer hopetid.
A CAMPAIGN CHALLENGED: In anoth-
er blow to Impact, the candidacy of
\ice presidential candidate Robert
Mack iwas. called into question
\edne-day hen the supervisor of
SEE SG, PAGE 8
Linebacker avoids jail, faces academic suspension
By IAN FISHER
Alligator Staff Writer
Suspended UF linebacker Taurean
Charles pleaded no contest, to a misde-
meanor- culpable negligence cliarge on
Monday. Charles had tried the same plea
in December; however, the iudge at the time
did not approve it.
Charles was accused of throwing a half-
full beer keg on a UF student at a party last
UF coach Billy
Donovan and the
Gators will have to
rely on a favor-
able RPI ranking
for their NCAA
ing. Donovan said
the SEC is under-
See story, pg; 23
After the case was over, Charles aid lihe
did throw\ the keg. although not at alleged
victim Dane Eagle.
"At any point in time toward the end of
the fight, I tluei\ the keg away from me be-
cause i then I w as getting ready to-leave, the
keg hit me in the back ot the leg," Charles
said. \hen the keg lut me in the leg, I
threw the keg do.i n and went 'to [team-
mate Ray Mc Donald -] truck and left. This
guy was already knocked out before I even
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looked at him."-
Attorney Phil -Pena
asked for 30 days in jail.
Charles was sentenced to
four days, which he has
already served, a year
of probation, $897.12 in
restitution,. $263 in court
Charles co(St and an anger man-
Although Charles' case is over, there still
Ns Student Body presi-
dential candidates will
debate at 7 p.m. tonight
in the Jennings Hall lob-
by. The Inter-Residence
Hall Association is spon-
soring the event, during
which other candidates
will also speak.
may be another battle.
Robert Rush, Charles' attorney, said
UF Student Judicial Affairs is planning on
suspending Charles from school for the
ne\t academic year. He had been paying
to attend school for the past year because
he lost his football scholarship. Rush said
if Charles, is suspended, he \ 1ll not be able
to transfer, and play football at another
SEE CHARLES, PAGE 24
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2;ALLIiATORfTUESDAY, FEBRL R'1 2, 2005 ....
UF provostsearch commit-
tee changes consultants
-A UF search committee
charged with finding UF's-next
istrator meets with a second
search firm today.
The committee, made up of
UF administrators, faculty and-
students, will review with Jan
Greenwood of Greenwood &
Associates search firm what
it's looking for in UF's next
"The committee will. be
expecting, from her, her ideas
about how she's going to ex-
pand our pool of candidates
and the timeline by which that's
going to occur," said committee
chairman Doug Barrett.
UF has made a $75,000
agreement with the firm to
find additional applicants for
the search, which was previ-
ously handled b\-se.rch tirm
Baker Parker. UF already has
paid Baker Parker $48,332 for
its work before UF President
Bernie Machen fired them
after finding the final pool ot
,andidatk-. lacking "breadth
and dcpth "
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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2005 U ALLIGATOR. 3
HUNTER S. THOMPSON 1937-2005
Pioneering 'gonzo' journalist, author dies at 67
By LAUREN MACDONALD
Alligator Contributing Writer
Hunter S. Thompson, the pio-
neering "gonzo" journalist who
wrote "Fear and Loathing in Las
Vegas," was found dead Sunday
of an apparent self-inflicted gun-
shot wound. He was 67.
When UF journalism professor
and department chairman William
McKeen heard the news at 12:30
Monday morning, he drank two
fingers of straight Wild Turkey
bourbon in honor of the man.
"It's really a death-in-the-fam-
ily kind of death," he said.
He only met Thompson a
couple of times, but they- cor-
responded through faxes and
e-mail. McKeen, who wrote a
book, "Hunter S. Thompson,"
on Thompson's work, said
Thompson has both devoted fans
"Either you like him, or you
hate him," McKeen said.
Thompson's gonzo journal-
ism, which typically features a
first-person account of the writer
playing an active part in the story,
isn't easily defined.
Thompson also had a penchant
for taking a story assignment and
turning it on its head, outraging
editors in the process, although
they, would often forgive him
later when he responded with
something much better than what
they had originally envisioned.
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McKeen said, but his style is "off
in its own corner." McKeen, who
teaches Thompson's work in his
classes, said one student recently
wrote in an essay, "Hunter S.
Thompson is the reason I'm be-
coming a journalist."
Thompson's seemingly effort-
less style was the result of work
and good instincts, McKeen said.
"He's known by people who
don't read books as 'that wild and
crazy guy,'" he said.
Thompson's work is often
overshadowed by his self-created
image as a drug-crazed lunatic in
a bucket hat. When asked if his
stories of wild exploits were true,
Thompson would say, "If I did
what I said I did, I'd be dead," ac-
cording to McKeen.
Thompson jokingly referred to
himself in recent years.as "an el-
derly dope fiend living out in the
wilderness," and acquaintances
said his health had begun to de-
McKeen said he half-expected
Thompson to come to a violent
end but not by his own hand.
"Suicide is the ultimate selfish
act," McKeen said, "and he was
not a selfish man."
A framed letter from Thompson
hangs in McKeen's office.
"I warned you about writing ,
that vicious trash about me," the
letter reads. "Now you better get
fitted for a black eye patch, just in
case one of yours gets gouged out
by a bushy-haired stranger in a
dimly-lit parking lot."
"I warned you about writ-
ing that vicious trash
about me. Now you better
get fitted for a black eye
patch, just in case one of
yours gets gouged out by a
bushy-haired stranger in a
dimly-lit parking lot."
Hunter S. Thompson,
in letter to William McKeen
McKeen said, "He was very
nice to me."
Thompson offered his work
to McKeen to use in his books
UF student Stephanie Ribas,
21, said she admired Thompson
as a man unafraid to experiment,
whether with strange adventures
or psychosomatic drugs.
People know Thompson, even
if they don't know his work, Ribas
"On Halloween, every-
one dresses up as Hunter S.
Thompson," she said.
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Press was used in this report.
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Voter deadline nears
By BRIAN HAGEN
With Spring Break approaching,
students who want to extend bar
closing times or decide the fate of
Gainesville Regional Utilities' pro-
posed power plant have only days
left to register to vote.
Monday is the deadline for
Gainesville residents to submit
their forms to be eligible to vote
in the March 29 Gainesville City
Three seats are up for grabs on
the commission, which makes the fi-
nal call on the anti-
Elections rave ordinance, the
2005 power plant and
city rental rates,
which are based on taxes.
"We'd like to have everyone eli-
gible to vote out voting on Election
Day," Alachua County Supervisor of
Elections Pam Carpenter said.
To make registering as easy
as possible, forms can be found
Standard forms can be obtained
at the Supervisor of Elections Office,
located downtown in the Alachua
County Administration Building.
The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5
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p.m. Monday through Friday. Forms
also are available through libraries,
on campus and at events held by UF
campus political parties.
On campus, stacks of registration
forms wait in the Reitz Union and
Criser Hall. College Republicans
and College Democrats will be
on Turlington Plaza today and
Wednesday with registration forms.
SFCC students can get them at
the college's activity center and ad-
Registration can be done by mail,
but forms must be postmarked no
later than Monday. Residents who
have moved since registering can
update their information by calling
the elections office, Carpenter said.
Any mistake or omission in a
mailed form can delay the process,
Elections Outreach Coordinator
Kim Barton warned, advising voters
to take their time and turn in their
Three seats on the seven-mem-
ber commission will be up for grabs
March 29. Anyone able to prove
Gainesville residency is eligible for
the at-large seat.
For District 2 and 3, those resid-
ing in Northwest and Southwest
Gainesville, respectively, are eli-
All that jazz
Kristina Gust performs her rendition of "All that Jazz" from the musical "Chicago" at Apollo
Night on Monday. The Black History Monith talent show was sponsored by the Gator Chapter
of the NAACP and Sistuhs, Inc.
Middle East conflict may delay UF student's wedding
By DELENE BEELAND
Alligator Contributing Writer
UF graduate student Providence
LeGrand and Gainesville firefighter Greg
Fenn plan to marry April 16 if the Army
Fenn found out Feb. 13 his National
Guard cavalry received orders for a March
28 activation. It will train for three months
in Mississippi then deploy to the Middle
His six-year contract will expire March
11. The orders.extend his commitment by
18 months, conflicting with the wedding
"I'll head over there feeling poorly to-
ward the organization if they don't let me
get married first," Fenn said.
LeGrand added, "It's our worst-case
scenario. I had to call family and tell them
'Don't book your tickets yet, we don't know
if we'll be able to get married or when.'"
Neither foresaw an interruption to their
plans, though deployment of Troop E of the
153rd Cavalry of the Army National Guard
was a possibility.
Fenn said he doesn't support the "stop-
loss law," also known as the backdoor
Under this law, reservists are activated
for extended tours, often 18 months over-
seas, even if they soon are due for dis-
"If you've done your time, you should
be allowed to go on with your life," Fenn
He noted career Army personnel usually
get six-month tours before cycling home.
Fenn's unit specializes in reconnais-
sance, he said, and is part of the 53rd
"It's our worst-case scenario. I
had to call family and tell them
'Don't book your tickets yet, we
don't know if we'll be able to get
married or when."'
UF graduate student
After receiving notice, Fenn immediate-
ly asked for two days to fly home to wed.
Fenn's superior refused him at first.
"So I told him, 'You need to come back
with a different answer. No way am I miss-
ing my wedding,'" Fenn said.
His superior agreed to take it up the
chain of command. Ten days later, the re-
quest was approved.
"I'll believe it when I board the plane
home," Fenn said.
LeGrand said she knew of a case in
which the Army reneged after granting a
"But even if they keep their word, we're
still basically losing each other," she said.
Fenn said his supervisor at Gainesville
Fire Rescue, Lt. Steve Mueller, and fellow
firefighters are supportive. Mueller said
Fenn's job is secure.
"When you sign those papers, they
pretty much own you after that," Mueller
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Former preacher speaks of his conversion to Islam
* THE EVENT WAS A PART OF ISLAM
By LINDSAY TAULBEE
Speaking with a slight Texan twang, Sheik
Yusaf Estes shared his journey to the Islamic
faith after years as a Christian preacher.
As part of Islam Awareness Month on
Monday, Estes told an audience of more than
70 how he gained a faith in Islam while trying
to convert a Muslim associate to Christianity.
"I didn't come to Islam looking for a new
religion," said Estes, a former federal prison
Rather, in 1991, he found himself deter-
mined to convert his father's new business
partner a Muslim to Christianity. In their
first meeting, he said he expected to see a
man dressed in a long robe, beard and head
The audience laughed as Estes paused to
look down at himself, fitting the description
he had just given.
Instead, he said, he was surprised to en-
counter a "normal person."
On Estes said he learned that he
CamppUs and the business partner shared
many religious beliefs. Though
still determined to convert him, Estes said he
also learned about the man and his beliefs.
"I saw him live what he was preaching," he
said, which he admired in their friendship.
Estes and his born-again Christian wife
later discussed their own interest in Islam,
leaving the preacher in a quandary. Confused,
Estes decided to talk to his father's partner.
"I talked to him that whole night until the
sun came up," Estes said. "I wanted to know
everything I could know about Islam."
Finally, he said, he laid down his head to
pray as he had seen the man do and asked
God to guide him.
"When I raised up my head, I knew what
I had to do."
Depot project starts
By IVETTE MENDEZ
It took a mere eight years for
Gainesville to complete its plans and
break ground for Depot Park.
"We had to do a lot of environ-
mental assessments," said Matt
Dube, Community Redevelopment
Agency project coordinator. "It's just
a very complex project."
The ceremony took place Monday
at the southeast corer of Main Street
and Depot Avenue. The project in-
dudes construction of the park as
well as refurbishing of Depot Avenue,
which will connect East Gainesville
to UF, including healthcare facilities
and jobs, Congresswoman Corrine
Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan, Brown
and State Rep. Larry Cretul spoke at
The project was conceived
as a public-private partnership,
Hanrahan said, with funding mainly
from a $15-million construction
loan granted by the State Revolving
Fund, to which Gainesville Regional
Utilities will be contributing another
$11 million, Dube said.
"This has been a great example of
city-county cooperation," Hanrahan
The $30-million project will be
completed in two phases. Phase 1 is
the 35-acre Depot Park encompass-
ing stormwater management ponds.
A stormwater pond is "a man-
made pond that will receive storm-
water runoff downtown," Dube said.
He added that the two ponds will
help cear pollutants out of the water
so it can be reused. The park's storm-
water facilities are scheduled for
completion by 2007 and will benefit
the Sweetwater Branch watershed
facility, Payne's Prairie Preserve and
the Florida aquifer.
"We had to do a lot of envi-
ronmental assessments. It's
just a very complex project."
Community Redevelopment Agency
A skateboarding facility, a board-
walk and a bird sanctuary near the
ponds will not be completed until
"The slope of the pond will be
very shallow," Dube said in reference
to the pond closeness to the recre-
ational facilities. "There won't be any
danger of falling in."
Rollerblading and bicycling paths,
paddleboating and hiking trails will
be available as well, Dube said.
The project's second phase will
begin later this year and will involve
the reconstruction of Depot Avenue
between South Main Street and
Southeast Fourth Street
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the designs for the park, which were
created by GRU, Gainesville General
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6, ALLIGATOR U TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22,2005
Loss of Thompson leaves
the world a boring place
We were somewhere near Barstow on the edge of the
desert when the drugs began to take hold."
If you don't recognize this quote immediately,
then you probably don't realize how much of a tragedy it
was for the nation and for the literary and journalistic state
of the world when Hunter S. Thompson died at his Colorado
home Sunday afternoon.
Though many UF students won't recognize his name,
everyone has felt Thompson's influence.
Countless Gainesville nights have been spent under the
influence of the film based on his book "Fear and Loathing
in Las Vegas," which most commonly is enjoyed-also while
under the influence of other Thompson-approved substanc-
es. Fans will note he appeared briefly in the film alongside
Johnny Depp, whose character, Raol Duke, actually is an as-
sumed name of Thompson himself.
Comic enthusiasts and critics point to the cantankerous
character Duke in the Doonesbury strip, which is modeled
after Thompson, as one of the most recognizable in America.
Of course, Thompson always violently objected to his por-
Some may only share the vague popular perception of
Thompson as a drug-addled, drunk lunatic of a writer a
view he likely would have supported wholeheartedly.
Journalists and admirers of his work, however, know that
his legacy extends far beyond these pop-culture staples.
As the creator and champion of "Gonzo" journalism,
Thompson-shook up the field of mass media at its core. With
books such as "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" and "Hell's
Angels," he took the concept of literary journalism and fed
it through a gritty, no-nonsense (or all nonsense, depending
on your perspective) filter that revealed more truth about the
seedy underbelly of American life and politics than could
ever be obtained through typical methods of reporting.
This was a man so well-respected both despite and be-
cause of his flagrant disregard for conventionr- that Rolling
Stone magazine and ESPN.com credit him as "Dr." Hunter S.
Thompson, in deference to his self-awarded Ph.D. in Gonzo
He also leaves a legacy of incisive commentary on the
political system. It was Thompson -who famously described
America as "just a nation of two hundred million used car
salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no
qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to
make us uncomfortable."
More recently, he was known as as one of the most out-
spoken and valid critics of the Bush administration. Indeed,
it is perhaps ironic that his life would be lost the day before
But don't take this the wrong way: Thompson always was
looking out through his political criticism for what he saw as
the good of the country, and he described himself as one of
the most patriotic people he'd ever met.
With Thompson's death, the world truly has lost a cultur-
al pacemaker and a political virtuoso. Writers and journalists
have lost a sizzling talent and a guiding inspiration. And as
cliche as it is to say, the world never will be the same.
As is only fitting for a man who always had something
to say, any tribute rightfully must end with some prophetic
words from Thompson himself:
"The Edge... there is no honest way to explain it because
the only people who really know where it is are the ones who
have gone over.".
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Abstinence-only education falls short
P resident Bush has been naughty in the boardroom.
While his budget plucks money from veterans' pro-
grams and the Upward Bound education plan, he's
doling out plenty of cash for a favored fantasy: abstinence-
only sex education.
When it comes to sex education, there are two dominate
theories. Abstinence-only devotees say skip sex until you slip
on something really sexy: a wedding band. Contraception is
ignored, except to point out its slim failure rates. In fact, if the
program does mention contraception as a form of protection,
the funding disappears.
Since 1996, Washington has poured nearly $1 billion into
abstinence-only education. This year, the numbers are boom-
ing, with theabudget calling for $39 million more than in 2004
- a 23-percent increase. It's estimated that 25 percent of
U.S. schools already use an abstinence-only approach. How
many more will be next?
Meanwhile, typical comprehensive sex education pro-
motes abstinence as the absolute cornerstone to sexual
health. After all, it is the only foolproof way to stay STD- and
baby-free. However, condoms and other birth control are
mentioned, demonstrated and even passed around.
Both programs promote abstinence. So which one works
I've actually experienced both. In middle school, I started
a six-year stretch of sex ed. Teachers passed out condoms and
explainedhow to use them. Since I don't have either a tod-
dler or genital warts, I consider that approach a success.
But I also took a chastity vow in seventh grade, complete
with a plastic "promise ring" during an Orlando Christian
convention. Was it nice and warm and fuzzy? I suppose so.
Did it help me in the long run? Absolutely not.
Abstinence is a noble goal but an unrealistic one. Sixty
percent of high school students lose the big V by graduation.
Eighty-eight percent of chastity vows are broken before mar-
riage. Worse were the results when the Advocates for Youth
organization investigated the results of a short-term absti-
The views expressed here are not
Today's question: Should UF
switch over from Coke to Pepsi?
nence-only program in 10 states, in-
cluding Florida. The studies showed
that "abstinence-only programs
S show little evidence of sustained
(long-term) impact on attitudes and
Diana But the program's biggest crime
Middleton is its masquerade as secular. Public
Editorial Notebook tax dollars bankroll these programs
letters g drenched in overwhelmingly reli-
gious overtones. These same pro-
grams also utilize scare tactics and
myths such as, "You can get all STDs from just oral sex."
And while kids who take a chastity vow wait an av-
erage 18 months longer than non-pledgers to have sex,
they're more likely to skip the condom once they get going.
According to the New York Times, only 40 percent of male
chastity-pledgers used condoms.
Organizations such as Youth For Christ extol absti-
nence-only education as a path to "morality" and "purity."
Religious Web site www.nomoho.com calls premarital sex
"a deeper social disease." I scoured these Web sites for any
evidence that abstinence-only programs reduced instances
of STDs or teen pregnancy. Unsurprisingly, there were no
statistics to be found. Perhaps the religious right is more
concerned with saving a couple souls than the health and
well-being of everyone else.
Abstinence-only education does have a place, but it isn't
the classroom. Such a religiously charged sentiment is best
left for the living room or the chapel.
Otherwise, students will learn about sex from scandals on
the covers of tabloids or grinding thongs on MTV. Even bet-
ter, they'll hear tall tales from their clueless classmates.
If that's your idea of sex education, fine. It is a nice fantasy,
after all. -
Diana Middleton is a journalism senior and an Alligator edito-
rial board member.
necessarily those of the Alligator.
Monday's question: Are you fol-
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Letters to the Editor
SG does more than the Alligator reports
Editor: Student Government does
positive work all year long that is under-
reported by the Alligator and/or unnoticed
This past year, SG has rejoined the
Florida Student Association, improved bus
service (with 10 new buses purchased this
year), added a night to Later Gator and a
van to SNAP, finished renovations on the
SG computer lab, increased the food budget
for organizations across campus, produced
tons of Cabinet programs and services and
much more than I could ever list.
On any given night, there are several
committees of concerned students work-
ing to improve campus life. The Alligator
just chooses not to report the stories, that
aren't "juicy," such as SG Week or the Gator
My point is that SG does provide for
students. SG officers are not "playing at
government." We are hundreds of students
working to make other students' lives bet-
ter. We are doing what other students don't
- many times with our only thanks being
negative articles written about us and the
work we have done.
Former Student Senate President Jess
Johnson is right: SG only works for stu-
dents when students want to be a part of
it. So I challenge all Gators: Next time you
see something you want SG to fix or do,
walk to the third floor of the Reitz Union
and tell someone. Get involved and let us
know what you want and not just during
Otherwise, you're just.perpetuating the
status quo, and you'll never know what a
difference your ideas could have made.
Students can demand SG responsibility
Editor: I think the tight-knit fraternity
that is Student Government is becoming di-
sheveled. Aren't microcosms funny? For as
long I have been attending this university,
I can remember widespread pissing and
moaning in regards to the state of national
politics, but we have only skimmed over
the politician's fantasy camp that has been
operating here for over 100 years, like little
boys and little girls playing dress-up in
their parents' big-person clothes.
Our modest bumble bees might not.
be the real thing, but the sting hurts just
as badly. In the pages of this newspaper,
students are starting to read things like
"Greeks control SG" and that our student
leaders double-cross, lie, promise positions
and bribe. Well, not all.of those have been
explained just yet. But I know that the
students are smarter than we may think. I
recently overheard a girl say, "This was the
most boring story in the paper. The Greeks
control SG, big surprise," as she rolled her
We students need a shift. Or, at least, we
need to make a decision. We can walk by,
read these abstracts of the larger truth, live
our student lives dress nicely, slather on
an odor, drink at parties and bars and try
to find the next one-night stand and wit-
ness them raise our tuition under the radar
through the Activity & Service Fee, furnish
their offices with expensive items (Does
your mother or father have a personal of-
fice? With TVs?) and lead student groups
through a labyrinth only to find funding
slaughtered by the centaur in the middle, or
we can release our attack dogs and demand
more responsibility through our vote.
I had grown rigid with apathy, but in
light of recent events, I want to focus my
energy in the direction of the polls and
the long lines extending from them. The
college experience is more than studying,
drinking and occasionally volunteering. It
is a chance to see a. smaller real life adult
training. Don't let SG members slide under
the doormat. We have a responsibility just
as they do.
I can't play the peasant and let the bat-
tling Titans step on us. After all, when the
hell are we finally going to ask what SG is
doing for us?
Former student senator
Columnist lacks opinion, content, value
Editor: What kept you from .junking
Andrew Meyer's Friday column?
Last I checked, an opinion column con-
tained "opinions" or, at the very least, "con-
tent." Instead, readers received an inane
600-word account of what kept Meyer from
doing his job this week. It's ironic that, on
his Web site, Meyer labels Jim Ellis' (a Fall
2004 columnist) writing as "really, really
bad." Take a look in the mirror, Andrew.
Editors, the Alligator is a real newspa-
per, not some third-rate high school rag.
You have an obligation to your readers to
put a column like Meyer's on Friday where
it belongs: the waste bin.
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* THE PARTY ADVOCATES
FOR STUDENT INPUT AND
AGAINST BLOCK TUITION.
By STEPHEN MAGRUDER
The Progress Party
announced its Student
Government campaign plat-
form Monday, promising ac-
results if elected next month.
Progress presidential can-
didate MacKenzie Moritz said
the party would provide ways
for all students to get involved
based on merit, hopefully end-
ing SG legacy positions.
"Progress will eliminate the
nepotism that is so prevalent in
[SG]," he said.
Progress leaders said .they
also plan to fight block tuition,
which would charge students
a flat rate regardless of how
many credits they take instead
of charging for each credit.
Progress vice presidential
candidate Adam Roberts,
who also serves as technology
cabinet director, said Progress
supports the online voting
initiative as well as providing
a legal music-downloading
service to students at a cost of
$10 per year.
SG already provides many
good services, he said, but stu-
dents who are unaware seldom
"Progress will eliminate
the nepotism that is so
prevalent in [SG]."
will embark SG on a long-term
public relations campaign to
make students aware of these
services," Roberts said.
Four parties plan to run
candidates for the March 15
and 16 election: Gator, Impact,
Progress and Voice.
For a list of party platforms,
please visit www.alligator.org.
Impact VP candidate currently ineligible
SG, from page 1
elections declared him ineligible.
Supervisor Ali Blye referred questions concerning
his ineligibility to an SG office manager handling the
issue who was unavailable late Monday.
Mack said the ineligibility likely is due to an in-
complete grade in his transcripts that has since been
Each candidate for all elected offices in SG must
maintain a 2.0 GPA, be a full-time student and be in
good standing with the university.
But if SG administration officially declares Mack
ineligible to run, the presidential candidacy of
Impact leader and current Student Body Treasurer
Dennis Ngin could come to an abrupt end.
The party would have until 5 p.m. Friday to find a
new candidate, but the replacement must have origi-
nally slated as an Impact vice presidential hopeful.
However, the party boasts no such person, ac-
cording to SG documents, and only Dean of Students
Gene Zdziarski can override such a rejection.
And according to SG statutes, a presidential can-
didate must be accompanied by a vice presidential
candidate to maintain eligibility to run.
Alligator Writers Bridget Carey and Stephen
Magruder contributed to this report.
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birth father, whose 18-year absence and Josh Prince, the pair has an each entrance.
has made them feel like outcasts. outlandish technique of stealing the "You Never Can Tell" plays at
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UF, Harvard researchers put finger on how limbs develop
Fingers are key to the art of communication, have learned enough about how this digit is. Although the discovery was made in mice, or in a decreasing concentration over distance
whether it's a politician flashing a thumbs up to a formed in the first place, we might eventually be scientists say the same pathway is believed to he said. "What we found is that both of the las
cheering crowd or a bride displaying a diamond- able to repair the defect by using what we know function in human cells, two digits are formed directly from the cells tha
bedecked ring finger, to induce a normal digit to grow." Harfe, an assistant professor of molecular formerly expressed Sonic Hedgehog."
Now scientists at the University of Florida The findings also could shed light on the genetics and microbiology, studied mice bred to The cells that were exposed to the highest
and Harvard University have described howthe development of the body's more-critical organs, harbor a pair of visible genetic markers in Sonic concentrations of Sonic Hedgehog, both because
art of cellular communication how cells "talk" he said. Hedgehog-expressing cells. That enabled him they were closest to it and for the longest period
and what happens when they stop plays a "This is the first time anyone has figured to follow what happened to the cells as a limb oftime, becomethefourth andfifth digitsin mic
crucial role in normal limb development and out how the body regulates the size not just developed, even after they stopped expressing akin to the ring and pinkie fingers in people. Th
the formation of digits in mice, a discovery that of the limb, but possibly of other organs during the gene. digits farther away from the source of the gen
sheds light on the same process in people. The development," he said. "Sonic Hedgehog turns off as you start to form the second and third fingers, analogous t
researchers detail their discovery in today's The researchers studied cells in the mouse form the fingers," Harfe said. "Previously we had the index and middle fingers in people. The cell
issue of the journal Cell. embryo limb bud that express an active gene -no way of following what happens to the cells with no exposure to Sonic Hedgehog form th
Why the five fingers on a hand form into the called Sonic Hedgehog, which is essential for that were expressing this gene once it turned thumb, or first digit.
sizes and shapes they do, and the fundamental normal limb development. The gene expresses off. We needed to design a way to follow the Sun Xin, an assistant professor of medics
mechanisms that cause some people to be a protein that acts like a dispatcher, barking fatesofthese cells once they stopped expressing genetics at the. University of Wisconsin a
born without fully formed fingers or extra fingers chemical orders to other molecules and initiating the Sonic Hedgehog gene. Once we did that, we Madison, said, "I think Dr. Harfe's research
has been a mystery until now. Understanding limb growth. The researchers followed the -learned that they formed this wedge and that the described in the Cell paper is very important t
the development process could someday help cells that expressed the gene and found that cells that formerly expressed Sonic Hedgehog the limb development field. The research allowed
doctors correct defects before birth, or help in many of these cells, the Sonic Hedgehog actually form the last two fingers." the authors to put forward a new model of ho
regenerate limbs lost to accident or amputation, gene eventually stops sending its message and Harfe found that the length of time and the different structures form along the anterior
researchers say. migrates to another part of the developing limb. concentration of Sonic Hedgehog that cells were posterior axis of the limb. It will allow us to rethin
"Everybody's goal is to figure out the normal These cells then form a "wedge" that directly exposed to determined which digit the cells the role of many other molecules involved i
process well enough so then you can go back blocks another important signaling pathway in would form. anterior/posterior patterning."
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e would be stress-free factors became a better predictor over allowed to read neutral magazines- recalled more pain at six months Robert Baron, Ph.D
But if you're like 25 time of what people would recall than about gardening or travel. Stress than they reported at the time of the psychology at the Un
Americans, the mere was their level of pain during their levels of people in both sessions experience," said Henrietta L. Logan, "Failure to do so
ining in a dentist's chair experience." were measured by before and after Ph.D., director of the college's division the patients' negati
our heart with dread. The study was designed to questionnaires, sampling for stress of public health services and research treatment stress, wh
ave been there before measure just how much stress hormones in saliva and monitoring and Gedney's co-investigator. likelyto discourage t
el good. Or, at least, you such as the normal anxiety one heart rate. Subjects were found to "Women tended to recall more pain, follow-up or continue
may feel when receiving medical have both emotional and physical and moreover, people in the stress Logan said heal
report published by treatment influences how painful stress responses to session activities condition recalled more than people and their staff hav
Florida College of 'people remember their experience during onlythe stress session. from the non-stress condition." to recognize and
archers in this.month's being. Researchers found that After both sessions, participants Patients recalled nearly 10 percent phenomenon in pati
in demonstrates much subjects who were stressed during were asked to complete a two-minute more pain from the stress session "If the goal of th
'e recall may be in your their painful experience recalled pain task in which they rated the than from the non-stress session, make the patient't
out that an individual's more pain after several months severity of their pain from an "ice- "So, what we propose is that positive as possible
ain months later may than they reported at the time cream headache" caused by holding emotions, indeed, do have an anxiety by establish
do with how emotionally of the painful event, and women a bag of crushed ice against their influence on how people process and setting and pa
person was during the remembered more pain than men. foreheads. Subjects then completed recall, at least in this case, painful attention to the per
ian how painful the Study subjects, 52 men and 48 another series of. questionnaires experience," Gedney said, although the individual, it's b
ually may have been. women, were asked to complete two designed to rate their emotional states he was careful to clarify that more difference not only
any dental and medical 15-minute experimental sessions, immediately after the pain task. research is needed to understand the willingness to come
e aversive and anxiety- one stressful and one stress-free. To determine how much and what gender differences in pain recall, their long-term recall
fear-provoking and In the stress-inducing session, they subjects remembered of their pain "The findings of this report indicate pain they experience
in general," said Jeffrey were asked to give extemporaneous over time, researchers conducted that health-care providers have added For more infor
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Cold weather hikes blood pressure, UF scientist warns
When winter arrives and temperatures drop,
there's one place the mercury actually rises in
blood pressure gauges.
A survival mechanism in people and other
mammals constricts blood vessels in cold weather
to conserve heat and maintain body temperature.
But with less room for blood to move, pressure
rises-- along with the risk of fatal heart attack and
stroke, which peaks during winter.
Many of these deaths could be prevented
with simple precautions, says University of
Florida blood pressure expert Zhongjie Sun,
M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor of physiology
and medicine who has just uncovered a new
facet of the mysterious mechanism after
identifying a gene that triggers cold-induced high
blood pressure in mice. UF researchers describe
their findings in the current issue of the American
Journal of Physiology Regulatory, Integrative
and Comparative Physiology.
"Everyone should bear in mind that cold
temperature is a risk factor (for heart attack and
stroke)," Sun said.
People especially at risk include those with
high blood pressure, known as hypertension, and
patients with health conditions that require strict
blood-pressure maintenance, such as diabetes
and chronic kidney disease. -
"Patients with hypertension should be very
careful when they go out (in the cold)," Sun said.
"But normal people should take precautions as
Blood pressure, considered a key indicator
of overall health, is the force blood exerts
against artery walls. The measurement has two
components systolic pressure; taken when
the heart beats, and diastolic pressure, taken
between beats. '
New, stricter U.S. guidelines issued in 2003
state that a healthy person at rest should have a
blood pressure below 120/80, according to the
American Heart Association. High blood pressure
is defined as 140/90 or more, and readings
from 120/80 to 139/89 are considered
prehypertensive. Fifty million Americans are
believed to have hypertension, and one-third of
them are unaware of it.
How much will your blood pressure increase
in cold? The answer depends on variables such
as the current temperature and wind chill, the
temperatures you're accustomed to, how long
you're exposed and your health, dres and
activity level, Sun said. But it doesn'ttake much; a
previous study by Sun and his colleagues showed
justfive minutes' exposure to a temperature of 52
degrees Fahrenheit can cause pressure to rise
substantially. And a common medical evaluation
known- as the cold pressor test shows that a
person who plunges one hand into freezing water
for one minute will experience a rise in blood.
pressure lasting up to two hours.
People living in warmer climates aren't
immune to cold-induced blood-pressure change,
either,, he said. UF researchers found that a
control group of 12 healthy mice kept at a
constant 41 F around the clock experienced a
50 percent increase in blood pressure after five
weeks, he said.
"That's not terribly cold," he said. "It's about
the average temperature of a Gainesville winter."
The study's major finding was that 12
genetically engineered mice that lacked a
receptor activated by the vessel-constricting
hormone angiotensin II experienced only an
11 percent blood pressure increase under the
same conditions, Sun said. The results show, for
the first time, that the receptor plays a key role
in cold-induced blood pressure increases. The
finding could point the waytoward new treatment
and prevention strategies that may eventually
save lives, he added.
"We plan to collaborate with clinicians to
look at blood pressure changes in hypertensive
patients in all four seasons and see if renin-
angiotensin system control is a good way to
control cold-induced hypertension," Sun said.
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same dose of antihypertensive drugs as in
the summer, they may not be able to control
hypertension in cold weather," Sun said.
Sun conducted the study with collaborators
Xiuqing Wang, Ph.D., a UF assistant scientist in
medicine, Charles Wood, Ph.D., a UF professor
and chairman of physiology, and J. Robert-Cade,
M.D., a UF professor emeritus of medicine. The
research was funded by a four-year, $260,000
grant from the American Heart Association.
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a professor and chairman at the University of
Nebraska Medical Center's department of cellular
and integrative physiology in Omaha, Neb.
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do is use models that target the deletion or
overexpression of the angiotensin receptors
to specific organs," said Zucker, who studies
angiotensin's role in heart failure. "I'm sure Dr.
Sun is thinking about that."
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prepared by Health Education & Behaviors Interns
Erin Audin, Brenda Jean, and Krupa Patel in
cooperation with staff from the Student Health Care
Center. For answers to other questions or for further
information, please contact the GatorWell Health
Promotion Services Department at (352) 392 1161
ext. 4281 or wwwshcc.ufl.edu/gatorwell.
Q: What impacts how drunk you get?
A: Gender, body weight, food consumption, fatigue, being
sick, and taking any type of prescription or other drug,
are all factors that can impact how drunk you can get.
Men have more of the enzyme that metabolizes alcohol
than women. Men also usually have more muscle mass
and body weight than women. Eating food, especially
a full meal before drinking can slow alcohol absorption.
Being tired and feeling run down can lower your immune
system. Combining a prescription drug or any other drug
with alcohol can create a synergistic effect, which can be
dangerous because you will not know what type of reaction
you will experience.
Q: Will milk make you get less drunk? What
can you do before bed to prevent a hang-
A: No, drinking milk will not make you less
drunk. If you are concerned about not getting
drunk and avoiding a hangover, there are
low-risk drink strategies you can follow. The
first thing to do is limit the amount of alcohol
you consume. Other strategies include the
Drink slowly. Try to consume one drink
per hour.since your body metabolizes approximately one
drink per hour.
Allow time between drinks.-
Eat food before you drink. Preferably something with
protein and substance, such as a sandwich or pasta; not
just chips and dip, or bread.
Alternate alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic drinks.
Set a limit before going out to drink. Only take enough
cash for that set amount and leave your ATM card at
Stop drinking before you've reached your limit.
Before you go out, plan on how you will get home
.safely. Don't drink and'drive.
Use a designated driver.
Always try to drink water before, during, and after to
stay hydrated, since alcohol is a diuretic.
Remember, if you or a friend is not responding, 911
should be called to get help immediately.
Q: How does marijuana affect you in the
A: Long-term use of marijuana may increase the risk of
chronic cough, bronchitis, and emphysema, as well as
cancer of the neck and lungs. Marijuana smoke contains
50% to 70% more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than does
tobacco smoke. Using marijuana may promote cancer
of the respiratory tract and disrupt the immune system.
Use also affects alertness, concentration, perception,
coordination, and reaction time-skills that are necessary
for safe driving. Heavy marijuana use impairs the ability
of young people to concentrate and retain information
during their peak learning years. THC, the main active
chemical in. marijuana, changes the way sensory
information crucial for learning and memory gets into,
and is processed by, the brain. Marijuana has also been
proven to be a psychologically addictive drug. Some
heavy users of marijuana show signs of dependence,
developing withdrawal symptoms when they have not
used the drug for a period of time.
Q: What do popular drugs (speed, ecstasy) do
to your body?
A: The most "popular" drug would be alcohol. Anytime
you use a drug, you are changing the chemical balance
of your body. Many,of the risks associated with ecstasy
are similar to those found with the use of amphetamines
and cocaine, such as: psychological difficulties, including
confusion, depression, sleep problems, drug craving,
severe anxiety, and paranoia; physical symptoms such
as muscle tension, involuntary teeth clenching, nausea,
blurred vision, rapid eye movement, faintness, and
chills or sweating; increases in body temperature to
potentially fatal levels; and increases in heart rate and
Q: How bad is second-hand smoke?
A: Secondhand smoke, also known as environmental
tobacco smoke (ETS) or passive smoke, is a mixture of two
forms of smoke from burning tobacco products:
Sidestream smoke: smoke that comes from a lighted
cigarette, pipe, or cigar
Mainstream smoke: smoke that is exhaled by a
Nonsmokers exposed to secondhand smoke absorb
nicotine and other compounds just as smokers do. The
greater the exposure to secondhand smoke the greater
the level of these harmful compounds in your body. The
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has classified
secondhand smoke-as a Group A carcinogen, which means
that there is sufficient evidence that it causes cancer in
humans. Secondhand tobacco smoke contains over 4,000
chemical compounds. More than 60 of these are known or
suspected to cause cancer. Secondhand smoke can be
harmful in many ways. In the United States alone, each
year it is responsible for:
An estimated 35,000 to 40,000 deaths from heart
disease in people who are not current smokers
About 3,000 lung cancer deaths in nonsmoking
Other respiratory problems in nonsmokers, including
coughing, phlegm, chest discomfort, and reduced lung
(Statistics from the American Cancer Society)
Q: How does alcohol consumption affect
A: One of the keys to weight-training is
to stay hydrated. Alcohol is a diuretic
and will dehydrate the body. Alspo
getting adequate amounts of sleep is
important for weight-training. When you
drink alcohol, your body is not getting
te deep sleep known as Rapid Eye
Movement (REM) that will help to heal and
rejuvenate the body. When you are drinking alcohol, you
are consuming empty calories Which will hinder effective
Q: Is there such a thing as exercising toc
A: Absolutely. Too much exercise can lead to overtraining
syndrome, which is characterized by fatigue, decrease
performance, disturbed sleep and eating, menstrua
irregularities in women, muscle soreness, pain, injury
and impaired immune function. If you. exercise ever
when sore or injured, if exercise feels like an obligation
or if you spend more of your time and energy than yoI
would like thinking about or engaging in exercise, yot
may be a compulsive exerciser. Give yourself rest day:
from exercise, explore new or different forms of exercise
and/or seek assistance from a counselor. Counselin,
is available at Mental Health Services at the Studen
Health Care Center and at the Counseling Center ii
Peabody Hall. Free fitness advice is available to.enrollef
UF students through the Student Recreation and Fitnes
Centers. Please visit www.recsports.hhp.ufl.edu fq
Q: How can 1 feel and be healthy without
always being on a diet?
A: Eat when you are hungry and stop when you are ful
Diets have been known to cause weight gain. Visit Health
Weight 101 on the SHCC website at www.shcc.ufl.edu
gatorwell for more information.
Q: Where can I get free HIV testing without
traveling far from campus?
A: There are many facilities in Gainesville that off
anonymous or confidential HIV testing, however, n(
all centers provide free testing. Free testing centers i
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Q: How do I avoid being a victim of
hereditary illness or decreasing m
susceptibility to heart disease, chance
and other illnesses which carry a genetic
A: Having a risk factor doesn't necessarily mec
that you will develop cardiovascular disease,
just that you could. That is why your docti
asks about your personal and family medic
history so he or she can assess if you are
greater risk for having a heart attack or stroll
and recommend therapies that are well suitE
to you. If you have one or more risk factors f
Cardiovascular disease, you are part of a grot
that is at higher risk for cardiovascular disease
Having many risk factors increases your risk further
Every risk factor that you control may help to redu(
your risk of cardiovascular problems. If you are at hii
risk for heart attack, stroke, or cardiovascular death, y(
may be able to take steps right now to reduce your ris
Even though you cannot change your age, gender,
family history, you may be able to eat right, exercise, qt
smoking, and lower your blood-pressure. Eating health
fresh foods and getting regular exercise may help:
Lower your cholesterol
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* Control your blood sugar
* Control your blood pressure
* Control your weight
: WIll t be harderto have children if I go on
,A: Not necessarily. Although it
may.take a few months for your
hormone levels to return to
-normal once you stop taking
.' __" the pill, you may possibly be
able to get pregnant during your
st pill-free cycle. Many women believe that they need
periodically give their bodies a "break" from their birth
)ntrol pills; however, there is no medical basis for this
-lief. In fact, a woman can use birth control pills safely
om the time she becomes sexually active until she
*aches menopause, as long as she does not have any of
ie risk factors for taking the pill. A health care provider
an help you determine if you have any risk factors.
bttom line: if you are sexually active, it is wise to remain
i the pill and/or use a back up method of birth control
ich as a condom until you are ready to start your family.
: Do you gain weight when you're on the
ill? How can you prevent It?
There are, many different hormonal formulations of
rth control pills and the potential for weight gain really
spends on the type of pill that you are on. Birth control
lis that consist primarily of the hormone progestin have
lower potential for weight gain, where as pills that are
gher in estrogen may cause weight gain through water
mention. To minimize this type of weight gain, it is a good
ea to limit your sodium (salt) intake and also while it
ay seem counterintuitive drink plenty of water (at least 8
asses a day). Drinking water helps your body to eliminate
access sodium and other impurities. Lastly, try to maintain
regular work out routine.
: Men, Alcohol and Impotence?
; While consumption of alcohol may seem to loosen your
,xual inhibitions, excessive drinking can cause temporary
ipotence (inabilityto achieve an erection) in men. Alcohol
a depressant, which affects the central nervous system
id reduces blood flow to areas of the body, including
e penis. Alcohol also increases estrogen levels in men.
ironic alcohol abuse has been associated with
development of swollen breasts, shrunken testicles, and
ng term impotence. Ladies, consumption of alcohol also
)creases vaginal and-clitoral sensation, which reduces
Iur ability to achieve orgasm.
: Atkins, Atkins, Atkins! Does it work? Is it
healthy? What is the best commercial diet?
A: Most commercial diets
promise a quick fix,
encourage or require you to
stop eating certain foods,
f reputable health organizations,
id identify "good" and "bad" foods.- If these diets
lund too good to be true, then they probably are. It is
wver healthy to cut entire food groups out of your diet,
With Atkins. Basically, no commercial diet is great
r the long term, in fact they typically cause individuals
gain their weight back (plus some) when the diet
is ended. The best diet has a balance of all the food
groups in order to get all your required vitamins and
Q: How can you be healthy when you can't
make it to the gym and eat well on the run?
A: Start by incorporating physical activity into your daily
routine. Walk briskly or ride your bike to class (or if you
take a bus, get off a few stops before your regular stop
and walk), take the stairs whenever possible, take your
notes to the gym and ride a stationary bike while you
study, or do sit-up and push-ups while watching your
favorite television show. In order to eat well when you
are very busy you need to plan your meals ahead of
time. Pack a balanced lunch and bring it with you when
you do not have time to go home to eat. Bring healthy
snacks to hold you over like fruits, cheese and crackers,
nuts, or vegetables. If you are eating out try to focus on
grilled items, rather than fried and always eat something
green, like a side salad or steamed veggies.
Q: What is the best way to keep up with a
routine or diet?
A: The best approach is to take small steps that are
realistic when you first start a new workout or diet. Have
a buddy to help motivate you. Eventually the routine will
become a habit that you will look forward to during the
Q: Which vitamins should be taken?
S A: A general multivitamin like Centrum
< or One-a-day is safe. However, try to
improve your diet first to get all your
Necessary vitamins. If you do not
get 3 servings a day of dairy foods
or equivalents (i.e., soy milk), calcium
supplements may be warranted.
Q: If you work out religiously, do you still
have to eat a well-balanced diet?
A: Absolutely! It is the total balance of healthy lifestyle
behaviors that promote health.
Q: What are-the effects of coffee and
A: Up to 2-3 cups of coffee (8 oz each) have
not been shown to have negative health
consequences. However, individual
response to caffeine may vary, so
if you are experiencing insomnia or
-anxiety, caffeine may worsen these
( .'. symptoms. Excess soda intake adds
a lot of calories and no vitamins or
minerals. Also, there are many "energy drinks" that are
comparable to several cups of coffee in one beverage.
Q: Are there foods that burn fat? Are 3
meals a day better than 5?
A: Eating frequently throughout the day can be a good
strategy to manage hunger'and maintain-energy levels as
Swell as support metabolism. There are no individual foods
for fat burning.
Q: What is a healthy way to gain weight?
A: To increase weight, add more calories either
by increasing intake at meals or adding snacks.
balanced diet is still important. Adding muscle requires
exercise and a little extra protein,. but you can easily
meet these protein needs (about 1/2 gram per pound o1
body weight) with regular food and do not need protein
Q: Do diet pills work?
A: Diet pills have not been found effective in long-terrr
weight management, and often are risky to health.
Ephedra, an ingredient in diet pills that has beer
implicated in numerous deaths, has been pulled frorn
the market recently. Most ephedra-free diet pills have
high doses of caffeine.
Q: How to become more flexible/what
impact it has on health?
A: Flexibility can be improved with stretching 2-3 times
per week. Many of you might like yoga or pilates for their
benefits to flexibility.
Q: What exercises or activities can you do
to relieve stress and relax in order to study
A: Stress is a part of day-to-day living. As
college students you may experience
stress meeting academic
demands, adjusting to a new living
environment, finances, roommates
or developing friendships. Stress car
be a motivator to get through a
project; however, it car
seem as overwhelming a:
times. There are several
things you can do to reduce
your stress and relax. The key is to find something, or
a mixture of things, that work for you and use the tools
when you notice you are getting stressed. Here are jusi
+ Manage your time effectively.
Take 5-10 minutes breaks every hour to hour and a
half when you are studying.
* Learn diaphragmatic breathing techniques.
+ Get 7-8 hours of sleep consistently each night.
Take a group exercise class at the Rec Centers
maybe try Yoga or Pilates.
Get a massage.
See a counselor on campus or go to a counseling
Q: What signals tell you that you are
A: There are many signs and symptoms of stress, man)
of which vary by individual. There are things that mighl
happen to you when you get stressed that do not htipper
to you friends or family members. General signs can be
mental, emotional, or physical. Mentally, you may fee
that you are not able to concentrate or you may be
forgetful. Emotionally, you may feel frustrated, anxious
or irritable, more than normal. Physically, you ma)
notice your heart rate increase; palms get sweaty; youi
teeth may clinch, and you can possibly have difficulties
sleeping, digestive changes, or headaches.
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UF researchers map bacterial
proteins that cause tooth loss
The human mouth teems with millions of enamel--
erodirng, gum-inflaming microbes.
One of these, Porphyromonas gingivalis, is a bacterial
homesteader that stakes a claim deep within the
spaces between teeth and gums. It's also the leading
cause of tooth loss secreting proteins that destroy
the soft tissues and bone that support teeth to cause
Now scientists have identified the thousands of
proteins the bacterium produces, shedding light on how
it interacts with healthy cells in order to thrive, according
to dental researchers from the University of Florida and
the University of Washington. They describe theirfindings
in the current issue of the journal Proteomics.
"Determining which proteins are expressed in greater
levels in the mouth has allowed us to gain clues as to
how P. gingivalis might be causing disease, and what we
might be able to do with drugs or vaccines to prevent it,"
said Richard Lamont, Ph.D., a professor of oral biology at
UF's College of Dentistry and study investigator.
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial
Research estimates 80 percent of adult Americans
have some form of periodontal disease, their symptoms
ranging from mild gum irritation to complete tooth loss.
People with periodontal disease also are at increased
risk of stroke and heart attack, and the disease makes
it difficult to control blood sugar levels in people with
diabetes. If that's not bad enough, pregnant women
with periodontal disease are seven times more likely to
deliver low-birth-weight, preterm babies.
Proteins are important to study because they are
the foundation of the cellular structure of every living
organism, Lamont said. They carry on the day-to-day
biology of life, going about.their business as enzymes
and antibodies. They can also cause-disease.
"The genes themselves are only important in that
they encode the proteins," Lamontsaid. "It's the proteins
that are most responsible for disease, and in most cases
it's proteins that are vaccine and-drugtargets."
The scientists have been trying to understand how
P. gingivalis interacts with healthy oral tissues to cause
such devastation. In this study, they used cutting-edge
molecular research techniques to map all the proteins
- known as the proteome produced by P. gingivalis.
Ultimately, the researchers were able to fill hundreds
of gaps in the organism's sequence of roughly 2,000
Until now, scientists had identified less than 2
percent of the pathogen's proteins and had to guess at
what other proteins might be present in the proteome
based on similarities to other known proteins, said
"This study has done two things to advance that,"
Lamont said. "We've identified the complete protein
complement of the organism, and we've looked at how
those.proteins are expressed when the organism is in an
environment that closely mimics an oral situation."
To do this, Lamont and his colleagues compared
the proteins secreted by P. gingivalis when grown in
a medium containing human gum cell proteins with
the proteins produced by the bacteria when grown
in a neutral medium. Bacterial proteins from the two
conditions were separated using a new technique called
Multidimensional Protein Identification Technology, or
Once separated, mass spectrometry was used to
measure each protein's mass and charge, identifiers
as unique to proteins as the whorls of fingerprints are
The spectrometry measurements were fed into a
computer database to create a computational.model of
the P. gingivalis proteome, resulting in a surprising find.
"Some of the proteins we previously thought were
important when they were expressed in the lab proved
not to be when the organism is in an environment that
mimics the oral cavity," Lamont said.
To pit it simply, the behavior, or protein expression,
of the organism when it's at work in the human mouth
is very different from its behavior when it's vacationing
in a Petri dish. r
"An organism growing in a lab isn't causing disease,"
Lamont said. "It's an organism that's in your gums, your
lungs, your heart valves, your arteries causing disease."
The next step will be to expose P gingivalis to other
oral pathogens to determine what interactions may exist
that contribute to infection, he said.
UF researchers: Beer-
drinking rats better
at counting calories
Football fans faced with a frosty
pitcher of beer and a heaping
platter of wings on Super Bowl
Sunday often respond as if it were
fourth-and-goal they go for it.
But weight-conscious people
should heed the humble rat,
which stays trim by instinctively
cutting calories when indulging in
alcoholic drinks, say researchers
at the University of Florida's
psychology department and the
Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight
Rats also know how to say
no to the brew, stopping at what
would amount to two or three
drinks in most people, according
to a paper in the current issue of
Pharmacology, Biochemistry and
Behavior. Many people ignore the
same instinct a shortcoming
that can spell dietary disaster.
"Behavior in humans is
complicated because we are
bombarded by social and
marketing factors that stick
food in front of our face every
which way we turn," said Neil
- Rowland, Ph.D., a professor
of psychology who studies the
neural mechanisms of obesity,
eating disorders and alcohol
abuse. "It's difficult to say no."
People cannot simply cut
food calories while they're
drinking without also considering
the effect it will have on their
sobriety, researchers caution.
But it's also important that they
consider the effect that drinking
has on their waistlines.
An estimated 65 percent of U.S.
adults and 16 percent of children
and adolescents are either
overweight or obese, according to
the 1999-2002 National Health
and Nutrition Examination Survey
done at the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention.
Furthermore, a CDC analysis
shows Americans consume
more calories than they did 30
years ago. On average, women
increased their daily calorie
consumption 22 percent between
1971 and 2000, from 1,542
calories per day to 1,877 calories.
During the same period, men
increased their calorie intake 7
percent, from 2,450 calories per
day to 2,618 calories.
UF scientists, who monitored
the food, fluid and alcohol intake of
six male and five female rats over
several days in three separate
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University of Florida addiction researchers
say mounting evidence suggests chronic
overeating can be a form of substance abuse,
and that illicit drugs snare users because they
engage brain pathways associated with appetite
and the enjoyment of food.
Four UF studies published in the current
issue of the Journal of Addictive Diseases
present new evidence linking overeating,
obesity and addiction, and could have treatment
implications for people struggling with weight
problems, alcoholism or drug use, said Mark
Gold, M.D., chief of addiction medicine at UF's
College of Medicine and co-author of three of
"What's the difference between someone
who's lost control over alcohol and someone
who's lost control over good,food?" asked
Gold, who also is a distinguished professor of
psychiatry at UF's McKnight Brain Institute.
"When you Jook at their brains and brain
responses, the differences are not very
Gold, an early proponent of the food-as-
report link overeating, obesity
drug model, said the medical community be more likely to succeed if it includes a plan for
considered the idea radical a decade ago, but a healthy diet and regular exercise, according
many addiction specialists now give it serious to one of the papers Gold co-authored. A case-
consideration. Advances in imaging technology, history review of 75 teenagers undergoing long-
neurochemistry and other fields have enabled term residential drug treatment showed they
basic science researchers to map rodents' gained an average of 11 pounds during the first
brain pathways and show how food ard drugs 60 days, a change researchers believe may have
evoke similar responses. At the same time, happened to compensate for the loss of brain
clinical researchers such as Gold have begun stimulation when drug use ended. The patients
investigating the relationship between food- were monitored with urine screens to ensure
seeking and drug-seeking behaviors in people, they remained drug-free during treatment.
"We've taken the position that overeating "Theoretically, the (finding) has the
is in part due to food becoming more refined, implication.thatsaysthere isa push-pull-if the
more palatable, more hedonic," Gold said. drugs are there, eating goes away; if drugs are
"Food might be the substance in a substance gone, eating increases," Gold said.
abuse disorder that we see today as obesity." Similar supportive data came from a UF
Obesity is the second most common cause study in the journal that correlated obesity and
of premature death in the United States, and self-reported alcohol use in female patients
is predicted to overtake tobacco use as the No. undergoing weight-loss treatment. The more
1 cause within a few years, he.said. About 24 obese the patient, the less likely she was to
percent of U.S. adults aged 20 years and older drink alcohol, said UF addiction medicine
are obese, according to estimates from a 2003 expert William Jacobs, M.D., who helped review
National Center for Health Statistics survey, the files of about 300 women 16 to 79.
Treatment for drug or alcohol addiction may "The impression that a lot of folks have,
including health-care providers, is that obese
patients sit around and drink, that's part of
the reason they're obese. And this has shown
exactly the opposite," said Jacobs, an assistant
professor of psychiatry and anestheiology.
"Eating is probably competing and substituting
for alcohol in the brain in the reward pathways
in these patients."
Future research could help scientists
determine which patients would benefit by
being treated as food addicts, Jacobs said.
Some people overeat because they suffer from
conditions such as depression or diab56s, and
successful treatment for the underlying cause
may reduce their eating to healthier levels.
Because the mechanisms that cause the
urge to eat and the urge to abuse alcohol or
drugs appear to overlap, researchers may one
day be able to design medications that would
reduce the desire for both activities, said Satya
Kalra, Ph.D., a UF professor of neuroscience. In
the meantime, researchers say, exercise and a
healthy diet are the best prescription for weight
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UF study: hormone may keep off pounds
Need motivation to keep those New
Year's resolutions to eat better and get more
exercise? A University of Florida study in rats
suggests dieters who persevere long enough
to lose a few pounds may be rewarded
with help from a slimming hormone that's
otherwise stifled by excess-fat.
Described in the current issue of Obesity
Research, the study showed adult rats
fattened on a high-calorie diet returned to
their original weights when scientists used
gene t erapy to produce the hormone, called
leptin, in the rodents' brains, said Satya
Kalra, a UF College of Medicine professor
of neuroscience who led the study. Leptin is
produced by mammals, including people.
The findings suggest the hormone could
eventually provide better weight-control
methods; today they're a reminder that
unwanted pounds are best fought with
persistence and prevention.
"The take-home message (of our study)
is it's very important that we maintain a
healthy lifestyle," said Kalra, a member of
UF's McKnight Brain Institute. "That includes
a lot of energy expenditure through exercise
and tight control on calorie intake."
The number of Americans with weight
problems has skyrocketed in recent decades,
according to the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention. Currently, almost 59 million
Americans are considered obese, meaning
that they have a body mass index of 30 or
more. Body mass index is a measurement of
fat in relation to lean body mass.
Leptin, produced in mammals' fat cells,
helps regulate energy use by signaling the
brain to reduce appetite and burn more
calories, Kalra said. But there's a caloric
Catch-22: Overweight mammals produce
more leptin, so much that it impairs the very
mechanism that should eliminate excess fat.
"For reasons unknown, when leptin
levels are increased in the blood (leptin is)
ineffective in performing its normal function
this is sometimes referred to as leptin
resistance," Kalra said. "It increases more
quickly if the animal consumes a diet that's
very rich in calories."
For several years, Kalra and his wife
Pushpa Kalra, a UF professor of physiology
and functional genomics, have sought to
overcome leptin resistance in rats and
mice by delivering leptin-producing genes
to the hypothalamus, an area of the brain
that controls many. basic body functions
and contains receptors activated by leptin.
The current study, funded by a 5-year, -$1.9
million grant from the National Institutes of
Health, focused on a tiny subdivision of the
hypothalamus called the paraventricular
"Most of the data (from past studies)
indicate that the paraventricular nucleus is
one of the most important targets for the
action of neurotransmitters that stimulate or
inhibit appetite, and also the neural circuits
that increase energy expenditure," Satya
. Although the paraventricular nucleus
works in tandem with other structures in
the hypothalamus, the UF researchers
wanted to determine whether leptin could
be successfully produced there. Besides the
Kalras, the team included Michela Bagnasco,
Michael Dube and Adi Katz.
The study used 30 adult female rats,
separated irto two groups. For80 days, one,
group was fed standard rat chow containing
11 percent fat, while the other received a
high-calorie food containing 45 percent fat.
At the end of that period scientists injected
a solution containing copies of the gene that
produces rat leptin into-the paraventricular
nuclei of six rats from the high-fat group that
had become obese. As a control, another
six of the obese high-fat rats each received
an injection of a solution containing a gene
that produces a protein that has no effect on
leptin production. The~animals fed standard
rat chow received no injection.
The vector used to deliver the genes was
the apparently harmless adeno-associated
virus, used in numerous studies at UF and'
The rats' body weights and food intakes
were monitored for almosttwo months and
compared with data from the group that
did not receive gene therapy. At the 80-day
mark, when the injections were given, the
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average weight of the obese high-fat group
was 20 percent greater than it. had been
at the beginning of the experiment. But 56
days after the injections, the average weight
of the rats that received leptin gene therapy
was only 3 percent greater than it was when
the experiment began. Those that received
the green fluorescent protein remained 20
percent heavier until the experiment's end.
Among the animals fed standard rat chow,
which initially gained weight but then leveled
off, the average weight was about 10 percent
heavier at the end of the experiment.
"(The results) supported our hypothesis
that there is some kind of insufficiency of
leptin in those sites that are the targets of
leptin in normal conditions and in normal
rats," Kaira said.
Next, UF researchers hope to learn how
long the paraventricular nucleus produces
leptin after gene therapy is administered,
Kalra said. Because the procedure involves
surgery, possible human applications are
years away, but knowledge gained through
the rat studies may lead to noninvasive
methods of overcoming leptin resistance.
Leptin resistance intrigues scientists and
affects up to 95 percent of dieters, said leptin
expert Tamas Horvath, head of reproductive
neuroscience at the Yale Unriversity School
of Medicine's department of obstetrics,
gynecology and reproductive sciences.
,"I think it's difficult to predict what is the
role of leptin resistance in our inabilityto lose
weight in the initiation of a diet," Horvath
said. "What we've been discovering in
working with the hypothalamus in particular
.is the tremendous amount of plasticity going
on during these endocrine metabolic events,
so it's reasonable to assume that the wiring
of the hypothalamus is affected by both leptin
resistance as well as the diet, and that may
add another level of complexity to this whole
There's no magic pill for easy weight loss,
but exercise and good nutrition are as reliable
-as ever, he said.
"It's important to emphasize both," he
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experiments, said their work supports
the idea that people don't consider the
nutritional aspects of beer, liquor, mixed
drinks and even soft drinks.
"I think it tells people to watch what
they are eating," Rowland said. "Outside
factors are overriding the natural signals
that we've eaten enough or have had too
much to drink. That's not a novel concept,
but it is a good description of what's
happening. Some folks stand by the chip
bowl and consume a lot of food with their
alcohol, when they need to think about
drinks in general as components of their
energy intake. The rats can count these
calories very well. People can be educated
to think about these internal signs that
the rats are so aware of, and eat one less
sandwich and have one less drink."
Morethan 50years ago, scientists noticed
that Americans think of alcoholic beverages
as a drug, not as a source of nutrition,
Rowland said. Since then, researchers have
studied caloric compensation in' humans
and in animals, noting that rats instinctively
manage their weight by not eating as much
when they receive calories from alcohol.
Scientists believe people may ignore the
internal stop signs.
But the rodent imbibing experience in
previous experiments didn't parallel the
human one. Rats would drink the ethanol
and water that scientists mixed for them
only if nothing else Were available not
the typical atmosphere you'd find at a
tailgate party. In addition, people usually
prefer a variety of ingredients in their drink
selections, which makes the matter of,-
assessing calories far more complicated.
"Most humans consume alcohol in
a mix with something else, like a beer
or a margarita, which has lots of other
components in it," Rowland said. "If the
body has to count calories, the mechanism
must be complex enough to analyze
more than just one thing. The point was
to develop in rats a way in which they
willingly consume relatively large amounts
of. alcohol, and to see if they could still
In.the current study, UF researchers
made alcohol more palatable by adding
it to decarbonated, non-alcoholic beer,
which also allows scientists to precisely
measure the alcohol content. In a
separate'test they presented the alcohol
mixed into a sweet gelatin.
Both male and female rats cut back on
their calories from food and maintained a
consistent intake of overall calories during
the experiments, even with access to plenty
of food, fresh water and palatable alcohol.
"The important thing is that the rats
were able, to accurately compensate
for their calories when they electively
consumed alcohol," said Allen Levine,
Ph.D., head director of the Minnesota
Obesity Center and a professor of food
science and nutrition at the University of
Minnesota. "But people have access to a
tremendous variety of foods, and because
of that, we don't compensate well. We
have'to use volitional control willpower
to control our caloric consumption. This
isn't a big deal for some people, but for
others, who might be addicted to alcohol
or food, it is a problem."
Additional investigation of the long-
term effects of alcoholic nutrients in
rats may shed more light on the internal
and external signals that regulate caloric
intake-in humans, researchers say. But
until then, the battle of wills this Sunday
won'tjust be on the playing field, but in the
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Close to UF in SW
Beautiful/quiet 0 376-2507
All the space you need only $1050
Pool*Hot Tub* Tennis*Gym*PC Lab
W/D*Cable with HBO*Extra Storage
The perfect three-bedroom! 372-8100
Haile Plantation Laurel Park. 3BR/2BA
Beautiful home. Quiet neighborhood. Great
running trails. $1200/mo Avail 3/1. Bruce
DUCK POND! Cute 1BR/1BA, wood floors,
eat-in kitchen, ceiling fans, $475/rent
305-C NE 6th Street
Carl Turlington Real Estate, Inc. 372-9525
1BR $699 2BR $839 3BR $999
$150 dep. Full size W/D,
Direct Campus Access,
Pool, Fitness Center!
Open M-F 8:30 5:30, Sat 11-4
Pebble Creek Apts 376-9607
DUCKPOND AREA Cute 3BR/1BA cent
H/AC, fireplace, W/D hk-up, DW, tile & wood
floors 731 NE 9th St $850/mo 316-1637 2-
BIKE TO SHANDS & VET SCHOOL!
*Spacious studio, washer/dryer, Fenced
yard, lawn svc, $450/rent
* 3BR 2BA, terrazzo floors, washer/dryer,
fenced yard, lawn svc, $1000/rent
* 4BR 3BA, terrazzo floors, washer/dryer,
fenced yard, $1400/rent 3811 SW 20th
Carl Turlington Real Estate, Inc. 372-9525
BIKE TO UF! 3BR 2BA, carport,
Washer/dryer, porch, pets considered,
Avail now! $895/rent, 2222 SW 14th Street
Carl Turlington Real Estate, Inc. 372-9525
CUTE NW HOUSE! 2BR 1BA, Ceramic tile,
screen porch, w/d hookups,
$750/rent, 4234 NW 26th Drive
Carl Turlington Real Estate, Inc. 372-9525
AVAIL AUG 1: 3bed/2bath house close to
bus line. Tile floors, pets ok, wash/dry, fenced
yard on quiet road. 4100 NW 14 PL 339-2342
for directions. $975/m 2-23-18-2
1,2 & 3BR with GATED ENTRY!
HUGE apts w/screened porches
FREE Alarm FREE Tanning
24-hour Gym Quiet NWArea
Move-in Specials 372-0400
Avail. Aug 1: 4bed/2bath house. Ceramic tile
floors, extra game room, fenced yard, pet ok,
wash/dry provided. 1330 NW 39th St. 339-
2342 for directions $1275/mo 2-23-15-2
GREAT FOR STUDENTS! 3BR/2BA house,
close to UF & Shands, on bus route, 1 car
garage, tile fir, fireplace, 1450 sq ft, Avail
now! $975/mo, sec dep. Call Casey to move
in 352-514-2936 2-25-17-2
U For Rent
Move in today... $150 Deposit
One bedrooms $449
Summer Place Apts
GAINESVILLE'S FINEST LIVING
Luxury 3/3 & 4/4's from only $370/bdrm
includes extended cable, water/sewer, 24 hr
gym, Free Tanning
SPRING & SUMMER SPECIALS
Call the Landings at 336-3838
1*2*3 BR GINORMOUS
Affordable, Spacious living
Only 1 mile to UF, RTS 13
HUGE BRs, Ceramic tile
Relax & Enjoy *377-7401*
2 Bed 1 Bath in old house. Downtown.
Hardwood Floors, high ceilings, pets ar-
ranged, Avail now. $475/mo 1st, last, dep.
Call Greg 214-3291 2-25-11-2
DOWNTOWN 1BR 1BA,
CH/AC, water included, $415/rent
411 Sw 2nd Street #3
Carl Turlington Real Estate, Inc. 372-9525
SHORT TERM LEASE! 2BR 1.5BA
Duplex, walk to UF, CH/AC,
$495/rent, 805 NW 3rd Avenue
Carl Turlington Real Estate, Inc. 372-9525
1 BR/1 BA clean/spacious 750 sq ft apt. 5 min
walk to UF/Shands. Pets negotiable. 2 units.
Call 352-373-2324 2-22-7-2
Quiet & Clean! 2BR/1BA $525, quiet neigh-
borhood, 1000 sq ft, tile floors, spacious,
living/dining rooms, W/D hkups, pvt pation in
back yard, near UF. 1824 NW 10th St. 376-
2BR/1BA Duplex in Duckpond Area: Cent
H/AC, W/D hook-ups, wood floors, 605 NE
6th Ave. $550/mo, sec dep. Call 386-935-
Very clean condo 2BR/2.5BA, 5 min to UF,
10 min to Shands, cent AC, DW, W/D, cable,
internet, pool, $800/mo 352-472-9778, 305-
299-3485, email@example.com 2-23-5-2
HISTORIC DUCKPOND NEIGHBORHOOD
Charming studio. Privacy over detached
garage. 1.8 mi from UF. $450+/mo. sec. dep.
Small pets. Avail now. 371-7149 2-25-7-2
CONVENIENT 2BR/1BA HOUSE
Lg fenced area, pet PBA, $650/mo. 3131 NW
Rent With Us Today, itn st. Newly decorated/renovated. Call
Buy With Us Tomorrow! 475-1586 or 213-2662 (cell) 2-23-5-2
CUTE 1BR w/STUDY, new kitchen, $495/
mo. 302 NW 19th Ave.
SCondo, House & Townhouse Rentals ROCKWOOD VILLAS
www.BosshardtPM.com 3BR/3 full baths. End unit. W/D. Pool & ten-
Ask About Our Lucrative nis. $850/mo Call 407-578-2721 2-23-5-2
Tenant Rewards Program!
2/2 Conv to UF $925/mo 2/1.5 New tiles, carpet & paint. Furnishings
3/2 House in Haile $1250/mo optional. Ready to move in ASAP. Around
2/2 Townhouse $800/mo $600/mo. Call 954-249-0528 2-24-5-2
Over 30+ Private Homes Available!
Call Today: 371-2118
4-20-50-2 Another Saturday night without a date?
VILLAGE LOFT APTS
1BR LOFT APTS 650 & 750 sq. ft. Starting
at $450/mo. Quiet, wooded setting. FREE
monitored alarm system. 6400 SW 20th Ave.
Call 332-0720 3-31-32-2
*3 BLOCKS TO UF*
2BR/1 BA Duplex. Hardwood floors,
DOWNTOWN avail immediately or spring.
Month to month ok. 2BR/1BA apt, newly
remodeled, quiet neighborhood, pets OK,
Close to Shands, UF & Library. $650-715/
.mo. Call 262-1351 2-22-10-2
Read The Alligator.
9 1I Subleases
Apartments Sublets & Roommates
All areas. Stu, 1 & 2 Bdrm; $400-1500
Short-Long & Furn-Unfurn
1-(877) FOR-RENT (367-7368)
$350 for 1BR in a 2BR/2BA apt. Call 352-
WALK TO CLASS! $250/mo
Now til Aug. Courtyards 352-328-6967 all
OXFORD MANOR 1BR/1 BA, walk-in-closet,
private bath in 2BR/2BAfurn, all util incl $512/
mo neg. 1st month free. Female. Sublease
until 7/05. 904-571-8337 3-10-20-3
1 or both rooms in 2BR downtown apt.
Quiet neighborhood. Close to Shands, UF,
& Library. $350/mo. Pets ok. Call 262-1351
FEB RENT FREE 1BR avail in 3BR/2BA
HOUSE close to campus, UF, Butler Plaza.
$350/mo. Includes everything: inet, cable, W/
D, huge yard. Call 352-682-9204 2-22-10-3
CAMPUS LODGE 2-3BRs. Vaulted ceiling.
Fully furn. Everything incl. $505/mo each.
Call 352-514-7773 3-17-20-3
1BR/1BA Cambridge Apts. by 34th St.
$600/mo includes everything: utils, alarm, 5
HBOs, ethernet, pool, jacuzzi, 24-hr gym &
computer lab. W/D. Nice & quiet. Avail May.
Call 352-870-0994 2-22-5-3
$300 TO MOVE IN!
1BR/1BA in 3/3 @ The Exchange! Fum,
kitchen, big pool, comp rm, rec rm, close to
campus, on bus rt. $508/mo. Call 561-317-
FEBRUARY FREE! 1 bedroom. Loft located
near Oaks Mall; Bus accessible; Washroom
on site. Security Required. Call 371-2858 for
more info 3-8-10-3
Sublease Now-July 31, 2005 Sunbay Apts
2BR/1BA $400/mo $200 deposit included.
Close to UF/On bus route 16. 352-256-7831
or 305-467-5255 3-8-10-3
1/2 OFF RENT NOW THRU JULY 31st on a
1BR/1 BA in a 3BR/3BA at Hidden Lake Apts.
Rents for $420/monthly, will sacrifice for
$210/monthly & move in free tool Call Angie
352-331-4400 or 352-213-8572 or email me
at firstname.lastname@example.org 2-23-5-3
1BR in a 2/2.5. New townhouse $385/mo.
Avail March 1, will work around date if
needed. Call Jessica 367-4053 2-25-7-3
Huge room in adorable 2BR,apt. 5 blocks
from campus. $425/mo. Call 407-625-8990.
Avail May -Aug. 2-24-5-3
LOOKING FOR A BARGAIN?
Bid on a sublease @
CUTE 2/1 APT FOR $450/MO
Located Beval Apts 2330 SW 35th PI. W/D
hkups, new carpet. Avail 2/27/05 7/31/05.
Ask about bonus 256-0501 2-24-5-3
LIVE DOWNTOWN ARLINGTON SQUARE
1BR/1BA, Pool View, Pets OK!
$550 Per Month
Available now thru July 31st
Call 246-8227 2-24-5-3
MOVE IN NEXT WEEK! MARCH FREE
Awesome 1BR/1BA single, 3 blocks from
UF. Pets Welcome. Call 316-6741 2-24-5-3
Available from Commercial News Providers"
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 20050 ALLIGATOR, 19
1BR/1 BA Only $325/mo. Near UF. Water incl
Email email@example.com. Call 271-9104.
Mon-Fri 6-10pm. John. Move in March 1.
4BR/3BA, 2200 sq ft liv, dining & fam. Porch,
fenced, garage, wood floors. Near UF. 1301
NW 31st Dr. $1350/mo; $900/mo Feb-April
371-1998, 339-2379 2-25-6-3
$240/mo SUMMER SUBLEASE
+ 1/3 utilities
3BR/2BA Boardwalk Apt
Call PK @ 954-682-5979
or call 904-705-1689 2-25-5-3
$374 for 1BR/1BA in 4BR/4BA 1st month
1/2 offl.Pvt BA, fumished, incis water, sewer,
garbage, pest control, ethernet, cable, elec.
Great deal. Lease from May-Aug 10, 05. Call
Beautiful 1BR apt in a picturesque part of
town, 5 min to downtown. Avail May mid-
Aug.. Call for information 870-3988 2-25-5-3
-Subleaser needed $399/mo 1 BR/1 BA on NW
20th Ave. March 1st thru July 31st. March is
FREE. No dep needed. You keep $99 sec
dep. Call Kevin or Mandy 352-281-0252
EXCHANGE 2BR avail in 4BR/4BA. Fully
furn. Everything incl. Avail May-Aug. Price'
neg. Call 561-271-7800 or 561-706-2073.
Patio swing. 2-24-5-3
SUMMER sublease! 1BR in a 4BR Campus
Club apt. $400/mo incl maid svc, util, cable,
furn, ethernet & more. NO FEESI May-Aug.
Female only. Please call 352-262-5995
a Roommates )3* Roommates
*CHEAP & CLOSE TO UF*
$265/mo. Cheap util + nice people. 1BR
in 4BR/2BA townhouse. Spacious, laundry
access, no pets. Call Megan 904-476-8784
CAMPUS LODGE APT. No move-in fee.
Female roommate. Everything incl. $514/mo
price NEG. From April thru Aug. Call 727-
Female sublease at Courtyards. 1BR in
spacious 4/2 townhouse. All furniture & utils
included; $399/mo sec dep & 1st mo rent free.
514-6408 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 3-11-9-3
Frederick Gardens 2BR/1BA March July.
Great location, blocks from UF & Shands.
Will pay $300 move-in dep & you keep
initial dep. $515/mo. Contact 352-246-4185
SANTA FE POINTE 1BR/1BA in 4BR/4BA.
Fully furnished. Available now thru Aug 15th.
$400/mo, Call 954-536-8010 3-7-5-3
OXFORD MANOR SUBLEASE 1BR in 3BR
townhouse, own BA, W/D, wireless net,
digital cable, phone. Pay rent & util $296 +.
Roommate Matching HERE
Oxford Manor 377-2777
The Landings 336-3838
The Laurels 335-4455
Hidden Lake 374-3866
* C """"""""
Female roommate for one/two female UF
students. Quiet. Resposible. 60 second walk
to UF. Old house charm with all amenities.
Avail Now. $400 up. 352-538-2181.Lv mes-
sage. Private Owner 4-20-71-4
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.Aval Fall. Call Jacqueline 352-
395-7462 or 941-780-3526 4-20-71-4
Sublets and Rooms Available
All Florida Areas; All Major Cities
Browse available Rooms FREE!
1-(877)-For-Rent (367-7368) 4-20-71-4
M/F NS Grad student/professional wanted to
rent furn room in gorgeous new house 1.5 mi
to Shands. Kitchen, LR, laundry $425+ utils
336-5450 or 954-646-1341 3-8-40-4
WALK TO SFCC
New 1.700 sq ft 3BR/2BA home Rent $350/
400/mo by indiv BR. Avail 2/9. Call 283-6279
Female student to join 2 females in nice 3BR
house off NW 8th Ave, 3 mi from UF on bus
rt, tile/hardwood, fenced yard, $275/mo + 1/3
GRU & HS internet dig cable, 381-5597 3-
Walk to UF
1BR open for N/S in luxury house w/2 gradu-
ate students. $400/mo + 1/3 util, incl W/D.
Avail 2/9. Call 283-6279 2-25-13-4
2 share 2BR Downtown apt. Newly remod-
eled. Close to Shands, UF, & Library. $350/
mo. Month to month or longer lease ok.
Pets ok.Call 262-1351 2-22-10-4
Roommate wanted to share 2BR/1 BA in NW.
Very clean, quiet. Avail now. $375/mo. Please
call 352-214-3233 Iv. mssg. 2-23-10-4
M/F responsible student to share 3BR/2BA
home in quiet NW area. $300/mo + 1/3
utils. Call 352-303-6128 or 727-458-2737
Beautiful home in trees on quiet street near
UF. Quiet for study. Gourmet kitchen, fire-
place, hi-spd DSL internet, cable TV, W/D,
cent A/C, Ig yard, cats welcome. $350 + 50
utils. 352-271-8711 2-24-10-4
1 BR/1BA in clean-, spacious 2400 sq ft home.
10 min to UF & Shands. W/D, garage &stor-
age. Utils, cable, inef incl. $620/mo. Call 352-
ROOMMATE M/F share 2BR/2BA apartment.
Uptown Village. Master bedroom, great ame-
nities, perfect for grad/prof/student. $350/mo.
Call 514-1650 3-7-10-4
Roommate wanted in a 2BR/2BA apt w/22
yr old female $320/mo $150 sec dep + utils.
Call 377-0295 or 352-870-7670. Available
IMMEDIATE ROOMMATE to rent 1BR in 3/2
house. New wood floors, new appliances, 4
mi from campus. $350/mo + 1/3 utils. Ryan
GIRLS ONLY 2 rooms each w/pvt baths.
Cent AC, W/D, cable incl. Internet-ready.
$375/mo each. 1 MO FREE. Call 352-472-
Roommate needed: $200/mo + $200 refund-
able dep. + 1/2 until. Furnished 2BR/2BA.'
Must be able to pass a background check.
Walk to UF 1939 NW 5th Ave. Private BA,
W/D, CHA, Diig cable, wireless internet, flex-
ible lease, 352-682-9342 2-23-5-4
Grad, uppperclassman, or prof to share
3BR/2BA house. Hickory Forest. 3 mi W of
1-75 on Archer Rd. Must be neat, clean & re-
sponsible. $450 or 425/mo + 1/2 utils. Short
or long term avail. 377-7152 2-25-6-4
Social student looking for roommate in
beautiful unfurn 2BR/2BA near Newberry &
Tower Rd. $350 + utils. W/D, cable incl. Call
Roommate needed for short term Aug Dec.
Lease must renew by Mar 1st. 2BR/2BA
townhouse downtown everything furn but
your room. $500/mo + 1/2 bills. Erin 321-
Females for all rooms in beautiful, fully fur-
nished 4BR/4BA Univ. Terr. Walk-in closets.
Utils incl. Great location. 2 bus rts. 1 year
lease discounted for summer $425/$300.
Bring your friends & call. 954-592-0521 3-
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
NEW COMPANY IN GAINESVILLE
looking to buy or lease houses in this area.
Any size, price or condition. Call Ed & Diane
The Flavor of New Orleans comes to cam-
pus. Luxurious St. Charles Condominiums.
1 block to UF. Choose from 2BR/2BA flats,
or view the University from your 3BR/3BA
townhouse. Prices starting in the $180's 375-
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN PURCHASING
A HOUSEOR CONDO NEAR UF?
Plenty of properties are available.
Call Marc J. Nakleh at Campus Realty
LIVE THE LUXURY OF
Manhattan/S. Florida loft style condos.
Brand new, spacious floorplans, 2/2.5,
3/3.5, 1400 sq ft, 18 ft windows, exposed
ductwork, polished floors. On bus rt.
Close to campus/Archer Rd. Take advan-
tage of pre-construction prices. Call Matt
Price at Campus Realty Today, 281-3551
or visit www.loftsoasis.com 3-8-20-5
WANT ALL YOUR FRIENDS TO BE
JEALOUS OF YOU NEXT YEAR?
Own + live in a new luxury campus-
area condo. Over 10 new projects to
choose from at affordable prices. Visit
www.mattpricerealtor.com or call today
352-281-3551 Matt Price Campus Realty
TIRED OF RENTING?
Let me help you find a house or condo to call
your own. Call Brett Wherry at 352-412-8662
Century 21 Classic Properties 352-376-2433
x 20 3-11-21-5
Condo Countryside at UF. 4BR/4BA. Close
to UF, W/D, tiles kitchen, pool & gym. 3rd
floor. Quiet location. $176,000 Call 352-332-
LEASE TO OWN
Upscale 3BR/3BA condo w/garage. All 1-
floor living. Center of downtown Gainesville.
Aprox 1900 sq.ft. $299,000. For more info
call 413-281-6272 3-17-15-5
BED-Queen, orthopedic, firm, extra thick, pil-
low-top, mattress & box. Name brand, new,
still in plastic. Sacrifice $150. Call 352-372-
7490 will deliver. 4-20-71-6
BED FULL SIZE ORTHOPEDIC Pillow-top
mattress & box. New, unused, still in plastic
w/warranty. Can deliver. Sacrifice $140. Call
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-
S Furnishings" '
BEDROOM SET."7pc Cherry, Queen/ kinr
bed, dresser w/mirror, 2 nightstands, chest,
avail. Dovetail const. New, in boxes. Can de
liver. Retail $6500, must sell, sacrifice $140C
(352) 372-7490 4-20-71-6
SOFA, LOVESEAT, & CHAIR 100%'ltaliar
leather. Still new in boxes w/warranty. Cos
$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. Se..
$199 can deliver. 352-377-9846 4-20-71-6
Beds*Full mattress & boxspring set:
$49*Qn sets $89OSingle sets $39OKinc
sets $99OFrom estate sale: Safe pine
bunk bed $109. 376-0939/378-0497. Call
Mattress 4370 SW 20th Ave 4-20-71-6
Lazyboy, beige $80 armoire $25 0 browr
wood desk $25 0 twin bed Pillowtop mat
tress $40 0 radio $5 desk chair $2 4
Hewlett Packard 540 printer $10 305-77c-
Real wood DINING SET. Excellent condition-
Table, 6 chairs w/covers, buffet & hutch
ALSO: TRIPLE MIRROR. $100 Negotiable
Furniture Scan design bookcase, desk
Large desk w/hutch, cedar chest, enc
table, lamp, books & Float tank 5' x 8" cai
283-1083. Saturday 2222 NW 36 Ter 8-1;
Mahogany 4-post bed, matching dresse
w/mirror, desk. Great condition. New mat
tress & box. Must sell $400. Call 284-397(
A + DOt IT grpe-Ek
W w& MA4Ak io&ase Ca6&!
Computer HELP fast! A+ Computer Geek
House/dorm 59 min response. No waiting/
unplugging/hassels. $10 Gator Discount.
M/F Cert MCSE technicians. 333-8404.
*G'ville Computer Repair Inc*
Service on all PC MAC and Networks 1204
NW 13th St Ste #10 352-337-2500. 4-20-
COMPUTER SOLUTIONS, INC.
Complete residential & commercial support
networking & website development. $45/h
www.gainesvillecsi.com 371-2230 4-20-71-7
Buy & sell. Looking for quantity for parts.
www.pcrecycle.biz 336-0075 4-20-71-7
"COMPUTER & LAPTOP REPAIRS"
We buy computers and laptops
Working and Non-working
378-4009, 607 NW 13th Street
- computer/laptop repair
- networks, wireless, virus
- we BEAT all prices!
- home/dorm 352-219-2980 4-20-66-7
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ALLIGATOR i TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22,,2005
i ll Help Wanted F Help Wanted --
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722 S. Main I The Red Bldg
WE ARE CHEAPER
$10! TV's, COMPUTERS, VIDEO GAMES!
Police Seizedl From $101 Info 800-749-
8128 ext M974. 3-7-20-8
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
* Best Prices in Townl
SPIN CYCLE 373-3355
424 W University Ave 4-20-69-9
15 SPD JAMIS BICYCLE FOR SALE
Excellent cond! Rear rack, speedometer,
headlight all incl. $140 OBO. Will trade for
beach cruiser in great condition. Call 941-
730-8766 Iv mssg. 2-23-5-9
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
RWBEATYCOM 376-5939. 4-20-71-10
STRESS? OVERLOAD? NEED TO RELAX?
OR LOOKING FOR LOVE? Try Aphrodisia.
Beverage. 0 calories, 0 sugar w/relaxing aph-
rodiciac herbs. Students using it nationwide.
Buy/sell it: www.aphrodisiabeverage.com or
Come see what's new! GCM thrift shops
downtown 238 SW4thAve, NW 5001 NW
34th St. Get more bang for your $! New
items, diy Mon Sat 378-3654 4-20-43-10
RPM MOTORCYCLES INC
SALES, SERVICE, PARTS
Many Brands Available 518 SE 2nd St.
Electric Bikes, Scooters, and more!
Prices from $450 with lyr warranty
534 SW 4th Ave. 373-8823
*NEW SCOOTERS 4 LESS*
New location now open 1901 NW67th Place
Best prices in Gainesville. Owned by Gator
grads. All models & directions avail on web-
1999 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6
Must sell.. $3300 OBO Tony 941-320-9522
1989 YAMAHA FZR 600 '95 motor, Yosh
pipe, carbs rebuilt, flat black paint, 1 down,
5 up gearing, Shopi helmet textile jacket
incl. $2K NEG. Call Bryan 904-662-9896
20Q3 BUELL BLAST
500cc, 7960 mi, Fun ride. $2795. Call 352-
FAST CASH PAID FOR ANY CAROL
*Running or not!*
*NEED HONDA, TOYOTA, PICKUPS
*Ove 10 yr svc to UF students
OCall Don @ 215-7987 4-20-71-12
CARS -CARS Buy*SelleTrade
Clean BMW, Volvo, Mercedes
Toyota, Honda, Nissan cars
3432 N Main St. www.carrsmith.com
CARRSMITH AUTO SALES 373-1150
**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
93 Civic EX 2drAT $3.595
94 Accord LX 4dr $3995
94 Civic Del Sol 78k miles.:................$4295
96 Accord 4drAT $4695
**Power windows don't wor4?**
On site available
Call Steve 338-5142.
$500! Police Impounds!
Hondas, Chevys, Toyotas, etc.
For listings 800-749-8116 ext 4622 3-7-
SUN CITY AUTO SALES
Bring your W2 & drive home today. Cash
cars as low as $1000. No credit check. Call
now 338-1999 4-20-63-12
SUN CITY AUTO SALES
We finance anyone! $2000 discount off fi-
nance price. More than 150 vehicles in stock.
Call 338-1999 Drive today 4-20-63-12
SUN CITYAUTO SALES
All vehicles $0 down & up! Plus +++ 30 day
warranty eng & trans. No credit check. Call
'88 Honda Accord $699
'86 Buick LeSabre $799
'88 Toyota Corolla $899
'90 Acura Legend $999
(352) 338-1999 4-20-45-12
'90 Chevy Lumina Van $1499
'93 Chevy Blazer $1499
'90 Ford F-150 $2499
'93 Chrystler New Yorker $1999
(352) 338-1999 4-20-45-12
89 NISSAN 240 SX. Excellent motor. Sun
roof. $2000 OBO. Call Heather for more info
2000 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP Daytona,
2DR, V-6 Supercharger, AT, leather, sunroof,
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1998 HONDA CIVIC LX
4dr, auto, AC, 140k, excellent condition,
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.96 HONDA CIVIC
2 door, 5 speed, V-tech, 93K miles, cold AC,
all power. $4500. Call 377-7152 2-24-5-12
1999 NISSAN SENTRA GXE sedan.
Automatic, A/C, silver with charcoal cloth,
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1996 GEO TRACKER
White, 4D, manual, AC, 88k. $1900 OBO.
Call 352-256-8080 2-24-4-12
2003 TOYOTA TACOMA EXTENDED CAB
50k miles, tan, AC, AM/FM/CD/cassette,
auto, 4 cyl, 2WD, tow pkg, bed liner. Asking
$14,000. Call 352-485-1720 or 352-317-
LOCAL ARTIST NEEDS: GOLD,
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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.
** I WILL BUY YOUR...**
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Call Now! 352-538-1690
Mortgage lender has sales positions avail
for college students seeking prof work exp.
$8-9/hr + bonus. No exp req'd, flex hrs.Apply
in person btwn 4-8pm Mon-Fri 1900 SW 34
St Ste 206 (2nd flr above credit union)4-20-
GREAT PAY FOR PEOPLE WHO STAY! Park
Place Car Wash is looking for hard workers
for all positions. Cashiers (must have full day
avail) & lineworkers. (AM 8:30-1 & PM 12-6
shifts avail) 15-40 hrs your choice. Great
work environment. Apply in person 7404
NW 4th Blvd. Across from Home' Depot. No
phone calls please. 2-28-38-14
3-8-26-13 DOMINO'S PIZZA
World's largest pizza delivery company now
*FOSTER PARENTS WANTED* hiring
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a foster parent. Call Florida Mentor for de- Pizza makers
tails. 352-332-8600 2-25-5-13 0 Phone order takers
l ^ $9- $14/hr
Help Wanted All you need is a reliable car & a very positive
Attitude. Apply @ any of the 5 Domino's loca-
tions in Gainesville. 4-20-70-14
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made through advertising. We suggest that
any reader who responds to advertising use
caution and investigate the sincerity of the
advertiser before giving out personal infor-
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Animal Care Tech looking for hard working
person to work w/ reptiles & rodents. Will
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between 9-4 M-F. 4-20-71-4
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Phone survey interviewers wanted. Start
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Students in Accounting, Aviation, Business/
Sales and IT needed for various positions.
Flexible schedules and competitive pay. Join
our team! Learn more at www.gleim.com/
University of Florida
Survey Research Center
392-2908 ext. 105
$7/hr + BONUS + Paid Training
Nights + Weekends
Telephone Interviewing NO SALES
Must work spring break.
408 W. University Ave Suite #106
$$ STUDENTS GET CASH $$
For gently used brand name
Clothing/accessories & furniture
$Cash on the Spot$ 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 application
@ California Chicken Grill 2124 SW 34th St
$250 A DAY POTENTIAL
No experience necessary, training provided.
800-965-6520 ext 138 4-20-71-14
Needed for evaluations of
Local Stores, Restaurants and Theaters
Flexible Hours, E-mail required
Call 1-800-585-9024 ext 6254
AUDITORS for local growing inventory
service. FT/PT, DFWP. Paid training. Call
Earn about $6/hr. Smokers are needed to
participate in a study on decision making &
smoking. If interested come to the psychol-
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gatorfood.com. Can earn anywhere between
$8-$20/hr. Set your own schedule.
Call Dave for info: 379-9600 3-11-35-14
OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR needed.
Gatorfood.com is looking for responsible,
enthusiastic people. City geography knowl-
edge, customer svc. exp helpful. Room for
advancement For more info: David 379-3663
Tired of sitting around w/out it? Sit here &
make it! UF FLORIDA REPDIALS seeks UF
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.
MARY POPPINS: Where.are you?
FT NANNY NEEDED 30-45 hrs/wk
4 jobs avail TODAY: Great $$$ for exp.
Noah'sArk Nanny: 352-376-5008 2-25-37-
PT/FT NANNIES NEEDED
Good $ for exp: grad stud. welcomed bkgd
ck: 12 REAL $$ jobs avail NOW
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NANNIES MORNING SHIFT
Several positions availabel for
Part Time, good $$$$$ MNOW
Noah's Ark Nanny 352-376-5008 2-25-27-14
$1380 weekly stuffing envelopes FT/PT No
experience necessary. For more info call
Finance company needing office assistant
& collections associate. Young, progressive
company w/advancement & bonuses. 25
hrs/wk. Start immediately. Fax resume to
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 22, 2005 ALIGATOk, 21
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* Co-Ed Camp
. Seven Weeks
* Room and Board Included
GET PAID TO PLAY!
The Florida Elks Youth Camp (FEYC) needs
male and female Summer Camp Counselors
ages 18 and up. FEYC is an overnight camp
located off of Highway 450 in Umatilla, FL
The camp runs June 6 July 23. Please
contact Krys Ragland at 1-800-523-1673 ext.
250 or 352-669-9443 ext 250. 4-20-58-14
SECRETARY needed. Gatorfood.com is
looking for personable, responsible, enthu-
siastic, fun people. Customer service exp
helpful. For more info call David 379-3663
PART TIME WORK
30 Openings! .
Great pay, flex scheds, sales/svc
All ages 18+, conditions apply
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Fun work environment! Work around
classes. All majors welcome. Customer
sales/svc. Conditions Apply. CALL 335-
Motivated, organized woman needed to fill
position of House Director for active UF
sorority. Please call 561-213-1818 to inquire.
Intern Architect and Project Architect for
Jacksonville firm. Must be proficient in
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Call Jan Smith or Tom McCrary at (904)724-
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02B Kids searching for energetic and
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teachers with experience for all 02B loca-
tions. FT/PT positions avail, apply at any
02B location. 3-9-15-14
$$CASH$$ For Spring Break
Turn your closet into cash. Plato's Closet
buys and sells gently used brand name
clothing & accessories. We pay CASH on the
spot! Plato's Closet 3333 SW 34th St. 374-
Department of Housing and
Residence Education Security Staff
is currently hiring for Spring/Summer 2005.
Nighttime Security Assistant positions from
10 pm 6 am with starting pay $6.00 per
hour. You must be registered for classes
with at least 12 credit hours and have a
minimum GPAof 2.0. For information and/or
application, come by the Housing Office
Monday-Friday between the hours of
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Looking for person with experience to help
get us on. the GSA schedules and promote
our products to government agencies. Send
resume to firstname.lastname@example.org www.gleim.com
Local. A/G church needs WORSHIP
background/contemporary songs. Paid po-
sition. Call Pastor Terry 352-472-5433/352-
FT toddler teacher wanted 8:30-5:30 M-F.
2-yr old teachers wanted 12:30-6:30 M-F, 2:
30-6:30 M-F, 7:30-4:30 M-F. Previous child-
care experience desired. 1049 Museum Rd
DRUG$ = PROFIT
EARN WHILE YOU LEARN
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PART TIME LEASING AGENT
Apply in person Windmeadows Apts. 2712
SW 34th St. DFWP 4-20-44-14
Web developer wanted. HTML, CSS,
motivated. 1 year minimum, portfolio a
must, graphic' skills preferred. Contact
Flash programmer wanted. Animation action
script, graphic experience, portfolio a must,
1 year minimum. Contact email@example.com
For live show performers:
Auditions are held in Tampa Bay on
the first Wednesday of each month in 2005
Busch Gardens is seeking: dancers, dancers with West African
training, singers, gymnasts that dance, variety or specialty acts,
costumed characters, technicians and instrumentalists for a wide
variety of live shows including a new Broadway-style show called
Katonga. Visit our website for helpful audition tips, pay rates,
photos of show performers and show descriptions.
call 813-987-5164 or visit: GA RDENS
You must be 18years old to apply. Busch Gardens is an equal opportunity employer and supports a safe and drug free workplace. Applicants
for positions In eery BEC lob classificallon will be subject to testing (both pre and post employment) for the presence of Illegal drugs.
If you are looking for PART TIME WORK
during the daytime, in a professional office
environment, then call me. We are Infinite
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employer. We sell discount-priced natural
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need people that can usethe phone ef-
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is enjoyable work. If you are a good com-
municater, aren't afraid of the telephone,
get along well with others, and need some
money (hourly wage + commission) then
call Bryan, at 367-4677 ext 3117. Also, send
your resume firstname.lastname@example.org
om. EOE/AA/MFDV. For more information
go to www.lnfiniteEnergy.com. This is a great
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INBOUND CALL CENTER needs people.
Flex schedule. Many positions available, day
& night shifts, Earn $12-15/hr. Call 1-877-
ZAXBY'S on Archer Road is now hiring
COOKS & CASHIERS.
Winn Dixie is looking for friendly faces to join
our team! Positions open in several of our
Gainesville locations include grocery stocker,
cashier, grocery manager, seafood associ-
ate, produce associate, customer service
associate, deli associate, bakery associate,
meat cutter and assistant store manager.
Apply in person at your local Gainesville area
We offer a competitive compensation and
benefits package including 401k, employee
stock ownership program, career develop-
Tenl Irainin.J group health, and advance-
ment opportunities. Winn-Dixie is proud to be
an equal opportunity employer. 2-22-5-14
Want to be part-of the digital revolution?
Looking for -pjni-nrdea individuals that
want a career not just a job. Our company
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Positions available for full or part time in-
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7353 or 331-1831 3-18-17-14
All Levels Tutor Wanted'
Use your time wisely
Good Pay, Flexible Hours
Sell your knowledge!
Experienced PIZZA MAKERS & LINE
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9200 NW 39th Ave in Pubix shopping plaza.
PROGRAMMER Internship -
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Installshield, Palm and PocketPC
knowledge desired .
email: email@example.com 3-10-10-14
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skills req. email firstname.lastname@example.org 3-10-
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PT Maintenance Technician.
Variety of skilled and semi-skilled duties.
Contact SFCC Davis Center at 352-395-
Food Service Worker
Gator Dining Services is looking.for food.
service workers with experience in food
prep and hot line'serving. Day or night shift.
Competitive pay, flex hours. Apply at Gator
Dining Services business office 2-24-5-14.
LEGAL ASSISTANT N"r F I,-I rrrn ..r la
office. Will train bright, energetic recent
college grad. Fax resume to Courtney 352-
335-2272 2-24-5-14 -
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Hiring full time and part time kitchen prep
person. Positive, fun, work environment with
flexible hours. Skills include great attitude,
ability to multi-task, affinity for fast-paced
work environment, and enthusiasm for food
and cooking. Apply in person at Celebrations
Catering, 904 N. Main St. 3-10-10-14
COOKIES BY DESIGN needs weekday
delivery drivers. AM & PM shifts available.
Call for information or come by our Butler
Plaza location 3256 SW 35th Blvd. 378-8821
PT 15 hrs/wk. $6.00/hr.
ADA'S CLOTHES REPAIR 284-2959 2-25-
Florida Survey Research Center. Telephone
interviewers. Evenings & weekends. Call
392-5957 or www.flsurveyresearch.org for
Web Programmer asp, asp.net, vb script,
c#, SQL knowledge. E-mail resume to
Nanny needed for after school care and
light housekeeping. 26-30 hrs/wk starting at
$8/hr. Must have reliable transportation and
a good driving record. Special needs experi-
ence a plus! Call Ainsley Blue at 332-9562
LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, Inc.
Technical Support Technician
Input trouble tickets and communicate via
telephone for the majority of a work day.
Moderate experience with hardware and
software installations. Two years of relevant
.desktop support, helpdesk or telephone cus-
tomer service experience. MCP (W2K/XP) or
CompTIAA+ required. MCSA may substitute
for the required two years of experience.
Full-time, Mon-Fri 8-hour shift, salary will
be between $10-$13/hr dependant on quali-
fications. Please send resumes via email
to firstname.lastname@example.org EOE/DFWP
Excellent starting pay. Work around classes.
Resume builder. Start immed. All ages 18+,
Cond Apply. Call nowl 335-1422 2-25-4-14
Looking for enthusiastic, outgoing and detail-
oriented people for part-time position in busy
leasing-consulting office. Fax resume to 352-
We offer a stable, consistent work environ-
ment with steady hours, a full benefit pack-
age and opportunity to work in an upscale.
Experience preferred; but we will train people
who possess a positive attitude. We offer a
very competitive benefit package.
'Housekeeper FT & PT
Groundskeeper FT & PT 7am- 3:30 pm
Waitstaff- FT& PT
Asst Dining Room Manager FT
Apply in Person:
5100 SW 25th Blvd
Gainesville, Florida 32608
Oak Hammock is a DFWP/EOE!
MARKETING Co. Seeking motivated, self-
friven students. Dream job for the right
students! Interviewing for semi-part/part/full-
time marketers/promos/PR/sales people.
Interviewing Tues & Wed. Chris 321-508-
4014 $10-$20/hr. 2-23-2-14
EARN EXTRA MONEY
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Call 251-550-5390 3-14-10-14
Dental expanded functions, scheduling, radi-
ology & front desk. Only experienced need
apply. Fax resume 375-4268 3-7-5-14
I S -ervices' ,
Close To UF, Convenient
533 SW 2nd Ave. 377-1771
IMPORT AUTO REPAIR.BMW, Mercedes,
Porsche, Volvo, VW, Honda, Toyota, Nissan,
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prices, near UF, AAA approved 378-7830
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Low Student Rates. Leonard Umans AAPH,
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PERSONAL TRAINING 300
Personal and Group Training
Flexible Scheduling Exclusive Facility
Call for-a free workout
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Ethnic Dance Expressions Studio
For Fun & Fitness 384-9200Q
HORSE BOARDING peaceful spacious
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Owner on premisis 35+ yrs exp. Lessons
Come ride with us! Great-Farm
Awesome Horses & Top Notch Instruction.
Hunters & Natural Horsemanship.
TRAFFIC SCHOOL ONLINE
Take Points Off Your Driver's License
And Dismiss Traffic Tickets
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
Quality Boarding Lessons/English 0
Parties 0 Alachua County's oldest & finest
horse farm 466-4060 4-20-71-15
Classes & Workshops
I can help you to complete your paper.
.Learn to write. Outline, research, gram-
mar, coherent thought application, typing;..
Sliding scale. 24-hr svc. 374-7038 3-8-19-15
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Learn emergency medical care.
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**IMPROVE YOUR GRADES**
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Free consultation with professional.
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Bread & Roses Women's Health Ctr
SAME DAY SERVICE: transcription, typing,
apps. Desktop pub: brochures, newsletters,
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exp. 24 hr turnaround. New phone #Connie
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334-7960 for app't (optional $20'fee)
SAVE ON RAYBAN/SUNGLASSES
300 SW 4th Ave. 378-4480.
GUNS! GUNS! GUNS!
1800 Gun Inventory
Over 500 handguns in stock
Buy, Sell, Trade or Repair.
Reloading Supplies 466-3340
Harry Beckwith, Gun Dealer
8mi. South of G'ville on 441
Since 1977. Two blocks from U.F.
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0-15 FLASHBACKS PAYS CASH FOR CLOTHES.
We buy 10-5, M-Sat. Open to shop til 6. WE
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EVERGLADE EQUESTRIAN CENTER
*The countryclub for.horses & owners.
Customer lounge w/full kitchen & bath. 250'
x 160' riding ring, round pen & jump pad-
dock. Lessons. 30 acres, 40 matted stalls, 19
separate paddocks. 24-hr security; 352-591-
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Come sailing on a 40' ketch in Biscayne
Bay and the Keys. No Bush supporter types
please. Call Lee @ 360-941-6028 or email
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4 hours of your group's time PLUS our free
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TODAY for a $600 bonus when you sched-
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Sunday February 27 4pm
'8 Seconds at 201 W. Univ Ave
Shane Lewis Memorial Show
Tickets: $7 (All Ages)
$5 (UF Students, Staff &
Faculty w/Gatorl ID Card)
SPRING BREAK ADS
IN THIS SECTION
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Every Sat & Sun Hwy 301
15 min from Gainesville 468-2255.
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I 1. For Rent: Furnished 14. Help Wanted
2. For Rent: Unfurnished 15. Services
3. Sublease: House/Apt 16. Health Services
4. Roommates 17. Resumes/Typing Services
5. Real Estate 18. Personals
6. Fumiture/Household Items 19. Connections
S7. Computers 20. Events/Notices
S8. Stereos/Electronics 21. Entertainment
9. Bicycles 22. Tickets
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_11. Mopeds/Motorcycles 24. Pets
12. Autos 25. Lost & Found
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Everybody knows how awful if feels to lose
something. If you find something, call the
Alligator at 373-FIND and we'll place a free
"Found" ad for you in this section (Offer
does not apply to "Lost" ad.) Be kind to
someone who's lost what you've found.
FOUND: JAPANESE CHIN DOG -
Call to identify 352-256-3245 2-22-3-25
FOUND BLACK LEATHER HARLEY
DAVIDSON MOTORCYCLE GLOVES. On
bench near old administration building 246-
LOST: WEDDING BAND in or around
McKethan Stadium on 2/13. Call 392-1978
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PENDANT in bike lane on North-South
Drive by Physics Bldg on Sat am. Call to
identify 392-9237 2-24-3-25
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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2005
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LSU loss derails title hopes
E THE GATORS WOULD NEED
FOUR KENTUCKY LOSSES.
By BRYAN APP
Alligator Staff Writer
Just last Wednesday, the Gators'
preseason goal of winning their .AM
first- Southeastern Conference
championship since 2001 remained
With South Carolina's upset of
No. 5 Kentucky, UF found itself
trailing SEC West-leading Alabama ..
by one game and the front-running
Wildcats by two with UK's trips
to Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Gainesville
But barring a season-ending
0-4 meltdown from Kentucky, tke
Gators' league title dreams flatlined
with a 77-73 loss in to Louisiana a
State on Saturday. .
Now, the Gators still heed to the
stale, coach-speak ideology of "one
game at a time," but for a slightly S
different reason: a favorable NCAA
With a Wednesday night re-
match against Vanderbilt, the
Gators (16-7, 8-4 SEC)'will begin a
four-game season-closing slate.
And while he effectively might
be out of contention for his first
and only SEC title, senior forward
David Lee said a strong finish is still
"We need to. finish strong
moinentum-wise because of the
NCAA Tournament," Lee said. "I
think we're in as of today, but a lot -.
can happen in four games. We need .
to not only win to get in, but win to Nick West, Alligator STaff
improve our position." UF coach Billy Donovan and the Gators will have to rely on a favor-
SEE.MEN'S, PAGE 24 able RPI ranking for their NCAA Tournament seeding.
By TIM CASEY
The No. 12-ranked UF
baseball team began prac-
tice Monday by working to
correct mistakes made over
the weekend. Coach Pat
McMahon told his players
that the same situations
could arise tonight versus
Florida A&M or down the
road in the College World.
In Friday's loss to
Miami, the Gators botched
a play to pick off a runner
caught wandering from
The other play McMahon
remedied was not a mis-
take by the Gators.
He re-enacted the
play-that cost Miami the
game on Saturday when
Hurricanes left fielder Jon
Jay dropped a routine fly
ball with the bases loaded
and two outs in the bottom
of the 11th inning.
McMahon had his
players replay how the
with the pitcher slamming
his mitt to the ground, the
catcher hurling his mask
into the dugout and the
second baseman throwing
his glove in the air. He had
sophomore Gavin Dickce.
and junior Stephen Barton
drop fly balls in left field.
The players laughed
as they practiced making
McMahon showed what
should have happened. If
the Miami players had kept
their composure, the left
fielder could have picked
,, base for
S( ,' / ending
McMahon A so
McMahon was opposed to
the way the Miami team
reacted after Jay's error.
The Hurricanes left Jay
all by himself as the Gators
celebrated the 2-1 victory.
UF won Sunday's game
The Gators (5-2) will
send freshman right-hand-
er Tommy Wynn to the
mound to start tonight;s-
game against the winless
Wynn pitched two per-
fect innings in last week's
SEE BASE, PAGE 24
Columnist laments loss of 'most unique voice' in sports journalism
ry to name the greatest sportswriters
in American history, and I bet you'll
forget about one of the best.
The legendary Doctor ended his ex-
tremely eventful life at 67 on Sunday. The
most unique voice in journalism is gone.
You can have Rick Reilly. I'll take Hunter
Whether or not it was his intention,
Hunter Thompson went from unknown
sportswriter to king of the Gonzo Empire.
Living in an era when we're being told-
to rekindle old-fashioned values and come
together as one America, Hunter Thompson
was always in the background, reminding
us of our imperfection as a society.
Life is complex, and nobody was better
at reminding us that sometimes, no matter
what the consequences might be, we must
kickback and have a little fun because the
world isn't always so fun.-
And while all kings must give up their
throne, there was always a sense that
Hunter Thompson was invincible, and that
he would always be in his fortified com-
pound in Colorado, kicking back a bottle of
Wild Turkey and serving as underground
America's societal watchdog.
And while the Good Doctor has moved
on from this world, his message of living
*:d. ... life to its fullest will
never be forgotten.
S For those of us who
Shave never been satis-
Sfied with the norm,
Andrew for those of us who
Abramson have held our own
Drew's Control late-night brigades
firstname.lastname@example.org through Las Vegas, for
those of us who have
ever questioned the
hierarchy of society, Hunter Thompson will
always live on through his writing.
Some people forget that Thompson was
a writer, because his mythical status even-
tually overshadowed his large volume of
work. But to the very final days of his life
Thompson wrote about everything from
life to politics, and, of course, sports.
Amazingly, Hunter published a column
for ESPN.com just one week ago.
He wrote about a late-night call to actor
Bill Murray, where they spoke about a new
game of golf involving shotguns.
It's fitting that Thompson spent the last
five years of his life going back to his roots
and focusing on sports.
Thompson wrote about sports topics
as varied as the disturbing death of Dale
SEE CONTROL, PAGE 24
* NCAA Men's Basketball: Texas
vs. Texas Tech
ESPN2, 8 p.m.
*NCAA Men's Basketball :Ala-
bama vs. LSU
ESPN, 9 p.m.
N UF sophomore first baseman
Matt LaPorta was named SEC
Player of the Week for the first
time in his career. LaPorta batted
.583 and belted three home runs
U 1912: The UF baseball team plays its first
game ever, tying the Jacksonville Olympics
6-6. The Gators finished the season with a
For the latest on the UF men's
and women's golf teams, log on to
alligatorSports.org. Also see the Web site
for the story about the UF women's ten-
nis team defeat of South Florida 5-2 on
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24, ALLIGATOR N TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2005
Linebacker admits to throwing beer keg after county court proceedings
CHARLES, from page 1
"Look at the difference in treat-
ment4etween Channing Crowder
and Taurean Charles," Rush said.
"It's striking it's not right. I
still just think [Athletics Director
I eremy] Foley just made a decision
early on and it's not right. It's not
based upon the facts and it's not
consistent to what's happened
withR eher people."
Rush said he will file an appeal
should the school suspend Charles.
UF would be "double-punishing"
Charles if he is suspended again,
"It was really just amazing the
lack of due process that we got
with the university," Rush said.
Rush said UF is unfairly going,
after Charles. He pointed out that
Charles was punched in the face at
the party, as were other students,
yet no one else was prosecuted or
received any'punishment from the-
"Every now and then you get
to do the stuff, until you cross the
"I've spent day in and day
out with Mr. Rush trying to
get this resolved for about
six months now, and I just
can't take it anymore."
suspended UF linebacker
line, and then somebody -stands
up and fights back," Rush said.
"Well, somebody is fighting back
Rush said this has dramatically
affected Charles and he has vol-
untarily stopped drinking alcohol
because of the incident.
"I've learned a big lesson from
all of this, because you don't know
and understand how much you,
appreciate things until they're tak-
en away from you," Charles told
the judge. "My athletic ability and
my academic standing were taken
away from me this past year."
Charles said he spent many days
trying to resolve the case with Rush,
who said that Charles didn't smile
once while discussing the case.
"I've spent day in and day out
with Mr. Rush'trying to get this
resolved for about six months now,
and I just can't take it anymore,"
Charles said, fighting back tears.
Charles told the court that he
was not angry that night.
"This has taken a toll on my life,
because my career is basically over
because the media and everybody
has tarnished my name all over,"
Charles said. "I've been in head-
lines everywhere as this monster
who threw a keg."
Winless' Rattlers return to Gainesville
Donovan: SEC not respected
MEN'S, from page 23
While the GatL.rs likely fall safely
within the 65-team Tournament slate,
their postseason seeding still is in ques-.
tion. One telling sign could be a team's
RPI or power ranking.
Those answers vary, however.
USA Today stat guru Jeff Sagarin.
pegged UF with a No. 26 power ranking,
while the RPI calculations of ESPN's Joe
Lunardi have the Gators at No. 44.
Not accounting for the seedings
of conference champions who receive
automatic bids, that's approximately
the difference between a No. 6 and No.
11 seed. Either would be UF's lowest
seeding during its six-year Tournament
And a large factor in the Gators' post-
season prospects comes from the SEC s
relatively weak RPI this .aswon
Typically in the top three. the SEC i-.
No. 5 this year, ac:icord n-. to Siarin
And the league hja- a 4-3:. rLcu.rd
against Lunardi's top-25 RPIteams.
But according to Donovan, the con-
ference is getting a bad national rap.
"I feel right now our league isn't
being given enough respect," Donovan
said; "The [worst] thing you [can]-do is
start worrying about who you are play-
ing, what the standings are and who's
playing who. You waste energy that
Donovan said the league's woes
against the nation's best can'be attribut-
ed to the fact that many SEC teams relied
on multiple freshman starters, who have
matured since season-opening noncon-
terence -Ih hdule-
BASE, from page 23
17-2 rout of their in-state
opponent, striking out
four of the six FAMU bat-
ters he faced.
UF pitching coach Ross
Jones intends to use at
least four pitchers in the
The Gators committed
four errors in the FAMU
game last week, some-
thing sophomore second
baseman Adam Davis
said the team has worked
to correct since then.
CONTROL, from page 23
Earnhardt, orgies at the Olympics and
the overrated Georgia Tech basketball
team (good call, Doc).
And with a leeway never before seen
in sports writing, Hunter always man-
aged to throw in his thoughts about Iraq,
President Bush and, in his opinion, the
overall decaying of America.
Hunter Thompson, who has been
glorified on the big screen twice first in
"I don't know if that
son jitters, but we're one
of the best in the coun-
try defensively, I think,
all-around," Davis said.
"That will show itself
the rest of the season, I'm
an excellent portrayal by Bill Murray in
the hilarious "Where the Buffalo Roam"
and then by Johnny Depp in the not-so-
superb adaptation of his classic novel
"Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" will
likely grow in mythical status now that
he has. passed.
And maybe a new legion of fans will
learn to think twice about the world
around them, whether it to be the world
of, sports, politics or life itself. And -
maybe they'll remember that it.doesn't
hurt to.have a little fun while you're
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