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VOLUME 98 ISSUE 116
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2005
for UF's future
U MORE THAN 4,000 CAST BALLOTS ON TUESDAY.
Nearly 9 percent of the UF student body turned out to vote
Tuesday despite unseasonably cool, overcast conditions.
Approximately 4,266 ballots were cast in the first day of the
Spring election said Ali Blye, Student Government supervisor
of elections. More than 10,000 students voted in the Spring
Approximately 1,250 votes came from the first and second
floors of Turlington Hall, and nearly 700 more came from the
Alex Potts, a pre-pharmacy
Student Government freshman, said he voted because it
Elections was his "patriotic duty." .
"I think it's important to
elect your own leader," he said.
"Obviously, they are spending a lot of money. I want to have a
say on how my money gets spent."
The race for president and vice president is divided among
Impact, Gator and Progress, while the treasurer and senate
races also include candidates from the Voice Party.
Stephanie Ducheine, candidate for Honor C,, r t ha1nc llc'r
is running unopposed.
The Impact Party was without a table Tuesday morning
When the University Police Department cleared up some polit-
ical advertising permit problems at Turlington Plaza. In order
for organizations to use the tables at the plaza, they must first
obtain a permit from the Office of Student Activities.
After receiving a complaint, UPD checked organizations' -
and parties for permits, and Impact couldn't produce one. Nick West/ AlligatorStaff
Impact campaigners moved their sign off to a non-permitted Alex Potts crouches to vote in the Student Government elections Tuesday
SEE VOTING, PAGE 9 afternoon in Turlington Hall.
UF to make GatorLink e-mail mandatory
By STEPHANIE GARRY
Alligator Staff Writer
UF students will not be able to forward
their university mail to another account, such
as America Online or Hotmail, beginning in
the Fall after a technology committee decided
in private that too many students weren't re-
ceiving important university messages.
Until Oct. 1, UF officials are encouraging
Ngin, Joe Goldberg
Moritz take time off
the campaign trail
to jump around in
a bounce house on
the North Lawn on
See stories, pg. 4.
"Our big focus is to help improve
Interim vice president for information
students to voluntarily use their GatorLink
e-mail for university affairs. On that day,.
it will become mandatory, the Information
Available from Commercial News Providers"
Technology Advisory Commitee decided.
"This is a cultural change," Associate Vice
President for Student Affairs Michael Rollo
said, adding that the change will require
students to be responsible for checking their
Webmail, even if it's not their main e-mail
account. "They'll have plenty of time to get
used to it."
However, UF faculty and staff do not have
SEE WEBMAIL, PAGE 9
tions winding down,
The Alligator begins its
look at Gainesville City
We start with one of UF's
own: District 3 candidate
Mike Belle. See story, pg. 3.
LAST DAY TO VOTE
When?: Today, from 8 a.m. to
Where?: Polling locations sta
toned throughout campus.
Freshmen and sophomores
may vote at either the Reitz
Union. Norman Hall, Southwest
Recreation Center, Turlington
Hall or Spnngs.residential
Juniors and seniors vote at
their colleges, and for all oth-
ers, see an SG advertisement
on page 8.
How to vote?
Bring a photo ID to your des-
ignated polling location.
What seats are up for
Student Body president and
Student Body treasurer
Honor Court chancellor
46 Senate seats
The Student Body president
oversees the executive branch of
Student Government and serves
as the only student representa-
tive on UFs highest governing
body. the Board of Trustees.
The vice president oversees
SG's cabinets, and the treasur-
er has final veto power over all
spending bills passed by SG.
The Honor Court chancel
lor is the highest ranking
officer in the judicial branch
ana serves as the chairperson
of the Student Honor Court
Bar Association's Board of
Senators write and approve
legislation allocating nearly $11
million in the student-funded
Activity & Service fees.
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SPORTS 20 STORMS
2, ALLIGATOR U WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2005
Second GRU sewage spill
blamed on 'grease clog'
A second Gainesville Regional
Utilities sewage spill contaminated
Tumblin Creek on Tuesday, adding
to the 110,000 gallons released into
the creek as well as Bivens Arm
Lake on Thursday, GRU officials
Crews arrived at the spill
site early in the afternoon, but
the extent of contamination is
not yet known, GRU Senior
Environmental Engineer Brett
A grease clog is again blamed
for causing a sewage overflow
originating near University
Avenue and SW 13thStreet.
"We're not able to deal with im-
proper grease disposal," Goodman
said. "It's analogous to the arteries
to your heart it'll clog our lines."
The clog was removed, and
cleanup should take between one
and two weeks, Alachua County
Environmental Protection Director
Chris Bird said.
Area residents are not in danger
from breathing the fumes, Health
Department official Paul Myers
said. Warning signs are posted
from SW Sixth Street to P.K. Yonge
High School and Bivens Arm,
where the creek ends.
GRU is working to inform com-
mercial customers about proper
grease disposal and is launching
an educational program for hom-
eowners, Goodman said.
"Don't pour it down the drain,"
he said. "Get a container, let it so-
lidify, put it in the garbage."
UPD up for re-accreditation
A team of out-of-state law
enforcement officials are coming
to UF to assess their fellow men
in blue at the University Police
The agency will undergo
an evaluation by a team
from the Commission for
the Accreditation for Law
Enforcement Agencies Inc. The
team will be in Gainesville on
April 16 to take stock of UPD's
procedures, management, opera-
tions and support services in a
total of 446 areas.
UPD must be found in com-
pliance with 385 of the standards
to receive reaccreditation.
An information session for
the general public also will be
held as part of the assessment on
April 18 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the
Community Services classroom
located in the University Police
Administration Building next
to the UPD station on Museum
Assessors will review, printed
materials put out.by UPD, con-
duct interviews, tour various
divisions and observe regular
operations, then report their
findings back to the full com-
.mission, which will render the
UPD received national accredi-
tation in 1996 and has been re-ac-
credited after each subsequent in-
spection, which takes place every
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WEDNESDAY; MARCH 16, 2005 0 ALLIGATOR, 3
SCommission hopeful one of UF's own
Jeff Sirmons / Alligator
Mike Belle, running for the City Commission Dis-
trict 3 seat, poses in East Gainesville on Tuesday.
Editor's note: This is the first in a
series of three articles taking a closer
look at candidates for the Gainesville
City Commission District 3 seat.
By BRIAN HAGEN
As the only UF student running for
Gainesville's City Commission, Mike Belle
said he can bring students, UF and the city
together like no one else.
"The rest of the county wants to 'deal'
with students as a problem," Belle said.
"They've been told so often they're not a
real part of the community that they don't
think of Gainesville as home."
Late in the night after a day spent par-
ticipating in a waste cleanup at Payne's
Prairie Preserve, Belle paced the debris-
filled floor of his District 3 apartment all
candidates must live in the district they
seek to represent on the commission. With
disheveled hair and wearing a bright or-
ange sweater that stopped several inches
above his wrists, Belle conducted a meeting
with his campaign support staff.
"Anything you guys want to eat, I'm
buying it for you," Belle said. "But I just
want to. warn you, we're finishing to-
Belle sleeps six hours a night, jogs three
miles a day and cannot drink coffee he's
too naturally energetic, he said.
In 2004, Belle ran unsuccessfully for
mayor of Gainesville and re-entered UF
after dropping out of the race two weeks
before the election. He said he improved his
campaign skills working with presidential
candidate Dennis Kucinich and was elected
a UF student senator for Fall 2004.
Growing up in Ocala, Belle and his
friends dreamed about the day they would
get their driver's licenses and explore the
big city of Gainesville. Belle and his family
eventually moved to Gainesville when he
"I'm in this race because I love the city of
Gainesville, and I'm here for the long haul,"
said Belle. "The passion
.El s that Gainesville feels is
2le 005 going to be the light on
the hill. Everybody feels
A temporary move to Washington, D.C.
allowed Belle to walk through the Capitol
Mall often, which filled him with the urge
to commit to Gainesville politics.
Belle's passion lured UF graduate stu-
dents Jon Jensen and Genevieve Croteau of
The Documentary Institute to make a film
about Belle's campaign.'
"It's a tradition for documentary work-
ers to film upstart candidates," Jensen said
as he knocked over a pile of DVDs with
his camera in Belle's crowded living roo1r.
"Any 24 year old running for public office
has to be ambitious and idealistic. Mike's
so energetic, so full of ideas, we decided to
concentrate on him."
Belle said his most cherished ideal
is implementing the Town-Gown
Development Corridor, a plan to revitalize
East Gainesville by attracting cutting-edge
"This is not going to be a cluster of bars
and clubs," Belle said. "This is for entrepre-
neurs to make their ideas come to life and
small businesses to make their expansion."
Rezoning the area and helping people
see his vision will make this possible, Belle
said, wanting all Gainesville residents and
especially students to get involved in the
community. He posed the possibility of
class credit for student volunteers and
creating more voting locations to increase
Belle also serves as a student adjunct
for the Regional Transit System Advisory
Board but said he does not believe the pro-
posed Student Commissioner position on.
the City Commission is necessary.
"We have 16 student adjunct positions
that have finally been filled," he said. "We
need to focus on coordinating their involve-
Belle's hobby, long-distance cycling, has
been set aside with the commencement
of his campaign, but he said he regularly
rode his bike in a 100-mile round-trip from
Gainesville to Ocala.
Belle said his favorite film is "The War
Room," a documentary following the 1992
campaign of former President Clinton.
"It's an amazing movie about a political
campaign that beat the odds," Belle said.
As to the possibility of attaining fame,
Belle declined the prospect.
"I'm 24. I don't even really want to be
famous," Belle said. "I'd like to be known
for being a man of faith and a believer."
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4, ALLIGATOR M WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2005 -- -- .... .- --
The Ides of March
Moritz running on red eyes
By NEIL HUGHES
For someone operating on two
hours of sleep, MacKenzie Moritz is
not only-surprisingly motivated but
"Hey Joe," Moritz says to Gator
Party presidential candidate and
opponent Joe Goldberg. "You get
shorter every day."
"Shorter?" Goldberg asks.
"Yeah," Moritz says, "in today's
poking fun at Goldberg's height in
"Oh yeah!" Goldberg exclaims.
"One more inch and I would have
had universal representation."
Although Progress is made up of
many candidates, it truly is Moritz's
"A lot of people come up to me
wearing the Gator [Party] sticker,
and they say, 'I have to wear. this
because of the house, but I voted
for you,'" he said, referring to Greek
students he encountered while cam-
And Moritz said the support he
received surprised even him.
"It's crazy to see people I've
never met wearing Progress stickers
and campaigning for us," he said. "It
blows my mind."
Moritz awoke at 7 a.m. to get last-
minute fliers approved to.distribute.
He then voted in Turlington Plaza at
8:10 a.m., the fourth person to do so.
"I really wanted to be the first
person to vote," he said. "But, when
you get no sleep, it's a little hard."
Moritz placed quite an invest-
ment in Progress. Aside from the
countless hours of campaigning
prior to Tuesday's 12-hour mara-
thon, he also spent approximately
$5,000 on the party, which, he said, is
almost his entire salary as a resident
assistant in Hume Hall last year.
But that's important, he said, be-
cause candidates should not have to
.pay to get a seat with a party.
"We're not charging people a
hundred bucks for a Senate seat," he
said, noting he had to pay a $75 fee
last year to slate with Access.
The, amount of campaigning
gave Moritz the ability to recite
his entire five minute introduction
without stopping to think.
he- joked, "andIamrunningforStu-
As he traveled from Turlington
to Reitz to meet and greet, Moritz
received a number of compliments.
"You don't have to look for my
name on the ballot, it's the first one,"
he told potential voters.
Noting the many compliments
from passing students, such as
'. :.. i', .- -..
SNick West/ AlligatorStaff
Presidential candidates Dennis Ngin, Joe Goldberg and MacKenzie Moritz take time off the campaign
trail to jump around in a bounce house on the North Lawn on Tuesday afternoon.
"kick out the Greeks," Moritz took
a step back and acknowledged that
it's easy to become naive and get
wrapped up in it all.
"The reaction is positive," he
said, "but you just don't know how
many people voted or how the other
parties are doing."
Moritz remained confident as he
fraternized with the enemy mem-
bers of Gator, Impact and Voice.
"It's funny," he said, "because I
work with a lot of these people in
the (Student) Senate."
Ironically, campaigning ended
with the start of a Senate meeting at
8 p.m. And-the cycle will continue
again for another day of voting.
"Oh yeah," he said sarcastically,
"I'm definitely getting 12 or 15 hours
of sleep tonight."
From fliers to four-square, Goldberg goes all out in campus campaigning
By BRIDGET CAREY
Alligator Staff Writer
The Gator Party presidential candidate
Joe Goldberg will be happy to remind you-
to bring a photo ID when you vote for the
Student Government elections today.
Because after walking to vote in Florida
Gym early Tuesday morning, he realized he
left his ID back at Gator-campaign headquar-
ters in Turlington Plaza.
Laughing it off, Goldberg began the trek
back to Turlington and said, "Ah, it's early."
Even though the polls opened at 8
a.m., Goldberg started campaigning at the
Commuter Lot as early as 6:45 a.m. He cam-
paigned around campus late into the night,
even after the polls closed at 8 p.m.
Holding his wallet and cell phone at
Turlington Plaza is Sara Kenriedy, his cam-
paign manager. Goldberg likes to pack light
when scouting the herds of students trying to
make it through the gauntlet of party political
He can't even carry his cell phone with
him, because the pouring in of calls wishing
him good luck would delay the candidate
from introducing himself to passing students:
But simply handing out fliers isn't
"I like to make a personal connection with
them," he said.
And he does.
S. Tell him your in-
'. V .- terests, college or con-
..I- '-- cerns, and Goldberg
S will talk about what
.,,,i. .' Gator can do for
-, you. Or maybe he'll
just wish you a good
morning and shake
your hand, leaving you free to go.
"They always expect an attack," Goldberg
joked about students who see campaigners.
With only a breakfast of hot tea and a bagel
with cream cheese to keep him energized,
Goldberg's Tuesday travels spanned the cam-
pus, including the Reitz Union, Levin College
of Law and Southwest Recreation Center.
When it got tiring, the presidential hopeful
got a boost of energy from a game of box-ball
in Turlington, Plaza and a second helping of
tea from Java City.
But a warning to apathetic students: don't
throw away a Gator flier with Goldberg near.
When one student passing by threw away
a Gator flier, Goldberg ran up to her and
laughed, "You threw it away!"
He then reached his hand out to the startled
student and introduced himself.
"I don't blame you," he said. "When I get a
flier, I normally throw them away, too."
Today, Goldberg will go through another
long day of campaigning and will find out at
midnight if he will be victorious.
-"At the end of the day, if I get elected, I
know I worked hard for it," he said.
Ngin balances time between classes, campaign, and student interaction
By STEPHEN MAGRUDER
After months of competing
verbally with his opponents,
Student Body treasurer and Impact
presidential candidate Dennis Ngin
removed his glasses, kicked off his
shoes and climbed in the bounce
house Tuesday afternoon for a
good-natured jump-off and photo
opportunity with the two obstacles
standing between him and the
Student Body presidency.
Minutes later, he emerged smil-
ing and winded, composed himself
and went back to campaigning.
"Don't ever stop," Ngin said.
"Jamal taught me that," he said
referring to Student Body President
Jamal Sowell, who endorsed Ngin
Pausing only to attend class or
sign off on the occasional Student
Activity Requisition, Ngin spent the
entire day a day that began for him
at 5 a.m. working to get the word
out on Impact.
By 8:30 a.m., he settled in the
back row of his Preview Staff class,
having already been up for nearly
four. hours helping make banners
and pass out fliers.
S"Elections are dandy and all, but
school comes first," Ngin said.
He received several phone calls
in class and a steady stream of them
throughout the day.
"I've had [phone] bills in excess of
$200 a month,"
just off the
where he spoke with passing stu-
dents for more than four hours until
his next and final class of the day.
Shadowed by the Alligator for
nearly nine hours, Ngin made
several trips to and from the two
Impact stations, making sure each
locale was well-stocked with party
information and well-staffed with
perk\ pp.- rter s ..
To reward his staff for its efforts,
Ngin bought eight pizzas four
cheese, two pepperoni and two
mushroom with his own money
from Impact sponsor Casino's Pizza.
"The least I could do is get them
some food," Ngin said.
While Progress' MacKenzie
Moritz and Gator's Joe Goldberg
voted early Tuesday morning, Ngin,
a political science and marketing
major, cast-his ballot in Matherly
Hall just a few minutes before reach-
ing his Students in Free Enterprise
class down the hall at 3 p.m.
"I wonder how I'm going' to
vote," he joked as he walked with
ballot in hand to the polling booth.
Ten minutes later, he watched
a classroom, presentation entitled
"How to be a Fashionista."
He scored a 15 out of about 30
on the accompanying fashion quiz,
which, according to the grading ru-
bric, meant he was pretty comfort-
able with his appearance and how
One year after successfully cam-
paigning for Student Body treasurer,
Ngin said the frantic pace of all-day
campaigning is exactly the same.
However the election turns out,
his day-to-day routine likely .will
keep him active on campus with
or without the presidency.
"If I do win, I have a lot to plan
for. If I don't win, I have a lot to
plan for," Ngin said. "It's not the
end of the world come Thursday
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2005 a ALLIGATOR, 5
After Atlanta shootings, Alachua court cautious
Court designed with safety in mind
By MEGAN V. WINSLOW
Tuesday marked the first official trial day
at the Alachua County Courthouse since the
Atlanta courthouse shootings Friday, and like
many others across the nation, it has assumed
an aura of silent caution.
Despite his concerns, Alachua County
Sheriff's Office Lt. Stan Perry, the agency's
Court Security Bureau chief, was confident.
"We take every precaution so that the de-
fendant never has access to a gun it's very
limited," Perry said.
Unlike courthouse security protocols
in Atlanta, defendants at the Criminal
Courthouse almost never come in contact
with an armed deputy unless they are in
open trial, Perry said. Instead, a jail "trans-
port team," armed only with Taser weapons,
escorts defendants to, from and throughout
"For you to get a weapon in here, you'd
have to go through several jailers and several
deputies to be able to wrestle for a gun," Perry
Newly built in 2003, the Criminal
Courthouse was designed with security spe-
cifically in mind. The judges' chambers are
secluded, and an extensive surveillance sys-
tem is monitored around the clock by deputies
from both ASO and the Alachua County Jail.
Local attorney Jeff Braswell said he praises
security efforts by law enforce-
ment officers at the Criminal
Local Courthouse but expressed con-
Courts cern with the outdated setup
at the nearby Civil and Family
"Based on what we saw in Atlanta, I would
certainly like to see some progress with add-
ing security measures there to protect both the
judges and the general public," Braswell said.
AROUND GMA ESVILLE
Towing board mulls ousting Superior Towing co-owner
* DAVID IDLEMAN ADVOCAT-
ED FOR LOWER TOW RATES.
By IVETTE MENDEZ
Advocates of lower towing
prices were granted no solace at
Tuesday night's Towing Advisory
The meeting dealt with possible
conflict in the membership of David
Idleman, co-owner of Superior
Towing LLC, Gainesville's newest
towing company that offers student
rates and who has been vocal about
lowering the current roam-towing
rate of $76, due to actions during a
Student Senate meeting Feb. 1.
On that date, the board met with
UF's Student Senate to educate stu-
dents about towing, member and
UF Student Sen. Brian Aungst said.
"Mr. Idleman showed up before
the meeting with his business part-
ner from Superior Towing and were
handing out promotional flyers," he
said. "That actually got under the
skin of the other board members,
Board Chairwoman Laura
Collopy sent an e-mail the following
day questioning whether Idleman
should stay, Aungst said.
During Tuesday's meeting,
Collopy said she did not think it was
fair to have a person with invested
interests on the board.
However, also sitting on the
board is Watson's Towing owner
When the board discussed rais-
ing rates in early Fall, Aungst and
Idleman were the only two members
against the measure, Aungst said.
"If he-was somehow looking to
benefit financially as an owner of
a tow company, then he certainly
didn't display that," he said.
Collopy's concern with Idleman's
continued service on the board is
making sure there is "not even the
appearance of anything unethical."
The fate of Idleman, whose po-
sition on the board involves repre-
senting downtown businesses, was
passed on to Interim City Manager
Barbara Lipscomb, Aungst said.
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In your hands
The numbers don't lie in
deciding the SG victors
How about that voting weather?
The possibility of having to brave the elements
to cast ballots over the past couple of days makes
the idea of being able tb vote from the privacy of our own
homes sound that much better. Not that we're fixated on any
But rain or shine, today is your last chance to make sure
you are represented in Student Government for the next year
Make no mistake you have the power to make that
Time and time again, the Alligator editorial board has
emphasized this point, because it is the absolute truth: Such
a small fraction of students participate that everyone's vote
makes a tremendous difference.
It's taken for granted by many that the same elite few will
control SG forever, because they can count on their same
channels of support in every election.
But think about how big those channels actually are. In
elections where even the winning candidates don't receive
5,000 votes, no amount of support from particular organiza-
tions can guarantee a victory.
To put that number in perspective, 5,000 student tickets
were sold for the Florida-Georgia football game. With 21,500
student seats available last season, it's likely that the average
home game contained about double the 11,586 students who
voted in last year's record-setting runoff election.
The simple fact is that students can elect any party they
choose to support.
If students want to maintain the status quo, then they can do
so. At this point, everyone has had ample time to make up their
minds, and we won't begrudge the will of the students.
But if students think SG as a whole does not represent
their interests, then they easily can make change happen.
Even if a majority of students don't take the time to vote,
the runoff system in place for SG elections ensures that a
party that students do not support does not get elected.
The only thing required to force a runoff is that no party
receive more than 50 percent of the vote.
If no party receives more votes than all of the other par-
ties combined, the election becomes a showdown between
the top two contenders. In that case, students no longer face
the problem of choosing between multiple parties that may
share similar goals and ideals.
SG chooses how to spend about $11 million of student
money and makes countless other decisions that affect stu-
dents on a daily basis. The importance of selecting SG repre-
sentatives that will make these decisions in the students' best
interests as well as listen to students when they say they
don't like what's going on cannot be overemphasized.
You've heard the endless analyzing from the Alligator, the
debating between the candidates and the propaganda-spew-
ing from the party minions scattered across campus. Now,
it's time to make your decision.
You can take five minutes out of your day to make certain
that SG works the way you want it to work, or you can let
a small portion of the student body decide what's best for
If you do decide to go out there and vote, maybe we won't
have to leave our rooms to do so in the next election.
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SG hopefuls must undress for success
W hat I really want from the Student Government
election is for Lindsay Cosimi to take it off.
Dennis Ngin, you too-take it off.
Adam Roberts? Oh, take it off!
The suits, that is.
Whenever election time comes around, there's lot of talk
about being the voice of the students, sticking up for the stu-
dents and representing the students. Well, I've been looking,
and I don't see any students wearing suits. Except, of course,
SG members. No, Career Showcase doesn't count.
If the candidates are representing the proles er, the
students by the clothes they wear, then, well, they're not
representing the students at all. I bet half of us don't even
own a suit. At least that Iron Fist guy wears jeans like the
rest of us.
Seriously, though: SG, the '50s called, and they want their
ties back. Other than in SG, the last time a 20-year-old wore
a suit was in the filming of "Dead Poets Society."
Where is UF's spine? Where are the College Anarcho-
Syndicalists yelling, "Die, yuppie scum?" Where is the pud-
Why, in those stuffy suits, SG members barely pass for
Floridians. I don't see any sandals. I certainly don't see
any puka shell necklaces, hemp or similar jewelry. Unless
they've got board shorts or a bikini under those suits, there's
not an ounce of Florida in them.
Can someone please explain the suits to me? Like, pretty
please? If there's some SG rule requiring Senators to sport
Gucci, can't SG overturn it? And if there's no rule, why do
they all do it? It sure ain't to convince students they're "just
Good Lord, just think of the cost of all-that dry-cleaning.
Those shysters don't pay for it with Activity & Service fees,
Do they wear-them to appease the administration, whose
jobs require them to wear suits? I thought they were sup-
posed to be the students' advocate against such tyranny.
SAre they all Jehovah's
.-: D Do they all work for the Men's
(mt Or is SG just that much of a jet
set? "I'd better wear my suit nev-
Gavin Baker er know when I might run into the
Close to Home president of Slovakia?"
email@example.com Are they simply formal people?
I bet they know what that second
fork is for at fancy restaurants.
Maybe we've been getting the acronym wrong, and SG
actually stands for "Suited Gentry."
Maybe it's just really cold up there on the third floor.
It couldn't be that they purposefully want to set them-
selves off from the student body they all want to be our
voice; they're our fellow students. There's no way that any
of them get into SG for a power trip. Maybe that happens at
other schools, but not here.
Do they keep a flask of hooch inside their pant leg? Come
on, guys, is Senate really that bad?
Are they preparing for future careers as politicians? I can
see it now: Gators for Truth. "Joe Goldberg never was in that
statistics class.- I was there..."
Sure, we'll have to wear suits out there in the "real
world." Luckily, that world can change and what better
place to start than UF? Suits belong to that former world,
where girls had to wear skirts and young people were ex-
pected to call their elders "Sir" and "Ma'am," even if they
didn't deserve it. Suits are formality for the sake of formal-
ity, tradition for the sake of tradition.
So, come on, Justin Lauer: take off your pants and
Okay, you can leave your pants on.
'Gavin Baker is a history freshman. His column appears on
The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the Alligator.
Today's question: Did you vote?
Tuesday's question: Is the
Alligator's SG elections coverage
(aside from Opinions) biased?
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Le.t:rs to the Editor
Administrators should be left out of furor
Editor: I was appalled to read how the
Alligator misguidedly grouped Lohse
Beeland and Chris Cupoli with the Student
Government controversy that seamlessly cre-
scendos through its pages and that, as an in-
sider, I believe in with due and urgent cause.
The truth is, while criticism and reanalysis
of the ever-growing decadence that steadily
plagues both school politics and the ranks of
Florida Blue Key severely is needed, Beeland
and Cupoli never have compromised their
posts of serving the student body by condon-
ing any acts of immorality, and have, as both
the supervisors and counselors they are, stated
that the games played by some as to political
maneuvering and position-swapping ulti-
mately lead to lack of productivity and catas-
trophe within such positions or groups.
Beeland sorely willbe missed by all of those
involved in Student Activities and would have
made a phenomenal and very tough, mind
you adviser to SG. I have no doubt that
Cupoli will be an excellent advisor for SG in
the future as well. Good luck Mrs. Beeland,
and thank you for your service to all of this
campus and your endless aid to myself.
Homecoming 2004 General Chairman
Court candidate deserves more coverage
Editor: In the last few weeks, we've all.read
a great deal about the Student Government
elections. The press in the Alligator and the
talk around campus has focused on the ups
and downs of the different campaigns all
except for one. Stephanie Ducheine is run-
ning for Honor Court Chancellor, and there
have been no articles or features covering it.
Perhaps her race has received so little coverage
because the position is limited to law students,
because it is not a political one or, perhaps, be-
cause Ducheine is running unopposed.
Regardless of the reason, this is not the
sort of campaign Ducheine wants to run. She
believes that the students only are served by
a fervent, issue-based campaign. That is why
she is running a full-fledged campaign despite
the lack of competition. It is Ducheine's hope
that, by demonstrating to us her devotion to
serving her fellow students as Honor Court
Chancellor, she will encourage us to be aware
of the role the Court plays in upholding the
academic and societal integrity of UF.
Stephanie Ducheine believes in the Student
Honor Court and hopes to use her term as
Chancellor to promote the values and the role
of the Court across our campus. She wants to
secure more funding and responsibility while
pursuing better relationships between the
Court and the administration. She hopes that
we will come to hold the Student Honor Court
in the high esteem in which,she holds it and
that we will come to rely on it as the fair and
just arbiter of the problems we encounter. But
she cannot do it alone. She needs our support.
That is why she is running so hard for a
position that is already hers.
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