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VOLUME 98 ISSUE 116


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2005


Students vote



for UF's future

U MORE THAN 4,000 CAST BALLOTS ON TUESDAY.

STAFF REPORT

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
2004 elections.
Approximately 1,250 votes came from the first and second
floors of Turlington Hall, and nearly 700 more came from the
Reitz Union.
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.


STUDENT LIFE


UF to make GatorLink e-mail mandatory


By STEPHANIE GARRY
Alligator Staff Writer
smgarry@alligator.org

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


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.
See stories, pg. 4.


"Our big focus is to help improve
communications."
Marc Hoit
Interim vice president for information
technology

students to voluntarily use their GatorLink
e-mail for university affairs. On that day,.
it will become mandatory, the Information


"Copyrighted Material
Syndicated Content
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


With Student
Government elec-
tions winding down,
The Alligator begins its
look at Gainesville City
Commission candidates.
We start with one of UF's
own: District 3 candidate
Mike Belle. See story, pg. 3.


LAST DAY TO VOTE


Student Government
elections
When?: Today, from 8 a.m. to
8 p.m.
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
complex.
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
election?
Student Body president and
vice president
Student Body treasurer
Honor Court chancellor
46 Senate seats
Why vote?
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
Directors.
Senators write and approve
legislation allocating nearly $11
million in the student-funded
Activity & Service fees.


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News Today


LOCAL
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
said.
Crews arrived at the spill
site early in the afternoon, but
the extent of contamination is
not yet known, GRU Senior
Environmental Engineer Brett
Goodman said.
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."

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CAMPUS
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
Department.
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
Road.
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
decision.


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tation in 1996 and has been re-ac-
credited after each subsequent in-
spection, which takes place every
three years.
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WHAT'S.- a ;PP'E!'Pi.
8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
SG Election voting
9:35 a.m.
University Habitat for Humanity
Silent Auction
Reitz Union North Terrace
10 a.m.
Raise Your Voice for the Animals
that Can't
Reitz Union North Lawn
4:30 p.m.
Speaker: Talib Kweli
Reitz Union Grand Ballroom
7:30 p.m.
Speaker: Liz Murray
Phillips Center for the Perform-
ing Arts
8 p.m.
Exhale (open mic)
Orange & Brew

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accurate and clear in its news
reports and editorials. If you
find an enor, please call our
newsroom at i352) 376-
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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
Alligator Writer
bhagen@alligator.org

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-
night."
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
was six.
"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
it."
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


businesses.
"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
turnout.
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-
ment."
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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The Ides of March


Moritz running on red eyes


By NEIL HUGHES
Alligator Writer
nhughes@alligator.org

For someone operating on two
hours of sleep, MacKenzie Moritz is
not only-surprisingly motivated but
quite carefree.
"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
Alligator,"
referring to
a political
cartoon
poking fun at Goldberg's height in
Tuesday's edition.
"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
party.
"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-
paigning Tuesday.
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.
"MynameisMacKenzieMoritz,"
he- joked, "andIamrunningforStu-
dentBodyPresident.".
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


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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
bcarey@alligator.org

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
advertising.
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
Goldberg's game.
"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
Alligator Writer
smagruder@alligator.org

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
on Sunday.
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,"
Ngin said.
After class,
She stopped
by Turlington
Plaza and
Settled in
just off the
Reitz Union
Colonnade,
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
he dressed.
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
morning."








WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2005 a ALLIGATOR, 5


After Atlanta shootings, Alachua court cautious


Court designed with safety in mind


By MEGAN V. WINSLOW
Alligator Writer
mwinslow@alligator.org

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
the courthouse.
"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
said.
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
Courthouse.
"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.


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Towing board mulls ousting Superior Towing co-owner


* DAVID IDLEMAN ADVOCAT-
ED FOR LOWER TOW RATES.

By IVETTE MENDEZ
Alligator writer
imendez@alligator.org

Advocates of lower towing
prices were granted no solace at
Tuesday night's Towing Advisory
Board meeting.


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,
including myself."
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
Gene Watson.
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
particular issue.
But rain or shine, today is your last chance to make sure
you are represented in Student Government for the next year
and beyond.
Make no mistake you have the power to make that
happen.
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.
That's all.
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
everyone.
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-
ding wrestling?
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
like us."
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?
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
S Witnesses?
.-: D Do they all work for the Men's
Warehouse?
(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?"
gbaker@alligator.org 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
jacket.
Okay, you can leave your pants on.
'Gavin Baker is a history freshman. His column appears on
Wednesday.


The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the Alligator.


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Tuesday's question: Is the
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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.
Txikia Hernandez-Morales
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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the independent florida 164t A S Not officially associated with the University of Florida Pubish ed by Campus Communicaons, Inc. of Gainesville, Flonda We Inform. You Decide. VOLUME 98 ISSUE 116 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16,2005 Students vote for UF's future MORE THAN 4,000 CAST BALLOTS ON TUESDAY. STAFF REPORT 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 2004 elections. Approximately 1,250 votes came from the first and second floors of Turlington Hall, and nearly 700 more came from the Reitz Union. 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 Court chancellor, is running unopposed. The Impact Party was without a table Tuesday morning when the University Police Department cleared up some political 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/ Alligator Staff 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. STUDENT LIFE UF to make GatorLink e-mail mandatory By STEPHANIE GARRY Alligator Staff Writer smgarry@alligator.org 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 receiving important university messages. Until Oct. 1, UF officials are encouraging "Our big focus is to help improve communications." Marc Hoit Interim vice president for information technology students to voluntarily use their GatorLink e-mail for university affairs. On that day, it will become mandatory, the Information 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 LAST DAY TO VOTE Student Government elections When?: Today, from 8 a.m. to Where? Poling locations stationed throughout campus. Freshmen and sophomores may vote at either the Reitz Union, Norman Hall, Southwest Recreation center, Turlington Hall or Springs.residential complex. Juniors and seniors vote at their colleges, and for all others, see an SG advertisement on page 8. low tovote? Bring a photo ID to your designated polling location. What seats are up for election? Student Body presidet and vice president Student Body treasurer. Honor Court chancellors 46 Senate seats Why vote? The Student Body president overseesthe execdutive branch of FStudent Government and serves as the only student representative on UF's highest goveming body the Board of Trustees. The vice president oversees SG's cabinets, and the treasurier has final vetp owier-over all--p8ndinig bills passed by S3G. hep Honor &urt s ancellor is._ the ihtrnkg officer in the judicial branch and serves as the chairperson of the Student Honor court Bar Association's Board of Directors. senators write and a-pprove legislation allocating nearly $11 million in the student-funded Activity &7Service fees. "Copyrighted Material Syndicated Content Available from Commercial News Providers" F1 With Student Government elections winding down, The Alligator begins its look at Gainesville City Commission candidates. We start with one of UF's own: District 3 candidate Mike Belle. See story, pg. 3. FORECAST 2 OPINIONS 6 CLASSIFIEDS 11 CROSSWORD 15 THUNDER SPORTS 20 STORMS 76/60 visit www.alligator.org N 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. See stories, pg. 4.

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2, ALLIGATOR 9 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2005 News Today LOCAL 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 said. Crews arrived at the spill site early in the afternoon, but the extent of contamination is not yet known, GRU Senior Environmental Engineer Brett Goodman said. A grease clog is again blamed for causing a sewage overflow originating near University Avenue and SW 13th Street. "We're not able to deal with improper 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 .K. Yonge High School and Bivens Arm, where the creek ends. GRU is working to inform commercial customers about proper grease disposal and is launching an educational program for homeowners, Goodman said. "Don't pour it down the drain," he said. "Get a container, let it solidify, put it in the garbage." -BRIAN HAGEN FORECAST TODAY THUNDER STORMS 76/60 THURSDAY RAIN 69/50 CAMPUS 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 Department. 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, operations and support services in a total of 446 areas. UPD must be found in compliance 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 LPD station on MuseumRoad. Assessors will reviewprinted materials put out by UPD, conduct interviews, tour various divisions and observe regular operations, then report their findings back to the full commission, which will render the decision. FRIDAY PARTLY CLOUDY 69/45 SATURDAY SUNNY 71/47 SUNDAY SUNNY 73/54 UPD received national accreditation in 1996 and has been re-accredited after each subsequent inspection, which takes place every three years. -EVA KIS WHAT'S HAPPENING 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. SG Election voting 9:35 a.m. University Habitat for Humanity Silent Auction Reitz Union North Terrace 10 a.m. Raise Your Voice for the Animals that Can't Reitz Union North Lawn 4:30 p.m. Speaker: Talib Kweli Reitz Union Grand Ballroom 7:30 p.m. Speaker: Liz Murray Phillips Center for the Performing Arts 8 p.m. Exhale (open mic) Orange & Brew The Allgator strives to be accurate and clear in its news reports and edtorils.If vou ind an error, please call our newsroom at (352) 3 4458 or send an ei mail to editor@a igatorg. Wellness is the highest quality of life possible. Living a "Helpingstudents explore and create a wellness lifestyle." 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Jeff Sirmons / Alligator Mike Belle, running for the City Commission District 3 seat, poses in East Gainesville on Tuesday. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2005 ALLIGATOR, 3 Commission hopeful one of UF's own 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 Alligator Writer bhagen@alligator.org 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 nighf after a day spent participating in a waste cleanup at Payne's Prairie Preserve, Belle paced the debrisfilled 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 orange 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 tonight." 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 was six. "I'm in this race because I love the city of Gainesville, and I'm here for the long haul," said Belle. "The passion .e o that Gainesville feels is Electi going to be the light on 200_ the hill. Everybody feels it." 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 UT graduate students Jon Jensen and Genevieve Croteau of The Documentary Institute to make a film about Belle's campaign.' "It's a tradition for documentary workers to film upstart candidates," Jensen said as he knocked over a pile of DVDs with his camera in Belle's crowded living room. "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 businesses. "This is not going to be a cluster of bars and clubs," Belle said. "This is for entrepreneurs 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 turnout. Belle also serves as a student adjunct for the Regional Transit System Advisory Board but said he does not believe the proposed 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 involvement." 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." The Student Government operates with your money. Let me know how to spend it. If elected senator representing Fine Arts, I WILL FIGHT FOR YOU! Vote at the Fine Arts-C Building 8am-8pm Tuesday, March 15th & Wednesday, March 16th. IMPACT Party This was created and produced by Andrew Jean. Pd. Pol. Adv. Tres. 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4, ALLIGATOR M WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2005 he Ides o March Moritz running on red eyes By NEIL HUGHES Alligator Writer nhughes@alIigator.org For someone operating on two hours of sleep, MacKenzie Moritz is not onlysurprisingly motivated but quite carefree. "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 Alligator," referring to a political cartoon poking fun at Goldberg's height in Tuesday's edition. "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 party. "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 campaigning Tuesday. 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 lastminute fliers approved txlistribute. 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 investment in Progress. Aside from the countless hours of campaigning prior to Tuesday's 12'hour marathon, 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, because 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 thiink. "MynameisMacKenzieMoritz," he' joked, "andlan'uningforStudentBodyPresident." m 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 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 -members 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 bcarey@alligator.org The Gator Party presidential candidate Joe Goldberg will be happy to remind youto 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 headquarters 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 Comnmuter Lot as early as 6:45 a.m. He campaigned 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 Kennedy, his campaign manager. Goldberg likes to pack light when scouting the herds of students trying to make it through the gauntlet of party political advertising. 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 Goldberg's game. "I like to make a personal connection with them," he said. And he does. Tell him your interests, college or concerns, and Goldberg will talk about what 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 campus, 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 Alligator Writer smagruder@aligator.org 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 smiling 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 on Sunday. 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. "Elections are dandy and all, butt 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 amonth," Ngin said. After class, he stopped by Turlington Plaza and settled in just off the Reitz Union Colonnade, where he spoke with passing students 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 perky supporters. 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 reaching 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 rubric, meant he was pretty comfortable with his appearance and how he dressed. One year after successfully campaigning 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 morning." %

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W WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2005UM ALLIGATOR, 5 AfTt er At lanta Sh 0o t 1gs A lachua court cautious Court designed with safety in mind By MEGAN V. WINSLOW Alligator Writer mwinslow@alligator.org 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 defendant 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 the courthouse. "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 said. Newly built in 2003, the Criminal Courthouse was designed with security specifically in mind. The judges' chambers are secluded, and an extensive surveillance system is monitored aroiumd the clock by deputies from both ASO and the Alachua County Jail. Local attorney Jeff Braswell said he praises security efforts by law enforcement officers at the Criminal Local Courthouse but expressed con-CoUrtS cern with the outdated setup at the nearby Civil and Family Courthouse. "Based on what we saw in Atlanta, I would certainly like to see some progress with adding security measures there to protect both the judges and the general public," Braswell said. ARUN D AESVILLE Towing board mulls ousting Superior Towing co-owner E DAVID IDLEMAN ADVOCATED FOR LOWER TOW RATES. By IVETTE MENDEZ Alligator writer imendez@allgator.org Advocates of lower towing prices were granted no solace at Tuesday night's Towing Advisory Board meeting. 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 students about towing, member and UF Student Sen. Brian Aungst said. "Mr. Idleman showed up before the meeting with his business partner from Superior Towing and were handing out promotional flyers," he said. "That actually got under the skin of the other board members, including myself." 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 Gene Watson. When the board discussed raising 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 withIdleman's continued service on the board is making sure there is "not even the appearance of anything unethical." The fate of Idleman, whose position on the board involves representing downtown businesses, was passed on to Interim City Manager Barbara Lipscomb, Aungst said. GRE GMAT LSAT MCAT DAT OAT PCAT TOEFL Receive a $100 rebate't when you enroll in a Kaplan course between March 1and March 31, 2005. Limited time offer! Call or visit us online for more information or to enroll. Discuss the uarious nuances o securing empiominent upon urauuation. increase uur i-l'I chances 01 securing a lob ote, and iearn lips top securing MaiMuMe comuiensailon. 602 Happy Hour4pm-9pm $400 Pitchers e $100 Drafts SWED' LADIES NIGHT Ladifes Drink PFREE Live Acoustic Music NO COVER -21 & Up t 1728W Universuty Ave. 377-7333 WHERE DO YOU GO FROM HERE? Get a Loyola MBA in 15 months and jump-start your career! Consider the value that an MBA degree can add to your career -the credibility it provides, the doors of opportunity it opens, and the dramatic increase in your earning potential. In just 15 months you can have an MBA from Loyola University New Orleans that will get you exactly whereyou nedto go. Test Prep and Admissions 1-800-KAP-TEST kaptest.com/rebate *Test names are registered trademarks of their respective owners. *Conditions and restrictions apply. For complete guarantee eligibility requirements, visit kaptest.com/hsg. The Higher Score Guarantee applies only to Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions courses taken and completed within the United States and Canada. The Higher Score Guarantee does not apply to PCAT and TOEFL courses. tRebate restrictions apply. Visit kaptest.com/rebate for complete information.

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ALLIGATOREN WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2005 In your hands The numbers don't lie in deciding the SG victors H ow 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 to vote from the privacy of our own homes sound that much better. Not that we're fixated on any particular issue. But rain or shine, today is your last chance to make sure you are represented in Student Government for the next year and beyond. Make no mistake -you have the power to make that happen. 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 organizations 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 inds, 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 rmoff 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. That's all. If no party receives more votes than all of the other parties 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 $11 million of student money and makes countless other decisions that affect students on a daily basis. The importance of selecting SG representatives that will make these decisions in the students' best interests -as well as listen to students when they say they don't like what's going on -cannot be overemphasized. You've heard the endless analyzing from the Alligator, the debating between the candidates and the propaganda-spewing from the party minions scattered across campus. Now, it's time to make your decision. You can take five minutes out of your day to make certain that SG works the way you want it to work, or you can let a small portion of the student body decide what's best for everyone. Ifyoudo decide to go out there and vote, maybe we won't have to leave our rooms to do so in the next election. te independent flo-ida alligator Dwayne Robinson Matt Sanchez EDITOR OPINIONS EDITOR Mike Girnignani Laaren Flanagan MANAGING EDITOR -Diana Middleton Craig Singleton EDITORIAL BOARD The Alligator encourages comments from readers. Letters to the editor should not exceed 150 w0rds (about one lettelsized page). They must ttypne, double-spaced and must include the auhrsnm .classification and phone numbter. Names will be withheld i tieewriter shows just cause. We reserve the ight to edit to, length, gtatoonan, style ato libel. Sendytletters to lettersehigotor.otg. 1,105 tteno to 11ns W. Uiersiy Ave., or send therllto P.O. Box 14257, Gaitensvlle, FL 3260d-2257.c olusins? Cfa ott 450 oods about original tonics otd editorial cr oon re also welcome. Questionrs? Call 376-d45a. Oions$ ALLIGATOR www.alligator.org/opinions --77 N~NT SG hopefuls must undress for success hat I really want from the Student Government Lz Are they all Jehovah's election is for Lindsay Cosimi to take it off. Witnesses? W TV Dennis Ngin, you too-take it off. Do they all work for the Men's Adam Roberts? Oh, take it off! Warehouse? The suits, that is. Or is SG just that much of a jet Whenever election time comes around, there's lot of talk set? "I'd better wear my suit -nevabout being the voice of the students, sticking up for the stuGavin Baker er know when I might run into the dents and representing the students. Well, I've been looking, Closeto Home president of Slovakia?" and I don't see any students wearing suits. Except, of course, gbaker@aligator.org Are they simply formal people? SG membersNoCareer Showcase doesn't count I bet the know what that second C1 lei ef. 1 avtfolv~~ U 611C L1. 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 AnarchoSyndicalists yelling, "Die, yuppie scum?" Where is the pudding wrestling? 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 bikiniunder 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 like us." 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? Do they wearthem to appease the administration, whose jobs require them to wear suits? I thought they were supposed to be the students' advocate against such tyranny. i e ly K V VILUd t(UL 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 themselves 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 U rSuits belong to that former world, where girls had to wear skirts and young people were expected to call their elders "Sir" and "Ma'am," even if they didn't deserve it. Suits are formality for the sake of formality, tradition for the sake of tradition. So, come on, Justin Lauer: take off your pants and jacket. Okay, you can leave your pants on. Gavin Baker is a historyfreshmnan. His coltono appears oi Wednesday. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the Alligator. Reader response Today's question: Did you vote? Tuesday's question: Is the Alligator's SG elections coverage (aside from Opinions) biased? 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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2005 E ALLIGATOR, 7 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 crescendos through its pages -and that, as an insider, 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 condoning 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 ultimately lead to lack of productivity and catastrophe within such positions or groups. Beeland sorely will be 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. Txikia Hernandez-Morales Homecoming 2004 General Chairman E E 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 running 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, because 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. Will Sexton 2L GRADUATION 2005 A special section commemorating the graduation of more than 6,000 students from the University of Florida. The Alligators Graduation 2004 section is the perfect place for advertisers to either thank students for their support during their years in Gainesville, or advertise for graduation gifts, products or services suitable for graduates. -jewelry Bookstores Restaurants Framing Stores Car Dealerships o Clothing Stores Auto Repair o Photo Supplies Car Care Florists Electronics -Luggage -Travel -Card Shops Deadline: Tues. March 29th -Run Date: Tues. April 5th the independent florida alligator Advertising 376-4482 GENERAL NUTRITION CENTERS 25% OFF any one GNC Product Cannotbe combined Needocon,. 3914 SW Archer Rd Sc O a ypc~s .-77-6020Ex 59/5 Classic Carwash State of the Art, 110 ft. Soft Cloth Conveyorized Mhnnel Full DetailingWindow Tinting 3010 SW Archer Rd. 374-9227 Tues, Wed, Thurs 7pm, 9pm Wed Matinee 4:30pm Hippodrome Cinema 375-IIIPP START AT THE NATION'S LARGEST INDEPENDENT COLLEGE NEWSPAPER. Wherever you go after college, experience is the edge you'll need to find a job. Start your career now by getting the experience. -aligator r I