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SFCC students may have been murdered
* STUDENTS WERE FOUND SHOT TO
DEATH DEEP IN OCALA FOREST.
By STEPHANIE RODRIGUEZ
and JESSICA RIFFEL
Two Santa Fe Community College students
were found dead Saturday in Ocala National
Forest. Police say they may have been mur-
Amber Marie Peck, 26, and John Parker, 26,
both of Gainesville, were found shot to death
in a remote area of the forest three days after
they were supposed to return from a camping
trip, according to the Marion County Sheriff's
"We were hoping that they had decided to
stay a few days extra instead of finding them
the way we did," said Parker's sister Bethany.
Peck's roommate and father filed a missing
person's report Friday when they became anx-
ious to know their whereabouts.
"I knew there was something wrong when
a police officer showed up at my door ask-
ing if I knew where Amber and John were,"
Parker's sister said.
Peck's car was found Friday night near a
small dirt trail named Forest Road 65.
The next morning, family members, in-
cluding Parker's sister, discovered the bodies
where they had set up their camping gear.
Peck, originally from Michigan, loved trav-
eling, animals and nature, according to her
profile on MySpace.com.
Brand Gonzalez, her neighbor at Pinetree
Gardens Apartments on Southwest 20th
Avenue, said he frequently saw her riding her
"Hopefully we have enough physi-
cal evidence between the two
agencies and we'll get a resolution
Alachua County Sheriff's Office spokesman
Peck participated in gymnastics for 15
years and enjoyed dancing, according to her
profile. She learned to swing dance and wrote
that she wanted to learn how to dance salsa in
Peck was considering pursuing a dual ma-
jor in zoology and wildlife ecology at UF but
was also accepted to James Cook University in
Australia, according to her profile.
Peck's family declined to comment.
Parker left behind an 8-year-old daughter,
cared for by his ex-wife.
Parker's sister said the group traveled 2.2
miles through the woods and knee-deep water
before they encountered the bodies.
"The whole experience was kind of a blur,"
said Parker's sister. "I just turned my face and
I couldn't look."-
The bodies were airlifted later that evening
and brought to the medical examiner's office
in Leesburg for further investigation.
Marion County Police department spokes-
woman Sue Livoti said it was hard to get
equipment out to the scene because of their
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MONDAY, JANUARY 9, 2006 0 ALLIGATOR, 3
Tow fee vote favors students
By DONNA MITRANI
The Gainesville City
Commission voted unanimously
Dec. 12 to keep the maximum tres-
pass towing fee at $76.
The vote was the second read-
ing of a resolution meant to in-
crease towing fees by $8 to $84.
Student Government Lobby
Coordinator Thomas Philpot spoke
on behalf of the students at the
meeting. An attorney for one of the
towing companies argued that the
$8 increase was necessary because
of the increasing costs of business,
Philpot said. He did not specify the
reason for rising costs.
"Dec. 12's vote was a victory
for the students," Philpot said in a
press release. "Now we must con-
tinue to work with the Commission
in a spirit of cooperation on the
broader issues of towing through-
out the year."
Philpot, a 22-year-old public
relations senior, argued to the
commission that students would
not be able to afford an increase in
towing prices. He also spoke about
Gainesville's high amount of tows
compared to other cities in Florida.
"Dec. 12's vote was a vic-
tory for the students. Now
we must continue to work
with the Commission in
a spirit of cooperation on
the broader issues of tow-
ing throughout the year."
Student Government lobby
"People come at us with the
argument that if our students were
abiding with the parking rules, we
wouldn't have problems," Philpot
According to Philpot, the real
goal is to reduce the amount of tow-
ing in Gainesville. He hopes that
this can be accomplished through
open discussions and compromise
among local businesses, towing
companies, commissioners and
In a press release, Philpot said
other issues that needed to be
addressed included educating
the public on towing policies and
evaluating where, why and how
abuses are occurring in the towing
"It's something we're going
to have to work on long term,"
Philpot said. "It's not going to hap-
The Dec. 12 vote marks a Gator
Party platform promise accom-
Despite this, UF junior Vladimir
Meyman said that he didn't care.
Meyman, 20, said that even if
the resolution had passed he still
would have parked wherever he
wanted despite the price increase.
"Towing sucks in general,"
Meyman said. "Regardless of
whether the prices raise or not,
maybe the solution is having more
lax parking restrictions instead of
just raising the fees to deter illegal
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Two colleges to lose deans by end of next summer
Hynes is projected to up UF's visibility
Veterinary dean leaves UF for UT
By JUSTIN RICHARDS
Terry Hynes, dean of the College of Journalism
and Communications, will leave her seat in July
to work with UF's public relations office, but her
long-term future at the university is indefinite.
Vice President for University Relations Jane
Adams described Hynes's tailor-made position
- assistant vice president for university relations
- as a temporary "special assignment." Where
Hynes goes from there will depend on her work
in university relations. An interim dean will be
appointed a few weeks before Hynes leaves her
current position July 1. .
Adams said Hynes solicited university rela-
tions around winter break. Adams accepted the
offer in hopes that Hynes's media expertise and
contacts would help UF's advertising campaign.
UF Provost Janie Fouke said she and Hynes
had been discussing a move for months.
"She's got connections all over the United
States," she said. "If the University of Florida
wants to be one of the Top 10 public research in-
stitutions in America, then we have to be known
in markets aside from Florida."
She added that Hynes has contacts in TV
stations and newspapers in New York, Boston,
Chicago, Seattle and Atlanta, many of them UF
Hynes has been dean of UF's journalism
school since 1994. Before that, she spent 19 years
at California State University in Fullerton's com-
munications department. She has also worked as
a newspaper reporter and copy editor.
"I have loved serving as dean of this college
during the past 12 years," Hynes wrote her fac-
ulty and staff in an e-mail. "I look forward to
watching the college continue to thrive from my
new role at U.E"
One of her new responsibilities will be to pro-
mote stories about UF via the journalism college's
public broadcasting stations, she wrote.
Fouke said no pay increase is planned for
Hynes. The dean's salary information was un-
available at press time.
Before the search for Hynes's permanent
replacement begins, the college will undergo
a "facilitated introspective
activity," Fouke said. Similar
discussions will happen at
other UF colleges.
In October, an independent
Accreditation team reviewed
the journalism college and re-
\ ported "an abiding and possi-
Hynes bly intractable breach between
the dean and the faculty."
About 20 faculty members told the team they
had experienced or feared retribution if they dis-
pleased Hynes.The team rated the college well
overall and granted it accreditation.
Asked whether the report related to Hynes's
transfer, Fouke wrote in an e-mail: "The outcome
of that was exceedingly positive, since every
single department received accreditation."
William McKeen, chairman of the journalism
department, wrote in an e-mail that the college
did great things under Hynes's leadership.
"The thing I liked most about her," he wrote,
"was that when I went into her office with an
idea, instead of shooting it down, she'd say,
'Great! Let's see if we can do that.' Sometimes
we could and sometimes we couldn't, but I can't
think of any time we didn't try."
By JOHN W. COX
The dean of UF's College of
Veterinary Medicine will step down
and take a position at the University of
Tennessee in February.
Joseph DiPietro, who has helped
raise millions for the college, will be-
come UT's vice president of agricul-
DiPietro's departure leaves five col-
leges at UF searching for deans.
"We're delighted with the role he's
played at the university for nearly a de-
cade," UF Provost Janie Fouke said.
Fouke said she hoped an interim
dean would be named within a month,
and the position would be permanently
filled by Fall.
"I really love Florida," DiPietro said.
"I've learned an awful lot from this
DiPietro,. 54, said he will miss UF,
but the job in Tennessee was too good
to pass up.
"It's an opportunity to try my skills
at another level," he said. "It's just a
unique opportunity that doesn't come
along very often."
Since becoming dean in 1997, fund-
ing for the college's research has in-
creased to $12 million a year.
One of DiPietro's goals was to raise
money for a small-animal hospital, he
said. The college was able to raise $4
million for the project this year.
"I know he worked very hard to
build a small-animal hospital," said
John Dame, head of the Department of
"It's an opportunity to try my
skills at another level. It's just a
unique opportunity that doesn't
come along very often."
College of Veterinary Medicine dean
However, the dean has done more
than just raise funds for research and
building, Dame said. He also credited
DiPietro with increasing the quality of
the college's education.
Part of that effort has been getting
new students into the college. DiPietro
has teamed with the Gainesville
Cycling Club to raise more than
$100,000 for scholarships over the last
"That was a real fun event," DiPietro
said. "It helps us connect with the com-
DiPietro said he will miss everyone
he has worked with.
"It's a great place to work, and I've
had a great time here," DiPietro said.
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Shelving assembly slows slated library re-opening
* LIBRARY WEST WON'T
OPEN UNTIL THE END OF THE
By JOHN W. COX
Library West, projected to
reopen early this Spring, will
hot open for at least four more
months, UF officials said.
The $30 million, two-year con-
struction and renovation of the
campus's main library was origi-
nally supposed to be completed
Feb. 9, but a compact shelving
process will take 18 weeks to
install, said Bill Covey, library
"It's taken longer than we
dasey anuersion / Mnlllaur oLd,
Pictured above is the state of
Library West's construction in
January 2005. Progress on the
building's north face is shown in
the photo to the right.
thought," Covey said.
Officials hoped the library
would open in March, UF library
director Dale Canelas wrote in an
The shelving manufacturer
will deliver 56 semitrailer loads
carrying six tons of shelving,
Canelas said. Each load takes an
entire day to unpack.
When the shelving is complet-
ed, furniture must be assembled
and placed, and about 1 million
volumes of books will be moved
from storage to campus, which
will take six weeks.
Compact shelving will allow
the library to store more books.
Instead of having aisles between
rows of books, there is one aisle
for an entire room, and the rows
are moved by pushing a button,
library spokeswoman Barbara
"Some of these activities will
be done concurrently, some have
to be sequenced," Canelas said.
"We are still working out a mas-
When it reopens, Library West
will have three times more seat-
ing, new group study rooms, a
presentation area where students
can use. technology to design
presentations for classes, new
computers, a study area for
graduate students and possibly a
Starbucks, Canelas said.
"We're hoping to get it open
this semester," Covey said. "It's
coming along as well as you
could hope with a big project."
The construction team lost
nine days of work last year due
to three hurricanes, he said.
Although the renovation will
add 50,000 square feet to the
Casey Anderson / Alligator Staff
Library West is still under construction, and the work will delay the building's reopening for at least 18
library, it will not be as large
as many other big universities'
"We do not have as much
space as most universities of our
size, and we cannot seat as many
students as we should be able to
do," Canelas said.
However, she said architec-
tural design will allow for more
services and flexible seating.
The 37-year-old library was
closed Christmas Eve 2003.
During the closing, students
checked out the library's vol-
umes by ordering them on the UF
libraries Web site. To compensate
for the shutdown, library officials
increased the number of books
undergraduates could check out
to 100. Graduate students are
able to check out 250.
Although most of the project
is going well, the installation of
the Starbucks may be in doubt,
"The planning is being han-
dled by the vice president for
Administrative Affairs, and" he
has not shared any of the plans
with library staff, so we will all.
be surprised by the outcome,"
Jonathon Mosley, a chemistry
junior, said he would love to have
a Starbucks in the library.
He said that although it's been
frustrating not having the library
available since he's attended UF,
he understands that big projects
Mosley said he would prefer
them to finish rather than have
students in the library while the
"I'd rather it be completely
done," Mosley said. "We've al-
ready waited two years."
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A fresh start
Students invited to get
S s we return to campus gouged by textbook sellers, ag-
gravated by ungrateful roommates and heckled by ma-
J.A.lignant preachers in Turlington, we open a new chapter
in the thrilling history of our very own Independent Florida
Alligator. This time, we promise: no name-calling, no contro-
versial viewpoints and absolutely no pissing anybody off.
But as we begin the semester, we find the hate mail over-
flowing the mailbox, the UF administration involved in more is-
sues than we can safely report on and our Opinions columnists
hunted to near extinction.
It's time we face the truth: We need some new blood.
From reporters to copy editors to Opinions columnists,
we're always on the lookout for talented journalists and com-
mentators, which is why we're inviting you all to our open
house this Friday from noon until 5 p.m. Literally every depart-
ment is looking for fresh talent.
Let's be cear: We need people, especially for this Opinions
page. We haven't had to ask the homeless guys in the alley be-
hind the building for help writing Opinions columns yet, but
we've come pretty dose.
If you're interested in a position as an Opinions columnist,
tote a 550-word column expressing a semi-coherent viewpoint
on a semi-relevant subject to the open house this Friday.
Additionally, our now-infamous cartoonist, Andy Marlette,
has moved on, so we're also looking for editorial cartoonist
If, on the other hand, you don't have a preference for an area
of coverage, come on in anyway. Veteran Alligatorians will be
on hand to give you an idea where you might fit in. And even
if you don't find what you're looking for, at least there will be
If you'd like to contribute on a less-regular basis, we're
always accepting 150-word.letters to the editor and 550-word
guest columns. So whenever something irks you, inflames you
or just plain pisses you. off, drop us a line. We'd love to hear
In an entirely student-run newspaper, transitivity is a sad
but unavoidable truth, but this transitivity opens the door for
fresh ideas. As one class graduates and moves on, another steps
into the fold, prepared to brave the hellfire of incensed readers
and editors alike.
If you rise to the challenge, your work will be cut out for
you. While college students may find it difficult to grasp, the
world hasn't stopped turning over the'three-week vacation. On
the contrary; Republican super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleaded
guilty to various corruption charges, the avian flu gathered
steam in Asia and the New York Times broke the story that the
Bush administration has been ordering wiretaps at the limits of
And that means we've got a lot of catching up to do. But
there's more than national news to keep us busy.
Looking ahead for the semester, we'll also have to endure an-
other SG presidentialelection, see if instructor Charles Grapski
can make heads or tails out of the Blue Key Gator Growl fiasco
and keep tabs on UF President Bernie Machen, who'll doubt-
lessly be up to all of his old shenanigans.
This Friday our doors will be open. This is your chance to
step up. Make a name for yourself. And remember: this really
is your newspaper.
So if you ever think that it sucks, you'll know who to blame.
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words (about one letter-sized page). They must be typed, doublespaced and must include the
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Alligator sets goals
Afew days ago, I sat down with two Gainesville
residents concerned with the relationship be-
L.tween the black community and the Alligator.
After a semester of heated debate, we were all hoping
to make this Spring more unified and less divisive.
SIt turns out we agreed on the most important change
the Alligator must make: more diversity in the news-
But deciding we need more diversity doesn't mean
we'll get more diversity. To do that, we need you.
Every semester, our staff is reshuffled and rejuve-
nated. Almost all the editors this Spring are new, and
we hope they will bring new perspectives and outlooks
to our reporting.
But to make the Alligator a better paper, we still need
all different kinds of reporters, artists, web designers,
copy editors, columnists and cartoonists.
We need those who've been offended by the paper.
We need those who think we've missed a good story.
We need those who want to get involved. And hey, we'll
also take those who think we're the greatest newspaper
We'll also be looking for a Reader's Advocate, a posi-
tion unfilled last semester. This person.would serve as
the reader's voice to the Alligator staff and would be re-
sponsible for organizing meetings and forums between
the public and Alligator editors.
It's a new semester promising new beginnings.
The construction, of Library West is in its final stages,
enabling students to do actual research in a physical
Couples of any sexual orientation, married or not,
will be able to receive benefits as UF employees.
to diversify staff
And UF President Bernie
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Malaria treatment gets unfair reputation in popular opinion
alaria kills about one child every
30 seconds, and the rate of those
contracting the disease is increas-
ing. The leaders of some developing coun-
tries are appealing to the international
community to support using DDT, the
most effective and inexpensive pesticide,
to kill disease-carrying mosquitoes.
But there's a catch.
DDT, when applied to the walls of
homes in countries like Uganda, has the
potential to prevent the deaths of millions
of individuals with few harmful side ef-
Though the' United States, Europe
and many international aid groups are
spending money to fight malaria, they
simply refuse to fund the purchase of
DDT despite its proven record as the
most successful mosquito control mea-
sure. Environmentalist hysteria generated
by hippies and other sundry liberals in
the '60s turned DDT into a dirty word.
Rachel Carson's 1962 book "Silent Spring"
"exposed" DDT's potentially damaging
effects on the environment when used in
large quantities. In high school, we were
all taught that Carson was a hero and DDT
Carson's book spawned a media-fu-
eled fear campaign that resulted in a
ban on the chemical in the United States.
Environmentalists took the battle around
the world and helped restrict the pro-
duction of DDT, and malaria deaths in-
There's almost no evidence suggesting
DDT is harmful to the environment when
sprayed in reasonable doses indoors.
Before it was banned in the United States,
trucks were used to spray clouds of DDT
down whole city blocks, but no cancer- or
chemical-related deaths were ever re-
The campaign against DDT continues
today. President Bush had the oppor-
tunity to fight this junk science in 2001,
but he pandered to the environmental-
ists and supported a global ban on the
chemical through a United Nations treaty.
Ironically, most of the ban's advocates live
in countries that would be unaffected by
Now, as politicians squabble over
Cn ainc n it i
DDT's merits and
radical groups like
to swallow their
pride, about 2 mil-
lion people. die
from malaria each
'"', V Most are under
the age of five.
American tax dollars, channeled
through the United States Agency for
International Development, are paying
for mosquito nets and other medicines not
nearly as effective as DDT. Even editors at
the New York Times have put their sup-
port behind the pesticide as Africa's best
hope for controlling malaria.
Yet aside from an occasional edito-
rial, malaria's death toll heightened by
America's distrust of the chemical is
largely ignored in the media.
. One exception is John Stossel of ABC
News program "20/20," who recently did
a story on the issue. He quoted scientist
Amir Attaran, who called USAID's policy
towards DDT "medical malpractice" and
Immediately following World War
II, governments used DDT to wipe out
malaria in North America and southern
Now the same treatment is being de-
nied to Africa and developing .countries
around the world which are reliant on
donor nations to control the disease.
High death tolls and hospitalization
rates keep agricultural productivity down
and suppress development. If a nation
chooses to use DDT, it risks losing its
funding from American and international
Supporting and funding DDT usage
may not eradicate malaria. Mosquitoes
can develop a chemical resistance as they
have in Sri Lanka.
But ending the liberal panic surround-
ing this pesticide could save millions of
lives and improve the economies of coun-
tries devastated by the disease.
Until we put a stop to the hysteria, our
ignorance is costing both lives and money.
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Woman alleges two-man attack at Griffin Stadium
By STEPHANIE RODRIGUEZ
A woman was reportedly at-
tacked and nearly raped Friday
night by two unknown men at
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
The woman, whose name po-
lice would not release citing con-
cern for her safety, was exercising
at the stadium at 9 p.m. when the
two men allegedly forced her into
an interior restroom and tried to
sexually assault her, according to
a University Police' Department
The woman was able to break
free of,the assault when conces-
sions employees inside the sta-
dium startled the assailants.
The men then fled toward the
Stephen C. O'Connell Center.
At about the same time, a large
crowd was exiting the center
after the UF gymnastics team's
season opener against Illinois.
GPD spokesman Lt. Joe
Sharkey could not be
Public reached for comment.
Safety Police have not
arrested anyone in
connection with the incident, ac-
cording to the press release.
One of the suspects is believed
to be a black male, 5-feet 5-inches
tall, approximately 18 years old
with short hair and thin build.
The man was described as
wearing a black shirt, low socks,
black Reebok sneakers and a
long, gold-link chain necklace,
according to the report.
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described the other suspect as
a black male, 5-feet 8-inches tall
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The "World Famous" Lipizzaner
Stallions rode into the Stephen C.
O'Connell Center on Saturday, performing
for 4,400 people in two shows.
Master of Ceremonies Troy Tinker has
been with the Lippizaner Stallions for al-
most 15 years.
"I like to watch the faces of the people
in the audience," Tinker said. "Watching
faces of people in the audience keeps it
fresh for me. If someone's having a good
time, it makes it a lot of fun for me to do."
The horses were originally trained to
perform their ballerina-like maneuvers on
the battlefield to protect the rider.
The rare white-horse breed has per-
formed for more than 23 million people in the
show's 36 years of touring.
Saturday's performances featured 13
horses showing off their extensive training of
six to nine years, Tinker said.
The show also educated spectators, as
Tinker narrated the horses' maneuvers.
"It's a very traditional presentation,
but you leam a lot about the history of the
horses," he said.
The horses showcase the performance
and presentation styles of the Spanish Riding
School in Vienna, Austria, which is consid-
ered the "Harvard" of the equestrian world.
The presentation focused on the breed's
The Lipizzaners are often called the "roy-
alty" of horses
They are believed to have been first bred
more than 2,000 years ago and have been
embraced throughout much of European
Mozart wrote music specifically for these
horses to perform to.
"They were famous for taking these
Lipizzaner stallions and performing what
they called Grand Carousels with them,"
Tinker said. "People would dress up; it was
like a night at the opera."
The Lipizzaners have been featured in
many movies, such as Disney's "Miracle of
the White Stallions."
The horses, which can live up to 40 years,
are praised so highly because they all come
from one of six families.
One portion of the performance titled
"Airs Above the Ground featured the leaps
used by riders protecting themselves in
Saturday's performance ended with the
traditional Grand Quadrille.
The act included eight stallions in tra-
ditional formal costumes that performed a
military drill to music.
During World War II, the rare horses al-
most became extinct.
A source of national pride in Vienna, the
horses came under German control.
U.S. General George S. Patton is credited
with the stallions' preservation because he
issued the order to rescue them.
The horses were owned almost exclu-
sively by nobility and military aristocracy in
Europe for more than 400 years.
The performance also featured the
Spanish Andalusian, another rare breed
from which the Lipizzaner stallions were
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Warmer weather follows a weekend of cold fronts
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A cold snap greeted students as they ar-
rived in Gainesville on Saturday.
Temperatures dropped as low as 30
degrees Sunday morning and Saturday's
high was 52 degrees, 15 degrees below av-
erage, according to the National Weather
"A cold front came through and a high-
pressure system came in behind it," said
Marie Trabert, a meteorologist with the
Weather Service in Jacksonville.
She said the high-pressure system
contributed to the clear skies during the
The Weather Service anticipated the
below-average temperatures and issued
freeze warnings last Friday and Saturday
Trabert said although two freeze
warnings were declared this weekend,
the Weather Service has issued fewer
warnings this year compared to previous
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dicts warmer weather this
SWinds from the south and
low levels of the atmosphere will cause
temperatures to increase.
Gainesville residents can expect highs
in the mid-70s until Saturday, when the
predicted high plummets to 60 degrees.
"Temperatures will be above normal for
the next few days," Trabert said. "The next
cold front will bring it back to normal."
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day cold snap was unusually short for
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However, all lanes will remain
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Goldberg pleased with SG Gator Party's progress
By DAVID COHEN
Eight months into his year-long tenure as
student body president, Joe Goldberg said he
is pleased with the job of his administration
and the Gator Party.
In 2005, Gator helped rid UF of the interna-
tional student fee, expanded the popular New
York Times/USA Today Readership Program
and reached a consensus with the Division of
Recreational Sports to replace their required
towel policy with disposable wipes.
"We are continuing to work on all of our
projects and issues," Goldberg said. "It's all a
learning process. We're not going to be able
to accomplish everything on our platform,
which is normal. We feel like we've been very
Goldberg's administration was one of
many since Fall 2002 to champion interna-
tional students' pleas. to end what had been
called a "discriminatory" fee.
The $50-per-semester fee was instituted in
2002 to cover the federally mandated task of
tracking, monitoring and reporting the activi-
ties of UF's 2,700 international students.
"We could never find where the money
was going," said former Student Body
President Nikki Fried, who was in office
when the fee appeared. "We obviously felt
that it was extremely discriminatory and
unfair. My automatic instinct was: What?
Student Senate passed a bill providing
$45,000 from SG reserves for 30 more USA
Today papers a day, totaling 450 daily, and 48
-more New York Times papers a day, totaling
Senate also passed a bill increasing gradu-
ate conference grants by $20,000. The money
will be used to fund 80 travel grants at $250
each. The Graduate Student Council was
struggling to meet the demand for travel costs,
which are typically $971 for each conference.
The Transportation Access Fee Committee
voted unanimously to ex-
tend the Regional Transit
System to include Sunday
service, which will begin
-in August. The increased
service will cost students 57
cents more per credit hour,
raising students' total trans-
Goldberg portation costs from $4.24 to
$4.81 per credit hour.
In the Fall election, turnout was 6,666,
which was about 2,000 voters over the norm.
Roberts said some feel that students don't
care about SG.
"Fall proves that to be a fallacy," Roberts
But not all went well in 2005. The worst
part of the semester, Roberts said, was wit-
nessing the "unprepared" online voting sys-
tem during that election, which had some
students voting in the wrong races.
The Asian American community did not
receive a director, an accommodation which
the black, Hispanic and transgender commu-
"I think that the Asian American students
are extremely important to our campus,"
He said achieving a directorship is the
first step to erecting an Asian American cul-
Goldberg said expansion of the wireless
Internet service, inclusion of free online mu-
sic downloads and provision of more eco-
friendly buses have been slowed because of
Online blogs give students way to discuss SG politics
By LYNDSEY LEWIS
Who are the potential candidates
for Spring's Student Government
Which former SG officials are
now dating current senators?
Gossip runs rampant between
the students of SG, and many of the
latest rumors are now just a mouse
Weblogs, or blogs for short, are
online journals that can track any-
thing from political discourse to an
individual's daily life. At UF, the
trend has taken hold of SG with an
assortment of student-run blogs that
cover a wide variety of topics, rang-
ing from new legislation to senators'
The UF blogging community
contains at least five active SG-cen-
tric blogs, while a few previoifs SG
blogs have either been shut down
by their operators or have shifted
"[UF blogger] Swamp Pundette
is known as the start of the SG
blog revolution," the author
behind the UF SG Dirt blog, at
ufsgdirt.blogspot.com, wrote in an
Though the Washington, D.C.-
based Swamp Pundette now pri-
marily covers stories from Capitol
Hill, her blog began February and
discussed UF political issues. By
Student other SG blogs
Government had sprouted
UF GDI (God Damn Independent)
at ufgdi.blogspot.com and Greek on
a Leash, which has since been taken
down. UF GDI still exists but went
inactive in October.
She said SG blogs often contain
many inaccuracies. Additionally,
mudslinging and defamation in
blogs are concerning to some.
One reader, posting under the
pseudonym of "Concerned
Christian" in Not Anti-Greek,
Anti-System at notanti-greekanti-
system.blogspot.com, recently al-
leged that Student Senate President
John Boyles may have ties to a cult-
Some authors use their blogs pri-
marily as an outlet for their concerns
"This was my first (Fall) election.
I really didn't feel like I had that
much of a voice," said the blogger
who authors View from the Bottom
at ufview.blogspot.com. "[Blogging]
seemed like the best way to get my
opinion out there."
Still, UF GDI said most students
who aren't affiliated with SG are ei-
ther unaware of the blogs' existences
or simply don't care to read them.
Shivani Jaipershad, a telecom-
munications junior, said she was
encouraged to read SG blogs for a
class she took.
"I kind of stopped reading
them," she said, "because it lets you
know what the issues were, but I
wouldn't base my opinion off some-
thing I read in a blog, especially
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A Web site offering students the
chance to swap class notes and sell
textbooks for free makes its public
founded by three UF students with
the purpose to encourage interac-
tion between students enrolled in
the same courses, said co-founder
and computer engineering junior
"I feel like there's a barrier be-
tween me and every other student
in [my classes]," he said, adding that
even in large lecture courses, he feels
there are only a few other students
whom he can consistently rely upon
Gadala-Maria said he and his
partners Josh Greenberg and Andres
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students to exchange notes for college courses.
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and four at Florida State University,
and Gadala-Maria-said he expects
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"It'spretty much about distrib-
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education," he said.
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guishes Campus Open Course from
similar Web sites is that it is entirely
user-regulated, giving students the
power to rank other site members
using a method called the "karma
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Although Gadala-Maria admit-
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posts they find inappropriate.
"The only way [students] could
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message boards allow users to buy
and sell textbooks without a middle-
UF freshman Claire Gamble said
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barring the use of state funds for.the program.
Cretul's bill would make it illegal for any
organization to use taxpayer dollars to fund a
domestic-partner benefit program.
UF officials are unfazed, though; since their
plan never intended to use state dollars. The
program relies largely on money from private
donors and federal grants.
"We attempted to design the.benefit so
it would not have the vulnerability of what
that proposed legislation appears to be ad-
dressing," said Kyle Cavanaugh, UF's vice
president for human resources. "We're still
Cretul was quick to clarify that he is not
fighting UF's efforts to include gay and les-
bian partners in its health care plan. He is only
refining what he said is "fuzzy" in Florida
Statutes: Same-sex partners are not included
in the state insurance plan.
S"This is not a:battle between me and UF,"
he said. "It's not a battle between me and those
who want a different type of relationship."
SCretul acknowledged he has personal ob-
iections to the beneht plan.
"I have a deep spiritual faith, but I under-
stand, too, that not everyone will agree with
that," he said. "I just happen to be one who
supports the idea that marriage should con-
tinue to be held in the elevated position."
UF's plan, dubbed the domestic part-
ner benefit plan, extends health care ben-
efits to partners of employees, gay or straight.
Applicants must prove financial interdepen-
dence with their UF-employed partners.
Administrators contend that the program
will help UF recruit and retain better faculty,
and that UF has been at a competitive dis-
advantage with rival schools who offer the
"We want to be as competitive as we pos-
sibly can on the national scene, and this is yet
another step in that direc-
tion," Cavanaugh said.
Indeed, five of the Top
10 public universities offer
the benefits. Cretul said
1 UF can reach a Top 10 spot
without the benefit plan.
"When half of them
cretul in the Top 10 have it, half
of them don't," he said.
"There's no overwhelming majority."
He noted that four of the top
schools that offer the benefits are in
the University of California system.
"California is a much more liberal state than
Florida," he said.
Three other public schools in Florida of-
fer domestic-partner benefits: Miami-Dade
College, Hillsborough Community College
and Broward Community College.
MDC and HCC do not use the state insur-
ance program to fund their same-sex partner
BCC's benefits administrator deferred a
Friday call and did not respond to an e-mail.
UF Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and
Transgender Affairs Director Tamara Cohen
said Cretul's bill does little more than raise
awareness about UF's benefit plan.
"There's not really a need for this bill," she
Cohen said the program has widespread
support, but some people confuse it with an
endorsement of a relationship the state doesn't
"People who like to get folks riled up about
gay marriage might use it to get folks riled
up," she said. "But this is not about gay mar-
riage. This is about health benefits."
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Clifton Fassett twists palm leaves to form
rose petals on a crucifix (pictured above)
outside St. Augustine Church on University
Avenue on Sunday afternoon. Fassett is a
familiar sight to members of the church,
sitting under a palm tree in the shade of
the building and using the tree's leaves to
weave his crafts. He offers them to pass-
.ing members of St. Augustine's congrega-
tion after Sunday services every week. He
charges nothing for his work, but accepts
donations. Fassett has been a regular
around the church for three years.
Victims found near.
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"Four-wheeled vehicles can't even get though the area,"
Livoti said. "It's not a well-defined camping area."
Marion County officials will be working closely with
Alachua County sheriffs to investigate the case.
"Hopefully we have enough physical evidence between
the two agencies and we'll get a resolution quickly," said
Alachua County Sheriff's Office spokesman Keith Faulk.
One of Peck's neighbors, local tattoo artist Josh Oshier,
said police came to his apartment and questioned him
about the killings.
Santa Fe Community College will conduct two informa-
tion and counseling meetings today at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. in
Wattenbarger Building S, Room 329, at the Northwest cam-
pus. Larry Keen, assistant to SFCC President Jackson Sasser,
said the last time the college held similar meetings was after
a faculty member was killed on campus in 2004 during the
Fall semester. He said President Sasser sent his condolences
to the victim's families.
"We've begun to discuss some kind of memorial ser-
vice," Keen said. "But first we are contacting the families to
see what their wishes are."
The Ocala National Forest is known for having previous
incidents that are similar to Peck and Parker's case. Over
the years, police have often conducted searches through the
forest for missing people feared to be dead.
In 1966, two women went missing while visiting
Alexander Springs. They were never found.
In 1994, 18-year-old Florida State University student
John Edwards was killed and his sister was raped in the
park. The murderer was caught and sentenced to death.
Police are searching for a 1997 redJeep Cherokee, license
plate H79YXX, that they believe belonged to one of the
Anyone with information about Peck and Parker should
call Crime Stoppers anonymously at (352) 368-STOP or
Keith Faulk at (352) 367-4041.
16, ALLIGATOR E MONDAY, JANUARY 9,2006
Bicycle taxi service saves sloshed students
By MEGAN DAVIS
Alligator Contributing Writer
After enjoying some
Jagermeister and a few bottles
of Bud Light at a Gainesville
bar one Saturday evening, UF
students Jesse Hoyer and Matt
Boomershine headed out the door
for a pizza and ended up com-
Fortunately, salvation ap-
peared in the form of a bicyclist
pulling a seat on wheels. Hoyer
and Boomershine opted to forget
their hunger pains and hitch a
ride back to the bar on the pedi-
cab,, also known as a bike taxi.
"It was definitely safer than
walking back on foot because I
probably would've gotten hit by
a car," Hoyer said. "We had a
Joshua Musinski, owner
of Gainesville Bike Taxi, pro-
vides people like Hoyer and
Boomershine with rides around
town nearly every weekend of
the year. Most passengers travel
to and from local clubs, but some
ask for rides to the grocery store,
a football game or even the hos-
Drivers operate on tips, usu-
ally between $5 and $20, but will
set a minimum rate for distances
beyond downtown Gainesville.
Musinski has been in the bike
taxi business since 2003. The 26-
year-old started Gainesville Bike
Taxi in 2004 and now manages
about five other pedicab drivers
in addition to driving his own.
"I really love the interactive
quality of it how you have to
always be paying attention and
commanding the road," he said.
He said he is comforted by
Tim Hussin / Alligator Start
Josh Musinski, owner of Gainesville Bike Taxi, gives his passenger a ride downtown Saturday night.
Musinski's service'offers students an alternative to facing traffic in downtown Gainesville on the week-
knowing that he prevents many
potentially dangerous situations.
Many people who request a lift
are too drunk to drive, ride their
bicycle or walk.
However, inebriated custom-
ers still must behave appropri-
ately. Musinski said he does not
tolerate name-calling or groping
during the ride.
About three months ago,
Musinski was transporting a
rowdy group to a bar downtown
when they started shouting racist
comments to Arab students walk-
ing by. Musinski said he immedi-
ately stopped the pedicab, refused
to take the group any farther and
charged them $20 for their offen-
"I really like kicking people off
the bike taxi when it's required,"'
Gainesville residents are not
the only ones who reap the ben-
efits of bike taxis. Musinski said
pedicabs have become especially
popular in the United States dur-
ing the past few years for cost and
congestion reasons. Pedicabs take
up much less space on the road,
and pedaling is more economi-
cal and environmentally friendly
than using a fuel-powered ve-
Musinski said he has not had
any accidents since he began
driving bike taxis in Gainesville
and only knows of one incident
that occurred with another driver
prior to 2003.
Joe Daley, vice president of
Palm Imports in Daytona Beach,
manufactures pedicabs and said
he has not received complaints
From customers regarding safety
"We've got them in use all over
E M E E
Hours of Operation: 9
p.m. to about 3 a.m.,
Thursday, Friday and
Saturday. A ride can also
Sbe requested on any day
by calling ahead of time.
SContact: Joshua Musinski
S at 630-362-3509 or .
l Typical Pick-up Location:
University Avenue near
SMain Street, downtown
S clubs and parking lots
SCost: Based on tips for
Sides around downtown
S Suggested Tip: $5-20
SA minimum tip is set for
rides to UF or farther.
Jennifer LaBrie/ Alligator Staff
the country without problems,"
Bike taxis have been used in
China since the 16th century, he
said. However, they are known
as rickshaws and require a person
on.foot to pull a cart full of pas-
Bike taxis are used most of-
ten around the United States to
transport people from a parking
lot to an arena, as is usually the
case in Orlando, Daley said. But
the versatile vehicles have other
"Believe it or not, in Arkansas
there's a designated pedicab park-
ing area at the mall," he said.
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Rush week pushed back
* FRATERNITY RECRUITING BEGINS
By KYLIE CRAIG
Students hoping to receive a bid from a UF
fraternity will have to wait an extra week this
The Interfratemity Council will begin
Spring rush week Jan. 17, one week later than
Spring rush traditionally begins the first
week of classes.
A recruitment forum will be held
Wednesday for fraternity hopefuls at 8 p.m. in
the Rion Ballroom B of the Reitz Union.
IFC Vice President of Membership Brian
Galgay said recruitment week will be post-
poned so that students who attend the forum
will have a week to decide whether or not
Greek life is for them.
"We're providing the potential recruits
with time to reflect," Galgay said. "With that,
they're armed and equipped to make the best
A tabling session featuring representatives
from all 25 IFC chapters will take place imme-
diately following the forum. There, students
can learn more about the organizations and
hear what each has to offer.
Recruitment week will officially begin the
afternoon of Jan. 17. Potential members can
visit any IFC chapter house for lunch, dinner
or evening events.
During the week, students may be offered a
bid from any of the fraternities they
Greek visit. They can accept or turn these
-" '. down at any time during the week.
The decision to accept a bid and
pledge must be made'by the night of Jan. 21.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon recruitment chair
Bryan Tudeen said he feels the extra time will
help recruitment week run more smoothly.
"It gives the fraternities a week to prepare
for rush with everyone in town," Tudeen said.
However, Tudeen said ending the week-
long event Saturday instead of Friday will be
Galgay said the number of students who go
through recruitment week in the Spring is usu-
ally half of that in the Fall.
For more information and a recruitment ap-
plication, students can visit the IFC Web site at
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Wood rot leads to construction at Gainesville Place
Andy Apicella / Alligator Staff
Residents of Gainesville Place Apartments are facing damage to their
porches from rotting wood. Construction crews are working daily to fix the
By NICK PATRICK
Alligator Contributing Writer
Sleeping peacefully, UF
senior Naomi Davies was sud-
denly awakened by a loud
thump followed by a picture
frame hitting her in the leg.
A construction crew was
working on Davies's rotting
porch at Gainesville Place
Apartments, part of a larger
effort to correct water damage
and rotting wood discovered
shortly after the property was
purchased last May, said Eric
Blevins, director of operations
for Paradigm Properties.
"All the wood in the porches
was completely rotted," Davies
said. "They tore the whole thing
down and rebuilt all three sto-
ries over the span of about a
The damage was discovered
during minor repairs over the
summer; Blevins said.
"We were doing some minor
trim work after we acquired the
property when we started no-
ticing the deteriorated wood,"
he said. "We were as much in
shock as anybody."
The property's previous
owner, Place Properties, could
not be reached for comment.
Blevins said experts were
brought in immediately to as-
sess the damage and begin
planning the repair work, but
the job turned out to be more
than Paradigm anticipated.
"The level of wood rot was
unprecedented," he said. "Some
of the affected buildings were
only three and four years old."
The exact cause of the dam-
age has not been determined,
but Paradigm believes the re-
pairs will correct the problems,
"I'm glad they took care
of a problem that needed
attention, but the 8 a.m.
calls got really old."
"I believe we reacted fast
and appropriately," he said.
"We took every measure to fix
the problems the quickest way
and the right way."
While the repair of the rot-
ted porches is a relief, the
construction still made for an
uncomfortable Fall semester,
said Ashley Pennington, a UF
"I'm glad they took care of
a problem that needed atten-
tion, but the 8 a.m. jackhammer
wake-up calls got really old,"
In addition to the noise,
the porch construction also
resulted in a major water leak,
"We're on the first floor, so
the second-story porch had al-
ways shielded our living room
window from the weather," she
said. "After the porches were
gone, the water just started
pouring in because the window
wasn't sealed correctly."
Maintenance workers quick-
ly resealed the window, but the
water had already started flood-
ing the living room, Pennington
"The carpet was soaked.
The wall was stained, and our
couches could have been ruined
if we hadn't gotten home in
time to see the leak," she said.
Despite the hassles of the
construction, Pennington said
she believes Paradigm reacted
appropriately to the problem
"Construction is always an
inconvenience, but you don't
want the porch upstairs to fall
on top of you," she said. "You
can't have it both ways."
Some of the buildings were
damaged more severely than
"They told us that the wood
rot was so bad that the balco-
nies had pulled away from the
wall," said Danann Dittbenner,
a UF sophomore.
Workers have boarded up
the doors leading to the affected
porches, and residents were ad-
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MONDAY, JANUARY 9, 2006 E ALLIGATOR, 21
U For Rent
4/4 Townhome for Fall
Across from UF
W/D, Alarm, DW .
From $550 per BR suite
Open Weekends 371-0769
Studio and 1BRs From $529
Across From UF, Pets Ok.
Laundry on Site, Wood Floors Avail
Open Weekends 371-7777
LIVE STUDY PLAY
Luxury 1/1, 2/2 flats & 3BR/3BATownhomes
Free Cable w/ HBO/Sho, Tan, 24 hr gym,
Aerobics, W/D, Gated, Pet Friendly, Alarms
*The Laurels, 335-4455*
NOW LEASING FOR JANUARY
1 br for $609 or 3br/2ba for $880
Great location Spacious Incl some utils
Alarms, park FREE @ UF, Pets welcome
**Summer Leases Avail.***
2 & 3 Bdrm Twnhms
Luxury/Gated Cable w/HBO
Tanning*Gym*Comp. Lab*Dog Park
Call for specials 377-2801
-1BR & 2BR BEAUTIFUL**
NEW kitchen, tile, carpet, paint
3BR/2BA Flats 00 $839/mo
2BR/2BA Flats 00 $725/mo
2BR- over 1100 sq ft ** $725/ mo
1BR-over 800 sq ft 00 $625/mo
Close to UF, beautiful, quiet
High-speed wireless internet
$450 deposit 0 376-2507
Its Never Too Early!
Huge 2 and 3 Beds for January!
Cable W/D Pool Gym Pets Ok
Pre-leasing for 2006! 372-8100
l FFor Rent
Affordable, Quiet living
HUGE 1& 2BR* Pool
Skylights* 1.5 miles to UF
Furn Avail 377-7401*
Avail for Current and Fall
Pool*Tennis Cts*1.5 Mi 2 UF
Ind lease, Fum & Util Avail
Great Specials*377-7401 4-26-72-2
CLOSE TO CAMPUS
3BR/1BA Duplex $600
MITCHELL REALTY 374-8579x1 4-26-72-2
*Large affordable apartments*
2/2.5 & 4/2.5 TH wWV/D. No pet restrictions!
Pool, Gym, B-ball, Tennis, Racquetball, UF
parking. Available Jan 2006 @ (352) 332-
Going, Going, GONEI!
2BR/1BA only $675
Spacious floor plan, Quiet atmosphere
Move in TODAY! 376-1248
60 Sec. walk to UF. 1 or 2 rooms. Short
term avail. $350 & up. Call 352-538-2181
BIG & CHEAP
2/1.5 apt 1100 sq. ft. $595
3/2 apt 1300.sq ft $695
1800 NW4th St. Over 20 houses also avail.
INDIVIDUAL AND SEMESTER LEASES
AVAILABLE FOR THE WINTER SEASON
Convenient UF access $375 to $620/mo
Action Real Estate Services 352-331-1133
Great homes for rent in the
UF area! 352-692-3800
One mile to campus & Shands 2BR/1.5BA
Avail. Aug. 1st Wood floors, W/D, DW, clean,
no pets, sm, 1038,SW 6th Dr. $600/mo
U For Rent
Close in. Lots of green space. Large 4BR/
2BA Home Screen porch. No pets. $800/MO
Call (352)378-9220 or 213-3901 4-26-72-2
2 STORY COUNTRY HOUSE
3BR/2BA, large living rm, separate dining
rm, zoned commercial, ideal home/office on
SWWilliston Rd. near ShandsNA. $875. Call
Kathy 215-1728, Lisa 372-9000 1-20-17-2
*CONDOO 3BR/3BAfurn, pool, tennis, bus
rte, W/D, fridge, Oaks Mall near. lyr+ $1100/
mo, OHOMEO 3BR/2BA 1 car garage,
fireplace, gorgeous 1+ acres, young prof,
area $1350/mo. Trippe Realty 538-1133.
1BR apts near UF & downtown start
$395/mo. Available now. Call 371-32
Cute downtown 2BR/1BA bungalow w/
fireplace, W/D, DW, screen porches, garden,
carport, free parking and has natural gas!
$950/mo + util, 1st mo + $500 sec dep. 352-
2 ROOMS AVAILABLE in 3BR/2BA house 12
mi to UF & 5 min to SFCC. Pets welcome,
quiet area $400/mo each incl utils & hi speed
internet. Prefer F, NS. Call 352-206-0543
CLASSIC REMODELED OLD HOUSE
3/1 + Bonus room, new kitchen, bath, hard-
wood floors. Student Ghetto. Close to UF.
$795 lease. 371-9409 1-25-12-2
Avail Feb. 1st Renovated 4BR/3BA house
2blks from UF. $1250/mo. W/D new appli-
ances & sun room 352-283-2828 1-31-
3 rooms for rent. Short term/spring semester
leases. $250/Mo plus part utilities. Contact
Jen 407-947-9748 1-30-15-2
LET US PAY YOUR BILLS UNTIL FEB 1ST
Large 1 and 2 bedrooms. Free water, sewer,
pest control. Open Saturdays. Ventura Apts.
1902 SW 42nd Way 352-376-5065 2-6-
2BR/1.5BA apt. Recently remodeled. Mill
Run Subdivision. Community pool available.
W/D hook ups. $675/MO Call 352-376-7801
I unfurnished j
Two BRs each w/private. BA in quiet 3 BR
house overlooking pond. Grad/professional.
students 2 blocks to law school/10 mins to
campus (NW 24 Street) $330/mo lease thru
July, Contact Ani (firstname.lastname@example.org) or
Dave (email@example.com) 1-23-10-2
LIVE ON UF LAKE
Pristine Bivens Arm Condo. Huge 2BR/2BA.
Lrg den, 3rd BR hardwood floors, pool incl.
$1200/mo 321-231-1505 1-31-16-2
HALF OFF 1st month's rent. 2/1 Apartment
'on main bus route, across from Butler Plaza.
$500/mo, $500 security. 3829 SW 37th
Street, 352-317-0765 1-23-10-2
3BR/2BA Located directly on 12 bus route
with spacious fenced-in backyard. Willing to
" work with individual leases. Call 352-871-
ting @ 6922 1-23-10-2
Rent cute 3BR/1BA home in NE. Hardwood
floors, tile, carpet, attached laundry w/W/D,
attached enclosed carport w/office, fenced
backyard. $800/mo. 375-1971 1-13-5-2
Great 2/2 house off Millhopper Rd. 1 acre
fenced yard, W/D incl, excellent privacy
$900/month neg. 352-281-7765 1-30-15-2
AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY. Large room
w/pvt BA 6-12 mo lease. Perfect for grad/intl
students. Sparkling furn/unfurn Ig home in
Kirkwood. $350-$450 + uitl. 352-375-6996
or 352-284-0979 2-6-20-2
HAILEY GARDENS 2BR/2.5BA BRAND
NEW CONDO COMMUNITY..CLOSE TO UF,
RESTAURANTS, SHOPPING, BUS & 1-75.
BRAND NEW W/D, PETS NEGOTIABLE.
$900/MO & $1000 SEC. CALL 494-6270
First month's rent free! 2/1 apt behind
Chipolte on NW 15th St. Walking distance to
campus and bars. Pets welcome. W/D facility
and pool. Call Eric 352-514-6190 1-9-15-3
1BR/1BA Vaulted Ceilings W/D Dishwasher
Unfurn. $660/mo. Call 352-359-6615. Avail.
1BR in 3BR/2BA apt. 1 mile to campus.
Fitness etc, tennis, pool. $225/mo + utils.
Avail Dec thru July. Call Marisa @ 404-395-
1/1 AT SUNRISE APTS
$429/MO walk/bike or bus 9,35,36 to UF
Avail. NOW or for JAN FREE. Call Zsolt 352-
256-7662 or Leo 352-372-1894 1-18-10-3
$350 signing bonus. Cambridge at G-ville.
Male for 1BR/1BA in 3BR/3BA. Avail in
spring sem.w/sum opt. Furn, 24hr study rm.
w/hi spd. int. Bus rt 9 & 34. Terrific amenities.
spr $515 all incl, sum $465. 561-368-7361
COLLEGE VIEW 1BR/1BA
walk to UF& the bars! Ground floor, corner,
brick floors, large windows. $540/MO Jan.-
Jul 31. Pets okay. No deposit. Call Chris
1BR in 4BR/4BA apt @ The Estates. 1st
floor, furnished, pool view, utilities included.
$504/mo. Call Brett @ 352-223-9162 1-
FEET FROM LAW SCHOOL!!
1/1 in 3/3 $515/MO Big room, great location!
119 SW25th St. 561-504-5468 1-13-5-3
University Glades. Room for rent in 4BR/
2BA. Utilities and cable included. W/D in unit.
High speed internet. Pool/fitness & tanning.
Males wanted. Call Samantha @ 352-359-
6354 $375/MO 1-18-7-3
Sublease start Feb/March $750/MO 1BR w/
one extra room. OffTower Rd. Call Lauren @
1st MONTH FREE $495/MO sublease w/7
month left @ The Cambridge. Call Marlene
@ 239-290-0585 1-13-5-3
UNIVERSITY COMMONS 1BR in 4BR/2BA
w/sitting room, W/D, fitness ctr., pool, comp.
lab. Close to UF. On bus route. $395/MO
incl. utils. Avail immed. Call 516-931-1361
Room available in Country Gardens
by VA Hospital. $330/MO with $250 deposit
Available now! Please call 646-284-2595
BRAND NEW-OXFORD TERRACE Huge 4/
4 Common rooms beautifully furn. $499/MO
incl. util, internet, W/D. Jan to Aug. Parking
space also available. Helen: 561-213-4854
or firstname.lastname@example.org 1-13-5-3 -
1BR/1BA in 3BR/3BA Oxford Manor Utils.
incl. Furnished except BR. Great amenities &
great bus rte. W/D in unit $440/MO Available
now. Call 386-547-9131 1-30-15-3
Santa Fe Pointe sublease $399/MO com-
pared to $439/mo save $40 every month.
Incldes utilities and HBO one of nicest inte-
riors in Santa Fe Pointe for more 367-0631
4 Blocks to campus. Discounted rent.
Huge room, huge closet, wood floors, pool,
fenced yard. One room in 5BR home. M or
F. Friendly, quiet roommates. Call Cory 904-
Female @ Melrose Apt. 1BR1BA in 4BR/
4BA. W/D in unit. Cable/int/unitl included.
Fitness center, pool, spa, b-ball, v-ball,
tennis, computer & game room. Jan Aug
$367/mo 916-295-4090 1-13-5-3
Female @ The Landings 1BR in 2BR/3BA
lakeview townhouse. 2 mi to UF. Fum except
BR. Balcony, W/D in unit, cable, microwave,
gym, -pool, tanning, sec sys, UF parking
decal incl. Avail Jan-Aug. $421/mo Call 352-
AVAIL NOW!"Sublet 1Br/1BA of 2BR/2BA
$435/mo. ($100 a month off!) Fully fum
The Estates Apts. On 20th St. Many more
perks. If interested, contact Patricia at 863-
528-4670 or email@example.com
HIDDEN LAKE 2BR/2BA 1st mo rent & redoc
fee FREE! Hi-spd int, W/D, DW, TV in ktn,
cable/hbo/showtime, screened porch, free
tanning, pets welcome, gym, pool, 1st floor,
1.5 mi from UF $445.50/rm Call Rebecca
352-267-2423 oir Katie 352-871-5680 1-
Roommate Matching HERE
Oxford Manor 377-2777
The Landings 336-3838
The Laurels 335-4455
Hidden Lake 374-3866
Female roommate for one/two female UF
students. Quiet. Responsible. 60 second
walk to UF. Old house charm with all ameni-
ties. Avail Now. $400 up. 352-538-2181.Lv
message. Private Owner 4-26-72-4
F NS grad/prof needed for 1BR in BRAND
NEW 2/2 condo. 2 mi to UF on bus rte.
W/D. $475 + 1/2 util/mo. Common area
furnished, tile firs. No pets. 904-386-6485 or
ENJOY A ROMANTIC OLD HOUSE
near the Library downtown. $285-$360/rm +
utilities. Free internet access. Short term. No
pets. No smoking. 378-1304 1-13-20-4
Female only 1 room w/screened balcony,
share BA. $275/mo. Located between UF &
SFCC w/ bus route. Close to Mall & NFRMC.
On site W/D, pool, gym, tennis, other ameni-
ties. Sparrow Condo (352) 514-3425 1-
Non-smoking female roommate wanted. Nice
3BR/2BA house. Call Melissa 766-766-5682
for info: Starting Jan. 2006 1-13-10-4
Share 3BR/2BA 1550 sq ft townhome, pvt
bath. Located off Newberry by mall. Modern
updated new furn. W/D, hi-spd inernet, cable,
phone & all utils incl $480/mo. Female only.
Call Helena @ 727-501-5191 1-11-5-4
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22, ALLIGATOR E MONDAY, JANUARY 9,2006
$250 Nice large room in cool house near UF
DSL, W/D, big fenced yard, great studer
roommates, good study atmosphere, flexible
lease 371-9409 1-20-11-4
1 BR1 BA $342/mo
Cable included + 1/2 utilities. W/D, Dec rent
free. Call 352-514-2392 12-7-1-4
Female roommate wanted for 3BR/2BA
new house. Furnished house w/lakeview.
$315/month includes all utilities. Cable int
and basic TV. Call Linda @ 561-843-1886
M/F roommate for 2BR/1.5BA SW43rd St.
Southfork Oaks rent: $390/mo + 1/2 electric.
High speed internet 25/mo. Call Sergei at
Furnished 1BR w/private bath Campus View
Condo. Corner of 13th & Archer. Wireless
internet. All utils included. $465/mo. W/D,
available now. 989-980-2820, 989-362-8490
Need female roommate to share 2BR/1BA
apt. $250/mo + 1/2 utils. Call 256-6389 1-
Ready NOW! M or F to share nice 2/1.5
twnhs w/21yr SF M. W/D, DW, pool on SW
20th Ave. Must see! $350 + 1/2 utils. 352-
Roommate wanted to share 2BR/1 BA house.
Walking distance from campus $300/mo
+ 1/2 utils. Call Alex 682-6691 for details.
Only $300/MO. Walk to UF Private room
& bath. Parking, pool, fully furnished, W/D.
Oakbrook. Female upper division/grad
student. Call 352-284-0859 or Cell 352-371-
2 roommates $85 P/W + utils. Col/TN
MAX/CAB. On bus route. Priv. rooms. Rent
+ util negos. For 1 day work. 376-0384 or
pager 202-7074 for imed. response + info.
1 room available ASAP: Newly renovated
large home 4BR/2BA, deck, hot tub, 1/2
miles from Campus Lodge. Covered carport,
.,400/MWlqhcl. utils. No smoking. 772-631-
1581 firstname.lastname@example.org 1-13-5-4
2BR apt share w/28 yr old male by mall. Own
full bath, walk in closet, fully furn., 60" TV,
pool, gym, smoker ok. Responsible student
or employed F/T. Must have car $400/mo Ist/
last. 352-246-4350, 352-333-9428 1-13-5-4
BR/BA convenient, quiet, park-side, NE
home. Professional or serious massage/grad
student F, N/S, mature, quiet/clean. No pets.
Easy bike/drive to UF/downtown. $550/mo
incl. utils, hi spd i-net. Mary @ 378-3098
Dedicated student to share 2BR/2BA town-
house. Large BR, huge living space, pool,
fireplace. Cable TV, wireless, W/D, utilities
incl. Must be neat & responsible. $450/mo.
352-376-9756. email@example.com 2-6-20-4
**3BR/2.5BA Roommate needed in Cricket
Club. Allergy- free environment. Covered
parking available, on bus rt. Incl. clubhouse,
pool, gym, laundry in gated community. $425/
mo incl. utils. Jodi 494-0405 1-23-10-4
Roommateswanted for 3/2.5 townhouse.near
NW 39th Ave and 42nd St. Pools, tennis, and
DSL. $350 and $380, utilities included. Call
363-0144 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Female roommate wanted
in 3/3 in Rockwood Villas. $500/mo. Available
now! C.l en 954-295-9211 1-13-5-4
1BR/1BA in 3BR/3BA condo $385/mo furni-
ture incl, pvt BA, large closet, W/D, all utils
incl except elec. Between UF & SFCC. Easy
bus access. F, NS preferred. Call 352-872-
6040 email@example.com 1-23-10-4
Need roommates! 4BR/2BA $350 + shared
utilities. Furenished, large clean house
w/huge yard. 10 min from UF High speed
+ cable. ,Girls or guys./ Call Tre at 352-328-
S0l Real Estate
Sell your house, condo, acreage, mobile
home and much more in the ALLIGATOR
CLASSIFIEDS! Reach over 24,000 possible
buyers! Mastercard and Visa accepted'over
the phone. Please Call 373-Find
Quad-, Tri-, or Duplex w/pvt parking, extra
land, 60 sec walk to UF. Exc cond. House
3/4BR, 2BA, wd firs, covered prch, concrete
patio, garage/work-shop. Pvt Owner. 352-
538-2181 Iv mssg 4-26-72-5
NEW PRE-CONSTRUCTION AND
EXISTING CONDOS NEAR UF
AT AFFORDABLE PRICES Visit
www.mattpricerealtor.com or call Today
Matt Price 352-281-3551 Campus Realty
Spectacular university views. Walk to UF &
the stadium. Classic New Orleans appeal
with state-of-the-art luxury. Reserve today.
52 units available. Starting in mid-300's. Call
Eric Wild 870-9453 4-26-72-5
TIRED OF RENTING?
Own your own condo for under $100k.
2BR/1.5BA. New Kitchen &appliances, W/D.
Close to UF. Call Scott @ 352-359-1678 1-
* 2BR/2BA 1226 sq. ft. BRANDYWINE
* 5BR/2.5BA 2000 + sq. ft. HOUSE. Near
NE 16th Ave. with new roof, tiled floors, large
fenced yard. Asking $185k 222-5143
EAST COAST HOME MARINELAND, FL.
Beautiful custom built brick home located 1/4
mile south of Marineland and the University of
Florida's Whitney Laboratory at Marineland.
This wonderful property includes deeded
access to the beach (only 400 ft. From your
driveway) and deeded access to community
fishing dock on intracoastal waterway. Many
upgrades with home including over-size pool,
hardwood floors, skylights, and much more.
Offered at $539,900 contact Danny Green
at Watson Realty (386)445-0135 (386)503-
**WALK TO UF**
from "Jackson Square" Gainesville's hottest
new development. Reserve today. Call Eric
Great homes close to UF
STOP Renting. Buy now.
FREE LIST OF HOMES
Campus Realty Group 4-26-72-5
For sale- beautiful- 2BR/1.5BA 1988 manu-
factured home in Oak Park Village. Very
clean asking only $8,000 Call 863-441-
0969 ASAP 1-23-10-5
Casablanca East 2BR/2.5BA 1,088 sq. ft.
Carpet, & tile, new ref & dw, ceiling fans'
screened porch, internal laundry room.
Partially furnished. 5 min from UF $143,900.
BED-Queen, orthopedic, extra thick, pillow-
top, mattress & box. Name brand, new, still
in plastic. Sacrifice $110. Call 352-372-7490
will deliver. 4-26-72-6
BED FULL SIZE ORTHOPEDIC Pillow-top
mattress & box. New, unused, still in plastic
w/warranty. Can deliver. Sacrifice $85. Call
MICROFIBER SOFA& LOVESEAT
Brand new still packaged w/warranty. Must
sell. Can deliver. Retail $2300. Sacrifice
$550 352-372-7490 4-26-72-6
BED King Pillowtop mattress & box springs.
Orthopedic rated. Name brand, new, never
been used, in plastic with ,warranty. Sell
$170. Call 352-372-8588 Can deliver. 4-
CHERRY SLEIGH BED solid with Pillowtop
Mattress & Box. All new still boxed. Cost
$1500, sacrifice $550 352-333-7516
Sofa $185 Brand new in pkg 333-7516
J U l Furnishings
BEDROOM SET. 7pc Cherry, Queen/ king
bed, dresser w/mirror, 2 nightstands, chests
avail. Dovetail const. New, in boxes. Can de-
liver. Retail $6500, must sell, sacrifice $1400
(352) 372-7490 4-26-72-6
SOFA & LOVESEAT 100% Italian leather.
Brand new in plastic w/warranty. Retail
$2650. Sacrifice .$750. Call 352-377-9846
DINING ROOM Beautiful cherry set w/table,
6 Chippendale chairs, hutch & buffet. New,
still in boxes. Retail $5200, sacrifice $1100.
Must sell. Can deliver. 352-372-8588 4-26-
FUTON Solid oak mission-style frame w/
mattress. New, in box. $160 332 9899
DINETTE SET 5pc $85 Brand new in box.
Never used. 352-377-9846 4-26-72-6
Beds, Futons, Furniture, King Sealy sets
$299; new sofas for $299; oak futons $169;
sofa & loveseat $399; dinettes, desks, all
on sale *New Location* 140 NW 6th St
Morrells Furniture Outlet. 352-378-3400
**BEDS -ALL BRAND NEW"*
Orthopedic pillow-top sets.
**Full-$100 Queen-$130 King-$195**
Wholesale Warehouse. AS SEEN ON TV.
Low overhead HUGE savings! Brand New
Name Brand Sets! Don't be fooled by other
ads. Cheaper price means cheaper product!
CALL BRIAN 4-26-72-6
Bed All New Queen orthopedic pillow-top
mattress & box set. Still in plastic with war-
ranty. Can Deliver. $130 (352) 264-9799
Bed $100All New Full size orthopedic mat-
tress set. Brand new, still, in plastic, w/ war-
ranty. Can Deliver.352-376-1600 4-26-72-6
BEDROOM SET $395 BRAND NEW! Still
in boxes! HB, 2NS, Dresser, Mirror...chest
avail. Must see to appreciate! Can Deliver
Dinette Set $125 Brand New 5 pc set in
box, never used! Can Deliver 494-0333
Sofa $225 BRAND NEW! MICROFIBER!
Still in package! Will sell with loveseat $395
for set! Can Del. 376-1600
FUTON-$100- BRAND NEW Futon mat-
tress, still in package! Sold with oak Futon,
both for $170. Can Deliver 352-494-0333
Pool Table Gorgeous 8' All wood table.
Leather pockets, Italian 1" slate, carved
legs. Br. New still in crate. Cost $4,500. Sell
$1,350. Can Deliver. 264-9799 4-26-72-6
Hot Tub/Spa $1795.00 Brand New Loaded!
Waterfall, LED lights, cup-holders, 110v en-
ergy efficient with warranty. Free Delivery.
**BEDS ALL BRAND NEW**
"Full $90 Queen $110 King $170"
Orthopedic pillow-top sets. Brand name
matching sets not used or refurbished. Still
in plastic, direct from factory! 352-333-7516.
BED- QUEEN New orthopedic pillowtop mat-
tress and boxspring set. Brand name, brand
new, still in plastic with warranty. Can deliver.
$115 352-377-9846. 4-26-72-6
J nl Furnishings
Bed-All New King! 3pc Orthopedic pillowtop
mattress set. Brand NEW, still in plastic with
warranty. Can deliver. $170 352-333-7516.
Bedroom Set- $325 BRAND NEW. Still
in boxes! 6 pieces include: Headboard, 2
Nightstands, Dresser, Mirror, Chest. Must
Sell, can deliver. 352-377-9846. 12-7-72-6
Futon $160 Solid Oak Mission Style with
plush mattress. All brand NEW still in box.
Can deliver. 352-333-7516 4-26-72-6
Pool Table Gorgeous 8" All wood table.
Leather pockets, Italian 1" slate, carved legs.
Brand new still in crate. MUST SELL Retail
$5500. Sell $950. Can deliver 352-377-9846
Hot Tub/Spa $1295 Brand New Loaded!
Waterfall, LED lights, cupholders, 110-v
energy efficient with warranty. Free delivery,
MUST SELL 352-372-8588 4-26-72-6
Bed-FULL size pillowtop mattress & box.
New, in plastic, warr. Can del. $90 317-4031
Sofa $185 Brand new! Love seat $150 still in
pkg. Can del 352-333-7516
FUTONS BEDS FURNITURE
LOW PRICES & LARGE SELECTION
Dumas Discount 371-4422 1201 E. Univ. Av.
New Used 0 Buy Sell 4-26-72-6
For sale Sharp microwave $30.00 Black
leather couch/loveseat $250.00 set.
Refrigerator $125.00 Computer desk $50.00
Please call 352-331-5016 1-11-3-6
Full size bed $60, dorm fridge $45, dining
room table w/4 chairs $75, dresser w/mirror
$75, 25" remote TV $50, Call 335-5326 1-
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USED BUILDING MATERIALS
Doors, Oak Chair Rail, Light Fixtures from
University Centre Hotel. Ken @ 352-359-
** SCOOTERS **
RPM MOTORCYCLES INC
SALES, SERVICE, PARTS
Many Brands Available 518 SE 2nd St.
534 SW 4th Ave. Largest Selection of
E-bikes, Scooters, Accessories and more!!
Best Prices and Customer Service!!
Scooters from $699. Largest selection
KYMCO, Vento, Hyosung, Keen & many
others. Financing avail. 3550 SW 34th St.
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CASH PAID for MOTORCYCLES
SCOOTERS, or dirt bikes in ANY condition,
Running or not. titles or not. Prompt pick up.
Call ANYTIME: 352-441-0442
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Best prices in Gainesville. Will beat all Gville
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44 years old (05/19/61)
5'08, 180 LBS.,
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2 violations of probation warrants
for battery and violation of pretrial
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SCOOTER, 50cc, SUZUKI
POWERED 2005 Oil injection, lots of stor-
age. Over 100 mpg. Park anywhere. ONLY
$795 262-4673 1-23-35-11
2003 Honda CBR600RR Custom paint and
exhaust 5079 mi. Some scratches but never
laid down. $6200. Call Miranda at 239-872-
49cc Scooter. Excellent condition. 2900
mi. Unrestricted. Top speed 42-45mph.
$1150/080. Contact Adam 352-494-3581
KAWASAKI NINJA 500R 2004 Brand new
bike, only 64miles, absolutely gorgeous, per-
fect condition only $3950 Call 352-262-4673
YAMAHA VIRAGO 250 CLONE V-TWIN
2004 Brand new bike, only $2495. Excellent
beginner bike. Call 262-4673 1-13-5-11
HONDA CBR929 2001 FUEL INJECTED
Low miles. Extremely fast, new tires. Yellow
and black. Mechanically perfect, cosmeti-
cally good. Only $4500. Call 262-4673
SUZUKI GS500E 1992 2 into 1 header. Runs
awesome, cosmetically -fair. Dependable,
economical transportation. Only $995. Call
HONDA 750 SHADOW 2003 V-twin, water
cooled. FACTORY WARRANTY. Only 5000
miles. Candy apple red with factory flame
job. Cobra pipes, new tires, absolutely mint.
Only $4950 Call 262-4673 1-13-5-11
2005 X-PEED SCOOTER like new with only
66 miles. 49cc air-cooled engine with electric
and kick starter, sleek design, 12 inch wheels
and a large helmet compartment. Must sell
$1100. Call 352-216-8182 1-12-4-11
2 USED, VERUCCI SCOOTERS for sale.
$500 & $800. 4-stroke, electric start & igni-
tion. 80-100-mpg. 45-50 mph. Yellow. Call
I I Autos
FAST CASH PAID FOR ANY CAR*
ORunning or not!*
*NEED HONDA, TOYOTA, PICKUPS
*Over 10 yr svc to UF students
*Call Don @ 215-7987 4-26-72-12
CARS -CARS Buy*Sell*Trade
Clean BMW, Volvo, Mercedes
Toyota, Honda, Nissan cars
3432 N Main St. www.carrsmith.com
CARRSMITH AUTO SALES 373-1150
For CARS, TRUCKS & MOTORCYCLES
Buy, Sell or Trade 1992 & up only
Call Ray 352-284-8619
OVER 50 IMPORTS UNDER $10,000
SELECT MOTOR CAR
THE YELLOW BUILDING
2715 N MAIN 377-1616
$500! POLICE IMPOUNDS!
HONDAS, CHEWS, TOYOTAS, ETC.
For listings 800-749-8116 ext' 4622 4-26-
2003 Hyundai Accent, White 4 door, auto-
matic, AC/PW/PDL, new tires, recent tune
up, CD player, excellent gas mileage, 58k
highway miles, still under warranty $6500
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2003 Hyundai Accent White 4 door
Automatic, AC/PW/PDL, new tires recent
tune up, CD player, excellent gas mileage,
58K highway miles, still under warranty
$6500 obo (352)494-6244 .-113-5-12
1997 Mercury Mountaineer 4 door pw and
locks leather, AC, very clean $5000 352-258-
THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
NEEDS VOLUNTEER DRIVERS
Transport patients to/from treatments
Must have valid driver's license,
safe driving record & attend training session.
Call 352-376-6866 ext 114 for more info.
On-going volunteer needed: Blind lady
needs trans on Sundays only to Mass @
Queen of Peace Catholic Church or St.
Augustine Catholic Church. For more info
call 219-6948. I live in the Tower Rd area.
Gardening Companion, wanted for blind lady
on Saturday mornings would need transpor-
tation to go to Angel Gardens hopefully living
in the Tower Road area. Call 352-219-6948
On going volunteer needed: Blind lady need
trans on Sundays only to Mass @ Queen
of Peace Catholic Church or St. Augustine
Catholic Church. For more info. call 219-
6948 I live in the Tower Rd. area
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100% FREE to join. Click on Surveys.
$7.50/hr ($8 Bi-lingual) + BONUS
Apply @ UF Survey Research Center
M-F 9am-9pm 408 W University Ave.
Suite 106, Tel. 392-2908 x105
Must work eve/wknd
$10- 15/Hour DRIVERS
$6.15- $7.15/Hour INSIDERS
Apply online at www.gatordominos.com
Or at any of the 6 locations. 4-26-72-14
Park Place Car Wash is looking for hard
workers for all positions. Manager. Detailer.
Cashiers (fullday availability) & Lineworkers.
(AM 8:30-1) & (PM 12-6). Apply: 7404 NW
4th Blvd. Across from Home Depot.. No
phone calls please. 1-31-16-14
COMPETITIVE YOUTH .SOCCER
COACHES Req. coaching license or 3-5
years exp. & ability to make 2 yr comittment.
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org 2-
HEALTH & FITNESS COMPANY
Top 50 year US company expanding in US
& globally, Asian marketing. Benefits, flexible
schedule, PT/FT. 373-5295 1-23-19-14
RGIS INVENTORY SPECIALIST
* Year-round hourly work
* No Experience Necessary
* $8 an hour to start
Apply online at RGISINV.COM or
by phone at 1-888-242-RGIS 1-17-15-14
AFTER-SCHOOL CARE. 3 bright, creative
kids 6, 8, 9. Need car w/3back seatbelts,
refs & no cat allergies. 3:45-6pm. Mop-Fri.
Homework, trampoline, bikes. 373-7899.
COOKS & SERVERS
Apply between 2 & 4, Mon-Fri. CALICO
JACK'S.3501 SW 2nd Ave. Creekside Mall
Coming January NAPOLATANOS will re-
open & be hiring all positions. Waitpersons,
Cooks, Hosts, Dishwasher, Delivery Drivers,
Asst Mgrs. Send resumes w/ cover letter of
availability to 606 NW 75th St. G'ville 32608.
Private dance co. Great for students. Great
pay, fast cash & flexible hours. Call to start
today! 378-3312 1-11-5-14
CHILD CARE needed in my home. Dec 12-
16th, 8am to 4pm. ALSO child care starting
Jan 3rd. Must have own transportation & ref-
erences req. Love of children a must. $8/hr.
Call 494-7705 1-13-6-14
Apply online to restaurants, hotels & clubs
in the Gainesville area. We need servers,
cooks, drivers and more. 1-31-17-14
MECHANICAL ENGINEERING TECH
Ana.apply & desg syst. To solve auto mech.
Probl/Support tech. Booklet transl./develp.of
equip. syst. Functionality/Calc.& build-up
equip, servc. Cost with parts and labor
dept./guidance of adjust ..of auto. To intl.
mkts. REQ: A.A in Engineering or equivi.
Bilingual. Knowledge & exp. in Auto.Mech.
terming. and codes. SEND resume: ALL
PRO AUTO GROUP, LLC, 42222NW. 13TH
St. GAINESVILLE,FL,32069 1-9-2-14
GATOR DOMINO'S is now hiring delivery ex-
perts & outgoing, friendly customer svc rep-
resentatives. Apply online or at our Jonesville
location at 14300 W. Newberry Rd. No exp
necessary. Will train the right people!
$100 EACH NIGHT Guaranteed
13th St. Domino's now hiring 10 drivers.
Closing drivers earn $100 to $125 each
night. Apply @ 2106 SW 13th St. 373-2337
HIRING EXCELLENT NOTETAKERS
in UF's 50 most popular classes. Apply in
person located across from The Swamp, 2
doors north of the Pita Pit in the UF Plaza.
Interviews only. Also hiring office help. Editing
skills & multi-tasking a must. 1-20-9-14
COLD STONE CREAMERY will soon
audition happy, energetic Scoopers for its
Newberry Road and Archer Road stores.
Earn $8.50 + while having fun! Positions be-
gin immediately. Choose either Gainesville
location when you apply on our web site.
Visit ColdStoneCreamery.com, then go
to Creamery and choose Job Center (ap-
plications only; include email address. NO
RESUMES.). Nights and weeke&s- a must.
18+ only. 1-13-5-14
MS office skills required
Jackson Industries LLC
4001 Newberry Road, E4
LEGAL ASSISTANT FOR P/I Law Office.
Will train bright, energetic, recent college
grad. Fax resume to Jerry 352-335-2272
Homework tutor needed for 13 year old
male with history of closed head injury and
processing problems. Needs help with 7th
grade homework. Tues-Thurs. 4-6 $7/hr +
gas allowance. Ref. required 386-984-0278
1 on 1 tutoring at-risk elementary students
Mon thru Thurs. Call for schedule. 15 min
drive from campus. $9/hr Federal Work
Study students only. Contact Sally @ 352-
384-1155 or email@example.com 1-12-4-14
***WEB GURU NEEDEDI**e
html, css; php, sql, graphic design exp a
must. Students welcome. Flexible work env.
Call Adrian 305-851-8232 1-13-5-14
Small downtown non-profit looking for part-
time (15-20hrs/wk) receptionist/pokeeper.
Flexible weekday hours. $8/hour. Send in-
quiries firstname.lastname@example.org 1-13-5-14
Law student- legal research- con law is-
sue- good pay- own hours -$500 bonus 4
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*Seven weeks -
*Room and Board Included
Get Paid to Play!
The Florida Elks Youth Camp (FEYC) needs
male and female Summer Camp Counselors
ages 18 and up. FEYC is an overnight camp
located off of Highway 450 in Umatilla, FL
The camp runs June 5-July22 Please contact
Krys Ragland at 1-800-523-1673 ext 251 or
352-669-9443 ext 251 4-26-72-14
PT DATA ENTRY CLERK NEEDED
for local insurance office. Flexible hours.
Please fax resume to 352-338-4480
Babysitter Wanted For Afterschool,
3-6 M-F Please call 335-7835 Transportation
Local mailer needs reliable individual.
Flexible hours thorough perception of
Microsft Excel required. Call Tito 9AM -
NOON 377-8400 or Fax resume to 377-0691
PT help needed at horse farm. Duties in-
clude feeding, cleaning stalls, turnout, and
basic care. Must be responsible and have
prior experience with horses. Afternoons
and weekends. Please call 352-472-2991
Help wanted-technical writer for help ori-
ented web-site-auto, appliances etc. Work in
domestic tranquility. Potential extensive proj-
ect. Send resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
TWO INTERNS NEEDED
One asst. project manager.
One web designer.
Call 352-316-9626 1-13-5-14
for 3 children (8,5 &1) Must sit all home foot-
ball games and be willing to travel. Please
call Michelle @ 373-0448 1-11-3-14
Gator Diniig Services, located on the UF
Campus, is looking for experienced, profes-
sional waitstaff for a new bistro. Must have
exceptional customer service skills and a
knowledge of wines. Pay is based on experi-
ence, we offer competitive benefits and a
great working environment. Apply online at
www.gator dining.com 1-23-10-14
Gator Dining services, located on the UF
campus, is looking for experienced, profes-
sional full and part time bartenders, Must
have exceptional customer service skills and
a knowledge of wines. Pay is based on ex-
perience, we offer competitive benefits and
a great working environment. Apply online at
Classic Fare Catering located on the UF
Campus is looking for banquet staff and
supervisors. Flexible hours, competitive pay
and a great working environment. No experi-
ence necessary we will train. Apply in person
at the Classic Fare Catering Office Located
on the first floor of Reitz Union or apply on-
line atwww.gatordining.com 1-23-10-14
FOOD SERVICE JOBS
Gator Dining Services located on the UF
Campus is hiring for supervisors, cashiers,
cooks, line servers, and dishwashers. Flex
hours, competitive pay and a great working
environment. Apply at Gator Dining Services.
B73 Reitz Union, Museum Rd. or online at
Gator Dining Services needs experienced
professionals day, night and weekend
positions. Pay based on experience, flex-
ible hours. Apply at Gator Dining Services,
B73 Reitz Union, Museum Rd. or online at
MELTING POT Help wanted for dishwasher/
food prep. FIT or P/T evening only. Starting
at $7.00 n hour. Apply within M-Th..1-3pm
@ 418 East University Ave. 1-19-8-14
PTT web developer. Profitable, growing,
Gainesville Technology company seeks a
self-motivated P/Tweb developer to develop/
maintain website and visitor tracking; de-
velop flash animations/application. Requires
Submit resume to email@example.com
THE GREATEST SUMMER OF YOUR LIFE
IS COMING TO UF
Camp Pontiac, a premier co-ed overnight
camp, located in New York State, is looking
for fun, enthusiastic and mature individuals
who can teach and assist in all areas of
athletics, aquatics, the arts, or as a general
Wednesday, February 1st, 2006
10:00 AM -' 5:00 PMPlease e-mail:
Staff@camppontiac.com to set up an inter-
view or call us at 516-626-7668
Sun Country Sports is hiring. Gymnastics,
Dance, Rock Wall and After School
Instructors. Apply in person. 4010 NW 27
Lane or 333 SW 140 Terrace 1-23-10-14
OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR needed. Great
opportunity, great salary, potential for growth,
gatorfood.com is looking for motivated, re-
sponsible, personable people. For more info
call David 379-3663 2-6-20-14
Earn between $10-$20/hr! Gatorfood.com.
Flexible Schedule. Great Opportuntiy. For
info contact Meghan 379-3663 2-6-20-14
SECRETARY NEEDED. Gatorfood.com
is looking for personable, responsible, en-
thusiastic, fun .people. Customer svc. exp.
helpful. For more info. Call David 379-3663
PART TIME GENERAL OFFICE 6-10 hours
on weekends. Micanopy area. Contact Court
Video for more information 352-466-1105
VIDEOGRAPHER as needed days. Shoot
video for use in the court room. Must have
own camera or experience w/ video camera.
Call Court Video for more information 352-
RECEPTIONIST/ FILE CLERK
PTtemp, 10-15hrs/wk. $7/hr.Apply in person.
North Florida Psychological 2711 NW 6th St.
bet 10 & 2. Call 371-3037 1-13-5-14
CHILDRENS/MATERNITY STORE Part time
customer service help needed. Must have re-
tail exp. Must work well w/children. Weecycle
5240 NW 34th St. 352-376-2212
Salon coordinator. Escape Day Spa & Hair
Studio P/T employee needed, to book appts.,
answer telephones & perform office duties.
Fax resume to 352-335-2445 or Call 352-
RECEPTIONIST Telephone & lobby recep-
tion for small 6 business office suite. F/T or
P/T, M-F. Good people skills. Clerical incl.
Basic pc. Light cleaning. $7.00+/hr. Fax re-
sume to 331-1767 1-13-5-14
Tues only 8:30-5PM Reliable female. Call
Need barista trainee for.busy espresso bar
near Oaks Mall. Good pay and training.
Email contact info w/work reference, dates,
& contacts to: firstname.lastname@example.org 1-
Build a home business with Arbonne's pure
& safe Health and Wellness products. Make
your own schedule, be your own boss,
and training. Call 407-687-6592, email
Gainesville family looking for a student to
take care of a delightful one year old boy. 2 or
4 days a week 9AM-5PM, MTW or F Car and
license required. $10/hr Call Anastasia 352-
256-6004 or email email@example.com
MARIO & LUIGI'S PIZZA Now hiring
Flyer Distributors $7.50/hr, Drivers $10-
12/hr, Pizzamakers $7/hr Apply at 3458 W.
University Ave. Call 376-6433 or 871-3368
AFTER SCHOOL CARE 3 bright, creative
kids:6,8,9. Need car with 3 back seatbelts,
references, no cat allergies. 3:45-6PM M-F.
Homework, trampolines, bikes. 373-7899
SWEET JOB! Thornebrooke Chocolates is
hiring Sales Asst. PT/FT Only responsible
hard-working, people-friendly people need
apply. No calls please. Apply in person 2441
NW43rd St., Suite 11B 1-13-5-14
SCHOOL BOARD OF ALACHUA COUNTY
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM VARIOUS
*ACTIVITY LEADERS- $10/HR-Bach.
Desired or successful exp. or training work-
*AIDE -$7.84/hr- HS or equiv. exp as
teacher aide or combo of training and exp.
Hours required- M,T,Th,F- 1:45-5:30, Wed
DRUG TESTING REQUIRED-
BACKGROUND CHECK CONDUCTED-AA/
EOE CALL 955-7766 FOR INFORMATION.
Submit application, resume, 3 reference let-
ters & transcript to SBAC Personnel, 620 E
University Ave. 1-13-5-14
Energetic serious, hardworking individuals
to assist customers with high quality sporting
goods merchandise. We're looking for the
best. Full and part time opportunities. No
phone calls. Min. 1 year commitment. Lloyd
Clarke Sports 1504.NW 13th St. 1-13-5-14
EXPERIENCED LINE COOK. Mon-Thurs.
1-8:30 PM $9-11/hour based on experience.
Apply in person @ UF HIllel 2020 W Univ.
Ave. 372-2900 ex 728 1-13-5-14
All position open. $7-9.50/hr. Weekday or
weekend. PT or FT. Split shift or a 40 hr
week. Looking for sandwich makers, food
prep, cashiers, & counter persons. Heavenly
Ham, 3832 Newberry Rd. 1-13-5-14
Seeking loving,, exp. Nanny 30-40
hrs/wk M-F. Light housework/diriving.
check. Great pay/positive environment.
Busy automobile dealership
hiring appointment setters and
greeters. Smiling voices and
friendly attitudes are a must.
Apply at Gainesville Ford.
3333 N Main St. ask for Megan. 1-30-14-14
IVEY'S GRILL has openings in the kitchen &
waitstaff. Open Tues thru Sun 8:30 am to 300
pm and Thurs thru Sat from 5:00 pm. Apply in
person @ 3303 W. UnivAve. in the Westgate
Plaza. Closed Mondays. 1-13-5-14
10 min from campus 25 hrs/wk. 2 chil-
dren. Experience necessary email:
BABYSITTER NEEDED 3 afternoons per
wk for my 2-yr-old. Flex hrs. Transportation
preferred. NS, references req'd. Call 352-
Close To UF, Convenient
533 SW 2nd Ave. 377-1771
IMPORT AUTO REPAIR.BMW, Mercedes,
Porsche, Volvo, VW, Honda, Toyota, Nissan,
Mazda. Quality craftsmanship, reasonable
prices, near UF, AAA approved 378-7830
HYPNOTIST-Stop smoking. Improve mem-
ory & concentration. Eliminate bad habits.
Past life regression. Learn self-hypnosis.
Low Student Rates. Leonard Umans AAPH,
NGH certified 379-1079. 4-26-72-15
** BELLY DANCE **
Ethnic Dance Expressions Studio
For Fun & Fitness 384-9200
EVERGLADE EQUESTRIAN CENTER
The countryclub for horses & owners.
Customer lounge w/full kitchen & bath. 250'
x 160' riding ring, round pen & jump pad-
dock. Lessons. 30 acres, 40 matted stalls, 19
separate paddocks. 24-hr security, 352-591-
3175 everglade-eqestrian.com 4-26-72-15
Individuals or small groups.
375-6641 Harold Nobles
Want to be a CNA? Don't want to wait?
Express Training Services can get you certi-
fied under 3 wks! Hands-on exp, no videos.
Day/eve classes avail. Next class 1/23/06.
Class sizes limited. 338-1193 for details.
MATH TUTOR 7 years experience. BS
in Engineering, UF English/Spanish. Call
Francisco @ 352-494-8582. Sliding Scale
STRESS, ANXIETY, DEPRESSION,
INSOMNIA QUIT SMOKING WEIGHT LOSS
Try ACUPUNCTURE 3,000 years
old. it works Call for a free consult. Student
VICTORY SPORT HORSES
Limited boarding now available. 11 mi. East
of UF. For appointment and info contact
Michelle @ 352-468-1220 1-23-10-15
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Alachu Coun Health Dt. Call flyers, ads, logos. Resume service. 18 yrs
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334-7960 for appt (optional $20 fee) 1-13-20-17
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IV sedation, Student Discount.
Well Woman Care & Birth Control
Bread & Roses Women's Health Ctr
All Women's Health Center
Free Pregnancy Test
Try BOOK LOVER'S CAFE
Inside Books, Inc. 505 NW 13 St.
CLEARANCE SALE All CDs must go -
100,000+ CDs on sale $5.99. Ten for $50.
We need more room for our GIANT DVD
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Again 818 W. University Ave. 373-1800 4-
HIV ANTIBODY TESTING Connections
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334-7960 for app't (optional $20 fee)
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4-26-72-16 1800 Gun Inventory
Over 500 handguns in stock
UNPLANNED PREGNANCY? Confidential, Buy, Sell, Trade or Repair.
compassionate adoption advice. Expenses Reloading Supplies 466-3340
paid if needed. .Choose life! www.america Harry Beckwith, Gun Dealer
nkidzadoption.com FL lic. # 1105-002-000 8mi. South of G'ville on 441
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Chat live free, gay STR-8 or Bi. Call the
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way to meet cool people and it works. Chat
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RECRUITS, from page 29
with those guys a lot, and I think he
wants to be at Florida trying to win a
So far, the Gators have received
verbal commitments from just two
other linebackers, Hamilton Country
High's Dustin Doe, and junior col-
lege transfer Larry Grant, the only UF
commit who has already signed a let-
ter of in.tent. Verbal commitments are
non-binding until National Signing
Day on Feb. 1.
Tebow, a left-handed quarterback
out of Nease High in St.. Augustine,
shunned Alabama in favor of the
Gators on ESPNews on Dec. 13.
Widely considered the top dual-
threat quarterback in the country for
his ability to both pass and run the
ball, Tebow was never able to get into
a rhythm due in large part to a lack-
luster performance by his offensive
line. He went 4 for 10 in passing for
84 yards, while rushing for 18 yards.
With one third-quarter pass, how-
ever, Tebow still managed to dazzle
the national television-audience.
Backed up into his own.end zone,
Tebow stepped up to avoid a tackle,
flicked his wrist and launched the
ball more than 50 yards off his back
foot before getting drilled by a sec-
ond defender. The play resulted in a
"Some kids have size and
speed, but they don't know
how to play the game. [Bran-
don Spikes] is the total pack-
age. He knows how to play the
game and he has studied the
Crest High coach
Harvin, rated the No. 1 pros-
pect regardless of position by both
Scout.com and Rivals.com, officially
committed to the Gators on Dec. 19,
along with high school teammate
and fellow wide receiver Damon
"Watching Florida tapes, they run
so many similar plays," Harvin said
on ESPNews. "It [won't] be that hard
for us to adapt."
Harvin's day was also highlighted
by one spectacular play. After getting
'the ball on a reverse, Harvin carried
for a few yards before being met by a
swarm of defenders. He then made a
Reggie Bush-like cut, reversing field
and eluding defenders before fum-
bling the ball out of bounds for an
"[Harvin is] just an explosive play-
er, one of the fastest guys that I've
seen ... around the comer; that's his
biggest strength," Rivals.com analyst
Mike Farrell said on ESPNews. "Once
he gets around the corer, it doesn't
matter if you have an angle on him.
You're not going to catch him."
Four other UF verbal commits,
offensive lineman Carl Johnson, de-
fensive lineman Corey Hobbs, safety
Jamar Hornsby and wide receiver
Jarred Fayson were selected to play
in the game.
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Gymnastics ranked No. 1
The Gators were looking for
results this season. They hired
a new assistant coach, added
weights to their workout pro-
gram and changed many of their
And it all paid off on Friday
as UF opened the season.at home
- The Gators, ranked No. 6 in
preseason polls, outperformed
Illinois in all four events, posting a
195.90-190.80 win, the third-high-
est season-opening score in team
history. They were rewarded with*
a No. 1 ranking in the first poll of
the regular season on Sunday.
"I think it's a great start,"
UF Coach Rhonda Faehn said.
"We went out there and accom-
plished the goals we had in mind.
Everyone was excited, and now
they're even more pumped up
Sophomore Nicola Willis
marked her UF debut by
completing the first success-
ful double layout in UF his-
tory during her floor routine.
Willis, a former Great Britain
National Team member, sat out
last season with ankle and shoul-
"It's great to be able to come
back and use [the double layout]
again after my surgeries," she
said. "I really enjoy performing it,
and it's a lot of fun. And it really
gets the crowd going."
Willis placed second all-
around behind freshman Corey
Hartung, who also made her UF
Hartung, who helped make
the Gators' recruiting class No.
7 this season, said she was sur-
prised with her first-place finish.
"It was a shock, I wasn't ex-
pecting it," Hartung .said. "It's
Hartung's all-around first
place marked another UF mile-
stone. The last time a UF gymnast
won first place all-around in her
debut meet was in 1986.
The Gators will travel to
Oregon to compete Friday
against Oregon State, Brigham
Young and Iowa.
"Our next outing, at Oregon
State, we're doing the same thing,
only better," Faehn said.
SWIMMING STARTS WITH WIN:
UF's swimming and diving team
is undefeated in 2006 as both the
men and women defeated Penn
State at the O'Connell Center on
Each team's winter break was
cut short, as the squad returned
to practice on Dec. 28. The
practice paid off when the No. 7
men's team (6-2,2-0 Southeastern
Conference) defeated No. 16
Penn State 156-133.
"We didn't expect to be as fast
as what we were in the fall, just
because we're coming off some
heavy training," Coach Gregg
Troy said. "The next six weeks
will be nothing but good com-
Darian Townsend won the 100
and 200-yard freestyle events and
was also part of the UF's 200 med-
ley relay team. He finished third
in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle
The No. 4 women (6-1, 1-1
SEC) defeated the No. 12 Nittany
Troy was excited to watch a
pair of Swedish swimmers, Jennie
Lindh and Caroline Drab, excel in
their UF debuts. Both became eli-
gible in January.
Lindh captured third place
in the 100-yard backstroke, and
Drab was part of the third-place
200 medley relay team and took
third in the 100 breaststroke.
Georgia snaps UF
By NICK ZACCARDI
Alligator Staff Writer
Coming into Sunday's
matchup at No. 17 Georgia, the
UF women's basketball team
was the talk of the Southeastern
The Gators won 'the State
Farm Classic tournament, de-
feated Florida State at home and
entered the ESPN/USA Today
poll at No. 25 during winter
break. The Bulldogs silenced the
Georgia handed* the Gators
their second loss of the season,
an 89-70 whooping, ending UF's
11-game winning streak one shy
of the school record. It was the
Gators' first loss since Nov. 23 at
"I think that it was going to be
a matter of intensity," UF coach
Carolyn Peck said. "We came
in passive. We committed two
quick turnovers, and it rolled
Down by 11 at halftime, the
Gators (13-2, 1-1 SEC) could not
put together a second-half run,
allowing Georgia to put the game
away. At one time, the Bulldogs
held a 29-point lead in the second
half, taking advantage of stronger
inside play that propelled them
to grab 14 more rebounds.
Georgia pushed ahead less
than 6 minutes into the game
with a 10-point run to dutch a
17-9 lead, extending it to 45-34
"We couldn't get it going
[in the second half]," said UF
guard Sha Brooks, who scored 14
points. "We were trying to create,
but the shots weren't falling."
Dalila Eshe led UF with 23
points and 10 rebounds, join-
ing reserve Marshae Dotson
(11 points, 10
Women's double figures
8asketba@ for points and
Dotson posted her first career
double-double and a career high
in rebounds on a hobbled knee.
"She did great, but she was
hurt," Brooks said. "Her knee
was hurting, but she did pretty
But that's where the positives
ended for UF. Senior forward
Brittany Davis tabbed only 6
points, and UF could not muster
any fast-break baskets.
The Gators will look to
rebound against Kentucky
on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the
O'Connell Center, where they
have not lost this season.
"Hopefully, we can come
back and get another victory on
Thursday and learn from our
mistakes," Brooks said.
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Jackson to forgo senior season
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S' .. Alligator Staff Writer-
One year in Urban Meyer's offense
Junior receiver Chad Jackson will
leave UF early and enter the NFL Draft.
Jackson, who tied-. former UF receiver
Carlos Alvarez' 1969 single-season recep-
tions record of 88 this season, finished the
Year with 900 receiving yards and 11 total
"It's part of the world we live in to-
day," UF athletic director Jeremy Foley
said in a phone interview. "People come
ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. ranked
Jackson as the No. 4 junior receiver in the
Jackson topped off his UF career with
seven catches for 76 yards in UF's 31-24
win against Iowa in the Outback Bowl
on Jan. 2.
Jackson declined comment by phone.
The junior's departure paves the way
for a receiver-laden recruiting class. Percy
Harvin, the No. 1 overall prospect in
the nation, according to Scout.com, has
verbally committed to UF in addition
to five-star recruit Jarred Fayson and
four-star receivers Damian Williams,
Justin Williams and Damon McDaniel.
But Jackson isn't the only one fleeing UF
for the NFL.
Reports are that Gators cornerback
Dee Webb. will join him in leaving
"From my perspective, Dee Webb's
been a good player and a good kid," Foley
said "I wish him the best just like Chad."
The junior recorded only one inter-
ception this season but went out with 10
tackles in the Outback Bowl.
The loss of Webb means that Meyer
Tricia Coyne Alligor will have to replace three starters in the
Junior receiver Chad Jackson tries to shake a defender during UF's 31-24 win Jarvis Herring joined Webb in the defen-
against Iowa in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 2 in Tampa. sive backfield.
By DAN TREAT
Alligator Staff Writer
ATHENS, Ga. As the game wound
down and the clock ticked down toward zero,
it may have been difficult to tell if Saturday's
game between UF and Georgia was being
contested in Athens or Gainesville.
While successful Bulldogs' jump shots
were greeted with the roar befitting a home
crowd, it seemed as though the Gators fans in
attendance were making an equal amount of
noise as UF built a double-
digit lead during the sec-
And those who made
the trip -had plenty to
cheer about. Joakim Noah
led four Gators scoring in
double figures as No. 5
Noah UF opened Southeastern
Conference play with a 90-72 victory on the
road against the Bulldogs.
"Gator nation, man, they show us love ev-
erywhere we go," Noah said. "Even if it's just
two people, they go hard. That's the reason
why we come here. That's the reason Gators
get all the love they get."
With the win, UF (14-0, 1-0 SEC) tied the
school record for consecutive victories, hav-
ing already set a school record for most con-
secutive wins to begin a season.
Combined with losses by Villanova,
Memphis, Connecticut and Illinois, the
Gators are likely to rise as high as No. 2 when
SEE HOOPS, PAGE 31
Gators add to No. 1 recruiting class at All-American game
* LINEBACKER BRANDON
SPIKES VERBALLY COMMIT-
ED TO UF.
By BRYAN JONES
On a day when UF fans were
salivating at the chance to see re-
cent verbal commits Tim Tebow
and Percy Harvin hook up on
the field, the highlight of the U.S.
Army All-American Bowl for the
Gators occurred on the sidelines
in San Antonio.
Just a few minutes into the
game, the Gators strengthened
a recruiting class that is already
ranked No. 1 in the nation by
Scout.com, 'Rivals.com and
ESPN.com by picking up a ver-
bal commitment from linebacker
While some analysts believe
he is more suited to play defen-
sive end on the collegiate level,
Spikes, ranked the nation's No.
6 linebacker by Rivals.com, could
be a crucial signing, as the Gators
have a serious lack of depth at the
"He's been my defensive lead-
er for three
2006 Gators years, and
Recruiting we've won two
Roy Kirby, who coached Spikes
at Crest High in Shelby, N.C.
"He goes and plays in the Shrine
Bowl, and he was the captain on
the defense there. He goes down.
to Texas with the best players in
the nation, and he gets named
the captain, there. He's got lead-
ership, and he knows how to play
Kirby believes Spikes is the
kind of player who will even-
tually contend for the Butkus
Award given to the nation's top
"Some kids have size and
speed, but they don't know how
to play the game," Kirby said.
"He is the total package. He
knows how to play the game and
he has studied the game.
"He can probably tell you
every starter, offensively and
defensively, on Florida's team
right now. He can probably tell
you all of Oklahoma's team. He
studies the game, he studies the
players and the rosters, and he
saw that Florida was having a
great recruiting class. He talked
SEE RECRUITS, PAGE 26
* UF's Matt LaPorta and Adam
Davis have been named to
Baseball America's Preseason
All-America first team. Brian Jer-
oloman made the second team.
S2002: Five days after Steve Spur-
rier leaves UF for the NFL, Gator Nation is
shocked by the hiring of career assistant
coach Ron Zook to replace the 01' Ball
*NCAA Hoops: Cinncinnati vs. No. 2 UConn
ESPN, 7 p.m.
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ESPN, 9 p.m.
30, ALLIGATOR E MONDAY, JANUARY 9,2006
Brown defies odds in UF finale
Andy Apicella/ Alligator Staff
UF senior cornerback Vernell Brown celebrates after making a de-
fensive play Jan. 2 during the Outback Bowl in Tampa. The Gators
defeated Iowa 31-24.
By LOUIS ANASTASIS
Alligator Staff Writer
TAMPA Vemell Brown is the
stuff fairy tales are made of.
As if starting as a senior de-
spite his 5-foot-8 frame wasn't
enough, as if playing in the
Outback Bowl just two months
after breaking his left leg wasn't
enough, Brown ended his UF ca-
reer in storybook fashion.
He intercepted his third pass
of the season, returning it 60
yards for a touchdown.
"The thing I try to do is not
question the way things happen
because the Lord works in myste-
rious ways," Brown said.
God is a subject that often grac-
es the lips of Brown and anyone
discussing his trek as a Gator.
That's for good reason, con-
sidering that his breakout cam-
paign occurred after rusting on
the sidelines for three seasons.
During 2005, Brown did more
than just start he excelled. He
finished his senior season with 41
tackles and six breakups in ad-
dition to the three interceptions.
God certainly seemed to guide
Drew Tate's pass into Brown's
chest Jan. 2. With Iowa facing a
3rd-and-7 situation, trailing 10-
0 close to halftime, Tate hurled
a laser intended for Clinton
Solomon. But the foot >all missed
Solomon by at least 5 yards.
There stood Brown, waiting for
the interception the way a center
fielder times a pop fly. He vacu-
umed in the errant pass, sprinted
ahead 30 yards, cut to the inside
past the helpless Tate and crossed
the goal line.
"Vernell Brown is a guy
who was told, 'You can't
do this. You can't do that.'
And then he breaks his leg.
They say he won't be back.
But he looked me in the
eyes with tears in his eyes
and told me he would play
in the bowl game."
UF football coach
"It's amazing how the Lord
works. It's amazing how life
works," UF coach Urban Meyer
said. "That ball hit him right in
the numbers for a reason, now.
-That young man everybody in
the country should see him.
"Vemell Brown is a guy who
was told, 'You can't do this. You.
can't do that.' And then he breaks
his leg. They say he won't be back.
But he looked me in the eyes with
tears in his eyes and told me he
would play in the bowl game."
What has made Brown truly
unique is his leadership. After he
broke his leg, instead of skipping
practices, he attended all of them
so he could help mentor his team-
Meyer even overlooked an
unwritten rule that states injured
players should not travel with
the team when he brought Brown
along to South Carolina.
Since that game, Brown has
helped extinguish the selfish
mentality that held some players
"If there's a poster or some-
thing out there that says 'Florida
Gators,' I want his mug right
there," Meyer said. "I want
people to see Vemell Brown. He's
what we stand for."
Today, Brown will begin
training for the upcoming NFL
combines. If you ask him about
his chances, he says he will make
it. But he is not naive enough to ,
pretend like he has lost all his
naysayers. And he likes it just
fine that way.
"I'll probably always have
doubters as long as I live," Brown
said. "But I'll try not to let them
bother me. As little as they know
it, they motivate me."
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UF another win
By DAN TREAT
Alligator Staff Writer
ATHENS, Ga. Through
UF's first 13 games of the
season, Lee Humphrey had
attempted just 15 shots from
inside the 3-point line.
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in two days ago," Humphrey
said. "I think coach probably
did a good job of scouting.
He put that play in and we
Humphrey followed the
3-point play with two straight
3-pointers of the conventional
variety that increased the UF
lead to 47-35.
The 3-pointers were the
catalyst that revived a UF team
that had led by 11 early, only
to have Georgia rally back to
briefly take the lead midway
through the first half.
Humphrey's baskets early
in the second half may have
deflated the Bulldogs, who
were only able to cut their
deficit to 8 points the rest of
"I thought we were play-
ing really well at that time,"
Humphrey said. "We did a
good job of getting stops and
getting out onto the break. We
ran the floor really well ... I
don't know if it was Georgia
sagging as much or we just
What may have been more
surprising than Humphrey's
rare venture inside the 3-point
stripe was the fact that the
Bulldogs left him wide-open
as often as they did. Donovan
pointed to UF's
Men's ment against
.1sk. b l. Georgia's pres-
as the reason
why the Gators were able to
get so many good looks.
"You can have good,
quality defenses a lot of dif-
ferent ways," Donovan said.
"[Georgia] does it with a tre-
mendous amount of pressure,
and it can be difficult to go
against, especially on the road.
"In the first half, we were
fair at handling it, and in the
second half, we did a better
Humphrey credited both
Taurean Green and Joakim
Noah for getting him so open.
Taurean a whole lot, and
he was able to penetrate,"
Humphrey said. "And we had
a throw-back on a pick-and-
roll that Jo hit me a couple
times, and Taurean getting into
the lane forced them to help
off me. They did a good job of
finding me, and fortunately, I
knocked down some shots."
Undefeated Gators share scoring burden
HOOPS, from page 29
the polls are released today.
After UF finished the first
half with a 38-33 lead, guard Lee
Humphrey spurred the Gators
to a scoring fest, scoring 9 points
during the first 2 minutes of the
UF's lead never fell to fewer
than 8 points the rest of the"
game, cresting at 20 points with
less than 8 minutes remaining.
"I thought we left a lot of
points on the board in the first
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Andy Apicella/ Alligator Staff
UF sophomore guard Taurean Green dribbles past Georgia sopho-
more forward Younes Idrissi to score Saturday in Athens, Ga. The
Gators won 90-72.
half, because we had 11 turn-
overs and we were shooting 52
or 53 percent from the field?'
UF coach Billy Donovan said.
"Second half we only turned it
over three times and we shot 52
percent from the field and that's
why we had a 52-point half."
After falling behind 75-55,
Georgia went on a 7-0 run to
cut the deficit to 13 and was ablt
to hang around until Taurean
Green knocked down his third
3-pointer of the game to make it
81-66 and effectively secure the
Starting off hot, the Gators
jumped to a 16-5 lead before the
Bulldogs fought back to briefly
take the lead and tie the score
with 2:54 remaining in the first
The Gators responded with
an 8-0 run of theii own, capped
by another Green 3-pointer, as
they took a 5-point lead into the
Green finished with 21
points, six rebounds and five
assists, and Humphrey finished
with 18 points, including a ca-
reer-high-tying five 3-pointers.
Add the performance of Al
Horford, who was almost over-
shadowed despite finishing with
15 points and 11 rebounds, and
the Gators are what Donovan
wants them to be: a team with
a multitude of players carrying
the scoring burden.
"That's the thing about this
team; everyone scores so equal-
ly," Noah said. "And I think that
there's so many weapons on
this team that it makes it hard.
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