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VOLUME 100 ISSUE 116 "" V FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2007
New UF assoc. provost to start in summer
Wubah works at James Madison
By CHAD SMITH
Alligator Staff Writer
Daniel Wubah has been to six universities
- from Ghana to Maryland to study and
work, and this summer, he will come to UF as
the new associate provost for undergraduate
Wubah, the special assistant to the presi-
dent at James Madison University, will take
over the post July 1 and willbe paid $150,000 a
year, UF officials announced Thursday.
Part of his responsibilities will be to help
oversee transfer students and student advis-
ing, UF Provost Janie Fouke said.
Last week, during his second visit to UF in
his interviewing process, Fouke said she and
Wubah determined that UF would be a good
fit for him.
"He's energetic," Fouke said. "He was di-
agnostic. He immediately saw opportunities
tnat could enhance the experience for students
here at UF."
In a telephone interview, Wubah said he is
excited about his new position.
"Students at UF are the best in Florida and
potentially the best in the nation," he said.
At James Madison, he started a program
that pays the full cost of attending the universi-
ty for students from low-income backgrounds
- similar to UF's Florida Opportunity
Scholars Program, which started in the Fall.
UF's program, which Fouke said has about
440 students, pays for tuition, books and liv-
ing costs for students, who must be the first in
their families to attend a four-year college.
"Students at UF are the best in
Florida and potentially the best in
newly hired associate provost for
Fouke said she's excited about what
Wubah can bring to UF's program.
"We need a strong academic piece or guid-
ance to that program, and I think he can pro-
vide that," she said.
Originally from Accra, Ghana, Wubah
earned undergraduate degrees in botany and
education from the University of Cape Coast
in Ghana. He then earned his graduate degrees
at the University of Akron and the University
of Georgia. Fouke said that Wubah's experi-
ence in Africa will benefit the university by
bringing a more global perspective.
He said he knows about UF's drive for
top-10 status but said administrators are more
concerned about education, and that's one of
the reasons he took the job.
"What is most important is the focus they
have in elevating the quality of education,"
Wubah said. "That was most attractive to
for Reitz OK'ed
* IT WILL COST ABOUT
$500,000 TO OPEN.
By AMRA ZEJNELI
Alligator Contributing Writer'
A full-service Starbucks is
expected to replace the Java
City in the Reitz Union Food
Court by Fall, said Robert W.
Miller, UF's associate vice
president of finance and ad-
With the Starbucks in
Library West and the one
opening in the Hub in April,
this would be the third full-
service Starbucks on cam-
The Java City at the Reitz
will move to the Orange &
Brew. The difference is that
while the restaurant now
sells Starbucks coffee and
pastries, the corporation is
not associated with it.
Miller said the demand
for Starbucks came from
the. Reitz Union Board of
Managers, which is com-
posed of students and faculty
who oversee the planning
and direction of the Reitz.
The Food Service
Advisory Committee, which
includes students, faculty
team heads west
(right) and Co. have
a first-year assis-
tant coach to thank
for their uneven
bars success. See
story, pg. 14.
and staff, also asked for the
new chain. This committee
meets every other month at
different food locations on
campus. They try the food,
give feedback and present
some ideas on what services
they would like to have add-
ed on campus.
Miller said the estimated
cost to open a Starbucks in
the Reitz is about $500,000.
The Starbucks on campus
are part of UF's food service
Some universities do their
On but UF uses a
Campus national com-
pany, which is
known at UF as Gator Dining
The company gives UF a
commission of its sales for
operating the food service on
campus. This money is put in
an account and used for ren-
ovations and constructions,
such as the new Starbucks.
After the two Starbucks
open, Miller said there are
no plans to build more on
He said a location is need-
ed for any new plans, so they
are trying to use buildings
they already have.
A prolific poet
Amir Sulaiman recites a poem Thursday night in the Orange & Brew during a spoken-word poetry
night sponsored by Islam on Campus. Sulaiman, known for his eloquent rhymes about life, talked to
the audience after each poem for reactions and comments. He has performed twice on HBO's "Def
Poetry" and is releasing an album of his poetry in May titled "Like a Thief in the Night."
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Weaving and Guitar
Phillips Center for the
Performing Arts, Black Box
Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
UF Performing Arts presents
"Woven Harmony." Classical
guitarist Robert Bluestone
and his wife, tapestry artist
Rebecca Bluestone, collabo-
rate for a multimedia perfor-
Phillips Center for the
Performing Arts, 2 p.m.;
Danscompany presents the
Spring Dance Concert. Tickets
are available at the Phillips
Center Box Office.
After tussle, budget passes
SFCC student senators
passed the school's 2007-08
budget, but only after a row
over club money.
The $206,000 Student
Government budget had been
sent back for revision in previ-
ous weeks because senators said
student clubs were expected to
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receive more money than they
required. Despite attempts at
revision, because consensus
could not be reached in com-
mittee, the budget was passed
amid some dissent:
Student Sen. Ben Marcus
voted against the budget.
"I think that it's a good
start, but it is underdevel-
oped, and it still needs a lot
more work," he said.
For the second time in three
weeks, Marcus made efforts to
cut 2.8 percent of the money
budgeted for student clubs
and transfer it to the Senate
overflow budget, which is a
separate account set aside for
general fund requests.
"That would take around
$2,009 out of the total amount
of the clubs," Marcus said.
"The club with the small-
est amount of money would
only be losing $7, while the
club with the largest amount
would be losing under $100."
The 34 clubs will receive
$74,535 for this upcoming
school year, according to an
SFCC 2007-08 SG budget
sheet handed out at a meeting
The executive board will re-
ceive $8,100, Senate will receive
$18,500 and SG programming
will receive $33,000.
"I don't think that the clubs
deserve this much money
because they can fundraise,
whereas Student Government
cannot," said Sen. Kristen
Senate President Pro-
Tempore Audrey Couprie said
some clubs were willing to give
a portion of their money back to
the Senate if needed.
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Students absent at polls
Student voter turnout-
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By DREW HARWELL
Alligator Staff Writer
If votes are like a voice, UF students
are keeping pretty quiet.
Only about 1 percent of voters who
were registered for the Reitz Union's on-
campus polling site voted in Tuesday's
city elections, according to an unofficial
statement released Thursday by the
Alachua County Supervisor of Elections
Out of Gainesville's 31 voting loca-
tions, the three precincts with the lowest
turnouts the Reitz Union, the Phillips
Center for the Performing Arts and the
Ham Museum were all on campus.
Each of the three locations saw less
than 4 percent of their registered voters.
The average turnout for all of the
city's precincts was about 11 percent.
"Historically, the statistics show
that (UF students) do get involved in
gubernatorial or presidential elections,
but not in the local municipal elections,"
Supervisor of Elections Pam Carpenter
Those statistics hold true for recent
votes, too. For November's elections,
which decided Florida's governor and
a U.S. senator, more than 500 people
showed up to the Reitz Union.
Voters in Tuesday's election re-elect-
ed Pegeen Hanrahan as Gainesville's
mayor and Craig Lowe as city commis-
sioner for District 4,-whose jurisdiction
covers most of the UF campus.
The polling site with the highest
turnout, Lighthouse Baptist Church, had
about 23 percent of its registered voters
turn in ballots.
Precinct 31: Reitz Precinct 54: Harn
3,004 reg~ILered. 31 votea 4.'-90 registered. 193 voted
(2 atser teesi 111 at.sentees,
1.03" turrnout-*W 3.93. turnout
Precinct 44: Per- Precinct 59: Days Inn/
forming Arts Center University on 13th
on Hull Road Street
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Faculty race toward fitness
UF, city to discuss ties
By DANIELLE TORRENT
While many students leave
Gainesville for Spring Break, UF's Office
of University Relations will host a dis-
cussion on how the university's success
is linked to that of the city.
The discussion, which will be held
over $5 breakfasts in the Reitz Union
Arredondo Room at 7:30 a.m. on
Wednesday, will be led by City Manager
Russ Blackburn. The event aims to align
the objectives of UF and the city in light
of UF's efforts toward top-10 status.
However, some top UF and Student
Government officials won't be attend-
ing. SG President John Boyles said as
of Thursday, he had not been given
notice of the event, and UF President
Bernie Machen will
b -e on vacation leave
6,-_ Beth Boone, his as-
Sa press release,
the event is called
Blackburn City and University
Collaborative Efforts to Achieve Top-10
Florida Bridgewater-Alford, UF's
community relations director, was not
available for comment Thursday.
* THE PROGRAM IS SPONSORED BY
UF'S LIVING WELL CENTER.
By LAUREN STOOPS
Alligator Contributing Writer
UF faculty and staff are racing for prizes,
recognition'and better health.
Living Well, the wellness center in Yon
Hall that is open only to UF faculty and staff,
is offering its members a six-week workout
incentive program called Living Well 150 to
keep its members on track with their New
"Studies have shown that New Year's
resolutions start to fade after six weeks, so
this program hopefully will encourage them
to continue exercising and develop a lasting
fitness routine," said Cassandra Howard, the
The cardio fitness program, which began
in mid-February, has a NASCAR theme, said
Brian Suggs, a fitness supervisor for the center
and a UF senior. Every 30 minutes of cardio
completed is the equivalent of one lap around
the Daytona International Speedway. Each of
the 47 participants was given a stock car that
monitors his or her progress by moving down
a racetrack board in the wellness center.
"The top 10 finishers will get grand prizes,
such as a gift certificate to a
On restaurant or Sports Authority,
.;.;.:. and everyone that participates
will get some smaller prize,"
This is the first year the center has tried this
program, he said.
"The turnout so far has been very impres-
sive," Suggs said. "All the members involved
seem to really be enjoying it."
Glenn Ketcham, a risk manager for en-
vironmental health and safety at UF, joined
Living Well 150 with his wife.
"I'm kind of rooting for her," Ketcham
said. "She's in first place right now."
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SG Supreme Court hears case against Pants Party
By ERIN EHRLICH
The Student Government Supreme Court
met Thursday to hear the appeal of the Pants
Party in the case of a Gator Party supporter
who accused Pants of passing out "I Voted"
stickers to help its campaign in the SG Spring
Chief Justice Jessica Gavrich said the court
would try to make its decision today.
During the elections, Pants members
passed out the stickers. Former student
senator and Gator supporter John Clayton
Brett filed a complaint with the SG Elections
Commission, saying the stickers could deter
party campaigners from approaching the
The commission ruled that the stickers
were campaign materials that weren't prop-
erly registered and suggested Pants be dis-
qualified from the elections, in which only one
Pants candidate won.
UF students Thomas Jardon and Rosemarie
Clouston, who represented Pants in the hear-
ing, argued that the stickers could not be con-
sidered campaign material because they don't
help or oppose either party.
"It doesn't confer any sort of political
speech," Jardon said.
He argued that if the stickers were consid-
ered campaign material when Pants passed
them out, then the "I Voted" stickers that poll
workers handed out must also be considered
"It doesn't confer any sort of
Pants Party representative
Jesus Suarez, who represented Brett, ar-
gued that because the words "paid political
advertisement" weren't printed on Pants'
stickers, there was no telling the difference be-
tween students wearing the sticker who voted
and those wearing the sticker who didn't.
He said this stopped Gator campaigners
from targeting students wearing the sticker. In
turn, the party potentially lost votes, he said.
Jardon said an '" Voted" sticker doesn't
promote voter apathy because students
know they are free to vote with or without
He also said that Pants handed out the
stickers in a passive manner and didn't force
them onto people, qualifying as free speech.
Suarez argued that the issue isn't about
free speech because Pants broke the rules of a
"fair and balanced election in accordance with
Student Government statutes."
Doves of peace fly for
Middle East deaths
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A passerby stops to read about an Arabic Cultural Association exhibit using paper doves to illustrate lives
lost in 2006 in Palestine and Lebanon. The exhibit was on the North Lawn on Thursday afternoon.
By LAINEY JOHNSON
Alligator Contributing Writer
In the afternoon sunlight on the
North Lawn, William Shwayri let
out a mournful sigh.
"It is heartbreaking, and, as the
son of a Lebanese father, this deion-
stration hits way too cose to home
for me," said Shwayri, a sophomore
and treasurer of the Arabic Cultural
Association at UF.
Folded paper doves were placed
on the lawn by the association
Thursday. The doves were there to
remind passersby of the 1,342 lives
Shwayri said were lost in Palestine
and Lebanon last year.
.The 2006 Israel-Gaza conflict
consisted of a series of battles be-
tween Palestinian militants and the
Israel Defense Forces.
"Our dove peace demonstration
is just one of the ways we are work-
ing to raise University of Florida stu-
dents' awareness of happenings in
the Middle East, along with Middle
Eastern culture," said Nadine Sfeir,
the president of the association and
a UF sophomore.
"As educated young adults, UF
students have the awesome op-
portunity to promote peace and
highlight the role of
On Arab Americans in
CampuS U.S. society to others,"
The peace demonstration
marked the fourth and final event of
Annie Higgins, a UF professor of
Arabic language and literature, has
lived in Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon,
Syria and Jordan and enjoyed par-
ticipating in the week's events.
"I want people to see the human
face of Arabic culture," Higgins
said. "After this week, I hope UF
students will be able to look beyond
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We know no one is even reading this today. Unless your
teachers were mean enough to schedule a test the day before
Spring Break, you have already skipped town. We here at
the Darts & Laurels Department wanted to leave a big blank
space on Page Six, but our curmudgeonly editors would
have nothing of the sort. "Just because no one's going to read
it doesn't mean you don't have to write it," they said. So as
we sat in our office, staring out at an eerily deserted West
University Avenue, our minds began to wander...
Sun, sand, the surf. Seagulls wrestling over Doritos. Ah,
there's no place nicer than the beach. But we are yanked
back to reality by looming deadlines. So in honor of all those
students who are still stuck in town, we present to you this
week's fun-in-the-sun edition of...
Darts & Laurels
First up, it's a wow-someone-in-Student-Goverment-ac-
tually-listens-to-his-constituents LAUREL for Student Sen.
Thomas Harrington. He is working with graduate students
and sociology department Chairwoman Connie Shehan to
help sort through the mess. He plans to present his findings
to the Senate, hoping it will effect positive changes.
It's nice to know we can have some faith in SG. Sure,
it may occasionally propose crazy things like suspending
open-container laws on football gamedays, but sometimes,
when it truly matters, it does its job.
But someone hasn't done her job. We have a if-you-
want-to-quit-all-you-have-to-do-is-say-so DART to Hannah
Hillman, director (or is she?) of Chomp the Vote. Hillman
has been AWOL for nearly a year now and no one from SG
has been able to contact her. We determined that she is still
alive, at least. But we wonder how in such a gotta-have-it-
now society, Hillman couldn't return a phone call or an e-
mail. For months.
Maybe Hillman could pick up her phone and call SG Vice
President Arturo Armand, giving him her resignation. Then
SG can appoint someone to the post who will actually fulfill
On the note of voting, we hand a getting-those-election-
to Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Pam Carpenter.
But election results only came in so fast because just 7,386
people voted less than 11 percent of registered voters.
This leads to a thanks-for-taking-10-minutes-out-of-your-
busy-days LAUREL to everyone who voted. Less than 4 per-
cent of registered voters came out to the three polling loca-
tions on campus which are where most UF students vote.
We know it wasn't the closest race or even a close race
but a high student turnout would send a message loud
and clear to our politicians that they need to listen to us.
Next up, its a better-late-than-never LAUREL to
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama for pay-
ing 15 parking tickets $375 worth 17 years after they
were issued to him. It's a good thing he got that black mark
off his record.
That sort of thing might come back to bite him on the ass,
just like Bill Clinton's "But I never inhaled" ordeal when he
ran for president in 1992. Oh wait Obama has already ad-
mitted he dabbled in cocaine when he was younger, and it
doesn't seem to bother anyone.
The Coronas with limes are beckoning, so we close out
this week with a -have-a-great-week LAUREL to all you
Spring Break revelers. And after you finish this page, the
crossword puzzle is on page 13.
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Gainesville needs new developments
G ainesville needs a makeover.
As the city that was named the No. 1 Best Place
to Live in the United States by Money Magazine in
1995, it seems like Gainesville has become more like a former
beauty queen who has developed a crack addiction.
Or maybe the city is like a teenager It wants to grow up
and become one of Florida's premiere cities, but its acne
keeps it from becoming the prom queen.
It's the week before the big dance, and Gainesville thinks
it's ready to compete with places like Orlando and Miami.
But then it looks in the mirror and realizes its once-rosy
cheeks are covered with blemishes. It's going to take a whole
lot more than concealer to hid these zits.
With Tuesday's mayoral and city commissioner races
decided, city leaders need to work together to do what the
electorate chose them to do make Gainesville a better
place to live.
But Gainesville's date with destiny is walking up the
stairs to drive her to the dance. She must think of some quick
solutions. Otherwise, next election day won't be so easy for
incumbents on the City Commission.
First, the city needs to renew its commitment to work
with the university to bring new economic development to
the city, and not just those areas around campus. Since UF
opened its East Gainesville campus a few years ago, there
have been no new developments between the city and the
The two need to work together to revitalize the deteriorat-
ing strip along West University Avenue between downtown
and 34th Street. A thoroughfare with such potential shouldn't
be a one-sided endeavor.
Just imagine, with university-sponsored housing above
shops that line the street, students would be able to roll out of
bed, get breakfast, shop and walk to class all in an hour.
Gordon Maybe that empty lot on West
van Owen University Avenue next to Gator
Speaking Out. Beverage would be a good place
to start. The University of Central
Florida has already built similar hous-
ing on its campus. The new dorms have a Publix grocery
store on the ground floor.
But campus relations can't be the sole focus of the city.
There's got to be another accessory to deck out its prom
What Gainesville needs is something flashy to draw at-
tention to itself. Ocala has a well-maintained square in the
middle of its downtown. Gainesville's Downtown Plaza
looks more like an outdoor hotel for the homeless. Our city
lacks that small-town flare that makes such locations enjoy-
able for residents.
Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan: Clean it up. Allow a facility to
care for the homeless and help make downtown Gainesville
the flashy corsage the city needs for its slow dance in the
Our city also needs to be more accessible by foot. What
makes UF such a charming place is that it is easy for students
to walk from place to place. But in Gainesville, it's a different
story. To get to the grocery store, nearly everyone has to hop
into the car. Mixed-use developments could be key to keep-
ing traffic off the streets.
Though developments like SpringHills might seem
misplaced near environmentally sensitive areas like Devil's
Millhopper Geological State Park, such facilities could yield
less traffic. At least then Gainesville's date could get her all
liquored up and not have to carry her so far home after the
Gordon van Owen is a mass communication graduate
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Letters to the Editor
Freedom of speech prized value of U.S.
Thursday's article regarding ROTC mo-
rale in light of the nation's war involvement
quoted Ben Ruffner as saying what can only
be described as deplorable. Mr. Ruffner said
peacefully protesting the war "should be
against the law" and that it's "treason."
The soldiers Mr. Ruffner speaks for are
supposed to be fighting for democracy. How
can he then turn around and argue that one
of the most prized freedoms the freedom
of speech of a democratic nation ought to
I support our troops and hail from a family
which has had a member in every American
war. Mr. Ruffner should learn the values of the
country he is committed to defending.
OK to disagree with war, support troops
I think it is sad that ROTC students feel
they do not get the support they deserve from
the community and their fellow students. I
completely disagree,with the war in Iraq, but
I still support our troops, including my stepfa-
ther,.a gunnery sergeant in the Marines who is
currently on his third deployment in Iraq.
As a country, we need the military. It is
not the institution of the military that I find
disagreeable but the way our government
chooses to use it that is disappointing. I hope
that most people know the difference. You can
disagree with the war without being rude to
men and women who are willing to do what
most of us would not.
* U E
Officer oath includes First Amendment Stickers led to decreased harassment
This letter is in response to Thursday's I am writing in response to James Hagan's
article on UF's ROTC. I believe Army officer Thursday's guest column. Anyone who
Ben Ruffner, who equates protest with trea- spends time on the UF campus during elec-
son, needs to take another look at the U.S. tions would see the Student Government
Constitution he took an oath to uphold and political machine in action. Greek pledges
defend. are asked to get a certain amount of stickers
The First Amendment tects all ch, for their houses. They may deny this, but just
e First Amendment protects speech about everyone has seen sorority women and
including speech that neither Mr. Ruffner nor I fraternity men ask their friends and even
would agree with. The difference between us, total strangers for "I Voted" stickers.
apparently, is that I still remember the oath I The term "voter suppression" is bandied
took. In fact, by trying to outlaw speech, peo- about by Mr. Hagan, who needs to watch
ple like Mr. Ruffner are more of a threat to our where he swings his diction. Students who
way of life than the protesters on 13th Street he received my stickers were not confused about
wants censored. whether they had voted or not. There was no
Tom Crosby suppression. If fewer students were harassed
veteran; 3LS by pledges hunting for stickers for the ma-
chine, then I was successful
n a N
Guest C '0in
Steer clear of that 'wacky tobaccy,' kids-
F first things first. Dan
Burroughs is a hippie. I
mean, he supports legal-
izing marijuana. Marijuana? That
-most insidious plague upon our
nation's youth? Good heavens!
Don't you realize that smoking a
joint immediately leads to snorting
cocaine and shooting heroin? Dan
claimed he's never smoked pot be-
fore. That makes sense, because if
he did, he'd know that just one hit
can turn you into an addle-brained
junkie, begging for another hit
- of crack.
What's next? Suggesting that
we lower the drinking the age to
18? Preposterous. We all know the
correct order: You drive at 16, go to
war at 18 and drink at 21 as long
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and local residency. Walk-lns welcome. No
as you didn't die in said war. Or
maybe we should raise the speed
limit to 90 on the highways. Then
Waldo and every other speed-trap
city would lose 90 percent of its
revenue. Is that what you want?
What do you think this is,
Amsterdam? This is America. We
don't support logical legislation,
you liberal dope. Next you'll be
saying that we legalize all drugs
and put a tax on them so that we
can reduce the national debt.
Don't you know that we have
prisons to fill? If weed is legal, who'
will we throw in jail? In your non-
sensical leftist rant, did you ever
stop to consider the damage done
to the pocketbooks of this nation's
lawyers and jailers? Thousands of
Andrew Meyer inmates in
Speaking Out the federal
are locked up
primarily for weed. What would
we do with all those empty cells?
Keep in the murderers, rapists and
child molesters that we release
early because we don't have the
space to house them? Forget that.
We need to lock up the real crimi-
nal elements of society the pot
smokers. They're the ones doing
the real harm, with their getting
high and watching TV on couches.
If anything, we need more police
busting down dorm rooms and
confiscating more bongs. We can't
have them doing real police work,
like hunting down criminals. We
need them to take down every
ultimate Frisbee-playing, Barack
Obama-loving, liberal, hippie
freak in this country, slap the cuffs
on them and send their candy-
asses to jail.
And let us not forget the alco-
hol and tobacco industries. You'd
be hurting their pocketbooks as
well. This country runs on booze
and cigarettes. Do you think the
alcohol and tobacco lobbyists
would allow legislation to pass
that would legalize a major com-
petitor? Of course not. They are
and will continue to be the voice of
moral purity in this country. How
dare you malign their products,
saying they're more harmful or
addictive than grass? That's plain
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ridiculous. Just because alcohol
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more than 440,000 deaths a year
in this country, these are harm-
ful products? That's not harmful
- marijuana is harmful. Smoking
marijuana leads to something
called "the munchies." I don't
know if you know this, but some
people smoke weed, and then get
really hungry and eat too much
food. Now that is harmful.
Legalize marijuana? Sheesh.
What's next, suggesting that we
should hold elections in Iraq and
find out if the Iraqis want us there
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Sign a lease, Win a PS3!
Luxury 2/2 and 3/2!
24-Hr Gym*Furn Avail
Leasing Now and Fall! 367-9910
1st MONTH FREE
1 BR Villas Starting @ $499. Please call: 352-
375-3077 or 352-373-2818 4-25-72-2
BIG AND CHEAP
2/1.5 apt 1100 sq ft $650
3/2 apt 1300 sq ft $725
1800 NW 4th St. Over 20 houses also
available 373-4423 www.maximumre.com
Furnished apartments close to UF
Individual bedroom leases
See virtual tours, photos, specials, floorplans
online! From: Studios $565, 1BR $689, 2BR
$779, 4BR $469/rm. ALL just steps from UF
B I For Rent
3BR/2BA Triplex-1 block from campus.
Major reduction in rent
to lease up immediately
Looking Glass Apartments
111 NW 16th St. Office 376-1111
2BR/1.5BA Bellamy Forge, clean, new
kitchen & baths, WID, pool, tennis, ceiling
speakers, water & pest control inc. & more.
No pets, smoke free. $850/mo 352-495-
Available in April
Walk to UF Studio $390
1 Br $450 2 Br house $550
Gore-Rabell Realty 378-1387
2BR Wood floors
Across from UF!
Open weekends and late
MOVE IN TODAY
Walk to UF!
Studios & 1 bedrooms
From only $699
Open Weekends 371-7777
Large room in NW home. Great neighbor-
hood. $400/mo includes utils, DSL, DVR,
no pets. Prefer mature, responsible non-
smoker. Avail now, flexible. Call Scott 335-
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!
Live downtown & have it all!
Spacious studios, 1/1s, 2/2s, & 3/3s
W/Ds*Huge Closets*We Love Pets!
Going fast don't miss out! 338-0002
Save $$$! Move-in TODAY!
2BR, 3BR or 4BR Ask about our 2006 rates!
376-2507 or www.bivenscove.com
BLOCKS TO UFe3BR houses from $1400
*4BR houses from $160003BR patio
homes from $130094BR patio homes from
$16000 1-2BR apts from $475 Ample park-
ing. DalyProperties.com, Carol 377-3852
CLOSEST TO CLASS
2BR/2BA available for Fall
111 NW 16th St. #1. Call 376-1111
1BR/1BA in vintage house. Hardwood floors.
W/D Quiet area, large yard. 3 blocks to
downtown. 304 NE 6th Street. $525/MO
379-4952 Available April or May 3-26-30-2
1BR & 2BR/1BA apts with W/D, cent H/AC,
DW, ceramic tile, private patio. Pets ar-
ranged. Off SW 34th St. Near bus route.
From $615/mo. 377-1633 3-30-33-2
1 BED and STUDIOS
ACROSS FROM UF
Wood floors, pets ok
Open late and weekends
SW 20th AVE CONDO
2BR/2.5BA. Perfect for Roommates.
Pool, bus route, W/D, $800/mo
2/2 Town Homes & 3/3 Flats
FREE Water *Cable Tanning* Gym
Roomate match available
Leasing Now/Fall 379-9255
2 & 3BR houses for August in quiet areas.
cute, clean, cent. H/AC, W/D, wood floors,
nice yards. Bike to UF. $775-$1300 email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 352-336-6116
*Cozy 2/2 rental: Haile Village*
Avail April Contact: 352-337-1740
$1200. Large, Sunny, Bright, & Many
Upgrades. Walk 2 cafes, stores & restau-
rantsMany running trails Pets Allowed 3-
1 Blk to UF. 1017 SW 1st Ave., 2Br/2.5 Ba
TH. Lg. kit, parking, W/D, DMN, over 1100
sqft. Avail. Aug 1, 318 NW 14th St 1Br/ 1Ba
efficiency w/ bonus room or 2nd BR,. wd firs.,
window a/c, Call 333-0800. 3-9-5-2
2158 sq ft 4/3 home rent/sale NW Gville mins
from campus. Appliances stay, remodeled,
wd firs, 2 car gar, deck, 1/2 acre, beautiful
landscaping, low utils, fenced. $1,550/m,
$2K SD. 3120 NW 31st Blvd, 352 466-0358
MASTER BR W/BA IN 4BR/3BA HOUSE
5 mins to SFCC & 10 mins to UF.
Low utilities divided by 4. W/D, RTS bus
routes. $325/mo. Short term leases avail-
able Small pet okay. 352-428-0500 Evan.
Houses, Duplexes, condos or Townhouses
Walk/Bike/Bus to campus. Neat, clean,
good quality. Visit www.gatorpads.com for
available units or call 284-0316 or 281-0733
Space, Solitude and Disposable Income
Beautiful, Spacious home on wooded land-
scaped lot, 8rms + 400 sq ft porch. 3BR/1BA,
bike to UF, W/D, $1270 + util. No pets.
Available August. 275-1259 3-19-10-2
* DOWNTOWN 2BR/1BA w/loft available
March. $600/mo 0 ALSO GARAGE/STUDIO-
APARTMENT. Avail in April. $390/mo. Off-
street parking central. 1st + last + deposit.
Call 373-6551 3-20-10-2
House 3BR/1.5BA, large screened private
porch, alarm, W/D, close to downtown,
$900/mo. $2400 down. Call 352-466-7091
Beautiful 3BR/2BA house for rent next to
Butler Plaza. $995/mo. 352-359-4438 3-
Available Aug 1st. Several large older hous-
es nuear UF. Students/pets ok. Year lease.
Low rents. 352-371-9409 3-20-10-2
LIVE THE DOWNTOWN LIFESTYLE
Luxury 3 Bedroom Townhouses For Fall
W/D*Loft Spaces*Walk In Closets*Pets OK
Walk to everywhere-bars, shopping, dining
Call now! Only 10 left! 338-0002
2BR/1BA apt Upgraded throughout. Tile:
liv. rm, kitchen, BA. New carpet BRs. New
stainless kit. appls, all new BA. Cent H/AC.
Cable/hi spd internet avail. Separate laundry
rm. <1 mi to UF, Shands, shopping. $735/mo.
email@example.com or call 727-423-9463.
Bkgrd & credit check reqd. Sorry, no pets.
Luxurious Victoria Station Condo
Avail fall. Less than 1 mi from campus 2BR/
2.5BA. W/D, interest incl. Pool, w/3 conve-
nient bus rts avail. $875/mo. 352-222-4235
PETS FREE AVAIL NOW OR FALL 3 BED
2 BATH LARGE MASTER WOOD FLOORS
BEHIND OAKS MALL $1050 MONTH 262-
7462 FOR MORE. 4-25-34-2
PETS FREE AVAIL NOW OR FALL WOOD
FLOORS 2 BED 2 BATH TOWNHOME
PRIVATE DECK 2871 SW 38TH PLACE
$875 MONTH 262-7462 FOR MORE 4-25-
DOWNTOWN CRACKER HOUSE
2BR/1BA in private cul-de-sac. Lots of trees.
Dogs ok. $525/mo. Avail immed. Laundry incl
CUTE 2/1 & 1/1 Apts
$600/mo Walk to UF. All new int, wood floors,
tile kitchen & bath. NW 9th St. Chris 871-
7707 avail now. 3-9-4-2
No app or pet fee. 2BR, fireplace, privacy
fence, W/D hoookup. 4511 SW 71st Terr.
$540/mo. Call 352-331-2099 3-26-10-2
000*1BR APT, $550/moOOo0
Quiet nhood; greenspace, trees, private
patio, near UF, busline, parking, spacious
rooms, adorable kitchen, carpeted fans, no
dogs. 1825 NW 10th St. 376-0080 4-9-20-2
U For Rent
University Area rentals
Watch our Websitel
Union Properties, Inc.
Hawthorne Reserve off University Ave. New
1, 2, and 3 Bedroom Condos, Completely
Refurbished, Quiet Wooded Setting. Pool,
Clubhouse and Cardio Center. W/D in each
unit, Short Term OK. Close to Mall and Royal
Garland Condos off NW 13th Street. End
unit Townhouse w/Alarm System, W/D
hookup and Pool onsite. 2BR 2.5Bath @
Union Properties, Inc. 373-7578 4-25-
1BR/1BA, no lease. Courtyard, 2 mi to UF,
on bus line, quiet neighborhood, next to
park. Free water, no pets. $440/mo + $440
sec dep. Call 374-7175 3-19-5-2
1BR in a 2BR/1BA. $275/mo.
Avail now. No smoking. Must love cats. 328-
1UGE 3 BED HOUSE
FREE UF PARKING
AVAIL FALL, pets ok
Open late! 371-7777
2BR/2BA over 1500 sq ft.
Monticello. Across from Gainesville Heath
and Fitness. Pool, tennis court, clubhouse.
$950/mo. 371-8337 3-21-5-2
in NE Gainesville. Bike to downtown and
campus. Fireplace. Big yard. 2BR/1BA.
$700/mo. Call Jackie Davis, 219-3789 3-
Remodeled 900 sq ft clean 3BR/1BA duplex
on quiet NE street. Bike to UF. New carpet/
paint-tile bath & kitchen! CHIAC. Laundry rm
W/D. NS. $895/mo 376-7529, 219-2399 I/m.
1 & 2 Bed Cottages & Apts. $590/MO.
Central AC., WID hookups. Close to down-
town & UF. Cute & MUST SEE! See photos
& info @ www.rentalworkshop.com
352-870-0904, 318-4553 3-21-5-2
HOUSES! 1 to 4 beds $450-$1500. All
close to UF & on bus routes, WID hook-
ups, Hardwood, central AC, porches, pets
OK, See photos @ rentalworkshop.com
870-0904, 318-4553 3-21-5-2
DUPLEX FOR RENT
3215 SW 26 Terr. 1 mi from UF & Shands.
2BR/1BA flat, 850 sq ft. Cent AC, private
front patio & backyard. $550/mo. 407-363-
7198 or cell 407-234-1380 3-20-3-2
LIVE ON UF LAKE
Pristine Biven's Arm condo. Huge 2BR/2BA,
large den (possible 3rd BR), hardwood
floors, pool incl. $1295/mo. Call 321-231-
***10 BLOCKS TO UF***
1BR/1BA apts in quaint historic Victorian
house. Huge rooms, screened porch, wood
floors, high ceilings, pvt entrance. $525/mo.
376-2184. 225 SW 3rd Ave. 3-22-5-2
LARGE 1BR THE POLOS Apr 1 Jul 31. I
will pay $300 fee. Pets ok. Rent $600/mo.
Bus routes 9 & 35. Screened patio.,Fne s
center, pool, computer lab, tanning salon &
more. Call Jason 219-1826 3-20-21-3
Avail May-July, 1B//Ba, $665/mo
Very quiet, 2 bus routes, Pool
Close to campus/Bdtler/l-75
Front porch, Laundry in apt
570 sq ft, 321-946-9955 3-9-17-3
WALK TO CLASS IN MINUTES!
1BR avail in 4BR/2BA house across frpm the
law library. Rent $365 plus 1/4 utilities. Email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 407-461-0355 3-
10, ALLIGATOR FRIDAY, MARCH 9,2007
Available NOW through Dec. Secluded
furnished 1BR/1BA in 3BR/3BA @ Melrose
Apartments. $487/mo. Neg. All utils. incl.
Quiet roommates. Will pay cash to take over
lease.. Female only. Call 813-464-1936 3-
4BR/4BA, $360/each + utilities, nego-
tiable. Great bus, no towing, quiet, spacious,
washer/dryer & balcony. email@example.com,
Sublease. May-Aug. 1BR/1BA in 4BR apt.
Lexington. Female only. Close to UF. Several
bus routes $425/mo incl util. & furn. Call
Kristen 813-601-9285 firstname.lastname@example.org 3-
Sublease March- July Boardwalk apt 2 min
from UF 2BR/2BA sunken living room. $839
+ cable & intemet. 1st month FREE! Call
MOVE IN NOW March FREE
1BR/1BA unfurn townhouse Sun Harbor.
Avail Mar 1-Jul 31. $510/mo, $200 deposit
needed. 850-585-5632 email@example.com
AVL NOWTHRU SUMMER IN 3/2 HOUSE
Lrg mstr BR w/BA fits 2 $500/mo.
Reg BR $350/mo: Share Utils plus
Wireless/cable. Near bus route by
Univ Ave & SW 34 St. 727-421-2213 3-21-
Now til Aug or longer! Fully furnished, w/d
in apt, cable, water, electric, internet all in-
cluded! gym, biggest pool in g-ville (campus
Lodge), computer lab, free tanning, tennis &
b-ball courts.Great roomies.female only.call
352-283-9999 Christine 3-30-16-3
Female sublease 1BR/1BA in 2BR/2BA
Campus Lodge, $510 furnished, WD, and
all util. included. In bus route. Close to UF.
Avail now thru Aug. 07. Call 352-281-3154
Quiet 1BR on SW 20th Low rent. On the
busline, easy walk/bike to UF Sublease any-
time May-Jul Apt includes security system.
Call Christopher 859-630-9353 3-26-11-3
Avail Now -Aug. Furnished 1BR/1BA in 4BR/
4BA @ Gainesville Place. All utils incl. Great
deal $150 off rent only asking $350. CallApril
$375/mo 1BR/1BA in 2/2.5 twnhs. Avail Mar
25-July 31. Rent incl internet, cable, water,
utils! W/D in apt. quiet complex & roommate,
pool, scr porch, personal parking spot, cats
ok. Female only. Amy 352-359-2189 3-19-
Subleasing unfurnished 1 BR/1 BA @ Sunrise
Apartments. $370/mo, on bus routes 9 and
35. Available March 5th through July 31st.
Call 305-401-7874 3-9-4-3
Sublease ASAP Female needed Spring-
Summer 3BR/2BA furnished. Free wireless
and cable. Archer & 34th St. $360 all inclu-
sive negotiable. Call Elena 352-328-6954
Sublease at Gainesville Place Apts
2800 SW 35th Place
Early May August 7 $509/mo
Pool, Tennis, Weights and More
CABANA BEACH APTS
1BR/1BA in a 4BR/4BA. Furn, poolside, util
incl. Move in ASAP. $500/neg. No move in
fee. Call 727-364-6981 4-11-21-3
Greenwich Green Lux Apts. 1BR/1BA in
3BR AiA Townhouse, ALL 3 AVAILABLE.
W/D, water, cable, Pool, Gym, hot tub, incl
$360/mo each negotiable. 352-216-2261
Move in NOW- MARCH FREE
1 BR/1 BA @ Pine Rush Villas 20th Ave.
No deposit, No fees.
Rent $529 U pay $499 until August + Utils
Erika 352-226-1332 3-27-10-3
Sublease May-Aug 2BR/2BA@ Hidden Lake
w/walkin closets, screened balcony, w/gym,
pool, tanning bed, W/D in unit. $480/BR indiv
or joint lease avail. Call 305-962-2714 or
WALK TO CLASS, NOW!
Spacious unfurn. 1BR/1BA
3Blocks from campus behind Swamp
Available NOW till Aug
$470 Call Rick 727-458-9545 3-28-10-3
PINE RUSH OFF 20th Ave. 1BR/1BA,
$449/mo. Sublease March 23-July. Pets ok.
20 & 21 Bus routes to campus. No security
deposit. $35 application fee only. 352-256-
For Summer Session
Large 1BR apt. Wood floors, appliances,
W/D. 2 blocks from stadium. April thru mid-
August. $700/mo. 352-275-9112 3-9-1-3
Sublease 1BR/1BA unfurnished apt @
SUNRISEApts. Available now thru July 31st.
$400/mo. On 2 bus routes 9 and 35. Call
Shirl @ 347-385-1793 3-29-10-3
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 4-25-72-4
FEMALE ROOMMATES NEEDED
(2) for 4/2.5 new townhouse, 10 min from
UF by car or bus, all included $425 954-557-
Master BR avail in huge home. 2 profs need
mature 3rd. Digital, wireless, W/D, yard serve,
2 bus rts, quiet area. SW G'ville. Avail Mar-
Jul $450 + utils. firstname.lastname@example.org 3-9-20-4
2BR/2BA for rent, W/D, all appliances, $425/
room + sec dep, call Abby 352-281-5617
Mature professional to share 3BR/2BA pool
home. Near UF safe neighborhood across
from Plaza Royale movie theater. No alcohol
or drugs. $325/mo + 1/3 utils. Furn or unfurn.
Call 371-3837 3-9-11-4
Quiet roommate: master br in 1000 sq ft
2BR/2BA $335/mo + 1/2 util. On 6th Street.
Full-time UF, pref male. Move-in Aug must
cosign. Call Charles 407-342-8940 3-9-10-4
ROOMI Huge Home 1.5 Miles to UF
65" HD TV, Pool Table, Nice Yard
Big Room 13'x12' ?Furnished?
NW 16 & 22. Easy access to SFCC
$450/Month 1/4 Util. 561-756-5368 3-9-
Br & pvt BA available for female roommate
in /2 Treehouse Village condo. Incl W/D. 1.5
mi from UF $318/mo plus 1/2 of utilities. Call
813-340-8982 or email cindy.choate@comca
st.net. Unit is furnished except for bedroom.
$295/mo Available now. UF close. Great stu-
dent roommates. Month-to-month or lease
thru July. 352-371-9509 3-20-10-4
Available now. Quiet private BR/BA in
Southfork Oaks condo near UF. No smoking/
/no pets. $425/mo + 1/3 utils. $300 deposit.
Lease length negotiable. 284-3961 3-19-7-4
2BRs in wing of new 4/3 house, avail now.
BR have deadbolt locks, monthly maid ser-
vice utils incl $525/BR, cable, wireless, park-
ing and on bus line. Club has hot tub, gym.
Lori 305-867-8399 UFGatorHome@aol.com
Female roommate needed for 2BR/2BA
furnished townhouse. Next to pool. Clkose
to Oaks Mall. $400/mo which includes cable,
intemet, and utilities up to $100.Call 386-
Grad or prof to share 2/2 apt at Rocky Pt.
$390/mo + 1/2 util. Non-smokers only. Call
Monty @ 352-256-1949 3-9-5-4
a Roommates 3
Room for rent Downtown area $350 includes
everything! Rent, high speed internet cable
& electric. No deposit. NEED ASAP!! Call
Natasha 682-4628 3-9-5-4
Roommate needed for 3/3 twnhse in gated
comm. Lg BR w/pvt BA & walk-in closet. New
appliances, carpet & paint. All amenities &
utils incl. 24hr gym, pool, Bball, HS internet,
cable wHBO/SHO $550 954-483-4597 3-
Avail now. Huge BR 17' x 11', private BA
upstairs in 2BR/2BA townhouse. Close to
campus. On routes 4, 12, 35. Quiet student/
professional pref. Only $390/mo + half utils.
We'll work a deal for March. 772-214-8179
Roommate needed for 4BR/4BA condo @
University Terrace West. $425/mo w/$125
dep. W/D, wireless internet & cable all incl.
Please call 407-719-1699 3-30-14-4
Need female student in University Commons
4BR condo. Non-smoker, poolside view,
game room & amenities,. $379/mo. Please
call Haydee Clark @ 352-871-8577.
Available August. 3-19-5-4
BRAND NEW spacious condo needs female
roommmates 3/3 avail in 4/4 starting 8/1. 2
blocks from UF! $530/mo, all incl. Call Amy
Room for rent $475/mo
all utils, cable, hi-speed intemet incl Male
only. Near 43rd & Newberry 256-7227 3-
UF Student needs roommate to share 2BR/
2BA condo 1.5 mile to campus. Steps to
bus/pool/gym/com lab. $520. 770-429-3999,
352-381-7362 Private Owner 4-4-15-4
Roommate needed for Aug 2007. 3BR/3BA
@ Stoneridge Apts. $375/mo + utils w/$200
dep. W/D incl. Unfurnished room. Call Ryan
@ 863-441-0643 3-22-5-4
Female roommates wanted for 4BR fur-
nished pool.house. $450/mo + utils. 1 mile
from campus on bus route. Non-smoker.
No dogs. Avail June. Call 954-899-7197
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Newly renovated 1 & 2 BR units starting
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Banker, MM Parrish, Realtor 352.372.5375.
A peaceful, sophisticated lifestyle. 1, 2 & 3
BR luxury townhomes in pool community
with many amenities. Priced from $159,700.
Great upgrades and bonuses available.
Call Coldwell Banker, MM Parrish, Realtor
352.377.4977 or visit MagnoliaPlaceTownd
Completely renovated 1, 2 & 3 BR condos
literally across 34th Street from campus.
Visit www.cazabella.com or Call Coldwell
Banker, MM Parrish, Realtor 352.373.3583.
Pre-Construction Pricing next to campus
Oxford Terrace II -Walk to UF from a brand
new condo www.oxfordterrace.com. Call
Eric Leightman with Action Real Estate
1BR 3 blocks to UF & Shands. Newly re-
modeled, central A/C, W/D, luxury kitchen,
tile/Pergo, DW, very clean & private, big
BR, ample parking, first floor, on bus route.
$105,000. 352-362-6410 3-9-50-5
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Need to buy or sell you home/condo? Call
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1112 or visit www.katewallis.com for more
info. UFAlum... Gooooo Gators! 4-19-60-5
2/2 off Archer between campus & 34th St.
Just $129,900! Fully furnished with washer/
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Newly renovated 2BR/1.5BA end unit condo
desirable Casablanca East. Newer AC,
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1/2 BA. Comm pool & bus rt on site. Quiet
convto Shands/UF. $139,900. 352-246-5958
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BRAND NEW CONSTRUCTION
CLOSE TO UF AND SHANDS
Starting in-the mid $170's
Gated Community on Bus Route
2508 SW 35th Place
OPEN HOUSE Tu-F 2-5, Sat & Sun 1-4
Contact Birdie Murane, Venture Realty
of North Florida at 352-222-8888 or visit
OWN AT COUNTRYSIDE 4/4 CONDO
Tiled living area & kitchen. Owner occupied.
Clean and well maintained. Price $179,900.
Owner is licensed realtor with ERA Trend
Realty. Call 352-870-8459 for details. 3-
3826 SW 6th PI; $273,500; bamboo & car-
pet; LR; DR; FR w/fireplace; cedar screened
porch. Mary Fletcher, Realtor 352-332-3000
UNIQUE RANCH HOME
3/2. Close to UF. 2359 sq ft. Enjoy lounging
by pool in private courtyard w/cabana bath.
Call Francine Milam 352-214-1722. Coldwell
Banker MM Parrish. 3-20-10-5
University Terrace West 4BR/4BA condo.
Ground floor, fully furnished $187,000. W/D,
pool, on bus route, 3800 SW 20th Ave. Near
Butler Plaza. Call Steve @ 352-586-6468
2BR/2BA Oakbrook Walk Condo. WALK
TO UF/Shands. Laundry rm, W/D incl, night
security. Cathedral ceilings. Balcony over-
looks pool. $173,000. Call 321-217-6991
Condo for sale in BRANDYWINE 2BR/2BA.
$115,000. 1226 sq ft for sale by owner.
Excellent condition. New tile & wood floors.
Call 352-562-4091 3-22-10-5
Casablanca East Condo. 2BR/2.5BA
Renovated! Wood floors, granite, new carpet
CASABLANCA EAST 2BR/1.5BA 2 mi to
UF on bus rte. Wood firs, 2004 appliances,
util room incl W/D. Pool, security sys. Avail
mid-May. $135,000. Call 352-804-6169 3-
WHY RENT WHEN YOU CAN OWN 3 BED
2 BATH CONDO WOOD FLOORS LARGER
MASTER WITH WALK IN CLOSETS
BEHIND OAKS MALL OWNERIAGENT
WHY RENT WHEN YOU CAN OWN 2
BED 2 BATH CONDO WOOD FLOORS,
PRIVATE DECK NEWER APPLIANCES
$139,500 OWNER/AGENT 352-262-7462
Brand new 1440 sq ft
RESTAURANT SPACE for sale or lease 3
blocks from UF in beautiful Jackson Square
Condominiums. Call Eric Wild at 870-9453
for info 4-25-33-5
Brand new 1020 square ft
OFFICE SPACE for sale or lease 3 blocks
from UF in beautiful Jackson Square
Condominiums. Large private balcony. Call
3/2 1976 SQ FT concrete block home on
nearly 2 landscaped acres in Jonesville area,
priced below appraised value $265,000. Call
David @ Campus Realty 339-3836 or 336-
FABULOUS 3BR/2BA close to UF,
1800 sf on fenced 1/2 acre. Fireplace,
2-car gar. & addl pking all for
only $229,900. Call Marsha Philips,
ERA Trend Realty 352-215-8013 3-9-5-5
MH in Arredondo, 3BR/2BA, 16'x60',
screened porch. New AC, fridge, dryer (all
warranted) comes w/all appl. Lawn mower.
BBQ grill. $3500 (incl tax) + take over $646/
mo lot rent & pmt. 283-8077, 618-204-2853
FRIDAY, MARCH 9,2007E ALLIGATOR, 11
0 1 Real Estate
WANT TO OWN CLOSE TO CAMPUS?
Student condos & houses for sale
Close to UF, walk to campus!
Go to HomesAtUF.com or call Steve
Barry, Campus Realty 352 494-49961 3-
If you would like to contribute to building a
home for homeless school children in our
community, please call Ken at 352-339-
Condo for sale (or rent)
1/1 CREEKSIDE VILLAS
NW 29th Rd. Well maintained. Upstairs
Creekview. $84,900. 407-616-7496 4-5-
House for Sale: Charming 1940's cottage
w/pvt yard near UF. 2BR/1 BA, wd firs, new
roof, elec & AC/Heat pump in 2005. Sec sys
& termite contract. $220,000. See Photos at
www.10houses.com or call 352-336-6116
6.8 Acres near Newnans Lake. Heavily
wooded, deeded access to the lake. Cannot
be split. Mobile or site-built home acceptable.
$81,600. 352-281-6618 3-22-5-5
r | Furnishings
BED QUEEN $100 ORTHOPEDIC
Extra thick, pillow-top, mattress & box. Name
brand, new, still in plastic. Call 352-372-7490
will deliver. 4-25-72-6
BED FULL SIZE $75 ORTHOPEDIC
Pillow-top mattress & box. New, unused, still
in plastic w/warranty. Can deliver. Call 352-
MICROFIBER SOFA & LOVESEAT $350
Brand new still packaged w/warranty. Must
sell. Can deliver. Retail $2300. 352-372-
BED KING $170 PILLOWTOP
mattress & box springs. Orthopedic rated.
Name brand, new, never been used, in
plastic with warranty. Call 352-372-8588 Can
CHERRY SLEIGH BED solid with Pillowtop
Mattress & Box. All new still boxed. Cost
$1500, sacrifice $550 352-333-7516
Sofa $175 Brand new in pkg 333-7516
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 4-25-72-6
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 4-25-
FUTON Solid oak mission-style frame w/
mattress. New, in box. $140 332-9899
DINETTE SET 5pc $85 Brand new in box.
Never used. 352-377-9846 4-25-72-6
"BEDS ALL BRAND NEW"*
**Full $80 Queen $100 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.
Bed- All New King! 3pc Orthopedic pillowtop
mattress set. Brand NEW, still in plastic with
warranty. Can deliver. $170 352-333-7516.
BEDROOM SET- $300 BRAND NEW
Still in boxes! 6 pieces include: Headboard,
2 Nightstands, Dresser, Mirror, Chest. Must
sell, can deliver. 352-377-9846. 4-25-72-6
U l Furnishings J
FUTON $60 Solid Oak Mission Style. With
plush mattress $140. All brand NEW still in
box. Can deliver. 352-333-7516 4-25-72-6
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 4-25-72-6
Bed-FULL size pillowtop mattress & box.
New, in plastic, warr. Can del. $80 317-4031
Sofa $185 Brand new! Love seat $150 still in
pkg. Can del 352-333-7516
BEDS FURNITURE FUTONS
LOW PRICES & LARGE SELECTION
Dumas Discount 371-4422 1201 E. Univ. Av.
New Used S Buy Sell 4-25-72-6
BED SETS CLOSEOUTS
Sealed in plastic Twin sets $89. Full sets
$129. Queen sets $149. King sets $189. 352-
376-0953 or 352-378-6005 4-25-72-6
MEMORY FOAM- Same as Temperpedic
Save 50% & more. Other closeouts. Twin
sets $89. Full sets $129. Queen sets $149.
King sets $189. Student discounts apply.
4370 SW 20th Ave. 376-0953 We Deliver!
*Beds *Full mattress & boxspring sets $49
Queen sets $89 *Single sets$39 *King
sets $99 Ofrom estate sale. 376-0939/378-
6005 Call-A-Mattress 4370 SW 20th Ave.
BEDS FUTONS FURNITURE
Quality fumiture at reasonable prices.
Morrells Furniture Outlet,
140 NW 6th St. 352-378-3400
Shop ONLINE at www.morrellsfurniture.com
Color-TV 19" $40 Lrg dorm fridge, like new
$50 full size bed $50 large dresser, solid
wood $75 0 queen size bed $60 *AIWA
stereo w/cd $60 0 old magazines Aero
Digest 1945-1953 over 50 $95 0 335-5326
TWO TWIN BEDS
with head boards in great condition, each for
$85. Call 352-375-6754 3-9-4-6
High quality office furniture. Fantastic
SteelCase 90 deg. modular desk unit.
Lockable drawer, file. Ex. Cond. Retails
$850 352-275-9112 3-9-1-6
SteelCase LEAP Chair. Fully adjustable
posture chair. Great Keyboarding and study
comfort. Ex. Cond.
Herman Miller adjustable office chair.
Very good condition.
SERTA mattress and box spring set.
Queen size. 7 months old. Ex. Cond.
Retail $900. $425 w/frame. 352-275-9112
Kitchen island/micro wave over cart.
CASH PAID For Laptops
Power Supplies & Drives.
Joel www.pcrecycle.biz 4-25-72-7
i A CooAnputer GIehl
Computer Help! Now!
m i Computers
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COMPUTER & LAPTOP REPAIRS
We buy computers and laptops
Working and Non-working
378-4009, 607 NW 13th Street
Microsoft Certified Professional here to
address all of your computer and home net-
working needs. Free estimate. References
available. Don't hesitate. Call 352-226-5151
DATA RECOVERY & Forensic Analysis
Professional, Reliable Work
Law Enforcement Officer
BS Degree, A+ Certified Technician
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Computer/Laptop Repair 0
Upgrades Free Diagnosis *
Will beat any price S
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In the market for a new set of wheels or just
looking to add a second to that collection?
Want personalized handlebars or a fitted
seat? Check in the Alligator Classifieds
NEW& USED BIKES FOR SALE
WE REPAIR ALL BRANDS
Best Prices in Town*
SPIN CYCLE 373-3355
424 W UNIV AVE (DOWNTOWN)
0 For Sale
Private, Secure, Guaranteed. 60 sec to UF.
Reserve now! Reasonable rates. 352-538-
2181. Can leave mssg. 4-25-72-10
Books by Bob Brackin
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UF SURPLUS EQUIPMENTAUCTIONS
bikes, computers, printers, vehicles and
more. All individuals interested in bidding
go to: http://fa.ufl.edu/am/surplus/online/
Engagement ring for sale
1 ct. round diamond ring, in white gold. Clarity
VS-2, Color F, ring appraised at $6,600- Must
sell $3,750 OBO 727-560-6081 4-
** SCOOTERS **
RPM MOTORCYCLES INC
SALES, SERVICE, PARTS
Many Brands Available 518 SE 2nd St.
i| Motorcycles, Mopeds) *1
Scooters from $899. Largest selection from
KYMCO, Daelim, Hyosung, Adly, Go-Ped,
Schwin, others. 2 yr warrantees.
3550 SW34th St 338-8450 solanocycle.com
*****New Scooters 4 Less*****
Providing excellent service and
new scooters at great prices!
1901 NW 67th Place, 336-1271
NEW website www.NS4L.com
We have moved to a temp. location as we
await the completion of our new state of the
art facility. We still have new scooters start-
ing at $1199. lyr Warranties. We also service
ALL brands of scooters. Pickup Available.
Low Labor Rates. Free estimates. 376-6275
New Scooters 4 Less has LOW rates and
services on any scooter. Pickup/drop off
avail. $19.99 oil change and tune ups.
Call us! 336-1271 4-25-72-11
534 SW 4th Ave. Largest Selection of
E-bikes, Scooters, Accessories and More!!
Best Prices and Customer Service!!
Scooter Maintenance Packages!
Buy all of your scooter maintenance in a
2 or 4 year package & save $! Check out
NS4L.com or call 336-1271 for more info!
BuyA New Scooter u BuyA Used Scooter
All on One site! Check the website or call
336-1271 for more info! 4-25-54-11
2006 VERUCCI SCOOTER
1200 mi. 55 mph. 70 mpg. Runs good. Blue
$650. Call 352-262-3662 3-19-8-11
**SHINKO SPORT BIKE TIRES**
190/50/ZR17 $115.95-180/55/ZR17 $112.95
120/70/ZR17 now $82.95 (in stock + more)
BLOW OUT SALE!!! *
GatorMoto is having a huge sale on NEW
'06 models. Only $899 gets you a brand new
scooter w/ 1 YEAR WARRANTY! Only a few
left at this price. Financing avail. 376-6275.
1998 HARLEY SPORTSTER
Forward controls, windshield, saddlebags,
Screaming Eagle headers, 12k miles, garage
kept, Very clean. $4500/OBO. Call 378-6708.
Sor cell 352-266-0816 3-19-4-11
2004 TANK SCOOTER-
Great condition! $700. Call Stephany
(407) 617-0883- Leave a message
S. Autos 1
FAST CASH PAID FOR ANY CAR*
*Running or not!*
*NEED HONDA, TOYOTA, PICKUPS
*Over 10 yr svc to UF students
*Call Don @ 215-7987 4-25-72-12
CARS -CARS Buy*SelleTrade
Clean BMW, Volvo, Mercedes
Toyota, Honda, Nissan cars
3432 N Main St. www.carrsmith.com
CARRSMITH AUTO SALES 373-1150
OVER 50 IMPORTS UNDER $10,000
SELECT MOTOR CAR
THE YELLOW BUILDING
2715 N MAIN 377-1616
$500! POLICE IMPOUNDS!
HONDAS, CHEVYS, TOYOTAS, ETC.
For listings 800-366-9813 ext 4622
Sunrise Auto Sales
3630 N Main St.
Buy Here, Pay Here 4-25-72-12
Sunrise Auto Sales
3630 N. Main St.
No credit check
Bring W-2s and Drive home today. 4-25-
Sunrise Auto Sales
$2000 off all financed vehicles
Wide selection of vehicles 4-25-72-12
Sun City Auto Sales
2306 NE Waldo Rd
Buy Here, Pay Here
No credit check 4-25-72-12
Sun City Auto Sales
Bring W-2s & drive home today
Wide selection of vehicles
$2000 off all financed vehicles 4-25-72-12
JUNK CARS HAULED AWAY!
*** FREE FREE FREE* FREE***
MUST HAVE TITLE! METRO GNV ONLY!
CALL DON 215-7987 4-25-72-12
Used Cars Sale & trade
See our inventory 5-15-84-12
CARS FROM $29/MO!
Hondas 0 Chevys 0 Jeeps and more!
$0 Down, 36 Months @ 8.5% apr.
For listings call 800-366-9813 ext 9765
2006 Hyundai Sonata LX
V6. All power. Alloy wheels. Leather, CD,
keyless entry, extra clean. Factory warranty.
17K mi. $15,900 Call 352-514-8580 3-22-
POWER WINDOWS DON'T WORK?
On site available. Call Steve 352-226-1973
***RELIABLE COLLEGE CAR**
00' Oldsmobile Intrigue. Clean, Runs Great,
60k miles, White w/Gray Cloth, Must-Sell!
$5000 OBO Bryan 631-513-1824 3-9-
2005 HONDA S-2000
19k miles; metalic silver; well cared for;
one owner; $25,500 OBO; 283-8795 or
91 FORD WAGON
Runs good. $950. 2632 NW 43rd St. Phone
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.
LOCAL ARTIST NEEDS:
* Gold Diamonds Gems Class Rings
* ETC Top Cash $$$ or Trade *
OZZIE'S FINE JEWELRY 373-9243. 8-15-
UF GRAD PAYS MORE -
for gold jewelry, scrap gold, Rolex, dia-
monds, guitars, etc. Top $$$. Get my offer
before you sell! Call. Jim 376-8090 or 222-
Buying jewelry, gold, diamonds etc.
Top dollar paid. 727-560-6081
On going volunteer needed: Blind lady needs
trans Sundays only to Mass @ Queen of
Peace Catholic Church or St. Augustine
Catholic Church. For more info. call 219-6948
I live in the Tower Rd. area 3-23-72-13 .
12, ALLIGATOR 0 FRIDAY, MARCH 9,2007
ASSISTANCE FOR BLIND LADY living in
the Tower Rd area. Need volunteer compan-
ions for EVENING WALKS and SATURDAY
MORNING TRIPS TO ANGEL GARDENS.
Prefer females. Please call 352-219-6948
$$ WANTED TO BUY $$
1990 First in SEC Football ring &
older jerseys, rings, watches, e-mail =
TWORINGS4UF@aol.com or 904-415-3294
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LIKE TO WORK WITH LUXURY CARS?
Bright? Enthusiastic? Like people? Must be
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for details. 4-25-72-14
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person to work w/ reptiles & rodents. Will
train, PTto start with more hrs possible. Start
at $7.00/hr. Flex hrs. Please call 495-9024
between 9-4 M-F. 4-25-72-14
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Phone survey interviewers wanted. Start
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For gently used brand name
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$Cash on the Spot$ SANDY'S No appt
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$250 A DAY POTENTIAL
No eeerience necessary, training provided.
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Needed for evaluations of
Local Stores, Restaurants and Theaters
Flexible Hours, Training Provided
Call 1-800-585-9024 ext 6254
$12 4,/Hour DRIVERS
$6.67 $7.40/Hour INSIDERS
$8.35-$9.40/hr MANAGERS in training
Apply online at www.gatordominos.com/jobs
Or at any of the 6 locations. 4-25-72-14
0 .Help Wanted
Gator Domino's is growing again. We are
looking for career oriented team mem-
bers. Now hiring Assistant Managers and
future GMs. $8.35-$9.40/hr for Managers
in training. GMs $40k+. Send resumes
to Freddie@gatordominos.com or call
Ann at 352-318-9650. Learn more at
GREAT PAY FOR THOSE WHO STAY Park
Place Car Wash is looking for hard workers
for all positions. Cashiers (fullday availability)
& line workers (AM 8:30-1 & PM 12-6 shifts
avail) 15-40hrs-your choice. Great work envi-
ronment. Apply in person. 7404 NW4th Blvd.
Across from Home Depot. No calls please
POLITICAL CALL CENTER
Phone reps needed ASAP for Political
Campaigns. Base hourly rate + bonus.
371-5888 ext. 111 or4112 NW22nd Dr. 4-
EARN $60 THIS WEEK!
Donate Plasma & Save a Life
Best part-time job you'll ever have
Bring this Ad and Earn an
Extra $5 on Your 2nd Donation.
DCI Biologicals 150 NW 6th St
00* SOCCER COACHES*OO
needed for GSA rec and camp youth teams.
Experience required. License preferred for
comp. For info:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 379-5979
l|l Help Wanted
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 4 July 22. Please
Contact Krys Ragland
at 800-523-1673 ext 251
or 352-669-9443 ext 251
Earn $2500 + monthly and more to type
simple ads online. www.DataAdEntry.com
For adult entertainment company. Make
$1000+/wk. Flex schedule 378-3312 3-30-
PART TIME CLEANERS
No experience necessary. No weekends.
Flexible daytime hrs. Excellent pay. $10/hr.
Clean vacant apts. Call 378-8252 4-12-
Imagine Leaming Center 371-5450. Taking
applications from reliable, creative individu-
als who enjoy working w/infants/preschoolers
Hiring all restaurant/bar positions. 201 SE
7nd Av -Suite 101 Conntant 4n7-R1l-nf924
PARADIGM PROPERTIES email@example.com 3-20-20-14
Leasing Consultant, PT
Sales & customer service exp. Sears, Oaks Mall
EOE, DFWP Now hiring sales & stock positions. See store
220 N. Main; 352-375-2152 X301 x301 for inquires. May apply online. AA/EOE. 3-
Bureau of Economic and
Business Research at
Warrington College of
Survey Research Center
Hiring Students and Non Students
Hourly Rate ($7.50 $8.00)
Flexible scheduling -
Great Resume Builder
Speaker Positions Available
(352) 392-2908 X 105
Sales/Leasing Specialist Part-time and Full-
time professional sales positions in local
management co. Fax resume, cover letter
& avail schedule to 352-376-6269 or email
Attn Smokers! Earn at least $7/hr Smokers
needed to participate in a study on decision-
making & smoking. If interested, come to
Rm 81 in the UF Psychology Bldg,'call 392-
0601 x297, visit www.psych.ufl.edu/-locey/
smokers.mht for more info. 4-25-70-14
Tired of sitting around with out it? Sit here &
make it! UF FLORIDA REPDIALS seeks UF
students to raise funds. Earn up to $8.00/hr
with a FLEXIBLE schedule. Apply at 105
NW 16th St. 4th floor. Academic Classroom
Building 105 or call 392-7754 for more info
Paid survey takers needed in Gainesville.
100% FREE to join. Cllick on Surveys. 4-
400+ Counselor/Instructor Jobs!
3 Coed Summer Camps in PA.
Travel Paid. Top Salary.
Cool Nights & Warm Daysl
VIRTUALLY CUBAN, Gainesville's Best
Cuban Restaurant & Internet Caf6 is hiring
Servers, Drivers, & Dishwashing Positions
for lunch & dinner. Experience a plus, but not
required. Spanish speaking a plus but not
required. Please apply in person at:
2409 SW 13th ST M-F 3pm-5pm.
SUBWAY OAKS MALL
Happy energetic fast reliable honest people.
No hot greasy fries, no grease traps. Call
Camp Counselors Needed at Camp Wekiva
in Wekiva Springs State Park, AApopka, FL.
A Sleepaway, Environmental Camp Boys
- June 16-30 Girls June 30-July 28. Contact
Bright enthusiastic, industrious workers
wanted for toy/gift store. FT/PT. Must be able
to work weekends, breaks and holidays stop
by for an application @ 1510 NW 13th St.
Now hiring COOK & CASHIER PT & FT.
Apply in person 600 NW 75th St. Benefits
include FREE MEALS 3-30-20-14
To rewrite articles! Accepting bids. Email
for details. firstname.lastname@example.org
Rapidly-growing telecom co at 1405 NW
13th St. E5 seeks SALES ASSOCIATES.
High energy and will train.Call Danielle after
1pm at 372-2051. EOE 3-30-20-14
is now hiring for all positions. Please apply at
101 SE 2nd Place Suite #118 3-19-10-14
German family with 3 kids (8,5,3) + 1
dog seeks a female, non-smoking Au-
Pair for 12 months beginning Aug 07 in
Hamburg, GERMANY. Work experience
with children required! Please e-mail:
S lHelp Wanted
1-3 week work program, $14 base/appt, PTI
FT, cust sales/svc, flex scheds, scholarships
poss, no exp needed. Call now 372-6697
Great pay, flex scheds, sales/svc, will train,
conditions apply, all ages 17+ CALL NOW
1PT & 1FT positions Mon thru Fri 2:30 to 6:
30pm. 1FT position infant room, Mon thru
Fri 9am to 6pm. Great pay w/benefits. Apply
1049 Museum Rd. KINDERCARE 336-1700
TCBY in Tioga Town Center
hiring friendly people. Apply at Newberry
Potential earnings $14-$201hri Make your
own schedule. Fun environment, great op-
portunity. For info contact Jason 379-3663
Escape to the Shenandoah Mountains of
West Virginia. Timber Ridge Camp, Co-ed,
overnight, seeking energetic staff to work
with children for the summer. Top salary,
travel allowance. A representative will be
on campus for interviews March 22nd. Call
for appt. 800-258-2267. www.trcamps.com.
Email: Trcamps@aol.com. 3-22-10-14
Have You Recently Quit Smoking?
If so, you may be eligible to participate
in a research study to determine how
nicotine affects the feeling of your breathing
when your breathing is obstructed.
*To participate you must:
-Be healthy and between 18-25 years of old
-Have quit smoking in the last 1-3 months
*If eligible you may receive
-Pulmonary function tests-
(to measure your breathing)
(test that measures brainwaves)
Pregnancy test (if female)
*Up to $100 for compensation of time
and travel expenses
For more information,
please call 392-4700 ext 3840
Approximately 25hrs/wk. $7/hr. Call Shannon
284-2959. ADA'S CLOTHES REPAIR 4-25-
Ladies Be Your Own Boss!!!
Moms Helping Moms Earn Residual
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Need extra cash? We can help. Please
visit our website. www.athomeiam.com 3-
AutoCad PT person Mon Fri Daily 30-50
hrs/wk. $9/hr. Must be dependable & good
knowledge of basic AutoCad. 1 mi from
campus. Email email@example.com
FT/PT + Commission
Fax Resume to:
YMCA Camp McConnell, just outside
Gainesville, is looking for a few good male
and female counselors to work with boys
and girls 7-15 years old. Great experience
at one of the leading overnight camps in the
south. Must live onsite and pass FDLE and
child abuse background checks. Camp starts
end of May and ends Aug. 11. Check us out
at www.ymcasummercamp.com or call 466-
Basic gardening, mowing, lawn maintenance.
Occasional car detailing. Please send re-
sume to firstname.lastname@example.org or apply at 4201 NW
95th Blvd. 3-22-10-14
PT VET TECH
Call 318-1247 Tri-County Pet & Bird Hospital
City of Gainesville Parks/Rec
Dept. is now hiring for seasonal
recreation and aquatics positions
Competitive pay in great work
environmental Apply online today
3 years exp. Call 352-376-4649 3-30-16-14
SUMMER JOBS: Recreation Camp
Counselors/Supervisors for summer
recreation program 6/11/07-8/03/07 for
children ages 5-15. WSI/Lifeguard and
Maintenance Aides (5/07-9/07). Exp.
desirable. City of Plantation (west of Ft.
Lauderdale) 400 NW 73 Ave, Plantation,
FL 33317 Attn: Human Resources or email:
SEEKING PART-TIME EDITOR
advanced grammar skills, editorial experi-
ence a plus. Rate is $8 per hour. Please send
resume to email@example.com 3-9-5-14
$10/hr. Fast typist, interest savvy, reliable.
Yard work, painting, light carpentry etc. $10-
$12/hr. 378-4684 3-9-5-14
Opening for outside sales, available now.
Great training provided, great pay, and flex-
ible hours. For information call 352-283-8105
or email @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Now hiring. Drivers. Part time & full time.
5004 NW 34th St. 373-7733. Apply in per-
$7.25 $9.25. You are in charge. You make
the call. Food service or retail exp a must.
Fax resume 384-9911 or apply in person @
any Pizza Hut. 4-25-32-14
LOTS OF NANNIES NEEDED
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2pm to 6; nights w/newbie;
Resume, pix, schedule to: NOAH'S ARK
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* LAPORTA HAS BEEN HIT
NINE TIMES THIS SEASON.
By ALEX WEINTRAUB
Getting hit by a 90-plus mile-
per-hour fastball can be a painful
Many hitters prefer ducking out
of the way, as opposed to taking
one on the back.
"One of our most important
statistics and goals is on-
base percentage. A way to
accomplish that is by being
But for UF coach Pat McMahon,
a hit by pitch is well worth the
"HBPs are a huge part of our
offense," McMahon said. "One of
our most important statistics and
goals is on-base percentage. A way
to accomplish that is by being un-
So far this season, Gators batters
have been hit 29 times, third-most
among Southeastern Conference
No player has taken McMahon's
advice to heart more than first
baseman Matt LaPorta, who has
been hit nine times.
This strategy has not pleased
everyone in the LaPorta family.
"Apparently, my Dad has a
problem with it," LaPorta said.
"He called me up and was like,.
'Why don't you just jump out of
"That's just the way it is. I have
to find a way on base."
SEE BASE, PAGE 15
South Carolina 52
Burde becomes unsung hero for No. 1 UF
By RACHEL ROBINS
When Melanie Sinclair scored both of her 10s on the un-
even bars, Adrian Burde displayed his high-jump potential
and leaped off the ground.
Burde, a first-year assistant coach of UF's No. 1 gymnas-
tics team (12-0-1, 5-0-1 Southeastern Conference), has been
in the sport for 27 years and knew they were perfect perfor-
mances. No judge had to tell him.
"Everyone knew she was going to get a 10," Burde said.
"Getting a 10, that's every coach's dream. When they're per-
fect, I feel that I am perfect too."
He specializes in training UF gymnasts on bars and his .
addition has helped make the Gators the top-ranked team
in the event. They will need to continue to be sharp in order
to have a successful weekend away from Gainesville against
No. 7 Utah on Friday and Boise State on Sunday.
After arriving in Gainesville less than a year ago, it didn't
take long for Burde to implement a
coaching style that encourages perfec-
tion. At the end of every practice, he .
awards stars to the top gymnasts of the
Gymnastics day. He designated a spot by the bars to
post the stars along with the names of the
gymnasts who earned them.
"Gymnastics is always perfection," Burde said.
"Practicing, it has to be exactly as you compete. It's not a big
thing, but it's like, 'Yes, my coach thinks I was so good today.'
It's just a game, but it helps."
Burde said Breanne King, Ashley Reed and, of course,
Sinclair have earned the most stars. Even though Burde
doesn't like to take any credit for the team's success on bars,
UF coach Rhonda Faehn has no problem throwing praise his "7
way. Faehn and Burde coached together at Nebraska, and .
four years later, he joined her at UF.
"He's phenomenal," Faehn said. "He is so disciplined
with those athletes and brings out the best in every single
one of them. We do have this unbelievable bar team, and I
give all of the credit to Adrian for that."
UF opened 2006 with a score of 49 on bars, while this year
it posted a 49.575 in its first meet at the Super Six Challenge.
Against Kentucky, UF scored a 49.7 in the event, the Tim casey/ Alligator Staff
highest in program history. Even the gymnasts, who used to UF redshirt freshman Melanie Sinclair dismounts from uneven bars
SEE GYM, PAGE 15 during a routine that earned her a 10 against North Carolina State.
Stevens gets chance versus No. 1 Vols again
By KARL HYPPOLITE
In Stacey Stevens we trust.
Though she has been somewhat over-
shadowed by sophomore Stacey Nelson's
hot start, the No. 19 UF softball team is look-
ing for the senior'right-hander to lead it into
Southeastern Conference play. The Gators
open against No.1 Tennessee on- Saturday
at 1 p.m.
Stevens UF's all-time leader in starts
and strikeouts has won three of her
last four regular-season starts against the
Volunteers (22-0), and the Gators (18-8) are
confident despite Tennessee's gaudy record.
ESEC Tournament : Georgia vs UF
Lincoln Financial, 7:30 p.m.
BSEC Tournament: Kentucky vs. Mis-
sissippi State. Lincoln Financial, 1 p.m.
"The past two years we've done really
well against them," Stevens said. "We're ex-
cited to play them and happy to open against
Tennessee's No. 1
ranking doesn't concern
l ,- "We don't worry
About rankings," she said.
4 *"I've played Tennessee
R maybe 15 times in my ca-
Stevens reer, so we have a unique
knowledge about them
that you don't always have when you play
More important than her knowledge
SThe UF women's swim team headed to
Minnesota for NCAA competition Thurs-
day. For a full recap, as well as previews
for the men's tennis and women's track
teams, check the Web site.
entering this series is Stevens has rebounded
after shaky performances. In the Stacy
Winsberg Tournament last weekend, she
struck out eight and allowed just two runs
in two starts.
Coach Tim Walton believes it was
Stevens' best weekend of the season, but
don't tell him she struggled earlier, because
he's not buying it.
"I never see Stacey Stevens as struggling,"
he said. "She can beat anyone on any given
day, and she has. She hasn't struggled with
her confidence all year, she's been making
pitches and people have been hitting them."
SEE SOFT, PAGE 15
E For all updated coverage of the SEC
Tournament, as well as updates on
the men's tennis action this weekend,
check out alligatorSports.org during
Spring Break for recaps.
FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2007 ALLIGATOR, 15
Golfers look to defend Gator Invitational crown
* THE WOMEN'S TEAM HAS TAKEN
THREE TOP-FIVE FINISHES IN A ROW.
By DANNY KLEIN
Starting this weekend, it's the women's
Looking to follow in the footsteps of the
UF men's golf team, winners at the Gator
Invitational earlier this spring, the women
will now take the tees and hope for the same.
The men will also be in action this week-
end, taking part in the Southern Highlands
Collegiate Championship in Las Vegas.
But the No. 17 women's team wilJ stay in
Gainesville for its only home tournament of
the spring and look to defend a victory in last
"Our mindsets are pretty confident right
now," junior Tiffany Chudy said. "We all
know we've played well here at least once."
The team will look to continue its momen-
The Gators have carded two consecutive
top-five finishes after failing to do so once in
"Pretty much at this point, with my girls
it's mental," UF coach Jill Briles-Hinton said.
"They have the skills, they know they can
win. The fall was a learning curve and now
we're getting ready for postseason play."
This year's field will include four teams
ranked in the top 25, including No. 13
Tennessee, No. 19 North Carolina and No. 23
In last year's event, the Gators won by 14
Junior Sandra Gal recorded her first ever
individual medal, and sophomore Mallory
Blackwelder finished tied for third.
Gal, coming off a final round score of 69
(3 under par) in the UCF Challenge, sees the
Gator Invitational as a chance to continue her
"Last year definitely boosted by confi-
dence," Gal said. "But this year I can't control
what other people do, so I'm just going to go
out there and do my best, hopefully some-
thing good will happen."
On the road to recovery, Blackwelder
continues to improve. The sophomore shot a
74 (2 over) in her last round and looks to be
returning to her old form.
"She's very close to getting back to her
potential and then some," Briles-Hinton said.
"She has the mind, the golf mentality, all the
tools to be successful."
After a rough spring, Blackwelder feels
she's ready to make an impact.
"I went from the fall season where I
thought I could win every tournament to
the spring when I wasn't even sure if I was
going to play," Blackwelder said. "I'm finally
getting back to being in the swing of being
The rest of the Gators look to start strong,
a problem that has plagued the team in recent
The Gators began the UCF Challenge with
a combined 313 (25 over) in the first round,
before improving by 20 strokes in- the final
day, ending with a 293 (5 over) and a fifth-
"The girls know they need to play hard
from start to finish," Briles-Hinton said. "It's
just a matter of putting it all together."
"I went from the fall season where
I thought I could win every tourna-
ment to the spring when I wasn't
even sure if I was going to play."
WOMEN'S TENNIS SHOWDOWN: Two of the
three remaining unbeaten teams in women's
tennis will square off this weekend when No.
1 UF takes on No. 3 Georgia.
The Gators (10-0, 1-0 Southeastern
Conference) head to No. 16 Tennessee (6-3,
1-1 SEC) Friday before traveling to face the
Bulldogs (9-0, 2-0 SEC) on Sunday at Dan
Magill Tennis Complex, site of the 2007
UF coach Roland Thomqvist likes the idea
of playing at the same spot where the Gators
hope to contend for a title later this spring.
"I do think it helps," Thornqvist said. "It
gives you the visual, when we're back here in
April and May practicing for it. Our younger
players (will) have an idea of what the venue
looks like and you can sort of mentally pre-
pare for it."
UF will look to perform better on the road
than in its only other away match of the year,
a 4-3 win against Florida State on Feb. 28.
Thornqvist gave his team a B or C rating
for the trip to Tallahassee.
"We found ourselves in a little bit of a hole
there, but once again our guys really stepped
up," Thomqvist said. "When the pressure
was turned on, that's when some of our play-
ers really seemed to be at their best."
The Gators will also be coming off a long
layoff, having not played a full match since
FSU, due to weather issues and a forfeit by
"We would've liked to play, especially
from a doubles standpoint," Thorqvist
said. "It's- always better to play and learn.
Hopefully (the layoff) won't be too bad."
MEN HOST NO. 1 BULLDOGS: The UF men's
tennis team, which fell out of the top 25 this
week, will host Tennessee at 3 this afternoon
at the Ring Tennis Complex.
On Sunday, the Gators take on top-ranked
Georgia at 1 p.m. before taking on Miami on
UF hopes to exact revenge at Texas A&M
BASE, from page 14
It has not been pain-free for the
All-American slugger either.
At South Florida on Feb. 27, he
was nailed on his left leg, inches
from where he was nursing a rolled
In his first game back after miss-
ing two games with the injury,
LaPorta limped to first base.
Senior Austin Pride doesn't like
to get hit as much as LaPorta gets
hit, but he notices the offense im-
proves in innings when guys take
one for the team.
"We practice- that at-bat a lot
in practices," Pride said. "And it
works. It seems like every time we
get hit, we get a run out of it."
The Gators will need all the of-
fensive help they can get this week-
end as the squad travels to College
Station, Texas, to take on No. 18
The Aggies dropped their last
game in College Station against de-
fending national champion Oregon
State on Monday.
The loss snapped a 14-game win
streak and was the team's first home-
loss of the year.
The chance to play at Olsen Field
- the Aggies' home stadium has
McMahon very excited.
"Texas A&M is one of the out-
standing places to compete in," he
said. "It's a great test for this club.
It's a double-deck stadium and one
of the unique (venues) in college
UF will be looking to exact some
revenge on the Aggies, who took
two out of three from the Gators in a
series in Gainesville last year.
In that series, UF was shut down
by the Texas A&M pitching staff,
which blanked the Gators in both
If that's the case this series, the
Gators might need to crowd the
plate a little more.
And McMahon knows he can
count on LaPorta for that.
"Matt is one of the most unselfish
players on the club," he said. "If the
ball is on the inner half (of the plate),
he'll try to help the ballclub by get-
ting on base."
Tim Casey/ Alligator Staff
UF senior Matt LaPorta gets hit by a pitch during the Gators' 24-4 win in the
second game of a doubleheader against George Washington on Saturday.
Hartung likes change
GYM ,from page 14
despise the apparatus, have taken a liking to flying
in the air. Corey Hartung dreaded the exercise, but
Burde has changed her mindset.
"It was always my weaker event," Hartung said.
S "I credit him a ton (for getting me
Sto like the bars). He's very goal-
Soriented. He pushes us through
Burde, who was born in gym-
3 nastics Mecca, Romania, wants
his gymnasts to love the atten-
tion they receive when perform-
Hartung ing on the bars.
"I always told them, 'when
you compete, it's show time,'" Burde said. "It's like
driving a nice car in campus and see all those eyes
look at you or going to a party and have the best
dressed, and you have that feeling that people are
looking at you. It's a good feeling. So I told them,
'that's exactly the same thing when you compete.'"
Pitchers have friendly rivalry
SOFT, from page 14
Stevens, though, admitted that she went through a rough
stretch, but the key was never getting down on herself. She
knew if she stumbled, there'd be someone to pick her up.
"The good thing about this early season is
that you get to work out the kinks," she-id.
"And knowing that if I struggled, Stacey
Nelson would be there for me made it easier.
"Sall She's completed some of my games and
Softball reallyhelped us out."
Walton enjoys the luxury of having two
But, unlike Stevens, he sees their relationship as more of a
"[Stevens] realizes that we have two pitchers," he said,"and
with two pitchers you can win a lot of games. She's got Stacey
Nelson to push her, and I think that's more important. Stacey
Nelson is pushing her to be the better pitcher."
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Center of Attention
Cover photo Andy Apicella
Alligator, Friday, March 9,2007
Noah faces greater fanfare, expectations in third season
LOVE HIM OR HATE HIM? .
By JENNA MARINA
Alligator Staff Writer
Former international tennis star Yannick Noah isn't a basketball expert, but he
knows it doesn't take one to understand what his son brings to the court.
Yannick has only attended a handful of games during his son's career at UF, but
he's seen enough of the Noahisms to realize the energy they evoke.
Tim Casey/ Alligator Staff
UF forward Joakim Noah dunks during the Gators' 85-72 win against
Kentucky on Sunday at the O'Connell Center.
"It's good," Yannick said. "He's getting the people into it. But it takes away a lot
of energy from him. It takes a lot of energy to do that. You need one guy like this on
the team. I like what he does. It's natural when he does it, just natural."
While the chest pounding and the screaming and the bouncing ponytail and
the swagger come naturally to Joakim Noah, his passion has made him college
basketball's most despised and beloved player.
No matter what city the forward is in, he hears and sees it.
On the streets of Nashville, Tenn., a Vanderbilt fan walked with his homemade
poster "Tim Hardaway hates Joakim Noah" referring to the retired NBA
star's public declaration of his aversion for homosexuals.
In Baton Rouge, La., the student section tossed crumpled newspapers at the
forward during pregame introductions.
They tell him he sucks and he's garbage, and when they can't come up with
anything else to rattle him, they insult his girlfriend, his mother and his sister.
"There's a line of abuse, that to me, crosses the line," UF coach Billy Donovan
said. "When you have 25,000 people doing things, some of that I think is unfair. I
think people don't know what he's going through. Nobody does. I don't."
And then there's the other side.
There are the fans who line up by the dozen outside of UF's locker room after a
game in hopes of snapping a picture with him.
There are the girls who walk up to his table at a restaurant, interrupting his
meal periodically to ask for an autograph.
There are the students who chant his name before every tipoff in the O'Connell
Center and erupt into a frenzy with every glance he shoots their way.
"I have to bring more energy and more passion to the game," Noah said. "It
helps our team, and sometimes I feel like I've been letting the team down a little
Tim Case), Alligator Statt
UF forward Joakim Noah goes up for a shot during the first half of the
Gators' 63-49 win against South Carolina on Feb. 21 at the O'Dome.
seconds after he lost the tipoff, Noah was forced to call a timeout so the. Wildcats
would release their claws on him.
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Noah finished last season as the MVP of the NCAA Tournament and king of "IL a ieaL t i," nv IrsLp a d. ai" ere oIrLe 1 ound b o t ay cim mn
college basketball. you like that," Donovan said. "There's more notoriety around Joakim. Too many
He returned to school for the love of the sport. But then came the new season teams and coaches have too much pride to just let the guy come down and just
catch the ball and do what he wants to do."
and new levels of expectation for the Gators big man. When it all becomes too much, Noah turns to his roommates Taurean Green,
Noah averages 12.2 points and 8.1 rebounds per game, far from the lofty num- hentall becomes too much, Noah turns to his roommates Taurean Green,
bers some fans anticipated. AHorford and Corey Brewer.
"I made this comment before the season started: Joakim Noah is never going to "They're with me all the time," Noah said. "They know what's important to
live up to expectations," Donovan said. "But "I made this comment before the season started: me 'd rather talk topeople who understand
no one seems to want to listen "I'd ather talk to people who understand
to me. They all want to pump JOAKIM NOAH is never going to live up to expectations. my situation, and not a lot of people do. But
up Joakim Noah, and when he my roommates do. I appreciate them because
up Joakim Noah, and when he But no one seems to want to IIsten to me. I know they're there for me regardless."
doesn't play we, they Coach Billy Donovan Horford has tried to support his teammate through-
After three games of uninspired playagainst South Carolina, LSU out the inner-battle of his slump in the last month.
and Tennessee, critics questioned where Noah's spark had gone. Jofeels thatifyouregoingtosupportus,youvegotto
They tried to offer advice to the junior, and then Donovan would undo the talk- support us through the ups and downs," Horford said. "Some people make him
ing they had done out to be like he's going to change everything. It's obvious that he's going to have
"It's amazing to me how everybody thinks they have everything figured out," some down games. I think he's figured it out for himself. He's going to step up at
Donovan said. "They know Joakim Noah. They know what's wrong..And they the right time. I'm not worried about him.'
have no due what they're talking about." Luckily for the Gators, Noah received his epiphany just in time' for UF's last
Yet they try to, offering their thoughts and opinions so openly that Noah's in- game of the regular season.
box is inundated with e-mails after games. In his 17-point, 10-rebound effort against the Wildcats or the Kitty Cats, as
"If I need advice, I like to ask for the advice," Noah said. "I don't like it when the junior calls them Noah exhibited the fire fans had missed and helped the
everybody has something to say because I feel like nobody really understands Gators rise above the fog they had been walking through.
what I'm going through." The 22-year-old will continue to play the only way he knows, regardless of
After flying under the radar last season, Noah learned he had to adjust to the what the experts or the fans or the haters or anyone has to say about it.
way teams were trying to take him out of the game. "I realized in the last couple weeks, I'm not here to please anybody," Noah said.
He is double- and triple-teamed, and Sunday's game against Kentucky was no "I (returned) for myself and for my teammates. I didn't do it for anybody else.
different. "I'm learning from all these different experiences. I don't regret anything. I love
Lee Humphrey fed Noah the ball in the post on UF's first possession, and 34 being here."
Gators look for SEC Tournament three-peat
By JENNA MARINA
Alligator Staff Writer
The Madness is beginning and as
long as the Gators can hold it togeth-
er, forward Joakim Noah expects
nothing less than climbing to the top
of college basketball again.
"We lost to the worst team in the
league (LSU)," Noah said. "It's all
about mindset with this team. When
we're focused and we're ready to go,
I feel like that's when we're the best
team in the country."
The. Gators (26-5, 13-3
Southeastern Conference) embark
on their journey to the title when
they face East Division fifth-seeded
Georgia in the quarterfinals of the
SEC Tournament tonight.
Georgia moved, on thanks to
an 80-65 first-round win against
Auburn on Thursday night.
The Gators, the East's top seed,
defeated the Bulldogs by a com-
bined 26 points in two regular sea-
As the hype swells about a repeat,
UF intends to play with blinders on,
focusing solely on itself and winning
the game in front of it.
"Last year, we had those expec-
tations, but this year everybody
else has them," forward Al Horford
said. "It's always about keeping it in
ourselves and knowing what we've
got to do. We* can't live up to what
people make us out to be.
"I can't live to score 30 points,
.getting 20 rebounds. I'm trying to
get the team to win."
If anyone knows how to be suc-
cessful in this tournament, it's the
All of the returning champions
know what it's like to play in an SEC
Tournament Championship Game.
In the previous three years, UF
has made it to the final round, and
in the past two, the Gators have won
"The past shows we're a great
tournament team, but this is the poi-
son I'm talking about," Noah said.
"If we listen to, 'Oh, we're a great
tournament team, we have it all fig-
ured out,' that's when the big dogs
get bumped out of the first round."
SThe Gators have assumed the
big-dog role for the entire conference
"Last year, we had those
expectations, but this year
everybody else has them.
It's always about keeping it
in ourselves and knowing
what we've got to do. We
can't live up to what people
make us out to be. I can't
live to score 30 points, get-
ting 20 rebounds. I'm trying
to getthe team to win."
They won their first 11 SEC games
before losing at Vanderbilt.
"We've had a target all year
long," UF coach Billy Donovan said.
"We're dealing with the same exact
thing, and it's not going to change
for us. It's about us. It's about where
we need to get to. It's about our fo-
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Senior Adrian Moss raises the SEC Tournament Championship trophy after the Gators' win against South
Carofina in the finals last sIason. UF begins its quest for a three-peat tonight against Georgia. '.
cus level. It's about us being the best
we can be."
With the Gators gaining momen-
tum off their last regular-season
victory against Kentucky, other SEC
coaches believe their teams will have
a difficult time dethroning UF this
"Florida is the odds-on favorite,"
said Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings
during Monday's SEC coaches' tele-
conference. "I don't think just any
team can win it. I think it will take
something fairly monumental to
It may not take something monu-
mental, but a test of wills.
In all three of its losses last
month, including the Commodores
loss, UF came out flat and paid when
its opponent's fierce intensity fueled
leads that proved insurmountable
for the Gators.
"It shows that we're not invin-
cible," Horford said. "That was im-
portant for our team, and I think it's
going to help us in the long run."
If UF gets past Georgia, it could
run into LSU, one of the three teams
to knock off UF in SEC play.
Vanderbilt and West top-seed
Mississippi State are probable finals
To rest for the long haul, the
Gators took two days off following
the Kentucky win Sunday.
"I wanted to get them back
mentally and physically to be fresh
and be excited going into Atlanta,"
Who: Georgia vs. UF
Tipoff: 7:30 p.m.
TV/Radio: Sun Sports, Gator
Radio Network 103.7.
Where: Georgia Dome, Atlanta
Series: The Gators defeated
the Bulldogs twice, 71-61 on
the road and 67-51 at home.
Notes: UF is going for its third
straight SEC Tournament
title and have reached the title
game the past three seasons.
... The Gators have won seven
consecutive games against
Fans should enjoy
UF's greatest hoops
team before it's gone
njoy the show while you
Peel yourself off the
beach, or take up a good seat on
the deck of your cruise ship.
Hell, get off your ass and
drive to Atlanta or New Orleans
to catch one of the best acts to
ever hit this town.
Only two more performanc-
es are promised, and there's no
guarantee of an encore.
Only a Southeastern
Conference quarterfinal and
the first round of the NCAA
Tournament are ensured for the
UF men's hoops team, a team
we will likely never see again.
There won't be anyone who
can be expected to knock down
almost every three, like Lee
There won't be any 6-foot-9
forwards who can guard the
opponent's best player, like
There won't be a big man
who has enough bravado to flex
for the cameras after a big play,
like Al Horford.
And there sure as hell won't
be anyone remotely resembling
I know what you're thinking:
The '04s are juniors and haven't
said they'll leave, but let's be
They did everyone a favor
by returning this season and
risking injury, being under a
microscope every day to defend
Don't get greedy. You can't
begrudge these guys if they de-
cide to take their games to the
All three have potential to
be lottery picks, and I wouldn't
be surprised to see Taurean
Green follow his friends out
- whether he's ready for the
NBA or not.
His stock will never be high-
er, and he may not want to go
Dan Treat his room-
Dan in Motion mate
firstname.lastname@example.org not sure
has formed an official apprecia-
tion society for these guys, but
The only standard this group
hasn't set is being the first
team in school history to gar-
ner a No. 1 seed in the NCAA
A victory in this weekend's
conference tournament would
likely give them that.
In the last two seasons, the
Gators have won an NCAA
title, a conference tournament,
the SEC regular-season title,
been ranked No. 1 multiple
times and set the school record
for wins and regular-season
Billy Donovan's third-wave
of players were not the most
heralded entering Gainesville,
but they will leave the most
It is an absolutely awful
cliche, but they've played the
game as the consummate team.
They've had just enough
swagger to not be viewed as
cocky, they've connected with
the fans, they've been person-
able and perhaps most of
all they've finally earned
UF basketball the respect it
has craved since the program's
So rather than expect things
of this team over the next sev-
Seral weeks, simply enjoy some-
thing that you're never going to
Oh, and guys be sure to
turn the lights off when you
PREWVEW 3, ALLIGATOR R FRIDAY, MARCH 9,2007
2007 SEC MEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAME NT
Thursday, March 8
Friday, March 9
Saturday, March 10
Sunday, March 11
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Game 5 1:00 PM (Lincoln Financiali
[W1] Mississippi State
[E6] South Carolina
Game 2 3:15 PM (Lincoln Financial) [W3] Arkansas
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[W6] LSU Game 8 9:-5 PM (Lincoln Financial)
Game 4 9:45 PM.1 (Lrcolr Financial) [W2] Mississippi
SEC Tournament Champion
NCAA Tournament Automatic Qualifier
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