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We Inform. You Decide.


Texter explains motive


His message referenced


By KATIE EMMETS
Alligator Writer
Kemmets@gmail.com


The mystery is over.
Six days after a text message
that read, "The monkey got out
of the cage," went out to 40,000
UF students and professors, po-
lice named Andrew Tatum as
the culprit.
Tatum, a 24-year-old former
Mobile Campus employee, said
he was at a friend's house when
he decided to see if the com-
pany's password was still the
same.


He said the message was
a joke, spurred by the show
"Family Guy" and YouTube
Internet cartoons.
Many who received the mes-
sage assumed
Local it was racially
News charged, par-
ticularly because
it went out on
the day of President Barack
Obama's inauguration.
Tatum said he hadn't taken
that into consideration and add-
ed that he voted for President
Obama in the election.
"I just don't want people


'Family Guy'
thinking I'm racist or that the
message was racist in any way,"
he said.
Mobile Campus, a mobile
communication system UF uses
to inform students and staff of
emergencies, labeled the text
message as improper use and
locked its system after the mes-
sage was sent out at 8:45 p.m. on
Jan. 20.
The former UF advertising
student said when he clicked
the "next" button on the screen
after typing the message, he ex-
pected to get a screen saying,
SEE TEXT, PAGE 5


Alcohol policies discussed


By THOMAS STEWART
Alligator Staff Writer
tstewart@alligator.org

How would you like to pay another nickel
for every beer you buy? And how would you
feel if the UF-Georgia game wasn't played in
Jacksonville anymore?
"I can't remember the last time I was
at Chili's having a beer and I saw a
member of the Gainesville Police
walking through checking IDs."
Kevin Reilly
UF student body president

These and other topics came up at Monday's
meeting of the Community Alcohol Coalition, a
group of UF, Santa Fe College and city officials
that periodically meet to discuss alcohol policy.
The group, formed in January of 2005 by UF
President Bernie Machen, includes Gainesville


Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan and representatives
from local law enforcement agencies.
Officials complained during the meeting that
state laws and Florida's powerful alcohol lobby
are preventing the city from cracking down on
underage drinking.
Liquor licenses, issued through Florida's
Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco,
are hard to revoke, officials said, which forces
them to find other ways to police the problem.
That is one reason, officials said, the city is
pursuing an ordinance that would ban under-
age patrons from bars, clubs and restaurants
that rack up too many alcohol violations.
But UF Student Body President Kevin Reilly
said he thought the ordinance was misguided
because it would only spread the problem to
other areas of the city and might be unevenly
enforced.
"I can't remember the last time I was at
Chili's having a beer and I saw a member of the
Gainesville Police walking through checking
SEE ALCOHOL, PAGE 5


People on the Streets: Church provides help to homeless


Editor's note: This story is part
of a two-part series in which
Staff Writer Hunter Sizemore
reports alongside Gainesville's
homeless.

By HUNTER SIZEMORE
Alligator Staff Writer
jhsizemore@alligator.org


Bo Diddley Community
Plaza, Saturday 4:30 p.m.
Many of the people here eat
meals by the schedule of churches
and charity houses.
While often referred to as home-
less or needy, almost all of them
have shelter; a rented apartment that
leaves no money for food or electric-
ity, a cot and roof provided in char-


ity, or a tent pitched in the woods.
Some sleep on sidewalks.
Until recently, they lined a side
street along St. Francis
Special House. A fence now
Report prevents them from
leaning up against the
building opposite the shelter so they
sleep elsewhere, in spots that most
prefer not to reveal.


According to the people on the
street and those who work to clothe
and feed them, the number of home-
less in Gainesville has noticeably
increased in the last six months. A
census of the homeless to be taken
today and Wednesday is expected to
support this observation.
On the south end of the plaza,
a line forms for the Fire of God


Ministries' bus to Saturday service.
Many of those waiting are
just as interested in the free, hot
meal that is offered beforehand.
Bill, who has been homeless since
October, repacks his duffel and won-
ders where he stashed his sleeping
bag.
Bill hides some of his belongings,
SEE PEOPLE, PAGE 8


SUF forward
Chandler Parsons
(right) may have
benefitted from
a change in his
routine in Sunday's
win at Vanderbilt,
where he hit his
first five 3-pointers.
See Story, Page 16.


In order to
earn more money
for the Florida
court system,
drivers will pay
more for speed-
ing tickets start-
ing Feb. 1. See
Story, Page 3.


Firefighter who took foot charged with theft
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) Authorities say the St. Lucie
County firefighter who took a man's severed foot from an Interstate
95 crash scene last year has been charged with misdemeanor theft.
Cindy Economou told told the Florida Highway Patrol after
the Sept. 19 crash that she took the remains to help train her ca-
daver dog. She eventually resigned from the St. Lucie County Fire
District. She was arrested Monday.
FHP Lt. Tim Frith says the severity of a theft charge is usually
determined by the value of what is stolen. Since there's no law spe-
cifically dealing with the theft of a body part, he says it was difficult
to determine the monetary value of the foot.


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ON CAMPUS
Study Abroad Fair adds day
UF's International Center will
host its Study Abroad Fair from 10
a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Reitz Union
Colonnade today and Wednesday.
Nearly 100 countries will be
represented, including Australia,
Brazil, Nicaragua and China.
UF has the largest study abroad
fair in the U.S., according to the cen-
ter's Executive Associate Director,
Susanne Hill. About 2,000 students
stopped by fall's showcase.
Tuesday's fair, which will run
two days for the first time, will
showcase only UF-sponsored pro-
grams, while Wednesday will fea-
ture independent programs.
Hill said UF faculty program
sponsors, study abroad advisers, a
financial adviser and students who
have recently studied abroad will
be available to answer questions.
"Students will be able to learn
about all the different opportuni-
ties available to them," she said.
Study abroad adviser Angela
Grindal, who spent a semester
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come out to the fair.
"It's a culture shock," she said.


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views. You can open yourself up
to a different way of life."
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UF ADMINISTRATION
UF resumes dean search
After calling off the search
for a new dean of UF's College of
Engineering in March because of
budgeting problems, UF formed
a new committee earlier this
month to try again.
In September, UF provost Joe
Glover said he would wait for a
sign that times were getting bet-
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Although the budget situa-
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poned indefinitely, and, since the
nation's budget problems may
take some time to resolve, we need
to move ahead," he wrote.
Glover said he hopes to find
a new dean by summer. The cur-
rent dean, Pramod Khargonekar,
whose resignation was announced
in December of 2007, stated that he
would serve as dean through the
rest of the academic year.
THOMAS STEWART


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Fla. ticket fines to increase


* THE INCREASED TICKET PRICES WILL
GENERATE $15.9 MILLION THIS YEAR.

By CURT DEVINE
Alligator Contributing Writer

Starting Feb. 1, Florida drivers will pay $25
more for speeding tickets and $10 more for run-
ning a red light or not wearing a seat belt.
To alleviate a $2.4 billion state budget defi-
cit, Florida House and Senate members passed
a budget package Thursday that charges traffic
violators more in fines and fees.
Jaryn Emhof, a spokeswoman for the Senate
president, said the increased ticket prices will
generate $15.9 million this year and $63.1 million
next year.
The increase in fines will prevent budget cuts
within the state court system, distributing funds
between the state attorneys, state courts and
public defenders.
"The bill functions at a dual purpose," Emhof
said. "Our courts will run smoother and our
roads will be safer."
A $25 increase for drivers going between 15
and 19 mph over the speed limit will push the
fine from $125 to $150.


The $150 fine for going between 20 and 29
mph over the limit will increase to $175.
An extra $10 will be tacked onto all moving
and nonmoving traffic violations, such as not
wearing a seat belt or driving with an expired
license.
"Enforcement makes roads safer."
Dan Brinsko
Alachua Sheriff Office Lieutenant

But in addition to these charges, Florida law-
makers have added other fees to the tickets, such
as a $10 assessment fee and a $12.50 administra-
tive charge that was implemented in 2008.
While the generated money will serve the
court system, authorities do not believe the fees
will have any effect on road safety.
Lt. Dan Brinsko, of the traffic unit in the
Alachua County Sheriff's Office, said fines and
fees rise almost every year, but drivers rarely ad-
just their habits.
"Enforcement makes roads safer," he said,
"not necessarily increased ticket prices."
If state lawmakers want to prevent Floridians
from speeding, they should invest more in speed
trailers and other equipment, Brinsko said.


Commission zones


new residential area


By HUNTER SIZEMORE
Alligator Staff Writer

The Gainesville City
Commission approved a new
community development on
Monday night.
The city of Gainesville changed
the zoning of the Plum Creek sub-
division from an agricultural to a
residential and commercial area.
The development is north of
Northwest 74th Place and lies
along State Road 121.
The DepartmentofCommunity
Affairs criticized the initial plan,
and the petitioner redrafted it to
address their concerns.
Criticisms included the lack of
conservation areas and potential
for urban sprawl.


A similar plan for a community
near Gainesville RegionalAirport,
Hatchet Creek, was saved from
withdrawal by the petitioner only
after Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan
called the action disrespect-
ful. The plan will be reviewed
again in coming months at a City
Commission
Gainesville City meeting.
Commission The peti-
tion is more
than two years in the making
and is complicated by sound or-
dinances, proximity to the airport
and lack of up-to-date maps of
the area.
"We'll be sitting here listen-
ing to a new situation," said Jack
Donovan, a city commissioner.
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Professor recounts family's trek to inauguration


* HIS FAMILY RECEIVED AN
OFFICIAL INVITATION.

By KATIE EMMETS
Alligator Writer
Kemmets@alligator.org

Avid Barack Obama support-
ers since 2004, the Leslie family
was finally able to see their hard
work, and the work of millions
of other Americans, pay off when
they attended Barack Obama's
Inauguration.
A professor in the College of
Journalism and Communications,
Michael Leslie said his family re-
ceived an official invitation to the
inauguration, which he plans to
frame, because of their monthly
donations to Obama's campaign.
Leslie's wife Agnes, a senior lec-
turer and outreach director at UF's
Center for African Studies, said her


family first heard Obama speak
in person at the 2004 Democratic
National Convention in Boston.
"We were taking our oldest son
Daliso around to look at colleges
and we heard Barack was speak-
ing," she said.
Leslie attributes the family's in-
volvement in Obama's campaign
to his son Taonga, 15.
Taonga, a high school sopho-
more, was the first student to start
a support club for Obama at East
Side High School.
He was also involved in a grass-
roots finance committee where he
raised $200 by sending out e-mails
to ask for money to support the
campaign.
Taonga said he relates to Obama
because, like the new president, he
has one African parent. He added
that he wants to be a lawyer or a
representative when he grows up.
His dad laughed and said "or


a senator or a president. He's very
modest."
When former Florida
Representative Ed Jennings opened
up an Obama campaign center in
Gainesville, Taonga was given his
own office in the building.
In June, the Leslies held a house
party for Obama sup-
Local porters to plan their
News campaign involve-
ment. Then in May,
they made a trip to
Sunrise, Florida, to see him.
"He is a magnetic and inspir-
ing speaker and whenever you
hear him, you are moved," Leslie
said. "It's something about how he
speaks to your mind that awakes
thoughts that were once dor-
mant."
The Leslies took every op-
portunity to be close to the cam-
paign. They attended Obama's
Jacksonville speech and saw Vice


President Joe Biden and First
Lady Michelle Obama speak in
Gainesville.
After Michelle Obama spoke on
the steps of the Hippodrome, she
walked out to greet her audience
and shook Taonga's hand.
"Michelle looked at him in his
eyes like 'where have you been
this whole time' and gave him a
hug," Agnes said. "He just looked
at me and said 'Mom, did you see
that?'"
On Jan. 19, the Leslie fam-
ily trekked from Gainesville to
Orlando to Philadelphia, from
where they drove to the inaugura-
tion.
The excited, but bleary eyed
family awoke at 3:30 a.m. on
January 20 to make their way to
the National Mall.
When they finally arrived in
D.C., Agnes said that thousands
of people were chanting, "Yes we


can!" and "Fired up, ready to go!"
in the underground station.
"I was born 1964 and this is one
of the things I never expected to
see," Leslie said in reference to the
inauguration of the United States'
first black president.
Although he said there were
people of all colors in attendance,
he described the view of the Mall
as a sea of black people of all
shades and colors.
"It was an overwhelming expe-
rience for me," he said. "So many
people who looked like me sup-
porting a president who also looks
like me."
Now that Obama has been
sworn into office, the Leslies
agreed that there is still more to be
done to get the country back on its
feet.
"Like President Obama said,
this is only the beginning," Leslie
said.


UF ACADEMICS


Final three contenders vie for honors director spot


By JACQUELYN WEINER
Alligator Contributing Writer

And then there were three.
The final three candidates vying for the di-
rector vacancy in UF's Honors Program will
hold open forums this week to discuss the
program's future.
The candidates were chosen from a
group of about 29 applicants, said Jeanna
Mastrodicasa, assistant vice president for
student affairs and co-chair of the Director of
Honors Program Search Committee.
"I think all of them had good experience
and great visions for the future of the Honors
Program," Mastrodicasa said of the selec-
tions.
The first candidate to give a presentation


will be Barbara Zsembik, who has been an
associate professor of sociology at UF since
1996, according to her resume.
Zsembik will speak today to faculty and
students from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. in room 282
of the Reitz Union at the first Vision for the
University Honors Program forum.
The next candidate to present will be
William McKeen, chair of UF's department of
journalism. He will speak on Thursday from
9:15 to 10:15 a.m. in 201A Criser Hall.
The third candidate, Kevin Knudson,
will speak on Friday from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.
in 201A Criser Hall. Knudson is the associ-
ate director of Shackouls Honors College at
Mississippi State University.
Honors students are encouraged to at-
tend so they can weigh in on the candidates,


Mastrodicasa said.
Although the final hiring decision is up
to UF Provost Joe Glover, students' opinions
will be considered, she said.

"Not everyone's going to get a
1400 on the SAT."
Kevin Knudson
candidate


Mastrodicasa said she expects the final
decision to be made soon after the presenta-
tions.
The position has been vacant since sum-
mer 2007, filled in the meantime by interim
director John Denny, Mastrodicasa said.
UF began looking for a permanent direc-


tor this fall, she said.
Jeremy McMullin, the student representa-
tive on the search committee, said the main
goal is to find a director with "a solid aca-
demic background."
McKeen said he hopes to give the program
a more personal feel.
"It's part of building the small college ex-
perience inside the big university," he said.
Knudson, the only candidate not currently
working at UF, said he hopes to extend the
honors program from two to four years and
tweak admissions criteria.
"Not everyone's going to get a 1400 on
the SAT," Knudson said. "That doesn't mean
they don't belong in the Honors Program."
Zsembik could not be reached for com-
ment.


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Andrew Tatum, 24, poses after an interview at the Alligator Monday.
Tatum came forward as the sender of last week's mass text mes-
sage that read, "The monkey got out of the cage."




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Sender says he


voted for Obama

TEXT, from page 1

"Are you sure you want to send this?" with a pro-
ceed button.
But there was no such screen. And seconds
later, the phone of one of Tatum's friends let out a
beep. Tatum did not get the message because he's
not a UF student.
"I didn't call UPD at that time be-
cause I didn't think it was that big of
a deal."
Andrew Tatum
former Mobile Campus employee

"I didn't call UPD at that time because I didn't
think it was that big of a deal," Tatum said. "But
immediately after it went out, I thought, 'This is
going to suck.'"
After the message was sent, Mobile Campus
secured its system, changed its passwords and al-
lowed only two of its ten employees to have ac-
cess to them, said David Liniado, CEO of Mobile
Campus. "We have had no issues like this since
the company was founded in 2005," Liniado said.
Liniado had been a co-worker of Tatum's and
said Tatum left the company in October on good
terms when the company downsized.
Tatum said that he sent authorized text mes-
sages to UF students and faculty when he was the
director of technology for Mobile Campus from
September 2005 to October 2008.
The University Police Department tracked the
IP address on the computer Tatum used to send the
text message at his friend's house. UPD showed
up at Tatum's friend's house the day after the text
message was sent out, and Tatum was there.
Tatum, who says he is facing third-degree felo-
ny charges for misuse of computers, has reapplied
to UF for the summer semester.


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pass until 2010

ALCOHOL, from page 1

IDs," he said. "I can't remember the last time
I was at the Swamp having a beer and didn't
see a member of the Gainesville Police checking
IDs."
Officials also discussed the possibility of
levying a per-drink tax on alcohol.
The city proposed the idea to lawmakers
in its 2009 state legislative agenda, Hanrahan
said. After the meeting, she said the proposed
legislation does not have a spon-
L l sor yet and would likely not have
LoN s a chance of being adopted until
News 2010, if at all.
She said the tax would likely be
about 5 cents per drink and could bring in about
$10 million to $12 million to the city, all of which
would go to fund things such as police salaries
and benefits, increased enforcement of midtown
and downtown bars, alcohol education and DUI
prevention efforts.
Machen supported the drink tax, before pro-
posing an idea of his own trying to make the
UF-Georgia game safer by encouraging officials
in Jacksonville to implement tactics used by the
Gainesville Police Department.
Hanrahan, who is in favor of alternat-
ing the annual game between Gainesville and
Athens, home of the University of Georgia, said
if Machen is trying to convince Jacksonville to
give up the game, it may be a tough sell.
"I'm sure Jacksonville desperately wants to
keep the game there, so don't expect them to roll
out the red carpet for you," she said.






6, ALLIGATOR U TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2009

Editorial


Trigger Happy

The text read 'round

The Gator Nation
With the identity and motive of last week's mystery
texter revealed, the post-message frenzy could be
described as truly bananas.
Andrew Tatum, a former UF student, has been demon-
ized and vilified as racist by many. The now-infamous text
originated in a room of bored friends. Tatum simply clicked
"next," not knowing where "next" would take him.
Students who received the text saw the word "monkey"
and were quick to assume that it was a derogatory racial com-
ment toward newly inaugurated President Barack Obama.
But Tatum, who said he is a Democrat, actually voted for
Obama.
Those who interpreted the message as racist were simply
projecting their own prejudices upon an otherwise innocent
mistake.
But let's be real. It was a poor choice of words on Tatum's
part, especially on a day when the nation was celebrating the
election of its first black president.
However, Tatum owned up to his mistake immediately
and is doing all he can to make right by those he may have
offended. He's publicly apologized for any harm he may
have caused as well as for the time authorities wasted deal-
ing with his mistake.
The Editorial Board respects Tatum. It takes guts to admit
when you've made a mistake, especially when that mistake
made so many people angry.


'O'h,
Taking over Tuesday
with his media tour
de force, beleaguered
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich
made an astounding revela-
tion during his stay in New
York City.
While boycotting his
own impeachment trial,
Blagojevich told "Good
Morning America" that
Oprah Winfrey's name had
at one time surfaced as a po-
tential candidate to assume
President Obama's vacant
Senate seat.
The Editorial Board could
hardly consider itself bud-
dies with Blago, but we have
to admit "O" would have
made for quite an interesting
addition to Capitol Hill.
There's no denying most
politicians love a free hand-
out or two just ask Rod.
We can only imagine her
new colleagues frothing at
the mouth in anticipation
of Oprah's arrival as she
screamed, "Everybody gets
a car! Everybody gets a car!"
Though we do concede she


Blago
may have to upgrade the
vehicle in question to some-
thing a bit more luxurious.
Did somebody say
Maybach?
Maybe Oprah would
even film a farewell episode
of her talk show on the floor
of the Senate while commit-
tee hearings take place. Let's
just hope it's not like the lat-
est edition of the "Oprah's
favorite things" episode, as
the slumping economy has
replaced free televisions with
toasters from Wal-Mart.
Seeing a dumbfounded
expression on Sen. John
McCain's face wouldn't ex-
actly scream must-see-TV.
Blagojevich probably as-
sumed power lunches in
Washington wouldn't bode
too well for Winfrey's plans
of slimming down.
But who knows if Winfrey
would have even accepted
the position?
Taking home a cool $2
million an episode suddenly
makes Chicago winters seem
downright balmy.


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Column

Culture war pits Ca
he first senator elected president since JFK has
rapidly cobbled together an "iCamelot 2.1."
Famously dubbed an American Camelot by
Jackie O., JFK's time in office is comparable to President
Barack Obama's presidency so far. His massive power
and influence is complemented by his image as a fit,
photogenic leader riding the better angels of our nature
next to a pretty wife with a signature bob. This collec-
tive memory spins together the auras of Kennedy and
Obama much tighter than history may allow for. The
paths of these two luminaries diverge abruptly, how-
ever, once the Pope is in the picture.
Pope Benedict XVI stepped up this past weekend and
directed the Vatican to throw down the first essential
attack on the Obama administration's policy regarding
access to international funding for abortion. Obama was
called arrogant, a bad listener and a disappointment by
two of the Pope's main mouthpieces after only days on
the job.
The law that so angered the Pope is a political hot po-
tato that Obama attempted to handle with care. Enacted
by former President Ronald Reagan in 1984, the "global
abortion gag rule" prohibited international nongovern-
mental organizations connected to federal U.S. aid from
using their money to provide regular abortions or lobby
for less restrictive abortion laws in their own countries.
Former President Bill Clinton repealed this same law
on Jan. 22, 1993, and former President George W. Bush
reenacted it on Jan. 22, 2001. Both men used the anniver-
sary of Roe v. Wade to make a point regarding their po-
litical convictions. Obama waited until Friday evening
and only made a small announcement in a calculated at-
tempt to slip the expected change past the weekly news


melot, Catholicism
cycle.
Even though he looks like your
average German octogenarian, this
Pope has a YouTube channel and
works weekends. On Saturday
morning his people fired off an an-
Tomimy Maple nouncement becoming the first
letters@alligatororg to step up to the new president on
a legislative issue. American oppo-
sition in the Republican or religious vein may have been
too preoccupied with fighting aspects of the massive
bailout flashing through Congress to respond properly,
but the fact that the Pope took the lead in going after
Obama could have lasting implications.
The very same weekend, Pope Benedict XVI brought
four excommunicated bishops back into the fold in an
attempt to heal the only Catholic schism of the 20th cen-
tury. One of the four holy men is currently under inves-
tigation for Holocaust denial, so the combined effect of
last weekend's events unites the religion under a much
more conservative and combative banner.
Catholicism in America has been reinvigorated by
the recent infusion of the strictly fundamentalist ethic of
recent Hispanic immigrants, and the church now counts
its equally conservative African bishops as many of the
most prized leaders in their system. History may hold
Pope Benedict XVI aloft not for his willingness to pick
a fight, but for laying the groundwork for the selection
of the first black pope. Unlike the strained shadow of
Camelot, that shift would truly be change one could be-
lieve in.
Tommy Maple is an international communications graduate
student. His column appears on Tuesdays.


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Letters to the Editor
Students have option not to
dissect
We've all been there in high
school dissection day in biology.
Chances are most of us have
dissected a frog or a pig fetus in a
lower-level science class, and unfor-
tunately students at UF are expected
to continue this cruel form of educa-
tion.
Luckily, students across the
country have been voicing their anti-
dissection opinions, and many edu-
cators have changed their curricula
to incorporate more humane forms
of teaching.
Many universities, includ-
ing Harvard, Yale, Columbia and
Stanford, have completely eliminat-
ed dissection in their undergraduate
classes and even in their medical
schools.
Although UF has not eliminated
dissection from its curriculum, it has
begun to accommodate these stu-
dents by offering them alternatives


to dissection without any conse-
quence to their grades.
You don't have to be an animal
rights activist or even vegetarian -
if you feel any level of discomfort at
the thought of killing an animal (and
who wouldn't?), you have a right
not to dissect.
So as dissections begin next week
and the stench of formaldehyde hits
your nostrils, remember the four
million animals killed each year for
science classes.
Talk to your TA or professor
about your right to choose a humane
alternative to dissection.
Animal Activists of Alachua



No bipartianship in Senate
"Bipartisanship" was the buzz-
word of choice during this past
Senate term.
The harsh reality is that the lead-


ership of both parties forced one
another into a partisan gridlock
that left many important issues, like
hand scanners and food service re-
form, untouched. Ultimately, it was
the students who lost out.
It's nothing short of a travesty that
the Senate operates as a caricature of
what it ought to be: an open forum
allowing students to participate in
the management of their school.
The brazen partisanship shown
in the Senate, coupled with a severe-
ly bloated bureaucracy, has made
Student Government inaccessible
for most students.
The only party running in the
spring election that pursues bipar-
tisanship with both words and ac-
tions is the Progress Party.
Drawing from former members
of the Gator Party and the Orange
& Blue Party, Progress is building
a unique team of highly motivated
candidates and supporters who in-
tend to reform Student Government


so it functions chiefly for the stu-
dents and by the students.
The Gator Party can don the pro-
verbial emperor's new clothes and
rename itself "The Unite Party," but
it can only guarantee the same inef-
fectual Student Government that ex-
cudes mass student participation.
Progress' dramatic first step in
selecting an executive ticket across
party lines demonstrates its dedica-
tion to encouraging student involve-
ment.
Dave Schneider
Senator of Rawlings Hall



Progress made in SG party
After spending months reading
about the bitter partisan fighting that
has come to characterize the Student
Senate, I was pleased to read that
the Progress Party has reached out
to both sides of the aisle.


Finally, they are recruiting people
based on qualifications rather than
patronage.
John Story
3LS



Newspaper shows steady effort
In response to Nicole Safker's
question: You're doing just fine.
I follow the Alligator on Twitter,
which gives me access to your sto-
ries and paper that I wouldn't nor-
mally have because I just don't come
in contact with your drop points as a
business person.
I know the Alligator doesn't ex-
ist because of past students, alumni
and local business people, but the
fact that we read, follow and adver-
tise can't hurt.
Keep up the good work!
Aaron Bosshardt
Gainesville resident


Column

Limiting rights to digital content hinders creativity, expression


You probably noticed it. I know I did.
Last week, Warner Music Group
and Google failed to reach an agree-
ment regarding royalties for music used in
videos on YouTube, a site owned by Google.
The result: WMG had thousands of user-
created videos either muted or removed al-
together from YouTube.
One could assume that WMG's decision
was the act of a company anxious to protect
its product and pocket some cash in this
tentative economy. Last I checked though,
WMG's 2008 annual revenue amounted to
$3.5 billion. Sounds so pitiful. Perhaps we
could hold a bake sale for them.
I perused YouTube after the mass video
removal and found several other videos say-
ing some not-so-nice things about WMG.
The Web embraces and encourages open-
source thinking, not only for software but


for other forms of media.
Open-source keeps content available for
use and modification as long as the original
creator is referenced or credited. YouTube
has parameters to credit artists. For instance,
the site has established Video ID technol-
ogy, which helps copyright-holders recog-
nize infringing video and make choices as to
whether the videos are blocked, promoted
or even monetized.
With such a method in place, it appears
that YouTube was leaning toward the adop-
tion of site regulations that would be more
appealing to big media corporations. But
WMG has taken their ball and gone home.
Instead, the company should look into the
costs of this move beyond the simple dol-
lars and cents. WMG has sacrificed massive
amounts of free promotion.
My real beef with WMG, though, is that


They are restricting
creativity. Our gener-
ation is a generation
that shares thoughts,
exchanges stories and
inspires ideas.
Michelle Hipps Wewouldn'tbethe
letters@alligator.0org nation we are today if
we didn't learn from
previous nations, ap-
ply laws from other cultures to our own and
pass those on to future generations. What if
the Greeks copyrighted the idea of democra-
cy? What if they were somehow able to stop
other nations from implementing a similar
form of government unless royalties were
paid?
I am saying that copyrights and artists'
rights should be negated so that we can cre-
ate at whim. Art still needs to be bought by


a consumer, but the use of purchased music
and images for non-commercial expression
should not be outlawed.
Artists should be happy to allow the use
of their creation, not only for educational
purposes and the chance to be the inspira-
tion for a new artist's work, but for the pure
sake of self-expression.
WMG has repressed our generation's ex-
pression to make another dollar. No doubt
their actions will successfully turn off cus-
tomers and effectively turn artists into crimi-
nals.
Corporations like WMG should know it
is in the interests of both their companies
and their customers that self expression of
this generation, our generation, should be
embraced and encouraged.
Michelle A. Hipps is a telecommunications
senior. Her column appears weekly.


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Homeless seek food, shelter


PEOPLE, from page 1
but sometimes he hides them so well
that even he can't find them.
The homeless, who are are often
victim to theft, find various ways to
secure their possessions. Some carry
around everything at once, while
others leave their stuff at camp.
"Fire of God puts on a really im-
pressive spread," he said, after he or-
ganized his bag. "It's one of the best
meals in town."
The church's refurbished school
bus usually shows up around 5:00
to take people to the dinner and ser-
vice, but today it arrives late.
Fire of God Ministries,
Saturday, 5:50 p.m.
All but one of the 22 seats are
doubled up with passengers when
the bus pulls into Fire of God, a
church which provides religious
and essential services to Gainesville
homeless.
The bus is always full and there
are vans that visit other parts of the
city as well, said Jeffery Smith, 46,
a Fire of God volunteer bus driver.
Coffee is served, food is blessed and
the meal line assembles; women


at the front, followed by married
couples and children, and all others
behind.
Tonight there is grilled chicken,
macaroni and cheese, cabbage, rice,
salad, mashed potatoes and gravy,
rolls, desserts and tea. When ev-
eryone is finished eating, there is an
hour of religious music.
"Illness takes a toll on
them."
Bonnie Hummel
Fire of God minister

A volunteer takes donations in a
collection bag. Somewhere between
60 and 70 percent of the congrega-
tion is unemployed and many of
them pay in handfuls of pennies.
In the past, women have offered
earrings and necklaces to the church,
but were urged to keep them, said
Marcia Cromwell, a volunteer at Fire
of God.
Feeling inspired after a dozen or
so songs, Pastor Arnold Liverman
begins to perform faith healings.
More than 30 people line up with
ailments ranging from depression to
back problems.
The medical attention that the


Billy Hunt, right, who is stranded and left without a place stay in Gainesville, stands with a homeless
friend outside Gainesville Community Ministry on Southwest 4th Ave. Sunday night.


homeless receive is usually subpar Fire of God, agrees.
because they don't have insurance, "Illness takes a toll on them,"
Liverman said. she said. "That makes them more
Bonnie Hummel, a minister at interested in healing services."


The service ends with a brief sermon
on loving one another. The yellow
bus loads back up and heads down-
town.


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UF, $ 825/mo. Available Feb 1/09. Elec, cab.
tv, internet, gym, pool, washer/dryer, walk in
closet. Basketball, .soccer & tennis courts.
305-408-4330 or c2000_l1@msn.com 2-3-
09-8-1

$400/month all utilities included
fully furnished 4/2 apartment
right across from campus!
looking for roommates or fall term lease!
305-712-3608 ask for Eddie!
1-28-09-3-1

1/1 in a fully furnished 2/2 1/2. Casablanca
west condos. All inclusive. Female, non-
smoker only. Available now. Close to 4 bus
lines. $525/month. Call 352-256-2259. 2-6-
10-1

Roommate to share with owner. Lovely home
in gated golf course community. Own room
with bathroom. Easy drive to campus. $600
per month. Available immediately. Tel: 386-
266-3675. 1-30-4-1

4BR/4BA condo University Terrace. Spacious
kitchen & living area, newly remodeled.
Convenient to UF & shopping. Close to
bus stop. Rent: $450/mo OR QUICK SELL:
$150k. Call 941-232-1960 2-23-09-20-1


*QUIET, CLEAN, LOTS of GREEN SPACE.
Rustic 1BR apt. $380/mo.
*1BR cottage $435/mo. Call 378-9220 or
mobile 213-3901. 4-22-08-72-2


LUXURY 2/2 ACROSS FROM UF!
Under 600/person! W/D
Pets welcome! Free Parking!
Open late and weekends!
371-7777 CollegeParkUF.com
4-22-08-72-2


*LYONS SPECIAL*
$99 1st month's rent 377-8797
4-22-08-72-2

1, 2, &3 BR- Live Life Big!
*Available Today & August!
* HUGE Floorplans! Pets Loved!
*1 BR $655 & 2BR $755 3BR $889
* Bike to UF/Shands 335-7275
4-22-08-72-2

Want Specials? Want Location?
Perfect Downtown Apts with 1 month free!
Low move-in fees*FREE Parking
W/D*Alarms*Pool*Wood Floors
www.arlingtonsquare.org
Move-in TODAY! 338-0002
4-22-72-2

Apartments off SW 20th Ave. Close to shop-
ping, bus line and a few miles from UF. Price
range $445 to $665. Includes water, sewer,
garbage and pest control. Sorry no pets al-
lowed. Call 335-7066 Mon-Fri. 4-22-08-
72-2


1 & 2 BRs Now & August!
* Quiet, Convenient, Affordable
* 1 BR $560 ** 2 BR $639
* Walk/Bike to UF/Shands
* Pets OK 372-7555
4-22-08-72-2


Deluxe, Large 3, 4, 5, 6, 7BR apt/house, 60
second walk to UF. Remodeled, Old House
charm. Central AC, washer/dryer included.
Wood floors. With Parking. By Private Owner.
538-2181 Iv message 4-22-08-72-2

Available TODAY!
2/1.5 900 sq. ft.-$651
With lease until 7/30/10
Washer/dryer, dishwasher!
No move-in fees!!!
Pinetreegardens.com*376-4002
4-22-72-2

Deluxe, large one or two bedroom, 60 second
walk to UF. Wood firs, washer dryer included,
fireplace, patio deck. Can furnish. Short term
available. Private Owner. $595-up. 352-538-
2181. Lv msg 4-22-08-72-2


No deposit, No move-in fees!!!
Huge 1/1's 2/2's 3/3's
<1 mi from UF! Giant 24hr gym
FREE tanning/FREE cable
*Oxford Manor* (352) 377-2777
These apts kick other apts in the teeth
4-22-72-2


** ELLIE'S HOUSES **
Quality single family homes. Walk or bike to
UF. www.ellieshouses.com 352-215-4991 or
352-215-4990 12-11-171-2

STUDIOS and 1/ls
ONLY 2 BLOCKS TO UF!
As low as $525, Pets ok
Pool, Open late and weekends
371-0769 CollegeParkUF.com
4-22-08-72-2


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A SWEET DEAL!!!
on our 1/1, 2/2 & 3/3 townhomes
FREE Cable w/HBO and Showtime
All Amenities plus FREE Tanning
Gated*Alarms*Pet Friendly
The Laurels Apts, 335-4455
*Sign Today, Get 1 MONTH FREE*
www.thelaurelsuf.com
4-22-08-72-2


Huge 2 & 3 BR's
Starting at $730
Pets Welcome Great location *
Close to UF, Dining
373-1111* SpanishTrace.org
4-22-08-72-2


COBBLESTONE
Luxury Townhomes
Private Dog Park!
Free Cable
Gated, Garages, Gorgeous!
Immediate Move-in
Specials!
(352)377-2801
4-22-72-2


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not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. All persons are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised are available on an equal opportunity basis. All employment opportunities advertised herein are subject to the laws which prohibit discrimina-
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10, ALLIGATOR U TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2009


1&2BRSAVAILABLENOW!NOMOVE-INFEES!
1/1- 750 SQ FT- $699
2/2- 1007 sq ft for $799 or $899 for brand new
& w/d. Water & Sewer Included!
Call Today! 352-376-2507
4-22-08-72-2

Amenities You Want!
Huge 1,2,&3 Beds *Hot tub
FREE Cable w/HBO & Water
W/D in each unit!*Free Tanning!
We love pets: 372-8100
4-22-72-2


The


Boardwalk

Available Today!
$0 Move In Fees!
1/1-from $649*2/2-from $769*3/2-from $899
(352) 377-7401 www.theboardwalkapt.com
4-22-08-72-2

ALL THE SPACE YOU NEED!
At the price you want
No Move-in Fees! Move in TODAY!
1,1 w/den & 2 BRs Reduced Rates!
FREE UF parking FREE Gym
Pets Welcome 352-332-7401
4-22-72-2


*OOPARKINGOOO
Private, Secure, Guaranteed. 60 sec to UF
Reserve now! Reasonable rates. 352-538-
2181. Can leave mssg. 4-22-08-72-2

YOUR MOM...
...wants you to live here!
AMAZING DEALS!
1,2, & 3 bdrms, W/D
Gated, Pet friendly,
Immediate Move-in Specials
(352)372-0400
4-22-72-2



iT t
PO LOS
of Gainesville

Three Pools! Three Bus Routes!
Two Jacuzzis! Business Center!
Billards Room! Fitness Center w/ Free
weights! Sand Volleyball!
Tennis Courts! Basketball Courts!
Close to UF, Shands, 1-75, & Shopping!
1, 2 & 3 Bedrooms for NOW& Fall!!!
GREAT SPECIALS!!!
1/1-$779 2/2-$930 3/3-$1115
Washer/Dryer in ALL UNITS!
2330 SW Williston Rd.
www.ThePolosUF.com 352-335-7656
4-22-72-2

Affordable, Quiet, Comfortable
1's from $539 2's from $375/person
Close to UF, Shands, Butler Plaza
Pet Friendly 376-1248
www.hiddenvillageapt.com
4-22-08-72-2

AS BIG AS A HOUSE!
Huge 4BR TH W/D inc.
FREE UF Parking*FREE Gym
Call for specials 332-7401 4-22-72-2

Sweet Deals Now!
1,2,3 Beds from $699!
Pet friendly*W/D in Unit
Free Cable w/HBO & Water
Low move-in fees: 372-8100!
4-22-08-72-2

Downtown Luxury & Cash Back 4 Fall!
Too Good To Be True!
Perfect Location-Great Price
W/D*Wood Floors*Bring Your Pets!
Great parking-walk to bars-bike to UF
Reserve now! 338-0002
4-22-72-2


MUSEUM WALK
Gainesville's Best Kept Secret
Leasing for Fall & NOW!
Luxury 2/2 THs and 3/3 Flats
FREE Cable, FREE Tanning, FREE Alarms
Walk to UF *379-WALK
4-22-72-2


THREE BLOCKS TO UF!
2br/1ba from $700
No Move-in Fees! Water included
Wood floors avail! Pets loved!
FREE Parking! 372-7111
4-22-08-72-2


LAKEWOOD VILLAS
Large 1, 2 & 3 bdrm Floor Plans;
Starting at $695
Furniture Packages Inc. Washer/Dryer;
Workout Rm, Tennis Court; Swimming Pool;
Sauna etc. Mon-Fri 9-6, Sat 10-3
700 SW62nd Blvd 877-781-8314
www.lakewoodvilllas.com
4-22-08-72-2


SPYGLASS *
Individual Leases: Furniture Packages,
Incl Washer/Dryer, FREE Hispeed Internet;
Every Unit is an End Unit
Mon-Fri 10-5:30, Sat 11-2, Sun 12-4
701 SW62nd Blvd 888-267-5078
www.spyglassapts.com
4-22-08-72-2

ACROSS FROM UF!
No Move-in Fees! Pets loved.
Studios $549, includes electric!
Wood floors available. FREE parking.
372-7111 Collegemanor.org
4-22-08-72-2

Where in the world is Hidden Lake?
You may want to find these luxury apts!
3/3's start at $425 person for Immediate
2/2'sare$490 person, I ncludesCable& Internet
Call Now 352-374-3866
4-22-08-72-2

3 and 4 BRs STEPS TO UF
From $450/person
Pets loved! W/D avail
Pool, Open late
CollegeParkUF.com 371-7777
4-22-08-72-2

Walk to Class!
1brs from $599 150 ft from UF!
$0 move-in fees! Move-in Today!
FREE parking! Pets Welcome!
372-7111 CollegeManor.org
4-22-08-72-2

GREAT ODIN'S RAVEN:
Our 4/4's are classy!!
SIGN TODAY and get $720 off your lease!!
Rates starting at $509!!
CALL: 352.271.3131
GainesvillePlace.com
4-22-72-2

Action Real Estate Services
Houses to Condos
1-4 BR, Starting at $450
www.action-realtors.com
352-331-1133
4-22-08-72-2

Gator Championship Special

Sign a lease and get up to $1,800 cash
Visit our models and sign for Fall 09

Huge, luxury 1br-4brs with TVs in kitchen
Beach-entry pool*free tanning*pet friendly
*352.376.0696 www.EnclaveUF.com*
4-22-08-72-2

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2 bed luxury condos for rent.
Granite tops, tall ceilings, private balcony,
super quiet construction. $1600/mo.
Call Eric Wild at 352-870-9453
4-22-72-2


***4BR/2BA HISTORIC HOUSE***
10 blocks to UF. Near downtown. High ceil-
ing, wood floor, cent A/C, W/D, tons of char-
acter. Avail Now 237 SW 4th Ave. $980/mo
352-214-9270 4-22-08-72-2

OOWOODLAND VILLASOO
2BR units starting at
$695. Gated community.
Private courtyards.
M-F 10-6 Sat. 10-2
5950 SW 20th Ave.
888-803-7678
www.woodlandvillas.com
4-22-08-72-2

1/1, Ridgeview, free water, next to park, on
the bus line, cent H/A, courtyard, 2 miles to
UF, convenient to shopping, no smoking, no
pets. $470 SD, $470/mo 562-2824 2-3-08-
50-2

WALK TO UF -AVAILABLE NOW& FALL
1BR/$495 to $999/mo
2BR/2.5BA $1499/mo
Gore Rabell Real Estate
378-1387 Gore-Rabell.com
4-22-08-72-2

*WALK 2 BLOCKS TO UF*
2b,1b 1 block MidTown 2 Car Decals,
WiFi-lnternet Washer & Dryer. Sm pet ok.
Jan-July 204 NW 18 St Manny 317 4408
1-30-08-18-2

RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT PRICE, RIGHT NOW
Steps from VA, Shands, Vet School & UF.
1 & 2 Bedrooms from $625. Grad student &
VA/Shands discounts Renovated units avail
Union Properties@Summit House 376-9668
4-22-08-72-2

Spacious 1 & 2 & 3 bedrooms.starting at
$525. $625 & $795. Different floor plans
some with enclosed patios or balconies.
Italian Tile, bedrooms carpeted, D/W, W/D
hookups, verticals Central Heat & air. Lots
of storage space. Near bus route .332-7700
1-30-38-2

SUN ISLAND
1BRs from $580 2BRs from $650
Sun Bay 0 Sun Key 0 Sun Harbor
352-376-6720
4-22-08-72-2

SERENOLA PINES APTS
Off SW 34th St near post office
1BR $515, 2BR $580
Call for daily specials
352-335-0420 1-30-08-48-2

WOODLAND TERRACE APTS
Off SW 34th St near post office.
2BR $535
Call for daily specials
352-335-0420 1-30-08-48-2

Available TODAY!
1/1: 620 sq ft--$629
2/2: 975 sq ft--$705
3/2 : 1096 sq ft -$866
Pinetreegardens.com 376-4002
4-22-08-72-2

PET'S PARADISE
$375 $650. No app or pet fee. 1 & 2BR,
privacy fenced. SW. 352-331-2099 2-10-
08-37-2


100+ Apts: Walk to UF
On 1 website: www.ForRentNearUF.com
Photos & Virtual Tours for 100 apts near UF
Studios $625+ 1BR $689+ 2BR $839+
3BR $650/br+ 4BR $479/br 352-376-6223
4-22-72-2

**2/1, 3 Blocks to UF**
HW Floors, Centr. AC
Pet Friendly $850/mo
352-375-8256
4-22-76-2

BRAND NEW FOR AUG 09
CAMPUS VIEW PLACE
2BR/2BA OR 3BR/3BA
Luxury Suites near Shands,
Norman Hall, UF Sorority Row
1240 SW 9th Road
Please visit us at the model
1185 SW9th Road 1-5pm
Union Properties 352-373-7578
www.campusviewplace.com 4-22-75-2


LEASING FOR AUG 09
Quality Student Housing
Near UF, Norman & Shands
1,2,3,4 & 5 BR Properties
List Avail Jan 20th!!
Please call or email us to
Receive a list before they
Are all gone!!!
Union Properties 352-373-7578
info@rentgainesville.com
www.rentgainesville.com 4-22-75-2

CAMPUS VIEW SOUTH
Now Leasing 2BR/2BA
Luxury Dual Suites
1185 SW9th RD $1000/mo
Close to UF, Norman Hall
& Sorority Row.
Union Properties 352-373-7578
www.rentgainesville.com 4-22-75-2

VWWW.RENTGAINESVILLE.COM
Check out all of our available listings!
1,2, 3 & 4BR Properties.
Many have been drastically reduced
For immediate occupancy!
Union Properties 352-373-7578 4-22-75-2

NOW LEASING
2BR/1.5BA MidTown Apts
Parking/laundry hkups
Walk to UF $850/mo
Union Properties 352-373-7578
www.rentgainesville.com 4-22-75-2

PET FRIENDLY!
3BR/3BA w room to run
behind Hilton on SW 34th ST
Union Properties 352-373-7578
www.rentgainesville.com 4-22-75-2

Available NOW
1BR/1BAw/laundry hkups
Pets OK w/fee close to UF
Water, sewer & trash incl.
Union Properties 352-373-7578
www.rentgainesville.com 4-22-75-2

$995/MO 3BR/2BA
NEAR UF!! w/d incl.
2041 NW 7th Place
Large family room w/fireplace
Hardwood floors & nice yard
Union Properties 352-373-7578
www.rentgainesville.com 4-22-75-2

*CAMPUS EDGE CONDO*
2/2 Walk to UF, Shands & VA. Tile floor, W/D
in unit, avail fall. Reasonable rate. 239-250-
6149, 239-992-2449 1-30-08-19-2

5BR/3BA HOUSE
Block from law school, biking distance from
UF W/D incl. Pets ok. Huge yard. $1600/mo.
Call Solomon 262-3472 2-3-08-20-2

* 2BR/2.5BA $725/mo.
* 2BR/1.5BA $625/mo.
Off SW 34th St. Close to UF, Shands, shop-
ping & dining. Fenced yard, util room. private
parking, pets ok. Call Solomon 262-3472
2-3-08-20-2


University Terrace West
1 Female needed $325/mo
Lease through July 2009
Union Properties 352-373-7578
www.rentgainesville.com 4-22-72-2

WALK TO SANTA FE
2bd/2ba $750/mo
1 car garage. dw, mw. wd incl
Fenced yard. Avail Now!
Union Properties 352-373-7578
www.rentgainesville.com 4-22-72-2

Mallorca Unit near Royal Park
2BD/2.5BAAvail Now!!
Beautiful, luxury townhouse
w/ garage. $950/mo
Union Properties 352-373-7578
www.rentgainesville.com 4-22-72-2

for available units or call
352-284-0316 / 352-281-0733
Houses, Duplexes, Condo, Townhouses.
Walk/Bike/Bus to UF. Neat, clean, quality
1-30-08-18-2

2BR/2BA Townhouse, small pets ok! private
courtyard, icemaker, dishwasher, washer/
dryer hookup. walk to restraunts/ grocery.
$799. mo. quiet neighbors. 318-0089 2-4-
09-21-2


2bd/2.5ba townhouse. Pet friendly. Close
to 1-75 and bus route to main campus. New
paint and 2 parking spaces. Rent is $750 a
month plus $10 per pet. January free!! Call
Rhonda at (727)-243-4688. 2-3-09-20-2


Rocky Point Apartments
3/2 W/D hkps Pets welcome!
$899.00 call now 352-376-1619 2-3-09-
20-2

1BR apt. w/pvt gated courtyard located in
small proffesional complex @ 3320 SW 23d
St. Single, mature applicants only. New car-
pet. $575.00/mo small pets ok @ $25.00/mo
352 377-2150 Please leave a msg. 2-4-09-
20-2


POOL HOUSE AVAILABLE NOW!
Bike to UF 4BR/3BA, over 2000 sf, nice area
1 mi to UF. 2816 W Univ Ave. $1500/mo now
or $1700/mo in fall. Can divide into 3/2 for
$1200/mo. Pool service extra376-6183, 352-
327-2931 1-28-09-15-2

2BR/2.5BA Twnhouse condo near UF 2
Master BRs w/ own BA, Ideal for 2 to share.
Wired for inet + sec sys, W/D hk-up, appli-
ances, comm pool, 1st& secdep req.$1000/
mo 954-805-7827 dennismiller@tycoint.com
2-4-09-20-2

01 BR/1 BA w/lg STUDY Great Location*
1blk to UF/Shands Avail Now! Energy effi-
cient, some utils. Very spacious, carpet, de-
cal park Prefer grad student/mature. $650.
postj@bellsouth.net 376-0080, 284-3873
1-30-09-16-2

Immaculate and newly renovated historic
home. New hardwood firs, appliances, paint.
Walk to campus. 3/1. $800/mo for two occu-
pants through July 31st. 911 NW 10th Ave.
215-7199 2-6-09-20-2

AVAILABLE AUGUST 1
4BR/2BA nice, large house. Hot tub, fenced
yard, washer/dryer provided, 3413 NW 8th
Ave. $1625/mo. Screened back porch, other
houses available. 339-2342 for more info.
1-30-09-14-2





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TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 20090 ALLIGATOR, 11


*2/1 Funky Upstairs Apt*
3 Blocks to UF
Pet Friendly $750/mo
352-375-8256
4-22-68-2

*2/1 House w/ Big Yard*
4 Blocks to UF, HW Floors
Pet Friendly, Outdoor Kennel
352-375-8256
4-22-68-2

*2/1 Apt, 4 Blocks to UF*
Central AC, No Tow Parking,
Pet Friendly, $700/mo
352-375-8256
4-22-68-2

*2/1 Apt, 1000 SF*
Island Kitchen, WD hookups
Centr. AC, Pet Friendly $700/mo
352-375-8256
4-22-68-2

***HOUSE 4BR/2BA***
Avail 8/1. Lovely remodeled. W/D. Bike to
UF. No pets. Details at 3532 NW 7th Ave. 14-
month. 373-1558 or 246-8645 1-27-09-10-2

****ANTIQUE 1 BR APT****
Lg 1BR, hdwd firs, clawfoot tub, 1908 house.
Dntwn near Waldo Rd. Pets arranged. $395/
mo. ALSO pvt rm in trailer, Archer Rd by
Publix $275/mo. Greg 214-3291 1-27-10-2

***MICANOPYHOUSE***
3BR/1BA, huge bathrm, large yd, in Micanopy
city. Pets arranged. Cool old house. $600/mo,
1st, last, dep. Greg 214-3291 1-27-10-2


AVAILABLE AUGUST 1
4BR/3BA large house with large bedrooms.
House only 4 yrs old. Fireplace, washer/dry-
er provided, vaulted ceilings. 2108 NW 8th
Court. $1575/mo. 339-2342 for directions.
1-30-09-12-2


AVAILABLE AUGUST 1
4BR/2BA, nice modern house on large pri-
vate lot. Fireplace, washer/dry provided.
$1425/mo. 2606 NW 34th St. Pets ok. Deck,
lots of trees. Call 339-2342 1-30-09-12-2


AVAILABLE AUGUST 1
Large house 4BR/2BA, large bedrooms and
large living room, privacy fence, pets ok.
Washer/dryer provided. $1400/mo 2100 NW
8th Ct. Call 339-2342 1-30-09-11-2


NO FEES and One Month Free!
On Bivens Arm Nature Preserve
Inclusive 2's, 3's, and 4's
MASSIVE Townhomes!
W/D and Jumbo Microwaves in Every Unit
Free Water, Cable, Tanning, Alarms, Pool
336-3838 TheLandingsUF.com
Great Bus Route! 2 Miles to UF
4-22-63-2


LARGE AFFORDABLE CONVENIENT
Serious students upgrade into private condo
2BR/2BA vaulted ceilings, breakfast bar, tile,
carpet, smoke-free, laundryroom, fenced
backyard. $675. SW. 374-4216 appt. 2-12-
09-20-2


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W/D hookups. Pets OK
Walk to Vet School
$650 mo. Move in today!
866-747-8314 CMC LLLP
Lic. Real Estate Broker
Equal Housing Oppty.
4-22-09-61-2


Available Now!!!
2-bedroom/2-bath Townhouses starting at
$675/mo. Move-in specials available and
lots of amenities. Offered by Keller Williams
Gainesville Realty
***352-871-3890 or mckenzit@kw.com***
1-27-09-5-2

2 BD Cottage $525/mo
Historical Downtown, porches, ceramic
tile. Bike to UF 10-15 mins. Great Size!
Cute! Must See! $0 Deposit special
rentalworkshop.com 505-9264, 870-0904
1-27-08-5-2

AVAILABLE AUGUST 1.
4BR/2BA house. 10 blocks from campus.
washer/dryer provided, hardwood floors,
dishwasher, large backyard & big storage.
$1575/Mo 1105 NW 10th Ave. 339-2342
1-30-09-7-2

AVAILABLE AUGUST 1.
Studio with separate kitchen, fireplace,
washer/dryer provided, wd floors. 1 blk from
campus, attached to house with separate en-
trance. 106 SW 12th St. $525/mo 339-2342
1-30-09-7-2

*Huge 1BR Loft w/Skylight*
3 Blocks to Mid-Town/Univ Ave*Walk to UF
Cathedral Ceilings*Only $799 at Arbor Lofts
www.ForRentNearUF.com 352-376-6223
4-22-59-2


Cozy one bedroom one bath, no pets, utili-
ties not included. For appointment call 352-
S 871-2274 after 6pm. 1-28-5-2


BRAND NEW Cricket Club
- Phase II, 2BR/2BA Condo
gated,pool,fitness center,W/D
- $1100/mo,call mario 352-219-4426
or jmacmaster@e-techservices.com 2-4-
10-2


2BR WALK TO CLASS!
As low as $380/person!
Pets welcome, wood floor avail
Pool, Open late and weekends
371-0769 CollegeParkUF.com
4-22-09-59-2

WALK TO SANTA FE COLLEGE
2BR/2BA $750/mo til 7/31/09
3108 NW 79th Court 1 car garage
Union Properties 352-373-7578
www.rentgainesville.com 4-22-59-2

LARGE HOME NEAR UF
Nice home w/many upgrades
Ready now! 1789 SF Garage
Union Properties 352-373-7578
www.rentgainesville.com 4-22-59-2

Charming 2bdrms/2baths home with loft, ga-
rage and sunroom. Tiled floor & carpet.
Located in NW Gainesville near UF, SFCC,
shopping and restaurants. For more info,
please call 352-262-2828. 1-28-09-5-2

5 BEDROOM HOUSE
Walk to Class, Across from UF
hardwood floors, washer/dryer, A/C
Available August 1, 2009
call John @ 561-866-8234
1-30-09-6-2

NW Gainesville 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo for
rent in Timberway. All appliances, washer
and dryer, screened porch, nice quiet com-
plex (239) 851-8948 1-27-09-3-2

2BR/1BA upstairs, hardwood floors, freshly
painted, new kitchen floor, free month.
1 block from O'Connell Center, just off
University Ave. $590/mo 727-697-3110
1-30-09-6-2

HISTORIC HOMES
1-3BR apts + 2 houses 923 SE 4th St, 18
NE 10th St. High ceilings, porch, wood floors.
$500-$1100/mo. No dogs. 1st, last, sec. Call
378-3704, sallygville@aol.com 2-19-20-2

QUIET, CLEAN, LOTS OF GREEEN SPACE.
2BR/1 BA house. $650/mo.
Call 352-378-9220 or mobile 213-3901 2-5-
09-10-2


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4/2 HOME PLUS STUDY
corner lot, H/D 2385 sq ft for $1800 + $1800
deposit. 3608 NW 22nd PI. Call 352-214-
1956 2-19-09-20-2

Summit House 1BR/1 BA Available Now
$605 per mouth $250 security Walk to VA or


Roommate Matching HERE
Oxford Manor 377-2777
The Landings 336-3838
The Laurels 335-4455
Greenwich Green 372-8100
Hidden Lake 374-3866
4-22-72-4


snanas Call 52-672-1482 3-6-09-3-z Now you can easily

** Across From UF submit your classified ad
for print and/or web editions
$1150/mo Special! right thru our website!
2br/2ba Limited Time Offer for Fall
Luxury Apts w/ Internet & Parking Incl. Just go to
www.LookingGlassApartments.com www.alligator.org/classifieds
111 NW 16th St. -- Call 376-1111 Visa and Mastercard accepted.


4-22-09-59-2

2BR/2BA apartment available on 2nd floor.
Located in SpyGlass off of 62nd blvd near
the mall! Bus route 20 to campus! Features
fireplace, washer/dryer, quiet backyard view
of the woods. Pet Friendly. Rent is $1100.
Call 239-980-9448. 1-30-5-2

2BR/1BA Spacious. 7209 SW 45th Lane,
Gainesville. Cent H/AC, W/D hk-up. $600/
mo. $500 sec dep. No pets. Call 386-462-
0994 2-2-09-5-2

One month FREE!
1 & 2 BR single-story villas starting from
$529
Move in costs starting at $139
Close to Oaks Mall and Archer Road.
Pine Rush Villas 375-1519 4-22-09-
59-2

One month FREE!
1 & 2 BR flats starting from $599
Move in costs starting at $139
Two blocks south of Archer Rd. & 34th St
Homestead Apts. 376-0828 4-22-09-59-2

One month FREE! $189 Moves you in!
HUGE 2 & 3 BR single story villas
starting from $759
Close to Oaks Mall & Newberry Rd.
Ashton Square Villas 333-1120 4-22-09-
59-2

3BR/1BA apts. 1 BIk to UF August 1st.
Renovated historic building. 1227 SW 4th
Ave. Wood firs, cent H/AC, parking, some
utils pd. $1475/mo. Call 352-514-5060 cell.
2-9-10-2


Arlington Square (2b/2ba) -$1025/mo-
UF Campus/Downtown Gainesville. Avail
12/18/08. Utils not incl. Must be willing to
take over existing lease. Security dep free.
Contact sean6cly@ufl.edu or 239-410-1603
2-9-08-30-3


1BR/1 BA apt for sublease at Summer Place
Villas. $560/month, includes water. Available
NOW! Call 941-457-3444 or swatts@ufl.edu
1-27-09-15-3


$420 + 1/2 utilities-Sublease 1Br in a 2/1
house with female UF student; screened in
porch, fenced-in backyard, carport, close to
bus route, parking decal included, pets ok.
Call Barbara for more info 954-673-9822
1-29-14-3


ONE BLOCK TO UF/LIBRARY WEST!
Looking GlassApts. 1BR/1 BA IN 2/2. Free in-
ternet, W/D Tile kitchen/bath. MUST LEASE
NOW! PRICE GREATLY REDUCED. WILL
ACCEPT BEST OFFER!! (850) 525-4532
1-30-9-3

Will pay $500 to take over my room in a
4bed/4bath apartment from January 2009-
August 2009 needs sublease and it comes
fully furnished with everything included $499/
mo call Fredrick Williams (813)849-8125:
2-2-10-3


First month's rent FREE!
Fully furnished premium apt. at Gateway at
Glades. $455/mo., all utilities included.
jbreland@ufl.edu 2-11-15-3


01br w/pvt entrance available in 2BR condo
Central air and heat. 2 pools in complex.
Walking distance to UF. Rent 375/mo
01BR hdwd firs, pvt ba avail in beautiful NW
house close to UF $395/mo 352-316-3930.
1-30-09-20-4

Very close to campus 4/2 remodeled condo
opens to lovely courtyard and pool. $425 w/
UT cable and internet included.(for sale or
rent) call 352-870-0291 2-17-09-30-4

Male roommate needed. Share furn 3BR/2BA
house w/yng prof $400/mo +1/2 util Directv,
ph, wireless, Vonage, elec. W/D, ofc space
pvt BA (morn) Ig yd fenced, pets ok, trees,
wooddeck, hottub, pond. UF-15 min drive,
near bus, Lakeview Ests 352-682-6297
2-10-25-4

2 BRsAVAIL FOR FEMALES ONLY
in 4/2.5 townhouse. $450/mo/room. All in-
cluded: internet, cable, electric, etc. 754-
204-1624 2-13-09-27-4

2 Female roommates NS/ND to share a new
4/2 house in a quiet neighborhood 3 mi. W
of 1-75. w/ cable, internet & security alarm.
$475/mo. util. incl. Call 352 331 8794 2-20-
30-4

NEEDROOMMATE!1MONTHFREE!1yearold3
bdrmtownhouselocatednearUFandSanteFe.
Students preferred. wsh/dry,cable,gym, pool.
$500/month + 1/3 util.Flexible lease.
Call Alex 954-663-8255 2-2-14-4

1BD/1BA avail NOW in 2/2.5 condo near UF.
Furnished, W/D, pool, open parking, on 4
bus rts. $400/mo + 1/2 utils. Call Chris 561-
445-9034 2-6-09-17-4

HANDYMAN NEEDED Disc 4 wk Share 2/2
MH Furn rm $200 N/R dep. $400/mo; $100/
wk incl util. 2wk adv. laun/cook svc avail N/A,
N/S, N/D. Car a+ 30 day notice 2 vacate. Nr
bus/shops Sm caged pet ok 331-0762 2-2-
8-4

Room in 3/2 house by 34th & Univ. $450/mo
+ utils, house has pool table, screen porch,
large yard, quiet neighbors, near everything
(movies, moe's, bento, UF, etc.) Call to see
678-457-1635 1-27-7-4

- :: 2 Blocks To UF::-
Room in 4br condo incl utils, internet, cable
TV, pool. Very Nice $375. 283-8777
www.Gainesville-Rooms-4-Rent.com 4-22-
09-62-4

Master bed w/private bath in 4BR/3BA house
off NW 16th Ave. DW, W/D, Cox cable w/
networked inernet, new carpet & ceiling fans.
No cats or dogs. $425/mo incl utils. 328-
4995 1-28-5-4

Graduate student or young professional
roommate wanted to share 2/2.5 Female
preferred Pets allowed Lease until 6/30/09
Email jaclnb@yahoo.com for info 1-30-5-4


Sell your house, condo, acreage, mobile
home and much more in the ALLIGATOR
CLASSIFIEDS! Reach thousands of possible
buyers! Mastercard and Visa accepted over
the phone, by fax, email or CHECK OUT
PLACING YOUR AD ONLINE AT www.al-
ligator.org. or please call 373-Find

SEE ALL CONDOS
WWW.UFCONDOS.COM
Matt Price Campus Realty, 352-281-3551
4-22-72-5


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NEW CONDOS -WALK to UF
3 Blks to UF. For Info on ALL 1, 2, 3, 4
Bedrooms for Sale, Call Eric Leightman,
Campus Realty at 352-219-2879. 4-22-72-5







Brand new luxury condos starting at $220k.
Granite tops, tall ceilings, private balcony,
steel & concrete construction, alarm system.
Call Eric Wild at 352-870-9453 4-22-72-5

AFFORDABLE LUXURY NEW CONSTRUC-
TION NEAR UF, SHANDS, LAW SCHOOL
2Bed/3 Full Baths + Office. Granite
Counters, 2 Direct Bus Stops to UF Matt
Price, Campus Realty 352-281-3551
4-22-72-5

CONDOS AT UF
www.CONDOSatUF.com
Matt & Tiffany Thomas, Bosshardt Realty
(352) 494-0194 or (352) 316-5556 2-17-
60-5

Condos for sale near UF/Shands!!
Many affordable units available.
Call Carolyn/Maureen at:
(352)284-4428 or (386)365-8590
@Matchmaker Realty. 1-30-09-21-5

Alachua County Big block home. Nice
country location. 4BR/2BA, 2-car garage,
pool. Needs work. 35 yrs old. $90K/OBO.
Appraised $190K. Financing possible. Call
727-939-1864 1-28-09-10-5

$7800 2BR/1BA Gainesville mobile home.
Very nice neighborhood. Furnished living
room & kitchen. Attached shed, cent H/AC,
W/D incl. Covered porch. Aaron 352-871-
0792 2-2-09-5-5


BED QUEEN $110 ORTHOPEDIC
Extra thick, pillow-top, mattress & box. Name
brand, new, still in plastic. Call 352-372-7490
will deliver. 4-22-08-72-6

BED FULL SIZE $90 ORTHOPEDIC
Pillow-top mattress & box. New, unused, still
in plastic w/warranty. Can deliver. Call 352-
377-9846 4-22-08-72-6

MICROFIBER SOFA & LOVESEAT $400
Brand new still packaged w/warranty. Must
sell. Can deliver. Retail $1600. 352-372-
7490 4-22-08-72-6

BED KING $170 PILLOWTOP
mattress & box springs. Orthopedic rated.
Name brand, new, never been used, in plas-
tic with warranty. Call 352-372-8588. Can
deliver. 4-22-08-72-6

CHERRY SLEIGH BED solid with Pillowtop
Mattress & Box. All new still boxed. Cost
$1500, sacrifice $450 352-333-7516

Sofa $175 Brand new in pkg 333-7516
4-22-72-6

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 $1100
(352) 372-7490 4-22-08-72-6

SOFA & LOVESEAT 100% Italian leather.
Brand new in plastic w/warranty. Retail
$2650. Sacrifice $750. Call 352-377-9846
4-22-08-72-6

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 4-22-
72-6

FUTON Solid oak mission-style frame w/
mattress. New, in box. $140 332-9899

DINETTE SET 5pc $120 Brand new in box.
Never used. 352-377-9846 4-22-08-72-6

**BEDS -ALL BRAND NEW**
**Full $100 Queen $125 King $200**
Orthopedic pillow-top sets. Brand name
matching sets not used or refurbished. Still
in plastic, direct from factory! 352-333-7516.
4-22-72-6


BED- QUEEN New orthopedic pillowtop mat-
tress and boxspring set. Brand name, brand
new, still in plastic with warranty. Can deliver.
$120 352-377-9846. 4-22-72-6

Bed- All New King! 3pc Orthopedic pillowtop
mattress set. Brand NEW, still in plastic with
warranty. Can deliver. $200 352-333-7516.
4-22-72-6

BEDROOM SET- $300 BRAND NEW
Still in boxes! 6 pieces include: Headboard,
2 Nightstands, Dresser, Mirror, Chest. Must
sell, can deliver. 352-377-9846. 4-22-08-
72-6

FUTON $60 Solid Oak Mission Style. With
plush mattress $140. All brand NEW still in
box. Can deliver. 352-333-7516 4-22-72-6

Bed-FULL size pillowtop mattress & box.
New in plastic, warr. Can del. $100 317-4031

SOFA $185 Brand new! Love seat $150 still
in pkg. Can del 352-333-7516 4-22-72-6

QUEEN SIZE FUTON BED
60x80 solid wood maple,
coral,teal and cream print.
$150.00.353-332-5890.
1-29-09-10-6


CASH PAID FOR LAPTOP'S
Buy Sell Trade Any Condition
336-0075 www.pcrecycle.biz Joel 4-22-
08-72-7

COMPUTER & LAPTOP REPAIRS
Network specialists
We buy computers and laptops
Working and Non-working
378-4009, 607 NW 13th Street
4-22-08-72-7







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4-22-70-7

Computer Help Fast Gatorland Computers
House/Dorm Fast response. No waiting/
unplugging/hassels. $30 Gator discount w/
ID. Certified MCSE Technicians. 338-8041.
www.GatorlandComputers.com 4-22-70-7


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)
4-22-72-9





PARKING:
Private, Secure, Guaranteed. 60 sec to UF.
Reserve now! Reasonable rates. 352-538-
2181. Can leave mssg. 4-22-08-72-10

UF SURPLUS EQUIPMENTAUCTIONS
are underway...
bikes, computers, printers, vehicles & more.
All individuals interested in bidding go to:
http://www.surplus.ufl.edu/online/ 392-0370
4-22-08-72-10


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00000* SCOOTERS ******
RPM MOTORCYCLES INC
SALES, SERVICE, PARTS
Many Brands Available 518 SE 2nd St.
www.RPMmotorcycles.com 377-6974
4-22-08-72-11


*****New Scooters 4 Less*****
Motor Scooter Sales and Service!
Great Scooters, Service & Prices!
118 NW 14th Ave, Ste D, 336-1271
www.NS4L.com
4-22-08-72-11

***GatorMoto***
Largest Scooter Store in Town! Run by Gator
Grads! New scooters starting at$999. No legit
shop can beat these prices! lyr Warranties
included. 376-6275GatorMoto.com 4-22-08-
72-11

SCOOTER SERVICE
New Scooters 4 Less has LOW service rates!
Will service any make/model. Close to UF!
Pick-ups avail cheap oil changes!! 336-1271
4-22-08-72-11

***www.BuyMyScooter.com***
Buy A New Scooter, Buy A Used Scooter
All on one site! Check the website or call
336-1271 for more info! 4-22-08-72-11

GATORMOTO Gville's #1 service facility. We
repair ALL brands of scooters. Pickups avail-
able. Lowest labor rates around. Quickest
turnaround time. Run by Gator Grads so we
know how to treat our customers! 376-6275
4-22-08-72-11

SWAMP CYCLES
Closest to Campus. Largest selection,
Best Customer Service.
Motorcycles,ScootersAccessories,andService.
633 NW13thStreet www.swampcycles.com
4-22-72-11

***SOLANO CYCLE***
Scooters from $799. Largest selection from
KYMCO, Daelim, Hyosung, Adly, Genuine,
Estblished 10 yrs, 2 yr warranties
1024 S Main St 338-8450 solanocycle.com
4-22-08-72-11


*FAST CASH FOR ALMOST ANY CARS*
*Running or not!*
*NEED HONDA, TOYOTA, PICKUPS
*Over 15 yr svc to UF students
*Call Don @ 215-7987 4-22-08-72-12

CARS CARS Buy*SellOTrade
Clean BMW, Volvo, Mercedes
Toyota, Honda, Nissan cars
3432 N Main St. www.carrsmith.com
CARRSMITH AUTO SALES 373-1150
4-22-72-12

$500! POLICE IMPOUNDS!
HONDAS, CHEVYS, TOYOTAS, ETC.
For listings 800-366-9813 ext 4622
4-22-72-12


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
4-22-72-12


*FAST CASH PAID*
For any running cars or trucks. 1995 and up.
Clean or ugly. Segovia 352-284-8619 4-22-
72-12


*****ATTENTION*****
*****SUN CITY AUTO SALES*****
WHY PAY MORE? YOU COULD PAY LESS!
300+ vehicles @ wholesale prices 338-1999
4-22-08-72-12

All Vehicles Must Go!
Liquidation Sale Special
60 Days Payoff on Cash Vehicles
(Payoff time negotiable)
Sun City Auto 352-338-1999 4-22-09-62-12

Over 250 Vehicles Will Be Sold At
Wholesale Prices to the Public
Including Cars, Trucks, Vans & SUVs
Sun City Auto 352-338-1999 4-22-09-62-
12

Bring Your W-2 and Ride Home Today
Why Wait for Your Refund?
File Your Taxes Here and
Drive Off in Your Vehicle
Sun City Auto 352-338-1999 4-22-09-62-
12


Sun City Auto
No Credit Check
All Vehicles $0 Down
Buy Here Pay Here
352-338-1999 4-22-09-62-12


* 2003 Saab 93, 60,000 miles fully loaded in
excellent condition! $10,000.
02002 Mitsubishi Eclipse RS, manual trans-
mission, $85,000 miles. $4,800. Call (352)
284-8478 or e-mail jessiesawka@gmail.com
2-18-20-12

2003 Silver Honda Civic, excellent condition,
97500 miles, $7995. All required mainten-
ace completed; recent maintenance records
available. One owner, non smoker. Call 352-
359-6049. 2-2-09-5-12

$$ CASH TODAY! $$
For Your Unwanted Cars
Junk!! Trucks, RVs, & Wrecks!!!
TOP DOLLAR PAID!
386-234-0072 & 386-234-0075
2-2-09-5-12


LOCAL ARTIST NEEDS:
* Gold Diamonds Gems Class Rings
* ETC Top Cash $$$ or Trade *
OZZIE'S FINE JEWELRY 373-9243. 4-22-
72-13

UF GRAD PAYS MORE
for gold jewelry, scrap gold, Rolex, diamonds,
guitars, etc. Top $$$. Get my offer before you
sell! Call Jim 376-8090 or 222-8090 4-22-
08-72-13


The American Cancer Society
Road to Recovery Volunteers Needed!
VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED
to transport cancer patients to treatment.
Flexible schedule.
Training and liability insurance provided.
Please call
352-376-6866 ext. 5079 if interested.


This newspaper assumes no responsibility
for injury or loss arising from contacts made
through advertising. We suggest that any
reader who responds to advertising use cau-
tion and investigate the sincerity of the ad-
vertiser before giving out personal informa-
tion or arranging meetings

LIKE TO WORK WITH LUXURY CARS?
Bright? Enthusiastic? Like people? Must be
over 22, stable work history, clean driving re-
cord, drug-free, perssonal references. www.
carrsmith.com for details. 4-22-72-14

EARN $60 THIS WEEK!
Donate Plasma & Save a Life
$$$$$$$$$$$$
Best part-time job you'll ever have.
NEW DONORS
Bring this Ad and Earn an
Extra $5 on Your 2nd Donation.
DCI Biologicals 150 NW6th St.
352-378-9204
4-22-08-72-14

$STUDENTS GET CASH ON THE SPOT$
For gently used clothing/accessories & fur-
niture. No appt.necessary! Sandy's Savvy
Chic Resale Boutique 2906 NW 13th St. 372-
1226 4-22-08-72-14

Now you can easily
submit your classified ad
for print and/or web editions
right thru our website!
Just go to
www.alligator.org/classifieds
Visa and Mastercard accepted.

BARTENDING
$250 A DAY POTENTIAL
No experience necessary, training provided.
800-965-6520 ext 138 4-22-08-72-14


CNA TRAINING CLASS: $250! Work at your
own time & pace in your own home! To get
program on DVD's call 352-597-2559. For
online program visit www.lapcnatraining.
com Get started right away! 4-22-72-14


Tired of Working Retail?
Local real estate co. hiring part-time Sales &
Leasing Associates. Need previous sales
or retail exp & outgoing personality. No real
estate exp req (training provided). Bonuses
& benefits. Send resume, cover letter & avail
schedule to hr@trimarkproperties.com
4-22-72-14


*IT/Programming Internship. Local invest-
ment firm seeks individual to work PT/FT with
SQL, HTML, ASP, databases, servers, and
networks. 2+ yrs exp pref. $15-20 per hour
+ bonuses, long term capability. Fax resume
to 352-378-4156.* 1-30-08-21-14


WEB DEVELOPERS & COMPUTER
CONSTULTANTS: UFCenterforlnstructional
TechnologyandTraining.Webdevelopersmust
befamiliarwith Dreamweaver, CSS,XHTM Land
Photoshop. Portfolio links must be included
with application. Consultant position requires
expertskillswithWindowsand Microsoft Office
applications. Excellent communication skills
required. Paystartsat$7.50perhour.jksmith@
ufl.edu, online application at http://www.citt.
ufl.edu/employment.php.
1-30-17-14


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call toll-free 1-866-906-WELL or
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TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2009 U ALLIGATOR, 13


UF Survey Research Center
Telephone Interviewers
NO SALES
$8.00 $8.50/hr
Students and Non-Students
352-392-2908 Ext: 105
408 W University Ave. Suite 106
4-22-70-14


Paradigm Properties
Leasing Specialist, PT
Sales & Customer service exp.
EOE, DFWP
Apply on-line at: www.teamparadigm.com
352-375-2152 ex 301 4-22-67-14

D-LYON ENTERPRISES, a new music pro-
duction company, now hiring for PT research,
development & bookkeeping position. Must
be energetic, out-going & people-friendly.
Call Craig for more info 352-213-7440 1-28-
09-10-14

Earn extra money. Students needed ASAP.
Earn up to $150/day being a mystery shop-
per. No experience required. Call 1-800-722-
4791 4-22-09-65-14


Busy doctor needs professional executive
assistant 20-30 hrs/week. Experience is an
absolute must. Ideal applicant able to an-
ticipate need. Compensation based on exp,
email CV to gm@ehsfamily.com 2-16-09-
22-14

Part Time Work for
Full Time Pay
Phone Sales Reps M-F 6:30-10pm,
no wknds,pd wkly, Call 352-378-2262
for intrvw, exp. preferred 1-29-09-10-14

Busy doctors office seeks helper for clerical
work. 10-20 hrs/wk $7-9 based on experi-
ence. Will consider all applicants References
required Email resume to gm@ehsfamily.
com 2-2-12-14

SUMMER INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE
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14, ALLIGATOR U TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2009


All in the Family


UF recruit's friends inspire journey


By TYLER JETT
Alligator Writer

The tears of Pahokee residents could fill
Lake Okeechobee.
It is so different from any town in America:
rural, yet with the plights of the inner city. The
median family income is $26,265, and 32 per-
cent of the population lives below the poverty
line.
But for Nu'Keese Richardson, the tears
never came from losing electricity or worrying
about food. For Richardson, a current UF com-
mit at wide receiver, an economic slump paled
in comparison to the cruel shadow of death
that refused to stay away.
But Richardson's story doesn't start there,
with the painful passing of a couple fam-
ily members one blood relative, the other
just as close. Instead, it starts with friendship,
something stronger than money, something so
beautiful it can counter the sting of death.
Ever since he was about 4 years old, he es-
timates, Richardson has had friends he could
rely on. Jarvis Byrd, Carlos Lammons, Vincent
Smith and Brandin Hawthorne have been his
best friends.
"We call each other brothers," Byrd said.
Their friendship extended onto the foot-
ball field, where they started playing for the
Pahokee Baby Blue Devils youth league foot-
ball team at age 9. Like a lot of places, the boys
of Pahokee dream of becoming star athletes.
Unlike a lot of places, they have good rea-
son to believe it can happen. Former Blue Devil
greats like Arizona Cardinals wide receiver
Anquan Boldin come back and bring famous
friends Cardinals wideout Larry Fitzgerald
and Washington Redskins receiver Santana
Moss, to name a few with them.


Richardson's first love was basketball, but
his uncle saw him playing football one day
and knew he was meant for the field, not the
hardwood. He wasn't the only one to notice.
"I loved watching him play little league,
you know. (I) was amazed by his talent," said
Blaze Thompson, a former elementary school
teacher in the area who would one day be-
come Pahokee High's coach.
The group kept playing together through-
out middle school, and the family dynamic
only grew. The boys did everything as one and
spent many nights sleeping in one another's
homes. And it wasn't just the original five.
Everyone who played on their team became
part of the family.

Dealing With Losses
That's why Sept. 27, 2008, hurt so badly.
That's the morning teammate Norman
"Pooh" Griffith was shot and killed while
leaving the homecoming dance.
Richardson knew this situation too well.
Cynthia Hayes had been an asthmatic with
lots of love for her son, Nu'Keese. One day,
when Richardson was in third grade, Hayes
was on her way to pick him up from her mom's
house after work when she suffered an asthma
attack. She decided to speed home, and when
she arrived, neighbors said she jumped out of
her car and desperately raced to her front door
while gasping for air, hoping to get within
reach of her asthma pump.
She died on the front porch.
At age 8, Richardson lost the person who
loved him most.
"I saw him battling with it in school," said
Robbie Everett, Richardson's aunt and the me-
dia specialist at Pahokee Elementary School.
"He did the little things little kids do, like cry.


He struggled a couple of years with it."
Years passed, but football and friendship
remained true.
Richardson moved in with his grandmoth-
er Gloria for a while, but she had trouble rais-
ing a young man, so he moved in with Everett
and her husband, Juel, his sophomore year.
Two years later, Richardson was starting at
quarterback instead of receiver, where scouts
agree he will fit best, and was asked to lead a
team reeling from Griffith's death. A week af-
ter Griffith died, Pahokee flew to Duncan, S.C.,
to take on Bymes High the No. 9 team in the
nation on ESPNU.
The Blue Devils could not
overcome the emotions of
playing their first game with-
out Griffith and lost 38-12, but
FOOtball responded by winning eight
of their last nine matches. The
culmination of that streak took
place in Orlando, where Pahokee captured its
third straight state championship with a 21-17
win against Trinity Catholic.
With his third ring in hand, there was noth-
ing left for Richardson to do but take his game
to the next level. But unlike other heavily re-
cruited athletes, he chose not to milk the atten-
tion thrown his way. Instead, he announced he
would be a Gator last May.
The list of offers Richardson received
reads like a who's who of football programs:
Southern Cal, Miami, Alabama, Georgia,
Michigan. He didn't so much as visit another
school.
Richardson was so eager to get to
Gainesville, he tried to enroll early, something
his friends Smith and Hawthorne were doing
at Michigan. He came close, but was unable to
complete the ACT verbal in time and still had
a half-credit of English to take.
While he can't join the Gators until this sum-
mer, he has put his time into playing basket-


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UF verbal commit Nu'Keese Richardson returns a kickoff as former commit Greg Reid leads the way during the Under Armour All-
America High School Football Game in the Citrus Bowl in Orlando on Jan. 4.


ball, hanging out with his friends who haven't
enrolled early and improving his grades.
"I want to be top-ranked in my class," said
Richardson, who currently holds a 3.0 grade
point average.

Sticking to Offense
The Oklahoma drill varies depending on
the age level and team, but in most youth
leagues it begins with two players a ball
carrier and linebacker lying on their backs
about 6 yards from each other, waiting for their
coach to blow his whistle. Once they hear the
high-pitched shriek, each player races to his
feet and hopes to beat his opponent. The run-
ning back's goal is to truck the defender. The
defender's goal is to tackle the running back.
When the boys were 11, Smith was play-
ing running back, and nobody on the team
could tackle him. Richardson, who was being
held out of the drill because of his status as the
team's quarterback, challenged Smith, saying
he could make the tackle.
Just like that, it was on. Both men lay on
their backs, hearing nothing but their hearts
beating and the excited squeals of teammates
waiting to see a collision. When the whistle
blew, Richardson and Smith raced to their feet
and faced each other before charging forward.
Richardson was flattened.
The entire team burst out laughing at its
star quarterback. Richardson said he felt dizzy
and had to leave practice. He was staying with
Byrd at the time, so Byrd had to carry him on
his shoulders to get him home.
Richardson's uncle dropped some food off
at Byrd's house, but Richardson was tired and
decided to take a nap.
"When he woke up, he was asking where
his food was. I was so hungry I had eaten his
food," Byrd managed to say before erupting
with laughter.
It turned out Richardson got a pinched
nerve that day, and he has been hearing about
it from his friends ever since.

Getting His Licks
When he joined the varsity team for spring
football his freshman year, Richardson wanted
to keep playing quarterback but lost the posi-
tion battle to teammate Anthony Sheppard.
The Blue Devils decided Richardson was a
better fit for receiver. Richardson disagreed.
He thought about quitting. Then
Martavious Odoms stepped in.
Odoms, then a junior and now at Michigan,
spent the summer before the season working
with Richardson, teaching him the position.
"Martavious can adjust to a football in
the air better than anyone I have ever seen.
Nu'Keese has adapted to that as well," coach
Thompson said. "It's just amazing. You see the
ball in the air and you think, you know, 'How
is he going to contort his body? How's he go-
ing to adjust to the ball?' And somehow, some
way, he gets it."
Odoms also introduced Richardson to the
art of the "crack-back." A crack-back occurs
when a receiver charges toward the middle of
the field and removes an unsuspecting line-
backer from his cleats.
For Richardson, it doesn't get any better.
"Defense gets to lay licks all the time. It
feels good to go across the middle and hit one
of them linebackers," Richardson said.
The only thing that could possibly make
Richardson feel better is to get a full scholar-
ship and see his friends experience the same
thing. Smith and Hawthorne are already at
Michigan, Byrd is headed for North Carolina
State and Lammons has offers from Florida
Atlantic and Buffalo.
Five brothers going to four-year universi-
ties? Sounds like a successful family.
Oral commitments are non-binding until a
national letter-of-intent is signed on National
Signing Day on Feb. 4.





TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2009 U ALLIGATOR, 15


UF looks to extend streak vs. Stetson


By JOSEPH R. HOLZER
Alligator Writer

The UF women's tennis team is set on
keeping its 23-match win streak against in-
state opponents alive as it takes the Linder
Stadium courts at 3 this afternoon against
Stetson.
Previously scheduled for Thursday, the
match was moved to today. The Gators swept
UCF on Saturday to open their season. The
Knights, coached by 1996 and 1998 UF nation-
al championship player Stephanie Nickitas,
may have been the appropriate opener.
"(UCF is) a dangerous team with great


coaching," Gators coach Roland Thomqvist
said. "I don't want to take anything away
from Stetson, but this was a momentum-
building win."
Thomqvist isn't looking past
the Hatters, either. He said his
team has to maintain its physical-
Tennis ity and not get complacent after
ennis its 7-0 win.
Junior Marrit Boonstra,
ranked No. 34, won't allow herself to become
overconfident after an easy Saturday outing.
"I'm way better than last year, but we all
have to keep the intensity up," she said.
UF is 181-32 all-time against Sunshine


State foes.
After facing the Hatters, the Gators will
host the International Tennis Association's
Team Indoor Regionals beginning Saturday at
10 a.m. UF will play No. 69 Oklahoma State.
Thomqvist said a win against Stetson will
be pivotal entering the tournament.
ALEXANDER'S WRIST NOT AN ISSUE: Jessica
Alexander easily outworked UCF's Christy
Core in a 6-2, 6-1 victory Saturday. And the
right-handed sophomore did it with a ban-
daged serving wrist.
"It didn't appear to cause her much dis-
comfort," Thomqvist said. "I'm sure she'll be
all right for Stetson."


Werner: Fractured finger no excuse for poor shooting


HOOPS, from page 16

much else on the offensive end
of the floor this season.
Parsons showed he may be
the second scoring option UF
coach Billy Donovan has been
looking for.
"I think that in order to re-
ally grow and get better, you
have to go through a lot of pain
and suffering. I think that's the
case in life," Donovan said.
"Anything that's important to
you, there's going to be a level
of pain and suffering that goes
into it."
Pain is something Parsons
became all too familiar with
following UF's loss to South


Carolina.
The sophomore's Facebook
page was littered with insults
in the days after the game.
"Anything you can think
of, from blowing the game to
'Work on free throws.' Things
like that," Parsons said.
But Donovan believes miss-
ing the free throw against the
Gamecocks may have been the
turning point Parsons needed.
"People say, 'Enjoy the
process, enjoy the process,'"
Donovan said. "The process
can be miserable and tough
and relentless and overbear-
ing and can weigh you down
mentally and physically, and
I'm sure with Chandler, he
was at a crossroads with him-


self on Wednesday.
"We all were, with how we
were going to handle this. I
really just tried to talk to him
about it in terms of what is
really im-
portant to
him, and
what kind of
player does
he want to
be, and how
Werner does he han-
Werner
dle this going
forward."
Forward is the one place
Parsons seems to be moving.
The sophomore was back
in the gym late last night after
the team returned home from
Nashville, Tenn.


He shot 300 free throws.
"I think it shows you how
everything can move so fast,"
Parsons said. "How last week I
went from crying in the locker
room to coming out and play-
ing like I did (Sunday)."
WERNER INJURED: The junior
has an avulsion fracture on his
right middle finger, which oc-
curs when a part of the bone
tears away from the main mass
of the bone.
He said he thinks the in-
jury happened during the
Mississippi game.
Werner refused to blame
the injury for his poor shoot-
ing in recent games.
"I don't want to make ex-
cuses," he said.


Gators familiar with former North Carolina State coach


YOW from page 16


ness," Butler said.
UF got to know Yow throughout the last
year.
Yow coached the Wolfpack to an 80-
55 win against the Gators in the third
round of the Women's National Invitation
Tournament last March, ending UF's sea-
son. The teams faced off again in Raleigh
earlier this season on Dec. 7, and UF got the
better of Yow's team 66-61.


Butler said it was a unique experience
for herself and her team facing one of the
pioneers of the women's
game.
"It's an honor," Butler
Women's said. "We talked about it
Basketball even before we went up
Bask l there and last year when
we went and she whipped
our butts to end our season. Very hum-
bling, yet (we) also knew that we had to go
up there and be ready to play."


Yow's passing has allowed Butler and
her team to step back from basketball and
realize what's truly important.
"We spent a lot of time with the team re-
flecting on her and what she gave the game,
because I think that's important to have that
historical perspective," Butler said. "And
then really just as an example of leadership,
this is how you should live your life every
single day, trying to find ways to give back,
trying to find ways to help other people up,
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PHIL, from page 16

But what say you, ever-optimis-
tic Gators fan?
You might claim that the team
has found its identity after a heart-
breaking loss at South Carolina.
This team is now resolved and will
finally play so that the whole is bet-
ter than the sum of its parts.
Some have even made beyond-
absurd comparisons between the
loss against the Gamecocks and the
football team's loss to Mississippi.
(Side rant: I could write a whole
separate column about this, but I'll
resist. It's simply not true. The 2008
football team was highly talented
and needed something to light a
fire. The basketball team, frankly,
isn't one heart-breaking loss away
from winning it all.)
You might point out that do-it-all
guard Nick Calathes had "only" 15
points against Vanderbilt. The key
here is that it marked only the fifth
game this season in which Calathes
wasn't one of the Gators' top two
scorers.
Unsurprisingly, UF is 5-0 in such
games.
So maybe this was a turning
point for Parsons. Perhaps some-
thing changed in the sophomore af-
ter he choked at the free-throw line
and stayed at the gym hoisting shots
until the wee hours of the night.
It certainly would be a great cli-
mactic turning point for him, but
he's going to have to continue prov-
ing it the rest of the season.
So, where do I stand? I tend to
agree with the glass-half-empty
folk. I'm still not buying this year's
team.
With 20 games in the books, I
firmly stand by my prediction that
come Selection Sunday, the Gators
will be under a "last four" heading,
whether it be last four in or last four
out. And I'm still leaning toward
out.
But when it's all settled, it seems
a game against Vanderbilt will once
again mark the proverbial fork in
the road.
Which path will UF take this
year?


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TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2009


ALLIGATOR
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Change of routine aids Parsons' shot

0 THE SOPHOMORE FORWARD HIT HIS
FIRST FIVE 3-POINTERS ON SUNDAY.

By MIKE DiFERDINANDO
Alligator Staff Writer
mdiferdinando@alligator.org

Chandler Parsons woke up Sunday morning
on the right side of the bed.
Still distraught three days after missing a free
throw that cost UF its game at South Carolina, his
roommate on the road, Dan Werner, suggested a
change when they arrived at the team hotel prior
to playing Vanderbilt.
"I usually get the bed by the vent. He's from
down here, so he's kind of a wuss with the air
and stuff, so I gotta go by the vent," Werner said.
"I was the first one in the room and I said, 'No,
we're going to switch it up."'
Sunday, a well-rested Parsons had the best
game of his college career, scoring 27 points,
shooting 7 of 8 from 3-point range and grabbing
eight rebounds in the Gators' 94-69 rout of the
Commodores.
"I don't know if that had something to do with
it, but we're going to keep that going," Werner
said.
Even Werner couldn't have predicted the
kind of offensive outburst Parsons had against
Vanderbilt.
"Any time a guy hits his first five threes,
you're always surprised," Werner said. "I don't
think you always expect a guy to go out and hit
four threes a game, but to go 2 for 5 or something
is what I kind of expected."
The Gators (17-3, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) Harrison Diamond/ Alligator Staff
have relied on point guard Nick Calathes and not UF forward Chandler Parsons dunks during the Gators' 80-58 win against
SEE HOOPS, PAGE 15 Toledo in the O'Connell Center on Nov. 14.

UF WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Gators wear pink to honor late coach


By CHRISTOPHER YAZBEC
Alligator Writer
cyazbec@alligator.org

The Gators' Pink Zone pro-
motion for breast cancer aware-
ness had supposedly already
taken place last week against
Georgia.
But when the UF women's
basketball team donned the
pink warm-ups and shoelaces
once again Sunday against
Mississippi, the reason for do-
ing so was pretty clear.
The Gators were honoring
Kay Yow, the longtime North
Carolina State coach who died


Saturday after a recurrence of
breast cancer. Yow collected 737
wins in her coaching career.
UF's coaching staff wore
pink ribbons on its lapels, and
there was a moment of silence
before the game in Yow's mem-
ory for her contributions to the
game of women's basketball.
After UF's win Sunday,
coach Amanda Butler reflected
on Yow's legacy.
Butler remembered what
it was like being around Yow
while Butler was still the coach
at UNC-Charlotte.
"I was very fortunate to have
personal interaction with coach


Yow," Butler said. "It was a
privilege to sit next to her in the
gym and recruit kids and try to
find ways to steal players from


Yow


N.C. State,
although it
didn't happen
that way very
often."
Butler said
she admired
the way Yow
lived and
that everyone


should aspire to touch lives the
way she did.
Butler always preaches one
word when describing how her


team should play and the way
she played: toughness.
But she said that characteris-
tic on the court doesn't compare
to what Yow faced.
"You talk about toughness
- chemotherapy, traveling,
knowing really in your heart
that you're probably living
your last weeks, your last years,
and still going out and coaching
basketball and giving your time
and your energy to someone
else without complaining, set-
ting a positive example day-in
and day-out that's tough-

SEE YOW, PAGE 15


How will UF


handle win


at Vandy?
So now what?
A year ago today, the UF
men's basketball team blew
out Vanderbilt.
The 22-point margin fueled talk
that maybe the Gators hadn't com-
pletely dropped off the map after
back-to-back national champion-
ships.


Phil Kegler
Phil on the Hill
pkegler@alligator.org


The ensu-
ing collapse
has been
well-docu-
mented.
Sunday,
the Gators
went to
Nashville,
Tenn., and
kicked the


Commodores around again.
Chandler Parsons played a game
he won't soon forget.
But besides Parsons playing
well, the game didn't really teach us
too much.
Or did it?
It all depends if you're one of
those glass-half-empty or glass-half-
full people.
The pessimists will say UF shot
57 percent from the floor, which
included a mind-numbing 15-of-25
(60 percent) from 3-point range, and
that type of performance can't be
counted on every night.
Most people already knew that
when the Gators are shooting well,
they will almost definitely win.
If common sense wasn't enough,
the statistics back up such a notion.
With Sunday's victory, UF im-
proved to 10-0 when sinking at least
eight 3-pointers in a game.
The critics will persist that this
Vanderbilt team isn't even one of
the better Southeastern Conference
squads, sitting at 1-4 in league play.
And besides that, the SEC is ter-
rible this year, ranking sixth among
leagues in the current RPI standings.
It ranks behind the five other BCS
conferences and is narrowly edging
out the Mountain West Conference
(0.5564 to 0.5521, according to
RealTimeRPI.com).
SEE PHIL, PAGE 15


*NCAA Men's Basketball: (24) Kentucky vs. Mississippi
ESPN, 7 p.m.

*NCAA Men's Basketball: (16) Purdue vs. Wisconsin
ESPN, 9p.m.


NCAA Men's Basketball
(8) Marquette 71
Notre Dame 64
NBA
Hawks 79
Heat 95


L QUST N I


Today's question: Will the Vanderbilt win
propel the UF men's basketball team into the
NCAA Tournament?
Previous question: Are you disappointed with
the state of UF's recruiting class? (see right for
results)


Percent (Votes)
81% (79)
19% (19)
98 TOTAL VOTES


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