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VOLUME 102 ISSUE 106


Published by Campus Communications, Inc. of Gainesville, Florida
We Inform. You Decide.


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2009


ON CAMPUS


UF to use housing reserve to fund wireless


By KRISTEN HUFF
Alligator Contributing Writer

At a time when many profes-
sors can't even print syllabi for stu-
dents because of budget cuts, UF is


spending nearly half a million dol- and research, the $400,000 that will tor of housing for administrative
lars to install wireless Internet in fund the first phase of a three-part services, the UF Department of
the common areas of dorms. installation comes from a reserve Housing and Residence Education
However, according to Sharon fund specifically designated for is a self-supporting operation that
Blansett, assistant director of hous- such housing projects. generates revenue from rent, not
ing for marketing, public relations According to Azfar Mian, direc- the university.


Every year, the department sets
aside part of its revenue into a spe-
cial reserve fund to pay for large
renovation projects such as roof
and window replacements and
SEE WIRELESS, PAGE 8


Parties present


complaints

By CHELSEA KEENAN
Alligator Writer

Eight election complaints were presented and voted
on Wednesday night during a two-hour Student Govern-
ment Elections Commission meeting.
The Progress Party racked up four more campaigning
complaints, submitted by Sen. Sam Miorelli of the Orange
and Blue Party and Frank Bracco of the Keg Party, while
the Unite Party had two filed against
them.
However, Progress Party President
Josh Simmons felt the complaints were
petty and unnecessary.
"I don't understand what good it
does to drag me here on a Wednesday
night when a simple phone call or Face-
Simmons book message could be made."
Stephen Lawson, the commission
chairman, said this election cycle has seen the most com-
plaints ever filed before an election.
"This is the most hotly contested election I've seen,"
Lawson said. "Parties are feeling more threatened than
in the past."
Four complaints were voted as violations, one was Matt Tripp/ Alligator
dropped and the other failed to meet the definition of a DODGEBALL!
violation by vote.
Matt Martz, a graduate student running as an Indepen- Students race toward the ball line during a pick-up dodgeball game Wednesday afternoon on the Reitz
dent for a Senate seat, was recommended for disqualifica- Union North Lawn. The game was put on as part of Engineering Week, along with other outdoor activities.
tion and fined $10 after he refused to remove a Facebook
group, which the commission voted a misrepresentation
of the Unite Party.


UF and Shands shield Gainesville from economic woes


"We've been fairly insulated by the edu-
cation and health care industries," she said.
UF and Shands, the top two employers
in Gainesville, have a combined workforce


Gainesville has dodged the worst of the of 27,000, according to the chamber's Web
economic downturn so far, aided by the sta- site.
bility that Shands and UF provide, accord- In addition, UF and Sante Fe Communi-
ing to Jenny DuRant, a chamber of com- ty College have 60,000 students who spend
merce spokeswoman.


* UF center
Alex Tyus (left)
and the Gators
snapped their
two-game losing
streak with a
victory against
Alabama on
Wednesday.
See Story, Page
18.


money in the community.
"There are other businesses in
Gainesville, but comparatively
Special they are much smaller," said
Report Stan Geberer, an associate of
Fishkind & Associates, a finan-
cial consulting firm.
Connie Aguilera, owner of Simply Gor-


Slain chimp's owner now says it wasn't on Xanax
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) As authorities considered crimi-
nal charges, the woman whose 200-pound domesticated chimpan-
zee went berserk and mauled a friend backtracked Wednesday on
whether she gave the animal the anti-anxiety drug Xanax.
Sandra Herold said Wednesday that she never gave the drug to
her chimp, who was shot dead by Stamford police Monday after he
grievously wounded Herold's friend Charla Nash.
However, Herold said in an interview on NBC's "Today" show
that she gave Travis the drug in some tea less than five minutes be-
fore the attack. The chimpanzee's rampage forced Herold to stab her
beloved pet with a butcher knife and pound him with a shovel.


With the
Gainesville City
Commission
elections loom-
ing, candidates
are battling for
the at-large
seat. See Story,
Page 3.


geous gift shop, agrees that these institu-
tions protect the local economy.
"There are the universities and the hos-
pitals, and then everything else spins off of
that," she said.
But Aguilera still feels the downturn.
She stocks her shelves more carefully,
SEE ECONOMY, PAGE 8


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2, ALLIGATOR U THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2009

News Today


WHAT'S HAPPENING
Ayyam-i-hi Celebration
Today, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Reitz Union North Lawn
Join the Baha'i Association in
celebrating this time of giving
and hospitality. There will be
a bounce house, cotton candy,
snow cones and more.

RUB Entertainment presents
Movie Trivia Night and
South Park Marathon
Tonight, 8 p.m.
Orange & Brew
Come out and for movie trivia
and biting satire from directors
Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

RUB Entertainment and
Black History Month Present
Flashing Lights: A Night of
Laser Tag
Friday, Feb. 20, 8 p.m.
Reitz Union North Lawn
Spend the evening in a large
scale game of Laser Tag. Show
off your skills, or lack thereof,
among your friends.

RUB Entertainment & Gator
Nights Present: Free Live Music
Friday, Feb. 20, 8 p.m.
Rion Ballroom
With the Explorers Club, Band
Marino & Wait Wait

The Chinese American Student
Association presents a Chinese
New Year show
Saturday, Doors at 6:30 p.m.
Reitz Grand Ballroom
There will be modem and tra-
ditional dances, singing, lion
dance and much more. This
is free and open to the public.
Free refreshments provided.

The Fine Print Benefit Show
Saturday, 8:30 p.m.
The new Civic Media Center
location at 433 S. Main Street,
featuring Umoja Orchestra,
Bang Bang Boom and Boss
Lady and the Company. A
sliding-scale cover charge of
$5 to $10 cover will benefit
The Fine Print and the Civic
Media Center.

UF Tennis Campus Singles
Tournament
Saturday, 9 a.m.
Flavet Tennis Courts
The UF Tennis Club will spon-
sor a charity tournament to
benefit Camp Kesem, a stu-
dent-run and funded camp for
children whose families have
been affected by cancer. The
fee is $20, with all proceeds
benefiting Camp Kesem. All
levels of men's and women's
competitive and recreational
welcome. Send e-mail to ga-
tors.tennis@gmail.com with
name and division to sign
up. Arrive at 9 a.m. at Flavet
Tennis Courts to pay. Play will
begin at 10 a.m.

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2009 U ALLIGATOR, 3


GAINESVILLE ELECTIONS

Voters have plenty to decide before local elections


By EMILY FUGGETTA
Alligator Writer

With two open commission seats
and two proposed charter amend-
ments on the ballot for the upcom-
ing city election, voters have a lot to
wade through on their way to the
polls.
First-term incumbent Scherwin
Henry has one opponent for his
District-1 seat Marcia Wimberly,
whose Web site says she wants to
address city revenue shortfalls while
creating jobs and businesses.
Jeanna Mastrodicasa, who is serv-
ing her first term as an at-large com-
missioner, faces four contenders -
Tom Cunilio, Robert Krames, James
Schlachta and Richard Selwach.
Cunilio, a substitute teacher and
UF graduate, said his top priorities
are homelessness and transporta-
tion. He wants to reduce emissions
by making Gainesville more trans-
portation friendly, he said.
Schlachta, a UF graduate and
employee of the Florida Museum of
Natural History, describes himself


as a fiscal conservative and said he
is committed to wise city spending.
He wants to improve city traffic and
boost safety downtown.
Selwach, a self-described liber-
tarian and owner of a pawnshop in
downtown Gainesville, said that his
20 years of business experience and
30 years as a Gainesville resident
qualify him.
Selwach said he wants to im-
prove the city's water supply, an
area he thinks has been ignored by
the current commission.
He also wants to create a zone
with lockers and portable toilets
where homeless people can stay for
a few days before moving on. He
said he wants to send Gainesville
homeless back to where they came
from.
"We'll take care of you for a few
days while you get on your feet," he
said. "And then I'm buying you a
bus ticket out of town."
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charges that he knowingly sold sto-
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sion and city residents.
"I think that our current elected
officials have not been open to pub-
lic input as much as they could be,"
he said. "They've
basically done
what they wanted
to do."
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plans to deal with
mismanagement
of city funds, he
said.
Mastrodicasa "We've got
roads that are falling apart," he said,
"and at the same time, we've got
these beautiful water fountains."
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as UF's vice president of student af-
fairs, hopes to keep her seat in the
commission to further efforts in en-
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dards for local bars and looming city
budget constraints.
Mastrodicasa said that she is al-


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because their participation is essen-
tial to local government. She added
that students are often ignored be-
cause they do not vote.
"Even when they're down here
fully opposing something I've led,
I'm very excited that they're partici-
pating," she said.
If Charter Amendment 1 passed,
Gainesville would lose the right to
prohibit discrimination based on
qualities such as gender identity and
sexual orientation.
Mastrodicasa is the only candi-
date in the At-Large race to oppose
Charter Amendment 1.
She said the amendment would
permanently prevent Gainesville
from making changes on the dis-
crimination issue. It would also
remove the city policy that gives
job preference to veterans and local
businesses preference over corpora-
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Selwach said he supports pass-
ing the amendment. "I'm all for ev-
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level at this time," he said.
Charter Amendment 2 would re-
quire voter approval before the city
sells land used for conservation, rec-
reation or cultural purposes or uses
it for another purpose. Mastrodicasa
supports the amendment.
Krames said he would oppose
requiring a vote.
"We should be able to trust the
city officials to decide," he said.
Schlachta, Selwach and Cunilio
were unfamiliar with the proposal.
Supervisor of Elections Pam Car-
penter said she hopes that the turn-
out will mirror that of November's
presidential election in which 81
percent of Alachua County residents
voted but expects turnout to be
lower, as is typical of local elections.
Voters can determine their dis-
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Pot sales stable despite economy


By KATIE EMMETS and
HUNTER SIZEMORE
Alligator Staff Writers
Kemmets@alligator.org
jhsizemore@alligator.org

He pushes the sawed-off top half of a
Canada Dry 2-liter into a container of wa-
ter, forcing smoke into his lungs.
While this marijuana wasn't any more
expensive than usual, one-eighth of an
ounce for $60, he is just one of many who
continue to blow smoke in the face of an
ailing economy.
Drug use is normally not affected by
economics.
But one change is that police have
cracked down on drug dealers, convinc-
ing many leave the business. Drug deal-
ers believe that police are trying to meet
higher quotas and make more money.
This results in more dealers going un-
der, said a student smoker, and it can be
expensive finding a new one, since deal-
ers usually charge new customers more.
In addition, dealers and buyers agree, the
introduction of digital scales into the sale
of marijuana means that the customer


gets the exact amount that they pay for.
Traditionally, preferred customers
may receive a bag of marijuana with a bit
extra.
"Unfortunately, drugs are recession-
proof," said Gainesville Police Depart-
ment spokesman Keith Kameg.
Although the country is seeing ups
and downs with the economy, Kameg
said GPD usually doesn't see upturns or
downturns with marijuana sales and us-
age.

Report tion will do anything they
can to get money to support
their habit," he said.
Kameg said that in most cases, drug
users are the ones who are committing
auto and residential burglaries.
"People aren't breaking into cars to
get money for pizza," he said.
In a business that has no legal safe-
guards, the increase in violence associ-
ated with the economic downturn can be
dangerous for dealers.
"Fuck the police, I'm more scared of
the jackboy," said a man who has been
dealing for decades and has experience


with being held up.
The increase of violent crime has
forced him to start carrying a firearm for
protection, he said.
With police, a dealer may lose their
entire stash and a lot of time and money
dealing with litigation. With thieves and
competitors, a dealer may lose their life,
he said.
As the economy worsens, Kameg said
people turn to selling marijuana because
it is quick and easy money.
"Often times people think that they
are one huge drug deal away from be-
ing the next Warren Buffet," Kameg said.
"But in reality, they are one big drug deal
away from going to prison."
Kameg predicts student drug use will
stay steady throughout the recession.
Students who attend a state university
have money for drug purchases, Kameg
said. He said that not only are students
using drugs, but they are also selling.
"Our biggest fear for student drug
dealers is home invasion robberies," he
said. "They are not aware that some of
the people they are dealing to will hurt
them if given the chance."


Friends mourn loss of UF grad student


By CHELSEA KEENAN
Alligator Writer

Friends and classmates are mourning
the loss of UF graduate student Shannon
Kane, 22, who died in a car accident on
Monday.
Kane began pursuing a degree at UF
in wind conduction in the fall. She earned
her undergraduate degree in music edu-
cation from Syracuse University.
Kane's boyfriend, Michael Ubbens,
was driving when the eight-car pile-up
occurred early Monday morning on 1-75.
Ubbens, who attends Susquehanna
University in Pennsylvania, was visiting
Kane for Valentine's Day weekend.
"They knew each other since kinder-
garten," said Erin Cushing, a friend. "It
was a soulmate situation. She loved him
so much and was so proud of him."
One thing everyone remembers is her
smile.
"When I had a bad day, I would see
her smile and bam, it fixed it," said Mi-
chael Miller, a close friend of Kane.
Marc Payton, who met Kane last se-
mester, compared her smile's warmth
and innocence to that of a child meeting


Mickey Mouse during his or her first trip
to Disney World.
A teaching assistant for UF's bands,
Kane also lead the Women's Volleyball
pep band.
"She was a great musician," Miller
said, adding Kane played the flute. The
two met at Syracuse University.
"She had a beauti-
ful sound," said Cush-
ing, who met Kane the
first day of band camp
during the summer.
Payton, who has
been involved with
the pep band for more
Kane than four years, often
helped Kane find last
minute substitutes before performances.
"She was very professional," Miller
said. "She was able to walk the line be-
tween teacher and peer. She was always
someone everyone looked up to because
she was real."
Payton said Kane's absence was no-
ticed immediately.
"She will be missed deeply in the
school of music," he said.
Kane was a talented flautist, but she


was also a hardworking student.
"She raised the bar for all of the mas-
ter's students," Cushing said.
Friends called her study habits me-
ticulous.
"Shannon was on the verge of having
OCD," said friend and fellow teaching
assistant Chelsea Negray with a laugh.
"Everything had to be perfect; it would
get on our nerves."
Along with her love of music and
school, Kane had a love of sweets.
"She always made me laugh because
she would always eat her cookie first, be-
fore the rest of her lunch," Negray said.
"Given the choice between eating
something healthy or a cookie, she would
eat the cookie," Cushing said.
However, Kane's selflessness, kind-
ness and optimistic nature will be missed
most.
"I was grateful I got to know her," Ne-
gray said in a voice choked with emotion.
"It's really true what they say: it's better
to have loved and have lost than to never
have loved at all. My life would have
been so mundane without her."
Her friends are planning a memorial
in her honor.


Guest links


race, health

By JESSALYN BERGER
Alligator Contributing Writer

B. Lee Green, vice president of the Office
of Institutional Diversity at the Moffitt Can-
cer Center in Tampa, spoke about the differ-
ences between racial classes and their health
on Wednesday.
Though his speech focused mainly on
health issues, Green took time to joke with the
crowd.
More than 100 people, mostly students and
professors, attended Green's speech, held at
the Florida Gym.
The event was part of the Florida Center
for Health Promotion Speaker Series, co-spon-
sored by UF's Department of Health Educa-
tion and Behavior to coincide with Black His-
tory Month.
Green was selected because of the success
of his research with health disparities and be-
cause of UF's link to Moffitt, according to Jill
Varnes, co-organizer of the event.
Moffitt and UF, as of last year, have en-
gaged in an energizing and growing relation-
ship, said Dean Steve Dorman of the College
of Health and Human Performances.
During his speech, Green said there is a
racial gap in mortality rate, even in early life
stages. Blacks have double the infant mortality
rate compared to whites, he said. But at age 85,
there is an equal mortality rate between whites
and blacks.
One problem, Green said, is the percentage
of whites and blacks who have cancer, which
has not changed since 1981. He said more
blacks are affected because fewer seek medical
care due to cost.
Sadie Sanders, a UF professor of human
sexuality, required her graduate students to
attend the lecture.
"All these diseases that he talked about, di-
abetes and cancers, they affect the overall body
which in turn affects human sexuality," Sand-
ers said. "I wanted my students to see that."
Marissa Wheeler, a student in a class taught
by Vames, was also required to attend.
"The huge differences in disparities are a
hard thing to fix," Wheeler said. "The work he
is doing will benefit everyone."
Dr. Green was paid between $100 and $500
to come to UF, in addition to his travel expens-
es.


Candidates talk responsibility


By CHELSEA KEENAN
Alligator Writer

Three of the students running for Student
Body president had their say Wednesday in
the third and final debate hosted by The In-
dependent Florida Alligator and UF's Col-
lege Republicans. Candidates were publicly
questioned in Turlington Plaza with the aim
of educating students before the Feb. 24 and
Feb. 25 Student Government elections.
Candidates from the Orange and Blue Par-
ty, the Progress Party and the Unite Party of-
fered suggestions to improve issues affecting
UF students. The Keg Party did not partici-
pate. The debate was moderated by College
Republicans member Kate Rapp.
Candidates offered solutions that may aid
with increasing SG's transparency and ac-
countability after the private e-mail scandal
between top SG officials last fall.
Progress Party candidate, Ben Dictor, and
Orange and Blue Party candidate, Mark Mc-


Shera, advocated an improved SG Web site,
which would allow Senate voting records to
become available to students. Both candidates
said this would allow students to know if their
senators are representing their interests.
"Right now we can't hold them account-
able to their actions," Dictor said.
McShera agreed, adding SG's exclusivity
has added to students' political apathy.
"If students can't see what's going on,
why should they care about Student Govern-
ment?" he said.
Another highlight of the debate was when
candidates addressed the Student Body presi-
dent's role as an acting member of the Board
of Trustees, UF's highest governing body.
All candidates agreed this responsibility
should not be taken lightly.
"You have to voice the needs and concerns
of students," said Jordan Johnson, the Unite
Party candidate, "returning the value back to
the students as quickly and effectively as pos-
sible."


Harrison Diamond/ Alligator Staff
Student Government presidential candidate Sen. Ben Dictor, left, of the Progress Party,
answers a question while Orange and Blue Party candidate Sen. Mark McShera, right,
takes notes during a debate on Turlington Plaza on Wednesday afternoon.






THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2009 U ALLIGATOR, 5


Reading program reveals new book for freshmen


By CORBY HERSCHMAN
Alligator Contributing Writer

UF's Common Reading Pro-
gram revealed the title of its re-
quired book for freshmen on
Wednesday on the Plaza of the


Americas.
This year the committee of 20
students, faculty and staff chose
"The Devil's Highway" by Luis
Alberto Urrea, the true story of 26
illegal immigrants who cross the
Mexican border and get lost in the


Arizona desert.
The Common Reading Program
has been distrib-
U F uting books to
Academics incoming fresh-
men at Preview
since 2007, and has incorporated


the titles into English, engineering
and first-year Florida classes.
"We want to engage students
in discussion about service, the
privileges they have and social re-
sponsibility," said Leslie A. Hahn,
assistant director of New Student


Programs.
The program is also planning
events for the fall that will focus
on the book, including panel dis-
cussions, faculty lectures, movie
screenings and a visit by the au-
thor.


LOCAL

Card store sales flop


By KATHRYN STOLARZ
Alligator Contributing Writer

Some of Gainesville's specialty
card stores' sales dropped in 2009,
despite Valentine's Day, causing
some store owners to close their
doors for good.
Sue's Hallmark is packing up and
shutting down due to lack of busi-
ness, store owner Larry Stephens
said, blaming the poor economy.
Stephens has owned the card
shop for five years. It will close at the
end of February.
Sales have plummeted since last
year, he said. Although Valentine's
Day has consistently been the store's
largest day of card sales each year,
Stephens couldn't offer as large a
card selection this year and had to
slash prices.
"We sell a lot more than cards,"
he said. "It's the gifts, too."
Lynn's Hallmark has also been
struggling, but owner David De-
Longy plans to keep the store open.
"Our cards, not just Valentine's
Day, but everyday greeting cards,
have taken a hit because we don't
have the number of people willing


to take the trip to the mall," De-
Longy said.
Shoppers opt to go to the drug-
store or to Publix as a matter of con-
venience, he said.
This year's Valentine's Day card
sales for the store were about 13 or
14 percent lower than last year's
sales, he said. Other items such as
stationery and packaging for gifts
have experienced similar drops in
sales.
"The Internet a few years ago
took its toll, but it's the economy
right now," he said. "It's strictly
economic and political fear."
Many Gainesville consumers
look for the bargain when it comes
to greeting cards.
Gainesville resident Debby Ch-
erwak, 55, has made greeting cards
for friends and family since she was
a teenager.
For Valentine's Day this year,
Cherwak made cards for her family
by using a computer program to im-
port photographs and add personal-
ized messages.
UF marketing freshman Ebony
Mason, 19, said price is the most
important factor when she shops for
cards.


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Editorial

Inexcusable Ink

Cartoon's racist overtones

are unacceptable

A quick glance at Wednesday's edition of The New York
Post revealed that racism remains alive and strong in Amer-
ica.
On Page 12 of a paper known for publishing little more
than tabloid fodder, cartoonist Sean Delonas depicted Presi-
dent Barack Obama as a monkey getting shot to death by two
white police officers. In the cartoon, the speech bubble reads,
"They'll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus
bill."
Excuse us? You've got to be kidding.
According to an article in The New York Times, Col Al-
lan, editor-in-chief of The New York Post, attempted to deflect
negative attention surrounding the drawing by contending the
cartoon was nothing more than a satire of an incident in Con-
necticut in which a crazed monkey was shot to death.
OK, sure the Editorial Board buys that, but why the hell
did it have to include anything about the stimulus. Please, sir,
do tell us how the cartoonist could rationalize tying the death
of a monkey to the passage of a bill meant to fix the economy -
without exuding blatant racist overtones.
Instead of taking the opportunity to concede the utterly dis-
tasteful nature of the cartoon, Allan proceeded to call out the
Rev. Al Sharpton for publicly criticizing the cartoon as an act
of shameless self-promotion. We think it is downright disgust-
ing that Allan had the gall to berate Sharpton when in reality it
was his publication and employee who were in need of a seri-
ous gut check. Sure Sharpton maybe guilty of loving himself a
bit too much, but who can blame him for calling attention to a
gross miscalculation on the part of The New York Post?
There is no fine line that Delonas attempted to walk by de-
picting President Barack Obama as a monkey in his cartoon.
Simply put, you just don't do that. In a time in which the coun-
try can put aside its checkered past to elect a black man to the
highest office in the land, why can't a run-of-the-mill cartoon-
ist refrain from equivocating a budding American icon to a
chimpanzee?
What makes the situation even more disturbing is Delonas'
track record for drawing cartoons that lack any semblance of
sensitivity and foresight. From mocking same-sex marriages
to featuring a politician kissing Sharpton's butt, Delonas' past
behavior has teetered on the unacceptable. Clearly, Delonas
cannot try and hide behind the guise that he only meant to
illicit laughter and amusement when his portfolio is shrouded
with controversy.
It doesn't matter if you're an ardent Obama supporter or
if you voted for the other guy; a society that deems a cartoon
featuring a symbolically racist image OK clearly needs a his-
tory lesson. Sure former President George W. Bush was often
depicted on editorial pages as a monkey, but among the many
differences between him and Obama is the fact that his skin is
white. Drawing a black man as a chimp or gorilla must never
be confused with a comedic device rather, it is nothing more
than a hateful jab at an entire group of people.
Delonas' actions cannot simply be swept under the rug
with hopes that he can go back to drawing cartoons without
facing repercussions. Blatent acts of racism such as this cause
division and uproar that is completely inexcusable. The black
community has fought too hard for their equality, and Delonas
must be held accountable for his truly unsavory trangression.
While The New York Post is hardly the second coming of
The New York Times, we sincerely hope Col Allan can find it
within himself to own up to the shortcomings of his cartoon-
ist with a hint of class, rather than dismissing this inexcusable
act.
Tolerance for such archaic ideology conjures imagery of our
country's racist past that no longer has a place in America.


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Column

SG's inefficiency mirrors Capitol I


h, Student Government election season.
And it couldn't have come at a better time. The
battle over the "porkubus" stimulus bill is over,
President Barack Obama is sending more troops into Af-
ghanistan to fight the war on terror, and newspapers are
calling on Sen. Roland Burris to resign in light of new cor-
ruption scandals. Conservatives don't have much else to
write about.
Not that SG is much to write about, either. Yes, SG
controls a sizable budget, but unfortunately the lasting
implications of any decision they make are just not that
significant. Congresses are inherently slow moving, inef-
ficient and wrought with compromise.
Obama's stimulus bill, for example, was originally sup-
posed to be about $100 billion larger and include a great
deal more government spending. Despite overwhelming
support in both houses, the final bill ended up watered-
down and littered with pork-barrel spending.
Like it or not, this is the way government was meant
to function. The people who wrote the Constitution
feared government rather than trusted it to solve all of
their problems. They sought a slow-moving Congress
that couldn't infringe on their rights in the same way as a
super-efficient English tyrant.
For those of us who still don't like government, this
slow movement keeps government subordinate to the
people. We don't want a government that will immedi-
ately respond to every little problem in America rather
than let people and the market sort out their own prob-
lems. My favorite words in the Constitution are the first
five of the First Amendment: "Congress shall make no
law."
So why do we expect SG to be any different?


Hill


Even the SG campaigns are
S just as bad as the real-world
ones. Mudslinging has been
rampant, especially in pithy
tactics like those employed by
the Orange and Blue Party in
filing otherwise trivial com-
Johnathan Lott plaints against the Progress
letters@alligator.org Party.
The Orange and Blue
Party campaigned last fall
and spring on the promise of
change, and its most significant accomplishment was the
resignation of a Gator Party senator. The Progress Party
promises "insourcing" that aside from being a socialistic
idea reminiscent of protectionism at the expense of effi-
ciency is fairly unfeasible for any minority party to ac-
complish in the current SG establishment. The Unite Party
promises that everything will be great if we just "unite."
Will it happen? We shall see...
So for the upcoming SG election, I endorse your
friends. Vote for the people you know are running and
who would be capable legislators. Don't waste your time
voting down the party lines hoping for any real sort of
change from anybody. Everyone will give you more of
the same more bickering, more twiddling, and more mi-
nor legislation with little if any lasting benefit.
No matter how much people try to stop it, SG is still
government, and government is inevitably going to screw
up. So have fun campaigning, good luck if you're run-
ning, and stop asking me to vote for your party.
Johnathan Lott is a political science and economics sopho-
more. His column appears on Thursdays.


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


Reader response
Today's question: Will you be vot- Wednesday's question: Would
ing in SG elections? you consider using Wii Fit to get
in shape for Spring Break?
Vote or post a message at www.alligator.org


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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2009 U ALLIGATOR, 7


Letter to the Editor
Column overlooks Chavez's positives
As a close observer of the massive social
transformation currently taking place in
Venezuela right now, I take issue with Eric
Chianese's column Wednesday. Media pun-
dits love to paint Hugo Chavez as a dictator,
but look at the facts.
Chavez has been re-elected several times
with landslide majorities (garnering 60 to 70
percent of the vote) in elections with mas-
sive turnout, which international election


monitoring agencies called clean, open and
fair.
When Chavez was overthrown by a mili-
tary coup orchestrated by rich oligarchs of
Venezuela (with CIA support), he was suc-
cessfully returned to office by the working
people of Caracas, who surrounded the
presidential palace and deposed the illegiti-
mate government.
Chavez pardoned the plotters, despite
their crimes against the Venezuelan consti-


tution. Does this seem "thuggish"? Chianese
says Chavez has a "Stalinist cult of personal-
ity," yet any honest observer should see no
difference between Chavez's popularity and
the recent "Obama mania." No term limits?
France and Great Britain also have no term
limits.
Here's the real list of Chavez's "greatest
hits." How about Chavez's war on illiteracy,
which educated millions of children and il-
literate adults? The campaign against mal-


nutrition among children? Or the initiative
to establish thousands of worker coopera-
tives in every sector of the economy, guar-
anteeing workers control over their working
lives?
Frankly, I think America would be lucky
to have a president like Chavez. We've had
enough smooth businessmen sell America
down the river.
Joe Richard
3LS


Guest column

Personal vendettas reason enough to oppose candidates
t's funny how you're never really sies plaguing a student organization to hear that I'll What if you found out that guy most capable candidates this uni
"done" with people in college. I was in. At the time, my account's have any legacy who gave you the finger after cut- versity has ever seen. I just don't lik
Remember that loud mouth privacy settings were wide-open, Erik VOSS whatsoever, ting you off on 1-75 is now running him because he called me a "scur
from your English discussion sec- leading to a frenzy of comments on Speaking Out Instead, I sim- for president? Hallelujah! You'd be bag." It's a silly, absurd and imma
tion freshman year? Now, he's dat- the post. ply wondered: a purple-thumbed Iraqi, exercis- ture reason to vote in what is rou
ing vour ex. And serving vou a Dita. Dictor. an unknown to me and "Who the hell is ing vour democratic duty with the tinelv a silly, absurd and immatur


This small-world phenomenon
has given me a reason to vote in
student government elections next
week. Benjamin Dictor, the Progress
Party's presidential candidate, once
called me a "scum bag." And now,
he's going to pay.
Two years ago, I posted a blog
on Facebook concerning controver-


to the organization, came across the
post and jumped in on the action.
In addition to "scum bag," he said
I was "worthless," I totally lacked
"value and decency" and my legacy
will be "pathetic and minuscule."
I got over it. Not only have I heard
much worse, the guy was right on
the money. In fact, I was excited


Ben Dictor?"
Two years later, he's running for
SG President. And now, as an apo-
litical student who doesn't care if
student government sends private
e-mails to Santa Claus about hand
scanners at homeless shelters, I'm
stoked to have a legitimate reason to
vote: revenge!


vengefulness of Jack Bauer.
A vote is a dish best served cold.
That's what's great about democ-
racy. You can vote on whatever ar-
bitrary grounds you want: tie color,
FCAT score, rate of blinks per min-
ute.
To give him credit, Dictor is one
of the smartest, most passionate and


i-
e
n
i-
i-
e


election.
So when you cast your vote on
Feb. 24 and 25, do so in shallow wa-
ters. And candidates: if you want
to reduce voter apathy, insults go a
long way.
It worked for a scum bag like
me.
Erik Voss is an Avenue writer.


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STUDENT GOVERNMENT


Senators choose campaigning over Safe Run event


By KRISTEN HUFF
Alligator Contributing Writer

Though many student senators were
running around campaigning Wednesday
on campus, not one was running in the UF
Naval-ROTC event to promote the Safe Run
program.
Safe Run is a collaboration of Student
Government and UF NROTC to provide
students with a safe way of running on cam-
pus at night by pairing them with NROTC
volunteers.
During today's event, NROTC volun-
teers were supposed to run with partners,
specifically senators, at 2:30 p.m. on cam-
pus to raise awareness about the program,


which has had low interest this semester,
according to Michael Del Favero, the pro-
gram's president.
"Anyone could have signed up, but the
focus was supposed to be senators," said
Sen. Samantha Sexton, the Student Senate
Safe Run liaison who helped spearhead the
program during the summer as a member of
the Student Safety Committee.
Sexton made an announcement at Tues-
day's Senate meeting about the event, and
Student Senate President Jordan Johnson
encouraged senators to attend.
However, only the NROTC volunteers
made it panting and sweating to the finish
line on the North Lawn of the Reitz Union
where a Safe Run table was set up with chips


and Gatorade for runners.
Sexton attributed the lack of senator par-
ticipation to Student Government campaign-
ing, which was rampant on campus today.
UF freshman Chris Baughman and ad-
vertising senior Kyle Cotton were the first to
jog to the NROTC table after completing a
2-mile run around campus.
Cotton, who has been a volunteer runner
since the program began, said the average
person he is paired with will run two miles.
Del Favero said the program pairs run-
ners with volunteers who have the same
running abilities.
"I'm one of the fast people," he said. "If
there's a seven-mile person, they'll call me."
As more volunteers reached the finish


line, the group of about 15 NROTC members
handed out fliers. They spoke with students
walking by about the program, which is
available Monday through Thursday from 6
p.m. to 10 p.m. Students simply have to call
an hour before they want to run and meet a
volunteer at one of eight locations on cam-
pus.
Kamia Morris, UF family, youth and
community sciences junior, was surprised to
learn that the program is free, and said she'd
definitely try it out.
"Maybe this will motivate me not to use,
'it's dark' as an excuse,"Morris said.
To contact the NROTC Safe Run program
and set up a run with a volunteer, call 352-
392-0973.


Authorities ask community to help find missing man


* JOHN WALDO, 42, WENT
MISSING ON FEB. 11.

Authorities are looking for a
Gainesville man who has been
missing for a week.
The family of engineer


John Waldo, 42, contacted the
Gainesville Police Department this
week after not having contact with
him in days, said GPD spokesman
Keith Kameg.
There has been no sign of ac-
tivity from Waldo since Feb. 11


when detectives discovered his
credit card was used
Local at Calico Jacks Oyster
News Bar, 3502 SW Second
Ave., Kameg said.
According to his family, he is
a responsible man, and it is out of


character for him to have missed
work and family functions, Kameg
said.
Officers continue to search for
Waldo's 2001 silver BMW 330i
with a temporary Florida license
plate number of ACM9754.


Kameg said he hopes the com-
munity can help find Waldo.
Police urge anyone with infor-
mation on Waldo's whereabouts to
call detective Bennie Smith at 352-
334-2488.
KATIE EMMETS


IRHA president said students asked for wireless at dorm meetings


WIRELESS, from page 1

bathroom renovations, Blansett wrote in an e-mail.
The department has been working with the Inter-Resi-
dence Hall Association, for two years to place wireless In-
ternet in common areas through this reserve fund, Blansett
wrote.
Jon Sheffield, IRHA president, said students have ex-
pressed their desires for wireless in various residence hall
meetings, and that IRHA staff members know from being
students themselves how helpful the installation would be.


Originally, the first phase of the project, which will install
wireless in Hume Hall, the Beaty Towers, Jennings Hall, the
Broward Area and the Yulee Area, was scheduled to begin
in July, Blansett wrote. However, because contractors want
projects to keep their employees working, the
On department was able to get a better deal on
Campus the installation, she wrote.
The $400,000 will cover the cost of installa-
tion, hardware and wiring, Mian said.
Because the money is coming from the reserve fund, the
installation will not cause rent to go up, he said.
Phase two, which will include the Tolbert Area, the Gra-


ham Area and the Keys Residential Complex, is set for next
year. Phase three, which will include the Springs and Lake-
side residential complexes and Murphree area, will be fin-
ished either next year or 2011.
Mian said the dorms were scheduled for installation in
the most cost-effective order.
Sheffield said wireless Internet will be a good way to
get students out of their dorms and into the common areas
where they can meet other students.
"We want students to be in the community," he said.
"That's one of the most fantastic things that UF housing tries
to provide."


To combat effects of budget cuts, Chamber is focusing on high-tech industry


ECONOMY, from page 1

only getting items she knows will
sell, and she works the sales desk
when she wouldn't have previ-
ously.

"It's a lot of money overall,
but when you start plug-
ging every little hole, it's
used up quickly."
Ed Poppell
UF vice president for
finance and administration

But the relative protection af-
forded by local institutions comes
with a downside, said Steve Or-
lando, a UF spokesman.
"It's kind of like putting all
your eggs in one basket," he said.
Government-funded institu-
tions provide economic stability
until state budget cuts put that
stability in jeopardy, he said.
Officials at UF believe these
relatively mild effects on the local
economy could get worse if bud-
get cuts continue.
"Our local economy may be in-
sulated," said Ed Poppell, UF vice
president for finance and adminis-


tration, "but we are not immune."
The Florida legislature will
meet in two weeks and begin its
annual 60-day session.
Based on fiscal projections, the
legislature will pass a new state
budget during the session
"That may be when it really
comes home to roost," he said.
While Poppell expects budget
cuts, he is optimistic about what
the recent $782 billion stimulus
package could mean for UF.
"It's a lot of money overall, but
when you start plugging every
little hole, it's used up quickly,"
he said.
Because of the effect that bud-
get cuts could have on UF and
Shands, the Chamber has also
focused on expanding high-tech
industries in Gainesville, DuRant
said.
This effort is led by Gainesville
Technology Enterprise Center,
commonly known as GTEC, which
has assisted companies such as Es-
cape Media Group, which runs the
music sharing Web site Groove-
shark.
High-tech industry is generally
cleaner than other industries, said
Larry Kenny, a UF economics pro-
fessor.


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11 Jennifer Arellano discusses how music reflects the
1 politics of each generation and how she hopes the
music of our generation will be remembered.




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reviews the latest albums from Dalek, The Bird and the Bee and
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music

Is quiet the


new loud?

JENNIFER ARELLANO
AVENUE CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Music has always been a litmus
test for the times.
In the '60s, Bob Dylan led the anti-
war movement singing folk songs to
protest the Vietnam War.
The '70s saw The Sex Pistols and
The Clash decrying British aristocra-
cy and conservatism.
Post-Berlin Wall, Nirvana and
Pearl Jam ushered in the grunge
movement with angsty, "shoegaze"
melodies shunning '80s glam excess.
In the early 2000s, while transition-
ing from Clinton to Bush, music ex-
perienced a garage-rock revival with
fluid, distortion-heavy tunes from
The Strokes and The White Stripes.
As a historical pattern, the music
reflected the politics. Music was ap-
propriately edgy, exciting and loud.
In 2009, we have Fleet Foxes.
With its full length debut album,
"Fleet Foxes," hailed as the Best Al-
bum of 2008 by Pitchfork Media, our
generation seems to pale in compari-
son.
A Renaissance-folk sounding
band, with troubadour-like melodies
so lulling and gentle they require a
candlelit-vigil reverence, Fleet Foxes
has taken over the indie scene as the
preeminent buzz band.

SWith a new presidency and
a burgeoning economic
crisis, our music should not be
whispering and wailing.


Leading a ticker-tape parade of
similarly quiet, innocuous, ambient
bands like Beirut, Grizzly Bear, and
Bon Iver, Pitchfork's choice seems
quite anticlimactic given the current
heady political and economic times.
Why is the music not matching the
mayhem? Is quiet the new loud?
We are at a time and space with
no distinct musical backbone. We are
in danger of cultivating a wallflower
generation.
A demand for the quality and vol-
ume of music doubles as a demand
for the quality and volume of society.
With a new presidency and a burgeon-
ing economic crisis, our music should
not be whispering and wailing.
Now that the fervent Obama sup-
porters are out of a gig, does this
mean our generation should sit back
and warp music into a medium of
content? Of complacency?
Music should act as a medium for
discontent. Why not incite revolution
Stamp-Act style or set cars on fire,
like the French?
While Fleet Foxes' music is admit-
tedly soothing, I want our genera-
tion's music to return to ear-crushing
volumes because I want our genera-
tion to be remembered as more than
just being in a lull.
At your next concert or music store
purchase, ask yourself this question:
Are you listening?


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12, ALLIGATOR U THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2009


Slightly Stoopid gains fame


HENRY TAKSIER + AVENUE WRITER


Ryan "RyMo" Moran, drummer of the
reggae-rock band Slightly Stoopid, said his
band was voted one of the top ten least like-
ly to succeed in high school.
"When we first started, the guys were
just punk kids," he said. "Sixteen years old
in high school and, you know, pissed."
Moran vaguely remembers how Slightly
Stoopid came up with its name. The mem-
bers were hanging out in a room full of
people smoking marijuana, when someone
made a meaningless comment.
Someone else responded by saying,
"What? That's uh... slightly stupid."
Inspiration struck.
Slightly Stoopid, hailing from Ocean
Beach, Calif., will play at The Venue with
Inner Circle and the Supervillains tonight at
8 p.m. Tickets cost $20.
Moran said the band's style has evolved
since high school. The "teen angst" has, for
the most part, evaporated.
"We were fans of all styles of music," he
said. "Hip hop, jazz, reggae, classical, rock
and roll and everything in between all
those styles, I think, come through in our
current sound."
The band writes songs about pot, parties,
hanging out, getting in trouble, being at
the beach, skateboarding, making love and
making war.
"We're beach kids," he said. "It's just
part of being around the ocean. You smoke
a joint to enhance the experience."
In high school, Slightly Stoopid was
signed by Brad Nowell of the legendary
reggae-punk band Sublime to his new label,
Skunk Records.


The band had the privilege of playing
shows with Sublime in 1996, shortly before
Nowell's death.
For 12 years, Slightly Stoopid has toured
the country. It wasn't an easy job, Moran
said.
He and the other members did whatever
it took to make ends meet, from digging
ditches to serving coffee.
"You make a little money on tour, and
you're cool for a bit. Then you start getting
low on cash. You gotta
find a gig, work for a
couple months or a
few weeks even, and
then you can get back
on the road again," he
said.
"We stuck with it
because we believed
in what we did."
Until about 6
months ago, Slightly Stoopid's songs were
not played on the radio.
"We've been touring underground for 12
years, selling out huge amphitheaters, and
just this past year, the radio has caught on a
little bit," Moran said.
"Getting on the radio and having hits
was never our focal point."
Tonight at The Venue, fans can expect to
hear songs from every album, ranging from
crazy punk to mellow reggae.
"We approach every show like it's anoth-
er night," Moran said. "We're gonna come
out, play some old stuff, some new stuff,
some in-between stuff and have a good
time."


Film mixes pompoms, humor

KARINA GALVEZ AVENUE CONTRIBUTING WRITER


The times when the football
star sweeps the head cheerleader
off her feet as easily as he makes a
touchdown are over.
"Fired Up!" takes the stars of the
Gerald R. Ford High School foot-
ball team out of their jerseys and
into uniforms as they weasel their
way out of football camp and into


take advan
tio of girls
must learn
zy appetite
to the squa
as many ur
sible in a s
awry when
feelings for


cheer camp. With The "American Pie"
their not-so-hidden ~ meets "Bring it On"
agenda of hooking film packs pom-
up with as many girls poms slapstick humor
as possible in the and strange love
summer, Nick Brady with a hint of charm
and Shawn Colfax
convince cheerlead-
ing captain Carly that being on the ous other t
team could improve the squad's friends and
performance at camp. "American
Having exhausted their options On" film pa
of available girls at their school, the humor and
boys dare not put the moves on the of charm th
cheerleaders who are well aware likable an
of their Casanova ways. The boys cheering ali


I


tage of the favorable ra-
to boys at camp. They
to balance their girl-cra-
s and their commitment
d. The plan to conquest
suspecting girls as pos-
?an of three weeks goes
they begin to develop
two unexpected girls.
"Fired Up!" fits
right into the teen-
movie genre: sports
star protagonists, un-
suspecting girls that
fall in their love traps,
the mysterious older
woman, the villain-
eam, the scum-bag boy-
sexual ambiguity. The
Pie" meets "Bring it
cks pompoms, slapstick
strange love with a hint
Lat makes the characters
I leaves the audience
ong.


S0 A with


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The Avenue spoke with McCord about her role as Gwyneth
in the new film "Fired Up!" during a college press conference
call. McCord is known for her roles on Nip/Tuck and 90210.
The film opens in theaters Friday.
Q: What did you enjoy most about playing Gwyneth,
the villain?
A: "The best part is that you get to be a mean person.
McCord You get to take out all your aggression. There is a mim-
ing scene where I'm wiping the drool off our opponent's
mouth. It was so obnoxious. If anyone did that in real life it would be so
messed up, but it's hysterical for the film."


Embrace your neiahbor's saueakv sex with lauahter


* I
ASHELY ROSS
* Oh yeah, baby. Harder! Yes, yes, yes!
Come on, I know you're familiar with
this. Either you're guilty of screaming it or
S you've heard it. As college students, our
living quarters tend to cause occasional is-
sues with loud sex.
S There are the squeaks, the thrusts,
the moans and always the screams; but
with endless amounts of hormones flying
S around Gainesville and far too much alco-
hol available, it's a lot harder to keep your
pants on than you think.
And I've realized, from both personal
and hearsay experiences, that people hav-
ing sex just don't care how loud they are
and who hears them. It's as if the bedroom
is a sanctuary where what you say-or
Sscream-cannot and will not be used
against you.
It's rarely even brought up to someone
* how loud they are in bed. Hinting at it is
forbidden territory and causes far too awk-
ward of a situation to get stuck in.
So, with no way around loud sex, how
do you deal with it? Simply putting up with
the eeh-uh-eeh-uh of your roommate's old
bedsprings leaves you annoyed and sleep-
less.
The only solution? Embrace it.


* AVENUE WRITER
Loud sex can serve many different pur-
poses, both good and bad. First and fore-
most, it's no secret that noisy sex is pretty
much always annoying. You're just sitting
in your room trying to watch lectures when
all of a sudden the pencil holder and pic-
ture frames on your desk start to shake be-
cause the bed next door is hitting the wall a
wee bit too hard.


Si I


There's no way to pretend it's not hap-
pening, and it just puts you in an uncom-
fortable situation.
And what if you're in the dorms with no
preference of furniture, which leaves you
stuck with-yup, you guessed it-bunk
beds. I don't think horrifyingly awkward
even begins to describe what to do when
your bunkmate mounts her man in the top
bunk shaking the entire thing as if you put
a niiarter in a vibrating mo-


And it's even worse z" And I've realized, from
when you're trying to v both personal and hear-
sleep-either in the say experiences, that people
morning or at night- having sex just don't care how
and the thrusting from loud they are and who ,
the apartment above you hears them
keeps you wide awake
regardless of the midterm you have the You first hl
next morning, loud sex is. No]
But almost worse than being annoying, back in the be
cacophony in the bedroom can be over- to blame anyb
whelmingly awkward. little more nois
Imagine this, you're in bed with a friend- And by e
with-benefits, but the two of you have yet to screams of yoi
do the dirty deed. This friend's roommates, don't mean joi
however, are way ahead of you and you've ing (we don't
got rooms to the left, right and above you fun), make ligl
going at it while you and your friend lay or with your fr
together silently questioning whether or If you're in
not you should be doing it too.

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tel cot.
But, like I said, embrac-
ing these situations is the
only way out. And if you
try to look at it differently,
it can actually become quite
an amusing issue.
ave to think about how fun
body wants to hold anything
droom. So do your best not
ody who might be making a
e than you'd prefer.
mbracing the moans and
ur roommate or neighbor, I
ning in on them or mimick-
want to spoil someone else's
it of them either by yourself
iends.
the living room watching TV


and your roommate's going at it in the next
room, call a friend and tell them what's up.
I bet you'll be laughing within seconds.
And if you're stuck in bed with a hook-
up and you guys aren't doing it, but the
couple in the next room is, laugh about it.
Giggling releases any unwanted tension
and the awkwardness will quickly vanish.
But if you're actually overly annoyed with
the loud sex of someone in your vicinity,
your headphones are your best bet. And
if it's a persistent annoyance, you might
want to invest in a loud fan to drown out
the noise.
That being said, those of you who are
causing all these noise violations need to be
aware of a few things too. Nobody is going
to blame you for being loud in bed, but just
keep in mind that everyone can hear you.
And do your best to keep the noise level
down if your roommate is recently single,
there is no need to rub it in someone's face
that you're getting some and they're not.
They already know this and don't need to
hear it.
So do your best to find the humor in
awkward, loud sex situations and try not to
be unnecessarily loud. After all, there's no
reason to be afraid of things that go bump
in the night.


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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

A LOT for A Little
Rates as LOW as $329 per bed!
Free Cable w/ HBO*Tanning!
Huge 1,2,3 Beds*W/D in unit!
Waived Move-in Fees: 372-8100
4-22-08-72-2

LOVE GOING OUT?
Luxury 3/3TH Perfectly Located Downtown!
1 month free for fall &
no move-in fees from $500/person!
W/D*Free Parking*Pets Welcome
Live where you play!! 338-0002
www.arlingtonsquare.org
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 SW 62nd Blvd 877-781-8314
www.lakewoodvilllas.com
4-22-08-72-2

SPYGLASS *
Individual Leases: Furniture Packages
Incl Washer/Dryer, FREE Hispeed Internet;
Rates start at $485
Every Unit is an End Unit
Mon-Fri 10-5:30, Sat 11-2
701 SW 62nd 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's are $490 person, Includes Cable &
Internet
Call Now 352-374-3866
4-22-08-72-2

2 BLOCKS TO UF
Studios and 1/1 as low as $559
2/1 and 2/2 from $380-$599 per person
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

Stop staring at my Apts!
It's hard not to now that
we are furnished/all-inclusive
Brand NEW, Close to campus, 4 bus routes
Large, luxury lbr-4brs with TVs in kitchen
Beach-entry pool*free tanning*pet friendly
*352.376.0696 www.EnclaveUF.com-
4-22-08-72-2







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. 237 SW 4th Ave. $1200/mo 352-214-
9270 4-22-08-72-2

**WOODLAND VILLAS**
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 2-24-09-
65-2


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

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

1 Tour & You're Sure!
Leasing for Now & Fall
1, 2, 3 & 4 brs, 2br Townhomes
W/D, dishwasher, tennis/bball courts
We love pets! Ask about specials!
pinetreegardens.com*376-4002
4-22-08-72-2


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 House w/ Big Yard**
4 Blocks to UF, HW Floors
Pet Friendly $1200/mo
352-375-8256
4-22-76-2

POOL HOUSE AVAILABLE NOW!
Bike to UF 4BR/3BA, over 2000 sf, nice area
1 mi to UF. 2816W Univ Ave. $1700/mo now
or $1700/mo in fall. Can divide 3/2 for $1200/
mo. Pool svc extra376-6183, 352-327-2931
2-19-09-30-2

01 BR/1 BA w/lg STUDY Great Location*
1blk to UF/Shands Avail Now! Energy ef-
ficient, some utils. Very spacious, carpet,
decal park Prefer grad student/mature. $650.
postj@bellsouth.net 376-0080, 284-3873
2-27-09-36-2

AVAILABLE AUGUST 1
4BR/2BA nice, large house. Hot tub, privacy
fenced yard, W/D provided, 3413 NW 8th
Ave. $1600/mo. Screened back porch, other
houses available. 339-2342 for more info.
2-20-09-29-2

*2/1 Funky Upstairs Apt*
3 Blocks to UF
Pet Friendly $750/mo
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

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

HUGE 2BR 1BA
W/D hookups. Pets OK
Walk to Vet School
$595 mo. Move in today!
866-747-8314 CMC LLLP
Lic. Real Estate Broker
Equal Housing Oppty.
4-22-09-61-2

AVAILABLE AUGUST 1.
Studio, fireplace, washer/dryer provided, wd
floors. Yard area for grill, etc. 1 blkfrom cam-
pus, attached to rental house w/separate en-
trance. 106 SW 12th St. $525/mo 339-2342
2-20-09-22-2

*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


Studios and 1/1s ACROSS FROM UF
As low as $559
$0 MOVE IN FEES
Open late and weekends
371-7777 CollegeParkUF.com
4-22-09-59-2

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


4/2 HOME PLUS STUDY
corner lot, H/D 2385 sq ft for $1500 + $1500
deposit. 3608 NW 22nd PI. Call 352-214-
1956 2-19-09-20-2

Summit House 1BR/1BA Available Now
$605 per mouth $250 security Walk to VA or
Shands Call 352-672-1482 3-6-09-30-2


** Across From UF **

$1150/mo Special!
2br/2ba Limited Time Offer for Fall
Luxury Apts w/ Internet & Parking Incl.
www.LookingGlassApartments.com
111 NW 16th St. -- Call 376-1111
4-22-09-59-2

One month FREE!
Zero Redec Fee
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!
Zero Redec Fee
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

LARGE 2BR DUPLEX NEAR UF. Fenced
backyard, lots of privacy, W/D, screened porch
& extra large utility room. Only $500 deposit &
$725/mo. Call 352-372-3131. Location: 1710
SW 38th Terr. 4-22-09-58-2

1BR/1BA Next to UF Campus
W/D incl in unit. Small pet ok. Pool/exercise
room. $800/mo 352-378-5801 x 5 2-26-09-
15-2

Downtown Luxury & Cash Back 4 Fall!
Sign now for studios, 1/1, 2/2, 3/3s! Perfect
Location-Great Price-No Move-in Fees
W/D*Wood Floors*Bring Your Pets!
Great parking-walk to bars-bike to UF
Reserve now! 338-0002
4-22-09-53-2

Bivens Cove is everything you're looking for.
Close to UF and downtown! Two pools!
Free tanning! Pet Friendly!!!
1, 2, and 3 bedrooms ready right NOW!
Move in today & get One Month FREE plus
$0 move in fees.
www.bivenscove.com 352-376-2507
4-22-58-2


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*CAMPUS EDGE CONDO*
2/2 Waltk to UF, Shands & VA. Tile floor,
W/D in unit, avail fall. Reasonable rate 239-
250-6149 239-992-2449 2-20-09-14-2

Why Pay More?
Great Apartments at a Great Price!
1/1 From $689; 2/2 From $759;
3/2 From $899 CALL: (352) 377-7401
www.theboardwalkapt.com
4-22-09-56-2

We have REAL 1/is for Feb '09!
3 blocks to UF GATORNEST
300 NW 18 St-Large, 575 sq ft only $585!
Bike to UF CENTERPOINT
1220 NW 12 St-530 sq ft big, only $475!
No Application Fee, Most Pets OK. For info
call E.F.N. Properties, (352) 371-3636 or
email Rentals@EFNProperties.com
2-20-09-14-2


*Live on UF Lake*
Huge 2/2 with Den 3/2
Fully Remodeled $1275/mo
352-375-8256
4-22-53-2


*Live on UF Lake*
Large Estate, 5 bedrms
Dock & Pool, $2500/mo
352-339-4862
4-22-53-2

2/1.5 Newly Renovated Townhouse. Avail
Now or Fall 09. Close to Shands, Park N
Ride 2, & Shopping. Incl W/D, A/C, Pvt Patio,
& Pool. $745/mth & $500 Dep. No Pets
PIs. 772-538-5792 or Itsao12@hotmail.com
2-24-09-15-2

Very Nice Mother-in Law Suite Near Haile
1BR, kitchen, dining room, full bath, W/D,
cable, utilities all included. $750/mo. 367-
0372 3-6-22-2


Sorority Row Apts
Luxury Apts Steps from Sorority Row & UF
New 1BR to 4BR Virtual Tours & Photos *
www.SororityRowApts.com 352-376-6223
4-22-50-2

1BR apt. w/pvt gated courtyard located in
small proffesional complex @ 3320 SW 23d
St. Single, mature applicants only. $550.00/
mo small pets ok @ $25.00/mo 352 377-
2150 Please leave a msg. 3-5-09-20-2


*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 & sec dep req. $1000/
mo 954-805-7827 dennismiller@tycoint.com
2-19-09-20-2

Beautiful, spacious 4/4 2 blocks from UF in
Oxford Terrace. $550/month incl. washer/
dryer, electricity, water, cable, and internet.
Bus comes every 10 min. Avail in August.
Call Amy (954) 536-2052 for more info.
2-25-14-2

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 2-19-
10-2

2br/2.5ba townhouse for rent! First month
free! Close to UF and Santa Fe. Bus stop
in front of complex! W&D included and pets
allowed! $750 a month. Call Rhonda at (727-
243-4688) or (813-833-3495). 2-27-09-15-2

WOODLAND TERRACE APTS
Off SW 34th St near post office.
2BR$550 1BR $500
Call for daily specials
352-335-0420 3-6-09-20-2

3BR & 4BR/2BA HOUSES
Hardwood floors, fireplace, new baths,
screened patio, big yard, carport, storage
shed. Minutes to UF, on bus route, $1400-
$1500/mo First, last security. 954-899-7197
3-6-09-20-2

4BR/3BA 1700+sqft home for rent. 1.3 miles
from UF. Wood floors, newly renovated
kitchen, washer/dryer, dish washer, fenced-
in back yard, and much more. $1450/month.
Available ASAP. Call 305-764-0975 for info
2-24-11-2

3 bedroom/2 bath house in NW. Near SFCC
and on UF bus route. Large fenced backyard
with wooded lot on quiet culdesac. Nice, safe
neighborhood. Available March 1st. $1100/
mo. Jenny 352-870-3975. 2-19-7-2


1 & 2BR/1BA
W/D, DW, cent H/AC, ceramic tile through-
out, front gated patio. Off of 34th St. On
bus #12. From $695/mo. Call 352-377-1633
2-24-10-2


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SPACIOUS 1BR CONDO
Modern and attractive. 1 mi to UF & Shands.
Plenty of parking. W/D incl. $550/mo + dep.
Call 371-9520, 317-2642 2-24-09-10-2

2BR/1BA, central heat, mobile home from
$375-$450/mo incl water. No pets. 4546 NW
13th Street. 376-5887 2-25-10-2

BLOCK FROM UF
Available Aug 1st. Houses single family &
attached. Apts. Rent directly from owners. No
middle agent. Flexible terms. 352-377-3852
www.dalyproperties.com 3-31-09-29-2

4BR 3BA. Spacious house on corner of 34th
St. and University. Close to Publix, dining,
movies and shopping. Only 5 min. bus ride to
campus. W/D. $1,500/mo + util.
1st mo. + last month to move in. Available
now. Call 321-459-3700. 3-4-09-14-2

GREENLEAF 2BR/1BA
Very clean & quiet. Vaulted ceilings. Nice
covered deck. W/D hook-ups. Near bus line
& park. $625/mo + dep. Available now. Call
352-332-8196, 339-6177 2-20-09-6-2

2640 SW 31st PI Apt. A. Large 2BR 1 1/2
Bath updated 2 story apt. with WD hookup
and private fenced backyard in Phoenix apt.
$500 security deposit and $550/month. Wont
last long CALL 562-2782 or 514-6869 2-27-
10-2

Beautiful! Great location 2.5 miles to UF.
5BR/2.5BA newly renovated 2400 sq ft, 2
story, furnished kitchen, W/D, DW, hrdwd
firs, Ig lot. $1800/mo + utils. Available March
1st. Call 727-224-1288 2-27-09-10-2

2BR/2BA Luxury Town Hse 1600SF, ideal
for Grad Students, 4941 NW 1 PL, near UF
in Mills Pond, Energy Star rated, wired for
internet & Sec Sys, Ref, W&D, DW, Pool,
Tennis, Rec Ctr, no pets, util not incl, 2 mo
dep. req. $1000/mo. Avail 8/15/2009 Call
Rick Smith 954-895-8438/954-928-1507
2-20-09-5-2

www.10houses.com
2 & 3 bd houses for August
cute,cent H/AC, WD,wood fls
quiet areas, yards $725-$1260
352-336-6116 nancy@10houses.com
3-4-12-2

WE HAVE IT ALL! GIVE US A CALL!
Union Properties 352.373.7578
Walk to UF from our many properties!
1,2,3 and 4 Bedrooms
www.rentgainesville.com
4-22-09-44-2

CAMPUS VIEW PLACE IS THE BEST!
Forget the Rest and call us today!
Brand New! Located off of SW 13th St.
Union Properties 352.373.7578
www.campusviewplace.com
4-22-09-44-2

ONE YEAR TUITION AT UF $22,000
Textbooks & Supplies $2,000
Calling Union Properties for your new apt.
PRICELESS! Call 352.373.7578
www.rentgainesville.com
4-22-09-44-2

Finding it hard to choose your next rental?
No Worries, We Can Help!
Rentals going fast near UF so call today!
Union Properties 352.373.7578
www.rentgainesville.com
4-22-09-44-2

Night out on us when you lease one of our
amazing 1 br./lba apts untis available with
tile, fenced in yards, w/d conn. from $395
mo. Hurry while it lasts. 352-332-5070
3-30-09-30-2

Huge 5/3 MH on 5 acres 12 minutes to UF,
washer/dryer incl., no pet fee. $1600 mth.
352-213-3943 2-24-5-2

$445-4/4 University Terrace condo; includes
cable, internet, and utilities. On routes 12 and
35. Immediate occupancy. 352.514.3398
3-6-13-2


PET'S PARADISE
$375 $650. No app or pet fee. 1 & 2BR,
privacy fenced. SW. 352-331-2099 3-17-
09-15-2


CRICKET CLUB
Tower Rd. 4BR/2.5BA, 2 covered parking
spots, 1638 sq ft. Short term lease avail.
Larsson Mgmt Serv 352-373-605 3-3-10-2

MILL POND
Near mall. 2BR/2BA, garage, short term
lease possible. $975. Irene Larsson Mgmt
Serv 352-373-2605 3-3-10-2

2BR/2.5BA townhouse condo, 1 mi from UF.
On bus route. Incl W/D. Community club-
house, pool & fitness center. Wired for inter-
net & security system. $895/mo 332-8841,
lindalu@gatorhomes.com 2-24-09-5-2

Union Street Station 2br/2ba luxury condo.
Beautiful 3rd floor corner unit with alarm, nice
appliances, w/d, balcony, and free parking.
$1400/mo. call Eric Wild at 352-870-9453.
Live in style downtown! 3-17-20-2

Large and beautiful 3bd/2ba house near law
school. Avail. 8/1. Hardwood floors, screened
porch, wood deck, garage, w/d, bonus room
w/built-in bar, large fenced yard. $1600/mo.
Call Eric at 352-870-9453 3-17-20-2

NW 39 Av fancy 3br/2ba w/loft Ig open bright
Laminated wd-looking fir in loft. $675 XL 3/2
loft apt w/new ceramic firs & stainfree carpet
in huge brs $800-850. Nice 2br/2ba gated
patio, trees $630-670 373-8310, 219-3937
2-25-5-2

2BR/1BA SPACIOUS
7209 SW 45th PI. Gainesville. Cent H/AC,
W/D hk-up. $600/mo, $500 sec dep. No pets.
Call 386-462-0994 3-4-09-10-2

3 and 4 BR STEPS TO UF!
From $506 per person
$0 MOVE IN FEES
Pets Loved! W/D Available
371-7777 CollegeParkUF.com
4-22-09-41-2

3 bed/2 ba house in SW area. 3 miles from
UF. Large fenced back yard. $1300/month
+ security deposit $1000. 352-213-1567.
2-23-3-2

Near UF 4BR/2BA house
wood floors, washer & dryer, central A/C
929 NW 22 ST. Available for August
Call Manny 352-317-4408 3-19-09-16-2

Downtown Gainesville
Union Street Station apt above Starbucks
2BR/2.5BA, den/study room, bambo floors,
granite counters, up-graded kitchen.Available
for August. Call Manny 352-317-4408
3-19-09-16-2

Near UF 5BR/3BA
2,600 sq ft house
630 NW 36 Street. Available for August
call Manny 352-317-4408 3-19-09-16-2


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4/4 Apartment for $350 per month. Utilities,
cable, internet etc. all included with washer
and dryer. Large bedroom and closet.
Individual bathrooms. Three bus routes
directly to campus. 5 minute drive by car.
Multiple pools, basketball and tennis courts
on property. Lease through summer. For
more information call (813) 390-7761
2-20-5-3


Sublease 2/2 close to campus free cable,
wireless internet,tanning and gym. Court
yard. Must lease will make deal. Lease
good thru July 09. Immediate move in. Call
352/558/4053 or 352/792/4864 anytime.
2-24-5-3


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


1 br w/pvt entrance avail in 2BR condo Cent
AC/H. 2 pools. Walk to UF. 375/mo
*1BR hdwd firs, pvt ba avail in beautiful NW
house close to UF $395/mo
352-316-3930 www.gainesville-rent.com.
2-27-09-40-4

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

Share 2/2 MH Furn rm $200 N/R dep. $400/
mo; $100/wk incl util. 2wk adv. laun/cook svc
avail N/S, N/A, N/D. Discount for handyman.
Car a+ 30 day notice 2 vacate. Nr bus/shops
Sm caged pet ok 331-0762 2-23-20-4

-:: 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

1/2 OFF 1st MONTH Rent if in by March!
Seeking 2 roommates-1.5 miles to UF
easy ride2 SFCC off-NW 16th-HUGE house,
PoolTable,65"TV Large rooms!sayNo2apts
$495/MONTH per room 561-756-5368
2-24-10-4

1BR/1BA avail march 1st in 2Br/2BA for re-
sponsible mature individual. $425-$450/mo
+ utils. Barandywine on Archer Rd. yttek@
yttek@hotmail.com or 305-332-6566 2-20-
09-16-4

Housemate wanted in NW G'ville. NICE pri-
vate bdrm and bath. House has PRIVATE
pool/fireplaces/large fenced yard. Utilities
included (WiFi/cable/electric). 500/month
contact max (215-917-0829) maxs@ufl.edu
2-20-09-10-4

09/10 school year. 2rms avail in 3/2 beautiful
5 yr old house for 2 females. 2 car garage,
fully furn, except BRs. W/D. 7 mins to UF on
bus rte. Very safe community $495/mo + utils
(-$35/mo) Please call 321-662-1772 2-23-
09-10-4

Rooming House, 2 rooms open single per-
son. $100 p/w. Full cable +TV. 262-6748 for
all info. No text mssg. Will not respond. Talk
in person only. 3-3-10-4

Beautiful Townhouse on SW 20th Ave!
2B/2.5Ba, All Furn Incl, Free WiFi, W/D,
Pool/Gym, 2Min Drive to SW Rec, Bus Rts
20 21 & C. F UF Student Seeks F Roommate.
$460+hlf utls Avail Aug1 786-246-3049 3-6-
13-4

M or F ROOMMATE Wanted $300 rent
Furnished / 2 min walk to UF.
Friendly neighbors / Bill avg $100.
$600 to move in TODAY
Text Rodney 352-215-9433 2-23-09-4-4

Roommate Needed. $380 a month rent.
Utilities include high speed internet, cable,
and electric. Apartment is on 34th street,
close to UF, shopping, and downtown G-ville.
Very quite apartment complex. Call 804-267-
0690 or email me at Saundemk@gmail.com
2-20-09-3-4

Roommate needed for this summer and/
or upcoming '09-'10 school year. House
located in upscale subdivision of Capri lo-
cated off 34th street. $350/month includes
EVERYTHING(utilities, internet,gym...)! easy
commute with bus route directly to campus.
female student, non-smoker, no pets is pre-
ferred. call (863)521-2078 or
email aloha75@ufl.edu. 3-6-10-4







16, ALLIGATOR U THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2009


Enjoy A Romantic Old House
Near library downtown. $295-$375/rm + utils.
Short term. No pets. No smoking. 378-1304
3-6-09-12-4


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

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


WALK TO UF & DOWNTOWN!
THE PALMS New Ultra-Luxury Condos.
Granite, Huge Closets, Pool, Call Eric
Leightman, Campus Realty, 352-219-2879
5-21-49-5

Mill Pond 2/2. Immaculate. Immediate occu-
pancy. Many upgrades. Across from GHFC.
$149,900. 561-628-2866 2-20-09-5-5

$77,900 $$
Nice condo. SW Large 2/2. 374-4216
ALSO 2/1 $66,900 2-20-09-5-5


BED QUEEN $120 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 $100 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. $160 332-9899

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.
$130 352-377-9846. 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 bed $60 0 Sofa $60
* Recliner $50 Nice dresser $60
* Table & 4 chairs $80 Lawn mower $50.
Call 904-363-7045 or 352-215-3403
2-25-10-6


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







C 0 PUTERB
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 EQUIPMENT AUCTIONS
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


Dining table w/6chairs $250, Couch $150, 2
swival rockers $25 each, glass & iron coffee
table $25, 2 wood & glass end tables $25
each. Must sell. 219-9041 2-25-09-5-10

Dk. wood bedroom suite, queen bed, mattress,
box springs, night stand, chest, dresser w/
mirror. $450 Very good condition. Must sell.
219-9041 2-25-09-5-10




000000 SCOOTERS 000000
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, Scooters, Accessories, and
Service.
633 NW 13th Street 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

2007 Schwinn Graduate 150cc scooter
for sale $2,000. Charcoal metallic color, 112
miles. Contact schwinn4sale@gmail.com for
more information. 2-27-10-11


FAST CASH FOR ALMOST ANY CARS 0
ORunning or not!*
NEED HONDA, TOYOTA, PICKUPS
*Over 15 yr svc to UF students
OCall Don @ 215-7987 4-22-08-72-12

CARS CARS BuyOSellOTrade
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*****
0000* SUN CITY AUTO SALESOOSOS
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

$$ CASH TODAY! $$
For Your Unwanted Cars
Junk!! Trucks, RVs, & Wrecks!!!
TOP DOLLAR PAID!
386-234-0072 & 386-234-0075
2-27-09-24-12

2001 HONDA CIVIC EX
Only 105K miles. Excellent condition.
Automatic, 4-door, CD player, cruise control,
sunroof & more. Green color. $6300. 352-
505-0711 or 352-392-7265, ungal@ufl.edu
2-19-09-5-12


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, dia-
monds, 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.

BE AN INSPIRATION!
Take a blind lady to Mass on Sundays and
for walks and shopping as needed. We'll
have lots of fun! And you will make a new
friend! Contact 219-6948 2-26-09-74-13


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


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 NW 6th 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

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

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

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

Immediate opening for a
Professional Leasing Agent!
Part Time or Full Time
Experience Preferred, Great Pay!
Fax resume to 352-372-0708 4-22-59-14

400+ Counselors/Instructors Jobs!
3 Coed summer camps in PA.
Travel Paid, Top Salary.
Cool Nights & Warm Days!
1-800-488-4321, www.lohikan.com 4-22-
09-59-14





SMOST WANTED


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alligator Wanted for:
Violation of Probation
EARLY MORNING DELIVERY DRIVER
Must be available from 4:30am 7:30am. Warrant for Possession
Must be extremely reliable 99% attendance of MDMA Ecstasy and
required. Apply at The Independent Florida Possession of Cocaine
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between 8am and 5pm. No calls please. a AACflEA COUNtV
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over 22, stable work history, clean driving re- PPE
cord, drug-free, personal references. Call (352) 372-STOP
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Paid survey takers needed. Gainesville.
100% FREE to join. Click on Surveys 4-22-
09-59-14


DANCERS NEEDED
For adult entertainment company. Make
$1000/wk. Flex schedule 378-3312 4-22-
54-14


Survey Takers Needed:
Make $5-$25 per survey.
GetPaidToThink.com 2-27-20-14

An awesome summer job.
If you're looking to spend this summer out-
doors, have fun while you work, and make
lifelong friends, then look no further. Camp
Mataponi, a residential camp in Maine, has
female/male summertime openings for Land
Sports, Waterfront (small crafts, skiing, life
guarding, WSI, boat drivers), Ropes Course,
Tennis, H.B. Riding, Arts & Crafts, Theater,
Cooking, Gymnastics, Dance, Videography,
Group Leaders & more. Top salaries plus
room/board & travel provided. Call us today
toll free at 1-561-748-3684 or apply online at
www.campmataponi.com. 3-19-09-28-14

Summer Jobs
$2100
Co-ed camp
Room and Board included

Get Paid to Play!
The Florida Elks Youth Camp (FEYC) needs
male and female summer camp counselors
ages 18 and up. FEYC is an over-night camp
located off of Highway 450 in Umatilla, FL.
The camp runs June 8 July 25. Please
contact Krys Ragland at 1-800-523-1673
Ext. 251 or 352 455-4267 4-22-09-72-14.


Atttorney needed for will contest. Florida
Bar certified. Preferably someone new and
affordable. 352-332-0515 or 352-222-0267
3-4-09-20-14




HOUSEKEEPER
4 hrs am weekdays. References.
housekeeper9@gmail.com
2-20-09-8-14




*STUDENT WORK*
Great Pay
PT/FT Avail,
Cust. Sales/Service
Flex Sched,
Conditions Apply
Call ASAP
(352) 872-6655
3-2-09-14-14




Camp Marlin Doggie Daycare. PT job caring
for group of 24 dogs. Must have good cos-
tumer service skills, knowledge of K9 care/
behavior. Prefer morning availability.
Call (352)376-9544 or
campmarlindogs@gmail.com 2-20-09-7-14




LEASING AGENT PT
Friendly, energetic person. Experience
preferred. Great benefits. Must be avail
afternoons & weekends. Apply in person,
Spyglass Apartments. DFWP 4-22-09-45-
14


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Record Specialist I /Assistant
LifeSouth seeks responsible, organized,
detail-oriented, and reliable candidate for a
part-time Records Specialist position. Great
job for the mature, serious student who
wants a stable and consistent schedule.
Duties include completing reports, conduct-
ing research, and providing clerical support.
Candidates should have multi-tasking and
organizational skills; strong skills in Microsoft
Word and Excel; proficiency in typing and
internet-research; and ability to lift at least
20 Ibs. A.A. degree desired. Must be able
to work at least 20hrs/wk. Submit resumes
to llhernandez@lifesouth.org. Background
check required. EOE/DFWP 2-19-5-14

Palm Breeze Youth Services, Inc. a
Gainesville, not for profit corporation is look-
ing for UF students, faculty and administra-
tors that are interested in helping us start a
charter school for at risk middle schoolers.
We also need volunteers for gardening and
agromony. Please call Ken Van Nortwick,
352-339-1746 3-6-09-16-14

15 PEOPLE WANTED to lose
up to 30 Ibs in 30 days $30.
100% GUARANTEED! Dr Recomended!
Call (352)372 3407 or order
r-dbetterhealth.com 2-20-5-14

* KITCHEN SUPERVISOR, 0 ASST MGR
F.O.H. 0 SERVERS BARTENDERS all
needed ASAP. Apply in person with resume
at 3501 SW 2nd Ave. CalicoJacks.net 352-
371-1675 or 352-375-2337 2-24-09-5-14

OFFICE ASSISTANT FT.
Passion for language & fitness. Avid reader,
interest in MMA a plus. Computer fluency.
Eye for detail. 1+ year. Resume to 626 NE
1st St. 32601, paulsrothstein@yahoo.com
3-4-09-10-14

Attention smokers! Do you want to quit smok-
ing? Smokers are needed to participate in a
smoking cessation study. You will be com-
pensated for your participation. If interested,
call the UF Smoking Lab and Clinic at 352-
273-2188 or email ufsmokelab@gmail.com.
2-27-13-14

PT PRESCHOOL TEACHERS
Needed for Jewish Dayshool. Day & times
flexible. Call 376-1508 ext 110 2-27-09-8-
14

WEB PAGE DESIGNER PT
Special projects. Resume to 626 NE 1st St.
Gville 32601 or paulsrothstein@yahoo.com
3-4-09-10-14


HORSE BOARDING
12 x 12 stall cement block barn. Good grass
turnout with room to run! Limited # of stalls
available. 352-472-2627 for info & directions.
4-22-08-72-15

HYPNOTIST Stop smoking. Improve mem-
ory & concentration. Elminate bad habits.
Past life regression. Learn self hypnosis.
Low Student Rates. Leonard Umans AAPH,
NGH certified 379-1079 4-22-72-15


***** MOVING? *****
000** FREEWAY MOVING 00***
You'll love our low rates & references.
Student Discount. Call 352-256-0999. Lic
#1M707
4-22-72-15

T-SHIRT SCREEN PRINTING
Greeks-Sports-Clubs-Bands
*Call or Stop by for a QUOTE*
MONSTER PRESS 373-3355
424 W UNIV AVE (in Spin Cycle)
4-22-72-15

Gator Slide Farm: Horse boarding. Owner
housing. Dressage, stadium jumping,
X-country. Lessons/schooling opportunities.
Feeding/mucking mitigate monthly charges.
Visitors always welcome. Contact Dibbie
352.466.3538 or gtrslfrm@aol.com. 2-20-
09-15-15

Beginner Guitar & Piano Lessons for ALL
ages. My EXPERIENCE: 10 yrs-guitar &
a lifetime-piano. If interested call 352-256-
3800 or email gidonherman00@gmail.com
2-25-15-15


MATH & PHYSICS TUTOR
First hour FREE. 11 years experience.
Bilingual. Call Francisco at 352-494-8582
3-2-10-15

Mini Maxi Warehouses; corner Waldo Rd &
NE 31st Ave; 10 sizes, student/staff rentals;
UHaul warehouse complex, trucks, trailers.
$20 off any warehouse rental! 352-373-6294
or 1-800-559-2449 Also 100 sheds for sale.
8-31-09-79-15

HALL'S CLEANING SERVICE
Condos, Apts, Offices & Yards
Call for a quote- 352-379-4861 Iv mssg
3-20-09-20-15


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Download: Smart Study at www.psdinc.org
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2-24-09-5-20


WALDO FARMERS & FLEA MARKET
Every Sat & Sun Hwy 301
15 min from Gainesville 468-2255
4-22-08-72-21


SHOTGUN SHOOTING SPORTS
Open To Public Wed-Fri-Sat-Sun 1pm-6pm
Skeet Trap Olympic Trap -5 Stand
gatorskeetandtrap.com 352-372-1044
8-19-09-97-21



Rocky Creek Paintball
In Gainesville Better Prices
Better Fields Better Call 371-2092
4-22-08-72-21


00* BAHAMAS SPRING BREAK 00*
$189 5-Days or $239 7-Days. All prices
include: Round trip luxury cruise with
food. Accommodations on the island at
your choice of thirteen resorts.
Appalachia Travel 1-800-867-5018.
www.BahamaSun.com #ST35585
3-4-08-86-21


Spring Break Sit back, relax.
Let the waves roll in. Panama City Beach
Rentals. Spring Break reservations.
One call does it all 1-800-923-2737
www.pcbeachrentals.com 2-19-2-21


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IMPORT AUTO REPAIR. BMW, Mercedes,
Porsche, Volvo, VW, Honda, Toyota, Nissan,
Mazda. Quality craftsmanship, reasonable
prices, near UF, AAA approved 378-7830
www.carrsmith.com 4-22-72-15

EVERGLADE EQUESTRIAN CENTER
The countryclub for horses & owners.
Customer lounge w/full kitchen & bath. 250' x
160' riding ring, round pen &jump paddock.
Lessons. 30 acres, 40 matted stalls, 19 sepa-
rate paddocks. 24-hr security, 352-591-3175
everglade-equestrian.com 4-22-74-15

Want to be a CNA? Don't want to wait?
Express Training Services can get you certi-
fied under 3 wks! Hands-on exp, no videos.
Day/eve/wkend. Class sizes limited. 338-
1193 for details expresstrainingservices.com
4-22-08-72-15

PERSONAL TRAINING 300
Personal and Group Training
Flexible Scheduling Exclusive Facility
Call for a free workout
339-2199
4-22-72-15

TLC HORSEBOARD
All facilities & amenities, quality instruc-
tion; 15 minutes from UF. Jan at 376-7762.
Greathouse Equestrian Ctr. 4-22-72-15

** GATOR MOVING & STORAGE **
Local and long distance moving
One item or a houseful!
10% off with this ad! FL Reg IM 19
Call Now! 352-374-4791, 800-797-6766
4-22-08-72-15


HIV ANTIBODY TESTING
Alachua County Health Dept. Call
334-7960 for app't (optional $20 fee)

All Women's Health Center
ABORTION
Free Pregnancy Test
RU-486 Available
378-9191
www.abortiongainesville.com
4-22-72-16

THE TRUE YOU!
Lose 8-15 pounds in 4 weeks
Only $119!
Gain muscle while you lose fat
Groups forming now. 339-2199
4-22-72-16


HIV ANTIBODY TESTING
Alachua County Health Dept. Call
334-7960 for app't (optional $20 fee)

*Family Chiropractic*
Since 1977. Two blocks from U.F.
373-7070
4-22-72-18

SAVE ON RAYBAN/SUNGLASSES

University Opticians
300 SW 4th Ave. 378-4480
4-22-08-72-18


GMG TRANSPORT
WiFi on buses New Departures
Thur 1 & 4:30 / Fri 1, 3 & 4:30
Ret Sun 2 & 4 pm Mon 2 pm -Also
Reverse trips Credit card payments, no xtra
charge pay by phone or in person- $35 O/W
$45 R/T www.gmgtrans.com 352-215-8196
4-22-72-23



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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2009


ALLIGATOR
www.alligatorSports.org


Gators back on track with win


By MIKE DiFERDINANDO
Alligator Staff Writer
mdiferdinando@alligator.org

The Gators are tired of chasing
the past.
The memories of last year have
critics predicting another late-
season collapse, and the shadows
cast by two national champion-
ships have left a group of players
- most of whom were still in high
school at the time stumbling in
the dark.
They took their first step toward
brighter skies Wednesday.
After a slide that saw UF (20-6,
7-4 Southeastern Conference) lose
three of its last four games and
drop all the way to fourth in the
SEC East, the Gators are back in
the win column thanks to an 83-74
victory against Alabama (13-12,3-8
SEC) in the O'Connell Center.
"I really get and understand the
expectations here," UF coach Billy
Donovan said. "My first two years
here were losing seasons. I have a
level of appreciation for starting
over."
The victory marks the 11th
straight season UF has posted 20
or more wins and kept the Gators
perfect at home this year.
Guard Nick Calathes led the
way with 22 points and center
Alex Tyus played well down low,
scoring 16 and grabbing seven re-
bounds.
Alabama cut the UF lead -
which was as high as 15 earlier
in the game to 55-50 halfway
through the second half.
It was the kind of game the
Gators have found ways to lose
earlier in the season.


This time, they pulled out a win,
making their final six foul shots.
"I understand all their flaws,
and all their flaws can be seen,"
Donovan said. "Sometimes we get
a little bit fatigued or get tired, or


they're young or they're thinner or
they're not quite as big. Yeah, they
get pushed around a little bit, but
they're giving me everything they
have."
SEE ALABAMA, PAGE 19


Andrew Stanfill / Alligator Staff
UF center Alex Tyus is fouled by Alabama forward Justin Knox in the
Gators' 83-74 win against Alabama on Wednesday night.


Community expects


more from UF athletes

It doesn't matter.
Let Alex Rodriguez inject himself with steroids. Let
Barry Bonds keep his records. Let Mark McGwire plead
the fifth.
Instead, let's worry about what really matters, something
that goes above the score of a game. Think of a 10-year-old
boy with his Rodriguez jersey sitting in his living room and
watching his idol admit to making a horrible mistake.
That's why UF athletes are so im-
portant to the Gainesville community
especially the baseball team. They
don't have a choice anymore. While
hung heads on the TV express shame,
these guys can show hope and prom-
Brian Steele ise to the youth of Gainesville.
Steele-ing Bases "It's something that any athlete at
bsteele@alligator.org the University of Florida, when they
come in, they have to realize that this
is a college town," Gators senior in-
fielder Brandon McArthur said. "This isn't a big city. The
football players, the basketball players, the golfers, the swim-
mers, the gymnastics team, everyone looks up to (us)."
He's right.
It can't be denied: Children have these questions. Do you
need steroids to be the next great baseball hero? If Rodriguez
did it, why shouldn't I? Isn't taking this shortcut easier?
If they want to know why they shouldn't do it, ask play-
ers like McArthur. Behind the inflated stats are the increased
risks of heart disease and, well, not having some male body
parts be as big as they once were. You really don't want to
explain that one to your wife, fellas.
The 32 baseball players who will wear orange and blue
this season won't ever receive half the acclaim one of the
aforementioned professional players have. However, when a
group of high school or even younger ball players come
SEE BRIAN, PAGE 19


UF WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Brooks, Dotson to wrap up home careers this week


By CHRISTOPHER YAZBEC
Alligator Writer
cyazbec@alligator.org

Home will be a welcome sight for Sha
Brooks and Marshae Dotson.
They better enjoy it while they can.
The duo, along with fellow seniors
Aneika Henry and Kim Critton, will be
playing its final two home games this
weekend, beginning tonight at 7 against
Arkansas (15-11, 4-7 Southeastern Confer-
ence).
They will wrap up their home careers




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on Sunday at 1 p.m. when No. 15 UF (22-4,
8-3 SEC) hosts South Carolina (10-14, 2-9
SEC).
"Probably very emotional," Brooks said
of what being recognized will be like. "I'm
going to try not to cry."
Dotson didn't quite feel the same way.
"(It's) just another game, a recognition
of players that are about to leave," Dotson
said.
Whatever the moment will mean to
them individually, the seniors will all look
to cap off their final years with an unblem-
ished home record of 15-0.




The UF swim and dive teams
started their SEC Championship meet
Wednesday. For that and a recap of
Santa Fe women's basketball, go to
alligatorSports.org


If they do so, they will become just the
third team in UF history to accomplish
that feat.
Aside from the 1997-
98 Gators squad, only UF
coach Amanda Butler's
1993-94 team went un-
defeated at home. It was
also Butler's senior year
as a player.
Brooks "It's a huge feather in
your cap," Butler said. "I
got to experience that as a player. I can't
remember what happened at all in my


playing career, but I can tell you us going
undefeated at home was a huge deal, was
a huge sense of pride for that team that I
was fortunate to be a part of.
"I know that they will feel the same
way. As seniors on this ball club, it's part
of their legacy in establishing this as one
of the toughest places in the country to
play."
For Brooks and Dotson, it would be
something else to add to their incredible
resumes.
In their four years at UF, they have
SEE SENIORS, PAGE 19


PL QUSTN I


Today's question: Do you hold professional athletes to a higher
standard than student athletes?

Previous question: Should Carl Johnson be kicked off the UF
football team? (see right for results)


Percent (Votes)
59% (42)
41% (29)
71 TOTAL VOTES






THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2009 U ALLIGATOR, 19


UF SOFTBALL

Batting-order change breathes new life into offense


By ADAM BERRY
Alligator Staff Writer
aberry@alligator.org

Conventional wisdom says, "If
it ain't broke, don't fix it."
Don't tell that to UF coach Tim
Walton.
Prior to the No. 2 UF softball
team's games in the Lipton Invita-
tional last weekend, Walton made
a surprising change to his lineup.
Kim Waleszonia, who has led off
for the last four years, switched
spots with sophomore Aja Paculba,
who normally followed Waleszo-
nia in the order.
Waleszonia and Paculba batted
one-two for most of last season,
when they were named Third- and
Second-Team All-Americans, re-
spectively.
So why change an order that
was already working?
"Coach brought (the idea) to
me," Paculba said. "After Jackson-
ville, he was just like, 'You're hit-
ting really well. I just want to try
it out for this week and see how it
goes.' I don't know if he's going to
keep it, but it seems to be work-
ing."
The two made the change
smoothly, as Waleszonia had two
triples in UF's 8-0 win against
Coastal Carolina on Friday, and
Paculba continued her impressive
play at the plate with seven hits
and 11 runs over the weekend.
The Gators will need the switch


at the top of the lineup to remain
effective as they travel to Palm
Springs, Calif., for the Cathedral
City Classic, which starts today.
The three-day tournament will
pit the Gators against the highest-
ranked competition they have
faced all season. Today, UF will
take on No. 14 Fresno State at 6:30
p.m. and No. 3 Arizona State, the
defending national champion, at
11:30 p.m.
Walton said he is looking for-
ward to the opportunity to play
against some of the best teams in
the country and see how his team
responds to tougher competition.
"We need to learn how we're
going to play in tight games," Wal-
ton said Sunday. "We need tight
games to really determine exactly
what kind of championship team
we're gonna be, and we'll get plen-
ty of tight games."
Pitchers Stacey Nelson (4-1)
and Stephanie Brombacher (4-0)
have only allowed one earned
run combined all season, so if the
Gators come out on the losing end
of close games, the hitting is likely
responsible.
For Waleszonia, that will be
easier thanks to her new spot in
the order. While Paculba feels
out the pitcher in the leadoff spot,
Waleszonia gets to read the pitches
and have a better idea of what to
expect at the plate.
As for whether or not their
coach is convinced of his players'


Harrison Diamond/Alligator Staff
UF second baseman Aja Paculba watches as a home run she hit flies out of the park during the Gators'
8-0 win against Baylor on Feb. 7.
ability to thrive in their new posi- total runs on the board in their two win against Georgia Tech on Sun-
tions, Walton left little room for games Saturday. day, Walton seemed appropriately
any doubt. Walton added that he would pleased with his lineup change.
"I love it. Love it, love it, love it. discuss the level of comfort Pac- "I'm not even going to have
We're dangerous that way more ulba and Waleszonia felt with a meeting. They don't even get a
dangerous than we were before," their new spots in the lineup, but vote anymore. It's gonna happen,"
Walton said after the Gators put 26 after UF knocked in 11 runs in its he said.


Donovan uses speech from 'Any Given Sunday' to build team unity
ALABAMA, One thing is certain: If the Gators hope to make it back
ALA A A, from page 18 "They're not Noah, Horford, Brewer and Green to the NCAA Tournament, they need to find their identity
and Humphrey. They're not those guys." soon.
The Gators have tended to fatigue and fade down the Billy Donovan "Now is really the time to focus and get wins," guard
stretch this year, a vice Donovan said can be explained by t h Erving Walker said. "We can't be losing anymore."
lack of depth. mens asetl coach ANY GIVEN WEDNESDAY: Prior to the game, Donovan showed
The surprising transfer of point guard Jai Lucas before the team a motivational video that combined Al Pacino's
the season and injuries to Adam Allen, and more recently Right now, the coach points out, his players are simply locker room speech from the movie "Any Given Sunday"
Allan Chaney, have left Donovan with a short bench. trying to find their own path.
"No one wants to talk about the fact that two starters are "They're not Noah, Horford, Brewer and Green and with highlights from the season.
gone from last year," Donovan said. Humphrey. They're not those guys," Donovan said. "It's not Donovan sad the video was an attempt to build team
Donovan said it's unfair to expect this team to live up to even about them upholding a standard of what those guys ui ty.
the expectations of the ones that came before it. did. It's about them trying to create their own legacy. That The ploy seemed to work.
time's over with. That happened two years ago." in s

Gators seniors reveling in team's sharp turnaround since Butler's arrival


SENIORS, from page 18

thrown numbers to the side.
Brooks and Dotson have
played in all 120 games of their
careers.
Brooks has started 119 games,
including a school record 117 in a


row. Dotson has scored in all but
one game in her career and has
grabbed at least one rebound in
every game she has played.
Brooks is averaging more than
19 points in SEC games and leads
her team in nearly every offen-
sive category, while Dotson is
posting more than 14 points in


league games and has the No. 1
field goal per-
Scentage in the
C conference.
Do t s o n
Women's grabbed her
Basketball 800th career re-
bound against
Tennessee, and she and Brooks


have eclipsed the 1,000-point
mark.
Brooks is one of only two UF
players to score 1,500 points, re-
cord 275 assists and collect 200
steals in her career.
The list goes on, but probably
the most important stat for these
two seniors over their four years


is coming from a 9-22 team two
years ago to 22-4 now.
"For their careers to culminate
in a season like this that still has
the potential to be the best season
ever in the history of the program,
I think it speaks a lot about them
and their toughness and their re-
siliency," Butler said.


BRIAN, from page 18

to Gainesville for a camp, the Gators have an
opportunity. They have a chance to be a dif-
ferent kind of role model and, perhaps, set a
more positive course.
"We get a lot of kids out here, and you
want to give them the right image of how
to play the game," junior center fielder Matt
den Dekker said. "Doing the right things off


the field. ... If (talks about illegal substanc-
es) would arise, I would definitely tell them
that's not the way to play. It puts a negative
image on the game. When you see things like
that happening, you don't want to give kids
the wrong image of how to play the game."
Baseball is not a dirty sport, nor is it a
game that requires enhancing substances to
be successful.
And, obviously, UF baseball players don't
like to talk outright about steroids. I don't


blame them. Truthfully, I wish we could
leave all this talk behind us. Completely for-
get about it. Wash it from our minds. The
players can do that. The kids and young
players, however, can not. They're the ones
with the questions.
"A lot of people look up to us, and guys
shouldn't get on cloud nine about that,"
McArthur said. "They should just realize
how to handle themselves."
What these athletes have to realize now is


when it is time to "handle" something. That
would be taking action. It's not something
they can hide from.
There will be questions, maybe even
doubts, from the outside. That's when it's
their turn to show how to be different.
The corrupt are already damaged goods.
Let's not put the next generation in their
same shoes.
Hopefully, UF's athletes realize that -
for everyone's sake.


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20, ALLIGATOR 0 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2009


Adams, McArthur lead versatile infield into new year


By BOBBY CALLOVI
Alligator Writer
bcallovi@alligator.org

Josh Adams had little idea what
position he would play for most of
last season, as he split time between
six spots.
This year, he could be almost as
confused.
The sophomore will start the
season in the infield, most likely at
third base, but he could also see time
at shortstop and second.
Senior Brandon McArthur is the
only other lock to start in the in-
field, but he plays multiple positions
as well, lining up at first and third
base.
With the loss of shortstop Cole
Figueroa to the MLB Draft, Adams
will be looked at to join McArthur
as a leader of the infield. No mat-
ter where he plays on opening day,
teammates can expect to hear from
him.
"If I'm at short, second, third,
wherever, I'm still going to have the
same vocal voice as I would if I was
in the outfield," Adams said.
The only other returning infield-
er with experience is junior Clayton
Pisani, but his career has been incon-
sistent. He has started 70 games in
his two years but has a .263 career
batting average, dropping to .242 in
Southeastern Conference play.
Coach Kevin O'Sullivan expects
Pisani to turn his experience into
consistent reults.
"I'm looking forward to him
stepping up his game and being
more consistent," O'Sullivan said.
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he's had some success in the past,
and I'm hoping he can jump his
game up."
If Pisani proves to be unreliable,
freshman Jerico Weitzel has been
working to prove he can be the ev-
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Weitzel isn't the only freshman
the Gators are expecting to contrib-
ute in the infield this year. First base-
man Preston Tucker has been wow-
ing teammates and coaches with his
power from the left side of the plate.
"I don't understand how you can
hit the ball that far," Adams said of
Tucker's hitting ability.
Tucker's raw power reminded
McArthur of when he first saw for-
mer Gator Matt
LaPorta hit.
While his hitting
has been impres-
Baseball sive, he has been
working on bring-
ing his defense
up to par. Even if his defense isn't
ready, Tucker will still find a spot in
the lineup as the designated hitter.
Defense has been one of the main
things O'Sullivan said the Gators
need to improve from last year.
Palm Beach Community Col-
lege transfer Mike Mooney brings
a glove that comes with plenty of
awards. He was named Southern
Conference Defensive Player of the
Year both years at PBCC and NJ-
CAA Division I Easton Defensive
Player of the Year in 2007. He also
earned the Region 8/Gulf District
Defensive Player of the Year honor
and was named to the Rawlings
Gold Glove team.


O'Sullivan has named Mooney
the opening day starter at shortstop
and said it is his job to lose.
During fall practices, Mooney
surprised coaches with his produc-


tion at the plate.
"Coming in, I think from all the
awards I've won and all the stories
about me, they expected near perfec-
tion in the infield, and whatever they


get at the plate, they get," Mooney
said. "I came in and showed them I
can hit a little bit, and from the de-
fensive standpoint, I hope I've lived
up to expectations."


UF infielder Josh Adams throws the ball during the Gators' 6-3 loss to LSU at McKethan Stadium on
March 30.


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