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STATE


UF spends over $100M on federal lobbying


By THOMAS STEWART
Alligator Staff Writer
tstewart@alligator.org

As lawmakers started the
spring legislative session Tuesday,
they were joined by lobbyists from


around the state, including about
six of UF's own lobbyists.]
Those six are part of a team of
11 lobbyists employed by UF on
the federal and state level to help
shore up funds for research proj-
ects and other causes near and


dear to the university.
On the federal side of things,
UF was one of almost 300 colleges,
universities and other educational
groups in 2008 that spent over $100
million on federal lobbying for the
first time since the Center for Re-


sponsive Politics began compiling
numbers in 1998. In 2008, UF used
BGR Group, the same lobbying
group as Abercrombie & Fitch,
Lockheed Martin and Pfizer, ac-
cording to the center
From 1998 to 2008, UF's federal


lobbying expenses climbed from
$80,000 a year to $240,000, hitting a
peak of $300,000 in 2005, according
to the center's database on opense-
crets.org.Those numbers don't tell
the whole story, though.
SEE LOBBYING, PAGE 10


Old senators give


tearful goodbyes


By CHELSEA KEENAN
Alligator Writer

Tuesday night's back-to-
back Student Senate meetings
were filled with tearful good-
byes and words of encourage-
ment, as old senators left and
new senators sat through their
first meeting.
Independent Sen. Audrey
Goldman and Gator Sen. Su-
zanne Hershman were chosen
as the new Senate president
and Senate Pro-tempore, re-
spectively, following the de-
parture of Senate President
Jordan Johnson, who was
elected as UF's next Student
Body president last week.
Between goodbyes, sena-
tors also got down to business,
passing one bill and one reso-
lution.
The bill, which passed
unanimously, gave $35,130.86
to the Board of College Coun-
cils, which is responsible for
divvying up funds and distrib-
uting them among various col-
lege councils on campus.


The passed resolution was
in support of Gator Ride, a stu-
dent organization that hopes to
provide transportation to UF
students around Gainesville
who are unable to drive re-
sponsibly because of alcohol
consumption.
A resolution is a piece of
legislation which presents an
opinion but takes no action.
Gator Ride was denied
funding from the Senate sev-
eral weeks ago because of li-
ability issues.
A copy of the resolution
will be sent to Tigert Hall and
given to UF's General Council
to access, before SG reconsid-
ers allotting funding.
Jared Hamil was also ap-
proved to fill the empty Dis-
trict E seat.
Stephen Lawson, chairman
of SG's Elections Commission,
also stopped by to validate the
results from last week's SG
election, which included the
results for Student Body presi-
dent and the 50 filled Student
SEE SENATE, PAGE 10


Years of experience create bonds among UPD officers


By APRIL DUDASH
Alligator Contributing Writer

Two men lounging at the Patrol Divi-
sion front desk said I was in for some good
stories that night.
"He's going to tell you stories about


the war," the man wearing a baseball cap troduced himself as Officer Ray Metrick.
joked. He had a gray mustache, and his gentle
"What war?" his friend asked. face was etched with laugh
"The Civil War." The baseball-cap wear- Special lines.
er grinned. Report As he ushered me out of the
As if on cue, an older gentleman in uni- chipped and weathered brick
form strolled out of the back room and in- building on UF's campus, 40-degree wind


hit our cheeks, reddening them instantly. I
was accompanying Metrick on a five-hour
patrol for the University Police Depart-
ment, where we would scour campus for
law breakers and mischief mongers. The
streets were already bustling due to Friday
SEE UPD, PAGE 9


UF women's
basketball coach
Amanda Butler
(right) is stressing
defensive effort as
the key to victory for
her team as it enters
the Southeastern
Conference Tourna-
ment on Friday.
See Story, Page 32.


Man arrested after crashing car into house, fleeing scene
A man was arrested after he crashed his car into the side of a
house Tuesday night.
At about 10:30 p.m. a Gainesville police officer attempted to
pull over a black Cadillac STS for a traffic violation said GPD Sgt.
Stephen Hayes.
Hayes said instead of pulling over, the man sped up, losing
control of his car and crashing it into the house at 1202 NW 4th
Ave. The man crawled out of the passenger side of the car and ran
north, but the officer caught him, Hayes said.
The man was carrying crack, Hayes said.
KATIE EMMETS


* A photo exhibit
that provides a
glimpse into the
lives of Muslim-
Americans is on
display in the
Reitz Union until
Monday. See
Story, Page 5.


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Seth Zebrick, 20, Hussain Khalid, 19, Shirak Zakaryan, 19, and others consider their bets at the Texas
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News Today


WHAT'S HAPPENING
Candlelight Vigil
Today, 7:30 to 9 p.m.
In front of Norman Hall
This candlelight vigil will be a
demonstration of support for
the undergrad education that
UF has to offer.

Gainesville Green Drinks
Today, 6 to 8 p.m.
Ti Amo! Restaurant
12 S.E. Second Ave.
Gainesville Green Drinks meets
on the first Wednesday of every
month for those interested in or
involved with environmental
issues. Attendees are welcome
to share news about their green
projects or something they'd
like to see in Gainesville. The
meeting is open to anyone inter-
ested in environmental issues.

Venezuela: Political and
Economic Realities
Today, 4 p.m.
Smathers Library (East)
Room lA
Presented by Teodoro Petkoff
(Editor-in-chief, Tal Cual,
Venezuela), who will be pre-
senting a lecture about the cur-
rent situation of Venezuela. The
lecture is open to everyone and
will be presented in Spanish.

UF's Psychology Club/Psi Chi
Honor Society Meeting
Today, 7:20 p.m.
New Physics Building
Room 1001
Featuring guest speaker Dr.
Rowland S. Miller, Professor of
Neurobehavioral Psychology
and Department Chair. Krispy
Kreme donuts will be served at
the beginning of the meeting.

"The Founding of Colonial
Georgia: For the Glory of God
and the Wealth and Trade of
Great Britain"
Today, 11:45 a.m.
Turlington 3312
A talk by Nate Herrod in the
Brown Bag Series of the Center
for European Studies. Snacks
and sodas provided.

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Today and Thursday, 8 and
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"Man on Wire" is a documen-
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Islam in Europe Workshop
Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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County unveils first


solar panel project


By KATIE EMMETS
Alligator Writer
kemmets@alligator.org

The first Alachua County Gov-
ernment large-scale solar panel
project was unveiled Tuesday.
There are now 128 solar panels
at the Leveda Brown Environmen-
tal Park, said Ron Bishop, Alachua
County solid waste engineer.
The energy provided by the
panels will be sold to Gainesville
Regional Utilities for 32 cents a
kilowatt-hour under the new feed-
in tariff bill that was implemented
March 1.
"By the end of the year,
Gainesville will have produced
twice as much energy as the entire
state," he said.
Bishop said that the park expects


the panels to produce enough en-
ergy to power three or four houses
per day.
"Sunlight is free. It's deliv-
ered to your door without
any shipping and handling
fees."
Ron Bishop
Alachua County engineer


Bishop said he started thinking
about ways to use alternative en-
ergy more than 25 years ago, but
because it was too expensive he
didn't begin thinking realistically
about it until four years ago.
"Sunlight is free," he said. "It's
delivered to your door without any
shipping and handling fees."


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Gainesville County Commissioner Mike Byerly cuts a ribbon for the solar panel ceremony during the
"Solar Power On! Ceremony" at the Leveda Brown Environmental Park and Transfer Station Tuesday.


Utility rate decrease could mean fewer UF budget cuts


By THOMAS STEWART
Alligator Staff Writer
tstewart@alligator.org

Progress Energy, which sells electricity to
UF, has requested a decrease in electric rates
that could soften UF's budget cut bybetween
$2 million and $3 million, according to Matt
Fajack, UF's chief financial officer.
The request must still be approved by


Florida's Public Service Commission. It
would go into effect for the April billing
cycle.Tim Leljedal, a spokesman for Prog-
ress Energy, said the company requested
the rate cuts because fuel prices have come
down and because it decided to postpone
some charges for a nuclear power plant be-
ing built in Levy County.
The proposed rate decrease follows a few
other decreases in UF's original utilities pro-


jections for the current fiscal year.
UF factored in about $10 million for in-
creases in its utility bills into
On the potential $72 million to
Campus $75 million budget cut that
UF President Bernie Machen
announced in January, Fajack
said.
With the proposed rate decrease and oth-
er developments, the size of that cut is now


expected to be about $5.5 million, he said.
The increases in utilities would normally
be paid by the state, which pays utilities for
UF's educational buildings.
This year, the state didn't pick up the tab
for the extra costs.
And it may not shell out the money next
fiscal year either, so UF is still factoring
about $11 million for next year's increases
into the potential budget cut, Fajack said.


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ON CAMPUS


UF may replace E-Learning system with upgrade


By KRISTEN HUFF
Alligator Contributing Writer

After this week, it may not be
long before blogs and Wikis be-
come regular parts of the UF cur-
riculum.
Today, a committee will fin-
ish reviewing new-and-improved
E-Leaming systems, which will
include more up-to-date features
than the current system.
E-Leaming is UF's curriculum
management system, which allows
professors to teach all or parts of
their courses online.
"Part of what we're looking for
as we're looking for a new system


is a way to get to new technologies
and put them into the hands of
teachers and students to enhance
learning. That's what it's all about,"
said Doug Johnson, the manager of
E-Leaming Support Services.
It is likely that UF would have
switched to a newer course man-
agement system soon anyway, but
a pressing matter sped the process
along, Johnson said.
Vista, the vendor which sup-
ports UF's current course man-
agement system and branded E-
Learning at UF, announced last fall
that as of October 2011 it would no
longer support the program.
A 17-member committee com-


"I don't know whether stu-
dents are going to particu-
larly like that or not."
DougJohnson
E-Learning Support Services
manager

prised of 12 faculty members from
different UF departments and five
online program support employ-
ees was established to evaluate
different systems used by peer in-
stitutions.
During the past year, the com-
mittee has reviewed three possible
systems.
UF has been using a course


management system since 1997.
The Vista version has been in use
since 2003.
Johnson said the current sys-
tem, which has 30,000 live sections
this semester, functions well, but
each of the three new systems will
allow instructors to do more. For
example, improved tools in all of
the considered systems will allow
teachers to more easily build tests
and quizzes online.
"I don't know whether students
are going to particularly like that
or not," Johnson said.
Other features will cater to stu-
dents and professors, such as a
class blog to make learning more


interactive.
While the committee hopes to
make a recommendation to the
chief information officer by the
end of March, Johnson said it is
unclear when the new system will
be implemented.
With the current budget situa-
tion, it may be more cost effective
to renew the Vista contract for 2010
and save the costs of installing the
new system for 2011. Johnson said
he would like to have the system
installed by August 2010.
"That's one of those funding
issues," he said. "If we're given
funding to get enough staff, we
can definitely make the move."


Anti-Amendment i group to premier two TV ads today


* EQUALITY IS GAINESVILLE'S
BUSINESS RAISED $59,015 SO FAR.

By HUNTER SIZEMORE
Alligator Writer
jhsizemore@alligator.org

Joanne is a lesbian firefighter.
She protects all Gainesville citizens equal-
ly, she says through the TV screen.
And she asks that on March 24, voters
allow Gainesville to do the same by voting


"no" on Amendment 1.
The commercial is one of two by Equality
is Gainesville's Business, which will hit cable
channels today and run until the election.
The same commercials will air Thursday
on network TV, including WCJB TV-20 and
the CW.
"I could be fired from my job, or denied
a home, for no other reason than my sexual
orientation," Joanne says of Amendment 1
in the commercial.
The amendment would nullify Chapter
8 of the Gainesville Code of Ordinances,


titled "Discrimination." Instead, protections
would be provided by the Florida Civil
Rights Act at the state level. In effect, this
would remove protected status for transgen-
der, lesbian, gay and bisexual Gainesville
residents and loosen protec-
Local tions for other classes.
News The second commercial
features a group of eight peo-
ple, each providing a few words to an over-
all message against the amendment.
A UF student, a reverend and Michael
Bowie, the president of the local branch of


the National Association for the Advance-
ment of Colored People, speak in the com-
mercial.
"The NAACP, for a long time, has fought
discrimination and is opposing Amendment
1," Bowie said.
Craig Lowe, a city commissioner and
founder of Equality, declined to comment
on the commercial's cost. As of February
13, Equality raised $59,015, the most money
of any political action committee in Gaines-
ville's history, according to the Alachua
County Supervisor of Elections.


LOCAL ELECTIONS

Commission candidates discuss economy, Amendment 1


By JACQUELYN WEINER
Alligator Contributing Writer

Although they clearly have their
differences, there is one thing all
candidates for the Gainesville City
Commission can agree on: spending
must be cut.
"We have a deficit right now,
and we need to be looking for ways
to cut back, not ways to spend more
money," said At-Large 1 candidate
Robert Krames at a forum Tuesday
night.
Krames, along with the six
other candidates running for the
Gainesville city commission, spoke
to about 40 people in a Gainesville
commission candidate forum.
Two city commission seats, Dis-
trict 1 and At-Large 1, are up for re-
election March 24.
Tuesday's forum was held at the
Alachua County downtown library
at 401 E. University Ave.
A major point of discussion was
what to do in these tough economic
times.
District 1 Commissioner Scher-
win Henry spoke about the need to
diversify the local economy and at-
tract industry to Gainesville.
Henry cited the green jobs that
will be generated by the new solar
feed-in tariff as an example of suc-
cess.
Gainesville is the first city in the
U. S. to implement a solar feed-in
tariff, which pays citizens for solar
energy production.


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District 1 City Commissioner Scherwin Henry, up for re-election at the end of this month, answers a
question during the Gainesville City Commission Candidates Forum while opponent Marcia Wimberly
listens, at the Downtown Library on Tuesday evening.


Marcia Wimberly, Henry's chal-
lenger for the District 1 seat, said
it would be wiser to help existing
Gainesville businesses.
"I actually would like to see re-
tention of the businesses we have,
because many of them are closing,"
Wimberly said.


"The mom-and-pop businesses
are still the No. 1 employers," she
added.
Wimberly suggested implement-
ing additional tax credits and creat-
ing new-business incubators to help
struggling Gainesville businesses.
The candidates for the At-Large


1 commission seat also voiced opin-
ions on how to handle the city's fis-
cal pains.
Krames emphasized the need to
cut back on unnecessary city ser-
vices, potentially merging similar
services with the county.
Tom Cunilio, also running for


the At-Large 1 seat, also called for an
end to wasteful city spending.
"I'm amazed at the money we
throw around," he said.
At-Large 1 incumbent Jeanna
Mastrodicasa suggested a freeze on
raises and a reduction on the num-
ber of projects.
Another of Mastrodicasa's chal-
lengers, James Schlachta, said the
city must decide what projects are
important and what can be cut.
"There are some things that
we will just not be able to fund,"
Schlachta said.
Another hotly debated issue on
the ballot was Charter Amendment
1, which would remove legal protec-
tion against discrimination based on
sexual orientation or gender identi-
ty. Both District 1 candidates, Henry
and Wimberly, voiced disapproval
of the amendment.
"As a city commissioner, I must
protect all the citizens of Gainesville,"
Henry said.
Among the At-Large 1 candi-
dates, all but Mastrodicasa are for it.
"I'm a very conservative person,"
said At-Large 1 candidate Richard
Selwach. "I'm an advocate for a tra-
ditional marriage and family."
Selwach said he has spoken to
women and children that have ex-
pressed concern about the possibility
of men using women's restrooms.
"They're telling me that they
don't want men in the bathroom,"
Selwach said. "I'm going to support
those women and children."






WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2009 U ALLIGATOR, 5


ON CAMPUS

Photo exhibit aims to curb stereotypes of Muslims


By CHELSEA KEENAN
Alligator Writer

The 28 photos displayed on the
wall of the Reitz Union show the
faces and lives of people who, ac-
cording to some, often face adver-
sity in society.
The photos, which depict the
lives of Muslims, were taken as
part of a nationwide photography
project called Unseen America and
will be on display until Monday.
Liz Gottlieb, the coordinator of
UF's exhibit, said the project first
started in New York City, when
immigrant workers were prompt-
ed to start documenting their lives
through photography.
Now the project is used by mi-
nority groups who have had to
fight stereotypes and prejudice in
the past, she said.
The five UF students who took
the photos were all members of
Islam on Campus and hoped to
dispel the different stereotypes
placed on Muslim-Americans in a
post-Sept. 11 society.
The pictures display different
aspects of the photographers' lives,
using family and friends as muses.
Many center on the Islamic reli-
gion showing moments of prayer
and time spent in celebration dur-


ing various Islamic holidays.
"Overall we wanted to show
that Muslims are like everyone
else," said UF graduate student
Muhsin Aziz Ahmad.
Although Ahmad, who is
studying food science and human
nutrition, said he was an amateur
when it came to photography, he
carried his camera with him every-
where in case he came across the
perfect moment.
"There is a basic stereo-
type that Muslims are
terrorists."
Asaad Musda
UF electrical engineering
graduate student

He said he went "picture cra-
zy," taking about 1,000 pictures
between August and December
before he found the six pictures he
wanted to submit.
Aziz, who said his theme was
family, took many pictures of his
father, who is a doctor.
Asaad Musda, a UF graduate
student studying electrical engi-
neering, said he has always been
interested in photography and saw
the project as a way to show off his
skill as well as the daily lives as


Shirley Hiney pauses to look at photos taken by Muslim-American students as part of the exhibit by
Unseen America in the Reitz Union on Tuesday.
Muslims. "People usually see our religion lims celebrating Eid, the holiday
"There is a basic stereotype that as violent and full of hatred," he that signifies the end of Ramadan
Muslims are terrorists," he said. said. and fasting.
Graduate student Mohammad- Mohammed hoped to break this "They're greeting one another
Eslam Mohammed agreed. myth by showing pictures of Mus- warmly," he said.


UF student to appear on Wheel of Fortune tonight


By AMBER EHRKE
Alligator Contributing Writer

When she was 7 years old, Krystina
Gustafson would slide into her mom's
high heels, saunter in front of the televi-
sion and pretend to be Vanna White, "flip-


ping" the letters on the screen.
"She had the walk down perfectly,"
said her mother, Mary Gustafson.
In December, the UF journalism senior
accomplished what she said was one of
her lifelong goals to compete on "Wheel
of Fortune."


The show will air tonight on CBS at 7
p.m. Gustafson said she is not
Student revealing details about her
Life success, so she can surprise
her friends when it airs.
She began the tryout pro-
cess, which consisted of two auditions, in


October.
She got the call three weeks after her
second audition.
"I didn't really think I'd make it," she
said. "It had always been a dream, but I
just went on a whim without expecting
any results."


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Editorial

Slow News Day

Online news sources

add to cultural illiteracy

No news isn't necessarily good news.
When the Editorial Board sits down each day to go over fod-
der for the next day's editorial, we usually have a few strange,
funny or otherwise relevant news stories to choose from.
We try not to focus on trivial news or ignore big issues, espe-
cially when they impact UF students in some way.
But today, when we were scouring national headlines trying
to find something to opine on, it became apparent that either
nothing interesting happened today, or the United States has
become completely ignorant of what's actually going on in the
world.
CNN.com, an otherwise reputable news source, has the op-
tion of ranking stories by popularity.
The most popular headline? "Sexy tot mom pics!"
Following that are stories about Michael Jackson, the televi-
sion show "Wife Swap," an asteroid perched precariously close
to the Earth and a few missing person and plane crash stories
that the cable news is currently obsessing over.
To be fair, a story about President Barack Obama overturn-
ing a Bush law that weakened the Endangered Species Act is
also high up on the list, but that's the only story pertaining to
national or world issues out of the ten.
This ignorance is nothing new scholars have published
several journal articles on the concept of "American privilege"
- the idea that Americans feel that they can disregard the rest
of the world just because they sit in a position of power and
relative wealth. American high school students don't know a
world map from a hole in the ground, and UF students prob-
ably know more about drink specials in midtown on Wasted
Wednesday than about U.S. foreign or economic policy, let
alone international relations.
News is digested in bullet points and sound bites, which gels
with the fast pace of our society. Americans want their news
now, and they want it on computers, BlackBerrys and Kindles
alongside broadsheet newsprint.
Opposing technology is nothing less than curmudgeonly,
and the Editorial Board embraces the positive effect the Internet
has had on journalism and storytelling.
But in breaking up the news by story, people can read ex-
actly what they want to read and disregard the rest.
Unfortunately, most of the time people would rather read
stories about kittens being stuffed in smoky bongs (also on
CNN.com's top 10 list) than Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's
recent envoy in Israel.
And the current crisis in the journalism industry doesn't
bode well for in-depth investigative stories or international per-
spectives.
As more and more great papers like the Rocky Mountain
News close their doors, fallen victim to the faltering economy
and years of negative revenue, people will become less and less
informed.
They will get their news from several national online sources
like CNN.com, and small yet significant issues will go unno-
ticed.
Newspapers exist to serve the community. They are charged
with exposing corruption and keeping local government offi-
cials honest. Local newspapers are already struggling to keep
reporters on staff to cover crucial local issues like City Com-
mission meetings, and predictions for the future are less than
bright.
As more news moves online, many will give up their morn-
ing newspaper-and-breakfast rituals. Maybe they'll skip break-
fast altogether and just head in to work, where they can browse
PerezHilton.com from the safety of their cubicles. But one thing
is certain: As more newspapers go under, Americans will be-
come less informed, and a great service to society will be lost.


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Column

Body image issues transcend 'Barbie'


Before Carrie Bradshaw, there was Barbara Millicent
Roberts. She turns 50 years old this week, and she's
never looked better.
You may know her as Barbie that doll with flaw-
less skin, the toy that never has to excuse herself to the
little doll's room to touch up her eyeliner or lipstick, the
one with the feet that come stiletto-ready. In five decades,
she's managed to have over one hundred careers, each one
with its own accessories. She even has her own pinked-out
aisle in the toy stores.
I have to admit: I'm impressed.
Barbie is the doll America loves to hate. Feminists have
held dear their right to blast the half-inch-shy-of-a-foot-
tall toy, blaming her for low self-esteem and eating disor-
ders among girls.
All that blame can't be placed on her tiny shoulders,
though.
The problem is that it's almost too easy to blame Barbie
for negative body images. We're a society that just loves to
blame others for our problems, and it doesn't matter who
takes the blame so long as we don't have to answer for
our own shortcomings.
I grew up with the support of strong, encouraging
women who embody what I believe Barbie stands for, not
as a fashionista, but rather as a strong feminine icon that
has stood the test of time.
Family members, friends, even teachers: The people we
interact with on a regular basis are who shape our self-im-
ages in the end, not some molded piece of plastic covered
in pink frills.
A scene from "Mean Girls" comes to mind, where the
Plastics are standing in front of a mirror pointing out their
flaws. When they get to Cady Heron, all she can say is "I
have really bad breath in the morning."


One can look at the char-
acter of the head Plastic, Re-
gina George, and draw links
between her and Barbie: the
dream house, expensive car
and huge wardrobe but Bar-
bie never wistfully sighs, wish-
Naudia Jawad ing her thighs had a little less
letters@alligator org jiggle to them or saying that her
hairline looks weird. Therein
lies the problem with the "girl
world." It's okay to want to
spend a day in Barbie's teeny-tiny shoes, but the obsession
with perfection goes way beyond a doll.
Yes, I've skipped meals before. And yes, I've also stood
in front of a mirror analyzing everything I disliked about
myself (huge pores and sucky nail beds included). It took
a while before I realized how harmful that negativity was,
and perhaps I am still grappling with the issue of my body
image. Many girls are, whether they play with Barbie dolls
or not.
Let's give Barbie a break. She has had her superficial
shortcomings along the way, but she's managed to stay
classy since her 1959 debut in a black-and-white striped
swimsuit. Instead of shouting about how sexist her body
proportions are, how about we work to use positive rein-
forcement to boost the body images of those around us?
But as we head out for Spring Break, perhaps we should
all embrace the Barbie within us. Ladies, go out and flaunt
what your mommas gave you.
Save the negativity for that term paper due on the
16th.
Naudia Jawad is a journalism graduate student. Her col-
umn appears on Wednesdays.


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


Reader response
Today's question: Do you own a Tuesday's question: Are you go-
pair of jorts? ing to Mexico for Spring Break?

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Guest column

Fashion Week doesn't represent real-life Gainesville fashion


When you throw a festival of some
sort, typically it is supposed to be in
a location that has something to do
with what the festival is about.
Like Coffee Week in Seattle or Mugging
Week in Detroit. Things synonymous with
that city.
This must be the logic, then, behind the first
annual Gainesville Fashion Week. Because
Lord knows, when I think haute couture, the
first place that comes to mind is North Central
Florida.
Now, I understand that some of the party
promoters here in Gainesville like to try to
give our little college town the occasional up-
scale vibe. This is why I am constantly getting
Facebook invitations to events claiming to be
"High Society," while the next sentence tells
me there are $2 shots of Old Crow if I go be-
fore 11. But honestly, folks, Fashion Week?
That's kind of like having West Virginia Cul-
ture Week or the Utah Diversity Festival. Out-


side of a handful of kids I've met here from
Miami and our inexplicable Long Island trans-
plant population, I haven't met a whole lot of
people in Gainesville who could tell a Prada
loafer from a ProWing.
So given the fact that our city has about as
much fashion sense as an emu double-fisting
handles of Jack Daniels, one has to ask, "What
exactly is Gainesville Fashion Week going to
entail?"
I mean, a seven-day collection of No. 15 jer-
seys and Urban Meyer gameday polos doesn't
exactly constitute a Fashion Week. Nor does
bringing in models to sport whatever Tim
Tebow fellatio the university has decided
would look good on a T-shirt. Heidi Klum
rocking "The Promise"? I'm thinking cover
of next month's Vogue. And really, can any
town that has more jean shorts per capita than
it does cell phones really be mentioned next to
the word "fashion"? Even if it could, you really
think all the A-list designers are immediately


Matthew Meltzer going to start em-
Speaking Out bracing the monu-
mental regression
in fashion that is
the jort? I don't even think there's a word for it
in Italian. It's too horrific a thought.
Why do I get the feeling that a year from
now we're not going to be seeing models strut-
ting through Miami in $1,000 Versace jorts and
a pair of Cavalli flip-flops? Why am I thinking
that "frat boy couture" is not going to be the
next big thing in Milan?
"Hello, Harry? This is Salvatore Ferraga-
mo. How soon can we come out with a line
of T-shirts from frat parties that happened
two years ago? That long? OK, what about
leg warmers and Uggs? Think we can do that
faster? I have to get on this before de la Renta,
or we'll be a laughingstock next month in New
York."
Perhaps someone is hoping Vera Wang
will decide to come out with a line of blue and


orange sundresses, who knows?
Maybe this will be the start of something
big. Maybe Donna Karan will see the fashion
revolution that is the jean short and decide to
set up shop at Oaks Mall right between the
beauty supply store and Gator Mania. Maybe
Gucci will follow suit and open a location next
to Balls. And maybe those expensive ads with
shop locations on the bottom will someday
read "Rodeo Drive, Bal Harbour, Butler Pla-
za." But somehow, I doubt it.
Somehow I think this column is really more
of a collection of all the jokes that have been
going through everyone's heads since they
heard the term "Gainesville Fashion Week."
Whoever is promoting this, I appreciate
your effort. But maybe next time take a clue
from the people who tried to promote Ohio
Championship Month, and pick something a
little more appropriate.
Matthew Meltzer is a journalism graduate
student.


Letter to the Editor
Gym's weight room not just for men
Joshua Nederveld is a chauvinistic, pea-for-a-
brain, wannabe meathead. As a woman who regu-
larly uses the bench (with her measly 70 pounds),
I am outraged by his delusional "unwritten laws"
of the weight room.
Nederveld and gym bros like him need to stop
comparing their paltry triceps in the mirror wall
and take a good look around. He needs to realize
that not all women are the 2.5 pound-lifting, nail-
breaking, elliptical-revolving girls he so eloquent-
ly speaks of. Sure those girls can be annoying, but
I can name plenty of others who squat just as much
as most guys.
Every member of the Student Body contributes
funding to Rec Sports through the activities fee.
Therefore, women pretty girls and tomboys
alike have an equal "right and privilege" to
use the "good" side of the gym as do the goril-
las. As far as Nederveld's unsubstantial comments
about the gym music selection, don't be fooled. I
am quite sure he is guilty of knowing more than
a few of the words to "Since You've Been Gone"
(and liking it).
Listening to endless amounts of Rage Against
the Machine while curling 30s won't make him
more of a man. If Nederveld simply can't stand
the mood Akon puts him in, I have one simple tip
for the beefcake get an iPod, and while he's at
it, a life, so he can find something better to do than
rag on the ladies in the weight room who he and
his puny pecs don't stand a chance with.
Emily Congdon
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Column

Conservative movement reduced to spiteful, whiny children


Iwas once informed that the only way to
gain a clear understanding of a political
group or a movement is to hear what one
of their die-hard partisans has to say on the
subject.
A liberal, even when trying to be objec-
tive, will mischaracterize a conservative and
vice versa but let one of a group's very
own firebrands take the stage and then you
begin to find out what they're really about.
Such instances are guaranteed to be entertain-
ing, if not educational, and one occurred very
recently at the Conservative Political Action
Conference, a meeting of conservative lumi-
naries that parallels the worst excesses of the
Chautauqua tent.
Since the Obamanon, the conservative
movement has been experiencing a malaise -
Sean Hannity has even gone so far as to open
his show with the proclamation of "Conserva-
tism in Exile!" Clearly, these lost souls need a


leader. So, which firebrand rose to the occa-
sion and gave an impassioned (and more than
twice as long as allotted) speech in defense of
conservatism?
None other than the current poster-boy of
the conservative movement, Rush "The Dop-
er" Limbaugh. The radio personality called
out the president during his speech, thunder-
ing "President Obama: Your agenda is not
new, it's not change and it's not hope." It goes
without saying that this remark was well-
received. Limbaugh's speech can give some
valid insight into the current incarnation of the
conservative movement.
For example, an uncomfortable amount of
his speech was dedicated to that old pastime
of his: self-aggrandizement. He even included
a painfully unfunny joke about how God likes
to imagine that he's Rush Limbaugh. Addi-
tionally, the luminary pointed out to his some-
what jangled audience that he believes Presi-


dent Barack Obama
has the power to de-
stroy the conservative
movement.
Limbaugh's speech
was heavy on criti-
cism and hysterics,
Eric Chianese but weak on ideas.
letters@alligator.org This, to me, seems to
be the primary prob-
lem with the current
conservative move-
ment. The loss of powers so long enjoyed and
so poorly used seems to have unhinged them
a bit and reduced today's conservative move-
ment to a histrionic, spiteful gang of children.
There is, undoubtedly, a power vacuum
in the conservative movement as it exists and
the GOP in general. Gov. Bobby Jindal, it was
hoped, would be able to step up to the plate
as the Republican answer to Obama, but his


speech went over about as well as Limbaugh's
draft-dodging at a meeting of the Vietnam
Veterans of America. Gov. Sarah Palin, against
all logic, is performing well in current polls,
but the idea of Palin 2012 is a joke and most
conservatives know it. With no one to fill the
shoes which are feeling increasingly empty
since the days of Reagan, naturally the conser-
vatives are paying some heed to the bold and
confident Limbaugh.
They would do well to practice caution,
however, as this particular pied piper might
very well lead them off a cliff and actually suc-
ceed in destroying the movement. For their
own sake, conservatives need to hitch their
outdated covered wagon to a figure more in-
terested in ideas and less in...well.. .himself.
And preferably one who has never referred
to Obama as a "magic negro."
Eric Chianese is an English junior. His column
appears weekly.






8, ALLIGATOR U WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2009


Documentary on civil rights struggle airs this month


By EMILY FUGGETTA
Alligator Writer

When thinking of the Civil Rights Move-
ment, Gainesville doesn't immediately
come to mind.
But "Freedom Ride 2008," a 25-minute
documentary that surveys Alachua Coun-
ty's Civil Rights Movement, proves that
Gainesville played an important role.
The documentary will air three times
per day on Alachua County's Community
12 Television through mid-March. The doc-
umentary aired in early February for Black


History Month.
Community 12 TV producer Alan Yeat-
ter said the station has done special pro-
gramming for Black History Month since
2005. Yeatter said he saw the re-dedication
of the Gainesville bus depot in Rosa Parks'
honor as the perfect opportunity for this
year's filming.
"It's important to understand our his-
tory so we have a better understanding of
our present," he said.
The film opens with Alachua residents
singing and clapping to the word "free-
dom" as they ride a Regional Transit Sys-


tem bus with same word flashing on a dis-
play at the front of the bus.
Leslie Cosby, Gainesville High School's
first African American teacher, said it's im-
portant for younger genera-
On tions to understand what hap-
CampuS pened during the '50s and'60s.
"If you have no idea what's
going on, then you don't realize the oppor-
tunities you have because of what someone
else sacrificed," she said.
"It's nice to know both sides of the
coin," she said.
Yeatter said that because Gainesville has


a large student population and sees a lot of
people coming and going, the area's history
may not be widely known.
"People might think of the civil rights
movement in more national terms without
really thinking about what things were like
within our own community," he said.
According to Cosby, experiencing the
Civil Rights Movement in Gainesville was
different than it would have been in a big
city because of the tight-knit community
developed by UF.
"Gainesville is a unique town," she said.
"Always has been, always will be."


LOCAL NEWS

Hot line offers help


with food stamps


By AMANDA HINES
Alligator Contributing Writer

Gainesville residents are giv-
ing positive feedback on a cus-
tomer service call center hot line
in which people can learn about
applying for food stamps.
The line was funded by a
$14,973 allocation from the Ala-
chua County Board of Commis-
sioners.
The Department of Children
and Families added the hot line
to their list of services, said
Lynn Dann, an operations man-
agement consultant for the de-
partment.
Contacting the center is the
only way to ask about food
stamp benefits. The hot line is
for all calls, not just those about
applications, she said. It is the
only county-funded line in Flor-
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Before the hot line, 24 per-
cent of people who called were
waited on, and 55 percent of
those eligible for benefits got
them, according to a press re-
lease from the County Manag-
er's office.
Dann said the department ad-
vertised for the hot line to reach
people who haven't had to apply
before and might be hesitant to
go to the center in person.
It's too early for updated
statistics, but Dann said the hot
line has been popular.
About 600 people have
registered for food stamp ap-
plications since the hot line's
launch.
"Unfortunately, many are
eligible," she said.
The department is sched-
uled to display the results of the
service to the Alachua County
Commissioner's office in April.


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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2009 U ALLIGATOR, 9


AROUND GAINESVILLE


Man eats 30 wings in under 3 min.

* THE CONTEST RAISED
MONEY FOR RED CROSS.


By ANA GONI-LESSAN
Alligator Contributing Writer

It took Kyle Myers only two
minutes and 51 seconds to eat
30 wings at Gator's Dockside on
Tuesday night.
The two-time Newberry wa-
termelon-eating contest cham-
pion beat 23 other contestants in
the "Wing of Fire" wing-eating
competition, which included his
roommate, Steven Langston.
"I thought for sure that I
had him. And then I looked
over and he was done."
Steven Langston
Wing-eating competitor


Contestants, hands and faces
covered in orange wing sauce,
struggled to beat Myers as the
Rocky theme song played in the
background.
"I thought for sure that I had
him," Langston, who won second
place, said. "And then I looked
over and he was done."
Contestants paid $25 to com-
pete. The event raised $750 for the
American Red Cross, including
donations.
The winner won a $25 gift cer-
tificate to Satchel's and a trophy
with a gold rooster on top.
A chicken wing trophy was too
obnoxious, said Casey Schmelz,
an emergency services specialist
for Gainesville's American Red
Cross.


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scarfs wings at the Wing of Fire wing-eating contest at Gator's Dockside Tuesday.


Officers consider law enforcement an opportunity to help students


UPD, from page 1
night festivities.
As soon as I slid into the passenger's
seat of the patrol car and attempted to
warm my hands, we were winding down
Museum Road, and he began to share his
17 years in law enforcement with me. Dur-
ing casual conversation, he carefully moni-
tored the positions of the other officers on
duty on his computer screen, making sure
his patrol car wasn't far from them in case
they ran into an emergency situation.
"I always was with a good team," he
said. "I knew that someone had my back."
The recent career switch from covering
narcotics and violent crimes with different
law enforcement teams in South Florida to
patrolling a college campus hasn't fazed
him at all.
"I'm new, and they've been very good to
me," he said, grasping the steering wheel.
Metrick, 57, has been with UPD for
about 10 months, but his almost 20 years
of adrenaline rushes and team training put
him on par with seasoned UPD officers. He
was on the road Friday night with officers
who have put in the same amount of time
into UPD that he has with various agencies
across Florida.


He holds a certain respect for officers
who have stayed with UPD for almost two
decades.
Officers who have been in law enforce-
ment for many years have formed a trust
that mentally assures everyone they are go-
ing to go home safely after the shift ends.
That connection with his fellow officers
kept Metrick alert late Friday night as he
intently listened to the outdoor festivities
through his open car window, even though
the temperatures were in the 30s.
After about 15 minutes of waiting in
his patrol car near Fraternity Drive, a yel-
low Ford Escape zoomed past a stop sign,
oblivious to Metrick's presence in the
shadows.
He shifted into drive and sped after the
guilty driver, who kept hitting the brake
lights out of nervousness. The patrol car's
red and blue lights flickered and reflected
off "It is Unlawful to Feed the Alligators"
signs posted by Lake Alice.
After both cars were parked in the right-
hand lane on Museum Road, Metrick ex-
ited the car with calm and collected pro-
fessionalism, and he strolled over to the
driver's side window.
After issuing a ticket for an expired reg-
istration instead of running the stop sign,
Metrick scooted back into his vehicle and


added a copy of the ticket to a collection
shoved in the sun visor.
"Both students stuck out their hands
and thanked me for bringing it to their at-
tention," he said. "I felt like I was getting
through to them and that something was
accomplished."

Patrolling with compassion
Other UPD veterans who have been a
part of the Patrol Division have also turned
these types of positive interactions with
students and Gainesville residents into im-
portant career memories.
UPD Lt. Stacy Ettel sat in his chair back
at the UPD Administration Office, sur-
rounded by routine paperwork and manu-
als. He had a sharp chin, broad shoulders
and a voice that commanded attention and
discipline.
Ettel, who has served 16 years at UPD,
remarked that he considers law enforce-
ment to be an opportunity to help stu-
dents.
"You get a few minutes to show com-
passion," he said.
He recalled a moment when he helped
a man who skidded on his bicycle and
smacked his face on the pavement. Ettel
ran into the same man years later at gradu-
ation, and the man remembered how he


had washed his face and held his hand.
"Those are the things you remember,"
Ettel recalled. "They see you later on, and
they remember."
Just like the student who got his wallet
stolen at UF's Southwest Recreation Center
will probably remember the empathy Met-
rick showed Friday night when he spent
part of the evening looking through bush-
es with a flash light near a Hull Road bus
stop, hoping to find the wallet discarded in
the leaves.
The lanky student, with disheveled
blond hair and a UF pre-med T-shirt, paced
as he made multiple phone calls, distress
lacing his voice. Metrick gave him advice
about leaving personal belongings on the
basketball court.
After taking his information, Metrick
was back in his patrol car, and he parked
in the lot next to Keene-Flint Hall. It was
nearing 1 a.m., and people were starting to
filter out of the bars. A woman in a short
clubbing outfit stumbled past Metrick. As
she clung to her friend, she shouted and
waved with a smile, "Heyyyy! Heyyyy!"
Metrick didn't even flinch. He seemed
used to the unexpected, drunken greet-
ings, and focused more on spotting poten-
tial drunken drivers than humoring the
extroverted bar-hopper.


Gardens are


focus of new


art program

ByYVONNE AYALA
Alligator Contributing Writer

While many students buzz along Gale
Lemerand Drive as they make their way to
class, few may give a second glance toward
the shady oaks that conceal UF's Wilmot
Gardens.
The gardens, which sit behind Shands
Medical Plaza, have become the focus of
a new Art in the Gardens program. The
program offers art, music and meditation
workshops and performances, all free and
open to the public.
For example, Shands Arts in Medicine,
or AIM, has hosted a weekly flora and
fauna art series in the five-acre site since
January.
During the series, Shands patients have
worked with local artists to create their
own art.
AIM also hosts a weekly meditation se-
ries and monthly musical performances.
"We'd like to see students studying,
reading, relaxing and staff and physicians
to take a walk and get away from every-
thing in their day," said Linda Luecking,
the UF Wilmot Gardens project coordina-
tor. "We want the university to want to use
that space as a green space."
AIM was one of only four statewide ap-
plicants to receive a Culture Builds Florida
grant for $25,000 from the Florida Division
of Cultural Affairs.








ON CAMPUS

Student organizes candlelight vigil for education


By THOMAS STEWART
Alligator Staff Writer
tstewart@alligator.org

A UF graduate student in the College
of Education has organized a candlelight
vigil scheduled for today to protest the
possibility of cutting the college's under-
graduate programs.
The vigil is scheduled to start at 7:30
p.m. in front of Norman Hall.


UF recently asked the college, along
with the College of Nursing, to present
proposals with the pros and cons of cut-
ting their undergraduate programs.
Kali Davis, the student who is organiz-
ing the event, said a number of speakers
have been lined up.
The list includes students from the
college, the vice president of the Florida
Education Association and UF professor
Dorene Ross.


There will be about 240 battery-operat-
ed candles available at the event.
The event has been called a funeral,
but Davis said she's reluctant to use that
word.
"We don't want to convey any mes-
sages around death or anything, but it is
a time of mourning for public education,"
she said.
On Tuesday in Tallahassee, students
held an event of their own to kick off the


start of the legislative session, protesting
the possible cuts to Florida's higher educa-
tion system.
Julie LeBlanc, an FSU sophomore who
attended the event, said about 600 people
showed up to hear legislators and educa-
tional leaders speak.
"There's this preconceived notion that
students don't really give a damn, and I
think this showed that that's not necessar-
ily true," LeBlanc said.


Sen. O'Mara resigns, questions fraternity's campaigning methods

SENATE, from page 1 UF colleges and classes departed.
Their newly elected replacements
Senate seats as well as the three joined senators who were elected to
referendum questions and the one represent on- and off-campus living
initiative that passed. areas in the fall, to start the second
At the beginning of the meeting, meeting of the night.
many senators stood to speak. About an hour of public debate
Unite Party Sen. Will Harrell ensued, where senators voiced
summed up his thoughts by means opinions about who should become
of a short quote. the new Senate president and Sen-
"I thank my God in all my re- ate pro-tempore.
membrances of you," he said, re- During the discussion, re-elect-
ferring to the past memories and ed graduate representative Sen.
friends he made inside of Senate. Ryan O'Mara stood to announce
Harrell also thanked his parents, his resignation and to speak about
who supported him throughout his the methods used by his fraternity
four years at UF and even came to when he was an undergraduate to
hear his remarks. sway elections at UF.
Meanwhile, Progress Party Sen. O'Mara said he was forced to
Dave Schneider welcomed the new collect at least two "I-Voted" stick-
senators by laying out the tasks and ers and that members would be
challenges ahead of them. fined $50 if they failed to vote and
"We have work to do," he said. recruit a friend to do the same.
"We are facing budget cuts on the O'Mara, who recently ran in the
horizon, and now more than ever Progress Party this semester, ran
Student Government needs to be with the Gator Party in the past.
the soap box that speaks out to ad- "I knew my speech would piss
Andrew Stanfill / Alligator Staff ministration." people off but it's because it's the
Incoming Student Body President Jordan Johnson applauds an outgoing student senator during a sen- Afteranearlyfour-hourmeeting, truth," he said. "If it wasn't, people
ate meeting filled with farewell sneeches and sifts Tuesdav night in the Reitz Union. old senators reDresenting various wouldn't have an issue with it."


Compared to other Fla. universities, UF ranks fourth in federal lobbying


LOBBYING, from page 1


UF will also spend almost $334,000 in the
current fiscal year lobbying on the state lev-
el, and UF's Student Government will spend
almost $113,000 lobbying on the state and
local level.
All that money pays for the services of
about 11 lobbyists, two on the federal level
and nine on the state level.
The UF Foundation, which handles
UF's donations, pays for six of those lob-
byists and the costs to maintain an of-
fice in Tallahassee, with private money.
The money for three of the lobbyists comes
out of UF's budget and the two SG lobbyists
are paid for through student fees.
UF colleges and administrative units may
also incur some lobbying expenses when
they send faculty or administrators to Wash-
ington or Tallahassee to talk with lawmak-
ers. Sometimes a college, like the College of
Medicine, may even pay to send students to
a rally.
Those funds, if they are spent, may come
from various places like travel expense ac-
counts or external affairs budgets, according
to information from UF officials.
It's not clear how much those costs might
add up to in a single year.
Jane Adams, UF's vice president of uni-
versity relations, said UF's lobbying costs
may seem like a lot, especially in tough bud-
get times, but she argued UF would be in


much worse shape without its lobbyists.
On the federal level, for example, Adams
said UF's lobbyists helped secure about $23
million in earmarks for research last fiscal
year.
The projects that were funded range from
termite research to research on renewable
energy.
The project that saw the most money,
$7.1 million, was for tropical and subtropi-
cal agriculture research, or T-Star, which in-
cludes research on reducing and eliminating
invasive species.
"As you can see," Adams said, "a
$240,000 annual fee versus last year they
helped us get $23 million. That's an excel-
lent return on investment."
For the current fiscal year, she said UF
knows of at least $15.5 million in earmarks,
though it is still combing through the re-
cently passed federal budget for 2008-2009
for other projects that got funding.
As was the case last year, T-Star got the
biggest share of federal money, about $6.7
million, according to the most recent infor-
mation.
But $15.5 million is only a fraction of what
UF actually requested from Washington this
fiscal year.
UF actually lobbied for about $79 mil-
lion for projects. Adams said that's more of
a wish list.
"We don't expect to get anywhere near
all of these proposals funded," she said. "We
have a long list of projects to let members of


Congress pick which ones appeal to them."
That list is culled from an even longer list
of research projects presented to administra-
tors by UF's faculty. A panel of vice presi-
dents determines which of those make the
cut and are included in the final request.
Adams said UF's lobbyists have been
especially important this year, with govern-
ment funds scarce during the state and fed-
eral budget crises.
"We have to be very studious; we have to
be very careful," she said. "We
State have to look for any opportu-
News nity we possibly can in order
to get money in these times."
There are many sources of funding that
can be tapped for various projects, she said,
but sometimes the trick is knowing where to
look.
The recently passed economic stimulus
package also put UF's lobbyists to the test
this year, she said.
She said one of the most important things
they helped accomplish was to make sure
Florida wasn't excluded from education
funding because of recent budget cuts.
Some funds in the stimulus are contin-
gent upon prior spending levels but, with
universities slashing their budgets in recent
years, they may not have been eligible for
these funds.
Luckily for UF, she said, a waiver was
placed into the bill which allows U.S. Sec-
retary of Education Arne Duncan to exempt
specific states from the spending require-


ments.
Gov. Charlie Crist recently sent a letter
to Duncan asking that Florida be given that
exemption, she said.
As for how UF's federal lobbying expens-
es compare to other universities in Florida,
UF ranks fourth. However, the reliability
of the data was called into question when it
was revealed that FSU, which, according to
opensecrets.org, spent $520,000 in 2008, ac-
tually spent about $62,000, according to Ray
Bye, FSU's director of federal relations and
economic development at FSU.
It appears the database added the sal-
ary of the State University System's lobbyist
onto FSU's list of lobbying expenses when,
in fact, that lobbyist is paid directly from
state funds.
According to the database, UF also lagged
behind the University of South Florida,
which spent $280,000 and Florida Interna-
tional University, which spent $351,000.
Adams said the budget crunch has
caused UF to reduce its lobbying costs this
year. On the state level, UF is slated to spend
about $100,000 less this year and the federal
lobbying contract is up for renewal, which
means UF will be shopping around for a bet-
ter deal, though she said UF probably won't
end up paying less.
She said she's OK with that, though, con-
sidering the amount of money UF's lobby-
ists bring in.
"I'm satisfied with where we are," she
said.


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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2009 U ALLIGATOR, 11


An Unexpected Gift


14-year-old with cerebral palsy brings joy to his family


Fourteen-year-old Caleb is one
of the 11 children of the Hutchi-
son family. Caleb has had athetoid
cerebral palsy and been critically
blind and deaf since birth. He is
fed through a feeding tube and re-
quires constant monitoring.
His parents, Tammy and Scott,
said they don't think of him any
differently than any of the other


kids in the family.
They say Caleb is a gift from
God and the center of the family.
They laugh together, pray together
and go to church together.
"We've done everything that we
know to make his life the best that
it can be given the circumstances
that he has," Tammy said.
Photos and Text by Chen Wang


TOP: Before bed, Scott and Tammy place
their hands on Caleb and pray for him.

RIGHT: Scott, Tammy and Caleb's nurse sit in
the back of the church with Caleb. The other
children sit in front of them.

LEFT: Six-year-old Jeremiah, one of Caleb's
younger brothers, watches Caleb.

BOTTOM LEFT: Tammy adjusts Caleb's feed-
ing tube to make sure it is well-connected.

BOTTOM: Tammy gets a drink in the kitchen
for her children while watching Caleb.






12, ALLIGATOR U WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2009


UF SOFTBALL


Senior out until postseason

By ADAM BERRY
Alligator Staff Writer
aberry@alligator.org

UF coach Tim Walton announced
at his weekly press conference Tues-
day morning that senior center fielder
Kim Waleszonia suffered a tibial pla-
teau fracture in her left knee and will
likely not be back on the field for the
No. 2 Gators until the postseason.
"We're probably looking at the
earliest return for her being postsea-
son," Walton said. "If we get her back
for the postseason, it's going to be a
good thing."
The injury occurred during the first
inning of UF's 7-3 win against Texas
Tech on Saturday, when Waleszonia
dropped a bunt and was tripped by
the Red Raiders second baseman,
who put her foot across the bag while
covering first base.
Waleszonia tripped and flew
through the air, landing in obvious
pain. After spending several minutes
on the ground, she was carried off the
field by her coaches.
A day before suffering the injury,
Waleszonia got her 261st career hit,
making her the career hits leader at
UF.
Prior to Sunday's games, which
she watched from the dugout while Harrison Diamond/ Alligator Staff
on crutches, Waleszonia had started UF center fielder Kim Waleszonia celebrates after an out in the Gators'
all 234 games of her college career. 8-0 win against Baylor on Feb. 7 at Pressly Stadium.


Search over, three presumed dead


* TWO NFL PLAYERS AND ONE FORMER SOUTH
FLORIDA PLAYER ARE STILL LOST AT SEA.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

CLEARWATER The Coast Guard called off the search
Tuesday for two NFL players and a third man lost at sea off
the Florida coast after their boat capsized during a fishing
trip.
Officials said the search would end at sundown, with
Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper, free-agent de-
fensive lineman Corey Smith, who played with the Detroit
Lions last season, and former South Florida player William
Bleakley still missing in the rough, chilly seas.
"We're extremely confident that if there are any survi-
vors on the surface of the water that we would have found
them," said Coast Guard Capt. Timothy Close, who added
that searchers scoured the equivalent of 24,000 square miles


over more than 60 hours.
Hopes were raised Monday when crews found a fourth
man who was aboard, 24-year-old former South Florida
player Nick Schuyler, who managed to stay with the boat
after it overturned Saturday evening.
"We're extremely confident that if there are
any survivors on the surface of the water
that we would have found them."
Timothy Close
Coast Guard captain

William Bleakley's father said he felt comfortable with
the Coast Guard's decision and that his expectations low-
ered after only one survivor was found.
"I think they did everything that they could," Robert
Bleakley said of the Coast Guard.


No. 9 Gators complete in-state sweep


Corace earns first 2009 dual-match win
By JOSEPH R. HOLZER los Cueto and Alex Lacroix won its initial sets and win matches on
Alligator Writer match 9-8 (7-1). Courts 2, 3 and 4.


The No. 9 UF men's tennis team
continued its dominance over in-
state opponents with a 5-2 win
against FSU in Tallahassee on Tues-
day.
The Gators' victory over the No.
15 Seminoles was their third consec-
utive against a team from Florida,
following a pair of dual-match wins
over South Florida and Miami.
The initial point was collected
by the Seminoles, as they won two
of the three doubles matches. Only
the newly ranked No. 80 duo of Car-


Every first set in singles was won
by UF.
The Gators (9-
3) received some
help from courts 5
and 6, where Jeff
Dadamo and Eric
Corace earned a
Corace point apiece in
back-to-back sets
for the Orange and Blue.
FSU fought back in the second
sets, taking Courts 1 through 4 to a
deciding set. The UF players were
able to return to the forms of their


Only Cueto, the Southeastern
Conference Freshman of the Week,
lost his match, though it was after
the Gators clinched the win.
"We have a good team," UF
coach Andy Jackson said. "It's two
months until the NCAA, where it
really counts.
"We've got to just keep getting
better. We're excited for the victory.
It's obviously a big one to beat Flor-
ida State."
The Gators will begin SEC play
Friday, hosting No. 11 Kentucky at
3p.m.


Gymnasts try


to swing scores


with smiles

By EUGENIO TORRENS
Alligator Writer

You know the feeling you get when you're trying
to impress somebody, and you're hoping more than
anything else you don't mess up?
Gymnasts know that feeling too well. Their sport
depends on it. The UF gymnastics team has to im-
press two judges for dual meets week after week.
In a subjective sport where even a "hello" between
gymnast and judge prior to the meet is considered a
no-no, sometimes it's all about giving off a good vibe
and hoping the right judge picks it up.
UF junior Melanie Sinclair has been growing up
with judges from the state of Florida and has estab-
lished a natural rapport with them even though it
hardly affects the scores they give her.
Some judges have been evaluating her since she
was young, and it has helped establish a natural,
back-of-the-mind home-field advantage.
It's nearly impossible to say if that extra smile or
displaying team camaraderie helps for an extra hun-
dredth of a point, but it's worth trying every time.
"Every time I see a judge, I al-
*ways make sure that I'm laugh-
ing or smiling," Sinclair said.
"Judges like it whenever you're
Gymnastics happy and carry that personal-
ity."
Even though gymnastics is a
sport where perfection is measured, gymnasts say
they aren't really paying attention to a numerical
score after their dismount.
"You do leave it up to the judges' hands when-
ever you do your stuff," Sinclair said. "But by me
being me and trying to be a good performer, I feel
that should be enough in the judges' eyes to give me
what I need in order to have a good score."
Alicia Goodwin said she simply sees her routines
as either good or bad, and from there it's up to the
judge to determine what to score a good or bad rou-
tine. The sophomore said she's not focused on the
judge as much as she is on carrying out her routine.
Goodwin also said that for small things, she would
try to blend in artistry to cover up any mistakes.
"If I have a little wobble, I try to cover it up with
a pose and pretend that it's supposed to be there,"
Goodwin admitted.
She said that while it may be aesthetically pleas-
ing to the crowd, it doesn't get past judges.
UF coach Rhonda Faehn said gymnasts some-
times try to engage the judge along with the crowd.
The best event for that engagement is floor exer-
cise, which is the longest event and gives the gym-
nast the greatest chance for artistic and personal ex-
pression.
"The time that they really get to interact with
judges is on floor," Faehn said. "On the floor, they
actually have opportunities where they feel like they
can perform and look the judges in the eyes."
So how would Sinclair and Goodwin fare as judg-
es?
"I think I'd be pretty picky, but I wouldn't be the
judge everyone hates," Goodwin said.
Sinclair said she'd be a wholly unbiased judge,
albeit the fun judge.
"I'm going to be fair, when it comes down to it,"
Sinclair said. "Whoever is doing their gymnastics
and doing it right, I'm going to give them what they
deserve."









14, STUDENT LIVING GUIDE, ALLIGATOR WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2009


INTRODUCTION
Florida's Residential Landlord and Tenant
Act, Sections 83.40 to 83.682, Florida Statutes
(2007), is referred to as "the Act" in this publica-
tion. Most libraries have copies of Florida Stat-
utes if more specific information is needed.
Florida Statues are also available online
through the Florida Legislature's website, (www.
leg.state.fl.us). Explanations of the Act have state-
wide applicability, but any specific references to
Gainesville or Alachua County applies only to
those areas.
The rental of mobile homes or mobile home
lots is not covered in the Act. If you have a prob-
lem in this area, you should contact an attorney.

CAVEAT
This is an educational tool and not a guide for
the practice of law. Once a problem has been
identified, an attorney must be contacted to ob-
tain specific advice.
Full time University of Florida students can re-
ceive free legal advice from Student Legal Ser-
vices. The office is located at 368 J Wayne Reitz
Union. Call 392-5297 for further information.
If you are not a full time student, contact the
Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Service at 800-342-
8011. They can give you a list of attorneys who
can represent you for a lowered fee.
Law is subject to change. All material is correct
as of June 2007.

DISCLAIMER
This original publication was written by Stu-
dent Legal Services attorneys. Opinions ex-
pressed do not necessarily reflect those of the
University of Florida, Student Government, the
Board of Trustees, or the State of Florida.


GETTING STARTED
How Do I Find An Apartment?
Check with the office of Off-Campus Life
at 352-392-1261 x 214 or their website at
http://www.dso.ufl.edu/offcampus for assis-
tance.
Rental opportunities may also be found
in the classified sections of The Gainesville
Sun, The Independent Florida Alligator, and
bulletin boards around campus.

Can I Be Evicted If I Pay "My" Rent and
My Roommates Don't?
Usually. Most leases provide that the ten-
ants are jointly and severally liable for the
entire rent. This means the landlord can evict
you unless the full rent is paid.
It is possible for you to sue your room-
mates in small claims court to collect their
share of the rent and utilities. A writ-
ten roommate agreement will be helpful in
proving your case in court.
Given the difficulty of collecting money
on a judgment quickly, the best thing you can
do is obtain new roommates.

So What If I Get Sued?
I Have No Money!
Any judgment for money damages is en-
forceable for at least 20 years and earns
interest. A judgment may be enforced by
seizing your wages, bank accounts, or your
personal property. A judgment will also ad-
versely affect your credit rating.


What Should I Look For
In An Apartment?
Application Deposits: Never put down
a deposit to hold an apartment unless you
have a written agreement indicating wheth-
er it is refundable.
Model Apartments: Never sign a lease
based upon a model. Insist on seeing your
actual apartment.
Cost: Can you afford it? Even if your
roommates leave?
Safety: Inspect the locks on the doors and
windows is there a deadbolt on the front
door? Do sliding glass doors have adequate
locks to deter forced entry? Are the hallways
and parking lots well lit? Make sure tree
limbs and shrubs in front of the apartment
are well trimmed.
You can contact the Alachua County Sher-
iff's Office or the Gainesville Police Depart-
ment for information on crime in the area.
Function: At move-in, check all plumbing
and appliances. Run water in sinks, showers
and tubs, flush toilets, and check air condi-
tioning and heating.
Inventory: Note all defects on the inven-
tory sheet or check-in list signed by the land-
lord or an impartial witness. Photograph or
videotape the apartment at movie-in.
Appearance: Is it clean? Do the carpets
look worn or smell bad? Has the apartment
been painted recently? Do the walls have
nail holes?
In some Gainesville neighborhoods, only

See next page...


Legal Assistance
UF Students (full-time)
Student Legal Services
368 J Wayne Reitz Union
Gainesville, FL 32611-8505
352-392-5297

All others:
Florida Bar Referral Service
Tallahassee, FL 800-342-8011

State Assistance
Complaints: Security Deposits, Sanitation
Department of Business Regulation
Division of Hotel and Restaurants
7960 Arlington Expressway
Jacksonville, FL 32211
904-727-5540

Complaints, all others:
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
407 S Calhoun St
Tallahassee, FL 32299
850-488-3022

Local Assistance
Complaints: Repairs
City of Gainesville Codes Enforcement
200 E University Ave
PO Box 490
Gainesville, FL 32609
352-334-5030

Alachua County Codes Enforcement
352-374-5244

Off-Campus Housing Information
Nora Kilroy
Off-Campus Life
202 Peabody Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611
352-392-2161Ext. 214


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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2009 0 ALLIGATOR, STUDENT LIVING GUIDE, 15


three unrelated persons may live together. Get clear written permission for any
Check with the city if you plan on having pets.
more than two roommates. What Can Happen If I Don't Pay Rent?
Retain a copy of the lease and all attach- Failure to pay rent is the quickest way to
ments or addendums to the lease for your be evicted! The landlord will serve a notice
records. Have all promised repairs and im- demanding payment of rent or possession of
provements written into the lease and signed the apartment. If you fail to comply with the
by the landlord, demand within three days, excluding week-


What Should I Do Before I Sign a Lease?


DO
Z Read the lease and make sure you un-
derstand it.
Z Review a copy of the lease with an at-
torney prior to signing it
Z Expect to pay full rent, not just your
share. This is what "joint and several"
liability means, a term included or im-
plied in nearly all leases.
Z Obtain a copy of the lease and all at-
tachments or addendums to the lease,
and put everything with your personal
records.
Z Have all promised repairs and im-
provements written into the lease and
signed by the landlord.
Z Insist on seeing your actual unit.
Z Get clear written permission for any
pets.
Z Check for maintenance responsibilities
when renting a house or duplex.


DON'T
X Do not sign a 12-month lease unless you
are willing to pay rent for 12 months.
X Do not sign a 12-month lease with room-
mates unless all roommates are willing
to pay rent for 12 months.
X Do not have your parents signed the
lease or a parental guarantee agree-
ing to be responsible for rent, if pos-
sible. See if the landlord will accept an
additional security deposit instead.
X Do not sign a lease with automatic re-
newal clause.
X Do not sign a lease that gives the land-
lord unlimited access to the apartment
without notice or consent.
X Do not sign a lease based upon a mod-
el apartment.
X Do not sign a lease before visiting the
neighborhood at various times during
the day, at night and on weekends.
X Do not sign a lease until all agreements
negotiated with the landlord are in
writing.


ends and holidays, eviction proceedings may
be started. Neither surrender of the apart-
ment or eviction ends your liability for rent!
You should contact an attorney immediately
upon receipt of a three-day notice.

Can I Be Evicted
For Any Other Reason?
Yes! Your lease can be terminated if you
violate any lease terms, rules and regula-
tions, or the Act. If your lease is terminated
and you do not vacate the apartment, the
landlord may file for your eviction immedi-
ately.
Termination begins with a 7-day notice.
Your options depend on whether the viola-
tions are classified as "curable" or "noncur-
able".
If you receive either type of notice, you
should contact. Neither termination of your
lease, nor your eviction from the apartment
ends your liability for rent!
Curable Violations
You will be given seven days to correct
a curable violation. Curable violations in-
clude unauthorized pets, guests, parking, or
the failure to keep the apartment clean and
sanitary. If you repeat the violation within
12 months, you will not be given another
chance.
Noncurable Violations
The landlord may terminate your lease
with a 7-day notice without giving you a
chance to correct a noncurable violation.
Noncurable violations include deliberate de-
struction or misuse of the landlord's property


or a continued, unreasonable disturbance.

GETTING EVICTED
What Are My Duties As A Tenant?
* First, last and always, PAY RENT!
* Comply with all other lease terms.
* Comply with all rules and regulations.
* Comply with housing and health codes.
* Comply with all zoning restrictions.
* Keep the apartment clean and sanitary.
* Keep plumbing fixtures sanitary.
* Do not damage the apartment.
* Do not disturb your neighbors.

What Exactly Is An Eviction?
An eviction is the formal end to your right
to occupy the apartment. It does not end
your duty to pay rent.
An eviction starts with a Summons. You
must file an Answer within 5 days. Contact
an attorney immediately.
If the court rules against you, a judgment
for possession of the apartment, unpaid rent,
late fees, interest, court costs and attorney's
fees will be entered for the landlord. The
sheriff will post a notice at the apartment
that requires you to vacate within 24 hours. If
you do not vacate within 24 hours, the sheriff
will remove you and your personal property
from the apartment.

How Do I Find A Good Roommate?
Check the Off-Campus Life website at
http://www.dso.ufl.edu/offcampus. Check
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fled ads as additional sources.
Discuss with potential roommates preferenc-
es in food, music, personal habits, sleeping and
study hours, friends and finances. An open and
frank appraisal of each other's likes, dislikes,
and expectations will increase the chances of
an enjoyable shared living experience. A writ-
ten roommate agreement is advisable.

Do I Really Need Insurance
For MY Personal Property?
Yes. Unless you are financially able to re-
place all your belongings, you should have
insurance. Proper insurance coverage will
protect you against the loss of your valu-
ables in most circumstances. Landlords are
legally responsibly for such losses only under
very specific, limited circumstances that may
be very difficult to prove in court.
If you are a resident-relative of your par-
ents, your personal property may be insured
through their homeowner's policy. Have your
parents confirm the coverage in writing with
their insurance agent.
If coverage is not available through your
parents' homeowner's policy, you may be
able to purchase renter's insurance. Even
with insurance, there are certain precautions
you should always take. Always lock your
apartment securely even if you are only go-
ing next door. Never leave jewelry, cameras,
cash, checkbooks, credit cards, electronics, or
other valuables in plain view.


GETTING ALONG
My Landlord Refuses to Make Repairs,
What Can I Do?
You MAY be able either to withhold your
rent or terminate your lease if the problem
constitutes a material breach of the lease or
the Act. You must follow the exact require-
ments of the Act.
You must give the landlord a written notice
demanding the repairs be made in seven days.
The notice must indicate to terminate the lease
or withhold rent if the repairs are not made.
This is a complicated process and the le-
gal consequences are very serious. Do not
attempt to terminate your lease or withhold
rent without first obtaining legal advice.


Can I Deduct Repair Costs
From My Rent?
No. The Act does not authorize you to
make repairs or to recover the cost of such
repairs. In fact, most apartment leases pro-
hibit repairs by tenants. When the landlord
refuses to make repairs, the Act gives you
a qualified right to terminate the lease or
withhold rent. As previously indicated, you
should consult an attorney before attempting
to terminate the lease or withhold rent.

Can I use My Security Deposit
for the Last Month's Rent?
No. Landlords can legally evict you for
non-payment of rent even when your "se-
curity deposit" is equal to your last month's
rent. The purpose of the security deposit is to
protect the landlord against damages to the
apartment.

Does the Law Require Interest
Payments on Security Deposits?
Landlords must hold security deposits in
one of three methods. Two methods of hold-
ing the deposits require interest to be paid.
The method which does not require interest
payment is the one most landlords use. The
landlord is required to inform you in writing
how your deposit is being held, where it is
held, and whether you will receive interest.

What Can I Do If My Landlord
Doesn't Return My Deposit?
A landlord shall have 15 days after ter-
mination of the lease to return the security
deposit together with interest if otherwise
required, if he or she does not intend to im-
pose a claim on the security deposit. If the
landlord intends to impose a claim in the se-
curity deposit, he or she shall have 30 days
to give the tenant written notice by certified
mail, stating how much is going to deducted
and why. You must object to the deduction
in writing within 15 days from the date you
receive the notice, or the landlord will be au-
thorized to deduct his or her claim from your
security deposit.
If the landlord fails to give the required
notice within the 30-day period, he or she


forfeits the right to impose a claim upon the
security deposit.
However, if you damaged the apartment,
the landlord can sue you even when the 30-
day notice is not given. Because the landlord
can also get court costs and attorney's fees,
you should consult an attorney before filing
any lawsuits.


GETTING IT BACK
What Steps Can I Take To Protect
My Security Deposit?
When you take occupancy of the apart-
ment, complete a thorough written inventory of
the apartment's condition and have the land-
lord or an impartial witness sign the inventory.
Make sure you keep a copy of the inventory.
This helps protect you from the landlord claim-
ing you caused pre-existing damage.
When you move out, clean the apartment
completely and thoroughly. Some landlords
provide a checklist outlining the cleaning
they expect you to do. Keep all your receipts
for cleaning supplies and professional car-
pet cleaning as evidence.
Before you leave, ask the landlord to in-
spect the apartment with you. Complete a
move-out checklist and make sure the land-
lord signs and dates it. Use an impartial wit-
ness if the landlord is not available or re-
fuses your request. Move-in and move-out
photographs or videotape are strongly rec-
ommended in case there is a dispute.

What Can I Do About
Noisy Neighbors?
Try to reason with the neighbor to reach
an acceptable compromise. Thin walls and
conflicting schedules make some amount of
noise disturbance an unavoidable reality of
apartment living.
Ask the landlord for assistance. If the
landlord refuses to correct the problem, you
may be able to break your lease. Because
the law in this area is so poorly developed,
legal representation is a necessity.
In extreme cases, call the police and re-
port the matter. Unfortunately, this can lead
to revenge and reprisals.


I Can't Stand My Roommate.
What Can I Do?
Discuss the matter with your roommate im-
mediately. Don't ignore the problem with the
hope that it will go away. A little give and
take may result in a livable compromise.
Under the Act, your landlord is not re-
sponsible for most roommate disputes. If
your roommate is violating the lease, you
should consult an attorney.

Can My Rent Be Increased
During My Lease Term?
Not unless the lease contains a specific
provision allowing for a rent increase. From
the tenant's perspective, one of the primary
reasons for having a written lease is to lock
in the rent for the rental period. Normally,
you should not sign a lease providing for a
rent increase.

Can My Landlord Enter My Apartment
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One of the most common complaints the university receieves about off campus students concerns noise disturbances. Gainesville
does have a noise ordinance and the city takes a very active approach in the enforecement of noise complaints. The noise ordi-
nance gives police the authority to issue a citation to those in violation.
Noise disturbance, as defined by the ordinance, is any sound which:
1) Disturbs a reasonable person of normal sensitivities;
2) Exceeds the sound level units set forth in the ordinance; or
3) Is plainly audible defined as any noise or sound that can be clearly heard by a person using his/her faculties, at a distance of
200 feet or more from the real property line of the source of the sound or noise.


The number of unrelated people allowed to live together in a single family zoned district is regulated by the city of Gainesville. The
purpose of this ordinance is to protect the integrity and character of the residential areas. The Gainesville Code of Ordinances
restricts the number of unrelated people living in a residence to no more than three. When you plan to share housing with room-
mates you are required to either restrict the number of occupants to three or seek appropriate housing in a multi-family district.


Gainesville has a curbside pick up of household garbage as well as curbside pick up of recyclable materials. The containers for
these services tend to clutter the right of way and are not aesthetically pleasing. Therefore, the times that containers can be
left out are regulated. Containers may be placed in front of your residence or at the curb, but not on the street, no earlier than
the evening before your scheduled trash collection. Following the trash service, containers must remain behind the building,
screened from view or placed in an enclosed structure. For information on pick-up of garbage, recycling or yard trash, contact the
Gainesville Solid Waste Division at (352) 334-5040.



Your actions and behavior that is viewed by the public is subject to the Gainesville Code of Ordinances. Public conduct that cre-
ates a disturbance or is disorderly is prohibited. Behavior prohibited by the Disorderly Conduct Ordinance includes promoting or
provoking disturbance, brawl, assault, or nuisance. Included under disorderly conduct are fighting words, unlawful congregation
that hinders pedestrian or vehicular traffic, resisting or hindering the perfornace of duties by a police or city official, or damaging or
destroying personal or private property.


In Gainesville residential areas, passenger vehicles are permitted to be parked on approved driveways only. Parking in the front
yard of a residence, other than on an approved surface, is prohibited by the Gainesville Code of Ordinances. If you have any
questions about the parking regulations you can contact the City of Gainesville Code Enforcement Division at (352) 334-5030.
Apartment complexes may have regulations regarding parking or may require you to place a decal in your vehicle indentifying
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tain your consent prior to entering your apart-
ment.
You cannot unreasonably withhold con-
sent. If the landlord persists in entering with-
out notice or consent, contact an attorney.

How Soon Must I Renew My Lease?
There is no time period established by the
Act. You should not sign a lease that pro-
vides for automatic renewals of requires you
to give the landlord a notice of nonrenewal.
If you do sign such a lease, you must strictly
comply with the notice requirements imposed
by the lease.
If the lease does not specify otherwise,
renewals are a matter of general contract
law. The landlord cannot force you to renew
prior to the end of your lease. However, if
you do not renew by the landlord's "dead-
line," the landlord may rent your apartment
to someone else.


Getting Out
Can I Break My Lease Because...
I am graduating? No!
My roommate left? No!
I cannot afford the rent? No!
I need to work this summer? No!
The neighborhood is unsafe? No!

Under the Act, you can only terminate the
lease if the landlord is materially violating


your lease or the Act. You should obtain le-
gal advice before attempting to terminate
your lease. In many cases, the best thing you
can do is find replacement tenants.

Can I Sublet My Apartment?
Usually. The landlord cannot unreason-
ably withhold consent to an assignment or
sublease. The landlord may require potential
replacement tenants to submit an application
including a credit check. The landlord may
also charge a reasonable sublet fee even
when you provide the replacement tenants.
Normally you remain liable under your lease
if the replacement tenants do not pay rent
or damage the apartment. Some landlords
will release you from the obligations of your
lease. If you are being released, get it in
writing.

Can I Just Move Out
and Forfeit My Security Deposit?
No. Some tenants will walk out on a lease
and receive no adverse action, while others
will be pursued to the fullest extent of the
law. In Gainesville's current rental market,
the odds are that you will be sued unless you
supply acceptable replacement tenants.
Your losses in court will not be limited to
your security deposit, but will include rent for
each month the apartment remains vacant
during the term of your lease, plus court costs
and the landlord's attorney's fees.


Roommates:
Having a roommate is a great way to divide the cost of living off campus. But,
if you don't find the right person or persons to live with then living off campus
could be challenging. Below are some tips that will help you if you are thinking
about living with a roommate.

* Start with a friend or sibling, these are often good options for roommates.
* Consider a person you went to high school with or a friend you have made
while here at UF.
* Communication is key...talk about your budget for housing, expectations for
safety, expectations for guests and what your needs are for housing before you
even begin your search.
* Before moving in come to an agreement about who will get what bedroom.
* Also discuss how payment of rents and other costs will occur.

Don't have someone you want to live with? Well don't worry...some apartment
complexes offer "roommate matching" or "roommate placement."

o Roommate matching you fill out a survey and management attempts to
match you with like roommates based on the form
o Roommate placement apartment management places you in any open
space they have available
o Make sure you can make a switch if the complex places you with roommates
you are not compatible with.
o You can also look for roommates on the Off Campus Housing Locator at www.
offcampushousing.dso.ufl.edu
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Safety Tips:
Both personal and property safety is really important as you search for off campus
housing. Contact local law enforcement before signing a lease with the addresses of
where you are looking to live and they can give you crime statistics for that area, call
352-955-1818

Use these five tips when looking at safety during your apartment search:
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3. Look if the complex has security gates or guards and if they are in use
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x At management's discretion, th tenant mye asked to leave within three days.
x Tenant waives all defects in th ilding
x Landlord shall not be responsible f njury to person, including tenant and guests, as a
result of any cause.
x Tenant is responsible for all repairs to premises.
x Landlord may enter dwelling without notice.
x Landlord has a lien (a legal claim on the property of another as security for the payment
of a debt) on all personal property of tenant.


A great University of Florida resource available to full time students is Student Legal Ser-
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Make sure you read and understand ALL leases fully be-
fore signing. A lease is a contract between you and your
landlord that spells out specific details of your living ar-
rangement. Leases often involve policies about pets, depos-
its, legal entry and other important information. Typically
leases in Gainesville are for 12 months. If you know you
only need an apartment for 10 months or less, talk with the
management about whether they can provide you a shorter
term lease. There are two types of leases that are usually
available, Joint Leases and Individual Leases.
Joint Lease: All roommates are held responsible for the
lease, if one person breaks the lease, the other roommates
are held responsible for paying the TOTAL rent. This tends to
be the lease more prominent when renting a house or single
family dwelling.

Individual Lease: Each person is held responsible for his or
her own actions. For instance, if one roommate breaks the
lease that person is still responsible for paying their own rent.
For most college students, individual leases are the best choice.
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Insurance:
If you are thinking about renting a house or apartment, renters insurance provides
important coverage for both you and your possessions. A standard renter's policy
protects your personal property in case of theft or damage and may pay for tempo-
rary living expenses if your rental is damaged (including loss of use). It can also shield
you from personal liability. Anyone who leases a house or apartment should consider
this type of coverage.

There are several types of residential insurance policies. Read your policy informa-
tion carefully and ensure you have full coverage. Policies should include the following
items:

D Fire or lightning
D Windstorm or hail
D Explosion
D Aircraft
D Vehicles
D Smoke
D Vandalism or malicious mischief
D Theft
D Damage by glass or safety-glazing material that is part of a building
D Falling objects
D Water-related damage from home utilities
D Electrical surge damage

Floods, earthquakes, and hurricanes aren't on the list. If you live in an area prone
to one or more of the three, you'll need to buy a separate policy or a rider. In ar-
eas where hurricanes can pose a threat you might also need to buy a separate
rider to cover wind damage. Ask your insurance agent about this extra coverage.
Gainesville is prone to hurricanes and in some areas flood.

TIP: If you are still financially dependent on your parents and they own a home then
they might be able to cover you under their homeowner's policy. Some homeowner
policies will cover a dependant's rental property while in college. So talk with your
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Budgets:
You can't find the right place to live until you know how much you are able to
spend. Here are some budget questions you should ask and think about when
you are touring an apartment/house:
1. What is the monthly rent?
2. What's included in that rent...utilities, gas, water, cable, internet?
3. What's not included and what is the average monthly cost for gas,
electric, water, garbage disposal? If management doesn't know, contact
GRU www.gru.com and they can give you average costs of utilities for
the previous year.
4. Want to have a pet...factor in the deposit and monthly cost for food,
medical, and grooming care.
5. Don't forget the insurance...before you sign your lease...call your insur-
ance company and see how much it will cost monthly to insure your apart-
ment or house.
6. Are you going to need fuel for your vehicle or are you going to use
the bus?
7. How much do you spend monthly on groceries or meal plan?
8. Have some fun...don't spend so much on rent that you can't go to
dinner with your friends or maybe see a movie.
9. What do you spend monthly or yearly on clothing, shoes, accessories?
10. It's really good to save some money every month to cover those
unexpected emergencies. How much money can you save every month?
Even $20 a month saved is good...every little bit counts.

-To help you with your budget the office of Off Campus Life also has a bud-
get spreadsheet in the Gator Guide that can be found online at www.dso.ufl.
edu/offcampus.

Information provided by Off Campus Life





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Classifieds
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2009


ALLIGATOR
www.alligator.org/classifieds


$485 per bedroom-All inclusive!
3/3 TH!! Roommate match avail
<1 mi from UF! Huge 24hr gym!
free tanning,freeHBO/showtime
*Oxford Manor*(352) 377-2777
these apts kick other apts in the teeth
4-22-72-1


NEED ROOMMATES?
One Month Rent Free!
Inclusive 3's-$535, 4's-$482;
HUGE 2/2.5 Townhomes at $530/person.
FREE UF Parking, Cable, Water!
FREE Roommate Match, Tanning
FREE Alarms, W/D, 24hr Gym
Sparkling Pool, Tennis, BBall
336-3838 TheLandingsUF.com
Great Bus Route! 2 Miles to UF
4-22-72-1


Going, Going, Almost Gone!
1,2,&3 Beds starting $329 per bed!
FREE Cable*We love Pets!
W/D in unit*Free Tanning!
Waived Move-in Fees! 372-8100
4-22-72-1



1, 2, 3, 4BR Apts.
www.ApartmentslnGainesville.com
4-22-72-1


HOT 2/2 AND 3/3 RENT SPECIALS !
BEST SPECIALS IN TOWN
Fully Furnished and All Inclusive
Free Roommate Matching
2 Bed/ 2Bath for ONLY $549
3 Bed/ 3 Bath for ONLY $459
Only $99 signing fees
www.LexingtonCrossingUF.com 373-9009
4-22-72-1

WANT $$$ JUST FOR LIVING HERE?!?
2/2 & 4/4 APTS STARTING AT $509!
MOVE IN FOR ONLY $35!!
GET $750 OFF YOUR LEASE TODAY!!
CALL NOW: 352.271.3131
GainesvillePlace.com
4-22-72-1


The Crossing at Santa Fe
$484 $509 Gets you all this!
Furnished, Free Ethernet, Free Cable &
Utilities, W/D, Events,
Roommate Matching! 379-9300
4-22-72-1


PICK YOUR SPECIAL
IT'S THAT EASY!
Pick-A-Pair:Wii, Xbox 360,
iPOD touch, Cash, Cruise for 2
OR BRAND NEW SCOOTER
RENT FROM $459
Groups of 3+ also receive
42" TV or New Furniture
www.LexingtonCrossingUF.com
SIGN NOW! 352-373-9009
4-22-72-1

We Have your roommates!
We DON'T have fees....
NOW PET FRIENDLY!

Limited time only: $0 Deposit/$0 Fees, and
ask how to get your lease FREE!
$ign now and pay $0 fees. Nicely fur-
nished 2/1 or 4/2 condos renting by the
bedroom starting at only $449 all inclusive.
Furniture,cable,pest control,refuse & W/D all
included.GYM,PC LAB, POOL/SPA, AND
MORE!! Hurry will not last at these rates.
$ave $500!!!

352-377-6700 www.Ucommonscondos.com
4-22-72-1

Best All Inclusive Rate In Town!!
We will find you a roommate!
3/3's start at $536 and 2/2's start at $633
Incl. Utilities, Cable & Internet
Call Now: 352-374-3866
4-22-72-1

::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-
09-68-1

**LAMANCHA CONDOS**
Walk to Campus 4Br/1.5Ba. Includes elect,
cable tv, & high speed internet. $350/mo
352-278-9347, www.lamanchacondos.com
3-6-35-1

2-Story Townhouse for Fall
Rent an entire 4BR or use Free Roommate
Matching. ONLY 10 Steps to UF $479-$504/
month* All-Inclusive Rent Fully-furnished
www.TheCourtyards.net 352-372-3557
4-22-60-1


3BR/3BA avail now in 4BR/4BA Country-
side condo. $435/mo/room. Direct bus to UF
3 mi. Bball, pool, exercise room, nicely furn.
3rd Fir. W/D, wireless. Flo 352-357-9656,
Sebastian 352-874-8905 3-31-09-43-1

La Mancha furnished room 4 rent $350 2 blks
to UF/Shands/ VA includes dsl,utilities,cable
free call 352-284-7304 3-23-09-30-1

$400-Countryside 4/4 well-maintained con-
do. Some utils incl. On routes 9 and 35, indi-
vidual leases. Call 352.514.3398. 3-5-15-1

$425mo+elec Rockwood Villas 2 rooms avail
Summer A&B in 3BR/3BA,nicely furn,w/d
call(321)544-7494 msorensen@cfl.rr.com
3-16-21-1

COUNTRYSIDE APARTMENTS
Spacious 4/4 w/ porch and walk in closets
475 a month covers everything! 200 SD
Call (305)799-7042 for more info 3-30-30-1

$400-4/4 University Terrace condo; Some
utils incl. On routes 12 and 35. Immediate
occupancy. 352.514.3398 3-6-13-1

$425/mo. 2 rooms avail in well maintained
home in safe & peaceful nbrhd close to UF.
$475 for rm w/private bath. Rent includes ev-
erything. Great for relaxed, serious students.
Avail Summer or Fall. Call 352-237-0442
3-6-09-10-1

$965+gru/cox per mo., nice,
roomy, furnished 3BR-1.5B
house 3mi from UF near NW 8
Ave on bus rte.#43, hardwood/tile,
W/D, well-lit, big yard, 222-4020 3-23-09-
21-1

Beautiful Townhouse on SW 20th Ave!
2BR/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-
13-1

$550 3/3.2 Story townhouse. Cable, internet,
utilities included. Fireplace. All rooms have
walkin closets and ceiling fans. Full kitchen
with new appliances including dishwasher.
Washer/dryer. Master has screened in bal-
cony. Pets allowed Clubhouse has pool with
cabanas, tennis court, cardio room, tv room,
study room, card room, wifi at pool, BBQ.
Call for more info- 561-212-5410 3-17-9-1


Looking for female roommate to live in beau-
tiful 2/2 Millpond condo. It is a quite neighbor-
hood directly across from Gainesville Health
& Fitness. Bus stop right in front of house,
comes every 20 min to Campus. Ashley @
(305) 323 9742 3-24-09-14-1

Newly renovated luxury victorian 1BR/1BA,
clawfoot tub, washer/dryer, dishwasher,
cent. a/c, wd floors, high ceilings w/ fans,
big windows, fireplaces. NO PETS 424 NE
6 St $895/mo 1st + last + sec. 352-317-8282
3-5-5-1


Room for rent in brand new 2/2 condo. Own
room and bath. Grantwood off of 34th and
35th St. Just a bus ride away from campus.
Fully furnished starting Summer or Fall until
the end of Spring. call 954-494-0041 3-6-
5-1


4/2 House for rent available in Fall 2009.
Walk to campus. Huge rooms, Big Yard,
Extra Large Kitchen, 2 Living Rooms. Comes
fully furnished with all appliances. Must see!
Responsible inquiries only. 561-289-4759
3-26-09-14-1


2Bd/2Bth BRANDYWINE Apt
0.5ml to campus. On bus routes
1200sq ft, quiet, A/C
Pool, Laundry, rec rm
Non-smoking. $775/mth. Ph 352-262-1454
3-6-5-1


$470 SUMMER sublease 1 room in a 3/3
(OTHER 2 ROOMS EMPTY)@ Gateway @
Glades, Furnished, utilities, cable and inter-
net included. More info call (407)721-6910 or
isabel15@ufl.edu 3-6-3-1


Looking for 3 roommates for '09-'10 school
year, $500/month includes all utilities, fully
furnished, good neighborhood, nice house,
new washer and dryer, wireless internet, tree
swing and fire pit, call (561) 236-8153 for
more details. 3-6-3-1


Individual BR w/full bath & walk-in closet in
4BR Countryside. Util, DSL, cable, W/D, 51"
TV, year lease from 8/09. $400/mo. 352-281-
4588 3-17-09-5-1


QUIET, CLEAN, LOTS of GREEN SPACE.
Rustic 1BR apt. $375/mo.
*1BR cottage $435/mo. Call 378-9220 or
mobile 213-3901. 4-22-08-72-2

LUXURY 2/2 ACROSS FROM UF!
From $599/person! W/D
Pets welcome! Free Parking!
$0 MOVE IN FEES
371-7777 CollegeParkUF.com
4-22-08-72-2


*LYONS SPECIAL*
2 BLOCKS TO UF--$349/MO $99 1st month's rent 377-8797
4-22-08-72-2
Everything Incl- Fully Furn! 4-22-08-72-2
Call Drew, 352-275-8555 4-22-34-1


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

Terrific Two Bedrooms For Fall!
W/D*huge walk-in closets*park free
Downtown location Close to UF
Steps from everywhere you want to be!
Sign now, don't miss out the best location!
No fees & get $350 cash back! 338-0002
4-22-72-2

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

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

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

Affordable, Spacious, Comfortable
2br Townhomes from $650 w/W/D
3's from $850, Pet friendly
Close to UF, Oaks Mall, Butler Plaza
pinetreegardens.com*376-4002
4-22-72-2


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In Person:
Cash, Check, MC, or Visa
The Alligator Office
1105 W. University Ave.
M-F, 8am 4pm
Online: w/ Visa or Mastercard
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By Email: classifieds@alligator.org


By Mail:
Use forms appearing weekly in The
Alligator. Sorry, no cash by mail. MC,
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By Phone: (352) 373-FIND
Payment by Visa or MasterCard ONLY.
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By Fax: (352) 376-4556


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Customer error or changes: Changes must be made BEFORE NOON for the next
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All real estate advertised herein is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to advertise "any preference, limitation, or discrimination because of color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or intention to make limitation, or discrimination." We will
not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. All persons are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised are available on an equal opportunity basis. All employment opportunities advertised herein are subject to the laws which prohibit discrimina-
tion in employment (barring legal exceptions) because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap, familial status, age, or any other covered status. This newspaper assumes no responsibility for injury or loss arising from contacts made through the type of advertising that
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offers of goods and/or services through any advertising contained herein.







26, ALLIGATOR U WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2009


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

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

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

HOUSES ACROSS FROM UF
3 BLOCKS TO CAMPUS
2-5 BEDROOM AVAIL FALL
AS LOW AS $450/person
371-7777 CollegeParkUF.com
4-22-08-72-2

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THE, LAURELS


Come see our 1/1, 2/2 & 3/3 townhomes!!
FREE Cable w/HBO and Showtime
All Amenities plus FREE Tanning
Gated*Alarms*Pet Friendly
*Sign Today, Get 1 MONTH FREE*
www.thelaurelsuf.com 352-335-4455
4-22-09-72-2

2 & 3 Br's available now
Behind Butler Plaza
Close to UF, Pet friendly
Move in today & get 1 Month Free Rent *
373-1111 www.SpanishTrace.org
4-22-09-72-2


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

$400 Target Gift Card? Free School Books?
No Pet Rent? Sound good?
It's 1st come 1st serve at Bivens Cove!
These great specials & more avail for fall!!
Come by today & view our 1s. 2s, 3s, & 4s!!!
www.bivenscove.com 352-376-2507
4-22-08-72-2

Move in Today!
Rates starting at $329 per bedroom!
Waived Move-in Fees!*Tanning!
W/D in each unit!*FREE Cable
We love pets: 372-8100
4-22-72-2


The


Boardwalk

Move In Today!
One Month FREE & $0 Move In Fees
1/1-from $649*2/2-from $759*3/2-from $899
(352) 377-7401 www.theboardwalkapt.com
4-22-09-72-2

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

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


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




PO LOS
of Gainesville

Three Pools! Three Bus Routes!
Two Jacuzzis! Business Center!
Billards Room! Fitness Center w/ Free
weights! Sand Volleyball!
Tennis Courts! Basketball Courts!
Close to UF, Shands, 1-75, & Shopping!
1, 2 & 3 Bedrooms for NOW & Fall!!!
GREAT SPECIALS!!!
1/1-$754 2/2-$565w/all util 3/3-$452w/all util
2330 SW Williston Rd.
www.ThePolosUF.com 352-335-7656
4-22-72-2

Affordable, Quiet, Comfortable
1's from $550 2's from $375/person
Close to UF, Shands, Butler Plaza
Pet Friendly 376-1248
www.hiddenvillageapt.com
4-22-08-72-2

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

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


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

***4BR/2BA HISTORIC HOUSE***
10 blocks to UF. Near downtown. High ceil-
ing, wood floor, cent A/C, W/D, tons of char-
acter. 237 SW 4th Ave. $1200/mo 352-214-
9270 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 3-17-09-
75-2

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

Affordable, Spacious, Great Value!
Leasing for Fall 1s, 2s, 3s, & 4s
Prices from $305 $629/bedroom
Close to UF, Oaks Mall, Butler Plaza
Select units are townhomes, include w/d
Pet friendly, Pool, Tennis/Bball Courts
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


** 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

**2/1 House w/ Big Yard**
4 Blocks to UF, HW Floors
Pet Friendly $1200/mo
352-375-8256
4-22-76-2


*1 Bdrm- 1BA w/ Loft*
4 Blocks to UF. Cent AC, No Tow Parking,
Pet Friendly, $850/mo
352-375-8256
4-22-68-2

*2/1 Apt, 1000 SF*
8 Blocks to UF. 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 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

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

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

*1/1 Studio 3 Blocks to UF*
Tiled, 313 NW 11th st
Pet Friendly, Fenced Yard
352-375-8256 $450/mo
4-22-72-2

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

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


*CAMPUS EDGE CONDO*
2/2 Walk to UF, Shands & VA. Tile floor, W/D
in unit, avail fall. Reasonable rate.
vinyeung@ufl.edu 3-17-09-26-2

Why Pay More??
2/2- $819; 3/2- $959
W/D Included*Pet Friendly*FREE Tanning
(352) 377-7401 www.theboardwalkapt.com
4-22-09-56-2

*Live on UF Lake*
Huge 2/2 with Den 3/2
Fully Remodeled $1275/mo
352-375-8256
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
3-17-09-25-2

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

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
4-3-09-35-2

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

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
3-25-09-22-2

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







WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2009 U ALLIGATOR, 27


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

$400-4/4 University Terrace condo; Some
utils incl. 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

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 3-17-09-15-2

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


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


Near UF 4BR/3BA house
wood floors, washer & dryer, central A/C
3514 NW 7th Place. Available for August
Call Manny 352-317-4408 3-19-09-16-2


Anton Kamone

Irby
Black Male
(DOB 09/19/89); 6'01",
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Wanted for:
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Call (352) 372-STOP


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

Very Nice Townhouse
3/3 in Rockwood Villas
Only $375/room or $1125/month
Large BRs & large closets Quiet area.
Great for Pro. students 941-737-6997
3-11-14-2

Quiet, Clean, Lots of Green Space
2BR/1BA house. $650/mo. Call 352-378-
9220 or mobile 213-3901 3-26-09-20-2

3BD/3BA LUXURY CONDO, 2 YRS OLD
Campus View North Steps from campus &
sorority row. All appliances, W/D, tile floors,
alarm system, 1st floor, patio/porch, dogs ok
w/dep. Avail. Aug 1, $1800 407-694-0692
4-3-30-2

HURRY HORSE PROPERTY!
Cabin, 20 acres, 7 miles south of Newberry.
Paddocks, Riding trails. $575 + $100 per
horse, u-feed. Dogs welcome 330-329-8834,
writer777@att.,net 3-20-15-2

Luxury Living 3 Blocks from UF!
Brand New, All-Inclusive
Studios, 1BRs, and 2BRs
Call (352) 240-6961 CMC LLLP
Lic. Real Estate Broker 3-6-10-2

We have REAL 1/1s
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
3-27-19-2


4/2 HOME PLUS STUDY
Available 3/1/09. Corner lot, H/D 2385 sq ft
for $1500 + $1500 deposit. 3608 NW 22nd
PI. Call 352-214-1956 3-16-09-10-2

3bd/2ba, N.W. very clean, walk/ bike to law
school, w/d, fenced b.y., bonus room, central
H/AC, ceiling fans, entertainment center, lots
of closets. Sale or year lease. No section 8/
realtors. 352-375-6754. 3-30-09-20-2

Room and board in a very clean 3br/2ba,
central H/AC ceiling fans, w/d. N.W. walk /
bike to law school, $590. Bring roommmates
pay $395 per room (just rent) plus $295 for
bonus room. 352-375-6754. 3-30-09-20-2

1BR/1 BA $495/mo 3 blocks to UF. Apt in vin-
tage house. 112 NW 9th St.
2BR/1 BA house $575/mo. Fenced. 2016 NW
35th Ave 514-6281 3-16-09-10-2

Close to UF 2BR/1BA duplex hdwd, yard,
W/D, pets ok $835/mo 1010 NW 3 Ave
2BR/1BA home. Parking, W/D, yard, pet
ok Water incl $1075/mo 618 NW 14 Ave
1.5BR/1BA yard W/D hk-up Pet ok $635/mo
608 NW 24 Ave Avail 8/1/09 561-350-1552
3-16-09-10-2

2 Bedroom/2 Bath condo. 1 car attached
garage & screened lanai. Vaulted ceiling
with fireplace. Very private & quiet with pool.
Less than 5 miles to UF and SFCC. $1,000
month. Perfect for Prof. Call 352-514-4805
3-16-8-2

POOL HOUSE AVAILABLE NOW!
Bike to UF 4BR/3BA, over 2000 sf, nice
area 1 mi to UF. 2816 W Univ Ave. $1400/
mo now then $1700/mo in fall. Pool svc ex-
tra376-6183, 352-327-2931 3-6-09-6-2

NW HOME, 3BR/2BA, 2 car carport, large
family room, fenced yard, additional storage,
washer & dryer. $980/mo. Irene Larsson
Mgmt Service. 352-373-2605 3-19-10-2


First months rent free or $300 cash! 1/1
available today! $650/mo, lease sign-over,
lease runs until July 09. 2 miles from Reitz
union bus route 9,35,36 run past the com-
plex. Complex is off SW 23rd Terrace. Call
973-534-3788 or email me at Ireiden@hot-
mail.com if interested! 3-6-09-5-2

FIRST TWO MONTHS FREE. 4 bdrm/4ba.
Available NOW and/or August 1, 2009 to
July 30, 2010. Living Room/Dining Room
Furnished. ALL UTILITIES INCLUDED.
(Electricity, Cable, High Speed Internet,
Water& Sewer) Unit located on ground level.
Newest Building at Countryside. Screened
porch, washer, dryer,dishwasher, new car-
pet, paint and tile. On bus route. Plenty of
Parking. Pool and Basketball court. NO
PETS. Locked gate to buildings. $475/mo.
E-mail at moekash@bellsouth.net for more
info.or call 904 571-0860 3-6-09-5-2

4 5 6 Bedroom Houses
Don't Miss Out- You Must See
Great Housing Opportunities
Close to Campus
Call 352-682-7424/ ericmanin@yahoo.com
3-23-09-10-2

2 Bedroom Units
Great Sizes & Locations
Close to Campus
Call 352-682-7424/ ericmanin@yahoo.com
3-23-10-2

$1,600!! HUGE & Beautiful 2 story 4bd/3.5
bath home off of NW 39th Ave! All lawn care
paid, pets OK, rent to own option at $229,900
available. Call Dana Fults at 352.318.0686 to
see today! $1,600!! 4-6-20-2

Huge 5/3 MH, 2000sf, W/D, 12 miles/minutes
to UF/SFCC, no pet fees, $1600 mth. 352-
213-3943 3-17-5-2


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1/1 sublet in a 2/2, $400/mo, W/D in unit,
cable-int-utilities-elec included, 10 min walk
to campus, available May 1, call 561-310-
3783 3-4-5-3

1BD/1BA Less than a block to campus near
13th and Univ Ave. $555/month May 1- July
31st email Stacy at sls22@ufl.edu 3-4-09-
5-3

1 BLK ACROSS FROM UF/Library West!
$410/month for 1BR/1BA in 2/2 at Looking
Glass Apts. Great location, price great-
ly reduced! Can lease through August.
561.261.2249 3-6-6-3

Windsor Hall Luxury Large Double Dorm
Summer Sublease w/ opt. reserved parking.
Only $499, walk to campus, HUGE room w/
bathroom & kitchenette. Pool, fitness center,
W/D on-site! Live Luxuriously! 321-368-1271
3-6-09-5-3

Short-Term Sub Lease. One Bedroom
Apartment partially furnished until June
30th. Immediate move-in available. $545.00
month Summer Place Villas. Contact Tal for
information 407-430-5825. 3-6-3-3

SUMMER SUBLEASE in THE LAURELS in
2/2. Available May-July. Spacious apt. Private
Balcony. Guard Gate. Country Club. Close to
Publix. On Bus Route. Washer/Dryer. $400/
mo. per room. Call Randy: 561.213.2899
3-16-09-5-3


$515 Room Sublease for Spring and
Summer semesters in a cozy 3/3 Furnished
Apartment. April-August For more info call
904-535-3976. 3-19-09-8-3


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


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

1 br w/pvt entrance avail in 2BR condo Cent
AC/H. 2 pools. Walk to UF. 375/mo
01BR hdwd firs, pvt ba avail in beautiful NW
house close to UF $395/mo
352-316-3930 www.gainesville-rent.com.
3-20-09-50-4


-::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

Move in Today! Huge Beautiful House!
Seeking 2 roommates-1.5 miles to UF
easy ride2 SFCC off-NW 16th-HUGE house,
PoolTable,65"TV Large rooms!sayNo2apts
$450/MONTH per room 561-756-5368 3-6-
18-4

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 3-17-
09-28-4

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

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

Room for rent. 2/2 in Brandywine on Old
Archer. Available immediately, flexible du-
ration. $360 + 1/2 util. Call Shane 941-932-
1189. 3-20-20-4

Looking for male college student (preferred)
to share 4BR/4BA condo with same. Own
bathroom. W/D, high speed internet. Includes
utilities $350/mo (available immediately) 863-
634-1893 3-16-09-10-4

Male roommate needed. Share furn 3BR/2BA
house w/yng prof $400/mo +1/2 util Directv,
ph, wireless, Vonage, elec. W/D, ofc space
pvt BA (morn) Ig yd fenced, pets ok, trees,
wooddeck, hottub, pond. UF-15 min drive,
near bus, Lakeview Ests 352-682-6297
3-16-10-4

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 3-17-
09-10-4

$350-House by UF 2 students looking
for roomate in Aug '09. NW 7th pl.w/d,fire
pit,huge yard, big screened porch,new
appl,fireplace. Email:c123@ufl.edu 3-6-09-
7-4

Female $490 Mo, 1BR/1BA in 2BR/2.5BA
townhouse, furn, new construction, near
UF, direct bus line to UF, incl all utils, cable
TV, Wireless Internet, pool, exercise room,
prof/grad students pref. Rita 904-608-7609
3-18-09-10-4


FEMALE ROOMMATE NEEDED! 4BR/4BA
Clean & Quiet condo at University Terrace
West.$450 rent includes: Cable, HS Internet,
and ALL utilities Fully furnished. MUST SEE!
Call Dory @ (954)816-1468. 3-5-5-4

2 ROOMS /w shared bath avail Aug 09 July
10. At 34th & University Ave in a 4/3 house
with 2 males. Rent $315/mo/each + utils. Call
352-328-4805 or Larson87@ufl.edu. non-
smoking. 3-4-4-4

Master BR w/ new carpet & ceiling fan in
4BR/3BA house off NW 16th Ave on bus
route. DW, W/D, Cox cable & network in-
ternet. No cats or dogs. $375/mo. Call 328-
4995 3-5-5-4

FIRST MONTH RENT FREE! $450/Month
FULLY FURNISHED rooms available in 4
BEDROOM 2 BATH condo units. All utilities
included with wireless internet and free cable!
Contact EDDIE at 305-712-3608 3-26-14-4

HOMES FOR SALE/RENT
Cash or financing. No application fee.
Only a few left. Pay as little as $569/mo.
Low interest for qualified buyers.
Call now 352-378-4411 EHO 3-31-15-5




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

DOUBLE WIDE MOBILE HOME completely
remodeled. 2 miles to UF in Oak Park Village,
4000 SW Archer Rd Lot H21. Very nice! New
carpet, wood floors, metal roof. Perfect for
sutdents. $8500. 352-256-0999 3-5-09-9-5

COUNTRYSIDE 4BR/4BA CONDO
1.5 mi to UF on bus route. 1st floor, W/D, se-
curity gate, pool. Fully rented unitil July 31st.
Rent 3 rooms and you live for free. $181,900.
386-672-6969 3-24-09-15-5

HOMES FOR SALE/RENT
Cash or financing. No application fee.
Only a few left. Pay as little as $569/mo.
Low interest for qualified buyers.
Call now 352-378-4411 EHO 3-31-15-5


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







28, ALLIGATOR U WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2009


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

14" Slip-On Florida Gator Bar Stool Covers,
$24. buy Now! 727-530-7300; www.
CoolBarStools-Covers.com 3-18-09-10-6

COUCH LIKE NEW $375
Originally $900. Call 352-333-8256 3-17-
09-5-6


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

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







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4-22-70-7


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


FREE DTV Converter Box
Box has a $40 Value
free w/ $40 NTIA Coupon
free shipping
goto: dtv2009.gov for 2-Coupons
www.FREETVSIGNAL.com
3-6-5-8


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

SWAMP CYCLES
Closest to Campus. Largest selection,
Best Customer Service.
Motorcycles, 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
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*Over 15 yr svc to UF students
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60 Days Payoff on Cash Vehicles
(Payoff time negotiable)
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Over 250 Vehicles Will Be Sold At
Wholesale Prices to the Public
Including Cars, Trucks, Vans & SUVs
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3-23-09-10-12

2003 TOYOTA COROLLA S
Black, in good condition. $5990. Call 352-
235-4196 3-17-09-5-12


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 3-16-09-74-13


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for injury or loss arising from contacts made
through advertising. We suggest that any
reader who responds to advertising use cau-
tion and investigate the sincerity of the ad-
vertiser before giving out personal informa-
tion or arranging meetings

LIKE TO WORK WITH LUXURY CARS?
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BARTENDING
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CNA TRAINING CLASS: $250! Work at your
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Paradigm Properties
Leasing Specialist, PT
Sales & Customer service exp.
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Apply on-line at: www.teamparadigm.com
352-375-2152 ex 301 4-22-67-14

Earn extra money. Students needed ASAP.
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400+ Counselors/Instructors Jobs!
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DANCERS NEEDED
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Summer Jobs
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The camp runs June 8 July 25. Please
contact Krys Ragland at 1-800-523-1673
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Attorney needed for will contest. Florida Bar
certified. Preferably someone new and af-
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3-4-09-20-14


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

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

OFFICE ASSISTANT FT.
Passion for language & fitness. Avid reader,
interest in MMA a plus. Computer fluency.
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3-4-09-10-14


WEB PAGE DESIGNER PT
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3-4-09-10-14

DELIVERY DRIVER $15/HR
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NANNY NEEDED
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RNs. experienced LPNs. CNAs Needed im-
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Great pay; flexibility. Call 325-284-2336, Fax
resume: 352-373-2254 3-17-10-14

HOUSEKEEPING CLEANING JOBS
All around cleaning & laundry. FT available
Mon-Fri, 10am 5pm. $7.25/hr, experience
and good attitude preferred. All 256-3323 for
more info and interview. 4-22-09-36-14

Zaxby's is now accepting applications for our
new location. Looking for energetic, friendly,
team players. We offer flexible scheduling,
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Clinical Research Coordinator needed
for busy clinical research site. Must be ex-
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prefered but not mandatory. Fax Resume to
352.333.3936 3-11-09-10-14

IT/Programming Internship. Local invest-
ment firm seeks individual to work PT/FT
with SQL, HTML, ASP, databases, servers,
and networks. 2+ yrs exp pref. $15-20 per
hour + bonuses, long term capability. Fax
resume to 352-378-4156. 4-22-09-33-14

Quality child caring center is looking for dedi-
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in education. Benefits available with FT. Call
377-2290 or 373-1481 3-25-09-15-14


BIG BURGER
Experienced Cooks all shifts. $8-10/hr to
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GENERAL HELP WANTED
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Nanny/Childcare. Approx 20 hrs/wk for early
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July. Childcare experience a must! Must
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SENIOR SACRIFICES


Gymnast takes long journey from home to compete for four years at UF


By EUGENIO TORRENS
Alligator Writer

A white Hyundai Sonata cruises
onto the turnpike blaring country
music through scenic Pennsylva-
nia.
Breezewood. Halfway there.
For UF gymnast Corey Hartung,
it's a drive she and her mother,
Karen, have made dozens of times.
Corey knows that once they get
on the Pennsylvania turnpike, it's
time to count down to magic exit
No. 7, now mile-based exit 67. To
most commuters, it's the exit to Ir-
win. To Corey, it's the exit to her
friends, brother, Justin, sister, Ash-
ley, her father, Jeff, and to a special
kiss with her dad one that's been
routine since kindergarten.
The three-hour drive up from
Gaithersburg, Md., to Pittsburgh
is something Corey became accus-
tomed to in eighth grade. She had
no other choice. She loves gymnas-
tics so much that she was willing to
be three hours away from her fam-
ily. It's a sacrifice the whole family,
not just Corey, made so she could
pursue the love of her life.


From Irwin to Gaithersburg
Mix two parts innate skill and
one part chance, and you get the
beginnings of Corey's gymnastics
career.
Corey, then 8 years old, along
with her then-10-year-old sister
Ashley, had always been active.
Corey was a promising softball
player with a strong swing before
she even set foot on a mat.
But it was Kasomon's Gymnas-
tics, a gym 10 minutes down the
road from Corey's house in Pitts-
burgh, that changed everything.
What had started out as a chan-
nel for cartwheels, flips and bot-
tled-up energy turned into the be-
ginnings of a lifestyle for Corey.
"Gymnastics kind of seemed to
fit her, and she seemed to fit it," Jeff
said.
After a while, expenses piled up,
and Ashley quit. But not Corey.
"I knew I didn't want to quit.
I knew I had a talent for it, and I
had a dream to go further, so I con-
vinced my parents to let me stay in
it," Corey said.
Sure enough, she did have tal-
ent, and soon Kasomon's couldn't
contain her. One day, Corey,
perched on her dad's lap, pleaded
to her parents to let her pursue
gymnastics.
"I remember just crying to (my
dad) and just telling him, 'I don't
want to do it here anymore. I want
to go somewhere where I trust the
coaches, and I know that there's
success there, and I know that I can
follow my dreams,'" Corey said.
And the winner for most deter-
mined 12 1/2-year-old ... Corey
Hartung.
In just three quick months,


Karen had a new job, and she and
Corey were making the first of
many drives to their new home,
new school, new job and new life
in Gaithersburg.
How do you spell sacrifice?
G-A-I-T-H-E-R-S-B-U-R-G.
"It was a big sacrifice," Karen
said. "Not only me, but very much
(Corey) because she gave up all
her friends and her sister and her
brother and her dad. But she said,
'This is what I want.'"
This is a girl who gave up her
family, her home, her best friend
since first grade and her school in
Pittsburgh for gymnastics.
Leann DeMuzzio couldn't be-
lieve her best friend was leaving
her.
"I was really upset," DeMuzzio
said. "That just shows how dedi-
cated she was to gymnastics. She
left everything and left her comfort
zone."
Corey's middle school even
made a banner for her that was
signed by the whole school as a
farewell to Corey.
Tough? Sure. Worth it? Defi-
nitely.
"The main thought going
through my head was, 'I'm going
to become a better gymnast here at
Hill's, and I can't wait to get start-
ed and achieve my goals and win
competitions,'" Corey said.


From Level 10 to Top 18
"The first year was tough, I'm
not going to lie about that," Corey
admitted. "But after I knew I was
going in the right direction, after I
figured out it was worth moving,
everything fell into place."
Hill's Gymnastics was tough on
Corey mentally, emotionally and
physically, demanding nearly 40
hours a week of practice.
"With Kelli Hill (Hill's Gym-
nastics founder and coach), it was
a very big wake-up call," Corey
said. "I was sore, I think, every day
for the first six months because the
intensity and conditioning was so
hard."
During Corey's first year at
Hill's, Kelli didn't think Corey
could be an elite gymnast.
She even told Corey she would
be demoted to level 10, the ranking
below "elite" for gymnasts.
"I remember her telling me that,
and I was so determined to be an
elite," Corey said. "I was like, 'No,
Kelli, I'm going to work my butt off
to be an elite.' There was no way I
was going to be a level under what
was the top level."
In 2003 and 2004, Corey not only
proved she was an elite gymnast,
but that she was one of the top 18
gymnasts in the country, landing
a spot on the U.S. Senior National
Team.
"It just helped you realize what
you worked for your whole life,
the sacrifices you made," Corey


Harrison Diamona/ Alligator stanl
UF gymnast Corey Hartung, the team's lone senior, performs on the balance beam during the Gators'
195.925 to 193.85 win in their meet against Kentucky in the O'Connell Center on Jan. 30.


said. "My family went through a
lot of sacrifices for me, more than
most others would. We had to go
through some hard times for me to
get there."
Following the 2004 Athens
Olympics, under the tutelage of
Hill, an Olympic coach, college
gymnastics entered the picture,
and Corey was a hot commodity.
"Wejust said, 'You decide where
you feel more comfortable,'" Jeff
said. "'We'll support you again.'"
Letters poured in from a slew of
schools. Corey's first instinct was
Georgia, where she had family.
There was also UF, LSU and Ala-
bama to choose from.
All of them wooed her, but UF
coach Rhonda Faehn won the re-
cruiting competition by a land-
slide.


From Recruit to Role Model
People say Faehn and Corey
look alike. They talk alike. Even
their gymnastics are alike.
"I just fell in love with (Faehn)
right away," Corey said.
Corey was able to relate to
Faehn, whose gymnastics back-
ground closely mirrors Corey's.
The feeling was mutual.
Faehn still remembers grilling
hot dogs and hamburgers on her
recruiting visit and the immediate
comfort level between the two.
"I just kept thinking, 'Wow, if
she comes to Florida, that would be
amazing,'" Faehn said.
It didn't take long for Corey to
commit to UF.
Once again, Corey had a hill to
climb as the only freshman in her


class.
She may have been the lone
freshman, but her work ethic was
that of a decorated veteran.
Practice had ended, other gym-
nasts had left, but Corey was still
there, whether it was for condition-
ing, extra conditioning or anything
else.
It paid off.

"I'm not scared to get dirty
doing a man's job but still
enjoy looking good doing
it."
Corey Hartung
UF senior gymnast

"It was one amazing competi-
tion after another," Faehn recalled.
In her freshman year, Corey was
named a three-time All-American
on balance beam, floor exercise and
in the all-around category.
"I was just really proud of her,"
Faehn said. "I thought she did an
unbelievable job, especially going
it alone."
Nine All-American titles later,
Corey is on the verge of ending her
career as one of the greatest gym-
nasts at UF.
Her picture hangs in the Ted
Cromm Gymnastics Studio as the
model of hard work and determi-
nation.
Long after Corey is done at
UF, her legacy will include more
than just her competitive nature,
awards, ballet-like gymnastics or
event titles.
She'll be remembered for her
down-to-earth, unabashed person-


ality.
"I'm a girl who will cut my own
grass wearing a dress," Corey said.
"I'm not scared to get dirty doing
a man's job but still enjoy looking
good doing it."
She'll be remembered as the girl
who never accepted anything less
than the absolute best.
And she'll surely be remem-
bered as the girl who, come meet
night, had a Michael Jordan-esque
fire in her eyes that burns you to
the core.
Don't let that glare intimidate
you though.
It's reserved only for meet
nights.
Any other day, that fiery gaze
is replaced by a warm, sincere
expression, and that competitive
scowl is swapped with a fun-lov-
ing, caring smile.
"I want people to come to me if
they want help," Corey said. "I en-
joy doing things for others."
Don't believe her? Take it from
someone who's known her longer
than she's been doing gymnastics.
"If I ever need anything, I know
she would be there for me," De-
Muzzio said.
So when Corey is honored Fri-
day against Michigan in her last
home meet, know that it's been
a 14-year roller coaster ride with
ups unmatched by any vault jump,
downs worse than any beam-biting
fall and sacrifices greater than any
three-hour drive.
"It's been an amazing journey
for us and for (Corey), and I'm just
sorry that it's over," Karen said.
"She's really going to miss it."






WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2009 U ALLIGATOR, 31


UF BASEBALL

Barfield gives up


1 run in first start


By KYLE MAISTRI
Alligator Staff Writer
kmaistri@alligator.org

For someone who was pro-
jected to be the closer, Jeff
Barfield turned in an impres-
sive start.
The junior college trans-
fer went 6 2/3 innings in his
first start as a Gator and set
the tone for a 5-2 road victory
against Stetson on Tuesday
night.
UF coach Kevin O'Sullivan
said before the season that
Barfield was

candidate to
close games
for the
Gators (6-3),
but the junior
right-hander
O'Sullivan found him-
self on the
mound from the opening pitch
against the Hatters (2-7).
"The truth of the matter is,
we went through two week-
ends and used him only one
time," O'Sullivan said of his
decision to start Barfield.
"We needed to get him out
there."
Barfield didn't disappoint.
He allowed five hits and
1 run while striking out four
and only walking one.
O'Sullivan said Barfield
could earn a regular spot in
the rotation, but he is not wor-
ried about defining his pitch-
ers' roles right now.
Junior Billy Bullock was
once again used in the closer's


role against Stetson, as he
picked up his second save of
the season in 1 2/3 innings of
work.
Offensively, the Gators re-
corded only six hits, but they
were able to score runs by hit-
ting for extra bases.
UF freshman Preston
Tucker put the first run on
the scoreboard in the fourth
inning when he deposited his
first career home run over the
right-field wall.
The next inning, freshman
Jerico Weitzel led off the fifth
by stretching a single to left-
center field into a double.
"We always tell them,
'You better be sure you can
make it with nobody out,'"
O'Sullivan said. "I held my
breath there."
Shortstop Michael Mooney,
who was back in the nine hole
after a brief stint in the No. 2
spot of the lineup, laid down a
sacrifice bunt, and senior Av-
ery Barnes drove Weitzel in
with a sacrifice fly.
The Gators would increase
their lead to 5-1 by the end of
the sixth, and that was more
than enough run support for
Barfield and the bullpen.
"These midweek games
make you nervous. We have
a lot of young pitchers, and
we need them to show up,"
O'Sullivan said.
UF heads back to
Gainesville for a game against
Florida Atlantic tonight at 6:30
in McKethan Stadium.
A radio broadcast contributed
to this report.


Defense must improve for tourney success


SEC, from page 32

powerhouse Volunteers.
Then things went bad in a hurry.
Butler attributes much of her team's failures to
its inability to defend.
UF, which prided itself on defense in its early-
season victories, allowed 84, 66, 83 and 84 points in
its last four losses.
The Gators had only given up 45 points to Geor-
gia in Gainesville during the teams' first meeting,
but let the Bulldogs put up 84 on Sunday.
"We could play better defense," Butler said.
"We, in all of those losses, gave up way, way, way
too many points."
The reason for UF's difficulties may very well
have been playing some pretty good teams away


BRIAN, from page 32

minuscule, outside chance that the
Gators get an NCAA Tournament
berth by winning the Southeastern
Conference Tournament.
"Even if I had to play on one leg,
I was going to play on one leg. It's a
mental thing," she said. "If you don't
think about it then it don't hurt."
Brooks entered her junior year
with a new coach, a new system and
expectations to be one of the best
players in the SEC.
There was improvement, sure, but
Brooks had now spent three years in
Gainesville with no NCAA Tourna-
ment wins and only three victories in
the SEC tourney.
Now comes the grand finale, her
senior season
Brooks deserves an standing ova-
tion for this season. The Gators are
headed back to the NCAA Tourna-
ment on the shoulders of Brooks, and
they may even have a shot at winning


from home.
But the Gators better get used to that and learn
how to adjust quickly if they want make a run in
the postseason. UF will likely face No. 5-seed Ten-
nessee on Friday night in North Little Rock, Ark.
- another good team away from home.
Butler is confident her team will answer the
challenge this time around.
"The one thing that this team
has really responded to this year
W en's is the opportunity to practice and
Women'S improve," Butler said. "I fully
Basketball expect that's what we'll see from
them this week as well, knowing
that the stakes are even higher and there aren't go-
ing to be second chances, there aren't going to be
next games."


their first-ever SEC Tournament. She
lit Tennessee up for 29 points in ar-
guably the program's biggest win in
three years.
"Her level of play just really ele-
vates the bigger the game and the im-
plications of the game," Butler said.
"That's really special. She doesn't shy
away from the pressure. She tight-
ens up her laces and goes to another
level.
"She's already led us to some
things that have not happened here
before. As many great teams as
there's been here, there haven't been
a ton that have had that top-four seed
(in the SEC Tournament)."
That's a scary thought for the rest
of the tournament field. The bigger
the game, the better Brooks plays.
It's true. Twenty-five points in
a 79-78 upset against No. 2 LSU her
freshman year. Twenty-one against
No. 21 Kentucky that same season.
"She's our little beast," senior
forward Marshae Dotson said. "She
doesn't take no crap."


Now the opportunity is here. This
little beast could catapult herself to
the top of the "Gator Greats" if she
leads UF deep into March.
"It's players that understand how
to compete and compete over a long
period of time," said Tennessee coach
Pat Summitt when asked what goes
into making a player have an impact
on her program. "When postseason
comes, they're not going to give in to
fatigue."
This is the team that could set the
tone for the program.
And if it goes deep into March
after perhaps winning the SEC Tour-
nament, there will be recruits hoping
to talk to Butler and UF, not the other
way around.
"Whether people think I'm a good
point guard or one of the worst point
guards ever, I just try to stay focused
and stay composed," Brooks said.
Whatever she's doing, it has
worked for her, maybe better than
any women's basketball player ever
to play in Gainesville.


Team feels sense of urgency heading into regular season's final stretch


Harrison uiamona / Anigaior siari
UF forward Chandler Parsons calls out to his teammates as he looks to pass during the Gators' 79-75
loss to Tennessee in the O'Connell Center on Sunday.


HOOPS, from page 32

UF follows up the game at Mis-
sissippi State with its season finale
against Kentucky at home Satur-
day in what will most likely play
out like a tournament elimination
game.
The Gators are currently tied
for third with the Wildcats in the
SEC East.
"We're worried, but in a good
way," Parsons said. "I'm nervous,
but yeah, everyone's nervous be-
fore a game, especially how big
this game is."
In a similar situation last year,
UF failed to finish out the season
strong, losing eight of its last 11
games.
It was a stretch that saw the
Gators lose their last four games
of the season including a first-
round loss in the SEC Tournament
- and miss out on the Big Dance
for the first time in a decade.
"Of course we're fired up to
get out there and win and play
ourselves into the tournament,"
guard Erving Walker said. "And


then, honestly, there probably is a
little sense of panic. Not in a bad
way, but just knowing that it's
coming to an end and we've got
to get it done."
After last season's end-of-the-
year collapse, UF rebounded to
play its way to the semifinals of
the National Invitation Tourna-
ment.
This time around, the Gators
hope to stay as far away from
Madison Square Garden as pos-
sible.
UF is No. 49 in the latest RPI
rankings, has a strength of sched-
ule that ranks 94th in the country
and has just one quality win out-
side SEC play (against Pacific-10
Conference leader Washington).
"I would say the team, myself
and as a team, nobody wants to
go to the NIT. So there probably
is, knowing that there's two (reg-
ular-season) games left, panic,"
Walker said. "Not in a bad way
like scared. But just some type of
urgency, wanting to win and get
back out there. I think that can be
good."
















UF WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Gators enter postseason in slump


By CHRISTOPHER YAZBEC
Alligator Writer
cyazbec@alligator.org

Some may be searching for what
went wrong all of a sudden or when ev-
erything just went bad.
How did the Gators go from 22-2 and
tied for first place in the Southeastern
Conference to the No. 4 seed in the SEC
Tournament and a major losing skid?
If you ask UF coach Amanda Butler
about why her team has lost four of its
last five games, she'll give you a pretty
straightforward answer.
"We just played some really good
teams, and we played some really good
teams on their home floors," Butler said
during the SEC Tournament teleconfer-
ence on Monday. "We ran up against
some teams that were really, really
ready to play and took very seriously
home-court advantage."
The list of the Gators' defeats in-
cludes road losses at SEC Tournament
No. 2-seed Vanderbilt by 16, at No.
3-seed LSU by 19 and at No. 7-seed
Georgia by 9.
Throw in their only home loss of
the season to No. 8-seed Arkansas, and
people are wondering if the wheels have
fallen off at the worst possible time.
"When you get to February in the
SEC, you're going to see great talent
and great coaching combined," Butler
said. "Nobody's going to have an easy
win."
Nothing has come easy for the Gators
since Feb. 8.
That's the day UF had what ap-
peared to be a monumental win against
then-No. 12 Tennessee.
The Gators were sitting at 8-1 in the
conference and appeared to be on cruise
control following their toppling of the
SEE SEC, PAGE 31


Katie Tschopp/ Alligator
UF coach Amanda Butler yells orders at her team during the Gators' 83-74
loss to Arkansas in the O'Connell Center on Feb. 19.


Sports
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2009


Calathes thinks UF will 'definitely' make tournament


By MIKE DiFERDINANDO
Alligator Staff Writer
mdiferdinando@alligator.org

No one is confusing Nick Calathes with
Joe Namath, but this as close to a guarantee
as you're going to get from the Gators this
season.
"I think that we will definitely make the
tournament," Calathes said. "I think we can




* For an update on UF center fielder
Kim Waleszonia's leg injury, a story
about gymnastics judging and a
recap of the men's tennis team's win
against FSU, go to Page 12.


do it. That's just my opinion. I just know
our team. I know we need these two games,
and we still got the SEC Tournament. I've
got confidence in our team."
The Gators (21-8, 8-6 Southeastern
Conference) have lost four of their last six
games and have lost two straight.
With time slipping away, UF can't af-
ford another loss when it plays Mississippi
State (17-12, 7-7 SEC) tonight at 8 p.m. in




1948: The UF men's basketball
team suffers its worst loss in school
history, falling 87-31 to Kentucky. The
Gators' second-worst loss also came
against the Wildcats, 102-48 in 1981.


Starkville, Miss.
The Bulldogs lead the
* conference in 3-point
shooting (246 made this
season), and the Gators
Men's are second to last in de-
Basketball fending the three.
Mississippi State also
poses problems in the
paint for UF with 6-foot-9 shot blocker


Jarvis Varnado.
ESPN's Joe Lunardi, who predicts the
NCAA Tournament bracket, had UF as one
of his first four teams out of the tournament
Sunday night.
"I would definitely say there's a sense of
panic, a sense of urgency," forward Chan-
dler Parsons said. "Everybody will be on
edge understanding what's at risk here."
SEE HOOPS, PAGE 31


POL QUSTO I


Today's question: How many games will the women's basket-
ball team win in the SEC Tournament?
Previous question: Should freshman forward Ray Shipman
be more involved in UF's offense? (see right for results)


Percent (Votes)
80% (32)
20% (8)
40 TOTAL VOTES


ALLIGATOR
www.alligatorSports.org


Brooks could


leave as legend

It's hard to see it behind her meek smile.
Or maybe it's her small 5-foot-7 frame that
keeps you from catching a glimpse.
It could be her quiet, shy demeanor that makes
you wonder if she's capable of more than a five-
minute chat.
Perhaps it's the fact that there's not much of a
strut or a presence that overwhelms you.
You don't see Sha Brooks and think "star ath-
lete." Even after talking to her, you still don't see it.
All-Southeastern Conference from this girl? Really?
You have to wait to see that until she plays. Then
you're convinced. And it has been a very convinc-
ing four years in Gainesville
for Brooks.
You probably won't
recognize her on Stadium
Road or at The Hub. She's
too quiet and small to draw
attention.
Brian Steeleattenhon.
Brian Stee When she puts on her
Steele-ing Bases sneakers and dons orange
bsteele@alligator.org and blue, however, she be-
comes someone who will go
down as one of the best players in UF history.
Brooks has her name all over the Gators record
books, but other players have put up better num-
bers than she has. That's not why she should be list-
ed among the "Gator Greats," as UF coach Amanda
Butler calls them.
It's because she has gone through as much as
one college athlete can.
She helped the Gators earn an NCAA Tourna-
ment berth her freshman year on a senior-laden
team where she was the second-leading scorer, only
to get blown out 83-59 in the first round by 11-seed
New Mexico.
Then came a sophomore year where she played
with a tom meniscus in her left knee on a team that
was dreadful and got then-UF coach Carolyn Peck
fired. But Brooks refused to shut it down on the
SEE BRIAN, PAGE 31




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