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TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011


LOCAL


Taxi fees not



fair to students

By ALEXANDER KLAUSNER
Alligator Staff Writer

In the winter of 2009, Ben Meyers needed to get his drunk friend
home.
As they came out of a midtown bar, they spotted a taxi parked
on the street. This would be a great way, Meyers thought, to get a
lift for the mile walk back to Fraternity Row.
But Meyers, the current UF Student Senate president, ran into a
problem - the driver never ran his meter.
And the ferryman asked a high price. For the mile-long drive,
the driver asked Meyers to shell out $20.
"Bar fee," he said the driver called it.
Not knowing what to do or how to negotiate, Meyers relent-
ed. He paid the fare, and for an entire year, he didn't take the taxi
again.

"Knowing students, if I was a taxi driver and I had
nobody looking over my shoulder, it would be fairly
easy to pull a stunt like that."
Ben Meyers
UF Student Senate president

There have been many similar complaints of taxi drivers in
Gainesville over-charging students for cab fares. Sometimes, the
fares drivers demand can be things like $20 per passenger to travel
only 10 blocks, Meyers said.
Situations like these are made possible by drivers who park out-
side bars and wait for drunk students to come out. Without a call
being made to a dispatcher, drivers don't have to report their fares,
and are free to charge whatever fees they want to students, Meyers
said.
In addition, if drunk students refuse to pay, drivers may threat-
en to call police in an effort to coax payment out of passengers.
"Knowing students, if I was a taxi driver and I had nobody look-
ing over my shoulder, it would be fairly easy to pull a stunt like
that," Meyers said.
Nineteen-year-old Hannah Hong was another who got into
similar situation.
In early fall semester, Hong was traveling downtown with three
of her Alpha Delta Pi sorority sisters.
After getting a ride from another sister to the area, Hong
found it difficult to find another ride back to her apart-
ment on Sorority Row. The taxi seemed like a viable option.
When the taxi arrived, the driver did not inform Hong of
how much she would be asked to pay. Instead, he just drove.
And when they arrived, Hong said, the bombshell came - $20 per
person.
Hong found a way to scrape together the $80 sum that was be-
ing demanded, but she fumed.
"It was completely ridiculous," she said.
Though Hong's driver was deviating from a normal flat-
rate, charging flat-rates to students is not illegal in Gainesville.
Taxi drivers are permitted to charge whatever they like, so

SEE TAXIS, PAGE 9


Haridopolos to run for Senate


He teaches a class at UF


By MORGAN WATKINS
Alligator Writer

The race for one of Florida's U.S.
Senate seats is officially under way,
and UF has one of its own profes-
sors in the political battle.
Mike Haridopolos, the State
Senate president and a UF profes-
sor, launched a campaign website,
mike2012.org, last week. Harido-
polos became the first Republican
to jump into the race, putting pres-
sure on other potential Republican
runners to decide their own candi-
dacy.
Ryan Garcia, the second vice
chairman of UF College Republh-


cans, believes the timing for Harn-
dopolos to launch his campaign is
perfect.
I ...- I._. like new blood," Garcia
said. "Haridopolos is a charming,
charismatic guy,
and I think he
would do a great
job for the state of
S Florida and this
country."
In addition
to his duties in
Haridopolos the state senate,
which he has served in since 2003,
Haridopolos has also been a UF
professor for three years, said Al-
bert Matheny, associate dean of the


UF College of Liberal Arts and Sci-
ences who oversees the senator's
UF work.
In an e-mail interview, Matheny
said he couldn't remember anoth-
er instance of a politician serving
a term in office and working as a
professor at UF at the same time.
Lawton Chiles became an endowed
professor of political science at UF
after he had stepped down from
his U.S. Senate seat.
Haridopolos usually teaches
three classes during UF's fall se-
mester. In the spring, his legisla-
tive duties shift his work base to
Tallahassee. He currently oversees
about a dozen UF students intern-
ing with the state government.
"This is a real plus for UF be-
SEE HARIDOPOLOS, PAGE 4


* Florida senior
forward Chandler
Parsons (right) is
part of a frontcourt
that has struggled
all season from the
free-throw line. UF
is shooting 65.1
percent from the
line this season.
See Story, Page 14.


Cops in Massachusetts say fake ER valet nabs expecting mom's car


LOWELL, Mass. - Police say a fake valet
at a Massachusetts emergency room offered
to park a pregnant woman's car, then drove
away with it.
Lowell police Capt. Kelly Richardson tells
the Boston Herald that the woman drove her-
self to Lowell General Hospital at 3 a.m. Fri-
day while suffering labor pains.
She parked outside the emergency room
doors and was met by a man wearing a uni-
form-style shirt who introduced himself as


the valet.
The man said she couldn't park there but
volunteered to take her keys and move the
car. Then, police say, he drove away.
While being admitted, the woman was
told the hospital didn't offer a valet service.
The car was found Saturday morning.
Police are examining it for fingerprints and
other evidence to try to find the suspect.
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TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011 U ALLIGATOR, 3


ON CAMPUS

Students, faculty take advantage of surgery discount
By ALEX ORLANDO could mean anywhere from $400 to $3,000 Lindsay Howell, UF plastic surgery tic surgery.
Alligator Writer off the surgeon's bill. clinic manager, said since the discount, Popular choices include non-surgical
"So, it's really nothing to laugh at," she has noticed an increase in the number work such as laser hair removal at $900 for
Some students are using it for smooth Mast said. of student and employee patients for plas- the whole leg and surgical work such as
skin. breast augmentation for which the price
Others want it for firmer lips. can vary depending on the type of im-
It's also being used for bigger breasts. .,plants used and their size.
That's what some students and UF em- .She could not give an exact number be-
ployees are using the UF Division of Plas- cause she did not want to violate patient
tic and Reconstructive Surgery's discount confidentiality rules.
for this year. She said she thinks the discount lowers
The discount gets students and faculty the "taboo" of plastic surgery and brings
20 percent off non-surgical procedures, in patients other than those who would
such as laser hair removal, microdermabra- typically get plastic surgery.
sion and Botox treatments. Mast said surgery discounts in private
For surgical procedures such as breast practices are common since cosmetic sur-
augmentation, liposuction and tummy gery is usually not covered under health
tucks, the department has a 20 percent ,insurance.
discount on surgeon's fees, said Jennifer He said market trends and the economy
Brindise, marketing and public relations usually figure into discounts as well.
specialist for UF Department of Surgery. But he also said UF's discount was
Bruce Mast, UF's chief of plastic and re- more to honor the relationship between
constructive surgery, said the cost of plas- .the plastic surgery department and uni-
tic surgery can range from a couple thou- .versity employees and students.
sand dollars for a non-surgical procedure . "It's not like we go out and put up fliers
to as much as $15,000 for a face-lift-nose- Photo illustration by Max Reed and Matt Tripp/ Alligator Staff and stuff," he said. "We're not using it as a
job combo. Students could save $400 to $3000 on a discounted surgery from the UF Divsion of sleazy commercial marketing ploy."


By that estimate, a 20 percent discount


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Local man arrested for


beating his elderly landlady


* HE IS CHARGED WITH
FELONY BATTERY.

By KAT BEIN
Alligator Staff Writer

A Gainesville man was ar-
rested and charged with felony
battery Sunday afternoon for
beating an elderly woman in
her home.
According to the Gainesville
Police report, David Lapp, 42,
had been renting a room from
the victim for the past month


and a half.
That afternoon the victim,
65, was in the kitchen making
coffee when Lapp came in from
his bedroom
to talk to her,
the report
stated.
He start-
ed arguing
with her
about a lock
Lapp on the front
door that
gave him trouble the night be-
fore and soon got violent, push-


ing her against the wall.
"I can do anything I want
here, and there is nothing any-
one can do to stop me," Lapp
said, according to the police
report.
The victim called police,
and when they arrived at about
4:45 p.m., they found her with
no visible injuries, the report
stated.
Lapp is charged with one
count of felony battery against
a person 65 years or older and
has since been released from
custody.


UF students kick off


MLK celebration week


with 'Day of Service'


By SKYLAR RAMSEY
Alligator Contributing Writer

Despite some outdoor site can-
cellations due to rain, about 200
UF students participated in a Day
of Service around Gainesville to
celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.
on Monday morning.
"The rain has affected the
turnout, but not nearly as much
as we had expected," said Steven
Vutsinas, UF's graduate assistant
for the Center for Leadership and
Service.
The MLK Day of Service is a na-
tional event meant to bring people
together to serve their communi-
ties, according to its website.
About 85 students spent the
day volunteering indoors at the
Children's Home Society of Flor-
ida's Tot Spot Thrift Store located
on Main Street.
"CHS is an organization that
works with abused and neglected
children, as well as children in the
foster system," according to Beth
Nahlik, UF's assistant director
for the Center for Leadership and
Service.
The thrift store allows its low-
income clients to essentially shop
for free.
Eddie Bell, an aerospace engi-
neering senior at UF, said they are
cleaning and reorganizing the ga-


rage to make it neater.
Bell volunteers at the thrift
store every Saturday.
He said that it is always good
to have help.
Chris Jones, a graphic design
sophomore at UF, said that he
likes knowing that he is spending
his day off wisely by volunteering
at the thrift shop instead of sleep-
ing in.
The morning ended with the
Day of Service Closing Ceremony
at Touchdown Terrace at Ben Hill
Griffin Stadium where lunch and
door prizes were provided for the
volunteers.


the opportunity
to reflect on their
community ser-
vice experi-
ence.

Martin Luther King Jr.
Day
The Day
of Service was the first
scheduled event in the Dr. Mar-
tin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
Week.
"In the spirit of the day we en-
courage students to be active in
their community, trying to leave
their mark as Dr. King left his,"
Vutsinas said.






4, ALLIGATOR U TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011


LOCAL

Mentor program provides scholarships, guidance


By MEREDITH RUTLAND
Alligator Writer

Timothy Miles aspires to study
electrical engineering at Georgia
Institute of Technology, but right
now he is just trying to turn in his
homework on time.
To help him along, City Com-
missioner Sherwin Henry has met
with Timothy every week since
October to talk about school, sports
and success.
Timothy, a seventh-grader at
Abraham Lincoln Middle School,
is one of seven students in a new
mentoring program, Gainesville
Enrichment Mentoring Program,
which pairs up at-risk middle
school students with city govern-
ment employees.
He said Henry tells him to work
hard and to never give up.
"It's pretty strong," Timothy
said of Henry's encouragement.
Jared "Ashten" Crawford wants
to be a CEO. His mentor, Rick Mul-


ligan, said the 13-year-old has the
smile and confidence of a business-
man.
He just needs the education.
Both Ashten and Timothy are
part of the statewide organization
Take Stock in Children, which also
oversees the city mentoring pro-
gram. The statewide program cur-
rently gives mentors and Florida
Prepaid scholarships to 125 at-risk,
low-income students in Alachua
County.
While the graduation rate for
at-risk students in Florida hovers
at 57 percent, the program has a 92
percent success rate.
Every Friday, Mulligan visits
Ashten at Howard Bishop Middle
School. They talk about the pizza
in New York, algebra and Gators
-...-rl: :II as Ashten slouches com-
fortably in his chair.
Mulligan, the executive director
of Alachua County Public Schools
Foundation Inc., brought Ashten
information once about a high


school designed for aspiring busi-
nessmen.
"As we went over it, he was
completely engaged in it," Mulli-
gan said. "Totally absorbed."

"I couldn't imagine walk-
ing out on him. That's like
walking out on your own
kids."
Rick Mulligan
mentor

It's interactions like that, he said,
that make all the difference. Mulli-
gan said the mentor's purpose isn't
to be an extra parent or a watchdog.
Mentors are advocates, friends and
confidantes. If nothing else, a men-
tor's purpose is just to be there.
Mentors are asked to dedicate at
least a year to the relationship. Ide-
ally, the pair will stick together for
six years, until the mentee gradu-
ates. Mulligan, who keeps a framed
picture of Ashten on his desk next


to one of his grandson, said he's in
it for the long haul.
"I couldn't imagine -:11 ,,i out
on him," he said. "That's like walk-
ing out on your own kids."
Mulligan admits it's not easy
to be Ashten or his peers. They're
growing up in a world foreign to
him, a world where education is
sometimes looked down upon,
fighting is the best way to solve
arguments and, "What? Are you
dreaming? That's not for you," are
common responses to goals.
Most students in the program
come from single-parent house-
holds, he said. Some of them grow
up in an environment where peo-
ple move in and out of their lives
faster than they go through a tube
of toothpaste. Mulligan said men-
tors are a consistent, reliable pres-
ence.
There is, however, one problem:
The program can't take every stu-
dent.
When a student is accepted, a


scholarship is immediately pur-
chased and set aside until he or she
graduates. More money for schol-
arships means more children in the
program. Last year, Take Stock in
Children in Alachua County had
110 applications for 23 slots.
In order to choose whom to take,
a system ranks students based on
their risk factors. Similar to mea-
suring the power of a hurricane,
students are ranked from category
one to four. From there, the staff
chooses students who will be most
successful in the program.
Mulligan repeats what seems
to be the program's mantra: "The
way out of poverty is education
and relationships." He knows a
scholarship alone won't keep these
kids out of trouble. But, perhaps,
someone who tells them week after
week, "You can do this. You're very
capable," will make a difference.
"I want my mentee to be an all-
star," he said. "I want him to really
shine."


Students respond to


changed zodiac signs


* ASTRONOMERS NOW BELIEVE
THERE ARE 13 ZODIACS RATHER
THAN 12.

By LEILA MILGRIM
Alligator Contributing Writer

After finding out about the zodiac
change, Dana Orlando logged on to Fa-
cebook and posted, "What is an Ophiu-
chus, and why am I now one of these?"
Orlando is one of many UF students
who was confused by the zodiac iden-
tity crisis that has altered horoscopes.
According to an article in Time News-
Feed, a discovery regarding the axis of
the Earth and alignment of the stars has
led astronomers from the Minnesota
Planetarium Society to believe that there
are 13 zodiacs on the astronomical cal-
endar, as opposed to the 12 that the an-


client Babylonians believed there to be.
Because of this, the dates that fall under
each sign have changed.
Sophomore Jennifer Wilson said her
world turned upside-down when she
discovered she was no longer a Libra
and was "-'j.' --..11, a Virgo.
"I feel so confused as to which horo-
scope I am supposed to be relating to,"
Wilson said.
Sophomore Hayley Johnson said
horoscopes are too vague to be accurate.
"I think it is silly that people care so
much about the horoscope change," she
said.
A rumor of the horoscope change
only applying to people born after 2009
is also confusing students.
"I guess I will never truly know my
horoscope," Wilson said. "I think people
just need to continue to have faith in
what they have always believed in."


Run raises $6,000 for Haiti


By DANIELA GUZMAN
Alligator Contributing Writer

The running support of UF students
for the people of Haiti warmed up a par-
ticularly cold morning Saturday.
Gators United for Haiti honored the
victims of last year's earthquake with
a 5K run/walk. More than 300 runners
crossed the finish line at the Commuter
Lot on Gale Lemerand Drive to raise
about $6,000 for the cause.
The "Chomp the Quake" 5K run/
walk was the result of a semester-long
coordinated effort of about 15 student or-
ganizations that compose Gators United
for Haiti.
Sky Georges, president of Gators
United for Haiti, said the organization
was established shortly after the disas-
ter that occurred on Jan. 12, 2010, as a


front to raise money for the victims of the
earthquake.
Hayley Paradise, a runner that partici-
pated in the 5K with her sorority, said a
$20 registration fee goes a long way.
"As much as we think that our dona-
tions are small, every little bit helps," she
said.
The proceeds will go toward Partners
in Health, a public health
Haiti care organization cooperat-
Relief ing with the Red Cross to
support the devastated na-
tion.
Their projects include rebuilding and
enhancing Mirebalais hospital in Haiti to
provide its residents with comprehensive
medical attention.
Gators United for Haiti is $3,000 away
from the initial donation goal of $50,000
to help Haiti in the renewal process.


He will run against Sen. Bill Nelson


HARIDOPOLOS, from page 1


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UF lecturer Mike Haridopolos sits in UF's Bob Graham Center for
Public Service on February 5, 2008.


cause we have had difficulty placing interns there
historically," Matheny said.
If Haridopolos wins the Republican primary, he
will most likely face incumbent Democrat Bill Nel-
son in November 2012. Nelson has served in the
U.S. Senate since 2000, making him a potentially
tough competitor, said Beth Rosenson, UF associate
professor of political science.
Rosenson said that while he may be able to capi-
talize off of anti-Obama sentiment, Haridopolos'
lack of national political experience may be a hin-
drance to his campaign.
For Haridopolos, another problem that may be-
come an attack point during the campaign is the
ethics investigation into his financial disclosures
last year.
Haridopolos admitted his failure to disclose in-
formation about a $400,000 Mount Dora investment


home and other concerns and reached a settlement
with the Florida Commission on Ethics in Decem-
ber.
"It's a sin of omission, not one of commission .
I don't think it's going to hurt him," Rosenson said.
"If he can get the party nomination, I think it's a

"It's a sin of omission, not one of com-
mission. ... I don't think it's going to hurt
him."
Beth Rosenson
UF associate professor of political science

pro-Republican climate and he has a good chance."
Even if Haridopolos doesn't win, such a high-
profile race could help him in future campaigns,
she said.
"It's a good risk for him to take," she said. "I
don't see much that he could lose."





TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011 U ALLIGATOR, 5


Man makes living selling kids


The baby goats cost $100 to $500


By MELANIE BRKICH
Alligator Contributing Writer

Felicity hasn't accepted her kids.
Although they're just a few hours
old, she won't nurse them.
But that's perfectly normal - Fe-
licity is a goat.
"Goats don't always accept their
babies," said Charlie Meister, 70,
who owns Felicity and about 60 oth-
er goats at Greathouse Farm Eques-
trian Center.
Meister's farm, located about 10
miles from UF campus at 11004 SW
67th St., is booming with baby goats,
or "kids," and more are on the way.
About a year ago, Meister put an
ad for his goats in the Alligator clas-
sifieds.
Meister said he's gotten calls
from both students and faculty as a
result of his ad.
Cindy Toth, 57, is one of Meis-
ter's customers and a professor in
UF's College of Public Health and
Health Professions.
She already had two adult goats
when she fell in love with a another
couple of Meister's kids.
She decided to keep the two
brothers as pets. She named them


Leo and Vinny, after Leonardo da
Vinci and Vincent Van Gogh, respec-
tively.
Toth said she bought the goats
primarily to keep as pets but has
found that they have other uses,
too.
She and her husband are current-
ly trying to get agricultural exemp-
tion for their property, meaning that
their property taxes will go down as
a result of owning the goats.
"I'm more interested in find-
ing good homes for my goats
and developing an industry."
Charlie Meister
goat owner

They also help trim down the
grass and weeds on their 10 acres of
land.
In the last year, Meister has sold
about 20 goats intended for a variety
of purposes from producing milk
and cheese to being pack animals
that assist hikers to being compan-
ions for other farm animals.
Meister's goats, some of which
are named Melanie, Tarzan and Ru-
ger, jump up around Meister's legs


like excited puppies, tails wagging
as he sets down their lunch - a
bucket of milk.
"They all have different person-
alities, and they all look a little dif-
ferent," Meister said.
A lot of dedication goes into car-
ing for the goats, and it shows.
His Nubians, a specific breed, are
registered show goats and have won
numerous blue ribbons.
The price of one goat can fall be-
tween $100 to $500 depending on
size and pedigree.
Because of Meister's awards, his
goats are more valuable.
Meister started GreatHouse
Farms as an equestrian center about
20 years ago with his late wife Jan.
He worked for UF at the time, where
he spent 30 years doing research in
integrated pest management.
Meister now devotes all his time
to raising his goats.
Meister said he hasn't done any
advertising other than the classi-
fieds of the Alligator, but he hopes
to branch out someday.
For now, Meister is entertaining
the idea of producing his own goat
cheese.
"I'm more interested in finding
good homes for my goats and de-
veloping an industry."


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Editorial

Media Blackout

In this case, no news

is good news

Last week, the Alligator learned of an event being
planned by the Dove World Outreach Center in
Gainesville. We will not dignify the event by dis-
cussing it in this publication.
We only bring it up in this space to explain to our read-
ers the reasoning behind our decision not to focus any at-
tention on the event.
The most basic role of a newspaper is to inform its read-
ers, so the decision to withhold information is not made
lightly.
After careful consideration, we felt it was our respon-
sibility as journalists and as members of society not to
contribute to a culture of hatefulness, vitriol and a general
lack of respect for others.
The Alligator can't allow itself to be the mouthpiece
for any group, but especially not a fringe group that has
a track record of exploiting the media to advance its mes-
sage and notoriety.
We hope the rest of the media, both local and national,
will resist the temptation to sensationalize this event.
Lastly, we hope this act of transparency on our part
will promote trust with our readers. Now that you've been
let in on our decision making process, we hope you un-
derstand our decision, even if you disagree. At least you
know the decision was not made hastily or without due
consideration.
And you can rest assured that all other dilemmas that
face us will be treated with the same sense of responsibil-
ity and diligence.


Seize the Day


His dream still rings
true, but, oddly
enough, the day we
take to celebrate it appears
to undermine Martin Luther
King Jr.'s vision.
We're all for having an-
other day away from the
paper, but getting a day off
school and work in honor of
a man who fought for equal-
ity in both the classroom and
office seems a little strange.
There are some appro-
priate ways to celebrate, of
course. For one, some people
use the extra time to volun-
teer and better their commu-
nities, which perfectly ties in
with the preacher's hopes.
The local news sometimes
uses the day to spotlight
changes for the better in in-
ner-city areas, showing that
the dream still lives wherev-
er there is hope and effort.


Some people would ask
why we don't pay attention
to these issues more often.
We say it's the attention that
warrants keeping the holi-
day around. We're for ac-
knowledging King's legacy;
we're just not so sure about
ditching school for it. After
all, sitting in an integrated
classroom, learning mate-
rial just as unsatisfactorily
(c'mon, this is Florida, after
all) as the students the next
school over is one of the best
manifestations of the chang-
es the country's undergone
since the civil rights move-
ment.
Rather than wasting the
day away, as many of us did,
maybe it's time to go about
our usual business imagin-
ing how extraordinary the
1960s activists would think
our 21st-century routine is.


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Column

Tutoring services an unwelcome crutch


TutoringZone is God, right?
It saves your grades and gets you through those
grueling courses in a five-hour brain rape involving
some coffee and the infamous packet. Spare yourself the
hours of lecture-watching and instead spend the night be-
fore the exam in Club West with some Smokin'Notes and
you're good to go.
This is how I spent my first finals week at UF, but I
dare pose the question: Are we being extorted in order to
succeed?
Before the pitchfork-armed mob comes chasing me
down, yes, Smokin'Notes and TutoringZone are genius
study materials and grade savers, but how close are we to
supplementing whole courses with an 80-page packet of
brightly colored paper?
I go to class, watch my lectures and do my assign-
ments.
Simply put, I'm a loser.
Why then, even at my dorkiest, am I spending $30 more
to pass EC02013?
Yes, the packets, Smokin'Notes, note cards and practice
tests are comforting, but doesn't spending extra money
border on ridiculous? We don't think about it because we
are enamored with the idea of easy studying.
We pay thousands of dollars for classes, yet many of
us ride through them reciting our mantra, "I'll just live at
TZ the week before the exam." I'll confess, this was my
philosophy for fall finals. In retrospect, I'm a little pissed.
I spent five months attending class, studying and keeping
up with assignments, but I still found myself shelling out
$50 to feel prepared.
We are most often exploited with online lecture classes.
As a business major, I am familiar with online lectures, and
TutoringZone and Smokin'Notes cater to these courses. I
ei-i ,,l . in one of these courses last semester, and despite


Laura Ellermeyer
letters@alligator.org


watching lectures and completing
every online quiz, I circumvented
a panic attack only by buying
the Smokin'Notes. The carefully
phrased definitions and format-
ted formulas were too tempting to
pass up, especially when the on-
line lectures left me clueless.
The materials let students feel


comfortable with slacking in class
because they can fall back on them if they miss a lecture or
pass on a quiz or assignment.
There is no cheat sheet for life.
Should we rely on these materials when we have a
semester of classes and course material under our belts?
Does the option to purchase these packets encourage stu-
dents to blow off classes and rely on a cram session?
For many students, the allure of more free time is a
worth a session at TutoringZone.
I remember when it was embarrassing if you needed
extra help for school. With the glamorization of services
such as TutoringZone, it is encouraged when it shouldn't
be necessary.
I'm all for working smarter, not harder, but have the
days of old-fashioned dorkiness come to an end?
Should we stop attending classes, then put in Red Bull-
fueled eight-hour sessions at TutoringZone a few days be-
fore exams? Students do this successfully, so what's the
incentive to not conform?
Where's the reward for those who attend class and
keep up with assignments?
For the time being, crammers keep cramming. At least
you'll learn to pass tests.
Laura Ellermeyer is a first-year finance major. Her column
appears on Tuesdays.


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


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Teenage pregnancy not so glamorous


While watching the show "Teen Mom" on MTV,
my friends and I cringe as we see young girls,
even younger than we are, faced with the
challenges of coping with unplanned and generally un-
wanted pregnancies. Watching them juggle school and
deal with emotional detachment from their friends and
family makes me wonder why anyone is against teach-
ing teens about safe sex and how to prevent unwanted
pregnancies.
According to the Center for Disease Control, one
third of young women in the United States become
pregnant before the age of 20, and eight in 10 of these
pregnancies are unwanted.
Being a teen mom is stressful. The New York Times
reports that 80 percent of the time pregnancy drives
these young women to drop out of school. Without a
high school diploma, it is much harder to get a job that
pays decent wages. The dropout rate alone illustrates
the profound effect that teenage pregnancy has and
demonstrates why something needs to be done to lower
the teen pregnancy rate.
We need to educate teenagers about ways to prevent
unwanted pregnancies. They need to be told that while
abstinence is the only sure way to not get pregnant,
there are options to substantially reduce the risk if they
choose to have sex, including condoms and birth con-
trol pills.
Unfortunately, many adults do not want to face the
fact that young adults will have sex no matter what
their parents may say. The idea of providing a broad
range of information in addition to "abstinence only"
has become a highly political issue.
Interestingly, the pregnancy rate is much higher in
the "red states" - majority Republican - than in the
"blue states" - majority Democrat. The CDC reports
that the red states have higher teen pregnancy rates; the
majority of them have rates between 39 and 65 percent,
while the majority of blue states have a rate below 38
percent.
One reason why red states have a higher pregnancy
rate is that an increasing number of red state school dis-
tricts are adopting abstinence-only sex education and
some local churches are encouraging young adults to
take virginity pledges. This lack of education about safe
sex seems to be contributing to high teen pregnancy
rates.
In today's world, though, it is unrealistic to believe
that teenagers will wait for marriage. Popular culture


Anita Babbitt - through books, TV, magazines
UWire - reinforces every day that it is
accepted to have sex before mar-
riage. Some of these sources even
glorify pregnant teens.
Sarah Palm is a strong believer in teaching abstinence
before marriage and advocates a "pro-life" position.
It was extremely surprising to find that her 17-year-
old daughter, Bristol, was pregnant and not yet mar-
ried. Instead of being hidden away, Bristol was ap-
plauded for keeping the baby, and the media and her
mother's conservative supporters made her out to be a
brave girl.
Similarly, Britney Spears' sister, Jamie Lynn, became
pregnant at the age of 16 and was also not married.
She got a People magazine cover story and was also
portrayed as a strong girl for taking on the challenge of
having a child at that age. When young adults like these
two are made out to be heroes for having their children
in their teen years, young girls might think they could
be seen as a hero too.
In reality, though, it is much harder to raise a child,
especially as a teenager.
These two young girls are celebrities and have well-
off families who can support them through school and
help raise the child; most teenagers who become preg-
nant do not have this luxury.
The series "Teen Mom" shows its audience what it
is really like to have a child at a young age and what it
does to your life.
These girls suffer rejection by their peers and fam-
ily. They also have to take on the stress of caring for
their children while going to school. This is what media
should be projecting to the public to show that it is ex-
tremely difficult to take care of a child when you are so
young.
I am not advocating having sex before marriage or
suggesting that all young adults who get pregnant lead
horrible lives. What I am saying is that many young
people are choosing to have sex in their teen years and
I believe all teenagers should be aware of what they are
getting themselves into. They should know that there
are options out there if they do not want the responsibil-
ity of a child.
Popular culture needs to take responsibility and
show the harsh truth about being a teen mom.
Anita Babbitt is a columnist for The Lawrentian at Law-
rence University.


UWire

Southern pride


not warranted
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the on-
set of the Civil War.
Ideally, this meaningful anniversary could
serve as a time of reflection about the current state of
the South. In many quarters, the South's role in this
war is viewed as heroic. Large segments of the popu-
lation view the South's secession from a federal gov-
ernment as completely justified because they believe
that government violated their states' rights. As the
Sons of Confederate Veterans put it this year, "All we
wanted was to be left alone to govern ourselves."
It is wrong for Southerners to glorify our past,
though, because there is absolutely nothing glorious
about it. The reality is that the
Hudson Todd most significant state's right
UWi re being usurped from the South
was the right to own slaves.
The first line of the Declara-
tion of Secession by Mississippi states, "Our position
is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery
- the greatest material interest of the world. Its labor
supplies the product which constitutes by far the larg-
est and most important portions of commerce of the
earth."
All other Southern states that wrote declarations
of secession identified slavery as the principle induce-
ment for secession as well.Admittedly, the South was
not only concerned about maintaining slavery.
It also cared about the states' rights to suppress free-
dom of speech, such as that of abolitionists, the right to
violate the sovereignty of non-slave states by abduct-
ing runaway slaves with the use of lethal force, and
the right to secede after elections they found unfavor-
able. Many southerners to this day still believe se-
cession after elections they disagree with. Shortly after
President Barack Obama took office, an anti-tax rally
was held in Texas, during which protesters chanted,
"Secede!" Afterward, Governor of Texas Rick Perry
suggested that, while he does not endorse the idea of
secession, Texas could secede if it wanted to.
Why, then, do millions of Americans still treat the
Confederate flag with such reverence?
Whatever their reasons are, it is unlikely they are
positive. The South has dragged its feet on every sin-
gle civil rights issue this country has faced.
Its citizens were (and are) more opposed to wom-
en's right to vote, desegregation, and the decriminal-
ization of sodomy than any other region of the country.
The South currently has higher rates of violent crime
(despite its use of the death penalty with its purported
deterrence effect), higher rates of obesity, and lower
educational attainment on average than other states.
It also has the highest rates of teenage pregnancy, di-
vorce (despite its religiosity), and wealth inequality.
In fact, the term "culture of honor" is regularly used
to describe how southerners respond to slights with
more physical aggression than other Americans.
What is there to be proud of? What, in all of Ameri-
can history, has the South ever done that has separated
it from the rest of the country in a positive light? Even
if the South had positively distinguished itself from
the rest of the U.S., which it hasn't, why would that
:.H 1.. .- II on the people who just happen to be born
there?
There is absolutely no reason to honor the South on
the anniversary of a war it fought in order to maintain
the right to own human beings.
Even the more thoughtful individuals I encounter
still honor confederate soldiers' bravery as they do all
soldiers who died in the Civil War, but what is bravery
for the cause of injustice?
We Southerners should be embarrassed by, not
proud of, our ancestors who volunteered to fight and
die for the Confederacy. There is nothing intrinsically
praiseworthy about sacrificing your life, and there is
nothing laudable about taking a position that was in-
defensible 150 years ago and attempting to defend it
now.
Hudson Todd is a columnist for the Vanderbilt Hus-
tler at Vanderbilt University.





8, ALLIGATOR 0 TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011


Health official says autism, vaccinations not linked


One in five people believe some vaccines cause autism


By KAITLYNN FLOYD
Alligator Contributing Writer

The cause of autism remains
uncertain after research con-
necting it to the MMR (Mumps-
Measles-Rubella) vaccination has
been gradually questioned.
Andrew Wakefield, along with


other researchers, published an
article in The Lancet in 1998 that
attempted to link autism to the
MMR vaccination, but this re-
search is being discredited.
According to the American
Medical Association, this re-
search has several critical flaws,
including fabricated results.


The research discouraged
parents from having their chil-
dren receive the MMR vaccina-
tion, which gives live
Public doses of the measles,
Health mumps and rubella.
Sherry Windham,
immunizations program manag-
er for the Alachua County Health


Department, questions the re-
search.
"You would think if someone
was doing a study, there would be
several participants in the study,
not just 12," Windham said.
She said she's noticed more
people today believe vaccination
is a "bad thing."


Darlene Edwards, a pharma-
ceutical representative, feels it's
a disservice to a child not to be
vaccinated.
However, Edwards has friends
who believe there is a link be-
tween the MMR vaccinations and
autism.
In March of 2010, American
Medical News reported that one
in five believe some vaccines
cause autism.


INTERNATIONAL

Survey says most Chinese see ties with US worsening


THE ASSOCIATED PRESS gin of error. tudes toward the U.S., compared to 63 per-


BEIJING - Just over half of the Chi-
nese public believe relations with the U.S.
worsened last year, and the overwhelming
majority blame Washington for the de-
cline, according to a survey published on
Monday.
Roughly 53 percent of those responding
saw relations with the U.S. getting worse
last year, said the survey, carried out joint-
ly by the official China Daily newspaper
and the Horizon Research Consultancy
Group.
Just over 80 percent blame the dete-
rioration on Washington, according to the
survey.
The results appear just one day ahead
of a state visit to the U.S. by Chinese Presi-
dent Hu Jintao intended to restore balance
to relations - 11. - 'i, a troubling year dur-
ing which the sides sparred over contro-
versial issues such as human rights, the
Dalai Lama, and arms sales to Taiwan.
The survey questioned a sample of 1,443
Chinese citizens aged 18 and over living in
Beijing and six other Chinese cities during
Dec. 20-30 last year.
The newspaper did not detail how par-
ticipants were selected, and gave no mar-


Despite the slip in perceptions, almost cent who viewed Germany positively and
49 percent of Chinese had favorable atti- just 29 percent who felt that way toward


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In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, passengers crowd in a wait-
ing room of the railway station in Yinchuan, capital of northwest China's Ningxia Hui
Autonomous Region.


Japan.
Tensions on the Korean peninsula
topped the list of concerns for Hu's visit,
followed by Taiwan and trade issues.
Despite their political differences, eco-
nomic relations between Beijing and Wash-
ington are becoming increasingly crucial.
The U.S. is one of China's biggest mar-
kets, with $380 billion in annual trade
largely in Beijing's favor.
China is currently the largest foreign
holder of U.S. government debt.
Hu sounded a conciliatory tone in a rare
interview with U.S. newspapers ahead of
his visit, saying the two countries could
mutually benefit by finding "common
ground" on issues ranging from combat-
ting terrorism and nuclear proliferation
to clean energy and infrastructure initia-
tives.
"There is no denying that there are
some differences and sensitive issues be-
tween us," Hu said in written answers to
questions submitted by The Washington
Post and The Wall Street Journal that were
published over the weekend.
"We both stand to gain from a sound
China-U.S. relationship, and lose from
confrontation."


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long as the charges are posted in the
window and pre-approved by the city.
Despite its legality, flat-rate charging has
led to situations where students are gouged
by drivers claiming to be charging flat "bar
rates," Meyers said.
"The companies stand to lose from these
policies," he said. "If taxi drivers aren't
reporting that they're giving rides, then
they're not giving their share of the fares to
the company."
When he assumed the position of Stu-
dent Senate president, one of the issues
Meyers sought to address was students'
rights and one of the problems on his mind
was the taxis.
The issue came under the microscope of
FICA, or the Fairness In Commerce Ad-Hoc
Committee.
Meyers said he believes cooperating
with the city would be the best way to get
taxi drivers to run their meters.
On Tuesday at 7 p.m., a joint meeting
between the City Commission and Student
Government will take place in the Reitz
Union Grand Ballroom, and the taxi issue
will be on the docket.
In addition, SG has the Alterna-
tive Transportation Ad-Hoc, which
aims to further promote methods of al-
ternative transportation in the city.
By :,. II n'" up promotion of services like
SNAP, GOTCHA and Zipcars, Meyers said
he hopes to create more competition for tax-
is, which would in turn force taxis to offer
more competitive prices.
Student Body President Ashton Charles
is another SG official who once found herself
at the mercy of over-charging taxi drivers.
She began talking to others in her
apartment complex and found they
had the same problems she did.
Some had reported being charged over $40
to get to midtown or downtown.
Charles decided to see for herself.
She, along with Meyers, decided to take
part in a one-night sting operation in which
they would take the taxi along with under-
cover police officers from the Gainesville
Police Department on Dec. 8. The purpose
of the operation would not be to make ar-
rests, but rather to just see which drivers
wouldn't run the meter.
The majority of the time, the meter
wasn't running.
The operation ran from 10 p.m.


that night to 3 a.m. the next morning.
Out of 19 fares, University Police
Department spokesman Jeff Hol-
comb said, 11 did not run the meter.
According to a list compiled by the
Gainesville Police Department, the follow-
ing companies were found to have not run
the meter: Bestway Cab, Unimet Taxicab Co.,
Safety Cabs and Gator Taxi Cab. Gainesville
Cab Co. was the only company listed that
was reported to have run the meter every
time during the operation.
Michael Ross started Bestway Cabin 1997.
The now 44-year-old Ross said that his com-
pany has since been known for providing
great service, in the process earning service
contracts with the state attorney's office and
the public defender's office.
City Ordinance 28-9 allows for flat-rate
charging, and Ross said his charge sheet,
which includes a variety of flat-rate charges,
has been approved by city hall.
On top of that, Ross said that drivers will
sometimes offer discounts on per-head flat
rates when large parties come into a taxi.
"If we have to start running the meter,
there will be no more discounts," Ross said.
"It'll be what the meter says."
Ross admitted that the charge sheet,
which lists the company's flat rate, is re-
quired by law to be posted in three places
in all taxi cabs, could be confusing to stu-
dents. On top of confusing rate sheets, Ross
said that newer cab companies coming into
town have created a negative perception of
his company and Gainesville's entire taxi
industry.
"We've got new cab companies and they
are flat-rating out of this world," he said.
That's why Ross puts the burden of respon-
sibility on his drivers to make sure passen-
gers agree to fares before rides.
However, not all drivers fulfill that obli-
gation.
The only way Ross knows there's even a
passenger in the vehicle is when people call
in for dispatch. When drivers are flagged
down by customers, he relies on the driver's
word to know they had a fare.
He said a way to self-police his
company would be to put cam-
eras in cars, but that's not feasible.
So Ross instead relies on the honor system,
trusting his drivers to follow the rules out
on the road.
One such driver is Joe, who drives a taxi
in Gainesville.
Before he carried people around the city
in his taxi, Joe, whose real name is being


withheld, was a drummer.
Twenty-three years ago, he set the beat
for his band, and that was all he ever intend-
ed on doing.
But after the band split and his wife be-
came pregnant, Joe had to find a new pro-
fession. Armed with only his skills as a mu-
sician and a driver's license, Joe decided to
drive cabs for a living.
"[My favorite part is] meeting people
from all walks of life and lots of different
countries," he said. I .. :j_-I.- come to UF
from all over the world. It can be fun. Back
when I was a dispatcher, I missed that part
of it."
But the biggest problem for Joe, and
many other taxi drivers, is the pay.
"You never know how much you're gon-
na make from one day to the next," he said.
"Trying to budget on a cab driver's wage
is difficult. You don't even have minimum
wage to rely on."
Joe said that he believes there is a nega-
tive perception of taxi drivers and compa-
nies in Gainesville as being "crooked." A lot
of that has to do with the fares. Instead of
clearly explaining fares, fare sheets leave a
lot of gray area.
"Students definitely deserve a simpler
system," he said.
The system of flat rates is designed, Joe
said, to make things easier on the drivers
and the passengers. And it can sometimes
work in favor of students as opposed to
against them.
Joe gave the example of taking four stu-
dents from The Swamp restaurant to down-
town.
By running the meter, he would be
charging a student a $10 minimum in ad-
dition to an additional $1 for extra pas-
sengers. The total would come out to $13.
But if he instead offered a per-head flat rate
of $3, it would come out to $12, saving the
students a dollar.
But the lack of a steady income could
lead drivers to take advantage of the flat-
rate system, Joe said.
"The honor system of reporting fares is
only reliable as the honesty of the driver,"
he said.
Ultimately, both Meyers and Student
Body President Ashton Charles say that the
issue of taxis overcharging students is one
of student safety.
"The moment I hear that somebody's
willing to drive home four beers in rather
than take a taxi," Meyers said, "I know that
there's a major issue."


What you need to know

* Four Gainesville taxi services were
found to have not run the meters in
their taxis during a sting operation by
the Gainesville Police Department and
University Police Department. Bestway
Cab, Unimet Taxicab Co., Safety Cabs
and Gator Taxi Cab.

* If you feel you have been overcharged
by a taxi company, you are advised to
call the police to mediate the situation,
OR take note of the taxi number and re-
port the driver to the company's owner
the next day.

* A normal fare for a taxi with the me-
ter running might be $3.00 as a base
meter fare, $5.50 for the first mile and
then $2.50 per mile after. However, if
the metered rate does not exceed the
taxi's minimum fare, the student will be
charged whatever the taxi's minimum
fare is. Usually between $10-12.

* Students cannot be retroactively
charged for underage drinking. So don't
be afraid to call the police if you feel
you're being charged unfairly. However,
if you're acting out, you can then be
charged with public intoxication. Also,
if the University Police Department is
called, students may be reported to the
Office of Student Conduct and Conflict
Resolution.

* A joint meeting between the
Gainesville City Commission and the
Student Senate is being held Tuesday
in the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom at 7
p.m.

* FICA, or the Fairness In Commerce
Ad-Hoc committee, was specifically cre-
ated to battle the taxi issue, and other
business practices that it deems to be
preying on students.


Please join us on January 18 from 7 - 9PM

in the Reitz Union Auditorium

to discuss voter registration,

off-campus housing concerns,

taxi prices, and more.


www.sg.ufl.edu


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4 Apts 2/1 in College Park area
(5/3 House) (4/3 House) (3/2 House)
available for August Manny 352-317-4408
info & pic gainesvillestudentrentals.com
1-31-11-16-2

Studio for rent. Bedroom, kitchen, full bath-
room, total privacy. 3 miles from Butler plaza
near Tower Square. $475.00 per month
includes Utilities, Cable TV, & Internet Call
352-378-4626 or 352-262-4290 1-28-11-
15-2

2BR/1BA Cent heat mobile home. Shady lot.
From $290 to $400/mo. Includes water. No
pets. Vacant lots also available. 4546 NW
13th St. 376-5887 1-24-11-10-2

The Retreat at Madison Pointe
2/2s with vaulted ceilings $999
3/3 Townhomes w/Private Baths $1089
Garage included, Gated Community.
2701 NW23rd Blvd 352-372-0400
www.madisonpointe.org 4-20-66-2

Available Aug 1st. 3BR/1BAvery nice house,
short bike, cent H/AC, dishwasher, disposal,
W/D provided. Very private backyard with
small garage. 924 NW 9th Ave. $1100/mo.
Call 352-339-2342 Other houses available
1-25-11-9-2

WALK TO UF Available Feb.
1BR/1 BA $550
1 year lease, SD, NS, NP
Call/Text 352-870-7256
gvll32601@gmail.com 2-28-11-33-2

Available Aug 1st. 4BR/2BAvery nice house.
Quiet area between UF and Santa Fe. Game
room, W/D provided. Fenced backyard, pets
ok. 1330 NW 39th St. $1200/mo. Call 352-
339-2342 Other houses available 1-25-11-
9-2


OF For Rent
unfurnished

2BR/1BA cabin, 20 acres. Fixer-upper.
Horses/dogs welcome. 27802 SW 120th
Lane, Newberry. $555/mo. Comes with
horse. Long driveway. In Gothe State Forest.
Call 330-329-8834 1-26-10-2

*5 BEDROOM HOUSE*
Walk to class. Right Across from The
Swamp stadium. Available Aug 1st.
Wood Floors. Lots of parking. Please call
John @ (561) 866-8234 for further info
1-21-6-2

MERRILL MANAGEMENT INC.
825 NW 13th St 352-372-1494 x10
www.merrillmanagement.com
***ST. CROIX APTS:
$475 per Month, 2BR 1BA Apts, 3 BLKS
TO UF! 840 Sq. Ft. Large Rooms, Plenty
of Parking, Central H & Air, Laundry Fac.
Carpet, PetsAllowed. 829 Sw 5th Avenue.
**CIRCE APTS:
2BR 1 BA Apt 3 BLKS TO UF, New Carpet
$450/Mo $600 Deposit Window A/C, Nat
Gas Ht. 216 SW 12th Street.
***EFFICIENCY -2 Rooms(not bedrooms)
Shared Bathroom, Window A/C, Carpet,
Across from UF Stadium, 1830 NW 1st Ave
$295/Mo, $300 Deposit
*** ROCKWOOD VILLAS:
5542 SW 8th Place $750/Mo, $800 Deposit.
Pets Ok, 2BR 2BA, Newly painted, New
Carpet, Tile Floors in LR, Inclds Washer/
Dryer, Pool, Tennis Courts, Bus Line to
Shands & UF. 1-18-11-1-2

3 bd 1 ba in NE Gville . Beautiful, restored
hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances,
W/D, front porch, back deck, fresh paint. Lg
fenced property, Pets OK. Great location.
Available now. 516-459-7654. 1-24-11-5-2



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includes utilities, fully furnished, pet friendly!
Please call 727-804-6893 for more details.
1-19-5-3

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Male to take over sublease in 2br/lb.
Walking distance to campus. Directly off
University Ave. $325 from 2/11-7/11. Email
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Oxford Manor 377-2777
The Landings 336-3838
The Laurels 335-4455
Greenwich Green 372-8100
Hidden Lake 374-3866
4-20-70-4


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

Call now. Share 4BR/4BA 1st floor, furnished
condo at Countryside. 1 mi to UF. Incl utils,
W/D, internet, cable TV, great parking &
pool. 2 rooms avail immed. $425/mo/rm
1-386-672-6969 or 1-386-295-7929
1-31-10-42-4

1st month free. Grad student looking for fe-
male roommate in fully furnished 4/4 condo
at Countryside. $425/month. Short term
lease available. Cable/internet, utils, W/D, 2
bus routes. Contact Megan 727-542-8155.
1-21-11-11-4

Large Room in NW Home.
$450/mo incl utils & DSL, large closets. No
pets. Mature, non-smoker, grad student/
professional. Scott 352-335-8209 1-20-11-
10-4

Roommate wanted- Share nice clean NW
area 3 Br, 2 bath single family home with two
senior UF students- fenced back yard- wash-
er/ dryer-fireplace- $320 mo. & 1/3 utilities.
Call Jon-321-537-5640 or 352-665-9547
1-21-11-10-4

Female looking for same to share a furnished
3BR/2BA condo. 10 mins by bus to UF cam-
pus. $400/mo including utils. Great Location!
Call 850-974-0686 1-21-11-10-4

Gated 4BR/4BA Countryside condo, pool-
side, own BD & BA, W/D, cable, hi-speed
internet, early stop on UF bus rte. Utils in-
cluded. $350/mo. No deposit required. 863-
634-1893. Available immediately. 1-19-11-
3-4






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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
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NEW CONDOS-WALK TO UF
For Info on ALL Condo for Sale,
Visit www.UFCONDOS.COM or
Matt Price, University Realty, 352-281-3551
4-20-70-5

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, University Realty, 352-281-3551
4-20-70-5

WALK TO UF & DOWNTOWN!
THE PALMS - New Ultra-Luxury Condos.
Granite, Huge Closets, Pool, Call Eric
Leightman, University Realty 352-219-2879
4-20-70-5

2BR/1.5BA newly renovated townhouse.
6134 SW 8th Lane. You have to see it to
appreciate it! Come see it and make an of-
fer. Call 352-281-7411 or 786-537-2963 and
make an appointment 1-31-11-17-5

Rent to Buy. 2BR/2BA Capstone Quarters
Condo Near Shands. Private porch, back-
yard, new carpet, paint and appliances.
Community Pool, $650/mo. $54,900 Call
352-378-4626 1-28-11-15-5


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BED - QUEEN - $120 ORTHOPEDIC
Pillow-top, mattress & box. Name brand,
new, still in plastic. Call 352-372-7490 will
deliver. 4-20-10-70-6

BED - FULL SIZE - $100 ORTHOPEDIC
Pillow-top mattress & box. New, unused, still
in plastic w/warranty. Can deliver. Call 352-
377-9846 4-20-10-70-6

MICROFIBER SOFA & LOVESEAT - $400
Brand new still packaged w/warranty. Must
sell. Can deliver. Retail $1600. 352-372-
7490 4-20-10-70-6

BED - KING - $200 PILLOWTOP
mattress & box springs. Orthopedic rated.
Name brand, new, never been used, in plas-
tic with warranty. Call 352-372-8588. Can
deliver. 4-20-70-6

BEDROOM SET. 7pc Cherry, Queen/ king
bed, dresser w/mirror, 2 nightstands, chests
avail. Dovetail const. New, in boxes. Can de-
liver. Retail $4500, must sell, sacrifice $850
(352) 372-7490 4-20-70-6

SOFA & LOVESEAT 100% Italian leather.
Brand new in plastic w/warranty. Retail
$1800. Sacrifice $700. Call 352-377-9846
4-20-70-6

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 4-20-70-6

**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.
4-20-70-6

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. 4-20-70-6

BEDROOM SET- $300 BRAND NEW
Still in boxes! 5 pieces include: Headboard,
Nightstand, Dresser, Mirror, Chest. Must sell,
can deliver. 352-377-9846. 4-20-10-70-6



r-computers


CASH PAID for Laptops
Parts & Repair Mac & PC laptops
Joel 336-0075 www.pcrecycle.biz
4-20-10-70-7

COMPUTER & LAPTOP REPAIRS
Network specialists
We buy computers and laptops
Working and Non-working
378-4009, 607 NW 13th Street
4-20-10-70-7



For Sale


***PARKING@@@
Private, Secure, Guaranteed. 60 sec to UF.
Reserve now! Reasonable rates. 352-538-
2181. Can leave mssg. 4-20-10-70-2

UF SURPLUS EQUIPMENT AUCTIONS
are underway...
bikes, computers, printers, vehicles & more.
All individuals interested in bidding go to:
surplus.ufl.edu 392-0370
4-20-10-70-10


GOATS FOR SALE
Charlie - 352-278-1925 4-20-70-10


UO [Motorcycles, Moped!s


***WWWRPMMOTORCYCLES.COM**
FULLSERVICE MOTORCYCLE -SCOOTER
REPAIR. 12TH YEAR IN GVILLE. OEM
& AFTERMARKET PARTS. BEST TIRE
PRICES IN TOWN. 352-377-6974 4-20-
70-11


*****New Scooters 4 Less*****
HUGE Selection. Scooter Sales & Service!
Great Scooters, Service & Prices!
118 NW 14th Ave, Ste D, 336-1271
www.NS4L.com
4-20-10-70-11


***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. 376-6275 GatorMoto.com 4-20-10-
70-11


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
4-20-10-70-11

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
4-20-10-70-11

**SCOOTER RENTALS**
Rent for a day, week, month or semester.
Students can rent to own! 352-336-1271
www.gainesvillescooterrentals.com 4-20-
10-70-11


Autos


FAST CASH FOR ALMOSTANY CARS *
*Running or not!*
*NEED HONDA, TOYOTA, PICKUPS
*Over 17 yr svc to UF students
OCall Don @ 215-7987 4-20-70-12

CARS - CARS Buy@Sell@Trade
Clean BMW, Volvo, Mercedes
Toyota, Honda, Nissan cars
3432 N Main St. www.carrsmith.com
CARRSMITH AUTO SALES 373-1150
4-20-70-12


WE BUY JUNK CARS
Titles Only. Call KT 352-281-9980
4-20-70-12


**HEADLINERS SAGGING?**
POWER WINDOWS DON'T WORK?
On site avail. Steve's Headliners 352-226-1973
Google: Steve's Headliners, Gainesville
4-20-70-12

I BUY CARS & TRUCKS
Call Anytime 352-339-5158
1-31-10-78-12

SUN CITY AUTO SALES
60 day payoff
On cash vehicles
Pay off time negotiable
352-338-1999 4-20-70-12

SUN CITY AUTO SALES
All vehicles $0 down!
No credit check
Cash vehicles $1000 and up!
352-338-1999 4-20-70-12

92 Eagle Talon $1699
89 Ford Bronco II $1499
97 Pontiac Transport $1499
96 Chevy Blazer $1999
352-338-1999 4-20-70-12


98 Cadillac Deville $1999
95 Ford Explorer $1999
98 Ford Expolorer $1999
97 Lincoln Town car $1999
352-338-1999 4-20-70-12


98 Landrover Discovery $4999
01 Chevy Silverado $4999
99 Ford F150 $5999
98 Dodge Durango $6999
352-338-1999 4-20-70-12


SUNRISE AUTO SALES
Certified vehicles
No credit check
Move vehicles $500 & up!
352-375-9090 4-20-70-12


SUNRISE AUTO SALES
No credit check, buy here pay here
Cars, SUVs, Trucks & Vans
30 day warranty
352-375-9090 4-20-70-12


02 Dodge Neon $4500
00 Chevy 3500 $5900
02 Chevy Camero $6999
03 Ford Taurus $6999
352-375-9090 4-20-70-12


05 Saturn Ion $7999
04 Toyota Corolla $7999
04 Kia Sorento $8999
03 Nissan Altima $9999
352-375-9090 4-20-70-12


SUN CITY AUTO SALES
Bring W2 and drive home today!
Cars, Trucks, SUV's, & Vans
Over 150 vehicles in stock!
352-338-1999 4-20-67-12

SUNRISE AUTO SALES
Bring W2 and drive home today!
Cars, Trucks, SUV's, & Vans
30 Day Warranty
352-375-9090 4-20-67-12


Wanted


LOCAL ARTIST NEEDS:
* Gold * Diamonds * Gems * Class Rings
* ETC * Top Cash $$$ or Trade *
OZZIE'S FINE JEWELRY 352-318-4009.
4-20-70-13


UF GRAD PAYS MORE
for gold jewelry, scrap gold, Rolex, diamonds,
guitars, etc. Top $$$. Get my offer before you
sell! Call Jim 376-8090 or 222-8090
4-20-70-13

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.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
I AM BLIND & WOULD LIKE HELP WITH:
*Rides to church: Mass at Queen of Peace.
*Learning to rake knit hats to send to Haiti &
other places. Call 352-219-6948


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ity for injury or loss arising from contacts
made through advertising. We suggest that
any reader who responds to advertising use
caution and investigate the sincerity of the
advertiser before giving out personal infor-
mation or arranging meetings or investing
money.


BARTENDING
$300 A DAY POTENTIAL
No experience necessary, training provided.
800-965-6520 ext 138 4-20-10-70-14

Students in Accounting, Aviation, Business/
Sales and computer science needed for
various positions. Flexible schedules and
competitive pay. Join our team! Learn more
at www.gleim.com/employment 4-20-10-
70-14

$STUDENTS GET CASH ON THE SPOT$
For gently used clothing/accessories & fur-
niture. No appt.necessary! - Sandy's Savvy
Chic Resale Boutique 2906 NW 13th St. 372-
1226 sandysresale.com 4-20-10-70-14

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available to work 15-20 hours a week
this spring, and are eager to gain
valuable sales experience,
stop by the Alligator,
1105 W. University Avenue,
to fill out an application and
class schedule or email resume to
soconnor@alligator.org.
We will contact you for an interview
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TUTORS NEEDED 1-on-1 tutoring at-risk
K-12th grade students. $10/hr. 1-4 after-
noons/wk. 15-20 min drive from campus. UF
Fed Wk Study Permit req for emp. Volunteers
welcome. Contact Sally at st23@cox.net
1-25-10-20-14


OFFICE ASSISTANT Flex hours. Excellent
Word, Excel, typing, internet skills. $7.25/hr.
Indicate current semester & if available sum-
mer schedules, major, graduating semester.
siva1950@yahoo.com 1-21-11-18-14


Gator Tail Dancers

Now Hiring

Call 352/672/1892 3-29-10-60-14


HIRING ALARM DISPATCHER
24/7 monitoring center w/part-time, day, eve-
ning & overnight shifts currently available
email ddamiano@cpss.net or fax 352-491-
3617 2-28-10-39-14






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A awesome summer job in Maine! If you're
looking to spend this summer outdoors, have
fun while you work, and make lifelong friends,
then look no further. Camp Mataponi, a chil-
dren's summer camp, has positions available
in Land Sports (lacrosse, soccer, basketball,
softball, volleyball, field hockey), Waterfront
(sailing, canoeing, waterskiing, life guarding,
WSI, boat drivers), Ropes Course, Tennis,
H.B. Riding, Arts & Crafts, Theater, Dance,
Gymnastics, Video, Photography, Nurses,
Maintenance, Cooking and more. Top sala-
ries plus room/board & travel provided. Call
us today, 561-748-3684 or apply online at
www.campmataponi.com. 2-11-10-26-14



Smokers are needed to participate in a study
assessing the effects of various activities on
cravings, withdrawal, mood, and smoking.
Compensation will be provided. If interested,
call 336-406-3706 or email
uflsmokelab@gmail.com 1-28-14-14



GET PAID TO WAVE! ENERGETIC AND
OUTGOING. NEED COSTUMED WAVERS
FOR LIBERTY TAX ON ARCHER RD. HRLY
PAY + BONUS. FLEXIBLE HOURS. GREAT
JOB FOR STUDENTS. CALL 672-6300
2-4-11-20-14



CAREER POSITIONS
Stay in Gainesville. Great benefits and op-
portunities. Flexible hours.

*ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
* SOFTWARE DEVELOPER

Please apply online at http://www.gleim.com
1-21-11-10-14


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Administrative/Sales: Well organized individ-
ual with good attention to detail and strong
customer service skills to perform front office
and sales duties for a local food testing labo-
ratory. Must be able to work with international
distributors and generate sales and promo-
tional materials with guidance. Some travel
required (<5%). Great attitude and positive
phone demeanor are essential. Background
in a scientific field is a plus. Submit resume
to info@elisa-tek.com. 1-18-11-7-14

University Athletic Association - Accounting
Currently seeking flexible individual for part-
time (OPS) filing clerk. Varied duties includ-
ing data entry and filing. Experienced in
Microsoft Excel & good organizational skills
required. Minimum wage position averag-
ing 20 hour per week. Please fax resume to
(352) 375-5182. 1-26-11-12-14

Personal Business Manager in Ocala, FL:

Position will support the CEO of a company;
will be responsible for day-to-day needs in
business and personal activities. Attend to
schedules, attend meetings, manage house-
holds. A "Chief of Staff" for family/business
and liaison for clients. Some travel required,
domestically and internationally.

Requirements include extremely profession-
al and personal attitude, great organizational
and communication skills, analytical and
problem-solving abilities, computer literacy,
experience in supporting executives and
managing projects, flexibility of schedule,
ability to learn quickly; must be self-sufficient
and able to work independently.

College education is preferred, but experi-
ence supporting executives is acceptable.
Salary is negotiable. Call 352-615-5051
1-18-11-6-14


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

Get Paid to Play!
The Florida Elks Youth Camp (FEYC) needs
college students for summer camp counsel-
ors ages 18 and up. FEYC is an over-night
camp located in Umatilla, FL. The camp runs
June 13 - July 30. Please contact Krys
Ragland at 1-800-523-1673 Ext. 251 or 352
455-4267. 4-20-11-66-14

Local high school is seeking an Assistant
JV Coach for its girls lacrosse team. Playing
experience is required. Paid position from
1/31 - 4/9. Contact Lynn at 352-378-5476 for
more information. 1-21-11-8-14

Veterinary Technician/Assistant
Experienced Part time.
Some weekends and holidays.
Apply in person at Jonesville Animal
Hospital 14145 W Newberry Rd. Newberry
1-21-11-7-14

Free rent, utils., etc. near
campus for female in exchange
for overnight staying with
elderly female. For details,
call Sarah 373-7965 10am-6pm m-f 1-19-
11-5-14

Computer tech, Skills to repair comps. Must
have car. Be honest, available, dependable.
Part time, make own hours, hr@blue4.com
1-26-11-10-14

***ATTENTION SMOKERS !***
O*Do you want to quit smoking?**
Smokers needed to participate in a smoking
cessation study. You may be compensated.
Call UF Smoking Lab & Clinic (352) 870-
6509 or email: ufsmokelabclinic@gmail.com
2-9-20-14

Female UF student caregiver needed for
28-year-old disabled girl. Must have personal
low-profile vehicle (no SUVs). Duties incl toi-
leting & companion services. Sun 9am-8pm.
Luxurious work conditions. $10/hr. 377-1306
1-19-11-5-14

HOUSEKEEPING - CLEANING JOB
All around cleaning & laundry. FT available
Mon-Fri, 10am - 5pm. $7.25/hr, experience
and good attitude preferred. Call 256-3323
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Gators seeking improvement from free-throw line


Florida senior forward Chandler Parsons, a 52.9 percent free-throw shooter this season, is part of a Gators frontcourt that has
shot 54.9 percent as a group from the charity stripe. UF is shooting 65.1 percent, making it 267th out of 346 Division-I teams.


UF struggling late in games


* SECOND-HALF COLLAPSES HAVE
BECOME COMMON FOR THE GATORS.

By MATT WATTS
Alligator Writer

ATHENS, Ga. - A constant point of
emphasis for the Florida women's basket-
ball team is setting the tone early in games.
Coach Amanda Butler believes execution in
the first four minutes is integral to success.
But it has been the opposite - the crunch-
time minutes with the game on the line - that
has led to multiple late-game collapses for the
Gators.
Most recently, UF (12-7, 2-3 Southeastern
Conference) allowed a 16-point lead to evapo-
rate in the final nine minutes against Georgia,
dropping their second straight SEC game, and
third in the last four, 70-64 in Athens, Ga., on
Sunday.
A feisty crowd got into the game as Georgia


made its surge, but Butler said she couldn't at-
tribute the loss to the anxiety Florida's young
roster might have felt in a hostile environ-
ment
"Composure and decision-making under
pressure - I don't know that that's nerves, or
if that's a lack of experience, or if that Geor-
gia is really good and they didn't play really
good until the end. I think it's probably a com-
bination of all those things," Butler said. "It's
something that we've got to be better at."
Butler is right, because Florida's struggles
at the end of games are becoming a trend.
UF held a 66-59 lead late against DePaul on
Nov. 18 but was able to score just eight points
over the final 8:27 and eventually lost 74-73 af-
ter a last-second tip-in from Kayla Lewis was
waved off.
Three weeks later, Florida squandered a
five-point halftime lead and was outscored by
20 in the second half in a 69-54 loss to Hamp-

SEE W-HOOPS, PAGE 16


By GREG LUCA
Alligator Staff Writer
gluca@alligator org

As Erving Walker stood at the free-throw
line for a one-and-one with his team down by a
point and 1:09 left, Gators fans looked on with
bated breath.
There was a palpable sense of anxiety in the
O'Connell Center, as one of UF's biggest flaws
was about to decide the outcome of the game.
Although Walker is one of the team's most
clutch free-throw shooters, the junior guard
missed the front end, keeping South Carolina
ahead and negating UF's first shot at a lead in
nearly 30 minutes.
"It's real frustrating. We don't
want to leave those free points out
there."
Erving Walker
UF guard

"I can't ask for a better situation to be in at
the foul line, but I just missed it," Walker said.
"It's real frustrating. We don't want to leave
those free points out there, especially down the
stretch."
Sixteen seconds later, Gamecocks center
Sam Muldrow drilled a three-pointer to give
South Carolina a two-possession lead that UF
would never overcome.
Thanks partially to its 12-of-22 performance
from the free-throw line, including five straight
misses to close out the contest, Florida (13-4,
2-1 Southeastern Conference) fell 72-69 Sat-
urday against South Carolina (11-5, 2-1 SEC),
thus bringing an end to its five-game winning
SEE HOOPS, PAGE 16


Lineup shuffling allows


rest, new opportunities


By ALLISON BANKO
Alligator Writer
..11.. 'i, the Florida gymnastics
squad's first meet Jan. 7, coach Rhonda
Faehn said the team would be playing
around with its lineups this season, al-
lowing some athletes to rest while oth-
ers gain exposure in new events.
Faehn's plans played out again Fri-
day night, as the No. 1 Gators used a
new lineup combination to topple No.
16 Kentucky in the O'Connell Center
with a final point tally of 196.775 to
192.900.


Normal contributor Maranda Smith
didn't compete in the floor exercise,
while Alaina Johnson, the SEC Fresh-
man Gymnast of the Week, rested
from the balance
beam routine.
In her place,
freshman Macken-
Gymnastics zie Caquatto made
her debut.
"Being up in the beam lineup this
week was a little bit nerve-wracking,"
she said. "But I just went up there and
tried to stay calm and do everything
SEE GYM, PAGE 16


* Jets LB Bart Scott had a legendary postgame interview/
standoff with ESPN after his team's victory Sunday. ESPN.
corn's headline describes Scott as "emotional," which is like
calling Bill Belichick "somewhat reserved." ... I'm also excited
for another week of awesome Rex Ryan interviews. He seems
to have drawn the line at putting his own foot in his mouth.


* We have a ton of content at alligatorSports.org,
including the first episode of our brand new video
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date on Chase Hounshell, an offensive line recruit
who decommitted from Florida on Monday night.


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UF overcomes illness, depth issues


Without coach, Florida tops FAU


By JOHN BOOTHE
Alligator Writer

All week long, the Gators dealt with
multiple obstacles. The No. 6 women's
team struggled with sickness, while the
No. 5 men's team lacked depth as coach
Gregg Troy and nine of team's best left for
the SMU Classic.
Troy's squad finished short of expecta-
tions this weekend in Dallas, taking fourth
place as Florida scored 272 points - 46 be-
hind first-place Michigan, ranked No. 13.
While UF posted a pair of 60-point
victories over visiting Florida Atlantic,
the Gators also failed to match their pre-
vious output in NCAA qualifying times
and speed in the pool Saturday in the
O'Connell Center Natatorium.
"We were hit the hardest with the
flu, so we really just had to go wherever


they needed us to go," said junior Shara
Stafford, who managed one of her best
performances at home with a win in the
200-yard freestyle - an NCAA "B" quali-
fying time of 1:48.76.
"Over the next two weeks,
they're going to really be under
the gun."
Martyn Wilby
UF associate head swimming coach

Along with Stafford, Florida (4-3, 0-1
SEC) received a strong effort from junior
Sarah Bateman, who won two events in-
dividually and contributed to both of the
Gators' relay wins. Bateman's participa-
ton in four events was a rarity in the meet,
as many of the women's swimmers were
pulled after one event to help them further


recover from the team's flu spell.
Another issue surrounding the meet
was the team's response to missing Troy.
E . , 1:...1; is a little bit at ease when
coach Troy is not here, just because he's
the head coach and you never know what
he's going to do," Stafford said.
In Troy's place was associate head
coach Martyn Wilby, who said something
was missing from both teams, though UF
only lost one event the entire meet.
"The focus was OK. It wasn't great,"
Wilby said. "Over the next two weeks,
they're going to really be under the gun."
For the men (4-2, 2-0 SEC), freshman
Michael Lewark posted career-highs in
the 1- and 3-meter dives. Coming into the
meet, Lewark said his focus was on replac-
ing the output of his brother, Andrew.
"[Andrew] just came out and told me
to let my body do the work, and every-
thing else would fall in place," Lewark
said. "I just went out and tried to win both
boards like he would."


UF TENNIS

Blue-chip prospect reaching potential


By STEPHEN SHEEHAN
Alligator Writer

After coming to UF a year ago as the No. 6 overall recruit,
Sekou Bangoura Jr. has had to live up to high expectations. Now,
in his second season as a Gator, he is showing why he was so
highly regarded.
After a strong fall season in which he won the Lakewood
Ranch Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic in his hometown of Bra-
denton, Bangoura is currently ranked No. 28 in the country.
The talented sophomore is improving at a rapid pace and has
become considerably stronger since he has been at Florida, coach
Andy Jackson said.
Bangoura reached the quarterfinals at the Southeastern Con-
ference Indoors for the second time in his career over the week-
end.
Although he lost badly to Tennessee's John-Patrick Smith,
Jackson said Smith successfully executed a tactic that Bangoura
had not expected.
"(Smith) is a lefty with a very big serve and plays power ten-
nis," Jackson said. "(Smith) took a lot of pace off the ball and sort


of baited Sekou into being the attacker. Unfortunately, Sekou
took the bait and played tactically the wrong way."
Despite the tough loss, Jackson remains encouraged that
Bangoura can be one of the nation's top 10 players, even saying it
could happen sooner rather than later.
Bangoura's development will be important to a Gators team
that will lose its top player and only senior in Alexandre Lacroix
after this season.
Lacroix, the No. 4 player in the country, was
also eliminated in quarterfinals play at the SEC
Indoors after enduring a physically demand-
ing three-set match in the previous round.
"Sometimes excuses are true. This early in
the season, Alex wasn't physically ready to
play his fourth match in two days," Jackson
said.
Bangoura Sald
However, Jackson believes there is a good
core group of players in Bangoura, sophomore Bob van Over-
beek and junior Nassim Slilam, who can step into Lacroix's shoes
once he departs.
"We want all three to learn as much as possible from Alex and
be able to replicate his success on and off the court," he said.


F32744


Gators enter


rankings due


to hot start

* SIX ATHLETES AND ONE RELAY
COMBINE FOR NINE TOP-15 MARKS.

STAFF REPORT

Florida's track and field teams won 10
events and posted three meet records in their
season-opening performances at the Nittany
Lion Challenge, and the national rankings re-
flected the Gators' strong showing.
The Track and Field Results Reporting
System released its rankings Monday, and
six UF athletes and one relay team hold nine
spots in the nation's top 15 in their respective
events.
Omar Craddock, who automatically qual-
ified for the NCAA Champi-
= onships in the triple jump in
Saturday's meet, is the squad's
highest-ranked competitor.
Track The sophomore jumper, who
tied a personal-best mark of
16.19m/53-1.50, is currently
second in the country and one of two athletes
to have already automatically qualified for
the national triple-jump title.
Junior Genevieve LaCaze and freshman
Cory McGee are also among the nation's top
15 in two different distance-running events.
LaCaze checks in at third in the women's
3,000-meter (9:34.42) and 13th in the mile
(4:49.48), while McGee is seventh in the
3,000-meter (9:43.72) and fourth in the mile
(4:46.70).
Kemal Mesic (fourth, men's shot put), the
women's 4x400m relay (fifth), Jeremy Postin
(tied-13th, men's weight throw) and Fidela
James (14th, women's weight throw) round
out the ranked Gators.





16, ALLIGATOR 0 TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011


Coaches attempting to create pressure situations in practice


NUUrO , from page 14
streak.
The Gators have been leaving points at the line all season,
connecting on just 65.1 percent of their free-throw tries - a fig-
ure that ranks 11th in the SEC and 267th out of 346 teams in
Division I.
"That's huge," senior center Vernon Macklin said. "The bad
part about it is we actually work on free throws a lot."
Coach Billy Donovan and his staff have been stressing the
importance of free throws throughout the season and have
been trying to work on correcting the problem in practice.
In many instances, the coaches have attempted to generate
pressure situations for their players, usually by requiring them
to make a certain number of free throws to move on to the next


segment of practice.
But as much as the coaches try to fix the problem, there is
only so much that can be done as a group.
"It's the only thing not team. We just got to go out there and,
individually, just make free throws," senior
forward Chandler Parsons said.
While guards Walker and Kenny Boynton
have combined to shoot 75.8 percent from the
Men'S line, frontcourt starters Macklin, Parsons and
Basketball Alex Tyus hit just 54.9 percent as a unit.
This deficiency can be a major detriment
to UF, as frontcourt players are more likely
to be fouled as defenses look to prevent easy looks close to the
basket.
"A lot of times, being a great free-throw shooting team has


to do with how well your frontcourt players shoot it," Dono-
van said. "Tyus, Macklin and Parsons, they're on the floor, and
they're going to continue to get fouled a lot."
Macklin in particular has been a questionable free-throw
shooter his entire career.
The senior center is shooting 41 percent from the line this
season after connecting on 58.8 percent of last year's attempts
and 31 percent of his shots in two years at Georgetown.
These struggles have prevented Donovan from using Mack-
lin in late-game situations, as teams are likely to foul him inten-
tionally in order to extend games.
"Vernon Macklin, his whole career, has not been a great
free-throw shooter," Donovan said. "And I wish I had a magic
potion to make him a 90 or 85 percent free-throw shooter, but
it's not going to happen."


UF looks to future after losses


W-HOOPS, from page 14


ton University. Then, searching for their first
true road win of the season against Auburn
on Jan. 6, the Gators allowed a 22-9 Tigers
run in the final 6:43 that again erased a five-
point halftime lead.
While the losses are troubling, captain
Jordan Jones isn't focused on the past. In-
stead, Jones is choosing to turn her attention
to the team's next challenge.
"We have a tough team coming into the
O'Dome on Thursday," Jones said of No. 19
Kentucky. "It's going to be a test for us to


bounce back, to come to work on Tuesday
The Wildcats (13-4,
2-2 SEC) have won two
straight conference games
after a three-game skid,
and they possess the tal-
ent to extend Florida's los-
ing streak to three games.
"[The loss against
Jones Georgia] is a heartbreak-
er," Jones said. "But you
find out how good you are and how mature
you are ... in how you bounce back."


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Gators more focused on routines than scores early in season


GYM , from page 14

that I did in practice because it's been pretty
solid there."
Caquatto scored a 9.725 for her routine.
Even with her performance, the scores on
beam for the squad were lower than usual, as
sophomore Ashan6e Dickerson earned an un-
characteristic 9.550.
Dickerson said her performance resulted
from her getting ahead of herself and rushing
through her routine.
"I thought they did well," Faehn said of
her beam lineup. "I thought some of the rou-


tines were better than what the score showed.
However, we're not really concerned with the
scores. We look at how the athletes are do-
ing."
Johnson also said she doesn't look at her
scores during meets, but she continued to
make Gators history against Kentucky by
scoring a 9.950 in vault, making her one of
four freshmen for Florida to do so.
"Mackenzie and Alaina are top, elite ath-
letes," Faehn said. "With that comes a lot of
experience under high-pressure situations. It's
nice to see they don't get rattled in the warm-
ups and that carried over into the competition.
It brings a calming effect to the other athletes


"We're not really concerned with
the scores. We look at how the
athletes are doing."
Rhonda Faehn
UF gymnastics coach

as well."
Friday's meet also allowed for some gym-
nasts to gain experience in areas outside of
their comfort zones. Junior Nicole Ellis com-
pleted her floor routine, which she hasn't
done since her senior year of high school,
Faehn said. Ellis finished with a 9.750 for her


performance.
The Gators' newest roster addition, fresh-
man Jade ' . i -, ,- made her collegiate gym-
nastics debut, performing in beam and uneven
parallel bars. Though ' .. - -, - fell in her bars
routine, Faehn said she has only been training
with the team for less than a week.
"We really wanted to get her out there to
give her a chance to see not only how she'd
perform, but she has to get out there," Faehn
said. "It's better to do it at home than at a road
meet. She needs more numbers under her belt,
more training in our environment and our
pressure situations in the gym. I really think
she'll start to come around."


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the independent florida Not officially associated with the University of Florida Published by Campus Communications, Inc of Gainesville, Florida VOLUME 105 ISSUE 9 We Inform. You Decide. LOCAL Tax fees not fair to students By ALEXANDER KLAUSNER Alligator Staff Writer In the winter of 2009, Ben Meyers needed to get his drunk friend home. As they came out of a midtown bar, they spotted a taxi parked on the street. This would be a great way, Meyers thought, to get a lift for the mile walk back to Fraternity Row. But Meyers, the current UF Student Senate president, ran into a problem -the driver never ran his meter. And the ferryman asked a high price. For the mile-long drive, the driver asked Meyers to shell out $20. "Bar fee," he said the driver called it. Not knowing what to do or how to negotiate, Meyers relented. He paid the fare, and for an entire year, he didn't take the taxi again. "Knowing students, if I was a taxi driver and I had nobody looking over my shoulder, it would be fairly easy to pull a stunt like that." Ben Meyers UF Student Senate president There have been many similar complaints of taxi drivers in Gainesville over-charging students for cab fares. Sometimes, the fares drivers demand can be things like $20 per passenger to travel only 10 blocks, Meyers said. Situations like these are made possible by drivers who park outside bars and wait for drunk students to come out. Without a call being made to a dispatcher, drivers don't have to report their fares, and are free to charge whatever fees they want to students, Meyers said. In addition, if drunk students refuse to pay, drivers may threaten to call police in an effort to coax payment out of passengers. "Knowing students, if I was a taxi driver and I had nobody looking over my shoulder, it would be fairly easy to pull a stunt like that," Meyers said. Nineteen-year-old Hannah Hong was another who got into similar situation. In early fall semester, Hong was traveling downtown with three of her Alpha Delta Pi sorority sisters. After getting a ride from another sister to the area, Hong found it difficult to find another ride back to her apartment on Sorority Row. The taxi seemed like a viable option. When the taxi arrived, the driver did not inform Hong of how much she would be asked to pay. Instead, he just drove. And when they arrived, Hong said, the bombshell came -$20 per person. Hong found a way to scrape together the $80 sum that was being demanded, but she fumed. "It was completely ridiculous," she said. Though Hong's driver was deviating from a normal flatrate, charging flat-rates to students is not illegal in Gainesville. Taxi drivers are permitted to charge whatever they like, so SEE TAXIS, PAGE 9 TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011 Dancing for Dollars Eleni Rodriguez, a member of Sabor Latino, performs at the Gators United for Haiti Auction and Talent Showcase on Friday night. Gators United for Haiti has set a goal of raising $50,000 for relief efforts in Haiti. Haridopolos to run for Senate He teaches a class at UF By MORGAN WATKINS Alligator Writer The race for one of Florida's U.S. Senate seats is officially under way, and UF has one of its own professors in the political battle. Mike Haridopolos, the State Senate president and a UF professor, launched a campaign website, mike2012.org, last week. Haridopolos became the first Republican to jump into the race, putting pressure on other potential Republican runners to decide their own candidacy. Ryan Garcia, the second vice chairman of UF College Republicans, believes the timing for Haridopolos to launch his campaign is perfect. "People like new blood," Garcia said. "Haridopolos is a charming, charismatic guy, and I think he would do a great n -job for the state of Florida and this country." In addition to his duties in Haridopolos the state senate, which he has served in since 2003, Haridopolos has also been a UF professor for three years, said Albert Matheny, associate dean of the UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who oversees the senator's UF work. In an e-mail interview, Matheny said he couldn't remember another instance of a politician serving a term in office and working as a professor at UF at the same time. Lawton Chiles became an endowed professor of political science at UF after he had stepped down from his U.S. Senate seat. Haridopolos usually teaches three classes during UF's fall semester. In the spring, his legislative duties shift his work base to Tallahassee. He currently oversees about a dozen UF students interning with the state government. "This is a real plus for UF beSEE HARIDOPOLOS, PAGE 4 Cops in Massachusetts say fake ER valet nabs expecting mom's car LOWELL, Mass. -Police say a fake valet at a Massachusetts emergency room offered to park a pregnant woman's car, then drove away with it. Lowell police Capt. Kelly Richardson tells the Boston Herald that the woman drove herself to Lowell General Hospital at 3 a.m. Friday while suffering labor pains. She parked outside the emergency room doors and was met by a man wearing a uniform-style shirt who introduced himself as the valet. The man said she couldn't park there but volunteered to take her keys and move the car. Then, police say, he drove away. While being admitted, the woman was told the hospital didn't offer a valet service. The car was found Saturday morning. Police are examining it for fingerprints and other evidence to try to find the suspect. -THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today FORECAST 2 OPINIONS 6 CLASSIFIEDS 10 Partly CROSSWORD 11 cloudy SPORTS 14 68/48 visit www.alligator.org Florida senior forward Chandler Parsons (right) is part of a frontcourt that has struggled all season from the free-throw line. UF is shooting 65.1 percent from the line this season. See Story, Page 14.

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2, ALLIGATOR U TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011 News Today Dynamo Policy Group General Body Meeting Wednesday, 6 p.m. Anderson Room 034 The Dynamo, UF's first and only student-run think tank, shall be hosting its first general body meeting Wednesday. Topics will include getting published, speaker ideas and our first social. New members are encouraged to attend and leadership opportunities are available. Get Carded meeting Wednesday, 7:15 p.m. Little Hall 127 There are 110,179 Americans currently waiting for a lifesaving transplant. Come learn how you can help raise awareness about organ and tissue donation with Get Carded at our first meeting of the semester. All majors are welcome. For more information go to http: / / www. group spaces. com/GetCardedUF. Psychology Club & Psi Chi Meeting Wednesday, 7:20 p.m. Little Hall 101 Eager to meet fellow psychology majors? Are you interested in learning about graduate school, volunteer and research opportunities? Then come to the first Psychology Club meeting Wednesday at 7:20 p.m. in LIT 101. Come early Saving Lives Is A Good Thing, And It Makes You Feel Good Too. Plasma Donors Needed Now Please help us help those coping with rare, chronic, genetic diseases. New donors can receive $30 today and $80 this week! Ask about our Specialty Programs! Must be 18 years or older, have valid I.D. along with proof of SS# and Local residency. Wireless Internet Available! Walk-ins Welcome. A Biotest From Noture for Life 1112 N. Main St. GainesvilLe, FL 32601 352-378-9431 TODAY PARTLY CLOUDY 68/48 WEDNESDAY PARTLY CLOUDY 70/45 for pizza! The guest speaker will be Ira Fischler. For more information and updates, add our group on Facebook or go to www.psych.ufl. edu/ -psichi Campus Diplomats Forum Thursday, 6 p.m. Arredondo Cafe Attend our forum to find out more and see if you have what it takes to become a Campus Diplomat. For more information, or to download an application, go to dso. ufl.edu/ studentorgs/ diplomats/. Applications are due Jan. 29. 2nd Tech Entrepreneur Intern Swap Meet Thursday, 6 p.m. Hough Hall lobby Searching for a spring or summer internship with a local start-up company? Here's your chance to meet company representatives from over 15 local start-ups, including: Grooveshark, RegisterPatient, Trendy Entertainment, and Fracture. Internships are available in fields such as marketing, THURSDAY '5 SUNNY 72/50 FRIDAY RAIN 68/46 SATURDAY PARTLY CLOUDY 67/39 Web development, public relations, computer engineering, 3-D modeling and more. RSVP on Facebook is requested but not required. Gainesville Comedy Showcase Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 p.m. Free stand-up comedy featuringbothprofessional and local comics. The showcase is located at Mother's Pub on Wednesdays and Jeff's Deli on University Avenue on Fridays. Got something going on? Want to see it in this space? 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TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011 U ALLIGATOR, 3 ON CAMPUS Students, faculty take advantage of surgery discount By ALEX ORLANDO could mean anywhere from $400 to $3,000 Lindsay Howell, UF plastic surgery tic surgery. Alligator Writer off the surgeon's bill. clinic manager, said since the discount, Popular choices include non-surgical "So, it's really nothing to laugh at," she has noticed an increase in the number work such as laser hair removal at $900 for Some students are using it for smooth Mast said. of student and employee patients for plasthe whole leg and surgical work such as skin. breast augmentation for which the price Others want it for firmer lips. can vary depending on the type of imIt's also being used for bigger breasts. plants used and their size. That's what some students and UF emShe could not give an exact number beployees are using the UF Division of Plascause she did not want to violate patient tic and Reconstructive Surgery's discount confidentiality rules. for this year. She said she thinks the discount lowers The discount gets students and faculty the "taboo" of plastic surgery and brings 20 percent off non-surgical procedures, in patients other than those who would such as laser hair removal, microdermabratypically get plastic surgery. sion and Botox treatments. Mast said surgery discounts in private For surgical procedures such as breast practices are common since cosmetic suraugmentation, liposuction and tummy gery is usually not covered under health tucks, the department has a 20 percent insurance. discount on surgeon's fees, said Jennifer He said market trends and the economy Brindise, marketing and public relations usually figure into discounts as well. specialist for UF Department of Surgery. But he also said UF's discount was Bruce Mast, UF's chief of plastic and remore to honor the relationship between constructive surgery, said the cost of plasthe plastic surgery department and unitic surgery can range from a couple thouversity employees and students. sand dollars for a non-surgical procedure "It's not like we go out and put up fliers to as much as $15,000 for a face-lift-nosePhoto illustration by Max Reed and Matt Tripp/ Alligator Staff and stuff," he said. "We're not using it as a job combo. Students could save $400 to $3000 on a discounted surgery from the UF Divsion of sleazy commercial marketing ploy." By that estimate, a 20 percent discount Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. By KAT BEIN Alligator Staff Writer January 21, 1969: Protesters nationwide flush toilets during the last words of Nixon's inaugural address, but participants on campus are foiled by a strange "coincidence." Reitz Union male bathrooms were suddenly out of order during the speech and conveniently repaired moments after the speech was over. UF employees denied the maintenance had anything to do with an attempt to stop the national "flush-in." January 18, 1971: A marijuana study committee, sponsored by SGA and UF, is created and staffed in order to gather information on various aspects of weed smoking, especially issues of legality. Members of the committee include UF law students, a former federal narcotics agent, a director of a local drugstore, a counselor and a UF graduate student in pathology. January 20, 1978: A new studentsafety measure is announced. By the end of the month, 14 "blue box" phones will be installed all over campus, allowing students to reach the Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol at any time. The estimated cost: $3,076. January 21, 1991: The Holy Trinity Episcopal Church on Northeast First Street is consumed by fire, causing more than $500,000 in damage. Thankfully, the 12 children in the church's child care were evacuated before anybody was hurt. Local man arrested for beating his elderly landlady HE IS CHARGED WITH FELONY BATTERY. By KAT BEIN Alligator Staff Writer A Gainesville man was arrested and charged with felony battery Sunday afternoon for beating an elderly woman in her home. According to the Gainesville Police report, David Lapp, 42, had been renting a room from the victim for the past month and a half. That afternoon the victim, 65, was in the kitchen making coffee when Lapp came in from his bedroom to talk to her, the report stated. He started arguing with her about a lock Lapp on the front door that gave him trouble the night before and soon got violent, pushing her against the wall. "I can do anything I want here, and there is nothing anyone can do to stop me," Lapp said, according to the police report. The victim called police, and when they arrived at about 4:45 p.m., they found her with no visible injuries, the report stated. Lapp is charged with one count of felony battery against a person 65 years or older and has since been released from custody. UF students kick off MLK celebration week with 'Day of Service' By SKYLAR RAMSEY Alligator Contributing Writer Despite some outdoor site cancellations due to rain, about 200 UF students participated in a Day of Service around Gainesville to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday morning. "The rain has affected the turnout, but not nearly as much as we had expected," said Steven Vutsinas, UF's graduate assistant for the Center for Leadership and Service. The MLK Day of Service is a national event meant to bring people together to serve their communities, according to its website. About 85 students spent the day volunteering indoors at the Children's Home Society of Florida's Tot Spot Thrift Store located on Main Street. "CHS is an organization that works with abused and neglected children, as well as children in the foster system," according to Beth Nahlik, UF's assistant director for the Center for Leadership and Service. The thrift store allows its lowincome clients to essentially shop for free. Eddie Bell, an aerospace engineering senior at UF, said they are cleaning and reorganizing the garage to make it neater. Bell volunteers at the thrift store every Saturday. He said that it is always good to have help. Chris Jones, a graphic design sophomore at UF, said that he likes knowing that he is spending his day off wisely by volunteering at the thrift shop instead of sleeping in. The morning ended with the Day of Service Closing Ceremony at Touchdown Terrace at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium where lunch and door prizes were provided for the volunteers. This is the first year students were given te opportunity to reflect on their community service experience. Day The Day of Service was the first scheduled event in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Week. "In the spirit of the day we encourage students to be active in their community, trying to leave their mark as Dr. King left his," Vutsinas said.

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4, ALLIGATOR U TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011 Mentor program provides scholarships, guidance By MEREDITH RUTLAND Alligator Writer Timothy Miles aspires to study electrical engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, but right now he is just trying to turn in his homework on time. To help him along, City Commissioner Sherwin Henry has met with Timothy every week since October to talk about school, sports and success. Timothy, a seventh-grader at Abraham Lincoln Middle School, is one of seven students in a new mentoring program, Gainesville Enrichment Mentoring Program, which pairs up at-risk middle school students with city government employees. He said Henry tells him to work hard and to never give up. "It's pretty strong," Timothy said of Henry's encouragement. Jared "Ashten" Crawford wants to be a CEO. His mentor, Rick Mulligan, said the 13-year-old has the smile and confidence of a businessman. He just needs the education. Both Ashten and Timothy are part of the statewide organization Take Stock in Children, which also oversees the city mentoring program. The statewide program currently gives mentors and Florida Prepaid scholarships to 125 at-risk, low-income students in Alachua County. While the graduation rate for at-risk students in Florida hovers at 57 percent, the program has a 92 percent success rate. Every Friday, Mulligan visits Ashten at Howard Bishop Middle School. They talk about the pizza in New York, algebra and Gators football as Ashten slouches comfortably in his chair. Mulligan, the executive director of Alachua County Public Schools Foundation Inc., brought Ashten information once about a high school designed for nessmen. "As we went o completely engage gan said. "Totally at "I couldn't ima ing out on him. walking out o kids. It's interactions li that make all the di gan said the mentor to be an extra parent Mentors are advoca confidantes. If nothi tor's purpose is just Mentors are aske least a year to the re ally, the pair will sti six years, until the ates. Mulligan, who picture of Ashten o aspiring busito one of his grandson, said he's in it for the long haul. ver it, he was "I couldn't imagine walking out i in it" Mullion him," he said. "That's like walksorbed." ing out on your own kids." Mulligan admits it's not easy gine walkto be Ashten or his peers. They're That's like growing up in a world foreign to i your own him, a world where education is ,, sometimes looked down upon, fighting is the best way to solve Rick Mulligan arguments and, "What? Are you mentor dreaming? That's not for you," are common responses to goals. ke that, he said, Most students in the program fference. Mullicome from single-parent house's purpose isn't holds, he said. Some of them grow or a watchdog. up in an environment where peotes, friends and ple move in and out of their lives ng else, a menfaster than they go through a tube to be there. of toothpaste. Mulligan said mend to dedicate at tors are a consistent, reliable preslationship. Ideence. ck together for There is, however, one problem: mentee graduThe program can't take every stukeeps a framed dent. n his desk next When a student is accepted, a scholarship is immediately purchased and set aside until he or she graduates. More money for scholarships means more children in the program. Last year, Take Stock in Children in Alachua County had 110 applications for 23 slots. In order to choose whom to take, a system ranks students based on their risk factors. Similar to measuring the power of a hurricane, students are ranked from category one to four. From there, the staff chooses students who will be most successful in the program. Mulligan repeats what seems to be the program's mantra: "The way out of poverty is education and relationships." He knows a scholarship alone won't keep these kids out of trouble. But, perhaps, someone who tells them week after week, "You can do this. You're very capable," will make a difference. "I want my mentee to be an allstar," he said. "I want him to really shine." Students respond to changed zodiac signs ASTRONOMERS NOW BELIEVE THERE ARE 13 ZODIACS RATHER THAN 12. By LEILA MILGRIM Alligator Contributing Writer After finding out about the zodiac change, Dana Orlando logged on to Facebook and posted, "What is an Ophiuchus, and why am I now one of these?" Orlando is one of many UF students who was confused by the zodiac identity crisis that has altered horoscopes. According to an article in Time NewsFeed, a discovery regarding the axis of the Earth and alignment of the stars has led astronomers from the Minnesota Planetarium Society to believe that there are 13 zodiacs on the astronomical calendar, as opposed to the 12 that the ancient Babylonians believed there to be. Because of this, the dates that fall under each sign have changed. Sophomore Jennifer Wilson said her world turned upside-down when she discovered she was no longer a Libra and was supposedly a Virgo. "I feel so confused as to which horoscope I am supposed to be relating to," Wilson said. Sophomore Hayley Johnson said horoscopes are too vague to be accurate. "I think it is silly that people care so much about the horoscope change," she said. A rumor of the horoscope change only applying to people born after 2009 is also confusing students. "I guess I will never truly know my horoscope," Wilson said. "I think people just need to continue to have faith in what they have always believed in." Run raises $6,000 for Haiti By DANIELA GUZMAN Alligator Contributing Writer The running support of UF students for the people of Haiti warmed up a particularly cold morning Saturday. Gators United for Haiti honored the victims of last year's earthquake with a 5K run/ walk. More than 300 runners crossed the finish line at the Commuter Lot on Gale Lemerand Drive to raise about $6,000 for the cause. The "Chomp the Quake" 5K run/ walk was the result of a semester-long coordinated effort of about 15 student organizations that compose Gators United for Haiti. Sky Georges, president of Gators United for Haiti, said the organization was established shortly after the disaster that occurred on Jan. 12, 2010, as a front to raise money for the victims of the earthquake. Hayley Paradise, a runner that participated in the 5K with her sorority, said a $20 registration fee goes a long way. "As much as we think that our donations are small, every little bit helps," she said. The proceeds will go toward Partners in Health, a public health Haiti care organization cooperating with the Red Cross to support the devastated nation. Their projects include rebuilding and enhancing Mirebalais hospital in Haiti to provide its residents with comprehensive medical attention. Gators United for Haiti is $3,000 away from the initial donation goal of $50,000 to help Haiti in the renewal process. He will run against Sen. Bill Nelson UF lecturer Mike Haridopolos sits in UF's Bob Graham Center for Public Service on February 5, 2008. HARIDOPOLOS, from page 1 cause we have had difficulty placing interns there historically," Matheny said. If Haridopolos wins the Republican primary, he will most likely face incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson in November 2012. Nelson has served in the U.S. Senate since 2000, making him a potentially tough competitor, said Beth Rosenson, UF associate professor of political science. Rosenson said that while he may be able to capitalize off of anti-Obama sentiment, Haridopolos' lack of national political experience may be a hindrance to his campaign. For Haridopolos, another problem that may become an attack point during the campaign is the ethics investigation into his financial disclosures last year. Haridopolos admitted his failure to disclose information about a $400,000 Mount Dora investment home and other concerns and reached a settlement with the Florida Commission on Ethics in December. "It's a sin of omission, not one of commission. I don't think it's going to hurt him," Rosenson said. "If he can get the party nomination, I think it's a "It's a sin of omission, not one of commission. .I don't think it's going to hurt him." Beth Rosenson UF associate professor of political science pro-Republican climate and he has a good chance." Even if Haridopolos doesn't win, such a highprofile race could help him in future campaigns, she said. "It's a good risk for him to take," she said. "I don't see much that he could lose."

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Man makes living selling kids TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011 U ALLIGATOR, 5 ~ -Y .~ U I I I 1 The baby goats cost $100 to $500 By MELANIE BRKICH Alligator Contributing Writer Felicity hasn't accepted her kids. Although they're just a few hours old, she won't nurse them. But that's perfectly normal -Felicity is a goat. "Goats don't always accept their babies," said Charlie Meister, 70, who owns Felicity and about 60 other goats at Greathouse Farm Equestrian Center. Meister's farm, located about 10 miles from UF campus at 11004 SW 67th St., is booming with baby goats, or "kids," and more are on the way. About a year ago, Meister put an ad for his goats in the Alligator classifieds. Meister said he's gotten calls from both students and faculty as a result of his ad. Cindy Toth, 57, is one of Meister's customers and a professor in UF's College of Public Health and Health Professions. She already had two adult goats when she fell in love with a another couple of Meister's kids. She decided to keep the two brothers as pets. She named them Leo and Vinny, after Leonardo da Vinci and Vincent Van Gogh, respectively. Toth said she bought the goats primarily to keep as pets but has found that they have other uses, too. She and her husband are currently trying to get agricultural exemption for their property, meaning that their property taxes will go down as a result of owning the goats. "I'm more interested in finding good homes for my goats and developing an industry." Charlie Meister goat owner They also help trim down the grass and weeds on their 10 acres of land. In the last year, Meister has sold about 20 goats intended for a variety of purposes from producing milk and cheese to being pack animals that assist hikers to being companions for other farm animals. Meister's goats, some of which are named Melanie, Tarzan and Ruger, jump up around Meister's legs like excited puppies, tails wagging as he sets down their lunch -a bucket of milk. "They all have different personalities, and they all look a little different," Meister said. A lot of dedication goes into caring for the goats, and it shows. His Nubians, a specific breed, are registered show goats and have won numerous blue ribbons. The price of one goat can fall between $100 to $500 depending on size and pedigree. Because of Meister's awards, his goats are more valuable. Meister started GreatHouse Farms as an equestrian center about 20 years ago with his late wife Jan. He worked for UF at the time, where he spent 30 years doing research in integrated pest management. Meister now devotes all his time to raising his goats. Meister said he hasn't done any advertising other than the classifieds of the Alligator, but he hopes to branch out someday. For now, Meister is entertaining the idea of producing his own goat cheese. "I'm more interested in finding good homes for my goats and developing an industry." Charlie Meister, 70, feeds kids at the Greathouse Farm Equestrian Center in Gainesville. Girl Fitness You'll love the moves, the music, and the magic of this cardio dance class that is a perfeet fit for everyone. You will feel like the star of a music video as you dance your way to an amazing body. WHEN: Tuesdays 7:15pm-8:15pm WHERE: GHF For Women 2441 NW 43rd Street Thornebrook Village COST: FreeIncluded In Your Membership GainesfW e Health & Fitness for Women" $ OFF Jiffy Lube Signature Service' 13 Oil Change No Coupon Needed! No expiration date to remember! Just bring in a valid student ID to any Gainesville Jiffy Lube. 5 area locations. For the Jiffy Lube nearest you please visit jiffylubesoutheast.com Sstoe for oretils. t hnytheroeR e onsmy ae design @2010 Jiffy Lube International, Inc. All rights reserved. Read all about it. Online. www.alligalor.org O.P4 IM a, 4 VA, 111111111110 Z Lu o

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6, ALLIGATOR U TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011 Media Blackout In this case, no news is good news ast week, the Alligator learned of an event being planned by the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville. We will not dignify the event by discussing it in this publication. We only bring it up in this space to explain to our readers the reasoning behind our decision not to focus any attention on the event. The most basic role of a newspaper is to inform its readers, so the decision to withhold information is not made lightly. After careful consideration, we felt it was our responsibility as journalists and as members of society not to contribute to a culture of hatefulness, vitriol and a general lack of respect for others. The Alligator can't allow itself to be the mouthpiece for any group, but especially not a fringe group that has a track record of exploiting the media to advance its message and notoriety. We hope the rest of the media, both local and national, will resist the temptation to sensationalize this event. Lastly, we hope this act of transparency on our part will promote trust with our readers. Now that you've been let in on our decision making process, we hope you understand our decision, even if you disagree. At least you know the decision was not made hastily or without due consideration. And you can rest assured that all other dilemmas that face us will be treated with the same sense of responsibility and diligence. Seize the Day is dream still rings true, but, oddly enough, the day we take to celebrate it appears to undermine Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision. We're all for having another day away from the paper, but getting a day off school and work in honor of a man who fought for equality in both the classroom and office seems a little strange. There are some appropriate ways to celebrate, of course. For one, some people use the extra time to volunteer and better their communities, which perfectly ties in with the preacher's hopes. The local news sometimes uses the day to spotlight changes for the better in inner-city areas, showing that the dream still lives wherever there is hope and effort. Some people would ask why we don't pay attention to these issues more often. We say it's the attention that warrants keeping the holiday around. We're for acknowledging King's legacy; we're just not so sure about ditching school for it. After all, sitting in an integrated classroom, learning material just as unsatisfactorily (c'mon, this is Florida, after all) as the students the next school over is one of the best manifestations of the changes the country's undergone since the civil rights movement. Rather than wasting the day away, as many of us did, maybe it's time to go about our usual business imagining how extraordinary the 1960s activists would think our 21st-century routine is. a l e independent ftorida allVgtg Ror Paul Runnestrand EDITOR Elizabeth Behrman Joshua Saval MANAGING EDITORS Cynthia Despres OPINIONS EDITOR The Alligator encourages comments from readers Letters to the editor should not exceed 150 words (about one etter-sized page) They mustbe typed, double-spaced and must include the author's name, classification and phone number Names will be withheld if the writer shows just cause We reserve the right to edit for length, grammar, styie and iibei Send letters to letters aiiigatororg, bring them to 1105 W University A or send them to PO Box 14257, GainesviIle, FL 32604-2257Columns of about 450 words about original topics and editorial cartoons are also welcome Questions? Call 376-4458 Opinions Today's question: Have you Friday's question: Should Bright skipped class in favor of tutoring Futures scholarships be harder to sessions? obtain? Vote or post a message at www.alligator.org ALLIGATOR www.aIligator.org/opinion c _____C111LYNJ Fog" Tutoring services an unwelcome crutch T utoringZone is God, right? It saves your grades and gets you through those grueling courses in a five-hour brain rape involving some coffee and the infamous packet. Spare yourself the hours of lecture-watching and instead spend the night before the exam in Club West with some Smokin'Notes and you're good to go. This is how I spent my first finals week at UF, but I dare pose the question: Are we being extorted in order to succeed? Before the pitchfork-armed mob comes chasing me down, yes, Smokin'Notes and TutoringZone are genius study materials and grade savers, but how close are we to supplementing whole courses with an 80-page packet of brightly colored paper? I go to class, watch my lectures and do my assignments. Simply put, I'm a loser. Why then, even at my dorkiest, am I spending $30 more to pass EC02013? Yes, the packets, Smokin'Notes, note cards and practice tests are comforting, but doesn't spending extra money border on ridiculous? We don't think about it because we are enamored with the idea of easy studying. We pay thousands of dollars for classes, yet many of us ride through them reciting our mantra, "I'll just live at TZ the week before the exam." I'll confess, this was my philosophy for fall finals. In retrospect, I'm a little pissed. I spent five months attending class, studying and keeping up with assignments, but I still found myself shelling out $50 to feel prepared. We are most often exploited with online lecture classes. As a business major, I am familiar with online lectures, and TutoringZone and Smokin'Notes cater to these courses. I enrolled in one of these courses last semester, and despite Laura Ellermeyer letters@aligator.org watching lectures and completing every online quiz, I circumvented a panic attack only by buying the Smokin'Notes. The carefully phrased definitions and formatted formulas were too tempting to pass up, especially when the online lectures left me clueless. The materials let students feel comfortable with slacking in class because they can fall back on them if they miss a lecture or pass on a quiz or assignment. There is no cheat sheet for life. Should we rely on these materials when we have a semester of classes and course material under our belts? Does the option to purchase these packets encourage students to blow off classes and rely on a cram session? For many students, the allure of more free time is a worth a session at TutoringZone. I remember when it was embarrassing if you needed extra help for school. With the glamorization of services such as TutoringZone, it is encouraged when it shouldn't be necessary. I'm all for working smarter, not harder, but have the days of old-fashioned dorkiness come to an end? Should we stop attending classes, then put in Red Bullfueled eight-hour sessions at TutoringZone a few days before exams? Students do this successfully, so what's the incentive to not conform? Where's the reward for those who attend class and keep up with assignments? For the time being, crammers keep cramming. At least you'll learn to pass tests. Laura Ellermeyer is afirst-yearfinance major. Her column appears on Tuesdays. 70% YES 30% NO 171 TOTAL VOTES The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the Alligator.

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011E ALLIGATOR, 7 Cw=oeN A CEOv RCMN. -k4 Teenage pregnancy not so glamorous hile watching the show "Teen Mom" on MTV, my friends and I cringe as we see young girls, even younger than we are, faced with the challenges of coping with unplanned and generally unwanted pregnancies. Watching them juggle school and deal with emotional detachment from their friends and family makes me wonder why anyone is against teaching teens about safe sex and how to prevent unwanted pregnancies. According to the Center for Disease Control, one third of young women in the United States become pregnant before the age of 20, and eight in 10 of these pregnancies are unwanted. Being a teen mom is stressful. The New York Times reports that 80 percent of the time pregnancy drives these young women to drop out of school. Without a high school diploma, it is much harder to get a job that pays decent wages. The dropout rate alone illustrates the profound effect that teenage pregnancy has and demonstrates why something needs to be done to lower the teen pregnancy rate. We need to educate teenagers about ways to prevent unwanted pregnancies. They need to be told that while abstinence is the only sure way to not get pregnant, there are options to substantially reduce the risk if they choose to have sex, including condoms and birth control pills. Unfortunately, many adults do not want to face the fact that young adults will have sex no matter what their parents may say. The idea of providing a broad range of information in addition to "abstinence only" has become a highly political issue. Interestingly, the pregnancy rate is much higher in the "red states" -majority Republican -than in the "blue states" -majority Democrat. The CDC reports that the red states have higher teen pregnancy rates; the majority of them have rates between 39 and 65 percent, while the majority of blue states have a rate below 38 percent. One reason why red states have a higher pregnancy rate is that an increasing number of red state school districts are adopting abstinence-only sex education and some local churches are encouraging young adults to take virginity pledges. This lack of education about safe sex seems to be contributing to high teen pregnancy rates. In today's world, though, it is unrealistic to believe that teenagers will wait for marriage. Popular culture Anita Babbitt UWire -through books, TV, magazines -reinforces every day that it is accepted to have sex before marriage. Some of these sources even glorify pregnant teens. Sarah Palin is a strong believer in teaching abstinence before marriage and advocates a "pro-life" position. It was extremely surprising to find that her 17-yearold daughter, Bristol, was pregnant and not yet married. Instead of being hidden away, Bristol was applauded for keeping the baby, and the media and her mother's conservative supporters made her out to be a brave girl. Similarly, Britney Spears' sister, Jamie Lynn, became pregnant at the age of 16 and was also not married. She got a People magazine cover story and was also portrayed as a strong girl for taking on the challenge of having a child at that age. When young adults like these two are made out to be heroes for having their children in their teen years, young girls might think they could be seen as a hero too. In reality, though, it is much harder to raise a child, especially as a teenager. These two young girls are celebrities and have welloff families who can support them through school and help raise the child; most teenagers who become pregnant do not have this luxury. The series "Teen Mom" shows its audience what it is really like to have a child at a young age and what it does to your life. These girls suffer rejection by their peers and family. They also have to take on the stress of caring for their children while going to school. This is what media should be projecting to the public to show that it is extremely difficult to take care of a child when you are so young. I am not advocating having sex before marriage or suggesting that all young adults who get pregnant lead horrible lives. What I am saying is that many young people are choosing to have sex in their teen years and I believe all teenagers should be aware of what they are getting themselves into. They should know that there are options out there if they do not want the responsibility of a child. Popular culture needs to take responsibility and show the harsh truth about being a teen mom. Anita Babbitt is a columnist for The Lawrentian at Lawrence University. Southern pride not warranted his year marks the 150th anniversary of the onset of the Civil War. Ideally, this meaningful anniversary could serve as a lime of reflection about the current state of the South. In many quarters, the South's role in this war is viewed as heroic. Large segments of the population view the South's secession from a federal government as completely justified because they believe that government violated their states' rights. As the Sons of Confederate Veterans put it this year, "All we wanted was to be left alone to govern ourselves." It is wrong for Southerners to glorify our past, though, because there is absolutely nothing glorious about it. The reality is that the Hudson Todd most significant state's nght UWire being usurped from the South was the right to own slaves. The first line of the Declaralion of Secession by Mississippi states, "Our position is thoroughly identified with the inslitulion of slavery -the greatest material interest of the world. Its labor supplies the product which constitutes by far the largest and most important portions of commerce of the earth." All other Southern states that wrote declarations of secession identified slavery as the principle inducement for secession as well.Admittedly, the South was not only concerned about maintaining slavery. It also cared aboutthe states'rights to suppress freedom of speech, such as that of abolitionists, the right to violate the sovereignty of non-slave states by abducting runaway slaves with the use of lethal force, and the right to secede after elections they found unfavorable. Many southerners to this day slill believe in secession after elections they disagree with. Shortly after President Barack Obama took office, an anti-tax rally was held in Texas, during which protesters chanted, "Secede!" Afterward, Governor of Texas Rick Perry suggested that, while he does not endorse the idea of secession, Texas could secede if it wanted to. Why, then, do millions of Americans still treat the Confederate flag with such reverence? Whatever their reasons are, it is unlikely they are positive. The South has dragged its feet on every single civil rights issue this country has faced. Its citizens were (and are) more opposed to women's right to vote, desegregation, and the decriminalization of sodomy than any other region of the country. The South currently has higher rates of violent crime (despite its use of the death penalty with its purported deterrence effect), higher rates of obesity, and lower educational attainment on average than other states. It also has the highest rates of teenage pregnancy, divorce (despite its religiosity), and wealth inequality. In fact, the term "culture of honor" is regularly used to describe how southerners respond to slights with more physical aggression than other Americans. What is there to be proud of? What, in all of American history, has the South ever done that has separated it from the rest of the country in a positive light? Even if the South had positively distinguished itself from the rest of the U.S., which it hasn't, why would that reflect well on the people who just happen to be born there? There is absolutely no reason to honor the South on the anniversary of a war it fought in order to maintain the right to own human beings. Even the more thoughtful individuals I encounter still honor confederate soldiers' bravery as they do all soldiers who died in the Civil War, but what is bravery for the cause of injustice? We Southerners should be embarrassed by, not proud of, our ancestors who volunteered to fight and die for the Confederacy. There is nothing intrinsically praiseworthy about sacrificing your life, and there is nothing laudable about taking a position that was indefensible 150 years ago and attempting to defend it now. Hudson Todd is a columnistfor the Vanderbilt Hustler at Vanderbilt University.

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8, ALLIGATOR U TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011 Health official says autism, vaccinations not linked One in five people believe some vaccines cause autism By KAITLYNN FLOYD Alligator Contributing Writer The cause of autism remains uncertain after research connecting it to the MMR (MumpsMeasles-Rubella) vaccination has been gradually questioned. Andrew Wakefield, along with other researchers, published an article in The Lancet in 1998 that attempted to link autism to the MMR vaccination, but this research is being discredited. According to the American Medical Association, this research has several critical flaws, including fabricated results. The research discouraged parents from having their children receive the MMR vaccination, which gives live Public doses of the measles, Health mumps and rubella. Sherry Windham, immunizations program manager for the Alachua County Health Department, questions the research. "You would think if someone was doing a study, there would be several participants in the study, not just 12," Windham said. She said she's noticed more people today believe vaccination is a "bad thing." Darlene Edwards, a pharmaceutncal representative, feels nt's a disservice to a child not to be vaccinated. However, Edwards has friends who believe there is a link between the MMR vaccinations and autism. In March of 2010, American Medical News reported that one in five believe some vaccines cause autism. INTERNATIONAL Survey says most Chinese see ties with US worsening THE ASSOCIATED PRESS gin of error. tudes toward the U.S., compared to 63 perBEIJING -Just over half of the Chinese public believe relations with the U.S. worsened last year, and the overwhelming majority blame Washington for the decline, according to a survey published on Monday. Roughly 53 percent of those responding saw relations with the U.S. getting worse last year, said the survey, carried out jointly by the official China Daily newspaper and the Horizon Research Consultancy Group. Just over 80 percent blame the deterioration on Washington, according to the survey. The results appear just one day ahead of a state visit to the U.S. by Chinese President Hu Jintao intended to restore balance to relations following a troubling year during which the sides sparred over controversial issues such as human rights, the Dalai Lama, and arms sales to Taiwan. The survey questioned a sample of 1,443 Chinese citizens aged 18 and over living in Beijing and six other Chinese cities during Dec. 20-30 last year. The newspaper did not detail how participants were selected, and gave no marDespite the slip in perceptions, almost cent who viewed Germany positively and 49 percent of Chinese had favorable attijust 29 percent who felt that way toward Ar rnoto In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, passengers crowd in a waiting room of the railway station in Yinchuan, capital of northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. Japan. Tensions on the Korean peninsula topped the list of concerns for Hu's visit, followed by Taiwan and trade issues. Despite their political differences, economic relations between Beijing and Washington are becoming increasingly crucial. The U.S. is one of China's biggest markets, with $380 billion in annual trade largely in Beijing's favor. China is currently the largest foreign holder of U.S. government debt. Hu sounded a conciliatory tone in a rare interview with U.S. newspapers ahead of his visit, saying the two countries could mutually benefit by finding "common ground" on issues ranging from combatting terrorism and nuclear proliferation to clean energy and infrastructure initiatives. "There is no denying that there are some differences and sensitive issues between us," Hu said in written answers to questions submitted by The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal that were published over the weekend. "We both stand to gain from a sound China-U.S. relationship, and lose from confrontation." BOB GRAHAM CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE Presents Ayaan Hirsi Ali A iuiiiiimii I TE .I I A discussion of her new book, Nomad Thursday, January 20th, 6p.m. University of Florida Pugh Hall Ocora Free parking available 352-846-1575 www.bobgrahamcenter.ufl.edu GENERAL NUTRITION CENTERS s S25% 9FF any one CHIC Product Cannot be combined. One Coupon per customer *4 00 3914 SW Archer Rd e 377-3020 Ep 131/11 I A"GD PLACE TO PAWN RECYCLE YOUR NEWSPAPER. ......alligNtor 52 W3rd Ave. -352-371-4367 You can reach 50,000 plus Hearts. Advertise in the Valentine's Day Edition of the Alligator on February 14th. Your ad will be surrounded by Alligator Valentine's Day Classified Messages called Heartlines. These messages are a longstanding tradition and thousands read them out of curiosity and entertainment. Place your ad with a Valentine's Day theme now. Deadline: Feb. 7, 2011 Advertising: 376-4482 Run Date: Feb. 14, 2o11 all ''-"to s am an.

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011 U ALLIGATOR, 9 Student Government, local police teamed up in the sting operation TAXIS, from page 1 long as the charges are posted in the window and pre-approved by the city. Despite its legality, flat-rate charging has led to situations where students are gouged by drivers claiming to be charging flat "bar rates," Meyers said. "The companies stand to lose from these policies," he said. "If taxi drivers aren't reporting that they're giving rides, then they're not giving their share of the fares to the company." When he assumed the position of Student Senate president, one of the issues Meyers sought to address was students' nghts and one of the problems on his mind was the taxis. The issue came under the microscope of FICA, or the Fairness In Commerce Ad-Hoc Committee. Meyers said he believes cooperating with the city would be the best way to get taxi drivers to run their meters. On Tuesday at 7 p.m., a joint meeting between the City Commission and Student Government will take place in the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom, and the taxi issue will be on the docket. In addition, SG has the Alternative Transportation Ad-Hoc, which aims to further promote methods of alternative transportation in the city. By bulking up promotion of services like SNAP, GOTCHA and Zipcars, Meyers said he hopes to create more competition for taxis, which would in turn force taxis to offer more competitive prices. Student Body President Ashton Charles is another SG official who once found herself at the mercy of over-charging taxi drivers. She began talking to others in her apartment complex and found they had the same problems she did. Some had reported being charged over $40 to get to midtown or downtown. Charles decided to see for herself. She, along with Meyers, decided to take part in a one-night sting operation in which they would take the taxi along with undercover police officers from the Gainesville Police Department on Dec. 8. The purpose of the operation would not be to make arrests, but rather to just see which drivers wouldn't run the meter. The majority of the time, the meter wasn't running. The operation ran from 10 p.m. that night to 3 a.m. the next morning. Out of 19 fares, University Police Department spokesman Jeff Holcomb said, 11 did not run the meter. According to a list compiled by the Gainesville Police Department, the following companies were found to have not run the meter: Bestway Cab, Unimet Taxicab Co., Safety Cabs and Gator Taxi Cab. Gainesville Cab Co. was the only company listed that was reported to have run the meter every time during the operation. MichaelRoss startedBestway Cabin1997. The now 44-year-old Ross said that his company has since been known for providing great service, in the process earning service contracts with the state attorney's office and the public defender's office. City Ordinance 28-9 allows for flat-rate charging, and Ross said his charge sheet, which includes a variety of flat-rate charges, has been approved by city hall. On top of that, Ross said that drivers will sometimes offer discounts on per-head flat rates when large parties come into a taxi. "If we have to start running the meter, there will be no more discounts," Ross said. "It'll be what the meter says." Ross admitted that the charge sheet, which lists the company's flat rate, is required by law to be posted in three places in all taxi cabs, could be confusing to students. On top of confusing rate sheets, Ross said that newer cab companies coming into town have created a negative perception of his company and Gainesville's entire taxi industry. "We've got new cab companies and they are flat-rating out of this world," he said. That's why Ross puts the burden of responsibility on his drivers to make sure passengers agree to fares before rides. However, not all drivers fulfill that obligation. The only way Ross knows there's even a passenger in the vehicle is when people call in for dispatch. When drivers are flagged down by customers, he relies on the driver's word to know they had a fare. He said a way to self-police his company would be to put cameras in cars, but that's not feasible. So Ross instead relies on the honor system, trusting his drivers to follow the rules out on the road. One such driver is Joe, who drives a taxi in Gainesville. Before he carried people around the city in his taxi, Joe, whose real name is being withheld, was a drummer Twenty-three years ago, he set the beat for his band, and that was all he ever intended on doing. But after the band split and his wife became pregnant, Joe had to find a new profession. Armed with only his skills as a musician and a dnver's license, Joe decided to drive cabs for a living. "[My favorite part is] meeting people from all walks of life and lots of different countries," he said. "People come to UF from all over the world. It can be fun. Back when I was a dispatcher, I missed that part of it." But the biggest problem for Joe, and many other taxi drivers, is the pay. "You never know how much you're gonna make from one day to the next," he said. "Trying to budget on a cab dnver's wage is difficult. You don't even have minimum wage to rely on." Joe said that he believes there is a negative perception of taxi drivers and companies in Gainesville as being "crooked." A lot of that has to do with the fares. Instead of clearly explaining fares, fare sheets leave a lot of gray area. "Students definitely deserve a simpler system," he said. The system of flat rates is designed, Joe said, to make things easier on the divers and the passengers. And it can sometimes work in favor of students as opposed to against them. Joe gave the example of taking four students from The Swamp restaurant to downtown. By running the meter, he would be charging a student a $10 minimum in addition to an additional $1 for extra passengers. The total would come out to $13. But if he instead offered a per-head flat rate of $3, it would come out to $12, saving the students a dollar. But the lack of a steady income could lead drivers to take advantage of the flatrate system, Joe said. "The honor system of reporting fares is only reliable as the honesty of the dnver," he said. Ultimately, both Meyers and Student Body President Ashton Charles say that the issue of taxis overcharging students is one of student safety. "The moment I hear that somebody's willing to dnve home four beers in rather than take a taxi," Meyers said, "I know that there's a major issue." What you need to know Four Gainesville taxi services were found to have not run the meters in their taxis during a sting operation by the Gainesville Police Department and University Police Department. Bestway Cab, Unimet Taxicab Co., Safety Cabs and Gator Taxi Cab. If you feel you have been overcharged by a taxi company, you are advised to call the police to mediate the situation, OR take note of the taxi number and report the driver to the company's owner the next day. A normal fare for a taxi with the meter running might be $3.00 as a base meter fare, $5.50 for the first mile and then $2.50 per mile after. However, if the metered rate does not exceed the taxi's minimum fare, the student will be charged whatever the taxi's minimum fare is. Usually between $10-12. Students cannot be retroactively charged for underage drinking. So don't be afraid to call the police if you feel you're being charged unfairly. However, if you're acting out, you can then be charged with public intoxication. Also, if the University Police Department is called, students may be reported to the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution. A joint meeting between the Gainesville City Commission and the Student Senate is being held Tuesday in the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom at 7 p. M. FICA, or the Fairness In Commerce Ad-Hoc committee, was specifically created to battle the taxi issue, and other business practices that it deems to be preying on students. Please join us on January 18 from 7 -9PM in the Reitz Union Auditorium to discuss voter registration, off-campus housing concerns, taxi prices, and more. www.sg.ufl.edu Coy MAKE YOUR VALENTI NE 0 ExTRA HAPPY! Place your HE A R T L I N E 5 o mne5sge in the Valentine's Day 5pecial5ection for only 110C It's EASY -go to www.aIligator.org\classifieds\ & click on the link aligto

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M-F 1-6 Sat. by appt. 3006 SW 23rd St. 377-5221 www.bridgelightapts.com Text: bridgelight@65374 4-20-1 0-70-2 PI LO S Washer/Dryer in Every Apartment 1/1's from $719 2/2's from $839 3/3's f rom $954 Includes Internet 352-335-7656 www.thepolosuf.com 4-20-10-70-2 3/2 House Available Immediately Near Law School, Shopping, Restaurants Free UF Parking! 352.371.7777 4-20-10-70-2 SUN BAY and Sun Key 2.1 bedroom Apartment >From $550/mo; 1 mo free for UF students on yr lease Walk to Campus 352-376.6720 or 352-376-7041 www.sun island. info 4-20-10-70-2 2/2 & 3/3 Roommate Matching Walk In Closets Private Bathrooms Cable w/HBO & Showtime Full size W/D Pet friendly 352-374-3866 4-20-10-70-2 SUN HARBOR TOWNHOMES 1.1 Townhomes >From $525 mo; 1 mo free with yr lease. Walk to Campus 352-376-6720 or 352-376-7041 www.sunisland.info 4-20-10-70-2 SUN BAY and Sun Key 1.1 bedroom Apartment (Not just a room!) 1 mo free for UF students >From $475 mo; Walk to Campus No other offers apply 352-376-6720 or 352-376-7041 www.sunisland.info 4-20-10-70-2 PET'S PARADISE $390 -$650. No app or pet fee. 1 & 2BR, privacy fenced. SW. 352-331-2099 1-1910-103-2 c EBaur' -Management Inc. CALL TODAY! Homes/Condos/Apartments Close to UF on bus route! vww.edbaurmanagement.com 352-375-7104 4-20-10-70-2 $500-$600 clean, spacious PRIVATE, apt. for calm, stable, mature person in quiet area, greenspace/trees; pvt patio, near UF & dntn, bus. 1825-1826 NW 10th st. 352-376-0080, 352-284-3873; postj@bellsouth.net 4-2010-70-2 2 Months Free! Sundowne Villas Studio *$430 and 1/1 *$457 Located behind Butler Plaza Pet friendly No weight limits! Ph. 377-2596 www.gremco.com 4-20-1 0-70-2 2 MONTHS FREE! Pine Rush Villas NO PET/ALARM FEES Pet Friendly No Wgt Limits 1/1 1$447 2/1 1$548 Near UF and Oaks Mall Ph. 375-1519 www.gremco.com 4-20-10-70-2 2 Months Free Sunrise Villas One Bedroom Villa *$428 Near UF and Shand's Pet Friendly No Weight Limits Ph. 372-4835 www.gremco.com 4-20-10-70-2 First Month Free Campus Walk Apartments All Inclusive Individual Leases 4 Bedroom Townhomes and flats Located on UF campus $350 per bedroom All Inclusive Semester Leases available! (352) 376-0828 (Rental office at Homestead Apts.) www.gremco.com 4-20-10-70-2

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011 U ALLIGATOR, 11 For Rent For Rent For Rent For Rent nRoommates unfurnished unfurnished unfurnished unfurnished The Cottages on Market Street 2BR/1 BA apt $500 mo; No Dep, No Fee's UF or SF Full-Time Students Bike to Campus, Walk to Starbucks Tommy 352-339-1965 4-20-10-70-2 C Ed-, Baur. Management Inc. ONW 1 br, new carpet/paint, close to banks/ shopping, minutes from downtown & UF, some utilities included, $450/mo *NW 2br 2ba flat, large mist br, w/d, enclosed screened patio, 1 mo free w/year lease, $700/mo OSW 2br, 1.5ba townhouse near shopping, community pool, $600/mo, 1 mo free w/yr lease OMill PondLovely 2br, 2ba flat with Florida rm, courtyard, garage, community pool and tennis courts. $1000 ODowntown 2 BR at the Lofts at W. University. This modern designed unit includes cable, internet, washer/dryer, and 2 onsite parking spaces. Minutes from UF and Shands, $1050/mo OMallorca SquareLarge 2br,2.5 ba townhouse convenient to Oaks Mall and UF/hospitals, many extras,$895/mo OTreehouse Village2/2 New Carpet,D/W, W/D incl.,on covered bus line close to downtown, UF/Shands. $595 OBIG 3/3 in SW, Ceramic/Carpet, D/W, W/D includes clubhouse, pool, comp lab, volleyball, tennis, basketball, MUST SEE $900 *Edbaurmanagement.com 352-375-7104* 4-20-10-70-2 Immaculate small efficiency,quiet.Wash/ dry on premises.Wat/Sew incl NS No pets. 1/2m South of UF/Shands.2 bus routes.Avail Dec 27.$399/m 352-262-2871 Owner agent. 1-24-11-14-2 Greenwich Green 2/2 for $799 Patio and Strage Closet Call 382-372-8100 4-20-10-70-1 2BR/1 BA APARTMENT 7129 SW 45th Place. $550/mo No pets. Call Geri 352-538-1114 1-20-1110-2 LOW COST MOVE IN! Small 2BR $375/mo. Call 352-372-6881 or 352-213-3901 11-10-2 1-20Spacious 1, 2, & 3br starting at $495. Many floor plans, some with enclosed patios or balconies. Italian tile, bedrooms carpeted. DW, W/D hook-ups, verticals, CH/AC. Near bus route, some walk to UF. Call 352-332-7700 2-24-11-35-2 SECTION 8 HOUSING ACCEPTED Newly remodeled 2 & 3 BDs Quiet neighborhood. Lots of upgrades. Free 32" HD PLasma TVfor new Sec 8 lease. Must see! Call 332-7700 2-24-11-35-2 Los Angeles Times Daily Crossword Puzzle Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis ACROSS 66 Online 30 Runs through a 45 Married in secret 1 Lin or Angelou annoyance sieve 48 Network with an 5 Terrier type 31 Jeanne d'Arc et eye logo 9 Performed on DOWN al. 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Call Andrea Martin, Keller-Williams Realty 352-281-3131 1-2111-10-2 CAMPUS EDGE CONDO 2/2 Walk to UF, Shands, VA & Pharm School. le floor, W/ in unit. Avail fall. Reasonable rates. 239-250-8149 1-21-11-10-2 000000 NEAR UF 0000000 4 Apts 2/1 in College Park area (5/3 House) (4/3 House) (3/2 House) available for August Manny 352-317-4408 info & pic gainesvillestudentrentals.com 1-31-11-16-2 Studio for rent. Bedroom, kitchen, full bathroom, total privacy. 3 miles from Butler plaza near Tower Square. $475.00 per month includes Utilities, Cable TV, & Internet Call 352-378-4626 or 352-262-4290 1-28-1115-2 2BR/1 BA Cent heat mobile home. Shady lot. From $290 to $400/mo. Includes water. No pets. Vacant lots also available. 4546 NW 13th St. 376-5887 1-24-11-10-2 The Retreat at Madison Pointe 2/2s with vaulted ceilings $999 3/3 Townhomes w/Private Baths $1089 Garage included, Gated Community. 2701 NW 23rd Blvd 352-372-0400 wvvw.madison pointe.org 4-20-66-2 Available Aug 1st. 3BR/1BAvery nice house, short bike, cent H/AC, dishwasher, disposal, W/D provided. Very private backyard w.h small garage. 924 NW 9th Ave. $1100/me. Call 352-339-2342 Other houses available 1-25-11-9-2 WALK TO UF Available Feb. 1 BR/1 BA $550 1 year lease, SD, NS, NP Call/Text 352-870-7256 gv1132601@gmail.com 2-28-11-33-2 Available Aug 1st. 4BR/2BAvery nice house. Quiet area between UF and Santa Fe. Game room, W/D provided. Fenced backyard, pets ok. 1330 NW 39th St. $1200/mo. Call 352339-2342 Other houses available 1-25-119-2 eC"fBBIE SCRABBLE' is a trademark of Hasb e e Media Services, Inc. All rights reserved. 2BR/1BA cabin, 20 acres. Fixer-upper. Horses/dogs welcome. 27802 SW 120th Lane, Newberry. $555/mo. Comes with horse. Long driveway. In Gothe State Forest. Call 330-329-8834 1-26-10-2 *5 BEDROOM HOUSE" Walk to class. Right Across ftom The Swamp stadium. Available Aug 1st. Wood Floors. Lots of parking. Please call John @ (561) 866-8234 for further info 1-21-6-2 MERRILL MANAGEMENT INC. 825 NW 13th St 352-372-1494 x10 www.merrillmanagement.com ***ST CROIX APTS: $475 per Month, 2BR 1BA Apts, 3 BLKS TO UF! 840 Sq. Ft. Large Rooms, Plenty of Parking, Central H & Air, Laundry Fac. Carpet, Pets Allowed. 829 Sw 5th Avenue. ***CIRCE APTS: 2BR 1 BA Apt 3 BLKS TO UF, New Carpet $450/Mo $600 Deposit Window A/C, Nat Gas Ht. 216 SW 12th Street. ***EFFICIENCY -2 Rooms(not bedrooms) Shared Bathroom, Window A/C, Carpet, Across from UF Stadium, 1830 NW 1st Ave $295/Mo, $300 Deposit 0** ROCKWOOD VILLAS: 5542 SW 8th Place $750/Mo, $800 Deposit. Pets Ok, 2BR 2BA, Newly painted, New Carpet, Tile Floors in LR, Incids Washer/ Dryer, Pool, Tennis Courts, Bus Line to Shands & UF. 1-18-11-1-2 3 bd 1 ba in NE Gville .Beautiful, restored hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, W/D, front porch, back deck, fresh paint. Lg fenced property, Pets OK. Great location. Available now. 516-459-7654. 1-24-11-5-2 Ur-ublaseE)i Looking for female sublease for 1/1 in a 4/4 at the Woodlands of Gainesville. $565/mo includes utilities, fully furnished, pet friendly! Please call 727-804-6893 for more details. 1-19-5-3 Would someone PLEASE sublease this apt? Male to take over sublease in 2br/lb. Walking distance to campus. Directly off University Ave. $325 from 2/11-7/11. Email gatorgal24@gmail.com for specificis 1-1911-3-3 US and Canada. @Ie2011 Hasbro. Distributed by Tribune Ai Ei WE Ni Ni Si FO 1] 1 1 8] E 1E O1 1 X8 Li T1 Ei Oi Y4 Li Ni 03 C3s Ai Ui Ks Li 1W 3 PAR SCORE 200-210 BEST SCORE 289 Triple Word Score 2nd Letter Double HK RACK 2 1 RACK 3 RACK 4 FOUR RACK TOTAL TIME LIMIT: 20 MIN DIRECTIONS: Make a 2to 7-letter word from the letters in each row. Add points of each word, using scoring directions at right. Finally, 7-letter words get 50point bonus. "Blanks" used as any letter have no point value. All the words are in the Official SCRABBLE" Players Dictionary, 4th Edition. SOLUTION TOMORROW For more information on books, clubs, tournaments and the school program go to www.scrabble-assoc.com or callthe National SCRABBLE' Association (631) 477-0033. 01-18 Roommate Matching HERE Oxford Manor 377-2777 The Landings 336-3838 The Laurels 335-4455 Greenwich Green 372-8100 Hidden Lake 374-3866 4-20-70-4 Now you can easily submit your classified ad for print and/or web editions right thru our website! Just go to www.alligator.org/Classifieds Visa and Mastercard accepted. Call now. Share 4BR/4BA 1st floor, furnished condo at Countryside. 1 mi to UF. Incl utils, W/D, internet, cable TV, great parking & pool. 2 rooms avail immed. $425/mo/rm 1-386-672-6969 or 1-386-295-7929 1-31-10-42-4 1st month free. Grad student looking for female roommate in fully furnished 4/4 condo at Countryside. $425/month. Short term lease available. Cable/internet, utils, W/D, 2 bus routes. Contact Megan 727-542-8155. 1-21-11-11-4 Large Room in NW Home. $450/mo incl utils & DSL, large closets. No pets. Mature, non-smoker, grad student/ professional. Scott 352-335-8209 1-20-1110-4 Roommate wantedShare nice clean NW area 3 Br, 2 bath single family home with two senior UF studentsfenced back yardwasher/ dryer-fireplace$320 me. & 1/3 utilities. Call Jon-321-537-5640 or 352-665-9547 1-2 1_11_10_4 Female looking for same to share a furnished 3BR/2BA condo. 10 mins by bus to UF campus. $400/mo including utils. Great Location! Call 850-974-0686 1-21-11-10-4 Gated 4BR/4BA Countryside condo, poolside, own BD & BA, W/D, cable, hi-speed internet, early stop on UF bus rte. Utils included. $350/mo. No deposit required. 863634-1893. Available immediately. 1-19-113-4 O Real Estate Sell your house, condo, acreage, mobile hoe and much mere 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 THRU OUR ONLINE AT www.alligator.org. or please call 373Find (373-3463) NEW CONDOS-WALK TO UF For Info on ALL Condo for Sale, Visit www.UFCONDOS.COM or Matt Price, University Realty, 352-281-3551 4-20-70-8 AFFORDABLE LUXURY NEW CONSTRUCTION NEAR UF, SHANDS, LAW SCHOOL 2Bed/3 Full Baths + Office. Granite Counters, 2 Direct Bus Stops to UF. Matt Price, University Realty, 352-281-3551 4-20-70-5 WALK TO UF & DOWNTOWN! THE PALMS -New Ultra-Luxury Condos. Granite, Huge Closets, Pool, Call Eric Laighiman, University Realty 352-219-2879 4-20-70-5 2BR/1.5BA newly renovated townhouse. 6134 SW 8th Lane. You have to see it to appreciate it! Come see it and make an offer. Call 352-281-7411 or 786-537-2963 and make an appointment 1-31-11-17-5 Rent to Buy. 2BR/2BA Capstone Quarters Cndo Near Shards. Private porch, backyard, new carpet, paint and appliances. Community Pool, $650/mo. $54,900 Call 352-378-4626 1-28-11-15-5

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12, ALLIGATOR U TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011 Furnishings Motorcycles, Mopeds Autos Help Wanted Help Wanted BED -QUEEN -$120 ORTHOPEDIC Pillow-top, mattress & box. Name brand, new, still in plastic. Call 352-372-7490 will deliver. 4-20-10-70-6 BED -FULL SIZE -$100 ORTHOPEDIC Pillow-top mattress & box. New, unused, still in plastic w/warranty. Can deliver. Call 352377-9846 4-20-10-70-6 MICROFIBER SOFA & LOVESEAT -$400 Brand new still packaged w/warranty. Must sell. Can deliver. Retail $1600. 352-3727490 4-20-10-70-6 BED -KING -$200 PILLOWTOP mattress & box springs. Orthopedic rated. Name brand, new, never been used, in plastic with warranty. Call 352-372-8588. Can deliver. 4-20-70-6 BEDROOM SET 7pc Cherry, Queen/ king bed, dresser w/mirror, 2 nightstands, chests avail. Dovetail const. New, in boxes. Can deliver. Retail $4500, must sell, sacrifice $850 (352) 372-7490 4-20-70-6 SOFA & LOVESEAT 100% Italian leather. Brand new in plastic w/warranty. Retail $1800. Sacrifice $700. Call 352-377-9846 4-20-70-6 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 4-20-70-6 **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. 4-20-70-6 BEDQUEEN New orthopedic pillowtop mattress and boxspring set. Brand name, brand new, still in plastic with warranty. Can deliver. $130 352-377-9846. 4-20-70-6 BEDROOM SET$300 BRAND NEW Still in boxes! 5 pieces include: Headboard, Nightstand, Dresser, Mirror, Chest. Must sell, can deliver. 352-377-9846. 4-20-10-70-6 CASH PAID for Laptops Parts & Repair Mac & PC laptops Joel 336-0075 www.pcrecycle.biz 4-20-10-70-7 COMPUTER & LAPTOP REPAIRS Network specialists We buy computers and laptops Working and Non-working 378-4009, 607 NW 13th Street 4-20-10-70-7 CVFor Sale J *@@PARKING@@@ Private, Secure, Guaranteed. 60 sec to UF. Reserve now! Reasonable rates. 352-5382181. Can leave mssg. 4-20-10-70-2 UF SURPLUS EQUIPMENT AUCTIONS are underway. bikes, computers, printers, vehicles & more. All individuals interested in bidding go to: surplus.ufl.edu 392-0370 4-20-10-70-10 GOATS FOR SALE Charlie -352-278-1925 4-20-70-10 Mooccles, Mopeds ***WWW.RPMMOTORCYCLES.COM** FULLSERVICE MOTORCYCLE -SCOOTER REPAIR. 12TH YEAR IN GVILLE. OEM & AFTERMARKET PARTS. BEST TIRE PRICES IN TOWN. 352-377-6974 4-2070-11 *****New Scooters 4 Less***** HUGE Selection. Scooter Sales & Service! Great Scooters, Service & Prices! 118 NW 14th Ave, Ste D, 336-1271 ww.NS4L.com 4-20-10-70-11 ***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. 376-6275 GatorMoto.com 4-20-1070-11 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 4-20-10-70-11 GATORMOTO Gville's #1 service facility. We repairALL brands of scooters. Pickups available. Lowest labor rates around. Quickest turnaround time. Run by Gator Grads so we know how to treat our customers! 376-6275 4-20-10-70-11 **SCOOTER RENTALS** Rent for a day, week, month or semester. Students can rent to own! 352-336-1271 www.gainesvillescooterrentals.com 4-2010-70-11 W Z IAutos FAST CASH FOR ALMOSTANY CARS 0 ORunning or not!O NEED HONDA, TOYOTA, PICKUPS SOver 17 yr svc to UF students OCall Don @ 215-7987 4-20-70-12 CARS -CARS BuyOSellOTrade Clean BMW, Volvo, Mercedes Toyota, Honda, Nissan cars 3432 N Main St. www.carrsmith.com CARRSMITH AUTO SALES 373-1150 4-20-70-12 98 Cadillac Deville $1999 95 Ford Explorer $1999 98 Ford Expolorer $1999 97 Lincoln Town car $1999 352-338-1999 4-20-70-12 98 Landrover Discovery $4999 01 Chevy Silverado $4999 99 Ford F150 $5999 98 Dodge Durango $6999 352-338-1999 4-20-70-12 SUNRISE AUTO SALES Certified vehicles No credit check Move vehicles $500 & up! 352-375-9090 4-20-70-12 SUNRISE AUTO SALES No credit check, buy here pay here Cars, SUVs, Trucks & Vans 30 day warranty 352-375-9090 4-20-70-12 02 Dodge Neon $4500 00 Chevy 3500 $5900 02 Chevy Camero $6999 03 Ford Taurus $6999 352-375-9090 4-20-70-12 05 Saturn Ion $7999 04 Toyota Corolla $7999 04 Kia Sorento $8999 03 Nissan Altima $9999 352-375-9090 4-20-70-12 SUN CITY AUTO SALES Bring W2 and drive home today! Cars, Trucks, SUV's, & Vans Over 150 vehicles in stock! 352-338-1999 4-20-67-12 SUNRISE AUTO SALES Bring W2 and drive home today! Cars, Trucks, SUV's, & Vans 30 Day Warranty 352-375-9090 4-20-67-12 WE BUY JUNK CARS I Titles Only. Call KT 352-281-9980 4-20-70-12 OFcomputers POWER WINDOWS DON'T WORK? On site avail. Steve's Headliners 352-226-1973 Google: Steve's Headliners, Gainesville 4-20-70-12 I BUY CARS & TRUCKS Call Anytime 352-339-5158 1-31-10-78-12 SUN CITY AUTO SALES 60 day payoff On cash vehicles Pay off time negotiable 352-338-1999 4-20-70-12 SUN CITY AUTO SALES All vehicles $0 down! No credit check Cash vehicles $1000 and up! 352-338-1999 4-20-70-12 92 Eagle Talon $1699 89 Ford Bronco II $1499 97 Pontiac Transport $1499 96 Chevy Blazer $1999 352-338-1999 4-20-70-12 LOCAL ARTIST NEEDS: Gold Diamonds Gems Class Rings ETC Top Cash $$$ or Trade OZZIE'S FINE JEWELRY 352-318-4009. 4-20-70-13 UF GRAD PAYS MORE for gold jewelry, scrap gold, Rolex, diamonds, guitars, etc. Top $$$. Get my offer before you sell! Call Jim 376-8090 or 222-8090 4-20-70-13 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. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED I AM BLIND & WOULD LIKE HELP WITH: *Rides to church: Mass at Queen of Peace. *Learning to rake knit hats to send to Haiti & other places. Call 352-219-6948 eYRCIBBE BRAND GRAMS SOLUTION [Ai S1 N N1 Ei RACK1= Ti O L B3 O1 X8 RACK 2 = 03 Y4 C L G1 Ni Ei RACK 3 = B3 Ui Li W. A1 R1 K] RACK 4 = PAR SCORE 200-210 TOTAL 57 98 68 66 289 SCRABBLE' is a trademark of Hasbro in the US and Canada. 02011 Hasbro Distributed by Tribune Media Services, Inc. All rights reserved. This newspaper assumes no responsibility for injury or loss arising from contacts made through advertising. We suggest that any reader who responds to advertising use caution and investigate the sincerity of the advertiser before giving out personal information or arranging meetings or investing money. BARTENDING $300 A DAY POTENTIAL No experience necessary, training provided. 800-965-6520 ext 138 4-20-10-70-14 Students in Accounting, Aviation, Business/ Sales and computer science needed for various positions. Flexible schedules and competitive pay. Join our team! Learn more at vww.gleim.com/employment 4-20-1070-14 $STUDENTS GET CASH ON THE SPOT$ For gently used clothing/accessories & furniture. No appt.necessary! -Sandy's Savvy Chic Resale Boutique 2906 NW 13th St. 3721226 sandysresale.com 4-20-10-70-14 g he M pendent IF orida alligafttIor What's black and white & read all over?? The Independent Florida Alligator Be part of the sales team of the largest college newspaper in the country by applying to be a PAID SALES REP If you are a UF or SFC student available to work 15-20 hours a week this spring, and are eager to gain valuable sales experience, stop by the Alligator, 1105 W. University Avenue, to fill out an application and class schedule or email resume to soconnor@alligator.org. We will contact you for an interview opportunity to get your career jump started! EEO/AA. gthe independent florida alligator What's black and white and read all over?? The Independent Florida Alligator Be part of the sales team of the largest college newspaper in the country by applying to be a INTERN If you are a UF or SFC student available to work 10-12 hours a week this spring, and are eager to gain valuable sales experience, stop by the Alligator, 1105 W. University Avenue, to fill out an application and class schedule or email resume to advertising@alligator.org. We will contact you for an interview opportunity to get your career jump started! EEO/AA. TUTORS NEEDED 1-on-1 tutoring at-risk K-12th grade students. $10/hr. 1-4 afternoons/wk. 15-20 min drive from campus. UF Fed Wk Study Permit req for emp. Volunteers welcome. Contact Sally at st23@cox.net 1-25-10-20-14 OFFICE ASSISTANT Flex hours. Excellent Word, Excel, typing, internet skills. $7.25/hr. Indicate current semester & if available summer schedules, major, graduating semester. siva1950@yahoo.com 1-21-11-18-14 Gator Tail Dancers Now Hiring Call 352/672/1892 3-29-10-60-14 HIRING ALARM DISPATCHER 24/7 monitoring center w/part-time, day, evening & overnight shifts currently available email ddamiano@cpss.net or fax 352-4913617 2-28-10-39-14 BY HOCUS-FOCUS 'HENRY BOLTINOFF W 36 Find at least six differences in details between panels. 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Sports TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011 ALLIGATOR www.alligatorSports.org Gators seeking improvement from free-throw line Florida senior forward Chandler Parsons, a 52.9 percent free-throw shooter this season, is part of a Gators frontcourt that has shot 54.9 percent as a group from the charity stripe. UF is shooting 65.1 percent, making it 267th out of 346 Division-I teams. UF struggling late in games 0 SECOND-HALF COLLAPSES HAVE BECOME COMMON FOR THE GATORS. By MATT WATTS Alligator Writer ATHENS, Ga. -A constant point of emphasis for the Florida women's basketball team is setting the tone early in games. Coach Amanda Butler believes execution in the first four minutes is integral to success. But it has been the opposite -the crunchtime minutes with the game on the line -that has led to multiple late-game collapses for the Gators. Most recently, UF (12-7, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) allowed a 16-point lead to evaporate in the final nine minutes against Georgia, dropping their second straight SEC game, and third in the last four, 70-64 in Athens, Ga., on Sunday. A feisty crowd got into the game as Georgia made its surge, but Butler said she couldn't attribute the loss to the anxiety Florida's young roster might have felt in a hostile environment. "Composure and decision-making under pressure -I don't know that that's nerves, or if that's a lack of experience, or if that Georgia is really good and they didn't play really good until the end. I think it's probably a combination of all those things," Butler said. "It's something that we've got to be better at." Butler is right, because Florida's struggles at the end of games are becoming a trend. UF held a 66-59 lead late against DePaul on Nov. 18 but was able to score just eight points over the final 8:27 and eventually lost 74-73 after a last-second tip-in from Kayla Lewis was waved off. Three weeks later, Florida squandered a five-point halftime lead and was outscored by 20 in the second half in a 69-54 loss to HampSEE W-HOOPS, PAGE 16 By GREG LUCA Alligator Staff Writer gluca@alligator org As Erving Walker stood at the free-throw line for a one-and-one with his team down by a point and 1:09 left, Gators fans looked on with bated breath. There was a palpable sense of anxiety in the O'Connell Center, as one of UF's biggest flaws was about to decide the outcome of the game. Although Walker is one of the team's most clutch free-throw shooters, the junior guard missed the front end, keeping South Carolina ahead and negating UF's first shot at a lead in nearly 30 minutes. "It's real frustrating. We don't want to leave those free points out there." Erving Walker UF guard "I can't ask for a better situation to be in at the foul line, but I just missed it," Walker said. "It's real frustrating. We don't want to leave those free points out there, especially down the stretch." Sixteen seconds later, Gamecocks center Sam Muldrow drilled a three-pointer to give South Carolina a two-possession lead that UF would never overcome. Thanks partially to its 12-of-22 performance from the free-throw line, including five straight misses to close out the contest, Florida (13-4, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) fell 72-69 Saturday against South Carolina (11-5, 2-1 SEC), thus bringing an end to its five-game winning SEE HOOPS, PAGE 16 Lineup shuffling allows rest, new opportunities By ALLISON BANKO Alligator Writer Following the Florida gymnastics squad's first meet Jan. 7, coach Rhonda Faehn said the team would be playing around with its lineups this season, allowing some athletes to rest while others gain exposure in new events. Faehn's plans played out again Friday night, as the No. 1 Gators used a new lineup combination to topple No. 16 Kentucky in the O'Connell Center with a final point tally of 196.775 to 192.900. Normal contributor Maranda Smith didn't compete in the floor exercise, while Alaina Johnson, the SEC Freshman Gymnast of the Week, rested from the balance beam routine. In her place, G_ 7 freshman MackenGymnastics zie Caquatto made her debut. "Being up in the beam lineup this week was a little bit nerve-wracking," she said. "But I just went up there and tried to stay calm and do everything SEE GYM, PAGE 16 TEEING OFF WITH ADAM BERRY U Jets LB Bart Scott had a legendary postgame interview/ standoff with ESPN after his team's victory Sunday. ESPN. come's headline describes Scott as "emotional," which is like calling Bill Belichick "somewhat reserved." .I'm also excited for another week of awesome Rex Ryan interviews. He seems to have drawn the line at putting his own foot in his mouth. U We have a ton of content at alligatorSports.org, including the first episode of our brand new video show. Also, check out our recruiting blog for an update on Chase Hounshell, an offensive line recruit who decommitted from Florida on Monday night. alligatorSports Podcast U Tyler Jett, Greg Luca and podcast first-timer Jesse Simonton join host Adam Berry to discuss the latest Florida football news, analyze the week in Gators basketball and freestyle about a number of other topics. Subscribe on iTunes.

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UF overcomes illness, depth issues Without coach, Florida top By JOHN BOOTHE Alligator Writer All week long, the Gators dealt with multiple obstacles. The No. 6 women's team struggled with sickness, while the No. 5 men's team lacked depth as coach Gregg Troy and nine of team's best left for the SMU Classic. Troy's squad finished short of expectations this weekend in Dallas, taking fourth place as Florida scored 272 points -46 behind first-place Michigan, ranked No. 13. While UF posted a pair of 60-point victories over visiting Florida Atlantic, the Gators also failed to match their previous output in NCAA qualifying times and speed in the pool Saturday in the O'Connell Center Natatorium. "We were hit the hardest with the flu, so we really just had to go wherever they needed us to go," sai Stafford, who managed o performances at home wit 200-yard freestyle -an N( fying time of 1:48.76. "Over the next tw they're going to really the gun." UF associate head sw Along with Stafford, F SEC) received a strong eff Sarah Bateman, who won dividually and contributed Gators' relay wins. Batem ton in four events was a rai as many of the women's s pulled after one event to hel recover from the team's flu spell. s FA U Another issue surrounding the meet was the team's response to missing Troy. d junior Shara "Everybody is a little bit at ease when ne of her best coach Troy is not here, just because he's h a win in the the head coach and you never know what 'AA "B" qualihe's going to do," Stafford said. In Troy's place was associate head coach Martyn Wilby, who said something o weeks, was missing from both teams, though UF y be under only lost one event the entire meet. "The focus was OK. It wasn't great," Wilby said. "Over the next two weeks, Martyn Wilby they're going to really be under the gun." imming coach For the men (4-2, 2-0 SEC), freshman Michael Lewark posted career-highs in orida (4-3, 0-1 the 1and 3-meter dives. Coming into the ort from junior meet, Lewark said his focus was onreplactwo events ining the output of his brother, Andrew. to both of the "[Andrew] just came out and told me an's participato let my body do the work, and everyity in the meet, thing else would fall in place," Lewark swimmers were said. "I just went out and tried to win both p them further boards like he would." Blue-chip prospect reaching potential By STEPHEN SHEEHAN Alligator Writer After coming to UF a year ago as the No. 6 overall recruit, Sekou Bangoura Jr. has had to live up to high expectations. Now, in his second season as a Gator, he is showing why he was so highly regarded. After a strong fall season in which he won the Lakewood Ranch Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic in his hometown of Bradenton, Bangoura is currently ranked No. 28 in the country. The talented sophomore is improving at a rapid pace and has become considerably stronger since he has been at Florida, coach Andy Jackson said. Bangoura reached the quarterfinals at the Southeastern Conference Indoors for the second time in his career over the weekend. Although he lost badly to Tennessee's John-Patrick Smith, Jackson said Smith successfully executed a tactic that Bangoura had not expected. "(Smith) is a lefty with a very big serve and plays power tennis," Jackson said. "(Smith) took a lot of pace off the ball and sort of baited Sekou into being the attacker. Unfortunately, Sekou took the bait and played tactically the wrong way." Despite the tough loss, Jackson remains encouraged that Bangoura can be one of the nation's top 10 players, even saying it could happen sooner rather than later. Bangoura's development will be important to a Gators team that will lose its top player and only senior in Alexandre Lacroix after this season. Lacroix, the No. 4 player in the country, was also eliminated in quarterfinals play at the SEC Indoors after enduring a physically demanding three-set match in the previous round. "Sometimes excuses are true. This early in the season, Alex wasn't physically ready to play his fourth match in two days," Jackson Bangoura said. However, Jackson believes there is a good core group of players in Bangoura, sophomore Bob van Overbeek and junior Nassim Slilam, who can step into Lacroix's shoes once he departs. "We want all three to learn as much as possible from Alex and be able to replicate his success on and off the court," he said. Take advantage of The Allig or to fill yo r 2011 vacanc Advertise in these special sections, and spotlight your property! 15% discount with placement in 4 of 5 dates Quater page real estate ads or larger will be spotted on the map for NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE! Call your sales rep today! 352-376-4482 ,& A .At .A alligftor TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011 U ALLIGATOR, 15 Gators enter rankings due to hot start 0 SIX ATHLETES AND ONE RELAY COMBINE FOR NINE TOP-15 MARKS. STAFF REPORT Florida's track and field teams won 10 events and posted three meet records in their season-opening performances at the Nittany Lion Challenge, and the national rankings reflected the Gators' strong showing. The Track and Field Results Reporting System released its rankings Monday, and six UF athletes and one relay team hold nine spots in the nation's top 15 in their respective events. Omar Craddock, who automatically qualified for the NCAA ChampiSonships in the triple jump in ('2JSaturday's meet, is the squad's .highest-ranked competitor. Track The sophomore jumper, who tied a personal-best mark of 16.19m/53-1.50, is currently second in the country and one of two athletes to have already automatically qualified for the national triple-jump title. junior Genevieve LaCaze and freshman Cory McGee are also among the nation's top 15 in two different distance-running events. LaCaze checks in at third in the women's 3,000-meter (9:34.42) and 13th in the mile (4:49.48), while McGee is seventh in the 3,000-meter (9:43.72) and fourth in the mile (4:46.70). Kemal Mesic (fourth, men's shot put), the women's 4x400m relay (fifth), Jeremy Postin (tied-13th, men's weight throw) and Fidela James (14th, women's weight throw) round out the ranked Gators. Tues. Jan 25 wed. Feb WOLI. March LI' Wed. March 2 wed. April

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16, ALLIGATOR 0 TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011 Coaches attempting to create pressure situations in practice NUUoPS, from page 14 streak. The Gators have been leaving points at the line all season, connecting on just 65.1 percent of their free-throw tries -a figure that ranks 11th in the SEC and 267th out of 346 teams in Division I. "That's huge," senior center Vernon Macklin said. "The bad part about it is we actually work on free throws a lot." Coach Billy Donovan and his staff have been stressing the importance of free throws throughout the season and have been trying to work on correcting the problem in practice. In many instances, the coaches have attempted to generate pressure situations for their players, usually by requiring them to make a certain number of free throws to move on to the next segment of practice. But as much as the coaches try to fix the problem, there is only so much that can be done as a group. "It's the only thing not team. We just got to go out there and, individually, just make free throws," senior forward Chandler Parsons said. While guards Walker and Kenny Boynton have combined to shoot 75.8 percent from the Men's line, frontcourt starters Macklin, Parsons and Basketball Alex Tyus hit just 54.9 percent as a unit. This deficiency can be a major detriment to UF, as frontcourt players are more likely to be fouled as defenses look to prevent easy looks close to the basket. "A lot of times, being a great free-throw shooting team has to do with how well your frontcourt players shoot it," Donovan said. "Tyus, Macklin and Parsons, they're on the floor, and they're going to continue to get fouled a lot." Macklin in particular has been a questionable free-throw shooter his entire career. The senior center is shooting 41 percent from the line this season after connecting on 58.8 percent of last year's attempts and 31 percent of his shots in two years at Georgetown. These struggles have prevented Donovan from using Macklin in late-game situations, as teams are likely to foul him intentionally in order to extend games. "Vernon Macklin, his whole career, has not been a great free-throw shooter," Donovan said. "And I wish I had a magic potion to make him a 90 or 85 percent free-throw shooter, but it's not going to happen." UF looks to future after losses W-HOOPS, from page 14 ton University. Then, searching for their first true~ ro.ad win of the seso against Aubuirn bounce back, to come to work on Tuesday and get this right." The Wildcats (13-4, 2-2 SEC) have won two on Jan. 6, the Gators allowed a 22-9 Tigers straight conference games run in the final 6:43 that again erased a fiveafter a three-game skid, point halftime lead. and they possess the talWhile the losses are troubling, captain ent to extend Florida's losJordan Jones isn't focused on the past. Ining streak to three games. stead, Jones is choosing to turn her attention "[The loss against to the team's next challenge. Jones Georgia] is a heartbreak"We have a tough team coming into the er," Jones said. "But you O'Dome on Thursday," Jones said of No. 19 find out how good you are and how mature Kentucky. "It's going to be a test for us to you are .in how you bounce back." QB John Brantley2oo of 329 (60.8 percent), 2061 yards, 9 TDs, 10 INTs, 116.36 rating CB Janoris Jenkins -3 INTs, 68 return yards, 1 TD; 8 pass breaups 44tackles,6tackles forloss; sack, 18 puntreturns,15oyards Defensive Line Coach Bryant Young -San Jose State defensive line coach, 2010; Notre Dame defensive graduate assistant, 2009; San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman, 1994-2007 FLORIDA FOOTBALL FS Will Hill -2 INTs, 1o2 yards;1 pass breakup; 1 forced fumble; 54 tackles, 2 tackles for loss Alexander Silva / Alligator Staff Gators more focused on routines than scores early in season GYM, from page 14 that I did in practice because it's been pretty solid there." Caquatto scored a 9.725 for her routine. Even with her performance, the scores on beam for the squad were lower than usual, as sophomore Ashan e Dickerson earned an uncharacteristic 9.550. Dickerson said her performance resulted from her getting ahead of herself and rushing through her routine. "I thought they did well," Faehn said of her beam lineup. "I thought some of the routines were better than what the score showed. However, we're not really concerned with the scores. We look at how the athletes are doing." Johnson also said she doesn't look at her scores during meets, but she continued to make Gators history against Kentucky by scoring a 9.950 in vault, making her one of four freshmen for Florida to do so. "Mackenzie and Alaina are top, elite athletes," Faehn said. "With that comes a lot of experience under high-pressure situations. It's nice to see they don't get rattled in the warmups and that carried over into the competition. It brings a calming effect to the other athletes "We're not really concerned with the scores. We look at how the athletes are doing." Rhonda Faehn UF gymnastics coach as well." Friday's meet also allowed for some gymnasts to gain experience in areas outside of their comfort zones. 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We Inform. You Decide. VOLUME 105 ISSUE 9 TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011Not officially associated with the University of Florida Published by Campus Communications, Inc. of Gainesville, Florida Todayvisit www.alligator.org Florida senior forward Chandler Parsons (right) is part of a frontcourt that has struggled all season from the free-throw line. UF is shooting 65.1 percent from the line this season. See Story, Page 14.Partly cloudy 68/48LOWELL, Mass. — Police say a fake valet at a Massachusetts emergency room offered to park a pregnant woman’s car, then drove away with it. Lowell police Capt. Kelly Richardson tells the Boston Herald that the woman drove her self to Lowell General Hospital at 3 a.m. Friday while suffering labor pains. She parked outside the emergency room doors and was met by a man wearing a uniform-style shirt who introduced himself as the valet. The man said she couldn’t park there but volunteered to take her keys and move the car. Then, police say, he drove away. While being admitted, the woman was told the hospital didn’t offer a valet service. The car was found Saturday morning. — THE ASSOCIATED PRESSCops in Massachusetts say fake ER valet nabs expecting mom’s car FORECAST 2 OPINIONS 6 CLASSIFIEDS 10 CROSSWORD 11 SPORTS 14 Jesse Lash / AlligatorDancing for DollarsEleni Rodriguez, a member of Sabor Latino, performs at the Gators United for Haiti Auction and Talent Showcase on Friday night. Gators United for Haiti has set a goal of raising $50,000 for relief efforts in Haiti. LOCALBy ALEXANDER KLAUSNERAlligator Staff Writer In the winter of 2009, Ben Meyers needed to get his drunk friend home. As they came out of a midtown bar, they spotted a taxi parked on the street. This would be a great way, Meyers thought, to get a lift for the mile walk back to Fraternity Row. But Meyers, the current UF Student Senate president, ran into a problem — the driver never ran his meter. And the ferryman asked a high price. For the mile-long drive, the driver asked Meyers to shell out $20. “Bar fee,” he said the driver called it. Not knowing what to do or how to negotiate, Meyers relented. He paid the fare, and for an entire year, he didn’t take the taxi again. There have been many similar complaints of taxi drivers in Gainesville over-charging students for cab fares. Sometimes, the fares drivers demand can be things like $20 per passenger to travel only 10 blocks, Meyers said. Situations like these are made possible by drivers who park outside bars and wait for drunk students to come out. Without a call being made to a dispatcher, drivers don’t have to report their fares, and are free to charge whatever fees they want to students, Meyers said. In addition, if drunk students refuse to pay, drivers may threaten to call police in an effort to coax payment out of passengers. “Knowing students, if I was a taxi driver and I had nobody looking over my shoulder, it would be fairly easy to pull a stunt like that,” Meyers said. Nineteen-year-old Hannah Hong was another who got into similar situation. In early fall semester, Hong was traveling downtown with three of her Alpha Delta Pi sorority sisters. After getting a ride from another sister to the area, Hong ment on Sorority Row. The taxi seemed like a viable option. When the taxi arrived, the driver did not inform Hong of how much she would be asked to pay. Instead, he just drove. And when they arrived, Hong said, the bombshell came — $20 per person. Hong found a way to scrape together the $80 sum that was being demanded, but she fumed. “It was completely ridiculous,” she said. Taxi drivers are permitted to charge whatever they like, so Taxi fees not fair to studentsBy MORGAN WATKINSAlligator Writer The race for one of Florida’s U.S. and UF has one of its own professors in the political battle. Mike Haridopolos, the State Senate president and a UF professor, launched a campaign website, mike2012.org, last week. Haridoto jump into the race, putting pressure on other potential Republican runners to decide their own candidacy. Ryan Garcia, the second vice chairman of UF College Republicans, believes the timing for Haridopolos to launch his campaign is perfect. “People like new blood,” Garcia said. “Haridopolos is a charming, charismatic guy, and I think he would do a great job for the state of Florida and this country.” In addition to his duties in the state senate, which he has served in since 2003, Haridopolos has also been a UF professor for three years, said Albert Matheny, associate dean of the UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who oversees the senator’s UF work. In an e-mail interview, Matheny said he couldn’t remember another instance of a politician serving professor at UF at the same time. Lawton Chiles became an endowed professor of political science at UF after he had stepped down from his U.S. Senate seat. Haridopolos usually teaches three classes during UF’s fall semester. In the spring, his legislative duties shift his work base to Tallahassee. He currently oversees about a dozen UF students interning with the state government. “This is a real plus for UF be-Haridopolos to run for Senate Haridopolos He teaches a class at UFSEE HARIDOPOLOS, PAGE 4 SEE TAXIS, PAGE 9 “Knowing students, if I was a taxi driver and I had nobody looking over my shoulder, it would be fairly easy to pull a stunt like that.”Ben Meyers UF Student Senate president

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News Today Subscription Rates: One Semester (Fall or Spring) $18 Summer Semester $10 Two Semesters (Fall or Spring) $35 Full Year (All Semesters) $40The Independent Florida Alligator is a student newspaper serving the University of Florida, pubThe Alligator The Alligator is The Alligator VOLUME 105 ISSUE 9 ISSN 0889-2423 The Alligator The Alligator 2, ALLIGATOR TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011 TODAYFORECAST WHAT’S HAPPENING Dynamo Policy Group General Body Meeting Wednesday, 6 p.m. Anderson Room 034 The Dynamo, UF’s first and only student-run think tank, shall be hosting its first gener al body meeting Wednesday. Topics will include getting published, speaker ideas and our first social. New members are encouraged to attend and leadership opportunities are available. Get Carded meeting Wednesday, 7:15 p.m. Little Hall 127 There are 110,179 Americans currently waiting for a lifesaving transplant. Come learn how you can help raise awareness about organ and tissue donation with Get Carded at our first meeting of the semes ter. All majors are welcome. For more information go to http://www.groupspaces. com/GetCardedUF. Psychology Club & Psi Chi Meeting Wednesday, 7:20 p.m. Little Hall 101 Eager to meet fellow psychology majors? Are you interested in learning about graduate school, volunteer and research opportunities? Then come to the first Psychology Club meeting Wednesday at 7:20 p.m. in LIT 101. Come early Web development, public relations, computer engineer ing, 3-D modeling and more. RSVP on Facebook is requested but not required. Gainesville Comedy Showcase Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 p.m. Free stand-up comedy featuring both professional and local comics. The showcase is located at Mother’s Pub on Wednesdays and Jeff’s Deli on University Avenue on Fridays. Got something going on? Want to see it in this space? Send an e-mail with “What’s Happening” in the subject line to ebehrman@alligator.org. Please model your submissions after above events. Improperly formatted “What’s Happening” submissions may not appear in the paper. Press releases will not appear in the paper. for pizza! The guest speaker will be Ira Fischler. For more information and updates, add our group on Facebook or go to www.psych.ufl. edu/~psichi Campus Diplomats Forum Thursday, 6 p.m. Arredondo Cafe Attend our forum to find out more and see if you have what it takes to become a Campus Diplomat. For more information, or to download an application, go to dso. ufl.edu/studentorgs/diplomats/. Applications are due Jan. 29. 2nd Tech Entrepreneur Intern Swap Meet Thursday, 6 p.m. Hough Hall lobby Searching for a spring or summer internship with a local start-up company? Here’s your chance to meet company representatives from over 15 local start-ups, including: Grooveshark, RegisterPatient, Trendy Entertainment, and Fracture. Internships are available in fields such as marketing, PARTLY CLOUDY 68/48 PARTLY CLOUDY 70/45 SUNNY 72/50 RAIN 68/46 PARTLY CLOUDY 67/39 SATURDAY FRIDAY THURSDAY WEDNESDAY

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011 ALLIGATOR, 3 By ALEX ORLANDOAlligator Writer Some students are using it for smooth skin. That’s what some students and UF emsion and Botox treatments. discount on surgeon’s fees, said Jennifer Mast said. insurance. Photo illustration by Max Reed and Matt Tripp / Alligator StaffStudents could save $400 to $3000 on a discounted surgery from the UF Divsion of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. ON CAMPUSStudents, faculty take advantage of surgery discountBy SKYLAR RAMSEY Alligator Contributing Writer “The rain has affected the Vutsinas, UF’s graduate assistant on Main Street. for free. rage to make it neater. ing in. The morning ended with the ence. Vutsinas said. UF students kick off MLK celebration week with ‘Day of Service’ HE IS CHARGED WITH FELONY BATTERY.By KAT BEINAlligator Staff Writer her home. 65, was in the kitchen making stated. ed arguing with her on the front door that stated. Local man arrested for beating his elderly landladyBy KAT BEINAlligator Staff Writer January 21, 1969:January 18, 1971: is created and staffed in order to gather January 20, 1978: A new studenting students to reach the Student NightJanuary 21, 1991: hurt. Lapp Da y Mar tin Luther King Jr . Commemorate

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4, ALLIGATOR TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011He will run against Sen. Bill Nelson HARIDOPOLOS, from page 1LOCAL By MEREDITH RUTLANDAlligator Writer Mentor program provides scholarships, guidance “I couldn’t imagine walk ing out on him. That’s like walking out on your own kids.”Rick Mulligan mentorAlligator File PhotoUF lecturer Mike Haridopolos sits in UF’s Bob Graham Center for Public Service on February 5, 2008. By DANIELA GUZMANAlligator Contributing Writer Run raises $6,000 for Haiti Haiti Re lief “It’s a sin of omission, not one of com mission. ... I don’t think it’s going to hurt him.”Beth Rosenson UF associate professor of political science ASTRONOMERS NOW BELIEVE THERE ARE 13 ZODIACS RATHER THAN 12.By LEILA MILGRIMAlligator Contributing Writer Students respond to changed zodiac signs

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011 ALLIGATOR, 5 Melanie Brkich / AlligatorCharlie Meister, 70, feeds kids at the Greathouse Farm Equestrian Center in Gainesville. By MELANIE BRKICHAlligator Contributing Writer Felicity hasn’t accepted her kids. Although they’re just a few hours old, she won’t nurse them. But that’s perfectly normal — Felicity is a goat. “Goats don’t always accept their babies,” said Charlie Meister, 70, who owns Felicity and about 60 other goats at Greathouse Farm Equestrian Center. Meister’s farm, located about 10 miles from UF campus at 11004 SW 67th St., is booming with baby goats, or “kids,” and more are on the way. About a year ago, Meister put an ad for his goats in the Alligator clasMeister said he’s gotten calls from both students and faculty as a result of his ad. Cindy Toth, 57, is one of Meister’s customers and a professor in UF’s College of Public Health and Health Professions. She already had two adult goats when she fell in love with a another couple of Meister’s kids. She decided to keep the two brothers as pets. She named them Leo and Vinny, after Leonardo da Vinci and Vincent Van Gogh, respectively. Toth said she bought the goats primarily to keep as pets but has found that they have other uses, too. She and her husband are currently trying to get agricultural exemption for their property, meaning that their property taxes will go down as a result of owning the goats. They also help trim down the grass and weeds on their 10 acres of land. In the last year, Meister has sold about 20 goats intended for a variety of purposes from producing milk and cheese to being pack animals that assist hikers to being companions for other farm animals. Meister’s goats, some of which are named Melanie, Tarzan and Ruger, jump up around Meister’s legs like excited puppies, tails wagging as he sets down their lunch — a bucket of milk. “They all have different personalities, and they all look a little different,” Meister said. A lot of dedication goes into car ing for the goats, and it shows. registered show goats and have won numerous blue ribbons. The price of one goat can fall between $100 to $500 depending on size and pedigree. Because of Meister’s awards, his goats are more valuable. Meister started GreatHouse Farms as an equestrian center about 20 years ago with his late wife Jan. He worked for UF at the time, where he spent 30 years doing research in integrated pest management. Meister now devotes all his time to raising his goats. Meister said he hasn’t done any advertising other than the classito branch out someday. For now, Meister is entertaining the idea of producing his own goat cheese. good homes for my goats and developing an industry.”Man makes living selling kidsThe baby goats cost $100 to $500 ing good homes for my goats and developing an industry.”Charlie Meister goat owner

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The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the Alligator .The Alligator encourages comments from readers. Letters to the editor should not exceed 150 words (about one letter-sized page). They must be typed, double-spaced and must include the just cause. We reserve the right to edit for length, grammar, style and libel. Send letters to letters@alligator.org, bring them to 1105 W. University Ave., or send them to P.O. Box 14257, Gainesville, FL 32604-2257.Columns of about 450 words about original topics and editorial cartoons are also welcome. Questions? Call 376-4458.6, ALLIGATOR TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011Opinions Reader response Vote or post a message at www.alligator.orgColumnALLIGATOR www.alligator.org/opinionEditorial Paul Runnestrand EDITOR Elizabeth Behrman Joshua Saval MANAGING EDITORS Cynthia Despres OPINIONS EDITORToday’s question: Have you skipped class in favor of tutoring sessions?171 TOTAL VOTES70% YES 30% NOFriday’s question: Should Bright Futures scholarships be harder to obtain? Last week, the Alligator learned of an event being planned by the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville. We will not dignify the event by discussing it in this publication. We only bring it up in this space to explain to our readers the reasoning behind our decision not to focus any attention on the event. The most basic role of a newspaper is to inform its readers, so the decision to withhold information is not made lightly. After careful consideration, we felt it was our responsibility as journalists and as members of society not to contribute to a culture of hatefulness, vitriol and a general lack of respect for others. The Alligator can’t allow itself to be the mouthpiece for any group, but especially not a fringe group that has a track record of exploiting the media to advance its message and notoriety. We hope the rest of the media, both local and national, will resist the temptation to sensationalize this event. Lastly, we hope this act of transparency on our part will promote trust with our readers. Now that you’ve been let in on our decision making process, we hope you understand our decision, even if you disagree. At least you know the decision was not made hastily or without due consideration. And you can rest assured that all other dilemmas that face us will be treated with the same sense of responsibility and diligence.Media BlackoutIn this case, no news is good newsTutoring services an unwelcome crutchTutoringZone is God, right? It saves your grades and gets you through those some coffee and the infamous packet. Spare yourself the hours of lecture-watching and instead spend the night before the exam in Club West with some Smokin’Notes and you’re good to go. dare pose the question: Are we being extorted in order to succeed? Before the pitchfork-armed mob comes chasing me down, yes, Smokin’Notes and TutoringZone are genius study materials and grade savers, but how close are we to supplementing whole courses with an 80-page packet of brightly colored paper? I go to class, watch my lectures and do my assignments. Simply put, I’m a loser. Why then, even at my dorkiest, am I spending $30 more to pass ECO2013? Yes, the packets, Smokin’Notes, note cards and practice tests are comforting, but doesn’t spending extra money border on ridiculous? We don’t think about it because we are enamored with the idea of easy studying. We pay thousands of dollars for classes, yet many of us ride through them reciting our mantra, “I’ll just live at TZ the week before the exam.” I’ll confess, this was my up with assignments, but I still found myself shelling out $50 to feel prepared. We are most often exploited with online lecture classes. As a business major, I am familiar with online lectures, and TutoringZone and Smokin’Notes cater to these courses. I enrolled in one of these courses last semester, and despite watching lectures and completing every online quiz, I circumvented a panic attack only by buying the Smokin’Notes. The carefully ted formulas were too tempting to pass up, especially when the online lectures left me clueless. The materials let students feel comfortable with slacking in class because they can fall back on them if they miss a lecture or pass on a quiz or assignment. There is no cheat sheet for life. Should we rely on these materials when we have a semester of classes and course material under our belts? Does the option to purchase these packets encourage students to blow off classes and rely on a cram session? worth a session at TutoringZone. I remember when it was embarrassing if you needed extra help for school. With the glamorization of services such as TutoringZone, it is encouraged when it shouldn’t be necessary. I’m all for working smarter, not harder, but have the days of old-fashioned dorkiness come to an end? Should we stop attending classes, then put in Red Bullfueled eight-hour sessions at TutoringZone a few days before exams? Students do this successfully, so what’s the incentive to not conform? Where’s the reward for those who attend class and keep up with assignments? you’ll learn to pass tests. Seize the DayHis dream still rings true, but, oddly enough, the day we take to celebrate it appears to undermine Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision. We’re all for having another day away from the paper, but getting a day off school and work in honor of a man who fought for equality in both the classroom and There are some appropriate ways to celebrate, of use the extra time to volunteer and better their commu nities, which perfectly ties in with the preacher’s hopes. The local news sometimes uses the day to spotlight changes for the better in inner-city areas, showing that the dream still lives wherever there is hope and effort. Some people would ask why we don’t pay attention to these issues more often. We say it’s the attention that warrants keeping the holiday around. We’re for acknowledging King’s legacy; we’re just not so sure about ditching school for it. After all, sitting in an integrated classroom, learning material just as unsatisfactorily all) as the students the next school over is one of the best manifestations of the changes the country’s undergone since the civil rights movement. Rather than wasting the day away, as many of us did, maybe it’s time to go about our usual business imagining how extraordinary the 1960s activists would think our 21st-century routine is. Laura Ellermeyerletters@alligator.org

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011 ALLIGATOR, 7 This year marks the 150th anniversary of the onset of the Civil War. Ideally, this meaningful anniversary could the South. In many quarters, the South’s role in this war is viewed as heroic. Large segments of the population view the South’s secession from a federal govthat government violated their states’ rights. As the Sons of Confederate Veterans put it this year, “All we It is wrong for Southerners to glorify our past, was the right to own slaves. est and most important portions of commerce of the All other Southern states that wrote declarations ment for secession as well.Admittedly, the South was ing runaway slaves with the use of lethal force, and the right to secede after elections they found unfavor cession after elections they disagree with. Shortly after suggested that, while he does not endorse the idea of Why, then, do millions of Americans still treat the Whatever their reasons are, it is unlikely they are positive. The South has dragged its feet on every single civil rights issue this country has faced. Its citizens were (and are) more opposed to women’s right to vote, desegregation, and the decriminalization of sodomy than any other region of the country. The South currently has higher rates of violent crime (despite its use of the death penalty with its purported educational attainment on average than other states. It also has the highest rates of teenage pregnancy, divorce (despite its religiosity), and wealth inequality. more physical aggression than other Americans. can history, has the South ever done that has separated if the South had positively distinguished itself from the rest of the U.S., which it hasn’t, why would that the anniversary of a war it fought in order to maintain Even the more thoughtful individuals I encounter die for the Confederacy. There is nothing intrinsically now. Hudson Todd is a columnist for the Vanderbilt Hustler at Vanderbilt University. Southern pride not warrantedW my friends and I cringe as we see young girls, even younger than we are, faced with the challenges of coping with unplanned and generally unwanted pregnancies. Watching them juggle school and deal with emotional detachment from their friends and family makes me wonder why anyone is against teachpregnancies. According to the Center for Disease Control, one pregnancies are unwanted. Being a teen mom is stressful. The New York Times reports that 80 percent of the time pregnancy drives these young women to drop out of school. Without a pays decent wages. The dropout rate alone illustrates the profound effect that teenage pregnancy has and the teen pregnancy rate. trol pills. Unfortunately, many adults do not want to face the Interestingly, the pregnancy rate is much higher in that the red states have higher teen pregnancy rates; the percent. some local churches are encouraging young adults to rates. that teenagers will wait for marriage. Popular culture — reinforces every day that it is riage. Some of these sources even glorify pregnant teens. old daughter, Bristol, was pregnant and not yet mar She got a People magazine cover story and was also portrayed as a strong girl for taking on the challenge of having a child at that age. When young adults like these in their teen years, young girls might think they could In reality, though, it is much harder to raise a child, especially as a teenager. off families who can support them through school and is really like to have a child at a young age and what it does to your life. ily. They also have to take on the stress of caring for their children while going to school. This is what media young. suggesting that all young adults who get pregnant lead getting themselves into. They should know that there ity of a child. Anita Babbitt is a columnist for The Lawrentian at Lawrence University.Teenage pregnancy not so glamorousUWireAnita BabbittUWire UWireHudson ToddUWire

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By KAITLYNN FLOYD Alligator Contributing Writer The cause of autism remains uncertain after research connecting it to the MMR (MumpsMeasles-Rubella) vaccination has been gradually questioned. article in The Lancet in 1998 that attempted to link autism to the search is being discredited. According to the American including fabricated results. The research discouraged parents from having their children receive the MMR vaccinamumps and rubella. immunizations program manager for the Alachua County Health search. “You would think if someone She said she’s noticed more people today believe vaccination a disservice to a child not to be vaccinated. who believe there is a link between the MMR vaccinations and autism. Medical News reported that one cause autism. 8ALLIGATOR PresentsAyaan Hirsi AliIslam and Freedom A discussion of her new book, Nomad Thursday, January 20th, 6p.m. University of Florida Pugh Hall OcoraFree parking available 352-846-1575 www.bobgrahamcenter.ufl.edu Public Health INTERNATIONALTHE ASSOCIATED PRESS nese public believe relations with the U.S. majority blame Washington for the deMonday. Roughly 53 percent of those responding saw relations with the U.S. getting worse and the Horizon Research Consultancy survey. The results appear just one day ahead of a state visit to the U.S. by Chinese Presito relations following a troubling year during which the sides sparred over controChinese citizens aged 18 and over living in Beijing and six other Chinese cities during Dec. 20-30 last year. The newspaper did not detail how pargin of error. just 29 percent who felt that way toward Tensions on the Korean peninsula followed by Taiwan and trade issues. nomic relations between Beijing and Washington are becoming increasingly crucial. The U.S. is one of China’s biggest marlargely in Beijing’s favor. China is currently the largest foreign holder of U.S. government debt. Hu sounded a conciliatory tone in a rare interview with U.S. newspapers ahead of ting terrorism and nuclear proliferation to clean energy and infrastructure initiatives. “There is no denying that there are some differences and sensitive issues bequestions submitted by The Washington published over the weekend. “We both stand to gain from a sound Survey says most Chinese see ties with US worsening AP Photo In this photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, passengers crowd in a waiting room of the railway station in Yinchuan, capital of northwest China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011 ALLIGATOR, 9 Student Government, local police teamed up in the sting operationlong as the charges are posted in the window and pre-approved by the city. led to situations where students are gouged rates,” Meyers said. the company.” Meyers said he believes cooperating with the city would be the best way to get On Tuesday at 7 p.m., a joint meeting Government will take place in the Reitz will be on the docket. ternative transportation in the city. more competitive prices. She began talking to others in her had the same problems she did. Some had reported being charged over $40 to get to midtown or downtown. She, along with Meyers, decided to take part in a one-night sting operation in which Police Department on Dec. 8. The purpose rests, but rather to just see which drivers comb said, 11 did not run the meter. According to a list compiled by the was reported to have run the meter every time during the operation. The now 44-year-old Ross said that his comgreat service, in the process earning service charging, and Ross said his charge sheet, has been approved by city hall. there will be no more discounts,” Ross said. Ross admitted that the charge sheet, quired by law to be posted in three places said that newer cab companies coming into industry. sibility on his drivers to make sure passengation. passenger in the vehicle is when people call company would be to put camSo Ross instead relies on the honor system, on the road. in Gainesville. withheld, was a drummer. Twenty-three years ago, he set the beat ed on doing. wage to rely on.” Joe said that he believes there is a negasystem,” he said. said, to make things easier on the drivers and the passengers. And it can sometimes against them. town. By running the meter, he would be charging a student a $10 minimum in adsengers. The total would come out to $13. students a dollar. rate system, Joe said. he said. Ultimately, both Meyers and Student TAXIS, from page 1 What you need to know Four Gainesville taxi services were found to have not run the meters in their taxis during a sting operation by the Gainesville Police Department and University Police Department. Bestway Cab, Unimet Taxicab Co., Safety Cabs and Gator Taxi Cab. If you feel you have been overcharged by a taxi company, you are advised to call the police to mediate the situation, OR take note of the taxi number and re port the driver to the company’s owner the next day. A normal fare for a taxi with the me ter running might be $3.00 as a base then $2.50 per mile after. However, if the metered rate does not exceed the taxi’s minimum fare, the student will be charged whatever the taxi’s minimum fare is. Usually between $10-12. Students cannot be retroactively charged for underage drinking. So don’t be afraid to call the police if you feel you’re being charged unfairly. However, if you’re acting out, you can then be charged with public intoxication. Also, if the University Police Department is called, students may be reported to the Resolution. A joint meeting between the Gainesville City Commission and the Student Senate is being held Tuesday in the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom at 7 p.m. FICA, or the Fairness In Commerce ated to battle the taxi issue, and other business practices that it deems to be preying on students.

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Walk or bike to UF. www.ellieshouses.com 352-215-4991 or 352-215-4990 12-7-09-167-2 3 Bedroom Houses Starting at $1235 Move In today. Park Near UF Free! Call 352-371-7777 4-20-10-70-2 Now you can easily submit your classified adfor print and/or web editionsright thru our website!Just go to www.alligator.org/classifiedsVisa and Mastercard accepted. 1/1 & 2/2 flats, 3/3 Townhomes!! FREE Cable w/HBO and Showtime All Amenities plus FREE Tanning Gated*Pet Friendly*Fitness Classes *NEWLY UPGRADED APT HOMES* www.thelaurelsuf.com 352-335-4455 4-20-10-70-2 Spanish Trace 2/11000 sq ft$629 Great Location – Butler Plaza Call 352-373-1111 4-20-10-70-2 2/2 and 3/3 Townhomes From $360/person! Available NOW and August! 377-2801*cobblestoneuf.com 4-20-70-2 1 & 2 BR MOVE IN TODAY! 1/1 from $579 * 2/1.5 from $649 Townhomes & Flats * Pets Loved! Includes water/sewer! Pools*Tanning*Fitness*376-2507 4-20-10-70-2 PARKINGPrivate, Secure, Guaranteed. 60 sec to UF. Reserve now! Reasonable rates. 352-5382181. Can leave mssg. 4-20-10-70-2 Madison Pointe-NW 23rd Blvd 1s-$699 2s-$789 3s $859. Free Tanning, Pool, Gym Gated and Pet Friendly 352-372-0400 madisonpointe.org 4-20-70-2 ONE MONTH FREEAvailable for Immediate Move-Ins1,2, and 3 Bedrooms (352)335-7656 www.thepolosuf.com 4-20-10-70-2 1bed @ Hidden Village 500 sq ft $479 Close to UF and Shands Call 352-376-1248 4-20-10-70-2 HUGE floor plans! 1/1 $599 *2/2.5 townhouse $779* 4/2.5 townhouse $1099*Washer/Dryers* 352-332-7401 www.thegardensuf.com 4-20-70-2 No Move-In Fees 1/1's from $659 * 3/2's from $799 FREE Tanning*Pool*Gym www.aspenridgeuf.com 352.367.9910 4-20-10-70-2 Relaxing Upscale Apartments 2/2 Townhomes & 3/3 Flats Individual Leases, Steps to Campus Internet, Cable & H2O Included Furnished Units Available 379.9255 www.MuseumWalk.com 4-20-10-70-2 College Manor Studios from $505 Unlimited Utilities! Call 372-7111 4-20-10-70-2 GP is NOW LEASING for 2011 Student friendly 4/4's! (352) 271-3131 GainesvillePlace.com 4-20-70-2 Action Real Estate Services Houses to Condos 1-4 BR, Starting at $450 www.action-realtors.com 352-331-1133 ext 114 4-20-10-70-2 Now you can easily submit your classified adfor print and/or web editionsright thru our website!Just go to www.alligator.org/classifiedsVisa and Mastercard accepted. Studios starting at $509 Across from UF Call 352-371-7777 4-20-10-70-2 Amazing Rent on 1 and 2BR apts. Ranging from $390 to $545. Sorry no pets or Section 8. Madison on 20th. 335-7066 4-20-10-70-2 FOX HOLLOWGated Entry MOVE-IN SPECIAL 1BR STARTING AT $499. 7301 W Univ Ave Mon-Fri 9-6, Sat 10-3 352-332-3199 www.foxhollowgainesville.com Text: foxhollow@65374 4-20-10-70-2 WALK TO UF! 1BR $425Gore Rabell Real Estate 378-1387 www.Gore-Rabell.com 4-20-10-70-2 Move In Today/January/Fall! 1/1 from $625 * 1/1 LOFT from $625 2/2 from $669 *3/2 from $779 Pools * Cardio * Tanning . Washer/Dryers * HUGE Floor Plans! 377-7401 * Pets Loved! 4-20-10-70-2 Renting Now!! We have REAL 1/1s 4 blocks to UF GATORSIDE-1 MO FREE 400 sq ft, only $450! 1600 NW 4th Avenue 3Blks to UFGATOR NEST 575 sq ft, $550 PLUS 1 MONTH FREE! 300 NW 18th Street No application fee, most pets ok. For info call E.F.N. Properties, 352-371-3636 or visit our website at www.efnproperties.com 1-31-10-68-2 BRIDGELIGHT1 BR Loft Style starting at $495 mo. M-F 1-6 Sat. by appt. 3006 SW 23rd St. 377-5221 www.bridgelightapts.com Text: bridgelight@65374 4-20-10-70-2 Washer/Dryer in Every Apartment 1/1's from $719 2/2's from $839 3/3's f rom $954Includes Internet352-335-7656 www.thepolosuf.com 4-20-10-70-2 3/2 House Available Immediately Near Law School, Shopping, Restaurants Free UF Parking! 352.371.7777 4-20-10-70-2 SUN BAY and Sun Key 2.1 bedroom Apartment >From $550/mo; 1 mo free for UF students on yr lease Walk to Campus 352-376.6720 or 352-376-7041 www.sunisland.info 4-20-10-70-2 2/2 & 3/3 Roommate Matching Walk In Closets Private Bathrooms Cable w/HBO & Showtime Full size W/D Pet friendly 352-374-3866 4-20-10-70-2 SUN HARBOR TOWNHOMES 1.1 Townhomes >From $525 mo; 1 mo free with yr lease. Walk to Campus 352-376-6720 or 352-376-7041 www.sunisland.info 4-20-10-70-2 SUN BAY and Sun Key 1.1 bedroom Apartment (Not just a room!) 1mo free for UF students >From $475 mo; Walk to Campus No other offers apply 352-376-6720 or 352-376-7041 www.sunisland.info 4-20-10-70-2 PET’S PARADISE$390 $650. No app or pet fee. 1 & 2BR, privacy fenced. SW. 352-331-2099 1-1910-103-2 CALL TODAY! Homes/Condos/Apartments Close to UF on bus route! www.edbaurmanagement.com 352-375-7104 4-20-10-70-2 $500-$600 clean, spacious PRIVATE, apt. for calm, stable, mature person in quiet area, greenspace/trees; pvt patio, near UF & dntn, bus. 1825-1826 NW 10th st. 352-376-0080, 352-284-3873; postj@bellsouth.net 4-2010-70-2 2 Months Free! Sundowne Villas Studio *$430 and 1/1 *$457 Located behind Butler Plaza Pet friendly No weight limits! Ph. 377-2596 www.gremco.com 4-20-10-70-2 2 MONTHS FREE! Pine Rush Villas NO PET/ALARM FEES Pet Friendly No Wgt Limits 1/1 *$447 2/1 *$548 Near UF and Oaks Mall Ph. 375-1519 www.gremco.com 4-20-10-70-2 2 Months Free Sunrise Villas One Bedroom Villa *$428 Near UF and Shand's Pet Friendly No Weight Limits Ph. 372-4835 www.gremco.com 4-20-10-70-2 First Month Free Campus Walk Apartments All Inclusive Individual Leases 4 Bedroom Townhomes and flats Located on UF campus $350 per bedroom All Inclusive Semester Leases available! (352) 376-0828 (Rental office at Homestead Apts.) www.gremco.com 4-20-10-70-2

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011 ALLIGATOR , 11 The Cottages on Market Street 2BR/1BA apt $500 mo; No Dep, No Fee's UF or SF Full-Time Students Bike to Campus, Walk to Starbucks Tommy 352-339-1965 4-20-10-70-2 NW 1 br, new carpet/paint, close to banks/ shopping, minutes from downtown & UF, some utilities included, $450/mo NW 2br 2ba flat, large mst br, w/d, enclosed screened patio, 1 mo free w/year lease, $700/mo SW 2br, 1.5ba townhouse near shopping, community pool, $600/mo, 1 mo free w/yr lease Mill PondLovely 2br, 2ba flat with Florida rm, courtyard, garage, community pool and tennis courts. $1000 Downtown 2 BR at the Lofts at W. University. This modern designed unit includes cable, internet, washer/dryer, and 2 onsite parking spaces. Minutes from UF and Shands, $1050/mo Mallorca Square,Large 2br,2.5 ba townhouse convenient to Oaks Mall and UF/hospitals, many extras,$895/mo Treehouse Village2/2 New Carpet,D/W, W/D incl.,on covered bus line close to down town, UF/Shands. $595 BIG 3/3 in SW, Ceramic/Carpet, D/W, W/D includes clubhouse, pool, comp lab, volley ball, tennis, basketball, MUST SEE $900 Edbaurmanagement.com 352-375-7104 4-20-10-70-2 Immaculate small efficiency,quiet.Wash/ dry on premises.Wat/Sew incl NS No pets. 1/2m South of UF/Shands.2 bus routes.Avail Dec 27.$399/m 352-262-2871 Owner agent. 1-24-11-14-2 Greenwich Green 2/2 for $799 Patio and Storage Closet Call 352-372-8100 4-20-10-70-1 2BR/1BA APARTMENT 7129 SW 45th Place. $550/moNo pets. Call Geri 352-538-1114 1-20-1110-2 LOW COST MOVE IN! Small 2BR $375/mo.Call 352-372-6881 or 352-213-3901 1-2011-10-2 Spacious 1, 2, & 3br starting at $495. Many floor plans, some with enclosed patios or balconies. Italian tile, bedrooms carpeted. DW, W/D hook-ups, verticals, CH/AC. Near bus route, some walk to UF. Call 352-332-7700 2-24-11-35-2 SECTION 8 HOUSING ACCEPTED Newly remodeled 2 & 3 BDs Quiet neighborhood. Lots of upgrades. Free 32" HD PLasma TV for new Sec 8 lease. Must see! Call 332-7700 2-24-11-35-2 3BR/2BA HOUSESunroom, garage, updated. 3103 NW 4th Terrace. $825/mo. Call Andrea Martin, Keller-Williams Realty 352-281-3131 1-2111-10-2 CAMPUS EDGE CONDO 2/2 Walk to UF, Shands, VA & Pharm School. Tile floor, W/D in unit. Avail fall. Reasonable rates. 239-250-6149 1-21-11-10-2 NEAR UF 4 Apts 2/1 in College Park area (5/3 House) (4/3 House) (3/2 House) available for August Manny 352-317-4408 info & pic gainesvillestudentrentals.com 1-31-11-16-2 Studio for rent. Bedroom, kitchen, full bathroom, total privacy. 3 miles from Butler plaza near Tower Square. $475.00 per month includes Utilities, Cable TV, & Internet Call 352-378-4626 or 352-262-4290 1-28-1115-2 2BR/1BA Cent heat mobile home. Shady lot. From $290 to $400/mo. Includes water. No pets. Vacant lots also available. 4546 NW 13th St. 376-5887 1-24-11-10-2 The Retreat at Madison Pointe 2/2s with vaulted ceilings $999 3/3 Townhomes w/Private Baths $1089 Garage included, Gated Community. 2701 NW 23rd Blvd 352-372-0400 www.madisonpointe.org 4-20-66-2 Available Aug 1st. 3BR/1BA very nice house, short bike, cent H/AC, dishwasher, disposal, W/D provided. Very private backyard with small garage. 924 NW 9th Ave. $1100/mo. Call 352-339-2342 Other houses available 1-25-11-9-2 WALK TO UF Available Feb. 1BR/1BA $550 1 year lease, SD, NS, NP Call/Text 352-870-7256 gvll32601@gmail.com 2-28-11-33-2 Available Aug 1st. 4BR/2BA very nice house. Quiet area between UF and Santa Fe. Game room, W/D provided. Fenced backyard, pets ok. 1330 NW 39th St. $1200/mo. Call 352339-2342 Other houses available 1-25-119-2 2BR/1BA cabin, 20 acres. Fixer-upper. Horses/dogs welcome. 27802 SW 120th Lane, Newberry. $555/mo. Comes with horse. Long driveway. In Gothe State Forest. Call 330-329-8834 1-26-10-2 *5 BEDROOM HOUSE* Walk to class. Right Across from The Swamp stadium. Available Aug 1st. Wood Floors. Lots of parking. Please call John @ (561) 866-8234 for further info 1-21-6-2 MERRILL MANAGEMENT INC. 825 NW 13th St 352-372-1494 x10 www.merrillmanagement.com **ST. CROIX APTS: $475 per Month, 2BR 1BA Apts, 3 BLKS TO UF! 840 Sq. Ft. Large Rooms, Plenty of Parking, Central H & Air, Laundry Fac. Carpet, Pets Allowed. 829 Sw 5th Avenue. **CIRCE APTS: 2BR 1BA Apt 3 BLKS TO UF, New Carpet $450/Mo $600 Deposit Window A/C, Nat Gas Ht. 216 SW 12th Street. **EFFICIENCY -2 Rooms(not bedrooms) Shared Bathroom, Window A/C, Carpet, Across from UF Stadium, 1830 NW 1st Ave $295/Mo, $300 Deposit ** ROCKWOOD VILLAS: 5542 SW 8th Place $750/Mo, $800 Deposit. Pets Ok, 2BR 2BA, Newly painted, New Carpet, Tile Floors in LR, Inclds Washer/ Dryer, Pool, Tennis Courts, Bus Line to Shands & UF. 1-18-11-1-2 3 bd 1 ba in NE Gville . Beautiful, restored hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, W/D, front porch, back deck, fresh paint. Lg fenced property, Pets OK. Great location. Available now. 516-459-7654. 1-24-11-5-2 Looking for female sublease for 1/1 in a 4/4 at the Woodlands of Gainesville. $565/mo includes utilities, fully furnished, pet friendly! Please call 727-804-6893 for more details. 1-19-5-3 Would someone PLEASE sublease this apt? Male to take over sublease in 2br/1b. Walking distance to campus. Directly off University Ave. $325 from 2/11-7/11. Email gatorgal24@gmail.com for specificis 1-1911-3-3 Roommate Matching HERE Oxford Manor 377-2777 The Landings 336-3838 The Laurels 335-4455 Greenwich Green 372-8100 Hidden Lake 374-3866 4-20-70-4 Now you can easily submit your classified adfor print and/or web editionsright thru our website!Just go to www.alligator.org/classifiedsVisa and Mastercard accepted. Call now. Share 4BR/4BA 1st floor, furnished condo at Countryside. 1 mi to UF. Incl utils, W/D, internet, cable TV, great parking & pool. 2 rooms avail immed. $425/mo/rm 1-386-672-6969 or 1-386-295-7929 1-31-10-42-4 1st month free. Grad student looking for female roommate in fully furnished 4/4 condo at Countryside. $425/month. Short term lease available. Cable/internet, utils, W/D, 2 bus routes. Contact Megan 727-542-8155. 1-21-11-11-4 Large Room in NW Home.$450/mo incl utils & DSL, large closets. No pets. Mature, non-smoker, grad student/ professional. Scott 352-335-8209 1-20-1110-4 Roommate wantedShare nice clean NW area 3 Br, 2 bath single family home with two senior UF studentsfenced back yardwasher/ dryer-fireplace$320 mo. & 1/3 utilities. Call Jon-321-537-5640 or 352-665-9547 1-21-11-10-4 Female looking for same to share a furnished 3BR/2BA condo. 10 mins by bus to UF campus. $400/mo including utils. Great Location! Call 850-974-0686 1-21-11-10-4 Gated 4BR/4BA Countryside condo, pool side, own BD & BA, W/D, cable, hi-speed internet, early stop on UF bus rte. Utils included. $350/mo. No deposit required. 863634-1893. Available immediately. 1-19-113-4 Sell your house, condo, acreage, mobile home and much more in the ALLIGATOR CLASSIFIEDS! Reach thousands of possible buyers! Mastercard and Visa accepted over the phone, by fax, email or CHECK OUT PLACING YOUR AD THRU OUR ONLINE AT www.alligator.org. or please call 373Find (373-3463) NEW CONDOS-WALK TO UFFor Info on ALL Condo for Sale, Visit www.UFCONDOS.COM or Matt Price, University Realty, 352-281-3551 4-20-70-5 AFFORDABLE LUXURY NEW CONSTRUCTION NEAR UF, SHANDS, LAW SCHOOL 2Bed/3 Full Baths + Office. Granite Counters, 2 Direct Bus Stops to UF. Matt Price, University Realty, 352-281-3551 4-20-70-5 WALK TO UF & DOWNTOWN!THE PALMS – New Ultra-Luxury Condos. Granite, Huge Closets, Pool, Call Eric Leightman, University Realty 352-219-2879 4-20-70-5 2BR/1.5BA newly renovated townhouse. 6134 SW 8th Lane. You have to see it to appreciate it! Come see it and make an offer. Call 352-281-7411 or 786-537-2963 and make an appointment 1-31-11-17-5 Rent to Buy. 2BR/2BA Capstone Quarters Condo Near Shands. Private porch, backyard, new carpet, paint and appliances. Community Pool, $650/mo. $54,900 Call 352-378-4626 1-28-11-15-5

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12, ALLIGATOR TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011 BED QUEEN $120 ORTHOPEDIC Pillow-top, mattress & box. Name brand, new, still in plastic. Call 352-372-7490 will deliver. 4-20-10-70-6 BED FULL SIZE $100 ORTHOPEDIC Pillow-top mattress & box. New, unused, still in plastic w/warranty. Can deliver. Call 352377-9846 4-20-10-70-6 MICROFIBER SOFA & LOVESEAT $400 Brand new still packaged w/warranty. Must sell. Can deliver. Retail $1600. 352-3727490 4-20-10-70-6 BED KING $200 PILLOWTOP mattress & box springs. Orthopedic rated. Name brand, new, never been used, in plastic with warranty. Call 352-372-8588. Can deliver. 4-20-70-6 BEDROOM SET. 7pc Cherry, Queen/ king bed, dresser w/mirror, 2 nightstands, chests avail. Dovetail const. New, in boxes. Can deliver. Retail $4500, must sell, sacrifice $850 (352) 372-7490 4-20-70-6 SOFA & LOVESEAT 100% Italian leather. Brand new in plastic w/warranty. Retail $1800. Sacrifice $700. Call 352-377-9846 4-20-70-6 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 4-20-70-6 **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. 4-20-70-6 BEDQUEEN New orthopedic pillowtop mattress and boxspring set. Brand name, brand new, still in plastic with warranty. Can deliver. $130 352-377-9846. 4-20-70-6 BEDROOM SET$300 BRAND NEW Still in boxes! 5 pieces include: Headboard, Nightstand, Dresser, Mirror, Chest. Must sell, can deliver. 352-377-9846. 4-20-10-70-6 CASH PAID for LaptopsParts & Repair Mac & PC laptopsJoel 336-0075 www.pcrecycle.biz 4-20-10-70-7 COMPUTER & LAPTOP REPAIRS Network specialists We buy computers and laptops Working and Non-working 378-4009, 607 NW 13th Street 4-20-10-70-7 PARKINGPrivate, Secure, Guaranteed. 60 sec to UF. Reserve now! Reasonable rates. 352-5382181. Can leave mssg. 4-20-10-70-2 UF SURPLUS EQUIPMENT AUCTIONS are underway... bikes, computers, printers, vehicles & more. All individuals interested in bidding go to: surplus.ufl.edu 392-0370 4-20-10-70-10 GOATS FOR SALECharlie 352-278-1925 4-20-70-10 WWW.RPMMOTORCYCLES.COM FULL SERVICE MOTORCYCLE SCOOTER REPAIR. 12TH YEAR IN GVILLE. OEM & AFTERMARKET PARTS. BEST TIRE PRICES IN TOWN. 352-377-6974 4-2070-11 New Scooters 4 Less HUGE Selection. Scooter Sales & Service! Great Scooters, Service & Prices! 118 NW 14th Ave, Ste D, 336-1271 www.NS4L.com 4-20-10-70-11 GatorMoto Largest Scooter Store in Town! Run by Gator Grads! New scooters starting at$999. No legit shop can beat these prices! 1yr Warranties included. 376-6275 GatorMoto.com 4-20-1070-11 SCOOTER SERVICENew Scooters 4 Less has LOW service rates! Will service any make/model. Close to UF! Pick-ups avail cheap oil changes!! 336-1271 4-20-10-70-11 GATORMOTO Gville’s #1 service facility. We repair ALL brands of scooters. Pickups available. Lowest labor rates around. Quickest turnaround time. Run by Gator Grads so we know how to treat our customers! 376-6275 4-20-10-70-11 SCOOTER RENTALSRent for a day, week, month or semester. Students can rent to own! 352-336-1271 www.gainesvillescooterrentals.com 4-2010-70-11 FAST CASH FOR ALMOST ANY CARS Running or not! NEED HONDA, TOYOTA, PICKUPS Over 17 yr svc to UF students Call Don @ 215-7987 4-20-70-12 CARS CARS BuySellTrade Clean BMW, Volvo, Mercedes Toyota, Honda, Nissan cars 3432 N Main St. www.carrsmith.com CARRSMITH AUTO SALES 373-1150 4-20-70-12 WE BUY JUNK CARSTitles Only. Call KT 352-281-9980 4-20-70-12 HEADLINERS SAGGING?POWER WINDOWS DON’T WORK? On site avail. Steve’s Headliners 352-226-1973 Google: Steve's Headliners, Gainesville 4-20-70-12 I BUY CARS & TRUCKSCall Anytime 352-339-51581-31-10-78-12 SUN CITY AUTO SALES 60 day payoff On cash vehicles Pay off time negotiable 352-338-1999 4-20-70-12 SUN CITY AUTO SALES All vehicles $0 down! No credit check Cash vehicles $1000 and up! 352-338-1999 4-20-70-12 92 Eagle Talon $1699 89 Ford Bronco II $1499 97 Pontiac Transport $1499 96 Chevy Blazer $1999 352-338-1999 4-20-70-12 98 Cadillac Deville $1999 95 Ford Explorer $1999 98 Ford Expolorer $1999 97 Lincoln Town car $1999 352-338-1999 4-20-70-12 98 Landrover Discovery $4999 01 Chevy Silverado $4999 99 Ford F150 $5999 98 Dodge Durango $6999 352-338-1999 4-20-70-12 SUNRISE AUTO SALES Certified vehicles No credit check Move vehicles $500 & up! 352-375-9090 4-20-70-12 SUNRISE AUTO SALES No credit check, buy here pay here Cars, SUVs, Trucks & Vans 30 day warranty 352-375-9090 4-20-70-12 02 Dodge Neon $4500 00 Chevy 3500 $5900 02 Chevy Camero $6999 03 Ford Taurus $6999 352-375-9090 4-20-70-12 05 Saturn Ion $7999 04 Toyota Corolla $7999 04 Kia Sorento $8999 03 Nissan Altima $9999 352-375-9090 4-20-70-12 SUN CITY AUTO SALES Bring W2 and drive home today! Cars, Trucks, SUV's, & Vans Over 150 vehicles in stock! 352-338-1999 4-20-67-12 SUNRISE AUTO SALES Bring W2 and drive home today! Cars, Trucks, SUV's, & Vans 30 Day Warranty 352-375-9090 4-20-67-12 LOCAL ARTIST NEEDS: Gold Diamonds Gems Class Rings ETC Top Cash $$$ or Trade OZZIE’S FINE JEWELRY 352-318-4009. 4-20-70-13 UF GRAD PAYS MOREfor gold jewelry, scrap gold, Rolex, diamonds, guitars, etc. Top $$$. Get my offer before you sell! Call Jim 376-8090 or 222-8090 4-20-70-13 The American Cancer Society Road to Recovery Volunteers Needed!VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDEDto transport cancer patients to treatment. Flexible schedule. Training and liability insurance provided. Please call 352-376-6866 ext. 5079 if interested. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED I AM BLIND & WOULD LIKE HELP WITH: Rides to church: Mass at Queen of Peace. Learning to rake knit hats to send to Haiti & other places. Call 352-219-6948 This newspaper assumes no responsibil ity for injury or loss arising from contacts made through advertising. We suggest that any reader who responds to advertising use caution and investigate the sincerity of the advertiser before giving out personal information or arranging meetings or investing money. BARTENDING$300 A DAY POTENTIALNo experience necessary, training provided. 800-965-6520 ext 138 4-20-10-70-14 Students in Accounting, Aviation, Business/ Sales and computer science needed for various positions. Flexible schedules and competitive pay. Join our team! Learn more at www.gleim.com/employment 4-20-1070-14 $STUDENTS GET CASH ON THE SPOT$ For gently used clothing/accessories & furniture. No appt.necessary! Sandy’s Savvy Chic Resale Boutique 2906 NW 13th St. 3721226 sandysresale.com 4-20-10-70-14 What's black and white & read all over?? The Independent Florida Alligator Be part of the sales team of the largest college newspaper in the country by applying to be aPAID SALES REPIf you are a UF or SFC student available to work 15-20 hours a week this spring, and are eager to gain valuable sales experience, stop by the Alligator, 1105 W. University Avenue, to fill out an application and class schedule or email resume to soconnor@alligator.org. We will contact you for an interview opportunity to get your career jump started! EEO/AA. What's black and white and read all over?? The Independent Florida Alligator Be part of the sales team of the largest college newspaper in the country by applying to be aINTERNIf you are a UF or SFC student available to work 10-12 hours a week this spring, and are eager to gain valuable sales experience, stop by the Alligator, 1105 W. University Avenue, to fill out an application and class schedule or email resume to advertising@alligator.org. We will contact you for an interview opportunity to get your career jump started! EEO/AA. TUTORS NEEDED 1-on-1 tutoring at-risk K-12th grade students. $10/hr. 1-4 afternoons/wk. 15-20 min drive from campus. UF Fed Wk Study Permit req for emp. Volunteers welcome. Contact Sally at st23@cox.net 1-25-10-20-14 OFFICE ASSISTANT Flex hours. Excellent Word, Excel, typing, internet skills. $7.25/hr. Indicate current semester & if available summer schedules, major, graduating semester. siva1950@yahoo.com 1-21-11-18-14 Gator Tail Dancers Now Hiring Call 352/672/1892 3-29-10-60-14 HIRING ALARM DISPATCHER 24/7 monitoring center w/part-time, day, evening & overnight shifts currently available email ddamiano@cpss.net or fax 352-4913617 2-28-10-39-14

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Sports TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011 ALLIGATOR www.alligatorSports.org alligatorSports Podcast ONLINE TEEING OFF WITH ADAM BERRY Matt Tripp / Alligator StaffFlorida senior forward Chandler Parsons, a 52.9 percent free-throw shooter this season, is part of a Gators frontcourt that has shot 54.9 percent as a group from the charity stripe. UF is shooting 65.1 percent, making it 267th out of 346 Division-I teams. By GREG LUCAAlligator Staff Writergluca@alligator.org As Erving Walker stood at the free-throw line for a one-and-one with his team down by a point and 1:09 left, Gators fans looked on with bated breath. There was a palpable sense of anxiety in the was about to decide the outcome of the game. Although Walker is one of the team’s most clutch free-throw shooters, the junior guard missed the front end, keeping South Carolina nearly 30 minutes. “I can’t ask for a better situation to be in at the foul line, but I just missed it,” Walker said. “It’s real frustrating. We don’t want to leave those free points out there, especially down the stretch.” Sixteen seconds later, Gamecocks center Sam Muldrow drilled a three-pointer to give South Carolina a two-possession lead that UF would never overcome. Thanks partially to its 12-of-22 performance misses to close out the contest, Florida (13-4, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) fell 72-69 Saturday against South Carolina (11-5, 2-1 SEC), Gators seeking improvement from free-throw lineBy ALLISON BANKO Alligator Writer Following the Florida gymnastics Faehn said the team would be playing around with its lineups this season, allowing some athletes to rest while others gain exposure in new events. Faehn’s plans played out again Friday night, as the No. 1 Gators used a new lineup combination to topple No. 16 Kentucky in the O’Connell Center 192.900. Normal contributor Maranda Smith man Gymnast of the Week, rested from the balance beam routine. In her place, freshman Mackenzie Caquatto made her debut. “Being up in the beam lineup this week was a little bit nerve-wracking,” she said. “But I just went up there and tried to stay calm and do everything rest, new opportunities Jets LB Bart Scott had a legendary postgame interview/ standoff with ESPN after his team’s victory Sunday. ESPN. com’s headline describes Scott as “emotional,” which is like calling Bill Belichick “somewhat reserved.” ... I’m also excited for another week of awesome Rex Ryan interviews. He seems to have drawn the line at putting his own foot in his mouth. We have a ton of content at alligatorSports.org, show. Also, check out our recruiting blog for an up date on Chase Hounshell, an offensive line recruit who decommitted from Florida on Monday night. Jesse Simonton join host Adam Berry to discuss the latest Florida football news, analyze the week in Gators basketball and freestyle about a number of other topics. Subscribe on iTunes. “It’s real frustrating. We don’t want to leave those free points out there."Erving Walker UF guard SEE HOOPS, PAGE 16 SEE GYM, PAGE 16 SEE W-HOOPS, PAGE 16 SECOND-HALF COLLAPSES HAVE BECOME COMMON FOR THE GATORS.By MATT WATTSAlligator Writer ATHENS, Ga. — A constant point of emphasis for the Florida women’s basketball team is setting the tone early in games. Coach Amanda Butler believes execution in But it has been the opposite — the crunchtime minutes with the game on the line — that has led to multiple late-game collapses for the Gators. Most recently, UF (12-7, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) allowed a 16-point lead to evapodropping their second straight SEC game, and third in the last four, 70-64 in Athens, Ga., on Sunday. A feisty crowd got into the game as Georgia made its surge, but Butler said she couldn’t attribute the loss to the anxiety Florida’s young roster might have felt in a hostile environment. “Composure and decision-making under pressure — I don’t know that that’s nerves, or if that’s a lack of experience, or if that Geor gia is really good and they didn’t play really good until the end. I think it’s probably a combination of all those things,” Butler said. “It’s something that we’ve got to be better at.” Butler is right, because Florida’s struggles at the end of games are becoming a trend. UF held a 66-59 lead late against DePaul on Nov. 18 but was able to score just eight points ter a last-second tip-in from Kayla Lewis was waved off. Three weeks later, Florida squandered a 20 in the second half in a 69-54 loss to Hamp-UF struggling late in games Gymnastics

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011 ALLIGATOR, 15 By JOHN BOOTHEAlligator Writer All week long, the Gators dealt with multiple obstacles. The No. 6 women’s team struggled with sickness, while the No. 5 men’s team lacked depth as coach Gregg Troy and nine of team’s best left for the SMU Classic. tions this weekend in Dallas, taking fourth place as Florida scored 272 points — 46 beWhile UF posted a pair of 60-point victories over visiting Florida Atlantic, the Gators also failed to match their previous output in NCAA qualifying times and speed in the pool Saturday in the O’Connell Center Natatorium. “We were hit the hardest with the Stafford, who managed one of her best performances at home with a win in the 200-yard freestyle — an NCAA “B” qualifying time of 1:48.76. Sarah Bateman, who won two events individually and contributed to both of the Gators’ relay wins. Bateman’s participation in four events was a rarity in the meet, as many of the women’s swimmers were pulled after one event to help them further Another issue surrounding the meet was the team’s response to missing Troy. “Everybody is a little bit at ease when the head coach and you never know what he’s going to do,” Stafford said. In Troy’s place was associate head coach Martyn Wilby, who said something was missing from both teams, though UF only lost one event the entire meet. “The focus was OK. It wasn’t great,” they’re going to really be under the gun.” For the men (4-2, 2-0 SEC), freshman Michael Lewark posted career-highs in meet, Lewark said his focus was on replacing the output of his brother, Andrew. to let my body do the work, and everything else would fall in place,” Lewark boards like he would.”UF overcomes illness, depth issuesUF TENNISBy STEPHEN SHEEHANAlligator Writer After coming to UF a year ago as the No. 6 overall recruit, in his second season as a Gator, he is showing why he was so highly regarded. After a strong fall season in which he won the Lakewood Ranch Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic in his hometown of Bradenton, Bangoura is currently ranked No. 28 in the country. The talented sophomore is improving at a rapid pace and has become considerably stronger since he has been at Florida, coach Andy Jackson said. ference Indoors for the second time in his career over the weekend. Although he lost badly to Tennessee’s John-Patrick Smith, “(Smith) is a lefty with a very big serve and plays power tennis,” Jackson said. “(Smith) took a lot of pace off the ball and sort of baited Sekou into being the attacker. Unfortunately, Sekou took the bait and played tactically the wrong way.” Despite the tough loss, Jackson remains encouraged that Bangoura can be one of the nation’s top 10 players, even saying it could happen sooner rather than later. Bangoura’s development will be important to a Gators team after this season. Indoors after enduring a physically demanding three-set match in the previous round. play his fourth match in two days,” Jackson said. However, Jackson believes there is a good core group of players in Bangoura, sophomore Bob van Over once he departs. be able to replicate his success on and off the court,” he said.Blue-chip prospect reaching potential SIX ATHLETES AND ONE RELAY COMBINE FOR NINE TOP-15 MARKS.STAFF REPORT events and posted three meet records in their season-opening performances at the Nittany Lion Challenge, and the national rankings reThe Track and Field Results Reporting System released its rankings Monday, and spots in the nation’s top 15 in their respective events. Omar Craddock, who automatically qualSaturday’s meet, is the squad’s highest-ranked competitor. tied a personal-best mark of second in the country and one of two athletes Junior Genevieve LaCaze and freshman Cory McGee are also among the nation’s top 15 in two different distance-running events. LaCaze checks in at third in the women’s (4:49.48), while McGee is seventh in the (4:46.70). Kemal Mesic (fourth, men’s shot put), the James (14th, women’s weight throw) round out the ranked Gators. Gators enter rankings due to hot start Tr ac k Bangoura Without coach, Florida tops FAU “Over the next two weeks, they’re going to really be under the gun.”Martyn Wilby UF associate head swimming coach

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16, ALLIGATOR TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011 Coaches attempting to create pressure situations in practicestreak. The Gators have been leaving points at the line all season, ure that ranks 11th in the SEC and 267th out of 346 teams in Division I. “That’s huge,” senior center Vernon Macklin said. “The bad part about it is we actually work on free throws a lot.” Coach Billy Donovan and his staff have been stressing the importance of free throws throughout the season and have been trying to work on correcting the problem in practice. In many instances, the coaches have attempted to generate pressure situations for their players, usually by requiring them to make a certain number of free throws to move on to the next segment of practice. only so much that can be done as a group. “It’s the only thing not team. We just got to go out there and, individually, just make free throws,” senior forward Chandler Parsons said. While guards Walker and Kenny Boynton have combined to shoot 75.8 percent from the line, frontcourt starters Macklin, Parsons and Alex Tyus hit just 54.9 percent as a unit. to UF, as frontcourt players are more likely to be fouled as defenses look to prevent easy looks close to the basket. “A lot of times, being a great free-throw shooting team has to do with how well your frontcourt players shoot it,” Donothey’re going to continue to get fouled a lot.” Macklin in particular has been a questionable free-throw shooter his entire career. The senior center is shooting 41 percent from the line this season after connecting on 58.8 percent of last year’s attempts and 31 percent of his shots in two years at Georgetown. These struggles have prevented Donovan from using Macklin in late-game situations, as teams are likely to foul him intentionally in order to extend games. “Vernon Macklin, his whole career, has not been a great free-throw shooter,” Donovan said. “And I wish I had a magic potion to make him a 90 or 85 percent free-throw shooter, but it’s not going to happen.” HOOPS, from page 14Gators more focused on routines than scores early in seasonthat I did in practice because it’s been pretty solid there.” Caquatto scored a 9.725 for her routine. Even with her performance, the scores on beam for the squad were lower than usual, as sophomore Ashane Dickerson earned an uncharacteristic 9.550. Dickerson said her performance resulted from her getting ahead of herself and rushing through her routine. “I thought they did well,” Faehn said of her beam lineup. “I thought some of the routines were better than what the score showed. However, we’re not really concerned with the scores. We look at how the athletes are doing.” Johnson also said she doesn’t look at her scores during meets, but she continued to make Gators history against Kentucky by scoring a 9.950 in vault, making her one of four freshmen for Florida to do so. “Mackenzie and Alaina are top, elite athletes,” Faehn said. “With that comes a lot of experience under high-pressure situations. It’s nice to see they don’t get rattled in the warmups and that carried over into the competition. It brings a calming effect to the other athletes as well.” Friday’s meet also allowed for some gymnasts to gain experience in areas outside of their comfort zones. Junior Nicole Ellis comdone since her senior year of high school, performance. The Gators’ newest roster addition, freshman Jade Wiggins, made her collegiate gymnastics debut, performing in beam and uneven parallel bars. Though Wiggins fell in her bars routine, Faehn said she has only been training with the team for less than a week. “We really wanted to get her out there to give her a chance to see not only how she’d perform, but she has to get out there,” Faehn said. “It’s better to do it at home than at a road meet. She needs more numbers under her belt, more training in our environment and our pressure situations in the gym. I really think she’ll start to come around.” GYM, from page 14UF looks to future after losses true road win of the season against Auburn on Jan. 6, the Gators allowed a 22-9 Tigers point halftime lead. While the losses are troubling, captain Jordan Jones isn’t focused on the past. Instead, Jones is choosing to turn her attention to the team’s next challenge. “We have a tough team coming into the O’Dome on Thursday,” Jones said of No. 19 Kentucky. “It’s going to be a test for us to bounce back, to come to work on Tuesday and get this right.” The Wildcats (13-4, 2-2 SEC) have won two straight conference games after a three-game skid, and they possess the talent to extend Florida’s losing streak to three games. “[The loss against Georgia] is a heartbreaker,” Jones said. “But you you are in how you bounce back.” W-HOOPS, from page 14 Men's Bask etball “We’re not really concerned with the scores. We look at how the athletes are doing."Rhonda Faehn UF gymnastics coachJones Defensive Line Coach Bryant Young — San Jose State defensive line coach, 2010; Notre Dame defensive graduate assistant, 2009; San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman, 1994-2007 FS Will Hill — 2 INTs, 102 yards; 1 pass breakup; 1 forced fumble; 54 tackles, 2 tackles for loss QB John Brantley — 200 of 329 (60.8 percent), 2061 yards, 9 TDs, 10 INTs, 116.36 rating CB Janoris Jenkins — 3 INTs, 68 return yards, 1 TD; 8 pass breaups 44 tackles, 6 tackles for loss; 1 sack; 18 punt returns, 150 yards Alexander Silva / Alligator Staff