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TOM GREENAlligator Staff Writer Fourteen months ago, Jacoby Brissett stood near midcourt inside the Palm Beach Gardens back the bashful smile he is quickly becoming known for. The 6-foot-3, 229-pound, two-sport star was no more than two hours removed from the biggest decision of was surrounded by more than a dozen reporters and cameramen. Like college coaches vying for his national letter of intent, the reporters were competing to get their questions in to Brissett. They wanted to know about his decision to orally commit to Florida, even against the wishes of his mother, Lisa Brown, who wanted him to go to Miami. Although he was the No. 3 dualthreat quarterback prospect in the nation, according to Rivals.com, and some of his closest friends, like safety Matt Elam, were already playing in Gainesville, Brissetts commitment to the Gators was a curious one. The public announcement came two days after National Signing Day, and less than a month after Jeff Driskel, the No. 1 pro-style quarter back in the class of 2011 and the top overall quarterback prospect in the nation, enrolled early for classes on Floridas campus. I just wanted competition, Brissett said last month. He was the No. 1 quarterback and it so happened that I was I had got an offer from Flor ida toward the end of the year and I just took it. Brissetts commitment put Flor ida in a unique position. The Gators signed two of the top quarterback prospects in the nation, marking the gle class since Rivals began ranking recruits in 2002. Driskels presence at UF didnt faze Brissett or make him question his decision. It motivated him. Hes just got to show me hes better than me. Thats all it is, Brissett said that night. Hell have to prove to me every day, every year that hes going to be better than me for him to win that starting job. When Driskel arrived in Gainesville from Oviedo a suburb of Orlando roughly 20 minutes from downtown he was accompanied by considerable expectations and unfair comparisons. His size and mobility invoked visions of former Heisman winner and two-time BCS national champion Tim Tebow, whose college career was still fresh in the minds of Florida fans. Thanks to a stellar career at Oviedo Hagerty High, coupled with the No. 1 quarterback ranking and John Brantleys subpar, nine-touchdown, 10-interception season in 2010, many expected Driskel to compete with Brantley for the starting job immediately. At the time, Brissett wasnt even on the Gators radar; they seemed perfectly content with Driskels com mitment. Former Florida coach Urban Meyer offered Brissett a grayshirt a chance to enroll later and not lose a year of eligibility while sitting out him otherwise, according to Brissetts mother. Following Driskels 507-yard, loss to Lakeland High in Hagertys Nate Gierke, called him the best high school player he has ever seen, a statement he still stands by today. If anyone could meet the expectations at Florida, Gierke added, it would be Driskel. But that was much easier said than done. Driskel was Brantleys backup during the spring, but the freshman struggled adjusting to the college game, something Gierke said was to be expected for any freshman, even the all-time greats. I had no idea what I was doing, Driskel recalled. (I was) kind of just throwing the ball around. While Driskel struggled during his who was recruited hard by former offensive coordinator Charlie Weis dur ing the last month before National Signing Day, drove up to Gainesville during the weekends in the spring. He would watch practices the same practices where Driskel struggled and sit and talk with players and coaches. Knowing that he would be at a disadvantage coming in a semester later than Driskel, Brissett studied the offense and picked up intricacies of it from former Dwyer teammates Gerald Christian and Robert Clark, both of whom have since transferred from Florida. By the time Brissett enrolled in the summer, he was focused on catching up to Driskel. I dont really do nothing outside of school and football, Brissett said. I really just concentrated on that. Despite Brissetts attempt to catch him during the summer and fall camp, Driskel entered the year No. 2 on Floridas depth chart. Driskel saw time in mop-up duty early in the seaaction when Brantley sprained his ankle just before halftime of the Alagame of the year. The situation was a familiar one for Driskel, who Gierke said was into his freshman season at Hagerty a varsity team. Like the scenario in 2007, when the rest of Driskels team was adjusting to a new game, the 2011 incarnation of the Gators was adjustcoaching staff. He was able to draw on that experience some, Gierke said. But its apples and oranges when you com pare the level of competition he was facing. Gierke was right: The situations were similar in theory, but exponentially different in reality. Despite the experience his freshman year at Hagerty, Driskel was admittedly nervous against the Tide and looked shell-shocked. In the second half of the 38-10 loss, the Gators were held to just 61 yards and no points. High school and Florida, and playing against the No. 1 team at the time it doesnt compare, Driskel said of his 2-for-6, 14-yard perfor mance. Its not even close. Theres guys that are 260 pounds out there running 4.5s, so I mean, that kinda sums it up. The following week against LSU, Brissett started with Brantley out and Driskel also reportedly nursing a sprained ankle. against Georgia, Brissett remained the backup, leaving Driskel waiting in the wings for the remainder of the season. He was frustrated, said Gierke, who still talks to Driskel regularly. Hes always played and hes always been the guy that everybody looks to to make the play, no matter what sport he played. Nobody is ever content being the backup at anything. Brissett chose Florida because he wanted to compete for the job something neither he nor Driskel really had to deal with in high school. This spring, the two are doing just that. Since the start of practice last month, coach Will Muschamp and offensive coordinator Brent Pease have stressed that its an open competition for the starting role between the two sophomores, and Muschamp said this week its evident the battle will continue into fall camp. We all know its a competition, Brissett said. Thats what we came to Florida for, for a competition. By all accounts, the two have evenly split snaps in practice, as Muschamp said they would. But so, too, have the other quarterbacks on the roster. Florida long has been cautious about what information leaks to the public, and this springs quarterback competition has been no different. Neither quarterback would disclose tice, though Quinton Dunbar eventually divulged that it was Driskel. Ask any teammate a question about the two sophomores even something as mundane as what does each do differently? and they all are tight-lipped, simply saying both quarterbacks are stepping up as leaders and looking great. Muschamp said he is looking for positive production from both, and as he stands just yards behind each offensive huddle during practice, he has been paying attention to how the rest of the offensive players respond to Driskel and Brissetts respective demeanors. So far, Muschamp said, he has been pleased with what he has seen from both. Still, neither has created separation in the coaches eyes. In spite of the intense competition, Driskel and Brissett insist they are ing that the two go on walks on the weekends. Right now were good friends and I think its gonna stay like that, Driskel said. Coach Muschamps not going to let [the competition] get out of control, and hes not going to toler ate that. Regardless of the friendship, the two are still battling for the coveted starting job under center. Saturdays Orange & Blue Debut will be just one of the many opportunities the two have to create separation, and when the dust eventually settles, one will have won the job and the other will have lost it. Muschamp said he wouldnt rule out using a two-quarterback system, but as the saying goes: When you have two quarterbacks, you really dont have one. Brissett was reminded last month of what he said about Driskel the night he orally committed to the Gators. He looked up from a table within the bashful smile. I did (say that), Brissett said. He still has to prove that hes better than me, because it wont stop. Contact Tom Green at tgreen@alligator.org. Editor Matt Watts Assistant Editor John Boothe Cover Illustration Dana Burke Alligator Friday, April 6, 2012Driskel, Brissett enter spring game seeking separationQuarterbackOption We all know its a competition. Thats what we came to Florida for, for a competition. Jacoby Brissett UF quarterbackBrett Le Blanc / Alligator StaffQuarterback Jacoby Brissett makes a pre-snap adjustment during last years game against Auburn. Brissett and Brett Le Blanc / Alligator StaffQuarterback Jeff Driskel (16) hands off to running back Chris Rainey in the second half of last years loss to Alabama. Driskel played sparingly in the KICKOFF

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VOLUME 106 ISSUE 133 WWW.ALLIGATOR.ORG FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012 Today We Inform. You Decide.Not officially associated with the University of Florida Published by Campus Communications, Inc. of Gainesville, Florida Decal changes could upset facultyChanges would affect parking in OConnell Center garage, pg 3. Local company chosen to rebuild Tampa Bay Times website352 Media Group was picked after a national search, pg 9. Bee populations are peaking early this year. Read the story, page 4.Different ways to spend the holiday weekendMany students will celebrate Passover and Easter, pg. 5. 81 /54 FORECAST 2 OPINIONS 6 CLASSIFIEDS 10 CROSSWORD 13 SPORTS 14 Elizabeth Hamilton / AlligatorJordan Agrippe, a 21-year-old psychology senior, and Robert Bolduc, a 22-year-old criminology senior, lit in remembrance of people who commit suicide every day. ABOUT 100 STUDENTS ATTENDED. MICHAEL SCOTT DAVIDSONAlligator Contributing WriterOn the ninth anniversary of her sons suicide, Judy Broward tried explain to UF students the tragedy that once seemed senseless to her. If I had known then what I know now, I would have done so many different things, she told an audience of about 100 students Thursday night at the Reitz Amphitheater. Broward was part of a suicide perspective panel at Keep Hope Alive, a suicide awareness forum and vigil. A group of students from UFs Psychology of Suicide Class hosted the event, which featured the and a candlelight remembrance vigil. UFs Counseling and Wellness Center, the Alachua County Crisis Center, Aware, To Write Love On Her Arms and UF Psychology Club co-sponsored the event. Meggen Sixbey, assistant coordinator of emergency and crisis response services with the UF Counseling and Wellness Center, referenced a study that showed 10 percent of 18to 24-year-olds considered suicide in the last year. It also showed that 1.4 percent attempted it. At our campus, thats about 700 people, Sixbey said. This once included Lindsey Dhans, a 27-year-old occupational therapy graduate student who said she attempted suicide once in high school and again as a college freshman. Dhans said she had struggled with talking about her emotions. She was glad students were trying to remove the stigma of talking about suicide. You have 100 people that were here and just heard the word suicide over and over again, she said. Theyre going to tell someone.Panel discusses suicide awareness, prevention CHRIS ALCANTARAAlligator Contributing WriterWhen reserving an outside table for two in Gainesville, your plus one could be your dog. The Gainesville City Commission may change a city law to allow dogs to sit with their owners at outdoor tables at restaurants. Under the change, restaurants will need to apply for a permit from the city to allow dogs in the outside area. Pet dogs are still not allowed inside restaurants, according to the ordinance change. Commissioners referred the issue to city staff at Thursdays meeting, moving the item toward approval. The Warehouse Restaurant and Lounge Manager Ryan Premdas brought the issue of outdoor doggie dining to the commissions attention during a City Commission meeting in May. Taylor Bauer, a 25-year-old adoption counselor for the Alachua County Humane both dogs and their owners. Dogs would be able to get out of the house while owners enjoy a meal with their companions, she said. They enjoy outings just as much as humans, she said. Swamp Restaurant, said he doesnt have a problem with having dogs in the restaurants outdoor area if the ordinance change passes. This town and the students are a big pet community, he said. I dont see anything wrong as long as people contain their dogs.City may allow dogs to dine with owners at restaurantsON CAMPUS KIMBERLY GREENPLATEAlligator Contributing WriterWhen Dounia Bendris finishes her late-night work at the UF Fine Arts studio, she would like to call Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol for a ride home. But since shes in a wheelchair, SNAP cant give her a lift. Soon, she and other disabled students will be able to receive UF-sponsored rides after 11 p.m. and on the weekends. UF will soon start a transportation service to provide students in wheelchairs like Bendris rides on campus between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. and on weekends. The service could be available as soon as Summer B or fall semester, said University Police Capt. Jeff Holcomb. We are looking at finding the smallest handicap-accessible vehicle that can provide this service for an on-call need, Holcomb said. SNAP vans arent wheelchair accessible. Gator Lift, a free shuttle for UF students, faculty and staff with mobility-related disabilities, stops running at 11 p.m. and doesnt run at all during weekends. This has never been an issue for us previously, said Scott Fox, director of UFs Transportation and Parking Services. We obviously need to respond to the request. Bendris, a 19-yearold fine arts sophomore, said she spends most nights in her studio, usually traveling home alone after 11 p.m. She wrote a letter to the Student Senate about how unsafe she felt going home late at night. Student senators met with Holcomb last month to present the idea of providing a transportation system for disabled SNAP rides may soon be handicap-accessibleSEE SNAP, PAGE 4 They enjoy outings just as much as humans.Taylor Baueradoption counselor for Alachua County Humane SocietyFox

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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 106 ISSUE 133 ISSN 0889-2423 The Alligator The Alligator 2, ALLIGATOR FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012 TODAYFORECAST WHATS HAPPENING?Migration and the Political Sustainability of Welfare States in Europe Today, 11:45 a.m. Dauer Hall, Room 215 The talk by Gary Freeman of the University of Texas, Austin, will be on the topic of immigration, citizenship regimes and welfare entitlements in Western Europe and will be followed by an infor mal meeting with graduate students and faculty during a reception. Church in the Wild: A Renewed Religion Today to Saturday Christian Study Center of Gainesville Today, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Tears, Blood and Lies Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Walk Through the Fire Why I hate religion, but love Jesus is a video on YouTube that went viral two months ago and today has more than 20 million views. It has caused conversations all over the world about religion and its relevance in todays society. At Church in the Wild, we will continue the conversation. International speakers Jeff Tatarchuk and Justin Wilson will discuss a variety of topics. Each day there will be free food and live music by Milton Doggette. For more information, visit www.babyisaac. directed by Josh Sallerson. To reserve your free tickets, visit http://floridaplayers.org/ticketing.php. Got something going on? Want to see it in this space? Send an email with Whats Happening in the subject line to emorrow@alligator.org. To ensure publication in the next days newspaper, please submit the event before 5 p.m. Please model your submissions after above events. Improperly for matted Whats Happening submissions may not appear in the paper. Press releases will not appear in the paper.CORRECTIONA story and cutline in Wednesdays Alligator incorrectly referenced the local company that installed solar panels on the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house. Its full, correct name is Power Production Management Inc. org or email uf.babyisaac@ gmail.com. First Seder of Passover Today, 8:30 p.m. UF Hillel, 2020 W University Ave. Join Hillel for Passover Seder this year. Seder is $10 for students and $36 for com munity members. To make reservations, please contact Blair Morse, executive assis tant, at Blair@ufhillel.org or 352-372-2900. Florida Players New Works Festival Today, 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Squitieri Studio Theatre, west wing of the Phillips Center The student organization Florida Players presents the Spring 2012 New Works Festival. The New Works Festival features three shows written and directed by students: Front Porch Play, written by Andrew Bailes and directed by Kenny Frechette; 12.21.2012, written by Amelia Harris and directed by Colin Hudson; and The Bender Method, written and THUNDER STORMS 81/54 PARTLY CLOUDY 77/50 SUNNY 80/53 PARTLY CLOUDY 81/56 SUNNY 79/48 TUESDAY MONDAY SUNDAY SATURDAY

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FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012 ALLIGATOR, 3 TYLER JETTAlligator Staff WriterZot L. Szurgot allegedly walked out of her house naked, Szurgot, a 52-year-old transwee-wee at me. saw more of Szurgot than he as a woman. dom Church Lynn Szurgot fell under the former category. Contact Tyler Jett at tjett@ alligator.org.Resident charged with shaking his wee-weeON CAMPUS JULIA GLUMAlligator Writer areas as well. for them. else. Contact Julia Glum at jglum@alligator.org.Decal changes could upset facultySzurgot The changes, according to an email from UF Transportation and P arking Services, include:Staff commuter decal parking will not be allowed in Garage 7 at the OConnell Center. Seventy-two green parking spaces will convert to orange at the northwest corner of the OConnell Center surface lot. portation and Parking Services will change from green parking to blue parking. cher Road will switch from blue parking to green parking.

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students. The Senate will soon offer a bill to extend the SNAP coverage area and to provide a wheelchair-accessible pickup service. Theres no way to make SNAP vans wheelchair-accessible, and SNAP drivers would require commercial drivers licenses with passenger endorsements and special training for handling wheelchairs. Gator Lifts drivers already have these license endorsements, so extending Gator Lifts hours and providing service on weekends was also considered, Scott said. Were committed to figuring out how to do it, he said. Now, Holcomb said the most feasible option is to have a police officer drive a smaller van with a lift system. The new vehicle would probably cost about $15,000 to $25,000, he said. Disabled students would call for a free ride, just like other students do for SNAP. Until the new service is available, disabled students can call for a police escort at any time. The Student Senate spearheaded the effort to provide disabled students a way to get home that late at night, he said. We may not realize the demand thats out there. RACHEL CROSBYAlligator Contributing WriterMark Dykes isnt scared of bees. The 35-year-old research technician and apiary manager gently lifted a tray from a hive at the UF Bee Biology Research Unit on a recent afternoon. His face lit up as bees wriggled around on the honeycomb, buzzing dangerously close to his exposed skin. According to James Ellis, assistant professor of entomology, bee colony populations are peaking in strength two to three weeks earlier than usual this year. Bee populations directly correlate to the amount of vector-pollinated plants blooming in the area, which need animals like bees to pollinate them. As pollen and nectar-rich plants become increasingly available, bee colonies grow at a more rapid rate, Ellis said. Mark Whitten, senior biologist at the Florida Museum of Natural History, said plants are blooming two to three weeks early this year. Its not a typical spring by any means, he said. Honey bee populations usually peak at around mid-April to the end of May. Ellis said the peak can be attributed to the recent warm weather in the Gainesville area. Spring is in bloom, Ellis said. Theyre peaking early but not abnor mally. With bee populations becoming active earlier in the year, students should be aware of the stinging insects. Sometimes stings can be pretty minor, said Dr. Phillip Barkley, director of the Student Health Care Center. Barkley said if you get stung, remove the stinger and apply ice to manage the redness. He suggested taking Benadryl to reduce possible itchiness. At the apiary, Dykes softly smoked the hive, masking the bees pheromones and calming the creatures. They slowed slightly, dazed. Barehanded, Dykes brushed their them to cooperate. Come on, girls, he said encouragingly. For students not as serene as he is around bees, Dykes offered light-heartthemselves surrounded. Just dont swat at them, Dykes said smiling. Dont swat and youre 4, ALLIGATOR FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012 Rachel Crosby / AlligatorResearch technician and apiary manager Mark Dykes lifts a tray from a hive at the UF Bee Biology Research Unit. ENVIR ONMENTBee populations peaking early this year SNAP, from page 1Police will escort students until vans are available Its not a typical spring by any means.Mark Whittensenior biologist at the Florida Museum of Natural History

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FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012 ALLIGATOR, 5 STUDENTS CAN CELEBRATE PASSOVER AND EASTER. ELIZABETH HAMILTONAlligator Contributing WriterFor some UF students, the next few days are just like any other weekend. Seven of 27 students interviewed by the Alligator said they had religious weekend plans. The others either made no plans or were not observing any religious holidays. Five of the seven said they plan to attend Catholic Mass at St. Augustine Church. Nahil Carranza, a 19-year-old psychology freshman and nonpracticing Catholic, is simply going to a Saturday Easter egg hunt. But Kateria Wynn, a 19-year-old advertising freshman, is attending an on-campus Easter celebration at the Curtis M. Phillips Center. Spirit of Faith Christian Center is hosting the event. She heard the 11 a.m. service will packed. At 8 p.m., Gator Wesley will host a Tenebrae service, in which the campus minister will read passages from the Gospel of John and blow out a candle after each reading. Hillel, a Jewish campus organization, is hosting two Seders, the at 8:30 p.m. and Saturday at 9 p.m. Student entries cost $10, but according to the website, reservations must be sent to blair@ufhillel.org.Different ways to spend the holiday weekend CHABELI HERRERAAlligator Contributing WriterIn the bustling classrooms inside the Nadine McGuire Theatre and Dance Pavilion, dance students stretch their muscles, perfect choreography kinsons disease patients. Students who volunteer with Dance For Life, a class that helps Parkinsons patients improve their movement and coordination, have found the true Many alumni of Dance For Life venture into the ence. Julie Brannen, a UF alumna pursuing a masters degree in dance/movement therapy and counseling at Columbia College, has been involved with the class since its inception in Spring 2009. Brannen said it was amazing to see the Parkinsons patients progression of being comfortable with movement and initiating their own movement even while theyre in pain. Unlike physical therapy, dance movement therapy focuses on psychological recovery through movement, Brannen said. For most participants, however, its the relationships that make the class an unforgettable experience. Lindsay Head, a 20-year-old dance sophomore who volunteered last fall, said a special moment for her was seeing the effect her touch had on a patient. partners hand would cease under her touch during an activity in class. The sense of belonging to a group, the physical activity and the interaction with a different generation has been proven to help alleviate the symptoms of Parkinsons, said Irene Malaty, assistant professor in UFs Department of Neurology and medical director of the National Parkinson Foundation Center for Excellence at UF. As Dance For Life wraps up this semester, the Spring BFA Dance Showcase on April 14. But apart from the chance to perform, every person in the class gains something. It totally let me see how dance and movement led me down the path of, Hey, I can do this for a living, Brannen said. Its an amazing career.Dance class proves therapeutic for Parkinsons disease patientsON CAMPUS

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Reader responseVote or post a message at www.alligator.orgThe views expressed here are not necessarily those of the Alligator Column EditorialFRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012 WWW.ALLIGATOR.ORG/OPINIONS Joey Flechas EDITOR Emily Morrow MANAGING EDITOR Justin Hayes OPINIONS EDITORThe Alligator will be withheld if the writer shows just cause. We reserve the right to edit for length, grammar, style and libel. Send letters to opinions@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 352-376-4458.Todays question: Are you going home for Easter or Passover?139 TOTAL VOTES23% YES 77% NOThursdays question: Would you follow a lower speed limit on Interstate 75?Only a few more weeks of the semester left, and its getting But procrastinators still have another week or two before Go ahead, have fun this weekend youll have time to That brings us to this weeks its-probably-a-good-time-toDarts & LaurelsFirst, for a their completely ridiculous proposal, we throw a can-we-just-admit-that-this-is-more-about-politics-thankeeping-drivers-safe DART at Gainesville Mayor Craig Lowe and 11 city and county commissioners These local politicians want to lower the speed limit on Interstate 75 between County Road 234 and State Road 222, the stretch in which the fatal crashes occurred earlier this But, if memory serves us correctly, it was smoke, not Next up, we give a college-students-dont-know-how-tocook-most-of-this-stuff-but-it-sure-looks-cool LAUREL to the Union Street Farmers Market, which celebrated its 16th Keep on keepin on! For being incredibly offensive, we throw a how-wouldyou-feel-if-we-came-up-to-you-and-drew-a-Hitler-moustache-on-your-face DART at the idiots who went around Northwest Gainesville drawing swastikas and painting proTyler Pence and his family submitted a video to a contest His family won a $20,000 donation to Shands and a $3,000 We give a good-deeds-lead-to-more-good-deeds LAUREL to the Primrose Childrens Foundation for putting together this contest AND to the Pence family, who decided For being incredibly disgusting, we throw an are-youreally-going-to-do-this-in-front-of-kids DART at Zot Lynn Szurgot, a transgender individual who was charged with indecent exposure after she went outside completely naked, Really? Finally, we give way-to-represent LAURELS to history professor Steve Noll, journalism professor Mike Foley and mathematics professor Sergei Shabanov, who were named by the Princeton Review as three of The Best 300 Keep up the good work! Have a fun and safe weekend, and be sure to check back Government should adhere to ConstitutionDoes President Obama understand the Constitution? When I heard President Obama say it would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step for the Supreme Court to overturn the health care reform law, often Of all people, the president of the United States should understand our government setup and the precedent of ruling that established the authority of the Supreme Court to invalidate acts of the executive and legislative branches Moreover, the president should understand that our Even if legislation were passed unanimously by both chambers of Congress, that legislation could still be unconstitutional, meaning the Supreme Court could still invalidate the On Monday, President Obama also drew a sharp contrast between the democratically elected Congress and Yes, the Supreme Court is not elected, but anyone with reasoning skills would understand that having an unelected judiciary helps insulate the court from partisanship and President Obamas troubling statement on Monday is part of a much larger conversation: the assault on the ConThe assault on the Constitution has been disguised by Some say that because the Constitution was written hundreds of years ago it must be interpreted more loosely to What they dont get is what the founders understood so well: People were meant to be free, and because men arent angels, there should be some government to protect the To prevent these problems, the founders drafted up a contract saying exactly what the government could do, stipulating that if the contract didnt state the government could expressly do something, then the government was forbidden from That contract is the Constitution the document that affects our daily lives, providing for my freedom to write this opinion and your freedom to practice whatSaying the Constitution is a living document would be can break portions of your lease and house an elephant in Those in the living, breathing Constitution camp have merce Clause and the Fourteenth Amendment to incorpoThe most recent snub of the Constitution is Obamacforce us to purchase a product, namely health insurance, but of course the administration is invoking the Commerce We have been tricked to believe that our government must become centralized to compete with the globalizing volved, it must tax, which hurts businesses and puts people Washington understands that if you trample the Constitution, you get bigger government, and if you want bigger Chris Ceresa is a math and classics junior at UF. His column appears on Fridays. Chris Ceresaopinions@alligator.org

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Letters to the Editor FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012 ALLIGATOR, 7Students should resolve issues with professors instead of cheatingThe column written by Chip Skambis for Mondays issue of the Alligator presents an ir Cheating is morally wrong and shows a By cheating, students are telling instruccheating, students are telling the people from whom they cheat that their effort and creativcheating, students are disrespecting their fellow students, many of whom are working hard and still might be struggling to earn good scores, only to have the As go to dishonest Lastly, cheating shows a lack of respect for Skambis states that cheating is the only recourse a student has against what he considers to be a poor, unfair, disregarding, biased and ways in which a student may seek redress for bis ranting, most instructors wish to be fair this is not satisfactory, there is a whole chain the department chair, followed by the college offer any number of options for disgruntled Perhaps the most important action a stuinstructor at UF has detailed evaluations availthe instructor does not have good evaluations, I am sorry that Skambis has such a disbelieve that most of us are here to educate and But no matter how hard we try to improve the life of a student, it cannot happen if the stuFrom politics to Wall Street, we live with the hope that no one reads Skambis words and Benjamin Killian Lecturer, UF chemistry department Student Senate should recognize minor ity students dent who represents a constituency that is comprised of all races and groups, and these actions are appalling to me on a personal level The actions taken by the Student Senate, which I will mention later, are both concerning Student Government must, by its mandate, The actions of which I am speaking of include the following: (1) Failing to pass condolences to the parents of Trayvon Martin last week and (2) failing to add to the agenda to Why are the above mentioned actions appalling and saddening, you ask? The tragedy of the Trayvon Martin shooting has revealed the deep, underlying racial tenGeorge Zimmerman is innocent, the inaction of the Sanford Police by not doing the usual drug-testing and witness-searching common in standard legal procedure demonstrates the The reactions of the American people and the amount of coverage in the media also show the deep, psychological racial tensions The reasons given for failing to pass this bill were that the bill mentioned the race of both George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin By recognizing the impact of race on this issue, Student Government would show the racial tensions and make this university and community a place where every person feels of racism, you might remember the story in the Alligator that ran this week mentioning a student was hit by a semitrailer and hospitalThis Senate, which passes resolutions about a condolence for a student of South Asian deThis resolution failed to pass due to a techI am saddened, and I hope for the sake of the students that we, as a Senate, can recognize Uzair Malik Graduate Student Senator

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8, ALLIGATOR FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012 THE STUDY COULD COST UP TO $25K. ADRIANNA PAIDASAlligator WriterA new study may be done at the area around the Cabot/Koppers Superfund site that is different from previous studies that measured toxic contamination. The Gainesville City Commission decided Thursday to take a step toward hiring a consultant who will measure the amount of deterioration in the neighborhoods around the toxic site. The study could cost the city up to $25,000, acThe area is bordered by Northeast Second Street and Northwest 39th Avenue. The area extends west of Northwest 13th Street and a few miles south of Northwest 23rd Avenue. The blight study would determine if the lowincome area around the site could be dubbed a new Community Redevelopment Agency area, making cy. When a particular part of the city is declared a Community Redevelopment Agency area, it is revitalized through public money in order to stimulate economic growth and attract more residents to the dilapidated area. In a 6-to-1 vote, with Commissioner Todd Chase dissenting, the commission directed staff to develop a request to hire a consultant. Though most of the commissioners thought the study was a good idea, Chase said he did not support it because cleanup is scheduled to begin within the next year as part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencys plan to decontaminate the site. Im not sure if Im comfortable with doing a blight study until we know what is happening in this area, Chase said. Because once you get the ball rolling, its hard to peel it back. Commissioner Susan Bottcher disagreed. Because the study will only show if the area ment Agency area, Bottcher said there is no harm in checking out the possibility. Contact Adrianna Paidas at apaidas@alligator.org.City may hire consultant to evaluate dilapidation of area near Superfund BENJAMIN S. BRASCHAlligator WriterA man hit his mother with a tire iron after they argued about police said. Anthony Gary Smalls Jr., 19, was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon when he hit his mother in the face with the tire iron, according to an Alachua County gave the following account: Smalls mother argued with him and told him not to use the mop, but he did anyway. Angry from the argument, Smalls hit his mother in the face with the tire iron. She fought back and hit Smalls in the back with a broom handle. Her cheek swelled and was at their house, 827 SW 64th Ter race. ed 13 minutes, the report said. Previously, Smalls has been charged with domestic battery, possession of marijuana and trespassing, but Smalls bond has been set at $20,000, according to the Alachua County Jail Log. Contact Ben Brasch at bbrasch@ alligator.org.Man charged after allegedly striking mother with tire ironSmalls

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FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012 ALLIGATOR, 9 Alex Catalano / Alligator StaffConcerned CitizenSyed Mohammed I. Haider, 60, a concerned citizen, speaks during the citizen comment period of the Gainesville City Commission meeting. ADRIANNA PAIDASAlligator WriterThe Gainesville-based Web development and cartoon images alongside real people on a lime Their energetic presentation, ideas and inContact Adrianna Paidas at apaidas@alligator.org.Local media company chosen to rebuild Tampa Bay Times website

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FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012 WWW.ALLIGATORSPORTS.ORG Quarterback controversyWhich quarterback do you think will have a better showing in Saturdays spring game? Vote online at alligatorSports.org. When Florida takes on Johns Hopkins on Saturday, junior attacker Kitty Cullen will return from a concussion that sidelined her for two games. See story, Page 15. David Carr / Alligator Staff BRYAN HOLTAlligator Writer Floridas entire dugout thought Preston Tuckers one-out shot to right was gone in three-run walkoff fashion. Unfortunately for the Gators, Daniel Pigott thought so too. went into premature celebration mode while standing a handful of steps off third base. When the ball landed in the glove of LSU had choked away a chance to tie the score at seven and complete a big Florida rally. He did not tag up. Brian Johnson was on deck evening was over. You cant run the bases for said. Ive got no explanation for it. Ive never seen it. He jumped up and down and thought it was a home run and lost his cool instead of just going back to the bag. Euphoria boiled into frustration in a matter of seconds. Before Pigotts gaffe and a hard-swinging no outs in the ninth inning. What fans had not been chased away by and stunned. No. 1 Florida (24-6, 6-4 Southeastern Conference) lost to No. 12 LSU (24-6, 7-3 SEC), 7-6 on Thursday night. The defeat snapped a 15-game home winning streak for the Gators and continued a rut in which they have lost four out of Weve got to put some pieces ash Ramjit said. Were just struggling right now. Trouble started early for the Gators on Thursday. The Tigers were all over starter Brian Johnup three runs on three hits, highlighted by RBI singles from Austin Nola and Alex Edward. When Florida began to stand its ground a bit and climb back into the game, LSU piled up another three-run inning in the fourth despite having no baser unners and two outs when eighthole hitter Jordy Snikeris stepped in and singled. Pigotts base-running gaffe costly as Gators drop third straight GREG LUCAAlligator Staff Writer ing to UF for his senior year, he announced on Thursday via his Twitter account. ask lately I have reached a decision and I am returning to Gainesville for my senior season, the tweet said. Boynton was Floridas leading scorer last year, averaging 15.9 points per game on 40.7 percent 3-point shooting. He was projected as a fringe NBA draft prospect but was still considering making a jump to the professional ranks. The decision did not come easy for Boynton, who was undecided on his future as recently as this week. I dont know what Im going to But, after discussing his options with his family his mother visited Gainesville ear lier in the week Boynton decided to return. By doing so, he gives himself a shot at UFs career scoring record. He has notched 1,589 career points, good for eighth on UFs all-time list. He is just 501 points shy of Ronnie Williams UF career record of 2,090. Boynton scored 525 points as a sophomore and 588 as a junior. Contact Greg Luca at gluca@alligator.org.Boynton plans to return to UF for senior season JOHN BOOTHEAlligator Staff Writer It has taken nearly six years, but James Wilson spring. Wilson, a redshirt senior offensive lineman, is ed a sixth season of eligibility in January due to a medical hardship. The main culprit keeping the 6-foot-4, 327-pound sophomore year and the four surgeries needed to repair his injured left knee. While he missed all of last spring recovering from a surgery, Wilson said he is ready to play at 1 p.m. Saturday during Floridas spring game. son said. He was all happy. It was kind of a big deal, but I just got to keep trucking. I got to make it After working his way back into the Gators line rotation, Wilson earned his lone start of last season he found out the NCAA was allowing him to come back in the spring during the game. Its good to see him back out there, offensive Its his last year, make the best of it. A healthy Wilson heading into next season would mean added depth to an offensive line group that struggled last year. With another year under their belt, Wilson said the linemen have begun to communicate better and are growing more comfortable working together this spring. at this time, or at any time last year, coach Will back and look at it and those guys have been playing together for a year. Floyd adjusting: In his fensive end, Sharrif Floyd has had a hard time adjusting to life on the outside. Floyd, a junior, is working primarily off the edge instead of his natural defensive tackle position this I started spring as a D-end and just really wasnt played it like constantly rep after rep, Floyd said. The spring before that, the offseason before that, I was at defensive tackle so it was just a different transition. Though the move to end hasnt always gone Wilson making most of sixth year Boynton UF Fo otball SEE BASEBALL, P A GE 15 SEE FOOTBALL, P A GE 17Poll ResultsDo you plan on attending the Orange & Blue Debut?39% YES 61% NO69 total votes

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It was disappointing the way we pitched, OSullivan said. That cant happen if you expect to win games. Everyone seemed to have his own faults. Ramjit had the best offensive night of his career, going 3 for 4 with four RBI two in a clutch two-out spot in the eighth that got the Gators within one. However, he also had Floridas other glaring base-running error of the night in the fourth when he was thrown out returning ball. I had three hits but that didnt do anything, Ramjit said. It was just upsetting how we lost. Its a tough loss right now. Pigott had been 3 for 5 with an RBI before the nights biggest blunder. Entering the ninth 2 for 4, Johnson popped out to the catcher to end the game. Florida will now try to move for ward to Friday nights game even though OSullivan was unsure of what he will get. Im not playing, he said. Jonathon Crawford will get the start for the Gators, as Karsten Whitsons fullblown return gets moved to Saturday. Hudson Randall will not pitch this weekend because of a tired arm. FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012 ALLIGATOR, 15 BASEBALL, from page 14Crawford, Whitson games of LSU series LACROSSE JOSH JURNOVOYAlligator Writer The Gators didnt miss a beat without Kitty Cullen. But that doesnt mean they arent glad to have her back. The junior attacker missed two games due to a concussion suffered in a 10-8 win at Ohio State on March 24 and will return to the starting lineup on Saturday as No. 4 Florida (12-2, 2-0 American Lacrosse Conference) travels to Baltimore to take on No. 19 Johns Hopkins (7-3, 0-1 ALC). The Gators defeated Fresno State 29-0 and beat No. 10 Penn State, 2011, in the two games Cullen was out. I commend the team for really stepping up and doing a great job in her absence, coach Amanda OLeary said. But we are looking forward to getting her back on the Cullen, who led Florida with 47 points prior to the concussion, said she has been symptom-free since Saturday. I started feeling better the day before the Penn State game, but I knew I wasnt going to be ready to play by then, Cullen said. My since everything went well I know Ill be able to play this weekend. Graziano and Shannon Gilroy have helped shoulder the scoring load with Cullen out. In the last two games, Graziano has nine goals and three assists while Gilroy found the Penn State. Its so nice knowing that if you are going to get injured or you are coming out of the game that you have people that can go in and can still get the job done, Cullen said of the younger players contributions. As the regular season comes to an end and the schedule gets tougher, junior attacker Caroline Chester man said the depth the Gators have developed becomes more impor tant. in everyone on the team, Chester man said. If someone else is having an off day and someone needs to step in, they will do that, and the last two games have completely shown that. Even if Cullen is not scoring goals in bunches come Sunday, OLeary said it changes the game to Anytime she has the ball, the defense has to be concerned, OLeary said. Theyre going to be really quick to slide the double team over to her. OLeary praised Cullens abilteammates this season when she is double-teamed. In 2011, Cullen had games while she has 29 goals and 20 assists in as many games this season. Florida defeated Johns Hopkins 14-10 in Gainesville in 2011 with A native of Rockville, Md., Cullen said she is excited to be able to make her return in her home state against the Blue Jays. All my cousins have been texting me all week and all my aunts and uncles, Cullen said. A lot of my really good friends from high school are coming home for Easter and theyre all coming out to the game.Cullen set to return from concussion We have complete conteam.Caroline ChestermanCrawford

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16, ALLIGATOR FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012 UFS TRACK PROGRAM PLAYS HOST TO THE PEPSI FLORIDA RE LAYS STARTING TODAY. KATIE AGOSTINAlligator Writer While most seniors in high school are looking ahead to their graduation, Gators freshman Dedric Dukes is focusing on the Pepsi Florida Relays. his last semester of his senior year, decided to enroll early at Florida in January. On Feb. 4, Dukes helped the Gators lay at the Virginia Tech Elite Meet in his place in the mens 200m, missing the automatic qualifying mark by less than a second. Its been pretty tough because of comrunning indoors, Dukes said. It was pretty hard to adjust to indoor because Im so used to running outdoors. Dukes has shown that he can be a valuable asset on the team. His strongest contribution so far this year has been in the relays. In addition to his performance at the Virginia Tech Elite Meet, Dukes helped I felt pretty good. I trusted in my coaching and training that everything was going to be good, Dukes said. I was a little bit nervous, but I just let everything happen. outdoor meet of the season, the Gators will need Dukes to continue his trend of being a strong leg for the relay teams. Dukes will We could push the stick a little bit better, and get the changes and hand-offs much, much better, which weve been working on this week, Dukes said. We have a lot more to work on, but I think well do pretty good at the Florida Relays. The Florida Relays begin today at Percy Levin and junior David Triassi will start things off for the men in the hammer throw, and freshman Manuela Burtsher will open for the women in the discus throw. here for the Florida Relays. Our athletes Mike Holloway said. Its a chore putting the meet on, but its something that we really enjoy doing.Freshman will be key at home meetGYMNASTICS LANDON WATNICKAlligator Writer Despite the pressures of postseason action, the Gators have plenty of reasons pionships at 4 p.m. nated the Wolfpack, 196.025-194.675. could have been placed, junior Randy from my home, so I have a lot of family and friends coming. Most of them havent seen me compete before in a college meet. The Gators hope previously competthe Wolfpacks apparatuses feel similar to their home equipment. remember the arena, we know visually what the setup of the equipment is like, weve been on the equipment, coach Rhonda Faehn said. Its not going to be something thats unfamiliar to them. UFs rotational order also looks to be favorable. After starting out on uneven bars and balance beam, the team will another bye. country on both bars and beam. Its a great draw, Faehn said. Its just get your job done and you dont have to sit out another rotation and then come back again into the competition. As the Gators should feel accustomed to their location for regionals, Faehn said she believes her squad is also in a great place mentally. This team is a com pletely different team. Different group, differ ent mentality, Faehn said. We feel like Ellis likely out on vault: Faehn said jury she suffered against Utah. If Ellis is a place. Faehn added that Ellis might compete day afternoon.Faehn

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17, ALLIGATOR FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012 Floyd hoping for switch back to defensive tackle for fall seasonsmoothly, Floyd said he is enjoying his best spring of his career and has improved his pass-rush skills. However, once the fall season starts, hes looking forward to resuming his old duties in the interior. Were still low on numbers right now, so its still about what we have and what we need, Floyd said. So right now Im a D-end but ideally, getting ready for the season, it should be inside for good. Special teams: After splitting time with departed senior David Lerner last season, Kyle Christy has created some separation for Floridas starting punting job. Muschamp said Christy had his best day at Florida last Wednesday punting the ball. Christy, a sopholast season and averaged 40.9 yards on 30 punts. Hes got the leg, hes got the tools, hes got the talent, Muschamp said. Its a matter of doing it all the time and David was much more consistent in camp last fall in August going into the season. But, as Kyle continued to improve that consistency, thats what enabled him to get the job. Muschamp also had rave reviews for redshirt senior kicker Caleb SturLou Groza award. Muschamp said Sturgis has kicked extremely well and was last Saturdays special teams player of the day. Contact John Boothe at jboothe@ alligator.org. FOOTBALL, from page 14 PREVIEWING THE ORANGE AND BLUE DEBUTWith the Gators annual spring game, the Orange & Blue Debut, scheduled for this Saturday, we at alligatorSports want to get you game, an area the team must improve upon in 2012 and a major storyline to follow as the spring season comes to a close. SOMETHING TO LOOK FOR DURING SATURDAYS GAME:2. TurnoversFlorida was so inept in both protecting the ball and taking it away last season that any sign of progress should be taken as a positive. Before the Gators kicked off fall camp last season, Will Muschamp pointed to two statistics as the most ished 113th nationally with a minus-0.92 margin, forcing only 14 and losing 26. Watch to see if the young quarterbacks are making smart decisions and if the defense is playing aggressively, closing quickly and making plays on the ball. Remember, it is the spring game, so take everything with a grain of salt and focus more on individual perfor mances.1. QuarterbacksIts tough to learn too much from just a spring game, but it will be interesting to see how comfortably Brissett and Driskel can run the offense. New offensive coordinator Brent Pease has tried to make the adjustment as seamless as possible for his sophomore signal-callers, but the task of learning new plays, shifts and motions will still be daunting. If one of the young quarterbacks can display a comfort, command and maturity in the offense, it will bode well for his chances come fall. It will be a good sign for the chances of Floridas offense, too. AREA THAT NEEDS IMPROVEMENT:2. Quarterback playFlorida needs a major improvement at the son, the trio of John Brantley, Jeff Driskel and Jacoby Brissett led the nations No. 89 passing offense. The Gators tallied just 13 touchdowns and 13 interceptions and ranked No. 101 with only 320 pass attempts on the year. Much of those struggles were blamed on John Brantleys injuries, but even a healthy Brantley threw for only 185.8 yards per game with 11 touchdowns and three missed halves against stalwarts Alabama 1. Offensive LineWithout question, the Gators struggled last season because they struggled up front. The offensive line was a sieve, getting pushed around in pass protection and failing to knock defenders off the ball in the run game. With two inexperienced options at quarterback, the ability to run the ball and prevent the type of pass rush that sidelined starter John Brantley last season will be imperative. The line took the brunt of Muschamps criticism for being soft, and as defensive coordinator Dan Quinn put it last week, they have received the memo. Progress in this area will be paramount to Floridas chances at a successful season in 2012.Brissett Muschamp STORYLINE TO WATCH:2. Center of Offense game, neither did the Gators. The offense ran through his hands, as the senior running back led the team in rushing attempts (171), rushing yards (861) and receptions (31). If Rainey wasnt getting the ball, he was used as a decoy to open up other options. Now, with Rainey and fellow back Jeff Demps gone, Florida will have to look elsewhere for its key cog on offense. There isnt a proven player at any of the skill positions, and a balanced attack led by a strong downhill running game is likely to be the focal point, meaning several players will be counted on to produce on a consistent basis.1. Driskel/BrissettThe quarterback controversy has dominated the spring conversation, as everyone wants to know who will be under center when the season begins. Although Muschamp says the process is ongoing and team offense. Neither Driskel nor Brissett has distanced campaign. Driskel completed 16 of 34 passes for 148 yards and two interceptions, while Brissett completed 18 of 39 passes for 206 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. Who has made the biggest jump? Driskel Alligator Staff



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TOM GREENAlligator Staff Writer Fourteen months ago, Jacoby Brissett stood near midcourt inside the Palm Beach Gardens back the bashful smile he is quickly becoming known for. The 6-foot-3, 229-pound, two-sport star was no more than two hours removed from the biggest decision of was surrounded by more than a dozen reporters and cameramen. Like college coaches vying for his national letter of intent, the reporters were competing to get their questions in to Brissett. They wanted to know about his decision to orally commit to Florida, even against the wishes of his mother, Lisa Brown, who wanted him to go to Miami. Although he was the No. 3 dualthreat quarterback prospect in the nation, according to Rivals.com, and some of his closest friends, like safety Matt Elam, were already playing in Gainesville, Brissetts commitment to the Gators was a curious one. The public announcement came two days after National Signing Day, and less than a month after Jeff Driskel, the No. 1 pro-style quarterback in the class of 2011 and the top overall quarterback prospect in the nation, enrolled early for classes on Floridas campus. I just wanted competition, Brissett said last month. He was the No. 1 quarterback and it so happened that I was I had got an offer from Florida toward the end of the year and I just took it. Brissetts commitment put Florida in a unique position. The Gators signed two of the top quarterback prospects in the nation, marking the gle class since Rivals began ranking recruits in 2002. Driskels presence at UF didnt faze Brissett or make him question his decision. It motivated him. Hes just got to show me hes better than me. Thats all it is, Brissett said that night. Hell have to prove to me every day, every year that hes going to be better than me for him to win that starting job. When Driskel arrived in Gainesville from Oviedo a suburb of Orlando roughly 20 minutes from downtown he was accompanied by considerable expectations and unfair comparisons. His size and mobility invoked visions of former Heisman winner and two-time BCS national champion Tim Tebow, whose college career was still fresh in the minds of Florida fans. Thanks to a stellar career at Oviedo Hagerty High, coupled with the No. 1 quarterback ranking and John Brantleys subpar, nine-touchdown, 10-interception season in 2010, many expected Driskel to compete with Brantley for the starting job immediately. At the time, Brissett wasnt even on the Gators radar; they seemed perfectly content with Driskels commitment. Former Florida coach Urban Meyer offered Brissett a grayshirt a chance to enroll later and not lose a year of eligibility while sitting out him otherwise, according to Brissetts mother. Following Driskels 507-yard, loss to Lakeland High in Hagertys Nate Gierke, called him the best high school player he has ever seen, a statement he still stands by today. If anyone could meet the expectations at Florida, Gierke added, it would be Driskel. But that was much easier said than done. Driskel was Brantleys backup during the spring, but the freshman struggled adjusting to the college game, something Gierke said was to be expected for any freshman, even the all-time greats. I had no idea what I was doing, Driskel recalled. (I was) kind of just throwing the ball around. While Driskel struggled during his who was recruited hard by former offensive coordinator Charlie Weis during the last month before National Signing Day, drove up to Gainesville during the weekends in the spring. He would watch practices the same practices where Driskel struggled and sit and talk with players and coaches. Knowing that he would be at a disadvantage coming in a semester later than Driskel, Brissett studied the offense and picked up intricacies of it from former Dwyer teammates Gerald Christian and Robert Clark, both of whom have since transferred from Florida. By the time Brissett enrolled in the summer, he was focused on catching up to Driskel. I dont really do nothing outside of school and football, Brissett said. I really just concentrated on that. Despite Brissetts attempt to catch him during the summer and fall camp, Driskel entered the year No. 2 on Floridas depth chart. Driskel saw time in mop-up duty early in the seaaction when Brantley sprained his ankle just before halftime of the Alagame of the year. The situation was a familiar one for Driskel, who Gierke said was into his freshman season at Hagerty a varsity team. Like the scenario in 2007, when the rest of Driskels team was adjusting to a new game, the 2011 incarnation of the Gators was adjustcoaching staff. He was able to draw on that experience some, Gierke said. But its apples and oranges when you compare the level of competition he was facing. Gierke was right: The situations were similar in theory, but exponentially different in reality. Despite the experience his freshman year at Hagerty, Driskel was admittedly nervous against the Tide and looked shell-shocked. In the second half of the 38-10 loss, the Gators were held to just 61 yards and no points. High school and Florida, and playing against the No. 1 team at the time it doesnt compare, Driskel said of his 2-for-6, 14-yard performance. Its not even close. Theres guys that are 260 pounds out there running 4.5s, so I mean, that kinda sums it up. The following week against LSU, Brissett started with Brantley out and Driskel also reportedly nursing a sprained ankle. against Georgia, Brissett remained the backup, leaving Driskel waiting in the wings for the remainder of the season. He was frustrated, said Gierke, who still talks to Driskel regularly. Hes always played and hes always been the guy that everybody looks to to make the play, no matter what sport he played. Nobody is ever content being the backup at anything. Brissett chose Florida because he wanted to compete for the job something neither he nor Driskel really had to deal with in high school. This spring, the two are doing just that. Since the start of practice last month, coach Will Muschamp and offensive coordinator Brent Pease have stressed that its an open competition for the starting role between the two sophomores, and Muschamp said this week its evident the battle will continue into fall camp. We all know its a competition, Brissett said. Thats what we came to Florida for, for a competition. By all accounts, the two have evenly split snaps in practice, as Muschamp said they would. But so, too, have the other quarterbacks on the roster. Florida long has been cautious about what information leaks to the public, and this springs quarterback competition has been no different. Neither quarterback would disclose tice, though Quinton Dunbar eventually divulged that it was Driskel. Ask any teammate a question about the two sophomores even something as mundane as what does each do differently? and they all are tight-lipped, simply saying both quarterbacks are stepping up as leaders and looking great. Muschamp said he is looking for positive production from both, and as he stands just yards behind each offensive huddle during practice, he has been paying attention to how the rest of the offensive players respond to Driskel and Brissetts respective demeanors. So far, Muschamp said, he has been pleased with what he has seen from both. Still, neither has created separation in the coaches eyes. In spite of the intense competition, Driskel and Brissett insist they are ing that the two go on walks on the weekends. Right now were good friends and I think its gonna stay like that, Driskel said. Coach Muschamps not going to let [the competition] get out of control, and hes not going to tolerate that. Regardless of the friendship, the two are still battling for the coveted starting job under center. Saturdays Orange & Blue Debut will be just one of the many opportunities the two have to create separation, and when the dust eventually settles, one will have won the job and the other will have lost it. Muschamp said he wouldnt rule out using a two-quarterback system, but as the saying goes: When you have two quarterbacks, you really dont have one. Brissett was reminded last month of what he said about Driskel the night he orally committed to the Gators. He looked up from a table within the bashful smile. I did (say that), Brissett said. He still has to prove that hes better than me, because it wont stop. Contact Tom Green at tgreen@alligator.org. Editor Matt Watts Assistant Editor John Boothe Cover Illustration Dana Burke Alligator Friday, April 6, 2012Driskel, Brissett enter spring game seeking separationQuarterbackOption We all know its a competition. Thats what we came to Florida for, for a competition. Jacoby Brissett UF quarterbackBrett Le Blanc / Alligator StaffQuarterback Jacoby Brissett makes a pre-snap adjustment during last years game against Auburn. Brissett and Brett Le Blanc / Alligator StaffQuarterback Jeff Driskel (16) hands off to running back Chris Rainey in the second half of last years loss to Alabama. Driskel played sparingly in the KICKOFF

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VOLUME 106 ISSUE 133 WWW.ALLIGATOR.ORG FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012 Today We Inform. You Decide.Not officially associated with the University of Florida Published by Campus Communications, Inc. of Gainesville, Florida Decal changes could upset facultyChanges would affect parking in OConnell Center garage, pg 3. Local company chosen to rebuild Tampa Bay Times website352 Media Group was picked after a national search, pg 9. Bee populations are peaking early this year. Read the story, page 4.Different ways to spend the holiday weekendMany students will celebrate Passover and Easter, pg. 5. 81 /54 FORECAST 2 OPINIONS 6 CLASSIFIEDS 10 CROSSWORD 13 SPORTS 14 Elizabeth Hamilton / AlligatorJordan Agrippe, a 21-year-old psychology senior, and Robert Bolduc, a 22-year-old criminology senior, lit in remembrance of people who commit suicide every day. ABOUT 100 STUDENTS ATTENDED. MICHAEL SCOTT DAVIDSONAlligator Contributing WriterOn the ninth anniversary of her sons suicide, Judy Broward tried explain to UF students the tragedy that once seemed senseless to her. If I had known then what I know now, I would have done so many different things, she told an audience of about 100 students Thursday night at the Reitz Amphitheater. Broward was part of a suicide perspective panel at Keep Hope Alive, a suicide awareness forum and vigil. A group of students from UFs Psychology of Suicide Class hosted the event, which featured the and a candlelight remembrance vigil. UFs Counseling and Wellness Center, the Alachua County Crisis Center, Aware, To Write Love On Her Arms and UF Psychology Club co-sponsored the event. Meggen Sixbey, assistant coordinator of emergency and crisis response services with the UF Counseling and Wellness Center, referenced a study that showed 10 percent of 18to 24-year-olds considered suicide in the last year. It also showed that 1.4 percent attempted it. At our campus, thats about 700 people, Sixbey said. This once included Lindsey Dhans, a 27-year-old occupational therapy graduate student who said she attempted suicide once in high school and again as a college freshman. Dhans said she had struggled with talking about her emotions. She was glad students were trying to remove the stigma of talking about suicide. You have 100 people that were here and just heard the word suicide over and over again, she said. Theyre going to tell someone.Panel discusses suicide awareness, prevention CHRIS ALCANTARAAlligator Contributing WriterWhen reserving an outside table for two in Gainesville, your plus one could be your dog. The Gainesville City Commission may change a city law to allow dogs to sit with their owners at outdoor tables at restaurants. Under the change, restaurants will need to apply for a permit from the city to allow dogs in the outside area. Pet dogs are still not allowed inside restaurants, according to the ordinance change. Commissioners referred the issue to city staff at Thursdays meeting, moving the item toward approval. The Warehouse Restaurant and Lounge Manager Ryan Premdas brought the issue of outdoor doggie dining to the commissions attention during a City Commission meeting in May. Taylor Bauer, a 25-year-old adoption counselor for the Alachua County Humane both dogs and their owners. Dogs would be able to get out of the house while owners enjoy a meal with their companions, she said. They enjoy outings just as much as humans, she said. Swamp Restaurant, said he doesnt have a problem with having dogs in the restaurants outdoor area if the ordinance change passes. This town and the students are a big pet community, he said. I dont see anything wrong as long as people contain their dogs.City may allow dogs to dine with owners at restaurantsON CAMPUS KIMBERLY GREENPLATEAlligator Contributing WriterWhen Dounia Bendris finishes her late-night work at the UF Fine Arts studio, she would like to call Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol for a ride home. But since shes in a wheelchair, SNAP cant give her a lift. Soon, she and other disabled students will be able to receive UF-sponsored rides after 11 p.m. and on the weekends. UF will soon start a transportation service to provide students in wheelchairs like Bendris rides on campus between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. and on weekends. The service could be available as soon as Summer B or fall semester, said University Police Capt. Jeff Holcomb. We are looking at finding the smallest handicap-accessible vehicle that can provide this service for an on-call need, Holcomb said. SNAP vans arent wheelchair accessible. Gator Lift, a free shuttle for UF students, faculty and staff with mobility-related disabilities, stops running at 11 p.m. and doesnt run at all during weekends. This has never been an issue for us previously, said Scott Fox, director of UFs Transportation and Parking Services. We obviously need to respond to the request. Bendris, a 19-yearold fine arts sophomore, said she spends most nights in her studio, usually traveling home alone after 11 p.m. She wrote a letter to the Student Senate about how unsafe she felt going home late at night. Student senators met with Holcomb last month to present the idea of providing a transportation system for disabled SNAP rides may soon be handicap-accessibleSEE SNAP, PAGE 4 They enjoy outings just as much as humans.Taylor Baueradoption counselor for Alachua County Humane SocietyFox

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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 106 ISSUE 133 ISSN 0889-2423 The Alligator The Alligator 2, ALLIGATOR FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012 TODAYFORECAST WHATS HHAPPENING?Migration and the Political Sustainability of Welfare States in Europe Today, 11:45 a.m. Dauer Hall, Room 215 The talk by Gary Freeman of the University of Texas, Austin, will be on the topic of immigration, citizenship regimes and welfare entitlements in Western Europe and will be followed by an informal meeting with graduate students and faculty during a reception. Church in the Wild: A Renewed Religion Today to Saturday Christian Study Center of Gainesville Today, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Tears, Blood and Lies Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Walk Through the Fire Why I hate religion, but love Jesus is a video on YouTube that went viral two months ago and today has more than 20 million views. It has caused conversations all over the world about religion and its relevance in todays society. At Church in the Wild, we will continue the conversation. International speakers Jeff Tatarchuk and Justin Wilson will discuss a variety of topics. Each day there will be free food and live music by Milton Doggette. For more information, visit www.babyisaac. directed by Josh Sallerson. To reserve your free tickets, visit http://floridaplayers.org/ticketing.php. Got something going on? Want to see it in this space? Send an email with Whats Happening in the subject line to emorrow@alligator.org. To ensure publication in the next days newspaper, please submit the event before 5 p.m. Please model your submissions after above events. Improperly for matted Whats Happening submissions may not appear in the paper. Press releases will not appear in the paper.CORREECTITIONNA story and cutline in Wednesdays Alligator incorrectly referenced the local company that installed solar panels on the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house. Its full, correct name is Power Production Management Inc. org or email uf.babyisaac@ gmail.com. First Seder of Passover Today, 8:30 p.m. UF Hillel, 2020 W University Ave. Join Hillel for Passover Seder this year. Seder is $10 for students and $36 for community members. To make reservations, please contact Blair Morse, executive assistant, at Blair@ufhillel.org or 352-372-2900. Florida Players New Works Festival Today, 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Squitieri Studio Theatre, west wing of the Phillips Center The student organization Florida Players presents the Spring 2012 New Works Festival. The New Works Festival features three shows written and directed by students: Front Porch Play, written by Andrew Bailes and directed by Kenny Frechette; 12.21.2012, written by Amelia Harris and directed by Colin Hudson; and The Bender Method, written and THUNDER STORMS 81/54 PARTLY CLOUDY 77/50 SUNNY 80/53 PARTLY CLOUDY 81/56 SUNNY 79/48 TUESDAY MONDAY SUNDAY SATURDAY

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FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012 ALLIGATOR, 3 TYLER JETTAlligator Staff WriterZot L. Szurgot allegedly walked out of her house naked, Szurgot, a 52-year-old transwee-wee at me. saw more of Szurgot than he as a woman. dom Church Lynn Szurgot fell under the former category. Contact Tyler Jett at tjett@ alligator.org.Resident charged with shaking his wee-weeON CAMPUS JULIA GLUMAlligator Writer areas as well. for them. else. Contact Julia Glum at jglum@alligator.org.Decal changes could upset facultySSzurgot The changes, according to an email from UUF Transportation and PP arking S Services, include:Staff commuter decal parking will not be allowed in Garage 7 at the OConnell Center. Seventy-two green parking spaces will convert to orange at the northwest corner of the OConnell Center surface lot. portation and Parking Services will change from green parking to blue parking. cher Road will switch from blue parking to green parking.

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students. The Senate will soon offer a bill to extend the SNAP coverage area and to provide a wheelchair-accessible pickup service. Theres no way to make SNAP vans wheelchair-accessible, and SNAP drivers would require commercial drivers licenses with passenger endorsements and special training for handling wheelchairs. Gator Lifts drivers already have these license endorsements, so extending Gator Lifts hours and providing service on weekends was also considered, Scott said. Were committed to figuring out how to do it, he said. Now, Holcomb said the most feasible option is to have a police officer drive a smaller van with a lift system. The new vehicle would probably cost about $15,000 to $25,000, he said. Disabled students would call for a free ride, just like other students do for SNAP. Until the new service is available, disabled students can call for a police escort at any time. The Student Senate spearheaded the effort to provide disabled students a way to get home that late at night, he said. We may not realize the demand thats out there. RACHEL CROSBYAlligator Contributing WriterMark Dykes isnt scared of bees. The 35-year-old research technician and apiary manager gently lifted a tray from a hive at the UF Bee Biology Research Unit on a recent afternoon. His face lit up as bees wriggled around on the honeycomb, buzzing dangerously close to his exposed skin. According to James Ellis, assistant professor of entomology, bee colony populations are peaking in strength two to three weeks earlier than usual this year. Bee populations directly correlate to the amount of vector-pollinated plants blooming in the area, which need animals like bees to pollinate them. As pollen and nectar-rich plants become increasingly available, bee colonies grow at a more rapid rate, Ellis said. Mark Whitten, senior biologist at the Florida Museum of Natural History, said plants are blooming two to three weeks early this year. Its not a typical spring by any means, he said. Honey bee populations usually peak at around mid-April to the end of May. Ellis said the peak can be attributed to the recent warm weather in the Gainesville area. Spring is in bloom, Ellis said. Theyre peaking early but not abnor mally. With bee populations becoming active earlier in the year, students should be aware of the stinging insects. Sometimes stings can be pretty minor, said Dr. Phillip Barkley, director of the Student Health Care Center. Barkley said if you get stung, remove the stinger and apply ice to manage the redness. He suggested taking Benadryl to reduce possible itchiness. At the apiary, Dykes softly smoked the hive, masking the bees pheromones and calming the creatures. They slowed slightly, dazed. Barehanded, Dykes brushed their them to cooperate. Come on, girls, he said encouragingly. For students not as serene as he is around bees, Dykes offered light-heartthemselves surrounded. Just dont swat at them, Dykes said smiling. Dont swat and youre 4, ALLIGATOR FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012 Rachel Crosby / AlligatorResearch technician and apiary manager Mark Dykes lifts a tray from a hive at the UF Bee Biology Research Unit. ENVIrR ONMENTBee populations peaking early this year SNaAP, from page 1Police will escort students until vans are available Its not a typical spring by any means.Mark Whittensenior biologist at the Florida Museum of Natural History

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FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012 ALLIGATOR, 5 STUDENTS CAN CELEBRATE PASSOVER AND EASTER. ELIZABETH HAMILTONAlligator Contributing WriterFor some UF students, the next few days are just like any other weekend. Seven of 27 students interviewed by the Alligator said they had religious weekend plans. The others either made no plans or were not observing any religious holidays. Five of the seven said they plan to attend Catholic Mass at St. Augustine Church. Nahil Carranza, a 19-year-old psychology freshman and nonpracticing Catholic, is simply going to a Saturday Easter egg hunt. But Kateria Wynn, a 19-year-old advertising freshman, is attending an on-campus Easter celebration at the Curtis M. Phillips Center. Spirit of Faith Christian Center is hosting the event. She heard the 11 a.m. service will packed. At 8 p.m., Gator Wesley will host a Tenebrae service, in which the campus minister will read passages from the Gospel of John and blow out a candle after each reading. Hillel, a Jewish campus organization, is hosting two Seders, the at 8:30 p.m. and Saturday at 9 p.m. Student entries cost $10, but according to the website, reservations must be sent to blair@ufhillel.org.Different ways to spend the holiday weekend CHABELI HERRERAAlligator Contributing WriterIn the bustling classrooms inside the Nadine McGuire Theatre and Dance Pavilion, dance students stretch their muscles, perfect choreography kinsons disease patients. Students who volunteer with Dance For Life, a class that helps Parkinsons patients improve their movement and coordination, have found the true Many alumni of Dance For Life venture into the ence. Julie Brannen, a UF alumna pursuing a masters degree in dance/movement therapy and counseling at Columbia College, has been involved with the class since its inception in Spring 2009. Brannen said it was amazing to see the Parkinsons patients progression of being comfortable with movement and initiating their own movement even while theyre in pain. Unlike physical therapy, dance movement therapy focuses on psychological recovery through movement, Brannen said. For most participants, however, its the relationships that make the class an unforgettable experience. Lindsay Head, a 20-year-old dance sophomore who volunteered last fall, said a special moment for her was seeing the effect her touch had on a patient. partners hand would cease under her touch during an activity in class. The sense of belonging to a group, the physical activity and the interaction with a different generation has been proven to help alleviate the symptoms of Parkinsons, said Irene Malaty, assistant professor in UFs Department of Neurology and medical director of the National Parkinson Foundation Center for Excellence at UF. As Dance For Life wraps up this semester, the Spring BFA Dance Showcase on April 14. But apart from the chance to perform, every person in the class gains something. It totally let me see how dance and movement led me down the path of, Hey, I can do this for a living, Brannen said. Its an amazing career.Dance class proves therapeutic for Parkinsons disease patientsON CAMPUS

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Reader responseVote or post a message at www.alligator.orgThe views expressed here are not necessarily those of the Alligator Column EditorialFRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012 WWW.ALLIGATOR.ORG/OPINIONS Joey Flechas EDITOR Emily Morrow MANAGING EDITOR Justin Hayes OPINIONS EDITORThe Alligator will be withheld if the writer shows just cause. We reserve the right to edit for length, grammar, style and libel. Send letters to opinions@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 352-376-4458.Todays question: Are you going home for Easter or Passover?139 TOTAL VOTES23% YES 77% NOThursdays question: Would you follow a lower speed limit on Interstate 75?Only a few more weeks of the semester left, and its getting But procrastinators still have another week or two before Go ahead, have fun this weekend youll have time to That brings us to this weeks its-probably-a-good-time-toDarts & LaurelsFirst, for a their completely ridiculous proposal, we throw a can-we-just-admit-that-this-is-more-about-politics-thankeeping-drivers-safe DART at Gainesville Mayor Craig Lowe and 11 city and county commissioners These local politicians want to lower the speed limit on Interstate 75 between County Road 234 and State Road 222, the stretch in which the fatal crashes occurred earlier this But, if memory serves us correctly, it was smoke, not Next up, we give a college-students-dont-know-how-tocook-most-of-this-stuff-but-it-sure-looks-cool LAUREL to the Union Street Farmers Market, which celebrated its 16th Keep on keepin on! For being incredibly offensive, we throw a how-wouldyou-feel-if-we-came-up-to-you-and-drew-a-Hitler-moustache-on-your-face DART at the idiots who went around Northwest Gainesville drawing swastikas and painting proTyler Pence and his family submitted a video to a contest His family won a $20,000 donation to Shands and a $3,000 We give a good-deeds-lead-to-more-good-deeds LAUREL to the Primrose Childrens Foundation for putting together this contest AND to the Pence family, who decided For being incredibly disgusting, we throw an are-youreally-going-to-do-this-in-front-of-kids DART at Zot Lynn Szurgot, a transgender individual who was charged with indecent exposure after she went outside completely naked, Really? Finally, we give way-to-represent LAURELS to history professor Steve Noll, journalism professor Mike Foley and mathematics professor Sergei Shabanov, who were named by the Princeton Review as three of The Best 300 Keep up the good work! Have a fun and safe weekend, and be sure to check back Government should adhere to ConstitutionDoes President Obama understand the Constitution? When I heard President Obama say it would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step for the Supreme Court to overturn the health care reform law, often Of all people, the president of the United States should understand our government setup and the precedent of ruling that established the authority of the Supreme Court to invalidate acts of the executive and legislative branches Moreover, the president should understand that our Even if legislation were passed unanimously by both chambers of Congress, that legislation could still be unconstitutional, meaning the Supreme Court could still invalidate the On Monday, President Obama also drew a sharp contrast between the democratically elected Congress and Yes, the Supreme Court is not elected, but anyone with reasoning skills would understand that having an unelected judiciary helps insulate the court from partisanship and President Obamas troubling statement on Monday is part of a much larger conversation: the assault on the ConThe assault on the Constitution has been disguised by Some say that because the Constitution was written hundreds of years ago it must be interpreted more loosely to What they dont get is what the founders understood so well: People were meant to be free, and because men arent angels, there should be some government to protect the To prevent these problems, the founders drafted up a contract saying exactly what the government could do, stipulating that if the contract didnt state the government could expressly do something, then the government was forbidden from That contract is the Constitution the document that affects our daily lives, providing for my freedom to write this opinion and your freedom to practice whatSaying the Constitution is a living document would be can break portions of your lease and house an elephant in Those in the living, breathing Constitution camp have merce Clause and the Fourteenth Amendment to incorpoThe most recent snub of the Constitution is Obamacforce us to purchase a product, namely health insurance, but of course the administration is invoking the Commerce We have been tricked to believe that our government must become centralized to compete with the globalizing volved, it must tax, which hurts businesses and puts people Washington understands that if you trample the Constitution, you get bigger government, and if you want bigger Chris Ceresa is a math and classics junior at UF. 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Letters to the Editor FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012 ALLIGATOR, 7Students should resolve issues with professors instead of cheatingThe column written by Chip Skambis for Mondays issue of the Alligator presents an ir Cheating is morally wrong and shows a By cheating, students are telling instruccheating, students are telling the people from whom they cheat that their effort and creativcheating, students are disrespecting their fellow students, many of whom are working hard and still might be struggling to earn good scores, only to have the As go to dishonest Lastly, cheating shows a lack of respect for Skambis states that cheating is the only recourse a student has against what he considers to be a poor, unfair, disregarding, biased and ways in which a student may seek redress for bis ranting, most instructors wish to be fair this is not satisfactory, there is a whole chain the department chair, followed by the college offer any number of options for disgruntled Perhaps the most important action a stuinstructor at UF has detailed evaluations availthe instructor does not have good evaluations, I am sorry that Skambis has such a disbelieve that most of us are here to educate and But no matter how hard we try to improve the life of a student, it cannot happen if the stuFrom politics to Wall Street, we live with the hope that no one reads Skambis words and Benjamin Killian Lecturer, UF chemistry department§ §§Student Senate should recognize minority students dent who represents a constituency that is comprised of all races and groups, and these actions are appalling to me on a personal level The actions taken by the Student Senate, which I will mention later, are both concerning Student Government must, by its mandate, The actions of which I am speaking of include the following: (1) Failing to pass condolences to the parents of Trayvon Martin last week and (2) failing to add to the agenda to Why are the above mentioned actions appalling and saddening, you ask? The tragedy of the Trayvon Martin shooting has revealed the deep, underlying racial tenGeorge Zimmerman is innocent, the inaction of the Sanford Police by not doing the usual drug-testing and witness-searching common in standard legal procedure demonstrates the The reactions of the American people and the amount of coverage in the media also show the deep, psychological racial tensions The reasons given for failing to pass this bill were that the bill mentioned the race of both George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin By recognizing the impact of race on this issue, Student Government would show the racial tensions and make this university and community a place where every person feels of racism, you might remember the story in the Alligator that ran this week mentioning a student was hit by a semitrailer and hospitalThis Senate, which passes resolutions about a condolence for a student of South Asian deThis resolution failed to pass due to a techI am saddened, and I hope for the sake of the students that we, as a Senate, can recognize Uzair Malik Graduate Student Senator

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8, ALLIGATOR FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012 THE STUDY COULD COST UP TO $25K. ADRIANNA PAIDASAlligator WriterA new study may be done at the area around the Cabot/Koppers Superfund site that is different from previous studies that measured toxic contamination. The Gainesville City Commission decided Thursday to take a step toward hiring a consultant who will measure the amount of deterioration in the neighborhoods around the toxic site. The study could cost the city up to $25,000, acThe area is bordered by Northeast Second Street and Northwest 39th Avenue. The area extends west of Northwest 13th Street and a few miles south of Northwest 23rd Avenue. The blight study would determine if the lowincome area around the site could be dubbed a new Community Redevelopment Agency area, making cy. When a particular part of the city is declared a Community Redevelopment Agency area, it is revitalized through public money in order to stimulate economic growth and attract more residents to the dilapidated area. In a 6-to-1 vote, with Commissioner Todd Chase dissenting, the commission directed staff to develop a request to hire a consultant. Though most of the commissioners thought the study was a good idea, Chase said he did not support it because cleanup is scheduled to begin within the next year as part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencys plan to decontaminate the site. Im not sure if Im comfortable with doing a blight study until we know what is happening in this area, Chase said. Because once you get the ball rolling, its hard to peel it back. Commissioner Susan Bottcher disagreed. Because the study will only show if the area ment Agency area, Bottcher said there is no harm in checking out the possibility. Contact Adrianna Paidas at apaidas@alligator.org.City may hire consultant to evaluate dilapidation of area near Superfund BENJAMIN S. BRASCHAlligator WriterA man hit his mother with a tire iron after they argued about police said. Anthony Gary Smalls Jr., 19, was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon when he hit his mother in the face with the tire iron, according to an Alachua County gave the following account: Smalls mother argued with him and told him not to use the mop, but he did anyway. Angry from the argument, Smalls hit his mother in the face with the tire iron. She fought back and hit Smalls in the back with a broom handle. Her cheek swelled and was at their house, 827 SW 64th Ter race. ed 13 minutes, the report said. Previously, Smalls has been charged with domestic battery, possession of marijuana and trespassing, but Smalls bond has been set at $20,000, according to the Alachua County Jail Log. Contact Ben Brasch at bbrasch@ alligator.org.Man charged after allegedly striking mother with tire ironSmalls

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FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012 ALLIGATOR, 9 Alex Catalano / Alligator StaffConcerned CitizenSyed Mohammed I. Haider, 60, a concerned citizen, speaks during the citizen comment period of the Gainesville City Commission meeting. ADRIANNA PAIDASAlligator WriterThe Gainesville-based Web development and cartoon images alongside real people on a lime Their energetic presentation, ideas and inContact Adrianna Paidas at apaidas@alligator.org.Local media company chosen to rebuild Tampa Bay Times website

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FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012 WWW.ALLIGATORSPORTS.ORG Quarterback controversyWhich quarterback do you think will have a better showing in Saturdays spring game? Vote online at alligatorSports.org. When Florida takes on Johns Hopkins on Saturday, junior attacker Kitty Cullen will return from a concussion that sidelined her for two games. See story, Page 15. David Carr / Alligator Staff BRYAN HOLTAlligator Writer Floridas entire dugout thought Preston Tuckers one-out shot to right was gone in three-run walkoff fashion. Unfortunately for the Gators, Daniel Pigott thought so too. went into premature celebration mode while standing a handful of steps off third base. When the ball landed in the glove of LSU had choked away a chance to tie the score at seven and complete a big Florida rally. He did not tag up. Brian Johnson was on deck evening was over. You cant run the bases for said. Ive got no explanation for it. Ive never seen it. He jumped up and down and thought it was a home run and lost his cool instead of just going back to the bag. Euphoria boiled into frustration in a matter of seconds. Before Pigotts gaffe and a hard-swinging no outs in the ninth inning. What fans had not been chased away by and stunned. No. 1 Florida (24-6, 6-4 Southeastern Conference) lost to No. 12 LSU (24-6, 7-3 SEC), 7-6 on Thursday night. The defeat snapped a 15-game home winning streak for the Gators and continued a rut in which they have lost four out of Weve got to put some pieces ash Ramjit said. Were just struggling right now. Trouble started early for the Gators on Thursday. The Tigers were all over starter Brian Johnup three runs on three hits, highlighted by RBI singles from Austin Nola and Alex Edward. When Florida began to stand its ground a bit and climb back into the game, LSU piled up another three-run inning in the fourth despite having no baser unners and two outs when eighthole hitter Jordy Snikeris stepped in and singled. Pigotts base-running gaffe costly as Gators drop third straight GREG LUCAAlligator Staff Writer ing to UF for his senior year, he announced on Thursday via his Twitter account. ask lately I have reached a decision and I am returning to Gainesville for my senior season, the tweet said. Boynton was Floridas leading scorer last year, averaging 15.9 points per game on 40.7 percent 3-point shooting. He was projected as a fringe NBA draft prospect but was still considering making a jump to the professional ranks. The decision did not come easy for Boynton, who was undecided on his future as recently as this week. I dont know what Im going to But, after discussing his options with his family his mother visited Gainesville ear lier in the week Boynton decided to return. By doing so, he gives himself a shot at UFs career scoring record. He has notched 1,589 career points, good for eighth on UFs all-time list. He is just 501 points shy of Ronnie Williams UF career record of 2,090. Boynton scored 525 points as a sophomore and 588 as a junior. Contact Greg Luca at gluca@alligator.org.Boynton plans to return to UF for senior season JOHN BOOTHEAlligator Staff Writer It has taken nearly six years, but James Wilson spring. Wilson, a redshirt senior offensive lineman, is ed a sixth season of eligibility in January due to a medical hardship. The main culprit keeping the 6-foot-4, 327-pound sophomore year and the four surgeries needed to repair his injured left knee. While he missed all of last spring recovering from a surgery, Wilson said he is ready to play at 1 p.m. Saturday during Floridas spring game. son said. He was all happy. It was kind of a big deal, but I just got to keep trucking. I got to make it After working his way back into the Gators line rotation, Wilson earned his lone start of last season he found out the NCAA was allowing him to come back in the spring during the game. Its good to see him back out there, offensive Its his last year, make the best of it. A healthy Wilson heading into next season would mean added depth to an offensive line group that struggled last year. With another year under their belt, Wilson said the linemen have begun to communicate better and are growing more comfortable working together this spring. at this time, or at any time last year, coach Will back and look at it and those guys have been playing together for a year. Floyd adjusting: In his fensive end, Sharrif Floyd has had a hard time adjusting to life on the outside. Floyd, a junior, is working primarily off the edge instead of his natural defensive tackle position this I started spring as a D-end and just really wasnt played it like constantly rep after rep, Floyd said. The spring before that, the offseason before that, I was at defensive tackle so it was just a different transition. Though the move to end hasnt always gone Wilson making most of sixth year Boynton UF Fo otball sSEE BASEEBALL, Pa A GE 15s SEE FOOTBALL, Pa A GE 17Poll ResultsDo you plan on attending the Orange & Blue Debut?39% YEES 61% NO69 total votes

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It was disappointing the way we pitched, OSullivan said. That cant happen if you expect to win games. Everyone seemed to have his own faults. Ramjit had the best offensive night of his career, going 3 for 4 with four RBI two in a clutch two-out spot in the eighth that got the Gators within one. However, he also had Floridas other glaring base-running error of the night in the fourth when he was thrown out returning ball. I had three hits but that didnt do anything, Ramjit said. It was just upsetting how we lost. Its a tough loss right now. Pigott had been 3 for 5 with an RBI before the nights biggest blunder. Entering the ninth 2 for 4, Johnson popped out to the catcher to end the game. Florida will now try to move for ward to Friday nights game even though OSullivan was unsure of what he will get. Im not playing, he said. Jonathon Crawford will get the start for the Gators, as Karsten Whitsons fullblown return gets moved to Saturday. Hudson Randall will not pitch this weekend because of a tired arm. FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012 ALLIGATOR, 15 BASEbBALL, from page 14Crawford, Whitson games of LSU series LACROSSE JOSH JURNOVOYAlligator Writer The Gators didnt miss a beat without Kitty Cullen. But that doesnt mean they arent glad to have her back. The junior attacker missed two games due to a concussion suffered in a 10-8 win at Ohio State on March 24 and will return to the starting lineup on Saturday as No. 4 Florida (12-2, 2-0 American Lacrosse Conference) travels to Baltimore to take on No. 19 Johns Hopkins (7-3, 0-1 ALC). The Gators defeated Fresno State 29-0 and beat No. 10 Penn State, 2011, in the two games Cullen was out. I commend the team for really stepping up and doing a great job in her absence, coach Amanda OLeary said. But we are looking forward to getting her back on the Cullen, who led Florida with 47 points prior to the concussion, said she has been symptom-free since Saturday. I started feeling better the day before the Penn State game, but I knew I wasnt going to be ready to play by then, Cullen said. My since everything went well I know Ill be able to play this weekend. Graziano and Shannon Gilroy have helped shoulder the scoring load with Cullen out. In the last two games, Graziano has nine goals and three assists while Gilroy found the Penn State. Its so nice knowing that if you are going to get injured or you are coming out of the game that you have people that can go in and can still get the job done, Cullen said of the younger players contributions. As the regular season comes to an end and the schedule gets tougher, junior attacker Caroline Chester man said the depth the Gators have developed becomes more impor tant. in everyone on the team, Chester man said. If someone else is having an off day and someone needs to step in, they will do that, and the last two games have completely shown that. Even if Cullen is not scoring goals in bunches come Sunday, OLeary said it changes the game to Anytime she has the ball, the defense has to be concerned, OLeary said. Theyre going to be really quick to slide the double team over to her. OLeary praised Cullens abilteammates this season when she is double-teamed. In 2011, Cullen had games while she has 29 goals and 20 assists in as many games this season. Florida defeated Johns Hopkins 14-10 in Gainesville in 2011 with A native of Rockville, Md., Cullen said she is excited to be able to make her return in her home state against the Blue Jays. All my cousins have been texting me all week and all my aunts and uncles, Cullen said. A lot of my really good friends from high school are coming home for Easter and theyre all coming out to the game.Cullen set to return from concussion We have complete conteam.Caroline ChestermanCCrawford

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16, ALLIGATOR FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012 UFS TRACK PROGRAM PLAYS HOST TO THE PEPSI FLORIDA RELAYS STARTING TODAY. KATIE AGOSTINAlligator Writer While most seniors in high school are looking ahead to their graduation, Gators freshman Dedric Dukes is focusing on the Pepsi Florida Relays. his last semester of his senior year, decided to enroll early at Florida in January. On Feb. 4, Dukes helped the Gators lay at the Virginia Tech Elite Meet in his place in the mens 200m, missing the automatic qualifying mark by less than a second. Its been pretty tough because of comrunning indoors, Dukes said. It was pretty hard to adjust to indoor because Im so used to running outdoors. Dukes has shown that he can be a valuable asset on the team. His strongest contribution so far this year has been in the relays. In addition to his performance at the Virginia Tech Elite Meet, Dukes helped I felt pretty good. I trusted in my coaching and training that everything was going to be good, Dukes said. I was a little bit nervous, but I just let everything happen. outdoor meet of the season, the Gators will need Dukes to continue his trend of being a strong leg for the relay teams. Dukes will We could push the stick a little bit better, and get the changes and hand-offs much, much better, which weve been working on this week, Dukes said. We have a lot more to work on, but I think well do pretty good at the Florida Relays. The Florida Relays begin today at Percy Levin and junior David Triassi will start things off for the men in the hammer throw, and freshman Manuela Burtsher will open for the women in the discus throw. here for the Florida Relays. Our athletes Mike Holloway said. Its a chore putting the meet on, but its something that we really enjoy doing.Freshman will be key at home meetGYMNASTICS LANDON WATNICKAlligator Writer Despite the pressures of postseason action, the Gators have plenty of reasons pionships at 4 p.m. nated the Wolfpack, 196.025-194.675. could have been placed, junior Randy from my home, so I have a lot of family and friends coming. Most of them havent seen me compete before in a college meet. The Gators hope previously competthe Wolfpacks apparatuses feel similar to their home equipment. remember the arena, we know visually what the setup of the equipment is like, weve been on the equipment, coach Rhonda Faehn said. Its not going to be something thats unfamiliar to them. UFs rotational order also looks to be favorable. After starting out on uneven bars and balance beam, the team will another bye. country on both bars and beam. Its a great draw, Faehn said. Its just get your job done and you dont have to sit out another rotation and then come back again into the competition. As the Gators should feel accustomed to their location for regionals, Faehn said she believes her squad is also in a great place mentally. This team is a completely different team. Different group, different mentality, Faehn said. We feel like Ellis likely out on vault: Faehn said jury she suffered against Utah. If Ellis is a place. Faehn added that Ellis might compete day afternoon.Faehn

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17, ALLIGATOR FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012 Floyd hoping for switch back to defensive tackle for fall seasonsmoothly, Floyd said he is enjoying his best spring of his career and has improved his pass-rush skills. However, once the fall season starts, hes looking forward to resuming his old duties in the interior. Were still low on numbers right now, so its still about what we have and what we need, Floyd said. So right now Im a D-end but ideally, getting ready for the season, it should be inside for good. Special teams: After splitting time with departed senior David Lerner last season, Kyle Christy has created some separation for Floridas starting punting job. Muschamp said Christy had his best day at Florida last Wednesday punting the ball. Christy, a sopholast season and averaged 40.9 yards on 30 punts. Hes got the leg, hes got the tools, hes got the talent, Muschamp said. Its a matter of doing it all the time and David was much more consistent in camp last fall in August going into the season. But, as Kyle continued to improve that consistency, thats what enabled him to get the job. Muschamp also had rave reviews for redshirt senior kicker Caleb SturLou Groza award. Muschamp said Sturgis has kicked extremely well and was last Saturdays special teams player of the day. Contact John Boothe at jboothe@ alligator.org. FOOTBALL, from page 14 PREVIEWING THE ORANGE AND BLUE DEBUTWith the Gators annual spring game, the Orange & Blue Debut, scheduled for this Saturday, we at alligatorSports want to get you game, an area the team must improve upon in 2012 and a major storyline to follow as the spring season comes to a close. SOMETHING TO LOOK FOR DURING SATURDAYS GAME:2. TurnoversFlorida was so inept in both protecting the ball and taking it away last season that any sign of progress should be taken as a positive. Before the Gators kicked off fall camp last season, Will Muschamp pointed to two statistics as the most ished 113th nationally with a minus-0.92 margin, forcing only 14 and losing 26. Watch to see if the young quarterbacks are making smart decisions and if the defense is playing aggressively, closing quickly and making plays on the ball. Remember, it is the spring game, so take everything with a grain of salt and focus more on individual perfor mances.1. QuarterbacksIts tough to learn too much from just a spring game, but it will be interesting to see how comfortably Brissett and Driskel can run the offense. New offensive coordinator Brent Pease has tried to make the adjustment as seamless as possible for his sophomore signal-callers, but the task of learning new plays, shifts and motions will still be daunting. If one of the young quarterbacks can display a comfort, command and maturity in the offense, it will bode well for his chances come fall. It will be a good sign for the chances of Floridas offense, too. AREA THAT NEEDS IMPROVEMENT:2. Quarterback playFlorida needs a major improvement at the son, the trio of John Brantley, Jeff Driskel and Jacoby Brissett led the nations No. 89 passing offense. The Gators tallied just 13 touchdowns and 13 interceptions and ranked No. 101 with only 320 pass attempts on the year. Much of those struggles were blamed on John Brantleys injuries, but even a healthy Brantley threw for only 185.8 yards per game with 11 touchdowns and three missed halves against stalwarts Alabama 1. Offensive LineWithout question, the Gators struggled last season because they struggled up front. The offensive line was a sieve, getting pushed around in pass protection and failing to knock defenders off the ball in the run game. With two inexperienced options at quarterback, the ability to run the ball and prevent the type of pass rush that sidelined starter John Brantley last season will be imperative. The line took the brunt of Muschamps criticism for being soft, and as defensive coordinator Dan Quinn put it last week, they have received the memo. Progress in this area will be paramount to Floridas chances at a successful season in 2012.Brissett Muschamp STORYLINE TO WATCH:2. Center of Offense game, neither did the Gators. The offense ran through his hands, as the senior running back led the team in rushing attempts (171), rushing yards (861) and receptions (31). If Rainey wasnt getting the ball, he was used as a decoy to open up other options. Now, with Rainey and fellow back Jeff Demps gone, Florida will have to look elsewhere for its key cog on offense. There isnt a proven player at any of the skill positions, and a balanced attack led by a strong downhill running game is likely to be the focal point, meaning several players will be counted on to produce on a consistent basis.1. Driskel/BrissettThe quarterback controversy has dominated the spring conversation, as everyone wants to know who will be under center when the season begins. Although Muschamp says the process is ongoing and team offense. Neither Driskel nor Brissett has distanced campaign. Driskel completed 16 of 34 passes for 148 yards and two interceptions, while Brissett completed 18 of 39 passes for 206 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. Who has made the biggest jump? Driskel Alligator Staff