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VOLUME 107 ISSUE 65 WWW.ALLIGATOR.ORG TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2012 Today We Inform. You Decide.Not officially associated with the University of Florida Published by Campus Communications, Inc. of Gainesville, Florida Columnist Joe Morgan says Florida deserves a spot in the BCS National Championship Game. Read the story on page 13.Daddy & MeCheck out the photo story about a father and his adopted daughter, pg. 8. Man arrested on accusations of raping autistic manThe alleged crime took place in a Gainesville park, pg 5. Winter coat collections combat the coldDonated coats can be dropped off at 1611 NW 55th Place, pg 9. 77 /51 FORECAST 2 OPINIONS 6 CLASSIFIEDS 10 CROSSWORD 11 SPORTS 13 Aundre Larrow / Alligator StaffThe Wheel of DeathGrant Murray, 23, leaps above the Wheel of Death, his 30-foot wood and steel performance piece, during practice in Newberry on Monday. His 20-minute performance includes axe-juggling and aerial stunts. CHRIS ALCANTARAAlligator WriterGainesville Police will be shopping for a new pawed partner and medical equipment with some of Gainesville residents lunch money. The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation recently awarded Gainesville Police $20,300 to buy eight autoand a new police dog. The grant is part of a $300,000 donation from organization to 16 law endepartments across northeast Florida and southeast Georgia. Ben Tobias, Capt. Ed Posey, police dog, Roo, will receive day. Tobias said he was excited about the foundations grant to the department. Its amazing, he said. Any time we have a community partner that can help serve the public better, were all for it. With the grant, Tobias said GPD would start the search for the departments newest canine on Thursday. Founded in 2005, the foundation works to provide funding, lifesaving equipment and educational opportunities to public safety through in-store donations when customers round up their bill. The foundation has donated more than $5.2 million to ments, about $1.1 million of which was donated to agencies in Florida, according to a company press release. Tobias said he looks forward to adding a new police dog to the unit, as well as tors. Thats eight more chances for us to save a life, he said. Contact Chris Alcantara at email@example.com.Donation from Firehouse Subs to fetch dog for GPDLOCAL AYANA STEWARTAlligator Contributing WriterBlack Friday lived up to Nava Ottenbergs expectations. Ottenberg, owner of Persona Vintage Clothing & Costumes, said her store had a rush of shoppers on Black Friday, and the sales were a much-needed boost for the local retail scene. You wish you didnt have to do these madness days and people would be aware of local stores, she said. You do anything you can to bring them in. According to data from the National Retail Federation, Black Friday weekend brought in about $59.1 billion nationwide. An estimated 247 million shoppers visited stores and websites this past weekend. Several Gainesville retailers ran special promotions for Black Friday, cashing in on the shopping holiday dominated by big-box stores. Ottenberg said she marked everything down 15 percent to help attract shoppers and bring in more business. She said campaigns to support Gainesville boutiques reaped Any time we have a community partner that can help serve the public better, were all for it.Ben TobiasGPD spokesman MEREDITH MULVIHILLAlligator Contributing WriterUFs Interfraternity Council partnered with Study Edge earlier this semester, and its paying off. The tutoring company offered a 50 percent subsidy to all new members of UF IFC chapters who signed up for their services. the initiative was more successful than anticipated members from all 27 chapters used the program. Coined the Pledge Edge Initiative, the program was created to help improve new members GPAs during their pledge semester, according to a press release. We really wanted to make it a goal to make sure that new members, or pledges, are receiving the best education possible, said Rosati, who is also the executive board representative for the Pledge Edge Initiative. You have these rumors out there that the pledge semester is detrimental to their grades. Rosati said the initiative consists of a joint fund between the IFC and Study Edge. The fund reimburses pledges for half of the cost of the Study Edge services they used during the Fall semester. The fund is currently capped at $5,000, with half coming from the IFCs scholarship budget and half coming from Study Edges Ottenberg SEE PLEDGE, PAGE 4 SEE SALES, PAGE 4The fund is capped at $5,000
News Today Subscription Rate: Full Year (All Semesters) $100The Independent Florida Alligator is a student newspaper serving the University of Florida, pubThe Alligator The Alligator is The Alligator VOLUME 107 ISSUE 65 ISSN 0889-2423 The Alligator The Alligator 2, ALLIGATOR TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2012 SATURDAY FRIDAY THURSDAY WEDNESDAY TODAYFORECAST WHATS HAPPENING?Tofurky Giveaway From 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and Wednesday, the Student Animal Alliance will be answering questions about meat alternatives and giving away free Tofurky samples. Stop by Turlington Plaza to get your free sample, chat up SAA members and dont forget to grab some meat-free holiday recipes for the road. Community Advocates Host: Puppy Palooza Before you go out and adopt a puppy or kitten you need to learn about the costs, resources and the time commitment that goes into owning a pet. Join us on Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Peabody Hall, Room 408. We will have representatives from local rescues, a vet and others who can explain the responsibilities of being a pet owner. Not ready for a pet? No worries. There will be plenty of information, such as volunteer opportunities, on how to get involved with animals without actually owning one. There will be free food, so bring your friends. The event is open to the public. Protecting your Family: Estate Planning, Life Insurance, and Preparing for your Future You wouldnt think twice about spending an hour to plan your Thanksgiving menu, so why not take an hour and map out a better future for yourself and your family? To help you down that path, Adam Roark of the Roark Law Firm and Sam Julien of NY Life Insurance Co. will be hosting two free and open discussions focusing on the importance of life insurance and estate planning for new and soon-to-be parents Wednesday 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. at Gainesville CoWork, located at 3951 NW 48th Terrace, Suite 201. Come learn about how wills, trusts, living wills, life insurance and some basic financial planning can reduce the burdens created by the death or incapacity of a loved one. Light refreshments will be provided and a question and answer session will follow the talk. For more details, check out https:// www.facebook.com/#!/ events/372455969515488/. Learn how to manage finals stress with Hispanic Scholarship Fund Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholar Chapter at UF and GatorWell are teaming up to help students manage their stress right before finals begin. Find them Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Rinker Hall, Room 220. This meeting will aim to help members manage their time better while promoting wellness. Food, including Cubanitos (Cuban sandwiches), will be provided. Gay Movie Night Christopher to See Birds at Paynes Prairie The first of five sessions in a new beginning birding series at Paynes Prairie all ages are welcome, suitable for the whole family starting on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at 100 Savannah Blvd. in Micanopy. Park admission is $4 per individual or $6 per vehicle. Contact 352-466-4100 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. for more information. Florida Trail Association hike to Lake Alto The FTA, in conjunction with Alachua County Forever, is promoting a hiking opportunity to the county property at Lake Alto Conservation Area. This beautiful 254-acre area east of Waldo and west of Lake Santa Fe offers hiking, fishing and nature studies and has not yet had trails developed and opened to the public, so it is a rare privilege to visit the site. The hike will promote Alachua Countys land preser vation and management program. It will be Saturday starting at 9 a.m. and will last three to four hours. Land manager Susie Hetrick will be our guide with ecologist Rob Garren acting as botanical consultant. Participants should contact Jacque Steer at steerski@aol. com or Karen Garren at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a space and for more information. Asthma study If you are an African-American between ages 18 and 75 and have been diagnosed with asthma for more than a year, you may be eligible to participate in a research study at UF. Enroll at Eastside Community Practice through December 2012. For more information, please call Cheri Knecht at 352219-7366. Got something going on? Want to see it in this space? Send an email with Whats Happening in the subject line to skinonen@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 formatted Whats Happening submissions may not appear in the paper. Press releases will not appear in the paper. and his Kind Based on writer Christopher Isherwoods critically acclaimed memoir, Christopher and His Kind, this landmark BBC adaptation gives a fascinating glimpse into the decadent and politically unstable world of 1930s Berlin. The film will play on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Pride Community Center, located at 3131 NW 13th St. A young, wide-eyed Christopher (Matt Smith Doctor Who) escapes repressive English society and arrives in Berlin at a time when the cabaret scene is in full swing. Launched into the thriving gay subculture, Christopher embarks on a potent journey of selfdiscovery amidst the vibrant atmosphere of Berlins cabaret nightlife and the dark rise of Nazi politics. Gay Movie Night is on the last Friday of each month at 7:30 p.m. and is a free service of the Pride Community Center of North Central Florida. A $2 donation is requested to cover the cost of snacks. For more info visit gainesvillepride.org/ gay-movie-night/. Generation Sketch Comedy Presents: Risky Business Its that time again! Laugh away the stresses of exam week and the sorrows of no football championship games with Generation Sketch Comedys 15th alloriginal sketch comedy production, Risky Business. (No, its not the Tom Cruise movie.) Shows are at the Reitz Union, Room 285, on Friday and Room 282 on Saturday at 8 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to attend. And leave your wallets at home both shows are free. For more details, find us online at facebook.com/generationsketch. Dancin Gators Presents: Viva Dance! Dancin Gators, UFs largest dance organization, will be holding their semiannual dance show on Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Phillips Center. The show is free and open to the public. Styles of dance showcased include: jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, modern, musical theater, swing, Irish and Bollywood. Guests are encouraged to bring juice boxes and snacks, such as granola bars and fruit gummies, to be donated to the Child Advocacy Center. For more information, please visit www.dancingators. weebly.com. Bird Habitat: When and Where PARTLY CLOUDY 77/54 PARTLY CLOUDY 76/53 PARTLY CLOUDY 74/50 PARTLY CLOUDY 73/45 PARTLY CLOUDY 77/51
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2012 ALLIGATOR, 3 Rachel Crosby / AlligatorIce ColdMike Howard, 59, saws bracing to go under the deck of the Plaza Ice Palace skating rink on Bo Diddley Community Plaza on Saturday afternoon. CAMPUS EMILY PADGETTAlligator Contributing WriterFor some students, The Swamp is more than the home of the Flor ida football team. Its a library, a cafeteria, a classroom and a gym. On a game day, more than 80,000 people sit and sweat in its seats. But on a weekday, students, Gainesville residents and visitors part of their daily routine. The stadium is open to the public every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. 1930 with a capacity of 21,769, according to GatorZone.com. It has since been renovated and expanddium at Florida Field in 1989. Students eat lunch, study, drink Starbucks, run stadiums and hang out inside. The Florida Cicerones show prospective students and their families the stadium as part of its campus tour. Blaire Shoor, a 20-year-old UF of programming for the Cicerones, points out people running stadiums when shes giving a tour. She campus tour is the stadium, where potential students learn how to get tickets for UF sporting events and how to get involved in intramurals. We save the best for last, she said. Its the part of our university that sells itself. Gainesville photographers use ation and engagement photos. UF professors occasionally take their students there for a class. High school-aged athletes are among those who use the stadium as a running course. Sophie Newman, a 19-year-old UF advertising sophomore, said workouts instead of going to the gym. I think stadiums are a good option for people who are bored with working out or want to work out outside, she said. You can do On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Mooney, 18, purposely gets to Yon Hall, located on the east side of the stadium, early for his technical communications class so he can sit in The Swamp before class starts. One day while he waited, he sat in one of the chairs in the south end zone, ate his chicken sandwich Its peaceful, he said. Its cool to see it when its so empty. Shoor said she thinks the university keeps the stadium open to the public because its an iconic place. the football team, she said. Its something we can all appreciate. It belongs to more than just the football team. Its something we can all appreciate.Blaire Shoor USERS DONT HAVE TO BE STUDENTS TO USE THE APP. KELLY HAWKINSAlligator Contributing WriterStudents on UFs campus have been Whispering this semester. The iPhone app allows people to anonymously post secrets and comments about anything from opinions on Gator football to confessing love for classmates, similar to the popular website www. PostSecret.com, said Kimberly Percuoco, manager of UF Whisper. The UF Whisper Facebook page Whisper on University of Florida has garnered nearly 800 likes since its launch. It is a great avenue to vent, Percuoco said. You can say what you want to say without posting it on Facebook, where everyone knows you. To post a Whisper, a user can pick a picture, either on his or her iPhone or from the Internet, and add text to the picture before posting it. Users can also select the nearby option, which allows them to view all posts within a mile of them. The nearby option has been especially prevalent in communities with colleges, creating conversation among users studying on the same campus, Percuoco said. For example, the UF Whisper Facebook page recently featured Whispers regarding the UF-Florida State Univer sity football game. Percuoco and the manager of FSUs Whisper page came up with the idea to get competition going between the schools leading up to the game, she said. I dont think we fear anything... FSU is gator bait! one read. Jacqui Sousa, a 19-year-old nursing student, said she does not think the app will achieve huge popularity because users cannot follow people like on Twitter or Instagram. You follow certain people because they say interesting or funny things, Sousa said. But here you cant because it is anonymous. There is a feature that lets users have usernames, but the posts are mostly anonymous. Carolina Garcia, 20, said she thinks the app will catch on. People are always looking for new types of social media to look at, Garcia said. This could be another thing to keep people entertained. Users dont have to be UF students to use Whisper. The app is free and available to the public. It is currently only available on the iPhone, but an Android app is in development.
4, ALLIGATOR TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2012Elise Giordano / Alligator StaffWolfgang, located at 1127 W. University Ave., displays its clothing on Monday. The store is among the Gainesville small businesses that held Black Friday sales. HOOKUP RATES ARE HIGHEST IN OCTOBER AND LOWEST IN JUNE. CARA CHIARAMONTEAlligator Contributing WriterCollege students are hooking up but not as often as you may think. Hooking up is less frequent dents than having sex in a roHospitals Centers for Behavand published in the Journal of press release, hooking up is any ing partners who are not in a intern at the hospital, said 483 dents were asked how often within hookups, she wrote in relationships. Sexual relations involving oral or vaginal sex is more likely like sexually transmitted disMelissa Yawn, a 19-year-old English freshman at UF, said she didnt agree with the results dents are more likely to engage A key reason for this, she said, is the everyone-else-isdoing-it mentality. College-aged students typthe heat of the moment instead ing she thinks the results are hookups are less likely to be reported. Fielder said between 7 and oral and/or vaginal sex within at larger institutions like UF. at the beginning and end of the are hooking up more often, she said. lease, the highest hookup rates est were in June. Hooking up is one way that young people explore intimate relationships, Fielder said. But it is often exploratory and C AMPUS MICHELLE PROVENZANOAlligator Contributing WriterA house divided didnt stop Alyssa Baron from ish youth group BBYO. After six years of involvement, Baron, a 19-yearold business administration sophomore, earned the BBYO Community Engagement Fellowship on Nov. 19. The fellowship aims to make Jewish students I was already doing the duties of a fellow at UF before the title, Baron said. The fellowship will BBYO, formerly known as the Bnai Brith Youth of her leadership role is getting students involved When I was a freshman at UF, my BBYO menwing, Baron said. She helped me get involved on for students. Some local stores received a rushsmall businesses have helped bring attention here, Ottenberg said. When I got here in the morning to open up, there were 40 to 50 people waiting, he said. It was a really big turnout. He said Miles Davis titles sold the fastest. The store still has some limited edition items were sold during the weekend. the long run, he said. post-Thanksgiving rush, others had only a Wolfgang Clothing, said the store saw fewer whos here for Thanksgiving. She said 14 people visited the store on visit on sale days. Kirn said national sales this weekend inI think itll be a good holiday season, he said. SALES, from page 1The IFC plans to continue the initiativebudget. up distributing to everybody. In order to use the program, new members had to say they were referred to Study Edge by their most registrations were Alpha Epsilon Pi, Sigma Chi and Alpha Tau Rosati said the IFC is planning Spring. It is also planning on helpsimilar program next Fall. It worked better than we thought, and it grew faster than we thought, he said. While it wont be known if the until early next semester, Tommy freshman and Sigma Alpha Epsilon brother, said Study Edge through the Pledge Edge Initiative made him more likely to use Study Edge than he would have if the ser expansion, said Study Edge knew students who might not know the with their grades. She said that while Study Edge wanted to try out the program with extend it to other groups at UF in the future. They are also looking to start similar programs at some Florida State University. PLEDGE, from page 1 Its harder to get people to come in on breaks. We cant really control whos here for Thanksgiv ing.Hayley McIntoshsales representative at Wolfgang ClothingRosati
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2012 ALLIGATOR, 5 Lauren Troncoso / AlligatorMarketing freshman Jaclyn Gutierrez, left, 18, and journalism freshman Michelle Hiscock, KATHRYN VARNAlligator WriterStudents can dance the Macarena, decorate Reptar cookies and conduct Bill Nye science experiments at the Reitz Union Board Entertainments Hip-Hop Until You Dont Stop Throwback night. The event corresponds with RUB Entertainments s-themed week and is scheduled for 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday in the Reitz Unions Rion Ballroom, said RUB Entertainment Special Events Committee codirector and 20-year-old journalism senior Hana Engroff. There will also be a name that contest where students can name a song title, character from a TV show or 90s fad based on clues, she said. Winners will get s-themed prizes like Lisa Frank pencils. Attendees can eat Fruit by the Foot and drink orange soda, Engroff said. The 90s theme was the top-voted theme week after RUB Entertainment polled fans on its Facebook page, said president Lauren Gray, a 22-year-old digital arts and sciences senior. junior, said shes looking forward to the Bill Nye activities at the event. [Nyes videos] always played in science class, she said. I havent seen anything from him in forever. Recalling memories is the intent of 90s week, Engroff said. I think people will really appreciate just reliving their favorite songs and favorite times from the s, she said. Contact Kathryn Varn at kvarn@alligator. org.Nostalgia served with a side of orange soda during s weekCRIME CHRIS ALCANTARAAlligator Writer rested a man accused of raping a 19year-old autistic man in a northwest Gainesville park. At about 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Joe Van Scott Jenkins, 19, of 622 Queens Road, and his friend, whose name was not released by police, were walking from The Oaks Mall to Cofrin Nature Park, located north of Northwest Eighth Avenue, according to a GPD arrest report. Once inside the park, Jenkins allegedly pinned the victim against a tree and raped him. Two witnesses walking along a park trail saw the men and interrupted them. GPD spokesman Ben Tobias said the victim screamed at the witnesses the area. cers interviewed the victim, an ambulance took him to Shands at UF for treatment. Meanwhile, police located and arrested Jenkins in the 4800 block of Northwest Eighth Avenue. During an interview with detectives, Jenkins said he had known the victim for about three years, according to the report. Jenkins denied raping his friend, saying the victim had threatened to call police and report he had been raped if Jenkins did not have sex with him. Jenkins added that he engaged in the sex act out of fear. Later that afternoon, police booked Jenkins into the Alachua County Jail on a sexual assault charge, which is a second-degree felony. As of Monday night, Jenkins remained in jail with a $20,000 bond. Contact Chris Alcantara at email@example.com.Man arrested on accusations of raping autistic man in park I think people will really appreciate just reliving their favorite songs and favorite times from the s.Hana Engroffjournalism seniorVan Scott Jenkins
Reader responseVote or post a message at www.alligator.orgThe views expressed here are not necessarily those of the Alligator Column EditorialTUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2012 WWW.ALLIGATOR.ORG/OPINIONS The 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 352-376-4458.59 TOTAL VOTESFeminist Feelings Calm down, there is no war on menThere are very few words to describe all the emotions we felt when reading Suzanne Venkers piece on Fox News website titled The war on men. Women arent women anymore, wrote Venker. Well then. Lets delve deeper into her article and see how she explains herself. In a nutshell, women are angry, wrote Venker. Theyre also defensive, though often unknowingly. emotions other than angry or defensive! Thank you, Venker, for showing women in a positive light. Finally, someone is brave enough to call out the shortcomings of an entire gender by using generalizations. Just kidding. That was an example of us feeling sarcastically bewildered. How in the world could a woman write an entire article that blames modern women for not getting married even though they want to while claiming that were leading a war on men? All the articles and books (and television programs, for that matter) put women front and center, while men and children sit in the backseat, wrote Venker. But after decades of browbeating the American male, men are tired. Tired of being told theres something fundamentally wrong with them. Tired of being told that if women arent happy, its mens fault. Sorry, that noise you just heard was the sound of our brains breaking. Nope. All of those words feel completely opposite from the truth. Now we feel sad. Does she really think women are leading a war on men in the media? Sarah Palin would probably argue to the contrary. Hillary Clinton might have something to say about it. Michelle about all the attention they get. Sometimes women receive attention from the media. The media has not led a war on men as a gender. So, how has feminism, or the medias portrayal of feminism, made men feel? It has pissed them off, wrote Venker. It has also underday supporting a family. Men want to love women, not compete with them. They want to provide for and protect their families its in their DNA. But modern women wont let them. We feel disappointed, at best. Were not sorry about wanting equal treatment. Were not sorry if being more equal makes some people feel that theyre in a competition of who can provide for a family the best. The point of feminism, and other movements similar to it, as we understand it, is to receive equal rights, opportunities and attention. Thats it! It isnt a war on men; its a war on inequality. Venkers article received a lot of attention because so many people thought her point of view was outrageous and hilariously out-of-touch. She should realize that her article is perpetuating the problem she proposes. Shes portraying women as the aggressor and putting them at fault for the worlds problems. Women arent the problem. Theyre in the middle of a response to a problem.Todays question: Will you attend any of the s Week events?41% YES 59% NOMondays question: Did you go Black Friday shopping?Explaining the error of human judgmentMore than a year after the trial ended, new evidence has arisen in the case of Casey Anthony. She was placed on trial three years after her toddlers remains were found. Anthony was acquitted after being charged with the murder of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. Ultimately, the only conviction Anthony received resulted from lying to police. Authorities overlooked information from Anthonys Internet browser. They found a search about suffocation, and an article related to poison and suicide methods, according to a recent article by the Associated Press. In my opinion, the jury of this case was wrong in their decision. Im aware the media spotlight surrounding the controversial case didnt make reaching a verdict any easier. have been made regarding the defendants actions and the life that was lost. The Anthony case was just one of many times the Ameriscrutiny in reaching a verdict. Are we innocent until proven guilty or guilty until proven innocent? Who can we really trust to make decisions regarding the fate of peoples lives? This brings us to the concept known as the imperfection of the human being. Simply stated, a good amount of the time were wrong, impartial or unsure and have too much pride to admit it. So many diseases and illnesses negatively impact the lives and the symptoms are similar. Science and research are both advancing. Somehow cures for AIDS, cancer and a number of other conditions have yet to be shared. Do we really know everything? My heart goes out to the victims still recovering from the damage of Hurricane Sandy. Who would have predicted this disaster months ago? The peak of hurricane season is over, then out of nowhere a storm devastates the Northeast. Can we always predict whats going to happen? Recently, there have been a few people in Texas who want the state to secede from the United States. Correct me if Im wrong, but the last time an idea like this was actually acted upon, the Civil War happened and almost ruined the nation. Is every unconventional idea always a great one? Some people I know regard Korean singer PSYs Gangnam Style as the most annoying song they have ever heard. However, the songs music video recently earned the title of most viewed video on YouTube. More than 820 million people have seen it. Are our own opinions always the most valid? Life manages to surprise us every day. Things happen. Unfortunately, this means bad moments will happen in addition to the better ones. Somehow we convince ourselves nothing can go wrong. We think we know everything. Never underestimate the irony of life. If I believe in anything, its that we can and should expect dent in our logic and plans. However, a small margin of error always exists for a reason. When calculating numbers, scientists always include something called an uncertainty. The answers are shared as a value, plus or minus a certain amount of units. Uncertainty is a measure of error that accounts for the fact that mistakes happen. It recognizes that most of the time well end up at least a little off from the true answer. It provides a range of possibilities knowing that all of the time, results may vary. We are humans, and nothing in our world is perfect. We should let go of pride and always be open to something we may have been wrong about. I personally believe life would be just a little bit easier if more people didnt believe they were invincible to any kind of error or wrongdoing. Anayo Ordu is an advertising sophomore at UF. Her column appears on Tuesdays. Erin Jester EDITOR Sarah Kinonen MANAGING EDITOR Sami Main OPINIONS EDITOR Anayo Orduopinions@alligator.org
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2012 ALLIGATOR, 7Letter to the EditorI recognize as citizens of the United States we have the right to publish our opinions no matter how misguided, poorly researched or morally questionable they may be. When I read an article in my own college newspaper condemning Israel for defending itself as thousands of rockets have been hurled into the state and into civilian towns, I was truly disgusted by the lack of thought put into the writing. There was no substance. No facts. Just an out-ofcontext quote from Nelson Mandela. This is not good journalism, this just sounds like people could think its acceptable for terror ists to blow themselves up on a public bus in Israel because we all know that would never be tolerated in the U.S. Furthermore, to accuse Israel of ethnic cleansing? Maybe these two individuals are unaware of Hamas warning to Israel: We love death more than you love life. Please share with these two journalists some actual facts, a concept they seem to confuse with poorly (at best) researched opinions. Sixty-four trucks of food were transferred from Israel to Gaza Sixteen trucks of medical supplies were transferred from Israel. Twenty-six patients in need of care entered Israel from Gaza for medical treatment. Israel has halted attacks when civilians are in danger because Hamas uses its own citizens as human shields. Hamas hides its rockets near residential homes, playgrounds and mosques. I could go on and on. Look, I appreciate that people have the right to their own opinion. However, as a UF student who has family and friends in and uneducated. Many Gators work hard to combat anti-Semitism, and articles like this just spread it further. If the content was true, it would be one thing, but quite frankly, Israel is the furthest thing from an apartheid state. Next time, do some research. Nicole Sandler UF student I am not a music snob. I dont particularly care if you think either The Beatles or One Direction is the best band of all time. I hate One Direction, but it doesnt bother me that other people love them. What does bother me is when people try Not content to associate with other people with similar tastes and be content with their poor choices in life, these people try to convince you there is some reason they shouldnt be damned by their love for crappy music. given me for the bands they like: 1. Its catchy and/or has a good beat. This is probably the most common throwaway excuse for liking much of whats on hit radio. Its popular because its often true, which can confuse the person theyre talking to long enough for them to run away singing the lyrics to Call Me, Maybe. Commercial jingles and the songs on The Wiggles are catchy. That doesnt make them good. The ability to burrow into your head is a facet of both good and terrible songs and shouldnt be a part of the conversation. Furthermore, the beat of a song, although it can be absolutely fantastic, cannot make up for terrible music or lyr ics. Techno songs often have really great beats, but listen to them for more than 15 seconds, and, unless youre on some strong drugs, your head will explode. Beats can be integral in a song, but they cannot save them. 2. They have a good song thats less popular. Someone I know tried to convince me that Ke$ha wasnt Ke$ha, including the spelling of her name, makes me literally sad for todays music culture. I dont mean that sarcastically. I mean actually sad. Anyway, Ke$ha having one arguably good song certainly doesnt justify the main body of her work being a travesty, does it? I mean, Hitler brought Germany out of a bottomless depression, and that doesnt really make him a good leader. He also loved dogs, but none of that gets mentioned due to the other stuff he did, nor should it. Go listen to Ke$has song The Harold Song. Ask yourself, do you think that song is good enough that in 20 years Ke$ha wont be remembered as the girl who had two No.1 singles without being able to sing, rap or dance? 3. Youre just a hipster/hater. This is certainly a favorite of the musically impaired. In fact, I wouldnt be surprised if many of you reading this had this thought about me already. Its a somewhat effective say about music as a subject. Theyll often follow this comment with something like Go away and listen to The Smiths or something. This dismissal is common in every area of taste. Anyone who dislikes something that is in any way popular or broadly appealing must be on the obscure fringe and impossible to please. Its illogical because it doesnt address how crappy their musical tastes are, and it sets up a false stereotype of their opponent. For example, I hate One Direction, but I think Justin Timberlakes FutureSex/LoveSounds is the best pop album since Thriller. Dont get me wrong, The Smiths and much of what is considered hipster music is very creative and engaging musically, but I, like almost everyone else in the world, have a range of tastes in music. Dismissing someone because theyre a hater is silly as well because its sort of the inverse of calling someone a hipster. It similarly implies they belong to a mindless group, just, perhaps, a larger one. In conclusion, like the music you like. If others hate it, just accept that.I dont try to justify my love for Maroon 5. I know theyre terrible, and Im OK with that. Nate Rushing is a history sernior at UF.Dont hate: Back up your music tasteGuest columnNate RushingSpeaking Out Banning the sale of bottled water on campus might seem like an odd way to take a stand against social injustice, but few people fully understand exactly what they are sipping from their disposable plastic bottles. The issues associated with bottled water and the privatization of water in genThe environmental issues surrounding bottled water are nothing new. Plastic bottles are made from with the gasoline used to transport the bottles from one place to another, give bottled water a huge car bon footprint. Also, only 25 percent of plastic bottles and waterways, according to Food & Water Watch. to swallow is the effect that water privatization has on human rights in our global community. Buying bottled water supports international companies that have succeeded in privatizing all municipal water in Third World countries. The privatization of Bolivian water has led to an increase of water prices. Many Bolivians cannot afford the price increase, and there have been mass riots across the nation. In addition to hurting the global water system, buying bottled water supports unjust efforts right here at home. Several towns in our country have had their municipal water sources claimed and bottled by big companies like Nestl, Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo Inc. Even during times of drought, these Americans are forced to buy what used to be a free resource. Even as they grow thirsty, the companies continue to bottle. In a survey administered to the American Univer sity community in October 2012, one student posed the argument that purchasing bottled water is everyones right. In response, students declared our freedoms only extend until they infringe on the rights of others. Everyone has a right to clean, safe drinking luxury of drinking from disposable bottles while our The most common misconception about bottled water is its superiority to tap water. Nationally, tap water is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency under the Safe Drinking Water Act and is held to higher standards for safety than bottled water, which is regulated as a food product by the Food and Drug Administration. Additionally, the FDA gives the responsibility for safety checks directly to the bottled water companies, which are not legally required to release this information. Also, plastic water bottles contain PETs, a chemical that is linked with cancer and reproductive issues. PETs begin to leak from the bottle and into the water instantly. The chemicals leak into the water increasingly due to the duration and temperature at which the bottle is kept. Ironic that the labels wrapped around those bottles read pure, clean and natural. Water is life, and life shouldnt be privatized. Samantha Kenny is a columnist for The Eagle at American University.Stand up for your right to hydrateUWireSamantha KennyUWire
8, ALLIGATOR TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2012Haley Stracher / AlligatorTwo-year-old Far rah, right, and Da vis spend Hallow een together with Williams, Davis adopted father, and his mother. Farrah and Da vis are cousins, but Williams said they are growing up like sisters. Haley Stracher / AlligatorDavis Williams, 2, was 7 months old when she was taken from her birth parents. Her birth parents said she was in a car accident, but X-rays showed the bones were in different stages of repair. Haley Stracher / AlligatorWilliams said his immediate family is very close with her. They love her and treat her like one of our own, he said. Haley Stracher / AlligatorI dont even think about the color of her skin, except that I just know its prettier than ours, said Chuck Williams, a 43-year-old special-needs teacher at Fort Clarke Middle School. Haley Stracher / Alligator Daddy & MeHaley Stracher / AlligatorWilliams said he thinks about what Davis life wouldve been like if he hadnt adopted her. I kind of have a responsibility to make sure that she goes the complete opposite way and gets everything that she deserves, he said.Haley Stracher / AlligatorDavis gets ready for Halloween by setting up the pumpkins in the front yard on Oct. 9. For Halloween, she dressed up as a cowgirl.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2012 ALLIGATOR, 9 Javier Edwards / AlligatorAll On My OwnGregory H. Bontrager raises his hand to answer a question in his linguistics course. He is taking postgraduate courses with hopes of going to graduate school to study linguistics. He was born with cerebral palsy. MOST RENTALS COST $50 TO $200. KORRIE FRANCISAlligator Contributing WriterAn ordinary dress would never work for Slaviana Stefanova. The UF psychology and political science sophomore had planned a dinner date with her boyfriend to celebrate their two-year anniversary. She could settle for a plain dress pulled off the racks from a local department store, she could spend a fortune for a designer creation, or she could bypass the decision entirely. As a campus representative for the web-based company Rent the Runway, Stefanova, 20, knew there was a way for her to look great while on a budget. According to the companys website, Rent the Runway is an online service that allows members to rent designer dresses, jewelry and accessories for up to 90 percent off retail prices. Prices and designers vary, but most items are available for $50 to $200 for a four-day or eight-day rental. The eightday rental costs a little extra, though. Two different sizes of the same dress are sent before and its free to return them by mail, Stefanova said. Industrial and systems engineering sophomore and manager of the UF representative team Ashley Papagno said most college-aged women do not have a lot of money to buy expensive clothes or have space in tiny apartments to store dresses they may only wear once. She said these reasons make Rent the Runway both an economical and practical service for students. Its like online shopping, but it doesnt haunt you, Papagno, 19, said. UFs team of campus representatives promotes Rent the Runway by hosting events like trunk shows and advertising through social media websites. Paige Gross, a 19-year-old recreation and event management sophomore at UF, is a manager for the team. She said using social media will encour age more young women to take advantage of the company. UF representatives for the company spread awareness through their Facebook page. By liking the Rent the Runway at UF page, students can receive promotional codes. In April, the team promoted its Gainesville Fashion Week show by posting pictures of the models on websites like Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Jennie Clark, a 21-year-old advertising senior, said she thinks the web-based platform of Rent the Runway and the use of social media to promote the company has played a large role in its success. Papagno said social media helps make the Rent the Runway experience more relatable. over other online stores because you have actual girls who cally down to the details, she said.Rent the Runway at UF increases interest with social mediaLOC AL LAURA HOGANAlligator Contributing WriterTwo Gainesville organizations are collecting donated coats and jackets as the weather grows colder. Crystal Air & Water Inc., a Gainesville-based heating and air conditioning company, is having its annual coat drive, said spokeswoman Tricia Garzon. Clothing can be dropped off at Place off Highway 441 and across from Home Depot. People can also give the items to Crystal Air workers when they see one of the organizations vehicles, she said. The business is accepting gently used items for people of any age or ested in youth coats and jackets because children outgrow their clothing quickly, Garzon said. Crystal Air collects the coats all year, but it emphasizes the drive in the colder months, she said. Were getting into the season when people will need these jackets and coats, Gar zon said. Crystal Air has donated about 1,000 pieces of clothing since starting the drive several years ago, she said. Kirk Smith, the owner and president of Crystal Air & Water Inc., began the project because he wanted to help the community, she said. Crystal Air is among a few or ganizations having coat drives this season. The Salvation Army will be distributing coats throughout the winter, said Pamela Rivera, community development director of the Gainesville Salvation Army. Homeless individuals and othvouchers to select coats and other clothing items from the charitys thrift store, said Lt. Karen Lewis, vation Army. The charity gave out 204 articles of clothing in October and about 200 in September, Lewis said. She said its important for community members to realize their clothing can be reused for a good cause. Everybody has the right to have clothing, Lewis said.Winter coat collections combat the coldGarzon
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Dining room, living room, full bath, bedroom. Cable, W/D, all utils incl. $700 Includes all. Tower & Archer Rd area. Call 352-278-8381 12-5-12-12-2 MERRILL MANAGEMENT INC. 825 NW 13th Street 352-339-3329 or 352-494-6692 www.merrillmanagement.com 1BR 1BA Apt 3 BLKS to UF, Carpet, Central H & Air, $500/Mo Marcott 1029 SW 3rd Avenue 2 BR 1BA Apt Robert Obrien Apts Terrazzo Floors, Window A/C, Nat Gas Ht Near Sams Club/Walmart $450/Mo 2901 NW 14th Street 11-30-12-9-2 2BR/1BA, Cent A/C, mobile home on shady lot on busline. Laundry room. No pets. From $355-$420/mo. Incl water. 1st 1/2 month free rent. Vacant lots also available 4546 NW 13th St. 376-5887 4-24-83-2 2 bedroom 1 bath upstairs (2nd floor) totally remodeled unit. Water included. Across the street from Shands and the VA and University of Florida professional colleges. Laundry on site and 2 pools. 800.00 a month and 800.00 deposit. Call Mary 386-848-2823 for all info 11-29-5-2 Close to UF/Shands/VA/Downtown On bus route to UF. 3BR/3BA twnhs, furn & W/D avail. For students/professionals. 1448 SW 25th Pl at Bivens Forest. $850/mo. Avail now. No children. 352-327-2931 or 376-6183 1-8-12-10-2 Duckpond historic house, wood floors, 1 1/2 bedrms, 1 1/2 baths, fireplace, 960 SF, free washer/dryer. $760. avail. Jan. 1st. No smokers. First, last, sec. required. 352-377-4217 12-3-12-5-2 Dont get stuck with an extra rent payment. Advertise your subleases in the Alligator Classifieds and save yourself some cash. Call 373-FIND. Roommate for 4-person apartment. Furnished plus shared bath, utilities, and internet. Pool, walking trails, gym. <1 mile from campus, Shands, and downtown. Perfect for students! $510/month. 407-416-3117 1-2833-3 1st MONTH FREE! CROSSING AT SANTA FE 1BR/1BA in 3BR/3BA. Fully furnished. Lease available now thru 7/15/13. $429/mo. Option to extend. 352-434-1454 11-29-127-3 Master bedroom/bathroom available JanJuly 2013 in house near UF. Spacious, furnished, w/d, price negotiable. Call/Text 561289-6896 11-30-5-3 IVE HAD IT WITH YOUR LOUD MUSIC! Is your roommate driving you crazy? Find a replacement in the Alligator Classifieds!Now you can easily submit your classified adfor print and/or web editionsright thru our website!Just go to www.alligator.org/classifiedsVisa and Mastercard accepted. Sell your house, condo, acreage, mobile home and much more in the ALLIGATOR CLASSIFIEDS! Reach thousands of possible buyers! Mastercard and Visa accepted over the phone, by fax, email or CHECK OUT PLACING YOUR AD THRU OUR ONLINE AT www.alligator.org. or please call 373Find (373-3463)NEW CONDOS-WALK TO UFFor Info on ALL Condos for Sale, Visit www.UFCONDOS.COM or Matt Price, University Realty, 352-281-3551 12-5-71-5 Got a new couch?. Sell your old one in the Alligator Classifieds. Call 373-FIND (3463) to place your ad today. BED QUEEN $120 ORTHOPEDIC Pillow-top, mattress & box. Name brand, new, still in plastic. Call 352-372-7490 will deliver. 12-5-12-71-6 BED FULL SIZE $100 ORTHOPEDIC Pillow-top mattress & box. New, unused, still in plastic w/warranty. Can deliver. Call 352377-9846 12-5-12-71-6 MICROFIBER SOFA & LOVESEAT $400 Brand new still packaged w/warranty. Must sell. Can deliver. Retail $1600. 352-3727490 12-5-12-71-6 BED KING $200 PILLOWTOP mattress & box springs. Orthopedic rated. Name brand, new, never been used, in plastic with warranty. Call 352-372-8588. Can deliver. 12-5-7-6 BEDROOM SET. 7pc Cherry, Queen/ king bed, dresser w/mirror, 2 nightstands, chests avail. Dovetail const. New, in boxes. Can deliver. Retail $4500, must sell, sacrifice $850 (352) 372-7490 12-5-7-6 SOFA & LOVESEAT 100% Italian leather. Brand new in plastic w/warranty. Retail $1800. Sacrifice $700. Call 352-377-9846 12-5-7-6 FUTON Solid oak mission-style frame w/ mattress. 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COMPUTER & LAPTOP REPAIRS Network specialists We buy computers and laptops Working and Non-working 378-4009, 607 NW 13th Street 12-5-67-7 Sell your old stereo, cell phone, and more in the Electronics Section of the Alligator Classifieds. 373-FIND In the market for a new set of wheels or just looking to add a second to that collection? Want personalized handlebars or a fitted seat? Check in the Alligator Classifieds UF Surplus Equipment Auctionsare underway...bikes, computers, printers, vehicles & more. All individuals interested in bidding go to: surplus.ufl.edu 392-0370 125-12-71-10 GOATS FOR SALECharlie 352-514-9858 12-5-71-10 Guitars and Musical Instruments New, Used and Factory Refurbished Check Us Out Before You Buy!! Leonardo's Music, Micanopy, FL 352-450-0928 Leonardos302.com 12-5-12-71-10 Alligator Classifieds is the way to get your 2 wheels on the road. Show off your bikes, scooters, and repair services. Call 373-FIND to get your classified in. 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We offer free estimates on all repairs and we come to you. We also have new scooters starting at $799.00 Call us today at 352-263-0425 1-772-11 Unload your lot. Sell your cars through Alligator Advertising for cheap. 373-FIND or place your ad online at www.alligator.org/ classifieds CARS CARS BuySellTrade Clean BMW, Volvo, Mercedes Toyota, Honda, Nissan cars 3432 N Main St. www.carrsmith.com CARRSMITH AUTO SALES 373-1150 12-5-71-12 We Buy Junk Cars Trucks, Vans Titled only Call KT 352-281-9980 or 352-215-3191 1-7-11-72-12 SUN CITY AUTO SALES ALL VEHICLES $0 DOWN! NO CREDIT CHECK!!!! VEHICLES $1000 AND UP! 352-338-1999 12-5-71-12 BUY FOR BLOWOUT PRICES & SAVE BIG!!! VEHICLES STARTING AT $1000 PRICES NEGOTIABLE!!! 352-338-1999 12-5-71-12 97 HONDA CIVIC $5999 99 HONDA ACCORD $5999 98 ACURA RL $6999 02 HONDA ACCORD $6999 352-338-1999 12-5-71-12 01 TOYOTA CAMRY $6999 02 TOYOTA COROLLA $6999 00 HONDA ODYSSEY $7999 02 VOLVO STYPE $8999 352-338-1999 12-5-71-12 95 CHEVY CAMERO $2500 98 TOYOTA 4RUNNER $4999 00 ISUZU RODEO $5999 02 NISSAN XTERRA $8999 352-338-1999 12-5-71-12 SUNRISE AUTO SALES NO CREDIT CHECK! CARS, TRUCKS, SUV'S & VANS! 30 DAY WARRANTY 352-375-9090 12-5-71-12 99 HONDA ACCORD $6999 02 TOYOTA COROLLA $6999 03 NISSAN SENTRA $6999 02 TOYOTA CAMRY $7999 352-375-9090 12-5-71-12 03 HONDA CIVIC $8999 04 TOYOTA COROLLA $8999 03 NISSAN ALTIMA $8999 04 TOYOTA CAMRY $10,999 352-375-9090 12-5-71-12CASH PAID $300 AND UP!!!ANY CONDITION-RUNNING OR NOT!!! FREE TOWING & SAME DAY PICK-UP NO TITLE NEEDED. Call Brandy 352-771-6191 1-7-12-29-12 This newspaper assumes no responsibil ity for injury or loss arising from contacts made through advertising. We suggest that any reader who responds to advertising use caution and investigate the sincerity of the advertiser before giving out personal information or arranging meetings or investing money. Now you can easily submit your classified adfor print and/or web editionsright thru our website!Just go to www.alligator.org/classifiedsVisa and Mastercard accepted. LOCAL ARTIST NEEDS: Gold Diamonds Gems Class Rings ETC Top Cash $$$ or Trade OZZIES FINE JEWELRY 352-318-4009. 12-5-71-13 UF GRAD PAYS MOREfor gold jewelry, scrap gold, Rolex, diamonds, guitars, etc. Top $$$. Get my offer before you sell! Call Jim 376-8090 or 222-8090 1-7-72-13 The American Cancer Society Road to Recovery Volunteers Needed!VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDEDto transport cancer patients to treatment. Flexible schedule. Training and liability insurance provided. Please call 352-240-5062 if interested. St. Francis House is a homeless shelter and soup kitchen located in downtown Gainesville and we are looking for help from volunteers like you. St. Francis House is need of donations for their holiday meals, such as turkeys, boxed stuffing and canned vegetables. If you are interested in helping, please contact Stephanie Breval at (352) 378-9079 or by e-mail at email@example.com VOLUNTEERS NEEDED I AM BLIND & WOULD LIKE HELP WITH: Rides to church: Mass at Queen of Peace. Learning to rake knit hats to send to Haiti & other places. Call 352-219-6948 12-5-12-72-13 CUTTING-EDGE UF RESEARCH STUDY BOTH smokers AND never-smokers Periodontal (gum line) sampling only 5 visits over 2 years; up to 1.5 hr each visit FREE oral exam, up to $160 compensation Call: 352-`392-2945 or 352-641-0319 124-12-61-13CASH PAID $300 AND UP!!!ANY CONDITION-RUNNING OR NOT!!! 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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2012 WWW.ALLIGATORSPORTS.ORG Scottie Wilbekins teamleading eight steals have been a key part of Floridas stout defense. See story, page 16. Gators earn Southeastern Conference honorsMike Gillislee was named SEC Co-Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 140 yards and two scores in Saturdays 37-26 win against FSU. Caleb Sturgis was named SEC Co-Special Teams Player of the Week.Florida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn was named each season to the nations top assistant coach. David Carr / Alligator Staff Linebacker Antonio Morrison attempts a tackle during Floridas 37-26 win against Florida State on Saturday at Doak Campbell Stadium. Morrison recorded four tackles, one sack and a forced fumble. MORRISON FORCED A KEY FUMBLE IN FLORIDAS WIN AGAINST FSU ON SATURDAY. JOSH JURNOVOY When Antonio Morrison has played, the results have been promising. Coach Will Muschamp is expecting them to only get better. The freshman linebacker will take the place of junior linebacker Jelani Jenkins on the depth chart. Jenkins underwent surgery on Monday to repair a broken bone in his right foot. Jenkins suffered the injury in Saturdays win against Florida State and will likely miss Floridas bowl game. Its huge for a young player to take steps forward, Muschamp said. Muschamp used sophomore cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy as an example of a player who benlar to Morrisons when he was a freshman. Purifoy mainly played special teams in 2011, but when Marcus Roberson suffered a neck injury 10 games, Purifoy stepped into his spot prior to the Gator Bowl against Ohio State. After getting all of Robersons bowl practices, Purifoy played increased snaps against the Bucka forced fumble. Muschamp said on Monday that bowl practices would begin Freshman linebacker expected to see larger role after early success ADAM PINCUS After a fractured right thumb and a hamstring injury kept linebacker Jelani Jenkins out of three games this season, out of Floridas bowl game. He underwent surgery on Monday morning and is expected to be out four to six weeks. Muschamp said. Jenkins recorded two tackles and an interception before leaving UFs game against Florida State on Saturday. Aside from Jenkins, Muschamp said Florida is relatively healthy heading into a probable appearance in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2. Guard Ian Silberman (torn labrum), safety DeAnte Saunders (undisclosed) and Jenkins are expected to sit out postseason play due to injury. Muschamp expects linebacker Neiron Ball, who is nursing an ankle injury, to play. Quarterback Jeff Driskel and center Jonotthan Harrison are each wearing a walking boot because of ankle injuries, but Muschamp said they Muschamp is hopeful defensive tackle Leon Orr (kidney infection) will return to physical activity during the week. Coaching search: Since Aubrey Hill resigned in August, the Gators have been using graduate assistant Bush Hamdan at wide receivers coach. Now, Muschamp is looking for a permanent solution at the position. He said he has a long list of candidates he plans to reach out to. Muschamp also said he would supInjured junior linebacker likely to miss bowl gameFIRE JOE MORGAN W for the BCS National Championship Game in Miami on Jan. 7, a Southeastern Conference team will be on the opposite sideline. However, the Fighting Irish should not be suiting up against Alabama or Georgia. Florida should be playing Notre Dame for the crystal football. Now before you go H.A.M. on my inbox and call me an idiot, just relax for a second. Im not saying the Gators are necessarily better than the Crimson Tide. And as far as the Bulldogs are concerned, well, yall saw what happened in Jacksonville on Oct. 27. But in this messed up, no-good joke of a postseason that the BCS forces upon college football every year, its all about the resume. And Florida has one hell of a body of work. schedule, and UF wins this three-way battle in a landslide that conjures up images of the vinegar-baking soda volcanoes we all used to make in elementary school. The Gators have defeated four teams currently ranked among the top 15 in the BCS standings. Two of those victories were fourthquarter comebacks on the road. Heisman frontrunner Johnny Manziel. The second was against Florida State, the likely Atlantic Coast Conference champions. The other two wins were dominant performances against top-10 squads at Ben Hill outmuscled and wore down LSU on the line of scrimmage. Two weeks later, the Gators punched Steve Spurrier and South Carolina in the mouth. Meanwhile, Alabama and Georgia have a combined 2-2 record against the top 15 teams in the BCS. Lets branch out to the bigger picture by taking a look at the overall schedule for each team. Eight of Floridas opponents this season are bowl eligible. In all, the Gators 12 opponents are 92-50 this season, which averages out to 8-4. ceive a bowl bid. That includes Georgia Tech, which will need to request a special exception once a likely defeat in the ACC Championship Game drops it to 6-7. Alabama boasts a more respectable slate with six bowl-eligible opponents, but take into consideration that its opposite-division draws were Tennessee and Missouri. Georgia nabbed Ole Miss and Auburn, and UF deserves spot in title game Joe Morgantwitter: @joe_morgan SEE FOOTBALL, PAGE 14 SEE JOE, PAGE 15 SEE NOTES, PAGE 15Jenkins
14, ALLIGATOR TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2012 on Dec. 14 or 15. [Young players] need to cherish this opportunity theyve got sitting in front of them, Muschamp said of the bowl practices. Its another spring ball, another oppor tunity to improve yourself as a player, and it helps our football team. Morrison made an impact against the Seminoles shortly after stepping into Jenkins spot. With Florida trailing 20-16 during Flor quarter, Morrison leveled FSU quarterback EJ Manuel and forced a fumble that was recovered by Dominique Easley. On the next play, Mike Gillislee ran 37 yards for a touchdown that put the Gators up for good. Jenkins said he was happy his freshman backup had a good showing in his place. Its a great feeling, Jenkins said. Im glad we got depth at all positions. I got is behind me. Its something I expect. Its nothing out of the world for him to make a big play. Hes a big playmaker. Morrison ranks eighth on the team with 31 tackles this season. While Morrison played in every game prior to Saturday, he had made just two starts. In four separate games, Morrison did not record a tackle. Despite the sporadic playing time, defensive tackle Omar Hunter saw Morrisons ability. [Morrison] is physical, Hunter said. I dont know if he knows anything else, but he is physical. Thats the one thing he does. Thats just his makeup. He is a physical football player, and hes very smart, too. Morrison was the 204th-ranked player in the class of 2012, according to Rivals.com. However, Muschamp said the coaching staff valued Morrisons talent. Antonio is a very instinctive, tough, physical player, Muschamp said. He is a guy that tackles well. He enjoys the physical contact of the game. That was something that we saw. D.J. [Durkin] went up a spring ago and watched him work out and saw his work ethic and his toughness and what he was about, and we knew he was the type of guy we wanted in our program. Very, very pleased that he is here. Contact Josh Jurnovoy at email@example.com. Greg Luca:1. Johnny Manziel 2. Manti Teo 3. Marqise Lee 4. Collin Klein 5. Braxton MillerAdam Pincus: 1. Johnny Manziel 2. Marqise Lee 3. Manti Teo 4. Collin Klein 5. Braxton MillerJosh Jurnovoy:1. Johnny Manziel 2. Manti Teo 3 Kenjon Barner, Oregon 4. Marqise Lee 5. Jadeveon Clowney, South CarolinaJoe Morgan:1. Johnny Manziel 2. Manti Teo 3. Braxton Miller 4. Marqise Lee 5. Jarvis Jones, Georgia 4. Braxton Miller, Ohio State quarterback (5 points): 140.5 passer rating, 2,039 yards, 58.3 completion percentage, 15 touchdowns, 6 interceptions; 1,271 rushing yards, 5.9 yards per carry, 13 touchdowns. After playing his worst game of the season as Ohio State scraped by Wisconsin last week, Miller responded with perhaps his best passing game of 2012 in a 26-21 win against rival Michigan. Miller completed 14 of 18 passes a season-best 77.8 completion percentage for 189 yards and a touchdown. The sophomore quarterback also continued to be a workhorse on the ground, carrying 20 times for 57 yards. Miller has notched 20 or more rush attempts in six games this season, and his 227 carries and 1,271 rushing yards both rank second in the NCAA among quarterbacks. 5. Collin Klein, Kansas State quarterback (4 points): 155.0 passer rating, 2,306 yards, 66.7 completion percentage, 14 touchdowns, 6 interceptions; 787 rushing yards, 4.6 yards per carry, 20 touchdowns. Klein, who was once the frontrunner in our poll, drops yet another spot this week after Kansas States bye. Klein ranks in the top 10 among quarterbacks in carries with 171, rushing yards with 787 and touchdowns with 20 a mark among signal-callers. Although Kansas State has not thrown enough for Klein to rack up gaudy passing statistics, his 9.0 yards per attempt is tied for sixth nationally. 1. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M quarterback (20 points): 155.9 passer rating, 3,419 yards, 68.3 completion percentage, 24 touchdowns, 8 interceptions; 1,181 rushing yards, 6.4 yards per carry, 19 touchdowns. Manziel holds onto the top spot in our rankings after throwing for 372 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 67 yards and two scores in a 59-29 win against Missouri on Saturday. Manziel has led Texas A&M to a 10-2 record and the No. 9 ranking in the BCS standings while posting insane numbers. He has accounted for 43 touchdowns and leads the nation with 4,600 yards of total offense. 3. Marqise Lee, USC wide receiver (11 points): 112 receptions, 1,680 receiving yards, 15.0 yards per catch, 14 touchdowns; 106 rushing yards, 8.8 yards per carry; 28 kick returns, 802 yards, 1 touchdown. Lee had an off night by his own lofty standards in USCs 22-13 loss to Notre Dame on Saturday. He for 75 yards and tallied 98 yards on four kick returns. He leads the nation with 112 receptions, ranks second in receiving yards (1,680) and yards per game (140) and third with 14 receiving touchdowns. OUR RANKINGS HEISMAN WATCH* The number in parentheses next to each name indicates how many points each candidate received from the alligatorSports columnists. 2. Manti Teo, Notre Dame linebacker (15 points): 103 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 7 interceptions, 4 quarterback hurries, 2 fumble recoveries. Teo spearheaded a strong defensive effort in Notre Dames 22-13 victory against USC. Teo and the Fighting Irish held the Trojans offense to 281 yards of total offense nearly 171 yards fewer than USCs season an interception in the victory. Teo ranks second in the nation with seven interceptions. Tough, unheralded linebacker showcases UFs improved depth FOOTBALL, from page 13 Antonio is a very instinctive, tough, physical player. He is a guy that tackles well. He enjoys the physical contact of the game. D.J. [Durkin] went up a spring ago and watched him work out and saw his work ethic and his toughness and what he was about, and we knew he was the type of guy we wanted in our program. Very, very pleased that he is here.Will MuschampUF coach
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2012 ALLIGATOR, 15 port any UF assistant who has an opportunity to take a better job somewhere else, adding that he does not expect any staff changes to take place. Gators expect a trip to New Orleans: After UF defeated Florida State and Notre Dame held off USC on Saturday, Floridas bowl picture became clearer. Muschamp met with athletic director Jeremy Foley on Monday and discussed the Gators postseason fate. He just said it looked like the Sugar Bowl, Muschamp said. Nothing for sure until Sunday night, but thats what it looks like. The Sugar Bowl takes place on Jan. 2 at the Superdome in New Orleans. Although the Gators are out of national title contention, their bowl opponent has yet to be determined. Confer ence championship games take place on Saturday. Ill watch a game, but were going to be recruiting, Muschamp said. Thats the most important thing that we need to do. Muschamp responds to Saban: Alabama coach Nick Saban shared his thoughts about Floridas path to the Sugar Bowl in a teleconference on Sunday. No. 2 Alabama plays No. 3 Georgia on Saturday for the Southeastern Confer ence title and a spot in the BCS National Championship Game. The loser will likely fall behind Florida and play in a non-BCS bowl. Its not really a great scenario, Saban said on Sunday. You play your way into the (SEC) championship game, which means youre the best team in your division. It doesnt seem quite right, but it is what it is. I dont really know what me commenting about it is going to do to change it. But I dont feel good about it. Alabama defeated LSU 21-0 in last years BCS National Championship Game despite not playing in the SEC Championship Game. Muschamp worked under Saban at LSU and in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins. The top four teams automatically play in a BCS bowl unless a conference already has two teams qualify. Florida would be the second team, but Muschamp wouldnt mind a different scenario. Well, I can switch and go to Atlanta if he doesnt want to go to Atlanta and play the Dawgs, Muschamp said. Be careful what you ask for, Nick. Contact Adam Pincus at firstname.lastname@example.org. Brett Le Blanc/ Alligator StaffQuarterback Johnny Manziel (2) eludes Josh Evans during UFs 20-17 win at Texas A&M on Sept. 8. David Carr / Alligator StaffLeon Orr gets into his stance during UFs 44-11 win against South Carolina on Oct. 20 in The Swamp. Sugar Bowl is Floridas likely destination NOTES, from page 13The average opponent the Crimson Tide and the Bulldogs faced this season was 6-6. Regardless of schedule, each team took care of business like great teams do. But how did each squad fare in its one bad game? In other words, who has the best loss? Again, Florida wins with little contest. trunks from the get-go and had no answer for Manziel and the Aggies, falling behind 20-0 in a 29-24 defeat on Nov. 10 at BryantDenny Stadium. Alabama let a freshman quarterback take over Tuscaloosa like it was nothing. At least Georgias loss came on the road to a top-10 team, but the positivity ends there. The Gamecocks destroyed the Bulldogs, jumping out to a 21-0 lead in the touchdown with 1:55 left to play garbage time. UFs loss albeit to Georgia was a one-score defeat at a neutral site. While the game was an anomaly for both teams, Flor ida was competitive from wire to wire. The Gators clearly have a better claim than both the Bulldogs and the Crimson Tide to play for it all in Miami. The one obstacle in UFs way is its failure to win the SEC. But even with a win in the SEC title game, Alabama and Georgia still play secoverall resume. Conference championships simply do not matter in the big picture anymore. Just ask the Crimson Tide, who won last years national title despite not playing in the SEC Championship Game. The Fighting Irish are the nations top-ranked team, and the school is an independent in football. The BCS is egregious, offensive and unfair. When UF is left on the outside looking ing school shafted by the system. Auburn should have advanced ahead of Oklahoma in 2004, and Texas should have played Florida for the national title instead of Oklahoma in 2008. Frankly, all three of the SECs one-loss teams should be part of an eight-team playoff to determine the national champion, but that would make sense and people would be happy. The BCS doesnt exist to produce an honest and deserving champion. Its shortsighted. Luckily, this whole sham will be revamped in 2014, and we wont have to worry about which two teams are the most deserving. More contenders will earn a legitimate shot. But as long as were forced to pick only two teams to play for the national title, it might as well be the squads that have per formed the best against elite competition. This year, those teams are Notre Dame and Florida. Contact Joe Morgan at email@example.com. JOE, from page 13
16, ALLIGATOR TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2012 FLORIDA LEADS THE NCAA IN TWO-POINT SHOOTING PERCENTAGE DEFENSE. KATIE AGOSTINAlligator Staff Writer After Floridas 58-40 win against Savannah State on Nov. 20, coach Billy Donovan praised UFs defense. On Friday, Donovans admiration had faded. Despite holding UCF to 38.5 Floridas defense let up in the second half, allowing a 57.1 percent clip percent behind the three-point line. Our energy (and) our effort deus to turn them over, enabled us to get the fast break (and) enabled us to play really, really fast, Donovan said following Floridas 79-66 win. The second half was a completely opposite half for us. Our effort in second half was night and day. Still, the Gators boast the top twopoint percentage defense in the nation, holding opponents to just 33.9 percent shooting inside the arc. Prior to Fridays game, Florida held opponents to 31 percent shooting. Even after allowing UCF to ranks ninth nationally with a 33.7 opponent shooting percentage. Florida has also excelled at scor ing off of turnovers. The Gators have forced 83 turnovers and racked up 95 points off of points account for 26.3 percent of UFs scoring output this season. Junior Scottie Wilbekin has spear headed the Gators takeaway effort. The point guard has only seen action in three games, but he already leads Florida with eight steals. I love getting steals, Wilbekin said. I love playing defense, maybe more than I love playing offense. Thats just who I am. Donovan added: He really, really, really defends, and I really trust him out there defensively. His not tried to score. Hes been more of a facilitator. Hes been more of a guy whos just been a lockdown defender. Although the Gators struggled with two-point defense on Friday, Donovan is focused on the teams ability to guard beyond the arc. Florida ranked last in the Southeastern Conference in 2011-12 by allowing opponents to make 39.7 percent of their three-point attempts in SEC games. But the Gators are showing signs of improvement early this season, ranking sixth in the SEC by allowing 33.3 percent. We really have tried to make a focus on it, and our guys have done a good job to their credit up to this point and time, Donovan said. Although the Gators have already seen improvements in shooting percentage, the teams rebounding numbers have not changed much from last season. Donovan was worried about Floridas ability to rebound coming into the season, saying the effort on the glass in UFs exhibition game good enough. Since then, the Gators have grabbed 70.7 percent of their defensive rebounding opportunities, which ranks 94th in the nation. Last season, Florida grabbed 69.7 percent the nation. continue to progress this season. We have a lot of room for improvement and we got to get a lot better, Donovan said. That being said, it is still November. And I think weve played a lot of games against a lot of different styles which has been healthy. Its been good. Contact Katie Agostin at kagostin@ alligator.org.Aundre Larrow / Alligator Staff Erik Murphy (33) and Patric Young (4) try to block Jared Berggrens shot in UFs 74-56 win at home against Wisconsin on Nov. 14th. Gators defense stout early in season Percentage 33.9 33.3 70.7 26.3 12 National Rank 1st 166th 94th 21st 86th Opponent Two-Point Shooting Percentage Opponent Three-Point Shooting Percentage Defensive Rebound Percentage Opponent Turnover Percentage Steal Percentage Jackie Joiner / Alligator Staff