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Today We Inform. You Decide.Not officially associated with the University of Florida Published by Campus Communications, Inc. of Gainesville, Florida meeting following electionsOutgoing senators said goodbye, pg 8. Telecommunication requirements changeStudents must now take Reporting, pg 5. It will be more hands-on, pg 8. Cassie Peoples looks to help the 65 /46 FORECAST 2 OPINIONS 6 CLASSIFIEDS 10 CROSSWORD 11 SPORTS 13 Alligator Contributing Writer UF music junior David Vega entered the university with the hopes of pursuing a become the pediatrician he always wanted to be. Even though he is a nonscience major, Vega, 21, has taken the necessary prerequisite courses at UF to prepare him for medical school. But other nonscience students may not have had the opportunity to take the required classes or may have changed their career choices entirely. Its hard to know when youre going to college what exactly you want to study and do for the rest of your life, Vega said. In response, UF is launching a new program called the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Pre-Health and Post-Baccalaureate Program, which allows graduates to take the prerequisite courses necessary to apply to health professional graduate programs such as medical or dental school. The college saw that that need was there, and so we wanted to create something need, said Christine Richmond, an academic adviser for the college and one of the administrators for the program. Students who have always wanted to attend UF for prehealth courses will have the opportunity to do so with the program, she said. A lot of students really VOLUME 108 ISSUE 108 WWW.ALLIGATOR.ORG WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2014Matthew Martyr / Alligator StaffPoppin OffUF students attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most people popping bubble wrap at one time in the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom on Tuesday evening. Read the story on page 4. ITS ALSO LINKED TO LESS SUICIDES AND ASSAULT. Alligator Contributing WriterThe legal drinking age could have tandents, suicide and assault. two Boston University School of Public Health researchers showed. A review was published Monday by the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. The research, collected since 2006, indicated that the age-21 drinking laws are associated with lower rates of drunken driving accidents and other dangers of excessive drinking, including suicide, sexual assault and unprotected sex, according to the review. UF College of Medicine professor Alex Wagenaar said there is no question that keeping the drinking age at 21 causes fewer drunken driving accidents. It doesnt solve the problem completely, but he said. Wagenaar has researched the effects of alcohol for many years. He wrote a book called Alcohol, Young Drivers, and of Minimum-age Laws, in 1983, when the question of whether to lower the drinking age was being discussed. research speaks for itself in showing the realistic positives of keeping the drinking age at 21, and its unlikely that the drinking age will be lowered any time soon. People dont want to deal with more teenagers dying, he said. About 10,000 car crashes where alcohol was the leading cause were reported in 2012, according to Florida Department of Transportation data. Statewide, 25 fatal, alcohol-Alcohol age limit linked to reduced drunken drivingAny group can register at UFCAMPUS Alligator Contributing WritersFraternities and sororities geared toward LGBT students have been founding new chapters at universities around the country, leading some to question whether a chapter could be founded at UF. UF spokeswoman Janine Sikes said any group could be a registered organization on campus as long as it adheres to the nondiscrimination language that exists at UF. Putting together or founding an LGBT Greek letter organization would not be difThe only way an LGBT fraternity or sorority can join one of the four social Greek councils is if the chapter is chartered by a national organization. Two of the most prominently LGBTfriendly Greek organizations, Delta Lambda Phi and Gamma Rho Lambda, state on their websites their aim to be accepting of any person, regardless of sexual orientation and are not exclusively for LGBT students. LB Hannahs, the director of LGBT affairs at UF, said Hannahs has not been approached by any LGBT students at UF interested in starting a chapter but thinks interested. There are a number of LGBT folks that wish to be in a Greek organization, but the gender rules or climate in the Greek community arent always accepting to them, Hannahs said. An LGBT fraternity or sorority could a voice within the Greek community, Hannahs said. However, Hannahs said the new organization could face challenges from the tradi-Gators consider LGBT fraternity chapters with national wave UF plans post-bacc for pre-health grads SEE DRUNK, PAGE 4 SEE MED, PAGE 4 SEE LGBT, PAGE 4Wagenaar

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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 ISSN 0889-2423 The Alligator The Alligator 2, ALLIGATOR WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2014 TODAYFORECASTSUNDAY SATURDAY FRIDAY THURSDAY SUNNY 77/55 PARTLY CLOUDY 73/49 PARTLY CLOUDY 66/43 RAIN 63/38 RAIN 65/46 VOLUME 108 ISSUE 108 program allows pre-dental students to learn more about the dental profession and help them become stronger dental school applicants. Students will spend three weeks at UF participating in dental workshops, doing rotations through UFs various specialty dental clinics and doing simulation lab projects. Multicultural & Diversity Affairs MCDA is hiring. Applications for student ambassadors are now available online at tinyurl. com/MCDAapp and are due March 12 by noon. We are looking for both volunteer and Federal Work-Study positions for the Summer and Fall semesters. If youre looking to join an organization tasked with change, this is your chance. Yulee Railroad Days vendor applications open Entertainers and vendors of handmade arts and crafts: Welcome to the annual Yulee Railroad Days. The event will be held March 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information about applying to the festival, visit yuleerailroaddays.org. The event is sponsored by the Archer Historical Society. Got something going on? Want to see it in this space? Send an email with Whats Happening in the subject line to kgriffis@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 and keep them 150 words or fewer. Improperly formatted Whats Happening submissions may not appear in the paper. Press releases will not appear in the paper.WHATS HAPPENINGFlorida Club Gymnastics: BJs Brewhouse fundraiser Florida Club Gymnastics is hosting a fundraiser at BJs Brewhouse on Newberry Road from 11 a.m. to midnight today. Fifteen percent of food sales will go to the club when the flier is presented. Our club needs to raise $800 by the end of the semester, so help us by eating delicious food. Please contact joinufcg@gmail.com for a copy of the flier. Minority Pre-Veterinary Students The Minority Pre-Veterinary Students will have its third general body meeting of the semester today in Rinker Hall, Room 106, at 7:30 p.m. Our guest speaker will be UF pre-vet adviser Brandi Phillips, who will discuss vet school requirements and the admissions process. Minority Pre-Vet Students is a new student organization trying to encourage, retain and empower students pursuing careers in veterinary medicine. Suit and Tie: Mens appreciation ceremony nominations The Institute of Black Culture is seeking nominations for its mens appreciation ceremony. The ceremony will recognize outstanding men whose work and lives have helped make a difference in their communities. The nominees should have served as leaders and role models to other men, students, colleagues and/or their communities. The selected recipients will be honored at the Suit & Tie: Honoring Our African American Men award ceremony April 10 in Ustler Hall. Nomination forms can be found at bit.ly/1ipguu8 and are due today. Torah on Tap Join UF Hillel today from 8 to 9 p.m. on the back patio of Leonardos Pizza by the Slice on University Avenue. This weeks discussion will be 50 Shades of Pray: An Adult Conversation About Prayer. Rabbi Swedroe will lead the discussion and provide pizza (and beer if youre over 21). Just bring money for the tip and get ready to chat. Mugs with Menches Get artistic with UF Hillel at the Mugs with Menches program at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Reitz Union Arts and Crafts Center, located in the basement. Menche is a Yiddish word meaning a person with integrity and honor. Students will have a chance to relax, listen to Israeli music and express their artistic sides. A Night of Magic: Disney Edition Reitz Union Board Entertainment invites you to be our guest at our event, A Night of Magic: Disney Edition, Thursday in the Reitz Union Ballroom at 8 p.m. Dress as your favorite characters and make your own pair of Mickey ears. Take pictures with Capt. Jack Sparrow, decorate a mug at the Mad Tea Party, get a caricature done and test your trivia, karaoke and costume skills for some magical prizes. For more information, email rub.specialevents@gmail. com. See deceptive butterflies at the Florida Museums Butterfly Rainforest Visit the Butterfly Rainforest exhibit at the Florida Museum of Natural History through Friday to discover a variety of butterflies that deceive to survive as part of the theme Mimicry, the World of Deception. Daily butterfly releases are held at 2 p.m. with additional weekend releases at 3 and 4 p.m., weather permitting. UF students with valid Gator 1 Cards receive free admission. Gay Movie Night On Friday at 7:30 p.m., the Pride Community Center of North Central Florida, 3131 NW 13th St., will show The Perfect Wedding. Gay Movie Night is a free service of the Pride Community Center. A $2 donation is requested to cover the cost of snacks. Ubisoft Facebook drawing Ubisoft is one of the worlds largest video game producers and is represented at UF. Enter February Frenzy for a chance to win cash prizes and free swag. Enter by going onto the Ubisoft at University of Florida Facebook page and clicking on the link in the latest status update. Like all three pages and enter your name and email address. Florida Digital Newspaper Library introduction and tutorial Discover Floridas rich publishing history at the Matheson Museum, 513 E. University Ave., on March 4 at 6 p.m. For generations, Hispanic, Jewish and AfricanAmerican communities thrived in the state of Florida, developing and publishing their own newspapers. These newspapers, which highlight Floridas multi-ethnic and immigrant history, are now digitized and freely available online. Learn about this new resource valuable to teachers, historians, genealogists and others. Summer dental program Time is running out to apply for the 2014 Summer Learning Program at the UF College of Dentistry. This years program is scheduled for July 7 to 25. All applications must be received by March 7. This Have an event planned? Add it to the Alligators online calendar:alligator.org/calendar

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2014 ALLIGATOR, 3 LIFESTYLE LAUREN TRONCOSOAlligator Contributing WriterSarah Lambert can ignore her phone for 14 hours and 8 minutes, which means she may be saving lives as the seconds are lost. UF students are making a difference by giving their thumbs a break with a new addition to the UNICEF Tap Project, a nationwide campaign that provides clean water to children in more than 100 countries. For every 10 minutes a user goes without using his or her mobile device while uniceftapproject.org is open in a browser window, one of UNICEFs sponsors will provide a days worth of water. The project will run until March 31. Lambert, the treasurer of Gators for UNICEF, said shes always on her phone because of on-campus involvement, but shes been cutting down since the project began in midFebruary. Its really nice that you can make a difference because literally all you have to do is not touch your phone, said the 20-year-old UF Spanish and linguistics junior. Rachael Swanson Mizuno, UNICEF director of volunteer and community partnerships, wrote in an email that although this is the organization introduced the website. The UNICEF Tap Project mobile web to be without water by giving up access to something far less vital your cell phone, she wrote. Gators for UNICEF secretary Karla Aguayo, a 21-year-old UF anthropology junior, works at La Nopalera Mexican Restaurant and said she sees tables of families zoned out on cellphones. It just kind of stinks, she said. The world is really changing into just everything being technology. While UF students worry about getting Starbucks in the morning, she said, children in other countries worry about making enough money to feed their families. Lambert said many children also have to decide whether to drink the water they have access to. Either they die from dehydration because they cant drink the water, or they die from diseases that are carried in the water, she said. Students often want to improve the world but dont know where to start, Lambert said, but campaigns like this make it easy. It takes so little to help people out sometimes that we all have a responsibility to do so, she said. Gators give up cellphones to help provide clean water Clean water facts from UNICEF 1. About 1,400 children die daily from diseases related to unsanitary drinking and sewage conditions.2. There are 768 million people who do not have access to clean water. 3. People in Africa spend 40 billion hours walking to collect clean water each year.4. For young girls in rural areas, carrying heavy water bottles long distances is the main cause of injury.AP PhotoLets MoveFirst Lady Michelle Obama spoke at Gwen Cherry Park in Miami to promote her Lets Move campaign yesterday.

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tional Greek environment, particularly the strong culture of heteronormativity, which is the societal tendency toward traditional gender roles and heterosexual relationships. The way it is traditionally structured doesnt necessarily allow for same-sex relationships within the social settings with other chapters, Hannahs said. Students like May Niu, a UF 20-yearold industrial and systems engineering sophomore, said she would be in support of an LGBT chapter coming to UF. I think it would be a good change, Niu said. There needs to be more representation of the LGBT community around UF. But other students see it differently, including Chandler Collins, a UF 19-year-old marketing freshman and a brother at UFs Theta Chi. I dont think sexual orientation should play a factor in the clubs you can join, he said. He said the organization could face problems with the current social climate at UF. start because of the tradition in the Greek system, Collins said. ...it would probably be a rocky start. 4, ALLIGATOR WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2014AP PhotoTop Flight SHANNON SAPOURNAlligator Contributing WriterRecent outbreaks of bacterial meningitis on the campuses of Princeton University and the University of California, Santa Barbara, have raised concerns about possible future occurrences of the disease at UF. Diane Webb, the senior registered nurse at the UF Student Health Care Center, said since 1999, UF has strongly encouraged students to get the vaccination for bacterial meningitis. More than 80 percent of UF students have received the bacterial meningitis vaccine, Webb said. Since February 2003, all UF students are required to either receive the meningitis vaccine or sign a waiver to decline. Nicole Iovine, the associate epidemiologist for UF Health Shands Hospital, said the B strain of bacterial meningitis caused the cases at Princeton and UC at Santa Barbara, but the vaccine offered by UF does The current vaccine introduces present in meningitis bacteria but are foreign to the immune system, the bacteria. The B strain differs in that it contains a sugar naturally found on many human cells. The body does not see this sugar as foreign, Iovine said, so it does not respond There is a vaccine for the B (strain) that is already out in places like Europe and Australia, but its not licensed yet in the U.S., Iovine said. When the Princeton epidemic occurred, they allowed students to use it because it was an emergency. She said her close relationship with the Alachua County Health Department would enable her to access the B vaccine if needed. Heaven forbid there was something to happen like this at UF, it would be part of my job to get it, be able to get it.Health Care Center prepared in event of meningitis outbreak Its spread at other schools ARIANA FIGUEROAAlligator Contributing WriterA group of UF students narrowly broke the Guinness World Record for the most people popping bubble wrap at the same time in a two-minute period. A UF Bateman campaign called Whats Your Popping Point? hosted the event Tuesday night in the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom. The previous record for people popping bubble wrap simultaneously was 366, set by a group of high schoolers in New Jersey. Tuesday nights event burst that record with 367 students, said Nicole Vassallo, a 23-year-old UF public relations senior working on the campaign. The team collected more than 8,000 square feet of bubble wrap from student donations and UF Health Shands Hospital. The Bateman campaign seeks to increase the popularity of a new person-to-person payment service, Popmoney. Justine Gordon, a 19-year-old UF telecommunication sophomore, said she was impressed by the event. Its one of the most creative ideas to advertise a product, she said. Its really innovative. The nearly 400 students stomped and popped bubble wrap while jamming out to N Sync for two minutes. The timer went off and cheers and screams exploded. World Records, said Vassallo.Students pop world recordAbout 20 to 30 drunken driving cases occur on campus yearlyrelated crashes were reported among people ages 15 to 19, and 133 fatal crashes were reported among people ages 20 to 24. Chris Loschiavo, associate dean of students and director of student he was not surprised by the results of the study. Based on his 15 years of experience dealing with student-conduct issues, he said alcohol is probably faces. There are about one to two alcohol-poisoning transports reported on UFs campus each weekend and about 20 to 30 drunken driving cases on campus each year, Loschiavo said. The majority of these people charged with driving age of 21. Often times, one of the things that get into the way is when students get into this drinking culture, he said. Its hard to get out of it once you start. Kristi Maconi, a 20-year-old the drinking age would not have a drastic effect on the number of drunken driving cases. As a college student, if you have access to alcohol, youre going to drink anyways, she said. So lowering the drinking age wouldnt really affect the number of people drinking and driving. Briana Felitti, a 20-year-old UF accounting junior, said she agreed. Whether youre 18 or 22 and youre thinking about drinking and driving, if youre going to get into a car, youre going to get into a car, she said. DRUNK, from page 1 LGBT, from page 1Social settings could hinderIt costs $525 per credit hourwant to stay here, she said. They want to either stay a Gator or they want to come here because were known for having a really rigorous pre-health curriculum. Students will have to complete a full-time, two-year program that including a Summer semester. It costs $525 per credit hour. A lot of them are going to be those same coursesso general chemistry, general biologybut it will be a smaller setting, Richmond said. The new program will also include crossdisciplinary laboratory courses, pre-health seminars to help with nonacademic preparation and content review for exams like the Medical College Admission Test or Dental Admission Test. The priority application deadline is April 1, but students have until July 15 to apply for the program, which starts this Fall. Students who are graduating at the end of the Spring and Summer semesters can still apply, Richmond said. Interested students can attend walk-in advising hours to Farrior Hall for more information. MED, from page 1 More than 80 percent of UF students have received the bacterial meningitis vaccine.senior registered nurse at the UF Student Health Care Center As a college student, if you have access to alcohol, youre going to drink anyways.Kristi Maconi A lot of students really want to stay here. They want to either stay a Gator or they want to come here because were known for having a really rigorous pre-health curriculum.College of Liberal Arts & Sciences academic advider and Pre-Health and Post-Baccalaureate Program administrator

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2014 ALLIGATOR, 5 FOOD DONATIONS WERE DOWN. BEATRICE DUPUY Alligator Staff Writerbdupuy@alligator.org A possible new location for the Alachua one of the topics deliberated at the County Commission meeting Tuesday. Commissioners unanimously agreed to begin negotiations with Nalbandian Properties for the property located on 515 N. Main St. Commissioner Robert Hutchinson said he believes its the right time to tie up plans for the building. It would be stupid to have a long conout that someone has already purchased the building, he said at the meeting. County staff will be negotiating a leasepurchase agreement, which would allow the county to buy the property outright or to buy it after leasing. Michael Fay, county development program manager, said the county is trying to eliminate the lease space it currently occupies, which costs about $500,000 a year. We will take a strong, hard look at what the space needs to be at what ofture, he said. The building is estimated to cost about $5.65 million. Also at the meeting, Strike Out Hunger Food Drive held a presentation. Rodney Long, president and CEO of The Long Foundation Inc., highlighted a decrease in donations for the Thanksgiving food drive. He said the drive collected $60,000 pounds of food in 2013. In 2012, the food drive collected about $78,000 pounds of food. He attributed the decrease to a lack of major contributors and said he will start planning for the drive earlier.Commission discusses new CAMPUS RIANA MELENDEZ and SHANNON SAPOURNAlligator Contributing WritersNews-minded baby Gators arriving at UF this Summer are in for a change. Incoming Summer B students on the teleclass required to take Reporting, a notoriousone of the most failed and dropped classes at the university. They will also have to take its prerequisite class, Multimedia Writing. After a motion to approve the changes followed by the unanimous approval by the University Curriculum Committee on Feb. 18, both classes are now mandatory. David Ostroff, the chair of the Department of Telecommunication, said current students are still under the old catalog requirements. No one who is already in college right now will be affected by these changes, even if they were to transfer into UF from a different community college or university, Ostroff said. However, Ostroff said the class will be mandatory only for students who have passed the News Placement Test and been accepted into the telecommunication track. Journalism master lecturer Mike Foley said he believes this is a step in the right direction for the college. He said Reporting teaches more than just newswriting and newsgathering; it instills critical thinking skills by forcing students to decide the essential aspects of a news story. I think we have had very successful telecom graduates who didnt take it, but I think the world is changing, he said. There is more of a premium on being able to write, more premium on news judgment. Joshua Williams, a 20-year-old UF telecommunication news sophomore, said hes glad he doesnt have to take the class but sees cation news majors. I feel like if youre on the news track and you dont take that sort of stuff, all youre learning is reading. Youre not learning the skills behind it, he said. There is more of a premium on being able to write, more premium on news judgment.Mike Foleyjournalism master lecturer

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Reader responseThe views expressed here are not necessarily those of the Alligator Column Editorial 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 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. Yesterday, Apple released OS X 10.9.2, and if you havent already download it ASAP. We know, we know: the endless stream of updates on your Macbooks, iPhones and iPads is tedious. However, the patches that Apple released for iPhones and iPads on Friday and the patch released for Macbooks and iMacs Tuesday dont just tive data. The security problem is pretty complicated and has to do authenticity of the connection. ment for the company. Apple waited to release the patch in order to bundle it with an tails were about to be put in the hands of crooks, that wait felt like an eternity. company of Apples stature and technical prowess. The security issue and Apples decision not to notify users immediately after the issue was detected reminds us that even didnt want users to realize that it made a stupid mistake. This proves that its up to iPhone, iPad and Macbook owners or toward issues such as identity theft and email interception seems However, just as our phones and computers become smarter and more intuitive, so do cyber criminals. Its more important than ever to make sure you pay close attention to updates. Viva la iOS 7.0.6!Republicans to blame for grim outlookA picture of the states present and future. and social indicators. bottom of the barrel. employment rate in Florida has dropped to 6 percent, down its rich and its poor. The study also found that Floridas lack of state income nesses. nomic future. in the report. cussed in the report is the Florida posals to eviscerate the retirement system. the path toward economic security and prosperity for all its citizens. Elliot Levy is a UF political science and public relations junior. His column appears on Wednesdays. 30 TOTAL VOTES90% YES 10% NOVote or post a message at www.alligator.orgFridays question: Do you spend a lot of time sitting down? Todays question: Do you agree with the legal drinking age? WWW.ALLIGATOR.ORG/OPINIONS Julia Glum EDITOR Katherine Kallergis MANAGING EDITORS Chloe Finch OPINIONS EDITOR Elliot Levyopinions@alligator.org

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2014 ALLIGATOR, 7Beatos minimum-wage columnOn Feb. 18, Michael Beato wrote a highly erroneous piece about increasing the minimum wage. Todays minimum wage is far below what it should be historically and continues to lose value every year. If the federal it would be about $10.75 an hour instead of $7.25. If the minimum wage had kept up with productivity, it would be $18.75. If it had grown at the same rate as wages for the top 1 percent, it would be more than $28. In 2004, voters passed a constitutional amendment that tied the Florida minimum from $7.79 to $7.93, which comes to about $5.60 more for 40 hours of work, or about $290 more per year. This increased the wages of 416,000 low-wage earners and increased consumer spending by almost $63 million, according to the nonpartisan Economic Policy Institute. What Beato was talking about but didnt mention is the Harkin-Miller bill. This bill would increase the minimum wage to $10.10 and increase the tipped-worker minimum to 70 percent the federal minimum wage. For Florida, that means $2.17 more $60 more a week for a 40-hour work week and about $3,000 more per year. This would affect more than 30 million workers in America and generate $32 billion in new economic activity! Of those workers who would be affected, 88 percent are over the age of 20, 56 percent are women, nearly half are workers of color, and more than 43 percent have a college education. Beato said, Consider all of the mom-andpop stores struggling to make ends meet. But he forgets that this is an ever-shrinking minority. The lions share of minimum-wage earners are at companies employing more than 100 workers. One of the largest, McDonyears. Meanwhile, taxpayers shell out $1.2 billion each year in public assistance to McDonalds workforce. The majority of all public assistance recipients are people with jobs who simply do not make enough to live. The public subsidizes because the minimum wage is not a living wage. Jeremiah Tattersall field staffer, North Central Florida Labor CouncilLetters to the Editor Education has always been a hotbutton issue in this country. One side of this polarizing issue demands respect for teachers unions; the other says standardized testing is paramount. Despite the fact that there will never be a common ground, these two sides dont even realize America is currently in an education paradox. Here are a few instances: Student loans have become increasingly easy to get and almost impossible to pay off. Young people struggle dropouts such as Facebooks Mark Zuckerberg and Twitters Jack Dorsey are worth billions. Diane Ravitch, a research professor at New York University, claims that the kids today are, in fact, the smartest generation yet. But the reality is our students consistently fall behind other nations in math and science. Though many pundits, politicians and parents say the American education system is broken beyond repair, thats not entirely true. Even with our falling math and science scores, the U.S. for an education. Why is this the case? Can they not see the glaring education paradox in front of them? The strength of the American education system a strength that makes up for the systems many shortcomings is that it promotes ingenuity. America has always been the innovator of the world. Bill Gates, the Wright brothers and Thomas Edison were all Ingenuity is truly an American quality. Ingenuity breeds creativity, which equals success. But when you go back to the two hopelessly entrenched sides of the education debate, they promote policies that hinder the development of ingenuity. The pro-standardized testing crowd touts that the only way to gauge student success is to conduct broad examinations and have a curriculum based solely on that subject matter. These tests are good determinants of how well a student grasps universal concepts: calculus, reading and grammar skills. What is tested on these exams are black-and-white concepts. If you do X, what is Y? What grammar rule is being violated in this sentence? But real life is not so clear-cut. Creativity can neither be tested on paper nor proctored. A good education relies both on the strong concepts featured on standardized tests and creative reasoning, thinking and learning. Simply believing that exams are a complete solution to our national woes is unrealistic. Those touting teachers unions would like to believe that every teacher is great, but reality suggests otherwise. For every great teacher, there is a handful of those not up to snuff. And in America, the place you are educated determines the quality of your education. An inner-city school in Los Angeles, for example, is of a different caliber than that of a suburban school in Connecticut. I think its fair to the school in Connecticut, and as a result, schools in good locations have a monopoly on superior teachers. Though standardized tests and teachers union issues generally gravitate toward high school and middle school, the college education system does its part to quell ingenuity. As a college student, I take a lot of lecturebased classes. Although these classes are a great time to catch up on sleep or update your Facebook status, they The tyranny of thought on the side of the professor is the main cause. A teaching assistant told me that I should not select the right answer on an exam, but the answer that my professor thought was correct. Those unable to think for themselves or afraid of confrontation acquiesce to the prescribed thoughts of the professor. Thinking for oneself is hopelessly squashed in lecture halls. This country needs to embrace the virtues that made it a global superpower. Instead of ascribing wholeheartedly to the beliefs of older nations, we created a few belief systems of our own. Ingenuity by virtue of individuality made us great. Until we realize the true power our students possess, we will continue to underperform nationwide. But until then, at least the kids are out of the house. Michael Beato is a UF economics sophomore. His columns appear on Wednesdays.Get schooled: education system paradox in the USColumnThe words in this column have many friends and colleagues who are currently enjoying a momentous win with the Swamp Party. And yet, the circumstances in which such a victory have been obtained compel me to speak out. This years election was extraordinary, not only for the one-sided victory of one party over all other challengers. the opposition was banned from contesting the presidency by none other than Swamp Partys appointed supervisor of elections. To claim that the supervisors hands were tied by the rules of the system with no leeway in respect to the gravity of holding a contest for the most important positions within Student Government is false. In addition to the contributions from Swamps supervisor of elections, further effort was required from all Swamp senators this past year in maintaining a system of rules that produces an inordinate burden on the average student from participating and contesting within SG. Simple measures such as expanding online voting for students living off campus or ballot process were blocked and denied by Swamp Party. For some within Swamp, this was a difin their hearts but nevertheless felt wrong with the party. As a result of Swamp Partys actions and inactions Swamp succeeded in dropping student turnout by more than 2,000 from last years general election. Faced with the lack of a meaningful choice for the most powerful positions in SG, it is easy to understand why many students stayed home. In spite of all these developments, however, the worst part about all of this is that that some within Swamp will likely believe they have accomplished something praiseworthy something they would tell their grandparents or put on a resume or job application. Fortunately, there are a couple of positive things we can attribute to this election. First, now that Swamp has effectively used the rules to implement a de facto onepense with the democratic pleasantries and talk about SG as it really is and not how it pretends to be. Second, SGs reputation was damaged in such a manner that elections have now become predetermined and meaningless. Its status now contains more parallels with modern competitive authoritarian regimes than the U.S. The mission of SG should now be clear: Reform before it is too late. Nicholas Knowlton is a Ph.D. candidate in political science and a former Students Party graduate senator.Its time to stop pretending what Student Government is and isntGuest column Michael Beatoopinions@alligator.org Nicholas KnowltonSpeaking Out

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8, ALLIGATOR WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2014Jake Black / AlligatorHeart ArtThe members of fraternity Beta Chi Theta form a heart on Turlington Plaza on Tuesday afternoon. The fraternity held philanthropic events all week for the Beating Heart Disease campaign. EMILY DAVISAlligator Contributing WriterMayor Ed Braddy wants to get students more involved in the City of Gainesville with a revamped internship program. Interns used to do little more than shadow the City Commission, but Braddy said this semester, hes hoping to create a more hands-on experience by having interns manage projects and work on policy. When I campaigned, I told the Student Body I would be willing to work with them, Braddy said. I want to make them know they are a part of our community to give students an idea of how their local government works and give them an opportunity to participate in a more hands-on manner. Often, the only times Braddy hears from students are when they show up to meetings expecting overnight change, he said. By getting interns more involved in City Hall, he said he hopes students will get a better idea of how the local government works. Meredith Ryan, a 19-year-old UF political science junior, applied for one of the positions and said she is excited about the changes. This shows me that accomplished leaders in the community care about young people and their ideas, she said. She said the internship gets students personally involved in local government, which is vastly different from state and national government. Braddy said the program is still in its early stages, but he wants it to become a part of the bigger picture of student engagement in the city. Maybe well submit student bids as well as professional bids, he said, suggesting a possible marketing program for RTS. But thats on the drawing board. Whats most important is student inclusion in Gainesville city life and government, Braddy said. My ultimate vision after my dent Body feels appreciated and ... that theyve had a good opportunity to participate and engage in city life, he said. If they didnt, its not because the city didnt listen.Mayor Braddy revamps City of Gainesville internship programIt will be more hands-onBraddy IT WAS CALLED CHATROOM. TAYLOR WIDOMAlligator Contributing WriterOn a stage at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Jim grappled with an issue many young adults face: cyberbullying. About 260 people showed up Friday through Sunday for the Florida Players rendition of Chatroom to watch Jims character struggle with the issue, which has become more prevalent with the rise of technology use. Although Jim exists only in the play, his story is real to young people dealing with cyberbullying in their everyday lives. UF psychologist Roberta Seldman said cyberbullying can be even more dangerous than face-to-face criticisms and judgments. Were all herd animals, she said. We dont want to be outside of the group, and anything that puts us out there causes a very primal terror in us. She said fear, paranoia, sadness and suicidal thoughts are not unusual responses. It can make someone who doesnt feel connected anyway feel like theres no reason to live, she said. Jeremy Martinez, the 19-year-old UF theatre performance sophomore who played Jim in the show, said he knows what its like to play the part both on and off the stage. He attended a competitive all-boys high Im just not that kind of person, so I was hit with a lot of... derogatory terms and a lot of bullying, he said. UF theatre performance senior Amanda Young, who directed Chatroom, said cyberbullying and teen suicide have been swept under the rug. Sometimes people dont even realize that the things they say have a lasting impact, Young, 21, said. Young said she hopes the viewers will reevaluate their online communication and understand what its like to fall victim. Martinez agreed. The way I see it, he said, Jim is a part of everyone. Florida Players puts on cyberbullying play at Phillips Center THE ASSOCIATED PRESSMIAMI The U.S. government asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to overturn a nationwide ban on four giant snake species. Attorneys for Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the United States Association of Reptile Keepers has importing the snakes into the U.S. or transporting them across state lines was vital to research and conservation activities among its members. In a motion in federal court in Washington, D.C., on Friday, the government dismissed the associations claims that snake sales funded those activities. Not only are these interests entirely economic, they are also totally unrelated to the environment: they involve the breeding and selling of captive snakes as part of the pet industry, the motion stated. The North Carolina-based association said the ban has cost tens of millions of dollars. In December, the group challenged the science behind the ban in a lawsuit. dent about our position, Joan Galvin, an attorney representing the reptile keepers association, said Tuesday. The ban on Burmese pythons, yellow anacondas and northern and southern African rock pythons was announced in 2012. Nationwide giant snake ban in limboSTUDENT GOVERNMENT HANNA MARCUSAlligator Staff Writerhmarcus@alligator.orging following Student Government elections, the election results were validated and a new Senate president, Senate president pro tempore and members at large were elected The Elections Commission voted unanimously to validate the SG elections, said Elections Commission Chairwoman Celeste Thacker, and Senate unanimously validated the results as well. Tuesday nights Senate session ing provided a forum for old senators to say goodbye and wish the newly elected senators good luck. In his last Senate Presidents Report, Student Body President Cory Yeffet advised senators to take full advantage of what Senate has to offer. Understand the climate that youve been lucky enough to get elected into, he said. Take hold and make the most out of it. The second meeting was to swear in the senators for the new term and elect a new Senate president, Senate president pro tempore and members at large. Sen. Dylan Fisher and Sen. Joseph Michaels were unanimously elected as the new Senate president and the new Senate president pro tempore, respectively. Sen. Bronco Vuskovich and Sen. Spencer Correnti were unanimously elected as the two members at large. Chief Justice of the Student Body Marcus Powers swore in the new senators, president, president protempore and members at large. The Senate unanimously passed the Resolution Supporting the University of Floridas Academic Ties with the State of Israel, which states that UF does not support a boycott of Israels academic institutions, and the Resolution Proposing Revisions to the Rules and Procedures. Understand the climate that youve been lucky enough to get elected into. Take hold and make the most out of it.Cory YeffetStudent Body President

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2014 ALLIGATOR, 9 Jordan McPherson / Alligator StaffSenate Swear-InSen. Dylan Fisher is sworn in as the new Student Senate president on Tuesday ANNALEIGH BONDSAlligator Contributing WriterTransfer students have a new option to guide them through life in the Swamp. Adopted Gators was founded this semester to ensure transfer students the opportunity to excel on campus, said president and founder of the program, Diesha Cole, a 20-year-old UF linguistics junior. Applications for members are now available on the Student Activities and Involvement section of UFs website and close March 13. Program organizers hope to accept about 50 peer mentors this semester. Transfer students with Associate of Arts degrees will be able to join the group at Preview in the upcoming semesters, she said. We will give them an inside look at UF, Cole said. The programs goal is to inform transfer students about campus events and point them in the direction of involvement. You could miss out on everything available to you if you dont have someone else to tell you, she said. Cole came up with the idea for Adopted Gators because she is a transfer student herself. Her best friend and co-founder, Gianna McNealy, helped her a lot when Im at a better place than I wouldve been if I hadnt had her giving me that inside look, she said. Michelle Albert, a 21-year-old UF public relations junior and Campus Diplomat, said she thinks the new program is a great addition to transfer student services already offered. Although Campus Diplomats hosts one event for transfer students, it does not provide an ongoing program for them. Morgan Crummett, a 19-year-old political science sophomore at Florida Gulf Coast University who plans to transfer to UF, said she wants to get involved on UFs campus, despite how much bigger it is than her current school. I think it would be helpful to go somewhere where there are other transfers, she said. I think its helpful for students who want to get involved.Program created to help transfer students plug in All UF transfer students must:Submit the online UF application and $30 nonrefundable application fee six to nine months before the term begins Submit all high school and postsecondary transcripts Submit SAT/ACT with writing test scores Submit documentation of two sequential courses of foreign language in secondary school or 8-10 sequential semester hours at the postsecondary level, or document an equivalent level of projor Submit proof of immunization prior to registration

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2014 WWW.ALLIGATOR.ORG/CLASSIFIEDS Classifieds BUY IT. SELL IT. FIND IT. 373-FIND Get that rent money rolling in. Place an ad in the Alligator Classifieds to get your place rented out. Call 373-FIND. SS & VA ARE WELCOME!Starting @ $375/BR All inclusive! Furnished Cable Internet Utilities www.campuswalk.co 352-337-9098 4-23-72-1 Countryside 4 Bd/4 Bth beautifully furnished condo on bus route. Bball, vball, pool, spa and fitness room. $425/room, includes $50 utility allowance per/room. Fall occupancy. Ellie 561-361-9600 or ebelliveau@sgczklaw.com 3-27-14-40-1 Furnished 2BR/2BA condo in Haile Plantation. Washer, dryer, front garden, back porch $1100 + utilities/month. Call 352-3788710 2-72-14-5-1 Empty Space? Find your next tenants in the Alligator Classifieds. Call 373-FIND to place your ad today! 1BR APT $395/moSmall pet ok. Call 352-372-1201 or 352-2133901 4-23-14-72-2 Deluxe, Large 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7BR apt/ house, 60 second walk to UF. Remodeled, Old House charm. Central AC, washer/dryer included. Wood floors. With Parking. By Private Owner. 352-538-2181 lv message 4-23-14-72-2 ELLIES HOUSES Quality single family homes. Walk or bike to UF. www.ellieshouses.com 352-215-4991 or 352-215-4990 12-5-14-168-2 MADISON ON 20th 1 & 2 BR AptsJust off SW 20th Ave & 34th St. 1BR/$475, 2BR/$595. 335-7066, visit us on Facebook or Twitter or at madisonon20th.com. 4-23-1472-2 Spacious 1, 2, & 3br starting at $475. Many floor plans, some w/ enclosed patios or balconies. Italian tile, BRs carpeted. DW, W/D hk-ups, verticals, CH/AC. Near bus rte, some walk to UF. Sec 8 accepted 352-332-7700 4-23-14-72-2 Centerpoint 1220 NW 12 ST $460 1BR/1BA 530 SQ.FT. Bike to UF through-tree lined streets or ride the bus located one block away! No application fee, most pets ok. E.F.N. Properties, 352-371-3636 or www.efnproperties.com rentals@efnproperties.com 2-28-14-37-2 1, 2, & 3BRs. Tile in LR, kitchen & bathrooms & bedrooms. Hardwood floors, cent A/C, ceiling fans, W/D hook-ups. Several locations, some walk to UF. Starting at $450/mo. Must See! Call 352-215-7780 4-23-14-72-2 PETS PARADISE$390 $650. No app or pet fee. 1 & 2BR, privacy fenced. SW. 352-331-2099 2-28-14-45-2 WALK TO UFLive in prestigious Jackson Square. 2 BR condos avail. $1300-$1600 mo. 352-505-5049 6-16-14-74-2 8 BLOCKS TO UFSpacious 2BR/1BA, island kitchen. Plenty of parking! Available Fall Term $700 mo. 352-505-5049 6-19-14-74-2 BLOCKS TO CAMPUS3, 4, 5 BR HOUSES Available August. Pet friendly. Call Carol at 359-3341 or website dalyproperties.com 3-10-14-27-2 AVAILABLE AUG 1ST 4BR/2BA very nice house, large BRs, large fenced backyard, beautiful trees, fireplace, deck, garage, W/D incl. 352-339-2342. $1400/mo. 2606 NW 34th St. Pictures at gainesvillequalityrentalhouses.com 2-28-14-25-2 SPYGLASSIndividual Leases. Furniture pkgs. incl Washer/Dryer & FREE Hi-Speed internet. Rates start at $429. Every unit an end unit. Mon-Fri 9-6 Sat. 10-5 701 SW 62nd Blvd. 352-373-6330 www.spyglassapts.com 4-23-14-55-2 LAKEWOOD VILLASLarge 1,2 & 3BR floorplans starting at $665 Free Hi-Speed internet, washer/dryer, fitness center, computer lab, swimming pool etc. M-F 9-6, Sat. 10-5 700 SW 62nd Blvd. 352-371-8009 www.lakewoodvillas.com 4-23-14-55-2 UPPER WESTSIDE/ NANTUCKET WALK1 & 2 bdrm Luxury Apts. starting at $850. Granite counters. FREE Hi-Speed Internet. Parking avail. Walking distance to UF & Stadium. 408 NW 14th St. Now leasing for Fall 2014. For info. call 352-872-4644 www.upperwestsideuf.com 4-23-14-54-2 CAMPUS EDGE CONDO 2/2 Walk to UF, Shands, VA & Pharm School. Tile floor, W/D in unit. Avail fall. Reasonable rates. 239-300-1294 2-28-14-11-2 4BR/2BA apt. $800.Section 8. Located at 500 SW 65th St. 352356-0404 2-28-14-10-2 -----------Near UF -----------gainesvillestudentrentals.com 352-317-4408 2-27-14-5-2 Dont get stuck with an extra rent payment. Advertise your subleases in the Alligator Classifieds and save yourself some cash. Call 373-FIND.LEAVING FOR THE SUMMER?NEED TO SUBLET YOUR ROOM? DON'T WAIT PLACE YOUR SUBLEASE AD TODAY!IT'S EASY...JUST GO TOwww.alligator.org/classified IVE HAD IT WITH YOUR LOUD MUSIC! Is your roommate driving you crazy? Find a replacement in the Alligator Classifieds! LAKEFRONT HOUSE. 2 miles east of down town. 3/2, nice kitchen, laundry, garage, 24' x 36' screened room. $400 Quiet neighbor hood. Call Dave 352-281-2200 2-26-1426-4 Sell your house, condo, acreage, mobile home and much more in the ALLIGATOR CLASSIFIEDS! Reach thousands of possible buyers! Mastercard and Visa accepted over the phone, by fax, email or CHECK OUT PLACING YOUR AD THRU OUR ONLINE AT www.alligator.org. or please call 373Find (373-3463)NEW CONDOS-WALK TO UFFor Info on ALL Condos for Sale, Visit www.UFCONDOS.COM or Matt Price, University Realty, 352-281-3551 4-23-72-5 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 can deliver. 4-23-14-72-6 BED FULL SIZE $100 ORTHOPEDIC Pillow-top mattress & box. New, unused, still in plastic w/warranty. Can deliver. Call 352377-9846 4-23-14-72-6 MICROFIBER SOFA & LOVESEAT $400 Brand new still packaged w/warranty. Must sell. Can deliver. Retail $1600. 352-3727490 4-23-14-72-6 BED KING $200 PILLOWTOP mattress & box springs. Orthopedic rated. Name brand, new, never been used, in plastic with warranty. Call 352-372-8588. Can deliver. 4-23-72-6 SOFA & LOVESEAT 100% Italian leather. Brand new in plastic w/warranty. Retail $1800. Sacrifice $700. Call 352-377-9846 4-23-72-6 BEDROOM SET$300 BRAND NEW Still in boxes! 5 pieces include: Headboard, Nightstand, Dresser, Mirror, Chest. Must sell, can deliver. 352-377-9846. 4-23-14-72-6 Selling computers, parts, or repair services or just looking for that new rig? Look in the Alligator Classifieds. Call 373-FIND for more information. COMPUTER & LAPTOP REPAIRS Network specialists We buy computers and laptops Working and Non-working 378-4009, 607 NW 13th Street 4-23-14-60-7 Sell your old stereo, cell phone, and more in the Electronics Section of the Alligator Classifieds. 373-FIND Friends dont let friends drive drunk. 1 For Rent: Furnished 2 For Rent: Unfurnished 3 Sublease 4 Roommates 5 Real Estate 6 Furnishings 7 Computers 8 Electronics 9 Bicycles 10 For Sale 11 Motorcycles, Mopeds 12 Autos 13 Wanted 14 Help Wanted 15 Services 16 Health Services 17 Typing Services 18 Personals 19 Connections 20 Event Notices 21 Entertainment 22 Tickets 23 Rides 24 Pets 25 Lost & FoundAll real estate advertised herein is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation, or discrimination because of color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or intention to make limitation, or discrimination. We will newspaper uses great care in accepting or rejecting advertising according to its suitability, we cannot verify that all advertising claims or offers are completely valid in every case and, therefore, cannot assume any responsibility for any injury or loss arising from offers and acceptance of offers of goods and/or services through any advertising contained herein.In Person:Cash, Check, MC, or Visa 1105 W. University Ave. M-F, 8am 4pmBy E-mail :By Fax: (352) 376-3015 By Mail:Call 352-373-FIND for information. Sorry, no cash by mail. MasterCard, Visa or checks only.By Phone: (352) 373-FIND M-F, 8am 4pmWhen Will Your Ad Run?Ads placed by 4 pm will appear two publica tion days later. Ads may run for any length of time and be cancelled at any time. Sorry, but there can be no refunds or credits for cancelled ads. Corrections and Cancellations: Cancellations: Call 373-FIND M-F, 8am 4pm. No refunds or credits can be given. Alligator errors: corrections before noon. 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ALLIGATORIn 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 On-Line Auctionsare underwaybikes, computers, furniture, vehicles & more. All individuals interested in bidding go to: SURPLUS.UFL.EDU 392-0370 4-23-14-72-10 Guitars and Musical Instruments New, Used and Factory Refurbished Check Us Out Before You Buy or Sell!! Leonardo's Music, Micanopy, FL 352-450-0928 Leonardos302.com 4-23-14-72-10 Party Supplies: Complete line of Bar Supplies, glassware, Liquor Pours, Shakers, Professional Cooking Utensils. R.W. Beaty Co. 1120 N. Main St., Gainesville 352-448-3433 beatyequip@aol.com 4-2314-72-10 HORSES & GOATSFOR SALE Charlie 352-278-1925 4-23-72-10 BOOKS: First came physical changes, spread by recombinant DNA in viruses. Then came the memories. WONDERS AND TRAGEDIES, a science fiction novel, is by Alan Kovski. Available via Amazon.com 2-28-14-12-10 BOOKS: A wilderness may be prowled by creatures of the forest. Or it may be urban, highly cultured, and just as deadly. WILDERNESS, a science fiction novel, is by Alan Kovski. Available via Amazon.com 2-28-14-12-10 BOOKS: What will we become, years from now? Better or worse? Fools, victims, fortunate souls, survivors in dangerous times? REMEMBERING THE FUTURE: science fiction stories by Alan Kovski. Available via Amazon.com 2-28-14-12-10 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. 4-23-14-72-11 NEW SCOOTERS 4 LESS Great Scooters, Service & Prices! 118 NW 14th Ave, Ste D, 336-1271 Vespa, Genuine, GMW, & More! NS4L.com facebook.com/newscooters4less 4-23-14-72-11 SCOOTER REPAIRNew Scooters 4 Less has LOW repair rates! Will repair any make/model. Close to UF! Pick-ups avail. Cheap oil changes!! 336-1271 4-23-14-72-11 Road Rat Motors Largest Scooter Store in Town! Run by Gator Grads! New scooters starting at $999. 1-2yr warranties with roadside assistance includ ed. 376-6275 RoadRatMotors.com 4-2314-72-11 Road Rat Motors offers FREE pickup service for any paid scooter repair. LOWEST labor rate, quickest turnaround in town! Will repair ANY brand scooter. Free estimates. 3766275. RoadRatMotors.com 4-23-14-72-11 SCOOTER RENTALSRent for a day, week, month or semester. Now renting Buddy scooters too! 352-336-1271 www.gainesvillescooterrentals.com 4-23-14-72-11 Campus Scooters Mobile Sales and Scooter Service. 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 4-23-14-72-11 WWW.SWAMPCYCLES.COM Scooters & Motorcycles Sales & Service Quality, Experienced, Certified Technicians. Close to Campus, Lowest Prices. 633 NW 13th St. 352-373-8823 4-23-72-11 ccmotorcycletraining.com2 days $150 weekdays or weekends G-ville/ Starke 352-331-0131 train on motorcycles or scooters State certified Co & Trainers 3-1414-20-11 Designated drivers are the greatest 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 4-23-72-12 We Buy Junk Cars Trucks, Vans Titled only Call KT 352-281-9980 or 352-215-3191 4-23-72-12 SUN CITY AUTO SALES $0 DOWN!!! FILE YOUR TAXES HERE AND DRIVE HOME TODAY 352-338-1999 4-23-72-12 SUN CITY AUTO SALES ALL VEHICLES $0 DOWN NO CREDIT CHECK!! 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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. GOLD GEMS ETCFree Appraisals Top Cash or Trade 40 years in Business OZZIE 352-318-4009 4-23-72-13 UF GRAD PAYS MOREfor gold jewelry, scrap gold, Rolex, diamonds, guitars, etc. Top $$$. Get my offer before you sell! Call Jim 376-8090 or 222-8090 4-23-72-13 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 depends on monetary support from individual donors and community businesses in order to help feed the homeless and the hungry.If you are interested in volunteering,please contact Stephanie Breval at (352) 378-9079 or sfhcoor@stfrancis.cfcoxmail.comTo make a donation by mail,please send checks payable to St. Francis House P.O. 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12, ALLIGATOR 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 2-21-14-72-13 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.CASH PAID $300 AND UP!!!ANY CONDITION-RUNNING OR NOT!!! FREE TOWING & SAME DAY PICK-UP NO TITLE NEEDED CALL 352-771-6191 4-23-14-72-13 This newspaper assumes no responsibility for injury or loss arising from contacts made through advertising. We suggest that any reader who responds to advertising use caution and investigate the sincerity of the advertiser before giving out personal information or arranging meetings or investing money. Students in Accounting, Aviation, Business/ Sales and computer science needed for various positions. Flexible schedules and competitive pay. Join our team! Learn more at www.gleim.com/employment 4-23-1472-14 SBSG is a financial transcription company offering part-time work. Create your own schedule Competitive Production-Based Pay Close to campus! Must be able to touch-type 65wpm Apply Online: www.sbsgrp.com 12-3-14151-14 Certified Lifeguard for residential pool activities. Permanent Full time position avail able that serves as a Lifeguard during open pool season and as a Treatment Specialist for adult male psychiatric patients during the remainder of the year. Position will start at $12.00 hourly with current Lifeguard Certification. Full time position will also requirement completion of some college course work or experience in a direct care treatment facility. Candidates must also have a valid Florida Drivers License, a non-disqualifying criminal record, and be able to provide college transcripts if applicable. Temporary Part time position -Requires current and active certification as a Lifeguard. Drivers License and a non-disqualifying criminal record required. No other education or experience required. Apply online @ http://peoplefirst.m yflorida.com. Select vacancies in Alachua County. Position # 60033454 Unit Treatment Specialist (Lifeguard). You may also contact Grady Carthon @ (352)264-8248. Deadline for applications will be February 28, 2014. 2-27-14-9-14 DOMINO"S HIRING Delivery Experts & Assistant Managers & Future Managers. Drivers earn between $14$17 per hour. GMs earn 40K-50K+. Apply at gatordominos.com 4-23-14-70-14 Summer Jobs $2400 for 8 weeks Co-ed camp Room and Board included Get Paid to Play! The Florida Elks Youth Camp (FEYC) needs male and female camp counselors ages 18 and up. FEYC is an over-night camp located in Umatilla, FL. The camp runs June 9th August 2nd. Please contact Krys Ragland at 352 455-4267 or Krys@feyc.org. 4-23-1464-14 Looking for Emergency Alarm Operators. Similar to 911 dispatching. Ability to work fast paced. This is an as needed position. Clean background check. Inquire to ddamiano@ cpss.net 2-28-14-30-14 Up to $15 an hour! Busy Car Wash now looking for hard workers. Must have weekend availability and clean driving record. Apply online www.parkplacecarwash.com click the green "Join Us" ball. 2-27-14-12-14 Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Florida is conducting a research study for women 20-40 yo on birth control pills. Compensation given. For details call Luisa Rios-Avila at 392-1991 Ext 266. 4-23-14-45-14 AFTER SCHOOL MOTHER'S HELPER needed ASAP for two GIFTED children, 8 and 10. Reliable car + clean driving record must. Student of elementary ed preferred. $12-$15/hr. Send resume to AlligatorNanny@gmail.com 3-10-14-10-14 ACCOUNTSImmediate PT, flex hours, $8/hr. Quickbooks knowledge or accounting major. officegnv@gmail.com 2-28-14-8-14 City College in Gainesville, Florida is seeking a Career Services Representative! This is a part-time position offering up to 30 hours per week. Hourly pay is competitive and based on experience. Requirements: College Degree Previous Outside Sales Experience With Preference to Candidates with both Business-To-Business and Cold Calling Experience Neat and Professional Appearance Excellent Communication and Presentation Skills Great Time Management Skills (Candidate will be required to work outside of the office at least 75% of the time) Reliable Transportation (Travel Expenses WILL Be Reimbursed) For consideration, please email your resume to: CSRep@SelfOpportunity.com Seeking only local, qualified candidates. 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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2014 WWW.ALLIGATORSPORTS.ORG Florida freshman Justine McLean leads the UF softball team in batting average. Read the story on page 16.Gators garner honorsFlorida lacrosse senior Krista Grabher and freshman Sammi Burgess won American Lacrosse Conference weekly awards on Tuesday. Grabher was Defensive Player of the Week; Burgess was Freshman of the Week.Florida holds on to No. 1The Gators softball team retained its top spot in both the NFCA and ESPN polls. The Gators are 16-0 to start the season. They play No. 4 Oregon on Friday.AP PhotoDorian Finney-Smith (10) is fouled by Vanderbilt forward Rod Odom (0) during the Gators 57-54 win against the Commodores on Tuesday in Nashville, Tenn. JONATHAN CZUPRYNAlligator Staff Writer@jczuprynScottie Wilbekin couldnt ice the game, Michael Frazier II couldnt break out from behind the arc and Casey Prather couldnt score during the games last 32 minutes. But when all else failed against Vanderbilt on Tuesday night, Dorian FinneySmith didnt. No. 1 Florida (26-2, 15-0 Southeastern Conference) escaped from Nashville, Tenn., with a 57-54 victory thanks to the night 6 of 11 for a gamehigh 19 points. The redshirt sophomore broke out of his 1-of-25 slump from three-point range to hit 3 of 6 threes against the Commodores (15-12, 7-8 SEC), including his biggest shot of the night with 33 seconds left in a two-point contest. After letting a 12-point lead with just more than 13 minutes left in the second half crumble to a 54-52 battle Gators created some breathing room once Wilbekin found a wide-open FinneySmith at the top of the arc. We really needed it, coach Billy Donovan said of Finney-Smiths clutch performance. It was good to see him kind of break out. The last time FinneySmith had a double-digit scoring performance was Feb. 1 against Texas A&M. In the six games leading up to Tuesday nights matchup with Vanderbilt, the 6-foot8 forward averaged just 4.5 points per game on 22 percent shooting. Despite the unlikely turnaround by Finney-Smith, the Gators still struggled to create separation from the Commodores down the stretch. forced 11 turnovers includVanderbilts 10-of-20 shootfrom three kept it down only 32-25 at the break. Even when the Gators extended their lead to a gamehigh 12 points about midway through the second half, the Commodores used three consecutive three-pointers to thrust themselves back into the game. Donovan said a big reason why Florida still clung to a lead despite allowing eight threes from Vanderbilt was the Gators hustle for secondchance opportunities led by Finney-Smith and Patric Young. Finney-Smith led all players with nine rebounds in the game, but six of Youngs seven total rebounds were on the offensive side of the ball. Florida outrebounded Vanderbilt 31-25, including a 13-3 advantage on offensive rebounds. That was a huge key, Donovan said. Patric chased basketballs on the backboard ... Dorian Finney-Smith got to the glass. We did a really, really good job on the backboard keeping possessions alive. But a subpar performance at the free-throw line almost negated the Gators effort on the glass. Finney-Smith helps Gators survive Commodores barrage WOMENS TENNIS IAN COHENAlligator Writer@ibcohen5son a 4-2 upset at the hands of Northwestern, a valuable learning experience. What about the teams second loss, a 7-0 drubbing they received at the hands of No. 4 Stanford on Sunday? Just ouch, coach Roland Thornqvist said. Really? Really. Thats what it was, he said. Ive been here 13 years and we havent had a lot of those. The Gators have lost seven times since the start of the 2010 season. Four of those losses have come against Stanford. The difference between the Northwestern loss and the Stanford loss is plain. Florida aware of the target on its back one that can only be acquired from winning two straight national championships and conquering the Southeastern Conference three years in a row. Every opponent the Gators face wants to beat them badly. The seniors, and now the freshmen, understand that. Sometimes the underdog will come in and play very free because they have no pressure on them, senior Alexandra Cercone said earlier in the season. So you know, they could come out and have the match of their life. Lesson learned. That makes the second match against Stanford the exam, one Thornqvist thinks the team failed. Florida hopes to regain footing after blowout Stanford loss GATORS HAVE TWO GAMES LEFT IN REGULAR SEASON. GORDON STREISANDAlligator Writer@GordonStreisandWith two games remaining in the season, the Gators hope to round back into the form thats given them a shot at making the NCAA Tournament for But Florida has found itself in the midst of its second three-game losing streak in Southeastern Conference play thanks to inconsistencies on both sides of the ball. Against Georgia, Florida racked up 19 personal fouls and turned the ball over 18 times in a 67-58 loss. Against Missouri, Florida surrendered 81 points and 12 threes to the hottest three-point shooting team in the SEC. On Sunday against South Carolina, Florida mustered only 55 points after an 8-for-32 shooting performance in The one thing that hurt us down the stretch and in parts of the game were critical plays and not being very smart in making the right decisions and trying to overdo things at times, assistant coach David Lowery said. Redshirt senior Lily Svete may be one of those individuals overdoing things. Since posting a career-high 17 points in a home win against then-No. 15 Kentucky, she has failed to score a point in the three games since. Teams are paying attention to her a little bit more, Lowery said. We havent really tried to change what shes doing. This is crunch time. Our kids have got a lot of pressure on them. Im not saying thats part of it, UF aims for NCAA tourneySEE W-HOOPS, PA GE 15 SEE TENNIS, PA GE 15 SEE HOOPS, PA GE 15Thornqvist

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GATORS GAVE UP ONLY 14 POINTS IN PAST TWO GAMES. EDEN OTEROAlligator Writer@edenotero_lAfter graduating 13 seniors in 2013, the No. 5 Gators (4-1) are quickly working to strengthen their depleted defense. season, Florida has yet to show a 1 North Carolina (4-0) in their seaMonday that the Gators are working to strengthen the defense, and cage. senior Cara Canington and sophoand staying quick on the draw. Though playing well on offense is ranked opponents such as No. 7 actually, Cincinnati as well, our addition, she recorded two ground hard in the last few weeks to strengthen the style that allows the [Goalkeepers] are a huge part son and posted a season high of But our defense is showing 14, ALLIGATOR Emily Cochrane / Alligator StaffMary-Sean Wilcox defends the goal during Floridas 19-6 win against Cincinnati on Sunday at Donald R. Dizney Stadium. Wilcox and fellow goalkeeper Cara Canington have allowed 14 goals in UFs last two games. Defense improving in front of skilled UF goalkeeper duoSWIMMING AND DIVING LOGAN MCGUIREAlligator Writer@loganjmcguireGregg Troy said. I was proud of the way they raced and their intensiof 1:54.26. point. it would depend on how they respond to the go faster than what we did this weekend, he said. EMILY COCHRANEAlligator Writer@EmilySCochrane season. The girls worked hard after a diswe saw that pay off this week. were played in one day due to rain Maria Torres led the Gators during ing for third with two other golfers with a score of 210 (-6). during each of the three rounds and this week. ished under par with a score of 214 (-2), tying for 14th place with two other golfers. Ulu tied for 32nd with a score of 219 37th place with a score of 220 (+4). Bostick Golf Course at UF on March 14. The Gators placed third in 2013. opportunity to play with the No. 1 said. UF Golf Troy

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When youre an athlete at Florida, every year, you go through a thorough examination, coaches and players, of what youre made of, Thornqvist said. The Northwestern loss really taught us a valuable lesson, I thought, and we rebounded so nicely the match after [that] loss. What our players had outlined, what they wanted, how they supported each other, so on and so forth. We really didnt do a good job of that [against Stanford]. After three years of deferring to former All-Americans Lauren Embree and Allie Will, the blame is now naturally shifted to Floridas oldest Oyen and Cercone. The four losses to Stanford compose over half the teams defeats since the arrival of the Gators current seniors. For those three, the transition from students to leaders has had its challenges. It has to be our leaders who have been through the niors, Thornqvist said. I think they were very hurt by time, theyre responsible for the whole group. And theres a learning curve to that, just as theres one to a freshmen comerything out. However, if history is any indication, there is good news for Florida. After falling to Stanford in the 11th game of the 2011 rattled off 21 consecutive wins en route to an NCAA Championship. After losing to Stanford the the season with 22 consecutive wins and a second national title. Its part of the romance of being here, I think, Thornqvist said. You just get put to the test every time. to play the defending national champions, we expect to win. And when we dont, its supposed to hurt. Thats just the way it is. Florida is hoping history repeats itself as it prepares for its next match against No. 9 Texas A&M at the end of the week. [This weekend] just isnt the standard were accustomed to, and I think [the team] takes full responsibility and accountability. I sure do, Thornqvist said. Theyre going to be better Friday, I can guarantee you that. but I think its a lot that theyre thinking about. I think shes just got to reshe gets opportunities, shes got to take advantage of them. ples has been another player who has struggled with consistency. ples was 3 for 33 from beyond the arc. Cassie just hasnt shot the ball well, Lowery said. Its not like shes taking bad shots. You talk about a kid that gets in the gym all the time and is shooting the ball and really working on focusing on hitting the shots she needs. Against the Gamecocks, however, range, sinking both of her shots in the rhythm here, Lowery said. We know she can score, but shes got to also keep shooting. Its like every shooter or kid that can score; youre going to go through times where youre not going to hit shots. I think shes gainShe knows she has the ability to hit the shots. Shes just got to hit them. less in the second half. The loss to the Gamecocks exemtencies it has been experiencing during its three-game skid. 32-22 at halftime. percent and scored 33 points, but they the same half. I thought, for the most part, we started the game the way we wanted on them. We got some big plays down the stretch defensively, but on the offensive end, we werent being very tough at trying to get to the rim or getting in the paint and making the plays we needed to. Floridas most consistent post player, Kayla Lewis, had only three points the second half, she scored 12 points Going down the second half, I thought Kayla Lewis, for one, really stepped up, Lowery said. going to say non-existent, but I didnt think she was the player that she could be. I think our defense led to that offense. ALLIGATORJordan McPherson / Alligator StaffOlivia Janowicz hits the ball during Floridas 4-0 win against Harvard on Jan. 26 at the Ring Tennis Complex. Janowicz fell in straight sets in Floridas 7-0 loss to Stanford. Emily Cochrane / Alligator StaffCassie Peoples attempts a shot during Floridas 81-76 loss to Missouri on Thursday in the OConnell Center. Peoples averages 9.9 points per game. Seniors struggling to lead team TENNIS, from page 13 W-HOOPS, from page 13Peoples trying to snap out of three-point cold streak Vanderbilt had chance to tie game on last possession of contestAfter Finney-Smith extended Floridas with 33 seconds on the clock, Vanderbilts Kyle Fuller answered with a layup to bring the game back to within one possession. After Fuller fouled Wilbekin with 10 seconds remaining, the senior point guard had a chance to seal the win by sinking at least Wilbekins shot rimmed out and the Commodores had one last shot to tie the game with a three. Vanderbilt inbounded the ball out of a timeout with 6.6 seconds left and gave Fuller an open three from the left wing. The ball bounced off the glass, hit the front of the rim and by the time the Commodores retrieved the rebound, it was too late to try another three. I should have fouled him as soon as he started dribbling, Young said. We were very fortunate that he missed that shot. A radio broadcast contributed to this report. HOOPS, from page 13Wilbekin

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16, ALLIGATOR WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2014 Hosted by Chain Reaction, benefiting the March of Dimes.At Tioga Town Center SquareVendors: March 2nd 5:30pm 8:00pm MCLEAN HAS POSTED A .412 BATTING AVERAGE. JORDAN MCPHERSONAlligator Writer@J_McPherson1126Justine McLean has found her stride. After a slow start to her freshman campaign, the Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., native is now one of Floridas most consistent players at the plate. games of the season, in which 10 at-bats. She was still fast and she was games, but she was really nervous, coach Tim Walton said. pectations that she built up, and her insides were turning really fast. But in her last nine games, the batting average and a .667 slugging percentage after logging 13 hits, including a double and a triple. McLean said the upperclasshave eased her transition into college softball. Its so nerve-wracking because Ive been dreaming of this moment since high school, McLean said. But were all really close, and they all know how to calm me down because theyve all been in this position before. McLeans .412 average at the plate is 17th in the Southeastfreshmen in the SEC. second most among SEC freshmen, trailing only Tennessees Megan Geer, who has seven. Shes really doing a good job, Walton said. I can see her smile a little bit more and breathe a little bit easier. As fast as she is, as athletic as she is, its really hard to measure that when youve got your insides churning as fast as I think they were. I think the games slowing down for her now and she looks a tournaments of 2014, Walton McLeans position in the batting rotation. She started the season off as the last batter in the lineup, but Walton moved her to second in the order during Floridas home opener against Jacksonville and kept her there through Day 2 of the Lipton Invitational on Saturday. He intends to keep McLean at the bottom of the order. Its going to be better in the nine-one just because of the way Kelsey Stewart was pitched around late in the game to get to Justine, Walton said. Justine is probably going to beat you, and she can. But the likelihood of that happening doesnt seem to be as high in the opponents perspective. Despite the improvement, McLean still feels she has room to grow. self and I dont think Ive really met them yet, she said. But overall, I think that I can work towards it and itll just get better from here.Emily Cochrane / Alligator Staff