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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 UF seniors give Eastside High student prom makeoverThey hope to do it again, pg 5. This weekend was the Annual Collegiate Boogie, pg 8. treat severe depression85 /67 Scottie Wilbekin struggled during Floridas Final Four loss to UConn on Saturday. Read the story on page 13. FORECAST 2 OPINIONS 6 CLASSIFIEDS 10 CROSSWORD 11 SPORTS 23VOLUME 108 ISSUE 131 WWW.ALLIGATOR.ORG MONDAY, APRIL 7, 2014Matthew Martyr / Alligator StaffMembers of the UF mens basketball team step off the plane moments after returning to Gainesville on Sunday afternoon. Florida lost to the University of Connecticut 63-53 on Saturday in Arlington, Texas. LANDON WATNICKAlligator Staff Writer@LandonWatnickARLINGTON, Texas This Gators team national title since 2007. It had the depth, experience, chemistry and talent to make that goal a reality. But UConn stood in the way of chasing that dream. And thanks to its poorest offensive outing of the season, Florida was sent packing from AT&T Stadium one game sooner than it desired. A promising season and a historic 30-game winning streak came to a screeching halt Satas the No. 1 seed Gators (36-3) fell 63-53 to the No. 7 seed Huskies, who will square off against eighth-seeded Kentucky in tonights national title game at 9:10. After losing again to UConn (31-8), the last team to beat them before their historic streak, the Gators were in disbelief. During postgame interviews in a quiet locker room, a red-eyed Casey Prather held Guys that were really willing to bleed for one another THE THEFT WAS IN 2013. JENNA LYONSAlligator Staff Writerjlyons@alligator.orgGainesville Police arrested the owner of a local towing company Friday afternoon after he helped cover up a scooter theft committed a year ago at Canopy Apartments. Hubert Forron, the owner of Advantage Towing, on charges of grand theft and tampering with evidence, said GPD towcer Jeff McAdams. In March 2013, Bonnalyn Beth Lachut, 67, stole two scooters from the parking lot of the apartment complex, located at 4400 SW 20th Ave., McAdams said. When the owners reported the scooters stolen, Lachut reached out to Forron for help. Forron sent employees to her house to pick up the scooters and drive them back to the complex. They then unloaded the scooters and posed them as if they were parked illegally, McAdams said. After taking pictures of the scooters, the employees reloaded them in the truck and took them to the tow yard, where they contacted law enforcement to report they were abandoned. In our opinion, this was a deliberate attempt to avoid being detected, McAdams said. chua County Jail at about 2 p.m. Friday. He was released about three hours later after meeting a $20,000 bond.Advantage Towing owner arrested for scooter theftLOCAL SHAYNA POSSESAlligator Staff Writersposses@alligator.orgCalifornia indie rock band Best Coast will show the East Coast some love with a free Gainesville performance Friday. Known for their beachy, upbeat songs, the duo will be performing at 7 p.m. in the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom as part of Reitz Union Board Entertainments RUB president Jessica Watson, a 22-year-old UF public relations senior, said the band which will be paid The event will also feature carnival games, art vendors and a performance by Jake and Amir from CollegeHumor. with what were trying to do big and vibrant, Watson said. Wristbands will be distributed to students with a Gator 1 Card on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Reitz Unions northwest walkway and Friday at 2 p.m. at the Grand Ballroom registration desk. Students can pick up two guest wristbands per ID at the information desk at 5 p.m. Friday. Claire Fuller, a 20-year-old UF public relations sophomore, said shes been a Best Coast fan since high school. RUB does a good job bringing bands that our age group is into, she said. RUB Bands Committee co-director Abigail Gruspe, a 20-year-old UF nutrition junior, said her committees been hoping to bring Best Coast for a while. Theyre super summery and upbeat, she said. I think it will be a good last hurrah before summer. Best Coast to give East Coast a chance at UFSEE BASKETBALL, PAGE 16

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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 MONDAY, APRIL 7, 2014 TODAYFORECASTFRIDAY THURSDAY WEDNESDAY TUESDAY PARTLY CLOUDY 80/56 SUNNY 77/53 SUNNY 71/48 THUNDERSTORMS 72/58 THUNDERSTORMS 85/67 VOLUME 108 ISSUE 131 but does not include the event T-shirt. For more information, visit recSports.ufl.edu. Hippodrome Cinema offers additional student discounts The Hippodrome State Theatres Cinema is now offering additional student and senior pricing for all of its regularly scheduled shows. Admission for students with a valid ID is $5.50. In the past, the Hippodrome has offered $5.50 pricing for students and seniors on only Sundays and Wednesdays. The cinema is located inside the Hippodrome at 25 SE Second Place. For a complete listing of films, visit thehipp.org. 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 HAPPENINGPublic Health Week UFs College of Public Health and Health Professions will be hosting National Public Health Week beginning today. The theme is Public Health: Start Here. The week will kick off at 12:40 p.m. with a surprise event. Other events throughout the week include a Zumbathon, morning yoga, cooking demonstrations and more in the HPNP complex courtyard. For more information, visit phw. phhp.ufl.edu. UPTAs Carnival for Kids The Undergraduate Physical Therapy Association would like to invite UF families to its kids carnival. The carnival will be Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. on Hume Field. Admission is $5 per family. All proceeds will be donated to muscular dystrophy research and related causes. There will be a Scooby-Doo bounce house, giant bubble stations, arts and crafts, face painting, prizes, raffles and more. Please contact UPTA at ufupta@gmail. com with any questions. Celebrate Passover with UF Hillel Not going home for Seder? UF Hillel has got you covered. Passover begins April 14, and UF Hillel will be organizing Seders for the first two nights of the holiday. There are many options to satisfy all our students needs. If you are interested in attending a large campus Seder, participating in a themed Seder or hosting a smaller one with friends, please register for Passover at ufhillel.org. All food served will be Kosher for Passover. Seders at Hillel are subsidized for students and cost $15. No student will be turned away due to financial hardship. If you need financial assistance, please email rabbiswedroe@ufhillel.org or call 352-372-2900. Lavender Graduation LGBT Affairs is hosting its annual Lavender Graduation April 18 at 7 p.m. The ceremony acknowledges the achievements and contributions of LGBT and ally students at UF. The event is to recognize these students leadership and community service experiences that have made a difference in improving the campus climate regarding LGBT issues. If you are graduating, please notify LGBT Affairs to be recognized and receive a Lavender Graduation certificate as well as a rainbow tassel. LGBT Affairs is also looking for candidates for Spring 2014 Community Impact Awards and Rainbow Alliance Awards for Student LGBT Service and Research. Velo Vixen MTB Skills Clinic The second annual Velo Vixen MTB Skills Clinic will be held April 19 at 9 a.m. at San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park. Lunch will be provided by Harvest Thyme Cafe and all participants will receive fabulous Vixen commemorative T-shirts. Reservations are not necessary but strongly encouraged. You can register online using PayPal here: touchstoneval.com/vixenclinic.html. Earth Day Fest needs groups, volunteers Earth Day Fest will be April 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Bo Diddley Community Plaza. The event will include solar and sustainable living demonstrations, organic gardening and beekeeping displays, a kids corner with games, egg coloring and more. Volunteers are needed. Groups interested in attending can send an email to earthdaygainesville2014@ gmail.com. Midnight Fun Run 2014 Join us for the eighth annual Midnight Fun Run, a 5K run or 1-mile walk around Lake Alice. The event is on the last day of Spring classes, April 23, at 11:59 p.m. Registration is open on RSConnect at rsconnect.recsports.ufl.edu. The first 150 registrants will receive a RecSports flashing LED light wand. The registration cost for Gator 1 Card holders (including students and staff) is $12, which includes the event T-shirt and breakfast after the event. Gator 1 Card holders can register guests for $20. Participants can register on site (cash and checks only) for $10, which includes breakfast Have an event planned? Add it to the Alligators online calendar:alligator.org/calendar

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MONDAY, APRIL 7, 2014 ALLIGATOR, 3 April 7, 1972 Murphree Area announced it would be open to both sexes in the Fall. About 242 females would move into the area, half being freshmen. The change prompted an increase in security measures, including iron gates at all area entrances and limited access hours. April 10, 1990 Student Government Chief of Staff and Activity and Service Fee Advisory Committee member Larry two positions he held were part of SGs executive and legislative branches respectively. But according to Student Body statutes, a member cannot serve on two branches of SG at the same time if one position is elected and one has the same power as a cabinet director. CARA CHIARAMONTEAlligator File PhotoFierce and FabulousDrag queen Kiki St. James performs in the Hip podrome State Theatre basement on April 8, 2010, as part of Pride Awareness Month. LIFESTYLE KATHY PIERREAlligator Contributing WriterWorking to pay for college is impossible at the current minimum wage, according to research by a Michigan State University Ph.D. student, but a UF visiting professor disagrees. Randal Olson, a third-year computer science Ph.D. student, wrote a blog post arguing that college students nationwide will not be able to work their way through school at the current minimum wage. However, Colin Knapp, a visiting economics professor at UF, disagrees with the notion. He said college students dont usually have to pay for their entire tuition without help. I dont think the norm is to work your way through college, he said. The availability of federal student aid, loans, grants and scholarships has made Olsons point inapplicable for a majority of UF students, he said. UF students were awarded about $550 million in aid, including loans, in the 2011-2012 school year, according to the UF Factbook. In the March post, Olson highlighted the disparity between the rise in minimum wage and tuition, which he called unfair. Knapp disagreed and said it would not make sense for the minimum wage to rise at the same rate tuition rises. Susel Ramos, a 19-year-old UF international studies sophomore, agreed. She works at Gator Corner Dining Cenand most of her necessary expenses. Your wages and expenses shouldnt be super crazy as a college student, Ramos said. Of course everyone would like some more money, but I dont think its bad the way it is. Even though the tuition rate and the minimum wage are disproportionate, Knapp said its not necessarily a problem. If you want an education thats higher quality than 30 years ago, you have to pay more than you did then, he said.Research: Earning way through college not possible, UF expert disagrees Your wages and expenses shouldnt be super crazy as a college student.Susel RamosUF international studies sophomore THOR AND IRON MAN REVENUES ROSE, TOO. THE ASSOCIATED PRESSLOS ANGELES Disney and teams around. Continuing the success of their superhero franchise, Captain America: The Winter Soldier has set a record as the biggest domestic April release ever. The Disney sequel debuted with $96.2 million, topping the previous record-holder, 2011s Fast Five, which opened with $86.2 million. The Winter Soldier, which stars Chris Evans as the shield-wielding superhero and Scarlett Johansson also debuted this weekend with $140,000) as Black Widow, commanded 32 international markets last weekend. Expanding to Russia, Australia and China in its second week, the Marvel comic adaptation, boasting a budget of more than $170 million, earned $107.1 million internationally this weekend, bringing its overall worldwide haul to more than $303 million. Also a touchstone for Imax, The Winter Soldier received $9.6 million of its U.S. haul on 346 screens showtion format. Internationally, it showed on 278 Imax screens, bringing in $6.5 million, $4 million of which was delivered from China. Captain America: The First Avenger, which had a budget of around $140 million, debuted in July 2011 with $65 million. Overall, it earned $371 million worldwide. Why the shift to an April release rather than remaining a summer launch? We looked at the possibility of creating separation from the other summer tentpoles, said Dave Hollis, head of worldwide theatrical distribution for Disney. The Avengers effect, as Hollis calls it, set the stage for the continupresence, which includes the Iron Man and Thor franchises. With have seen earning jumps of more than 35 percent.Captain America sets April record

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ERIN MEISENZAHL-PEACEAlligator Contributing WriterWater resources in Florida are similar to a college students bank account overdrawn. This was the message the Florida Springs Institute gave as part of its Give Springs a Break event this weekend at Ginnie Springs in High Springs. We have overtapped our resources everywhere, said FSI founder Bob Knight, who spoke to the more than 60 college students Saturday. The FSI hosted Give Springs a Break to encourage students to get involved in water conservation efforts in Florida. The students camped Friday and Saturday nights, getting to know each other while swimming, hiking and tubing. UF students have been coming to Ginnie Springs for years, said Allison Lewis, president of the UF chapter of American Water Resources Association. The weekend-long event was a chance to expose students to the beauty of the water, said Lewis, a 24-year-old UF environmental engineering graduate student. This is our spring, she said. When you appreciate it, youre going to want to take care of it. There are more than 1,000 natural springs in Florida, most of which follow major rivers. The Floridan aquifer system lies below the ground and spans every area of North Central Florida, pumping water into the springs and into our faucets. Our groundwater is no longer clean, and its no longer abundant, said institute volunteer Debra Segal, adding that the scarcity is due to two main problems: overpumping and pollution. Segal said wastewater treatments, agriculture and cattle operations in addition to individual water overuse have polluted Floridas water with nitrate-nitrogen. One solution is a restoration wetland planned for 2015 that will use natural treatment methods to improve water quality in Alachua Sink and the Floridan Aquifer, Segal said. project, the 125-acre wetland will look like a gator head from an aerial view and will include hiking trails and lookouts. But its only a small step, Lewis said. The community, especially college students, must continue to make sustainable change. We are the future decision makers, she said. Its so important for us to come together. 4, ALLIGATOR MONDAY, APRIL 7, 2014LOCALSprings event promotes conservation THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON Would you like some kitten with your coffee? Feline company is exactly what one of Londons newest cafes is offering and stressed-out city-dwellers are lapping it up. People do want to have cant, said cafe owner Lauren Pears, who opened Lady Dinahs Cat Emporium last month in an area east of the Theres not many places in London you can just curl up with a book and chill out with a cat or two on your lap, she said Friday. I think thats what our success is down to. years ago in Japanese cities, where many people live alone in cramped high-rise apartment blocks that dont allow pets. Making feline friends became popular therapy for lonely or anxious workers. I can see how this would be good for someone lacking company, said customer Sara Lewis, as she stroked a cat sitting on her lap. Its the best idea ever. The cozy English tea room, named after Alices cat in Alice in Wonderland, charges customers 5 pounds ($8.29) for two hours of kitty company. Coffee and afternoon tea sandwiches, cakes and scones are on the menu at an additional cost. Lady Dinahs opened March 1 and is fully booked until the end of June. Pears raised more than 109,000 pounds ($181,000) through a crowdfunding campaign to get the cafe up and running. Despite more than a year of planning permission to maintain health and safety standards, she says the hard work has been worth it. The 11 resident kitties were donated by people leaving the country who could no longer look after them. Kitty welfare is paramount: The cats get regular breaks away from people, and staff have been trained by animal behaviorists to care for them. Lisa Vann brought her 8-year-old daughter, who has Dinahs for a playdate. Shes delighted to be here, she said. The animal cafe craze shows no signs of slowing, with establishments now open in London, Vienna and Paris. A dog cafe, House of Hounds, is scheduled to open in London later this year. And American animal-lovers wont be missing out for much longer. Two cat cafes are due to open in the San Francisco Bay area by the end of 2014. CAMPUS SARA WILDERAlligator Contributing WriterElaine Turner will start Friday in her permanent position as UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences new dean. Turner, the colleges interim dean since January, has been at UF for 18 years and has served as associate dean since 2006. Her term Turner said her focus will be on providing faculty with opportunities to improve their teaching as well as improving the student learning experience in and out the classroom. The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is the third-largest college at UF, and Turner said she plans to keep it that way by continuing a reputation on campus of quality programs, advising and professors. Turner said she doesnt want to lose a close connection with students in her new position. She said she plans to discuss various means of communication with her students. There are some things to explore, Turner said, and there are a lot of potential ways I can keep those connections going. James Barringer, a 21-year-old UF agricultural education and communications junior, said Turner is a perfect choice for dean. He said he hopes Turner will bring an increase of professional opportunities. position well, Barringer said. She has great initiatives and is dedicated to the mission of CALS and agriculture.UF agricultural college announces Elaine Turner as new dean THE RUN STARTS AT 11:59 P.M. ON APRIL 23. KATHERINE ARELLANOAlligator Contributing WriterA near record-breaking number of Gators are lacing up their shoes for RecSports eighth annual Midnight Fun Run. As of press time, 1,144 runners have signed up for the 5K. This is close to last years 1,200 participants, said Andy Howard, assistant director of marketing and communications for UF RecSports. He said the goal is to register 1,500 runners and walkers. The Fun Run, which is the largest 5K held on campus, will begin at 11:59 p.m. on the last day of class, April 23. Participants will have the option to run a 5K, which is about 3.1 miles, or walk 1 mile around Lake Alice. Registration opened Tuesday at 10 a.m. on RSconnect, and more than 800 people had signed up for the event within 24 hours, Howard said. He said there is no cap on the number of participants in the race. The goal is to not limit it and encourage as many students as possible to engage in this healthy programming, Howard said. Participants may register up to the day of the event for $12 if they have a Gator 1 Card, but only those who register by April 15th will be guaranteed a T-shirt. Shirts are kind of a part of 5K culture, Howard said. Its a bragging right. Sherin Varikatt, a 20-year-old UF pharmacy freshman, said she is looking forward to completing RecSports Midnight Fun Run sees increased number of sign-upsRebecca Kravetz / Alligator Staff 331 24 121 441 23Paynes Prairie 441 I can see how this would be good for someone lacking company. Its the best idea ever.Sara Lewiscustomer Our groundwater is no longer clean, and its no longer abundant.Debra SegalFlorida Springs Institute volunteer

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CHRISTINE ALVAREZAlligator Contributing WriterKenya Tolbert closed her eyes as layers of Maybelline mascara were applied to her eyelashes. She was almost ready for prom. Tolbert, an 18-year-old senior at Eastside High School, almost missed out on the experience due Help came in the form of two fairy godmothers, seniors at UF, who decided to give back to the community and help a senior in high school get a prom makeover. Gabrielle Burch, a 22-year-old family, youth and community sciences major, came up with the idea and asked her friend Brooke Cantrell, a 22-year-old agricultural operations management major, to help make it happen. I know as a senior in my highschool days, it was just so complicated to get the ticket, the car, your hair done, your makeup, what youre going to wear, Burch said. It was just so much. Burch mentors students at Eastside High and said the exposure helped her understand the barriers they face at the school, including the hefty price tags associated with prom. Weve always been involved in the Gainesville community, Cantrell said. We know that Eastside High has a lot of kids that go there who cant afford to attend prom. Burch talked to Pamela MinHigh School, and asked for her help with advertising the makeover opportunity. opened an online application. I just told her it sounds like a what I did was help her get it advertised, and it went from there. Tolbert was the winner. Burch and Cantrell used their own resources to make the transformation possible. They bought the hair supplies and used their previous experience to do her hair themselves. They asked a friend who works for MAC cosmetics to do the makeup, and she did it for free. This is something that we just stepped up to the plate and just decided to do it, Cantrell said. The makeover began at 4 p.m. on Friday at Tolberts house. As her entire family waited in product, Tolbert came down the gown. She greeted her date her boyfriend of more than two years. She took pictures with her family, thanked the women and rode off to the prom, where she was nominated for prom queen. Although she didnt win, Burch said Tolbert won in her eyes. er, said Burch and Cantrells project was thoughtful and caring. It seems like they helped somebody, so Im glad, she said. I hope that they continue to do this. MONDAY, APRIL 7, 2014 ALLIGATOR, 5Christine Alvarez / AlligatorKenya Tolbert gets her make-up done by 21-year-old advertising junior Stephany Jones. Tolbert won a complete makeover for her senior prom at Eastside High School. UF seniors give Eastside High student a makeover for prom THE ASSOCIATED PRESSTALLAHASSEE A Tallahassee attorney embroiled in an ongoing land dispute with the state contends in a Attorney General Pam Bonemails he was seeking. Steven Andrews, who has been a persistent critic of Gov. Rick Scott, is involved in a lawsuit over attempts by the state to acquire land near the Governors Mansion. This failed to promptly turn over 61 emails sent or received by senior staff. Andrews and his legal team contend that in 19 instances, the emails were deleted altogether. Andrews declined to comfully and in bad faith failed to produce or timely produce public records. Whitney Ray, a spokesman for Bondi, would only say the allegations are completely without merit. Ray pointed to a March went to great length to fulAndrews despite what they termed his lack of clarity as to the records sought and lack of cooperation in framing search parameters. Andrews says he has turned up internal information that shows Bondis employees manually decide whether to keep copies of emails. He has an early 2012 email in which an information technology employee warned that the archiving system used by dividual employees to delete or fail to archive emails. Florida has a broad public records law that requires emails and other documents to be made public, with exemptions for documents that cover items such as open criminal investigations. In November, Andrews against Scott, Bondi and the Department of State asking for hand over the records and to pay his attorney fees. His latBondis push to have the case thrown out.Lawsuit: Bondis LOCAL ALINA AVALOSAlligator Contributing WriterFour was the lucky number this spring for Gators basketball, and with the help of the Gainesville community, it could be the lucky number for the citys Summer Heatwave program as well. In light of the Gators advance to the Final Four, the city is asking for a donation for its Summer Heatwave program, said Steven Phillips, director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs for the City of Gainesville. In the spirit of the Final Four, the city suggests increments of four: $4, $40 or $400. The department is teaming up with Gainesville Police to continue the summer program that allows teens to participate in different activities such as pool days, An update was given to the commission about the program being very successful, so (the commissioners are) trying to have us expand it, Phillips said. To raise money, the city is using Citizinvestor, a website similar to Kickstarter that allows people to donate online and requires the campaign to meet its fund goal of $20,720 to receive the money. Both departments were collectively allocated $10,000 from the City Commission. Through the campaign, organizers are hoping to double the funding and thus, double participation. Steve Bradford, youth services sergeant for GPD, juvenile crime rates in Gainesville during June, July and August when the program is in session. cost, Bradford said. The kids have something positive to do. Ludovica Weaver, a marketing technician for the City of Gainesville, said registration is free for teens who want to participate. Its a really wonderful opportunity for teenagers nect and to do fun things together in a safe and enriching environment, Weaver said. THE EVERGLADES AND MARVEL WERE TOPICS. ARIANA FIGUEROAAlligator Contributing WriterProfessors, scholars and speakers from across the country traveled to UF over the weekend to attend a workshop centered around the theme of trauma in comics and graphic novels. The various speakers explained how traumatic events affect the writers and illustrators of comic books. Guest speaker Donna Axel displayed how the comic book Asterix and the Black Gold was used to bring awareness to an environmentally traumatic oil spill. Axel said Albert Uderzo, the writer and illustrator, uses comics to bring environmental awareness. Chris Wilhelm, an assistant history professor at the College of Coastal Georgia, brought Marvel superhero comics to the table. He said Swamp Thing and Man-Thing are comics highlighting ecological trauma in the Everglades. In the 20th century, swamp was harsh realities of the world, Wilhelm said. Sol Canal was among several students attending the conference for extra class credit. Canal, a 20-year-old UF English junior, said she enjoyed it. I liked it, she said. I didnt know about it, but it was really interesting and different, and I liked how Swamp Thing was relative to Florida. An update was given to the commission about the program being very successful, so (the commissioners are) trying to have us expand it.Steven PhillipsCity of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs director They hope to do it again

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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.In all kinds of weather: Thank you, GatorsSo, we lost. Were devastated, of course, but the truth is that the loss doesnt directly impact our day-to-day lives. Today, and impending graduation dates. Its more of the same, but something is different. Actually, its us. Were different. Weve remembered what its like to be Gators, to be a part of something bigger than ourselves, to join with thousands of our friends for a common cause. Often, the Gator Nation seems like an abstract concept only used for those Go write the great American novel understand. The Gator Nation is at Mothers, where we sprayed drinks over the crowd and screamed along to Another One Bites the Dust after the Dayton game. Its on our laptops, where we watched games on mute during lecture and bit our nails as strangers wearing orange and blue at gas stations off I-75. Perhaps more than with football, the basketball players seemed accessible. They were in our classes, riding our buses and eating at the tables next to us in Gator Corner Dining Center. All season, they were genuinely excited about their success, and that made us excited too. We read and retweeted their messages after each game. We saw them at 101 Cantina, wearing cut-down nets around their necks. We posed for And so we rooted for them. Patric Young, Will Yeguete, Casey Prather, Scottie Wilbekin we say their names like we know them because in a way, we do. Theyre Gators, and so are we. On Saturday, Young was the last to leave the court because he was hugging each UConn player. If the purpose of sports is to connect people, then this years Gators mens basketball team rocked it. We won together, and we lost together. Athletics may not have a hand in our daily routines, but they play an important role in uniting the university. For the Donovan, Bernie Machen and the guy eating wings next to us at the bar. Although exams loomed and work persisted, basketball reminded us what a privilege it is to be a Florida Gator. So, mens basketball team: Thank you for what you did. But more importantly, thank you for what you did to us.Rushs vampiring ways are not the issueA lot of hoopla was made last week over the revelation that congressional candidate and UF graduate Jake Rush participated in various role-playing games, typically starring as a vampire. The story quickly went national, as various political blogs and news outlets wanted to discover more on the vampire who wants to role play as a congressman. Given all the crap we see out of Washington, D.C., why should we care that Rush moonlights as a vampire? Sure, its a bit strange, but is that because role playing is truly awkward, or is it a lifestyle we just dont understand? Its easy to be critical of Rush and his lifestyle, but were quickly moving into an era when our entire lives have been digitally catalogued, and almost all of us have posted something questionable on various social media sites, message boards or other websites. Congress is a seething cesspool of inaction, bickering and political maneuvering that would not seem out of place in an episode of House of Cards. If a vampire wants to serve the citizens of Floridas 3rd Congressional District, so be it. A sizable group of Republican legislators and Rush could be no different for all we know have made it their job to neuter the Obama administration, preventing the president from accomplishing much of his agenda over the past three years. When you refuse to work with the sitting president, effectively holding the country hostage, thats not roleplaying. Thats reality. Dont consider that Rush would head into Washington and help bridge the gap between the Republicans in the House and President Barack Obama. Thats not the case; the man is running as a conservative Republican. However, there are far more serious things occurring in D.C. than us worrying about someones lifestyle, bizarre as it may be. Last fall, members of Congress took this country to the threatening to allow the U.S. to default on its debts. Fortunately, at the 11th hour, Congress agreed on a solution that kept the country from jumping off a cliff. To me, thats far more frightening than Rush spending his fall pretending hes a character from an Anne Rice novel. By comparison, it seems quite tame. Whether its Rush or someone who dresses as Mr. Spock pretending hes onboard the U.S.S. Enterprise, Gainesville and the rest of the U.S. deserve members of Congress who put their constituents and the best interest of the country ahead of political games and the circus act that plagues our legislative body. We can make jokes about someones lifestyle, but if theyre truly committed to representing the citizens of their district, why shouldnt we give them a fair shake? Heck, Louisiana Sen. David Vitter was caught with a prostitute while he was wearing a diaper. Now, hes poised to be Louisianas next governor. Obviously, enough in that state believe Vitter has their best interests in mind despite his odd lifestyle choices. Maybe its time for us to to reconsider Rush on the issues, not his vampiring ways. And if Rush isnt the right guy, I think I just saw Mr. Spock walking down University Avenue. Maybe hes the right choice for Gainesville. Joel Mendelson is a UF grad student in political campaigning. His columns appear on Mondays. 104 TOTAL VOTES40% YES 60% NOVote or post a message at www.alligator.orgFridays question: Would you buy a 13-foot stuffed Gator that wears Tim Tebow jerseys? Todays question: Have you been skydiving? MONDAY, APRIL 7, 2014 WWW.ALLIGATOR.ORG/OPINIONS Julia Glum EDITOR Katherine Kallergis MANAGING EDITORS Chloe Finch OPINIONS EDITOR Joel Mendelsonopinions@alligator.org

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MONDAY, APRIL 7, 2014 ALLIGATOR, 7 Last October, a 19-year-old made headlines when he announced he would lose his virginity on stage in front of a crowd as part of a performance art piece. Clayton Pettet, the teenager in question, said he would have anal sex for a project called Art School Stole My Virginity. The performance happened this past week and raised questions of what conence. According to Pettet, our society holds a lot of value to the idea of virginity, and the project was his way of losing the stigma around virginity, according to an article by the Daily Star. He brings up an interesting point: Our society does reinforce the idea that losing ones virginity is the end-all and be-all as the ultimate rite of passage into adulthood. Even just by using the term losing your inherently takes something away and changes something about you. As great as sex is, though, its not magic. You dont automatically change into something else just because you have had sex one time. And what exactly constitutes losing your virginity, anyway? According to one article by The Atlantic that discussed myths about virginity, another issue is that people are misinformed when it comes to what should Have you heard the popular phrase pop your cherry? It supports the idea that people with vaginas cause the penetrative act breaks their hymen. Thats not true youre not supposed to bleed! Bleeding happens when there is not proper lubrication during sexual activity, but by reinforcing this idea, we turn sex into a scary and possibly traumatic event. And what about gay couples? Do lesbians never actually lose their virginity because they do not have penetrative penis-in-vagina sex? The concept of virginity is incredibly heteronormative because of this. Traditionally, a home run is having penetrative intercourse that involves a penis and a vagina. But that leaves out all sorts of other options, including digital sex, oral sex, anal sex or even masturbation. Society cannot dictate what sex is only the person having it can do that. If you think sex is you plus a dildo, that works. Or if you think virginity is just a social construct and does not even exist, well, more power to you on that end as well. All these myths and inaccuracies about virginity credaunting experience rather than the fun and liberating adventure it should be. The taboo of losing ones virginity makes it harder for people to ask questions, leading to unsafe sexual practices. We are unable to have conversations about sex because there is still such a stigma attached to it. By spreading myths like this, we turn sex into a bigger thing than it really is. As long as the act is consenwhat manner or with whom you do it. You are not losing anything by doing so, but having sex will also not make you more mature or turn you into something you are not. youll join the ranks with millions of other people across the world who have had sex, which just goes to show you sex is normal. It shouldnt be a stressful experience, and we as a society need to lose the stigma behind losing your virginity. Robyn Smith is a UF journalism sophomore. Her col-We need to pop the virginity stigmaColumn Robyn Smithopinions@alligator.org DENVER In what will go down in history as the biggest national overdose since America died of alcohol poisoning once Prohibition was lifted, the entire state of Colorado has overdosed on marijuana. It was an awful sight to see, Marrie Jones said in between tears. I walked in on my son, facedown on the couch. There was a water pipe on the table. His hand was in the Cheetos bag, and cartoons were still playing on the television. Low-functioning alcoholic and Drug Enforcement Administration agent Michael Jimms works to prevent accidents like this nationwide. Marijuana is one of the most dangerous drugs out there, he slurred while extinguishing his ninth cigarette in a glass of bourbon. These criminals go out there and do their drugs, act all violent and whatnot. bourbon, went home, beat his wife and yelled at his son for being a damn, no good (hiccup) junkie. Mitchell Johnson was a Ph.D. candidate at Harvard University studying political science but was found guilty of possession, and he has since been sentenced to spend 20 years in the Bay State Correctional Center. They found my cannabis in my car while I was helping my charity that helps endangered pandas with cancer from inner-city areas to go to college, said the man who wouldve been the 53rd president of the U.S. had he not gotten in trouble for having plants in his glove box. I mean, its bad in here. My cellmate is a former DEA agent who got arrested for getting drunk and beating the sh*t out of his family. Hes only got seven years, though. I deserve the bigger sentence; my crime affected so many more people. Johnson is positive that living in the same to his development as a man and wont cause him to leave prison as a hardened thug with serious and unevaluated psychological issues. Despite the bodies piled up in the streets, some people are I have really bad glaucoma, glaucoma-less Mary Jameis said, and anxiety, too. I get super nervous when my friends and I watch Cosmos and Animal Planet every Sunday night. But Ill tell you what the real crime is, she said before rambling about how 9/11 was an inside job. fore the violent effects of a marijuana overdose could take a toll on him. Jacksons father discovered him in his room giggling at photos of cats doing people things on the Internet while listening to a politically insightful, post-modern reggae band youve probably never heard of. He smelled the marijuana, saw his sons red eyes and immediately called an ambulance. proper medical authorities. He was gonna go to class, said Mann, but then he got high. He added, La da da da da da da da da. Zachary Smith is a satirist and UF philosophy freshman.Marijuana rips lives, families apartGuest columnZachary Smithopinions@alligator.org Catcalling and verbal harassment is unfortunately something that happens all too often. In the media, its typical to see a woman be shouted at by construction workers while shes walking down the street of a highly populated urban area, but this is not always the case. Verbal harassment can happen basically anywhere, whether youre walking to school, out with friends downtown, or even at your favorite coffee shop. However, one artist in Brooklyn is taking a stand for women everywhere enlightening series of art that expresses exactly how women feel about verbal dedicated her time and efforts to creating posters of women who want to speak out against gender-based verbal harassment. Each portrait is of a different woman and has a caption geared toward men who think catcalling is an acceptable type of social interaction. Ranging from Stop Telling Women to Smile and My Name is Not Baby, to Women Do Not Owe You Their Time or Conversation, these simple posters are short, sweet and to the point: Women dont like being yelled at by strangers. Women shouldnt have to pretend they didnt hear a derogatory comment, and men shouldnt feel compelled to yell at female strangers. More action is needed so that society stops alHowever, with activism in art and a new generation of feminists, hopefully, that change is in the near future. Madeline Gallegos is a writer for The Collegian. A version of this column originally appeared on UWire.Catcalling combatted through postersUWireMadeline GallegosUWire

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8, ALLIGATOR MONDAY, APRIL 7, 2014Haley Stracher / Alligator Classy KicksThe members of the UF Lambda Rho chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho sorority wear sneakers to a for mal dance on Saturday in the Broward Hall basement. The group collected $1,000 and about 100 pairs of sneakers for Soles4Souls and St. Francis House. MARISA ROSSAlligator Staff Writermross@alligator.orgAnyone who looked up at the sky above Kay Larkin Field in Palatka, Fla., on Saturday would have seen about eight UF students riding their schools mascot. The gator jump, a stunt that involved several members of the UF Falling Gators Skydiving Club while skydiving, wasnt the only highlight of the UF Falling Gators 16th Annual Collegiate Boogie. The event, hosted by Skydive Palatka and the Falling Gators, took place from 9 a.m. Friday to 7 p.m. Sunday. It included food, and an adrenaline rush for the about 75 registered guests and other regular visitors. Throughout the weekend, students, alumni and skydivers from around the country gathered at Palatka Municipal Airport for its spring boogie, a term used by skydivers to describe large gettogethers. These events begin as days full of jumping from planes to partying through the night and waking up at sunrise to do it all again. Matt Englehart, 27, recently moved from California to Jacksonville and said he had been waiting for an opportunity to try out his boogie-bouncer, he said Skydive Palatka didnt disappoint. Along istered guests, Englehart set up a tent alongside RVs and a spacious gled and bumped beers around a The boogie brought in skydivers from Georgia, Alabama, Colorado, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Universitys skydiving club and different regions of Florida, but it Skydive Palatka owner Art Shaffer said boogies are a great way to bring the skydiving community together, but introducing people to tandem jumping is a rewarding perk too. He estimated about one in 20 people will come after jumping at Palatka. He said the thrill hasnt worn off in the 29 years hes been in the sport. As soon as the parachute opened, I knew I would be doing this for a long time, he said about Shanna Ferris, one of Shaffers tandem students and a UF art senior, said she was planning to visit a couple other friends. The event kept her occupied as she waited for the mornings gray clouds to clear. She said she enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere, and the staff made her feel comfortable before club, snacked on sandwiches and doughnuts and had an experience she would be eager to try again. Im a convert now, the 21year-old said.UF skydivers jump, fall to ground with inflatable gatorThe club hosts a boogie every year IT INVOLVES A TEAM OF ABOUT 50 PEOPLE. TEODORA YORDANOVAAlligator Contributing WriterNow in its seventh season, Gainesville Fashion Week has grown each year in participation and social media presence. About 550 people attended the art, music and fashion showcase on Friday and Saturday evening at the University Air Centers Mustang Hangar. launched in 2009, the event has expanded, having gained nearly 5,300 likes on Facebook, about 900 followers on Twitter and roughly 800 followers on Instagram. Social media director Niko Pifferetti said the team primarily relies on outlets like those for increasing word-of-mouth publicity in addition to its local networking events. GFW has always been good at having innovative marketing techniques, he said. Pifferetti, a 24-year-old UF public relations and English senior, said the event has cultivated a meaningful and growing online presence through the multiple platforms it uses to reach its audience. Were very well integrated, he said. We have a team of seven social media interns, and theres pretty much one on every platform at any given time making sure that we have consistent stream of content. The management team has grown as well, Pifferetti said. event. Now, the team has expanded to almost 50 directors and interns. Although the event was held at the same location last year, venues from previous years were limited to smaller locations in downtown Gainesville. Turnout has been increasing every year, Pifferetti said. This venue really feels much more like a gallery, and I feel like you can approach the art and appreciate it. Director-at-large Ching-Ya Ni said although turnover and sponsorship levels may vary each season, the fashion week has been improving every year. Every year I want to bring something new to the table, Ni said. I feel like this is our best venue here because were able to create a really spacious and classy ambiance where its beyond going to another nightclub in downtown. Over the years, the event has come to establish itself as a platform that showcases artistic talent and serves as an accessible resource for local artists, she said. In the four years Ni has been a part of the GFW team, she said the growth of the event has inspired her to continue pursuing her own passions in fashion and art. Ive gone through a lot with Gainesville Fashion Week, and ond home, Ni said.Gainesville Fashion Week sees growth, social media highSTATE THE ASSOCIATED PRESSMIAMI Engineers say initial success on a tiny urban section of the massive Everglades restoration plan could provide important lessons for the larger project. The Miami Herald reported Sunday a mini project at the Miami Deering Estate shows what could happen if the more than $10.5 billion Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan is ever fully funded. The 2-year-old project is a drop in the bucket, part of the larger Biscayne Bay wetland restoration. It falls within the broader restoration plan. Its cost is about $4 million. Engineer Jorge Jaramillo said the pace of change is impressive and shows what could be accomplished on a broader scale. In recent months, lowland sedges, sawgrass and other native plants have returned. Springs are bubbling. The trick has been pumping enough water through with submerged electrical pumps. The Everglades restoration plan is an attempt to rebuild Floridas diverse, natural ecosystem, roamed. But the Everglades also serve a practical purpose, too. The so-called River of Grass acts as a natural wacans. Environmentalists are happy with the mini projects progress so far. But they are also frustrated the restoration is They want to see fast-tracked bundled projects completed. Both chambers of Congress approved bills to help pay for restoration in Central Florida, but they have yet to reconcile the proposals.Engineers take small but promising step in restoring Everglades

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MELISSA MIHMAlligator Contributing WriterA well-known street drug is now being considered for the potential treatment for depression. Ketamine, also known as Special K, is being studied by medical professionals who are discovering some of the drugs possibilities, according to a study in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. Although researchers havent found ketamine can one day be used to help those with mood disorders. A news release about the study cites ketamines rapid antidepressant effect on some patients. Ketamine is used as an anesthetic in both veterinary and human medicine, said Richard Holbert, assistant professor of psychiatry and co-director of the Brain Stimulation Center at UF Health Shands Hospital. People with depression typically have an overactive brain receptor a molecular device for controlling cognitive and memory function and ketamine can act as an antagonist to that. In theory, ketamine can be used to slow down the receptor the same way it does when it is being used to sedate someone before surgery, Holbert said. Ketamine is also used as a party drug and can cause hallucinations and out-ofbody experiences, he said. Dosage will greatly affect the experience that someone has with the drug. The research team has given more than 400 infusions to 45 patients, according to the news release about the study. There have been a lot of question marks about why people are using an illicit drug to treat depression, Holbert said. The drug doesnt offer promising long-term treatment, but it can help with immediate symptoms such as suicidal thoughts, he said. Erin Rectanus, a 20-year old UF psychology junior, said she isnt opposed to this type of treatment as long as its a last resort for recovery. If all other forms of treatment have been proven unsuccessful then I would be OK with using or recommending this drug even though it is a street drug, she said. However, Holbert said there is always a risk for addiction. When you use anything for a long period of time, theres absolutely a chance you can get addicted, he said. Still, he thinks its a possibility that more research can lead to more positive results. Im hopeful but always skeptical, he said. We still know so little. MONDAY, APRIL 7, 2014 ALLIGATOR, 9Melissa Mihm / Alligator A recent study has examined that ketamine, also known as Special K, can possibly help in the treatment of depression. It has also been shown to have more immediate effects on those with more serious types of depression. RESEARCHStreet drug ketamine could be used to treat depression FIELD PALMERAlligator Contributing WriterThe south shore of Lake Wauburg was crowded with enthusiastic UF students and alumni Saturday for Wakefest, the Gator Wakeboard Clubs biggest fundraiser. During the course of the day, about 500 people lined the docks and waterfront to watch UF students and alumni compete in six divisions. Today is just a huge party at Lake Wauburg, said Jon Kistemaker, the clubs president. Riders had the opportunity to perform about 10 tricks in the two trips each participant was granted around the lake, the 21-year-old UF biology senior said. Competitors were judged based on height, style The fundraiser was a success, Kistemaker said. The club managed to raise more than $2,000 after expenses. That is short of the clubs goal of $3,200, but he said the difference should be made up with upcoming events. About $2,000 of the clubs funding comes from RecSports, said Jon Broska, assistant director of competitive sports at UF. The club predicted it still needed to raise $3,200 if it wished to continue operating. However, Broska said that the money available by Summer. We didnt want to wait until Summer to tell the wakeboard club, he said. Broska said he wanted to dispel any notion that the club was facing dissolution. Sorry, you cant be a club anymore that was not a conversation with the wakeboard club at all, he said.UF wakeboarding club hosts competition to raise funds IT CUT THE UTILITY BILL BY 40 PERCENT. AMY LUNAKAlligator Contributing WriterA UF-developed system installed in Pugh Hall last year has proved to be a breath of fresh air for sustainability on campus. Recent data shows that the air conditioning regulation system, activated in April 2013, cut the buildings utility bill by 40 percent. Prabir Barooah, a UF associate mechanical and aerospace engineering professor, worked with a research team for four years to develop the system. Barooah said they developed wireless sensors that measure temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide concentration and room occupancy and transmit that data to a computer server. The software looks at, in real time, whats happening in the room, and based on whether the room is occupied or not, based on whether its too hot, based on all that information, it decides what cooling in the room, Barooah said. He said the team is now working with the Physical Plant Division to install the system in two more buildings on campus. Barooah said the system could be especially useful in older buildings. There are all these existing buildings that are them, and thatll save energy, he said. He said sensors cost about $200 each. A building like Pugh Hall would need about 70 sensors. Jonathan Brooks, a UF mechanical engineering Ph.D. student who worked on the team, said 75 percent of all energy use comes from buildings. The entire industry is kind of in its infancy, said. of Sustainability, said sensors could be valuable in reducing utility costs and greenhouse gas emissions on campus. That project in particular is really interesting because it shows how we could be using the expertise here on campus to solve campus needs, he said.Pugh Halls UF-designed air control system cuts emissionsSTATE THE ASSOCIATED PRESSTAMPA The humble blueberry is enjoying a bonanza in Florida. In the last decade, the area harvested with blueberries in Florida has tripled, the Tampa Bay Times reported Saturday. This years crop is expected to reach about 25 million pounds. Thats small-time compared with the top producer, Chile, which exports about 174 million pounds, mostly to the U.S. But its not that far off the U.S. blueberry leader, Michigan, which produced about 87 million pounds in 2012. Farmers say experts at the UFs Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are behind the growth. Their Plant Innovation Program developed about 98 percent of the southern highbush berries now grown in the state. Grower Alto Straughn said the UF version of the fruit are better, bigger, tastier and with a better yield. Theres something else about blueberries that makes growers happy. Machine-picking them is easier than crops like strawberries, a reform is at a standstill, and farmharvesters in the U.S. Blueberries generated nearly $70 million in cash receipts in 2011, up from $39 million in 2007. Fresh blueberries can be found in grocery stores all yearlong these days, but Florida is grabbing the market share from around March to June, coming in at the end of the South American harvest but before things warm up enough along the west. Farmers say they hope to expand their season even more in the coming years.Florida blueberry bushes and business blooming It raised more than $2,000

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MONDAY, APRIL 7, 2014 WWW.ALLIGATORSPORTS.ORG Golf team to begin tournamentThe UF mens golf team begins play at the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship today in West Point, Miss. Read the story online at alligatorSports.org. Arman Hall had a breakout performance at the Florida Relays. Read the story online at alligatorSports.org. JONATHAN CZUPRYNAlligator Staff Writer@jczuprynARLINGTON, Texas Scottie Wilbekin had every reason to perform well Saturday against UConn. The senior point guard was competing in a familiar foe and as the proverbial cherry on top celebrating his 21st birthday on the most important day of basketball in his life. So when Wilbekin had arguably his worst game of the season Saturday night, Gators fans were left scratching their heads all the way back to Gainesville. Coach Billy Donovan said the reason why his teams MVP was limited to just four points on 2-of-9 shooting was because he could not penetrate the Huskies defense in the paint. Because Wilbekin could not drive to the basket as he had all season, he not only couldnt be a factor scoring-wise for the Gators, but he also could not dish the ball back out to the perimeter to give his teammates open looks. The 6-foot-2 Gainesville native had just one assist compared to three turnovers. The difference in the game was Scottie Wilbekin couldnt live in the lane like he had all year long for us, Donovan said. Every time we needed a big shot or a big play, whether against Arkansas or UCLA, he was in the lane. Only one of Wilbekins two baskets came in the paint, and neither came in the ed a spark to overcome UConns 12-point advantage, which was the Gators largest Although he said cramps bothered him at the start of the second half, Wilbekin said once he exited the game and iced his legs, the cramps went away and were no longer an issue. However, UConn guards Ryan Boatwright and Shabazz Napier were problems the bench. After allowing Wilbekin to score Napier buckled down defensively, holding the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year to a 0-of-7 shooting performance including 0 of 3 from three-point range. He had a really, really hard time getting in the lane around Boatright, Donovan said. He had a hard time getting around Napier, which inevitably made our offense AP Photo Saturday in Arlington, Texas. Wilbekin scored four points while recording one assist to three turnovers against the Huskies. Wilbekin struggles in Final Four matchup against Connecticut ARLINGTON, Texas Now that the Gators season is of30-game winning streak in perspective. It is the 10th-longest winning streak in college basketball history, the longest of Billy Donovans coaching career and the longest in program history. Most teams struggle to win 30 games in a season, let alone 30 straight. But its more than the number 30 itself that makes this streak so special. It goes much deeper than that. 53 defeat to 7-seed UConn in the NCAA Tournament expressed that sentiment. The 18-year GYMNASTICS ERICA A. HERNANDEZ Alligator Writer @EricaAlyssa far. Despite falls from top competitors Mackenzie Caquatto, Bridget Sloan and Kytra sity Park Regional title to advance to the NCAA Championship. When Bridget and Mackenzie fell it is so uncharacteristic for both of them, coach time Macko has fallen in two years. And Bridget is a 9.95 almost every time she gets up there. Both Sloan and Caquatto suffered falls on beam. Sloan ended up with a 9.225 and Caquatto a 9.300, resulting in a 48.575 team score on beam that claimed the bottom spot I would say our competition was off, of. The Gators then had some down time with about a 20-minute bye before they second lowest event score of the night. posted a meet-best 49.550 to cap off its time in University Park, Penn. We rebounded really well on vault and UF makes nationals despite fallsSEE WILBEKIN, PAGE 15 SEE GYM, PAGE 15 SEE COLUMN, PAGE 15LANDON PUNCHES Landon Watnicktwitter: @landonwatnick TweetableWell time to say goodbye to the beard. Patric Young (@BigPatYoung4) UF senior center

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JONATHAN CZUPRYNAlligator Staff Writer@jczuprynI love being in school right now. I like getting my education. Im learning more from coach (Billy Donovan) and hes got a lot to offer me. Hes going to help develop me so when I go to the NBA, Ill already be ready and teams wont have to worry about developing me anymore. Patric Young made that statement on March 11, 2011. A year later, he made the same decision. A year after that, the message still didnt change. But Young did. He grew from the bench player who averaged just 3.4 points and 3.8 rebounds per game to the face of the eraging 11 points and 6.2 boards. He grew from being the mentee of Vernon Macklin to becoming a mentor himself by passing down his knowledge of the game onto freshman-phenom Chris Walker. Most importantly to Donovan, Young grew enough during his four years at Florida to recognize his own identity both on and off the court. With his unique physique and intense work ethic, the Jacksonville in the NBA draft after his freshman campaign. But after struggling during his next two years to separate himself from the pack of other future-NBA frontcourt players like Anthony Davis and Nerlens Noel, Young decided to stay in Gainesville tially reach the Final Four, which he And despite falling short of the national championship the ultimate pinnacle of success Florida did not lose to UConn for lack of effort from Young. The senior center recorded a seasonand team-high 19 points on rebounds. But much of Youngs impact was seen beyond the statsheet. As he has done all season, Young battled for loose balls, hustled for all of his 32 minutes of action and never lost hope. I think I was just trying to get the guys just to stay in the moment and just keep pushing on from the past because we have been a team thats come from behind a lot, especially late in the season, Young said. I thought that if we just picked it up a little bit more, just forgot about how we were shooting and just locked in and focused, we could have it come again. Even in the midst of the Huskies 11-of-12 shooting performance down the stretch that sealed their victory over the Gators, Young put all his energy into a dunk with 4:09 left in the game that kept the basket shaking for about 10 seconds. The 160-foot video board at UConns Niels Giffey when Young his slam-dunk. Most of the recordbreaking crowd of 79,444 didnt have a chance to react to the play. And neither did Young, who simply ran back to other side of the court to prepare on defense. focus. life, I was a part of a group of guys that were really willing to bleed for one another, Young said. Guys that were really willing to just do whatever it took to go outside of themselves, to commit to the greater goal. As Young sat next to two of his three senior teammates during the postgame press conference, his last words to the public while still wearing his No. 4 jersey werent about himself or his upcoming journey to the NBA. Instead like the past four years Young was focused on nothing but the Florida Gators. One thing I can take from this team is just when you can truly love a group of guys or people like this, you bring out the best out of them and you bring out the best out of yourself, Young said. 14, ALLIGATOR MONDAY, APRIL 7, 2014AP PhotoPatric Young (4) goes after a loose ball during the second half of during Floridas 63-53 loss to Connecticut in the NCAA Final Four tournament on Saturday in Arlington, Texas. The senior center scored a team-high 19 points in the Gators loss to the Huskies. Young considered entering the NBA draft after his freshman year, but decided to stay at UF to learn from coach Billy Donovan. ADAM PINCUSAlligator Staff Writer@adamDpincusBobby Poyner, usually reliable, found himself in the middle of Kentuckys ofin Lexington, Ky. The junior left-hander, UFs third pitcher on Poyner gave up a three-run home run to Max Kuhn before hitting A.J. Reed for derson then replaced Poyner, surrendering a triple and a single as part of the seven-run inning that had become the theme of the weekend for both teams. off a Kentucky rally after jumping out to a nine-run lead before winning 11-10. fall short. Its a tough stretch of the season, but in the eighth. Its disappointing with our pitching this weekend. We didnt quite stay away from the big inning, Gators theme of the weekend. We couldnt stay away from the big inning. ball over the middle that Reed hit into left center for his third home run of the weekend. The solo shot tied the game at two after UF scored two runs in the top half on a Richie Martin double. A throwing error by Kentucky shortstop Matt Reida ruined a double-play chance and extended the inning. He booted a ground ball in the sixth that wouldve been the second out of the inning. Continue reading this story online at alligatorSports.org. SOFTBALL JORDAN MCPHERSONAlligator Writer@J_McPherson1126 knew it needed a strong outing to clinch its And behind an eightinning shutout by senior Hannah Rogers, the No. 6 ern Conference) notched a 1-0 win over the No. 19 dium. Im excited, junior Lauren Haeger said. We havent swept all season. Its been a while since we won a series, so its always nice to win. With the game scoreless in the bottom of the eighth, Florida came to bat with the top then scored Merritt with a go-ahead single If (Merritt) doesnt get on base, I dont hard ball up the middle and hustled to second to make that a double. ... I just wanted to get a base hit; I cant get too picky. (16-6) limited Auburn to just four hits while retiring 14 straight batters to end the game. The biggest thing that I really looked forward to was Hannah Rogers throwing a shutout, coach Tim Walton said. Not only a regular shutout, but going the extra inning While Rogers only struck out three of the 26 batters she faced, stout defense provided the senior right-hander some insurance. Junior shortstop Katie Medina, who started all three games of the series after not being in the starting lineup for 15 straight games, was part of two double plays in the outs and the bases loaded in the third frame, Medina grabbed a groundball from Auburn to catcher Aubree Munro who tagged left Florida out of a bind. of Medina. Obviously she hasnt been playing as much, but when she does play, she works hard.Rogers shuts out Auburn UF Baseball Rogers

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I would say this, theres not many guards that we have played against that have kept Scottie Wilbekin out of the lane. These guys kept him out of the lane. The Huskies not only kept the pressure on Wilbekin the entire game, but they also forced the rest of the Gators to make errant shots and passes as well. Floridas three assists were not just a season low. It was also the fewest in a Final Four game since assists became an ofAnd two of its three assists came on the Thats crazy, Wilbekin said. Thats not usually what we do. All credit goes to them and their guards and the way they were denying and putting pressure on us. We werent taking care of the ball. Despite Wilbekins poor performance in his last collegiate contest, Donovan doesnt want Saturdays game to be a defour years at Florida, Wilbekin has battled through off-the-court issues to help his team reach the Elite Eight four seasons in a Final Four appearance Saturday night. We would not be in this situation if it was not for Scottie Wilbekin, Donovan said during the post-game press conference. You just never want to see a guy in his senior year do all things that hes done, you just wish he could have played and performed a little bit better for us. But if it wasnt for him, I wouldnt be sitting up here right now. Florida coach, who masterfully transformed a Gators team riddled by injuries and suspensions at the beginning of the year into a Final Four squad by late March, delivered a telling answer to a reporters question. Every coach sits up here and is so proud of my guys, Im so proud of my guys, Donovan said. Me being proud of them is from a totally different perspective, because for me personally, I saw how dysfunctional we were in September. Didnt even know what we would look like. The Gators looked like an unconstructed jigsaw puzzle in of the regular season. Senior point guard Scottie Wilbekin remained suspended after months in Donovans doghouse, and it was a giant question mark whether he would play this season. Many thought Wilbekin might transfer, and the Gainesville native contemVersatile forward Dorian Finney-Smith and center Damontre Harris also served suspensions for violating team rules. Donovan dismissed Harris from UF in December, but the South Carolina transfer would soon rejoin the team during practices. Regardless, it left UF down a big man. Before the start of the regular season, Michael Frazier II battled mononucleosis, and percent coming off arthroscopic debridement on his right knee in May. Rutgers transfer Eli Carter (broken leg) and Dillon Graham (bone spurs in hips) had their seasons shut down. Freshman point guard Kasey Hill suffered a high-ankle sprain not even two weeks into the regular season and missed four games. Wilbekin pension on Nov. 25 only to suffer a sprained ankle a week later against the Huskies. Every day, it was a new setback. Donovans group could not catch a break. Due to its shifting parts, Florida lacked sound defense to kick off the year. After UF Florida of all teams in its season ripped his shorthanded unit. We are light years away from even being remotely a good defensive team and light years away from even being a ranked team, he said after the game with a crisp tone. But after the UConn loss, things began working in the Gators favor. Wilbekin was back in the mix. Hill returned a backup for Wilbekin. Senior forward Casey Prather continued to build on his breakout year. Patric Young began to harness his physical attributes as UFs starting center. In February, a once academically ineligible Chris Walker handed by the NCAA for refrom agents. The freshman forward soon found his role, providing athleticism and another body for UF off the bench. The Gators were clicking. Over a few months, a team of just parts gradually became a well-oiled machine. During its historic streak, Florida grinded out quality wins against Kansas, Memphis, Kentucky and Tennessee the latter two three times each. Donovans group cut down the nets on three separate occaTheres no way the Gators would have achieved these milestones if it werent for how well they overcame adversity a popular but relevant clich. Everyones just grown so much, Young said. You just have to look and that and remember that. Anyone who looks at a remight not realize that, but a simple number cannot measure for Florida. ALLIGATOREmily Cochrane / Alligator StaffSenior Alaina Johnson performs on the uneven bars during UFs 198.125-197.625 win against LSU on Feb. 21. Jordan McPherson / Alligator StaffFloridas starters huddle prior to the start of Floridas win over Dayton on March 29 in FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn. for, Faehn said. I thought we had a few uncharacteristic mistakes on different routines from different peoPenn State claimed the second the second lowest the team has posted all year. Todays performance was a little uncharacteristic, but at the same time these competitions are what make us stronger, are what make us think and work harder in the gym, Sloan said in a postgame press conference. Obviously we didnt want to happen quite like this, but in the end you have to look back on it and take it and learn from it. A fall from Hunter on bars took her out of the all-around competition. Sloans beam fall had the same effect on her allJohnson to claim her second allaround win of the year with a For a meet that Faehn called Floridas roughest competition yet, the Gators managed to win each event on top of UFs third consecutive regional title. the top spot on bars. Johnsons win with three other gymnasts, routine of all three years, Hunter said, and so I think with me loving the routine and being able to sell the dance and the tumbling helped me get a good score. Florida will now prepare to tional championship in BirmingThe athletes are resilient, Faehn said. Theyll be anxious to get back in the gym. GYM, from page 13Uncertainty plagued Gators at seasons start COLUMN, from page 13 WILBEKIN, from page 13UF held to lowest assist total of season against UConn We rebounded really well on vault and that was Rhonda FaehnUF Coach

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back tears, battling to keep his composure and answer each question. Michael Frazier II, who was contained to just one three-pointer for the Gators only make from downtown all night, looked dejected as a hoard of reporters held recorders to his face. Other Florida players sat away from reporters, staring at the ground with towels hanging over their heads, thinking about what could have been. I really wanted our guys to get like, This is going to be the rest of our lives, said senior center team-high 19 points. Lets just go out there and leave it all out on the court. Whatever happens, lets just best that we can be. But I just feel like we were a step too slow [Saturday]. I just didnt see it in our guys eyes today. I was just trying so hard to get us connected from that standpoint, but it just wasnt there. After relinquishing a 12-point could not bounce back. They had a season-low 22 points at halftime and saw Shabazz Napier, DeAndre Daniels and the Huskies exploit their defense for a 10-point advantage about seven minutes into the second half. We knew they were going to come back and make a run, Prather said. Theyre a good team. Thats what good teams do. Young took over down the 43-40 with 8:03 left. The senior cenpoints. But he could not do it all alone. Excluding Young and Prather, who added 15 points, the Gators against Connecticut. A squad that prides itself on being connected, Florida recorded only three assists against 11 turnovers. Scottie Wilbekin, who entered the game averaging 16.8 points Big Dance, battled cramps Saturday and scored just four points on 2-of9 shooting. On offense, we just couldnt really get anything going, the senior point guard said. They were being really aggressive and we couldnt really get into our offense. We werent moving the ball as well. Despite a bitter and abrupt close to the year, the Gators have not lost perspective of how magical this season was for them. After battling through injuries month of the year, Florida eventually gelled and ran through its Southeastern Conference slate undefeated, clinching both the regular-season and tournament titles. Its senior class of Prather, Wilbekin, Young and Will Yeguete that exited the Elite Eight in three previous Four since it won back-to-back titles in 2006 and 2007 during the glory days of Joakim Noah, Al Horford and Corey Brewer. life, I was a part of a group of guys that were really willing to bleed for one another, Young said, Guys that were really willing to just do whatever it took to go outside of themselves, to commit to the greater goal. Once the pain of losing against the Huskies subsides, the Gators with records and accomplishments one that Donovan can call one of the most successful of his 18-year tenure at UF. Their body of work on the court people will evaluate or judge themselves, Donovan said. But for me personally, where they were as individuals and where they were as a team to where they came from in terms of becoming a team, I mean, it was one of the most special experiences Ive had being around a group of guys away from the court maybe since Ive been in coaching. 16, ALLIGATOR MONDAY, APRIL 7, 2014 AP PhotoCasey Prather shoots as Connecticut forward Phillip Nolan (0) and Floridas Patric Young (4) look on Young, Prather scored 34 of Floridas points in Final Four loss BASKETBALL, from page 1