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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 Sexual consent? Theres an app for that:You and your partner can say yes with Good2Go. pg 8. Tinder: Helpful when used correctly:Read Robyn Smiths weekly sex column, pg 7. UF volleyball faces LSU in SEC matchup Both teams have talented middle blockers, pg. 15.Christen Westphal and the Florida soccer team head to College Station, Texas, to face Texas A&M. Read the story on Page 16. 88 /70 FORECAST 2 OPINIONS 6 CLASSIFIEDS 10 CROSSWORD 13 SPORTS 14 THEY HELD A PUBLIC FORUM ON THE CHANGES. ARIANA FIGUEROAAlligator Staff WriterElizabeth Fechtel sat down with friends in the UF Levin College of of innovation. When I think of innovation, I think of things that are bright, new and unheard of before, said the UF political science junior. Fechtel, 20, and about 50 other UF students gave feedback on the $10 million renovations coming to Newell Hall at a public forum hosted by Student Government on Thursday. The vacant building will be renovated into a learning space with an emphasis on group study. Aileen Strickland, a designer for the project, divided students into groups of seven and had each of ibility and accessibility. Designers hope to make Newell Hall innovative with equal access to technology, including computers and TVs with video conferencing tables and walls conducive to group fortable chairs and large tables. The most important part in the design process is you have to have erything, Strickland said. from 2011 revealed that students considered more study space as the The goal is to create innovative and unique learning space that does said UF Student Body President Cory Yeffet.VOLUME 109 ISSUE 29 WWW.ALLIGATOR.ORG FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2014Kan Li / Alligator StaffUF statistics sophomore Sarah Lotspeich, 19, leads a participatory design session for a group of UF students on what it means to be innovative for the Newell Hall vision Thursday evening. Newells innovation renovation ASHLEIGH HICKSAlligator Contributing WriterThe UF Student Health Care Center will host its third annual Free Flu Shots outreach event today. The event will take place on the front lawn of the SHCC building from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students will need to bring their Gator 1 Card to get vaccinated. students will receive free er giveaways. cinate as many students as ing break. Today, the center hopes to distribute about 1,500 vaccinations. Catherine A. Seemann, communications coordinator for the SHCC, said after the event, students can still walk in and get vaccinated. rather than just making an announcement that you can mann said. The Centers for Disease vaccine annually. UF sport management senior T.J. Endebrock, 21, said his mother and doctor every year. The one year I didnt get a shot, I got sick, Endebrock said. I just want to stay as healthy as possible each year and prevent any illness I can. mental health director for the Alachua County Health Department, said that the Fall season is when typically starts spreading.UF Student Health Care Center to start shots this morningLOCAL PATRICK PINAK Alligator Staff Writer The identity of the infected individual and the location of mental health director for the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County. Gainesville because winter is approaching but still warned residents to take precautions. ness, Dennis said. It only takes a little bit of water to breed 100 mosquitoes, Dennis said. Roberto Pereira, an associate research scientist with the UF entomology and nematology department, said people should dows and avoid going outside at peak times dusk and dawn. One can minimize the chances of getting the virus if they follow these steps, Pereira said. ness, joint pain and fatigue, Dennis said. These could last two to 14 days after the initial bite. With West Nile, you could get it and not even know it, Dennis said.First case of West Nile Virus this year reported in Alachua County Anthony DennisSEE FLU, PAGE 4 Catherine A. Seemann


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 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2014 TODAYFORECASTTUESDAY MONDAY SUNDAY SATURDAY THUNDERSTORM 81/66 SUNNY 81/63 SUNNY 75/52 PARTLY CLOUDY 81/50 THUNDERSTORMS 88/70 VOLUME 109 ISSUE 29 Got something going on? Want to see it in this space? Send an email with Whats Happening in the subject line to To ensure publication in the next days newspaper, please submit the event before 4 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.NEWS BRIEFPolice: Worker hid $1,200 worth of meat in pants CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. A New York supermarket employee has been accused of leaving the store with $1,200 worth of meat hidden in his pants. According to state police, Gregory Rodriguez, of Ossining, is charged with fourth-degree grand larceny. Rodriguez works at the A&P in Croton-on-Hudson. Police were called Monday about the theft. Rodriguez was arrested Tuesday. A state police spokeswoman, Trooper Melissa McMorris, said the theft occurred in one day. She did not know if it involved more than one trip. Rodriguez was arraigned Tuesday night in Cortlandt and sent to the Westchester County Jail. The court clerk says no lawyer was present and no plea was entered.WHATS HAPPENING?Student Healths Flu Shot Kickoff and Tank Top Giveaway Get the shot, not the flu. Drop by the Student Health Care Center today between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. for a free flu shot, free SHOTS tank tops and much more. Tank tops will be available to the first 1,000 UF students vaccinated. For more information, visit shcc. #ChompTheFlu GatorNights For one night only, UFs bond between orange and blue is broken for a competition of epic proportions. Choose your side and compete in athletics such as capture the flag, inflatable boxing and the basketball bungee. Test your skills, and showcase your talent in trivia, dance and voice competitions. Battle to the end in giant Jenga, Twister and giant Chutes and Ladders. What will fate have in store for our competitors? Youll have to find out today from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. in the Reitz Union. Its always Friday, always free with your Gator 1 Card. ButterflyFest Explore the lives of bats, bees, birds and butterflies at ButterflyFest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Florida Museum of Natural History while celebrating wings, wildlife and biodiversity. Enjoy one of the museums largest plant sales of the year, the Butterfly Plant Sale, with more than 150 species available Friday through Sunday. Experience butterfly releases, and come dressed in your favorite pollinator attire for the Pollinator Parade. Food and merchandise vendors will be at the event. Visit flmnh.ufl. edu/butterflyfest for more information. Weekend Warrior: Fundamental of Strength Training Join RecSports at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Southwest Recreation Center cardio functional area to learn about the basics of strength training. You will learn practical and challenging exercises that will enhance your workouts. Effective strength training increases your fitness levels and abilities, whether you want to jump higher, improve your balance, or perform more pushups and pullups. Its free for UF students, and no registration is required. For more information, visit the UF RecSports Facebook page. TECHO Day Join UF TECHO on Sunday on Plaza of the Americas from noon to 4 p.m., and enjoy the day with chips and salsa from Chuys while painting birdhouses. After youre done, we will hang the houses in the trees for the birds and everyone to enjoy. If youre interested in finding out what UF TECHO is all about, we will also be providing information at the event. Your Winter Yard and Garden Seminar Keep Alachua County Beautiful will host a seminar on Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. until noon at the Gainesville Garden Club, 1350 NW 75th St. Topics include invasive plants, fruit trees and winter vegetables. Speakers will be Marc S. Frank of the Florida Department of Agriculture Consumer Services Division of Plant Industry and Wendy Wilber of the UF IFAS Alachua County Extension Service. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Visit, or call 352-3719444 for more information. Moth Madness in the Butterfly Rainforest Visit the Butterfly Rainforest exhibit at the Florida Museum of Natural History for Moth Madness through Nov. 14 to discover a variety of moth species and observe their exceptional characteristics. Daily butterfly releases are held at 2 p.m., with additional weekend releases at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., weather permitting. UF students with a valid Gator 1 Card receive free admission year-round. Sexual Violence Bystander Intervention Training Sign up now for 90 minutes on how to do your part to change the culture. Learn how to recognize seemingly innocuous acts that allow sexual assault. Practice skills to prevent assaults before they occur, intervene in high-risk situations and support survivors. Register at gatorwell. Classes are on campus, Sundays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Have an event planned? Add it to the Alligators online


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2014 ALLIGATOR, 3 Maria Valencia / Alligator Staff Its a Wrap in their geles at the week-long Culture Explosion event at the Institute of Black Culture on Wednesday. KELSEY JORDANAlligator Contributing Writer Downtown record store to move shop, expanding in two weeks to Main St.S T A TE THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Man found guilty in Miami Heat fraud We just didnt really know how much of a demand there was, so we decided to start small and expand if we needed to.Daniel HalalArrows Aim Records owner


4, ALLIGATOR FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2014Destiny Johnson / AlligatorSouthwest Scrimmage ERIN FORDAlligator Contributing WriterThe UF community continued to unload its groceries from reusable bags as California announced a plastic bag ban. handing out free plastic shopping bags, California will put the ban into effect beginning in July 2015. Although the act has not been brought into Florida law, student consumers are already beginning to replace plastic bags with reusable ones. from its 45 Aramark-managed locations on campus, according to the Association for the AdHigher Education. cations and Pollo Tropical all use paper bags instead of plastic bags. are well under way to increase student and faculty green long been reducing their plastic waste and substituting it with reusable bags that are ecofriendly. Raquel Ruiz, a UF industrial and systems engineering senior, said stores should begin their own reusable bags. reusable bags because they are enough so I only make one trip from my car to my house, and some of the bags are just really cute, Ruiz, 21, said. According to the Florida tal Protection, no local or state regulation or tax on the use of retail bags until the Legislature adopts recommendations from the department. ity is urging students to take further by using secondhand or repurposed bags from thrift stores or yard sales instead of purchasing them new. Allison Vitt, outreach and communications coordinator wrote in an email that UF has plastic bags from entering the Most reusable totes are hold more items than typical grocery store plastic bags, Vitt said. Vitt encourages students and faculty to continue on the path of sustainability beyond banning plastic bags. Calif. bans plastic bags, UF moving in the same directionCRIME MELISSA MIHMAlligator Staff in an arrest, a gunshot and a broken TV early Thursday. Robinson, 23, and his cousin started into the wall out of anger. The bullet ripped through the wall and into the adjoining apartment, where it struck and shattered a TV, causing about $200 in damage. The neighbor was home during the incident. Following the gunshot, police said Robinson kicked in the door to his cousins room with a pistol in hand. His cousin jumped off of his balcony and ran away. ports of someone being shot, the apartment was empty. The man, his cousin and their guests were both ing the complex, a report said. of blood, a bullet hole and an empty gun holster when they searched the apartment. The pistol and the bullet, which was lodged in the TV, were Robinson admitted to hitting his Robinson was arrested on a deadly weapon without intent to kill, simple domestic battery, shooting into an occupied dwelling and criminal mischief. ALYSSA FISHERAlligator Staff WriterThe newest name to know in the UF ColCimiotti has been named the College of and co-director of UFs Florida Blue Center Quality Outcomes. ing. public relations director, said Cimiottis backthe position. Her research just falls in line with what said. The Florida Blue Center will create programs to address the lack of affordable health areas, she said. Because of Floridas geographic and ethnic disparities and older population, Cimiotti said there are a lot of people in need. Center has an obligation to do research that will help address the health care issues of people in Florida. Cimiotti is working with co-director Arch Chip Mainous of UFs College of Public Health and Health Professions to structure the center, including adding a quarterly lecture series that focuses on health care issues. public health are excited for the center to be the leader in this research. that they can do that and really get this center to where its making an impact with its research. Rutgers University professor joins UF College of NursingAlachua County will also have nasal vaccine starting Oct. 14This is the time of year where we start to see an inThe Alachua County Health Department will partner 28 and 30. came a pandemic in 2009. around you. FLU, from page 1 R obinson


THE RECRUITER HASNT BEEN CHOSEN YET. ARIANA FIGUEROAAlligator Staff Writer ALLIGATORKan Li / Alligator StaffSo You Think You Can Dance?From left, UF computer engineering sophomore Yoshiya Kushibiki, 19, and biomedical engineering senior Chris Montoya, 23, of the UF Hip-Hop Collective group, rehearse Thursday in the Welcome Center. MORE THAN 50 STUDENTS USE THE PLATFORM SO FAR. MAHOGANY BROWN Alligator Contributing Writer UFTeach and STEM TIPS gives resources for faculty, students LOCAL LESLEY WRIGHTAlligator Contributing Writer Halloween adoptions at animal shelterSTATE THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Peace Corps recruiter to return to UF International Center Dory RosatiLovingood


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, 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. 42 TOTAL VOTES63% YES 37% NOVote or post a message at www.alligator.orgThursdays question: Have you used Grooveshark? Todays question: year? Happy October, yall! Real fall weather is right around the Darts & Laurels what might be the most bizarre ad of the campaign season so even-more-outof-touch-than-we-thought DART to Gov. Rick Scott and the College Republican National Committee. setting-an-example LAUREL to Russell Wilson. most sensationalist and least credible print publications in the put a picture of two men on the newspapers front page and youre-not-even-trying-anymore DART goes to The New York Post. putting-the-media-in-its-place LAUREL to Reza Aslan.Secret Service needs new vision, leadership ing assassination attempts on the president and the tional failure. lia was on her way. ed the shots came from gangsters shooting at each other near the property. fence, ran across the lawn, opened the front door to the hearing. troubling information about the happened to be strolling by the signed to guard the front door, and the surrounding guards were not alerted because the alarm box was muted. cys protocols and operations. presidential residence. to protect its political leaders. ing less. Harold Joseph is a UF political science junior. His columns appear on Fridays. WWW.ALLIGATOR.ORG/OPINIONS Kristan Wiggins EDITOR Bakr Saliq Colleen Wright MANAGING EDITORS Elliot Levy OPINIONS EDITOR Harold


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2014 ALLIGATOR, 7 At the end of the fairy tale, Cinderella lives happily ever after. Why wouldnt Tinderella as well? A column from last week detailed all the things wrong with Tinder, ultimately labeling it a lazy dating app. The authors argument was that Tinder is creepy, pointless and potentially trashy. cial dating and the stereotypical sleazy, college hook-up scene. You might not use Tinder personally, or approve of casual hook ups in general, but those are some unnecessarily harsh words. Honestly, how is picking up partners on Tinder any different from picking up partners at a bar? Sure, you dont physically swipe left or right on someone in public, but theres still a similar inner dialogue: Oh, that persons hot. Shes not my type. I wonder what hed look like naked. Like it or not, a lot of dating is based on appearances you approach them and then see where it leads. No one sits at a bar and points out someone to their friends with the comment, Dang, that girl looks like shes got a great personality. While Id like to think that people swipe me to the right because of my highly entertaining four-sentence Tinder bio, thats probably not the case. Unfortunately, you cant tell much about someones personality until you talk to them, and in the dating world, youre most likely to talk to tractive. As such, you cant criticize Tinder without criticizing dating in general. The only big difference two is that Tinder users are a little more forward. No one has come up to me at a bar, or anywhere in public for that matter, and asked, Sit on my face? Theres nothing wrong with being a little forward, though, especially on a known hookup app. It confuses me as to why some people are scandalized by this aspect of Tinder. Someone asked you to ly designed to facilitate hookups? The shock. The horror. How could anyone have seen this coming? Sure, I got a few hypersexual messages. Someone asked me, Chipotle and f**k? Another simply sent Dtf? Admittedly, these are probably things I wouldnt be asked versation in a real-life dating scenario. But the majority of my conversations on Tinder were normal. We talked about classes, where we were going out that night and what we like to do in our free time. Most of the time, it wasnt creepy, and it wasnt sleazy. In many ways, it was actually a lot less creepy than meeting someone in person. Theres no unmatch button in real life. If someone gets too forward with me, I either have to suck it up or leave the venue. Tinder gives you full control. You pick who you swipe right on. You pick who you talk to. You pick who you meet up with, or even if you meet up at all. The author of last weeks column said Tinder will not satisfy any user looking for quality dates or relationships. But I dont think thats what a majority of Tinder users are looking for. Without sharing too much, Ive met up with exactly one person from Tinder, and it wasnt because I was interested in dating them. My experience with Tinder ended up being really positive, though. I had a good time, and I got exactly what I wanted out of it. It was fun. It was easier and just as fun as meeting someone in person. If youre one of those people who has not looking to hook up or Im just on here to talk to new people in your about me section, then yeah, youre probably not going to get the most out of Tinder. But if you use it for its intended purpose, Tinder can be a helpful app. And if you yourself are a ing your Prince Charming even if its just for a night. Robyn Smith is a UF journalism junior. Her columns appear on Fridays.Tinder: Helpful when used correctlyColumn Robyn Humans are wired to cling tenaciously to their beliefs. Regardless of how delusional they may be, these beliefs tend to automatically make humans disIn areas like politics and religion, this tendency is especially true. As a skeptic of organized religion, and as someone who falls closer to the atheism end of the belief spectrum, understanding the norance hindered my ability to truly explore the religious perspectives of others. My ignorance stemmed largely from the common problem all ignorant people have: a total lack of knowledge of the history, scripture and culture of a religion. This realization took an enormous toll on my self-perception. Up to this point, I had prided myself on just how open-minded and unbiased I thought I was. If anything, I was being more unfair and biased than even the most religious zealot: I was not dence but also unaware of what the evidence was. In a genuine endeavor to dispel my ignorance, I decided to make a change and educate myself. An idea I had was to interact and initiate meaningful conversation with those who fall outside my beliefs. This idea in practice, however, was always stymied the moment I outed myself as an atheist, and I frequently experienced what I can only label as a stigma against atheists. What started as a constructive and insightful conversation on topics such as God, belief, spirituality or faith, quickly turned tense, austere and sometimes hostile once I uttered the word atheist. After my irreligiosity was made known, most of those I talked to declined to continue our conversation, accused me of solely being interested in attacking their God and beliefs and treated me like I was about to drag them down to intellectual hell with me. Others brashly laughed at my personal beliefs and blatantly accused me of acting too smart or too good for God, something I would later deeply regret, according to them. Yet for me, the most poignant response was the tsk-tsk and the true pang of sorrow in someones voice when they would tell me, You must be so unhappy without God. The stigma about atheists shouldnt come as a surprise to me. According to a Pew Research Center study, How Americans Feel About Religious Groups, on a scale of one to 100 with one being the most negative atheists were ranked at 41. Jews, Catholics and Evangelical Christians ranked at the top. Additionally, atheists were consistently ranked at the bottom and were overall perceived much more negatively by other religious groups in this survey. Surprisingly, while 59 percent of those polled said they knew someone who was atheist, only how real the stigma is. It seems that on a personal level, such as casual conversations with friends and family, people are comfortable identifying as atheists. However, it seems clear that atheists resist identifying themselves on a quantitative and large-scale level. Somewhere between the micro and macro presence of atheism, this overwhelming stigma shrouds atheists and prevents accurate representation, in turn, fueling the stigma. It is impossible to create and sustain meaningful religious coexistence and intellectual freedom when only popular interests in this case, the interests of the most dominant beliefs are represented in society. Something incredible happens to us when we allow our psyche to soften. We become permeable to anothers experience in the world. This allows people to create a space where differences are explored and questioned. More importantly, stigmas can be thoroughly absolved and corrected in this space, which creates a profound understanding of the universe and our place in it. Alee Holbrook is a student at the University of Utah. A version of this column originally appeared on UWire.Keeping an open mind can end the stigma surrounding atheismUWireAlee HolbrookUWire


8, ALLIGATOR FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2014 Good food, good life. Good food, good life. be smart. eat local. Kan Li / Alligator Staff Times UpFrom left, UF students Sam Dumbauld, 18; Danielle Kleinberg, 19; Hope Basile, 18; and Allie Band, 17, THE ASSOCIATED PRESSNEWARK, N.J. The married stars of The Real Housewives of New Jersey are trading the drama of reality TV for prison. Teresa Giudice was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court to 15 months in prison on conspiracy and bankruptcy fraud charges while her husband, Giuseppe Joe Giudice, was sentenced to 41 months by a judge who castigated them for failing to disclose all their assets yet gave both a measure of leniency. In a nod to the couples four young daughters, Judge Esther Salas staggered the sentences so that Teresa will serve her to report to prison in January. Teresa Giudice, 42, cried as she apologized in court before her sentencing. I fully take responsibility for my actions, she said. I need to learn to take responsibility for myself. Joe Giudice, 42, also apologized and said he had disgraced many people. He faces an immigration hearing when he completes his sentence and will likely be deported. His attorney said he came to the U.S. as an infant and didnt know he wasnt an American citizen until he was an adult. A spokeswoman for NBCUniversal, which produces The Real Housewives, declined to comment on the Giudices position with the show.Real Housewives couple gets jail timeSTUDENT APPS NICOLE WIESENTHALAlligator Writernwiesenthal@alligator.orgThe new sexual consent app Good2Go has been gaining popularity at a rapid speed, but UF students and staff are skeptical. The free app allows users to create accounts with a phone number and password. It then sends a text to the persons phone. When the asked whether or not theyre Good2Go for sex. Users are then reminded that yes can be changed to no at any time. Rita Lawrence, the GatorWell interpersonal violence prevention coordinator, said there are many problems with the app, but the main issue is that it replaces spoken communication. She said students should have face-to-face, in the moment, ongoing, respectful, honest, sober communication. People should constantly be acknowledging their partners comfort levels, Lawrence said. She said another problem with the app is that it could potentially be used in court for a sexual assault case. Stacy Scott, public defender for the Eighth Judicial Circuit, including Alachua County, said the app would be like any other technology-related evidence in court. It would be similar to how they treat Facebook posts in court, she said. The court would establish what the person said and get proof, like a phone number, and leave it to the jury to determine whether the evidence is authentic or not. If she changes her mind, the jury can hear that, too, she said. Julissa Nunez, the program assistant for UF materials science and engineering, said she thought the app was a good idea but that no one would use it. If you were good to go, I dont think people in the moment would use it, the 26-year-old said. Though the creator of the app, Lee Ann Allman, compared using the app to putting on a condom on her website, Nunez said she disagreed. Alex Bottone, a UF criminology senior, said he would use the app spite its setbacks. 21, said. Any kind of step in that direction is a good one. Now whether thats to be developed, there are still going to be people who abuse it, who dont use it honestly, but its at least a step, he added. Its a statement, and its a step in the right direction. Rather than using the app, Lawrence suggested students that should look at GatorWells online resources or attend a presentation on consent.Sexual consent? Theres an app for that: Good2Go debuts


MICHELLE LCHAUAlligator Contributing WriterStudents scanned Turlington Plaza for hidden cash as part of a ClusterFlunk event Thursday. The company hosted two events this week to promote its upcoming app release. ClusterFlunk, an online platform where students can connect with classmates and share notes, will soon launch its iPhone app. Students can sign up to ClusterFlunk using their university email address, add their classes to be connected to peers and have access to shared class materials. campus manager for the academic social media platform. Schwartz, 20, said ClusterFlunk is gaining speed at UF. Last week, the website gained 214 users, and membership at UF stands at 3,009. Weve been really booming, Schwartz said. Its really, really picking up traction fast. Im really excited. ClusterFlunk was created by AJ Nelson, 22, who dropped out of the University of Iowa to focus on the websites development. He founded the company in the winter of 2011 and launched the website in January 2013. Nelson is now the CEO and co-founder of ClusterFlunk, which has about 52,000 users at 15 universities, he said. Jack Bryant, a 20-year-old UF mechanical ful tool for his classes, but he has not met any classmates through ClusterFlunk yet. He mainly uses shared review material for exams. If students dont share their notes, then the idea fails, Schwartz said. ClusterFlunk covers mainly entry-level classes. The popularity of the website in Gainesville is only a small portion of the platforms success, Schwartz said. In ClusterFlunks semester-closing polls, 65 percent of users said the company improved their grades, and 38 percent said they met at least one friend through the network. Lightbank, an organization that specializes in investment in technology companies, announced in July that it would invest $1 million in ClusterFlunk. Groupon also contributed to The website is usually funded by advertisements, Nelson said. Nelson said he and co-founder Joe Dallago care about mainly two things: getting students better grades and creating a social experience they would otherwise not have had access to. If we can keep doing those two things, giving kids a chance to learn more, learn better and get better grades and make friends in real life, Nelson said, you know, those are two pretty powerful things. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2014 ALLIGATOR, 9Gabriella Nicholas /Alligator Staff Not Pumpkin SpiceFrom left, UF students Rimza Afzal, 20, and Rana Alnahhas, 19, sample wizard-themed drinks at the Reitz Union Starbucks. ITS CALLED SPORTODY. SARAH HERNANDEZ Alligator Contributing WriterWhen Roger Catchpole tried to book a scuba-diving excursion for his honeymoon two years ago, the process was frustrating. The UF alumnus went through the routine letdowns: unanswered emails, contact information that was no longer in service and user reviews that seemed so overwhelmingly positive they couldnt be real. I realized there could be a better way of doing this, he said. I wanted to build a platform where information could be easily shared so people knew where to go and enCatchpole created Sportody in November. The local startup, housed in Sun Center West in Gainesville, provides a platform for adventursports providers. Adventurers are free to use the platform to search, review and book services from nearly 70,000 businesses in 100 countries, covering more than 120 outdoor sports activities. There are places in Gainesville that I didnt even know existed that we have on the website, said Matthew Edwards, Sportodys 22-yearold director of human resources and marketing intern. run by us right now and not the proUF marketing senior. The idea is that businesses are eventually going add content themselves. Although Sportodys services are free, businesses can pay a monthly subscription to supplement current services and boost advertisements. arent necessarily larger businesses, Catchpole said. They may be medium-sized businesses that perhaps dont have marketing teams. Catchpole said the site offers sports providers an innovative and cost-effective way to reach a wider market. The goal of the site is to streamline the customer experience by offering a third-party tool to book reservations, enabling providers to reduce administrative costs. The original website offered basic functionality, but Catchpole and Sportodys team members will unveil a new site on Oct. 14. Colby Cashion, a UF economics could be a great resource for people who are trying to be more active. I really like the concept, said Cashion, 20. I cant think of any other service that provides a hub of local outdoor sports like that. Catchpole said Sportody plans to expand its services by creating applications for iOS and Android devices by the end of the year. The platform will enable adventurers to use their phones to locate immediate resources. Its an exciting time for our business, he said.Local startup streamlines outdoor adventure planning There are places in Gainesville that I didnt even know existed that we have on the website.Matthew Edwards director of human resources and marketing internSTUDENT APP IT ANNOUNCED 11 CASES. THE ASSOCIATED PRESSWASHINGTON Did retailer Abercrombie & Fitch discriminate against a Muslim woman who was clashed with the companys dress code? Thats the question in one of the 11 cases the Supreme Court said Thursday it will take on in its new term. highly anticipated issue of same-sex marriage, though a decision on the marriage equality cases could come later this month. Among the new cases, the court will consider the scope of housing discrimination laws, the First dates to raise campaign money and a challenge from Arizona Republicans over who can draw the states congressional districts. In the Abercrombie & Fitch dispute, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued the retailer after it refused to hire Samantha Elauf at a Tulsa, Oklahoma, store policy. The policy was described at the time as a classic East Coast collegiate style. with the EEOC, but the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed, saying Elauf never directly informed her interviewer she needed a religious accommodation, even though she was wearing the headscarf during her interview. Government lawyers say the appeals court ruling undercuts legal protections for religious practices because it unfairly places the entire plicants who often arent aware of a Abercrombie & Fitch, which has faced slumping sales and could face negative publicity in the case, has pressed on with its defense, saying it was Elaufs obligation to explain any special needs based on her religion. Abercrombie & Fitch has settled two other EEOC discrimination lawsuits over the same issue, and it changed its look policy four years ago to allow its workers to wear hiately respond to a request for comment. The housing discrimination case is the third time in recent years that the Supreme Court has considered a challenge to the legal theory known as disparate impact. The strategy uses statistics to show that certain policies can harm racial minorities, even when there is no intent to discriminate.Supreme Court to hear cases over employment, housing bias ClusterFlunk gains popularity at UF, will launch iPhone app soon


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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2014 WWW.ALLIGATORSPORTS.ORG Christen Westphal and the UF soccer team take to the road for a match against Texas A&M. Read the story on Page 16.Team CaptainsCoach Will Muschamp announced via Twitter that Chaz Green, Neiron Ball, Antonio Morrison and Valdez Showers will be Floridas team captains against Tennessee on Saturday.Gilroy nominated for Player of the YearJunior Shannon Gilroy is nominated for the Division I Lacrosse Womens Player of the Year award, announced Thursday. JORDAN MCPHERSONAlligator Staff Writer@J_McPherson1126ville, Tenn., to take on the Volunteers in 2012. It Column. Now onto the Picks! Picks Column SITE: Neyland Stadium (cap. 102,455) KICKOFF: Noon, Saturday TV/RADIO: SEC Network / 850 AM SEE PICKS, P AGE 15 Jones leads Florida running game into TennesseeKan Li / Alligator S taffMatt Jones rushes during Floridas 42-21 loss to Alabama on Sept. 20 at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Jones has become Floridas UF won last nine in the series


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2014 ALLIGATOR, 15 MIDDLE BLOCKERS HIGHLIGHT THE MATCH. IAN COHENAlligator Writer@icohenbFlorida and LSU meet tonight in very different circumstances. The No. 9 Gators (8-3, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) are riding a three game winning streak, while the unranked Tigers (5-6, 0-2) are trying to halt a two-match skid. The former outscored their last three opponents 9-1. The latter are trying to climb out from an 8-5 disadvantage. Despite the differences between the two SEC foes, LSU boasts one similarity with UF that few other SEC teams can: a dominant middle blocker. LSUs star middle is 6-foot-1 sophomore Briana Holman, the SECs leader in blocks (73) and second in points (219.5). Holman will go head-to-head against UFs 6-foot-4 freshman Rhamat Alhassan, just as she did last year against Floridas Chloe Mann, the NCAAs all-time leader in hitting percentage. In last years matchup between LSU and UF in Baton Rouge, La., Mann bested Holman by two kills with 14, but was out-blocked 6 to 2. Ultimately, Florida defeated LSU 3-1. Coach Mary Wise is looking forward to the matchup. (LSU) has one of the best middles in the country. Shes a dynamic hitter and blocker whos just so she said. Last year it was quite the experience to watch her and Chloe (Mann) against each other. Despite LSUs 0-2 SEC record and Floridas 34-5 record against the Tigers all time under Wise, the coach expects a closely contested match. LSU is a team that you can see every match their score is (close). Theyve won a whole bunch of them and have been right Monday. So what we hope to do is to be back here a week from today and say that we are a better Gator Another matchup of importance will be between senior libero Holly Pole and LSUs defensive specialist Haley Smith. Smith is 6th in the SEC with 180 digs while Pole is 12th with 137. The senior liberos main focus is getting better after each match, the same theme Wise has drilled into her players since before the season began. Theres nothing thats really glaring that we need to work on, but its a lot of little things that were trying to get better at right with our offense, always working Florida is averaging 1.41 service aces per set, good for second in the SEC. LSU is close behind at No. 6 with 1.18 per set. Continue reading this story online at alligatorSports.orgUF volleyball faces LSU in SEC matchup GRAHAM HALLAlligator Writer@Graham311Coach Paul Spangler knows the importance of seizing every opportunity to improve. He has emphasized capitalizing on opportunities often to the womens cross country team, and now they have changed the schedule in an attempt to progress by competing against some of the elite teams in the country. Instead of racing at the Walt Disney Invitational on Oct. 11, theyll instead race Saturday in the Paul Short Run at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Penn. The race, a 6k for the women, will be run by more than 100 teams, including 55 Division I teams. Florida has a chance to compete against schools from across the country, including Alabama, Miami and South Carolina. The race also gives the Gators a chance to compete against many schools in the northeast that it wouldnt normally have a chance to race against. said. Its going to be a great opportunity for the women to earn some at-large points towards the National Championships, and I know theyre really looking forward to the meet While the entire roster is comprised of Gators craving the competition, maybe none are craving it more than redshirt junior Grace VanDeGrift. A Southeastern Conference All-Freshman Selection in 2011, VanDeGrift has been sidelined from the cross country team due to numerous injuries, including a meniscus tear, stress fractures in her leg and multiple back injuries. She began doubting if she would ever return to the sport she has devoted her entire life to. Grift said. Its especially tough when you train to get back in shape, and youre faced with another injury. Its really mentally and emotionally straining, getting hurt again when you feel like youre so close to getting Despite the odds against her, VanDeGrift returned to the team this year and competed in the Mountain Dew Invitational on Sept. 20. While most would have been happy to just be back, VanDeGrift had other plans in mind. She has to show she is better than anyone had seen. the 5k in 17:51.11, the best time she had ever competitively run in that distance. For someone like Spangler, who has seen her practice and battle back for years, the careerSpangler said. A lot of athletes havent gone through what shes gone through with injuries, and most probably would have given up the sport. Every year shes fought back and every season shes fought back, and to see her try race in 3 years, to run a lifetime best, utmost respect for VanDeGrift still running despite numerous injuriesrest of us listened to the wise words of D.J. Durkin. Seriously? Youre so high and mighty now that you have a full-time job that you choose to skip out on Durkin. At least youll be at the game this weekend. Oh wait. In fourth place with a 19-19 reMoriarty, who entertained listeners on the alligatorSports podcast about her vast knowledge of living, breathing alligators. You better watch out, Morgan. Weve seen those gators eat bigger things than you. Tied with Morgan with a .500 McPherson, whos highlight of the week was purchasing a four pack of dry-erase markers. Seriously Jordan? Are you that much of a workaholic that buying markers for the for you? Dude, its not that great, they werent even scented. In sixth place and two games beJohnson, who came to Czupryns rescue after receiving the following text: Can I ask a big favor from one of you guys. Im stranded at the CVS on Archer and was wondering if I could get a ride to and from the And how does he follow that up? By helping a random guy push his truck across Archer and 34th. Most of us probably would have left Zoop on the side of the road, but you did the right thing. Tied with Richard for sixth at 18dead-ass-last after being stuck there since this seasons Picks column began. Maybe the New Orleans Saints should follow your path if they want to break out from the dweller of the NFC South. But then again, I guess theres nothing wrong with being tied with the Bucs, right? And in dead-ass-last with a pisspoor record of 17-21 is Nick Swipe Torre, who debated the pros of the dating app Tinder during media availability this week. Really, man? If you put as much time into your picks as you do to swiping away on your phone, you might actually be doing well. But Im pretty sure your Tinder sightings will totally give you the bigger victory in the end. PICKS, from page 14 UF (+2.5) vs. Tenn TAMU (+2) vs. Miss. S t. Aub (-8) vs. LSU Okla (-5) vs. T CU Bama (-6) vs. Ole Miss Braska (+7.5) vs. Mich. S t. SC AR (-5) vs. UK Vandy (+33.5) vs. UGA UF Tenn Tenn Tenn UF UF UF TAMU Miss. St. TAMU Miss. St. TAMU TAMU TAMU Bama Bama Ole Miss Bama Bama Bama Bama Okla Okla Okla Okla Okla Okla Okla Okla Aub Aub LSU Aub Aub Aub Aub Aub UGA Vandy UGA Vandy Vandy Vandy Vandy Vandy UK UK SCAR SCAR UK SCAR SCAR SCAR Mich St Mich St Braska Mich St Mich St Mich St Mich St Mich StJM JC ND MM RJ ET TG LWUF TAMU BamaCROSS COUNTR YJordan McPherson / Alligator S taffRhamat Alhassan (1) attempts to block a kill attempt from Ole Miss Melanie Crow (20) during the Gators 3-0 win against the Rebels.


GRAHAM HACKAlligator Writer@graham_hackFlorida takes its show on the road tonight in a highly anticipated top-10 matchup against Texas A&M, but if you believe the players, the only number they Fresh off a weekend sweep of conference foes Georgia and Missouri, Southeastern Conference offensive player of 9 Gators (8-2, 3-0 SEC) into College Station, Texas, to take on the sixth-ranked But Florida is not putting stock into We dont know anybodys ranking, I dont even know our ranking, junior While those rankings will have little speak volumes about the quality season The Gators enter College Station on a four-game win streak, outscoring opundefeated in SEC play and havent lost a But both of Floridas losses this season came on the road, and Texas A&M boasts The Aggies are 7-0 at home this season, outscoring opponents 20-5 when playing at Ellis Field, the last time being a 3-0 vicTexas A&M is an offensive minded team that will look to attack early and ofthat defending them will be a big challaden group, theyre older, theyre experienced, and I think that part of it is what I think the biggest thing for us is posWestphal, who plays primarily as a For our team, our offense is our deball and we play how we wanna play, we Playing a weekend on the road means the team has limited practice time during the week, and because of that, Burleigh said she does not worry about the oppoInstead, she has the players work on themselves, focusing on the details of of the things that we do, and making sure that we focus on the details that we need to to prevent them from scoring, and to create scoring opportunities for our16, ALLIGATOR FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2014 Jordan McPherson / Alligator StaffChristen Westphal dribbles the ball during UFs 2-1 win against UGA on Friday at James G. Pressly Stadium. Florida faces Texas A&M tonight at 8 in College Station, Texas. SOCCERFlorida heads to College Station, faces Texas A&M tonight UF Sports In Action This WeekendSwimming and Diving:Pinch A Penny Invitational Day 1 OConnell Center 10 a.m. (Preliminary Heats); 7 p.m. (Finals)Volleyball: @LSU Baton Rouge, La. 7 p.m. SEC NetworkSoccer: @Texas A&M College Station, Texas 8 p.m. SEC Network+Swimming and Diving: Pinch A Penny Invitational Day 2 OConnell Center Cross Country: Paul Short Run Bethlehem, Penn Not TelevisedFootball: Noon SEC NetworkSwimming and Diving: Pinch A Penny Invitational Day 3 OConnell Center Soccer: Noon SEC Network+Volleyball: Friday Saturday Sunday