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We Inform. You Decide.www.alligator.orgNot officially associated with the University of Florida MONDAY, JANUARY 8, 2018 FOLLOW US ONLINE FOR UPDATES @FloridaAlligator @TheAlligator_ @TheAlligator A group is trying to extort money from UFMore than a dozen other universities have been targeted by the scam, pg. 4 pg. 9 to Ole Miss, pg. 16VOLUME 112 ISSUE 43 THE NEW LOT CAN FIT ABOUT 45 TO 55 SCOOTERS. By Christina MoralesAlligator Staff WriterFinding scooter parking on UFs campus proved to be a challenge for Daniel Chalco. Scooters bumped together, parked over the lines and in the middle of the road were a common sight every morning before class. You basically had to shove your scooter around, the 20-year-old UF computer engineering sophomore said. It was just for scooters. Student Body President Smith Meyers said problems Chalco faced were a common complaint students told him when he ran for president last Spring. To solve this, a new scooter lot across from Library West and the Plaza of the Americas on Newell Drive will debut today. The space for the lot came from moving the bike racks previously located on the lot. Being that it was one of the most heavily concentrated spots on campus, it was a good place for expansion, Meyers said. I think the University of Florida does its best to answer student needs, and we were able to advocate that this was a real need. Depending on how students park their scooters, the new lot can hold about 45 to 55 scooters, Meyers said. The cost for the new lot was paid by Transportation and Parking Services and cost about $350, said Ron Fuller, the assistant director of Transportation and Parking Services.SEE SCOOTER, PAGE 4 SHE SAID SHE PAID $1,300 TO THREE COMPANIES. By Elliott NasbyAlligator Staff WriterJessica Socorro didnt expect to lose $1,610 when she answered an ing a job. The 24-year-old UF digital arts and sciences graduate student got the email Nov. 21 advertising a part-time personal assistant position for Dr. Floyd Andrews. The email didnt list his position or college and included a misspelled word. Paying for her own education, generation college student, Socorro knew landing this job would $300 per week was gold in my eyes, Socorro said. She applied and heard she got the position four days later. She was then instructed to buy iTunes gift cards that the incoming professor said he would use to buy was told she would be reimbursed the following day. By this time, the two were communicating over text. Scratch (the gift cards)... and send the pictures via email and get back to me, Floyd said in a text. Socorro said she assumed the gift cards would be used to buy various Apple products, or important gadgets, as Floyd called them. I thought he had his own methodologies of doing things, she said. So I didnt want to mess with that. Socorro purchased the iTunes gift cards at both Best Buy and Walmart in Gainesville for $1,610 total. By the time Socorro realized Dr. Floyds reimbursement payments were not coming, the majority of the iTunes credit was spent and Floyd was unreachable. She never heard from him again. It was very traumatic, she said. ports with Gainesville Police and University Police and alerted UF Information Technology about the email scam.SEE EMAIL, PAGE 4 Steph Strickland / Alligator StaffWelcome home, students Nicolas Cassera, an 18-year-old UF biochemistry freshman, and his friends Brian Nunez, an 18-yearBy Christina MoralesAlligator Staff WriterLisa Ly's passion for dancing started when she was 5. She and her sister Anna Ly, 23, learned tap dancing and then ballet. Anna said her sister was a unique and graceful dancer who invited the audience with her when she performed. We always nicknamed her dancing for the king because her chin was always up, Anna said. She just always had this brightness and immediate presence on stage that was very inviting. The 21-year-old UF applied physiology and kinesiology senior died in Gainesville, Georgia, on Dec. 16 from a pulmonary embolism a semester before she would graduate, said her godmother Karla Wilson, who Lisa grew up with. Lisas friends and family gathered for her visitation Dec. 22 at the HiersBaxley Funeral Services in Ocala and her funeral services Dec. 23 at Grace Episcopal Church, Anna said. UF Dean of Students Heather White is in touch with Lisas family about arranging a memorial service on campus, UF spokesperson Margot Winick said. She said details After a neck injury at 16, Lisa dreamed of working in sports medicine to help dancers and athletes, Wilson said. Lisa was supposed to graduate in May with her bachelor's degree. The 21-year-old was waiting on acceptance letters from graduate schools, where she planned to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy. That made her very conscious of the body and motion, and so when she realized that she was probably not going to be able to push through a professional career of dance, she realized what she really loved was understanding and connecting with the human body, the 50-year-old said.Dancing for the King: SEE EPILOGUE, PAGE 3 She applied and heard she got


Subscription Rate: Full Year (All Semesters) $100The Alligator. The Alligator The Independent Florida Alligator The Alligator The Alligator The Alligator ISSN 0889-2423 alligators Events / News in Brief Todays WeatherAM NOON PM 2 ALLIGATOR MONDAY, JANUARY 8, 2018 or email WHATS HAPPENING?Talking Gators Toastmasters If you want to get more comfortable speaking in front of a group, attend the Talking Gators Toastmasters meetings. The club gathers every Tuesday at 5:45 p.m. at the Steinmetz Hall, Room 1031. Meetings are free to attend and open to all. For more information, visit Student Government elections The UF Student Government elections this Spring will be held Feb. 20 and Feb. 21. To learn more about qualifying or running for office, attend the informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 23 in the Reitz Union Chamber. Qualifying and slating for candidates will be in the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom, Suites A and E, on the following: from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 28, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 29 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 30. News Around the World Bannon tries to make amends as aides defend Trumps fitness (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) Steve Bannon is trying to make amends. Faced with a growing backlash, President Donald Trumps former chief strategist released a statement Sunday reaffirming his support for the commander in chief and praising Trumps eldest son as both a patriot and a good man. Bannon infuriated Trump with comments to author Michael Wolff describing a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower in New York between Donald Trump Jr., Trump campaign aides and a Russian lawyer as treasonous and unpatriotic. But Bannon said Sunday his description was aimed at former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who also attended the meeting, and not Trumps son. Thirty-two missing, oil tanker on fire after collision off the coast of China (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) An Iranian oil tanker collided with a bulk freighter and caught fire off Chinas east coast, leaving the tankers entire crew of 32 missing and causing it to spill oil into the sea, authorities said Sunday. Chinese authorities dispatched police vessels and three cleaning ships to the scene after the collision, which happened late Saturday. The South Korean coast guard also sent a ship and a plane to help search for the missing crew members 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis. Want to see it in this space? Send an email with Whats Happening in the subject line to To request publication in the next days newspaper, please submit the event before 5 p.m. Please model your submissions after the above events, and keep them to 150 words or fewer. Improperly formatted Whats Happening submissions may not appear in the paper. Press releases will not appear in the paper. VOLUME 112 ISSUE 43 FREE PARKING BY SWAMP 4 CLASS! FREE Free parking for anybody who wants it this SPRING! Rocks, Crystals & Gifts19765 NW US HWY 441 High Springs, FL 32643 386-454-8657 NEWSROOM Editor Managing Editor, Online Managing Editor, Print Beats Editor Freelance Editor Investigations Editor Opinions Editor Sports Editor Assistant Sports Editor Editor Editorial Board Photo Editor the Avenue Editor Copy Desk Chiefs Copy Editors DISPLAY ADVERTISING Advertising Director Intern Coordinator Sales Representatives CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING BUSINESS Administrative Assistant Comptroller Bookkeeper ADMINISTRATION General Manager Assistant General Manager Administrative Assistant President Emeritus SYSTEMS IT System EngineerPRODUCTION Production Manager Assistant Production Manager Advertising Production Staff Editorial Production Staff


MONDAY, JANUARY 8, 2018 ALLIGATOR 3ALDI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.More responsibility, more rewards.As the nations low-cost grocery leader, we believe in providing the best value and quality in everything we do. For our employees, that means industry-leading wages, a great work environment 2017 ALDI believes in great responsibility leading to generous compensation, as demonstrated by our 5 year salary structure (Year 2 $90k, Year 3 $95k, Year 4 $100k, Year 5 $110k).Find out more at Welcome to more.Competitive Salaries Starting at $80KFully Expensed Audi A3$5K Signing Bonus Award-Winning Training Career Advancement 100s of New Choices Where:Reitz Union-Tabling AreaWhen:Monday January 8 thru Friday January 12Time: 9 A.M. 6 P.M. Sponsor: Programs Courtesy to the AlligatorLisa Ly poses for a photo during her 21st birthday trip to Nashville, Tennessee. The UF applied physiology and kinesiology senior turned 21 on April 3. Wilson said Lisa was one of the most driven people shed ever met and always maintained a positive attitude toward everything. Whatever she put her mind to, she worked hard at it, but she worked at it with an enthusiasm that was contagious, Wilson said. If something was never wanted to settle for less than 120 percent. was a thoughtful, caring and positive person who found joy in everything she did, Wilson said. things we did together; she just appreciated them all, Wilson said. In Lisas sophomore year at UF, she became a sister in Alpha Delta Pi, after her godsister encouraged her. she wouldnt forget a sisterhood retreat in Fall 2015, the day she became friends with Lisa. At the campground, Lisa stood up and talked about her golden heart, a place Lisa said was for people in her life. pledge class) was going to be in her ber her saying that because it was such a unique way to describe loving someone and loving people. said Lisa served as an example for her chapter and for students on campus. the mindset that she was so blessed and that she had a responsibility to be kind and loving to others because of it. lead and change their life, and their relationship revolved around their faith, he said. I feel like I admired her faith more than she admired mine just because she was so steadfast to it, whereas sometimes I would waver a little bit, the ida business management senior said. The two had dated for six years, and He said he loved her for how much she cared for him, his family and his friends. One thing that our pastor said that she taught all of us is to love recklessmessage she got out of it was to love she never set enough time for herself. attitude toward people, he said. son; no one didnt like her, he said. I think one thing she taught me that I can apply to my everyday life now is to think of others before I think of myself and to really think before I say and think before I do. everyone she met. Lisas legacy is having a relentless power of positivity and hope, he up just with her smile; she had such a way, such a power of her personality to make you happy. @Christina_M18 cmorales@alligator.orgEPILOGUE, from pg 1She was a member of Alpha Delta Pi


4 ALLIGATOR MONDAY, JANUARY 8, 2018 The cost came from labor as workers temporarily moved bicycle racks and painted the lines on the new lot, Fuller said. The money did not come from student fees because parking services is an auxiliary from UF. It gets money from the payment of parking citations, decals, event parking and more. Were happy to accommodate the students and expand (scooter parking) and make it a little less Fuller said. Meyers said hes been meeting with Transportation and Parking Services since the beginning of his there was a need for more scooter parking close to Library West. If theres a need for more scooter parking on different locations on campus, then Im more than happy Meyers said he wants to see if this new lot will meet the needs of students before they continue to expand to another possible location off of Southwest 13th Street, close to Little Hall. But so far, he said students have responded positively about the expansion. Chalco, who has been driving his scooter since last Fall, said hes glad the scooter expansion is conveniently close to Library West and Marston Science Library and will save him the typical seven minutes it took him to park during Fall semester. @Christina_M18 cmorales@alligator.orgSCOOTER, from pg 1More parking could come Police said Socorros case is not unique. his department gets two to three similar reports per week. A full squad of detectives is law enforcement to pursue traditional arrest and prosecution. Tobias said. He said UFs capacity to deal with these scams on the front end is not lacking. People are being asked to get iTunes In an email to the Alligator, UFIT staff wrote they planned on contacting Socorro about her case. time is of the essence depending on the seThe staff said it blocked close to six billion 5,907,846,215 harmful emails in 2016. But not all cyber threats get caught prematurely. For cases that arent immediately blocked from the UF network, such as Socorros, UFIT relies on reports from victims. The biggest challenge is effectively addressing UF community members natural Typically, UFIT will post to its alerts webcations about threats to IT staff members. She said not all of the campus population is guaranteed an alert message, and students who arent from the U.S. require more detailed information. Dont just tell us that these scams are Socorro said she had to take things into her own hands and contacted the companies she lost money to. Best Buy and iTunes reimbursed her for $810 of the money spent. I was lucky in my situation, not every@NasbyElliott enasby@alligator.orgEMAIL, from pg 1UFIT blocked close to six billion emails in 2016UNIVERSITY POLICE SAID MORE THAN A DOZEN UNIVERSITIES GOT THE SAME MESSAGE. By David HoffmanAlligator Staff WriterAlong with more than a dozen other universities, UF received an anonymous email Tuesday that threatened violence on campus unless the writer received a payment of 1.2 bitcoin, or about $19,735, police said. The email, sent to UF President Kent Fuchs, said threats would start at noon Wednesday if regular bitcoin payments were not made, University Police Sgt. Eddie King said. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the FBI are looking into the threat along with local police, though King said there likely is no threat. Since the initial email, no violence or threatening incidents have been reported. While exact details of the threat remain private due to ongoing state and federal investigations, King said the email described using pipe bombs on campus and targeting students and faculty. The writer of the email, who referred instructions on how to purchase and deposit bitcoin, King said. On Thursday, the University of West Florida, one of the universities who received the threat, released a public safety notice urging people to remain roundings. UF spokesperson Janine Sikes said students should remain alert upon returning to classes despite the threat likely being a scam. As always, we urge anyone seeing suspicious activity on campus to report Sikes said. @hoffdavid123 dhoffman@alligator.orgUF receives extortion threat for 1.2 bitcoin, likely a scam By Amanda RosaAlligator Staff WriterAs Paula Delpech searched for a new pair of ankle boots at Macys, she worried about what the store's closure means for the employees and the economy. nursing professor said. The Oaks Mall location is one of 11 stores closing nationwide in 2018, as part of the franchises 100-store closure announced in August 2016, according to a press release from the department store chain. The historic downtown Miami location is the only other Macys closing the closure Jan. 3. A clearance sale at the two Florida stores will begin Monday and continue through midMarch. The Oaks Mall has not announced what will replace Macys, a mall representative, Marissa Ellenby, wrote in an email. The closures will allow the company to focus on both brick-and-mortar and online shopping equally, the Macys press release said. The corporation expects to save $300 million by closing the 11 stores in 2018 and reducing production cost. Gloria Parker, a UF Health Shands Hospital nurse, shops at Macys for after-Christmas sales and is disappointed to see the store close. Im from the older generation, and we people think its convenient, but I want to go pick up things, feel textures. Things like that @amandanicrosa arosa@alligator.orgMacys at The Oaks Mall closing, clearance sale startsMacy's Locations Closing:Laguna Hills Mall, Laguna Hills, CA Westside Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA Novato (Furniture), Novato, CA Stonestown Galleria, San Francisco, CA The Oaks Mall, Gainesville, FL Miami (downtown), Miami, FL Magic Valley Mall, Twin Falls, ID Honey Creek Mall, Terre Haute, IN Birchwood Mall, Fort Gratiot Township, MI Fountain Place, Cincinnati, OH Burlington Town Center, Burlington, VTSteph Strickland / Alligator StaffNew scooter parking is being constructed near the Chemistry Lab Building and is supposed to be open for the first day of classes, according to Student Body President Smith Meyers. It will provide additional parking to the Library West area.


In Honor Of The Man And His Dream Deadlines apply to Display The DEADLINE for : Wednesday, Jan 17 is Friday, Jan. 12 at 4 p.m.Advertising Deadlines For Next Week Are As Follows Deadlines apply to Display Wednesday, Jan 17 is Friday, Jan. 12 at 4 p.m. Advertising Deadlines For Next Week Are As Follows DISPLAY: (352) 376 4482 CLASSIFIEDS: (352) 373 3463 The Alligator will not be publishing on Monday, Jan. 15 due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. 4225 NW 34th St. 352.377.1669 NOW Theres a new GATOR in town, GATOR JACK song MONDAY, JANUARY 8, 2018 ALLIGATOR 5By Jessica GilesAlligator Staff WriterWith the help of a federal grant, researchers from around the country are updating an online tool for algebra students that will launch in Alachua County in January. On Jan. 16, about 20 Alachua County Public School teachers will receive an updated version of Algebra Nation, an online program that helps students grasp algebra 1, geometry and algebra 2 concepts, said Philip Poekert, the project director of the Virtual Learning Lab. The Virtual Learning Lab, which is made up of researchers from UFs College of Education, the University of Colorado and Study Edge, are personalizing the Algebra Nation program with an $8.9 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Educations Institute of Education Sciences. The update will give students suggested actions based on their activities and data collected from past users to help improve their math performance, Poekert said. Were just trying to take something thats good and make it better, he said. Algebra Nation initially launched in January 2013 as a free online pro1 students in Florida, aiming to improve end-of-course exam scores. The program has grown to include algebra 2 and geometry courses and has expanded into South Carolina, Michigan, New York, Alabama and Mississippi, Poekert said. Follow-up research found that students who consistently used the program performed better on their end-of-course exams, said Carole Beal, a UF education professor and principal investigator for the Virtual Learning Lab. She believes these results can be improved even further by making the experience more personalized. There are a lot of resources available but the student chooses what to do, and sometimes students dont always do the most effective thing, Beal said. Based on the videos students watch, practice problems they complete and other activity, the program will identify what course of action student, she said. Sometimes students dont balance watching videos and solving problems very well, Beal said. Katelyn Snell, a seventh-grade student at DeLand Middle School in DeLand, Florida, said her algebra 1 teacher frequently uses Algebra Nation in the classroom. While the 12-year-old said she doesnt use the website much outside of school, the new personalization aspect may prompt her to log in more often. If Im struggling with something and tutoring isnt that day, then I can do that instead, she said. Justin Lessem, a UF accounting senior, helps moderate discussions on Algebra Nation. The 21-year-old answers questions posted to the website by guiding students through problems and explaining concepts, he said. Lessem said he is looking forward to the personalization because he believes the suggestions will help identify students strengths and weaknesses. Once students have can work more effectively, he said. Throughout the year you see the same students on there and then after a couple months theyre the ones helping other students, so its really great to watch them grow, he said.Alachua County students to try out revamped math tool Alligator Staff WriterA Florida man, with the words candle and light tattooed on his eyelids, was ara police dog were used to detain him, Alachua County Police said. Clay Sanford George, 40, of Ft. White, Florida, was pulled over in a tan 2014 Buick for running a red light but drove off after stopping north of 147th Drive on Northwest U.S. Highway 441, according to an arrest report. He drove about a mile before he exited the car. George told police he didnt have a drivers license and yelled at them to call his mother, according to the report. put Georges hands behind his back, George shoved causing George to fall, according to the report. fully used a police dog to get George to comply, police said. Take me to jail, George said, according to the report. George was charged with two counts of ing arrest, criminal mischief and driving with a suspended license, the report said. He was taken to UF Health Shands Hospital, and then booked in the Alachua County Jail, where he remains, as of Sunday night, on an $80,000 bond. Man bit, punched, shoved By Elliot NasbyAlligator Staff WriterThe Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation granted a UF-run project $8.7 million for a and poverty alleviation efforts in Africa. This grant is in addition to a $49 million grant IFAS received in 2015 from the U.S. Agency for International Development, said Adegbola Adesogan, the director of UFs Feed The Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems. The funding goes to Adesogans lab, which researches topics dealing with the food and health of vulnerable people. UFs Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences announced the grant Wednesday. The Gates additional funding will allow researchers to improve livestock feeds and food safety in Ethiopia and Burkina Faso, Adesogan said. We want this work to be sustained after the life of the grant, he said. We dont want to do research that just sits on the shelf. Arie Havelaar, a Department of Animal Sciences professor, said funding will allow his team to study diseases transmitted from animals to humans to minimize childhood exposure to harmful bacteria found in chicken feces. The process of selecting what would volved, he said. Proper childhood health and development is related to livestock productivity, Adesogan said. The research will focus on livestock as they are versatile sources of capital, income and food in the community. UF-run project receives $8.7 million research grant George


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 326042257.Columns of about 450 words about original topics and editorial cartoons are also welcome. Questions? Call 352-376-4458.The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the Alligator.Editorial MONDAY, JANUARY 8, 2018 ColumnIm loading up my last-semester bucket list are you?Welcome back! If you underwent a smartphone or social media cleanse this past break, Ill bring you up to speed. Everywhere got really cold out, the #MeToo movement picked up speed and were not (yet) engaged in a nuclear war with North Korea. Is everyone caught up? Spring semester and the start of the second week of 2018. For some of us, this is a new term in the beginning or middle of our academic careers. For others, this will be the semester we say goodbye to UF, Santa Fe College or Gainesville itself: as graduating students, as professionals in search of new jobs, as people on to different places in the great beyond. What will you do with the rest of your time here? As a graduating senior myself, Ive been toggling back and forth between nervous excitement and sentimental nostalgia for a town I havent even left yet. I know Ive talked about new-semester resolutions and yearly goals in the past, but this new semester this new year feels different. I cant say, Well, Ill just do that next ti, anymore. Next time is now and that adds on a lot of pressure on the entries Ive had on my bucket list since my So this has me thinking, perhaps its time I review that bucket list. So, without further ado, here are some (and please feel free to borrow some for yourself to add to your own). First up: Eat local, shop local. Your body and soul will thank you. This is the semester, reasonable budget allowing, I vow to try every Gainesville restaurant I havent gotten to yet. The range of diverse food options just in the 15-minute radius surrounding UFs campus can totally surprise you and the restaurants usually provide a quality bang for your buck. I am not letting one hidden gem go outside my grasp this semester (and, in the spirit of friendship, youre all invited). I dont know about you, but Ill be showing up at more music venues and downtown shows this semester, too. The local music scene features tons of awesome indie and underground artists, as well as a few more popular bands and musicians, too. Like the food in Gainesville, the range of musical acts and artsy shows is good for the soul. Yeah, yeah, it probably goes without saying, more this semester. I dont plan to trudge my way through wells in my 30s, so why not get it out of my system now? Most importantly, I intend to tell my Gainesville network my closest friends, my club acquaintances, my professors and mentors how much I have loved and appreciated their support throughout these past few years. taken a lifetime. Without the network I have been so lucky to call my own during my time here, I truly dont know how I would have done it. From the bottom of my heart, I want people to know how much their advice, vent sessions, late-night Midnight Cookie feasts, reality checks and hugs have meant to me each step of the way. So there you have it. This is by no means my full bucket list for the upcoming semester, but its a good place to start. No matter where this Spring term takes you or takes any of us remember the goals you have set for yourself with each new day, month or semester. I know I will. And for the love of all that is holy, can someone make sure I visit Devils Den Prehistoric Spring before May 6? Mia Gettenberg is a UF criminology and philosophy senior. Her column appears on Mondays.Set realistic goalsI ity, the library is surprisingly full and the rude classmate youve dealt with for the past three semesters is suddenly rather friendly. Its a new year, a new semester and a new chance for people to change for the better or at least for them to pretend to. According to Forbes, just 8 percent of people are actually successful in keeping their New Years resolutions. This unimpressive follow-through rate is, in our opinion, a result of the unattainable goals people routinely set for themselves at the start of the new year. Initially, we all have intentions that dont appear to be insurmountable. We are able to look around at the other people in our lives and see them achieve the things we want the things we think will make us happy with ease. Our outside observations and lack of consideration for their natural talents, general lifestyle and personal history, make the goals we set look all too easy to achieve. We start to think: If our roommate can go to the gym every day, why shouldnt we be able to? If our sister got a 4.0 GPA when she went to UF, why shouldnt we be able to do the same? Its great to get inspired by our friends and family, of course, but its important for us to keep in mind that everyone has their individual strengths and weaknesses. For example, your roommate might make it look easy to go to the gym everyday, but they might have a long history might have gotten a 4.0 when she went to UF, but maybe she wasnt as involved on campus as you are. We have to keep in mind everyone cant be good at everything. In the same sense, your roommate might not be able to write as well as you can and your sister might not be able to truly enjoy philanthropic work like you do. When we try to become the people around us and mimic their successes, we not only set ourselves up for failure, but we miss out on a real opportunity to improve ourselves. In other words, we need to stop using the new year as an excuse to force ourselves to be something we arent and start using it to build upon what is already great about us. This year, with the start of the year, we need to try to focus on enhancing the already unique and admirable traits we possessed the year before. We should set goals that incorporate things we already enjoy and focus on getting better at those things. Book lovers should set goals to read more books than they did the year before, not to get better grades in math. Runners should set goals to run faster paces or further distances than the year before, not to lift heavier weights. This isnt to say we shouldnt recognize our weaknesses or shouldnt try to improve them. Its to say we should come to terms with the fact that we have them and celebrate our talents, rather than beat ourselves up over our failures. When we improve upon what we are already good at, not only will we end the year more successful than the one before, but we will likely end it happier as well. Instead of wasting several weeks or months pretending to love yoga or faking an interest in calculus, youll be nurturing your desires and spending time making yourself happy. After all, isnt that all we really want? To end each year happier than the last?Melissa Gomez EDITOR Caitlin Ostroff Jimena Tavel Mia




8 ALLIGATOR MONDAY, JANUARY 8, 2018 Photos by Taylour Marks / Alligator Staff Hogtown Brewdown at First Magnitude Brewing Company, located at 1220 SE Veitch St., organized by Hogtown Brewers, was an event full of beer, food and fun. Tickets were sold for $40 per Humane Society. RIGHT: Christina Carter, left, and Ryann Donahue, right, of The Homebodies perform live music during Sundays Hogtown Brewdown at First Magnitude Brewing Company. The Gainesvillebased band specializes in soulful, acoustic music as well as covers of classic songs. BELOW LEFT: UF third-year veterinary students Kaitlin OConnor, Emily Rizzo, Erin Bentley and Kasey Bedard chat while enjoying appetizers and beer samples at the Hogtown Brewdown located at First Magnitude Brewing Company on Sunday afternoon. BELOW RIGHT: Gainesville residents Tammy and Kerry Brock the Alachua County Humane Society. Beer, food and music: Event fundraises for animal shelter THE GROUPS FIRST PROJECT AIMS TO SLOW DOWN BURN RATES OF WILDFIRES. By Christina MoralesAlligator Staff Writertion to help solve issues of sustainability and urban development around the world. velopment practice alumnus, said the consortium, which will launch its website Wednesday, already has 52 members from 24 countries, speaking 14 different languages. The consortium addresses global sustainEveryone here has really great networks, and our goal is to really help bring opportunities to the individual that we work side-by-side with, the 32-year-old said. Jan. 15 and help slow the burn rate of wildderson said. cause you have it up against a space with a really high water content, he said. The plants theyre recommending for these spaces dont burn as readily as most vegetation ally help nations with uncontrollable wildsearch the plants on 100-yard plots of land. The sites of these plots are unknown. If you think about the cost of planting one of these landscapes versus the cost of half a house burning down, its huge, he said. Our ability to save state agencies and insurance companies a whole bunch of money is huge, but were also helping to as important. These plants will also help to slow the said. getting our feet wet and how these policies and practices may rule out or translate into different countries. Joe Lacey, the logistics manager for the consortium, said one of the biggest focuses for 2018 is getting grants for sustainable The idea is to take the experience and knowledge and the connections, the networking weve developed as colleagues, and be able to bring that into grant writing and viable action within the development community, the 43-year-old said. The hope is that the network that we have can participate faster. If we could do all this together, I got to talking with some of my peers more and more, and we realized how much we could support one another in our respecgrowth as well, he said. We want to help each other succeed and solve some of our global problems on a localized level. @Christina_M18 cmorales@alligator.orgA UF alumnus global group is tackling sustainability


MONDAY, JANUARY 8, 2018 ALLIGATOR 9 By David HoffmanAlligator Staff WriterHikers looking to enjoy some of Paynes Prairie Preserve State Parks most popular trails could get their feet wet on the journey, throughout much of Paynes Prairie as a result of Hurricane Irma and heavy rains from September one of the parks most popular You can pretty much hike most trails, you might just get a storm damage to county parks to be at least $65,000, according to and shrubbery, which then become food and shelter for insects Since September, the water from Hurricane Irma has gone down about 10 inches, but some parts of the prairie outside of the trails hasnt been seen in a decade, he It hasnt dampened the spirit visitors enjoy coming out and seeing natural phenomenon, he Weisberg said its unclear temperatures and cloudy skies Until it warms up, the waters going to be about the same, sun coming out and heating (the @hoffdavid123 dhoffman@alligator.orgSome Paynes Prairie trails remain flooded after IrmaWill Clewis / Alligator StaffUS Route 441 Still FloodedThe outer lanes on both sides of U.S. Route 441 through Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park are still closed nearly four months after Hurricane Irma. Flooding from heavy rainfall and a collapsed levee caused the lane closures. REMEDIUM CO-FOUNDER DID 45 GOOD DEEDS, ONE A DAY. By Robert LewisAlligator Staff Writer collected his good deed ideas from people who and volunteering at youth groups and animal When it comes to the moment of opening your mouth and saying, Hey, can I help you had an item on layaway and offered to pay for It turned into a really cool moment, and the people at the store were kind of like, Wow! What just happened? you know, so it just his fourth, when he met a homeless man It was neat, not only was it helping him, somebody, it won me a little bit of a friendship He wanted a way to show the world he was walking the walk, not just talking the talk, deeds campaign at the same time he was fundSometimes when you go into business venture theres a lot of questions and a lot of unto make a positive difference around our community and thats going to be a part of our misSome days were challenging with trying to where, but that was also part of the adventure, @Lewis__Robert rlewis@alligator.orgCourtesy to the AlligatorEric Gilbert, a co-founder of Remedium, poses with a Burlington Coat Factory customer and her son. Gilbert, 34, paid for a mens suit the woman had on layaway a Christmas present for her husband.


10 ALLIGATOR MONDAY, JANUARY 8, 2018Will Clewis / Alligator StaffQUEEN OF THE WINTER FLOWERS display at the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens camellia show on Saturday. The 55-year-old said her neighbor asked her to attend the two-day event, which began on Saturday. Will Clewis / Alligator StaffA table full of camellias was on display at the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens camellia show on Saturday. The event sought to educate the public about Alligator Staff WriterA Gainesville man was accused of calling a woman 50 times and telling her co-workers Police said. ing to an arrest report. He started messaging the woman in November over Facebook and met her for lunch at Southern Charm KitchDecember. The woman told police according to the report. She said after the lunch he began asking personal and he accused her of sleeping with her menthe woman saying he was lonely. report. him her personal number and was worried port. He was charged with two counts of harecords. bond. Man arrested after cyberstalking woman on FacebookWetherington




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MONDAY, JANUARY 8, 2018 ALLIGATOR 15Alan Alvarez / Alligator Staff Alligator Archive Jan. 19, 1977 Editors Note: Over winter break, meteorologists said a temperature drop and expected rain could cause snow to fall in Gainesville. Though that didnt come to pass, we at the Alligator wanted to take you back to Jan. 19, 1977, when snow did fall. Snow! Heaviest snow ever causes stir in Gainesville By Dennis Kneale Alligator Staff Writer Its snowing in Florida. Class is dismissed. With that, journalism professor Jon Roosenraad turned loose 40 students some of them already hanging out windows This is the heaviest snow since Ive been here for 30 years, Gainesville Mayor Jim Richardson, a UF business professor, said. Ive seen a little bit drift down three And while the precipitation was far from blizzard proportions, it did cause telephone lines to become snowed under with callPhones on the UF campus and in other parts of Gainesville could receive incomusers from getting dial tones, a company One Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company employee said, The last time the phone lines were this bad was when President Kennedy was shot. While temperatures dropped below 20 degrees early Tuesday morning, students plexes were left without light and heat from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. when a wire fell into transmission and distribution lines. WCJB weatherman Mel Turner said since 1972. snowfall ever in Gainesville. Id have to say weve got a legitimate snowfall, Turner said. Temperatures were expected to go as low as the mid-teens Tuesday night and are projected to get only as high as the mid-40s today. Newman said Tuesday the snow may cause I imagine the snow will cause some problems for the drivers (Tuesday night) ground. complex on Southwest 16th Avenue stood tures of one another in the snow. The Murphree Commons turned into a In 1977, most were in awe of snow in Gainesville pelted one another with the white stuff thats not supposed to fall in Florida. About 100 students gathered on the snowfall and continue to grin at one another. Ben Gross was one Northerner who enI havent seen snow in four years. I love it. Ive been praying for it, its outrageous, Gross said. People are nicer when it snows out, Donna Desimmone said. But UF Executive Vice President Harold Hanson wasnt impressed. I was born in Minnesota, raised in Wisconsin and lived in Norway. I dont see any snow, he said Tuesday.


How does Malik Zaire and other football players choose the type of facemask they wear on game days? Find out on pg. 17.By Skyler LebronSports Writer Three games into conference play, the Florida mens basketball teams identity is beginning to take shape. A home victory over Vanderbilt along with two road wins against then-No. 11 Texas A&M and Missouri have shown coach Mike White that the Gators (11-4, 3-0 SEC) have leaders who can help the team sustain its undefeated start to SEC competition. Senior point guard Chris Chiozza continues to blossom in crucial game situations, showcasing his clutch play with a game-winning steal and layup to give UF a 77-75 lead over Missouri with 0.1 seconds left on Saturday afternoon. I think hes one of the most underrated guys in the country, White said on Thursday. From a toughness standpoint, from an accountability and dependability standpoint, hes just in a good rhythm. Playing at least 32 minutes in each of the teams points and six assists, both slightly above his season averages. Defensively, the senior continues to create havoc in conference play, including matching his season high with four against the Aggies. Chiozza isnt the only veteran to elevate his game. Junior forward Kevarrius Hayes continued his strong play on Saturday against Missouri, scoring in The Gators are asking a lot of Hayes defensively in the absence of injured big men John Egbunu, Isaiah Stokes and Chase Johnson. Hayes has patrolled the paint well, swatting away matchups and creating uncomfortable looks inside Chiozza, Hayes propelling Florida to top of the SEC standings Bulldogs, Crimson Tide meet tonight in national title gameGeorgia and Alabama will square off in the College Football Playoff National Championship tonight at 8 p.m. in Atlanta. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN. Follow us for updatesFor updates on UF athletics, follow us on Twitter at @alligatorSports or online at, JANUARY 8, 2018'S BASKETBALL WOMEN'S BASKETBALLBy Justin AhlumSports Writer After receiving an inbound pass at the top of the key, Florida forward Paulina the fourth quarter. Down by two, Hersler missed a shot to the right of the rim, but guard Dyandria Anderson pulled down an offensive rebound and scored a layup with less than one second remaining to send the game to overtime. It was the highlight play in UFs regulation comeback against Ole Miss on Sunday in Oxford, but the Gators (8-8, 0-3 SEC) would ultimately come up short against the Rebels, losing 78-75 in double overtime. (11-5, 1-2 SEC) held a double-digit lead fensive attack. The Rebels limited Florida to games opening 20 minutes and held it to only 21 points. Turnovers also played a big role in the Gators poor start. Florida recorded nine way for the Rebels to score 12 points off UFs mishaps. We need more out of our upperclassmen, playing with the ball, handling pres-Gators drop third straight game in double-OT loss to Ole MissAlan Alvarez / Alligator StaffFlorida guard Chris Chiozza is averaging 14 points and six assists per game in SEC play this season. "I think he's one of the most underrated guys in the country," UF coach Mike White said. SEE M-BBALL, PAGE 18 GYMNASTICSBy Alana GomezSports WriterThe moment junior Alicia Borens feet hit the mat at the end of her uneven bars routine, her face transformed into a smile as bright as the sparkles on her uniform. a solid 9.900. On Saturday, the No. 2 Gators (1-0) opened regular-season action away from home against West Virginia in a 195.900194.425 win. Boren boosted the teams victory with an all-around score of 39.575, the highest ever to open a season in UFs history. of the season on Friday against No. 3 LSU, an opponent they haven't defeated since 2011. Florida's regular season meet against the Tigers last season on March 5, 2016, ended with UF losing 198.150-196.600 and LSU earning the 2017 SEC title. Florida will look to write a different narrative against the Tigers in 2018, backed by its home crowd at the O'Connell Center. It will need to make up for some of the minor mistakes and stumbles that took place against West Virginia, but the team doesnt expect anything to hold them back in its next meet. I think the biggest takeaway is to not linger on what happened at this meet, Boren said in a release after the win over WVU. I UF moving on after seasonopening win against WVUSEE W-BBALL, PAGE 18 SEE GYMNASTICS, PAGE 18


MONDAY, JANUARY 8, 2018 ALLIGATOR 17FOOTBALLBy Ethan BauerSports WriterThe average football game only features about 11 minutes of actual football, according to the Wall Street Journal, with the other 49 lost to runoff between plays. So tonight, when Alabama plays Georgia in the College Football Playoff National Championship, take one of those dormant 49 minutes of replays, huddle shots and sideline views to inspect Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts and his Bulldogs equal, Jake Fromm. Many things about the two are similar. Theyre both 6-foot-2. Theyre both underclassmen. They both often wear wristbands. But if youre looking for differences, color and hair length is their facemasks. Hurts wears a Riddell Revolution Speed S2BD-SW-SP while Fromm wears a Riddell SpeedFlex SF-2BD. That coded language means nothing to pretty much anyone even the players themselves outside of team equipment managers, but those seemingly random assortments of letters and numbers offer players something that football cant steal: identity. Unlike baseball or basketball, football players are hidden under their helmets during games, their expressions as anonymous as their eyes. Jersey numbers help identify them, but everyones jersey numbers look the same. That leaves facemasks as one of the main ways players can escape from the vagueness that comes with wearing a mask. In some way, their helmet and facemask choices offer some voice of individuality. So how, exactly, do players at Florida decide what that voice will be? The man to start with is Jeff McGrew, UFs associate director of football equipment. He oversees UFs equipment operations, making sure each player has shoulder at that players locker on time. McGrew said he usually sorts by position group when guiding players for helmet selection. Lets use offensive lineman Chris Bleich the top lineman currently committed to UF in the 2018 recruiting class as an example. Hes already on campus as an early enrollee, but assuming he hasnt picked out his helmet yet, hell enter a room with McGrew. Hell try on all the helmet types UF has recommend some of the more high-impact models for him since his position requires regular contact. Once he picks which helfacemasks go with that helmet, along with some advice. This one has a little more to it, he might say. Its probably for a guy down in the trenches. But maybe Bleich plans on wearing a hard chin strap, so he doesnt need that extra protection. In that case, he might opt for a lighter facemask. McGrew said that historically, linemen on both sides of the ball have favored large facemasks for extra protection while skill position players like the lighter ones with less bars, which give them more vision. However, he added that times have changed. I think the facemask has kind of become more a part of the look the cool look that kids wanna have, he said. The bigger guys have really kinda gone away from wearing the bigger facemask design kind of for that position. They kinda naturally just wanted to wear something thats Former Florida quarterback Malik Zaire is one example of someone who took that AiR XP Pro helmet with a basic, single-bar facemask. It was all about simplicity, he said. It was pretty basic and gave me the most vision. And it looked the best, in my opinion. That seems to be the general balancing act for players: Whats the most functional, sure, but also what looks the coolest? McGrew said hes seen players interest in that aspect rise in recent years. When guys come in, he said, they want a mirror. Like players evolution in wanting coollooking headgear, McGrew said the equipment staff has evolved as well in regard to safety. Riddell and Schutt, the two most common helmet manufacturers, contact Florida whenever they come out with a new product. So do other smaller companies like Xenith. That, McGrew said, allows the staff at Florida to be constantly aware of the safest models available, which are ordered when necessary. If theres a new helmet out there, he said, then well know about it. When that next order is inevitably placed, the new helmets will join four main types currently used by UF, while the accompanying facemasks will swell an inventory that McGrew estimated is already over 200 strong. Which, while safety remains paramount, offers players some reprieve from that anonymity brought on by football. as well, McGrew said. @ebaueri ebauer@alligator.orgEver wonder how football players choose their facemasks? Alan Alvarez / Alligator StaffFormer UF quarterback Malik Zaire wore a Schutt AiR XP Pro helmet with a basic, single-bar facemask. It was all about simplicity, Zaire said. And it looked the best, in my opinion. Its a little more complicated a process than youd think


18 ALLIGATOR MONDAY, JANUARY 8, 2018 for opposing players. Hes not a guy thats going to move bodblock performance against Texas A&M on Tuesday. But to do his best and hold his own against elite length and elite girth he gave everything he had. Redshirt sophomore forward Keith Stone showed growth as a scorer and defender at the other forward spot as well. After a career-high 18 points versus Texas A&M, Stone showed offensive consistency with a 13-point outing against the Tigers. Stone projects as a stretch four who can spread defenders out with his perimeter shot. Six made jumpers from beyond the arc over the past two games has Stones three-point shooting percentage at a solid 53.1 percent. Its what weve seen in practice for a long time, White said. And we were really ready for him to break out for a long time It was no surprise to our staff or his teammates. Chiozza, Hayes and Stone all players who have been with White through his three seasons at Florida are growing under added pressure and important game situations. The veterans play will determine the potential of the team as SEC play continues, especially until the return of UFs injured players. Were in a decent rhythm right now, White said. Its about who plays well and whos getting more minutes and whos getting @SkylerLebron slebron@alligator.orgM-BBALL, from pg. 16Stone scored 18 against Texas A&M on Tuesday sure, being aggressive, UF coach Cameron Newbauer said in a release. The second half, however, was a different story. The Gators offense improved percent of its shots, and the teams defense made stops when it needed to, limiting the Rebels to eight points in the comeback effort, capped off by Andersons game-tying score, sent the contest to overtime. In the two additional periods, Florida and Ole Miss went back and forth. Neither team led by more than three points, and both teams held a lead at least once in each overtime. UF was leading by two points with four seconds left Rebels guard Alissa Alston drove down the right side of the paint and beat the buzzer to tie the game. In the second overtime, Gators forward Haley Lorenzen missed a gametying three-pointer as time expired to seal Floridas third consecutive loss. Lorenzen led the team with 19 points and 10 rebounds, notching her eighth doubledouble of the season. UFs leading scorer, Funda Nakkasoglu, also punched in another double-digit scoring outing with 18 points. We werent ready out of the gate for some reason but battled back, Newbauer said. Its tough to swallow this one and have some really good moments here and there. @justinn_case1 jahlum@alligator.orgW-BBALL, from pg. 16Gators lost by threeAlan Alvarez / Alligator StaffFlorida guard Dyandria Anderson's late-game heroics weren't enough to help UF get past Ole Miss on Sunday. think its to be strong and be positive and get ready. LSU counted for one of UFs two losses in the regular season last spring. Come Friday, Florida doesnt want to give up a win in home territory so easily. (Theyre a) very talented team, coach Jenny Rowland said in a release. I know theyre gonna get to the gym on Monday and kick it up a notch for our next home meet. Against West Virginia, the Gators faced the challenge of swapping players in and out of the lineup, with some gymnasts put in events they werent used to. After adjusting to its circumstances, UF pulled out a win with senior Alex McMurtry leading bars I think all we have to learn is just expect anything, McMurtry said in a release. We had some falls and mistakes and thats usual this time of the ready for anything. @alanaa_gomez agomez@alligator.orgGYMNASTICS, from pg. 16UF faces LSU at home on Friday


Reduce your showertime by 2 minutes. PRESERVE WATER TICK.TOCK. MONDAY, JANUARY 8, 2018 ALLIGATOR 19THIS WEEK IN UF SPORTSTRACK & FIELDBy Andrew HuangSports WriterTen Gators made their collegiate debut and the Florida mens and womens track their indoor seasons on Saturday at the Orange and Purple Classic in Clemson, South Carolina. Versatile sophomore Grant Holloway seconds. Holloway won SEC and NCAA Benjamin Lobo Vedel, who tied Holloways meters. Cameron also won an SEC title in Florida dominated in the weight throw, on the mens side while redshirt junior JonRedshirt junior Harry Glasser had UFs Senior KeAndre Bates, an SEC and Holloway wasnt too concerned. With the bad weather across the counwhile they were at home, he said in a release. Im not worried about that. I wantpretty much saw that across the board today. @AndrewJHuang Wednesday, Jan. 10Men's Basketball vs. Mississippi State, 7 p.m., SEC NetworkThursday, Jan. 11Women's Basketball vs. Kentucky, 7 p.m., SEC Network +Friday, Jan. 12Gymnastics vs. LSU, 6:45 p.m., SEC Network Men's Tennis @ ITF Futures, All Day Women's Tennis @ UNLV Invite, All Day Men's/Women's Track & Field @ Commodores Invitational, All DaySaturday, Jan. 13Men's Basketball @ Ole Miss, 1 p.m., CBS Men's Tennis @ ITF Futures, All Day Women's Tennis @ UNLV Invite, All Day Men's/Women's Track & Field @ Commodores Invitational, All DaySunday, Jan. 14Women's Basketball vs. LSU, 1 p.m., SEC Network Men's Tennis @ ITF Futures, All Day Women's Tennis @ UNLV Invite, All DayAlan Alvarez / Alligator StaffThe Florida mens basketball team (11-4, 3-0 SEC) plays twice this week, facing Mississippi State at home on Wednesday and Ole Miss on the road on Saturday.


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