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We Inform. You Decide.www.alligator.orgNot officially associated with the University of Florida WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2018 FOLLOW US ONLINE FOR UPDATES @FloridaAlligator @TheAlligator_ @TheAlligator Art gallery and wine cafe coming to Gainesville pg. 8Free champagne and pizza pg. 10 From the pitch to the pool:How UF swimmer Jack Szaraneks gruesome leg injury altered the course of his athletic capg. 16VOLUME 112 ISSUE 44 THE CHAPTER VIOLATED FIVE STUDENT CONDUCT CODES. By Romy EllenbogenAlligator Staff WriterAfter facing disciplinary action in December, UF suspended the fraternity dent conduct codes. pended the fraternity from Dec. 7, 2017, until Dec. 17, 2021. Violations include sion and causing more than $3,000 in damages to a New Orleans hotel while on a weekend trip in September. tered event, which resulted in multiple intoxicated people being transported to a hospital, according to a disciplinary letter. clined to comment. In the letter, White said the chapter tions. Tim Smith, the international consul for the national Tau Epsilon Phi, wrote in an email that the Grand Council of national fraternity would have to work with the university to decide when and if the chapter would return. White wrote that part of the reason for the current suspension was due to previous deferred suspensions. entered the fraternity house and found 36 pledges, or prospective members of the fraternity, kneeling shirtless on the view and vacating their house, it could sion. @romyellenbogen rellenbogen@alligator.orgUF fraternity suspended until 2021 following investigation Steph Strickland / Alligator StaffUFs chapter of Tau Epsilon Phi faces a four-year suspension after allegations of drug IN A RESIGNATION SPEECH, SHE SAID MINORITY VOICES ARE NOT VALUED. By Christina MoralesAlligator Staff Writer Moodie resigned and told the chamber her ties. Since October, when Moodie was elected to her leadership position, shes questioned why she serves an organization that doesnt share her values, she said. Moodie has been Alligator archives. lem where minorities are tokenized across the board and not given a proper seat at the table, and even then, their voices are not valued, Moodie said. tion, alongside Senate President Ian Green, it ligator archives. tion. Trevor Schaettle, who will remain Impact ies point and said SG is diverse. I believe we all come from different backgrounds and bring different ideas to the table, Schaettle said. Schaettle said Moodie has shared her feelings with him in the past. When he saw Moodie leave, he said he walked out to hug her. nae, and the best way was to resign with the way shes been feeling recently, Schaettle said. I know that the Senate and I will miss her very much. I thought her speech was eloquently said ,and she had a lot of valid points that mirrored past opinions, he said. is one of three black senators, agreed diversity is an issue in the Senate. As Moodie spoke, he tions regarding the black population in the Senate, he said. As of press time, Moodie and Green could SEE SENATE, PAGE 5Student Government has diversity problem, senator saysChristina Morales / Alligator Staff


Subscription Rate: Full Year (All Semesters) $100The Alligator. The Alligator The Independent Florida Alligator The Alligator The Alligator The Alligator ISSN 0889-2423 alligators WeatherAM NOON PM 2 ALLIGATOR WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2018Local Events / News in Brief or email WHATS HAPPENING?Student Government elections To learn more about qualifying or running for office during the Spring elections, 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. GatorNights: Welcome Back The Reitz Union this Friday night will hold its New Years rendition of GatorNights. Start the semester with the stuff-a-gator activity (first 300 people, must check-in first) or dance all night in the atrium with live music from DJ Magnum. Comedian Moses Storm will perform at 9:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom. Learn some new dance moves with our hip hop fitness class in the Grand Ballroom or start your semester off creating a vision board for your room. Relax with your own bath fizzy or create your own resolution door hanger in the Arts & Crafts Center. Paint a new painting with our 50-person GatorNights painting class in Room 3315 at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. The film this week is "Blade Runner: 2049," showing in the Reitz Union Auditorium at 8 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. VOLUME 112 ISSUE 44NEWSROOM 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 FREE PARKING BY SWAMP 4 CLASS! FREE Free parking for anybody who wants it this SPRING!


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2018 ALLIGATOR 3 rf n t bt r Inside fl MLK2018 Inside Wednesday, January 10, 2018 rf nt br rf n nYour campus connection for all things UFDear Gators, It is such an honor to be selected as your new Dean of Students and As sociate Vice President for Student Aairs. Ive spent more than half of my career helping students nd success in front of employers and part nering with academic units to tailor the job search process for students of dierent backgrounds and majors. Im thrilled to have the opportunity to build on those re lationships and provide care holistically to the student experience. In my interview, I talked about having the courage to care. At UF, we frequently use the term care, but that doesnt always mean we are caring vulnerably or with grit in the face of adversity. UF students are unique and diverse, but we can all agree that individual well-being, feeling valued, and being respected are necessary to every students success in college. As Dean of Students, Im here for you to listen, to be an ally and to care cou rageously. is means pushing beyond boundaries when it is right and going out of my way to learn more about whats needed to serve you. In the next several months, I will be work ing with our Dean of Students Oce team to evaluate where we are now and how thats going to lead us into the future. I invite all students to share your thoughts, concerns, hopes and ideas with me. I would love to hear your ideas on the best way to connect with as many of you as possible. I will be holding regular Donuts with the Dean sessions throughout the semester and will post about opportunities on social media. Be sure to follow me! I hope you all have a wonderful start to the semester, and I look for ward to tackling 2018 together. Go Gators! Dean White Faculty and sta are invited to bring your lunch to the UF HR Building (903 West University Ave.) the rst Wednesday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. for pre sentations on a range of wellness topics provided by UF experts. To register for presentations and view upcoming speakers, visit mytraining., log in and search for Wellness Wednesdays. Want to watch at your desk? Email to sign up for a live stream. Jan. 10 How to Lose Weight and Keep It O Kathryn M. Ross, Ph.D. M.P.H., Asst. Professor, Dept. of Clinical & Health Psychology Losing weight is a popular yet challenging New Years resolution. is presentation will highlight evidence-based strategies to promote weight loss and successful long-term maintenance. is month-long celebration is an amazing opportunity to educate the campus and community of Dr. Kings rich legacy, said PJ Jones, assistant director of MCDA. Our goal is to engage our entire campus community and inspire them to use their strengths, passions and talents to better the lives of others and allow his legacy to live on. e celebration starts this month on Jan. 11 at 6:30 p.m. with a march and kick-o event from the Reitz Union Amphitheater. en over the course of two weeks, there will be a series of events including the MLK Day of Service on Jan. 15, the Moment to Movement workshop on Jan. 19, the Advocacy in Action Panel on Jan. 25 and the Social Justice Summit on Jan. 26-27. is years theme is Building a Beloved CommuMore than a fashion show, the expo oers resume support, workshops on how to tie a tie, the art of an elevator pitch, and the anatomy of a paycheck. Ambre Hobson, assistant director for the Care Team in the Dean of Students Oce comment ed, the Expo is a wonderful chance for students to prepare for spring Career Showcase. Learning new career skills is always valuable, regardless of where you are in your education or how far you are from graduation. e Gator Career Closet Expo is Wednesday, Jan. 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Plaza of the Americas. Learn more about the Gator Career Closet at, and check out all the must-know details ahead of the Career Show case at COMPASS Release 3 will bring functionality within the myUFL Student Information System (Campus Solutions) to ISIR Processing (Finan cial Aid area), Student Program/Plan (Student Records), SHCC Immunizations (Campus Community, Student Health), and Residen cy Processing (Admissions, Student Records). Students will also see new self-service func tionality via ONE.UF with the addition of To-Dos and Academic Programs cards, as well as a Financial Information Release Form accessible via the portals Main Menu. Read more and nd links to training in a detailed Release 3 article ( ary-16-2018.html). Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.s life exemplied values of courage, truth, justice, service, com passion and nonviolence. At UF, celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is more than just a day. MLK Celebration committee co-chairs PJ Jones and Diana Moreno from Multicultural and Diversity Aairs are helping to re-imagine this university-wide celebration. e MLK Cele bration planning committee includes student leaders, faculty and sta. Landing the perfect job or internship is all about creating connections and having the tools to ace the interview. Ahead of the Career Showcase on Jan. 30 and 31, the Career Resource Center, Dean of Stu dents Oce and Student Government are teaming up to host the second annual Gator Career Closet Expo. Learn the dierence between business casual and business professional attire and see how UFs lending closet can help students look great and land that job. Changes to myUFL and COMPASS Release 3 coming January 16 e myUFL portal ( will be upgraded Jan. 16 to include mobile-friendly navigation that adjusts and conforms to any smartphone, tablet, or large-screen device; cross-browser compatibility; and a new look and feel, including a navigation icon in the upper right corner instead of a dropdown on the left. Read more in the November issue of COMPASS Update ( articles/2017/november/new-navigation-sys tem-coming-to-myu-january-16-2018.html). nity through Advocacy and Justice, said Diana Moreno, assistant director of MCDA. We want to help students move beyond reection and understand the academic and practical impacts of the social media-based and grassroots advocacy campaigns we are witnessing. We are using the example of Dr. Kings vision of a Beloved Com munity as a framework for this exploration. e celebration will conclude with the Black History Month Opening event on Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. in the Reitz Union Rion Ballroom. 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4 ALLIGATOR WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2018 GUIDE TO DINING OUT BREAKFASTBagels & NoodlesServing breakfast and fresh bagels 6:30 am 3:00 pm. Serving Vietnamese cuisine Pho noodle soup and more. 11 am 9 pm. 1222 W. University Ave. WORLDCivilizationRide the rail trail to its Northern end and discover lots of vegetarian dishes, espresso drinks, housemade desserts, craft beer and sustainable wine. Dine inside the historic Gulf Oil building or outside under the modern portico. 1511 NW 2nd Street. Open for lunch 11-2, Tues-Fri & for dinner 5:30-9 Tues-Sat. welcometocivilization.comORGANICDaily GreenFresh, unique, organic, food! Soups, salads, homemade sweets, juices and smoothies. Vegan/gluten free options. Like us on Facebook. 436 SE 2nd St. w-sat 11-7, sun brunch 10-3 ITALIANManuels Vintage Room check out one of the best wine lists in town. the chef to put out nothing but goodness from the kitchen using fresh, simple, and local Dinners and private parties for lunch or dinner. Open Tues-Sat 5pm-10pm, Sun 5pm-9pm. 6 South Main St. (352) 375-7372SOUTHERNThe Yearling RestaurantSince 1952 Gators have been coming to grandparents, or greatgrandparents went to frog legs, duck, quail + venison + a wide famous sour orange pie. Now that is a meal Contact Alligator Advertising to feature your business here 352-376-4482 DINING ITALIAN COFFEEMaudes Classic Cafe parking. Indoor and Outdoor seating. Next to the Hippodrome. 336-9649 Introducing the Side excellent wine selection. Open Late FROZEN TREATSKarma Cream ice cream in town! We also have an impressive selection of organic vegan ice cream, baked goods, sandwiches, fair trade coffee, tea, organic beer and free WI-FI. Mon-Fri 8am-11pm Sat&Sun 10am-11pm By Paige Fry and Romy EllenbogenAlligator Staff WritersChristopher Artiga knew the day would come. Artiga, who was born in El Salvador and came to the United Status in 1999, is one of nearly 200,000 Salvadorans with TPS, or Temporary Protected Status. On Monday, President Donald Trumps administration announced the program would end on Sept. 9, 2019, forcing people with TPS to gain citizenship, leave the country or risk deportation. The decision came as no surprise to the 22-year-old Santa Fe programming and analysis sophomore. He and his family watched closely as Haitians fought for their TPS status in November and suspected something would come ever since Trump was elected. But Artiga has hope. Im just not going to let it get to me, he said. After the news broke, Gainesville lawyers and affected residents prepared a way to keep the protected status, which the U.S. offered to Salvadorans in 2001 after a series of earthquakes left the country in a humanitarian crisis, according to the Washington Post. Gainesville immigration attorney Cary Torres, a UF alumna, said some of her Salvadoran clients had anticipated the TPS drop, and the lawyer has already spoken with three clients about the next steps for legalization. People have been already trying coming down the pipe, she said. Salvadorans have been foreseeing it in the past month or so. Those affected can be sponsored by an employer or family member if the sponsor is a U.S. citizen and at least 21 years old. They can also obtain a student visa. In November, the Department of Homeland Security ended TPS for 60,000 Haitians who arrived after a 2010 earthquake and for 2,500 Nicaraguans protected after Hurricane Mitch in 1998, the Post reported. In Gainesville, other immigration lawyers like Torres offer free legal consultations for those affected by the removal of their protected status. Immigrants like Artiga have made this country their home, but each year his family has had to spend about $1,500 to apply for a TPS extension, he said. Under the protection, he and others arent eligible for citizenship or residency. Ive spent the huge majority of my life here, he said. I couldnt even tell you the street addresses of El Salvador or anything. His family doesnt receive tax nancial aid. Despite setbacks, Artiga said hell keep living his life to the fullest and hope Congress will take action. I dont know why Im being so blindly optimistic, but its better than being sad over it, he said. My futures uncertain, but life is uncertain.White House revokes protection status, Gainesville prepares


By David HoffmanAlligator Staff WriterWhen former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine asked a room of about 20 UF students State of the State address on Tuesday morning, not a single hand went up. Well you didnt miss that much, OK? I can tell you that, Levine said. A lot of things that he didnt say were the things I think were most important to all of us. Levine, whos running for Florida governor as a Democrat, spoke to students Tuesday at 3 p.m. at the Lubavitch Chabad Jewish Center, located at 2021 NW Fifth Ave., as part of his statewide fourday bus tour, Live! from Floridas Living Rooms. Students sat on white leather sofas and armchairs that Chabad members and Levines campaign staff had arranged in a circle. Levine stood and spoke for about an hour on a range of issues, from sea-level rise in Miami Beach to making Florida a start-up state for businesses. For students from low-income families, Levine said as governor he would make college debt-free, on the condition those students work in-state for a certain number of years after graduating. We want to make sure everyone has the right opportunity to go to college if your parents cant afford it, Levine said. Theres a lot of Einsteins out here, and we dont want them to leave the state of Florida. During the Q&A session, which lasted more than 30 minutes, students pressed the candidate on his exact plans for issues like homelessness among veterans and investing in poor, rural communities. When Eric Higbie, a UF political science sophomore, asked Levine exactly how high hed raise the minimum wage, Higbie said he thought of his debt after college and his job as a Jimmy Johns delivery driver. Higbie, 19, makes about $10 an hour, including tips, on a given shift. Levine said while he wants the minimum wage raised higher than $8.25 an hour, he and would rather let locals decide. Buying a burger in Miami Beach is a lot more money than buying a burger out in Pensacola, Levine said. Let local commuto go. While Higbie said he was happy to hear Levine is for raising the minimum wage, he said he would have preferred a commitment to $15 an hour. better, Higbie said. I look at my schooling and debt afterward; $15 would really help me have extra money in my pocket. @hoffdavid123 WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2018 ALLIGATOR 5 By Jessica Giles Alligator Staff Writer Xin Lins day came to a screeching halt Tuesday morning when he saw the sign. Free Donuts, it read. engineering student made a beeline for Newell Hall. He would never pass up a free donut, he said. Lin, 23, was met with not only boxes and boxes of Krispy Kreme glazed donuts but also newly appointed Dean of Students Heather White. For two hours, White chatted with students and handed of Newell Hall for the inaugural Donuts with the Dean. Campus Diplomats and U Matter, We Care also tabled at the event and handed out stickers, bags, pens and small, squishy gators. The monthly event was meant to help White get to know the Student Body and make her position more visible, she said. It was just a very informal way of saying Hello and Good luck with the new semester, White said. White served as interim Dean of Students since July and began her permanent role this month, according to Alligator archives. She said she has made students a priority by launching Donuts with the Dean, moving Dine with the Dean a program where students can eat lunch with White out of the Dean of like residence halls and the Reitz Union. Im not really thinking about the past, Im just thinking more about the future and focusing that way, she said. @jessica_giles_ jgiles@alligator.orgDean of Students hands out donuts, meets studentsWill Clewis / Alligator StaffChristina Sedaros, a UF statistics freshman, talks with Dr. Heather White, the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, at the Donuts with the Dean event in Newell Hall Tuesday. Sedaros said she goes to Newell every day. HE WAS PLACED ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE PENDING INVESTIGATION. By Robert LewisAlligator Staff WriterAn Alachua County Sheriffs Of$9,900 of evidence Monday morning, Gainesville police said. Deputy Anthony James Simoneaux, while at the scene of a crime on Northeast 35th Place, hid money in a boot, according to a GPD arrest report. He then put the boot in a wooded area, near the crime scene, police said. Police found the money during a search of the area that was unrelated to investigating Simoneaux. Simoneaux has worked for ACSO for nearly 20 years and is currently assigned to the Gainesville and Alachua County Drug Task Force, according to a press release. ACSO placed Simoneaux on an administrative leave as GPD conducts a criminal investigation, according to the press release. ACSO is also conducting an internal investigation. An ACSO spokesperson did not respond for comment or give Simoneauxs salary. It is unknown if the administrative leave is paid or unpaid. Simoneaux was charged with grand theft and taken to the Alachua County Jail where he was released on a $35,000 bond Tuesday. signed over a month ago before an internal investigation into his alleged misconduct making anti-Semitic remarks in Facebook posts from 2011 and 2013 concluded. The investicommitted the violation and also didnt notify his supervisor when he started working as an Uber driver. @Lewis__Robert A Drug Task Force deputy stole nearly $10,000 from a crime Two resolutions were approved as well Raise minimum wage Ensure every Floridian has health careLevines platform points Make Florida a leader in solar energy Restore voting rights for exfelons Invest tax dollars on public education rather than charter and private schools Improve public transportation between major cities Levine not be reached for further comment. Before Moodies speech, Senate passed two resolutions, one promoting political awareness of the Net Neutrality Act and the other encouraging awareness for the #GATORSFORVZLA, or Gators for Venezuela, by unanimous consent. Senator Benjamin Lima livestreamed the meeting on his Facebook page after the Live Stream for Accountability Transparency Act was tabled for review by the code revisions committee in December. The bill would require SG to live stream Senate meetings. Limas stream had about 1,000 views. With Schaettle remaining majority party leader, Inspire Senator Nathan Morse was elected as the new minority party leader. Were really excited for this semester to see what we can accomplish in a bipartisan manner, Lima said. @Christina_M18 cmorales@alligator.orgSENATE, from pg. 1 Candidate for Florida governor speaks with UF students


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. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2018 I Scott Stinson is a UF English junior. His column appears on Wednesdays.Column EditorialJoe Arpaio does not deserve the peoples voteI Melissa Gomez EDITOR Caitlin Ostroff Jimena Tavel Scott


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2018 ALLIGATOR 7Two words: Elevator pitch. No matter your major, minor, dream job or resume font (with the exception of Comic Sans and Papyrus), youre probably familiar with the good ol' elevator pitch you know, the two-minute spiel that effortlessly encapsulates all your hopes, dreams and relevant expesmile and sprightly sense of humor (and lets not forget about those marketable skills). The goal of this punchy-yet-professional pitch is to connect your experiences and skills to your aspirations in the amount of time you would hypothetically be in an elevator with a potential employer (or Miranda Priestly from The Devil Wears Prada). College students, graduates and millennials who are on the cusp of the real world are conditioned to quickly and effectively present themselves and their brand on the spot, so its no wonder the art of the elevator pitch has been a topic of discussion in just mentions the coveted personal brand. After a few years of tweaking and crafting my twominute summary, my personal pitch is (depending on the day) practically more manicured than my eyebrows. Thanks to all the buzz about personal branding, many people of my generation have become accustomed to talking about themselves in interviews and professional environments, but it almost seems as though weve forgotten how to balance the professional and the personal when it comes to casual social interactions. While at a New Years Eve party with my parents, I found myself cornered in the kitchen at the intersection of veggie platter and vodka when I was, for lack of a better description, trapped talking to an older couple I had never met. It all happened so fast; I innocently dipped a carrot in the nearby spinachartichoke-avocado dip, looked up, and there I was in an imaginary elevator of sorts, faced with two eager faces who had exhausted the weather of small talk and wanted to hear my life story. And that made me wonder what the world would be like if we had elevator pitches for different situations. I mean, think about it. Wouldnt it be great if you had an already-rehearsed, already-timed response to whip out when your moms friend Phyllis asks about your relationship status? Or when that relative asks about your post-grad plans? How nice would it be to have a few pitches ready for those awkward grocery store encounters or for when your airplane seatmate would rather play 20 questions with you than respect the fact that all you really want to do is read SkyMall? Heres an idea: We could have seasonal pitches. For example, make an elevator pitch to use as an excuse to leave the Thanksgiving table when the conversation goes political or turns into, Lets talk about our medical ailments. I can write a lengthy cover letter about myself for an internship application, I can speak with poise during an interview and Im not afraid to raise my hand in class and ask a question or spark a discussion but why is it that some social situations that go beyond the perfectly packaged pitch or professional box just never get less dreadful? The truth is that not every interaction is an interview, and not every conversation will be as cookie-cutter-coordinated as we sometimes wish. And after my veggie tray epiphany, I realized that in an era where everything from gadgets to good conversation seems to its more important than ever to embrace social situations that go beyond the elevator, no matter how awkward or intimidating In honor of a new year and a fresh semester, lets make the most of our conversations whether they last for two minutes or 20, whether theyre with our best friends or acquaintances and whether theyre in person, over FaceTime or in an elevator. Darcy Schild is a UF journalism junior. Her column appears on Wednesdays.The good, the bad and the elevator pitchColumn Darcy Schildopinions@alligator.orgI remember meeting seniors when I was a freshman almost four years ago. It felt like I was meeting someone from another generation another dimension, even. While I was struggling to remember which Regional Transit System bus would take me home, they seemed like they knew everything and had done everything. The word "senior" seemed synonymous with "wisdom." And I hoped I would have this wisdom, too, by senior year. I had time. I started picturing myself as a college senior and painting a mental picture of the person I would be at graduation. She was probably a spin class instructor and the president of a really important club. She was a straight-A student with a huge friend group of girls who all had super soft hair. She had a boyfriend and a job offer. She was a journalist. I am none of those things, except maybe the latter, depending on who you ask. I also thought senior year I would know how to make an omelet or how one even begins to run stadiums. I didnt think I would still be quietly getting confused between 13th Street and West University Avenue. But I graduate in four months, and here we are. Its weird to call ourselves seniors when we dont feel like seniors at all. It feels like a title I havent earned not che our parents have spewed at us, but because we used to picture our senior year selves as these real adults, fully ready to leave college and completely on-track to become whatever (and whomever) we thought we wanted to be. I dont know about you guys, but Im not quite there yet. I have a long way to go before I become who I pictured four years ago. Seniors arent the only ones entitled to this impostor syndrome either. How I pictured myself as a college freshman differed completely from the real thing, too. Just as Im sure the way I picture myself as a twenty-something or a thirty-something will be a lot different from reality, too. Maybe thats not such a bad thing. If we want to make our 18-year-old selves happy, we have a lot to do in the next four months. We could spend it trying to accomplish all of the things we thought we would, or we could spend it enjoying the semesterlong syllabus week standing between us and graduation. Im gonna go with B., semester-long syllabus week. Besides, if I had miraculously become the person my freshman-self dreamed up, I would be nothing like the person I am now a person that Im starting to like. I wouldnt have had time to meet the people Ive met marathons with those people. The person I pictured freshman year sounds lovely, but shes missing a few things things I didnt know I wanted for myself when I was 18. I never pictured that Id pick up a dance minor for fun, intern at a magazine in New York or spend nearly as much money at Salty Dog Saloon as I have. I never thought Id get space for my opinions in the Alligator every Wednesday, and I never semester with a Taylor Swift lyric. To my freshman year self, I am sorry to say: Your idea of yourself as a senior cant come to the phone right now. Why? Because shes dead, and something better may be taking her place. Carly Breit is a UF journalism senior. Her column appears on Wednesdays. Do not let impostor syndrome haunt you; enjoy your semesterColumn Carly 100s of New Choices Where:Reitz Union-Tabling AreaWhen:Monday January 8 thru Friday January 12Time: 9 A.M. 6 P.M. Sponsor: Programs


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2018 Keep up with the Avenue on Twitter. Tweet us @TheAlligator. s Ski Lodge concert: Over Easy Creative will host a concert featuring electronic music acts at High Dive (pg. 9)Back to School Bash offers free pizza, champagne: Lucid Nightlife will host its fourth biannual bash at Simons Nightclub with headliner MarSHen (pg. 10)WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2018 By Gabriella PaulAvenue WriterMark Richardson had a vision of experiencing art in a new way he imagined a better way to enjoy art than standing in an art gallery with nowhere to sit. Richardson, the owner of art gallery and opened the gallery in Micanopy three years ago. As of 2018, Somewhere Along The Way will relocate to 201 SE 2nd Ave. in downtown Gainesville, with a soft re-opening Wednesday and a grand re-opening later in the month. Richardsons motivation is to create an art gallery with a comfortable atmosphere that awakens the senses and allows art to be better enjoyed. I want people to experience art, and to experience art means it can go beyond the boundaries of its a sculpture or a painting or whatever it can be a glass of wine with chocolate, Richardson said. To me, thats art. Richardson said Somewhere Along The Way offers a coffee and espresso bar, a selection of local craft beers and his hand-picked selection of wines, likely to include California reds and Italian whites. make sure that theres something for people to enjoy, Richardson said. If theyre looking at the art, they can sit here with a coffee, craft beer or glass of wine, chocolate. The gallerys artwork includes drawings, paintings, sculptures and mosaics from several regional artists. There are also regular live music performances from jazz, blues, folk and acoustic artists, including the Damaged Daughters, a favorite American folk group of Richardsons. business after moving to Micanopy with his wife four years ago. For the 20 years beforehand, Richardson said he was traveling across the country as an information technology consultant. At the end of the day, most consultants, you know, usually people just go back to their hotel room and go to bed and get up to go to work the next day, Richardson said. Well I would walk around to try and get the feel for whatever place I was in and take pictures. After moving to Micanopy, Richardson thought about opening his own photography gallery, but thought that only showing his work seemed dull. While antique furniture shopping, he said he found his inspiration for Somewhere Along The Way. There was a little, tiny red building for lease, Richardson said. So I did, I jumped in. Fast forward three years, and Richardson has outgrown Micanopy. He had hoped it would grow into a stronger art district, he said, but that his vision was just too much for the quiet town. He added that the move to downtown Gainesville was the next step for his business. I like the energy here, and living in Boston and traveling usually I would go to larger cities when I was working as a consultant, and I liked the downtown energy, Richardson said. And honestly I kind of missed it. Bruce MenNe, a featured surrealist wood sculptor in the gallery, has been working with Richardson since the opening of Somewhere Along The Way in Micanopy. Here Mark understands art he understands me, MenNe said. I dont know about the other artists, but I have a feeling they feel the same way I do. dustry, MenNe now has time to pursue his lifelong carving hobby as a part-time job. MenNe has combined his love for music and passion of carving to create surrealist sculptures of muTaking Flight, a sculpture of two harps and a violin twisted into the image of a swan, will be on display when the gallery opens Jan. 10. Its two harps, and its a violin, but the harps and the violin are twisted into different shapes and go different directions, MenNe said. I affectionately call it a swandelin thats my pet name for it. MenNe said that each musical instrument per sculpture takes about 45 hours to carve. MenNe said that parting with his sculptures is never an easy thing to do, but that Richardson makes it easier. And the reason for that is I trust Mark. You know, hes a great guy, MenNe said. Micanopy art gallery and wine caf moves to Gainesville Photo by Gabriella Paul sculptures featured in Somewhere Along The Ways art gallery. By Emma WitmerAvenue WriterThe Georgia-based, one-manband Zach Deputy will share the High Dive stage with rising gypsy rockers Come Back Alice and local favorites Whale Feral and Losa Folk Thursday night. The downtown venue will welcome guests starting at 8 p.m., and the show will start at 9 p.m. This show, which kicks off Deputys nationwide Out of Hibernation tour, will be open to children with a guardian and those 18 years or older. Tickets for the concert can be found at High Dive, Hear Again for $15 in advance and $17 on the day of the show. Deputy is renowned for his live shows, creating the illusion of a full band though his own musical abilities and his artistry with a looping recorder. Instruments, beatboxing and soulful vocals merge seamlessly as audiences watch Deputy build a song piece by piece. Deputys performance is complex and precise just the type of puzzle he loves to solve. Theres something peaceful about doing something so intently that you cant think or focus on anything else, Deputy said. This intense focus is what keeps Deputy living in the moment. Thats a big part of what Deputy hopes to share with his audience. Being present in the present, he said, is the old way to accomplish anything. You cant change anything in the past, and you cant change the future because you dont even know it yet, but you can affect the present. Deputys music carries a type of positivity that is rare among soulful artists, but he said this is no mistake. While music is traditionally inspired by the culture surrounding it, Deputy said, music can also this reason, Deputy, a Christian, stays true to his own narrative and positive message. I speak in symbolism when I write my songs, Deputy said. I speak my truth. Deputy has released six albums during his solo career, and he is preparing to release his seventh. The new album, Wellspring, will be available later in 2018. As for the supporting act, Come Back Alive, band members Tony Tyler and Dani Jaye met in 2010, started the band in 2012 and got married in 2016. The bands key mix of blues, funk, classical and ate rock n roll with that special Come Back Alice spice, Tyler said. Tyler grew up in Macon, Georgia, with a drummer for a father to guide him musically and teach him the ins and outs of the music business. Jaye, a native of Bradenton, Florida, had to learn on her feet. Her family was not musical, and her came through a middle school music class where a violin was put in The violin was my Excalibur, Jaye said. From then on, music became her voice, her little rebellion, Jaye said. She began playing in a band with a few older men when she was about 15, learning to combine her classical skills with an improvisational style. It was with this group that she met Tyler. joined Jayes band on the stage. together, the now-married couple said it just felt right. Though Tyler said that working with your spouse brings its challenges, he cannot imagine himself anywhere else. We dont really argue much about dishes and laundry, Tyler said. Its more about chord changes and lyric structure. While the band continues to perform, Come Back Alice is preparing to release their sophomore album in late February or early March. Fans can expect the same gypsy rock sound that is Come Back Alice, Tyler said, but with even more rock n roll. I feel like people always go back to that original brash attitude of rock and roll, Tyler said.Zach Deputy, Come Back Alice to perform at High Dive


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2018 ALLIGATOR 9 SPORTS ISSUES2018 RUN 5 OUT OF 14 DATES AND SAVE 15% Contact your sales rep at 352-376-4482FRIDAY, JANUARY 12Gymnastics vs. LSUFRIDAY, JANUARY 26Gymnastics, TennisFRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2Mens Basketball vs. AlabamaFRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9Gymnastics, Softball vs. MichiganFRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16Baseball, LacrosseFRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23Mens Basketball, Gymnastics, SoftballFRIDAY, MARCH 2Mens Basketball vs. Kentucky, BaseballMONDAY, MARCH 12Mens NCAA Basketball TournamentFRIDAY, MARCH 23Baseball, Softball, TennisFRIDAY, MARCH 30Baseball, Track & Field, Softball, LacrosseFRIDAY, APRIL 13Baseball, Track & Field, Softball, TennisWEDNESDAY, APRIL 25Softball, Baseball By Taylor McLambAvenue WriterFans should expect to bring their warmest ski jackets to High Dive on Friday, where Over Easy Creative will host a concert featuring dynamic electronic music acts MZG and FRQ NCY. With the help of event planner Eclectic Electric, High Dive will be transformed into a retro ski lodge based in the s for the show. The event serves as an music festival that will take place Feb. 2 to 4. Les Voss, one of the founders of Over Easy Creative, said the company was created due to the desire to create immersive events that are more than just a DJ or a band in a room. Our motto is hear, see, feel, and we aim to create atmospheres that stimulate all senses, Voss said. We dont want to be a promotion company; we want to be an event curation company. Venues are our canvas, and our events are the painting. Over Easy Creative has been making an impact on Gainesvilles electronic music scene by introducing new, innovative and up-and-coming musical acts to the area over the past few years. Voss said the s were Gainesvilles prime for electronic music and its been a trek to get back to that legendary status, but by continuing to book more distinctive music acts, he hopes to get there again one day. I think Over Easy has carved out a special place here, and I keep going knowing that friendships and memories made by our guests could last a lifetime, said Voss. When picking the music acts that headline their shows, Over Easy Creative hopes electronic music community, which is built on devoted friendships and a love for music. MZG, which is short for Monozygotic, are identical twin brothers based in Florida who are professional DJs and self-taught musicians and producers. Voss said the duo personally played on his birthday at The JAM, a now-closed Gainesville concert venue, two years ago. FRQ NCY, a bass producer from Atlanta, was handpicked due to a trusted request from a former Over Easy intern, Kole Friese, who Voss said has been begging him to get FRQ NCY to Gainesville for a few months now. Weve been blessed with some great bookings in the last few years, and when I party in other places, Im always reminded just how special our community is, said Voss. Julia Lewis, a 21-year-old UF psychology senior, said the fact that Over Easy was hosttend the show. I love electronic music, and I love heavy bass the most, and Over Easy does a lot of events with those sounds, Lewis said. Im usually down to go to most things they host because its usually good music in general and a little different. Lewis, who said shes most looking forward to seeing the supporting act Mystic Grizzly, singles out Over Easy Creative for a lot of unique music in Gainesville that she They bring in really interesting artists, said. Gainesvilles scene has grown since Ive been here, even though great places close like The JAM and Realm, it still keeps on keeping on. With great acts like MZG and FRQ NCY keeping Gainesville warm this Friday night, its concerts like these that broaden Gainesvilles electronic music legacy, and Over Easy Creative has been striving to do their part. Fans can expect a transformed High Dive, with full immersion, great vibes and great friends, Voss said. Two lucky people in Miami on Feb. 2 to 4. Lets make some memories. The s-themed ski lodge takeover will be Friday, Jan. 12 at High Dive from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. In addition to MZG and FRQ NCY, supporting acts include Mystic Grizzly, Frostbyte, Dropkick, Rest in Pierce, SIDE TRAKD and Holden Howard. Hard copy and online door. Over Easy Creative to host s Retro Ski Lodge concert Courtesy to the AlligatorMZG, the identical twin duo that has performed at festivals like Hulaween and Okeechobee, will stop in Gainesville this week.


10 ALLIGATOR WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2018 By Natalie RaoAvenue EditorLocal production company Lucid Nightlife will host its fourth biannual Back To School Bash on Thursday at Simons Nightclub with headliner MarSHen and supporting acts YUNG ADAM, KYRO and Acraze set to perform. Instead of focusing on the headliners this time around, however, the production company chose to emphasize the party by presenting the event with Orlando event planning company Pizza & Champagne. Matt Collins, CEO and founder of Lucid Nightlife, said the aim of Thursdays event is to create a house party atmosphere in a nightclub setting. Ive had a lot of people ask when the Back to School Bash is, not even asking whos playing it but when is it, Collins said. We just want to make a crazy kickoff party to set the bar for the semester. To drive this idea home, Collins teamed up with former business partner and friend Eric Arroyo in Orlando to bring the Pizza & Champagne event to Gainesville. Arroyo created Pizza & Champagne, a weekly party at Tier Nightclub, in May 2017 with the same idea of emphasizing the party over the headliners. He did this after hosting several successful pop-up parties in Los Angeles where people came for the event rather than the artists performing. I wanted to bring that concept over to FL (Florida) because I felt like the scene over here was getting too about who the DJs were, Arroyo said. Everyone was forgetting about the times that wed just go out with our friends and enjoy a fun party. With dirt cheap ticket and drink prices and, of course, free pizza and champagne, Arroyo said hes seen the event grow over the past eight months. Plus, the performers enjoy the idea just as much as the attendees. [The performers] like it too because, at the end of the day, theyre always going to play for a fun crowd, Arroyo said. By doing it this way, where its just about the party and less about the artist, people who are going are going to have fun and are going to have the same amount of energy no matter the DJ. The Pizza & Champagne event has expanded to Jacksonville and San Diego, with Gainesville as its third stop outside of Orlando. In addition to helping the event grow into a touring party, Arroyo said that Gainesville hits close to home because he used to throw Thursday night parties at Simons years ago with Collins. Im very excited about this one in particular because Im going back to my roots, Arroyo said. Im going to bring it extra hard for this one because Gainesville did take a chunk of my heart back in the day throwing those parties. The 18 and up Back To School Bash will be Thursday Jan. 11 at Simons from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Early bird presales have sold out, with general admission and VIP tickets remaining at for $7 to $10. Walk-up tickets will be available the night of the show for $10. By Emma WitmerAvenue WriterWith January now in full swing its time to start wondering what your favorite artists have up their sleeves for 2018. Whether they have been completely off to take off some pressure, these chart-topping artists are overdue for an album. Heres who we need to see in 2018: Nicki Minaj Despite having verses on some of 2017s top tracks like Migos Motorsport and Yo Gottis Rake It Up, 2018 marks four years since the release of Minajs third studio album, The Pinkprint. With the rise of Cardi B as the new princess of rap last year, 2018 is set be the year of the female rap royalty. Hozier In 2015, the alternative singer-songwriter from Ireland was topping American pop charts with his politically charged song Take Me to Church. The hit came from his 2014 breakout, self-titled album, Hozier. For months, the singers hypnotic vocals seemed to play on every radio station before he seemed to disappear from the music scene altogether. Troye Sivan Troye Sivan started his career as a YouTube sensation, creating a fan base that hood, to major success. The 2015 project featured Sivans pop anthem Youth and a collaboration with Alessia Cara, WILD, that made both fandoms explode. Sivan followed and just announced the coming release of his new single, My My My, on Thursday. MUSIC Courtesy to the AlligatorThis will be Lucid Nightlifes fourth edition of the Back To School Bash, which started in August 2016.


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How did Jack Szaranek bounce back from a gruesome leg injury during his childhood to earn a spot on Florida's swimming team. Read the story, pg. 16 Former Gators forward called up by WizardsFormer Florida basketball player Devin Robinson was recalled by the Washington Wizards on Tuesday, according to a release on the team's website. Robinson averaged 13.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and shot 52 percent from the Follow us for updatesFor updates on UF athletics, follow us on Twitter at @alligatorSports or online at, JANUARY 10, 2018'S BASKETBALLBy Jake DreilingerSports WriterFlorida men's basketball coach Mike White knew his team was lacking in offenGoing from scoring 100-plus points in struggling to reach 70 points didnt help White said being on the short end of the stick a few times this season helped his Weve found more of an offensive have a better understanding of who operates tinue to develop that rhythm and build UF looks to continue win streak tonight against Mississippi State Finals appearances have reship win against Georgia the second Gators to a 41-14 demolition of prohibiMeyers current team and seven straight national titles last-minute touchdown could two seasons in a row without a title be a sign that the landscape was The SEC needs Alabama more than Alabama needs the SECHuang Story Short / OpinionGATORS IN THE NFLBy Sam Campisano Sports Writer Demarcus Robinson picked a good time one of the best games of his career on the The man who led Tennessee to that improbable comeback was coach Mike MularMularkey leads Titans to victoryAlan Alvarez / Alligator Staff with the recent play of UF's offense. "I think we have a better understanding of who operates where," White said. SEE COLUMN, PAGE 16 SEE NFL, PAGE 16 SEE BASKETBALL, PAGE 16 Andrew Huangtwitter: @icohenb


changing? The answer is a little bit of a paradox. The conference with the most talented recruits and the most NFL Draft picks would, in theory, also win the most championships, but at times it creates the opposite effect. According to 247Sports, the SEC has claimed over half of the nations top-10 recruiting classthe top-50 recruiting classes since 2013, meaning the rest of the country has had just 23. And ings, too, because the SEC has produced more NFL draft picks than any other conference 11 years in a row. The unintended effect in all this is that the league can be top-heavy. Who, outside of Alabama, has consistently been a contender from the SEC? No one. Obviously, Georgia was this year, but weve seen how quickly things change. Auburn has been solid at times. LSU was good for a while there. Florida got the party started, technically, but hasnt been a threat as of late. See, the talent is there throughout the league. The SEC just beats up on itself. Its teams brutalize each other during conference play, and it hurts in the long run because its so hard to bama, which, with the help of the greatest college football coach of all time in Nick Saban, continues to weather that storm, watching the within the balance of power. with the Crimson Tide, and second in the last three years. Or in other words, after not producing a champion in back-to-back years (2013 and 2014), the SEC is back where its used to being. Which begs the following question: is it wrong to give the SEC credit for the Tides success? The answer is yes. That hasnt always been the case, but Alabama has been asked to carry the SEC more and more recently. Perhaps Georgia lasts, and Dan Mullen brings Florida back to prominence, and Jimbo Fisher turns Texas A&M into a powerhouse and the SEC looks something like, say, the 2012 sea10 or more wins. Until then, the SEC needs Alabama more than Alabama needs the SEC. Andrew Huang is a sports writer. Contact him at, from pg. 14tus was secure, Mularkey said, No, I havent had any support to say that I was [secure]. No, I just assumed the worst. That comment, and the rumors cial statement from Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk. Mike Mularkey is our head coach and will be our head coach moving forward she said. Elsewhere, former Gators Keanu Neal and Bryan Poole had solid performances in Atlantas win over Los Angeles. Neal, a strong safety, recorded eight tackles, and Poole, a cornerback, had four. Other former Gators who saw playoff action include Bryan Cox Jr., Dante Fowler Jr., Lerentee McCray and Deonte Thompson. Former Gators like Trey Burton, Marcus Gilbert, Maurkice Pouncey and Joe Haden should all be in action this weekend after having a week off because of the bye. @samcampisano scampisano@alligator.orgNFL, from pg. 14 The Associated PressFormer Gators tight end Mike Mularkey coached the Tennessee Titans to a one-point victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL playoffs on Saturday. (16.9 per game), Egor Koulechov (15.0), Chris Chiozza (13.1) and KeVaughn Allen (11.1), will be needed to combat a Bulldogs team that has held opponents to 63.5 points per game this season. scoring of their older guards throughout the season, the past couple games have seen the resurgence of center Kevarrius Hayes. Since Floridas 75-60 win over Incarnate Word on Dec. 22, Hayes has provided UF with the inside presence it had been missing all season, averaging 8.3 points per game while blocking 11 shots over the last four games. Florida will look to Hayes to help limit Bulldogs big men Aric Holman and Abdul Ado, who lead Mississippi State in rebounds and blocks, respectively. Kevarrius is our most vocal guy, so when hes playing well, I think it gives our guys conis he doesnt need to get 14 points to consider it playing well. games, including an SEC-opening victory against Arkansas. Although MSU has Holman and Ado in the frontcourt, most of its scoring comes from starting guards Quinndary Weatherspoon, Nick Weatherspoon and Tyson Carter. Their speed and quickness on the perimeter is probably as good as there is, White said. White is 2-0 against Mississippi State as UFs coach, but said he is treating this game as if he has never faced the Bulldogs before. Theyre really sound, White said. Theyre a different team than they were a year ago. @DreilingerJake jdreilinger@alligator.orgBASKETBALL, from pg. 14WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2018 ALLIGATOR 15


Jim Burgess / UAA Communications 16 ALLIGATOR WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2018 How Jack Szaraneks gruesome leg injury altered the course of his athletic careerBy River WellsSports Writer Jack Szaranek breathed heavily as he His soccer coach had just announced moments prior at a scrimmage that the next player to score a goal would win the match for his Jack, now a swimmer at Florida, was 11 years old and living in his hometown of DunAfter gaining possession of the ball, Jack As he got closer and closer to the 18-yard box, There was only one obstacle left in his way: a boy on the opposing team frantically running As he made the maneuver, he planted his left leg behind him and felt a pair of cleats penSnap. Jack collapsed to the ground and screamed in pain, writhing back and forth as players and ever, was how drastically the injury would professional soccer player and forced him to foof record-breaking times, olympic aspirations and the opportunity to compete for one of the most successful programs in the NCAA, the From the moment his leg snapped, Jack FROM THE PITCH TO THE POOL: Shifting Focus top young prospects in his age group, he hated So after months of rehabbing his leg, he But after playing for another year and half, cal, he said, which were the two main asJack had previously been offered a spot to play for the developmental team of Dunferback, and after deliberating for several months, he turned his attention to another sport, one that had originally brought his family together: sport always held a special place in their hearts, and once Jack and his brother, Mark, were old enough to get in the water, their parents signed The two boys swam and played soccer throughout their childhood, with the pool alJack quit soccer, he and his brother started training full time under their father at the Carnegie Swimming Club, one of the oldest swimThe more and more they trained, it soon became evident Jack had made the right deciTesting the Waters After training rigorously under his father for To read the rest of this story online, go to