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The Independent Florida alligator

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The Independent Florida alligator
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We Inform. You Decide.www.alligator.orgNot officially associated with the University of Florida WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2018 FOLLOW US ONLINE FOR UPDATES @FloridaAlligator @TheAlligator_ @TheAlligator A hotel is opening up near The StandardVisitors will share the parking garage, pg. 8Check out a guide to ChangevilleArtists are going to perform for social change, pg. 13 GATORS TAKING ON TIGERS TONIGHTThe Florida mens basketball team is facing LSU at 6:30 p.m. at the OConnell Center, pg. 18 By Elliott NasbyAlligator Staff WriterA former banking executive and an Orlando-based lawyer have been appointed to the Board of Trustees. left open by board members Steven Scott got Winick wrote in an email. Trustees volunteer to serve on the cording the current bylaws. The last appointment of new members was in June of Both appointees cannot become full members until receiving approval by the The university is excited to welcome bring a wealth of important experience school. ness and legal experience to the board poHe is a co-managing partner at Shutts By Christina MoralesAlligator Staff WriterThe Challenge Party has started a petition to rename the OConnell Center in a video announcement sent to The Alligator and posted for Student Body president with made to educate students on Stephen C. OConnells restrictions in the 1970s after they told him about their concerns about safety and inclusivity. lege of Law in April 1949 because petitioned his rejection to the was a justice who concurred in the decision. Challenges campaign manager Wayne Selogy said they got the information from African Ameria history book by Betty J. Stewartpublished in 2003. The main reason we decided tion points is because of the sheer team currently use the venue. It lion renovation. OConnell started as the uniafter the university was desegregated. to express their disappointment in the university for not encouraging black students to enroll or employing more black faculty memOConnell refused to meet with VOLUME 112 ISSUE 55Published by Campus Communications, Inc. of Gainesville, Florida FUN AND FITNESS2018SEE TRUSTEES, PAGE 5 SEE OCONNELL, PAGE 5Nate Bustamante / Alligator StaffActor Terry Crews smiles for the crowd as he makes an enthusiastic entrance inside the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday night at the ACCENT Speakers Bureau-hosted event. By David HoffmanAlligator Staff WriterTerry Crews jumped out onto the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts the audience and turned back to his ininto the microphone at a volume that caused some audience members to night at the Phillips Center to an audiarchives. All of the free tickets were given away. Crews touched on everything from funny Hollywood experiences to his troubled upbringing with an abusive father. He recounted how he bombed an audition the same day he landed his audition because of the fear and pressure he felt. You have to trick your brain beCrews described how he used comedy growing up to cope with trauma. Some of his earliest memories are of his father shoving his mother to the Before he and his brother cried or Comedy is a way you keep from to process; your brain has to process Actor Terry Crews talks success, struggle at UFSEE CREWS, PAGE 5 GATORS TAKING ON TIGERS TONIGHT

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Subscription Rate: Full Year (All Semesters) $100The Alligator. The Alligator The Independent Florida Alligator The Alligator The Alligator The Alligator ISSN 0889-2423 alligators alligator.org/calendarLocal Events / News in Brief Todays WeatherAM NOON PM 2 ALLIGATOR WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2018 or email WHATS HAPPENINGWorkshops for people seeking legal advice The Alachua County Library District is partnering with the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association to present a series of workshops called Law in the Library: Restoration of Civil Rights. These will be held 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday at Library Partnership, 4:30-5:45 p.m. March 22 at Library Partnership and 5:30-7 p.m. April 5 at Tower Road Branch. Josiah T. Walls Bar Association attorneys and UF Levin College of Law students will provide one-on-one assistance to people who have been convicted of a felony and are interested in applying to have their civil rights restored. They will also meet with people who are interested in having their records sealed or expunged. These presentations are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. For more information, visit aclib.us/law or call 352-3343900. Free Citizenship classes The Latina Womens League will offer free citizenship classes 6-7:30 p.m. every Thursday until March 29 at the Millhopper Library Branch, located at 3145 NW 43rd St. To register, email info@latinawomensleague.org. Camp GatorNights The Reitz Union will hold Camp GatorNights on Friday night. The event will allow students to relive summer camp memories by creating friendship bracelets, work on nature-weaving and paint rocks. The event will also feature four square, tetherball and an obstacle course, as well as a tent-building contest. Treats at the event will include smores and a trail mix bar. GatorNights is always Friday, always free for UF students with their Gator 1 Card. Attendees must be current students, and theyre allowed to bring a maximum of one guest. Stomp the Swamp for Autism Impact Autism, a UF organization, is holding Stomp the Swamp for Autism to benefit the UF Center for Autism and Related Disabilities 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 17 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. CARD supports individuals with autism and their families through training and assistance. To learn more about autism and to register for Stomp the Swamp, visit card.ufl.edu or search the Facebook event page. LifeSouth Community Blood Centers race Registration is now open for LifeSouth Community Blood Centers Five Points of Life Race Weekend on Feb. 17 and Feb. 18 at fivepointsoflife.com. Gainesvilles largest running race begins on the UF Cultural Plaza. Both days will include food, free massages and music. All proceeds go to the Five Points of Life Foundation, which educates people on ways to share life with others, including the donation of blood, organs and tissue. Student Government Elections Spring Student Government Elections will be held 8:30 a.m.8:30 p.m. Feb. 20 and 21 at locations across campus. All absentee ballot requests are due by 5 p.m. today. Visit sg.ufl.edu/elections to request an absentee ballot before the deadline. Words on Canvas: Harn Museum Writing Competition Words on Canvas is a poetry and prose writing competition at the Harn Museum of Art, located at 3259 Hull Road, for UF and Santa Fe College students inspired by art. The selection of artwork features a variety of media, including pieces from Asian, Contemporary and Modern collections. Winning contestants will be awarded prizes. See guidelines at harn.ufl.edu/wordsoncanvas. The deadline is Feb. 25. Got something going on? Want to see it in this space? Send an email with Whats Happening in the subject line to jtavel@alligator.org. 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. Correction: A story published by The Alligator titled ACSO: Man stabs wife and then cuts himself and "Gainesville man stabs wife then cuts himself," incorrectly reported Gainesville Police handled the case. It was handled by Alachua County Sheriff's Office. VOLUME 112 ISSUE 55NEWSROOM Editor Managing Editor, Online Managing Editor, Print Beats Editor Freelance Editor Investigations Editor Opinions Editor Sports Editor Assistant Sports Editor alligatorSports.org 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

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2018 ALLIGATOR 3 Inside fl Inside Wednesday, February 7, 2018 rf nt br rf n nYour campus connection for all things UFUF MBA is leading the way in two catego ries of the Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2018. e UF MBA Full-Time program earned the No. 1 ranking in value for money in the world and has the highest salary percentage increase among U.S. schools. Additionally, 88 percent of UF MBA alumni indicated their aims were achieved, meaning the extent to which alumni ful lled their reasons for pursuing an MBA. e program oers concierge-level service with access to all of the resources of a large university, said Todd Hales, MBA Senior Manager at Ryder. e program allowed me to successfully change industries while more than doubling my pre-MBA salary. To top it all o, the reasonable tuition and generous scholarships make it an unparalleled value. lands will also feature a silent disco featuring stu dent DJs, food trucks, student organization-led activities and art installations made by students. is festival is focused on three core ideas: Dis covery, Passion and Unity, said Kyle Kocinski, festival director for e Wetlands. Showcasing the richly creative talent and achievement of UF students is essential to this event. Tickets are available through the OConnell Center Box Oce. Student tickets are $15 and general public tickets are $30. Re-entry will be permitted, so students can pop in to hear their favorite groups or make a day of it. e event is sponsored by Student Government and Gators Going Green. Learn more at www.wetlandsfest.com. Student Government Productions (SGP) will host UFs inaugural student-run music festival on Sunday, Feb. 25 from 3 to 10 p.m. on Flavet Field. e Wetlands festival focuses on celebrat ing the accomplishments of the student body while bringing together local and national artists. Snakehips, A$AP Ferg, and Saint Motel will headline the event with performances from other local artists and students. One of the biggest things about e Wetlands is how it will bring together multiple genres and students from dierent backgrounds and interests, said Alex DesRosiers, SGP chairman. e Wet -tbn Erin Jackson has a new material in her life: Ice. e 2015 University of Florida Materials Science and Engineering alumna traded her inline skates for ice skates just four months ago. Now she is heading to Pyeongchang, South Korea, for the Olympics as a member of Team U.S.A. in long-track speed skating. She nished third in the 500-meter race during the Olympic trials in Milwaukee snagging the nal of three spots. Before the qualifying races, Jackson had never skated the course in less than 40 seconds. In Milwaukee, she had two personal bests completing the course in 39.22 seconds and 39.04 seconds.n n n nbn Retired bank executive Tom Kuntz and Orlando lawyer Daniel T. OKeefe have been named to the University of Florida Board of Trustees. Kuntz, appointed by Gov. Rick Scott, suc ceeds Steven M. Scott and is appointed for a term beginning Jan. 26, 2018, and ending Jan. 8, 2023. OKeefe, appointed by the Board of Governors, succeeds David omas, who was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2013. Both appointments are subject to conrmation by the Florida Senate. ese two new members have a keen understanding of what our students need to be successful both before and after graduation, UF President Kent Fuchs said. I welcome them and look forward to working with them as we continue our eorts toward becoming a top-ve public research university. To learn more about Mr. Kuntz and Mr. OKeefe, visit: trustees.u.edu. t t nb nn Gators, lets get consensual. Each year, STRIVE hosts a variety of activities the week of Valentines Day that teach about consent to sexual activity and intimacy. We share what consent is, what it isnt, and how to navigate uncertainties, all while youre having fun. We want to emphasize that consent and sensuality go hand in hand. e centerpiece of the week is the Cupids Consent Fair, which will take place on Val entines Day between 10 and 2 p.m. at the Reitz Union Terrace. With 15 partner orga nizations, both on-campus and local, the fair is an amazing opportunity to learn about consent, hear from diverse voices in our community, and take home some Valentines Day cards for your boo. Students who visit a major ity of the tables at the fair will earn a consent campaign t-shirt (while supplies last), as well as many other goodies you wont want to miss. On Feb. 13, STRIVE, the Womens Stu dent Association and Planned Parenthood Generation Action will host Dr. Laurie Mintz at our General Body Meeting. She will talk about pleasure equality, sex positivity, and her new book Becoming Cliterate, followed by a Q&A and book signing. is event is at 6:15 p.m. in the Reitz Union, room 2315. You can also nd us at GatorNights on Friday, Feb. 16 where we will have an other activity about consent and, as always, more health advocacy tools you can win! Look for information about these and other events on our Facebook page: @StriveUF. nn If youre interested in sports, race or gender is sues, dont miss this chance to hear from one of the best storytellers in the business. e UF College of Journalism & Communications is hosting ESPN baseball writer, Claire Smith on Feb. 21 at 6 pm in the Pugh Hall Ocora. Smith is the rst woman and only the fourth African American to cover major league baseball full time. She is also the rst woman to be present ed with the J.G. Spinks Award, the top honor from the Baseball Writers Association of Amer ica. She will share her perspectives on race and sports over the past several decades and her most interesting experiences from a long career. is event is free and open to the public.tb tn It has been reported that Jackson was shocked to not just surpass her Top 10 dreams but make the team. Even more surprising, Jackson is from Ocala, where the closest ice rinks are more than an hour away. ough inline skating has been a feeder for top ice speed skating competitors. During her time in the Department of Mate rials Science and Engineering, Jackson worked with Dr. Jack Mecholsky. Her undergraduate thesis focused on fracture mechanics of dental ceramics and was completed in conjunction with UFs Center for Dental Biomaterials. I think she developed the skills of organization and timeliness from her love of athletics, Mecholsky said. Her senior thesis work was outstanding and will contribute to a journal publication. She graduated cum laude with her bachelors degree. Show some Gator love and support Jackson here: Twitter:@ErinJackson480 Instagram:@speedyj Andrea E. Hall The following is a paid advertisement

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4 ALLIGATOR WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 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 dailygreendowntown.org 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 Christina MoralesAlligator Staff WriterIn a letter sent to The Alligator on Tuesday, Sen. Branden Pearson (Independent, Lakeside) Pearson said. minorities. We are dedicated to representing Gators from disagrees. At Tuesday nights Senate meeting, Inspire the Judiciary Committee unanimously failed on more than one committee. Felipe Gatos, a UF economics sophomore opportunities for international students on Nicole Mooradian, a UF theatre sophomore, @Christina_M18 cmorales@alligator.orgSenator leaves party, preparations for election begin

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2018 ALLIGATOR 5 By Robert LewisAlligator Staff WriterA popular convenience store may be coming to Gainesville to Wawa, a convenience store Lewis__Robert rlewis@alligator.orgWawa convenience store could be coming to Gainesville @hoffdavid123 dhoffman@alligator.org @_ElohEl enasby@alligator.orgCREWS, from pg. 1TRUSTEES, from pg. 1He was paid $40,000 to speak. UFs trustees are unpaid. @Christina_M18 cmorales@alligator.orgThe party said students can vote for a new name.OCONNELL, from pg. 1

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Alexa, stop reinforcing gender stereotypesThe Amazon Echo, more commonly known as Alexa, was the star of the Super Bowl at least if youre the kind of person who was in it for the commercials. In the ads featuring the virtual personal assistant, after the automatic voice starts to cough, chaos erupts. While Alexas sick, Jeff Ramsay is too hostile, Cardi B plays Bodak Yellow when asked to play country music, and Leslie Jones and J.B. Smoove cant agree on what romantic advice to give a lovesick user. The voice of Alexa returns, assuring everyone, Ill take it from here. Its clear from the commercials just how much these digital assistants now permeate our lives. The mainstream assistants are all programmed a little differently, with somewhat different personalities and varying witty responses to questions. But the one thing they have in common is the gender of the voice coming out of their speakers. Theres Cortana, Microsofts version of the female asder says, I dont have a gender, in a distinctly feminine of a female. Finally, theres Alexa from the Amazon Echo. Shes our weather forecaster, DJ and, most importantly to Jeff Bezos, a personal Amazon shopper. the gender of almost all of our digital assistants voices is a step in the wrong direction. No, were not hurting are reinforcing gender stereotypes that women were created to serve people. How that will affect users especially young ones remains tal assistants exist. Theres no way Id rememers. They serve other important purposes, too at the command of Hey Siri, 108, iPhones will call emergency services; Alexa will read these products is a females. Market research showed Ap and thats another issue. have a gender either way. People dont need to identify as spokesperson for Nuance Inc., which provides the voices ing a gender-neutral voice and a gender-neutral name, easy as giving the users a choice when they set up their phones and creating half of the advertisements with the digital assistants male voices. As for me, my new personal assistant, still named Siri, has the voice of an Australian man. He reminds me to sign Im too lazy to type. You have to start somewhere. Carly Breit is a UF journalism senior. Her column focus es on feminism. Column EditorialWhy didnt UF bring Burrito Bros. on campus?UF does not exist in a vacuum. As the university continues its outward expansion, taking over surrounding streets with its presence, the It was only natural for the university to pump more preeminent goal. more property. UF will continue to extend its reach into the city, But the university must acknowledge that everything it touches either thrives or dies, and it has the option to help local Its employees and students accounted for more than half the search and Planning and Census Bureau data. With that ecoin response to the student population strangled the mom-andpop shop. Though the two have remained open despite the sale, they could With a growing campus and student and faculty population and goals of national and international recognition, its undera fraternity house kitchen, to campus. The restaurant had roots had an opportunity to introduce the UF Levin College of Law to a local coffee shop like Karma Cream or Maudes places that posure near students. While we dont know whether there is an underlying contractual agreement that allows the coffee chain to have a monopoly on selling coffee products as the university does with Pepsi Co. we do know there is an opportunity to Corporate companies are attracted to UF like magnets, and are three Chick-Fil-A restaurants on campus. There are three ers might say its three too many. But when Einstein Bros. left In reality, the university could help in countless ways. Profeswith local entrepreneurs through class projects. UF could create an advocacy committee that protects the interests of these local Melissa Gomez EDITOR A bby M iller OPINIONS EDITOR Caitlin Ostroff MANAGING EDITOR, ONLINE Jimena Tavel MANAGING EDITOR, PRINT Carly Breitopinions@alligator.org

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2018 ALLIGATOR 7 40 percent of food in the U.S. is wasted 40 percent of food in the U.S. is wasted REDUCE F D WASTE Today, we can listen to any song in a never-ending music library, and we have the power to stream nearly any movie ever made. But we always seem to revert to familiar classics in both categories. And theres a reason why. Its the same reason I see rows of s hair scrunchie-clad wrists when I walk to class and why Spotify playlists with names like Middle School Jams and s Yacht Rock exist and are arguably some of the most well-loved. Nostalgia has been a buzzword in recent years. But a longing for the past, a desire to listen to songs we loved when we were 16 and a newfound love for old accessories are rooted in psychology. We feel connected to certain images and sounds not only because we associate them lives (typically adolescence), but also because psychologists believe between the ages 12 and 22, the music we love is essentially wired into our brains as we undergo rapid neurological development. Whoever or whatever you listened to during the formative years of your life determines your nostalgia. Studying nostalgia from the psychological standpoint makes me think that even though we sometimes look to memories as a means of escaping the present, we cant escape some elements of the past even if we wanted to. A new study shows that our longing for a bygone era even impacts how we engage with content on social media. In a research article about social media engagement published in Visual Communication Quarterly, University of Missouri School of Journalism professors T.J. Thomson and Keith Greenwood report that more Instagram users have a greater propensity to like still photographs than videos because photos represent nostalgia for an images-only environment. Some participants even suggested that Instagram should remove the video-posting feature to preserve the art of the still photograph. Maybe this explains why Futop-selling photo product on Amazon for nearly two years. Theres also a growing prevalence of iPhone photography apps such as Huji Cam, which turns the screen into a makeshift disposable camimages complete with a time stamp in the corner that reads . Some may argue that taking an interest in pop culture of the past is the same as hopping on a trendy bandwagon, but Id say the adage, Everything old is new again, is not exactly new. Its rare to analyze fashion, beauty, art an element of the past woven into it. Others may argue that the return of Polaroid pictures and disposable camera-esque photograph is purely aesthetic, but theres a reason were drawn to the certain photos or music that look or sound old. Perhaps its because were searching for a distraction from the chaos of our current culture or because subconsciously were trying to mimic experiences of another time. Coming from someone who grew up listening to my parents Madonna" and "Men at Work cassette tapes, Ill take the ubiquitous scrunchies, choker necklaces and endless social trends any day. Darcy Schild is a UF journalism junior. Her columns focus on human behavior and sociology.I grew up watching Super Bowl commercials that worked within the stereotype of them being created for laughter. They were essentially rodeo clowns. Their highest aim was to make you laugh until the game resumed. The Super Bowl commercials this year, though, seemed to go in another direction. A lot of companies went for the heart rather than the cheap gag. To be honest, this bothers me, and one commercial in particular was absolutely galling. We see an elegy to the American dream: soldiers and mothers doing the dirty work of life the type of work that sustains a family, a neighborhood, a community and a nation. The focus is not on the heroes, but on their noble steeds, Ram trucks, which we see sporadically throughout the commercial. If you wanna be recognized, wonderful, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preaches in the background. If you wanna be great, wonderful! But recognize that he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. The commercial closes with King saying the only thing needed to be a great servant is a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love. The screen fades, and the words Built to Serve with the Ram logo appear innocently on the screen. What would King say to that? Such powerful words, crafted and spoken with the singular passion of a prophet, used to disguise a wolf in sheeps clothing. Ram didnt use Kings sermon to sell trucks but to make you think it's more than that to make you think What they did was facetious. How can you take a King sermon and use it for public relations with a clear conscience? And yet I saw other companies attempting a similar thing: to make themselves out to be thoughtful, enriching, serious organizations generated not by money but by love and ethics. T-Mobile, Hyundai and Toyota had commercials with a message beyond why we should buy their product. Of course, companies like Tide, Doritos and Amazon went for the big laughs, and, for the most part, they succeeded. And Im sure that serious ads have been a part of the Super Bowl experience just as much as the silly ones. Regardless, I personally think companies should stick with being funny because thats the highest form of transparency a company can share with us. When we watch a funny commercial, both we and the company are aware that at the bottom of the ad a product is being advertised. Lets face it every company wants your money, and any interaction we have with a company centers around that premise. Companies have the power to be forces for structured primarily to make money and grow; altruism is a secondary consideration and is only taken seriously when acting in such a way will sell more products. Companies like Doritos know that we know this and just try to make us laugh. They know that any message untethered from promoting their product will be cheapened and debased because, in reality, any greater message is not that great. Capitalism feeds off money, but human beings need more than that to thrive. We need love, moral guidance, relationships, purpose, etc. things that Ram cannot, at the end of the day, sell us in a commercial. Scott Stinson is a UF English junior. His columns focus on popular culture.Your nostalgia is rooted in psychology Commercials should stick to humorColumn Column Scott Stinsonopinions@alligator.org Darcy Schildopinions@alligator.org

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8 ALLIGATOR WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2018 By Paige FryAlligator Staff WriterA Gainesville man was convicted Monday for killing a retired UF professor and lighting ley sentenced Stephen Underon for the murder of Thomas said both families wanted to the charges without admitting cide to second-degree homicide He has remorse on what took responsibility for what he years for the homicide charge ing with evidence will be served Underwood will be transported to the Florida Departfrom Underwood swindling sworn complaint presented to wood was incarcerated for fraud When Underwood was released from prison in December Oakland had authorities issue a trespass warning to prohibit Underwood from coming to his Oakland told police he knew Underwood was stealing money to be a good Christian and help a Underwood had hit Oakland on the head with an unknown man unconscious and killing rested two days later in Jacksonof Education who worked with Oakland for a year before his reyou were to talking to a very But you also knew you were @paigexfry pfry@alligator.orgMan sentenced to 50 years for murderBy Jessica GilesAlligator Staff Writer they felt the commission should maintain control of Gainesville This is one of many issues running for City Commission addressed in the forum hosted Monday night at the GainesvilleAlachua County Association Both candidates running for Atdidates Gigi Simmons and GosThe candidates shared their dents in attendance on affordwaste mission and primary issues they would tackle if electThe GRU governance bill will appear on the ballot in NoCity Commission will remain a newly formed independent each candidate brought unique must come to the table and talk and come up with an agreement @jessica_giles_ jgiles@alligator.org 2:30 P.M. SUNDAYHOSTED BY THE ALACHUA COUNTY DEMOCRATIC BLACK CAUCUSDOWNTOWN GAINESVILLE HEADQUARTERS LIBRARY401 E. UNIVERSITY AVE.6 P.M. MONDAYHOSTED BY AFRICAN AMERICAN ACCOUNTABILITY ALLIANCE POLITICAL COMMITTEEALACHUA COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT, THOMAS COWARD AUDITORIUM224 SE 24TH ST.2 P.M. TUESDAY, FEB. 20HOSTED BY THE COMMUNITY COALITION FOR OLDER ADULTS SENIOR RECREATION CENTER 5701 NW 34TH BLVD.NEXT CANDIDATE FORUMS: Gainesville City Commission candidates present positions at public forums By Jessica GilesAlligator Staff Writer Gainesville visitors will have a new hotel to choose from starting this The AC Hotel Gainesville Downthe same building as The Standard that are really going to elevate the rience by serving beer from Swamp Head Brewery and First Magnitude likes that AC Hotel is taking the opportunity to promote Gainesville busiShe worries that because hotel guests will share the parking garage The parking garage in general is Morey also said residents at The They blare music until like 3 New hotel near The Standard to open

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FUN AND FITNESS WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2018 ALLIGATOR 9 ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT FUN AND FITNESS 2018 FUN & FITNESS By Natalie Rella MPH, CPH, CWHC: Health Promotion Specialist and Wellness Coach at GatorWell Health Promotion Services W ith Spring Break just around the corner, you may be feel ing an unpleasant pressure, in your own mind and from oth ers, to have the perfect beach body. You are not alone in this. UF students across campus are experiencing the burden of negative body image. In the 2016 Healthy Gators survey of UF students, 30% of wom en and 15% men said feeling fat frequently interferes with enjoying everyday life, 21% of students worried about losing control over how much they eat, 16% said that food dom inates their life and 12% said they feel fat when others tell them they are too thin. So, what exactly is body image? Accord ing to the National Eating Disorder Associa tion, body image is how you view yourself in your mind or what you see when you look in the mirror. A person with a negative body body. They have a somewhat distorted view of their body. Instead of looking at their body as an indomitable whole, they may scruti nize and criticize certain parts of their body (thighs, stomach, arms, nose, etc.) and label those parts inadequate. They feel ashamed, discontent and self-conscious about various aspects of their body to a degree that causes anxiety. A person with a negative body im age feels uncomfortable, disappointed and unhappy in their body. Apart from having an impact on everyday quality of life, negative body image perception is the best known contributor to the development of an eating disorder-a potentially fatal condition. So, whats a Gator to do? You can pro mote positive body image and help create a culture of body acceptance at UF: Inspire who you are. Model positive body talk for people around you. For example: I appreciate my body because Recognize that your body is not an ornament for others pleasure/amuse ment, but a vehicle to reaching your life goals and aspirations. Celebrate the diversity! Appreciate that people come in all shapes and sizes and embrace the diversity of all body types, shapes, sizes, colors! Recognize that images you see in the media are highly altered and that you are likely programmed into accepting unrealistic and unattainable versions of beauty. Challenge these unrealistic images/ messages by engaging in discussions about how body types are portreyed in the media. Understand that bodies can be healthy in many sizes; being a certain weight does not determine whether youre healthy. Focus on positive traits of yourself and others that are not appearance oriented. In honor of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week (February 26 March 4), GatorWell Health Promotion Services is host ing the Celebrate EveryBODY event series in an effort to positively impact the culture of body acceptance at the University of Florida. Come join us : MIRRORLESS MONDAY February 26th, all day in participating buildings on campus BEYOUTIFUL HEALTH AND WELL NESS FAIR Wednesday February 28th, 11am-2pm at the Plaza of the Americas E VERYBODY CAN MOVE Tuesday February 27th, 11am-2pm at the Plaza of the Americas BEYOND THE BEACH BODY Information printed with the permission of UFs GatorWell Health Promotion Services

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10 ALLIGATOR WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2018 FUN AND FITNESS ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT By Natalie Rella MPH, CPH, CWHC: Health Promotion Specialist and Wellness Coach at GatorWell Health Promotion Services Incorporating physical activity into your aspect of your life including stress and anxi ety, mood, energy, weight management, and sleep. According to the 2016 Healthy Gators survey 78% of UF students responded that they do not get the recommended amount of moderate exercise (30 minutes, 5-7 days per week). In the same survey students ranked stress/anxiety and overweight/obesity/ weight management as their top two health concern. Sound relatable? The Centers for Disease Control and Pre vention recommends adults should do at least 2 hours and 30 minutes each week of mod erate-intensity aerobic physical activity or 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity per week. Additionally, mus cle training 2 or more days a week is recom mended. Youll know if you are working at a moderate level if you are able to talk while participating in these activities, but not sing. You know you are doing vigorous aerobic ac tivity when you are breathing hard and un able to say more than a few words without taking a breath. Here are some tips to help you get started or increase your current level of physical activity: 1. You dont have to leave your house. Get up during commercials and study breaks and do some jump-jacks, sit-ups, or push-ups. 2. Change your daily routines. Park at the end of the parking lot on your errands. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Chores count toovacuum, dust, mop, scrub, they all get you moving. Bike to campus and to classes. Walk to that next class rather than tak ing the bus. Use a phone app to track your steps every step counts! 3. Get Social! Get an exercise buddy that will keep you motivated. gym at RecSports Grab a couple friends and take a trip out to Lake Wauberg: canoeing, ropes course, climbing, disc golf, mountain biking, sailing, water sports! Join an intermural team, club team or physical activity-related student organi zation. 4. Try New Things. UF Rec Sports has multiple options for theyre website! The Gainesville Rock Gym offers a fun rock climbing experience. If youre up for a little adventure, the Lake Alice walking/biking path, Paynes Prairie State Preserve, Morningside Trails, and/or San Felasco Hammock Preserve are fun options to experience nature while getting in some physical activity. 5. Other Tips. Gradually build new activities or longer time spent exercising into your routine. Feel proud of your accomplishments and celebrate your successes! Use an app to keep track. an activity that is both challenging and fun. The more you incorporate physi cal activity into your daily routine, the of it. Get a friend, set up a couple times youre available during the week, and get moving! *** SAFETY NOTE : when exercising af ter dark, alway do so with a friend and a Well)*** GET UP TO GET DOWN WITH FITNESS Information printed with the permission of UFs GatorWell Health Promotion Services Trampolines Ninja Courses Dodgeball Laser Tag Arcade Games Ropes Course ... and more!GRAND OPENINGJoin us February 10 A brand NEW 45,000 sq. ft. trampoline based entertainment center. 7400 W Newberry Rd. has you covered!Stop by these locations to pick up your FREE face mask : GatorWell Main office (Reitz Union) GatorWell Health Hut Recreation Centers The Hub Student Health Care Center Newell Hall Marston Library Residence hall area desks REDUCE YOUR SHOWERTIME BY 2 MINUTESpreserve water TICK.TOCK. Be a part of something BIG GIVE B LOOD.Be a part of something big and give blood today. call 888.795.2707 or visit www.lifesouth.org.Photo by Photography 35

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12 ALLIGATOR WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2018 FUN AND FITNESS ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT By Sara Ryals, MS, CHES CWHC: Health Promotion Specialist and Well ness Coach at GatorWell Health Promotion Services Feeling overwhelmed by everything you have to do? Searching for ways to increase your productivity? Learning how to manage your time effectively helps increase productivity and reduce procrastination, which in turn reduces stress and improves academic success. Try these 7 quick tips to improve your time management: 1. Assess how you are currently using your time. For 2-3 days, keep a time log of what you do during the day and how long you spend doing it. Af terwards, look for trends. Identify which activities are important (see #2) and which are time wasters. 2. Know whats important! Prioritize your daily and weekly tasks. Then, organize your time according to your priorities. You should make time for your highest 3. Make time to manage time, ahead of time. Planning ahead sets you up for suc your daily and/or weekly sched ule for organization and planning. There are a wide variety of tools that can be used to help with this including planners, desk/wall cal endars, online calendars, apps, and to do lists. Pick whatever works for you and your organization style and then make sure to use it con sistently. 4. Minimize distractions and Maximize motivators. Identify what your common distrac tors and time wasters are. Then, brainstorm strategies to minimize these where possible. This may mean studying in a different en vironment, changing your study schedule to match your high-ener gy/high-focus times of the day, or even silencing or turning off devices vators by surrounding yourself with them. Try incorporating motiva tional quotes, music, or videos into your pre-study routine. When you sit down for a study session, start by creating a goal for what you want to get accomplished and a quick plan for how you will achieve your goal. 5. Learn to say NO! Sometimes it feels like you do not have enough time in the day to get everything done because YOU DONT. If 24 hours rarely seems like enough time, then you may be put ting too much on your plate. Sound familiar? This is where tip #2 can that are not priorities and decrease them or cut them out completely. In the future, when considering new opportunities, ask yourself it if re and schedule. If it doesnt, dont try to squeeze it in. If you do take on something new, think about what you can reduce or cut out of your schedule. Living a balanced life is important to your overall wellbeing. Sched ule time to take care of yourself and manage your stress. Take breaks while studying, make time for physical activity and healthy eating, get plenty of sleep. Taking care of yourself will increase your energy, focus, and overall health, which in turn will help you be more produc tive when you sit down to study. 7. Ask for help! Feeling overwhelmed and not sure where to start? Reaching out to a friend, family member, mentor, or campus professional for help with time management can be a great place to start. Ready to make a change? Make an appointment to day with a Wellness Coach at Gator For more information about time management or to learn how to sched ule an appointment with a Wellness Coach, visit GatorWells website: ga 7 TIPS TO IMPROVE TIME MANAGEMENT AND INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY Information printed with the permission of UFs GatorWell Health Promotion Services rfnt rfnnt bnrnfrt bnrrrnnrt rt rnrrf rrffffntbr rbr bffbf nrrfr rrfn rbb

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Keep up with the Avenue on Twitter. Tweet us @TheAlligator. Inside story teaser/headlineInside story description pg # WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2018 www.alligator.org/the_avenue Black History Month:Concert to celebrate on Bo Diddley (pg. 15)FEST Wrestling: The explosive event returns to Eight Seconds (pg. 14)By Avenue StaffDowntown Gainesville might give New Orleans a run for its money Thursday and Friday. Changeville Music and Arts Festival, an annual collection of artists performing for social change downtown, is just in time for Mardi Gras weekend this year. If you cant go to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, then, you know, its kind of like the next best thing if youre in Gainesville, Pat Lavery, music and productions director for Changeville, said. The festival, which began in 2016, has grown into a two-day event across multiple venues downtown featuring dozens of artists. These include Dirty Dozen Brass Band, an authentic New Orleans group; Princess Nokia, an Afro-Nuyorican female rapper; and Benjamin Booker, the headlining songwriter and UF alumnus, among several other local musicians and performers. The full schedule is available at changeville.us/schedule.com. Every year weve been growing it and growing it, Lavery said. Lavery said what began as a collaboration in 2015 for an after party in front of the Hippodrome Theatre for the frank conference has evolved into Changeville, a separate music event, the past few years. He said the festival continues to grow, and roughly 4,000 people should turnout this year. Come support something local, you know, bringing a really high-quality, high-caliber music festival into Gainesville, he said. Single-show and multi-venue tickets are available online, but wristbands for admission will be picked up at the Hampton Inn and Suites downtown Thursday 3-9 p.m. and Friday 2-8 p.m. Discounted admission to Benjamin Booker and Dirty Dozen Brass Band is also available in exchange for donations brought Friday to Bo Diddley Community Plaza for GRACE marketplace or Peaceful Paths. More information is available at changeville.us/tickets/. For more information about the festival, heres Avenue Staffs guide to Changeville 2018. Benjamin Booker Benjamin Booker, a raspy-voiced powerhouse singer from Virginia, is headlining Changeville 2018. Bookers music is deeply emotional and at times very personal, as he shares moments sitive topics of social dialogue. While Booker shies away from a soul musical branding, from his most recent album. Booker has branded himself a witness with this release. As the title of his 2017 album, Witness tracks Bookers experience in a world where the pain of inequality hits too close to home. Booker told NPR that like a biblical witness to the truth, he needed to bear witness to the truth of the racism and violence he was seeing on the news and in the world around him. Changeville marks a return to Gainesville for Booker, a graduate of the University of Florida journalism program. Booker will perform Friday night on the stage on Bo Diddley in downtown Gainesville. Bookers performance will be opened by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and local band, The Savants of Soul. The show will begin at 5:30 p.m. and end at 9:30 p.m. Benjamin Booker has been doing some really cool stuff, and hes got this, like, just awesome bluesy, soulful, rock n roll sound, and he does a great balance of all of those things, The Savants of Souls Alex Klausner said. Thats an artist, thats a guy Ive always wanted our band to play alongside This guy rips! Princess Nokia, Hugo $anchez & more: Princess Nokia, a New York-based rapper, will also headline Changeville. Shell perform at High Dive on Thursday with local acts Retrolux, Hugo $anchez and Azazus. Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 at the door or free with a Changeville multi-venue pass. Tickets are available at changeville.us and Hear Again Records. Its been two years since Jorge Hugo Sanchez, who goes by Hugo $anchez onstage, opened for New Orleans rapper Curren$y. Sanchez has learned a lot in the two years since this performance. In fact, being onstage is where he feels most at home. I personally try to give it my all when I do performances, so people can expect a very energetic, sweaty, passionate, scary performance from me, he said. Sanchezs stage presence is gritty, energetic and unapologetic. Hes a spitball of emotion, using his rap as a gateway to talk about relevant political topics that relate to him as well as his audience. His most recent album, Bad Hombres, was released Jan. 21 and includes a variety of tracks that discuss problems marginalized people are currently experiencing. Sanchez wanted to get involved with Changeville because of his passion for social change. He credits Princess Nokia, who is known for using her music to promote intersectional feminism and acceptance for women of color, as being one of his biggest current inspirations. Just her talking about where she comes from and how she is an amalgam of all the things she was surrounded by in her environment, in my opinion, to me, thats America, Sanchez said. When I look at her, watch her videos and listen to her music, thats America to me. Its culturally diverse, its beautiful, its accepting, its courageous and it thinks without borders. As for himself, Sanchez said hes been working on his own set for the past few months, comprising his act with material from two of his past albums, Lil Tony Danza and Bad Hombres. He said hes most looking forward to perform his song Brown Privilege, which was recently highlighted by Bandcamp on a feature about the best hip-hop records from 2018. Sanchez added that fans can also expect a personal performance that is different than his albums. I just take it back to the basics, and I do a loud voice over some dirty grinding beats, and at the end of the day, thats what hip-hop is really about. Its about a DJ spinning dope beats and a dude spreading dangerous ideas, Sanchez said. Local Artists Changeville brings talent from all over the world. Just behind these headliners, however, is a slew of local artists who you can catch even after Changeville has its curtain call. Changevilles lineup is stacked with Gainesville musicians that represent a melting pot of talent. Heres a list of some of the local The Savants of Soul The Savants of Soul are Gainesvilles soul music powerhouse. The 10-piece ensemble will be performing on Bo Diddley alongside headliner Benjamin Booker. Currently, The Savants of Soul are preparing for the release of their next single, Dead Man Running. They will also compete in the battle of the bands at High Dive next Thursday for a spot on the Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival lineup. Flipturn Flipturn, an indie rock band who burst onto the Gainesville music scene with their debut EP in 2017, will be performing on the High Dive stage Friday night. Flipturn will also be performing at the Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival and the Student Government Wetlands Music Festival. Flipturn is preparing to upcoming album later this month. I know all these bands were picked to play at Changeville because they believe in social change, too, so that will be cool to play with likeminded people and be surrounded by posiman. Sooza Sooza is a brass instrument-based band made up of predominantly UF music majors. track at Changeville this year, and they plan to release a full original EP this year. Sooza will also be performing Feb. 24 on Flavet Field. In the end, its all just about high-energy music, but also having, like, a lot of different textures within that music, said Sooza tenner saxophone player Ryan Gamberino. DJ Robzilla & Marley the Messenger DJ Robzilla & Marley the Messenger will be performing together Friday at The Wooly. DJ Robzilla is featured on Hugo Sanchezs, another Changeville performer, new album. The album, Bad Hombres, was featured on Bandcamps Best Albums of January. DJ Robzilla is also planning to release a new beat tape in the coming months. Pearl and the Oysters Pearl and the Oysters is a Gainesville-based alternative pop group originating out of France. 2017, debuting a truly unique sound that has landed them a spot on the Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival lineup. They will also be performing at the Heartwood Soundstage anniversary show Feb. 24. We havent played in Gainesville in the longest since we started playing, so were really excited to go back on stage, said Juliette Davis of Pearl and the Oysters. We feel that this is the beginning of a musical touring session... Its great to start with Changeville. In Bed by Ten In Bed by Ten is a Gainesville indie rock Bandcamp.com last week and promises a dynamic performance on the Changeville stage. In Bed by Tens Kathy Sohar is a mentor at Gainesville Girls Rock Camp, teaching empowerment through musical instruction. I love the Gainesville music community. Its supportive and its amazing, and theres so many great opportunities to really access it and be involved in it, Sohar said. Other local artists performing at Changeville include Retrolux, Hugo $anchez, Aquanova, GUTS, Wester Josephs Stereo Vudu, Mike Llerena & The Nerve and Azazus. Workshops, virtual reality, comedy & more Changeville is much more than just music. virtual reality, poetry, panels and workshops and much more, all pursuing the goal of social change through each art form. For more information on other non-music events, check out changeville.us. Courtesy to the AlligatorChangeville, a festival dedicated to social change, hits Gainesville this week.WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2018 www.alligator.org/the_avenue Keep up with the Avenue on Twitter. Tweet us @TheFloridaAve. Avenues Guide to Changeville, a festival for social change

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By Emma WitmerAvenue WriterFEST Wrestling is a showcase for the vibrant independent professional wrestling community that strives for inclusivity above all and a place where, sometimes, people get hit with chairs. Take everything you think you know about wrestling, and throw it out the window, said Tony Weinbender, the founder of FEST. Weinbender created the annual Gainesville music festival, FEST, in 2002 to celebrate the same type of talented underground musicians that he admired growing up. Through FESTs massive success Weinbender has been able to highlight yet another one of his childhood loves: wrestling. FEST Wrestling is a bimonthly competition for independent wrestlers from across the country to compete on a professional stage. This Friday and Saturday, FEST Wrestling returns with The Love Cup, a Valentines Day inspired tag-team smackdown. Night One of The Love Cup will be 8 p.m. Friday at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Night Two will be 5:30-9 p.m. Saturday at Eight Seconds in downtown Gainesville. Eight Seconds is located at 201 W. University Ave. Tickets for Night Two are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets can be found at festwrestling.limitedrun.com. Unlike most wrestling competitions, FEST Wrestling is always coed. In other words, male and female wrestlers compete directly. Weinnot common practice and that talented female wrestlers are often barred from competing against their male counterparts. For those concerned about the safety of coed wrestling, Weinbender said that the female wrestlers hold their own. The last two FEST Wrestling champions, Heidi Lovelace and Su Yung, are both women. Since competing at FEST Wrestling, Lovelace, or Dori Elizabeth Prange, has gone on to compete in the WWE under the moniker Ruby Riot. According to Weinbender, FEST Wrestling only works when its based on a supportive community. In a sport where the heat of competition sometimes leads to derogatory insults and heckling, the FEST Wrestling community makes it clear that sexism, racism and homophobia have no place in the ring or the stands. This approach has won FEST Wrestling fans who might have shied away from the sport beforehand. During each show people from all walks of life bust through the doors and are faceto-face with the ring and between 300 and 1,000 fans cheering on their favorites and booing the competition. Its not just a bunch of rednecks drinking Mountain Dew, Weinbender said. Its punk people drinking PBR. FEST Wrestling events are open to those 18 years old or older.FEST Wrestling returns to Gainesville with The Love Cup reunion14 ALLIGATOR WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2018 By Taylor McLambAvenue Writer After seven consecutive years, Neon Ligers exclusive dance parties reached icon status within the Gainesville community. They not only created a safe space for marginalized citizens but also a home for many up-and-coming DJs and electronic music fans. The infamous bar The Motor Room hosted tablished their dedicated partnership until the bar closed in 2015 and Neon Liger, without having a venue to throw their weekend parties, ended their run. Although they stopped throwing parties every weekend, Neon Liger wasnt gone for long. They returned in 2017 to throw a nine-year reunion located at The Atlantic, The Alley and Arcade Bar. Keeping up with the tradition, Neon Liger will be celebrating their 10-year anniversary by throwing one of their legendary parties at The Wooly this Saturday from 8 p.m. 2 a.m. The party will include more than 10 unique DJs and special guests, live LED performances by Pyrotica Entertainments and three indoor and outdoor areas to enjoy the party. Holden Howard, one of the DJs playing Saturday, has been a regular attendee of Neon Ligers parties since 2010. He even said he would drive up from Ocala just for the music and atmosphere. I was lucky enough to be asked to play semi-regularly from December 2014 up until the closure of The Motor Room, and those gigs were easily the most fun Ive ever had playing music, said Howard. There was just something special about that party. Between the music, the people and that badass Plymouth DJ booth, there was nothing like it. Howard said that if it wasnt for Neon Ligers parties, he mightve given up working as a DJ, as they changed his life and his idea of what he could accomplish in the DJ scene. However, when discussing Gainesvilles DJ and electronic music scene, Howard admits that its currently in a transitional period. Without a dedicated venue or any regular weekly parties, its a weird feeling, said Howard. I think Over Easy, Lucid and Visionary FAM are all doing awesome work in their respective lanes, and I hope the scene will continue to thrive and survive. UF College of Pharmacy student, agreed with Howards statement. He said now that Neon Liger and Realm are closed, he wouldnt know where to go if he wanted to go somewhere speIm hoping they could have semi-regular parties again, said Garcia. The Wooly is a great venue, so if theres interest, I dont see why not. Garcia said he plans to go to the party to not only celebrate the reunion of Neon Liger but to get exposure to music that he doesnt normally listen to. them pull out all the stops as far as staging and ing forward to the energy, too, of some Neon Liger-deprived folks who Im sure are ready to party. The Neon Liger 10-year Anniversary at The Wooly includes an 18-and-up main room and a 21-and-up back patio. The tickets are $10 with presale available at neonliger.com. Neon Liger dance party to celebrate 10-year reunion Photo courtesy of Speedy ProductionsFEST Wrestling turns stereotypical wrestling on its head, bringing men and women to compete while emphasizing a supportive community.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2018 ALLIGATOR 15 By Gabriella Paul Avenue WriterBlack History Month is celebrated in many ways over many years. But Sunday from 2 p.m. to around 6 p.m., Black History Month will be celebrated for the nity Plaza with various black musicians performing, Ballard, the Gainesville Parks Recreation and Black musicians over the many years have contributed just really to every major genre of popular music, Ballard said. Theres a little something for everybody. The free concert will feature world-renowned trumpeter Longineu Parsons and awardwinning songwriter Billy Buchanan with his Rock n Soul Revue coming together under the stage cording to a press release. The name comes from the collaboration of genres between the two bands, performing everything from blues to jazz to funk. The concert, presented by the public and funded in part by paign strives to promote art and culture to create a continually cording to the website. To be able to welcome everybody, nobody has to buy a ticket. theyre on a budget, Ballard said. You know, its just really something that everybody from all walks of life and all incomes can come and have a great time together. People are invited to bring blankets or lawn chairs downconcert that celebrates many of the great pioneer artists of black music, according to the press release. Ballard said he expects anywhere from 500 to a couple thousand people to show out Sunday afternoon, similar to the turndowntown. Gainesville native, said she hasnt attended a Black History Month event downtown in more than 20 years. However, I remember it vividly and think about it often, She said the black community has always come together in celebration of its history, whether at church, barbershops, hair salons or cookouts. Seeing it at large, if you will, reinforces what I already know and have been raised to know that our community is love, liams said. She recently attended a similar event, Take Me To The River, a musicians celebrating the evolution of blues to modern day hip-hop, which performed in Gainesville. It was an eye opening exploration of how racism directly impacted the Memphis Blues scene and Black communities in the Jim She said now she is even more excited for the concert Sunday. Learning about cultures and communities outside of your own is progressive and what this city needs, she said. If you are curious, come with an open mind and listen to understand without judgment.Free concert downtown to celebrate Black History Month MUSIC Courtesy to the AlligatorBilly Buchanan, pictured here (foreground), will come together with his Rock n Soul Revue to form Dr. Neu & Blujafunk for Sundays show.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2018 ALLIGATOR 17 ALLIGATOR CLASSIFIED ADSGET THE JOB DONE!REACH MORE THAN 50,000 READERS EACH PUBLICATION DAY Designated drivers are the greatest St. Francis House is a homeless shelter and soup kitchen located in downtown Gainesville, and we are looking for help from volunteers like you. St. Francis House depends on monetary support from individual donors and community businesses in order to help feed the homeless and the hungry.If you are interested in volunteering,please contact the volunteer coordinator at (352) 505-3311 ext 4 or sfhcoor@stfrancis.cfcoxmail.comTo make a donation by mail,please send checks payable to St. Francis House P.O. Box 12491Gainesville, FL 32604 www.stfrancishousegnv.org. CASH FOR CARS & TRUCKS Running or Not Any Condition352-771-6191 3-2-18-11-13 14 Help Wanted This newspaper assumes no responsibil ity for injury or loss arising from contacts made through advertising. 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Kicker Eddy Pineiro was one of six former Gators invited to the NFL Combine on Tuesday. The scouting event is taking place in Indianapolis from March 2 to 5. Florida's football team will add new players to its roster this morning during the annual National Signing Day. UF landed 15 recruits on Dec. 20 during Follow us for updatesFor updates on UF athletics, follow us on Twitter at @alligatorSports or online at WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2018 BASEBALLBy Ethan BauerSports WriterThere are holes. Connell. shortstop. last season. UF hoping new position players negate last season's draft lossesSEE BASEBALL, PAGE 20 night. No. 3: "Touchdowns to Come" Ranking the three best commercials of Super Bowl LII Jake Dreilingertwitter: @DreilingerJake By Andrew HuangSports Writer play. Gators look to end SEC skid tonight against LSU TigersDespite the Florida men's basketball team dropping three of its last four games, guard Chris Chiozza isn't worried. "We went through this before where we bounced back pretty well," he said. SEE MEN'S B-BALL, PAGE 20 SEE COLUMN, PAGE 20Jakes on a Plane / Opinion MEN'S BASKETBALL

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2018 ALLIGATOR 19 Alan Alvarez / Alligator Staff WOMEN'S TENNISBy River WellsSports Writer Last Saturday, the No. 3 Florida womens tennis team walked into its dual meet against Florida State with a 55-1 all-time record against the Seminoles, but was swiftly defeated 4-1. Facing a similar scenario against the No. 18 Oklahoma State Cowgirls tonight at 6:30 in Stillwater, Oklahoma, UF is hoping that history doesnt repeat itself. The Gators (2-1) have yet to lose against the Cowgirls (5-1) in the all-time series, currently sitting on a 10-0 lead. UFs most the NCAA Championships on May 21. Like Florida, Oklahoma State has some new players on its roster, though its roster is much bigger, with 10 players on the team compared to UFs seven. Only two of the 10 are freshplayers Katie Kubicz, Victoria Emma and McCartney Kessler will see competition from players far more experienced than themselves. Oklahoma State is a team kind of like ours, coach Roland Thornqvist said in a release. It should be fun for us to play a lot of matches here against some good, quality competition. OSU is looking to capitalize on its momentum coming off a 4-2 win against Arkansas, while UF is hoping to come back to form after its shocking threepoint loss to FSU. OSUs one loss this came against Ole Miss on Jan. 27. While the dual meet should be a tough one for Florida, Thornqvist is also looking ahead to one of the bigger events of the year: the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. Were going to get a good look at all the best teams in the country pretty much, so for a young team like ours thats going to be great for us, he said. Everybody will get to see the level of competition on the national stage. @riverhwells rwells@alligator.orgUF facing Cowgirls tonight following tough loss to FSUBy Justin AhlumSports WriterWith slightly over seven minutes remaining in Monday nights game, Florida held a one-point lead over No. 15 Missouri. However, when the last shot missed the rim and the contest eighth SEC game of the season and their third straight conference game against a ranked opponent. UFs 66-64 road loss to the Tigers on Monday was the teams closest current three-game losing streak. It was also UFs sixth conference loss by single digits. Despite another losing effort, coach Cameron Newbauer said he was impressed with his team's energy. We made big plays when we had to and made stops, Newbauer said in a release. Throughout Mondays game, the Gators went basket for basket with another ranked program out of the SEC. The lead changed 10 times against er ballooned larger than six points. I could not be more proud of this road against a top-15 team, Newbauer said. The loss to Missouri closely mirrored Floridas mid-season matchup with Kentucky. Both teams went back and forth in the fourth quarter until Florida guard Funda Nakkasoglu onds to end the contest. At the time, both UF and the Wildference win of the season. Now, just a month and a half later, Florida is playing neck and neck with teams cemented at the top of the SEC a conference many would argue is the best league in womens college basketball. The Gators held their own for Mississippi State on Jan. 25 before the Bulldogs pulled away in the latter part of the contest. Just a few nights later, Florida held a seven-point lead over No. 20 Georgia midway through the second half. The Bulldogs needed a 31-point surge to avoid the upset. Despite the tough losses to highcaliber teams this season, the Gators are taking these losses with a grain of salt. Im tremendously proud of our said. They played their guts out. @justinn_case1 jahlum@alligator.orgGators showing potential in recent lossesWOMEN'S BASKETBALL SOFTBALLBy Mari FaielloSports Writer Its been 246 days since Floridas softball team felt the pain of coming up two games short of a national championship, getting swept by Oklahoma 2-0 in the Womens College World Series. This season will mark the last opportunity for seniors Aleshia Ocasio, Kayli Kvistad, Nicole DeWitt and Janell Wheathe WCWS in Oklahoma City, and potentially take home the title as well. Their resumes leading up to this year includes three SEC regular season championships, three No. 1 national seeds, one one WCWS championship title. The teams seniors heading into the 2018 season carry a lot of weight for the team. It will need the experience of the upperclassmen to take them deep into the WCWS again this year. DeWitt has been a starter in almost every game throughout her career, with the exception of eight games between her freshman and sophomore seasons. This season, her work as transition to third base as she strives to take the Gators stepby-step to Oklahoma City once again. Going into this season, she has a .329 career batting average as well 104 total RBIs. Wheaton is another strong asset to the team, providing the professional leadership qualities that have caught coach Tim Walton's attention. Janell Wheaton is probably one of the most underrated players in the country, he said. While Wheatons stats on the roster may come off as average, shes continued to progress throughout her career, especially during last year's postseason. When it comes to Ocasio, Walton says she provides leadership to the Gators with her Ocasio, a utility player, has become one of the most versatile players in college softball after playing multiple positions over the course of her career. When junior Kelly Barnhill stepped up as the teams top pitcher, Ocasio found other roles for herself, playing other When it came to Kvistad, Walton emphasized her wellroundedness as a player and student. ers from Florida selected to the 2018 Preseason All-SEC Team. For the last three years shes been selected to the SEC Academic Honor Roll. Kvistad had 53 RBIs last season, the most of anyone on the team, and a batting average of .368. Theyre all so different, yet they all have the same thing in mind, Walton said. They all want to win and they want to win the right way. @faiello_mari mfaiello@alligator.orgSenior leaders have another championship run in mind for Florida Wednesday, Feb. 7Men's Basketball vs. LSU, 6:30 p.m., SEC Network Women's Tennis @ Oklahoma State, 6:30 p.m.Thursday, Feb. 8Women's Basketball vs. Mississippi State, 7 p.m., SEC Network +Friday, Feb. 9Men's/Women's Track & Field @ Tiger Paw Invitational, All Day Men's/Women's Track & Field @ Iowa State Classic, All Day *Softball vs. Illinois State, 4:45 p.m. Men's Tennis @ Michigan, 6 p.m. Gymnastics vs. Alabama, 6:45 p.m., SEC Network Women's Tennis @ ITA National Team Indoor Championships, TBDSaturday, Feb. 10Men's/Women's Track & Field @ Tiger Paw Invitational, All Day Men's/Women's Track & Field @ Iowa State Classic, All Day *Softball vs. Michigan, 11 a.m. Men's Basketball @ South Carolina, Noon, CBS *Softball vs. Georgia State, 1:15 p.m. Women's Tennis @ ITA National Team Indoor Championships, TBDSunday, Feb. 11Women's Golf @ Northrop Grumman Challenge, All Day Lacrosse vs. Colorado, Noon, ESPN3 Men's Tennis @ Ohio State, Noon Women's Basketball @ South Carolina, 1 p.m., SEC Network *Softball vs. UAB, 1:30 p.m. Softball @ South Florida, 4:15 p.m. Women's Tennis @ ITA National Team Indoor Championships, TBD *Denotes Neutral Site GameTHIS WEEK IN UF SPORTS

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20 ALLIGATOR WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2018 hard-nosed kids who play hard and work hard. Im excited to see them get out there and play. seems like the logical group to start this season. newcomer. OSullivan hasnt said who the contenders the second-most in school history. will also likely contribute out of the bullpen. Hes a by the Yankees. ing curve. @ebaueri ebauer@alligator.org BASEBALL, from pg 18Maldonado hit .299 last seasonAlligator File PhotoNelson Maldonado is still nursing a lingering arm injury from late last season and will likely start the year as Florida's designated hitter. It was fun. knocking on the door attempting to weaken the mercial like this is exactly what was needed to lighten the mood. No. 2: "DORITOS BLAZE vs. MTN DEW ICE" nothing short of awesome. It was one of the best in reinventing two products that most Ameriold products. It also may or may not have spoiled a possiNo. 1: "It's a Tide Ad" & "It's Another Tide Ad" million. It was worth it. Its a Tide ad. Its one of those ideas designed to show that not every Super Bowl commercial needs to be tion. out made all the difference. Jake Dreilinger is the Alligators assistant sports editor. Contact him at jdreilinger@ alligator.org.COLUMN, from pg 18 looked good in practice and their playing time might increase. to get something going when we dont have everyArkansas on Saturday. blocks. last year off the top of my head but hes had some huge games and hes continued to improve. @AndrewJHuang ahuang@alligator.orgMEN'S B-BALL, from pg 18Reath leads the Tigers in blocks