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We Inform. You Decide.www.alligator.orgNot officially associated with the University of Florida FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2018 FOLLOW US ONLINE FOR UPDATES @FloridaAlligator @TheAlligator_ @TheAlligator City considers building international center It is looking at the land where Leonardos Pizza is located, pg. 10Norman Hall renovations continue pg. 4 GATORS WRAP UP RECRUITMENTColumnist Ethan Bauer names four Florida football recruits who could see playing time next season, pg. 14VOLUME 112 ISSUE 56Published by Campus Communications, Inc. of Gainesville, Florida Alligator Staff WriterA Gainesville man was convicted WednesGainesville man convicted of By Robert LewisAlligator Staff Writer GPD: UF student arrested for sexual batterySEE BATTERY, PAGE 5FEATURE FRIDAY:Alligator Staff Writer Taylour Marks / Alligator StaffCallie is one of several stray cats that have been regularly fed and cared for by Gainesville natives over the years. This group of felines regularly wander the streets and sewers of the University of Florida. SEE FEATURE, PAGE 8Podlin


Subscription Rate: Full Year (All Semesters) $100The Alligator. The Alligator The Independent Florida Alligator The Alligator The Alligator The Alligator ISSN 0889-2423 alligators Events / News in Brief Todays WeatherAM NOON PM 2 ALLIGATOR FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2018 or email WHATS HAPPENINGCamp GatorNights The Reitz Union will hold Camp GatorNights today. The event will feature four square, tetherball and an obstacle course, as well as a tent-building contest. A Campus Movie Fest premiere will take place 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom. GatorNights is always Friday and 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. Talking Gators Toastmasters Want to get more comfortable speaking in front of a group? Talking Gators Toastmasters meets at 5:45 p.m. every Tuesday in Entomology Building, Room 1031. Meetings are free to attend and open to all. For more information, visit talkinggators. American Association of University Women Meeting The Gainesville Branch of the American Association of University Women will meet 10 a.m. Saturday in Meeting Room A at the Millhopper Branch Library. The program topic, "Implicit Bias," is in commemoration of Black History Month. The presenter is Katheryn Russell-Brown, professor of law and director of the Center for Studies of Race and Race Relations, UF College of Law. Tango classes Want to learn Argentine tango? The UF Argentine Tango Club will hold free classes for all UF students. No dance experience is necessary. Join them from 6:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Sundays at the Reitz Union, Dance Studio A. RZIM Free Lunch and Talks Ravi Zacharias International Ministries is coming to UF next week, Feb. 12 to Feb. 16. Theyll be hosting free lunches at the Reitz Union at 11:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m., engaging students in topics regarding spirituality and God. Talks are given by RZIM team members, addressing questions such as is God sexist? can the Bible be trusted? and who is Jesus? centered around a theme of hungry. The talks will be Monday through Friday in the Reitz Union Chamber. For more information, visit Floridas Jewish Community Centers at Midcentury: Southern, Northern, or Exceptional? Civil rights activists against discrimination in public accommodations and civic institutions prompted Jewish Community Centers in both northern and southern cities to debate whether to admit black members. Abigail Oren will present the topic at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday in the Judaica Suite inside Smathers Library. Free Citizenship classes The Latina Womens League will offer free citizenship classes 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. every Thursday until March 29 at the Millhopper Library Branch, located at 3145 NW 43rd St. To register, email 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 at 10 a.m. to 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. 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 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. to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 20 and 21 at locations across campus. Visit 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 The deadline is Feb. 25. Law in the Library: Restoration of Civil Rights Workshops The Alachua County Library District is partnering with the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association to present Law in the Library: Restoration of Civil Rights Workshops 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. March 22, at Cone Park Branch, 2801 E. University Ave., and 5:30 p.m to 7 p.m. April 5 at Tower Road Branch, 3020 SW 75th Street. Attorneys from Josiah T. Walls Bar Association and students from the UF Levin College of Law will provide oneon-one assistance to persons who have been convicted of a felony and are interested in applying to have their civil rights restored. Also, the attorneys will 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 or call 352334-3900. Got something going on? Want to see it in this space? Send an email with Whats Happening in the subject line to To request publication in the next days newspaper, please submit the event before 5 p.m. Please model your submissions after the above events, and keep them to 150 words or fewer. Improperly formatted Whats Happening submissions may not appear in the paper. Press releases will not appear in the paper. Correction In an article published Feb. 7 titled "Free concert downtown to celebrate Black History Month," The Alligator incorrectly reported one band would be performing. Two bands will be performing during the concert: The first band is Dr. Neu & BlujaFunk and the second band is Billy Buchanan with his Rock 'n Soul Revue. VOLUME 112 ISSUE 56NEWSROOM 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


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2018 ALLIGATOR 3 rfnt rfnnt bnrnfrt bnrrrnnrt rt rnrrf rrffffntbr rbr bffbf nrrfr rrfn rbb 1236 NW 21st Ave (off of 13th St.) OPEN Monday Saturday 11AMPM Closed Sunday (352) 260-6958A perfect study & meeting spot... URBAN THREAD OPEN Monday Friday 11, Sat 11, Sun 11HARPERS CORNERat URBAN THREAD2 LOCATIONS: 1236 NW 21ST AVE (352) 271-1179 802 W. UNIVERSITY AVE (352) 727-7500 By Christina MoralesAlligator Staff WriterStudent Government political parties met with students to come up with campaign platform ideas Thursday. While Challenge Party released its entire platform, Impact Party only Party has yet to release its platform. Challenge Party released its entire platform on social media Thursday. Janae Moodie, who is running for Student Body president, said Challenge would like to pilot an online sexual assault reporting program, which will track reported sexual assault on campus and ensure privacy in reporting. Were hoping this will ultimately make our campus more safe for students, Moodie said. form points through social media Wednesday and Thursday. Omarley Spence, Impact president, said the party wants to focus on diversity by revitalizing the Student Government Diversity and Programming Committee under the executive branch. Thats going to be an amazing program thats going to focus on all of the different ideas that would focus on diversity, Spence said. Spence said hes excited to advocate for online students in the Pathway to Campus Enrollment program and Innovation Academy programs when theyre away in the Fall. He hours with Student Body executives. We realized that theres not a huge platform for students that may not be on campus, Spence said. It will be a revolutionary step to engaging with students on a whole other level. Nick Poindexter was approached by Impact while walking to the Reitz Union. The UF electrical engineering junior said he stopped to ask them to lobby for a better student health care plan. After he dislocated his left shoulder two weeks ago when he fell from the bleachers at a gymnastics meet, he needed an MRI that would cost him about $1,300 after the copay. I know that they have the ability to lobby with the health care provider on our behalf to make that plan better, the 20-year-old said. Ashley Grabowski, Inspires campaign manager, said they expect week. She said theyve seen about 300 students each day. Grabowski said students have talked about online voting, Multicultural and Diversity Affairs and more dance space for UF dancers. were advocating for all students across campus, Grabowski said. @Christina_M18 cmorales@alligator.orgStudent Government parties prepare for Spring electionsSteph Strickland / Alligator Staff William Hataway, a 19-year-old UF biochemistry freshman, shares how he wants to see greater speed in renovations to restaurants. Two parties released platform points, one will release next weekImpact PartyChallenge Party Introduce a textbook donation and rental program Promote the African American Studies Program to departmental status hours with Student Body executives Develop a scholarship for caps and gowns cost program with the Student Offer student legal services for undocumented students Create a Living Learning Community for LGBTQ+ students Launch a minority recruitment program Increase accessible parking for the Disability Resource Center Subsidize off-campus tutoring services


4 ALLIGATOR FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2018By McKenna BeeryAlligator Contributing WriterErin Mistrys back always aches after sitting in Norman Halls ancient plastic chairs for three-hour classes. In the dimly lit and musty classrooms, its hard to concentrate. You want to be comfortable when learning, she said. The 44-year-old UF education doctoral student said she appreciates the buildings nostalgia but is ready for its modern updates. The two-part $29 million renovation started with the Education Library in December, said Thomas Dana, the education associate dean of academic affairs. The second phase, Norman Hall, will start in May when be completed in August 2019. The old Norman building will be gutted and rebuilt with modern ofsaid Dana, who helps oversee the renovations. It will include new windows, air conditioning, heating systems and plumbing. On the ground level, a Starbucks will be added. We have very useless classrooms, Dana said. Most of our building is just not suited for the kind of learning and teaching we do nowadays. Norman Hall has had problems with mold, poor air conditioning The 1932 building is now out of date. The college has wanted to renovate the building for about 20 years Dana said. In 2016, the Florida Legislature gave $14.1 million to start the project and appropriated the rest the following year. The building will be better adapted to the Americans with Disabilities Act, Dana said. This will include new restrooms, ramps and signage to make the building easier to navigate. During the renovation of old Norman, several large rooms in new Norman will be converted into be held in other buildings on campus. Rachael Elrod, head of the Education Library, said the library has 38 years other than adding four study rooms in the summer of 2016. Some improvements to the library include better lightning, new furniture, a computer lab, more electrical outlets, new security gates and two additional study rooms, Elrod said. In addition, the Education Library will also include two ADA-outcirculation desk. Elrod said while the library is closed for construction, its course reserves and journals are available for checkout at Library West. All other Education Library materials are in an off-site storage facility and are unavailable to be checked out. Im really looking forward to opening the doors again to the library and welcoming students into this beautiful new space, Elrod said.Norman Hall renovations to add study rooms, outletsBy Stephanie GonzalezAlligator Contributing WriterMore vegan, gluten-free and lactose-free options are coming to campus in April. The Reitz Unions Freshens, located in the POD Market, will undergo a nine-week renovation into a Shake Smart, said UF spokesperson Steve Orlando. The construction is projected to cost $327,801, which is funded by UF. Shake Smart will offer acai bowls and signature shakes that can include more than 30 grams of protein, fruits and vegetables, Jill Rodriguez, the marketing program manager for Gator Dining services, wrote in an email. Menu items cost $10 or less. Smart in Florida, Rodriguez said. Eddie Daniels, the assistant vice president of UFs business services division, said UF Student Body President Smith Meyers approached them with the idea. Meyers could not be reached for comment. In comparison to Freshens, Shake Smart is allegedly healthier, and thats something that Jowie Papa, a 21-year-old UF biology senior, said he didnt go to Freshens often, and when he did, it was only for protein shakes. But if theyre people that do go there for the (frozen yogurt) and stuff, Papa said, I imagine theyd be pretty disappointed about that. Papa said the remodel wont have an effect on him, but having more dietary options can be a good thing for students who need those food substitutes. Roman Siddiqi, a 20-year-old UF philosophy junior, said he went to Freshens about once every two months. ens was leaving because there are plenty of frozen yogurt places in Gainesville, but getting an acai bowl is less common. This might be a good thing because theres only one other place on campus that does this kind of thing, like Jamba Juice, he said. Shake Smart to replace Freshens in the Reitz UnionCourtesy to the Alligator Alligator Staff WriterA UF student was arrested for smoking a bong behind Jennings Hall early Wednesday, University Police said. Benjamin Alan Benson, 19, and three students were sitting at a park table in the woods behind Jennings Hall, which is near the University Police Department a.m., according to an arrest report. A potable and saw a large bong, police said. Police said they also found less than 20 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in a backpack at the scene rest the other students but charged Benson for possession of the marijuana and paraphernalia, which are misdemeanors. Benson was taken to the Alachua drivers licence in his wallet, according to the report. He was also charged with fraud, which is a felony. This is Benson is a materials science and engineering freshman, UF spokesperson John Hines wrote in an email. He was released from jail on his own recognizance Wednesday afternoon. Benson could not be reached for comment. Benson UF student arrested for smoking from bong By Kaylee WeberAlligator Contributing Writerposure. She kept it when she found she had a heart condition that could kill her, and she kept it undergo a new medical procedure this year. assistant professor of medicine Jacksonville, performed the envelope implant Jan. 8. The $1,200 implant is a pouch made out of pig intestine that goes tery-powered heart device, to help it heal more naturally and keep it in place. The pouch and surgery combined cost $24,000. I am driven by the opportunity to bring cutting-edge techzaro said. lator and pouch because she carries the gene for Long QT Syndrome, a life-threatening heart-rhythm condition, which causes fast heartbeats that can trigger seizures and sudden death. She was diagnosed two years ago, and both her mother and uncle suffer from the same syndrome. The heart device, or cardiac her has two parts: a generator and a coil that are placed on eisaid. When a patient goes into cardiac arrest, the device delivers a shock to the heart. The bio envelope disguises the generator so the body acmatory responses like scarring and calcium build-up that may get in the way of a shock to the Its like having a guardian angel with you all the time, formed the bio envelope and a second time on an 18-year-old patient Jan. 12. search will help the technology evolve further because her two sons, ages 18 and 8, will also need to be tested for the gene.UF Health physician performs new life-saving surgery


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2018 ALLIGATOR 5 3501 SW 34th St (352) 377-5733 3501 SW 34th St (352) 377-5733NYX, Hair Pieces Extensions, Wigs Newberry Square location NOW OPENARCHER BEAUTY By Amanda RosaAlligator Staff Writer @AmandaNicRosa arosa@alligator.orgBy Christina MoralesAlligator Staff Writer @Christina_M18 cmorales@alligator.orgCounty and city to negotiate power over redevelopmentSG engineering candidates hold debate, talk funding @Lewis__Robert rlewis@alligator.orgBATTERY, from pg 1Police said it took place in the Kappa Sigma Fraternity house


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.Column FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2018 Its been four years since you took the time to sit in front of For some reason, your friends dont quite understand or relate ever, the words out of their mouth take a different turn than they laurel to Jeopardy! and the contestant who answered correctly, John Giambrone. dart to PepsiCo. what it means to be one; they dont need societys discriminatory laurel to Gerber for recognizing children with disabilities should be celebrated, not shunned Pelosi with a laurel because of her efforts YouTube drama is a sign its time to changeI its own terms and conditions all users must abide threaten to start their own video site, but it will never catch due to its massive reach, core base of viewers and worldwide Andrew Hall is a UF management senior. His column focuses on entertainment and music.Melissa Gomez EDITOR A bby M iller EDITOR Caitlin Ostroff EDITOR, Jimena Tavel Andrew Hallopinions@alligator.orgDarts & Laurels


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2018 ALLIGATOR 7 CLASSIC DINING WITH A UNIQUE TWIST For reservation and discount information visitwww.warehousedining.com502 S. Main St. 352-240-6432BUY ONE, GET TWO FREE Bring student ID Purchase a dinner entree and get two of these FREE salad, dessert or wine offer valid February March In The Wealth of Nations from 1776, Adam Smith wrote, Nothing is more useful than water. As much as the father of modern economics believed in a free market, that invisible hand occasionally reached for a glass of water like any other. Adam Smith wrote the line above to describe the diamond-water paradox, explaining the difference in price and value between products. More than 225 years later, considering a monetary price for water does not justify the true value of water for each and every one of us. Like air, water is one of the few tangible things on Earth that are truly priceless, yet people do not treat it as such. Water resources are an environmental issue. As with all environmental issues, people will unfortunately continue to prioritize their everyday activities and ignore future problems. The thought of possibly apocalyptic changes from future environmental problems can put a damper on anybodys day, so many choose to hope rather than plan. Nevertheless, water conservation is a manageable problem if simple decreasing recreational water use move beyond a catchy Earth Day campaign. Water scarcity may have been viewed as a problem to address in the future, but it cant be viewed as such anymore. According to researchers at MIT, more than half of the world population will live in water-stressed areas by 2050. out of water, turning off the valves for about a are preparing for Day Zero, the day when the citys six-dam reservoir system will reach below 13.5 percent capacity. Some scientists point to climate change for the exacerbated water shortages, but what matters now is what we can do today to directly improve water management. humans can just increase the potable water supply through desalination plants. Desalination, the process of removing salt from seawater, seems like a grand idea to solve the worlds water crisis, and South Africa is before Day Zero comes. However, water desalination has some drawbacks. Water supply will diminish to the point where the costs and energy necessary for desalination become feasible, but water drinkers of the world must also think of the treatment of water itself. As much credit as people may want to give engineers, they cant feasibly treat everything under the sun. In South Africa, researchers warn about the level of contamination in seawater from treated wastewater dumped into the ocean. Unlike the Safe Water Drinking Standards of the United States, other countries like South Africa require minimal, if any, treatment to wastewater before it is discharged. South Africas national water standards dont go much further than the removal of sizable objects like diapers. Once South Africa turns on doing nothing more than giving their citizens a choice of dehydration or E. coli. In a time when the nightmare of running out of water might become reality, experts Towns Day Zero lies with what most of us learned in elementary school. Ian Neilson, civil mates that decreasing daily water consumption by 25 percent will keep the water supply at a functional level until the rainy season starts in May. No matter how far technology develops or how much money investors pour into new ideas, simply conserving water was, is and always will be the most effective solution. pact their environment. Some may even argue But,no one can argue the importance of water to all life. Water needs to be accurately treated to its value. If not, we will have to start planning for the realistic scenario where we turn a faucet handle and nothing comes out. Joshua Udvary is a UF environmental engineering junior. His columns focus on science.In our current system, the rich who are arrested quickly post bail, but those who are poor can spend extended periods of time in jail without a conviction. Our justice system must understand that while the cash bail disproportionately impacts poorer people, making it inherently unfair. In other words: Its time for Florida to end cash bail. Recently, Atlanta approved a change to the cash bail system which would eliminate cash bail for low-level offenders. The no sense to hold these low-level offenders when it may cost more to keep them in jail than the bail would have brought in. Washcies. Some charges, like disorderly conduct, may disproportionately affect those who have bigger problems such as the homeless or mentally ill. Bail is often assigned without a thought about the persons ability to pay. A $1,000 bail could be a drop in the bucket for some, and for others it can mean their family not being able to eat for the next couple of months. This is not equality. Theres little regulation of what judges can charge for bail, and some may have a standard bail they issue without really considering the facts of the case. In a country where few people could come up with $2,000 without borrowing, bail can greatly Being in jail for an extended period of time, even if just for a few months for a crime one did not commit, can ruin a percountries that have come up with more equitable systems of punishment. based on a formula that takes into account the amount of spending money the person has for the day then divides it by two, according to the Atlantic. This is considered based on their income, and then the system governs how many days a person will be deprived of their spending money. For a speeding ticket, this would be based on how many miles over the speed limit the person was Denmark and Australia have similar systems. Those who are rich end up getting out of jail quickly by paying bail. Anyone who does not have savings could be stuck sitting in jail, and those are often the people who cannot afford to lose their jobs. A more equitable system would release nonviolent offenders without bail, and remand the violent offenders to jail. According to The Nation, arrestees who have not yet been convicted of anything make up 79% of the jail population nationally and are one of the reasons the U.S. has such a high incarceration rate. If innocent until proven guilty is supposed to be the standard, spending an extended time in jail undoubtedly taints a or mean they lose their living arrangements. Its unfair to ask those who are charged with nonviolent crimes who should be presumed innocent to put their life on hold. A system with cash bail puts too much power in the hands of judges, who often do not take into account the persons the offender before theyve been convicted of any crime, even if they may have no history of prior offenses. Like many other issues, this disproportionately affects minorities. Florida should take initiative in making our justice system less about punishing people who have yet to be convicted and more about crime that has a negative impact on society. Nicole Dan is a UF political science and journalism senior. Her columns focus on race and culture.Water scarcity is an issue we face today Its time for Florida to end cash bailColumn Column Joshua Nicole


8 ALLIGATOR FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2018Courtesy to the AlligatorPhoto of a cat submitted by a reader.Courtesy to the AlligatorPhoto of a cat submitted by a reader.Taylour Marks / Alligator StaffA group of about eight to 10 cats regularly gather at a gate behind the University of Floridas Counseling and Wellness Center.Courtesy to the AlligatorPhoto of a cat submitted by a reader. night in quiet area on campus, like Lakeside Residential Complex, Gerson Hall and the law school, according to readers who contacted the Alligator. Sam Lack, a UF political science senior, has been trying unsuccessfully to befriend a tuxedo cat by Gerson Hall for two years. Lack, 21, likes seeing his little buddy after class, even though the skittish cat runs away before Lack can pet him. I know stray cats get a bad rep, and probably its a problem if they get into stuff, he said. But I dont have a problem seeing a cat running around. Along with Rowell feeding the cats in the morning, two other women take care of them on evenings and weekends, she said. The women have named the daily group. Tiger runs the show. Speckle Beans gave birth to Little Specks, who once chased off a hawk attacking the colony. Callie is a Calico cat, and Chatty wouldnt shut up as a kitten. Prancy prances. Bob, a fat tabby, has an attitude, and he wont leave Prancy alone. Clippy was named after his clipped ear, a sign he was neutered and vaccinated for rabies tion has neutered 53,000 cats since 1998, said the executive director, Audrey Garrison. Garrison said cats on campus have lived in the same areas for years, long before caregivers began feeding them. feeding the cats and thats why the cat is there, but thats not the case, she said. They didnt put food out saying, I wish a cat shows up. They started feeding the cats that live there. She said many community cats have feral personalities, meaning they rarely interact with humans and hide during the day. About 40,000 feral cats live in Alachua County, Garrison said. Rather than relocate or shelter the cats, the group releases the cats back to the area in which they live, neutered and vaccinated. lation as less females give birth, but Garrison said work still needs to be done before Alachua Mason Mellot, a UF mechanical engineering sophomore and self-proclaimed cat lover, said he doesnt mind the cats living by his dorm at Lakeside Residential Complex. The 20-year-old remembers seeing the Radio Road colony the day before Hurricane Irma on his way to buy milk. He only had 30 minutes to get to Publix before it closed. As he frantically rode his bike up the hill, he noticed the colony standing next to the Counseling & Wellabout these cats because they were about to exthat Im only one person on one bicycle with one backpack. I cannot carry 15 cats. Mellot told himself he would call someone if he saw the cats on his way home, but when he passed later, they were gone. which Rowell still cares for, is okay. Despite growing up on a farm, Rowell never grew attached to many animals until she met Mama Kitty. When Mama got sick, Rowell took her to the vet and stayed with the cat as she was put to sleep. She laid the old, then-fat cat to rest in the backyard of her farm next to an infamous nonneutered male, Big Daddy. The two strays are in the same yard as all of her childhood pets. Rowell said shell keep caring for the cats as long as shes around. It just breaks my heart to see an animal running wild with no family and no food, Rowell said. It just breaks my heart. @AmandaNicRosa arosa@alligator.orgFEATURE, from pg. 1


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2018 ALLIGATOR 9Emma Green / AlligatorThe host of Micro Championship Wrestling introduces Blixx, the Tiny Terror, weighing in at 75 pounds of pure terror. The 38-inch wrestler hyped up the crowd before hoisting himself into the ring inside the High Dive in downtown Gainesville on Wednesday. Emma Green / AlligatorA group of friends wearing wigs watches Micro Championship Wrestling inside the High Dive on Wednesday.Emma Green / AlligatorBlixx uses Huggy Cubs belt as a whip during the Micro Championship Wrestling inside the High Dive on Wednesday. A crowd of about 150 cheered on the face-painted Tiny Terror after Huggy Cub dissed the food and women in Gainesville. Midget wrestlers take to the ring at the High DiveEmma GreenAlligator ContributorMidget wrestlers made an appearance in Gainesville on Wednesday night. The High Dive in downtown Gainesville hosted the Micro Championship Wrestling event, where about 150 people cheered on some of the smallest athletes with boisterous personalities. Cowboy Kidd Quick emerged as the micro champion, besting his fellow pint-sized performers, like the Tiny Terror and Huggy Cub. The night culminated with a six-midget royal rumble, and the traveling shows tagline, half the size, twice the violence, was apparent. Referee Jimmy Mac counts while Cowboy Kidd Quick pins down Huggy Cub during a midget wrestling event on Wednesday. The High Dive hosted the Micro Championship Wrestling for about 150 screaming, inebriated onlookers.


IT WILL COST BETWEEN $16 MILLION AND $30 MILLION. By Christina MoralesAlligator Staff WriterTo reach across cultural barriers in ternational center may be built across the street from UF. The International Council of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce is considering building the center on the corner of Southwest 13th Street and West University Avenue, where Leonardos Pizza and the Circle K gas station are located, said Steve Kalishman with the Sister City Program of Gainesville Inc. The council will research the citys needs for the center over the next eight months. No concrete plans have been determined for that space yet, and it remains unclear when they will decide what to do with it, said UF spokesperson Margot Winick. Kalishman said the cost for the center is expected to be between $16 million and $30 million, but it could bring billions of dollars in economic growth to Gainesville. I dont know how you put a number on the potential, he said. It could change everything about the city of Gainesville in a few years. It will offer executive training in cultures so businesses can work internationally. The centers plan includes a museum, international restaurant, hospace for businesses and more. We would have a place to showcase all of Gainesvilles global connections, Kalishman said. We have to have a facility to show foreign visitors that Gainesville is serious about global connections. The thousands of international students at UF and Santa Fe College present an opportunity to connect the city to the rest of the world, said Susan Davenport, the president and CEO of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce. The greater Gainesville region is a global hub of talent, innovation and opportunity, Davenport said. @Christina_M18 10 ALLIGATOR FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2018 By Hannah MaggioreAlligator Contributing WriterThe second-largest UF college has hired two department chairs after months of searching. The UF Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering promoted Carlos Rinaldi to chairman of the chemical engineering department, said the colleges dean, Cammy Abernathy. He started the position Jan. 1, after previously serving as the interim chair of the department. David Kaber, a North Carolina State University engineering professor, was also hired as chairman of UFs industrial and systems engineering department, Abernathy said. He will begin July 1. Both chairs will receive annual salaries of $285,000, UF spokesperson John Hines said. They made great candidates because they are both good teachers, student mentors and scholars, Abernathy said. Previous chemical engineering department chairman, Rich Dickinson, left in August to start a three-year research assignment for the National Science Foundation, Abernathy said. The previous industrial and systems engineering department chairman, Joseph Geunes, left in Fall 2016 to teach at the University of Arkansas. two positions at the assistant professor level. He said he wants to decrease class sizes by offering all senior courses every semester and giving students who complete internships a chance to stay on track for graduation. He also wants to improve the departments web and social media presence, Rinaldi said. I think we are already doing great research that contributes to society, Rinaldi said, but we could do a better job of publicizing it. Kaber wrote in an email he plans to have the industrial and systems engineering department work with others in the college and other university departments, including computer science and psychology. I think everyone is excited about the expansion of the department into new research areas with additional faculty and graduate students, Kaber said.College of Engineering hires two chairmen International Center being considered for development POTENTIAL PLAN FOR BUILDING 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.Parking, lobby, retail, museum, hotel Parking, office Parking Parking Meeting, conference, hotel rooms Training, classrooms hotel rooms Rooftop terrace, restaurant, kitchen


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Alfredo Perez and the Gators men's tennis team begins a two-game road stretch tonight when it faces No. 13 Michigan in Ann Arbor. Pro Sports Roundup: Wade back in Miami, Thomas tradedCavaliers shooting guard Dwyane Wade was traded to the Miami Heat on Thursday. Cleveland received a 2024 second-round pick for Wade. The Cavs also traded Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye pick to the Los Angeles Lakers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. Follow us for updatesFor updates on UF athletics, follow us on Twitter at @alligatorSports or online at, FEBRUARY 9, 2018 football team returns 10 starters on offense and nine on defense in 2018. That doesnt leave much room for freshmen to see valuable playing time, but with a new coaching staff, new evaluations and new goals, those starters are vulnerable to replacement. And even if not, some members of Floridas 2018 was largely assembled on National Signing Day, here are four of the most likely standout candidates. 4. Evan McPherson, Kicker at Florida. Big, powerful, popular shoes. With fan favorite Eddy Pineiros departure for the NFL Draft, its unclear if McPherson will face competition for the starting job. Jorge Powell, a rising redshirt senior, is still listed on the roster, but so is Pineiro, and it's unclear if PowIf he doesnt, McPherson should claim the starting spot easily and make an immediate impact. And if he does, McPherson, the nations top-ranked kicker recruit, should be able to challenge. Floridas last high school kicking prodigy, class of 2012s Austin Hardin, didnt pan out well for the Gators and led to widespread fan frustration. McPherson will look to reverse that trend and keep fans chanting, this time for Evan instead of Eddy. 3. Justin Watkins, Wide receiver Dan Mullen called Watkins electric and said hes capable of not only playing wideout and slot receiver, but also running back and even corner. Thats the kind of athlete Mullen wants. Someone who can step in and make plays in the mold of Kadarius Toney a season ago. Watkins, rated the nations 16th-best receiver and 89th overall, according to 247Sports, should at least get a chance to show his athleticism early. Floridas receiving corps was largely a disappointment last year. The teams best wideout rising junior Tyrie Cleveland managed a team-best 410 receiving yards, while then-senior Brandon Powell led the group in touchdown grabs with three. Cleveland should have a lock on his starting spot, but with Powell and former leading receiver Antonio Callaway gone, theres room for new faces to make an impact when returning faces have rarely been able to do so. Four Florida football signees likely to make an impact in 2018Sweet and Bauer / Opinion Ethan Bauertwitter: @ebaueriBy Andrew HuangSports Writer Florida point guard Chris Chiozza has been posting career numbers all season. Hes scoring, rebounding and assisting at his highest rate since he stepped foot in Gainesville four years ago. The Gators men's basketball team has needed all of it in a topsy-turvy 2018 campaign. Chiozza struggled as of late though, managing four points in an 18-point loss to Alabama on Saturday and three in Wednesdays 73-64 win over LSU. UF coach Mike White has faith in Chiozza, saying he thinks the senior is due for a breakout, hopefully in Saturdays noon game at South Carolina (1311, 4-7 SEC). (Chiozza has) been so good all year and law of averages kicks in, White said. Surely, hell be good in Columbia and well be OK. After handing Florida a 77-72 loss in Gainesville, the Gamecocks have dropped games against then-No. 14 Texas Tech, Mississippi State, Texas A&M and Arkansas. One thing all four of South Carolinas recent defeats have in common is strong guard play from its opponents, in light of Chiozzas recent struggles. Texas Techs Keenan Evans accounted for roughly half of the Red Raiders' points and three assists as the Gamecocks fell 70-63. Mississippi State guards Quinndary and Nick Weatherspoon combined for 35 points and six assists in an 81-76 win over South Carolina.UF hits road for rematch with South CarolinaSEE BASKETBALL, PAGE 16 SEE SOFTBALL, PAGE 16 SEE COLUMN PAGE 16 Alligator File Photo slew of freshmen are set to make immediate contributions. "I'm really excited to see how it's going to piece together," senior Aleshia Ocasio said. SOFTBALL MEN'S BASKETBALLBy Mark StineSports WriterLast year, the Gators turned to their underprove to be similar. Floridas softball team is opening its season today at 4:45 p.m. against Illinois State, the University of South Florida in Tampa. preseason All-SEC Team, it is also eager to showcase its depth and younger players in these opening matchups. We have different players who can do a lot of different things, senior Aleshia Ocasio said. Im really excited to see how its going to piece together." The Gators are expected to be strong defensively this spring, despite starting a redshirt sophomore at shortstop and a freshman at second base. In her debut season, Sophia Reynoso brought desperately needed stability at shortstop. Reynoso started all 68 games for Florida Hannah Adams will attempt to bring a similar impact this season. The freshmans defensive prowess has been good enough so far to get the nod from coach Tim Walton at second, bumping senior Nicole DeWitt over to third base. Junior Kelly Barnhill will see a bulk of the playing time on the mound this season along with Ocasio. Behind the pair of upperclassmen are two promising young pitchers in sophomore Katie Chronister and freshman Natalie Lugo. Chronister made the decision this offseason to focus exclusively on pitching and pinch Gators open season against Illinois State


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2018 ALLIGATOR 15 GYMNASTICSBy Alana GomezSports WriterJenny Rowland was all smiles in the Florida gymnastics teams practice facility Tuesday morning. Her excitement about returning home for the Gators sixth match of the season was evident as she laughed and joked with reporters. Her demeanor, however, took on a more serious tone when she talked about the chemistry and dedication of her team. Everybodys ready, Rowland said. Everybodys willing to do whatever it takes for the team. No. 5 Florida will take on No. 9 Alabama tonight at home with the Gators competing in the nations top gymnastics dual meet of the weekend. UF is on a three-match win streak and its second SEC victory of the season. In the Gators last meet on Feb. 2, they defeated then-No. 17 Auburn 197.400-197.000 at Auburn Arena. Theres just one thing that we need to improve on that I saw last competition and its our stuck landings, Rowland said. We gave away over a point in stuck landings. Thats something I feel can easily be Alabama and Florida will compete in a top-10 matchup for the 55th consecutive time. When the teams met in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, last year, the Gators returned home with a 197.825-197.425 loss to the Crimson Tide. A month later on March 18 at the SEC Championships, the Gators traveled to neutral ground with a renewed passion and took Alabama down by a .425 margin. Bamas always been a great team, so we know its hard to go to Bama with thousands of their fans, senior Alex McMurtry said. I think its just easier on home turf and we have that momentum. Alabama returns to action off a home win over then-No. 8 Arkansas 197.000 196.35. Both the Gators and the Crimson Tide bring a combined total of three gymnasts who posted a 10.0 in the 2017 season. This includes senior Kiana Winston for Alabama, and seniors Kennedy Baker and McMurtry for Florida. McMurtry recorded a 10.0 on beam against No. 1 Oklahoma on Jan. 26 to become the second Gator to post perfect scores in each event. She isnt letting her own achievements or the teams top-5 national ranking get to her head. We try not to pay attention too much to rankings, McMurtry said. We know were one of the top teams in the country, and thats just reinforcing it. Her fellow senior Rachel Slocum has her mind set on less concrete matters and looks forward to competing in front of what could potentially be the Gators third OConnell Center sellout in program history. Cant wait to have a hopefully, crossed @alanaa_gomez tonight at OConnell Center LACROSSEBy Tyler NettunoSports WriterThe Florida lacrosse team has not reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament since 2015. of the tournament the past two years, the Gators arent worried about suffering the same fate in 2018. The defending Big East champions are the unanimous pick to win the conference title once again and are the preseason No. 5 team in the country. And for good reason. Ninth-year coach Amanda OLearys squad reago, the 2017 Big East Goalkeeper of the Year in Haley Hicklen and six preseason All-Big East team members. 17-3, including a 9-0 mark in conference play, its stars in attackers Lindsey Ronbeck and Shayna ney Pirreca, they still have a lot of production to replace. Floridas points leaders, Sammi Burgess and Mollie Stevens, have graduated. Due to this, several newcomers will need to step up quickly. OLeary said she expects to play six freshmen in Floridas season-opening game against No. 16 Colorado on Sunday at Donald R. Dizney Stadium. Senior defender Aniya Flanagan believes the young players are ready for the challenge. At practice, we always go 100 percent, Flanagan said. We dont go light on them because theyre freshmen. Two of those freshmen, attackers Kassidy Bresnahan and Grace Haus, could start on the game and see extensive playing time Sunday. The Gators know Colorado wont be an easy game. OLeary summed up Floridas opponent in one word: explosive. Explosive might be an understatement. Pac-12, return their leading scorer from last year in Darby Kiernan. In 2017, Colorado had the 17th-best scoring offense in the country, as well as the third-best scoring defense. Despite having only four seasons under its belt as a Division I program, CU has quickly established itself as one of the best teams in the country. The Buffaloes season begins tonight, as they take on Michigan in Jacksonville. Considering the fact that the Gators schedule includes six games against teams ranked in the preseason top-25 highlighted by a bout with No. 1 Maryland on Feb. 17 Florida could easily look ahead to tougher opponents and the postseason. But Shayna Pirreca does not think that will happen. She said in the past, the teams goal has been to win a national title. While this ambition reishes in the NCAA Tournament, she said the We have to go 1-0, 17 times, she said. @TylerNettuno tnettuno@alligator.orgBig East-favorite Florida opens season at home vs. Colorado MISSISSIPPI STATE 98, FLORIDA 50By Justin AhlumSports WriterWith under a minute to go in the third quarter and the game well out of reach, Mississippi States Zion Campbell drove through the lane. Her layup went off the glass and through the bottom of the net, giving the Bulldogs a 36-point lead to double up Floridas point total. of the third quarter and ended a frame that saw Mississippi State outscore UF 30-7, as the No. 2 Bulldogs defeated the Gators womens basketball team (10-14, 2-9 SEC) 98-50 at the OConnell Center on Thursday night. Theyre phenomenal defensively, coach Cameron Newbauer. Their pressure just got to us. What it does is it speeds you up mentally, physically. Florida struggled with anything and everything that came its way throughout most of the game. The suffocating press defense from the Bulldogs (25-0, 11-0 SEC) forced the Gators to commit 23 turnovers during the game. MSU scored 37 points off Floridas mistakes. Despite a strong second quarter from the Gators in which they scored 16 points, Mississippi State found a way to bully UF on both We need to be aggressive, guard Funda Nakkasoglu said. If our turnovers come off aggressive play, we can kind of live with that. But they were just all up in us tonight. After going into halftime with a 13-point advantage, the Bulldogs used a 30-point third quarter to pull away from the Gators. Only one player, freshman Chloe Bibby, was held scoreless for the No. 2 team in the nation. I think we still had a lot of defensive miscues, forward Haley Lorenzen said. When we started deviating from (our game plan), thats when they started getting their open shots. They had their drives and different things like that from the beginning. Leading the way for Mississippi State was redshirt senior Roshunda Johnson. She led all scorers with 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting. Johnson shot 4-of-7 from downtown and grabbed six rebounds during the contest. The Bulldogs inside game was led by junior Teaira McCowan. The 6-foot-7 forward had 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting, though her presence was felt more on the glass during Thursdays contest. McCowan had 11 rebounds, including Guard Victoria Vivians had 17 points and Mississippi State. Not much went Floridas way Thursday night. Despite a solid 17 points from Nakkasoglu, the Gators were stuck trying to avoid Mississippi States press defense. Lorenzen and sophomore Delicia Washington were the only other Gators to score in doua combined 12 rebounds. With the loss, Florida falls to 1-43 all-time against top-three opponents. It is also the Gators sixth loss this year to a top-25 team. opponent this season on Sunday when they travel to Columbia, South Carolina, to take on the No. 7 Gamecocks. For Newbauer, hes already looking forward to it. Were gonna turn the page and move on, he said. On to the next. @justinn_case1 jahlum@alligator.orgGators crumble in turnover-ridden loss to Mississippi StateAlan Alvarez / Alligator StaffFunda Nakkasoglu turned the ball over six times in Thursday nights loss. If our turnovers come off aggressive play, we can kind of live with that, she said. But they were just all up in us tonight.


16 ALLIGATOR FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2018 2. Jacob Copeland, Wide receiver The same ideas that apply to Watkins apply to Copeland, only Copeland has more of an SECready body. At 6 feet, 192-pounds, his frame is larger than the 5-foot-11, 172-pound Watkins. Copeland also holds the higher rating of the duo at 69th overall, although when ratings are that close, its hard to tell if one is much better than the other. Nevertheless Copeland, like Watkins, should be offered the opportunity to contribute early. Especially if Ole Miss transfer Van Jefferson and Ohio State transfer Trevon Grimes arent granted immediate eligibility. 1. Emory Jones, Quarterback Could Emory Jones be the best quarterback to play at Florida since Tim Tebow? It shouldnt be too hard considering the mediocrity that has accumulated at the position for the Gators in recent years. However, that hasnt stopped other top quarterback prospects like Jeff Driskel, John Brantley and Feleipe Franks from tanking in Gainesville. Maybe Jones will buck that trend, maybe he wont, but hell certainly get the opportunity to do so early. Facing competition from Jake Allen, Kyle Trask and incumbent starter Franks, Jones should be near or at the top of the depth chart from day one. Its hard to predict whether hell win out. Who knows? Quarterback guru Dan Mullen could resurrect Franks and turn him into a respectable starter. son, it wouldnt be surprising to see Jones get the nod as a true freshman. Especially with the recent success of true-freshman quarterbacks in the SEC, like Georgias Jake Fromm and Alabamas Tua Tagovailoa. Ethan Bauer is a sports writer. Follow him on Twitter@ebaueri and contact him at ebauer@, from pg. 14 The Aggies took down the Gamecocks 83-60 with a more balanced approach, led by junior guard Admon Gilder's 15 points and three steals. Then on Tuesday, Razorbacks guards Daryl Macon (25 points) and Jaylen Barford (24 points) helped pace Arkansas to an 81-65 victory. This could also bode well for Florida guards Jalen Hudson, Egor Koulechov and KeVaughn Allen. second on the team in scoring, respectively, while Koulechovs 6.9 rebounds per game leads the Gators and is tied for ninth in the SEC. Allens play has been up-and-down during his junior season, but he remains a threat to lead all players in scoring on any given night. Against a Gamecocks defense that gives up just 68 points per game, a big performance from Allen could be a key to success. Another area of focus for Florida will be South Carolina forward Chris Silva, meeting with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Koulechov, who spends large portions of games at the power forward spot due to frontcourt injuries, said he looks forward to matching up with Silva. Its always fun, Koulechov said. Well have a good game plan. Ill do whatever I gotta do. Coaches are always gonna put us in great positions and its up to us to execute. @AndrewJHuang BASKETBALL, from pg. 14Koulechov leads UF in rebounds Alan Alvarez / Alligator StaffFlorida guard Egor Koulechov looks forward to matching up against South Carolina forward Chris Silva, who recorded a double-double against UF on Jan. 24. "We'll have a good game plan," Koulechov said. "I'll do whatever I gotta do." She has the ability to get a lot of ground balls, Walton said. She changes speeds. She throws down. Shes left-handed. I think last year was not an indication of where she could be. Lugo joins Chronister in the bullpen. The summer before coming to UF, Lugo dominated at the World Baseball Softball Confederation Junior Womens World Championship. She registered a 0.42 ERA with three wins, beating Japan in the championship game. With plenty of depth at the plate, Florida will retain its status from last season as one of the better offenses in the SEC. Behind players like junior Amanda Loreer batting average (.395), Florida has added freshman sluggers Haven Sampson and Josie Page. Sampson hit .371 for her high school career with a .436 on-base percentage, while Page broke school records in career home runs and single-season home runs at Washington County High School in Chatom, Alabama. She also led Washington County to the Were just excited to get the new people out there in the Orange and Blue, Walton said. (They) get to share in the passion with all of the returning players we have. @mstinejr SOFTBALL, from pg 14Amanda Lorenz has a .395 career batting average