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We Inform. You Decide.www.alligator.orgNot officially associated with the University of Florida FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2018 FOLLOW US ONLINE FOR UPDATES @FloridaAlligator @TheAlligator_ @TheAlligator Grace Marketplace providers to stayThe same organization will keep running it, pg 3 pg 5 Gators lose again in nail-biterFloridas womens basketball team was defeated for the sixth consecutive game on Thursday against Texas A&M, pg. 1 4VOLUME 112 ISSUE 59Published by Campus Communications, Inc. of Gainesville, Florida Taylour Marks / Alligator Staff UF sorority Alpha Epsilon Phi placed a banner stating Pray for Parkland on the outside of the sorority house on Thursday following the deadly school shooting in Broward County. By Paige Fry and Elliott NasbyAlligator Staff WritersRichard Doan didnt think much of off Wednesday afternoon. It had gone off once earlier that day already, and only 30 minutes stood bedismissal. Even as he stepped out of his Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School class and heard people yell about a shooting, active shooter drill, after all. When he made it outside, he heard the screams: Run. Go back. He turned back around and ran to the classroom he had left. His teacher shoved him into the corner of the closphones, they scrolled through social ing. Across the spread-out campus at been looking up. He had just been acsome of his classmates may never even graduate high school. The reality of a UF community struggles to cope after shooting atINVESTIGATION:By David HoffmanAlligator Staff WriterTHE RESOURCES K cashier, Cara Chatmon had just call. into a better neighborhood. She ter Tamias adjustment from her old eastside school, Marjorie Kinnan Chatmon received a call. Ms. Smith gradebook, pointing to Tamias Whats the situation like at home? Smith prodded. Chatmon felt broken. She thought shed made a big deal out of her chiling government assistance. What about the trips to the library every Saturday morning for What about the books her daughter checked out? transferred from. paused. Then she gave a thoughtful nod. That could be the reason, she sources. NIGHT AND DAYAlachua Countys elementary Night and Day: Schools still struggle with achievement gapBy Christina MoralesAlligator Staff Writer Stoneman Douglas High School. At 3 p.m., she called her mom and brother to make sure and her brother is a volunteer mentor for the posed to volunteer Thursday. I felt relief, but I still feel the same tension and the same pressure, the 20-year-old said. I havent been able to shake that feeling. I still feel the anxiety of fear for their lives. to honor each victim, and grief counselors Thackeray said. Both events are hosted by individuals, acIts just another tragic shooting that hapspokesperson, said students should become is in an active shooter situation and pay atsituation arise. able at all. The goal of the police department is to prevent an incident like this from happening, he said. The foundation of our approach to safety is a shared responsibility, he said. It does resolve this manner before an incident begins. @Christina_M18 cmorales@alligator.orgMultiple vigils to be held today after Parkland shooting SEE FEATURE, PAGE 8 SEE SHOOTING, PAGE 9


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 16, 2018 or email WHATS HAPPENING?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. Press releases will not appear in the paper. Correction: In an article published Feb. 14 titled "Tommy Hilfiger store to open in Gainesville," The Alligator incorrectly reported Chris Conti is a marketing coordinator at RaCo Real Estate. He works for Celebration Pointe. VOLUME 112 ISSUE 59NEWSROOM 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 The Board of Directors of Campus Communications, Inc., publisher ofEditora paid position as head of the Editorial Division and as an unpaid member of the Board of DirectorsManaging Editor/Print and Managing Editor/Onlinepaid positions and unpaid members of the Board of Directors. each weekday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. from now until Friday, March 2. Look for the Alligator sign located in the lobby. Further written information is available at the 15 minutes at that time to read information regarding the application process. The application must be returned to The Alligator by Tuesday, March 13 at 4 p.m. THIS IS AN ABSOLUTE DEADLINE. Interviews and selections by the Board of Directors will be held at Friday April 6 at 9 a.m. Applicants must be present at that meeting to be considered. Applicants must be degree-seeking college or university students. Preference will be given to those who have experience with The Independent Florida Alligator. Campus Communications, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer andannounces the opening of the following positions for the summer semester:


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2018 ALLIGATOR 3 The Board of Directors of Campus Communications, Inc., publisher ofStudent Member at LargeCampus Communications, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer andannounces the opening of the following positions for the summer semester: each weekday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. from now until Friday, March 2. Look for the Alligator sign located in the lobby. Further written information is available at the 15 minutes at that time to read information regarding the application process. The application must be returned to The Alligator by Tuesday, March 13 at 4 p.m. THIS IS AN ABSOLUTE DEADLINE. Interviews and selections by the Board of Directors will be held at Friday April 6 at 9 a.m. Applicants must be present at that meeting to be considered. Applicants must be degree-seeking college or university students. Preference will be given to those who have experience with The Independent Florida Alligator. By Elliott NasbyAlligator Staff WriterJamal Sowell met Floridas legislative leaders in an orange suit embroidered with UF logos. The UF alumnus and other Gators visited Tallahassee for an annual Gator Day on Thursday to meet with state leaders on legislative and political advocacy. Almost every UF college or entity was represented in some way, Sowell said. Florida Blue Key, UF Student Government, UF Alumni Association and Gators for Higher Education sponsored the event. It is a phenomenal network that Im thankful to have and thankful to give back to, said Sowell, who is now the director of special projects for Port Tampa Bay. According to Melissa Orth, the director of government relations at UF, UF President Kent Fuchs addressed about 200 people, including former football coach Steve Spurrier, Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court Jorge Labarga, Chancellor for the State University System Marshall Criser and UF Board of Trustees members. Christian Tirado, a UF political science senior, represented the Hispanic Student Association with 12 other members during the day. He said his group had productive conversations with policymakers, including Sens. Jose Rodriguez and Keith Perry, on topics such as preserving Bright Futures scholarships, supporting low-income college students and Florida Senate Bill 308, which they said is unconstitutional and would ban sanctuary cities. Tallahassee may be far away, the 22-year-old said. But by coming up and meeting legislators in person, we feel we can start to achieve real change. @_ElohEl enasby@alligator.orgStudents, alumni speak with legislatorsBy Mari FaielloAlligator Contributing WriterBenjamin King struggled to communicate with his brother and mother as both sons took care of her while she had a brain tumor. Even with todays technology, communication between patients and caregivers is still overwhelming, he said. Its why King began thinking in 2016 about creating a new smartphonebased application called HealthSteps that helps users through caregiving. After my mom passed away is when I really started thinking that there really is no solution out there that utilizes these smartphones, said King, the CEO and founder of HealthSteps. medication. Dr. William Slayton, the chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at UF Health, said he thinks the app would work well for people with multiple caregivers because it can sync health care plans. It would be a great way to monitor and clearly communicate a plan to a family and for them to monitor the plan, Slayton said. While the app is free to users, King hopes to sell the platform online to health care providers and clinical researchers, so they can collect the data and see how their patients are doing. Slayton said the health care app is available to everyone with a smartphone. As of now, 10 patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia are enrolled in the eight-week trial. Its using a technology that everyone has, at least in the United States, he said.UF Health trials app to monitor patients By Jessica GilesAlligator Staff WriterAgainst the recommendation of city staff, city commissioners unanimously voted for the Alachua County Coalition of the Homeless and Hungry to continue running Grace Marketplace. On Thursday evening, the City Commission reviewed two proposals for possible managers of homeless shelter Grace Marketplace, one by the current provider, the ACCHH and the other by the Grace Marketplace Charitable Support Foundation. In a room packed with concerned citizens and homeless people, the Commission voted to renew the contract with the current provider. The city will ask the county to pass an identical motion in a joint meeting Monday. Although city staff ranked the Grace Marketplace Charitable Supcommissioners feared the planned staff of 15 would be too small, the ganization was inexperienced. I dont know that Im convinced ranked by staff is really going to deliver the vision that I see for homeless services here in Alachua County, Commissioner David Arreola said. Abigail Perret-Gentil, who manages the Grace Marketplace community garden, attended the meeting to support the ACCHH and the work they are already doing to help the homeless, she said. The people out there are precious, and they are in one of the most vulnerable situations that a person can be in, she said. We know that the coalition has done a really good job. @jessica_giles_ jgiles@alligator.orgGrace Marketplace provider to stay


4 ALLIGATOR FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2018 By Remi StorchAlligator Contributing Writer By Elliott NasbyAlligator Staff Writer @_ElohEl enasby@alligator.orgUF starts communications center for social change UFs dual enrollment program expands as requirements go up Nodine REQUIREMENTS OF UF DUAL ENROLLMENT Unweighted GPA SAT PSAT ACT 3.5 1000 1030 21 3.6 1100 1130 22 FALL 2017 SPRING 2018


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2018 ALLIGATOR 5Will Clewis / Alligator StaffOscar Mayers Wienermobile parked outside Gator Corner Dining Hall on Wednesday afternoon. By Rachel Porter Alligator Contributing WriterThe Wienermobile, Oscar Mayers hot-dog shaped car, is visiting UF this week. The Alligator spoke to its current drivers, Alexandra Klar and Sammi Manning. dog on campus: 1. The Wienermobile is 27 feet long, 11 feet high and 8 feet wide. It is approximately 60 hot dogs long. 2. It has six customized ketchupand mustard-colored seats, condiment-splat3. Wienermobile drivers are called hotdoggers. A typical work week includes at least four days of events and interviews with local media, along with two days to tour the cities they visit. 4. Oscar Mayer has hired a driver from UF for the past decade. UF is one of six universities it goes to every year for recruitment.Things to know about the Wienermobile on campus By Megan RickerAlligator Contributing WriterA burger, taco and wings joint moved into the spot Burrito Brothers Taco Co. once occupied and it will possibly name one of its tacos after the former restaurants owner. Gator BTW is a franchise of the South Florida restaurant Hurricane BTW but was given the Gator name to better connect with UF students and the local Gainesville community, said Nicholas Montanaro, a managing partner of the restaurant. It opened Monday at 1402 W. University Ave. Were here to stay, and were here to support the community and the university, Montanaro said. Montanaro said hes been speaking to Randy Akerson, the former Burrito Brothers owner, about naming a food item after Akerson. Were working on having a Burrito Brothers taco, Montanaro said. We have a lot of people that were loyal to Burrito Bros. that came in. Akerson said he was unsure of the idea but was honored Gator BTW thought of naming a menu item after him. They have been very gracious to me, Akerson said. But the experience is mixed for me having lost my restaurant and the chaos that came up from that. Jack Gandolfo, the owner of Gator BTW, said his restaurant was designed for the fastpaced lives of UF students by adapting Hurricane BTWs sit-down dining concept to a fast-casual dining experience. The prices for most of their menu items range from about $4 to $15. Gator BTWs most expensive item is the 50 count bone-in wings for $55. To combat issues of parking around the restaurant, which caused Burrito Brothers to close, Gandolfo said hes reached out to The Standard, a nearby apartment complex, about renting spots in its garage. He said he has not heard back from the complex, but he anticipates most of his customers coming from UF will come by foot. Our concept is price it right, get it as quickly as possible and still have some great food, Gandolfo, 59, said.Burrito Brothers replaced by burger, taco, wings joint HE BROUGHT HIS WIFE AND CHILDREN TO MEET THE OFFICER. By Robert LewisAlligator Staff WriterJoshua Roe wiped away tears when he he helped him get home to a 4-month-old and 2-year-old and a beautiful, loving wife. It was only a month before that Roe, barely able to speak, laid on the pavement in darkness, desperate for help. The 36-year-old UF doctoral student in the Department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management, had just been hit by his own More than a month after the Jan. 6 incident, Roe and Salafrio met at GPD headquarters Thursday afternoon, and Roe introduced Youll get the occasional thanks on social media, but nothing like this, Salafrio said. Roe was delivering household items to someone in need when he left his car running. As he called police to report his missing car, he was hit by the car, driven by 16-year-old Kyyan Jackson, according to an arrest report. As Salafrio approached Roe, he saw track has been with GPD for two years, couldnt help treat Roes injuries because they were mainly internal, but he helped comfort him. Friends and strangers have donated more than $10,000 toward his medical recovery on a fundraising website. Salafrio found and brought Roes phone the crash. Roe called his wife. driver, Salafrio stayed with Roe until an ambulance took him to the hospital. Hes hurt, hes broken, Salafrio said. He needs help. Roe said he felt grateful to be able to personally thank and shake hands with the man who helped save his life. Roe also thanked Salafrio for choosing to lot of times, it could be a thankless job. @Lewis__Robert rlewis@alligator.orgRobert Lewis / Alligator Staff 6 and rescued Roe. Roe was run over by his own car, which was stolen, police said.


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. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2018 EditorialIn elementary school, Valentines Day was something we all looked forward to. It was a day where wed come to school decked out in festive shades of red and pink and receive candy and semi-heartfelt cards from our classmates. About 15 years later, the holiday has turned into an unpleasant reminder of your perpetually single status. In an effort to keep spirits high, you and your friends decide to throw a retro V-Day party. After several and lets be honest, way too many heartshaped Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, you start to actually read the phrases on the cards youve received. ColumnMy friend Bob is a pessimist. Bob was a senior leader at another university for many years. No matter what opportunities or challenges that university faced, Bob was pessimistic about the outcome. During the years Bob reported to me, I frequently chided him on his persistent pessimism, which had a negative impact on those with whom he worked. His response was always that he was a short-term pessimist, but a long-term optimist. I can certainly understand short-term pessimism. The sonal and professional lives often seem to outweigh our joys, hope and optimism. Today, for instance, we are grieving are impacted by this shooting, including 283 current UF students who graduated from Douglas High. As of Thursday afternoon, we also know one of those killed had just been admitted to UF last Friday and was planning on attending in the Fall. society and community when we see inequalities and evil or when we personally face setbacks, pain and seemingly optimism for our society, community or personal lives may not always be obvious. One of the issues I face every day is how to communicate university when not everything is joyful and perfect. There are challenges facing UF and each of us personally. Indeed, there are times to grieve, be sad, discouraged and even to be outraged. I have one advantage over most at UF, and that is age. Time does provide evidence for optimism over pessimism. This year is the 50th anniversary of the assassinations of protests and violence across our nation, including on universities. Our nation soon after had an and the looming threat of nuclear war with the Soviet Union. In the late 1960s and s, UF was not yet a member of the Association of American Universities, nor was it considered one of the nations top public research universities. And still, although much work has yet to be We have much to celebrate and many reasons to be incredibly optimistic about both the short-term and long-term future. In his book, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, Steven Pinker provides evidence that the present time is the most peaceful in the history of manForward to the Future, provides compelling evidence global society is making dramatic progress in addressing fundamental problems such as shelter, food, energy and violence. I couldnt attend my friend Bobs retirement celebration last year, so I wrote a letter that was read at his reception. I shared my admiration and affection, and once again chided him for his short-term pessimism and congratulated him on his contributions to that university. As you face midterms and the personal hardships of university life, I wish for you optimism, both for the present and the future. In all kinds of weather, it is great to be a Florida Gator. Kent Fuchs is the president of the UF. His column is featured monthly. In the aftermath of tragedy, remain optimistic The views expressed here are not necessarily those of The Alligator.Melissa Gomez EDITOR A bby M iller EDITOR Caitlin Ostroff EDITOR, Jimena Tavel Darts & LaurelsSeventeen people woke up Wednesday for the last time. They they likely did every day without any hesitation, assuming it would be like any other. Unfortunately, this was far from the reality they would face. Cruz, robbed 17 people of their lives and left 14 others wounded, injuries. The actions of Cruz, as Gov. Rick Scott put it, can be described as nothing short of pure evil. To Cruzdart. This disturbing tragedy, however, was an opportunity for Football coach Aaron Feis, according to the Sun, threw himself in front of students to protect them from the bullets during the shooting. Feis passed away early Thursday morning. journalism teacher at the school, was quick on her feet during the chaos. When the code red was declared, she immediately hurried her students back to the classroom and shoved them all in a closet to keep them out of harms way. To Feis and Falkowski laurel of the week. Its courageous people like them who lessened the impact of the shooting and single-handedly saved the lives of students without giving it a second thought. House Bill 41 has reportedly been passed by both the Florida House and the Florida Senate and is on its way to Scotts desk. This bill would legitimize, protect and fund Crisis Pregnancy Centers in the state. These centers are often religiously backed and have been known to use manipulative practices to shame women out of getting the reproductive health care they seek. The centers have often been dubbed fake womens health centers. We award a dart to the Florida House and Senate for allowing this bill to see the light of day. We can only hope Scott understands the dangers and lack of morality behind the bill and sends it to the grave. On UFs campus this week, we saw a positive development devoted to social change something our nation could really use right now. ligator the centers goals are to further develop the public interest continue to grow the community through the frank gathering, an annual conference for social change in Gainesville. The center, which was launched by the College of Journalism and Communications, is a big step toward social justice and acceptance of diversity. We hope our school can serve as a model for others across the country. To Nodine, UF CJC Dean Diane McFarlin and all the others who helped make this center a reality, we award our last laurel. Kent


Running for Student Government has always been a goal of mine. This semester, I chose to slate with Challenge Party because they did not care about my aforganizations I was the president of or how much money could I donate to president, campaign manager or the I was just some random engineering student with many ideas and that was more than enough for them. You deserve an SG that sees you as a Challenge is unique. It is made up of former Impact Party and party members. We all saw that SG was not addressing the most important issue: the students. The senators and executive dent Body, not counter to it. Is Challenge perfect? No, of course not. A party is the culmination of peoples ideas, and because nobody is infallible, no party is either. But none of us are running to be perfect; we are running to be dynamic, adaptive and progressive. I hope you will allow us to challenge the status quo and to really ensure UF lives up to its title as a top-10 institution. Vote to bring the change UF deserves. Vote for an SG that will actually advocate on behalf of the students. Vote Challenge on Feb. 20 and 21. Michelle Thackeray is a senator candidate for Challenge Party.Often, Student Government election ballots not only include candidates but also questions. Students can submit constitutional amendments, referendums and initiatives through petitions with signatures from other students. Initiatives, which require signatures from 2 percent of all students, can amend Student Body law, which governs SG and student organizations. Recently, I and other students collected 1,212 signatures to add an initiative to the ballot. After the UF chief justice of the supreme court accepted at least 1,000 of these signatures last Thursday, she appeared poised to allow it. However, Justice Chris Boyett, founder of Impact Party, objected. He questioned the constitutionality of the election laws which allow students to place initiatives on the ballot. I read a section that describes the process as a students basic right from the constitution initiative. Despite this, Boyett insisted the word initiative means constitutional amendment. The court unanimously agreed with Boyett and reinterpreted the word initiative to mean constitutional amendment. Rejecting precewhich students could change Student Body law. However, it appears the court did not post a place, as Florida Sunshine laws require. Because of this, the hearing was unlawful. new hearing, this time compliant with state law, tunity to revisit evidence and consider the full Zachary Amrose is a UF political science sophomore. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2018 ALLIGATOR 7As a student of journalism, my best day may very well be your worst. In the span of two days since the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, people are ramping up social media with political discourse; offers of thoughts, prayers and condolences and counseling to those who may be in need of it. Why is it, though, these same thoughts never pervade our newsfeeds and media sources for more than a month before they fade into obscurity? One of my class lectures Wednesday ion as to whether the shooting represents a gun problem, a mental health problem or even a decline in the values instilled in children growing up. Regardless of the Every person is entitled to self-interest. The very reason the Constitution exists is to protect one of our inalienable rights: the pursuit of happiness colonial-era jargon for doing what we want and when we want to. What one is not entitled to is a false representation of intentions. Perhaps part of this problem lies within the media itself. Rewhat happens when the immediate action is over and only a few scraps of a story remain? They vanish. to serve their publics interest, where supply and demand then meet on graphs that many have seen in the economics courses at UF. This insinuates stories supplied by the media dissipate at least in part because the public ceases to demand it. Is interest lost because audiences by now are desensitized to constant bombardments telling them of shootings, or is it because they feel their voices crying for change are not being heard? Why are so many offers and words of intentions uttered, and why are so many of those empty? In a world which swallows whole the thoughts and whims we post online, it is easy to forget all actions have consequences. Seventeen people, and possibly more, serve as a physical reminder that all actions do, in fact, have consequences. In lieu of sending thoughts and prayers and instead of posting a paragraph online a tangible difference. Words may serve as a reminder to those deceased, but it is action that enshrines them. Provide a stranger with help despite a habit of trying to improve just one persons day. With this focus on others, we pling effect. What happened Wednesday is a tragedy, but it is not an isolated event. Too many initiatives have been started and have stumbled. It seems if change is truly desired, it should start on an individual baone line on a job application. Do something to have a lasting effect on the world, because these maniacs certainly are. Jacob Kovach is a UF public relations senior. Column 3501 SW 34th St (352) 377-5733 3501 SW 34th St (352) 377-5733NYX, Hair Pieces Extensions, Wigs Newberry Square location NOW OPENARCHER BEAUTY Jacob Kovachopinions@alligator.orgLetters to the Editor


8 ALLIGATOR FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2018 schools are divided between east and west, and black and white. While in eastside elementary schools, most students are black and fail Floridas statewide end-of-year exams, westside elementary school students are typically white and pass the exams. Although nobody can point to a single reason the achievement gap exists, people mention cyclical poverty, racial segregation within the city, lack of parental resources and the current zoning map. Even inside westside schools where the majority of students pass the Florida Standards Assessments, or FSAs, black student performance white counterparts. Out of all 67 Florida counties, Alachua County has the largest achievement gap between white and black to Alligator archives. Four schools west of Interstate 75 Meadowbrook, Hidden Oaks, Lawton Chiles and Kimball Wiles Elementary Schools are all majority white and were graded as A schools in 2017. About 70.7 percent of these four schools students between 2013 and 2017 passed their language arts FSA exam. In East Gainesville, in three of four elementary schools, about eight in every 10 students are black. Only about 22.9 percent of students in these schools Rawlings, Metcalfe and Lake Forest Elementary Schools from 2013 to 2017 passed their FSA language arts exam. Chanae Baker sees the divide Twice a week, Baker volunteers at Meadowbrook, where her 8-yearold goddaughter, Jyla, attends second grade. Between the smart boards and the buildings mix of brick and bright white-painted walls, she said shes in awe of the resources. Then, once a month, she volunteers at Rawlings, where the 50-yearold buildings classrooms are gloomy and the textbooks are old and worn. The difference extends to nonphysical resources, she said. While Meadowbrook has a strong PTA, many Rawlings parents struggle to get involved because they work multiple low-wage jobs. Its like night and day, she said. *** Above the whiteboard in Lilliemarie Gores fourth-grade math and science class, in an Idylwild Elementary School portable, a message hangs in orange and blue letters. Nothing is greater than learning, the plastic letters read. Since graduating from UF in 2005 with a masters degree in education, Gore has committed her time to teaching in the eastern part of the city. Its where help is needed. Williams Elementary School, an eastside school, she moved to Idylwild, a majority black school in the west. In both schools, shes witnessed the underperformance of her black students. Personally, I believe its getting worse, she said. The achievement gap between white and black students is severe at Williams, Gore said. Williams has a magnet program that is majority white, while the nonmagnet program is mostly black. While nearly 94 percent of Williams white students passed their language arts FSA in 2016-17 academic year, only about 25 percent of its black students passed. The same trend exists for black students in West Gainesville schools, even those without magnet programs. Even though Tamia passed her westside Stephen Foster, nearly 86 percent of black classmates failed. Only 8.7 percent of her white classmates failed. DIVISIONEileen Roy, the school boards longest-serving member from District 2, thinks the current zoning map is a major cause of the divide. In December 2003, the board redrew the map to a neighborhood style, which prioritized walking distance from homes rather than factors like having a mix of races within the same schools. As a result, she said the schools became much more segregated by race and economics. Roy wasnt on the board at the time, but was a member of the Zoning Task Force in 2002, which advised against the model, she said. A number of us said if we rezoned schools, weve got to have diversity as the No.1 criteria, she said. District 4 School Board member Leanetta McNealy said rezoning or what she calls the R word because she sees it as a taboo term that people dont talk about enough would help close the achievement gap. Chris Busey, a UF professor of education, said hes not sure redrawing the map would end segregation. White parents would move their children to private schools or charter schools. Whats happened in the past when weve rezoned schools is that When Elizabeth Buffy Bondy, a UF professor of education, thinks gap, she turns to literature Nobel Prize Winner William Faulkner. The past is never dead, its not even passed, Bondy quoted. Bondy said the conditions students are born into and the privileges they may or may not have come toThe reason for the gap is broader than whats happening in an individual classroom, she said.BREAKING POINT As East Gainesville schools struggle with underperformance and racial inequity, West Gainesville schools face overcapacity. West Gainesville grew 13 times more than East Gainesville between 2000 and 2010, according to census data. At least nine schools in the West are at more than 100 percent capacity. School board members hope to mitigate overcrowding with a new school in the west. Although the project does not have a timeline for construction, the state approved it and the district is discussing a location, McNealy said. Its needed, McNealy said. Were considered a portable city. When you go to certain school sites, we have so many portables on the west side. At Wiles Elementary School, a school built for 700 that now has 940 9:45 a.m. The early-start lunch is the only way to cycle students to the cafeteria, said Wiles Principal Barbara Buys. In her 18 years as the schools principal, Buys has never had this many students. While more portables can always be added, she said the rest of the schools resources are more strained. We might be getting toward a breaking point soon, she said. Graham Maxey shook his head as he walked up to Littlewood Elementarys front entrance to pick up his two granddaughters, 7-year-old Jade and 5-year-old Jordan. Every day the car line stretches far down the streets. Last year, Littlewood was about 122 percent over capacity. I know theyre doing the best they can, but its a problem, he said. This schools too overcrowded. NEXT STEPS est Elementary School, on the eastside, was an F school. Last year, it jumped to a C. For Karla Hutchinson, who started as principal last year, the spike in performance all came down to establishing a culture of high expectations. Between January and April 2017, Hutchinson and a group of administrators had a one-on-one meeting with each of Lake Forests 347 students. It was important to make each student aware of their performance good or bad and set concrete goals, she said. Get better grades on homework. Make a study plan. Stick to it. It was really eye-opening for a number of our students, Hutchinson said. We didnt focus on the past, we were focused on the present and on the future. Alachua County Public Schools spokesperson Jackie Johnson said the district is aware of the achievement gap and has long made it a top priority. In 2016-2017, while westside schools received more overall funding, the district allocated more funding per student to eastside schools, Johnson said. The money went toward more staff and teachers salaries for eastside schools. The Alachua County Council of PTAs also surveyed both east and westside schools, and will devise a 10 to 20-year plan on renovation and remodeling plans for each school, Johnson said. Johnson said they face problems with state funding cuts. In the last 10 years, the district has lost $168 million in facilities funding alone. Weve been getting hit from all angles to be honest, she said. On the November ballot, voters will decide on a half-cent sales tax the district expects will amount to $20 million a year to fund school facilities. It would cost the average county household about $58 annually. *** Gore sees herself in her students. Growing up in Naranja, Florida, about 40 minutes southwest of Miami, Gore, 35, said she lived in poverty, much like her students. But in third grade, Gores teacher, Ms. Jackson, showed her something she hadnt yet known: she could get through life with education. She treated me as a whole, wellrounded child, she said. She made me believe in myself. Gore sees her task as simple: inspiring students to push past their challenges. She wants to be their Ms. Jackson. I just want to be that light to these students, to love them and care enough about them to change, she said. Gore sees her task as simple: inspiring students to push past their challenges. She wants to be their Ms. Jackson. I just want to be that light to these students, to love them and care enough about them to change, she said. Alachua schools split between east and west, black and whiteTaylour Marks / Alligator Staff Lilliemarie Gore, 35, leads students of Idylwild Elementary School through a series of math exercises. Mrs. Gore was awarded the title of -2018 Alachua County Teacher of the Year earlier this month. FEATURE, from pg 1


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2018 ALLIGATOR 9 school shooting was sinking in. You dont really understand it until it happens, he said. I cant really believe this happened to my school. *** By the end of the day, 17 people were dead. A report from BCSO said authorities arrested expelled Stoneman Douglas student 19-year-old Cruz as the suspect. The victims included 14 students, a football coach, an athletic director and a teacher, the sheriffs Cruz admitted to authorities he was the gunman and had an AR-15, the report said. He was booked at the Broward dered him to be held without bond. Doan said he remembers how Cruz walked around the school with a sly look on his face. Cruz had thick, red hair, his face splattered with freckles and posture bent, Doan said. Doan watched him once kick Doan said. all say. Everyone knew him, but they kept their distance, Doan said. When Doan found out Cruz was the named suspect, he wasnt surprised. knew this kid. There was something off about him, Doan said. I wish we couldve done something. *** Kevin Doans phone buzzed while working at his parents day spa a couple miles down from the high school. His younger brother texted him his school was on lockdown, but he was safe. The 22-year-old UF alumnus and his mother scrolled through Twitter for information. Old classmates began texting him in a group chat. They shared news articles, videos of screams and pictures of blood in the classrooms they once learned in. It didnt seem real. Its like this dark cloud overtook the entire atmosphere, he said. I dont even know how to process it. The brothers had lived in Parkland with their parents since 2002, he said. Their town was almost never in the news, but when it was, it was for being one of the safest cities in Florida. The high school had about 3,300 students and about 13 buildings. At the beginning of the school year, Broward County Public Schools seemed to have been implementing more safety policies. They started doing active shooter drills. Still, they never felt unsafe they had no reason to feel otherwise. Kevin Doan, a former UF Student Body vice president and double Gator, said he waited until the suspect was caught and SWAT escorted his brother out of the closet he had hid in before he drove over to the school. As Richard Doan waited for his brother, he walked passed his former Advanced Placement psychology teacher, who lay on a stretcher, but was conscious. Her face was sunken behind her iconic blackframed glasses as she was lifted on an ambulance. Outside, students frantically called their parents. Authorities walked around strapped with guns and bulletproof vests. Helicopters how many had been shot or killed yet. Just one life lost thats already a disaster in itself, Richard Doan said. Melissa Falkowski, Doans the one who directed him and the other students into the closet. Even 24 hours after the incident, she hadnt slept. She knew the teacher who died. The coach. She taught the brother of one of the 14 students killed. She didnt know Cruz, but she said shes having a hard time understanding how he sat down at a McDonalds after killing 17 people, Its insane, she said. The whole thing is insane. *** phone when one of his best friends called to tell him there was a shooting at his old high school. Shocked, he texted another friend about the news. ing senior, was studying before class at the Reitz Union when he learned of an active shooting at his alma mater. Springs and went to Stoneman Douglas before coming to UF. Campus security used to monitor the high schools lunches around ways felt secure. Even when he went back to visit the campus a few years ago, he said he almost wasnt let in because he didnt get prior clearance. He began making phone calls. Each one brought a sense of relief. One person safe. Then two. Then three. Thank God, he wrote to his friend. But I cant watch this anymore. @paigexfry @_ElohEl enasby@alligator.orgSHOOTING, from pg. 1A football coach, teacher and students were among those killedAssociated PressA crowd gathers in Parkland, Florida, on Thursday night for a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Wednesday shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Authorities reported 17 people were killed at the school that had about 3,300 students. By Amanda RosaAlligator Staff WriterParent Rose Farley is looking for peace of mind in the wake of a South Florida high school shooting Wednesday afternoon. Farley, a human resource assistant at the UF Center for Latin American Studies, has a son in daycare and a 17-year-old daughter at shooting Thursday morning on the radio and worries about a similar emergency happening in Gainesville. I dont think anybody is safe if something like that can happen, she said. Alachua County Public Schools spokesperson Jackie Johnson said the school system sent an email to parents outlining school procedures and resources to keep students safe in case of a school shooting Thursday, Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. We can certainly relate to the concerns that parents have, Johnson said. But safety and security are an ongoing effort in Alachua County Public Schools, and all we can do is reassure parents that the safety and wellbeing of their children is our absolute highest priority. Over summer, all schools underwent safety training with local law enforcement, Johnson said. ACPS also keeps constant communications with local law enforcement agencies. Despite school safety measures, Farley and other parents are concerned students cant protect themselves in an emergency. Phalanx Defense Systems hopes to help ease parents fears with bullet-resistant panels normally used by law enforcement that James Coats, the CEO of Phalanx, said the company has received hundreds of phone calls, emails and fax messages from Gainesville parents interested in buying panI never thought as a body armor designer and manufacturer that I would ever have to make body armor for kids backpacks, Coats said. I think that until our governance is able to create a permanent solution, we have to be able to help in any way possible. @amandanicrosa arosa@alligator.orgAlachua schools, parents take precautions after shooting


10 ALLIGATOR FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2018 DISPLAY: (352) 376 4482 CLASSIFIEDS: (352) 373 3463 SPRING BREAK 2018We will not be not publishing 3/5-3/9, we will have these advanced deadlines. The DEADLINE for : Monday, March 12 th is Thursday, March 1 st at 4 p.m. advertising. Copy and payment due by 4pm By Lauren StaffAlligator Contributing WriterThe city is spending $19.6 million to rebuild part of East Gainesville. The renovations are part of the citys Trans4ming East GNV project, which aims to restore infrastructure and landscaping in the area, wrote Chip Skinner, the for the city, in an email. Three locations are under construction for the project and another starts in the spring. The public has been very supportive of the projects as the roadways were in poor condition, Skinner wrote. Here is the scheduled renovation timeline: From April 2017 to Spring 2018: Depot Avenue, from Southeast Seventh Street to Williston Road, will be reconstructed with brick sidewalks and have LED lighting. From Nov. 6 to Fall 2018: A roundabout will be added to Depot Avenue, between Southwest Sixth Street and Southwest Fourth Avenue. Improved drainage, sidewalks and trails will also be added. From December 2017 to December 2018: South Main Street, between Depot Avenue and South 16th Avenue, will gain four pedestrian crosswalks and increased street parking, from about 80 to 100 spots. From Spring 2018 to Spring 2019: Southeast Fourth Street from Depot Avenue to Williston Road will be reconstructed and gain sidewalks on both sides of the road. County Commissioner Harvey Budd said East Gainesville is a good investment, and there will be more projects in the area. Were now talking about taking the old fairgrounds next to the airport and converting that into some sort of industrial area, Budd said.East Gainesville landscape to undergo construction over next two yearsBy Tobie PerkinsAlligator Contributing WriterMary Campbell decided she was no longer going to fake orgasms because she does it too often. Im going to focus on myself, she said. The 23-year-old UF public health masters student was one of about 20 people who attended Becoming Cliterate with Dr. Laurie Mintz on Tuesday night in Reitz Union, Room 2315. Accessorized in clitoris-shaped earrings, Laurie Mintz, a UF psychology of human sexuality professor, discussed the orgasm gap, consent and how it all relates to sexism. What the F is going on? she asked. The F itself. Mintzs speech was part of the UF Sexual Trauma Interpersonal Violence Educations Cupids Consent Week. The event was co-sponsored by the UF Womens Student Association and Planned Parenthood Generation Action UF. Mintz also spoke about her most recent book, Becoming Cliterate: Why Orgasm Matters And How to Get It. The book focuses on the disparity between male and female orgasms. While she has done many book talks before, Mintz said recent events inspired her to go a different route. In the aftermath of the #MeToo movement, a viral campaign women use to report sexual assault and harassment, and the Babe magazine article in which a young woman, given the name Grace, accused comedian Aziz Ansari of sexually assaulting her, Mintz wanted to talk about consent. After the story about Ansari nal chapter of her book, You Dont Have To Have A Clitoris To be Cliterate, on her website. The chapter is meant to be passed on to readers male partners, offering tips on womens needs. Mintz said she believes more education could prevent situations like this. I dont blame Grace. I dont blame Aziz, she said. I blame culture. Mintz said her book was inspired by comments from her UF psychology of human sexuality class. Her students participated in polls that provided data for the book, she said. During her talk, Mintz explained the orgasm gap and its ties to cases like Ansaris, which she called gray-zone sexual situations. These are situations when someone did not necessarily say no but was giving off cues he or she was not interested. Studies have shown 39 percent of people with vaginas versus 91 percent of people with penises say they usually experience orgasm in partnered sex, Mintz said. The orgasm gap and gray-zone sexual situations come from the same root: Women are seen as objects, not as people deserving of pleasure. Once she established the reality of the orgasm gap, Mintz discussed ways to close it. She wants women to start insisting on pleasure, she said. Its about body love, not body shame, she said.UF professor discusses orgasm inequality Alan Alvarez / Alligator Staff About 400 people congregated on Plaza of the Americas on Wednesday at noon to attend the Mass


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Amelia Hundley and the Florida gymnastics team are in Athens to take on Georgia today at 7 p.m., pg. 15 UF swimming & diving teams complete Day 2 of SECs points. Follow us for updatesFor updates on UF athletics, @alligatorSports or online at FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2018 MEN'S BASKETBALLBy Andrew HuangSports WriterWhen Yante Maten drilled his second three-pointer in 12 seconds, another Florida lead died. The 11-point advantage the Gators built crumbled during a furious Georgia comeback, a loss Florida coach Mike White called as tough as any hed experienced. White-led team has given up a late lead. Against Vanderbilt in the 2017 SEC Tournament, Commodores forward Jeff Roberson knotted up the game with nine seconds remaining. UF missed two chances to retake the lead and eventually lost in overtime. While Florida (17-9, 8-5 SEC) beat Vanderagainst the Commodores (10-16, 4-9 SEC) in p.m., the Gators will be in Nashville hoping to the regular season. it cant be ignored that most of Floridas conference losses this season have been against the SEC standings. 12th with a 4-9 SEC record and Georgia, tied for 10th with a 5-9 SEC record, have handed Florida its other four defeats in league play. Theres some great teams in college basketball, White said, and a handful of good teams that are great certain nights and very average other nights. And thats what we are. The Commodores are coming off a win over Mississippi State in which senior guard Riley LaChance hit a three-pointer to win with 0.5 seconds remaining. LaChance is Vanderbilts second-leading UF looking to end late-game woes on Saturday against VandySEE MEN'S B-BALL, PAGE 16 At the beginning of the regular season, Florida mens basketball coach Mike White relayed to the media what team doctors were telling him about injured center John Egbunu. Late January was the targeted time period for the redshirt seniors return. I know a lot of people like to forget its the middle of February because of the lack of love theyre receiving (me included). But were here folks. And Egbunu has walked into every game in sweatpants and a hoodie. Gator fans are still holding their breath with anticipation, awaiting the big mans return. Hell, I was excited to see how the dynamic of the team would change with a wide center like Egbunu in Whites arsenal. ing after Floridas most recent choke against the Georgia Bulldogs, adding a new player into the rotation might cause more trouble than its worth. What? Youre an idiot, bro. ida the big man theyve desperately needed all year long. Anyone that thinks him coming back isnt a positive sucks at existing. First of all, imaginary angry Florida fan, Im only slightly idiotic. Secondly, I said it might be more trouble than its worth. The Gators have become acclimated to playing small when they need to through some recent SEC contests. LSU managed just 22 paint points in its Feb. 7 loss, while committing 16 turnovers as Floridas guards actively attacked the John Egbunu might not be back, but could that be better for Florida? $ky Dolla $ign$ / Opinion Skyler LebronTwitter: @SkylerLebron Alan Alvarez / Alligator Staff WOMEN'S BASKETBALLBy Justin AhlumSports WriterWith just over a minute left in the fourth quarter and the Florida womens basketball team down by one possession, Texas A&M had the ball. From the right wing, freshman Chennedy Carter pulled up from three and watched as her shot fell through the basket. Carters three-pointer gave the No. 17 Aggies a six-point lead late in their 85-80 victory Thursday night over the Gators (10-16, 2-11 SEC) in College Station. The accumulation of fouls and untimely turnovers in the fourth quarter cost Florida the ballgame as it dropped its sixth consecutive game against ranked SEC opponents. UF committed turnovers ter, squandering any chance of increasing its lead. Those mishaps proved to be costly for Florida. What could have been a swing in points turned into a momentum shift later in the quarter, as the Aggies seized the lead with 3:51 left and never gave it up. In addition to those mistakes, Florida couldnt withstand the wrath of the Aggies breakout freshman. Carter scored a gamehigh 28 points on 12-of-22 shooting. She also grabbed six rebounds in 40 minutes of play. It was the 15th time Carter scored more than 20 points in a game this season. Forward Anriel Howard added 21 points, shooting 50 percent shots from the charity stripe. The Aggies (20-7, 9-4 SEC) took advantage of their opportunities at the line as well. Florida committed 16 fouls during Thursdays matchup, allowing Texas A&M to make 20-of-24 attempts from the free throw line, includof play. But Florida wasnt an easy out for the Aggies. The Gators played their opponent tough once again, holding a seven-point lead at one point in the fourth quarter. UF forward Haley Lorenzen had 22 points on 10-of-16 shooting and collected seven rebounds for Florida. However, the Gators veteran struggled down the stretch, miss-SEE COLUMN, PAGE 16 SEE WOMEN'S B-BALL, PAGE 16


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2018 ALLIGATOR 15GYMNASTICSBy Alana GomezSports WriterAt the beginning of its practice on Tuesday, the Florida gymnastics team wasnt rehearsing its sprints on vault or tweaking its routine on balance beam. It wasnt even preparing to warm up. Instead, each member of the team had a smile on her face and a lacrosse stick in her hand as the team competed in a small lacrosse scrimmage. The lacrosse (team) did a video for us before our Oklahoma meet wishing (us) good luck, sophomore Amelia Hundley said with a laugh during the scrimmage. We were trying to play with the lacrosse balls (since) they tried to do gymnastics. Its not going so well. The team will meet No. 14 Georgia (3-3, 3-2 SEC) in Athens at 7 p.m. in its fourth away meet of the season. We dont have the 10,000 fans cheering for us, Hundley said. So we have to make sure that we bring that energy. The mood in the practice gym mirrored Hundleys light attitude as the team prepared to return to regular-season action following its 197.850-197.075 win over Alabama on Feb. 9. Florida had plenty to celebrate. Senior Alex McMurtry dominated the Alabama meet with wins on bars and vault, and senior Kennedy Baker closed out the night The No. 5 Gators (5-1, 3-1 SEC) secured two SEC honors this week with Baker taking SEC Specialist Gymnast of the Week and freshman Alyssa Baumann claiming SEC Freshman of the Week. For Marietta, Georgia, native Megan Skaggs, tonights meet means returning home. Compared to the OConnell Center crowd she performs in front of every other week, the backing of her home state, family and friends will provide Skaggs with a different type of energy. I grew up going to the meets in that arena, Skaggs said. Its just surreal to be peting. The meet at Georgia is also special to Mcan event she hasnt competed in since the NCAA Super Six on April 15 of last year. McMurtry took a break from the routine due to a lingering back injury this season but will make her debut tonight in the Stegeman Coliseum. I know that its an event that you would not imagine shes a little nervous about, coach Jenny Rowland said. But shes done the work. Last season, UF swept the Bulldogs with two wins, once in the regular season and once in the SEC Championships. In Floridas matchup against the No. 14-ranked team, the Gators will look to take their fourth SEC win of 2018. Any SEC meet is exciting, Hundley said. I think SEC appreciates good gymnastics, even if its from the opposite team. We always have fun no matter what. @alanaa_gomez agomez@alligator.orgUF hoping to win fourth straight SEC meet tonight against UGAEmma Green / Alligator StaffAmelia Hundley is prepared for tonights road meet against UGA. We dont have the 10,000 fans cheering for us, she said, so we have to make sure to bring that energy. SOFTBALLBy Mark Stine Sports WriterIt has been easy for the Florida softball team in the early going. The Gators have scored 51 runs on 48 hits and allowed just three runs through ing of North Florida in UFs home-opener on Wednesday night behind pitcher Kelly Barnhills no-hitter. The No. 2 Gators (6-0) will try to continue their hot-hitting spell when they travel to Lafayette to take on No. 16 Louisiana in a three-game series, starting with a double-header on Saturday at 4 p.m. When hitters hit its amazing. It hypes me up so much, Barnhill said. So we have to keep them going, you know? Florida enters the weekend ranked 15th in the nation in scoring (8.5 runs per game), and 11 Gators have at least one RBI this season, with freshman Jordan Matthews leading the way with 10. Its been somebody new every time stepping up and getting a nice hit, coach Tim Walton said. I think thats been a nice treat/luxury as a coach to have players one through nine be able to hit and then get Jordan Matthews off the bench. However, UF has arguably only played one team with above-average pitching, No. 20 Michigan and its star pitcher Meghan Beaubien. Despite nabbing two earned runs against the Wolverines on Saturday in Tampa, the Gators struggled to hone in on Beaubiens pitches, tallying only four hits and two walks in 24 plate appearances. Shortstop Sophia Reynoso powered most of Floridas offense, going 2-for-2 and registering the games only RBIs. Like Michigan, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette has an ace pitcher of its own. Senior Kylee Jo Trahan has allowed only one run in 17.1 innings pitched and leads her team in opponent batting average (.102). Her best performance came in a 9-0 mercy-rule rout of Iowa on Sunday. Trahan allowed only one hit and two walks anas six games this season, so the Gators will expect to see her often this weekend. And it wont be easy to escape with victories at the Louisianas Lamson Park, where the Ragin Cajuns have played and won four of their games this season. The one thing that stands out to me is that theyre a tradition-rich program, Walton said. I know its going to be a tough, hostile environment. @mstinejr mstine@alligator.orgGators travel to Louisiana for matchup with Cajuns LACROSSEBy Tyler NettunoSports Writer Since its inception, Florida lacrosse has played Maryland three times. It has lost every one. UF coach Amanda OLeary knows that her team will have its hands full going up against the top-ranked Terrapins at noon on Saturday at Donald R. Dizney Stadium. Maryland is outstanding, she said. They have really great offensive players and solid defenders. The matchup is a meaningful one for a litany of reasons. For the No. 3 Gators (1-0), its a game that hits close to home, as over 60 percent of their roster hails from the state of Maryland. Floridas players will go head-to-head against old friends and teammates. The No. 1 Terrapins (1-0) have been a powerhouse in womens lacrosse over the last decade, winning four national titles since 2010. They have also made eight consecutive NCAA Final Four appearances. In its season opener, Maryland smothered William and Mary in an 18-7 victory. The Terps led 15-2 at the half, and 10 players got on the scoreboard. Attackers Megan Whittle and Caroline Steele led the way with four goals each. However, Florida has a secret weapon of sorts. Gators assistant coach Nadine Hadnagy was the IWLCA National Defender of the Year and a Tewaaraton Award Finalist with Maryland in 2017, but on Saturday, she will be coaching against her alma mater and many of her former teammates. She knows the ins-and-outs of their offense, sophomore defender Cara Trombetta said. Shes giving us insight on what to expect. In its 16-9 victory against Colorado on Sunday, Florida played six freshmen. That experience against a ranked team should prove valuable, as UF will rely heavily on their contributions to get past a Maryland team that has only lost 4 regularOne of those freshmen, defender Sabrina Cristodero, stood out in the season opener for her defensive efforts guarding Colorados Miranda Stinson, holding the dynamic scorer to only one goal in the win. Her performance was impressive enough to earn exteded playing time Saturday against the Terps. Were going to ask a little bit more of (Cristodero) on the offensive end because of her quickness, OLeary said. Shell play on both sides of While many of Floridas leaders, such as attackers Lindsey Ronbeck and Shayna Pirreca, midgan, have experience going up against elite teams, believes they are ready for the test that Maryland will present. This is going to be a challenge for them, she said. but one that I feel they can certainly step up and play the part. @TylerNettuno tnettuno@alligator.orgFlorida preparing for matchup with top-ranked Maryland


16 ALLIGATOR FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2018 $1 0 eGift Card GAINESVILLE, YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE DONATE $10 eGift Card and T-Shirt for all donors! Text HERO to 63928 passing lanes. Three nights later, South Carolina shot 27.8 percent and scored 18 points in the lane on its way to a 61-42 loss at the hands of the Gators. Florida also played a solid half of defense against Georgia, holding the Bulldogs to 34.8 Lets just forget about the collapse in the After struggling to get his roster engaged on the defensive end, UF looks like its devotThe last thing Ill say is this White has already done his fair share of shifting. Weve seen a variety of starting lineups based on the practices without his knee swelling up to kick ity if thats possible. With the way this year not ready. Skyler Lebron is a sports writer. Contact him at slebron@alligator.orgCOLUMN, from pg. 14Lebron: Egbunu should redshirt Roberson leads Vanderbilt in both scoring (16.2 Roberson dropped 18 points and seven boards against the Gators earlier this year. Florida will look for guards Chris Chiozza and through off nights against Georgia. Chiozza strugloss. said. @AndrewJHuang ahuang@alligator.orgMEN'S B-BALL, from pg. 14Chiozza shot 2 of 15 on Wednesday against UGANate Bustamante / Alligator StaffFlorida guard Chris Chiozza will play a big role in Saturday's matchup against Vanderbilt. Guard Funda Nakkasoglu continued to be a key factor for the Gators as well. The junior ing and nailed over half of her three-point atbehind the arc. @justinn_case1 jahlum@alligator.orgWOMEN'S B-BALL, from pg. 14Nakkasoglu scored 24 points THIS WEEKEND IN UF SPORTSFriday, Feb. 16 Men's/Women's Swimming & Diving @ SEC Championships, All Day, SEC Network + Men's Tennis @ ITA National Team Indoor Championships, 3 p.m. Baseball vs. Siena 6:30 p.m., SEC Network + Gymnastics @ Georgia, 7 p.m., SEC Network Men's/Women's Track & Field @ UCS Invitational, 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 Men's Golf @ SunTrust Gator Invitational, All Day Men's/Women's Swimming & Diving @ SEC Championships, All Day, SEC Network + Lacrosse vs. Maryland Noon, YouTube Baseball vs. Siena 4 p.m., SEC Network + Softball @ Louisiana, 4 p.m., Cox Sports TV Men's Basketball @ Vanderbilt, 4 p.m., ESPN2 Softball @ Louisiana, 7 p.m., Cox Sports TV Men's Tennis @ ITA National Team Indoor Championships, TBD Sunday, Feb. 18 Men's Golf @ SunTrust Gator Invitational, All Day Women's Golf @ Allstate Sugar Bowl, All Day Men's/Women's Swimming & Diving @ SEC Championships, All Day, SEC Network Baseball vs. Siena 1 p.m., SEC Network + Women's Basketball vs. Vanderbilt 1 p.m., SEC Network Softball @ Louisiana, 2 p.m., Cox Sports TV Men's Tennis @ ITA National Team Indoor Championships, TBD


ALLIGATOR FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2018 By Benjamin BrandtSports Writer The Seattle Tennis Club sits on the rocky shores of Lake Washington with a distant view of Mount Rainier. The choppy, blue waters and the snowtopped mountain will serve as the backdrop to this weekends ITA National Team Indoor Championships. The Florida mens tennis team is among 15 of the nations top-25 programs competing in the event. Its going to be fun, coach Bryan Shelton said. Well have the chance to sightsee a little bit. After last weekends Big Ten road trip to No. 13 Michigan and No. 2 Ohio State, this tournament will be the will play No. 6 Texas A&M in a preview of such conference action. The Aggies (5-1) hold the second-highest No. 4 Georgia. Their roster features the No. 35-ranked singles player, sophomore Valentin Vacherot, and the No. 6-ranked doubles pair of freshman Juan Carlos Aguilar and senior Jordi Arconada. The No. 11 Gators (4-2) have lost A&M. Their most recent win over the Aggies came in 2013 during Sheltons Prior to todays match, Shelton said he wants to see a stronger start from his team offensively. Weve been talking about coming punch, Shelton said. We need to be the aggressors. Floridas lineup will remain mostly unchanged from previous matches, with No. 9-ranked junior Alfredo Perez and No. 7-ranked sophomore Johannes Ingildsen playing the top singles positions. Freshman Andy Andrade is likely bles court at some point this weekend. against the Aggies is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. today. Florida will face either No. 3 North Carolina or No. 14 Notre Dame in Saturdays round. @bhb1227 bbrandt@alligator.orgAlan Alvarez / Alligator StaffBryan Shelton wants to see his team be more assertive today during the ITA national indoor championships. We need to be the aggresors. By Sam CampisanoSports Writer After a long winter break, the Florida mens golf team will begin its season this weekend at the SunTrust Gator Invitational in Gainesville. The annual event, in which Florida placed fourth last year, features 16 teams from across the Southeast. No. 8 Florida will be joined by the likes of No. 3 Vanderbilt, No. 17 Missouri and No. 20 Arkansas. While Florida will face some tough competition this weekend, coach J.C. Deacon said his team is eager for the challenge. We got some of the best players in the country and best teams in the country coming here this weekend, Deacon said. Having the best players in the country coming to their home course, theyre very, very excited. Last spring, the Gators season ended in disappointment at the NCAA Regionals in which they last won in 2011. Weve won a lot of tournaments, but we havent won anything on that level yet, Deacon said. Thats the next step for this team. Deacon also stressed that he is looking for consistent, team-based success this weekend instead of relying on one individual player, jandro Tosti, to carry the team. a really high level, Deacon said. And thats exactly what Im expecting. @samcampisano scampisano@alligator.orgBy Alanis ThamesSports Writer set to begin next week, Floridas distance medley relay team will compete in a qualifying race today at the UCS Invitational in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, tonight at 8. The Gators are coming off a big week at the Tiger Paw Invitational and Iowa State Classic on Feb. 9 and 10 where they set two historical milestones, including sophomore Grant Holloways NCAA record in the 60-meter hurdles and the mens 4x400 relay teams fourth fastest UFs distance medley relay team will include junior Sam Ahrenholz leading off (1200 meters), junior Kyren Hollis running second ning the third leg (800 meters) and junior Jack I didnt think coming (into this season) that I could compete with all the big-named athletes Im proving to myself that I can. put them in the top 12 in the national rankings, which would earn them a spot in the NCAA Championships at the beginning of March. (It helps) to have that championship atmosphere this week because everybodys trying to This is just one step in preparing us for whats coming up in the next couple of weeks. @alanisthames MENS GOLF MENS TENNIS TRACK & FIELD


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