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We Inform. You Decide.www.alligator.orgNot officially associated with the University of Florida WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2018 FOLLOW US ONLINE FOR UPDATES @FloridaAlligator @TheAlligator_ @TheAlligator Voting for SG elections ends todayFind out where to vote. Polls close at 8:30 p.m.,, pg. 4Heartwood Music Festival returnsFind out who to see and when in The Avenue, pg. 8 UF TOPS FAU TO REMAIN UNDEFEATEDFloridas baseball team beat the Owls 6-1 on Tuesday behind the performance of freshman pitcher Jack Leftwich, pg. 13VOLUME 112 ISSUE 61Published by Campus Communications, Inc. of Gainesville, Florida Will Clewis / Alligator StaffAndrew Steele, a 19-year-old UF business sophomore and 2016 alumnus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, speaks at a memorial event organized by fellow alumnus Zach Xu.Will Clewis / Alligator Staff and 2016 alumnus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, spoke about his experiences while at the school and paid his respects to those involved in the shootings on Tuesday night. By Christina Morales Alligator Staff WriterAlthough the Student Government codes specify the Elections Commission should be made up of six members, seven people acting as members discussed and voted on three election code violations at a meeting Monday night. Early Tuesday, Elections Commission Chair Troy Mainzer conmembers. Per election codes, the Election Commission is a non-partihear election violation complaints submitted by SG participants. During the Monday meeting, commissioners decided Challenge Party violated election codes and cation of an Inspire Party candidate to the UF Supreme Court. Supervisor of Elections Erica hearings. Baker said she didnt count commissioners. code violation occurred. She said as said its up to the UF Supreme Court ed and if the commissions decisions Former commissioners Stefano in Fall 2017. ers realized Battistoni and Livers to leave. Both left before the third Commissioners Kingman Keating, David Walsh, Michael Bauman, ent for the all of the cases. nominated by former Student Body President Susan Webster in Novemate president in November 2016. Keby UF Supreme Court Chief Justice Meagan McCarthy in December both nominated by Meyers. Redpresident in August 2017. Bauman Ian Green in December 2017. violated because Battistonis and Livers votes did not count. He said es are still 4-0. people sitting there, Mainzer said. He said even if they had to reremain the same because people lation the commission heard at this IMPACT VS. INSPIRE of the party against Patrick Brathated a secret Facebook group that STONEMAN DOUGLAS ALUMNI HOLD VIGIL Alligator Staff WriterZach Xu stopped to hug every alumnus from his high school clad in maroon, silver and burgundy on Turlington Plaza. organized, the 20-year-old said he felt a sense of comradery. together the candlelight vigil at UF so his peers could express their grief after a Douglas High School. lost his sister in the shooting, Xu made a Facebook event, calling on alumni to come together for a candlelight vigil on Turlington Plaza on Tuesday night. Xu said he heard about the shooting from shooting at a South Florida school. Nothing can prepare you to see your more than 200 people at the vigil. Xu organized to have about 10 other friends. Xu said the most important part land community at UF. vigil event Wednesday. He said he is inspired by the efforts of current Stoneman Douglas students to address legislators and change the counBy Elliott NasbyAlligator Staff Writer The 19-year-old UF business sophoa friend texted him from the school mentioning a school shooting. He checked he said. until later that night he found out he I cried, and I cried, he said. Steele spoke at the Tuesday vigil on Turlington Plaza about his connections to the victims of the shooting and his alma mater. to bury their siblings and have to run said. Wearing his maroon Stoneman termined athletes hed ever seen. family Saturday and read from a note he and my mind to achieve this goal I have SEE COMMISSION, PAGE 5About 10 speakers participated; about 200 others attended Floridas baseball team beat the Owls 6-1 on Tuesday behind the performance of freshman

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Subscription Rate: Full Year (All Semesters) $100The Alligator. The Alligator The Independent Florida Alligator The Alligator The Alligator The Alligator ISSN 0889-2423 alligators alligator.org/calendarLocal Events / News in Brief Todays WeatherAM NOON PM 2 ALLIGATOR WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2018 VOLUME 112 ISSUE 61NEWSROOM Editor Managing Editor, Online Managing Editor, Print Beats Editor Freelance Editor Investigations Editor Opinions Editor Sports Editor Assistant Sports Editor alligatorSports.org Editor Editorial Board Photo Editor the Avenue Editor Copy Desk Chiefs Copy Editors DISPLAY ADVERTISING Advertising Director Intern Coordinator Sales Representatives CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING BUSINESS Administrative Assistant Comptroller Bookkeeper ADMINISTRATION General Manager Assistant General Manager Administrative Assistant President Emeritus SYSTEMS IT System EngineerPRODUCTION Production Manager Assistant Production Manager Advertising Production Staff Editorial Production Staff 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: 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

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2018 ALLIGATOR 3 Inside fl Inside Wednesday, February 21, 2018 rf nt br rf n nYour campus connection for all things UF All cooking will take place in the UF Dietetics Lab, Building 162 (adjacent to the Reitz Union) on the dates below from noon to 1 p.m. Attendees will have a chance to sample food, but should bring their own lunches. Rethinking Root Vegetables, March 16 Spring Snacks and Sauces, April 13 Totally Tomatoes, May 18 e Field & Fork program is a campus-wide re source through which individuals can take cours es, engage with demonstrations and participate in activities that focus on sustainable agriculture and food systems. From a home or community garden to an urban farm or large-scale produc tion, the program explores food production at multiple scales and is home to the Alan and Cathy Hitchcock Food Pantry. Field & Fork in vestigates every aspect of food from food security and processing to consumption and nutrition. Email aprizzia@u.edu to register for class no later than the Wednesday before the class you are interested in attending. is spring, the UF Field & Fork Campus Food Program, in partnership with UFHR WorkLife, will present a series of monthly courses designed to demonstrate that cooking vegetables, especially when in season, can be easy, fun and delicious. In the Kitchen: Field and Fork Cooking Series is free and open to faculty, sta and students. Anna Prizzia, UF campus food systems coordinator, will share tips and tricks for working with fresh veggies and provide participants with new recipes to take home and try. Were all about experiential learning, said Prizzia. We grow fresh foods for our volunteers and our pantry, and we want to provide people with an opportunity to learn how they might prepare that food.tbt n e ONE.UF information portal continues to evolve as UFs self-service mechanism, with a number of new features rolling out in March through COMPASS (Campus-wide Modernization Program to Advance Student Services). Students, facul ty and sta can look forward to new func tionality related to action items (service indicators/holds), nancial aid, registration prep, registration, schedule of cours es, and a faculty/sta workspace. Read more in an upcoming article to be pub lished in the February issue of COMPASS Update, available online as of Feb. 28 at compass.u.edu.t n nt Last summer, UF announced it will hire 500 new faculty beginning this year to further enhance teaching and research and to continue to grow as one of the best research universities in the nation. To support these eorts, UF Human Resources recently partnered with 160over90 and University Communications to develop a new recruitment brochure and has launched an accompanying pro motional website: faculty500.hr.u.edu. In addition, the UF Faculty Search Committee toolkit has been redesigned to better support departments undertaking faculty searches. e tool kit serves as a general guide and includes the steps of the faculty search process, as well as resources related to attracting the best candidates, under standing the market, engaging with and evaluat ing candidates, hiring the right candidate and sup porting new hires as they transition into their roles. Many searches are already underway, and the uni versity expects to hire 200 new faculty members by this fall. Funding for the new hires will come from state allocations, alumni and friends, as well as university resources. To learn more, please visit news.hr.u.edu.tn tt The following is a paid advertisement

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4 ALLIGATOR WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2018 GUIDE TO DINING OUT BREAKFASTBagels & NoodlesServing breakfast and fresh bagels 6:30 am 3:00 pm. Serving Vietnamese cuisine Pho noodle soup and more. 11 am 9 pm. 1222 W. University Ave. WORLDCivilizationRide the rail trail to its Northern end and discover lots of vegetarian dishes, espresso drinks, housemade desserts, craft beer and sustainable wine. Dine inside the historic Gulf Oil building or outside under the modern portico. 1511 NW 2nd Street. Open for lunch 11-2, Tues-Fri & for dinner 5:30-9 Tues-Sat. welcometocivilization.comORGANICDaily GreenFresh, unique, organic, food! Soups, salads, homemade sweets, juices and smoothies. Vegan/gluten free options. Like us on Facebook. 436 SE 2nd St. w-sat 11-7, sun brunch 10-3 dailygreendowntown.org ITALIANManuels Vintage Room check out one of the best wine lists in town. the chef to put out nothing but goodness from the kitchen using fresh, simple, and local Dinners and private parties for lunch or dinner. Open Tues-Sat 5pm-10pm, Sun 5pm-9pm. 6 South Main St. (352) 375-7372SOUTHERNThe Yearling RestaurantSince 1952 Gators have been coming to grandparents, or greatgrandparents went to frog legs, duck, quail + venison + a wide famous sour orange pie. Now that is a meal Contact Alligator Advertising to feature your business here 352-376-4482 DINING ITALIAN COFFEEMaudes Classic Cafe parking. Indoor and Outdoor seating. Next to the Hippodrome. 336-9649 Introducing the Side excellent wine selection. Open Late FROZEN TREATSKarma Cream ice cream in town! We also have an impressive selection of organic vegan ice cream, baked goods, sandwiches, fair trade coffee, tea, organic beer and free WI-FI. Mon-Fri 8am-11pm Sat&Sun 10am-11pm THE LAST DAY TO VOTE IS TODAY. By Christina MoralesAlligator Staff WriterAnthony Neher collected four I Voted! stickers in Marston Science Library to take back to his fraternity, Delta Tau Delta, to win a prize. He said its normal for Greek life students to vote for Impact Party. The UF electrical engineering sophomore said his fraternity told him to vote for Impact, but he chose Inspire Party. vote with an organization because something, the 20-year-old said. I ever you believe in. Supervisor of Elections Erica Baker said 6,484 students cast their votes Tuesday. This is a 2,002 vote increase compared to Spring 2017, when 4,482 votes were cast on the 6,644 votes were cast, according to Alligator archives. Today is the last day for students to vote for the Student Body president, vice president and treasurer as well as 50 senators from each college. Reid Hines, 20, said he feels he makes a small difference every time he votes in a SG election, which hes done every Fall and Spring. A lot of those little impacts add up, the UF biology sophomore said. Its my duty as a UF student to try and have some input. It feels power@Christina_M18 cmorales@alligator.orgFirst day of SG elections has high turnout compared to 2017 Norman Rooms 171 and 173 Reitz Union Computer Lab Law School (Bruton-Geer) Broward Basement (Recreation Room) Jennings First Floor Library Heavener 202 Marston Science Library 1st Floor Murphree Area Commons Southwest Recreation Center Health Science Center C2041C C202Student Government Voting Locations

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2018 ALLIGATOR 5 By Amanda RosaAlligator Staff Writer UF still considering what will replace Leonardos Pizza by the SliceITS BEEN 12 YEARS SINCE THE LAST RUNOFF ELECTION. By David HoffmanAlligator Staff Writer @hoffdavid123 dhoffman@alligator.org INSPIRE VS. CHALLENGE IMPACT VS. CHALLENGE @Christina_M18 cmorales@alligator.org COMMISSION, from pg. 5

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Editorial WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2018 www.alligator.org/opinions 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 opinions@alligator.org, 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. Vote to make a Last Spring, the results of the Student Government Spring elections were decided before students made it to the polls. Only one party was running for the executive ticket, so no matter how many students voted, they only had one option. Its usual to only see one party participate in the SG elections. Its also usual to see a two-party election cycle. voting between more than just two parties. This means, for ity to shape the makeup of SG. You have the power to decide which party best represents your interests and vote for a Student Body president, a vice president, a treasurer and senators who will advocate for you. Above others in recent semesters, your vote really matters in this election. On Monday, The Alligators editorial board endorsed candidates for SG. While we believe our endorsements will serve the Student Body best, we recognize theres a greater importance of simply having students voices heard. Its worth a reminder that people have fought for the right to cast a ballot throughout history, and the progress for every individual to have that right has been slow. Even now, many students remain voiceless, unable to cast a ballot due to the physical distance that separates them from Gainesville. There are resources for these cases, but some lack knowledge of how to obtain a physical absentee ballot while others may not even know this is an option. In the past, only a fraction of the Student Body has exercised that right. But if you want change to come, you need to make it happen. You have the option to choose who a way that best supports you. You have the option to decide who shares your values. As for everyone else, you get to vote them out. see in SG. With three choices, the options are there. Another reason we at The Alligator encourage voters to go to the polls is, in the case of a run-off, it would mean at least another week of campaigning between the two parties who receive the highest percentage of votes. Should another week of dodging campaigners in Turlington Plaza On a more serious note, today, high school students are marching on the state capitol, demanding lawmakers be held accountable for their position on gun control in the vote, theyre making their voices heard and driving nearly seven hours to do so. All you have to do is walk into the library, the Broward Hall basement or one of the other nine locations and vote. ColumnThere was something different about the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting something in the coverage and public response that was more emotionally raw than any other shooting aftermath. Reporters were breaking down on the scene. Social media was a slew of angst directed at the eternally inept government. Stoneman Douglas students who survived the shooting have been speaking out against gun violence with urgency as they ing in that department. Indeed, the passivity of everything seems to be driving people crazy. We are beginning to recognize the pattern: mass shooting, obsessive coverage, public sorrow, public anger, talks of change and then everyone forgets until the next national tragedy. Nothing changes. Perhaps what is most maddening about American shootings is the coverage, and I do not make this claim lightly. I think coverage of national tragedies is a large part of the reason why these tragedies frequently occur. It just so happens that nothing changes, which gives shootings the freedom to happen again. Nothing changes after these events because of, or mostly because of, our media. I want to argue this social paralysis is built into our media today. The possibility of a national memory is excluded by our media; in other words, inactivity and forgetfulness are inevitable consequences of news today. Fifty-eight people died in the Las Vegas shooting less than six months ago, but up until last week, you wouldve thought we had already forgotten about it. So much of the shooting has been covered since last October. Stephen Paddock could be labeled as old news, and, in todays times, anything considered old gets thrown away. Theres always been a lot going on in the world, but there hasnt always been a CNN or New York Times to break the news to us live. ing sticks in our minds. There is a difference between throwing one dart at a time and hurling a handful. Too much information is just as harmful as too little. Theres so much coverage of news its impossible to focus on or remember just one event. This is a major problem. Memory is an essennovels in three weeks dips their toes into the surface of each story, but the person who reads one novel in three weeks swims in it. The story has a deeper impact on the person. The same goes for media and social change. We cant remember what happened six months ago because there is always more information each day, and because we cant remember, we dont care. Nothing changes because nothing has an impact anymore its all just news of the day. The Stoneman Douglas shooting, like all other shootings, deserves lamentation, but the problem media literally cannot afford to dwell on individual events or people for too long, unless, like President Donald Trump, they perpetually manufacture content. To us, there is no news of yesterday. You typically dont see anchors talk about news from a few weeks ago, or even the day before. They are always discussing the news of the day. The same goes for social media. This is why I dont understand how the cycle of passivity people are frustrated with can be solved in the very medium that causes the cycle. becoming a part of the cycle: chewed on, spit out and forgotten like a piece of gum. Trying to spark change through tweets or posts is like trying to lose weight by eating more. The intentions are good, but the methods will inevitably be fruitless. Sadly, and hypocritically, Im not sure what the solution is, and I dont know how the cycle can be broken. All I know is that two weeks from now, the Stoneman Douglas shooting will become mostly forgotten. That is unacceptable. Real change will start when we dwell on and remember things that deserve to be dwelled upon. Scott Stinson is a UF English junior. His column focuses on popular culture.The views expressed here are not necessarily those of The Alligator.Melissa Gomez EDITOR A bby M iller EDITOR Caitlin Ostroff EDITOR, Jimena Tavel Scott Stinsonopinions@alligator.org

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2018 ALLIGATOR 7 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. One day, my professor brought his 8-year-old son to class. When the out of the room, the boy asked his dad, Why dont college kids like to talk? My professor laughed, but his curious son wanted an answer and for a good reason. After all, children are notorious for participating and questioning without inhibition, so to this elementary school student, being in a classroom where the same three people answered every question was likely a form of culture shock. Why do so many of us really shy away from speaking up in class, even if its answering an opinion-based question or sharactually lose sleep about what the person next to us will think about our answer? Losing sleep might be an exaggeration, of how other people see and evaluate us do impact our behaviors and cause us to either speak up or stay silent. Sociologists explain this in a concept known as the looking glass self, which states when we imagine how were perceived by others, we start to believe those judgements even if theyre false. This causes us to change how we act based on how we think other people see us so if we get the sense our classmates are annoyed by our frequent handraising efforts, we feel negatively reinforced, which makes us less encouraged to participate. Psychologists also cite fear of failure and judgement as having negative mental, emotional and physical effects on collegeaged individuals, especially in academic settings. In a recent study published in the Journal of Student Leadership, researcher Jacob Christian of the Utah Valley University analyzed how todays college students have developed cognitive coping mechanisms to help them deal with fear of failure. According to the article, most college students use a method called self-handicapping, which involves creating a mental barrier that essentially protects against the negative emotional impacts of making a mistake. Self-handicapping cushions an individuals self-esteem in anticipation of messing up or doing something he or she considers embarrassing, like answering a question incorrectly or not performing as strongly as he or she originally hoped. Even though fears of failure and judgement certainly pave the path for self-doubt, in an era marked by phrases like YOLO and the sentiment we should be present and ing and frustrating there is still a sense of complacency when it comes to speaking up in the classroom. Its especially telling when an 8-yearold makes an observation that rightfully suggests this generation of college students has a problem with classroom conversation. Of course, its likely the fear of speaking up in class is made worse by online classes and virtual discussion boards where we can complete an entire course without any face-to-face conversations. Even in a fast-paced, digital world, we cant hide behind the screen forever. Instead of staying silent in the name of perfectionism, I think its time we trade in our self-handicapping tendencies for feelings of self-acceptance. Once we embrace the fact were not always right nor always wrong, well not only become better speakers, but also stronger and more empathetic listeners. Its okay to be the person who asks the question everyone else was secretly thinking or to say something that wasnt exactly what the professor had in mind. As an avid hand-raiser myself, I can assure you class becomes more relevant, rewarding and, dare I say, fun when you share your stories and listen to those of others. The truth is, in order to ensure the classroom is a place for all ideas and genuine conversation, we each have a responsibility to participate. Darcy Schild is a UF journalism junior. Her column focuses on human behavior and sociology.Don't let the fear of failure keep you from participating in discussionsColumn Darcy Schildopinions@alligator.org

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2018 www.alligator.org/the_avenue Heartwood Music Festival:Avenues must-see artists (pg. 10)Younger: A Q&A with The Hails about their newest single (pg. 9)WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2018 www.alligator.org/the_avenue Keep up with the Avenue on Twitter. Tweet us @TheFloridaAve. By Emma WitmerAvenue WriterAfter High Dives epic Battle of the Bands, which took place last week on Thursday evening, The Savants of Soul emerged as fan favorite and earned their spot on the Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival lineup. The festival, which conveniently falls over UFs spring break, will kick off in just one short week on Thursday, March 1. The Battle of the Bands marked the second round of the Destination Okeechobee competition, in which six qualifying bands played their hearts out for what seemed to many like the largest crowd that High Dive has ever seen. The group of artists represented a vast group of music genres, from soul to electronic to indie to rock n roll. The huge crowd and the energy of competition put extra life into The Savants of Soul, whose performance exploded on the stage. That was one of the most intense audiences, and the whole band just brought it, said frontman Justin McKenzie. After our roar was deafening. You know, weve played several shows with crowds that big, but I dont think Ive ever heard a bigger roar than that. The Savants of Soul are a Gainesville staple, bringing their modern Motown sound to the forefront of the local music scene and garnering quite a following in their nearly seven years of existence. In 2011, John Gray Shermyen, a lifelong soul fanatic, convinced his roommate Alex Klausner to start a soul band. The Savants, as they were known at the time, was born. While the band was still in its conceptual phase, Klausner reached out to McKenzie, offering him the role of lead singer. I was kind of waiting for them to ask me, McKenzie said. It was a bunch of, you know, white dudes playing soul. When are they going to ask their only black friend? They did. I joined, and its been a wild ride ever since. Up until about a year before joining The Savants of Soul, McKenzie was playing guitar in a Gainesville ska band called Chupaskabra. Joining The Savants of Soul the genre. While hed enjoyed the Motown classics before, McKenzie said the extensive musical love of the sound. This study, McKenzie said, is what has allowed the group to capture the spirit of soul and Motown without simply repeating the past. The group draws inspiration from the music of the past but incorporates modern inyet nostalgic. Its not just an audio thing; its a visual thing. It gets people really into the groove, McKenzie said. Were not just like the bands that were around in the s and s, but I think we do it justice. If nothing else, we bring the same amount of energy. Visual, indeed. In addition to their retro sound, The Savants of Soul are known for their iconic stage presence. The band is always found dressed to the nines: suits, ties and often sunglasses. Most iconic of all is McKenzies look. At front and center stage, McKenzie, a big guy with a big afro, roars out his vocals in a baby blue, polyester bell-bottom suit his brother brought home from a garage sale when McKenzie was in his early teens. While the choice to make it part of his performance wardrobe was spontaneous, the suit has become one of the most recognizable images in Gainesville music. Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival will take place from March 1 to 4 at Sunshine Grove in Okeechobee, Florida. Although The Savants of Souls timeslot is yet to be announced, tickets are still available at okeechobeefest. com/tickets/ga/. The festival is expected to sell out. Meet Destination Okeechobee winners The Savants of Soul MUSIC Courtesy to The AlligatorThe Savants of Soul won round two of Destination Okeechobee, in which bands competed battle of the bands style for a spot. Photo by Natalie RaoJustin McKenzie, the frontman and lead singer of The Savants of Soul, belts out the vocals at Thursdays show.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2018 ALLIGATOR 9 By Emma WitmerAvenue WriterGainesville alternative rockers The Hails release their newest single, Younger, tomorrow. I sat down with The Hails Robbie Kingsley, Dylan McCue, Zach Levy and Franco Solari for an early listen and to chat about what is in store. Heres whats coming your way. summer 2017. The six-track set undoubtan eye on. The release of Younger shows The Hails ability to evolve quickly and the Younger takes the rhythmic quality shown in their song Parking Lot and adds a clean, strong groove line, giving the track full body. Kingsleys vocals, full of controlled emotion, shine their brightest on Younger. Northeastern University graduate Matthew Lewin. Read below for The Hails comments on their new track. Q: I noticed that this song is a lot groovier than some of the songs on Impel. Whats the inspiration behind that sound shift? McCue: Im glad you noticed that. Its ernize our sound, really. Infectious grooves Q: You guys have talked about your writing process being a bit unstructured, but tell me about Younger, is there a story there? Kingsley: Theres not a story, but, like, an overall theme of nostalgia and just looking back on your life. Dylan had a good amount of the words coming into the idea. McCue: Yeah, I dont normally write lyrvise a vocal melody, just like the notes themhow it was when you were younger, its in es that came to me just all seemed to evoke this similar image or similar sort of feeling on in our lives now because were in this sort of mode now where we are transitioning to difcollege. Franco and I are in our later half of college. So, I think its like a nostalgic look back in a time of transition. Q: You mentioned that youve been performing this song at shows. What kind of reactions have you been getting live? Kingsley: Good ones. McCue: Very good ones. Kingsley: birthday. Nick and Hanna, two of our friends were like, oh my gosh, that song is amazing. McCue: I think we should tell the story about how the song was born. Kingsley: Yeah. So, the idea came at a show. It was only me, Zach and Dylan. McCue: chords, Zach laid down a beat, and we just minutes. Kingsley: That was the bare bones of it. Levy: McCue: Then, after the show, Robbies that song. Q: Is this a single teasing another release, or just a single? Kingsley: I mean, we didnt record just one song. There will be more music, but we right now. Younger drops Feb. 22. Stream the single on Spotify, YouTube and Apple Music. Q&A: Local alt-rock group The Hails discuss their new single, songwriting MUSIC Photo by Vanessa Vlandis(From left) Andre Escobar, Robbie Kingsley, Zachary Levy, Dylan McCue and Franco Solari make up The Hails, a local alternative rock group thats been making waves since their debut EP, Impel, dropped in 2017.

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By Taylor McLambAvenue WriterDespite only opening a year ago, Heartwood Soundstage, Gainesvilles multi-stage live recording venue, has become a budding hotspot for musicians and concertgoers alike. Whether its the high-end sound equipment, detailed listening room constructed to eliminate any noisy distractions or its devotion to providing the best acoustics, Heartwood strives to provide listeners with the best experience. To celebrate the anniversary of its opening, Heartwood Soundstage will have its second annual family-friendly Heartwood Music Festival on Saturday. The event features a variety of Florida bands as well as a compilation of food trucks, craft vendors and art installations. Although there are 24 equally amazing bands that are performing, here are the top six must-hear artists to get you pumped before heading to the festival. Performing on Heartwoods Outside Stage: Just Neighbors (Performing at 3:20 p.m.) While having only just emerged into Gainesvilles local music scene in August 2015, Just Neighbors have quickly attracted fans in droves. This is most likely due to the bands warm balance of post-rock and mathrock, creating a blend that will instantly get you hooked. The band promotes itself as just your friendly neighborhood band, which makes perfect sense as members Dan Lohr, Justice Diamond, Jarrett Haines and Reid Casey, live in Gainesville. Their most recent 9-track album, Being Where I Thought Id Be, includes beautiful artwork by Alfred Phillips and was met with positive reviews. Before the concert Saturday, give a listen to their song Disconnect, and be warned: It may just become your new favorite song. HEDGES (Performing at 9:20 p.m.) Lead singer Jason Hedges is no stranger to the Gainesville music scene. Fans of the local Tom Petty cover band, Heavy Petty, will be able to experience Hedges original music in his second band, HEDGES, where he also collaborates with three other members from the tribute band, Daniel App, Logan Fischer and Jonathon McCravy. The band consists of Hedges, App, Fischer and McCravy, as well as Jonathan Parker, Matt Rippetoe and Jonathan Barnes. The high-energy rock n roll group humorously best sums up their music to listeners that if Elvis Costello and Tom Petty had a baby, their bands sound would be the offspring. Their album, MIXED SIGNALS, was mixed, mastered and produced by the legendary Don Zientara, who also worked with artists such as Fugazi, Minor Threat, Foo Fighters and Bad Brains. The album is a love letter to classic rock n roll, successfully creating a tribute to the nostalgic genre that inspires them as artists. Be sure to stream HEDGES Record Turns from their debut album MIXED SIGNALS. Flipturn (Performing at 10:20 p.m.) From being a handful of dreamers playing in a hot, Fernandina Beach garage, to wining a name for itself in Floridas thriving indie scene. The bands dreamy, feel-good sound is heavily inspired by bands like The Black Keys, Hippo Campus, The Killers and Saint Motel. The band, which consists of Dillon Basse, Tristan Duncan, Taylor Allen, Madeline Jarman and Adrian Walker, best describe their sound as a blend of surf-rock, garage, new wave and pop. Their debut EP, Heavy Colors, which was released in March 2017, conmore than 180,000 streams on Spotify in less than a year. Flipturn will be playing at The Wetlands Music Festival this Sunday alongside A$AP Ferg, Snakehips and Saint Motel. So after you watch them at Heartwood, make sure to support this up-and-coming band on their steady rise. Check out their song Vanilla from their EP Heavy Colors. Locochino (Performing at 11:20 p.m.) Locochino does the unthinkable in that it perfectly blends a variety of genres that should not work well together, but do. In fact, it takes you on a psychedelic whirlwind of sound that makes you feel like youve unearthed something new. Created in September of 2014, Locochino is made up of Benny Cannon, Blake Briand, Brian Johnson, Nick Melms, Sam Coplin and Dave Johnson, and theyre the reason why the sound works the way it does. Just by listening to their music you get a taste of rock, funk, jam and psymember. Perhaps the reason theyve been so successful is, even in their music, every member of the band is equally integral. Locochino wont have to trek too far as they recently recorded their newest song, On My Feet, live at the Heartwood Soundstage this month. play it this weekend. Performing on Heartwoods Inside Stage: Blackbird Morning (Performing at 6 p.m.) Traveling all the way from St. Petersburg, Blackbird Morning consists of Danielle DeCosmo, Vincent DeCosmo, Richard Jimenez and Anthony Goodwin. The band is a blend of modern and classic rock, touching on hints of Pink Floyd and The Zombies mixed with The Black Keys and My Morning Jacket, according to their Facebook page. DeCosmo delivers hauntingly beautiful vocals that are unapologetically honest in the bands song The Way from their album Horizons. The band announced on Facebook theyre currently working on a new album that will arrive in May, so you wont have to wait long for more. Stream The Way, a perfect example of what youll hear this weekend. Matthew Fowler (Performing at 8 p.m.) Matthew Fowler, a singer-songwriter based out of Orlando, has both the lyrical components and voice of someone incredibly wise beyond his years. Fowlers music is comfortable, relatable and makes you feel at home. His album, Beginning, released in March 2014, is compiled of nine songs written from the ages of 14 and 19. Fowler lets you into his life, and through his raw storytelling you feel as if you personally know him. Fowlers music has been steadily gaining a devoted fan base. He was praised in a variety of notable publications including The Bluegrass Situation, CMT Edge and HuffPost. Fowler has also had the opportunity to open for acts such as Richard Thompson, Damien Jurado, Sea Wolf and Angel Olsen. Fowlers chill, feel-good music would be perfectly paired with a hot cup of coffee on a long morning drive. Listen to Fowlers song Blankets from his album Beginning, which is available for free on his Bandcamp. Tickets for the all-day festival are $15 for general admission and $10 for student tickets. Tickets are available online at heart woodsoundstage.com and at Hear Again Records. Kids 12 and under get in free. Courtesy to the AlligatorThe second annual Heartwood Music Festival returns Saturday.By Gabriella PaulAvenue Writer The ghost of coffee shop past is returning to the heart of downtown Gainesville on Friday. After closing its Midtown location, Wyatts Coffee has relocated to 202 SE 2nd Ave. and is now welcoming all coffee and tea lovers for its There are multiple opportunities for customers to earn free drinks in exchange for interacting with Wyatts social media. More information can be found on Wyatts Facebook page at facebook.com/wyattscoffee/. General manager Danielle Ballou said Wyatts relocated because the old building lacked space and visibility and was constantly disturbed by the Midtown construction. At one point, the entire sidewalk was ripped up, and there was nowhere for people to park, she said. The new space has around 34 seats and is in a great location, she said. Although this change is large, Ballou said Wyatts mission remains the same. The whole vision of Wyatts is to be this place that combines science with coffee, she said. Its all about how can we make the best cup of coffee possible, starting from the roast brewing methods. Wyatts offers handpicked roasts and six brewing methods including drip, immersion brew, French press, pour over, cold brew and espresso, with more information on the website at wyattscoffee.com/coffee/. Ballou said Wyatts Japanese-style cold brew method is what truly makes them stand out. Instead of steeping the beans in cold water, a 50-foot copper coil submerged in an ice bath and served out of a nitrogen-charged tap, according to the website. fee, she said, but the nice, smooth, refreshing texture of a normal cold brew. She emphasized, however, Wyatts complicated methods for brewing coffee should not intimidate the regular coffee drinker. Wyatts is for coffee connoisseurs and coffee novices, she said. to brew coffee, the atmosphere is just the opposite, she said. Madi Florence, a UF sophomore, could not agree more. After attending Wyatts soft opening and social media day from 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday, she said she was impressed by the baristas willingness to take questions and offer personal advice. If you come and ask questions, they will things at new places. The downtown regular said compared to Maudes Cafe, Patticakes and Volta Coffee, Tea and Chocolate, Wyatts is a good balance, serving high-quality coffee while still maintaining a chill atmosphere. I think every coffee shop downtown has a different personality to it, she said. This is a good (choice) in between the extremes. Wyatts has a classy and creative vibe, she said. She can see herself sipping a nitro latte and doing homework, she said, once the craziness of the grand opening simmers down. Photo by Seth BoyceWyatts, which struggled with visibility and constant construction in its Midtown location, made the move to downtown Gainesville this month.10 ALLIGATOR WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2018

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2018 NEW CONDOS-WALK TO UFFor Info on ALL Condos for Sale, Visit www.UFCONDOS.COM or Matt Price, University Realty, 352-281-3551 4-25-43-5 6 Furnishings Got a new couch?. Sell your old one in the Alligator Classifieds. Call 373-FIND (3463) to place your ad today. BEDROOM SET $300 BRAND NEW 5 Piece Bedroom Sets Available in Twin, Full, Queen, & King sizes. Can Deliver. 352-3779846. Gainesville Discount Furniture. 3-28167-6 SECTIONAL SOFA $389 NEW in Package w/ warranty. Multiple sizes, colors, & styles available. Can Deliver. Call 352-377-9846. Gainesville Discount Furniture 3-28-167-6 BEDS Brand Name, Brand NEW Pillowtop Mattress & Box Set: Twins $89, Fulls $100, Queens $120, Kings $200. Can Deliver 352377-9846. Gainesville Discount Furniture. 3-28-167-6 MICROFIBER SOFA & LOVESEAT $400Brand NEW still packaged w/warranty. Must sell. Can Deliver. 352-377-9846. 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12 ALLIGATOR WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2018 Want to be a CNA? Dont want to wait? Express Training Services now offers a CNA class which can be completed in one weekend. Perfect for busy college students. www. expresstrainingservices.com/ww 4-25-1743-15 MATH/PHYSICS TUTORING PhD in mathematical physics. Subjects: algebra, trig, pre-calc, calc or general physics. Rate: $20/hr. youtube channel: tutelar tutoring. email: tutelar@instruction.com 3-1221-15 16 Health Services HIV ANTIBODY TESTINGAlachua County Health Dept. Call 334-7960 for appt (optional $20 fee) Need CPR Training?(352) 727-4733 www.GatorCPR.com CNA Prep Classes from GatorCNA.com 7-3-17-108-16 DRUG PROBLEM?WE CAN HELP! 24 HOURS 7 DAYSCALL NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS1-866352-5323 352-376-8008 www.uncoastna.org pr@uncoastna.org 18 Personals HIV ANTIBODY TESTINGAlachua County Health Dept. Call 334-7960 for appt (optional $20 fee) PUT IT IN THE ALLIGATOR! 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In the Florida softball team's doubleheader with Oakland today, sophomore pitcher Katie Chronister is expected to receive playing time, pg. 16 Pirreca receives weekly honorFlorida lacrosse player Sydney Pirreca the Week on Tuesday. Pirreca recorded career highs in goals (six), points (eight) and draw controls (seven) on Saturday against Maryland. Follow us for updatesFor updates on UF athletics, follow us on Twitter at @alligatorSports or online at www.alligator.org/sportsWEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2018 www.alligator.org/sportsFeleipe Franks was a lucky one. Coming out of high school, he had everything college coaches look for: Elite size, an arm that could double as a rocket launcher, a winning team and a great attitude. All those skills and, lets be honest, lucky breaks contributed to him being the class of 2015. Franks hasnt played up to his rankings expectations at Florida, and because of all the hype he carried when he arrived in Gainesville, ter user @thenamesroddy, quoting a previous tweet thanking God for Franks commitment to the Gators. GOD IS STILL GOOD AND SITS ON THE THRONE, BUT FELEIPE IS NOT. I REPEAT. FELEIPE FRANKS IS BAD AT FOOTBALL. Meanwhile, little has been said about the equally unsuccessful Kyle Trask, who came to Florida in the same class as Franks Franks stars and rankings heaped massive expectations and massive amounts of pressure on him before he arrived on campus, and his case is just one microcosm of the very strange, often absurd world of college recruiting. This ecosystem starts when recruits are young in some extreme cases, theyre still in middle school and conditions them to base a ber of stars they carry or the number of offers they boast. Just like you or me if we were looking for work, its natural to want the most options and to have the highest ratings. I get that. But were rades. Recruiting is a necessary part of college sports. Its also completely ridiculous.Sweet and Bauer / Opinion Ethan Bauertwitter: @ebaueriMEN'S BASKETBALLBy Benjamin BrandtSports WriterFlorida mens basketball coach Mike ties before Mondays practice. Ill just be very, very clear, he said. Theres a chance we can play in the NCAA Tournament and theres a chance we can go to the NIT. Period. For a team that held the nations No. 5 ranking in early December and currently nents, the possibility of ending the season ing in the NCAA Tournament might seem puzzling. White would agree. Its been a rollercoaster ride, he said. sively and defensively. While the Gators have seen success against some of their tougher opponents, they have struggled in matchups with teams in the bottom half of the SECs record. look to prevent its longest losing streak of the calendar year as it takes on No. 19 Tennessee in Knoxville at 9. by the physical play of forwards Grant leads the team in scoring (15.7 points per 62 loss to Georgia on Saturday. scoring, averaging 12.2 points per game, and leads Tennessee in rebounds (6.1 per UF facing Volunteers tonight in midst of two-game skidCourtesy of UAA Communications against FAU. The Gators defeated the Owls 6-1 at McKethan Stadium. BASEBALLBy Morgan McMullenSports Writer wich had retired his previous 12 batters when FAU second baseman Eric Rivera stepped into the batter's box to lead off A light breeze intruded upon McKethan Stadium from momentum behind him. The freshman worked like clockwork. When he got his pitches back from catcher JJ Schwarz, he turned, gathered himself and delivered again, tered just outside the batters box and kept one foot outside the chalk to try and delay the But it didnt work. Rivera chopped a ball softly back to Leftwich, who jogged handed it to teammate Keenan out. sion from Leftwich that led the on Tuesday night. The mindset showed itself early. After allowing a leadoff single, Leftwich settled into his streamlined rhythm and started mowing down Owls batters. by consistently tossing his while allowing just three balls ished the night having pitched and allowing one earned run on two hits and a walk. I really wasnt trying to overthink it, Leftwich said. I just like to get the ball and go. Floridas batters showed their eagerness early on. Left ond pitch they saw. SEE COLUMN, PAGE 15 SEE MEN'S B-BALL, PAGE 15 SEE BASEBALL, PAGE 15

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14 ALLIGATOR WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2018 WOMENS GOLFBy Chris OBrienSports WriterSierra Brooks career at Florida is off to an impressive start. The sophomore transfer from Wake the Gators at the Florida Challenge on Jan. 29. Now, Brooks can to her list of wins: the Intercollegiate Golf Championship in New Orleans, where she victory of 2018. der. Brooks emergence appears to be the missing key for Florida, as it had prelease. saw a complete performance from the second-place USC and 15 strokes ahead of third-place Michigan State. Behind Brooks was sophomore Marta the second-best score of the day. This third on the team at 6 over after shootFreshman Addie Baggarly also tied an overall score of 11 over. Redshirt freshman Elin Esborn congional Challenge in Palos Verdes, CaliHad she been inserted into the starting 22 strokes. @THEChrisOB cobrien@alligator.org UFS FINAL INDIVIDUAL SCORESSierra Brooks7 under (First Place)Elin Esborn2 under (T-Fourth Place)Marta Perez2 over (T-Sixth Place)Taylor Tomlinson 6 over (T-11th Place)11 over (T-32nd Place)Addie Baggarly 11 over (T-32nd Place) Brooks

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2018 ALLIGATOR 15 es. Schools can change their minds and pull those offers, and recruits can commit and decommit as much as they want. The fact that their commitments are still even called commitments is an insult to the words meaning. But some people have realized theres a market for that kind of drama. Following recruiting betters a fans relationship with his/ her team, so fans are willing to pay for insider coverage. Websites like Rivals, 247Sports and Scout know this well. They specialize in recruiting, compiling lists of the top prospects and hosting actual skills camps, which they use to determine their rankings and acquire recruits contact information for their reporters. As a result, recruits will often tweet updates on their recruitment with a *NO INTERVIEWS* disclaimer. This can be annoying as a reporter. But as a human being, were I one of those players, how could I not say no interviews when my every tweet unleashes an army of phone calls and messages? I bring this up now because National Signing Day was less than two weeks ago, but as any coach will tell you, recruiting never stops. Which is why UF is hosting a junior day for top high school talent this weekend. The ink is still wet on the 2018 class, but 2019 and beyond are already very much in the works for Dan Mullen and his staff. Its a necessary evil, because the unfortunate truth is the system works. Sure, there are hits and misses. Former Florida defensive end Ronald Powell was billed as the top player in the nation, but he didnt play like it at UF. Jadeveon Clowney held the same designation when he enrolled at South Carolina, meanwhile, and his No. 1 ranking translated to his selection at No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft. But despite the inexact science of rankings, theres an undeniable link between successwhich leads coaches to do some truly remarkable, often embarrassing things. Its all an unfortunate byproduct of an environment our insatiable fandom has created. An environment where a 9-year-olds mother has to worry about agents and top youth teams taking advantage of her son. An environment where offers and commitments mean nothing, but also everything. Ethan Bauer is a sports writer. Contact him at ebauer@alligator.org.COLUMN, from pg. 13 Theyre a strong, tough, physical team, White said. I think they have a lot of character. The Gators will need to adopt a more steal a win on the road tonight. They currently rank in the bottom half of the SEC in loss to Vanderbilt, UF attempted 22 more shots than the Commodores and still came up short of victory. In stretches of offensive stagnation, the Gators turn to senior guard Chris Chiozza as a source of production. His explosivecan single-handedly carry the Gators at times. bined, Chiozza has shot below 30 percent his assist-to-turnover ratio. White understands that if the Gators are going to turn things around against Tennessee tonight, it starts with Chiozza. Hes got a lot of pressure on him, White said. Hes got to play well for us to have a chance. @bhb1227 bbrandt@alligator.orgMEN'S B-BALL, from pg. 13White: Chiozza under 'a lot of pressure'Alan Alvarez / Alligator StaffUF men's basketball coach Mike White is impressed with what he has seen from Tennessee this year. "They're a strong, tough, physical team." dency with his at-bat by drawing a 3-2 walk, but he still echoed the game plan when he attempted a steal just a couple of pitches later. Though he was easily gunned down at second, the failure didnt put a dent in coach Kevin OSullivans game plan, as his team had the night. In the past, I think we've made some mistakes where we've kind of relied on our bats, O'Sullivan said. "And you look up in the sixth inning and you're having a bad night offensively." Langworthy answered the call for mid-week energy. In the third inning, the sophomore lined what looked to be a single over the second baseman and into right-center Instead of meandering to the jets and rounded the bag, heading full-speed into second ahead of the tag. He scored after a Maldonado line-drive single to left. Overall, Floridas offense wasnt as explosive as it was in its opening series with Siena. The six runs it scored were the fewest in the Gators four games so far. Still, OSullivan said he was pleased with the pace of his offense. We ran the bases, put a couple of hit-and-runs on, he said. I think forcing the action... may ignite our offense a little more in these midweek games. Florida comes back out to McKethan Stadium tonight at mmcmullen@alligator.orgBASEBALL, from pg. 13UF scored season-low six runs against FAU

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16 ALLIGATOR WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2018 SOFTBALLBy Mari FaielloSports WriterOne of the most notable factors about Floridas softball team this season is its deep roster. In addition to nine juniors and seniors, Florida has 10 underclassmen who are at the ready in game-time situations. As the No. 2 Gators (8-1) go into a doubleheader against the Oakland Golden Grizzlies (2-2) today starting 4 p.m. at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium, freshman Natalie Lugo and sophomore Katie Chronister are expected to get some time in the circle. Lugo, a right-handed pitcher from West Covina, California, made her collegiate debut on Feb. 10 in Floridas matchup against Georgia State. In two innings of work, she recorded two strikeouts on 22 pitches. Chronister, a left-handed pitcher and Gainesville native, has more experience coming off Gators in 2017. a 2.21 ERA in 19 innings of work. She also threw 15 strikeouts in seven appearances. Upperclassmen pitchers Kelly Barnhill and Aleshia Ocasio have set a strong standard in the bullpen for the Gators. Coach Tim Walton notices the gap between the No. 1 and 2 pitchers and the No. 3 and 4 pitchers, saying the disparity this year is larger than it has been in the past. But that isnt deterring his gos pitching abilities for todays games against the Golden Grizzlies. Im looking forward to them going out and getting the chance to compete here at home, he said. To go out and just show me and the rest of the club that they have been working really hard in the weight room and in the bullpen. Walton said the underclassmen have been working on their their location and velocity. When Chronister and Lugo were recruited by the Gators, Walton said he was looking for more depth in the bullpen. ers on the roster (Ocasio being listed as a utility player), its important now more than ever that theyre managed well enough to tackle a long season. The only thing I worry about is that we become a little bit oneor two-dimensional, Walton said. Thats the one thing youll try to see us do a better job of is getting them more innings. With the Gators using Chronister and Lugo more as they move deeper into the season, this will give the team more opportunities to create a tougher environment. They got to get a chance to step their game up, Walton said. And were gonna give it to them. @faiello_mari mfaiello@alligator.org Underclassmen expected to make an impact today against OaklandMENS TENNISBy Dylan RudolphSports WriterThe Florida mens tennis team left Seattle with a bad taste in its mouth after dropping two of three matches at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships between Friday and Sunday. Although many issues stuck out, none were more apparent than the problems UF (5-4) faced during doubles play, as the team dropped all three doubles points during the weekend tournament. its last six contests and is 1-4 in matches that it has lost the doubles point. Our doubles play has not been our best, coach Bryan Shelton said in release. The team will have time to make adjustments as it gets a much-needed break before taking on No. 4 Georgia on March 2. The Bulldogs have one of the best doubles teams in the nation in the No. 12-ranked duo of junior Jan Zielinski and sophomore Robert Loeb. UF sophomore Johannes Ingildsen and junior Alfredo Perez make up the nations No. 1-ranked duo and has never lost a set together. The pair has not played together since Feb. 3 against Florida State, but Shelton might look for that consistency to return heading into SEC play. @dyrudolph drudolph@alligator.orgFloridas doubles-play woes persisting as season progresses Alligator File PhotoSophomore Katie Chronister will see time in the circle today during UFs doubleheader against Oakland, according to coach Tim Walton.