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We Inform. You Decide.www.alligator.orgNot officially associated with the University of Florida MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2018 FOLLOW US ONLINE FOR UPDATES @FloridaAlligator @TheAlligator_ @TheAlligator UF student arrested for possessing child pornPolice said he used a UF printing lab, pg. 4RTS bus drivers ask for better wagesSome of them spoke at a City Commission meeting, pg. 3 GATORS SQUEAK PAST GAMECOCKSFloridas baseball team defeated South Carolina year, pg. 15VOLUME 112 ISSUE 69Published by Campus Communications, Inc. of Gainesville, Florida By Robert LewisAlligator Staff Writer Gainesville man was arrested for allegedly shooting at a man he knew Sunday afternoon. at him multiple times in his Windsor Terrace apartment on uninjured. told her. Ten Commandments written on it to his door after the arhad phone conversations with police negotiators while GPD: Suspected shooter arrested near Southwest 20th AvenueTaylour Marks / Alligator StaffWindsor Terrace resident Sandra Norris appears distressed as armored police vehicles surrounded Southwest 20th Avenue Sunday afternoon. Never in a million years would I anticipate this happening, she said. By Remi StorchAlligator Contributing Writer The city announced Thursday it is consinger and songwriter from Gainesville who said. The six options include renaming a city have the option to write in suggestions as All the recommendations on the survey tions on the survey that were chosen were tions on the online survey at surveymonkey. allocated toward any of the projects. The cost will vary depending on what is decided. policy committee will come up with a way Gainesville considers options to honor Tom Pettys legacy BASKETBALLBy Benjamin BrandtSports Writer unlaced its dancing shoes. to Texas Tech in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday night. And of guard Chris Chiozza. nine unanswered points midway through the second half. sist. ending. He led the SEC in assists per game Chiozza era comes to close with Gators elimination from NCAAsSEE PETTY, PAGE 4 SEE BASKETBALL, PAGE 14 SEE SHOOTING, PAGE 4


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 MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2018 80 or email WHATS HAPPENING?Sikhism at UF The UF Sikh Students Association will host a Turban Day event on Turlington Plaza from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on March 21. The event aims to make UF students aware of Sikhism and offers a chance to do something out of the ordinary by experiencing someone elses culture. As part of the event, the members of the Sikh Students Association will help tie turbans around students heads. For more information, call 352-877-0407. Law in the Library: Restoration of Civil Rights Workshops The Alachua County Library District is partnering with the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association to present Law in the Library: Restoration of Civil Rights Workshops from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. March 22 at Cone Park Library Branch, located at 2801 E. University Ave. Attorneys will provide one-on-one assistance to those who have been convicted of a felony and are interested in applying to have their civil rights restored. These presentations are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. For more information, visit or call 352334-3900. Talking Gators Toastmasters Want to get more comfortable speaking in front of a group? Talking Gators Toastmasters meets at 5:45 p.m. every Tuesday in the UF Entomology Building, Room 1031. Meetings are free to attend and open to all. For more information, visit Fulbright Awareness Month The UF International Center will hold Fulbright Awareness Month until April 12. Multiple informational sessions for students, scholars, faculty and staff will provide opportunities to learn about the Fulbright application process and hear about the experiences of past scholars and students. This year, information sessions will be led by Peter VanDerwater, the director of outreach at the Council for International Exchange for Scholars in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit Got something going on? Want to see it in this space? Send an email with Whats Happening in the subject line to To request publication in the next days newspaper, please submit the event before 5 p.m. Please model your submissions after the above events, and keep them to 150 words or fewer. Improperly formatted Whats Happening submissions may not appear in the paper. Press releases will not appear in the paper.AP NEWS AROUND THE WORLDPutin wins another 6 years as Russian leader MOSCOW Vladimir Putin rolled to a crushing re-election victory Sunday for six more years as Russia's president. There had been no doubt that Putin would win in his fourth electoral contest; he faced seven minor candidates and his most prominent foe was blocked from the ballot. His only real challenge was to run up the tally so high he could claim an indisputable mandate. Death penalty for drug traffickers part of Trump opioid plan WASHINGTON President Donald Trump's plan to combat opioid drug addiction calls for stiffer penalties for drug traffickers, including the death penalty where it's appropriate under current law. The president will unveil his plan Monday in New Hampshire, a state hit hard by the crisis. Retirees protest across Spain to demand a pension hike MADRID Unions and retiree groups called for protests in over 100 cities and towns across Spain on Saturday to demand that pension payouts rise in line with inflation. Many pensioners complain that the government's 0.25 percent increase in 2017 is insufficient. Protestors braved rain and cold weather in Madrid to march behind a banner saying "Protect Pensions in the Constitution." State: Voicemail about cracks 2 days before bridge fell MIAMI An engineer left a voicemail two days before a catastrophic bridge failure in Miami to say some cracking had been found at one end of the concrete span, but the voicemail wasn't picked up until after the collapse, Florida Department of Transportation officials said Friday. VOLUME 112 ISSUE 69NEWSROOM 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


MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2018 ALLIGATOR 3By McKenna Beery and Meg SchlossAlligator Contributing WritersGainesville Regional Transit System bus drivers showed up unexpectedly to the Gainesville City Commission meeting Thursday to speak about their concerns with innot being respected. District 3 City Commissioner David Arreola said members of the Amalgamated Transit Union voiced their grievances with their jobs with RTS. Arreola said it is probably in response to the announcement the city recently lost 20 drivers and will begin reducing RTS services this week as a result. The city was not scheduled members felt compelled to speak said. Arreola said he and other commissioners also voiced their displeasure not only with poor emRTS services cut back. our bus drivers are being underpaid and probably overworked if it is true that they are working over The decrease in routes is due to Arreola said the city is actively trying to hire for those positions in order to restore services to the level they were at before. There are career and job fairs already going on in efforts to hire more transit opThe biggest thing is that peoples days are going to be tremenhe said. I am very glad our staff has initiated the process to try and hire more of these transit operaIf every driver worked 12 hours chapter of the Amalgamated Tranlabor at RTS. I think its at an all-time low this With the decrease in RTS workwork overtime on days they previOnly seven drivers out of 181 highest amount they are eligible have been with their companies for more than six years should have who have been working with RTS for more than 18 years without it. of the Gainesville chapter of the bus drivers is $12.75. The majority of drivers currently make between $13.50 to $14. Durham said he believes there is a need to enforce a plan of transparency for new workers so they understand the progression in receiving raises. More people would be willing to work for RTS if they knew when they could expect a RTS bus driver McRoberts AlThursday night and said the city keeps promising to work with RTS helped them. I feel like we are all by ourAlphonse said he has been an RTS bus driver for 10 years and just last year received a raise to $15 an hour. He said he feels once someone has worked long enough Gainesville has rejected almost everybodys requests. may have to look for another job Alphonse said.By Amanda RosaAlligator Staff WriterAn online panel of Alachua County and Gainesville politicians and political experts predicted City Commissioners Charles Goston and Harvey Budd will be re-elected in Tuesdays municipal election. Everblue Communications and Republican election results. The survey found 17 out of missioner Adrian Hayes-Santos and former Alachua County Commissioner Cynthia unanimously predicted County Commission incumbent Ken Cornell would win the county elections in November. The surveys participants also predicted Randy Wells would win a County Commission seat. Research website. ond time Meer and Everblue collaborated on an insider panel. Although the panel ers did correctly predict Hayes-Santos and man said. Most of the insiders also predicted Gainesville voters will vote to move elections to August and establish the Gainesville body over Gainesville Regional Utilities. and an American Federation of Labor and slight-majority favor of incumbent Budd over Gail Johnson for At-Large Seat 1. The energy out there for these new voters that are coming out are heavy Gail supTattersall said the results were skewed too conservatively to accurately represent largely Democratic Alachua County voters. The number of registered Democrats in Alachua County is nearly double that of pervisor of Elections website. slightly red and slightly blue dot. Its a dark Alan Alvarez / Alligator StaffI feel like we are all by ourselves, RTS bus driver McRoberts Alphonse, 51, said at a Gainesville City Commission meeting on Thursday night. The city is currently facing a bus driver shortage. So u rc e s : Es ri H ER E, G a rm i n I n t e rm a p i n c re m e n t P C o rp G E BC O U SG S, F A O N P S, N R C AN G e o Ba s e I G N K a d a s t e r N L O rd n a n c e Su r v e y Es ri J a p a n M ET I Es r i C h i n a (H o n g Ko n g ), s w i s s t o p o O p e n S t re e t M a p c o n t ri b u t o r s a n d t h e G I S U s e r C o m m u n i t y DISTRICT 4 DISTRICT 1 DISTRICT 2 DISTRICT 3City of Gainesville / Alligator StaffPictured is a map of District 1. Gainesville residents will be able to vote for city commission candidates on Tuesday one to represent District 1 and one to represent the city at-large.


By Christi-Anne WeatherlyAlligator Contributing WriterParker Kaleo goes to Winn-Dixie every other week to pick up milk because the 2002 SW 34th St. location is conveniently close to where he lives at the Ridge Apartments. But the UF biochemistry and molecular biology sophomore might milk, because the Gainesville WinnDixie on Southwest 34th Street and 29 others in Florida are closing. I guess its a shock, Kaleo, 19, said. I wasnt really expecting it. Southeastern Grocers, the parent company of Winn-Dixie Stores Inc., of March, said Joe Caldwell, Southeastern Grocers corporate communications manager. The company announced Thursday it is closing 94 underperforming stores nationwide as part of a restructuring support agreement, which is a legal plan bankruptcy. The 94 closures also include Harveys and BI-LO locations, two other supermarket chains also under Southeastern Grocers, Caldwell said. These closures will reduce Southeastern Grocers debt by about $500 million, Caldwell said. The stores will be closed by April 30. The Gainesville Winn-Dixie on 300 SW 16th Ave. is not part of the closures, Caldwell, said. A manager at the 34th Street location declined to comment. Most current store associates can be transferred to sister locations if they choose to do so, Caldwell said. Retention of our associates is our number one priority, he said. Gainesville resident Diamond Holloway said she is sad to see the Winn-Dixie will be shutting down ter than most other grocers in the area. Sometimes they have a cheaper deal than Walmart so thats basically why we come here a lot, the 30-year-old said. There have not been any announcements on what will replace the 34th Street location. Caldwell said Southeastern Grocers lease most of their store spaces, so it would be entirely up to the owner of the building.Winn-Dixie on Southwest 34th Street to close hours. Residents of the apartment complex were evacuated by police behind riot shields and ushered onto the sidewalk in front of the Winn-Dixie across the street, where they watched the crime scene in their own complex. Children played while hicles, including an armed Hummer and a machine to take down a door, which were parked at the Campus USA bank parking lot that bordered the neighborhood. Ultimately, the vehicles werent needed to remove Brown from his home. Browns girlfriend was inside the apartment during the incident, but she was not a hostage and has been detained by police, Tobias said. She might face criminal charges, he said. Tobias said negotiators convinced the suspect to come outside of his apartment, after which he was arrested. Tobias said Brown could possibly be charged with attempted homicide and aggravated battery. Brown has not been charged, as of press time. Kentiya Carver and her siblings normally play where the shooting took place. The 12-year-old Kanapaha Middle School student was watching television when from her apartments open window. she said. Norris said she texted Brown and told him to give himself up to police. She described Brown as godly and their neighborhood as quiet and friendly. Never in a million years would I have expected this from him, Norris said. @Lewis__Robert rlewis@alligator.orgSHOOTING, from pg. 1Taylour Marks / Alligator StaffPolice vehicles surround the Windsor Terrace apartments on Southwest 20th Avenue following a shooting at the apartment complex Sunday afternoon. Daniel App, a 31-year-old Gainesville resident, said since the day after Petty died, he was already suggesting ways to honor Pettys life to the city. App, the lead guitarist and manager of Heavy Petty, a Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers tribute band, said the way Petty is honored should remind people of his legacy and preserve the positive impact he had on many individuals. App said he thinks that the best way to honor Petty, despite the six options listed, is to create a stage or center in the Depot Park area, similar to what is on Bo Diddley Community Plaza. He said this will allow people to have a place they can go to remember Petty and feel his presence. That type of landmark is much more meaningful than renaming a street or declaring a Tom Petty day, App said. You would go there and feel his legacy, you feel his music, you feel all the positive things he has contributed to humanity, he said.PETTY, from pg. 1 Iryna Kanishcheva / Courtesy to The AlligatorThe owners of Visionary CrossFit, Carrie Martinez and Jesus Martinez, painted a Tom Petty tribute mural as a gift to Sidney Lanier Center. Alligator Staff WriterA UF student was charged Friday with possessing child pornography, which investigators said he accessed once from a UF printing lab IP address, Gainesville Police said. Trevon Quik Boyd, 21, was investigated by police after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children was tipped by Dropbox Inc. about potential child pornography stored on a Dropbox account linked to Boyds email address, according to an arrest report. Police subpoenaed records of Boyds Dropbox usage and found he had images and a video of child pornography, according to the report. From a search warrant of Dropbox, police found about 40 gigabytes of images and videos in Boyds Dropbox, but police didnt say if all of the content was related to child pornography. After his arrest, Boyd told police the email accounts and Dropbox account associated with the photos and video were his, according to the report. He told police he used the Dropbox account for sharing music. Boyd was charged with two counts of possessing child pornography. He was taken to the with an electronic monitoring device Sunday morning after he was released on a $30,000 bond. Boyd is listed as a UF student in the UF directory. A UF trespass warning was issued against Boyd on the day of his arrest, according to UF Public Safetys website. Boyd could not be reached for comment. GPD: UF student accessed child porn from UF printing labBoyd


MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2018 ALLIGATOR 5 E ach year, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi initiates the top juniors, seniors and graduate students at the University of Florida. The 2018 initiation ceremony will be held on April 4. Check your email now for your invitation to join.W WW.PHIKAPPAPHI.ORGSTAND OUT om THE CROWD REDUCE YOUR SHOWERTIME BY 2 MINUTESpreserve water TICK.TOCK. THE HUNTS ARE ORGANIZED BY THREE UF STUDENTS USING A FACEBOOK PAGE. By Christine SkofronickAlligator Contributing WriterSherry Kao counted the steps from of the University Auditorium on Feb. 20. The UF biology sophomore followed a clue posted on a Facebook page. The 19-year-old found what she was looking for taped underneath a bench a slip of paper labeled Hunt #2 WINNER. She won three Lollicup gift cards, two Krishna House cards and a Sababa gift card. Kaos search was part of Mini Treasure Hunts around UF Campus, a Facebook page that advertises smallscale scavenger hunts, said Peter Theryo, one of the page organizers. The idea for the mini treasure hunts started with two UF students and Theryo, whos a 23-year-old Gainesville resident. The three organizers enjoyed games and puzzles, and wanted to make a fun way for UF students to de-stress, Theryo said. The page went live in August, a post Jan. 15. About six hunts have been conducted so far. Each one is about a week or two apart. A clue is posted on the page leading students directly to the winning paper. Student win, Theryo said. People dont want an insane, National Treasure style hunt, he said, I dont think that theyd want to do a 22-step process that ends with stealing the Declaration of Independence. The type of clue changes from hunt to hunt, Theryo said. Past locations include behind the stairwell railing in McCarty A, inside a book in Smathers Library and by the Reitz Union Ponds Veterans Memorial plaque. The group is not sponsored, Theryo said. All prizes, usually gift cards or coupons to local restaurants, have been private donations from the organizers or their friends. After a win has been approved, the page will message the winner and coordinate how to receive the prize. Kao said she solved an audio hunt, which was an audio recording shared on the Facebook page that started with the ringing of Century Tower and passed other recognizable sounds. Kao said she thinks the Mini Treasure Hunts are a fun, interactive way to get a small community together. Its rewarding when you are able like, Oh, I actually know this campus pretty well and know places where others might not know about, she said.UF students hunt for small treasures on campus using cluesCourtesy to The AlligatorSherry Kao, a UF biology sophomore, participated in Mini Treasure Hunts around the UF campus, a Facebook page that advertises small-scale scavenger hunts. Kao, 19, won the the second hunt Feb. 20.


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. MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2018 EditorialWe all have our breaking points. We all have a threshold that, if crossed, will cause us to feel overwhelmed and defeated. As college students, many of us toe the line of a mental breakdown and entertain the thought of giving up sleep entirely so we can meet all the goals we set for ourselves. This, unfortunately, is the curse of the overachiever: it causes us to push ourselves until it is physically impossible for us to push any harder. When we came to UF as freshmen, most of us likely joined clubs, Greek life, intramural sports teams, volunteer organizations and so on. We likely fell in love with each and every organization we joined and deemed each of them essential to our college experience. As we progressed through college, we tacked on more and more. Internships, harder classes, a second major, more clubs, honor societies, a relationship. The list kept growing as we took advantage of every opportunity in front of us. Regrettably, we didnt realize we were overloading ourselves, and soon enough, we found ourselves near our breaking points. Despite how many of us often recognize our sanity decreasing ourselves to be trapped within our obligations. This is something we must stop doing. Eventually, the things once near and dear to your heart no longer have a place. The things that used to consume our minds are now just a thought in the back of our heads, taking away focus from more important tasks at hand. In other words, as we mature, we start to outgrow the things that helped us grow. Rather than stringing along our obligations, we need to let them go. We need to let them go to make way for ourselves. We understand the idea of relinquishing yourself of nonessential obligations seems amiss. Arent we supposed to be building our resumes at all costs? Arent we supposed to be killing ourselves to get the best grades possible? Arent we supposed to be taking every advantage put in front of us? In short: yes. But, we cant do so at the cost of our happithrough our old ones, we tend to forget about the most important obligation of all: the obligation we have to ourselves. A lot of us feel indebted to our initial commitments. It makes sense. We owe them a lot. We wouldnt have been able to get as far as we have without the friends we made initially, nor would we have been offered leadership positions, jobs or internships without the initial entry-level lines on our resume. But all good things need to come to an end. terms with the fact as we mature, the things and organizations lines of continuous involvement on your resume, but is it really worth it if you end up putting in half the necessary effort because youre stretching yourself too thin? We think not. We need to have time to check in with ourselves mentally and make sure we are sleeping enough, eating right and, yes, even enjoying some social interaction outside of club meetings and study groups. We need to remember to be people.Our biggest obligations should be to ourselvesColumnL these days, but I hope this piece wont. Beginning late last month and stretchers across West Virginia went on strike to charter-school expansion, among other demands. Throughout the two weeks, teachers and staff in West Virginia refused to go to work in protest, forcing each county to shut down its schools for the duration of the strike. Photos of teachers handing out bagged lunches to students who rely on free and reduced lunches surfaced on Twitter during the strike, making it clear the teachers did what they could to help their students while protesting. Thats truly the bottom line. Good teachers use their powers to help children and teens, yet we live in a country that undervalues their dedication and leaves their work both unappreciated. As a nation, we say we love our children and want to create a better world for future generations. How can we do this if we dont support the people who see and educate our kids, peers, friends and family most days of the year? This is why we have to listen when our teachers have something to say. Too often teachers have to resort to silence (No one listens to us in this bureaucratic system, anyway) or else create a national scene to get the attention they deserve (as is the case in West Virginia and potentially in Colorado). What if we had listened to their calls for help for increased funding, for better insurance, for more classroom supplies in public schools We ask so much of our teachers without providing them with the means to carry out those interests. We demand teachers know every last detail about their students and cater to each of their needs, even though this country has been experiencing a teacher shortage as recently as last September. Our politicians say we dont have the money to increase teacher pay, though now we insist we can train and arm teachers to prevent the next mass shooting. The hypocrisy never ceases to amaze me. The teachers strike in West Virginia worked. Last week, The Nation reported their successes included defeating an expansion of charter schools, killing a proposal to eliminate seniority, and scuttling a paycheck-protection bill, defending their unions from further weakening and effectively securing a higher raise. I, for one, am happy and proud these teachers and staff could take a stand for the issues that matter to them. I also feel a sense of overwhelming disappointment we have already let down our teachers so badly they have to strike for days on end just to have their concerns taken serioustheir demands were met, we had told an extremely important, nurturing and impactful part of our workforce they werent worth the solutions to the problems they raised. This just isnt OK. Honestly, think back to some of the favorite teachers youve had throughout your life: the ones who made even the driest of assignments feel like little adventures, the women and men who went the extra mile to help you learn grammar and spelling, the people who had themselves and possibly even families to support through their jobs as teachers. These people deserve respect. They deserve to be valued and to know theyre valued. We dont do enough for our teachers, not even close. But we can change that. We can listen to them. We can thank them. And please, please, let us remember, when our politicians dont do as we wish, we can vote. Mia Gettenberg is a UF criminology and philosophy senior. Her column focuses on education.When the teachers speak, we need to listenThe views expressed here are not necessarily those of The Alligator.Melissa Gomez EDITOR A bby M iller EDITOR Caitlin Ostroff EDITOR, Jimena Tavel Mia


MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2018 ALLIGATOR 7 A new landmark study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine shows abortions in the U.S. are safe and have few complications. It examines the four major methods used for abortions in this country, as well as womens care from before the procedure through follow-up care. The research showed about 90 weeks of pregnancy and complications are rare. Previous studies have yielded consistent results. However, regulations in many states are compromising this safety rather than helping it. Some states require women seeking abortions to receive counseling about the negative emotional effects they could experience. Why? According to research conducted at the University of California, San Francisco, women are far more emotionally stressed if they are denied an abortion than if they receive one when they request it. Those denied access had more anxiety, lower self-esteem and less life satisfaction than women who obtained them without an issue. Essentially, this trial suggested the idea abortions cause psychological suffering is incorrect. The researchers concluded there is no evidence to justify laws requiring women seeking abortions to be warned about adverse mental health side effects. One of the researchers even went so far as to say, If our goal is to protect womens health, the evidence suggests that expanding access is the best approach. What a concept, right? The issue at hand here is mental health, but it is being used as evidence to incorrectly support the wrong side of the argument. Those who wish to restrict abortions often claim womens mental health is the reasoning behind their opinion. However, the evidence to support this is either nonexistent or has been proven inaccurate by other studies. Those who are pro-life, or, more accurately, anti-abortion, are under the assumption that denying women access to safe and affordable abortions and being forced to deliver a baby they do not want will be better for their mental health in the long run than the alternative. This is not only logically incorrect, but it has been disproven by research over and over again. The stress caused by an unwanted pregnancy is the sort of stress you can only truly understand if you have been through it. Legislators and lobbyists across the country are convinced they know what is best for women experiencing an unwanted pregnancy. Research has shown again and again they do not. The process of trying to obtain an abortion, being denied and the social stresses that often come with an unwanted pregnancy have been shown to produce much greater negative mental health effects than having an abortion does. Having an abortion is not only a highly personal decision, but it is also a safe decision. It is more responsible than bringing an unwanted child into the world. We cannot say we are prolife and then inadequately provide for that life once it has begun outside the mothers womb. Its time for us to recognize this decision should be up to no one but the mother herself and the most severe negative mental health consequences associated with abortions arise when other people get involved. When people restrict access or share their negative opinions, women feel worse than they do when they are able to make their own decision without hearing how everyone else feels about it. We are in a time of strong opinions, which is great. What is not great, however, is when peoples unsubstantiated opinions begin to hurt people around them. Women seeking abortions should be allowed to do so. If you dont like it, best and safest decision for herself. Taylor Cavaliere is a UF journalism and psychology junior. Her column focuses on mental health.Abortions don't hurt mental healthColumn Taylor Cavaliereopinions@alligator.orgI of The Reptile Institute at Silver Springs, donated an alligator nicknamed Albert to UF. Before kickoff of every home football game, Albert was strapped to a leash and would was then kept on the sidelines for the rest of the game. A chainlink pen was even built near Century Tower to keep the gator. After one alligator was killed and another was kidnapped, UF moved away from live ways had an unusual relationship with the animals their mascot symbolizes. Today, some people pose dangerously close to them in natural areas like Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park or swim in lakes where signs with warnings of alligators litter the shores. Either from a lapse of judgment or lack of concern to learn more about these reptiles, people seem to be growing apathetic toward the potential danger of alligators. Last year set an annual record for the number of alligator attacks in Florida. With a booming state population growth rate and expanding development, interactions between alligators and humans are likely to increase. That being said, this column is not meant to scare anyone. Alligators are not man-eating beasts, but any self-respecting Floridian also knows not to take a chance with them. The phrase alligators are more afraid of us than we are of them is often thrown around, but does anyone ever wonder where this statement originated? Humans and alligators have not historically coexisted on an evolutionary timescale; alligators have been on this planet for the past 35 million years. As a result, humans have always seemed foreign to alligators, which is why alligators are not natural predators to humans. However, this does not mean alligators wont attack us. In a study of public Carolina Department of Health found Florida averages about year. Considering the chances of an encounter may be a little higher for a demographic of people that frequent nature trails and lakes with alligators present, the danger of alligators can't be ignored. It's important to note alligators don't pose the same level of danger throughout the course of a year. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, alligators are most active bedegrees. They stop feeding when temperaBeyond temperature, alligator activity also depends on whether it is mating season. In two weeks, mating season will begin, which means alligators will become more aggressive until August as they begin to breed and form nests. If Floridians are more cautious of these animals during their summer plans this an upward trend of dangerous alligator encounters. Next time you come across one of the countless pieces of UF paraphernalia, know the symbol of an alligator wearing a turtleneck may be a bit misleading. Before wearing a UF T-shirt or going to visit one Gainesville, think about what it actually means to be a Florida Gator. We must give these prehistoric reptiles the healthy respect they deserve. Joshua Udvardy is a UF environmental engineer junior. His column focuses on science.Just how dangerous are alligators?Column Joshua


8 ALLIGATOR MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2018Victoria E. Salomon / AlligatorThe Swamp Restaurant celebrated St. Patricks Day on Saturday. It served Lucky Leprechaun Victoria E. Salomon / AlligatorGuest dancers at The Swamp Restaurant, located on 1642 W University Ave., Celebrating the Irish Holiday strawberry season comes to a close. Strawberries and SunshinePhotos by Shelbie Eakins Alligator StaffPhotos by Victoria E. Salomon Alligator


MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2018 ALLIGATOR 9 A Dancing MuseumUF dance students move and clap energetically during the Hip Hop Dance performance at the Harn Museum of Dance: Moving Bodies, Shaping Minds event at the Harn Museum of Art on Saturday afternoon. The group welcomed people from the crowd to join them in dance. The event featured performances including classical Indian and West African dances. Two UF dance students perform during the Atta Girl! dance. The Harn Museum of Dance event was presented by the UF School of Theatre and Dance in collaboration with UF College of the Arts Center for World Arts. Three dancers move together during the Duality of Patterning performance Saturday. UF dance senior and choreographer Karla Vanessa Narvaez, 25, said this dance was part of her senior thesis, and she was inspired to put it together after she traveled to Guinea in West Africa last summer. Photos by Will ClewisAlligator Staff




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In 2017, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw made his seventh consecutive Opening Day start, tying a franchise record. Who else did it? 2. Who has led the American League in runs scored the most times? 3. Clemsons Deshaun Watson set an ACC record in 2016 by throwing for 580 yards in a game. Who had held the record? 4. How many consecutive double-double seasons of points and rebounds did San Antonio Spurs great Tim Duncan have to start his NBA career? 5. Who was the last Edmonton Oilers player before Connor McDavid in 2017 to win the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL regular-season MVP? 6. How many consecutive years did Dale Earnhardt Jr. win NASCARs Most Popular Driver Award? 7. Name the last time before 2017 that four American women made up the semifinals of tennis U.S. Open? Answers 1. Don Sutton (1972-78). 2. Babe Ruth, eight times (1919, , , and ). 3. Stephen Morris of Miami, Fla., threw for 566 yards in a game in 2012. 4. 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Gordon Neale and the Florida in the Schenkel Invitational on Sunday. Tennis teams win in Tennessee on SundayFloridas mens tennis team defeated Vanderbilt 4-3 in Nashville, while the Follow us for updatesFor updates on UF athletics, follow us on Twitter at @alligatorSports or online at, MARCH 19, 2018 Florida mens basketball coach Mike White said something at Saturdays postgame press conference that made me realize just how far removed this team was from last seasons NCAA Tournament Elite Eight run. Following UFs 69-66 loss to Texas Tech in Dallas in the second round of the Big Dance, he paused a bit and pointed at Chris Chiozza and Egor Koulechov sitting to his left. If all 13 of my guys were as tough as these two, he said, wed still be playing. It was the story of the season. Floridas mental fortitude was about as inconsistent as its scoring. And its only going to get worse next year. Ill say it now. I believe the Gators will not be good in 201819. Theyll make a postseason tournament, but they wont attain nearly the same level of success as they did two years ago. I dont even think theyll make it further than the second round of the tournament next year, if they even make it. When you look at what the future holds for UF, its easy to see why. It will be without both Chiozza and Koulechov, two of Floridas three leading scorers. Chiozza has been the only player to consistently deliver the defensive performances White was looking for from his team. On the offensive end, the senior point guard was known for both his passing ability and limited turnovers. He ranked sixth in the NCAA in assist-to-turnover ratio. You cant replace what he brought to the team, especially when he recorded 11 assists and no turnovers against And while the Gators only had him for one year, Koulechov helped fuel Floridas scoring effort, averaging 13.8 points per game. Mix those two departures with the possibility of Jalen Hudson leaving for the NBA draft mock drafts have him anywhere from a late-second round pick to undrafted the teams scoring will go down the drain. Sure, the Gators will still have KeVaughn Allen, fensive production he had last year, Allen oftentimes took a backseat to Hudson, Koulechov and Chiozza. Meanwhile, when Florida needed more players to improve and add depth to the roster, only forward Keith Stone really stepped up his game. The redshirt sophomore took strides this season, increasing both his scoring and his effort on the boards to quickly earn a spot in the starting lineup. But with just two, possibly three, proven players returning next year, I dont see the Gators being that good. Some of those close games from this season, like the 77-75 win against Missouri on Jan. 6, could have easily gone the other way if it wasnt for players like Chiozza and Koulechov. So unless more players start showing improvements and departing stars will leave, dont expect too much next season. Jake Dreilinger is the Alligators assistant sports editor. Contact him at upperclassman leaders hurts Floridas prospects moving forwardJakes on a Plane / OpinionThe Associated Press NCAA Tournament on Saturday. ozza was awarded a spot on both the All-SEC First Team and All-Defensive Team. Perhaps his greatest achievement as a Gator, program history when he surpassed Erving Walker in career assists earlier this month. The impressive numbers revealed themselves in Chiozzas impact throughout the season. Florida was often troubled by stretches of static offensive play, especially without Chiozza on the court. At times when nothing seemed to work, it was his explosiveness in charging to the basket that frequently spurred production. We do play through (Chiozza), coach Mike White said. We have been stagnant with him out of the game. Were going to miss him dearly, of course. But his impact extends further than the record books. It goes beyond the memories of game-winning buckets. Chiozza wore the orange and blue with pride. His ened the standard of Florida basketball. His younger teammates recognize that, solidifying his legacy. Thats a dude I look up to, freshman guard Mike Okauru said of Chiozza. We play the same position and I watch everything he does. You know, I love (the seniors). @bhb1227 BASKETBALL, from pg. 1Chiozza was named to the All-SEC First Team this seasonThe Associated Press Jake DreilingerTwitter: @DreilingerJake


MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2018 ALLIGATOR 15 BASEBALL SOFTBALL LACROSSEBy Ethan BauerSports WriterThe ball rocketed off of Jacob Olsons bat like a satellite designed for orbit. the Earth. He tracked it back, back, sixth inning. hitter on a breaking ball that never baseball today. Floridas best day. ning. ler and Byrne. shot. and boos. Gainesville. @ebaueri ebauer@alligator.orgBy Mark StineSports WriterWalton said in a release. ters. @mstinejr mstine@alligator.orgBy Tyler NettunoSports Writer ardy. of Flanagan. @TylerNettuno tnettuno@alligator.orgBehind strong pitching, Florida squeaks by South Carolina Gators avoid sweep with four-run win over Bulldogs UF survives close call on the road against VanderbiltAlan Alvarez / Alligator Staff Matthews


16 ALLIGATOR MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2018 UF MENS BASKETBALL TEAMS 2017-18 YEAR IN REVIEW Floridas Team StatisticsRecord: 21-13 (11-7 SEC) PPG: 75.8 (117th in NCAA) RPG: 35.2 (183rd in NCAA) APG: 13.1 (210th in NCAA) BPG: 4.8 (28th in NCAA) FG%: 43.2% (253rd in NCAA) 3FG%: 37.0% (81st in NCAA) FT%: 71.8% (153rd in NCAA)Floridas Individual Statistical LeadersPPG: Jalen Hudson (15.5) RPG: Egor Koulechov (6.4) APG: Chris Chiozza (6.1) BPG: Kevarrius Hayes (2.0) FG%: Gorjok Gak (63.4%) 3FG%: Keith Stone (42.4%) FT%: KeVaughn Allen (90.6%)Regular Season ScheduleNov. 13 vs. Gardner Webb W 116-74 Nov. 16 vs. North Florida W 108-68 Nov. 19 vs. New Hampshire W 70-63 *Nov. 23 vs. Stanford W 108-87 *Nov. 24 vs. Gonzaga W 111-105 *Nov. 26 vs. Duke L 87-84 Dec. 4 vs. Florida State L 83-66 Dec. 6 vs. Loyola Chicago L 65-59 *Dec. 9 vs. Cincinnati W 66-60 *Dec. 16 vs. Clemson L 71-69 Dec. 20 vs. James Madison W 72-63 Dec. 22 vs. Incarnate Word W 75-60 Dec. 30 vs. Vanderbilt W 81-74 Jan. 2 @ Texas A&M W 83-66 Jan. 6 @ Missouri W 77-75 Jan. 10 vs. Mississippi State W 71-54 Jan. 13 @ Ole Miss L 78-72 Jan. 17 vs. Arkansas W 88-73 Jan. 20 @ Kentucky W 66-64 Jan. 24 vs. South Carolina L 77-72 Jan. 27 vs. Baylor W 81-60 Jan. 30 @ Georgia L 72-60 Feb. 3 vs. Alabama L 68-50 Feb. 7 vs. LSU W 73-64 Feb. 10 @ South Carolina W 65-41 Feb. 14 vs. Georgia L 72-69 Feb. 17 @ Vanderbilt L 71-68 Feb. 21 @ Tennessee L 62-57 Feb. 24 vs. Auburn W 72-66 Feb. 27 @ Alabama W 73-52 March 3 vs. Kentucky W 80-67SEC Tournament*March 9 vs. Arkansas L 80-72NCAA Tournament*March 15 vs. St. Bonaventure W 77-62 *March 17 vs. Texas Tech L 69-66 *Denotes Neutral Site Game Mike White-Head Coach 14-Mak Krause-G (Jr.) 22-Andrew Fava-G (Fr.) 2-Isaiah Stokes-F (Fr.) 15-John Egbunu-C (R-Sr.) 12-Gorjok Gak-C (So.) 24-Deaundrae Ballard-G (Fr.) 21-Dontay Bassett-F (R-Fr.) 0-Mike Okauru-G (Fr.) 1-Chase Johnson-F (Fr.)In his third season at Florida, White led the Gators to 21 wins and its second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. Johnson only played in four games this year before suffering a concussion in November that ended his season. Ballard struggled with his shot this season, connecting on only 15.6 percent of his three-point attempts. He scored 110 points in 315 minutes of action. Bassett saw his role increase as the season went 43 total points in 178 minutes of play. Okauru served as Chiozza backup point guard, percent from the threepoint line in 377 total minutes of action. In limited action, Gak scored 2.2 points per game and shot 63.4 perKrause, another former manager who walked on in the fall, scored four points in 16 minutes of play. A former manager, Fava walked onto the team this fall and scored six points in 14 minutes of action. Stokes missed the entire season due to a torn ACL he suffered his senior year of high school. Egbunu, who was expected to be Floridas starting center this season, missed the entire year due to a torn ACL he suffered in February 2017. lechov started every game and was second on the team in points, averaging 13.8 per contest. The graduate transfer also led the Gators in rebounding and shot 39.5 percent from the three-point line. The All-SEC point guard capped off his career in Gainesville by breaking Erving Walkers all-time assists record on March 3 against Kentucky. Chiozza played more minutes (1088) than any other player on the Gators roster and was third in points, averaging 11.1 per game. Like Koulechov, Hudson had a successful from Virginia Tech. He led the Gators in scoring with 15.5 points per game and also hit a team-best 78 three-pointers and 92 free throws.4-Egor Koulechov-G (Gr.) 5-KeVaughn Allen-G (Jr.) 25-Keith Stone-F (So.) 13-Kevarrius Hayes-F/C (Jr.) 11-Chris Chiozza-G (Sr.) 3-Jalen Hudson-G (R-Jr.)After leading Florida in scoring last season, Allen struggled to maintain his offensive production with the emergence of newcomers Koulechov and Hudson. He had career percentage (.361), but did shoot a team-best 90.6 percent from the charity stripe. Stone was arguably Floridas most improved player in 2017-18, increasing his points per shooting percentage by nearly 10 percent. He started 26 games in the absence of injured big men John Egbunu, Chase Johnson and Isaiah Stokes. Hayes anchored Floridas defense as its top rim protector, recording a team-high two blocks per game. He also shot 56.9 percent offensive rebounds.