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We Inform. You Decide.www.alligator.orgNot officially associated with the University of Florida FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2018 FOLLOW US ONLINE FOR UPDATES @FloridaAlligator @TheAlligator_ @TheAlligator The check was sent in February, pg. 4.Patrols in an East Gainesville apartment complex will rise, pg. 4. INDIA HEATING UPFlorida third baseman Jonathan India leads the SEC in batting average heading into tonights matchup with Vanderbilt, pg. 14.VOLUME 112 ISSUE 74Published by Campus Communications, Inc. of Gainesville, Florida FIVE SPECIALISTS SERVE ABOUT 600 STUDENTS EACH.By Jessica Giles Alligator Staff Writer Nestled alone in her cubicle, Marti Stein Disability Resource Center in Reid Hall, Stein By Elliott NasbyAlligator Staff Writer Probably (in) three years, Aaron Ritter / AlligatorBOOT THE BRAIDSProtesters chant Boycott Wendys outside Tigert Hall. Groups, including Chispas, Lucha Latina, the Hispanic Student Association and Womens March, organized the event. See more photos, pg. 3 SEE FEATURE, PAGE 8 SEE CITRUS, PAGE 9 FEATURE FRIDAY:


Subscription Rate: Full Year (All Semesters) $100The Alligator. The Alligator The Independent Florida Alligator The Alligator The Alligator The Alligator ISSN 0889-2423 alligators Events / News in Brief Todays WeatherAM NOON PM 2 ALLIGATOR FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2018 or email WHATS HAPPENING?Survivors of Sexual Violence Art Exhibit The Civic Media Center, located at 433 S. Main St., will hold a Survivors of Sexual Violence Art Exhibit from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. The Alachua County Victim Services and Rape Crisis Center is organizing the fifth annual exhibit in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness. The show will remain open until Thursday. A Dialogue on Black and Latinx History at UF The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program will hold "A Tale of Two Houses: A Dialogue on Black and Latinx History at UF" at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the Pugh Hall Ocora. This event will focus on the work done by UF students and faculty to have the Institute of Black Culture and the Institute of Hispanic-Latino Culture established. Visit for more information. Passover celebrations The Lubavitch-Chabad Jewish Student Center, located at 2021 NW Fifth Ave., will celebrate Passover seders at 7:45 p.m. Friday and 8:45 p.m. Saturday. All Jews, regardless of affiliation, religious background or level of observance, are invited. For more information, to RSVP, or if you have any questions related to Passover, please visit or call Rabbi Goldman at 352-336-5877. First Magnitude beer launch Friday supports butterfly conservation The Florida Museum of Natural History and First Magnitude Brewing Company will host a fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday to support butterfly conservation. As part of the event, First Magnitude, located at 1220 SE Veitch St., will release a specialty beer called Bartrams Blonde, highlighting the federally endangered Bartrams scrub-hairstreak butterfly. For more information, call 352-273-2022. Libraries closed for Easter Alachua County Library District will be closed on Easter Sunday. All branches will be closed. Book drops at branches and online services through the Library Districts eBranch at will be available. All 12 branch locations and two bookmobiles will resume regular schedules Monday. For more information, visit or call 352-334-3900. Got something going on? Want to see it in this space? Send an email with Whats Happening in the subject line to To request publication in the next days newspaper, please submit the event before 5 p.m. Please model your submissions after the above events, and keep them to 150 words or fewer. Improperly formatted Whats Happening submissions may not appear in the paper. Corrections: In an article that ran March 26 titled UF counselor remembered for kindness, saving lives, The Alligator incorrectly stated UF student Livia Ledbetter said Roberta Albers-Seldman was one of the first female counselors. UF soccer coach Becky Burleigh made the statement. The story also incorrectly stated AlbersSeldman started her career at the UAA. Albers-Seldman started her career at the Student Mental Health Services, which merged with UFs Counseling & Wellness Center in 2010. VOLUME 112 ISSUE 74NEWSROOM Editor Managing Editor, Online Managing Editor, Print Beats Editor Freelance Editor Investigations Editor Opinions Editor Sports Editor Assistant Sports Editor Editor Editorial Board Photo Editor the Avenue Editor Copy Desk Chiefs Copy Editors DISPLAY ADVERTISING Advertising Director Intern Coordinator Sales Representatives CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING BUSINESS Administrative Assistant Comptroller Bookkeeper ADMINISTRATION General Manager Assistant General Manager Administrative Assistant President Emeritus SYSTEMS IT System EngineerPRODUCTION Production Manager Assistant Production Manager Advertising Production Staff Editorial Production Staff


FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2018 ALLIGATOR 3 Protesters walked to Tigert Hall on Thursday afternoon to demand that the schools administration forces the fast food chain to sign onto the Fair Food Program, which works to protect farmers rights.A group of about 20 students protest outside Tigert Hall on Thursday afternoon. They said Wendys was not serving the interests of migrant farmers. Protesters march on Thursday, calling for Wendys removal from campus. Wendys is not a member of the Fair Food Program, an international initiative to ensure humane working conditions on participating farms. Alligator Staff WriterProtesters walked from the Reitz Union, where the oncampus Wendys is located, to Tigert Hall on Thursday afternoon. They demanded UFs administration tells the fast food chain to sign onto the Fair Food Program, which works to protect farmers rights. Before they marched, speakers told the group of about 20 students Wendys was not serving the interests of migrant farmers. Organizer Daphne Fernandez said all workers deserve a living wage. Having Wendys on this campus is an ethical dilemma, she said. Fernandez said UF President Kent Fuchs should take action soon. We are going to pressure Fuchs to remove Wendys from our campus, she told people at the protest.Boot the braids: Students protest Wendys presence at UF


4 ALLIGATOR FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2018GPD WILL INCREASE PATROLS IN THE AREA. By Robert LewisAlligator Staff WriterGainesville Police are looking Gainesville apartment complex. to her lower leg. Police gave her hit the woman or her infant son trols in the area will increase. @Lewis__Robert rlewis@alligator.orgPolice investigate after woman shot in legBy Romy Ellenbogen Alligator Staff Writerment in which the two agree to tion. It was a learning experience for @romyellenbogen rellenbogen@alligator.orgUF reimburses Alachua County $67,000 for Spencer event By Robert LewisAlligator Staff Writer ran a stop sign for leaving the scene of a crash that @Lewis__Robert rlewis@alligator.orgMan walks an hour away from a hit-and-run crash Will Clewis / Alligator StaffPLAZA THRIFT SHOPPING From left: UF students Grace Gibson, a 21-year-old environmental science and political science junior, and Veronica Baez, an 18-year-old biology freshman, stand in front of a mat full of used clothes at the Clothing Swap on the Plaza of the Americas on Thursday afternoon. Gibson said the UF EcoReps hosted this event to raise awareness about the environmental impacts of clothing and remind people about local thrift stores. Granados-Altamirano By Amanda RosaAlligator Staff Writer @AmandaNicRosa arosa@alligator.orgCOMPASS updates UFs websites


FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2018 ALLIGATOR 5 1236 NW 21st Ave (off of 13th St.) OPEN Monday Saturday 11AMPM Closed Sunday (352) 260-6958A perfect study & meeting spot... URBAN THREAD OPEN Monday Friday 11, Sat 11, Sun 11HARPERS CORNERat URBAN THREAD2 LOCATIONS: 1236 NW 21ST AVE (352) 271-1179 802 W. UNIVERSITY AVE (352) 727-7500 By The Associated PressFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) Nikolas Cruz, the suspect in the Florida high school shooting that killed 17, is getting letters of support in jail, including fan mail and pictures of scantily-clad women, in addition to hundreds of dollars in contributions to his commissary account. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel obtained copies of letters, including one from a woman who called Cruz beautiful and others with suggestive photos. Cruz, who is on suicide watch, has not seen any of the letters, which are opened by the jail. On March 15, a teenager sent a letter from Texas in an envelope with happy faces and hearts. Im 18-years-old. Im a senior in high school. When I saw your picture on the television, something attracted me to you, the letter stated. Your eyes are beautiful and the freckles on your face make you so handsome. Another letter told Cruz to hang in there and keep your head up, and another mailed six days after the shooting said I reserve the right to care about you, Nikolas! Public defender Howard Finkelstein, Cruzs lawyer, told the newspaper his client has indeed received piles of letters. In addition, $800 has been deposited into a commissary account, which can be used by inmates to buy snacks, radios and personal hygiene products. In my 40 years as public defender, Ive never seen this many letters to a defendant, Finkelstein said. Finkelstein said they have read a few religious ones to him but will not read him any fan letters or share any photographs. The letters shake me up because they are written by regular, everyday teenage girls from across the nation, he said.Florida school shooting suspect gets piles of fan letters, photosBy Kayla BainAlligator Contributing Writer Sasha Brown hunched over a petri dish, poking gelatin with a metal stick alongside three other middle schoolers. I want to be a chemist when I grow up, Brown said. I dont know what in chemistry, but something to do with chemistry. Brown, a 12-year-old seventh grader from Howard Bishop Middle School, was one of four girls who attended the UF Women in Science Science Spring Camp. The weeklong camp lets sixthand seventh-grade girls experience different elements of science, mathematics, technology and engineering, said May Mansy, a UF biomedical engineering doctoral student. A maximum of 15 girls can attend Mansy said the camp makes concepts easier to understand by breaking them down step-by-step. For their experiment Tuesday, the girls made models of the brain by mixing agar, which is a substance similar to Jell-O. The organization aims to expose girls to different areas of STEM and introduce them to other female scientists, Mansy said. We are trying to show them that are other people like you who can do it, Mansy said. This year, the lessons are more medical, electrical, chemical and computer engineering, Mansy said. Khushi Patel, an 11-year-old Lincoln Middle School sixth grader, said camp, and she is excited for the food sciences experiment scheduled for Friday. I am really interested in science, and I really like this camp because we get hands-on experiences, Patel said. Throughout the week, the girls will use a machine to hear their heartbeat and listen to their brain waves, said Sarah Rowlinson, a UF biomedical engineering professor. I remember when I was a little girl at a science camp, and that really changed things for me, Rowlinson said.Four middle school girls explore STEM programs at UFKayla Bain / Alligator Sasha Brown, 12; Alana Keller, 11; Maggie Klein, 12; and Khushi Patel, 11, are middle school girls learning about brain phantoms, which are a By Cheyanne DurhamAlligator Contributing Writer In an effort to encourage students to use reusable water bottles, UF is offering free T-shirts and paddleboard rentals. Sports started a semesterlong promotion for Cupanion, a company that focuses on promoting the use of reusable products. By putting stickers with a scannable barcode on their bottles and scanning the code using the Cupanion Rewards app every time points toward winning prizes, said Allison Vitt, the outreach and communications coThis came out of a goal to emphasize reuse on campus, especially to incentivize students to avoid using single-use plastic bottles, Vitt said. Students earn one point with each reautomatically entered in a monthly prize drawing. Stickers can be picked up at stations outside Southwest Recreation Center, located at 3150 Hull Road. lets users know the equivalent number of single-use cups saved. It also shows how many more points are needed for the next prize entry. Incentives in February included a three-day paddleboard rental and free Stephenson, the coordinator for marketing and assessment at RecSports. A few sustainable UF prize packs including T-shirts, buttons and bandanas were up for grabs in March, and the prize for April has yet to be announced. We are giving students another opportunity to live in motion with us, Stephenson said. Isabella Keiser, 19, said students who use reusable water bottles would be interested in the active prizes. I use my bottle every day anyway, so it would make sense to win prizes, the UF psychology freshman said.UF gives prizes to students for using ecofriendly bottles


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.Editorial Column FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2018 Darts & Laurels laurel four companies dart world leaders laurel to Mary Chiozza dart to TrumpThe NFL has work to do before it goes overseasT Andrew Hall is a UF management senior. His column focuses on entertainment.The views expressed here are not necessarily those of The Alligator.Melissa Gomez EDITOR A bby M iller EDITOR Caitlin Ostroff EDITOR, Jimena Tavel Andrew


FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2018 ALLIGATOR 7The executive branch is the bees knees when it comes to running Student Government programming and getting things done. Now that there is a new SG administration coming in soon, applications are open for agency heads, cabinet directorships and executive secretaries. Judicial branch positions are open as well (the judicial executive branch). So what are all these positions? As stated on the SG website, Agencies are government bodies that specialize in particular student needs on campus and within student government. You can see agencies in action when agencies such as Accent bring in speakers for us to see or when Chomp the Vote has voter registration drives. You can see the full list of agencies on SGs website under agencies. Each agency has a head, and those are the positions currently open that you can apply for. Looking at some of the successful agency head applications from last year, I can see the successful ones had multiple pages of proposals, goals and even charts detailing the applicants proposed structure for the agency. Previous experience with the agency would likely help, as there are likely applicants who have already served their time in staff or vice-chair positions, but if you think you can manage something impressive, you should give it a shot. Complementing agencies are cabinets. Together, agencies and cabinets are the bread and butter of SG programming. There are 18 different cabinets under three divisions with respective cabinet directors and division chairs, and you can apply for both. A full list of cabinets can also be found on SGs website under cabinet. a number of ways. These people are responsible for Disability Affairs, Finance and Affordability, LGBTQ Affairs and Womens Affairs. Internally, these entities are supposed to do a lot of work in the communities they represent. Externally, the work of the different cabinets can easily be seen in the one-day fairs we see every so often, such as the recent SG housing fair. Finally, there are executive secretaries within the executive branch. between the Student Body president and different aspects of campus. In ferent from the cabinet, but nonetheless are distinct and important. Again, these positions are available on SGs website, but a couple examples include Academic Affairs, Campus Safety, Legal Affairs and Technology Secretary. Though each role is pretty specialized, it generally involves working with a corresponding university department or entity, advocating for students needs and making sure the president is up to date. Outside the executive branch are the supervisor of elections and the Supreme Court. These roles are pretty unsurprising and mostly match their real-world counterparts. The supervisor of elections runs the elections, and the Supreme Court, which you can apply to if youre in the Levin College of Law, rules and issues opinions on our law and SG constitution. A little bird told me Student Body Presidentelect Ian Green will be writing his own column promoting applications so Ill hold off on trying pens in the application process and what he may be looking for. What I will recommend, however, is that tion, give it a shot. Even if you dont get the position this time around, once all the agency and cabinet heads are chosen, these newly apstaff members, and applications will likely be released for positions like vice-chairs and general staff positions. It isnt over until its over. Questions, comments or concerns? Email Zachariah Chou is a UF political science sophomore and Murphree Area Senator. His column focuses on Student Government.Theres something about the books we chose to read throughout our childhoods and those we were forced to read in high school English classes that stay with us in odd ways. We often recognize the titles when they come up in conversations or when they are featured on banned book lists. The University of Utah is home to a large number of banned books and participates in Banned Book Week to raise awareness of banned books and to celebrate the freedom we have to read. From childhood favorites with a bad reputation to prohibited titles on prison bookshelves, concerned parents and parties have made some interesting challenges to books over the years. "Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak is one of the many fascinating additions to the banned book list, which is expanding to include books that have been challenged, but not banned, in schools and public libraries. Sendaks classic childrens work was banned in schools because some people felt the storys dark and occult-like nature was unsuited to the age group. Maxs journey to the land where the wild things are was considered too frightening for the young minds the story is meant for. This idea and the later banning of the book were encouraged by an article written for Ladies Home Journal by Bruno Bettelheim, a well-known child psychologist, saying exactly that. What (Sendak) failed to understand is the incredible fear it evokes in the child to be sent to bed without supper, and this by curity his mother, Bettelheim said. Though it has been banned in many libraries over the years and has made it onto the list of the most banned books from 2000 to 2009, it was most heavily banned in the South. Another childrens series that has made its way onto banned book lists is Barbara Parks Junie B. Jones series. These books chronicle the life of Junie B. Jones as she explores and creates solutions to common childhood problems, such as riding the school bus, swearing and the birth of a younger sibling. The books were banned by some libraries because Junie B. doesnt speak properly, and parents were concerned about their childrens potential to develop behavioral problems as a result. The possibility of bad behavior and grammar are odd reasons to want to ban a book. The middle and high school reading curriculum classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, has recently been challenged for possibly the vaguest reason yet. There is some language in the book that makes people uncomfortable, said Kenny Holloway, the vice president of the Biloxi School Board in Biloxi, Mississippi. Lees work has been consistently challenged and banned across the nation since 1966 for a variety of reasons, giving it the 21st spot on the most banned or challenged books list between 2000 and 2009. Concerned parties across the U.S. are banning books for more than dark themes and incorrect grammar. The Utah State Prison recently banned Robert Greenes The 48 Laws of Power and The Art of Seduction. Both of these works contain themes such as power, seduction and war, which Greene centers many of his works around. Though these themes drive many social, political or economic interactions, feared the books would teach inmates the art of manipulation. The Salt Lake Tribune stated the books were banned as a security working for the prison. Sometimes censorship can come as a surprise, and these shocking books are just a few of the many books challenged in the U.S. every year. Take a look back to a childhood favorite now deemed inappropriate and learn something from a book banned in your local prison think about how reading is a necessary part of our world today. A version of this column by Jaycen Eggleston originally ran in the Daily Utah Chronicle.Student Government executive branch applications close Wednesday: Here are some positions you can apply for Debunking banned books in the U.S.Column UWire Jaycen EgglestonUWire Zachariah


8 ALLIGATOR FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2018Taylour Marks / Alligator StaffJames Hudleston, a 42-year-old Gainesville local, performs the song Under the Bridge at The Swamp Restaurants live karaoke event, Swamp Idol. Hudlestons band, Subliminal Pepper, will perform at the same venue on April 7.Taylour Marks / Alligator StaffKendel Paller, of the Gainesville-based band Friday Avenue, performs a live karaoke set at The Swamp Restaurant on Wednesday evening as part of their weekly Swamp Idol event. Local artists, bands belt it out at The Swamp karaoke we are currently, Altamirano said. Altamirano said the center will request more funds again next year in hopes the committee will choose to raise the student health fee, he said. ported, I think its just a matter of when that moneys available, he said. cialists, who meet with students to manage their needs, juggle about 600 students each, he said. This means longer wait times to see specialists and more interaction over email rather than face-to-face. To combat the limited number of learning terns to lead support groups for students. It gives students another resource to turn to if the waiting period for their preferred learning specialist is too long, Altamirano said. Bradley Minotti, a UF psychology sophomore, said sometimes hell wait two to three weeks to see his specialist. Despite the backlog, his learning specialist has taken the time to build a personal relationship with him, he said. A few weeks ago, Minotti, who uses a wheelchair, found himself unable to go to class because an elevator in Keene-Flint Hall was broken. His specialist was able to address his issue immediately and had the elevator I think a lot of people dont understand all the support services that the DRC provides to people and how many people actually need them, the 20-year-old said. Marti Stein believes the center needs to hire another specialist as they grow. She said because UF puts emphasis on being a welcoming and inclusive environment, it should be willing to invest more money in the DRC. While the centers staff does the best they can with the resources they have, Stein fears it wont be enough if more students register. Theyre not functioning all the time at their highest capacity because they just cant, she said. As more students get registered, theyre not equipped to handle all the students. Along with longer wait times, the centers space is packed with students who need to take exams with special accommodations. As of now, more than 11,000 students take exams in the center, which means students may he said. Limited physical space is one of the most noticeable problems facing the DRC, Stein said. Students spill out of the study space when popular classes have an exam. She worthe students who need it. You can tell during a huge exam that theyre swamped in there, she said. Stein hopes the center gets more funding so all students can use the resources that have helped her over the past three years. ing you an opportunity that you otherwise wouldnt have, she said. Not having enough money to expand the DRC as a whole is a huge hindrance. @jessica_giles_ jgiles@alligator.orgFEATURE, from pg. 1Along with longer wait times, center struggles with limited spaceRobert Carroll / Alligator StaffCurrently, the centers five learning specialists, who meet with students to manage their needs, juggle about 600 students each. This means longer wait times to see specialists and more interaction over email rather than face-to-face. 1214 1554 1774 2099 2639 30552012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 Staff to Student Ratio Number of Learning Specialists Registered Students Total Students/Staff Year 1:304 1:389 1:355 1:420 1:528 1:611


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10 ALLIGATOR FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2018 By Jessica CurbeloAlligator Contributing WriterCity Commissioner David Arreola remembers sitting at his college graduation ceremony surrounded by his schoolmates. They were all worried, wondering if the time and money they had put into their degrees would get them jobs after. Year after year, said 27-year-old Arreola, who graduated four years ago, I watched my friends get their diplomas and walk off the other end of that stage, Six people gathered outside the closed Gainesville Job Corps Center on Wednesday morning for the Gainesville stop in the Ricks Recession tour. The events seek to hold Gov. Rick Scott accountable for conditions in Florida following the 2007 recession. Arreola, the City of Gainesville District 3 commissioner, was one of the speakers alongside others including Alachua County Commissioner Ken Cornell. The protest was organized by For Our Future, a progressive advocacy group that focuses on a number of issues that impact working families. The Ricks Recession tour website was launched last November at the end of Floridas legislative session, Williams said. James Ingle, the president of the Gainesville chapter of a labor union called the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, said some jobs have been created during Scotts terms as governor. However, those jobs have been low-wage, short-hour jobs that dont provide We need better jobs, not just more jobs, Ingle said.Gainesville commissioners gather for Ricks Recession protest tourJessica Curbelo / AlligatorCity Commissioner David Arreola speaks outside of the closed Gainesville Job Corps Center on Wednesday for the Gainesville stop of the Ricks Recession tour. By Davio RodriguezAlligator Contributing WriterAbout 80 people walked into the UF Innovate lobby Wednesday, surrounded by stacked two-story-high windows. UF Innovate, a business incubator located on the corner of Southwest Second Avenue and Southwest Seventh Terrace, held an open house for its new second wing, said UF Innovate Director Jim OConnell. Its meant to promote the success of start-up companies and the students who work there and provide internships to students. We all know what we think when we hear student internships. Unpaid, OConnell said. We think students should be paid for their work. The wing opened Jan. 2, and its expansion doubled the Hubs size to a total of 100,000 square feet, according to Alligator archives. Construction to expand the building began in November 2016 after available space ran out for companies in UF Innovate spokesperson Sara Dagen said the building was previously called Innovation Hub, but its been changed to UF Innovate | The Hub. The expansion was funded by an $8 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration and an additional $9 million from UF, according to Alligator archives. Director of Incubation Services Mark S. Long said the facility has 34 companies currently working in the building and is looking to add four more. John Harper, a 31-year-old UF College of Medicine senior, stood in the suns glow through the lobbys array of windows. Its beautiful in here, Harper said. They did a great job. It reminds me of a cathedral.UF Innovate Hub holds open house


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Freshman Katie Kubicz and the Florida women's tennis team defeated Arkansas 4-1 on Thursday at the Ring Tennis Complex. Opening Day RoundupTwenty-six MLB teams kicked off their 2018 campaigns on Thursday. The highlights of the day included a three-home run performance from White Sox designated hitter Matt Davidson, a two-home run day from Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo StantonAdam Jones. Follow us for updatesFor updates on UF athletics, follow us on Twitter at @alligatorSports or online at, MARCH 30, 2018 44 consecutive games due to injury had to be tough for Florida center John Egbunu. games of his collegiate basketball career? Now thats brutal. The 6-foot-11, 265-pound center tore his ACL on Feb. 14, 2017, in a 19-point victory over Auburn two seasons ago. It forced him to miss the remaining 10 contests of his redshirt junior campaign. He then missed every second of what would have been his redshirt senior year in 2017-18. It reminded me of the time I hurt my own knee two summers ago. I was involved in a knee-to-knee collision with an opponent whose name, out of pure coincidence, happened to be Michael Jordan during a game of pickup basketball. I half-walked, half-dragged my right leg off the court, hoping some ice and rest would have me up and at em soon. I mean, when this had happened to me before, the soreness only lasted for a few days. However, in this particular instance, it stuck around for an entire month. I hated it. I limped around everywhere, unable to hoop at the local park I frequented. I was as frustrated mentally as I was physically. But when Egbunu announced earlier this week that he isnt going to petition for a sixth year of NCAA eligibility and will instead pursue a pro career, I was hit with some fresh perspective. I had it so easy with that mere month of I feel a lot of sympathy for John EgbunuHuang Story Short / Opinion Andrew HuangTwitter: @AndrewJHuangBASEBALLBy Ethan BauerSports WriterIt wasnt long ago that Floridas offense was smacking hits and spitting homers at the same rate youd see in an MLB video game. It wasnt long .300. It wasnt long ago that UFs entire offense was feared as a national menace. But as the season has worn on, most players have regressed to the mean. Most, except for one. Third baseman Jonathan India, rather than lulling his foot off the gas, has accelerated. The junior is hitting .430 and if he continues his torrid pace could break Floridas singleseason batting average record. Hes not ready to talk about those kinds of achievements just yet, but with No. 8 Vanderbilt (17-8, 5-1 SEC) game series starting tonight at 6:30, Im just fully committed to it now, he said, and I feel like I wasnt fully committed in past years. That isnt to say India played poorHe hit .303 as a freshman and .274 as a sophomore, with a combined 74 RBIs over that span. But he agrees that something is different this year. That, as he said, starts with being fully committed. His newfound willingness to go the other way helps as well. India, a righty, has made a habit recently of striking balls to the opposite he hit a triple that reached the rightIm committed to the right side now, and I feel like in past years I really wasnt, he said. If you have the ability to trust yourself and go the other way, you can be a dangerous hitter. Noticing a theme here? He said he wasnt committed in the past, neither to being a great hitter nor going the other way. Now hes all in, and it shows. In addition to his average, which leads the team by .122 and the SEC by .017, India is second among Floridas hitters in RBIs (22) and home runs of only two other UF players hitting over .300, leads those categories by just one tally each. India wasnt having a breakout campaign when the season started, at least not in comparison to his teammates. Nelson Maldonado, JJ Schwarz, Blake Reese and Nick Horvath were all hitting over .300 until Alan Alvarez / Alligator StaffGators third baseman Jonathan India is on pace to break Florida's single-season batting average record, hitting .430 through 25 games this year. SEE COLUMN, PAGE 16 SEE BASEBALL, PAGE 16FOOTBALLBy Benjamin BrandtSports Writer He did it last season in front of ala game-winning 63-yard touchdown to beat Tennessee. And after just a handful of practices this spring, Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks did it again. He made a throw, and I remember I len), quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson just looked at each other and shook our heads. es, and Franks found himself in a situation where he needed to scramble across ceiver. Johnson said the pass reminded him of Franks game-winning bomb to over the Volunteers last fall. Franks arm strength has never been a concern. His new coaching staff has complete faith in his ability to throw while under pressure was an issue in 2017. Head-scratching interceptions and poor game management from Franks played a large role in last seasons inconsistency at the starting quarterback position. Neither Johnson nor Mullen have given any indication who they plan to start SEE FOOTBALL, PAGE 16


FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2018 ALLIGATOR 15By Tyler NettunoSports Writer Caroline May felt devastated as she lay on the ground. Just minutes earlier, the sophomore was running through drills at practice at Donald R. Dizney Stadium trying to catch the attention of Florida lacrosse coach Amanda OLeary. It was just a routine play. Caroline had scooped up a ground ball and tried to pivot. She immediately felt a twinge in her knee. The same knee that she suffered a She knew what had happened right away. she said. A torn meniscus. Just like that, all the promise she had shown in practice and all the strides she had made became moot. Her 2017 season was over. There was no contact on the play, just awful luck. After all, she hadnt played much during her freshman season with the Gators, appearing in only seven games. starting to feel like she belonged. Given how advanced sports medicine has become, most players can make a full recovery Between her freshman and sophomore years of high school, Caroline suffered a torn ACL, MCL and avulsion fracture of her tibia. Now, after her second serious injury to the same knee, her lacrosse career was in jeopardy. She had to come to grips with the fact that Chris May, said. For a time, Caroline didnt know if she form. Her dream appeared to be dead in the water. But after months of uncertainty regarding her health, her future as a lacrosse player and the impact that she always wanted to in 2018. After starting the last two games for Florida, she appears poised to start once again as the team takes on UConn tomorrow at noon in Gainesville. But her future didnt always appear so bright. Florida was always Carolines top choice as a recruit. Though the Sparks, Maryland, native had looked at and even visited several other schools like Maryland and Big East rival Vanderbilt, she knew she wanted to be a Gator. It helped that her cousin, Kayla Stolins, was a member of the programs inaugural recruiting class in 2009. Stolins didnt push Caroline, but the fact she had nothing but positive things to say about OLeary and the University of Florida certainly made a difference. Though Caroline preferred playing as a defender, she made a name for herself playing role due to a lack of offense on the Hereford High Bulls. Shell play any position, as long as she gets She quickly became the leading scorer for her high school team. Meanwhile, she played team. Her do-whatever-it-takes attitude caught the attention of Floridas coaching staff. While OLeary praised her lacrosse IQ, that wasnt the thing she loved the most about Caroline. OLeary said. Fun to be around, fun to talk However, OLeary would have to take quite a gamble on Caroline. Although her work ethic and passion for the game were undeniable, she still wasnt 100 percent healthy. Fears over a recurring injury loomed, even though she expected to make a full recovery. But in Caroline and her electric personality, OLeary saw a player who loved and knew the game and would be willing to take over any to help her team. OLeary and her staff made Caroline a priority, and any doubts she might have had about UF were assuaged when she formally visited I got invited down here and fell in love It didnt take her long to realize Florida was the place for her. Within an hour of arriving on campus, she told her mother that she couldnt imagine playing anywhere else. injury, Caroline committed to play college lacrosse for the Gators. After arriving on campus in the summer of 2015, Caroline quickly realized just how competitive of an environment Floridas lacrosse team was. She knew she was joining a championship contender, but she was surprised how tough it was to earn a spot. Her freshman year, her only opportunities came late during blowouts while a running clock was in effect. She was frustrated. She wanted to play. Ever the optimist, Caroline refused to accept her role as a bench player her sophomore year. She believed that she had improved enough to see more than garbage time. But she didnt get the chance to show it in a high-stakes environment. After appearing contributions, the aforementioned knee injury at practice in late March derailed her season and, potentially, her career. Lacrosse had been her passion for most of her life, and she had dreamt of playing at the collegiate level for years. Now, that dream was on the brink. To get this far and have it taken away from Perhaps the hardest part of accepting that she may not play lacrosse again was the fact After all, she hadnt played many meaningful minutes for the Gators. Playing in games that were already decided didnt give her the opportunity to showcase her skills. She hadnt gotten a chance to show what Caroline knew that she wasnt going to let the injury end her career. She was too resilient career. Rehabbing from a knee injury isnt for the faint of heart. Caroline knew she was facing months of physical therapy before shed be back in playing shape. And even then, shed be non-contact in practices, severely limiting her ability to compete with the rest of the team. On top of that, Florida had a stable of talBut Caroline remained undeterred. She spent the summer working, trying to get healthy before the fall so that she could make a statement during preseason practice. Even though she overcame her injury, and the fears of it being career ending turned out to be false, her situation hadnt changed. Florida natural position. She always loved playing on defense. While many players love the offensive side, dreaming of scoring game-winning goals, Caroline never felt that way. (Defense) is more exciting to me when She was in luck, because two of Floridas starting defenders, Taylor Bresnahan and Caroline Fitzgerald, had graduated. The Gators had an immediate need for defensive role players coming off the bench, and with regularity. So, she made the switch to defense. She would adapt to whatever we threw at Playing in her natural position, as well as line. Her improvement and drive wowed Floridas coaches during the offseason. Shes given us a reason to put her out into the game plan as a key reliever. As she had learned the hard way a year before, injuries are unpredictable and often times unavoidable. And just six games into the schedule, senior defender Aniya Flanagan, often considered the anchor of the Florida defense, went down with an injury. Flanagan missed the following two games, a matchup with Navy on March 13 and a contest with Vanderbilt on March 18. For the second game of that stretch, Cartime of her collegiate career, scooping up three ground balls and causing three turnovers in an 11-10 win over the Commodores. Flanagan returned three days later in the Gators next game against Towson, but Caroline had played too well to be relegated to the bench. Even with a healthy Flanagan back in the lineup, OLeary chose to keep Caroline a starter. This is what shes been waiting for. Being a After everything she has been through rehabilitating after two knee injuries, accepting that her lacrosse career might be over and out her dream. Shes not just on a college lacrosse team. Shes actually contributing to the success of a top-10 program. And shes enjoying every second, not taking a moment of it for granted because she knows all too well how quickly it can all be taken away. @TylerNettuno tnettuno@alligator.orgMAYS DAY: UF lacrosse player overcomes pair of injuriesCourtesy of UAA Communications Caroline MayPostion: Defender Class: Junior Hometown: Sparks, Maryland


16 ALLIGATOR FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2018 recently. The offense overall has lagged a bit in SEC play, hitting .250 compared to its season-long average of .287. Among the list of aforementioned players, Dalton is leading the group with a .240 average in conference play. India is hitting .571. Allen Trammell currently holds Floridas single-season batting average record. He hit .425 in 1965. India is on pace to break that, as well as to become the ninth Gators player ever to hit over .400. So what does he think of those unusual numbers? I dont think of it like that, he said. Im just happy were winning and that Im producing for the team. Florida (22-5, 4-2 SEC) will need him against Vanderbilt, the third top10 team in a row the Gators have faced. Theyre a great team, India said of the Commodores, so its gonna be a fun one this weekend. Im excited. @ebaueri ebauer@alligator.orgBASEBALL, from pg. 14India hitting team-high .571 in SEC play this year recovery. You know, Ive had my times, Egbunu said on March 2. Ive had cortisone shots put in my knees. I just had a procedure done the other day. I had to get a second opinion on it, because were not really getting anywhere. That sounds horrible. All of that, and he still didnt get to play. I cant imagine the frustration of sitting out that long, dealing with the pain and setbacks of the recovery process, unable to step on the court while watching my teammates pick up the slack I once held myself. Egbunu isnt the only Florida athlete who recently missed career due to injury either. Former Gators safety Marcell Harris suffered a torn Achilles tendon in July, just one season after he led UFs football team with 73 tackles. He missed all 11 games of 2017 in what would have been his redshirt senior campaign. Now, like Egbunu, hes got his eyes set on the professional ranks. Harris to sit out and recover from his season-ending Achilles tear, he said he tried to keep a positive mindset. You cant really look back, Harris said at Floridas pro day on Wednesday. Maybe me sitting out was probably for the best of things. You never know. In the midst of uncertainty regarding his physical health and professional career, Haris found a way to look on the brightside. He, Egbunu and all athletes who have suffered major, career-altering injuries deserve credit for sticking to the arduous path of reclaiming the player they once were. Andrew Huang is a sports writer. Contact him at ahuang@, from pg. 14 under center come September. But a lot of attention surrounds the 6-foot-5 redshirt sophomore who started eight of 11 games last year. Franks ended the season with 1,438 passing yards, nine touchdowns and eight interceptions. He is the only quarterback on UFs roster with game experience at the collegiate level. So far this spring, Franks has dedicated himself to learning about his game on the impressed his coaches in doing so. He has come in and studied, Johnson said. He has done a good job of coming in and taking it from the class to the grass. In last weekends open scrimmage, however, Franks reminded fans and mecan prevent occasional slip-ups after he threw an interception straight to the hands of starting cornerback Marco Wilson. Thats what practice is for, Johnson ence is lifes best teacher. Johnson will continue to give Franks opportunities to learn. Whether hes on the line of scrimmage or in the meeting rooms, Franks is expected to perform at a high level. We give (Franks) a lot of responsibility, Johnson said. He has got to come in and put the work in. @bhb1227 FOOTBALL, from pg. 14Feleipe Franks battling to retain job as starting QBAlan Alvarez / Alligator Staff throughout spring practices.