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By BRIAN STEELE
Alligator Staff Writer
bsteele@alligator.org
MIAMI You stumble in at around 5
in the morning. You're met headfirst with
a view of your normal weight room, your
sanctuary, warped into a Wes Craven horror
flick. You can't see anything besides the four
walls, because the windows are blocked with
panels. It feels like you're in jail.
All you can see is your workout gear, with
pictures of chainsaws and bloodied corpses
surrounding the area. Ropes and chains are
littered throughout the gym, symbols show-
ing this isn't your campus weight room.
Happy Valentine's Day, suckers.
Most of the Gators knew what was com-
ing, and they had goosebumps to prove it.
For those who had not been through it, they
couldn't have imagined what UF strength
and conditioning coach Mickey Marotti had
planned for what he calls the "Valentine's
Day Massacre." Unlike the actual Saint
Valentine's Day Massacre in 1929 in Chicago,
when members of Al Capone's South Side
Italian gang allegedly shot seven members of
Bugs Moran's North Side gang, nobody dies
in Marotti's version.
Death, however, doesn't seem that far off
at the end of the morning.
Let's just say this: Freshman defensive
lineman Matt Patchan and junior receiver
David Nelson call it hell. Maybe they're re-


ferring to the stadium runs the team has to
do after a two-hour workout, during which
the players perform each exercise from leg
and bench presses to sled pulls until they
physically cannot continue. Then, after they
can't do any more on their own, trainers help
the players pump out more reps. Try running
a stadium after your legs are quivering from
doing more leg presses than you ever have
amid constant yells from players wearing
war paint across their faces. Even the water
carriers do some shouting.
If you're not careful, you may even see a
50-pound dumbbell soaring across the gym
toward you, courtesy of Marotti, of course.
When asked about the Massacre, players
just start shaking their heads and laughing
in resignation.
"The intent for those workouts is not to
walk out of there," sophomore right guard
Mike Pouncey says. "Most guys don't walk
out of there."
Those who aren't walking may be throw-
ing up their late-night Five Star Pizza binge
from the day before.
Marotti makes noises that, according to
Patchan, sound like a "mating walrus."
"It's like an angry grunt," Patchan says.
"It's real aggressive and loud. It's like the
stuff that would scare children at night. He's
the type of guy that you don't have him tell
your son a bedtime story."
Those are some ways to describe that day.
Here are a few others:
A turning point for a previously imma-
ture, selfish and entitled team.
A challenge to see how this group of Gators
will respond when they're at their weakest,
when they're backed against a wall.
An opportunity to become the men they're
capable of being. As Marotti puts it, coming
face to face with your "genetic potential."
A time to learn they're not a group that
will give up when others stand up to them.
And, maybe, a chance for the Gators to
show they can be one of the most dominant
teams in college football history.
The Bad, The Worse and The Losing
The coaching staff knew it was imminent
in January 2007.
When junior linebacker Brandon Siler told
them he would be leaving early for the NFL,
the last leadership pillar had fallen. Gone was
Dallas Baker. Reggie Nelson would soon be
grinning his goofy grin for the Jacksonville
Jaguars. Jarvis Moss would also be lining up
against the best in the world.
The triumph of a national championship
led to a depressing exodus.
"The red flag went up fast," Meyer said.


UF running back Jeff Demps avoids a tackle by South Carolina cornerback Captain Munnerlyn during a 38-yard t
the third quarter of the Gators' 56-6 win against the Gamecocks at home Nov. 15.
[TOP] UF cornerback Joe Haden concentrates on the torpedo hold during the Gator Charity Challenge in Ben Hill G
July 25, 2008.


Harrison Diamond/Alligator Staff
UF linebackers Brandon Spikes, left, Dustin Doe, center, and Ryan Stamper stretch during the Gators' practice at Florida Atlantic Uni-
versity in Boca Raton on Sunday.
[BELOW] UF quarterback Tim Tebow runs an obstacle course during the Gator Charity Challenge in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on July 25,
2008.
He had good reason to be worried, too.
Those players were replaced with younger,
immature counterparts who were not ready
to lead. Comparing the summer of 2006 to
2007 is like watching high school players try
to keep pace with Percy Harvin.
"They just wanted to know, why are
we doing this and we had to do this and
questioning everything about everything,"
Marotti said.
The summer workouts weren't taken se-
riously. After all, the Gators had just won a
championship, and opponents were going to
let them win another one, right?
"Guys just went through the motions,"
David Nelson said. "We'd won it the year be-
fore, so we thought we had all the answers.
We thought we'd come into this year and
just expect to win. We just expected things
to come to us."
Things didn't.
"Selfish players. Individuals," Brandon
Hicks said of the 2007 team. "Anything you Andrew Stanfill/ Alligator Staff
want to call us, we basically were." "When push came to shove, we felt when "Everybody's screaming and yelling,"
They were a group of young players who we were going to be challenged that we were Pouncey said. "It's just crazy, man. That's
didn't yet understand what it took to win at going to have a hard time," Marotti said. why we win championships around here."
the college level. In high school, they were "That's kind of what happened." The players say Marotti has a lot of
able to just show up and let their physical A sign in the team room says that talent "juice." Now, that juice is available in fresh,
gifts take over. gets you seven wins. As Meyer pointed out, drinkable bottles in every player's locker.
"It really is sick- the Gators had nine Perhaps Pouncey will down a couple sips
ening to my stom- he t- the talent was while reading a statistic about an upcoming
ach when I watch emotivationfactor that (Marotti) there. Discipline opponent that sacks the quarterback more
film from 2007," ju- brings to our whole program is the best gets you eight to nine than anyone else. Spikes may enjoy a com-
nior linebacker Ryan I've been around from a strength coach." wins, according to ment about how opposing receivers think
Stamper said. "I see Dan McCarney the sign, and leader- they can run past him. All that while Tebow
guys that just didn't play hard. We're ship will get you a championship. laughs about the next defender who opened
playing for the Florida Gators, and that's Consider the last part graded an "I" for in- his mouth to call Tebow overrated or say
pretty much a privilege. We had guys taking complete. he'll finally have a bad game against them.
advantage of that. We have kids from all over "Last year was a really bad team," Meyer It's all about motivation with Marotti.
the world wanting to play here." said. "There was some good stuff, but that Meyer agrees he has had as much to do with
Slacking doesn't work in the Southeastern was not a good team. The accountability and the turnaround in 2008 as anybody else.
Conference. When LSU converted all five leadership was almost minimal." "The motivation factor that (Marotti)
fourth-down attempts in the Tigers' 28-24 Those issues were already clear to the brings to our whole program is the best I've
win, it became obvious the Gators could be coaching staff. They were revealed to the na- been around from a strength coach," defen-
socked in the mouth and held down. tion as thP Cators were embarrassed in a 41- sivp line coach Dan McCarnPv said "Thp


35 loss to Michigan in the Capital One Bowl.
That's when Meyer had a conversa-
tion that lasted at least an hour and a half
with middle linebacker Brandon Spikes.
Quarterback Tim Tebow, offensive linemen
Jason Watkins, Phil Trautwein and Jim Tartt
and tight end Cornelius Ingram knew this
was not what they wanted.
"We looked at each other and said, 'Man,
we got to do it (in 2008). We can't have an-
other year like this,"' Watkins said.
The Good, The Better and
The Winning
The following statement is unanimously
agreed upon: The summer of 2008 was com-
pletely different than the previous one.
Forget about overlooking workouts. Those
were more important than ever. Bonds were
built, and friendships that had seemed unre-
alistic became commonplace. Before a work-
out, Marotti would grab a player and ask him
about another player, someone Marotti knew
the player wouldn't normally hang out with.
If you didn't know the teammate, it was time
to do some homework. Whether it was din-
ner together or a Madden tournament, there
would be no more individuals.
"The way we approached the off-season,
guys wanted to get up every morning at 5:30
to try and get better," Spikes said. "We do a
lot of things that people really don't do, and
we do it in one day, at 5:30 in the morning.
We look forward to the next day, the next
challenge that our strength coach puts in
front of us."
There was no more asking Marotti why
they should do something. It was intangible,
sure, and difficult to describe, but it existed.
"You can see it in their eyes when we're
diamond/ Alligator Staff working out," sophomore free safety Major
touchdown run in Wright said.
Now, when Marotti goes about screeching
riffin Stadium on and slapping players on the back, they holler
back with similar intensity.


best I've ever been around."
The Best?
Meyer was standing before his team,
giving them a pregame speech at the SEC
Championship Game against Alabama on
Dec. 6. That's until Marotti couldn't take it
anymore. Marotti interrupted, blue in the
face, blood splattered on his hand from the
glass he had just shattered. Moments earlier,
he had flipped offensive line coach Steve
Addazio off his chair.
Marotti screamed that critics had called
UF soft, a finesse team. Players said he used
language that doesn't belong in a newspa-
per.
Not even Marotti knows where this side
of him comes from. Maybe it's that he was
the undersized kid growing up in Pittsburgh
who, as a sixth grader, wanted to play foot-
ball and basketball with the eighth graders.
"He must've got picked on when he was
little," senior Butch Rowley joked.
That's one way to put it.
"I just try to be bizarre and make the kids
(say), 'What are you doing?'" Marotti said.
Whatever Marotti did, it helped the play-
ers win another SEC Championship.
Now, they have an opportunity to show
how much those extra bench presses mean.
That running stadiums after the most dif-
ficult two-hour workout of their lives was
worth it.
Hanging out with someone they wouldn't
have before has led them to, perhaps, UF's
third national championship.
Meyer has kept his team's emotions in
check, made sure his players haven't released
all their adrenaline before today.
That ends now. At 8:17 tonight, the Gators
will take the final leap on a voyage that start-
ed last Valentine's Day.
It's their chance to have another massacre.
This time, they may be the ones administer-
ing the pain.


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Police prepare for post-BCS celebrations


By KATIE EMMETS
Alligator Writer
Kemmets@alligator.org

After the BCS named the Gators SEC
champs, the Gainesville Police Department
began preparations to keep people safe for
the post-game parties.
"We will be working with almost every
agency that you can think of in this city,"


GPD spokeswoman Summer Hallett said.
The GPD is coordinating with the
Alachua County Sheriff's Office, the
University Police Department and the
Florida Department of Transportation.
This will be the second national football
championship game for UF in three years.
"It's not the first time, so it's not like we
don't know what to expect," she said. "But
we're not sitting back on our laurels. We're


"We will be working with almost
every agency that you can think of
in this city."
Summer Hallett
GPD spokeswoma

planning like it's the very first national
championship the city has ever seen."


The GPD will determine the night's
plan based on the outcome of the game.
She said fans could still get in trouble if
the Gators lose.
"People don't realize what we have
to go through to make sure everything is
looked at and prepared to make the city
safe for everyone," she said.
SEE POLICE, PAGE 8


SPECIAL REPORT

Soldiers bond


over football

By THOMAS STEWART
Alligator Writer
..... Ctstewart@a ligator.org

For 14 months, their Swamp was the sandy desert
of war-torn Iraq.
u But that didn't stop them from cheering for the
Gators, who played about 7,000 miles away in front of
capacity crowds at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
Capt. Brian Hayes and lst Lt. Dezi King, part of an
81-member military intelligence company in the U.S.
Army, missed most of the regular season while serving
in Iraq, but they still made sure to let everyone in their
unit know who they thought was the best team in col-
lege football.
"It didn't take them long to realize that I was a Gator
fan, and it didn't take them long to let me know that
they weren't," said Hayes, who was commander of the
company.
Hayes said his company, which is based in Fort
Campbell, Ky., near the Tennessee border, includes
Tennessee and Kentucky fans as well as Alabama, FSU
and University of Miami fans.
Andrew Stanfill/ Alligator Staff The rivalries were plentiful, he said, but one set of
Championship Castle fans gave him the most trouble.
"Oh, god, the FSU guys are the worst," he said.
Professional sand sculptor John May works during the National Championship Fanfest in Bicentennial Park "They always come in with, you know, the biggest talk,
in Miami on Wednesday evening. Despite carrying a fighting Gator tattoo on his leg, he said he keeps bias and I keep tellin' 'em, I'm like, 'It's not gonna happen,
out of his work. you're just embarrassing yourself,'" he said. "But they
talk smack anyway."
SEE WAR, PAGE 5

RTS buses rerouted to steer clear of fan-packed roads


By MORGAN COLLINS
Alligator Contributing Writer

Buses that cross West
University Avenue will be rerout-
ed for Thursday's BCS National
Championship Game.


Gainesville's Regional Transit
System announced that it will
change Route 5, Later Gator A
and Later Gator C beginning at
10 p.m. to make sure buses steer
clear of congested areas.
Route 5 will avoid West


University Avenue between
Southeast Third Street and
Northwest 39th Road.
Local Later Gator A will
News travel from Rosa
Parks RTS Downtown
Station, head west onto Second


Avenue, cross 13th Street to
campus, travel through campus
on Union Road, Buckman Drive
and Stadium Road and return to
downtown via its normal route.
Later Gator C will follow
the same reroute to campus as


Later Gator A before continu-
ing through Fraternity and West
Fraternity drives to the Oaks
Mall. It will follow the reverse
reroute to return, according to an
RTS news release.
SEE RTS, PAGE 8


SUF cornerback
Joe Haden (right)
and the Gators are
looking to become
the second school
ever to capture two
BCS championships
tonight at 8 p.m. For
more, see page 24.


Disney's Space Mountain to get renovations
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Space Mountain one of Walt
Disney World's most iconic attractions will be closing this
spring for a makeover.
Disney reported Wednesday that the Magic Kingdom ride
will close April 19 so that the 34-year-old attraction canbe fresh-
ened up. Park officials expect the ride to reopen later in the year,
but no date has been set.
The renovations will include new track inside the enclosed
coaster, but the layout of the track will remain the same. A new
enclosure will be added to the ride's queuing area, along with a
new ceiling inside its prominent, white dome.


a UF President
Bernie Machen
created a council
to increase
diversity among
faculty and the
student body.
See story, Page 4.


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UF researchers unveil gadgets to fans in Miami


Air-cooled athletic gear, robotic car put on display


By CAROLYN TILLO
Alligator Contributing Writer

UF researchers took advantage of Miami's
BCS National Championship crowds this
week to show off their new inventions.
About 450 people attended the inner-
city showcase Tuesday and Wednesday. The
display featured a robotic car, air-cooled
shoulder pads for football players and a
self-guided underwater device called the
SubjuGator.
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the robotic car the NaviGator said the
vehicle holds $200,000 in hardware.
The renovated SUV contains five camer-
as, eight lasers, three GPS units and 12 dual-
core computers, he said.
Armstrong said people have a hard time
realizing the car is driven by sensors and
computers alone.
"There's nobody controlling the car," he
said. "There's no remote control whatso-
ever."
Although it can drive and park itself,
the NaviGator remained stationary with its


lights flashing while on display, Armstrong
said.
Temperature Management System shoul-
der pads were also featured.
Dr. Nik Gravenstein, co-
Student developer of the air-cooled ath-
Life letic gear, said the pads prevent
football players from becoming
overheated and dehydrated
during games.
Gravenstein compared everyday football
padding to a three-piece wool suit. The TMS
pads reduce the humidity under players'


uniforms by circulating dry air, he said.
"I hope they use them in the national
championship game," Gravenstein said.
The event's festivities also offered Gators
fans a chance to stop by a mobile video van
to describe how they became a Gator, said
Dan Williams, UF's director of marketing.
Tuesday's event, put on by the Association
of Hispanic Alumni, was invitation-only and
featured a visitation by UF President Bernie
Machen, he said.
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Protesters rally for Grapski


By KATIE EMMETS
Alligator Staff Writer
Kemmets@alligator.org

After 87 days in jail without a trial,
friends and supporters of a local political
activist are getting restless.
Charlie Grapski, 43, has been held
in the Alachua County Jail since Oct. 12
without bond, according to a jail repre-
sentative.
About20 protesters, includingAlachua
County Commissioner Mike Byerly, gath-
ered outside of the State Attorney's Office
Wednesday evening. They requested that
State Attorney William Cervone drop
controversial misdemeanor charges
against Grapski.
According to a Gainesville Police
Department report, Grapski arrived at
John Angel's house around 2 a.m. Oct.
12.
He broke a window and entered the
house through a side door after Angel
repeatedly told him to leave, the report
stated.
Protesters told a different story.
"It was a misunderstanding be-
tween friends one night after the LSU


game," said Michael Canney, a friend of
Grapski.
Someone overheard the argument and
called the cops, he said.
"He is not a criminal society needs to
be protected from," Canney said. "He is
not a threat to society or himself, and he
is not a flight risk. A bond should be re-
instated."
"It was a misunderstanding
between friends one night after
the LSU game."
Michael Canney
friend of Charlie Grapski


Commissioner Mike Byerly stood
among the neon-colored signs that urged
people to honk for Grapski's release. He
said he was protesting as an Alachua
county citizen, not an elected official.
Until Grapski is found guilty, he
shouldn't be in jail, Byerly said.
"Because of the jail's crowding, there
are not enough resources to hold some-
one who is not a threat to society," he
said.


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Rob Brinkman, left, Michael Canney, center, and others hold signs on University Avenue
Wednesday evening, protesting the holding of political activist Charlie Grapski, who was ar-
rested on misdemeanor charges and has been held without bail for about three months.


Professor donates $250K to spur creativity in entomology


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Alligator Staff Writer
Ibaker@alligator.org

Creative, bug-loving scientists
will have the chance to win some
money in the future thanks to a UF
professor.
Nan-Yao Su, a professor of en-
tomology at UF, donated $250,000
to the Entomological Society of


America last month.
Interest from the donation will be
presented as a yearly award for in-
novation and creativity in entomol-
ogy.
Su said he made the donation
following the death of Robert Cade,
inventor of Gatorade.
After learning that Cade's family
intends to build a museum honoring
UF inventors and their creations, Su
said he was inspired by their theme
of innovation.
Su, who has been a professor at
UF for about 24 years, said he will


not help pick the yearly winner, but
plans to be present when the first
award is given in December 2009 in
Indianapolis.
How the winner spends his or
her sum of nearly $10,000 is not im-
portant, Su said.
"They can put it in their pocket.
They can take their family out to
dinner. I don't care," he said, adding
recognition for the winner's creativ-
ity was the true prize.
Su said he was interested in re-
warding the creativity behind the
accomplishments.


He is known for his invention of
an internationally marketed termite
extermination system that uses re-
duced levels of pesticide. He said
childlike curiosity is essential to in-
ventors.
On While studying
Campus at the University of
Hawaii, Su said the
accepted method of termite extermi-
nation relied heavily on pesticide.
He touted creativity as the key to
avoid becoming chained to accepted
ideals.
"(Scientists) are very lucky be-


cause we're allowed to maintain our
curiosity," he said.
To drive home his point, Su re-
called his memory of catching drag-
onflies as a child. "If you look at a
dragonfly wing, you can see a very
intricate structure there. That is just
amazing to me," he said. "That is
some amazement that many kids
will experience."
But innovation is not limited to
the study of bugs, Su said.
"Creativity is needed every-
where," he said. "But I happen to be
an entomologist."





4, ALLIGATOR U THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2009


UF fines faculty for


not posting book info


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By THOMAS STEWART
Alligator Writer
tstewart@alligator.org
It took some time and the threat of a
$10 fine, but UF faculty are getting the
hang of Florida's textbook affordability
law.
The law, which went into effect July
1, states that textbook requirements for
courses at state universities and com-
munity colleges should be posted on
the school's Web site at least 30 days
before the start of classes.
Just over 90 percent of all classes at
UF had their textbooks posted on the
UF Web site by UF's deadline for spring
semester, according to UF's textbook
adoption Web site.
About 73 percent of professors com-
plied before the start of fall semester-
the first semester the law was applied


- according to information from the
UF Provost's office.
UF requires that faculty post text-
book information roughly two months
before classes start, instead of the mini-
mum of 30 days. This requirement
gives students more time
On to shop, and it gives book
Campus stores a better idea of
which books they will buy
back from students at the semester's
end, said UF Provost Joseph Glover.
To increase faculty compliance with
the new law, UF decided to start slap-
ping colleges with less than 90 percent
compliance with a $10 fine this semes-
ter for each book not posted by the
deadline, which was Nov. 17.
The money from the fines, which
hasn't been levied yet, will be given
to student assistance programs in the
Provost's office, such as the Office for
Academic Support and Institutional
Services or the Honors Program, Glover
said.


Machen wants diversity


BY CHELSEA KEENAN
Alligator Contributing Writer
UF President Bernie Machen is expand-
ing efforts to further diversity among UF's
faculty and student body.
The newly created Council on Diversity
will be in charge of collecting and analyz-
ing data from different colleges and de-
partments, as well as proposing policies
to increase diversity around UF, according
to an e-mail sent by Machen on the Deans,
Directors and Department Chairs Listserv.
UF spokesman Steve Orlando said the
search for diversity is an ongoing issue.
"Diversity is always a challenge that we
face," Orlando said. "It is difficult to create
that level of diversity where everyone is
comfortable and happy."
Orlando said the creation of the new
council is one way the president believes we
can achieve this level.
Several universities have taken similar
actions throughout Florida, such as Florida
State University, which is in the process of
creating its diversity council.


The University of Central Florida, Florida
Atlantic University and the University of
North Florida also have similar groups.
UF's committee will examine approach-
es by fellow universities, according to the
e-mail.
"People look for a rich culture
that Gainesville doesn't offer."
Larry Ellis
director of administration and equal
employment opportunities

Larry Ellis, director of administration
and equal employment opportunities at
UF, said larger cities such as Orlando and
Miami have an easier time recruiting a di-
verse student body and faculty.
"People look for a rich culture that
Gainesville doesn't offer," he said.
Ellis said the implementation of the new
council is a step in the right direction.
"Our goal is to have a faculty as diverse
as the state of Florida," he said. "And stu-
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Residents take part in festivities


By HUNTER SIZEMORE
Alligator Contributing Writer
The wait is over.
Tonight, Gainesville residents will
root on the Gators alongside students
during the BCS National Championship
Game.
If the Gators win, University Avenue
will overflow with excited fans.
Residents described the celebrations


"It's just a bunch of kids
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Bill Hardy
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following the Gators' 2007 champion-
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Editorial


BCS Filibuster

Machen ideology rocks

Capitol Hill

im Tebow, take a seat the Editorial Board has a new
hero.
He's dare we say a Republican. Enter United
States House Rep. Cliff Stearns stage left.
In just a mildly more important matter than a missed
class or four, Stearns petitioned U.S. House Speaker
Nancy Pelosi to accommodate his schedule with aspira-
tions of attending the BCS National Championship Game
on Thursday.
With hopes that Stearns could work on his tan and rub
elbows with the likes of Percy Harvin and co. down in
Miami, the Ocala congressman kindly inquired to Pelosi if
she would push the voting times on Thursday to a much
more BCS-palatable Thursday morning.
Can we fault the man for wanting to look good in high
definition on C-SPAN?
Stealing a page from the Bernie Machen playbook for
how to lose friends and alienate people, Pelosi pulled the
plug on Stearns' weekend jaunt that undoubtedly would
have included stops to South Beach hot spots like Mansion
and Club Madonna.
The Editorial Board feels for you, Cliff.
As the masses of Gators fans descend upon Miami or
stay local to enjoy what will surely be a historic Gainesville
evening, Stearns is no different a victim of an unapolo-
getic overseer clearly lacking any foresight.
But as stuffy as D.C. may appear, there is no s hortage
of bars that should provide Stearns the necessary libations
to enjoy his evening.
We all joke about how success at UF is something we
can take for granted, but who knows the next time the
football team will be competing on such a grand stage for
the ultimate in bragging rights?
While tickets to Thursday's game appear scarce, two
decades in Congress clearly reveal that Stearns is not some
freshly-minted politico looking to exploit his newfound
status.
The man is simply a fan at heart who knows that the
key to a well-rounded life is balancing his obligations in
Washington and rooting for the Gators.
And even though he lumped other Florida and
Oklahoma congressmen into his request whose signa-
tures were mysteriously absent from Stearns' memo we
can't fault him for thinking of his fellow football fans come
Thursday night.
The Editorial Board applauds Stearns as a champion for
fun in a time in which pessimism spreads across America
nearly as fast as Brandon Spikes will return a Sam Bradford
offering to the house for a quick pick six.
Let us take solace in the fact that UF students no longer
seem ludicrous for expecting a schedule change to accom-
modate the "outlandish" request of a repercussion-free
trip to Miami.
For all we know, Pelosi probably snubbed Stearns sole-
ly based on his party affiliation.
Hey Bernie, what's your excuse?
The Editorial Board would hardly be shocked if word
out of Washington, D.C., reveals Pelosi to be MIA come oh,
say early evening on Thursday.
Not to mention if she's seen boarding an orange and
blue plane as the guest of honor of you-know-who.


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Column

Bright Futures intentions fall short
T he first week of class is a wonderful, joyous week n other words, FMS creates an
it's financial aid disbursement time. So when 73 per- Johnathan Lot entitlement for anyone who meets
cent of you collect your Bright Futures checks, think letters@alligator.org pitifully low testing requirements.
about the implications of that money. Most of these students wouldn't get
The Bright Futures Scholarship Program has become any sort of scholarship to an out of state school, so it makes
a great entitlement that gives every high school graduate no sense to pay them to stay in state. Yet this program ac-
who can manage a 970 SAT hardly Ivy League a practi- counts for 75 percent of all Bright Futures disbursement.
cally free education. I say, abolish the 75 percent FMS program.
But this was never the intent of the program. The pro- The 100 percent Florida Academic Scholars (FAS) pro-
gram was developed to encourage the brightest Florida stu- gram applies to only the top 15 percent of college-bound
dents who might otherwise go to out of state institutions to students, so we should keep it as a legitimate means to keep
stay in state hence a well-educated Florida with a "Bright the best students in state. With FMS abolished, FAS would
Future." have plenty of funding. We could then afford to raise tuition
It didn't take long for the Florida Legislature, in all of its at Florida's schools to competitive levels.
infinite wisdom, to completely undermine every intention Since the FMS program makes up three quarters of all
of this program. Bright Futures is now a public entitlement Bright Futures spending, there would still be plenty of mon-
available to nearly every student who wants it. ey left over after raising tuition. We could use this money
The problems this creates become strikingly apparent to fund need-based scholarships for those who otherwise
when the economy is down. Bright Futures is limited to the couldn't afford college.
amount of funding it receives from the lottery, yet it is set up These are often the same people shut of out of Bright
as an entitlement for anyone who meets the requirements. Futures because they can't meet the arbitrary testing re-
This is great for students, even those who don't qualify for quirements. Gone would be the days of Bright Futures as
Bright Futures, but it keeps our higher education in the gut- an upper-middle-class entitlement it would go only to
ter. Florida is not going anywhere but down in the rankings those who earn it and those who need it.
if it keeps cutting departments because of budget woes. Those on the 75 percent program who don't qualify for
How can we turn this upper-middle-class entitlement need-based aid may just have to do something unheard of
back to a program designed to keep Florida's best and in our welfare state: pay a bit for college.
brightest in state? College is an investment. Investments aren't supposed
Look only to the program that has nothing to do with to be free.
keeping Florida's best the Florida Medallion Scholars So happy financial aid week to everyone! Enjoy your en-
Award (FMS), which pays 75 percent tuition to anyone who titlements, courtesy of the state of Florida.
meets the minimum requirements a 3.0 weighted high Johnathan Lott is political science and economics sophomore.
school GPA and a 970 composite SAT score. His column appears on Thursdays.


The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the Alligator.


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THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2009 U ALLIGATOR, 7


Letters to the Editor
Israel attacks not in self-defense
In reading yesterday's article
regarding the UF student reaction
to the conflict in Gaza, I felt that
Naomi Fireman's comments were
extremely insensitive to the plight
that the Palestinian people now
face.
She claimed that the attacks
were not meant to hurt civilians,
but can she explain how three UN
schools used primarily by civil-
ians were "accidentally" bombed,
killing more than 40 civilians? How
about the hospitals that have been
bombed with patients in them re-
covering from the same Israeli on-
slaught that put them there in the
first place? Or maybe the Israeli


army didn't mean to kill any civil-
ians when they bombed a mosque
with noncombatants praying in-
side?
Fireman also mentioned her
cousins who are not allowed to
play soccer because of intermittent
Hamas rocket fire, which rarely hits
anything except the dirt in Israeli-
occupied territory north of the Gaza
Strip. Although I sympathize with
her cousins not being able to play
soccer, everyone needs to take a
good look at the Gaza Strip, where
at least 100 members of my family
can't leave their homes even to buy
food and Palestinians risk death
staying in hospitals to recover from
their Israeli-inflicted wounds.


How is Israel defending itself by
arbitrarily bombing houses, hospi-
tals and schools left and right?
It is in everyone's best interest
for the fighting to stop immedi-
ately not for Israel to hide behind
its claims of self-defense in making
Palestinian lives a living hell.
Haitham Shriteh
3EG


Hamas doesn't want peace
What would you do if you lived
under the constant threat of rocket
attack? Since Israel pulled out of
Gaza in 2005, the people of south-
ern Israel have been held hostage


by Hamas. The truth is that there
never really was a ceasefire to begin
with. Since Israel left Gaza, Hamas,
which is recognized as a terrorist
group by both the U.S. and the EU,
has fired more than 6,000 rockets
into civilian areas of Israel.
Critics love to point the finger
at Israel for "collectively punish-
ing" the Palestinians. However,
isn't firing rockets at Israeli civil-
ians a form of indiscriminate, col-
lective punishment?Unfortunately,
Hamas has also decided to pun-
ish its own people by drawing the
Israel Defense Forces into civilian
areas. Hamas uses houses, schools
and hospitals as launching pads for
rockets. Most disturbingly, Hamas


uses human shields a blatant vio-
lation of international law. Israel is
doing the world's work by fighting
a radical group that has become a
cancer in the Middle East.
As long as Hamas holds inno-
cent people hostage and continues
to put its own population under
fire, there can be no hope for peace
in the region. Israel wants to live in
peace with its neighbors.
That's why Israel made painful
concessions to make peace with
Egypt and Jordan.The problem is
that Hamas doesn't want peace
with Israel. It wants an end to
peaceful nations altogether.
Spenser Solis
4JM


Guest column

Skin-tight shirts fail to make men into campus tough guys


Y ou've got to love fads. The concept is
solid gold.
Somewhere along the line, some-
one tries something different, a few people
decide it's cool and all of sudden the masses
are flocking to the brand new bandwagon.
Forget Guy Harvey T-shirts, Rainbows
and Vera Bradley quilted diaper bags it's
TapouT time.
Like it or not, mixed martial arts, better
known as MMA, has begun its takeover of
the standard UF male.
Don't get me wrong, though. This trend
has its upside.
MMA works in weight classes, so any


small fry can rock an Affliction shirt and
claim he's a lightweight.
I think a properly cinched rear naked
choke will make you think twice before you
stereotype a 155-pound string bean who
doubles as a professional arm breaker when
surrounded by eight chain-link walls.
Unfortunately for the honest few MMA
freight trains roaming campus, this fad
makes it damn near impossible to differenti-
ate the practitioners from the pretenders.
I'm a fan of the Ultimate Fighting
Championship and MMA in general, but I'm
not about to steal Georges St. Pierre's ward-
robe and walk around Gainesville with my


Adam Wynn hardest I'm-gonna-
whoop-yo-ass face.
Speaking Out Maybe I missed
the mass memo ex-
plaining Affliction's rationale, but the world
is not shaped like an octagon, and neither is
the UF campus.
Tough guy muscles can be left unflexed
as you sit through lecture.
Whenever I see a bro in his TapouT gear
at the gym, I can't help but wonder if he's
looping his would-be entrance music in his
iPod (which, naturally, is slipped into one of
those arm-hugging elastic bands).
If this fad continues to grow and every-


body decides they want professors to ad-
dress them solely by their inside-the-octagon
nicknames, I'll have to hang up my MMA
fanhood in a seldom-accessed closet in the
back of my mind.
I guess it's possible I'm oversimplifying
the fad.
Maybe this trend is no different than
wearing your favorite football team's jersey.
Maybe these are secretly the most comfort-
able shirts ever created, even though most of
them are tighter than Under Armour.
If that's the case, I deserve an arm bar for
overstepping my pencil-neck boundaries.
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GPD to grease local light poles


POLICE, from page 1


The GPD learned from former cham-
pionships, said GPD spokesman Keith
Kameg.
"The biggest problem we had last
time was with cars that were parked
in lots on University Avenue," said
Kameg.
After the national basketball cham-
pionship in 2007, people climbed on car
rooftops to get a bird's-eye view of the
chaos.
Hallett said that GPD is also greasing
the light poles on University Avenue.
"No one looks at the guy on the
greased pole as the cool guy, and no one
thinks it's funny when they are gross
when they get down," Hallett said.
For the Gainesville Police Department,
the game is a reminder of Lt. Corey
Dahlem, who was killed by a drunken
driver after the Gators basketball na-
tional championship in April 2007.
"Our main goal is that people have
fun. But fun is only fun when it's safe,"
Hallett said. "We don't want that to hap-
pen again to anyone. It mars the event


itself."
The Miami-Dade Police Department
is also preparing for the game at Dolphin
Stadium in Miami.
"We are hoping for a very peace-
ful event," said police Detective Juan
Villalba, "but we have contingencies in
place if crimes do happen."

"No one looks at the guy on the
greased pole as the cool guy,
and no one thinks it's funny
when they are gross when they
get down."
Summer Hallett
GPD Spokeswoman

Traffic is the main concern, he said.
Because rush-hour traffic can be bad in
Miami, fans are encouraged to arrive
early.
Uniformed and undercover officers
will be at the stadium.
"This game is something that we pre-
pare and train for to try and make it the
most enjoyable that we can," Villalba
said.


Detours help prevent fan injury


RTS, from page 1

RTS planned the reroutes after a joint
meeting between UF, the Gainesville
Police Department, the Florida
Department of Transportation and
the City of Gainesville Public Works
Department, which includes RTS, said
Theresa Harrison, an RTS spokeswom-
an. Officials discussed plans to prepare
for the championship game's crowds.
Harrison said the goal of the reroutes
is to provide reliable transportation to
RTS customers and keep revelers out
the way of traffic.
"This is a wonderful thing because
you know we're going to win," she said.
"We need to support it, but support it in
the safest way possible."
Other preparations for Thursday
night include blocking areas on
University Avenue and First Avenue
with dump trucks and greasing traffic


polls with PAM cooking spray to deter
climbing, said Gainesville Public Works
spokeswoman Gina Hawkins.
"We definitely know that this is a
good idea," she said.
"If buses are crowded or
rerouted, people can still find
alternative transportation."
Jason D'Souza
UF industrial engineering senior

Jason D'Souza, a UF industrial engi-
neering senior, said the RTS reroutes are
a good idea and won't affect his plans.
"If buses are crowded or rerouted,
people can still find alternative trans-
portation," he said.
UF sophomore Liz Guinessey said
students probably won't even notice
that buses are rerouted.
"Even though it's an inconvenience,
it will keep us safer," she said.


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Q0 Stephanie Granada writes about spring fashion and color
10" therapy in this week's fashion column. Added bonuses:
an interview and photo with a stylish UF student.
Sex columnist Ashley Ross gives advice on how to tell
3m if your fall flame has burned out. Also, Robbie Hilson
1 reviews the new All-American Rejects album.


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10, ALLIGATOR THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2009


fashion

Spring brings color therapy, cheer
STEPHANIE GRANADA AVENUE WRITER


The malls were packed, elabo-
rate sale signs hung decoratively in
store windows and anxious souls
swarmed the racks searching for the
perfect gifts to go under the tree,
but nobody bought much. Despite
the garland and 20-inch snowflakes,
shoppers were in unprecedentedly
low spirits this holiday season.
Perhaps it's the economy or the
warm weather that kept wallets
shut this December.
Whatever the reason may be,
designers aren't having it. In the
upcoming season, prepare to see
fashion magazines and stores burst-
ing with colorful, bubble-gum-pop
clothes, the kind of garments that
make you giddy just looking at
them.
I suppose the theory is that if
we can make people happy with
clothes, then they will shop. For
years, scientists have studied the
physical, cognitive and emotional
effects of colors. So far, they found
that cool colors evoke a peaceful en-
vironment, and bright colors excite
and warm the body. Color therapy
works much like aromatherapy, and
it is becoming equally as popular.
During the spring fashion shows,


designers took advantage of the ef-
fects of colors by presenting bright
and vibrant clothing lines.
Zac Posen showed a series of
willowy yellow dresses and blous-
es, and John Galliano's designs
ranged in color from cherry-red to
lime-sorbet-greens.
Children's prints are in full
swing too, with Michael Kors' pic-
nic table plaid and Lanvin's super-
tailored, Minnie Mouse-style polka
dot dress.
High-end de- On the Str
signers aren't Must-Have
alone in the color the perfect
craze. Shopping really like c
mall stores have Her Way: "
also started pull- old and nei
ing out the color contempor
wheel hues. For ex- opposites,
ample, the window boots.
display at Express Style Icons
in the Oaks Mall look to peo
has mannequins Liza Minne
dressed in jazzy especially N
dresses and shiny bloggers fo
tanks. What She's
Go head-to- cessories, a
toe with the play- ters flats, ax
ground cheer or
tone down a bright


blouse with dark or in Bloom:
neutral bottoms. Flavia Cervantes,
If you walk out of 19, a UF market-
ing student, in
your house this sea- Turlington Plaza.
son looking unusually Photo by Lane
bright, fun and young, Nieset.
rest assured that you
are doing your part in restoring the
economy and overall well-being of
the community. Now skip on to the
mall for a happier us.


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eet: Flavia Cervantes
s: "For spring I am looking for
pair of bright platforms. I also
versized clutches."
I like to wear a mixture of
w things, like vintage and
ary pieces. I also mix a lot of
such as girly florals with edgy

: "Since I have short hair, I
ple like Audrey Hepburn or
lli. I am crazy about florals,
intage, and I look to fashion
r inspiration."
Wearing: "Betsey Johnson ac-
Forever 21 skirt, Urban Outfit-
nd an H & M cardigan. "


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THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2009 U ALLIGATOR, 11


Band stages benefit
LANE NIESET AVENUE EDITOR


In a small village in El Salvador,
one man has not left in 10 or 12
years. So much time has passed
that he can't remember the last
time he left. The nearest stream,
which is barely a trickle, is a 10
minute hike over hills and poor
health conditions prevent many
people in the town of El Limon
from leaving.
On Saturday at the Kickstand,
there will be an Indie Dance Party
with DJ Cameron to raise money
for a public health project ben-
efiting El Limon. The show starts
at 9:30 and will
feature the bands
Starmaker and T
Waylon Thorton cau
and the Heavy Gainesville, t
Hands. Pre-sale the enter
tickets are a $5 --John V
donation or $6 the Starma
day of the event.
The show will be the first
event in a series of fundraisers for
the UF-affiliated group Student
Outreach: El Limon (S.O.L) and
its trip in May. This is the third
year the group is making a trip
to deliver medical supplies and
other donated items to the com-
munity, as well as assist the local


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clinics.
"It is sad to see a place that has
such extreme poverty is so close,"
said Mirna Patricia Amaya, the
co-president of S.O.L. "It is unbe-
lievable to see that in 2009 these
people have never had electricity
and they are afflicted with simple
and preventable diseases."
Some of the projects the group
assists with in El Limon are puri-
fying the water, educating fami-
lies about diseases, and assessing
environmental problems in the
community. With the help of two
medical doc-
tors, the group
e are so many eh
assessed eighty
s, especially in peet of te
percent of the
it it helps to add homes on its
inment factor own last year.
Iler 99 With the clinics,
er the group sur-
veys the needs
of the citizens and goes out into
the community to each home to
assist with primary care.
"It's a new way of reaching
people and we learn why these
conditions are occurring." Amaya
said. "It is strenuous work and
you could see why some peo-
ple hadn't left the village in so


long."
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ness. "The
especially
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factor," he
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personally


Students from S.O.L. hand out donated items to people in the village of El Limon.
This year, the group is look- people, Amaya said.
aller of Starmaker said ing for donations of shoes, chil- Susan Fesperman,
to play at the show to dren's clothing, dental supplies, president, hopes the b
word and bring aware- and computers and microscopes will help people learn
re are so many causes, for the clinic. The group's goals the group and becom
in Gainesville, that it for the future include creating a in the cause. "These
add the entertainment small community farm, bringing so little, but they are
said. "Maybe this will more water to the area, making and opened their ho
le remember this cause the community more prosperous, she said. "It is hard tc
." and improving the diet of the living with so little."


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"FOLIE A DEUX"
Because teens still shop at Hot Topic, skinny
jeans are recession-proof and Pete Wentz is still
the object of many tabloids, Fall Out Boy contin-
ues to release products under the this-ship-hasn't-
sailed "emo" label. Is this an accurate description of the band's
sound? Please. "Folie A Deux" reeks drama, from its meaty, disco-
nicking first single "I Don't Care," to the ohh-ohh crammed "She's
My Winona," right down to the pretentious song titles file the
song "Disloyal Order of Water Buffaloes" under 10 Phrases More
Preposterous Than "Folie A Deux." Thankfully, as evidenced by lyr-
ics like "Nobody wants to hear you sing about tragedy," the boys are
in on their own joke and pretty much insulated from backlash. Let
those of us without tight pants cast the first stone.

ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS
"WHEN THE WORLD COMES DOWN"
Here's a dirty little secret: The All-American
Rejects have no backbone. But then neither do
lobsters, and they're doing just fine. In "When the
World Comes Down," the too-pretty Oklahoma na-
tives pack all the punch of an aging Oscar de la Hoya, but when your
clientele is teenage girls text: omg! Gr8est band ever!!! substance
takes a back seat to confessions like, "There's a part of you that's
still inside of me." If you can stomach the gratuitous fluff, the big
melodies "Another Heart Calls," "Believe" go a long way toward
quenching your sugar fix. It's when the guys use their sappy sound
to vent ("Gives You Hell") that they run into trouble. Using strings,
synths and pretty harmonies to convey pent-up anger? About as
believable as Ben Stein the motivational speaker.




SRekindling fall flame

* ASHLEY ROSS AVENUE WRITER

* Ah, winter break. Plenty of time to Do not, by any means, play games.
S catch up with old friends, chill with Break can be like a long weekend
the family, cozy up in front of the where you just don't talk, and
0 fireplace with hot cocoa and mess things can pick up just how you left
around with the new iPhone or them. Or maybe you get back and
9 Blackberry Storm. But while you'd realize there's no point in trying to
think all of these things would keep rekindle the fallen flame.
* you busy, your mind is still stuck on But stick with your gut and the
what's-her-name or 'the boy,' also cliched advice to follow your heart.
* known as your fall fling. If you want to call then call. If you
For the last couple of months, want to text then text. But never
* you've been texting each other double text because you will look
every night around nine to see if like a desperate loner who didn't
* there's a chance get kissed at mid-
Syou'll both be at Both of you were on night on New
midtown later break, which technically Year's Eve.
Sand readily avail- means break from school If you run into
able for some tip- but can also mean break from them before you
* sy sexy time once each other. What happened actually talk, play
the bars close. it cool and be nice.
* You're not techni- under the mistletoe stays You must remem-
cally dating (far under the mistletoe. ber that without
* from Facebook having answered
official), but neither of you are cur- the infamous "What are we?" ques-
* rently listed as single. tion, neither one of you were re-
Then came exam week, and sponsible for contacting the other
Maybe you hooked up a few times over break, so you can't be mad
to blow off study steam, but each of if there was no connection. If you
you then headed home on different act upset or even show the slight-
* days without even formally saying est twinge of frustration for having
goodbye. With no classification, it's not heard from them, you may be
* hard to decide how to handle the categorized as obsessive or too at-
next few weeks of separation. tached.
* If this is your situation, then If things pick back up right away,
your communication over break congratulations. But be aware that
* could've gone one of two ways. it may not be smooth sailing. Both
Either you didn't talk to the fling of you were on break, which tech-
* at all or there were a few random nically means break from school
texts and calls. So, the question re- but can also mean break from each
mains: Where do we go from here? other. What happened under the
Who makes the first move? What if mistletoe stays under the mistletoe.
he isn't even interested in me any- So, whether your fall fling has
more? flung or has progressed into a
No matter how much or little spring fling, remember to take it
you talked to your fall fling over easy and accept it for what it was,
break, one rule must be followed isjr might be. Either way, you defi-
upon your return to Gainesvi Z'l/ M6t'g t it.


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1brs from $599 150 ft from UF!
$0 move-in fees! Move-in Today!
FREE parking! Pets Welcome!
372-7111 CollegeManor.org
4-22-08-72-2

Vaulted ceilings, resort style pool...
And more!! Your luxurious 4/4 is waiting!
COME IN TODAY
and receive a personal check for..
$300!!!!!!
352-271-3131
4-22-72-2

Action Real Estate Services
Houses to Condos
1-4 BR, Starting at $450
www.action-realtors.com
352-331-1133
4-22-08-72-2

Moving in the FALL?
Close to UF Tanning, 3 Pools
24 hr gym, Billiards Room
B-ball, V-ball & Tennis courts
352-335-7656 www.thepolosuf.com
4-22-72-2

Gator Championship Special

Sign a lease and get up to $1,800 cash
Visit our models and sign for Fall 09

Huge, luxury 1br-4brs with TVs in kitchen
Beach-entry pool*free tanning*pet friendly
*352.376.0696 www.EnclaveUF.com*
4-22-08-72-2

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 20090 ALLIGATOR, 15


2 bed luxury condos for rent.
Granite tops, tall ceilings, private balcony,
super quiet construction. $1600/mo.
Call Eric Wild at 352-870-9453
4-22-72-2

***4BR/2BA HISTORIC HOUSE***
10 blocks to UF. Near downtown. High ceiling,
wood floor, cent A/C, W/D, tons of character.
Avail Now 237SW4thAve.$980/mo 352-214-
9270 4-22-08-72-2

WOODLANDD VILLASOO
2BR units starting at
$695. Gated community.
Private courtyards.
M-F 10-6 Sat. 10-2
5950 SW 20th Ave.
888-803-7678
www.woodlandvillas.com
4-22-08-72-2

OTHE PALMS
Walk to UF
Spacious 2/2 condo
Guaranteed parking. Pool.
Starting @$1250.
230 SW 2nd Ave. 494-6027
www.gainesvillepalms.com
4-22-08-72-2

MOVE IN TODAY!!
Great Specials on all our units!
Minutes to UF, Shands, & SFCC!
1/1, 2/2, & 3/3 units available!
352-335-7656 www.thepolosuf.com
4-22-72-2

THE GROVE VILLAS 0
Rental Community
1 1/2 mo. FREE RENT
1BR Loft Style Starting at $600
Gated Community 6400 SW 20th Ave.
888-373-0849
4-22-08-72-2

1/1, Ridgeview, free water, next to park, on
the bus line, cent H/A, courtyard, 2 miles to
UF, convenient to shopping, no smoking, no
pets. $470 SD, $470/mo 562-2824 1-12-
08-35-2

STUDIO & 1BR Walk to UF
Available Dec & Jan 1st.
$410-$495/mo.
Gore Rabell Real Estate
378-1387 Gore-Rabell.com
4-22-08-72-2

2b,lb 1 block MidTown *
2 Car Decal WiFi-lnternet Washer & Dryer*
Jan-July 204 NW 18 St Manny 352 317 4408
1-20-08-41-2

RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT PRICE, RIGHT NOW
Steps from VA, Shands, Vet School & UF.
1 & 2 Bedrooms from $625. Grad student &
VA/Shands discounts Renovated units avail
Union Properties@Summit House 376-9668
4-22-08-72-2

Spacious 1 & 2 & 3 bedrooms.starting at
$525. $625 & $795. Different floor plans
some with enclosed patios or balconies.
Italian Tile, bedrooms carpeted, D/W, W/D
hookups, verticals Central Heat & air. Lots
of storage space. Near bus route .332-7700
1-30-38-2

SUN ISLAND
1BRs from $580 2BRs from $650
Sun Bay 0 Sun Key 0 Sun Harbor
352-376-6720
4-22-08-72-2


SERENOLA PINES APTS
Off SW 34th St near post office
1BR $515, 2BR $580
Call for daily specials
352-335-0420 1-30-08-48-2

WOODLAND TERRACE APTS
Off SW 34th St near post office.
2BR $535
Call for daily specials
352-335-0420 1-30-08-48-2


Available TODAY!
No move-in fees & 1 mo free
2/2 : 975 sq ft $705
3/2 : 1096 sq ft $866
pinetreegardens.com 376-4002
4-22-08-72-2



PET'S PARADISE
$375 $650. No app or pet fee. 1 & 2BR,
privacy fenced. SW. 352-331-2099 1-20-
08-21-2


Room in 3br house includes all
utilities,internet and washer/dryer. Ten min-
utes from campus. One at 400 and one at
350. 3331 nw 29th ave Call 850-803-5342
1-9-08-15-2


100+ Apts: Walk to UF
Live within 3 blocks of Criser Hall Studios
to 6BR Houses Virtual tours & photos *
www.ForRentNearUF.com 352-376-6223
4-22-72-2


Summit House 1 BR Condo for $605 per
mo. Quiet, near VA and Shands, $250 se-
curity. Lease negotiable. Call 352-672-1482
1-13-08-15-2


3BR 2BA House for rent. Privacy fence, new
wood floors, fireplace and attached garage.
Quiet neighborhood, Off Tower Rd. ONLY
$950/mth 352-494-6485 1-16-08-14-2


MONTICELLO CONDO 2BR/2BA
1 car garage. Pool & tennis court privileges.
Across from GHFC. No pets. $1000/mo. Call
331-6872 1-20-08-15-2



**3/2, 3 Blocks to UF**
W/D, Pets, Dec Free
$1200/mo. 352-375-8256
4-22-76-2


BRAND NEW FOR AUG 09
CAMPUS VIEW PLACE
2BR/2BA OR 3BR/3BA
Luxury Suites near Shands,
Norman Hall, UF Sorority Row
1240 SW 9th Road
Please visit us at the model
1185 SW9th Road 1-5pm
Union Properties 352-373-7578
www.campusviewplace.com 4-22-75-2

LEASING FOR AUG 09
Quality Student Housing
Near UF, Norman & Shands
1,2,3,4 & 5 BR Properties
List Avail Jan 20th!!
Please call or email us to
Receive a list before they
Are all gone!!!
Union Properties 352-373-7578
info@rentgainesville.com
www.rentgainesville.com 4-22-75-2

CAMPUS VIEW SOUTH
Now Leasing 2BR/2BA
Luxury Dual Suites
1185 SW9th RD $1000/mo
Close to UF, Norman Hall
& Sorority Row.
Union Properties 352-373-7578
www.rentgainesville.com 4-22-75-2

WWW.RENTGAINESVILLE.COM
Check out all of our available listings!
1, 2, 3 & 4BR Properties.
Many have been drastically reduced
For immediate occupancy!
Union Properties 352-373-7578 4-22-75-2

NOW LEASING
2BR/1.5BA MidTown Apts
Parking/laundry hkups
Walk to UF $850/mo
Union Properties 352-373-7578
www.rentgainesville.com 4-22-75-2

MOVE IN TODAY
Casa East end unit
2BR/2.5BA $800/mo
Pets OK w Fee
Union Properties 352-373-7578
www.rentgainesville.com 4-22-75-2


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PET FRIENDLY!
3BR/3BAw room to run
behind Hilton on SW 34th ST
Union Properties 352-373-7578
www.rentgainesville.com 4-22-75-2


Available NOW
1BR/1BAw/laundry hkups
Pets OK w/fee close to UF
Water, sewer & trash incl.
Union Properties 352-373-7578
www.rentgainesville.com 4-22-75-2


$995/MO 3BR/2BA
NEAR UF!! w/d incl.
2041 NW 7th Place
Large family room w/fireplace
Hardwood floors & nice yard
Union Properties 352-373-7578
www.rentgainesville.com 4-22-75-2


For rent 4 bd 2 bath with family room. Close
to university, schools, shopping and dining.
Great for roommate sharing. Call Bobbie at
352-514-6712 1-8-08-5-2


*CAMPUS EDGE CONDO*
2/2 Walk to UF, Shands & VA. Tile floor, W/D
in unit, avail fall. Reasonable rate. 239-250-
6149, 239-992-2449 1-30-08-19-2


5BR/3BA HOUSE
Block from law school, biking distance from
UF. W/D incl. Pets ok. Huge yard. $1600/mo.
Call Solomon 262-3472 2-3-08-20-2


* 2BR/2.5BA $725/mo.
* 2BR/1.5BA $625/mo.
Off SW 34th St. Close to UF, Shands, shop-
ping & dining. Fenced yard, util room. private
parking, pets ok. Call Solomon 262-3472
2-3-08-20-2


University Terrace West
1 Female needed $325/mo
Lease through July 2009
Union Properties 352-373-7578
www.rentgainesville.com 4-22-72-2


WALK TO SANTA FE
2bd/2ba $750/mo
1 car garage. dw, mw. wd incl
Fenced yard. Avail Now!
Union Properties 352-373-7578
www.rentgainesville.com 4-22-72-2

Mallorca Unit near Royal Park
2BD/2.5BAAvail Now!!
Beautiful, luxury townhouse
w/ garage. $950/mo
Union Properties 352-373-7578
www.rentgainesville.com 4-22-72-2

Visit www.gatorpads.com
for available units or call
352-284-0316 / 352-281-0733
Houses, Duplexes, Condo, Townhouses.
Walk/Bike/Bus to UF. Neat, clean, quality
1-30-08-18-2

HERE IT IS! RENT REDUCED...UPSCALE
Charleston Place Condo, 2/2, W/D in unit, just
repainted,all tile floors,DW,screened porch,
2nd floor, call 352-335-3787 1-12-09-5-2


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2 story 2 bdrm 2 bth w/firplace in Shell Rock
Villas. Nicearea closeto UF, OaksMall and bus
stop.$625 mo plussecurity dep $600. Call Ms.
Mitchell (678) 642-1223 1-12-09-5-2


2BR/2BA Townhouse, small pets ok! private
courtyard,icemaker,dishwasher,washer/dryer
hookup. walkto restraunts/grocery. $799. mo.
quiet neighbors. 318-0089 2-4-09-21-2

Room for rent with private bathroom in 2/2.5
townhouse. 2.5 miles from UF. W/D upstairs;
alarm; common areas furnished. $450/month
& half of utilities. Negotiable. Call Jenn (352)
672-0238
1-20-09-10-2

DUCK POND! Historic 3/1 house for rent in
walking distance to downtown, bike to UF.
Hardwood floors, large backyard. 723 NE 8th
Avenue. Cats OK. $1100/month. Call Kris352-
514-4544 1-9-09-4-2

2bd/2.5batownhouse. Petfriendly.Closetol-75
and bus route to main campus. New paint and
2parkingspaces.Rentis$750amonth plus$ 10
perpet.Januaryfree!!CallRhondaat(727)-243-
4688. 2-3-09-20-2

Roomy 1 BdRm/1 Bath NowAvail; Brandywine,
OldArcher Rd. $650 per mo incl. water. Ready
to move in. First floor, carpeted, private. Full
kitchen.Verynice.Call813-924-7192whilelasts.
1-20-09-10-2
3BR/2B House near Westside Park. Beautiful
hardwoodflrs.LgLR,DR,Family Rm.Dishwasher,
Cent AC&Htr. Free laundry fac. Fenced, land-
scapedyd.Monthly prepaydiscount. 1019NW
36th Dr. $1395/mo+Util. 773-206-1774 1-20-
09-10-2

House 4br 3 bath, 3000+sf, 1 mile to UF, w/d,
pets ok, $1900. 352-213-3943 1-12-5-2


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2BRhome.$700/mo.352-378-9220or213-3901
1-20-09-10-2

FREE SCOOTER
when you sign a one year lease. Near UF,
3BR/2BA+ Office, fenced, pets OK, lawn care
manyextras.$1650/mo. 1003 NW22ndSt.352-
256-3945 1-16-9-2

Rocky Point Apartments
3/2 W/D hkps Pets welcome!
$899.00 call now 352-376-1619 2-3-09-20-2

TheGreensatWestEnd-2bd/2bacondo,vault-
ed ceilings, computer nook, screened porch,
attached 1 car garage. Rent is$1100/mo. Call
Anna at 352-318-2183. 1-13-09-5-2

1BRapt.w/pvtgated courtyard located in small
proffesionalcomplex@3320SW23dSt.Single,
matureapplicantsonly. $540.00/mosmall pets
ok @ $25.00/mo 352 377-2150 Please leave a
msg. 1-21-09-10-2

Spacious 1BR/1 BA Condo
*Only 1.8 mi to UF
*Completely remodeled
*Pool,clubhouse,fitness center
*$675/mo. Call 954-650-8919 1-13-09-5-2

4BED3BATHHOUSEFORRENTSTARTINGAUG
1, 2009. On University Ave near the corner of
NW30th St. $2,000 per month, pets OK. Large
backyard and deck. Call 630-390-6612. 2-27-
09-37-2

BEAUTIFULCONDOFORRENT!FIRSTMONTH
FREE! 3 bed/2 bath, laminate wood floors,
fencedbackdeck, 1.5milestoUF!Allappliances
included .Available NOW! Please call(352)384-
3604oremailenkanderson@gmail.com 1-13-
09-5-2




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**Duckpond Duplex**
2BR/1BAinquietneighborhood.Closetodown-
town &on busline. Spacious, carpeted,W/Don
premises, D/W, Cent H/AC. No dogs. $650/mo
Available now 352-376-0080 1-21-09-10-2

POOL HOUSE AVAIL NOW!
BiketoUF4BR/3BA,over2000sf,nicearea mi
toUF.2816WUnivAve.$1500/mo orcandivide
into 3/2 for $1200/mo. Pool service extra376-
6183, 352-327-2931 1-13-09-5-2

2BR/2.5BA Townhouse condo near UF. Wired
for inet + sec system, W/D hk-up, appliances,
comm pool,2 MasterBRsw/own BA,Idealfor2
toshare. 1 st&secdepreq.$1100/mo954-805-
7827 dennismiller@tycoint.com 1-21-09-10-2

Duckpond
2 bd 1.5 ba 1200 sq ft townhouse in heart of
historic neighborhood.w/d Blocks to down-
town shops & restaurants. 508 NE 4th A ave
avail immediately $795/mo 379-4952
1-21-09-10-2

2/1.5NewlyRenovatedTownhouse.AvailJan 1st.
ClosetoShands, ParkN Ride2, andShopping.
Incl W/D, centA/C, Private Patio, & Pool. $745/
mth & $500 Dep. No Pets PIs. 772-538-5792 or
Itsao12@hotmail.com 1-14-09-5-2

1 br/ba apartment in Hidden Village off Archer
road close to UF. Take over lease til July 31,
2009.Only629.00amonth. Hugebackyardarea
for your dogs to run and quiet neighborhood.
Many residentseitherbus, bike, or ride scooter
toclass. Call 352-246-4630forthisquiet oasis.
1-14-09-5-2

01 BR/1 BA w/lg STUDY Great Location*
1blkto UF/ShandsAvail Now! Energy efficient,
some utils. Very spacious, carpet, decal park
Prefergrad student/mature. $650. postj@bell-
south.net 352-376-0080, 284-3873 1-30-09-
16-2

POOL HOUSE 7 Blocks to campus
4 bedroom 3 bath avail now till August
$2350 and $2550 for next year
1 roomalsoavailnow$400352-222-0211 1-14-
09-5-2


1 & 2 BD Cottages starting at $500/mo
Historical Downtown, WID hookups,
porches, Bike to UF 10-15 mins. Great
Size! Cute! Must See! $99 Deposit special
rentalworkshop.com 505-9264, 870-0904
1-16-08-7-2


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$425-1 or 2 females needed for Univ. Terrace
condo on 34th; utilities included; un/furnished,
bus routes 12 and 35; call 352.514.3398 or
email anu87@ufl.edu 1-12-08-8-3

Arlington Square (2b/2ba) -$1025/mo-
UF Campus/Downtown Gainesville. Avail 12/
18/08. Utils not incl. Must be willing to take
over existing lease. Security deposit free.
Contact sean6cly@ufl.edu or 239-410-1603
2-9-08-30-3

1Br/1BA FURNISHED in a 4B/4B @
Gainesville Place apts. All INCLUSIVE
(utilities,cable,internet) $425/month
FLEXIBLE LEASE TERMS
mxracer@cfl.rr.com OR 321-302-1175 1-
20-08-14-3

Sublease brand new apartment at the
Woodlands of Gainesville. 1 bedroom
in a 2Br/2Ba, vaulted ceilings, fully fur-
nished $660 a month. If interested please
call(954)801-7557 1-9-08-5-3

The Laurels 1/1 townhome. Private gated
community avail now thru Aug. W/D incl.
w/free tanning, HBO & showtime. Semi-furn
w/various amenities. $869/mo (negotiable)
Call Ashley 941-915-6439 1-9-08-3-3

Nice 2/2 apt close to campus and downtown!
W/D, dishwasher, ceiling fans, pets allowed!
availnowthru July 31.$800/month. 110NW9th
Terr.CallLindsey@561-398-6720 1-13-08-6-3

Sublease 1 BD/1BAunfurn. apt. @ Pine Rush
Villasfrom January to July. $529/mo + utilities.
Contact Paul at 352-222-0279fordetails. 1-9-
4-3

4/4 Fully furnished apartment with first month
free. Utilitiesincluded .$500permonth. Located
in Lexington Crossing. For more info call (813)
390-7761. 1-13-09-6-3

$425Sprigsubleasein2/2fullyfurnishedapart-
ment at The District on 62nd Blvd. All utilities
included (cable, internet, water, electricity).
Located on bus routes 20 and Lator Gator C.
Females preferred. Call 704-989-3168 ASAP!
1-9-4-3

1 bed 1 bath, part of a 3 bed 3 bath apartment
with two other roomates. Very spacious, great
location, vaulted ceilings. $385 a month. In the
polos,2330SWWilliston Rd.apt.2825.Call386-
490-5947 1-20-10-3


1BR/1 BA apt for sublease at Summer Place
Villas. $560/month, includes water. Available
NOW! Call 941-457-3444 or swatts@ufl.edu
1-27-09-15-3


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Stoneridge (3800 SW 34 St.) available im-
mediately. $365/month + utilities. January
rentisFREE.Greatroommates.817-504-6884,
KathrynL@ufl.edu. 1-13-09-5-3

SubletMadison Point. Furnished bedroomwith
privatebathand largeclosetin3BRunit.$450.+
Utili.Neg.Availablelmmediately.239-370-0418,
239-370-8201, 239-596-1901 1-13-09-5-3

2 BLOCKS TO STADIUM
Sublease 1BR in 4BR house. Share w/3 male
UFstudents.Available now.$495/mo.Call335-
4790 1-13-09-5-3

Magnolia Manor Apartment 2/2 $640/mo
spring/summer.Washer/dryer,dishwasher, up-
datedappliances.Closetocampusonroutes34,
9,36. No roamtowing.Available now. Call 352-
336-0000 or ashlei87@ufl.edu. 1-13-09-5-3


Roommate Matching HERE
Oxford Manor 377-2777
The Landings 336-3838
The Laurels 335-4455
Cobblestone 377-2801
Hidden Lake 374-3866
4-22-72-4

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Female roommate needed in condo
1 mile from UF, $455/MO includes
cable, internet, utilities, pool+ more. Pvt
bath,beautifully renovated, furnished, on bus
route, 262-2871 1-12-08-14-4

HANDYMAN NEEDEDDisc4wkShare2/2MH
Furn rm avail now $200 N/R dep. $400/mo;
$100/wk incl util. 2 wk adv. laun/cook svc avail
N/A,N/S,N/D.Cara+30daynotice2vacate.Nr
bus/shops Sm caged pet ok 331-0762 1-12-
11-4

Non-smoking, quiet roommate, m/f, needed
to share a 2 br/ 2bath townhouse asap. in the
Rockwood Villas on 62nd Blvd. $395/month.
MikeReed@cfl.rr.com 1-9-08-7-4

02 br 1 ba condo with 1 br for rent. Central air
and heat. 2 pools in complex. Walking distance
to Shands and UF. Rent 395/mo
01 BR avail w/private bath in large NW house
$425/mo. Call Mike 352-316-3930. 1-13-09-
8-4

Master BD w/ Private Bath
in 4BD/3BA house off NW16thAve. DW, W/D,
Cox cablew/networked i-net, newcarpet, ceil-
ing fans. No cats/dogs$450 incl utils328-4995
1-8-08-5-4

Room for rent in a 2 bed 2 bath house. Very
close to campus, large bathroom, New appli-
ances/furniture,w/d,dishwasher,flexablelease.
Call Terry at: 352-473-6930. 1-9-08-5-4

Looking for male college student (preferred)
toshare4BR/4BAcondowith same.Own bath-
room. W/D, high speed internet. Includes utili-
ties$475/mo (availableimmediately) 863-634-
1893 1-12-08-5-4

Very close to campus 4/2 remodeled condo
opensto lovely courtyard and pool. $425w/UT
cableandinternetincluded.(forsaleorrent)call
352-870-0291 2-17-09-30-4

Share3BRfurn.THCasablancaWestwith2UF
students. $300/mo., + 1/3 utilities. Smoking
patio only. Male or Female. Avail. now. Near
busstop.786.514.5319(Max)or786.299.8626
1-13-09-6-4


Male roommate needed. Share furn 3BR/2BA
house w/yng prof $400/mo +1/2 util Directv,
ph, wireless, Vonage, elec. W/D, ofc space
pvt BA (morn) Ig yd fenced, pets ok, trees,
wooddeck, hottub, pond. UF-15 min drive,
near bus, Lakeview Ests 352-682-6297
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PEACE,PETS,TREES&GREATROOMMATES!1BR
available in house near all!. See craigslisting:
https://post.craigslist.org/manage/975799217/
gsyua for more/contact info. 1-13-09-5-4

2ROOMSAVAILABLEFORFEMALESONLY
in 4/2.5townhouse. $475/mo/room.AII includ-
ed. 754-204-1624 1-30-09-17-4

female wanted to share brand new
3br/3ba home near campus. washer
& dryer included. $500 plus 1/3
utilities, non-smoking, serious
students only. 813-610-1698 1-16-7-4

WALK TO UF 1 bdrm in 4/2 house
Female Roommate Needed Immediately
$499/month + util. Full bed &Wireless internet
included; Plenty of Parking
Ifinterested,callSarah561-843-7452 1-16-09-
7-4

Looking for quiet roommate to share 3BR/3BA
house.$380/mo includes utils. Haspool,tennis
and clubhouse. Call 352-328-8299 or
robertoleider@gmail.com 1-14-09-5-4

Roommate needed 2BR/2.5Bafu rn town home
in Brighton Park on bus route to UF every 15
mins. $400/mo + utils. No lease required. Call
Bobby 352-665-0751 1-14-08-5-4


Sell your house, condo, acreage, mobile
home and much more in the ALLIGATOR
CLASSIFIEDS! Reach thousands of pos-
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over the phone, by fax, email or CHECK
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SEE ALL CONDOS
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Matt Price Campus Realty, 352-281-3551
4-22-72-5

NEW CONDOS -WALK to UF
3BlkstoUF. ForlnfoonALL1,2,3,4 Bedrooms
forSale,CallEricLeightman,CampusRealtyat
352-219-2879. 4-22-72-5







Brand new luxury condos starting at $220k.
Granite tops, tall ceilings, private balcony,
steel & concrete construction, alarm system.
Call Eric Wild at 352-870-9453 4-22-72-5

AFFORDABLE LUXURY NEW CONSTRUC-
TION NEAR UF, SHANDS, LAW SCHOOL
2Bed/3 Full Baths + Office. Granite
Counters, 2 Direct Bus Stops to UF. Matt
Price, Campus Realty 352-281-3551
4-22-72-5

CONDOS AT UF
www.CONDOSatUF.com
Matt & Tiffany Thomas, Bosshardt Realty
(352) 494-0194 or (352) 316-5556 2-17-
60-5

3/2 split plan in NW Gainesville $196,000
Talbot district, Large Master Bed & Bath,
view of Pond & Woods, Bonus Room.
b.wunderlich@juno.com or 706.691.9784
1-8-08-7-5

Condos for sale near UF/Shands!!
Many affordable units available.
Call Carolyn/Maureen at:
(352)284-4428 or (386)365-8590
@Matchmaker Realty. 1-30-09-21-5

107 BAY CT CRESCENT CITY 4.05 ACRE
-NO
IMPACT FEE 30K ALSO 4.48 ACRES IN
FLORAHOME
FOR 31K 208 S WAHOO MUST SELL
8138925060 1-9-5-5

1 Bdrm 1 Ba. Condo
$85,000 OBO.
904-687-0634 1-12-5-5


BED QUEEN $110 ORTHOPEDIC
Extra thick, pillow-top, mattress & box. Name
brand, new, still in plastic. Call 352-372-7490
will deliver. 4-22-08-72-6

BED FULL SIZE $90 ORTHOPEDIC
Pillow-top mattress & box. New, unused, still
in plastic w/warranty. Can deliver. Call 352-
377-9846 4-22-08-72-6

MICROFIBER SOFA & LOVESEAT $400
Brand new still packaged w/warranty. Must
sell. Can deliver. Retail $1600. 352-372-7490
4-22-08-72-6

BED KING $170 PILLOWTOP
mattress & box springs. Orthopedic rated.
Name brand, new, never been used, in plas-
tic with warranty. Call 352-372-8588. Can
deliver. 4-22-08-72-6

CHERRY SLEIGH BED solid with Pillowtop
Mattress & Box. All new still boxed. Cost
$1500, sacrifice $450 352-333-7516

Sofa $175 Brand new in pkg 333-7516
4-22-72-6

BEDROOM SET. 7pc Cherry, Queen/ king
bed, dresser w/mirror, 2 nightstands, chests
avail. Dovetail const. New, in boxes. Can de-
liver. Retail $6500, must sell, sacrifice $1100
(352) 372-7490 4-22-08-72-6

SOFA & LOVESEAT 100% Italian leather.
Brand new in plastic w/warranty. Retail
$2650. Sacrifice $750. Call 352-377-9846
4-22-08-72-6

DINING ROOM Beautiful cherry set w/table,
6 Chippendale chairs, hutch & buffet. New,
still in boxes. Retail $5200, sacrifice $1100.
Must sell. Can deliver. 352-372-8588 4-
22-72-6

FUTON Solid oak mission-style frame w/
mattress. New, in box. $140 332-9899

DINETTE SET 5pc $120 Brand new in box.
Never used. 352-377-9846 4-22-08-72-6

**BEDS -ALL BRAND NEW**
**Full $100 Queen $125 King $200**
Orthopedic pillow-top sets. Brand name
matching sets not used or refurbished. Still
in plastic, direct from factory! 352-333-7516.
4-22-72-6

BED- QUEEN New orthopedic pillowtop mat-
tress and boxspring set. Brand name, brand
new, still in plastic with warranty. Can deliver.
$120 352-377-9846. 4-22-72-6

Bed- All New King! 3pc Orthopedic pillowtop
mattress set. Brand NEW, still in plastic with
warranty. Can deliver. $200 352-333-7516.
4-22-72-6

BEDROOM SET- $300 BRAND NEW
Still in boxes! 6 pieces include: Headboard,
2 Nightstands, Dresser, Mirror, Chest. Must
sell, can deliver. 352-377-9846. 4-22-08-
72-6

FUTON $60 Solid Oak Mission Style. With
plush mattress $140. All brand NEW still in
box. Can deliver. 352-333-7516 4-22-72-6

Bed-FULL size pillowtop mattress & box.
New in plastic, warr. Can del. $100 317-4031

SOFA$185 Brand new! Love seat $150 still in
pkg. Can del 352-333-7516 4-22-72-6


CASH PAID FOR LAPTOP'S
Buy Sell Trade Any Condition
336-0075 www.pcrecycle.biz Joel 4-22-
08-72-7

COMPUTER & LAPTOP REPAIRS
Network specialists
We buy computers and laptops
Working and Non-working
378-4009, 607 NW 13th Street
4-22-08-72-7








4-22-70-7
4-22-70-7


Computer Help Fast Gatorland Computers
House/Dorm Fast response. No waiting/un-
plugging/hassels. $30 Gator discount w/ID.
Certified MCSE Technicians. 338-8041. www.
GatorlandComputers.com 4-22-70-7


In the market for a new set of wheels or just
looking to add a second to that collection?
Want personalized handlebarsorafitted seat?
Check in the Alligator Classifieds

NEW & USED BIKES FOR SALE
WE REPAIR ALL BRANDS
Best Prices in Town *
SPIN CYCLE 373-3355
424 W UNIV AVE (DOWNTOWN)
4-22-72-9





PARKING:
Private, Secure, Guaranteed. 60 sec to UF.
Reserve now! Reasonable rates. 352-538-
2181. Can leave mssg. 4-22-08-72-10

UF SURPLUS EQUIPMENTAUCTIONS
are underway...
bikes, computers, printers, vehicles & more.
All individuals interested in bidding go to:
http://www.surplus.ufl.edu/online/ 392-0370
4-22-08-72-10

PARKING 60 SECONDS TO UF.
NexttoMcDonalds NW13th St. Callforsemes-
ter rates: 352-538-2454. 1-12-09-5-10


00000* SCOOTERS 00000*
RPM MOTORCYCLES INC
SALES, SERVICE, PARTS
Many Brands Available 518 SE 2nd St.
www.RPMmotorcycles.com 377-6974
4-22-08-72-11

*****New Scooters 4 Less*****
Motor Scooter Sales and Service!
Great Scooters, Service & Prices!
118 NW 14th Ave, Ste D, 336-1271
www.NS4L.com
4-22-08-72-11

***GatorMoto***
Largest Scooter Store in Town! Run by Gator
Grads! New scooters starting at$999. No legit
shop can beat these prices! lyr Warranties
included. 376-6275GatorMoto.com 4-22-
08-72-11

SCOOTER SERVICE
New Scooters 4 Less has LOW service rates!
Will service any make/model. Close to UF!
Pick-ups avail $19.99 oil changes!! 336-1271
4-22-08-72-11

***www.BuyMyScooter.com***
Buy A New Scooter, Buy A Used Scooter
All on one site! Check the website or call
336-1271 for more info! 4-22-08-72-11

GATORMOTO Gville's #1 service facility. We
repair ALL brands of scooters. Pickups avail-
able. Lowest labor rates around. Quickest
turnaround time. Run by Gator Grads so we
know how to treat our customers! 376-6275
4-22-08-72-11


SWAMP CYCLES
Closest to Campus. Largest selection,
Best Customer Service.
Motorcycles,ScootersAccessories,andService.
633 NW13thStreet www.swampcycles.com
4-22-72-11

***SOLANO CYCLE***
Scooters from $799. Largest selection from
KYMCO, Daelim, Hyosung, Adly, Genuine,
Estblished 10 yrs, 2 yr warranties
1024 S Main St 338-8450 solanocycle.com
4-22-08-72-11


*FAST CASH FOR ALMOST ANY CARS*
*Running or not!*
*NEED HONDA, TOYOTA, PICKUPS
*Over 15 yr svc to UF students
*Call Don @ 215-7987 4-22-08-72-12

CARS CARS Buy*SellOTrade
Clean BMW, Volvo, Mercedes
Toyota, Honda, Nissan cars
3432 N Main St. www.carrsmith.com
CARRSMITH AUTO SALES 373-1150
4-22-72-12

$500! POLICE IMPOUNDS!
HONDAS, CHEVYS, TOYOTAS, ETC.
For listings 800-366-9813 ext 4622
4-22-72-12


CARS FROM $29/MO!
Hondas 0 Chevys 0 Jeeps and more!
$0 Down, 36 Months @ 8.5% apr.
For listings call 800-366-9813 ext 9765
4-22-72-12


*FAST CASH PAID*
For any running cars or trucks. 1995 and
up. Clean or ugly. Segovia 352-284-8619
4-22-72-12

*****ATTENTION*****
*****SUN CITY AUTO SALESOOOOO
WHY PAY MORE? YOU COULD PAY LESS!
300+ vehicles @ wholesale prices 338-1999
4-22-08-72-12

2003 Honda Civic LX sedan 98k automatic,
AC, CD, silver with gray cloth, power every-
thing, very clean, $8,400 OBO 352.514.1800
- pics: lunadog@cox.net 1-8-9-12

$$ CASH TODAY! $$
For your unwanted cars
Junk!! Trucks, RVS & Wrecks!!!
TOP DOLLAR PAID!
386-234-0072 & 386-234-0075
1-12-08-10-12

2002NISSANSentraGXE.90250mi,runssmooth-
ly and has never broken down. Blackwith gray
cloth interior. Power locks,windows and mir-
rors work perfectly.Cold AC. Maintenance up
to date. Good deal/Negotiable.Interested call
3528707022 1-13-5-12




LOCAL ARTIST NEEDS:
* Gold Diamonds Gems Class Rings
* ETC Top Cash $$$ or Trade *
OZZIE'S FINE JEWELRY 373-9243. 4-22-
72-13

UF GRAD PAYS MORE
for gold jewelry, scrap gold, Rolex, diamonds,
guitars, etc. Top $$$. Get my offer before you
sell! Call Jim 376-8090 or 222-8090 4-22-
08-72-13


BE AN INSPIRATION!
Take a blind lady to Mass on Sundays and
for walks and shopping as needed. We'll
have lots of fun! And you will make a new
friend! Contact 219-6948. 12-10-08-74-13

The American Cancer Society
Road to Recovery Volunteers Needed!
VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED
to transport cancer patients to treatment.
Flexible schedule.
Training and liability insurance provided.
Please call
352-376-6866 ext. 5079 if interested.


This newspaper assumes no responsibil-
ity for injury or loss arising from contacts
made through advertising. We suggest that
any reader who responds to advertising use
caution and investigate the sincerity of the
advertiser before giving out personal infor-
mation or arranging meetings

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alligator

FULL-TIME ACCOUNTING CLERK

Full-time position in accounts receiveable.
Must be able to work from 8am-5pm, M-F.
This position combines billing with sales
related reports, cash receipts posting, mark-
ing up the paper, etc. Communication skills
with customers and students important.
QuickBooks and Excel spreadsheets experi-
ence preferred.

Please send resume, along with a cover
letter, to: Business Office, The Independent
Florida Alligator, PO Box 14257, Gainesville,
FL 32604-2257. Email:
rmalloy@alligator.org AND
tcarey@alligator.org or
Fax 352-376-4556.
No phone calls please.
EOE

LIKE TO WORK WITH LUXURY CARS?
Bright? Enthusiastic? Like people? Must be
over 22, stable work history, clean driving
record, drug-free, perssonal references.
www.carrsmith.com for details. 4-22-72-14

EARN $60 THIS WEEK!
Donate Plasma & Save a Life
$$$$$$$$$$$$
Best part-time job you'll ever have.
NEW DONORS
Bring this Ad and Earn an
Extra $5 on Your 2nd Donation.
DCI Biologicals 150 NW6th St.
352-378-9204
4-22-08-72-14

$STUDENTS GET CASH ON THE SPOT$
For gently used clothing/accessories & fur-
niture. No appt.necessary! Sandy's Savvy
Chic Resale Boutique 2906 NW 13th St. 372-
1226 4-22-08-72-14

Now you can easily
submit your classified ad
for print and/or web editions
right thru our website!
Just go to
www.alligator.org/classifieds
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18, ALLIGATOR THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2009


BARTENDING
$250 A DAY POTENTIAL
No experience necessary, training provided.
800-965-6520 ext 138 4-22-08-72-14

CNA TRAINING CLASS: $250! Work at your
own time & pace in your own home! To get
program on DVD's call 352-597-2559. For
online program visit www.lapcnatraining.com
Get started right away! 4-22-72-14

Tired of Working Retail?
Local real estate co. hiring part-time Sales &
Leasing Associates. Need previous sales
or retail exp & outgoing personality. No real
estate exp req (training provided). Bonuses
& benefits. Send resume, cover letter & avail
schedule to hr@trimarkproperties.com
4-22-72-14

*IT/Programming Internship. Local invest-
ment firm seeks individual to work PT/FT
with SQL, HTML, ASP, databases, servers,
and networks. 2+ yrs exp pref. $15-20 per
hour + bonuses, long term capability. Fax re-
sume to 352-378-4156.* 1-30-08-21-14


SERVER
Experienced & friendly. Hiring for January.
Train now & be off for the holidays. Apply in
person b/t 3-5. Napolatanos 606 NW 75th St.
1-12-08-9-14


KITCHEN HELP
Experienced & reliable for nights & week-
ends. Apply in person b/t 3-5. Napolatanos
606 NW 75th St. 1-12-08-9-14


Petsitter Wanted
Professional or graduate student needed
to watch two older dogs full-time. Live rent
free in lovely three bedroom home, cable,
internet, utilities and housekeeper once per
week included plus an allowance in return
for providing loving care to two beautiful,
older dogs. Must be non-smoker, clean, and
professional. Please call Ann at
352-870-6275.
1-12-08-7-14


NOW HIRING
Experienced Notetakers and Editors
Spring 2009
Apply online at www.SmokinNotes.com
1-16-08-10-14


Long Hair Models
Sought for the holidays for study on long
hair in motion. Earn $70-200 per session. no
cutitng no exp. ness.
352 792 1824, longhair.org,
Ihques@yahoo.com 1-9-08-5-14





PREMIER
PRODUCT IONS

Attn GREEKS:
Get paid to work with Greek Houses
Account Executive/Customer
Service Positions
PTFT Sales Opportunities

NOW Hiring
Assistant Graphic Designer
Administrative Assistant/Receptionist
Account Executives (Exp Req)
Managing Accounts with:
*Student Organizations &
Corporate businesses
Customer Service Reps
Internships Positions
Marketing & Finance
Send resumes to jobs@premierparties.com
1-9-08-5-14


Stride Rite shoe store is looking for experi-
enced & energetic retail sales person who
LOVES kids! Store hrs. 10-6 Must be avail-
able to work wknds. Apply in person Oaks
Mall Plaza next to Toys R Us. 6753 W.
Newberry Road Min. 1 year work commit-
ment. 1-9-08-5-14


Have a 3.6 GPA & want to earn some extra
cash? We are now hiring notetakers for
Spring. Go to www.HowlgotanA.com
1-12-08-6-14

SeekingFrontofHousestaff.LiquidGingernow
hiring hosts,servers& bartenders.Pleaseapply
in person at 101 SE 2nd Place, Suite 118, Sun
Center downtown between 11:30 2:30 M-F
1-9-4-14

CLERICAL POSITION FT/PT
Please apply in person
Institute of Veterinary Spec
4011 NW 43rd St Suite A 1-12-5-14

TECHNICIAN POSITION FT/PT
Please apply in person
Institute of Veterinary Spec
4011 NW 43rd St Suite A 1-12-5-14

BABYSITTER/NANNY needed to watch 3
children (4 mo, 2y, and 4y) M and F after-
noons (8-10hrs/wk) with additional hours
available. E-mail resume and class sched-
ule to adamvorhis@yahoo.com 1-12-09-
5-14

Babysitter Needed ASAP
Infant exp. required, non-smoker. CPR a plus.
Flexible weekday hours. $8/hr.
Email resumeand referencestoJbsager@aol.
com or call 284-4754
1-12-09-5-14

Childcare/Housework help needed.All day on
Mon/Wed.AfternoonsTues/Thurs/Friday. More
hours avaiable in summer. Available for gator
footballgamesalso.emailphykcr@gmail.com.
1-07-09-2-14

Bookkeeper Office Manager (PT) needed for
local law office. Must be proficient in Quick
Books. Email resume to:
robjac@myimmigrationlaw.com 1-21-09-11-14

Fast Pitch umpireswanted to work high school
games 1-2 afternoonsornightsaweek. Wewill
train you asyou earn. Goto ww.besoa.org, or
call Robert at (386)334-4723 1-9-4-14

Software Engineers/Programmers
C/C++ programmers for Embedded digital
TV software (Cable, Satellite, Video over IP).
Nagravision has openings in our Atlanta and
Gainesville offices. Competitive salaries, ben-
efits, relocation. Send resume or questions to
resumes.atlanta@lw.net 1-14-09-7-14
Part-time Student Assistant needed to assist
with survey development, data analysis and
research.To reviewposting &apply see https://
jobs.ufl.edu, requisition #0801253. Screening
will begin on Friday, January 16 and will con-
tinue until the position is filled. The University
of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution &
women & minoritiesare encouragedto apply. If
anaccommodationduetoadisability isneeded
toapply,call(352)392-4621 orTDD1-800-955-
8771. 1-16-09-9-14

Part-time Public Relations Student Assistant
needed to promote the Healthy Gators 2010
coalition. To review posting & apply see https://
jobs.ufl.edu, requisition #0801214. Screening
will begin on Friday, January 16 and will con-
tinue until the position is filled. The University
of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution &
women & minoritiesare encouragedto apply. If
anaccommodationduetoadisability isneeded
toapply,call(352)392-4621 orTDD1-800-955-
8771. 1-20-09-10-14

Outgoing students needed to distribute flyers
on1/12&1/13.Flexiblehours.$10to$12.00per
hour. Pleasecall 1-800-927-91941-12-09-5-14

WAREHOUSE STAFF!!
FT/PT inventory control, flex hrs. Great job for
students! Will work around class schedule.
Apply at Concessions Office, South End Zone
Ben HillGriffin Stadium, nextTotheGatorSport
Shop 352-375-4683 x6500 1-12-09-5-14

EVENT SUPERVISORS!!
PT Supervisors needed. days, nights week-
ends. Flexible hours. Great 2nd Job! Apply
at Concessions Office, South End Zone Ben
Hill Griffin Stadium, next to the Gator Sport
Shop (352) 375-4683 x6500 1-12-09-5-14


BARTENDERS NEEDED! Earn up to $300/
day! PT/FT No experience necessary. 888-
631-5552 X-92 2-17-09-30-14

TUTORS NEEDED 1-on-1 tutoring at-risk
elem school students. 1-4 afternoons/wk
$10/hr 15-20 min S of UF. Fed wk study
req foremp.VolunteerswelcomeContactSally
352-384-1155; st23@cox.net
1-21-09-10-14

PTBABYSITTER/NANNY$12/hrfor3boysages
2,4 & 6. Varioustimes needed. EspTU, TH, F
7:45am-1:45pm, also wkends. Ref & exp re-
quired. No smokers. Email resume to
betharosenson@yahoo.com 1-14-09-5-14

WEB DEVELOPERS & COMPUTER
CONSTULTANTS: UFCenterforlnstructional
TechnologyandTraining.Webdevelopersmust
befamiliarwith Dreamweaver, CSS,XHTM Land
Photoshop. Portfolio links must be included
with application. Consultant position requires
expertskillswith Windowsand Microsoft Office
applications. Excellent communication skills
required. Paystartsat$7.50perhour.jksmith@
ufl.edu, online application at http://www.citt.
ufl.edu/employment.php.
1-30-17-14

Afternoon nanny for elem age
M-F 1:30 --; W 12:30; must commit thru
Aug min; Noah's Ark Nanny e-mail
res/pix/sched/gnv@nanoneone.com 1-21-09-
10-14

Afternoon nanny needed
12-6pm w/ 3.5yr old; must commit
to lyr+; non-student pref;
Noah's Ark Nanny e-mail resume,
pix,schedgnv@nanoneone.com 1-21-09-10-
14

MWF 7:30 to 5 NANNY for
newborn twins; 20-30hrs/wk;exp req.;
Noah's Ark Nanny e-mail resume,
pix,sched.gnv@nanoneone.com 1-21-09-10-
14

The Honey Baked Ham Co & Cafe is now
hiring for sales associate. Approx 20-25 hrs
$7.50/hr starting pay. Apply in person 618
NW 60th St (Behind McDonalds on Newberry
Rd.) Call 331-1253 1-13-08-5-14

UF Survey Research Center
Telephone Interviewers
NO SALES
$8.00 $8.50/hr
Students and Non-Students
352-392-2908 Ext: 105
408 W. University Ave. Suite 106
4-22-70-14


IMPORT AUTO REPAIR.BMW, Mercedes,
Porsche, Volvo, VW, Honda, Toyota, Nissan,
Mazda. Quality craftsmanship, reasonable
prices, near UF, AAA approved 378-7830
www.carrsmith.com 4-22-72-15

EVERGLADE EQUESTRIAN CENTER
The countryclub for horses & owners.
Customer lounge w/full kitchen & bath. 250' x
160' riding ring, round pen & jump paddock.
Lessons. 30 acres, 40 matted stalls, 19 sepa-
rate paddocks. 24-hr security, 352-591-3175
everglade-equestrian.com 4-22-74-15

Want to be a CNA? Don't want to wait?
Express Training Services can get you certi-
fied under 3 wks! Hands-on exp, no videos.
Day/eve/wkend. Class sizes limited. 338-
1193 for details expresstrainingservices.com
4-22-08-72-15

PERSONAL TRAINING 300
Personal and Group Training
Flexible Scheduling Exclusive Facility
Call for a free workout
339-2199
4-22-72-15

TLC HORSEBOARD
All facilities & amenities, quality instruc-
tion; 15 minutes from UF. Jan at 376-7762.
Greathouse Equestrian Ctr. 4-22-72-15

**GATOR MOVING & STORAGE **
Local and long distance moving
One item or a houseful!
10% off with this ad! FL Reg IM 19
Call Now! 352-374-4791, 800-797-6766
4-22-08-72-15


HORSE BOARDING
12 x 12 stall cement block barn. Good grass
turnout with room to run! Limited # of stalls
available. 352-472-2627 for info & directions.
4-22-08-72-15

HYPNOTIST- Stop smoking. Improve mem-
ory & concentration. Elminate bad habits.
Past life regression. Learn self hypnosis. Low
Student Rates. Leonard UmansAAPH, NGH
certified 379-1079 4-22-72-15

***** MOVING? *****
000000 FREEWAY MOVING 00000*
You'll love our low rates & references. Student
Discount. Call 352-256-0999. Lic #1M707
4-22-72-15


GatorSlideFarm:Horseboarding.Ownerhous-
ing. Dressage, stadium jumping, X-country.
Lessons/schooling opportunities. Feeding/
mucking mitigate monthly charges. Visitors al-
wayswelcome.ContactDibbie352.466.3538or
gtrslfrm@aol.com. 1-26-08-20-15
Absolute Value Automotive
Major/minor auto repairs ASE cert. Free
pickup & delivery of your car. UF grad
owned. Lowest price guaranteed. All
makes/models. 9420 NW 13th St 379-3130
1-30-08-23-15


Free $10.00 gift card
coolgiftsbuy.com
Gifts for all occasions 1-13-09-5-15

T-SHIRT SCREEN PRINTING
Greeks-Sports-Clubs-Bands
*Call or Stop by for a QUOTE*
MONSTER PRESS 373-3355
424 W UNIV AVE (in Spin Cycle)
4-22-72-15


HIV ANTIBODY TESTING
Alachua County Health Dept. Call
334-7960 for app't (optional $20 fee)


All Women's Health Center
ABORTION
Free Pregnancy Test
RU-486 Available
378-9191
www.abortiongainesville.com
4-22-72-16

THE TRUE YOU!
Lose 8-15 pounds in 4 weeks
Only $119!
Gain muscle while you lose fat
Groups forming now. 339-2199
4-22-72-16

Attention cigarette smokers! Are you in-
terested in quitting smoking? What better
time than now, the beginning of a new year!
Researchers at University of Florida are re-
cruiting healthy cigarette smokers between
the ages of 18 and 60 to test a new behav-
ioral treatment to help you quit smoking.
You will be compensated for your participa-


SAVE ON RAYBAN/SUNGLASSES

University Opticians
300 SW 4th Ave. 378-4480
4-22-08-72-18


Want to make a connection?
Place your ad here to look for someone to
share a common interest with or for your
true love


IS YOUR BUSINESS, CLUB OR
ORGANIZATION HAVING AN EVENT?
DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL
ANNOUNCEMENT? PLACE YOUR AD
HERE AND GET IT NOTICED!


WALDO FARMERS & FLEA MARKET
Every Sat & Sun Hwy 301
15 min from Gainesville 468-2255
4-22-08-72-21


SHOTGUN SHOOTING SPORTS
Open To Public Wed-Fri-Sat-Sun 1pm-6pm
Skeet Trap Olympic Trap -5 Stand
gatorskeetandtrap.com 352-372-1044
8-19-09-97-21


Rocky Creek Paintball
In Gainesville Better Prices
Better Fields Better Call 371-2092
4-22-08-72-21


00* BAHAMAS SPRING BREAK 00*
$189 5-Days or $239 7-Days. All prices
include: Round trip luxury cruise with
food. Accommodations on the island at
your choice of thirteen resorts.
Appalachia Travel 1-800-867-5018.
www.BahamaSun.com #ST35585
3-4-08-86-21

BAHAMA SPRING BREAK SALE!
$200 Sale! Includes Roundtrip
Cruise, 4 Nights Beachfront
Hotel, Meals & #1 Parties!
Text Message: SPRINGBREAK
to 313131 to redeem sale!
Limited Space, Book Now!
1-877-997-8747
www.XtremeTrips.com
FL Seller of Travel Reg No ST35430
1-22-28-21


tion. If you're interested, please contact the
University of Florida Smoking Laboratory
and Clinic at 352-273-2188 or send an email
to ufsmokelab@gmail.com. 1-21-10-16
GMG TRANSPORT
Cheapest fixed price in town to So. FL.
Buy tickets on line, over the phone, in per-
son. $35 One Way $45 Rount Trip.
Regular and Reverse Trips One Price
SAME DAY SERVICE (When Possible): www.gmgtrans.com 352-21-8196
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Monthlong rest allows Gators' injuries time to heal


By EVAN DREXLER
Alligator Staff Writer
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MIAMI While the time be-
tween the Gators' last two games
may have been tough on players
mentally, it's a good thing they
had those 33 days to recover from
injuries.
UF coach Urban Meyer thinks
the extra time off will be crucial
to the Gators' success tonight.
"If we played this game any
earlier than Jan. 8, I don't think
we'd have a chance to win just
because of our injury situation,"
Meyer said.
Wide receiver Percy Harvin,
who sprained his right ankle
against FSUon Nov. 29 and missed
the Southeastern Conference
Championship, should be fine to
play against No. 2 Oklahoma to-
night at 8 p.m.
"The good thing is, Jan. 8 we
should be fairly healthy," Meyer
said. "If we had to play a Jan. 1
bowl game, we would not have


won that game. Really no chance
of winning that game."
Offensive lineman Carl
Johnson, wide receiver Louis
Murphy and running back
Kestahn Moore (all knee injuries)
will be available for UF as well.
COMPETITIVE SNAPS: Meyer knows
part of the problem with planning
for the Sooners' defense is that
there is very little video of them
playing their hardest.
Since the Sooners are usually
ahead by a good margin at half-
time, there was little reason for
them to go all-out in the second
half.
While looking at game film
for most teams, Meyer sees 800 to
900 "competitive snaps." But for
Oklahoma?
"You take that and prob-
ably cut it right in half, because
they're just beating the mess out
of teams," Meyer said.
This is part of the reason
Oklahoma's defense is under-
rated, Meyer said it's barely
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Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops
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eighth decade.
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laughing. "I don't need it. I love
what I do. I mean, I absolutely
love it. It's exciting, it's every-
thing you want. You know you're
alive every day."
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OKLAHOMA FOOTBALL


Sooners out to prove Big 12 can play defense, too


By PHIL KEGLER
Alligator Staff Writer
pkegler@alligator.org

MIAMI It all started with a
playful jab. It's become a war of
the words.
CBS analyst Verne Lundquist
said during the Southeastern
Conference Championship Game
broadcast that UF quarterback
Tim Tebow, while discussing
his Heisman vote, had joked he
would like to go up against a Big
12 defense. The comment referred
to some critics who have deemed
the offensive statistics put up
by Oklahoma's Sam Bradford,
Texas Tech's Graham Harrell, and
Texas's Colt McCoy inflated.
The Sooners' defense is tired
of answering questions about
Tebow and the UF offense, and
defensive back Dominique
Franks finally couldn't hold back
any longer.
"If you look at the three best
quarterbacks in the country,
(they) came from the Big 12,"
Franks said. "The three best re-
ceivers in the country came from
the Big 12. The three best tight
ends came from the Big 12. So
we've faced some great offenses,
and a lot of people don't un-
derstand that other conferences
don't have what we face."
While Franks' teammates and
coaches said they didn't feel
Franks meant any disrespect, the
sophomore declined all interview
requests the following day.
Tebow made light of Franks'
comments and said that his re-
mark to CBS had been misunder-


Oklahoma defensive back Nic Harris (5) breaks up a pass during the second half of Oklahoma's 27-21
win against Oklahoma State on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2006.


stood.
"I didn't say it like that,"
Tebow said. "I dream of play-
ing teams like Texas, Oklahoma,
but also the Penn States, USC. So
when I was talking about it, I was
talking about it in a way like that,
not like we're superior to them.


That wasn't what I meant."
And the debate between SEC
and Big 12 defenses has carried
on. The stats show SEC back-
ers may have a point 11 of 12
league teams rank in the top 40 in
total defense.
How many Big 12 teams rank


that high? Zero.
UF linebacker Brandon Spikes
made his opinion of Big 12 de-
fenses known. He thinks they're
a joke.
"When I watch SportsCenter,
I look at the scores, and it's 56-
49, just basketball scores," Spikes


said. "I feel like it's a joke. Like I
said, Ole Miss ran up and down
the field on a Big 12 defense.
"If they can stop our offense,
hey, my hat goes off to them. But
I don't really think they can. As
long as we play well on defense,
give the ball back to Tim and the
rest of those guys, we should
roll."
Oklahoma's defense will have
plenty of motivation but will have
to improve on its regular-season
statistics. Nationally, the Sooners
ranked 63rd in total defense and
98th in pass defense.
Defensive back Nic Harris
was short when asked about pre-
paring for UF playmaker Percy
Harvin.
"No other difference than pre-
paring for (Texas Tech receiver)
Michael Crabtree or (Missouri
receiver) Jeremy Maclin," Harris
said. "Next question."
Sooners coach Bob Stoops said
his defense has had clutch ten-
dencies. Oklahoma leads the na-
tion in turnover margin and ranks
third in sacks per game (3.23).
"We have stepped up in dif-
ferent times when we've had to,"
Stoops said. "But we've been in-
consistent. I think that's fair to
say."
Harris added that all the sta-
tistics will go down the drain af-
ter 60 minutes of football.
"At the end of the day, the
only thing that's going to mat-
ter is who plays better defense
(Thursday night)," Harris said.
"The old cliche is offense wins
games, defense wins champion-
ships. This is a championship."


Gators enter SEC play, new season


* UF IS RIDING A 14-GAME
WINNING STREAK.

By CHRISTOPHER YAZBEC
Alligator Writer
cyazbec@alligator.org

Forget about their record. Forget
about what they've done over the
past two months.
At this point in the season, none
of it matters.
Because, when the UF women's
basketball team takes the court at
5 p.m. against Mississippi State in
the O'Connell Center, Southeastern
Conference play begins, and the
No. 18 Gators' record in-conference
is 0-0.
Some of UF's players are look-
ing at this as the second part of the
season and are throwing their 14-1
record out the window.
"This is where it all goes down,"
senior forward Marshae Dotson
said. "It's a new season. We've got
to start off right."
UF coach Amanda Butler has sent
a subtle reminder in practice this
week that SEC play has arrived.
"Coach, she turned it up a notch,
and we had to turn it up too,"
Dotson said. "If not, we were going
to get left behind or get kicked out


of practice, one of the two."
Senior guard Sha Brooks agreed.
"She's kind of amped up prac-
tice more," Brooks said. "Practice
is 10 times more intense than it was
in the preseason. Right now we re-
ally need that because we're really
going after the SEC Championship,
and we can win it this year."
For Brooks and Dotson, seniors
who were on a 9-22 team just two
years ago, having expectations of
challenging to win
one of the nation's
toughest leagues
Women's never seemed pos-
Basketball sible until now.
Dotson knows
based on past expe-
riences the SEC grind will be a lot
more intense and physical than the
Gators' out-of-conference match-
ups.
UF did prepare well, though, for
the physicality of the conference
by playing and beating teams like
Florida State, Arizona State, North
Carolina State and Pittsburgh.
Junior transfer Steffi Sorensen
only knows how tough the SEC
slate will be based off what she has
seen and heard from her teammates
and coaches.
"I'm a newcomer. I don't really


know much about this SEC thing,"
Sorensen said. "Based on coaches, I
kind of got that vibe that it's time
to step it up. Non-conference is
over and this is a whole new play-
ing field. I feel like it's going to be
a battle, basically, and I'm ready to
go to war."
Sorensen has seen her team go
from being the hunters to the hunt-
ed in a conference that currently
has four ranked teams. That will
likely factor in to the way teams like
Mississippi State (12-2) approach
playing against a ranked UF squad,
giving them added motivation.
"I just feel like the more games
we started winning, the bigger the
X gets on your back," Sorensen said.
"Now people are like, 'OK, Florida
might be the team to beat.'"
Brooks couldn't be more ready
to take on the challenge of the SEC,
and when asked how excited she
was, all she could do was smile.
"These past few days, when we
get ready to play, Mississippi State
is going to show us how ready we
are to actually accept the challenge
of the SEC," Brooks said. "The en-
ergy. Just knowing that at any given
time, if you don't bring your 'A'
game, that you could get knocked
off. It's ridiculous."


UF guard Sha Brooks is fouled by Vanderbilt's Jessica Mooney
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OKLAHOMA FOOTBALL

OU's linemen step up game


By BRIAN STEELE
Alligator Staff Writer
bsteele@alligator.org

MIAMI Oklahoma senior
center Jon Cooper chuckles and
agrees it's usually a good sign
when the offensive linemen
aren't in the spotlight. Cooper's
content not to deal with "100
cameras" and is happy to take
the occasional slap on the back
or get a free dinner.
So when Texas held
Oklahoma to 48 rushing yards
on 26 attempts in the Sooners'
45-35 loss on Oct. 11 and the
linemen took much of the heat
for not opening up holes, it got
ugly. The Oklahoma offensive
line entered the season as one of
the highest-rated in the country,
but for the first time in quite a
while, they were dealing with
criticisms.
"It wasn't very fun," Cooper
said of what offensive coordina-
tor Kevin Wilson was like that
following week in practice.
"He said a lot of words I
can't repeat."
Instead, it was the fans and
media who used words that
were repeated.
"Those guys (on the offen-
sive line) were fed up," junior



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running back Chris Brown said.
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run the ball. We wanted to make
a statement."
That statement now has
several exclamation points at
the end. Ever since their loss to
Texas, the Sooners' only misstep
of the season, Oklahoma has
had at least 187 rushing yards
every game and has eclipsed
the 200-yard mark regularly.

"It did kind of put our
head on straight and
gave us the reality that
we're not unstoppable."
Jon Cooper
Oklahoma senior center


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mind up. We're going to run
the football," senior right guard
Brandon Walker said. "You
have to have that attitude that
we're going to run the football
no matter how many people
you have in the box."
Walker and Cooper said the
line lacked physicality in the
Texas game and, after having
the run game shut down early,
they couldn't get it going again,
as the Sooners relied only on
their passing game.


Sometimes, even the top stu-
dents in their class need to fail a
test to realize they need to work
harder.
"It did kind of put our head
on straight and gave us the real-
ity that we're not unstoppable,"
Cooper said. "As an offensive
line, we came together and
said, if we're going to be here in
Miami in January, we have to be
able to run the football."
They have succeeded in that
goal, as their top two running
backs (Brown and DeMarco
Murray, who will miss the
game with a left hamstring inju-
ry) have surpassed 1,000 yards
each.
"We like to get physical,"
Walker said. "Pass blocking,
sometimes you sit back there
and get kind of soft. When we
start running the ball, we get to
go downhill. That's when the
game starts getting fun."
Walker added that the
Sooners better keep this going
for one more game.
"This game will be won by
their defensive front or our of-
fensive front and their offensive
front and our defensive front,"
Walker said. "That's what this
game is going to come down
to."


greatest.
When people look back on college football


in 2008, if the Gators win tonight, the image of
Ministering. Inspiring. Tebow proclaiming nobody will work harder
than him after a 31-30 loss to Mississippi will
ext year, he has the chance be what's remembered.
nal championships and two He is not just the greatest player. He's the
s in his tenure. greatest person. He chest-bumps offensive
prove it on the field to get coordinator Dan Mullen before games and
ies, but he does that almost then thanks Jesus Christ afterward. He runs
eats touch grass. over opponents after they say they will find
nprecedented statistics, be- a way to stop him, and then goes into the de-
player ever to score 20 pass- fense and special teams huddles, telling them
ng touchdowns in a single to play harder than ever.


rst sophomore to ever win
phy. These are only the sub-


points of why he deserves to be known as the


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of the list with a figt win tonight.
Expect a close contest with a low score in the first half as hoth


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This is what greatness is about, and this is
Tim Tebow. This may be the greatest college
football player ever.
Will it happen? Let's go find out.


teams struggle to exploit weaknesses they've been watching on
film for five weeks.
FINAL SCORE: UF 28, OKLAHOMA 24


After all the buildup and hoopla, the big game is finally here, and
it will live up to its billing. The Gators' defense will do an admi-
rable job in holding Oklahoma's offense to "just" 32 points. But
Tim Tebow will add to his legend by leading his offense down the
field for the game-winning drive.
FINAL SCORE: UF 33, OKLAHOMA 32



Is this the game where UF meets its match? Will Oklahoma's
high-powered offense finally shred the Gators' defense? These
questions have racked my brain for weeks.
Oklahoma's D will not be able to stop UF. The Gators will be able
to slow but not stop the Sooners.
FINAL SCORE: UF 49, OKLAHOMA 28



Both teams have excellent offenses, but Oklahoma's has a much
tougher task against the Gators' defense and its newfound swag-
ger. UF might not shut down Sam Bradford and the Sooners, but
the secondary will make a few big plays, and that can turn an
evenly matched game into a yawner.
FINAL SCORE: UF 38, OKLAHOMA 20


Bradford steps back, and there's a missed block on the
ek nsive line. The Heisman winner is forced to rush his
Whether it be Bradford, Tim Tebow, Percy
Ha t' Ithere will be key turnovers in this game,
and that's we it.
And with the way the Gators intercept passes, that's a good thing
r them.
FINAL SCORE: UF 34, OKLAHOMA 27


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Gators, Sooners look to secure programs' greatness


By MIKE McCALL
Alligator Staff Writer
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MIAMI Joe Haden is a start-
ing cornerback for UF one of the
nation's most well-known and re-
spected teams and he's about to
play for the Gators in their second
BCS Championship appearance in
three seasons.
It would seem as though Haden
is sitting atop the college football
world, but he doesn't see it that way
just yet. He knows UF still has work
to do before it can lay claim to be-
ing America's preeminent program,
and he marvels at the school that
currently holds that honor.
"I look at college football and see
a lot of good teams, but when I look
at USC, even though I'm playing col-
lege football, I'm still just like, 'Man,
that's a great team,'" Haden said.
"They have one guy, (safety) Taylor
Mays, when I look at him, he looks
like a superhero or something. "
For most of the 2000s, Southern
Cal has ruled the NCAA. The Trojans
have finished in the top five of the fi-
nal Associated Press rankings every
year since 2002, and they're poised
to extend that streak after defeating
Penn State in the Rose Bowl.
USC has been the benchmark for
success in college football lately, but
if Haden and No. 1 UF can get past
No. 2 Oklahoma tonight in the BCS
title game, they'll accomplish some-
thing even the Trojans haven't.
Since the BCS started in 1998,
just one team has won two outright
championships, but both the Gators
(2006) and Sooners (2000) have a title
in hand, meaning tonight's winner
will join 2007 champion LSU as the
only teams with two BCS titles.


Matt Stafford's pass sails over Georgia wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi and UF cornerback Joe Ha-
den during the Gators' 49-10 win against Georgia in Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on Nov. 1, 2008.


"It'll put us way up there,"
Haden said. "To have two champi-
onships in three years, and then we
pretty much have the whole team
coming back next year, so it will do a
lot for momentum heading into next
season on such a high."
But the Sooners who have the
most BCS title appearances (four)
- are thinking the same thing, and
each team will lean on its dynamic
offense to make the difference.
Both squads have great balance,
averaging more than 200 yards
passing and rushing each game, but
Oklahoma has blown UF away statis-
tically while playing in the suddenly
high-scoring Big 12 Conference.
The Sooners average 54 points
and 562.1 yards per game, compared
to UF's 45.2 and 442.4, but they'll be
without electrifying running back
DeMarco Murray (hamstring), while
the Gators could get a big boost from
the return of receiver Percy Harvin.
Harvin says he feels 95-percent
healthy and can sprint and make
cuts, but his status will be a mystery
until he touches the ball in Dolphin
Stadium at 8 p.m.
Oklahoma cornerback
Dominique Franks said he is actu-
ally hoping Harvin will be fully
healthy, because "when we win,
we don't want any excuses." Still,
the talented wideout's effect on the
Gators' offense might be too much
for the Sooners' beleaguered defense
to handle, as, in addition to his own
playmaking ability, he opens up the
field for teammates by drawing at-
tention from defenders.
"What I told the team and what
coach (Urban) Meyer told me was, if
I get to play in this game, it's going
to be one of the best shows that has
ever been put on," Harvin said.


Tebow's accomplishments place him in elite group of college players


MIAMI-
He doesn't know. Even if he has an in-
kling, he won't tell you.
Perhaps you'll get one of his school-boy
chuckles and "yes sirs" or "yes ma'ams."
It could be just a grin and an "I don't
know."
Tim Tebow will not concede any
thought, any notion, any potential, any
possibility, any hope that, with a win to-
night, he could be known as the greatest
college football player of all time.
Greatest. That's a hard one to define.
Let's forget about talent. All the play-




NBA
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Hawks 102


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Brian Steele
Steele-ing Bases
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ers in this conversa-
tion were extremely
talented that's
not what separates
them. There are ri-
diculous statistics by
the bunch, too, and
awards that were
given because of
those statistics. That


can be called a wash.
Now, look at the impact they've made
on the game. The mark they've left on a
program. Even the effect they've had on




E The UF gymnastics team kicks off its
season Friday night with a meet against
Oklahoma. For a season preview, as well as
coverage of the Gators swim teams' sweep
of Virginia, check out alligatorSports.org.


teammates and coaches.
Georgia running back Herschel Walker
took a previously 6-5 team in 1979 to an
undefeated season in 1980 and he had
more of an impact than just on the field.
He changed the makeup of that program.
Illinois running back Red Grange
had 402 total yards in one game against
Michigan on Oct. 18, 1924. He was, at the
time, the most unique football player who
had ever played.
Illinois linebacker Dick Butkus was ev-
erything the game is about. If there was a
tougher and more passionate player in col-


Today's question: What will be the result of
tonight's game?

Previous question: Who was the most memo-
rable trash-talker from this football season?


lege football, he's hard to find.
Tebow is on this list, and he will be
heading it with a win tonight.
He was blessed with a body capable
of packing on the muscle without losing
speed and with an arm that could throw
a football 50 yards downfield with ridicu-
lous precision.
That brought him to college football
with an opportunity, as it has many others
before him. Nobody has taken advantage
of the opportunities before him as much as
Tebow has.
SEE BRIAN, PAGE 22


Percent (Votes)
Francois 59% (30)
Franks 24% (12)
Murphy 18% (9)
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NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW Editor Evan Drexler Cover photos Harrison Diamond Alligator, Thursday, January 8, 2009 Strength in Numbers Dedicated coach inspires Gators to unite team, unlock full potential By BRIAN STEELE Alligator Staff Writer bsteele@a IlIigator org MIAMI -You stumble in at around 5 in the morning. You're met headfirst with a view of your normal weight room, your sanctuary, warped into a Wes Craven horror flick. You can't see anything besides the four walls, because the windows are blocked with panels. It feels like you're in jail. All you can see is your workout gear, with pictures of chainsaws and bloodied corpses surrounding the area. Ropes and chains are littered throughout the gym, symbols showing this isn't your campus weight room. Happy Valentine's Day, suckers. Most of the Gators knew what was coming, and they had goosebumps to prove it. For those who had not been through it, they couldn't have imagined what UF strength and conditioning coach Mickey Marotti had planned for what he calls the "Valentine's Day Massacre." Unlike the actual Saint Valentine's Day Massacre in 1929 in Chicago, when members of Al Capone's South Side Italian gang allegedly shot seven members of Bugs Moran's North Side gang, nobody dies in Marotti's version. Death, however, doesn't seem that far off at the end of the morning. Let's just say this: Freshman defensive lineman Matt Patchan and junior receiver Davi N~me-n c211l] 1 oit el-Mv "teerferring to the stadium runs the team has to do after a two-hour workout, during which the players perform each exercise -from leg and bench presses to sled pulls -until they physically cannot continue. Then, after they can't do any more on their own, trainers help the players pump out more reps. Try running a stadium after your legs are quivering from doing more leg presses than you ever have amid constant yells from players wearing war paint across their faces. Even the water carriers do some shouting. If you're not careful, you may even see a 50-pound dumbbell soaring across the gym toward you, courtesy of Marotti, of course. When asked about the Massacre, players just start shaking their heads and laughing in resignation. "The intent for those workouts is not to walk out of there," sophomore right guard Mike Pouncey says. "Most guys don't walk out of there." Those who aren't walking may be throwing up their late-night Five Star Pizza binge from the day before. Marotti makes noises that, according to Patchan, sound like a "mating walrus." "It's like an angry grunt," Patchan says. "It's real aggressive and loud. It's like the stuff that would scare children at night. He's the type of guy that you don't have him tell your son a bedtime story." Those are some ways to describe that day. Here are a few others: A turning point for a previously imma_ture, selfish and entitled team. A challenge to see how this group of Gators will respond when they're at their weakest, when they're backed against a wall. An opportunity to become the men they're capable of being. As Marotti puts it, coming face to face with your "genetic potential." A time to learn they're not a group that will give up when others stand up to them. And, maybe, a chance for the Gators to show they can be one of the most dominant teams in college football history. The Bad, The Worse and The Losing The coaching staff knew it was imminent in January 2007. When junior linebacker Brandon Siler told them he would be leaving early for the NFL, the last leadership pillar had fallen. Gone was Dallas Baker. Reggie Nelson would soon be grinning his goofy grin for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jarvis Moss would also be lining up against the best in the world. The triumph of a national championship led to a depressing exodus. "The red flag went up fast," Meyer said. UF running back Jeff Demps avoids a tackle by South Carolina cornerback Captain Munn the third quarter of the Gators' 56-6 win against the Gamecocks at home Nov. 15. [TOP] UF cornerback Joe Haden concentrates on the torpedo hold during the Gator Charity July 25, 2008. H/rison Diamond/AigatorStaf UF linebackers Brandon Spikes, left, Dustin Doe, center, and Ryan Stamper stretch during the Gators' pract ce at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton on Sunday. [BELOW] UF quarterback Tim Tebow runs an obstacle course during the Gator Charity Challenge in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on July 25, 2008. He had good reason to be worried, too. Those players were replaced with younger, immature counterparts who werenoreadyT to lead. Comparing he summer of 2006 to 2007 is like watching high school players try to keep pace with Percy HaIrin. "They just wanted to know, why are we doing this and we had to do this and questioning everything about everything," Marotti said. The summer workouts weren't taken seriously. After all, the Gators had just won a c hampionship, and opponents were going to lot thiem win another one, right? "Guys just wn through the motions," David Nelson said. "We'd won it he yer before, so we thought we had all [he answers. We thought we'd come into this year and just expect to win. We just expected things to come to us." Things didn't. "Selfish players. Individuals," Brandon Hicks said of the 2007 team. "Anything you Andre Stanfll Alligator Staf want to call us, we basically were." "When push came to shove, we felt when "Everybody's screaming and yelling," They were a group of young players who -e wer oig to be challenged that we were Pouncey said. "It's just crazy, man. That's didn't yet understand what it took to win at going to have a hard time," Mrotti said. why we win championships around here." the college lvel. In high school, they were "That's kind of what happened." The players say Marotti has a lot of able to just show up and let their physical A sign in the team room says that talent "juice." Now, that juice is available in fresh, gifts tke over. gets you seven wins. As Meyer pointed out, drinkable bottles in every player's locker. "It really is sickthe Gators had nine Perhaps Pouncey will down a couple sips ening to my som-the talent was while reading a saistc about an upcoming ach when I watch there. Discipline opponent that sacks the quarterback more film from 2007," jbringsto ourwhole programs the best gets you eight to nine than anyone else. Spikes may enjoy a commor linebacker Ryan wins, according to ment about how opposing receivers think Stamper said. "I see Dan McCarney the sign, and leaderthey can run past him. All that while Tebow guys that just didn't play hard. We're ship will get youd championship. laughs about the next defender who opened playing for the Florida Gators, and that's Consider the last part graded n "I" for inhis moth to call Tebow overrated or sy pretty much a privilege. We had guys taking complete. he'll finally hvea bad game against them. advantage of that. We have kids from all over "Last year was a really bad team," Meyer It's all about motivation with Marotti. the world wanting to play here." said. "There was some good stuff, but that Meyer agrees he has had as much to do with Slacking doesn'twork in the Southeastern was not a good team. The accountability and the turnaround in 2008 as anybody else. Conference. When LSU converted all five leadership was almost minimal." "The motivation factor that (Marotti) fourtQT-down attempts in the Tigers' 28-24 Those issues were already clear to the brings to our whole program is the best I've win, it became obvious heaters could becoaWhing staff. They were revealed to the nabeen around from a strength coach," dlefesocked in the motth and held down. tion s the Gatirs weret embarrassed in a 41sive line coach Dan McCarny said. "The 5 loss Lo Mich ign in he Capial One Bowl. best I've ver been around." That's when Meyer had a conversaion that lasted at least an hour and a half The Best? with middle linebacker Brandon Spikes. Meyer was standing before his team, Quarterback Tim Tebow, offensive linemen giving them a pregame speech at de SEC Json Watkins, Phil Tratwein and Jim Trtt Championship G4ame against Alabama on and tight end Cornelius Ingram knew this Dec. 6. That's until Marotti couldn't take it was not what they wanted. anymore. Marotti interrupted, blue in e "We looked at each other and said, 'Man, face, blood splattered on his hand from the we got to do it (in 2008). We can't have anglass he had just shattered. Moments earlier, other year like this,M' Watkins said. he had flipped offensive line coach Steve Addazio off his chair. The Good, The Better and Mroti screamed that critics had called The Winning UF soft, a finesse em. Players said he used The following statement is unanimously language [ht doesn't belong in a newspaagreed upon: The summer of 2008 was comPer.tee ioikow hr hssd pletely different than the previous one. Ntee aot nw hr hssd Forget about overlooking workouts. Those of him comes from. Maybe it's that he was were more important than ever. Bonds were the undersized kid growing up in Pittsburgh built, and friendships that had seemed unrewho, as a sixth grader, wanted to play footlitic became commnonlce. Befoe a work_ all and basketball with the eighth graders. out, Mroti would grab a player and sk him "He must've got picked on when he was about another player, someone Mroti knew little," senior Butch Rowley joked. he player wouldn't normally hang out with. That's one way to put it. If you didn't know the teammate, it was Lime "I just try to be bizarre and make the kids to do some homework. Whether it was din(say),'What are you doing?'" Marotti said. ner together or a Madden tournament, there Whaever Marot~i d id, it h elped hepaywould be no more individuals. ors win another SEC Championship. "The way we approached the off-season, Now, they have an opportunity to show guys wanted to get up every morning at 5:30 how much those extra bench presses mean. to try and get better," Spikes said. "We do a That running stadiums after the most diflot of things that people really don't do, and ficult two-hour workout of their lives was we do it in one day, at 5:30 in the morning. worth it. We look forward to the next day, the next Hanging out with someone they wouldn't challenge that our strength coach puts in have before has led them to, perhaps, UFs INA.front of us." third national championship. There was no more asking Marotti why Meyer has kept his team's emotions in they should do something. It was intangible, check, made sure his players haven't released WOW all their adrenalinei btheforeht toTdayd.t~. ~~~~~~~~~sure, and difficult to describe, but it existed. alterarnln eoetdy ISO"You can see it in their eyes when we're That ends now. At 8:17 tonight, the Gators Harrison Diamond / Alligator Staff working out," sophomore free safety Major will take the final leap on a voyage that starterlyn during a 38-yard touchdown run in Wright said. edlast Valentine's Day. Now, when Marotti goes about screeching It's their chance to have another massacre. y Challenge in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on and slapping players on the back, they holler This time, they may be the ones administerback -with similar intensity. ing the pain. oc

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0the independent florida Not officially associated with the University of Florida Published by Campus Communications, Inc of Gainesville, Florida VOLUME 102 ISSUE 77 We Inform. You Decide. -S THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2009 Police prepare for post-BCS celebrations By KATIE EMMETS Alligator Writer Kemmets@alligator org After the BCS named the Gators SEC champs, the Gainesville Police Department began preparations to keep people safe for the post-game parties. "We will be working with almost every agency that you can think of in this city," GPD spokeswoman Summer Hallett said. The GPD is coordinating with the Alachua County Sheriff's Office, the University Police Department and the Florida Department of Transportation. This will be the second national football championship game for UF in three years. "It's not the first time, so it's not like we don't know what to expect," she said. "But we're not sitting back on our laurels. We're "We will be working with almost every agency that you can think of in this city." Summer Hallett GPD spokeswoma planning like it's the very first national championship the city has ever seen." The GPD will determine the night's plan based on the outcome of the game. She said fans could still get in trouble if the Gators lose. "People don't realize what we have to go through to make sure everything is looked at and prepared to make the city safe for everyone," she said. SEE POLICE, PAGE 8 SPECIAL REPORT Soldiers bond over football By THOMAS STEWART Alligator Writer tstewart@a Iligator org For 14 months, their Swamp was the sandy desert of war-torn Iraq. But that didn't stop them from cheering for the Gators, who played about 7,000 miles away in front of capacity crowds at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Capt. Brian Hayes and 1st Lt. Dezi King, part of an 81-member military intelligence company in the U.S. Army, missed most of the regular season while serving in Iraq, but they still made sure to let everyone in their unit know who they thought was the best team in college football. "It didn't take them long to realize that I was a Gator fan, and it didn't take them long to let me know that they weren't," said Hayes, who was commander of the company. Hayes said his company, which is based in Fort Campbell, Ky., near the Tennessee border, includes Tennessee and Kentucky fans as well as Alabama, FSU and University of Miami fans. The rivalries were plentiful, he said, but one set of fans gave him the most trouble. "Oh, god, the FSU guys are the worst," he said. "They always come in with, you know, the biggest talk, and I keep tellin' 'em, I'm like, 'It's not gonna happen, you're just embarrassing yourself,"' he said. "But they talk smack anyway." SEE WAR, PAGE 5 RTS buses rerouted to steer clear of fan-packed roads By MORGAN COLLINS Alligator Contributing Writer Buses that cross West University Avenue will be rerouted for Thursday's BCS National Championship Game. Gainesville's Regional Transit System announced that it will change Route 5, Later Gator A and Later Gator C beginning at 10 p.m. to make sure buses steer clear of congested areas. Route 5 will avoid West University Avenue between Southeast Third Street and Northwest 39th Road. Local Later Gator A will News travel from Rosa Parks RTS Downtown Station, head west onto Second Avenue, cross 13th Street to campus, travel through campus on Union Road, Buckman Drive and Stadium Road and return to downtown via its normal route. Later Gator C will follow the same reroute to campus as Later Gator A before continuing through Fraternity and West Fraternity drives to the Oaks Mall. It will follow the reverse reroute to return, according to an RTS news release. SEE RTS, PAGE 8 0 UF cornerback Joe Haden (right) and the Gators are looking to become the second school ever to capture two BCS championships tonight at 8 p.m. For more, see page 24. Disney's Space Mountain to get renovations ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -Space Mountain -one of Walt Disney World's most iconic attractions -will be closing this spring for a makeover. Disney reported Wednesday that the Magic Kingdom ride will close April19 so that the 34-year-old attraction canbe freshened up. Park officials expect the ride to reopen later in the year but no date has been set. The renovations will include new track inside the enclosed coaster, but the layout of the track will remain the same. A new enclosure will be added to the ride's queuing area, along with a new ceiling inside its prominent, white dome. H UF President Bernie Machen created a council to increase diversity among faculty and the student body. See story, Page 4. 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THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2009 U ALLIGATOR, 3 UF researchers unveil gadgets to fans in Miami Air-cooled athletic gear, robotic car put on display By CAROLYN TILLO Alligator Contributing Writer UF researchers took advantage of Miami's BCS National Championship crowds this week to show off their new inventions. About 450 people attended the innercity showcase Tuesday and Wednesday. The display featured a robotic car, air-cooled shoulder pads for football players and a self-guided underwater device called the SubjuGator. Dave Armstrong, the project manager for the robotic car -the NaviGator -said the vehicle holds $200,000 in hardware. The renovated SUV contains five cameras, eight lasers, three GPS units and 12 dualcore computers, he said. Armstrong said people have a hard time realizing the car is driven by sensors and computers alone. "There's nobody controlling the car," he said. "There's no remote control whatsoever." Although it can drive and park itself, the NaviGator remained stationary with its lights flashing while on display, Armstrong said. Temperature Management System shoulder pads were also featured. Dr. Nik Gravenstein, coStudent developer of the air-cooled athLife letic gear, said the pads prevent football players from becoming overheated and dehydrated during games. Gravenstein compared everyday football padding to a three-piece wool suit. The TMS pads reduce the humidity under players' uniforms by circulating dry air, he said. "I hope they use them in the national championship game," Gravenstein said. The event's festivities also offered Gators fans a chance to stop by a mobile video van to describe how they became a Gator, said Dan Williams, UF's director of marketing. Tuesday's event, put on by the Association of Hispanic Alumni, was invitation-only and featured a visitation by UF President Bernie Machen, he said. Wednesday's event, held at a picnic area in Jungle Island and open to the public, included a performance by cheerleaders and UF's the "Pride of the Sunshine" Fightin' Gator Marching Band. "Copyrighted Material Syndicated Content Available from Commercial News Providers" Protesters rally for Grapski By KATIE EMMETS Alligator Staff Writer Kemmets@alligator org After 87 days in jail without a trial, friends and supporters of a local political activist are getting restless. Charlie Grapski, 43, has been held in the Alachua County Jail since Oct. 12 without bond, according to a jail representative. About20protesters, includingAlachua County Commissioner Mike Byerly, gathered outside of the State Attorney's Office Wednesday evening. They requested that State Attorney William Cervone drop controversial misdemeanor charges against Grapski. According to a Gainesville Police Department report, Grapski arrived at John Angel's house around 2 a.m. Oct. 12. He broke a window and entered the house through a side door after Angel repeatedly told him to leave, the report stated. Protesters told a different story. "It was a misunderstanding between friends one night after the LSU game," said Michael Canney, a friend of Grapski. Someone overheard the argument and called the cops, he said. "He is not a criminal society needs to be protected from," Canney said. "He is not a threat to society or himself, and he is not a flight risk. A bond should be reinstated." "It was a misunderstanding between friends one night after the LSU game." Michael Canney friend of Charlie Grapski Commissioner Mike Byerly stood among the neon-colored signs that urged people to honk for Grapski's release. He said he was protesting as an Alachua county citizen, not an elected official. Until Grapski is found guilty, he shouldn't be in jail, Byerly said. "Because of the jail's crowding, there are not enough resources to hold someone who is not a threat to society," he said. Rob Brinkman, left, Michael Canney, center, and others hold signs on University Avenue Wednesday evening, protesting the holding of political activist Charlie Grapski, who was arrested on misdemeanor charges and has been held without bail for about three months. Professor donates $250K to spur creativity in entomology 0 EACH WINNER WILL RECEIVE NEARLY $10,000. By LAUREN BAKER Alligator Staff Writer Ibaker@alligator org Creative, bug-loving scientists will have the chance to win some money in the future thanks to a UF professor. Nan-Yao Su, a professor of entomology at UP, donated $250,000 to the Entomological Society of America last month. Interest from the donation will be presented as a yearly award for innovation and creativity in entomology. Su said he made the donation following the death of Robert Cade, inventor of Gatorade. After learning that Cade's family intends to build a museum honoring UF inventors and their creations, Su said he was inspired by their theme of innovation. Su, who has been a professor at UF for about 24 years, said he will not help pick the yearly winner, but plans to be present when the first award is given in December 2009 in Indianapolis. How the winner spends his or her sum of nearly $10,000 is not important, Su said. "They can put it in their pocket. They can take their family out to dinner. I don't care," he said, adding recognition for the winner's creativity was the true prize. Su said he was interested in rewarding the creativity behind the accomplishments. He is known for his invention of an internationally marketed termite extermination system that uses reduced levels of pesticide. He said childlike curiosity is essential to inventors. On While studying CampuS at the University of Hawaii, Su said the accepted method of termite extermination relied heavily on pesticide. He touted creativity as the key to avoid becoming chained to accepted ideals. "(Scientists) are very lucky because we're allowed to maintain our curiosity," he said. To drive home his point, Su recalled his memory of catching dragonflies as a child. "If you look at a dragonfly wing, you can see a very intricate structure there. That is just amazing to me," he said. "That is some amazement that many kids will experience." But innovation is not limited to the study of bugs, Su said. "Creativity is needed everywhere," he said. "But I happen to be an entomologist."

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4, ALLIGATOR U THURSDAY, JANUARY 8,2009 UF fines faculty for not posting book info 0 MONEY COLLECTED WILL BE GIVEN TO STUDENT PROGRAMS. By THOMAS STEWART Alligator Writer tstewart@alligator org It took some time and the threat of a $10 fine, but UF faculty are getting the hang of Florida's textbook affordability law. The law, which went into effect July 1, states that textbook requirements for courses at state universities and community colleges should be posted on the school's Web site at least 30 days before the start of classes. Just over 90 percent of all classes at UF had their textbooks posted on the UF Web site by UF's deadline for spring semester, according to UF's textbook adoption Web site. About 73 percent of professors complied before the start of fall semesterthe first semester the law was applied -according to information from the UF Provost's office. UF requires that faculty post textbook information roughly two months before classes start, instead of the minimum of 30 days. This requirement gives students more time On to shop, and it gives book Campus stores a better idea of which books they will buy back from students at the semester's end, said UF Provost Joseph Glover. To increase faculty compliance with the new law, UF decided to start slapping colleges with less than 90 percent compliance with a $10 fine this semester for each book not posted by the deadline, which was Nov. 17. The money from the fines, which hasn't been levied yet, will be given to student assistance programs in the Provost's office, such as the Office for Academic Support and Institutional Services or the Honors Program, Glover said. Machen wants diversity BY CHELSEA KEENAN Alligator Contributing Writer UF President Bernie Machen is expanding efforts to further diversity among UF's faculty and student body The newly created Council on Diversity will be in charge of collecting and analyzing data from different colleges and departments, as well as proposing policies to increase diversity around UP, according to an e-mail sent by Machen on the Deans, Directors and Department Chairs Listserv. UF spokesman Steve Orlando said the search for diversity is an ongoing issue. "Diversity is always a challenge that we face," Orlando said. "It is difficult to create that level of diversity where everyone is comfortable and happy." Orlando said the creation of the new council is one way the president believes we can achieve this level. Several universities have taken similar actions throughout Florida, such as Florida State University, which is in the process of creating its diversity council. TheUniversity of Central Florida, Florida Atlantic University and the University of North Florida also have similar groups. UF's committee will examine approaches by fellow universities, according to the e-mail. "People look for a rich culture that Gainesville doesn't offer." Larry Ellis director of administration and equal employment opportunities Larry Ellis, director of administration and equal employment opportunities at UP, said larger cities such as Orlando and Miami have an easier time recruiting a diverse student body and faculty. "People look for a rich culture that Gainesville doesn't offer," he said. Ellis said the implementation of the new council is a step in the right direction. "Our goal is to have a faculty as diverse as the state of Florida," he said. "And students as diverse as our facultv" 0 CH@MPiN.s! race a 'Heart-Line' for your 3pecIaI someone in the AIIgator'3 Valentine'3 Day special 3ectionl Enter the tHeart-On Contest and WIN Valentine Gifts!I Flowers Y Chocolates V Dinner T Theatre Tickets Flowers, chocolates & tickets immediately available. Dinner -date based on availability, most call for reservations. PRAIGMS me vi P.ODROME I ri ing Pot, m ~TA 1Y,%. Jages will vote on the following: Funniest Y Most Sincere V Longest V NMshiest Best Poem V Etrangest T Judges' Choice neajrt fl&5 Six (6) prizes will be awarded by XX in-hoIe judges Deadline fr submission is 4pm on Feb 6th. All Heart-Line imessages placed will be automatically entered in the contest. Winners will be notified prior to Feb 13th. Winners will be announced in the Feb 13th edition. Positive ID required to collect winnings. Officers, directors, employees & their family members of the Alligator, or affiliates of the contest are not eligible to enter contest. You do not need to be present to win. Prized cannot he transferred. Grait and sales tax not included. Dinner certificate must be used by March 31, 20(9. No purchase necessary o enter. Contact Classilied Oflice for details.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2009 U ALLIGATOR, 5 LOCAL Residents take part in festivities N By HUNTER SIZEMORE Alligator Contributing Writer The wait is over. Tonight, Gainesville residents will root on the Gators alongside students during the BCS National Championship Game. If the Gators win, University Avenue will overflow with excited fans. Residents described the celebrations "It's just a bunch of kids having fun." Bill Hardy College Park resident following the Gators' 2007 championship victory in single words. Awesome. Amazing. Spectacular. "They come through hollering and we just holler with them," said Lisa Jackson, 43, of Northwest Fifth Avenue. If the Gators win this year, Jackson said she plans to stay up to celebrate with passing fans. Bill Hardy, 45, a College Park resident, happily excused the wild excitement of fellow fans two years ago. "It's just a bunch of kids having fun," Hardy said. "There are really no problems here." Football teams raised morale among troops V 0, .N "Copyrighted Material =Syndicated Content Available from Commercial Mews Providers" WAR, from page 1 One day, he said, one of the other o ficers, who was an FSU fan and had desk next to his, got an FSU flag in th mail from his wife and decided to han it up on the wall. "So he puts his FSU flag up, n where he can see it, ( but he) puts it t where I can see it," Hayes said. "I had to go get my own Gator fla and hang that up so he can stare Ilck T H E AfC N C E R SP R O E C T Finally! Aprescription with sdeeffectsjou want. Blueberries and red beans are powerful remedies against cancer. Research shows that fruits, vegetables, and other lowfat vegetarian foods may help prevent cancer and a0 improve survival rates. A plant-based diet can also lower cholesterol. For a free nutrition booklet with cancer fighting recipes, call toll-free 1-866-906-WELL or visit www.CancerProject.org fa e 0 at that," he said. Eventually, the two decided to call a truce and placed their respective flags in front of their own desks, he said. King, who served under Hayes in the company, said he would special go against military policy Report by wearing a 2006 national championship T-shirt and Gators hat while watching football games via a military satellite TV station on the American Forces Network. The military doesn't allow soldiers I to bring civilian clothes to Iraq, he said. The company returned from Iraq in November in time to watch UF play Alabama in the Southeastern Conference Championship game. Hayes and King said they are both grateful to be able to watch the BCS National Championship Game at home. "It is absolutely awesome," King said. "It's like, not only are you at home, but you're like whoooo!" class you need full I UF is pleased to offer Flexible Learning Courses to helpyou achieveyour educational goals. GEY 4001 -Ises& &Concepts HUN 2201 -Fundamentals of Nutrition .AMH 2010United States To 1877 INP 4004 -Industrial Psychology AMH 2020 -United States Since 1877 ISS 2160-Cultural Diversity in the U.S. .AML 2070 -Survey Of American Lit. LAH 2020 -Intro To Latin American History .AML 3124 -American Fiction: 1900-WWII MAC 1105 -Basic College Algebra .ANT2410-CulturalAnthropology MAC 1147-Precalculus:Algebra &Trig. .DEP 3053 -Developmental Psychology MGF 1106 -Math for Liberal Arts I -EDF 3604-Social Foundations Of Education MGF 1107-Math for Liberal Arts 11 .ENC 1101 -Intro To College Writing SLS 1501 -College Success .ENC 1102 -Argument & Persuasion SOP 4004 -Social Psychology .ENC 2210-TechnicalWriting SPN 1130-Beginning Spanish 1 .ENC 3250 -Professional Communication SPN 1131 -Beginning Spanish 2 .ENC 3310 -Advanced Exposition Manynmorein development! Talk to your advisor or visit our website for more information! www.Flexible.dce.ufl.edu For over three decades, the Alligator has brought readers online content. Now, its your turn. Join the nation's largest, independent, student-run college newspaper's multimedia department. Open House Frid-ay, ienuerv0 from 2 pm to 5 pm Interviews wiii be held on-site, so please bring your resume, clips and portfolio if you have one. the independent florida alligator The Alligator is located at 1105 W. University Ave, two blocks east of UF campus, directly across the street from the Bank of America. SGainesville's Ultimate Sports Bar 4of illiards, inc. "THE PLACE TO BE" Check website for specials THURS Go Gators! Come here to watch BCS Game! $2 Domestic Drafts Plus Other Specials Free Wing Buffet During Game $1 Domestic Drafts, $4 Jager Shot FRI SUN NFL Sunday Ticket N F HOURS: Mon-Thu 3pm-2am Fri & Sat Noon-2am -Sunday Noon-'II pm JA 352.225.3535 -4251 SW 13th St 2Miles South Campus www.artofbilliards.com

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6, ALLIGATOR U THURSDAY, JANUARY 8,2009 Editorial BCS Filibuster Machen ideology rocks Capitol Hill im Tebow, take a seat -the Editorial Board has a new He's -dare we say -a Republican. Enter United States House Rep. Cliff Stearns stage left. In just a mildly more important matter than a missed class or four, Stearns petitioned U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to accommodate his schedule with aspirations of attending the BCS National Championship Game on Thursday. With hopes that Stearns could work on his tan and rub elbows with the likes of Percy Harvin and co. down in Miami, the Ocala congressman kindly inquired to Pelosi if she would push the voting times on Thursday to a much more BCS-palatable Thursday morning. Can we fault the man for wanting to look good in high definition on C-SPAN? Stealing a page from the Bernie Machen playbook for how to lose friends and alienate people, Pelosi pulled the plug on Stearns' weekend jaunt that undoubtedly would have included stops to South Beach hot spots like Mansion and Club Madonna. The Editorial Board feels for you, Cliff. As the masses of Gators fans descend upon Miami or stay local to enjoy what will surely be a historic Gainesville evening, Stearns is no different -a victim of an unapologetic overseer clearly lacking any foresight. But as stuffy as D.C. may appear, there is no s hortage of bars that should provide Stearns the necessary libations to enjoy his evening. We all joke about how success at UF is something we can take for granted, but who knows the next time the football team will be competing on such a grand stage for the ultimate in bragging rights? While tickets to Thursday's game appear scarce, two decades in Congress clearly reveal that Stearns is not some freshly-minted politico looking to exploit his newfound status. The man is simply a fan at heart who knows that the key to a well-rounded life is balancing his obligations in Washington and rooting for the Gators. And even though he lumped other Florida and Oklahoma congressmen into his request -whose signatures were mysteriously absent from Stearns' memo -we can't fault him for thinking of his fellow football fans come Thursday night. The Editorial Board applauds Stearns as a champion for fun in a time in which pessimism spreads across America nearly as fast as Brandon Spikes will return a Sam Bradford offering to the house for a quick pick six. Let us take solace in the fact that UF students no longer seem ludicrous for expecting a schedule change to accommodate the "outlandish" request of a repercussion-free trip to Miami. For all we know, Pelosi probably snubbed Stearns solely based on his party affiliation. Hey Bernie, what's your excuse? The Editorial Board would hardly be shocked if word out of Washington, D.C., reveals Pelosi to be MIA come oh, say early evening on Thursday. Not to mention if she's seen boarding an orange and blue plane as the guest of honor of you-know-who. 0l the independent florida alligator Nicole Safker Dan Seco EDITOR OPINIONS EDITOR Kristin Bornsen MANAGING EDITOR The Alligator encourages comments from readers Letters to the editor should not exceed 150 words (about one etter-sized page) They mustbe typed, double-spaced and must include the author's name, classification and phone number Names will be withheld if the writer shows just cause We reserve the right to edit for length, grammar, styie and iibei Send letters to ietters@aiiigatororg, bring them to 1105W University A e, or send them to PO Box 14257, GainesviIle, FL 32604-2257Columns of about 450 words about original topics and editorial cartoons are also welcome Questions? Call 376-4458 Opinions Wow, that Cli really a Gator can't go to the he has to ALLIGATOR www.aIigato r.org/opinions CONGRESS GATOR GOES ON RAMPAGE MANY CONGRESSMEN MAIMED -1STEARNS ENJOYS GAME -_ Column Bright Futures intentions fall short he first week of class is a wonderful, joyous week -in other words, FMS creates an it's financial aid disbursement time. So when 73 perJohnathan Loft entitlement for anyone who meets cent of you collect your Bright Futures checks, think letters@alligator.org pitifully low testing requirements. about the implications of that money. Most of these students wouldn't get The Bright Futures Scholarship Program has become any sort of scholarship to an out of state school, so it makes a great entitlement that gives every high school graduate no sense to pay them to stay in state. Yet this program acwho can manage a 970 SAT -hardly Ivy League -a practicounts for 75 percent of all Bright Futures disbursement. cally free education. I say, abolish the 75 percent FMS program. But this was never the intent of the program. The proThe 100 percent Florida Academic Scholars (FAS) program was developed to encourage the brightest Florida stugram applies to only the top 15 percent of college-bound dents who might otherwise go to out of state institutions to students, so we should keep it as a legitimate means to keep stay in state -hence a well-educated Florida with a "Bright the best students in state. With FMS abolished, FAS would Future." have plenty of funding. We could then afford to raise tuition It didn't take long for the Florida Legislature, in all of its at Florida's schools to competitive levels. infinite wisdom, to completely undermine every intention Since the FMS program makes up three quarters of all of this program. Bright Futures is now a public entitlement Bright Futures spending, there would still be plenty of monavailable to nearly every student who wants it. ey left over after raising tuition. We could use this money The problems this creates become strikingly apparent to fund need-based scholarships for those who otherwise when the economy is down. Bright Futures is limited to the couldn't afford college. amount of funding it receives from the lottery, yet it is set up These are often the same people shut of out of Bright as an entitlement for anyone who meets the requirements. Futures because they can't meet the arbitrary testing reThis is great for students, even those who don't qualify for quirements. Gone would be the days of Bright Futures as Bright Futures, but it keeps our higher education in the gutan upper-middle-class entitlement -it would go only to ter. Florida is not going anywhere but down in the rankings those who earn it and those who need it. if it keeps cutting departments because of budget woes. Those on the 75 percent program who don't qualify for How can we turn this upper-middle-class entitlement need-based aid may just have to do something unheard of back to a program designed to keep Florida's best and in our welfare state: pay a bit for college. brightest in state? College is an investment. Investments aren't supposed Look only to the program that has nothing to do with to be free. keeping Florida's best -the Florida Medallion Scholars So happy financial aid week to everyone! Enjoy your enAward (FMS), which pays 75 percent tuition to anyone who titlements, courtesy of the state of Florida. meets the minimum requirements -a 3.0 weighted high Johnathan Lott is political science and economics sophomore. school GPA and a 970 composite SAT score. His column appears on Thursdays. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the Alligator. Reader response Today's question: Are you going Wednesday's question: Should to skip class on Friday? Roland Burris be seated in the Senate? Vote or post a message at www.alligator.org 24% YES 76% NO 1,453 TOTAL VOTES ff Stearns is Wait a minute, is that a real gator? Too bad he Did Stearns just dress up a gator game cause in a suit as a decoy so that he7 be here. could go to Miami?

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2009 U ALLIGATOR, 7 Israel attacks not in self-defense In reading yesterday's article regarding the UF student reaction to the conflict in Gaza, I felt that Naomi Fireman's comments were extremely insensitive to the plight that the Palestinian people now face. She claimed that the attacks were not meant to hurt civilians, but can she explain how three UN schools -used primarily by civilians -were "accidentally" bombed, killing more than 40 civilians? How about the hospitals that have been bombed with patients in them recovering from the same Israeli onslaught that put them there in the first place? Or maybe the Israeli army didn't mean to kill any civilians when they bombed a mosque with noncombatants praying inside? Fireman also mentioned her cousins who are not allowed to play soccer because of intermittent Hamas rocket fire, which rarely hits anything except the dirt in Israelioccupied territory north of the Gaza Strip. Although I sympathize with her cousins not being able to play soccer, everyone needs to take a good look at the Gaza Strip, where at least 100 members of my family can't leave their homes even to buy food and Palestinians risk death staying in hospitals to recover from their Israeli-inflicted wounds. How is Israel defending itself by arbitrarily bombing houses, hospitals and schools left and right? It is in everyone's best interest for the fighting to stop immediately -not for Israel to hide behind its claims of self-defense in making Palestinian lives a living hell. Haitham Shriteh 3EG Hamas doesn't want peace What would you do if you lived under the constant threat of rocket attack? Since Israel pulled out of Gaza in 2005, the people of southern Israel have been held hostage by Hamas. The truth is that there never really was a ceasefire to begin with. Since Israel left Gaza, Hamas, which is recognized as a terrorist group by both the U.S. and the EU, has fired more than 6,000 rockets into civilian areas of Israel. Critics love to point the finger at Israel for "collectively punishing" the Palestinians. However, isn't firing rockets at Israeli civilians a form of indiscriminate, collective punishment?Unfortunately, Hamas has also decided to punish its own people by drawing the Israel Defense Forces into civilian areas. Hamas uses houses, schools and hospitals as launching pads for rockets. Most disturbingly, Hamas uses human shields -a blatant violation of international law. Israel is doing the world's work by fighting a radical group that has become a cancer in the Middle East. As long as Hamas holds innocent people hostage and continues to put its own population under fire, there can be no hope for peace in the region. Israel wants to live in peace with its neighbors. That's why Israel made painful concessions to make peace with Egypt and Jordan.The problem is that Hamas doesn't want peace with Israel. It wants an end to peaceful nations altogether. Spenser Solis 4JM Skin-tight shirts fail to make men Y you've got to love fads. The concept is solid gold. Somewhere along the line, someone tries something different, a few people decide it's cool and all of sudden the masses are flocking to the brand new bandwagon. Forget Guy Harvey T-shirts, Rainbows and Vera Bradley quilted diaper bags -it's TapouT time. Like it or not, mixed martial arts, better known as MMA, has begun its takeover of the standard UF male. Don't get me wrong, though. This trend has its upside. MMA works in weight classes, so any small fry can rock an Affliction shirt and claim he's a lightweight. I think a properly cinched rear naked choke will make you think twice before you stereotype a 155-pound string bean who doubles as a professional arm breaker when surrounded by eight chain-link walls. Unfortunately for the honest few MMA freight trains roaming campus, this fad makes it damn near impossible to differentiate the practitioners from the pretenders. I'm a fan of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and MMA in general, but I'm not about to steal Georges St. Pierre's wardrobe and walk around Gainesville with my into campus tough guys Adam Wynn hardest I'm-gonnawhoop-yo-ass face. Speaking Out Maybe I missed the mass memo explaining Affliction's rationale, but the world is not shaped like an octagon, and neither is the UF campus. Tough guy muscles can be left unflexed as you sit through lecture. Whenever I see a bro in his TapouT gear at the gym, I can't help but wonder if he's looping his would-be entrance music in his iPod (which, naturally, is slipped into one of those arm-hugging elastic bands). If this fad continues to grow and everybody decides they want professors to address them solely by their inside-the-octagon nicknames, I'll have to hang up my MMA fanhood in a seldom-accessed closet in the back of my mind. I guess it's possible I'm oversimplifying the fad. Maybe this trend is no different than wearing your favorite football team's jersey. Maybe theseare secretly themostcomfortable shirts ever created, even though most of them are tighter than Under Armour. If that's the case, I deserve an arm bar for overstepping my pencil-neck boundaries. Adam Wynn is a journalism senior. MORE USED BOOKS Than the Library of Congress

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8, ALLIGATOR U THURSDAY, JANUARY 8,2009 GPD to grease local light poles POLICE, from page 1 The GPD learned from former championships, said GPD spokesman Keith Kameg. "The biggest problem we had last time was with cars that were parked in lots on University Avenue," said Kameg. After the national basketball championship in 2007, people climbed on car rooftops to get a bird's-eye view of the chaos. Hallett said that GPD is also greasing the light poles on University Avenue. "No one looks at the guy on the greased pole as the cool guy, and no one thinks it's funny when they are gross when they get down," Hallett said. For the GainesvillePolice Department, the game is a reminder of Lt. Corey Dahlem, who was killed by a drunken driver after the Gators basketball national championship in April 2007. "Our main goal is that people have fun. But fun is only fun when it's safe," Hallett said. "We don't want that to happen again to anyone. It mars the event itself." The Miami-Dade Police Department is also preparing for the game at Dolphin Stadium in Miami. "We are hoping for a very peaceful event," said police Detective Juan Villalba, "but we have contingencies in place if crimes do happen." "No one looks at the guy on the greased pole as the cool guy, and no one thinks it's funny when they are gross when they get down." Summer Hallett GPD Spokeswoman Traffic is the main concern, he said. Because rush-hour traffic can be bad in Miami, fans are encouraged to arrive early. Uniformed and undercover officers will be at the stadium. "This game is something that we prepare and train for to try and make it the most enjoyable that we can," Villalba said. Detours help prevent fan injury R TS, from page 1 RTS planned the reroutes after a joint meeting between UF, the Gainesville Police Department, the Florida Department of Transportation and the City of Gainesville Public Works Department, which includes RTS, said Theresa Harrison, an RTS spokeswoman. Officials discussed plans to prepare for the championship game's crowds. Harrison said the goal of the reroutes is to provide reliable transportation to RTS customers and keep revelers out the way of traffic. "This is a wonderful thing because you know we're going to win," she said. "We need to support it, but support it in the safest way possible." Other preparations for Thursday night include blocking areas on University Avenue and First Avenue with dump trucks and greasing traffic polls with PAM cooking spray to deter climbing, said Gainesville Public Works spokeswoman Gina Hawkins. "We definitely know that this is a good idea," she said. "If buses are crowded or rerouted, people can still find alternative transportation." Jason D'Souza UF industrial engineering senior Jason D'Souza, a UF industrial engineering senior, said the RTS reroutes are a good idea and won't affect his plans. "If buses are crowded or rerouted, people can still find alternative transportation," he said. UF sophomore Liz Guinessey said students probably won't even notice that buses are rerouted. "Even though it's an inconvenience, it will keep us safer," she said. 1YE AR G UARA-NTEE Butler Plaza Newberry Square 335-1232 332-3937 ACUPUNCTURE DRAGON RISES College of Oriental Medicine Learn how acupuncture works and what it treats < Visit our COLLEGE & low cost Health Clinic! 1000 NE 16th Ave., Bldg. F Ga newle, FL 32601 352-371-2833 www.4rayon rises.com Gators Gather for Championship Gators fans who can't make the trip to Miami will celebrate the Gators' BCS Championship victory over Oklahoma at Cafe Gardens Thursday. They will enjoy: -Really Good Food -Really Cold Beer -No Cover Charge -Extra TV's for the game C GA TlRQ Caf& Gardens 1643 N W 1 Ave. EV E IR Y T] I 1N(G IF IR 10M. Where to live, to who to live with, to electronics, motorcycles & mopeds, to autos and help wanted, to health services and event notices, pets, rides. AND EYERYWIH[IEIRE 1N I13ETAYEEN. -Contact Alligator Classifieds at [352] 373.4482. alligatr

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Ul I I if I have always had the same New Year resolutions: to stop smoking, to start wearing a bra and to stop shopping. Cameron Diaz Stephanie Granada writes about spring fashion and color 10 therapy in this week's fashion column. Added bonuses: an interview and photo with a stylish UF student. 13 Sex columnist Ashley Ross gives advice on how to tell m if your fall flame has burned out. Also, Robbie Hilson 1 reviews the new All-American Rejects album. (online If you want to see more streetwear fashion or learn more about the long-awaited Guns N' Roses album, go to www.alligator.org/ the avenue. -.-----~--~Eu January is hardly in full swing, meaning you still have time to reevaluate all of the mistakes you made in 2008 (which includes anything that happened on New Year's Eve). Just avoid these cliched resolutions if you want to keep your promises until February. Resolution No. 1: Get in shape You fantasize about your future toned body and even bought new workout clothes. Too bad you can hardly handle the weight of the two textbooks in your backpack and consider Pop-Tarts a balanced breakfast. Resolution No. 2: Discover a new hobby The slow-motion pace of winter break has led you to believe you have time on your hands. But it's all a mirage to conceal your anxiety about the 18-credit course load your adviser talked you into. The closest thing you'll get to a hobby is working, or maybe even studying. Resolution No. 3: Be a better person The soup kitchen beckons, and you're ready to get your Mother Teresa on. But are you really going to wake up at 8 a.m. on a Saturday to build a house for Habitat for Humanity? Resolution No. 4: Lay off the caffeine You swear you're going to save the $3.99 you usually spend on your daily grande, non-fat, half-caf latte. This will work for about a week until all of the reading you're putting off requires an all-nighter. EL_ --AL-R91

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10, ALLIGATOR THURSDAY, JANUARY 8,2009 Spring brings color therapy, cheer STEPHANIE GRANADA AVENUE WRITER The malls were packed, elaborate sale signs hung decoratively in store windows and anxious souls swarmed the racks searching for the perfect gifts to go under the tree, but nobody bought much. Despite the garland and 20-inch snowflakes, shoppers were in unprecedentedly low spirits this holiday season. Perhaps it's the economy or the warm weather that kept wallets shut this December. Whatever the reason may be, designers aren't having it. In the upcoming season, prepare to see fashion magazines and stores bursting with colorful, bubble-gum-pop clothes, the kind of garments that make you giddy just looking at them. I suppose the theory is that if we can make people happy with clothes, then they will shop. For years, scientists have studied the physical, cognitive and emotional effects of colors. So far, they found that cool colors evoke a peaceful environment, and bright colors excite and warm the body. Color therapy works much like aromatherapy, and it is becoming equally as popular. During the spring fashion shows, designers took advantage of the effects of colors by presenting bright and vibrant clothing lines. Zac Posen showed a series of willowy yellow dresses and blouses, and John Galliano's designs ranged in color from cherry-red to lime-sorbet-greens. Children's prints are in full swing too, with Michael Kors' picnic table plaid and Lanvin's supertailored, Minnie Mouse-style polka dot dress. High-end deOn the Str signers aren't Must-Have alone in the color the perfect craze. Shopping really like c mall stores have Her Way: also started pullold and ne ing out the color contempor wheel hues. For exopposites, ample, the window boots. display at Express Style Icons in the Oaks Mall look to peo has mannequins Liza Minne dressed in jazzy especially N dresses and shiny bloggers fo tanks. What She's Go head-tocessories, a toe with the playters flats, a ground cheer or tone down a bright blouse with dark or In Bloom: neutral bottoms. Flavia Cervantes, If you walk out of 19, a UF marketing student, in your house this seaTurlington Plaza. son looking unusually Photo by Lane bright, fun and young, Nieset. rest assured that you are doing your part in restoring the economy and overall well-being of the community. Now skip on to the mall for a happier us. eet: Flavia Cervantes s: "For spring I am looking for pair of bright platforms. I also )versized clutches." I like to wear a mixture of w things, like vintage and ary pieces. I also mix a lot of such as girly florals with edgy : "Since I have short hair, I ple like Audrey Hepburn or lli. I am crazy about florals, intage, and I look to fashion r inspiration." Wearing: "Betsey Johnson acForever 21 skirt, Urban Outfitnd an H & M cardigan. TIM GLASS MS1TAGERIS by Tennessee Williams HOW ABOUT YOU Based on the best-selling story by Maeve Binchy. *Star-rying Vanessa Redgrave. S Tonight at 6:30 & 8:30pm REPO: THE GENETIC OPERA Friday and Saturday at 10:45 REGISTER NOW FOR A SPRING LEADERSHIP ELECTIVE! 0 I OWI 7 0 4D2008. Paid for by the United States Army. All rights reserved. I

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2009 U ALLIGATOR, 11 A.aiaz'L~ fla.2 W Band stages benefit LANE NIESET AVENUE EDITOR Ina small village in El Salvador, one man has not left in 10 or 12 years. So much time has passed that he can't remember the last time he left. The nearest stream, which is barely a trickle, is a 10 minute hike over hills and poor health conditions prevent many people in the town of El Limon from leaving. On Saturday at the Kickstand, there will be an Indie Dance Party with DJ Cameron to raise money for a public health project benefiting El Limon. The show starts at 9:30 and will feature the bands Th Starmaker and Waylon Thorton cau and the Heavy Gainesville, t Hands. Pre-sale the enter tickets are a $5 --JohnV donation or $6 the Starm day of the event. The show will be the first event in a series of fundraisers for the UF-affiliated group Student Outreach: El Limon (S.O.L) and its trip in May. This is the third year the group is making a trip to deliver medical supplies and other donated items to the community, as well as assist the local e se h ta k clinics. "It is sad to see a place that has such extreme poverty is so close," said Mirna Patricia Amaya, the co-president of S.O.L. "It is unbelievable to see that in 2009 these people have never had electricity and they are afflicted with simple and preventable diseases." Some of the projects the group assists with in El Limon are purifying the water, educating families about diseases, and assessing environmental problems in the community. With the help of two medical doce are so many tors, the group .assessed eighty s, especially in pesed efgt percent of the it it helps to add homes on its inment factor own last year. |er With the clinics' Students from S.O.L. h er tne group surlong." veys the needs ln. of the citizens and goes out into John Waller of Starmaker said the community to each home to he chose to play at the show to assist with primary care. spread the word and bring aware"It's a new way of reaching ness. "There are so many causes, people and we learn why these especially in Gainesville, that it conditions are occurring." Amaya helps to add the entertainment said. "It is strenuous work and factor," he said. "Maybe this will you could see why some peohelp people remember this cause ple hadn't left the village in so and out donated items to people in the village of El Limon. This year, the group is lookpeople, Amaya said. ing for donations of shoes, chilSusan Fesperman, dren's clothing, dental supplies, president, hopes the b and computers and microscopes will help people learn for the clinic. The group's goals the group and becom for the future include creating a in the cause. "These small community farm, bringing so little, but they are more water to the area, making and opened their ho the community more prosperous, she said. "It is hard to and improving the diet of the living with so little." the other coenefit show more about e interested people have so generous mes to us," see anyone Start Here. GTesibille Health & Fitness" Group Personal Training 4 weeks for $175 Newberry Road 377-4955 Tioga 692-2180 For Women 374-4634 HEALTH INSURANCE "Students need Health Insurance. Help protect yourself from the rising cost of medical services. You deserve quality health insurance coverage, and it is available for you. We at Chip Williams & Associates will help you acquire that insurance:' Chip Williams WE FIND ANSWERS. CHIP WILLIAMS & ASSOCIATES A Contracted General Agency For: Independent Insurance Agents BlueCross BlueShield of Florida A* hdpndn LBunfh d 373-0775 3669 S.W. 2nd Avenue FomNumber 1839SU Don't be chicken. Stop your friends from driving drunk. A Heady

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12, ALLIGATOR THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, THURSDAY, JANUARY 8,2009 Afternoon Tea Time Merlion Join us and experience afternoon tea time! Special selection from British and Asian style teas. Variety of tea appetizers served with a pot of tea of your choice. Over 24 types of tea available. Seating available for parties for up to 50 people. Private rooms available. Tea time between noon and 5pm. Free wireless internet access. 3610 SW 13th St. 376-8998 www.merlionrestaurant.net American Cafe Gardens Caf6 Gardens has been just across from campus since 1976. This quaint landmark establishment with award winning courtyard dining is perfect for any date or gathering. Open 7 days. For live music schedule, call 376-2233 1643 NW Ist Ave Great Outdoors Restaurant Voted Best New Restaurant in Forida! Our award winning menu includes fabulous steaks, Elk, Bison, Duck, Maple Plank salmon, and even gatortail! Our Harris Ranch burgers, signature salads, and homemade soups are fantastic. Wood burning fireplace, live bands on the patio, two full service bars. Drive to Historic High Springs, only 25 minutes from campus! 386-454-1288 www.greatoutdoorsdining.com Peach Valley Caf6 We specialize in scratch cooking that's available for dine in or take out for all your breakfast and lunch needs. This sister restaurant to Stonewood Grill and Tavern has a breakfast menu that includes everything from eggs benedict, a wide selection of gourmet omelets, pancakes, french toast, muffins and more. Be sure to try our famous Buttermilk Drop Biscuits & Sausage Gravy, and our one of a kind Sack of Orchard Fresh American Apple Fritters, made from Granny Smith apples, tossed in a blend of cinnamon and sugar. We also offer breakfast on the go with our breakfast wrap, egg sandwich and seasonal fruit bowl. For lunch, enjoy one of our valley fresh salads, sandwiches, burgers or gourmet wraps. You can't go wrong with the Pine Grove Chicken sandwich, made with a fresh, char-grilled chicken breast, smoked bacon and melted cheese. Our burgers are hand packed and made from fresh choice sirloin, NY strip and filet mignon. Our popular Sequoia Burger is made with caramelized red onions, sauteed mushrooms, smoked bacon and melted provolone cheese. We also serve a variety of gourmet wraps, perfect for when you're on the go. Our line of beverages includes specialty coffees, beer and wine. Take out is available (Call ahead to order), as well as catering and party platters. Open 7 AM -8 PM every day. We're located at 3275 S.W 34th St., next to Carrabbas and behind Hooters. 352-376-1834 THE SWAMP RESTAURANT The Swamp offers something for everyone; signature wings, fresh dishes and an atmosphere sure to please. Sit outside and enjoy cool misting systems on cozy outside decks or sit inside and see the best memorabilia in town. Swamp, daily offers lunch, dinner and drink specials and a happy hour from 4 to 8pm. Don't forget your curbside service and remember The Swamp always caters to you! www.swamprestaunrant. com 1642 W Univ. Ave 37-SWAMP Akan Liquid Ginger Asian Grille & Teahouse 101 SE 2nd Pl. (behind Hippodrome Theatre Downtown) Offering Asian Fusion Cuisine in a relaxing hAn Asian Chinese Cuban atmosphere. Wed and Thurs night $4 martinis. Open for lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30-2:30 Sun 12-5 and dinner Sun-Thurs 5-10pm Fri-Sat 5-10:30 pm. Call 371-2323 for a reservation. Barbecue David's BBQ Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Eat-in, Take-out, Drive Thru, Catering or Tailgating. Everybody loves David's BBQ because, unlike ordinary BBQ places, David's cooks over a real wood fire! Eat where the locals eat! Voted #1 BBQ in Gainesville! Approved caterer for UF's Emerson Alumni Hall. Mon. thru Sat. 7am 'til 9pm. Sundays open at 8am. Drive Thru 'til 9:30pm seven days! 352-373-2002. Have David's BBQ delivered by Gatorfood. com. FREE WIFI 5121 NW 39th Ave. www.davidsBBQ.com Bistro Bistro 1245 Open Daily for Lunch and Dinner with a wide variety of unique and affordable wines, gourmet sandwiches, fresh pasta, salads and desserts. Treat yourself to our weekly wine tasting for only $7.95 376-0000 adjoining to leonardo's Breaowk fa and Lunch Bagels Unlimited Serving Gainesville for over 25 years. BU is a tradition of sorts. We offer many breakfast platters cooked fresh, featuring omelettes, eggs any style, large pancakes, French Toast, Knishes, 17 varieties of bagels and a large assortment of spreads. Also available are tofu and tempeh. Over 100 bottles of hot sauces are available for sampling. 1222 West University Ave. Open everyday from 6:30am3pm. Golden Buddha Where eating wells means eating healthy. Gainesville's best Chinese food. Now with more sizes available with more vegetarian options. As always, generous portions, fast service & super lunch/dinner combos. FREE DELIVERY. 613 NW 16th Ave. 3724282 or 380-9076. Full menu and specials @ GoldenBuddhaSpecial.com Coffee Shop Maude's Classic Coffee A gourmet coffee shoppe with a wide array of desserts and treats made daily. We also serve delicious sandwiches, salads, appetizers, beer, & wine. Much of our menu is vegan or vegetarian friendly. Bring your own CLEAN 12 oz. cup and get a daily brew for a buck. Indoor and outdoor seating available. Free wireless and parking behind the building. Downtown Gainesville 336-9646. Cuban Virtually Cuban Restaurant & Internet Cafe BREAKFAST-LUNCH-DINNERCATERING Located at 2409 SW 13th St just 1/4 mile from Shands Hospital. We specialize in authentic Cuban food. Breakfast specials are cooked to order and start at $3.99, Lunch special sandwiches start at $6.65 and entree sepcials at $7.40. Serving a variety of sandwiches pressed on fresh Cuban bread. Ropa Vieja, Chicken Fricase, Picadillo, Roast Pork, Bistec de Palomilla, Pork Chops, Shrimp Creole and Scampi are just a few of the entrees. Also available are empanadas, Cuban pastries, croquettes, flan, guava cheesecake and other Cuban delicacies. Open Monday-Friday 6:45am-9pm, Saturday llam-9pm, Sunday closed. For the latest menu and hours please visit our website virtuallycuban.com or call 336-4125 Frozen Treats TCBY Please visit one of our 3 locations to enjoy real frozen yogurt products. We offer the lowest calorie and low fat soft serve in Gainesville that tastes great and is good for you. Waffle Cone Wednesday from 5-8pm. Locations at 34th Street next to Crispers, Thornebrook Village at 43rd Street and Town of Tioga. Check us out on Facebook. Jamaican Caribbean Queen Offering jerk chicken, curry goat and oxtail. Opened Mon thru Thurs 11am7:30pm, Fri and Sat 11am11:45pm. Located at 507 NW 5th Ave. 352-374-8111 Japanese Bento Cafe Check out Gainesville's most popular sushi joint. Enjoy our Bento boxes, boba tea, sashimi bowls, and noodle bowls in a hip, trendy atmosphere. Two great locations with outside eating. Open every day for carryout or dine-in. Call our Newberry Rd. location at 3778686 or our Archer Rd. location at 224-5123. Key West Style Cabana Cove Caribbean Grille Open for Lunch & Dinner $6.99 Daily Lunch Specials World Famous Conch Fritters G'ville's Nicest Outdoor Dining Sunday Brunch 10am-2pm w/Complimentary Mimosas $4 Martini Menu Wednesdays $4 Mojito Menu Thursdays Full Service Catering Key West Style $5 off next $25 purchase With This Ad 352-377-3278 www.cabanacove.net 2410 NW 43rd St. Gainesville, Fl. 32606 Located Behind Garden Gate Nursery Latin Chinese Green Plantains 'Ty out Monfongo, chofan & grill mojito chicken. Don't miss out $4.95 dinner & soda on Thursday, student night from 4pm-lOpm. Show Gator ID. Visit us at 5150 SW 34th Street at the new Publix Shopping Center 7 days a week. We cater. 352-378-1930. Happy Hour Mon-Fri 4-7pm. 2 for 1 Beer Special. www.greenplantains.com Latin Fusion Emiliano's Cafe Come taste our Latin cuisine with original tapas and a wide selection of Mojitos and imported wines and beers. Perfect for social or business gatherings. The Sundowner daily happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. features 2-4-1 sangria and mimosas, $2 imported beers, 1/2 price wines by the bottle and $1 off all tapas. Try our Sunday Brunch with endless mimosas from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. SE 1st Ave. For reservations call 352-375-7381 www.emilianoscafe.com Local & Organic Mildred's Big City Food When you eat at Mildred's you're investing in your community! We buy more local food than ALL other restaurants combined. Our Food is NOT Processed. Start Living Healthy! Fresh Food Made From Scratch! LOCAL. ORGANIC. GOOD. Inexpensive specialty cakes! JUST MINUTES FROM CAMPUS-ON THE BUS ROUTE 3445 W. University Ave. 371-1711 www.mildredsbigcityfood.com Local & Organic New Deal Cafe Keepin' it fresh. Keepin' it real. We buy fresh products: Meat, Fish & Veggies NO ONE comes close to our commitment to sustainable agriculture. Best Burger in Town!!! This 12oz MONSTER is the best BANG for your BUCK!! Try Gainesville's Undiscovered Diamond in the Ruff. Stellar Martini Menu & Beer Selection! 371-4418 Mediterranean TI AMO! Mediterranean restaurant & bar Where FOOD & LOVE Meet! Southern Living Magazine agrees, "[the chef] adds visual flair to every dish to make it as good-looking as it is flavorful." NEW Happy Hour Specials! Everyday 4pm-7pm There's something for everyone! Small and Large Plates for Tapas Style Dining. Amazing party space, affordable prices & terrific service. Visit www.tiamogainesville.com 12 SE 2nd Ave. 378-6307 Pizza LEONARDO'S PIZZA LEGEND SINCE 1973 NEW YORK AND HI-RISE PIZZA, SALADS, PASTAS, CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES, COFFEES AND SCENE. 1245 W UNIV AVE 8:00 AM -MIDNIGHT Mellow Mushroom We're not sure what is more unique about the Mellow Mushroom--the prices themselves or the value that you get for such reasonable prices. You can eat there on a student budget, but the quality of ingredients and the love that go into every item is good enough to share with your mom. Or boyfriend. There are plenty of salads and you can build your own or enjoy locally produced tempeh, avocado, and teriyaki on the one hand, or a loaded pie like the mighty meaty or the 10-ingredient house special. You might say there's something there for every one of your four boyfriends. Just make sure everyone knows it's your Pizza restaurant before you take them. Lunch & Dinner 7 Days, Outside Seating, Unique Beers. Call for specific hours and delivery information. Original Pizza Palace Our philosophy has always been that fresh is best. Enjoy daily bread baked on site, pizzas, great soups + salads, homemade dressings, freshly ground sausage; beer, wine, and awesome desserts. Sweetwater organic coffee, Bageland bagels, Artie's Tempeh. Open for Breakfast and Lunch: M-F 6:30am-2pm, Sat-Sun 8am-3pm. Dinner: Sun-Thur Spm-llpm, Fri-Sat 5pm12am. We love vegans. Vegetarian Book Lover's Cafe Vegetarian and Vegan cuisine. Natural, organic, fair trade, meals, sandwiches, soups, home-baked desserts. Brunch Weekends, Cupcake Mon., Greek Special Wed 6pm, Ethiopian Thurs 6pm. c.cards 10am-9pm. 505 NW 13th St. 384-0090 Vietnamese Saigon Legend Delicious traditional Vietnamese cuisine. Pho, BanhCuon, Banh Xeo at great prices. Next to Holiday Inn. Dine in or take out. Catering available. M-S 10:30am -9:30pm S 11:30am-9pm. 374-0934 1228 W Univ. Ave. For more info on the guide to Dining Out, contact Daniel Webber, Alligator Advertising 376.4482 a11ig tor FALL OUT BOY "FOLIE A DEUX" Because teens still shop at Hot Topic, skinny jeans are recession-proof and Pete Wentz is still the object of many tabloids, Fall Out Boy continues to release products under the this-ship-hasn'tsailed "emo" label. Is this an accurate description of the band's sound? Please. "Folie A Deux" reeks drama, from its meaty, disconicking first single "I Don't Care," to the ohh-ohh crammed "She's My Winona," right down to the pretentious song titles -file the song "Disloyal Order of Water Buffaloes" under 10 Phrases More Preposterous Than "Folie A Deux." Thankfully, as evidenced by lyrics like "Nobody wants to hear you sing about tragedy," the boys are in on their own joke and pretty much insulated from backlash. Let those of us without tight pants cast the first stone. ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS "WHEN THE WORLD COMES DOWN" Here's a dirty little secret: The All-American Rejects have no backbone. But then neither do lobsters, and they're doing just fine. In "When the 5A""" World Comes Down," the too-pretty Oklahoma natives pack all the punch of an aging Oscar de la Hoya, but when your clientele is teenage girls -text: omg! Gr8est band ever!!! -substance takes a back seat to confessions like, "There's a part of you that's still inside of me." If you can stomach the gratuitous fluff, the big melodies -"Another Heart Calls," "Believe" -go a long way toward quenching your sugar fix. It's when the guys use their sappy sound to vent ("Gives You Hell") that they run into trouble. Using strings, synths and pretty harmonies to convey pent-up anger? About as believable as Ben Stein the motivational speaker. Rekindling fall flame 0 ASHLEY ROSS AVENUE WRITER 0 Ah, winter break. Plenty of time to Do not, by any means, play games. catch up with old friends, chill with Break can be like a long weekend the family, cozy up in front of the where you just don't talk, and 0 fireplace with hot cocoa and mess things can pick up just how you left around with the new iPhone or them. Or maybe you get back and 9 Blackberry Storm. But while you'd realize there's no point in trying to think all of these things would keep rekindle the fallen flame. you busy, your mind is still stuck on But stick with your gut and the what's-her-name or 'the boy,' also clich d advice to follow your heart. known as your fall fling. If you want to call then call. If you For the last couple of months, want to text then text. But never 0 you've been texting each other double text because you will look every night around nine to see if like a desperate loner whoadidn't there's a chanceBohfyuween get kissed at midyou'll both be at Both of you were on ight on New midtown later break, which technically Year's Eve. 0 and readily availmeans break from school If you run into able for some tipbut can also mean break from them before you 9 sy sexy time once each other. What happened actually talk, play the bars close, it cool and be nice. 9 You're not techniunder the mistletoe stays," You must rememcally dating (far under the mistletoe. ber that without 0 from Facebook having answered official), but neither of you are curthe infamous "What are we?" ques* rently listed as single. tion, neither one of you were reThen came exam week, and sponsible for contacting the other maybe you hooked up a few times over break, so you can't be mad to blow off study steam, but each of if there was no connection. If you you then headed home on different act upset or even show the slight* days without even formally saying est twinge of frustration for having goodbye. With no classification, it's not heard from them, you may be hard to decide how to handle the categorized as obsessive or too atnext few weeks of separation. tached. 0 If this is your situation, then If things pick back up right away, your communication over break congratulations. But be aware that 0 could've gone one of two ways. it may not be smooth sailing. Both Either you didn't talk to the fling of you were on break, which tech* at all or there were a few random nically means break from school texts and calls. So, the question rebut can also mean break from each mains: Where do we go from here? other. What happened under the Who makes the first move? What if mistletoe stays under the mistletoe. he isn't even interested in me anySo, whether your fall flinghas more? flung or has progressed into a No matter how much or little spring fling, remember to take it you talked to your fall fling over easy and accept it for what it was, break, one rule must be followed is or might be. Either way, you defiupon your return to Gainesville: nitely got some out of it. THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2009 0 A LLIGATOR, 13

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Low move-in fees*FREE Parking W/D*Alarms*Pool*Wood Floors www.arlingtonsquare.org Move-in TODAY! 338-0002 4-22-72-2 Apartments off SW 20th Ave. Close to shopping, bus line and a few miles from UF Price range $445 to $665. Includes water, sewer, garbage and pest control. Sorry no pets allowed. Call 335-7066 Mon-Fri. 422-08-72-2 1 & 2 BRs -Now & August! Quiet, Convenient, Affordable *1 BR $560 ** 2 BR $639 Walk/Bike to UF/Shands Pets OK 372-7555 4-22-08-72-2 Deluxe, Large 3, 4, 5, 6, 7BR apt/house, 60 second walk to UF. Remodeled, Old House charm. Central AC, washer/dryer included. Wood floors. With Parking. By Private Owner. 538-2181 lv message 4-22-08-72-2 Available TODAY & Jan! 2/1.5 900 sq. ft -$651 Townhome! Washer/dryer! Dishwasher! We love Petsi No move-in fees! Pinetreegardens com*376-4002 4-22-72-2 Deluxe, large one or two bedroom, 60 second walk to UF. Wood firs, washer dryer included, fireplace, patio deck. Can furnish. Short term available. Private Owner. $595-up. 352-5382181. Lv msg 4-22-08-72-2 MONTH FREE-No Fees Oxford Manor-Huge 1's-2's-3's >1 m from UFi Giant 24hr gym FREE tanning&cablei!! Call today (352) 377-2777 4-22-72-2 M ELLIE'S HOUSES M Quality single family homes. Walk or bike to UF. www.ellieshouses.com 352-215-4991 or 352-215-4990 12-11-171-2 2BRs STEPS TO UF! S0 MOVE IN FEES $500 Signing Bonus! As low as $296/person 371-7777 CollegeParkUFocom 4-22-08-72-2 Now you can easily submit your classified ad for print and/or web editions right thru our website! Just go to www.alligator.org/classifieds Visa and Mastercard accepted. THE LAURELS APARTMENTS *Sign TODAY, get 1 MONTH FREE* on our luxury, 2/2 & 3/3 townhomes FREE Cable w/HBO and Showtime All Amenities plus FREE Tanning Gated*Alarms*Pet Friendly 335-4455 www.thelaurelsuf.com 4-22-08-72-2 Huge 2 & 3 BR's Starting at $730 Pets Welcome Great location Close to UF, Dining 373-1111* SpanishTrace.org 4-22-08-72-2 Don't Settle Come Home to Cobblestone 2/2 & 3/3 Luxury Apts. Tanning, Pool, Bus stop, Cable, Dog Park & MORE! (352)377-2801 4-22-72-2 1&2BRSAVAILABLENOW!NOMOVE-INFEES! 1/1750 SQ FT -$699 2/21007 sq ft for $799 or $899 for brand new & w/d. Water & Sewer Included! Call Today! 352-376-2507 4-22-08-72-2 LOW Rates! Huge 1&2 Beds starting at $699 FREE Cable Free Tanning' W/D in each unit!*Hot tub We love pets: 372-8100 4-22-72-2 1,2,&3BRSPACIOUSHomesAvailableNOW1i No Move-in Fees! 1/1 Loft (very unique)-$649 1/1 Flat (800 sqft)$699, 2/2 foronly $769, 3/2 for only $899-$969 352-377-7401 4-22-08-72-2 ALL THE SPACE YOU NEED At the price you want No Move-in Fees! Move in TODAY! 1, 1 w/den & 2 BRs -Reduced Rates! FREE UF parking FREE Gym Pets Welcome 352-332-7401 4-22-72-2 MPARKINGRE Private, Secure, Guaranteed. 60 sec to UF. Reserve now! Reasonable rates. 352-5382181. Can leave mssg. 4-22-08-72-2 Your Mom wants you to live here 1, 2, or 3 BR *Great Deals* Pet friendly, Gated (352)372-0400 4-22-72-2 JANUARY SPECIALS! Why wait to move in the Fall? Luxury 1/1 @ $699 No Deposit -Move in TODAY! 352-335-7656 www.thepolosuf.com 4-22-72-2 Affordable, Quiet, Comfortable 1's from $539 2's from $375/person Close to UF, Shands, Butler Plaza Pet Friendly *376-1248 www. hiddenvillageapt.com 4-22-08-72-2 AS BIG ASA HOUSE Huge 4BR TH W/D inc. FREE UF Parking*FREE Gym Call for specials 332-7401 4-22-72-2 A Lot for so Little! 1 &2 Beds from $699! Free Tanningi*Full W/D! Pet friendly*Lots of Space No move-in fees 372-81001 4-22-08-72-2 Downtown Luxury & Cash Back 4 Fall! Too Good To Be True! Perfect Location-Great Price W/D*Wood Floors*Bring Your Pets! Great parking-walk to bars-bike to UF Reserve now! 338-0002 4-22-72-2 MUSEUM WALK Gainesville's Best Kept Secret Leasing for Fall & NOWi Luxury 2/2's & 3/3's FREE Cable, FREE Tanning, FREE Alarms Walk to UF *379-WALK 4-22-72-2 THREE BLOCKS TO UF! 2br/1 ba from $700 No Move-in Fees! Water included Wood floors avail! Pets loved! FREE Parking! 372-7111 4-22-08-72-2 LAKEWOOD VILLAS Large 1, 2 & 3 bdrm Floor Plans; Starting at $695 Furniture Packages Inc. Washer/Dryer, Workout Rm, Tennis Court, Swimming Pool, Sauna etc. Mon-Fri 9-6, Sat 10-3 700 SW 62nd Blvd 877-781-8314 www.lakewoodvilllas.com 4-22-08-72-2 MSPYGLASSM Individual Leases. Furniture Packages, Incl Washer/Dryer, FREE Hispeed Internet; Every Unit is an End Unit Mon-Fri 10-5:30, Sat 11-2 701 SW 62nd Blvd 888-267-5078 www.spyglassapts.com 4-22-08-72-2 ACROSS FROM UF! No Move-in Fees! Pets loved Studios -$549, includes electric! Wood floors available FREE parking. 372-7111 Collegemanor.org 4-22-08-72-2 Where in the world is Hidden Lake? You may want to find these luxury apts! 3/3's start at $425 person for Immediate 2/2'sare$490person, ncludesCable&Internet Call Now 352-374-3866 4-22-08-72-2 AVAILABLE TODAY! 1BRs As low as $514 $0 move in fees Pets ok, W/D Avail, Wood Floors Avail, Pool 371-0769 CollegeParkUF.com 4-22-08-72-2 Walk to Class! 1brs from $599 -150 ft from UF! $0 move-in fees! Move-in Today! FREE parking! Pets Welcome 372-7111 CollegeManor.org 4-22-08-72-2 Vaulted ceilings, resort style pool. And moreI Your luxurious 4/4 is waiting COME IN TODAY and receive a personal check for. $300i! 352-271-3131 4-22-72-2 Action Real Estate Services Houses to Condos 1-4 BR, Starting at $450 www.action-realtors.com 352-331-1133 4-22-08-72-2 Moving in the FALL? Close to UF -Tanning, 3 Pools 24 hr gym, Billiards Room B-ball, V-ball & Tennis courts 352-335-7656 www.thepolosuf.com 4-22-72-2 Gator Championship Special Sign a lease and get up to $1,800 cash Visit our models and sign for Fall 09 Huge, luxury 1 br-4brs with TVs in kitchen Beach-entry pool*free tanning*pet friendly *352.376.0696 www.EnclaveUF.com* 4-22-08-72-2 Now you can easily submit your classified ad for print and/or web editions right thru our website! Just go to www.alligator.org/classifieds Visa and Mastercard accepted.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 20090 ALLIGATOR, 15 For Rent For Rent For Rent For Rent For Rent ll unfurnished J 11 unfurnished ] a l unfurnished ] l unfurnished ] ll unfurnished J 2 bed luxury condos for rent. Granite tops, tall ceilings, private balcony, super quiet construction. $1600/mo. Call Eric Wild at 352-870-9453 4-22-72-2 ***4BR/2BA HISTORIC HOUSE*** 10 blocks to UF. Neardowntown. High ceiling, wood floor, cent A/C, W/D, tons of character. Avail Now 237SW4thAve.$980/mo 352-2149270 4-22-08-72-2 WOODLANDD VILLASOO 2BR units starting at $695. Gated community. Private courtyards. M-F 10-6 Sat. 10-2 5950 SW 20th Ave. 888-803-7678 www.woodlandvillas.com 4-22-08-72-2 OTHE PALMS Walk to UF Spacious 2/2 condo Guaranteed parking. Pool. Starting @$1250. 230 SW 2nd Ave. 494-6027 www.gainesvillepalms.com 4-22-08-72-2 MOVE IN TODAY!! Great Specials on all our units! Minutes to UF, Shands, & SFCC! 1/1, 2/2, & 3/3 units available! 352-335-7656 www.thepolosuf.com 4-22-72-2 THE GROVE VILLAS 0 Rental Community 1 1/2 mo. FREE RENT 1BR Loft Style Starting at $600 Gated Community 6400 SW 20th Ave. 888-373-0849 4-22-08-72-2 1/1, Ridgeview, free water, next to park, on the bus line, cent H/A, courtyard, 2 miles to UF, convenient to shopping, no smoking, no pets. $470 SD, $470/mo 562-2824 1-1208-35-2 STUDIO & 1 BR -Walk to UF Available Dec & Jan 1st. $410-$495/mo. Gore Rabell Real Estate 378-1387 Gore-Rabell.com 4-22-08-72-2 2b,1b 1 block MidTown 2 Car Decal WiFi-Internet Washer & Dryer* Jan-July 204 NW 18 St Manny 352 317 4408 1-20-08-41-2 RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT PRICE, RIGHT NOW Steps from VA, Shands, Vet School & UF. 1 & 2 Bedrooms from $625. Grad student & VA/Shands discounts Renovated units avail Union Properties@Summit House 376-9668 4-22-08-72-2 Spacious 1 & 2 & 3 bedrooms.starting at $525. $625 & $795. Different floor plans some with enclosed patios or balconies. Italian Tile, bedrooms carpeted, D/W, W/D hookups, verticals Central Heat & air. Lots of storage space. Near bus route .332-7700 1-30-38-2 SUN ISLAND 1 BRs from $580 2BRs from $650 Sun Bay 0 Sun Key 0 Sun Harbor 352-376-6720 4-22-08-72-2 SERENOLA PINES APTS Off SW 34th St near post office 1BR $515, 2BR $580 Call for daily specials 352-335-0420 1-30-08-48-2 WOODLAND TERRACE APTS Off SW 34th St near post office. 2BR $535 Call for daily specials 352-335-0420 1-30-08-48-2 Available TODAY! No move-in fees & 1 mo free 2/2 975 sq ft -$705 3/2 :1096 sq ft -$866 pinetreegardens.com 376-4002 4-22-08-72-2 PET'S PARADISE $375 -$650. No app or pet fee. 1 & 2BR, privacy fenced. SW. 352-331-2099 1-2008-21-2 Room in 3br house includes all utilitiesinternet and washer/dryer. Ten minutes from campus. One at 400 and one at 350. 3331 nw 29th ave Call 850-803-5342 1-9-08-15-2 100+ Apts: Walk to UF Live within 3 blocks of Criser Hall Studios to 6BR Houses Virtual tours & photos www.ForRentNearUF.com 352-376-6223 4-22-72-2 Summit House 1 BR Condo for $605 per mo. Quiet, near VA and Shands, $250 security. Lease negotiable. Call 352-672-1482 1-13-08-15-2 3BR 2BA House for rent. Privacy fence, new wood floors, fireplace and attached garage. Quiet neighborhood, Off Tower Rd. ONLY $950/mth 352-494-6485 1-16-08-14-2 MONTICELLO CONDO 2BR/2BA 1 car garage. Pool & tennis court privileges. Across from GHFC. No pets. $1000/mo. Call 331-6872 1-20-08-15-2 **3/2, 3 Blocks to UF** W/D, Pets, Dec Free $1200/mo. 352-375-8256 4-22-76-2 BRAND NEW FOR AUG 09 CAMPUS VIEW PLACE 2BR/2BA OR 3BR/3BA Luxury Suites near Shands, Norman Hall, UF Sorority Row 1240 SW 9th Road Please visit us at the model 1185 SW9th Road 1-5pm Union Properties 352-373-7578 www.campusviewplace.com 4-22-75-2 LEASING FOR AUG 09 Quality Student Housing Near UF, Norman & Shands 1,2,3,4 & 5 BR Properties List Avail Jan 20th!! Please call or email us to Receive a list before they Are all gone!!! Union Properties 352-373-7578 info@rentgainesville.com www.rentgainesville.com 4-22-75-2 CAMPUS VIEW SOUTH Now Leasing 2BR/2BA Luxury Dual Suites 1185 SW 9th RD $1000/mo Close to UF, Norman Hall & Sorority Row. Union Properties 352-373-7578 www.rentgainesville.com 4-22-75-2 WW.RENTGAINESVILLE.COM Check out all of our available listings! 1, 2, 3 & 4BR Properties. Many have been drastically reduced For immediate occupancy! Union Properties 352-373-7578 4-22-75-2 NOW LEASING 2BR/1L5BA MidTown Apts Parking/laundry hkups WalIk to U F $850/mo Union Properties 352-373-7578 www.rentgainesville.com 4-22-75-2 PET FRIENDLY! 3BR/3BA w room to run behind Hilton on SW 34th ST Union Properties 352-373-7578 www.rentgainesville.com 4-22-75-2 Available NOW 1BR/1BAw/laundry hkups Pets OK w/fee close to UF Water, sewer & trash incl. Union Properties 352-373-7578 www.rentgainesville.com 4-22-75-2 $995/MO 3BR/2BA NEAR UF!! w/d incl. 2041 NW 7th Place Large family room w/fireplace Hardwood floors & nice yard Union Properties 352-373-7578 www.rentgainesville.com 4-22-75-2 For rent 4 bd 2 bath with family room. Close to university, schools, shopping and dining. Great for roommate sharing. Call Bobbie at 352-514-6712 1-8-08-5-2 *CAMPUS EDGE CONDO* 2/2 Walk to UF, Shands & VA. Tile floor, W/D in unit, avail fall. Reasonable rate. 239-2506149, 239-992-2449 1-30-08-19-2 5BR/3BA HOUSE Block from law school, biking distance from UF. W/D incl. Pets ok. Huge yard. $1600/mo. Call Solomon 262-3472 2-3-08-20-2 2BR/2.5BA -$725/mo. 2BR/1.5BA -$625/mo. Off SW 34th St. Close to UF, Shands, shopping & dining. Fenced yard, util room. private parking, pets ok. Call Solomon 262-3472 2-3-08-20-2 University Terrace West 1 Female needed $325/mo Lease through July 2009 Union Properties 352-373-7578 www.rentgainesville.com 4-22-72-2 WALK TO SANTA FE 2bd/2ba $750/mo 1 car garage. dw, mw. wd incl Fenced yard. Avail Now! Union Properties 352-373-7578 www.rentgainesville.com 4-22-72-2 Mallorca Unit near Royal Park 2BD/2.5BAAvail Now!! Beautiful, luxury townhouse w/ garage. $950/mo Union Properties 352-373-7578 www.rentgainesville.com 4-22-72-2 Visit www.gatorpads.com for available units or call 352-284-0316 / 352-281-0733 Houses, Duplexes, Condo, Townhouses. Walk/Bike/Bus to UF. Neat, clean, quality 1-30-08-18-2 HERE IT IS! RENT REDUCED.UPSCALE Charleston Place Condo, 2/2, W/D in unit, just repaintedall tile floors,DWscreened porch, 2nd floor, call 352-335-3787 1-12-09-5-2 MOVE IN TODAY Casa East end unit 2BR/2.5BA $800/mo Pets OK w Fee Union Properties 352-373-7578 www.rentgainesville.com 4-22-75-2 0 "Copyrighted Materi de,' Syndicated Content)I Available from Commercial News Providers a' am I -pull p I

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16, ALLIGATOR THURSDAY, JANUARY 8,2009 For Rent For Rent For Rent ubses eases a ll unfurnishedJ 1 unfurnished ]a ll unfurnished 1 1 J Sulae a ln ulae 2 story 2 bdrm 2 bth w/firplace in Shell Rock Villas. Nicearea closeto UF, OaksMall and bus stop.$625mo plussecurity dep $600. Call Ms. Mitchell (678) 642-1223 1-12-09-5-2 2BR/2BA Townhouse, small pets ok! private courtyard,icemaker,dishwasher,washer/dryer hookup.walkto restraunts/grocery. $799. mo. quiet neighbors. 318-0089 2-4-09-21-2 Room for rent with private bathroom in 2/2.5 townhouse. 2.5 miles from UF. W/D upstairs; alarm; common areas furnished. $450/month & half of utilities. Negotiable. Call Jenn (352) 672-0238 1-20-09-10-2 DUCK POND! Historic 3/1 house for rent in walking distance to downtown, bike to UF. Hardwood floors, large backyard. 723 NE 8th Avenue. Cats OK. $1100/month. Call Kris352514-4544 1-9-09-4-2 2bd/2.5batownhouse. Petfriendly.Closetol-75 and bus route to main campus. New paint and 2parkingspaces. Rentis$750amonth plus$1 0 perpet.Januaryfree!!CallRhondaat(727)-2434688. 2-3-09-20-2 Roomy 1 BdRm/1 Bath NowAvail; Brandywine, OldArcher Rd. $650 per mo incl. water. Ready to move in. First floor, carpeted, private. Full kitchen.Verynice.Call813-924-7192whilelasts. 1-20-09-10-2 3BR/2B House near Westside Park. Beautiful hardwoodfIrs.LgLR,DR,FamilyRm.Dishwasher, Cent AC&Htr. Free laundry fac. Fenced, landscapedyd.Monthlyprepaydiscount. 1019NW 36th Dr. $1395/mo+Util. 773-206-1774 1-2009-10-2 House 4br 3 bath, 3000+sf, 1 mile to UF, w/d, pets ok, $1900. 352-213-3943 1-12-5-2 JuMSLI LOTSOFGREENSPACE 2BRhome. $700/mo.352-378-9220or213-3901 1-20-09-10-2 FREE SCOOTER when you sign a one year lease. Near UF, 3BR/2BA+ Office, fenced, petsOK, lawn care manyextras. $1650/mo. 1003NW22ndSt.352256-3945 1-16-9-2 Rocky Point Apartments 3/2 W/D hkps Pets welcome! $899.00 call now 352-376-1619 2-3-09-20-2 TheGreensatWestEnd-2bd/2bacondo,vaulted ceilings, computer nook, screened porch, attached 1 car garage. Rent is $1100/mo. Call Anna at 352-318-2183. 1-13-09-5-2 1 BRapt.w/pvt gated courtyard located in small proffesionalcomplex@3320SW23dSt.Single, matureapplicantsonly. $540.00/mosmall pets ok @ $25.00/mo 352 377-2150 Please leave a msg. 1-21-09-10-2 Spacious 1 BR/i BA Condo *Only 1.8 mi to UF *Completely remodeled *Poolclubhouse,fitness center 1$675/mo. Call 954-650-8919 1-13-09-5-2 4BED3BATHHOUSEFORRENTSTARINGAUG 1, 2009. On UniversityAve nearthe cornerof NW30th St. $2,000 per month, petsOK. Large backyard and deck. Call 630-390-6612. 2-2709-37-2 BEAUTIFULCONDOFORRENT!FIRSTMONTH FREE! 3 bed/2 bath, laminate wood floors, fencedbackdeck, 1.5 milestoUF!Allappliances included.Available NOW! Pleasecall(352)3843604oremailenkanderson@gmai.com 1-1309-5-2 **Duckpond Duplex** 2BR/1 BAinquietneighborhood.Closetodowntown &on busline. Spacious, carpeted,W/Don premises, D/W, Cent H/AC. No dogs. $650/mo Available now 352-376-0080 1-21-09-10-2 POOL HOUSE AVAIL NOW! BiketoUF4BR/3BA,over2000sf,niceareal mi to UF. 2816WUn ivAve. $1500/mo orcan divide into 3/2 for $1200/mo. Pool service extra3766183, 352-327-2931 1-13-09-5-2 2BR/2.5BA Townhouse condo nearUF. Wired for inet + sec system, W/D hk-up, appliances, comm pool,2 MasterBRsw/own BA, Idealfor2 toshare. 1st& secdep req.$1100/mo954-8057827 dennismiller@tycoint.com 1-21-09-10-2 Duckpond 2 bd 1.5 ba 1200 sq ft townhouse in heart of historic neighborhood.w/d Blocks to downtown shops & restaurants. 508 NE 4th A ave avail immediately $795/mo 379-4952 1-21-09-10-2 2/1.5 NewlyRenovatedTownhouse.AvailJan1 st. ClosetoShands, ParkN Ride2, and Shopping. Incl W/D, centA/C, Private Patio, & Pool. $745/ mth & $500 Dep. No Pets PIs. 772-538-5792 or ltsao12@hotmail.com 1-14-09-5-2 1 br/ba apartment in Hidden Village off Archer road close to UF. Take over lease til July 31, 2009.Only 629.00amonth. Huge backyard area for your dogs to run and quiet neighborhood. Many residentseitherbus, bike, orride scooter toclass. Call 352-246-4630 forth is q uiet oasis. 1-14-09-5-2 01 BR/i BA w/Ig STUDY -Great Location* 1blkto UF/ShandsAvail Now! Energy efficient, some utils. Very spacious, carpet, decal park Prefergrad student/mature. $650. postj@bellsouth.net 352-376-0080, 284-3873 1-30-0916-2 POOL HOUSE 7 Blocks to campus 4 bedroom 3 bath avail now till August $2350 and $2550 for next year 1 roomalsoavailnow$400352-222-0211 1-1409-5-2 1 & 2 BD Cottages starting at $500/mo Historical Downtown, W/D hookups, porches, Bike to UF 10-15 mins. Great Size! Cute! Must See! $99 Deposit special rentalworkshop.com 505-9264, 870-0904 1-16-08-7-2 $425-1 or 2 females needed for Univ. Terrace condo on 34th; utilities included; un/furnished, bus routes 12 and 35; call 352.514.3398 or email anu87@ufl.edu 1-12-08-8-3 Arlington Square (2b/2ba) -$1025/moUF Campus/Downtown Gainesville. Avail 12/ 18/08. Utils not incl. Must be willing to take over existing lease. Security deposit free. Contact sean6cly@ufl.edu or 239-410-1603 2-9-08-30-3 1Br/1BA FURNISHED in a 4B/4B @ Gainesville Place apts. All INCLUSIVE (utilitiescableinternet) $425/month FLEXIBLE LEASE TERMS mxracer@cfl.rr.com OR 321-302-1175 120-08-14-3 Sublease brand new apartment at the Woodlands of Gainesville. 1 bedroom in a 2Br/2Ba, vaulted ceilings, fully furnished $660 a month. If interested please call(954)801-7557 1-9-08-5-3 The Laurels 1/1 townhome. Private gated community avail now thru Aug. W/D incl. w/free tanning, HBO & showtime. Semi-furn w/various amenities. $869/mo (negotiable) Call Ashley 941-915-6439 1-9-08-3-3 Nice 2/2 apt close to campus and downtown! W/D, dishwasher, ceiling fans, pets allowed! avail nowthru July31.$800/month. 110NW9th Terr.CallLindsey@561-398-6720 1-13-08-6-3 Sublease 1 BD/1BAunfurn. apt. @Pine Rush Villasfrom January to July. $529/mo + utilities. Contact Paul at 352-222-0279fordetails. 1-94-3 4/4 Fully furnished apartment with first month free. Utilitiesincluded .$500permonth. Located in Lexington Crossing. For more info call (813) 390-7761. 1-13-09-6-3 $425S prig sublease in 2/2fullyfu rn ished apartment at The District on 62nd Blvd. All utilities included (cable, internet, water, electricity). Located on bus routes 20 and Lator Gator C. Females preferred. Call 704-989-3168ASAP! 1-9-4-3 1 bed 1 bath, part of a 3 bed 3 bath apartment with two other roomates. Very spacious, great location, vaulted ceilings. $385 a month. In the polos,2330SWWilliston Rd.apt.2825.Call386490-5947 1-20-10-3 1 BR/i BA apt for sublease at Summer Place Villas. $560/month, includes water. Available NOW! Call 941-457-3444 or swatts@ufl.edu 1-27-09-15-3 Furnished or unfurnished 1/1 in 3/3 in Stoneridge (3800 SW 34 St.) available immediately. $365/month + utilities. January rentisFREE.Greatroommates.817-504-6884, KathrynL@ufl.edu. 1-13-09-5-3 SubletMadison Point. Furnished bedroomwith privatebathand largeclosetin3BRunit.$450.+ Utili.Neg.Availableimmediately.239-370-0418, 239-370-8201, 239-596-1901 1-13-09-5-3 2 BLOCKS TO STADIUM Sublease 1BR in 4BR house. Share w/3 male UFstudents.Availablenow.$495/mo.Call3354790 1-13-09-5-3 Magnolia Manor Apartment 2/2 $640/mo spring/summer.Washer/dryer,dishwasher,updatedappliances.Closetocampusonroutes34, 9,36. No roam towing.Available now. Call 352336-0000 or ashlei87@ufl.edu. 1-13-09-5-3 Roommates Roommate Matching HERE Oxford Manor 377-2777 The Landings 336-3838 The Laurels 335-4455 Cobblestone 377-2801 Hidden Lake 374-3866 4-22-72-4 Now you can easily submit your classified ad for print and/or web editions right thru our website! Just go to www.alligator.org/classifieds Visa and Mastercard accepted. Female roommate needed in condo 1 mile from UF, $455/MO includes cable, internet, utilities, pool+ more. Pvt bath,beautifuly renovated, furnished, on bus route, 262-2871 1-12-08-14-4 HANDYMAN NE EDED Disc4wkShare 2/2 MH Furn rm avail now $200 N/R dep. $400/mo; $100/wk incl util. 2 wk adv. laun/cook svc avail N/A, N/S, N/D. Cara+ 30day notice2vacate. Nr bus/shopsSm caged pet ok331-0762 1-1211-4 Non-smoking, quiet roommate, m/f, needed to share a 2 br/ 2bath townhouse asap. in the Rockwood Villas on 62nd Blvd. $395/month. MikeReed@cfl.rr.com 1-9-08-7-4 02 br 1 ba condo with 1 br for rent. Central air and heat. 2 pools in complex. Walking distance to Shands and UF. Rent 395/mo 01 BR avail w/private bath in large NW house $425/mo. Call Mike 352-316-3930. 1-13-098-4 Master BD w/ Private Bath in 4BD/3BA house off NW 1 6thAve. DW, W/D, Cox cable w/ networked i-net, new carpet, ceiling fans. No cats/dogs$450 inclutils328-4995 1-8-08-5-4 Room for rent in a 2 bed 2 bath house. Very close to campus, large bathroom, New appliances/furniture,w/d,dishwasher,flexablelease. Call Terry at: 352-473-6930. 1-9-08-5-4 Looking for male college student (preferred) toshare4BR/4BAcondowithsame.Own bathroom. W/D, high speed internet. Includes utilities$475/mo (availableimmediately)863-6341893 1-12-08-5-4 Very close to campus 4/2 remodeled condo opensto lovelycourtyard and pool. $425w/UT cableand internetincluded.(forsaleorrent)call 352-870-0291 2-17-09-30-4 Share3BRfurn.THCasablancaWestwith2UF students. $300/mo., + 1/3 utilities. Smoking patio only. Male or Female. Avail. now. Near busstop. 786.514.5319 (Max) or786.299.8626 1-13-09-6-4 Male roommate needed. Share furn 3BR/2BA house w/yng prof $400/mo +1/2 util Directv, ph, wireless, Vonage, elec. W/D, ofc space pvt BA (morn) Ig yd fenced, pets ok, trees, wooddeck, hottub, pond. 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THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2009M ALLIGATOR, 17 lRoommates Furnishings l Computers I Motorcycles, Mopeds Wanted PEACE,PETS,TREES&GREATROOMAMATES!1BR available in house near all!. See craigslisting: https://post.craigslist.org/manage/975799217/ gsyua for more/contact info. 1-13-09-5-4 2ROOMSAVAILABLEFORFEMALESONLY in 4/2.5townhouse. $475/mo/room.All included. 754-204-1624 1-30-09-17-4 female wanted to share brand new 3br/3ba home near campus. washer & dryer included. $500 plus 1/3 utilities, non-smoking, serious students only. 813-610-1698 1-16-7-4 WALK TO UF -1 bdrm in 4/2 house Female Roommate Needed Immediately $499/month+ util. Full bed &Wirelessinternet included; Plenty of Parking Ifinterested,callSarah561-843-7452 1-16-097-4 Looking for quiet roommate to share 3BR/3BA house.$380/mo includesutils. Haspooltennis and clubhouse. Call 352-328-8299 or robertoleider@gmai.com 1-14-09-5-4 Roommate needed 2BR/2.5Bafu rn town home in Brighton Park on bus route to UF every 15 mins. $400/mo + utils. No lease required. Call Bobby 352-665-0751 1-14-08-5-4 F Real Estate Sell your house, condo, acreage, mobile home and much more in the ALLIGATOR CLASSIFIEDS! Reach thousands of possible buyers! Mastercard and Visa accepted over the phone, by fax, email or CHECK OUT PLACING YOUR AD ONLINE AT www.alligator.org. or please call 373-Find SEE ALL CONDOS WWW.UFCONDOS.COM Matt Price Campus Realty, 352-281-3551 4-22-72-5 NEW CONDOS -WALK to UF 3BlkstoUF. ForinfoonALL1,2, 3,4 Bedrooms forSale,CallEricLeightman,CampusRealtyat 352-219-2879. 4-22-72-5 Brand new luxury condos starting at $220k. Granite tops, tall ceilings, private balcony, steel & concrete construction, alarm system. Call Eric Wild at 352-870-9453 4-22-72-5 AFFORDABLE LUXURYNEWCONSTRUCTION NEAR UF, SHANDS, LAW SCHOOL 2Bed/3 Full Baths + Office. Granite Counters, 2 Direct Bus Stops to UF. Matt Price, Campus Realty 352-281-3551 4-22-72-5 CONDOS AT UF www.CONDOSatUF.com Matt & Tiffany Thomas, Bosshardt Realty (352) 494-0194 or (352) 316-5556 2-1760-5 3/2 split plan in NW Gainesville $196,000 Talbot district, Large Master Bed & Bath, view of Pond & Woods, Bonus Room. b.wunderlich@juno.com or 706.691.9784 1-8-08-7-5 Condos for sale near UF/Shands!! Many affordable units available. Call Carolyn/Maureen at: (352)284-4428 or (386)365-8590 @ Matchmaker Realty. 1-30-09-21-5 107 BAY CT CRESCENT CITY 4.05 ACRE -NO IMPACT FEE 30K ALSO 4.48 ACRES IN FLORAHOME FOR 31K 208 S WAHOO MUST SELL 8138925060 1-9-5-5 1 Bdrm 1 Ba. Condo $85,000 OBO. 904-687-0634 1-12-5-5 BED -QUEEN -$110 ORTHOPEDIC Extra thick, pillow-top, mattress & box. Name brand, new, still in plastic. Call 352-372-7490 will deliver. 4-22-08-72-6 BED -FULL SIZE -$90 ORTHOPEDIC Pillow-top mattress & box. New, unused, still in plastic w/warranty. Can deliver. Call 352377-9846 4-22-08-72-6 MICROFIBER SOFA & LOVESEAT -$400 Brand new still packaged w/warranty. Must sell. Can deliver. Retail $1600. 352-372-7490 4-22-08-72-6 BED -KING -$170 PILLOWTOP mattress & box springs. Orthopedic rated. Name brand, new, never been used, in plastic with warranty. Call 352-372-8588. Can deliver. 4-22-08-72-6 CHERRY SLEIGH BED solid with Pillowtop Mattress & Box. All new still boxed. Cost $1500, sacrifice $450 352-333-7516 Sofa $175 Brand new in pkg 333-7516 4-22-72-6 BEDROOM SET 7pc Cherry, Queen/ king bed, dresser w/mirror, 2 nightstands, chests avail. Dovetail const. New, in boxes. Can deliver. Retail $6500, must sell, sacrifice $1100 (352) 372-7490 4-22-08-72-6 SOFA & LOVESEAT 100% Italian leather. Brand new in plastic w/warranty. Retail $2650. Sacrifice $750. Call 352-377-9846 4-22-08-72-6 DINING ROOM Beautiful cherry set w/table, 6 Chippendale chairs, hutch & buffet. New, still in boxes. Retail $5200, sacrifice $1100. Must sell. Can deliver. 352-372-8588 422-72-6 FUTON Solid oak mission-style frame w/ mattress. New, in box. $140 332-9899 DINETTE SET 5pc $120 Brand new in box. Never used. 352-377-9846 4-22-08-72-6 **BEDS -ALL BRAND NEW* **Full $100 Queen $125 King $200** Orthopedic pillow-top sets. Brand name matching sets not used or refurbished. Still in plastic, direct from factory! 352-333-7516. 4-22-72-6 BEDQUEEN New orthopedic pillowtop mattress and boxspring set. Brand name, brand new, still in plastic with warranty. Can deliver. $120 352-377-9846. 4-22-72-6 BedAll New King! 3pc Orthopedic pillowtop mattress set. Brand NEW, still in plastic with warranty. Can deliver. $200 352-333-7516. 4-22-72-6 BEDROOM SET$300 BRAND NEW Still in boxes! 6 pieces include: Headboard, 2 Nightstands, Dresser, Mirror, Chest. Must sell, can deliver. 352-377-9846. 4-22-0872-6 FUTON -$60 Solid Oak Mission Style. With plush mattress $140. All brand NEW still in box. Can deliver. 352-333-7516 4-22-72-6 Bed-FULL size pillowtop mattress & box. New in plastic, warr. Can del. $100 317-4031 SOFA$185 Brand new! Love seat $150 still in pkg. Can del 352-333-7516 4-22-72-6 W-computers CASH PAID FOR LAPTOP'S Buy -Sell -Trade Any Condition 336-0075 www.pcrecycle.biz Joel 4-2208-72-7 COMPUTER & LAPTOP REPAIRS Network specialists We buy computers and laptops Working and Non-working 378-4009, 607 NW 13th Street 4-22-08-72-7 4-22-70-7 Computer Help Fast Gatorland Computers House/Dorm Fast response. No waiting/unplugging/hassels. $30 Gator discount w/ID. Certified MCSE Technicians. 338-8041. www. GatorlandComputers.com 4-22-70-7 p Bicycles In the market for a new set of wheels or just looking to add a second to that collection? Want personalized handlebars ora fitted seat? Check in the Alligator Classifieds NEW & USED BIKES FOR SALE WE REPAIR ALL BRANDS Best Prices in Town SPIN CYCLE 373-3355 424 W UNIV AVE (DOWNTOWN) 4-22-72-9 WLIFor Sale PARKING: Private, Secure, Guaranteed. 60 sec to UF. Reserve now! Reasonable rates. 352-5382181. Can leave mssg. 4-22-08-72-10 UF SURPLUS EQUIPMENT AUCTIONS are underway. bikes, computers, printers, vehicles & more. All individuals interested in bidding go to: http://wwv.surplus.ufl.edu/online/ 392-0370 4-22-08-72-10 PARKING 60 SECONDS TO UF. NexttoMcDonalds NW1 3th St. Callforsemester rates: 352-538-2454. 1-12-09-5-10 motrcyClepeds 000000 SCOOTERS 000000 RPM MOTORCYCLES INC SALES, SERVICE, PARTS Many Brands Available 518 SE 2nd St. www.RPMmotorcycles.com 377-6974 4-22-08-72-11 *****New Scooters 4 Less***** Motor Scooter Sales and Service! Great Scooters, Service & Prices! 118 NW 14th Ave, Ste D, 336-1271 ww.NS4L.com 4-22-08-72-11 ***GatorMoto*** Largest Scooter Store in Town! Run by Gator Grads! New scooters starting at$999. No legit shop can beat these prices! lyr Warranties included. 376-6275GatorMoto.com 4-2208-72-11 SCOOTER SERVICE New Scooters 4 Less has LOW service rates! Will service any make/model. Close to UF! Pick-ups avail $19.99 oil changes!! 336-1271 4-22-08-72-11 ***www.BuyMyScooter.com*** Buy A New Scooter, Buy A Used Scooter All on one site! Check the website or call 336-1271 for more info! 4-22-08-72-11 GATORMOTO Gville's #1 service facility. We repairALL brands of scooters. Pickups available. Lowest labor rates around. Quickest turnaround time. Run by Gator Grads so we know how to treat our customers! 376-6275 4-22-08-72-11 SWAMP CYCLES Closest to Campus. Largest selection, Best Customer Service. Motorcycles,ScootersAccessories,andService. 633 NW 13th Street www.swampcycles.com 4-22-72-11 ***SOLANO CYCLE*** Scooters from $799. Largest selection from KYMCO, Daelim, Hyosung, Adly, Genuine, Estblished 10 yrs, 2 yr warranties 1024 S Main St 338-8450 solanocycle.com 4-22-08-72-11 BE AN INSPIRATION! Take a blind lady to Mass on Sundays and for walks and shopping as needed. We'll have lots of fun! And you will make a new friend! Contact 219-6948. 12-10-08-74-13 The American Cancer Society Road to Recovery Volunteers Needed! VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED to transport cancer patients to treatment. Flexible schedule. Training and liability insurance provided. Please call 352-376-6866 ext. 5079 if interested. FAST CASH FOR ALMOST ANY CARS Help Wanted *Running or not!* *NEED HONDA, TOYOTA, PICKUPS *Over 15 yr svc to UF students OCall Don @215-7987 4-22-08-72-12 CARS -CARS BuyOSellOTrade Clean BMW, Volvo, Mercedes Toyota, Honda, Nissan cars 3432 N Main St. www.carrsmith.com CARRSMITH AUTO SALES 373-1150 4-22-72-12 $500! POLICE IMPOUNDS! HONDAS, CHEVYS, TOYOTAS, ETC. For listings 800-366-9813 ext 4622 4-22-72-12 CARS FROM $29/MO! Hondas 0 Chevys 0 Jeeps and morel $0 Down, 36 Months @ 8.5% apr. For listings call 800-366-9813 ext 9765 4-22-72-12 *FAST CASH PAID* For any running cars or trucks. 1995 and up. Clean or ugly. Segovia 352-284-8619 4-22-72-12 *****ATTENTION***** *OOOOSUN CITY AUTO SALESOOOOO WHY PAY MORE? YOU COULD PAY LESS! 300+ vehicles @ wholesale prices 338-1999 4-22-08-72-12 2003 Honda Civic LX sedan 98k automatic, AC, CD, silver with gray cloth, power everything, very clean, $8,400 OBO 352.514.1800 -pics: lunadog@cox.net 1-8-9-12 $$ CASH TODAY! $$ For your unwanted cars Junk!! Trucks, RVS & Wrecks!!! TOP DOLLAR PAID! 386-234-0072 & 386-234-0075 1-12-08-10-12 2002NISSANSentraGXE.90250mi,runssmoothly and has never broken down. Blackwith gray cloth interior. Power locks,windows and mirrors work perfectly.Cold AC. Maintenance up to date. Good deal/Negotiable.I nte rested call 3528707022 1-13-5-12 ZWantedZ LOCAL ARTIST NEEDS: Gold Diamonds Gems Class Rings ETC Top Cash $$$ or Trade OZZIE'S FINE JEWELRY 373-9243. 4-2272-13 UF GRAD PAYS MORE for gold jewelry, scrap gold, Rolex, diamonds, guitars, etc. Top $$$. Get my offer before you sell! Call Jim 376-8090 or 222-8090 4-2208-72-13 This newspaper assumes no responsibility for injury or loss arising from contacts made through advertising. We suggest that any reader who responds to advertising use caution and investigate the sincerity of the advertiser before giving out personal information or arranging meetings the independentflorida alligator FULL-TIME ACCOUNTING CLERK Full-time position in accounts receiveable. Must be able to work from 8am-5pm, M-F. This position combines billing with sales related reports, cash receipts posting, marking up the paper, etc. Communication skills with customers and students important. QuickBooks and Excel spreadsheets experience preferred. Please send resume, along with a cover letter, to: Business Office, The Independent Florida Alligator, PO Box 14257, Gainesville, FL 32604-2257. Email: rmalloy~alligator.org AND tcarey@alligatororg or Fax 352-376-4556. No phone calls please. EOE LIKE TO WORK WITH LUXURY CARS? Bright? Enthusiastic? Like people? Must be over 22, stable work history, clean driving record, drug-free, perssonal references. www.carrsmith.com for details. 4-22-72-14 EARN $60 THIS WEEK! Donate Plasma & Save a Life $$$$$$$$$$$$ Best part-time job you'll ever have. NEW DONORS Bring this Ad and Earn an Extra $5 on Your 2nd Donation. DCI Biologicals 150 NW 6th St. 352-378-9204 4-22-08-72-14 $STUDENTS GET CASH ON THE SPOT$ For gently used clothing/accessories & furniture. No appt.necessary! -Sandy's Savvy Chic Resale Boutique 2906 NW 13th St. 3721226 4-22-08-72-14 Now you can easily submit your classified ad for print and/or web editions right thru our website! Just go to www.aligator.org/classifieds Visa and Mastercard accepted. "Copyrighted Material Syndicated Content Available from Commercial News Providers"

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18, ALLIGATOR THURSDAY, JANUARY 8,2009 M 1 Help Wanted ) MD Help Wanted M l Help Wanted Services PersonalsI BARTENDING $250 A DAY POTENTIAL No experience necessary, training provided. 800-965-6520 ext 138 4-22-08-72-14 CNA TRAINING CLASS: $250! Work at your own time & pace in your own home! To get program on DVD's call 352-597-2559. For online program visit vww.lapcnatraining.com Get started right away! 4-22-72-14 Tired of Working Retail? Local real estate co. hiring part-time Sales & Leasing Associates. Need previous sales or retail exp & outgoing personality. No real estate exp req (training provided). Bonuses & benefits. Send resume, cover letter & avail schedule to hr@trimarkproperties.com 4-22-72-14 *IT/Programming Internship. Local investment firm seeks individual to work PT/FT with SQL, HTML, ASP, databases, servers, and networks. 2+ yrs exp pref. $15-20 per hour + bonuses, long term capability. Fax resume to 352-378-4156.* 1-30-08-21-14 SERVER Experienced & friendly. Hiring for January. Train now & be off for the holidays. Apply in person b/t 3-5. Napolatanos 606 NW 75th St. 1-12-08-9-14 KITCHEN HELP Experienced & reliable for nights & weekends. Apply in person b/t 3-5. Napolatanos 606 NW 75th St. 1-12-08-9-14 Petsitter Wanted Professional or graduate student needed to watch two older dogs full-time. Live rent free in lovely three bedroom home, cable, internet, utilities and housekeeper once per week included plus an allowance in return for providing loving care to two beautiful, older dogs. Must be non-smoker, clean, and professional. Please call Ann at 352-870-6275. 1-12-08-7-14 NOW HIRING Experienced Notetakers and Editors Spring 2009 Apply online at www.SmokinNotes.com 1-16-08-10-14 Long Hair Models Sought for the holidays for study on long hair in motion. Earn $70-200 per session. no cutitng no exp. ness. 352 792 1824, longhair.org, lhques@yahoo.com 1-9-08-5-14 PREMIER PRODU CT ONS Attn GREEKS: Get paid to work with Greek Houses Account Executive/Customer Service Positions PTFT Sales Opportunities NOW Hiring Assistant Graphic Designer Administrative Assistant/Receptionist Account Executives (Exp Req) Managing Accounts with: OStudent Organizations & Corporate businesses Customer Service Reps Internships Positions Marketing & Finance Send resumes to jobs@premierparties.com 1-9-08-5-14 Stride Rite shoe store is looking for experienced & energetic retail sales person who LOVES kids! Store hrs. 10-6 Must be available to work wknds. Apply in person Oaks Mall Plaza next to Toys R Us. 6753 W. Newberry Road Min. 1 year work commitment. 1-9-08-5-14 Have a 3.6 GPA & want to earn some extra cash? We are now hiring notetakers for Spring. Go to vww.HowlgotanA.com 1-12-08-6-14 SeekingFrontofHousestaff.LiquidGingernow hiring hosts,servers&bartenders.Pleaseapply in person at 101 SE 2nd Place, Suite 118, Sun Center downtown between 11:30 -2:30 M-F 1-9-4-14 CLERICAL POSITION -FT/PT Please apply in person Institute of Veterinary Spec 4011 NW 43rd St Suite A 1-12-5-14 TECHNICIAN POSITION FT/PT Please apply in person Institute of Veterinary Spec 4011 NW 43rd St Suite A 1-12-5-14 BABYSITTER/NANNY needed to watch 3 children (4 mo, 2y, and 4y) M and F afternoons (8-10hrs/wk) with additional hours available. E-mail resume and class schedule to adamvorhis@yahoo.com 1-12-095-14 Babysitter Needed ASAP Infant exp. required, non-smoker. CPR a plus. Flexible weekday hours. $8/hr. Emailresumeand referencestoJbsager@aol. com or call 284-4754 1-12-09-5-14 Childcare/Housework help needed.AII day on Mon/Wed.AfternoonsTues/Thurs/Friday. More hours avaiable in summer. Available for gator footballgamesalso.emailphykcr@gmai.com. 1-07-09-2-14 Bookkeeper -Office Manager (PT) needed for local law office. Must be proficient in Quick Books. Email resume to: robjac@myimmigrationlaw.com 1-21-09-11-14 Fast Pitch umpireswanted to work high school games 1-2 afternoonsornightsaweek. Wewill train you asyou earn.Gotovwww.besoa.org, or call Robert at (386)334-4723 1-9-4-14 Software Engineers/Programmers C/C++ programmers for Embedded digital TV software (Cable, Satellite, Video over IP). Nagravision has openings in our Atlanta and Gainesville offices. Competitive salaries, benefits, relocation. Send resume or questions to resumes.atlanta@lw.net 1-14-09-7-14 Part-time Student Assistant needed to assist with survey development, data analysis and research.To reviewposting &apply see https:// jobs.ufl.edu, requisition #0801253. Screening will begin on Friday, January 16 and will continue until the position is filled. The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution & women & minoritiesareencouragedtoapply. If anaccommodationduetoadisability isneeded toapply,call(352)392-4621 orTDD1-800-9558771. 1-16-09-9-14 Part-time Public Relations Student Assistant needed to promote the Healthy Gators 2010 coalition. To reviewposting &apply see https:// jobs.ufl.edu, requisition #0801214. Screening will begin on Friday, January 16 and will continue until the position is filled. The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution & women & minoritiesare encouragedto apply. If anaccommodation duetoadisability isneeded toapply,call(352)392-4621 orTDD1-800-9558771. 1-20-09-10-14 Outgoing students needed to distribute flyers on 1/12&1/13.Flexiblehours.$1Oto$12.00per hour. Pleasecall 1-800-927-91941-12-09-5-14 WAREHOUSE STAFF!! FT/PT inventory control, flex hrs. Great job for students! Will work around class schedule. Apply at Concessions Office, South End Zone Ben HillGriffin Stadium, nextTotheGatorSport Shop 352-375-4683 x6500 1-12-09-5-14 EVENT SUPERVISORS!! PT Supervisors needed. days, nights weekends. Flexible hours. Great 2nd Job! Apply at Concessions Office, South End Zone Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, next to the Gator Sport Shop (352) 375-4683 x6500 1-12-09-5-14 BARTENDERS NEEDED! Earn up to $300/ day! PT/FT. No experience necessary. 888631-5552 X-92 2-17-09-30-14 TUTORS NEEDED 1-on-1 tutoring at-risk elem school students. 1-4 afternoons/wk $10/hr 15-20 min S of UF. Fed wk study req fore mp. Vol ntee rs welcome Contact Sally 352-384-1155; st23@cox.net 1-21-09-10-14 PTBABYSITTER/NANNY$12/hrfor3boysages 2,4&6. Varioustimes needed. EspTU, TH, F 7:4Sam-1 :4Spm, also wkends. Ref & exp required. No smokers. Email resume to betharosenson@yahoo.com 1-14-09-5-14 WEB DEVELOPERS & COMPUTER CONSTULTANTS: UF Centerfor Instructional TechnologyandTraining.Webdevelopersmust befamiliarwithDreamweaver,CSS,XHTMLand Photoshop. Portfolio links must be included with application. Consultant position requires expert skillswith Windowsand MicrosoftOffice applications. Excellent communication skills required. Paystartsat$7.50perhour.jksmith@ ufl.edu, online application at http://www.citt. ufl.edu/employment.php. 1-30-17-14 Afternoon nanny for elem age M-F 1:30 --; W 12:30; must commit thru Aug min; Noah's Ark Nanny e-mail res/pix/sched/gnv@nanoneone.com 1-21-0910-14 Afternoon nanny needed 12-6pm w/ 3.5yr old; must commit to lyr+; non-student pref; Noah's Ark Nanny e-mail resume, pix,schedgnv@nanoneone.com 1-21-09-1014 MWF 7:30 to 5 NANNY for newborn twins; 20-30hrs/wk;exp req.; Noah's Ark Nanny e-mail resume, pix,sched.gnv@nanoneone.com 1-21-09-1014 The Honey Baked Ham Co & Cafe is now hiring for sales associate. Approx 20-25 hrs $7.50/hr starting pay. Apply in person 618 NW 60th St (Behind McDonalds on Newberry Rd.) Call 331-1253 1-13-08-5-14 UF Survey Research Center Telephone Interviewers NO SALES $8.00 -$8.50/hr Students and Non-Students 352-392-2908 Ext: 105 408 W. University Ave. Suite 106 4-22-70-14 W lServices IMPORT AUTO REPAIR.BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, Volvo, VW, Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Mazda. Quality craftsmanship, reasonable prices, near UF, AAA approved 378-7830 www.carrsmith.com 4-22-72-15 EVERGLADE EQUESTRIAN CENTER The countryclub for horses & owners. Customer lounge w/full kitchen & bath. 250' x 160' riding ring, round pen & jump paddock. Lessons. 30 acres, 40 matted stalls, 19 separate paddocks. 24-hr security, 352-591-3175 everglade-equestrian.com 4-22-74-15 Want to be a CNA? Don't want to wait? Express Training Services can get you certified under 3 wks! Hands-on exp, no videos. Day/eve/wkend. Class sizes limited. 3381193 for details expresstrainingservices.com 4-22-08-72-15 PERSONAL TRAINING 300 Personal and Group Training Flexible Scheduling Exclusive Facility Call for a free workout 339-2199 4-22-72-15 TLC HORSEBOARD All facilities & amenities, quality instruction; 15 minutes from UF. Jan at 376-7762. Greathouse Equestrian Ctr. 4-22-72-15 **GATOR MOVING & STORAGE ** Local and long distance moving One item or a houseful! 10% off with this ad! FL Reg IM 19 Call Now! 352-374-4791, 800-797-6766 4-22-08-72-15 HORSE BOARDING 12 x 12 stall -cement block barn. Good grass turnout with room to run! Limited # of stalls available. 352-472-2627 for info & directions. 4-22-08-72-15 HYPNOTIST -Stop smoking. Improve memory & concentration. Eliminate bad habits. Past life regression. Learn self hypnosis. Low Student Rates. Leonard UmansAAPH, NGH certified 379-1079 4-22-72-15 ***** MOVING? ***** 000000 FREEWAY MOVING 000000 You'll love our low rates & references. Student Discount. Call 352-256-0999. Lic #1M707 4-22-72-15 GatorSlideFarm:Horseboarding.Ownerhousing. Dressage, stadium jumping, X-country. Lessons/schooling opportunities. Feeding/ mucking mitigate monthly charges. Visitors alwayswelcome.ContactDibbie352.466.3538or gtrslfrm@aol.com. 1-26-08-20-15 Absolute Value Automotive Major/minor auto repairs ASE cert. Free pickup & delivery of your car. UF grad owned. Lowest price guaranteed. All makes/models. 9420 NW 13th St 379-3130 1-30-08-23-15 Free $10.00 gift card coolgiftsbuy.com Gifts for all occasions 1-13-09-5-15 T-SHIRT SCREEN PRINTING Greeks-Sports-Clubs-Bands *Call or Stop by for a QUOTE* MONSTER PRESS 373-3355 424 W UNIV AVE (in Spin Cycle) 4-22-72-15 r Health Services HIV ANTIBODY TESTING Alachua County Health Dept. Call 334-7960 for app't (optional $20 fee) All Women's Health Center ABORTION Free Pregnancy Test RU-486 Available 378-9191 vwww.abortiongainesville.com 4-22-72-16 THE TRUE YOU! Lose 8-15 pounds in 4 weeks Only $119! Gain muscle while you lose fat Groups forming now. 339-2199 4-22-72-16 Attention cigarette smokers! Are you interested in quitting smoking? What better time than now, the beginning of a new year! Researchers at University of Florida are recruiting healthy cigarette smokers between the ages of 18 and 60 to test a new behavioral treatment to help you quit smoking. You will be compensated for your participaSAVE ON RAYBAN/SUNGLASSES University Opticians 300 SW 4th Ave. 378-4480 4-22-08-72-18 WJonnections Want to make a connection? Place your ad here to look for someone to share a common interest with or for your true love 3 Event Notices IS YOUR BUSINESS, CLUB OR ORGANIZATION HAVING AN EVENT? DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT? PLACE YOUR AD HERE AND GET IT NOTICED! Entertainment WALDO FARMERS & FLEA MARKET Every Sat & Sun -Hwy 301 15 min from Gainesville 468-2255 4-22-08-72-21 SHOTGUN SHOOTING SPORTS Open To Public Wed-Fri-Sat-Sun 1pm-6pm Skeet -Trap -Olympic Trap -5 Stand gatorskeetandtrap.com 352-372-1044 8-19-09-97-21 Rocky Creek Paintball In Gainesville Better Prices Better Fields Better Call 371-2092 4-22-08-72-21 000 BAHAMAS SPRING BREAK 000 $189 5-Days or $239 7-Days. All prices include: Round trip luxury cruise with food. Accommodations on the island at your choice of thirteen resorts. Appalachia Travel 1-800-867-5018. www.BahamaSun.com #ST35585 3-4-08-86-21 BAHAMA SPRING BREAK SALE! $200 Sale! Includes Roundtrip Cruise, 4 Nights Beachfront Hotel, Meals & #1 Parties! Text Message: SPRINGBREAK to 313131 to redeem sale! Limited Space, Book Now! 1-877-997-8747 www.XtremeTrips.com FL Seller of Travel Reg No ST35430 1-22-28-21 WJZRides tion. If you're interested, please contact the University of Florida Smoking Laboratory and Clinic at 352-273-2188 or send an email to ufsmokelab@gmai.com. 1-21-10-16 GMG TRANSPORT Cheapest fixed price in town to So. FL. Typing Services Buy tickets on line, over the phone, in person. $35 One Way -$45 Rount Trip. Regular and Reverse Trips -One Price SAME DAY SERVICE (When Possible): vww~gmgtrans.com 352-215-8196 OTranscription, typing. 0 Desktop pub: bro4 w2272w23 chures, newsletters, flyers, ads, logos, graph4-22-72-23 ics, books. 0 Resume service. 20 years exp. 0 Connie 271-2677 cgraphix@bellsouth.net 1-21-10-17 SWAMP TRANSPORTATION SERVICES G'ville to Tallahassee Dec 18, & 19, 2008 Tickets: $25 O/W$35 R/Trip. Hurry to reserve Q 5 P rs as your tickets. Call 352-214-9648 1-16-10-23 HIV ANTIBODY TESTING Pets 334-7960 for app't (optional $20 fee) *Family Chiropractic* Since 1977. Two blocks from U.F373-7070 4-22-72-18 Furry, feathery, scaly.no, not your roommate.pets. Find or advertise your pets or pet products here in the Pets section of the Alligator.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2009 U ALLIGATOR, 19 FOOTBALL Month long rest allows Gators' injuries time to heal By EVAN DREXLER Alligator Staff Writer edrexler@alligator org MIAMI -While the time between the Gators' last two games may have been tough on players mentally, it's a good thing they had those 33 days to recover from injuries. UF coach Urban Meyer thinks the extra time off will be crucial to the Gators' success tonight. "If we played this game any earlier than Jan. 8, I don't think we'd have a chance to win just because of our injury situation," Meyer said. Wide receiver Percy Harvin, who sprained his right ankle against FSUon Nov. 29 and missed the Southeastern Conference Championship, should be fine to play against No. 2 Oklahoma tonight at 8 p.m. "The good thing is, Jan. 8 we should be fairly healthy," Meyer said. "If we had to play a Jan. 1 bowl game, we would not have won that game. Really no chance of winning that game." Offensive lineman Carl Johnson, wide receiver Louis Murphy and running back Kestahn Moore (all knee injuries) will be available for UF as well. COMPETITIVE SNAPS: Meyer knows part of the problem with planning for the Sooners' defense is that there is very little video of them playing their hardest. Since the Sooners are usually ahead by a good margin at halftime, there was little reason for them to go all-out in the second half. While looking at game film for most teams, Meyer sees 800 to 900 "competitive snaps." But for Oklahoma? "You take that and probably cut it right in half, because they're just beating the mess out of teams," Meyer said. This is part of the reason Oklahoma's defense is underrated, Meyer said -it's barely playing in situations where it has so vou want to be e JOURNALISTS Thousands of Alligator alumni have gone on to work in these fields and more. Most of them credit the largest share of their success to their experiences, what they learned and the friends they made at the Alligator. t ill 0 Open House Please join us at our offices for an open house with refreshments Frday lanD ry 9 from 2pm to 5pm You'll get to know our editors, see your future work space and learn more of what you can do and what you can gain by working at the Alligator. Interviews will be held on-site, so please bring your resume, clips and portfolio if you have one. 0 the independent florida aliig;ator The Alligator is located at 1105 W. University Ave, two blocks east of UF campus, across the street from the Bank of America. had to try. "So I see a fine defense, I see an excellent defense that we're getting ready to face, especially when you look at the competitive snaps," Meyer said. QUIT WHILE YOU'RE AHEAD: Don't expect to see a cane-wielding Meyer roaming the sidelines in 30 years. The UF coach said Wednesday morning that he'll be out of coaching long before he turns 70. M0 "There will be no chance I'll be doing this into my 70s or 80s," Meyer said. "Zero. None." The era of long-tenured coaches like Penn State's Joe Paterno and FSU's Bobby Bowden is a thing of the past, Meyer said. "I don't know if you'll ever see that again," Meyer said. "You certainly won't see it at the same institution. People get tired and they want to run you out of town." Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops also sees an end to his coaching career coming earlier than his eighth decade. "No way," Stoops said while laughing. "I don't need it. I love what I do. I mean, I absolutely love it. It's exciting, it's everything you want. You know you're alive every day." WHO'S NO. 1?: Utah upended Alabama in the Sugar Bowl on Friday and finished its season as the only undefeated team in the FBS. Meyer, who coached at Utah previous to UF, understands completely why the Utes feel they are deserving of a national championship and why coach Kyle Whittingham would vote for his team in the final Coaches Poll as the No. 1 team. USC coach Pete Carroll and Texas coach Mack Brown have said in the media that they are also going to vote their teams as STUDENT EYEGLASS SALE! vg _. Free prescription lenses with frame purchase* 2 s A $70 value! Alligator Island Optical Haile Publix Market Square www.alligatorisland.net *Restrictions Apply 352-332-9028 Must show student ID Offer Expires 2/28/09 ,tD TrABj~ BAR AND GRILL *THURSDAY 1-8-09. 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20, ALLIGATOR THURSDAY, JANUARY 8,2009 OKLAHOMA FOOTBALL Sooners out to prove Big 12 can play defense, too By PHIL KEGLER Alligator Staff Writer pkegler@alligator org MIAMI -It all started with a playful jab. It's become a war of the words. CBS analyst Verne Lundquist said during the Southeastern Conference Championship Game broadcast that UF quarterback Tim Tebow, while discussing his Heisman vote, had joked he would like to go up against a Big 12 defense. The comment referred to some critics who have deemed the offensive statistics put up by Oklahoma's Sam Bradford, Texas Tech's Graham Harrell, and Texas's Colt McCoy inflated. The Sooners' defense is tired of answering questions about Tebow and the UF offense, and defensive back Dominique Franks finally couldn't hold back any longer. "If you look at the three best quarterbacks in the country, (they) came from the Big 12," Franks said. "The three best receivers in the country came from the Big 12. The three best tight ends came from the Big 12. So we've faced some great offenses, and a lot of people don't understand that other conferences don't have what we face." While Franks' teammates and coaches said they didn't feel Franks meant any disrespect, the sophomore declined all interview requests the following day. Tebow made light of Franks' comments and said that his remark to CBS had been misunder4 a A~ S V 9 0 "Copyrighted Material Syndicated Contenta w am -_. Available from Commercial News Providers" r *s Oklahoma defensive back Nic Harris (5) breaks up a pass during the second half of Oklahoma's 27-21 win against Oklahoma State on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2006. stood. "I didn't say it like that," Tebow said. "I dream of playing teams like Texas, Oklahoma, but also the Penn States, USC. So when I was talking about it, I was talking about it in a way like that, not like we're superior to them. That wasn't what I meant." And the debate between SEC and Big 12 defenses has carried on. The stats show SEC backers may have a point -11 of 12 league teams rank in the top 40 in total defense. How many Big 12 teams rank that high? Zero. UF linebacker Brandon Spikes made his opinion of Big 12 defenses known. He thinks they're a joke. "When I watch SportsCenter, I look at the scores, and it's 5649, just basketball scores," Spikes said. "I feel like it's a joke. Like I said, Ole Miss ran up and down the field on a Big 12 defense. "If they can stop our offense, hey, my hat goes off to them. But I don't really think they can. As long as we play well on defense, give the ball back to Tim and the rest of those guys, we should roll." Oklahoma's defense will have plenty of motivation but will have to improve on its regular-season statistics. Nationally, the Sooners ranked 63rd in total defense and 98th in pass defense. Defensive back Nic Harris was short when asked about preparing for UF playmaker Percy Harvin. "No other difference than preparing for (Texas Tech receiver) Michael Crabtree or (Missouri receiver) Jeremy Maclin," Harris said. "Next question." Sooners coach Bob Stoops said his defense has had clutch tendencies. Oklahoma leads the nation in turnover margin and ranks third in sacks per game (3.23). "We have stepped up in different times when we've had to," Stoops said. "But we've been inconsistent. I think that's fair to say." Harris added that all the statistics will go down the drain after 60 minutes of football. "At the end of the day, the only thing that's going to matter is who plays better defense (Thursday night)," Harris said. "The old cliche is offense wins games, defense wins championships. This is a championship." Gators enter SEC play, new season UF IS RIDING A 14-GAME WINNING STREAK. By CHRISTOPHER YAZBEC Alligator Writer cyaz bec@aligator org Forget about their record. Forget about what they've done over the past two months. At this point in the season, none of it matters. Because, when the UF women's basketball team takes the court at 5 p.m. against Mississippi State in the O'Connell Center, Southeastern Conference play begins, and the No. 18 Gators' record in-conference is 0-0. Some of UF's players are looking at this as the second part of the season and are throwing their 14-1 record out the window. "This is where it all goes down," senior forward Marshae Dotson said. "It's a new season. We've got to start off right." UF coach Amanda Butler has sent a subtle reminder in practice this week that SEC play has arrived. "Coach, she turned it up a notch, and we had to turn it up too," Dotson said. "If not, we were going to get left behind or get kicked out of practice, one of the two." Senior guard Sha Brooks agreed. "She's kind of amped up practice more," Brooks said. "Practice is 10 times more intense than it was in the preseason. Right now we really need that because we're really going after the SEC Championship, and we can win it this year." For Brooks and Dotson, seniors who were on a 9-22 team just two years ago, having expectations of challenging to win one of the nation's toughest leagues Women'S never seemed posBasketball sible until now. Dotson knows based on past experiences the SEC grind will be a lot more intense and physical than the Gators' out-of-conference matchups. UF did prepare well, though, for the physicality of the conference by playing and beating teams like Florida State, Arizona State, North Carolina State and Pittsburgh. Junior transfer Steffi Sorensen only knows how tough the SEC slate will be based off what she has seen and heard from her teammates and coaches. "I'm a newcomer. I don't really know much about this SEC thing," Sorensen said. "Based on coaches, I kind of got that vibe that it's time to step it up. Non-conference is over and this is a whole new playing field. I feel like it's going to be a battle, basically, and I'm ready to go to war." Sorensen has seen her team go from being the hunters to the hunted in a conference that currently has four ranked teams. That will likely factor in to the way teams like Mississippi State (12-2) approach playing against a ranked UF squad, giving them added motivation. "I just feel like the more games we started winning, the bigger the X gets on your back," Sorensen said. "Now people are like, 'OK, Florida might be the team to beat."' Brooks couldn't be more ready to take on the challenge of the SEC, and when asked how excited she was, all she could do was smile. "These past few days, when we get ready to play, Mississippi State is going to show us how ready we are to actually accept the challenge of the SEC," Brooks said. "The energy. Just knowing that at any given time, if you don't bring your 'A' game, that you could get knocked off. It's ridiculous." Harrison Diamond/ Alligator Staff UF guard Sha Brooks is fouled by Vanderbilt's Jessica Mooney during the Gators' 66-56 loss at home Jan. 31, 2008.

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22, ALLIGATOR E THURSDAY, JANUARY 8,2009 OKLAHOMA FOOTBALL OU's linemen step up game By BRIAN STEELE Alligator Staff Writer bsteele@alligator org MIAMI -Oklahoma senior center Jon Cooper chuckles and agrees it's usually a good sign when the offensive linemen aren't in the spotlight. Cooper's content not to deal with "100 cameras" and is happy to take the occasional slap on the back or get a free dinner. So when Texas held Oklahoma to 48 rushing yards on 26 attempts in the Sooners' 45-35 loss on Oct. 11 and the linemen took much of the heat for not opening up holes, it got ugly. The Oklahoma offensive line entered the season as one of the highest-rated in the country, but for the first time in quite a while, they were dealing with criticisms. "It wasn't very fun," Cooper said of what offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson was like that following week in practice. "He said a lot of words I can't repeat." Instead, it was the fans and media who used words that were repeated. "Those guys (on the offensive line) were fed up," junior BRIAN, from page 24 Speaking. Ministering. Leading. If he returns next year, he h to win three national champion Heisman trophies in his tenure. Tebow had to prove it on th these opportunities, but he doe every time his cleats touch gras He has had unprecedented coming the first player ever to ing and 20 rushing touchdow season. He was the first sophomore the Heisman Trophy. These are points of why he deserves to be nmning back Chris Brown said. "(Critics) were saying we can't run the ball. We wanted to make a statement." That statement now has several exclamation points at the end. Ever since their loss to Texas, the Sooners' only misstep of the season, Oklahoma has had at least 187 rushing yards every game and has eclipsed the 200-yard mark regularly. "It did kind of put our head on straight and gave us the reality that we're not unstoppable." Jon Cooper Oklahoma senior center "You just have to make your mind up. We're going to run the football," senior right guard Brandon Walker said. "You have to have that attitude that we're going to run the football no matter how many people you have in the box." Walker and Cooper said the line lacked physicality in the Texas game and, after having the run game shut down early, they couldn't get it going again, as the Sooners relied only on their passing game. Sometimes, even the top students in their class need to fail a test to realize they need to work harder. "It did kind of put our head on straight and gave us the reality that we're not unstoppable," Cooper said. "As an offensive line, we came together and said, if we're going to be here in Miami in January, we have to be able to run the football." They have succeeded in that goal, as their top two running backs (Brown and DeMarco Murray, who will miss the game with a left hamstring injury) have surpassed 1,000 yards each. "We like to get physical," Walker said. "Pass blocking, sometimes you sit back there and get kind of soft. When we start running the ball, we get to go downhill. That's when the game starts getting fun." Walker added that the Sooners better keep this going for one more game. "This game will be won by their defensive front or our offensive front and their offensive front and our defensive front," Walker said. "That's what this game is going to come down to." greatest. When people look back on college football in 2008, if the Gators win tonight, the image of Inspiring. Tebow proclaiming nobody will work harder than him after a 31-30 loss to Mississippi will as the chance be what's remembered. ships and two He is not just the greatest player. He's the greatest person. He chest-bumps offensive e field to get coordinator Dan Mullen before games and s that almost then thanks Jesus Christ afterward. He runs s. over opponents after they say they will find statistics, bea way to stop him, and then goes into the descore 20 passfense and special teams huddles, telling them ns in a single to play harder than ever. This is what greatness is about, and this is to ever win Tim Tebow. This may be the greatest college only the subfootball player ever. known as the Will it happen? Let's go find out. Advertise in the country's largest college newspaper. With a daily readership of more than 50,000, reach every market in Gainesville. Contact us at [352] 376.4482. ain and Howling Special play! 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The Gators' defense will do an admirable job in holding Oklahoma's offense to "just" 32 points. But Tim Tebow will add to his legend by leading his offense down the field for the game-winning drive. KAR HYPPT FINAL SCORE UF 33, OKLAHOMA 32 KARL HYPPLI Is this the game where UF meets its match? Will Oklahoma's high-powered offense finally shred the Gators' defense? These ,, questions have racked my brain for weeks. Oklahoma's D will not be able to stop UF. The Gators will be able to slow but not stop the Sooners. PHIL FINAL SCORE UF 49, OKLAHOMA 28 P IL KEGLER Both teams have excellent offenses, but Oklahoma's has a much tougher task against the Gators' defense and its newfound swagger. UF might not shut down Sam Bradford and the Sooners, but the secondary will make a few big plays, and that can turn an evenly matched game into a yawner. MIKE McCALL FINAL SCORE UF 38, OKLAHOMA 20 Sam Bradford steps back, and there's a missed block on the Oklahoma offensive line. The Heisman winner is forced to rush his throw, and it's picked off. Whether it be Bradford, Tim Tebow, Percy -Harvin or anybody else, there will be key turnovers in this game, and that's what will decide it. And with the way the Gators intercept passes, that's a good thing BRIAN STEELE for them. FINAL SCORE: UF 34, OKLAHOMA 27 WE IVER j. dcgbiet SUN-WED IIAM-3AM 672 6111 THURS, FRI & SAT FREE WIFI IIAM-4AM NEXT TO SWEETBAY WWW.JDOOBIES.COM 34TH ST. PLAZA ame roam

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2009 0 ALLIGATOR, 23 UF RUN vs. OKLAHOMA RUN DEFENSE UF rushes for 229.8 yards per game, OKLAHOMA allows 106.0 yards per game. KEY PLAYERS: UF: Fr. RB Jeff Demps (69 att -582 yards, 8.4 avg, 7 TDs), RFr. RB Chris Rainey (83 att -655 yds, 7.9 avg, 4 TDs); OU: RFr. LB Travis Lewis (135 tackles, 12.0 TFL, 3.5 sacks, 4 INTs, 108 yds), Jr. LB Keenan Clayton (76 tackles, 10.0 TFL, 4.5 sacks, 1 INT) ANALYSIS: Speed. Yep. That's the buzzword here in Miami. Can the Oklahoma defense keep up with the speed of the UF offense? Is the speed of the Sooners defen& sive backs going to catch the Gators by surprise? We're going with no to both of those questions. Oklahoma hasn't seen players as dynamic as Demps, Rainey and ADVANTAGE: UF Harvin, and they will get a large dose of them tonight. UF PASS vs. OKLAHOMA PASS DEFENSE UF passes for 212.6 yards per game, OKLAHOMA allows 253.1 yards per game. KEY PLAYERS: UF: Jr. QB Tim Tebow (2,515 yds, 28 TDs, 2 INTs, 64.9 pct, 176.74 rating), Jr. WR Percy Harvin (35 rec, 595 yds, 17.0 avg, 7 TDs), Sr. WR Louis Murphy (36 rec, 611 yds, 17.0 avg, 6 TDs); OU: Sr. DB Lendy Holmes (79 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 5 INTs, 73 yds), Jr. DB Brian Jackson (67 tackles, 4.0 TFL, 2 INTs, 21 yds) ANALYSIS: For the first time all year, Murphy has more receiving yards than Harvin. Expect Harvin to reclaim his spot atop the UF receiving list tonight. After missing the Southeastern Conference Championship Game, Harvin is unbelievably antsy to make some big plays. Murphy, a senior leader, might be the one to make the long ADVANTAGE: UF touchdown catch at the end of the night. OKLAHOMA RUN vs. UF RUN DEFENSE OKLAHOMA rushes for 356.5 yards per game, UF allows 105.3 yards per game. KEY PLAYERS: OU: Jr. RB Chris Brown (195 att -1,110 yds, 5.7 avg, 20 TDs), So. RB Mossis Madu (111 att -463, 4.2 avg, 6 TDs); UF: Jr. MLB Brandon Spikes (87 tackles, 8.0 TFL, 2.0 sacks, 4 INTs, 93 yds), Jr. DE Jermaine Cunningham (51 tackles, 10.0 TFL, 6.0 sacks) ANALYSIS: The Oklahoma running game is impressive, sure, but it will be missing DeMarco Murray, the Sooners' leading rusher. Murray's absence will put more & pressure on Brown and Madu, who may get tired as their workload increases. Spikes and company are completely healthy for what seems like the first time all seaADVANTAGE: UF son, and they'll be thankful to face only two-thirds of the Sooners' best runners. This is a close category, but Murray's absence swings it toward the Gators. OKLAHOMA PASS vs. UF PASS DEFENSE OKLAHOMA passes for 205.5 yards per game, UF allows 174.0 yards per game. KEY PLAYERS: OU: So. QB Sam Bradford (4,464 yds, 48 TDs, 6 INTs, 68.3 pct, 186.28 rating), Sr. WR Juaquin Iglesias (69 rec, 1,092 yds, 15.8 avg, 10 TDs), Jr. TE Jermaine Gresham (58 rec, 888 yds, 15.3 avg, 12 TDs); UF: So. CB Joe Haden (77 tackles, 0.5 TFL, 3 INTs, 136 yds), So. S Major Wright (57 tackles, 3 INTs, 35 yds), So. S Ahmad Black (54 tackles, 6 INTs, 191 yds) ANALYSIS: The UF passing defense has been a phenomenally improved unit all year. In 2007, it was a joke. But in 2008, the Gators secondary has shut down opponents. Despite all their hard work, there's no way to completely shut down Bradford, the reigning Heisman winner. He'll have a less-impressive night than usual, but don't be surprised to see Iglesias or Gresham burn the Gators defensive backs on a play or two. ADVANTAGE: OU SPECIAL TEAMS KEY PLAYERS: UF: Sr. Kicker Jonathan Phillips (11-12 FGs, long 40), So. Punter Chas Henry (41 punts, 42.8 avg, long 67), Jr. KR Brandon James (65 rets, 1,196 yds, 2 TDs); OU: RFr. Kicker Jimmy Stevens (8-11 FGs, long 42), Sr. Punter Mike Knall (51 punts, 36.4 avg, long 60), Sr. WR Juaquin Iglesias (17 rets, 356 yds, 0 TDs) ANALYSIS: Murray's absence also hurts the Sooners' kick return game, as he was the their leading kick returner before he got hurt. Combine that with a freshman field goal kicker -usually not something you can trust in a pressure situation -and ADVANTAGE: UF you've got a matchup that favors the Gators. James is well-overdue for a touchdown on a punt return, and the Sooners' kick coverage has been lackluster this year. INTANGIBLES The coaching matchup between Urban Meyer and Bob Stoops is too close to call. The teams' recent histories indicate greatness on both sides. Oklahoma and UF have equally dedicated and rabid fan bases. Both teams share some form of an underdog aspect (UF is No. 2 in the BCS rankings, while Oklahoma is actually not favored to win). Yeah. This game is pretty even on paper. 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Sports THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2009 ALLIGATOR www.alligatorSports.org FOOTBALL Gators, Sooners look to secure programs' greatness By MIKE McCALL Alligator Staff Writer mmccall@alligator org MIAMI -Joe Haden is a starting cornerback for UF -one of the nation's most well-known and respected teams -and he's about to play for the Gators in their second BCS Championship appearance in three seasons. It would seem as though Haden is sitting atop the college football world, but he doesn't see it that way just yet. He knows UF still has work to do before it can lay claim to being America's preeminent program, and he marvels at the school that currently holds that honor. "I look at college football and see a lot of good teams, but when I look at USC, even though I'm playing college football, I'm still just like, 'Man, that's a great team,"' Haden said. "They have one guy, (safety) Taylor Mays, when I look at him, he looks like a superhero or something. For most of the 2000s, Southern Cal has ruled the NCAA. The Trojans have finished in the top five of the final Associated Press rankings every year since 2002, and they're poised to extend that streak after defeating Penn State in the Rose Bowl. USC has been the benchmark for success in college football lately, but if Haden and No. 1 UF can get past No. 2 Oklahoma tonight in the BCS title game, they'll accomplish something even the Trojans haven't. Since the BCS started in 1998, just one team has won two outright championships, but both the Gators (2006) and Sooners (2000) have a title in hand, meaning tonight winner will join 2007 champion LSU as the only teams with two BCS titles. Matt Stafford's pass sails over Georgia wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi and UF cornerback Joe Haden during the Gators' 49-10 win against Georgia in Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on Nov. 1, 2008. "It'll put us way up there," Haden said. "To have two championships in three years, and then we pretty much have the whole team coming back next year, so it will do a lot for momentum heading into next season on such a high." But the Sooners -who have the most BCS title appearances (four) -are thinking the same thing, and each team will lean on its dynamic offense to make the difference. Both squads have great balance, averaging more than 200 yards passing and rushing each game, but Oklahomahas blownUF away statistically while playing in the suddenly high-scoring Big 12 Conference. The Sooners average 54 points and 562.1 yards per game, compared to UF's 45.2 and 442.4, but they'll be without electrifying running back DeMarco Murray (hamstring), while the Gators could get a big boost from the return of receiver Percy Harvin. Harvin says he feels 95-percent healthy and can sprint and make cuts, but his status will be a mystery until he touches the ball in Dolphin Stadium at 8 p.m. Oklahoma cornerback Dominique Franks said he is actually hoping Harvin will be fully healthy, because "when we win, we don't want any excuses." Still, the talented wideout's effect on the Gators' offense might be too much for the Sooners' beleaguered defense to handle, as, in addition to his own playmaking ability, he opens up the field for teammates by drawing attention from defenders. "What I told the team and what coach (Urban) Meyer told me was, if I get to play in this game, it's going to be one of the best shows that has ever been put on," Harvin said. Tebow's accomplishments place him in elite group of college players MIAMIHe doesn't know. Even if he has an inkling, he won't tell you. Perhaps you'll get one of his school-boy chuckles and "yes sirs" or "yes ma'ams." It could be just a grin and an "I don't know." Tim Tebow will not concede any thought, any notion, any potential, any possibility, any hope that, with a win tonight, he could be known as the greatest college football player of all time. Greatest. That's a hard one to define. Let's forget about talent. All the playSCOREBOAR NBA Magic Hawks Nuggets Heat 106 102 108 97 ers in this conversa2 tion were extremely talented -that's 175. not what separates them. There are ridiculous statistics by Brian Steele the bunch, too, and Steele-ing Bases awards that were bsteele@alligator org given because of those statistics. That can be called a wash. Now, look at the impact they've made on the game. The mark they've left on a program. Even the effect they've had on E The UF gymnastics team kicks off its season Friday night with a meet against Oklahoma. For a season preview, as well as coverage of the Gators swim teams' sweep of Virginia, check out alligatorSports.org. teammates and coaches. Georgia running back Herschel Walker took a previously 6-5 team in 1979 to an undefeated season in 1980 -and he had more of an impact than just on the field. He changed the makeup of that program. Illinois running back Red Grange had 402 total yards in one game against Michigan on Oct. 18, 1924. He was, at the time, the most unique football player who had ever played. Illinois linebacker Dick Butkus was everything the game is about. If there was a tougher and more passionate player in college football, he's hard to find. Tebow is on this list, and he will be heading it with a win tonight. He was blessed with a body capable of packing on the muscle without losing speed and with an arm that could throw a football 50 yards downfield with ridiculous precision. That brought him to college football with an opportunity, as it has many others before him. Nobody has taken advantage of the opportunities before him as much as Tebow has. SEE BRIAN, PAGE 22 POLL QUESTION Today's question: What will be the result of tonight's game? Previous question: Who was the most memorable trash-talker from this football season? Percent (Votes) Francois 59% (30) Franks 24% (12) Murphy 18%(9) 51 TOTAL VOTES

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