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VOLUME 107 ISSUE 45 WWW.ALLIGATOR.ORG WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2012 Today We Inform. You Decide.Not officially associated with the University of Florida Published by Campus Communications, Inc. of Gainesville, Florida SBP: War of the Oar is on this weekend for Florida-Georgia Last year UGA took the oar after winning the game, pg. 3. UF graduate student merges science and art in exhibitSCIENCESTORE opens today in Fine Arts C, pg. 8. Resident goes into debt to save canine companion after accidentThe vet bills were about $7,000, pg. 9. Alligators ESPN www.alligator.org 86 /66 FORECAST 2 OPINIONS 6 CLASSIFIEDS 10 CROSSWORD 11 SPORTS 13Alex M. Sanchez / Alligator ALEX CATALANOAlligator Staff WriterDustin White braced for impact when he heard the rumble of a car behind him. Soon after, the cars mirror clipped him as he cycled along Williston Road. The president of Team Florida Cycling can readily recite about half a dozen times vehicles hit him and his friends while they were biking. I dont think I know anyone who has been riding for over year that hasnt had an incident with a car, he said. To access concerns about cycling safety, the city released a public survey Monday to gather information about cycling accidents. The data will identify dangerous areas in Gainesville to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists. White remembers an accident that left two UF students seriously injured, one unconscious and another with a punctured lung. He said this study is a positive step toward keeping cyclists safe. Debbie Leistner, the public works planning manager, said the city is looking at crash data, policies, transportation education and roadway engineering to develop the safety plan. Were trying to get information from the public, Leistner said. Itll help us develop the plan. The city will also use guidelines on pedestrian and bike safety from the Federal Highway Administration in the plan. The survey focuses on all of Gainesville, but so far, the data has pointed to the four roads that surround UF as problem hot spots. University Avenue, 13th Street, Archer Road and 34th that return the highest number of incidents. The survey looks at individual pockets but also focuses on larger routes people sometimes use to get across town.City-wide survey aims to increase cycling safetySEE BIKE, PAGE 4 CHRIS ALCANTARAAlligator WriterAlmost a month after Gainesville Police charged Pedro Bravo with the murder of Christian Aguilar, Bravo has decided to plead not guilty in the case. Following the written not-guilty plea for today, was canceled. His lawyer requested that prosecutors release evidence, also known as discovery, according to court documents from the Alachua County Clerk of Courts. This phase before the trial will give the defense the opportunity to review evidence collected from prosecutors to build a case. Police named Bravo a person of interest after Aguilar went missing Sept. 20. Bravo has been in Alachua County Jail since Sept. 24, when he was initially charged with depriving a victim of medical assistance. Since then, police released limited evidence which includes Bravo telling GPD detectives he beat Aguilar until he lost consciousness, and left him in a parking lot in northeast Gainesville. Police also said they found Aguilars backpack in Bravos closet, a receipt that showed Bravo purchased a shovel and duct tape several days before Aguilars Bravo pleads not guilty in UF student murder case LAURA HOGANAlligator Contributing WriterTonight, performers will face off at Gator Growls Talent Night in a new category: singing the national anthem. The talent show, which falls under the Homecoming theme United We Growl, is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom. Attendees must pay $1 to enter, said director of Talent Night and advertising junior Lauren Herstik, 21. Groups and individuals will compete in the music, dance and national anthem categories. Participants include the Sedoctaves, DANZA and Girl Scout Troop 1029, according to the program. Song choice is everything, said 21-year-old materials science and engineering junior Alex Greene, the musical director of No Southern Accent. You want something thats high energy. The winners of each Talent Night category will perform at the pep rally Nov. 9. The national anthem champion will open the show, Herstik said. Performers were selected through an audition process that began in September. Tonight, winners will be chosen by a panel of judges including Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel, she said. This year, 50 percent of the proceeds ect, a charity that helps the families of injured soldiers. About $500 has been raised through audition fees, Herstik said. The tap group Stomp the Swamp placed third in the dance category last year, said president and 21-year-old environmental engineering senior Lauren Kleiman. But its not all about winning. Honestly, were just really, really excited to share what we can do with everyone, she said.Students sing off in talent showSEE BRAVO, PAGE 4 Bravo CAMPUS Song choice is everything.Alex Greenematerials science and engineering major


News Today Subscription Rate: Full Year (All Semesters) $100The Independent Florida Alligator is a student newspaper serving the University of Florida, pubThe Alligator The Alligator is The Alligator VOLUME 107 ISSUE 45 ISSN 0889-2423 The Alligator The Alligator 2, ALLIGATOR WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2012 TODAYFORECASTSUNNY 78/53 PARTLY CLOUDY 81/60 THUNDER STORMS 81/63 PARTLY CLOUDY 86/70 SUNNY 86/66 SUNDAY SATURDAY FRIDAY THURSDAY WHATS HAPPENING?Community Advocates Green Your $pace: Its Easy Being Green Want to learn more about living sustainably in your apartment or residence hall? Join the Community Advocates at its event, Green Your $pace: Its Easy Being Green!, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Pugh Hall Ocora. This fairstyle event will inform the Gainesville community about how to live sustainably by providing healthy, simple and affordable tips presented by a variety of agencies and organizations. There will be free food, beverages and prizes. This event is open to everyone. Farmworker rights discussion hosted by CHISPAS Join CHISPAS at 7 p.m. in the Reitz Union, Room 278 to discuss the future of farmworker rights and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers next steps after its win against Chipotle. Get involved in social justice work and become a spark in your community. The Politics of Privilege Program Series In this series of The Politics of Privilege, Zeus Leonardo, Ph.D., of the University of California, Berkeley will speak about the politics associated with the Asian-American identity and community, including historical roots and the forces shaping this experience today in Smathers Library 1A. The Politics of Privilege explores the discourse and practice of privilege in disenfranchised communities. All are welcome to attend at Smathers Library Room 1A. Doors open 6:15 p.m., and the event starts at 6:30 p.m. For more infor mation, email APIA Director Leah Villanueva at LMV@ multicultural.ufl.edu. Open Access Week 2012 at UF Open Access Week 2012 activities will be on the UF campus today and Wednesday. Sponsored by the George A. Smathers Libraries, the theme is Set the Default to Open Access at UF. Today Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet, YouTube videos and lip-synched indie rock music, Private Romeo takes us to a mysterious and tender place that only Shakespeare could have inspired. Gay Movie Night is the last Friday of each month at 7:30 p.m. and is a free service of the Pride Community Center of North Central Florida. Private Romeo will screen Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Pride Community Center, 3131 NW 13th St. A $2 donation is requested to cover the cost of snacks. For more info, visit www.gainesvillepride.org/gay-movie-night/. Theatre Strike Force hosts Amockalypse As the world draws to an end in 2012, dont miss Theatre Strike Forces sketch comedy show, Amockalypse, reflecting on where we as a society could have gone wrong. The show is Oct. 29 in the Reitz Union Rion Ballroom, and doors open at 8 p.m. The show is free and food will be provided. Got something going on? Want to see it in this space? Send an email with Whats Happening in the subject line to skinonen@alligator. org. To ensure publication in the next days newspaper, please submit the event before 5 p.m. Please model your submissions after above events. Improperly formatted Whats Happening submissions may not appear in the paper. Press releases will not appear in the paper. the event will be in the Info Commons on the third floor of Library West from 10 a.m. to noon. The events feature presentations and discussions on open access publishing and policy, the Berlin Declaration and the Open Access Awards and poster sessions. The events are free and open to the public. No registration is necessary. For the complete schedule, visit www.uflib. ufl.edu/oa/oaweek/. The Stephen C. OConnell Center welcomes The Avett Brothers Indie folk-pop group The Avett Brothers will perform Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Stephen C. OConnell Center. Tickets cost $40 to $55 and can be purchased at the Phillips Center Box Office and at the University Box Office in the Reitz Union. For tickets and general information, visit www. performingarts.ufl.edu. Pledge 5 Foundations Vampires Ball Vampires Ball will be Friday at Sharab Lounge in downtown Gainesville. Admission is free to anyone who donates blood at participating LifeSouth locations during October. For more information, Like its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/vampiresball. Gay Movie Night: Private Romeo This gay adaptation of Romeo and Juliet is set in a modern military school. When eight male cadets are left behind at an isolated military high school, the greatest romantic drama ever written seeps out of the classroom and permeates their lives. Incorporating the original text of


SAMANTHA SHAVELLAlligator Staff WriterStudent Body President Tj Villamil encouraged student senators Tuesday to blow up social media platforms with information about the Okefenokee Oar. The University of Georgias Student Government and UFs Student Government created the trophy in 2009, Villamil said. The Okefenokee Oar is a 10-foot paddle that goes to the winner of the Florida-Georgia game each year. He said the oar is made from a 1,000-year-old cypress tree from the Okefenokee Swamp, which sits on the border of Florida and Georgia. The Florida-Georgia game has a reputation as the worlds largest outdoor cocktail party, but both schools Student Government organizations are trying to take the focus off that title, Villamil said. Instead, they want to raise awareness about the Battle for the Paddle and the War for the Oar. Villamil said UGA took the oar last year after winning the game and built a case in its Tate Student Center. I get reminded every single day that it sits in their union, he said. About two weeks ago, SG bought a Reitz Union, Villamil said after the meeting. Information and Communication Committee Chairwoman Jamie Lowsetter also encouraged senators to spread awareness of the oar. We are the best school, she said. Why should we not have it? Contact Samantha Shavell at sshavell@alligator.org. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2012 ALLIGATOR, 3 Alex Catalano / Alligator StaffTj Villamil speaks to student senators Wednesday at the Reitz Union about taking back the Okefenokee Oar by winning the Florida-Georgia game Saturday in Jacksonville. SBP: War for the Oar is on this weekend A GATOR 1 CARD IS REQUIRED FOR ENTRANCE. JORDAN ROBBINSAlligator Contributing WriterThe Career Resource Center will host the Graduate & Professional Schools Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday in the Reitz Union Grand and Rion Ballrooms. More than 160 programs from throughout the nation, including law, medical and phar macy schools, will attend, said Angel Iverson, assistant director for career events at the CRC. Admissions representatives will be available to network with attendees and answer questions processes, she said. Heather White, CRC director, said students about programs and schools of interest without even leaving campus, which is remarkable, she said. Iverson said she suggests students research programs theyre interested in, prepare questions and bring resumes. A Gator 1 Card is required for entrance. Iverson said the event is geared toward juniors and seniors, but she encouraged freshmen and sophomores to attend. Freshmen and sophomores can get a head start on asking what they should be doing now so they can set themselves up for success when applying to graduate school in the future, she said. Liz Cox, a 21-year-old communication sciences and disorders senior, said she wants to attend the event to learn more about options for her future. ing to grad school makes you stand out, she said.Juniors, seniors invited to attend graduate fair CHABELI HERRERAAlligator Contributing Writer People can celebrate UFs push to go green on the Reitz Union North Lawn today with a carnival-themed Campus Sustainability Day. ing the event, which will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., along with about 10 student or ganizations to raise awareness about sustainability on campus. Each organization will have a booth with information on the group and on going green. Every organizations booth will feature carnival-style games, said Laurel Sustainability. To continue with the trend of sustainability, Nesbit said the carnival games will be made out of repurposed materials due to the organizations small budgets. Their budgets are small but their imaginations are big, she said. Allison Goldberg, a 19-year-old UF geography sophomore specializing in environmental geosciences and president of Gators for a Sustainable Campus, said students need to care about sustainability on campus. Goldberg said she has seen many campus organizations reach out to Gators for a Sustainable Campus and ask how their organization can recycle. I just hope that people understand more the implications of being wasteful, she said. I feel that having so many var ied organizations together will help create more unity to show that sustainability is big on campus, and hopefully that will translate into some kind of activism. Sustainability event features student clubs Their budgets are small but their imaginations are big. Laurel NesbitCAMPUSLast year UGA took the oar


Were trying to reach all demographics with this, said Dekova Batey, the bicycle pedestrian coordinator for the city of Gainesville. Batey said the safety project started in late spring and was brought to the citys Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Board in September. outreach. Right now, were doing a lot of data analyzation, Batey said. Were looking at hot spot areas of concern to make sure we target certain areas. White said the problem with safety may lie in the tight roadways. He said drivers can be negligent by just passing cyclists. They dont see people laying in a hospital breathing through a tube after getting hit by a car, he said. They just need to get from point A to point B as fast as possible. The survey can be found at www. surveymonkey.com/s/GainesvillePedestrian-Bike-Safety. It will be up until Dec. 21 and will be available in an online digital format, a QR code for smartphones and also in print at facilities like public libraries. Contact Alex Catalano at acatalano@ alligator.org. 4, ALLIGATOR WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2012Andrea Sarcos / AlligatorEmerson, a 2-month-old domestic shorthair tabby mix, plays with his mouse toy at the Alachua County Humane Society on Tuesday afternoon. KATHRYN VARNAlligator Contributing WriterDespite UFs recent on-campus cat problem, experts say Alachua County is home to a normal amount of feral felines. Recently, UF had an issue with feral cats roaming the busiperception of the number of cats in Gainesville as a whole, said Shaye Olmstead, executive director of Operation Catnip, traps, neuters and releases cats. About 40,000 unowned cats in the county is consistent with other places of similar human population and climate, she said. We dont have any statistipening in Alachua County as opposed to anywhere else, she said. While the cat population isnt unique, more programs than ever that exist to manage feral cats, Olmstead said. The UF College of Veterinary Medicine loans space to Operation Catnip, Olmstead said, and the organization has trained about 800 veterinary students how to trap, neuter and return cats. Olmstead said some people blame college students for moving around and leaving pet cats behind, but the main issue is simpler than that. Its just a result of generations of people not spaying and neutering their pets, she said. Operation Catnip sterilizes about 3,000 Alachua County cats each year, Olmstead said, and has conducted about 36,000 spays and neuters since it opened in 1990. Spaying and neutering of any Alachua County feline is free. Many of the cats that Operation Catnip operates on come from Alachua County Animal Services. This month, animal services sent 99 cats to the or ganization, said Vernon Sawyer, interim director of Alachua County Animal Services. Approximately 41 of them were euthanized. Throughout the last 10 years, cat intakes and cat euthanasia have decreased, Olmstead said, but she and Sawyer strongly recommend that Gainesville residents get their animals spayed and neutered to stabilize and reduce the feral feline population. Its a humane way to control the population, Olmstead said. County feral cat issue not as prevalent as some may think THE SALE IS FROM 10:30 A.M. TO 6 P.M. TODAY THROUGH FRIDAY. JEWEL MIDELISAlligator Contributing WriterA section of UFs campus will be colored with Florida-grown orange pumpkins, yellow squashes and striped gourds from today until Friday. The UF Horticultural Sciences Graduate Student Club will have about 200 pumpkins and other gourds for sale from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day at We will have all kinds of pumpkins, from edibles to carving to decorative, said Gerardo Nunez, the graduate representative for the club. The 24-year-old Ph.D. candidate in horticultural sciences said the proceeds will help club members travel around the world to present their research. He said the UF North Florida Research and Education Center and the UF Partnership for Water, Agriculture and Community donated the pumpkins. The sale is the clubs biggest Fall fundraiser. Nunez said buying from fellow students and knowing the funds support research are incentives to purchase pumpkins on campus. We would like people to come and meet the kind of folks that are growing the food we eat, he said. Plus, Nunez said, the price is right. We always price the pumpkins lower than the stores, he said. All of these pumpkins have been grown by people from UF and in the state. That your pumpkins from a large super market. Tessa Keskinen, a 20-year-old environmental science and sustainability studies junior, said she wants to support the students. I think that doing a seasonal fundraiser is a pretty cool thing, she said.UF club sells pumpkins AYANA STEWARTAlligator Contributing WriterWhat does it mean to be an American? If you ask Kole Odutola, being a U.S. citizen isnt enough. Is carrying an American passport all one requires to be an American? he asked. Odutola, a UF professor in the languages, literatures and cultures department, is originally from Nigeria. He discussed his book, Diaspora and Imagined Nationality, as part of a dialogue on nationalism at the Civic Media Center Tuesday evening. Eight people attended the event. Odutola, who has studied nationalism for nearly eight years, researched how Nigerisertation. Although his research focused on Nigerians, he said it can be applied to any country. I expect this work to be used and applied in the American system, he said. Odutola said he believes citizens need to learn what nationalism really means before they can call a country their own. The concepts of nationhood, nationality said. He believes citizens should educate themselves, know their rights and strive for excellence. He said young people should put in as much energy as possible toward understanding their heritages and cultures. Students should be proud of their output, he said. Jane Pollack, a 21-year-old Santa Fe College dance student, said she heard about the event at a Nigerian Independence Day party. She thinks people need to keep their minds open to the full meaning of nationalism. I really enjoy talking with people about this stuff, she said. Im always interested in how people create their own culture.UF professor hosts discussion on culture and nationalismBravo now has a public defenderdisappearance and blood inside Bravos 2004 Chevrolet Blazer. On Oct. 12, police said two hunters found a body in Levy County. Three days later, the Eighth Judicial Circuit Medical Examiners the body was Aguilars. On Monday, attorneys from the Law Ofder, removing themselves from the case. They fender, according to court records. Ron Kozlowski, one of Bravos former attorneys, said the cost of a potentially lengthy a public defender. They decided, considering their modest means, they couldnt afford private counsel for the case, he said. fender, will represent Bravo in the case. will be called before Judge Mark Moseley at 2 p.m. Nov. 28, according the Clerk of Courts website. As the case moves to trial, Kozlowski mentioned the continued suffering of the Aguilar and Bravo families. peace when this is all over, he said, Its been hard on everybody. Contact Chris Alcantara at calcantara@alligator.org. BRA VO, from page 1 BIKE, from page 1The project started in spring Its just a result of generations of people not spaying and neuter ing their pets.Shaye Olmsteadexecutive director of Operation CatnipAguilar I expect this work to be used and applied in the American system.Kole OdutolaUF professor


Editors note: This is part of a series of articles that pro SHELBY WEBBAlligator Staff WriterGainesville doesnt seem like the place for someone who went to the University of Geor gia, Clemson and the University of Tennessee. But Mike Byerly said hes used his degrees from rival schools to bolster the Gator Nation for the past 12 years as the District 1 representative for the Alachua County Commission. As a commissioner, he supported an increased bus service, assistance programs for low-income residents and land preservation. If elected for another term Nov. 6, Byerly said he hopes to invest more in transportation, infrastructure and land conservation. The self-described environmentalist said he got into politics when he began to see the rest of the state develop in a way that destroyed natural resources. I was concerned about the way I saw the community growing and developing, Byerly said, seeing people sort of thoughtlessly destroying things in Alachua County that make it a really beautiful place. He also puts emphasis on transportation, including public transit, bike lanes and pedestrian areas. As an avid bicyclist, he pushed for bike lanes near downtown and campus. He also envisions an update to the Regional Transit System. He and the Gainesville City Commission support transforming the transit into a Bus Rapid Transit system, which is expected to speed up transportation through lights. However, the county changed its votes and moved to let the tax money go only to roads and other construction projects. He said his vision for Alachua County spreads further than that, which is why he no longer supports the ballot measure. The way the County Commission has structured it, people living in Gainesville arent getting a very good deal, Byerly said. They will pay the bulk of the actual tax, but by a 2-1 margin the money is going to be spent outside of the City of Gainesville. Aside from roads and buses, Byerly said he is especially proud of the countys partnership with UF, Santa Fe College and local businesses, especially with Florida Innovation Hub at UF and Innovation Square. But the innovation initiatives arent the only reasons Byerly expects to see more people migrate to Alachua County. He said county investments in land conser vation, recreation areas and alternative methods of transportation have created a diverse community for a county this size. All these things are the kind of things that people with talent and ability are attracted to, and its obviously paying off, Byerly said. While he hopes the innovation economy will bring more people and businesses to the county, Byerly said his main objective is still to make sure the county grows in a responsible way. Growth is going to happen, we know that, Byerly said. But with that comes some thought and planning. We can grow and develop while preserving the best of what we have as a community. Contact Shelby Webb at swebb@alligator.org. Editors note: This is part of a series of articles that pro SHELBY WEBBAlligator Staff WriterJohn Martin doesnt mind dancing to his own beat especially at Gator basketball games. Fans know him as Mr. Trombone, a tribute to a lively air-trombone dance Martin does when the Gator band plays You Can Call Me Al. But Martin said he hopes to be known for another accolade this fall by winning the District 1 seat in the Alachua County Commission. Though the Republican will face 12-year County Commission incumbent Mike Byerly on Election Day Nov. 6, he said hell add a fresh perspective to the job. Being a property owner and a business owner, Im getting hit with huge taxes, Mar tin said. Im just fed up. He hopes to create a slimmer government in Alachua County, as well as entice businesses to the area by removing regulations and certain taxes. During his 13-year stint with the Hawish the towns sewer system, provided the employees and fought to keep water transfer rights in North Florida. He has a series of grievances to air with the County Commission, which he said has been headed by mostly Democrats for more than a decade. One of Martins biggest complaints is county business regulations, which he said have driven talent out of Gainesville. He said between building codes and land development laws, businesses are voting with their feet to leave the county. Theyre so cumbersome the County Commission cant even review it themselves, Martin said. They actually have more rules than they can enforce right now. He points to Florida Innovation Hub at UF, where the city and county removed barriers to entice businesses to roust in Gainesville. In an ideal Alachua County, Martin would like to see these rules and regulations slimmed down and updated every few years through an idea he calls zero-balancing. Every few years, the commission would keep the rules it is required to have by the state, but it would have to vote and rejustify additional rules the county added. I want to innovate Alachua County, he said. Martin would also like to apply the same concept to the countys budget: Calculate the cost of core services like a police force and infrastructure, then vote to fund additional county programs with the leftover money. Martin said he would also like to combine some government agencies to save time and employees. An example would be to merge the environmental protection agency into a division of the growth management. Martin said he thinks students should vote the county into the future. But I think students should look at policies that are business-friendly and attract the types of businesses that could allow them to stay here, Martin said. Contact Shelby Webb at swebb@alligator.org. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2012 ALLIGATOR, 5 Elise Giordano / Alligator StaffJohn Martin does a Gator Chomp at his campaign headquarters Monday. Martin was part of the Hawthorne City Commission for 13 years. Elise Giordano / Alligator StaffCounty Commissioner Mike Byerly sits mission meeting Tuesday. Byerly is a 12-year commission incumbent. Alachua County Commission candidates face off Gator fan wants conservatism Incumbent supports transportation


Reader responseVote or post a message at www.alligator.orgThe views expressed here are not necessarily those of the Alligator Column EditorialWEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2012 WWW.ALLIGATOR.ORG/OPINIONS The Alligator will be withheld if the writer shows just cause. We reserve the right to edit for length, grammar, style and libel. Send letters to opinions@alligator.org, bring them to 1105 W. University Ave., or send them to P.O. Box 14257, Gainesville, FL 32604-2257. Columns of about 450 words about original topics and editorial cartoons are also welcome. Questions? Call 352-376-4458.Todays question: Do you ride your bike around the city? 78 TOTAL VOTES90% YES 10% NOTuesdays question: Have you ever crammed for an exam?Nitpicky Nerds Get off of Twitter during the debatesWhy cant we just let sleeping zingers lie? On Monday night, the third presidential debate was in Boca Raton a city known for being the host of Mitt Romneys percent remarks. Now that social media is a lot more popular, or something, than it was during the 2008 election, jokes and remarks are more likely to get repeated and blown out of proportion. Luckily for us, these debates allow voters to see who the candidates really are; they also show us how the candidates would Americans. Whats the difference between a gaffe and a zing? We all bate, but those quippy comments may have been more relevant in the second and third debates. Romneys binders full of women remark was offensive and weird and terrible, and its basically all we remember from that debate. How can someone so out of touch with how people want to be treated expect to win the respect of millions of voters? The memorable moment from the last presidential debate came from our very own President Obama. You mentioned the Navy, for example that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916, Obama said during the debate, Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our militarys changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers, where planes land we have ships that go underwater nuclear submarines. And so the question is not a game of Battleship, where were counting ships. This hilarious statement offended people like Dan Riker, who is from a military surplus outlet, Bayonet Inc. in Georgia. [Bayonets] are still distributed to the military all the time, Riker said in a TMZ article. He should get educated on it. The president obviously didnt mean to offend a minority of our population with his remark. If Romney thinks the president is scaling down the military, then Obama was trying to explain how the militarys needs have changed. And dont worry, because horses are still being used, too. Horse-mounted U.S. commandos played a pivotal role in the toppling of the Taliban-led government in Afghanistan in 2001, said Peter Grier, a writer for the Christian Science Monitor. People took Obamas statement seriously so quickly. And while, yeah, hes our leader, so we should take what he says seawesome. The difference between horses and bayonets and binders full of women is the tone. Obama didnt try to undermine the use those weapons once had, but Romney couldnt understand that human beings dont appreciate being compartmentalized. Everybody seems to focus on the words Obama said instead of the idea and intent behind them. His intent was to counteract what Romney tried to characterize as a bad military decision. Just chill out, everybody. Instead, focus on educating yourself before the election. ESPN College GameDay unites campusThat one day a week when an entire campus rejoices from students and alumni to residents and fans, the university becomes alive on football Saturdays. While I believe athletics should not dominate an entire campus and that academics should remain the primary focus, football provides an extraordinary outlet for uniting people from all backgrounds. Each week, there is a certain buzz in the air. The excitement on campus about our beloved Gators serves as an overwhelmingly positive presence. In light of a bitter election season, in which presidential politics have divided us about the future course of our nation, for many it has been football, not politics or religion, that has kept UF united and proud. In such uncertain times, these attributes are so scarce. It appears that college campuses like UF effectively unite people with distinct backgrounds and beliefs. We all can learn something from this. By focusing on what unites us and our common goals, we can truly make a difference. This focus essentially came alive Saturday. Whether it is rational to camp out overnight to appear on national TV, I do not know. However, actions such as camping out for ESPN College GameDay do, in fact, demonstrate that excitement and pride for a common entity and foster a unique type of creativity that we can use to create solutions to our issues. The wide array of posters captured an immense sense of creativity and an overall awareness of culture, social norms and trends. From posters stating Spurrier Uses Instagram, to Muschamp Style, these creative and innovative works demonstrate that we all possess the imagination and originality necessary to develop solutions to unique cials employed this sense of creativity in making policy, we complex problems. No College GameDay poster depicts this fact more than the one that pictured a South Carolina cheerleader holding a sign for the Gamecocks. The caption, of course, said, Your parents must be so proud. According to the creator of this masterpiece, the idea was surprisingly creative and just came to me. Preferring to remain anonymous, this creative force hopes to use his newly found skill to make an impact by assisting in advertising for various campus organizations, including Gators for Romney. The witty, yet perverse nature of these posters shows us that each and every one of us has the critical thinking skills needed to make an array of impacts. With respect to the presidential election, the polls remain tied. Media projections of the Electoral College show that it is President Obamas race to lose. However, another push in Gov. Romneys favor could potentially put him into the White House. Debate season has come and gone. Undecided voters should promptly make up their minds. Politically speaking, our country seems exceedingly polarized. Quite frankly, the unique sense of humor present in these signs for College GameDay make us all smile. In an era of such economic uncertainty, the presence of football on campus has provided an entire city with a sense of hope and improved prospects for the future. Presidential politics have divided us. Such a bitter, grueling and tenuous campaign has seemed to widen divisions within the public. Such controversy fails to demonstrate the creative skill and originality that we all share. The least likely of things fan signs tell us that if we can spend the time to create such witty and clever machinations for a TV show, we can surely apply these skills to create a meaningful impact to make a difference in the community. After all, if we do this, our parents will be so proud. Matthew Schnur is an economics freshman at UF. His column appears on Wednesdays.Erin Jester EDITOR Sarah Kinonen MANAGING EDITOR Sami Main OPINIONS EDITOR Matthew Schnuropinions@alligator.org


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2012 ALLIGATOR, 7 An article in The Gainesville Iguana newsletter pointed out an article by Noam Chomsky with the same title as this editorial. I read it and realized this information needs to be shared. We have all been fed by various news media outlets that Iran is the Great Satan, intent on destroying Israel with its accumulation of a nuboth candidates pointed out Irans danger. However, lets consider a scenario in which we reverse the accusations thrown on Iran: Iran is carrying out a murderous and destructive, low-level war against Israel with great-power participation. Throughout, Iran enjoys the support of its superpower patron. Iranian leaders are therefore announcing their intention to bomb Israel, and prominent Iranian military analysts report that the attack may happen before the U.S. elections. Iran can use its powerful air force and new submarines sent by Germany, armed with nuclear missiles and stationed off the coast of Israel. Whatever the timetable, Iran is counting on its superpower backer to join if not lead the assault. U.S. defense secretary Leon Panetta says that while we do not favor such an attack, as a sovereign country Iran will act in its best interests. Chomsky paints this picture and states that this is probably unimaginable, but its actually happening. Just switch out some characters and reality presents itself. Just like the U.S., Israel uses violence whenever it deems necessary. It continues illegal settlement in Palestinian territories defying international law and the U.N. Security Council. Israel imprisoned and killed thousands of Gazans throughout the years. Thirty years ago, Israel destroyed an Iraqi nuclear reactor, an act that has recently been praised, avoiding the strong evidence, even from U.S. intelligence, that the bombing did not end Saddam Husseins nuclear weapons program but rather initiated it. Bombing of Iran might have the same effect, Chomsky wrote. And, have we forgotten that under the shah of Iran, the U.S. supported nuclear development programs there? Of course, Iran carried out aggression in the an government is repressive, just like the U.S. allies in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia, its most important ally, has not supported the Arab Spring in its country in case you have not noticed. So, Chomsky asks, Why then is Iran the greatdiscourse? The primary reason is acknowledged by U.S. military and intelligence and their Israeli counterparts: Iran might deter the resort to force by the United States and Israel. He adds, Furthermore, Iran must be punished tons charge against Cuba half a century ago and still the driving force for the U.S. assault against Cuba that continues despite international condemnation. The moral of the story? Be careful what you hear, and be critical. The U.S. and Israel are very powerful governments with bigger nuclear arsenals than Iran. During this election season, we will continue to hear many fear tactics. But, we have the ability to look at information critically, calmly and fairly just like Noam Chomsky. Nora Zaki is an Arabic, religion and political science senior at UF.The US and its enemies and allies abroadGuest columnNora ZakiSpeaking Out Ive got some alarming news: You are dying. Well, technically, everyone is dying, so dont panic just yet. We cant help it. Our immune systems combat the trend toward entropy as best they can, but we all eventually lose the battle. No living thing escapes the iron grip of death not even ies. But Im not talking medicine yet. Im talking some serious, metaphysical Bible stuff here. If youre a human, chances are you have a congenital heart condition called sin. The bad news is its 100 percent fatal. Think of sin like a spiritual disease, stealing life from and eventually killing its host. You might scoff at the notion, but the Bible isnt the only piece of literature arguing that something is terribly wrong with us. Take a walk down the self-help aisle of any bookstore on the planet. We know were screwed up, even if we dont want to face the implications of our guilt. Some would say our moral disease is akin to the common cold. Their remedy: rest up a bit, drink some philosophical orange juice and give it a week or two before things get better. tion, but most get better, even if there are casualties along the way. Weve greatly underestimated sin, though. We look at our pride, lust, deception and arrogance and think that well magically recover by willing ourselves to be better. But infection doesnt work quite that way, and it seems that God is the only one who really understands how deadly a force is within us. Sin is cancer. Those who have it face death, unless they take drastic measures. The good news is that sin is not the end of the story. Enter Jesus Christ, deus ex machina incarnate. He was perfection clothed in humoral teacher. He was God, the answer to the prayers of a dying world, even if the people werent aware of it. Jesus knew that humankind deserved Gods wrath. He was aware of our brutality and murder, our lying and lust, and the rebellion that made us Gods enemies. He saw the wickedness of our condemned hearts before we could act on it, and all of it grieved him. Jesus knew justice demanded payment for our sin, so he paid the price. ment of criminals even though he wasnt guilty. He was whipped and beaten, nailed to a cross and died as he was forsaken by his father. The real pain came when he was laden with all of our sin and its consequences, suffering the weight of all of our evil. He paid the price because he knew that we couldnt. Jesus message is this: I was so bad that he had to die, but I am so loved that he gladly did. When was the last time you saw a superhero story where the hero dies for the villain? Its a loaded concept for a limited column, but in effect, the God of the mountain comes down to carry mankind to the top. This is the means by which a loving God reconciles his people. This is the method that allows for the removal of our cancerous hearts to be replaced by the pristine heart of God. It is the overturning of the death sentence and the guarantee of life, should one decide to admit his or her guilt and accept this gift. I dont know what youve heard about Jesus, but that is really good news. Ryan Galloway is a religion senior at UF. His column appears on Wednesdays.The hero dies in this one: The cure for sin is the best news youve never heardColumn Ryan Gallowayopinions@alligator.org


MICHELLE PROVENZANOAlligator Contributing WriterScience and art may seem worlds apart, but a UF graduate student is fusing the two. graduate student with a concentration in graphic design, used his doctorate in astronomy to further his advancements in the art world with his SCIENCESTORE exhibit, which is opening in UFs Focus Gallery today. The gallery, in Fine Arts C, will house Gallegos exhibit through Nov. 9 and will be open to the public on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit will be a store that, essentially, sells science, he said. Gallego will staff the store and discuss the design aspects of science. It will be an interactive performance. Gallego set up his store exhibit with colorful graphic posters depicting quotes from scientists like Carl Sagan. These posters and the interactive photo what science and art are separately and together, he said. Gallego said his purpose for the exhibit is to show visitors that science means more than the commodity it has become. Ill be bothering my clients like a Best Buy guy trying to sell you a printer, the 32-year-old said. I want to see how people react and go along with me trying to sell them science in a can. Although he wont actually sell the silver containers labeled with element names and ers viewpoints on science. Gallegos concept is unusual, said Brian Slawson, a UF graphic design associate professor. Not only is Jorge using this installation as an interactive platform, but hes also per forming within the project, Slawson said. Thats not something the typical design student does. 8, ALLIGATOR WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2012 Elise Giordano / Alligator StaffJorge P rez Gallego, 32, sets up for his exhibit SCIENCESTORE at the College of Fine Arts Focus Gallery on Tuesday. The gallery is located in Fine Arts C. ARTGraduate student merges art and science with exhibit HE GRADUATED FROM UF IN 1992 WITH A FINANCE DEGREE. EMILY PADGETTAlligator Contributing WriterUF alumnus and president of Daytona International Speedway Joie Chitwood III spoke in the Florida Gym during a segment of the Eric Friedheim Tourism Institutes distinguished speaker series Tuesday. He told students about his professional background and giving them career advice. At one point, Chitwood paused, looked around at the room full of UF students, and asked them When you guys leave your college careers, who is going to be in sales? Two out of about 60 raised their hands. I have news for you: Every single per son in this room is in sales, he said. You are selling yourself every single day to the people you work with. Michael Odio, a 27-year-old sport management, Ph.D. candidate said speakers help professors stay connected and pass along stories. He said Chitwood provided insight about what its like to work in sports knowledge thats most effective when delivered by someone in the industry. gree in 1992 and then got his masters in business adminstration from the University of South Florida. Odio said he thinks its helpful for students to listen and talk to Chitwood and other successful alumni who were once in their shoes. It shows that you can be there, Odio said. After college, Chitwood worked with the Walt Disney World Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway and the International Speedway Corp. He was president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway before he became the president of Daytona International Speedway. You have to be relentless. You have to be shameless. You have to be unapologetic, he told the audience. Danielle Greenstein and Michael Potter, both 21-year-old sport management seniors, said that was the most valuable lesson they learned from Chitwoods speech. going to outwork the person next to you, Chitwood told the attendees. He recommended students develop good public speaking skills and be prepared to have opinions. Chitwood said lucky opportunities come from hard work and preparation. Im responsible for my own success and my own failure, he said. No one will do it for me.Daytona speedway president tells students to be relentless You have to be relentless. You have to be shameless. You have to be unapologetic.Joie Chitwood IIIUF alumnus


THE DOGS VET BILLS WERE ABOUT $7,000. SHELBY WEBBAlligator Staff WriterHer face can melt hearts. Rich auburn hair accentuates her amber eyes, which search the world with playful curiosity. A permanent smile rests on her face, and it seems to spread wider every time the 3-year-old meets someone new. The only thing strange about her appearance is her periwinkle-colored tongue and the bald patches on her side and legs. Though Mushi, a 3-year-old Chow Chow mix, is calm now, her owner, Dan Kahn, said shes been Mushi was hit by a car Oct. 9 after digging her way under Kahns fence while he was at work. She spent almost a week at UFs Small Animal Hospital, recovering from severe lung injuries, multiple gashes and a damaged hip and shoulder. Its been a crazy, wild roller coaster of a week, Kahn said. accident when he got a series of frantic phone calls from friends. He sped conscious. But her personality couldnt be dampened by medications. When she saw him, Mushi lifted two of her legs and exposed her belly so he could scratch it. heard her whine, Kahn said. She had an oxygen tube fed down to her lungs to keep her breathing. After several days and surgeries, Kahn brought Mushi home. She brought a $7,000 vet bill with her about $1,000 a day. pay off the debt, mainly because he doesnt earn much at his job. He provides free and discounted legal services through Three Rivers Legal Services Inc. A group of Kahns friends hosted a charity concert for Mushi at Looseys Downtown and raised $1,242 to help pay the medical bills. They also set up a donation page called Love for Dan & Mushi at YouCaring.com. Mark Archer, a Gainesville resident who said hes known Kahn for about a year, is impressed with the community. Hes one of the nicest, coolest guys youll ever meet, Archer said. Though the concert was a success, Kahn said he had to reach out to family members for hasty loans. Its really hard for me to ask for money, Kahn said. But Kahn swallowed his pride for Mushi, who was 10 days old when he met her. In 2009, Kahn walked into one of his favorite stores and noticed something different. I saw this fuzzy piglet of a dog on top of a kitten cage in the back of the store, Kahn said. The dog was found in a Micanopy parking lot after a hawk tried to scoop her up with its talons, piercing her sides. She was checked out by a vet and given to a store owner temporarily. The employees called the dog Maggie, after the maggots that sometimes wriggled in her wounds. The vet couldnt give her stitches because she was too small. Formula food would dribble out of the holes in her belly. Kahn left the store that day dogless but couldnt get the puppy out of his mind. He decided to foster her for eight weeks, which turned into an adoption about a month later. Shes a tough little monster, Kahn said. But she loves people. Before the car accident, Mushi assumed the role of protector-in-chief. Shed patrol the yard to make sure raccoons and opossums knew they werent welcome on her turf. Shes still too weak to command her normal post with a thick cast on her right front leg, but Kahn said his house feels more like home again with his best friend around. The squirrels know shes back, Kahn said. Contact Shelby Webb at swebb@ alligator.org. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2012 ALLIGATOR, 9 Alex Catalano / Alligator StaffMushi, a 3-year-old Chow Chow mix, sits on Dan Kahns lap and looks at passersby outside Looseys in downtown Gainesville on Tuesday, two weeks after being hit by a car. NATANYA SPIESAlligator Contributing WriterTebowing is now trademarked. New York Jets backup quarter back and former Gator Tim Tebow was granted the rights for the downon-one-knee praying position ear lier this month. In an ESPN article, Tebow said he intends to control the use of the term and meaning behind Richard J. Lutz, UF marketing professor, said a trademark is the only way for Tebow to legally control the term, especially because others have attempted to obtain the rights for commercial purposes in the past. Obviously, its a huge phenomenon, Lutz said. He said without full trademark rights, perversions of the term are Tebow. People dont know who owns what, Lutz said. If they see Tebow, then they think its Tebow. Steve Russell, sports director at WRUF radio, said some fans admire Tebow not only because he is a football player, but also because of his principles. If youre looking at it from Tims perspective, hes trying to protect what he feels it represents, and from his perspective, I certainly understand it, Russell said. However, it to enforce the trademark among Gators fans, Russell said, and it may hurt average fans who do the Tebowing move as a way to pay homage. Rebisi Owhonda, a 19-year-old biology sophomore, said he thinks the trademark will affect the presence of Tebowing on social media sites. Its going to be a harm, because people cant actively and openly use it anymore, he said. Tebowing could be used to sell hats and T-shirts, toy guns and pantyhose, according to an ESPN article. Tebow told ESPN the money from those sales would eventually go to the Tim Tebow Foundation. Russell said it is no surprise to him that Tebow wants to donate the funds. Knowing Tim, I think that was important to him that if there was the money would go to his foundation, he said. Lutz said the trademark could have a similar effect to the scriptures Tebow wore under his eyes during many Gators games. People might its meaning, which could be exactly what Tebow wants. I think most people would look at what hes doing and say he has the right to do that, Lutz said. Its his name.Tim Tebows praying stance is now a registered trademarkResident goes into debt to save canine companion after accidentTebow


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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2012 WWW.ALLIGATORSPORTS.ORG With two center backs injured, UF is asking Lauren Smith to step in at a position shes never played before. See story, page 14. Beisel Picks Up Weekly AwardElizabeth Beisel earned Southeastern Conference Female Swimmer of the Week honors after notching four George Earns Preseason All-SEC Honor GREG LUCA Alligator Staff Writer When Jeff Driskel drops back to pass in practice, offensive coordinator Brent Pease becomes a pass rusher. The 6-foot-2 Pease, wearing large arm pads to emulate dynamic defensive ends like 6-foot-6 Jadeveon Clowney, slaps at Driskels arms to try to teach him a lesson: Dont be a violator. Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn coined the term violators toward the end of last season to describe players who are prone to fumbles because of the way they carry the ball. The coaches emphasis on avoiding giveaways has paid dividends so far in 2012, as Florida ranks second nationally with only four turnovers. If theres one stat you really chart every week, its ball security, Pease said. Outside of winning, theres really one goal board we have that we look at. Its our turnover margin. The Gators have avoided turnovers in four of their seven games this season largely due to the efforts of Driskel, who has thrown only one interception in 127 pass attempts. Pease has called a conservative, run-heavy offense this season to season as a starter. Pease is becoming more aggressive as Driskel gains experience, but the reliability of kicker Caleb Sturgis often leads to conservative play-calling inside the 35-yard line. You want to be aggressive, but youve got to develop a trust, Pease said. [Driskel is] gaining that. Said Driskel: When you have a defense like we do, you dont have to force anything, and you dont have to try to score on every play. While the lack of interceptions can be traced to play-calling, Floridas resistance to fumbles was born in practice. UFs coaches have consistently put an emphasis on carrying the ball high and tight. Its the No. 1 fundamental: how youre holding the football, Pease said. We stress that. The Gators run drills to work on ball security twice each week. When the rest of the team works on special teams, the quarterbacks have additional time to practice preventing turnovers. Included is a turnover circuit, where quarterbacks try avoiding defensive linemen, stepping up in the pocket and running in the open We try to work on all those game-type situations, Pease said. Said coach Will Muschamp: It goes back to what you emphasize is whats important, and you cant just talk about it, you have to drill it. Its something we work on with our players. Contact Greg Luca at gluca@ alligator.org. David Carr / Alligator StaffJeff Driskel gets sacked during UFs 44-11 win against South Carolina on Saturday in The Swamp. Although Driskel failed to eclipse 100 passing yards for the third straight game, he has only one interception in 2012. Ball security strong for Driskel, Gators offense in 2012 UF has made only four turnovers ADAM PINCUS Alligator Staff Writer Jeff Driskel threw four touchdowns against South Carolina, but he couldnt reach triple-digit passing yards. He hasnt done that in three games. Florida gained a season-low 183 yards on Saturday. But the sophomore quarterback doesnt care, and neither do his coaches. If you come into this thing every week asking me about yards, I mean, Im not really concerned about that, offensive coordinator Brent Pease said. Im concerned about winning, conversions, (and) ball security. If thats the case, Driskel and the Gators offense are having a banner year. cy in the Southeastern Conference. UF converted 47 percent of its third-down chances against top-10 opponents South Carolina and LSU. UF is eighth in the nation with a plus-11 turnover margin. Last season, Florida nus-12 margin. Florida averaged only 2.8 yards per play on Saturday, but the Gators didnt have much ground to cover. Four started within the South Carolina 30-yard line. 21 points and 29 yards. Now Im looking at it as, Are we scoring? We better be scoring touchdowns on that, Pease said. So, Im not protecting what we do or anything, but yeah, I think its misleading UF wants points, not yardsFIRE JOE MORGAN On Saturday, a football game played in Jacksonville will actually matter. This years showdown between Florida and Georgia is a bigger deal than the other recent installments in the storied rivalry. Gators and the Bulldogs are ranked in the Top 10 of the BCS standings as they enter their annual meeting. Even more intriguing are the stakes. The winner of this game will clinch the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta on Dec. 1. Put simply, Saturdays game is a big deal. But UF coach Will Muschamp and his players arent giving off that vibe. Florida would have you believe its preparation methods for Bowling Green and Georgia are identical. For the Gators, every team on the schedule is full of nameless, faceless players. Nothings changed for us, Muschamp said. Were not working any longer, harder. Practice, its all the same. We dont approach things differently based on the situation because next weeks important, too. Granted, staying the course and keeping an even keel is smart. Floridas steady approach has worked to perfection so far this season. Call Florida-Georgia what it is: The biggest game of the year Joe Morgantwitter: @joe_morgan SEE NOTES, PAGE 15 SEE FIRE JOE MORGAN, PAGE 15 UF Fo otball


ADAM LICHTENSTEINAlligator WriterUntil Sunday, Lauren Smith had never played center back in her life. But with starter Annie Bobbitt out with a knee sprain and the Gators up 4-0 on Vanderbilt, coach Becky Burleigh decided to try Smith at the position. I kind of had to second take, Smith said. I didnt know if she was talking to me. I was pretty shocked. Said Burleigh: She did a really remarkable job, considering she had never played there before. Due to injuries to Bobbitt and All-America redshirt senior Kat Williamson, little-used players such as Smith will likely get a majority of the minutes at center back when Florida plays South Carolina on Thursday. A win for the Gators clinches the Southeastern Conference regular-season title. Floridas woes at center back began when Williamson left the teams match against Florida International with a torn right meniscus on Sept. 2. Before suffering her injury, Williamson had started 78 games in her career at Florida. Following Williamsons injury, the bulk of her playing time fell to Bobbitt, who has made 10 starts this year. Bobbitt left due to injury after playing 22 minutes in the Gators loss to Alabama on Friday. A lot of communication that Bobbitt offers is going to be a big loss for us, goalkeeper Taylor Burke said. With Bobbitt out, Burleigh said she will likely play a mix of players alongside freshman Christen Westphal on the back line. Westphal has started all but one game this season. Against the Commodores on Sunday, sophomore Karina Gutsche started in Bobbitts place. She was one of only two players who played more than 70 minutes in the blowout victory. Karina is a beast on defense, Burleigh said. She takes it personally, and she goes hard on every tackle. I would not want to play against her. Gutsche has played in 10 of the Gators 18 games this year, but has made only three starts. She missed time early in the season after suffering a concussion when a ball her in the head during practice. Like Smith, Gutsche is listed as But, unlike Smith, Gutsche has experience at center back. Ive played it in practice, and our practices are very game-like, Gutsche said. It wasnt very much of an adjustment. Luckily for Florida, reinforcements may soon be on the way. Burleigh said Bobbitts sprain was minor, and she could be back soon if her swelling and range of motion improve. Burleigh also said the Gators could be receiving an All-America boost in the near future. Were hoping to have [Williamson] for postseason, for sure, Burleigh said. Its just a matter of when. 14, ALLIGATOR WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2012 Brett Le Blanc / Alligator Staff CHARLES KINGSBURYAlligator WriterThe Isleworth Country Club is notorious for being one of the It lived up to its reputation at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational in Windermere. No. 6 Florida shot a 22-over 886 in the three-round tournaIt was a disappointing way to end a golf season, coach Buddy Alexander said. It is a little disappointing after such a great semester. UF will retake the course for the spring season on Feb. 9 at the Gator Invitational. Florida started its fall season with three consecutive topat the Islesworth despite shooting a tournament-low 286 (-2) in the second round. Tuesday in a tie for third place with defending national champion Texas, carding a 583 (+7) through two rounds of play. Despite the efforts of T.J. Vogel, Tyler McCumber and J.D. the momentum on the last day. Florida tallied a 303 (+15) on Tuesday, marking its worst round of the tournament. Vogel shot a team-low 74 (+2) on the par-72, 7,544-yard ished tied for sixth with UCFs Greg Eason and Augusta States Derek Chang. The Isleworth Invitational marked Vogels fourth Senior McCumber and freshman A.J. Crouch both posted a 77 (+5). McCumber entered the day in a three-way tie for second Tomlinson, a sophomore, concluded the invite with a 75 (+3), ished tied for 21st. Rounding out the Gators lineup was senior Tommy Mou, second tournament of the fall season with a 231 (+15). Alexander believes the time off between the fall and spring seasons will give the Gators a chance to improve. Hopefully, this will give our team the motivation to work hard in the offseason to get ready for the spring. Vogel [Lauren Smith] did a really remarkable job, considering she had never played there before. UF coach


because I dont think thats a good conclusion to what the total outcome was. Georgia end presents stiff test: Jarvis Jones had a scary Halloween three years ago. As a backup linebacker for USC, Jones suffered a sprained games. So ended the outside linebackers time at USC. State with Georgia in its 2011 season opener. said. We knew he transferred, knew he was probably a good he played the game, the strength he played with, how they in the nation with 13.5 sacks in 2011. He recorded a career-high four sacks against Florida last season. For the Gators offensive line, competing against a sack machine like Jones isnt anything new. Jadeveon Clowney on Saturday. Jones has 5.5 sacks this season. weve got to do schematically, that helps us knowing how we eventually got to some things that were successful for us handling that type of pass rusher. Jones missed Georgias game against Kentucky last week due to a sprained ankle suffered against South Carolina on Oct. 6. He returned to practice on Monday. Pease no stranger to rivalries: then served eight years on the Grizzlies offensive coaching is referred to as the Griz-Cat Rivalry by Montana fans. them the other team. Dont ever say Montana State. game. ville. Is it nasty? I mean, I wouldnt say its nasty, UF defensive said. Ive never been a part of the Florida-Georgia game before, but Im understanding what its about. Contact Adam Pincus at apincus@alligator.org. silly. Cmon! Show a little leg! Wheres the bravado? tea. Wake up! nihilated Florida last season. pared to the Gators 11. game, and UF lost 19. ida lead by scoring two touchdowns on fourth down. second half, amassing nearly 21 minutes of possession after halftime, including the Meanwhile, the Gators offense could not gain any traction in the second half, reminutes. We felt like it was a game we let slip away, Muschamp said. Florida last season should embarrass the ago. Georgia slowly and methodically crushed Floridas spirit, emphatically hamUFs winless October. from last seasons humiliation. Instead, they label Saturdays game a rivalry and carry on. I dont want to say revenge, Jeff there and play hard and practice hard, you know, work hard this week. Maybe Muschamp is pumping up this game to his players behind closed doors. merely an act to avoid a sparring war with Georgia coach Mark Richt, who has been brash in the media regarding Florida in the past. dogs on Saturday is the most important game of the season not because its the next one, but because of what it represents. Just like every year, reaching Atlanta has been Floridas end game since the season began. Saturdays contest is the culmination of another win, and the Gators should act like it. Contact Joe Morgan at joemorgan@alligator.org. ALLIGATOR, 15 Brett Le Blanc / Alligator StaffTackle Xavier Nixon (73) blocks during Floridas 44-11 win against South Carolina on Saturday in The Swamp. FIRE JOE MORG AN, from page 13Florida to face another elite pass rusher NOTES, from page 13 Nothings changed for us. Were not working any longer, harder. Practice, its all the same. We dont approach things differently based on the situation because next weeks important, too. Will MuschampUF coach


16, ALLIGATOR WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2012 Benjamin S. Brasch / Alligator StaffRedshirt senior middle blocker Betsy Smith attempts an attack in Floridas 3-0 win against Ole Miss on Oct. 12 in the OConnell Center. Smith is fourth on the team with 1.98 kills per set this season. FLORIDA WILL PLAY FLORIDA STATE TONIGHT AT 6 IN TALLAHASSEE. JONATHAN CZUPRYNAlligator WriterMiddle blockers Betsy Smith and Chloe Mann have always anchored the front-line defense for No. 11 Florida, which faces No. 12 Florida State today at 6 p.m. in Tallahassee. But after Smith recorded a career-high 15 kills on Sunday and Mann won the Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Week award, Wise said the duo is a force to be reckoned with offensively as well. Mann leads the team with 3.87 kills per set, while Smith ranks fourth with 1.98 per set. Manns .439 hitting percentage is the best on the Gators, while Smiths .363 ranks third. a time when Florida had a pair of high-scoring middles as strong as Smith and Mann. Youd have to go back some, Wise said. Before Benavia Jenkins got hurt, she and Sherri Williams were well. Jenkins and Williams last played together in 2003, which was appeared in a national championship game. Wise said this years team has leaned on the middles in the same way Florida did nearly 10 years ago. Smith and Mann have responded by leading the Gators to a 14game winning streak, which has included eight sweeps and two 2-0 comebacks against SEC opponents. They are the X-factor for our team right now, Wise said. Chloe Mann is having an amazing season and just seems to get better and better Betsy as well. I think the team feeds off of her leadership and emotional energy. The SEC named Mann, a junior, the Offensive Player of the Week after she led the Gators with 32 kills last weekend against Alabama and Texas A&M. She committed only two attacking errors, giving her a .566 hitting clip. Smith, a redshirt senior, not only accumulated a career-high in kills during the comeback victory against the Aggies, but she was also the spark the Gators needed in the locker room following the second set. When I went into the locker room, I waited until [Smith] was fore I talked to them, Wise said. Its not surprising that would be her career high. When asked where the two middles stack up against the nations top duos, Wise said she wouldnt know. But she did know one thing. Those two have been stellar, she said.Middles provide offensive boost