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VOLUME 107 ISSUE 69 WWW.ALLIGATOR.ORG MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2012 Today We Inform. You Decide.Not officially associated with the University of Florida Published by Campus Communications, Inc. of Gainesville, Florida Florida received a bid to play against Louisville in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2 in New Orleans. Read the story on page 13. 80 /53 Silenced VoicesIn a system demanding more than testimony, rapes go unpunished, pg. 7. FORECAST 2 OPINIONS 6 CLASSIFIEDS 10 CROSSWORD 11 SPORTS 13Marjorie Nunez / AlligatorBird FluAshley Soon, a 20-year-old psychology junior, center, dances in a self-choreographed performance of Bird Flu during a Floridance performance Saturday at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. CHRIS KIRSCHNERAlligator Contributing WriterThe Stephen C. OConnell Center may soon get a $50 million renovation, pending approval from UFs Board of Trustees at its meeting Thursday. The board will vote on whether the university should pay $10 million for the facelift. The University Athletic Association would solicit the rest of the money, UF spokesman Steve Orlando said. The proposed renovations would include a new entrance, a club space and more concession stands and gift stores, he said. The arenas infrastructure would also be redone, more video boards installed and the bleachers replaced with permanent seating. Orlando said the university would support the makeover, because the OConnell Center is also used for educational purposes. He said the proposed $10 million would not come from state funds or tuition. Orlando said there is no timetable set for the completion of the project if it is passed, because it relies heavily on fundraising. The OConnell Center was completed in 1980 and renovated in 1998 with a new roof and updated sound and lighting systems, according to the UF Foundation website. Other improvements came in 1999 and included upgrades to the restrooms. Stephen C. OConnell was UFs president from 1967 to 1973, according to the website, and the arena was dedicated in his honor in 1981. The OConnell Center name is going to remain, Orlando said. There are no plans to change it. Computer and electrical engineering senior and Rowdy Reptiles president Jake Sillick, 24, said he is concerned the permanent seating would restrict the amount of people who section. We have a unique seating arrangement by being on the sidelines, Sillick said. We are so close to the action I OConnell Center could get renovationSCIENCE ANDREW KAYSAlligator Contributing Writer on Mercury. Tests run by NASAs MESSENGER spacecraft, which arrived on Mercury last year, show there may be several inches of ice insulated by carbon-based organic material deep in northern craters, according to a NASA news release. While the presence of water on the planet was predicted for decades, said Haywood Smith, UF associate professor of astronomy, ery of the organic material that could be the NASA estimates about 1 trillion tons of ice are among the craters that dot Mercurys Northern pole. Although Mercurys surface reaches a molten 800 degrees Fahrenheit thanks to its solar neighbor, the planet hardly tilts, and its atmosphere is extremely thin, the release stated. These factors mean the inside of the polar craters do not see sunlight. The temperatures in the constantly shady spaces get as chilly as -350 degrees Fahrenheit. Its similar to how they found unexpectedly large amounts of water on the moon a while ago, Smith said. It has been theorized to be a possibility The organic molecules that cushion some of the ice contains carbon a necessary element for life, according to the release. Haywood said that while the discovery discovered there. Organic molecules are thought to be pretty common in meteorites, Smith said. Maybe less so on the comets that would be carrying the water.NASA discovers ice on the planet closest to the sun KENDRICK D. BROWNAlligator Contributing WriterDallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban will speak at 8 p.m. at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Cuban accumulated a $2.5 billion net worth through his Mavericks ownership and work with businesses including a television channel and a pizza franchise. Entrepreneurs like Mark Cuban inspire me, because he really came from nothing, said 21-yearold economics junior Davis Harper. He breaks the stereotype that the ultra-rich all inherit their wealth. Josh Holtzman, Accent Speakers Bureau chairman, said Cubans story is relatable to many students at UF. We do our best to select speakers that appeal to a variety of students, Holtzman said. Mr. Cubans achievements are relevant to business students but also sports fans interested in technology or communications. Telecommunication junior Nick Swain said he will attend the event to hear Cubans honesty. He doesnt really carry himself how a typical NBA owner would, and I like that. I respect that, said Swain, 20. I hope he says something in relation to how he maintained his own personality through everything hes accomplished. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but tickets are required and will be available to the public when the doors open.Dallas Mavericks owner to speak tonightSEE CENTER, PAGE 4Smith Orlando Mr. Cubans achievements are relevant to business students but also sports fans interested in technology or communications.Josh HoltzmanACCENT Speakers Bureau chairmanThe event starts at 8 p.m.
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 69 ISSN 0889-2423 The Alligator The Alligator 2, ALLIGATOR MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2012 TODAYFORECASTPARTLY CLOUDY 77/53 PARTLY CLOUDY 77/52 PARTLY CLOUDY 78/49 PARTLY CLOUDY 79/50 PARTLY CLOUDY 80/53 FRIDAY THURSDAY WEDNESDAY TUESDAY WHATS HAPPENING?UF Shakespeare in the Park Abridged Kids presents As You Like It The Abridged Kids performers of Shakespeare in the Park will perform a scene from William Shakespeares comedy As You Like It at 11:30 a.m. today and Wednesday on the Plaza of the Americas. For more information, check out the Facebook group UF Shakespeare in the Park. Faith and LGBT Issues Join UF LGBT Affairs from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today at Peabody Hall, Room 408, to talk about the LGBT community, faith and how the two topics affect and influence each other. The Rev. Jim Merritt, senior pastor at the Trinity Metropolitan Community Church of Gainesville, will speak about his experiences. There will be free pizza and a discussion. Gainesville Citizens For Alternatives to the Death Penalty hosts holiday cardsigning On Tuesday, Gainesville Citizens For Alternatives to the Death Penalty will host its holiday card-signing event for prisoners on death row. The group will meet at 6 p.m. at Hurley House, behind St. Augustines Catholic Student Center, 1738 W. University Ave., in the large downstairs room. Parking is free when you tell the attendant you are there for a meeting. People can go late and leave early as their schedules demand. The evening includes a potluck, so please bring a dish to share. For many on death row, this is the only holiday greeting they receive. For more information, call 352-378-1690 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Robotics Demos at UF Robot Demo Day at UF will include demonstrations of 13 robots built by students in this semesters Intelligent Machines Design Laboratory course from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at UFs NEB Harris Rotunda. Several other sentatives from GatorWell, Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution, Student Government and other or ganizations to help you prepare for finals. TutoringZone and Study Edge will give out prizes and discount vouchers. Bring your friends to de-stress with photo booth fun! For more information, like FLCs Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ FreshmanLeadershipCouncil 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.CLARIFICATIONAn article in Wednesdays edition of the Alligator incor rectly implied that the Drug Enforcement Administration contacted Frank Lineberger at his home, which was later found to be the site of a marijuana growing operation, according to a DEA report. In fact, the house belongs to his sister, who was arrested in connection with the growing operation. Lineberger was not found to be connected with the operation. robots from the Machine Intelligence Lab will be displayed, including previous national and international award-winning robots such as a submarine and a lawnmower. Visit www.mil.ufl. edu/imdl/robot_info_f12. htm for more information. Sing For Life to perform at the Hippodrome To accompany a showing of A Late Quartet, the Hippodrome Cinema enlisted the vocal talents of Sing For Life, an initiative from UFs Center for Arts in Medicine that strives to improve the quality of life for Parkinsons patients through voice lessons. The group will perform after the films 5:30 p.m. screening Wednesday at the Hippodrome State Theatre, 25 SE Second Place. For more details, visit www. thehipp.org/cinema, or call 352-375-HIPP for movie tickets. A Taste of Europe Get copies of the award-winning A Taste of Europe cookbook through Dec. 12. The book includes 56 recipes from 32 countries along with cultural information about culinary customs. Each recipe is in English and the language of its country of origin. Youll see recipes for halushky, pilau, mazurek, shopska, karjalanpaisti and more. Go to the Center for European Studies office in Turlington Hall, Room 3324, to buy copies for $5 each. Food For Thought at Library West Freshman Leadership Council invites all students to Food for Thought from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday in front of Library West. There will be free food and drinks. There will be repre
MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2012 ALLIGATOR, 3 Vonecia Carswell / AlligatorIn MemorySummer Jupin, 25, lights candles Saturday at the Institute of Black Culture during the candlelight vigil for Jordan Davis, a Jacksonville teen who was shot and killed Nov. 23. Dec. 5, 1988 Two members of the Ku Klux Klan, a Grand Dragon and Great Titan, visited UF on a recruitment tour of Florida. When they stopped in front of the Institute of Black Culture, a crowd of about 30 hecklers gathered. One woman grabbed the Great Titans hat, threw it on the ground and yelled Bigot. The Klansmen were unfazed and continued down West University Avenue. The Grand Wizard claimed the Klan promoted the freedom of America and that they came to the school to teach people that races were not meant to be mixed. Dec. 8, 1999 A students art project promoted the Turlington Rocks potato nickname. Justin Valiquette was inspired by artist Christo, who is known for his wrapping of buildings and statues. Valiquette and a group of fellow art students transformed the rock by covering it in tinfoil and surrounding it with heat lamps. Dec. 5, 2005 UFs Board of Trustees voted to extend the employee health care KRISTAN WIGGINS CHRIS ALCANTARAAlligator WriterA Gainesville man accused of punching a rested early Friday morning. NW 42nd Road, on a charge of battery on a according to a Gainesville Police arrest report. At about 1 a.m. Friday, GPD received a call from :08 nightclub staff members about a man handgun. When police arrived at the club, at 201 W. who is a paramedic, and patted him down for the weapon, according to the report. the staff wanted him to leave. Carlton became agitated and refused to leave the property. After police told him left while cursing at the Carlton again and told him to calm down, warning him that he would be arrested. Police arrested Carlton and booked him into the Alachua County Jail at 1:43 a.m. Friday. He was released later that afternoon on his own recognizance. Contact Chris Alcantara at email@example.com.Carlton CRIME
4, ALLIGATOR MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2012 Gainesville residents gather as Mayor Craig Lowe lights the city Christmas tree Saturday night at the Thomas Center. The Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration was free and open to the public. ABOUT 800 PEOPLE ATTENDED. RACHEL CROSBYAlligator Contributing WriterMayor Craig Lowe counted down from three. Christmas carolers held their hymnals. Children waited, their eyes wide with wonder. And in an instant, hundreds of little with an icy-blue glow. About 800 people attended the citys tion Saturday at the center, 302 NE Sixth Ave. Gainesville Regional Utilities and festival. After the mayor lit the tree, families huddled around it to pose for pictures. Children reached to touch the shiny orbs that hung from its branches. Little kids lined up, eager to speak with Santa Claus. Red-faced and cheery, he hugged them and laughed, listening to their wishes. Madison Sprague, 1, waited her turn. Donning a red velvet dress trimmed with to see the man she dressed to match. said her mom, Julie Sprague, 34. It was Luminaries lit the way for horsedrawn carriage rides through the nearby Duckpond neighborhood. Horses trotted by families waiting in line, the kids shrieking in excitement. the festivities and the art the facility offered. Music from three entertainment groups danced about the building, softly son. Sam Kragiel, 37, said he was happy his family could make it to the festival. His 6-month-old son, Julian, gazed starryeyed at the sparkling tree that towered above him. We live nearby, and weve been Event coordinator David Ballard said the location of the ceremony was perfect. City decks the halls at annual tree-lighting ceremony downtownThe UAA recently funded a $4.3 million gymnastics projectdont want that to change because Sillick is excited about redoing the concourse, he said, because it could use some orange and blue to liven it up. Doug DeMichele, a professor in UFs College of Health and Human Performance, wrote in an email that he thinks renovation opportunities are great for the universitys athletes because they get to play in the best facilities possible. UF should explore facility expansion that will support the Gator athletes as well as enhance the game experience for the specwrote. $4.3 million expansion project that renovated the gymnastics practice facility at the OConnell Center, according to Alligator archives. Sillick said the overall makeover is necessary, and he is happy about the proposed renovation. the nicest place to watch basketCENTER, from page 1
MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2012 ALLIGATOR, 5 Kristi Camara / AlligatorBeginning to look a lot like ChristmasGabriel Ilundain, 7, plays with fake snow Friday at the SNOW at the Tioga Town Center kickoff event. The event featured a parade and photos with Santa Claus. THE PROJECT WAS FOR THE DESIGN INNOVATION CLASS. KATIE CAMPBELLAlligator Contributing WriterTwo UF students reached out to the Boys & Girls Club of Alachua County to make a big difference in a small way. Advertising sophomore Stephanie Ou and architecture sophomore Sara Schwartz, both 19, teamed up in their Design Innovation class for the Make a Difference project. The project pushes students to use their interior design skills to provide helpful innovations to nonby the Interior Design Educators Council. After abandoning their original idea because of budget restrictions each pair of students could spend up to $40 on its innovation Ou said she and Schwartz decided to create a reading corner. It was a good thing, because if we had a higher budget, we would go crazy, Ou said. I feel like the budget gave us restrictions that we needed, and I think that helps us with discipline. Just because you have the money, you shouldnt go over budget. They chose to work with the Boys & Girls Club after Ou visited the organization and learned how open to the project the staff was. Ou and Schwartz were allowed to do whatever they wanted to make the difference they envisioned for the customer. Ou said the Boys & Girls Club invites speakers and volunteers to read to the children who spend time there after school, but it did not have a suitable space for those occasions. Ou and Schwartz used a partition to section off the reading area in one of the classrooms, put up inspirational posters and set up two beanbag chairs and a large rug. They spent $34 on their innovation. UF professor and Department of Interior Design chairwoman Margaret Portillo said students were instructed to go out into the crease the scope of their innovations impacts. The original innovations arent always used in the way they were intended, she said, but by reaching out to those in need, UF students had the opportunity to make a difference in ways that may otherwise have been overlooked. For Ou, the project became more than something she was doing for a grade. It was a chance to communicate with a real customer and give back to the community while learning something new about interior design and her own skills. ished the corner to see the impact it made. We were nervous to see how they were using it, but at the same time, the whole idea of the project was to see how they were using our innovation, Schwartz said. The Boys & Girls Club staff members and children gave the UF students positive feedback, she said. One boy admired the pictures of UF that lined the walls, and a girl complimented the beanbag chairs. It was great, even though it wasnt like Extreme Home Makeover, Ou said. Just making that small space, me and Sara were really proud, and we were really happy at the end. Students design reading corner
Reader responseVote or post a message at www.alligator.orgThe views expressed here are not necessarily those of the Alligator Column EditorialMONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 352-376-4458.97 TOTAL VOTES Todays question: Will you go see Mark Cuban speak today?32% YES 68% NOFridays question: Will you rent an iPad next semester?If you havent heard of John Mulaney, then Im sorry, because you wont care about the beginning of this column. In his recent Comedy Central special, New In Town, he talks about how people mistook him for a woman thanks to his said. I was once on the telephone with Blockbuster Video, Mulaney said, which is a very old-fashioned sentence. When was the last time you went into a physical building that housed a Blockbuster? It seems like, thanks to the Internet, there is a much smaller need for physical copies of movies. less likely to hunt down a physical copy unless its for a class and you have to search through the library. But even that feels like a scary hassle. It feels weird to let an entire industry become obsolete because of convenience. Whatll happen to libraries and bookstores once e-readers and tablets become overwhelmingly popular? To be fair, libraries will most likely be around for quite a while because they cost no money to use or join, which a lot of people really appreciate. Blockbuster is about to get more dirt thrown on its grave. video to mobile devices as well as offer low-cost DVD rentals for some point later this month. streaming and video rental world? Probably. There should be as few monopolies as possible. The more monopolies we have, the less fair society becomes. However, there should be competition only when we need it. How many video streaming or renting companies do we require? ple time, but it also became sad and absolutely useless. There was no way to modernize the company to keep up with the changing times. Children will grow up without knowing that entire stores were dedicated to renting videos. Instead, now theyll only know about tiny booths that dispense movies or websites that stream classics onto their mobile devices and computers. Are we losing the physical world bit by bit? Are we heading too fast into a less nostalgic world? Does it matter? We like a lot of things because they are convenient. Take a look down the main street or highway in a town, and youll see the neon signs of Americas fast-food worship. Observe a line in Starbucks, and try to guess how irritated people are if they have to wait just a couple minutes to move through it. We should slow down and appreciate the smaller things in life, even if it takes a moment. But Lord knows, if our video takes too long to buffer and load, we will get upset real quick.Much Better Too much instant competitionIts that time of year again! Time for sugar cookies, gingerbread men, Jingle Bell Rock, Christmas trees the whole shebang! But most important, its time for people whining about our culture taking the Christ out of Christmas to irritate me out of my socks. Before you say anything rash, lets rewind a minute. There is, in fact, a long tradition of a festival in late December during which people get together to give gifts and make merry its called Saturnalia, and its just what it sounds like: a Roman festival to worship the god Saturn. Thats just one of many winter celebrations that predates Christmas. Pope Benedict XVI (who Id argue is a pretty authoritative source for Christian scholarship) cites as the direct ancestor to Christmas an event called Dies Natalis Sol Roman sun god (Sol Invictus). The birth of Jesus wasnt celebrated as a holiday/feast day until about the fourth century CE. In fact, early Christian theologians like Origen and Arnobius disparaged birth festiChristmas gained prominence during the Middle Ages because of political coincidences: Charlemagne and William the Conqueror were crowned on Christmas Day. My point is that the only reason we can take the Christ place. People stuck Jesus in festivals and customs that were already around so they could celebrate about that time of year without being called pagan and burned at the stake or something. Im sure Jesus doesnt care that Christmas is abbreviated Xmas any more than he cares that sometimes I wear torn-up sandals and a T-shirt with a picture of a cookie on it to church. Celebrating the spirit of holiday generosity is important whether you call the holidays the holidays, X-Mas, Kwanzaa, Christmas, Hanukkah or whatever amalgamation of the above sarcastic a-holes are parading around these days. (For ease, Im just going to call the whole holidays/Christmahanakwanzwatevs season thing Christmas for the rest of this column.) I suspect thats what the mourning of a Christ-less Christmas is more about anyway, although the only people Ive encountered who complained about it were more focused on the literal morphemic substitution mentioned above. Our problem is not that theres not enough generosity on Christmas. America is great at holiday cheer, helping the needy and all that jazz during the Christmas season, when Santa/ our neighbors are watching. Its the other 11 months of the year when we suck. Maybe we should take Christ out of Christmas and put him into the rest of the year, when there are still needy people, hungry people and people who need love and warmth. Look, Im not trying to be a Scrooge and bah humbug away your Christmas cheer with irrelevant historical facts and guilt tripping. And Im not trying to be one more of the millions of people saying All you Christians are too sensitive! Jesus was born in, like, May anyway. Plus, there are Saturnalia and Sol Invictus, so lets rename Christmas Santamas or whatever. Yay atheism. I like Christmas. I like Santa, and I like nativity scenes. Rather than spending our time engaging in meaningless linguistic and historical debates that get nobody anywhere, cant we imitate Jesus and Santa, and give some gifts of love this holiday season? Cant we do the same thing in January, February, March and the rest of the eight crazy months? Because if not, were no better than the Romans who gave their slaves a week of freedom during the December liberty of Saturnalia, then spent the rest of the year beating them and generally treating them mercilessly. If were no better than the Romans, then we better learn Latin. And I know how much everybody hates learning Latin. Dallin Kelson is an English major at UF. His column appears on Mondays.Christmas debates are null if were terribleErin Jester EDITOR Sarah Kinonen MANAGING EDITOR Sami Main OPINIONS EDITOR Dallin Kelsonopinions@alligator.org
MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2012 ALLIGATOR, 7 By TYLER JETTAlligator Staff WriterSitting on a bed, Danielle Ruiz watched Luis Pereira and his roommate in the kitchen. They stood with their backs to Ruiz and another mysterious substance. Crystal Light, Pereira said. Ruiz met with Pereira earlier that night in October 2010 outside Spank, a Southwest Second Street club, after she left a costume party. Pereira invited Ruiz and others, he said his parties, so she went, still weartutu. When she arrived, though, the apartment was empty. Ruiz felt uncomfortable, so they went to another party. When they returned to his place, she planned to call a friend to pick her up and gently told Pereira she didnt want to stay. How about a game of cards? Ruiz remembers him asking. Sure, she said. Theyd played cards before. One game wouldnt hurt. She had no idea that the next morning she would wake up in Pereiras bed, and for the next two years, she would recount her last memories of the card game to law enforcement and lawyers in a sexual battery case. That night, Ruiz would testify, Pereira handed her the light pink drink in a clear cup. Ruiz studied it, then sipped. The liquid ran down her throat. No, she said. Its too strong. Pereira retreated to the kitchen. As a recent transplant from Baton Rouge, La., looking for a fresh start, Ruiz met Pereira in the summer of 2009. She planned to see a couple of her new friends downtown. There, Pereira introduced himself. He played the part of the affable club promoter, as he always did. He asked for her phone number, and for the next year he texted Ruiz to promote different events. Sometimes she went. Back in his bedroom, Pereira handed Ruiz the drink again. This time it tasted better. Pereira and his roommate sat on the bed with her and played cards. Ruiz cant remember what game they played. guys teasing her, feigning anger. She thought they were drinking the pink liquid, too. As she played, Ruiz felt the same way she did 12 years earlier at band camp the summer before her sophomore year at Central High School, where she marched with her piccolo in the heat of a Louisiana summer. Her team practiced the Batman theme song, and when she emerged out of a sunburst formation, she felt light-headed, and her vision faltered. As she sat on Pereiras bed, the feeling returned. You can see, says Ruiz, now 29, and it slowly goes black. Experts say rapists are elusive, slipping through a porous system that cant account for crimes that often leave behind little physical evidence. Each case, of course, has two sides. On one end are the words of the victims and the law enforcement of the perpetrators and the lawyers who defend them. In Gainesville, 82 women reported rape in 2011, according to the FBI Uniform Crime Report. That represents a rate more than twice as high as the national average. But the statistics tell only a fraction of the story. Instead of reporting the crime, many victims keep the act where it started: in the bedroom. Some women think male police them worse things than promiscuous and send them on their way. Other victims blame themselves and think they deserved to get raped. to talk about what happened, especially with detectives, lawyers and Nicole Drummond, a family, youth and community sciences graduate student, didnt tell police that a man raped her as a 20-yearold sophomore in December 2007. The offender was her friend, and she didnt want to see him in trouble. Another UF student, then 21 years old, told Gainesville Police in August 2011 that she didnt want to press charges because she would rather pretend it didnt happen. Getting victims in Gainesville, or anywhere else, to report is particualize how few offenders actually get prosecuted. The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network estimates that 20 percent of rapists reported to cops get prosecuted and 7 percent spend a day in prison. Since 2009, 24 of the 107 sexual battery cases that police sent to the Alachua County State Attorneys ing 83, the court convicted 13 defendants and dropped 46 cases some because the victim didnt participate, some because the prosecutor determined that the police failed to In another 19 cases, the defendants were found guilty on different charges, some of them taking plea deals to avoid sexual battery trials. man Spencer Mann says the prosecution rate is low because rape cases tradict themselves in testimonies, and sometimes they consume illegal drugs before the rape, damaging those issues dont arise, how do you show, beyond a doubt, that sex was not consensual? In September 2008 more than two years before Ruiz would stay the night at Pereiras apartment two UF students accused Pereira of rape. The case ended without a trial. Instead, Pereira pled no contest to three counts of aggravated assault. He received one year of probation served Sundays through Tuesdays. As part of the deal, Pereira was free for the rest of the week so he er. Thats how he met Ruiz. How can you look at this and let him walk? Ruiz said when she learned of the case. How do you believe in the system if it doesnt work? When she awoke, Ruiz didnt know where she was, or how she fell asleep on that particular bed in Pereiras apartment at Jefferson 2nd Avenue, now 2nd Avenue Centre. It was sometime between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., but it felt like evening. Someone closed the blinds tightly. She couldnt remember the night before why her body ached and why she lay next to Pereira. Ruiz staggered into the bathroom, where she felt a sticky substance against her hand, like glue. She washed it off and noticed her underwear was twisted. Someone yanked the front part to the side. A Calvin Klein emblem was supposed to be on one hip, but it was upside down on the other hip. That couldnt happen, she thought, unless someShe nudged Pereira until he woke up. What happened? Ruiz asked. What do you mean? Pereira responded, according to Ruiz. What happened? Nothing, he said. I dont know. I have a headache. Ruiz asked again, panicked now. Pereira said she tugged the shower curtain off and threw up in the bathroom. Ruiz didnt believe him. She cried. In the ensuing weeks, Ruiz said she almost never left her apartment. She hurried each day to the mailbox. What if he was in the complex? Her toy-sized poodle, Star, yapped every time someone strolled by the window, and Ruiz peeked outside looking for him. Even when she groomed dogs at PetSmart, she couldnt focus. She feared Pereira would come in and accost her, and her co-workers would ask questions. So she moved back to Baton Rouge, where Sunday afternoons seemed so inviting. She told her family she returned to care for her grandfather, Henry, whose wife had But her family members knew something troubled Ruiz. She was too quiet and private, and she didnt seem interested in dating. Finally, she told her mother. She asked her stepmother to break the news to her dad. Its hard for me to tell him, to talk to him about anything like that because Ruiz exhaled, crying as her voice cracked. I see how much it hurts him to know that something like that happened, and he couldnt do anything. Most rapes dont occur as they The rapist isnt some mysterious man who pulls a woman into the woods and holds her down while she screams. In two out of three rapes, according to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, the victim and offender knew each other. And 60 percent of rapes happen in a home, whether its the victims, the rapists or a mutual friends. So, dont have a common problem area they can patrol or a list of informants who can tip them off ahead of time. I dont know if theres a lot we Brett Le Blanc / AlligatorDanielle Ruiz, left, stands with Laura Kalt, a Gainesville Police victim advocate. Victims can receive SilencedIn a system demanding more than testimony, rapes go unpunishedSEE RAPE, PAGE 8 Voices
2, ALLIGATOR MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2012 MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2012 ALLIGATOR, 3 can do, GPD Sgt. John Nabet says. Captain Lynne Benck, the head of GPD investigations, has worked at Gainesville Police for 24 years. She wants the rape rate to decrease, but she doesnt know how. Maybe if famous men spoke out against the crime, she has thought. If there was anything we could do, believe me, I would have the chief and the major riled up, she says. Wed have 40 to 50 people going after this problem right now. But its not that kind of crime. Its not going to happen. I dont know what wed do with 40 or 50 people. Joseph Mayo sat at his desk at the police department two years ago when another detective asked for his help. See, theres this case, Chuck Dale said. You know the defendant and seem to have a rapport with him. His name is Luis Pereira and Son of a bitch, Mayo said. He did it again. Mayo met Pereira on a Saturday morning in September 2008, about two hours before sunrise. lot of Arlington Square Apartments, downtown on Southeast Second Place. Mayo just happened to be the detective on call that night. About half an hour earlier, a UF student woke up in bed with two people a woman to her left, Pereira to her right. The room was dark, she said, but a little light shined inside. Perhaps it glowed off a computer monitor or seeped from the hallway through a crack in the door. Either way, she said, she saw what happened. Sitting up, Pereira dipped his hand under the tan and maroon bedspread and reached between her legs. Still drowsy, Susan didnt understand for a couple of seconds. Then, Pereira side her once more. She jumped out of bed. above her waist, and someone had tugged the front of her underwear to the side. Calm down, Pereira urged her. But she wouldnt. She shook the other woman in bed, her friend and classmate. No response. Susan shook her again, more violently this time. Again, no response. She grabbed a phone and ran outside, still barefoot. She scampered around in the dark, crying and calling every number she could think of. She didnt know where she was. She didnt remember going to Arlington Square that night. She kept dialing numbers, kept hearing the polite voicemail messages of sleeping friends. Finally, she connected with an ex-boyfriend. He called his father, who called the police. she told police, as Pereira had sex with her. Both women left the parking lot before Mayo arrived. They waited at the Alachua General Hospital for nurses to collect evidence from to Pereira. Positive. Mayo brought Pereira and six other men to GPD headquarters for questioning. Pereira denied having sex with either woman. He said he returned home from a club about 3 a.m. and saw Susan sleeping in his bed drunk, he said. Next thing he knew, he woke up as Susan jumped out of bed and ran away. Mayo. The women werent pressing charges. Case closed. hospital. He wanted to meet the victims. Born and raised in North Florida, Susan said she came to UF ignorant of drinking, drugs and sex. When she went out, she volunteered as the groups designated driver and victim of friendly ridicule. Goodie goodie, her friends called her. Susan is only 4 feet, 11 inches tall. She is tan with long, silky black hair that runs down her upper back, passing a thin nose and chocolate brown eyes along the way. That fall, Susan started hanging out with a woman from her psychology classes, and she invited Susan to a Main Street bar called Gothic Grill (now Rockeys Dueling Piano Bar). They could get in for free, the woman said. Her friend was a promoter there. Susan felt uncomfortable. Pereira stood a foot taller and nine years her senior. But he offered a drink, and she took it. She didnt want to seem boring. And that, she said four years later, is all I remember. Susan doesnt know if someone drugged her or if she couldnt handle alcohol. She weighed less than 100 pounds and rarely drank. And Some popular date-rape drugs, experts say, leave your system within about four hours quick enough to go undetected in drug tests. Regardless, court testimony and public records give the following account of the rest of that night: Susan drank more at the bar before walking with the rest of the group to Arlington Square. There, the group drank and ordered pizza, but Susan got sick. The other woman asked Pereira if she and Susan could stay the night before she carried Susan to Pereiras bed. Later, the woman joined Susan. She had slept over before without a problem. She thought just the two of them would share the bed. She thought Pereira would sleep a court hearing this February, he was having sex with me. Later that morning, Susan and her friend waited in a hospital room, each alone. They couldnt visit each other because it would hurt the polices case. They got together at the hospital, a defense attorney might argue, because they were cooking up a lie to nab Pereira. So Susan waited hours, she said she thinks, for a nurse to come in and collect evidence, to snap pictures and take swabs and check for DNA on Susan. It was as if she were a human crime scene. Susan grew impatient, scared and tired. And she felt dirty. She wanted to take a shower. She sneaked out of her hospital room and crept to her friends. From the moment she met police that morning, the other woman didnt want to press charges, and she didnt want a nurse to see her. She told Susan she knew a rape victim who reported the crime and watched humiliated as the man walked away free, as if nothing happened. This is a waste of time, the woman said. Lets get out of here. Later that day, Susan regretted her decision. Her brother found out what happened through a mutual friend, one of the people Susan called in her 5 a.m. panic. Her brother couldnt believe Susan wasnt pressing charges. How can you let someone get away with that? Susan said she went back to the hospital. She said she met her victim advocate and a police to collect evidence, but she said the nurses informed her it was too late, that you cant collect evidence once a victim leaves the hospital. Leaving the hospital meant contaminating the crime scene: her body. She still wanted to press charges. She said the message to Detective Mayo. Mayo disputes this time frame. He says Susan called him two weeks later, unable to sleep and looking for justice. Gainesville Police holds a two-day policy: If a rape victim visits a hospital within 48 hours of the incident, nurses can collect evidence. So, he says, Susan didnt call him the day of the rape. She couldnt have. You really only have one opportunity to get evidence, Mayo says. And that was it: that one night. The detective picked up the case. But he didnt like his odds. At that time, the other woman didnt want to press charges. Mayo had no evidence and no witnesses. For the most part, the case was dead unless Pereira confessed. And rapists dont confess. Mayo spread pictures of Susan and the other woman across a table. He looked at them. Then, he looked up, his eyes meeting Pereiras in a GPD interrogation room. It was January 2009, about four months after the incident. Mayo still had no evidence besides Susans word, and he didnt think the case was going anywhere. Without a confession from Pereira, Mayo would probably write a sworn complaint, and it would go to the State Attor And Mayo didnt expect a confession. Why would he? He had no leverage. He looked at the pictures again. These girls are beautiful, he said. Arent they? Pereira didnt respond. Mayo says he didnt try to intimidate Pereira. That isnt his style. He prides himself on building a rapport with everyone co-workers, victims, defendants, whoever. One time, Mayo says, a man confessed to sexually abusing his own teenage daughters. Then, he thanked the detective for helping lift the burden off his chest. Mayo has worked at Gainesville Police for 27 years, and he wears a quick smile below his short, silver hair. Curse words are some of his favorite adjectives, nouns and verbs, and he punctuates his sentences with laughter or the word man. For Gainesvilles darkest sinners, he is their foul-mouthed priest, assigning handcuffs instead of Hail Marys for forgiveness. I have an innate ability to talk and listen to people, all sorts of people, regardless of their social or economic standing, Mayo wrote in a 1992 letter requesting a transfer from the patrol unit to the GPD investigations division. Mayo didnt always want to be a police ofsouthwest Miami, he hated cops. When he was ball on the street. They yelled at Mayo and his friends and threatened to beat them up if the drove away, Mayos football in their hands. He enrolled at UF, but soon needed a job. He signed up to take aptitude tests for the police would stay a year, save his money and get back to school. I ended up liking it, he says. The danger, the adrenaline it was fun. It reminded me of when I was a kid. Twenty-four years later, Mayo tapped into his roots. He tried to be Pereiras friend, tried Pereira, a Puerto Rican native, in English and Spanish. And he lied. He said the State Attorneys Oftors didnt know about it yet. There had been no arrest. Mayo also told Pereira seven times that nurses found his hand DNA on the women. Hand DNA does not exist. These girls are beautiful, arent they? Mayo said again. Finally, Pereira responded, Yeah. You know, theyre not just beautiful. Theyre gorgeous. Yeah, Pereira said again. Youre right. Theres no guy in the world that would resist putting his hands on these girls, Mayo said. Pereira sat silent. Mayo said it again, twice more. Pereira obliged. Yeah, youre right, Pereira said. Nobody could resist it. Come on, man, Mayo said. I know you put your hands on her. Pereira, once more, fell silent. And once more, Mayo tried to catch him. You know, he tim weeks later. Theres no way Pereiras DNA would show up, was there? Thats when Pereira confessed, Mayo recalls. Pereira said he grabbed Susans breasts, slid his hands down her passed-out body and reached inside her underwear. Mayo asked about the other woman. Pereira didnt hesitate. I had sex with her, he said. Mayo stopped, speechless. He didnt expect a confession to come so easily. But it wasnt a confession, at least not the type Mayo wanted. He asked Pereira if the woman was passed out like Susan. No, Pereira said, the sex was consensual. tion. The other woman agreed to press charges with Susan, and Mayo arrested Pereira on four counts of sexual battery. and it fell apart, as sexual battery cases often do. Prosecutor Bill Ezzell faced the burden of proving a he-said, she-said case, as prosecutors often do in rape trials. It didnt matter that it was two womens words against one mans. They still lacked evidence. And Pereiras defense attorney, Nick Zissimopulos, poked holes in the GPD investigation. Susan said she felt groggy when she woke up, Zissimopulos argued in a deposition with Mayo. How dependable was her memory of those early morning moments? And even if someone did grope Susan, as she said, whos to say Pereira was the offender? He and his friends said the other woman in bed that night was bisexual. What if she abused Susan? And sure, Pereira told Mayo he touched Susan. But did he really have any other choice? Mayo lied to Pereira, told him investigators found his hand DNA on Susan. What if Pereira confessed because he knew that was what Mayo wanted? What if Pereira was just scared of Mayo, a police States, after all. Susan moved out of town in the summer of 2009 to get away from Pereira and the trial. She couldnt leave her home in Gainesville. She felt nervous that she would run into Pereira. Scared. Sick to her stomach. She saw him once at a bar downtown, she says. He walked up to her, smiling. Her whole body shook. As she received updates about the case, her hopes of going to trial faded. A victim advocate told her about a plea deal: 60 days in jail, one year of probation. Susan asked if he could be labeled a sex offender as part of the deal. He wasnt. If that doesnt say, Im a joke, I dont know what does, she says. It was a total slap in the face. charges, Mayo told her the case wouldnt have legs without a Pereira confession. But, if he could somehow get Pereira to admit to having sex Well, the case goes through the system, Mayo says, and they cut him a sweet deal. I felt bad. Really bad. Pereira makes his money promoting bars and clubs in town. Venues like The Swamp Restaurant, Fat Daddys and Envy serve as the background to pictures of him online. Beautiful college women in dresses serve as the foreground. Look at his job setup, Mayo says. Hes a club promoter, man. Hes in the bars. Hes giving these girls free drinks. He lets them in the bars free and everything. Thats his environment, his honey. While Susans trial played out, Mayo says he met two other women who accused Pereira of rape. They were at Fat Tuesday after hours, the women told Mayo. But they didnt want to press charges. They deserved it, they said. Around town, Pereira, 34, goes by Luijo. On his Facebook page, he advertises ticket sales to local events like Dance of the Dead II at the Vault NightClub. After talking with his second defense attorney, Huntley Johnson, Pereira declined to comment for this story. But in a Facebook message, he sent the Alligator a New York Times ar threatening defendants with harsh sentences if they do not agree to a plea deal. The article focuses on Alachua County. Even if a defendant thinks he is innocent, the article argues, he or she will likely take a plea deal out of fear. But because these conversations supposedly unfold behind closed doors, there happen. Pereira asked a reporter if he had read the Times article before. The reporter told him he had not. Thats funny, Pereira wrote, considering the article is using Gainesville as an example. As she walked out of the courthouse this October, two years after she said Pereira raped her, Ruizs brown hair cascaded down her pale face to her shoulders. She doesnt wear a set hairstyle, never has. The oldest of seven sisters, Ruiz grew up plucking, pulling and pinning back her naturally curly strands in whichever form or fashion appealed to her that day. But two years ago, that changed. For months after she woke up next to Pereira, she says she would only twist her hair into a stopped wearing makeup. I was afraid that if I looked nice it would happen to me, she says. Somebody would be attracted to me, and it would happen again. Ruiz wants to put the case behind her. She has made her peace with it, time healing her wounds as much as they can be healed. She doesnt blame herself like she used to, like Susan did, too. She doesnt feel tainted anymore either, as so many victims in Gainesville and elsewhere feel after their identities have become just a number on the ever stretching list of victims. Ruiz wears her hair down again, and she long-distance relationship with the brother of one of her best friends, communicating almost entirely on the phone for about a year. In April, she moved to Wesley Chapel to live with him. In September they got married on the beach. All the while, the case sat in the back of her mind. She prepared to go to trial, to take the stand and swear on the Bible and tell a jury what Pereira did to her and then sit back and listen to Susan and Susans friend give their testimonies. physical evidence because Ruiz didnt tell police until more than a week after the incident too late for nurses to examine her. But a crime lab analyst from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement found Pereiras DNA on Ruizs shorts. And three women were accusing Pereira this time. Maybe this case would be different. But maybe not. Zissimopulos questioned Ruizs story, just like he did with Susan and her friend in the Ruiz, he ordered food for her, and she ate it. And they still texted each other afterward. In one message, Zissimopulos pointed out at a pretrial hearing in February, Ruiz ended with a smiley face. Why would a rape victim do that? And Pereiras friends claimed Ruiz sometimes did drugs around them. Whos to say she didnt drug herself that night? Determining Pereiras potential punishment is complicated. Because Ruiz said he raped her while still on probation for the previous case, however, Pereira could have faced a minimum prison sentence of 25 years if he were convicted of sexual battery this time. But Ezzell, who also prosecuted Pereira after pled no contest to aggravated battery. It was a weak case, says Mann, the State felt that due to his previous criminal history, it was important to go forward and get sanctions. This time, the plea deal was a bit harsher. Pereira received 15 years of probation, which he can serve in Puerto Rico with his probation drink alcohol or use drugs. He must complete 100 hours of community service within two years and meet 20 times with a therapist who specializes in sexual treatment. He cant work as a promoter. He cant stay out past 11 p.m. But he did not receive any jail time. Ruiz wanted to see a harsher punishment, as most victims do. She wanted to tell a jury how painful her life was for the last two years. She wanted to point out that the man she said raped her didnt even put her name in his cellphone. At one hearing, Ruiz says, she saw a screenshot of a message she sent Pereira. At the top of the image, it said the message came from Blue Eyes. Her eyes are green. Looking back, she wishes she were more educated about rape two years ago. She wishes she went to the hospital so that nurses could have taken evidence. And she wishes she knew that the county offers victim advocates who will listen to your struggles and tell you that fear and pain are understandable, that you arent going crazy. Susan and Ruiz have looked at each others cases and felt spooked. The crimes seem too similar, both agree. What if they were planned? Three girls have reported, and hes still getting away with it, Susan says. What does he have to do? Kill one of us? Maybe she can move on now. Maybe she wont think about it as much. She isnt holding her breath. When she thinks about Pereira, nerves dance in her stomach and twist her insides into knots. She cant eat. Cant sleep. The day before the hearing in October, she could only groom three dogs half her normal pace. She couldnt steady her hands. I dont know if it will ever go away, she says of the pain. Ruiz has looked for outlets. Maybe poetry will help, she thought. So she tried it: Why does a wretch of a man run free to lurk the shadows? I feel he should be punishd, But who will do so? If the law is also wretched, then who to turn to for justice? Law enforcement unsure how to curb rape rates RAPE, from page 7Brett Le Blanc / AlligatorLuis Pereira walks out of the Alachua County Criminal Justice Center with his attorney, Huntley Johnson, Oct. 25. GPD arrested Pereira on charges of sexual battery twice in three years. Reported Rape Rate, Cities IN THE South east ( ( 1. Gainesville 1 per 789 women2. Fayetteville, Ark. 1 per 794 women3. Nashville, Tenn. 1 per 842 women4. Knoxville, Tenn. 1 per 1000 women5. Tuscaloosa, Ala. 1 per 1219 women6. Lexington, Ky. 1 per 1459 women7. College Station, Texas 1 per 1510 women10. Auburn, Ala. 1 per 2269 women9. Athens-Clarke County, GA. 1 per 2035 women8. Columbia, Mo. 1 per 1543 women 12. Starksville, Miss. 1 per 4028 women11. Baton Rouge, La. 1 per 2342 women* Source: FBI Uniform Crime Report, 2011 ** National Average: 1 per 1,897 women *** Columbia, S.C., and Oxford, Miss., not reporting Shawn Janetzke and Tyler Jett / Alligator Staff Rape PreventionTipsPolice, prosecutors and victim advo cates maintain that rape victims are not to blame for the crime. You can never completely protect yourself from sexual assault. But the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network suggests you take some precautions while in social settings: Go with a group of friends. Arrive together, check in with each other throughout the evening and leave together. 1.Trust your instincts. If you feel unsafe in a situation, go with your gut. If you see something suspicious, contact law enforcement immediately. 2.Dont leave your drink unattended. If youve left your drink alone, just get a new one. 3.Watch out for your friends, and vice versa. If a friend seems out of it, is too intoxicated for the amount of alcohol theyve had, or is acting out of character, get him or her to a safe place immediately. 4. Shawn Janetzke and Tyler Jett / Alligator StaffIf you suspect you or a friend has been drugged, contact law enforcement immediately. Be explicit with doctors so they can give you the cor rect tests (you will need a urine test and possibly others). 5. The name Susan is a pseudonym to protect victims identity.
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MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2012 WWW.ALLIGATORSPORTS.ORG Elizabeth Beisel and the Florida womens swimming team won the Ohio State Invitational on Sunday. See story, page 14. Poll QuestionAre you disappointed that Louisville was selected as Floridas opponent in the Sugar Bowl? Vote online at alligatorSports.org. THE CONTEST WILL BE PLAYED IN NEW ORLEANS ON JAN. 2 AT 8:30 P.M. GREG LUCAAlligator Staff WriterFloridas berth in the Sugar Bowl was a foregone conclusion, but its opponent was a mystery. On Sunday night, UF was against Louisville on Jan. 2 at 8:30 p.m. in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Were honored to play in New Orleans, coach Will Muschamp said. Our guys are really jacked up. Our guys were thrilled to have this opportunity, so theyll be excited about this game. Oklahoma was projected to face Florida, but Northern Illinois stole Oklahomas BCS bid by defeating Kent State 44-37 in the Mid-American Conference Championship Game. The win vaulted the Huskies to No. 15 in the BCS standings. By rule, any team from a non-BCS confer of the BCS standings and ranks ahead of a champion from one of the big six conferences earns an automatic BCS bowl berth. son 10-2, but 11-1 Kansas State was selected to represent the Big 12 in the Fiesta Bowl. Louisville the Big East champion is ranked No. 21 in the latest BCS standings. Florida checked in at No. 3, moving up one spot after No. 2 Alabama defeated previous No. 3 Georgia 32-28 in the Southeastern Conference Championship Game. After tabbing Florida, the Sugar Bowl was the secondto-last BCS bowl to select its second participant. The Sugar Bowl chose Louisville over Northern Illinois, which will face Florida State in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 1. Charlie Strong, who served as the Gators defensive coor dinator from 2002-09, coaches the Cardinals. Muschamp met Strong during his time as the defensive coordinator at LSU. Ive got a lot of respect for him and a guy that, in this profession, is one of the good guys, Muschamp said. He was an outstanding defensive coordinator and a good friend. Louisville clinched the Big East championship and secured an automatic BCS bowl berth cit to notch a 20-17 win against Rutgers on Thursday. The Car dinals are 10-2. Louisville won ing back-to-back games to Syr acuse and Connecticut, which are a combined 12-12. UF opens This is a team that was one game away from playing for a national title, Strong said of Florida. Were nowhere near that right now. Contact Greg Luca at gluca@ alligator.org.Brett Le Blanc / Alligator StaffCoach Will Muschamp reacts to a call during Floridas 37-26 win against Florida State on Nov. 24 at Doak Campbell Stadium. Muschamp led the Gators to an 11-1 record and a Sugar Bowl berth during his second season at the helm in Gainesville. Florida will play Louisville in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2 in New Orleans. Florida earns bid to play Louisville in Sugar Bowl LANDON WATNICKAlligator Writer on Thursday night, the Gators needed someMichael Frazier II did just that and more. The freshman guard notched a team-high 17 points and buried 5 of 8 three-point attempts, helping the No. 7 Gators pull away in the Golden Eagles. 9 shooting. He also tallied two rebounds and an assist. What can I say? It was unbelievable out there, Frazier said. My teammates did a great job of getting me the ball, and shots went down. The bucket did seem bigger than usual. Most of Fraziers points came in bunches. back possessions and increased the Gators 11:39 remaining With Florida up three-pointers on consecutive possessions to stretch UFs edge to 38-22. Freshman shining offensively JONATHAN CZUPRYNAlligator WriterFor the eighth year in a row, the Gators NCAA Tournament. No. 14 Florida (27-4) knocked off College of Charleston (27-8) in three sets (25OConnell Center. UF travels to Austin, Texas, for a rematch against Texas on Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. The Longhorns, the NCAA Tournaments No. 3 overall seed, defeated the on Aug. 31 as part of the Nike Big Four Classic at Penn State. On Saturday, Florida survived a close start of the second set. UF never surrendered the lead. As Floridas offensive numbers increased, College of Charlestons hitting percentage declined. Gators coach Mary Wise credited the defensive effort mostly to middle blockers Betsy Smith and Chloe Mann. We rely so much on those middles on the court, Wise said. Theyre like coaches a lot of adjustments that are made and not made between serves, but while the ball is in play. And those two have developed such a high volleyball IQ. While Smith and Mann combined for eight blocks, they also contributed offensively with 18 kills and a .500 hitting Gators advance to Sweet 16SEE VOLLEYBALL, P A GE 15 SEE HOOPS, P A GE 15Mann UF Bask etball Poll ResultsDoes Florida deserve to play in the BCS National Championship Game ahead of the SEC champion?53% YES 47% NO259 total votesV OLLEYBALL
14, ALLIGATOR MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2012 THE UF WOMENS SQUAD NOTCHED ITS SECOND MEET VICTORY THIS SEASON. STAFF REPORTOn Sunday, the Florida mens ished without a victory for the throughout the three-day meet, Junior Bradley deBorde took style on Sunday, one of his few laeche-Gomez and Matt Elliott shined in the 200 breaststroke, Junior Marcin Cieslak and senior Sebastien Rousseau grabbed the extent of the Gators mens success, as the Buckeyes effort Ohio State won 10 of 18 races dur ing the threeday stretch en route to its fourth conThe Gators womens team notched its second meet victory this season, holding off secondJunior Elizabeth Beisel sebackstroke and the 400 IM on SatHer win was the third individual victory for the Gators Zalewski also earned a secnal week of December before takThe UF mens team will be off Dallas for the SMU Classic, which Following the SMU Classic, the men will join the women back in the OConnell Center for a duUF Swimming
ALLIGATOR WOMENS BASKETBALL PHILLIP HEILMANAlligator Writer Floridas late-game struggles continue in loss to Michigan HOOPS, from page 13Frazier playing new position VOLLEYBALL, from page 13George The way we excelled tonight passing.Chloe Mann
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