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Today We Inform. You Decide.Not officially associated with the University of Florida Published by Campus Communications, Inc. of Gainesville, Florida Redshirt junior forward Kayla Lewis has led the shorthanded Gators in rebounding this season. Read the story on page 13.UF alumna starts ad-free art magazineShe funds it with a thrift store, pg 5. Students spellbound by Harry Potter park plansDiagon Alley will open this summer, pg 8. Trash to treasure: UF Surplus Warehouse repurposes goodsIt saved UF $2 million last year, pg 9. 43 /33 FORECAST 2 OPINIONS 6 CLASSIFIEDS 10 CROSSWORD 11 SPORTS 13 STAFF REPORTIn his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Barack Obama outlined plans to enable startup companies to grow and extend more opportunities to hardworking college students. The state of the union is strong, he said. One of the major contributors to this strength, he said, is that Congress agreed on a new budget that leaves more room for funding priorities like education. The budget compromise should leave us freer to focus on creating new jobs, not creating new crises, Obama said. He cited a White House-organized College Opportunity Summit that garnered commitments from 150 universities, businesses and higher education and help every hardworking kid go to college and succeed when they get to campus. As an example, Obama said his adminis-VOLUME 108 ISSUE 88 WWW.ALLIGATOR.ORG WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2014Amber Riccinto / AlligatorHenna is HappeningEmana Sheikh, a UF nutrition sophomore, gives a student a Henna tattoo on the Plaza of the Americas on Tuesday afternoon. NATIONAL SEAN STEWART-MUNIZAlligator Staff Writersstewart-muniz@alligator.orgAlthough UF Online is only four weeks beginning to take notice of the programs effects on their courses. Elizabeth Phillips, the executive director of UF Online, wrote in an email that the program has 596 students. UF Online is the new, fully online four-year baccalaureate program. Enrollment in UF Online was very strong tions are also strong for Summer and Fall. She is working on what degrees will be added to the program for Fall, but she said some majors like psychology are certain additions. The program is going as planned, but some feel it has blurred the lines between onand off-campus students in UFs Warrington College of Business Administration. Students like Sean Treiser, a 19-year-old UF economics sophomore, are upset that their courses have transitioned to totally online platforms even though theyre traditional students. Treiser said two of his courses are completely online with the exception of live tests, but there are many courses that dont have live testing, either. Students on campus taking the course might as well be in Africa, he said. Horace Tucker, associate director of the Heavener School of Business, said its likely a misunderstanding thats causing the unrest. Tucker said the business college operated with online classes long before UF Online began but there are two key differences. One, he said, is that the Florida bill creating UF Online states courses shared between the program and on-campus students can no longer have live sections. The college has redubbed them live lectures and made the time and location available to students. Space is limited, but it was for live sections, too. If they construct their schedules carefully, they can still go to class, Tucker said. The other change is that professors academic freedoms now extend to how much content they want to put online. Before, pro-Traditional students feeling effects of UF OnlineSome business classes impactedState of the Union addresses student, business opportunities SLEET IS POSSIBLE. ALEX HARRISAlligator Staff Writeraharris@alligator.orgWhile the Seminoles are enjoying a rare snow day and canceled classes, Gators will be slogging through possible freezing rain and sleet. As temperatures dip to near and below freezing, the addition of rain to the mix makes soon be building snowmen in the swamp, but WRUF chief meteorologist Jeff Huffman said there is no possibility of snow in Gainesville. There never has been a chance with this storm system in Gainesville, he said. However, from midnight to 6 a.m. on Thursday, there will be a chance of sleet and freezing rain. Sleet is frozen rain falling to the ground as ice pellets, and freezing rain is precipitation that freezes upon contact with the ground, leaving a glaze of ice. Todays temperatures will be in the 30s with a windchill dropping below freezing, Huffman said. Although local media outGainesville in 2010, the last recorded snowfall in Gainesville was in 1989, according to Stanley Yoder, a 19-year-old UF nursing sophomore, said hes going to turn on the heat and break out the blankets in preparation for the cold weather. dling up, Yoder said.No snow for Gainesville despite coldSEE ONLINE, PAGE 4 SEE UNION, PAGE 4 Enrollment in UF Online was Elizabeth PhillipsUF Online executive director There never has been a chance (of snow) with this storm system in Jeff HuffmanWRUF chief meteorologist


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 ISSN 0889-2423 The Alligator The Alligator 2, ALLIGATOR WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2014 TODAYFORECASTSUNDAY SATURDAY FRIDAY THURSDAY PARTLY CLOUDY 79/58 PARTLY CLOUDY 79/59 PARTLY CLOUDY 72/52 PARTLY CLOUDY 59/41 RAIN 43/33 VOLUME 108 ISSUE 88 track on South Road near the baseball field. Well meet at 8 a.m. on Saturdays for the next seven weeks. There is no cost to participate and no age limit. We will start off with some aerobic and stretching exercises, a bottle of water and a few health tips. Call 352-870-9100 for additional information. The event is sponsored by the Alachua County Medical Society and Alachua County Medical Alliance. Backyard Birding Tour tickets on sale Tickets are now on sale for the Alachua Audubon Societys Backyard Birding Tour. It will be held Feb. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets cost $10 and are available at Wild Birds Unlimited at 4212 NW 16th Ave. At the event, six of Gainesvilles premier backyard birding habitats will be open to the public. Local experts will be available at each site to discuss their successes in landscape, hardscape, water features and feeding tips, which attract a variety of birds to their backyards. This event occurs during winter to coincide with the arrival of migratory species of birds. Got something going on? Want to see it in this space? Send an email with Whats Happening in the subject line to To ensure publication in the next days newspaper, please submit the event before 5 p.m. Please model your submissions after above events and keep them 150 words or fewer. Improperly formatted Whats Happening submissions may not appear in the paper. Press releases will not appear in the paper.WHATS HAPPENINGTaste of Tikkun Olam Come to Turlington Plaza from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today for a free snack relating to this weeks Torah portion. Come learn about the stories and enjoy a tasty treat. For more information, contact Melissa at, or visit the Hillel calendar at ufhillel. org/current-students/cal. Mystery scavenger hunt Scooby Dooby Doo, where are you? In the Reitz Union Rion Ballroom. Come to RUB Entertainments Scooby Doo Mystery Night today at 8 p.m. Solve a mystery, play some cool games and create crafts. Food sovereignty symposium UFs Center for Latin American Studies will host a one-day symposium Thursday with organizations affiliated with La Va Campesina on Food Sovereignty: A Dialogue on an Alternative Future. The symposium will be held in Smathers Library from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Gay Movie Night The Pride Community Center of North Central Florida will show The Falls: Testament of Love Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Pride Community Center, 3131 NW 13th St. A $2 donation is requested to cover the cost of snacks. Gators for Haven Hospice Interested in feeling moved by the people you meet and appreciated for the time you devote? G4HH is an organization that provides networking opportunities for hospice volunteers at UF and promotes the goals of Haven Hospice. Join us at our meeting at 6:30 p.m. to find out more info on our upcoming volunteer opportunities. We proudly require no dues. Visit, or contact us at gators4hh@gmail. com. Flora and Fauna of Florida exhibition Enjoy breathtaking photographs of the Flora and Fauna of Florida exhibition at the Matheson Museum, 513 E. University Ave., through Thursday. Photographs in this exhibition capture rare scenes of native wildlife and thriving examples of many of the plant species that characterize Floridas natural environment. The Matheson Museum is open Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Education for Life 5K The Education for Life 5K will be held Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at Westside Park, 1001 NW 34th St. Online pre-registration is available at Dayof registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and is $25. The race supports Southern Scholarship Foundation, which provides rent-free housing scholarships. Global Health Case Competition The Global Health Case Competition, a student-led initiative, is seeking students from diverse graduate and undergraduate departments to serve as department representatives for a Spring case competition. This is a great opportunity to get more involved in the global health community and obtain leadership experience in international health. Find out more about the Global Health Case Competition and opportunities for involvement at by emailing Cinema Verde seeks eco-fair vendors Cinema Verdes fifth annual Environmental Film and Arts Festival is seeking vendors for its eco-fair, which will be held Feb. 15. The festival features more than 30 films on topics including food, water, waste, energy, animals, sustainable life, business and government. Vendor applications and information are available online or via email at Fourth Annual Run for Your Heart 5K On Sunday, the Academy of Student Pharmacists Operation Heart is hosting a 5K to encourage cardiovascular fitness in the community as part of American Heart Awareness Month. The run starts at 8 a.m. at Westside Park, 1001 NW 34th St. Registration is $15 before Sunday or $20 the morning of the event. All proceeds go toward the American Pharmacists Association student organizations efforts to provide blood pressure and cholesterol screenings to the Gainesville community. For more registration information, go to the events Facebook page, or email ASPOperationHeart@gmail. com. Yulee Railroad Days vendor applications open Entertainers and vendors of handmade arts and crafts: Welcome to the annual Yulee Railroad Days, which will be held March 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information about applying to the festival, visit The event is sponsored by Archer Historical Society Inc. Weekly Wellness Walk Burn calories, get healthier and meet new people by joining the Weekly Wellness Walk at the Santa Fe College Have an event planned? Add it to the Alligators online


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2014 ALLIGATOR, 3 HANNA MARCUSAlligator Staff Writerhmarcus@alligator.orgSpeakers at Student Senate on Tuesday raised questions about the procedure by which justices are appointed to UFs Supreme Court. In addition to the Senates votes to pass a resolution, two funding bills and a Senator Accountability Act, it also unanimously appointed Brianne Lewis as its new Supreme Court justice. Public debate opened when multiple senators yielded their speaking time to two UF law stuto discuss their opinions on the justice appointment process. The UF Supreme Courts main function is to ensure the checks and balances are in place for executive and legislative branches, according to the Student Government website. Alex Paez and Aubrey Burris, UF Levin College of Law students who said they were interested in being appointed for Supreme Court justice, addressed the Senate about their experiences with the appointment process. Burris said that even though the judicial branch is comprised entirely of law students, she is certain most of them arent aware of the branch. the overwhelming majority of law students dont even know that this exists, let alone its importance or how it functions, she said. Burris said in her speech that despite her efforts to learn about how the appointment process works, she did not receive any rewas never informed of the process. The judicial branch remains an enigma of appointment with no set process of application and not even a hint as to when that process would occur for law students to be on the board, she said. Transparency in this process would only serve to provide you ested students. Minority leader Sen. Michael Christ said the two students were interested in applying for appointment, but their efforts to communicate with Student Body President Christina Bonarrigo, who handles those appointments, went unanswered. They wanted to come and speak and voice their concerns with how the process is conducted, he said. They felt, and I feel as well, that in order to get the it should be made well known to the entire law school. Reached later for comment, Bonarrigo said, We appreciate the two students feedback and will look into our procedures. According to the SG website, each justice is appointed by the the Senate. These justices remain Lewis, who was appointed a Supreme Court justice, has served as vice president of membership for Florida Blue Key and director of creative for Gator Growl. She is due to graduate in May. Senate speakers talk Supreme Court justice appointments Passed legislation from Tuesday nights Senate meeting:STUDENT SENATE BILL 20141008 Senator Accountability Act STUDENT SENATE BILL 20141009 Resolution Honoring Day STUDENT SENATE BILL 20141010 Funding for the Nepalese Student Association STUDENT SENATE BILL 20141011 Funding for the Undergraduate Consulting ClubJordan McPherson / Alligator StaffAlex Paez and Aubrey Burris speak about transparency issues when applying to be appointed as a UF Supreme Court justice at the Student Senate meeting Tuesday night.


fessors were limited on how many assignments they could put online for on-campus students. He said the professors now have control over whether they want all of their quizzes and tests online or if they want to host live lectures. Although UF Online has given the college more students, Tucker said, no new faculty have been hired. There arent enough professors to split courses for UF Online and traditional students. Some on-campus students are also upset about ProctorU becoming a part of their online classes. ProctorU is an online proctoring solution for tests. A company employee observes students via webcam while they take their exams. Although the cost of ProctorU is covered by the university for online students, oncampus students have to pay the difference, which changes for each class. Amanda Jackson, a 21-yearold UF telecommunications junior, has already taken two exams through ProctorU. Jackson held up her webcam and turned it in a circle for the proctor to check her room for textbooks or notes. She also had to show the proctor two types up a mirror so he could see her laptop screen. I didnt like having to go through all that, she said. Tucker said its also a professors decision to use ProctorU or have live tests. He said online proctoring is similar to proctoring in a classroom. When youre on campus taking an exam there are eyes on you all the time, he said. With ProctorU, its just through a webcam. Tawnya Means, director of the Center for Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Warrington, said that the business is due to its transition from Sakai to the new online platform Canvas. Means said all 22 courses for the colleges online bachelors degree will be transferred to Canvas by Spring 2015. Its a little bit of a bumpy road while we transition, she said. But in the end, life will be better for everyone. tration has given more loans to small business owners in the past istration. The best measure of opportunity is access to a good job, he said. He additionally urged businesses to raise the wages they pay employees. He said he plans to sign an executive order requiring federal contractors to pay their federally funded employees a fair wage of at least $10.10 an hour. He hopes other employers will follow his lead and give America a raise. UF College Democrats President Lauren Nikoloff, 20, said after a watch party in the Reitz Union Auditorium that organization members looked forward to the wage increases as well as Obamas intent to equalize womens rights in the workplace. The political science and economics junior also said shes anticipating the presidents plan to increase opportunities for lowincome college students, especially with his initiative to lay a strong foundation during K-12 education. Hes working hard to make sure every American has opportunities to advance, she said. Alachua County Young Republicans President Katy Melchiorre said she thought equal pay for women was an important topic, but that she didnt support Obamas particular plan. I dont believe we need more government regulation on my inyear UF law student. She said that Obamas anecdote about a small-business owner who personally raised the minimum wage for his employees was admirable for that particular small business, but she said she didnt support his call to raise the federal minimum wage. Overall, she called the speech speech for his politics. 4, ALLIGATOR WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2014AP Photo / Charles DharapakPresident Barack Obama takes the podium to give his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio sat at a table behind the president. MOST EMPLOYEES MAKE ABOUT $13 AN HOUR. JENNA LYONSAlligator Staff Writerjlyons@alligator.orgNegotiations are over. After months of bargaining with the City of Gainesville to improve pay for Regional Transit System workers, the group protecting bus employees, Amalgamated Transit Union, declared an impasse at the latest city hall proceedings Tuesday afternoon. Negotiations started in October, but after about an hour of discussing contract proposals, the union refused to accept the citys proposed 1.5 percent pay increase. Mary Frances Folz Donahue, president of Gainesvilles ATU chapter, said she was disappointed with the outcome. lutely opposed to any sort of pay progression, she said. This is a continuation of this failed policy of keeping wages really low. gression in the contract, Donahue said. She said the highest pay an RTS driver can make is $16.92 per hour, but the majority are making in the $12 to $13 range. You have people that have been there for 15 years not making top pay, she said. According to calculations made by ATU, erators in Florida and Georgia is an hourly wage of $17.96. RTS wages fall at the bottom of those calculations. Local activist Jeremiah Tattersall said the city needs to consider the numbers. Now we have the unfortunate title of worst-compensated transit operators in Florida and Georgia, Tattersall said. The city offered the 1.5 percent pay increase for all city workers, but Tattersall said RTS deserves reconsideration because unattractive wages are repelling employees. Other city workers dont have a recruitment problem, he said. They dont have a retention problem like RTS. As a result of the deadlock, Donahue said a third party appointed by the state ings. However, the City Commission will ultimately make the decision after looking at the new information. Gainesvilles ATU chapter has about 100 due-paying members, but represents more than 200 workers, Donahue said. Before the negotiations, Donahue and Tattersall, joined by about 10 unionists, RTS workers and UF students, stood at City Hall holding signs for the cause. Were here because were betting on Gainesville, Donahue said. The other side is betting on a recession. UF student Eric Brown, a lead organizer for Students for a Democratic Society, stood alongside the unionists outside city hall. The 20-year-old political science junior said it was only natural to come out and support RTS workers. Its easy because basically we see bus drivers as a key part of our UF experience, Brown said. RTS spokesman Chip Skinner declined to comment after the meeting.Negotiations between union, city stall over RTS wagesCAMPUS MEGAN KELLYAlligator Contributing WriterStudents have an opportunity to win a scholarship just by texting a number. This is Gator Dinings second year conducting the text-to-win campaign with Dr Pepper, said Jill Rodriguez, the marketing program manager of Gator Dining Services. Four students will be awarded scholarships totaling $7,000 with three $1,000 winners and one $4,000 winner. A winner will be announced each month during the Spring semester. The January winner has already been contacted and will be announced Thursday evening at the Gator Corner Dining Center from 6 to 8 p.m. Michael Everette, a 19-year-old UF electrical engineering sophomore, won the Dr Pepper tuition scholarship giveaway last year. Everette saw an email from Gator Dining Services advertising the giveaway and texted to enter the competition. In late April, he received a call saying he had won the $4,000 scholarship. It has been nice having some extra cash and not taking out as many loans, Everette said. Katherine Arellano, a 20-yearold UF public relations sophomore, won the giveaway last February. Unlike Everette, Arellano knew she could enter the competition multiple times. I believe the reason I won was that I literally texted that number every single day, Arellano said. Winning the scholarship was an exciting experience for Arellano. I was jumping up and down, I had never won something like that before, Arellano said. Im not giveaways. Arellano put the money she won aside for her summer study abroad trip to London and Paris with the UFs College of Journalism and Communications. booster to have the opportunity to win something like a scholarship, Arellano said.Gator Dining continues text-to-win Dr Pepper scholarshipUF students split on Obamas speech UNION, from page 1 ONLINE, from page 1Webcams help proctors absolutely opposed to any sort of pay progression. This is a continuation of this failed policy of keeping wages really low.Mary Frances Folz Donahue I was jumping up and down, I had never won something like that before. Katherine Arellano sophomore


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2014 ALLIGATOR, 5Rachel Crosby / Alligator StaffRain or Chime BRADLEY NORMAN Alligator Contributing WriterIn a world where print advertising is volatile, one UF alumna is developing her own adfree publication. her new publication, Art & Soul, this month. The publication is completely funded by proceeds from Cooks antique consignment shop Artsy Smartsy, located at 402 NW 10th Ave., a few blocks north of the Hippodrome State Theatre. I knew I wanted to launch an art magazine, Cook said. But I wanted it to be different. Im trying to fund a magazine with a store and see if I can surpass advertising. Cook said she wanted to avoid deadlines so she can take as much time as she wants to work on a story without pressure from advertisers. To think that journalism is going to be funded with ad sales, Cook said, thats the archaic model. Cook also uses her store and the people who shop there as catalysts for ideas and inspiration for stories, she said. Mike Foley, a UF journalism professor, said free publication. I think she started this store to realize her dream of publishing this magazine, and I think Ad-free publication has been attempted before on a grander scale and failed, Foley said. The newspapers need a new model, Foley said. The advertising makeup of the newspaper has changed drastically. Ayana Stewart, a 20-year-old UF journalism junior and president of the Society of Professional Journalists, said she admires what Cook is doing but questions whether it is a realistic model for all-print journalism. sibility that it could work for her if she continued to expand and fund it without advertisement, especially if thats what shes dedicated to, Stewart said. However, she said she doesnt see a way that major publications could survive without advertisements. I think that on a smaller scale, its a really cool idea, Stewart said.UF alumna starts advertisement-free Gainesville art magazineIts funded by a thrift store IT WAS INSPIRED BY A STEPHANY VASQUEZ Alligator Contributing WriterDuring his visit to the Pablo Picasso Museum in Barcelona, a UF student thought of an idea that could last for a lifetime. Jared Kash, a 20-year-old ing and anthropology, created a digital time capsule called Time Flash that is scheduled to launch Feb. 14 in the App Store. It will be available on Google Play in March. The time capsule will allow users to take a picture or record a video and send it to their select group of contacts. The sender can set the date and time that friends can view it, Kash said. The app lets you capture and relive an epic night with your friends, he said. For example, students may want to send posts into the future from study abroad trips or Spring Break. You will be able to see that someone sent you a time capsule, and we added a countdown for when you can open it, he said. Kash was studying abroad with the College of Journalism and Communications during Summer 2012 in Barcelona when he thought of the idea. I was looking at a painting of a woman at the Pablo Picasso Museum, and I felt a connection with her emotion and beauty, Kash said. The image made him wonder how people could digitally capture moments for longer. Kash took the concept to his father, who is an entrepreneurship professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. They decided to work together to turn the idea into a reality. Courtland McEachrane, a 21-year-old UF economics junior, has worked with Kash throughout the process, helping him promote the app on campus. Its just so easy to want McEachrane said. The team has raised $1.5 million through investors, Kash said. So far, he has 20 representatives at 20 universities around the country who have been promoting the launch as well. Kash said that because he worked so hard on the app with his father, he will probmembers.Student-created app gets $1.5 million in investmentsCAMPUS CHRISTIAN COOPERAlligator Contributing WriterUFs Levin College of Law has been selected to host the 33rd Federalist Society National Student student chapter outside of the top 15 law schools has hosted this event. The Symposium is expected to attract students and alumni and help them connect and discuss topics about controversies in security and freedom, according to a press release. Devon Westhill, the senior local chapter president and chairman of the Symposium Executive Committee, said it is important for students to get involved and become educated on pressing issues. To understand complex and important issues such as the ones that we will discuss and debate at the symposium regarding security, freedom, and privacy is both interesting and vital for tomorrows leaders, he wrote in an email. The Symposium will take place March 7 through March 8 in the Reitz Union. Tickets are $10 for students and $25 for non-students. Its also a great opportunity to meet other law students and hear their perspective, said Jillian Pratt, UF chosen to host law symposium THE DOG WASH IS VALENTINES DAY THEMED SARA WILDERAlligator Contributing WriterA group of UF Veterinary School Students will be spreading the love to furry friends this weekend in honor of Valentines Day. organization, Project HEAL, will be holding a Valentines Day themed dog wash on Feb. 8 at the veterinary school. Its always fun to have a party with a theme at the dog wash, said Cameron Biggs, president of Project HEAL and second-year student at UFs veterinary school. A donation of $5 will gets dogs a bath, nail trimming and ear cleaning. Steven Bingert, vice president and treasurer for Project HEAL and second-year graduate student at UFs veterinary school, said turnout for the dog washes last semester was great. There may not have been 200 people, he said, but All donations will be used to fund Project HEALs annual trip to Ecuador, where members care for animals in underprivileged communities. Last year, members performed about 60 surgeries and more than 200 vaccinations, Bingert said. Students like Biggs and Bingert, who have yet to go on the trip, said theyre looking forward to experiencing the passion of the locals for their pets. They really love their animals, Biggs said. Theyll get there at 7 in the morning and wait for as long as they have to. Theyre really grateful.Puppys day out: UF Veterinary group hosts dog-wash eventCook There may not have been 200 people. But


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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2014 ALLIGATOR, 7Last week in Virginia, a group of guncontrol activists planned to hold a rally at the Virginia State Capitol. The protesters were turned away by Capitol Police, who informed them that the sticks on forbidden inside the building because they could be considered weapons. Meanwhile, another group of visitors to the Capitol walked swiftly and freely through the doorway. This group was made up of members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League and other pro-gun activist organizations. The pro-gun citizens were visiting the Capitol as part of a Guns Save Lives event. According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, about half of the pro-gun group was armed with weapons ranging from handguns to assault This incident is illustrative of the hallowed, almost dipromote the image of the responsible gun owner as the ideal patriotic American citizen. After the tragic killing of 20 children and six teachers on Dec. 14, 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Mass., NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre immediately announced the organizations wholehearted opposition to any potential proposals for gun regulation. Instead, LaPierre argued, the solution was to bring more guns into the mix by putting armed guards into every school in America. The best way to stop a bad guy with a gun, he said, is with a good guy with a gun. Lawmakers in Congress aligned themselves with the NRAs absolutist, anti-gun control stance and failed to Sandy Hook. The fallibility of LaPierres plan was exposed in JanuLapeer, Mich., left his loaded gun in a school bathroom. This incident demonstrated the obvious: Even the most responsible gun owner is prone to lapses in judgment have potentially devastating consequences. Since the massacre at Sandy Hook, at least 194 more children have died as a result of gun violence, 127 of them in their own homes. Guns did not keep these children safe. Guns killed these children. One possible solution to the problem of gun deaths in American homes would be to encourage pediatricians, who are directly involved in ensuring the health of Americas children, to inform parents about the importance of gun safety in the household. Naturally, gun-rights advocates have sought to silence these vital stewards of our childrens health and safety. A law passed by the Florida Legislature in 2011 could result in $10,000 tions about guns with their patients. Gov. Rick Scotts administration is currently defending the law in the Florida court system. The popularity of these dangerous and foolish laws among the pro-gun community demonstrates that the safety of children is not the advocates primary concern. Those who support sensible gun regulations, such as universal background checks and bans on certain kinds of assault weapons, must become much more forceful in their own advocacy if they are to have any chance of success. Pro-life conservatives constantly rail against the Supreme Courts ruling in Roe v. Wade, which held that women have a constitutionally protected right to an abortion. Nearly every Republican presidential candidate in recent memory has expressed a desire to see Roe overturned by a more conservative Court. What if, in a similar manner, advocates of gun regulation attacked the Courts ruling in District of Columbia arms? These activists might argue that the rights outlined by the Second Amendment are not intended for individuals at all, but only apply to the well regulated Militia referenced in the amendments text. might not be ultimately successful, but it would help challenge the notion of the individual right to bear arms as a central and inarguable tenet of our society. This conversation would put political pressure on Congress to take action and help pave the way for new gun-control regulations, many of which are supported by the vast majority of the American people. If America continues to place the gun sacred above all else, even above the safety and well-being of our children, then the shootings and the slaughter will continue unabated. Elliot Levy is a UF political science and public relations junior. His columns appear on Wednesdays. America must end gun-control tabooColumn Whether for taking notes, writing papers or wasting time in class, its generally accepted that a laptop is necessary for survival in the classroom. For students who are looking for a computer that can meet all their needs without a bookstore price, Googles Chromebook may be the answer. Chromebooks run Googles Chrome operating system, which is essentially the Chrome web browser with a few built-in web apps. It utilizes Google Cloud, so you dont have to worry about losing grand plans of simultaneously writing 10 papers while directing U.S. military satellites from your dorm, but in this case, less is more. All of the needs of typical students are accommodated by Googles range of productivity tools. Need to write a paper or take notes? Google Docs allows you to not only create documents, but also easily collaborate with others an excellent tool for creating group study guides. Googles slideshows, comparable to Excel and PowerPoint. Want to listen to music? You can buy songs through Google Play or sync your iTunes library, then listen through the Cloud. And for your typical time-wasting activities, the Chrome browser is lightweight and fast. After a few weeks of classes. However, the Chromebook does have its limitations. The Chrome OS means Mac and PC software cant be installed, and the lack of processing power makes it a no-go for students doing high-level design or editing work. But for the average student just looking for a computer to occasionally work on, the Chromebook is a cheap, cost-effective youll never have to explain to the folks how your $1200 Macbook was stolen because you didnt take the universitys advice and lock it while sleeping in the library. Anshu Siripurapu is a writer for The Daily Trojan. A version of this column originally appeared on UWire. Chromebook a worthwhile optionUWireAs a sophomore approaching her gilded 20s with no shiny career plans, I have grievances with Lena Dunhams work. A show with intentions to expose the struggle of being a girl in her 20s should have relatable characters, and the lack of a truly relatable girl is a gaping hole. I guess we are supposed to relate to Hannah because she calls herself the voice of her generation, but do girls really want to relate to Hannah, a girl struggling with OCD and a boyfriend everyone calls an asshole? A few universal truth lines dont make up for a character whos hard to like. And whats the point of a show with unlikable characters? Some say that the unlikable characters make the show more realistic, but I beg to differ. Are most people really the characters of Girls? The problems I have began to surface when I watched that does all the things Girls tries to do. Frances Ha made me realize that the problem with Girls, along with the lack of likable and relatable characters, is its nature as a TV drama. Depicting the postgrad crisis in a TV show is simply cruel. Its cruel because lives until the show is canceled. And based on its popularity, these girls arent getting their lives together anytime soon. Then again, does anybody actually enjoy realistic TV? No one would watch a show about graduates from a respectable university with applicable skill sets and rigid, achievable goals. People love to watch other people tumble into failure. I feel like Im watching a stretched-out and dramatized version of my own impending doom. Samantha Sokol is a writer for the Columbia Spectrum. A version of this column originally appeared on UWire.Thoughts on Girls from an actual girlUWire Samantha SokolUWire Anshu SiripurapuUWire Elliot


8, ALLIGATOR WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2014Courtesy to the AlligatorUniversal Orlando renderings show the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley, which is scheduled to open this summer. The new section of the park will be connected via the Hogwarts Express train. BEATRICE DUPUYAlligator Staff Writer bdupuy@alligator.orgThis summer, UF Muggles can hop time in wizarding history. Universal Orlando Resort recently announced that the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley will open this summer with new Harry Potter attractions. The second Harry Potter-themed park will connect to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hogsmeade via the Hogwarts Express train. The train will take park patrons from Londons Kings Cross Station in Universal to Hogsmeade station in Islands of Adventure. Park-to-park admission will be required to ride the train. The Hogwarts Express train is one of several new attractions spellbinding UF students. The new park will include Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, where riders go on an adventure through Gringotts vaults. Ashley McDowell, an 18-year-old UF international studies freshman and Florida Quidditch team member, said she loved the new park. I was so excited, McDowell said. I cant wait to go on the Hogwarts Express. McDowell said she believes the addition will get more people interested in the world of Harry Potter. Its always super exciting to be in the wizarding world, she said. Karrie Ballis, an 18-year-old UF applied physiology and kinesiology freshman, said she hopes the park is even better than the Hogsmeade park. it needs to be more like the books, she said. I hope the rides will be better. Muggles can also shop at Madam Malkins Robes for All Occasions or seek out the Quality Quidditch Supplies shop for a more sporty wizard look. Hopefully the Quidditch store will get more kids excited about the actual sport of Quidditch, McDowell said. Florida Quidditch team member Richard Crumrine, a 20-year-old UF family youth and community science junior, said he thinks the expansion will help visitors immerse themselves in the world of Harry Potter. Crumrine said even though the books the legacy of Harry Potter continues with the parks. Our childrens children who did not grow up in the era of Harry Potter will still know how much of an impact it made on our generation, he said.Students spellbound by Harry Potter park plans ITS MARCH 23. MONIQUE HERNANDEZAlligator Contributing Writer Registration for the March 23 race is open and will close March 21. Two groups, UFs American Medical Student Association chapter and Florida Blue Key, are coordinating the event. dation, but money raised will be donated Florida Komen Executive Director Delores Wise. Organizers couldnt host an ofRace co-director Elizabeth Ortega said organizers are hoping for 1,000 people. I had a dream of bringing Susan G. Komen to Gainesville because I noticed it wasnt here, the 20-year-old UF biology and psychology sophomore said. The main event is $25 for UF and Sante Fe College students, $20 for participants 17 and under, and $30 for adults. The 5K course will start on Flavet Field and circle around Lake Alice, she said. Since the foundation drew criticism for temporarily cutting funding for Planned Parenthood, its spending habits have been criticized. But Ortega said students have responded well to the race. Emily Hays, 19-year-old UF applied physiology and kinesiology sophomore, is participating in the Gainesville race with her mother, whos been breast-cancer free for four years. Because its so well known, more people are more likely to donate and get involved, she said.Student groups join race against breast cancer LOURIANNE APOLLONAlligator Contributing WriterA free information-sharing site that provides a virtual meeting space for students taking the same college courses has made its way to UF. and its founders, AJ Nelson and Joe Dallago, launched a Spring expansion to its year-old website that includes more than 52 schools, including UF. The medium allows students to speak to students, class, Nelson said. The site allows students to upload and share documents in preparation for exams, as well as discuss class-related issues on a class wall. Nelson said they chose UF due to the size of its student population. The number of UF students enrolled on the site has reached 425, but Stephanie DAmico, a 22-year-old UF journalism junior, is hesitant. Im not against it, but I wouldnt sign up for it right now, DAmico said.College course study site adds UF CAMPUS JESSLYN WADEAlligator Contributing WriterStudents can pledge to reduce their ecological footprints this Spring with Sustainable UF. be giving out free hot chocolate and reusable mugs to kick off its Spring campaign, Turn Over a New Leaf, on Turlington Plaza on Feb. 10 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The campaign encourages UF students, faculty and staff to reduce their ecological footprints in one of the largest areas of resource consumption: energy, food, transportation and waste. If everyone lived the lifestyle of the average American, we would planets, said Anabel Mendez, a 21-year-old UF public relations setainability. Mendez said the main goal is to help people create lifelong habits that support a more sustainable lifestyle. tainability program assistant, said to reduce their footprints one category at a time in order to make the process more simple. Youre going to be so overwhelmed, she said. Youll quit at everything because it requires you to change every aspect with the way that you interact with the world. ability is hoping to get 1,000 people signed up for the campaign. Were hoping to get a lot of people signed up and actually engage in changing their behaviors, she said. People can sign up to pledge on the Sustainable UF website. They will receive biweekly emails with tips on how to lower their individual footprints. Tonty Rutinel, a 19-year-old UF microbiology and cell science junior, said he pledged to reduce his food consumption. I know that the biggest environmental impact on the planet is system, he said.Sustainable UF aims to reduce footprints Ashley McDowell Anabel Mendez


KELSEY MARTINEZAlligator Contributing WriterNestled among the trees that line Radio Road sits a faded, yellow brick building and a well-kept secret. wall to wall with used items: printers, televisions, refrigerators and chalkboards. Its not an antique shop or a junk store. Its the UF Surplus Warehouse, under the administration of the Division of Finance and Accountings Asset Management department. saved the university $2 million, and with the increase in faculty hires this year, staff expects to see even more items entering and leaving the facility. Youd think were the trash men, but were actually something different, said Michael Stringer, administrative services coordinator for the warehouse. Were trying to repurpose items give them new life or new use. Its our passion. The warehouse staff collects used equipment from UFs facilities to redistribute, resell or recycle to UF buildings, faculty members and the general public. Everything in the warehouse is recycled, from the employees ing cabinets and even cars. The warehouse started out as a necessity 10 years ago. University protocol requires an establishment where used or damaged goods are disposed. Since Stringer joined the staff in 2011, the branch has saved the university millions of dollars by reusing and recycling scrap parts and listing items on online auctions. Scrap parts have earned the university about $75,000, and online auctions contribute an additional $300,000, Stringer said. items to the warehouse. After the items are assessed to make sure they meet the safety requirements of the UF Environmental Health and Safety department, goods are sent to Stringer and his crew for sorting. Reusable items are redistributed on the UF campus, and surplus items are put up for auction and sold to the public. Items that dont fall under these categories are either donated for scrap. Gretchen Fisk, a 19-year-old UF telecommunication sophomore, said she thinks the warehouse helps campus be more sustainable. I think they should get the word out, she said. Especially if the money theyre saving is in the millions, I think its a great idea. Sherry Adams, the asset management accounting coordinator, said Stringer is a leading activist in promoting campus sustainability. He is very instrumental in his Through their efforts, Stringer and his team said they hope to help meet President Bernie Mawaste by 2015. Its hard to think long term, but we do, Adams said. What we do here pays dividends to come, and thats what UF is all about. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2014 ALLIGATOR, 9 Be a part of something BIG GIVE B LOOD.Over 1,000 people gathered to form one of the largest human blood drop Trash to treasure: UF Surplus Warehouse repurposes goodsRyan Jones / Alligator Staff It saved the university $2 million last year Items currently up for auction:


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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2014 WWW.ALLIGATORSPORTS.ORG The Seattle Seahawks have cleared Percy Harvin to play in Super Bowl XLVIII. Read the story on page 16.Tebow to host Good Morning AmericaAccording to reports, former Gators quarterback Tim Tebow, currently an ESPN analyst, will co-host ABC News Good Morning America on Friday.Florida among recruits top fourFive-star athlete Adoree Jackson listed Florida, LSU, UCLA and USC as Jackson plans to announce his choice on National Signing Day on Feb. 5 ERICA A. HERNANDEZ Alligator Writer @EricaAlyssa There is more to a perfect 10 than meets the eye which is why the Gators have accomplished the feat only 17 times in the programs 41 years of existence. But on Friday, Bridget Sloan and Kytra Hunter made it look easy. performances scored perfect 10s with the year against Georgia. In collegiate gymnastics, the key to a robatics and choreography. follow. Gymnasts can choose any instrumental song, which is cut down to no more than clude at least two acrobatic series, and one of those must contain two saltos or somersault. Tumbling passes, leaps and jumps are also required. If a routine does not meet these standards, its an automatic .10 deduction. Other deductions can come from as small of a mistake as stepping out of bounds or having a concentration pause longer than two seconds. Within these guidelines, gymnasts are allowed more freedom than in any other event. With that freedom, Hunter and Sloan demonstrated their ability, creativity and desire to have fun. When it comes to Sloans routine, not much has changed. Sloan said her passes are all the same as the passes from her freshmaning more fun. showing it off, Sloan said. The one that I have right now, it gets the crowd into it. This year, Sloan utilized her song choice the White Stripes hit Seven Nation Army as a way to get the crowd involved in her performance. Sloans routine follows her songs lead it starts slowly and then builds. Sloan starts out lying down on the ground and does not stand until the 20-second mark of her 1:30-minute routine. When my music starts, everybody knows that song, Sloan said. I get this intense look and sassiness going. I think the beginning is my all-time favorite.Kan Li / Alligator Staff LANDON WATNICKAlligator Staff Writer@LandonWatnickSince Damontre Harris re-enrolled at Florida at the start of the semester, he has so far been successful in his attempts to work his way back into coach Billy Donovans good graces. Donovan said Monday that Harris, who was dismissed from the team last month, has practiced with the No. 3 Gators every day in a role on the scout team imitating opposing teams frontcourt players. The center has lifted weights and gone through individual instruction at UFs basketball facility while the team is in the midst of its Southeastern Conference slate. Although Harris has done everything the center will not play for the team this season. Hes doing everything else everybody else is doing, except he is not on the bench during games, Donovan said. He is not going to play any games, but everything else he is doing right now. Hes got an opportunity to salvage. Its disappointing to me; (hes) a guy that sat out an entire year to jeopardize himself like that in terms of his behavior. Harris was originally dismissed from the Gators on Dec. 21, 2013, after not practicing with the team for about two months and being suspended for UFs WOMENS BASKETBALL GORDON STREISAND Alligator Writer@GordonStreisandThe Gators are one of the smallest teams in the Southeastern Conference. But forward Kayla Lewis helps make up for the height discrepancy by grabbing nearly any rebound she can get her hands on. The 6-foot redshirt junior has accounted for nearly a quarter of her teams total rebounds this season averaging a not-sopaltry 8.5 boards per contest all the while Lewis has shown considerable growth from last season, during which she averaged 5.5 rebounds and 7.2 points per game. She led or tied for the team lead in rebounding 11 times last year, including NIT play. This season, Lewis has led or tied for the team lead in rebounding 12 times, and it is only halfway through the conference schedule. Kaylas always known what shes capable of being as a rebounder, and I think shes realizing it and making it happen, coach Amanda Butler said. She loves the fact that shes smaller than most of the people shes going up against. Thats part of what fuels her, but I think the ultimate fuel for her is accepting and pursuing the fact that she can rebound in a different way than anyone else on our team can. Shes got to do that for us to be effective, especially against these folks who are giving up inches a lot of time in every position. not just inches shes giving up.Forward racking up boards UF Mens Bask etball Lewis SEE W-HOOPS, PAGE 14 SEE HOOPS, PAGE 14 SEE GYM, PAGE 14


ALLIGATOR Alligator File PhotoDamontre Harris poses at media day on Oct. 10, 2012. Harris, who left the team in December 2013, has practiced with the Gators after re-joining the team. Coach Billy Donovan said Harris will not play for Florida until next season. William A. England / Alligator StaffKayla Lewis drives toward the net during Floridas win against Georgia on Jan. 19 in the OConnell Center. Lewis has a quarter of UFs rebounds this season. Harris will not play for Florida until 2014-15HOOPS, from page 13Lewis helping Gators stick togetherW -HOOPS, from page 13 GYM, from page 13Hunter enjoying more this year I just see a different demeanor, especially in Kayla. Ive never seen her act and do some of the things shes done in my four years here. Im proud of her. Shes putting in extra work, inviting people to go shoot. Its just a new version of Kayla that Im loving right now.Jaterra BondsUF guard


IAN COHENAlligator Writer@ibcohen5With the ITA Kickoff Championship behind them, the No. 2 Gators season has not been a story of experience, repetition or expected outcomes. Instead, it has been a After two straight wins, the Gators are not complaining. Were off to a pretty good start, I think, coach Roland Thornqvist said. Weve played pretty well, but weve shown some nerves maybe at times. Florida got off to a solid start season, winning both without giving up a single point to either Louisville or Harvard. During the weekend, seniors Alexandra Cercone and Olivia Janowicz each played at the No. 1 spot previously reserved for former All-American Lauren Emcareers. In addition, freshmen Kourtney Keegan, Stefani Stojic and Belinda Woolcock all comtime, but they played important roles on the team despite their lack of experience. Its different, Stojic said. Its never happened before, but I think all of us freshmen are ready for whats ahead of us. I think it should be good. So far it has been, especially for Stojic. The freshman clinched both of the Gators matches at the ITA Kickoff, winning all four sets she played. In addition, Keegan made a strong debut, notching straight 6-0 sets against Harvards Amanda Lin on Sunday. Keegan was the second Gator to wrap up her singles match, clearing the way for Stojic to seal the win. The freshmen and the rest of the Florida squad will look to carry its two-game winning streak into its matches against UCF (1-0) today and No. 19 Baylor (6-0) on Saturday. You knew this week coming up, with these two matches, was going to be busy for us, Thornqvist said. The hay is sort of in the barn for us now as far as actual work. Its more about getting your body ready, your mind ready and maybe polish up a thing or two. Were going to do some doubles, maybe play some more points. Aside from gaining experience for the freshmen, who comprise almost half the team, playing better in doubles is an important goal for Thornqvist in the upcoming matches. Thats always our goal, the 12th-year coach said. Expect the Gators to continue experimenting with new pairs in doubles when they host the Knights at 3 p.m. today at the Ring Tennis Complex.Jordan McPherson / Alligator StaffKourtney Keegan attempts a volley during the Bedford Cup on Oct. 13, 2013, at the Ring Tennis Complex. Keegan won both of her singles matches in Floridas opening weekend. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2014 ALLIGATOR, 15 WOMENS GOLFFreshman leading the way after UFs season-openeing matches HILL MAKING 19.2 PERCENT OF HIS THREE-POINTERS. LANDON WATNICKAlligator Staff Writer@LandonWatnickThroughout his freshman campaign, point guard Kasey Hills shooting touch from beyond the arc has not been the smoothest. Hill has thrived in transition this season for the No. 3 Gators, shooting 46.4 percent inside the arc largely because most of his two-point attempts are layups. But from three-point range, the McDonalds All-American from Umatilla has made only 5 of his 26 attempts (19.2 percent) the worst mark on the team from a player who has taken at least 25 three-point shots. Since the start of 2014, Hill has made only two of his 13 attempts from downtown. He hasnt shot the ball great, which is OK, coach Billy Donovan said. Most freshmen are going to be up and down. But while Hills shooting from the outside has lacked, other aspects of his game have impressed Donovan during Southeastern Conference play. Hill has averaged 4.8 points and 3.3 assists against 1.8 turnovers in 26 minutes per game in the conference slate. Throughout the 2013-14 season, Hill has averaged 6.5 points sixth most on the team 3.3 assists and 1.6 turnovers per game. While Hill is on goals, according to That assist rate ranks highest on Florida and 207th in the country. In 15 games, the 6-foot freshman has also notched 20 steals, the third most on Florida. Hills steal percentage a statistic that divides a players steals total by the number of defensive possessions he plays ranks 129th in the nation, according to Donovan was pleased with Hills performances in Floridas most recent wins last week against Alabama and Tennessee. Coming off the bench, Hill scored a combined 8 points on 3-of-9 shooting during both games, but also recorded only two turnovers. I think hes playing more aggressive, Donovan said. When things dont go well, he has a tendency to carry it to the next play. I think hes moving out of that maturity-wise.Freshman point guard shooting poorly from three EMILY COCHRANEAlligator Writer@EmilySCochrane the Florida Challenge on Monday, redshirt sophomore Katie Mitchell and her teamthree-round tournament in Palos Verdes, Calif., on Feb. 9-11. We were all disappointed in how we played, Mitchell said. But we took a lot from it and it made us really hungry to get back to work and get ready for California in two weeks. Mitchell, who celebrated her 21st birthday the day of the tournament, attributed the Gators disappointing performance to poor The greens at Black Diamond are difshape and receptive. They were mowed pretty tight, so the ball was spinning and the break of the putts was tricky. The beginning was a little rough with the weather, there was fog so you couldnt see the ball real well and it was cold and nasty. ner UCF with a score of 17-over (593) a far departure from when the Gators won the tournament by nine strokes in 2013. Mitchell shot rounds of 75 and 74 during Mondays tournament, tying for 14th place with FIUs Meghan MacLaren and Miamis Rika Park. The rest of the Florida team placed among the top 30 players. I feel like I played well, I hit the ball good, but my scores didnt show that, Mitchell said. I burned the edges all day, coming really close but still missing. Mitchell gave coach Emily Glaser credit the second round of the tournament. She kept pretty even throughout the day, when we were down she pumped us and make some birdies, Mitchell said. Before it started, she told us to stay patient, the patient ones play the smartest, and to trust ourselves. The team will begin qualifying rounds later this week to determine which players will attend the Northrop Grumman Regional earning a score of 40-over (892) on a course Glaser described as unforgiving. Mitchell said the team plans to do a lot of putting in practice to prepare for the hilly greens in California. travel such a long way, get acclimated to the time change, get used to the grass, Mitchell said. Its easier to go from Florida, Bermuda grass to other grass, so we kind of have the high end there.Golfer disappointed after openerKeegan won two matches We were all disappointed in how we played.Katie MitchellUF golfer


JORDAN MCPHERSONAlligator Writer@J_McPherson1126Percy Harvin is ready to start making an impact again. After sitting out Seattles 23-17 NFC Championship win against the San Francisco 49ers with a conwas cleared on Thursday to play in Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos on Sunday at 6:25 p.m.. But Harvin is not complacent with just being on the Seahawks active roster in MetLife Stadium factor in this game, Harvin said during Super Bowl Media Day on Tuesday. The concussion was an unfortunate situation that I wish hadnt happened, but Im ready to play football. An injury-riddled season limited Harvins contributions during the Seahawks quest for the Lombardi Trophy this season. Harvin, who had hip surgery on Aug. 1, 2013, played in only one regular-season game. In that lone game, against the Minnesota Vikings on Nov. 17, 2013, Harvin returned a late secondquarter kickoff 58 yards to the Minnesota 46-yard line. The Seahawks scored a touchlead to 24-13 entering halftime. Harvin also recorded one catch for 17 yards in Seattles 41-20 win. Harvin returned to action during the Divisional Round of the playoffs, recording three catches for 21 15 victory against the New Orleans Saints on Jan. 11 before suffering the concussion. will be a boost for a Seahawks offense that ended the regular season 26th in passing offense, averaging a meager 202.3 yards per game. The 5-foot-11, 184-pound Harvin gives Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson a deep-threat in addition to starters Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin, who combined for 44.4 percent of Wilsons completed passes during the regular season. Before becoming a victim of the injury bug and missing 22 regular season games since Nov. 11, 2012, Harvin proved to be a valuable asset on offense. The 22nd overall draft pick by Minnesota in 2009, Harvin recorded 3,212 yards of offense for the Vikings and 20 touchdowns during He also added four touchdowns on kick returns while averaging 26.6 yards per return in 45 games. Harvin continued his success to start the 2012 season, leading the Vikings in receiving yards during at least 84 yards. Caldwell, Mincey play for Denver: In addition to Harvin, two other former Gators will see action in the Super Bowl on Sunday. Wide receiver Andre Caldwell, who teamed up with Harvin at Florida from 2006-07, and defensive end Jeremy Mincey, who played for UF from 2004-05, will try to help the per Bowl since 1998. Caldwell, a third-round draft pick in the 2008 NFL draft, recorded 16 catches for 200 yards and three touchdowns for the Broncos this season. four with the Cincinnati Bengals has recorded 141 catches for 1,390 yards and nine touchdowns in 75 games. In 2013, Mincey played in 10 Jacksonville and two with Denver sacks. England Patriots in the 2006 NFL draft, Mincey has logged 161 tackles and 20 sacks in his career. 16, ALLIGATOR WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2014 AP PhotoSeattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin talks to reporters after his teams practice on Thursday in Renton, Wash. The Seahawks face the Denver Broncos on Sunday at 6:25 p.m. in Super Bowl XLVIII. GATORS IN THE NFLHarvin cleared to return to Seahawks for Super Bowl XLVIIICaldwell