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ADAM LICHTENSTEINAlligator Staff Writer@alichtenstein24You dont know what you have till its gone. Maybe its a clich, but for Karsten Whitson, years on Sunday, it rings true. professional baseball after being selected ninth overall by the San Diego Padres, then a stellar start to his college career and pending ace-hood Then, all of that vanished. tigue before the 2013 season started and elected However, the surgery ended Whitsons season and cast his future into doubt. bench, and when the MLB Draft rolled around in June, Whitson was selected in the 37th round, he was selected in 2010. The slotted salary of a 37th round draft pick is $100,000 or fewer not in. Was it worth it? what it is. When youre selected ninth overall, there your payday. The New York Yankees selected Gerrit Cole round of the 2008 draft. But unlike Whitson, Cole cruised through college ball. He was the Friday night starter in than a strikeout per inning with the Bruins. for the draft again in 2011, the Pittsburgh Pilock for the top end of the Pirates rotation in pitcher in the country after he went 8-1 with a 12 pitchers who are now playing professionally in punchouts. But Whitson struggled to follow up on his starts. When he did play, he struggled with his 20 strikeouts. He was ready to start the 2013 season, anxlayed that another year. not pitching hurt in the season, because thats round talent. starter for Floridas opening series against Marya rotation. of an inning of relief against NC State during Youre here for three years and build relationships, and guys expect you to be out there there and its not accessible. But he has done a can see how he goes about his business on a Sitting out wasnt a total loss, Whitson said. at Florida. Whitson is one of only two fourth-year pitchers on the roster this season the other is seniors. try to base his rotation around. HOME GAMES Feb. 14-16 Maryland Feb. 18 UCF Feb. 19 North Florida Feb. 27 Florida Gulf Coast Feb. 28 Illinois FEBRUARYMarch 1 Florida Gulf Coast March 2 Illinois March 7-9 Connecticut March 12 Illinois State March 14-16 Arkansas March 18 Florida State March 28-30 LSU MARCHApril 1 FAU April 18-20 Georgia April 22 Jacksonville April 23 Florida A&M April 27 Missouri APRILMay 6 Mercer May 8-10 Vanderbilt May 13 USF MAY OPENINGDAYEditor Adam Lichtenstein Cover Photo Alligator File Photo Cover Design Ryan Jones and Landon Watnick Alligator, Friday, February 14, 2014 FLORIDA projected lineup C P 1B 2B SS 3B LF CF RF Bobby Poyner Taylor Gushue Zack Powers Casey Turgeon Richie Martin Josh Tobias Ryan Larson Buddy Reed Justin ShaferAlligator File PhotoKarsten Whitson pitches during UFs 5-0 win against USF on Feb. 20, 2011. Whitson missed the entire 2013 season after undergoing shoulder surgery in February 2013. Alligator File PhotoKarsten Whitson pitches during UFs 5-0 win against USF on Feb. 20, 2011. The redChip on his shoulderWhitson looks to return to past performance in


Today We Inform. You Decide.Not officially associated with the University of Florida Published by Campus Communications, Inc. of Gainesville, Florida Flappy Bird creator, players all tapped outThe game was taken down Sunday, pg 3. UF organizations hope to give goats to Ugandan orphansOrphans can raise them for money, pg 5. Common tells UF students about hard work, ways to successAbout 1,200 tickets were picked up, pg 3. Scottie Wilbekin is leading Florida on offense and defense. Read the story on page 12. 65 /50 FORECAST 2 OPINIONS 6 CLASSIFIEDS 10 CROSSWORD 13 SPORTS 12VOLUME 108 ISSUE 100 WWW.ALLIGATOR.ORG FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2014Rachel Crosby / Alligator StaffBrotherhoodCandles lit by UF Sigma Beta Rho brothers sit beside memorial photos of the four University of South Florida students and Sigma Beta Rho brothers who died last weekend in Tampa during a head-on collision on Interstate-275. LOCAL HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY ALINA AVALOS, NATHAN KING and TAYLOR WIDOMAlligator Contributing WritersLove is in the air for Gainesville businesses. ing a bloom in sales, liquor stores helium shortage. The situation is similar at other Businesses feeling the love from Valentines sales SOME AREN'T IN LOVE WITH THE DATE. SARAH LOFTUSAlligator Staff UF announcing acceptances on Feb. 14 a first ERIN MEISENZAHL-PEACEAlligator Contributing Writer South Main Street in July. lege. UF professor leaves honors advising to open downtown brewerySEE BREW, PAGE 4 SEE ADMISSION, PAGE 4 SEE VALENTINE, PAGE 4The Main Street business will open in July minutes of quiet.Crystal Rodriguez


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 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2014 TODAYFORECASTTUESDAY MONDAY SUNDAY SATURDAY PARTLY CLOUDY 76/51 SUNNY 74/46 SUNNY 68/42 RAIN 67/39 SUNNY 66/50 VOLUME 108 ISSUE 100 Break and two two-week trips at the end of summer. Trip prices vary but include housing, food, transportation and the plane ticket. If you are interested in signing up or have any questions, email the coordinators at servicetripinfo@ or visit Gator Wesley Love Campaign Gator Wesley will be on the Plaza of the Americas this week asking the question What is Love? Stop by for free candy and the chance to answer the question, make your own buttons and write cards to elderly people in Gainesville. Ubisoft Facebook drawing Ubisoft is one of the worlds largest video game producers in the world and is represented at UF. Enter February Frenzy for a chance to win cash prizes and free swag. Enter by going onto the Ubisoft at University of Florida Facebook page and click on the link in the latest status update. Like all three pages, and enter your name and email. 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 HAPPENINGInstitute of Hispanic and Latino Cultures Love Talk 101 Come to the Institute of Hispanic and Latino Cultures (La Casita) today at 12:30 p.m. for our Love Talk 101. On Valentines Day people focus on loving their significant others with luscious gifts, but what about loving yourself? In Love Talk 101 you will learn tips and tricks to love yourself both physically, mentally and emotionally from learning what foods to eat to how to overcome selfdefeating thoughts, weve got it here. Plus, youll get the chance to decorate your own Valentines Day cookie. Valentines Swing Dance You dont need to have your own dance partner because we have plenty. East Coast Swing/Lindy Hop is the best dance ever and even better when there is love in the air along with baked goods, games and ridiculous decorations. Today at the Unified Training Center, beginner lessons will start at 8 p.m., and social dancing will run from 9 p.m. to midnight. Entrance is $5. Black History Month Family Day Come visit the Harn Museum on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. for a free Family Day commemorating Black History Month. Take a tour of the exhibitions Kongo Across the Waters and Cosmopolitan: Envisioning Global Communities with a Harn guide, learn traditional African dancing with guest artist Noni Jones, and experience the Fort Mos display. After enjoying the exhibition, create personal adornments made from recycled materials from Gainesvilles Repurpose Project. Admission and parking is free with a suggested donation of $2 per child or $5 per family for the art activity. For more information, visit BOSS first meeting Business Oriented and Sports Savvy women is a new student organization that educates, empowers and equips women in the field of sports. Not only will you learn the basics of sports and the business behind it, but you will also get to meet prominent figures within the sports industry through guest speakers, facility tours, conferences, sporting events and so much more. So join B.O.S.S. Women at its first general body meeting on Monday at 6:30 p.m. in Little Hall, Room 125 with guest speaker sports director Steve Russell. Authors @ UF: Steven Noll and David Tegeder Professors Steven Noll and David Tegeder will discuss their book Ditch of Dreams: The Cross Florida Barge Canal and the Struggle for Floridas Future on Monday at 7 p.m. in Smathers Library East, Room 100. The book examines the long-standing effort to build a canal across Florida. Sustainable Event Planning Workshop Please join us Monday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Rinker Hall, Room 106, to learn sustainable event planning tips and how easy the Sustainable Event Certification Program process is. This program is through the UF Office of Sustainability and consists of a short Sustainable Event Planning Guide and an easy application for certification. The idea is any organization can host green events, regardless if the organization has a sustainability focus. GatorWell focus group participants needed GatorWell is looking for UF students to participate in a one-hour confidential focus group about interpersonal violence issues on campus. These focus groups will occur from Tuesday to March 14 at the GatorWell location on Radio Road. Each participant will receive a $20 UF Bookstore gift card and free pizza. To participate, email GatorWellProjects@ with your contact information. Use My Campus as the subject line. Must be 18 years or older and a currently enrolled UF student. Latino Festival Planning Meeting The 13th annual Downtown Latino Festival Planning Meeting will happen Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Institute of Hispanic-Latino Cultures (La Casita), 1504 W. University Ave. Catholic Student Fellowship The fellowship meets every Thursday at 6:15 p.m. in the lounge of St. Augustines Catholic Student Center, 1738 W. University Ave., for praise, worship, prayer, faith sharing, fellowship and guest speakers. Empowerment service trip to Colombia Sign up to go on one of Children Beyond Our Borders Bound For Peace service trips to the beautiful cities of Medelln or Cartagena in Colombia. Volunteers are trained to build and execute education empowerment workshops for at-risk youth in Colombia. There will be a one-week trip during Spring Have an event planned? Add it to the Alligators online


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2014 ALLIGATOR, 3 CAMPUS BEATRICE DUPUYAlligator Staff Writer bdupuy@alligator.orgGreatness is not a common path. Actor, singer and musician Common told UF students Thursday night that he had to work hard to attain his success. Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr., whose performer name is Common, encouraged paths to greatness at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday night. Accent Speakers Bureau and Black 2006. life story, rapped and answered questions during a Q-and-A. up for the night. Students can so easily relate to the year-old UF telecommunication senior. man, said Commons speech inspired her. I learned that struggle is an important ence his faith has had on his life. he said. Casey Burns, a 22-year-old UF psychology senior, said he likes Common for his Hes pretty socially conscious, which is the main reason he reaches to such a Common performed three songs, including his hit The People and a track Jordan Thompson, a 18-year-old UF said Commons message was uplifting. He showed me that no matter what you go through, its important to perseCommon tells UF students about hard work, ways to success JULIANNE HUHNAlligator Contributing Writer for download after the founder defor players. assistant professor of digital arts and sciences, said the games impact on society could come from its simplicity. To play, users tap the screen to titude of, keep going and going, he ally self-generating. founders decision to pull the game users want it more. old UF telecommunication freshman, said she found it hard to put the game a week ago. Its really, really frustrating, and OBrien said she would put masking score. But the 21-year-old earned a higher score than most: 135. I would play it nonstop, she said.Flappy Bird creator, players all tapped out VALENTINES DAY SHOULD BE A CELEBRATION OF ALL KINDS OF LOVE, A UF EXPERT SAID. LOURIANNE APOLLONAlligator Contributing Writer this Valentines Day. GatorWell is running a two-week promotion called Model Healthy Relationships that focuses on core components of healthy interacspecialist at GatorWell. Students working in the GatorWell huts are ing out items to spread the message. to Valentines Day and healthy relationships in general, its important to know that connectedone, she said. She said the message encourages students to not get caught up on the word relationship. Jaclyn Gutierrez, a 20-year-old UF markettorWells message. Gutierrez said she grew up thinking of Valentines Day as a day for showing Its a great excuse to remind your friends GatorWell coaches Gators to foster healthy relationshipsMatthew Martyr / Alligator StaffRapper, actor and writer Common spoke and performed for UF students Thursday evening at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. The event was put on by Accent Speakers Bureau and co-sponsored by Black History Month. F. Bird


Seniors see it differently. Its kinda weird because its sort of like a happy day, and it could be a big bummer if you dont get in, Ethan Taylor, an 18-year-old Wesley Chapel High School senior, said. But he said it also makes him glad hes single. He can just focus on logging on to UF's site. Nick Rogner, a 17-year-old senior at Bishop Moore Catholic High School, said UF releasing its decisions on Valentines Day gives single people something to look forward to. But truthfully, it doesnt matter that its Valentines Day, he said. Everybody will be happy if they get in and sad if they dont, no matter the date. Some students are less casual about the choice of date. Amber Paez, a 19year-old UF English freshman, and her boyfriend Erik Reichert, a 17-yearold G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School senior, said they hate it. Paez said the 6 p.m. release time clashes with Valentines Day dinner plans, which takes away the enjoyment of the night. Im going to be just as nervous as him, she said. Reichert, who already refers to himself as a Gator, said if he gets accepted, the couple will share a few dinners and watch Game of Thrones together all through video chatting. His possible acceptance means the couple could spend their next Valentines Day together in person. We can actually have a date that doesnt require FaceTime, Paez said. said Brandon Nappy, marketing manager at Swamp Head Brewery. He said First Magnitude will be well received, even by the competition. Our whole industry is very friendly. Were all about fostering the love for craft beer, Nappy said. It will now be the three musketeers. Itll be Tall Pauls, Swamp Head Brewery, and First Magnitude. The name of the business magnitude springs, which pump water at more than 100 feet per cubic second. Denny said North Central Florida has than anywhere else in the world. I love all the unique things about Gainesville, said Denny, who said he hopes to model his company after thriving, distinctive local businesses like Satchels Pizza. Its as much an art and a culture as it is a beer, Nappy said. Its about a handmade, local product that both the brewers and the customers enjoy. A hiker, biker and avid music lover, Denny said he hopes to target customers who want to relax after a long day outdoors. Director of the UF Honors Program Kevin Knudson years. He said he hopes to see his former co-workers business thrive. We miss him, said Knudson, who plans to delegate Dennys roles among himself and two other honors advisers. But Im also really happy for him. 4, ALLIGATOR FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2014Nicole Price / AlligatorExtreme ExerciseChristian DeVault, a 19-year-old pharmacy sophomore, did not let the 41-degree weather stop him from practicing parkour Thursday on Turlington Plaza. He says the sport is fun and an easy way to get around. CAMPUS ALEXIA FERNANDEZAlligator Contributing WriterCompost recycling may be spreading across campus, and UFs College of Design, A UF landscape architecture graduate student introduced a food waste collection bin at the college and has started a new trend among her peers. Sara Kovachich, 23, said that every week when she goes to pick the bin up, its full. Students and faculty have donated their scraps of food. Its been a lot more than I thought, she said. Kovachich said recycling and composting food has become a way of life since she joined the Student Compost Cooperative, a UF organization trying to change the way people recycle their food. I love to garden. I dont own a car. In a way, this is kind of like the next step, she said. Its a simple thing. It can go a long way. Cooperative director Ann Wilkie created the organization three years ago after seeing growing interest from students. sion, she said. I thought the best way to learn about these things is by doing. Wilkie set up the cooperative at the UF Energy Research and Education Park, where more than 10 compost bins are located. Students, faculty and residents of Gainesville can bring their leftover scraps to the park any time. Alec Spaulding, the coordinator of the organization, said the organizations longterm goal is to establish collection bins across campus, similar to the recycling bins found for plastic bottles and paper. The biggest restriction right now is funding, said Spaulding, a 22-year-old UF family, youth and community sciences senior. I think were going to see this hapyears, especially in the dining halls. A major organization on campus has already followed the initiative of the compost cooperative. cooperatives resources by recycling leftover food from meetings, Wilkie said. The organization also works with Gainesville Compost. The cooperative plans to continue fostering new interest in recycling food scraps and helping the areas conservation efforts.UF grad student spreads composting to architecture school BREW, from page 1Brewer started after SFC class 20 years agoHelium shortage hit Gainesvillewill be a good one. Everyone wants to show their appreciation for their sigStores may come up short for those looking to buy balloons for their lovers. A current chemical shortage has rendered helium harder-toget. The gas is a nonrenewable resource, said Greg Labbe, director of a UF helium recycling facility. He said the shortage is caused by simple economics: The demand outweighs the supply. Helium is a very important trial element, he said. Local businesses are feeling impacts of the shortage. Julie Joines, assistant manager of the Dollar Tree, 1335 NW 23rd Ave., said her store didnt receive helium for three weeks in a row. said. Students who wanted to purchase balloons for their sigof helium as well. When Brianna Bielski, a 20-year-old UF biology sophomore, went into The Party Store in Butler Plaza to buy her boyfriend balloons for Valentines Day, she couldn't.Many would say Valentines Day would be incomplete without a bottle of red wine or vintage chardonnay. Local liquor stores have recognized the importance of the staple during the holiday and compensated for demand. Rene Owens, a sales clerk at the ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, 318 NW 13th St., said Valentines Day brings in college students mainly men to buy bottles of red wine for romantic dinners. Wine complements the meal way more than hard liquor, Owens said. Other stores have noticed a similar trend. Jigga Patel, an employee at Gator Liquor at 1203 SW 16th Ave., said Valentines Day sales for wine and a few other drinks. Some people also like Baileys and other you know girly drinks, he added. Jose Mantilla, a 21-year-old UF biology junior, said he understands why people would buy drinks at a liquor store and avoid going out to celebrate Valentines Day. A lot of girls think that going out to dinner is too mainstream, Mantilla said. V ALENTINE, from page 1 ADMISSION, from page 1Some high school seniors I thought the best way to learn about these things is by doing.Ann Wilkiecooperative director


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2014 ALLIGATOR, 5 Jordan McPherson / Alligator StaffPolitical SpeechFlorida Attorney General Pam Bondi speaks Thursday at Pugh Hall about running for ofCAMPUS JESSICA PEREDAAlligator Contributing WriterGoats big or goats home. The UF chapter of Nourish International, ing global poverty, will collaborate with the emy. goal is to buy as many goats as possible with A goat is really a sustainable investment competition out of 28 participating groups, bringing them closer to the goats. service experience. UF organizations hope to give goats to Ugandan orphans KELLY VOLLMERAlligator Contributing Writer monologues all about one topic: their vaginas. opening, especially in those formative years. It gets you to entertain. thing.Vagina Monologues at Hipp to fund domestic violence prevention It was eye-opening, especially in those formative years. It gets you to start THE ASSOCIATED PRESSMIAMI Some Miami hotels are teaming up with a program to offer can contact the hotel concierge or front nology platform. illnesses. The service will be available in all Creator Dr. Ramsey Saffouri is capabilities, at a press conference at the tourism partners. Miami hotels help sick guestsSTATE


Reader responseThe views expressed here are not necessarily those of the Alligator Column Editorial The Alligator will be withheld if the writer shows just cause. We reserve the right to edit for length, grammar, style and libel. Send letters to, bring them to 1105 W. University Ave., or send them to P.O. Box 14257, Gainesville, FL 32604-2257. Columns of about 450 words about original topics and editorial cartoons are also welcome. Questions? Call 352-376-4458.Today, gift your boo things theyll truly cherish during these cold times: wool socks and a tankard of brandy. On the serious, for all you lovebirds out and about today celfeeling universe, hats off to you were not bitter or anything. Just kidding; enjoy the holiday, you crazy kids. To all you single folks, dont despair: All the chocolate goes on sale tomorrow, and at least you have more Olympic coverage to look forward in skin-tight athletic wear. Its the reason for the season. just-freezing-rain edition ofDarts & LaurelsTwo new pieces of legislation could lift a serious burden from student veterans: The House of Representatives unanimously voted to pass the GI Tuition Fairness Act, which would require all public universities to offer in-state tuition to veterans. Florida schools do not waive out-of-state fees for veteran students, so another bill currently making its rounds in the Florida State Senate would change that. So this week, were handing off a step-in-the-right-direction LAUREL to Senate Bill 84, which, if signed into law, would ensure out-of-state student veterans can get affordable rates for a UF education. angered many when the state legislature excluded educational facilities from its list of possible early-voting locations which, for us, means the Reitz Union wont become an early-voting location any time soon. According to Alligator coverage from earlier this week, The statute allows early voting to occur in government-owned community centers, (Sen. Bill) Nelson said. The last time I checked, the university is part of the public sector, which is a community facility that is not just used by students. The exclusion seems to be a calculated measure to suppress student voting; in the 2012 presidential elections, young voters overwhelmingly preferred Barack Obama to Mitt Romney. This week, were tossing a we-want-to-vote-early-and-buy-Starbucks-in-the-same-building DART to the Florida Legislature. We reported Wednesday that the City of Gainesville is modifying intersections and speed limits around town to promote biker safety. Although the cost of the citywide accommodations for bike riders was pretty hefty about $29,000 we agree that cyclist safety is paramount for the many UF students, faculty and Gainesville residents who choose to cut costs and carbon emissions. An I-want-to-ride-my-bicycle-bicycle-bicycle-bicycle LAUREL goes to the Gainesville Public Works department this week. Finally, a dont-try-to-be-a-hero DART to all the sickly students and coughing co-workers who came to school/work anyway despite having colds. Seriously, everyone and his or her mother is sick in Gainesville right now the Alligator newsroom was basically a hospital ward this week. Listen to your OK, the mom rant is over. 59 TOTAL VOTES39% YES 61% NOVote or post a message at www.alligator.orgThursdays question: Do you hate Valentines Day? Todays question: Do you remember the day you got into UF?A nonconformist guide to loving Feb. 14 If youre in love, youve had your day planned for weeks, months even. If youre single, you must be a bitter, depressed, crazy cat lady. If youre seeing someone casually, youre crossing the clingy line if you to want to spend time with him or her today. icals are possible and sometimes true, theres no reason everyone cant have an enjoyable day. Like any holiday, this commercialized day in February comes with connotations and expectations about what we should focus on. But regardless of how you celebrate or dont the best way to enjoy your day is just to tell yourself you will. From the time we were in grade school, weve been taught that Feb. 14 is the day to express love and affection for those we care about. Then, all you had to worry about was making sure the printed card stock your parents bought for you to hand out expressed the right je ne sais quoi by way my type, or Sesame Streets Oscar the Grouch exclaimAs you got older, the focus shifted from being nice to your classmates to expressing your undying devotion for someone by dropping serious cash on bouquets of roses or worrying about what corset-and-garter-belt dinner mood. And as social beings in a consumerist society, its hard to go completely against the lovey-dovey mush were fed by the general public and the media. Americans are predicted to spend $37 billion in wining, dining and gifting in celebration of love this year, according to American Express. I love lingerie, and I love fancy dinners. I just dont see the need to cram all the fun into the one day then again, Ive never been a conformist. On days where everyone is expected to be go all out, its perfect time to be grateful for those who always notice the color of your nails or the person who opens the door for you, even when its raining and neither of you have an umbrella. It can also be the perfect time to share your personal your frantic texts about the aggressive creep on Tinder. Maybe you feel great in lingerie regardless of how much youve eaten. Maybe a movie and wine for two has always worked for you, and maybe youre expecting your guy to know you want to be proposed to on Just kidding, hopefully thats only one crazy girl on Lulu. chocolates. Some years it calls for time alone with your cat and remember, guys can be cat ladies, too. is pasting your exs face to the bullseye of a darts board? cool bar that will encourage you, maybe even reward you, for doing just that. Marjorie Nunez is a UF journalism senior. Her columns appear on Fridays. WWW.ALLIGATOR.ORG/OPINIONS Julia Glum EDITOR Katherine Kallergis MANAGING EDITORS Chloe Finch OPINIONS EDITOR Marjorie


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2014 ALLIGATOR, 7The dangers of a one-party universityFollowing a trend that has become the standard for most major schools, Florida has become a one-party university. Swamp Party dominates UF politics in every way, from Senate to the Executive ticket, running practically unopposed this Spring. While this is being celebrated by Swamp as a unifying movement in the Student Body, there are many dangers that come with such a powerful party. When one party is so heavily the majority, we run the risk of becoming a machinelike government to the likes of the University of Alabama. Opposition can be silenced, platforms can be skewed, legislation can be passed at a whim. When one party is this powerful, we lack necessary checks and balances. Without opposition, who is there to say, stop? I vote for Swamp Party candidates. I am in full support of their Spring platform, but I also appreciate valid opposition. How can we have the necessary debates our university needs to have when were arguing with ourselves? Chris Lynch UF business freshman Take back UF, vote Students PartyEach student will spend approximately $2,082 in fees over his or her four years here funding Student Government. Yet most of us are not being adequately represented, and our voices are not being heard on how that money should be spent. Wasteful programs run abound in the budget every year, and we need a strong opposition to keep the majority party in check. Students Party candidates want to fairly represent you, the student. They are not beholden to any organization and its interests. As senators, they will vote objectively on bills being considered, not how theyre told. My fellow students, it is time we take our campus back. Each vote will make a difference in this crucial election, one that may be our last chance to prevent total one-party domination. I ask you to vote Students Party, for the sake of our school. Natalia Perez Santos UF political science freshman Letters to the Editor Last week, I wrote about the Taco Libre Party, an offshoot of the Students Party whose goal is to bring a Taco Bell to UFs campus. Upon closer inspection, though, it was clear that the Taco Libre party is the creation of frustrated opposition members trying to generate interest in Student Government in the shadow of the domineering Swamp Party. Taco Libre was the only party challenging Swamp for executive seats in the upcoming elections. The Students Party isnt running any executive candidates, citing a strategy of focusing on seats it knows it can win. Playing it safe seems smart, but it also sounds like the Students Party wont last for more than a few elections. The grim situation, then, perfectly summed up the political situation at UF: The only party challenging the political establishment was literally a taco party. I say was because earlier this week, the Supervisor of Elections said the Taco Libre vice presidential candidate failed to qualify. For some reason, the vice president candidates faulty paperwork also disdate, leaving only treasurer-hopeful Mica that will appear on the ballot for president and vice president will be Swamp Party candidates, running unopposed. Leaders in the Taco Libre party said they will pursue a write-in campaign. The hopes of the Taco Libre party, and the entire indie bloc as a whole, are not totally dead yet. But this most recent news makes it even more likely that were headed for a Student Government entirely dominated by a single party. Luckily, the Swamp Party has a solid platform and policies that very well may make UF an even better place to live and work. But the party, like its previous incarnations, is the political wing of a corrupt and nepotistic system that relies on patronage and coercion to stay in power. I sincerely wish that I am what that statement makes me seem, paranoid to the point of sickness, huddled in a dark room with tin foil on my head. The depressing fact is that Im not its just that Ive spent more than twenty minutes reading about corruption in SG. The time has come for La Revolucin. One of two things must happen if the Student Body wants to avoid a single-party system. A single party system would create a situation where the same people are in charge of everything and get to make all the decisions, with no dissenting voices to speak of. No dissenting voices means no debate, no discussion and no change. appealing, by all means, vote Swamp. If you dont, the easiest way to avoid it is for the write-in campaign to succeed. If it does, its conceivable that the Taco Libre candidates in the executive branch and their colleagues in the Senate will join forces with whomever gets elected from the Students Party. After all, Taco Libre was founded by former Students Party members, and a political victory would probably encourage them to reunite. Such a coalition would guarantee a modest independent voice in Student Government. If the write-ins do succeed, next year we may have a shiny new Taco Bell and a Student Government that represents the will of the Student Body. Chances of a successful write-in campaign, though, are very slim. Its far more likely the auspices of death looming over this incarnation of the indie bloc will come true. Right now its a wounded animal, Calling this a David-and-Goliath isnt fair because it implies there is a serious possibility that the opposition wont get utterly decimated in this election. In the likely event that Swamp wins all executive and most of the Senate seats, this generation of the opposition will have fought its last battle. But even if this election is a total victory for the majority, there is a chance that The parties that currently compose it will die sure. But is that actually such a bad thing? If the outcome of this election ends up as one-sided as it looks, the simple result will be that these parties failed. Of but thats precisely what an opposition party in UFs political landscape needs to party is ever going to succeed, much less compete in this political climate, it must be organized, active and effective. But, most importantly, it needs to stop playing the underdog game the majority has created. Alec Carver is a UF journalism freshman. His columns appear on Fridays. SG write-in campaign must succeed to challenge systemColumnTwo weeks ago, MSNBC apologized to Reince Priebus, head of the Republican National Committee, for a tweet sent out by the count. The offending tweet read: Maybe the rightwing will hate it, but everyone else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheerios ad w/ biracial family. The tweet referred to a recent Cheerios television commercial featuring a young biracial child, her white mother and her black father. Prominent Republicans around the country reacted swiftly to the tweet, expressing outrage that MSNBC would accuse them of racism or intolerance. MSNBC swiftly and repeatedly apologized for the tweet, calling it offensive. Despite Republican outrage about MSNBCs tweet, the reaction of conservatives nationwide to another commercial just a few days later calls into question their assertion of complete racial tolerance. During the Super Bowl, Coca-Cola aired a now-infamous ad depicting Americans of several different racial and ethnic backgrounds singing sections of America the Beautiful in their respective native languages. According to a statement from CocaCola, the ad was intended to provide a snapshot of the real lives of Americans representing diverse ethnicities, religions, races and families, all found in the United States. In response to this fairly innocuous celebration of Americas diversity, many notable conservatives expressed outrage at the idea of a traditional American song sung in any language besides English. Former Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) called the ad disturbing in a Facebook post and said the commercials celebration of multiculturalism means that America is on the road to perdition. Popular right-wing news aggregator The Right Scoop claimed that America has a culture of its own, primarily denotAmerica, of course, does not have an tives in Congress have previously supported bills that would make English government. Fox News pundit Todd Starnes tweeted his opinion that the meaning of the commercial is that Coca-Cola feels America is beautiful because new immigrants dont learn to speak English. He also of illegals crossing the border. Eric Bolling, another Fox News contributor and co-host of Foxs The Five, claimed that the ads use of America the Beautiful ticked off a lot of Americans who are very, very patriotic about that song. These comments by prominent conservative leaders are mean-spirited, vile and offensive to all those who celebrate and appreciate the diversity of America. They also prove the point MSNBC sought to make in its tweet about the Cheerios ad: Many right-wing conservatives are deeply intolerant of nonwhite, non-English speaking Americans. The intolerance of conservative leaders toward Americas nonwhite population has translated into a collapse of support for the Republican Party among racial minorities in the United States. In the 2012 presidential election, 93 percent of blacks, 71 percent of Hispanics and 73 percent of Asians voted for President Barack Obama. Republican nominee Gov. Mitt Romney received 59 percent of the white vote, but that strong majority was no match for the presidents diverse, multiracial coalition. Recent studies suggest that the Republican Partys diversity problem is only getting worse. A 2013 Gallup survey found that non-Hispanic whites account for 89 percent of the Republican Party, with about 8 percent identifying as black or Hispanic. In contrast, 35 perHispanic. The Republican Party and the American conservative movement will ultimately crumble without at least moderate levels of support from racial and ethnic minorities. Rather than condemning these groups, conservatives should celebrate and reach out to them. Diversity, not racial intolerance and hatred, is what truly makes America beautiful. Elliot Levy is a UF political science and public relations junior. His columns usually appear on Wednesdays.Reaction to Coke ad reveals conservative intoleranceColumn Alec Elliot


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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2014 WWW.ALLIGATORSPORTS.ORG Prather on top list UF forward Casey Prather was named to the Naismith Midseason Top 30 list. Prather leads the Gators with an average of 15.3 points per game. Olivia Janowicz was named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week. Read the story on page 16. AP Photo Scottie Wilbekin (right) drives against Tennessee guard Josh Richardson during No. 3 Floridas 67-58 win against Tennessee on Tuesday night in Knoxville, Tenn. Wilbekin led the Gators with a career-high 21 points. JONATHAN CZUPRYN Alligator Staff Writer @jczupryn Billy Donovan knows Scottie Wilbekin had a great game Tuesday against Tennessee. He knows his point guard has had a really good se nior campaign so far. But in this what-can-you-do-for-me-now league, Donovan wants to know how Wilbekin can improve even more before No. 3 Floridas (22-2, 11-0 Southeast ern Conference) road matchup with Kentucky (19-5, 9-2 SEC) on Saturday at 9 p.m. This game is over, Donovan said after defeating the Volunteers 67-58. How does he respond from this? How does he play going forward? Despite a 5-of-17 shooting performance against Ten nessee, which included a measly 1-of-6 from behind the scoring output of his career with 21 points. Being sent to the line 12 times and knocking down 10 free throws helped the senior tack on some extra points and helped the team ice the game Tuesday. Not only did Wilbekin showcase his skills as a scor game-high six assists in 35 minutes of play. you get one of Wilbekins most balanced games of his career. However, Kentucky has not been as kind to the 6-foot2 point guard as Tennessee has been in his career. In eight career games against the Wildcats, Wilbekin and the Gators have won just two matchups, both at Wilbekins offense keeping pace with strong defense GORDON STREISAND Alligator Writer @GordonStreisand the soccer team. In January, she started practicing with the basketball scout team. By chance, the now dual-sport ath lete Pamela Begic joined coach Amanda Butlers basketball team, deepening Floridas still shallow roster to nine ac tive players. I wasnt looking for it, thats for sure, Begic said. The coach actually approached me because she heard I played basketball in high school. So she approached me, and I went to a couple of practices just watching, and then I decided I kind of wanted to do it. Coach Becky Burleigh presented the idea of joining the basketball team to Be gic a few months ago. It was through Coach Burleigh, Be gic said. They talked and Coach Butler knew I played in high school even before that. Coach Becky actually approached me after practice and she was like, Oh, I Tall soccer player stepping in for short basketball team WOMENS BASKETBALL SCHWARZ LEADS UF IN FIVE OF FENSIVE CATEGORIES. JORDAN MCPHERSON Alligator Writer @J_McPherson1126 After starting 57 games in 2013, Taylor the season. I feel like the nerves werent even there this year, especially since having last year under my belt, the sophomore said. I was just ready to get out there and play with my team. After pacing all of UFs freshmen with 38 RBIs and logging nine home runs in 2013, Schwarz picked up right where she left off. Palm Beach Gardens native leads the team in batting average (.500), hits (8), runs (8), home runs (2) and RBIs (8). She is also the only bat ter to record a hit in every game. But besides Schwarz, the majority of Flori das batters have struggled at the plate. Of UFs nine batters with at least 10 at-bats, six post a sub-.300 batting average and three players have more strikeouts than hits after Floridas opening games in Tampa. time stepping on the cause weve been play ing each other for the past three, four weeks, nitely getting a chance to play with each oth er it was a different atmosphere, different The Gators hope to improve their offense when they head to Las Vegas to compete in the Easton Desert Classic. Florida (6-0) starts action with a doubleheader today, playing Se attle (1-5) at noon followed by a game against Hawaii (3-2) at 2:15 p.m. Despite having a strong outing at the USF Wilson-DeMarini tournament, Schwarz is not going to let her performance get to her head. First baseman slugging early SEE W-HOOPS, PA GE 13 SEE HOOPS, PA GE 13 SEE SOFTBALL, PA GE 13 How does he respond from this? How does he play going forward? Billy Donovan UF coach UF Sof tball Tweetable Haha give me my 10 seconds after every play Jonathan Bullard UF defensive end on proposed NCAA football rule change


I just took on that mindset that Im not going to have a great game every game, but if its not my game, I need to be there for someone else who is having their game, Schwarz said. This past weekend, even though I was hitting pretty good, its only our In the pitching circle, the Gators are hoping to continue to make strides. Senior Hannah Rogers is one win away from becoming the second pitcher in Florida history to notch 100 victories. ter of her career and boasts a team-best 1.08 ERA and 18 strikeouts through 13 innings. two collegiate starts, including an extra-inning win against then-No. 5 Michigan. I really wasnt that nervous because I think I just transfer that into excitement and adrenaline, Gourley said. And I just really wanted to get started and kind of show what I had. Continue reading this story online at alligatorSports. org. home in the OConnell Center. Although Wilbekin is 15 ing 7 of 13 from beyond the arc, against Kentucky, he has not been able to be the scoring threat that he has turned into this season. His two highest scoring outputs against the Wildcats were 14 and nine points, and both of those performances ended in victory for the Gators. If Wilbekin, who has scored more than 14 points in eight of his 19 games so far this season, can continue his best offensive season Saturday, Florida has a shot to extend its SEC record to 12-0 history. Wilbekin said his more balanced offensive attack as well as his ball-sharing ability is attributed to being a more vocal player on the court than he has been in past seasons. However, Wilbekin will face his biggest test of the season in Rupp Arena, where crowds can reach as high as 23,000. I think Ive done a better job and good job of being more vocal on the court and trying to relay what coach wants as a position on the court, Wilbekin said. So (Im) just talking to my teammates, encouraging them and trying to get them on the right track. Donovan, who is looking for only his fourth win ever since 2007, said his team has been challenged on the road this season in both conference and non-conference games. He believes that experience will help Saturday. In addition to the squads experience from its eight road games this season, Donovan said the veteran leadership of his four seniors, including Wilbekin, will provide stability to the younger players. Going to Wisconsin was a tough environment, having to go to Connecticut in a tough environment and then obviously, weve played four road games in a short period of time to start the league, Donovan said. Weve got some older guys that have been through it. They understand it and know what it takes. Were going against a team that is playing very good basketball and it wasnt so long ago that we played them. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2014 ALLIGATOR, 13Jordan McPherson / Alligator StaffPamela Begic looks on from the bench during Floridas 75-67 win against Alabama on Jan. 30 in the OConnell Center. Freshman joined depleted team after watching it practicehave another idea. So, do you want to maybe try out for the basketball team? Sure enough, Begic decided to take the plunge. Pam entered an entirely different world, Butler said. It was kind warm-up, there was no, Lets take it easy. Were in the middle of our season. If youre going to be able to join us, even in practice, theres not a lot of time for us to take her aside and tutor her. Shes done it with an amazing standing. However, the circumstances that surrounded Begics new role were somewhat dire. The Gators started the season with nine active players after redshirt sophomore Viktorija Dimaite re-tore her ACL. A hand injury to fellow sophomore Antoinette Bannister had the roster down to eight, and Christin Mercers arrest depleted Floridas roster to only seven active players. When we were staring down the barrel of us having seven players, even being able to practice effectively was a challenge, Butler said. So we wanted to give it a shot. The 6-foot Begic is one of the tallest players on Floridas soccer team. With rebounding being a constant issue for the basketball team, brought in for her ability to grab some boards. there, Butler said. The thing that makes her unique and makes her even capable besides just on the mental aspect is that she does have good size. She has great instincts, and thats a big part of rebounding. If theres a game situation that calls for Pam to be in there, Ive got ing someone without any collegiate game experience speaks volumes of Begics character. A number of players have said that her presence alone improves team chemistry. Pams so fun to be around, senior Lily Svete said. She really works hard and she just has a good time. She brings a lightened spirit to the whole team. Begic has been in uniform for Floridas past two games against Arkansas and Kentucky. Although she has yet to enter a game, Butler has devised some schemes where Begic could potentially see some minutes. We have some spots in the game, that if we need her, she knows these will be the spots that shell play in, Butler said. She knows exactly what we expect her to do. When asked if Begic thought shed get to play this season, she seemed optimistic. Well see, Begic said. Hopefully a couple of minutes. W-HOOPS, from page 12 HOOPS, from page 12Florida facing SEC test in away game against KentuckyRyan Jones / Alligator StaffTaylor Schwarz swings during Floridas 4-2 win against Mississippi State on Apr. 6, 2013, at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. Schwarz leads the Gators in several offensive categories including home runs. Schwarz carrying Gators on offense SOFTBALL, from page 12


14, ALLIGATOR FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2014 SCHNEIDER SCORED FOUR POINTS. EDEN OTEROAlligator Writer@edenotero_lA loss at home on your birthday would be one you would never forget. However, on sophomore Devon Schneiders 20th birthday, she got a big win. No. 8 Florida lacrosse (1-1) went head-to-head with Jacksonville (02) on Wednesday, beating the Dolphins handily 21-5. While junior Shannon Gilroy posted seven points to assist the son, Schneider made an equally important impact on the game. The sophomore notched a career-high four points, won two draws and forced one turnover for the Gators to take the win. She also recorded a season best in draw controls for the night. Prior to Wednesday, her careerhigh for a single game was two points. Schneider said that the practices following UFs 20-8 season-opening loss at No. 1 UNC on Saturday focused a lot on winning ground balls and draws. Our focus in practice was mainly just getting those 50-50 balls, Schneider said. They are anybodys game, so we really needed to come up with them and I think that we really improved on that. The 6-foot-2 attacker scored no goals at UNC and was 0-1 in free position shots. However, Schneiders play against the Dolphins may have sophomore and the team needed. It just shows that we can play together and that we can be the team that we know we can be, Schneider said. It shows not only us, but it shows our fans that we can do it. We can win. Schneider is on her way to topping her points total from 2013. In her freshman year at Florida, she scored only six points. Wednesdays game alone has put her two points away from tying her season high. The Lititz, Pa., native made big impacts for the team in her freshman year, most notably when she came off the bench in the second round of the NCAA Tournament and scored a point against Denver. two games of 2014 and is expected to start against High Point on Saturday at 1 p.m.Sophomore plays key role in blowout victory against JacksonvilleWilliam A. England / Alligator StaffDevon Schneider drives toward the net during Floridas 21-5 win against Jacksonville on Wednesday at Donald R. Dizney Stadium. Schneider scored four points against the Dolphins after she was held scoreless against the Tar Heels in the Gators 20-8 season-opening loss on Feb. 8. [50-50 balls] are anybodys game, so we really needed to come up with them and I think that we really improved on that. It was our main focus for the game.Devon Schneider


LAWRENCE LAGUNAAlligator Writer@LagunaLawrence Gators split up: ALLIGATOR Jordan McPherson / Alligator StaffCory McGee runs in the SEC Cross Country Championships on Nov. 1, 2013, at the Mark Bostick Golf Course. TRACK AND FIELDFlorida racing to four meets despite fatigue BRITNE MCCOYAlligator Writer@TheReporterGirl UF going to Houston for ITA Indoor Nationals UF T ennis


IAN COHENAlligator Writer@ibcohen5After a weekend of highs and lows at the National Team Indoor Championships, the Gators did not come away with an award. Well, at least the team didnt. reer, senior Olivia Janowicz ern Conference Player of the Week. The accomplishment was awarded to Janowicz after a career weekend at the national tournament, during which she compiled two upsets and led three opponents are now The seniors best match play came against No. 9 Southern ranked duo of Janowicz and freshman Kourtney Keegan mos and Zoe Scandalis. In singles play, Janowicz won her fourth match at the Santamaria, who was ranked nent Janowicz has beaten in her collegiate career. Janowicz also came away westerns Veronica Corning a day earlier, despite the teams provement while playing at the on the team, she has been this sition. However, it has not always been that way. Janowicz has often been overshadowed by more prominent members of the team. You got to remember, the last four years, the one spot has been occupied by two of the best players to ever play at ren [Embree] and Allie [Will], coach Roland Thornqvist said. So I think our seniors feel that this is their team and this is their opportunity. Theyve earned it. After losing to Northwestern on Saturday, the Gators slipped to No. 5 in the ITA Rankings. back when they return home to on Tuesday at 4 p.m. ALLIGATOR Emily Cochrane / Alligator StaffOlivia Janowicz swings at the ball during Floridas 4-0 win against Harvard on Jan. 26 at the Ring Tennis Complex. Janowicz leading the way for UFSenior won league honor LAYNE WEITZEL Alligator Writer@laynejweitzel Trust Gator Invitational title is not among them. I personally have never won this tournament, Tomlinson said, nally bring it back here. Floridas mens golf team will try to keep the trophy in Gainesville when it kicks off the Invitational on Saturday morning at 8 a.m. at the Mark Bostick Golf Course. capturing eight consecutive team Floridas winning ways in its pered off in recent seasons. UF fell short of another title in val Florida State. The Gators are eager to start up a new winning streak, both on their home course and overall. would be a good starting point to nior Eric Banks said. We all feel comfortable here, sleeping in our own beds. A big reason why UF is feeling edge of the course. We play this course at least three times a week, so we know it real well, redshirt junior Santiago Gavino said. The conditions play a little different this week than normal, but I think we are ready for it. Course conditions will be less ed for Saturday. But over time, UF has gotten used to chipping and shooting in mud rather than on grass. The teams coming off nice, conditioned golf courses coming out here; theyre not going to be used to it, Tomlinson said. So I tage. Scores might be higher, but it should help us. Coach Buddy Alexander and teams according to, is one of the best that has come into Gainesville recently. fore, for sure, and thats good for tition, play against better players and show them what we have at home, Gavino said. holes Saturday and conclude with We have something to prove, so I think itll be a good week for us, Tomlinson said.Gators look to continue success at home tourneyMENS GOLF


ADAM LICHTENSTEINAlligator Staff Writer@alichtenstein24Someone call Gainesville Regional Utilities. McKethan Stadium has been suffering a power outage since June 2012. After the loss of home-run hitters Mike Zunino and Preston Tucker to professional baseball, the Gators suffered for the lack of the long ball in 2013. Taylor Gushue, Justin Shafer and Casey blasts good for sixth on the 2012 squad. But when Florida opens its season against Maryland tonight at 7, the Gators hope a mix of new sluggers and bulked-up returnees will force pedestrians on Stadium Road Power is one part of it, coach Kevin OSullivan said. I think the power part, were better (at). Gushue was a microcosm of UFs power struggle last season. As a freshman in 2012, he made a quick splash, belting a home run the then-18-year-old who left high school early should have been preparing for prom. ference play. When he took a more central role last year, he matched that total despite starting 20 more games. Gushue was not alone. The entire team struggled to muster any type of power. After leading the country with 75 homers in 2012 on the backs of Zunino and Tucker, the Gators struggled to launch 28 last year. I guess its all about mentality that you have at the plate, Gushue said. Not putting too much pressure on yourself in pressure situations I think this year itll be less because we have more bats in the lineup. We have guys who can get it done from top to bottom. contributed three home runs last season: I think weve improved on power from the last year. However, dont expect Florida to get back to the level of the 2012 team. Like last season, the Gators want to focus more on the brand of small ball OSullivan instituted. We practice the little stuff all the time, second baseman Casey Turgeon said. Every guy on the team, whatever time they come up to the box, theyre ready to do those little things. But to a team that had only one player record an on-base percentage greater than .350 in 2013, driving in runs is crucial. For that, the Gators hope some more players can step up and drive the ball. One of those players is third baseman Josh Tobias, who has bulked up since hitting .260 with only eight extra-base hits last season. The junior said he weighed as much as 210 pounds during fall practice 10 pounds more than he weighed last season and is back down to 205 now. Hes always been really strong, Gushue said. But when we get in the weight room, he becomes a different animal. With nearly all of the Gators run producers returning and an incoming group of freshmen the returnees have raved about, Florida hopes this season will end in celebration rather than the disappointment of last years early postseason exit. We dont have all the answers to the test, Gushue said. But we sure got a lot of them. 3, OPENING DAY, ALLIGATOR FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2014Ryan Jones / Alligator StaffTaylor Gushue swings during Floridas 4-1 loss against Florida State on Mar. 12, 2013, at McKethan Stadium. Gushue tied for the BASEBALLFlorida searching for power after small-ball season