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Gators show depth in decisive victory over Missouri By River Wells Sports Writer

The Florida gymnastics team is ranked No. 3 in the nation, and last Friday night, it showed why. The team defeated the No. 11 Missouri Tigers 197.300-196.450, an opponent that bested

it last year. It was a showing that wasn’t as close as the score would indicate. That was without last year’s superstar Alyssa Baumann or rotation regular Jazmyn Foberg. Friday’s event at the O’Connell Center presented a few questions surrounding their new squad in 2019 and, perhaps, answered a ques-

tion about one of the team’s returning members. Freshmen Jitters As the Gators headed into the O’Connell Center for the team’s first meet — a meet that just under 8,500 fans attended — their unusually large freshman class of six gymnasts got

its first taste of competition at the NCAA level, and it handled the bright lights well. Freshman Trinity Thomas served as one of the Gators’ three all-arounders for the night, and she performed admirably in the role. She posted a relatively lower score of 9.775 on the vault, but she redeemed herself with a 9.950


Interim city manager to be decided Thursday Three candidates applied for the position. By Taylor Girtman Alligator Staff Writer

The Gainesville City Commission is on a tight deadline to select an interim city manager. Thursday is the selection deadline as City Manager Anthony Lyons’ resignation becomes effective at 5 p.m., Commissioner David Arreola said. If no decision is made, the commission will appoint someone as acting manager instead. Lyons had sent in his letter of resignation on Dec. 11 after citizen complaints during a city commis-

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Hillary Buscovick, a 31-year-old professional roller derby skater, works with Lizz Zieschang, 28, to demonstrate blocking techniques at a workshop for local skaters at the Alachua County Fairgrounds on Saturday. “I want every skater and athlete to be the best they can be,” Buscovick said. Buscovick, who goes by Scald Eagle when playing, has played competitively since 2011 and currently plays for the Denver Roller Derby Mile High Club team. Read the story on page 8.

sion meeting. Deborah Bowie, Michelle Park and Steve Varvel are the candidates for the position, Arreola said. All three candidates are current city employees. On Dec. 18, the position opened to city employees for five days, said Lisa Jefferson, the city’s director of human resources, at the Jan. 3 City

Commission meeting. Bowie, 48, and Varvel, 55, applied. At that commission meeting, commissioners voiced concern for the short application period. After a 7-0 vote, they chose to extend the period for five days, which is when Park applied. “For the interim manager, I want someone that’s going to be a steady hand on the wheel of the ship,” Arreola said. In 2013, Bowie moved to Gainesville from Georgia in search of a better education for her son, she said. In May, she became the chief of staff for the city manager. In Georgia and Alabama, she worked in high-level city positions. Bowie said the interim city manager should focus on government operations and empowering people rather than focusing on personal priorities. “Sometimes when people


UF’s CWC introduces therapy group for men of color THE GROUP ENCOURAGES MEN TO FEEL COMFORTABLE SEEKING MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT. By Taylor Roth Alligator Staff Writer

A UF therapy group exclusively for men of color is looking to challenge how mental illness is

stigmatized in African American communities. Addressing mental health can be a difficult topic for college students, but seeking treatment for anxiety and depression is especially difficult for men of color, said Jennifer Martin, the group coordinator at the UF Counseling & Wellness Center. “Social stigmas and financial barriers often prevent minority

Gators win on last-second basket

Guard Delicia Washington lifted the UF women’s basketball team to victory over Missouri with a game-winning layup, pg. 15.

men from getting the help they need to improve their mental state,” Martin said. The center is starting “Men of Color at UF,” its first therapy group targeted toward men of color, this semester on Tuesdays from 3-4:30 p.m. at the center, Martin said. There is no scheduled starting date until spots fill up. The center is encouraging stu-

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dents to sign up to fill about 10 spots. It is part of the “Understanding Self and Others” project, an initiative created by the center that promotes group therapy sessions for struggling students, Martin said. Topics to discuss at the sessions will be centered around the individual needs of the students, Martin said. “Meeting in groups to discuss

UF veterinarians can now perform open heart surgery on dogs, pg. 5

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A satellite made by UF students is up in space, pg. 9

mental health provides students with support from others experiencing the same problems,” Martin said. “This gives them a base that is not only helpful but comfortable to talk about their concerns.” Jennifer Stuart, a counselor at the center, said one of the greatest benefits of the “Men of Color at UF” group is how often mem-

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Local Events / News in Brief UPCOMING EVENTS TODAY Commissioner Gail Johnson’s Community Conversation: Part 2 Gainesville Commissioner Gail Johnson will host a forum at 5:307:30 p.m. at Gainesville Regional Utilities, at 301 SE Fourth Ave., to talk with community organizations. The organizations will talk about last year’s accomplishments, inform the audience about what these same organizations want to accomplish in 2019 and share how the community can help the organization succeed. Johnson will begin the forum with an overview of 2018, what she hopes to accomplish in 2019 and tell the audience how to advocate for their interests in the City Commission. Free pizza and an activity table for children will be provided. For organizations interested in participating, they may RSVP at

THURSDAY Black Identity and Continuing Black Movement Activism in Brazil The guest lecture from 7:108:30 p.m. in the UF Center for Latin American Studies will be provided by Gladys L. MitchellWalthour, a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee associate professor of public policy and political economy. She will discuss the increasing importance of a black racial identity in Brazil and how black activists have organized around their identities. She will also talk about how organizing has been challenged and will continue under a repressive government.


Wikipedia Day 2019 To celebrate Wikipedia’s 18th anniversary, a free meet-andgreet will be hosted at 4-7 p.m. at Marston Science Library, room L136, in the basement. People can meet members of the Wikipedia movement and learn how to improve content related to Gainesville and UF. Bring a laptop or tablet if you would like to participate in the events’ minieditathon.

Consciousness in Science Symposium Scientists and scholars will get together for a conference from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Harn Museum of Art, at 3259 Hull Road. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided at a reception starting at 6:30 p.m. Keynote addresses will take place at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. The keynote speakers include Stuart Hameroff, an anesthesiologist and University of Arizona professor who helped develop a quantum theory of consciousness, and Brenda Dunne of the Princeton Environmental Engineering Anomalies, who will speak about the subject and objective aspects of consciousness.



Puerto Rico: Resilience After the Storm UF emerged as a leader in research and scholarship to help rebuild Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. At 6 p.m. in the Pugh Hall Ocora, UF architecture professors Martha Kohen and Nancy Clark will discuss the university's work aimed at helping the island imagine a more resilient future.

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The Groveland Four pardoned after 70 years, their deaths THE FOUR MEN WERE ACCUSED OF RAPING A 17-YEAR-OLD GIRL IN 1949.

cide whether to wipe the charges from the four’s records, Plessinger said. “My emotions ran through the whole course of it yesterday, so it’s hard to even fathom how an exoneration would be like, ” Venkataraman said. @katwf98

By Katherine Wallace-Fernandez Alligator Staff Writer

Four black men were pardoned Friday after 70 years of being accused of raping a white 17-year-old girl in Groveland, Florida. In 1949, Charles Greenlee, Ernest Thomas, Samuel Shepherd and Walter Irvin — the Groveland Four — were accused of raping Norma Padgett. On Friday, the Florida Board of Executive Clemency met and voted to pardon the Groveland Four in Tallahassee, said Kelly Corder, a Florida Commission on Offender Review spokesperson. “While this act cannot right the wrongs done to them many years ago, I hope that it will bring peace to their families and to their communities,” said Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis during the meeting. Not everyone in attendance wanted to see the men pardoned. Padgett, who attended with her family, told the board she still believed the four men raped her. “I’m begging y’all not to grant them pardon because they done it,” Padgett said to the board. None of the Groveland Four were alive to know they were pardoned. Thomas was shot hundreds of times by a mob before the trials. After he was found guilty by an all-white jury, Irvin and Shepherd were sentenced to the electric chair. In 1951 before a retrial, Sheriff Willis V. McCall shot them. Shepherd was killed, but Irvin survived and was found guilty at the


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Lake County Sheriff Willis V. McCall, far left, and an unidentified man stand next to Walter Irvin, Samuel Shepherd and Charles Greenlee, from left, in Florida. The three men along with a fourth were charged with rape in 1949. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and a Cabinet granted posthumous pardons on Friday to Shepherd, Irvin, Greenlee and Ernest Thomas, the four were charged with rape in 1949. trial, according to the Associated Press. He was paroled in 1968 and found dead in his car in 1969. Greenlee was sentenced to life in prison but served about 10 years before he was paroled in 1960, the AP said. Greenlee died in 2012. Carol Greenlee, 69, Greenlee’s daughter who was in attendance with Shepherd’s family, said as a child she felt her dignity was taken away because her father was in jail. “I felt like a wrecking ball was lifted off of me,” Greenlee told The Alligator. “I felt like the jail doors swung open for me and my family.” In 2015, Josh Venkataraman, then a

Pedestrian hit by car on Southwest 13th Street The women sustained fatal injuries.

By Katherine Wallace-Fernandez Alligator Staff Writer

A woman died from her injuries Saturday after being hit by a car. At about 9 p.m., Roberson Louis, 34, from Gainesville, was driving on Southwest 13th Street when he hit Sally Offen, 63, said Gainesville Police Sgt. Lisa Scott. Offen, from Atlantic Beach, Florida, was crossing the bicycle lane headed to Home2 Suites by Hilton, at 2115 SW 13th St., Scott said. She died from her injuries at UF Health Shands Hospital, Scott said. Her family has been notified and the crash is being investigated as a traffic homicide. “She suffered traumatic injuries,” said Gainesville Police Lt. Steve Bradford. “She took a pretty big hit.”

Four to five pedestrians are killed by cars in Gainesville every year, Bradford said. On Southwest 13th Street, on average, one pedestrian is killed every year. “It’s more than we would like,” Bradford said. Two pedestrians were hit last year while crossing the road in Gainesville. A woman crossing Northwest 13th Street was hit by two cars in October and a man was hit by a car on Northwest 39th Avenue in July. Pedestrians should use crosswalks when walking across the street, Bradford said. If there are no crosswalks, they should cross quickly and use medians. “Don’t assume that people see you,” Bradford said. @katwf98

21-year-old UF telecommunication junior, started an online petition to exonerate the four. He amassed 9,760 signatures over about four years. Although the men haven’t been exonerated, he says he is happy to see them pardoned. “It was just surreal,” Venkataraman said. “Within the near future, it sounds like an exoneration is possible.” In December, former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to review the case for exoneration, said FDLE spokesperson Gretl Plessinger. The department of law enforcement will determine the facts and then a court will de-

1949: Charles Greenlee, Earnest Thomas, Samuel Shepherd and Walter Irvin were accused of raping a 17-year-old girl. Before the trial, Thomas was shot by a mob. Greenlee faced life in prison. Shepherd and Irvin were sentenced to the electric chair. 1951: Shepherd and Irvin were both shot by Lake County Sheriff Willis V. McCall before a retrial. McCall said they were trying to escape. Irvin survived the shooting and faced life in prison. 1960: Greenlee was paroled. 1968: Irvin was paroled. 1969: Irvin was found dead in his car. 2012: Greenlee died. 2015: UF alumnus Josh Venkataraman reached out to Carol Greenlee, Greenlee’s daughter, to start an online petition to exonerate the four. 2017: Florida formally apologized to the Groveland Four. 2019: The Groveland Four was pardoned by the Florida Board of Executive Clemency. Venkataraman’s petition closed and received 9,760 signatures. Information gathered from the Associated Press.

The application period was extended. Gainesville. Park was unavail-

CITY MANAGER, from pg. 1 able for comment. haven’t lived in other places they don’t realize that the issues facing their community aren’t unique,” Bowie said. Park, the assistant director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, has spent about 10 years working for the city. She has more than 40 years of public parks and recreation experience, previously in Palm Beach County, Ohio and Maryland, according to the city of

Varvel, 55, has worked for the city for 29 years across multiple positions, Varvel said. Since 1998, he has been the risk management director. Varvel said because of his experience he would not need to establish new relationships as interim city manager. He went on to say that receiving the position would be like giving back to the city that has presented him with many opportunities.

“I feel like I owe them for investing in me. That’s really the main motivation for even showing interest in this,” Varvel said. Bowie and Varvel said they would not be interested in the permanent manager position. Lyons will remain an advisor to the interim manager until Feb. 14. Selection for a permanent manager is expected in six to eight months, Arreola said. @taylorgirtman

There are 10 spots available for the group. CWC, from pg. 1 bers will meet to discuss whether they are improving mentally from participating in the program. Although the center will continue to accept students throughout the semester, it is best for them to join early so they can fully benefit from the group session, Stuart said. “We like to keep the groups

small and the members close to each other,” Stuart said. “It allows each student to benefit from the treatment as best as they can.” Those interested in joining the group therapy session can reach out to the counselors at the center to sign up, Stuart said. More information on the program and other therapy sessions can be found on the center’s website. Nathan Athouriste, an Afri-

can American 19-year-old UF marketing sophomore, said he believes the therapy group will be helpful to men of color on campus. “I feel like mental health isn’t talked about enough in the black community,” Athouriste said. “Hopefully, this will kickstart the conversation.” @taylor__roth


UF WiFi to complete switch to Eduroam network this Spring ALL INTERNET USERS WILL BE ON THE NETWORK BY SPRING. By Mikayla Carroll Alligator Staff Writer

UF students and faculty will soon be able to access the internet from almost anywhere in the world. Eduroam first became available to UF students in March 2014. By the end of Spring, all internet users will be on the Eduroam net-

work. Eduroam, an international roaming service network, allows UF students, faculty and staff with active GatorLink credentials to access a secure internet connection in more than 6,000 locations. This is 1,000 more than were available in 2014, said Tracy Gale, the communications manager for UF Information Technology. Whether UF community members travel to study abroad or take internships elsewhere, Eduroam will give accessibility to

the internet across different universities and other facilities around the globe, Gale said. “Since UF became a member of the Eduroam network, our people see this network option on their laptop or other mobile device and know they have a secure WiFi connection,” Gale said. “When you travel or visit another institution without Eduroam, this isn’t always the case.” The project was split into three phases, over 18 months, UFIT and the Division of Student Affairs are expecting the switch to

be completed by the summer. The project is in its final phase. “Phasing out the UF Network option improves the experience for our students, faculty and staff who travel,” said Saira Hasnain, the associate CIO and senior director of UFIT. “It’s the one wireless network for all Gators whether they are here in Gainesville or studying abroad.” @mikaylacarro11

First open-heart program in the country for dogs to launch at UF THE PROCEDURE MAY COST UPWARD OF $50,000. By Kelly Hayes Staff Writer

UF veterinarians will be the first in the country to perform a lifesaving procedure on dogs. The UF College of Veterinary Medicine will become the only facility in the U.S. to offer an open heart surgery program on dogs this April, said Simon Swift, a clinical associate professor and service chief of cardiology at UF’s Small Animal Hospital. The program will offer repairs of the mitral valve, an integral part of the heart that supports blood flow, Swift said. UF’s location will be the only veterinary clinic in the country to offer the complex procedure. When the mitral valve starts to degenerate it can lead to heart failure and death, Swift said. As the most common heart disease

in dogs, it can be treated with medication, slowing the disease progression for nine months to a year. While the drugs treat the symptoms, surgery would repair the damaged heart, he said. “If you or I had this disease, we wouldn’t be treated medically, we’d go and see a surgeon,” Swift said. “And that’s what we’re doing in dogs.” While this surgery is regularly completed in Japan, the U.S. has not been able to offer it with a high success rate, he said. Due to this, the program will be a collaborative effort with Japanese veterinarians led by veterinary cardiologist Masami Uechi, who has mastered the procedure. The entire program will cost between $750,000 to $1 million in its first three years and will be funded by UF, a benefactor and a fundraiser that’s already raised over $50,000, Swift said. The investment in equipment and staff is the most costly part

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Simon Swift, the medical director of the UF Small Animal Hospital, examines Zoey, a 12-year-old Maltese, who underwent the mitral valve repair procedure in France last year. of the program, with the bypass machine for the operation costing between $50,000 to $100,000,

Swift said. Each surgery, while $17,000 in Japan, could cost between $40,000 to $50,000 in the

U.S., due to the help from Uechi’s team. “This is a program that has been needed for years in the United States,” Swift said. “Uechi has shown us the way, we hope to learn from him how to do this surgery effectively.” UF’s first procedure is expected to take place in April with Uechi and his team, who will be bringing equipment and completing the surgeries with UF veterinarians for the next three to five years. By then, the clinic should be able to operate independently, he said. Corrine Conste, an 18-year-old UF biology freshman, is interested to see how this procedure will develop by the time she applies to veterinary school. “New technology that can improve our technique is a great idea,” Conste said. “Animals deserve the best care that they can get.” @kellyrhayes



Florida and how 2019 is righting wrongs


very state and its government have issues that need to be addressed, and Florida is no exception. Florida has made a number of mistakes over its entire 173 years of existence as a part of the U.S., many of them concerning racism. The new year marked the first time that Floridians convicted of felonies will have the ability to vote in an upcoming election. This change in law came after Amendment 4 was passed in the most recent Florida election. Amendment 4 allowed nearly 1.5 million Floridians, about 10 percent of Florida’s adult population, to regain their right to vote. Many have seen the restrictions against formerly incarcerated Floridians as an attack on minority voting in the state. More than 20 percent of otherwise eligible African Americans 18 and over were previously not allowed to vote, according to NPR. This new bill has the possibility to alter outcomes of entire Florida elections, a swing state that in recent elections has een red. We see barring formerly incarcerated Floridians from voting as an obstruction of justice, but the new law is a bright spot for the state in 2019. It marks a change in the right direction and begins to make amends for injustice. This year has also seen the pardoning of the Groveland Four, a group of black men: Charles Greenlee, Ernest Thomas, Walter Irvin and Samuel Shepherd. They all were accused of raping a white girl close to Groveland, Florida, in 1949. The four men did not live to see their pardoning. Thomas was shot and killed when he was tracked down after the alleged rape. Shepherd and Irvin were both shot by Lake County Sheriff Willis V. McCall on the way to a trial appearance, after the Supreme Court had called for a retrial in 1951. McCall said it was out of self-defense. Irvin survived, but Shepherd did not. After Irvin survived, he and Greenlee were retried by an all-white jury for the second time and found guilty. They both spent more than a decade in prison before being released on parole. Irvin died a year after being released on parole and Greenlee died in 2012. The Pulitzer Prize winning book “Devil in the Grove” popularized and told the story of the Groveland Four and the injustices involved. In 2017, the state of Florida formally apologized to the families of the Groveland Four. On Friday, state officials voted in favor of pardoning the men, allowing for further justice for the families and men involved. This case is an example of another wrong Florida committed. It was clearly a result of a racist and Jim Crow Law era, which culminated in ruining four men and their families’ lives. These two changes in Florida’s history, the reinstatement of the rights of formerly incarcerated Floridians and the pardoning of the Groveland Four, are an acknowledgment of mistakes made by Florida’s legislature and judicial systems over the years. It’s important that these changes are being made early in the year because they set an example for the rest of 2019. We have the responsibility to hold our state and ourselves accountable for unjust actions that have been committed in the past and that will inevitably be committed in the future. Let 2019 be a year of righting wrongs and a year of learning from past mistakes. Paige Fry EDITOR

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s remarks can not be condoned


argument fails to go deeper than the surface. I sughen they go low, we go high.” gest the uproar over Tlaib’s expletive statement These words, spoken at the 2016 has little to do with the fact that she is a woman, Democratic National Convention and everything to do with the fact that she was by Michelle Obama, were a restooping to the level of “Trumpian”, brash and minder to her fellow Democrats crude language. to act with a manner of class and poise, especially What Tlaib said was far less problematic than at times when their Republican counterparts fail Trump’s arrogant remarks, however we should to do so. It is barely three years later and the party Hannah not condone this manner of unprofessionalism that once vowed to “go high” has stooped to the Whitaker across the board. Trump is notorious for his Twitlevel of cursing in Congress. I would not be devastated if President Donald ter rants in which he throws ad hominem attacks at those with whom he disagrees. Calling Hillary Trump were to be impeached before the end of his first term. I also do not have an issue with most curse words, Clinton a “nasty woman” or former White House aide Omaproviding they are not insults toward groups of people. I do, rosa Manigault Newman a “dog” are heinous, sexist attacks. however, think it is inappropriate to say, “We’re going to go Coming from the White House, this is an embarrassment. Citizens from both political parties can usually agree upon in there, and we’re going to impeach the mother…,” on the floor of Congress upon being sworn in as a Michigan rep- the immaturity of these middle school-esque insults. In orresentative. Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s remarks only der to be consistent, we must also hold Tlaib accountable succeed in furthering the divide between the two primary for her offensive statement. I cannot, in good faith, criticize Trump for using foul, degrading language, while simultaneparties, a chasm beyond repair. A New York Times opinion columnist Michelle Gold- ously condoning Tlaib’s profane remarks. This country lacks berg recently published an article asserting the uproar sur- civility and humanity. Slinging insults is easy, but being kind rounding Tlaib’s comments, in which she called for Trump’s to those who have done nothing but tear us down is much impeachment, while referring to him by an expletive, was harder. In times such as these, it is important to remember Mi“monumentally stupid.” To an extent, I agree. There is nothing morally wrong with what Tlaib said, and thanks to the chelle Obama’s advice: “When they go low, we go high.” First Amendment, she has the right to express herself; a right Trump has gone low too many times to count. Cheney went low. Tlaib went low. But we can do better. It is not too late I would die to protect. However, those profane words should not have been to set a better example. Young girls across the nation have heard Trump’s disparused in Congress — a place work. Our representatives are expected to work in the best interest of the nation, this means aging words. It is time for a new example. The new members acting civilly. Goldberg used examples of Dick Cheney curs- of Congress have an opportunity to be that example with the ing on the Senate floor and Trump bragging about sexual record-breaking amount of women and minorities elected to assault as reasons why Tlaib’s comments are to be excused. the House of Representatives in 2019. We have to hold them The columnist defended Tlaib on the basis that her op- accountable to be that example. When they go low, we still position was “misogynistic” and “racist.” On the surface, go high. this argument holds. Sure, these men have said awful things, Hannah Whitaker is a UF English sophomore. Her with one especially being far worse than the freshman representative’s statement. Why should a woman be penalized column appears on Mondays. for similar, and, dare I say, milder, behavior? However, this

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he Spring semester's first week has now passed. By now you’ve all attended your first lectures of the semester or completed your first assignments. If so, hopefully you did well and managed to find a routine that works best for you. If you did, congratulations! But if you didn’t and you’re struggling to get back in the groove of things after break, here are some tips to put you back on track. A regular and consistent sleep schedule: We all know the stereotype of sleep-deprived students going through their days like zombies, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Sleep is crucial to a student’s success. While some people can get by with less sleep, you should ideally aim for seven or more hours of sleep every night. How you get there is up to you: going to bed early, not taking early classes or rearranging your sleep schedule. Above all, get enough sleep and get it consistently. Pulling allnighters during the week and then sleeping all day on the weekend isn’t a healthy alternative. Find the study habits that work for you: I hope you’ll agree studying is one of the most important aspects of college. Whether it’s studying for a pop quiz, a big midterm or just making sure you’re caught up on the material, studying is essential. There is no one right way to study, so experiment to see what works best for you. Whether it is flashcards, study groups, practice quizzes or just reading the textbook. As long as your study habits are helping you pass and don’t violate any laws or UF rules, go for it. Get involved early: Let’s face it, college can be draining. It involves long hours and difficult work. It’s even more draining if you’re alone and isolated. But you don’t have to do it alone. UF has a great community that will support you in the hardest times. You should get involved on-campus early on. Being involved can take many forms, from such as volunteering for a cause like Habitat for Humanity or participating in Greek life. When you begin to join extracurricular activities, you’ll find UF has something for everyone. Whatever you end up doing, you’ll form a network of people who will make you feel like you’re not alone in your struggles. Difficult work can start as early as the first week, so you should get involved as soon as possible to allow yourself to adjust to your new schedule. Set aside time for leisure and relaxation: Working all the time isn’t good for anyone. You may feel more productive if you work nonstop, but eventually you’ll start to get tired and your work will suffer. So, every once in a while, you should stop working and relax a bit. Everyone has different ways to relax, for some it might be meditation and scented candles, while for others it might be funny YouTube videos and junk food. Either way, don’t be afraid to rest. How much and how long you rest depends on your personal preferences and how much work you have to do. You can try 30-minute breaks every few hours during an intensive day of work or you could take a whole day off to recover after an exhausting week. Work and leisure time need to be balanced, and it’s all about figuring out what works best for you. If your first week didn’t go so well, or if you feel things could have gone better, hopefully these semester tips will help turn things around for you. Jason Zappulla is a UF history junior. His column appears on Mondays.

food restaurants and casual dining. This habit n estimated 160 million Americans are of valuing convenience is passed down through either overweight or obese, according generations. When children grow up and watch to a study published in 2014 by The Intheir parents herald the ease and convenience stitute for Health Metrics and Evaluaof a KFC meal, they learn to do the same. The tion. This number accounts for roughly danger in this practice lies in the fact that these two-thirds of all adults and close to 30 percent meals are usually high in calories, but not nuof all children in the U.S. To make matters worse, the incidence of obese and overweight Abigail Miller trients, and are supplied in huge portion sizes. Beyond the culture of convenience, embedAmericans has been on a massive upswing in ded within our culture is a stigma that surrecent years. The nation’s obesity rate is expectrounds healthy food. Even when Americans know what is ed to soon approach 40 percent. Although harrowing, this data does not come as a good for them, they still choose the worst options. Many shock. American obesity is often the butt of jokes in the Americans want to eat healthy but they don’t want to media and it is a common notion that the U.S. is one of sacrifice flavor, nor do they want to subject themselves to eating the dreaded “health foods.” the world’s fattest countries. But why is this? This mindset often starts at a young age when chilI argue that the culture around food in the U.S. is largely to blame. American food culture values instant dren are led to believe that fruits, vegetables and anything gratification and convenience. Americans have also come green is gross. This idea is perpetuated as these children not only to accept gargantuan portion sizes, but to expect grow up and absorb the idea that healthy foods are only them. The culture also creates a stigma around healthy for gym buffs or people who “have their life together.” foods in the minds of young Americans and produces This leaves many Americans turned off by the idea of a mental barrier that stops them from regularly eating choosing a salad over mac and cheese, ultimately making them give up healthy eating before they even start. healthier foods. Americans don’t eat unhealthy foods because of their All of this is due to the arbitrary lifestyle associated with ignorance. Many Americans are aware of what food is “health foods.” This culture that exalts unhealthy habits is the bighealthy and understand the repercussions of eating junk food. They recognize that if they rely on McDonald’s to gest danger to American well-being. If we want to see a supply all of their meals, Chicken McNuggets and Sau- healthier America, we need a culture shift. There is no sage, Egg & Cheese McGriddles will eventually clog their reason all Americans must fall victim to this toxic idea arteries. They know that eating one too many pints of that healthy foods are only for health enthusiasts. We Chunky Monkey will leave them, too, as a chunky mon- have to spend more time combatting this issue that has a key. Despite this awareness, however, Americans con- huge impact on America's health. It’s time that individutinue to sacrifice their health for the instant gratification als challenge these norms and recognize their own free they find in a cheeseburger. Why? It’s easy and it’s what will to live a healthy life. Americans have always done. Abigail Miller is a UF political science and journalism As a culture, Americans don’t typically value the art of cooking. They glorify the on-demand nature of fast senior. Her column appears on Mondays.


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waking up early, which is why the kids who ood morning, Gators! If that greetgo to Midtown on a Monday night usually ing is even remotely accurate to you, miss their Tuesday morning classes or show give yourself a pat on the back and up looking like Nicholas Cage in Leaving Las keep up that persistence. For the rest Vegas. Fear not, though, because you aren’t of you who, like myself, struggle alone in your nightly habits. Partying ruins with getting out of bed and maintaining a sleep schedules, but so does social media, routine, I’m here to offer you some words of advice. Become someone who can be produc- Kyle Cunningham poor planning and plain old hanging out. Scrolling through Snapchat stories (which tive before a 9:35 a.m. class. You’ll become a nobody really does anymore) for an hour bepart of a class so elite that even AirPod users fore bed not only waste time you could have spent sleepwon’t be able to compare to your power. Let me paint a picture of the sort of morning we all ing, but it also tricks your brain into thinking it’s closer strive for. You wake up without hitting snooze, open the to daytime than it really is. Cramming that chemistry blinds of your bedside window letting in sunny rays, fill- worksheet at midnight might seem like a good idea in ing your room with a calming and stimulating natural class that morning, but after eight more hours of taxing light. You drink a glass of cold water and get dressed, UF life, your work is going to be of a diminished quality take a couple of minutes to meditate because you’re a col- and you’ll feel as though you need a full day of sleep to lege student and you’re into that sort of new-agey thing. recover from studying into the night. As it stands for most of us, all of the upsides of a reFifteen minutes after you’ve woken up, you’re on the RTS taking you directly to Southwest Recreation Center, where warding morning routine are within our grasp. Life is you wave to the regulars (of whom you are one) and stressful, but there are ways to relieve some of this stress. rouse your senses with an intense, but gratifying work- However difficult the college experience can be and howout. A little over an hour later, you get back to your dorm ever many difficult decisions we encounter each day, it is or apartment and straight into perfecting your culinary entirely possible to navigate young adulthood in a responskills, practicing the easy-to-learn but hard-to-master art sible and fulfilling way. The path is different for each of us, depending on how of scrambled eggs, crispy bacon and perfectly brewed coffee. After breakfast, before you leave, you shower and get much sleep we need or how much we value our producdressed, checking yourself out in the mirror with a new tivity against our social lives. How we start our mornings self-confidence inspired by the amount you’ve accom- has the power to control how the rest of the day will be. Our job is to make that routine and follow it the best we plished in a little over two hours before your first class. This, my friends, is what we all stand to gain if we can. Creating and sticking to a morning routine is all we embrace a little discipline; however, this picturesque really need to set ourselves up for consistent mornings morning is often sabotaged by the vices of the traditional full of bench presses and bacon. Gainesville experience. The main obstacle in the way of Kyle Cunningham is a UF English freshman. His column good morning habits are bad sleeping habits. Getting to sleep late is an almost sure-fire way to have difficulty appears on Mondays.


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Anissa Flowers, a 21-year-old UF biology junior, looks at a vendor’s jewelry Saturday during the Florida Vintage Market at the High Dive. The event hosted more than 20 vendors who sold an assortment of artisan products.

Elyssa Jerome, a 21-year-old UF digital arts and sciences junior, peruses through a clothing vendor’s selection Saturday at the Florida Vintage Market at the High Dive. Jerome went to the event with her friends. “We’re just here to browse cool stuff,” Jerome said.

2019 Clean Energy Campaign to launch tonight THERE WILL BE A DISCUSSION ABOUT MAKING GAINESVILLE USE 100 PERCENT RENEWABLE ENERGY. By Kyle Wood Alligator Staff Writer

Gainesville residents are looking at how they will use their energy 26 years in the future. At 7 p.m. tonight, the Suwannee-St. Johns Group Sierra Club, a nonprofit environmental organization, will kick off its

2019 Clean Energy Campaign at the Civic Media Center, at 433 S Main St., said Roberta Gastmeyer, the club’s treasurer. The resolution, titled “Ready for 100,” was unanimously passed in October and aims to have Gainesville running on 100 percent renewable energy by 2045, Gastmeyer said. The Sierra Club has been working with groups such as the local chapters of the NAACP, Citizens’ Climate Lobby and the Women’s March, a social organization, to help make this resolution a reality, she said. Thirty to 50 people are expected to at-

tend. Gastmeyer said she is hoping UF and Santa Fe College students will attend. About 100 U.S. cities have committed to using 100 percent renewable energy in the future, Gastmeyer said. Gainesville city commissioners, such as Adrian Hayes-Santos, have been vocal about the “Ready for 100 resolution. “He has been instrumental in getting it passed and making sure the city follows through,” Gastmeyer said. Besides the long term 2045 goal, HayesSantos said he is working on short-term goals such as a two-year city pilot program that utilizes electric cars.

“You can’t just do it overnight,” HayesSantos said. “You have to continually make progress.” As part of the event, a video shot by Patrick Gilmartin, a 19-year-old UF finance sophomore and member of the Sierra Club, will explain the resolution and will be followed by an open discussion. “I wanted to make a call to action to the regular citizens of Gainesville,” he said. @kkylewood

Roller Derby legends visit Gainesville to teach moves THE WORKSHOP HOSTED ABOUT 60 PEOPLE. By Karina Elwood Alligator Staff Writer

About 40 people put on their helmets, strapped on their knee pads and laced up their skates Saturday. They dashed, clashed and smashed into each other as their heroes taught them. International roller derby legends Hillary “Scald Eagle” Buscovick and Samara “Lady Trample” Pepperell held a training workshop for roller derby players and enthusiasts.

The Gainesville Roller Rebels hosted the workshop for about 40 skaters and 20 spectators from across the state at the Alachua County Fairgrounds, said Chelsea Tobias, the 30-year-old Gainesville Roller Rebels president. The workshop cost about $400 to host, Tobias said. Skaters had to register for $35 and spectators had to pay $5. The event sold out in about 45 minutes. Tobias, or “Queen Slayer” when she plays for the team, said she organized the event to bring world-class players to share their skills with the community. “I was really excited to have

our derby heroes here,” she said. “It was really cool to see them in person.” Buscovick, 31, and Pepperell, 27, are on the Denver Roller Derby League, which is ranked fourth in the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, Buscovick said. Pepperell recently transferred from the Victorian Roller Derby League in Australia, which is ranked first in the association. Gainesville was the third of nine stops on the duo’s Florida tour to teach fundamentals and share their personal experiences and signature moves, Pepperell said. The next workshop will be held in DeLand, Florida.

“One of the things that happens when you’ve been playing for as long as we have at the level we have, is we get the opportunities to come and share our experiences and knowledge with the community, which is a huge privilege,” Pepperell said. Rachele “Harley Quinn” Huelsman, a 39-year-old player on Miami’s Vice City Roller team, traveled more than 300 miles to attend the three-hour session. “Scald Eagle is legendary so, of course, if you get an opportunity to train with an athlete that amazing, you take it,” she said. Vinessa “Poise N’Control” Farlow, the captain of Ocala Canni-

bals Roller Derby, didn’t register in time to skate, but still came out to spectate and learn. Farlow, 38, said she’s has been playing roller derby for about 12 years and loves it because she found a community that gave her everything she was looking for. “You’re going to sweat, you’re going to cry, you’re going to vomit, you’re going to piss yourself and it’s going to be great because you’re going to get encouraged the whole way,” Farlow said. @karina_elwood


UF collaborates with NASA to launch small GPS satellite THE SATELLITE IS VALUED AT $1 MILLION. By Josephine Fuller Alligator Staff Writer

Tyler Ritz doesn’t just want to be an astronaut. He also wants to leave a piece of his work in space. Ritz, a 24-year-old UF aerospace engineering doctoral student, was one of more than two dozen UF students who, over five-and-a-half years, built the smallest satellite able to operate an atomic clock, which uses the most accurate time and frequency standards. The satellite made its way to space on Dec. 16. “It’s kind of bittersweet,” Ritz said. “You sit there with it 24/7, and it’s weird because that’s the last time anyone would ever get to see this thing because it’s getting launched 500 km in the air.” Rocket Lab launched the UF-built satellite and 12 other research cube satellites — a small standard-shaped satellite that does one job — as part of NASA’s Educational Launch of Nanosatellites, an initiative that was created to attract and retain students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, Ritz said. The UF satellite will work to provide more accurate location and timing for GPS services. NASA, the Air Force Research Lab and the Florida Stanford Research Institute collectively awarded about $500,000 to pay for the creation of the satellite, which completed is valued at $1 million, Ritz said. Most GPS satellites are the size of a school bus and use about 2,000 watts of power, but this UF satellite is about the size of a shoebox and only takes about five watts of pow-

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The UF CubeSat Handling Of Multisystem Precision Time Transfer satellite is the size of a shoebox and can work off of five watts of power. In comparison, most GPS satellites are about the size of a school bus and use about 2,000 watts of power. er, Ritz said. The satellite completes one orbit around the Earth about every hour and a half, said John Conklin, a UF mechanical and aerospace engineering professor.

The satellite’s increased accuracy could also reduce and eliminate the wait time for rerouting on GPS devices, Conklin said. The success of the satellite has shown the quality and depth of work that can be done at

UF, Conklin said. “Every now and then I take a step back and realize how amazing it is,” he said. @JoFuller24

Will Run for Beer Photos by Samuel Thomas | Alligator Staff

James Thompson, 6, Phil Mackie, 23, and Hunter Ives, 9, approach the finish line Saturday during the First Magnitude Brewing Company’s Springs Run 7.2K. Thompson and Ives participated in the 1-mile run.

John Sansalone, 23, Justin Keefe, 24, and Ben Wise, 40, begin the First Magnitude Brewing Company’s Springs Run 7.2K. Although the athletes kept a close race, Keefe won first place after he ran 7.2 kilometers in 23 minutes and 21 seconds.


UF a cappella group plans to record first studio album Production will cost $10,000. By Lina Ruiz

Alligator Contributing Writer

Mitch Gulkis attended UF to study biochemistry, not to sing. That was until the president of the UF Ukulele Club convinced him to audition for an a cappella group. A year and a half later, Gulkis, a 19-year-old UF chemistry sophomore, became the music director for the UF a cappella group Tone Def and is now hooked on music. Its members will record their first studio album this Spring. “One of our big goals this year was to record an album and produce something that we’d all be proud of,” Gulkis said. The group hopes to reach its goal of raising $10,000 on its GoFundMe page to pay for recording, mixing, mastering and distributing before UF’s Spring Break, Gulkis said. As of Sunday, the group raised $1,040 from 20 people within a month. In September 2018, Tone Def

contacted Plaid Productions, a production company that members had met with at a 2017 a cappella festival in Miami. The group scheduled a recording session without audition or a waitlist, Gulkis said. Two members of Plaid Produc-

tions will travel to Gainesville in March to record the group, said Claudia Del Pozo, the president of Tone Def. It’ll take about three to four days to record the album. The group will record in Del Pozo’s apartment living room be-

cause Plaid Productions travels to clients’ locations for all recordings. The company will provide equipment and record each person’s part individually. “Music is a pretty important thing to me. It’s been a major impact on my life,” said Del Pozo, a 22-year-old UF political science and

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The a cappella group Tone Def performs at the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella in 2018. The group plans to release its first recorded album in Fall 2019.

Restaurant Roundup

What’s happening with Gainesville restaurants COPPER MONKEY CLOSED, NAGA TEA AND POKÉBOWL STATION OPENED AND HOOTERS IS COMING SOON. By Josephine Fuller Alligator Staff Writer

Gainesville residents will be seeing an influx of chicken wings and Asian cuisine this year while they say their second goodbye to another local burger joint. As classes begin and vacations conclude, find out which restaurants have recently opened or shut their doors. Naga Tea Naga Tea manager Spencer Yang, 28, is hopeful that the company’s third location will thrive in Gainesville. The cafe, located at 21 SW Second St., opened Wednesday and offers a menu consisting of fruit- and milk-based tea drinks ranging from $4-6. Naga Tea has a flagship store in Tampa and a second one in Jacksonville, Yang said. Due to its popularity among college-aged customers, the tea stop decided to open a location in Gainesville, Yang said. The store is offering 20 percent off all drinks until Thursday, Yang said. When the promotion ends, the cafe will hold a “buyone-get-one tea” for three days starting Thursday. “We use traditional Taiwanese techniques and fresh fruit for our teas,” Yang said. “It’s what sets us apart from the other places around here.” PokéBowl Station UF biology freshman Parmida Shojaee found it refreshing to eat fish that did not leave her ill with regret. “I’ve been to poke places that had bad fish, and it was a traumatizing experience,” the 19-year-old said. On Jan. 7, PokéBowl Station opened its first Florida location at 1800 W. University

Ave., said Tony Chen, the restaurant’s manager. With three locations in New York, the company thought cold poke bowls, a ricebased dish with raw fish and vegetables, would be ideal in a warmer, southern climate, the 28-year-old said. Poke bowls are priced from $10-14, Chen said. Teas are priced at $4-6. “It’s kind of like a salad bar,” he said. “We have a lot to offer, and I hope the students like it.” Hooters Hooters will be making a comeback in Gainesville in March. The restaurant will be taking over Square 1’s previous spot at 3105 SW 34th St., according to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation records. They have already applied for permits for interior redesign and signs. Hooters was previously located at 3265 SW 34th St. in 2011 and closed due to unmet licensing agreements. Al Mayor, a 21-year-old UF psychology senior, said he won’t be eating at Hooters because he disagrees with the required uniforms and lack of respect toward the waitresses there. “I don’t think it would have great success with some of the student population,” he said. “I just want to eat and not have to stare at girls.” Copper Monkey Nine months after reopening, the Copper Monkey restaurant has closed a second time. Its second location, at 3501 SW Second Ave., displayed signs on the doors saying the location was “closed temporarily for reorganization.” The business ran for 37 years before taking a break in 2017, and it reopened last April. Owners Rob and Ashlea Zeller could not be reached for comment. @JoFuller24

international studies senior. “It’s taught me so many leadership skills. Outside of that, I’ve made awesome friends.” Jenine Marquez, the group’s public relations manager and singer, said she is looking forward to learning more about recording an album. “Getting the chance to do this one last thing with the group before I leave UF is really important to me,” said Marquez, a 19-yearold UF advertising senior who will graduate in May. The album will consist of six cover songs, Del Pozo said. Although the 16-member group is not sure of the set list yet, genres may include pop, classic rock and rhythm and blues. By Fall, the group hopes to release the album for free on services like Spotify and Apple Music, Gulkis said. “Being in the group has given me a creative outlet to perform and sing with a bunch of other people who appreciate music as much as I do,” Marquez said. “We all love each other. It’s like a second family.”

First Senate Judiciary meeting rejects online voting THE CONSTITUTIONAL REVISION COMMISSION IS REVIVED EVERY 10 YEARS. By Hannah Beatty Alligator Staff Writer

Holes in the UF Student Body constitution were discovered at the first Senate Judiciary Committee meeting of 2019. Every decade, a commission meets to fill them. Judiciary Committee A piece of legislation to determine the future of online voting was declared unconstitutional at a Student Government Senate Judiciary Committee meeting. On Sunday, SG Judiciary Committee member Branden Pearson (Impact, Jennings) reiterated a Dec. 21, 2006 SG Supreme Court decision, which declared online voting unconstitutional because of the invasion of privacy upon students and possible coercive tactics. The topic was brought up again in 2017 when it was an amendment on the Spring SG election ballot. Twenty-seven percent of students voted in favor of online voting and 12 percent voted against it. Because abstained votes count as “nays,” online voting failed to pass. Pearson also cited a SG Supreme Court ruling from June 25, 2016, that counts the absence of a vote on a student ballot — called an abstention — as a vote for no. “While I personally support online voting, this committee is responsible for determining constitutionality of code revisions and, in this case, this directly contradicts the Supreme Court decision that states online voting is unconstitutional,” Pearson said. Pearson said the only way online voting will be brought to UF is through a constitutional revision. Because of the Constitutional Revision Commission’s work this upcoming year, online voting could be added in 2020. Online voting was on the Inspire Party’s Fall platform. William Zelin (Inspire, District D), who was a co-author of the online voting revision, said it was not unconstitutional because it established a framework for the hopeful addition of online

voting to the constitution. The Senate Judiciary Committee, which has eight members, seven of whom are in the Impact Party, reviewed four proposals that were co-authored by Inspire Party senators. The committee also passed legislation to officially update the language for the existence of off-campus senators in the Constitution and eventually change the SG elections schedule to conduct the general election two weeks before Spring Break. “How long have we gone with this constitutional language? How long have we had for problems to arise in the meantime?” said Alfredo Ortiz, a 19-year-old UF philosophy freshman and co-author of two of the Inspire Party’s proposals. Constitutional Revision Commission The last time the Student Body constitution was updated was in 2010. The SG Constitutional Revision Commission is bringing in a fresh set of eyes to the document. This commission is revived every 10 years, according to the Student Body constitution. Student Body President Ian Green appointed Danielle Grosse to be the chairperson for the 20-person commission. The SG Senate president, Chief Justice and Supervisor of Elections will appoint the remaining members to the commission. Grosse, a 21-year-old UF industrial and systems engineering senior, has served in SG since the Summer after her freshman year when she was a replacement senator for Murphree Area. Following that, she served as a District A Senator, Information and Communication chairperson and SG Senate president. She will also serve as the Florida SG Institute chairperson to help plan the upcoming conference for SG members in Florida, Grosse said. Grosse said she is waiting on the rest of the appointments to be made to start creating a timeline. Commission meetings will be public. “Anything that’s in the constitution will ultimately affect the entire student body,” Grosse said. @hannahbeatty_



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Reed, Boren each scored meet-high 9.925 on floor routine GYMNASTICS, from pg. 1 on the uneven bars and a 9.900 on her floor routine. There were other freshmen, though, who raised some concern. Savannah Schoenherr stumbled significantly on her landing during her vault routine, and she received a 9.450 in response. There wasn’t a score in any other event the entire night that dipped below a 9.725. While four other Gators gymnasts landing below the 9.8 mark on vault didn’t help their score, Schoenherr’s 9.450 and other disappoining scores allowed Missouri to hold the lead after one rotation Friday night. The other freshmen performances showed they still need some work. While Nya Reed’s stellar floor routine matched senior Alicia Boren’s for a night-best 9.925, freshman Sydney Johnson-Scharpf was an obvious outlier in that same event with a 9.750. Baumann’s Return Sophomore Alyssa Baumann, who has earned two All-America honors and an AllSEC nod among other accolades last season,

was out of the lineup for the season opener after she reportedly fell off the uneven bars in practice. According to coach Jenny Rowland, her absence led to some last-minute lineup changes before the meet. “It changed (the lineup) on two or three events, for sure,” Rowland said. “It gave an opportunity for some new freshmen to step up and step in, and they gained a lot of great experience tonight.” After the meet, Rowland explained that Baumann’s sternum is sore, but her admittance to Shands Hospital was merely precautionary and her absence could be short lived. “Everything is clear,” Rowland said after the meet. “You saw her tonight, she’s moving around… it’s really gonna be a little bit of time before she’s back in no time. I know she’s itching to get back in the lineups.” The Gators showed the team’s depth on Friday with their victory over Mizzou, and should Baumann return to rotations sooner than later, she will greatly help a team that is already succeeding. @riverhwells

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Florida senior Alicia Boren led the way for the Gators during their season-opening win against Missouri, winning the all-around with a score of 39.575.


White searching for answers as Florida falls to 1-2 in the SEC By Tyler Nettuno Sports Writer

Florida basketball coach Mike White had a rough week. His team blew a double-digit second-half lead against South Carolina on Jan. 5 before nearly doing it again at Arkansas. The Gators bounced back offensively early against No. 3 Tennessee on Saturday, but disastrous shooting in the second half dropped them below .500 in conference play. White looked utterly defeated at his press conference following the game. What ultimately doomed the team against Tennessee wasn’t poor scheming or scouting. It wasn’t lack of preparation or defensive adjustments from the Volunteers. White was critical of the effort he saw from his team, especially in the rebounding department. He said there needs to be a fiveman effort on the boards. “Sometimes we’ve got guards just watching the fight,” he said. “If you don’t have five in the fight, you’re not going to come up with a really big win.” Florida struggled to secure defensive rebounds, allowing Tennessee to recover

three offensive boards in a single possession in the second half. White also lamented Florida’s lack of offensive aggressiveness. The Gators showed intensity in the first half before things slowed down in the second. Without an offensively imposing big man, Florida tends to resort to jump shooting. White said he would like to see the team perform better in the paint. “We’ve got to make layups,” he said. “Even when we get fouled at the rim. Good teams finish at the rim through contact.” Florida’s offensive problems were exacerbated by the fact that it couldn’t buy a shot in the second half. UF only shot 28 percent in the final 20 minutes, and for a team that doesn’t have much offensive variability, that wasn’t enough. White was visibly frustrated with Florida’s failure to find the bottom of the net. The Gators have struggled to get consistent open looks all year, but they did against Tennessee. Failing to capitalize on those opportunities cost UF dearly. “We did a pretty good job executing, got some good looks,” White said. “We didn’t make enough of them.”

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Gators need to play with more purpose to salvage the season non-conference play. Now might be a good time OK, fine. It’s early, and to pose the question. there’s still time to fix those Has all hope been lost for mistakes. No need to panic. the Gators men’s basketball The Gators did play one of team’s season? the toughest non-conference Maybe, maybe not. It deschedules of any SEC team. pends on who you ask. Alanis Thames But opening league play by Ask coach Mike White, and Twitter: @alanisthames blowing a 14-point lead to 7-7 he’ll likely dismiss the notion. South Carolina? Nearly losing No coach or player would ever admit it — nor should they — if to Arkansas in the same way? Then, in a game in which almost evtheir season is virtually over. Bring up that same question to a dis- eryone counted it out against No. 3 Tengruntled member of the Florida faithful, nessee, Florida stayed within reach of and they’ll spew some lines from their the upset until the last minutes and just dissertation of expert analysis on this unraveled when it counted. The Gators’ poured a lot of energy season’s woes. “Throw the season away, and throw Mike White away with it!!!” into that game. And they were at their best when they found ways to execute they’ll probably say. Going as far as calling for the firing on top of all that energy. Then, in the of a coach with a 69-37 record and two second half, when they couldn’t sustain consecutive NCAA Tournament appear- that same toughness, they were inefances is an extreme reach. But wonder- ficient and eventually fell apart. That’s ing what UF’s men’s basketball team is what’s hurt them this season. Florida has too many variables workeven playing for at this point most defiing against each other, too many aspects nitely is not. Florida had a handful of dismal per- of the team’s game that it can’t figure formances early in the season during

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Washington’s game-winner nets first win against Mizzou By Dylan Rudolph Sports Writer

Delicia Washington had the ball in her hands with 15 seconds left and the game tied at 56. She calmly dribbled to the top of the key with the crowd buzzing over Florida’s late run and sized up Missouri guard Amber Smith. A hesitation move and a dash to her right allowed her to blow by the defender. She reached the rim and leaped as three Missouri Tigers jumped along with her to try and swat the ball away. She double-clutched and banked the shot off the glass and in with 2.2 seconds left to give Florida its first lead since 8:14 in the first quarter. The crowd at the O’Connell Center exploded as soon as the ball fell through the netting, while Washington turned from cool and calm to wildly jumping and pumping her fists into the air. “Anybody could have been in that spot,” Washington said after the game. “I believe any one of my teammates could have been able to finish that layup with that many seconds on the clock. …But I guess it was just my turn to step up to get to the rim and put that score on that board.” Florida’s 10-0 run in the final 2:47 minutes of play propelled the Gators past Missouri for the first time in program history. The 58-56 victory on Sunday also marked the first SEC win of the season and fifth win at home. It seemed like it wouldn’t happen early on. Florida (5-12, 1-3 SEC) had trouble getting anything going in the first half. It seemed whenever the Gators got any momentum, Missouri (14-4, 3-1 SEC) immediately stole it back.

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Florida guard Delicia Washington’s game-winning layup helped the Gators beat Missouri 58-56, their first win against the Tigers in program history. In the second quarter, Washington darted past her defender and dished it to Zada Williams for an easy layup to draw within two points. With the crowd still cheering from the play, Missouri guard Haley Troup made a three-pointer that spawned a 7-0 run to deflate

UF’s momentum. The Gators’ full-court press, which temporarily hindered the Tigers’ offense, began to break down at the end of the half as Missouri made five of its last six shots and went into halftime with a nine-point lead.

The Tigers began the third quarter making three of their first four three-pointers and, at one point, led by as many as 14 points. But guard Danielle Rainey’s career day from beyond the arc kept the Gators in the game. “My teammates made the screens and a lot of extra passes,” Rainey said. “Without those little things, I wouldn’t have had (this performance).” The redshirt sophomore finished with a career-high 16 points off five three-pointers, and her teammates began to follow suit. UF became much more aggressive in the fourth quarter, turning turnovers at one end into points at the other. With 1:29 left in the contest, guard Ariel Johnson made a clutch steal and launched a full-court pass to Washington for the easy layup to make it a two-point game. Then, guard Kiara Smith drew a foul on the next possession and made both free throws to tie the game at 56. Washington followed her layup to take the lead with a diving steal on Missouri’s inbound pass as time expired. When the clock hit zeroes, the Florida players celebrated with each other at center court to cap off their team win. Four Gators finished with 10 or more points and outrebounded the Tigers 32-30 to cap off a victory that will provide some much-needed confidence. “We’ve had some tough losses,” Williams said, “but playing hard and fighting until the very end is going to help propel us for the games in the future.” @dyrudolph


Young Gators squad ready for statement spring campaign By Victor Prieto Sports Writer

The UF women’s tennis team enters the 2019 spring season with unfinished business after being knocked out by Florida State in the 2018 NCAA Tournament last season. It was a campaign in which four seniors led the way while true freshmen Victoria Emma, McCartney Kessler and Katie Kubicz provided strong play as first-year starters. But heartbreaking losses in the NCAA and SEC Tournaments against FSU and Vanderbilt, respectively, ended the season on a negative note. Florida enters the 2019 spring season ranked No. 11 in the Oracle/ITA Division I Preseason Rankings and hopes to return to national prominence under head coach Roland Thornqvist. However, a tough task lies ahead for the veteran coach with just one upperclassman on the roster this season. Junior transfer Tsveta Dimitrova stands as the lone upperclassman for the Gators, yet it’s her first season in Gainesville after arriving from the University of Houston. Though Florida lacks a veteran presence with the loss of Brooke Austin, Anna Danilina, Josie Kuhlman and Peggy Porter, it reloads the roster with three incoming freshmen in Sydney Berlin, Anastasia Kharitonova and Marlee Zein. Georgia Tech sophomore transfer Ida

Jarlskog also joined the Florida lineup. Zein has already proven she can compete after securing a third-place finish at the Seminole All-Conference Showdown to close out the fall season, while Jarlskog held her own last season with the Jackets holding a 28-8 singles record. Jarlskog finished her first fall stint at Florida with an 11-3 record. Thornqvist will look to his quartet of young sophomores to lead the team with McCartney Kessler at its center. After finishing with First-Team All-SEC Honors as a freshman along with a 20-8 overall singles record, Thornqvist hopes Kessler can be a more vocal leader for the young team. “She has the unique ability to make friends with everybody on the team,” Thornqvist said in a video posted to the team’s Twitter account. “She’s a great asset in the locker room in that she can reach everyone.” Kessler closed out her fall season competing in doubles with fellow sophomore Victoria Emma, losing in the consolation round of the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships. The two finished with a 6-2 record in the 2018 fall campaign. The Gators are ready for the 2019 spring season when they take on UNLV in Las Vegas, Nevada, in the Freeman Memorial Championships this weekend. @victorprieto_11

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UT forward Grant Williams scored 18 points on Saturday MEN’S BASKETBALL, from pg 14 White was quick to bring up negatives from the game. When asked if he had any positive takeaways, however, he had to stop for several seconds to think. It’s been that kind of week. The team fared better defensively, but still found itself out of position on key shots down the stretch. “We allowed a couple open ones in the last 10 minutes of the game off of lack of rotations, lack of communication,” White said. UF gave up 18 points to UT star forward Grant Williams. It might have been worse for Florida if it didn’t use a zone defense. White said Williams could have scored 60 points if the Gators had played man-to-man. “We might have all fouled out, including me,” he said. Florida travels to Starkville, Mississippi, on Tuesday night to take on Mississippi State. The 12-3 Bulldogs have lost two straight to begin SEC play. A loss in that game could send UF into a downward spiral. It certainly isn’t panic time for Florida. The Gators have several good losses and have plenty more opportunities to prove themselves in an uncharacteristically deep SEC. White is worried about his team, though. That much is clear. Based on his comments Saturday night, it’s nothing new. “I was concerned after game one,” White said. Christopher King / Alligator Staff


UF coach Mike White said Volunteers forward Grant Williams could have scored 60 points against the Gators on Saturday if they had played man-to-man. “We might have all fouled out, including me,” he said.

White: ‘This can’t be a moral victory. We’re the University of Florida.’ COLUMN, from pg 14 out how to make coexist. Intensity and execution can’t be mutually exclusive. Inconsistency and undisciplined play are not options at this point. “I don’t enjoy saying the same thing every day,” White said on Saturday. “ … Fouling jump-shooters? Are you kidding me? We’re in the middle of January and

we’re fouling jump-shooters? Guards rebounding down to help our bigs … We caught a couple plays there in the second half where we needed big plays, and we got one guy going the wrong direction. It’s gotta be more important to us.” White has repeatedly confessed that his team hasn’t been good enough, or poised enough, to close out games. “This can’t be a moral victory. We’re the University of Florida,” he said after the


Gators’ loss to the Volunteers, “and we did not do our jobs down the stretch.” But there’s only so much the coach can do. He can’t teach effort. He can’t teach aggressiveness. And he doesn’t suit up come game time. That’s all up to the five guys on the court. Is all hope for the season lost? No, it isn’t. The Gators can still string together some quality wins at Tennessee, Mississippi


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