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TOUGHEST WARRIOR: The Lauren Evans Comeback Story Editor’s note: The first half of this story appeared last week in our New Student Edition. Read this story in its entirety online at

By Chris O’Brien Sports Writer

Lauren committed to play soccer at the University of Florida much, much later than most high school soccer athletes. Of the few that do go D-I for soccer, the majority usually decide when they’re in their sophomore year or, at the latest, their junior

year. Lauren instead bet on herself and waited Florida out because the Gators didn’t offer her initially. She committed just before her senior year. Burleigh said the outside back had better offers than UF but declined them, which exemplified her lack of egoism. “To me, it just showed that she really, really wanted to be a Gator,” Burleigh said. Besides possessing exceptional athleticism and talent, Burleigh revealed that one of the main reasons behind Lauren’s recruitment was her motor. She’s incredibly energetic. And not the

type of energetic that makes you think, Man, this girl never shuts up. No, it’s more of the active, enthusiastic energy that makes you smile. So, when she was diagnosed with leukemia, that motor began to sputter a bit. It was tough to handle. But not impossible. “Initially, she had so many questions,” Allison explained. “She’s asking me and she’s asking her dad. “We didn’t know!” Especially when their daughter would ask what bad days were going to feel like.

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Doctors at Shands had been injecting Lauren’s back with chemotherapy to try and get some of the leukemia out of the bone marrow hiding in her spine. Then Jan. 20 arrived. Lauren woke up with a fever. A really, really powerful fever. It was so powerful that she blacked out – she doesn’t remember it. “Then I woke up…and I couldn’t move my legs,” Lauren said. “I was paralyzed.” Her doctors told her it was because her


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Welcome to UF First-year UF transfer students gathered at the O’Connell Center for the annual New Student Convocation Monday morning.

Reitz Union now 2018 general election early voting spot UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATION AND THE SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS OFFICE WILL MEET AUG. 30. By Christina Morales Alligator Staff Writer

University students and faculty can soon walk to the polls to cast

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their ballots for early voting. The Reitz Union is designated an early voting site for the 2018 general election from Oct. 22 to Nov. 3, the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Kim Barton announced Friday. The union won’t be an early voting site for the 2018 primary, which began Aug. 18 and goes through Saturday. It is unknown if the student center will be used for

Van Jefferson. Malik Davis. Trey Dean. And Marco Wilson. These four players are poised for big 2018 campaigns, pg. 34.

future early voting dates because the Supervisor of Elections Office only designates early voting sites one election at a time, spokesperson TJ Pyche wrote in an email. In July, U.S. District Judge Mark Walker ruled that the Florida Department of State’s 2014 policy excluding early voting on college and university campuses violated the First, 14th and 26th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution. The ruling

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came after a lawsuit from five UF students and others against Secretary of State Ken Detzner for preventing early voting, according to Alligator archives. The 2014 state opinion said the terms “convention center” and “government-owned community center” couldn’t be applied to include the union or other facilities in colleges and universities. “I am beyond excited to hear

Find out who is on the Aug 28. ballot and where and when to vote early, pg. 16 and 17.

Read Fuchs’ column

Learn more about what planned for the university, pg 7.

the news,” said 22-year-old Megan Newsome, one of the plaintiffs in the ongoing lawsuit and a UF astrophysics graduate and researcher. “It’s been a long time coming. I just can’t wait to move forward and get students to know about the site and definitely use it.” Following the decision from Walker, Barton sent a letter to UF President Kent Fuchs requesting

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Nancy E. Paton appointed UF’s vice president for strategic communications and marketing Nancy E. Paton, a national leader in higher education marketing and communications, has been named vice president for strategic communications and marketing at the University of Florida.

Named the Higher Education Marketer of the Year by the American Marketing Association in 2017, Paton will assume her role effective Oct. 1.

on traditional and social media, as well as marketing. She will be a thoughtful and innovative addition to our leadership team.”

“Nancy is a strategic communications leader who She will be responsible for leading the commu- brings exceptional knowledge and experience nication of UF’s accomplishments and goals to this position,” said UF President Kent Fuchs. within the university community, nationally and “She understands the challenges facing higher globally and guiding UF’s strategic initiatives to education, has a proven track record of effective build its stature and reputation. leadership and offers a refreshing new perspective

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Compass update for students, faculty and staff COMPASS Releases 6 and 7 went live on August 6 and 20, respectively, and installed new functionality for students, as well as faculty and staff. Via ONE.UF ( the new services include: withdraw from courses, check petition status, request to drop/add classes after the published drop/add period, apply for degrees, swap courses, check campus finances, view transfer credit report, Uber

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Accountability expected The University of Florida has a new Student Honor Code and Student Code of Conduct. On June 7, 2018, the UF Board of Trustees past extensive revisions to the Student Honor and Student Conduct Codes (UF Regulation 4.040), after an eight-month review process. Utilizing national expertise and stakeholder feedback, the revised codes enhance clarity for students, make the process simpler for faculty and ensure each phase of the conduct process is a separate entity in alignment with best practices. “Our goal was to make the process less confusing, and allow students to choose greater restorative justice-based practices,” said Pamela Malyk, assistant dean and director of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution. “We made sure to engage students and faculty throughout the revisions to make sure the new code is truly our code.”

A first day of classes — but not on campus University of Florida Online Students pursue their bachelor’s degrees from around the world. As thousands of students descend to campus for the Fall semester, about 3,000 students will be starting their UF classes from anywhere in the world. That was the case for Gator alumna Ashley Nicolls, who first began her UF coursework while living and working in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Nicolls was able to stay in the city she had fallen in love with while on vacation. Instead of moving to Gainesville, she pursued an environmental management degree in the UF/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences through UF Online. While taking courses, Nicolls would wake up every morning and go for a five-mile run. She loved chang ing up her routes to see a different part of the city every day. Afterwards, she would visit the pastry shop next door to her apartment to enjoy a freshmade croissant. Nicolls appreciated that her virtual classes accommodated her schedule so that she could not only explore the area, but also work as an English tutor. To keep up on all things UF, get social:

Drafting of the new conduct code began in direct partnership between Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution in the Dean of Students Office and the UF General Counsel’s Office. In addition to engaging a work group comprised of students, faculty and staff, and gathering feedback from campus stakeholders, such as the UF Faculty Senate and the UF academic integrity task force, an external consultant supported the revisions of this vital regulation. Ed Stoner, National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) past president and author of the Model Code, brought key insights and national expertise to the review. The new codes reflect an emphasis on both individual and social responsibility. They uniquely position the UF community to hold themselves to a higher standard. Learn more and view the full codes at

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The flexibility allowed her to create a routine — she would do all of her coursework in the mornings, take an hour-long bus ride to the children’s houses, then spend the afternoon tutoring them in English. On the weekends, she also worked with the city’s agricultural department to help revamp local parks by planting trees and cleaning up nature trails.

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Nicolls graduated in Spring 2018 and is working part-time at Jonathan Dickinson State Park as a fire technician. She hopes to gain more experience before going back to school for a master’s degree and ultimately working as a biologist at a national park.

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eryl Kornfield is a 21-year-old UF journalism senior and the editor-in-chief this Fall. She first stumbled into The Alligator office for the free pizza given out at the newsroom’s open house in Fall 2015. She stayed for the journalistic experience and sense of family on staff. She’s fueled by “Gilmore Girls” quotes, Dunkin Donuts french vanilla iced coffee and deadlines. This summer, she interned at the South Florida Sun Sentinel, not far from her hometown of Miami. She managed to not get seasick reporting on artificial reefs and convinced her editors to let her publish “boujee” in the newspaper (and I guess now in this paper?). Her biggest fans are her mother and her family’s maltese, Chavi. Speaking of pets, she has a goat named Cookie who lives in Georgia with Meryl’s grandmother. Send your best cute goat pictures to

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omy Ellenbogen is a freshly 21-year-old UF journalism senior and the digital managing editor this Fall. She’s been at The Alligator since Spring 2017, when she began as a UF administration reporter. Time flies when you’re constantly on deadline. This summer, she was at The Palm Beach Post, a hop away from her home county, Broward, where she learned her way around a crime scene. She always has a bottle of sunscreen on her and encourages you to use it. Besides avoiding harmful UV rays, Romy also loves the new Mitski album (and old Mitski), rewatching John Mulaney comedy specials and going to coffee shops just for pastries. When she’s not at The Alligator, she’s trying to go to bed by 10 p.m. If you have any tips and/or want to discuss the Oscar-snubbed “Lady Bird,” email her at

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aige Fry is a 20-year-old UF journalism senior (but will be 21 next week!) and the engagement managing editor this Fall. She began at UF as a Pathway to Campus Enrollment (PaCE) student, so she stayed at home in the Orlando area during her first year of college. As soon as she moved to Gainesville in Summer 2016, she bothered the editor at The Alligator until she was hired on staff. Since then, she’s worked as the university administration reporter, Student Government reporter and freelance editor. This past summer, she became a Midwestern gal while serving a crime-reporting internship at the Chicago Tribune and enjoyed a vegetarian Chicago-style hotdog. She sat in on civil and criminal trials, talked to families of homicide victims and followed bloodsmeared crime scenes. Now, she’s the voice behind The Alligator’s Twitter page (follow us @TheAlligator). If you want to talk about the criminal justice system or social media analytics, email her at


tephan Chamberlin is a 20-yearold UF political science junior and the opinions editor this Fall. He started setting his ramblings to paper in his free time after getting off work at a law firm in Miami, sending columns to The Alligator scratched onto the back of cocktail napkins by certified mail and publishing biweekly during the Summer semester thanks to a specialized team of monkeys who would compile the writings via typewriter. Some of his hobbies include pretending to not like cats even though they’re soft and pretty great and exposing the lies of the Jedi. His greatest aspiration is to become an attorney specializing in First Amendment and speech issues. His second greatest aspiration is to be able to eat a Subway sandwich foot-long without feeling like an arctic seal helpless on a sheet of floating ice as David Attenborough narrates his untimely demise at the hands/flippers of an orca.



More welcome home, than welcome back


s you take this year’s first steps across the Reitz Union, through Turlington Plaza or into Library West, know that Gainesville, UF and The Alligator welcome you home. If this is your first time here, you’ll quickly become acquainted with what Gainesville has to offer. There’s plenty of it. Prepare for the golden age between child and adult known as “college.” To those coming back: We missed you. Our town, schools and business are happy to have you back. As we progress as Gators, Gainesville will seem more and more like home. While in school, we spend more time here than in our home towns. Its streets ferry us to and from work, class, internships, club meetings, socials, parties and parks, delivering us to morning exams and late-night jams alike. As graduation approaches, the walks from class to class, driving on its roads and taking the right I-75 exits will become more like muscle memory — like memorizing the route between the kitchen and the living room. We will more deftly navigate the bus system. We will learn the fastest, shadiest route from the New Physics Building, in one corner of campus, to the business school in the opposite. We grow more familiar with that low roaring cheer which grows louder approaching The Swamp on game day. In addition to time, we spend more money here than we do in any other city. Using last year’s numbers to estimate, Fall brings about 20,000 additional students to Gainesville compared to its Summer population, roughly a 15 percent increase. The Butler Plaza Walmart, already buzzing with activity from move-in, will see skyrocketing sales in chicken nuggets. Chinese takeout restaurants, pizza places and sellers of other late-night fare, while loved equally among all residents, will receive more phone calls near the witching hour. Now might be a good time to look forward to what this year may hold in store for you. Freshmen, this year is going to turn what you know about school on its head. Teachers will turn into professors, and you’ll be in the driver’s seat when it comes to your education. Don’t worry. It’s a good thing. This way you’ll be able to take classes that let you scuba dive, that release your inner artist or that train you to become the razor sharp accountant you were always destined to be. Your classes will likely be more challenging than what you’re used to, so do yourself a favor and start studying early. As long as you’re paying attention, going to class, doing the homework and studying, you should be fine. But remember to pace yourself. There has to be some recreation built into your work schedule. Go stargazing on the Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park observation deck. Sit in the football stadium at night with a hot drink from Gator Corner Dining Center and think about the gladiatorial spectacle that unfolds Saturday afternoons on that darkened field. Lie in your bed watching Netflix. Whatever works for you. If you are a returning student, sophomore, junior, senior or beyond, consider that even if you think you know what college has in store, that this is the endgame and the wind down, you may be surprised. If you’re now a senior, consider how much you changed each year you came back. You still have another year to go. There are a litany of other things to try, places to go, classes to take and professors to meet. Some of those may yet change the course of your scholastic career, inspire you to go to grad school or break you into a new field. Gainesville, UF and Santa Fe College have a lot more to offer you than you can possibly pack into four years, so buckle up. Remember also that it is never too late to get started on switching your major or career track. Life is too short to do something you hate. This place wouldn’t be the same without us, and we wouldn’t be the same without it. So no matter your year, major or school: welcome not just back, but home, to your college-town of Spanish moss and lofty Florida oaks. Meryl Kornfield EDITOR



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An expert’s guides to the university’s libraries


ators love their libraries. In fact, Library West alone has reported more visitors per year than the UF football stadium. Some students even take elaborate graduation photos in our spaces and declare their love by posting hysterical library related memes (yes, we see them). But how much do you really know about the resources and services the UF Libraries have to offer? As the journalism and mass communications librarian at UF, the most common complaints I hear from students are, “I wish I knew about this sooner!” and “This could have made my life so much easier!” So to save you from that level of regret, I am going to list my top five things I think every UF student should know about the George A. Smathers Libraries. #1. There are seven libraries on campus If you’re not sure where you stand on the West vs. Marston debate, the good news is you have more than two options. There are seven libraries across the UF campus, all with their own unique study spaces, subject areas and services. In addition to Library West (humanities and social sciences) and the Marston Science Library, there is Smathers Library East (archives and special collections), the Architecture and Fine Arts Library, the Legal Information Center, the Health Science Center Library and the Education Library in Norman Hall. All of these libraries are open to students regardless of major or year in school and are worth checking out. #2. You have access to a TON of “stuff” Across the seven libraries you have access to MILLIONS of materials that you can borrow with your Gator 1 Card or access electronically on a digital device. While this includes the usual academic books and e-journals, there are other items you may not even think of, such as DVDs. Other items in the UF Libraries include graphic novels, cookbooks, science fiction, children’s literature, sheet music and textbooks on course reserve. You can request titles we don’t own via Interlibrary Loan or from other academic libraries in the state through our Uborrow system. If you want it, we can usually help you get it. #3. Subject librarians are here for you Did you know there is a subject librarian for every college or major at UF who is an expert on how to find informa-

tion in your discipline? Think of this person as a research ninja who can connect you with specialized resources for your projects and papers. Email them with questions or to set up an appointment for one-on-one help. Every subject librarian curates online research guides that pull together all of the best information resources in a particular area. Find the research guide related to your major now to save a lot of time and effort down the line. #4. Tech tools and e-resources The libraries are an incredible resource for tech tools and databases. At Library West we have iPads for checkout, ProctorU booths and a video recording space called the One Button Studio. Many of our libraries have public computers with double monitors, 3D printers and KIC scanners that make scanning incredibly fast and easy. Marston has a virtual reality space as well as a tool library where you can check out everything from sewing machines to drills to podcasting equipment. And we also subscribe to over 1,600 databases, which provide valuable information not available on the open web. For example, we have news databases that get you behind paywalls for thousands of news sources, digital archives that connect you to historical documents and a streaming video platform called Kanopy that’s like Netflix, but with award winning documentaries. #5. Events for you The UF Libraries provide more than materials and study spaces. We also work hard to put on a wide variety of events that such as research workshops, hack-a-thons, exhibits and engaging speakers. We’ve recently started doing wildly popular Finals Support Week events across all libraries that include therapy dogs, yoga, free food and stress buster kits. Events like Blind Date With A Book and the Digital Resource Fair get bigger every year. How do you keep up with all of these events? Follow us on social media @uflib to stay connected. There you have it. The top 5 things every UF student should know about the George A. Smathers Libraries. I’m going to suggest that you visit our website at to find more information about everything outlined above. Keep loving those libraries, Gators!

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After top 10, what's next for UF?


of metrics against our peers and n Thursday, I will deliver have plans to enhance UF’s posithe annual State of the tion in those metrics – for example, University address to the increasing the size of our endowFaculty Senate. This adment, four-year graduation rates, dress typically covers the compensation for employees and university’s milestones and accomthe number of significant awards plishments in the past year and opwon by faculty. portunities and challenges for the Kent Fuchs Even with extensive efforts, sigcurrent year. nificant change often occurs slowThis year, I’m simply asking the ly. In 1947, then UF President J. question “What’s next?” We have reached a number of significant Hillis Miller proclaimed for the first time that UF was destined to “take its place among the and transformational milestones: Our philanthropic campaign crossed the ten or twelve great state universities of the halfway mark toward its $3 billion goal. Only country.” It took 70 years to reach that goal. What do each of us want our university six public universities have ever had a $3 billion goal, and UF will blow past its goal ahead to accomplish or change in the next year, the next ten years or even the next 70 years? And of schedule. We had 41,000 applications for 6,600 posi- what should NOT change about our beloved tions in this year’s freshmen class, up 18 per- university? A few things I love about UF and don’t cent from the record year before. UF grew its faculty by 250 last year and is want to change include that the students, facon schedule to add a total of 500 faculty. This ulty and staff care about and love one another. I appreciate that we have both world-class will allow smaller class sizes. Numerous current faculty members won athletics and academics – and that UF is ininternational acclaim last year, including a tentionally and intensely comprehensive, with a major academic health center. I also value Pulitzer Prize. Finally, the university now owns a place that we have goals, aspirations and dreams. If you are new to our university family, among the top-10 ranked public research unithen I extend my warmest welcome. For both versities. In light of such milestones, I am asking, new and returning students, I ask that you consider what you want to accomplish this how should our university change? Certainly, we have staked our future on academic year, as well as your goals for the becoming ranked as a top-five public research next 10 years and even the next 70 years. I beuniversity. We know what that will take and lieve UF is a place where our greatest dreams and aspirations become reality. have a plan to accomplish it. If you have thoughts on what you want UF In addition, in 2015 we established a set of seven university-level goals and an overarch- to accomplish or even your own aspirations ing aspiration: “The University of Florida will for the future, I would love to hear from you. be a premier university that the state, nation My email is It is, and always will be, great to be a Florand world look to for leadership.” (The “Decade Ahead” strategic plan is available on the ida Gator! Kent Fuchs is the UF president. UF president’s website.) We also track dozens


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ey Gators! the upcoming local, state and Welcome back to camnational elections. Civic Engagepus, and to UF22, welment Week is coming up from come to the Gator Nation. Sept. 7 to Sept. 14. A part of this I am so excited to get back initiative for supporting student to work and to see everyone on engagement in elections, a Recampus. I hope each and every one gional Transit System bus route Ian Green of you has a successful and enjoywill be changed to give students able Fall semester. Football season more access to early voting. is getting ready to start, and I can’t For those of you looking to wait to be back in the Swamp surrounded get involved in SG, Fall staff applications by orange and blue. I have a feeling we are are opening. Freshman Leadership Council going to be really good once again. staff applications open today and close Sept. To the incoming class and those I have 7. I highly encourage Gators in the Class of yet to meet, my name is Ian Green, and 2022 to apply for this Council. I was a memI’m your Student Body president. I ran on ber, and it really helped me to develop my a platform that aims to push UF to be bet- leadership skills. With over 1000 student orter — intentional inclusivity, professional ganizations, everyone can find a home on development and flexible student resources. campus. My team and I have been working hard all To help kick off the start of Fall, there summer to move Gators forward, and we’re are some big welcome assemblies coming ready to continue that dedication. up that I encourage everyone to attend: This summer, we’ve worked on a lot. the Hispanic & Latinx Student Assembly t Coming up in September is our first joint 6 p.m. on Aug. 29 in the Reitz Union Grand meeting with the Gainesville City Com- Ballroom, the Black Student Assembly on mission and police department. It will take Aug. 30 with doors opening at 6 p.m. in place Sept. 4 in the Reitz Union Chamber. the Phillips Center for Performing Arts, the Student Government Productions (SGP) and Asian American Student Assembly on Aug. the Accent Speakers Bureau have also been 31 with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. at the hard at work. On Sept. 7, SGP will host its Phillips Center for Performing Arts and the first concert of the semester. We have some Pride Student Union Welcome Assembly on amazing speakers and artists coming to our at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 3 in the Reitz Union campus soon. And speaking of artists, don’t Grand Ballroom. forget to buy your Gator Growl tickets.This That’s all for now Gators, but stay on the annual homecoming concert is a long-stand- look-out for more updates from SG. We’re ing tradition and is sponsored by Student going to keep working hard, so expect upGovernment Productions. dates on our initiatives like more locations Chomp the Vote and External Affairs for free-printing and more options for kohave been working hard to bring speakers sher- and halal-friendly food on campus. and plan events to get students engaged in Until then, and as always, go Gators!


Endless Summer Festival By Lindsey Breneman Avenue Writer

As the summer comes to a close, a pop-up beach will appear this weekend at Heartwood Soundstage. Located on the 600 block of Southeast First Street, the pop-up will feature local Gainesville vendors and culture Friday through Sunday. There will be human foosball — a lifesize version of the tabletop game -- provided by weFooz Human Foosball, a company that brings the game to events. There are seven people on a team. Players must keep both of their hands on the bars at all times while they try to make goals against the opposing team. Mermaid Sara, a live professional mermaid from North Central Florida, will be there. The Gainesville Circus Center, a performance art company which provides classes in aerial dance, acro-balance, equestrian vaulting, fire spinning and more, is performing between 3:30-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. “We want to bring the beach to Gainesville,” said Alexis Benton, the event’s director. “So that families, students and community members can come and they can enjoy the sand and some beach music and just hang out and really come together as a community.” When Benton graduated from the UF in May with a bachelor’s degree in architecture, she took a program director position at the Florida Community Design Center. She said she heard about the center in a studio

class and liked what it stood for. The Florida Community Design Center is promoting the Endless Summer Festival as phase one of Artline. The idea was conceived to support the construction of a new corridor between Depot Park and downtown that was proposed by the Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency and the University, called Artline, said Randy Wells, executive director of Florida Community Design Center. The FCDC is a community-based non-profit that promotes sustainable design in the natural and built environment through research and community collaboration. It provides planning and design services including conceptual design, outreach and grant attainment and management. Benton said there are a lot of people in Gainesville unaware of all of the city has to offer, especially students. For many students, it takes a couple of years to really discover the gems of downtown Gainesville. That’s why the Endless Summer Festival is at the beginning of the semester, so students can explore the diverse plethora of great talent, people, places and things offered by the city, at the beginning of their time here, rather than at the end of their four years, according to Benton. So as the sun sets on summer 2018, all of Gainesville residents are invited to get sand between their toes, appreciate the art and culture and welcome the city’s new hot destination, Artline.

Kilwins opens in Gainesville By Emma McAvoy Avenue Writer

Get ready to chomp on some sweet, fudgy goodness because there is now a Kilwins Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt in Gainesville! Not many know yet, but Kilwins recently opened a shop in Gainesville at Celebration Point and is hosting their grand opening ceremony on Saturday, serving sweet treats to all. The grand opening will feature a variety of fun activities such as face painting, raffles, prizes and even a picture booth for kids. Students at UF can take a study break and satisfy those everlasting sweet cravings, as this location is only ten minutes from campus! With 34 flavors of ice cream to choose from, what more could you ask for? According to manager Felix Burgos, Kilwins provides a wide variety of flavors for people of all ages. “There’s a good variety of flavor for all from grownups to kids,” Burgos said. Burgos worked as manager for both of the Kilwins locations in St. Augustine and is confident people of all ages will come flocking over once the word gets out that Kilwins is here-students, professors, families, etc. While business has been slow thus far due to the dead summer season, Burgos believes it should pick up once classes begin and all students are moved in and settled. “It’s been average, kind of slow right now because of the season once classes begin,” said Burgos. “I’m excited to see the flow of people here, to see their interaction. We’re just waiting for that big crowd of students to come...I’m excited to see what the future brings for this

business.” After all, how could students not fall for Kilwins’ sweet temptations such as Sea Salt Caramel or Mint Chocolate Chip? Burgos predicts that Sea Salt Caramel will be one of the most popular flavors among college kids. His personal favorite? Toasted Coconut. According to Burgos, all of the ice cream is made in house, and the shop also features various gourmet chocolates, fudges and caramels. All recipes are exclusively homemade, including their more exotic flavors such as cake batter, praline pecan, superman, lemon raspberry and greek yogurt. Kilwins will be open Monday-Saturday from 10:30am to 9:30pm and 10:30am-9:00pm on Sundays.

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Weekly Event Calendar By Emma Witmer Avenue Editor

We’d love to give you all the details on these great events, but there just isn’t time! Gainesville is always buzzing with exciting local events, so don’t miss out. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s coming up: Wednesday High Dive is showing “Princess Bride” on Wednesday as part of its weekly cult movie nights with tacos from Soul Spice. The showing is free and festivities begin at 8 p.m. Union Street Farmers Market is a weekly event held on Bo Diddley Community Plaza from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday “Honey, We Drop The Bass” is a coverfree dance party presented by Kenfolk x LAViSH at The Atlantic beginning at 9 p.m. High Dive is kicking off the school year with a concert featuring indie folk rock band Family and Friends and supporting acts. The doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are available for $10 in advance or $12 on the day of the show at, Hear Again Music, the High Dive box office or at the door. Friday Catch local band Locochino and Miami natives Electric Kif at 9 p.m. Friday at The Atlantic. Tickets are available for $8 in advance and $10 on the day of the show. High Dive is hosting a local country music show with headliner Austin Hunter. The doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are avail-

able for $8 in advance or $10 on the day of the show at, Hear Again Music, the High Dive box office or at the door. Saturday First Magnitude Brewing Company is celebrating its 4th birthday with food trucks and live music from local favorites like Whale Feral and The Savants of Soul. With The Atlantic’s doors opening at 9 Saturday night, BiteMarks, Vacancy, JoyBoy, Gimme and Mildew promise a head banging show. Entry is $6 and $8 for those under 21. Saturday is 90s night at High Dive with a performance from Grind, an Alice in Chains tribute band. Doors to the show open at 9 p.m. and tickets are available for $8 in advance and $10 on the day of the show at, Hear Again Music, the High Dive box office or at the door. Sunday The North Central Florida Blues Society Regional Blues Challenge will be held at High Dive on Sunday beginning at 3:30 p.m.. Entry is $5 and the winner will compete in Memphis late this year. Artspeak at the Thomas Center Galleries features poets and spoken word artists from the North Central Florida area. The performance is free and open to the public Tuesday This Tuesday night offers a night of comedy at High Dive. Doors open at 8 and tickets are available for $8 in advance and $10 on the day of the show at HighDiveGville. com or from the opening comics.

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UF RecSports kicks off the Fall RecStravaganza By Gregory Florez Avenue Writer

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RecStravaganza 2018 offers both incoming and returning students the opportunity to learn more about what the University of Florida has to offer its students.

Your palms are sweaty, your knees are weak, and your arms are heavy. Is this your first exam? No, it’s just tug of war at RecStravaganza. UF RecSports will host RecStravaganza 2018 at the Southwest Recreation Center on Thursday, August 23. The event is free to UF students and lasts from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. RecStravaganza runs in correlation with First Week Florida, an annual campus-wide series of events designed to welcome new and returning students to UF. This event will feature sports clubs expos, intramural sports games, Lake Wauburg activities, small group training demos, complimentary chair massages, food, group fitness classes and a number of other athletic activities. Mike Mitrook, assistant director for marketing and assessment at RecSports, said the primary goal of RecStravaganza is to let students know what programs and facilities are available for students at UF. Despite the event being primarily focused on welcoming new students into

the UF family, RecSports wants to be known for its inclusivity. “Regardless of year, gender, race or physical condition, we are as inclusive as we can possibly be,” Mitrook said. “[RecSports] would like to see everyone participating in our activities.” The first-year experience at UF varies from student to student. Some students are extroverted and adventurous while others may be introverted and hesitant to participate in events like this. The reasons for so vary upon an individual basis. Jake Slodkowski, a third-year RecSports team member, said that students should not feel overwhelmed by what is offered at RecStravaganza. For him, students who are open to having fun but are also able to carefully manage their schedules and interests will have a much better time assimilating to life at UF. “Definitely live in the moment and take in as much as you can, but don’t try to take in everything,” Slodkowski said. “Everything that is being offered at this event will be available all year round, so it’s not like you have to do everything at once.”



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Series review: Netflix’s ‘Last Chance U’ By Tranelle Maner Avenue Writer

Their issues may have happened in the dark, but now that they’re in the light, these football stars are doing their best to make the comeback of the century. Netflix’s docuseries “Last Chance U” takes a look inside the lives of football stars with troubled pasts who are trying to prove they’ve grown, changed and are capable of careers in the major collegiate, and hopefully professional, circuits. The show originally premiered online in 2016 and followed the players and coaching staff at East Mississippi Community College in Scooba, Mississippi, as they embarked on their journey to the

National Junior College Athletic Association National Junior College Football Championships. Most of the players in this series were once a part of a highly recognized university football team. Due to legal complications, however, they were let go from their respective teams and universities. Now, they are at a junior college looking for a second chance at education and, most of all, a football career. What makes the series so intriguing to wide audiences is the unedited authenticity of these players and their coaching staff. Coach Buddy Stephens has become a household name because of his unorthodox and somewhat brash style of coaching that is either met with praise for his stern nature or criticism for his lack of


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Playlist: A VMA montage By Tranelle Maner Avenue Writer

While the year is now more than halfway over, MTV celebrated the best of what this year had to offer in music at the VMAs. On Monday night, MTV held its 34th annual Video Music Awards. This awards show has a long history of being the dynamic and show stopping, bringing daring and controversial performances from charttopping artists. Many historic events in pop culture have occurred on this stage, including the infamous kiss between Madonna, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, not to mention the “Blurred Lines” performance from Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus. The show last night did not disappoint. Jennifer Lopez gave a huge mastermix performance of her top hits as she accepted the Video Vanguard Award, and both the “Queen of Rap” and “Queen of Pop”, Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande respectively, gave a show that made the two worthy of their titles. To celebrate the best of this year, here is a playlist of the best of the 2018 VMA nominees and winners. “No Tears Left To Cry” by Ariana Grande “Havana” by Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug “Chun-Li” by Nicki Minaj “Dinero” by Jennifer Lopez Feat. Cardi B and DJ Khaled “Curious” by Hayley Kiyoko “Apes--t” by The Carters “God’s Plan” by Drake “Better Now” by Post Malone “This is America” by Childish Gambino “Finesse (Remix)” by Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B “Walk It Talk It” by Migos feat. Drake “In My Feelings” by Drake “New Rules” by Dua Lipa

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City Commission votes to increase residents’ utilities rates By Angela DiMichele Alligator Staff Writer

Gainesville Regional Utilities rates will increase by just over 2 percent this October. Although Commissioner Adrian Hayes-Santos had voted for the increase, he reassessed after constituents complained. He asked for a revote last Wednesday, but not enough commissioners changed their minds to reverse the 4-3 decision. The additional funding will be used to replace aging equipment, Edward Bielarski, GRU’s general manager, said. “We have 53-year-old units, 45-year-old

units,” Bielarski said. “They’re going to break, and that’s what our fleet is comprised of.” Claudia Rasnick, GRU’s chief financial officer, said rates did not increase for years before last year, when rates increased by 2 percent. Commissioner Gigi Simmons said residents are concerned about the government’s spending and said the budget should be considered before resorting to raising customer rates. Residents who both supported and rejected the motion to increase rates agreed that low-income residents who cannot afford higher bills should be considered. Jeffrey Shapiro, who’s lived in the city for 20 years and rejected the proposal, told com-

missioners his northwest Gainesville home’s utility bill has not increased significantly since 2012 because he upgraded his appliances in order to maintain a $200 monthly bill. “Local income residents cannot afford luxuries like upgraded appliances,” Shapiro said. “They need help with their bills.” Kenya Ellis, a single mother of eight, said to conserve energy in her house, she uses energy efficient light bulbs and windows, keeps appliances unplugged and constantly reminds her children to turn lights off when they’re not being used. “I won’t even have relatives come visit me most of the time because they say my house is

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County raises stormwater fee 40 parking spots will be open for voters at the Reitz By Jessica Curbelo Alligator Staff Writer

The Alachua County Commission voted Thursday to increase stormwater assessment fees to $45 to improve infrastructure and tackle new projects. The vote was 3-2 to raise the fee — collected annually from individual homes — $15 from last year’s fee. The increase will generate an additional $600,000 in revenue, County Commissioner Ken Cornell said. Half of that will go toward maintenance of existing ditches, swales and gutters. The other half will be used for water quality projects, which clean out and prevent pollutants from entering bodies of water. Cornell wanted all of the additional money to go toward the maintenance of stormwater infrastructure, he said.


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accomodations from the student center, including 40 parking spots, because they cannot charge voters to park, a secure room to store equipment, access to a room where voting will take place and signs directing voters to the room, Pyche said. Barton was concerned about the Nov. 3 football game against the University of Missouri because it’s also the last Saturday of early voting, which tends to be the busiest, Pyche said. Barton and UF administration will meet Aug. 30 to work on these requests,

he said. The university is looking into providing 20 monitored parking spots in the Reitz Union Parking Garage from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., said UF spokesperson Steve Orlando. Parking patrol will monitor the spots and a sheriff’s deputy will take over during the football game. “Early voting on campus was driven quite a lot by the students,” Orlando said. “Having it centrally located on campus would make it more convenient for students.” @Christina_M18

Ransom-note-esque promotional materials cause local scare By Bailey LeFever Alligator Staff Writer

Elections complaint filed against Ocala nonprofit supporting Olysha By Jessica Giles

Editor’s Note: The author of the story and another editor at The Alligator recieved one of the promotional notes in mail during the reporting of this story. This week, multiple Gainesville media outlets received letters pieced together from construction paper drizzled in fake blood. Gainesville Police received multiple calls this weekfrom frightened recipients of the poorly designed promotional letter, said police spokesperson Officer Ben Tobias. An explanation for the letter was missing. The note was a marketing ploy meant to advertise the opening of “The Torment Factory,” which is an upcoming local “live-haunt attraction.” Officers traced the address on the envelope to a P.O. Box and revealed the letters were sent by, Tobias said. After identifying the sender, GPD verified the intent of the campaign was not malicious, Tobias said. The Gainesville Sun newsroom was confused about the letters, said Douglas Ray, the editor and general manager for The Sun and the Ocala Star-Banner. “The style of the letter was kind of odd, in that while it’s put together like a ransom note or something like that, it’s kind of also bright and cheery and laminated,” Ray said. While the blood on the materials was proven to be fake, the message was still aggressive reading, “I’ve been watching you. I’ve enjoyed your craft and can’t wait to show you mine - AG.” However, the arrival of the letters did resurface


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A copy of the ransom note sent to Gainesvillearea newsrooms and businesses. thoughts about newsroom security, Ray said. It’s a tenuous time for journalists following the shooting at the Capitol Gazette. Since the shooting, The Sun has taken more security precautions, Ray said. “Given the mass shootings that we’ve had, people are a little more on edge right now than they might otherwise be,” Ray said. “I think the press right now feels a little more under assault than ever before in my career.” @blefever10

An Ocala nonprofit spent hundreds on advertisements to support a state Senate candidate, according to a complaint filed with the Florida Elections Commission. The complaint claims nonprofit Liberation Ocala African American Council bought at least three mail ads to support Olysha Magruder, a Democrat running for the District 8 Florida state Senate seat and attack Democrat Kayser Enneking, who they called a “puppet who will follow orders.” Attorney Jason Blank said the nonprofit spent more than $500 on the ads without registering as a political committee, which violates Florida campaign finance statutes. Blank, who isn’t affiliated with any candidates, said violations can obscure the transparency of Florida’s elections. “That prevents the voters of Florida from being able to see who is giving money to support

which candidates,” he said. Magruder’s campaign released a statement Sunday about the political advertisements saying she “did not collaborate with nor give approval” on the ads. Whitfield Jenkins, president of Liberation Ocala African American Council, hasn’t been formally notified of the complaint by the Florida Elections Commission but will cooperate fully if he is, he said. District 8 includes Alachua and Putnam counties and part of Marion County. Florida Elections Commission hasn’t responded to Blank, but he hopes the outcome will reinforce the importance of registering political committees. “I think that this is a way that people try to hide where money comes from, and that’s just not how our system should work,” Blank said. @jessica_giles_


UF hires hundreds of new professors to improve ranking UF HIRED ABOUT 230 FACULTY STARTING IN FALL. By Angela DiMichele Alligator Staff Writer

In hopes of boosting its ranking from a top10 public university into the top 5, UF hired nearly 230 professors and lecturers this Fall. The Florida Legislature allocated $52 million to UF in 2017 for new hires and pay increases, UF spokesperson Steve Orlando said. The new hires are “spread across the spectrum” of the university but are focused in science, technology, engineering and mathematic departments, Orlando said. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences brought in 70 new faculty members this Fall, a 10 percent increase in total staff. Orlando said of the 70, 13 belong to the mathematics department. Dana Bartosova - College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Mathematics One of the new hires, assistant logic professor Dana Bartosova, said the mathematics department may see a foreign exchange program in the future inspired by her international experience. She has studied in Germany and Brazil. Bartosova said the opportunity to have a permanent position at UF persuaded her to leave Carnegie Mellon University, where she taught a year earlier. She said the department suffered in previous years when faculty diminished across the university. Bartosova said one of her main goals is to revive the logic addition of the department. “The main thing is to get connected with

students and hopefully get them more interested in my area,” she said. Ashley Robertson Preston - College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, African American Studies The 50-year history of the African American Studies department at UF is one of the reasons Ashley Robertson Preston accepted the position. Preston will head the courses “Key Issues of Black Atlantic Thought” and “Mary McLeod Bethune: Black Women and Social Activism.” “I think that not just this first semester but every semester, my goal is for the student to walk away with something that they can take back from my class, that they can take back to their lives and go out and change the world,” she said. Students taking Preston’s classes can expect to think more critically and challenge everyday thoughts and beliefs, she said. “I want this class to be a class that you say, ‘Wow, Dr. Preston really made me think about that,’” she said. Ted Bridis - College of Journalism and Communications, Journalism The College of Journalism and Communications received 15 new full-time faculty across the advertising, public relations, journalism and telecommunications departments. The 28 percent staff growth is unprecedented in the field, Orlando said. Orlando said with the new hires, the College of Journalism and Communications expanded from 53 to 68 full-time employees. He said after budget cuts at UF during the recession from 2007 to 2009, the college only had about 48 full-time faculty. “It’s really an extraordinary number of new hires for the college,” Orlando said.

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New hires in the College of Journalism and Communications by percentage of total new hires. Ted Bridis, the Rob Hiaasen lecturer in investigative reporting, led the investigative team at the Associated Press in Washington, D.C., since 2017 before coming to UF. The college created Bridis’ position to honor alumnus Hiaasen, who was shot and killed in the Capital Gazette shooting June 28. Bridis said he always enjoyed working with the younger reporters at the AP and planned to become a college professor later in his career. Bridis said one of his goals is to be a resource for students in the college and to focus on real life application. He hopes to work with students on covering news in the Gainesville and Florida communities as well as national news. “They want to make Florida a destination journalism program for investigative reporting, and I think that’s a fantastic thing,” he said.

Jeffrey Rudolf - College of Engineering, Chemical Biology The Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering received the majority of the new hires, Orlando said. Among the dozens of new hires, there are three professors in the materials science and engineering department, four in the industrial and systems engineering department and one in the chemistry department. Jeffrey Rudolf, a chemical biology assistant professor, said he brings a three-year grant with him to the university, which he believes made him an attractive candidate. Rudolf will teach graduate students in organic chemistry of biomolecules, as well as run his own research lab. His research focuses on discovering how to use the chemicals that organisms make in nature. “I can have money coming in to help get me set up in terms of buying equipment and recruiting people and to build a strong foundation for the lab when I first arrive,” he said. “Departments always like to see that if possible.” Rudolf said he hopes to recruit students for his lab and to get the first few experiments started during the Fall semester. The collaborative research across departments at UF is one of the reasons it is set apart from other high-ranking universities, he said. “Because the University of Florida is a top10 school, the quality of students that we get, both undergraduates and graduates, is much higher than a lot of other places around the country,” Rudolf said. @angdimi



Everything you should know about voting early By Meryl Kornfield Alligator Staff Writer

Voters still have four days to vote early in Alachua County. Anyone registered before July 30 will get to choose between Democrat and Republican candidates for governor, U.S. congressmen, attorney general and agriculture commissioner. Other local races include three School Board seats, a County Commission seat and two judges — county and circuit. Early voting in Alachua County is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Saturday. Before polls even opened, 7,138 people voted by mail, according to state data. Since early voting started, 2,759 voters have cast ballots. If you didn’t register before July 30, you won’t be able to participate in the Aug. 28 primary, but you can vote in the general election Nov. 6 if you register before Oct. 9. If you do plan to vote early in the next week, here’s what you need to know: Where to vote During early voting, registered voters can go to any of five open locations no matter their precinct. If you wait until Aug. 28, you have to vote in your own precinct. A federal judge struck down a ban against using Florida college campuses for early voting last month after UF students sued the Florida Secretary of State. While the court decision won’t impact early voting for the primaries, Alachua Supervisor of Election Kim Barton announced Friday that the Reitz Union will be an ear-

ly voting location come October 22. There are five total voting locations in Alachua County, with three in Gainesville at the Supervisor of Elections office, the Millhopper Branch Library and the Tower Road Branch Library. What to bring All Florida polling locations require a valid photo ID with a signature. If you are looking to get in and out of the polling place as quickly as possible, you can fill out a sample ballot ahead of time. Sample ballots are mailed and also available online. Who is on the ballots Who you can vote for if you are a registered Republican: For U.S Senate, Gov. Rick Scott and 2016 presidential candidate Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente are running. California resident De La Fuente is also running in six other Senate races in other states, which is allowed as long as he moves to any state he is elected in. Whoever wins the primary will face incumbent Bill Nelson who is unopposed by any Democrats. For the U.S. Rep. for District 3, Judson Sapp is challenging incumbent Ted Yoho. Front runners in the race for governor are U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis and Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam. Other candidates are Don Baldauf, Timothy M. Devine, Bob Langford, John Joseph Mercadante, Bruce Nathan and Bob White. To replace term-limited Attorney General Pam Bondi, Circuit Court Judge Ashley Moody and State Rep. Frank White are run-

ning. Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam is also term limited and running for another office. Vying for his office are State Rep. Matt Caldwell, State Senator Denise Grimsley, former Governor candidate Mike McCalister and former State Rep. Baxter Troutman. Locally, Marc Vann and Chuck Brannan are running for the State Rep. seat for District 10, which includes a small piece of northwestern Alachua near High Springs as well as all of Baker, Columbia, Hamilton and Suwannee counties. Whoever wins will face Ronald W. Williams II, who faces no challenger in the primary. Who you can vote for if you are a registered Democrat: Three Democrats are hoping to replace Republican incumbent Ted Yoho as U.S. Rep. for District 3: Dushyant Jethagir Gosai, Yvonne Hayes Hinson and Tom Wells. Polls show former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham is in the lead among Democrats running for the governor’s office. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, Jeff Greene, Chris King, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, Alex “Lundy” Lundmark and John Wetherbee are also running. State Rep. Sean Shaw and Ryan Torrens are running for Attorney General. Democrats running for Commissioner of Agriculture are Nicole “Nikki” Fried, Jeffrey Duane Porter and Roy David Walker. A UF professor of anesthesiology Kayser Enneking and former Alachua school teacher Olysha

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Gloria Walker. County Court judge candidates are Craig DeThomasis, Meshon Rawls, Jon Uman and Darla K. Whistler. Three School Board seats are open this election. District 1: Tina Certain and April Griffin District 3: Judy DeJesus McNeil, Gunnar Paulson and April Barefoot Tisher District 5: Rob Hyatt and Paul Wolfe Pros and cons of voting early Early voters avoid a wait that may come Election Day and can choose their polling place. But, if new information surfaces, voters already cast their ballots. @merylkornfield

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We asked candidates to answer questions about the most important issues facing who they aim to represent. Those who responded say they hope to win the primary.

Alachua County Commission District 2

Democrats Randy Wells and Marihelen Haddock Wheeler want to represent the northwest district of Alachua County. Marihelen Haddock Wheeler, 67, is a retired Alachua public school educator, who taught arts and special education for 38 years. She’s run for office before — twice for Florida House of Wheeler Representatives in 2012 and 2016 and once for U.S. Congress in 2014. She said she’s running for the County Commission partly because there are no women holding those offices now. “I feel that I would open the commission to a demographic that can be better served with a more diverse commission,” she said. Top three issues facing the county: 1. Sustainable growth 2. Water quality 3. Economic equality Randy Wells, 51, was a Gainesville City Commissioner from 2010 to 2016. He said his biggest accomplishments have been helping Wells to establish Grace Marketplace, create a park and job center in

Meet the candidates on the ballot East Gainesville and designate Gainesville a welcoming city. “I have a track record of providing positive leadership that brings people together to create smart, cost-effective solutions to our community’s biggest challenges,” he said. Top three issues facing the county: 1. Environment 2. Economy 3. Poverty and discrimination Alachua County School Board District 1

Tina Certain and April Griffin are competing for District 1’s School Board seat. Accountant Tina Certain, 50, sees “financial constraints” in the school system, including a backlog of facility repairs. “My goal is to ensure sound financial decisions are made so that higher teacher and support staff salaries can be offered,” she said. Certain is not in favor of arming school employees, high stakes testing or diverting funding via vouchers.

Alachua County School Board District 3

Candidates for the School Board district 3 seat are: Judy DeJesus McNeil, Gunnar Paulson and April Barefoot Tisher. McNeil, 53, has taught for years in various schools and programs. “My opponents’ experiences are obsolete to the challenging time faced on school campus with school safety/drills, facility and maintenance issues and excessing testing — our new normal,” she said. “As a teacher, I have first-hand experience on all these issues.” Paulson, the incumbent, said the schools are safer because of armed school resource officers, active shooter training for teachers

and students and more social workers. Tisher, 41, is a mother of three Alachua Schools students and said she is the only candidate with children still in school. “I felt like there needed to be a voice on the board for parents to advocate for all students,” she said. Alachua County School Board District 5

Rob Hyatt and Paul Wolfe are running against each other for a school board seat. Recent Buchholz High School graduate Paul Wolfe, 17, said his fellow students feel like their “lives are at risk when they set foot on a school campus.” Wolfe’s proposals to improve safety and security response would be to institute a mental health counseling position at every school and trauma kits in case of emergency. State Senate for District 8 A UF professor of anesthesiology, Kayser Enneking, and former Alachua school teacher Olysha Magruder are running for State Senate District 8, which includes all of Alachua and Putnam counties Enneking and part of Marion County. Whoever wins will face Republican incumbent Keith Perry, who had no challenger in the primary. Enneking said she chose to run for office because of her experience as a doctor and view of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. She supports the program and “our lawmakers have been throwing all that progress out the window,” she said. Enneking said she’d also like to repeal the

Stand Your Ground law, legalize marijuana for recreational use and ban assault weapons. She said as a state senator, she’d also want to promote water and air quality to ensure they’re protected. State House of Representatives for District 21

Jason Lee Haeseler and Amol Jethwani, a UF political science senior, are both running for the State Rep. seat for District 21. The district encompasses western Alachua, including Haeseler part of Gainesville, and all of Gilchrist and Dixie counties. Whoever wins will face incumbent Chuck Clemmons, who was unopposed by any Republicans. Haeseler, a 43-year-old UF assistant director of utilities, said current representatives, including incumbent Chuck Clemmons, support special interests like Big Sugar. He said he couldn’t “sit on the sidelines anymore, while the quality of water has diminished.” “The biggest threat to our environment in Florida is the Florida legislature,” he said. Jethwani, 21, has spent 10 years advocating for issues including keeping guns off campus, protecting Planned Parenthood and protecting the environment. “It’s time for a Jethwani new generation of leadership driven to advance the goals of their constituency,” he said.

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Three Democrats are hoping to replace Republican incumbent Ted Yoho as U.S. Rep. for District 3: Dushyant Jethagir Gosai, Yvonne Hayes Hinson and Tom Wells. Hinson, who served on the City Commission from 2012 to 2015, said she wants to hold President Donald Trump accountable in Congress. She said she also wants to promote local ecotourism and bring environmental land Hinson grants to the area. Hinson, a retired educator, also said she wants to have guidance counselors have the time to tend to students and serve as the “first line of defense when battling mental health.” Wells, a 68-yearold engineer, said the midterm is the “most critical election of our lifetimes” and hopes to challenge what he said is a destruction of democracy. Wells wants to bring singleWells payer health care, ban assault weapons and require training for all other gun use. He’d also like to implement “pump-up economics,” which use a $16 minimum wage, and said he hopes to reform the system of money in politics. Gosai said he is a progressive candidate who supports a $15 minimum wage, the current laws surrounding abortion and also promotes banning all automatic and semiautomatic weapons.



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When the results of the 2018 Florida Standard Assessment came out, Alachua County Public Schools found itself at the top — for the widest achievement gap between white and black students. Alachua County schools have the largest gap in the state in English, math and science and the second largest gap in social studies, said Valerie Freeman, the district’s educational equity director. To remedy this disparity, Freeman presented an equity plan, which was rolled out in schools on Aug. 13. “We have to look not for a bandage fix but for a transformation,” Freeman said. The plan lists five categories of goals: student achievement, advanced coursework, graduation rate, student discipline and diversity of the workforce. It will be continuously edited to align with the district’s goals and reviewed in the middle and at the end of the school year, she said. For this school year, the plan will focus on the largest disparity data has shown, which is between white and black students, Freeman said. Four schools in the district are piloting a college and career readiness called AVID program, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. Mebane Middle School, Santa Fe High School, Westwood Middle School and Gainesville High School are implementing the college readiness program, Freeman said. Westwood Middle School is also integrating other strategies that promote organization and

readiness. Students are also taking college readiness electives, where they research colleges and career options, said Ginger Stanford, assistant principal. “They have control of their learning,” Stanford said, “and they can advocate for their own education.” Stanford said she’s already received calls from parents saying they’ve noticed a difference in their childrens’ organizational skills. The plan also introduces a credit retrieval program, which lets students make up classes they may have failed and individual learning plans for students who aren’t on track to graduate. The goal is to raise the graduation rate for black students by 3 percent each year, according to the document. In the year leading up to the proposal of the equity plan, Alachua County teachers and administrators received training to develop culturally responsive classrooms. This training included having discussions about race and addressing implicit biases, Freeman said. An integral part of the plan includes diversifying the school district’s workforce. The hope is to recruit at more job fairs in order to increase the number of black teachers and administrators by 10 percent each year to mirror the county’s racial demographic, according to the plan. “In order to have success for all, we have to be able to teach for all,” Freeman said. @jessc47

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Improve the achievement of black students in reading by 3 percentage points each year Increase participation of black students in advanced courses by 2 percent each year Improve the graduation rate of black students by 3 percent each year Decrease the number of black students who are suspended each year by 15 percent Hire more black teachers and administrators Increase the number of black students who are recommended for the gifted program by 2 percent


DIVE IN: Mermaid meetup inspires childhood dreams

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Chelseabelle Rioux fulfills her childhood dreams of becoming a mermaid by donning a tail, a crown and diving in. Rioux made her first tail as a child with a raft and scissors before she even knew how to swim.

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Kari “Stormmaker” Bartruff shows off her tail alongside about 100 of her “merbrothers” and “mersisters.” The mermaid meetup hosted both male and female participants ages 6 to 60.

Tami Baker sits dockside in her $5,000 custom mermaid tail in August. Baker organized the national mermaid meetup at Ginnie Springs, an opportunity for mermaid enthusiasts to slide into a tail of their own and do what they love.


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The Flavet Lot adds an additional 225 parking spaces on campus. It replaced a tennis court next to Flavet Field, across Museum Road from the Honors Residential College at Hume Hall.

By Christina Morales Alligator Staff Writer

Parking just got a little easier for people donning an orange decal on their windshields. UF’s Transportation and Parking Services Department squeezed 225 parking spots into a repurposed tennis court next to Flavet Field to make up for the 600 spaces planned to close in November when the department breaks ground on a 1,900-space parking garage on Gale Lemerand Drive, said Scott Fox, the director of UF Transportation and Parking Services. The Flavet Lot opened for orange decals Monday. It’s located next to Flavet Field, across Museum Road from the Honors Residential College at Hume Hall. The lot can be accessed through the north side of Museum Road through the red decal parking lot. “It’s the first domino to fall in the series of changes that are coming,” Fox said. It cost about $140,000 to build the temporary lot, Fox said. Flavet Lot is one of five locations that will be converted to additional parking to make up for the lost spaces. The cost to build the new lots would be about $3.5 million. The multi million-dollar price tag is typical for building surface lots, Fox said, because they need to include a surface water management system, lighting, surfacing and striping. In return for the tennis courts that were used for the Flavet Lot,

the department will make a donation for a future RecSports project. That amount is unknown right now, Fox said. To pay off the loan for Garage 14, faculty and staff saw a 7 percent increase in the price of parking decals in 2018 and will continue to see increases until 2020. For orange decals, the most common among faculty and staff, prices are now $378 compared to $354 the last year, Fox said. “If we want to embark on an expensive project, we need the money to pay it,” Fox said. But the parking gain comes at a loss to the UF Club Tennis, which is out of the court they used for practices three times a week and for tournaments they hosted twice a year. The Club’s vice president, Andrew Makarov, said he received an email on July 25 about the transformation of the lot. On Monday, Makarov met with RecSports to talk about where the group could host its tournaments, which accounts for about 25 percent of the organization’s funding. In the future, it will host matches at both Broward and Southwest Recreation Center’s courts. “It feels unfair because we were putting the courts to good use,” Makarov, a 20-year-old UF mathematics and statistics senior said. “They’re the home of our club, so it’s not like it’s space that no one’s using anyways.” @Christina_M18

City accidentally links website with a recording about Richard Spencer THE CITY OF GAINESVILLE WON’T CONDUCT AN INTERNAL INVESTIGATION. By Christina Morales Alligator Staff Writer

Gainesville city officials accidentally shared a Facebook post linking to a website with a recording from county officials talking about revenue boosts because of Richard Spencer’s visit. The post last week advertised volunteergnv. org, a site that was supposed to be used to connect volunteers with organizations, but when users clicked on the link, they were directed to a website with a recording of county officials talking about white supremacist Richard Spencer’s Oct. 19, 2017 speech in Gainesville. The post was fixed the following morning and replaced with, city spokesperson Chip Skinner said. The site used to upload the recording was purchased Aug. 13 by a private user who uploaded the audio from a county advisory meeting. The city won’t conduct an internal investigation, Skinner said. Skinner said the domain used was one of two sites the city was considering for their vol-

unteer website. In the 15-second recording, which was taken at a July 9 Tourist Development Council meeting, Alachua County officials who attended confirmed that Tommy Crosby, the assistant county manager for budget and fiscal services, and Megan Eckdahl, the general manager for the Hampton Inn by Hilton Gainesville were in the recording. The public monthly meeting was held to discuss funding and revenue for the Tourist Development Tax — a 5 percent tax applied to short-term lodging. Crosby spoke about events that had increased the revenue, including home football games, Hurricane Irma and Spencer’s speech, but only the portion about Spencer was recorded. The predicted 2018 tax revenue would be about $5,084,089, compared to $4,815,963 in 2017. “He can come back and stay and speak because that helped the economy,” Eckdahl responded to Crosby in the recording. Eckdahl couldn’t be reached for comment. “I was just relaying data that brought people into the community that drove up revenues,” Crosby said. @Christina_M18


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Slurping with straws may become a thing of the past in two decades. Gainesville is starting an initiative to get rid of plastic straws and become a wastefree city by 2040. “We’re coming to a crisis point in our environment,” Gainesville City Commissioner Adrian Hayes-Santos said. “We have to start taking action now and through the next decade to be able to rectify the crisis and ensure our environment is there for future generations.” UF is ahead when it comes to being environmentally conscious and supports the city’s efforts to go “zero-waste,” HayesSantos said. Zachary Amrose, a UF political science junior, passed a resolution in Spring through UF Student Government that re-

quested the university to limit single-use plastic straws on campus, according to Alligator archives. A petition to ban straws started by Amrose received 2,600 signatures and was supposed to be sent to UF President Kent Fuchs. “Everybody who wants to ban plastic straws does not see this as the end all be all,” Amrose said. Limiting plastic straws is just a starting point, Amrose said. But he hopes singleuse plastic devices will be around in the future. People against the ban are concerned about convenience and cost, Hayes-Santos said. Hayes-Santos said he wants to improve the zero-waste Gainesville initiative through city budgeting, conducting waste studies and hiring sustainability managers. “Growing up in Gainesville, the environment has always been something that’s been of a strong value in our community,” Hayes-Santos said. @danacassidy_

Onyekwere P. Ozuzu thought she would become a lawyer. But once she got onto the dance floor, she decided to focus on becoming an artist. “Dance is my home art form,” she said. “What I experienced on the dance floor was the most transformative experience of my young life up to that point.” Ozuzu became UF’s College of the Arts dean Aug. 1. Previously, she served as the dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts at Columbia College in Chicago. “The dean’s portfolio is really broad, which is just the way my brain works,” she said. “My brain likes to travel out across large distances and see things kind of from a big picture.” Ozuzu said her move to Florida was a homecoming. In high school, Ozuzu danced in Florida and found her love for contemporary and cultural styles. She also was part of a community dance troupe at the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. “When I came down here and started hearing about what was going on at the University of Florida, I couldn’t help but get interested,” she said. Many other liberal arts colleges across the

country are losing enrollment, but UF is seeing the opposite, Ozuzu said. The influx of hundreds of new faculty is one of the things that attracted her to UF. “As dean, I couldn’t think of a more exciting environment to be in than a place that was getting such an infusion of creativity and experience,” she said. Ozuzu incorporates what she has studied, including ballet, Japanese martial arts, West African dance, Afro-Caribbean dance, house and club dancing into her teaching. Jennifer Setlow, the associate dean for academic and student affairs, said Ozuzu doesn’t lecture, she has conversations with students. “She’s a collaborator, she’s a listener and she’s also someone who both leads but also facilitates other voices being heard,” Setlow said. The future of the college and the relationship between arts and the economy and technology is going to change radically in coming years, Ozuzu said. “We’re not here for decoration anymore,” she said. “And we never were.” @angdimi

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From inside his prison cell, Kevin would put his hand over someone’s traced handprint, feeling where they had been. Kevin, who declined to provide his full name, was incarcerated in multiple Florida prisons for about three years. He said he and other inmates used to exchange letters with people on the outside, sending handprints back and forth so they could feel more human. On Tuesday, prisoners around the country launched a week-long prison strike to push for better prison conditions. The Gainesville chapter of Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee and Fight Toxic Prisons held an information session at the Alachua County Headquarters Library on Monday evening to teach the community about how they can participate in the strike. Inmates compiled a list of demands including improved living conditions, more access to rehabilitation programs and an end to “prison slavery,” said Karen Smith, secretary of the Gainesville IWOC. The strike is a response to the violence that plagues America’s prisons, she said. An incident in April was the catalyst, when seven inmates were killed during a prison riot at Lee

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Representatives from Gainesville Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee and Fight Toxic Prisons listen while an inmate speaks over the phone. Correctional Institution in South Carolina. “It’s like a powder keg,” Smith said. “This kind of violence happens all the time, we just don’t hear about it.” Inmates will strike in four ways, she said.

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Seven new counselors to work at the CWC by the end of the year FIVE OTHER COUNSELORS WILL BE WORKING BY THE 2019-20 FISCAL YEAR.

CWC. “Our university has become so much (more) competitive, and with that comes a certain level of anxiety,” Escoto said. For at least the last four years, the number of students using the center has increased. In the 2016-17 year, the center cared for 5,100 students, but in the 2017-18 year, that increased to 5,340 students. In 2016-17, 6 percent of students were placed on a waiting list to see a counselor, Escoto said, with an average wait time of 16 days for a follow-up appointment. Escoto said they are still waiting to see how the increase in employment will affect the time it takes to see students. The center wants to remodel offices

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Wait times at the Counseling & Wellness Center may decrease with the center’s plan to have seven new counselors working by the end of the year. Last August, the UF Board of Trustees approved the hire of 12 new fulltime mental health counselors, according to Alligator archives. Additional counselors would decrease the ratio from the current one counselor to 1,400 students to one to 1,253 students. All counselors are on track to be hired by the end of the 2019-20 fiscal year, said Ernesto Escoto, the director of the


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Police find drugs floating in swamp A Gainesville man was arrested Monday morning after Gainesville Police found cocaine baggies floating in swampwater, according to the arrest report. Daniel Andre McKenzie, a 28-year-old Gainesville resident, was found nearby, wet from the knees down and shirtless, police said. A GPD officer was sitting in a parked patrol car in the Niche Apartments parking lot, on Southwest 37th Boulevard off of Southwest Archer Road, after K-9 Leo responded to a car alarm in the apartment complex, according to the report. McKenzie McKenzie reportedly rode his bike by the patrol car and was surprised to see the officer. When the officer exited the car, McKenzie said, “I didn’t do it.” He dropped his bike and ran away when the officer told him to stop, the officer said. Police chased McKenzie on foot and found a fresh set of footprints leading to a swamp north of the apartment complex, according to the report. A shirt was found next to three baggies floating in the water. The substance in the baggies tested positive for cocaine, according to the report. The K-9 found McKenzie in the wooded area by the apartments. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting an officer without violence and loitering. McKenzie is being held in Alachua County Jail in lieu of a $25,000 bond. @AmandaNicRosa

GPD: Man steals nearly 1K worth of items Gainesville Police arrested a man accused of filling a shopping cart with items stolen from vehicles and a porch Monday morning, according to an arrest report. Kahary Alterec Campbell, 22, of Gainesville, was charged with four counts of transporting burglarized possessions, three counts of petit theft, two counts of grand LastName theft and one count of burglarizing an occupied home, the report said. Police responded to a report of multiple burglaries in the 900 block of Southwest Fifth Avenue where officers found Campbell trying to leave the area on a bicycle while pulling a full CVS Pharmacy cart, the report said.

Campbell is accused of stealing a laundry bag of folded clothes, Apple laptop, headphones, Apple charging cord, sunglasses, a mens leather jacket and a travel bag of hygiene items all worth $980 from a car on Tenth Street, the report said. Campbell reportedly stole a bottle of laundry detergent, a beer keg, a tool kit, a toolbox, a handle of Captain Morgan rum and several cans of beer all worth $121 from a backyard porch and two truck beds on Tenth Street. A witness recorded a video of Campbell opening an unlocked car on Southwest Sixth Avenue and taking a loudspeaker, radar detector and tool kit worth $275. Campbell is being held in Alachua County Jail in lieu of a $66,000 bond. @amandanicrosa

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Car search yields two gallons of date rape drug Gainesville Police arrested a man early Tuesday morning for reportedly possessing more than three pounds of crystal meth. Brandon Jay Hughes, 35, of Tampa, was stopped by police after reportedly speeding and swerving while driving south on Interstate 75 by High Springs in a silver Hyundai, according to the arrest report. Hughes was asked to step out of the vehicle so the officer could write a warning for speeding. The officer noticed Hughes appeared nervous

and asked to search the car. Although Hughes refused, a K-9 alerted police to the smell of drugs in the vehicle. Hughes reportedly ran into the woods when police tried to arrest him. After a brief chase, it took three officers and a Taser to detain him, according to the report. Hughes kicked and grabbed at officers, causing minor injuries, police said. Police searched the car and found 3.6 pounds of crystal meth, worth more than $129,000, and a large amount of money in the glovebox, according

to the report. Police also found about 2 gallons of a suspected date rape drug and a large amount of suspected MDMA, or ecstasy. Hughes was charged with trafficking methamphetamine and three counts of resisting police with violence, according to the arrest report. Hughes’ charges on the additional drugs are pending, according to the report. He is being held in Alachua County Jail in lieu of a $130,000 bond. @amandanicrosa


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A Puerto Rican woman who moved to Gainesville after Hurricane Maria is suing the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections, alleging voting materials for the upcoming election aren’t in Spanish. A complaint filed on behalf of Marta Valentina Rivera Madera, 70, on Thursday said she couldn’t register to vote in the Nov. 6 election without the help of her daughter because the form was in English. Four voting rights advocacy groups are taking up her case, saying Alachua Supervisor of Elections Kim Barton is in violation of the federal Voting Rights Act for not providing bilingual voting materials. Like many Puerto Ricans who moved to the mainland post-Maria, Rivera Madera attended Spanishspeaking schools on the island and does not speak, read or write in English, said Stuart Naifeh, senior council at one of the advocacy firms, Demos. Naifeh said Puerto Ricans are

American citizens by birth and entitled to Spanish-language election material under federal law. Rivera Madera used to vote in Spanish in Puerto Rico, she said in a press release. “I take voting very seriously and have always educated myself about the candidates and issues before casting my ballot,” Rivera Madera said. “But here in Gainesville, I can only get information in English.” The lawsuit, which was also filed against Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner, is seeking class-action status to file the same suit against election supervisors in 31 other counties for allegedly not providing Spanish materials. The suit includes Marion, Levy, Putnam, Clay and Columbia. The goal is for a judge to order the 32 counties to provide Spanishlanguage election materials, from ballots to voter guides, by the 2018 election and for all subsequent elections, Naifeh said. About 30,000 non-English speaking Puerto Ricans live in the 32 counties as of 2015, according to the complaint.

“It adds insult to injury for people who fled Puerto Rico as a result of hurricane damage only to be met with discrimination at the polling place,” he said. Before suing, the group sent letters to 13 of the 32 counties April 3 urging them to provide bilingual materials, citing the Voting Rights Act. Barton wrote back a week later that her office would review the number of voters educated in nonEnglish American schools but said she wasn’t “aware of any significant number” in the county. When Demos replied two months later with numbers of Puerto Rican voters in Alachua County, Barton didn’t respond, Naifeh said. In the letter, Naifeh said as of July 2016, there were about 1,084 registered voters in Alachua County who reported they were born in Puerto Rico, according to the Florida Secretary of State Office. He said the older numbers show the department’s obligation even before the hurricane. Barton released a statement to The Alligator through TJ Pyche, her office’s spokesperson, saying she

was reviewing the case with attorneys. Bob Swain, the senior assistant county attorney representing Barton, said the federal requirements doesn’t specify what type of bilingual support will be offered by the elections offices. Alachua’s elections office discusses implementing bilingual ballots every election cycle but hasn’t because the demographic of Spanishspeaking voters is not large enough, Pyche said. He is unaware of any complaints from non-English speaking voters about the ballots. As of 2016, about 13.3 percent of Alachua County speaks a non-English language, according to census data. “It’s something that we’re constantly reviewing and checking the demographics of the county to determine if we’re going to do that,” he said. Will Boyett, the Chief Deputy Supervisor of Elections, said the Census Bureau notifies the county every five years if there is a group of non-English voters that meets certain criteria.

As of December 2016, the Bureau has not notified the county that there are 10,000 voting-age Spanish speakers or that voting-age Spanish speakers make up 5 percent of the voting population, he said. While polling place signage, constitutional amendment wording, voter registration forms and vote-bymail instructions are available Spanish, ballots are only in English. Spanish-speaking workers are available in some voting locations every election, and the elections office has a bilingual staff member, Pyche said. About 10 bilingual poll workers will be available during the November elections. A lack of bilingual ballots has been an issue before the hurricane made landfall, Naifeh said. “This is not just about the hurricane,” he said. “It’s about the law and the people who already lived in these places who didn’t have the voting materials they were entitled to.” @AmandaNicRosa




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Prediction: Who's slated for a breakout season in 2018? Alligator Staff Report The UF football team kicks off its season on Sept. 1 at 7:30 p.m. The Alligator's football writers — Mark Stine, Alanis Thames, Morgan McMullen and Jake Dreilinger — debate who will have the biggest breakout season on the team. Mark: Brandon Powell was the security blanket in the receiving corps for Florida in 2017. He averaged fewer than 10 yards a catch but caught 20 more balls (42) than his teammate with the second-most re-

ceptions (Tyrie Cleveland). This season, Mississippi transfer Van Jefferson will be the Gators’ go-to target. He finished second for the Rebels in receptions each of the last two seasons, racking up more than 40 grabs in 2016 and 2017, and I predict he’ll lead the Gators in balls caught this year. “He understands the little intricacies and he’s an attention-to-detail guy,” said UF receivers coach Billy Gonzales. “If you talk to him, he takes it really, really personal.” Jefferson’s attention to detail makes him one of Florida’s best

route runners. Fellow transfer Trevon Grimes, who joined Florida after his freshman season at Ohio State, said that Jefferson has shown how to get in and out of breaks and run smoother routes. Granted, he has not been a bigplay receiver. Jefferson only has four touchdown receptions in his two years at Ole Miss, mostly because he’s been limited to playing in the slot. However, his size -- at 6-foot-2 and nearly 200 pounds -- will allow him to play a receiving position in addition to his specialized slot role.

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Alanis: Malik Davis gave us a glimpse of what he can do with his movements and decision-making during his freshman outing. But his breakout campaign happens this year. Davis was leading the Gators in

rushing before suffering a knee injury against Georgia on Oct. 28, which sidelined him for the rest of the season. But he managed 6.7 yards per carry for 526 yards in an offense that finished 13th in the SEC.


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Gators gymnastics freshman Trinity Thomas will compete for Team USA in the Pan Am Championships in Lima, Peru, this September.

With the Gators volleyball team kicking off its 2018 season against No. 2 Nebraska on Friday, let’s look at some of the players to watch for this upcoming season. No. 7 Paige Hammons | Outside Hitter | 6’1” | Sophomore The Gators lose a lot of firepower from the back row with the graduation of Carli Snyder, but sophomore Paige Hammons is expected to help fill those shoes as Florida enters its first regular-season match against the Cornhuskers in Lincoln, Nebraska. Hammons earned time in the

rotation early in her freshman year with well-rounded play. Her 105 kills and 254 digs were a big reason why the young outside hitter played in all 32 matches and started in 26. In 2018, Hammons believes that she will accomplish even more. “Of course I’d love to take that next step,” Hammons said to the media on Monday, “but wherever they need me to win, that’s where I’ll be.” The sophomore outside hitter will need to improve in a couple of areas in order to progress the way she wants. In 2017, Hammons was third on the team in total errors (64)

UF soccer freshman impresses early in season Midfielder Cassidy Lindley has recorded a goal and three assists in her first two collegiate games. But coach Becky Burleigh and the Gators aren't getting complacent ahead of a big matchup, pg. 35

and tied for fourth on the team in service errors (35). She will face stout competition in No. 2 Nebraska and No. 3 Texas early this season to test if she really has taken her game to the next level. No. 22 Allie Monserez | Setter | 5’9” | Redshirt Senior The 5-foot-9 setter enters her fifth season on the Gators’ volleyball team and her third year as the team’s primary setter. After an impressive 2017 season where she led the team in assists (848) and tallied 254 digs, the Windermere, Florida, native feels that there is still room to take her game further.

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‘Gators take care of Gators, that’s what we always say’ WARRIOR, from pg. 1 back became irritated by the chemotherapy shots and her nerves were shutting down. Days passed, then weeks. She needed help getting in and out of bed. She couldn’t walk. She couldn’t use the bathroom by herself. “On one side, everything was going as well as they could have hoped for because she did go into remission really quickly after her first round of chemo,” Allison said. “But on the other side, she had all these other complications and it was hard to celebrate the high of the remission because you’re still coping with all of these other unknowns.” And the most frustrating part of it all was the fact that her doctors didn’t know if her leg movement was going to come back. Lauren was trying to stay positive, but how can you stay positive when your legs have been taken from you, and you have no idea if they’ll ever return? Everything in her sport involves her legs. “I almost think she’d rather be able to walk,” Jerome said, “and still have cancer (rather than be paralyzed without it).” Lauren began to look up videos on Ryan Shazier. Shazier was originally a UF commit before Urban Meyer left the program, and he is currently a linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers. But he is on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list because of a spinal injury he sustained on a helmet-to-helmet tackle in 2017. The hit left him paralyzed from the waist down, effectively ending his career. However, Shazier vowed to make a return to football and has begun walking again. He walked to the podium at the 2018 NFL Draft on April 26. Lauren used Shazier as a source of inspiration to give her hope that she too would be able to walk again. But still, his ability to help the soccer player who’d been robbed of her legs was limited. “How is this gonna be a story if I can’t finish it? Like how am I gonna play soccer?” Lauren thought. “Like what am I supposed to say? I beat cancer but never played soccer again?” It wasn’t really the physical pain that began to break her down, but more the mental and psychological detriment. “It was things like Friday nights, Saturday nights, my teammates would be going out to the club and parties, and I’d go on Snapchat and see everybody having fun.” Lauren said with a sad smile. “I kinda felt like I was left out or pushed aside… like isolated or disconnected.” Teammate Deanne Rose said Lauren got to go out on a visit away from the hospital once a month, but sometimes it didn’t help – es-

pecially when Lauren was confined to a wheelchair. “Being in a wheelchair and having people stare at you or going to breakfast or the movies,” Rose said, “we didn’t realize how hard it was for people in a wheelchair to get through doors.” Then one day, Lauren woke up and could wiggle her toes again. Although it marked a tiny step on a mountain of journey, it showed that signals were still being sent from her brain to her toes. “It might take two months, it might take two years,” Jerome said. “But it’s eventually going to come back.” Lauren had hope again, something she had to search deep inside to find during the months of January and February. Throughout the entire process, Lauren also looked to a few other foundations of support: her team, other athletes and her faith. Someone on her team visited her every day possible. Every. Single. Day. Most of the time, it was either Solis or Rose. If it wasn’t one of them, it’d be another teammate, a coach, Andrews or an athlete from a different sport. “Gators take care of Gators, that’s what we always say,” Lauren remarked. She also looked up a Bible verse or a quote by another athlete every single day. Something to try and remind her that she’s not alone, and that other people have been through this and came back from it. One quote in particular stuck out to her: “God gives His toughest battles to His toughest warriors.” She was always worried, but she found comfort in this particular quote and made it something she chose to live by. “I felt like it was all happening for a reason,” Lauren said. Allison corroborated that notion. “She felt that there was a reason for this, and that it wouldn’t happen to her if not for good reason and not for a bigger plan.” In April, the doctors at Shands told her she was in her last month of treatment. When you receive chemotherapy, you receive it in rounds, and the doctors hoped she would need four. When a patient finishes a round, they sit, confined to a hospital bed, waiting for their white blood cell counts to recover because you don’t have any immunity when they’re low. Even though there’s no treatment going on, Lauren was stuck at Shands until her bone marrow regenerated. The doctors tested her blood on April 23 and the Evans were hoping to get same-day results. They didn’t. The family went to bed bearing a cloud of burden and anxiety. On April 24, that cloud was dis-

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Lauren Evans (left) smiles with coach Becky Burleigh following her cancer treatment. solved. “All my doctors came running in my room and I thought it was like something bad was happening.” Instead it was, as Lauren put it, “The best day. It was like Christmas.” Her doctors had a message for her. “You’re cancer-free.”

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On June 14, Lauren rang the cancer bell, which is symbolic at Shands Hospital. It’s fashioned from an oxygen tank, and patients ring it at the end of their treatments, signifying their life after cancer. But Lauren’s work wasn’t done. It isn’t done. She’s started therapy, she learned how to walk again and she’s active. But she still needs to start running again, start getting her form down and get stronger. But she feels that by the end of October, she’ll be ready to rejoin practices again. What’s the goal this season? “Start little and practice with

the team and play in at least two games.” Regardless if Lauren is ready in time before the season ends, her impact on the team has been noticeable, according to Burleigh. “One thing as athletes is we do take things for granted,” Burleigh said. “We don’t realize how quickly things can be taken from us… For her to go in and fight like she did…not just physically but emotionally, was a huge inspiration to our team. “And still continues to be.” According to Burleigh, Lauren wasn’t the only role model the team drew inspiration from. No, not at all. “(Allison and Jerome) were inspirational to our players as well, not just Lauren,” Burleigh said. “I mean, it’s your only child and, I don’t know, I think the poise that they handled it with, the positivity, just… Incredible. They’ve taught me so much just what good parenting looks like.”

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A shimmering, dry wind carries over Donald R. Dizney Stadium as the day fades into night. This is

where the UF soccer team will begin their regular-season campaign against Washington on Aug. 17. Except it’ll be without one notable face patrolling the pitch. Soon, very soon, though, Lauren will be back out there. The girl with the dark brown eyes, almondcolored skin and, now, wavy short hair, will be back. Roughly eight months ago, she didn’t know if she’d ever walk again. Now, she’s only about three months away from taking her first steps back on the pitch. Those interviewed for this story described her as energetic, positively resilient, crazy and larger-than-life, amongst other descriptions. But when you ask her to describe herself, she gives the best answer. “My name is Lauren Evans. I play soccer for UF. I am a cancer survivor.” “A warrior.” Chris O’Brien is a sports writer. Follow him on Twitter @THEChrisOB and contact him at



Despite great play from Cassidy Lindley, UF still has work to do By River Wells Sports Writer

Freshman Cassidy Lindley has propelled the Gators during their two-game winning streak to start the season. The rookie midfielder was credited with an assist on Florida’s first goal in its 2-1 win against Washington in the season opener. She still wasn’t satisfied. It had always been a dream for Lindley to find the back of the net in a Gators uniform. She didn’t have to wait much longer. Lindley secured the third of Florida’s four goals against FAU on Sunday in the opening minute of the second half. Lindley’s efforts over the two matches earned her the season’s first SEC Freshman Soccer Player of the Week award. “(Cassidy) is taking a lot of key points we’ve been giving her,” senior defender Sara Wilson said. “She’s been doing what she knows to do best. She’s an outstanding player.” Coach Becky Burleigh also sang praises of Lindley’s first two games. “Great debut,” Burleigh said. “I’m happy she got playing time and that she got on the board. It’s

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Coach Becky Burleigh (center) said her team has plenty of work to do ahead of its match against Ohio State. tough to ask for a better opening weekend.” The Gators’ success has also been boosted by junior midfielder Sammie Betters, who scored an equalizing goal in UF’s match against Washington and knocked in a header against FAU. Sophomore forward Madison Alexander has also scored two

goals this season, knocking in the winning strike against Washington with the second against the Owls in the 35th minute. The pair will look to continue its play as UF defends Donald R. Dizney Stadium against the Ohio State Buckeyes on Friday. UF will hope to improve upon its defense of free kicks as it con-

tinues into the season. Set pieces have plagued the Gators in their first two games. All three goals Florida has given up this season came from dead balls, and UF has been strenuously drilling to prevent further scoring in that manner with a particular focus on the goalkeepers. “Most of the set pieces are cor-

ner kicks and free kicks,” Wilson said. “We’re working our goalkeepers as much as we can.” Burleigh is optimistic about the team’s ability to defend set pieces in future games, however, and says that it has looked good in practice. “(We’ve seen) good effort,” she said. “I think some of it is communication and getting on the same page during the season. It’s a great opportunity to have it highlighted so we have a chance to fix it.” The Gators also struggled defensively in their match against FAU, conceding two goals in the second half after leading the Owls 3-0. “We’d like to keep the ball better,” Burleigh said. “Especially in the middle third.” Burleigh said after the victory over FAU that the team can’t let its victories hide its issues moving against Ohio State and beyond. Despite the Buckeyes’ 0-2 start to their season, Burleigh said she isn’t looking past them. “It’s definitely an upgrade in competition for us,” Burleigh said. “I think (Ohio State) will be really good for us to test ourselves.” River Wells is a sports writer. Follow him on Twitter @riverhwells and contact him at rwells@










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Gators add No. 1 recruit Wilson recorded 10 pass breakups the philosophy that UF is offering or a desire to make an impact immediately. Either way, Dean stands to have a presence during the early season. There’s also the fact that Dean is the tallest cornerback on the roster at 6-foot-3. If he plays anything like how Henderson and Wilson did last season, the Gators could find that they have the best defensive backfield in the nation.

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Redshirt senior setter Allie Monserez will be a leader for the Gators this year. Her sister, Marlie, joins her on the team this season.

VOLLEYBALL, from pg. 34 “With all of the new faces, me, Rachael (Kramer) and Taelor (Kellum) know we need to step up for them on and off the court,” Monserez said. Allie’s sister, Marlie, will be one of those new faces. The younger Monserez was one of six freshmen to join the team and is projected to be a rotational setter behind Allie. In her final season as a Gator, the redshirt senior said she knows that she will need to be one of the leaders. “I’m excited to just be one of those voices that pulls the team together,” Allie said. “I’m thrilled to see how this team grows as the season comes along.” She showed outstanding playmaking ability late in the season during Florida’s 2017 run, particularly in its SEC title-clinching win at Missouri on Nov. 25 where she posted 14 digs along with a seasonhigh 49 assists. No. 20 Thayer Hall | Outside Hitter | 6’3” | Freshman The addition of the No. 1 recruit in the nation, Thayer Hall, adds another piece to a talented roster. The 6-foot-3 outside hitter from

COLUMN, from pg. 34 As The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party? From there, it’s a straight shot through to Atlanta to knock off Bama/Auburn in the SEC Championship. Maybe you aren’t a student of the game such as myself. I played quarterback for two seasons in Pop Warner, which is where I learned everything the game has to offer on all levels. You can trust me. And really, who doesn’t buy the hype surrounding this program? Overpaid ESPN hacks with a vested interest in making sure Bama plays Clemson every single

Spartanburg, South Carolina, had 638 kills, 361 digs, 43 service aces and 36 blocks in her senior year of high school and led her team to a state championship. Hall’s performance earned her the Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year award. Even with all of her accolades, Hall said that the coaching staff has helped her transition her playstyle to better fit the speed of the game at this next level. “Mary (Wise) and the rest of the staff has helped me drastically improve my game, even in the six months that I’ve been here,” Hall said. “They are definitely the best staff I could’ve put myself under for my career.” Along with Hall, the team adds six new faces, including 6-foot6 freshman Lauren Dooley and 6-foot-7 redshirt sophomore Holly Carlton, who transferred from North Carolina in May. “We’re not rebuilding; we’re reloading,” Hall said. “I’ve never been in a gym with this much talent, and I definitely put myself in the best position possible.” Dylan Rudolph is a sports writer. Follow him on Twitter @dyrudolph and contact him at drudolph@

year? “Rational” critics? “Expert” former coaches? There’s a reason Jim Mora’s out of a coaching gig and into the ESPN minstrel show. There’s a reason Gene Chizik spent a few years holed up in the house of the mouse. They’re part of the BamaClemson collusion too. You know it, and so do they. Now that the truth has carpet bombed the peaceful land of complacency, you can’t un-see it. You can’t un-feel it in the sinew of your bones. What has coach Dan Mullen had to work with since leaving Gainesville in 2009? Some dude named Dak and scrub coaches like John Hevesy and Billy Gonzales.

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UF cornerback Marco Wilson recorded 34 tackles last season and started in all 11 games for Florida.

FOOTBALL, from pg. 34 Although redshirt-junior Jordan Scarlett will likely start as the No. 1 guy for the Gators, Davis will put up big numbers as Florida works him into the offense. If the sophomore returns completely healthy, he could emerge as not only the Gators’ premier back, but one of the most explosive in the SEC. As he grows more confident in taking hits, he’ll start to take time away from other backs, including Scarlett and junior Lamical Perine. Davis hasn’t appeared to be hindered by the knee injury so far in camp. “Once I got my first tackle, my first hit, first couple runs, I felt back,” Davis said. “I felt like myself.” The year of experience he now has will make him the Gators’ most productive runner in their already deep arsenal. Morgan: The DBU moniker is for real. The hype and expectations surrounding every defensive back

But it’s all good now. The rocket arm attached to a body known as Feleipe Franks doesn’t have “lose” in its vocabulary. Phrases like “throw the ball away” and “make good decisions” aren’t in there either, but hey, as long as every game comes down to a tiebreaking Hail Mary, the offense is golden. The defense is switching to a 3-4 scheme, which means a seamless transition into new terminology and techniques is at hand. Can you imagine CeCe Jefferson coming off the edge from a linebacker spot? How about a revamped defensive line which ranked 50th in the nation against the run last season? Or that nice 69th overall

who plays in The Swamp are for real. Cornerback Trey Dean is also for real. His teammates have talked him up all throughout spring camp as perhaps the best Trey Dean young defensive back of UF’s haul through signing day. Dean spurned Alabama in order to play a potentially huge role in Florida’s secondary. Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said over the course of the offseason that he wants to use a heavy rotation among corners, so CJ Henderson and Marco Wilson won’t be taking as many snaps as they did last season. That means more opportunities for younger players. “He’s grown a lot since spring, learning the defense a lot better and he’s very competitive,” Wilson said. “I love that about him." Dean signed with Florida despite not knowing who the defensive backs coach was during his official visit. It shows either a dedication to

defense in 2017? The real storyline everyone is missing is how Randy Shannon mismanaged all that talent. I’d say with that considered, UF is a sure thing for the playoffs. Sure, you could go with the “safe” bet. Bama, Clemson, Wisconsin. But who’s in that No. 4 spot? Ohio State? Georgia? UCF?! Please. The Knights' 2017 national championship aside, the playoff committee won’t consider a 10-win AAC champion. Georgia gets to lose to Auburn two weeks after it loses to Florida. Ohio State fans will be too busy erecting golden statues of Urban Meyer kissing babies and hugging assault victims to actually go to the games.

Jake: A calm Marco Wilson strutted into Tuesday’s Florida football media session with a confidence that would make Bugs Bunny jealous. He stood surrounded by roughly 20 reporters answering questions both about himself and the team in general. Then he got to the last question. What’s the biggest difference between this year and last year? “I’m a lot smarter,” Wilson said. “Also, I’m a lot bigger from last year too.” Fresh off his freshman campaign in which he recorded 34 tackles, the Gators cornerback is due for a breakout season. Why? Well it’s simple. He started building muscle in the offseason through strength and conditioning coach Nick Savage’s new program. He added 13 pounds to his frame, going from 177 to 190. Add his 6-foot-even height to the mix, Wilson has the body size to be a gamechanger for the Gators. As for what he can do on the field, Wilson showed promise in his first season. While he failed to intercept the ball last year, the corner did break up a team-high 10 passes. To compare, Florida’s other corner, CJ Henderson, had four interceptions but only broke up four passes. With his size, Wilson has the potential to increase his production on the field. But with the smarts, Wilson believes he can do a whole lot more and breakout this season. “It gives me different opportunities to do different things. It gives me more opportunities to make plays.”

That leaves one of two possibilities. That fourth team could be a fringe overachiever like Washington, Stanford or Florida State. New FSU coach Willie Taggart is renowned for building lasting legacies. Washington’s Chris Petersen knows a thing or two about breaking through the brick ceiling in his time at Boise State. Stanford coach David Shaw has already ascended the mountaintop that is the Foster Farms Bowl. But let’s be real. It’ll be Florida. Morgan McMullen is the sports editor at The Alligator. Follow him on Twitter @MorganMcMuffin and contact him at mmcmullen@






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