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Tina Certain’s supporters were ready to party Tuesday night. When they weren’t craning their necks to get a glimpse of the results trickling in, they were doing the dougie, cheering and hollering in Cypress & Grove Brewing Company. In a tight race for the school board District 1 seat, Certain pulled out a win over incumbent April Griffin by just over 1,300 votes. “I’m elated, and I’m glad campaigning is done,” Certain said. “Democracy works when we get involved.” For some, Tuesday evening’s election marked the end of a long campaign. Along with Certain, Rob Hyatt also secured a seat on the school board. Since neither Gunnar Paulson nor April Barefoot Tisher earned a majority of the vote, the race for school board District 3 will appear on November’s ballot. In the race for County Commission District 2 seat, Marihelen Haddock Wheeler clinched a win against Randy Wells and will face third party candidates in the general. Jason Lee Haeseler pulled out the Democratic nomination over Amol Jethwani for State Representative District 21 by 1,732 votes. Jethwani, a 21-year-old UF political science senior, experienced a last minute scandal after it was discovered that he spent campaign funds on questionable items such as haircuts, Chipotle meals and nearly $500 on Lyft charges.

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State Senate candidate Olysha Magruder awaits election results with her husband James McRae and mother Karen Magruder at the Palomino Pool Hall Tuesday night. Magruder lost the election. His opponent, Haeseler, will face Chuck Clemons, a Republican and the incumbent, in the general election. Yvonne Hayes Hinson will join the race for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives this November after beating two candidates for the District 3 Democratic nomination. Hinson will challenge the winner

of the Republican nomination, Ted Yoho. In the race for governor, Andrew Gillum secured a historic Democratic nomination and will face Ron DeSantis, President Donald Trump’s pick, in the general election. Gov. Rick Scott ran away with the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate and will challenge incumbent Bill

Nelson in November. Dejeon Cain, a Gainesville preacher and business owner, clapped and cheered at Certain’s watch party. He said he is excited for Certain to fight for school safety and equity while on the school board. “I think that the people of Alachua County have made the right

choice,” Cain said. While Certain waited for the votes to pour in, she reflected on her campaign with confidence. “I don’t have any regrets,” she said. “We just tried to run our campaign in a good method, spread our message in a positive manner and just do everything we could do to win the race, and I feel like I’ve done that.” Certain shared a joint election watch party with Jethwani. Jethwani conceded to Haeseler before the official voting count was announced. He said he will support Haeseler in November. Jethwani announced that he plans to pay back the controversial expenses discovered two days before the election but did not specify how much. “I accept fault where I made errors in judgment,” he said. “Everyone makes mistakes.” An hour after polls closed, Kayser Enneking, a Democratic candidate for District 8 state senator, ran through the doors of White Buffalo to be greeted by nearly 60 supporters. The first person to welcome her with a hug was Enneking’s former teacher, Peter Stacpoole. Stacpoole said he has known Enneking since her undergraduate years, when she studied in his laboratory at UF. “I know her to be an honest and decent human being, a logical thinker and one who I think is truly dedicated to improving the lot of the citizens of this area,” Stacpoole said. Minutes before Enneking ran into the bar, her husband, Mark Scarborough, announced that 43 of


You can legally do dabs at Swamp City Gallery Lounge By Angela DiMichele Alligator Staff Writer

Using a 7,000-degree flame, Chris Hubbard spent his 37th birthday blowing a custom glass art piece for Swamp City Gallery Lounge’s grand opening weekend. He was one of 10 artists flown in from across the country to create a showcase piece for the first

cannabidiol and art lounge in Gainesville. The Swamp City Gallery Lounge grand opening, which took place from noon to 2 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, featured food trucks, clothing vendors, live music, glass-blowing demonstrations and an art collection totalling $500,000 in glass pieces and wall art.

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The gallery, at 404 SE Second St. has an outdoor beer garden, a game room and a craft beer bar. It also features local art along with products infused with CBD, or cannabidiol, including ice cream, bath bombs, chocolates, eye creams and lotions. Dabs, which is slang for a type of vapor hit of an oil or concentrate, are also offered at the

lounge, Swamp City owner Tyler King said. The lounge offers $5 to $7 dabs in a variety of flavors like banana, blueberry and Girl Scout cookie, he said. Although the CBD chemical comes from the cannabis plant, smoking CBD does not produce the psychoactive effect that marijuana does, said Javier Camba, a Swamp City employee.

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“It doesn’t get you high, but it has a lot of health benefits,” Camba said. “It helps you with anxiety, it helps you with inflammation, and it helps you with arthritis and sleep apnea.” The goal is to one day legally have THC products for sale, Camba said. For now, Florida laws only allow CBD products to be



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Certain won school board seat ELECTION, from pg. 1 63 precincts reported a total of 16,343 votes while her opponent, Olysha Magruder, had 9,308. Thirty minutes later, Enneking’s win was official. She attributed her success to the volun-

teers, supporters, friends and family who helped with her campaign. “I did it because I’ve been a role model for a long time, and I want every little girl and little boy to look up and go, ‘That’s what a state senator looks like. I can do this too,’” Enneking said. Magruder said despite her loss, she was

proud of the role she played in interrupting politics as usual. “I believe that we have a long way to go, but we are moving toward the right direction,” she said. “However I can be a part of that movement, I’m happy to do so.” Although Magruder lost, her supporters and team stayed loyal and optimistic. Campaign manager Kara Jess started working with Magruder throughout the past year because she loved her energy and passion, she said.

“I am so honored I was able to be a part of it,” Jess said. “We started out knowing we had less money, less resources and less paid staff, but I think we really worked as hard as we could.” Magruder said she wouldn’t have done anything differently because she stuck with her mission throughout the whole campaign. “I am committed to this fight, and I am committed to revolution,” she said. “I will always call out the truth and speak it as clearly as possible.”

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Democratic State Senate candidate Olysha Magruder’s campaign managers Kara Jess and Javier Arroyo watch the results come in.

State Representative candidate Amol Jethwani, 21, hugs his parents as the voting results come in at the election night watch party at Cypress and Grove Brewery Tuesday night.

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thritis, tendonitis and chronic back pain, King said. Others smoke it to quit using tobacco products. Marine veteran Robert Bruton bought CBD-infused mango ice cream to try at the event Sunday. He said he hopes it will help with his mobility. “The VA hospital takes away the medications now from the

veterans because they don’t want them hooked on opiates,” he said. “I had opiates for over 20 years now, now I don’t have any. So I’m trying to get other things to try to make it so I can keep functioning.” @angdimi


Woman accused of crashing car tells police she was home all day

Woman breaks into mom’s home through doggy door By Amanda Rosa Alligator Staff Writer

A doggy-door burglar didn’t let nails and boards keep her out of her mother’s home, according to Gainesville Police. Linda Lee Litza, 51, was accused of Litza breaking into her mother’s home through a dog door and stealing two bottles of wine Friday afternoon, according to the arrest report. It was the second time in two weeks she entered the house, on Northwest 20th Way, through the dog door, the

report said. Litza has broke into through the dog door so often, her mother nailed it shut, the report said. She was charged with the same crime before in June and May. During her most recent break in, she stole two bottles of wine, worth $40, while her mother was sleeping, the report said. Police said they found Litza in the woods near the house and she told them she committed the crime. Litza was arrested on charges of burglary, according to the report. Litza is held in Alachua County Jail in lieu of a $5,000 bond. @AmandaNicRosa

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Gainesville Police arrested a woman accused of pointing a handgun at someone and ramming her car into another car with two people inside. Treshorna Debbica Binns, a 28-year-old Gainesville resident was arrested early Tuesday, according to an arrest report. A woman told police Binns followed her car after she picked up a man around Binns’ home on Southwest Depot Avenue Tuesday morning. Binns was in a romantic relationship with the man for about six months, the report said.

The man and woman noticed Binns was following them in her car when they stopped for gas, the Binns report said. Binns pulled up behind the car and raised the gun. The woman got into her car and drove to Northwest 14th Street. Binns rammed her car while the two were still inside and pushed it onto the curb, the report said. The woman’s car, which

was severly damaged, came to a rest on the corner of Northwest 14th Avenue and Northwest First Avenue, the report said. The passenger fled from the car and officers couldn’t find him, police said. While in custody, Binns denied the incident and said she was home all day, police said. Binns was arrested on charges of aggravated battery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intention to kill, according to the report. She is being held in Alachua County Jail in lieu of a $60,000 bond. @AmandaNicRosa

UF rewards social media savvy faculty with a pig roast THE PIG ROAST WILL BE HELD SEPT. 8. By McKenna Beery Alligator Staff Writer

For UF faculty members, an active presence on Twitter could earn them a juicy slice of pork tenderloin. About 100 UF faculty and staff members were invited to a pig roast on Sept. 8 at the Earl and Christy Powell University House as a reward for their engagement on social media. The invites were sent out Friday to faculty and staff who are active

on Twitter and have shared something about the university, said Todd Sanders, the director of digital communications and social media. Some staffers are new to Twitter, with only a handful of tweets and followers, while others are owners of verified accounts with thousands of followers, Sanders said. As of Tuesday, 71 faculty have RSVP’d, including the journalism department’s Ted Spiker and the Center for Latin American Studies’s Emilio Bruna. Having faculty and staff who are active on Twitter helps to extend the UF brand, Sanders said. “Our faculty and staff use Twitter

to share things that make UF great,” he said. “They also keep it real and let us know where we can improve.” The social media team takes note of interesting conversations and adds them to a list as potential retweets for the @UF account, Sanders said. Sanders said he is unsure if the event will be a one-time affair. “We’re just focused on making the upcoming event a fun one where faculty and staff can get together and maybe add some new followers,” Sanders said. UF President Kent Fuchs said he and the social media team bounced around a few ideas before landing

on a pig roast. One suggestion was a private barbecue where Fuchs would flip burgers and hot dogs himself. The only problem, Fuchs said, is that he’s bad behind the grill. “I’m good at eating pig but not at roasting,” Fuchs said. Nicholas Vargas, a UF sociology and Latin American studies assistant professor, tweeted about his invite Friday. “Apparently, my university rewards faculty Twitter engagement with a celebratory Pig Roast at the (former) President’s House. It’s not merit, and doesn’t count for T&P-but it’s pork, a close second--and I’ll

gladly take it! See you there, @PresidentFuchs @UFsocial,” he said. Vargas said he feels that social media can be a useful tool to communicate research findings with other leading scholars across the country and looks forward to attending the pig roast. “Public recognition can take many forms, but I personally love the idea of celebrating informally around food,” Vargas said, “Especially at a place as beautiful as the former home of our UF Presidents.” @mckennabeery


Candlelight vigil held for the victims of Jacksonville mass shooting ABOUT 50 PEOPLE CAME TO SHOW SUPPORT. By Amanda Rosa Alligator Staff Writer

Judy Broward tries to go to as many vigils as she can after a mass shooting. The 70-year-old Gainesville resident was one of about 50 people who attended a vigil in front of Gainesville City Hall Monday night. Broward stood with her arm around her friend’s shoulder as she held a lit candle to honor the victims of the Jacksonville mass shooting. Gun violence hits Broward close to home, she said. Her son Brett died from a gun-related suicide about 15 years ago. “I didn’t die, my son died,” Broward said. “And my life was changed forever.” Nine Gainesville activists and politicians, including Mayor Lauren Poe, spoke during the vigil, which was organized by the Alachua

County branch of Moms Demand Action, an anti-gun violence advocacy group. Alachua County Commissioner Ken Cornell spoke about calling his son Connor, who lives in Jacksonville, when he heard about the shooting. He was relieved to find out he was safe. “It was scary,” Cornell said after the vigil. “He’s my son. He’s my winning lottery ticket.” Jovanna Liuzzo, a 17-year-old Eastside High School senior and leader of Students Demand Action, was the vigil’s youngest speaker. Liuzzo said she became politically active after the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, which killed 17 people. Although Liuzzo cannot vote yet, she said she hopes young people can make their voices heard. “They are the key to enacting change, whether they believe it or not,” she said. Amanda Rosa / Alligator Staff


UF libraries to offer more rental items ENGINEERING PAPER, MICROFIBER SCREEN CLOTHS AND FINANCIAL CALCULATORS WILL BE OFFERED. By Gillian Sweeney Alligator Staff Writer

For students who always seem to forget their headphones and chargers at home, a new Student Government initiative might be their saving grace. Students can now check out more academic supplies from Marston Science Library and can soon do the same at Library West. SG made a $550 donation to stock libraries with products like engineering paper, microfiber screen cloths and an expanded inventory of previously offered items. Marston has already begun to offer the new supplies and Library West will unroll the resources by next Monday, said Chad Alpaugh, the circulation manager at Library West. The initiative is meant to offer students materials they may not otherwise have ac-

cess to, Student Body President Ian Green said. “You should be able to rent any resource that will enhance your academic experience,” Green said. The supplies vary by location. Marston Science Library received donations of lab goggles, scientific calculators and graphing paper. Library West will have financial calculators, headsets for audio recording and charging cables. While some supplies must be checked out at the circulation desk with a Gator 1 Card, others may be kept permanently free of charge, like the lab goggles and microfiber screen cloths, said Amanda Kane, a Marston Science Library access services assistant. Not everyone may be aware of these resources, said Taylor Halpin, a 19-year-old UF Japanese and health science freshman. “For people who don’t have have finances to go out and buy them it’s great to have this close and available,” Halpin said. @gilliangsweeney

About 50 Gainesville residents and elected officials gathered to honor the victims of Sunday’s mass shooting in Jacksonville.

GPD: Man chased the boyfriend of his child’s mother with a gun By Amanda Rosa Alligator Staff Writer

A man accused of chasing the boyfriend of his child’s mother with a cocked gun was arrested by Gainesville Police Sunday evening. Said F. Soriano Cuevas, 26, of Gainesville, was arrested at Southwest 20th Avenue after chasing and threatening a man with his weapon, according to an arrest report. The man told police Soriano he was driving to his apartment when a white Toyota sped around him and blocked him. Cuevas got out of his car and began swearing at the man to get out of the car, the report said. When the man did not, Cuevas pulled a handgun out of the trunk of his car and

cocked it, police wrote. Cuevas is accused of walking toward the man’s car while holding the gun in front of him. The man backed the car up and drove away once he saw the gun, police said. Cuevas began to chase the car on foot, but then got back in his car and drove after the man, police said. The man turned into the plaza on the corner of SW 20th Avenue and 34th Street when Cuevas turned his car around, police said. When officers arrived, the man was speaking with Cuevas’s child’s mother on the phone. Police asked her if Cuevas owned a gun, and she said yes, the report said. Cuevas called police claiming someone threatened him, the report said. Cuevas was released Monday on a $10,000 bond. @AmandaNicRosa



What McCain taught us about integrity


enator John S. McCain, a beloved Republican senator from Arizona, died Aug. 25, 2018. He is survived by his wife, mother, seven children, five grandchildren and a strong, lasting legacy. For all that McCain was — a father, husband, fighter pilot, war hero, senator, presidential candidate — we learned one of the most valuable lesson from him: why we must maintain our integrity, even in the darkest hours. McCain fought challenges to his moral base, not only as a prisoner of war, but also as a politician. McCain was held hostage for years and suffered excruciating torture. He only gave in to his captors after enduring it for four days, writing a confession of the crimes against the North Vietnamese people he supposedly committed. After the war, McCain entered politics and, like all politicians, was tempted at every turn to resort to namecalling and mud-slinging. It would have been easy. Everyone else was doing it, but McCain did not. When other politicians bowed to President Donald Trump and toed the party line, McCain did not. McCain recognized he could not and would not abdicate his moral decision-making, passing the buck to someone else. He pushed back against the “reality show facsimile of toughness,” in his words, that Trump presented. He withdrew his support for Trump’s campaign after the Access Hollywood tape leaked. McCain did not sell himself away for political success; he built it on a foundation of doing what he believed to be the right thing. He opposed the torture programs being developed by the U.S. government because he knew, firsthand, that torture is wrong. As students, we tend not to think of ourselves as living highstakes lives. Not many of us deal with million-dollar budgets, give testimony under oath or manage contracts for the federal government. But one day we may. One day, the integrity you carry in your heart and head, as you read this, will be projected onto some larger-than-life problem to come. It’s helpful to look at where your moral compass points today to see how you will navigate the unknown. We caution you to remember that life is not made of great sacrifices and duties but of little things. It’s in the everyday, ordinary, seemingly dull decisions that you can best examine your integrity. How many times will you break your own moral code this year? How many times will you lie to your professor and feign illness rather than be truthful about oversleeping? How many times will you neglect a group project and make your classmates carry the extra weight? Will you apologize for it — and correct it? It’s also important to acknowledge that you are not perfect. None of us are. Neither was McCain. This is especially true when faced with great adversity; when we’re saddled with internships, jobs, classes and family obligations, integrity will matter all the more. It becomes easier to justify cutting corners when your time is stretched in every direction. McCain provides an excellent example of how we can be better leaders, students and senators, whether representing residence halls or congressional districts. This is true regardless of whether you agreed with McCain’s politics. Integrity has little to do with whether you think taxes should be higher in the top one percent, or whether you dislike McCain for helping get the Republican tax bill passed. It does, however, have everything to do with acting for what you think is right — for bringing the idealism that lives in your heart into the real world. Socrates is credited with saying, “The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.” McCain did not have to pretend. But you don’t have to endure torture or be a U.S. senator to carry yourself with integrity. You just have to set your moral compass true north and follow it with every small step. What will your legacy be? Meryl Kornfield EDITOR



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Life under the influence (of each other)


mares) about — and now these unread notificahen it comes to headlines and labels tions have become a powerful vehicle for social about my generation, I’ve heard it all: influence in their own right. This cohort is a one-of-a-kind cocktail Group message culture gives us a weird power of avocado toast, music festivals, Snapthat has become normative; we can section off chat and mindfulness retreats. We’ll groups of people in our lives for different purhave our La Croix and drink it, too, and we’ll take poses, giving each multi-person message its own our Instagram likes with a side of instant gratificabrand or voice. For example, my group chat with tion. Darcy Schild my brother and parents looks a little different than I’ll be the first to admit some of these descrip- my group chat with my five best friends. Not only tions are rooted in reality, but there’s more than does each thread serve a purpose in sharing stomeets the eye — and, just like older generations, our behaviors, perceptions and habits didn’t emerge in a vac- ries or laughs, but I know that sending the same message or uum. Growing up in the thick of a technological revolution question in each will provide a different response or opinion. Even if we aren’t the ones instigating discussions via text has inherently made us early adopters of new ways of communicating, storytelling and connecting with others. This that would be better reserved for in-person conversations, generation is reinventing the wheel with new ways of work- simply witnessing these digital phenomena — messages that blossom into full-out relationship rants, screenshot-filled coling, dating, living sustainably and building communities. But through experiences with friends and classmates, I’ve lages and career compasses — makes it dangerously convediscovered one not-so-glamorous truth about my generation. nient to get wrapped up in the influence of each other. The problem is not that we lean on people close to us or I realized, while people my age can appear shameless on the surface, when it comes to personal problem-solving, di- that we text our friends to ask for opinions. Rather, issues lemmas about relationships, career indecisiveness and other arise when we know what feels right for us, yet can’t move tough decisions-to-be-made, this generation of college-aged forward without validation from our social circle. When we adults feeds on influence. Despite our mirror selfies and go- consistently instigate a conversation just to invoke reactions getter attitudes, it seems like so many of us simply don’t trust from our friends, I can’t help but wonder if we’re seeking advice or just looking for attention. our own instincts. Social psychologists define this act of internalizing the I see it far too often with friends who are in relationships just for the sake of being in them, or with classmates who way others judge us — or the way we think others judge clearly have the passion for their industry but back out of us — as reflected appraisals. I think people in my generation opportunities because they’re not the trendiest or the most should realize that many of these seemingly real judgements lucrative. My generation seems to preach mantras like “You are actually all in our head. Even in an era marked by social influencers who dictate do you” — but what will it take for us to actually believe in the cultural zeitgeist of style and entertainment, I think it’s ourselves? The idea of influence is manifested in interesting ways in time that we act as our own influencers and our own role today’s society. I see it every single day while picking apart models. We should be inspired by the positive people around my group messages. We’ve all been there: In the blink of us, but when it comes to making our next moves personan eye, a text with friends goes from zero (a casual space ally and professionally, let’s look beyond the group texts and to arrange weekend plans) to 100 (a serious soundboard for start trusting ourselves again. dilemmas of all sorts). Group messages are something older Darcy Schild is a UF journalism senior. Her column generations, whose idea of a group text consisted of a staticfilled rotary phone call, could only dream (or have night- appears on Wednesdays.

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‘We are the Wolves’ By Emma Witmer Avenue Editor

“The Wolves” is a heartwarming, laugh-out-loud and brutally honest look inside the world of a varsity high school girls’ soccer team working through the ever-changing process of growing up. This latest play from the Hippodrome Theatre has been the joint effort of its own artistic director Lauren Warhol Caldwell and the UF School of Theatre and Dance. The Wolves, the name of the girls’ soccer team, have their eyes set on winning the season-ending tournament. In each scene, the girls warm up for their next game and engage in a rapid-fire discourse that perfectly illustrates the mindset of real life teenage girls, allowing the audience to feel like a fly on the wall and gain an intimate look into the complex relationships between them. “It’s about close and intimate relationships and also adversarial relationships,” UF professor of theatre Ralf Remshardt said. The Pulitzer Prize-nominated production creates an accurate depiction of what it means to be young, to be a woman, to be an athlete and to experience the full spectrum of human emotion. “A young person can find themselves in the story,” Caldwell said, “(but) I think the play can speak to people my age about what it means to bond.” This all-female cast brings the writing of critically acclaimed modern playwright Sarah DeLappe to life with high energy and superb depiction of emotion. Each actress embodies a completely dif-

ferent character from her counterparts, revealing the complicated variety of emotion within female relationships and often highlighting the frustration and conflict that can arise from working with people who have lived very different lives. “I think this play is a perfect example of the magic of theatre, which to me is the ability to ignite and invoke change and to start a conversation,” Hippodrome actress and UF alumna Ariel Reich said. “There are certain things that are really taboo to talk about and uncomfortable to talk about, but if you put it on stage and talk about it through story, that opens an avenue for conversation and understanding.” “The Wolves” tactfully represents characters with mental illness, social anxiety, body dysmorphia, parental pressure and sexual trauma. The girls engage in constant back-and-forth dialogue that varies from topics like getting your period during a soccer game to political debates about genocidal dictators, and from abortion to religion without weighing down the play with heavy political statements. “It’s really a play that’s being talked about,” Remshardt said. “The author has put her finger on the pulse of what it’s like to be an adolescent.” The bright-eyed cast of “The Wolves” will take the stage Friday for its opening performance. The play will continue until Sept. 23 with showings on Tuesdays at 7 p.m., Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

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On Sept. 4, 2006, those numbers became etched in history as an iconic day: the release of Beyonce’s second studio album “B’Day” and the celebration of Beyoncé’s birthday. Queen Bey’s birthday is coming up in a few days, and Tonight’s The Night in Gainesville is providing a celebration dedicated to Bey herself for the third year in a row. The idea for the musician’s celebration occurred back in 2016 when Bey Day director and Tonight’s The Night promotions manager Tyler Francischine and her friend Annie Neimand were discussing the idea of the perfect night out. During a conversation about going out for the weekend, Neimand suggested the idea of dancing to Beyoncé’s music all night long. “I took that conversation to heart, and I reached out to the Atlantic to see if they were interested,” Francischine said in an email. “The first Bey Day in 2016 was the first event I had ever organized, and it really lit a fire in me to keep the tradition alive annually.” From that year forward, Tonight’s The Night serves the Gainesville Beyhive and regular population a night of Beyoncé inspired and themed activities to commemorate her life and career. When asked about the decision on why to start this event and continually organize it, Francischine expressed her admiration for Beyoncé. She said Beyoncé has been an inspiration for her since 1998. “I’ve always admired her style, sense of humor, humility and, of course, her limitless wealth of creative talent. As she’s matured over the decades, she’s served as a model of female strength and perseverance, constantly pushing the boundaries of what one human can accomplish,” she said. Francischine said the response from the Gainesville audience has been so receptive that she wants to continue to spread the love and share in the music of Beyoncé. “This year, we have the treasure trove that is her and Jay-Z’s album ‘Everything is Love’ to draw from as well,” she said. “I can’t wait to dance to her super-fast rapping verse in ‘ApeSh*t’ personally.” Bey Day is always held as close to Bey’s actual birthday as possible. This year, the special night will be Saturday, three days before her actual birthday. Francischine said the night’s festivities begin by playing the song that started it all, “Get Me Bodied,” which opens with Beyonce calling out the digits to her birthday that they now celebrate. “Bey Day is a night where everyone feels free to express themselves fully and completely without fear of judgment,” Fancischine said. “We’re all here for the same reason: to honor the lasting musical and cultural legacy of our queen.”

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Celebrate the birth of Queen Bey with the hive at The Wooly. The event will begin at 10 p.m. with a “Be Queen Bey” lip-sync contest. After each contestant performs, the audience will pick the winner, who will be crowned with an actual crown and sceptre onstage. “I want attendees to feel that they are as important to the show as the music itself,” she said. “There would be no Bey Day without the Gainesville BeyHive.” Francischine said she wanted Bey Day to be a welcoming experience for all who attend, even those who do not love to dance. To accomplish her goals, she consulted a friend in New York to create dozens of experimental videos that reimagine Bey’s original videos in new and unexpected ways. “Even if you feel shy about dancing, watching these videos should get you in the mood to move along with Bey,” she said. For those who have previously attended Bey Day, Francischine said there are some new features for this year. First, the location has changed from the Atlantic to The Wooly due to maxing out capacity size in previous years. The DJ this year is also new to the Bey Day affair. Brother Eugene, whose real name is Robert Carter and hails from Phoenix, Arizona, has created a custom set of all of Bey’s hits and collaborations along with other artists Beyonce enjoys like Big Freedia and Michael Jackson. For those feeling shy, Francischine said this event isn’t just for die-hard Bey fans and can be enjoyed by everyone. “Even if people are not that familiar with her body of work, I encourage anyone who loves R&B, soul or hip-hop to come out, because you never know what beat might drop,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity to dance the night away.”

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Reggae band Skunkape celebrates its birthday with a Q&A Lindsey Breneman Avenue Writer

On Sept. 7, 2017, local reggae band Skunkape made its debut opening for Through the Roots at High Dive. A year later, they have a zealous fan base at each of their almost-weekly shows. I met up with the band at Downtown Billards Inc. in Ocala. Lindsey Breneman: How long have you guys been together? Austin Williamson: Sept. 7 will be a year since our first show. Breneman: Sept. 7 was your first time ever playing together? Ken Hill: Yeah. We had, what? Two to three weeks before our first show to write our set? Williamson: Yeah. Breneman: Was that difficult? Hill: It was less difficult than it should have been, but we all kind of mesh in this really weird organic way. I don’t know. I guess me and this guy (Taylor Johnson) have been, like, jamming doing music for, like, a decade on and off. Breneman: When did you start doing your own music? Hill: Immediately. Yeah, we’ve been an alloriginal band the whole time. Except, we have, like, one cover song that these assholes insist that we play all the time. Breneman: What’s the cover song? Hill: “Clint Eastwood” by the Gorillaz. This guy (Williamson) raps on it, and it’s great. Drumming and rapping at the same time. The ladies love it. Breneman: At both your shows I attended, I’ve seen the same group of people front row. Do you guys have a loyal fanbase? Hill: Disgustingly loyal, actually. Taylor Johnson: That’s, like, one of the best things. We just want to say thank you to them, actually. I didn’t realize until, like, our last show? But we do have just a lot of good friends and people from work. It’s a really supportive community. Breneman: Taylor, both times I’ve seen you perform you were constantly interacting with the crowd, actually diving into it each show. How do you do that so easily? Hill: Pure narcissism. Johnson: Yeah it’s just a lot of looking in the mirror. No, I’m kidding. Hill: The biggest thing, I think, if you don’t mind me interjecting, is that so much of the

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Ken Hill jams out with the band at its July 13 concert. crowd is our friends, right? Johnson: That helps a lot. Also, just like my upbringing, I’ve been onstage, around people since I was a little kid. My parents were music pastors. I did music in the church. I did acting. When I was, like, 16, I met him (Hill), and we started performing together, so there pretty much hasn’t been a time in my life when I wasn’t onstage. I feel more comfortable onstage and more comfortable expressing myself. Honestly, it’s not so much getting myself in the mode. It’s more like, “Yay, I get to do this tonight!” It’s my therapy, my escape, you know? Breneman: That’s amazing, yeah. So how often do you guys write new songs? Hill: Not often enough anymore. But we have a good number of three-quarter-written songs that we have yet to debut. Williamson: It’s coming soon. We’ve put a lot of focus on getting the songs that we have really tight, so that we can get an EP so we can actually get music out. And all the songs that

we have recorded now are really solid. Hill: We did the first batch of, like, six songs that we wrote when we had, like, two weeks before our first show. Then a few months later, we sat down and wrote, like, another six song set that we’ve really been refining since. We’re about ready to drop maybe another six or close to that. We’re fixing to do some CD stuff so we can get on Spotify and iTunes. Standard “give us money when people get our music” kind of stuff. Give us that 3 cents per download. I’ll take it. Johnson: The affirmation I get makes it all worth it. Breneman: Where do you draw inspiration for your music? Johnson: It depends on the song. Hill: A lot of stuff comes from deep things in our lives. And a lot of times, we’ll write a song, and then something will happen in our lives where we go, “This song was clearly meant to be about (us).”

Johnson: Yeah, and it really depends on the vibe of the song we’re going for and the message per song a lot of times. Hill: We definitely try to be positive but realistic in our writing. We don’t pull punches. Johnson: Yeah, I don’t like the forced optimism in a lot of reggae bands. That’s cool and all, but, you know, life isn’t always peachy. Hill: Life has a dark side. Johnson: Yeah, so you shouldn’t feel ashamed to express that too. We need to talk about it. So yeah, it depends on the song. A song like “Slowly” is pretty much just about having sex and having a good time. But then a song like “This Place” is about, like, not losing hope. Hill: “One Way” is about, like, surviving through friendships, being where we are through the people that we’ve met. Williamson: We’re tethered forever. The whole band laughed at that reference to their own lyric from their song “One Way.” Johnson: It just depends, and that’s how a lot of the songwriting happens too. It’s not necessarily something we, like, sit down and we’re, like, okay, song time. It’s all spontaneous. It all like hits you at different times. Breneman: What’s your favorite song of yours? Hill: My favorite song of ours is probably “This Place.” “This Place” is just a banger. It works. Johnson: We wrote it after a really traumatic experience. We had a good friend that passed. Now, every time we play it we dedicate it to him. Hill: Yeah, like we said, sometimes we write songs about events in our lives. Johnson: And it’s the main song, like some of our songs are just for fun, but I really do hope “This Place” brings them some hope. It’s just a good relief song. Like, you listen to it and you feel a little better about that day. Hill: It’s got good vibes through the whole thing. I think that’s our unanimous vote for favorite song. Breneman: When’s the next time people can see you? Williamson: Next show that we’re playing, as of right now, is Nov. 4 at High Dive. And we’re playing Nov. 18, hopefully, in New Smyrna Beach. Johnson: Me and Ken are doing a little house party tonight for fun. Hill: We’re going to play songs for whiskey.


Series Review of the Week: Facebook Watch ‘Starter Pack’ Tranelle Maner Avenue Writer

Facebook Watch is producing content at a fast pace and, until now, hadn’t developed a program poking fun at the gap between Millenial and Gen Z culture in the workplace. The new online series “Starter Pack” follows the life of a recent college graduate whose master’s degree in art hasn’t done her any favors in terms of getting a job. While interviewing for another position as a museum art curator,

as she has done countless times, Ayana Martin (Jasmine Luv) has a breakdown and starts screaming about the descension of the art world thanks to social media, especially memes. What she thinks is an outburst worthy of walking out over is, to her surprise, regarded as a genius idea by the new museum manager and the 16-year-old publicist. To them, the idea is fresh and will appeal to the new, young market. They deem it “the death of art” exhibit. So, Ayana must try to navigate

a job that goes directly against her values. The online comedy series was created and produced by the AT&T Hello Lab. Before the official launch of this program, AT&T was already working closely with entertainment media producers Fullscreen. Their first series, “Summer Break,” launched in 2012 and had three successful seasons before AT&T made the shift to its own scripted original series. The series also stars social media star Dytto, who garnered a lot of online attention in 2015 for her

dance videos. She became so popular online that she was invited to appear on “Ellen” and several dance programs after that. The cast includes other recognizable names like social media star Lauren Giraldo; comedian and actor Michael Yo; singer, actress and dancer Alyson Stoner and YouTuber Anthony Padilla. As far as reception of the series goes, most online viewers have given it medium reviews. So far, it seems to be more well-received by younger audiences and those who enjoy direct or “Instagram humor”

as it’s been called lately. This comedic format is very in-your-face and, to some, slightly obnoxious, as the jokes are shallow and simple. Due to the program’s Aug. 20 premiere, only two episodes have been released online. Time will tell if online content viewers will become fans of the show and if the viewership and reviews will waver in favor of a second season. Until then, interested viewers can catch up on the series for free on Facebook and check the official “Starter Pack” page every Monday for new episodes.


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Fashion forward UF: Annisa Setiawan Vanessa Blankenship Avenue Writer

Annisa Setiawan says a polished, classic style is the way to go when it comes to planning your next fashion ensemble. Setiawan, a 20-year-old UF geology junior, is a brand ambassador for multiple clothing and accessory brands including I.AM.GIA, Tiger Mist, Monarch Tokyo and Lack of Color. So far, she’s having a blast endorsing promotional codes and products on social media because that’s how she’s able to connect with her viewers. Her Instagram reflects positive messages regarding health and fitness, travel, fashion and self-growth. “People are most attracted to content that moves them, makes them feel happy, inspired and generally uplifted,” Setiawan said.

Her go-to outfit normally involves a simple nude, grey or white blouse with slacks and a pair of white sneakers. This versatile look is perfect whether you’re heading to class or on a night out with friends. Setiawan said comfort is key when getting dressed, but that there is a distinction between looking comfortable and looking sloppy. “You can be extremely comfortable wearing a nice tracksuit or even a sweatsuit, because in that perspective, you’re both comfortable and a little more aesthetic,” Setiawan said. Setiawan said she has admired the fashion industry ever since she watched the 2011 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. The way models and designers collaborated to create elegant yet elaborate outfits fascinated her, so she began researching de-

signer brands like Chanel, Gucci and Balenciaga. “The more I looked into fashion, the more I realized there is so much effort and thought that goes into craftsmanship, creativity, and just being aware of what is relevant to people in the industry,” Setiawan said. She said these models are different from your typical runway model. “I noticed how beautiful and fit they are in the sense that they have more lean muscle,” Setiawan said. “Some people might think that Victoria’s Secret models are too thin, but to me they are ideal for their bone structure because when you’re that narrow, you won’t get that much bigger if you put on a lot of muscle.” Setiawan experimented with colorful, vibrant clothing in her early teens but eventually started

taking styling tips from her mom, who taught her that monochrome colors complimented her skin tone. Other takeaways from her mom included the importance of quality over quantity and remembering to invest in products that will last for decades. “My mom was a big stickler for the timeless look — the type of fashion that never grows old,” Setiawan said. In early August, Setiawan was diagnosed with celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that develops over time and can cause severe damage to smaller intestines, so she avoids certain foods that contain gluten, lectins and dairy. She said being diagnosed with celiac motivated her to live a better lifestyle, paying closer attention to her actions, she now relies heavily on a well-organized schedule.

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The Starters: Gators release depth chart ahead of opener By Alanis Thames and Mark Stine Sports Writers

Redshirt sophomore Feleipe Franks will take the field as the Gators’ starting quarterback Saturday against Charleston Southern. Coach Dan Mullen said Franks’ athleticism and ability to extend plays earned him the starting role over redshirt sophomore Kyle Trask and freshman Emory Jones. The quarterback competition has captured the attention of UF fans throughout the entire summer. What you may not have paid attention to are the other notables on the Gators’ depth chart that could possibly give the offense the spark it has missed in recent years. Receivers Ole Miss transfer Van Jefferson figures to be one of Franks’ go-to targets this season. He’ll start opposite Tyrie Cleveland, while Josh Hammond will play in the slot. Mullen praised Hammond for his leadership among the wide receivers at Monday’s press conference. “He is a great leader within that group, both not afraid to get after people and by example in what he does,” Mullen said. “He brings flexibility in that you feel comfortable he can play several different positions on the field, with the knowledge and standard we expect from the program.” Ohio State transfer Trevon Grimes, Freddie Swain, Dre Massey and Kadarius Toney will play in a deep and heavy rotation of receivers this season. Running backs Jordan Scarlett’s return follow-

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Right tackle Jawaan Taylor (right) earned a starting spot within UF's offense for the season opener.

Running back Jordan Scarlett is set to return to the field following a season-long suspension during the 2017 season.

ing last year’s suspension means he’ll take over as the No. 1 guy at tailback. The 5-foot-11, 210-pounder led the team with 179 carries, 889 yards and six touchdowns in 2016. He posted the most rushing yards by a Florida freshman or sophomore running back since 1995. Sophomore Malik Davis and junior Lamical Perine are listed behind Scarlett on the depth chart. Davis worked his way back into the rotation following his recovery from a season-ending knee injury he suffered last season. Perine led the Gators in rushing in 2017 with

562 yards on 136 carries. Tight ends and offensive line Veteran tight ends C’yontai Lewis, Moral Stephens and R.J. Raymond will be Florida’s top three tight ends. All three enter the season as redshirt seniors, though they’ve only caught a combined 36 passes. The offensive line is an area that has appeared almost as ambiguous as the quarterback position, and Mullen told reporters that a lot of those guys are going to be interchangeable at those positions. The Gators will utilize a tandem that played and started all 11 games

last season in senior Martez Ivey at left tackle and junior Jawaan Taylor at right tackle. Redshirt sophomore Brett Heggie is healthy once again after a knee injury ended his 2017 campaign. But it’ll be 6-foot-4, 321-pound senior Tyler Jordan leading the way at left guard. The team will keep an eye on Heggie's performance in practice this week and see if he could possibly start at center on Saturday. Otherwise, it’ll be Nick Buchanan or T.J. McCoy at that spot. “You’re getting into a game plan for those guys,” Mullen said. “It’s a tight battle, so I want to see who’s

gonna handle that the best.” While Feleipe Franks is receiving a lot of attention for winning the starting quarterback job, there were a decent amount of surprises on the defensive depth chart. Let’s start with the big guys up front. Defensive line The Gators will have 11 players rotating on and off the defensive line with two sophomores starting on the interior. The 6-foot-4,


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The key to Florida’s success this season isn’t just Franks. It’s the pass rush. Offense wins games, but defense wins championships. It’s a mantra that has stuck with me since my days of playing recreational sports growing up, where I helped anchor my defensive line while playing soccer. Or when I played high school lacrosse after I had signed up to be a D-Pole but was ultimately switched to attack due to my size and speed. It’s also why I had picked Gators cornerback Marco Wilson to be Florida’s break-

ing quarterback on Monday. out player this season. Rather, it involves a unit that is But then everyone’s attenhighly underappreciated. tion remains with the offense. The pass-rushers. The deWhile UF fans anxiously fensive linemen. waited to see who would be Before you ostracize me and named the starting quarterback label me as not knowing what and kept saying “all we need Jake Dreilinger I’m talking about, hear me out is a good quarterback for this @DreilingerJake for a second. team to be good,” I’m going a Florida football was really different route. Florida’s key to success this year isn’t bad last year. Horrendous even. A 4-7 finFeleipe Franks, who was named the start- ish that was two plays away from poten-

Former UF receiver and current television commentator Cris Collinsworth will be the honorary "Mr. Two Bits" for the Gators' season opener Saturday.

Feleipe Franks speaks after being named starter The UF quarterback spoke to media after practice Tuesday, saying that he had "a lot of people out there who are doubting me, doubting our team." Franks was named Florida's starting quarterback by coach Dan Mullen Monday afternoon.

tially being a 2-9 season with close games to Kentucky and Tennessee. A lot of it could be blamed on the quarterback and the offense. As the faces of the team, they are expected to get the job done. However, when you look at the breakdown, you’ll see a much different picture. The Florida defense had only three games where it created four or more quarterback hurries -- four against Michigan,

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What to look out for as UF soccer prepares for tough weekend By Sam Campisano Sports Writer

“The Hangover” could take a lesson from the way Florida struggled last weekend. The Gators came crashing back down to Earth following consecutive 1-0 defeats at the hands of unranked Ohio State and Oklahoma State. The losses dropped Florida 17 places in the United Soccer Coaches poll from No. 5 to No. 22. It won’t get any easier for the Gators with No. 2 UCLA and No. 7 USC coming to Gainesville this weekend. Here’s what to look out for as UF tries to climb back up the rankings: Will the real UF offense please stand up? So far in this young season, it has been a tale of two offenses for the Gators. The team scored six goals and took 30 shots through its first two games. In its two losses, it has been held to just 21 shots and no goals. “I don’t think we’ve really created enough chances,” coach Becky Burleigh said. “We’re missing some dynamic players, but that’s just part of college soccer. So we have to find different ways to be effective, and that’ll be our job in practice this week.” UCLA has only given up one goal in two games this year, and USC has only given up one in

three. UF’s offensive production this weekend will be telling against a pair of stout Pac-12 defenses. Who will step up with Deanne Rose absent? Forward Deanne Rose, who was All-SEC First Team last year as a freshman and is arguably Florida’s best scoring threat, has not appeared in a game since the season opener. She sat out the last few games nursing a hamstring injury and leaves the team for 10 days to be with the Canadian National Team. Freshman Cassidy Lindley stepped up in her absence in Florida’s win over FAU, scoring her first goal and recording two assists. Since being named SEC Freshman of the Week, Lindley has cooled off along with the rest of the Gators’ offense. Florida missed that spark in the last two games, and somebody will have to step up in Rose’s absence in order to get the Gators back on the right track. Lindley, as well as forwards Melanie Monteagudo and Madison Alexander, and midfielder Sammie Betters, have scored all of Florida’s goals this year. Atmosphere at Dizney Stadium It’s not every weekend that two top-10 teams make trips to Gainesville. Friday’s match with UCLA will

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UF forward Deanne Rose has missed the past three games while dealing with a hamstring injury. be the first contest between two ranked teams since UF made Donald R. Dizney Stadium its permanent home. Burleigh said that the atmosphere from Gators fans has

been impressive so far and that she expects it to ramp up for the upcoming weekend. “We have had two really good environments,” she said, “but I

think with these two teams coming it could be even more exciting.” @samcampisano

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David Reese led team in tackles last season

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Cornerback Marco Wilson will be paired with fellow sophomore CJ Henderson against Charleston Southern.

Buck linebacker Jachai Polite (left) won the starting job in a battle with 2017 sack leader CeCe Jefferson.

FOOTBALL, from pg. 14 317-pound Elijah Conliffe will start at nose tackle on Saturday. He replaces redshirt senior Khairi Clark, who started all 11 games at defensive tackle in 2017. Tedarrell Slaton (6-foot-5, 343-pounds) edged out transfers Marlon Dunlap Jr. and Adam Shuler for the starting defensive tackle position. Dunlap sat out last year after transferring from North Carolina, while Shuler is a graduate transfer from West Virginia. The Gators’ 2017 leader in sacks - senior CeCe Jefferson - and redshirt sophomore Jeremiah Moon will play second fiddle to Jachai Polite at the “buck” position, the linebacking edge rusher in Todd Grantham’s 3-4 scheme. It may be because Jefferson has been battling an injury, but Mullen said at Monday’s press conference that Polite’s effort in camp is what won him a starting spot. “(Polite has) had a great camp,” Mullen said. “He’s worked his tail off, and you

know, it’s the effort you give on the field.” On the opposite side of the line, redshirt junior Jabari Zuniga will play defensive end after starting six games and being hindered by injuries a year ago. Zachary Carter, a 6-foot-4 redshirt freshman from Tampa, Florida, will back him up. Linebackers Juniors David Reese and Vosean Joseph are penciled in at the middle linebacker spots. Reese and Joseph finished first (102) and third (55) in tackles for Florida in 2017, respectively. However, Mullen announced that Reese is questionable to play on Sept. 1 with an ankle injury. Defensive backs Preseason All-SEC corners CJ Henderson and Marco Wilson will get the first reps against Charleston Southern. Henderson is coming off a campaign where he tied for the

team lead in interceptions (4), while Wilson led the way in passes defended (10). But watch out for 6-foot-3 freshman Trey Dean. He’ll find himself on the field just as much as the star sophomores, who will supposedly see a decrease in reps from last season. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson is UF’s second returning tackler (58) and starter at the “star” position, the nickel corner spot. His backup, C.J. McWilliams, is questionable for Saturday. Sophomore Donovan Stiner and junior Jeawon Taylor complete the starting defense as the safeties. Mullen said Stiner proved himself in fall camp and will play a critical role in the Gators’ defensive success. You can Follow Alanis and Mark on Twitter @alanisthames and @mstinejr or contact them at and

COLUMN, from pg. 14 nine against Tennessee and a whopping 12 against Vanderbilt. In each of those games, the rest of the defense played better as a result of the added pressure to the opposing quarterback. While the Gators lost to Michigan, they intercepted the ball twice and sacked Wilton Speight and John O’Korn five times. And against Tennessee and Vanderbilt, where they flushed out the quarterback a combined 21 times, intercepted the ball three times, recorded two sacks, and forced opposing quarterbacks into going a combined 39-for-79 passing. That was in just three games. The Gators managed just 11 QB hurries in the other eight games combined, where they forced nine interceptions and recorded 15 sacks. When you account for the wider game pool, those numbers aren’t nearly as good as what the team produced against the Wolverines, the Volunteers and the Commodores. It comes down to this. When Florida’s pass rush consistently gets to the quarterback, it can significantly help the Gators pull out the win. When the group can’t break through the line, it allows the opposing quarterback more time to make the play. And this year, the defensive line will make all the difference. UF’s starting group of Jachai Polite, Tedarrell Slaton, Elijah Conliffe and Jabari Zuniga will need to be on its game every week if the Gators want a shot of winning this year. And so far, they have shown it in fall camp. “(Jachai)’s had a great camp,” Florida head coach Dan Mullen said. “He’s worked his tail off, and you know, it’s the effort you give on the field.” If UF’s pass rush comes to play this year, expect a much better season in 2018. Jake Dreilinger is the assistant sports editor at The Alligator. Follow him on Twitter @DreilingerJake and email him at


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