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The Gators released their official depth chart on Monday, but there were a couple of notable tossups. Most notably, the kicker spot is still vacant.


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The Gators had arguably their most popular special teams unit in recent memory last season. Now a ragtag group of familiar names and young phenoms are out to claim their own spot in the hearts of Florida fans. Who are these new heroes, and how could UF use them this year?


THE SPECIALISTS Florida lost a pair of special teams legends. How will UF replace them? By Morgan McMullen Sports Writer

DEEP IN THE SWAMPLANDS OF GAINESVILLE, A NEW, SPECIAL TEAM GATHERS ITS FORCES… Every meal Florida’s football team eats is meticulously accounted for. Calories are measured down to the last bite, and it all corresponds to the team’s new strength and conditioning program. Team meals also include a ritual. One group eats first every time: the starting punt team. Coach Dan Mullen said it’s his mission to make every player on UF’s roster aware of the importance of special teams. He said he thinks it’s getting through to his players. During spring practices, Mullen would often race up and down the field with the punt coverage

units. Players say he’s heavily involved in special teams meetings, nearly to the point that he runs them himself. Mullen also made a point that few (if any) Florida coaches have before. “You’ve got a guy that’s a linebacker that’s trying to learn how to be a linebacker in our defense,” he said. “They’re thinking about being a linebacker because they were recruited as a linebacker. I guess if you look at the roster, it says linebacker. It doesn’t say left guard on punt. But the left guard on punt is more important than the linebacker position for us to win games.” Mullen went on to say a good day on special teams can make up for a subpar day on either offense or defense. He said a team could win with two out of the three, but that special teams absolutely had to be great.

“(It’s) just a mindset of the coaching staff, the mindset of the program is we want to be a great special teams team,” Mullen said. “If you look at our plan to win, what it takes, winning special teams is a huge aspect of it.” The Kickers “ED-DY! ED-DY! ED-DY!” The familiar chorus of the student section at the Swamp during UF field goals has been put into retirement. Now the crowd will get a chance to sing out… Well, definitely someone different. Former Florida kicker Eddy Pineiro has been in Oakland during the Raiders’ training camp and preseason. He has been rooming with fellow UF graduate Johnny Townsend, another face fresh in the minds of Gators fans.

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Tommy Townsend (left) and R.J. Raymond (right) celebrate with the Gator band and fans after the team’s Orange and Blue scrimmage on April 14. Both Townsend and Raymond managed to win starting spots on UF’s punt team for the season opener against Charleston Southern on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

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‘I nearly died’: Gainesville art programs see devastating cuts in funding FLORIDA DROPPED FROM NO. 10 TO NO. 48 IN THE COUNTRY IN ART FUNDING. Bailey LeFever Alligator Staff Writer

Days before the Gainesville Orchestra’s annual spring concert, Greg Johnson opened his email. Inside, a message from the state shocked the orchestra president.

The orchestra’s state funding was gone. Johnson still prepared himself for the show. He stood in front of the crowd of hundreds before the music began. He told the audience and musicians that they wouldn’t see a dime of the $25,000 that had — up until this year — been allotted annually. They gasped. State funding to arts programs in Alachua County fell from 46 percent of what’s

requested to just six percent, blindsiding local cultural organizations and forcing them to find other ways to exit the year financially sound, according to Judy Skinner, a Dance Alive National Ballet grant writer. Other counties statewide saw this drastic decrease, too. Florida experienced one of the largest drops in the country’s state funding to the arts this fiscal year: from No. 10 to No. 48. “I nearly died,” Skinner said. “Up until

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a week before, no one in the arts had any inclination that this was going to happen.” Dance Alive National Ballet is dependent on state grants to make up about $78,000 of its more than $700,000 budget, Skinner said. It was awarded $5,233. The company isn’t the only local cultural organization to feel the burden of these cuts, she explained. Fifteen Gainesville organizations collectively qualified for $1.27 million of state funding. They got $76,610, she said. The cuts to the arts don’t make fiscal sense because it is a driver of tourism, Skinner said. “It would be wonderful if our state would recognize the value of who and what we are to the state,” Skinner said. The arts cut went to funding school safety after the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, State Senator Keith Perry (R-Gainesville) said. A $400 million plan passed by the legislature provides for additional school resource officers, mental health counselors and other security measures. The money was well spent, Perry says, but the brunt of the impact shouldn’t have been pushed on the arts. “I thought we should have found places to spread the pain around,” he said. For the next fiscal year, Perry hopes to bring the state back into the top 10 funders of the arts. He started meeting with donors to find ways to allocate more money. Perry himself donated from his company, Perry Roofing Contractors. Despite the drop in resources, the Gainesville Orchestra continues to play. After first discovering that it wouldn’t receive state money, the orchestra got a second email from the state offering $2,500. Despite the paperwork — at least 50 pages worth — Johnson said he will do what he can to secure that small amount.

Alexia Yau, a 19-year-old UF natural resource conservation junior, cheers as Julissa Calderon, a Buzzfeed video producer and the keynote speaker at the UF Hispanic-Latinx Student Assembly, concludes her presentation.


Young the Giant and Joywave to perform free concert at UF THE BANDS WILL BE PAID $98,000 COMBINED. Amanda Rosa Alligator Staff Writer

Heather Sundar has been listening to Young the Giant since her freshman year of high school. Now, the 20-year-old UF information systems junior gets to see the band for the first

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time next week. Alternative rock bands Young the Giant and Joywave will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Sept. 7 on Flavet Field, Student Government Productions Chairman, Andrew Kelly, wrote in an email. The bands will perform for UF Student Government Production’s “Rock-The-Vote” concert, which strives to encourage students to register to vote. Sundar saw the event on Facebook and immediately told her roommate to come with

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her, she said. “I was hyped. We’re so excited,” she said. The headliner, Young the Giant, will be paid $78,000, while Joywave will be paid $20,000, from student activity fees. UF External Affairs and Chomp the Vote are co-sponsoring the show, Kelly said. Gates for the concert open to the public at 6 p.m. The group chose Young The Giant and Joywave to continue its tradition of hosting a rock show in the Fall, Kelly said. The All-

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American Rejects performed in November 2016, according to Alligator archives. Sundar said Young the Giant is just another blast from her past. “Last time they invited All-American Rejects, which was a childhood favorite,” she said. “The fact that they keep catering specifically to me is really cool.”

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Cookiegazm permanently closed, no plan to reopen soon Dana Cassidy Alligator Staff Writer

Lily Cardone was trying to call in her typical order of peanut butter cookies from Cookiegazm with her roommates Wednesday night but couldn’t reach anyone. The 20-year-old UF criminology senior feared the worst. Twenty minutes later, when she logged onto Facebook, she realized her nightmare had come true after the late-night cookie delivery company announced they would permanently close after four years of

business. “Me and my roommates are all very upset,” Cardone said. “We all reacted kind of the same way; a lot of shock and a lot of tears.” Cookiegazm’s sudden closing came from various issues, including a lack of profits, a price conscious student population and competition with Midnight Cookies, another late-night cookie delivery business, said 21-year-old Daniel Gavrilin, the Cookiegazm general manager and a UF tourism, events and recreation management senior.

There’s no plan to reopen, but it’s always a possibility, Gavrilin said. He said the store’s closing should be used as a lesson to others on the importance of running a business strategically. Gavrilin, who worked at the store for four years, said he was upset, but not distraught, over the decision to close its doors. “I was kind of bummed out because I had a really, really good job, and it was the way I supported myself,” Gavrilin said. Cookiegazm was founded in 2015 by two UF students who

baked cookies in their apartment to earn extra cash, according to Alligator archives. Gavrilin said there were nearly 30 people on payroll at the time of closing, all of who he said have now found alternative jobs. UF electrical engineering junior 20-year-old Cali Holber said she isn’t too upset over the closing, as she preferred to purchase her cookies elsewhere. “I feel like most people aren’t going to be too upset because most people go to Midnight Cookies,” Holber said. “They’re cheaper, and

I don’t have that much money to begin with anyways.” Cookiegazm announced in May it would be closed during Summer, Gavrilin said. It was decided the it wasn’t worth the effort to have the operation running during the 20182019 school year. “People love it but the costs were simply too high,” said Gavrilin. “It was founded and ran by UF students and it was for UF students.” @danacassidy_

State slashed arts funding, affecting Gainesville art programs HIPP, from pg. 1 Johnson says he hopes to make up the difference through increased ticket sales and fundraising. “When all is said and done, we’re going to be OK,” he said. The orchestra has sold more than 50 percent of its November performance seats. In addition, four of the last five concerts have sold out, he said. Part of the orchestra’s success has also lied in its refusal to expect a certain amount of funding. “We’ve been fortunate in that we haven’t relied heavily on grants because we know we can’t,” Johnson said. Unlike the orchestra, downtown Gainesville’s The Hippodrome State Theatre cannot make up the difference with increased ticket sales or prices, said Jessica Hurov, its managing director. “We don’t want to pass on this to our customers,” Hurov said. “We are extremely committed to making the arts as accessible to as many people as we can.” The theatre plans to make up some of the difference through fundraisers, collaborations with UF and donations. Supporters have posted their concerns on the theatre’s Facebook page: “How can they do this?” and “This is so devastating.”

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Local restaurants started hosting benefit nights to support the Hippodrome, Hurov said. The Paramount Grill now holds “Hipp Tuesdays,” where 10 percent of each bill on Tuesdays throughout the year will go toward the Hippodrome’s deficit. With possible layoffs looming, the theatre’s atmosphere has changed. Jordan Sison, a 21-year-old UF acting senior who is performing in “The Wolves” at the Hippodrome, said she’s trying not to think of the negatives. Instead, she’s hopeful. “People want to make a difference and a change,” she said. The theatre provides value beyond weekend entertainment, she said. It serves as an educational center of the community, serving dually as a place for young actors to earn points needed to be recognized by the acting community and middle schoolers to be introduced to theatre. “Theatre brings people together and educates people and teaches people how to be empathetic toward others,” she said. “To cut something that’s so educational and important in people’s lives is a travesty.” @blefever10

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RTS gets $3M federal grant for one electric bus, WiFi THE NEW VEHICLES WILL REDUCE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS IN THE ENVIRONMENT. Dana Cassidy Alligator Staff Writer

Three new electric buses will take Gainesville streets by 2019. The Regional Transit System was awarded $3 million by the Federal Transit Administration grant for improvements including an electric bus and charging sta-

tion. The funding was announced Aug. 24. Other additions include new PA announcements, a system to allow paying from mobile phones, a security camera upgrade, 15 automated passenger counters and bus radio equipment, RTS spokesperson Chip Skinner said. WiFi will also be added to a handful of buses as a pilot project, Skinner said. Last year, RTS was awarded a grant of $1 million to purchase two other electric buses and a charging station. Another alloca-

tion of $2 million was also awarded this year. These donations allow for RTS to have a total of $5 million in donations to have three electric buses and two charging stations. The buses haven’t been purchased by the city yet, Skinner said. The electric buses are called “Low-No” vehicles due to the low amount, or lack of, emission gases. Skinner said these buses are important to have in the community because they’ll decrease the greenhouse gases in the environment.

“Public transportation really benefits the environment because we have less smog and smog precursors coming out of the vehicles,” Skinner said. Skinner hopes the public transportation system will continue to receive funding over the next 10 years to improve the environment and RTS itself. Gainesville is one of three bus systems in Florida to receive this grant, alongside Broward County and the Pinellas-Suncoast Transit Authority. Daniel Vinkus, an 18-year-old

UF mechanical engineering freshman, said he’s pleased with RTS becoming more environmentally conscious. Vinkus said he uses the bus at least twice a day, so as long as the system remains running during the transition, he doesn’t mind the “Low-No” buses being put to use. “As a student, I don’t pay the bus fare,” he said, “so as long as that doesn’t change I’m fine with it.” @danacassidy_

SNL comedian to UF: ‘Do y’all have gangs or just gators?’ THE COMEDIAN WAS PAID $12,000 FOR HIS PERFORMANCE. Dana Cassidy Alligator Staff Writer

Chris Redd posed one of life’s most pressing questions to about 500 UF students. “Do you ever sneeze and fart at the same time?”

The Saturday Night Live cast member took to the stage Wednesday night in the Reitz Union’s Rion Ballroom to discuss everything from President Donald Trump’s “Space Force” to meeting Mormons in Utah. The hour-and-a-half long comedy show was free for students and sponsored by the Reitz Programming Board. Redd was paid $12,000 for the performance, according to Alligator archives.

Redd was quick to poke fun at audience members, asking them questions about the Gainesville area and the city’s fascination with gators. “Do y’all have gangs or just gators here?” he asked. Redd also divulged some of his fondest childhood memories, most of them containing cocaine addicts, unbeknownst to him. “I didn’t know they were crackheads at first; I thought they

were just fun people,” he said. Redd also touched on his experience taking an Uber while high from marijuana. An odd Uber driver offered him candy while driving him home one night and Redd hesitantly agreed to the offer. Redd said the driver proceeded to hand him an unwrapped tootsie roll, which he “immediately slapped out of the driver’s hand” because he was “raised to not accept candy that

looks like dookie.” Emma Nabbie, a UF astrophysics freshman, said she was happy to watch Redd perform live, after seeing him on SNL numerous times. “I watch him a lot on SNL and I wanted to check him out,” Nabbie said. “Everything was really funny.” @danacassidy_


Reitz Union plans for early general election voting THE REITZ UNION WILL BE AN EARLY VOTING LOCATION DURING HOMECOMING WEEKEND. Gillian Sweeney Alligator Staff Writer

The Reitz Union is preparing for an unknown number of early voters to walk through its doors in November. In a joint meeting Thursday, UF and the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections office discussed getting the Reitz ready for early voting for the general election, starting Oct. 22 and finishing Nov. 3. The student union was designated as an early voting location on Aug. 17, according to Alligator archives. October is one of the busiest months for the Reitz, senior director of the Reitz Myra Morgan said at the meeting. The student union averages 10,000 reservations a year and is booked nearly two years in advance. “I think a lot of people in Gainesville don’t understand how busy this facility is,”

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Morgan said. With limited space available, room G50 in the Reitz will be the official early voting location. The space was chosen because other rooms inside the student union won’t be vacant the entire week, Morgan said. Parking has also been taken into consideration. Twenty spaces in the Reitz parking lot will be made available for polling, UF’s Assistant Vice President of Community Relations Susan Crowley said. Officials are unsure exactly how many people will come out to early voting in the Reitz, said TJ Pyche, the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections spokesperson. The need for more parking spaces will depend on this number. “We will continue to work with the university administration during the early voting period to ensure that the parking is able to adequately serve voters,” Pyche said. @gilliangsweeney

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UF researchers say a smartphone can be hacked by something as easy as plugging it into a charger. Data on smartphones can be accessed by hackers through USB cables, like phone chargers, researchers at UF’s Florida Institute for Cybersecurity Research discovered. The 11-person team conducted research on 14 smartphones from six vendors, including Apple and Android phones, to see how hacking occurs and how to prevent it, said Grant Hernandez, a 25-year-old fourth-year UF computer engineering Ph.D. student. Hackers send commands to phones to do almost anything they want, even if a phone is locked, to access emails, pictures and contacts, control screens or reprogram phones, said Joseph Choi, a fourth-year UF computer science graduate student and researcher. Installing security patches and backing up pictures, contacts and documents can help protect smartphones. If users think their phones have been hacked, they should perform a factory reset, Choi, 24, said. Most of the team’s funding comes from the National Science Foundation. UF is the only

The first day of SG interviews commence ONLY 33 STUDENTS INTERVIEWED. Gillian Sweeney Alligator Staff Writer

Both Student Government parties saw a large drop in students interviewing to run for a Senate seat compared to last year. A total of 33 students interview ed to run with either Impact Party or Inspire Party for Senate seats based on residential locations for the first day of interviews Thursday, according to the Supervisor of Elections Henry Fair. Interviews will continue 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Tuesday. Only 14 interviewed with Inspire Party and 19 with Impact Party, which were the only political organizations interviewing. No independent candidates registered. The total is a drop from the 139 — 96 for Impact and 43 for Inspire — who showed to the first day of

senate-canadidate selection interviews in Fall 2017, according to Alligator archives. The Challenge Party, which was launched last Spring after former Senate President pro-tempore Janae Moodie resigned and disaffiliated from Impact Party, was nowhere in sight. Wayne Selogy, the former Challenge Party campaign manager, said the party didn’t register because Inspire Party “has picked up the mantel that we started.” A platform of “inclusivity, accountability and transparency” brought Matthew Diaz, a 20-yearold UF political science junior, to interview with Inspire Party as a District D candidate. The party has strong values that align with his own, he said. “I think that talking to different clubs around campus and making sure we as a party have a presence in all these different places and with diverse people is really impor-

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tant,” Diaz said. Shaan Patel, an 18-year-old UF finance freshman, said he first heard about Impact Party this summer and wants to run as an Infinity Hall senator. During his interview, Patel said he and Impact Party members talked about the problems students have with finding parking. He said that the discussion showed how knowledgeable the party is on issues that students care about. “The change is for the students,” Patel said. “It helps the lifestyle of the students here.” @gilliangsweeney

university currently working on this research project, Choi said. The idea for the research came from sixthyear UF computer and information science and engineering doctoral student Dave Tian’s 2017 summer internship at Samsung in California, he said. In 2016, Samsung learned that three hacking commands could be sent through phone chargers and other USB cables. Tian, 34, said he wanted to extend this research to other brands and explore what other commands could be transferred. At least 3,500 commands are transferable from a USB, Tian said. Smartphone hacking can happen virtually anywhere. Sometimes, it’s clear a phone has been hacked, like when pictures are deleted, but many commands aren’t as visible, Tian said. People may not realize their information has been compromised. Older phones are more vulnerable to hacking, but new models are also at risk. To protect smartphone data, it’s recommended not to charge phones with random charging ports, Tian said. “We joke that the best way to prevent hacking is to never charge your phone and to just keep buying new ones,” Tian said.

GPD: Man shot at home, possessed cocaine Amanda Rosa Alligator Staff Writer

A man wanted by Gainesville Police in regards to a shooting two weeks ago was arrested Wednesday with a sandwich bag of crack cocaine in his front pants pocket, police said. Matthew Quion Antonio Lindsey, 26, of Gainesville, is accused of shooting into an apartment with five people Lindsey inside on Southeast 26th Street, according to the arrest report. No one was injured. A man, who was playing video games in the living room, heard someone banging on the front door and opened the door to find Lindsey holding a handgun, the report said.

The man told police Lindsey was yelling for his ex-girlfriend to give him his car back. Lindsey shot a round into the door after it was closed on him, the report said. The bullet almost hit three people sleeping inside. Witnesses told officers Lindsey was the shooter. Police found he had eight past felony convictions, the report said. Two weeks later, an officer stopped Lindsey on Northeast Eighth Avenue and found the drugs in his front pants pocket, the report said. Lindsey was charged with attempted murder, shooting into a building, possessing a weapon as a felon and possessing cocaine and drug paraphernalia. Lindsey is being held in Alachua County Jail in lieu of a $704,000 bond. @AmandaNicRosa

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appy Friday, everyone. It is our distinct pleasure to provide you with some entertainment on your morning bus ride, or wherever or however you consume our news. Let’s talk about the serious matters first, and end on something uplifting. Today marks the 345th day since Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico. The death toll, measuring number of people that died as a result of the hurricane, has been recently updated. It now sits officially at 2,975. We wish we could award some large, cosmic dart to weather, hurricanes, and natural disasters. But we can’t. What we can command is our response to crises. We can control how much money we allocate to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). We could have controlled how much aid was sent to Puerto Rico after the hurricane. We could have taken it more seriously. We could have done more to obviate the need for this long list of “could haves.” A laurel is bestowed to those who did everything they could to help Puerto Rico when it needed help most, whether you were hands-on or donated money. Words fail to express how many darts are aimed at those who brushed off Puerto Rico’s struggles — especially those who failed to act when the power to intervene was at their fingertips. Their inaction resulted in needless deaths. In other news, Andrew Gillum is now the Democratic nominee for the 2018 Florida gubernatorial election. His campaign was unorthodox. He spent money on highway billboards instead of TV advertisements. He had a far smaller political war chest than his opponents and never had the same access to donors. For his resourcefulness, a laurel. Remember that TV commercial where Ron DeSantis (Gillum’s Republican opponent) tried to get his infant daughter to say “make America great again”? Yeah. Dart. We reserve the right to award further darts and laurels in this race, as one candidate or another is sure to put his foot squarely in his mouth. We’re just going to keep these in our back pocket. Already, DeSantis has already made comments that some called “dog whistle racism,” saying that a Gillum governorship would “monkey things up.” The Justice Department made a statement of interest in a case between Asian American students and Harvard University, claiming racially driven admissions practices are harmful. A dart to the Justice Department for trying to say that colleges do not have a right to weigh admissions decisions with race. Affirmative action is vital to ensuring a student body is representative of the country’s or state’s population, and depends on race-based admissions. But this suit is inspiring for the mere fact that racial topics are being discussed productively in court. While it would be easy to feel discouraged, to feel that racism or bigotry is an unsolvable problem, the discussions we’re having about it now suggest we can resolve these issues fairly. Everyone can go home with a laurel for that. Meryl Kornfield EDITOR



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been going on for years, alongside all the other t was a typical day for me on Facebook not ones. They’re an established organization and too long ago. I look at deserving posts and exclusion could have definitely been seen as a give them “love” reacts in order to make snub since every other established assembly was Facebook’s heartless algorithm realize mentioned. So, does the Student Body President whatever post I’m looking at is a good one not encourage people to attend the WSA’s assemand deserves more love. bly? It’s unclear. As if heralded by some exasperated officer in The Student Body vice president mentioned a a GroupMe, or perhaps just by sheer discipline, I Zachariah couple of the welcome assemblies at Tuesday’s started seeing lots of Facebook posts by my friends Senate meeting but didn’t mention the WSA or Chou in our Women’s Student Association (WSA) over the DRC either (though I’ll admit, his was more the course of several days, promoting their welof a casual list). come assembly. Speaker announcement post? I’m sure this has nothing to do with the fact that the presiThat gets a “love” react. A profile picture frame? Smash that “love” react! Sharing the event for a second time now—look dent, vice president and treasurer positions have all been filled by men for the last two years (a move that has drawn under your chair! It’s a “love” react! Half of the WSA probably thinks I’m a weird dude, but criticism, given the demographics of our campus), but it feels that’s not what this is about — it’s about things said by other fitting to mention it here anyhow. In any event, the Women’s Welcome Assembly will take Student Government dudes that somehow lacked mention place in the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom on Sept. 4 at 6:30 of the WSA’s assembly and the Disability Resource Center’s p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m. Speakers include Assistant (DRC) assembly. Let me explain. This starts with our Student Body Presi- Director of Multicultural and Diversity Affairs Diana Moreno, dent Ian Green’s welcome back letter, specifically the part Gator Dad (President) Kent Fuchs, Director of the Intimate that talks about the welcome assemblies: “There are some Partner Violence Assistance Clinic (IPVAC) at the University big welcome assemblies coming up, I encourage everyone to of Florida Levin College of Law Teresa Drake and faculty Engattend,” he wrote, before listing off the the assemblies for lish professor Dr. Debra Walker King. There will also be muthe Hispanic Student Association, Black Student Union, Asian sical and dance performances, plus free food! The Disability Advocacy Assembly will take place in the American Student Union and Pride Student Union. So I read it, then re-read it. I do that thing where I scrunch Cypress Hall Gathering Room from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 6. my eyes since I’m not amused; where are the WSA and DRC The purpose is to “celebrate disability identity and will highlight student groups related to disability at UF” such as the in that list? The DRC hadn’t released the event page for its assembly at Ambassadors for Disability Awareness and the Delta Alpha the time of the letter’s publication, so I can understand why Pi honor society (for high-achieving students with disabilispecifics may not have been mentioned. This will actually be ties). Ms. Wheelchair Florida 2018, Shevaughn Barnes, will the first ever DRC assembly, but I think that’s an even stron- perform a song in sign language and UF Doctorate of Physiger reason to mention it. We had the opportunity to promote cal Therapy student Erin Waterman will deliver the keynote one of our overlooked communities, but no, our SG president speech. There will also be refreshments. Give these assemblies some love. chose not to. We could have acknowledged that the assembly exists, but nope, we neglected to. But for the WSA, the decision to exclude them from the list Zachariah Chou is a UF political science junior and Murwas even more perplexing. This is a large assembly that has phree Area Senator. His column appears on Fridays.

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'They' in the singular is good grammar and better for gender

cent of participants felt the singular The year is 2018, yet a cer“they” to be appropriate, formally. tain subset of professors still There is, of course, a perfectly cling to the notion that the perridiculous reason for this: Gerner’s sonal pronoun “they” or “them” study is from 1970, and these procan only be plural. I’ve heard fessors come from the time the geof an instance where a student neric “he” was standard when refersuffered point deductions for ring to a person or position without using the singular “they” in Levi Cooper their writing. These grammar a gender. While “they” comes to the singular use in the 14th century, it “purists” find themselves in is Ann Fisher in 1745 who writes good, authoritative company: Purdue OWL and the APA style guide both in her book "A New Grammar" to only use proscribe use of the singular “they.” As a “he” as an indefinite singular pronoun rathwriter lacking sufficient tact, allow me to er than they. This is where our haunting make my point clear: These professors are relics find the rule they so love. Undoubtedly, however, professors dull-witted and severely lacking the high would prescribe the use of “he or she” ground. No doubt, these arbiters of language without a second thought. But it’s not that would scoff at Chaucer and spit on Shake- simple, as those same grammarians rejectspeare. They might argue that these men ed that default, reactionary, simplistic “he/ were better suited for poetry, and poetry she” construction as too clumsy. But, most does not have to follow any grammatical importantly, this upholds the gender binary rules. Our professors examine prose writ- and ignores persons who don’t identify as ers, such as Jane Austen or Daniel Defoe, male or female. Some persons aren’t he both of which are within the canon, and or she, and that’s valid. The reason why make use of the singular “they” pronoun. I don’t present this as the only argument But looking to Austen or Defoe for linguis- in favor of the singular “they” is so it can’t tic “correctness” could be classified as a be rejected as merely sentimental, without fallacious argument to authority. Though regard for grammar. Even at our university, these literary giants have used the singular there are many people who are not sensi“they,” that doesn’t mean your professors tive to others. It’s not your job to educate anyone. I unare right. However, to say that was fallacious, you derstand that. But professors are supposed would need to believe English comes from to educate, and some are abusing this privisome outside source, or is a policeable com- lege. If a math professor stated 2+2=5 in modity. It is obviously neither. English is their class, everyone would flee during add/ a mass of words given to us by Germans drop, so why is it different for any other and Frenchmen who killed each other until professor? If you encounter this in the classthey talked differently. The only meaning it room, please call them out on their bull--has is what we give it, and the only gram- -. This could make the difference between matical rules are ones we adhere to. So, comfort and an invalidated experience for how can such pedantry be affirmed when some fellow students. Not everyone’s body Darren LaScotte’s 2016 study on the sub- reflects their gender, and “they” is a powerject showed over 68 percent of participants ful guard against assumption. using the singular “they” when gender was unknown? For a counterpoint, one might Levi Cooper is a UF English senior. His colnote Jurgen Gerner’s study, which found umn normally appears on Wednesdays. informal use at 72 percent but only 19 per-


Diagnosis and treatment is more primitive than you think

ally be weeks, if not months, Doctors on television are and still, there’s no guarantee portrayed as heroes. That’s any progress will be made. not to say they can’t be in I can see where things are real life, but as a patient who dropped. I can read my medihas seen dozens of doctors in cal chart and see what the hopes of finding an answer doctor decided to document. I and feeling better, I’m jaded. In my story, more often than Sophie Feinberg can see how long it took for a referral to be made. not, they’re the antagonist I’m at a point where I feel rather than the helpful figure distrust for the medical field. I need. Medicine is often seen as the pinnacle It shouldn’t be this way. I feel as though of advancements, technology and hope. doctors sometimes forget I am more than Yet, in practice, this is not always the a medical chart. Care is often cold and case. Again and again, I have been met impersonal. Doctors don’t explain the with dead ends; A doctor doesn’t see rea- process, leaving patients without a medison to treat me. They don’t treat my type cal degree drowning in jargon and sympof pain. I have to see a different doctor tomatology that they don’t understand. Medicine itself is advanced. Once a for my issue. They won’t listen to my complaints and go after something else. problem is identified, progressive medicines, surgeries and other treatments can It’s automatically a mental health thing. Part of it, I think, is ego. How could work toward managing an issue. HowI possibly know my body better than ever, like in hospitals, care is becoming a medical professional? Why should I increasingly robotic. Amid debates about question them? Many of my doctors take healthcare itself, schooling, costs, paissues as black and white. If one test tient distrust, doctor burnout and more, I says no, there is no possibility I have the think sometimes the humanity of healthcare goes overlooked. Patients need docissue. Except, months down the line, some- tors who listen. An attentive doctor can thing comes to fruition: I’m not crazy. be the literal difference between life and Something was wrong. In one case, it death. Emotionally detached doctors can took four doctors. The first three said lead to depressed patients. A patient’s no. The fourth, my hero, finally looked outlook is dependent on their doctors. If closer and listened to my pain and de- the doctors are detached and not helpful, scriptions. As I was describing my issue, patients lose hope. Care, at this point, seems objective. she said she could tell I haven’t been lisHowever, it should be subjective. To me, tened to before. Another issue is time. Doctors have true progressive care lies in seeing the crowded waiting rooms, which leaves idiosyncrasies of a patient. At this point, limited time to spend with patients. healthcare is commercialized. The sysWhen a case is complex, I sense it’s eas- tem profits based on people being sick. ier to just blame the issue already in my Doctors get paid for taking on more pamedical chart or blame mental health is- tients, but true care suffers. sues. Other times, I’m simply bounced from doctor to doctor. Amid referrals and Sophie Feinberg is a UF journalism junior. confusion, precious time is lost. I spend Her column appears on Fridays. more time waiting for an appointment than seeing the doctor I need. It can usu-


Mollie Tibbets' story calls us to end the culture of violence toward women

If I walk to my car when it’s dark out, I always tuck my sharpest key between my pointer and middle fingers. When I get to my car, I immediately lock the doors once I’m inside. If I go running on my favorite trail by myself, I text at least three friends and tell them to keep an eye on my location through the Find My Friends app. When I’m on the trail, I only leave one headphone in. I leave my other ear unoccupied. As a woman, I know these are precautions I have to take if I want to stay safe. As a woman, I know I live in a society where women aren’t safe and I know I exist in a culture where violence against women is the norm. For me, the murder of Mollie Tibbetts was particularly painful to learn about. In mid-July, Tibbetts went for a run and never came back. She ran the same route she always did and wore the same clothes she

After news of her murder broke, always did. The only difference I didn’t run outside for a while. I between the run she took on July succumbed to the repetitive, de18, and every run she had taken pressing rhythm of an indoor up to that point, was this time she treadmill. I hated it, but at least I rejected a stranger’s advances and felt safe. harassments. Violence against women is an When 24-year-old Cristhian Bahena Rivera began to run behind Abigail Miller epidemic in this country. One in and alongside Tibbets, she threat- five women in the U.S. has been raped in their lifetime. 19.3 million ened to call the police if he didn’t leave her alone. When she tried to run away, women have been stalked. 72 percent of all he chased her down. It’s understood that this murder-suicides involve an intimate partner and 94 percent of these murder-suicide vicis when he abducted and killed her. When I read Tibbetts’ story, I saw myself. tims are female. If we want to change these statistics, we She was a college student in her early 20s. She was an avid runner. She was a creature of need to change our culture. We need to edhabit who ran the same route every evening. ucate men and boys to respect women and She even had dark brown hair, just like I do. their bodies starting from a young age. They Are these similarities particularly unique? No. need to grow up believing that women are But that is what scared me most. I saw myself their equals, not objects to abuse and objecin Mollie Tibbetts, and it's likely millions of tify. Mollie Tibbetts was murdered because her other women did, too.

attacker believed he was owed her body — that he, as a man, had a right to her body. This twisted mindset is something that exists below the surface of so many narratives in our culture. This narrative is perpetuated when male characters on a TV show high-five after one hooks up with a “hot girl.” It’s reinforced when fraternity boys clap as a girl walks down the stairs of the house in the early morning. It’s normalized when men target drunk women, knowing they’ll be “easy to get with.” If we want to see an end to violence against women, we need to put an end to this culture. Men are not owed women, and they are not owed their bodies. It’s time to change the narrative. It’s time to respect women, and it’s time to let them run. Abigail Miller is a UF political science and journalism senior. Her column appears on Fridays.


Eyeliner on spiders: UF researchers experiment with color THE RESEARCHER PICKED OUT MAKEUP AT SEPHORA. Jessica Curbelo Alligator Staff Writer

UF researchers have been using makeup to alter the color patterns of certain spiders to see how it affects their mating or hunting behaviors. Lisa Taylor, a 39-year-old UF assistant research scientist, has always expressed an interest in color and art. It wasn’t until she took an animal behavior class and a spider biology class at the same time, however, that she said she realized there was a colorful family of animals that hadn’t been studied much. Jumping spiders became her focus in 2005. Nine years later, Taylor came to UF and started researching how the spiders interacted with color. Certain male spiders are like peacocks: colorful, loud and dancing for the attention of a female. The colors of male jumping spiders vary across more than 6,000 species. Some have bright red faces or bold black and white stripes, while others have green legs. The purpose is to look like an appealing mate instead of an appetizing meal for the cannibalistic females, she said. “It’s an unusual balance of information the male has to send,” Taylor said. “We think the males

are kind of exploiting females by putting these bright colors on their faces in order to tap into the female psychology and take advantage of the fact that the females don’t like eating those things.” Color patterns, like red or black and white stripes, can often signal that a prey is toxic to eat. To figure out how important the colors are, Taylor and her team of about 10 people decided to change the colors with makeup, which is non-toxic and can be applied delicately. Taylor said she started going into Sephora with little cardboard cards to sample the makeup and bring it back to the lab to measure the properties. “I got a lot of weird looks,” Taylor said. “Sometimes, I’d tell them what I’m doing if I’m looking for a particular color. Usually, they’re really interested.” Taylor used black liquid eyeliner in some cases to cover up patterns on jumping spiders’ faces. She discovered a foundation powder would cover green legs. With at least one species, covering up the color with black eyeliner increased the chances the female would attack the male, Taylor said. In general, they found female jumping spiders pay attention to color differently depending on the lighting. “We had a realization that these spiders have sophisticated cognitive abilities,” she said. “Jumping spiders are tiny animals with tiny brains, but they make complex de-

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The team researched various species of jumping spiders, including the Habronattus pyrrithrix pictured here. Jumping spiders include over 6,000 species. cisions.” For the past two years, Michael Vickers, a graduate research assistant working on the team, has been experimenting with the idea that jumping spiders respond to multiple signals. “You can focus on colors as the main signal, however, there’s other things that are going on. There’s always questions that we can ask

from this major question of colors as signals,” Vickers, 39, said. In experiments, they would create an odor from chemically defendant bugs, which are toxic to eat, and add that to the male spiders with red patterns. He said the females were less likely to attack males when the odor was added and in some cases, they’d even start to avoid the color red.

“They can learn color when another stimulus is added. Jumping spiders have one of the best eye sights of all arthropods,” Vickers said. @jesscurbelo


UF alumnus BuzzFeed producer discusses being Latinx

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UF President Kent Fuchs welcomed all in attendance at the Hispanic-Latinx Student Assembly, which took place at the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom Wednesday night.

BuzzFeed’s “Pero Like” Julissa Calderon, a 2011 UF alumna, spoke about how she managed to build a successful career despite obstacles she faces as an Afro-Latina

UF researcher awarded grant to study causes of diabetes in dogs Sara Drussell

Alligator Contributing Writer

To Allison O’Kell, researching diabetes hits close to home. O’Kell, a UF College of Veterinary Medicine clinical assistant professor, said her grandmother has Type I diabetes. O’Kell received a five-year research grant worth about $730,000 to study the

causes of diabetes in dogs, which she hopes can apply to humans as well, she said. The grant, the Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award, was given to O’Kell in June, she said. The research hopes to find better ways to treat the disease for both humans and their pets. She uses blood and urine sam-

ples from diabetic and non-diabetic dogs to try to find differences at a molecular level. She said she has found some molecules that are potentially promising as biomarkers, but it’s too soon to draw any conclusions. Successfully identifying biomarkers in blood, which predict the presence of diabetes, would allow veterinarians to test early

instead of waiting for visible symptoms to appear, O’Kell said. While O’Kell’s research is specific to dogs, she is also working with Mark Atkinson and Clive Wasserfall from the UF Diabetes Institute to find applications to research on human diabetes. The collaboration between the UF College of Veterinary Medicine and the UF Diabetes Institute is

fundamental to the research because they can assist each other, said Wasserfall, an assistant in pathology at the UF Diabetes Institute. “The findings are that dog diabetes, in some ways, is similar to human diabetes and other ways different,” Wasserfall said. “ I think both can learn from each other.”



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Feleipe Franks speaks out after winning starting spot By Alanis Thames Sports Writer

Florida no longer has a question mark at the starting quarterback position. The Gators released their depth chart for the 2018 season on Monday afternoon, which had redshirt sophomore Feleipe Franks listed as the starter ahead of redshirt sophomore Kyle Trask and freshman Emory Jones. It seemed to be a tug-of-war between Franks and Trask for the starting job through much of fall camp. Both quarterbacks showed promising flashes here and there, which made it a tough decision for head coach Dan Mullen and quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson. But it was Franks’ intangibles his physicality, size, arm strength and ability to extend plays - that gave him the edge over Trask, according to Mullen. “He’s got a strong arm. He can do some different things, make throws that a lot of people can’t just on pure talent. I think he’s got very good athletic ability,” Mullen said about Franks. “He’s got good size to be a physical player. He’s not worried, he’s not nervous about being a physical player. He’s got some toughness that way.” Franks played in all 11 games — starting in eight of them — and threw for 1,438 yards with nine touchdowns and eight in-

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Quarterback Feleipe Franks spoke with media following practice on Tuesday. terceptions last season. That included his 63-yard game-winning Hail Mary to wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland against Tennessee.

While Trask showed in camp that he was making the necessary improvements to get a grasp of the offense, the Gators needed

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Bold predictions for Mullen’s first year So, allow me to predict a couple.

Mark Stine @mstinejr

The dawn of the Dan Mullen era lies on the horizon as the Florida Gators prepare for the first game under their new head coach, Charleston Southern at home on Saturday evening. After 2017’s 4-7 debacle, UF will see a lot of positive changes on both sides of the football.

UF finishes top-3 in rushing in SEC The Gators have newfound depth at tailback with the return of senior Jordan Scarlett from suspension and sophomore Malik Davis from an ACL tear. Davis, who led Florida in rushing last year before getting injured against South Carolina, will be a great compliment to Scarlett, a more powerful back that led the UF backfield in 2016. Pair them with junior Lamical Perine, who led the Gators with eight touchdowns last campaign, and you have an elite committee that few SEC teams can match, mostly because a lot of the conference’s top running

Alberta Gator celebrated her 34th birthday on Thursday.

someone who would give them the best opportunity to win right away. The 6-foot-6, 240-pound

Sports boys and sports girls, it is time. After months of waiting, weeks of anticipation and countless articles full of speculation, we’re proud to report that the season is upon us. A handful of teams have already begun their schedules. The UCF Knights began their title defense with a thrashing of UConn and serious analysts had Hawaii in their College Football Playoff bracket after last weekend. One thing you may not be anticipating is the return of the weekly alligatorSports Picks Column, and for good reason. These are terrible. Really, really awful takes. Eight Gators writers will pick eight games — some relevant, some not as much — against the spread and see who comes out on top. Before we meet our competitors for this season, writers Mark Stine and Alanis Thames will debate the highly anticipated matchup between Navy and Hawaii. Navy (-10.5) will win because…

Jachai Polite finishes with All-SEC honors

The triple option. It’s one of the most difficult offenses to prepare for, and even though the Rainbow Warriors have probably dedicated this past week to prepare for the triple option with its scout team, there’s no way to emulate Navy’s speed and fluidity. Hawaii ranked 111th against the run (210.2 yards per game) and 106th in scoring offense (33.9 points per game) in 2017. Those are not positive numbers for third-year coach Nick Rolovich, who will face the nation’s No. 2 rushing attack from a year ago (351.8 yards per game). The Midshipmen also return their leading rusher, senior quarterback Zach Abey, who averaged 117.8 yards per game and scored 19 rushing touchdowns a season ago. Abey’s primary running back, junior Malcolm Perry also racked up 11 touchdowns in 2017, averaging 8.6 yards per carry. Abey and Perry will only get better as they’re spending another season under one of the masters of the option offense, Ken Niumatalolo, who’s making his homecoming. Niumatalolo quar-




backs left for the NFL. Georgia lost the top two cogs in its SECleading ground game, Sony Michel and Nick Chubb, to the New England Patriots and the Cleveland Browns, respectively. Auburn saw Kerryon Johnson forgo his senior season only to get picked by the Detroit Lions. LSU’s Derrius Guice also left early only to tear his ACL before the Washington Redskins’ season opener. Even though Alabama lost a work horse in Bo Scarbrough, it still retained 1,000-yard rusher Damien Harris, while Mississippi State is bringing a 1,000-yard back of its own, Aeris Williams. My crystal ball tells me Mississippi State will lead the SEC in rushing, while Alabama and Florida will slot in at second and third.

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Florida begins Bubly Invitational with USC rematch By Dylan Rudolph Sports Writer

After splitting its first two matches last weekend in the VERT Challenge, the No. 4 Florida volleyball team enters the Bubly Invitational with its third top-ten matchup of the season against No. 7 USC today in the O’Connell Center at 7 p.m. The team will then face Louisville on Saturday and UCF on Sunday. The Second Trojan War The Gators start the three-match invitational with a rematch of the emotional, five-set win over the Trojans in the 2017 season to advance to the final four in the NCAA tournament. In 2018, both teams will face off with lots of confidence. USC (3-0) opened its regular season with three wins over Northern Iowa and Creighton, as well as UF’s conference rival, Kentucky. In those matches, the Trojans were led by the offensive ability of the outside hitting duo of sophomore Brooke Botkin and junior Khalia Lanier. Two Birds, One Stone Botkin and Lanier combined for exactly 100 kills over the three matches played, including a 45kill performance from the pair in the five-set win over Creighton on Aug. 25. Florida (1-1) will look to coun-

ter this with junior middle blocker Rachael Kramer and her solid defense in front of the net, something that the team did not see in the loss against Texas on Saturday. In that loss, Kramer failed to meet the high expectations on the defensive end after she recorded only four block assists and allowed Longhorns’ freshman middle blocker Brionne Butler to record nine kills on just 14 swings. Coach Mary Wise indicated that this was something to work on. “A big thing we learned against Texas was what it was like to play without Rhamat Alhassan,” Wise said. “Someone like Brionne Butler could just jump over our blocks, even with our size.” In 2017, Alhassan registered 195 blocks and averaged a nation-leading 1.70 blocks per set. Even with Kramer’s disappointing start to the season, the team is still hopeful that she can fill the hole Alhassan left. Wise also talked about redshirt sophomore Mia Sokolowski and her ability to play outside hitting positions on both the left and right side of the court. Wise noted that she hopes to get her more touches this weekend. Other individual matchups will be crucial for Florida against this well-rounded USC team. Power vs. Patience A highly anticipated battle will

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Middle blocker Rachael Kramer had just four block assists in UF’s match against Texas on Saturday. be freshman outside hitter Thayer Hall and her powerful offense against senior libero Victoria Garrick’s defense in the back row for the Trojans. Hall, who won SEC Freshman of the Week on the back of her 41 kills in the two matches last weekend, will be tested by one of the best liberoes in the country.

Garrick has anchored her team’s defense so far this season, leading her team in digs in two of the three matches and tallied 23 digs against Creighton. However, the coaching staff for the Gators remains confident in Hall and the rest of the team to penetrate that defense. “We know a whole lot more about our team,” Wise said. “Noth-

ing we could do in practice could replicate what we saw against [Nebraska and Texas] …We are excited for this weekend.” Dylan Rudolph is a sports writer. Follow him on Twitter @dyrudolph and contact him at


What to expect from UCLA in UF’s fourth match of season By River Wells

victory over Penn State, and she sits at fifth all time for UCLA in saves and career shutouts with 161 and 19, respectively. Freshman Cassidy Lindley leads the team with five total points (one goal, three assists) and both Sammie Betters and Madison Alexander have scored two goals: the team will likely look to them to recapture their magic from UF’s first two games, magic they’ll need with Micah in net for UCLA.

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With zero goals in its last two games, Florida’s soccer team has been hit with a major offensive lull. With the No. 2 team in the nation heading to Gainesville on today, the Gators (2-2) will have to play to their full potential if they’re going to end their scoring drought against the Bruins (2-0). Here are a few of the big storylines for UCLA that UF will have to be ready for when it hosts the Bruins at Donald R. Dizney Stadium. The absence of their stars Just as UF’s Deanne Rose has been called to international duty with the Canadian National Team, the Bruins face the same problem with two of their star players, forward Hailie Mace and Jessie Fleming. Mace, a California native, joins the U.S. squad in preparation for its international friendlies against Chile. She’s currently locked in a three-way tie for UCLA’s leading scorer, finding the back of the net in the final five seconds of the Bruins first match of the year against Long Beach State. Mace was first-team All-American last year, notching 15 goals and 33 points, and with her offensive game—which UCLA’s head coach Amanda Cromwell put as “causing havoc” in a release—absent from the pitch on tonight, the Gators should have a bit

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Midfielder Sammie Betters is tied for the team lead with two goals. more breathing room defensively as they attempt to repair their uninspired offensive play. Fleming will be joining UF’s Rose on the pitch when the Canadian National Team faces off against Brazil, and while she has yet to get on the board offensively this season, her presence on the Bruins is undeniable. Also a first-team All-American in 2017, Fleming put up eight assists and twenty points, good for third on the team and scored three game winning goals.

With both Mace and Fleming absent, UF won’t have to worry about defending their fearsome presence on the pitch; however, the team may find its scoring woes continuing thanks to the keeper in the Bruins’ net. The Great Wall of Los Angeles The Gators will be tasked with facing off against a talented keeper in Teagan Micah, last week’s Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week. Micah made five saves in the Bruins’ 2-1

Know Your Enemy Despite UCLA’s success, Florida hasn’t been focusing on these strengths and weaknesses in practice; while it has discussed the Bruins and their tendencies in practice, the Gators are devoting most of their attention to themselves. “We’re just trying to handle ourselves right now,” UF redshirt junior midfielder Parker Roberts said. “We have things we need to fix, and if we play how we play then that will take care of itself.” Midfielder Sarah Troccoli echoed a similar sentiment. “They’re a great team, and they always have been,” she said of UCLA. “I think we’re more focused on ourselves. We’re just trying to figure out what we need to do right now.” Florida will square off against UCLA at 7 p.m. @riverhwells



Three storylines to follow when UF opens its regular season By Jake Dreilinger Sports Writer

It has been 29 years since the Florida Gators lost a home-opener, and this year should be no different. When Charleston Southern comes to Gainesville for a 7:30 p.m. showdown in the Swamp on Saturday, it will realistically be a showcase game where the team can show the changes it has made over the past year. After all, the Gators are 39-point favorites. Even with the big lead, there are still many storylines to follow before Florida takes the field to open the 2018 season. How much has Feleipe Franks changed since last year? UF coach Dan Mullen announced on Monday that incum-

bent quarterback Feleipe Franks will be the starter for the Charleston Southern game, and most likely in the SEC-opener against Kentucky next week as well. “A lot of it we felt Feleipe and some of the ability to extend plays right now will give us the best opportunity to win games,” Mullen said. Anyone who watched the Gators last season might not agree. Franks played in all 11 games and started in eight, but was pulled in a few in favor of Luke Del Rio and Malik Zaire. Injuries to both quarterbacks put Franks back in a prominent role. He threw nine touchdowns on the year, but matched that with eight interceptions. It’s a new year and a new coach, so the troubles that plagued the Gators might be over. We’ll just

Franks 'pretty confident ' FRANKS, from pg. 13 Franks fit the bill. Mullen made it clear that all three quarterbacks are far from the finished product at this point. However, he said he doesn’t plan on making the QB situation a back-and-forth affair, and he’ll move forward with Franks throughout the season. “It came down to just watching what Feleipe can do within the offense right now, where they’re all at in their development stages,” Mullen said. “He gives us the best chance to win.” Whether Franks has improved his ability to make reads and get rid of the football — two aspects he struggled with a year ago — remains to be seen. But he does seem to have command of the offense as well as chemistry with his teammates. “Ever since we got the new coaching staff he’s stepped up a lot as a vocal leader,” sophomore offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor said of Franks, “and we’ve all rallied around him and just trusting in what he does.” Franks told reporters after Tuesday’s practice that his ability to be vocal has come with his trust in the things he does well. “I’m pretty confident. I can run the ball. I can throw the ball. It doesn’t really matter to me,” he said. Franks will get the opportunity to perform better than the 3-5 record he compiled as a starter last season, but he says he’s not interested in rebuking his doubters this year. “I don’t have anything to prove to anybody, it’s just going out there and build the confidence back up for the team so we can win,” Franks said. “That’s what it’s all about: winning.” @alanisthames

have to wait till Saturday. “I have a lot of ways to go growing as a player, growing as a quarterback,” Franks said. “But I think coach Mullen and coach Johnson are doing a good job of moving that along a little quicker than what I was doing myself, so it’s going good.” How will Mullen fare in his first game in a semi-different environment? To say semi-different is a bit of a stretch. Mullen was the offensive coordinator at Florida during the Urban Meyer (2005-2010) years in which the Gators won two national titles. But he was never running the team. That is, until now. Inheriting a team with players that aren’t his, Mullen and his team will look to make a strong showing

against Charleston Southern. Luckily for him, the Buccaneers are a familiar opponent. Mullen played against them last year in the season-opener when he was the head coach of Mississippi State. “Interesting deal getting to play Charleston Southern,” he said. “Second year in a row opening up with them for me, as a staff, not the team here but for our coaching staff. So it’s a different, it’s a unique deal.” Florida coaches are 19-7 in their season debuts, and with the Gators riding a 28-game home-opener winning streak, expect Mullen to add to those numbers. Who will replace Eddy Pineiro? The real question is “Who are Gators fans going to chant for on fourth downs?”

With Pineiro in Oakland after signing with the Raiders, the Gators were left with a huge void at kicker. Two people are fighting for it, and we mostly likely won’t know who won that battle until the opening kickoff. The first one vying for the spot is redshirt-senior Jorge Powell, who was in the starting role in 2015 and played in four games before a season-ending injury took him out. He’s been in the back-up role ever since. The next is freshman Evan McPherson. He was ranked as the No. 1 kicker of the 2018 class according to both Rivals and 247sports. According to the latest depth chart, both are tied for the lead. @DreilingerJake

Hawaii posted 617 yards of offense last week PICKS, from pg. 13 terbacked the ‘Bows to their first major bowl game in 1989, the Aloha Bowl against Michigan State. It’ll be a productive day running the football in a comfortable setting for the Navy head coach. -- Mark Stine Hawaii (+10.5) will win because… Hawaii is still riding the upset wave after a 43-34 road win over Colorado State in last week’s season opener. The Rainbow Warriors’ next victim? A Navy team that finished 2-4 in true road games last season and one that Hawaii has beaten two out of the teams’ three meetings. The Rainbow Warriors will likely stick to the run-and-shoot offense that helped them pile on 617 total yards and score on six of their first seven possessions last week. And even though quarterback Cole McDonald will make just his second career start on Saturday, he was really, really good against Colorado State. The sophomore recorded five touchdowns (three

passing, two running) and went 26-of-37 for 418 yards, which was the most passing yards by a Hawaii quarterback in his first start. He should thrive against the Midshipmen, who finished ninth in the AAC in defense efficiency against the pass last year. Hawaii will also get a lift on defense with the return of leading tackler Jahlani Tavai, who missed the opener due to suspension. Winning the defensive plays will be vital against the Midshipmen’s triple option offense, and Tavai will help cause disruption at the line of scrimmage. Sure, Navy’s offense will be a test. But expect coach Nick Rolovich’s updated run-and-shoot to get the upset and have us scratching our heads at Hawaii for one more week. -- Alanis Thames Now, onto the picks! First up is sports editor Morgan “I bless the rains down in Africa” McMullen, who has found at least 578 iterations of the popular song by Toto since he heard it for the first time at a Gators baseball game. We get it Morgan, it’s an amazing song. But playing a $1 piano version of it doesn’t make it any better.

COLUMN, from pg. 13 A lot of fans must see Jachai Polite starting over CeCe Jefferson at the BUCK position of Florida’s defense and think, “Good for Polite, but when CeCe’s back to 100 percent, he’ll be starting again.” I’m going to dismiss that notion, because Polite is going to have a breakout 2018. Coaches, Mullen included, have been impressed by Polite’s effort. He’s the player that won the distinction as UF’s “juice guy” most frequently in fall camp, the title given

Second is the Alligator’s own Jake “I only like the bad New York sports franchises” Dreilinger. Jake may try and convince you he can pick college football, put his favorite teams are the Jets, the Mets AND the Knicks. Hey Jake, you’re not fooling anyone. I’d say just have your grandmother pick the games for you, but I’m sure she shares the same allegiances. Next is staff writer Mark “Old man trapped in a 20-something’s body” Stine. A receding hairline and a love for classic rock and whiskey definitely betray the truth. We know this is a Benjamin Button-style problem, sir. You have our sympathies. After Mark is staff writer Alanis “Senior by credits” Thames. This is honestly a tough one because not a bad word could ever be said our Alanis. But for what it’s worth, she hates the nomenclature. So take THAT! Coming in fifth is the Orlando Sentinel’s Edgar “Why can’t we get the sources we want” Thompson, who’d rather be playing golf then talking to some of the players provided on media days. Edgar, you concur with UF defensive coordinator Todd Grantham that the only fun hobbies to have are fishing or golfing, you just chose the opposite from him.

to the defensive player that comes to practice with the most energy. Defensive tackle Tedarrell Slaton called Polite a future first-round pick in the NFL Draft. “He has the best close out of anybody on this team,” Salton said.” He’s really quick on his feet, light, and he can run from any side of the field, he’s going to chase the ball.” Slaton also said Jefferson would agree about Polite’s close-out speed, and he cited a time in practice where the quarterback

Next is the Gainesville Sun’s Graham “Expert Uber driver” Hall, who decided to leave the field of sports journalism and become an Uber driver after taking one to Dan Mullen’s press conference on Monday. It’s 2018 man, you gotta do what you gotta do to get by. Just don’t expect us to leave you five stars … or a tip. Following Graham is GatorCountry's Nick “I can eat a 64-ounce steak” de la Torre, who claims he ate a porterhouse so big it could feed a small village of needy children. However, it seems you fell from the graces of eating massive prime cuts to the pizza contest at the CiCi’s all-youcan-eat buffet. What happened, Nick? Last is the AP’s Mark “I like to intimidate alligatorSports writers” Long. Our own Chris O’Brien filled in for some baseball and football coverage over the summer and got rubbed the wrong way by Long’s… ummm… we’ll call it a strong personality. He can be a bit abrasive, to say the least. Quit making our writers uncomfortable, sir. See back of paper to find out who picked whom.

rolled out to the opposite side of the field as Polite, but the junior still ran the passer down to record a sack. Look for defensive coordinator Todd Grantham to utilize Polite’s quickness and Slaton’s power by using stunt packages to disguise blitzes. They’ll be a deadly combination on UF’s defensive line. @mstinejr



Men’s golf coach issued public reprimand By Brendan Farrell Sports Writer

The NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Committee announced Thursday afternoon that Florida men’s golf coach J.C. Deacon has Deacon been issued a public reprimand for his actions at the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf National Championships in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on May 28. The reprimand stemmed from an incident at the scoring area during the tournament. In an attempt to defend one of his players, Deacon unleashed a fiery diatribe that the committee found to be unprofessional and escalatory. “The committee actively encourages coaches and student-athletes to display good sportsmanship throughout the season and during the cham-

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pionship,” Brad Hurlbut, chair of the Division I Men’s Golf Committee and deputy director of athletics at Sacred Heart, said in a statement. “The committee does not believe that coach Deacon’s behavior at this year’s championships belongs in the game of golf.” In response, the UAA issued this statement, per Golfweek: “The UAA is aware of the situation, which arose out of coach Deacon’s passionate defense of a Florida player. Coach Deacon has been very proactive throughout the process and has reached out and apologized to the appropriate people. We are now looking forward to our upcoming season.” The Gators finished four strokes outside of the top 15 and were eliminated from the tournament, ending their season. Their 2018-19 season begins on Sept. 7 with the Carpet Capital Collegiate in Dalton, Georgia. @Bfarrell727

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Kicker still undecided SPECIALISTS, from pg. 17 “(Johnny) actually got to room with Eddy for camp, so he’s been with him the past 15 weeks in a hotel,” said Tommy Townsend, Johnny’s younger brother and starting UF punter. “I’m surprised they haven’t chopped each other’s heads off. But they’re closer. I’m not really too worried about either of them. They both have their heads screwed on.” New bonds and friendships have been built in the wake of Pineiro’s and the elder Townsend’s departures. Long hours at the Gators’ indoor practice facility — clearly separated from the rest of the team performing drills outside — have developed relationships in the forge of isolation. *** Nobody knows who UF’s starting placekicker will be as of Thursday night. Last week Mullen said he wanted to see how each kicker reacted under pressure the closer it got to game day. “They haven’t been in this situation where they’re expected to go kick on a Saturday, he said. “I mean, that could be something that gets decided as we run out of the tunnel… All of a sudden, you go in there and you get into pre-game warmups and one guy freaks out.” The Gators landed Evan McPherson — the top kicking prospect in the nation according to 247Sports — in Mullen’s first recruiting class. McPherson originally committed to Mullen while he was still at Mississippi State on April 8, 2017. A few months later on Nov. 26, Mullen agreed to sign with Florida as its 27th head football coach. Mullen offered McPherson a scholarship the very same day. On Dec. 8, he took his first and only official visit to Gainesville. Two days later, he decommitted from MSU and pledged to sign with the Gators. They also have a seasoned veteran waiting in the wings in redshirt senior Jorge Powell. He was the only Gator kicker to make a field goal during the spring game on his lone attempt from 45 yards out. To him, the budding friendship between the two kickers has a similar feel to it as the one from last season. “(McPherson) reminds me a little bit of myself my freshman year,” Powell said. “Definitely very similar to how me and Eddy worked. Me and Evan have been competing a lot in practice and stuff, and it just gets you better if you have someone that can compete with you. It makes you go harder.” The Punt Team Tommy Townsend has the pedigree. He has a firm grip on the starting punting job in an age of uncertainty in Gators football. Tommy Townsend also has be-

lief in the staff’s renewed emphasis on special teams. “This year, coach Mullen really is making it a statement to be on special teams,” Townsend said, “so everyone has this new urge to want to be on special teams, which is good.” Townsend said he wasn’t quite satisfied with how his camp has gone, but it’s hard to argue with with his results in the spring game. He averaged 45.5 yards per punt and boomed a 55-yarder from his 25-yard line to the opponents’ 20.

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*** Redshirt junior Nick Villano was awarded a scholarship the same night as Raymond. The 6-foot-3, 290-pound offensive lineman hasn’t appeared in a game during his time as a Gator. That could change this weekend as the Wellington, Florida, native is said to be a starting member of the punt coverage team, according to Mullen. “They’re both starting on punt team and that makes them the elite of the elite on the team,” Mullen said. “They’re the best of the best if you’re gonna be on the punt team.” Villano was equally stunned when his name was called after Raymond’s. “I was kind of in shock,” Villano



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*** Mullen said he wants startercaliber athletes on punt teams. He thought it was funny that other coaches would put reserves and backups in during punt coverage. “I ask coaches all the time. I’ll say ‘Hey, I don’t think this guy’s good enough to start on special teams and you’re gonna start them on offense or defense?’” he said. “‘What are you seeing?’” One of the members of the nowcoveted punt coverage team could be redshirt senior R.J. Raymond. He’s currently the backup to starting tight end C’yontai Lewis. Raymond was surprised by Mullen with a scholarship offer after practice on Aug. 20. “That was just a huge weight off my shoulders and it let me know that everybody around here is appreciating the work and the time that I’ve put into this,” Raymond said. “It was awesome.” Mullen praised him for working toward whatever his team needed him to do. Raymond has been used as a linebacker, defensive lineman, fullback and tight end. He said he called his mom right when he got to the locker room that night to share the good news. “She was actually with my dad and my grandma,” Raymond said. “And so she put her on speaker phone and they were all jumping up and down screaming and yelling and super excited. It was pretty cool.”

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said. “It was a good feeling. Words really can’t describe the feeling.” Villano is listed as third on the depth chart at the starting center position. But that hasn’t stopped him from seeing what his coaches see. “It’s a good feeling just to have a coaching staff that actually believes in you,” he said. “It’s awesome.” The Long Snapper One of the few members on the special teams unit with extensive experience is Ryan Farr. The senior from Henderson, Nevada, has started at long snapper every game of his Gators career. Don’t know who Ryan Farr is? Don’t sweat it too much. He recently went undercover as a UF supporter during Fan Day and got



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autographs from some of his teammates. Few recognized him. “I know all the guys, but they all know I mess around,” Farr said. “I was just kind of keeping my head low and just having some fun with it. You gotta have a little bit of fun during camp, especially my last time around.” Farr will be responsible for getting the ball to Townsend this season. He said the competition between the new specialists has been worthy of the recent memory of two Gators mainstays. “Obviously huge shoes to fill with Johnny and Eddy being gone,” he said. “Just working with them was incredible. But the new guys coming in, we have Jorge and Evan kicking, and they both have had a great competition throughout

camp. Even Jorge has been going over there punting and he’s been hitting some bombs.” The punter has been set. Mullen said he believes he has a starting punt coverage unit. All the hype over quarterback competitions and transfer standouts and a new defense has overshadowed the special teams battles still raging. But the battles are worth fighting. Mullen said he thinks as much. As has Powell and Townsend and Raymond and Villano and Farr. “I think we will be set with specialists this year. Obviously, massive shoes to fill, but I think they will be all right.” @MorganMcMuffin





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