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Observations from UF’s win over Colorado State By Alanis Thames Sports Writer

Perhaps it was the focus on mental toughness in practice. Perhaps it was all the banter about the lack of physicality following an embarrassing loss to Kentucky. We can speculate as to what it was, but something forced the Gators’ offensive line to execute on Saturday afternoon. The ease with which Florida rolled past the Colorado State Rams in a 48-10 win on Saturday showed the Gators took several necessary steps forward for their second win of the year. And that execution woke up a Florida run game that has been relatively dormant to start the season. Florida outgained the Rams 222-70 on the ground on Saturday thanks to the open space that the offensive line provided for its runners. Jordan Scarlett danced into the endzone for a 30-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. The O-line picked up its blocks and carried out the play exactly the way it was intended. It was something Gators fans haven’t seen a lot of from the team. “There’s always going to be times when guys are going to have to improvise because everything isn’t going to be how it was drawn up, so we just got to be ready for everything,” Scarlett said. “But it felt great that the play was executed perfectly.” However, the Gators’ 7.7 yards per carry on Saturday was against a Rams team that ranks 119th in the nation in run defense. As Florida learned in its Week-2 loss, a team like Kentucky or LSU or even Tennessee won’t roll over so easily. Maybe the Gators’ ground attack did finally make its ar-


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Running back Jordan Scarlett rushed for a 30-yard touchdown against Colorado State on Saturday. He finished the game with 56 yards on six attempts and caught two passes for 14 yards.

Gainesville leaders and activists look for solutions after inequality report THE REPORT WAS RELEASED IN JANUARY. By Amanda Rosa Alligator Staff Writer

When Ellie Chisholm grew up in Jacksonville, the only white people she met were the ones who picked up laundry from her grandmother’s house. Chisholm wasn’t surprised when a 98-page UF report confirmed what people of color knew to be true, she said. Alachua County has a racial inequity problem. The median income for white households in the county is $51,700, according to the report from UF’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research that was released in January. For Hispanic households, the median income is $32,100, the report said. For black households,

Was it really a blowout?

The 48-10 score looks great. But how exactly did UF put up that many points against Colorado State? The answer isn’t as impressive as you might think, pg. 14

it’s $26,600, almost 50 percent less than white households. More than 44 percent of Alachua County’s black children live in poverty, the report said. Fifty percent of high school dropouts are black. Roughly 80 locals looked for solutions to bridge Alachua County’s racial gaps Saturday morning at the second of two meetings in the Thelma A. Boltin Center, at 516 NE Second Ave., at a talk about racial and economic disparities hosted by the city of Gainesville Office of Equal Opportunity. The report compiled data on issues including law enforcement, unemployment and child poverty among Alachua County’s white, black, Hispanic and Asian populations. The first meeting, Aug. 11, focused on healthcare, housing, law enforcement and transporta-


Student Government changes toilet paper THEY ARE ALSO EXPANDING DINING OPTIONS. By Gillian Sweeney Alligator Staff Writer

UF students now have more options for food, water and toilet paper. Student Government announced three new initiatives on their Facebook page Thursday and Friday, including offering more halal and kosher options, hydration at football games and two-ply toilet paper at select bathrooms. Twenty new Kosher and Halal options Yogurt, hummus and bread are

Graduation rally to be held Thursday

After commencement changes, students are planning to speak out by Tigert Hall, pg. 4

Coffee? Coffee.

Pascal’s Coffeehouse is open again after renovations, pg. 8

some of the new options available for kosher- and halal- conscious students. To accommodate the students who need these food options, SG added new items to all POD Markets and Little Hall Express, Student Body President Ian Green said. Green said he worked with UF’s food service provider, Aramark, to get the new options into stores. “It’s things that you can grab onthe-go and then heat up later,” Green said. “You’re getting more of a meal out of it rather than a quick snack.” Jesselea Roberts keeps kosher with her three roommates and often had to leave campus for meals, the


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Gainesville is getting a sweet new dessert bar THIS ISN’T A COOKIE CUTTER CAFE. By Dana Cassidy Alligator Staff Writer

Pies, cakes, donuts, cookies, bundt cakes and gelato. If that wasn’t enough, beer, wine and coffee. Visitors of Celebration Pointe will soon be able to order desserts and paired drinks at Decadent, a quick service dessert bar that will open in the first week of November, said Allen Steinfeld, the owner of the Gainesville location. The Celebration Pointe location will be the sixth Decadent dessert cafe in the country, Steinfeld said. The project, which cost about $200,000, is being developed by Level Architecture on 1,700 square feet of land leased from Celebration Pointe on a 10-year contract. While it has only been under construction for two months, when complete, the building will offer about 40 seats indoors and outdoors and be staffed by 10 workers, Steinfeld said. Gainesville was chosen as the brand’s new location due to its diversity, college life

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A chocolate chip cookie skillet topped with gelato, chocolate and caramel sauce. and extensive foot traffic, Steinfeld said. “I wanted a place that had a need for something different,” Steinfeld said. “I don’t think you’ll find anything like this around.”

Decadent is expected to be open seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and from noon to midnight on weekends, which includes

Thursday, Steinfeld said. At the cafe, customers will choose a dessert and Decadent staff members will suggest a pairing of a select beer, wine or coffee that would complement the item. A sweet wine, for example, would go well with a slice of original cheesecake, he said. Customers will also be able to submit their own dessert recipes to the cafe, Steinfeld said. If the recipe is well received by the chefs, the dessert will then be a featured menu item for the week, named after its creator. Menu items will range from around $4 to $7. Steinfeld called these prices affordable for students. Amelia Minkin, an 18-year-old UF applied physiology and kinesiology freshman, said she’s planning on visiting and is excited to indulge in the cookie and brownie skillets. The concept of Decadent fascinated her as well. “You can go to a coffee shop and only get a drink, but nothing paired,” Minkin said. “The whole idea is really neat.” @danacassidy_

The discussions focused on eight main areas of inequity INEQUITY, from pg. 1 tion, according to the Facebook event. The data brought Chisholm back to memories of using “colored” water fountains and growing up in poverty, she said. “We could keep developing programs and coming up with all kinds of ideas, but until we address the root causes, I don’t think much is going to change,” she

said. After an hour of presentations, the audience split into breakout sessions at four tables to tackle issues, including education, economic well-being, employment and family structure. Volunteers wrote down ideas on large notepads and presented what they discussed. Chisholm went to both meetings to collaborate with residents. She sat at the economic well-being

table because the topic struck a chord in her heart, she said. “I lived it,” she said. “I experienced it.” The residents at the table agreed the east side of Gainesville needs more sustainable jobs to support families, not those that pay minimum wage. Barbara Herbert, 64, who retired from teaching in public schools 10 years ago, taught on both the east and west sides of

Gainesville and noticed stark differences in student health, meals and education. All parents want the best for their children, but income inequality can hinder success, she said. “All children — all people — deserve opportunities in life,” Herbert said. “We don’t have a level playing field.” @AmandaNicRosa

Eight points discussed in two meetings: Healthcare Housing Law enforcement Transportation Education Economic well-being Employment Family structure

Free water also offered SG ROUNDUP, from pg. 1 20-year-old UF business administration sophomore said. “Even though we don’t have restaurants that we can eat at, we now have more options to let us stay on campus longer,” Roberts said. Two hundred and fifty gallons of free water There’s another opportunity for students to quench their thirst at football games. Starting at Saturday’s game against Colorado State, SG placed two new water coolers outside of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. One of the 125-gallon coolers was by the Gator Walk and the other was between gates 15 and 16, Green said. SG paid $4,000 for the coolers, Green said. The University Athletic Association will maintain them. Alessandra Chiavacci, an 18-yearold UF music theory freshman, used the cooler before Saturday’s game, and said it was a great feature. “People need to not be passin’ out,”

Chiavacci said. “It’s hot out here, we need to make sure everyone’s stayin’ hydrated.” One more ply Two-ply toilet paper is now available in bathrooms at Library West, Marston Science Library and the Reitz Union, Green said. The Reitz Union, which runs independent of the libraries, adjusted its budget to pay for the upgrade. Green said he didn’t know how much it cost to upgrade it there. It costs close to $68,000 to upgrade the toilet paper at Library West and Marston Science Library, Green said. Facility services will pick up the tab in the libraries. Ellis Howard, an 18-year-old UF electrical engineering freshman, said he’s excited about the change. “It allows us to study in comfort knowing that if we have to use the bathroom, we have two-ply there to give us that extra support when we need it,” Howard said. @gilliangsweeney

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A map of the locations students can try out the new two-ply toilet paper.



GPD looking for suspects from two robberies over weekend ONE PERSON WAS INJURED SUNDAY. By Amanda Rosa Alligator Staff Writer

Gainesville Police are searching for suspects from two armed robbery incidents that occurred a day apart. UF Public Safety sent students alerts via email about a robbery and an attempt-

ed robbery that occurred Saturday and Sunday morning, respectively. An armed man stole an unknown amount of cash at about 6 a.m. Saturday from Domino’s Pizza, at 3581 SW Archer Road, according to the email. The man was last seen running south on Southwest 34th Street near Kohl’s, the email said. GPD could not find the suspect, described as a 6-foot-tall man of average build. The next morning, an attempted armed

Man stopped for driving with headphones, arrested for cocaine HE HID IN HIS GIRLFRIEND’S APARTMENT, DEPUTIES SAID. By Amanda Rosa Alligator Staff Writer

One Gainesville man’s hide-and-seek game with deputies ended in several drug possession charges on Saturday. Clarence Harris III, 43, of Gainesville, is accused of dropping a backpack carrying cocaine and marijuana while running away from deputies Friday afternoon, according to an arrest report. An Alachua County Sheriff’s Office deputy noticed Harris riding a scooter near Northwest 75th Street wearing headphones covering his ears, the report said. After the deputy turned on the patrol car’s lights and siren, Harris pulled into a parking spot on the 7000 block of West University Avenue, threw down the scooter and ran away, the report said. Harris dropped a backpack containing 6.6 grams of cocaine, about a half gram of

marijuana, a scale and empty baggies, deputies said. Early Saturday morning, deputies went to an apartment complex at the 6800 block of West University Avenue looking for Harris. Deputies called for Harris to come out of the apartment eight times with no success, the report said. Harris’ girlfriend eventually came outside and told deputies Harris was the only person inside. She gave deputies permission to enter, the report said. A police dog was sent into the apartment and found Harris hiding inside, deputies said. Harris is charged with one count of driving with a suspended license, one count of resisting without violence, one count of possessing cocaine and one count of marijuana possession, according to the report. He is held in Alachua County Jail in lieu of a $40,000 bond. @AmandaNicRosa

stolen, police spokesperson Ben Tobias wrote in an email. After the shot was fired, the two men ran to either a BMW or Mercedes-Benz and were last seen driving north on Northwest 14th Street, the email said. The two suspects are both men, one was tall and heavyset and the other was short and heavyset, police said.

robbery took place outside of 117 NW 15th St., which is behind Chipotle on West University Avenue. Two men demanded money from a man and threatened him with a silver handgun around 7:50 a.m., the email said. The victim and two men fought over control of the handgun, and a shot was fired. No one was hit by the bullet, but the victim was injured from fighting the two men, the email said. Police don’t believe that anything was


Woman accused of stealing UF student’s phone, using Venmo By Amanda Rosa Alligator Staff Writer

The Gators weren’t the only ones to lose something during the FloridaKentucky football game. Jasmine Nykiesha Robinson, 22, of Archer, Florida, is accused of stealing a student’s iPhone during the game on Sept. 8 and sending herself money through Venmo, according to an arrest report. The student told University Police the next day that her phone, credit card, driver’s license and Gator 1 Card were taken after she left it on her seat during the game, the report said. The student used the “Find My iPhone” app and located the phone at Southwest 175th Terrace in Archer, where Robinson lives, the report said. Robinson attempted to send herself $1,624 from the student’s Venmo, a money-sharing app, the student told The Alligator.

The student’s credit card was also charged at the stadium for $12.50, police said. An officer arranged to meet Robinson at the Archer post office Thursday night. At first, Robinson denied she stole the iPhone, and when police asked why the phone appeared at her house on “Find My iPhone,” Robinson responded “someone else must have taken it there,” the report said. When police told Robinson she was under arrest, she admitted to taking the phone. Police returned the phone to the student Thursday night, the report said. Robinson declined to comment. Robinson is charged with grand theft and illegally using a credit card. She was released from the Alachua County Jail on a $2,000 bond Friday night. @AmandaNicRosa

Homeowner fatally shoots Save graduation rally for Thursday intruder, police said AN ORGANIZER IS MEETING WITH FUCHS SHORTLY AFTER.


A Gainesville man accused of breaking into a home was fatally shot Sunday morning, Gainesville Police said. Gregory Miller, 52, was killed by a homeowner in a condominium at Whisperwood Apartments at 4100 NW 28th Lane, GPD spokesperson Ben Tobias wrote in an email. The homeowner, an elderly man whose name was not released, called police at about 7 a.m. after he shot Miller. Police found Miller lying inside the living room with gunshot wounds, Tobias said. Officers tried to revive Miller until paramedics arrived, Tobias said. Miller

was pronounced dead at the scene. The shooting is still under investigation and charges are not expected to be filed against the homeowner, Tobias said. Since 2011, law enforcement has been called to the block 12 times for incidents ranging from minor theft to an “animal problem,” according to the city of Gainesville crime database. From 2011 to 2014, there have been four death investigations in the area. Sunday’s incident wasn’t the only fatal Gainesville apartment shooting this year. In February, Cedric Tremaine Plummer killed two people and kidnapped another in Summer Place Villas, according to court records. The state attorney’s office pursued the death penalty in Alachua County for the first time in three years. @AmandaNicRosa

By McKenna Beery Alligator Staff Writer

Students are taking graduation complaints to UF President Kent Fuchs’ doorstep. Anthony Rojas, a 22-year-old UF first-year political science master’s student, is hosting a “Save UF Graduation Rally” at 10:45 a.m. Thursday in front of Tigert Hall, which will lead up to a private meeting with Fuchs. Students will speak about how commencement changes have affected them. “We hope to see as many students out there as possible to have their voice heard and show their displeasure regarding the recent changes to UF commencement ceremonies,” Rojas said. Changes to commencement include the exclusion of individual name-calling at the O’Connell Center during Fall and Spring ceremonies. Instead, a single university-wide commencement will be held in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. These changes come after the previous Spring ceremony when a graduation marshal rushed students offstage. Videos from that commencement show the marshal putting his hands on minority students performing dances from their multicultural sororities and fraternities.

UF missed an opportunity to examine race relations and treatment of minority students after the Spring commencement, Rojas said. Rojas, Director of Commencements Stephanie McBride and an unnamed, prominent representative of the African-American community at UF, will all sit down to talk with Fuchs about the commencement changes Thursday, Rojas said. After the meeting, Rojas is providing the opportunity for the media to ask questions on the steps of Tigert Hall, which Rojas said he hopes Fuchs participates in. The ultimate decision to change UF commencement ceremonies was made by Fuchs, Rojas said, so he feels Fuchs should make himself available to students. Cy-Anne Small, a 21-year-old UF education senior, said she is planning to attend the rally to show solidarity. Small graduates in December and wants the ceremony to be in the O’Connell Center, she said. Though she said some of her peers don’t want to fight the new plan because UF seems committed to the decision, she believes it can change. “It feels like I’m being punished for what that faculty member did, while he got paid administrative leave,” she said. @mckennabeery


Gail Johnson talks equity, inequality at first Community Conversation THE TOPICS WERE SELECTED BY COMMUNITY MEMBERS THROUGH A FACEBOOK POLL.

By Jessica Curbelo Alligator Staff Writer

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City Commissioner Gail Johnson addresses the crowd at her first Community Conversation Friday at the LifeSouth Community Blood Center.

Candie Nixon wants the community to know the faces of homelessness. Some are domestic abuse survivors. Others are suffering from mental disorders or battling substance abuse. Still, all of them share a common thread, the assistant director of Alachua County Community Support Services said. “They did not choose to be homeless,” she said. “These are people who had a series of events in their lives until they gave up. Now, they’re trying to find housing and there are obstacles.” Homelessness was only one of the topics City Commissioner Gail Johnson and a crowd discussed Friday, during her first Community Conversation at the LifeSouth Community Blood Center. The forum, which she hopes to hold at least once a quar-

ter, is for community members to talk about Gainesville’s issues, she said. “This is your forum, so this is what you want it to be,” Johnson said. “The real change is going to happen when you hold our feet to the fire and tell us what needs to change.” A poll sent out to the community and posted on Facebook determined which topics were discussed, she said. About 50 people showed up to talk about affordable housing, homelessness, equity and equality. Pamela Davis, the executive director of Gainesville Housing Authority, said that affordable housing needs to be a priority for the city. She recommended that Gainesville create a separate fund designated for affordable housing. “If we wait for the state, it’ll nevehappen,” she said. “We as a community need to decide it’s an issue.” During the panel on homelessness, Jon DeCarmine, the operations director of GRACE Marketplace, spoke about the Housing First model, which aims to get homeless people shelter immediately without having strict requirements, such as sobriety.

“The more barriers you put up to people who need help, it’s kind of like going to the doctor, and she says, ‘Great, come see me when you’re not sick,’” he said. Nixon said the community also shouldn’t forget about the people who are struggling with different degrees of homelessness, like families living in hotels and people couchsurfing. As the night went on, the conversation moved onto equity and equality topics. Johnson hopes to hold a conference to discuss the issues brought up in a racial inequity report that was released in January. Natalie Hagler, a 46-year-old graduate student at the UF College of Education who attended the event, witnessed the racial divide firsthand when she was a student in the gifted program at Howard Bishop Middle School. She noticed that children outside of the program didn’t receive a lot of the services she did. “Racial disparity is the biggest threat to democracy,” Hagler said. @jesscurbelo

Water compound inspires UF drug for pancreatic cancer THE DRUG IS NOT YET APPROVED FOR HUMAN USE.

By Katie Boykin Alligator Contributing Writer

UF researchers created a new drug that could be the key to treating pancreatic cancer. Hendrik Luesch, a UF medicinal chemistry affiliate professor, discovered the natural compound

used in the drug almost 20 years ago in the waters of Guam. Now, Luesch’s lab has created a synthetic version of this natLuesch ural compound, which has shown to be effective in treating pancreatic cancer.

Unlike other pancreatic cancer treatments, it directly attacks the cancer cells in the pancreas without guidance from doctors and makes the tumor’s environment more hostile so it’s difficult for the cancer to grow, he said. “Essentially, it acts in an unprecedented way,” he said. Jose Trevino, a UF assistant professor of surgery and fellow researcher, said the new drug also

differs in the way it affects patients. The current methods of treatment for pancreatic cancer, including chemotherapy, can be toxic for patients. When tested on animals, the new compound treats the cancer without the toxicity associated with traditional methods. While the initial testing of the drug focused on fighting pancreatic cancer, the researchers are

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beginning to evaluate its effectiveness on other forms of cancer, so far with positive results, Luesch said. The next step is getting FDA approval for human use, Luesch said. The team is hoping the drug will pass clinical trials soon. “We hope to add [the drug] to the arsenal of treatments for pancreatic cancer and other cancers,” he said.



Political dirt washes up in red tide


he destructive algal bloom that continues to ravage Florida’s coast has shown us that if Florida Gov. Rick Scott won’t work to save our environment, we must elect new leaders who will. As the university with the closest ties to the research, it’s our duty to educate Florida about the need for political action to prevent future destruction from algal blooms known as red tide. UF researchers have teamed up with the Florida Board of Education, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and several Florida cities in a partnership called the Florida Sea Grant. Among other things, the partnership has researched the red tide in depth. The more we examine the toxic algal blooms killing fish and ruining Floridian coastlines, the more we come to know the problem is out of control, and Scott’s administration could be doing more to stop it. Red tide blooms are caused by a plant-like organism that naturally lives along Florida’s coast, according to Florida Sea Grant. It grows rapidly from time to time in events called ‘blooms,’ and these blooms, also known as ‘red tide’ because of the organism’s color, have been occurring since before humans settled Florida’s coast. The organisms also produce toxins that kill marine life. But although they are natural, red tides can be worsened by nutrients and fertilizers humans introduce into the environment from agriculture. Heavy rainfall, like that from Hurricane Irma or other tropical storms, can wash nutrients out of the soil and into lakes, estuaries and rivers that all flow into the waters off Florida’s west coast. Our agricultural industry, especially sugar production, is partly responsible for adding excess nutrients into the watershed. Combined with a bump of just a few degrees in temperature, it’s a recipe for a toxic bloom that has killed scores of wildlife. At least 90 sea turtles washed up and were stranded on the beach. A whale shark, a manatee and hundreds of seabirds from pelicans to cormorants have sickened or died. Pictures of Florida bays, harbors and marinas reveal carpets of dead fish floating at the surface, packed so tightly the water isn’t visible. After dying en masse, the decomposing marine life provides additional nutrients that further fuel the red tide. As long as the months are hot, the tide will likely continue. According to the Florida Sea Grant, the algal blooms will become more intense and more toxic with rising temperatures. So why should we take action against red tide? For starters, Florida’s tourism industry relies on beaches — 18.6 million tourists visit them each year. According to William B. Stronge, a professor of economics at Florida Atlantic University, 450,000 jobs were created by Florida beaches in 2012 alone. But right when we should be doing more than ever to prevent red tides and algal blooms, Scott has done little to address the looming crisis. He has rolled back regulations on septic tank inspections, even though leaky septic tanks are thought to be a contributing factor in keeping algae blooms going, like “pouring gasoline on a fire,” according to the Tampa Bay Times. Scott has been inactive in regulating sugar cane farming and its nutrientrich runoff into Lake Okeechobee, which concerns environmentalists most. The sugar cane industry is directly contributing to the destruction of Florida’s environment, but it should come as no surprise that Scott isn’t stopping the pollution — he’s taken over $600,000 in campaign donations from sugar interests. Florida residents should recognize that climate change and algal blooms are threats to their health and to their pocketbooks. Our economy depends on having clean, attractive beaches. The next Florida governor should step up and act on red tide and climate change as Scott steps down. Florida cannot afford further delay on either issue. Meryl Kornfield EDITOR



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College needs a re-orientation toward meaning


our humanity. It makes us think about more e all know the stereotype of the old than getting a good job. It makes us weigh the person who lives in the past. As far possibility that good jobs might not equal good, as stereotypes go, though, there is meaningful lives. Kudos to UF for mandating it. truth in this one. Age causes people Some consider these classes and discussions to reflect more because there is simto be a waste. I say they are exactly what college ply more to look at in the past than in the fuis for, and why college is useful. If all they can do ture when you’re old. Though I am only 21, my collegiate old age has impacted me in the same Scott Stinson is make you a better employee, then what sepaway. I’m a senior this year. The conveyor belt is rates them from a trade school? Both are committed to teaching their students specific job skills, implacably moving me and thousands of others such as accounting or mechanics; neither think forward and out the door. Hence, this is why I an accountant or mechanic needs to know much about like to reminisce. The thing I find myself thinking about the most, along Plato or Tolstoy. I am not advocating for everyone to study humanities. with the missed opportunities and mistakes I’ve made, is what these years have actually amounted to. In other That would be hurtful to those who simply are not interwords, what did my time in higher education mean? To ested. Engineering and finance are perfectly legitimate and answer this question, though, you have to answer a deeper, meaningful fields to dedicate one’s life to. We need good more philosophical question, namely: What constitutes a engineers and good investment bankers. I am advocating, however, for colleges to care less about meaningful college education? It is this question I wish to job preparedness and more about human preparedness. For address today. American universities have increasingly answered the we are not simply economic machines who need to learn questions above with career readiness, specifically in the how to be good employees, we are human beings who need STEM field. It is no secret that universities value a chemical to learn what being human means. What would this type of college look like? I’m not enengineer more than a classical studies major. Universities seem most interested today in preparing students for the job tirely sure. But I venture to guess that this type of college market. Conversely, college students tend to see themselves would not justify its existence through metrics. It would not as employees-in-training, here to learn the requisite skills brag to prospective students about the high percentage of and gain the requisite experience for success in a specific graduates who find jobs, or a graduate’s average starting salary. That is not how they would sell themselves because field. This accounts for the infamy of the “What is the Good that is not how they would see themselves. Rather, this type of college would tell prospective stuLife” course. Most of the criticisms I have heard directed at that class’s existence center on the premise that it is su- dents that they should apply if they want to receive an enperfluous and actually inimical to what most students are riching, nuanced and balanced education, heavy on human in college for. Why talk about the nature of existence when experience, light on job preparedness. This college would there is code to be learned, chemistry courses to pass, busi- tell stories, not sell numbers. I imagine this type of college would make this pitch: Come here if you want to graduate ness connections to be made? In my view, though, a business connection is worthless a better human being. If only I had another four years. if you don’t know why you’re on this earth. Whether What is the Good Life helps us to understand life’s purpose is Scott Stinson is a UF English senior. His column appears not the point. The point is that it forces us to contemplate on Mondays.

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Florence was a warning: Gators must prepare for hurricanes by making kits


he eastern United States is currently at the height of the Atlantic hurricane season, and as I write this, Hurricane Florence is battering the Carolinas with heavy rain. Florence, plus Hurricane Irma, which hit Florida a little over a year ago, are a stark reminder that a powerful storm can strike at any time and that everyone, from the county disaster official to the average Joe or Jane, must be prepared when it happens. First, let’s look at what Alachua County has planned in the event of a hurricane. According to the website for the Alachua County Department of Emergency Management, the county offers various services to aid in disaster preparation, including updates on various hazards and weather conditions in the area, instructions on how to make a hurricane kit and hurricane plan and training and certification for

Community Emergency Response Teams, which are organized groups of citizens who provide “vital services” in the event of a disaster where the regular fire and rescue teams cannot respond in time. Here at UF, the university has put out a brochure with both instructions on how to prepare and information on what services would be available to students in the event of a disaster, including a hurricane. According to the brochure, shelters will be available for students around campus, but those who decide to stay in their residence hall are advised to follow all instructions from housing staff. Food service will be open for residence halls with food service units, and those without will have food provided if the disaster lasts more than 24 hours. Although, the brochure also says that residents “should have their own non-perishable food on hand for the first

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72 hours of the emergency.” The university also advises both oncampus and off-campus students to have renters insurance. However, while the university and local government can provide valuable services, hurricane preparation is ultimately in your hands, and the best way to prep for a hurricane is to do your own work ahead of time. So, what can you do to prepare for a hurricane, whether you’re onor off-campus? A good first step would be to put together a hurricane kit. A hurricane kit, more

generally known as a disaster kit or an emergency kit, is a selection of items a person or group of people will need in the event of a disaster if services like electricity and water are down. According to Ready. gov, a disaster kit should include items such as: plenty of water (ideally a gallon per person per day), at least a three-day supply of nonperishable food, a battery-powered radio (for weather alerts from local media), flashlights, a first-aid kit, extra batteries and a manual can opener. In addition to having supplies, you also need a plan. Before the disaster strikes, you should have a plan for events such as: what to do if you need to evacuate, how to get in touch with friends and family, how to reach out for help in an emergency and what to do if you lose utilities such as water or electricity. Once the hurricane starts, you should hunker down wherever

you are, as it would be unsafe to go outside. If the winds pick up, you should stay away from doors and windows, and hide in an interior room such as a closet. Lastly, look out for one another. Before the disaster, help friends, family and neighbors put together a hurricane supply kit if they do not already have one. During the hurricane, keep in contact with loved ones through whatever means are available to ensure they remain safe. After the disaster, check in with neighbors to make sure they’re alright. And above all else, listen to local media and local officials, who can advise you of weather conditions and how to best keep safe. Do all this, and you’ll be in the best position possible to weather another Florence or Irma. Jason Zappulla is a UF history junior. His column appears on Mondays.

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UF can change its troubled racial legacy, but it needs the right leadership


ames Baldwin once stated, “I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.” His frustration with the United States was borne out of the dream it sold being inconsistent with the reality that he experienced in New York. His experience wasn’t unique to the topic or his time period. Frustration over the dream of a utopian society not correlating with a grim reality doesn’t escape earnest reflection in 2018, nor UF. In my experience in particular, I saw UF as an unfulfilled promise to people of color from the moment I arrived. The promise of UF, complete with professional photographs of students and carefully manicured statements highlighting the importance of diversity, sells the idea of a campus dedicated to equity in practice. In a few respects, they lived up to that promise. In 2017, students of color protested to keep two historically significant cultural houses, and the university

being aware of both the racialeventually acquiesced to their ized history of the phrase and the demands. fact that George Zimmerman last However, in my time at UF week threatened Beyonce and I have seen more instances of Jay-Z with the same imagery. students of color facing intimiThe number of black students atdation and, sometimes, putting tending UF has dwindled for over their physical safety in danger to a decade with the university not justify their humanity. In 2017, Telusma offering the results it promised Richard Spencer’s speaking en- Oliver gagement on campus put stuto improve those numbers since my freshman year. By the time dents of color in a difficult position of choosing between protesting or not. events transpired at graduation, it felt like In 2017, students of color also experienced another extension of the visceral treatment intimidation with cultural decorations be- students of color, myself included, have ing torn down from dorm rooms, nooses experienced since my arrival in 2015. However, I still believe in UF’s capacity left in classrooms and signs at Walker Hall to change. It is only a matter of who ought being pulled from the ground. As much as I would like to attribute this to lead it. Efforts that have resulted in systemic to isolated incidents, UF has also been complicit in this systemically. As of 2017, 14 change have almost always come from stupercent of buildings on campus are named dents and concerned citizens in Gainesville, after individuals who in some way upheld who care about how the university’s decidiscrimination or bigotry. The orange and sions affect them. During the protests to blue loses a little luster when I hear, “if distinguish the Institute of Black Culture you’re not a Gator, then you’re Gator bait,” and Institute of Hispanic-Latino Cultures,

called La Casita, last year, women of color were integral in ensuring that future Gators will be able to enjoy the comforts of their culture when they’re in Gainesville. While it’s toxic to put the burden exclusively on women of color, we ought to do more to empower forward thinking women of color into positions of leadership. I believe in a UF that does everything in its power to exceed the standard of reaching out to high school students in impoverished communities in rural towns and large cities. Finally, as impressive it is to be ranked eighth best public college and university in the country, I hope UF can one day be as vocal about its efforts to elevate graduate and professional scholars of color to new heights too. We need UF to change. Now, it’s more urgent than ever. Oliver Telusma is a UF alumnus and was rushed off the stage at a graduation ceremony in May, after which the university was criticized for its treatment of graduating people of color.


Pascal’s Coffeehouse reopens following summer repairs The Midtown coffeehouse was closed during summer. By Lily Strickland Alligator Contributing Writer

Pascal’s Coffeehouse is serving the same coffee but with a new look. Pascal’s, a coffee shop and Christian study center at 112 NW 16th St., hosted a grand reopening event Friday night to showcase the repairs that were made from

donations and a grant program, said Laura Lynch, a 59-year-old Gainesville resident and director of development of Christian studies at Pascal’s. Pascal’s was undergoing renovations for the past 15 months, but in May the shop fully closed for the summer to repair the bathrooms, replace rotten wood, paint the building, replace carpeting, add a bar

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On Friday evening, Pascal’s Coffeehouse at the Christian Study Center celebrates the completion of their renovation projects with an open house.

table for students to study on the balcony and make a larger parking lot, Lynch said. The coffeehouse reopened Aug. 20. Before renovations, the bathrooms had an odor and the source of the smell wasn’t found until the wall was taken down, but Lynch couldn’t remember what the origin was. The landscape was also redone, and space for bicycles and scooters were added. Private donors raised $105,000, and a grant from the Community Redevelopment Agency’s façade program brought in another $20,000, which helped pay for the renovations on the 27-year-old house, Lynch said. In total, repairs cost $125,000. “I’m very excited and glad to accomplish the work we raised to be able to have the extra money,” Lynch said. No more than $800 was spent putting the reopening event together. About 50 people came. Guests were provided free food, and they sampled brands of drip coffee from Bold Bean and Ceremony coffee roasters. Standing up in front of the event crowd, Richard Horner, the executive director of the Christian study house, made a speech thanking everyone for their hard work in the renovation process. “I’m thrilled and delighted to have them done and pleased with the outcome,” Horner said. Kate Smith, a 34-year-old Gainesville resident and board member of the UF College of Pharmacy’s study center, said she comes to the coffeehouse several times a week to do her work. She said the renova-

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Gabriela Rivera, a 21-year-old UF health education and behavior senior, makes a beverage at Pascal’s Coffeehouse’s open house Friday evening. Rivera works as a barista. tions will bring in more people. “It’s amazing,” Smith said. “It makes it more welcoming and it increases the number of people to study here.”

UF student launches business to help with clear bag policy SHE SOLD OUT OF HER FIRST 500 BAGS IN TWO MONTHS. By Sydney Schultheis Alligator Contributing Writer

After UF implemented a clear-bag policy for football games in 2016, some students were left scrambling for a new purse. Clarity Handbags, a clear-bag company created by Julia Renner, a 21-year-old UF public relations senior, provides affordable bags that work in venues with a clear-bag policy. UF implemented the clear-bag policy to enhance gameday safety, limiting fans to bags that show the contents inside. Renner’s company launched this August and sold out of the first 500 bags in just two months, she said. The idea for the business came when she was driving seven and a half hours from Charlotte, North Carolina, back to Gainesville her junior year, Renner said. She and her father came up with the company after talking about her gameday attire. Renner wanted a bag she and her mother could bring to games. After looking at options for clear bags, there weren’t many to pick from, she said. “I wasn’t going to carry a Ziploc bag,” she said. It took over a year of product proto-

types and refinements to create a bag she felt met her requirements, Renner said. The bags are made from vegan leather and lightweight plastic. The business offers four styles, with each bag costing up to $50. As a student, she she wanted her bags to be accessible to other students, which is why her handbags are cheaper than others on the market, she said. Her products are available on her website, Amazon and in boutiques across the country. Renner has ordered 3,000 more bags, and she said she is excited to expand her brand. She said her bags have been bought from the Florida Keys to Los Angeles, but she would still like to grow the business online. As her profits grow, she wants to continue developing new products. After graduation, Renner said she wants to keep up the business. She’s also looking to partner with a nonprofit organization to provide clean water to those in need. “Clear bags, clear water,” she said. When Clarity Handbags customer Caroline Buchanan received her bag, she found a handwritten note inside the package. The 21-year-old UF soil and water science senior said she’s never received a thank-you note from a company she’s purchased from online. “It made me feel like I wasn’t just any old client, but I was Caroline,” Buchanan said.

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North, South Carolina cope with wet misery left by Florence

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U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Second Class Don Tantanella paddles the boat through shallow water as he patrols a neighborhood inundated with water in Lumberton, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

By The Associated Press Florence’s strong winds may be dropping, but heavy rain and floodwaters are bringing wet misery to much of North and South Carolina. Here are snapshots of people struggling to cope in the aftermath of the powerful storm that made landfall as a hurricane on Friday: Hoping it doesn’t get worse Police helped Debbie Covington’s elderly parents leave their home in a low-lying neighborhood of Cheraw, South Carolina, early

Sunday and shelter at Covington’s house on higher ground next door. Several backyards were flooded by afternoon, swollen with rainwater that was running downhill. Soaking wet and without shoes, Covington was nervously watching the muddy water rushing nearby, wondering if they needed to seek shelter elsewhere. She had just run an errand and had some trouble returning home. “I was driving the truck and everywhere I went, I couldn’t get here,” she said. “One way some trees were down. Another was blocked by water.” Still, Covington said she planned to wait a little longer be-

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fore evacuating. Around the corner from Covington’s house, a vacant lot was underwater with two heavy backhoes used in construction and a truck submerged to the tops of their tracks and tires. A portable toilet bobbed in the water, leaning at an angle. Samantha Graham’s house sat on higher ground nearby, but still had water seep into her basement and soak the carpet. “It’s a lot of water,” Graham said as she walked her dog and looked at the flooded yards at the bottom of the hill. “Hopefully it doesn’t cross the road more than it already has.”

A New York Times bestselling author Lauren Groff signs a book at the Alachua County Library District Headquarters Branch Sunday. She spoke about her new book “Florida” and answered audience questions. ‘Soon I’ll be going back across the street’ Three straight days of rain— sometimes pausing, but sometimes pouring — brought floodwaters Sunday to the doorsteps of Mildred Smith and her niece, Jovanaka Smith, who live across the street from each other in the town of Bennettsville in northeastern South Carolina. First, Mildred Smith fled her own home, wading across Talon Drive through the muddy water as she leaned on her grandson for support. “I almost drowned myself leaving my house,” she said. “It was more than knee deep.”

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Alachua County spends $1.3 million on new nature preserve THE LAND IS IN HAWTHORNE NEAR THE PUTNAM COUNTY LINE.

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Alachua County residents will have about 600 new acres to explore thanks to a $1 million purchase made by the county. The Alachua County Commission bought a 597-acre piece of land in Hawthorne, near the Putnam County line, on Tuesday for about $1.3 million, said Sandra Vardaman, the land conservation program supervisor for Alachua County’s Parks and Conservation Lands Program. The purpose of the land will primarily be for preservation but will also include amenities that the public can enjoy. “It has some of the nicest grounds covered, and it’s just a really pretty site,” Vardaman said. “I think it’s going to make an area that will be a wonderful amenity for people to just wander around in the woods.” About 67 percent of the project is being funded by the Wild Spaces & Public Places tax, an ini-

tiative passed by voters in 2008 that protects and improves recreational spaces. The Alachua Conservation Trust, a nonprofit that works to protect natural and historic resources, will cover the remaining 33 percent, said the county’s spokesperson Mark Sexton. The preserve includes about 175 acres of wetlands and will likely have a nature trail and benches for people to enjoy the land. It will take about two years to complete the project, Vardaman said. Now that the contract is signed, the county will go to the site and look for any signs of contamination, she said. The county will then establish a management plan for the property and for the County Commission to approve. This will include the types of amenities that this property will feature, Vardaman said. Jozee Coyne, a 19-year-old UF psychology junior, thinks the project is important because it helps conserve areas for future generations to enjoy. “There is constantly construction going on everywhere, and I feel like we’re losing land to development, so having people that care about the land enough to want to preserve it is amazing,” Coyne said.

Million-dollar grant to promote cyclist and pedestrian safety

The grant was announced Sept. 7. By Jessica Curbelo Alligator Staff Writer

With only a fine, white line between Jacob Wall and a 4,000-pound car, biking through Gainesville is his worst nightmare. The UF statistics and theatre junior said too many drivers aren’t aware of basic laws protecting people like him, who bike every day. “There should be better paths to separate bikers from drivers who should know how to drive and don’t,” the 20-year-old said. Seeing a need to improve safety, the Florida Department of Transportation, the city of Gainesville and UF are working together on the Bicycle-Pedestrian Safety Project with a $1 million grant, according to a Federal Highway Administration press release. The federal transportation agency announced Sept. 7 that it awarded the department a joint state and local grant to test pedestrian and bicyclist safety alert systems, according to a city of Gainesville press release. Combined with other state funding, the total amount of the project is about $2.4 million. The city will provide access to its traffic signals and related systems to UF, which will use the information for traffic alerts, city spokesperson Chip Skinner wrote in an email. Real-time traffic information will be sent to people by text or in a phone app, he said. Alerts will let pedestrians and bicyclists know when signals are changing, when lanes or roads are closed or how

long they have to get through a green light, which they can check while stopped at red lights, he said. “This will help safety by alerting people when things are changing and make them more aware of their surroundings,” Skinner said. UF is in charge of possibly creating apps and other systems for testing, Skinner said. These same messages will also be communicated with vehicles through technology installed along specific roads like University Avenue and 13th Street, he said. The areas were chosen based on pedestrian counts and frequency of use by UF students. The transportation department will manage the money and safety project itself, Skinner said. A 2017 study by the department of transportation found 28 hot spots for bicycle-involved crashes in the state. Four of those locations were in Gainesville, including near the intersections of West University Avenue and Northwest 13th Street and Southwest 34th Avenue and Archer Road. Each site averaged six crashes between 2011 and 2014. For Wall, the alert system isn’t something he would use, although he said it could be useful for people new to Gainesville who are still learning the best bike routes. “It’s a good idea, but I’d rather they focus on lane and road infrastructure,” Wall said. “I’d also like more safety education for drivers and bikers.” @jesscurbelo

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The 597-acre piece of land in Hawthorne includes about 175 acres of wetlands. The preservation encompasses almost 600 acres and is located on the Putnam County line near Lochloosa Lake, said Sandra Vardaman, the land conservation program supervisor for the county’s Parks and Conservation Lands Program.

Eyes on the prize: UF professor wins share of $1.2 million research award THE MONEY WILL BE USED FOR PROJECTS THAT MAY FOCUS ON THE EYES. By Gabrielle Seminara Alligator Contributing Writer

A UF professor and his twoperson team of researchers won a $1.2 million award for restoring vision. William Hauswirth, a UF professor of ophthalmology, won a share of the 2018 António Champalimaud Vision Award on Tuesday for his research on

Leber congenital amaurosis, a disease that causes blindness due to the absence of a gene in the patient’s retinas. Hauswirth developed a treatment that surgically implants a virus into the eyes to deliver the missing gene. “It was an evolution,” he said. “It went full circle from a fun idea, and 30 years later here we are.” The award was split with two other teams of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the University College London. Hauswirth’s share valued at about $165,000. John Flannery, a professor of optometry and vision sci-

ence at the University of California Berkeley, knew Hauswirth from his time as a professor at UF. He said Hauswirth was one of the first people to start the concept of using a virus, and Hauswirth’s innovative thinking helped him excel. “He made a combination of several methods that had never been used in that combination before,” he said. “It takes a tremendous amount of creativity.” Flannery said Hauswirth’s insightful thinking will help him get to the next step in helping people. “Hauswirth has been on a long and difficult path,” he said.


Students can learn what it’s like trying to run an ethical company when Patagonia comes for a visit. Chris Gaggia, the global marketing manager for field and fish from Patagonia will speak to students at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Pugh Hall, said Shelby Taylor, the communications director for the Bob Graham Center for Public Service and Leadership. Patagonia is a Californiabased brand that sells sustainable clothing, according to its website. The event, “Corporate Conscience: Bold Stands from

the Patagonia Brand,” would get audience members to engage in a talk about social responsibility in businesses, Taylor said. “Companies are seeing more avenues for making change using the brand that they’ve built,” Taylor said. “Patagonia is, I think, one of the first to have ever done that.” The program will cost $515 to host, Taylor said. Gaggia is not being paid to appear. The Bob Graham Center for Public Service, UF Elizabeth B. & William F. Business Ethics Center, UF College of Journalism and Communications and UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences will help put on the event, Taylor said. The program will be a way for students to have a conversation with Gaggia, said the moderator Cynthia Barnett, an environmental fellow at the Bob Graham Center for Public

Service and Leadership and an environmental journalist at the UF College of Journalism and Communications. The company has always tried to improve the environment while remaining popular and profitable, Barnett said. In the past, Patagonia has donated all Black Friday profits to environmental causes. “The company lives this,” Barnett said. Brian Trupo, a 20-year-old UF business administration junior, likes the Patagonia brand because he’s a vegan with a passion for the environment. “I really want to work for a company that either cares about the environment or cares about sustainability,” Trupo said. “Whether it’s a real estate company or just a general business.” @gilliangsweeney



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Florida’s theme heading into Saturday: physicality FOOTBALL, from pg. 1 rival in Game 3 of the season. But coach Dan Mullen will need his team to show that same effort in its first road test of the season at Tennessee to prove that Saturday’s production wasn’t simply an anomaly. “I wanna see more consistency of performance you know from us,” Mullen said after the win. “I see positives. I’ve seen us take positive steps every single week so far this season. And I like that out of our guys.” Colorado State repeatedly made mistakes as the game dragged on. Those masked some areas that Florida has to address before heading to Knoxville. The Gators got some decent blocking from their tight ends, primarily out of Kemore Gamble on the Scarlett touchdown run. But outside of that, tight ends were not much of a factor and haven’t been for most of the season. UF tight ends also have at least one drop in all three games the Gators have played this season. Redshirt senior R.J. Raymond dropped one in consecutive games against Charleston Southern and Kentucky. Redshirt senior C’yontai Lewis couldn’t make a back shoulder catch that would have put six on the board after an early forced turnover by the defense. It was excellent coverage on the play by the Rams’ defender, but the ball hit the veteran tight end in his hands. Lack of help from the tight ends didn’t have any bearing on the outcome of Saturday’s game, though, especially due to the work of the Gators’ special teams. But Florida will face a talented Vols defensive line that will test the Gators’ physicality in ways that the Rams couldn’t. “We’re going to go into a pretty hostile environment,” Mullen said. “I know this is a rivalry game, and so it’s going to be a tough deal and we got to have great mental discipline and mental focus.” @alanisthames

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Freshman running back Dameon Pierce scored on a 68-yard touchdown run on his third carry of the game. Florida finished with 222 yards rushing on 29 attempts.


What we learned after the Gainesville Gator Invitational By Dylan Rudolph Sports Writer

The No. 11 Florida volleyball team returned home after a four-match road trip to Arizona and Tallahassee to play three matches in the Honda of Gainesville Gator Invitational. The Gators (9-3) swept the tournament, beating Jacksonville and FIU in a doubleheader on Friday and defeating Army on Saturday. Here are some things we learned from the successful weekend that extended the Gators’ winning streak to five matches: Florida’s front line is dominant The season has been up and down, but the defense in UF’s front row remains authoritative in the first part of the season.

That front row totaled 32 blocks and suppressed opponents all weekend. Senior middle blocker Taelor Kellum led her team in blocks in all three matches. Her 18 total blocks, along with her 20 kills on only 30 swings, made her one of the stars of the weekend. “As indicated by when we don’t block well, the opponents hit for high percentages,” coach Mary Wise said after Saturday’s match. “It has to be something we have to continue to work on.” The Gators will be a tough team to beat if the front-row defense remains this consistent and continues to improve offensively. That offensive improvement will rely on junior middle blocker Rachael Kramer, who has begun to get more involved since

Former UF lacrosse player Shayna Pirreca earned a spot on the U.S. Women’s National Team for its Oct. 6 game against James Madison.


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One thing from UF’s win over CSU: Something needs to change offensively

This game showed that Sure, a win is a win. Florida needs to change someBut how the Florida Gators thing about its offense, and got there during Saturday’s fast. 48-10 win over Colorado State Just take a look at the first wasn’t pretty. It was riddled quarter. The most telling stat with mistakes galore. It wasn’t was that Franks had more inperfect by any means of the Jake terceptions (one) than comword, and there’s a reason for Dreilinger pletions (he went 0-for-6). Or that. @DreilingerJake how about the fact that Franks Before I dive into this colhad more rushing yards (20) umn, let me get one thing straight. This is not a bashing-Feleipe- and runs (5) than every UF running back Franks piece like my colleague Chris combined? Florida wasn’t utilizing its full O’Brien wrote. It’s not a Mullen-is-over- offense, which resulted in a quick threerated piece either. It’s an honest outlook and-out on the opening drive. If it wasn’t for the special teams, the of a game in which the Gators should have Gators might not have had any points in won by a lot more than they did. I never thought I’d write something like the first quarter. A fumble recovery on a bobbled Colothis after UF won by 38 points, but here we are anyway.

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Gators finish third at Mary Fossum Invitational By Brendan Farrell Sports Writer

UF’s women’s golf team wrapped up its weekend at the Mary Fossum Invitational in East Lansing, Michigan, with a third-place finish. Florida entered the day in a tie for second with Georgia but fell to third on Sunday, three strokes behind second-place Michigan State and five strokes behind first-place Virginia. The Gators did, however, place four golfers within the top 25. Junior Sierra Brooks (+1) continued her ascent up the individual leaderboard after a slow start to her tournament on Friday. She moved up 11 spots with a 71 and finished in a tie for 11th. The junior was upstaged by teammates Marta Perez and Clara Manzalini this weekend. Perez (E) finished in a tie for sixth place after being consistent throughout the entire tournament. She scored a 73 on Sunday, her worst score of the tournament, but her position on the leaderboard did not change. One of the golfers that Perez was tied with for sixth place was freshman Manzalini. Manzalini (E) was a big mover on the leaderboard for the Gators on Sunday, rising 10

places with her 71 on the day. Sophomore Addie Baggarly started the tournament by hitting most any shot she wanted. She led with a 4-under but cooled off in her next two rounds. Her round on Sunday included a double bogey, a bogey and a birdie to end 3-over, which placed her in a tie for 17th. Lauren Waidner’s tournament was seemingly over as soon as it began when she carded an 8-over with her first round. Waidner (+9) still salvaged her tournament over the next two days with a 72 and a 73. She finished in a tie for 33rd — the lowest on the team — but her 13-place improvement on Sunday was the team’s biggest jump. This weekend should be a boost for Florida as it prepares for the Windy City Classic in Evanston, Illinois, from Oct. 1-2. The Gators are looking to build off a successful start to the year that has included a team win, an individual win by Brooks, and another finish in the top three. Freshman Jenny Kim competed as an individual this weekend and finished in a tie for 55th place. She scored an 80 in her first round, like Waidner, but her two 75s on her last two rounds kept her tournament from becoming a total disaster. @Bfarrell727

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Junior Marta Perez finished in a tie for sixth overall by posting an even par.


UF’s scoreless streak ends, but the losing streak is alive and well By River Wells Sports Writer

The net behind Vanderbilt goalkeeper Taiana Tolleson gently swished. The interlacing nylon in front of Florida’s offense hadn’t so much as shivered in its previous

677 minutes and 14 seconds. The crowd at Donald R. Dizney Stadium that was anything but gentle as the Gators’ scoreless streak of six games came to an end The Commodores knocked off the Gators 2-1 at home despite the

relief-inducing goal from midfielder Lais Araujo. It was Vanderbilt’s first victory over UF since 1997. Although UF’s scoreless streak has come to an end, the team’s fourgame losing streak continues. The team will look to end that streak

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Midfielder Lais Araujo knocked home the Gators’ first goal in six games in the second half against Vanderbilt.

when they face off against Kentucky in Lexington this Thursday. “Nobody’s happy,” coach Becky Burleigh said. “Everybody is pretty frustrated, disappointed, angry.” The first half looked promising for the Gators. In the 10th minute, UF’s Deanne Rose had a breakaway and faced Vanderbilt’s firsthalf goalie Lauren Demarchi oneon-one with a wide open window. The team’s leading scorer from last year couldn’t get it in the net, however, and Demarchi blocked what would be Florida’s best chance in the first half. Vanderbilt answered big in the 13th minute. After three consecutive shots from the Gators, the Commodores’ Kaylann Boyd took a shot from 30 yards out. It hit the near post and bounced in, putting Vanderbilt up 1-0 and giving Boyd her fifth goal on the season. Florida had another chance when midfielder Mayra Pelayo took a shot in the box in the 17th minute, but the shot came from a tough angle at the side of the goal and the ball bounced harmlessly off a defender. UF led 7-2 in shots at the end of the first half but was still left scoreless and down a goal to the Commodores. The second half saw the Gators continue their offensive attack. UF came close to ending its scoreless streak early when Araujo took a free kick from just outside the box

in the 47th minute, but her curling shot ricocheted loudly off the crossbar. Florida would take a few more shots — midfielder Sarah Troccoli took two and Rose sailed one far above the goal — but the moment the Gators had been chasing occured in the 78th minute when Araujo found the back of the net, squaring the score at one apiece. Vanderbilt, however, wasn’t inclined to let them celebrate. Midfielder Paola Ellis knocked in a shot from the UF 6-yard box following a Vanderbilt corner kick. Gators fans aggressively insisted that Ellis had been offside. The refs disagreed. The goal put Vanderbilt ahead 2-1 in the 88th minute and the Commodores hung on until the game ended. UF lost the match despite leading the shot count 12-6. After the loss, Burleigh insisted that while the team is frustrated, it isn’t going to dwell on the negatives. “We have more season left,” she said. “We have to get past this and be productive.” Defender Georgia Eaton-Collins echoed her statement and asserted that the team is still confident despite the heartbreaker. “Moving forward, we have a few goals in us,” she said. “Next game, we’re going to win.” @riverhwells


Outside hitter Paige Hammons collected 25 kills this weekend blocks over the weekend. Hammons still has not crossed 10 kills on the season but continues to show a well-balanced playstyle that can benefit her team as it enters conference play.

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Middle blocker Rachael Kramer (left) and outside hitter Mia Sokolowski (right) figure to be prominent players heading foward for the Gators. Kramer racked up 16 kills during the Gator Invitational. Sokolowski has 35 kills this season in a reserve role.

VOLLEYBALL, from pg. 14 her slow start to the season. Kramer saw a resurgence in Arizona last weekend after she started the season hitting a dreadful .093 hitting percentage. The 6-foot-8 middle blocker continued to play well at the Gator Invitational, hitting 16

kills on an efficient .593 hitting percentage. Expect the duo of Kramer and Kellum, as well as rotational players like middle blocker Darrielle King and right-side hitter Haley Warner, to be key as the team enters SEC play on Friday against Ole Miss. Paige Hammons is to be feared Sophomore outside hitter Paige Ham-

mons, much like Kramer, did not begin the season lighting up the stat sheet after she hit just a .064 hitting percentage through the first five matches. But the Louisville, Kentucky, native slowly improved with every match and impressed in the Gator Invitational. Hammons hit 25 kills on a .463 hitting percentage and dug 20 balls with eight

Depth will be pivotal entering conference play Wise raved about the team’s depth at the beginning of the season and emphasized how much it would come into play as the season went along. Florida fans got an eyeful of what that depth could do last weekend. Six Gators registered five or more kills in Saturday’s match against Army, including redshirt sophomore outside hitter Mia Sokolowski, who had 11. Sokolowski has only started in three matches but has been a big piece to Florida’s offense, logging 35 kills on the season. Freshman setter Marlie Monserez, sister of fifth-year setter Allie Monserez, also showed promise when the Gators ran a 6-2 rotation over the weekend. Monserez has only started four matches and rotates behind her sister, but she has still tallied 179 assists and three service aces in 2018. Depth players like Sokolowski and Monserez, along with others like Warner and 6-foot-6 freshman middle blocker Lauren Dooley, are expected to be a significant strength for the team as every match becomes more and more important. @dyrudolph

Quarterback Feleipe Franks started 0-for-6 with an interception Saturday COLUMN, from pg. 14

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Quarterback Feleipe Franks ended the game 8-for-15 for 119 yards and two touchdowns against Colorado State on Saturday. The redshirt sophomore has nine touchdowns this season, matching his total from 2017.

rado State punt put Florida roughly 10 yards from the end zone. UF ended up with a field goal. To their credit, the Gators played better from that moment. Franks found his receivers down the field, ending the game going 8-for-15 for 119 yards and two touchdowns, mostly in garbage time after UF took a commanding lead. Florida’s runners started moving the ball more, capped by a 30-yard rushing touchdown from Jordan Scarlett in the second quarter. Let’s not forget this is Colorado State though. The Gators should be doing this. They should be up big against a team like the Rams. Florida will not replicate this as easily when it gets into the bulk of its SEC schedule. In fact, if it plays this way, UF will struggle to get wins in the SEC. Something needs to change with the offense. I’m not saying it needs to

be a change in quarterbacks. Franks was fine when he was given time to make his passes and didn’t just run with the ball on every play. I’m not saying it needs to be a change in Florida’s playbook. What I am saying is the Gators need to find a way to get the ball to its playmakers on both the running and receiving end. Let Lamical Perine, Dameon Pierce or Scarlett run rampant on opposing defenses. Let Franks stay in the pocket and throw to UF’s offensive weapons in Tyrie Cleveland, Van Jefferson, Kadarius Toney and Trevon Grimes, just to name a few. Let the Gators run the offense it needs to run. That’s the way Florida will have a successful season. At least we saw those mistakes early, so UF can correct them down the road. Jake Dreilinger is the assistant sports editor at the Alligator. Contact him at jdreilinger@ and follow him on Twitter @DreilingerJake.

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