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UF apologizes to students rushed off stage at graduation IT GAVE THEM $3,920 WORTH OF FRAMED DIPLOMAS. By McKenna Beery Alligator Staff Writer

Thousands of people watched 24 people get rushed off the stage at graduation in May. Now, UF is trying to make it up to them with a gift. UF mailed framed diplomas to the students who were pulled off stage during the Spring commencement ceremony, said Stephanie McBride, the director of commencement. They were sent as an apology and a reminder that the university “appreciates and celebrates them.” UF came under fire for being inappropriately aggressive in ushering students off stage during the Spring graduation ceremony. Since then, the commencement model has shifted away from individual name-calling in the O’Connell Center. In addition to the framed diplomas, UF President Kent Fuchs reached out to all of the students by phone and with a personal, mailed letter, McBride said. The frames cost $3,920 in total, she said. UF spent $148.75 per frame for 24 of the frames and $175 per frame for two of them. The price discrepancy was because the first 24 were bulkpurchased, and the last two were bought later when UF realized two students were double majors.

Two students called UF to thank the administration for framing their diplomas, McBride said. Jamal Waked, who graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in physics, said he is happy with his framed diploma. Waked wasn’t upset about the Spring commencement incident because he had already landed his backflip when the marshal came to rush him off the stage, he said. “I didn’t feel an apology was needed for me, but for others I can understand the apology,” the 22-year-old said. He said some students were unfairly moved off stage and were upset, so it is a nice gesture from UF to let the students know that they aren’t just a name. “I think it’s noble that UF is able to realize their mistakes and correct them,” he said. Oliver Telusma, who graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in political science, said he is unsure if this was an attempt to make amends, but if it was, it isn’t nearly enough. UF’s response to the commencement incident wasn’t only an offense against him, but a clear statement of how UF regards communities of color, he said. “Resolution comes from not only substantive efforts to make amends with me, but with marginalized students who experience a climate like this regularly,” the 22-year-old said. @mckennabeery

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Patagonia comes to UF Chris Gaggia, the Patagonia global marketing manager for field and fish, addresses students on how to run an ethical company. The program was held Tuesday night in Pugh Hall and offered students a chance to hear how Patagonia remains a profitable company while still focusing on improving the environment.

Library West will be open 24/7 again by the end of September IT’LL COST $160,000 TO FUND THE LIBRARY FOR A YEAR. By Angela DiMichele Alligator Staff Writer

Students can soon study overnight again at Library West after UF Student Government voted to fund the extra hours. SG Senate unanimously passed a bill to refund Library West with $160,000 from the SG reserve account as a 24/7 library Tuesday night. The Senate had to pass the

bill twice before it could be implemented. This will apply for the 2018 to 2019 fiscal year. Then, it will be funded for three years by the Office of the Provost, said UF Student Body President Ian Green. Money in the reserve account comes from student activity and service fees, Green said. Library West staff plans for the library to be open 24/7 by the end of September once more employees are hired. “It’s been shown that students want a 24/7 library on campus, however, the study that was done

previously did not necessarily reflect that interest,” Green said. “It was my job as student body president to show that the interest was there, and that it’s going to continue to increase, especially as we strive for top five.” Raelin Ogburn, an 18-year-old UF health science freshman, said she didn’t know the library used to be open 24/7. “Finding out that it was 24 hours at one point is shocking to me,” she said. @angdimi

Alachua County to offer Spanish sample ballots THE COUNTY HOPES TO MAKE THE BALLOTS AVAILABLE FRIDAY. By Kelly Hayes Alligator Contributing Writer

Spanish-speaking voters won’t have to struggle to understand the

ballot this November. Thanks to a ruling by a federal judge, 32 counties in Florida, including Alachua County, will be required to provide residents with sample ballots in Spanish, said TJ Pyche, the director of outreach for Alachua County Supervisor of Elections. The county is working to make the ballot available Friday.

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“I think that this will give them the opportunity to read the ballot in their native language and make their decisions accordingly,” he said. The change comes after the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections, Kim Barton, was sued in a class-action lawsuit for violating the Voting Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination in voting, Pyche said.

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There isn’t an accurate estimate yet for how much the new sample ballots will cost because it depends on printing expenditures, he said. For Marcie Stefan, the vice president of the Alachua County Hispanic Caucus, the new sample ballot means she won’t have to translate the amendments for her parents from Puerto Rico.

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“It does affect people, because you can’t really understand what you’re voting for,” she said. Stefan thinks the new sample ballots will improve voter turnout in future elections. “It’s going to be much more comfortable voting when you understand what you’re voting for,” she said.

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Local Events / News in Brief WHAT’S HAPPENING? Hands-On STEAM Volunteering at the Cade Museum Do you love science, art, technology and being creative? Are you looking for an exciting volunteer opportunity? Join the Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention as a volunteer. We are always in need of passionate volunteers to help in our labs and throughout the museum. Apply online at, and contact Michele Kuhn, a volunteer coordinator, at volunteercrd@ with any questions. Our next volunteer orientation will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Live storytelling at the Florida Museum In partnership with Guts & Glory GNV, the Florida Museum of Natural History will offer “Fieldwork Fails: A Live Storytelling Event” from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, featuring original, true, first-person storytelling. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Attendees must be 18 years or older. The program fee is $15 or $10 for students. For more information, or to register, visit storytelling, or call 352-2732062. GatorNights – Festi-Fall Rake in the fall fun at 6:30 p.m. Friday at GatorNights. At 9 p.m., mosey on down to the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom to watch a live musical performance by Honey County, then play a round of Pumpkin Spice Bingo to win a prize. Create fall scents at our aromatherapy station and receive your own custom wood etching. Craft your own mason jar luminary and pumpkin craft and enjoy pumpkin spice coffee at Global Coffeehouse. Enjoy popcorn and soda while watching “Ocean’s 8” at 8 p.m. or 10:45 p.m. in the Reitz Union Auditorium. As always, there will be free bowling and billiards in the Game Room and barbecue at Midnight Munchies to finish off the night. GatorNights is always free for UF students with their Gator 1 Card and is always Friday from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Reitz Union.

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DreamQuilt The local arts organization, DreamQuilt, is accepting artists and performers for SoulMakes: Immersive Art Show from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday at Cypress and Grove Brewing Company. All types of artists are welcome, and presenting artists are encouraged to do demos, talk with guests and work on projects in the available space. Participants and guests interact in an open, creative environment blending different forms of art with a unique experience for visitors, including a collaborative canvas and collage workshops. Current students may apply to show their work for free. To sell art or craft items, a booth fee of $15 applies. Learn more by emailing booking@dreamquilt. org or texting 352-872-2620. Entries accepted for ButterflyFest Facebook photo challenge The Florida Museum of Natural History is hosting the sixthannual ButterflyFest Facebook Photo Challenge! Submit your best picture incorporating ecosystem services by Monday for your chance to win prizes. This free challenge is open to all ages. The museum will post the top 10 images from entries received on its Facebook page on Oct. 1, and the public will select the overall winner online via the most ‘likes.’ The winning photograph will be recognized during ButterflyFest on Oct. 13. For more information, including entry guidelines, visit butterflyfest-photo-deadline. Student Government Elections Vote for your Student Government senator from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. next Tuesday and Wednesday. Polling locations include Broward Recreation Room, Hough Hall Room 120, Health Science Center C2-41C, Jennings Hall Library, Levin College of Law BGH Student Commons, second floor of the Marston Computer Lab, Murphree Conference Room, Norman Education Library, Reitz SG Print Lab, Springs Area Office Room C202 and Southwest Recreation Social Lounge. Questions? Visit, or email Supervisor of Elections, Henry Fair, at

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UF marks 50th Anniversary of National Hispanic Month

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Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period. It was enacted into law on Aug. 17, 1988. Sept. 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate

The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program and Welcoming Gainesville & Alachua Co. will present oral history interviews conducted by doctoral student Seyeon Hwang with refugees resettled in Jacksonville. The panel will consist of organizations that provide services for refugees discussing themes of displacement, resilience, and “making it home”: Basma Alawee, refugee and refugee organizer with Florida Immigrant Coalition Travis Trice, World Relief Jacksonville Jose Sanchez, Church World Services

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their independence days on Sept.16 and Sept. 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is Oct. 12, falls within this 30-day period. UF International Center, Division of Student Affairs, the Hispanic Student Association, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Latin American Studies, IFAS, the College of Dentistry, the College of Engineering, UF Vet Med, the Office of Research, and the College of Journalism are among those celebrating the month by contributing daily posts to social media. Look for the hashtag #UFHHM. For a full listing of the month’s events, go to facebook. com/UFHHM/.

The World to Come: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene The Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida will explore an era of rapid, radical and irrevocable ecological change through works of art by 45 international contemporary artists. The Harn-organized exhibition The World to Come: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene opens Sept. 18, 2018 and will be on view through March 3, 2019. Environmental issues will be examined through more than 65 works of photography, film, sculpture and mixed media, as well as related symposia and programming. The Anthropocene is a controversial term used to name a new geological epoch defined by human impact. While geological epochs are known as products of slow change, the Anthropocene has

mastery over nature been characterized and attuning us to by speed. “Runaway the deep bond beclimate change, rising tween human and water, surging popunon-human life.” lation and expanding technologies comThe World to Come press our breathless unfolds around seven sense of space and overlapping themes: time,” said Kerry Deluge, Raw MateOliver-Smith, Harn rial, Consumption, Curator of Contemporary Art. “Human Gideon Mendel, South African, b. 1959, Adlene Pierre, Savanne Desolée, Extinction, Symbiosis Haiti, September 2008, From the series Drowning World, 2008, and Multispecies, Jusimpact has made a Gonaïves, courtesy of the artist and Axis Gallery, New York and New Jersey tice and Imaginary profound change on the Earth. Artists chosen for the exhibition respond Futures. Topics range from disaster, environmental by upending the status quo, challenging human devastation and loss to the emergence of new

Career Connections Center Provides Students Several Ways to Prepare for Career Showcase The largest career fair in the southeast, Career Showcase will be held in the Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on Tuesday, September 25 and Wednesday, September 26.

created several workshops and events to help students learn the value of networking and how to communicate their strengths, values, and competencies to employers.”

Over 400 employers have registered for the event The Diversity Meet Up: Pre-Showcase Conneclooking to network with University of Florida tions is one of the events the career center hosts to give students an opportunity to network with empstudents in non-technical and technical fields. loyers in an informal environment. The event, held Meeting with recruiters can be intimidating for on Monday, September 24, the day before Career some students. The Career Connections Center, Showcase welcomes all students from diverse and which hosts Career Showcase, recognizes that underrepresented populations. Diversity Meet Up, the career fair environment can be overwhelm- held in the Evans Champion Club at Florida Field, ing for several different reasons. “We know that starts with a networking tips workshop and pracnetworking can be a pain point for some of our tice sessions before the networking mixer begins. students. It takes vulnerability to open yourself “We encourage students not to bring resumes to up to a complete stranger, especially one that the Diversity Meet Up, and the employers aren’t you want to impress,” said Ja’Net Glover, senior expecting them, they genuinely want to talk with director of the career center. “Our office has students in a casual setting,” said Glover.

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Other opportunities for students to brush up on their professional development before Career Showcase are the Employer Perspectives series where employers host career education workshops. Additionally, Career Conversations, informal, small group conversations, have topics ranging from Networking for Introverts to Navigating Career Fairs the week prior to Showcase. The Career Connections Center also provides services for students to present their best selves before meeting employers. Students can drop by the center to have their resume reviewed by a career ambassador. The career center welcomes walk-ins who bring a hard copy of their resume. After the review, the student will receive a coupon that provides them with 25 free printed copies of their resume courtesy of SG and the Career Connections Center.


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bonds and alliances between humans and non-humans. Also considered is the magnitude of waste and growing populations, the laws of nature, inequality and protest. Lastly, artists explore the effects of technology and make a call for optimism with new ways of imagining a vibrant future for the world to come. “Engaging art to create a dialogue about important topics of our time is crucial in the role of an art museum,” said Dr. Lee Anne Chesterfield, Harn Museum of Art Director. “We are grateful to the Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts for supporting this endeavor and seeing the value in the exhibition’s creation, presentation and documentation.” For more information, call 352-392-9826 or visit

Superior Accomplishment Awards Nomination period runs through Oct. 31. UF’s 2019 Superior Accomplishment Awards program recognizes outstanding work that occurred between Aug. 1, 2017 and July 31, 2018. Celebrating its 30th year, the awards program recognizes TEAMS, USPS and Academic Personnel employees who have contributed outstanding service in their fields during the prior academic year. For additional information about the Superior Accomplishment Awards program — including divisional chairs, nomination criteria, award categories and nomination forms — visit edu/awards-recognition.

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‘Runnin’ Down a Dream’: Tom Petty is getting a park named after NORTHEAST PARK WILL BE RENAMED IN PETTY’S HONOR. By Dana Cassidy Alligator Staff Writer

Tom Petty’s legacy will be memorialized in a Gainesville park next month. The Northeast Park, at 400 NE 16th Ave., is set to be renamed in honor of Tom Petty, said Gainesville City Commissioner David Arreola. An announcement will be made at 11:30 a.m. on Petty’s birthday, Oct. 20, at the park. In March, the city of Gainesville offered a

survey to residents asking how to best commemorate Petty, who is from Gainesville. Petty passed away last October due to an accidental drug overdose. The six survey options included renaming a city street, facility or park; adding a statue to the city; hosting an annual musical festival or concert; declaring Oct. 20 as “Tom Petty Day” or dedicating the month of October to his legacy in music. “When Tom Petty passed away, the community at large here in Gainesville obviously had a serious mourning,” Arreola said. “He meant a lot to this city, to the people here, and they wanted something for the city to do in re-

membrance.” Daniel App, a 32-year-old Gainesville resident, was only five years old when he heard the car radio blast “American Girl,” App’s first Petty song, while his mother drove him to his elementary school in Osten, Florida. Twenty-seven years later, he became the co-founder and lead guitarist of Heavy Petty, a Petty tribute band that plays the artist’s songs, App said. Renaming the park is a nice gesture, but there’s more than statues and buildings when it comes to commemorating an important figure, App said. “The importance is not some superficial

way of memorializing someone,” App said. “It’s genuinely to understand them, their history, their legacy.” Outside of physical commemoration, App believes the best way to carry out Petty’s legacy is to pass on the stories of his life and play his music. “Pass the torch, expose everybody to the music that he played, and get excited about it,” App said. “I think it’s amazing what people can do.” @danacassidy_

Alachua County STD rates rise with national trend THE COUNTY EXPERIENCED A SPIKE IN BACTERIAL STDS FROM 2014 TO 2015. McKenna Beery Alligator Staff Writer

With sexually transmitted diseases on the rise nationally, Alachua County is seeing a similar trend among college-aged students. In 2017, more than 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were diagnosed nationally, surpassing recorded cases in 2016 by over 200,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While the increase isn’t as steep for Alachua County, the numbers

are growing, according to the Florida Department of Health. Bacterial STDs, including gonorrhea and chlamydia, have seen a steady increase in Alachua County for people ages 18 to 23. State data shows 1,626 people were diagnosed with bacterial STDs in 2017, which is up from 1,567 diagnosed cases the year before. The county saw the largest spike between 2014 and 2015, when 200 more people were diagnosed with bacterial STDs, according to the state. A rise in the rate of STDs within the past few years can be seen at UF, said Cecilia Luna, the marketing and communications coordinator for UF Student Health Care Center. She didn’t have any statistics available on UF’s increase.

The most common cases of STDs found at UF are chlamydia and gonorrhea, Luna said. The health center found different reasons why these rates continue to rise, including patient education. Many incoming UF students lack the knowledge they need to practice safe sex or do not understand the risk that can be presented to them if they don’t, Luna said. “We try to take a wholesome approach, because we know there’s more than one factor contributing to not only why people aren’t having safe sex, getting tested and not knowing their status in the first place,” she said. The center is also working to fight the stigma against STDs and sexually transmitted infections, she said. “We want students really to un-

derstand getting an STI is not the end of the world,” Luna said. If students were more aware about safe sex practices and the risks presented when they enter a sexual relationship, they would be more prepared, Luna said. An ideal way to slow the rise of STDs would be for the campus community to talk about subjects that are taboo, Luna said. Samantha Evans, the sexual health educator at GatorWell, said she wonders if the increase in STD diagnoses is because programs like GatorWell are encouraging students to get tested. Gatorwell offers free HIV testing at its main location in the Reitz Union through a collaboration with the Alachua County Health Department, Evans said. The office gives

oral swab tests to about 400 to 500 people a year, Evans said. Lauren Rafanan, a 20-year-old UF psychology junior, believes UF has done a lot to promote students’ sexual health. She said the clubs she is in, such as the American Medical Student Association, have brought people from Gatorwell to meetings to talk about safe sex practices, and she has seen Gatorwell set up booths around campus to talk about protection. “UF has resources to promote sexual health and actively tries to reach out to students, but it is ultimately up to the students to decide whether they want to use those resources,” Rafanan said. @mckennabeery

International Center in the Hub Marston Science Library is now offering podcasting kits is getting a $360,000 facelift Each podcasting kit is valued at $700. By Dana Cassidy Alligator Staff Writer

UF students can now produce original podcasts using free equipment from Marston Science Library. The library started offering podcast kits for rent two weeks ago. Each kit is valued around $700 and includes a $300 ZoomH5 four-track portable recorder, a standard microphone and a shotgun microphone, which would record more directionally with higher quality audio, said UF Marston engineering librarian Samuel Putnam. Both microphones are valued at about $400. The kit also includes additional memory cards and accessories. Only two kits are available for rent, Putnam said. Marston is currently the only location on campus offering them. Two annual endowment funds, the Robert Hume Science Library Endowment with $5,500 and the Deborah Herbstman Science Library Endowment with $3,500, helped pay for the kits, Putnam said. Any UF student with a Gator 1 Card is able to rent a kit for the week, Putnam said. The idea to provide free access to recording equipment started about a year ago, when students began expressing

fascination towards the podcasting medium and professors started creating assignments that required vocal recordings, Putnam said. In total, over 50 students via social media and in person had shown interest in using the equipment, Putnam said. “I like the idea of empowering students to share their stories,” Putnam said. “Podcasting is a really democratic medium.” The concept of lending expensive equipment to students looking to start podcasting is a fascinating idea, said Sophia Meloro, a 19-year-old UF environmental engineering sophomore. “I don’t really know much about podcasts or recording,” Meloro said. “For the people who would use that on a regular basis it could be super helpful for them.” In the future, Putnam, who has a podcast with his friend, hopes to see students utilize the technology offered to pursue a dream of breaking into the podcasting world. He said if enough students express interest in the kits, Marston could consider setting up a studio for people to record in. “I’m excited for students to be able to share what they want to share in their own voices,” Putnam said. @danacassidy_

IT SHOULD REOPEN NEXT WEEK. Gabrielle Seminara Alligator Contributing Writer

The International Center in the Hub is opening its revamped space next week. The renovations include new offices for the director and associate director of the International Scholars Program, a program which allows undergraduate students to take classes with an international focus. A reception desk, a television wall to display information and a new waiting area for students are all among the renovations as well, said Leonardo Dillalon, the dean of the center. The additions will help the International Center since it was lacking the proper space it needed, Dillalon said. “We had them squeezed into a little back corner for years,” he said. Renovations on the center began in May, and will hopefully be completed next week, Dillalon said. The renovations cost about $360,000, said UF spokesperson Steve Orlando. The Office of the Provost gave roughly $175,000, and the rest came from the International Center’s budget. Renovations were done primarily to accommodate the International Scholars Program, which can be added to all undergraduate majors, Dillalon said. Students receive a medallion and recognition upon completion. Over 500 students have enrolled, and some have already graduated, he said. The program started four years ago as a

part of UF’s quality enhancement plan, Learning Without Borders. The plan was part of UF’s accreditation process, which it undergoes every 10 years, he said. UF decided its focus would be the internationalization of the undergraduate curriculum. Much of the center’s construction expanded into part of the largely unused lobby, Dillalon said. Students had mixed feelings about the construction. Courtney Kreiling, a 19-yearold UF marketing sophomore, said people will be able to work easier when the construction is over. “It made it hard to find seating,” she said. “The noise wasn’t bad, but it made it kind of dismal.” The construction didn’t bother Mia Frisiello, a 21-year-old UF international studies and Chinese senior. “There were less places to sit,” she said. “But, it’s not a huge deal.” Frisielle studied abroad in China. She said she thinks the renovations are great and there are things to be gained from international programs. “In programs like study abroad or international students coming here, you gain cultural language and knowledge from the interactions,” she said. Susanne Hill, the executive director of the International Center, said internationalization is important because employers look for students with experience. “We believe students need a global perspective,” she said. “Students with it will be better off in the future both personally and professionally.”


Puppies welcomed back to Alachua County Humane Society A NEW AIR CONDITIONING UNIT WAS INSTALLED TUESDAY AFTER TWO WEEKS OF HEAT. By J. Cameron Davidson Alligator Contributing Writer

Twenty-three puppies were welcomed to the coolest room in the Alachua County Humane Society. The shelter received the new dogs Wednesday after installing a permanent air conditioning system in its puppy room. The shelter was not able to accept any puppies for two weeks pending the unit’s installation, said Danielle Cummings, a 24-year-old development coordinator at the humane society. The society had relocated its puppies to foster homes because the room’s standing air conditioning unit

stopped working, Cummings said. The unit, which had been used since June, was not suitable for the room’s layout, Cummings said. Before the portable air conditioning unit was installed, the shelter did not have a way to cool the puppies other than by leaving the door open. Cummings said even after the standing unit was installed, the room got hot and attracted bugs. The shelter needed $1,500 for a permanent air conditioning unit. Through a newsletter and its Facebook page, it easily met and surpassed that goal with donations amounting to $8,500 from about 100 people as of Monday, Cummings said. “We had an outpour of donations through our website during that time,” she said. The new air conditioning unit is suited for the window-less puppy

room because it does not need to attach to a window to filter air, Cummings said. Excess funds will be used to prepare new puppies for adoption and for continued facility improvements, she said. Fourteen puppies came Wednesday from an overcrowded animal shelter in Live Oak, and another nine came Thursday from the Taylor County Animal Control, Cummings said. “They will be vaccinated, microchipped, sterilized, and then they’ll be ready to go to loving homes pretty soon,” she said. Melissa DeSa, a 39-year-old Gainesville resident, said she has fostered animals ever since she was a little girl. She donated to the humane society’s recent fundraiser. “I feel really grateful for them and know how hard their job is trying to be a no-kill shelter,” DeSa said.

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Twenty-three new puppies were welcomed to the Alachua County Humane Society after a new air-conditioning unit was installed in the shelter’s puppy room.

The Alligator is chosen for Poynter’s College Media Project THE NEWSROOM WAS PICKED OUT OF 63 APPLICANTS. By Dana Cassidy Alligator Staff Writer

Out of 63 college applicants across the country, The Independent Florida Alligator was one of nine chosen by Poynter for its Col-

lege Media Project. The Alligator will be a participant in the program until Spring 2019. Poynter will train the newspaper staff on campus and provide online coaching, said Poynter’s Senior Vice President Kelly McBride. The staff will also work on a year-long project with a budget of up to $3,000. The money saved from the program will allow The Alligator to

request more public records, improve audience engagement and add new technology, said Meryl Kornfield, a 21-year-old UF journalism senior and The Alligator’s editor-in-chief. “Not every student journalist can do this, so it’s fantastic that we can,” Kornfield said. Student media allows audiences on campus to have a conversation, McBride said. The project

was created to help student media promote a mutual understanding in a university community. Student-run newsrooms struggle with tight resources, large staff turnover and lack of priority among staff, McBride said. Despite this, it is where many students fall in love with journalism. “I want student media to continue to be a good place for young journalists to develop a passion

for their work,” McBride said. McBride wants to expand the program by working with more student organizations. “I hope 10 years down the road some of the people who went through the project are leading America’s newsrooms,” McBride said. @danacassidy_



The college existential crisis

As one student flipped through a textbook in the library, her face was equal parts scorn, venom and dread. She let out an exasperated sigh and buried her face in her hands. It’s a typical sight as the semester matures, as classes are delving deeper into substantive material. Many of us have already experienced our first exams of Fall. As we inch closer to midterms, some UF students may be thinking the same thing to themselves: Can I handle this? You might find yourself studying in the library realizing that your last-minute cramming can’t save you from the sting of an impending quiz. At first, only the upcoming exam concerns you. But if you can’t handle the quiz, how will you handle the midterm? The final? How are you going to apply the concepts in “the real world”? Are you really ready to go through with this? Are you ready to make this your lifelong career? The stages of existential dread parade over you. Those fears can creep up on you quickly. One minute you’re sitting in lecture and imagining yourself as a future marketing major. You dream of putting Nestle and Nabisco products on shelves in the most scientific way possible. Formulating special pricing during Halloween to maximize profits. Determining which fall colors will make people hungriest. But the next minute, you are inundated with business finance material that is too dense and too complicated to understand, along with textbooks with indecipherable graphs and unintelligible paragraphs of mathematical jargon. The marketing dream is eclipsed by a mountain of numbers, formulas, memorization and exams. It can look hopeless when you see red marks covering returned quizzes and homework. Take a deep breath. You are not in over your head. Your classmates probably aren’t breezing through the material either. If you would like to, see an academic adviser to orient yourself with the resources you’ll need to succeed or consider taking a lighter course load. Advisers can help you take concrete steps to get your legs back under you. Once you start studying more effectively, you will do better in class. Trust us, you’re not doomed. You’re not so bad at math, history or anything else that you can’t pass this course. You just need to master the material. A helpful tactic to avoid existential crises is to stay grounded and avoid procrastination. Yes, we know this is not new advice. Yes, this is exactly what you’ve been told your entire academic career. Yes, it is still the best thing you can do to save yourself from a breakdown. It’s a simple concept: The more you study and the more practice you get, the better you’ll do. If your anxiety only happens in fits and starts just before exams or big projects, you may want to consider better time management. Take comfort in at least knowing what you want, despite having a tough time getting there. It could be worse. The much harder situation is the opposite. Your existential crisis might not be driven by fear of failing. You could find yourself bored with your schoolwork — what your major has to offer just doesn’t interest you. That is not so easily fixed. You’ll have to do some critical thinking, and you may realize you’ve been idling down the wrong road for too long, doing what everyone said you should do instead of what you wanted to do. Academic advisers can tell you what UF offers, but they can’t tell you where you will individually find fulfillment. Keep in mind UF has resources if you feel overwhelmed, such as U Matter, We Care. You should contact them at if your burden is becoming too heavy to bear. It’s a good way to get started on alleviating that mounting pressure, and they can help with academics, mental health or just a lack of motivation. They can help you see the payoff of that business finance class and bring your candy marketing dreams back to life. Meryl Kornfield EDITOR



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Five Ways to Protect Your Voting Rights

year’s apartment? What if the notice comes to the “Most important election of your life”—that’s right address but is thrown away with junk mail? how activists describe the November election, You’d probably be purged, and you wouldn’t and millions of energized people agree. But, erfind out until you tried to vote. Why risk being rors could prevent any of us from successfully denied the right to vote, when it’s so easy to casting votes even if we voted in the primaries. I check your registration? have five suggestions to help preserve your voting rights: Checking Your Polling Place Location (1) If you’re already registered to vote, doublePolling places can change from election to Deborah Cupples check your status with your county’s election ofelection. If you go to the wrong place, you could fice well before Oct. 9. (2) If you’re registering drive to the right one and wait in line again. But for the first time, (a) do it well before Oct. 9 and why risk wasting time when you can easily check (b) go through your county’s election office. (3) Check your the location in advance? Check your polling place location polling place location before you vote. (4) If you need to vote through your county’s election office’s website. Photograph by mail, be proactive and follow up. (5) Update your con- the screen so you have the address on hand. If you don’t find tact information with the county election office. Here are the answers online, email or call the election office, and persiswhys and hows: tently follow up.

Voter Registration Issues

Florida law requires us to be registered by Oct. 9 to vote in this November’s election. If you’ve already registered, double-check your status through your county election office. This will give you time to re-register if you were mistakenly removed, or “purged,” from the voter rolls. If you’re not registered yet, register through your county’s election office soon so you’ll have time to deal with any glitches. You might want to photograph the computer screen containing your registration info, so you’ll have it on hand. I suggest dealing with your county’s election office (instead of the state office) because county offices work more directly with county voter rolls. Find your county office by Googling “Election Supervisor” + your county + “Florida.” Why the need to be proactive? Because Florida’s voterpurging process has been a bit error-prone for years now. For details, Google the term “Florida voter purge errors.” Long story short, since the election of 2000, thousands of eligible voters have been mistakenly purged from Florida’s voter rolls, and they didn’t find out until Election Day. Too late. They weren’t registered anymore, and Florida’s deadline to re-register was 29 days before the election. Election offices may send notices to voters who are flagged for purging. What if you were flagged and the notice went to last

Voting By Mail

When you vote by mail using an absentee ballot, your ballot signature is checked against your signature on file. If the signatures don’t match, your ballot could be invalidated. Signatures can differ: Mine does when I’m in a rush versus not. The election office might send a notice if your absentee ballot is challenged, but what if the notice gets thrown out with junk mail? If you need to vote by mail— (1) Update your signature in advance with your local election office. (2) Submit the absentee ballot a couple weeks before the election, so there’s time to learn about and deal with problems. (3) Follow up and watch for notices from the election office.

Updating Your Contact Information

If there are problems relating to your voting rights, you’ll need to be notified so you can solve them. Make sure that your mailing address and other contact information are updated with your county’s election office. If you don’t find a page online for updating, try emailing the office. And, as with other efforts, persistently follow up. Deborah Cupples is a master legal skills professor at UF Levin College of Law and author of the nonpartisan book, “It Is About You: How American Government Works and How to Help Fix It.”

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Letters to the Editor et’s talk about graduation. In the last couple of weeks, UF President Kent Fuchs’ office released documents stating that graduation will no longer be the same. All UF graduates will now attend two graduation ceremonies. The first will be a combination of every single college in the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, and the second will be hosted by each individual college. The announcement resulted in an abundance of angry, outraged students. Considering the number of petitions and Facebook posts that started surfacing left and right, this may be the first time in a long time that a majority of this campus agrees on something.

Last week, Anthony Rojas, whom I assume is the leader of the new movement #BringGraduationBack, went to the Student Senate meeting and made an appealing argument for why Fuchs should keep graduation intact. For one, I strongly agree with Rojas and others on the matter of graduation and why it should not be changed. As someone who belongs to two different colleges, with this change to graduation I will have to attend three different ceremonies rather than just two. This is inconvenient for my family and I, who deserve to see my name boldly on the screen as I cross the O’Connell Center stage. Although I do agree with Rojas and oth-

ers, their outrage does not address the root of this problem. They are forgetting that Fuchs decided to change graduation as a response to inappropriate actions made by a member of his staff this past Spring. Although the mistreatment of students of color has been around for ages, this specific incident occurred in May. A faculty member, whose identity is still hidden and who is still a university employee, thought he had the right to assault black graduates who were celebrating their accomplishments while walking across the stage. All of the petitions and arguments out there have failed to inquire how the university can guarantee that black students will never be assaulted again for cele-

brating their wonderful accomplishments. All I am asking is for individuals to remember black students and the many injustices against them in their conversations, especially this Thursday. Let’s remember that graduation would not be changed for this upcoming semester had one of UF’s faculty members not put his hands on black students. And let’s not forget that UF was unrankable until black students started attending the university. This is another opportunity for UF to show that we, as black students, matter and they care. Mackintosh Joachim is a UF women’s studies sophomore.

Redistribute wealth for more welfare: The case for universal basic income


s the horses force the sparrows to wait for the oats to pass through, the thought comes that there must be a better system. With 44 percent of homeless people having jobs and 43 million people living in poverty, we’ve got no time left for bootstrapping theories. Every opinion article and research paper ends up in the same place: The poor stay poor, and the rich stay rich across generations. However, it turns out there is an answer to capitalist woe in basic income — the radical idea of free money. Basic income privileges cash disbursements are given to all citizens to be used on what they deem fit as the route to fight poverty. And while I am hesitant to embrace any policy supported by Milton Friedman, the libertarian model and Pinochet apologist, I must admit it makes sense from a libertarian and liberal point of view. After all, these would be the same supporters of helicopter money. The idea remains the same down to the cash component, with the difference being that basic income is methodical and even. Now, one might be tempted to ask what the difference is between this and our welfare system. Since the 90s, welfare has been heavily regulated. It’s now released

only if you can prove you’re in poverty being effectively, enlooking for work, and most letirely eliminated. The study has gal immigrants aren’t allowed been replicated in several towns to be involved. It also privileges to varying, but constant, success. families. And the shrinking SupNow, there is the idea that plemental Nutrition Assistance this would decrease incentive to Program, or SNAP, disallows hot work, and while during Mincome Levi Cooper food or household items. The 90s there was a decrease in hours reform, though, was largely suc- worked, the groups these stacessful: There was an increase of tistics reflect were mothers and affected family income by 30 percent. Also, teens who worked to support their family. these same reforms that moved people into In Omitara, a settlement in the Steinhauwork increased deep poverty by 150 per- sen electoral constituency in the Omaheke cent. Region of Namibia, it actually increased There are two studies which need to economic involvement because of the inbe invoked in any discussion on the topic. troduction of small business. The first is a study of sugar cane farmers It’s funny. When I was little, I thought who lived in fluctuating wealth because of the harvest. What it found was that before harvest, when the farmers were effectively poor, they had, on average, 14 less IQ points than after. This leads to the conclusion that poverty increases stress, which in turn decreases ability and focus. The second study is that of Dauphin in the 70s. In rural Canada, a study was done in basic income, or Mincome, as they deemed it. And while there were no final results as the study was shut down by a conservative government, it resulted

the solution would be to print more money. And while it’s more nuanced than that, the idea turned out to be right. We do need to print money. Or rather, we need to redistribute what we already have from taxation. What’s needed, though, is strong support for the ideal. If we can’t achieve it, at least we could take welfare reforms in the right direction. This is important because Benjamin Radcliffe has demonstrated that the more welfare a society produces the more life satisfaction there is within it for all classes. That, and one in 30 children experience homelessness. Levi Cooper is a UF English senior. His column appears on Wednesdays.



No Tickets? Top 7 places to catch the game By Emma Witmer Avenue Editor

By Lindsey Breneman Avenue Writer

Gator gamedays are holidays in Gainesville. Therefore, residents and visitors alike should know the best places to observe the Gators battle on the field, even if they can’t score some tickets. 1. A tailgate Everything smells like charcoal and sweat. You pull out a pop-up tent, a cooler full of beer, hook up a TV and surround yourself with family and friends. Tailgates are the nostalgic younger cousin of college football. These gameday festivities range from a modest crowd in the bed of a truck to fifty people gathered around an RV with multiple flat screens. Dorito dust on one hand and a Natural Light in the other just feels like college football, right? 2. The Swamp Restaurant Swamp is the obvious destination for any fall Saturday. After all, it is named after the glorious UF stadium itself. The food and drinks are a bit overpriced, sure, but Gainesville is always overflowing with Gator fans when those cleats hit the field. The patio and top deck are perfect spots for gameday people-watching, as students and families brave the Florida heat as they make the trek to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. 3. The Social GNV Social is bursting at the seams on Gator gameday. Right off of West University Ave-

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Gator football is a season ritual here in Gainesville. Students, faculty and family alike come out to cheer on their team.

nue’s main drag and in the heart of Midtown, Social’s air conditioning is a life-saver. Their mac and cheese? A thing of dreams. The front half of Social is where you bring your parents. There may be a giant, circular bar in the middle of the room, but your mom’s going to love their bloody mary - blue cheese-stuffed olives and a straw made of sausage. Oh yeah. Plus, from front, to back, to rooftop; the place is lined with TVs, and each time the Gators’ score, the place erupts. 4. Mother’s Pub and Grill Mother’s is the quintessential sports bar. Period. From the buzzing TV lights bathing hightops covered in pints of beer and chicken wings, to the ever-dedicated fans who rely on

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Mother’s multi-screen experience to stay up to date on the Gators and beyond. When it comes to Gator gameday, though? Prepare to drown in a sea of orange and blue. 5. Salty Dog Saloon The Salty Dog Saloon, or “Salty” as frequenters call it, is that perfect midpoint between your dad’s favorite jukebox joint and your fill of Midtown madness. Have a Zipperhead, Salty’s signature, sweet and chugable cocktail, every time the Gators score. You might stay relatively sober this season, but that’s your prerogative. 6. Gator’s Dockside Gator’s Dockside is way out on Newberry Road, so once again, far enough away from

campus to avoid the bumper-to-bumper madness. This is a great way to keep an eye on those competitive away games, especially if you’ve got a big group of hungry friends. Gator’s Dockside owns its motto, “Wings, Ribs, Seafood, and Sports.” Sounds about right. 7. Balls Bookstore Balls is the legendary hole-in-the-wall your parents are unable to question on your bank receipts. It may seem a little odd to enter Balls in the light of day, but put aside your least classy memories and step inside. This dingy Midtown staple always has cheap shots and Gators on the screens. Tell your parents you skipped the game to go to “Da Bookstore.” They’ll be so proud.


Series review of the week: Jack Ryan Tranelle Maner Avenue Writer

CIA Analyst Jack Ryan is trying to save the United States from a looming terrorist attack that could potentially be as large or greater than 9/11. Amazon Prime’s new series, “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan,” finds America once again worried about increasing terrorist attacks, but one CIA agent isn’t going down without a fight. The series, which premiered on Aug. 30, follows the life of an Islamic extremist, who is now seeking revenge on the world and Jack Ryan, a CIA analyst who comes across suspicious bank transfers and looks to halt terrorist actions before they get any worse. The eight-episode series begins with the life of Jack Ryan (John Krasinski) an average young man who

has been working as a CIA analyst for the past four years. Ryan’s job requires him to manage and analyze multiple accounts and watch for suspicious activity. Suddenly, he catches a large transfer of $9 million and alerts his boss. Initially, his boss James Greer (Wendell Pierce) isn’t interested in getting the United States involved in what could be a casualty by shutting down the account. Behind Greer’s back, Jack has a colleague put in a démarche, which is a written demand from the U.S. Department of State to the Republic of Yemen’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. While Greer isn’t at all pleased with this decision, Ryan continues to look further into the possible threat of a terrorist named Suleiman. Due to the worry of Ryan, CIA field operatives go to Yemen to monitor the bank manager and two men. When

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the agents can’t distinguish what the two men are saying, they decide to capture them and bring them in for questioning. In a complex rescue mission, involving a suicide bomber hiding among dead bodies and the impersonation of a bodyguard, viewers are finally introduced to Suleiman. From that moment forward, Ryan, Greer and the rest of the CIA embark on this hunt for Suleiman and his team to bring a halt to whatever large, destructive event they have planned. The Americans find themselves in a back-and-forth game with deadly consequences, as every mistake brings them closer to a potential catastrophic event for the country and its allies. One of the most interesting parts of the series is the storyline within the main plot of the show. While the CIA are attempting to stop Suleiman,

viewers get a look into the Islamic camp and the actions that are taking place. However, rather than paint the portrait of a religious extremist group, the writers and director made the decision to portray a man who has been hurt by the world and seeks ultimate power as revenge. Throughout the series, the audience views the life of Suleiman and his only surviving family: his brother. The two have faced many difficulties growing up without any parents while also being minorities in foreign countries. Many times we see brief moments of Suleiman’s mistreatment and how it relates to his character and actions today. The choice to portray a potential terrorist in this manner is risky and interesting for an American project. It puts an emphasis on the human part of all villains in media and forces us to look beyond their horrible actions to the deeper story. While the plot is new, the heart of it has a rich history.

The show and “Ryanverse,” as it has been aptly named, are based on author Tom Clancy’s book starring Jack Ryan. Many of Clancy’s books were previously turned into successful films starring the likes of Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and more, playing the namesake. The show is the fifth version of Tom Clancy’s character to be released but the first for television. While the show may have only just premiered, the reception has been nothing but great. “Jack Ryan” for a second season. Four months before Jack Ryan launched on Amazon Prime Video, the show had already been renewed for season two. “With so much early anticipation for Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan from our customers and personally having the pleasure to preview the exhilarating, action-packed first season, we are excited to greenlight a second season of the series months ahead of its debut,” said Amazon Studios boss Jennifer Salke.

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Fashion forward UF: Jenna Theofiledes By Vanessa Blankenship Avenue Writer

“Enhance your God-given beauty” is the tagline for Theo Organics, an organic makeup and skincare company founded by Jenna Theofiledes, a 22-yearold UF advertising graduate, who is all about instilling confidence and natural beauty. Her eyelash serum, containing organic castor oil, almond oil, lavender oil and vitamin E, was crafted long before she started her undergraduate degree. Growing up in Indialantic, Florida, Theofiledes made her own eyelash serum and worked at a small, vegan café called Happy Healthy Human, where she learned to stick to pure, natural ingredients and remain conscious of everything she puts in her body. Theofiledes has always relied on castor oil to grow strong, healthy eyelashes. When she got to college, she knew there was potential to create a business because of the high demand and compliments she received for having long, flowing eyelashes. “Being on a college campus is the best time to start something even if you start a blog, YouTube channel or food Instagram because you’re surrounded by everybody that wants to follow you and hear what you have to say,” Theofiledes said. “You’ll never have these four years again. It just is the best time to start because everything is at your fingertips.” With the help of her older sister, a UF graduate who is currently working as a marketing director for CoverGirl in New York, the sisters bounced ideas off each other and planned how Jenna could take her eyelash serum to the next level. In December 2016, Theofiledes launched her company Theo Organics on Etsy, and ever since, her products have been sold across 46 states in the United States and internationally as well. She says she absolutely loves her company, but it can be overwhelming since she personally customizes every tube, label and note one by one. Also, the pink, padded envelope that the serum comes in is specifically designed to be aesthetically pleasing. The packaging is everything, according to Theofiledes. She spends a lot of time researching popular trends and designs that she can incorporate into her products. Besides her renowned eyelash serum, Theofiledes

In 4 years, I can make 6 figures and take my career in any number of directions. $80,000 in your first year, with a company that has an award winning onboarding program, is a great start. We have also been recognized as one of the Best Places to Work for Recent Grads, a National Top Workplace and one of America’s Best Large Employers by Forbes for four years running. With the entrepreneurial nature of the job, and the countless ways to personalize my career going forward, it is easy to see why becoming a District Manager at ALDI was my number one career choice.

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Jenna Theofiledes is a 22-year old beauty entrepreneur making her mark on the industry. also designed a lip scrub called “Prickle Pout,” a beetroot and cinnamon essential oil that hydrates lips, and a mineral eyeshadow named “Eyelight” to enhance eye features. Theofiledes credits her success to utilizing social media and personalizing a strong brand image. Her company’s Instagram might be impressive, but her personal Instagram page is jam-packed with breathtaking pictures from her travels and college experience. With more than 10,000 followers, Theofiledes describes her Instagram as “an art form that is really just a diary of my life.” Theofiledes encourages a “look good, feel good” kind of attitude when it comes to personal style. Usually she wears athleisure to class because she feels more productive and comfortable when she’s wearing a simple, black legging and tank top but throws on a nice knit sweater around her waist with a bright tote bag to dress up the look. Another part of her everyday style are her Mantrabands, simple yet dainty gold bracelets that are engraved with positive messages. Theofiledes says that 90s trends are always coming back and loves to spend hours rummaging through racks of thrift stores, like Future Perfekt Vintage and Goodwill, where she can find old Levi’s, ripped jean shorts, camisoles and blouses. “It’s the coolest thing when you can go to a thrift store and make something look so great and people ask ‘Oh where did you get it’ and you’re like ‘Goodwill,’” Theofiledes said. “I just think that’s so fun. I’ve never been caught up in brands. So, I honestly will shop anywhere.” The most prized possession for the girl who seems to have it all? Her eyelash curler. “My eyelash curler is my third arm, literally wherever I am it’s in my purse,” Theofiledes said. “I should put it on a keychain or something.”


UF professor acts with students in ‘Between Riverside and Crazy’ By Taylor Hadden

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“Between Riverside and Crazy” premieres at the Black Box Theatre Friday night with UF student actors performing alongside a professor who has stretched their acting capabilities. “Between Riverside and Crazy” is a drama focused on Walter Pops Washington, a retired New York City policeman, and the complicated ties grounding him to his Riverside Drive apartment. Michael Pinkney, a professor at the School of Theatre and Dance (SoTD), plays Walter. In the rehearsal process, the cast works with Pinkney to explore themes related to race, politics and family. Pinkney “is a legend in New York,” said Andy Prescott, an MFA acting student playing the role of Lieutenant Caro. “It’s nice to work with him outside the parameters of academia and watch him do his work.” Pinkney has a rich theatrical background. He was the youngest black person to direct

for the Broadway stage. He has been teaching at the SoTD for 24 years. On top of balancing his responsibilities as director and professor, Pinkney believes that acting alongside students offers an immersive opportunity to further their education. “When I’m an actor, I have an opportunity to teach by example,” Pinkney said. “How I pay attention to the text, understand the logic and ask questions leaves an impression.” “Between Riverside and Crazy,” which runs from Friday through Sept. 30, deals with realistic issues and raw characters, offering numerous questions for both the actor and audience to answer. Despite these apparent difficulties, rehearsals and script analysis help to unlock these hidden truths and initiate discussions for clarity, Pinkney said. “We get into interesting conversations about the characters and their relationships during the rehearsal process,” he said. “We are able to fill in the gaps … and weave together possibilities about how the characters’


relationships affect one another.” Although “Between Riverside and Crazy” handles serious topics and issues, the production is littered with comical moments delivered by Pinkney. He is always full of energy and continually switches up the delivery of his lines, Prescott said, which keeps the character dynamic and fresh. “He’ll come at you, and it’s true and real, but it’s also very hilarious,” Prescott said. “It’s fun to have that thrown at you while trying to not break character during the scene.” Pinkney is always raising the bar and inspiring his students to reach new heights, said Tim Altmeyer, an associate professor at the SoTD and director of “Between Riverside and Crazy.” Through the cast’s work, Altmeyer is discovering more about the play and himself as a director. “Having Pinkney at the center of this production is like having Lebron James or Abby Wambach on the team,” Altmeyer said. “I am crazy lucky to have him.”

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“Rocky Top” center of Gators' practices this week By Morgan McMullen Sports Writer

There are some songs that get stuck in your head. “Baby Shark” has undergone a resurgence among nostalgia-minded millennials. Some catchy songs we inflict on ourselves by playing it ad nauseam on repeat out of a simple sense of masochism and primal aural pleasure. And then there’s “Rocky Top.” Good ol’ Rocky Top. Woo. It can get unnerving, even aggravating when it’s played against your will. Just ask running back Lamical Perine. “I’m getting pretty tired of it,” he said. The reporters surrounding Perine suppressed some light chuckles. Perine remained stone-faced. “I hate it.” That’s the result coach Dan Mullen has been going for in practice. He spent Monday and Tuesday afternoon blaring the Tennessee fight song through loudspeakers while his offense squared off against the scout team. It’s one of the most recognizable fight songs in college football, and the Gators have had plenty of chances to learn it by rote this week. Florida players hope they don’t have to hear too much of it Saturday night in Knoxville. Tennessee has outscored its opponents 83-3 over the past two games after losing its first game of the season in a 40-14 blowout to No.


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Schedule, contract info released Florida fans, don’t be like FSU fans Staff report Gators release 2019 football season schedule The Gators’ home schedule features matchups with Auburn, Tennessee and Florida State. The Gators will face the Tigers for the first time since 2011 when Auburn defeated Florida 17-6 at Jordan-Hare Stadium. It’ll be the 83rd meeting between the two teams, and Auburn holds a 43-38 all-time advantage over Florida. UF will open its 2019 season against the Miami Hurricanes at Camping World Stadium in Orlando. The two programs last met in 2013 when the Hurricanes edged out the Gators 2116 in Miami Gardens. The long history between the Gators and the Hurricanes dates back to 1938, and Miami leads the all-time series 29-26. Florida will open its SEC schedule against Kentucky for the second-straight season. The Gators will take on the Wildcats in Week 3 in Lexington, Kentucky. The Gators will also have two bye weeks for the first time since 2014, one before their annual contest against Georgia and another before they take on Florida State for their last regular season game of the year.

GPD releases photos of Zach Smith, Courtney Smith domestic incident The Gainesville Police Department released photos Monday from a 2009 domestic incident between former UF graduate assistant coach Zach Smith and Courtney Smith, his wife at the time. The photos, which appear to show both Courtney and Zach Smith with bruises and scratches, were obtained by Eleven Warriors through a records request. The police report from the June 21, 2009, arrest states Courtney Smith was “crying and visibly emotional” when a GPD officer arrived on the scene. The officer arrested Zach Smith and charged him with aggravated battery on a pregnant woman. Courtney Smith said she was three months into her pregnancy with the couple’s first child, according to the report. The charge was later dropped by Courtney Smith. The incident occured at the Smiths’ apartment in Gainesville, according to the report. Zach Smith was a member of Urban Meyer’s staff when Meyer coached for Florida from 2005-2010. He was a wide receivers coach at OSU before he was fired in July. The photos come two days after Meyer com-

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a real D1 Coach,” Khalifa This column is a public posted on the webpage. service announcement to all Well Mia, like it or not, of you ridiculously passionyou’re stuck with your coach ate Florida fans. for at least a short while lonDO NOT make a GoFundger. To fire him after 180 Me page for Dan Mullen’s minutes of football would be buyout (a healthy $12 mila sure-fire way to guarantee lion) if he loses at TennesMark Stine @mstinejr an 0-2 start next season. see this weekend and starts While many of you Florihis career as UF’s head ball coach 0-2 in the Southeastern Confer- da faithful are probably chuckling over the hystria FSU fans are in, overreacence. It would not be a very good look, tions like this have consequences for a especially after eight such webpages program, like hurting a school’s ability were made for first-year Florida State to recruit. Everyone knows that these aren’t coach Willie Taggart as reported by Taggart’s players. He inherited an the Tallahassee Democrat. Now there are only three still ac- abysmal offensive line and a team tive, one of which was created by for- that’s front-loaded with stars and lackmer adult film star Mia Khalifa, who ing in depth. But now that fans are proved her status as a die-hard FSU pointing the finger at him, recruits are fan by raising $71 for a $21.2 million going to start doing it too. The same goes for Mullen. He ingoal. And it’s possible that she could have raised more if she bothered to herited a team that didn’t maintain a spell her head coach’s name correctly proper work ethic for the majority of last season during a rough coaching (she spelled it “Taggert”). Buy out Taggart’s contract “so that SEE COLUMN, PAGE 16 FSU doesn’t go bankrupt trying to hire

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Florida set for opening weekend at UVA Invite in Charlottesville By Kyle Wood Sports Writer

The Florida men’s tennis team will begin its season two weeks later than expected. The Gators were originally scheduled to participate in the 50k Challenger the week of Sept. 8-16, but failure to pre-qualify barred the team from competing. The pending threat from Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas forced the cancellation of the Duke James Bonk Invite this past weekend. Eight UF players are slated to begin their seasons in Charlottesville, Virginia, at the UVA Invite, starting on Sept. 21. The double-elimination tournament in Virginia, which will be held at the Snyder Tennis Center, will feature some of the top programs from around the nation including Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons boast the No. 1 singles player in the country in senior Petros Chrysochos and have two other top100 players. Wake Forest also finished the 2017-2018 season ranked No. 1 in the Oracle/ITA Division I Men’s National Team Ranking. The Virginia Cavaliers also have elite talent with junior Carl Soderlund earning a No. 9 ranking in singles and three other players within the top 125. Schedules and draws for the tournament have yet to be released, but the competitors for Florida will be freshmen Sam Riffice and Lukas Greif; sophomores Andy Andrade, Brian Berdusco, Oliver Crawford and Duarte Vale; junior Johannes Ingildsen and senior McClain Kessler. Freshman brothers, and Gainesville natives, Harrison and Greysen Cacciatore will not travel with the team to Virginia. They will instead compete in the South Carolina Fall Invite. The Oracle and Intercollegiate Tennis Association preseason rankings were released last week, and eight UF players were ranked in the top 100. Ingildsen led the way with a No. 11 ranking followed by Crawford at No. 23, Vale at No. 57 and Andrade claiming the final spot at No. 100. Florida also has four doubles teams ranked including Ingildsen and Berdusco at No. 24. Kessler and Riffice come in at No. 38, Vale and Greif at No. 41 and Crawford and Andrade just behind at No. 44. Riffice also earned the top spot on the ITA Freshman-Newcomer ranking.

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Coach Becky Burleigh insisted that her Florida team would be starting with a clean slate as it headed into SEC play before its match against Vanderbilt on Sunday. However, Florida left the match with a loss, and it’s now abundantly clear to the Gators that their four-game losing streak has to end fast, or they may find themselves unable to recover. Here’s what the Gators (2-6-1, 0-1 SEC) have been working on before the team travels to Kentucky and what they can expect from the Wildcats (4-6, 0-1 SEC) on Thursday. Alligator File Photo

Junior Johannes Ingildsen is slotted at No. 11 on the ITA preseason singles rankings list. A wildcard bid is up for grabs this weekend which will earn the singles winner a qualifying spot in the Charlottesville 7k Challenger beginning Oct. 27. This will be the first action for the Gators since late May when their season came to an end at the NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championships for Singles and Doubles. Several players within the program have said that this team has what it takes to contend for a national championship. In the Gators’ first meaningful play since late spring, the early returns on those claims will be tested. @Kkylewood

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Gators all over the NFL made big plays on Sunday. Forty-seven Florida alumni appeared on 26 of the 32 teams. Rookie Antonio Callaway was the star for the Cleveland Browns against the New Orleans Saints after he failed to record a single catch in Week 1. The receiver collected a team-leading 81 receiving yards on three catches, including a 47-yard touchdown grab that tied the game. Callaway is expected to get even more targets next week with receiver Josh Gordon traded to the Patriots. Fifth-year Chicago Bears tight end Trey Burton stood out on Monday Night Football when he caught all four of his targets for 20 yards and a touchdown in the win over the Seattle Seahawks. Former Gators also shined on special teams. Oakland Raiders rookie punter Johnny Townsend averaged 47.3 yards with his four punts against

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the Denver Broncos on Sunday. On the defensive side of the ball, Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. made a clutch stripsack and recovered the fumble in the fourth quarter to ice the game against the New England Patriots. He is one of four Gators on the Jacksonville roster but was the only one to record a stat. Jarrad Davis also made a big splash for the Detroit Lions’ defense on Sunday. The second-year defensive end tallied a team-high six tackles with two sacks and three quarterback hits. Davis had another former Gator behind him on the Detroit defense. Second-year cornerback Jalen Tabor produced three tackles in the threepoint loss to the 49ers. Carlos Dunlap of the Cincinnati Bengals was the third former UF defensive end to produce on Sunday. The nine-year veteran recorded a tackle, a quarterback hit and three pass breakups in a win over the Baltimore Ravens. The Pittsburgh Steelers started three former Gators in their Week-

2 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs. Sixth-year linebacker Jon Bostic stood out with five total tackles, good for second on the team. However, the Chiefs’ third-year wide receiver Demarcus Robinson scored a touchdown on his only catch against that Steelers defense in the five-point win. Another former Florida defensive back stepped up in the wake of safety Keanu Neal’s injury in the team’s win over the Carolina Panthers. Brian Poole finished the game with six solo tackles and seven total tackles after he was questionable to play with an ankle injury. The third-year cornerback also recorded a 12-yard sack and a quarterback hit. Washington’s Quinton Dunbar contributed five tackles and a pass deflection. His UF teammate, tight end Jordan Reed, did not have as good of a game. The tight end caught six passes for 55 yards but had a crucial fumble in the fourth quarter. @dyrudolph

Orange and Blues At the beginning of the season, UF hoped to capitalize on the momentum of an Elite Eight finish in the NCAA tournament by starting the year off strong. Those hopes were not realized. Florida hasn’t won a match in six of its last seven contests. Its best result since Aug. 19 was a tie against UCLA. The Gators broke a six-game goalless streak when midfielder Lais Araujo found the back of the net against Vanderbilt, but the team still lost the match 2-1 despite outshooting the Commodores 12-6 over the course of the game. In the team’s limited practice time in Gainesville, one of its main focuses was finding ways to improve offensively. “We’re working on our shape and how to win the ball back,” Burleigh said. “Attack in their final third. If we can win the ball higher up the field, that gives us more potential opportunities offensively.” Burleigh said Florida’s mindset has to be focused on just one thing heading into Lexington: positivity. “The only way we can do something productive is to stay positive,” she said. “That’s what our definition of positive is. It’s just good and useful thinking at this point.” Florida leads Kentucky in the series 21-4-3, and the Wildcats haven’t defeated the Gators since 2014. Anarchy at the UK The Wildcats enter Thursday’s match with a streak of their own. Kentucky has dropped its last two games, including its SEC opener against Missouri. The team saw a break in SEC play with a loss to Lipscomb but continues its regular SEC schedule against UF. Burleigh isn’t looking past the Wildcats despite their losing record and dropping six of their last seven. “At this point, everyone is a tough opponent for us,” she said. “Certainly, we respect any opponent we play at this point.” The player the Gators will hope to contain on Thursday is sophomore midfielder Yuuka Kurosaki. She leads her team in points with four goals and one assist. Kurosaki isn’t afraid to take chances. She has taken 20 shots this season, two more than the Gators have managed in their last three games. The team should also be wary of midfielders Miranda Jimenez and Hollie Olding, who’ve scored twice and three times, respectively. @riverhwells


Gators have not had a 100-yard rusher through three games FOOTBALL, from pg. 14 12 West Virginia. East Tennessee State and UTEP aren’t exactly the pinnacle of college football, so UF will be the Volunteers’ first real test outside of that Week-1 matchup. One of the main points of emphasis for the Gators heading into Neyland Stadium has been sticking to individual responsibilities on the offensive front. The O-line managed to pave the way for Florida runners to rack up 222 rushing yards Saturday against Colorado State, but it still missed several key blocks against blitzing corners and in getting to the second level. “We have to have complete mental focus

on the fundamentals and the job we have to do,” center Nick Buchanan said, “and we just have to worry about executing. If everybody executes, all the people execute, then we’ll come out with a win. That’s about it.” Whether or not the front five can achieve this is up for debate. The team hasn’t had a 100-yard rusher this season. Freshman Dameon Pierce posted 87 yards on five carries against the Rams on Saturday — the highest single-game total for the Gators this season — though most of that came off his 68-yard touchdown gallop. It may get worse for the running back corps before it gets better. Sophomore Malik Davis’ broken foot will hold him out of ac-

COLUMN, from pg. 14 transition, and the UF players were the first to admit that. Mullen came in and made a culture change, and sometimes, losing is just a part of adjusting to the new system. Of course no fan wants to see the end of a 31-game win streak over an SEC foe, but there’s no wake-up call louder than that, is there? Now the Gators go on the road into Neyland Stadium, which holds 102,445 rabid (if not loyal) fans. Victory’s not a simple task to ask for. In fact, it’ll be a very difficult game for Florida to win. But Rome wasn’t built in a day. And if Florida loses, putting the head coach on the hot seat or calling for Feleipe Franks to be benched for the secondstraight season won’t make this UF team develop any sooner. Scott Van Pelt made a very good point on his nightly SportsCenter show: It took Nick Saban 10 seasons to build Alabama to what it is today, the country’s best program. Be patient Gator fans. You’ll be rewarded for it. Mark Stine is the online sports editor at The Alligator. You can follow him on Twitter @ mstinejr or contact him at

tion for an unknown period of time. “That’s such a bad loss,” Perine said. “We know if he was out here, he’d give it his all, so we’re gonna do the same thing.” The Gators may need Perine to step into a bigger role this weekend with Davis’ departure, which means “Rocky Top” will intrude upon his thoughts on a more consistent basis. Some offensive players don’t seem to mind it too much. Wide receiver Van Jefferson attended high school in Tennessee and said he’ll have family — including his mother, sisters and 2-year-old daughter — at the game. “They’ve got their own little thing,” Jefferson said about the repetitive fight song. “I

guess it’s catchy.” Mullen shares the same sentiment, saying he’d be whistling “Rocky Top” by the end of this week. “Like every other or every third song, it’ll roll through within the crowd noise that we play at practice,” he said. “You get used to it, and it’s a catchy tune.” But then there’s guys like Perine who, no matter what Mullen says, can’t fathom the idea of the song’s likability. “(Mullen) said it’s catchy?” Perine asked. “Coach Mullen is a funny guy.” @MorganMcMuffin

Mullen will earn $6.103 million per year NOTEBOOK, from pg. 14 pleted his three-game suspension. At Big Ten Media Days, Meyer stated he was aware of the 2009 incident, but had no knowledge of a separate domestic violence incident that preceded the Smiths’ divorce in 2015. The Eleven Warriors article says these were the only known police photos taken that night.

onship and $100,000 for making it to any bowl game. The contract also has a buyout option for both Florida and Mullen. If Mullen resigns, he would have to pay the school $2 million. If Mullen is fired without cause, his buyout will be $12 million. Half of that will be paid out within 30 days of the firing and the rest will be paid out annually over the following six years.

UF is still paying Florida’s previous two head coaches in Will Muschamp and Jim McElwain, both of whom were bought out of their contracts. According to the Florida TimesUnion, McElwain will receive three $1 million payments on July 1 every year until 2020, then one final payment of $500,000 on July 1, 2021. Muschamp will receive his last payment of $787,500 in November.

Dan Mullen's Contract Incentives

UF releases information on Dan Mullen’s $36.6 million contract The University of Florida released the details of Mullen’s contract on Monday. The coach will receive an annual salary of $6,103,000, which will make him the eighth-highest paid coach in the NCAA, according to the Houston Chronicle. To compare, the Houston Chronicle reported that Alabama coach Nick Saban will be making $8.3 million in 2018. The contract also includes bonus incentives. They include $400,000 for winning the College Football Playoff, $200,000 for winning the SEC Champi-

$400,000 - College Football Playoff Champion $300,000 - College Football Playoff Runner-Up $250,000 - College Football Playoff Semifinalist $200,000 - Participation in New Year's 6 Bowl $100,000 - Participate in Bowl Game $100,000 - Reach SEC Championship Game $100,000 - Finish in AP Top 10 $100,000 - "Academic Performance" $75,000 - Named AP National Coach of the Year $50,000 - Named SEC Coach of the Year


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