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Singer Pitbull coming to UF to speak, hold Q&A FREE STUDENT TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PICK UP SEPT. 28 AND OCT. 1. By Jessica Giles Alligator Staff Writer

Mr. Worldwide is making a pit stop in Gainesville at the beginning of October.

Accent Speakers Bureau has partnered with Hispanic Heritage Month to bring Armando Christian Pérez, better known as Pitbull, to the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Oct. 2, said Gregory Wolf, the chairman of Accent Speakers Bureau. Pitbull will participate in a onehour Q&A session moderated by Ted Spiker, the chair of the jour-

nalism department, followed by a 15-minute opportunity for students to ask questions. “He’s used his position, his stature in society, to do a lot of good for a lot of people, and we wanted to give him a platform to speak,” Wolf said. Wolf declined to say how much Pitbull is being paid. Doors will open at 7:05 p.m.,

and the show will start at 7:45 p.m., Wolf said. Students can pick up two free tickets with their Gator 1 Card Sept. 28 and Oct. 1 in the Student Government suite in the Reitz Union, he said. Students can do so between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. according to Accent’s Facebook page. Sydney Patterson, an 18-yearold UF international studies fresh-

man, was first introduced to his music by her host sister when she studied abroad in Spain in Spring 2016. She has hoped to see him live ever since, she said. “I just would like to hear a glimpse into his life,” she said. “What is it like to wake up and live the life of Pitbull?” @jessica_giles_

UF President Fuchs meets with students about graduation changes By Jessica Curbelo and McKenna Beery Alligator Staff Writers

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Cy-Anne Small, a 21-year-old UF elementary education senior, voices her displeasure about the changes to the commencement ceremony outside Tigert Hall where about 10 students held a rally.

Hailee Cornett’s grandmother will not get to see her walk across the stage at graduation. The outdoor commencement ceremony in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium would be impossible to endure for her 94-year-old grandmother, who is oxygen-dependent and heat-sensitive, the UF political science senior said. “One of the most important people in my life won’t be able to attend because of the new policy,” she said. Cornett attended a rally with eight other people Thursday morning at Tigert Hall to protest the recent changes UF made to its commencement ceremonies. The rally was followed by a meeting between UF President Kent Fuchs and student leaders to talk about the commencement structure. UF received backlash after students were rushed offstage during the Spring commencement ceremony. Now, UF will hold a university-wide outdoor

commencement ceremony where students won’t be individually recognized. Colleges will hold their own ceremonies with student recognition. The change prompted Anthony Rojas, a 22-year-old first-year political science master’s student, to create a petition against the new changes that amassed over 11,000 signatures and organize the rally. “No one asked you to change graduation,” he said. “We asked you to change the way you perceive us, the way you treat us and the way you shoved us.” Rojas said Fuchs made several commitments to him during Thursday’s meeting. The Alligator was not allowed to attend the meeting because it was private, according to UF spokesperson Steve Orlando. Fuchs agreed to create a way for Fall and Spring graduates to offer their feedback on the structure after the ceremony and consider changes to the model accordingly, Rojas said. Some of the college ceremonies will



Former inmates report sexual, physical abuse at female Ocala prison THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE LAUNCHED A FEDERAL INVESTIGATION IN AUGUST. By Jessica Curbelo Alligator Staff Writer

Rachel Kalfin was just trying to go to her fashion design class. The now-27-year-old former inmate looked forward to her classes at the prison.

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They served as an outlet for her to better herself and stay out of trouble. But one morning, there was more than a gate that stood in her way. As she approached the gate for her class, it slammed and locked in front of her. A guard stepped in front of the doorway, his medium build blocking her path, which was just wide enough to fit one person. The guard said she could earn her way through the gate if she per-

UF will look for its first conference win of the season Saturday. We have three burning questions this game should answer, pg14

formed oral sex on him. Kalfin denied, but when she turned to find someone else to open the gate for her, the officer handcuffed her for being disrespectul. When she reported the harassment and explained the situation to staff members, Kalfin said they agreed that she was being disrespectful. The report landed her in confinement, she said. “They told me it was all my fault,” she said.

Fuchs responds to students

It was reports like Kalfin’s that prompted the Department of Justice to launch a federal investigation in August to look into allegations of sexual abuse and harassment at Lowell Correctional Institution in Ocala. The investigation is ongoing and could take months, said Laura Cowall, an attorney with the Civil Rights Division of the department. If proof of the allegations is found, the findings will be made public. Patrick Manderfield, the press

UF President Kent Fuchs’ The Alligator column addresses why he changed graduation ceremonies, pg7

UF’s law school sees drops

Fewer first-time UF bar exam takers are passing, pg4

secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections, wrote in an email that the investigation is welcome and that the department is committed to assisting the department with the inquiry. “The Department does not tolerate any form of abuse,” Manderfield said. “We take all allegations of this type of behavior very seriously.” The women’s prison currently houses 2,367 inmates. Since 2015,

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Historic Florida Motel sign dismantled from 13th Street IT WILL BE RESTORED AND POTENTIALLY PUT ON DISPLAY. By Dana Cassidy Alligator Staff Writer

When Marty Jourard moved to Los Angeles in 1978 to become a musician, he left the Florida Motel behind, but he took the name with him. He joined the band The Motels, a nod to his memories of Gainesville when he passed the Southwest 13th Street sign every morning before school. “It was sort of, like, burned into my visual memory as something that was always there,” Jourard said. Forty-two years after he left, the legacy of the retro sign finally came to an end. On Wednesday morning, the iconic Florida Motel sign was dismantled and taken to a warehouse owned by the city of Gainesville, said Danny Powell, the owner of Signstar, a company specializing in signs. The sign will be restored and possibly displayed again. The sign was removed in sections over the course of six hours with the help of a five-person crew, Powell said. A crane hoisted it out of the way and onto the trailers. Workers had to be careful

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Construction workers dismantle the iconic Florida Motel sign on Southwest 13th Street Wednesday afternoon. It took six hours and a five-person crew. removing the sign due to the rust. The Florida Motel was demolished about two weeks prior to the sign to make way for a Comfort Suites Hotel. At that time, ques-

tions about the future of the sign circulated. Florida Motel commercial broker and realtor Chip Patel raised $970 out of the $2,500 he needed for the sign to be donated

to the city as of Thursday. News of the sign reached Tampa, where Signstar is located, and Powell reached out to help. “It’s not just unique to

Gainesville, but to the state and the country,” Powell said. Money raised from the GoFundMe page will go toward restoring the sign to its original aesthetic from the 1950s, said Wendy Thomas, the director of the city of Gainesville’s Department of Doing. “I think it will be missed, but I think a great part of this story is that it was not demolished,” Thomas said. It will take a lot of care and six months of restoration before the public can see it again, Powell said. “A lot of these signs, people have grown up seeing them every day,” Powell said. “I just enjoy being a part of something to restore that.” Growing up in Gainesville, Jourard said the Florida Motel sign reminded him of home. He last saw it a year ago when he came back to Gainesville to visit his mother. He was disappointed to hear of the icon’s demise but understood that nothing lasts forever. “What’s really pleased me (is) that against all odds, somebody thought that it was worth saving that sign,” Jourard said. @danacassidy_


Need to print ‘Bug doctor’ Philip Stansly dies at age 74 your resume? EACH STUDENT CAN MAKE 25 COPIES.

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In advance of the Fall Career Showcase, students are stocking up on resumes. Students can print 25 copies of their resume for free at the Student Government Graphics and Copy Center in the Reitz Union until Wednesday, said Bianca Wilhelm, a student assistant at the copy center. Resumes can be brought in on a flash drive or emailed to the center, Wilhelm said. Resumes should be saved as a PDF to ensure they are printed properly. Students need to present their Gator 1 Card when they pick up their resumes, Wilhelm said. Copies can be made in black and white or color. There are also choices in white and off-white parchment paper. “It’s a little more professional,” Wilhelm said. “It doesn’t just look like you printed it out at home.” The total cost for SG will be assessed after the program ends, Student Body President Ian Green wrote in an email. The program will help students bring ample copies of their resume to the upcoming Career Showcase Tuesday and Wednesday. Michael Arnold, a 20-year-old UF industrial and systems engineering junior, will attend UF’s Career Showcase for the first time. “The 25 copies are really good so that you can talk to a lot of different people and make sure they’ll have something to remember you by,” Arnold said. @gilliangsweeney

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The weevil was the best thing that happened to Philip Stansly. “Dad always said that, ‘If it wasn’t for weevil, none of y’all would be here today,’” said his son Ted Stansly. Stansly His dad was full of snappy sayings and quotes, Ted Stansly said with a small sigh. Philip Stansly, a UF professor and international entomologist, died at 74 years old on Sept. 12 in Fort Myers after more than a year-long battle with colon cancer. Stansly’s career began in Africa with the Peace Corps. He would leave his lodging each morning on camelback to release swarms of ladybugs. His efforts helped keep insects from killing off the date palms locals depended on for food, shelter and fuel, he said. The self-proclaimed “bug doctor’s” travels led him from the Sahara Desert to Mexico to Venezuela and Ecuador in pursuit of

fighting small plant-eating pests. These expeditions earned Stansly the nickname the “psyllid slayer.” Stansly ventured to a research facility in Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico more than 30 years ago in search of a solution to the boll weevil, a pest wreaking havoc on all kinds of crops. This trip cemented his legacy, his son said. Ted Stansly, Stansly’s oldest of two sons and a 35-year-old UF doctoral agronomy senior, said this trip to southern Mexico is where Stansly met his wife, Silvia Stansly. She survives him along with his two sons, two daughters, one sister, granddaughter and niece. The extroverted scientist was happy to share knowledge with anyone, said Blair Siegfried, the UF entomology department chair. “We’ve all become so specialized that Phil was one of those rare individuals who knew a lot about a lot of different subjects,” he said. Stansly worked with the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee, Florida since 1989. Kelly Morgan, the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center director, said he worked with Stansly at the center for 13 years. Together they studied how to

improve tree health and overcome impacts of fertilizers. “He wasn’t into science just for the science. It had to improve the production practices and benefit the grower,” Morgan said. “It really is (his legacy).” He was always there to provide solutions to these crises, Siegfried said. “Phil was one the of the best entomologists I’ve ever known,” Siegfried said. “I think he saved growers in very difficult situations when there were certain pest outbreaks.” Stansly was committed to international agriculture and taught students in his lab who went on to have successful careers in the agriculture industry, Siegfried said. He plans to work with IFAS to create a scholarship fund for international students to honor and continue Stansly’s decades of work put into his program, Stansly said. Stansly spoke at his last Citrus Expo less than one month before his death while battling the painful effects of cancer, Siegfried said. Though most experts gave one presentation, he gave two. “If you listen to his words, near the end you can almost hear he was saying his goodbyes, and I felt like that was pretty noble of him,” Ted Stansly said. @angdimi

Leonardo’s Pizza lease extended to June 2020

The University Foundation bought the land in 2016. By McKenna Beery Alligator Staff Writer

Christine DiPaolo has gone to Leonardo’s By the Slice since she was 8 years old. Growing up, DiPaolo, a UF Levin College of Law first-year, stopped by Leonardo’s after her swim meets to grab pepperoni pizza and garlic rolls. It looked like her tradition

might come to end after UF bought the property in 2016 and announced its plan to build a new School of Music building in its place, but DiPaolo can savor the rolls a little bit longer. UF extended Leonardo’s By The Slice’s lease until June 2020, while the restaurant searches for a new location, co-owner Brian Johnson said. UF decided on the extension

because it does not yet have the funds to construct the music building, said Margot Winick, a UF spokesperson. UF hopes to secure legislative funding for the music building but asking for funds is a multiyear process, she said. “For now, we are happy for Leonardo’s to continue to stay in business and serve its great pizza,” Winick said.

Johnson said he will look into a new location in Gainesville for Leonardo’s By The Slice within the next year. “The university has been very fair with (its) lease terms and are working with us in a very kind way,” he said. “We feel they are looking out for us.” @mckennabeery

By Jeana Fraser Alligator Contributing Writer

UF hopes to combat the unwelcoming political climate toward immigrants with a new video encouraging more international students to find their home on campus. UF’s International Center created a #YouAreWelcomeHere video to remind current and prospective international students that everyone is welcome at UF, said Mabel Cardec, a UF International Center spokesperson. The video shares the success stories of current international students. It cost $5,500 and was produced by media services at the College of Journalism and Communications. “It is just a way of telling everyone that was planning on coming to the states to study that yes, we are still a safe place,” Cardec said. UF is still working to recover from a dip in international enrollment it experienced in the 2017-18 school year, said Leonardo Villalón, the dean of the International Center. The number of new international students sank to 1,043 this year compared to the previous year’s 1,453. UF saw little improvement this year with 1,049 incoming international students. Zhonglin Lai, a 21-year-old UF biological engineering senior, came to the U.S. six years ago to gain a different view of the world, she said. “I also want to welcome other international students because I want to pass on this welcoming atmosphere we have at UF,” Lai said.

UF’s bar exam passing rates continue to sink THIS JULY, 70.9 PERCENT OF UF STUDENTS PASSED COMPARED TO LAST SUMMER’S 77 PERCENT. By Emily Thomas Alligator Contributing Writer

The latest Florida bar exam results show a continuing downward trend for UF’s Levin College of Law. The Florida Supreme Court released the July 2018 bar exam results Monday, and UF’s pass rate came in at 70.9 percent, which is about 6 percent lower than the pass rate in July 2017. Of UF’s 258 first-time bar takers this July, 183 passed. Law students must pass the bar exam to practice as attorneys in Florida. UF’s pass rate ranked fourth-highest out of 11 schools in the state, but the numbers still fall short of other top law programs. On top was Florida International University with an 88.1 percent pass rate, followed by Florida State University at 84.8 percent and the University of Miami with 83.2 percent, according to the Supreme Court of Florida’s press release. FIU and FSU both saw improvements in their pass rates compared to

July 2017. In a message written to Levin College of Law alumni, the college’s dean, Laura Rosenbury, expressed her displeasure with the results and hope for improvement. “As the best law school in Florida, UF Law should also have the highest first-time bar passage rate in the state,” Rosenbury wrote in the letter. The college plans to reach out to those who did not pass and analyze the effectiveness of the support it provided during the summer, Rosenbury said. The support included an optional bar review course for third-year students in the spring; one-on-one bar exam tutoring from professionals; a multi-day bar exam workshop; licenses for graduating students to access AdaptiBar, a database with over 1,700 licensed questions from past exams; and a young alumni support network, Rosenbury said. This is not the first time Rosenbury has been dissatisfied with UF’s performance on the bar. After UF law students scored the lowest in the state on the February bar exam, Rosenbury released a statement expressing her outrage. “The results are utterly unacceptable giv-

en the caliber of our students and the quality of their education,” she wrote. The pass rate then prompted the college to reevaluate how they prepare students for the bar exam. Now, the college is focusing on earlier intervention by offering optional courses for second- and third-year students, Rosenbury said. There will also be a diagnostic assessment of all first-year students to better understand the individual students’ needs. “We will never teach to the bar,” Rosenbury said. “But we will provide better advising and support to our students.” Andrea Faverio, a UF Law first-year, said UF gives its law students more freedom to choose their courses, which can be helpful for students taking other states’ bar exams. Many schools often tailor their courses specifically to the Florida bar exam, she said. Though she’s nervous to take the bar exam, Faverio thinks the administration is committed to fixing the low pass rates. She has a lot of confidence in the faculty and the dean, she said. “I think (Rosenbury) is really dedicated to showing the rest of the country that UF Law is not a law school that should be underrated,” Faverio said.



GPD looking for man wanted Man counterfeits 10 credit cards for attempted murder By Amanda Rosa Alligator Staff Writer

By Amanda Rosa Alligator Staff Writer

Gainesville Police are looking for a man accused of attempting to murder someone by stabbing at Circle K early Wednesday morning. Randy James Gillis, 37, of Gainesville, is acGillis cused of stabbing a man during a fight around 5 a.m. at the gas station, at 20 NE Waldo Road, according to a sworn complaint. The man told police he was sweeping the gas station parking lot when Gillis walked up to him and began arguing with him. The man said Gillis might have been angry with him because he gave Gillis’ girlfriend two cigarettes last Friday, the report said.

The man told Gillis he didn’t “want his girlfriend” and walked inside the Circle K to avoid fighting, the complaint said. When he came back outside to continue sweeping, Gillis told him, “I’m going to kill you.” Gillis swung at the man, and the two began fighting. During the fight, Gillis pulled out a knife and stabbed the man in the torso under his left armpit, police said. After two Circle K employees broke up the fight, the man was taken to UF Health Shands Hospital. He is in stable condition, GPD spokesperson Ofc. Ben Tobias wrote in an email. Gillis is usually seen in Dignity Village and on Northeast Eighth Avenue near a food store, Tobias said. Police are asking anyone with information to call Alachua County Crime Stoppers at 352-372-STOP. @AmandaNicRosa

A man accused of stashing fake cards in his wallet also tried to hide a crack pipe in a patrol car, Gainesville Police said. Alain Michel Montenegro Perdomo, 35, of Orlando, was accused of Perdomo carrying 10 fraudulent credit cards in his wallet and a credit card skimmer in his van, according to an arrest report. Police pulled over Montenegro Perdomo on Interstate 75 near Williston Road for following a car too closely, the report said. When police asked Montenegro Perdomo and the passenger where they were going, they told two different stories and appeared nervous, the report said. The officer emptied Montenegro Perdomo’s pockets and opened up his wal-

let to find 10 fraudulent credit cards with pin numbers written on the back in black marker. Police searched the van and found a card skimmer in the center console, the report said. After he was read his Miranda rights, Montenegro Perdomo said someone gave him the phony cards, police said. While Montenegro Perdomo was in the back of the patrol car, he removed the inside of the door panel to hide a set of gas pump keys and a crack pipe, the report said. Montenegro Perdomo is charged with one count of possessing over five counterfeit credit cards, one count of possessing a skimming device, one count of tampering with evidence and one count of possessing drug paraphernalia. He is held in Alachua County Jail in lieu of a $157,000 bond. @AmandaNicRosa

Fork, wrench used to try to break into great-grandfather’s house HE DIDN’T GET FAR WITH THE FORK. By Amanda Rosa Alligator Staff Writer

After peeking out his back window early Thursday morning, a man saw his greatgrandson trying to break into his house with a fork, police said. Ezra Aazon Strickland Jr., 19, of

Gainesville, is accused of trying to burglarize his great-grandfather’s home on Southeast Ninth Place by prying the back door open with a fork and a wrench, according to a Gainesville Police arrest Strickland report. Strickland’s greatgrandfather watched from the back window as Strickland knelt down and tried to pry the

door open. He called police as Strickland unsuccessfully used the fork and wrench to get inside, the report said. The great-grandfather told police Strickland has not been welcome in his home for a year and accused him of stealing from his house before, police said. Strickland was able to break into the house last Friday and stole $200 in cash, the report said. The great-grandfather did not report the burglary to police. When police arrived, Strickland began to

slowly walk away from the door and into the yard. Police found Strickland hiding behind an oak tree in the front yard, the report said. There were scratch marks on the door and a wrench and fork in Strickland’s pants, police said. Strickland denied trying to get in. Strickland was charged with attempted burglary, the report said. He is held in Alachua County Jail in lieu of a $25,000 bond. @AmandaNicRosa



Editorial he brick-red buildings on campus are usually alive and buzzing, but tonight they are muted and sleepy as you jog out of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. The whole campus is hibernating. The rattle of a lone scooter can be heard in the distance. Spanish moss sways in the late-night breeze. It’s not nearly as hot as during the day, which is why you like to run the stadium steps in the dark like some sort of small Saharan mammal avoiding the midday sun. Your quads burn. But after all that exercise, you need nourishment. Across the street from you, fluorescent lights shine like a beacon through the foggy windows of Gator Corner Dining Center. Condensation from the humid air frosts the glass, obscuring the inside. It seems oddly empty. You are drawn like a moth to the promise of a sandwich and make your way across the intersection. As you cross, your mind dreams of what lies inside: endless bowls of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, a buffet of ice cream, cookies, salads, and granola. A mix of guilty pleasures and healthy food. But as you approach the front doors, there are no exiting stragglers. You pull at the door but the stiff metal doesn’t budge. Your fantasies crash and burn. You are too late. As the mental image of a sandwich fades, an old familiar ache replaces it. Only one thought crosses your mind:

Darts & Laurels

We wish there was a bigger story in the national headlines this week. Desperately. For everyone involved. But the confirmation hearings of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh are hogging the spotlight, so we’ll address them first. Kavanaugh stands accused of sexual assault by Christine Blasey Ford, who said that Kavanaugh assaulted her during high school in the 1980s. This story is too big, and the magnitude of the accusations too heavy for us to do it justice by joking about it. A laurel to every person, woman or man, who has stood up to sexual assault. Report it. Tell someone. Even if it is thirty years later, and the person who did it is about to take a seat on the nation’s highest court. We believe in you. You can do this. On to more uplifting news: Tom Petty’s daughter, Adria Petty, and wife, Dana York, have made a new Tom Petty album possible. “An American Legend” will be released next Friday. It includes a host of unreleased material and alternate versions of songs. Many laurels seem to be merited here, so we award a laurel each to: Adria Petty, Dana York and the bandmates who helped make it possible, including Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench along with studio collaborator Ryan Ulyate. On an unrelated but very important note, a laurel to Tom Petty for making “Wildflowers,” which is known as the best album to ever grace the ears of man, woman or child. If you haven’t listened to it, you need to. Right now. Stop reading this editorial and do it. Seriously. A dart to you if you don’t. The most important story this week didn’t make many headlines, however, and it concerns Florida’s most beloved grocer. You may be familiar with their slogan: Where purchasing is a hedonic exercise in self-indulgence. (It’s Publix, guys.) We’re going to take that literally as we gorge on pub subs, all of which are on sale until Wednesday. That’s $5.99 for a bread boat overstocked with crispy chicken tender passengers. A savory, crunchy, salty laurel to Publix chicken tenders. A second laurel to whoever came up with this idea; you’ve made Publix millions. A third laurel to those watching faithfully for the sale, guardians of appetite and value, who alert the world and herald deliciousness with the announcement. We thank you. To those who have the audacity, the shamelessness, the chutzpah to walk into a Publix and order anything but a chicken tender sub, a sad and lonely dart to you. Meryl Kornfield EDITOR



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The two-ply promise: SG toilet paper review


he toilet flushes, sending miniature the people in SG. droplets flying toward my face. TypiBut there indeed is a silver lining: cally the distance between one’s face I talked to the Reitz about this, and they hit and the seat of a public toilet would me up with some of that good knowledge. They suggest some sort of hazing, but hazing confirmed that they had already been providis against the rules here at UF so that means it ing two-ply in the restrooms, so there’s that. doesn’t happen (aside from that one dude who They also revealed that it was actually slightly almost died last Spring). Zachariah Chou cheaper to use this new brand of two-ply, savNo, this isn’t some weird kink, either; I was ing $300 a year (which almost makes me feel just trying to get into the optimal position to better about the $68,000 it cost to upgrade the extract toilet paper for study from the dispenser two-ply at West and Marston). without any potential damage to its structural integrity. Also of note, they found the new two-ply equally as Oh sweet, sweet two-ply, come to daddy. soft as the old two-ply (my butt agrees), but finally, and When I first heard about this Student Government two- most importantly, they noted that this new two-ply is ply toilet paper project in the Spring, I was a bit confused. Green Seal certified, meaning that it is comprised of 100 Both buildings where I work already had two-ply toilet percent recycled content and at least 50 percent post-conpaper. So did the Reitz Union. sumer material. This I actually appreciate. But SG isn’t really great at this whole facts thing, so I think the graphic misses the mark again, however, they put out a graphic saying “toilet paper upgrade to two- with its statement that “it’s better for the environment ply” and listed Reitz as one of the locations receiving “pre- when you use less toilet paper” because, in the Reitz, we mium toilet paper.” To their credit, I suppose for Library went from two-ply to just-as-soft two-ply; ostensibly, we West and Marston, it might have been an upgrade. But are using the same amount of toilet paper (albeit toilet clearly there was some investigating to do in the Reitz. paper made of better materials so perhaps this statement I gathered a sample of this new premium two-ply as can be argued at the carbon footprint level). well as a sample of the old two-ply. I took great effort to The libraries, on the other hand, appear to really have keep the two-ply in the best condition I could, so I could upgraded from one-ply to two-ply, so does that really further study it in the comfort of my home. mean we are using less toilet paper? I don’t think so, and I wasn’t impressed. The only real difference is that the SG needs to cite some peer-reviewed academic sources in new two-ply has a little bit of of dimpling going on (and order to convince me. Otherwise, I defer to the Toilet Pamaybe some black flecks). The texture is visible and can per Encyclopedia, which says that people generally use be felt with one’s finger but it is honestly not that discern- the same amount of sheets regardless of ply. ible on one’s bottom. If we wanted to make the truly responsible decision, both And, yes, I am typing this column on my phone in a environmentally and fiscally, in the context of the libraries, bathroom stall having recently tested out the two toilet we would have just switched to an eco-friendly one-ply. Inpapers for myself. This is my lived experience. Oh, the stead, we are flushing $68,000 dollars down the toilet. things I do in the line of public service… Zachariah Chou is a UF political science junior and So what’s the verdict? It sure ain’t Charmin Ultra Soft. I rate this new toilet paper as underwhelming as some of Murphree Area Senator. His column focuses on Student Government.

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Female-only offices relieve workplace pressure


lence me or hurl their condescension at me. I’ve always been generally well-respected, but there remains an unspoken division between males and females in the office and an indescribable sense of hierarchical status. It’s like there is an invisible bubble around place. women, limiting us in what we are willing This lack of assurance does not stem from our ability to succeed at our jobs, nor does it Abigail Miller to say and do. I didn’t even realize it existed come from inadequate devotion to our work. around me until this summer, nor did I realize just how much I’d been restricting my growth. The unfortunate but accurate fact is this: It can Every woman needs to experience femalebe hard for women to grow professionally in offices run by men — in offices with an absence of fe- only communities and workplaces — not because we can’t survive in a male-dominated world, but because male role models for them to look up to. This summer I had the privilege of interning with the we all deserve the chance to flourish without restraint. This summer, I found myself more willing to share National Women’s Health Network, a women’s health advocacy group in Washington, D.C. As one might ex- risky ideas, more comfortable asking for what I needed pect, everyone on staff at the NWHN is a woman — it’s and more clearly respected and valued. I found myself not like many men apply to write blog posts about vagi- taking initiative on projects and succeeding with fervor. When I came back to Gainesville and started worknal rejuvenation surgery. Working in an office of all women and an industry ing again, I found that the professional character traits I dominated by women, even for just three months, has developed this summer did not fade away. Despite still forever changed the way I will operate in professional being one of the few females in my office, I came back with a newfound confidence. environments. I cannot stress enough the importance of female-only I have never felt uncomfortable working in offices run by men, but I have felt timid. Throughout my college communities. Even though society as a whole and the experience, I’ve held six different internships. In almost professional world has made leaps in terms of tolerance every workplace, I have found myself in a space where I and equality among genders, slight divisions will always was the only woman. I’m a little embarrassed to admit it, exist. This is why we all deserve a chance to grow confibut in those situations, I usually felt intimidated, and this dent in comfortable and encouraging environments. The opportunity to grow professionally with the supintimidation barred me from sharing my ideas or opinport of other women is something that must be preserved ions. Instead, I usually remained silent and agreeable. I consider myself a strong woman who has little doubt and emboldened. It might mean working in an all-female in her professional skills. Still, I’ve been spoken over in office, attending Women’s Student Association meetings meetings and had rudimentary topics mansplained to or volunteering at a women’s shelter or community cenme by my even-less-knowledgeable male colleagues. It ter. Whatever it means to you and wherever you find it: gets tiresome to have to talk a little louder in groups of Please, please, embrace it. people, and go above and beyond to prove that my intelAbigail Miller is a UF journalism and political science ligence is on par with everyone else's in the room. It’s not as though these men purposefully try to si- senior. Her column appears on Fridays. he World Bank estimates that women account for 45.8 percent of the labor force in the U.S. Despite our near-equal presence, many women still do not feel comfortable and confident in the work-


Food brings us together, but it can tear us apart


around food — whether it’s a bowl of movie rowing up, I was what my parents theater popcorn, melty ice cream cone or specalled an adventurous eater. Alcial dinner. For many students, our first time though that can mean many different laughing with new friends or acquaintances things depending on how you define happened over starchy dining hall cuisine. adventurous, all you need to know is Thus, food has the power to bring people that by the time I was 8, while the majority of together — but different diets can be a reason my classmates and friends swore by the kids for conflict in friendships and relationships, menu, my wish was to go out for sushi. Darcy Schild especially since our choices about what we I feel fortunate to have grown up with eat (and what we don’t eat) can say so much parents who cooked and helped me form more than what we simply like or dislike. a healthy relationship with food. For all the In this era of wellness and social consciousness, when foods I grew up trying and loving, I’ve always had a short list of major food dislikes: Fig Newtons (it’s a long it comes to food, there’s pressure to consider issues like sustainability, climate change, animal rights and human story), candy corn and red meat. My reason for not eating red meat isn’t cultural or reli- health, so by committing to a label like veganism, somegious, and it’s not exactly a mark of activism. Rather, I’ve one is positioning themselves with a vegan lifestyle and simply never really enjoyed the taste of steaks or burgers. the social values that come with it. This makes me wonder if citing taste as the main reaPlus, my mom (who is now a fully plant-based vegan) eliminated red meat from her diet before I was born for son to consume or forgo a food group, like red meat, is the health benefits of eating less meat, so I thought I even politically correct at this point. Plus, by not committing to a clear label like pescetarianism or veganism, I could easily stop eating it too. Now, I’ve found myself stuck somewhere in the mid- almost feel left out of having a concrete food community dle as I navigate social circles where people of all food to lean on — which reinforces the interesting social imsects are represented. The closest people in my life are plications of our eating habits. Although I don’t have the answers to this ever-evolveither proud carnivores or die-hard vegans or vegetarians, while the best label I can come up with for myself ing food conundrum, the truth is that even with research is a flexitarian. I am now used to explaining to friends about the impacts of the meat industry on the environ(for the millionth time) that I’m not strictly vegetarian, ment and health benefits of incorporating more plantvegan or pescatarian. Even though I eat chicken and tur- based cooking into one’s diet, many people are not willkey burgers and seafood, I also enjoy tofu, tempeh and ing to give up their favorite foods, no matter the cause. Some people may even avoid going out to eat with, or other plant-based cuisines. My own experiences with food, coupled with the per- being in relationships with, people who are “high mainceptions of my friends and significant others, have made tenance” or “complicated” in their eating habits. We may never align with the eating philosophies of me realize the challenges we encounter when food intertwines with our social lives — which is all the time, since people in our social circles, but in order to be the best sharing meals with others is an inherently social activity. friends, partners, roommates, coworkers and classmates Think about it: In literature and film, when charac- we can be, we should remember that a love for food, at ters share meals together, the scenes rarely have any- its core, can be something that unites us — if we let it. thing to do with what’s on their plates; the dinner table Darcy Schild is a UF journalism senior. Her column represents a place for conversation. There seems to be an unwritten rule that going on a date typically revolves normally appears on Wednesdays.


Reconceptualizing UF’s Graduation Ceremonies


and one on Monday. his Summer and I have also been Fall I have redisappointed in how ceived and rerushed our ceremonies sponded to nuare. This results from merous emails, trying to bring together letters, messages and all the expected forvideos, and had meetmalities of graduation ings with students and Kent Fuchs others surrounding com- with individual recognition of each gradumencement. ate. Ceremonies in the Most people have said they support UF’s commence- O’Connell Center need to be conment ceremonies in the O’Connell fined to two hours when three Center and are concerned about ceremonies are scheduled per day. future changes in the format and Thus, we are constantly pressed venue. An online petition affirms for time and everyone is rushed, including speakers, musicians and these sentiments. After the appalling events sur- graduates. By adding a new all-university rounding the Saturday afternoon commencement in May, I an- ceremony and keeping the indinounced UF would re-conceptual- vidual recognition tradition, we ize commencement broadly, and will create a new opportunity for that we were seeking input from our entire campus to celebrate tothe community, in addition to gether in The Swamp and enhance creating a President’s Commence- individual recognition ceremonies. Our new model mirrors how ment Task Force. I also decided to begin immediate implementation most AAU universities celebrate of important changes in prepara- graduation, including the current tion for upcoming graduations. We top five public universities — the have further committed to evalu- University of Michigan; University ating graduations over the next of California, Berkeley; the Universeveral years, listening to the com- sity of North Carolina at Chapel munity and to being open to and Hill; the University of Virginia and UCLA. considering changes. Most of the input I have reI have had the privilege of presiding over 64 graduation ceremo- ceived asks for students to be nies since starting as UF president individually recognized in the in January 2015. The ceremonies O’Connell Center. We will work have been in the O’Connell Center, to schedule the O’Connell Center the Phillips Center for the Perform- for as many student recognition ing Arts and Ben Hill Griffin Sta- ceremonies as possible. In fact, 75 dium, aka The Swamp. For most, percent of those graduating in DeI have also given the commence- cember will be individually recognized there, with the remainder in ment address. We have several traditions that more intimate settings. Although some students will I particularly appreciate. First, UF is one of the few uni- have their recognition ceremonies versities in the prestigious Asso- on Friday or Sunday, we will maxiciation of American Universities mize the number who can attend which has graduation ceremo- the all-university ceremony and nies three times a year (August, their individual recognition cerDecember and late April or early emony on Saturday. This will reMay). In addition to UF, of the 34 duce the need for family members AAU public universities, only four and guests to stay overnight. We are committed to conhave graduation ceremonies three times a year. Most importantly, UF stantly evaluating and improving always provides an opportunity for our graduation ceremonies. The every student to be individually President’s Commencement Task Force will have an important imrecognized. We are committed to continu- pact on the individual recognition ing these cherished long-time tra- ceremonies, which are currently being planned as well as our allditions. Although hundreds of faculty university ceremony. I look forward to UF celebratand staff work hard to make every ceremony exceptional, there are ing every graduating student with several areas in which our ceremo- their guests, families, faculty and classmates in the college ceremonies are lacking. I have been disappointed since nies. I also look forward to seeing my first ceremony in May 2015 all our graduating students process that UF does not provide an op- into The Swamp led by their colportunity for the entire graduating lege’s dean, hearing the UF School of Music choir and band perform class to gather together. One of our most valued at- for the first time in many years and tributes is that we are one of the listening to distinguished speakers nation’s most comprehensive uni- at graduation. I expect a new commencement versities with a wide variety of colleges. Instead of joyously celebrat- tradition will begin when graduing together, we spread degree ates sing, for the last time as stucandidates from multiple colleges dents in The Swamp, Tom Petty’s over multiple ceremonies. In May, “I Won’t Back Down.” I presided over 10 ceremonies in Kent Fuchs is the UF president. the O’Connell Center — three each on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, His column appears monthly.


The Department of Justice has launched a federal investigation PRISON, from pg. 1 Lowell has taken significant steps to increase inmate security, Manderfield said. The Office of Institutions has added additional security cameras in housing units and audio recording to help identify and respond to misconduct, he said. The prison has also increased the storage capacity of video cameras to prevent overwriting. Lowell is also subject to an independent audit by the Department of Justice to make sure it’s complying with the Prison Rape Elimination Act, which is designed to investigate and eradicate prison rape, Manderfield said. The most recent report occurred in 2016, according to the Florida Department of Corrections website. During the audit cycle, there were 158 allegations of sexual abuse and harassment at the prison. Of these, 86 were allegations of abuse and 29 were harassment by staff. The report does not indicate whether the allegations were founded. Kalfin spent 30 months at Lowell for burglary and grand theft, during which she said it was common to see or hear about girls performing sexual favors for guards for a roll of toilet paper or other products in short supply. “A lot of girls are asked sexual favors, and a lot do them because it’s their only attempt at survival,” Kalfin said. Kalfin’s report of sexual harassment landed her in a 4-by-8 foot room for 60 days. While in confinement, she was

served “Tuscan Stew,” a cold mixture of leftover food including rice, beans or noodles from the week before. Twice a week, she got to shower for two minutes, and if she was lucky, she got menstrual pads, Kalfin said. At any moment, she could have a seizure that would knock her to the floor, and the guard who was supposed to check on her every 30 minutes was often asleep, or worse, apathetic, she said. Kalfin had six seizures in confinement that left her lying on the ground unconscious and waiting for medical help, Kalfin said. By the time it was over, Kalfin was 35 pounds lighter, she said. Kalfin was released in August 2017 and is now engaged and expecting a son, but the effects of the trauma she experienced at Lowell linger, she said. “It’s been really hard for me to be close with anyone, emotionally and physically,” she said. “When my fiancé moves, I jump and freak out because I’m scared. It’s not of him. It’s because of what they did in there.” A few minutes from Kalfin’s home in West Palm Beach, Debra Bennett gets ready to go to work. After being released from Lowell in March, Bennett started working two fulltime jobs: one at a call center and another at a fast food restaurant. Sometimes, kids stop and stare at her arm, which juts out at an odd angle. While waxing a floor in Lowell, Bennett slipped and fell, fracturing her right

arm. While she received care from nurses at the prison, her arm was fixed crookedly, Bennett said. She wasn’t given physical therapy for her injury and now can’t move her fingers. “I’m tired of having a right arm that doesn’t really work,” Bennett, 50, said. “I’m tired of dropping stuff all day long and of the numbness and the pain.” Since the investigation is focused on sexual abuse and harassment at the prison, Bennett fears that the investigation will not uncover the physical abuse that takes place too, she said. Bennett spent about 16 years in the Florida prison system on charges such as drug trafficking and violating probation and said she has been to every compound in Florida. Lowell was the worst of them all, Bennett said. She hopes the federal investigation will draw attention to the problems there and cover all types of abuses, instead of just sexual, but she knows the women are scared to talk to investigators out of fear of retaliation, she said. While Bennett believes there are people who deserve to be sent to prison for their crimes, she said that people never deserve to be treated like the women were in Lowell. “Your punishment is you’re removed from society,” she said. “It doesn’t mean that you are supposed to be abused in the way that Lowell Correctional abuses you.” @jesscurbelo

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Rachel Kalfin, a former inmate at Lowell Correctional Institution, poses in her “I survived Lowell” shirt. On Aug. 19, she attended a meeting in Ocala with other former inmates to talk to the Department of Justice team about abuses they experienced.

UF Samuel Proctor Oral History Program plays interviews from refugees IT COST AROUND $2,600 TO PRODUCE THE INTERVIEWS. By Ashley Lazarski Alligator Contributing Writer

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Seyeon Hwang, a 31-year-old UF urban and regional planning doctorate student, opens the event “Home Away from Home: Remembering Refugees in Florida” on Thursday night in Pugh Hall by introducing the panelists before the discussion portion. Hwang, who came to America as a refugee herself, is involved extensively in both local and national refugee advocacy programs.

The UF Samuel Proctor Oral History Program wanted to put the misunderstandings of refugees to rest. The event, “Home Away from Home: Remembering Refugees in Florida,” was co-hosted by Welcoming Gainesville & Alachua County and the UF history program Thursday night in Pugh Hall. The event showcased a video of interviews with refugees in Jacksonville. The audience of 30 people heard from refugee experts. It cost around $2,600 to produce the film and host the event. It was funded by the Florida Humanities Council, UF Department of Urban & Regional Planning, Center for Humanities & Public Sphere, and Latin American Studies Center, said Seyeon Hwang, a 31-year-old UF urban

and regional planning doctorate student. Hwang, who conducted the interviews in Jacksonville, said the stories of refugees are misinterpreted and lost by the public. “I wanted to provide an outlet of speech to the refugees so that they can tell and share their stories, which is known to help mitigate and overcome their trauma,” Hwang said. This project included interviews with refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, South Sudan, Iraq, Bhutan, Myanmar, Ukraine, Gambia and Cuba, Hwang said. Presenters included Basma Alawee, a 32-year-old refugee from Baghdad, Iraq. Alawee said kindness is important when community members help refugee neighbors. “The U.S. is built on immigrants and refugees,” Alawee said. “Everyone has ancestors that came from somewhere else. The only thing we ask for is to feel welcome.”

Fuchs said new recognition ceremonies will include individual name calling GRADUATION, from pg. 1 also be moved to nicer venues for the Spring, which means no longer using the Florida Gym and potentially not the Reitz Union, Rojas said. All ceremonies could return

to the O’Connell Center depending on feedback from this year’s graduates, Rojas said. Additionally, Fuchs told Rojas he is open to participating in a student panel by the end of this semester to give everyone a chance to ask questions and voice their concerns.

Rojas plans to reach out to Antonio Farias, UF’s chief diversity officer, about creating a race relations task force to address problems facing UF’s communities of color, Rojas said. He also wants to speak with David Parrott, the vice president for Student Affairs, to explore

the possibility of posting updates online from the Commencement Task Force meetings. Fuchs released a statement following the meeting reaffirming the new commencement structure for Fall and Spring. “These recognition ceremonies will absolutely include the indi-

vidual recognition that students and their families enjoy,” Fuchs said. @jesscurbelo @mckennabeery


UF students collect books to commemorate Hurricane Maria anniversary THE BOOKS WILL BE SENT TO A NEW LIBRARY IN ARECIBO, PUERTO RICO. By Amanda Rosa Alligator Staff Writer

One year ago, Alfredo Ortiz crowded into a windowless closet with his parents, sister and dog while Hurricane Maria pounded against their home in Cayey, Puerto Rico. Water seeped in through cracks in the roof and cascaded down their staircase like a waterfall, he said. The wind lifted up the 600-gallon water tank connected to his home and banged it against the roof above their closet. If the roof gave out, the tank would have landed on his family. Ortiz and his family waded through knee-high water to get food from the kitchen. That was when the front door blew in. A year later, Ortiz, an 18-year-old UF philosophy freshman, stood in a circle with about 15 other students

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Puerto Rican flags planted on Plaza of the Americas in the shape of “PR” honored the victims of Hurricane Maria on the anniversary of the hurricane. Thursday afternoon in the middle of dozens of Puerto Rican flags planted on Plaza of the Americas.

The Hare Krishnas stopped playing music while the students stood for a minute of silence, Marrero

said. The students continued to hold hands while they spoke about how the hurricane affected them and their families. Unión de Estudiantes Puertorriqueños Activos, the Puerto Rican UF student group, held a book drive to commemorate the one-year anniversary of when the hurricane made landfall in Puerto Rico. The books will be donated to help Christian Gonzalez, a 17-yearold Puerto Rican high school student, open a new library in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, said Jesse Cosme, a 30-year-old UF sustainable development practice graduate student. “I always wish that we could do more, but this is a very positive drop in the bucket,” Cosme said. The group set up a tent to collect the books from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., said Leyda Marrero, an 18-year-old UF biomedical engineering sophomore and the group’s vice president. Spanish-language books are preferred, but the group is accepting books in all languages, Marrero said. The goal is to collect about 200 books

to send to Arecibo by December. “Hopefully that’ll be our Christmas gift to Puerto Rico.” Marrero said Collection boxes are available in La Salita in the Reitz Union, which is in the Multicultural and Diversity Affairs suite, the UF Law School and the UF Center for Latin American Studies, Marrero said. Students can continue to donate until Tuesday according to the group’s Facebook page. The group has collected over 75 books since Monday, Marrero said. Marrero remembered when she finally heard back from her family after two weeks of silence. While studying in Newell Hall, she got a text saying her family was safe. She burst into tears of relief. Marrero said it does not feel like a year has passed. “There are lives that will never come back,” she said. “The feeling is still there.” @AmandaNicRosa

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‘Trekkies’ Rejoice: UF researchers 5K benefitting National Psoriasis Foundation is happening Sunday discover planet like Star Trek The run starts at 8 a.m. on Flavet Field. A TEAM OF MORE THAN 20 RESEARCHERS DISCOVERED THE PLANET IN JULY. By Dana Cassidy Alligator Staff Writer

Spock’s fictional home planet from Star Trek has been found by UF researchers. UF astronomy professor Jian Ge and more than 20 other researchers on his team discovered an exoplanet, defined as any planet outside of the solar system, in July. The discovery was published in the Oxford University Press academic journal in the Dharma Planet Survey, a section dedicated to their research. The exoplanet orbits star 40 Eridani A, which is the same star the planet Vulcan orbits in the 1960s television series Star Trek, according to the show’s creator, Gene Roddenberry. “It’s very exciting because people always have the imagination, but astronomers discovered it,” Ge said. The exoplanet isn’t called Vulcan yet, but Ge said he has already contacted the International Astronomical Union to attempt to change the planet’s name. The exoplanet is currently being referred to as HD 26965b. The exoplanet is about twice the size of Earth and located 16 light years away, Ge said. It also is likely to have an atmosphere where water could exist. One side of the planet is exposed to the sun, and the other is

dark because it’s tidally locked, which means the time it takes to orbit the sun is the same as it would take to rotate on its axis. He said the dark portion of the planet would be cool enough to possibly support life. After hearing about the discovery of the exoplanet, Ryan Thomson, a UF sociology graduate fourth-year, was shocked by how the story wasn’t blowing up on social media. He thought it was one of the coolest coincidences to occur. “I know there’s a lot of other social issues we have on our own planet here,” Thomson said. “But, for that to actually exist and have verifiable evidence, I don’t know, it’s almost like foreshadowing.” It was interesting how Star Trek was able to accurately predict a planet existing over forty years before it was discovered, Thomson said. Sociology and understanding inequalities on this planet are important, Thomson said, but understanding that there is a world beyond us is important because it elevates the level of one’s thinking. Despite the lack of funding towards space and astronomy programs, these programs are important to have, Thomson said. “I think it highlights the intersection of how sci-fi and reality are not as estranged as we think,” Thomson said. @danacassidy_

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Stress made the nickel-sized red circle on Lidi Trujillo Rodriguez’s lower right leg grow. Trujillo Rodriguez bounced from doctor to doctor until at 19 years old she was diagnosed with psoriasis, a condition that caused red patches on the skin to form. Now, six years after her diagnosis, Trujillo Rodriguez is organizing a 5K run to benefit the National Psoriasis Foundation. The UF microbiology and cell science doctoral student moved from Puerto Rico to pursue her degree. The race will begin at 8 a.m. Sunday on Flavet Field. Check-ins begin at 7 a.m., Trujillo Rodriguez said. This is the first time the American Society for Microbiology Gators helped organize a run for the foundation, said Sierra Blashock, a 21-year-old UF microbiology senior and president of the club. “It’s not a disease that’s talked about a lot, so we said let’s take it a step further and raise some money too,” Blashock said. When Trujillo Rodriguez first got into UF, she met associate microbiology and cell science professor Joe Larkin, who studies psoriasis treatments in his lab. Psoriasis can vary in severity and range from a rash to painful blisters that can ooze, Larkin said.

About 30 percent of individuals with psoriasis will get psoriatic arthritis at some point. This form of arthritis can cause joints to swell, making it difficult for an individual to bend their fingers and walk, Larkin said. Treatment options include creams for more mild forms of the condition and injectable treatments for more severe forms, Larkin said. However, the injectable treatments can weaken the immune system. Larkin said he oversees research developing a cream that is more powerful than those currently on the market. The goal is for the cream to treat psoriasis without weakening the immune system. For Trujillo Rodriguez, the pain from her steroid cream, which is the current treatment for her psoriasis, and the general discomfort from her condition can have her tossing and turning when she tries to sleep at night. “I can’t sleep at night,” Trujillo Rodriguez said. “I’m not a very big fan of that regime.” Trujillo Rodriguez said her psoriasis has become more severe since beginning at UF. The condition has spread to her arms because of stress, but she knows she could be worse. “I’m very blessed that I have a very, very mild form of psoriasis,” Trujillo Rodriguez said. @gilliangsweeney



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Three questions for UF’s matchup against Tennessee By Jake Dreilinger Sports Writer

The Florida-Tennessee rivalry is the stuff of legends. Well, at least to its fans it is. Quarterback Feleipe Franks said when he took an official visit to Gainesville, he expected people to be talking about UF-FSU. Instead, they were talking about the Gators against the Volunteers. Fast forward three years, and Franks will be starting in his second game against Tennessee, the first occuring in the Swamp last year. A lot has changed since then. Both programs have a new head coach, which means new programs, new teams and a whole lot of questions. Here are some you’ll want to pay attention to during Saturday’s game: Will anything change in Florida’s offense? Something will surely need to now that running back Malik Davis is out for an extended period of time with a broken foot. The offense was not all that impressive during the Colorado State game. Franks only completed eight passes for 119 yards, boosted by a 38-yard touchdown to receiver Van Jefferson in the fourth quarter. In the first quarter, Franks didn’t even have a completion. “I think Feleipe settled down,” coach Dan Mullen said after the game. “Did some good things. Had some missed decisions.” Franks threw the “Heave to Cleve” last year, a long pass to receiver Tyrie Cleveland in last season’s rendition of Florida-Tennessee to win

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Wide receiver Van Jefferson caught a 38-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter against Colorado State on Saturday. the game as time expired. It was a pass that utilized both Franks and Cleveland’s talents: Franks as a pocket passer with a great arm and Cleveland as a fast wideout who can create seperation for spectacular grabs. It’s also a connection the Gators haven’t really seen much of this season.

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The players won't say it. But this game is a must-win. No one on the Gators’ football team would dare utter the words “must win” in reference to Saturday’s game against Tennessee. So I’ll do it for them. Maybe it’s too early to declare this the most pivotal game of the season. But the Gators will slip to 0-2 in the conference if they perish at the hands of their SEC East rival on Saturday night. That sounds pretty pivotal to me, especially given that the road only gets rougher from there: at Mississippi State, LSU at home, at Vandy and then to Jacksonville to face the Georgia Bulldogs. It’s a doozy of an upcoming schedule. That trip to Starkville alone will be an exhausting hurdle for this Gators program. And surely first-year Florida coach Dan


Mullen wouldn’t want Colorado State were nice little spirit to fall to his old team boosters, but Florida’s AND — potentially — gotta show that it remain winless in the conference. won’t cower when It’s obvious UF faced with some adversity. needs to come out on top on the road against Mullen and Alanis Thames @alanisthames his players spoke Tennessee. The Gators need repeatedly this week to get a formidable about going out there win on their 2018 resume. Not and “just having fun.” “Tennessee’s a really good for morale or confidence, but insurance. football team,” quarterback Insurance that all of Florida’s Feleipe Franks said. “They’re a struggles are not beyond repair. good football team just like we Insurance that this season is more are. It’s going to be a challenge. than just a rebuild for Dan Mullen. We’re up for the challenge. Just Insurance that the Gators can ac- go out there and play football and tually compete with another SEC have fun.” I understand that they want to team. Those two blowout victories stay calm. over Charleston Southern and But this Tennessee program

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hasn’t won an SEC game since 2016. Any team that has gone a whole year without a conference win is going to treat a game against its rival like a “must-win.” So why should the Gators treat it any differently? Now, two teams that combined for three SEC wins last season surely will not constitute the most riveting 60 minutes of college football this weekend. But the implications are immense. This is by no means a hot take, just stating the painfully obvious, maybe even the cliche. Whether they want to admit it or not, the Gators can’t take this game lightly. Alanis Thames is a sports writer for The Alligator. Follow her on Twitter @alanisthames and

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Mick Hubert, the voice of Florida Gators radio, has been immortalized for all time with his call of Florida-Tennessee last season. You can probably hear his exasperated voice trying not to crack as he shrieks, “IT’S A TOUCHDOWN! HOOO MY!” That’s all well and good, but we here at alligatorSports like to live in the present. UF football fans may not share the same sentiment, but that’s OK. Allow us to be the shepherd to guide you back into the fold. This week, we’ve got Scott Frost searching for his first win on the road against a pair of khakis, the annual street fight that is FIU-UM, and our featured game of the week wherein the defending national champs defend their highschool stadium against the debauchery that is Lane Kiffin. The only institution equal in loathsomeness to the Lane Train is our alligatorSports picks column. Before we meet our competitors, online editor Mark Stine and editor Morgan McMullen will debate the highly anticipated matchup between the Knights and the Owls. Central Florida (-13.5) will win because… Turnovers. The Knights have only played two games this season -- victories over Connecticut and South Carolina State -- but they’ve collected six takeaways on the season and rank 15th nationally in turnover margin (1.50), while Florida Atlantic ranks 84th (-0.33). Sophomore defensive back Richie Grant has an interception in each game, half of UCF’s total. FAU quarterback Chris Robison will be throwing the ball a lot -- he’s 64-for-93 passing with four touchdowns and two picks -- and I think he’ll have difficulty fitting the ball into windows against the country’s fifth-best

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Lais Araujo dominant in Florida victory By River Wells Sports Writer

Lais Araujo may have been the player to snap the Gators’ scoreless streak against Vanderbilt, but a heartbreaking loss left her unsatisfied with the feat. She made sure to score three goals in the first half of UF’s match against Kentucky (4-7, 0-2 SEC), just in case one wouldn’t be enough. Araujo’s hat trick propelled the Gators to a lopsided 6-0 victory over the Wildcats. The six goals at the Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex nearly tied the total amount of goals the team have on the season. The game also marked the first time the Gators (3-6-1, 1-1 SEC) have scored six goals in a match since Oct. 20, 2016, in another 6-0 win against Alabama. The spotlight in the first half was largely centered on the furious attack from Araujo. She first scored in the 14th minute, knocking the ball in from the box off a cross. Her second score came at the 24th minute from a small breakaway, placing the shot past UK goalie Hannah

Leonard. She completed her hat trick in the 32nd minute when she hit the mark from 18 yards out off a blocked attempt. The team didn’t stop with Araujo’s offensive outburst. Forward Alyssa Howell headed a ball off the top bar and into the goal to put the Gators up 4-0 at the end of the first half. The Gators continued their dominance in the second half. Madison Alexander found the back of the net for the third time this season, putting UF up 5-0 in the 65th minute. Midfielder Mayra Pelayo ended the scoring — and the game — with an 81st-minute strike that deflected off Leonard’s hand and snuck behind the goal line. UF led the shot count by a large margin, taking 14 shots (six on goal) to Kentucky’s four (three on goal). UF goalie Kaylan Marckese saved three shots in the victory, giving Florida its second shutout of the season. The Gators will look to continue its momentum when they face LSU in Gainesville this Sunday at 1 p.m. @riverhwells

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Gators kick off SEC play with matchup against Ole Miss By Mari Faiello Sports Writer

Florida volleyball enters the second phase of its season with conference play beginning today against Ole Miss after finishing one of the toughest non-conference schedules to date. The No. 11 Gators (9-3) take on their first SEC opponent at the O’Connell Center tonight at 7. Florida spent its preparation week practicing skill sets that were exposed in the first 12 matches and needed tweaking, a luxury the team has not frequently had. “The number of matches… over the course of the entire pre-conference gave us some insight into things that we’re doing well, things that we need to get better on,” coach Mary Wise said Tuesday. The Gators’ three losses have come against No. 5 Texas, No. 14 Southern California and unranked Northern Arizona in one of the biggest upsets of the season. Florida comes into conference play at No. 2 in the SEC, sitting behind Kentucky. Mississippi, on the other hand, is No. 11. But rankings don’t matter much to this young Florida team. “Obviously (Ole Miss is) a strong team as any team in the SEC,” sophomore outside hitter Paige Hammons said. “I’m sure that they’ll give us their best fight just like any team does.” The Rebels lost three consecutive

matches last week before racking up a sweep against McNeese State. Ole Miss (10-4) comes in at No. 8 in hitting percentage, boasting a .242 clip with 725 kills on 1,861 swings so far this season. Junior outside hitter Emily Stroup carries most of that weight. She leads both the team and conference with 247 kills. Ole Miss will certainly depend on Stroup to help the team start off strong in conference play. On the opposite side of the net, freshman Thayer Hall is expected to keep up her rookie performance to help the Gators secure their first conference win. Hall leads the Gators with 168 kills and 11 service aces. Florida will also depend on SEC Defensive Player of the Week and senior middle blocker Taelor Kellum to put up a wall against the Rebels’ offense. Kellum logged 22 blocks over the course of four matches and put up a career-high seven blocks in the match against Jacksonville last Friday. She recorded eight kills on nine attempts without any errors against FIU. “She’s had an amazing start to her senior year,” Hall said. “Knowing that she knows what she’s doing, I’m confident standing beside her on the court and confident playing behind her.” @faiello_mari



Volleyball vs.Ole Miss / 7 p.m. / SEC Network+ Men’s Tennis @ UVA/USC / All Day Women’s Tennis @ UM / All Day

Cross Country @ UF / All Day Men’s Tennis @ UVA/USC / All Day Women’s Tennis @ UM / All Day Football @ Tennessee / 7 p.m. / ESPN

SUNDAY Men’s Tennis @ UVA/USC / All Day Women’s Tennis @ UM / All Day Soccer vs. LSU / 1 p.m. / SEC Network+ Volleyball vs. Mississippi State / 1:30 p.m. / SEC Network+

MONDAY - TUESDAY Women’s Tennis @ Hilton Head, S.C. / All Day Men’s Golf @ Dallas / All Day

WEDNESDAY Women’s Tennis @ Hilton Head, S.C. / All Day Volleyball @ LSU / 8 p.m. / SEC Network


Ofensive lineman Brett Heggie said he's "back to 100 percent" FOOTBALL, from pg 14 Jefferson and Cleveland. How will the pass rush fare against a different-styled SEC quarterback? The biggest issue during Florida’s loss to Kentucky on Sept. 8 was the missed tackles. All the missed tackles. Mullen stated after the loss he counted 20 misses, which allowed the Wildcats to run for roughly 168 additional yards. The pass-rushing unit didn’t play much better against Colorado State.

PICKS, from pg 14 scoring defense (31st against the pass at 173.0 yards per game). Central Florida has been generally strong in coverage, allowing only one passing touchdown and knocking down 12 passes as a team, triple the amount of passes the Owls have defended (4). The Knights have also fallen on each fumble they’ve forced (2) as well, while FAU is prone to putting the ball on the ground, losing one of the three balls it has coughed up. This will be a tough outing for Lane Kiffin’s team under the lights in Orlando on national television. Mark Stine Florida Atlantic (+13.5) will win because… The Lane Train stops for nobody, including the so-called “national champions.” Plenty of folks believe this will be an offensive shootout, and that’s precisely the way it looks to shake out. UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton is 45-of-71 on the season for 589 yards, and that’s in a pair of blowout wins against UConn and

Mullen had a challenge for his players heading into Tennessee. He wanted them to be the Hulk this week. Bruce Banner off the field, and his alter ego on it. Defensive end Elijah Conliffe said the Gators have been living up to this standard during practice. “Through a week’s worth of hard practice, hitting the sled harder and just getting a better look from the scout team,” Conliffe said. “We gonna go hard against them; it all added up so we could be better on Saturday.” Will Brett Heggie make a significant impact?

Part of the reason Franks struggled against

South Carolina State. Not exactly the pinnacle of competition. FAU’s Chris Robison, on the other hand, looks to be the best quarterback in the state. He has a 68.8 completion percentage (first in Florida) and 8.6 yards per completion (second in Florida behind USF’s Blake Barnett’s 8.7). Both of those figures put Robison in the top-35 passers in the country. The Owls’ leading rusher, Kerrith Whyte, has a respectable 5.5 yards per carry on the season. While it’s a far cry from UCF’s Adrian Killins (7.5), consider the competition gap between the schools both teams have played. FAU has wins over Air Force and Bethune-Cookman and had a decent showing against Oklahoma on the road. Chalk it up as an easy win for Lane Kiffin and the Owls. The nation’s longest win streak comes to an end Saturday night in Orlando. Morgan McMullen Now onto the picks! In first place at 16-8 is Alanis “Rational thoughts” Thames, who wants Gator Nation to pump the brakes on the Feleipe hate. Alanis,

Kentucky and early against Colorado State was the missed blocks from the offensive line. Franks was left scrambling after defenders broke through the line. He ran with the ball seven times against the Rams, five of which came in the first quarter. He was also sacked once. One noticeable omission from the line this season has been redshirt sophomore Brett Heggie, who has seen limited time this year while recovering from a knee injury and turf toe. He is slowly earning more and more playing time, and it’s only a matter of time before he

you raise great points in Franks’ development and learning a new offense. But do you have to be the only calming presence in all of UF sports media? Be like the rest of us, and start calling for everybody’s jobs. Assimilate! Tied for second with three others at 14-10 is Mark “Crooked Long from the Failing AP News” Long, who was labeled as “Fake News” by the President of the United States himself. OK, it was actually Nick de la Torre, but does it really matter? The fact that you had to look over to us for confirmation that Nick was full of s*** was already bad enough, but getting flabbergasted that we didn’t take your side doesn’t make your reporting any more factual. Also tied for second is Graham “I don’t have to show up to media” Hall. When he’s not taking an Uber to weekly press opportunities, Graham is sitting in the comfort of his home watching the live tweets roll in. Graham, it’s tough to listen to Feleipe up at the podium, but is he so hard to listen to that you can’t even bare it? At 14-10 as well is Mark “Alarm Clock” Stine, who has served as the

cracks the starting lineup. “He’s a tough, physical player,” center Nick Buchanan said. “That’s what we’re looking for on this offensive line. He can come in and give us good reps, and we love it.” Whenever Brett Heggie does return fulltime, he will boost an offensive line that could use the help. But for right now, Heggie says he’s ready to come back and produce. “I’m back,” Heggie said. “I’m back to 100 percent as of probably, like, a week ago.” @DreilingerJake

official timekeeper for alligatorSports writers showing up late to postpractice media availability. Mark has twice reminded Jake and Morgan that their tardiness was imminent after the team finished practice early. Hey gang, if you wanna get a good spot in the gnat-infested IPF, show up early like Mark. Rounding out second place is Nick “Sleepy” de la Torre who, during the second quarter of UF’s win over Colorado State, was nodding off while gazing at his computer screen. Nick, we know the Rams’ offense wasn’t exactly a thrill to watch. However, it was much

more entertaining to see if you’d drool on your keyboard or not. In a three-way tie for sixth at 1311 Jake “Low Energy” Dreilinger. Jake, bud, we’ve gotta talk about your recent appearance on the Gator Bites podcast. We know the Gainesville Plague is alive and well, but did you have to try your best to transmit the disease to all of our listeners? We hope the wedding you attend this weekend will do more to cure your sickness than hacking up a lung in the recording booth. You can read the rest online at

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