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‘Race against time’: Fundraiser aims to save historic Florida Motel sign THE COMMUNITY NEEDS TO RAISE $2,500 TO KEEP THE SIGN. By Dana Cassidy Alligator Staff Writer

The rusted red and blue sign advertises luxuries: electric, cable TV and air conditioning. For the 1950s, it was a deal. The triangle marquee for the Florida Motel has sat alongside Southwest 13th Street for about 60 years. But now, the sign is at risk, said Chip Patel, the commercial broker and realtor of the Florida Motel. As the motel’s planned demolition approaches, Patel wants to save the sign. “The building is something that you might not see passing the road, but that sign — that sign is something that will hit you,” Patel said. Patel created a GoFundMe campaign last week to raise $2,500, the amount he said it takes to move the sign elsewhere, and have it donated to the city. The city could move the sign to another public space such as Depot Park, he said. As of press time, eight people have donated a total of $760, according to the page.

The motel and sign have been icons due to their retro aesthetic and historic value, the city’s Department of Doing director Wendy Thomas said. There was a request to preserve the building, but a demolition permit has been given to the new owner, the Comfort Suites Hotel, she said. “Things like the sign and old buildings in the community tell the story of who we are and where we come from,” Thomas said. “The sign has so much character.” Multiple people were interested in purchasing the sign, Patel said. If the community isn’t able to raise the money in two and a half weeks, the sign will be sold to one of the private buyers, Patel said. “I know that it means something to many, many people in this community,” Thomas said. “I feel like it’s a little bit of a race against time, but I just really hope that all the pieces fall into place.” Olivia Wilson, a 42-year-old Ocala resident, said not having the sign is like going to Hollywood and not seeing the Hollywood sign. “You can’t wipe away where we come from, we have to keep some of that history alive.” Wilson said. @danacassidy _

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The Florida Motel sign sits along Southwest 13th Street. The motel’s realtor, Chip Patel, is trying to save the sign by fundraising for its relocation.

Delta Chi fraternity suspended from UF until 2020 By Amanda Rosa Alligator Staff Writer

UF suspended its chapter of Delta Chi for two years after a pledge nearly died following a Spring hazing incident. The chapter is suspended until May 9, 2020, according to letters sent by Dean of Students Heather White last Monday. The Greek Conduct Committee found the chapter responsible for violating four Student Conduct Codes, including serving alcohol to underage students and hazing, which led to “the hospitalization of a student in critical condition with risk of fatality,” the letter said. The chapter has not been allowed to host social activities or recruit new members since February when the incident occurred, UF spokesperson Steve Orlando said. The fraternity must move out of its house on Fraternity Row by Oct. 1 and complete a full review of its members, White wrote. The committee found that the chapter’s brothers “participated in a coordinated effort to cover up their actions and put a new member’s life in jeopardy,” Orlando wrote in an email. The chapter has until Monday to appeal

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the suspension. A student not affiliated with the fraternity told University Police he thought the then18-year-old pledge was being hazed, according to a police sworn complaint. The pledge later told police he went to a “Big Brother” ceremony, where Pablo Castillo, 22, was announced as his big brother, a mentor in the Greek organization. There, the pledge drank a bottle of “sweet tea vodka” and participated in a foot race, the complaint said. He said he didn’t realize how much he drank, and brothers found him unconscious and slumped in a chair in the backyard at about midnight, police said. Ty Simon, the then-Delta Chi president, told police he decided to take him to the hospital. Simon, Castillo and Kyle Basignani, the fraternity’s risk manager, drove the pledge to North Florida Regional Medical Center, the complaint said. They did not call 911. When they arrived to the hospital, his blood alcohol level was .324, which is four times the legal driving limit of .08. Doctors told the group if they waited five more minutes, the student would have died, the complaint said.


Sales tax could provide funds for school improvements NEW CLASSROOMS AND SCHOOL SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS MAKE THE LIST. By McKenna Beery Alligator Staff Writer

Alachua County Public Schools could get a major makeover if voters pass a half-cent sales tax initiative on November’s ballot. The school district released a list of improvements for every school Thursday, which would be put into place with the money from a half-cent sales tax initiative, if it passes in November. Although the updates will be different for each school, some of the most notable changes include building new classrooms and science labs and installing new furniture, lighting and flooring, according to the list from the school district. Depending on sales, the tax could bring in about $264 million over the span of 12 years, said Jackie Johnson, the school system spokesperson. “It is the only way that the school district can raise enough money to do the huge amount of work that needs to be done at all of our schools,” Johnson said. Although many of the updates will be

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unique to each school depending on its age, layout and what work has been done already, universal improvements to school safety and security would include limiting entrance points and installing electronic systems that can automatically lock all exterior doors from the front office, Johnson said. “That kind of technology is something we’d like to implement in all of our schools, but we just have not had the resources,” Johnson said. Parents were given a handout of improvements for each school Thursday night at elementary school open houses, Johnson said. Other lists will be handed out in the next few weeks during other open houses. The possibility of higher-quality facilities already has some parents delighted. Karen Gillette, the president of Eastside High School’s parent-teacher association, said she’s most excited about the prospect of new and renovated classrooms. “I think there is always more that can be done, but it’s a great start,” Gillette said. “Improvements are long overdue.” Gainesville High School would receive one of the most extensive facelifts, according to the list. The oldest buildings would be demolished and replaced with 29 new class-


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‘Resist and Defy’: Dread Scott reminds students of the power of art HE FREQUENTLY TACKLES TOPICS LIKE RACISM AND IMMIGRATION. By McKenna Beery Alligator Staff Writer

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On Tuesday night, UF’s visiting artist program hosted 53-year-old revolutionary artist Scott Tyler, known as “Dread Scott.” Dread Scott’s work is critical of politics and often sparks controversy.

Dread Scott came to UF to start a revolution. Not with pitchforks and torches, but with cameras and performance. “We don’t have to live like this. People can make a far better world. A world without classes, and people can transform themselves in the process,” he said. “To do that, we need revolution.” People filled the seats, crowded the floors and spilled into the walkways in Little Hall on Tuesday night to hear a talk by Scott, a controversial artist who tackles topics such as income inequality, racism and immigration through his photography, video and performance art. He describes

his work as revolutionary art intended to propel society forward. The UF School of Art + Art History hosted Scott as part of the Fall 2018 Visiting Artist Lecture Series. His lecture was sponsored by the Center for Humanities and the Public Sphere, and Scott was paid. Organizers didn’t disclose the amount. During the lecture, Scott showed some of his most famous work, including a performance called “Money to Burn,” which depicted him burning $171 on Wall Street and encouraging others to join in. The performance was meant to highlight the American wealth disparity. Scott also warned attendees about the dangers of fascism, which he feels is a looming threat. “I encourage you all to resist and defy fascist authority and break on unjust laws,” he

said. “This is a very dangerous time.” Scott also showed a project called “Wanted,” which focused on the wrongful criminalization of black and Latino youth. The posters, which resemble a wanted sign, showcase how youth of color are unnecessarily harassed by police, Scott wrote on his website. Jasmine Conrad, 24, a UF creative photography senior, said she attends all of the Visiting Artist Lectures because she feels it’s important to get the perspective of working artists across America. “I absolutely agree with his outlook,” Conrad said. “It’s important to not glorify our Constitution — something that doesn’t benefit anyone in our country except for a few people.” @mckennabeery

Banned ‘Turlington Dancer’ trespassed campus, police say HE’S BEING HELD IN LIEU OF A $20,000 BOND. By Amanda Rosa Alligator Staff Writer

University Police said the banned “Turlington Dancer” stepped foot on UF’s campus again at midnight Friday. Dennis Kane, 43, of Gainesville, was seen on UF property around 15th Street

and West University Avenue, near Matherly Hall, according to a UPD arrest report. Kane admitted to police he was trespassing on campus and acknowledged he was banned, the report Kane said. Kane, a former UF student, made a name for himself by dancing in colorful

shorts and throwing peace signs on Turlington Plaza. However, his time at UF hasn’t always been peaceful. University Police banned Kane from campus — for the second time — for three years after students complained about his aggressive and loud behavior in August 2017. Kane was banned after he harassed a female student and told another, “You’d better watch out,” police said. Kane was first banned from campus for

three years in 2012 after multiple students complained to UPD about his aggressive and loud behavior, according to Alligator archives. One of the students called Kane “the bald, unusual man in Turlington.” He is charged with trespassing and is being held in Alachua County Jail in lieu of a $20,000 bond. @AmandaNicRosa

City commissioners and police discuss alcohol at SG meeting This is the first time a joint meeting has been held since January 2017. By Gillian Sweeney Alligator Staff Writer

Alcohol was at the top of the agenda for Gainesville city commissioners and police at a joint meeting with UF Student Government. The panel of members from the Gainesville Police Department, University Police and city commissioners met Tuesday

night in the student Senate chamber at the Reitz Union. Roughly 35 people, besides student senators, attended the meeting and panel discussion. This is the first time a joint meeting has been held since January 2017, said UF Senate President Danielle Grosse. In the 45-minute panel, commissioners and police discussed getting rid of open container laws in some areas on football game-

days and the possibility of extending the closing times at Midtown bars. Although bars could stay open past 2 a.m., they would stop serving alcohol, said Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe. This would give time for bar-goers to call for rides home. Commissioner Adrian HayesSantos said the current closing time sends off thousands of peo-

ple from a constrained space into the street at the same time. “It’s a public safety issue,” Hayes-Santos said. Extending the hours of the Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol and the Gainesville Regional Transit System may be able to get students home safely, said UPD Maj. Bart Knowles. Police presence would also need to increase during the early hours of the

morning if students were to stay out later, he said. “We’ve got a personal responsibility to stand up and make sure we are doing the right thing,” Knowles said. “Whether it’s an individual decision to help our friend that we’re with or to help make sure that we’re all getting home safe at the end of the evening.” @gilliangsweeney

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rooms and 13 new science labs along with renovating 38 existing classrooms. This could mean new furniture, technology and flooring. Metcalfe Elementary School would also demolish outdated buildings and construct 22 new classrooms. Littlewood Elementary School would build 24 new classrooms and renovate 13 others, according to the list. “There is going to be a significant amount of

Castillo was charged with hazing, but the case dropped in July due to insufficient evidence, records said. The national organization’s executive director, Ben Ely, didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. UF chapter president Travis Knight wrote in an email that the fraternity does not condone hazing, as the inci-

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money spent on improving the learning environment at every single school,” Johnson said. Johnson said these improvements are not just important for parents but also for the city. “We’ve got great people and great programs, but what we do not have are great places of learning,” she said. “So, improving our facilities is really going to be a benefit to the entire community.” @mckennabeery

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dent was done “by a small minority” and does not “represent the character of our men.” “We’re grateful that the correct judgement was made to seek medical attention and that this didn’t turn out to be worse,” Knight said. @AmandaNicRosa

Gainesville native’s book chronicles the integration process of local high schools By Kelly Hayes

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In fall 1961, then-17-year-old Michael Gengler took a poll for his high school’s newspaper. The poll asked Gainesville High School students if they were in favor of desegregation. Sixty-two percent of the student body said no. “I was disappointed,” Gengler said. “Being from Gainesville and having a strong connection to the community, this was something I wanted to investigate.” Now, more than 50 years later, Gengler, 74, who was born and raised in

Gainesville, wrote a book called “We Can Do It: A Community Takes on the Challenge of School Desegregation.” His first book analyzes the history of Gainesville’s battle with school integration and is avaliable to purchase since Tuesday. Gengler began his research six years ago, focusing on how Gainesville faced the national conflict of desegregation in the late ’60s and early ’70s and the integration of Gainesville High School and Lincoln High School. The two high schools did not integrate until January 1970, said Ryan Morini, the associate program director of UF’s Samuel Proctor Oral History Program. “There was a lot of protest and conflict over that,” Morini said.

Many of the interviews Gengler used for research were from the history program. The oral interviews, with more than 80 retired teachers and alumni, focus on how the integrations affected people. Students had to begin at new schools in the middle of the year, and Gengler said he looked at how they adapted to these circumstances. The retired lawyer also used information like archived The Gainesville Sun newspaper articles. Gengler said he hopes the book will help the community gain a better understanding of desegregation. “I hope what people get from this book is a good understanding of the facts,” Gengler said.

Gameday parking offered THE NEW PARKING INITIATIVE BEGAN LAST WEEK. By Dana Cassidy Alligator Staff Writer

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Manhunt on 13th Tuesday night, twelve Gainesville Police units searched for a man suspected of an earlier car burglary at Boardwalk Apartments on Southwest 13th Street, said Lt. Steven Bradford.

UF is putting its new parking lot to use by selling spots about half a mile from home football games. People can purchase guaranteed parking near the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at the newly opened Flavet Lot across Museum Road from Hume Hall, for $50 per game, said Scott Fox, the director of UF Transportation and Parking Services. Parking can be pre-purchased using the Passport Parking Mobile Pay app or by credit card online. The Flavet Lot opened in August to make room for 600 parking spaces that would be gone during construction. Parking was first available for purchase last Wednesday and used for the first time during Saturday’s football game

against Charleston Southern, said Fox. More than 90 people reserved spots in the 225-space lot. “From the buzz we are hearing, we expect to do even better this Saturday,” Fox said. “Maybe even a sell out.” The Passport app is free to download. It was chosen as a platform of payment because it is already used in Gainesville, said AnaLee Rodriguez, the marketing specialist for UF Transportation and Parking Services. Livia Grillo, a 19-year-old UF microbiology sophomore, said she’s glad she can park near the stadium during home games rather than being inconvenienced by walking from a distance. “It will be really convenient for when my parents come here for games,” Grillo said. “I’m glad it’s an option.” @danacassidy_


GPD: Man shoves stolen iced coffee in pants By Amanda Rosa Alligator Staff Writer

A man didn’t pay for the about $100 of iced coffee he jammed down his pants Sunday night, Gainesville Police said. David Rahn Barwinski, 61, of Gainesville, is accused of walking in and out of Circle K, at 1515 N Main St., three times with various Starbucks Frappuccinos and Dunkin Donuts espresso drinks in his hands, pockets and the front Barwinski of his pants without paying, according to the arrest report. Barwinski walked in Circle K around 9 p.m. He put the drinks in his car and walked back into the store again, the report said. An employee called police as Barwinski put the drinks in his car, police said. Barwinski walked into the store for a third time but was confronted by an employee when he tried to leave without paying, the report said. The employee told police that Barwinski said he forgot to pay for one drink, placed a bottle on the counter and walked out. When an employee followed him to his car and told him to return the coffee, Barwinski yelled, “F--- you!” according to the report. When police arrived, officers found a car littered with Starbucks Frappuccinos and Dunkin Donuts coffee drinks but no receipts. Barwinski told police he bought the coffee at a different store and later said he bought some of the coffee from the Circle K. Barwinski was charged with theft and was banned from Circle K, the report said. He was released from Alachua County Jail early Monday morning without bond. @AmandaNicRosa



In remembrance of International Overdose Awareness Day


n Monday, people around the world mourned, remembered and honored those they lost to drug overdose for International Overdose Awareness Day. We are reminded daily, louder and more clearly, that the issues of drug abuse, whether prescription or illegal, more closely relate to health than crime. In 2016, Alachua County heroin overdoses and arrests spiked. That same year, more than 40,000 people in the U.S. died from opioid overdoses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The situation appears more dire the closer one looks. One-third of U.S. adults use prescription painkillers, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Each one of them stands in the crosshairs of potential addiction. In 2015, more than 1.4 percent of all patients with a prescription for painkillers misused their medication to “get high” or “feel good.” All it takes is one misuse to become addicted. Opioids are particularly addictive because they create a powerful sense of well-being that can lead to compulsive and out-of-control use. Although patients might think taking a few extra pills will get them through the pain or give them a moment of bliss, they unknowingly expose themselves to drug abuse each time they exceed their prescribed dose. Additionally, friends and family members who might have access to the medication are vulnerable, too. The fact is, simply having opioids in a pill bottle in your cupboard increases your risk of addiction. Although there is a broad range of circumstances that factor into drug addiction of any kind, having easy access to addictive substances is one of the major contributors. At the center of the crisis is the popular idea that prescription medication use is somehow safer or less addictive than illegal drug use. Years later, many find they have formed a habit they can’t get rid of. Then, that habit can grow so expensive that some turn to heroin for relief. Yet, we think differently about those who abuse prescriptions and those who use heroin. When we think of opiate addiction in the U.S., too often we conjure the mental image of syringes and back-alleys. When we think addiction, we think crime — a problem that can be solved with punishment. But what has become increasingly obvious to health professionals is that we cannot continue to battle addiction with handcuffs; the best way to help those suffering from opiate addiction is to provide medical solutions, not legal ones. Most of the drug-related arrests in the U.S. continue to be based on possession of the drug, not its sale or manufacture, meaning those who are addicted could end up in jail rather than in a hospital. This goes to show that laws and policies that criminalize addiction (by criminalizing possession) are of no help to public health and do little to solve the crisis. Instead, we should be making investments into drug abuse treatment and prevention programs and fixing the problem where it starts: with prescriptions. Florida has moved in this direction with the establishment of alcohol and drug abuse trust funds — Alachua County has one as well. Florida’s legislature has enacted a new law that makes it harder to get a temporary prescription for opioids and even harder to get a long-term prescription. But we must go further. We have to start thinking about how we have criminalized heroin but allowed a loophole for opium by allowing it to be prescribed by a doctor. The truth is that the addiction is the same, and we must offer the same sympathy to everyone, no matter what type of opiate they are addicted to. To those addicted to drugs illegal and prescription alike, we must offer a helping hand, and we must do it soon. Meryl Kornfield EDITOR



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mocracy of pseudo-events, anyone can become y column last week posed the problem a celebrity, if only he can get into the news and of 24/7 news. This week, I wish to exstay there.” How one stays relevant in the news amine a few of this problem’s conseis through drama — by saying the controversial quences. things and being extreme in one’s opinions. Until recently, I was not aware that Pseudo-events are fog machines. They make sleepless news was a problem. For millennials, it difficult for consumers to discern what is and information has never imposed limits; we have never had to wait until the library opens the next Scott Stinson what is not reliable. One can never really know if day, or for the morning newspaper to arrive so a person means what they said in their press conference apology, if a politician lied to the media we can know the latest. We grew up with Fox, about embezzling money or if a celebrity really is CNN, Rush Limbaugh and the internet. News shows and seven-day-a-week newspapers, radio programs who they appear to be. It is human nature to deceive people — to project an imand the internet have always been the norm. As I argued last week, though, constant information age of oneself according to who others want you to be. And inevitably forces journalists to manufacture content rather although lying is not a modern invention, mass media that than report it. Daniel Boorstin, the late author of “The Im- prefers image over truth and performance over authenticage,” classifies this trend as the rise of the “pseudo-event.” ity, is. Pseudo-events also beget memory loss. There is so much A pseudo-event is, in a journalistic context, a piece of news that is not spontaneous, but staged and coordinated for the content coming in each day that important events are treatpurpose of being reported upon. Interviews, debates and ed as moments to touch on briefly and move past, rather press conferences are pseudo-events to Boorstin. They are than touchstones to meditate on. The Las Vegas shooting, events designed specifically for news coverage, unlike a for example, the deadliest mass shooting in American hishurricane or a Ponzi Scheme, which are initially separate tory, was less than a year ago. What would that have done from the press and only come to its attention after the fact. to us if the news was not constant? Would we have moved Pseudo-events are troublesome because they beget am- on so quickly? Yet, the news must go on. There are always deadlines biguity. How many times have we seen a person lie on television or in an interview? We all know how much attention to meet. There is a gulf between how much is reported and politicians pay to what they say and how they say it. Presi- how much actually happens in the world. To make up for dential debates, for example, are dramatic and entertaining this, pseudo-events are increasingly called on for relief. But precisely because they have been pre-planned, like theater rather than relieve, they decompose transformative, culture is, with the questions selectively chosen by the modera- shaping events from our minds like ants eating a dead anitors, and the answers rehearsed for days and weeks by the mal. Now, it is evident how much I love to deconstruct. But debaters. In today’s age, our news increasingly resembles drama, that’s the easy part. News today is problematic — where do and the subjects of our news have turned into dramatic per- we go from there? I’m not sure. But whatever the solution, formers. Politicians have parts to play and lines to recite, we can all agree that this subject, among the other subjects and their speeches are often times distributed to the press we encounter in the news today, is at least worth reporting beforehand. Consequently, a simple deviation from the on. script is itself newsworthy. Boorstin put this so well in “The Scott Stinson is a UF English senior. His column usually Image” that I wrote “Trump” in the margins: “In the deappears on Mondays.

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‘SNL’s Chris Redd on comedy, education and Pete Davidson By Gregory Florez Avenue Writer

Chris Redd spent 15 years as a rapper in Chicago, sometimes sleeping late to skip breakfast and save money. Today, he’s an Emmy-nominated comedian, but it was the detours before comedy that built him into a “Saturday Night Live” star. Last Wednesday, Redd (“Disjointed,” “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping,” etc.) performed stand-up in the Reitz Union Rion Ballroom. After his set, Redd reflected on his work ethic, the pressures of being a student, life after “Saturday Night Live” and upcoming projects with comedian Pete Davidson. GF: How was the show? How did you think it went? CR: Terribly (laughs). No, it was a lot of fun. It was really packed. I’m still in a place where I’m always just glad people came out. There’s so many other things they could be doing right now. And I’m always happy whenever someone comes to see the standup, because a lot of people don’t know I do stand-up. So now, I can introduce them to that. GF: OK. Because I was listening to what someone was saying after the show. They said something like, ‘Oh, I only know him from the YouTube sketches. I didn’t know he did stand-up. I thought he was going to do sketches.’ CR: Yo, that’s wild. Like, by myself? (Gets into character) ‘Where was you?’ ‘See where I was…’ (laughs) I mean, I’ve done that. In solo shows? Yeah, sometimes. But that’s not this. Sometimes my sets are (based on sketches) but most are never like that. … I mean, that’s a long time to be doing a sketch by yourself. But we’ll do that. When me and Pete (Davidson) finish our album, we’ll do something that’s more like that, but it will be music-based. GF:What’s it like doing college circuits after being on “SNL”? I know you’ve done some before. CR:Well, the ones before, I was opening for somebody. The ones after, I’m headlining. That’s the big difference. I like colleges a lot. You get to know what college kids are laughing at and where their heads are at with everything. That’s interesting to me. People say that colleges are going through a thing where it makes it so comics don’t want to come. But I have a good time with (college students). It’s a good break to go from my reality into y’alls’ and come in and shake s--- up for a second. GF: So, I know that back in your old Chicago interviews, people kept calling you the gym rat of comedy. Do you still feel that? CR: Oh yeah. That intentionally got me to where I’m at. And now it’s something I continue to hone and evolve. I have that same drive now, and there’s a little bit of survival that’s in there that you kind of have to turn

off because you get to a point where you’re not working to survive anymore. But I am working to curate more work for a longer period of time, which is a very different kind of energy – basically, working smarter, not harder. GF: And are you looking forward to going back? I’m not saying “SNL” is easier to handle. It’s obviously super hectic. CR: Yeah, but a different hard though. It was a relief to be doing stand-up again. I mean, stand-up is hard as s---. But it’s different. It’s mine. Every failure, everything is (mine). When you’re in an environment like “SNL”, it’s a machine. And the machine is going to get content whether it’s you giving it or not. You could make the best thing and, for whatever reason, it still won’t ever see the light of day. There’s a different stress to (sketch comedy) than creating on a stage, just trying out anything you want to try. If it works, then okay; but if it doesn’t, it’s on you, but at least you got to try it. You can’t have that kind of freedom on “SNL”. You can’t just try anything on live TV. That’s insane. ‘Oh yeah, yeah, let’s try it once.’ It’s like ‘Nah, dude.’ It has to be a certain way. It has to hit certain beats. But, they’re both fun, man. That’s why I wanted to do that show. I wanted that challenge. GF: Well, I know you’re saying you can’t just try something, but two of my favorite things from both this past season and all of “SNL” in general were “Come Back, Barack” and “Friendos.” You’re Emmy-nominated now for “Come Back, Barack.” CR: That was crazy. I didn’t write that thinking I was going to get an Emmy (nomination). We (Kenan Thompson, Will Stephen, and Redd, with Chance the Rapper and music by Eli Brueggemann) were just really trying to get something on TV at that point. I still remember we stayed up 25 hours to write that thing. It was crazy. But when it hit at the table read, we knew we might have a good shot at the show. … And then with “Friendos,” me and Will had a groove; we knew how to write songs together. We already had a bunch of songs. I kind of learned what “SNL” was, so I wasn’t getting so stressed out when I worked. And so “Friendos” was the most fun I’ve had writing in that building. It was so much fun. And Donald (Glover) (or, Childish Gambino) was super cool. He was hanging around all night, so you were able to write something, go in there and spit it, and he’d be like, ‘Oh yeah, I like that.’ And so, we would come back, write, go back and spit something. It was a good vibe. When you have a host that’s able to be running s---, or at least hearing it to give you the feedback, it’s always a good time. GF: And then getting off “SNL” here. I remember you calling comedy your second dream, whereas rap was always your first dream. Where does that idea stand now?

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CR: That’s always going to be that way. I spent 15 years trying to be a rapper, so that’s just the history of how I got into this. I love comedy in a way that I thought I wouldn’t. I don’t know. I mean, I get to rap now on a bigger platform than I ever had before in my life. I think it’s all the same dream; I just think I spent a long time getting good at one dream that kind of fused with the other. I feel like it’s a super dream now (laughs). That’s what it feels like! It’s why I can’t sleep. That’s why I’m always working because I’m always excited about everything all the time. So, I don’t really think about it that much. I just do. I just try to do as much as I can. GF: Finally, in your set you mentioned knowing how college wasn’t for you. I can actually empathize with that. Your parents had a proven track-record of college working for them, and that’s why they might have initially pushed you to do it. Whereas my parents view college as the only option to success because nothing else worked for them. But I know some students might not feel super attached to being in college. Beyond giving me advice, when is it that you actually know you’re not supposed to be here and that you’re meant to be doing something else? Basically, I need permission to Courtesy to The Alligator drop out of college. Chris Redd performed his stand-up special in for UF CR: (laughs) Well students in the Reitz Union Rion Ballroom last week. first, you always know. You know. I always knew I wasn’t supposed to work a regular and reading s--. I was still studying all my job. I always knew. I worked 50 jobs. And I also know when I’m favorite classes about all the things I wanted supposed to eat, you know. It’s really just to learn. I did creative writing and some onabout the timing of when you’re supposed line stuff. But I couldn’t see myself going to a to leave. If you can pull something impor- college or living in a dorm. That wasn’t me. tant from whatever it is you’re doing now So, I always knew that. People just had to that you need on your journey to (get) where catch up to me. I took a lot of criticism unyou actually want to be, that’s where you’re til stuff started working with comedy. I was supposed to spend your time. If you feel like 26 whenever people really started giving a you’re not getting anything from that place, s---. And when I started getting shows, they that’s when you know it’s time to switch it could see it all the time. Then they were like up. … Sometimes, (college) can be a part of ‘Yo, I’d always knew you’d make it.’ No, you your toolbelt. For me, (college) just wasn’t didn’t. When it comes to what you want to worth so much in that part of my life. But do, you’ll know. Trust your gut every time. I was still a nerd; I was still getting books

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The world is in dire need of more “Crazy Rich Asians.” The importance of this film cannot be overstated. It does so much more than the main attraction: an all-Asian cast in a Hollywood nonperiod movie for the first time in 25 years. It also manages to present a romantic comedy full of strong women, as well as heartwarmingly beautiful relationships between complicated characters. As the cherry on top, the cinematography is absolutely stunning. Sara Han, a 21-year-old UF English and Asian-American studies senior, is a Chinese American student. She’s seen the movie three times already. She said she believes it is groundbreaking because it shows that Asian Americans are not monolithic and they can be relatable to non-Asian audiences. If money talks, it’s currently telling Hollywood that Jon M. Chu created a masterpiece. In the three weeks since “Crazy Rich Asians” was released, it has grossed over $117 million domestically and $136.9 million worldwide, according to The Hollywood Reporter. This makes it the most profitable rom-com in almost a decade. Despite the consistent barrage of white-washed movies, people of color actually attend the theater more often, according to the Motion Picture Association of America. Asian Americans attended theaters an average of 4.3 times in 2017, compared to white people who only went 3.2 times. So, although a film telling an Asian American story while actually featuring actors of Asian descent was long overdue, at least the wait produced a treasure. Quoc-Thong Pham, a Vietnamese American, is a 20-year-old UF theater junior who formerly served on the executive board of the Asian Student Union. He said seeing this film was a dream come true. Representation matters. When

we constantly consume stereotypes, it’s difficult not to internalize them. It’s refreshing to see dynamic, intelligent female characters in any movie. However, for a race that has often been portrayed by Hollywood as meek and governable, it is particularly exhilarating to watch the women in Crazy Rich Asians. “When I was growing up I would have loved to see someone as smart and inquisitive as Rachel Chu. I would have loved to see someone as fierce as Eleanor,” Han said. “Just because that would show I could be all those things and have all those personalities. Rather than people always just assuming that I’m quiet or submissive because I’m Asian.” Pham said he never understood the docile stereotype of Asian women because the women in his life have always been strong-willed and vocal about their beliefs. So when Astrid delivered “I can’t make you what you’re not… a man” in a quiet tempered voice and walked away from her cheating husband, Pham thought it was the biggest mic drop he’d ever seen. Han also said the diversity of Asian bodies was also a welcome surprise for her. Every actor absolutely owned it, too, which made them even more appealing. The most comedic relief from the main characters is provided by Awkwafina, who portrayed Rachel Chu’s college roommate, Piek Lien, and Nico Santos, who portrayed the rainbow sheep of the family, an epithet his character, Oliver, coined for himself within his first few lines. The amount of wealth in the film perturbed Han. When she first saw the trailer, she didn’t think she could possibly relate to the film. That completely changed when she saw it. Crazy Rich Asians is seen through the eyes of a Chinese American girl, Rachel Chu, with an immigrant mother. It’s a perspective that’s essential to Han’s own identity. She said it is still problematic that the film does nothing to acknowledge the stark inequalities in Singapore

and other Asian countries. Han said seeing the relationship between Chu, played by Constance Wu, and her mother was like seeing herself and her mom on screen. When the two are lying together on the bed talking in the film, Han looked over at her mom beside her and remembered the thousands of times they had done the same. Eleanor Young, played by Michelle Yeoh, was perhaps the most complex and interesting character. It was apparent from the very first scene that she was a force to be reckoned with. It was also extremely apparent how much she truly loved her son and her family. But when she looked into Chu’s eyes and told her she would never be good enough for her son, it broke my heart. Pham said it spoke to an innate inadequacy born in the Asian American experience. The tension at the intersection of Rachel Chu’s identity was one of the most important plot points. Both Han and Pham said it was too relatable. “I think America has a very utilitarian mindset. You live your own life to the fullest and give back to the people close to you in the best way you know how to,” Pham said. “Whereas a lot of minority stories are stories of self-sacrifice. It’s almost like you’re caught in this sort of identity crisis when you’re trapped between those two worlds: You don’t want to let down your family but you also don’t want to let down yourself.” Han said the first two times she saw the movie with her parents and went for the third time with her friends from the Asian American Student Association. She said seeing it with her friends was an incredibly different experience, because the tension at that intersection is something only people inside it can truly understand. Pham also saw the movie with his friend from the AASA on opening weekend. He said there were so many moments throughout the film

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“Crazy Rich Asians” triumphs in the box office. when they would look at one another, silently communicating their disbelief that their experiences were being portrayed so accurately on the big screen in front of them. During the food market scene, Pham saw some of his favorite dishes while his friend leaned over to him and whispered she missed her home country. He said it wasn’t just about the food, but the experience of sharing it with your loved ones. The scene in which the family sits around making dumplings was surreal to see onscreen for both Pham and Han. Pham said he had learned to make dumplings from his mother, who learned from hers. Han said her mother cannot cook to save her life, so she learned from her grandmother, like Nick Young, although she says her creations never come out as well. She laughed as she admitted her grandmother sent her back to school with over 100 homemade dumplings, which are stored in her freezer. Jon M. Chu decided not to cast the actors strictly to their actual ethnicities and nationalities. For example, Constance Wu is not actually Chinese but Taiwanese and Harry Golding, who plays Nick Young, is half Malaysian and half British. Asian actors playing different nationalities is particularly problematic because it contributes to the already

fraught conception many Americans seem to have, which is that Asian cultures are interchangeable. Not to mention, “Crazy Rich Asians” almost only shows East Asian folks, with the exception of the two Sikh guards with “knife guns.” The fact that they don’t say a single word and are the only nonEast Asians is unfortunate. Constance Wu posted on Facebook the day of the premiere to address this, saying “I know CRA won’t represent every Asian American. So for those who don’t feel seen, I hope there is a story you find soon that does represent you.” Pham and Han both agreed that it is an issue. But, they hope that the success of “Crazy Rich Asians” leads to more opportunities for all minority groups being represented. Han said as long as Emma Stone isn’t present, its already a giant step forward. So maybe you’ll never go to a giant Singapore mansion that made the elderly lady beside me gasp “Good Lord!” Maybe you’ve never had to worry about thinking you need eyelid tape before or being called a banana. And maybe, like me, you have no idea which languages are being spoken interspersed between English. There is still plenty that you can connect to in “Crazy Rich Asians.” If not, you may not be human.



Childish Gambino reminisces in ‘Feels Like Summer’ video By Gregory Florez Avenue Writer

“Oh, I hope we change. I really thought this world would change.” This past weekend, Childish Gambino released the music video for “Feels Like Summer,” a song that debuted alongside “Summertime Magic” in the previously released two-song EP “Summer Pack.” Similar to “This is America,” a song cowritten and co-produced by Gambino and frequent collaborator Ludwig Göransson (“Creed,” “Fruitvale Station,” “Black Panther,” etc.), “Feels Like Summer” is an enigmatic reflection of Gambino’s views on American politics, blackness and popular culture. However, unlike “This is America,” this new music video celebrates and reminisces upon specific black personalities and significant events within the culture, such as the nomination of Democratic Florida Gov. Andrew Gillum or the murder of rapper XXXTentacion. Other references and cameos are also dispersed throughout the video: Michelle Obama

is seen comforting Kanye West, who wears a MAGA hat. Soulja Boy tells stories to an astonished Lil Pump and Trippie Redd. Zendaya and Lil Uzi Vert get their hair done by Tiffany Haddish and Oprah Winfrey. These cameos close the disconnect between celebrity and citizen. Artists like Beyoncé, SZA or Frank Ocean are immensely talented but also tragically human – they share the same fears, hopes and anxieties as the rest of us. In these appearances, we are reminded that progress and joy comes in small glimpses. Nothing has really changed, as America continues to fight a civil war. Understanding this, “Feels Like Summer” relies on our passionate feelings and attitudes toward these icons to complement a wholly dissociated narrative. Furthermore, Gambino displays no signs of fear, confusion or anger in the video, a contrast from his darker, heightened performance in “This Is America.” Shown simply walking slowly, almost robotically, down an unnamed street, Gambino instead seems apathetic towards the people and events surrounding him.

This apathy is further amplified by a detached animation style and melancholic color palette. Mellow pinks, light browns and mournful oranges embrace each other to create a nostalgic hopelessness – a feeling that burrows itself into the darkened, polysemantic flesh of this track. Perhaps this apathy is warranted. In a country where black people make up less than 14 percent of the total Justin Richburg population, it can sometimes Glover portrayed in “Feels Like Summer. ” seem difficult to prove that the larger American society understands, or even cares about, ganically out of the desire to create a common the historical plight of minority groups. identity. Simply put, “Feels Like Summer” is vehe“Feels Like Summer” is the antithesis of a mently and unapologetically black. It is not a diss track; it’s a chill track, a plea from Gamcelebration of hip-hop or rap culture. bino that asks for all of us to combat hopeThat this culture is so significantly tied to lessness with imagination and to love and the experience of being black in America is understand one another before, like summer, portrayed as mere, albeit historically imporwe become just a pastel memory of a time. tant, coincidence — a movement grown or-



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Defense the focus for Gators heading into SEC opener By Alanis Thames Sports Writer

London Johnson clapped his hands together. The overlapping roar of the crowd at the Swamp nearly drowned out the signal for the Charleston Southern center to snap the ball. Then, an orange and blue blur came rushing toward him. It was Gators defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson flying across the line to greet the quarterback with a quick slam into the turf for his first sack on the first defensive play of the season. The remainder of the game for the CSU offense unfolded much like that play, reminding everyone why this Florida defense has been the strength of the team for so long. No. 25 Florida danced to a 53-6 clobbering of Charleston Southern in a game in which the defense held the Buccaneers to just three passing yards. Three. It was only the second time since 1996 UF held an opponent below 10 passing yards in a game. “That just sets the standard for our defense is how I see it you know, that’s just how we are, that’s

how our defense is,” tackle T.J. Slaton said of the Gardner-Johnson play. “We’re gonna be aggressive, we’re gonna play fast and we’re gonna be physical.” However, what went right last Saturday wasn’t the focus when defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and other members of the defense spoke to reporters this week. Instead, they collectively harped on a couple things this defense needs to do better. Younger guys need to improve A lot of inexperienced players saw playing time on Saturday during the second half of a game that had been decided since the first quarter. “(Cornerback) Trey Dean, first time playing, was able to go in and give us some quality snaps. So, from that standpoint I was pleased with that,” Grantham said, “but when you go back and look at it as a whole with our young guys we gotta continue to still work and develop and get to where we need to be because we’ve got some tough

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Defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson recorded a sack on UF's first defensive series Saturday against Charleston Southern. The defense had three sacks during the 53-6 rout.


3 things we learned from Florida's tourney weekend By Mari Faiello Sports Writer

The O’Connell Center crowd stood on the tips of its collective toes as freshman Lauren Dooley took her approach toward a set from Allie Monserez. With a 24-16 lead in the fourth set, she brought back her right arm — almost as if she was shooting an arrow — and released into the ball in a single motion. The maneuver was too quick for UCF’s defense to pick up on Sunday afternoon as Dooley’s kill sealed Florida’s second win of the weekend during its first home tournament. A sea of orange and blue jerseys flooded the court, and wild screams rang throughout the O’Dome. It’s that same spark of energy that Florida will need coming into this weekend’s matches in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Here are three things we learned from watching the No. 8 Gators (3-2) compete: Florida is doing well at earning its own points Unlike in many other sports, a volleyball team can score points off of its opponents’ mistakes. Over the weekend, Florida did a decent job of limiting its opponents and scoring its own points and ended with a 2-1 record. In Sunday’s matchup against UCF, the Gators scored 76 points off of kills, blocks and service aces while only gaining about 31 points off of the Knights’ errors (missed serves, attack errors, etc.). Florida scored 68 points in Saturday’s matchup against Southern California. Twenty-four came off of Trojan errors. Florida maintained a strong advantage

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It’s more than OK to be hype about UF football — it’s 100 percent American It breeds debate for people I would normally recomwho otherwise wouldn’t normend taking a step back from mally talk to those they disagree the hysterically overblown with. It gives some folks a reason hype of this game. Take to look forward to next week and Feleipe Franks’ jump pass, a sense of community. take the two blocked kicks, All of those feelings are sorely take that goofy GIF of coach Dan Mullen dancing — take it Morgan McMullen missing, especially in today’s po@MorganMcMuffin litical and social climate. all, and bury it in a box. Bury Strip away all of the expectathat box in a ditch and toss tions for the Gators this season. Shed the that ditch into a river. I would normally recommend taking that veil of 8-4 predictions. Ignore the “It’s-onlybox out only in emergencies, say, for a po- the-first-game-against-an-FCS-team” talk. Be excited. Overreact after every win betential beatdown of the Gators. F*** that. Roll with it, you spunky cause the experts told you your team didn’t Gators. Ride that wave of euphoria. That’s stand a chance. Melt down with every loss because the optimists jinxed it. the most patriotic advice I can dish out. It’s OK to enjoy something. It’s OK to Fan bases — like the American people — need to feel good about some things. Small feel overwhelming emotion because a ball victories matter to us. Our collective ritual bounced your way as opposed to theirs. of hootin’ n’ hollerin’ over football-watchin’ That’s not being selfish, that’s being human. serves a greater purpose.

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Gators hope to rebound with fresh recruiting class By Kyle Wood Sports Writer

Florida’s men’s tennis team is reloading with talented youth and new faces this season following a quarterfinals loss in the 2018 Division I Men’s Tennis Championship. The team saw a lot of turnover in the offseason, returning only six players from last season’s roster while adding five underclassmen. Those signees were part of a class that earned a No. 1 ranking Ingildsen from tennisrecruiting. com. Brothers and Gainesville natives Grey and Harry Cacciatore from Buchholz High School rounded out the top haul after signing in April. They’ll join fellow five-star recruits Lukas Greif and Sam Riffice, both of whom signed in November 2017. Sophomore Brian Berdusco will also join the team following his transfer from Pepperdine. He was granted immediate eligibility to play in early June and has three years remaining. Berdusco, a Florida native, was also a five-star recruit out of high school. Sophomores Andy Andrade and Oliver Crawford were two of UF’s best singles players a season ago. Andrade compiled a 28-11 overall singles record while Crawford went 27-8 and posted the best winning percentage on the team in doubles. Duarte Vale, also entering his second year, tied for the fourth-most doubles victories on the team last season. Johannes Ingildsen, perhaps the best overall player on the team, returns for his

junior season. In 2018, he earned All-American Doubles honors and was named to the All-SEC Second Team in addition to receiving multiple academic honors. His 30 singles wins led the team, and he excelled against ranked opponents in both singles and doubles. Seniors McClain Kessler and Alfredo Perez round out the 11-man roster. Kessler’s 29 doubles wins were the second most on the team while Perez was also among the team’s best with 25 doubles wins, eight of which came against nationally ranked opponents. Florida lost four players from last season’s roster, most notably Chase PerezBlanco. The recent UF graduate compiled 31 doubles wins to lead the team. His presence on the court will be missed among his teammates this season, but the void will be filled with a strong freshman class. The Gators finished the 2018 spring season ranked No. 10 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association with numerous players nationally ranked in singles and doubles. Perez (14), Ingildsen (26), Crawford (43), and Vale (98) were all among the best singles players in Division I. Ingildsen and Perez finished as the second-best doubles team in the country while Vale and Kessler (22), Andrade and Perez-Blanco (37), and Perez-Blanco and Crawford (59) were all ranked as well. The fall season begins for the Gators in Cary, North Carolina, with the 50k Challenger from Sept. 8-16. Preseason rankings from the ITA will be released on Sept. 12. @Kkylewood

Florida soccer made history on Sunday, but not the kind that would warrant a press release. UF was shutout in four consecutive matches following a 3-0 loss to No. 4 Southern California. This marks the first such streak in program history, breaking the previous record of three games set in the team’s inaugural season in 1995. Florida has fallen out of the United Soccer Coaches rankings after being ranked as high as No. 5. This followed a scoreless draw with No. 7 UCLA and losses to Ohio State, No. 21 Oklahoma State and USC. Things won’t get any easier for the Gators with their trip to No. 3 Florida State on Friday. Despite the lack of goals, coach Becky Burleigh still sees some positives in Florida’s attack. “The last two games we played, we had a pretty strong focus on staying defensively compact and hoping that we were going to counter out of that,” she said. “And we’ve had some ability to counter out of that, we just haven’t gotten the final product.” Burleigh is right; Florida hasn’t gotten the final product. The team hasn’t manufactured enough chances, and the numbers don’t lie: In

its last four games, UF has been outshot 54-27. Its 10.17 shots per game is tied for 242nd in the nation. There is hope on the horizon, however, with star forward Deanne Rose scheduled to come back this weekend. Rose, Florida’s leading scorer a year ago, has only appeared once this season, missing time with a hamstring injury and then to play with the Canadian National Team. Even with Rose’s expected return, the Gators will need more production from midfielders like Mayra Pelayo, Briana Solis and Sarah Troccoli. The trio of midfielders combined for 30 points last season. This year they’ve only accumulated three. The defense hasn’t exactly been horrendous. Still, its 1.26 goals allowed per game ranks 176th in the nation. Problems arose early on when it came to defending set pieces. While that particular problem has improved, Florida will need to avoid lapses in concentration like the one it had against USC when it allowed three goals in a 16-minute stretch. FSU is allowing the third-fewest number of goals per game in the nation this season. Unfortunately for Florida, things could get worse before they get better. @samcampisano


Florida prepares for fall season By Brendan Farrell Sports Writer

The men’s and women’s golf teams hold intriguing potential heading into the fall season. Both teams are coming off national championship appearances and are returning many of the same players. The biggest loss for the men’s team, which was eliminated on Day 3 of the national championships, is Andy Zhang, who turned pro after his sophomore season. Zhang had a phenomBrooks enal season last year, winning the SEC Individual Championships and the individual title at the Kissimmee NCAA Regional, earning First Team All-SEC honors and becoming a finalist for the Fred Haskins Player of the Year Award. The Gators also graduated Alejandro Tosti, who had four top-25 finishes last season. Two players to watch heading into the fall season are senior Gordon Neale and sophomore John Axelsen, two of three returning players who had at least one top-five finish last season. Neale tied with Zhang for the most top10 (4) and the most top-25 (7) finishes last season, and he had the second-lowest stroke average in school history (71.48). Axelsen joined the team for the spring season and excelled immediately, earning All-SEC Freshman Team honors. Neale and Axelsen will be joined by five other returnees along with a pair of highly regarded recruits in Aden Ye and Eugene Hong. Ye was ranked second in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings at the time of his signing and won the 2016 Nanjing Open. Hong, on the other hand, has been ranked

in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings as high as 13th and 27th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. The women’s team also returns much of the same roster that finished 21st in the national championships last season, graduating only Taylor Tomlinson, who had five top-25 finishes. One reason why the women failed to advance in the national championship last season was a lack of elite play in the tournament. No UF player finished in the top 30. That might change with returning junior Sierra Brooks. Brooks, who finished 35th at the national championships, was easily the team’s best player last spring after joining the team via transfer from Wake Forest. Brooks won two tournaments last season, including her debut with the Gators at the Florida Challenge, and she was the team leader in stroke average (72.03, the second-lowest in school history) and top-10 finishes (4). Brooks and junior Marta Perez should create a dangerous combination for the Gators this upcoming season. Brooks stole the headlines last season, but Perez wasn’t too far behind, either. Perez had the lowest round total last year (66), tied Brooks for the most top-10 finishes and had more top-25 finishes (8) than Brooks (6), though Perez competed in four more tournaments. Jenny Kim and Clara Manzalini are the newest additions to the women’s squad. Kim was a 2017 AJGA All-American as well as a two-time state champion. Manzalini — joining the Gators from Milan, Italy — has experience with the Italian women’s national team. The men start their season on Sept. 7 in Dalton, Georgia, while the women get going on Sept. 9 in Charleston, South Carolina. @Bfarrell727


Wilson: DBs always work more after practice FOOTBALL, from pg. 14 games coming up.” Dean, along with cornerbacks C.J. Henderson and Marco Wilson, opted to stay after practice Monday night to work on their techniques. Wilson said defensive backs always do. The inexperience of the younger guys showed, and Grantham noted the specifics

that they need to focus on. “It’s a matter of just continuing to understand your technique, your leverage, making sure you get the right fits, leverage your gaps, doing those kind of things, being able to execute the call when it comes,” he said. “It’s really nothing more than being able to get some experience, get it on tape and continuing to work out it out in practice this week and be better next week.”

Tackle better, please Mullen told reporters that despite the great defensive efforts he saw on Saturday, his players must get better at tackling. Missed tackles were somewhat of an issue in Saturday’s game, especially when the reserves checked in. A missed tackle in the fourth quarter led to the biggest run of the game for the Buccaneers, and it led to their only score of the night. Wilson and Henderson both agreed with

Mullen that the focus this week will be on improving tackling. The Gators registered 68 tackles on Saturday despite missing quite a few. Wilson said that the subpar tackling could have had something to do with it being the first game of the season. “That’s probably a little bit of it, just getting used to thudding in practice and not really going out there and hit for real,” Wilson said. “It will definitely get fixed.”

Freshman hitter had 13 kills over three games VOLLEYBALL, from pg. 14 in not relying on their opponent to up their own score. Producing its own chances will be important moving into tougher competition. Substitutions are key Sophomore Macy Phillips has the kind of arm that could turn into a huge weapon against any team moving deeper into the season. The 5-foot-7 defensive specialist demonstrated her lethality on the back line last weekend. Her serves found the floor three times before a USC player found a way to keep the play going. Phillips’ weakness, however, is her inconsistency. Despite her three aces throughout the weekend, she logged seven service errors. “Macy certainly brings a big gun,” coach Mary Wise said on Friday after Florida’s loss to Southern California. “The key is, can she limit her errors… but she has really worked on that.” Other players, like freshman

right-side hitter Haley Warner, had their spotlight moments as well. Warner tallied 13 kills for the weekend, six of them coming from the Gators’ matchup against Louisville. Having a 17-player roster will help extend playing ability for the long season ahead. Establishing strong connections between the middle blockers and setters It’s hard to establish quick connections on the court, especially during tough rallies. This is a pivotal aspect of why a middle blocker can be such a dominating force in a match. Junior Rachael Kramer, a 6-foot-8 attacker, has been working on her connections with redshirt senior setter Allie Monserez for three years. Kramer has had a little over four months to establish that kind of connection with freshman setter Allie Monserez. Using two setters and six hitters for an offense can have a lot of benefits. But running one

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Setter Holly Carlton (left) and middle blocker Rachael Kramer (right) go up for a block against USC on Friday. where a hitter can attack the same way off of two different setters is a bit more complex. Part of keeping that establishment secure is taking advantage of the situation when rallies are in-system, meaning the setter has three options for an offensive at-

tack. Keeping the middle blockers as involved as possible throughout the match can make a tremendous difference in scoring key points. @faiello_mari


COLUMN, from pg. 14 I attended Auburn University from 2008-2011. It was a great experience for all of these reasons. The culture up there revolves around football even after multiple losing seasons. That’s not the right or wrong way to live life, it just happens to unite a politically purple county in a deepred state. Besides, there’s no real reason Franks can’t win a Heisman this season. Nobody can say that with ultimate certainty at this point in time. There’s no real reason Florida can’t go undefeated until the SEC Championship Game. Lord knows FSU didn’t look too hot Monday night, and LSU’s quarterback play still leaves a lot to be desired. There will obviously be stumbles and fumbles along the way. Mullen will not be here forever. Tim Tebow will eventually stop taking our calls. So thump your collective chest, Gators fans, while you still can. Feel good about a 53-6 beatdown of an inferior opponent. It’s OK. Morgan McMullen is the sports editor at The Alligator. Follow him on Twitter @MorganMcMuffin and contact him at


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