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Not officially associated with the University of FloridaUF teacher’sbook looks at thehistory ofscienceeducation.Read the storyon page 8.Published by Campus Communications, Inc. of Gainesville, FloridaWe Inform. You Decide.VOLUME 107 ISSUE 127TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2013WWW.ALLIGATOR.ORGUF tests allowing earlier parking near Southwest Rec ABOUT 150 SPACES ARE NOWAVAILABLE AT 2:30 P.M.SHEA PEREZAlligator Contributing WriterCampus parking officials are experimenting with eased restrictions at a lot nearSouthwest Recreation Center.Students can now park in the lot on thewest side of Bledsoe Drive an hour earlierthan before: at 2:30 p.m. The lot has 149spaces.“It’s something we have talked about forsome time: to try and find a solution wherewe can have parking options out here,”said Director of Recreational Sports DavidBowles.But it was the students on the board of directors at RecSports who mentioned the ideaagain and persuaded UF Director of Transportation and Parking Services Scott Fox tochange the time.“I hope this accommodation makes iteasier for students to access the SouthwestRec Center,” Fox said.“I hope this accommodationmakes it easier for students toaccess the Southwest Rec Center.”Scott FoxUF director of Transportationand Parking ServicesThe time change took effect last week andwill continue until the end of Summer B.Transportation and Parking Services staffwill then determine whether to continue itduring the Fall, but RecSports would continue to fund it through the activity and servicefees Student Government allocates.Student Body president-elect ChristinaBonarrigo said it will cost 934 to movethe parking restriction time an hour earlierthrough Summer B and 2,046 to permanently extend the time for the next year.Emily Daniels thinks the time change willbe convenient for students.“Maybe this will encourage more students to utilize Southwest,” said the 21-yearold UF psychology junior. “It really is a luxury for us, as students, to have such a nicegym with so much to offer.”LOCALState drops MayorLowe’s DUI chargesKATHRYN VARNAlligator Staff WriterKelly Logan / Alligator StaffRound OneGainesville mayor Craig Lowe listens to opponent Ed Braddy’s rebuttal during a candidate forum atthe Alachua County Health Department on Monday night. Read the story on page 4.In response to his March21 driving under the influencearrest, Mayor Craig Lowe entered into a deferred prosecution agreement with the stateattorney’s office on Mondayafternoon.The agreement drops Lowe’sDUI charges and requires himto participate in a DUI intervention program, State AttorneyBill Cervone said in a statement.Lowe can participate in theprogram because he doesn’thave major criminal or traffichistory.As part of the agreement,Lowe must donate 500 tononprofit social services agen-cy CDS Family & BehavioralHealth Services, pay a 100prosecution fine, perform 50hours of community service,complete DUI school, completean alcohol/substance abuseevaluation and subsequenttreatment, give up his driver’slicense for 14 days and pleadguilty to reckless driving.Cervone said this type ofagreement allows the courtsto address the case “withoutprotracted litigation that doesnothing but subject all involvedto needless expenditures oftime and resources.”The agreement came abouta week and a half after Lowecrashed his 2005 Honda Civicinto a road sign near the inter-SEE LOWE, PAGE 4Warm weather brings high pollen counts to Gainesville soonerAllergy season in full bloomNATHALIE DORTONNEAlligator Contributing WriterFour years ago, Aisha Robinson woke up with a purple nose.She said the doctor told her he’donly ever seen a nose that purpleinside one of his textbooks.Today, the 21-year-old UFcriminology senior treats her RDSPORTS1113lergies with medication to avoidthe severe symptoms most UFstudents can expect because of thewarmer weather.Dr. John Harwick, assistantprofessor in the UF Department ofOtolaryngology, said the warmerweather this year caused trees topollinate sooner: in mid-January.In fact, Gainesville is expectedto have moderatepollencountstodayand Wednesday,according to theWeather Channel’s PollenCast.Harwick saidHarwickpollentendsto stick to theground on rainy days. But onwindy days, pollen spreads easier. He said pollen counts tend tobe highest between 5 a.m. and 10College drinking may lead to responsible adultsStudents grow to drink less often as adults, pg 3.UF celebrates Children’s Book Day todayIt’s UF’s first year participating, pg 5.a.m.Harwick said tree-allergy season is ending and grass-allergyseason is starting.Common allergy symptomsare sneezing, and itchy, wateryeyes and nose.Solansh Hernandez, 20, saidher allergy symptoms got worsewhen it was cold about two weeksago.“When it’s hot outside, it’snot as bad as when it’s cold andwindy,” said the UF psychologyand marketing sophomore.Harwick recommends allergytreatments like saline nasal rinsesand over-the-counter antihistamines.He said people with allergiesshould keep their windows closedand limit their outdoor exposure.Hernandez said she tries not togo outside.“I don’t consider myself anoutsider,” she said. “I just can’t gobackpacking or on adventures inthe forest.”Florida’s postseason hopes strongColumnist Josh Jurnovoy says starter JonathonCrawford and the Gators are hitting their strideat the right time, pg 16.

2, ALLIGATOR § TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2013News TodayWHAT’S HAPPENING?Chomp Cancer CarnivalSponsored by Friends for Life ofAmerica, the carnival will takeplace from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. onthe North Lawn. This free eventwill feature food, prizes, Albertand Alberta, a bone marrowdrive, human bowling, a fulllength obstacle course, a photostation, a beanbag toss, fishingfor facts and KISS 105.3 FM.From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.,attendees can donate hair toWigs for Kids. Come learn moreabout pediatric cancer and ourorganization.Privatizing Higher Education:PrivilegingScienceoverHumanitiesFrom 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. inthe Ustler Hall Atrium, SheilaSlaughter will discuss the social impacts of calls to privatizehigher education by focusingon job training and profits whilemarginalizing the value of thehumanities. For more info, visitwww.humanities.ufl.edu.Recurso’s Sex DriveSex-based health disparitiesare evident throughout theworld. However, nowhere arethese disparities greater than inresource-poor countries. Cometo Recurso’s first Sex Drive tolearn more about current globalsexual health issues and trends.Lectures will be given and a variety of health organizations —HOSA, AMSA, WSA, GatorWelland Planned Parenthood — willprovide information on currentsexual health topics and howyou can get involved. The eventis at 6:30 p.m. in the Pugh HallOcora.Gainesville Crohn’s and Colitissupport groupHave an inflammatory boweldisease? Find support withothers. The group is very welcoming, and everybody understands. The next meeting willbe at 7 p.m. at the AmericanCancer Society Winn-DixieHope Lodge, 2121 SW 16th St.For more information, [email protected] or call701-541-3608.International Children’s BookDayInternationally acclaimed author and illustrator Peter Sís willspeak from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. atthe P.K. Yonge Performing ArtsCenter, 1080 SW 11th St., to celebrate International Children’sBook Day. The celebration willalso feature master storytellerBarry Stewart Mann, who STORMS74/50PARTLYCLOUDY76/52perform his original storiesand present at various venuesaround town. These events aresponsored by the UF Centerfor Children’s Literature andCulture, George A. SmathersLibraries, Baldwin CollectionofHistoricalChildren’sLiterature, UF College ofEducation, P. K. YongeDevelopmentalResearchSchool, UF InternationalCenter, Alachua CountyLibrary District and theFriends of the Library, theLawrence W. Tyree Libraryat Santa Fe College and SaintLeo University. For more information about the program,contact [email protected], [email protected] or 352-294-2886.Post-Passover pizza partyJoin UF Hillel for a postPassover carb extravaganzawith Humble Pie, a localpizza food truck, as well ahekshered pizza made in itsown oven. There will be twoseatings for dinner: one at7:30 p.m. for those who keepseven days of Passover andone at 8:30 p.m. for those whokeep eight days. Humble Piewill be served at both, andhekshered pizza will startserving at 8:30 p.m. There willbe an ice cream sundae bar.Choral concertsThe UF School of Musicwill present the Men’s GleeClub and Women’s ChoraleSpring Concert at 7:30 p.m.Wednesday at the UniversityAuditorium. The choirs aredirected by Mihoko Tsutsumiand will perform works ranging from opera to traditionalchoir, pop and world music.The UF Symphony Orchestraand faculty soloists from theUF School of Music will alsoperform. The event is free andopen to the public.Will discussionsOn Wednesday at 6 p.m. at theMillhopper Branch Library,join in a free discussion abouthow to protect loved ones inthe event of death or disability. With all of the uncertaintyover marriage rights, the discussion will explore differentways to protect loved ones re-gardless of sexual orientation.Topics to be discussed includewills, trusts, living wills andthe mechanics of sound financial planning. Adam Roark ofthe Roark Law Firm and RyanWesterburg of Merrill Lynchwill answer questions.Hummus for HumanityHummus for Humanity willbe Thursday at 7:30 p.m. atthe Grow Israel garden at UFHillel. The event, which benefits Innovation Africa, willbring people together to learnabout humanitarian aid inAfrica while making hummus. Each station will havedifferent ingredients and adifferent Israeli innovation forhumanitarian aid. The eventwill be in the new Grow Israelcommunity garden at Hillel at2020 W. University Ave. Pleasebring a suggested donation of 5 to 10. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/GrowIsrael.Rock for the HungryThe annual Rock for theHungry benefit concert willbe Thursday from 8 p.m. to 11p.m. at Orange & Brew. Rockthe night away with And theGiraffe, Ricky Kendall, TheCommon Intent and PompeiiGift Shop. All profits go towardGainesville food bank TheChildren’s Table. 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TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2013 ALLIGATOR, 3College drinking leads to responsibilityGED test goesThey drink less oftendigital, attracts fakersLAUREN RICHARDSON SOME WEBSITES HAVEBEEN CHARGED FORUSING THE BRAND FORFAKE CREDENTIALS.LAUREN ACTONAlligator Contributing WriterTaking the GED test on thecomputer could be a blessing ora curse.Director of public affairsfor the GED testing service CTTurner said he has receivedpositive feedback about thedigital version.He said adults are favoringthe computer-based test because it is less stressful.Brett Gerson said he wouldprefer taking a standardizedtest on the computer for this exact reason.“The fact that I could startand stop the test when I wishedreduces the stress of it,” saidthe 21-year-old UF business administration junior. “And I justhate filling out scantrons.”But Turner said he doesn’twant people to be deceived.Several websites have beencharged for using the GEDbrand to push fake credentials.Turner said the only waypeople can be sure they aretaking the real GED test on acomputer is to go to a GED testcenter.He said other than thefraudulent online tests, the digital GED test has been a successand has cut test time by twoand a half hours.“The statistic I was most excited about was that about 60percent of adults who tested onthe computer were more likelyto retake a failed test,” Turnersaid.When the computer-basedtest is fully launched next year,the price will increase from 70to about 130, Turner said.Cheryl Etters, the press secretary for the Florida Department of Education, said thedigital GED price might affectadults taking the test.“The price could be a factor,” Etters said, “but we won’tknow until it happens.”Alligator Contributing WriterNext time you’re considering being the responsiblefriend, it might be a better idea to reach for that nextbeer.A study conducted by Pennsylvania State Universityresearchers found those who attended college eventually developed a more responsible relationship with alcohol compared with those who didn’t.Maureen Miller, director of GatorWell Health Promotion Services, said she thinks these results showmany college students are so focused and driven, alcohol doesn’t play a large role in their priorities or in theirlives.College, in general, has a reputation for unsupervisedpartying, but Miller said she thinks these types of thingsreally depend more on the type of person someone is.Kaley Thomas, a 19-year-old UF psychology freshman, said she was surprised by theresults because she knows a lot of students who started drinking after theygot to college.“Most students are finally on theirown for the first time and go wildwith the freedom,” she said.UF criminology senior ClaudiaCobreiro,22, said she realizes howMillertrue the results could be.“I understand how, in this economy, people with lesseducation can succumb to alcoholism as a means of escaping the problems they may face,” she said.campusSaw keeps hands off chopping blockVERONICA SALGUEIROAlligator Contributing WriterImagine taking a class at UF’sNadine McGuire Theatre and DancePavilion where there is a slightchance of losing a finger.Since Fall, SawStop, a new safetysystem, has been used in the scenicdesign workshop for theater anddance classes such as stagecraft.SawStop technology detects theelectrical properties of the objectsthe blade contacts, according to thesystem’s website.Human skin is more conductivethan wood, and the SawStop sys-tem is able to distinguish the difference in its electrical conductivity.It is programmed to stop the bladewithin milliseconds if it detects human skin, usually resulting in just anick on the finger.Zak Herring, technical director atUF’s School of Theatre Dance, saidhe’s never had a UF student harmhis or herself on the table saw.Even so, Herring said the SawStop is an additional safety tool.However, it isn’t without itsflaws. The SawStop system will stopthe blade when in contact with othermaterials.“If you cut a wet board, it’ll dothe same thing,” Herring said.Because of the system’s inabilityto distinguish a damp board from ahuman finger, certain types of woodcan’t be cut when the system is on.Cecilia Padilla took stagecraft before the SawStop was installed.“It was a little scary just to knowthat it’s all based on your actions,”said the 20-year-old theater andEnglish sophomore.If the blade does touch skin, theblade will be destroyed, and a replacement would cost about 150,Herring said.“Still,” he said, “it’s a lot cheaperthan a finger.”

4, ALLIGATOR TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2013Bill Gates’s grant helps inventors come closer to new condomThe startup grant is worth 100,000MARY VELASQUEZAlligator Contributing WriterKevin Conley doesn’t ask women if they have a condom.“The trade-off between pleasureand the risks — I automatically gofor not using the condom,” said the20-year-old sports management junior. “It feels better.”However, the Bill and MelindaGates Foundation is offering astartup grant of 100,000 to who-ever can create the “next generation condom.”The foundation lists in its challenge it is looking for the next condom that “significantly preservesor enhances pleasure, in order toimprove uptake and regular use.”“If the technology’s there towhere I don’t have to risk gettingan STD or getting somebody pregnant, and I could still have thatsame level of pleasure – that wouldbe amazing,” Conley said.A company called Origami andthe University of Washington accepted the foundation’s challenge.They have made advancements toward a new condom. Rather thana latex condom, Origami has asilicon male, female and anal condom. Each of these condoms is lubricated on the inside.“[A new condom] can onlymean good things for the healthpromotion field because it givespeople more options,” said Sa-“[A new condom] canonly mean good things forthe health promotion fieldbecause it gives peoplemore options.”Samantha Evanshealth educator at GatorWellHealth Promotion Servicesmantha Evans, health educator atGatorWell Health Promotion Services.The University of Washington’sdiscovery is more of a contraceptive and guard against HIV forwomen. Two first-year graduatestudents created a gooey solutionthat can be inserted into a syringe.Victoria Joyal, vice president ofVOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood at UF, said the next generation of condoms and sex educationneed to be intertwined.“This can only be effective if itis presented alongside quality sexeducation to show potential userswhy they need protection duringsex and that it should be used forall sex acts,” said the 22-year-oldcomputer engineering senior.Conley said not using a condomworries him, but “the pleasure outweighs the risk every single time.”CAMPUSNew dean hopes toimprove health collegeALYSSA NIEVESAlligator Contributing WriterDerek A. Smith / AlligatorHonoring Our HeroesDisabled American Veterans Executive Director Al Linden talks to Army Lt. Col. Noma Martini prior to theUF Veteran Appreciation Kick-Off ceremony Monday afternoon at the Reitz Union Amphitheater.Mayor candidates discuss DUIs at forum IT WAS THE FIRST OF THREE FORUMS.BILLY KENNEDYAlligator Contributing WriterGainesville mayoral candidates Ed Braddy andMayor Craig Lowe discussed their driving underthe influence arrests during a forum at the AlachuaCounty Health Department on Monday night.The debate kicked off with a question aboutwhether voters should take Braddy and Lowe’sDUI arrests into consideration.Lowe was arrested March 21, and Braddy pleaded no contest to a 2006 DUI charge during his termas District 2 city commissioner.Both candidates said voters should choose iftheir past arrests will affect their votes.“All I can offer is how I responded since thatsituation,” Braddy said.Lowe also responded with an apology.The candidates also discussed transportation,economic development and the biomass plant atthe event, which was the first of three forums leading up to the April 16 mayoral runoff election. TheAfrican American Accountability Alliance hostedMonday’s forum, and about 60 people attended.Lowe said he believes there needs to be a balanced approach to the introduction of bus rapidtransit to the city and shortened wait times on Re-gional Transit System bus routes.Braddy agreed but doesn’t support bringingbus rapid transit, adding he wants to improve RTSroutes in east Gainesville.On economic development, Braddy said the keyis to remove barriers that prevent small businessfrom starting up across the city. Lowe said economic development should come in the form of targetedtax incentives for businesses.“All I can offer is how I responded sincethat situation.”Ed Braddymayoral candidateRegarding the city’s biomass contract, both candidates were split in the city’s recent decision tobring the plant to the area.Lowe, who supports bringing the plant, said itwill diversify the city’s fuel source, adding that theCity Commission and Gainesville Regional Utilitiesare working to reduce a utility rate increase to residents.Braddy said he opposed the plant going onlineand is concerned about future utility prices.“The threat to our affordability is in the contract,” he said. “That is the issue.”The next candidate forum will be held Mondayat the Alachua County Administrative building, located at 12 SE First St.UF’s provost announced Friday that Michael Reid will be serving as the new dean for the College of Health and Human Performance starting in July.“It is clear that the people in the College of Health and HumanPerformance have some really exciting ideas and interesting initiatives, both in research and education, and as dean, it’s my job tohelp make those things happen,” said Reid, a professor and chairman for the Department of Physiology at the University of Kentucky.Reid underwent two rounds of interviews, and after the fourmonth-long process, he received his offer letter last week.“This is all so very new. I’m still shocked,” he said.He said the college has a lot of room to grow in research and educational programs, specifically graduate programs and distancelearning. Reid’s research focuses on the mechanisms that contribute to muscle weakness and premature fatigue. He said he hopesto balance his administrative obligations with his research.“I’m a scientist. I can’t imagine not being involved in research,”Reid said.College of Health and Human Performance professor KelliBrown said she assumed her role as interim dean in September.She will leave UF to become provost at Georgia College.Reid said he is particularly excited about his first six monthslearning firsthand about the college and its people.“It’s going to be like Christmastime,” he said.Mayoral runoff April 16lowe, from page 1section of Northeast 156th Avenueand Northeast 21st Street in northeastern Alachua County.The Florida Highway Patrol arrested Lowe on DUI and propertydamage charges after he “performedpoorly” on a field sobriety test afterthe crash. The Florida Highway Patrol reported Lowe’s blood alcohollevels to be .069 and .061 about fourhours after the crash.On Thursday, Lowe entered aformal written plea of not guilty.Cervone said the state attorney’soffice took Lowe’s blood alcoholcontent levels and his field sobrietytest, both of which he said didn’tprove Lowe was too intoxicated todrive, into consideration when making the agreement.“As in any court case, civil orcriminal, both sides are usually wellserved by an agreed upon resolutionthat avoids a court fight,” Cervonesaid. “As to background issues, theMayor has been treated exactly asanyone else would be in determining his qualifications for this program and anysuggestion to thecontrary is unfounded.”Lowe, who isrunning for reelection againstEd Braddy in theApril 16 mayoralLowerunoff, issued astatement accepting responsibilityand apologizing to residents.“While my actions have disappointed many, the issues facingour city are greater than me as oneperson or this particular incident,”he wrote. “In order for our city tocontinue to progress, we must cometogether to secure our future.”Contact Kathryn Varn at [email protected].

TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2013 ALLIGATOR, 5LIFESTYLEGainesville residents react to Children’s Book Day at UFgraphic anti-smoking ads IT’S UF’S FIRST YEARPARTICIPATING.BEATRICE DUPUYAlligator Contributing WriterWhen anti-smoking TV ads from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention appear while Gabby Gostigian is baby-sitting, shechanges the channel.Gostigian, a 19-year-old UF zoology freshman, said the ads can sometimes be a bit toographic for children.The CDC recently released new ads, fundedby the Affordable Care Act’s Prevention andPublic Health Fund, that focus on the storiesof people affected by smoking. The ads are expected to run for at least 12 weeks and will beon the TV, radio and billboards, according tothe CDC.The new ads feature Terrie, a former smokerwho uses an artificial voice box. She tells current smokers to record their voices so theirloved ones can know what they sounded likebefore smoking impacts their voice. Before, theads showed Terrie preparing herself for the dayby putting in her dentures, covering the hole inher throat with a scarf and wearing a wig.Although the ads are a continuation of theCDC’s prior anti-smoking campaign, localresidents are questioning the ads’ presentationof smoking’s impact on people to send a message.Andrew Romero, Alachua County tobaccoprevention specialist, said ads like Terrie’s areeffective but can sometimes generate controversy.“These ads also seem to be incredibly effective in encouraging and moving smokers closerto wanting to quit,” he said.Maureen Miller, director of GatorWellHealth Promotion Services, said the ads mightnot work well with the younger population because they believe it’ll never happen to them.“It doesn’t really resonate in terms of changing their behaviors, especially when we’re talking about tobacco,” she said.Simon Persico, a 22-year-old UF businessjunior, started smoking when he was 17 yearsold. He said most smokers don’t see themselves quitting until they’re older, adding thatthe ads are scary because they reveal the worstcase scenarios of smoking.“The ads are obviously a good idea,” hesaid, “but I think they’re a little sensational.”BRITTANY BOKZAMAlligator Contributing WriterCritically acclaimed children’sauthor and illustrator Peter Sís willspeak at UF today. His presentationis the main event of UF’s first yearparticipating in International Children’s Book Day.“He’s an exceptionally talented,brilliant illustrator and children’sbook creator,” said John Cech, director of the Center for Children’s Literature and Culture.Traditionally held on Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday, International Children’s Book Day is a celebration of children’s literature andstorytelling, transcending the boundsof geography, language and culture.Sís will speak at 7 p.m. at the P.K.Yonge Performing Arts Center abouthis work and the powerful force ofbooks as communication tools acrosscultures.Cech said children’s books are animportant means of breaking downglobal barriers. Although they maybe filled with bright illustrations andfollow simple plots, these stories address universal themes.“Children’s books can be dark,” hesaid. “They can be complex. They canbe ambiguous. They can deal with allsorts of issues.”Ruth Lowery, an associate professor in the UF College of Education, isconcerned with helping her studentsget a global perspective on literature.“The focus for me is that we allacknowledge the presence of booksin our lives and that stories are fromeverywhere,” she said.Along with Sís, storyteller, educator and writer Barry Stewart Mannwill be speaking at multiple venues,including Santa Fe College and theAlachua County Library. At 2 p.m.,he will be at Smathers Lib

arrest, Mayor Craig Lowe en-tered into a deferred prosecu-tion agreement with the state attorney's offi ce on Monday afternoon. The agreement drops Lowe's DUI charges and requires him to participate in a DUI interven-tion program, State Attorney Bill Cervone said in a state-ment. Lowe can participate in the