University of Florida - Tower Seminole Yearbook (Gainesville, FL)

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Gator Greatness Gator Greatness 1 Opening 2 Student Life 4 Current Events 42 Academics 60 Sports 98 Greeks 150 Organizations 204 People 222 Advertisements 250 Closing 320 Special Thanks 322 Staff 323 Colophon 324 TOWER 1998 Volume XVI Gator Greatness You are as great as the dreams you dream, as great as the love you bear; as great as the values you redeem and the happiness you share. You are as great as the thoughts you think, as the worth you have attained; as the fountains at which your spirit drinks, and insight you have gained. You are as great as the truth you speak, as great as the help you give; as great as the destiny you seek, as great as the life you live. University of Florida 309 J. Wayne Reitz Union Gainesville, Florida 32611 Gator Greatness The year began like most any other. Bright eyed freshmen lined up outside dorms, teary eyed parents left their children to the world, and weary eyed upperclass- men played it cool. The beginning of a fall semester always brings with it innocence, wonder, bemusement and anticipation. A new football season, a new school year and a new canvas on which to imprint ourselves. What defines the year is everything that follows. And for better or worse, this school year defined itself rather quickly and dramatically. Riding the tide of a triumph prevalent all over campus, the Gator football team opened the season at the top. Yet smugness and excitement cloaked inexperience and uncertainty for both Gator football and the campus. Eventually both stumbled. Midseason losses for Gator football and midyear crises on our campus belied the inexperience and trepidation we worked so hard to dis- guise. Yet perhaps it was inevitable. Our lives themselves are a constant evolution of thought and self education and such a process demands the attention that the occasional struggle will afford us. From self examination and criti- cism that follows such losses or crises, we emerge stron- ger than before. And such was the way this year played itself out. As if to prove the point, the Gator football team responded with an effort no one who saw it will ever forget. For that day, November 22, 1997, they shunned individualism and embraced the greatness within their reach. If it is said sports are a microcosm of life, we proved it this year. With similar strength and vigor, we as students emerged from our own midyear " slump " greater than ever. We embraced our time together, we initiated serious dia- logues, we rallied behind our President shunning individu- alism embracing our diversity and embracing the greatness that was within our reach. And as we look back at the year, we won ' t forget any of the struggles, big or small. Nor would we deny that we indeed shaped the best years of our lives together and that we were fortunate enough to do it here at UF. And we wouldn ' t have wanted to do it and perhaps we couldn ' t have done it at any other place. For when the smoke cleared, we were surrounded everywhere by " GATOR GREATNESS! " In one of the defining moments of the 97-98 school year, students rallied behind President Lombardi both physically and emotionally, culminating with a rally organized by the students at Lombardi ' s house with over 2000 students, faculty, alumni and community leaders in attendance Greatness At first glance, a campus of over 40,000 students seemed too difficult to define. From across the world we brought with us our habits, our hobbies, our cultures and most importantly, our hopes and dreams. We crammed these, our lives, into a small north Florida town, and from that we gave Gainesville a life of its own. Gainesville gave us the University of Florida, and we gave it our hard earned money. Gainesville gave us navigable roads, and we gave it traffic. Gainesville gave us parking spots, al- beit a few, and we gave it the tow truck industry. Gainesville gave us Gator football, and we gave it 85,000 rabid fans. Gainesville gave us the town - we gave it the world. By definition , a campus of 40,000 dents is difficult to define. And yet maybe that is what is so great about it. The diversity and the vibrancy of our individual experiences gave us a world in which we all shared in. We took from it what we could, gave it what we had, and lived with what we created. A great accomplishment indeed. Working at the Hub on game day, senior Tara Bardi sells Gator merchandise. Uf merchandise was again among the highest selling in the nation, and business was never better than on game days in Gainesville, when friends and alumni swamped the campus. Signing his school spirit, an aspiring Gator enjoys pre-game festivities at " The Swamp " for the game against Florida State sity. Children were not immune to the infectiousness of orange and blue, and thus were planted the seeds of future UF athletes and fans. What does it mean to have Gator Spirit? When do you feel it the most? I like the unity I feel when I am at the football games. Karen Ciardulli 2HP C Offering their support, freshman Shauntee Brown and Sophomore Cassandre Ribot cheer on men ' s basketball team against Louisiana State University at the O ' Connell Center. The success UF athletes enjoyed was assuredly both a cause and effect of the vocal support fans showed at games. 6 Student Life Inciting the crowd, legendary UF fan, George " Mr. Two Bits " Edminston, works up his famous cheer before a home game. No Gator fan was immune to the indefati- gable enthusiasm of " Two Bits " as Edminston worked his way around Ben Hill Griffin Stadium durin g each home game throughout the football season. Orange and You Gator Spirit was more than a football game, more than selling orange and blue clothing: It was a way of life. Whether it was the thrill of Gator athletics, the inclusiveness of campus organizations, or the scenery on and around campus, no student left the University of Florida without, in some way, being overwhelmed by " Gator Spirit. " Although some may think the enor- mity and diversity of UF ' s student body was an obstacle to such a feeling, the common bond that all UF students shared was a love for their school. " Gator spirit starts from the day you step on this campus. It makes you not really want to go back home on the weekends, " said Adeyanju Odutola, liberal arts and science sophomore. Gator spirit was more than just an idea, more than a feeling — it was our lives as UF students. Each student was able to carve their own niche and to redefine " Gator Spirit " in their own life. Jon Forsythe, 3LS, said Gator spirit was " a sense of to a group that is more than you, the university. The university is more than just classes — outside of studies, it is a place you can have fun. " The hysteria that called itself Gator Spirit was more than football, more than athletics at all. It was more than merchandising and tacky orange golf shirts. It was more than a fraternity or sorority, more than a Homecom- ing parade. And it was more than a beautiful sky over Century Tower. It was more than the sum of its parts. It was a year that UF students shaped in their own small way, and so contributed in a big way to their university. It was what reminded us again of why it was great to be a Florida Gator. Story by: Sean Kane Student Life 7 Below: Dr. Drew Pinsky and Adam Carolla, stars of the hit MTV show Love Lines, came to Campus in March through an Accent sponsored event. The O ' Connell Center was transformed into the show ' s set for the production that drew over 4000 people. Left: Thousands of screaming fans look on as Jakob Dylan and the Wallflowers perform in the O ' Connell Center. Held in the fall, the Wallflowers Concert was one of the biggest and most popular SGP productions on campus this year. Above: In March, SGP brought Jazz performer, Branford Marsalis, to the Bandshell for a free concert. Marsalis spent the afternoon entertaining a huge crowd of Gainesville resi- dents who came to hear him play. What did you like best about the ACCENT and SGP shows? I liked that they brought great speak- ers like John Single- ton, The Love Line Guys and bands like the Wallflowers for cheap or free. -Lora Brooks 1JM Below: William B. Davis, " Cancer Man " from the popular t.v. show The X-Files, served as an Accent speaker in April. His presentation allowed hundreds of X-Files fans to hear about behind-the-scenes as- pects of the show, as well as ask ques- tions about the show and its stars. C me One, Come Accent and SGP Bring Inexpensive Entertainment to the University of Florida and the Gainesville Community When asked who his favorite speaker was, Chairman of Accent, Andrew Rosin, replied, " Magic Johnson. " Accent, the University of Florida ' s Speakers Bureau, has been working with various national agencies to bring prominent ers to Florida since the 1960 ' s. The best part about the program? It ' s all free. No student or member of the community has ever had to pay to hear a presentation. This year ' s venue included Bob Dole, the 1996 Republican Presidential Hopeful, Dr. Drew Pinsky and Adam Carolla, from the popular MTV program Love Lines, and John Singelton, producer of Higher Learning. Past speakers include Arthur Ashe, Oprah Winfrey, Kurt Vonnegut, and Pres. Jimmy Carter. In bringing these distinguished men and women to UF ' s campus, Accent hopes to enhance students ' education outside of the classroom. In addition to Accent, UF has another student-run entertain- ment organization on campus. Student Government Productions, or SGP, is a division of Student Government that works to bring inexpensive shows to the Univer- sity of Florida. This year it brought in the hit music group, The Wall- flowers, jazz-performer Branford Marsalis, and the Indigo Girls as well as many other popular enter- tainers. Although it must charge money for most of its venues, SGP concentrates on keeping the prices low and the energy level high. Student Life 9 On the Road Again Wherever the place, traveling was a great way for students to forget about school for a while. Each University of Florida student, at some point in the arduous academic year, felt the need to get out of Gainesville. Whether that meant going back home to visit old friends and family or embarking on a road trip with the likes of new company, traveling outside of the campus ' s five-mile radius enabled students to forget daily stress and remember that there was a world outside of Gainesville. Of course, the main vacation students planned for year round was Spring Break. There ' s good reason too. Tour packages for cruises and tropical locations filled up early, and students found that the later it got in the year, the higher the prices got. Sopho- more Nick Fiorella planned ahead and booked a trip to Jamaica with a group of his friends. " I ' m glad we got our plans together be- cause I know a lot of people who didn ' t do anything for Spring Break because they didn ' t get their stuff together before it was too late, " Fiorelli said. Some students chose to use their time off to better the community through volunteer efforts but not without having a great time along the way. Florida Alternative Break gave students the opportunity to travel and lodge at a discounted price in return for community service. Business sophomore Valerie Fitton and 15 other students traveled to Nashville, Tennessee to help build wheel-chair ramps for children with cerebral palsy. " Helping others out really was a experience. It was better than sitting at home, " Fitton said. In addition to lavish, week-long breaks, weekends also gave students the opportu- nity to get away for a little while and within a reasonable budget. Road trips to big cities like Atlanta or Miami were an easy five- hour drive . Whatever the reason or wherever the place, traveling was a great way for stu- dents to forget about life for awhile. Story by : Jenny Williams. 10 Student Life Sophomores Nick Fiorella, Matt Paynter, Justin Kramm and Matt Gent show off their karaoke skills at a local bar in maica. The three friends spent Spring Break snorkeling, catching some rays and trying to catch some females ' attention. Florida Alternative Break gave dents the chance to do some good for the community while on tion. Junior Katie Oetjen spreads mulch for a children ' s playground while statistics graduate student Heather Bristol stands by. Why do you think it ' s important to plan ahead for Spring Break or other vacations? people who didn ' t do anything be- cause they didn ' t make plans. Nick Fiorella 2BA A Because I know a lot of Instead of heading for the warm Florida beaches, sophomore Michael Bozza, se- nior Phil Culpepper and sophomore Williams headed north to Wash- ington D.C. for a different kind of cal Spring Break. These students jumped at the chance to spend some time in the cold. Weekend road trips were a favorite among the UF student body. Here tion sophomore Tiffany Arcaro and neering junior Erik Swerdlow pile their stuff into a friend ' s car. Arcaro and Swerdlow took a five-hour drive to to attend a U2 concert in November 1997. Student Life 11 " Are you leaving? " Students walking to their car were often stalked by desperate drivers who were looking for a parking spot before their classes began. Whether they drove a car or not, ery student felt it. The futility, the anger, the tragedy – and then, in a small clearing of asphalt, the glory. Parking has a long and rious history in the lives of UF students. Generations of students have known the same horror, and so the legend is passed on. Rarely, if ever, does a student escape Gainesville without suffering the sequences of Gainesville parking lems – a ticket, a towed car, and for the fortunate few, the always fashionable and cosmetic " boot. " Many students had their own ideas about how to remedy the parking lems in Gainesville, both on and off campus. When asked if she found parking in Gainesville friendly, senior Jen Hickman replied in angst, " No, it sucks. I hate it. " Her solution? " Build more parking garages, I guess. " Parking garages, I guess. " Parking garages seemed to be a love affair for UF dents, who commonly expressed the need for more. Yet others found more creative, if not practical, solutions to the parking quandary facing UF students. Senior Mindy McCumber said, " Most people would give up half the sex they ' re having for better parking. " Although speaking entirely for herself, students like McCumber represented the sheer desperation of most UF students regarding parking. Every student feared the ticket man and often tried to outsmart him by making checks on their illegally- parked car. Or who could forget the forever blinking hazards lights of cars lined up along the bike lines. Story by Sean Kane Slaving through another day, UF official Arthur Jones serves a ticket to an illegally-parked car. Despite the fine, illegally parking on campus was actually more cost effective than elsewhere in the city, where tow trucks put a painful dent in students ' wallets. 12 Student Life Paying for a parking fine, Jaime Murrell demonstrates the unfortunate conse- quence of parking illegally. While one ticket was seen by most as a minor nuisance, several tickets could result in a having a boot put on car or suspended parking priveleges. What do you dread most about the parking situation on the University of Florida campus? 1 A: " Every Sunday night, I have to make the long trip to Hume Parking ga- rage to park my car, " Sue Kelly, Freshman Brad Chibnik collects parking tickets side of Beaty Towers. With the glaring absence of available parking spots, many students chose simply to park illegally and risk the consequences, which in- cluded tickets, towing, boots and of course the dreaded suspension of parking privileges.. Waiting patiently for the bus, freshmen Matt Holt and Chad Kersting discuss the days events. Early in the spring semes- ter, Gainesville buses were free for UF students, a trial period intended to in- crease bus ridership. There was talk of making the change permanent. Student Life 13 The cheerleaders are always an exciting part of the show. Gator Growl 1997 fea- tured a combined performance of the leaders and the Dazzlers. The cheerleaders performed many tosses and stunts along with familiar cheers and dance routines. Sister Hazel, a local band whose album went platinum, was one of the highlights of Gator Growl 1997. A surprise perfor- mance brought the Gator fans in atten- dance to their feet. Sister Hazel performed " Happy " and " All for You. " Theatre Strike Force performed their Seniors Taras Ross, Wylie Ritch, Elijah parady " Helium " at Gator Growl 1997. Williams and Mike Moten stand with The group earned their coveted spot in Coach Steve Spurrier as he introduces the show by winning the Homecoming them and the rest of the seniors to the skit competition earlier in the year. Gator faithful. Spurrier and the captains thanked the fans for their support throughout a rough year. What was the best • part of Gator Growl 1998? A: I really liked all the live performances this year - it made it more exciting. Sunshine Trueman 4JH 14 Student Life Let the Gator Growl Albert Defends the Title with a bang at the 1998 Gator Growl! Gator Growl, the world ' s largest student-run pep rally, arrived to a stadium full of screaming students, faculty and alumni on November 7. The theme " Albert Defends The Title " and many retrospective videos and skits paid to the University of Florida ' s first Football National Championship. The 52-20 beating of Florida State University became the focus of the 2 hour long show full of music, skits, vid- eos, comedians and surprise Gainesville ite Sister Hazel. The Sister Hazel surprise was one of the most remembered parts of Growl for many fans that night. " I couldn ' t believe it, they were great! " said first year student Tanya Phillips. Howie Mandel and Jeremy Hotz supplied the comic relief for the evening. Mandel even broke with tradition and took his act off the stage and down to Florida Field. " I knew this was a student run production, but they just told me that students also built this stage, " he quipped. " Do you mind if I take this show to the field? " The show didn ' t come together November 7 though. Over 250 students spent almost nine months designing the show. From the stage to the program, it was all done by students. ing a finished product in my hand was amaz- ing, " said Sheada Madani, the 1997 Program Director. " But even more amazing was hearing 70,000 screaming-fans appreciating the hours of teamwork that went into every part of (Gator) Growl. " Producer Grier Pressley, a law student, headed up the diverse group of students who brought the show to be. Aided by three Associate Pro- ducers, seniors Andrea Goldfarb and W.J. Rossi and graduate student Natasha Phillips, Pressly brought together one of the most memorable shows in recent history. The small bonfire pep-rally that began over 70 years ago once again wowed audiences and ignited the fires of Gator Spirit in every Gator in attendance. Story by Natasha Phillips Student Life 15 Handing out free drinks was just one of the many duties of Gator Expo Director Kristen Obenour. Obenour worked many hours setting up the event, soliciting par- ticipation of campus organizations and secured co-sponsorship by Student Gov- ernment. Many students and alumni attended the event. A I liked the op- opportunity that Expo gave organizations to display information for students and alumni. Lance Karp, 1DM What was one of your favorite parts of Homecom- ing 1997 Congratulating the 1998 Homecoming Sweethearts, the Homecoming Contes- tants celebrated on stage. The Pageant boasted 21 of the university ' s most ligent and well rounded women. The 1998 Homecoming Queen was former Panhellenic and Alpha Omicron Pi dent Pamela Sherman. Explaining the importance of political activism, Speaker Newt Gingrich, key- note speaker for the Florida Blue Key Homecoming Banquet, chatted with at- tendees after the banquet. The Home- coming Banquet annually draws well- known political speakers to the event held right before Gator Growl. 16 Student Life Homecoming 1997: Days to Remember Nine months of planning led to one glorious week, which celebrated one of the most prestigious University of Florida traditions. The University of Florida ' s Home- coming events are some of the most elaborate and prestigious in the coun- try. Sponsored by Florida Blue Key ership Honorary, the Homecoming fes- tivities actually began in July, with a joint project with the Gainesville ber of Commerce called Homecoming in July. This event allowed the students working on the Homecoming events to thank the local community and business in advance for all they will contribute the UF ' s Homecoming celebration. The next event and one of the most el- egant was the Homecoming Pageant. Twenty-one of the campus ' most intelli- gent and active women were selected from over 50 nominees to compete in the 1997 pageant held at the Center for the Performing Arts. At the pageant three women were chosen to serve on the Homecoming Court, with the Queen an- nounced at Growl. The 1997 ing Queen was Pamela Sherman. One of the most prestigious events asso- ciated with the Homecoming week, was the Homecoming Banquet. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich flew in from Washington DC to give a speech not on his side of politics but on every citizens ' responsibility to the country through political involvement. Along with the many other events from the Swamp Party to the Expo, the over 250 student volunteers planned alumni events. The planning for the event began in January when law student Mike Schmidt was chosen to serve as Home- coming General Chairman. The 1997 Homecoming theme " Days to Remem- ber " was certainly true, as Homecoming 1997 became many days to remember. Story by: Natasha Phillips Entertaining the crowds at Homecoming ' s Gator Expo, Floridance member, Mandy Jezek performs a dance routine on the Northlawn of the Reitz Union. Each year Gator Expo offers all organizations the chance to ex- hibit their organizations to students and alumni alike. Student Life 17 Keeping in Touch The Homecoming parade was a chance for the community to connect with the university. The Homecoming parade has been part of the University of Florida ' s Homecom- ing celebration since 1925. The parade, whose route is the same each year, kicks off the largest student-run Homecoming cel- ebration in the nation. The Florida Blue Key-sponsored parade has been and con- tinued to be a time for Gainesville citizens to see what goes in and around UF. Not all residents of Gainesville were aware of what UF students were involved with. " It ' s amazing to me how many different groups that participate in the Homecom- ing Parade who aren ' t directly related to the university, " said Kristen Wanner. The parade was a time to get Gainesville involved with the University of Florida and to let its citizens know that they con- tribute to its success as well. A number of floats were constructed by student organization , various colleges, fraternities, sororities and local businesses. Local civic groups and bands also participated. One of the highlights of the parade was when the senior football players rode down Uni- versity Avenue with the Gator Marching Band playing the fight song, " Orange and Blue. " it definitely got everyone ' s orange and blue blood flowing. The comedians for Gator Growl 1997 also participated. You could see Howie Mandel and Jeremy Hotz waving to the crowds along the route. In addition to Mandel and Hotz, the Homecoming court, student ers and various local and state dignitaries also participated. Truly, the whole com- munity took part in the parade, not just those involved with the university. The Homecoming parade was what built the excitement for one of the biggest football games of the year. The 1997 Homecoming parade was no different, and it continued the University of Florida ' s tradition of excellence. Story by: William Mader 18 Student Life A Gainesville firefighter says " hello " to some curious on-lookers. Other firefighters rode in their trucks honking their horns and blaring the sirens. They were just a few of the city workers who participated in the 1997 parade. Business senior Mindy Tanebaum and Sean Richardson stand by as the parade floats pass through University Avenue. Most floats were made by student orga- nizations that tried to show aspects of their group through their float design. President Lombardi gets the crowd fired up for the game. Many local and state dignitaries rode through the parade in a classic or new sports cars, and President Lombardi is no exception. Cruising in style with his wife, Cathryn, Lombardi shows his spirit for UF. Two students get their " kicks " with a kooky clown. Clowns entertained chil- dren throughout the parade, making their way up and down the street and making balloon animals. Clowns acted crazy to keep the crowd smiling. What was your • favorite aspect about the 1997 Homecoming parade? A I liked that there was something for everyone. No matter how old you were. Tiffnay ZED Student Life 19 Outside of Anderson hall, first year Oc- cupational Therapy student, Chris Martoral, displayed a common practice that both on-campus and off-campus stu- dents have used. Bicycle, skateboard, and moped transportation were favored by many students who preferred the conve- nience of quicker travel across campus. It ' s " Hall ' When on pus living space spilled into personal space, roommates learned how to get along. rooms. The diversity among floc mates when it came to study habits sleeping patterns and cleanliness (o lack thereof) was not supposed to be, a top priority, was it? All gripes aside, dorm life was natural step that aided the newcome to the rigors and fun of college life Living " in the middle of it all " force one to see all that the University 0 Florida campus could offer and thu encouraged a new student to utilize his or her new surroundings. Star by: Maritess Repidad Lottery. Temporary triple. Co-op. Communal shower. Fire drill. Lock out. Call box. Laundry. Phone message. Laundry. Burnt popcorn. Laundry. For those who have lived in the University of Florida dormitories, dorm life remained a somewhat remarkable life experi- ence. Usually, the younger students of the university population inhab- ited the halls, from Tolbert and Beaty Towers to Reid and Hall ' 95. With the aid of each floor ' s Resi- dent Assistant and the Inter-Resi- dence Hall Association, new students dents, perhaps, adjusted at a more comfortable pace than, per se, the new student in living off-campus. Floor meetings, hall activities and other events provided residents with the opportunity to meet the other people living in their respective buildings. Living on campus pro- vided easy access to school without the worry of searching for a parking space every morning of the week. Common dorm gripes circulated among the population as each new group of students soon found out for themselves after settling into their 20 Student Life Freshmen (I to r) Joey Ayers, Bryan Turney, and Adam Hartle bombarded the Moonwalk, which was brought to campus during the Second Annual IRHApalooza Festival to enhance the camaraderie among on-campus residents. This theme was " It ' s Hall Good. " Eric Linder, a Philosophy graduate stu- dent and Yulee Hall director, and Gary Slossberg, a Psychology senior and IRHA (Inter-Residence Hall Association) vice president, enjoyed the food offered, and even provided some entertainment, at the outdoor recreation provided at IHRApalooza. . Any advice to newcomers about the living on the campus of the University of Florida? It is an expe- rience that a lot of students should go through. Kelly Hart Doing laundry is an inevitable thing. Piles become mounds, and mounds become blockades into you room. Eventually, on campus students wander down to their respective laundry room. Here, a Beatty West Resident faces such bitter truth. Student Life 21 Downtown Gainesville is brightly lit here as it gears up for the throngs of people who will be coming here to sit back, relax and have a good time. There was never a lack of things to do in Gainesville on a weekend night. Michael Bovensi and Aram Shelton, both seniors, jam at a show for their band, " The Usuals. " They could be seen at clubs in Gainesville. They are here performing at the Covered Dish, which is one of their favorite places to perform. A local Gainesville musician plays his The Hippodrome State Theatre is in full guitar and sings for people at Maude ' s swing as people come to see the featured Cafe on a Friday night.. Maudes had play. Some favorites this year were " The " open mic " when anyone could come Glass Menagerie " , " Three Tall and play music. People could also sit back and " Dracula " . with a cup of coffee. . What do you like to on a typical Saturday night in Gainesville? 238 West is great on a Saturday night. You get to dance and meet a bunch of people. Cathy Engel, 3AG 22 Student Life 11 d e Gainesville After Dark UF students had a plethora of places for all of th eir late-night entertainment needs. Projects. Quizzes. Reports. Tests. It never seemed to end. College was a ending cycle of hours upon hours of stress. With all the work college students had to do, there had to be a break occasionally. University of Florida students were no different, and we knew how to have a good time. When the weekend rolled around, there were a multitude of things for students to do to subside the headache of a long week of school. UF students could be seen throughout Gainesville at night, especially Friday or Saturday. A favorite choice among students were the wide variety of dance clubs. A few of the hot spots were 238 West, Florida and Full Circle. Whether it was techno, hip-hop or old wave, Gainesville clubs offered it all. Cathy Engel, a junior in Animal Science said " 238 West is great on a Saturday night. You get to dance and meet a bunch of people. It gets my mind off of school. " If dance clubs weren ' t your thing, there was always live music. Gainesville had a plethora of clubs that featured bands who played ska, punk-rock, emo, hip-hop, reggae, jazz, blues and folk. Some of the places where many of these shows hap- pened were the Covered Dish, Brick City Music Hall and the Hardback Cafe. You could even stroll to Maude ' s Cafe a couple of nights a week for a cup of joe. Listening to music and dancing weren ' t the only things to do after hours. You could also check a play out at the Hippodrome State Theater. The Hippodrome, a local playhouse, features plays and indepen- dent films regularly. So, as far as Gainesville is concerned, " the nighttime is the right time. " School may have gotten to you, or your roommate was driving you up the wall. Don ' t sweat. All was well when the weekend came. Story by: William Mader Student Life 23 Occupational therapy sophomore Am- ber Wilson works out on a stationary bike at the Southwest Recreation Center. Due to the center ' s immense popularity, students often were met with long lines while waiting for machines and over- crowded aerobic classes. For students who couldn ' t afford a health club membership or who didn ' t want to work out in a stuffy gym, Mother Nature provided an ideal workout. Freshmen Alison Tallman and Carrie Carlson powerwalk near the Broward tennis courts on a sunny afternoon. Leisure courses were a great way for students to exercise while having fun. Here Jim Hudson leads a Hatha Yoga class outside the Reitz Union. Hudson had taught yoga for 12 years. Karate and swing dancing were other exericise oriented leisure courses offered by UF. Which excercise option do you prefer: working out inside a gym or playing a sport out- side? think gyms can be stuffy, so I like to get outside and play basketball or tennis, something fun. Marissa Foglia, 3JM 24 Student Life Engineering junior Wyatt Wallace spots senior Patricia Hernandez while she works out with free weights. Spotting was essential to ensuring the safety of students who used heavy machines or weights. Working with a partner often encouraged hard work and the ability to keep going. Does a Body Good UF provided the latest in sports facilities and equipment free of charge for students and faculty alike. Exercising is part of the balance students strive to achieve in their daily lives. Although, it isn ' t always easy. Finding the time, the place and even the people can hinder the well-mean- ing student in need of a health over- haul. In addition to private gyms able throughout Gainesville, the Uni- versity of Florida offered several op- tions for students who were interested in not only looking better, but feeling better. Briana Murphy, 2HH, said she preferred classes offered at the South- west Recreational Center because they got her motivated. " I like classes like `Step Circuit ' and `Kick Boxing ' . Exercising makes me feel better about myself, " Murphy said. In addition to aerobic classes, the Southwest Rec Center also provides basketball, volleyball, tennis and rac- quetball courts free of charge to UF faculty and students. Also located in the center is a fully equipped gymna- sium with treadmills, free weights and stair-climbing machines. However, some students believed that the popularity of UF gyms hin- dered the enjoyment of working out. " I workout in my garage, because it is always too crowded at South West Rec, " Ryan Davis, 3Exercise Sports, said. Michelle Suchy, 2LS, said that even though she had to wait in line, it was worth it. " They have brand new ma- chines and quality equipment and as a student, it ' s free. Some students found pleasure in more individual activities like going for a walk or bike riding. Students could be seen jogging or walking with head- phones all across campus. Story by Jenny Williams Student Life 25 Student apathy was just one thing candidates sought to change. Fresh- man Deeb-Paul Kitchen does his duty at a poll near Turlington Plaza. Polling booths were located in various places around campus so that more students could vote. Student Brian Firth listens intently to Vi- sion ' 98 sophomore candidate Jeremy Kaplan ' s and Action Josh Heller ' s views. Heller served as Parliamentarian for the Act ion party. Deciding between the two qualified parties was difficult for most students. Political science senior and Action candidate Richard Fobair explains his agenda to physics freshman Pat Powers. Al- though most students appreciated the effort, some students complained about the in-your-face campaign tactics. Dedicated candidates and supporters spent many hours out in the hot sun selling their party. Vision ' 98 supporters Alexiz Zepeda and Erin Alvarez give buttons and pamphlets to students as they pass in Turlington Plaza. Why do you think voting in Student Government elections is impor- tant? Important to have a say in where my A S fees go. A Because I • think it is im- - Serena Underwood 2LS 26 Student Life Rock the Vote Each spring and fall, Student Government candidates herded students to the polls. Student Government? What does it do for UF students? How does it work? Who are the candidates? There are so many questions that can be raised about the ings of student government, but where are the answers? Maybe this can help. Elections happen twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. Elections are held for 40 Senate seats representing the living areas in the fall and and 40 Senate seats representing colleges in the Spring. Then each semester, the newly elected elect their Senate president and pro tempore. In addition to the Senate elections in the spring, the student body president, vice president and treasurer are also elected along with Traffic Court Chief Justice and Honor Court Chancellor and Associate tices. These people are elected for a full year and represents the executive and cial branches of the government. There is another main theme to under- standing student politics... parties! There were three parties represented in the Spring ' 98 elections: Action, Honest and Vision ' 98. Action played off their candidates ' perience in student government, Vision ' 98 emphasized change and diversity in gov- ernment and Honest stressed, well, their honesty. There is so much more to know about student government, and you probably want to turn the page. Through spring of ' 98, Chris Dorwoth was student body dent, Eric Lasso was vice president and Brent Gordon was treasurer. In the spring elections, John McGovern won student body president and Terry Jackson won vice president with 50.06 percent of the votes. Vision ' 98 candidates won 39.8 percent, and Honest candidates won 10.8 percent. A run-off election was held for treasurer with Action candidate Ian Lane winning 54.6 percent of the votes, making a clean sweep for the Action Party in the executive branch. Story by: Brie Zulaf and Natasha Phillips Student Life 27 Tom Delker and Nicole Beach, both physics graduate students, take some time to grab a bite to eat at the Baja Tortilla Grill. The mexican-style rant served fajitas, quesadillas and tacos, while using the freshest of ingre- dients. It was one of many new addi- tions to the campus dining family. Q are some of the reasons why you choose to eat on campus so often? A I eat all the time on campus be- cause it ' s easy. I live on campus. Robby Etzkin,115 Oasis Carts could be seen rolling all around campus providing a la carte snacks for the hungry student between classes. Here alumni Michelle Legrande, 26, counts back change to agriculture senior Nicole Perez, who had just bought a coffee to warm the cool early morning air. Finance freshman Anthony Glasgow sorts through fresh hamburger toppings for his recently purchased meal. Aaron Norman, 34, served up fresh hamburg- ers and hot dogs straight from the grill at the Carleton Grill, a new addition to the Gator Dining Services ' family this year. 28 Student Life Grub on the Go UF students agreed that eating on campus was not always cheap but always convenient. It ' s two hours until your next class, and you ' re starving. The only problem is that Mom wasn ' t there to pack you a brown bag lunch for school. Most dents found themselves faced with this dining dilemma each week, if not each day. The University of Florida provided all sorts of dining facilities for both the convenience and tastes of students. Convenience played an important part in students ' decisions to eat on cam- pus. " I eat all of the time on campus be- cause it ' s easy. I live on campus, " said Robby Etzkin, 1-LS. Such chain favorites like and Subway were popular with students, but Gator Dining made several new additions to campus this year includ- ing: The Oasis Cart, Baja Grill, Java Hut and the Carleton Grill. The Carelton Grill, situated near Carleton auditorium, featured fresh grilled hamburgers, chips and drinks. This addition was unique because there were not many nearby dining options, as opposed to areas like the Reitz Union, which contained about 12 eateries. dents could be seen with their bag lunches scattered across campus lawns or getting free food in the Plaza of Americas. 2-LS student Roxana Lopez-Merino didn ' t enjoy the fast food options of campus restaurants. " I normally cook for myself, but times I ' ll eat at the Arrendo Room cause you can sit down and eat at a normal pace, " she said. That fast pace is what attracted most students to eating on campus. When students had only 15 minutes before class, a quick bite at the Hub could be the extra boost needed for the day. Story by: Jenny Williams For students looking for a more healthier alternative, Subway was a safe bet. Jun- ior Patrick Dickson looks over his top- pings choices while physical therapy freshman Dallas Ngo stands ready with her plastic-covered hands. Subway was So popular, long lines would form down the hall. Student Life 29 We Got Next Intramural sports allowed students to sweat, work hard and show off their skills. Sports and competition play a major role in the University of Florida. Partici- pating in sports requires sweat, dedication and a lot of hard work. Competition provides the edge for students who enjoy testing their limits. Intramural sports gave students the op- portunity to combine these two elements to encourage students to excel while re- maining true to the most important nature of sports: fun. This year was no exception. With the introduction of roller hockey and the con- tinuing success of established intramural sports, this year proved to be very exciting. The sheer numbers of this year ' s intra- mural program were very impressive. Ap- proximately 2,000 teams, 4,000 games and 20,000 were involved in this year ' s intramural program. The program was divided up into nine leagues: four men ' s, three women ' s and 2 coed leagues, including leagues open to everyone, or just specifically for Greek and faculty teams. With such a diverse student body, UF intramural sports offered a variety of program to meet their needs. This year ' s program included sports like rugby, flag football, soccer, tennis, volleyball, and racquet ball. All students and faculty were eligible to play intramurals and all you needed was your Gator One Card. Doug DeMichele of the Office of Recre- ational Sports said, " We have been pleased with the interest in all intramural sports for the year and observed a significant in- crease in the sports of fall softball and soccer. " In respect to the introduction of roller hockey, Doug received positive feedback from the hockey participants and said, " We intend to offer roller hockey next year. " Overall the 1997-98 intramural season was a terrific success. Story by: Michael Lamb 30 Student Life After rebounding, a Pi Kappa Phi player tries to pass to his teammate over some Theta Chi defenders. The referee watches pensively to detect any possible fouls. This particular game, held in the South- west Recreation Center, had a large ber of spectators. A Kappa Alpha Psi player attempts a three-point shot in a basketball game against Kappa Sigma. Kappa Alpha Psi had many UF football players in its fra- ternity, including Elijah Williams, who played for their basketball team. What changes have occurred in this year ' s intramu- ral season, and what do the students think of the changes? We added team roller hockey during the fall term and re- ceived positive feed- back from the partici- pants. Doug DeMichele Health and Human Performance junior Tiffany Clarke and freshman Elizabeth Freeman cheer for their fellow Delta Gamma sisters in a flag football game against Alpha Delta Pi. The sports fans carried over aided competitors in their play. Microbiology junior Tom Johnson laces up his blades before joining his team, Blaze, to take on Tau Epsilon Phi. Differ- ent intramural leagues provided students with the opportunity to compete between greek and non-greek teams. Student Life 31 Homecoming Sweethearts are an- Pageants are not for women only any announced at the Pageant every year, but more. These guys showed their moves to the queen is not crowned until the night Stayin ' Alive. of Gator Growl. Miss Indian Student Association, Sheetal Pageant emcees must be adept at filling Patel performs a balance candle dance on dead time and do so with out the her way to winning the 1998 Miss VISA ence realizing it. This year ' s Pageant. Frank Brogan, Noah Brindise, and Visa President Candin Erengue. Why did you decide to com- pete in the Miss UF Pageant? It gave me a chance to get to know a lot of great girls, have a chance to win a scholarship and maybe even compete in the Miss Florida Pageant. Julie Donaldson First Runner-up 32 Student Life Here (S)he Comes UF has found a unique way to exercise equal rights... by letting men strut their stuff on the runway. Poise, talent, scholarship and beauty. The contestants in pageants can easily be described by any of these. But they can also be characterized as representatives and humanitarians. A number of pageants at the University of Florida allowed women... and men from all cross sections of campus to display their attribute, from cultural heritage to community involvement. Preparations for the pageants started weeks, and sometimes even months, before the actual show. Plans for all of the events were key, but as Lourdes Lorenz explained, the reason most people got involved, no matter which pageant, was " to meet lots of new people. " The Miss University of Florida Pageant is a scholarship pageant under the umbrella of the Miss America system. The winner advances to the Miss Florida Pageant. The winner of Miss BSU serves as a representative of the Black Student Union. Lambda Theta Alpha ' s Miss HSA celebrates Spanish heritage. Each contestant is required to do an authentic Spanish dance. The Volunteers for International Student Affairs sponsored the multi- cultural 1998 VISA Pageant. Contestants represented so many different cultures, ranging from the Caribbean to the Pacific Ridge, and from Greek-Americans to Indian. The philanthropic Mr. UF pageant, an all male pageant sponsored by Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority, raises money to benefit Arthritis Research. Student Life 33 The Reitz Stuff Students and the community found what they needed at the J. Wayne Reitz Union. The J. Wayne Reitz Union was a very vital part of campus. It pro- vided many significant daily services for students and the Gainesville munity. in addition to housing a hotel for guests of the university, students, faculty and alumni, the Union served a variety of interests. A recreation area with a bowling alley, video games and billiards were all situated within the Union ' s walls. STA travel agency, along with a mini-mall, were expanded this past year on the ground floor of the union. New additions included an enlarged gift store and Eyecare Express, where students could receive eye exams or purchase prescription glasses. The food court housed Wendy ' s and Subway, among other delicious eateries. The Baja Tortilla Grill and Little Caesar ' s were also located in the union. The Union also contained many offices for student organiza- tions, including Student Govern- ment, Student Activities, Panhellenic and Interfraternity cils, Florida Blue Key, HSA,, AC- CENT and Gator Growl. Many services were provided at the Reitz Union, including a mentary Notary Public, a Mail-Box Etc., and a free typing and computer lab. An information desk was situ- ated near the union ' s entrance, which was extremely helpful to students, faculty and visitors. Offices and meeting rooms could be reserved for use by the community. The Reitz Union was a great source of infor- mation and services for the sity of Florida. The community used its invaluable resources each day. The Reitz Union enhanced versity life culturally, intellectually and socially. Story by Lora Brooks Trusting in Roy Clay ' s expertise, Fresh- man Lyde Humphrey enjoyed a routine haircut at the Reitz Union Hair Com- pany. The Reitz Union Hair Company, located on the ground floor area of the Union offered haircuts for many students, faculty and staff.. 34 Student Life When you visit • the Reitz Union, what are some of the services you use? The food court? To study? Whenever I get the chance, I try and study outside. The union is a good place. Marshall Berra Whether you prefer hazelnut or irish cream, Public Relations Junior Cisco Merrill was happy to create flavored coffees for Java Hut Patrons. The Java Hut located on the first floor in the Food Court was one of the many new addi- tions to the union. Workers obliged students ' hunger pains at Subway, one of the many eateries at the Reitz Union Food Court. Subway was also one of the many food store chains that student ' s were able to enjoy in the Union, along with Little Ceasers, Wendy ' s and Dunkin Donuts for morning snakes. Marshall Berra, a Masters in Business Administration student, thoroughly en- joyed the patio area of the Baja Tortilla Grill, located on the ground floor of the Reitz Union. The Baja Tortilla Grill was formerly the Orange and Brew and still features many live music performances. Student Life 35 Sharing his resume with Black and Decker recruiter Dave Weikel, food and resource economic student Mark Marousky cusses how he could benefit Black and Decker. Researching companies oughly before hand is extremely tant when attending career expo. Taking Care of Business Career Expo offers students the chance to put to practice all the knowledge and experience they have accu mulated in their years in school. The Spring 1998 Career Expo fea- tured two job fairs and a Cultural Diversity reception during its two- day span. Recruiters from over 250 companies nationwide occupied two levels of the O ' Connell Center to meet with prospective interns, co- operative employees and permanent employees. The format of Expo allowed re- cruiters to spend the time they deemed necessary with students. " On average, l spent three minutes with each student. This morning I actually had a mini-interview with someone who I will bring into the office next week, " said Rob Wright, branch manager of Beneficial Florida, Inc. " Essentially my job was getting them interested in Benefi- cial. " The Career Resource Center offers various workshops to aid students in career planning. One workshop is geared directly toward the Career Expo and stresses the ways to meet with recruiters, outlines appropri- ate attire, and discusses materials needed during Career Expo. The Career Resource Center also mends attending multiple Expos to become familiar with its atmosphere. Julie Decker, 3AC, met with 15 recruiters at her second Expo. " Re- recruiters didn ' t pay any attention to me last time. It was more humbling because they looked down on you This time I was prepared, " Decker said. Due to the fact that many of the, companies focussed on Engineering majors, Accounting majors, Computer Information Science majors t and Decision Information Science a majors, the recruitment of other majors appeared low. But the even offered a wide variety 0 opportunities and learning experiences. Story by Mike Bozza I 1 r 36 Student Life Proctor and Gamble Representative and UF alumna Lisa Medford discusses pects of advertising senior Sherie Meier ' s resume. The Career Resource Center provided resume workshops to ensure all students had the opportunity to market themselves well at Career Expo.. Lionel recruiter Paul Condeelis prepares his model train demonstration for pro- spective visitors. Paul focused much of his time on students with majors such as mechanical engineering. Recruiters often bring elaborate displays to entice students to visit their booths. A I just wanted to go and have fun and in the process I learned about two new companies. Jason Harper Recruiting booths were set up on both levels of the Steven C. O ' Connell Center. The representatives ' locations within the dome were based upon their company ' s characteristics, such as the educational majors they were targeting. Student Life 37 Century Tower How much do you know about the most visible spot on the University of Florida campus? How much do you know about the Century Tower— and the $300,000 musical instrument it houses — the Century Tower Carillon! Did you know that the building was built as an art exhibit area, and intended as offices for the Alumni Association? That construction was started and stopped three times, as funds ran out? That the Athletic Association and Student Government have contributed sub- stantially to the construction costs, and to the carillon itself? Did you know that the carillon is played daily, by hand, by a woman graduate student? That there are 194 steps to the top, and no elevator? That there are only four cast-bell genuine carillons in Florida, and fewer than 150 nationwide? That our former student carillonneurs have gone on to major musical positions throughout the world, including Boston, London, St. Augustine, and Lake Wales? Did you know that the interior of the building has never been finished? That it has an open concrete stairway which the State Fire Marshall questions each year, and which we must request special per- mission to climb? That the tower once held the antenna for the University Police radio dispatch system, and also the pumps for the campus fire protec- tion system? Did you know that the myths about hanging ropes, loose bricks, and various ghosts are just that — myths? Information submitted by Willis Bodine . Professor of Music, University of Florida . University Organist and Carillonneur . Graduate Program Advisor for Performance, Sacred Music, Conducting and Pedagogy 38 Student Life When you • think of one building that represents or sym- bolizes the Univer- sity of Florida, what do you think of? The Century Tower, of course! Alexis Lambert 2JM Student Life 39 Some students had so much stuff Freshman Jarret Blakeley helps that they had to rent moving vans in freshman Lisa Uglialoro pack up order to fit all of their belonging her car at the end of the spring together. semester. Friends were a great as- set when trying to pack up. The dorm loading docks became one of the hottest spots on campus when it came time to move in or out. Did you find packing to be an easy process? Actually, no. As I packed I realized that I had a lot more stuff than I thought I had. Lauren Bloom 40 Student Life First year Business Major Sharon Fischer and her father Neal had to make numerous trips to their car to get all of her things packed. Many parents came to help their children pack up. Movin ' on Out (or In) Moving it was something that was unavoidable in college life. Whether moving in or out or just around, students became experts at the art. Or they shelled out big buck to others to do it for them. You could always tell the end of a semester by the number of moving trucks and parents ' vans cruising around campus. Checkout times and inspections were just a few of the problems that the average student faced with moving. The biggest was usually figuring out whose clothes had made it in to your closet and how this much extra stuff had made it into the room you had moved into just 9 months ago. Boxes of unread newspapers finally made it to the trash cans and the CD you had been looking for, finally turned up under the bed. The science projects you (or your roommate) had been in the Tupperware containers in the fridge finally met their mise. Moving often meant, escaping the dorms into a place of your own. Apartment life meant pay- ing GRU deposits, setting up phone lines and making sure cable was set up before Jerry Springer time. With the number of apartments and houses the campus, students had their pick of the different amenities available. But one thing stayed the same - moving your stuff out of the old place. Packing up a year or more of memories could take more time than expected, as you recalled how each movie ticket came to be and each story be- hind the pictures on your desk. But the fun didn ' t end on the move out. Moving in could offer new obstacles of its own. Finding room for all your clothes, pic- tures to hang on the walls and fitting furniture into spaces made for people with much less stuff than you were just a few of the fun challenges in the moving in process. But college is learning about change and moving is change - change of scenery, change of location, change of the sheets finally. Student Life 41 Great Events A generation is a tricky concept to de- fine. Millions of people around the world, strangers to one another, bound together by events they did not control. A common bond as impossible to define as it is to escape. There is little to share with that nameless person you meet any day of your life, little to share except the confidence you are of the same world, of the same moment in time. The confidence that your eyes have witnessed and your ears have heard the world ' s greatest triumphs, its worst tragedies and everything in be- tween. Current events surround us, whether within our community or within our country. They pull the drawstrings of our col- lective consciousness that much tighter, they envelop our lives with a shared sense of something larger than ourselves. They are the controversies, the celebrations, the tragedies, that for a moment in time be- come our lives. And, in the single moment that they occupy and enthrall us, they are gone, destined to become a snapshot in our collective picturebook. They were the world around us as much as the world within us. We were as much their creations as their creators. A genera- tion of mankind was linked, a generation of UF students was shaped, all by their benevolent hand. They were destined to become the memories, the parables, the lessons learned and the kitschy nostalgia of the generation so willing to discard them. Every generation is so defined by the great events that it becomes witness to. Ours was no exception. The news of events came to us in many different ways. The most common was on our front porch or lawn, if we hadn ' t driven over it when we came home. sion Page 43 THE YEAR IN REVIEW CAMPUS LOCAL EDITION While University of Florida President John Lombardi ' s job was in jeopardy, Gators showed their true colors in orange and blue ribbons. STUDENTS RALLY FOR LOMBARDI President John Lombardi survived an attack by state leaders due to the support of students, faculty and alumni. Many of his supporters gathered at his house to show their support. In the midst of controversy surrounding University of Florida President John Lombardi, students and alumni came together in his support. During a two week saga, due to President Lombardi ' s use of the term " oreo " to describe the new State University System Chancellor Adam Herbert, a student rally was held to support UF ' s president. The rally, held January 22, 1998 took place on the lawn of President Lombardi ' s house. Approximately 2,500 students, alumni, and supporters gathered cheering, chanting, and singing in support of President Lombardi. The supporters wore orange and blue ribbons made by members of the TOWER yearbook staff, the Student Senate and the Florida Blue Key Leadership Honorary, to signify their endorsement and support of the president. Former Student Body President Mike Brown, current Student Body President Chris Dorworth and Student Senate President John McGovern all spoke in support of President Lombardi ' s continued leadership at UF. Lombardi then spoke to the crowd, thanking everyone for their continued support. The rally was sponsored by Student Government, and assisted by Florida Blue Key and the Tower Yearbook staff. It was yet another example of the incredible support system found here at the University of Florida. 44 Year in Review GaY Rights Ordinance The City of Gainesville passed, by a 3-2 vote, an amended ordi- nance that would add sexual orien- tation to the Anti-Discrimination Code. The 3-2 vote was on the ordinance ' s first reading. The Ordinance was met by about fifty protestors who showed up side city hall. The amended ordinance would make it illegal to discriminate against individuals based on their sexual orientation in public accommodation, employment, and housing. The existing ordinance already protected individuals regardless of race, religion, color, sex, creed, tional origin, marital status, and age. The final reading on the Anti- Discrimination Ordinance was held May 4th. It was the only issue that was scheduled to be discussed at the meeting. The outcome of the debate was determined after this books dead- line. The UF Bat House is " On the Move " Hometown heroes, " Sister Hazel " performed at the Florida Theatre in April 1998. The band has been on many TV broadcasts including the Grammys and Regis and Kathy Lee Live. Sister Hazel has come home. The incredible success of their album " Somewhere More Familiar " has brought the band home to Gainesville, home to their roots. With the album turning platinum, Sister Hazel came back to Gainesviile to celebrate. Two concerts were held on April 28 and April 29 at the Florida Theater, located in downtown " Happy " to Come Home Gainesville to sold out crowds. The band attributes much of their success to their fans here in Gainesville, many of whom have been with the band when they were still just a " local " band. Sister Hazel made a surprise appearance at Gator Growl 1998 in November, where the performed two of their hit songs, " All for You " and " Happy. " The House " was a topic of heated debate and discussion. The of Florida finally decided to move it across the street for safely reasons. In a surprise announce- ment made by the University of Florida administration, the Bat House will be moved from its current location. The debate over whether the Bat House should be moved to make room for student ments has been going on for almost a decade. University of Florida officals want to bring in more students to the school, thus the need to build more housing to accommo- date them. Supporters of the Bat House say developing the land and moving the house will disrupt the environment near Lake Alice, where the Bat House is currently lo- cated. It might also be ful to the bats. President Lombardi and UF Provost Betty Capaldi were concerned with the families who come to watch the swarm of bats fly out of the house at dusk every night, causing traffic problems. Year in Review 45 THE YEAR IN REVIEW STATE EDITION A landmark case gives Florida money to spend o n anti-smoking campaigns and curbs tobaccos advertising campaigns Big Tobacco Pays the Big Bucks law that made it easier for the state to sue tobacco panies for Medicaid money spent to treat smoking-re- lated illnesses survived a preme Court challenge. Florida is one of about 20 states that sued tobacco panies in attempts to get imbursed for Medicaid funds spent treating smok- ers. Florida ' s claim is aided by a 1994 state law intended to help the state recover money from anyone believed re- sponsible for a Medicaid patient ' s illness. The law was aimed at the tobacco industry, according to those who challenged it in court. The state law lets cials combine into one law- suit thousands of Medicaid patients suffering from to- A trial for Florida ' s law- suit started on August 4 in West Palm Beach. An appeal from the law- yers for Philip Morris and Associated Industries stated that the law violated the stitutional right of due pro- cess by giving the state rights an ordinary plaintiff would not have. The case is Associated In- dustries of Florida vs. Agency for Health Care Ad- ministration, 96-915. At the end of August, 1997, tobacco industries agreed to a pro- posed national deal that would force them to pay $368 billion over 25 years, se- verely curb their advertis- ing and marketing practices and fine them up to $2 mil- lion a year if teen-age smok- ing doesn ' t drop. The states in return would drop lawsuits that sought to make industry repay Medicaid ' s costs of caring for the sick smokers. The try would then win protec- tion from future lawsuits by smokers and restrictions on how strictly the government could control nicotine. Florida ' s deal netted $11.3 billion in addition to a ban on tobacco billboards and much other outside adver- tising. Florida was the sec- ond state to settle, behind Mississippi. Governor Chiles and two tobacco industry lawyers signed their agree- ment before Palm Beach County Judge Harold Cohen. In depositions, tobacco executives already had con- ceded that smoking was harmful and could cause deadly diseases. The state of Florida ' s lawsuit will cut back greatly on the advertising available to tobacco companies. The state will target teens with anti-smoking ads who were previously targeted by the tobacco companies with ads such as " Jo Camel. " In March 1997, a Florida tabacco-related health prob- lems. It also lets the state use statistics to try to prove tobacco was to blame for some of the problems. The c hallenged law also barred companies from de- fending themselves by argu- ing that a Medicaid patient shared the blame for his or her own illness, by smoking, for example. The state court threw out a provision that would have let Florida sue without iden- tifying the people whose treatment costs it sought to recover. The state court also said Florida could only re- cover money it has spent since the law has been on the books. The state ' s lawyers said Medicaid costs attributed to smoking totaled $1.4 billion in Florida from 1990 to 1995. of NI as sit cell 38 46 Year in Review A New SUS Chancellor: Dr. Adam Herbert The State University System Board of Regents appointed University of North Florida President Adam Herbert as the Chancellor of the State sity System in early January, 1998. He replaced Chancellor Charles Reed who had served in the position for 12 years. Reed left the State University System to become California ' s chan- cellor in March. When Herbert assumed the lorship, he resigned from his place on several Jacksonville community and corporate positions, including the Barnett Bank and the Baptist Medical Center board of directors. He accepted a job that held a growing responsibil- ity. There were an estimated 215,000 dents enrolled in the state ' s public versity system in 1998. This number was expected to grow by as much as 100,000 throughout the next ten years. Issues that Herbert faced became more complex as educators and legis- lators planned greater access to higher education, new technologies and a more diverse student populations with costly needs. With the new distance learning programs implemented at the state ' s newest university, Florida Gulf Coast University, Chancellor Herbert was thrown into a system ready to take on new learning structures for a new ety. Herbert earned a B.A. degree in Po- litical Science from the University of Southern California in 1966, an M.P.A. at USC in 1967 and a Ph. D. in Urban Affairs from the University of Pitts- burgh in 1971. Herbert has also been a leader in the National Collegiate Athletic Association, serving as the Chairman of the Division II Presidents Council. He was also co-chair of the effort to land a National Football League team in Jacksonville. " He ' s a man ahead of his time, " Interim Dean of the UNF College of Computing Sciences and Engineering Charles Winton said. " He really buys into the Martin Luther King dream that skin color shouldn ' t matter. " Herbert, the first African-American appointed to this position, entered the job in a cloud of controversy, he aged it smoothly, demonstrating how he will lead the State System. Dangerous Tornadoes Leave Death and Destruction Forty-two people lost their lives as severe thun- derstorms swept across central Florida early in the morning on February 23, 1998. An El-Nino-strength- ened jet stream intensified a storm system to create deadly tornadoes that crashed upon four central Florida counties. Twenty-five residents of Osceola county died. A Kissimmee victim lost his life due to complica- tions from injuries he had sustained from the storm ' s destruction on March 5. Sanford county registered with twelve deaths, while Orange county listed thirty. One man of Volusia county was swept up while in his RV. Reports of tornado touch- downs came in from Daytona Beach on the At- lantic to Tampa Bay on the Gulf coast. Speeds of winds metered up to two hundred miles per hour. The storms were as strong as " f3 " on the six class Fujita Tornado Intensity Scale. County Firefighters search apartments in Winter Park. tornadoes swept through Central Florida killing at least 38 people. Year in Review 47 The YEAR IN REVIEW NATIONAL EDITION SCANDALS SHROUD WHITE HOUSE Bill Clinton has survived several scandals this year. Despite those allegations he remains optimistic. The suspicions sur- rounding Bill Clinton ' s promiscuity and infidel- ity began in 1992 during his campaign to the White House. Since then, Gennifer Flowers, Dolly Kyle Browning, and beth Ward Gracen claimed to have had sex with dent Clinton. Also, Paula Jones and Kathleen Willey have claimed that Bill Clinton sexually harassed them. Monica Lewinsky, a White House intern, has been suspected of sexual relations with President Clinton. The President originally denied sexual relations with Gennifer Flowers during his 1992 campaign, but admitted the sexual relationship in a deposition. Paula Jones took legal action in a suit against the President. Jones claimed that Clinton exposed self and requested that she perform oral sex in an counter in 1991 at a Little Rock hotel room. The suit was thrown out of court before reaching trial, but currently the case is in the process of being appealed by Jones. Several people have gained notoriety be- cause of the Jones case. Kathleen Willey gave a deposition for the case in which she indicated that President Clinton kissed and fondled her in a 1993 encounter. Dolly Kyle Browning also gave testi- mony that she had a long, lasting sexual relationship with Clinton during his years as governor of Ar- kansas. The lawsuit also provided an allegation that Clinton had forced himself on a former Miss America, Elizabeth Ward Gracen. However, Gracen came forth and rebutted this charge stating that they did have consensual sex in 1983. Under oath President Clinton denied having sex with Monica Lewinsky, which spurred an investigation by Ken- neth Starr when evidence arose to the contrary. Lewinsky and Clinton both have denied having a sexual relationship. Despite these accusa- tions and allegations, the President has gained a high approval rating among many pollsters. In a CNN USA Today Gallup poll, Clinton re- ceived a 69 percent ap- proval rating, the highest in his presidency. How- ever, of the same 1,103 adults polled, the major- ity of them thought Clinton was hiding some- thing in reference to his relationship with Monica Lewinsky. El Nino Wreaks Havoc on the Nation There have been snow blizzards in the north, tornadoes and extensive ing in the south, and an insect epidemic that has brought millions of foreign bugs to the southwest area of the United States. Believe it or not, one weather system is responsible for this, El Nino. This weather system, which originated off the coast of Peru, has reeked havoc throughout the U.S. El Nino ' s warm waters push a southern jet into a path more northerly than usual. One of the more peculiar results of El Nino ' s wrath is the sudden migration of millions of grasshoppers, which have flown down to Nevada and Arizona by means of the Colorado River. It is be- lieved that a mild winter and a warm spring are to blame. This is just one of many side effects of the dramatic weather changes that has been br ought about by El Nino. It is believed by most experts that the worst is yet to come. Hopefully, meteo- rologists will be able to predict what will be effected next by El Nino before disaster strikes again. The Bug is Back The 1998 Volkswagen Beetle kept its bubble-shaped appearance. However, as the Volkswagon advertising states the Beetle has " less flower, more power. " The Big Auto shows of this year saw the introduction of the long anticipated 1998 Volkswagen Beetle to audiences in Detroit and Los Angeles. The popular excitement generated by these new cars seemed at times unbelievable. The new Beetle also has proved to be anything but pesky to auto dealers. Volkswagon has promised its dealers that each would receive the same amount of cars at the same time, as not to show favoritism. 60,00 rolled of the blocks in March and another 200,000 were ex- pected to be on the roads by summer. The new Beetle brings some up-to-date features to this 90 ' s version that former owners may appreciate, including front wheel drive and a radiator. It also has a 2.0 liter engine. A turbo diesel engine is expected to hit the streets next, followed by a four cylinder, five-valve fuel injected engine. Satellites Sent Out to Explore Mars The Mars Surveyor orbiting spacecraft successfully reached Mars and began orbit. This is one of the first stops to a possible manned Since the discovery of a Martian meteorite, giving evidence of life existing on Mars at one time, more and more interest has heightened about the red planet. This increased interest has instigated more talk of a manned mission to Mars. NASA began a series of expeditions to Mars bringing pairs of orbiters and landers every 26 months. The Mars Pathfinder was the first U.S. probe to land on Mars in 20 years. Its primary purpose was to provide information that would help determine what technology is necessary to launch further probes. Information gained from the probe was helpful in launching the first lander and orbiter expedition, the Mars Surveyor 98 mission. The biter spacecraft successfully reached Mars in September of 1997 and is currently orbiting the planet. The lander is scheduled for launch in January of 1999. A mission in 2005 will send a vehicle to bring back rock samples from Mars surface. The costs of these missions are great. The Mars Surveyor mission cost over $187 million dollars. A manned mission to Mars is esti- mated to cost $500 billion dollars. Despite the costs, with the current schedule of expeditions many NASA associates are optimistic about the possibility of a manned mission in the early 21st century. Some scientists hope a manned mission will be launched by the year 2012, and Daniel McClease a manager of the Mars sample re- turn mission believes, " In about 2015, you could see the planet with people living on the surface for as long as two Earth years. " Year in Review 49 The YEAR IN REview INTERNATIONAL EDITION Since 1969, Catholics and Protestants of Northern Ireland had been fighting the " Troubles " , which ended -- on paper -- in 1998. PEACE IS MADE Signs of peace were apparent throughout Northern Ireland following the April 10th peace agreement between Protestant leaders, Sinn Fein and the English Government. Almost after 30 years of shootings and riots, Northern Ireland ' s pro- British Protestants and pro-Irish Catholics made peace — at least, on paper. On Good Friday of 1998, April 10, leaders of opposing parties agreed to a peace docu- ment after nearly two years of discussions lead by U.S. Senator George Mitchell. The agreement came after 32 hours of almost non- stop last-minute wrangling and repeated phone calls from Presi- dent Clinton. In 1997, after the Irish Republican Army held a two-year cease-fire, Sinn Fein, the IRA-al- lied political party, joined peace talks for the first time. Gerry Adams, leader of the Sinn Fein party, played an impor- tant role in represent- ing the Catholic minor- ity. The political docu- ment to which multi- parties had agreed, still needed to be supported by the majority of people in both the Re- public of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The peace document called for a parliament to be established in Belfast, and for the first time, Sinn Fein earned voting rights to deter- mine its native country ' s future. Only time will tell if peace will sustain be- tween these two troubled groups. The " troubles " has claimed more than 3,200 lives since 1969. The conflict between Ireland and England goes back centuries to when invading English armies swept across the Catholic country de- stroying castles and making slaves of a people. Thanks to the 1998 peace talks, England ' s ties were loosened but still remain, and the public of Ireland is ing a more important role in the six counties ' fate. 50 Year in Review . Hong Kong goes back to China At the stroke of midnight on June 30, 156 years of British rule in Hong Kong came to an end. The island was officially handed over to China, ending the Treaty of Nanking. Chris Patten, the last Governor, bade an emotional farewell to his staff at his official residence, before the colony was officially handed over in the Grand Hall of Hong Kong ' s Con- vention Centre Prime Minister Li Peng said that no matter what the difficulties, Beijing would work to reunify all of its territories. To some in Hong Kong, particu- larly those who had been arguing for greater assurances from China about future democratic life in the territory, Li Peng ' s words were of little comfort. In 1984, Beijing and London had agreed that Hong Kong would revert to China, who guaranteed the continuation of Hong Kong ' s capitalist economy for 50 years from 1997. Pope visits Cuba Pope John Paul II takes time to reflect. The Pope made a historic trip to Cuba in early 1998. Thousands of people across Cuba flocked to see him. For the first time ever in history, the pope, one of the most sacred religious figures in the world made a symbolic three day trip to Cuba. The large island in the Caribbean went all out in welcoming Pope John Paul II to a place where religion by order of the government takes a back seat. Communist leader Fidel Castro played host to the Pope in January of 1998. The Pope gave Sunday Mass and was introduced by Havana ' s Jaime Cardinal Ortega. The Pope even spoke Spanish to the crowd of thousands who turned out to witness this great event. Communism, from a historical stand point, does not allow for religion to be placed in the spot light. Therefore, it was truly a special event for the people of Cuba to share their world with who Catholics consider the holiest man on Earth. Saddam Hussein stirs up trouble...again Hussein was back again in the limelight when he refused to allow UN inspectors search all of his palaces. Luckily, an agreement was reached between Iraq and UN Secretary-General Kofi Arnan. America and the world Saddam Hussein blocked an braced itself in early 1998 as inspection by an American the United States and Iraq dominated team. He ac- came to the brink of war accused the leader of the team, Many feared a repeated Scott Ritter, of spying for Gulf War conflict with U.S. the U.S. Fearful of possible troops being sent to the Iraqi biological weapons. Middle East. President Clinton pre- Troops were sent, but pared U.S. for a possible at- luckily, the conflict was re- tack on Iraq during his State solved without any blood of the Union address. shed. Since the end of the To many ' s relief, UN Sec- Gulf War in 1991, Iraq has retary-General Kofi Annan remained at loggerheads struck a deal with Iraq and with the United Nations and the situation was resolved Americans in particular. for the time being. On January 13, 1998, Year in Review 51 THE YEAR IN REVIEW SPORTS EDITION t• In only their fifth year of league play, the Marlins capture the Major League Baseball ' s championship. MARLINS WIN THE SERIES The Championship Marlins claimed the title in only their fifth year of play. The team however lost $34 million in the championship campaign, said owner Wayne Huizenga. While celebrating their fifth anniversary as a Ma- jor League Baseball club, the Florida Marlins be- came the 1997 World Champions by defeating the Cleveland Indians in a dramatic World Series. The championship did not occur without contro- versy, as owner H. Wayne Huizenga dismantled the team immediately follow- ing the season. Prior to the 1997 sea- son, the Marlins acquired big money free agents Moises Alou, Bobby Bonilla, and Alex Fernandez. Their presence , along with newly hired manager Jim Leyland, arguably the best manager in baseball, immediately turned the Marlins into a contender. Leyland led Florida to their best record in fran- chise history at 92-70, sulting in a second place finish behind the Atlanta Braves and their first ever playoff berth as the Na- tional League Wild Card. The Marlins swept the San Francisco Giants in the Division Series three games to none, and moved on to face their division rival Atlanta Braves for the National League Championship. Florida earned the right to represent the National League and face the land Indians in the World Series after defeating At- lanta in six games in their best of seven series. The series was plagued with controversy as the teams with the best records during the regu- lar season were not play- ing in late October. Tele- vision ratings were down, but Cleveland and Florida provided a Game 7 for the history books. The Mar- lins came back in the bottom tom of the ninth inning to tie the Indians, forcing the game to extra innings. With two outs in the elev- enth inning, shortst op Edgar Renteria hit a line drive up the middle bring- ing in Craig Counsell for a 3-2 victory. Not long after the champagne was popped, owner H. Wayne Huizenga pared the pay- roll by trading and releas- ing many of the team ' s erans. Huizenga claimed the team lost $34 million during their World Cham- pionship season and an- nounced plans to sell the team. 52 Year in Review A Super Bowl finally lives up to the title On January 25, 1987, John Elway and the Denver Broncos lost their first of three Super Bowls. On Janu- ary 25, 1998, John Elway, along with the record setting performance of running back Terrel Davis, brought the city of Denver their first Super Bowl Champions with a 31-24 vic- tory against the Green Bay Packers. The Green Bay Packers, defend- ing Super Bowl Champions, were heavily favored to repeat as champi- ons. Their defensive line was unable to contain Davis, who behind the NFL ' s smallest offensive line rushed for a Super B owl record three touch- downs becoming the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player. Denver snapped an AFC 13 game Super Bowl losing streak with their victory in one of the most exciting games in Super Bowl history. Green Bay allowed Davis to walk into the endzone for a touchdown to ensure they would have enough time to get points on the board to send the Su- per Bowl to its first ever overtime. Their bid for a comeback came up short as a fourth down pass by Brett Favre to Mark Chmura fell incom- plete with 34 seconds left. US Women ' s Hockey Team Members Laurie Baker and Alana Blahoski help the US team beat Canada to ultimately they won the Gold! Bucs were gone and this was a team to be reckoned with. The NFL learned this fast as the Bucs opened the season 5-0 with Tony Dungy leading the team to its first playoff appearance since 1982. Many experts see the Bucs as the up and coming team of the future. After a 20 year struggle, the Tampa Bay area finally received its own major league baseball club on March 9,1995, when baseball ' s owners decided to expand to 30 teams. Three years later, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays de- buted at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg with a loss to the Detroit Tigers in their gural game. Despite this loss, the Rays fin- ished April with the greatest start of a season in expansion history. A Golden Winter In Nagano for the US The owners: Malcolm Glazer and Vince Naimoli. The General Managers: Rich McKay and Chuck LaMar. The Coach Manager: Tony Dungy and Larry Rothschild. These six men have spent the past year leading the Tampa Bay area toward a new presence in the world of sports. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been the laughing stock of all professional sports since day one. Their inaugural team with quarter- back Steve Spurrier never won a game. Their next 20 years were not characterized by much more success. On April 9, 1997, the team unveiled a new look and attitude with red and pewter uniforms signifying that the old Bucs Rays Bring Sports Back to Tampa The Tampa Bay Devil Rays Innagural Game was opened in grand style to a sold out Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. For sixteen memorable days in Feb- ruary, Nagano, Japan, the sister city of Clearwater, Florida, hosted the XVIII Olympic Winter Games. Although the games will be remembered for their extremely low television ratings on CBS, moments of excitement and controversy kept many interested un- til the games conclusion. Women ' s hockey debuted in Olym- pic competition during the Nagano games. Team USA, compiled of play- ers who had faced criticism in all lev- els of competition, came out on top to win the first ever women ' s hockey gold medal. The competition saw NHL players make their debut in the Olym- pics, forming the first ever hockey dream tournament. Team USA ar- rived home without a medal and faced controversy for vandalism at the Olym- pic Village. The women ' s figure skating compe- tition captured the most publicity and excitement of the games. After skating first in the long program, Michelle Kwan appeared to be on her way to the podium to hear the Star Spangled Ban- ner. Kwan did stand on the podium that night, she did listen to her Na- tional Anthem, but the gold medal was hanging around Tara Lipinski ' s neck. Lipinski skated the program of her career, and barely edged out Kwan for the gold medal. Following the Olympics, Lipinski decided to turn professional. Kwan has decided to shoot for the 2002 pics, ending the Tara and Michelle battle, but providing a bright future for 2002. Year in Review 53 The YEAR REVIEW ENTERTAINMENT EDITION Millions witnessed one of the most tragic events in history and fell in love with a movie that would forever change Hollywood. TITANIC Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslett captured our hearts and imaginations in the blockbuster Titanic. Titanic tied Ben Hur for Oscars, although Kate Winslett didn ' t win and DiCaprio wasn ' t even nominated. Plagued by post-pro- duction delays and a $200 million budget, Ti- tanic, in the eyes of Hol- lywood was destined to sink. Nothing could ' ve been further from the truth. James Cameron ' s three hour and fifteen minute historic drama captured hearts and wallets from audiences around the world. Ti- tanic quickly became the top grossing domes- tic film, beating Star Wars. It eventually took in a whopping $1 billion worldwide. Cameron told the tragic sea tale through the eyes of fic- tional lovers Rose and Jack (played by Kate Winslett and Leonardo DiCaprio). Titanic also took a record-tying 14 Oscar nominations. The epic won 11 Oscars, in- cluding Best Picture and Best Director. But besides those two fictional characters, unbelievable amounts of time and money went in to recreating the ocean liner that sank April 15, 1914. Soon af- ter opening night in De- cember 1997, Titanic fe- ver struck. The Titanic album( the first mostly instrumen- tal soundtrack to hit No. 1 on the charts since 1981) and a Titanic book (No.1 in its second week on the New York Times paperback best-seller list), and TV rights (NBC reportedly paid $30 million to air it in 2000) made waves. But it wasn ' t about the figures. It was more than that. Once you saw Titanic, it was hard to get it out of your mind. The only way to quell Titanic thoughts was to see it again. And again. And again. And that ' s what the world did. Engineering sophomore Cathy Miller said Titanic was the kind of movie that stayed with you. was so amazing. It was larger than life. I bought the soundtrack because it re- minds me of the movie. " With item t 54 Year in Review Seinfeld signs off The Seinfeld cast bid us all goodbye in 1997, causing many to ponder what they would do with their Thursday nights. Is Seinfeld the best comedy series ever? TV Guide and their viewers agreed in 1996 that it is the creme de la creme of the television world. It ' s the top of the muffin, the chocolate in the babka and, as everybody knows, the master of pop-culture domain. Ten years from now we will still be cheering at Kramer ' s entrances and shaking our heads at George ' s lies as we watch the re-runs. Who knew? Or more to the point, who could have known? Pop phenomena aren ' t supposed to get such an inauspicious start. When the Jerry Seinfeld made his quiet entrance into prime time, he was up against the fatherly Bill Cosby and the blustery Roseanne Barr. Where were you? Probably not watching TV. This year the series comes to a close in its final season. Although there will always be the reruns, faithful watchers are saddened to hear that there will be no more Jerry to laugh at. Disaster movies and raunchy car- toons weren ' t the only things en- tertaining UF students and Ameri- cans alike during 1998. Here are a few other highlights from 1998 ' s year. Pop-Up Video Swing Dancing Actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck Singer Celine Dion T.V. ' s Dharma and Greg ABC cancels Ellen FOX takes over the NFL Madonna the Mama Dave Letterman wins over Leno according to college students U2 ' s PopMart Tour Lilith Fair SNL fires Norm MacDonald as host of the Weekend Update Dick and his Miller Lite Advertising Budweiser ' s fighting frogs and lizards Backstreet Boys and Matchbox20 Orlando bands finally make it big Gainesville ' s Less than Jake hits MTV With a program like South Park ' s success came the merchandise. Park T-shirts, stickers, hats, patches: all became a popular item to sport on and off campus. Those bastards! They killed In the tradition of other great animated satires like the Simpons and King of the Hill, Comedy Central this year launched a new, raunchy car- toon that revolved around four young boys in a Colorado mountain town called South Park. Cartman, Kyle, Stan -- and who could forget -- Kenny (who died every epi- sode in a new, twisted but en- tertaining way) managed to offend Americans every Wednesday night at 10:30 p.m. but not without making them laugh first. These four little kids, who Kenny! slipped out four letter words each episode, fought off evil clones, saved gay animals and detered a river of lava (duck and cover) from destroying South Park, all while attend- ing third grade with their teacher Mr. Garrison and learn- ing life ' s lessons from Chef, their soul singing cafeteria cook. UF students soon were plan- ning their Wednesday eve- nings around the hit show. If the show keeps its odd ball humor and entertaining char- acters, South Park will be around for a while. Year in Review 55 The YEAR IN REVIEW OBITUARY EDITION England ' s Rose left a hole in the hearts of people not only in her home land of Britain but across the world. The " people ' s princess " was gone. PRINCESS DIANA Princess Diana, the " people ' s princess " was the epitome of grace and beauty. Her life was cut short in a freakish auto accident, the cause is still yet to be determined. People thought every thought that could be thought about Diana, but not death. She was beauty, death ' s esis. She had a soft heart; that was evident. She had a knack for helping people in distress. And all such qualities rose in a face that everyone was simply pleased to see. In a way, she was more royal than the royals. When she died on Aug. 31 under brutal and unforgivable circumstances at age 36, this gentle creature had become the most admired woman in the world. She was the image every child has of a princess—the one who kisses the frog, who lets down her hair from the tower window. She walked as easily among the poor and ailing as among the glittering elite. She cradled children who had lost their limbs in war and reached out to those attacked by such silent enemies as cancer and AIDS. And of course she nurtured her own two sons, wrapping them in tenderness and surrounding them with joy even as she worked to instill the discipline their future demanded. Estranged from her husband, shunned by his family and eventually stripped of her royal title, Diana became " the people ' s princess, " a label bestowed upon her by Prime Minister Tony Blair. She never hesitated to confess her own weaknesses, talking about her depression, her bulimia, an ill-considered affair. " For all the status, the glamour, the applause, " her brother, Spencer, said in his eulogy, " Diana remained throughout a very insecure person at heart... . The world sensed this part of her character and cherished her for her vulnerability and admiring her for her honesty. " The guests at her funeral cried inside the vast church, and the crowds sobbed outside: they had all been touched, in one way or another, by the life of a woman who struggled with her own emotional problems even as she reached out to the victims of homelessness, AIDS, cancer and land mines. " Diana profoundly influenced this nation and the world, " the dean of Westminster, the Very Rev. Dr. Wesley Carr, solemnly said in his bidding to the congregation. " Although a princess, she was someone for whom, from afar, we dared to feel affection, and by whom we were all intrigued. " Diana was gentle, flamboyant, down to earth, regal — sometimes foolish, often brave and always glamor- ous, whether in a baseball cap or a tiara. But she was serious about doing good. In her interview with Le Monde, she declared, " Being permanently in the public eye gives me a special responsibility—to use the impact of photographs to get a message across, to make the world aware of an important cause, to stand up for certain values. " 56 Year in Review Mother Teresa bids us farewell Mother Teresa was a leader among servants even up to her death. Media commentators have been calling Mother Teresa saint ever since she received secular society ' s first step toward canonization when awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her service to the poorest of the poor. Since she and Princess Diana both died in the same wee, the two seem strangely linked to the minds of many of the faithful. When Cardinal James A. Hickey celebrated a Mass for Mother Teresa in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 7, 1997. Mother Teresa, the Catholic nun who devoted her entire life to caring for the poor, passed away in India. She had been in poor health for some time, and died of a heart attack. Dignitaries, including Princess Diana, who encountered the four-foot-eleven figure all agreed she was extraordinary woman. Journalists were no exception. " She brought back the image of the old-fash- ioned, self- giving nun at a time when modern feminist Catholic images were coming to the fore, " said Richard Ostling, TIME ' s religion correspon- dent. Her legacy includes 517 missions in 100 tries, and a near 30-year history of inspiring people around the world. It was only when a British television documentary profiled the Calcutta nun in 1969 that donations and volunteers began to flood in, and Mother Teresa became a household name. Ten years later she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. " She was not a publicity seeker, " said Ostling. " But in terms of public image, there is nobody comparable to her. " Her tireless efforts have enriched the lives of the poor; today, the world itself is much poorer for her passing. Others We Will Miss John Denver Gianni Versace Sonny Bono Michael Kennedy Jimmy Stewart Red Skelton Charles Kuralt Michael Hutchins Milli of Mi lli Vanilli Linda McCartney Tammy Wynette Frank Sinatra Chris Farley: Dead at Age 33 Chris Farley, the funni- est fat guy to ever cross a stage or a movie set in a long, long, time died of a heart attack at 33 because he was troubled. Manic. Still the fat little kid that no girl would look at, even after he was rich, famous and still on the rise with a $6 million price tag. Farley made a name for himself during his five sea- sons as a cast member on " Saturday Night Live " from 1990 to 1995. Like many " SNL " alums, Farley then made the leap to film, starring in " Tommy Boy, " " Black Sheep, " and " Beverly Hills Ninja. " Before his death, Farley shot the comedy " Edwards and Hunt " which co-stars " Friends ' Matthew Perry and may be released this year. Chris Farley, the funniest fat man, died at age 33 of a heart attack. Year in Review 57 The YEAR REVIEW " GREAT " -ED CHEESE Hanson and the Spice Girls On a Mmmboppin ' , Spice Spreadin ' Frenzy Hit musical group, Hanson, took the world by storm in 1997. Three brothers, Zachary, Taylor, and Issac, quickly became teenage heartthrobs to girls across the globe. The Spice Girls (Back row from the left, Posh, Baby, Ginger, Sporty, and Scary) quickly made themselves known in entertainment with their hit album, " Spice. " 1997 was the year of the child in the music world. Anyone who has turned on their radio lately would real- ize that. Imagine, as you ad- just the volume and settle back into your seat for an- other d ay of battling traffic, you are suddenly assaulted by high-pitched voices screaming at you from the speakers. What is this noise, you ask yourself?? The answer, it ' s the latest craze sweeping the music world- children. With the introduction of their album in the spring of ' 97, the musi- cal group Hanson found star- dom quickly. The three brothers, Isaac (17), Taylor (15), and Zachary (12), were catapulted into the limelight after their first single, " Mmmbop " , hit number 1 on the charts. Since then, it ' s been sunshine and roses for the group who inspires havoc wherever it appears. Thousands of screaming pre- teen girls rush malls and cert halls in the hopes of catching a glimpse of the boys, in what reporters are comparing to the " Beetle Ma- nia " of the 1960 ' s. Hanson merchandise disappears from the shelves and twelve year olds engage in conver- sations about which one is cuter in the over 200 web sites dedicated to the group. As long as young girls lay their heads down at night on Hanson pillow cases, the group will continue to re- main popular, even though the adult world cringes ev- ery time the tell tale pitch of Taylor ' s voice fills the air waves. Better stock up on earplugs, grown-ups. The kids are here to stay. Hanson ' s voices aren ' t the only ones clogging the air waves lately, however. You ' d have to be stuck on a desert island to miss the sec- ond group on our " cheese " list, this year. Can you guess it? Here ' s a hint: it ' s com- prised of five British females, whose taste in fashion is all in their mouths, and whose name is also something used to cure meat. If you guessed the Spice Girls, then you ' re not only right, but also alive. ' Cause you ' d have to be dead to miss the impact these five women have made on the music in- dustry. From the moment their first single went num- ber one, the girls, better known as Ginger, Posh, Sporty, Scary, and Baby, have garnered fans from around the world. Toting such slo- gans as " Girl Power " and " Spice " (whatever that means), the Spice Girls have inspired young women ev- erywhere to take charge of their lives, not to mention their wardrobes. The skimpy, shiny, spandex, platformed apparel the girls get on is not only shocking, but tasteless, as well as anything but " sexy " . Unfortunately, they have become the role models for girls around the world and the fantasies of boys from Orlando to Okanowa. So, maybe it ' s time for us adults to jump on the bandwagon. As the girls would say, " People of the world, spice up your life " . 58 Year in Review The Top 10 Cheesiest Things of 1997-1998 1. Hanson 2. Spice Girls Barbie ' s New Measurements 4. Pamela Lee ' s New Measurements b. Giga Pets 6 Beanie Babies 7. Marilyn Manson Jerry Springer and His Guests 9 Oprah ' s Book Club 10. Bad Movie Sequels Barbie ' s Bust: The Controversy Continues An enduring symbol of childhood, Barbie, received a figure makeover. Her makeover was supposed to maker her more lifelike, but instead it increased her bust size, her waist and decreased her hips. Since her introduction in 1959, children around the world, particularly girls, have been capti- vated by a blonde-haired, blue-eyed beauty queen known as Barbie. That ' s right, it ' s been 38 years now since the toy icon first made her appearance on the shelves of toy stores everywhere. Since then, she has become as common in American households as the television. Despite her popularity, however, critics (mostly left-wing feminists) have complained for years that the eleven and a half inch doll has an istic and unattainable body size. Which is true, considering her original life-size measurements were a perfect 38-18-34. For those of you illiterate to female measurement lingo, that ' s a 38 inch bust, 18 inch waist, and 34 inch hips. Now, it ' s obvious that any normal woman could never look like that, without the help of modern medicine, of course. So, in a show of good faith, Mattel, the maker of Barbie and one of the biggest toy facturers in the world, decided to change her measurements to 39-23-23. Well, they plumped up her waist and slimmed down her hips, but they actually increased her bust size. Go figure! Keep in mind, however, that Mattel only changed the measurements in one line of the doll and that they did so because of style, not criticism (Yeah, right). But, whatever the reason may be, doll lovers everywhere can take comfort in the fact that even though she ' s a little top heavy, Barbie is here to stay. A fact I ' m sure has every feminist cringing in disgust. C ' est la vie! Babies were not just a craze among little kids, but adults alike. There are over 150 different Beannie Babies. Gigas And Beanies: Great Toys or Little Monsters Maybe it ' s because all adults here that most of the items on this cheese list have to do with things that appeal to children and this story is no different. Like the Christmas of 1996 with its Tickle Me Elmo frenzy, the Christmas of 1997 also had an unbelievably popu- lar toy. Two unbelievably popular toys, to be exact. Chil- dren everywhere were crying for Giga Pets and Beanie Ba- bies, the latest crazes in child- hood entertainment. One elec- tronic, one stuffed. The electronic Gigas are vir- tual pets. They come on a key chain and live in a little plastic box that contains a computer screen. This screen shows you your little animal which could be anything from a dog to a monkey. It is the owner ' s re- sponsibility to feed, play with, and clean up after his little ture, just as if it were a real pet. When it defecates a little bit of steam comes up off the virtual pile and it beeps when it wants something. Children become addicted to this thing, because if they ignore it, it will die. Parents probably encourage the " nur- turing " of the Giga pet, not only because its incessant beeping is incredibly annoying, but also because if it dies, they loose the sixteen dollars they sunk into the little piece of plastic. To top it all off, the virtual pets have been banned form many schools, because students were paying too much attention to their pets and not their teachers (not that that ' s anything new). So, in a very short amount of time, these little handfuls of trouble , ingly so innocent at first, have turned into bad news to teach- ers, parents, and baby-sitters everywhere. The second, more passive playthings, are the Beanie Ba- bies. Manufactured by Ty, the little stuffed animals, which have been around for years, suddenly became popular to both collectors and children, alike. These tiny creatures, ranging anywhere from teddy bears to elephants, have been known to sell for as much as $1000 and as little as $5. Why the sudden popularity? No one really knows, but as long as people rush Beanie Babies col- lector shows, the dolls are sure to remain a success. Year in Review 59 Striving for Greatness It started innocently enough. At the begin- ning, our pursuit of education led us through a dizzying maze with innumerable choices at ou r disposal. As children, our interests were culti- vated and promoted by family and teachers - unbeknownst to us, concerned as we were with the pursuits of childhood. Yet growing into our own person meant recognizing those choices as our own, and the pursuit of a dream traced on our path to adulthood. We fastened ourselves to an ideal and worked diligently to attain it. We came to define our- selves not by where we came from, but by where we were going. Whether that was dental school or teaching elementary school, it was our deci- sion, a decision that shaped out destiny. We came to college for the experience, for the beer, for the friendship and perhaps simply because it was expected of us. But we stayed because we dedicated ourselves to the pursuit of education, to the attainment of the ideal. We stayed through the midterms, stayed through the all-nighters, stayed through the 20- page papers, and we slept through our classes. We endured it all, not because we were sadists, but because we were idealists. We knew and expected the long hours would give way to greater things. We knew from the pain would come a life. Suddenly the choices made for us - were made by us. Suddenly the dreams were closer to real- ity, the blurry edges of our lives came more clearly in focus. Suddenly, the greatness we desired was right before us and ready to be seized. Lina Karam, a second year dental student, quickly takes notes on the lecture as other students listen intensely to the instructor. I Each year, UF ' s annual Home- coming parade brings univer- sity spirit to Gators of the past, present, and future. President Lombardi serves as an innovator, educator, and leader to the University of Florida campus. When notable leaders come to the university, President Lombardi often serves as our ambassador, opening UF ' s doors to Washington and beyond. 62 Academics President Lombardi joined in at the ground-breaking ceremony for the M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Building Construc- tion. At the Florida Blue Key Homecoming banquet, President Lombardi represented our campus as notable alumni and guest came to Gainesville during the spirited week. President John Vince Lombardi From Tower edition to Tower edition of years ' past, the biography of Dr. John V. Lombardi has been pub- lished as a brief look into his education. He received his bachelor ' s degree from Ponoma Col- lege and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia. He also attended the Nacional de Mexico and the University of California at Los Angeles. Also featured are his jobs before coming to the Uni- versity of Florida in March of 1990. He had been the Provost and Vice President for demic Affairs at John Hopkins University since 1987 and from 1967 until 1987, he taught in the his- tory department at Indiana University where he was the director of Latin American studies, Dean of Interna- tional Programs, and Dean of Arts and Sciences. Past research also indi- cated that for relaxation, the president likes to travel where from the Florida coast to Colorado to his hometown in Southern fornia. At the annual University of Florida Homecoming football game, President Lombardi showcased his talent of playing the clarinet in the alumni band. Whether riding along the roadside in his red truck or walking across campus, President Lombardi is al- ways open for a wave and a smile to the campus com- munity. Academics 63 Sea turtle researcher Brian Bowen watches as graduate student Angela Garcia care- fully draws blood from a young sea turtle as part of a study to isolate the endan- gered reptile ' s DNA. Photo by Milt Putnam Making this three inch Madagascar hissing roach feel at home is third year urban pest ment student Marie Knox. Photo by Thomas Wright UF IFAS Assistant Dean Jimmy Cheek advises Trevor Woolery, a PhD candidate in food and source economics. ity enrollment in the lege of Agriculture reached its highest level ever in 1996, and female students outnumbered males for the first time. Photo by Thomas Wright 64 Academics Tim Crocker, professor with the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, and Katey Fontanetta, a student from Ft. Lauderdale, study blooms on an ornamental peach tree during a small fruit class in Gainesville. Crocker said early blooms result of cold weather followed by mild temperatures. The crop could still be ruined by a hard freeze. " Just blame it on El Nino, " he said. Photo by Milt Putnam Weed scientist Donn Shilling and graduate re- search assistant Eldridge Wynn study a cogongrass seedhead under a microscope. Cogongrass has overrun several pastures in Florida, making it a problem for ranchers. Photo by Mailt Putnam Associate Professor Linda Bobroff shows a stu- dent how to read a nutrition label on a frozen dinner as part of Smart Food Shopping for Teens. This program teaches teens about enviroshopping and is aimed at teaching teens good shopping and eating habits. College of Agriculture With its strong academic programming, excellence in teaching and commitment to career planning and place- ment, the College of Agricul- ture is for today ' s students a way to develop the skills to become tomorrow ' s leaders. The University of Florida and the College of Agriculture are built on traditions of lence. The College of Agricul- ture is at the forefront in ing basic sciences to international- problems in the food, agriculture, and natural re- sources areas, and addresses environmental, ethical, eco- nomic, and sociological as- pects of the industry. Recognized for its innova- tive teaching programs, the College of Agriculture is home to the University ' s most di- verse student body. With teen majors, twelve minors, and more than fifty areas of specialization, the College of Agriculture offers a diversity of programs designed to pre- pare students to enter fast- growing career fields. The College of Agriculture ' s upper division Honors Pro- gram provides another avenue for personal and academic growth. The program provides enhanced learning ties in research, nary studies and leadership, as well as special options or combined BS MS degrees. Excellence in teaching is a priority in the College of Agri- culture. Distinguished faculty members lead courses. As rec- ognized authorities, they make a difference not only in the classroom, but in current and ongoing research endeavors, as well. The faculty takes pride in establishing a personal rap- port with their students. Pro- fessors are eager to share their knowledge, both in theory and application. Academics 65 Dr. Jo Hasell and class ticipated in a color theory workshop for an Interior sign class. They learned how colors work together to form harmony in the design. The annual College ' s coming Barbecue housed over three hundred alumni, faculty, staff and university administrators that enjoyed to see old friends and fellow colleagues. Here, a student reviewed design work in the Col- lege of Architecture Gal- lery during the final de- sign juries at that are held at the end of each semes- ter. A project in Professor Dasta ' s Architectural Structures class required students to design the least weighted bridge made up of balsa wood and glue that had to span a width of twenty-four inches. 66 Academics Professors Jo Hasell and Janine King reviewed student work for an indoor air quality competition. The teachers took a very " hands on " approach to help their students for future endeavors. Students of the School of Building Construc- tion displayed their Gator Pride, as their spir- ited float rolled down University Avenue during the 1997 Homecoming Parade. The students were able to put to good use the knowledge they had gained in classes to build a great float. Below, a typical design studio showed stu- dents preparing models for presentation to a group of faculty and visiting architects from around the country. College of Architecture The College of Architecture is proud of its role in shaping the built and natural ment of Florida, the nation, and the world through the work of its students, faculty and alumni. Their mission involves edu- cating tomorrow ' s architects, architects, interior designers, urban planners and professionals in the building industry. It in- i ncludes broadening their un- derstanding in areas such as affordable housing, protec- tions of buildings against ards and sustainable ment for future generations. The College provides innova- tive teaching, research and vice leadership in the follow- ing ways: The departments extend yond those traditionally found in a college of architecture, and our programs are actively linked to related programs across the university. The College emphasizes a global perspective that ens students ' horizons and tively engages them in design problems locally, nationally, and worldwide. They stress the use of information technology, including operating a leading laboratory for geographic in- formation systems and requiring that all students own or have access to computer nology. The College maintains ex- cellence through additional private support. This support helps us attract top faculty and students, obtain the cated research technologies that are vital to today ' s sionals and respond to the growing demands on our grams. Academics 67 The college encourages students to participate in extracurricular activities as a means of enhanc- ing their educational experience, fostering professional networks and developing communication, social and leadership skills. The Emerson Courtyard is a popular place with business and accounting students. Under the shade of magnificent live oaks and surrounded by beautiful landscaping, they find it ' s the perfect place for studying, or just relaxing, in between classes. Business faculty are there for students beyond the classroom through counseling sessions and they come from distinguished backgrounds. The college and Fisher School faculties include past presidents of the American Accounting Association, the Econometrics Society and the National Association for Con- sumer Research. 68 Academics Today ' s students will be alumni of tomorrow who aid in devel- oping and supporting the College ' s programs. Alumnus Aired C. Warrington, IV (BSBA 1958), through years of service on fundraising committees and advisory boards, in 1996, do- nated $5 million to support the undergraduate program. In grateful recognition of this gift, it has been renamed in his honor. The College of Business Administration offers many opportunities for students to interact with and learn from profession- als who are at the top of their fields and later discuss their lectures in class. The college equips students with the knowledge and skills they need to suc- ceed in the workplace. The Warrington College of Business Ad- ministration and the Fisher School of Ac- counting are housed in three buildings informally known as the business tri- angle - Business building, historic Bryan Hall and Matherly Hall. College of Business Administration The world of business is ever changing, and the Warrington College of ness Administration is changing with it to prepare students to face the de- mands and challenges of the 21st century. The college offers three undergraduate degree pro- grams: a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with majors in computer and information sciences, decision and information sciences, economics, fi- nance, insurance, ment, marketing or real tate; a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with an outside area of cialization in an one of more than eighty different fields; and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the Fisher School of Accounting. There is new emphasis on communication skills, the ability to communicate and work well with others, and on globalization, business ethics and cultural diversity. Since the Warrington lege of Business Adminis- tration was founded in 27, more than 30,000 stu- dents have earned business or accounting degrees, a national and international network providing tion, advice and ment to students. While accounting has been a basic academic pro- gram for more than sixty years, the School of Ac- counting was established by the Board of Regents in 1977 and was named the Fisher School of Accounting in 1985. Academics 69 College of Dentistry sopho- mores Peter Stickney, Chad Winthrop and Eric Mohr take a break between classes to enjoy big cookies in the sun. Junior Cindy Haug observes as Associate Professor and Chairman of Prosthodontics Carl Hansen, D.D.S., per- forms a prosthodontics pro- cedure on a patient in the clinic. Dentistry sophomore Bryan Griffith watches as Instruc- tor of Operative Dentistry Michael Smith, D.M.D., onstrates a procedure in the preclinical simulation labo- ratory. College of Dentistry junior Tony Bui looks at a masseter (jaw) muscle through the croscope. 70 Academics Clinical Assistant Professor of Operative Dentistry Charles Smith, D.D.S., examines some film with sophomores Jason Wanuck, Brent Novak and Kevin Wallace. Professor of Periodontology Paul Heins, D.D.S., instructs dental students Jamie Callahan and Joe Kilman in the preclinical simulation laboratory. College of Dentistry sophomore Chris Ross studies in the " Blue Room " between classes. Studying is a very important part of dentistry school. College of Dentistry Being part of a comprehensive health care center and a major university makes the University of Florida College of tistry special. The college is an integral unit of the university of Florida Health Science Center, one of the most hensive academic health care centers in the United States. The dental school shares a physical plant with the Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Veterinary medicine, and with Hospital at the University of Together they comprise a health campus that encourages the of knowledge across disciplines and the concept of an integrated health care team. The health science center in located on the southeast corner of the 2,000-acre campus of the University of Florida. The oldest university in the state, UF is among the ten largest universities in the nation and is a member of the Associa- tion of American universities, the most prestigious higher education organiza- tion I the nation. Its membership is made up of 62 public and private institutions in North America preeminent in gradu- ate and professional teaching and re- search. As part of the university, the College of Dentistry shares in the high national esteem that UF had earned The College of Dentistry was established in the late 1960s and admitted its first class in 1972. In a short time, it had been recognized for rigorous teaching programs that prepare compassionate and skillful dentists; for extensive re- search activities that further the under- standing of oral disease and develop new treatment procedures and materi- als; and for quality clinical programs that provide superior patient care. The college, which is fully accred- ited by the Commission on Dental Ac- creditation of the American Dental As- sociation, offers a four-year program (12 months per year) leading to the D.M.D degree. Graduates are well- rounded dental practitioners who can provide their patients with comprehen- sive care. They have a solid grounding in the biological sciences, are skillful diagnosticians, and are committed to long learning and high standards of pro- fessionalism and ethics. Taking a flexible approach, the col- lege draws of varied teaching methods to best fit instruction to the subject mat- ter. Lectures, laboratories, self-instruc- tion, conferences and seminars all plat a part in the educational strategies. Academics 71 During the 1997 Homecoming parade, the float representing the College of Education drove down University Avenue in showman- ship of it ' s Gator spirit. Students in PROTEACH spend hundreds of hours in local rooms as part of their teacher education experience. The College of Education is housed in Norman Hall, which was built in 1933 as the P.K. Yonge Laboratory School build- ing. Both the College and the 12 school were originally housed here. Aside from mastering subject matter and teaching gies, College of Education ates must be sensitive to the lenges of working with the cul- turally diverse range of students who study in today ' s schools. 72 Academics Students in the college of education intern and student teach in many school classrooms around Gainesville and Alachua. These dents allow the future teachers to practice and learn in real life settings. Members of the Education College Council are ready to educate people about their lege at the 1997 Homecoming reception. The students set up information tables around Norman Hall, where the College of tion is located. Mission The mission of the College of Education is to prepare exemplary professional practitioners and scholars; to generate, use and disseminate knowledge about teaching, learning and human development; and the collaborate with others to solve critical educational and human problems in a diverse global society. College of Education Looking toward the future, hundreds of undergraduates come to the college of educa- tion to learn the secrets of dling a classroom full of ex- cited, active, spirited school children with a wide range of achievement levels. The teaching profession in- creasingly is becoming more challenging in the face of plex conditions and increas- ing demands placed on the school. Graduates are well prepared to face these chal- lenges. The College ' s degree pro- grams enroll more than 1800 undergraduate and graduate students, and the College ' s ulty has a strong tradition of excellence and visibility in teaching, research, and public service. The PROTEACH program (from PROfessional TEACHer) is one of the most comprehensive and effective teacher-preparation programs in the United States. PROTEACH programs pre- pare students in elementary education, special education, and the fields of secondary education. The College of Education also prepares students to teach agriculture, art and music, and physical and health science education through joint four- year affiliated programs with other colleges at the university The university of Florida ' s teacher-education programs graduate more than 300 stu- dents annually. Graduates work around the nation and around the world, including a majority in Florida public schools. Alumni include one na- tional Teacher of the year and numerous state Teacher of the Year award winners. Academics 73 The Engineering and Science Fair provides the community an opportunity to learn about the latest scientific developments and technological applications in engineering. The E-fair is or- ganized by members of the Benton Engineering Council. In 1997, students from the de- partment took first place at the annual Steel Bridge Competi- tion. It took the UF team two minutes and 16 seconds to struct a 20-foot-long, 80-pound bridge, which held about 2,500 pounds. Osama Saada and Jason Sloan participated in a national aerial vehicle competition. The objective of the competition was to design, build, and then fly the smallest feasible powered plane capable of completing an aerial surveillance mission. Chemical engineering student Michael Membrino and his aide review and consult over some results with the aide of modern technology. 74 Academics Nicoli Hoffman and Aamir Quaiyumi experiment with " Grasshopper " the robot which Nicoli designed and built for EEL 5666, Intelligent Machines Design Lab. Grasshopper searches for " food " , metallic pellets, which he returns to his home base. Aamir is a teaching assistant for the course. From corporate exhibitors showcasing the latest tech- nology to the student exhibitors showcasing their knowledge and skills, the Engineering and Science Fa ir reminds us of the impact that engineering has on us as individuals and as members of our community, nation and world. For the past two years, the E-fair has been held in conjunction with the Alachua County Regional Science Fair. University of Florida Gator cheerleaders Ashley Macy and Beau Einheit are Civil Engineering majors. They juggle demanding academic schedules along with their demanding athletic schedules. They truly are Student- Athletes. . College of Engineering Student Societies The Minerals, Metals and Materials So- ciety for Metals has been named a Chap- ter of Excellence for 28 consecutive years. No other student chapter has a comparable record. The Tau Beta Pi honorary engineering society has been named the top chapter nationally seven times since 1970. The American Nuclear Society has been a top chapter nationally 19 times since 1970. The American Institute of Chemical En- gineers has been named Outstanding AIChE Chapter four times since 1992. The engineer engages in the application of the sciences and mathematics to systems synthe- sis, creative design and tion, and in research and ment, the engineer serves as a bridge between human needs and the storehouse of theoretical knowledge. In applying science and mathematics to the better- ment of life, the engineer couples science with the management of people, finance, time, machines and materials. Engineering chal- lenges the individual, stimulat- ing ingenuity and resourceful- ness, and yielding a rewarding sense of creative accomplish- ment. The engineer deals with prob- lems in the real world. This re- quires a thorough working edge of mathematics and the ences, as well as an understand- ing of the legal, economic, envi- ronmental and social restrictions of contemporary society. Clear and precise communication skills, oral and written, are required of the engineer who delivers judg- ments, plans and decisions. A sound knowledge of engineering and related disciplines is required so that the engineer can work effectively with other in fulfilling engineering assignment. Above all, the professional engineer is expected to be a responsible citi- zen. Academics 75 Dave Herman ' s AIDS Awareness Public Sculpture stood on 13th Street in front of the Fine Arts College rounding Geoffrey Naylor ' s " Water Sculpture " in the Fall of 1997. Directed by Professor Mikell Pinkney, the production of " Home " featured students Ayande Hurrey, Gina Guesby and the professor in the spring of 1997. The thirty-third Annual Art Faculty Exhibition featured students from George Ferrandi ' s performance. Professor Robert Mueller and a student dressed in ing costumes graced the Fine Arts College Council ' s " Art Bash " . 76 Academics Theatre Strike Force is a UF comedy improvisa- tional group directed by Heather Roberts and Kerensa Peterson. Pictured are: Jason Pardo, Chris- topher Robinson, Michael Murray, Benjamen Hendin, Edward Zeltner, Andre Washington, Heather Delude, Donna Robinson, James Whittington, Christen Balsters, Tony Seals, Danny Mora and Bill Arnett. The University Choir, Orchestra and faculty solo- ists performed selection from II Travatore, Pagliacci and Svor Angelica at the Department of Music Gala entitled " A Night at the Opera " . In the production of " The Evil Spell of the Butterfly " , director Tony Mata received five ACE award nomination for the play which was part of the Summer Repertory that traveled to New York City. Amelia Branyon pictured. College of Fine Arts The College of Fine Arts provides instruction for stu- dents who seek professional careers in the arts, offers ative and cultural opportu- nities to other students of the and performs ap- propriate services for the zens of Florida. The college is composed of the departments of Art, Mu- sic, and Theatre and Dance; New World School of the Arts, located in Miami; the Center for World Arts; the Center for the Arts and lic Policy; the University leries; the Visual Arts Re- sources Center; and the ter for the Performing Arts. The college offers profes- sional undergraduate and graduate curricula in art dio areas, creative phy, graphic design, art cation and art history; music composition, music theory, music history, music sacred music, music formance and music peda- gogy; theatre production, atre performance and dance. Established in 1988 as the first interdisciplinary center of this type in the United States, the Center for the Arts and Public Policy provides a fo- rum for the discussion and analysis of the arts and lic issues, including the arts in education, public funding for the arts, the economic impact of the arts, patronage support and legal issues af- fecting the arts. The Center for World Arts (CWA) promotes artistic di- versity and encourages col- laborative activities with area and international artists, the center explores new modes of learning which stretch cational experiences in the arts for performers and Academics 77 A silviculture class works on a group project with Dr. Eric Jokela. Hosting alumni at Tail-Gator are the president of the Forestry Club and the president of the student chapter, society of American Foresters. Mission To develop, communicate and apply knowledge for management and conservation of forest resources in an economically, ecologically sustainable manner. 78 Academics Shaun Stewart competed in the chain throw at the Forestry Club ' s field day. The Forestry Club participated in a tug-of-war competition at the Southeastern Conclave of forestry clubs at the University of Georgia. Dow Derato competed in timber estimation at the field day festivi- ties of the Forestry Club. School of Forest Conservation and Natural Resources The School of Forest Resources and conservation (SRFC) offers only four year program for forestry education accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF). It is an academic unit of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences ' College of Agriculture. Established in 1937, the School ' s mission is to develop and communicate new for management and con- of forest resources in an and socially sustain- able manner. The mission is accom- plished through a comprehensive research and extension The Austin Cary Memorial Forest, located 12 miles northeast of Gainesville, is a 2,043 acre tract ac- quired by the School to meet tation requirements in instruction. It and other public and private ties nearby are used in field labora- tories for teaching and research. Undergraduates major in Forest Re- sources and Conservation leading to a Bachelor of Science degree with specialization in Forest Management, Forest Sciences, Urban forestry, and International and Agroforestry. The School also offers a Natural Resource Conservation major for individual- ized programs in areas such as Information Systems, Ecotourism, Environmental Educa- tion, Environmental Pre-Law, Land- scape Ecology and Wetland Ecosys- tems. Students participate in the estry Club, Student Chapter of the SAP, the Society for Nature and servation, and in the SFRC Student Council to develop their leadership skills and enhance professional knowledge. Because of the faculty ' s reputation for quality research pro- grams, the undergraduate programs are enriched and graduate enrollment had increased substantially. New programs in Plant Molecular and lular Biology, Agroforestry and the GIS GPS laboratory facilities have built upon the School ' s base in forest biology, management and decision science. These have contributed to the degree of diversity of its gradu- ate programs and students. Gradu- ates of the School of Forest Resources and Conservation work in public lands such as national, state and municipal forests; on private lands of individuals and forest product companies; in urban and commu- nity forests, protecting, providing and educating. Academics 79 An exercise and Sport Sciences doctoral student performs a body composition analysis in an ment class. Dr. Fagerberg from the Depart- ment of Health Science Educa- tion teaches a large class in a new lecture style, multi-media classroom in the College of Health and Human Perfor- mance. An Exercise and Sport Sciences Dr. Braith from the Department doctoral student analyzes muscle of Exercise and Sport Sciences samples for purposes of exercise Endocrine Lab, performs a stress induced adaptation. test for the purposes of endurance training in cardiac study. 80 Academics Dr. Siders instructs students in the anatomy lab in the Department of Exer- cise and Sport Sciences. Dr. Cato, Principle Investigator if project WISE-UP from the Department of Recre- ation, Parks, and Tourism and UF tutor, assists project particip ants with home- work in an after school session at the project intervention site for at-risk youth. A graduate student performs a tennis stroke for a visual search patterns and ball tracking study within the Motor Be- havior Lab in the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences. College of Health and Human Performance The College of Health and Hu- cal skills and analysis of move- provide the necessary information leisure activities on individuals and man Performance helps others to movement, and the psychological, so- to make informed decisions con- society. The promotion and growth maintain and improve their social, historical and management, concerning lifestyle and personal of leisure activities and tourism health. The college consists of three exercise physiology, fitness health behavior by emphasizing are major factors influencing the of study, the Depart- wellness and athletic training. accurate information, periodic assessments quality of life and economic development Department of Exercise and Sports Sciences The Department of Health Science assessments and self responsibility. of Florida. Program op- , the Department of Health Science Education prepares students Program options include school options include therapeutic recreation Science Education, and the De- to enter the field and to view optimal health, community public health, public recreation, tourism Department of Recreation, Parks, and health as a multifaceted state worksite health promotion, re- and commercial recreation, out- involving physical, social, emotional search and evaluation and health door and natural resource The Department of Exercise, intellectual, vocational, en- behavior. special event planning and Sport Sciences programs explore environmental, and spiritual dimensions The Department of Recreation, management, recreational opportunities immediate and lasting effects dimensions. Graduated health educators Parks, and Tourism focuses on understanding for the elderly and leisure of exercise, the learning of physical from this program will be able to understanding the role and impact of activity education and promotion. Academics 81 With aid, six year old During an Occupational Tanesha Allen practiced Therapy session, Michelle her standing balance as Heberling assisted a pa- she relearned to walk. patient. Dr. Joseph Kemker, an diologist, fitted a hearing aid on patient Sheridan Martin. S7 Academics Brent Baldwin, speech pathologist in the De- partment of Communicative Disorders with the College of Health Profession, trained graduate student Kim Bower on the use of a special computer program called VisiPitch. The program is designed to re-train people with voice disorders by evaluating the physi- cal characteristics of a person ' s voice. Dr. Balogan and Dr. Martin observed a patient ' s vitals in a monitored experiment. Clinical and health psychology student Cynthia Myers provided massage therapy for a patient to relieve his pain from sickle cell anemia. College of Health Professions Health care is changing rapidly, and the students who become health care profession- als need to acquire broad-based knowledge and skills to prepare them for the evolving health c are indus- try. The College of Health Profes- sions, founded by Dr. Darrel J. Mase in 1958, trains students for a variety of health careers. The college has a long standing tradition of teaching in Occupational Therapy, Therapy, Rehabilitative vices, Rehabilitation Counseling, Health Administration, and Clinical and Health Psychology. While the college has also traditionally offered clinical training in both speech lan- guage and pathology and audiology, beginning Fall, 1998 the college will offer a formal doctoral program in audiology (in conjunction with the Department of Communication ences and Disorders.) The new toral program in audiology is just one way the college is responding to the new complexities of delivering health care. The college is making several other exciting changes to keep pace with the needs of the national and local community. For example, the college hopes to fill the void for PhD faculty in rehabilitation-related areas through their new interdiscipline interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Science PhD program. It is one of the only pro- grams of its kind in the United States and is designed to help students velop effective teaching, tive, and research skills in tion science. Rehabilitation focuses on enhancing the lives of individuals with chronic illness or disability. The new doctoral program will provide the opportunity for students with clinical degrees from different reha- bilitation related fields to work to- gether as they learn about tion science. Another exciting change the college is making this year is to replace their undergraduate physical cal therapy program with a three- year bachelor ' s to master ' s PT pro- gram. This will allow students to quire more health care knowledge and additional skills, which will ter prepare them for the changing health care delivery market. There will also be more opportunities through the college to take classes or earn degrees via distance learning, such as the new Executive Master ' s degree program in Health Adminis- tration. With so much going on, the college ' s goal is to ensure all stu- dents receive the hands on training they need to meet the twenty first century challenges in health care. Academics 83 Weimer Hall provides a pictur - esque atmosphere within its walls for students to study, so- cialize, and work. Trish Stephens, a fourth year telecommunications production journalism student, works to find the shots she needs to add to her piece. The walkway before the Journalism and Communica- tions building finds many people crossing its path through- out the day. 84 Academics In his fourth year as a photojournalism major, Todd Cayer reviews negatives in the photography lab. Newspapers, broadcast stations, adver- tising agencies and public relations firms all support the College of Journalism through donations, expertise, time, schol- arships, internships and jobs. College of Journalism and Communications The College of Journalism and Communications is housed in Weimer Hall. The Alvin G. Flanagan munication Wing was opened in 1990. Weimer Hall contains five professional newsrooms, seven com- puter labs, three television studios, a photojournalism lab with digital editing sta- tions, a photojournalism lab with digital editing stations, two desktop publishing labs equipped with forty com- puter stations, four hundred networked computer units, the interactive media lab and Brechner Center for Free- dom of Information. The College of Journalism and Communications has four departments: ing, Journalism, Public lations and Telecommuni- cation. The college offers se- quences in the following areas: advertising, journal- ism (reporting, editing, magazines and photojour- nalism), public relations, technical communications and telecommunication (news, production and op- erations). The college also offers programs leading to the master ' s and doctoral de- degrees, both in mass nication. Students gain practical perience working at the college ' s four radio stations and two television stations, working with the indepen- dent student newspaper and the local daily newspaper and working in dozens of internship programs. Academics 85 Professor Lyrissa Lidsky conducted a class before her students. College of Law Dean Ri- chard Matasor spoke with his students during a fall semester " Town Meet- ing " . Ent ering students listened during an orientation ses- sion for the University of Florida Law School. Virgil Hawkins ' Civil Clinic students practice in representing actual clients themselves. 86 Academics The Trial team competed in intra- mural, regional and national com- petition organized by individu- als, groups, and law firms. Professor of Law Dennies Calfer instructed a class in the graduate tax program. The University of Florida Law School ' s Toastmaster helped stu- dent develop their own public speaking skills. College of Law A record performance - in teaching, research and service - is a corner- stone of the University of Florida College of law. Faculty and alumni and accomplishment span all areas of law, including reform, international human rights, environmental and land use, labor and and family issues. Fac- ulty are authors of some of the ing practitioners ' manuals and text- in use at law schools out the country. Their articles appear in prestigious scholarly They are key players in state national professional associations and organizations, in cluding the Florida Bar, the American Bar Association, and the Association of American Law Schools. In the room, excellent teaching is top ity. UF not only educates student lawyers but practitioners, as well, through popular annual programs that attract beginning and seasoned attorneys from throughout the state. Alumni have helped build the legal profession and the state of Florida through leadership in law, govern- ment, education and business. No other law school has produced as many presidents of the American Bar Association in the past 20 years, nor as many Florida Bar presidents. Dozens of alumni currently serve as state and federal judges and justices, and as heads of major state and na- tional organizations and government agencies. Numerous Florida gradu- ates are in all publications ing America ' s best lawyers. Recent curriculum reform efforts and vations now in progress ensure that a legal education from the Univer- sity of Florida is broad, deep and practical, providing students with the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of out complex and glo- bal society. Students benefit from the traditional breadth of study, as well as the flexibility to concentrate in an area of personal interest. A variety of teaching methodologies, incorporating technological ad- vances, promote learning and skills training. Interaction with peers and professionals is emphasized. The college ' s Graduate Tax Program, with a renowned full-time tax fac- ulty, is widely regarded as among the top two such programs in the nation. The program provides ad- vanced study to lawyers planning to specialize in tax law. Academics 87 Zoology professor Lou Guillette, who heads up the Canopy Crane project in Panama, photo- graphed in his Bartram Hall lab. Dean Willard Harrison and Anderson Scholar Kelly Hamel at the reception following the College of Liberal Arts and ences Convocation. Italian Professor Mike Paden (left) looks on as President Lombardi is served a ing espresso by the Italian Club: Jonathan Fell, Tinho Young, Barb Heller and Carmelina Piparo. A student learns about remote sensing in the geography department ' s new Remote ing and Geographic Information Systems Lab. 88 Academics Radheindu nair, 1 HP, dances for her " Religions of India " class as part of her project on the importance of performing arts in the Hindu tradition. Advisor lou Powers helps a student with his schedule at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Academic Advising Center. Student Scholars visit with family and friends after the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Convocation, where they were honored and awarded medals for their high academic achievement. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences stands at the heart of academic life at the Univer- sity of Florida. Here, students learn how to communicate ef- fectively, to reason indepen- dently and to understand the traditions and institutions that have shaped their world. Ca- reer performance shows that a liberal arts background makes for a better lawyer, corporate executive, health-care profes- sional, journalist or teacher by providing an intellectual dation upon which they may draw for the rest of their lives. Many of the college ' s pro- grams and faculty are recog- nized national leaders. The chemistry, anthropology, ger- ontology, African studies and Latin American studies are each highly rated. The college ' s ish studies program is the est in the South. The college faculty regularly wins Guggenheim Fellowships, Fulbright Awards and similar recognition of quality and formance. About 250 National Merit Scholars are among the talented graduates and under- graduates who have chosen study in the college. Alumni lead major corpora- tions, write nationally known books and serve in public of- fice. A graduate of the college ' s astronomy department con- ducted research aboard a re- cent space shuttle mission. Academics 89 Started at UF, a new teaching method that com- bines problem-based learning with a human pa- tient simulator could become the standard teach- ing practice for medical education. Here, Dr. Michael Good assists anesthesiology resident Tammy Euliano in working with a dummy pa- tient. Designed at UF ' s medical school, the system is now marketed worldwide by Loral Data Sys- tems of Sarasota, a division of the New York based Loral Corporation. Recent College of Medicine research achievements include: Advances in spinal cord regeneration, including the transplantation of embryonic nerve tissue to restore varying degrees of limb function in animals. Now the same treatment is being investigated in a select group of human patients. Discoveries in basic science that helped lead to the development of a new medication called Trusopt (TM), an eye drop for glaucoma. Discovery of ways to detect diabetes before overt symptoms occur and testing of new strategies for stalling onset of the disease. Refinement of a techno logy for cleansing a cancer patient ' s bone marrow to remove cancer cells, improving survival rates. Development of innovative educational technologies such as the Human Patient Simulator, now used around the world. Advancements in computerization and patient monitoring, which have contributed to a 100-fold reduction in deaths related to anesthesia. UF neurosurgery chairman Dr. Albert Rhoton instructs Japanese research fellow Dr. Hiroshi Muratani in microneurosurgical techniques on a human brain specimen. 90 Academics Dr. Lynn J. Romrell, associate dean for education at UF ' s College of Medicine, demonstrates a new computer instructional program in human anatomy for medical students Tony Bavry and Larissa Lim. Romrell has been recruited to assist a new national effort by the Associa- tion of American Colleges to enhance the use of com- puter technology in medical education. Dr. Patrick Duff (right) consults with UF medical resi- dents John Chewing (left) and Kai D. Fu during an ultrasound reading. UF medical student Jon Bui examines a 10-year-old orphan girl during a trip to Haiti that he and ten class- mates took in 1996 to provide medical assistance and supplies to medically underserved residents. College of Medicine students have been making similar trips to developing countries since the early ' 90s. College of Medicine For four decades, the Univer- sity of Florida College of Medi- cine has educated thousands of health-care professionals, made discoveries in research and pro- vided state-of-the-art care to dreds of thousands of patients from throughout the nation and the world The college boasts one of the nation ' s most effective medical student education programs. UF medical students consistently score high on the national medi- cal licensing examinations and excellent residency as- More than 75 percent of college graduates are ranked in the top third of their residency programs. All recent graduates of the sician Assistant Program have been employed as physician as- sistants, and for nine of the past 11 years, graduates have scored an average of 93 percent or higher on the physician assistant na- tional board exam. The Board of Regents recently approved the change from a bachelor ' s degree to a Master of Physician Assis- tant Studies degree for graduates of the Physician Assistant Pro- gram. The college ' s Ph.D. program has successfully transitioned into an interdisciplinary program (IDP). The provides students with broad training in the first year followed by specialized training in subsequent years, and integrates clinical and basic ence training in the education process. The transition has en- abled the program to be more competitive in recruiting high quality students and in ing to provide them with a rior education. The college also is a national leader in the area of medical informatics, including wide- spread use of technology such as interactiv e laser discs, CD-ROMs and use of the Internet. Electronic learning tools developed in the college are now used by more than half of the medical schools nationwide. College of Medicine faculty have made significant break- throughs in the diagnosis and treatment of such diseases as cer, diabetes and high blood sure. Uf physicians are national and international leaders in or- thopedic surgery, neurosurgery, bone marrow transplantation, organ transplantation and gene therapy for brain cancer and tic fibrosis. Academics 91 Shands Hospital, the Depart- ment of Veterans Affairs Medi- cal Center and other commu- nity facilities, such as public health agencies, community pitals and outreach clinics, are used to prepare students for fessional nursing positions. Nursing courses include exten- sive classroom activities, vised observation and practice in health care settings. Group discussion among students The College of Nursing also cam- dents and between classes and campuses in Orlando and Jackson- their administrators create for Jacksonville to provide urban access for students shared understanding graduate students. of their curricula. 92 Academics In specialty study, laboratory courses pro- vide application of the nursing process with clients in various settings. Interaction with their educators allows stu- dents to expand their range of studies yet bring it to their personal level. During their fifth semester, students focus on the concepts of complex nursing care with acutely ill patients of all ages in many health care delivery settings. College of Nursing Shands Hospital houses out- The purposes of the College of Nursing are to conduct un- degree programs in nursing, to conduct nursing research and other scholarly activities and to provide ser- vice to the citizens of Florida. Lying within the framework of the Health Science Center at the University, it offers a unique opportunity to provide and professional de- for nursing stu- dents in a university setting. patient clinics, an ambulatory care unity, a psychiatric unit and hospital units for seri- ously-ill patients. The Veter- ans Administration Medical Center and other community facilities prepare students for professional practice. Under supervised observation, stu- dents are able to practice in their selected phases of health care. Nursing is a dynamic inter- active process to promote, maintain and restore wellness, to prevent illness and to treat human responses to illness throughout the life span. ing utilizes the application of the scientific method to assess health patterns, to derive ing diagnoses, to formulate objectives and plans, to ment interventions and to evaluate outcomes. Nursing intervention directs to the re- solving of actual or potential health problems, promoting positive health states and re- habilitating clients to optimal functioning. Nursing requires critical thinking and judgment, creative application of the ence of nursing and integra- tion of caring, nurturing and comforting. Academics 93 Pharmacy students Shanon Lees, Tina Lampe, and Jim Lewis. Modern technology helps the College of Pharmacy enhance study into their field of work. At Gator fan ' s pharmacy, doses to cure Vanderbilt ills were prescribed by the College of Pharmacy ' s float featured in the 1997 Homecoming parade. Students Lien Nguyen, Suzanne Roberts, Jim Lewis, and Jean Everett work together as a team on a classroom assign- ment. 94 Academics In small groups, students lead discussions amongst each other to further understand their studies. Professor of Pharmadynamics, Dr. William Millard demonstrates hands-on equipment used at the College of Pharmacy. In graduate study, advanced work brings students to levels that will aide them in their future endeavors. College of Pharmacy The College of Pharmacy offers students who have completed at least two years of pre-professional study the opportunity to enter a program leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Stu- dents at the university of Florida may complete pre-professional studies in the Food Science and Human Nutrition program in the College of Agriculture or in sci- ence majors in the College of Lib- eral Arts and Sciences. The doctor of Pharmacy curriculum is de- signed to provide the graduate with the scientific and cultural back- ground required for the successful practice of Pharmacy. The professional curriculum of- fers course work in pharmaceutics, medicinal chemistry, pharmacodynamics, pharmacy practice, and pharmacy adminis- tration. Students participate in clinical training throughout the curriculum to enhance their cal skills of critical thinking, lem solving, interviewing, assess- ing, counseling, monitoring, and consulting within the health care team. The College of Pharmacy is known not only for its high quality research contributions, clinical teaching and outstanding faculty, but also for its excellent student body. Pharmacy students from the University of Florida consistently receive national awards and arships. Achievements of alumni are noteworthy at the state and national levels. In addition to providing a wide range of professional opportuni- ties, the professional program forms an excellent base for ad- vanced study leading to careers in research and teaching. Master ' s and doctoral degree programs are offered in the pharmaceutical sciences (pharmaceutics, pharmacodynamics, medicinal chemistry, and pharmacy health care administration). The College of Pharmacy offers combined de- gree programs: Doctor of Pharmacy and Master Physician Assistant Studies; and Doctor of Pharmacy and B.S. in Nutritional Sciences. The College of Pharmacy is ited by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education. In a cent national survey, the Doctor of Pharmacy program was ranked among the top ten programs in the country. Academics 95 Dr. Avery Bennet, assistant fessor of wildlife and zoo medi- cine, adjusts a fixator device on Munchiken, an iguana who came to UF for surgery to cor- rect a deformed jawbone. Dr. Rob Parker, former associate professor of small animal sur- gery, and Dr. Roger Clemmons, associate professor of neurol- ogy, examine Alexandra, an month-old English bulldog.. (Photo by Russ Lante, UF Health Science Center) Dr. Art Donovan, associate pro- fessor of large animal medicine, samples a variety of chili during the traditional college SCAVMA sponsored chili cookoff. Dr. Michelle LeBlanc, left, and veterinary technician Christy Cage prepare a horse for scintigraphy. LeBlanc ' s research led to the development of a new drug now being used to treat infertility problems in mares. (Photo by Russ Lante, UF Health Science Center) 96 Academics Mrs. Betty Cornelius, center, with Dean Joe DiPietro, right, and members of the UF College of Veterinary Medicine ' s Charter Class of 1980 during November 1997 memorial service for the late Dr. Charles Cornelius, who served as the college ' s founding dean. Veterinary technicians Bobby Perry and Danielle Mauragis, left and center, help Dr. Lisa Neuwirth, right, perform scintigraphy on a horse at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Dr. Leslie Fox, associate professor of small animal medicine, examines a German shepherd in the Small Animal Hospital. (Photo by Russ Lante, UF Health Science Center) College of Veterinary Medicine The University of Florida College of Veterinary medicine is the state ' s only school of its kind. Founded in 1976, the College graduated its first class in 1980. The average enrollment at the college is 320 professional students (74% female 18.5% minority) and 52 graduate stu- dents (54%female 18% minority) seek- ing either doctoral (Ph.D.) or master ' s (M.S.) degrees. There are approximately 100 Faculty members, 65 with clinical duties at the Veterinary Medical Hospital (VMTH). The college ' s an- nual external research awards total more that $6 million. The college ' s nine-year expansion program concluded in 1996 with the opening of a $24 million Academic Building. Full ac- was most recently granted in Some unique programs offered at the college include: Wildlife and Zoological Medicine Training, Equine Neonatal and Perinatal Studies, Inter-institutional Food Animal Health Training Program, Cen- ter for Veterinary Sports Medicine, Grey- hound Adoption Program, and the Pet Memorial Program. Clinical disciplines available for pro- fessional and residency training, and for service to the state include: Anesthesiol- ogy, Cardiology, Clinical Pathology, Der- matology, Lab Animal Medicine, Large and Small Animal Medicine, Large and Small Animal Surgery, Neurology, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Pathology, Radiology, Reproduction, Rural Animal Medicine, and Wildlife and Zoological Medicine. The college operates the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital as a major animal referral center. Average caseloads at the VMTH, including both outpatient visits and cases requiring hospitaliza- tion, are: Small Animal Hospital (dogs and cats) 9,547 per year; Wildlife Service 1,713 animals per year; Large Animal Hospital (including equine, bovine, and others) 2,931 animals per year; Rural Animal Medicine Service, 530 herd visits treating 27,936 animals per year; and production Service, 271 herd visits ing 16,887 animals per year. Current Research Projects at the lege of Veterinary medicine are it main- tains the largest funded biotechnology program among veterinary colleges worldwide. Emphasis is on tropical diseases of livestock, especially the tick- borne diseases, in Africa and the Carib- bean. The college houses one of the pre- mier research programs in zoological and wildlife medicine worldwide. Ap- proaches vary from those dealing with individual animals of great economic value or uniqueness to studies involving large, free-ranging populations of wild- life. Greatest emphasis is on parasites and infectious diseases. The discipline of equine neonatology originated in this college which contin- ues an active research program in equine reproduction. The college is heavily committed to neuroscience, both as a clinical and a basic science, and is a participant in UF ' s Brain institute. Academics 97 Gator Goals We have a unique passion for sports. Ask any of the fans who attended this year ' s UF FSU game why they openly embraced the sweat-drenched bodies of complete strangers surrounding them, and the best you may have gotten was a blank stare and a groggy smile. And yet maybe that explained enough. We couldn ' t explain why any able-minded person would wear anything orange, as if waiting for the color to suddenly come into style (ignoring hundreds of years of fashion). We couldn ' t explain what possessed our student athletes to give so much of their lives to the pursuit of excellence. We couldn ' t explain their dedication, or what made them willingly share their triumphs and failures with people willingly wearing orange. We couldn ' t explain why we watched. But we did watch — every pitch, every dive, every swing, every lap, every pass, every shot or goal. And we laughed and screamed and cried at every turn. We blamed referees for the world ' s ills and damned opposing teams to hell with all the wrath one wearing orange could muster. We cheered our peers and classmates as if our best friends, although in most cases they were not. Whether we were on the field or in the stands we had everything to be proud of. Beyond the wins and losses, we were home to one of the strongest and most supported women ' s programs anywhere. We turned a collective face to the country through our sports teams, and the country smiled back. And we all won, by sharing with each other the insanity and the joy of something greater than ourselves. Gator Fans are the heart of all athletics at the University of Florida. From football to golf, home or away, Gators are sure to be present cheering on their athletes. DIVISION Page 99 The high school seniors were a The prospects guests, usually little bit lost at such a huge parents or coaches, were full of university, but the guides, true to questions about the Athletic their name, showed the prospects program as well as the University. where to go. High school football stars share their hopes of one day playing for the Florida Gators. Decked out in Orange and Blue with tattoos emblazoned on their cheeks, the Gator Guides show real Gator Spirit. 100 Sports GATOR GUIDES When asking what the driv- ing force behind so many win- ning Gator football seasons has been, it is likely that you ' ll hear what a great athletic school Florida is, how great the play- ers were, and, of course, the unparalleled coaching of Steve Spurrier and gang. You will hear little of the seventy or eighty girls that have been be- hind the scenes of the Gators for nearly thirty years. Senior Administrative As- sistant Betty Ling, heads up one of the largest and most successful programs to assist in the recruiting prospects in the nation. Gator Guides is the title given to these group of coeds. Under her direction, a host of University of Florida Students welcome high school prospects to regular season games, the Orange and Blue spring scrimmage, and, in the winter, to official visit week- ends where many of them de- cide where they will be spend- ing the next four years of col- lege. The selection of these girls is not by chance. After a ous interview process, a panel of University professors, officials and supporters decide which are the most qualified applicants for the job. They look for knowledge of not only football and athletics, but also of the school ' s academics. The Gator Guides must also be very familiar with aspects of college including involvement and even social life. The appli- cants must also do more than just know about the school, they have to love it. Responsibility and enthu- siasm are also crucial to the success of the squad. Unless everyone is at every event doing their job, things do not run very smoothly. Enthusi- asm is essential considering that these girls have to be at the games three hours before it starts and be willing to give up weekends and free time for the squad. The Gator Guides are di- vided into a varsity and junior varsity squad. Football ' s Gator Guides may not be the most visible entity in Gator sports, but they are definitely one of the largest and most impor- tant groups, period. Gator Guides cheer on former prospects as they dash Florida State ' s hopes for a national title...again. Gator Guides was more than just game days. Fun-filled Thursday meeting and even an away game trip fill the voids during football season. Sports 101 Trench Warfare A powerful defensive line led the charge in the success of the defensive unit. Rod Broadway, defensive tackles coach and Bob Sanders, As- sistant Defensive Coordinator Defensive Ends Coach worked together in imple- menting Coach Bob Stoops game plan of a defense with an aggressive and disciplined attack. As the season pro- gressed, players and coaches found themselves in a differ- ent position than one they were accustomed to. " This was a difficult sea- son. It was different and it did not sit well with us. We needed to play better and we showed character in beating two great teams in Penn State and FSU, " Stoops said. The defensive line used its strength and ability in over- powering opposing offensive lines to consistently win the battle in the trenches. The de- fensive unit led the SEC in rushing defense allowing an average of just 70.7 yards per game and ranked second in the nation in run defense. The defense also set a new school record with 50 quar- terback sacks. " Great defenses are built from the front line back, we want to work schemes in the front line that will allow our front seven players to mak e plays, big plays, " Stoops said. Senior defensive tackle Mike Moten was a successful leader on the defensive line. He ranked second on the team in total tackles for a loss, second in big plays, and fourth in quarterback sacks. His outstanding year re- sulted in his naming to the first-team All SEC team. The entire defensive line stood strong together dur- ing the turbulent times of the year. Their great play to- gether helped lead the team to a strong finish. The Vanderbilt quarterback hears junior defensive end Willie Cohens on his back. If a sack wasn ' t made, defensive pressure would often hurry a quarterback into making a mistake. Senior defensive tackle Mike Moten knocks down the Auburn quarter- back following a pass attempt. Bringing a quarterback to the ground is a constant reminder of a strong defensive presence. 102 Sports Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning releases the football while being taken down. Plays like this can redirect the path of the football into a defender ' s arms. Members of the defensive unit smother a Vanderbilt runner and take him down to the turf. Players tried to gather as many arms and bodies together to tackle the opposition. Sports 103 Senior cornerback Elijah Williams tackles a Vanderbilt receiver dur- ing the Homecoming game. Williams also served as a kick returner on the special teams unit. Sophomore linebacker Jevon Kearse knocks down the Auburn quar- terback. Kearse developed into a star defensive player, and coaches expect him to contribute even more in the future. 104 Sports Stoops ' Troops During a season where the offense struggled to find con- sistency in its game, the de- fensive unit excelled in domi- nating the competitors. Bob Stoops, Assistant Head Coach Defensive Coordinator Secondary Coach, and Jim Collins, Linebackers Coach, worked together in forming a strong secondary and linebacker corps. " It ' s a privilege and honor to be a defensive coordinator at a program such as the versity of Florida. Champi- onship teams have a great defense and we are commit- ted to that type of excellence and achievement, " Stoops said. Senior cornerback Fred Weary had an exceptional year as a leader on the sive side of the ball, while ting the UF career record for interceptions. His record set- ting performance led to his unanimous selection by league coaches to the All- Southeastern Conference team as well as being named to the Burger King Coaches ' All-America Team by the American Football Coaches Association. Weary was also one of three finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award which is presented annually to the best defensive back in the nation. Stoops described Weary as being " solid " and as being a " good leader for us. " Junior defensive back Teako Brown was also se- lected to the All-Southeast- ern Conference team, as a member of the second team. This was his first appointment to the All SEC team. The 4-3 base defense pro- moted the use of free cover- ages in the secondary while incorporating a bump and run style pass coverage. The line- backers and secondary were often brought up to crowd the line of scrimmage. This formation allowed the de- fense to either bring on an all out blitz or back off. Sophomore linebacker Jevon Kearse had a breakout year by wreaking havoc on opposing running backs and quarterbacks. Kearse estab- lished himself as a top defen- sive player and is believed to have a bright future at Florida Field. During the play, sophomore strong safety Demetrius Lewis backs up to aid in defensive erage. Although receiving lim- ited playing time, Lewis gained valuable experience. Sophomore linebacker Keith Kelsey adjusts his chin strap prior to the upcoming play. The sive unit forced 20 fumbles and recovered 10 during the season. Sports 105 TD... We want a Touch--Down Left with three rather in- experienced quarterbacks, the offensive game plan looked to the running backs and wide receiver s to take much of the pres- sure off the passer. The wide receiving corps as well as the back field came up big in leading the team to a ten win season. Junior Jacquez Green led the team in receptions and even threw for a touch- down. His curl and go pat- tern late in the fourth ter against Florida State led to a key reception in which Gator faithful will never forget. Named First-Team All American, Green ' s over 1000 receiving yards and amazing acrobatic catches prompted him to leave school a year early to enter the NF L draft. Juniors Nafis Karim and Travis McGriff, as well as sopho- more Jamie Richardson added depth to the receiv- ing corps. Without the help of jun- ior fullback Terry Jackson following a season ending knee injury, senior Fred Taylor stepped up and had the greatest year of his col- lege career by rushing for over 1500 yards. " Fred had one of the best seasons in history. I felt it through him, " Jackson said. As the season pro- gressed, Coach Spurrier lied more and more on the ground attack. Victories against Florida State and Penn State in the Citrus Bowl were greatly influ- enced by strong running by Fred Taylor. " We tried to hand the ball off to Fred and not beat selves, " Spurrier said fol- lowing the Citrus Bowl. " We must continue to show the SEC and country the talent we have is the best, " Jackson said. Refusing to be dragged down, wide receiver Nafis Karim, stands his ground, despite persistent Auburn opponents. The Gators went on to win 24-10 thanks to dedicated players like Karim. Fullback Terry Jackson takes charge! Looking for an opening, Jackson had to make quick decisions in order to gain yards. Here wide receiver Jaquez Green blocks for Jackson. 106 Sports Get off of me! Tailback Fred Taylor shakes off Vanderbilt during UF ' s Homecoming Game. UF went on to win 20-7 against the Commodores. Players like wide receiver Jaquez Green seemed to make miracles happen. Here " Quezzie " shows the crowd some of his magic during the Homecoming game against Vanderbilt. Sports 107 O Canada! Freshman quarterback Jesse Palmer wowed crowds with is take-control attitude. Palmer had a lot of pressure on him during the season but no doubt gained valuable experience for the future. Getting pumped up, tight end Erron Kinney gets mentally focused for the next play against Tennessee. The Gators won 33-20 against the Volunteers. 108 Sports The Quarter (Back) Toss One of the greatest egies of the 1997 season was the quarterback switch. In the 32-39 defeat of Florida State, Coach Steve Spurrier played most of the game switching the quarterback after every down. This strategy was used to prevent Florida State Coach Bobby Bowden from possibly learning the plays through hand signals. It also caused a lot of people to wonder " What the... " Doug Johnson was the starting quarterback for most of the season. Johnson threw for 21 touchdowns, 2023 yards and completed 148 of 269 attempted passes. On av- erage, he had 224.8 yards per game with his highest number of yards a game being 346 versus LSU. Senior Noah Brindise ended his career as a Gator with a bang. He started the last four games of the sea- son (including the Citrus Bowl.) Brindise threw for 6 touchdowns, 659 yards, and completed 40 of 83 at- tempted passes. He aver- aged 77.2 yards a game all season. His highest num- ber of yards in a game was 222 against Vanderbilt. Jesse Palmer was the third string quarterbac k against Auburn. Palmer threw for 4 touchdowns, 291 yards, and completed 21 of 38 attempted passes. His average yards per game was 48.5. The 1997 season saw eral great plays by quarter- backs. Only Johnson and Palmer will be returning for the 1998 season. It is a very promising year. Senior quarter back Noah Brindise hands the ball off to tailback Fred Taylor. Brindise surprised crowds by keeping the Auburn game under control. Here sophomore offensive guard Ryan Kalich looks his Vanderbilt defender straight in the eye. The offensive guard provided important protection for quarterbacks and wide receivers. Sports 109 It Doesn ' t Get Any More Special Than This The University of Florida Gator Special Teams division has cer- tainly had an impact on the games. They don ' t just catch a ball and return a few yards. They catch the ball and return it for a lot of yards, or better yet, a touchdown. In two games this sea- son, the Gator ' s averaged 30 yards per kickoff re- turn. Jacquez Green has run back four punt returns for touchdowns in the past two years. One of these was a result of a blocked punt by Terry Jackson in the Central Michigan game. In the Arkansas game, Bo Carrol returned the opening kickoff for 94 yards and a touchdown. This was the Gator ' s first kickoff return for a touchdown since 1995. But the Gator special teams did more that just return punts and kick- offs. They also blocked their opponent ' s punts and field goal attempts. Elijah Williams blocked each of the field goal attempts, one against Louisiana State University and the other against South Carolina. There is one other function that special teams carry out. They kick. In every game, the Gator ' s punts averaged at least 36 yards per kick. The highest average was 51.5 yards in the game against the Tigers of Louisiana State Univer- sity. Senior cornerback Ronnie Battle and sophomore wide receiver Nick Schiralli tackle an Auburn kick returner. Offensive and defensive players joined together for the special teams unit. Senior cornerback Elijah Williams returns a kickoff. Williams proved his versatility by averaging 9.5 yards per kickoff return in addition to his great defensive play. 110 Sports Freshman tailback Bo Carroll was the team leader with eight kickoff returns. Known as the fastest member of the team, Carroll ' s speed enabled him to average 34 yards per kickoff return. Junior punter Robby Stevenson drops the football while punting. Stevenson averaged 41.5 yards per punt and had a season long punt of 58 yards. Sports 111 Indicative of the day Florida State quarterback Thad Busby spent much of his time in the grasp of Florida ' s defensive line. Busby fell as did their national championship hopes. Embracing at the conclusion of the game, head coach Bobby Bowden congratulates Steve Spurrier. This was the second meeting in a row where Florida ended Florida State ' s champi- onship dreams. 112 Sports The Curl ' n Go November 22, 1997. Florida Field. Undefeated Florida State v. Florida. The Seminoles got swamped. It was less than a year after the Gators beat FSU for the National Championship in the Sugar Bowl. The Semi- noles came to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium ranked number one in the nation and in conten- tion for the National Championship, again. And again, the Gators knocked them out of the race. The Noles left with their first loss of the season, a 32-39 defeat, handed to them by the Florida Gator. Florida left the field vic- tors. They had beaten their nemesis, on the field and in the charts. Coming into the game, FSU ' s defense had al- lowed only 215.6 total yards per game. The Gators gained 499 yards. Florida rushed for 163 yards against a team that had previously allowed 40 per game. The Gators averaged 7.4 yards per play, and did not allow a single sack to the Seminoles, who averaged 6.4 sacks a game. The defense was equally impressive against FSU. Florida ' s defense yielded only 360 yards to an FSU offense that averaged 461.3 yards per game. Florida intercepted 2 passes, sacked FSU 3 times and held Florida State to 6 of 16 third-down attempts. The Florida vs. Florida State game was the best game of the season and quite possibly the best game in college football history. The winner was not decided until the final min- utes of the game. FSU score a field goal, to give them a 29-25 lead, which would force the Gators to not only score, but score a touchdown, to win. Florida State fans were hollering. Florida fans were watching with hope. The Gators were far from done. With 2:38 left in the game, Fred Taylor ran in his fourth touchdown of the night, and the winning touchdown for the Gators. Florida fans were hollering. FSU fans were watching in horror. Florida State ' s offense took the field, and with left 1:50 left, and the Seminoles pinned deep in their own territory, Dwayne Thomas intercepted Thad Busby. Every Gator fen was on their feet. So were most FSU fans, but they were on their way out of the stadium. Quarterback Noah Brindise took the last snap of the game. The celebration began. The celebration continues. Junior strong safety Tony George celebrates the victory. The players voted to wear the blue on blue uniform combination for the first time since the 1993 Gator Bowl. The offensive unit huddles to receive the play call. Spurrier implemented an alternating quarterback game plan i n which Noah Brindise and Doug Johnson alternated virtually every play. Sports 113 Big SEC Football The New Year ' s Day game pit- ted two former number one teams against each other. It was the op- portunity for America to see how the ground attack of Penn State ' s Big Ten style football matched up against the aerial attack of Steve Spurrier ' s fun `n gun of- fense. At the end of the day it was Fred Taylor who set Citrus Bowl records in both rushes and yardage while beating Penn State in their own style of game. " The game was going to be won at the line of scrimmage, " Taylor said. " They came down here to play smash-mouth foot- ball, and they came down, and they think the SEC is soft... They just found out that ' s not true. " Penn State played without their star running back Curtis Enis and wide receiver Joe Jurevicius as both players were suspended prior to the game. The Gator defense held Penn State to only 139 yards of offense epitomized through their outstanding goal-line stands. " We had to fill the gaps to make a play, and that ' s what we did, " Fred Weary said of the goal-line stands. " We were put in a critical position. Our guys stood up the challenge. " Coach Steve Spurrier con- tinued the game plan which worked so effectively against Florida State by alternating quarterbacks Doug Johnson and Noah Brindise. Jesse Palmer saw some action late in the game after Johnson sus- tained a right shoulder injury. Each of the three different terbacks accounted for a touch- down as Johnson and Palmer tossed theirs to Jacquez Green while Brindise scored on a one yard run. " The goal line stands were the key. Our offensive line was sensational, and Fred ran the ball well, " Spurrier said. " Quezzie (Jacquez) Green made some big, super catches off pretty good throws from our quarterbacks... Other than that , it was a `run the ball, run the clock out ' type of game. " Setting up for one of their goal-line stands is the defensive unit. The defense never allowed Penn State to cross the plane of the goal line, and held them to two field goals. Senior cornerback Elijah Williams ebrates his interception of a Mike McQueary pass. The Gator defense picked off McQueary three times that afternoon. 114 Sports Defensive Coordinator Bob Stoops and athletic trainer Mike Wasik meet with players on the bench. Conferencing between possessions allowed for adjustments to be made. Finding the hole in the line, Senior tailback Freddy Taylor runs for one of his 43 carries. Taylor had 234 rushing yards which ranked him second all time behind Emmitt Smith. Sports 115 Below: During half time of a home bas- ketball game, the cheerleaders performed to keep the Gator spirit and the crowd and Gator Spirit alive. They executed many stunts, including squad arabesques. Right: Tina Lori and Jen Dickinson led the Homecoming Parade crowd in an Orange and Blue cheer, aided by the zlers. The Cheerleaders always march in the UF Homecoming parade to the de- light of the crowd. The 1997-98 Gator Dazzlers From L to R: Back Row -Stacey Dardich, Christy Thorton, Jennifer Sence, Jessica Cruz, 3rd Row -Shelby Socksbeson, Kelli McKenzie, Anne marie Lorentzson, Audra Lumpkins, Candy Brown, 2nd Row -Kimberly Dean, katy Wallace, Piper Johnson, Alissa Cruz, Front Row -Adrienne Foltz, Shannon Starbuck, Erin Andrews The 1997-98 Gator Varsity Cheerleaders. Back Row Lto R: Cory Hughes, Rich Harbin, Tal Mazor, Tom Pfieffer, Travis Young, Matt Sonberg, Sean Smith, Front Row-: Angi White, Jen Dickinson, Tina Lori, Lisa Grayson, Casie Sellars, Alyssa Roenigk, Ashley Macy. 116 Sports A Great Responsibility: Cheerleaders Dazzlers Keep the Gator Spirit Alive The Job of rallying spirit among almost 85,000 football fans, and 8,000 basketball fanatics is no small job. Pair that along with performing at functions such as Gator Growl, Gator Connec- tion, and the homecom- ing parade and this be- gins to define the job of the University of Florida Cheerleaders and Daz- zlers. Throughout the entire year, the UF Cheerlead- ers and Dazzlers perform at many sporting events. The cheerleaders perform at all football, basketball, and volleyball games. The dazzlers also perform at basketball games dur- ing halftime and timeouts. When the Gators are participating in tournaments, the squads often accompany them. Which often means hours of eling on buses and ing up on missed school work. Both squads also per- form during Gator Growl and Gator Connection and march in the homecom- ing parade every year. For their Gator Growl perfor- mance the squads get the chance to combine their separate routines into one spectacular performance. Many long hours of hard work go into the many excellent routines performed by the Univer- sity of Florida ers and Dazzlers, not only during games, but also during practice. The end result of their effort is dent in each event they are a part of. Left: At the intersection of North South Drive and University, the start point of the parade, the University of Florida Dazzlers " dazzled " the crowd of Gator fans. Above: The UF Dazzlers entertained the 8,000 screaming Gator fans. The Daz- zlers performed at all home games dur- ing half time and time outs. Sports 117 Below: Junior Middle Blocker Jeni Jones Right: The Lady Gators huddled went for a kill against Maryland in around Coach Mary Wise, listening to August ' s Suntrust Invitational. her instructions, during a time-out a t one of this year ' s matches. 1997 Schedule Aug. 30-31 Suntrust Invit. Sept 12-13 University Centre Hotel Invitational Sept 19-20 Nike Challenge Oct 3 Arkansas Oct 5 LSU Oct 10 Ole Miss Oct 12 Mississippi St. Oct 24 Tennessee Oct 26 Kentucky Nov 2 South Carolina Nov 4 FSU Nov 14 Georgia Nov 16 South Florida Nov 21-23 SEC Tournament The 1997 Gator Volleyball Team: Front Row (L to R)- Sandra Reboucas, Jenny Manz, Jennifer Sanchez, Jenni Keene, Nikki Shade, Claire Roach, Jeni Jones, Janie Velentzas, Shannon Mason. Back Row (L to R)- Head Coach Mary Wise, Associate Head Coach Nick Cheronis, Assistant Coach Staci Wolfe, Aurymar Rodriguez, Nina Foster, Malaika Naulls, Heather Wright, Jerilyn Hattendorf, Volunteer Coach Rob Smith, Athletic Trainer Laurie Wright, Manager Kathy Hanbury. 118 Sports A Time to Kill Great Gator Volleyball After spending the month of May playing games in Europe, the 1997 Gator Volleyball team re- turned to the United States and Florida with a new sense of achievement and a desire to win. Coach Mary Wise said of the petitive trip, " What im- pressed [me] was the im- provement the players made over the course of the tour. That kind of off- season competition will help us in the fall. " And help them it did indeed as the Gators advanced into their regular season. The 1997 season ' s team had several stand-out players among its ranks. With four returning se- niors, the team ' s leader- ship base was solid. Fifth year senior Claire Roach, who spent two years on the bench due to knee in- juries, overcame her set- backs and was voted " Best Defensive Specialist in the Country " in website vot- ing on Collegiate Volley- ball Update ' s home page. Aurymar Rodriguez was another member of the Se- nior line-up, whose steady improvement over the course of four years made her one of the best all- round players in the re- gion. The three Freshmen on the team, Heather Wright, Jerilyn Hattendorf, and Malaika Naulls, also added great contributions to the team. With such an impressive line-up of not only Fresh- men and Seniors, but Sophomores and Juniors as well, the 1997 Lady Gators achieved success and showed the nation that it was definitely a " time to kill " when it came to Gator Volleyball. Left: Senior Outside Hitter Claire Roach used her exceptional ability to save the ball during an intense match this season. Above: Sandra Reboucas, a Sophomore Outside Hitter, dug in to get the ball during a match against Kentucky in October. Sports 119 Below: Junior Steven Schlachta runs for a Right: Two members of the women ' s cross finish in the October 11 Barnett Bank country team run for glory in the NCAA Invitational. He finished 22nd with a time Championships that were held November of 27:19.88 25. 1997 Men ' s Cross Country Team (no team photo available for Women ' s Cross Country 1997 Schedule Sept. 11 Nike Twilight Sept 20 Alabama-FSU Oct. 4 Disney Invitational Oct. 11 Barnett Bank Invit. Oct. 19 Wolverine Inter-Region Nov. 1 SEC Championships Nov. 15 NCAA Dist. 9 Meet Nov. 24 NCAA Championships 120 Sports Gator Cross Country: Young and Strong The 1997 Cross Country Season opened with very young men ' s and women ' s teams. The men stood 19 strong with of 11 of them being newcomers to the cross country program. The women had freshman stand- out Jennifer McGranahan, who was the top Gator fin- isher in the NCAA Cross Country Championships later in the season. Despite their youth, these two teams proves with their accom- plishments that they were strong enough to face the challenges of cross country competition. The men ' s team had sev- eral star athlete among its ranks, including Junior Stephen Smeyak, team cap- tain who red-shirted in 1996 so that he could build on his abilities as a top-notch com- petitor. Rob Evans, a fresh- man, proved to be very valu- able to the Gators. He was among the top finishers in almost all of the eight meets of the season. " We have a very strong group chemis- try and team attitude, " Head Coach Doug Brown said of his team, " they work to- gether to make each other better. " The women had an out- standing season, culminat- ing in an important finish at he NCAA Championships in November. The Lady Gators finished a school best 16th. It was their 3rd appearance in the competition the 4 years. Senior Becki Wells, an All- American, finished 68th with a time of 17:41. Jennifer McGranahan, Beth Reed, Ramona Saridakas, Hazal Clark, Christina Starr and Shannon Grady were the other Gator finishers in the race. The success of the 1997 season was an excellent ex- ample of the strength of these Gator teams. If they continue in this manner, then the men and women of Florida Cross Country will continue to ceed in the years to come. Left: This Lady Gator runs ever closer to the finish line at the Barnett Bank Invitational hosted by Florida in October. Above: A group of Florida runners led by Freshman Rob Evans, make their way over UF ' s Cross Country Course - the UF Golf Course. Sports 121 Below: Melissa Pini, junior, rejoiced after a goal scored by the gators. Pini was a two-time All-SEC selection at forward. Right: Junior Erin Baxter fought for the ball with an opponent. Baxter was a 1996 All-American second team selection. 1997-98 Home Schedule Sept 12 Kentucky Sept 14 Vanderbilt Sept 19 Maryland Sept 21 Cornell Sept 26 LSU Oct 3 Central Florida Oct 5 Butler Oct 15 Florida State Oct 26 South Carolina Oct 31 Auburn Nov 6-9 SEC Tournament 1997-98 Women ' s Soccer Team Back Row (L to R) : Tracy Ward, Sarah Yohe, Ass. Coach Vic Campbell, Athletic Trainer Michael Duck, Head Coach Becky Burleigh, Manager Scott Barbee, Dr. Tom Kaminski, Athletic Trainer Tara Lein, Ass. Coach Tiffany Thompson, Heather Mitts, Kerri Doran. Center Row: Michelle Harris, Danielle Bass, Alison Benoit, Kelly Maher, Lisa Olinyk, Erin Baxter, Andi Sellers, Genie Leonard, Angie Olson, Lynn Pattishall. Front Row: Christie Brady, Melanie Freeman, Tina Brendel, Adrianne Moreira, Katie Tullis, Jennifer Bransford, Renee Reynolds, Melissa Pini. Sensational Soccer UF Soccer Soars to New Heights Entering it ' s third sea- son of existence here at the University of Florida, the Gator Soccer team still remained a relatively young squad, containing only three seniors, two of whom were starters. This year ' s squad was downsized to 22 players from last year ' s 31 player squad. Head Coach Becky Burleigh believed that this smaller squad would allow for more in- dividual attention for each member of the team. The 1997 Gator Soccer team was Coach Burleigh ' s most experi- enced squad to date. It consisted mainly of jun- iors who had been with the team since it began in 1995. The leadership and experience were impor- tant factors for the success of the 1997 Gator Soccer season. Another important fac- tor contributing to the soc- cer teams ' s success was their mode of transporta- tion. The soccer team had the luxury of flying to their away games thanks to the University Athletic Asso- ciation. The University of Florida owns three planes, including a F-227 Turbo- prop known as " Captain Jack II. " Along with the soccer team, the aircraft transports student athletes and coaches allowing them to have more time in the classroom and less time spent traveling. UF ' s Ath- letic Association is the only athletic department in the United States that owns an aircraft for the sole pur- pose of transporting its letic teams. Left: The Gator Soccer team was trium- phant after a victory. The team had a great 1997 season. Above: The Gator Soccer team was able to maintain their grades thanks to " Captain Jack II " - the plane is one of three owned by the University Athletic Association. Sports 123 Below: Freshman Betsy Hamm hit a perfect Right: Senior Kourtney Gallivan devoted dismount after an outstanding performance complete concentration to her performance on the uneven bars during the February 27 on the balance beam, an event in which she meet against LSU. holds a personal best score of 9.85. 1998 Schedule Jan 16 Kentucky Jan 23 Georgia Jan 30 Maryland Feb 7 Alabama Feb 20 NC State Feb 27 LSU Mar 6 Iowa State Mar 14 Auburn Mar 21 SEC Champs. April 4 NCAA Regionals April 16-18 NCAA Champs. The 1998 Gator Gymnastics Team. (seated, from left)- Chrissy Van Fleet, Gabby Fuchs, Kourtney Gallivan. Second Row- Mikara Steinberg, Maryann Esposito, Betsy Hamm, Teal Chiabotti. Back Row- Erika Selga, Dana Wickham, Jamie Graziano, Sybil Stephenson, Katie Sydes, Susan Hines, Kim Novack. 124 Sports Graceful Gators: Gymnasts Flip to Greatness This year ' s Gator Gym- nastics team was ready for the top, as they looked to recapture the success of 1997 ' s Championship sea- son. With a huge number of returning athletes and many new gymnasts added to the roster, it looked as if that goal would be accom- plished. According to this year ' s Media Guide, UF Head Coach Judi Markell had high hopes for her girls at the beginning of the sea- son, " We have some great athletes to build on this son. There are so many new things that are contributing to this year ' s preseason en- thusiasm. This is the best preseason we ' ve had at Florida and I don ' t hesitate to say this is the top team I ' ve had since coming to UF. " UF ' s returners to the 1998 season were some of the best gymnasts in the nation, in- cluding defending NCAA Vault Champion, Susan Hines, and sophomore Chrissy Van Fleet, who earned four All-American honors as a freshman. men highlights included the addition of Betsy Hamm from Waukesha, Wis., who ated from high school early to join the Gator team, as well as Teal Chiabotti, whose off vault had not been seen in collegiate competition before this season. Because of the talent dis- played by the Gator Gym- nasts, it is obvious why Coach Markell had such confidence in her team. With determination and perseverance, these Gator athletes were sure to achieve success! Chrissy Van Fleet demonstrated her amazing gymnastic talent with this perfect pike re- lease on the uneven bars. Her performance last year, makes her one of the greatest Gator gymnasts of all time. The Lady Gator Gymnast participated in the 1997 Homecoming Parade, exciting the crowd with the exuberance and spirit. The crowds were always very supportive of the gymnasts. Sports 125 Out of my way! A determined Jason Williams works his dribbling skills around a Tennessee defender at the O ' Connell Center. The Gators defeated the Volunteers 83-69. Gator basketball players and the crowd knew when Coach Billy Donovan hit the floor, he meant business. Coach Donovan thanked the " rowdy " students at the last home game by throwing a free pizza party. 1997-98 Schedule Nov 3 California All-Stars Nov 10 Yugoslavia Nov 15 Nicholls State Nov 18 Central Florida Nov 21 Stetson Nov 29 Coastal Carolina Dec 3 Duquesne Dec 9 Texas Dec 14 FSU Dec 22 McNeese State Dec 27 Orange Bowl Basketball Classic Jan 3 Tennessee Jan 7 Ole Miss Jan 10 Georgia Jan 14 Arkansas Jan 17 LSU Jan 19 Jacksonville Jan 24 Vanderbilt Jan 28 South Carolina Feb 1 Kentucky Feb 4 Mississippi State Feb 7 Georgia Feb 11 Auburn Feb 14 Alabama Feb 18 Kentucky Feb 21 both Carolina Feb 25 Tennessee Feb 28 Vanderbilt Mar 5-8 SEC Tournament 1997-98 Men ' s Basketball Team. Front Row (seated): L to R: Eddie Nenez, Mark Timinski, Jason Williams, Mike McFarland, Eddie Shannon, Jamalal Horton. Second Row: Damen Maddox, Greg Cristell, Obiora Nnaji, Greg Stolt, Brent Wright. Third Row: Dan Williams, Patrick O ' Connor, Kenyan Weaks, Major Parker. 116 Sports Billy ' s Boys: Basketball Builds For The Future The University of Florida ' s men basketball program started with a bang as the team success- fully defeated its first five opponents of the regular season. Coach Billy Donovan ' s second season, which finished overall 14- 13, 7-10 in the SEC, was filled with great wins, close losses, discipline, and rep- tiles. The Rowdy Reptile sec- tion was created for stu- dents who wanted to show their Gator spirit up close, near the action. For the first time ever, UF students could attend Gator Basket- ball games in the Stephen J. O ' Connell Center for free, thanks to Donovan ' s lob- bying efforts. The Gator team showed mass improvement from last year ' s record under Donovan ' s leadership with wins over Georgia (82-77) and Tennessee (83-69). But the win that made the big- gest impact was the UF win over Kentucky (86-78) in Lexington. It was the first Gator win over Kentucky in eleven tries and the first win in Lexington since ruary 12,1989. Sophomore Kenyan Weaks had a ca- reer-high 24 points in the game and was perfect from the free throw line going 8. The junior from West Virginia, Jason Williams, also created talk this year not only with his excellent playing skills but with his attitude. Coach Donovan suspended him for the Jan. 17 LSU game, but later re- instated Williams, who wowed crowds with his be- hind the back passes and who placed high in SEC scoring. Williams was later suspended for the remain- der of the season. The Gator Basketball team was also invited to host a first round game in the NIT tournament. In the first round the Gators played Georgetown. Another reason why it is great to be a Florida Gator. Center Damen Maddox drives into the basket. The senior from Alabama made a true Gator effort against Stetson. The Gators went on to will 79-69, thanks to dedicated players like Maddox. Trying to decide his next move, freshman Major Parker protects the ball. Parker had an especially emotional game in the last home game of the season against South Carolina. Sports 127 Below: Lady Gator, Tiffany Travis, drove past this FSU opponent to attempt a lay- up. Florida established a well-controlled inside game. Right: Senior Dana Smith drove the ball in for a lay-up during the January 7th game against Georgia. Smith was a captain and great asset to the Gators during the season. 1997-98 Schedule Nov 11 Baltic State All-Stars Nov 20 FSU Nov 21 Miami Nov 25 Texas Dec 21 Alabama Dec 28 Rhode Island Dec 29 Duke Dec 30 Hampton Jan 4 Kentucky Jan 7 Georgia Jan 17 South Carolina Feb 5 Arkansas Feb 8 Mississippi Feb 10 UCF Feb 22 Mississippi State Feb 27-28 SEC Championships Mar 14-21 NCAA Championships The 1997-98 University of Florida Women ' s Basketball Team Front Row (Left to Right): Larry Moore (manager), Tombi Bell, Tiffany Travis, Dana Smith, Mahogany Hudson, Talatha Bingham, Kelly Freeman, Chris Rabil (manager). Back Row (L to R): Matt Bach (manager), Beth Dunkenburger (asst. coach), Michael Peck, (asst. coach), Tonya Washington, Erin O ' Neil, Murriel Page, Tamara Stocks, Misty Knight, Bea Jacobs, Candance Cunningham, Carol Ross (head coach), Joi Williams (asst. coach), Brock Mikosky (manager). 128 Sports The Sweet Smell of Success The Lady Gators Strive for National Victories The 1997-98 season for the Lady Gator basketball team began with much anticipation. After all, the previous year they were three points from the Fi- nal Four, three points from the SEC regular season title, and six points from the SEC Tour- nament championship. It was a year like never before. Last year, head coach Carol Ross was voted the 1997 WBCA District 9 Coach of the Year. Coach Ross is very passionate about her program. " Since coming to Florida, we haven ' t taken any shortcuts. We didn ' t do anything the quick way, we did it the right way. We ' ve done it very deliberately and made the foundation very solid. We ' re coming in the front door, and people will know we ' re coming. This is the way I envi- sioned it. " The 1997-98 season began with not one person to fill the leadership void left by All- American Delisha Milton ' s de- parture, but three players. The three returning Seniors were Dana Smith, Mahogany Hudson, and Muriel Page. Hudson and Smith both uted greatly to the success of this team but it was Muriel Page who made her presence know to all who saw her play. Page was the focal point of the offense. The 6-2 forward center has left an indelible mark on the program. She closed out her career with 1,915 points and 1,251 rebounds, both of which rank second all-time in the UF record books. She led the nation in double-doubles, averaging 19.1 points and 12.6 rebounds a game. To top it off she became only the second University of Florida student-athlete ever to be named to the first team Kodak All-America Women ' s Basket- ball Division I Team. The 1997-98 season ended for the Lady Gators with a loss in the NCAA West Regional Semi- final against Duke. They ended with a 23-9 record and the de- parting Seniors concluded their outstanding Lady Gator tenure with a 92-36 record. The Lady Gators continue to strive for ex- cellence and with Coach Ross at the helm, a national title is in their future. Left: Senior Muriel Page was posed and ready to stop her opponents. Page was the leader of the team and dominated the boards. Above: Freshman Tamara Stocks shot above the hands of her defender. The height advantage the Gators had led to their tremendous success. Sports 129 Below: Junior Swimmer, Erin Yarbrough, Right: Abbie Goff, a competitor at the 1996 prepared herself to compete in the 200 Butterfly US Olympic Trials, displayed her world class at this year ' s SEC Championships. talent in the 200- meter individual medley. 1997-98 Schedule Oct 31 Miami Nov 5 Georgia Nov 14 Arizona State Nov 15 Arizona Nov 21 FSU Dec 5-7 US Open Dec 5-7 McDonald ' s Classic Jan 7 St. Bonaventure Jan 10 Auburn Jan 16 So. Methodist Jan 17 Texas Jan 24 Alabama Feb 7 Tennessee Feb 15-17 SEC Diving Championships Feb 18-21 SEC Swimming Championships March 19-21 NCAA Championships April 1-5 USS National Championships 1997-98 Florida Women ' s Swimming and Diving Team: Front Row (L to R)- Laura Green. Chantale Acacia, Christine Motscham. Robyn Grimes, Nicole Duggan. Christin Terrell, Danielle Babine. Kelly Floyd. Middle- Christy Jenkins. Denise Merk. Sharon Rzadkowolsky. Mandy Crowe, Lee Ann Gathings. Karrie Bullock, Erin Yarbrough, Dawn Heckman. Back- Caroline Vaughn, Julie Jennifer Lee, Megan Morelli. Susan Hansen, Julie Holmes. Whitney Metzler, Heather Lawrence, Bradley Gracey. Kelly Chamberlain, Allison Wagner, Jennifer Hommert, Abbie Goff, Katy Edney, Kim Wodka, Jenny DeLoach, Cassie Day. (Not Pictured: Julie Jerue) 130 Sports Great Gator Swimming: A Way of Life for the Women Gator greatness isn ' t just a catch phrase when it comes to Women ' s Swimming and Diving here at UF. This Gator team has seven All-Ameri- cans, including two 1996 Olympians and strong Senior diver Heather Lawrence, who holds the school record on the platform (495.90). With a coaching staff ad- dition of two assistant coaches, Karin Spence and Lisa Meyers, and second year head coach, Kevin Thornton, the Lady Gator Swimmers were prepared for the best. An interesting side note to this season ' s team is its record number of freshmen and transfers. This year, eighteen new swimmers and divers have been added to the Gator Roster, including a two-time Junior National Champion, Freshman Denise Merk, and Junior Erin Yarbrough, who qualified for every Senior National Meet since the age of fifteen. In fact, every one of these eighteen young women has a long list of accomplishments and achievements to her name. There is no doubt that their addition to the team has helped to build a strong com- petitive foundation for the years to come. UF played host to the SEC Championships this year, where the women had an out- standing performance in the competition that brought to- gether some of the fastest swimmers and greatest divers in the world. Heather Lawrence, one of only two Gator divers in the competition, became UF ' s first female diving champion in twelve years, with her score of 445.00 in the 1-meter dive. Overall, the swimmers fin- ished third in the competition behind Auburn and Georgia, respectively. The outstanding perfor- mance exhibited by these women goes to show that to UF swimmers, Gator Great- ness isn ' t just a phrase- it ' s a way of life. Left:: Dawn Heckman, a junior butterfly and freestyle competitor, stood on the platform to receive one of her many awards at the SEC Championships. Above: Sophomore All-American Karrie Bullock, sixth in the US in the 100-yard breaststroke, practiced her form in warm ups. Sports 131 Below: Freshman Marcin Kowalski practices his start from the block inside the Stephen C. O ' Connell Center. Team practice was not limited to Swimming laps, but included drills and practicing starts as well. Right: Greg Reeves completes a lap during the SEC Championship Meet 100yd butterfly event. Butterfly, his strongest stroke, also helped Reeves get ahead when swimming the 100 and 200yd individual medley. 1997-98 Schedule Oct 31 Miami and SC Nov 5 Georgia Nov 8 Indian River CC Nov 14-16 Auburn Inv. Nov 21 FSU Dec 5-7 US Open Jan 10 Auburn Jan 24 Alabama Feb 7 Tennessee Feb 15-17 SEC Diving Champs. Feb 18-21 SEC Swimming Champs. March 6-7 Gator Invitational March 26-28 NCAA Champs April 1-5 USS National Champs 1997-98 Florida Men ' s Swimming Diving Team: Front Row (L to R)- Brian Hansbury, Jason Hornbeck, Jason Metzger, Greg Reeves, Tim Zoley, Gary Ramirez, Jason Galatas. Middle - Lorenz Geissbuhler, Dan Medei, Nuno Laurentino, Sean Justice, Nathan Summers, Matt Cole. Alex Lopez, Bryan Foster. Back - Head Coach Ron Ballatore. Volunteer Asst. Coach Jim Berry, John Retrum, Paulo Hornos. Bryan Kim, Joel Hartman, Christoffer Eliasson. Ryan Swift. Coley Stickels, Marcin Kowalski, Matt Drenik. Assistant Coach Joe Goeken, Diving Coach Donnie Craine. Young Team Makes A Big Splash With only two juniors and one senior, Florida ' s 1998 Men ' s Swim Team was a considerably young team. Although young, the team consisted of excellent mers which included three Olympians, four All-Ameri- cans, and various Junior National swimmers. As the only senior, Sean Justice was one of the top distance swimmers in the Southeastern Conference. He ranked fourth in the 1000 yard freestyle with a time of 9:09.70, and fifth in the 500 yard freestyle with a time of 4:48.30. His 1000 yard time won him the event in every meet but one. This year, sophomore Matt Cole was the talk of the town with a victory at every meet in the 200 yard back- stroke event. He was even able to carry through his winnings into the SEC Championship meet where he placed first in the SEC with a time of 1:42.83 in the event. In reference to the big meet Cole said, " It was great competition out there ... It hurt the whole way .... " Cole was a big contributor to the team as a five-time All- American who ' s main events were the 100 yard and 200 yard backstroke and the 200 yard freestyle. 1998 brought new addi- tions to Florida ' s team ing two Olympian freshmen, Bryan Kim and Alex Lopez. Both swimmers were strong in the 200 and 400 yard indi- vidual medley and the 200 yard breaststroke as well as other events individually. The two also held key roles as breaststrokers in the 200 and 400 yard medley relay teams. The Men ' s Swim Team fin- ished their 1998 season by placing fourth in the SEC. With such a young team, ing fourth is merely the be- ginning of what the future holds for Florida swimmers. Left: Alex Lopez makes a quick turn at the wall while swimming the 200 yard individual medley. Lopez placed fourth in the event at the SEC Championship Meet with a time of 1:48.78. Above: As soon as Nathan Summers hits the wall, he looks at the scoreboard to see how he placed in his event. As a freshman, Summers is a newcomer to Florida Swimming, but is still a key contributor. Sports 133 Right: Dawn Buth returns a serve during a match. Buth was a vital part of the University of Florida Women ' s Tennis Team. 1998 UF Women ' s Tennis Team. 1998 Schedule Jan 23-26 Georgia Tournament Feb 5-8 Rolex Indoor Champs. Feb 11 FSU Feb 12 Arkansas Feb 14 Kentucky Feb 18 South Florida Feb 21 Miami Feb 22 LSU Feb 28 Mississippi Mar 6 Alabama Mar 8 Mississippi State Mar 11 Notre Dame Mar 12 UNLV Mar 13 William Mary Mar 17 Texas Mar 21 Wake Forest Mar 22 Duke Mar 28 South Carolina Apr 4 Vanderbilt Apr 5 Tennessee Apr 9 Georgia Apr 12 Auburn Apr 16-19 SEC Tournament Above: Stephanie Nickitas backhands the tennis ball against her Texas Longhorn The UF women ' s team won the contest 5 matches to one. 134 Sports Gator Love Women ' s Tennis Achieves Greatness The University of Florida Women ' s Tennis team had every reason to feel confident before each match. In 1997- 98 the Gators returned five letter winners from the squad that last year reached the fi- nals of the NCAA Champi- onship. This includes the NCAA Singles finalist and the two-time defending NCAA Doubles champions. Their head coach, Andy Brandi, has amassed a re- markable 352-35 record over 13 years with the Gators. Under his direction the Gators have become the only school in the nation to play for the Championship in three consecutive seasons. Coach Brandi said, " We ' re looking to have the opportu- nity always to play the last match of the season. We feel we have the talent and the ammunition. " Assisting Coach Brandi, in his third year, was assistant coach Sujay Lama, the 1997 Wilson ITA South Region Assistant Coach of the Year. UF ' s two Seniors, Bonnie Bleeker and Dawn Buth, helped the Gators to an 89-4 dual match record. They have captured three consecutive Southeastern crowns and held an unblemished 42-0 mark versus league oppo- nents entering last season. Dawn Buth paired with Stephanie Nickitas for three years and the two quickly became the most dominating doubles team in the history of NCAA Women ' s Tennis. The duo captured two NCAA titles, despite extensive inju- ries. Buth was sidelined for two months before the start of the 1997 NCAA Champi- onships, due to a broken rib, but went on to win the Doubles Championship with Nickitas. This is a true sign of the determination and dedi- cation that exists on this team. In addition to Buth and Nikitas, there were a number of outstanding returning members, including M.C. White who was the first Gator Freshman to advance to the Finals of the NCAA Singles Championship. With Andy Brandi at the helm, the Women ' s Tennis team will continue to be successful and it appears that a legacy is just beginning to take form. Left: Coach Andy Brandi fired up Whitney Laiho in between sets. Coach Brandi would speak with each of his players during their match, giving them tips. Above: The team huddled up before their match. All the women were very supportive of each other and this team camaraderie helped contribute to their success. Sports 135 Bottom: Sophomore sensation Justin O ' Neal reached for this shot. He set a UF record for most wins as a Freshman with 28. Right: Freshman Nathan Overholser stepped back after hitting an overhead smash. When Nathan was a kid, he would pretend to be Pete Sampras. 1997-98 Home Schedule Sept 26-28 Florida Challenge Oct 24-26 Gator Invitational Jan 24 Arizona State Jan 31 Purdue Mar 1 Tennessee Mar 12 North Carolina Mar 14 Mississippi State Mar 19 Duke Mar 21 Mississippi Mar 25 Auburn Apr 3 South Carolina Apr 5 Kentucky Apr 16-19 SEC Championships 1997-98 Florida Men ' s Tennis Team: Front Row (L to R)- Trey Adcock, Amr El Sawaf, Will Brown, Jack Whigham. Second Row (L to R)- Strength Coach Ron Forbes, Justin O ' Neal, Jon Glover, Head Trainer Jason Franklin, Student Trainer Emily Savard. Back Row (L to R)- Assistant Coach Jon Choboy, Dylan Mann, Jon Feistmann, Nathan Overholser, Jeff Morrison, Head Coach Ivan Duvenhage. Not Pictured: Marcos Asse Serving for Success Men ' s Tennis Achieves in ' 98 The 1998 Men ' s Tennis Team entered the season ranked 9th in the country. Leading the team was Ian Duvenhage who was in his tenth year as head coach. They had two returning se- niors, Jon Glover, a 6 ' 2 " right-hander from Huntingdon Valley, Penn- Pennsylvania, and Jack Whigham, a 5 ' 11 " right- hander from Lake Mary, Florida. In addition to Glover and Whigham, there was a total of six returning players including sopho- more Justin O ' Neal, a 6 ' 1 " right-hander, who posted an impressive 28-12 mark his Freshman year, setting the school record for most singles wins by a Freshman and became the first Gator player to be named All- American as a Freshman. There were four Freshman on the 97-98 squad : Marcos Asse, Will Brown, Jeff Morrison, and Nathan Overholser, all of whom made great contributions to the team. The season officially began for the UF Men ' s Tennis squad as they played host to the 1997 Florida Challenge which was held September 26-28. UF won all of it ' s matches against in-state programs Central Florida, Florida Atlantic and Florida International. One of the many highlights of the season had to be the upset win over eighth-ranked Mississippi. They won the tight match 4-3, due largely to two come-from-behind three-set wins. The biggest match of the day came when Sophomore Justin O ' Neal clinched the Gator victory with an upset of 11th-ranked Sebastian DeChaunac. After- wards O ' Neal said, " I just kept fighting and I knew I had to do it for myself and for this team. This is something that we can build on. " , and they did just that as the team went on to win their next four SEC matches and continued to build on what would be- come a great season. Left: Marcos Asse smashes the tennis ball across the court, showing his determinations to win the point. Above: Coach Ian Duvenhage coaches his players during the match. Duvenhage constantly encouraged his players during their games to keep them focused. Sports 137 Below: Josh McCumber drove the ball while participating in a round of golf representing the Gator Men ' s Golf Team. Right: The Spacious clubhouse and recent course renovations enable the University of Florida to boast one of the finest overall golf facilities in all of collegiate golf. 1998 Schedule Sept Preview Invitational Oct 20-21 Jerry Pate Intercollegiate Oct 27-28 Louisiana Intercollegiate Nov 14-16 Golf World Invitational Feb 7-8 Gator Invitational Feb 23-24 NCAA Classic Feb 28-Mar 2 MercedesBenz Collegiate Mar 13-15 Golf Digest Intercollegiate Mar 23-24 Morris Williams Invit. Apr 3-5 Carpet Capital Collegiate Apr. 17-19 SEC Championships 1998 Men ' s Golf Team Front Row (L to R) : Head Coach Buddy Alexander, Paul Van Zutphen, Ben Taylor, Steve Bradley, Assistant Coach Nicky Goetze; Back Row (Lto R): Kevin Mihailoff, Robert Hooper, Josh McCumber, Michael Koulianos, Austin Knowles, Steve Scott. 138 Sports Driving to Victory Men ' s Golf Works Hard In ' 98 The 1997-1998 Gator Golf season expected to be a challenging one, but every member of the nine man team was prepared to handle it. The goals for this season were goals consistently set by the team every year- play for the SEC and the NCAA title. Time was to tell if the team ' s expectations became a reality. The 1996-1997 Gator Golf Team finished sev- enth in the SEC. The team included one All-American, Steve Scott, three All SEC team members, Steve Scott, Robert Floyd, and Carlos Rodiles, and four SEC Academic Honor Roll honorees, Chriss Al- mond, Josh McCumber, Kevin Mihailoff, and Ben Taylor. All-American Steve Scott participated in two prestigious tournaments in 1997, In April, he made his debut in the Masters in Augusta, Ga. He quali- fied for the tournament based on his runner-up finish at the 1996 U.S. Amateur Tournament. In August, Steve Scott continued his amazing year by participating in the 36th Walker Cup Match in Scarsdale, NY. He finished with a 2-1 record leading the US team to win over Great Britian and Ireland. Josh McCumber par- ticipated in the U.S. teur Tournament, the Honda Classic, and won first place in the U.S. Amateur qualifier. Ben Taylor participated in the Florida State Ama- teur winning fifth place. Left: Steve Scott celebrated after a great game. Scott earned All-American honors for two consecutive seasons. Above: Coach Buddy Alexander discussed the previous round with Josh McCumber. Coach Alexander relied on Team Captain McCumber ' s leadership for the ' 97- ' 98 season. Sports 139 Below: Spain native, Senior Sara Right: The 1998 University of Florida Beautell, began playing golf at the age Women ' s Golf Team fooled around for of eight. Here, Beautell released her the camera in a sand pit. A good sense swing and waited to see where her ball of humor is a great stress reliever for would fall. student athletes. 1997-98 Schedule Sept 12-14 Rolex Fall Preview Sept 26-28 Mercedes-Benz Tournament Oct 13-15 Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational Nov 14-16 GolfWorld Tournament Feb 27- Mar 1 SunTrust Lady Gator Invitational March 20-22 Lady Gamecock Classic March 27-29 Bryan Cup April 3-5 Ryder Florida Women ' s Collegiate April 17-19 SEC Championships 1997-98 University of Florida Women ' s Golf Team. Front Row (Left to Right): Dana von Louda, Lauren Jeske. Second Row: Rossi Naomi Iida, Riko Higashio, Ann Pohira. Back Row: Head Coach Kim Haddow, Sara Beautell, Virginia Costa, Courtney Baker, Cathy Walker, Jamie Hansen, Assistant Coach Kelly Meyers. 140 Sports Eyes On The Birdie Women ' s Golf Drives Towards New Boundaries Thi s year ' s University of Florida Women ' s Golf sea- son was as varied as the native countries of its play- ers. Senior Sara Beautell ' s hometown is Tenerife, Spain. Senior Virginia Costa comes from Piverone, Italy. Senior Riko Higashio ' s hometown is Tokyo, Japan. Mix them in with two Gainesville High School graduates, Dana von Louda and Cathy Walker, and other Floridians, and an interesting combination was made. Although the 1997- ' 98 team had some rough showings, they also fin- ished the season with great accomplishments, for both individual players and the team. Head coach Kim Haddow led the 10-player team all across the United States, from early Septem- ber to late May, looking to lower the team score along the way. The Lady Gators took first place at the Ryder Florida Women ' s Colle- Collegiate Championship at Mi- ami Lakes, Fl. The team posted a score of 909 and celebrated their first win of the ' 97- ' 98 season by ing head coach Haddow in a lake. On Feb. 27 through March 1, the Sun Trust Lady Gator Invitational was held at the University of Florida Golf Course. The Lady Gators finished an impressive 2nd out of 19 teams, the largest number of competitors they had faced up to that point. The Women ' s Golf Team also made waves March 29 at the Bryan Cup in Greensboro, N.C. They fin- ished 5th overall with a over-par 930, while senior Riko Higashio was the highest UF individual fin- ish for the tournament, ty- ing for 14th with a 13-over par 229. From the success of the 1997-1998 season, it is parent that the University of Florida Women ' s Golf Team is headed for even greater accomplishments in the seasons to come. Left: Senior Riko Higashio kept her eye on the ball as it soared across the fairway. Good form was essential to completing the perfect swing. Above: Gainesville High graduate, Dana von Louda, watched as her ball headed straight for the hole. Putting required great concentration and, of course, good aim. Sports 141 Below: Sophomore Kelly Carvallis attempted a javelin throw at the Coca- Cola Florida Relays. Carvallis placed sixth in the event with 43.66m (143-03). Right: Jill Lackovich threw the discus at the Coca-Cola Florida Relays. Lackovich ' s specialty event was actually the weight throw, where she ranked fifth on the All-Time Women ' s Indoor Top-10 List with a 48-10. Jan. 15 Florida Open Jan. 24 LSU Six-Way Meet Jan. 31 ACC-SEC Challenge Feb. 7 Barnett Bank Invitational Feb. 13-14 Va. Tech Invitational Feb. 28- March 1 SEC Championships Mar. 13-14 NCAA Indoor Championships Mar.25-28 Coca-Cola Florida Relays April 4 Florida Intercollegiate April 11 UTEP Invitational April 19 Barnett Bank Invit April 23-25 Penn Relays May 2 NEB.-FSU Triangular May 9 FSU Twi-Light Classic May 21-24 SEC Outdoor Championships June 4-6 NCAA Outdoor Championships 1998 FLORIDA WOMEN ' S TRACK TEAM: Row I IL to R): Volunteer Assistant Coach Ken Stissel, Keisha Day, Denika Kisty, Takydra Robinson, Alicia Graham, Kelly Greeno, Nadia Graham, Christina Starr, Allison Burnett, Ramona Saridakis, Peaches Fortson, Shannon Grady, Carrie Ullmann, Assistant Coach J.J. Clark, Assistant Coach Laurie Trapp. Row, 2 (L to R): Cerian Shepherd, Kelly Carvallis, Kimberly Walford, Jill Lackovich, Melissa William, Laura Hawkins, Michelle Mundey, Hazel Clark, Selina Dunworth, Elizabeth Reed, LaShawnda Jackson, Beth Cranston, Trainer Karen Leonard, Head Coach Toni Jones. Tow 3 (L to R): Kristin Heaston, Ashley Nasser, Sondra Beck, Alexandria Vieux, Cara Evans, Melissa Flandera, Jaime LaFarr, Sarah Adams, Jernae Wright, Manager Angela Fitts, Trainer Ginger Hoffman. Row 4 (L to RE Katie Townsend, Kisha Jett, Nicholle Marshall, Cynthia Kessler, Kelly Plautz, Jennifer McGranahan, Leslie Almeida, Renee McManus, Yolanda Brown-Moore. Row 3 (R to L): Shannon Burcham, Kathy Kilar, Kristen Disher, Denise Moore, Joyce Owes, Heather Borowy. Not pictured: Megan Newcome, Vikki Marlow, Christie Brady. 142 Sports Running Towards Victory Women ' s Track Wins For UF As Head Coach Tom Jones entered the 1997-98 season, he was filled with excite- ment. 1997 was a stupen- dous year for him, where his Women ' s Track and Field Team captured their first ever SEC triple crown for Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field, and where he was named NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Coach-of-the-Year. Jones ' team was quite large, with a roster number- ing more than 50 women. This year the roster was rather well-distributed with an average of 12 women resenting each class. This mixture made a varied team that was balanced with ex- perience and excitement. Of the 12 All-American athletes on the team, Kisha Jett clearly stood out. Jett has earned the All-American honor 17 times. She won the 17th honor at this year ' s NCAA Indoor Champion- ships for her performance in the 4x400m relay race. Her 17th honor tied Jett with Anita Howard who holds the UF school record. The 1997-98 Women ' s Track and Field team went on to place 3rd at the SEC Indoor Championships. Hazel Clark was one of the biggest contributors to the Championship Meet as she provided the Gators with their first SEC Indoor pion of the year. Clark burned the field and set the SEC indoor record with a seasonal-best and NCAA tomatic qualifying time of 2:03.92. After the SEC, the women of Florida were determined to do well at the NCAA In- door Championships where they placed 6th with a total of 24 points. The 1997 indoor season was more than a learning experience for the women ' s team. By the end of the in- door season they were pre- pared to outdo themselves once they stepped outdoors. At the Disney Track Meet the women earned first place by beating South Carolina by one point. Kristin Heaston beat South Carolina in the last event where Florida ' s win was claimed. Left: Katie Townsend warmed up for the hammer throw. Townsend was a redshirt freshman who is from Champaign, IL. Her personal best in the hammer throw is 143-03. Above: Kathy Kilar failed an attempt at the High Jump. Kilar was a sophomore who had a lot of potential as the first impact high jumper for Florida since Maria Galloni in the early ' 90s. Sports 143 Distance runner Tommy Lancaster ran his final lap of the Men ' s 800 meter run. Lancaster placed 6th in the event at the Coca-Cola Florida Relays with a time of 1:51.40. Senior Steve Hill cleared the 4.96m Pole Vault at the Coca-Cola Florida Relays. Hill was one of only four seniors on the team this year. 1998 Schedule Jan 15 Florida Invitational Jan 24 . LSU Jan 31 ACC v. SEC Challenge Feb 1 Florida USATF Feb 7 Barnett Bank Invitational Feb 13-14 Va. Tech Invitational March 1 SEC Championships March 13-14 NCAA Championships March 20-21 Florida State Relays Mar 25-28 Coca-Cola Florida Relays Apr 2-4 Texas Relays Apr 11 Florida Intercollegiate Apr 18 Barnett Bank Invitational Apr 23-25 Penn Relays May 2 Neb.-FSUTRIANGULAR May 9 FSU Twi-Light May 21-24 SEC CHAMPIONSHIPS 1998 Track and Field Returning Athletes Front Row (Left to Right): Dominick Millner, Jimmie Hackley, Gerald Clervil, Yamir Hawkins, Stephen Smeyak. Back Row: T.J. Nelson, Buck Gurley, Stephen Pina, Erin Tucker, Daymon Carroll, Steve Hill, David Furman. 144 Sports Going The Distance Men ' s Track Burns The Competition As Head Coach Doug Brown took on his third year with Florida ' s Track and Field Men, he was prepared to win. " Last year was a great emerg- ing year, " Brown said. " Now we want to build on that and get to the next level. " Coach Brown had good rea- son to believe he was going to win, with a team that included nine All-Americans. The UF staff worked hard at compil- ing one of the best recruiting classes in the nation. They did a good job at putting to- gether a team who would go on to place 3rd in the South- eastern Conference and 7th in the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Of the nine All-Americans on the team, Jimmie Hackley stood out as a redshirt sopho- more who has earned the All- America title five times. This year, Hackley defended his SEC indoor 400 meter title with a time of 47.72 seconds. As one of Florida ' s top sprint- ers, Hackley contributes to his team both as an athlete and as a leader. According to Coach Brown, " Jimmie has the abil- ity to raise the level of this entire team. " The 1997-98 Men ' s Track and Field Team consisted of some versatile athletes, as well. Sophomores Daymon Carroll and Buck Gurley con- tributed to Florida Athletics on the football field as well as on the track field. Both the coaches and the athletes found that the two sports comple- mented each other very well. Caroll ' s position on the foot- ball field was tailback, while his All-American speciality on the track was the 100 meter run. Gurley doubled as a de- fensive end for Florida in the Fall and focused on the shot put and discus during the Spring. By placing 7th at the NCAA Indoor Championships, the Men ' s Team had an advan- tage when they took to the outdoors in the Spring. Their confidence helped them to do well in the Coca-Cola Florida Relays and the Florida State Relays, both major outdoor events. Three-time All-American Daymon Carroll prepared himself for the Men ' s 200 meter dash. Carroll tied for 3rd in this event at the Coca-Cola Florida Relays with teammate Jimmie Hackley at 21.03 seconds. Sophomore Jimmie Hackley stretched for the 4x200m relay. Hackley, with Gerald Clervil, Adrian Mann, and Erin Tucker, earned 1st place for the 4x400m relay at the SEC Indoor Championships. Sports 145 Casey Smith, senior, maintained perfect form after batting during a recent Gator baseball game. Smith plays outfield for the Gator Baseball team. The outfield and catcher conferred during a home game vs. Jackson- ville. The baseball team used this time to discuss their strategy for the remainder of the game. 1998 Schedule Jan.30-Feb.1 Mercer Feb.10-11 Ark @ Little Rock Feb.14-15 Miami Feb.19 Korean National Feb.21-22 Florida State Feb.24-25 Western KY Mar.4 St. Bonaventure Mar.10 St. Joseph ' s Mar.11 West Virgina Mar.13-15 Mississippi State Mar.18 Illinois-Chicago Mar.20-22 Vanderbilt Mar.24-25 Charleston So. Mar.31 Jacksonville Apr.8 BCC Apr.10-12 Ole Miss Apr.15 Stetson Apr.24-26 Louisiana St. May 5 FIU May 13-17 SEC Tour The 1998 University of Florida Baseball Team First Row (Left to Right): Pete McKinney, Ryan Gleichowski, Mark Ellis, John Grieco (strength coach), Dave Werner (athletic trainer), Bret Burnett (student manager), Tim Kraft (student manager). Hucks Buchanan (student manager), Spencer Williams, Matt Siegel, Brian Naught. Second Row: Kevin Coleman, Dan Heard, Delvis Jimeniz, Assistant Coach Gary Henderson, Assistant Coach Steve Kling, Head Coach Andy Lopez, Assistant Coach Rick Eckstein, Tommy Rose, Ben Grezlovski, Dan Mooney, Taylor Wood, Casey Smith. Third Row: Josh Canales, Derek Nicholson, Shane Seroyer, Alan Rhine, Tim Johnson, Josh Fogg, Sergio Rodriguez, Keith Brice, Ty Martin, Matt Heath, Jason Dill, Brad Wilkerson. Fourth Row: Michael Gray, Mike Floyd, Greg Catalanotte, Todd Johannes, Chuck Hazzard, Tommy Bond, Jeff Cardozo, Stuart McFarland, Dwight Edge, Matt McClendon, Kevin Keen, David Ross, Randy Sterling, K.O. Wiegandt, Banks Robinson. Experience Gives Baseball Team a Lead-off The 1998 season for Gator Baseball welcomed back the most experienced squad for fourth year coach Andy Lopez. The gator roster in- cluded eight returning po- sition starters and eighteen letterwinners from last year ' s team. The strength of the squad laid in it ' s experience, which included nine players who were on the travel squad for the 1996 College World Se- ries. Coach Lopez incorpo- rated this experience, along with his own, with the host of newcomers to the Gator Baseball program, for an citing 1998 season. The Gators won the 1998 SEC Regular Season Cham- pionship and earned a home game and 1 ranking for the NCAA tournament. The team won their first game against Monmouth College to progress in play. Florida has advanced to the College World Series three times (1988,1991,1996). The Gators finished in third place in both 1991 and 1996. The Gators have ad- vanced to the NCAA Tourna- ment 16 times. Florida has won the SEC regular season championship eight times and has captured 16 confer- ence division titles. UF has won the SEC Tournament Championship a record five times and has a league-high 20 appearances. Florida has won 33 SEC Tournament games and competed in a league-record nine Champi- onship games. The Gators boast 18 All- Americans who have won 26 All-American honors. 90 Florida players have been selected to All-SEC teams, collecting a total of 107 All-SEC honors. 55 UF baseball players have received 76 SEC Aca- demic Honor Roll honors. There have been seven hitters thrown by the Florida Gators. Sophomore Ty Martin bunted while up to bat. Martin who plays shortstop had a batting average of .291 in the 1997 season. Albert the Alligator watched a Gator Baseball game with Alfred A. McKeathan. Mr. McKeathan is the namesake of the new sta- dium at Perry Field. Sports 147 Below: Sophomore Pitcher Beth Dieter Right: The Lady Gator Infield congratulated released the ball with perfect timing in themselves after a play well done the March 10 game against Mississippi. in one of their many SEC games. 1997 Schedule Feb 13-15 University Centre Hotel Invitational Feb 20-22 Louisville Slugger Classic Mar 10 Mississippi Mar 11 Mississippi State Mar 27-28 Tennessee Mar 31 Alabama Apr 4 Bethune-Cookman Apr 5 Florida A M Apr 11 Auburn Apr 25 South Florida May 1-2 Georgia May 8-10 SEC Tournament The 1998 Gator Softball Team: Front Row (L to R)- Cindy Snoddy, Kim Hagan, Nicole Weed, Bobbie Molyneux, Chelsey Sakizzie, Beth Dieter. Second Row (L to R)- Kristin Sandler, Jennifer Lutsi, Nicole Kreipl, Emily Marino, Jennifer Cordero, Amy Criswell, Jamie Hirschman. Back Row (L to R)- Lora Pinkerton, Ashley Boone, Asst. Coach Gaye Lynn Wilson, Head Coach Larry Ray, Asst. Coach Kyla Holas, Renise Landry, Michelle Parks. 148 Sports A Softball Success Story The Lady Gators Turn Two in ' 98 After the 1997 inaugural son, which included a trip to the SEC Championship Fi- nals and a third place finish in the regular season, the 1998 Softball Team was ready to face their second year of stiff Southeastern Conference competition. With the return of eleven players, including three All- SEC performers, the Lady Gators had a solid founda- tion to rack-up the wins on. I Senior Amy Criswell, an All- SEC outfielder in 1997, helped the Gators out defen- sively, while Senior Pitcher Chelsey Sakizzie added her skill to the offense. In 1997, she pitched over 100 more innings than the team ' s other two pitchers combined. Stats like those are what have led Florida to such a dominant role in conference play in such a short amount of time. The Seniors weren ' t the only assets to the team, ever. 1998 saw the addition of six players to Florida ' s roster, including two power hitters, Jennifer Lutsi and Emily Marino. Lutsi, a sophomore transfer from Ohio University, proved to have the strongest arm on the team. Furthermore, Renise Landry, a freshman from Louisiana, added even more pitching talent to the Lady Gators. In high school, her team won the 5A Louisi- ana State High School pionship and she was named to the all-state and all-dis- trict teams for four consecu- tive years. With talent like that, the Lady Gators were sure to achieve success in the ' 98 season. Despite the talent of indi- vidual players, the team functioned well together as a whole. The reason for this? Perhaps the answer is in the words of Freshmen Pitcher Renise Landry, " Everyone on the team is really impor- tant, whether they ' re play- ing or not. Everyone is a real asset to the team. We are all equally important. " Left: Junior Outfielder Kristin Sandler listened to advice from Head Coach Larry Ray during a practice at Florida ' s state-of-the-art softball facility. Above: Lora Pinkerton, Amy Criswell, Jennifer Cordero, Bobbie Molyneux, and Jamie Hirschman rode on the Softball team ' s 1997 Homecoming Parade float. Sports 149 Greek Gators The thought of " rushing " into Greek life was a decision, for some, that would change their entire lives. Perhaps unbeknownst at its start, becoming a pledge not only introduced him or her to certain handshakes or rituals, but to a common bond among sisters and brothers that would last a lifetime. A lifetime seemed hard to imagine, but the experiences lived beyond the time spent here at the University of Florida would reveal how that bond would come to light and continually bring sisters and brothers together. After the newness of Greek society wore off, new members began to witness the strength of their ties. Through the meeting of so many people, networks of communication branched out for each individual very rapidly, whether he or she realized or desired it. Suddenly a campus of 40,000 students did not feel as whelming. Walks to class meant actually ing a handful of people who crossed the street alongside. And almost importantly, friendships developed among sisters and brothers that would shield them and add some variety to the rigors of college life. The Philanthropic side of Greek life raised money for various charities, from the Ronald McDonald House and the Children ' s Miracle Network, to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Special Olympics. As with any charitable event, the focus was helping others and Greek life held that in high esteem. Enduring the years here at the University could have proved to be the most difficult, crazy, flamboyant, serious, or heart wrenching times. But with a sister or a brother behind you, these times were greatly enhanced by agement and pride that made you a member of this University, a member of the bond. The Panhellenic Council sponsored Halloween activities for Gainesville children at the chapter houses on Panhellenic Drive. Children were able to trick-or-treat and play in a safe environment. The Councils The University of Florida ' s Panhellenic Coun- cil encompasses over 2,000 sorority women and serves as a national model for high standards in scholastics, service, and leadership. The UF ' s PC has consistently been recognized as one of the leading councils in the Southeast. In addition, the PC was recently honored with the 1997 Overall Excellence, Outstanding Service Programming, and Outstanding Scholastic Awards at the Southeastern Panhellenic Conference. The Interfraternity Council serves as the representative body which guides, supports, and develops the fraternity system. IFC is one of the driving forces behind Florida ' s strong tradition of Greek excellence throughout the UF campus. The UF The University of Florida is home to the one of the strongest Greek systems in the country. IFC is consistently recognized as one of the best IFCs in the Southeast. At the 1996 Southeastern Interfra- ternity Conference, UF ' s IFC was awarded the Over- all Fraternal Excellence Award for large fraternity systems. The National Panhellenic Council organiza- tions embrace service for life philosophy and aim to ensure the continuance of social action, political empowerment and economic development. UF ' s NPHC serves as a liaison for the community and university; promotes a better understanding of Greek life; encourages scholastic excellence among minority students; and develops leadership qualities in minor- ity students. IFC Executive Board members, Brian Schneider, Rich Regan, Rafeal Kolic, Jo Sora and A.J. Sacardi pose for a picture at the IFC, NPHC and Panhellenic Council Awards Banquet. The Panhellenic Council sponsored an around the row dinner that allowed mem- bers of different chapters to eat and so- cialize with each other in a relaxed atmo- sphere. Members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council pose together in the Turlington Plaza. The fraternities and sororities of the NPHC were very involved in service activities. 152 Greeks Members of the IFC and Panhellenic ecutive Board socialize together at Outback Steakhouse after a joint meeting of the Councils. Members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council enjoy a cruise together while showing pride in their chapters. The Executive Members of the Panhellenic Council Carrie Hartle, Brenda Johnson, Christa Merklinger, Sunshine Trueman, Julie Nadler and Pam Sherman celebrate a successful year at the Awards Banquet. Greeks 153 Three sisters form a pyramid with their " family. " Getting a Big Little Sister is a very exciting and emotional time, for it establishes a very cherished relationship. Despite their messiness, two sis- ters pose during a 1996 Day Glow Social with Beta The ta Pi. Socials were a great time for sisters to get together as well as meet new people. Four very ecstatic new mem- bers take time from the thrill of Bid Day to record the excite- ment on film. Bid Day brought about a lot of smiles as well as a lot of cries of happiness. Maryann, from Gilligan ' s Island and Goldie Hawn are Alpha Chi Omega sisters. Each year the sisters of Alpha Chi Omega hold a Bed Race to support research of Muscular Dystrophy as their philanthropy. It is interesting to note that Agnes Nixon, a writer for daytime soap opera ' s is a member Alpha Chi Omega. Alpha Chi Omega is proud to have sisters involved in various activities on campus, such as Florida Blue Key Divisions, Panhellenic and Student Government. Alpha Chi Omega ' s are also very proud to have participated in many other organiza- tions philanthropies as well. Alpha Chi Omega Alpha Chi Omega was founded on October 15, 1885 at DePauw University. The Gamma Iota chapter of Alpha Chi Omega was founded at the University of Florida on April 2, 1949. Alpha Chi Omega ' s symbol is the lyre. Alpha Chi Omega ' s mascot is an angel. The lyre pin is in the Smithsonian Museum because it was chosen as the most beautiful sorority pin. Scarlet and olive green are the colors chosen by Alpha Chi Omega. The Red Carnation is Alpha Chi Omega ' s flower. 154 Greeks Alpha Delta Pi is the first in scholarship among sororities, as well as the campus champions for intramural flag football. Alpha Delta Pi was founded at Wesleyan Col- lege on May 15, 1851 in Macon, GA. It has the distinction of being the first secret society for college women. It was founded on four principles: scholar- ship, service, sisterhood, and strong character, which are symbolized in the four points of our diamond badge. Our official colors are azure blue, symboliz- ing friendship, and white, symbolizing sincerity and truth. " Alphie " the lion serves as ADPi ' s mascot, and the official flower is the woodland violet. Our open motto is " We Live for Each Other. " Alpha Delta Pi was one of the first sororities on the UF campus. We Alpha Delta Pi were the first sorority to join a political party on campus, as well as the first panhellenic president. This standard of excellence had maintained out the years. Gamma Iota consistently had members involved in all aspects of campus, including leader- ship positions like Student Body V.P. and Student Senate Pro Tempore. Gamma Iota is also proud of other traditions. Mallard Ball is the annual woodser held in honor of the opening of duck hunting season. Another tradition is " Aw, Shucks! " , a date function to Cedar Key, Fl, where ADPi invites another sorority and their dates to attend as well. Prior to an themed social four sisters, decked out in camou- flage, smile proudly for Alpha Delta Pi. Themed socials were very enjoyable because they gave sisters a chance to dress up. Alpha Delta Pi ' s symbol, the diamond, is displayed here by four sisters. They take pride in the sororities four principles, one for each point on the diamond. Four Alpha Delta Pi Sisters take time out of Family Weekend to pose for a picture. Family weekends were a lot of fun because it gave sisters ' families a chance to get to know more about ADPi. Greeks 155 AEPhi Eliane Dichter and Brooker Curtiss pose with Albert during Dance Marathon. Dance Marathon was a great way for sororities to get to provide a great service to UF and the Gainesville community. These members of Alpha Epsilon Phi enjoy a " FUNKY " social at the Funk Madness Social with Phi Sigma Kappa. Lauren Flashner and Amanda Messinger pose for a flash at a social function. Social functions were one of the highlights of sorority life. Alpha Epsilon Phi Alpha Epsilon Phi was founded on October 24, 1909 and was chartered at UF on October 24, 1948. Its 177 members participate in the phi- lanthropy Phi Hoops, a three on three basket- ball tournament held in the spring, which includes fraternities, sororities, and indepen- dent members from campus and the commu- nity. The money raised by this event is do- nated to the Children ' s Burn Center. Alpha Epsilon Phi ' s mascot is the giraffe because it has the biggest heart and stands above the rest. There are several interesting facts about A E Phi. Their colors are green and white and their flower is the Lily Of the Valley. Famous A E Phi ' s include Dinah Shore and Ruth Bader Ginsberg, the second female Supreme Court Justice in the history of the United States. The most important qualities of an Alpha Epsilon Phi sister are trust, understanding, tolerance, and love- the qualities of a true sister. 156 Greeks Alpha Kappa Alpha was the first Greek organization for black women. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. was founded in 1908 at Howard University in ton D.C. Alpha Kappa Alpha was the first Greek- letter organization established for black women. This national collegiate sorority was incor- porated in 1913. Alpha Kappa Alpha cultivates and encour- ages high scholastic and ethical standards. The members of Alpha Kappa Alpha also Alpha Kappa Alpha promote unity and friendship among college women; and strive to alleviate problems concern- ing girls and women; and maintain a progressive interest in college life. The Sorority ' s service endeavors include fighting for Affirmative Action. They also actively fight against the spread of HIV and AIDS. Two ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Soror- ity Inc. pose with members of Phi Beta Sigma. The symbols of Alpha Kappa Alpha So- rority Incorporated are prominently dis- played on the shingle above. The crest of Alpha Kappa Alpha is sym- bolic of the goals of their organization including, promoting unity and friend- ship among college women; to alleviat- ing problems concerning girls and women; and maintaining a progressive interest in college life. Greeks 157 Monica Werle and Laurie Trager prepare for the final round of formal rush. Rush was one of the most vital times of the year for sororities. Sisters prepared for rush throughout the year, then had the opportunity to meet almost 1000 women in just 6 days. Mollie Duval, Michelle Bickford and Maren Repp enjoy the 1997 Masquerade Ball. Each sister made a mask for herself and her date. Date functions allowed sis- ters to bring dates to special events. Natasha Phillips, Jill Soost, Gina Montagnino, Kristen Nimnicht, Becky Rich, Sheada Madani and Sally Burtscher wait for their new members on Bid Day. Alpha Omicron Pi is very proud of the diversity of its members and their inter- ests and involvements. Alpha Omicron Pi was founded on January 2, 1897 at Barnard College of Colombia University in New York City. The Gamma Omicron Chapter at the University of Florida was chartered on September 11, 1948 as one of the first four sororities at UF. Gamma Omicron is one of the three AOII chapters in the state of Florida. Our color is cardinal and our flower is the jaquiminot rose, chosen because it has no thorns. The panda bear, our mascot, is know for its friendly nature and giving heart. We are proud of our accomplishments both in the classroom and campus wide. Exceptional cam- pus involvement throughout the year won our chap- Gamma Omicron Chapter celebrated 50 years at the University of Florida in 1998 at a birthday party with their International President in attendance. ter the William E. Rion Award for involvement in campus organizations and led to our recognition as being a fraternally excellent chapter once again. In 1997-98 we were proud to boast the UF Homecoming Queen, Producer of Gator Growl, Panhellenic Presi- dent, an Associate Producer of Growl for Growl ' 97 and Growl ' 98. We were also proud to have many members involved in Florida Blue Key, Omicron Delta Kappa, Student Senate, Student Government Cabinets, College Honoraries and College Councils. But most importantly we are proud of the sisterhood we share with our Gamma Omicron sisters and our sisters around the world. Alpha Omicron Pi 0 158 Greeks The most important thing that Alpha Xi Delta holds is her friendships. Alpha Xi Delta was founded on April 17, 1893 at Lombard College in Illinois. Our ten founders de- cided on the Quill to be our badge. This represents the idea " the pen is mightier than the sword. " Our flower is the pink rose and out colors are double blue and gold. Alpha Xi Delta ' s national charity is Choose Children, which means all philanthropic funds raised go to benefit children in some way. The Alpha Xi Delta chapter here at the Uni- versity of Florida was founded in 1981. The Zeta Omicron sisters have been extremely busy this past year. The fourth annual Men of UF Calendar pageant ran smoothly providing entertainment and Alpha Xi Delta helping to raise funds for the Boggy Creek Gang Camp for children. Along with our own events, Alpha Xi ' s have participated in other organizations philanthropies helping to contribute to many causes. Our sisters play an active role on the University of Florida ' s campus and in the Gainesville area. We belong to many different clubs and hold positions in many organizations. The sisterhood that is created here grows freely among its members. Sisters support each other in their pursuits and provide true friend- ships. Amongst all of our achievements it is the actual sister s of Alpha Xi Delta of which we are most proud. Sisters and New members pose for a pic- ture on bid day. Bid Day was fun for sisters and new member as well as they all got acquainted and enjoyed fun activi- ties together. Carolyn Jordan, Katy Seay, Stephanie Bozeman, Mary Abdoney and ' en Empric enjoy an evening out on the town to- gether. Carolyn Jordon welcome Tracy Brown to Alpha Xi Delta on bid day. Seeing a friendly face on bid day was always a welcome sight after a week long rush ex- perience. AXD Greeks 159 T To show their pride and love for Chi Omega the sisters walk the Homecoming Parade wearing owls, their sorority ' s mascot. Despite the pouring rain, sisters Kristin Tafelski, Sarah Rogers, Sarah Horn, Noha Elbanna, and Brandy Pfeiffer manage to smile proudly for Chi Omega. During a Graveyard Shift Social, one of many that the sisters of Chi Omega par- ticipated in, sisters Sara Page Lieberman and Laura Scheuplein take a moment out of the exciting evening to capture a memory. Chi Omega Chi Omega was founded at the University of Arkansas on April 5, 1895, and then at the Univer- sity of Florida on September 10, 1948. Our mascot is the Owl, our flower is the white carnation, and our colors are cardinal and straw. Our philanthropy is Sandblast which ben- efits the American Heart Association. The Eta Delta of Chi Omega has been very busy. Our new officers have been working hard to implement a new chapter structure that will orga- nize the directors and committees more efficiently. Our chapter has also been asked to help start Chi Omega is the largest sorority in the nation, and is continuing to grow. a new Chi Omega chapter at the University of Central Florida. We all went to Orlando in January to help choose the new members that will add to our many chapters around the nation. Each year we hold Sandblast, our philan- thropy. It is a sand volleyball tournament that sororities and fraternities participate in to help us raise money for our philanthropic causes. We are proud to have many sisters involved in many activities involved on campus. Chi 0 ' s can be seen in Student Senate, ACCENT, Panhellenic Division and Florida Blue Key 160 Greeks Neil Armstrong ' s wife was a Delta Delta Delta. Her pin now rests on the moon where he placed it during his famous walk. Delta Delta Delta was founded on Novem- ber 28, 1888 and was chartered at the University of Florida on September 12, 1948. The Alpha Psi chapter has 160 members. Tri-Delta ' s members are involved on cam- pus, in the community, and in all aspects of each other ' s lives. The chapter welcomed sixty-one new members this year, after an outstanding rush. Delta Delta Delta ' s major philanthropy is Dolphin Daze. Held every January, this event raises between $2000 and $3500 for the Children ' s Miracle Network. Events this year included a Sumo-Wrestling Tournament, penny voting, and Delta Delta Delta auction held at the Tri-Delta house. The UF Dance Marathon is held in conjunc- tion with the Children ' s Miracle Network, as well. This year ' s overall director of the campus- wide event was Tri-Delta member Brenda Johnson. Here ' s some things about Delta Delta Delta that you probably don ' t know. The Tri-Delta house has the largest square footage of any sorority house on the UF campus. Some famous members of Delta Delta Delta include Katie Couric, Elizabeth Dole, and Leeza Gibbons. During the 1996 Homecoming Parade some Delta Delta Delta sisters show their spirit for both their sorority and the University of Florida by painting their faces. A group of sisters take a moment out their busy bid day to pose for a picture before warmly welcoming their new member class. Sisters work hard for weeks to prepare for the arrival of their new members Decked out in their orange and blue, Tri- Delt sisters pose for a picture on their way to a football game. One exciting as- pect of greek life was attending football games together. Greeks 161 Three Delta Gamma sisters re- turn from a day of shopping with full hands. Sisters not only did things with the whole sorority, but also on individual outings. A group of three sisters pos e for a picture on bid day. Bid day was the first day that girls got to meet the people who would become her sisters for a lifetime. Wearing sailors caps and name tags stating " Welcome Aboard " two Delta Gamma sisters keep with a theme associated with their sorority ' s symbol, the anchor. Delta Gamma Delta Gamma Sorority was founded on December 24, 1873 by three women students in Oxford Mississippi at the Louise School for Girls. The Gamma Theta chapter of Delta Gamma Sorority was chartered at the University of Florida in April 1949. The Delta Gamma sorority house, which is located on the corner of Street and Museum Road, was the first permanent sorority house at the University of Florida. Delta Gamma ' s symbol is a gold anchor, the age old symbol of hope which displays the In 1978, the TV show Happy Days featured Potsie pi nning his Delta Gamma girlfriend. Greek letters of Delta Gamma. Their mascot is Happy Hannah, the cheer- ful Ragedy Ann doll. Delta Gamma ' s flower is the cream Rose. Bronze, pink, and blue are Delta Gamma ' s soror- ity colors. Delta Gamma ' s philanthropy is Anchor Splash which benefits Sight Conservation. In Delta Gamma bright young women find the bond of sisterhood, a home away from home and most importantly FRIENDS FOR A LIFE- TIME!!! The Delta Kappa chapter is the largest Delta Phi Epsilon chapter in the nation. Delta Phi Epsilon is a non-sectarian sorority that prides itself in acceptance and individualism as part of our sisterhood. It w as founded on March 17, 1917 at NYU Law School by five female attorneys. The Delta Kappa chapter was chartered at the Uni- versity of Florida in 1969. We have over 150 members which makes us one of the largest sororities at UF. Through being a member of our chapter we learn the five-s-self, scholarship, sisterhood, social, and service. Not only do sisters of our house learn to be better individuals and give back to the commu- nity, but they learn what it means to be a sister and to Delta Phi Epsilon be a part of such a close knit group of girls. Our house was the number one Grade Point Average on campus this year and we had the most 4.0. Delta Phi Epsilon ' s symbol is the rainbow and its mascot is the Unicorn. Purple and gold are it ' s colors and the purple iris is it ' s flower. In fall we had a Date Function to Universal Studios and in spring we had a formal away to Geor- gia. We have all sorts of differe nt socials and date functions. With fun and creative themes. Being a sister of a Delta Phi Epsilon sorority is the experience of a lifetime. After a nasty fall during Delta Phi Epsilon ' s 1997 Roller Skate sis- ters Rachel Mazer, Stacey Kluge, Lindsay Katz, Danielle Shugar, and Dana Zukofsky smile for the camera. Danielle Best, Alison Bamberger, and Jill Kaplan pose during Delta Phi Epsilon ' s 1997 Gangster Gala. Sisters got excited about being ab le to dress up in twenties flap- per outfits. Delta Phi Epsilon ' s president Ilana Kahan and vice president Rachel Shapiro pose during their 1997 Heaven and Hell social with Theta Chi Fraternity. Greeks 163 Dressed up in their most appropriate cowgirl clothes, Blankie, Alene, and Crystal start their Dukes of Hazzard Social with Alpha Tau Omega off with a picture. Socials were a fun part of Greek Life. During the 1997 Bid Day, sisters Shannon and Jen welcome their new member Ivy by placing her in a " kite " , their sorority ' s symbol. Members worked very hard throughout Rush Week to show the rushees what made Theta special. Erica, Gina, Jessica and Jen take a moment during their 1997 Caveman Jam Social with Theta Chi to capture a memory of their sisterhood. Kappa Alpha Theta Kappa Alpha Theta, known around campus as " Theta " , was founded on January 27, 1870 at Ashbury University. The Delta Theta chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta was chartered at the University of Florida on October 15, 1961. Kappa Alpha Theta ' s mascot is the cat. Kappa Alpha Theta ' s flower is the Pansy. Theta ' s colors are black and gold. They hold a tennis tournament each year as their philan- thropy, which is called the Tennis Classic. They raise money for Guardian Ad Litem. Kappa Alpha Theta was the first Greek sorority founded for women. Kappa Alpha Theta ' s symbol is the kite, which Walt Disney, the father of two Kappa Alpha Thetas, incorporated into the Mary Poppins theme song " Let ' s Go Fly a Kite. " Gospel Singer Amy Grant is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta as well. Sisters of Kappa Alpha Theta are very involved in activities around campus. They have members who are involved in Florida Blue Key, Student Government, Panhellenic and Homecom- ing 1998. 164 Greeks Kappa Delta celebrated their 50th Anniversary at the University of Florida in 1998. Kappa Delta was founded on October 23, 1897 at Longwood College in Virginia. Its colors are emerald green and pearl white, and its symbols are the nautilus shell and the dagger. The mascot is the teddy bear and the flower is the white rose. Kappa Delta is known on campus as " Kay Dee " and is continually recognized as a fraternally excellent chapter by the Panhellenic Council. Kappa Delta is also recognized nationally as being in the top ten percent of all Kappa Delta chapters in the country by holding the Kappa Delta Merit Award and the Chapter Achievement Award. Kappa Delta recently celebrated its centennial birthday and in Kappa Delta honor of Beta Pi ' s membership in the Golden Circle, the chapter awarded a $1,000 scholarship to an out- standing Greek woman at the University of Florida. Each March, Kappa Delta holds a philan- thropy to benefit the National Committee to prevent Child Abuse. In 1997 the " Sham-Rock " project raised over $4,000. Kappa Delta also hosts its annual Golf Classic tournament to benefit the Lake Forest Deaf Wing in Gainesville. Kappa Delta members also assume leadership positions and actively participate in philanthropies, including Greek Week and the University of Florida ' s largest philanthropy, Dance Marathon. Donning their white dresses and white roses, five Kappa Delta sisters take time out of initiation to get a picture. Initiation was a very special time for sorority sisters it gave them a chance to confirm their special bond. A group of new members gather to capture their newly founded sisterhood on film. During Bid Day, excitement and joy ran high as Rush members began establishing their sister- hood. During a Holiday Part two sisters take a moment to capture on film the special times they share. So- cial gatherings were a great way for sisters to get to know each other better while building their special bond. Greeks 165 During the 1997 Fall Rush, Suzanne Buffington and Nancy Vu enthusiasti- cally congratulate each other on their newly founded sisterhood. Rush gave girls a chance to gain a bond that only sisters of a sorority could understand. A group of Kappa sisters take time out of the thrilling 1997 Greek Week Greek Games to express how their sorority is " number one. " Greek Week allowed so- rority sisters to show their excitement for their sisterhood. Sporting leather and chains, Kappa sis- ters Stephanie Craven, Melinda Church, Emily Tracy, and Gretchen Jones show their excitement during their 1997 Bikers Bash Social with Pi Kappa Alpha Frater- nity. I Kappa Kappa Gamma As a pledge class, PC ' 97 has demonstrated their own strengths: Jr. Panhellenic is booming with Kappa involvement on executive board; holding directorships, assistant directorships; and member- ship on committee staffs. One member is a campus senator and sev- eral girls are on Florida Blue Key staffs. They have shown their willingness to work with other sorori- ties as well as working to strengthen our Panhellenic system. Many new members also play on our competitive intramural teams. The Panhellenic Council sponsors an annual awards banquet to recognize the achievements of Katie Jackson, Candice Bergen, Ashley Judd, and Jane Pauley are all Kappa Kappa Gamma sisters. Greek women and the accomplishments of the individual chapters they represent. The Panhellenic Council gave awards for scholarship, community service, rush, and outstanding division leaders, and chapter delegates. Kappa Kappa Gamma was proud to have received more awards than any other organization. The UF chapter, Epsilon Phi ' s annual soft- ball tournament Kappa Klassic, was very success- ful in reaching the foal we set of raising over $1,000 for the Sexual and Physical Abuse Resource Center which provides women with counseling services and a safe place to stay. 166 Greeks Pi Beta Phi was one of the founders of the National Panhellenic Conference. Pi Beta Phi, the first national women ' s frater- nity, was founded by twelve women on Apri l 28, 1867, at Monmouth College in Monmouth Illinois. Their badge is an arrow with twelve links hanging from the shaft and the Greek letters Pi Beta Phi on the feathers. The Florida Delta Chapter of Pi Beta Phi was chartered at the University of Florida in 1969. Their colors are wine and silver blue, their mascot is the angel and their flower is the wine carnation. Pi Beta Phi Pi Beta Phi ' s national philanthropy is Arrowmont, while Florida D elta ' s philanthropy is Down-n-Dirty for Arrowmont School of the Arts. Famous Pi Beta Phi Alumnae include Faye Dunaway, Jane Fonda, and Susan Lucci. Members of the University of Florida chap- ter of Pi Beta Phi are very involved in campus activities including Student Government, Panhellenic and Florida Blue Key Leadership Honorary. n Pi Beta Phi sisters take a moment to plan their strategy during Phi Mu ' s Philanthropy-Romp in the Swamp. Philanthropies forced sororities and fraternities to show their competitive side. Five Pi Phi sisters take a moment during down time in a football game. Going to the games was great for being able to cheer on the best football team as well as spend time bonding with sisters. While preparing for a formal, two Pi Beta Phi sisters pose for a picture. Formals were tons of fun because it meant getting dressed up and being with friends and loved ones. Greeks 167 Jennifer Owen, Thais Budnert, Julie Gibbard, Laura Seidler, and Ellen Morrison pose during Phi Mu ' s Philanthropy-Romp in the Swamp. A group of sisters, in all of their messiness take a moment out of their 1997 Day Glow social. Kelly Mcmahen and Kim Ogletree smile during their Mardi Gras themed social at Fat Tuesdays. Phi Mu The tables at Chili ' s restaurant are decorated with Phi Mu ' s symbol, the quatrefoil. Phi Mu Sorority was founded in 1852 at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia. Founded as the Philomathean Society, Phi Mu is one of the second oldest secret organizations for women. Many of our important documents still remain in the Cannonball House, a historic house from the Civil War also in Macon. Love, Honor, and Truth are t he three strong ideals that this fraternity is built upon. Our motto is " Les Seures Fideles " meaning " The Faithful Sisters. " Although we hold our ritual very sacred and close to our hearts, we do not hesitate to speak of our bond openly. Our colors are rose and white and our symbol is the Quatrefoil. Our crest consists of two lions surrounding our shield. Phi Mu had made a huge commitment to the community both nationally and locally, and find giving to be enough of a re- ward. Our National Philanthropies are the Children ' s Miracle Network, Project HOPE, and Phi Mu Foundation, which offers financial aid to Phi Mus. Here at the University of Florida, Phi Mu was founded in 1949, as the Alpha Nu chapter. Alpha Nu feels they are just as strong and involved ally as on the UF campus. Romp in the Swamp is our local philanthropy and the proceeds go to the Children ' s Miracle Network. Sigma Gamma Rho is an organization that is balanced between social and service projects. In our eight year history at the University of Florida, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. has made tremendous strides. We started as the New Kids on the Yard in 1990 with eight charter members. Today, we total more than fifteen and we continue to grow. In keeping with our sorority ' s motto " Greater Service, Greater Progress, " our members participated in several volunteer projects. A few of them include: visiting Bailey Village Nursing home, and tutoring with LIFESTEPPERS. We also hosted two educational forums at UF: Breast Cancer Awareness in October and an Affirmative Action lecture in November. Sigma Gamma Rho is the leader in academic Sigma Gamma Rho excellence. Our chapter has consistently maintained the highest GPA of all the Black Greek organizations at UF. For this achievement, we received the Scholas- tic Award at the 1997 Greek Awards Banquet. Social opportunity is also important to our sorority, so we engage in social activities that promote sisterhood and Greek Unity. During the summer we held our first Sigma Soiree, a series of workshops designed to explore issues important to women of color. Most importantly we share an internal bond that is genuine. This is why Sigma Gamma Rho is a symbol of true sisterhood. Sigma Gamma Rho sisters pose with their 1998 Rhomeos. Sorors of the Fall 1997 member- ship intake. as Sorors Johanna Felipe and Fabienne Mallebranche show off their new linedance. n- Greeks 169 Sarah Eilers, Cheri Shapiro, Lainey Klein, Shana Luskin, and Lisa Cook take time from the merriment and joy of Bid Day to take a picture. Both old and new members experienced a great deal of happiness on Bid Day. The 1997 Fall Rush was an excit- ing time for many girls, especially Monica Trammell who is being greeted warmly by her new so- rority sister Missy Stover. Laurel Edge, Jenny Guilino, Julie Tutak, Monica Trammell, Mary Denuzzio, Missy Stover, and Anne Harowski take time out of their exciting 1997 Shoe Hunt to smile for the camera. Sigma Kappa Sigma Kappa was the first Greek sorority in the northeast. The sorority was founded at Colby College in Waterville, Maine on November 9, 1874. Sigma Kappa sorority has grown to become a sorority found in colleges and universities through- out the country. The strong bond of friendship and sisterhood provides support to members through the many chapters of Sigma Kappa. The sisters of Sigma Kappa dedicate them- selves to scholarship, sisterhood, service, social, leadership and loyalty to the sorority. These same characteristics are carried into the daily lives of sisters on campus. The first United States Senator, Margaret Chase Smith, was a Sigma Kappa. Involvement in activities at the University of Florida is always encouraged. We have sisters in- volved in many organizations including Florida Blue Key and Homecoming and Gator Growl. The sisters of Sigma Kappa would like to congratulate and welcome our new sisters from the Fall and Spring. We are so happy to have you join our special bond. The sisters of Sigma Kappa would also like to congratulate the seniors on graduation and we wish you all the best of luck in the coming years. Always remember to live by the words of ONE HEART ONE WAY. 170 Greeks Some Famous include Dionne Warwick, Jasmine Guy, Sheryl Underwood, and Patti LaBelle. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. was founded at Howard University on January 16, 1920 by Arizona Cleaver, Viola Tyler, Myrtle Tyler, Pearl Neale, and Fannie Pettie. The five founders encouraged the highest standards of scholarship through scientific, literary, cultural, and educational programs; pro- moted service projects on college campuses and in the community; fostered sisterhood; and exemplified the ideal of Finer Womanhood. The Mu Epsilon chapter of Zeta Phi Beta was the first African American Sorority chartered at the University of Florida in the Spring of 1974. Since that time the ladies have participated in service projects Zeta Phi Beta such as Village Olympics, Saint Francis House, Adopt a Highway and and nursing homes. Our chapter also makes donations to institutions such as Shand ' s Hospital and Project Haiti. Besides service to the community, we have conducted forums on Ibonics and on issues concern- ing Black Women in the Community. We have been recognized as 1997 Outstanding Sorority of the Year and received Kim Coley Service Awa rd. We have also worked diligently to improve our GPA by .556 every semester, making us the most improved Greek organization at the University of Florida. Tameika Pottinger, Makunda Holmes, and Lakenya Sanders serve food at the Saint Francis House. Volunteering was a great way for sisters to strengthen their bond while benefiting the com- munity. In Turlington Plaza Lakenya Sanders, Tameika Pottinger, and Lourdes Lorenzo perform " Step- ping on the Set " to all interested passers-by. Some of the Fall 1997 New Members take time from a special event to show their sisterhood. Greeks 171 Sisters Carly Laskey, Jen Elias, Tara Lubin, Kirsten Schreiner, Gina Spirgel, and Corrine Kaplan form a pyramid during Zeta ' s 1997 Big Sis Hunt. Finding out who your big sis was exciting for the bigs and littles. Newly established Zeta Tau Al- pha sisters Christie Banting, Dana Guenther, and Casey Burt pose for a picture during 1997 Fall Rush. During a 1996 Jewel of the Nile Social with Alpha Tau Omega sis- ters Kristen Henry, Melissa Ortega, Michelle Peitz, and Erica Stoinoff smile in delight. Zeta Tau Alpha Zeta Tau Alpha President Michelle Peitz was the 1997 recipient of the Kay Calm Honorary nition Scholarship. Gamma Iota was also recognized nationally with a number of distinguished awards. We received the Crown Chapter Award and were recognized as a major donor to the ZTA Foundation. In summer of 1998 the Gamma Iota Chapter will be eligible for the Helen Margaret Harrison Award. This award would recognize our chapter as the top Zeta chapter in the nation. Zeta Tau Alpha sisters are very involved on the University of Florida campus. Some of our in- Gamma Iota was recently recognized as the third best overall out of 220 Zeta chapters throughout the U.S. involvements include Preview Staff, Florida Cicerones, Florida Blue Key, Student Government, Panhellenic Council. Rush Rho Chis, Homecoming and Gator Growl staff, and the UF ' s dance team - the dazzlers. Zeta Tau Alpha was founded in 1898 at Longwood College and the Gamma Iota chapter was founded at UF on April 2, 1949. Zeta Tau Alpha ' s symbol is the crown and its mascot is the zebra. The white violet is ZTA ' s flower and turquoise blue and steel gray are it ' s colors. Zeta sponsors Zeta Linedance as it ' s philanthropy for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Fund. 172 Greeks Alpha Epsilon Pi ' s philanthropy benefits Stop Children ' s Cancer, a local organization founded by a brother in 1981. Alpha Epsilon Pi Alpha Epsilon Pi was founded at UF on May 12, 1951. Since then we have established ourselves as leaders in every facet of campus life. We have had enormous success in athletics, academics, and student government. In fact, we have held the top Fraternity grade point average twelve of the previous sixteen semesters. Our brothers hold positions such as Student Government Treasurer, Homecoming Parade Direc- tor and Director of Accent Speakers Bureau. Our philanthropy, Shower-a-Thon is the old- est on campus in which we raise money for Stop Children ' s Cancer. Alpha Epsilon Pi extends beyond a list of cre- dentials and achievements. Our fraternity is a tion of individuals who stand together as Brothers. The only values we promote are those we as als believe in. Our strength lies in out beliefs, and our beliefs are upheld by our integrity. Alpha Epsilon Pi offers individuals to grow both as a leader and as an individual, enabling a young man to become a man of honor and integrity, who knows and stands up for that which he knows is right, while having the time of his life. New Alpha Epsilon Pi members Phil Herman, Rob DeVito, Jack Benmeleh, Jeremy Udell, Doug Holubek, David Vazana, Mathias Salamon, and Simon Schuster pose outside their new fraternity house. A group of Alpha Epsilon Pi brothers pose for a picture out- side their house to be used in a rush guide. A group of Alpha Epsilon Pi brothers are caught horsing around. Brothers shared a very close relationship only they could understand. Greeks 173 A girl successfully rides a mechanical bull during Alpha Gamma Rho ' s philanthropy, Buckoff, which is a competition to see who can ride the bull longest. New members Eddie Bass, Bear Brooker, Jason Chandler, Brad Drake, Chris Hand, Justin Hood, Travis Humphries, Dan Jones, Jason Robberge, Dan Scott, Matt Sims, Rodney Urquhart, and Joe Vranic pose for a picture outside the AGR house. While hanging out in their house, an Alpha Gamma Rho brother displays one of his talents by singing to a group of brothers. Alpha Gamma Rho Alpha Gamma Rho was founded on April 8, 1908, and has held its charter at the University of Florida since January 19, 1925. Alpha Gamma Rho, or AGR, is the largest social-professional fraternity in the world, and the only at the University of Florida. This means we encompass all the social characteristics of Greek Letter Organizations, but have an additional objec- tive to develop our members professionally. Primarily, Alpha Gamma Rho consists of those either in the college of Agriculture, those with an AG background, or students with a general interest in Agriculture. Although this limits our Alpha Gamma Rho is the largest professional fraternity in the world, and the only at the University of Florida. membership, it creates a common bond between out members that pulls us closer together, and enables us to become true " brothers. " Another characteristic that sets Alpha Gamma Rho apart from other fraternal organiza- tions is out no pledging policy. This means that within 72 hours of accepting your bid you will be initiated as a full brother, with the same basic rights as older members. The primary purpose of Alpha Gamma Rho is " To make better men, and through them a broader, and better agriculture. " 174 Greeks Alpha Phi Alpha was founded by seven men, or Jewels, of the fraternity. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. was founded on December 4, 1906 on the campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Alpha Phi Alpha is the first intercolle- giate Greek-lettered organization established for Black college students. The seven founders of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. were students distributed in the various colleges at Cornell University who were desirous of taining more intimate contacts with one another than their classroom study permitted. The brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity at- tempt to exemplify the aims of the fraternity: manly deeds, scholarship, and love for mankind. Various na- tional programs are implemented to further these aims Alpha Phi Alpha and upliftment of the human race. The Fraternity has been a trailblazer in various issues that have been a source of controversy in recent times. In 1945, the organization integrated its racial membership and in 1952 had the word " Negro " eliminated from its Constitution to reinforce the fact. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity has expanded since those days in 1906 to an organization that now has ap- proximately 375 college chapters and 375 alumni chapters in forty-five states and the West Indies, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Virgin Islands. Over 150,000 men have been initiated into Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. since its inception in 1906. A group of Alpha Phi Alpha broth- ers perform during the Florida Invi- tational Step Show. This gave broth- ers a chance to display their talent while strengthening their brother- hood. Alpha Phi Alpha brothers step for the audience at the Florida Invita- tional Step Show. An Alpha Phi Alpha brother per- forms a unique portion for the Florida Invitational Step Show while blind- folded. Greeks 175 An Alpha Tau Omega brother poses for an ad for the Theta Ten- nis Classic. ATO co-sponsors the even with Kappa Alpha Theta sorority to benefit CASA and the Ronald McDonald House. An ATO brother rushes to get to a chair during a rousing game of musical chairs at his house dur- ing some Halloween festivities. A group of new pledges pose for their pledge class Alpha Tau Omega Alpha Tau Omega was founded at 114 East Clay Street in Richmond Virginia Military tion on September 11, 1865. They have held their charter at the sity of Florida since 1884. The University of Florida ' s Alpha Tau Omega chapter name is Al- pha Omega, and on campus their nickname is " ATO. " Over these past 113 years hundreds of cessful men have come through Alpha Tau Alpha Tau Omega sponsors a philanthropy to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. Omega ' s doors and have become part of their house. Alpha Tau Omega currently has over 150 active brothers, who participate in all aspects of college life. Their symbol is the maltese cross and their colors are azure and gold. Their flower is the white tea rose. 176 Greeks Beta Theta Pi ' s symbol is the dragon and their colors are red and navy blue. Beta Theta Pi has won the Sisson Award, presented to the top Beta chapters nationally, six of the past seven years. Our Spring Grade Point Average was once again above the All-Fraternity and All-University averages. Betas also take an active role in campus activities; you ' ll find us in Florida Blue Key, Student Government cabinets, Interfraternity Council directorships, just to name a few. We work hard to maintain our level of achievement, but we play hard too. Brotherhood events such as Road Trip, a paintball retreat, a Beta Theta Pi canoe trip, and date functions have brought us closer together this fall. We also had a full social calendar, entertaining five sororities this year, and holding regular Late Nights. We pride ourselves in having the closest fraternity on campus, which is hard to achieve with over 90 members. Beta Theta Pi is growing by leaps and bounds, and we attribute this to our brotherly bonds. Love for Beta Theta Pi motivates us to become better people, which helps us become a better house. And we are a better house. A group of Beta brothers pose outside a hut on the beach during their 1997 Beta Lei event. Beta brothers take a moment for a picture during a 1997 Frozen Foursome Social with Alpha Delta Pi, Delta Tau Delta, and Kappa Delta. Two Beta Theta Pi brothers pose during their Hawaiian themed 1997 Beta Lei event. B Greeks 177 The brothers of Chi Phi and friends welcome rushees to their house at 1 Fraternity Row. Brothers of Chi Phi put on the very best for the formal picture for the Rush Magazine. Rush is a vital aspect of fraternity life. Members of Alpha Chi Omega pose with brother sof Chi Phi for their philanthropy photo. Chi Phi Chi Phi is the oldest social fraternity in the nation and prides itself on its extremely strong brotherhood. The colors of our fraternity are scarlet and blue. At Chi Phi we pride ourselves on our tremendous amount of diversity, athletics, and socials. We have every sort of brother and no matter what type of person you are you will feel comfortable at Chi Phi. Nobody else can sleep as much, party as Chi Phi is the oldest social fraternity much, cram as much, date as much, and enjoy life as much as a Chi Phi. A Chi Phi can make you laugh, and make you cry. Although many rushees come for the girls they stay for the friends that last a lifetime. Chi Phi s not a four-year proposition. Chi Phi is a place where " fraternity " still means brotherhood. At Chi Phi we believe there is no greater motivation than love. Chi Phi Fraternity... Number One on the Row. 178 Greeks Delta Chi was founded almost 100 years ago. Nearly 100 years ago, a group of law students at Cornell University started something big. They founded the Delta Chi fraternity based on high mor- als, principles, and chivalry of the Knight Errant. Courage-Delta Chi ' s must know when to choose the more difficult and personally courageous path. Our brothers are ready to make personal sacrifices in order to serve the ideals and people they cherish. It involves choosing to uphold truth at all costs rather than letting a lie to pass. Defense- Delta Chi ' s swear to uphold and defend out brotherhood and the beliefs which exist in out frater- nity. Delta Chi Loyalty- Delta Chi ' s are unbending in out commit- ment to our fraternity ' s values. Temptation could, therefore, hold no sear over our lives. Generosity- Generosity is a chief characteristic of a Delta Chi. Each individual puts thy brother before thy self. Courtesy- Delta Chi ' s are to be polite and equitable to all as they develop and maintain a noble character. Delta Chi ' s high principles and standards have continued our status today as one of the country ' s foremost social fraternities to exist. Delta Chis seek excellence in academics, social values, and moral strength, and thus makes us men of distinction. New brothers Nick Borho, Jon Greenfield, JP Hervis, Josh Kaplan, George Kramer, Tom McArdle, Avi Mizrahi, Todd Rosen, Adam Rutstein, Stuart Seigel, Mike Steves, edwin Vaugn and Brent Wellmaker. The Crest of Delta Chi symbol- izes the aspects of the fraternity that the members hold dear to their hearts. Members of Delta Chi and friends pose for a picture for Rush. Rush was a very fun time for members and rushees alike. Most of the nights rush parties are open to the public. Greeks 179 Members of Delta Tau Delta and Kappa Kappa Gamma enjoy a Get Wet social together. Socials allowed members of fraternities and sororities to get to know each other in a relaxed atmosphere. Blayne Ross spends time with fraternity brothers and friends at a Hot Wheels social. Blayne Ross, Jason Waters, Jo Johnson and many other brothers pose with Albert during Dance Marathon. Delta Tau Delta was always a strong participant in this event. Delta Tau Delta Thousands of men have passed through the Delt shelter. Many of our brothers have become lawyers, doctors, accountants, movie stars, Gover- nors, Senators, professional Athletes and even Vice-Presidents of the United States. The Delta Zeta chapter of Delta Tau Delta, was founded on March 28, 1925, and was recolo- nized in 1995. As " Gentlemen Committed Lives in Excel- lence, " our brothers have been very successful as a chapter in student government, intramurals and overall campus involvement . Guided by four fundamental principles: The Delt chapter at UF was founded in 1925 and recolonized in 1995. truth, courage, faith, and power, our brothers are making the most of every opportunity and our chapter is continuing to grow faster than most people would imagine. The brothers of Delta Tau Delta would like to wish all graduating seniors success and happi- ness in all of their future endeavors. We would also like to send out a special thank you to our Fall ' 97 graduating class: Darwin Botero, Shawn Snyder, Randy Maulidin, Dan Britto, Greg Stringfellow, Shannon Harris, and Jason Watters for all of your hard work and dedica- tion. 180 Greeks Delta Upsilon was just recently recolonized on the UF campus. Delta Upsilon is one of the nations oldest fraternities, and the University of Florida ' s newest fraternity. Out cha pter is composed of members who want to build their own fraternity. We are individuals who are committed to making the mod of ourselves as men, and we use our fraternity to foster lifelong friendships. Consequently, hazing is in direct conflict with that DU believes in. we do not believe hazing builds brotherhood or respect. We started this fraternity because we did not want to be hazed ourselves, and we have no desire to haze others. We have been very successful in our first Delta Upsilon semester on campus. The Fall Pledge Class con- sisted of over 40 members, one of the largest on campus, and is an unprecedented amount for a chapter in its first semester on campus. We have had social events with several sororities and have p articipated in a number of philanthropies. Our chapter house is nearly completely renovated after its three-year vacancy. We are a diverse group who values the fact that our brothers are individu- als from varied backgrounds. We are proud of what we stand for, and we stand for what we have believed for 163 years: friendship, character, culture, and justice. Members of Delta Upsilon spend a lazy Delta Upsilon brothers watch a flag foot- day in the sun together at a philanthropy. ball game. Intramurals was an important Greeks gave much back to the community aspect of fraternity life. in the form of time and money. Greeks 181 During own of their socials three brothers, fully adorned with authentic confederate outfits, pose for a picture. Kappa Alpha brothers get caught by the camera while horsing around. Fraternities truly create sibling like relationships between brothers. A group of Kappa Alpha broth- ers take a moment out of the ex- citement of the Gasparilla Parade in Tampa to take a picture. Out of town trips were a lot of fun, but also a great way to build brother- hood among members. Kappa Alpha Order Kappa Alpha Order is a way of life signifi- cant to the development of young men. Emulating chivalric ideals and genteel ethics, Kappa Alpha translates these timeless philosophies into the mainstream of American colleges and universities. These gentlemanly traits are the hallmark for men who have chosen our unique lifestyle. The philosophy of the Order is that the acquisition of knowledge and the development of character are the great goals of life. Through fellowship and brotherhood, Kappa Alpha seeks to teach young men to be leaders; to be brave, self-reliant and to The Kappa Alpha Order brothers pride themselves on emulating chivalric and genteel ethics. continually strive to better themselves. These tenets developed many years ago are still relevant in today ' s fast-paced and changing society. At the University of Florida, our philosophy is the pursuit of excellence in all things and the development of character and personal integrity. We hold these values true in every endeavor we partake in. From our charity work with the Muscular Dystrophy Association to our participation in intramural sports, we pride ourselves in excellence at all times. The Zeta Phi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi is the first NPHC member organization founded at the University of Florida. The Zeta Phi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi wishes all of the students at the University of Florida a long healthy collegiate career. We would also wish the best to those graduating and leaving their legacy behind. The Zeta Phi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi is strongly rooted in a legacy of tradition, excellence, and achieve- ment in all areas of human interest. It is our intent to provide an organization that focuses its strengths within the community and the youths of tomorrow This is why the chapter has taken the initiative to participate in many of the community service projects that address the needs of the youth in the Gainesville area. Find out about Kappa Alpha Psi and other NPHC member organizations. Please visit our web site at http: grove.ufl.edu zetaphi or our national site at http: www.kapsi.org . Let ' s GO GATORS!! Kappa Alpha Psi Someone captures an exciting moment during a flag football game. Intramurals were a time for becoming a stronger chapter on top of showing off and improving physical prowess. A brother dances with a woman at a home. Volunteering was a great way for brothers to strengthen their brotherhood as well as bring some enjoyment to people. Two Kappa Alpha Psi Brothers perform a step show for people to enjoy. Performances not only provided entertainment, but also brought brothers closer together. Greeks 183 The University of Florida chapter of Kappa Sigma, Delta Delta, which has been at the University of Florid, since 1922 is busy building a new chapter house. Their chapter house, currently located on SW 13th Street has been under construction and is scheduled to open soon for the chapter to occupy. The members looking forward to their new house with eagerness and excitement. Kappa Sigma The roots of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity can be traced all the way back to the University of Bolgna in Italy in the century, where the order was first formed for mutual protection against the wicked governor of the city. A distinguished scholar and his five students first firmed this order. Five students passed on the order at the University of Virginia in 1869 and the Kappa Sigma Fraternity was formed. Kappa Sigma is now one of the largest and oldest fraternities in the United States and Canada, with such famous brothers as Bob Dole, Jimmy Buffet, Robert Redford, Rick Berry, Ted Turner, and Kappa Sigma is now one of the largest and oldest fraternities in the United States and Canada. Jeremy Foley. The Kappa Sigma Fraternity at the Univer- sity of Florida, which is called the Delta Delta chapter, has been on this campus since 1922. Our chapter house, which is located next to the corner of street and University Dr., was built in 1916, making it the oldest Chapter house in the southeast United States, and is currently being almost totally remodeled. Kappa Sigmas not only like to have a good time, but are leaders for our Fraternity as it looks towards the century with our new chap- ter house, and members who are interested in " Building a better Brotherhood. " 184 Greeks Lambda Chi Alpha was the first fraternity to abolish pledging in 1972. Lambda Chi Alpha was founded at Boston University on November 2, 1909. They have held their charter at the University of Florida since November 23, 1933. The Epsilon Mu chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha at the University of Florida has recently received several interfraternity council awards for excellence in new member programming, alumni relations, and community service. Lambda Chis are involved in campus nizations such as Florida Blue Key, Student Lambda Chi Alpha government, Florida Cicerones, and Order of Omega. Aside from involvement, other ways in which Lambda Chi Alpha stands out is for its beliefs. They became the first fraternity to abolish pledging in 1972. Instead, they have associate membership, which is founded on the premise that all of our members, associates, initiates, are equal. Lambda Chi Alpha is a team, working together, not against one another. Every year they sponsor a philanthropy to benefit the American Red Cross St. Francis Home. During Phi Mu Sorority ' s philan- thropy, Romp in the Swamp, a group of Lambda Chi Alpha brothers " fly " around the field. Participating in philanthropies was a great way to build brother- hood. A group of Lambda Chi Alpha brothers pose with some girls for a picture to be used in a rush guide. This gave brothers a chance to show themselves to potential new members. Two Lambda Chi Alpha brothers warm up for the festivities dur- ing Phi Mu Sorority ' s philan- thropy, Romp in the Swamp. Greeks 185 Omega Psi Phi ' s crest symbolizes many of the things that brothers hold as important aspects of life. A group of Omega Psi Phi brothers perform during the Florida Invita- tional Step Show, which allowed people to come out and compete. An Omega Psi Phi brother shows his agility during the Florida Invita- tional Step Show. This was an op- portunity for members to make them- selves, as well as their brothers proud. Omega Psi Phi Omega Psi Phi was the first men ' s Greek letter social organization on a black campus. Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. was founded at Howard University in Washington, D.C. on November 17, 1911. It was the first men ' s letter social organization on a black campus. Omega Psi Phi ' s purpose is to: bring about a union of college men of similar high ideals of scholarship and manhood in order to stimulate the attainment of ideas and ambitions of its bers; occupy a progressive helpful and tive place in the political life of the community and nations; foster the humanity, freedom, and dignity of the individual; and aid downtrodden humanity in its efforts to achieve higher economic and intellectual status. Omega Psi Phi sponsors several national service-oriented programs and it involved with the National Assault on Illiteracy Program. The Omicron Zeta chapter of Omega Psi Phi Inc. was chartered at the University of Florida on November 5, 1973. 186 Greeks Nelson Mandela, Blair Underwood, and Rick James are some famous Phi Beta Sigma Brothers. The Zeta Kappa chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. was founded at the University of Florida in the Winter of 1974. The first line came up with the name 13 DEGREES OF INTELLECTUAL BLACKNESS. There was a lot of frustration in getting this chapter started. At the time, there were only 5 black Greek organizations on this campus. Sigma emerged as a more positive organization compared to the others (Kappa, Alpha, Omega). As time went on, Phi Beta Sigma emerged as the frontrunner in many different campus activities. This chapter, Zeta Kappa, was the first Black Greek Phi Beta Sigma organization to sponsor a float in the University of Florida homecoming parade (Fall 1974). This event opened the doors for many Black Greek organiza- tions to take part in events that were, traditionally, predominantly white. Zeta Kappa was also the first Black Greek organizatio n to hold office in Inter Fraternity Coun- cil. The Sigmas were known for trying to get involved around campus. Some famous members of the Zeta Kappa Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma are Emitt Smith, Henry McMillian, and Lomas Brown. A group of Phi Beta Sigma brothers perform a step show in Turlington Plaza for other competitors and spec- tators to see. This was an opportu- nity to show themselves to the cam- pus. Phi Beta Sigma brothers pose for a picture. Being a brother was some- thing very special and unique that could only be understood by being one. One Phi Beta Sigma brother throws two others into a pool. Being a brother brought with it many jokes, but also many great times. Greeks 187 All dressed up, Steve Howard and Jason Albu pose in front of the Phi Delta Theta house. Stacey Johnson, Dan Adams, Kristine Torres, and Brian Kushner smile happily during Pi Beta Phi, Kappa Delta, and Kappa Alpha Theta ' s 1997 Grab-A-Date. David Roberts, Eli Ehlinger, and Brian Dutzer relive child- hood fantasies by dressing up for a themed socials. Phi Delta Theta Phi Delta Theta is one of the largest and oldest fraternities at the University of Florida. It ' s brother- hood consists of gentlemen that value academic success, friendship, athletics and the social activi- ties a fraternity can provide. Phi Delta Theta is a truly international fraternity, with over 180 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. Their brotherhood holds a respected tradition of excellence at the University of Florida, having been on this campus for over 70 years. The brothers strive to cultivate a strong bond by emphasizing a combination of individuality, friend- The first man on the moon was a member of Phi Delta Theta ship and brotherhood. Phi Delta Theta received the 1997 Buddy McKay Overall Fraternal Excellence Award, which is given to the most outstanding fraternity at UF and the 1996 President ' s Cup Award for Outstanding Athletics. Phi Delt also held the highest GPA among large fraternities for 1996. Each year Phi Delta Theta hosts Ski Splash, their philanthropy to benefit the Alachua County Boys and Girls Clubs. Ski Splash is a water ski tourna- ment held at Lake Wauberg which is preceded by a dance competition. Over 400 people attend this event annually raising $3,000. 188 Phi Sigma Kappa brothers excel in many aspects of college life. Phi Sig, while having a rich history nation- ally, is relatively young chapter at UF, yet has experienced explosive growth and expansion. Our awards and honors say it all. We ' ve literally ac- complished more in our short history on campus than many fraternities have done it decades. Our fraternity excels in so many different aspects of college life... academics, athletics, leader- ship, and more. Scholarship is a very big compo- nent of fraternity life. We also prepare all our members for leadership on campus by allowing them to start internally within the fraternity. Posi- tions in Student Government, the Interfraternity Council, and more are a few of the many positions Phi Sigma Kappa our members hold. Our brothers form on of the most well- rounded collection of gentlemen this campus has ever seen. We have members pursuing degrees in virtually every college on campus. Our members also excel in intramural sports: soccer, basketball, football, and more. The fact that we are only five years old, coupled with the fact that we enjoy all the benefits of excellence and the highest standards in every- thing is the reason you should stop by and see why we have been said to be one of the fastest growing organizations on campus. While preparing for a Hallow- een Social, two Phi Sigma Kappa brothers show off their Jack-O-Lanterns. A brother take time to capture the moment of a very memo- rable family weekend. Family weekends gave parents a chance to get involved in the fraternity experience. The new members walk in the Homecoming Parade. This was a great way for new members to show themselves to the campus. Greeks 189 A group of Phi Tau brothers take a moment from a Day Glow so- cial to take a picture. Despite all of the messiness of a Day Glow, they were always very memo- rable socials. A Phi Kappa Tau brother passes out candy to a young child dur- ing a Halloween event sponsored by IFC and Panhellenic Council. This was an exciting event for members to get dressed up and make little kids happy. Two Phi Kappa Tau brothers pose for a picture. One of the greatest things about being a brother was knowing that you were part of a very unique bond. Phi Kappa Tau Phi Kappa Tau was founded at Miami Uni- versity in Oxford, Ohio on March 17,1906. The Alpha Eta chapter was chartered here at the University of Florida on March 9, 1926. Phi Kappa Tau is committed to fraternal excellence and has always prided itself on supe- rior athletic achievement, campus involvement, and most of all a strong brotherhood. With one hundred bothers and rising, Phi Kappa Tau is on the up and up. Phi Kappa Tau ' s philanthropy is Midnight Phi Kappa Tau ' s philanthropy is Midnight Madness to benefit The Hole in the Wall Gang. Madness to benefit The Hole in the Wall Gang. Phi Kappa Tau ' s colors are harvard red and old gold. Their mascot is the Grand Exalted Buzzard and the red carnation is Phi Kappa Tau ' s flower. The Force of Many, the Power of One is a motto that stands true about Phi Kappa Tau, Brotherhood and its Best! 190 Greeks The University of Florida ' s Pi Kappa Alpha chapter is the largest Pike chapter in the nation. Pi Kappa Alpha was founded at the University of Virginia on March 1, 1868. Florida Alpha, sity of Florida ' s " Pike " Chapter, has been in existence since 1904. Since that time we have initiated over 3,000 men, making us the largest Pike Chapter in the nation. Pi Kappa Alpha is commitment to shared ide- als-to the development of the whole man; where discipline is germane to success and where ethics are germane to self esteem. Strive for new goals, set your sights high, and Pi Kappa Alpha most importantly, be relentless until you attain your objective. These are just a few ideals to which Pi Kappa Alpha is committed. These ideals have enabled this chapter to be the reigning intramural sports champions, attain the highest fraternity GPA, and hold a variety of posi- tions on campus. In addition, our chapter was nized as the best Pike Chapter in the nation for the current year. Every year they sponsor a philanthropy to benefit the Big Brothers Sisters of Alachua Country. C. a 1, A group of Pi Kappa Alpha broth- ers pile up for a picture during one of the Gators home games. Football games were a great time for brothers to get together and share their enthusiasm for the Florida Gators. Some Pi Kappa Alpha brothers and their dates take a moment from the festivities to smile for the camera. Socials allowed broth- ers to involves their dates in the excitement of brotherhood. Donning togas and headbands, Pi Kappa Alpha brothers put on their goofiest grins during a themes social. Greeks 191 Members of Pi Kappa Phi " carefully " execute a basket toss for the Romp In The Swamp philanthropy. Decked out in Pi Kapp letters and other costuming the members entertained all in attendance. Moving to the groove, these Pi Kappa Phi brothers enjoy " Boogie Bowling " with Delta Gamma sorority. Socials were a great way for members of fraternities and sororities to get to know each other and relax away from the busy schedules of the week. Getting ready for the Tennesse vs. Gator Football game, Chris Mitzo, Adam Jacobs and their Pi Kap brothers don their cheese heads for the big game. Attending foot- ball games together was another way for brothers to relax together. Pi Kappa Phi Pi Kappa Phi was founded December 10, 1904 at the College of Charleston. They have held their charter at the University of Florida since February 23, 1924. Since then, Pi Kappa Phis have balanced a blend of service, academic, social and leadership ties. " Pi Kapp " is the only fraternity to have its own nation philanthropy in PUSH (People Understanding the Severely Handicapped) America. Our fundraising provides handicapable playgrounds and camps nationwide... and here locally we continue that cause in a partnership with the Sidney Lanier School and in Pi Kappa Phi ' s symbol is the bell, its colors are blue white and gold, and its mascots are the Raiders. our philanthropy, " The Dating Game. " Pi Kapps participate in service, both city and county-wide, helping in the Civitan Greek Blood Drive and at the University of Florida has been nized as the chapter with the highest grade point average. Pi Kappa Phi has just finished another strong fall social semester with homecoming, and one of our two theme parties— Swamp. In the spring we ' ll blow out more at our Pirates of the Caribbean Party, Woodser, and Rose Ball Formal. Swamp and Pirates are recognized as two of the biggest theme parties on campus. 192 Greeks Pi Lambda Phi ' s philanthropy, Lift-For-Life, pits fraternity agai nst fraternity to prove who ' s the strongest house on campus. Pi Lambda Phi is a fraternity that has been steadily on the rise. We ' ve dominated fraternity league athletics, especially football, winning nity league 12 of the last 13 years, destroying the competition 34-7 in the most recent Nosebowl as well as placing second and third in the New Or- leans National Flag-Football Tournament last year. Our basketball team is also looking to continue its winning ways gunning for its second consecutive fraternity league basketball championship. Pi Lam offers great social activities which include its annual Reggae Fest, Bedrock Bash and Pi Lambda Phi BLT parties which set the Gainesville standard. Our annual philanthropy, Lift-For-Life pits frater- nity against fraternity to prove who ' s the strongest house on campus. There also the annual trip to New Orleans for Mardi Gras and our now infa- mous Pearl Weekend which took place in Daytona Beach last year. The brother of Pi Lambda Phi excel in the classroom as well as outside of it. Academically we are among UF ' s finest. Our overall GPA is year after year among the top of the fraternities. We have also made strides to raise our new member GPAs. The crest of Pi Lambda Phi projects their beliefs and symbols. Crest were a way for members to have something to identify with. Brothers celebrate together, while lifting one brother high into the air. Brother- hood was a concept that few non-greeks could ever understand. Greeks 193 The brothers of Sigma Alpha Epsilon en- joyed a mafia themed party. More member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon ' s new member class pose by the lion. The lion is located in front of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter house on Fraternity Row. Members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon ' s new member class posed in front of the lin e. The lion was a source of pride for all members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Sigma Alpha Epsilon The Sigma Alpha Epsilon house was founded on March 9, 1856 at the University of Alabama and was founded at the University of Florida on February 11, 1884. Since this date SAE has been turning stu- dents looking for a little more out of their college experience into Sigma Alpha Epsilon ' s True Gentle- men. Sigma Alpha Epsilon thrives on three things which lead our house above the rest and they are Scholarship, Athletics, and Leadership. Sigma Alpha Epsilon takes scholarship very seriously and has consistently finished in the top Sigma Alpha Epsilon was founded on the University of Florida campus in 1884. five academic performance among the fraternities. As for athletics we consistently win the Blue division championship in intramural football and perform very well in all other sports on the intra- mural level. Leadership is another key factor to being an SAE. Sigma Alpha Epsilon holds many on-campus positions such as Student Government and the Interfraternity Council. Sigma Alpha Epsilon also offers all brothers the opportunity to take part in their national Lead- ership school held at their he adquarters in Evanston Illinois, annually. 194 Greeks Sigma Chi and 16 sororities participate in Derby Days each year to raise almost $8000 for the Children ' s Miracle Network. The fundamental purpose of the Sigma Chi is to cultivate an appreciation of, and commitment to, the ideals of friendship, justice, and learning. These ideals and objectives have been at the heart of Sigma Chi since its founding at Miami Univer- sity is Oxford, Ohio in 1855. Our fraternity is based upon the theory that " a friendship among members who have the differ- ent temperaments, talents, and convictions is rior to a friendship among members who have the same temperaments, talents, and convictions; and that genuine friendship can be maintained without surrendering the principle of individuality or sacrificing one ' s personal judgment. " Through Sigma Chi our diversity we have a close communion of broth- erhood which is strong and enduring, and which leads us into a learning experience which lasts a lifetime. Sigma Chis can be found in all areas of campus involvement which extend over a broad range of activities. All brothers are encouraged to participate and are given all possible support. The extent of Sigma Chis campus leadership and service has earned out chapter the University of Florida ' s Buddy McKay Award, the annual award recognizing the outstanding fraternity on campus, for eleven on the past sixteen years. Sigma Chi Brother Matt Macon poses with 1998 Sweetheart Cyndi Melendez. The brothers of Sigma Chi are all dressed up and ready to go announcing for their Christmas Formal. Announcing is a time for fraternity members to let their per- forming talents shine. The brothers of Sigma Chi participated in Kappa Delta ' s Golf Classic. Sigma Chi is very involved in philanthropic endeav- ors. Greeks 195 Chris Alfonso speaks at a Holiday Celebration in the Sigma Nu living room. Spending time at the holidays with broth- ers gave each member a time to relax after the busy semester. . Seniors Roy Shnauss, Rodney Felix, Anthony Demento, Simon Yohe, Sean Murphy, Steve Rappaport and Rich Buxman pose for a group picture. The brothers of Sigma Nu enjoy a game of " beach " vol- leyball outside of their chap- ter house on Fraternity Row. Playing volleyball with brothers was a great way to relieve stress. Sigma Nu The Epsilon Zeta chapter of Sigma Nu was founded on Oct ober 19, 1920 at the University of Florida as the chapter of Sigma Nu Fraternity. Over the past 77 years our chapter has risen form it ' s humble beginnings to becoming a beacon of excellence in the Greek community. The reason that we ' ve achieved such great success in the past and in the present is because we are constantly recruiting quality young men to help build our fraternity, founded on Love, Truth, and Honor. These un- changing values have been the hallmark of Sigma Nu down through the years and continue to be the focal point of our brotherhood today. It is our belief that by adherence to these principles we can pro- Sigma Nu was founded at UF October 19, 1920. duce better men, and it is our avid commitment to developing ethical leaders that makes us truly an uncommon fraternity. However, our commitment to these ideals does not stop at the chapter house ' s doors, for we stress the importance of campus leadership and community service in our brother- hood. We have brothers who are actively involved in Florida Blue Key, Omicron Delta Kappa, Mortar Board, Student Government, Student Senate, Accent, Homecoming. Gator Growl, IFC, Order of Omega, and Savant UF. Although we are actively involved, the significance of academic excellence is not lost in the process. 196 Greeks The brothers of Sigma Phi Epsilon are the two-time defending champions of UF ' s Greek Games. The gentlemen of the Florida Alpha chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon are committed to excellence in all aspects of campus life. Sig-Ep consistently ranks above the all-campus average for GPA and excels in academics. Intramurals are also a strong suit for Sig-Ep. In fact, the chapter has won the President ' s Cup, the award given to the best frater- nity in athletics, and consistently finishes in the top in every sport. Not only are these men smart and athleti- cally talented, they are exceptional leaders. because of our tremendous accomplishments, out gentle- men have won the Buddy McKay Award for the Best Fraternity on Campus five out of the last seven Sigma Phi Epsilon years. Sigma Phi Epsilon is currently the two time defending champion of the University of Florida ' s GREEK GAMES. Sig-Ep dominates the competi- tion every year and is the only fraternity to have exclusive claim to the trophy. Sig-Ep ' s philanthropy, Surf Frenzy, is a surfing competition to benefit the Surfrider Foun- dation to clean up area beaches and oceans. Sig-Ep ' s logo, the Balanced Man, reminds out brothers to excel in every aspect of life and to become well rounded individuals. Known as the " Sig-Ep Gentlemen " our brothers are bonded by diversity, brotherhood, and life-long friendships. The brothers of Sigma Phi Epsilon enjoy Safari with a few of their close friends. Matt Kelly, Dann Smith along with some other brothers enjoy Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Road Trips were a favorite among the Sig Ep ' s. Dan Smith and his fraternity brothers enjoy Kappa Corral. Themed parties were a great way for members to let loose. Greeks 197 Kevin Sayre, Corey Mathews, and Ken Kerwin pose for a picture outside of Tau Kappa Epsilon ' s house. After a grueling tennis match TKE Tennis Team members Kevin Sayre, JP Lessard, Scott Milner, and Scott Brehm take a much needed break. All dressed up in very appropri- ate Camouflage a group of Tau Kappa Epsilon brothers prepare for a Paintball Match. Tau Kappa Epsilon The Brothers of the Gamma Theta Chap- ter of Tau Kappa Epsilon believe that to accom- plish all goals set forth, the following principle must be adhered to: Integrity; always make decisions based on what reflects personal worth and character. Brotherhood; respect the honest views and convictions of our brothers. Success; endeavor to make goals a reality, and through misfortune create opportunity. Tau Kappa Epsilon ' s original name was the Knights of Classic Lore and its mythological ideal is Apollo Perseverance; persist in our efforts which may not benefit now, but produce significant results in the future. Growth; recognize the dangers of com- placency, continue to build on the foundation we inherit. Commitment; strive towards the im- provement of the fraternity, celebrate the victo- ries, learn from mistakes, and take every oppor- tunity to seize the day. 198 Greeks Nosebowl is the longest running intrafraternal event in the country. Tau Epsilon Phi was founded at Colombia University in 1910. They have held their chapter at the Univer- sity of Florida since 1925. Their chapter name is Tau Alpha. Every year they sponsor a philan- thropy to benefit the Make A Wish Foundation. One of the greatest traditions in the Nosebowl Game. It is a flag football game be- tween two pledge classes TEP and Pi Lambda Phi. Tau Epsilon Phi Next year will be the fiftieth annual Nosebowl Game. Tau Epsilon Phi challenges its members to be the best and prepares them to take the road of success through the leadership and the communi- cations acquired. The TEP man know these skills are vital to achievement. Throughout the years TEP has existed their tenets have remained simple, thus providing a solid base from which a young man may grow and prosper. The brothers of Tau Epsilon Phi enjoyed an evening with their friends. Social events let the members relax and enjoy the friendships they had made. Tau Epsilon Phi members pose for a pic- ture for a rush ad. Rush was a very vital aspect of this fraternity, as they were among the largest chapters on campus. Royce Bergman and other members and guest of Tau Epsilon Phis enjoy a formal evening with their guests. Greeks 199 Zeta Beta Tau brothers enjoy a Hawaiian themed social. Socials allowed members to relax during their hectic schedules. Members of Zeta Beta Tau paint the 34th Street Wall. The 34th Street Wall was a common site for fraternity pride to be displayed. Justin Devack, Jeff Sheinkopf, Jeff Schulz and Jordan Mautner collect pennies for their philan- thropy - Pool Sharks. Zeta Beta Tau Ask any Brother in our fraternity, and he will tell you, " Joining ZBT was the best decision I have made since coming to college. " We love Zeta Beta Tau not because of our size, or all of the awards that we have won, but because it is an organization that our Brothers love being a part of. Our fraternity has a habit of comparing ourselves to others because we know how different we are. The men who founded this chapter of ZBT in 1995 did not have years of traditions, bountiful alumni, or even a house to help us become a " real fraternity. " All we had was the Brothers in it. From there we built. And grew. And while we were creating the things that other houses take for Zeta Beta motto is, " If I go forward, follow me. If I hesitate, push me. If they kill me, avenge me. If I am a traitor, kill me. " granted, an intangible thing developed: brother- hood. Working together to make Zeta Beta Tau the best fraternity it can be bonds us. So even though ZBT does not have an outstanding community service project-be sure that we will soon. An alumni program of a two year old chapter has its obvious problems-but we have successfully built it up anyway. Forget for a moment about ZBT ' s outstanding 1997-1998 rush of 31 men; forget we captured the President ' s Cup in the spring; and forget about the numerous other IFC and National awards that we have won; just remember one thing- ZBT Brothers love being ZBT Brothers! 200 Greeks Theta Chi has finished in the top three in the President ' s Cup each of the past three years. The Tau chapter of Theta Chi was estab- lished at the University of Florida in 1916. Since its arrival, it has grown to become one of the most successful fraternities on campus. The brothers of Theta Chi pride themselves in a number of areas, as can be displayed by the many awards and accomplishments they have amassed in recent years. Awards such as the Buddy McKay Award, given to the best fraternity on campus, and the Dan McCarty Award, given to the best philanthropy, are just a few of the awards Theta Chi has received Theta Chi in the past two years. Theta Chi excels in campus involvement with Brother Chris Dorworth serving as Student Body President. The brothers enjoy having fun at such events as the annual cruise to the Bahamas. In addition, they hold numerous camping trips and activities that keep the tight knit brother- hood strong. Overall, the brothers of Theta Chi strive to make the best college experience possible. Theta Chi B rothers Greg Dauphin, Greg Facterman, and Gregg Benson pose for a picture during their 1997 Fall Crush. Socials were an exciting time for all involved. A group of people smile to show what a great time they are having at a Theta Chi Social. Brothers Jacob Adkins and Travis Hutter take a moment from Theta Chi ' s 1997 Fall Crush to take a picture. Greeks 201 The theme for Greek Week 1998 was " Live from the Acropolis... " Competing in one of the many events in Greek Week ' s Greek Games, these frater- nity and sorority members show they ' ll go to any level to win. Order of Omega Presents: GREEK WEEK Of FLORIDA Members of different greek chapters got the chance to compete with and against other chapters in the Greek Olympics Greek Week " Live From the Acropolis... " The theme of 1998 ' s Greek Week promised exciting events for all. Greek Week is a weeklong series of events aimed at promoting unity among the Greek community and improving the relationship between Greeks and independents. It ' s not just about the array of activities that take place. It ' s also about giving back to the community. Greek Week donates canned goods, toys, and money to the Alachua County Boys and Girls Club. Greek Week has donated more money over the past two years than any other organization in Gainesville. Greek Week also gives life by means of the Civitan Blood Drive that takes place during the week. " I ' m glad that the Blood Drive was a part of Greek Week, " said Marissa Farina, a member of Alpha Epsilon Phi. " It ' so important to give life back. " Greek Week 1998 was sponsored by the National Greek Leadership Honorary, Order of Omega. Competition was split between fraternities an sororities. Organizations could gain points by penny voting, by wearing letters, through the blood drive and by attending or participating in sports games. The Nike Ruese, a Shoe program, takes all donated rubber soled shoes, and uses them to make running tracks, playground surfaces, basketball courts and tennis courts for disadvantaged schools. BENEFITING THE BOYS GIRLS CLUB OF ALACHUA COUNTY) Greek Week was a chance for Greeks to come together in fun and service. The week started Sunday, February 22, with the opening ceremonies presentation of chapter presidents at the women ' s basketball game. Throughout the week organizations were actively involved with the various events. " All the activities during Greek Week were a lot of fun, " said Adam Levy, a member of Pi Kappa Phi. " It was great to interact with all the different organiza- tions. " " The Big Show " was on Thursday, February 26, at the Brick City Music Hall and featured local performers Big Sky, Leftover Salmon, Logan Tree and Chuck Carrier. The night also featured the SuperDance, where groups of fraternities and sororities competed with song and dance routines. Saturday, February 28, concluded Greek Week with the Greek Games at Lake Alice field. The day started with members from each fraternity and sorority donating time to children from the Boys and Girls Club. The games started at 12:30 p.m. and featured games like the egg toss, the wheelbarrow race, spin the bat and tug-of-war. " I think Greek Week is the most important time for Greek organizations, " said Betsy Caire, a member of Chi Omega. " It unites us and lets us give back to the community. " 202 Greeks Dancer ' s " put their soul in it " for 32 hours to raise money for Children ' s ' Miracle Network About 282 UF students boogied down and danced the weekend away April 4 and 5 at the 4th annual Dance Marathon. The students stood on their feet for 32 hours in the Stephen C. O ' Connell Center to raise money for the Children ' s Miracle Network. The longer the students stood, the more money they raised for CMN. Money from Dance Marathon helps fund medical equipment and preventative programs like bike safety week. Money also funds diversionary items, like toys to keep children ' s minds off scary medical procedures. Brenda Johnson, overall chairwoman for Dance Marathon, said almost all of the students remained standing at the end of the event, which helped raise more than $78,000. These students were not just standing around for 32 hours. The 600 members of the Dance Marathon staff worked for eight months to put the event together, had plenty of activities to keep the dancers occupied. Morale theme hours were planned to keep the students motivated. Country line dancing, swing dancing, Nike Field Day (soccer, basketball and relay games), Mardi Gras and beach theme hours were just a few of the activities. Local band, Logan Tree, and student acting group, Theatre Strike Force, performed for the students. At one point during the event, students went swimming in the O ' Connell Center pool. Jamie Lowe said she enjoyed her experience at Dance Marathon, and she Dance Marathon U N I V E R S I T Y O F FLORIDA Benefiting the Children ' s Miracle Network Dance Marathon especially like hearing the families speak. The families who spoke were those with children, known as miracle children, who have benefited from the funds Dance Marathon raises every year. " It gave me a new perspective to understand the stress a family with a sick child goes through, " she said. " It was nice to hear the families speak because I could actually see who I was helping. " Johnson said that was one of the reasons she enjoys being a part of Dance Marathon. " Actually seeing the families ' faces, hearing their stories and getting to interact with them was a neat experience, " she said. Lowe also said that she had a chance to talk and dance with some of the miracle children. " Meeting the children was inspirational, especially after the 26th hour when you need to keep going, " Lowe said. " Meeting them and seeing them talk, play, smile and have a good time gives you the inspiration to keep going. " She said the students are required to stand for 32 hours to symbolize what the parents of the miracle children go through. " When you have a child who is sick, even though you may not feel like it, you can ' t give up after 24 hours, " she said. " You have to keep going. " The Dance Marathon Overall Committee Cathy Morrison, Julie Johnson, Shannon Domeier, Josh Doyle, Reshma Parwani, Angela Eddleman, Alicia Chapman, Dan Ahearn, Brenda Johnson, Julie Harrell, Chris Mullin, Melissa Rowker, Adam Wolrich, Valerie Pope. A Dance Marathon Dancer takes some time to spend with one of the children. Stephen C. O ' Connell Center University of Florida April 4-5, 1998 Noon Saturday- 8pm Sunday The themes for Dance Marathon 1998 were, " Put Your Soul Into It " and " Danc- ing for Dreams ... Rhythm Not Required. " Greeks 203 Division Page 205 Gator Groups Third period on Monday morning and suddenly your life flatlines. The memory of academic life sends you spiraling into a marish daydream, where you yearn to be home watching Regis and Kathy Lee, eating a meatloaf sandwich in your Air Supply t-shirt. • past the University • Florida ' s inde- pendent momentarily pausing to wonder who might crave the answers badly enough to dial the 900 number at the bottom. Your eyes glaze over the page and then back again, and sud- denly you focus. The Agnostics for Hanson Club meets tonight at 7, and you find comfort in knowing that others suffer to wonder if little Zachary • be god. Then again, maybe you simply decided to • the Maybe math club. the math club and the • • Hanson are having a algebra. debate to prove Zachary ' s existence using Maybe not. Regardless, everyone seemed to find a niche. A campus as large as UF necessarily includes a great many inter- ests, and we celebrated those interests by • ; clubs and organizations. These choices defined our college rience. We embraced our common interests and celebrated our diversity. We forged new hobbies and found new friends. We invited the opportunities UF presented us with and surprised ourselves with what we made of them. We shaped our lives in the image of ourselves, in the image of what we hoped to become. We involved ourselves in the choices that would become our lives, choices that would not be made for us, but by us. We wondered if little Zachary could indeed be Leading a student population of over 40,000 is no easy job. Student Government Executive Branch These three accepted the challenge in the 1997-1998 school year. Student Body President Christopher Dorworth Student Body President Chris Dorworth is a Political Science major form Orlando, Florida. As president, , Chris ' responsibilities have included overseeing the adm inistration of an $8 million dollar budget and coordinating three branches of Student Government with over 400 student positions. He also appointed all student members of University Committees and ha represented the student body at local, state and national levels. While president, Chris served two consecutive terms as chairman of the Florida Student Association, representing over 220,000 students attending Florida ' s ten state universities. Chris helped improve the image and strength of the Florida Student Association, directing the legislative agenda and coordinating a statewide FSA convention in Tallahassee. As Student Body Vice President, Eric directly oversaw and coordi- nated the activities of the twenty-six cabinets to ensure their pro- grams and events were running effectively and efficiently. The cabinets address various issues throughout the year ranging from Campus Safety to Multicultural Affairs through quality program- ming and a wide variety of service that benefit the entire Student Body. He also assisted the President in administrative decision and performing Student Government business. Eric has been involved in many different facets of Student Govern- ment during his time at UF. He was elected to the Student Senate in 1994, where he served as vice chairman of the Information and Investigation Committee. He was the Community Political Affairs Cabinet Director in 1995-1996. Eric, finance major from Jupiter, Florida, graduat ed in May 1998. As Student Body Treasurer, Brent served as the Chief Financial Officer and overseer of the entire Student Government Budget, which totals over $8 million. In this role Brent helped revise the financial operation of Student Government and chaired the Florida Student Association initiative to standardize financial procedures throughout the State University System. As chairman of the ational Sports Board, he helped secure approval of a $5 million addition to he Southwest Recreation and Fitness Center. Brent earned his Bachelors degree in Political Science in 1997, when he graduated as the Outstanding Male Leader. He is now enrolled in a graduate program in Counselor Education. Brent, a native of Boca Raton, is also a member of the University of Florida Hall of Fame and the inaugural class of College Leadership Brent has served in many campus activities, including ACCENT Speakers Bureau, Reitz Union Board of Managers and the Student Senate, where he was the Budget Committee Chairman. Student Body Treasurer Brent Alan Gordon r r Student Body Vice President Eric Lasso 206 Organizations Cabinet Directors Larry Sherman and Matthew Kelly serve Coca-Cola to students at the Student Government sored Summer Fest Cabinet Directors Rick Fobair and Clay Scweger take a break after a hard day of work at mer Fest, just one of the many activities the SG Cabinet put on. The 1997-1998 Cabinet Directors after serving food at Summer Fest. Vice President Eric Lasso and Cabinet Directors Jen Cardon and Julie Nadler. Organizations 207 Rewriting statues, forming committees, drafting legislations. Student Government Legislative Branch all in a days work for the 80 members of the UF Student Senate Student Senate President John T. McGovern John McGovern, a native of West Palm Beach and a second-year Law School student, served two terms as Student Senate President. John, who graduated with a bachelors degree in Political Science, led the 80 member body and was responsible for rest ructuring the outdated committee system in the Student Senate. John was selected as a member of the UF Hall of Fame and is a past member of the Reitz Union Board of ers. John was also elected Student Body President for the 1998-1999 school year. Vicki, a native of Tallahassee, Florida, served as Senate President Pro-Tempore in the Fall of 1997. As Senate President Pro-Tempore, Vicki chaired the Replacement and Agenda Committee, which placed senators into va- cated senate seats and committee seats. The Replacement and Agenda Committee was also responsible for approving the senate agenda. In addition, Vicki stood in as Senate President in the event of the President ' s absence or if the President was presenting a bill. Spring Senate Pro-Tempore Ian Lane Ian Lane, a native of Coral Springs, Florida, served as the Spring Senate President Pro-Tempore. An accounting major, with a 4.0 in his program, Ian has been very in- volved in Student Government. Ian also chaired the Re- placement and Agenda Committee. In addition, Ian has served in the University of Florida Honor Court and on numerous University Committees. Ian, an active volunteer at the St. Francis House, Shands Hospital ER, the Ronald McDonald House and with tat for Humanity, also works as the chief Karate instructor for the Gainesville Health and Fitness Center. Ian, the 1997 World Karate Champion, was also elected Student Body Treasurer for the 1998-99 school year. Fall Senate Pro-Tempore Vicki Vogt 208 Organizations Senate President John T. McGovern and Pro-Tempore Vicki Vogt lead a Tuesday night Senate meeting. Senate President John T. McGovern and Pro-Tempore Vicki Vogt take a break during a long Senate meeting. The Fall 1997 Student Senate Budget Chairman George M. Committee Chairman pose be- Kramer goes over the proposed fore a meeting. budget with Senate Secretary Glenda Frederick. Organizations 209 Entertaining UF students is a full time job for Accent SGP. ACCENT; SGP TOWER The UF yearbook reminded us all of the " Greatness " that surrounds us. ACCENT Chairman Andrew Rosin ACCENT Chairman Andrew Rosin ' s responsibilities include coordinating and planning all ACCENT speeches. As chairman, Andrew brought George Stephanopolous, Bob Dole, MTV ' s Lovelines, the Affirmative Action De- bate, John Singleton, William B. Davis and Bob Woodward to the University of Florida. He maintains a large staff as well as the largest budget of any student-run speakers bureau in the Untied States. Andrew, an Agribusiness Management major from Sarasota, is also involved in the Citrus Club. SGP Chairman Michael Caborn Student Government Productions Chairman Michael Caborn books and pro motes concerts at the University of Florida. He supervises the largest concert promotions budget of any university in the nation. This year he helped to bring entertainers such as Fiona Apple, The Wallflowers, Busta Rhymes, Branford Marsalis, and the Indigo Girls to campus. Michael is a third year University of Florida Law student from Orlando, Florida. TOWER Yearbook Editor Natasha Phillips Natasha Phillips is the Editor-in-Chief of The Tower, the University of Florida ' s annual yearbook. Under her leadership, a new staff of UF students worked together to produce this year ' s edition of The Tower. Tasha is a graduate student in Mass Communications and Political Campaigning and received her BS in Public Relations and Sports Administration from UF in 1996. An AOII and former student senator, Natasha is also a member of the UF Hall of Fame and is the 1998 Gator Growl Producer. i 210 Organizations The Student Government Pro- ductions Logo is indicative of the fun and lively shows they bring to UF. Yearbook Photo Editor Billy Mader is hard at work on a lay- out. In addition to taking pho- tos, Billy also wrote stories. Most TOWER staffers did more than one job. Hard Work The ACCENT Speakers Bureau Staff and Featured Speaker and former Senator Bob Dole There is no denying the amount of work that goes on behind closed doors on the third floo r of the Union. And three of the hard- est working organiza- tions on campus call the third floor home. Accent, Student Government Produc- tions, and The Tower Yearbook not only have offices right next to each other, they also have members who spend unlimited hours working on produc- tions meant to entertain and inform the student body of the University of Florida. Accent functions as the largest student-run speakers bureau in the nation. Every year, its members work to- gether to bring promi- nent speakers from across the country to campus. With seven departments and nearly 100 active bers, it is obvious why Accent is successful in bringing influential persons to UF. Student Govern- ment Productions, or SGP, also has a large staff at its disposal. SGP members coordi- nate their efforts to bring big-name enter- tainers to campus and the community. This year ' s entertainment included The Wall- flowers and the Indigo Girls, as well as Busta Rhymes and Branford Marsalis. Together with Accent, SGP helps to entertain and en- lighten students at UF. The Tower Year- book staff also works long hours in order to bring information and entertainment to bers of UF ' s campus. Starting in August, staffers cover every as- pect of campus life, from graduating se- niors to Gainesville ' s night life. Through hard work and dedica- tion, the eleven mem- bers of The Tower Yearbook staff have given all Gators a chance to remember 1997 and 1998 for years to come. Organizations 211 The Band not only entertains UF at each home game The Pride of the Sunshine but also provides the opportunity to form lasting friendships The presence of the band is always a welcome sight at any football game, and this year was no ex- ception as the " Pride of the Sunshine " took its place in the North Endzone bleachers of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. The 350 member musical en- semble, along with the Gatorettes and Flag Core, made appearances at ev- ery home football game and even traveled to a few away games. Being a member of the " Pride of the Sunshine " isn ' t all fun and games, however. Prospective members travel from high schools across the coun- try to try-out for a posi- tion. Once the new band is assembled, members go through a harrowing ex- perience known as Band Camp, a one week, twelve hour-a-day event, where members learn the pre- game show and work on a routine for the opening football game. During the season, practices are held four days a week for two to three hours each. The amount of work that band members put into their craft is a big part of both their fame and their suc- cess at Florida Field. Allison Williams, a Freshman piccolo player, says that being in the band isn ' t all about hard work, though. She thinks that the best part about being a band member is the so- cial aspect. Despite its size, ev- eryone knows each other and each individual sec- tion is really close. For Allison, the friends she made in band were defi- nitely worth the time spent working towards perfection. This combination of exertion and friendship is what has made Florida ' s Marching Band the un- disputed " Pride of the Sunshine. " The Pride of the Sunshine per- formed at the 1998 Citrus Bowl on January 2, in Orlando, Florida. The band was always a great start for Gator faithful. Freshman Alison William, played the piccolo with the band. Performing with the Pride of the Sunshine was a highlight of her freshman year, she said. 212 Organizations The University of Florida Gatorettes helped the band cheer on the Gators to victory. The Gatorettes are an exciting part of the band ' s half-time shows. This Gatorettes salutes the crowd at the 1998 CompUSA Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida. The band often traveled to many games with the football team. The Pride of the Sunshine band played for the more than 80,000 Gator fans in the Swamp each home game. The band could ways be counted on to get the crowd going. Band members and twirlers flawlessly executed the many different formations in each tine. Working together the two groups along with the color guard, demonstrated why they are called " The Pride of the shine. " Organizations 213 Promoting cultural awareness and opportunities. . ISA, NOBCChE VISA these three enhanced the lives of their fellow students. The newly elected executive officers had a mission to take ISA to new levels, to reach out to all the new members, and to boldly go where no ISA had gone before. This year started off with the Holi Picnice. We ordered dyes and got together at Lake Wahlburg. We had over 100 people show up. The event in store was the ISA ICEC party sponsored by Mr. Dilip Barot. We provided free food and a live DJ. Everyone had a good time. Over the summer and through the fall we have built closer relations with ICEC by appointing ICEC liaisons. ICEC has just finished building the Indian Students Center on 13th St. The building is beautiful and provides excellent facilities for student During the Fall semester, one of our main objectives was to get as many freshman and sophomores involved in ISA as possible. So our membership committee did a real good job of publicizing ISA and we had our first ISA social for them. Another program started was the Big Brother-Big Sister Program which was also a success. National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists Chemical Engineers NOBCChE was founded by seven professionals in 1972 and incorporated in as a non-profit professional society. NOBCChE was established to develop and carry e programs to assist blacks in realizing their full potential in the fields of chemistry and chemical engineering, both academically and professionally. Our vision is to be the sock of choice for minority chemists and chemical engineers and their employers by helping the to optimize their scientific and technical contributions. Today, the society has approximate 4000 scientists, engineers, and others dedicated to promoting the disciplines of chemist and chemical engineering with in the community. The NOBCChE chapter at the UF was established in the fall of 1995, and is open all students. Our objectives include recruitment and retention of black students in science and engineering-related programs, continued professional development, and community involvement of professionals to increase public interest in scientific disciplines. In addition our outreach initiatives include working with the SECME program at Lincoln Middle School For more information, please contact NOBCChE-UF at nobcche@grove.ufl.edu. VISA is an organization of International and American students that are involved in promoting the awareness for international diversity at the University of Florida. VISA also serves as an umbrella organization with 24 nationality clubs under it. VISA, with more than 2500 student members, is one of the largest and most respected student organizations on the UF campus. VISA acts as a unifying body between all its nationality clubs. It also works as a liaison between international students and nationality clubs to Student Government. Furthermore, VISA organizes several cultural events throughout the year. The most prestigious event is the International Talent Show that takes place during Month in the Spring. For about 36 years this event has attracted students and from all over the world to participate. VISA is actively involved with and graduate students...so come join us! Volunteers for International Student Affairs Indian Student Association 214 Organizations During the VISA Pageant, Hajar Delshad, Miss Arabic, performs a cultural dance for the talent portion of the pageant. The VISA Pageant allows the members to display their culture and heri- tage. Members of the Indian Student Association display cultural clothing at Indian Awareness Week. Indian Awareness Week was co-sponsored by Student Government. Keisha Wilson, Michelle Fletcher and Dupont Co. Representatives during the 1997 NOBCChE tional Awards Banquet ISA officers with Jitendra Mistra, the Deputy Consulate General, at the new ICEC building on 13th Street. Organizations 215 Providing education for the UF and Gainesville communities . Celebration, GEMS Rotaract These three championed arts, emergency medical services and service Celebration Celebration is a student-run celebration of the arts. The events are held in the spring semester, but the staff begins working in and December to plan the event. Co-Sponsored by Omicron Delta Kappa, Friends of Celebration and Student Government. Events held in 1998 included a country concert by Rick Trevino, a poetry reading and literary contest. There was also a student art contest and Celebration helped with the Santa Fe Art show. Celebration also sponsored a Improv Night and a Amateur Show at the Swamp. They also held event such as a Story Time at Baby Gator and a Downtown Kids Day. Gators Interested in Emergency Medical Services Gators interested in Emergency Medical Services (GEMS) was founded on October 31, 1997, by a group of University of Florida students who are also members of Alachua County Fire Rescue BIKe Team. The Basic Life Support Immediate Kare (BIKe Team is responsible for supplementing the existing EMS system on the UF campus and at select local events. The main purpose of GEMS is to provide education to the UF community about emergency medical services. GEMS also focuses on raising awareness about EMS in order to increase campus safety. This past year we have had speakers including ShandsCair Flight nurse medic and local county paramedics. We have also successfully sponsored a CPR First Aid class with the Student Health Care Center. Next year we plan on offering this training to 200 students at no cost. Through cooperative arrangement with Alachua Country Fire Rescue Reserve, GEMS members can be trained as Emergency Medical First Responders. This allows them to volunteer on the BIKe Team and other Alachua County Fire Rescue medic units. GEMS is unique amon pre-professional organizations in that we offer the opportunity for real hands-on experience to our members. Rotaract Park cleanups, river cleanups, walk-a-thons, dinners at the Ronald McDonald House and many other volunteer efforts are the basis of Florida Roaract at the University of Florida. As a service organization, Rotaract its efforts on reaching out to the community and campus through donations time, money, and skills. Of course, friendship and fun accompany the many service projects an ' encourage other Rotaract gatherings like barbeques, potluck dinners, and outings. Affiliated with the Greater Gainesville Rotary Club, members have access to and international Rotary business professionals. Through these ties, encourages and welcomes students from every origin. In Rotaract, members are encouraged to promote altruism, leadership and respect in themselves an in all they do. By doing this, members share fond memories and relationships which last a lifetime. 216 Organizations The Celebration Directors worked hard to put on an out- standing festival of the arts, cluding art shows, country singer Rick Trevino, Literary contests, banner contests, poetry readings and dancing lessons. A member of the Gators Inter- ested in Emergency Medical vices practices CPR on a dummy. GEMS offered CPR courses to prepare students terested in emergency medical care with proper techniques. Rotaract members during a cent Adopt-A-River Cleanup. Current Problems Inc. sponsors Adopt-A-River, a volunteer ef- fort to clean waterways. Gators Interested in Emergency Medical Services and President John Lombardi pose for a quick picture. Organizations 217 Turning academic interests into social service opportunities AKPsi, Fisher School of Accounting Council UF Forestry Club these three groups exemplified extra-curricular Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity-The condition of relation of brother hood; brotherly affection. How does the Alpha Phi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi express their brotherly affection? We believe in the true values of Alpha Kappa Psi. B Brotherhood - Leadership - Unity - Education We demonstrate our brotherhood affection through weekly networking functions. These functions help the pledgehood along with the brotherhood. As you know networking skills are essential in the business field and these functions are a great place to start. Our brotherhood along with fellow pledges take part in our community here at the University of Florida. Some community service projects included Boys and Girls Club Day, Serving food at St. Francis House, Adopt-A-Highway, Walk America, and numerous collection drives. The Alpha Phi Chapter, which was established on January 22, 1926, has a history of prominent alumni such as J. Wayne Reitz (former president of UF), Robert King High (former Mayor of Miami), Miller Caldwell (former Governor of Florida), and Ralph Turlington (former State Education Commissioner) to name a few. We look up to this alumni as we strive to become stronger fraternity. Fisher School of Accounting Council The Fisher School of Accounting Council (FSOAC) is a great way for accounting students to get involved. It provides an opportunity for accounting majors to interact with other accounting majors, while learning about different aspects and applications of Accounting. The Council is comprised of an executive board and five committees. On the executive board this semester are: Kevin Jacobs, President; John Haven, Vice President; Liz Marullo, Treasurer; Emily Gallacher, Secretary; and Valerie Klinker, Secretary. The tees include Fundraising which raises money for the Council; Athletics which participates in intram ural sports; Trip which plans the annual Spring Trip; Newsletter which puts together a newsletter twice a semester; and Technology which keeps track of the new computer equipment. FSOAC participates in many activities. It hosts Fall Orientation, which acquaints new accounting majors with the Fisher School and different accounting organizations and also the Spring Banquet which recognizes outstanding graduate accounting students. It also participates in the annual Faculty vs. Students softball game and plans an annual Spring Trip, in which students travel and visit different firms that hire accounting majors. This spring the firms include: Arthur Andersen, Deloitte and Touche, Georgia Pacific and the US Treasury. In addition, meetings are held bi-weekly and usually include a guest speaker. The UF Forestry Club The Forestry Club is a social organization of 33 active members, mostly upper division students at the School of Forest Resources and Conservation. We are a charter member of the Association of Southern Forestry Clubs, who have met annually for the past 41 years at the ASFC Conclaves to compete in both technical forestry events, as well as traditional " lumberjack " sports such as pole felling , crosscutting, and log birling. This year we raised funds through pulpwood cuts and our annual Christman Tree Sale to pay for our trip to the 1998 Conclave hosted by Virgina Tech on March 26-29. The Forestry Club promotes study as well as interaction and teamwork between students through our practice and competition, and also attends presentations by professionals in the field of forest management who assist with networking. 218 Organizations Two Members of Alpha Kappa Psi, stop to capture an evening of fun on film. Alpha Kappa Psi held their Late Night with Alpha Kappa Ps ito tighten the bonds of broth- erhood they share with each other. Brotherhood is one of the vital aspects of Alpha Kappa Psi. Members of Alpha Kappa Psi sit with the gifts they gathered for one of their many service projects. Alpha Kappa Psi members are in- volved in many service projects such as Boys and Girls Club and St. Francis House. Tell Alpha Kappa Psi members Karen and Dee pause for a few minutes during a busy day of meetings and lectures. The University of For- estry Club members participated in the American Heart Walk with KTK. Organizations 219 The univer sity ' s oldest and most prestigious leadership honorary Florida Blue Key, Gator Growl Homecoming gives much to UF including Gator Growl and Homecoming Florida Blue Key The University of Florida ' s oldest and most prestigious leader ' ship honorary is best known for its alumni and for putting on Gator Growl and Homecoming. What most may not know is that this organization also sponsors the Miss UF Scholarship Pageant, awarding over $3000 in scholarships to deserving women at the university. The chapter also awards scholarships to high school leaders attending UF. In addition, through Divisions the chapter hosts the largest student run debate tournament and donates countless hours at the Ronald McDonald House and bringing Gainesville ' s underprivileged children to UF sporting events. Left: Spring Florida Blue Key President Josh Weingard congratulate Marjorie Reitz Turnbull, daughter of J. Wayne Reitz on her honorary membership. The largest student run pep rally in the world has grown from its meager beginnings as a small bonfire on Dad ' s Day. The 1997 Producer Grier Pressley and 1998 Producer Natasha Phillips continued to strive for only the best for the sity of Florida ' s claim to fame. The Florida Blue Key sored event is more than just a pep rally thrown together. The producers along with their Associate Producers, Natasha Phillips, Andrea Goldfarb and WJ Rossi in 1997 and Sheada Madani, Paul Bernstein and Kristin Wotocek in 1998 work with their over 20 directors and 300 staff members for over a year to put on the light and sound extravaganza The best celebration of its kind, the University of Florida Homecoming Week, sponsored by Florida Blue Key, does not happen overnight. A group of hardworking work almost an entire year to bring events of all kinds to the campus for students, alumni and fans. From the Swamp Party to the Orange and Blue Open, events for everyone fill the week. Headed by General Chairman Mike Schmidt in 1997 and Lance Karp in 1998 the tradition of excellence was held high. Each oversaw three Associate General Chair ' men, over 30 directors and coordinators and over 300 volunteers. Gator Growl Homecoming 220 Organizations Members of Florida Blue Key and Florida Blue Key Division tors provided a day of UF base- ball and fun for some of the Gainesville community ' s less tunate children. FBK also spon- sored children for the Orange and Blue Football game. Divisions Coordinator Nikki Fried, Divisions Director Tracy Reinman and other Division rectors and Florida Blue Key members enjoyed cooking din- ner for the Ronald McDonald House. Florida Blue Key Divi- sions sponsored many service projects. a !s :s e Florida Blue Key Fall Executive officers, President Ron Laface, Historian Jackie Kitts, Secretary Kristin Wotocek, Vice-President Teresa Clark and Treasurer Ryan Chandler Gator Growl Producer, Associ- ate Producer, Directors and Staff members watch as the 1997 Gator Growl stage is lifted into place. A few setbacks were en- countered by the staff, but come for a great show. P 11 Organizations 221 Great We meet a great many people in our lives. The vast majority we never do. On our own campus, the faces we pass each day are largely unfamiliar. It was hardly realistic to expect anything differ- ent. Our campus itself was in many cases larger than the towns from which we came. Yet the faces we passed, whether familiar or unfamiliar, were the cover art for lives as great as our own. What was to become of the people we never knew? Of the faces we passed unwittingly? Where did they come from and where were they going, and what was up with that kid ' s hair? How could we know if the person we passed was destined to change world history or World Championship Wres- tling. Whatever the case, we knew something of them. We knew they were intelligent. We knew they were determined. We knew they were smarter than our best friends who went to Florida State. In this respect there was at least some sense of familiarity. Yet the great majority of their lives would forever remain a mystery. Even the friends we thought we knew, would go on to lead lives we ' d never hear from. And perhaps those we had never known, would go on to lead lives we could not escape. So here is a welcome to the faces we never knew, and those few we forgot. Gators Page 1996 HALL Ansley Battaglia Hunter Carroll Jonathan Paul Kilman Ingrid Lim Gabrielle Malman Natasha Hope Phillips Jennifer Rusnak Christy Steinway 224 People OF FAME Brent Gordon Adam Hall Heather Jackson Lisa Medford Husam Monem Ken Nunamaker Tracie Underwood Jason Watters People 225 1997 HALL Derek Bruce Chris Dorworth Victor Howard Michael Cotzen Laura Dennard Jack Keller Susan Kennedy John McGovern Melinda Aquino Chris Nash Pam Sherman Brandi Skipalis Adam Slipakoff Gary Slossberg 226 People OF FAME Chris Fuller Patricia Gandia Brian Harris Julie Imanuel Brenda Johnson Harvey Oyer Lauren Ploch Grier Pressly MaeLy Salas Michael Schmidt Jocelyn Steiner Lex Taylor Daniel Tressler Kristin Wotocek People 227 Dama Abshier Michael Alexander Jaime Allentuck Lissette Alonso Charles Anderson Teneshia Ashley Jennifer Atencia Shana Auerbach Melissa Axel Jesus David Ballestas Terry Bannister Selena Barber Christopher Bassil 228 People Jessie Bech Roxann Beneby Michelle Bente Michelle Berrigan Luis Bentancourt Rachel Beyda Marie Bien-Aime Rose Marie Black Jennifer Blankenship Allison Bloom Edward Boateng Jodi Bock Aaron Bode Gregory Bolanowski Olga Joyce Bomberger Raeanne Borgia Angela Bowling Christopher Boyes Douglas Brenner People 229 Debra Brooks Mary Louise Brophy Elliot Brown Eric Brown Kimberly Bruce Alisson Burke Kelly Burton Samantha Butler Amy Byington Julie Callahan Christine Campbell Zach Canaday Denielle Caparco 230 People Jeffrey Carmignani Alan Lebou Carner Elizabeth Castro Todd Cayer Vincent Cheng Beverly Childress Nisa Cirulnick Valerie Clark Allison Clarke Bryan Coffey Marni Cogan Kyler Cohen Ryan Colker Budge Collinson Sara Connolly Rachel Cook La Tasha Cooper Kelly Cortelyou Christine Cowles People 231 Christine Cox Erin Crider Jennifer Cruise Roman Czeiniak Jessie Dalton Reva Damron Eric Daniels Navin Deendyal Lisa Dell Joe Desousa Eduardo Diaz Javier Diaz Rebecca Disilvestro 232 People George Douglas William Droste Fraces Dunagan Jennifer Duncan Beth Dvorchik Monica Espitia Gina Etienne Natalie Eusacne Gabriel Everhart Dana Federici Justin Fedora Todd Feitlin Dino Fernandez Aruni Fernando Monica Ferrandaz Robyn Fink Neal Finkler Cristie Fitzgerald Janine Fletcher People 233 Bethsalda Fourcand Mary Fritch Sarah Gaik Dominque Gallagher Shirley Gazabon Tavelin Glover Jennifer Goldberg Jennifer Gould Rosalie Greco Scott Greenfield Candace Griffin Jennifer Grimley Jill Fry Lori Fultz Johnny Grady Jr. Mauri Gray 234 People Beth Harvey Peter Hayes Rebecca Hayes Arnetta Haywood Arnie Heck Lea Helm Aaron Halley Steven Blake Harrison Jennifer Hickman Melanie Ho Jennifer Hoekman Chad Horowitz Thomas Hoshko Alison Hubka Kelley Huntley Christina Hwong People 235 Alvin James Sidney Johns Natasha Johnson Preeti Jois Sandy Joseph Danielle Kapp Chaitalee Kardini Lance Karp Kristina Kelly Francis Knepper Bruce Knowles Andrew Kohler John Kuehn Brian David Kwitkin Eve Law Nicole Lax 236 People Pei-Lin Lee Michelle Lefevre Tara Lein Mcalee Lemene Kristina Lesage Rodney Lewis Stehphen Linton-Smith Ilana Lipson Christian Lopez Lourdes Lorenzo Tak Pui Lou Michael Luyster Cynthia Lyles-Scott Vannessa Maldonado Michael Manak Carol Mannings People 237 Jeremy Marabile Erica Markovitz Stacie Marks Brent Marshall Cheryl Ann Martin Roseanne Martin Stacey Martin Joseph Massot Phillip May Shannon McCoy Marion McGrath Zandra McLaughlin Sharie Meier Angela Melvin Lisa Meyer Suzanne Michaels 238 People Jason Miller Seth Minsky Jon Miragliotta Myra Miranda Kathryn Moller Jocelyn Moore Sara Morandi Michael Morelli Sheila Morris Paige Morse James Mullins III Jennifer Murray Jon Nadler Danielle Nadrowski Damian Nastri Xiomara Navarro People 239 Natalie Nave Kimberline Nealy Veronica Nevarez Chelsea Newman Laura Nichols Lisa Nolan Nicole Nurse Linda Olive Diana Olsen Evelyn Ormsbee Jennifer Packing Jonathan Palma Laurie Pann O pal Patel Elizabeth Patino Jeffrey Paul 240 People Abigail Pellegrino Brian Peller Rebecca Pelley Shane Perkins Lorin Purcell Lisamar Ramos Maria Lya Ramos Cross Reardon Darlene Rema Jacob Richardson Shanette Riley Kelly Ring Canaria Pettis Thomas Pokornik Stacy Prince Lyndsie Propper People 241 Anjanette Rivera Tania Rivera Jaime Rodriguez Stephanie Rogulski Aaron Rosenberg Glory Ross Kaymi Ross Debra Rostorfer Heather Rowe Staci Rubinchik Karl Rybacki Israel Saari Reginald Saint-Fluer 242 People Carolyn Salazar Yamilee Sanchez Eric Sanders Brian Sandler Michelle Santamaria Craig Scarritt Laurie Dana Schaffer Heidi Schoenherr Kristie Schroeder Iraida Schutte Gabriel Schwartzman Kirsten Schwartz Allison Scott Geraldine Senelier Ruth Ann Sharp David Shaw Kevin Sheehan Ivan Shorter Jason Silverman People 243 Tony Simon Stacie Sims Jennifer Sisca Shamus Skelly Brandi Skipalis Cynthia Smith Rebecca Smith Shawn Smith Stacey Soloman Isabel Song Trudy Spence Aaron Spivey William Sprague Elizabeth Stone Susan Stowe Geoffrey Strack 244 People Shelly Sutton Gyula Szilagyi Stephen Tax Lex Taylor Nicole Taylor Sandra Ter Mors Ryan Thomas Alicia Thompson Tara Torkington Jahna Townsend Carlos Trivino Jenny Utter Katherine Vanhoose Emily Vasmer Frank Veldhuis People 245 Diahann Velez Joseph Ventura Yvonne Waddell Denise Wagner Avril Walker Monica Walker Katherine Walsh Bridgett Ward Justin Ward Rebecca Weeks Megan Weigal Joshua Weingard Christopher West 246 People Jason Westin Clint White Pamela Weiner Odiesha Williams Heather Wilson Emily Withers Allison Wolford Alyse Wolfson Valerie Woods Amanuel Worku Amanda Yingling Heather Young Lauren Young Beatrice Youngs Heather Zevator Ronnie Battle Alissa Guayana Brian Harr Rafael Kolic People 247 Michael Schaener Lamont Phillip May Kimberly Moore Scan Murphy Congratulations Tanya Joy on an AMAZING year at the University of Florida ! ! You have made us proud ! Mom, Dad, ShaSha and Treybo Congratulations William Sprague!! Your hard work has paid off. We are very proud of you and your accomplishments in the classroom and on the golf course at the University of Florida. Mom and Dad Jason Howey From the yearbook to football and from to Gator Growl you proved Nana Joy ounce CM 74R Gator • Memories •Good Times Gator Goodbyes The year ended unlike any other. Lost in the shuffle of • pag- eantry wisdom eyed goodbyes, was a year quite different than other. The end of a spring semester always brings with it the of age, the weariness of months better of work, and the nostalgia of our summer off, a life ahead and the finished canvas on which we ' ve printed our past nine months. What defined the year was everything that pro- ceeded. And for better or worse, this school year ended on the same note from which it began. The tide of bright-eyed optimism was forever subdued by the controversies and tragedies we suffered. And yet each time we seemed to emerge stronger. We refused to shy from our mistakes, refused to shrug away • . responsiblilities, refused to let the year weaken our resolve. Our experience, our naivete, was our advantage. We would not believe that our enthusiasm could be tempered - that our youth could be challenged. These would not be the years of despair, the days of consolation that ineveitable come as life matures. Those days would wait. We were in the midst of the most wonderful journey of our lives. We were crossing that last bridge from youth to adulthood, and the troubled waters below could not cloud the sun above or the expanse ahead. The bridge we crossed would for- ever determine our lives, and yet we did not flinch. We embraced one another, we sought life in friends and found it within ourselves. We would never forget the struggles,big or small, personal or larger than ourselves. • never forget the smiles and the fear that hid behind them. would forget never described. We would never forget this year, these years, our years at UF. We never would, because even in life, we were always reminded of " Gator Greatness! " The sun sets on the University of Florida campus, as the sun sets on yet another year. The Tower rises majestically through the middle of campus as a land- mark for all who visit our school. Oars _ j miles nation Special Thanks There are many people who have made this book a possibility and I am sure that we will leave some of them out. This year has been a long one, so we thank everyone who has helped us out throughout the 1997-98 year. Below are listed the ones we could remember, although we know there are many more. We apologize now for those we forget. Margret HG Alexander Stella Joe Touger Stephen C. O ' Connell Sharon Elvin Phillips Helen Ed Jennings Jr. Willis Bodine Tanya Trey Phillips Elizabeth Mark Meisel Steve Spurrier Jennifer Covell Jessie Justin Steinberg Kevin Carter John Sue Covell Mom Julie Alison Weaver Peyton Manning - NOT Sharon Covell Linda Tindale Lance Karp Gator Growl 1998 Staff Cori Cuttler Hunter Carroll Ryan Chandler Gator Growl 1997 Staff Sheada Madani John T. McGovern Keren Davies David Lancz Hershey Ian Lane Bob Carol Stoops Steve Malter Beau Terry Jackson Mackenzie Stoops Adam Hall Bounce Chris Dorworth Betty Ling Chamberlain High School Brent Gordon Eric Lasso Marvin Gibson Beanie Babies Lauren Bloom UF Student Senate Diosa Moran " Great " ful Dead Erin Ennis Pam Bourg Joanna Helm Tom Dianne Rives Alpha Omicron Pi Myra Morgan Dean Mike Farley Ashley Brian Tomasetti Tre ' Allen Lohse Beeland Nancy Sain TJ and Jennifer Rives Glenda Frederick Kathy Coach Bob Sanders Lara Gibson Sandy Vernon Jason Howey Hawes Adams UAA Sports Information Olivia Jeffries The NEW Tower Staff Associates Realty Corrine Brown Paulette Street Rex Glover James Bates Julie Donaldson Kara Sawicki Mike Hoffman Ryan Delafield Halle Kananack Bobbi Decot Our Computer Guys Paul Bernstein Janine Toner Lisa Nordby Finance Office Kristin Wotocek Ellen ' s Hallmark Pam Pfeifer Sharon Connell Jill Landers Kai Sommer Julie Jatczak John Cantlon Steve Dillon Glenn Piguet Kelly Amhrein Max Newell Nik Patel Melony Dillon Valerie Schneider-Christian Linda Williamson The Four Horsemen Billy Donovan Pamela Sherman Kareem Brantley Rachelle Schwartz Earl " eeeeee " English Carlina Terrana Ernie DuBose Melissa Braverman Jostens Victoria Zingarelli Herb Press Registrar ' s Office Jill Kovach Cori Strobel Dean Thomas Hill ACCENT the Budget Committee Becky Rich Dean Julie Sina Student Government Productions Tina Pescatrice Gina Montagnino (wubyA) Academic Publishing Kristin Carter Jesus Christ K risten Nimnicht Anthony Woodham Terri Feldman Michelle Dwyer Jill Soost (wuby A) Harriet Peebles Chris Todd Matt Goss Jacki Tran Joann Gonzalez Kevin Mayeaux Frosted Flakes Jenn Norris Florida Blue Key Chris Meyer UF Student Government Alexis Lambert Student Government Jack Felton Serena Underwood Michelle Francis Andrew " Trouble " Rosin Marilyn Roberts UF Student Senate Danielle Rugiero Grier Pressly John Wright AJ Sacardi 322 Special Thanks 1997-98 Tower Staff Natasha Hope Phillips - Editor in Chief Jennifer Covell - Co-Editor in Chief Tanya Joy Phillips - Business Manager Michael Bozza - People Editor Lora Brooks - Sports Co-Editor Katie Dononvan - Sports Co-Editor Sean Kane - Divisions Editor Michael Lamb - Photo Co-Editor William Mader - Photo Co-Editor Tanya Phillips - Organizations Editor Maritess Repiedad - Academics Editor Jenny Williams - Student Life Editor Jessica Lera - Photographer Writer Brianne Zulauf - Contributing Writer Jason Howey - Photographer Greatness lies not in never failing, but in rising everytime you fail - Gator Greatness Staff 323 COLOPHON The 1997-98 Tower Yearbook is the 16th edition of the official University of Florida yearbook. It was printed using Yeartech with Pagemaker by Jostens. The 324 page book has a trim size of 9x12. It is printed on 100 pound gloss finish paper. The cover is a litho cover. The copy is generally in Palantino, Garamound and Bookman. The Tower was sold from $45 to $50 depending on order date. Portraits were taken by Carl Wolf Studio of Philadel- phia, Pennsylvania. They can be reached at 1-800-969-1337. All business ads were sold by Academic Publica- tions, Inc of Sarasota. They may be reached at 1-800-730-9497. Financing for the Tower was provided through sales, advertising revenue, portrait revenue and Student Government. Tower is an agency of Student Govern- ment. Photographers used various film types which were developed by Carl Wolf, Eckerds, Harmons and Jason Howey. Tower was published by a volunteer staff of 13 this year. There is no expressed relation with any college or administration. The content of this book does not reflect the opinions of the University of Florida, Student Government, the student body, faculty or administration. No portion of this book may be reproduced without consent of the Editor. Please address all correspondence to Tower Yearbook; 300-69 JWRU; PO Box 118505; Gainesville, Florida 32611. The phone number is (352)392-1665 xt. 309. Thank you for purchasing the 1997-98 Tower, it will only get better from here on out! Tower History The University of Florida ' s first yearbook, The Seminole, first appeared in 1910. An original copy is still available in the UF archives. The Seminole, named because the staff thought it was an accurate reflection of Florida ' s past, pre-dated the Florida State University ' s selection of that same name as their mascot. There was no rivalry between the two schools then because UF was an all-male school and FSU was the Florida State College for Women. (Some argue it still is.) The Seminole was published from 1910 to 1973. In 1973, UF ' s newspaper, the alligator, moved off campus to become an independent publication. Until this time the Seminole and alligator shared a budget, office space and equipment. In 1973, publication of the Tower was suspended, in order to allow the alligator to get back on its feet. But the Seminole never reappeared. In 1983, a UF alumnus and Jostens representative rounded up a few interested students and began the restructuring of the yearbook. After wrestling its way through the obstacles, the new yearbook emerged. Named the Tower for the landmark Century Tower in the middle of campus, the book was reborn. Success did not come easy though and by 1989 the yearbook was about to go under once again. In the fall of 1989, a couple of freshmen joined the staff hoping to improve the struggling Tower Yearbook. Not aware of what they were in for, one of them became the editor of a small staff, with no office, in October of that year. The following two years saw the 1990 and 1991 magazine type yearbooks help quell the massive debt that the yearbook had fallen into. In 1992, Student Government made the yearbook an official agency of SG and gave it office space and funding. Although both were small, it was a beginning. The 1992 yearbook saw its setbacks, changeover of editors and missed deadlines. By 1994 the ' 94 and ' 95 books were being worked on simultaneously. In 1995, a new editor took the helm with the goal of reviving the lifeless book and its image. The 1995 book had paid for itself, so the 1996 book started on level ground. The book ' s size was increased. The 1997 book started with yet another editor, who realized it was too much to handle. A new editor took over in December and the book was behind from the get go. A small staff, late start, poor communication with SG and many other setbacks threatened to sink the ailing ship. In the Spring of 1997, a graduate student, Natasha Phillips, took over the book. A former UF senator, UF graduate and Gator Growl Program director but with no hard TOWER experience, she faced much controversy during the confirmation process in senate. But the SG Executive Committee decided that the book needed a new angle and new focus, so Natasha was confirmed. (Not to mention she was the only lunatic who applied.) The 1997 staff started with problems from the previous year. The 1996-97 books were not done, computers were missing and a camera has yet to be found at publication date. Due to the missed deadlines, the 1996-97 yearbook was mailed almost 2 months late. So while trying to save the publication and put out a new one, the staff was trying to appease unhappy customers from the year before. A freshman was selected as Editor, Jennifer Covell, and a new staff was assimilated. Writers who could twist words like you had never heard. Photographers who could capture any emotion. Layout artists who could manipulate a page like a magic wand. And hard workers, all hard workers who could do anything they set their mind to!! A new organization was emerging from the ashes of the previous year, fun and friendship was mixed in with the responsibility of the momentous task. Everyone worked on every section. Everyone was given some leadership responsibility and the book became that of the staff ' s and not just the editor ' s. Everyone had a part in every aspect from the theme to the cover. Great writing and photographic skills accompanied great layouts and a lot of heart, as the new staff dove into the experience. With the relationship between Miss Phillips and the rest of Student Government, better communication was established, and although the office space and funding remained small, the access and awareness increased. New equipment was purchased for the staff. New office and storage space was acquired and even new bulletin boards and shelves were installed. Continued work with the amazing advertising firm insured a book that would end up in the black. Insinuations of political maneuvers plagued the beginning of the book last year, and whatever the case the decision has produced a book that we are proud of, that will be delivered on time, that is reflective of the GREATNESS that UF is accustomed to. One thing that the previous staff said was true, " Tower can survive, with confidence, patience and a strange kind of love. " But even above that, the Tower can not only survive, but soar and reach the greatness that awaits it. The future Towers not only can be better, but will be better . . . hold on the best is yet to come. 324 Colophon History


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