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Tuesday, November 20, 2007 (5:33 pm)

Gonzales Visits UF; Protestors Cause Ruckus

Filed under: Alligator,News,Photography,Politics,UF — daweathaman @ 5:33 pm

By Charles E. Roop

Last night was another interesting time when it comes to guest speakers at UF. First, the Tasering of UF telecommunications student Andrew Meyer back in September during a John Kerry forum. Last night, it’s protestors from Alberto Gonzales’ speech held by ACCENT.

I got some photos of protestors possing as Abu Ghraib prisoners in front of the Phillips Center of Performing Arts on the UF campus. I let Alligator staff photographer Scott Robertson cover the main event.

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While I was at the office listening to the police scanner, I heard on a tactical channel people screaming and someone on the radio yelling “get him off the stage.” I immediately knew what was going on. We monitored it for a while and listened for chaos for a few minutes. About ten minutes later, I called Scott to see what went down. Sure enough, two students went on the stage and were dragged away by UFPD.

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For more on what happened, check out the article by Alligator Writer Devin Culclasure.

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Thursday, September 20, 2007 (3:51 pm)

THE SHOCK HEARD AROUND THE WORLD.

Filed under: Alligator,Current Affairs,Journalism,Life,News,Photography,Politics,UF — daweathaman @ 3:51 pm

By Charles E. Roop

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I knew that Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) was coming to the University of Florida to speak for at least a few weeks. I did not think it would be a big event since Kerry was not running for office and has fell to the bottom politically. Republicans are not the only ones who don’t have fond feelings of the former presidential nominee. I sent two photographers to the event. One of them was Andrew Stanfill, the assistant photo editor at the Alligator.

Knowing that things were covered, I spent my day doing the usual going to classes and finding people to cover photo assignments for  Tuesday’s edition. After spending three hours straight in classes – starting at 1:55 p.m. – I went to the Alligator to figure out what was going in the paper before the budget meeting. I walk into a newsroom with people talking with some excitement and amazement in people’s voices. I asked what was going on and I was given the news. UF student Andrew Meyer was Tasered during the forum after acting erratic. I found the video on the Gainesville Sun website and was amazed from what I have seen (see the video on YouTube).

I prayed to God that Stanfill got good shots of what happened…and it turns out that it did. Alligator staff placed a breaking story on the website with Andrew’s photo at the top of this post. Soon, the Miami Harold called the newsroom asking if they could use Andrew’s photo off the website. We agreed. At the same time, we thought about posting two of his best photos on the Associated Press wire. Just minutes after the photo made it on the wire, it spread like wild fire all over the internet. It was on the front page of Fox News’ website.

I was really proud of Stanfill for his great photography. He was ready for the moment that no one expected.

By time Tuesday came along, it made national news and was the top story of the day at the Alligator.

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In the next blog entry, I will highlight what went on that day from the protests to Meyer’s release from jail.

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