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VANGUARD THE VOL. 51, NO. 15 “If it matters to the USA family, it matters to us.” NOV. 5, 2012 INSIDE Hurricane Sandy a “superstorm” By DENNIS MERSEREAU Hurricane Sandy, or “Superstorm Sandy” as many news outlets now call it, made landfall in New Jersey last Monday, taking a track feared by meteorologists and city planners for decades. The category one hurricane had winds of 80 miles per hour when it came ashore near Atlantic City, New Jersey, but the seemingly weak nature of the hurricane was deceptive. Sandy had the second largest wind field ever recorded in a hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean, producing tropical storm force winds 520 miles from the center of the storm (roughly the distance between Atlanta and Washington DC, for comparison) as it neared landfall. The sheer enormity of the hurricane’s wind field helped to create its most damaging aspect – the storm surge, or sea water, pushed inland by the strong winds. T he surge was three to almost 14 feet deep in spots along the New Jersey and New York coast, with a record 13.87 feet of water recorded in New York City’s Lower Manhattan during the height of the storm. The flooding that resulted was catastrophic. In just a few hours, many homes and businesses along the coast from North Carolina to New York washed away in the surge, seven of New York City’s 23 subway tunnels either fully or partially flooded with highly corrosive saltwater and the flood waters sparked a fire in the Breezy Point neighborhood of Queens, New York that burned down almost 100 homes. The storm’s widespread high winds See SANDY Page 4 USA Football heads to Texas Pictured: USAPD Chief Zeke Aull oversees the command center at the department. Opinion Editor draws the conclusion that the end of the world might not be so bad if it means no more political ads. Cassie Fambro | Editor-in-Chief USAPD defends controversial arrest By JAYSON CURRY The actions of USAPD and some of their officers has come into question after an incident with students last weekend. The incident with the Univesity of South Alabama Police happened when a group of USA students were being noisy and disruptive outside of the residence halls on campus after quiet hours, which begin at 8 p.m. According to many students that were at the scene, they were just having fun racing each other on foot when USAPD arrived and told them to leave. The officers allegedly called the students names, including some racial slurs, cursed and used unnecessary force when arresting one of the students. The USA student that was arrested was Stephon Jaquarious Owens, 19, of Montgomery. USA student Joshua Frye told The Vanguard when officers responded the situation became volatile. find us on Facebook “ TheVanguardUSA” “They threw punches,” Frye said. Frye also alleged that the officer put Owens in a choke hold. Another student, Laura Andrews also went on record saying Owens was put in a headlock. Stephanie DeRamus told The Vanguard that the officer used racial slurs including the n-word when dealing with the group which was comprised of predominantly African-Americans. After investigating this situation, USAPD chief Zeke Aull and USA dean of students Michael Mitchell say the accounts of the incident by the students are false. Dr. Mitchell was allowed to watch the video from the officer’s body-cam that was on the scene and said the police acted by the book and they did nothing questionable. All USAPD officers have been outfitted with cameras that record audio as well as video for situations such as this. "The officers arrived after many calls came from students in their dorms who couldn't study or sleep," Mitchell said. "We are supposed to create a safe Check out our digital edition See Opinion, page 12 and quiet learning environment for students who live on campus and these students were obviously having a good time but they were being loud enough to disrupt others after quiet hours." "As far as the accusations go from the students, I had a chance to watch the video of the incident as a third party person who isn't directly involved with the police department," Mitchell explained. "The officers did exactly what they are taught to do. They asked the students to leave the area multiple times in a polite manner. You can see there are students who aren't listening and continue to hang around." Mitchell and Aull both commented on conflicting stories of racial slurs and excessive forced used by the USAPD officers. "I saw one comment from a student that said there were punches thrown and another comment that said the student arrested was bleeding everywhere," Aull said. "That is just not true." "And what really bothers me is that See USAPD Page 2 Life, Page 6 Superhero comic book exhibit comes to the Museum of Mobile. See Life, page 6 Coaches give their opinions on student attendence at sporting events. See Sports, page 11 Library collecting donations By CASSIE FAMBRO For this holiday season, the University Library is sponsoring a “Will Read for Food” donation drive benefiting the Bay Area Food Bank. The library asks that non-perishable food items be brought to the Circulation Desk on the first floor of the University Library. The University Library will be collecting food donations from Monday, November 5 - Friday, Nov. 30. In this Issue: Sports, Page 9 Opinion, Page 12

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