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April 26, 2012

Volume 80 No. 29

Student newspaper of the University of North Alabama



OF 2011-2012 4]Ka*MZZa


The April 27, 2011 tornadoes that ravaged north Alabama have forever impacted the people living in the Shoals and throughout the state. Many UNA students, faculty and staff members were affected by the storms that killed 246 state residents, according to recent data by Alabama Governor Robert Bentley. The destruction of the tornadoes

forced many residents to work to rebuild their lives and homes after the devastation that occurred last year. UNA officials esablished the Caring for the Pride fund last year in response to the April tornadoes. The university also secured a $15,000 grant to provide relief to UNA students impacted by the storms. The Flor-Ala editorial staff has ranked the tornadoes as the top UNA story of the last year. Read more about the April 27 anniversary on page 2A.

1. Tornado outbreak across Alabama photos by KAYLA SLOAN, MALISA MCCLURE, AND BARRY MINOR I Student Media Photographers

Hundreds of people were affected by the deadly tornadoes that ravaged parts of north Alabama April 27, 2011.

2. Trustees vote yes to Division I The UNA board of trustees voted in a 6-3 decision June 13 in favor of the transition to Division I athletics, despite opposition from students and faculty.

3. Campus mourns student deaths

4. Bowden leaves, Wallace returns

5. Police see more campus robberies

UNA students Daniel Smith, Chad Silcox and Haley Mauldin passed away during the past year. Many paid tribute to the students with different events.

Former coach Terry Bowden left the Lions for Akron during the holidays. Bobby Wallace returned in January, sparking excitement in many UNA football fans.

Officials saw an uptick in the number of armed robberies on campus. In the past year, three armed robberies have taken place at UNA.

6. New construction on rise 7. Chinese partnership at UNA 8. QEP & SACS reaccreditation The new George S. Lindsey theater was built, and officials are now looking to start construction on the science building and academic commons later this year.

An international agreement was signed by President Bill Cale to form a partnership with Shenqi Ethnic Medicine College. UNA will offer a new master’s program in integrative health.

UNA received a perfect outcome for its SACS review this semester. Only 2 percent of universities receive such reviews. Officials have also worked to create a quality QEP at the university.

9. Lions travel to Texas The Lions football team traveled to Dallas last fall to play against Abilene Christian in the Lone Star Football Fesival. Lions fans and players were excited to get the opportunity to visit and play in Texas.

10. New freshman parking rules To help relieve parking issues, UNA Police required all freshmen students who live off campus to use the Lion Express transportation system to and from designated stops in Florence instead of parking at UNA.




Thursday, April 26, 2012 • The Flor-Ala


SGA helps fund veterans center *Ta\PM;\MMTUIV


The Student Government Association Senate unanimously voted April 12 to approve funding for a veterans support center on campus. The resolution, written by Senator Jon McGee, will provide $25,000 to fund the center and those working there. The veterans support center has been a concern since the fall semester, said Jesse Leslie, founding president of the Military and Veterans Alliance. “The veteran’s center is what we recognized as being the biggest need on campus,” Leslie said. “We’ve been talking about it since last semester, but the real plans started on March 2, when Jon McGee brought the unused funds to our attention.” Veterans or individuals with ties to someone in the military will be able to go to the center to receive assistance with benefits, academic support or connect with

”The veterans center is what we recognized as being the biggest need on campus.”

-Jesse Leslie other veterans. “It will be a central location for the veterans to receive comprehensive assistance during their time here,” McGee said. Issues with receiving benefits on time have sparked the need for this center, but it is also largely an emotional issue, said William Nash, chairman of the ad hoc committee for veterans affairs. “It’s much more of an emotional issue than people realize,” Nash said. “We want people to realize it’s not just monetary.” McGee, who served in the army for four years, can relate to the emotional side of the need. “I’m a nontraditional student, so it was a little awkward at first,” McGee said. “It was tough feeling socially disconnected, and it can be very tough for others. That’s why there’s a need for this. We don’t want to lose those students just because they feel disconnected.” The Military and Veterans Alliance is technically the largest Registered Student Organization on campus, encompassing approximately 400 students, Nash said. He said the number is expected to rise with the transition to Division I and a support center will be an asset to the university. Stephanole Reed, a sophomore and member of the ROTC and National Guard, said he thinks that having someone to work full time with the veterans will be beneficial. “I think it’s a beautiful thing,” Reed said. “Earlier this semester, it was difficult to find someone that knew exactly what they were doing. It was a difficult process.” Kelsey Prater, a senior who receives veteran’s benefits because her step father is a disabled veteran, said having somewhere to go will be easier than dealing with the hotline and website. “From a non-ROTC standpoint, a central hub will be great,” Prater said. “Right now, processing takes such a long time,


photo by DARRICK DAWKINS I Staff Photographer

UNA student Bobby Schiavi walks around the debris that was formerly his neighborhood near Harvest last year.

Students, officials look back on April 27 tornadoes one year later 4]Ka*MZZa


he year 2011 was an extremely difficult one for Collier Library Technical Assistant Emily Patterson, whose life was turned upside down during the course of four devastating months. She lost everything in Phil Campbell April 27 to a tornado that wreaked havoc on the home she shared with her family. Patterson also suffered the deaths of her husband, grandmother, mother-in-law and grandfather, which all occurred within weeks of each other. Picking up the pieces after such an unsettling year has been challenging for Patterson, who said she would have never survived in the aftermath of the storms without the help of her UNA family. “(Last year) reinforced my view on


life,” she said. “Things can be very material and can be replaced, but without faith, I wouldn’t have made it. This (experience) strengthened my faith.” Patterson, who worked with her family

”Things can be very material

and can be replaced, but without faith, I wouldnʼt have made it. This (experience) strengthened my faith.”

-Emily Patterson last year to sift through debris and salvage their belongings amid the rubble of her former home, is now building a new house in Tennessee to be completed by late summer.

She said the last year has been surreal, and still finds herself asking whether or not the events she experienced actually occurred. She said she looks forward to re-discovering a sense of tranquility in her new home. “I want to be hopefully sitting on my (new) back porch, just resting and relaxing,” she said. “I want to take the kids on vacation. There are not a whole lot of huge aspirations there. What I want is very basic. I’m just ready for calm, for peace and not having to deal with everything.” Bobby Schiavi, a freshman from Sparkman High School, was asleep at home in Harvest the day of the April 27 tornadoes. He realized the severity of the storm after being awoken by the sound of several trees snapping and crashing in his backyard.


High-ranking NBC official set to speak at spring commencement )TM`4QVLTMa


NBC News Channel Washington Bureau Chief Jay Hurt will speak May 12 at 10 a.m. to graduating seniors. The 1987 graduate and Florence native, son of former UNA journalism professor Bobbie Hurt, has worked for many famous news organizations throughout his career. Hurt said part of the reason he agreed to speak at this year’s graduation was that he had an overall good undergraduate experience during his time at UNA. “I was a broadcast major with a journalism minor,” he said. “My degree has absolutely helped me throughout my career. I tell people all the time that UNA is

a great school. The class size is small, the teacher interaction is very good, professors are helpful.” Hurt said he recognized the positives of UNA firsthand. “My mother was a journalism professor at UNA,” he said. “She was very attentive to students, and I saw firsthand that she really tried to help them in any way possible to get a job. I found that pretty consistent about UNA; professors have a deep interest in students’ education.” Hurt’s speech will focus on advice to college seniors about how to enter the professional world, he said. “I guess I’m going to give a little advice about going out in the corporate world— things that’ll help you along the way as you leave and start your professional life—basi-

cally, some dos and don’ts,” he said. Despite Hurt’s passion for UNA, he was hesitant at first to accept the offer to speak at graduation, Hurt said. “My mother was always a really big proponent of UNA, as a professor for 20-some-odd years,” he said. “She never enjoyed speaking in public either, but she did it anyway. I guess I had all her hard work and her passion for UNA in the back of my mind.” During his time at UNA, Hurt worked within his field, he said. “I worked full time basically the whole time I was at UNA,” he said. “I started pretty much my sophomore year in college at WOWLTV, which was an


Thursday, April 26, 2012 • The Flor-Ala




Administration continues discussion of future of lab school 2W[P;SIOO[


The academic affairs and student life subcommittee of the UNA board of trustees met April 19 to discuss the future of Kilby Laboratory School on campus. UNA President Bill Cale pointed out what he said are three feasible options for the committee members to review. The first option includes Kilby merging with Florence City Schools, the second includes seeking financial remedy from the state and the third is to determine if Kilby is central to the mission of the university, Cale said. “The budget situation for the institution continues to be difficult,” Cale said. “We’ve managed the budget situation well, but it doesn’t seem to be improving.” The university has lost approximately $10 million since 2008, Cale said. He also said the university’s subsidy to the lab school has ranged from $200,000 to $350,000. Cale said the decision is not about the budget because UNA could find a way to fund the school. It is about whether the school is central to the university’s mission. “For me, the most important question that we need to look at (is) … what is the relationship between a school like Kilby and the university,” Cale said. “This notion of central to the mission has nothing to do with money.” Cale said the fact UNA is subsidizing Kilby is not a basis for the discussion; it is whether Kilby benefits the university. Kilby receives the bulk of its funding from Lauderdale County Schools. Proration in the state has been hard on the lab school, he said.

“Even if we returned to normal funding, Kilby’s budget situation may not get better,” Cale said. Dr. Janet Womack, superintendent of Florence City Schools, attended the meeting and answered questions the board members had regarding a possible transition of Kilby into the Florence City School system. Womack’s proposal included the immediate removal of the fifth and sixth grades because Florence City Schools maintains elementary grade levels from kindergarten to the fourth grade. “We see this as a five-year transition in knowing that it’s not something that happens overnight,” Womack said. Womack said she wants to partner with UNA to spread lab students throughout the district. “What I would like to see as we go forward is (to) spread the success of Kilby across the system,” she said. Many parents are not impressed with what was presented before them, said PTO President Carole Maynard. “Parents feel deceived; they feel frustrated that the process has not been an open, honest campus-wide discussion,” Maynard said. “Students have not even been included; the issue hasn’t been completely vetted through shared governance.” Maynard said many parents feel that the decision has come too soon. “We have passed the local deadlines for school selections and admission; therefore, our parents of fifth and sixth graders and pre-k students have been left without choices because the deadlines have been passed,” Maynard said. UNA alumna, parent of a Kilby student and former UNA SGA President Michelle Eubanks said she feels the UNA adminis-

photo by CHRISTINA COVINGTON I Student Photographer

Fourth grade teacher Mary Summy works with students in her classroom at Kilby Laboratory School on UNA’s campus. Recently, the lab school has been the topic of discussion because of what some administrators call a growing subsidy that UNA is forced to provide to the school.

tration is picking on children with this decision. “Why are you picking on Kilby?” she said. “Why are you picking on 145 kindergarteners through sixth graders?” Eubanks said she is upset that UNA officials have decided to act and vote upon this issue so soon, even though Cale told the parents at a PTO meeting earlier this year that the school would be open another year.

Eubanks said the officials making the decisions have not fully educated themselves on the issue at hand. “Until (Cale) has educated himself, spoken to more children, spent more time in the facility, spent more time speaking to the faculty and the parents, he should not make a decision,” Eubanks said.





Thursday, April 26, 2012 • The Flor-Ala

Student works to end hunger on campus OFFICIALS: UNA NOT IMMUNE TO SUICIDE, DEPRESSION

• Food pantry in making for university community 4]Ka*MZZa


UNA student Julia Henderson, a community adviser, said it was a shock to witness students rummaging through garbage cans near the residence halls in search of food because they didn’t have the money or resources to buy their own. Henderson said she has even given other residents food of her own when they have been in need. For Henderson and other community advisers, the issue of stealing food from roommates has also been a topic of concern. To combat hunger on campus and give back to those in need, Henderson is initiating a Feeding the Pride food pantry to help those who desire food assistance and to provide service opportunities for students. “This pantry will not just be for college students living on campus,” she said. “It will also be for the single parents and nontraditional students with families. Food is usually the last thing on a person’s priority list when they’re taking care of paying for tuition, books, gas and other bills.” The issue Henderson and other officials are facing now in establishing the food pantry is finding a location that is easily accessible to students. Henderson is working with the university to find a spot that is centrally located but private enough for students to feel comfortable visiting. Henderson is also looking for additional shelving, a computer for tracking data and client check-in, volunteers to run the food



photo by BARRY MINOR I Staff Photographer

UNA student Julia Henderson is working to bring a food pantry to campus to serve students who may have trouble getting food and other resources on their own.

pantry and a student manager. Henderson said she plans to use the summer to find a food pantry location, complete the supply stock and get things organized before fall, which is when she hopes the food pantry will be available to UNA students. “I think this is amazing and shows what a compassionate heart (Henderson) has,” said Jennifer Brown, assistant director of student engagement for leadership and volunteerism. “She took the initiative to research this, contact other schools, and I think this is a great resource for the students. I’m proud of her for not only coming up with (the idea), but also having the leadership to do it.” Students who use the food pantry in the future will be able to receive a variety of

food items by filling out a form that will be available to them. Henderson plans for the pantry to be open to any enrolled student for approximately two to three hours each day of the week. The food pantry is currently being stocked through Collier Library’s canned food drive for book and library fine amnesty. The pantry will rely solely on donations in order to function on campus. “The (food pantry) encompasses everything that the University of North Alabama’s mission is about,” Henderson said. “It will provide an opportunity for students to grow not only in the outreach and service aspects, but in professional, civic, social, cultural and economic development needs for our campus as well.”

Students face new ideas, opinions in college • Liberal atmosphere challenges some, helps other students )TM`4QVLTMa


Coming from his Huntsville High School to UNA wasn’t a long journey for sophomore criminal justice major Tim LeVan, but the political landscape between high school and college changed as if he had traveled across the world. Facing the traditionally liberal college atmosphere at a largely regional school in a conservative state can be a challenge for some students. “It surprised me coming from a high school where mostly everyone was conservative and having more liberal ideas pushed on me here,” LeVan said. Soon after arriving at UNA, LeVan joined the UNA College Republicans to associate himself with like-minded students. Another college republican, Nathaniel White, a former UNA student now attending the University of Alabama-Birmingham, said part of the reason he joined the group was in reaction to teachers pushing their political agendas in the classroom. “When I came into college I was surprised in how liberal the campus was and had even landed in some classrooms with

professors in the far left,” he said. “The professors had respect for the opinions of every student, but, man, did they try and put up a good argument for what they believed in. “Fortunately, I never had a teacher dislike my conservatism enough to drop my grades.” Any teacher actively persuading students’ political beliefs is overstepping his or

”College should be a transfor-

mative experience, but it is not the job of the teacher to break down studentsʼ beliefs and refill them with what they think.”

-David Black her bounds, said David Black, adviser to the UNA College Republicans and instructor of economics and finance. “College should be a transformative experience, but it is not the job of the teacher to break down students’ beliefs and refill them with what they think,” he said. “It’s important for students to think on their own.” But for UNA junior art major Aaron Kilpatrick, the more socially liberal college atmosphere helped him to find himself. Coming from a conservative family, Kilpatrick had to hide the fact that he is gay from his family.

When he got to college, however, he was able to come out, he said. “The first year I came to college, I was kind of finding my own,” he said. “I really found myself more in the second semester of my second year. I met people to hang out with who I could really identify with and open up to and not be judged. “Being in such an open atmosphere helped me to accept myself.” Black said the true definition of liberal is the ability to critically examine new ideas—it doesn’t just mean democrat. Liberals and conservatives can be guilty of being dismissive of other beliefs, he said. “Students really come from all sorts of backgrounds and all sorts of experiences,” he said. “Hopefully, college is a time to grow, learn and mature in thoughts. The pursuit of knowledge should cause you to think, to question so you can rightly divide that which is true and that which is frivolous.” Kilpatrick said there is room for many belief systems on college campuses. “Even if you’re not gay—whatever you may be—in the college atmosphere it is easier to feel accepted,” he said. “You can feel like you belong.” Regardless of political beliefs, college is a place for free expression and open inquiry, LeVan said. “When I came here, it really opened my eyes to new viewpoints,” he said. “I didn’t have that where I came from. I respect other people’s views, and I want them to respect mine too.”

UNA has had confirmed suicide attempts in the past year on campus, said UNA police Chief Bob Pastula. However, he said UNA does not have a high rate of suicide attempts compared to other universities. “We don’t have a lot, but one would be too many,” said Pastula. Once the police receive the call that a suicide attempt has occurred on campus, the police send the student to the hospital by ambulance, Pastula said. They then notify Vice President of Student Affairs David Shields. Shields then notifies the parents of the student. UNA’s Care Team will also be contacted. Their job is to help the student as much as they can, Pastula said. The Care Team will refer the student to counseling service on campus and will also refer them to off campus therapists, Pastula said. “A lot of students come to college with a lot of stress, and it pushes them over the


UNA Police 256-765-HELP Health Center 256-765-4328 edge,” Pastula said. “We do all that we can to help them at the university.” Lynne Martin, LPC, MLAP, associate director for University Health Services, explains several ways students may find relief from the impacts of depression. “In general, college students can often lessen the impact of illnesses like MDD (major depressive disorder), and especially the situational episodes of sadness, by practicing a lifestyle of healthy self-care,” Martin said. “We regularly teach (healthy living) skills and help students develop a personalized self-care plan through the counseling relationship.” Martin, however, cannot guarantee that those suffering from clinical depression can be helped by changes in lifestyle alone. “Usually, clinical depression is treated by a combination of anti-depressant medication, personal counseling, and following a healthy self-care plan or lifestyle,” Martine said. “Certainly not all major depressive episodes can be prevented, and we must be very careful that we do not oversimplify treatment.” Some UNA students take advantage of the counseling that the University Health Services provides. “The UNA clinic has helped me a lot,” said Vivian Lesende, biology major at UNA. “I had been depressed a lot of my life without knowing it before the clinic at UNA suggested I try anti-depressants. It helped my attitude immensely.” Pastula said if someone becomes less interactive, more sheltered, depressed, develops a change in diet and habits and is suffering from a drop in grades, he or she could be at risk for attempting suicide.


Thursday, April 26, 2012 â&#x20AC;˘ The Flor-Ala


Donations on rise, officials say 2IKWJ?ITTIKM


Private monetary contributions are crucial for UNA to continue to be able to support various operations, programs, and scholarships, officials said. Statistics from literature from the UNA advancement office show that students have to pay a higher percentage of their cost to attend UNA than in years past. Statistics from literature on the 1830 fund show that 10 years ago students had to pay only 47.62 percent of the cost to attend UNA. Students now have to pay 63.37 percent. Dr. Alan Medders, vice president of advancement, said the fiscal year lasts from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30. Last year at this time, private contributions were approximately $1.9 million, and this year they are approximately $1.1 million. These numbers do not include numbers from the spring phonathon, which is still in progress. The majority of contributions do not come from the fall and spring phonathons, though, Medders

said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are still five months to go in our fiscal year, and in our world a lot can change in a day,â&#x20AC;? Medders said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Another thing that has happened, tooâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; and this is kind of in preparation for facilities, scholarships, and athleticsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; we are getting people to start multi-year pledges. This year, we have pledges that

â&#x20AC;?What we have been doing

over the past few years is getting people to get into a giving culture.â&#x20AC;?

-Alan Medders will go up to $1.3 million.â&#x20AC;? Medders said that last year at this time, there was $34,000 in pledges. The increase of pledge amount this year is a great payoff, he said, because that means the amount of funds raised next year is already on the rise. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What we have been doing over the

past few years is getting people to get into a giving culture,â&#x20AC;? Medders said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This year, it is really starting to pay off. That means we have started a culture of giving rather than people just responding to an annual appeal.â&#x20AC;? Melody Stewart, athletics annual fund/major gifts officer, said she and the rest of advancement have tried to promote alumni giving of all sizes. She said she wants alumni to know that if more people give a giftâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;even a relatively small amountâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;it can make a big impact. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have really worked on communicatingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;especially to our younger alumniâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that their $50 commitment makes just as much of an impact in increasing the alumni giving percentage as larger gifts,â&#x20AC;? she said. Increasing the alumni giving percentage helps with the obtaining of grants and other larger funds, Steward said. Given the spring phonathon numbers and other factors not included in the $1.1 million amount, Medders and Stewart said they predict the monetary amount of contributions will exceed the $1.4 million amount of last year.

>-<-:)6;KWV\QV]MLNZWU XIOM) and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only one lady that deals with all of it. And trying to navigate the website and hotline is terrible and time consuming.â&#x20AC;? Although the funds are secured, an official place for the support center has not yet been established, McGee said.

;8-)3-:KWV\QV]MLNZWU XIOM) NBC affiliate, doing weekends in the local news department. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I worked on the technical side of things for several years, running news tapes, rolling in commercial tapes. Senior year, I moved from the production department to the editorial side of news as a correspondent. I left there as the news director a year after graduation.â&#x20AC;? To reach similar levels of success to Hurtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Hurt said he wants to offer the graduating class one particular piece of advice. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Be nice to people,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Absolutely, be nice to everyone you work with. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t burn bridges; donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take friendships with professionals for granted. Always bring your best.â&#x20AC;?


314*AKWV\QV]MLNZWUXIOM) Eubanks said she feels embarrassed to be a UNA graduate because of the way the administrators are acting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As far as I am concerned, I feel like my diploma is being devalued with decisions like that,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As an alumni, I have no voice. As a parent of a Kilby child, I have no voice. As a community member, I have no voice. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not right.â&#x20AC;? Maynard said UNA employees being able to take advantage of Kilby School is a benefit for faculty and staff members. According to UNAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, the human resources department advertises to potential faculty and staff members that their children will have first preference in admission to Kilby School. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We value exceptional education and to find out that the university had a laboratory school spoke volumes to us about the mission of the university, (because) it was invested in providing exceptional educational experiences,â&#x20AC;? Maynard said. Not only do education students get to utilize Kilby, but professors get to conduct research and teach their classes on the elementary campus, Maynard said. Board of Trustees Member Libby Jordan, who chairs the subcommittee


charged with looking into the Kilby issue, said the board will discuss it at their retreat in May and possibly during the regular June meeting. Board of Trustees President Pro Tem Steve Pierce said the school, if the administration chooses to keep it, needs to be funded better in order for it to perform as a fully-functional lab school. According to documents provided by Cale, in order to get the lab school up to par, it would cost the university approximately $462,489. The amount provided

would be slightly more than $200,000 more than UNA currently provides. The universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s overall operating budget is just over $80 million, said Vice President Dr. Steven Smith. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current subsidy to Kilby School is approximately $218,000. Maynard and other Kilby parents are organizing Facebook and letter writing campaigns to get the word out. For more information on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kilby Strongâ&#x20AC;? campaign, visit or visit the Kilby School Facebook page.

BY THE NUMBERS... Current Kilby Subsidy: approx. $218,000 Kilby PTO/Outside Money: $148,542

State Money: $868,556 *source: documents from April 21 subcommittee meeting

One of the heavy branches from the trees struck his familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house, causing damage to the roof. Schiavi said he was fortunate his home was mostly spared from the tornado in Harvest, but his friends and neighbors werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t so fortunate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel like one of the lucky ones,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel supportive. There was nothing they could do about what happened. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just how it worked out for them. I feel bad.â&#x20AC;? Since the storms, Schiavi has a new outlook on his life and personal safety. He said he and his loved ones are now more prepared for severe weather than ever before. The last year, in which so many have had to rebuild their homes and lives after the tornadoes, has taught Schiavi to take tornado sirens seriously, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The (tornadoes) made me more concerned for others, so now I encourage everybody to learn where the storm shelters are in their area, and to know who can help you in situations like that,â&#x20AC;? he said. In August of 2011, UNA secured a $15,000 grant through the Disaster Relief Fund for Postsecondary Education Students. The funding was dispersed to approximately 20 UNA students who were affected by the April 27 tornado outbreak across north Alabama last year. Donors also contributed to a separate fund after the April 27 tornadoes, which has now been established as an emergency fund for future use.




Thursday, April 26, 2012 • The Flor-Ala

Officials: healthy living dorms not working out as planned • Residence Life to move healthy living options out of LaGrange Hall 2IKWJ?ITTIKM


The LaGrange residence hall this year was a healthy living option on campus. According to officials, though, LaGrange next year will be an all-female residence hall. Kevin Jacques, director of Residence Life, said healthy living, meaning that residents signed a contract stating that they would be substance free, had never been done in an entire residence hall at UNA. “We thought that we would be able to move it to an entire building, and we thought it would be successful,” he said. “It has not been so much so as we thought.” The healthy living option had previphoto by KAYLA SLOAN I Staff Photographer ously just been offered on two floors of LaGrange Hall residents Sara Chaffi n and Ashley Ravenscraft relax in hammocks LaGrange. The move to the whole building outside the healthy living residence hall on campus. going substance free this year was really a test run, Jacques said. Also, Jacques said, this made enforcAs far as options for students living on “The idea behind it is that the people ing the rules of the contract more difficult. campus besides strictly traditional housing, that live there choose to live there because With LaGrange serving as the overflow res- Jacques suggested the Freshman Opportuthey want to live in an environment where idence hall, there was nowhere on campus nities and Connections for UNA Students they don’t have to come into contact with to relocate the students who did break the (FOCUS) program that will be offered on alcohol, tobacco or other drugs,” Jacques contract. the first four floors of Rivers Hall. This is said. Next year, Jacques said LaGrange will along the same lines as the First Year ResiLaGrange served as the overflow resi- be all female primarily because there are dent Educator (FYRE) Fellows program dence hall this year as well, Jacques said. more females attending UNA who need the this year, which is first come first serve. He said this forced students into the healthy housing option. The healthy living option The loss of the healthy living option can living option who may not have chosen to has the potential to return because there is a be negative, though, said Amber Lamm. be there otherwise. demand, he said. Lamm is a freshman majoring in exercise

science. She lived in LaGrange and found the experience to be positive for her. Lamm wanted to live in an atmosphere that coincided with her personal choice to remain substance free. Of course, some people are going to break the rules, she said. Overall, though, LaGrange offered the positive environment she expected. “I found all my best friends in LaGrange, and it is really nice knowing that their values are the same as mine,” Lamm said. “I would have loved to say that LaGrange is a place that is substance free, but

”We thought that we would be

able to move it to an entire building, and we thought it would be sucessful.”

-Kevin Jacques now I can’t say that.” Julia Henderson, senior art education major and LaGrange community adviser for the past three years, said she feels the healthy living option is more feasible in a smaller setting. “Right now, there isn’t really enough space—as far as residence halls go—to house such a community and make it as successful as it is capable of,” Henderson said. “But I do think it would be great to look into in the future.” Henderson said she would love to see the healthy living option remain available to students. Perhaps offering healthy living in a residence hall around the size of LaFayette Hall would be better, she said.

Thursday, April 26, 2012 • The Flor-Ala




UNA officials discuss issue of bullying )VV0IZSMa


With the recent release of “Bully,” a documentary by Lee Hirsch following young adults as they face lives filled with verbal assault, harassment, beatings and isolation, people should be aware that bullying can happen anywhere at any time, said Dr. May Takeuchi, a UNA sociology professor. Bullies are typically formed when people have no options to resolve problems in their own lives or lack the proper leadership to help them with their problems and find human targets to relieve the stress built up from the lack of resolution, Takeuchi said. Takeuchi said there are three parts of a formula that make up the social structure of bullying: the bully, the scapegoat and the audience. The bully’s target is labeled as his or her scapegoat. Takeuchi said this scapegoat, normally, is picked based on two factors: being different and being physically weak.

“This person tends to characterize what is considered to be negative in society, and the bully expects less retaliation from this person,” Takeuchi said. She said that, to a bully, the scapegoat becomes a symbol for all the negative things that a bully may experience in his or her life. After a person becomes labeled as a scapegoat by a bully, other bullies will also target that person to torment, pick on, harass and embarrass. “By destroying the person they are destroying their problems,” Takeuchi said. The audience is made up of people who surround situations of bullying who either intervene to help solve the bullying problem, indirectly or directly tease the target or remain voiceless after witnessing acts of bullying, Takeuchi said. The audience plays an important role in the structure of bullying because it has the power to change the situation. UNA, however, does not appear to have a problem with bullying on campus. “Personally, I have not observed anything, but the risk ex-

photo illustration by CHRISTINA COVINGTON I Student Photographer

UNA officials said the university doesn’t appear to have any issues with bullying on campus. If students do see bullying taking place at UNA, police urge them to call 256-765-4357 for help.

ists everywhere, and UNA is no exception,” Takeuchi said. “I’ve never experienced bullying and have never witnessed

bullying while on campus,” said Megan Thompson, sociology major at UNA. “It seems everyone is friendly, or at least they


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don’t go out of their way to be mean like in high school.” UNA police should be alerted if acts of violence are witnessed or experienced on campus.



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The Politics of Pollution photos by KAYLA SLOAN I Staff Photographer

(Above, above right) A waterfall causes a stalagtite of iron and manganese deposits to drip down tree roots at the Wallace Spring location. The deposits are caused by leachate escaping from the landfill. (Right middle) Cypress knees emerge from similar deposits at Lewis Spring less than a mile away. (Right bottom) Leachate from the old Florence landfill flows into Cypress Creek. Leachate from this source has been escaping since its closing in 1987, sources said.

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Cars blaze down Savannah Highway. In the woods, the air is quiet, and Wallace Spring bubbles content and clear down a hill on a warm day in April. Charles Rose follows a familiar path alongside the brook as it separates private property from the Florence landfill. After a short walk, the water takes on a different look: a fluorescent orange hue begins to emerge in paint-like patches on the bed of the spring. “It’s kind of unpredictable,” Rose said. “More rainfall can cause it to look better or cause it to look worse.” The farther Rose walks downstream, the brighter and thicker the orange paint gets. It culminates in a small waterfall—the water running through an old tire and down a dark orange stalagmite. After a few miles, Wallace Spring joins with Cypress Creek. Rose, president of the Shoals Environmental Alliance (SEA), has been heavily involved with local environmental concerns for several decades. He teamed up with David Cope in 2009, and their data played a role in drawing attention from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM), which issued the landfill a contamination violation, Cope and Rose said. Ultimately, their involvement impacted the City Council’s vote to close the landfill in March, said Dick Jordan, City Councilman of District 2. “(Cope) and I have been working together,” Jordan, councilman for the district

containing the landfill, said. “He goes out to the site on a regular basis. He’s been a good teacher, and it’s been a good learning experience.” Cope is an assistant math professor who has been watching areas around the old and new Florence landfills. The old one, located in West Florence past Handy Homes, closed in 1987, which is when the new one opened, Cope said. The old Florence landfill has been leaking leachate since its closing in 1987 and will continue to do so for another 50 to 75 years, by Cope’s calculations. “I’m just referencing it to what I know first hand,” Cope said. “That old landfill in Florence that closed in 1987, it closed 25 years ago. It’s still discharging high concentrations of leachate. And it’s not just my visual observations; I’ve got the measurements to prove it. “Leachate will flow from a landfill anywhere from 50 to 100 years,” Cope said. “What that demonstrates, and something everybody ought to know, is that landfills are forever.” Leachate is any liquid that originates from or passes through buried garbage, Cope said. Now, in the wake of the landfill’s closure, Manager of the Florence Solid Waste, Street and Recycle Department David Koonce said all garbage except for construction and demolition waste will be transferred to a regional landfill in Walnut, Miss. “This is the way most communities dispose with waste,” he said. “This is a national trend. Most cities and counties have gotten out of their own garbage business.” In an attempt to fix the leachate con-

tamination of local springs, workers are planning on drilling a hole into the landfill to pump out some of the ground water thought to be buried there, Koonce said. The procedure is expected to happen in the next two to four weeks, Koonce said. Until then, Cope believes active participation and education are key to improving the landfill situation overall. “Apathy is the worst enemy to the political process in this country,” Cope said. “I think we all agree that helping educate the public on this is something that would be a worthwhile goal—letting people know: don’t be afraid to stand up.” Koonce agrees, but asserts that the problem is bigger than the landfill. “This belongs to us all,” he said. “We all play a role. You can’t just look at one thing. You’ve got to look at the whole picture. The landfill is an issue, but there are so many other issues we all play a part in. “It’s very far-reaching, and it has a lot of impacts way about Florence.” Though Herman Graham, city councilman for District 3, was the only councilman to vote against the closing of the landfill, he believes in the far-reaching effects that social involvement can facilitate—especially






Fe ar Loathing & Legends ends I sat on the wall with Lurleen Burns Wallace’s name between my legs and looked up at the sky. My God, how will I cover these events, I thought? What is it even about? Competitions between sororities for points and perhaps pride, though I couldn’t be sure. Infiltrate. Immerse. Observe. Report. Sure, I thought, seems simple enough. Two long-boarders went by and I wondered what they would be doing for the next three days. Will it involve fraternity hijinks and paired debauchery

photo by MALISA MCCLURE I Chief Photographer

Jeremy and Christi Britten play Chutes and Ladders with their children, Avery, Emerson and Hannah. Instead of a TV room, the Brittens opted for a playroom.





Writer goes ʻgonzoʼ with Delta Chi with sorority women? Likely not. I crossed Pine Street and wandered down the row looking for the Delta Chi house. Eventually, I found a few guys on the porch stripping wires and wheeling out of large speakers. These young men looked alright, so I approached and introduced myself. Pay me no mind, I told them, I’m just here with the school paper to see what’s going on. One of the guys gave me a brief tour of the house. Inside were brothers fumbling about, cleaning random things, shifting clutter from doorways—typical frat house stuff—except for those low-hanging power lines in the backyard. Impending doom for the Friday night Foam Party; expect big fireworks, I thought. My tour guide proceeded to explain that 150 to 300 people could fit in the backyard where the big shindig would occur. Hell, man, I’ve seen 200


people crammed into a Boston basement half the size of this yard. You’re gonna need more foam. I left because I had showed up early. None of the sororities had shown up yet to paint the porch which I was informed was now a tradition. I returned at sundown and found a good mix of men and women spilling from the porch into the front yard. The brothers had the speakers cranked up and the ladies were seated, deep in concentration on their respective paintings. Gallon buckets of paint, handfuls of paintbrushes, art boxes and painter’s tape surrounded the diligent women. I looked around and saw no alcohol. It is only Wednesday, I thought, but that is usually no excuse for college kids. Perhaps they’re just dipping their toes in the pool. No sense abusing the privilege so soon again.

photos by MALISA MCCLURE I Chief Photographer



UNA Web Communications Manager Jeremy Britten and his wife Christi have made a recent change in their family of five. The Brittens were concerned with the large amounts of fast food they were consuming, which caused them change to a vegan lifestyle. “The premise is that we are just an average family trying this,” Christi said. Jeremy and Christi said they were disgusted by the amount of fast food that their busy schedule had them eating. “We have recently started a blog chronicling our attempt to live healthier lives,” Jeremy said. “We don’t really call what we’re doing a diet. It is more of a complete lifestyle change, and we just do the best that we can.” The blog is entitled and was created by the Britten family in order to give back to the community by helping others live healthier lives. The blog includes recipes and advice on healthy alternatives to healthy fast food options. The Brittens understand there are challenges in always finding healthy options as a family on the go, such as the difficulty of eating healthily during travel and during the sickness they have recently experienced. As the Brittens do not consider what they are doing to be a diet, there is no cheating. They said it is important to be flexible when there is a need. “It is important that people allow themselves to splurge,” Jeremy said. “We got a bit discouraged after the trip and the virus, but we’re surrounded by great friends who have a similar de-

(Top left) A dancer performs at the Foam Party April 20. The Foam Party concluded Delta Chi’s Legends Week. (Top right) Sorority sisters participate in a game of earth ball.



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‘Rest for the weary?’


burg hope to hike at least 100 miles of the Appalachian Trail. “I think most professors find wild things to do during the summers,” Bates said. “I just like to see places I’ve never seen before. Honestly, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich at a picnic table in Alaskan Wilderness tastes better than any steak anywhere.” Dr. Matt Schoenbachler is hoping to have a productive summer. He will be writing an online textbook for WWNorton Publisher, teaching classes at UNA and attending a conference in Baltimore.

”Honestly, a peanut butter

Students, faculty solidify summer plans

and jelly sandwhich at a picnic table in Alaskan Wilderness tastes better than any steak anywhere.”

-Larry Bates

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While some students will be relaxing on the beach, in the mountains or in other locales, others use summer as a time to work and catch up on all the things they missed during the school year.



As UNA students and faculty prepare to part ways for summer break, many are also perfecting their summer plans. Whether travelling internationally or staying near home, all seem to be anticipating the summer ahead. Senior Evan King will be balancing work with play this summer. “I’ll be doing an internship, and I’ll also be drinking a lot of PBR and playing with my Boston terrier puppy,” he said. Freshman Ben Procious will be devot-

ing his summer to basic training in Oklahoma for the United States Army. “I’m excited about it, but it’s going to be extremely hot there,” he said. Others, such as junior Lauren Daley, will be travelling internationally. Daley wants to become fluent in Spanish and will be studying abroad in Spain. She anticipates the trip to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, she said. “When else in my life am I going to be able to do this?” she said. “I want the full cultural experience, and I know it’s going to be really, really fun.” Sophomore Mack Cornwell is also looking forward to a summer of travelling.







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His destinations include Peru, Cancun, the Olympics in London and China. “I’m looking forward to hot-tubbing to work on a nice, golden tan and also having a cultural experience that will leave me further enriched with the spices of the world,” he said. Senior Max Beech is looking forward to spending his summer at Summer Beach Project, a ministry of Campus Outreach, a Christian organization on campus. “I’ll be living at the beach, doing discipleship training and working full-time,” he said. “I’m looking forward to growing in my faith and hanging out with friends.” Dr. Larry Bates and Dr. Richard Hudi-

Vice President for Student Affairs David Shields will be travelling for his children’s graduations, catching up on reading, running in several races late in the summer, catching up on yard work and spending time with his family. SGA President Will Riley will have a busy summer working full time while also finding time to lead SOAR counseling, attend an SGA retreat in Pennsylvania and take a vacation to the beach. Above all else, most students will agree that a break from classes is what they are anticipating the most, Riley said. “I’m most looking forward to not having schoolwork,” he said.





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Up Global’ close with

Dillon Hodges photo by KAYLA SLOAN I Staff Photographer

Dillon Hodges is a local musician who just lanched his $10,000 Kickstarter campaign for his new album. The album is expected to be released in October or November and will contain his new hit single “Bullet for a Broken Heart” as well as his cover of the Gorillaz’ “Feel Good Inc.”

3IaTI;TWIV photos by MALISA MCCLURE I Chief Photographer

The 10th annual Global Culture night features many performances, foods, music and clothing from all over the world. (Above left) LaQuanda Simpson of the POZA Troupe performs a native African dance. (Above right) Two members of the Chinese Student Organization perform traditional and modern Chinese songs.

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The 10th annual Global Culture Night, sponsored by the Student Multicultural Advisory Committee (SMAC), was celebrated at Norton Auditorium April 21. There are about 400 students at UNA who represent a country outside of the United States, said SMAC adviser Allison Ray. This year, the Global Culture Night event had a theme from SMAC called Aim to Change. “We are seeking to advocate, integrate and motivate students toward racial and international awareness through multicultural and education programming,” Ray said in her opening speech, describing what the theme meant. Some agree that this theme is appropriate for students at UNA. “It’s definitely one worth pursuing,” said Loic Dimithe, a UNA student from Cameroon. “Many students do not know what goes on outside their neighborhood, so this helps give students a new perspective of the world.” This year, the program was hosted by Dimithe and Rachel Bond. “It was fun to see everything that went into it, and to be a part of it was really cool,” Bond said. Before the performance began, Dimithe and Bond gave the floor to UNA President Bill Cale to talk about what it meant for the school to share and invest in each other’s cultures. “We bring students here because the world has grown smaller through technology, and these students will inherit the future,” Cale said. The night began with an African welcome rhythm called, “Dansa” and others performed by the POZA Troupe and CORE Drummers. Bond said it was a “welcome dance for celebratory events.” Performances featured a diverse medley of ancient and modern songs and dances from the Chinese Student Organization,

the dynamic song selections by the UNA Ascending voices and even a French poem recited by Sebastian Rassinoux. The last of the performances was an upbeat Indian dance performed by Shikah Shah and Bhagyashri Patel. “(People from our country) appreciate seeing us represent them by our traditional dance as much as (American people do for their country),” Patel said. Next, some of the UNA international students took the stage in reflecting some of their traditional clothing and styles. Countries included China, India, Saudi Arabia and African nations. Afterward, students and faculty assembled at the GUC to experience an international array of foods from South Asia and Saudi Arabia. The DJ began playing songs that brought everyone together for a celebration through dance. “It’s cool to see the people do this,” said Darrell Coble, president of Japanese University Meal Project. “They’re wearing different clothing, playing different music, and yet they are all (dancing to it) together.” Ray said she was pleased with the turnout. “I’m proud of our international students and the fact that it had a great turnout,” she said. “I encourage people from the Shoals area to really take our goal seriously.” Even for those who performed, they gave their appreciation to those who offered support by watching them. “It was amazing,” Shah said. “We appreciate (students) taking time to come and see our performance.” Global Culture Night is an event where students either foreign or domestic can be active in each other’s cultures and beliefs and in the midst of it find that they have something in common, said Dr. Chunsheng Zhang, vice provost of international affairs. “By doing this, we continue the tradition of sharing each other’s culture,” he said. “Even though people may think that because we speak a different language or have a different skin color then we are different; we are actually very much the same.”


Dillon Hodges had his first kiss in ninth grade. The girl was a friend he taught to play the mandolin. She didn’t learn very much. The relationship didn’t last long—she claimed he wasn’t the best kisser. But by the looks of Dillon’s sultry new music video, “Bullet for a Broken Heart,” he doesn’t appear to have that problem anymore. He hasn’t always been the smooth performer he is now, though. “I’m really glad YouTube didn’t exist back then,” Hodges said, speaking of the era in which he only wrote songs for girlfriends. “That stuff is staying far away from the Internet.” Dillon’s singing and songwriting career started when he joined the school choir in ninth grade. When he wasn’t melting 15-year-old girls’ hearts with his rendition of “Why Georgia?” and other John Mayer tunes, he was writing his own love songs. “It was pretty shallow, honestly,” he said of his early work. “I just wanted people to notice me; I wasn’t good at anything else.” However untrue the latter part might be, it’s hard to say that Dillon was made to do anything else besides play guitar. He won his first competition at age 11 only months after picking up a guitar for the first time. From there, he went on to win competitions such as the Junior National Championship in Smithville, Tenn., and ROMP, the Teenage National Championship in Owensburg, Ky. At age 16, Dillon took home first place at the Winfield National Guitar Champion-

4-/-6,;KWV\QV]ML NZWUXIOM* Friendship. Character. Justice. Education. “Wagon Wheel” came on and a singalong ensued. I’m not sure if they are being sarcastic or not. I hear conversation about the music selection. Put a good song on, she said. But this is one of my favorite bands, he responded. She probably wants more “Wagon Wheel,” so good for you, brother. The music choice for a front porch gathering might be what separates Delta Chi the most from other NPC fraternities at UNA. Velvet Underground made an appearance on the stereo, briefly, and then promptly changed. Oh well, this ain’t Animal House after all.

ship over guitarists who had been playing for decades. “I got lucky,” he said. It must be that same “luck” that made his recent Kickstarter campaign for his new album a huge success. Dillon and his team set a goal of $10,000 in 30 days—they exceeded this sum by over $1,000 on the Internet alone. “We wanted to make it tough and immediate,” Hodges said of their fundraising goal. “It encouraged people to donate right then.” With Kickstarter and other outside donations, Dillon raised close to $15,000 for the record he will begin recording here in Florence this June. Though the single “Bullet for a Broken Heart” and Dillon’s cover of the Gorillaz’ “Feel Good Inc.” were available on Kickstarter as a prize for donation, the full-length album will be out in October or November of this year. The new album is assuredly nothing like what he used to write. “I was writing from personal experience then, which I definitely don’t do anymore,” he said of his songwriting. “I’m not Taylor Swift. “It’s more like storytelling.” This is apparent—or hopefully so—in his single, “Bullet for a Broken Heart,” in which he sings from the viewpoint of a murderous man running from the law. Dillon Hodges has never killed anyone. “I’m not really a bad-to-the-bone kind of guy; I just like to pretend I am,” he said. “I like to tell stories in my songs. I’m going to keep watching people and writing about them.” Before I left for the night, I was given tidbits of information—background information to help me get a grasp on what these guys are about. The host of the once popular Nickelodeon game show, “Legends of the Hidden Temple,” is a Delta Chi; apparently, the origin of the idea for this week’s festivities. The “X” in the brother’s front yard was found on the porch of the Kappa Sig house earlier this year, though no reason why has been determined. Also, the UNA custodian who once lived in the now Delta Chi house once fell down the home’s stairs, resulting in a gruesome injury. This may or may not have been a direct result of alcohol. I arrived at Flowers Hall on Thursday to cover the Mermaid Challenge. NPR was reporting that a Black Hawk was downed


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*:1<<-6;KWV\QV]ML NZWUXIOM* sire to eat as healthily as we can.” The support of others with similar goals helps the Brittens to remain on track. Jeremy also said the healthy options he has been trying taste just as good as the food he ate before. This helps him to not crave fast food as much as he thought he would. Another advantage of their new lifestyle

4)6,.144KWV\QV]ML NZWUXIOM* involvement from students. “I welcome their input,” he said. “The way they look at things differently is what we need. Sometimes their ideas go the furthest. They are our future. One day when I’m gone, this will be their town.” Rose echoes Graham in his concern about the divide between the young and older generations. “There are many local groups that are involved with the environment, and they do not get much participation from students and young adults,” he said. “All of those groups tend to attract older adults. They’re all looking for new members.” One student staying active is sophomore professional chemistry and mathematics double major Alex Edwards. Edwards has been working on a research project attempting to determine heavy metals in land and water around various springs that surround the landfill. He said the sources of pollution are not always right in the open. “To be honest with you, if you’re just a kayaker down Cypress Creek, you can’t really—you hear news about how environmentalists are saying that the landfill is pol-

4-/-6,;KWV\QV]ML NZWUXIOM* in Afghanistan. Four dead. Still, the games must go on. The Mermaid Challenge consisted of sororities involved in a relay race to retrieve objects floating and on the bottom of the pool. But where were the other two sororities? Five p.m. was an early start, but ZTA and Alpha Delta Pi showed up. Rumbles of some strange rule against bikinis over at Phi Mu made their way down the line. No public bathing in 2012, the year of our lord? A stroll across campus in the spring would lead one to believe otherwise, I thought. Perhaps it’s true; this is Florence, Ala., after all. Next, we moved to the intramural fields for something called earthball. This is a sport of chaos—rugby, tug-of-war and elementary PE combined into one brutal competition between ladies. Ladies yes, but with a twinkle of fear and determination in their eyes as they slammed the 6-foot-tall, multicolored ball into one another in a feverish attempt to push it across a goal line. They fought for points but also to preserve dignity. Nike could have used these activities as an opportunity for an ad. The ladies sported every style and color available. A dance party at nearby Rivers Hall provided the soundtrack. Thumping bass lines seemed to accompany the thump of faces as the earthball was muscled back and forth. Late in the competition there were hands on hips and substitutes shuffled in and out. Not sure if that was making much of a difference. With the score knotted at two it didn’t look like anyone had much left in the tank. Eventually, ZTA took the game 4-2. Thursday ended with a brutish spectacle of dodge ball. Still, only two sororities involved, but the boys of Delta Chi didn’t seem to mind. They joined in to even up the teams and enjoy themselves. The


is the fact that the family feels better, Christi said. Since her family began eating healthier, Christi noticed a change in the energy levels of herself, her husband and her children. “Before we made this lifestyle change, no one in our family had much energy to do anything,” Christi said. “We had become pretty lazy. Now that we’ve changed that and cut out the unhealthy eating habits, we have so much more energy. It is a great feeling.”

luting the creek—but you can’t really see any evidence of it if you’re just kayaking down Cypress Creek,” Edwards said. Some of the evidence is too small to see with the naked eye. In one project, Edwards isolated water samples from one of the springs which, when evaporated, caused metals to emerge from the water. This was caused by an oversaturation of the “unknown metals,” Edwards said. “It’s like pouring sugar in a glass of water and it not dissolving because there is so much sugar,” he said. Cope said the student perspective with projects like this is vital to facilitating mass education. “Students like Alex who have taken an active interest in this have been instrumental in creating public awareness,” Cope said. “And to the extent that the public becomes aware, then the politicians become aware.” Cope cites the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam protests of the ‘60s as epitomes of activism. “Do college students have a common theme they’re standing up for these days?” Cope asked. “There are issues which are a lot bigger than any of us and which, in time, we realize, ‘Gosh, I wish I would’ve stood up for that.’ And this environmental thing, I think, is going to be really important.” Zetas picked up intensity and showed the day’s first true desire to win at one of these things. But what would they win? What is the goal here? I think Alpha Delta Pi ended up winning the dodge ball portion, but I can’t be certain. It had been a long day for everyone, and the structure and rules were waning. I heard one young lady say she hates dodge ball. At least you were a good sport. I parked my car down the street from the house Friday evening and turned off the engine. The photographer and I could hear DJ Lil’ Skittle over the constant hum of an industrial foam machine. Time for the grand finale—time for a party. Time for slurred speech and debauchery—time to tame chaos. I arrived to find that the night’s festivities would be a dry party, as they say on the Row. These cats were just a different breed. Different strokes for different folks. Some folks don’t need to get drunk to have a good time, and I couldn’t accuse them of not having any fun. There was a 10-foot wall of foam filling half the backyard and enough people for a group rendition of the Dougie. These guys might be known as the weird frat or the nerd house on the Row, but there were two girls for every guy and smiles on most faces I saw. Those not smiling were just focused on getting the foam out of their hair. No one got arrested, no one got in a fight. No one puked in the driveway and no one fell off the deck. It may have been more interesting if some of that had happened, but it was different. Just like Delta Chi. In the end, the sororities placed like this: ZTA ADP Phi Mu Alpha Gam I’m not sure who really won, or what they won. I’m not sure if any of that matters.



Workin’ for the

Weekend Check out what’s coming up this weekend in the Shoals.

Thursday, April 26 Jacob Lovell Swampers Bar & Grille 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Barry Billings

Gabe Allen and Friends On the Rocks 9:30 p.m.

Swampers Bar & Grille 8 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Friday, April 27 Theophilus, Cheap Thrill DeVille, and SCM Electrix Wesley Foundation 9 p.m. - 2 a.m.

Student Media Open House Student Media Building 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The Kojacks Swampers Bar & Grille 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Jacob Steinful and the Truth On the Rocks 9:30 p.m.

Angela Hacker and James Leblanc Swampers Bar & Grille 9 p.m. - 12 p.m.

Fly By Radio Sandbar

Saturday, April 28 Second Creek On the Rocks 9:30 p.m.

28 Between Swampers Bar & Grille 9 p.m. - midnight






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As I wrap up my final week with The Flor-Ala after three long, crazy, stressful but memorable years, I can’t help but smile at the staff I’m leaving behind and the organization others and I have created. When I was in high school, I felt very much like an outcast and only knew that I wanted to turn my love for writing into some kind of career. I had very little direction, few friends and didn’t have a place where I felt I belonged. However, college turned all of that around for me. The Flor-Ala, in many ways, helped to put me on the right path and became my home away from home. As a result of working for this publication, I feel I’ve become a stronger, wiser, more informed, educated, prepared and confident person who is ready to face the “real world” with self-assurance. My last year with The Flor-Ala has been a challenging, but rewarding, one. I’ve experienced difficult things and had to make some pretty tough decisions that didn’t always leave me feeling like the most popular person in the room. I’ve grown a thick skin and can face adversity with confidence as a result of working

in this position. I can approach situations that make me uncomfortable if it means that I’m helping to change things for the better. The job was definitely harder than I thought it would be when I was first hired, but as I approach graduation, I know that the experiences I gained during the course of my time with The Flor-Ala were worth every sleepless night, angry phone call, headache, etc. I’m walking away from my newspaper and university with my head held high. I was hired on for this position because I had a vision to instill journalistic integrity and quality in The Flor-Ala, and I’m confident my staff achieved this during the last year. We reported the news with enthusiasm, fairness, and only one group in mind: UNA students, our readers. We worked hard to improve on our flaws so we could become a better media outlet that provided quality information, photos and online content each week. I couldn’t have gotten anywhere, though, without my terrific staff. It breaks my heart that soon I won’t be sharing an office with the people who I now consider my dearest friends. They are talented individuals with so much potential, and I’m just honored I had the chance to work side by side with them. My adviser, Rebecca, has been a pillar of support for me during the last two years. I couldn’t have asked for a better mentor or friend. I always knew I could lean on her and

seek advice—and I’ll probably continue to do so years after graduation. I wish the best of luck to my successor, Josh Skaggs, who will take on the role of executive editor after my tenure is up. Josh, you have a challenging road ahead of you, but I believe your love for this field will guide you along, and I’m absolutely certain that you and your staff will bring the paper to new heights. The experiences I gained from The FlorAla as a writer, news/managing editor, and eventually executive editor were so invaluable I could never begin to possibly list all of the things I have learned. All I know is that what I took from The Flor-Ala in terms of my journalism education taught me more than I ever would have learned in the classroom. The relationships I have fostered and experiences I have gained have helped me grow professionally and personally. Thank you to everyone who has shown me kindness, offered a helping hand, provided me with advice, given me a second chance and been there with me along my journey. I’m excited about whatever new adventure awaits me in life. Most of all, thank you to our readers. Without you, we’re nothing. Thank you for giving us a reason to wake up every day to do these jobs so that we can serve you by providing useful, timely information through journalistic storytelling. For that, I am incredibly grateful.

Thanks to all who made this yearʼs paper possible <WUUa*WT\WV


With the end of my tenure drawing near, I couldn’t help but think of what all I have been through during this crazy year of being sports editor for The Flor-Ala. I think the rest of The Flor-Ala staff would probably agree with me that this was one of the most stressful years we have ever had. Time management was probably the most difficult thing to deal with, especially since I had three jobs. Despite all the hardships that occurred, I couldn’t be more thankful to Student Media for

giving me the opportunity to hold this position. This year has taught me so much I probably would have never gotten. Having this position has taught me how to deal with pressure situations ranging from covering big stories to dealing with high-ranking officials on campus. In terms of my career, it was something I needed to improve on if I wanted to be successful. I also wanted to say how thankful I am to have worked with an extremely talented staff: Josh Skaggs, Andy Thigpen and Alex Lindley. I think each of them should have no problem making a lot of money once they are out in the job market. Normally, I wouldn’t think too highly of my bosses, but working under my Executive Editor Lucy Berry has been a real honor. She is a very talented writer, and I have

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learned so much by watching and taking as much advice as I could from her. If it weren’t for her and the rest of the staff, I probably would not have made it through the year. I’m really going to miss coming in on Mondays and having our karaoke moments as we work on our pages. I would also like to thank the writers I had for my section who helped me cover many games and issues that occurred during the year. Without them, it would have made it very difficult to do my job as best as I possibly could. As for the new staff coming in for next year, I hope nothing but the very best, and I know they will help make the paper even better than we did this year. The new group is extremely talented, and I know they will get the job done. Again, I am very thankful to all of those who helped make this year’s paper possible. It has been an amazing run being the sports editor for The Flor-Ala, and my goal coming in was to leave it at a better place than it was before. I hope I achieved it.

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Thursday, April 26, 2012 • The Flor-Ala

Thanks for listening, UNA





This is it, the last issue. The end, final countdown, curtain call, all those good clichés. For two years, I’ve written for The Flor-Ala, and, this last year, I worked as the online editor, and to be honest, I really don’t want to stop. But the time has come, and I know the new staff of The Flor-Ala is ready to go and improve the paper even more than this year, so I have to say goodbye. The only problem is, I don’t want to say those seven letters. Once I do, it’s officially over. So instead, let me tell you a story. Recently, I had the honor to meet members from universities in Serbia who were visiting UNA. Most of them were students and faculty from journalism departments interested in how universities in America run their student papers. After spending a few days visiting the fast-paced, daily paper at University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Serbian students came to our weekly paper. Of course, there’s no way Florence could compare to the capital of Wisconsin. Except Neven Obradovic, a faculty advisor from Serbia, said compared to Madison, he would rather come back to Florence and Alabama. Why would they choose Florence over Madison? Well, besides the famous southern charm, Obradovic and some of the students told me there was a difference in UNA’s small college town. People actually listened to them. In Wisconsin, some of the female Serbian students were telling their hostess about the civil wars in Serbia, especially the Kosovo War that shook their childhood. As they told the hostess about mortar fire and the country tearing itself apart, the hostess listened silently and responded by saying “That’s pretty cool.” Let me repeat that. A civil war is “pretty cool.” And that’s not all. One of the Serbians was talking to someone else in Wisconsin about waking up to sirens and other changes that came with the wars in Serbia. “That’s great” was all they got in response. Now, I know how busy everyone is nowadays. We have dozens of gadgets constantly screaming for our attention, and university students are especially busy with events and parties. That doesn’t mean we can forget how to communicate. I’m proud of my university. I’m proud of Florence. We have problems like anywhere else with ignorance and being too full of ourselves, but after seeing how these strangers from Serbia became lifelong friends to everyone they met, I see UNA still cares. I’m glad our UNA community still listens, but I fear we can focus on ourselves too much and everything could become “pretty cool.” Anyway, goodbye UNA. Thanks for reading. It’s been fun, but don’t forget. If The Flor-Ala stops telling you what you need to know, don’t feel afraid to stand up and chew the paper out. Please do that. Journalists are only as good as their audiences, and if we don’t have you to converse with, we’re just writing for the wind.

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Warning: you can make maple syrup with the sap that follows. This is my final paper for the year, and I’m conflicted. When I got this position about a year ago, I had no clue what I was doing. I had written a handful of stories for The Flor-Ala, none of them any good. Not only that, but I had only a small interest in journalism. I hated the inverted pyramid formula, and AP wasn’t my style (pardon the jargon and pun—and rhyme). So when I was asked at Hank Klibanoff ’s Monday night lecture what it is that drives journalists—what is it in journalists that keeps them going, always finding the story, not stopping at the police tape and always staying hot on the trail of a solid lead, I didn’t know what

Letter to the Editor: ,M)V\Mô;UQ\P


This letter is in response to the article printed on March 22, 2012 entitled “Greek GPAs fall below standard, new guidelines set in place for fall semester.” As the Assistant Director of Student Engagement for Greek Affairs, I feel that this article misrepresented Greek Life at UNA. In addition to misrepresenting Greek Life, we were misled on the intent of the article. I was approached by a writer of the Flor-Ala stating that they were writing a story on GPAs of student organizations from various areas on campus to find similarities on the requirements and policies for maintaining a certain GPA. However, when the story was printed, the main focus was on Greek Life and the chapters that have the

to say. But here’s my answer: it’s about telling a story. Humans have this incredible, innate urge to tell stories. From cave walls to newsprint, we’ve had an evolutionary desire to share experiences with one another. To me, journalism is an offshoot of that desire. The desire to tell is there; the speaker only needs to find the appropriate mode. There’s a quotation attributed to several people that goes, “Journalism is the first rough draft of history.” Klibanoff echoed it Monday by saying journalists “sit on the front row of history.” I’ve experienced these quotations in my job this year. This year, our staff broke D-I news to the public, watched Terry Bowden leave—and followed him with a notepad—experienced four student deaths and covered our area’s own tornado crisis. I have been on ghost hunts, discussed poetry with Ishmael Reed and got Matisyahu to beatbox in an interview. I may lowest GPAs. This negative portrayal of Greek Life did not sit well with any Greek student and many Non-Greek students. When asked how he felt after reading the article Randy Thomason, Alpha Tau Omega President and 2011 Head SOAR Counselor, replied “My first thought was a misrepresentation of Greek Life is taking place. I do acknowledge that some organizations have room for improvement; however, I feel that Greek Life makes significant contributions to this university and the surrounding community. The article only posed the details that would cause the reader to come to a negative conclusion.” When asked the same question Ralph Akalonu, member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and SGA President, replied, “It has to be said that the Greek system holds majority of the leadership positions on campus: current and incoming SGA President, 2011 and 2012 Head

even get J. Cole next week. Not to mention all of the amazing people I’ve met who have helped me along the way. So, I’m conflicted. I want to say—as I’ve alluded to in the office many times in the past few weeks—that I’m happy to be leaving. That I’ll finally be able to sleep Monday nights (and Sunday nights… Tuesday nights…). And that I finally won’t have to worry about misquoting a source or one of the other scandalous things a journalist can do. But none of that’s true. I’m going to miss the stories and the bloody red, 4 a.m. eyes. I’ll miss the introductions and shaking of hands and the patience needed in a difficult interview. I’ll miss the 8 a.m. phone calls. I’ll miss our no-windowed office ... eh, only a little. What I’ll say instead is: for those who fancy themselves wriers, try journalism on for size and see how it fits. At the very least you can get the campus mad at you before you leave. SOAR Counselor, UPC Vice President, 2011 LaGrange Society Commander and Co-Captain, and 2011-2012 Miss UNA winners to name a few. I felt that the article was focused on the negatives without highlighting any of the positives.” Academics are first priority for Greek Life. Like any other student organizations, our chapters recognize and face challenges of balancing school work with extracurricular activities. Greek students strive to become better students and leaders for our community. They dedicate time and energy for causes that help to change lives. For example, they consistently comprise majority of the teams for Step Show and Step Sing in which all proceeds are donated to United Way. With all these different areas affected positively by Greek students, imagine if Greek Life did not exist on campus. Would this campus be better or worse?

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Thursday, April 26, 2012 • The Flor-Ala

TOP 10 PHOTOS OF THE YEAR photo by BARRY MINOR I Staff Photographer

Commentary by Malisa McClure - Chief Photographer

photo by KAYLA SLOAN I Staff Photographer

Well, it’s been a crazy year. From three student deaths, to multiple tornadoes, to hundreds (seemingly thousands!) of photo assignments—this year has been nothing if not eventful. Thankfully, through it all, my amazing photography staff has been there. Readers, we really owe these guys a big thank you. To Kayla, my successor as chief— I cannot wait to see what you do in this position. In some ways, I think you will be a better leader than I was able to be for you, and I know you and your staff will kick butt! To Barry—I am sad to see you leave the paid staff, but I hope you will be able to volunteer with us next year. Remember you are extremely talented, and even though we didn’t always meet eye to eye, well, Roll Tide! To Darrick—though you are no longer on staff with us, your work is very much appreciated. You are certainly missed here, and I hope you are one day able to work with us again.

And, P.S., sorry I was insensitive the last time we spoke. To the incoming staff, Michael and Christina—I’ve been really impressed with your work as volunteers, and I can’t wait to see your work next year. You guys are in for a wild ride, so buckle up and hold on! To the volunteers, Phillip and Carrie—Thank you so much for the work that you do. Volunteer work is invaluable to the Office of Student Media, and it really takes a load off our backs to have you guys. I hope Kayla can count on seeing you guys in her meetings next year! To the editorial and ad staffs— well, firstly, I am excited to be joining you all as next year’s sports editor! You all have done a great job this year, and I can’t wait to carry on your work. Lucy, you are a brilliant gal with a bright future, and I’m excited to watch your career progress. To everyone at The Flor-Ala, pat yourselves on the back—we deserve it. To 2012-2013!

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photo by MALISA MCCLURE I Chief Photographer

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Thursday, April 26, 2012 â&#x20AC;˘ The Flor-Ala

Eye on Prize

Contact Sports Editor Tommy Bolton at 256.765.4364

Baseball team plays rival UAH with GSC title on the line Page 7B


Above KAYLA SLOAN I Staff Photographer Below TOMMY BOLTON I Student Photographer

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Thursday, April 26, 2012 • The Flor-Ala

Baseball looks to build momentum before tourney 5I\\?QT[WV


UNA heads into its final week of the season sitting at the top of the GSC standings and having the ability to control where they will be seeded in the conference tournament. The 2012 GSC baseball tournament will take place May 4 to 8 in Rome, Ga. Games will be played at State Mutual Stadium, the home of the minor league Rome Braves. The Lions have a conference record of 14-7 going into their final week, which will end at the University of Alabama-Huntsville, currently third in the conference at 13-8. Coach Mike Keehn stressed the importance of the final week of the season for the Lions. “Our first visit to the campus of UAH

will be a good test for us,” he said. “Those games will have a tournament feel, with their fans on top of us and a chance for us to lock up a top seed in the conference tournament.” Second baseman Michael Schmidt likes the direction the team is heading as the regular season comes to an end. “This past weekend’s sweep against New Orleans will give us some good momentum as we try and finish this season out strong,” Schmidt said. “We’ve been swinging the bats well here at the end of the season, and that is a good sign as we get ready for a big series against UAH and the conference tournament.” Offensively, UNA sits in the middle of the conference being fifth in team batting average (.294), and fifth in slugging percentage (.409). However, it is second in conference in runs scored (281) and third in total hits (380).

UNA tops the category for strikeouts with 259, 11 more than West Florida’s solid pitching staff. UNA’s small ball approach offensively also shows up in the conference stats with UNA topping the sacrifice bunts category with 51 and second in stolen bases with 88. The UNA baseball team is scheduled to play at rival UAH April 28 with a double-header starting at 2 p.m. photo by KAYLA SLOAN I Staff Photographer The Lions will then play a single game April Junior Andrew Almon helps a player up after colliding with 29 at 1 p.m., closing out him running to first base. the regular season. start May 4 with the matchups still to be The GSC tournament is scheduled to determined.

Fantasy sports grow in popularity with students 7ZZMa*WT\WV


Getting the experience of owning your own sports team can be done during every sports season for any diehard sports fan just by getting on the Internet. Fantasy sport players make their own sports teams with real athletes, and a season is made through various types of rules to help make the competition that much more intense. Fantasy sports are a growing

trend among thousands of fans across the world, and the competition that occurs with friends makes it that much more exciting and appealing, said UNA basketball player Wes Long. “As competitive as I am, I want to win,” Long said. “Obviously there is no award except for bragging rights, but it’s also kind of fun to manage your own team. It’s a change of pace for me as well because, as a player, the result of the game is on me, but in fantasy sports, all I can do is play my best players and sit back and watch.”

With the popularity of the fantasy growing, fans are growing into the love of professional sports more than just college sports. “I already watch a lot of games,” Long said. “It does make me watch more guys or teams that I wouldn’t normally watch on T.V.” At first, the rules of learning how to play can be very tough at times, but the more you play the game, it flows as if you were playing it in real life. Fantasy sports is simply the way it sounds: there is noth-

ing physical about playing the game except for the hours you spend monitoring your team.” Long said that is one of the many reasons why people play fantasy sports and also a way of spending time with friends. “I would say it is really fun and easy to play,” Long said. “You get to have a good time with friends, it’s easy and anybody can play. I think that’s a good thing you don’t have to be athletic. I enjoy playing it with my friends back home who I don’t get to see and talk to that much.”




Thursday, April 26, 2012 • The Flor-Ala

ʻDeckheadsʼ become new tradition at games 5I\\?QT[WV


When UNA’s baseball players play at home, they know they can count on a devoted group of students to be right there with them. They get there early and they stay for the whole game. You can hear them cheering, as well as heckling, and you can see them behind right field in solid numbers. They are not afraid of the cold, the rain or

UNA fans argue a call during a baseball game earlier this year.

complaining coaches from opposing teams. They are known as the Deckheads, and they are exactly what college fans should be. Started in 2011 by students Jeff Ritter, Josh Penney, Nick McGregor, Scott Fleming, Qualon Millender and Robby Burdine, the Deckheads have become a staple at all home baseball games for the Lions. “We saw how other schools had big turnouts and fan sections at baseball games and we really wanted to get that started here at UNA,” Ritter said. “We set up shop out here behind right field, and we’re here to stay.” The decks were built by the baseball program, and Ritter’s Rally Shack, as it was originally called, quickly sprouted up. “We talked to coach Keehn and coach Hancock, and they supported what we were doing,” Penney said. Five flags spelling out “LIONS” flap in the breeze above the heads of the students on the deck. Large cardboard cutouts of photos by KAYLA SLOAN I Staff Photographer Keehn and Hancock are also displayed on The Deckheads show their support during a UNA baseball game earlier this year. the outfield fence. When the opposing team’s coach makes players and carried on by their faithful fans. from the Deckheads. This has come to be a trip to the pitching mound, the Deckheads A seventh-inning stretch tradition start- known as the “Hump Jump.” can be heard belting out a call and response ed by the Deckheads gives the loyal fans “We’re sad that this season is coming to chant: “Take him out! Leave him in! Take a moment in the spotlight as they belt out an end,” Ritter said. “We want this to grow him out! Leave him in!” “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond over and for more students to come out and have When UNA is on the verge of starting their own speakers. And just like they do a great time while we cheer on our team.” an offensive surge: “Rally, rally, the pitch- at Fenway Park, the music is cut down just Penney said the aim of the group is er’s name is Sally” rains down on the op- in time for the fans to emphatically vocalize simple. posing team from right field. the “bah, bah, bah” of the chorus. “It’s all about grilling out, cheering on If a UNA batter hits a double, he stands After a big win, you might see junior our team and giving the other team a hard on second base and turns to the Deckheads, Drew Humphrey make his way from the time,” he said. “We just want to have a bumping both fists on his helmet signify- dugout out to right field to jump onto the good time and support one of our best proing “moose,” a tradition started by the fence to celebratory pats and high fives grams here at UNA.”


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Year in Review Review of how each UNA sports team fared in 2011-2012 Volleyball The volleyball team reached the NCAA tournament for the 14th time in school history, which is also the most of any Gulf South Conference team. The team finished the season at 24-9 and lost to Rollins College 3-1 in the openning round of the NCAA tournament.

Soccer UNA soccer player Chloe Roberts received the National Player of the Year award as she guided the Lions to a 17-4 record and becoming Gulf South Conference Champions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being named player of the year and national player of the year was a great achievement for me,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One that I was not expecting or even dreaming of getting. The success we had last season was amazing, especially making school history for winning the GSC championship for the first time. Every individual played their part in a remarkable season for UNA soccer.â&#x20AC;? photo by CARRIE COOK I Student Photographer

Senior guard Beaumont Beasley drives to the goal during a game this season.



UNA sports hit some highs and lows during the year, with a head coach leaving, becoming first-time champions and trying to keep a winning tradition alive. With the Division I move on the horizon, the chance of taking advantage of achieving huge goals in Division II hit full stride for all UNA teams.


The UNA football team (9-3) had enormous expectations with the signing of future NFL star Janoris Jenkins but failed to live up to the hype. The off-season headlines overshadowed the disappointment with head football coach Terry Bowden departing for Akron University. After the departure, UNA turned to former head coach Bobby Wallace to lead the Lions next season.

WomenĘźs Basketball Coming off an NCAA tournament appearance from the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball team last season, the Lions (15-13) returned three-point bomber Dana Jackson but were

unable to continue the success from the previous year.

MenĘźs Basketball The UNA basketball team lost key players from the previous year but added Texas Tech transfer Theron Jenkins and returned guard Beaumont Beasley. The duo was a catalyst in the turn around, with a 15-12 record that included two wins against top 25 teams and a victory over national runner-up Montevallo.

Baseball With the baseball season still underway, the UNA Lions have achieved a near-perfect game by junior pitcher Chad Boughner and a first-time No. 1 national ranking. The Lions (34-12) prepare for the GSC tournament with the hopes of improving their playoff seeding. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have some good wins this year, and our pitching staff has done a good job all year long in giving us a chance to win every game,â&#x20AC;? said UNA second basemen Michael Schmidt. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we are playing good defense behind our pitchers, we are a tough team to beat. It wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hurt to hit the ball and put up with more runs, but overall I am pleased with our performance this year. We just got to get the bats going.â&#x20AC;?

Tennis The UNA tennis teams were a tale of two teams. The womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tennis team had an improving year with a record of 12-8, and the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team slipped to a 3-14 record.

Softball The UNA softball team saw some improvement this season with a fast start in the win column at 9-4, but the conference schedule put a hole in their winning season, as they sit at 19-24 going into the conference tournament. Looking back at the 2011-2012 there were many highs and lows, but each team has shown signs of having successful years to come.

Golf Another rising team this year is the golf team with six team wins. UNA is ranked third nationally, led by Ty Chandler, who is ranked third nationally in D-II and 41st nationally among all college golfers. They are also led by eighth ranked Jake Greer according to, Tyler Ekenberg and Blaise Wilson. The golf won their third GSC championship April 24.

photo by MICHAEL REDDING I Student Photographer

Senior outfielder Ali Barnett shows her frustration during a game earlier this year.



1. DIVISION I MOVE, OVC REJECTION UNA athletics decided to move to Division I athletics in June 2011. The momentum was halted because the OVC chose not to extend an invitation to the university Nov. 16, 2011

2. BOWDEN OUT, WALLACE IN After a disappoint-

photos by MALISA MCCLURE Chief Photographer

The press box of Cowboys Stadium as the football team plays Abilene Christian eaerlier this year. (Top left) Bobby Wallace. (Top right) Terry Bowden talk to the media during news conferences.

ing end to the 2011 football season, head coach Terry Bowden opted out of his contract Dec. 22, 2011 to accept the head coaching position with University of Akron. On Jan. 2, 2012, UNA announced former head coach Bobby Wallace as Bowdenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s successor.

3. JANORIS JENKINS Former Florida Gators All-American Jano-

ris Jenkins decided to leave Florida and 011. ESPNâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s signed with UNA June 22, 2011. pected to go Mel Kiper said Jenkins is expected within the first two rounds of the April 26, 2012, NFL Draft.

4. CHLOE ROBERTS S Junior formed the Ron ward Chloe Roberts was named Lenz National Player of thee Year, scoring 16 goals, with 15 assists.. She helped st Gulf South lead the soccer team to its first story. Conference title in school history. 5. UNA REACHES NO. 1 UNA n the Amerifootball was ranked No. 1 in ociation poll can Football Coaches Association Oct. 3, 2011, for the first timee since Sept. 9, 1996. ;MM<WXXIOM*

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Thursday, April 26, 2011 • The Flor-Ala

Greer hopes to finish career strong on, off field 4I]ZMV-[\M[


Golf team member Jake Greer hopes to continue success in his senior season with UNA. After the UNA golf team found itself in the win column in several tournaments in the fall of 2011, Greer said he wants to continue pushing forward and finishing strong after each match and as his career at UNA comes to a close. “We want to keep playing good like we are;we’ve won seven out of eight tournaments,” he said. “Individually, also keep playing well. I want to try and grab a couple of individual honors, but more or less it’s a team thing, and we just want to try and win it all. I’d like to be first team all-American, first team all-region and first team all-conference. The last couple of years, I’ve been all-academic, and I’d like to continue that. That is one I’m really focused on.” Greer is graduating in May of 2013 and majoring in sports management. Although

he is a student athlete at UNA, the ‘student’ part is very important to him and his future. “I always have to be on top of everything,” he said. “The teachers here are great and always work with you especially if you’re an athlete; I just do the work that I have to do. “I want to be a golf coach in college, hopefully somewhere in the South. I’ll go anywhere, but a Division I school would be great, but hopefully start out as an assistant somewhere in Florida, maybe.” Head golf coach Stuart Clark worked as a professional golfer before taking the head coaching job at UNA. Greer said he is a great leader and that he leads simply by example. “He shows us by his example; he is not very vocal,” Greer said. “He wants us to do the best we can and also to show the younger guys the right way to do everything.” Game-day routines for any athlete might be considered superstitious, crazy, etc. simply because some athletes stick to the same plan on every game day, or in Greer’s case, a golf tournament which could be several

<WXKWV\QV]MLNZWUXIOM!* UNA baseball was ranked No. 1 for the first time in school history by the National Collegiate Baseball Writer’s Association March 27, 2012.

6. CHAD BOUGHNER Junior pitcher Chad Boughner set a school record with his 16-strikeout performance against Quincy Feb. 26, 2012. Boughner allowed only one run on three hits over the course of eight innings. 7. DANA JACKSON On Feb. 2, 2012, Dana Jackson became the new career 3-Pt. FGs leader, making two three-pointers against West Georgia. She finished her career with 190 3-Pt. FGs.

days in a row. “I’m the crazy one on the team; everyone else is there about 30 minutes before their tee-time—I’m there an hour and a half early,” he said. “I try and get prepared mentally and make sure my body is awake. I eat breakfast—anything we got—Chickfil-a, free continental breakfast at the hotel, whatever. I listen to music. I usually turn on my iPod and listen to the “Meet Virginia” radio station on Pandora and crank out to that until it’s time to go.” Greer encourages other student athletes to stay on top of their studies and do well in the classroom, not just on the field/court/ green. “Stay on top of everything, (and) don’t skip class,” he said. “It seems like the cool thing to do at the time, but like a week later you’re sitting there wondering what you’re doing in class, and that’s not fun. Always have a good relationship with the teachers—they’re there to help you and the professors care about you graduating and looking to help you out.”

8. LIONS GOLF EARNS RECORD-BREAKING WIN UNA golf was the first team in history to finish under par at the Southeastern Collegiate Tournament March 12 through 13, 2012. The team finished with a record 23 under par, 841 three-round total. This was also the first Southeastern Collegiate Tournament win for UNA golf. Ty Chandler, Jake Greer and Blaise Wilson claimed three of the top-four spots in tournament results.

9. LIONS PLAY AT COWBOYS STADIUM The UNA football team traveled to play at one of the largest stadiums in sports, Cowboys Stadium. UNA beat Abilene Christian Sept. 17, 2011, with a 23-17 victory.

photo by MICHAEL REDDING I Student Photographer

Senior golfer Jake Greer prepares to make a shot during practice in preparation for the Gulf South Tournament.

10. COACH REACHES MILESTONE Head volleyball coach Stephanie Radecki reached a career milestone with her 200th win Sept. 17, 2011, against the University of South Carolina-Aiken. Radecki has been with the UNA volleyball team since 2003. Follow us at @ FlorAlaSports on Twitter for live updates during UNA sporting events



Thursday, April 26, 2012 â&#x20AC;˘ The Flor-Ala

Thursday, April 26, 2012 â&#x20AC;˘ The Flor-Ala





Tweets of the week

Thursday, April 26, 2012 â&#x20AC;˘ The Flor-Ala DISCLAIMER: The tweets below are public tweets found on Twitter by searching hashtags involving UNA, Florence, Shoals and other university-related topics. Want to see yours on here? Be sure to hashtag UNA and Shoals in your tweets.

April 26 Issue  

Check out our Top 10 news stories, photos and sports stories, along with information on Kilby school and pollution at Cypress Creek in the l...