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Feb. 28, 2013

Volume 81, Issue 22

Student Sttud S dent newspaper newspa pa ap pe er of o the University of North Alabama



Police investigate alleged gang rape attempt Country club ALEX LINDLEY


UNA police are investigating an attempted rape that reportedly occurred Feb. 21 in the on-campus apartments on Circular Drive. Police are still investigating the case and have made no arrests, said UNA

police Chief Bob Pastula Feb. 26. The victim reported no injuries from the incident, according to police reports. The police questioned two suspects, one white male and one black male, according to reports. Neither suspect was armed. “Some guys brought a girl home from the bar, and she said it was a gang rape

type of situation,” Pastula said. The victim reported to police that she went home from a bar in Muscle Shoals at approximately 2:20 a.m. with two men, according to the report. When she arrived at their on-campus apartment, there were several other males

sale contract under review JOSH SKAGGS





Sale contracts are being drafted by the city of Florence to sell the Florence Golf and Country Club to UNA’s parter Shenqi Medical College in China, officials with the university said. The property has been proposed as the new home for a newly started integrative health program, officials said. “We have seen the first draft (of the contract), and (it) is back with the city now,” said UNA Vice Provost



photo by KAYLA SLOAN I Chief Photographer

Students and members of UPC participate in Condom Casino in the GUC. The event was hosted by the programming organization and cost students approximately $4,000.

Students: bulk of UPC budget spent during spring months, concerts BLYTHE STEELMAN 7VTQVM-LQ\WZ J[\MMTUIV(]VIML]

Movies, games, tailgating and novelties. That’s what UPC has spent approximately 15 percent of their overall budget on during 2012-2013.


this week’s paper

Each semester, students pay a $27 Student Activities Fee to the university. The fee automatically sets aside $2 for the Lion’s Den game room, and the remaining $25 divides among student allocation, leadership and volunteerism, and UPC, a division of the SGA.

NEWS................2A IMAGES..............4A VIEWPOINTS.........7A

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“UPC gets about 45 percent of that $25,” said Laura Giles, SGA treasurer. UPC has spent $20,503 of its $141,750 budget for the fiscal year, according to the organization’s February budget update.


for International Affairs Chunsheng Zhang. Zhang said the university and Shenqi Medical College Chairman Zhang Zhiting will move forward with the development of the property after contract negotiations take place. “Basically we look forward to getting him here soon for the actual purchase of the land and for the development of architecture plans and the development of the property,” said UNA Spokesman Josh Woods. The city council unanimously voted at their Jan. 8 meeting to approve a resolution authorizing Florence Mayor Mickey Haddock to negotiate the purchase of the land for the university’s new integrative health program and residential village. During their Feb. 19 meeting, the council also voted to rezone the property for use by the university. Zhiting placed an offer with the city for $2.1 million with a promise of $50,000 in earnest money to be paid to the city earlier this year. Zhang said the next steps include getting Zhiting to Florence to negotiate contracts and start the design process for the property. Officials would not speculate on when building would begin on the site once contracts are approved.



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SAAC starts text donation campaign TRISTA IRVIN


The UNA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is working with the Make-AWish Foundation in the NCAA Division II National SAAC’s first text donation campaign, which began Feb. 1 and will continue through March 10. The texting campaign allows participants to make $5 donations by texting “D2Wishes” to 5055. The donation gets


added to participants’ phone bills. The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a non-profit organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. A Make-A-Wish sponsor since 2003, D-II has raised more than $2.4 million and has granted more than 338 wishes, according to the NCAA’s website. The SAAC is a student organization consisting of two student athletes from

each sport appointed by head coaches. The committee promotes and represents the interests and views of the student athletes and encourages members to get involved in community service projects. “It’s really nice to be able to help out with Make-A-Wish Foundation and be able to help kids that are in need because I feel like, as student athletes, a lot of those kids look up to us,” said SAAC president





Rivertown Womenʼs Center opens necessities pantry owner not threatened by Starbucks ELISE COFIELD


John Cartwright, owner of Rivertown Coffee Co., located on North Seminary Street downtown, is not the average business man. In fact, he said he is not shaken by the threat of competition from the Starbucks branch promised for the Academic Commons Building on UNA’s campus next year; although, he understands that he could lose a few customers as a result of its opening. “I don’t have that competitive mindset, and if everyone can survive, then I’m happy,” he said. In October 2004, Cartwright and his wife (girlfriend at the time) acted on their dream to create a locally-owned coffee shop to draw in people from all corners of the community. Cartwright recalled how much he has enjoyed getting Rivertown rooted in the community, pausing occasionally to greet customers by name as they entered. “I feel like we have an established customer base and can offer something very different from a corporate business on a college campus,” he said. This “customer base” includes people like Alicia Threet, a UNA student. Threet considers herself a regular at Rivertown, having grown up in Florence and having watched the shop take root in the community for the past eight years. “I can say without hesitation that Starbucks will have no effect on how often I go to Rivertown,” she said. “To me, choosing Rivertown is a no-brainer.” Threet said part of the allure of going to Rivertown is experiencing the “downto-earth environment” unique to the coffee shop. Rivertown also has an edge over its contender because it offers lunch menu

photo by ROGER WANG I Student Photographer

Jean Ann Willis and Genna Bradley cut the ribbon to officially open the Women’s Center’s Pride Pantry for Necessities Feb. 20. The pantry will provide personal items to UNA students, faculty and staff who are in need.



The UNA Center for Women’s Studies opened its Pride Pantry for Necessities Feb. 20. Genna Bradley and Jean Ann Willis began the project as part of Leading Edge Institute’s nine-month program for female leadership in Alabama. “This is something that’s been on my heart for a long time,” Willis said. “We know this will greatly impact and benefit ;MM:1>-:<7?6XIOM) those less fortunate within the community.”

Lynne Rieff, UNA director for women’s studies, said she hopes the pantry will be useful. Willis said the pantry will follow certain rules. “We are asking people only apply every two weeks with valid identification,” Willis said. “This is only for campus students, faculty and staff.” Bradley said the pantry has been a product of factors coming together. “In March of 2012 we were taught how to be better leaders,” Bradley said. “We were shown the need that is right

here in Alabama and that we do need strong female leadership.” Donations to the pantry came from various contributors and a grant received by Bradley and Willis for their program. “People are more than welcome to donate by bringing items to the Women’s Center,” Bradley said. “We’ve been able to get a lot from couponing so far and we hope to begin setting up drives around campus to collect.” Items in the room contain an array of products for both men and women,



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Senate to finalize Lion Night details BLYTHE STEELMAN 7VTQVM-LQ\WZ J[\MMTUIV(]VIML]

SGA Senate discussed further plans for the upcoming Lion Night April 18 in their meeting Feb. 21. Senator John Thigpen said the Office of Student Affairs will again be taking part in sponsorship of the event, alongside Florence Main Street. “This event is happening,” Thigpen said. “Now it just comes down to figuring out details and getting things in order.” Three bands will be booked for the event, Thigpen said. The Interfraternity Council will also be incorporating their annual “Walk a Mile (in Her Shoes)” event into Lion Night this year, where fraternity members will walk a mile downtown in heels to raise awareness about rape, sexual assault and gender violence. After a guest speaker from Florence Main Street attended the Feb. 14 Senate meeting, members are also now brainstorming ways to add new features to Lion Night. Members discussed adding guided tours for students around downtown areas, and while some senators said they felt it would be unnecessary, others said it could be useful for students. “I know that there are some places freshman students haven’t been to, even if they have lived here for seven or eight

months already,” said Mary-Francis Wilson, senator. Discussion of further plans for the event will come in future weeks, Senate officials said. The inaugural Lion Night was held last semester and was started as a movement to introduce UNA students to downtown Florence and what the city has to offer, officials said. SGA President Will Riley also gave an update on the university’s move to Division I during his officer report. He said he met with officials recently, and while UNA is still waiting on a conference bid, a new conference has sparked the university’s interest. “The Atlantic Sun Conference is something we’re looking at right now,” Riley said. “The Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) would still be a good fit for us, though. “We’ll be D-II through at least next year, so nothing is set in stone yet. That’s just one of the options available for UNA.” Sarah Emerson, chairperson of the Legislative Affairs Committee, presented Bill 13-11, which would allot $285.75 from the miscellaneous section of the 2012-2013 budget to buy T-shirts for Senate members. However, Wilson said since she has a quote from a company, she is currently

file photo by CHRISTINA COVINGTON I Staff Photographer

Local band SCM Electrix performs on Mobile Plaza in downtown Florence during last semester’s Lion Night. Senate officials are finalizing details for upcoming Lion Nights to be held several times a year.

working on a separate bill to purchase polo shirts for the organization. She will be presenting the bill at the next Senate meeting, she said. Bill 13-11 failed in Senate, but the group will be looking at both options for shirts at the next meeting.





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WHITE BOY SWAG by Staff Photographer Christina Covington

My friend Jason the Kid, a musician/rapper, made an appearance this week at the end. theater in downtown Florence for an open event. He comes all the way from Atlanta, where he has a large following, but in Florence he has a pretty large following also. He’s an independent artist who has several music videos out, such as “White Boy Swag,” “Frigid,” “Hold on Shut Up Re-

mix” and others just to name a few. Jason has made several appearances for shows in Florence before, including some of UNA’s Greek Life events. So, I decided it would be cool follow him around a little since he’s somewhat of a big name and another guest in our town of aspiring musicians.


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Giles said she is responsible for creating and monitoring the budget throughout the year. “The budget starts on October 1,” she said. “A lot of what is in the budget will be spent in August and September.” UPC Vice President Jori Chatman said it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what UPC does. “It’s hard to identify what UPC is,” she said. “We do so much on campus.” SGA Chief of Staff KeKoria Greer said she agrees. “When it comes to UPC, students may not know exactly who it is, but if you bring up a lot of the events they do, they’ll know what you’re talking about,” Greer said. UPC is split into five committees: Movies and Novelties, Culture and Education, Live Acts, Service, and Spirit, officials said. Each committee has their own line in the budget, with Live Acts allotted $75,000 — the largest portion of the overall budget. There is no dollar amount yet on what will be spent for the spring concert, but Aaron Lovelady, chairman of the Live Acts committee, reported to UPC members the tentative double headliner show with Phillip Phillips and Mat Kearney will be under budget, according to the Jan. 28 UPC meeting minutes. The Spirit committee is allotted $20,000 for the fiscal year, and the committee has currently spent $3,962.35, according to budget documents. “The Spirit committee handles all of the tailgating at every football game, as well as two baseball games and one

+:15-KWV\QV]ML NZWUXIOM) present, according to the report. She reported that the two suspects tried to rape her after forcing her into a bedroom on her way to the bathroom, according to reports. She was able to flee the apartment and was picked up nearby by police, according to reports.

1A: UPC officials to spend bulk of budget on concert softball game,” Giles said. “They feed a guaranteed 100 students at each tailgate. “They also take care of the banners, bows and T-shirts during Purple Reign week. This year, they took care of Foamapalooza and Laserpalooza.” The $15,000 line for the Movies and Novelties committee has paid $6,485.95 for three movies during the 2012-2013 school year, as well as Fright Night last fall. “We’ve shown ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ and ‘Breaking Dawn 2,’ and we’ll be showing ‘Brave’ soon,” Giles said. The Culture and Education committee recently hosted a Condom Casino, which they spent $4,000 on and only 50 to 70 students attended, Giles said. “Everything was done on our end months in advance, but the company slacked,” Giles said. “It’s hard to promote an event that you’re not even sure is going to happen.” UPC Adviser Tyler Thompson said he has no part in deciding what the organization chooses to spend their money on. “I think the best way to describe the adviser’s role is like a driver’s education course,” Thompson said. “It’s a student-run group by elected student leaders, and it’s student money, so they get the opportunity to make the decisions. And just like a driver’s education teacher, if someone’s going to get hurt or there are legal issues or something that will potentially hurt the campus, that’s where I come in.”

Responding officers interviewed the suspects, who denied the allegations and said the victim began accusing them of attempted rape when they could not arrange a fast enough ride home for her, according to reports. The event was reported at 2:35 a.m. Feb. 21, according to police reports. The suspects were at the apartment when police arrived, Pastula said. Responding officers transported the victim to the university police station,

University Program Council 2012-2013 Budget*: THE BREAKDOWN:


Movies & Novelties

Movies (3) Lennyʼs Fright Night Subtotal: Culture & Education Suicide Prevention Sushi Night Chinese Cake Condom Casino Subtotal: Spirit Tailgating Purple Reign Week Miscellaneous Spirit Subtotal: Miscellaneous Printing/Supplies Subtotal: Conferences NACA Subtotal: TOTAL:

where Pastula interviewed her. Pastula said he interviewed the victim because UNA Sexual Assault Investigator Shequanda Jenkins was out of town at the time of the incident. UNA police investigated two reports of sexual crimes last September, according to campus crime logs. No other sexual crimes were reported in 2012, according to the crime logs. Between 2009 and 2011, there were three reported forcible sexual offenses on

$2,446 $39.95 $4,000 $6,485.95 $1,221.87 $116.91 $30 $4,000 $5,368.78 $661.44 $3,190.75 $110.16 $3,962.35 $374.79 $374.79 $4,312 $4,312 $20,503.87

*Budget funded by 42 percent of Student Activity Fee each semester.

campus, according to the National Center for Education Statistics’ UNA profile. None of the incidents occurred in residence halls, but they were all on campus, according to the profile. To see more statistics on UNA crime and other topics, visit collegenavigator and search for the University of North Alabama. For campus emergencies or to report a crime, call campus police at 256-7654357 or 911.


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Students discuss storm safety tips

photo illustration by ALLI OWNBY I Staff Photographer

During severe weather events, students who live in campus residence halls often have to take safety measures in the residence hall hallways.

North Alabama is no stranger to tornadoes. February 17-22 marked Severe Weather Awareness Week for the state. Leah Pease, Athens State University student, recalls her connection to storms that took her home March 2, 2012. “I was at the back door of my house with my stepmother and brother, when I saw this big pink and red triangle in the sky,” she said. “I got to the hallway, covered myself with a blanket and heard

the metal street lamps outside snapping in half. When I heard all of the windows bust open and the house begin to shake, I slipped my fingers under the door nearest to me and asked myself, ‘What do I do in the last seconds of my life?’” The tornado decimated Pease’s house and numerous others in New Market, near Buckhorn High School. News reports confirmed that multiple tornadoes were taking the same path and Pease, in her pajamas and shoe-less, felt unprepared. “I blacked out, but when I came to,



items, she said. From 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, Rivertown serves soups, salads, sandwiches and wraps, as well as original daily specials, prepared by Cartwright himself. “I think a lot has to do with supporting local businesses, but it’s more than that,” Threet said. “Starbucks, undeniably, has good coffee and sweets, but Rivertown provides way beyond that. They carry great coffee, sweets — and delicious food.” Threet said Rivertown’s prices are better, too. “Starbucks’ prices are absolutely, insanely high,” she said. “Any time I’ve ever purchased something from there, I feel guilty.” Others such as Ashley White, a sophomore at UNA, plan on frequenting both locations for coffee fixes. White said she plans to shop at Starbucks occasionally between classes out of convenience but prefers Rivertown. “Rivertown is really peaceful, and Starbucks just always feels really rushed and hectic,” she said. “Plus, Rivertown coffee is just better.” White goes to Rivertown to read, write or meet with friends at least three times a week. Cartwright is confident that Rivertown can withstand the competition. “I’ve never worked in a corporate setting,” he said. “On an average day, I know the names of the people and what they order. At the end of the day, I think we can do it better than they can.”

ranging from razors to oral care. “We can keep it dignified, too,” said David Shields, vice president of student affairs. “No one needs to feel humiliated and no one needs to know why anyone is here.” Rules, regulations and procedures for the pantry can be found in the Women’s Center. “We need to continue to get this information out to the community,” Shields said. “If the sororities and fraternities knew this existed, they could significantly complement the cause. There are many people here on campus who struggle and have needs.”



I heard my stepmom calling me, and I grabbed her hand as soon as I felt it and she pulled me up,” she said. “We went to my neighbor’s house, who happened to be the sheriff, and got some jackets. We were drenched and kept asking people to take us somewhere safe, but they just told us to get in a house.” No one in Pease’s family was harmed, and her insurance provided her family with a temporary residence as well as money to begin building a new home. “If given the chance to do it all over again, the minute I heard there was a high risk, I would have gotten my wallet, my phone and charger, and gone straight to a shelter,” she said. “People need to listen to the meteorologists and officials that really know what they’re talking about.” MyWARN, a weather advisory app, was created by Bill Murray and Jeff Cross in response to the April 27 tornadoes. “My son was a student at the University of Alabama,” Murray said on the MyWARN website. “I told him that he would hear the sirens sound for the first storm, but that it would miss him. But the second storm had his name on it. If I had not communicated with him, he says he would not have been in safe shelter despite the sirens. The sirens sound so often that students paid no attention to them.” The case parallels frequent student complaints about Lion Alerts as well as Residence Life responses to potential storm threats.

“(Alabama) is in a bad trend right now, and things like Lion Alerts can save lives, even if they’re irritating,” Pease said. Caroline Thomas, a UNA student, said if she were faced with severe weather, she knows it would change her outlook. “I love storms,” she said. “I get an adrenaline rush when I hear about tornadoes, and I would always put a pillow and blanket in my bathtub when I would hear one could potentially be in the area. But a couple weeks ago when there was a tornado warning for Lauderdale County early in the morning, there was no community adviser. We were dependent on Atticus Wright to knock on our doors — he was our momma. If I were in a devastating storm, though, I would take it more seriously.” In the Digital Age, apps like MyWARN offer contributions to a safer situation. The website and app come complete with lists such as “having a plan” and what to do “during a tornado watch.” “There are only two tornado warnings on average per year for any given location even in the heart of tornado alley,” according to the MyWARN website. “So when they are issued for your specific location, take them seriously and act!” “Storms are not a joke,” Pease said. “You don’t understand — you can’t, you won’t, until it happens to you.”

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<-@<KWV\QV]MLNZWU XIOM) Wes Long. SAAC raises money every year for its Make-A-Wish campaign between September and May. “We raise money by selling T-shirts, we sold car wash tickets one year and we had a change drive,” said Peggy Wingo, athletics administrative assistant. “SAAC tries to raise at least $3,000 a year.” Along with its Make-A-Wish campaign, SAAC participates in community outreach by volunteering for the city of Florence. SAAC has also taken part in the “Lions’ Birthday Party” held in April and hosted “Movie Night with the Lions” in December, where members collected toys for Toys for Tots.

The Trailblazer Award is from the Credit Union Times and is for the Marketing Executive of the Year. Kristen was nominated by her staff for the award, and she won from a considerable number of entries from all over the country. Congratulations to Kristen and Listerhill Credit Union.


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Letters Policy The Flor-Ala welcomes and encourages Letters to the Editor. • The deadline for submitting letters is 10 a.m. Monday, the week of publication. • Letters must not exceed 400 words. • Letters must be accompanied by the writerʼs name, mailing address, phone number and email. • The Flor-Ala prefers to publish your letters exactly as written, but reserves the right to reject slanderous or libelous material. • The publication of any letter is left to the discretion of the Editorial Board. • Priority is given to letters critical of The Flor-Ala, or written in direct response to an editorial, a column, or a news story. • When the editors deem it necessary for ease of understanding or to clarify facts, an Editorʼs Note may accompany a letter. • Address correspondence to The Flor-Ala. UNA Box 5300, Florence, AL 35632. Email: • Phone: 256-765-4364 Copyright © 2013 The Flor-Ala All rights reserved. First copy free. Additional copies $1 each.

Financial literacy survey is needed wake-up call



UNA’s Office of Institutional Research, Planning & Assessment sent out a campuswide survey last week regarding students’ measures of financial literacy. The survey aimed to test general knowledge of concepts and skills associated with

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: I appreciate the Flor-Ala editorial board bringing retention to the forefront of university discussion in their February 7th editorial, “When It Comes to Retention… Change Directions.” I would like to contribute to this discussion by providing some clarity about the University Success Center, which will be housed on the second floor of the Academic Commons Building. Research in retention tells us that the first six weeks of

handling finances and then to compare this information across demographics and place it within a national context. Earlier in the semester, The Flor-Ala published an article about the need for financial literacy classes to be taught in high school or possibly at a college level. I now wholeheartedly believe they are necessary and probably incredibly beneficial. After taking this survey I was simply embarassed at how little I understood even for the scenarios the questions posed. Put simply, I know next to nothing when it comes to handling finances in an efficient

and educated manner. Sure, I know the bare basics of the game — don’t spend beyond your means, don’t use a credit card if you don’t have to and don’t hide your cash underneath your mattress. Past that, however, it’s pretty obvious that I’m not a banker and that I might just be gullible enough to borrow money at 20 or 30 percent interest. I hope plenty of students actually took the time to look at the survey email and respond to it. I would like to think that students don’t simply regard everything sent

from UNA Info or a similar address as being irrelevant junk mail. Really, any survey sent out by the university should be seriously considered, since it is more than likely practical and relevant to students’ interests and benefits. Hopefully, students were able to fill out all the survey’s questions with the utmost confidence in their budgets and taxes and interest rates. Even if that’s not the case, I hope students who come to a similar realization of less-thanstellar finance skills will take the initiative to find out how to better themselves.

the semester are the most critical for getting students connected to their college or university. To that end, the University Success Center will serve as a “One Stop Shop” for students to get critical information and direction. This is not simply a relocation of CAARS or the Writing Center, but the addition of a Math Center, expanded offerings in tutoring and study and personal skills workshops, and the addition of a First-Year Experience Program to help students who choose UNA get connected to our community faster. This is also a place where we can do more to educate students on the support resources available from Student Affairs, such as

Career Planning and Development, or Counseling Services. In essence, the University Success Center will expand what we do to support students, and strengthen their introduction to UNA. I am not convinced that increasing admission criteria, and thus likely reducing enrollment, is a wise move at this time. To do so ignores the larger systemic problems that lead to academic underpreparedness and negates UNA’s ability to participate in finding local solutions to the issue. It also unnecessarily reduces funding at a time when we are facing constant budget cuts. It’s better, I think, to provide more support for all students

who want the education and who are willing to work for it. I welcome the opportunity to meet with the Flor-Ala Editorial Board should you wish to learn more about the Center as it develops. I am sure there will be more to discuss in the future, and I thank you again for raising university awareness to the issue of retention. Dr. Robert Koch Jr. Associate Professor of English Chair, Student Success Advisory Committee Director, Center for Writing Excellence Interim Coordinator, Active Suspension Program


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Bad Lions UNA Police Department Crime Logs






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KeepinĘź up with the Lions This weekĘźs UNA scores, stats and other tidbits


Feb. 28, 2013â&#x20AC;˘ The Flor-Ala â&#x20AC;˘ Sports Editor: Malisa McClure 256-765-5098


CROSS COUNTRY The womenĘźs cross country team was named the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Team for 2012, having seventh highest cumulative GPA among all NCAA Division II programs last fall. UNAĘźs women had a combined 3.66 cumulative GPA. GOLF The Lions attended the Armstrong Pirate Invitational Feb. 25-26, but the tournament was cancelled due to rain Feb. 26 for the ďŹ rst time in its12-year history. TENNIS The menĘźs and womenĘźs teams snagged GSC victories at home Feb. 24 against Christian Brothers. The men defeated the Bucs 9-0 for their ďŹ rst win of the season, while the women won 5-2 to improve to 2-4 on the year. BASEBALL (5-4) The Lions completed a threegame sweep of Kentucy State at home Feb. 23-24. In the series, Chad Boughner broke the record for winningest pitcher in UNA history. SOFTBALL (13-3) After losing its ďŹ rst two games of the season in the ďŹ rst day of the UNA Invitational Feb. 22, the Lions went on to split the second day before winning both games Sunday. The Lions play their ďŹ rst GSC matches on the road against West Florida and Valdosta State March 2-3. BASKETBALL The men dropped the Feb. 23 home game to UA-Huntsville, while the women defeated the Chargers. The Lions play their ďŹ nal regular season games against West Georgia (Feb. 28 at home) and West Alabama (March 2 away) before the GSC tournament begins in Birmingham March 7.

photo by KAYLA SLOAN I Chief Photographer

Christian Walker and Evan Kreider ride in a bike parade on campus Feb. 26 as part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Share the Roadâ&#x20AC;? bike campaign. The two will continue to lead the parades each day this week.

Outdoor Adventure Center promotes bike safety KAYLA SLOAN


Stop on red, go on green and use appropriate turn signals â&#x20AC;&#x201D; most motorists know these basic rules of the road. But most drivers donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what to do when

they encounter a cyclist on the road. The Outdoor Adventure Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Share the Road campaign this week aimed to remedy the lack of education and to advocate biking safety in the Shoals area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to feel confident walking

or riding to class when you arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re safe,â&#x20AC;? said McKenzie Martin, coordinator of outdoor programs and special events at the OAC.



Strong runs lead to sweep of KSU BLYTHE STEELMAN 7VTQVM-LQ\WZ J[\MMTUIV(]VIML]

The Lions baseball team trampled the Kentucky State Thorobreds in a three-game sweep at home Jan. 23-24. UNA topped KSU 21-0 in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday and 15-0 in the second game. UNA set the tone for the opener by scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning, going on to score at least one run in six of the seven subsequent innings. Starting pitcher Chad Boughner pitched eight shutout innings in the opening game, sealing the Lionsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; first win of the series and making him the winningest pitcher in the history of UNAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s baseball program. Outfielder Eric Wilson hit a triple in the third inning that sent Taylor Bonifa-

cio and Josh Carpenter home. All three of them scored three runs each during the game. Outfielder Jake Ward and first baseman Josh Cyr both drove home four runs each during the opener. Relief pitcher Jacob Westerhouse came in for the ninth inning and did his job, shutting down the Thorobreds with a final scoreless inning. The Lions established their lead early in the second game, scoring seven runs in the first inning. Wilson was again a key player of the game, scoring a three-run double in the first. Senior Michael Watkins pitched, leaving the Thorobreds scoreless in every inning. He struck out 11 players and allowed only three hits during the game. Junior Bradley Noland and sophomore Dylan Boston both ended the game

three-for-four, while Drew Humphrey, Andrew Almon and Matthew Tittle followed closely, each scoring two runs. Head Coach Mike Keehn said the team played good defense over the weekend and the pitching was solid. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We challenged our pitchers to have quality outings,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One threw deep in the seventh and eighth innings, and one pitched an entire game, so that was good.â&#x20AC;? Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game put the Lions 5-4 overall with a final win and the sweep of KSU. The score was 10-3. Cade Medley started pitching during Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game, walking four players and striking out six. This was Medleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first win for UNA, and he pitched six innings.



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The Lions men’s basketball team fell short against UA-Huntsville 70-67 Feb. 24 in Flowers Hall. UNA led 30-18 with 5:55 left in the first half, but a 15-6 run to end the half by the Chargers cut the Lions’ lead to 36-33. Rashaun Claiborne hit a jump shot with 17:46 left in the game to put the Lions up 38-33. That was the largest lead UNA had in the second half. Claiborne recorded a double-double as he scored 19 points and recorded 13 rebounds. “Rashaun played well tonight,” said Bobby Champagne, head coach. The Chargers surged back to lead 41-38, a lead they would only relinquish once the rest of the game. The Lions did not let UA-Huntsville get up by more than six points. “We played hard,” Champagne said. “We had a number of guys who shot well.” The Lions cut the lead to 1 with 1:04 left in the game after DeAndre Hersey completed an old-fashioned 3-point play. “We got back into it; we tied it up and did some good things,” Champagne said. “We missed some free throws but we did a great job to get back into it. Again, this one is on me.” The referee called a foul on DeAndre

photo by MICHAEL REDDING I Staff Photographer

UNA guard Kenyan Jackson leaps past Charger Jaime Smith (#14) and Spencer Palmer (#10) Feb. 23 at Flowers Hall.

Hersey with 24 seconds left, and Champagne argued the call.

UA-Huntsville inbounded the ball to Jaime Smith while Champagne contin-

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Feb. 28, 2013 • The Flor-Ala ;?--8KWV\QV]MLNZWUXIOM* The top of the first inning put the Thorobreds one up on the Lions, but UNA gained a lead in the bottom half when Tittle hit a double and drove home Almon and Cyr. The bottom of the fifth inning saw another surge in runs for the Lions, when they scored three runs on an RBI-single from Jake Ward and a two-run single from Carpenter. After adding two runs in the seventh and one in the eighth, the Lions left KSU scoreless in the top of the ninth and took the sweep.

The Lions brought in sophomore Drew Mobley for relief in the seventh inning, and he gave up one run. Westerhouse pitched a scoreless eighth and junior Morgan McCarley pitched a scoreless ninth. Keehn said that even though the team won their game on Sunday, he saw mistakes. “We were flat,” he said. “Our focus wasn’t well. In the game of baseball, anything can happen, and we’ve got to be able to maintain our focus during all three games.”

Looking ahead to the Lions’ threegame series against Shorter College this weekend, Keehn said anything is possible. “When you start GSC play, everyone is still figuring out the lineup,” he said. “You have to be able to handle your anxiety and play well. When you take away records, they’re all good players. It just comes down to which team is going to be able to catch and throw the ball better.” UNA will host Shorter College this weekend in a three-game series, with a doubleheader Saturday at 1 p.m. and a single game Sunday at 1 p.m.

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UNA senior Chad Boughner became the winningest pitcher in UNA baseball history during the Jan. 23-24 game series against KSU.


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Chad Boughner pitches for the Lions in the Feb. 23 shutout doubleheader against Kentucky State at Mike Lane Field.

*13-;KWV\QV]MLNZWUXIOM* Martin became aware of the need for this event when she was a graduate student at Ole Miss. “A girl in my department was hit and killed by a car,” she said. “She was doing all the right things: wearing bright colors and a helmet and taking the road with confidence. That event really stuck with me.” Martin stressed the importance for motorists and cyclists to know the rules of the road to prevent accidents. “I witnessed a motorist yell at a coworker riding her bike in the road, ‘Get on the sidewalk!’” she said. “It’s a lack of education.” According to the League of American Bicyclists, Alabama prohibits the driving of any vehicle on a sidewalk. Under this law, bicycles are considered vehicles. The Share the Road campaign stresses pedestrian safety as well. Pedestrian safety is an important issue in densely populated areas like college campuses, according to the League of American Bicyclists. UNA student and OAC member Christian Walker hasn’t had any run-ins with cars while biking but has frequently

felt unsafe as a pedestrian. “Cars here don’t stop very well,” he said. The OAC has been set up in the GUC since Monday providing pamphlets and safety tip cards to students who sign the Share the Road pledge. With the original goal of 200 signatures for the week, the group passed their halfway mark by Tuesday. Martin hopes to take the program further in the future. “I want to make this more city-oriented,” she said. Support and feedback from students will be sent to Florence Mayor Mickey Haddock in hopes of getting bike lanes or more Share the Road signs in the Shoals. “It’s easier to drive,” Martin said. “When you make the decision to bike to work, you’re not only being health conscious but environmentally conscious as well.” photo by KAYLA SLOAN I Chief Photographer

A “Share the Road” campaign sign is seen taped to a bike inside the GUC Feb. 26. The campaign lasts until March 1 and is aimed at promoting bike safety and motorists being aware of cyclists.

Boughner’s career record moved to 26-11 during the opening game of the weekend series after he pitched eight shutout innings against the Thorobreds and surpassed former record holder Ken Head, who won 25 games for UNA from 1989-1992. His career innings pitched sits at 262.2 and he has pitched 244 strikeouts while at UNA. Boughner has spent his entire college career with the Lions, redshirting as a freshman and quickly working his way into the weekend rotation, where he has stayed for the duration of his time here, said Mike Keehn, head coach. “He’s worked hard, and his ability to throw strikes and maximize his potential has helped him get here,” Keehn said. Keehn said Boughner’s time here has been well spent. “He has had a great career here,” Keehn said. “Hopefully he’ll continue to win a lot of games for us this year.”


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5-6;*);3-<*)44KWV\QV]MLNZWUXIOM* ued to argue the call. Smith dribbled the ball down the sideline closest to the scorer’s table. Marquel Darrington was called for a blocking foul as he was trying to cut Smith off at half court. Smith hit both free throws and put the Chargers up 68-65. UA-Huntsville called a timeout with 20 seconds left. During the timeout, Champagne came across half court attempting to talk to the officials about the two calls. Having had enough, the referees called a technical on Champagne. “I could not have made a spectacle of myself and gotten a technical there at the end,” Champagne said. “Our team played too hard for me to screw it up.” Smith hit the two technical free throws to put the Chargers up 70-65. “(The referees) were calling what

they saw,” Champagne said. The Lions could not recover, despite getting Nathan Spehr a good look for a three at the end of the game. The fans were making noise throughout the game, as they had a “white-out” in Flowers Hall. “(The fans) have been great all year,” Champagne said. With the win, the Chargers clinched the GSC regular season championship, while the Lions fell to third place behind Christian Brothers. UNA will host West Georgia Feb. 28 before playing their final game of the regular season against West Alabama in Livingston. The West Georgia game will be senior night, and the Lions look to send Keynan Jackson and DeAndrey Hersey out with a win.


Lionsʼ three-pointers lead over UAH Chargers JAMES DUBUISSON ;\INN?ZQ\MZ RL]J]Q[[WV(]VIML]

The UNA women’s basketball team defeated UA-Huntsville 60-48 in Flowers Hall Feb. 23, allowing the team to stay in the GSC regular season championship race.

FINAL SCORE UNA - 60 UAH - 48 The Lions kept the Lady Chargers from scoring a field for the first 10:05 seconds of the half. Three out of their first four shots were 3-pointers. UNA went 11-25 on threes in the win. “For us it wasn’t our plan to shoot a lot of 3-pointers; they were running a 2-3 zone and we began to shoot,” said Terry Fowler, head coach. “They were playing the percentages and we went 44 percent from the field.” The Lions began the game with a 15-1 run, with the single point coming off of a made free throw. Fowler credits the Lions defense for the run. “They executed the game plan,” he said. “We couldn’t let them penetrate; they wanted to penetrate and pass the

ball out.” UA-Huntsville went 12-59 from the field, a low 20.3 percent. The Lions led the entire game with a perfect shooting performance from Lauren Faris. Faris went 7-7 from the field, with six of those being 3-pointers. “She stepped up and she knew she had to,” Fowler said. “She talked about it after the West Florida game.” The only blemish for the Lions was their 21 turnovers. “We tried to force it into the paint a couple of times and make some diagonal passes,” Fowler said. “Once they got down, they could take chances. They could gamble a little bit.” UNA will host West Georgia Feb. 28 and travel to West Alabama March 2. Fowler and the Lions will look to capture the GSC regular season title. “The last two games are huge,” Fowler said. “Really it depends on what happens in the West Georgia-Delta game.” Delta State defeated West Georgia Saturday Feb. 23 to stay one game ahead of the Lions. Delta State will play Valdosta State and West Florida to end the season. If they were to lose one of the games, it would open the door for UNA to jump into a tie or even a lead in the GSC.

ProGrass announces bowl players, coaches MALISA MCCLURE

won one national championship and three SEC titles. Coach Peter Vaas will coach the North Team. Vaas was a head coach in NFL Europe, where he won two World Bowl Championships, and is currently coaching at the University of South Florida. The coaching staffs include coaches and former players from universities around the country as well as former NFL players. Former Auburn University coach Pat Dye will be one of four coaching consultants. Dye will also be the keynote speaker at the ISB Banquet March 14. The banquet, which was annouced Feb. 15, will be a chance for fans to meet the players and coaches. Tickets for the banquet, along with other information about the IBS, are available at the official website www. For coverage of the ISB and the UNA Spring Scrimmage game that will be held the following day, follow @FlorAlaSports and


In two press releases sent out by the UNA Athletics Deparment Feb. 20 and Feb. 26, a partial player roster and full list of coaches for the March 15 ProGrass International Scout Bowl (ISB) have been announced. UNA players who will be part of the scout bowl include former Lions players Wes Holland (WR) and Josh Roberts (LS). International players set to play include Roshan Lobo, MVP of the Elite Football League of India; All-Star Kicker Jose Maltos from Mexico; and Francis Nouvi from the Netherlands. The two will join South Florida Bulls quarterback BJ Daniels, Daniel Borne from Alabama-Birmingham, Khiry Robinson of West Texas A&M, Michael Bowman of Alabama and Moses Jenkins Jr. from the University of Florida. The head coach of the South Team will be Coach Johnny Majors, who has coached at the University of Pittsburgh and University of Tennessee and has



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George Lindsey speaks at 2012 George Lindsey Film Festival in Norton Auditorium. He died 2 months later.

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The 16th annual George Lindsey Film Festival will commemorate deceased actor and festival co-founder George Lindsey Feb. 27 through March 1. This festival will be the first in which Lindsey has not held an active role in its planning and development. “On a surface level, it might not appear that we are (honoring Lindsey), but this year at the awards show and after-party, we will be recognizing his passing and honoring his memory,” said Jason Flynn, co-chair of the festival and assistant professor of film and digital media production. Together with former UNA director of communications Bill Jarnigan and professor of communications Bobby Hurt, Lindsey, a UNA alumnus, began the George Lindsey Film Festival in 1997. The festival serves as a competitive film festival for aspiring and profes-


JASON FLYNN sional filmmakers at the local, national and international level. UNA is the only university within the U.S. to offer a film competition of this kind. “All these people, particularly George and Bobby had these ideas that overlapped each other,” Flynn said. “George wanted to do something for his home school and Bobby wanted to do something for her students.” The efforts of all those involved on the early planning committee helped Lindsey to achieve his goal of providing film education to the Shoals community, said Cynthia Burkhead, festival co-chair

and UNA assistant professor of English. Flynn agreed and said Lindsey’s stardom helped to launch the festival in its early years. “It’s always been about education and the community,” he said. “What George brought to the table was his celebrity; he was going places and doing things and he could make contacts.” This year’s festival will not have a special guest speaker. Instead, Flynn said the festival will feature a screening of the “Muscle Shoals” documentary March 1 at 7 p.m. in Norton Auditorium. The film will be introduced by musician and UNA alumnus John Paul White. The film, which was a big hit at the Sundance Film Festival, follows the history of music within the Shoals area. The 102-minute film features some of the biggest names in music discussing the pivotal role Muscle Shoals has played in the history of rock ‘n’ roll.



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416,;-AKWV\QV]ML NZWUXIOM* “This is about as big of a film for the local audience as we could get for the local audiences,” Flynn said. “We’re doing this for the people, which, in part, honors (Lindsey)’s memory because this is why the festival got started.” After the screening of “Muscle Shoals,” a panel consisting of White, record producer Rick Hall, musician David Hood, Jimmy Johnson and cinematographer Anthony Arendt will lead discussion about the film. Flynn said the Q-and-A discussions following each of the screenings during the three-day festival are one of the most important elements of the festival. “We’re looking for that engagement with the audience,” he said. “(The filmmakers) get to interact with the audience about their work.” That engagement provides an extra


7:30 P.M. SPECIAL EVENT dose of encouragement for some UNA film students. “For me, meeting the filmmakers is a good reassurance and reminder that they are real people like us and they were once in our shoes,” said Ashley Ridgeway, a senior film student. Despite the absence of Lindsey, the festival will still remain focused on its original purpose: providing entertainment and learning opportunities to the Shoals communities. In that sense, the legacy of Lindsey will remain intact. “It’s not all about a person this year; it’s about an era,” Flynn said. “It’s about where we’ve been and where we’re going. We’re in our 16th year, which is at a point where we have established ourselves and could become lazy and complacent, but we’re not. As a committee, we’re going to continue to try to put on the best festival that we can.” For a complete line-up and event schedule, visit the festival’s homepage at or check out their Facebook page.






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in 100 American women

suffers from bulimia


in every 200 American women suffers from anorexia photo by ANN HARKEY I Life Editor

Lacey Elliot and Kayla Wick, student volunteers, hand out informational pamphlets to students in the GUC.

It is estimated that 10-15% of people with anorexia are

male Number of those who have an eating disorder

between ages 12-25:

95% Only 1 in 10 people with eating disorders

receive treatment information provided by

Students, falculty bring attention to dangers of eating disorders HALEY WRIGHT


UNA held National Eating Disorder and Awareness Week Feb. 26 through 28. Jennifer Berry, licensed professional counselor for Student Counseling Services, said prior to NEDA week that the week would be an opportunity to dispel any myths and provide information about eating disorders. “The whole week is about igniting awareness of the seriousness of eating disorders,” she said. According to, the rate of development of new cases of eating disorders has been increasing since 1950. In particular, the rate in college students has risen from 10 to 20 percent in women and 4 to 10 percent in men. Many believe eating disorders are the result of vanity issues, but an eating

disorder is a psychological issue that requires treatment, Berry said. Students can often times help their friends seek proper treatment. Emily Sullivan, a student at UNA, said that if she had a friend who showed signs of unhealthy eating patterns, she would simply ask how they were and offer advice, which is what Berry advises students to do. “Let friends know you’re there for them,” Berry said. “Just say, ‘Hey, I’m here for you.’” People with an eating disorder don’t typically seek help until there is a health reason. Student Alex Rubalin said he thinks males would be less likely to report having an eating disorder simply because of embarrassment. “It’s stereotyped more as a female disorder, even though it’s not,” Rubalin said. Berry said men are less likely to talk

about having an eating disorder because of this perceived label, but it does not discriminate. She said an eating disorder can affect anyone, regardless of age, race or gender. According to, a negative body image can be one the first triggers of an eating disorder and one of the final and most difficult stages of recovery. “I think college students, especially females, are worried about what society thinks about their weight,” Sullivan said. “It’s a very unhealthy way to live.” Developing and maintaining a positive body image can be difficult, but student Krys Eubanks said she is able do so by participating in exercise that she enjoys with friends. “Eventually it’ll get to the point where you don’t want to go two or three days without working out,” Eubanks said.


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