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Oct. 18, 2012

Volume 81, Issue 9

Student newspaper of the University of North Alabama




Disadvantaged nursing students to receive aid from grant ALEX LINDLEY


photo by JOSH SKAGGS I Executive Editor

John Paul White of The Civil Wars speaks to students and his former teachers in The MANE Room in the Department of Entertainment Industry. White was a student in the program when he attended UNA.

Famed alumnus speaks to students about music field



John Paul White, the male half of The Civil Wars, spoke with students and faculty members within the Department of Entertainment Industry Oct. 12. “John Paul is a victim — or graduate — of our program,” said Walt Aldridge, UNA professor and White’s mentor while he was in college. “John is a testimony that every now and again the good guys persevere in this industry.” White was asked to talk to entertainment industry majors about how he made it into the industry and to answer questions the students had. White said he was humbled when he took the stage in front of approximately


WALT ALDRIDGE 50 students. “I don’t really have a speech,” White said. “I don’t mind singing in front of people, but talking is strange. It is surreal to be sitting here now.” White’s career took off when he decided to come back to UNA and intern under Aldridge at FAME records in Muscle Shoals. After struggling to find

his voice, Aldridge gave him some lifealtering advice. “Walt told me ‘I know you love Rage Against the Machine and Merle Haggard. You got to be able to find where they converge,’” White said. After recording a CD that did not get marketed due to the recording company changing CEOs, White said he was frustrated. “I was so burnt and fried and bitter by then,” White said. “Walt told me about a songwriting camp in Nashville.” White ended up partnering with Joy Williams on his first day at the songwriter’s camp. “As soon as she started singing, I definitely sat up,” he said. “When we started


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The U.S. Department of Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently gave the UNA College of Nursing and Allied Health a grant of $2.1 million for its new Opportunities for Entry into Nursing (OPEN) program. OPEN will aid disadvantaged students financially in their nursing careers at UNA. Tera Kirkman, UNA assistant professor of nursing and OPEN project director, Ernestine Davis, UNA professor of nursing and OPEN project BAILEY co-director, and Kyrel Buchannan, director of University Health Services, all assisted in obtaining the HRSA grant. During a four-year period beginning this semester, the grant will fund approximately 67 scholarships for pre-nursing and nursing majors in year one and approximately 80 by year four, according to a UNA press release. Pre-nursing students will be able to have up to nine hours covered by the scholarship, while nursing students can have up to 15 hours covered, according to the release. To participate in the OPEN program, students will have to pass the Health Education Systems Inc. (HESI) exam with a minimum score of 850. In addition, they will have to pass the NCLEX-RN. OPEN objectives include a 90 percent first-attempt pass rate on the NCLEXRN and 80 percent employment of graduates within six months of graduation, according to the release. In 2010-11, 93.1 percent of UNA NCLEX-RN participants passed the exam, according to the release. Nonfreshman students participating in OPEN will attend weekly preparation sessions for the exam. The OPEN program is designed to help students — particularly those of un-




Oct. 18, 2012 • The Flor-Ala


SGA discusses adding mobile feedback station BLYTHE STEELMAN SGA Senate met Oct. 11 and discussed the pros and cons of purchasing a mobile feedback station to use for polling the student body throughout the year. The station would include a mobile cart, as well as three to five iPod Touches, which would be directly connected to OrgSync and would allow students to vote on issues directly surrounding the student body and the university. The iPods would cost between approximately $597 and $995, not count-

ing the costs for security measures and the mobile cart, said Senator Christian Bayens. Jordan Brasher, SGA senate vice president, said she fully supports this idea. Some students didn’t think the mobile feedback station is necessary, though. “I think the money could be better spent in other places,” said Jon McGee, SGA senator. Treasurer Laura Giles said she feels like SGA should try other measures before spending funds on this. “We need to utilize the free resources we already have, like social media and




Study: fewer women in STEM fields

emails,” Giles said. Senator Mary-Francis Wilson agreed, adding that the organization needs to look at its current priorities. “I just really don’t see this as a priority right now,” Wilson said. Chief of Staff Kekoria Greer said the initial idea for the station stemmed from the mention of polling stations in the Code of Laws. Several senators raised questions about who would tend to the station when it was in use, as well as what would happen if one of the iPods broke. A motion made and seconded limited the discussion to just five more minutes.











A 2011 report by the U.S. Department of Commerce found that, although women make up almost half of the American workforce, less than one-fourth hold jobs in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Indicative of this larger problem is the fact that — though women receive more than 60 percent of bachelor’s degrees awarded — less than 20 percent of bachelor degrees in computer science go to women. Solving this crisis and finding its root causes has been a national and ongoing effort by educators and social scientists alike, prompting debate and commentary throughout academia. “There’s a classic explanation that women don’t do as well in (STEM) fields, but studies have shown they do, in fact, do just as well as men,” said Melissa Driskell, geology instructor at UNA. Amy Crews, associate professor of biology at UNA, said she thinks women might be too concerned with matters of the home to pursue STEM careers. “We definitely have the intellectual ability and the drive; I just wonder if family concerns push (women) away — the time you have to devote to one of these professions just doesn’t fit in with the way (most women) envision running their lives,” she said. According to the Department of Commerce, even as college-educated women have become more prevalent in the workforce, they continue to see no proportional increase in participation in the STEM fields

Student, SGA senator starts petition to remove WoW from SRC BRANDON CONLEY ;\]LMV\?ZQ\MZ JKWVTMa(]VIML]

SGA Senator Julia Wimberly has started a petition to have World of Wings removed from the Student Recreation Center. Wimberly, who is a fitness management major, collected over 250 signatures from students who said WoW should be moved. Wimberly presented her petition to the SGA Oct. 11. T LANCE said she is not against havWOMEN RECEIVE MORE THAN 60 ing Wimberly WoW on campus but that the SRC is PERCENT OF BACHELORʼS DEGREES not the best place for it. “It just doesn’t make sense to have AWARDED. a chicken wing place in our fitness cenLESS THAN ONE-FOURTH OF ter,” Wimberly said. “I got sick one day after eating there, and I decided to find WORKING WOMEN HOLD JOBS IN out how other students felt about WoW. STEM FIELDS. Most of the students said the same thing: it’s unhealthy and it’s in a bad location.” The SRC’s mission is to provide an ;MM;<-5XIOM ) atmosphere that promotes health, but


photo by MICHAEL REDDING I Staff Photographer

SGA Senator Julia Wimberly has collected more than 250 signatures for a petition to remove World of Wings from the Student Recreation Center. Wimberly said she believes WoW is too unhealthy to be located in the fitness center.


JULIA WIMBERLY WoW doesn’t offer many healthy choices, Wimberly said. Fitness Coordinator Glenda Richey said she agrees. “We are not opposed to having WoW on campus, but we think students should have healthier options (at the SRC),” Richey said. SRC Director Jim Eubanks said he thinks WoW should be moved because

the space could be better utilized. “We desperately need more space, and I seriously doubt that an addition to the building could be funded,” Eubanks said. “We want to maximize the space we already have for the benefit of the students.” The SRC has had to move exercise equipment from the overcrowded first floor to the basketball courts for safety reasons. As a result, students now have less opportunity to use the basketball courts, Eubanks said. “By doing this, we can’t allow people to play full-court basketball,” Eubanks said. If WoW wasn’t there, the SRC could use the space for exercise equipment, which would free up the basketball courts, he said. Both Eubanks and Richey said they support Wimberly’s petition.



Oct. 18, 2012 • The Flor-Ala


Womenʼs Center hosts Domestic Violence Awareness events

photo illustration by BLYTHE STEELMAN I Online Editor

Statistics show approximately one in four women will be sexually abused before the age of 18 and/or experience violence from their partners.


For the month of October, the UNA Center for Women’s Studies is promoting Domestic Violence Awareness Month with several keynote speakers and events to help stop domestic violence. “We had Jessica Simpson from SafePlace speak and we have handed out purple ribbons in the GUC for the students to wear, but our big push will be Oct. 22 with our Clothesline Project and Take Back the Night event,” said Emily Kelley, coordinator of the Center for Women’s Studies. The Clothesline Project is an event hosted from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in which students can decorate T-shirts that will be displayed as a fence in the backyard of the Center for Women’s Studies. After the Clothesline Project, students will be invited to stay for Take Back the Night. Take Back the Night will feature both student and professional speakers and allow students to share personal stories. “We really try to make it a campus wide event and let students sort out any sort of demons they may have,” Kelley said. Last year, Take Back the Night included student performers, dancing and a slam poet. “The most significant part of the night for me was when they had the survivors

of either domestic violence or sexual assault come up and tell their stories,” said Kaylie Watts, a student volunteer at the center. “It was such a beautiful thing for these students to be brave enough to get up and tell their stories to help other students dealing with the same thing.” Kelley is already planning next year’s event with hopes of a candlelight march to end the activities. With statistics estimating that one in four women and one in six men are sexually abused before the age of 18 and that one in four women will experience violence from their partners in their lifetimes, events like the Clothesline Project and Take Back the Night are crucial in understanding how important the issue is, Kelley said. “Domestic Violence is a serious issue that happens not only to ‘married couples’ but also younger couples as well,” Watts said. “It is important to let the UNA community know that this does happen and that it is not OK or acceptable behavior.” The Center for Women’s Studies does not provide counseling; however, it does provide support for students who feel overwhelmed and can refer students to UNA Counseling Services or any offcampus agency. “I do a lot of listening here,” Kelley said. “I’m like the mom away from home or the kindly aunt. You don’t have to have gone through anything to come here. We can just sit and talk.”


Oct. 18, 2012 • The Flor-Ala

Get the @$#& out of my way! by Staff Photographer Michael Redding As a photographer for UNA Student Media, I shoot a lot of sports. Most of the time, I come back from a game with anywhere from 600 to 1000 images to sort through to find just the right shots to submit to both The Flor-Ala and the Diorama. Many of these shots are good, a few of them are great but, to be honest, most of them are garbage. After looking at hundreds of photos with unreadable uniform numbers, out of focus players and faces just out of frame, I’ve decided that the thing I hate most is the “person in front of the action” shot.

It’s not like it’s anyone’s fault. They don’t do it on purpose, but there they are in the way. Coaches, referees, other players, other photographers and occasionally a fan are standing somewhere they shouldn’t be, right between the action and me. And you know that there’s something awesome happening just on the other side of them! So, as I’m once again spending seemingly endless hours sorting through the massive amount of photos from the Valdosta State game, ever frustrated at the number of good shots that might have been, it comforts me to know that I’m probably in some other photographer’s way as well.


Oct. 18, 2012 • The Flor-Ala

ʻYouʼve got to have that look in your eyeʼ 5=;1+KWV\QV]ML NZWUXIOM) singing, this strange thing happened. The second time, it clicked.” White responded to a student asking about the origin of the band’s name and told the simple story. “(Williams) called and said ‘The Civil Wars’ and I instantly got it,” he said. He described the name as a play on the conflicts — or “wars”— in life. “It will always be about love or lack thereof,” he said. White said the main catalyst for The Civil Wars’ success was featuring their song “Poison and Wine” on “Grey’s Anatomy.” After retelling how The Civil Wars came about, White gave what he said was important advice to the class. “You’ve got to be a little crazy (to follow the music path),” he said. “You’ve got to have that look in your eye.”

photo by JOSH SKAGGS I Executive Editor

John Paul White, former UNA student and member of GRAMMY award-winning duo The Civil Wars, talks to entertainment industry students last week.

6=:;16/KWV\QV]ML NZWUXIOM) derrepresented minorities — and communities by giving the students opportunities they would not otherwise have to serve medically underserved communities, said UNA President Bill Cale in the release. “Minorities in underserved areas are at significantly higher risk for heart disease, obesity, stroke, diabetes and other diseases,” said Dr. Birdie Bailey, dean of the UNA College of Nursing an Allied Health, in the release. “Through this new

program, we intend to train individuals from those areas to bring a greater quality of healthcare service back to their communities.” OPEN will address the local and national healthcare issues among minority and disadvantaged populations and the lack of minority workers in nursing, according to the release. OPEN students will be required to work with local clinics — such as the Northwest Shoals Community Clinic, La Clinica Cristiana and The Cramer Center — that deal with minority or disadvantaged populations, according to the release.


Oct. 18, 2012 • The Flor-Ala


Student to run 1,000 miles to raise scholarship

photo illustration by KAYLA SLOAN I Chief Photographer

UNA senior James Cochran runs to raise money for his scholarship project, 1,000 Miles Away. He said he has raised approximately $1,200 for the project so far, but he intends to keep running.



In an effort to raise money for a student scholarship, UNA senior James Cochran has pledged to run 1,000 miles in eight months. Cochran started a project called 1,000 Miles Away to create a scholarship for future honors students. “Since it’s my last year, I wanted to give back to the university,” Cochran said. “The Honors Program, specifically, has opened so many doors for me. It seemed like a practical idea to create a scholarship so other students can have these experiences.” The idea to run 1,000 miles to raise

;/)KWV\QV]MLNZWU XIOM) Before tabling the issue for further discussion at the next meeting, Brasher reminded SGA Senate to remember nothing is concrete with the station yet. “Don’t get drug down in the logis-

money came from a book, Cochran said. “I was reading the autobiography of a paraplegic runner that inspired me to use my passion for running in a way that could help others,” Cochran said. Cochran said he has raised approximately $1,200 with the project so far, although he intends to surpass that. The type of scholarship given will depend on the fundraiser’s final sum. “My preference would be to pay certain fees for one student each semester over their college career,” Cochran said. “I’ve also discussed dividing the funds among more students to pay their book fees for a few semesters.” Vince Brewton, director of the UNA Honors Program, described fundraising tics,” Brasher said. “This is still just a conceptual idea and will have to be put into bill format before we can decide anything.” In addition to the mobile feedback station, the senate also voted in favor of limiting the funding for club sports and not allowing the clubs to pull extra money from student allocation funding.





JAMES COCHRAN Senate also passed a bill allocating $350 toward the purchase of food and supplies for the SGA Chili Cook-off Nov. 17. $250 will go to providing food, while the remaining $100 will be the prize for the winner of the cook-off to donate to the philanthropy of their choice. Funds raised at the cook-off will go back into the SGA Endowed Scholarship

as a crucial part of the program’s mission for students. “I’m proud of James for taking the personal initiative to create a scholarship opportunity for honors students,” Brewton said. “It’s gratifying to see someone make the effort to give back to the university while he’s still a student here.” While doing research for his honors capstone project, Cochran said he was able to email various businesses about fundraising. Although many companies were contacted, the results were inconclusive. “It’s hard to convince people to give money to a college student,” Cochran said. “I’m taking a different approach now and reaching out directly to the community. I’ve found a lot of success in making phone calls and shaking hands.” With fundraising underway, Cochran said his biggest challenge is staying committed to running the 1,000 miles. “I am currently 10 days in and my legs are already feeling it,” Cochran said. “It’s easier for me to stay motivated right now because I’m still on fire about this project. However, when it’s 30 degrees outside with 20 mph winds, I’ll have to rely on others for motivation.” In order to stay focused, Cochran said he asked everyone donating funds per mile to withhold all donations until May 1, when the project is complete. “I’ve already missed one 10-mile run, which means I have to get caught up or the donors don’t have to pay for those miles,” Cochran said. “It’s much easier to get up and run in the morning when someone’s college tuition depends on it.” Cochran said his main intention with the project, other than the scholarship, is to inspire other students to pursue their goals. “People think this project is outlandish, but so many people do things cooler than this every single day,” Cochran said. “I’m very confident I’ll be able to do this.” For more info on 1,000 Miles Away and how to donate to the scholarship, visit fund. “We’re behind on our funds right now for the scholarship,” Giles said. “We’re right under $10,000, and we need to be at $15,000 by the end of the school year. The $350 will allow us to invest in adding to that fund.”


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It is no secret that the past few weeks have been trying times for the university. In the wake of a strong armed robbery, an alleged rape in the parking deck and threats to the math department, students seem to feel a disconnect between the university’s administration and themselves, as they are taking to social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter to voice their concerns. And if students feel like they can’t look to the administration for information and guidance, where then will they look? As a student, my logical thought is to look to other students, namely those in positions of power on campus — the Student Government Association. This is a perfect opportunity for SGA to step up and be the leadership students feel confident looking toward, yet I see only one or two individuals

who are part of the organization taking advantage of it. The SGA Constitution states that members will defend and protect the rights and responsibilities of both the university to the students and of the students to the university, but in the aftermath of the aforementioned crimes are they doing either? I wrote an article last week about student concerns on safety and security at UNA. I spoke to SGA President Will Riley and asked if they would be doing anything to help make the campus feel safer for students. His response was dismal, saying it was something they want to pursue, but haven’t really discussed yet. I attended the Oct. 11 SGA Senate meeting, where student safety and security weren’t heavily discussed. In fact, the only time it was mentioned, Senator Mary-Francis Wilson said that last year a suggestion was made for putting extra money in the budget toward the purchase of cameras for the parking deck, but other members of SGA said it wasn’t their responsibility to contribute to such measures of security. I will admit the student turnout was less than desirable last week for the open forums on safety and security. I’m disappointed in both students and

SGA members for not taking an hour out of their week to go to one of the four forums. And call me crazy, but I think at least discussing student safety, not to mention doing what you can to contribute to student safety, would be a number one priority for members elected by the student body to represent the students. But what is SGA worth if they aren’t representing the legitimate concerns of the students that put them there in the first place? SGA is supposed to be the strongest advocate for the student body, right? I’m not discounting the work done by SGA by any means. My intention is not to attack or undermine the organization. It would seem, though, that SGA has lost some of its relevance with the student body, as evidenced by low voter turnouts in last spring’s election and empty senate seats within the organization. So, SGA, if you want to really make a difference on this campus — like I wholeheartedly believe you want to — make students care about you and what you’re doing by representing them. Prove that you care about their concerns and make yourself important to the student body again.

Students should hold officials accountable



Anyone who reads the news knows UNA hasn’t been the safest place lately. In the past few weeks, the community has experienced several alleged crimes: public lewdness, rape, threats to the math department, robbery and a former student being banned from campus for violating a restraining order. Several of these reported crimes — as well a large number of past crimes — occurred in the parking deck. Many students raised concerns about the handling of these crimes and the general commitment to student safety by campus security officials. Why are there no cameras in the parking deck? Why did officials wait two days to report an alleged rape to students? Vice President for Student Affairs David Shields and UNA police Chief Bob Pastula re-

cently addressed some of these concerns in four open forums. First, kudos goes to these officials for taking a step in the right direction. The Flor-Ala staff did not hold back in its reporting on these events and even wrote a strongly worded staff editorial on the UNA administration’s apparent lack of concern for student safety, so it’s only fair that the same administration gets credit where it’s deserved. Though these forums were not well attended by students, they still gave the UNA community the opportunity to raise any safety concerns. Pastula and Shields shared several safety measures they have implemented to increase campus safety and even took suggestions from attendees. But it’s important that the progress doesn’t stop here. Yes, UNA police now patrol the parking deck from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m., and this should be a permanent change, but let’s take it a step further. Why not have them patrol until 2 a.m., after all the students studying in the library have had time to get safely home? With the recent addition of 12 reserve officers to the force, it shouldn’t be that hard.

These recent crimes show that, no matter how safe Florence and the UNA campus might feel, there are still student safety issues. That means increasing student safety by any means necessary should be an ongoing and primary concern for campus security officials. And students should be just as concerned. They should press UNA officials for answers when security questions go unanswered. They should continue to utilize the current safety resources, all the while advocating for new, better ones. When criminals threaten the UNA community, we should act as just that — a community — and work together to increase safety. But that doesn’t mean simply looking out for one another and hoping security officials do their jobs. UNA community members spoke out when they saw gaps in campus security, and officials responded with forums and increased security measures. Community members should do their jobs by utilizing security resources and, most importantly, pushing those we pay to protect us to do so. That’s the only way we can move toward a safer campus and community overall.

Calling it like we see it at UNA An average of four UNA community members were present during open forums hosted by campus security officials last week. Students should show their concerns about campus safety in positive ways, not just on social media.

University Health Services offered free flu shots to students in the GUC this week. They also offered flu shots at a discounted rate to dependents of students and staff members.

The Food and Drug Administration recently announced that more people could be at risk of contracting meningitis from contaminated drugs made in Massachusetts. We should be able to trust our pharmaceutical companies.

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In the disc golf story that ran in the Oct. 11 issue, the story should have said that disc golf has been going on at UNA since the early ʻ70s. Cynthia Burkhead should have been listed as an assistant professor in the Oct. 4 issue of The Flor-Ala. In last weekʼs issue, the story on page 2A about SGA limiting student allocation funding should have said to all club sports. They also did not vote formally on the issue, just to table it until their next meeting.


Oct. 18, 2012 • The Flor-Ala


Hispanic Culture Organization hosts Salsa Night

photo by ALLI OWNBY I Student Photographer

Students practice Hispanic dances at the Hispanic Culture Organization’s second annual Salsa Night. HCO hosts the event in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, which is nationally observed from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.



Lively Latin beats seasoned the night air beneath the GUC bridge on UNA’s campus Oct. 11 during Salsa Night, the second event of its kind hosted by the Hispanic Culture Organization (HCO), a group whose presence on campus is

;<-5KWV\QV]MLNZWU XIOM) since 2000. “If a woman walks into a classroom and she is the only female, she might wonder if she is in the right place,” said Janet Jenkins, computer science instructor at UNA. “If we want to attract a diverse group of individuals into a field, we have to incorporate diverse approaches in our recruiting, our teaching and our research.” Driskell praises science programs that specifically target women. She said she believes that many girls move away from math and the sciences during their formative years because teachers are less likely to encourage an interest in these fields in girls. “It’s those early years where girls become disinterested, when we need some sort of support system and nurturing,” she said. The Department of Commerce has found that women with degrees in the STEM fields are less likely to work in a STEM profession than their male peers — most go into education or healthcare. However, those who do work in the STEM field earn, on average, 33 percent more than women in non-STEM fields. “There are lots of opportunities for women (in the sciences) if you’re looking for a job or a grant,” Driskell said. “Women are encouraged to apply.” Crews advised women interested in entering the STEM fields to “find a mentor,” a female in the profession who can help guide them and their career path. “They’re out there — they’re just not as prevalent,” Crews said. Driskell said she wants to encourage women looking for a career to feel confident if they enter a STEM field. “Go for it,” Driskell said. “Don’t be intimidated; have confidence. Know that there are support systems (for you).”

fairly new. The HCO hosted the event in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, nationally observed from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 yearly to honor American ancestors from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Participants stopped by between 6 and 10 p.m. for music, dancing, min-

gling, snacking and free T-shirts. The HCO provided refreshments, including homemade tamales, chips and queso. Senior Amanda Hernandez taught many of the dancing steps, which included but were not limited to salsa dancing. She also taught bachata, merengue and reggaeton styles, all of which required an ample amount of hip shaking and fast stepping. “All the styles of Latin dance are a different language, and the Hispanic culture is something I love to immerse myself in,” said junior Cody Lyman, an HCO member. He learned how to salsa by watching a YouTube video an hour before the event and was already keeping step with his partner Connie Rodriguez, HCO secretary. While some students were familiar with the dancing, it was a learning experience for many. Freshman foreign language major Coddy Macneilo stopped by when he saw the dancing and T-shirts. “It’s fun, but it’s dangerous,” he said. Salsa Night was the HCO’s first event this semester. The officers will meet within the month to decide on a meeting time, elect new officers and plan future events. “We’re still in the process of trying to figure out what else to do,” Rodriguez said.

Last December, the HCO hosted a student-led march toward understanding in response to the Alabama immigration bill. Rodriguez said the HCO plans to take a group of students to Birmingham this November to celebrate Day of the Dead as they did last year. Hernandez is a co-founder of the year-old organization and said she would like to see more student participation. She said the HCO currently consists of about 150 members, 60 of whom are active members. “We have a rich Hispanic population here in the Shoals area and at UNA,” said Scott Infanger, the group’s sponsor and assistant professor of Spanish. Of UNA’s student body, 138 are Hispanic, said Molly Vaughn, coordinator of analytical services. “We needed an organization to strengthen the ties between Hispanics and non-Hispanics,” Hernandez said. “We also want to create tolerances and expose the stereotypes that all Hispanics are either Mexican or illegal or can’t speak English, because that’s simply not the case.” Hernandez said the group is open to any students with an interest in Hispanic culture. “I’m from Tennessee, for crying out loud,” she said. “We just want to see students come together.”


Rick Bragg speaks on campus KATIE LINDSAY


Renowned author Rick Bragg spoke at UNA’s Norton Auditorium Oct. 11 as a part of UNA’s Distinguished Events Series. His lecture “Stories from Home” was given at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. to people of all ages. After a brief introduction by President Bill Cale and video depicting the beginnings of writing the book “All Over But the Shoutin’,” Bragg took the stage. “I don’t know if I’ve gotten anywhere in life, but I still can’t do long division,” Bragg said, addressing the group of high school students who attended the morning session. Bragg displayed an infectious sense of humor. However, he also spoke seriously of his writing and the stories behind it. “We all know mamas and daddies and grandmas and grandpas who have sacrificed for their people,” Bragg said. “That’s why the books have resonated.” Bragg explained that his books, especially “All Over But the Shoutin’,” are true stories with real people. “Shoutin’,” as he affectionately calls it, is the story of his mother and all of her struggles and triumphs. “I’d rather talk with you than talk at

?W?KWV\QV]MLNZWU XIOM) “We feel strongly about this,” Richey said. Haley McInnis, who works at WoW,

you,” Bragg said, introducing the question and answer portion of the program. He addressed questions about having a love for reading and writing. “If you read, you’re never stupid, and you’re never alone,” Bragg said. He also gave assessments of his own work. “The most important book I’ve written is ‘All Over But the Shoutin’,’” Bragg said. “The best written is ‘The Prince of Frogtown.’ The most fun is ‘Ava’s Man.’” Bragg spoke of many things, ranging from his books to Southern accents, a trait of which Bragg has never been ashamed. “Southerners sound capable,” Bragg said. “I’m going to talk like this until I die. And I’m kind of proud of that.” Several UNA students who attended the event had nothing but good things to say of the author. “He was really down to earth,” said Chelsea Yarber, UNA student. “He made me appreciative of the South.” UNA student Jennifer Richardson said she was surprised by Bragg’s personality. “He was really funny and really Southern,” Richardson said. “I assumed he’d be really stuck up since he’s this big author. Writing books hasn’t changed him.” said students often get salads at WoW after they finish working out at the SRC. However, she said she wouldn’t mind if the restaurant moved to a different location. “I guess it would be OK,” McInnis said. “Having it next to the gym doesn’t

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As a part of UNA’s Distinguished Events Series, Rick Bragg speaks in Norton Auditorium Oct. 11.

Bragg has written five books over the last 15 years in addition to the countless articles written during his career as a journalist, as mentioned in Cale’s introduction. He currently works as a professor of writing at the University of Alabama. make much sense.” Students at the SRC agreed. “People who come here are trying to change their lifestyle,” said Hunter Waldman, a senior. “It’s not good to have greasy food nearby. Smoothies or something like that would be better.”

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See page 2B Set pieces: A look at a key part of the Lion soccer teamĘźs success


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Volleyball has strong weekend at home JAMES DUBUISSON ;\]LMV\?ZQ\MZ RL]J]Q[[WV(]VIML]

The UNA volleyball team had a successful weekend as it defeated Kentucky State in three sets (25-9, 25-10, 25-8) Oct. 13 and then went five sets against West Alabama Oct. 14. In the Kentucky State game, Hope Rayburn led the Lions with 33 assists as well as 16 combined kills of Cara Gregg and Deâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;licia Hutchins, who had eight kills each. UNA had 41 total kills as a team while Kentucky State had 10 total kills in all three sets. The Lions fell behind two sets to zero as the UWA Tigers won the first two 17-25 and 21-25. UWA had lost seven games in a row coming into the game and was looking to change its fortune. The Tigers appeared to be on their way to a three-set before the Lions won the third set. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We made a couple personnel changes through the match because I felt the players werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t prepared to play early,â&#x20AC;? said head volleyball coach Stephanie Radecki. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That forced them to work harder, and, when you work hard,

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Taylor Chapman comes up to spike the ball in the Oct. 13 game against Kentucky State, in which the Lions won three straight sets to win the match.

you get better results.â&#x20AC;? UNA went on an 8-1 run to win the third set 25-23. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think Deâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;licia Hutchins

came off the bench to spark the team in the third set, â&#x20AC;? Radecki said. Hutchins came in at the begin-

ning of the third set and had four kills for the Lions off the bench.

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Second-half rally falls short to VSU JAMES DUBUISSON ;\]LMV\?ZQ\MZ RL]J]Q[[WV(]VIML]

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Big plays at the beginning of both halves of the UNA Lions football game against Valdosta State Oct. 13 left the Lions with a three-point loss, as they fell 2421 after a late comeback. The Lions will look to bounce back against Gulf South Conference foe West Georgia Oct. 18. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just have to go to work (Monday),â&#x20AC;? said head coach Bobby Wallace. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our biggest thing is injuries; that is the biggest problem. If we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any injuries we will be OK.â&#x20AC;? The Lionsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; playoffs chances were not hurt by the game, but they cannot afford to lose another one. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are 5-2, and we are just taking it one game at a time,â&#x20AC;? Wallace said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can get into the break 6-2 with one loss in the conference and two to go. We will have a better opportunity, but we still have to (beat West Georgia.)â&#x20AC;? UNA and Valdosta State now both have one conference loss, while the University of West Alabama remains the only team in the GSC without a conference loss. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do a thing to us, as

far as our chances of being conference champions or making the playoffs,â&#x20AC;? Wallace said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t knock us out.â&#x20AC;? UNA will play West Alabama Nov. 8 in the last game of the regular season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We missed a few opportunities â&#x20AC;&#x201D; we gave up some big plays on defense at the beginning of the game and again at the beginning of the third quarter,â&#x20AC;? Wallace said. The Lionsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; defense gave up an 81-yard touchdown pass at the beginning of the first half and a 79-yard touchdown pass at the beginning of the second half. Apart from those two big plays, UNAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defense held VSU to 271 yards of total offense and 10 points. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Offensively, we made the defense play the whole first half,â&#x20AC;? Wallace said. The crowd fell silent after the Lions gave up the touchdown pass to begin the second half. The offense scored their first points of the game with 7:07 left in the third quarter. The Lions were down 24-7 at the end of the third. As the fourth quarter began, the mood on the sideline and in


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UNA wide receiver Jason Smith gets tripped up by Valdosta State defensive end Tevin Davis in the third quarter of the Oct. 13 game. The Lions lost 24-21 after coming back from a 24-0 deficit.


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Set pieces part of Lionsʼ success

Lions lead TVA Classic



Set pieces are an important part of soccer. They are times in which a team can regroup defensively and offensively; it can be an opportunity to change the game with a goal. The Lions have already struck from set pieces more than a handful of times this season including two from direct free kicks by Jennifer Osmond. The corner kick is one of the plays considered a set piece. Chloe Roberts takes the corner kicks for the Lions when she is on the field. She said the team was practicing corner kicks one day and she just fell into the duty.



KATIE CROSBY “I was taking them one day, and I guess I just did a good job with it,” Roberts said. “Also, I’m short, so I’m not really good in the air with my head.” The taller players for UNA can be seen moving forward and into the box during corner kicks, as the general idea is to get it to them so they can head it

into the goal. “When we have a corner kick on offense we send tall players like Jules (Julia Osmond) and Mel (Leonida) forward to put pressure on their defenders that might be shorter,” Osmond said. Katie Crosby pointed out that she and another defender usually stay at midfield to protect against a counterattack. When defending against corner kicks, Crosby can be found on one of the goal posts. “We get the taller players in the box to win any ball sent in while me and another defender will stay on the posts to help defend,” Crosby said. Osmond said that on throw-ins the Lions like to keep pressing forward and always try to look for an opportunity to play quickly. But if UNA has a lead or they have time, one of the outside defenders usually takes the throw-in. “When I am taking a throw-in I look for feet first,” Crosby said. “I want to get it onto one of our player’s feet so they can go with it or make a pass.” The direct free kick is also a set piece in soccer that poses perhaps the most threat toward the defending team’s goal. For the Lions, Julia Osmond has already found the net twice this season from these chances. “If the ball is in a more central location around the box I will usually take the shot,” Osmond said. “But Toni (Antonia Rigby) and Julia and Nikki (Brown) take them sometimes, as well.” Osmond said she learned her approach from a couple of them from



The golf team came back from a sixpoint deficit to win the TVA Community Credit Union Invitational in Killen Oct. 16. “I couldn’t be more proud of these guys,” said head coach Stuart Clark. The Lions came in six strokes under par Oct. 16 after coming in two over par in the first round of the invitational Oct. 15. Overall, the Lions shot a four-underpar 860 between both days. Sophomores Trent Alexander and Mason Rogers shone in the final round, both coming in under par. “That set the bar right there,” Clark said. Clark said the Lions’ performance this fall has put them in a good position in regional rankings in the spring, but the photo by MICHAEL REDDING I Staff Photographer team will need a good off-season if they UNA forward Chloe Roberts attacks hope to compete nationally. the ball during the Sept. 28 game “In golf, you have to play smart, play against Christian Brothers University. within yourself — and they’re getting Roberts often shoots corner kicks for there,” Clark said. the Lions. The team begins its official season watching soccer stars. “I like the way Steven Gerrard strikes February 25 and 26 at the Men’s Pirate through the ball, or Roberto Carlos,” Invitational in Savannah, Ga. Osmond said. “I don’t curl the ball like some other players do; I just try and put my foot through it and keep it on goal.” UGBY The Lions host UAH Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. in their next to last home game of the season.


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Athletes held to high standards for scholarships JAMES DUBUISSON ;\]LMV\?ZQ\MZ RL]J]Q[[WV(]VIML]

Some UNA athletes receive scholarship money to play for the Lions. How many scholarships a sport can offer and who can receive those scholarships is dictated by the NCAA and UNA. The amount of scholarships a sport can offer is controlled by NCAA rules, not by how much funding a particular sport has. The amount of athletic scholarships a team can offer has nothing to do with how much funding that program has. The National College Athletic Association determines how many scholarships a sport can offer. “In the sport of football, at Division II, you can have 36 scholarships,” said UNA athletic director Mark Linder. Athletic scholarships are comparable to academic scholarships that non-athlete students get, Linder said. “We have some kids that sometimes we help them with the books and that is it, I know that is a big cost these days, but when you start looking at the value of the full scholarship being about $15,000 and you give maybe $400, $500 for book scholarships, there is quite a difference there,” Linder said. Linder added that not every student athlete is on a scholarship. “We probably have around 280 to

300 student athletes and only 112 scholarships,” Linder said. Not all athletic scholarships are full scholarships, some are broken down into smaller increments. “Every sport has a different allocation (of scholarships), basketball has 10,” Linder said. “Right now at the Division II level, we have right at 112 full scholarships but they can all be split down into partial scholarships.” If a student athlete receives a scholarship that covers one-fifth of the $15,000 Linder estimated to be the cost of attendance, then he or she would receive $3,000 a year in aid. According to the sports scholarship website, a student who receives an academic scholarship with a 3.0 GPA and 26 on the ACT will receive $4,000 a year. The student with the academic scholarship will receive more financial assistance than the student athlete who received the athletic scholarship. Male and female athletes have equal chanced of getting athletic scholarships, as dictated by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 . Section 1681, Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972 says, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal finan-

cial assistance…” “Title IX is federal legislation that says that if you are going to get federal assistance for your organization that you need to be very mindful to gender equity issues when it comes to participation opportunities,” Linder said. Before 1972, there was nothing in place to keep scholarships equally available to men and women. Title IX corrected that by putting in place a law that required schools who received aid from the government to give women the same chance at getting the aid as men do. “In Division I basketball, for example, women’s basketball … they get 15 (scholarships) compared to the men at 13,” Linder said. Linder said the UNA athletic department holds its athletes to very high standards, and are not afforded special privelages. “All student athletes have an expectation to attend all classes,” according to the UNA athletic department’s academic policies. “The athletic department regards class attendance as paramount in ensuring academic success… All student athletes are expected to proactively work with professors concerning missed classes and assignments caused by travel to away competitions. The UNA Athletic Department follows the university’s



The UNA Rugby Club lost 24-7 to Memphis University Oct. 13 at home. Throughout the game, the Lions’ play was sloppy, with multiple missed tackles and dropped passes. Head coach Eddie Roberts said the team needs more practice to become more disciplined. “It’s a team game and people don’t understand; there’s no blocking or anything like that,” Roberts said. “If one man’s out of position, there’s a whole breakdown in that situation.” The Tigers got ahead early with two tries in the first half. The team missed one of two conversions, leaving the score 12-0 at halftime. UNA answered early in the second half when Tyler Lane sailed down the field to score, closing the gap 12-7. The Lions’ success did not last long, however, as the Tigers scored two more times in the half, making the final score 24-7. Roberts said some team members have had trouble making it to practice, but he plans to move around practice times to get as many players to every practice as possible. “We’ve got kids that work that have to put themselves through school; we’ve got night classes,” Roberts said. “It’s just hard to get continuity.” Roberts maintained, however, that he knows the team can pull together. “We’ve got a lot of good athletes, a lot of good guys,” he said. “They just need to figure out how to get there — and that’s my job as a coach to get them there.”


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Keepinʼ up with the Lions This weekʼs UNA scores, stats and other tidbits FOOTBALL (5-2, 2-1) Valdosta State - 24 UNA - 21 The Lions lost the Oct. 13 game against Valdosta State after a rally in the second half failed to win the game, though it brought the Lions back from a 24-0 deficit. The Lions play at West Georgia today at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on CSS. SOCCER (8-4-1, 3-2-1) Shorter - 3 UNA - 1 The Lions lost their third straight game at Shorter University Oct. 14. The team returns home to host rival UAH Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. VOLLEYBALL (7-10, 5-4) The Lions had a successful weekend at home, sweeping Kentucky State Oct. 13 before pulling off the five-set victory against GSC opponent West Georgia Oct. 14. The Lions travel to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to play in the Nova Southeastern Regional Crossover Oct. 19 and 20. CROSS COUNTRY Men - 13th place Women - 14th place The teams ran in the Crimson Classic Oct. 13, placing last in both catergories. Olivia Brady led the women, while Fabian Cortez led the men. The teams travel to Birmingham Oct. 20 to compete in the GSC championship.


Student trainers gain work experience BEN ELLIOTT


The UNA student athletic trainers are the behind-the-scenes rehabilitation workers, working strictly with the football team and closely with the Certified Athletic Trainers, sources said. The student athletic trainers look over the wound care, rehabilitation and water for the practices and games and keep players in proper condition to continue playing. “We act more as therapists than coaches,” said Andrew Suddith, a former fifthseason student athletic trainer. The student athletic trainers are in charge of preparing the players before the game, including taping the players and bringing ice and water out during the games. The student athletic trainers also work very closely with the Certified Athletic Trainers to learn techniques such as how to use the e-stim machine, ultrasound machine and whirlpool. The student athletic trainers are responsible for the hydration of the team and cryotherapy. “The Certified Athletic Trainers are sure to show us what to do for rehabilitation to help us get a better understanding of the rehabilitation process,” said Rachel Holm, a fifth season veteran of the student athletic trainer program. They also work closely with the football team. Each student athletic trainer has a particular position on the field to watch for injuries and water breaks.


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Amanda South, Jake Cross and Rachel Holm work with football players in the training room before practice Aug. 31.

>744-A*)44KWV\QV]MLNZWUXIOM* The fans in Flowers Hall began to get excited as the Lions won the fourth set 25-11 to tie the game at two sets apiece. The Tigers were leading 10-7 in the short 15-point fifth set but another 8-1 rally by the Lions completed the comeback as UNA defeated UWA 3-2. Rayburn sat out the second set of the match after struggling in the first. The Lions have now won four games in a row after starting the season 3-10. Radecki contributes the success to a change

in team mentality. “The team has made some changes,” Radecki said. “They are more focused, and we have been able to settle into a true starting lineup.” Radecki also said the team has the talent to win. “We have a strong team and need every player to be ready and understand their role,” Radecki said. In the game against West Alabama, a couple long runs by the Lions kept them

in the game. Radecki said the team needs to be more consistent. “We need to continue to work on consistency and drive,” she said. “The talent is never a question, but we have to be ready to play any opponent we face regardless of who (they are).” The Lions will look to be consistent in their last 11 games of the season and improve on their 7-10 record. The Lions will travel to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and play three games in two days in the Nova Southeastern Regional Crossover Oct. 19 and 20.

RUGBY (2-2) Memphis - 24 UNA - 7 The Lions struggled in their Oct. 13 home game against Memphis. The team failed to catch up to the Tigers, and ended up losing 24-7.

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GOLF UNA - 1st place of 15 teams The Lions came back from a six point deficit Oct. 16 to finish in first place at the TVA Community Credit Union Classic in Killen. The Lions came in four under par overall after coming in third place in the first round Oct. 15.

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Priscilla Massengale and Taylor Chapman defend against Kentucky State’s Emily Grieshaber in the Oct. 13 game.


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.77<*)44KWV\QV]MLNZWUXIOM* the crowd changed. The players were holding up four fingers in the air, signifying that the game is won in the fourth quarter. The fans began to come back to life after a couple questionable calls by the referees.


We are 5-2, and we are just taking it one game at a time. We can get into the break 6-2 with one loss in the conference and two to go. We will have a better opportunity, but we still have to (beat West Georgia.)

BOBBY WALLACE The Lions scored again with 9:09 left in the third after a nine-yard pass from Luke Wingo to Jason Smith. UNA got the ball back on its own 20-yard line with 6:29 left in the game. Wingo led a drive

that ended with him scoring on an eightyard run. The crowd erupted after Wingoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s score, with 3:56 left in the game. The Lions, down by three, decided to kick the ball deep instead of kicking an onside that could have got them the ball back. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I knew we werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to stop them, I would have tried the onside, but we had three timeouts and way too much time left,â&#x20AC;? Wallace said. The Lions were unable to stop VSU, as they killed the remaining time left on the clock. The Lions will look to bounce back quickly as they have a short week to prepare for West Georgia. Wingo, who played all but three series against VSU, will have his first career start in the game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will evaluate this film and talk about it tomorrow,â&#x20AC;? Wallace said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(Wingo) will start next week. It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really matter; Chris Alexander might be better coming in the third series next week than Luke.â&#x20AC;?

<:)16-:;KWV\QV]MLNZWUXIOM* â&#x20AC;&#x153;Each student trainer stays with a specific position during all practices,â&#x20AC;? said Amanda South, a third season student athletic trainer. The undergraduates only focus on the football team, allowing them to focus only on the extreme training and rehabilitation that football players go through. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are typically at the training room around 40 hours a week,â&#x20AC;? South said. The student athletic trainers are given a scholarship for their time with the team and are held to the highest standard of

UNA. The training they will do at UNA will be useful for the job market after they graduate college, Holm said. Holm said her experience working with the student athletic trainers has been an amazing one and that the training she has received from the university will be invaluable for her future. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I will leave UNA with a lot of hands-on experience people my age never dreamed of having, and I will miss it when I am done,â&#x20AC;? Holm said.

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Linebacker Rod Byrd runs the ball down the field in the Oct. 13 game against GSC opponent Valdosta State. The Lions ran the ball for 122 yards while opening up the passing game, passing for 232 yards in the game, but were unable to bring in the win.

;+074):;018;KWV\QV]MLNZWUXIOM* academic code of conduct and reinforces that code with additional expectations.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are held to a higher standard in the classroom,â&#x20AC;? Linder said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;They have to reach certain benchmarks in order to remain eligible.â&#x20AC;? The only advantage that student athletes have over regular students is that they have priority registration over regu-


lar students and that is due to the strict rules that the NCAA has on the classes that a student-athlete must have in order to be eligible to play, Linder said. More information on athletic scholarship allocation per sport can be found at: sports-scholarships.htm



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Four on the Floor

photo courtesy of Tyree Busbee

The name Four on the Floor comes from the British nickname for techno music, which refers to the four beats, Busbee said.

Graduates bring electronic dance music, local DJs to Pegasus Records LYNN ECCLESTON


Four on the Floor, an electronic dance music party that took place at Pegasus Records on Oct. 12, welcomed everyone age 18 and older. The event was an idea created by brothers Titus and Tyree Busbee, who are both UNA graduates, through their company iKillo Multimedia. DJ Mollycule, D Roc, and O.G. DJ Sak were featured playing sets. “All the DJs are local,” Titus said. “We’re trying to make a platform for them.”

People were dispersed throughout the darkened area; many people at the event danced, while others mingled outdoors. A few people were fire-spinning outside, and there were artists painting to the music inside. The atmosphere was colorful and energetic; there were visuals such as lasers, a light show, glow sticks, string lights, backlight paint, fog, a video projection on the wall outside, a large traffic light by the entrance and artwork on the walls. “Four on the Floor is the best event I’ve been to in Florence,” said Chris Bennett, a UNA student. “It’s a great niche music scene for Florence’s college youth.”

The event’s title, Four on the Floor, came from the British nickname for techno music, which refers to the four beats, Busbee said. D Roc, whose real name is Derrick King, said the event was amazing. “It’s great to be a part of anything that is growing, especially when it’s a community coming together,” he said. “Bonds are being forged right now that will last a lifetime. The main thing is promoting love and friendship, and we support that through good music. Good music equals good vibes.” Four on the Floor is a part of “The Lovelution,” a movement created by iKillo Multimedia that welcomes every-



Florence police to host self-defense class at public library HALEY WRIGHT


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To sign up for the self-defense courses, people can visit or call 256-764-6564.

one and anyone. To be a part of “The Lovelution,” people need only to come to events, participate and bring their friends. The movement aims to break down social barriers and the natural walls that people put up, Titus said. “Music is a good way to do it,” Tyree said. The music at Four on the Floor could be described as a mixture of house, electro, progressive, nu-disco, trance, hiphop and a little bit of dubstep, Titus said. The DJs had their own particular style, and the night as a whole delivered a diverse combination of genres. Tyree and Titus met Mollycule through “Hip Heart” (which featured DJs and live paintings during Florence’s First Fridays), met O.G. DJ Sak through the Grown Folks Band and Tyree met D Roc while working at Sutherland Sight and Sound. O.G. DJ Sak, whose real name is Isaac Simon, is a musician, producer and DJ. “I play a wide variety of styles,” he said. “I grew up listening to disco, hiphop and R&B. Stevie Wonder, Tupac, Michael Jackson. My style is a balance of sweet and sour, funky and dirty. I play a lot of nu-disco and electro house.” Simon said being a DJ is more than simply pushing buttons and holding headphones; there’s an art involved. “It’s about crafting a musical atmosphere that compels you to dance — breaks you out of your shell,” he said. “It’s delicate.” Molli McCoy, one of the live painters, said she does one painting per show, and every painting starts and finishes with the music. McCoy began painting onstage with the band BoomBox in a warehouse in Sheffield. Painting was her way to connect with the music, as opposed to dancing. “I paint the way people dance — you let the music move you,” she said. There were couches and chairs set up near the artists, where some people sat and watched the artists paint. “Four on the Floor is the most diverse atmosphere we have in Florence,” Titus said. “We have people from all different walks of life and different backgrounds. It’s the music of the world.”

The Florence Lauderdale Public Library will be hosting a self-defense class in one of the conference rooms Oct. 29. The Florence Police Department and the Florence Lauderdale Public Library are partnering together to provide a community need. Jennifer Butler Keeton, UNA instructor, said the class was initially started because of the recent string of crime in the Florence area. Keeton bragged on the Florence Police Department and said she can’t say enough good things about how helpful the officers have been.

“The officers are taking time on their off-days to provide these classes,” Keeton said. Sergeant Hal Howard, Sergeant Shane Blalock and Officer Dustin Key will be conducting the course. Each of the officers have years of experience in self-defense training. According to the library’s website, Howard has 29 years of martial arts experience and is a Combat Defense Instructor. Blalock and Key are both Pressure Point Control Tactics (PPCT) instructors. Keeton said many people believe this class is a women’s defense class, but it is open to men, as well. Nick Landers said he didn’t know


Culinary students work on set of ʻHunger Games: Catching Fireʼ KALI DANIEL


Culinary students Vanessa Gerig and Eero Wilson will be assisting on the set of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” Eero Wilson, a senior in the culinary arts program within the Human Environmental Sciences Department, proved that connections can benefit a student in the long run. “I became involved through my friend and fellow classmate, James Perini,” Wilson said.



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City Hardware gets second chance


Campus ghost tour leaves students watching for spirits BRITTANY BUCKNER ;\]LMV\?ZQ\MZ JJ]KSVMZ(]VIML]

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City Hardware is located in downtown Florence on Court Street. They are open seven days a week from 11a.m. to 10 p.m.


I believe wholeheartedly in second chances, and food is no exception. I reviewed the downtown restaurant City Hardware when it opened earlier this year, and my review was nothing short of brutal. I gave them two out of five stars — and I’m a self-proclaimed foodie who likes to think I know good food when I come across it. I’ve been wary of re-entering the establishment since January, but after coming back to Florence at the beginning of the semester, I decided to give City Hardware another chance. I went to City Hardware at dinnertime with a group of friends. The restaurant was crowded, but not overly so. We were barely seated before our waiter Alex was at our table, taking our

drink order and offering us suggestions for appetizers. Whoa now… is this the same restaurant I was in back in January? The menu stills boasts an expansive list of beverages, as well as appetizers, entrées and desserts. The restaurant runs the gamut, serving everything from burgers to flatbreads to entrées like bacon-wrapped meatloaf. I decided not to go to with the California burger like I did with my previous review, opting instead for the rotisserie chicken with fries and steamed broccoli. My glass of water was topped off at least twice before my meal arrived, which was about 15 minutes after we ordered — a far cry from my first experience. As someone who cooks often and usually for other people, I always say you eat with your eyes first. Presentation is important, and it’s safe to say City Hardware has nailed it since their opening. My food looked immaculate when it arrived, and it tasted even better. The bourbon BBQ sauce is a great complement for the chicken, and the

steamed broccoli was cooked just right. Typically, the entrée comes with caramelized onion mashed potatoes, too, but I substituted French fries and they were just as good. I almost declined dessert, but let’s be honest. Dessert is always the best part of a meal. Alex mentioned a few desserts before dropping “bananas Foster cheesecake,” and as soon as I heard it, I cut him off mid-sentence, requesting it. The slice of cheesecake was big enough to share with the other four people I was with (begrudgingly, of course), and it was worth five stars on its own. City Hardware has a truly unique atmosphere, and it’s trendy without being over the top. I will stand beside my former statement that some dishes are a touch overpriced, but the friendly service and laid-back atmosphere makes up for it. First impressions certainly aren’t everything — way to prove me wrong, City Hardware. Keep doing what you’re doing.


Speakers raise awareness of domestic violence, breast cancer at Womenʼs Center KALI DANIEL


Two guest speakers addressed the Center for Women’s Studies this week with relevant topics such as domestic and emotional violence and breast cancer awareness. Jessica Simpson of SafePlace spoke with students Oct. 10 regarding domestic violence. She said one in four women experience domestic violence within their lifetime. “It’s a lot easier to say a woman is being abused when you see her walking around with a black eye,” Simpson said. “Domestic and emotional violence is real, and it’s happening.”

Red flags of domestic violence include such intimidation as feeling threatened without even being spoken to and basic name-calling, Simpson said. “Emotional abuse isn’t about stress, alcohol or out-of-control anger,” Simpson said. “It’s about power and control. When a predator begins name-calling, he’s separating himself from the woman as a person because it is easier to abuse something you don’t see as a person.” Grace Oaks, a senior attending the seminar, attested to the fear and control women seem to experience. “I work in a gym where the women are going to talk to you about whatever they can,” Oaks said. “These women eat because food is the one thing they feel like they can control. It happens more of-

ten than you would think and to people you wouldn’t expect.” Simpson emphasized the importance of learning the warning signs of emotional abuse, as many people, both male and female, are raised in homes condoning emotional abuse. “Many women won’t get help until they hit rock bottom, but it’s because they’re scared,” Simpson said. “They feel like there’s no way out and that they won’t have economic stability. Just the fact that SafePlace exists is a huge deal to these people — it’s free, confidential and available 24/7, including 3 a.m. Christmas morning.” The Center for Women’s Studies


An estimated 300 people turned out for a campus ghost tour organized by Collier Library and Debra Glass to hear ghost stories around UNA campus. As a former UNA student, Glass gathered many of the campus stories when she attended UNA. A walk around campus quickly transformed students’ routine view of buildings and put a new light on their history. “I didn’t know we had so much history on campus,” said Anna Dean, a junior at UNA, “I’ll definitely be looking at my walk to class differently.” Students and faculty may experience hearing a piano playing in Willingham Hall, whistling in Bibb Graves Hall or seeing a shadowy figure walking along the catwalk during performances in Norton Auditorium. Molly, the most famous UNA ghost, has even been seen waving to passers by at the Off Campus Bookstore, Glass said. “I kept waiting for ghosts to pop out while we were listening to their stories,” said Heather Rhodes, a junior at UNA. “Then a group said they saw a shadow in the window at Off Campus while we were standing there.” Glass said a troubled spirit lurks in Wesleyan Hall and is active when the moon is full. “(When) I go in (Wesleyan), I lock up and that’s it; I don’t stick around,” said UNA police Officer Edward Rhodes. Rhodes said that once while checking the building, all of the toilets started flushing at once. Glass was inspired to start the ghost tours by visiting Charleston, S.C., and going on their tours. “I thought we could have one of those in Florence, and I talked to a friend of mine who helped me out and we got it started,” Glass said. This is the tenth year Glass has been giving ghost tours of Florence. “I have always liked ghost stories, and I just love it because I gain stories people will tell me and they just grow, “ Glass said. “It’s fascinating to me, and I just started collecting the stories.” “I thought it was really fun and very interesting, and I enjoyed hearing different history and legends of UNA,” said Samantha Kolesar, a freshman at UNA. In her time at UNA, Glass was curious about Priscilla, a ghost suspected to be that of a former student who died in the old girls’ dorm located where the GUC is today. Glass said the doors to the elevator shaft were locked but was able to pull them apart enough to look inside, where she was greeted by a pigeon flying toward her face. During previous tours Glass’s groups have encountered the GUC elevator doors opening with no one in the building and the power doors to the GUC then opening while the group was present. “I guess seeing is believing,” Glass said. “I think it’s one of those things that something has to happen to you for you to believe it yourself.”

Oct. 18, 2012 • The Flor-Ala /)5-;KWV\QV]MLNZWU XIOM* Perini worked for Jack White, a food stylist for 61 movies including “Anchorman” and “Inception” and 12 TV shows such as “Mad Men” and “Two and a Half Men.” Perini contacted the director of the culinary arts program, Chef Johnson Ogun. Ogun told the class about White’s interest in acquiring some students to help him on set. Perini began working for White and they both did food styling for the first “Hunger Games” movie and were hired again for the second. They needed some extra help for one scene in the second film, so Perini contacted Wilson to see

;8-)3-:KWV\QV]ML NZWUXIOM* raised awareness about October being Domestic Violence Month by passing out purple ribbons for students to wear throughout the month and encouraged them to continue wearing pink for breast cancer awareness. Bonita McCay of the Northwest Alabama Community Health Association spoke with students Oct. 12 about breast cancer and the Well Woman Project.

,-.-6;-KWV\QV]ML NZWUXIOM* about the class but won’t be taking it, regardless. “I don’t think I need self-defense training,” Landers said. “I was taught to defend myself. It was the way I was raised.”


if he could break away from school and work to go to Atlanta to help them out. “I didn’t know about this opportunity until a week before I left,” Wilson said. “It just so happened that I was able to both be pardoned from class and request an entire week off from work.” Wilson’s experience has proven to him the vitality the culinary arts has on seemingly unrelated industries, such as that of film, and has expanded his critical thinking skills as well as firsthand application with social behavior. “My experience on set was important to me because it allowed me to understand the film industry from a perspective I have only heard and read about,” Wilson said. “There is a lot to learn on set, and my little job is just one piece of a massive puzzle that is always getting

bigger. “I did use the skills and tools I acquired to analyze and assess a lot of the things going on around. I spent a good bit of time thinking of ways to maximize efficiency and ways to reduce cost, but it’s hard to implement many of these things when the industry relies on ‘what if’ situations. People change their minds all of the time, and when it involved food on film, it was our job to make it happen. We had to be prepared for anything they threw at us, and that involves a little bit of waste, no matter what you learned in class.” While Wilson’s experience became exhausting with his 13-hour work days, he gained a newfound respect for others in the industry who he observed working frequent 20-hour work days.

“The people who do that day-in, dayout are amazing at what they do — they do it just to be sure their job is done the right way,” Wilson said. “I gained a lot of respect for the people behind the scenes in the film industry through my experience.” Wilson’s involvement with the upcoming film taught him numerous skills and values as well as the gain of hands-on experience with a professional food stylist. His appreciation and understanding of his aspirations has led him to find one cliché absolute. “My advice to the general community about aspirations would be that when life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” he said. “Life’s given me some pretty juicy lemons.”

“Despite what people think, we are at the forefront of conquering this disease,” McCay said. “Reports show that cancer has dropped remarkably due to estrogen therapy increases, and more than 80 percent of people with breast cancer survive.” McCay encouraged not only females but males to practice self-exams regularly, and invited all of the students to Paint it Pink Oct. 13 at Regency Mall, where organizations such as Mark Kay, Hospice of North Alabama, Curves, Shoals Hospital and the Alabama Department of

Public Health, along with numerous others, came together to educate the public about the dangers of breast cancer. “It’s critical, especially for college girls, to know your body,” said Jennifer Jackson, Ultrasound and MRI specialist of Shoals Hospital. “The rate of breast cancer is being found more and more in younger women. A lot of women haven’t been taught how to do self-exams, but they can always learn from their OBGYN.” The Center for Women’s Studies currently has multiple pamphlets regarding

both breast cancer awareness and selfexam instruction guides for students to learn about and thus prevent breast cancer. McCay closed by explaining the importance of coming together for such supportive events and contributed several shirts to the upcoming Clothesline Project and Take Back the Night, both occurring this month. “With all the anger and hate around us, there is really no better month to follow it up with love and compassion than October,” she said.

The self-defense class will cover several different forms of protection from an attack. There will be lectures and handson instruction. The first lecture will be on being aware of one’s surroundings. Then the class will discuss ways to control body reactions to stress. Lastly, the class will teach basic home security and basic selfdefense techniques.

The first class is already full, but Keeton said there is a waiting list. The police department and the library have intentions of continuing the classes until everyone who wants to attend has done so. “The safety of UNA students is a large reason for the creation of this class,” Keeton said. Students are increasingly becoming aware of this class. Allison Stover, UNA

student, said she would be interested in taking the class. “I think it is very important to take the class because I’m a woman and easy to prey on,” Stover said. “I carry mace, but that can only do so much.” For more information on the classes or to sign up for the class visit www.flpl. org or call 256-764-6564.


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