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Police team up to catch drunk drivers 4]Ka*MZZa


@UNAFlorAla @FlorAlaSports


Student newspaper of the University of North Alabama

Students looking to drink and drive will have a higher chance of getting arrested this weekend as Florence and UNA police step up patrols to crack down on drunk driving. Local law enforcement will team up through Labor Day to place more police officers on the roads to prevent alcohol-related accidents and fatalities from occurring. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports 10,839 fatalities in Alabama in 2009 where the driver was at or above the legal

blood alcohol limit. In Alabama, it is unlawful for a person with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher to operate a vehicle. Florence police Chief Rick Singleton said officers typically arrest more people for DUIs during Labor Day weekend, which sparked his department to closely monitor the streets. Singleton said one of the most difficult parts of being an officer is seeing a young person get injured, killed or kill another person because they made the decision to get behind the wheel after drinking too much alcohol. “The lucky ones are the ones we catch,” he said. “The unlucky ones

are the ones we have to call the undertaker for.” Eddie Russell, project manager for North Alabama Highway Safety in Tuscumbia, said 215 alcoholrelated crashes occurred in 2010, and 21 of those deaths took place within north Alabama. Across the state, there were 3,759 injuries as a result of alcoholrelated collisions, with 434 in north Alabama, according to Russell. “The main thing we’re trying to emphasize is if you’re going to drink and drive, don’t get behind the wheel,” he said. “If you’ve had too much or anything to drink, there


photo by Kayla Sloan

See page 2 New businesses arrive in downtown Florence and spark student interest.

photo by Darrick Dawkins

Veronica Maples (left) gives directions to student Sierra Franklin (right).

Housing moves to new spot on campus

See page 11 Last week, SGA held an open house for students to share their ideas with officers.


See page 5

photos by Darrick Dawkins

The Greek block party brought in a large crowd at the amphitheater last week.

(Top) Students take the shuttle bus Aug. 26 to UNA from Darby Drive.

New freshmen react to offcampus parking regulations

See page 5 The Outdoor Adventure Center is open for students to borrow hiking and camping equipment. Freshman Morgan Burks finds a seat on the shuttle bus Aug. 26.



See page 9 Football season kicks off Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. at Braly Stadium.

Three miles from UNA’s campus, many students must park their cars and catch a bus to class. Officials decided this summer new freshmen that live off campus must park at off-site lots to ease

parking problems at UNA. Additionally, officials decided students who park at the off-site locations would be shuttled to campus on UNA shuttle buses. According to UNA police Chief Bob Pastula, there are two shuttle buses transporting students from the off-site parking lot on Darby Drive in Florence. He also said there are two buses shuttling students from the downtown parking garage and one bus shuttling students from their apartments off Helton Drive. “We had 600 people ride the buses Friday,” he said. “(Adding the buses) has alleviated parking problems on campus.” Many students, such as UNA freshman Taylor Looney, said her only complaint about parking at

the Darby Drive parking lot behind Lauderdale Lanes on Florence Boulevard is the buses take a longer amount of time to get there and transport than she expected. “I have been waiting for 25 minutes,” she said while at the shuttle bus stop Aug. 29. “I have places to be after this and I don’t want to be late for work. Riding the bus could cause me to lose my job.” The commute from the Darby Drive location to UNA takes around eight minutes. The Darby Drive route also picks up students at East Campus and drops them off at UNA. Officials said bus schedules and other logistic aspects of the


The Department of Housing recently relocated from the GUC to the ground floor of Rivers Hall, making the location more convenient for students, according to officials. Audrey Mitchell, director of housing, said students go to the housing office for a variety of reasons, such as emergencies, counseling, cable, Internet or any other residence-related issue. “We did not move because we were receiving complaints,” she said. “It was simply because we wanted to move into an area that was convenient for the students.” After the renovation of Rivers Hall, Mitchell and her staff decided to move to Rivers with the help of Lambert Moving and Storage Company. To inform the students prior to the move Aug. 8, the Department of Housing posted an announcement on UNAPortal and sent letters before the fall semester began. Rivers was the most recommended choice for the staff because of its proximity to other halls, such as LaGrange and Rice, officials said. Students at Rivers Hall, which houses incoming freshmen at UNA, can now reach the Department of Housing by going to the ground floor if they need service. Their community advisers will hold meetings throughout the semester for every floor and will discuss various





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Students return to UNA, see changes downtown *ZIVLWV)VLMZ[WV


The past summer opened doors to a number of surprises for returning UNA students, not only on campus, but in downtown Florence as well. Students and faculty returning to UNA for a new school year may notice several new restaurants, shops and other places of leisure that opened up during the summer break. Some new shops include dining, dessert, men’s and women’s fashion, banks and a new bicycle shop. “We have almost everything that any downtown community would want,” said Teryl Shields, director of Florence Main Street. “We have had a lot of growth in the past year in the downtown community.” Florence has been known for its certain uniqueness that differs from other cities in Alabama, which might have effects on the kinds of new businesses that open, officials said. “What we see in downtown is more of a collective mix,” said Melissa Bailey, planning department director for the city of Florence. “We like the fact that the nuance of downtown attracts the less typical type of development.” Students who stayed in Florence during the summer may have felt a little discomfort as visitors to downtown have taken parking spaces, but Shields suggests that the construction and renovations of most businesses have been minimal.

“It hasn’t been a problem like major streets had to close down for long periods of time or anything like that,” she said. “Most of the businesses that have opened in the last year have gone into existing buildings.” Shields said UNA’s downtown location has a great advantage. It helps students living on campus have better access to new activities and resources that the city has to offer. “Just about anything that a student would need is in the downtown area,” she said. “And for students who do not have cars, I think that is a real bonus to them.” The proximity of the campus to downtown seems to cause the city to seek student satisfaction and comfort, according to Bailey. “Having the university’s presence keeps Florence fresh,” she said. “When you have the constant presence of students, there is a certain vibrance that comes into a city. I think that is why we start to see some of the more unique types of development that happen downtown.” Another local activity that the Florence community has is First Friday, a public arts display that occurs the first Friday of every month from March to December. “It’s a great environment for students to come down and pick up a nice piece of art work or a cute trinket,” Shields said. Many students at UNA enjoy what the downtown community has to offer, including eating at new or old restaurants, shopping at nearby stores or experiencing dif-

photo by Kayla Sloan

Patrons enjoy one of Florence’s new nightspots. Flo-Bama, a restaurant and bar, is located in downtown Florence on Court Street and opened late this summer.

ferent festivals such as First Fridays and others. “I haven’t been to Mackadoo’s or the cupcake place yet, but I would like to go some time,” said UNA student Kendra Higginbotham. UNA student Katlyn Johnson loves First Fridays. “First Fridays are the best with a capital B,” she said. According to city officials, student in-

sight is important to any of the developments of downtown Florence, and the city is also open to suggestions that UNA would like to bring to light to further improve the city. “We encourage students to get involved within city government,” Bailey said. “We have public meetings to discuss the future of Florence in terms of development. They are always welcome and we would like to hear their ideas.”

Greeks start fall recruitment, host events on campus ,I^QL2WPV[WV


Greek recruitment at UNA is in full swing and members of the organizations hosting the weeklong events are both excited and hopeful for a successful recruitment season. “(My goal this year is) to increase our numbers and provide a fun and safe experience for not only our brothers and associates but for the student body as well,” said Delta Chi Vice President Justin Pipkins. “Networking is the biggest benefit of go-

ing through recruitment, and even if you don’t join one of the organizations, still go through recruitment so you can meet new people.” Although many students will rush, not everyone will get a bid to an organization. “We have 145 students going through Panhellenic recruitment this year and on average about 80-85 percent of those will actually receive bids from an organization,” said Assistant Director of Student Engagement for Greek Life DeAnte Smith. According to Smith, numbers for Panhellenic recruitment are down somewhat

from last year, but the number tends to stay around the 150 mark. “The biggest benefit of going Greek is learning versatility,” Smith said. “These organizations are like a company. You learn to balance budgets, run meetings and plan events.” According to officials, UNA has 17 recognized Greek organizations. This includes Panhellenic, IFC and NPHC with each one having its own separate recruitment week. Greek Life has planned several events for students this year. Last Wednesday during Welcome Week, Greek Life hosted a

block party and cookout with more than 600 students in attendance. Each organization will have its own recruitment activities throughout recruitment with Bid Day for Panhellenic scheduled for Sept. 5 at the Amphitheatre and Bid Day for IFC Sept. 10. “I love meeting new people,” said Chase Wise, a brother of Alpha Tau Omega. “I also like positively affecting the lives of new students.” For more information on UNA Greek Life or recruitment, contact the Office of Student Engagement.

The Big Deal provides fun, free stuff to attendees 2W[P;SIOO[


Students, faculty and staff at UNA had the opportunity to experience the Big Deal last week. The event allowed the UNA community to meet new people, the organizations and vendors located on campus. The Office of Student Engagement and UPC organized the event, which is hosted each year as the highlight to Welcome Week. “It is a kick off to the year,” said Director of Student Engagement Tammy Jacques. “(Students) get a lot of free food, it’s fun and they get to meet new people. “It’s a fun way to help our new students connect to upperclassmen and others on campus,” she added. One of the headliners of the Big Deal were the National Pan-Hellenic Council sororities and fraternities. “The NPHC step show allows us to highlight our historically African-American sororities and fraternities,” Jacques said. Jacques said this gives the NPHC

photo by Kayla Sloan

University Program Council members hand out free T-shirts to students at the Big Deal Aug. 25. UPC gave away multiple items to students in attendance.

groups an opportunity to showcase what

their groups are about, and get their name

out to the student body. According to Student Engagement officials, the Big Deal allows students to introduce themselves to the university community, as well as the surrounding community. “I think (students) got the opportunity to experience what the community and the university have to offer,” said Coordinator of Programming Cheryl Mathis. “There is always an opportunity to learn about what’s going on. There are so many stores and restaurants in the Florence community to be interested in.” “Vendors ranged from Coca-Cola, to Best Buy, to Bed Bath and Beyond to two types of pizza places,” Mathis added. Mathis said students were very pleased with the free food, and were eager to meet local businesses and see what they had to offer. She also said students were excited about the free T-shirts UPC provided. Another aspect of the Big Deal that students often look forward to each year is the athletics pep rally. “I loved that the band was there,” Mathis said. “When I think of school spirit, the band is the core of all that spirit.”

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Calling it like we see it at UNA, in the Shoals, across the state and around the world

Cartoon submitted by UNA student Chase Smith, a public relations major who is interested in politics.

Florence lacks student entertainment options

As someone who has grown Florence needs businesses colup in a larger city my lege students are interested in entire life, adjusting to and will support. Businesses like small-town life has been Frostbite and Mackadoo’s are something to get used to. a step in the right direction, but Although Florence has where is Panera Bread, Zoe’s more options than many Kitchen, Starbucks and other of the smaller cities 2W[P;SIOO[ restaurants college-aged 6M_[-LQ\WZ around it, it still lacks students are interested in? R[SIOO[(]VIML] the businesses many Why do students have other college towns our to drive to Huntsville to size have. enjoy a good meal or a fun night First and foremost, I want to on the town? say how excited and proud I am to I understand that most students see businesses like Buffalo Wild who attend UNA are within an Wings, Five Guys, Publix and hour from their hometown, but Jos. A. Bank investing in this why do students have to go home area. People in the Florence area to have a fun weekend? deserve the great shopping options Florence needs something for these businesses provide. These students to do, and I don’t mean businesses are a step in the right just First Fridays. direction, and will hopefully bring With UNA planning to go more commerce and business Division I, Florence should plan growth to this area of the state. on stepping up commerce to keep For the most part, Florence up with the ever-growing UNA needs to understand its identity. community. Students need things Florence is a college town, wheth- to do besides going to On The er the residents want to look at it Rocks every night or going to the that way or not. overcrowded movie theater on the

weekend. With UNA being one of the biggest employers and economic engines in the Shoals, Florence and the surrounding cities should capitalize on UNA, and not call it a bad neighbor. UNA employs more than 1,000 people in the Shoals. I don’t think this should be overlooked. After attending several city council meetings this summer for The Flor-Ala, it dawned on me that some of Florence’s leaders really do not appreciate the economic engine that brings in most of this city’s revenue. I feel as though the city of Florence, its residents and local businesses should work with UNA, not against it. Florence should embrace UNA, and capitalize on the many students who shop in this area every day throughout the year and add some more businesses students will take advantage of. News Editor Josh Skaggs can be reached at or 256-764-4364.

Texting while driving ban step in right direction The recent texting while driving ban in Florence has sparked mixed reactions from residents. Having come into effect Aug. 1, the ban presents offenders with up to 10 days in jail and a $100 fine on the first offense. In August, the Florence Police Department told The Flor-Ala that they have only issued warnings so far. The Flor-Ala editorial board is in agreement with the sentiment of the ban, but we believe that the local authorities need to better advertise the ban, as it seems that many students are either apathetic or ignorant towards it. The ban must be well advertised so that everyone is aware, and apathy towards the ban could be eliminated if local police enforced the ban more strictly. That being said, it seems that nearly everyone is guilty of being distracted while driving. Texting is a popular distraction

in our fast-paced society because it gives people an easy, fast way to communicate, but there are many more distractions that present themselves to drivers. Those include: talking on the phone, eating, putting on makeup, reading, simply being in a bad mood and many others. It is important that every driver takes a step back and examines his or her habits while driving. Texting is among the most dangerous of those habits, claiming many lives both locally and nationally, but all other distractions should also be examined. The texting while driving ban is a step in the right direction, but the truth is that being distracted while driving is the real problem. Texting while driving is a big issue for our generation, as we are more technologically savvy and involved than our parents as a whole. While this is true, texting

is equally available to people of all ages, and the temptation to text while driving is always present. Everyone is affected by texting while driving, so everyone needs to see the problem as legitimate, not just as some abstract compilation of all the problems with the younger generation. The texting while driving ban represents the first step in the authorities taking action, but they need to enforce the ban for it to be effective. Of course, the ban would not be necessary if each individual would closely examine his or her driving habits and truly understand the danger that distracted driving brings to everyone. The Flor-Ala editorial board believes that texting while driving is not an individual right because it endangers everyone, not just the driver. The opinions expressed are the collective ideas of The FlorAla editorial board.

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UNA police Chief Bob Pastula gave members of The Flor-Ala staff one-onone interaction with him and other officials during the bomb threat evacuation Aug. 23. UNA officials launched OrgSync, an online management system that will bring RSOs together more effectively. Students, faculty and staff will be able to communicate better and help build a stronger online community. Students who pay $50 to the UNA Ticket Office cantravel by bus to the Dallas Cowboys stadium and watch the football team play Abilene Christian Sept. 17. Tickets go on sale Aug. 30. Several incidents of litter at UNA were reported last week. Though the campus was busy with a number of activities, there’s no excuse for students not discarding their garbage properly. Area cyclists organized the Roadrunner Alleycat Bike Race Sunday. With the addition of the Shoals Bicycle Shop this summer and new bike racks and rentals at UNA, the city of Florence seems to be moving in the right direction. Einstein Bagels, the new coffee and bagel chain to replace Jazzman’s in the GUC, did not open on time as reported. Due to delays, the shop may not be ready until later this month, forcing students to travel off campus to get a good cup of coffee.

Congratulations to Amanda McGough for writing the story of the week!


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photos by Malisa McClure

The Late Blumers play for a crowd of students at the Amphitheater during the Greek block party.

A crowd of students enjoy free food an music at the party last week. Members of TKE fraternity socialize at the Greek block party.

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Last Wednesday, the Greek block party offered free food and live music to UNA students. Once a year, the time comes for the Greek community to represent their letters and recruit new members. The sorority girls prepared for weeks to perfect their cheers, chapter rooms and smiles while the fraternity boys wore shirts with their favorite sorority’s letters on it. The party was a chance for all students to meet the Greeks and new students. The Greek party replaced last year’s Meet the Greeks

event. It was held every year during Welcome Week. NPHC, IFC and NPC organizations attended and represented UNA’s Greek community. The band played a variety of music and several students showed their enjoyment. Many of the students commented that the party was a major hit and they enjoyed the environment, not to mention the free pizza. “I really enjoy this time of year where students become interested in Greek life,” said Will Riley of Alpha Tau Omega. “I think that we are really getting the word out about how beneficial sororities and fraternities can be.” Rachael Tuell, of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, said the party was an exciting time for her and her sorority sisters. “I am so excited to get a group of new girls,” she said.

“I love getting to meet new people and making new friends.” There were a number of prospective Greek members at the event. Jordan Brock, a freshman honors student, was excited to accept a bid from Phi Gamma Delta. Other students that do not participate in Greek life also came out to hear the band and support the Greeks. Several non-Greek students said that it was a great event that was fun whether one participates in Greek life or not. Abril Agnew of Phi Mu and Christian Wright of Zeta Tau Alpha, two of the 2011 SOAR Counselors, were excited to get to talk to the new students they counseled and to also share which sisterhood they belonged to.

Outdoor Adventure Center loans free hiking, camping equipment ;PMTJa*WUIV


A new school year has begun and many students are searching to find their niche. Finding a place to gather with people who share similar interests can sometimes be difficult. However, if you consider yourself the outdoors type, a person who enjoys hiking, camping, canoeing or even spending time outside, the Outdoor Adventure Center is well worth looking into. The OAC is an organization that offers an outlet for students who enjoy outdoor activities. It is a dwelling where students can meet and discuss excursions with people who Sleeping bags and life jackets are fans of the outdoors. are just some of the equip“It is a great orment offered at the OAC. ganization led by diverse, easygoing people,” said sophomore Barry Minor. “We go on awesome outdoor adventures all around Alabama.”

The center is available not only for groups who regularly take part in activities that the center offers, but also for individuals who have planned an outing of their own. If ever planning an individual trip, the OAC offers equipment such as sleeping bags and pads, two and four-person tents, backpacks and hiking poles, headlamps and flashlights, first aid kits and cookware suitable for the outdoors. Students can check out all equipment for free with their Mane card. “The Outdoor Adventure Center is a place where students can venture off campus and get to know a lot of really great people,” said Mack Cornwell, president of the OAC. “The organization takes students’ ideas into consideration when deciding what activities to do for the fall, photos by Darrick Dawkins and what trips to take in the future.” The Outdoor Adventure Center offers an array of outdoor supplies from This fall’s schedule consists of ca- backpacks and hiking rods, to coolers and first aid kits. They also hold noeing, camping, a canoe run at Shoals events throughout the year that anyone can join. Creek and paintball. The members of the OAC also offer rappelling every week, weather nitely planning on attending some of the outings this year.” The organization welcomes all students interestpermitting, and strongly encourage students to come. ed in outdoor activities to participate in all upcomThe OAC gives students many opportuniing events. It is located on Willingham Road, right beties that most people rarely get to experience. “I’ve only heard good things about the Outdoor Adven- hind the dormitories. Interested students meet at the ture Center,” said UNA junior Erin Skipper. “I am defi- center Thursday Sept. 22, for the first OAC club meeting.




Thursday, September 1, 2011 • The Flor-Ala

Finding beauty By Kayla Sloan, Staff Photographer

The first time I stepped into this school bus, I feared for my safety. A friend of mine who I do a lot of exploring with told me about an abandoned elementary school he found way out on some county road off of Savannah Highway and said we had to check it out. Naturally, I was interested. We went out there with a couple of friends in the middle of the night, as not to get caught, and roamed its campus. The building was completely dilapidated. The pastel painted walls were chipping away and falling down, the wooden floors were caving in, and there were, for some odd reason, piles upon piles of carpet squares stacked to the ceiling. It was crazy. But the craziest thing came when we walked out the back of the school - Photo Essay

into this giant yard with one old, rusted yellow school bus parked in the center. We walked up to it cautiously, wondering if homeless people could be living inside of it. The tail lights were all busted and most of the windows and mirrors were gone and the door was half opened. I pulled at the door and stepped up the stairs to find a couch, a bunk bed and stove all where bus seats should have been. This is where the fear set in. Thankfully, no one was attacked by a squatter and we all escaped unharmed--just a little dusty. I couldn’t wait to get back there in the daylight to take pictures. When I went back a couple days later, the bus changed from spooky to beautiful in the new light. The grass around it had begun to grow

To see more photos in this series, visit our site at over the tires and in through the seams of the yellow metal and all the tiny fragments of shattered glass gleamed brightly. I think I may have spent an hour photographing the bus alone. I tend to be fascinated by the little things. This location is still one of my favorite places to photograph and I go back there all the time. It’s been the source of quite a few class projects and fun nights exploring.

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photo by Darrick Dawkins

A new freshman gets off the bus near the Harrison Plaza fountain at UNA Aug. 26.

8):316/KWV\QV]ML NZWUXIOM new parking program are still being worked out during the beginning of the fall semester. “(This is) just the first week of class, and we are adjusting the schedules,” Pastula said. Vice President for Student Affairs David Shields encourages all students who are having trouble finding spots on campus to utilize the Darby lot and ride the bus into campus to avoid parking dilemmas. He understands that by riding the bus,

,:16316/KWV\QV]ML NZWUXIOM are consequences for your actions. It’s simply not worth it.” Singleton said his department receives a grant each year to pay extra officers to patrol streets during DUIheavy holidays, including Labor Day, Memorial Day, July 4 and New Year’s Eve. Underage drinking is an issue many local police officers see within the Florence area, according to Singleton. “I think the one thing we have is the opportunity as human beings to be a person of character and integrity,” he said. “If you’re not 21 years old, you’re not old enough to be drinking. If you choose to break the law, I think that says something about your character and integrity.” UNA police Chief Bob Pastula said police officers at UNA will work with Florence to get drunk drivers off the

students have to add a little extra time in to be on time to class. “Even I have to plan my day,” Shields said. “It all comes down to planning.” Even though the new parking regulations make it easy for Looney to find a spot at the Darby Drive lot, she said the time spent waiting for the bus and traveling to campus is troublesome. “You never have to worry about finding a parking spot, but as far as time goes, it takes up too much time (to ride the bus),” Looney said. “You have to get (to the Darby lot) about 15 to 30 minutes earlier than what you think you should.” Shields is parking at the Darby lot and

being bussed in with freshmen students. Each day, he rides from the Darby lot to UNA after riding from the Florence parking deck last year. “The initial hesitation was this is going to be a hassle,” Shields said. “It’s an easy, effortless process.” Pastula and Shields both warn that students who are habitually caught parking in the wrong lots will be dealt with through the Office of Student Conduct. “(Students who park in the wrong spots) could be prohibited from parking on campus,” Shields said. Shields said students can be punished with escalating university sanctions and probation. He said being referred to the Office of Student Conduct can affect a student’s record with the university. Students like Looney worry their cars will be broken into while they are in class, and Shields said police have upped patrols in this area to ensure student’s cars are not broken into. “Between the city police and the university police, we are making frequent patrols of that lot,” Shields said. “The police have been very good at patrolling. The police have randomized their patrols to make sure there is no consistency.” UNA freshman Kelbie Howell said the new parking actually helps her out when having to look for a parking spot. “I like it and I never have to fight for a parking spot,” she said. “I thought that I might be late and stuff, but it has turned out alright.” UNA freshman Kim Lolley said she enjoys being dropped off in front of Bibb Graves Hall because she is in the middle of campus. Lolley said it keeps her from having to walk from the parking lot to class.

roads. He advises students to have a desginated driver if they plan to drink during Labor Day weekend. “If you get behind the wheel and you’ve been drinking, you will probably go to jail,” he said. “If you kill

”If you get behind the wheel

and youʼve been drinking, you will probably go to jail.”

-Bob Pastula

someone, you’ll be going to jail for a long time.” UNA senior Nick Moore said most of his friends who drink will have a desginated driver when they are out during Labor Day weekend. “I think (the extra patrols) are a good idea,” he said. “It’s better to be more safe than sorry. An increased awareness campus wide will encourphoto by Kayla Sloan Shoals residents gather at On the Rocks, age safer students and community.” a downtown bar, Aug. 26.


photo by Darrick Dawkins

Veronica Maples works in her new office in the Deparment of Housing.

57>-KWV\QV]ML NZWUXIOM events. Freshman Amber Lyons is happy the Department of Housing decided to make the move to a convenient location on campus for new students. “Rivers Hall has been a great experience so far, and getting to know the girls on my floor is really fun,” she said. Mitchell said moving to Rivers Hall from the GUC means she has to walk further to get to the new office, but she’s willing to make the sacrifice. “Many students appreciate the move.” she said. “My only disadvantage is that I may have to walk further, but if I had to choose between a disadvantage for me and an advantage for the students, I would definitely choose the advantage for the students.”





Tattoos still not accepted at work teen percent of 1825 year olds think that the increase of people being tattooed has caused a positive impact in our society. That overwhelming fact has people all over the world stopping to think. It appears that tattoos are becoming socially acceptable, but can they prevent students from getting jobs? UNA student Mac Pylant, who has twelve tattoos, said, “The thought of being able to permanently get something was exciting. When I was younger, several people I looked up to were getting inked. It was interesting to see what things you can get to remind you of who you once were and the photo by Kayla Sloan phases of life you’ve Tattoos may be becoming more accepted gone through.” socially, but they may still be a long way from Pylant believes being accepted in the workplace. that tattoos will )VVI/ZIKM=[MZa not hurt job chances the way ;\]LMV\?ZQ\MZ that they once did as society I][MZa(]VIML] comes to better accept tattoos. “Some people are very old According to a recent Pew Research study, four in 10 people ages school in their ways and prefer to 18-29 have at least one tattoo. Fif- not associate with people with tat-

toos,” he said. “But as the world is evolving I think people will be more accepting of them and the different types of people who get them. We should be open, not closed-minded.” UNA student Jennifer Cravens believes that tattoos pose no problems in larger cities. “Having visible tattoos and getting a job locally would be a problem, but in areas like New York and Michigan it wouldn’t be,” she said. “People are totally open-minded there.” Many institutions have policies regarding tattoos. “Here at Bank Independent, we have a very conservative dress code,” said Patricia Hartley, employee relations officer at Bank In-

”We should be open minded, not closed minded.””

-Mac Pylant dependent in Florence. “Not to say that our employees can’t have tattoos, but they must remain hidden.” She also stated that potential employees are given a copy of the dress code before their interview. “If they can’t follow the rules of the dress code when they show up for an interview, there is a strong chance they won’t get the job,” she said.

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Chicken Carbonara by: Tyler Layne

Cook time: 45 min Servings: 4 Difficulty: 5 out of 10 photo by Tyler Layne

1 16 oz box of penne pasta 1 yellow onion (cut into thin strips) 1/2 pack of bacon (diced) 1/2 box of babybella mushrooms (cut into strips) 3 garlic cloves (fine chopped)

1 pint heavy whipping cream 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese two large handfuls of baby spinach 2 tbsp butter 1 rounded tbsp flower 2 split chicken breasts (boneless skinless) kosher salt & black pepper

Follow the directions on the pasta box for the pasta. Once cooked, drain and cool to avoid over cooking. Start with a large high-sided saute pan or a saucepot on medium heat. Cook the bacon about five minutes then add the onions. Let them cook down for 20-25 minutes. Add two teaspoons of salt. Add mushrooms to soak up grease. Add the garlic once the mushrooms are tender. Once the garlic is slightly browned, add cream. Turn the heat down to medium low and simmer while preparing the chicken. Coat the chicken breasts with cooking oil, kosher salt and course black pepper. Set a sauté pan on medium to medium high heat. Cook each chicken breast until

golden brown on both sides. About an inch in thickness would require eight to ten minutes per side. Place a cooking thermometer in the thickest part of the chicken and shoot for between 155 and 160 degrees. While chicken is resting, add the butter to the pan the chicken was cooked in. Turn it down to low heat and allow the butter to loosen up all the flavor left in the pan. Now add the flower to the butter mixture, stir it together until well combined and slightly bubbling. Add this to cream sauce, toss in the pasta and spinach. Once the ingredients are combined, top with the sliced chicken and shredded cheese and enjoy.

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By the Numbers

QB Lee Chapple This Thursday UNA’s football became the fifth UNA team will be opening their 2011 QB to throw for season at Braly Stadium in hopes of conquering Central Oklahoma. The Lions come into the seayards in a single son ranked no. 6 in the pre-season season. polls, making it the sixth straight straight years the Lions year the Lions are ranked in the have been ranked in the top top six. six of a pre-season poll. The Lions also carry with Since 1990 the Lions them six consecutive years of parhave won a total of ticipating in the post-season. New challenges are at hand, games. That just like any new season, with is more than any returning lettermen and new playteam in the state. ers, but the Lions said they are willing to work hard as a team to defeat the competition to reach Studying the opposing team keeps the their goals. players on their toes mentally until they photo by Malisa McClure “Everyone has learned to do their job physically have to battle the opposing Defensive lineman Jarrod Jefferson prepares to go through a block during practice. and be accountable for their actions,” said team. Jefferson and the rest of the team look to put their skills to the test Thursday against Janoris Jenkins, a cornerback and UniverCentral Oklahoma, a team with 33 re- Central Oklahoma. sity of Florida transfer. turning letterman, is eager to rebuild its Lee Chapple, a returning quarterback Dixon and Daron Rose. During the two seasons that head coach image, which has fallen during the last few who threw for 3,051 yards and finished UNA will showcase its defense with Terry Bowden has coached, he has led the years. with 21 touchdowns last year, will lead the returning players such as Lucas Darr, Rod Lions to a 20-6 record. Thursday begins a The Broncos will try their best to defeat Woodson, and Bryan Thomas and new new attempt to improve upon the past two the competition this year to hold high their team. The Lions also return their top three players like DeAndre Morgan and Janoris seasons in hopes of winning the Division II reputation of being a program with tradirushers from a year ago, one being Wes Jenkins. National Championship. tion that ranks them as the third all-time Holland, the team’s leading rusher, and Kickoff is scheduled for Thursday eveIn preparation for the opening game Division II program with 591 wins. newcomer Demetrius Goode. ning at 7 p.m. at Braly Stadium. The game against Central Oklahoma, the players have UNA has a record of 26-3 overall in The Lions also return three key vet- will be televised by Comcast as well as been watching film, going over formations, games versus non-conference opponents at eran offensive lineman Kyle Thornton, an Charter Sports Southeast (CSS). routes, combinations and the plays that Braly dating back from 1993 to 2010. All-American, All-GSC performer Jamie Central Oklahoma throw at them.




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UNA’s women’s soccer team will kick off the regular season in Miami, Fla Sept. 2 and 4. The Lions have high hopes entering this season returning all 11 starters, including UNA career goal scorer Chloe Roberts, to the team, which reached the regional playoffs. The team will face the St. Thomas Bobcats Friday and Barry University on Sunday. “We are going to focus on our game and make adjustments as needed,” Head Coach Graham Winkworth said. “If we can go in a game confident, then we can come out of every game with a victory.” The team will be playing against unfamiliar territory when they are matched with the Sun Conference’s St. Thomas. St. Thomas began their season this past weekend with a win against the Southeastern Fire.

Football When: Thursday - 7 p.m. Where: Braly Stadium Who: Central Oklahoma

UNA freshman midfielder Danielle Scanlon said the team has been focusing on technical possession of the ball. The team has also strengthened its defense. “The team is more possession-oriented. We have a good ability on the counterattack and the defense will be difficult to break down, Winkworth said.” Defense will be key when the Lions play Barry University Sunday morning. Barry will be returning sophomore Emma Karp, who scored four goals against the Lions in her debut last year. Karp recorded 20 goals and had 48 points for her team last year. “She’s a dangerous player, an AllAmerican,” Winkworth said. He said that all of Karp’s goals are scored in a similar fashion and that UNA will have to limit her options. “If we play professional and keep possession of the ball, we’ll be good,” he said. Though they will be competing against non-conference teams, the women will continue to play to their full potential.

“We have the idea that we don’t want to lose,” sophomore forward Sarah Beth Henderson said. “To face every game the same, playing the best we can.” “We know how important every game is. There won’t be a lack of motivation going into non-conference games, Winkworth said.” The Lions open the season traveling to Miami, Fla. and the Lions only photo by Ashton Lance play one home game over Senior midfi elder Jamie Takala dribbles the ball down the the first two weeks of the fi eld during a game last year. The Lions have high expecseason. tations this year in making a deep run in the post-season. Travel at the beginning of the season will enhance “We’ve been working on all aspects of the team’s bonding. “Coach wants us to be the game,” Winkworth said. “Hopefully we sisters, and we really are, Henderson said.” can make it all gel together.” Winkworth said that it’s good to build support at the beginning of the season that can carry throughout the year.

Week at a glance Soccer

When: Friday - noon Sunday - 10 a.m.

Volleyball When: Friday - 3 p.m., 8 p.m. Saturday - 11:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m. m.

Where: Miami, Fla.

Where: St. Louis, Mo.

Who: St. Thomas, Barry

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Temperatures remain high as players prepare for season +PZQ[\WXPMZ8MVVQM ;\]LMV\?ZQ\MZ KXMVVQM(]VIML]

With temperatures exceeding 100 degrees, some wonder how UNA football players cope with the intense heat. Through recent reports of high temperatures from numerous weather service agencies, many people are already aware of scorching temperatures. It’s safe to say that the heat has become a bit of a distraction to Alabamians this year. According to the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research, there have been 21 deaths in college football since 2000, six of those resulting from heat. Many football coaches now insist more than ever that teams stay hydrated to prevent more calamities, allowing the athletes to drink as much as they need to. They also have tried to prevent heat-related deaths by mandating breaks and shifting practice times to early or mid-day. UNA practices have already taken place at Braly Stadium. The team practices for around two and a half hours. Head Athletic Trainer Josh Penny cannot stress any further that the players and staff stay hydrated. Penny and his team learned to acclimate to the climate, and there are at least 200 gallons of water during every practice and sports drinks as soon as they get off the field. “Most of the players came from southern Florida and are accustomed to the high temperatures,” Penny said. Having lived in Louisiana and around the southern heat his entire life, Penny is

also well adjusted to hot climates. “We are fortunate that no players have been sent to the E.R so far,” Penny said. There have been some hospital visits in the past. Penny remembers in a 2002 game against Lambuth University that many athletes were experiencing heat cramps, and some were even sent to the hospital. Lion football players are educated on how to avoid heat-related problems. “Preventative techniques are the way to go,” said offensive lineman Kyle Thornton. “Not eating and drinking before practice can affect the way you play mentally and physically.” Thornton has never gotten drastically ill on the field, but he recalls feeling light-headed. He witnessed some going to the emergency room once for full photo by Malisa McClure body cramping. The NCAA also made new Members of the football team get a quick drink of water during a break from practice. The regulations to prevent heat-relat- football team tries to schedule their practices in the morning or evening to escape the heat of the day. ed mishaps. Teams cannot practice for Heat strokes, however, can occur sudmore than five hours, and team-related ac- wear during that time is helmets. The NCAA claims that the changes are to help denly without any signs of heat exhaustion. tivities, such as meetings or film study, are prevent further heat-related deaths. If someone feels the symptoms of a not allowed during the recovery period beThere are more than 20 heat-related illstroke, which include confusion, vomiting, tween practices. nesses, with common symptoms including convulsions and decreased sweating, not During single practice days, a team heat exhaustion, dizziness, nausea, excesseeking attention could be fatal. cannot practice for more than three hours. sive thirst, agitation and headaches. The Lions will continue to take every Teams must also go through a five-day acAlthough it may not be life threatening, measure to manage the heat in practices to climation period at the beginning of camp heat exhaustion symptoms should be treatcome, offi cials said. in which they cannot practice in full pads. The only protective gear players can ed immediately.

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SGA held an open house-style event Aug. 24 on the steps in front of the GUC. The purpose of the event was to make SGA’s presence known to the UNA student body. This is the second consecutive year the event has been held. “The SGA Open House started last year as a way to get SGA in front of the students,” said SGA President Ralph Akalonu. “We are using this medium of providing refreshments and free prizes to students in order to inform them that there is an organization here at UNA that represents their interests” “This is also designed to interact on a personal basis with the students,” he added. “This year’s open house was also the launch of SGA’s Ideas to Action campaign, which is designed to provide face-to-face interaction with students in order to inform them about what SGA is doing, as well as to receive feedback from the people we represent.” Also in attendance at the event was a representative from USA Today. The representative works with the SGA on their readership program, which provides free copies of national newspapers to students. “In all, we believe the open house was a huge success this year, and we hope to continue it in the future,” Akalonu said. UNA students have a variety of opinions on the direction the SGA should take this year and what they hope for the group to accomplish. “I think the SGA does a good job,” said UNA public relations major Josh Bogus. “I liked the fact that we were given a

photo by Malisa McClure

SGA Vice President of Senate Emily McCann passes out food to students attending SGA’s Open House Aug. 24. SGA met with students, who were able to give input during the event last week.

chance to vote on the Division I move, and although we’re still going to move to Division I, I liked that the SGA helped us have somewhat of a voice.” At the event, students could use the time to talk to SGA officials about changes

at UNA. SGA officers work directly with the UNA board of trustees and the administration on campus. “The SGA really needs to confront the school about the new freshmen parking on Darby Drive and catching a bus,” said Bob-

by Coble, an exercise science major. “That should be dependent on where the student lives, because some students have to drive so far from the opposite direction and waste gas just to get back.”



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