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Tide overrun with errors in Sugar Bowl Oklahoma defeats Alabama 45-31 in New Orleans CW | Austin Bigoney A red-zone fumble by running back T.J. Yeldon is scooped up by Oklahoma’s Geno Grissom and returned 26 yards, becoming the second of five total turnovers for the Tide. By Charlie Potter | Assistant Sports Editor NEW ORLEANS—It took less than two minutes for Alabama to cross the goal line against Oklahoma and begin to remove the stain of the Iron Bowl. On the Sooners’ next drive, sophomore safety Landon Collins scooped up a Trevor Knight pass before it hit the ground to bring the Crimson Tide offense back on the field. Everything was rolling in Alabama’s favor, and visions of the 2012 team’s dominance over

Notre Dame in Miami started to appear in the Sugar Bowl. That is until AJ McCarron heaved a pass into triple coverage toward fellow senior Kevin Norwood. The pass sailed over Norwood’s head and was picked off by Oklahoma. It was the first of two interceptions McCarron would throw Thursday night in the Crimson Tide’s 45-31 loss. “Put it all on me,” McCarron said. “I had two turnovers, ended up scoring 14 points, and we lost by 14. So, you know, it’s football. It happens. I wish it wouldn’t have happened, but I’ll

definitely take the loss and definitely take the blame, because a lot of it is probably my fault.” Alabama turned the ball over five times despite thrashing the Sooner defense for 516 total yards of offense. Norwood said the blame cannot rest solely on his quarterback’s shoulders, as he and the rest of the team made mistakes throughout the night. “We all win and lose together,” Norwood said. “AJ can’t put it all on himself. I can’t let him do that. … It’s all on us, and we didn’t come


out and play like we should.” For Oklahoma, redshirt freshman quarterback Trevor Knight had the game of his life, playing an almost perfect game. Knight completed 32 of his 44 passes for 348 yards and four touchdown passes. Knight’s emergence was a shock to the college football world, as he had only made four starts in seven games played before the Sugar Bowl. SEE FOOTBALL PAGE 15


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A University of Alabama student is facing 19 felony charges, including two counts of intoxication manslaughter, following a threecar collision that killed two people and injured five others in Austin, Texas, on Dec. 27. As of Tuesday evening, Nicholas Michael Justin Wyzykowski, 21, was being held in the Travis County (Texas) Jail on $185,000 bond following the fatal crash. In addition to manslaughter, Wyzykowski is also charged with four counts of aggraTuscaloosa County vated assault causing bodily Sheriff’s Office injury, among others, accordNicholas Wyzykowski ing to jail records. According to an Austin was arrested on domestic violence Police Department press charges Oct. 20 in release, Wy z ykows k i Tuscaloosa County. was driving a Chevrolet Avalanche at high speeds when he rear-ended a Toyota Prius. The Prius veered into oncoming traffic and struck a Toyota Camry head-on.


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Earlier this week, some of the coldest weather Alabama has seen in decades moved into the state, driving temperatures down to well below freezing and causing concerns for the students who had to get back for their first classes of the new semester. James Spann, chief meteorologist for ABC 33/40, said the sudden cold weather was caused by a disruption in the jet stream. “There’s a river of air that runs at about 25,000 feet through the northern hemisphere,” Spann said. “The easy explanation is the jet stream – it’s not as easy as that – weather’s a lot more complicated than people make it out to be, but generally speaking you can find maximum wind velocities at about 25,000 feet. The position of that tends to determine what your weather’s like.” A dip in the jet stream brought air from the North Pole as far south as Alabama.

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have a lot of time to modify. There’s a lot of snow cover up there and it just kind of comes down without modification, and when you get a cross-polar flow, often it gets pretty darn cold around here.” So cold, in fact, that many UA students were toddlers the last time temperatures were this low in Alabama. “This is the coldest since ‘96,” Spann said. “It got down to six degrees, and after that we had ice. Thankfully, in this case, it’s not going to happen. It’s been 18 years since it’s been this cold.” Spann said it’s not uncommon for the jet stream to dip this far south. What is uncommon is for it to bring frigid Arctic air with it. “It happens pretty often, but to have the cross-polar connection, that’s the oddity about it,” Spann said. “That doesn’t happen that often. I’d say about every 20 years is correct for this kind of thing.” According to data from the National Weather Service, temperatures got as low as -3 degrees Fahrenheit in parts of Alabama Monday night and Tuesday


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Alabama ranked No. 7 in poll

The final AP Poll was announced after Florida State defeated Auburn 34-31 in the BCS National Championship game Monday night, and the Crimson Tide finished the 2013 season as the No. 7 team in college football. The Southeastern Conference finished with seven teams ranked in the top 25. Alabama was also ranked No. 8 in the final USA Today Coaches’ Poll. The Crimson Tide was ranked behind Oklahoma in both polls.



SDT to host interest meeting Sigma Delta Tau sorority will host a Back-to-School Fiesta for any female UA students interested in joining the sorority. The Rho Chapter of Sigma Delta Tau was started at the University in 1935. The attire for the event is dressy casual. The event will be held at the SDT house at 420 Smithwoods Circle House C. on Friday, Jan. 10, beginning at 5 p.m. For more information, contact Porscha Alonzo at

Sitter applications close Jan. 16 The deadline to apply to be a part of the Spring Semester 2014 Sitters for Service program is Jan. 16. The Sitters for Service program gives students an opportunity to help out student parents by providing free babysitting services. Students selected as sitters will receive community service hours. Students interested in serving as a student sitter go through an application and interview process and, if selected, are trained in infant and child CPR. For more information and to apply online, visit gps. Compiled by Charlie Potter


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“We’re now in the sixth year of the Obama administration,” McConnell said. “We all Legislation to resume long-term know the stock market’s been doing great. “There are people really hurting. We So the richest among us are doing just fine. unemployment insurance for 1.3 million jobless Americans cleared a key hurdle what about the poor? What about have a country where not everyone’s But Tuesday in the Senate, though it remained working-class folks? … Well, record unclear whether it would ultimately pass the numbers of them are benefiting from what’s going on.” chamber or clear the House. having a terrible time.” The 60-37 vote came moments before Outside conservative groups, including — Harry Reid President Barack Obama was set to host the Club for Growth and Heritage Action, unemployed Americans and their families at urged opposition and warned senators that the White House as part of a Democratic votes would be noted in the groups’ annual campaign to appeal to middle-class voters score cards. Heritage explained in a note ahead of midterm elections this fall. Six campaign focused on the problems with to senators that unemployment benefits Republicans, mostly moderate senators or Obamacare and have argued against were not a “free lunch.” those from states with high jobless rates, approving another extension of the Still, in states like economically hard-hit joined all Democrats present in voting to unemployment aid, which expired last Nevada, Republican Sen. Dean Heller a month. They say such aid discourages key sponsor of the bill – found the measure begin debate on the bill. The Republican defections were a sign of workers from finding new jobs and said they too politically difficult to oppose. Other the political potency of the issue and would only support the measure if the $6 GOP senators voting to advance the provided Democrats with the 60-vote billion cost of the proposed three-month measure included Kelly Ayotte of New were offset by Hampshire, Dan Coats of Indiana, Susan threshold they needed to advance the bill extension and avoid a filibuster. Senate Majority budget cuts elsewhere. Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska “I’m a little surprised at the fervor with and Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said that even though the economy has shown signs of which the majority is dedicated to reviving Rob Portman of Ohio. improvement, aid is still needed for out of the expired emergency unemployment Federal unemployment insurance benefits after they ignored the issue all of coverage expired on Dec. 28, leaving 1.3 work Americans. “There are people really hurting,” Reid last year,” said Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., million long-term jobless Americans without said, noting he watched as people tried to the minority leader. the emergency income stream. The federal McConnell offered an amendment benefits, which kick in after workers exhaust help a homeless person on Constitution Avenue in the morning’s nearly sub-zero Tuesday that would have provided an an initial 26 weeks of insurance provided by temperatures, just blocks from the White extension of the unemployment insurance most states, have regularly been renewed House. “We have a country where not benefits in return for a one-year suspension by Congress amid economic downturns, everyone’s benefiting from what’s going on.” of the health care law’s requirement that all and have been extended nearly a dozen Most GOP senators opposed the bill. individuals carry health insurance. It was times since 2008, according to a They prefer to keep the 2014 election rejected by Democrats. Congressional Research Service report.

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NEWSIN BRIEF Campus to host John Legend Grammy Award winner John Legend will visit The University of Alabama Jan. 19 to present a lecture at Moody Music Hall as part of the 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Realizing the Dream Concert. Legend, an R&B artist best known for his singing and songwriting, has won nine Grammy Awards in total. Legend will speak at the University as part of the 25th anniversary of the MLK Realizing the Dream Concert. Actor James Earl Jones was the inaugural guest, and other guests include Maya Angelou, Harry Belafonte and Sidney Poitier. The Realizing the Dream Concert series began in 1990 as a collaborative effort between The University of Alabama, Stillman College and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Tickets for the lecture are $15 general admission and will go on sale Jan. 8 at Moody Music Hall and online at For more information call 205-348-7111.

CW File Much of The University of Alabama’s history is rooted in the Civil War and slavery. By Mark Hammontree | News Editor Benjamin Flax has been fascinated with the South’s complex history with slavery, civil rights and the black experience since he was 10 years old, and now the senior majoring in religious studies and history is sharing that fascination with other students and members of the community through a month long exhibit looking at The University of Alabama’s history from the slave era. Flax has been researching the University’s ties to the Civil War and to slavery for about a year and a half and will present some of the materials he has studied in an exhibit at Gorgas Library during the month of February. “My first focus was looking at a lot of the monuments around campus that deal with the Civil War and how that reflects on our memories of those years,” Flax said. “This year, however, the fall semester, I came up with this idea of looking at the other side of our involvement leading up to the Civil War and that was with slavery, and what with The University of Alabama that was exactly.” He has been doing his research as part of an independent study class, and he said his main goal is for the University and for students to properly acknowledge the depth of the history of the school. Flax said similar projects at other schools have given recognition to the slaves that contributed in many ways to the history of the institution. “The efforts today, across the board, appear to be trying to give back at least

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some form of recognition. While it can never be to a proper caliber, what it’s doing is recognizing individuals who allowed for us to get to a certain point in society where we are now,” Flax said. “What we can do, since it is in our history, is recognize what it was and who these people are and what they contributed in creating the University that we’re on today.” Flax said his research has shown that the University owned slaves and used slave labor in both the construction of the campus buildings as well as domestic services. “It’s all been very fascinating, surprising and interesting, but it’s really the day-to-day routines that I have found to be the most important,” he said. “When you look at slave labor for building the buildings or planting the trees, creating the gardens, while all of that is interesting, shocking or however you want to look at it, what I’ve found to be the most interesting was the domestic use of slaves which was cleaning out fireplaces, supplying firewood to the dormitories, bringing water into the lecture halls, even removing bed pans.” Flax has found documents including bills of sale and receipts that show that the University owned or rented slaves for much of the school’s early history up until the Civil War. “The University did own slaves. It looks like at one time they owned up to four slaves, and they were owned by the Board of Trustees,” Flax said. “There were also slaves that were kind of ‘rent-

ed’ from other individuals, be it faculty members, presidents and also members of the surrounding communities, and they were sometimes rented for up to a year, sometimes just a couple of days.” “The latest record I’ve come across is in late 1860 and it’s one of the proctors who went up to Virginia with $7,000 to purchase slaves for the University,” he said. Flax said his research has meshed well with his plans to continue to study the legacy of slavery in modern times. “I’m very much interested in the public memory of slavery, which includes cinema, literature and memorials and how in modern society, we represent the images and memory of slaves and how we can either better that or use that for good,” Flax said. The exhibit is intended to present the documents and materials Flax has been studying to a wider audience than if he simply published his research in an academic journal. “The issue for me with academic writing is that it only circles around the academic community,” Flax said. “Having an exhibit allows for students and members of the community to come and see the original documents and read the transcriptions of what the University was with regards to slavery and how all of that played into the creation of the University.” The exhibit will be housed in the Williams Americana Collection on the third floor of Gorgas Library and will be open during regular library hours starting Feb. 3 and running throughout the month of February.

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Service industry lends valuable experience By Maxton Thoman | Senior Staff Columnist It is my sincere belief that every single person on the face of this earth should be required to spend at least one week working in the food service industry – and no, it’s not because of the pay. Some of the greatest lessons that I have ever learned have come from personal encounters with customers. As a server, these have ranged from inspirational to downright abysmal. The inspirational: I’ve seen a couple celebrate 65 years together, with that occasion being just another day in love. One look has never said so much. The abysmal: I’ve seen a woman obnoxiously send her salad back to the kitchen for being “just too cold.” Still, every single encounter that I have had continues to define me as not only a server but also a person. Every moment, positive or negative, has shaped my future outlook in ways I never could have imagined. For instance, prior to life in a restaurant, I never fully

Maxton Thoman grasped the concept that patience is truly a virtue, not a trait that is bestowed upon humanity at birth. Rather, it is something we all must work towards, struggle amid and maintain once we discover it. There is no easy way to become patient, no quick fix for the all too human concept of frustration. Still, some lessons resonate more than others. Over break, one of my fellow employees uttered some of the finest off-the-cuff poetry that I have ever heard by saying, “The greatest trick the Devil ever played was to convince the world that the customer is always right.” At first, I laughed his advice off as nothing more than a joke, but then slowly

throughout the night – as couples arrived, food flew out of the kitchen, and families devoured their meals – the real severity of his assertion hit me, and I realized just how applicable that statement is to real life. If customers didn’t always approach sales situations (of almost any kind) with the mindset that they were inherently right, I would imagine interactions would be more pleasant, and most bartering situations would run at a much more productive and smoother rate. Right now, with this egocentric mindset, which only emphasizes the seemingly subservient aspect of jobs such as those in the restaurant industry, we play into the grubby, powerthirsty hands of the human subconscious. In essence, our attempt to make every customer feel like a million bucks – so that they will hopefully spend a million bucks – has driven certain consumers to the point where they sometimes forget that they are dealing directly with another human being. This is not to say that the alternative is any bet-

ter. To the contrary, I would say that a world where “the salesman is always right” would be absolutely mad. I just believe that – like with all things, ranging from the political polarization to the socioeconomic disparity gap forming in our nation – we just need to move closer to moderation. The relationship between consumer and service provider is no different than one receiving a new introduction. Both parties just need to remember, in every situation, to be humble, courteous and, for lack of a better word, gracious. After being in a position literally labeled “server,” I cannot stress enough the difference that one great encounter can make on your day. A smile, a laugh, whatever it might be. So, in 2014, please consider making your resolution to change every encounter you have into a positive one. And don’t forget to tip your waiter. Maxton Thoman is a sophomore majoring in biology. His column runs weekly on Wednesdays.


And the Heisman goes to… By Leigh Terry | Staff Columnist … An exceptional athlete? The best football player in the country? A role model? A few of the most recent Heisman Trophy winners have raised the question of whether or not the winner can always meet all three criteria and whether or not it matters if he does not. Without a doubt all of the Heisman Trophy nominees every year are exceptional athletes of their time. Being considered as one of the top six players in college football means any of those individuals possesses a winning combination of talent, work ethic, physicality and an indomitable desire and ability to win games. This was clear in this year’s crop of finalists as well, as even the bottom three runners-up garnered around 30 first place votes each. According to its mission statement, the Heisman Trophy is

supposed to represent “the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence.” This would seem to make the second criteria a no-brainer as well. In its 79 - year existence, we have come to believe as a society that the Heisman winner represents the most outstanding player in college football that year in the same way the Oscars for Best Actor and Actress represent the finest film performances of the year. The Heisman winner is supposed to be the best player period, right? Maybe not. The end of that all-important mission statement goes on to state “whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity.” What happens when the best player on the field may not be the best role model off the field? If recent winners are to be any indication, Heisman voters disregard the most outstanding

athlete’s character and reward them with the trophy anyway. However, the hero-like worship that comes from winning this prestigious award should not be bestowed on someone who would teach the wrong lessons to today’s youth – our little siblings, our neighbors and someday our own children. If we have to jettison a criterion, let it be “most outstanding” in favor of “with integrity.” Who we reward with this prestigious piece of metal reflects on our values. If we want to reward players who excel with integrity, we should be looking for nominees who respect others, serve their community, stay out of trouble with the law and who we are proud to represent the best of our beloved American football to the world. While I proudly support our Heisman runner-up quarterback, AJ McCarron, I would be concerned about 2013’s winner

regardless of who was next in line for the award. The sexual assault allegations made against Jameis Winston are serious and not something to be forgotten simply because no charges were filed. Brushing these aside and handing Winston a spot in history and the accompanying praise and glory does not just teach girls that their voices and opinions are of lesser value than a boy’s. It also teaches boys that exercising caution and respecting women in their personal and professional lives is optional – or worse, socially undesirable. When next December rolls around, I hope that Heisman voters will pick the most outstanding man with integrity, not a boy in pursuit of excellence without ethics. Leigh Terry is a sophomore majoring in economics. Her column runs biweekly.



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L i ke most Americans, I’m a supporter of the Constitution and the freedoms it guarantees us, especially the freedom to force people to violate their religion. Oh, that’s not constituClaire Chretien tional? The Obama administration has apparently missed that memo. This year, the Supreme Court will be making an important decision about religious liberty. This debate is about provision of – not access to – contraception. Birth control is already cheaply available with or without insurance. The contested Health and Human Services mandate forces groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor to choose between violating their Catholic faith by purchasing insurance plans that fund services to which they are fundamentally opposed or paying devastating fines upwards of millions of dollars. Justice Sotomayor granted this group a temporary stay against the birth control mandate, but others haven’t been so lucky. Effective Jan. 1, these organizations face crippling fines unless they follow the government instead of their religion. The mandate forces Christian organizations and employers – some Catholic, some from other denominations – to fund services to which they morally object, such as contraception, sterilizations and potentially abortion-causing drugs through their own health insurance plans. Although the Little Sisters of the Poor have been granted temporary relief from this tyrannical mandate thanks to Justice Sotomayor, the Department of Justice is now claiming that the Little Sisters of the Poor aren’t religious enough to be exempt. That’s right: The Obama administration has decided that Catholic nuns who dedicate their lives to caring for the needy elderly just aren’t religious enough to be exempt from providing “free” contraception and abortion drugs via their insurance plan. Ironically, the contraception and life-ending drugs the government would like the Little Sisters of the Poor to fund directly contradict their mission to respect human life. The government has allowed churches exemptions from the contraception mandate, but it won’t classify religious organizations such as the Little Sisters of the Poor as “religious employers,” nor will it classify business owners – like David Green of Hobby Lobby – who live out their faith as such. It’s utterly insane to claim that contraception funded by faithful Catholics who unequivocally oppose it is some sort of right. It’s not. Freedom of religion is a constitutionally protected right, and no matter how desperately some may claim otherwise, “free” birth control isn’t. Regardless of a person’s career – owning a business or not working for profit – it’s unfair to force him or her to violate his or her religion. If this mandate is implemented, it will have a profoundly negative impact on the poor and the people who serve them. The Little Sisters of the Poor and other Catholic charities serve people of all faiths. Heavy fines from the IRS to non-compliant employers and organizations that follow their religion mean that many people will lose access to the assistance that religious groups would otherwise provide to them. It’s deeply troubling that it’s even necessary for religious employers and organizations to be fighting this battle against the Obama administration. There are many religious beliefs that may seem bizarre to outsiders – the Amish ceasing education after eighth grade and animal sacrifice of those practicing Santeria, for example – but their peculiarity doesn’t make these practices any less constitutionally protected. The government cannot force certain religious beliefs on its citizens, nor can it decide which religious beliefs are acceptable.

Freedom of religion is a constitutionally protected right, and no matter how desperately some may claim otherwise, “free” birth control isn’t.

Claire Chretien is a junior majoring in American studies. Her column runs biweekly.

Last Week’s Poll: Would you support the Auburn Tigers if they made it to the BCS National Championship in Pasadena, Calif.? (Yes: 42%) (No: 58%) This Week’s Poll: Did the winter weather affect your travel back to Tuscaloosa?

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‘The Face’ interns with Fallon Blankenship reflects on 2 years of fame in preparation for internship By Kailey McCarthy | Contributing Writer University of Alabama student Jack Blankenship, who received national recognition two years ago for the face he makes at UA basketball games, while also holding up a large photo of that face, is now working as an intern for “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” where he once appeared as a guest. The man behind “The Face” took a few minutes to speak with The Crimson White about his coveted internship with Jimmy Fallon and the contorted expression that made him famous.


How did the face get started?

The facial gesture was an inside joke that actually started in middle school between three of my friends, Austin Jackson, Hank DeBell and David Burkhalter. The joke carried on from middle school to high school, and it was just something that we would always do for fun. We took pictures photobombing people and also took pictures of the face in weird locations and stuff like that; that’s how the gesture came alive. However, my freshman year of college I saw an Alabama basketball game where people held the giant cutouts of big celebrities heads, and I thought it would be funny if I just made my own of me doing the face. Austin, Hank and David saw me doing the face on TV, and it turned into a huge contest between the four of us. We all try to do the face in the coolest locations. Some people will do it in New York City, and some people will do it on their way to Chicago, so I thought it would be a good way to get it on TV and let everyone in the world see it, and my friends could kind of just have a laugh at it. I had no idea it would get as big as it did. I had absolutely no idea. It’s not like I was trying to seek out to get recognized for it or anything, I just thought it was something to distract the opposing team during the free throws and just something that would be funny between my close friends. It was like a two birds, one stone situation. However, it ended up being three, four or five birds.


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What were your initial reactions when you first started to get recognized nationally?

It’s kind of hard to trace these thoughts because it was almost two years ago, but I remember two specific moments when I held up the cutout. The first time was just a fun joke between my friends, and the second time it became huge. The first time was Feb. 4 against the Ole Miss Rebels, and the second time was Feb. 14 against the Florida Gators. The first time I held up the cutout at the game, two ESPN commentators talked about it on air, and later that night it was on the front page of Reddit. At that time, I had no idea what Reddit even was, so one of my friends was like, ‘Hey man, I just saw that you were on the front page of Reddit.’ I had no idea what that meant so I was just like, ‘Okay, neat.’ There would be pictures from that first game on websites that I wouldn’t even go to but people told me that I had been on. Websites aimed at making college students laugh were the primary


focus of my face. When the face broke out to the actual media, I remember I was at the public library with my friend Drew, and one of my friends tweeted a picture of the face from The Birmingham News. It also got on, m and other media sources called it the SEC Basketball Photo of the Year. I got contacted by someone at, and other journalists saw pictures and began to email me. The first national media I was found on was the ESPN blog called Page 2, and they did a story about it. The most interesting thing about my recognition was that it was all kind of managed through my Twitter account. I got all these writers who would tweet at me for interviews and such. The peak of my fame was when I got on Yahoo’s front page. That was an overwhelming feeling because Yahoo is the home page for most computers, so it was weird because there I would click Yahoo and be on the front page. I was very overwhelmed at first because it was just unknown territory. You would just never believe that you would be in a situation like that, it was definitely unplanned. It was kind of just something that happened. I was very nervous at first, and I didn’t know if people would recognize me at the grocery store or anything. But that’s the thing about internet popularity– you can never really gauge how many people have seen it. There was a lot of anxiety and confusion just because I could never really tell how popular I was. It was definitely a once in a lifetime type of thing. I had a lot of fun, but it was definitely very stressful.


How has this recognition changed your time as a UA student?

It has been pretty impactful, I guess you could say. As a student, I never got any special treatment from my professors or anything like that. Actually, my professors hardly recognized me, so academically, nothing has changed. My grades were never better or worse. I would have to miss a few classes because of events, but it never really changed my grades. From a classmates perspective, it was pretty neat. Sometimes people would kind of recognize me and and I would be able to have a good conversation with them. It really was a great way to meet people. Sometimes I consider myself very shy and introverted, so I would be able to break out of my shell by meeting new people and interacting with them. People responded really well to it, and that’s what really brings a smile to my face – people are just genuinely happy to see me. That’s definitely the most joyful thing that comes with it. It’s a strange, unique thing, but it feels common.



Wednesday, January 8, 2014

CW File Jack Blankenship gained national attention after cheering on the UA basketball team with a poster of “the face� two years ago.


What was it like being a guest on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon?�

Being a guest was a lot of fun but very hectic. Earlier that day, I was on “The Today Show,� so I had to get up at like 4 a.m. and go over there. It was kind of like a whirlwind. As soon as I got done with “The Today Show� I went back to my hotel and planned to take a nap. As soon as that happened, I got a call from the “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon� show. They wanted to have me on, so I went on the show that night. It’s hard for me to answer the question because that whole week was very time consuming and stressful, so I never really had the time to do the full Jimmy Fallon guest experience. I had to come in right before showtime and barely practiced what was going to happen. The show with Jimmy was very time improvised, so he threw me a couple curveballs that I didn’t really know how to answer, but it was a lot of fun. You would never think you’d be brushing shoulders with these big names, but I was put in this cool situation and was able to interact with this amazing cast.



Did the national recognition you got for “The Face� help land you the internship with Jimmy Fallon?

When I was a guest on the show, certain people contacted me, and that’s kind of how I got that connection. In the fall, I emailed one of those connections, and then I sent them my resume. After that, they approved me to interview for the internship. They interviewed 40 people, and they took 20. That’s how I landed the internship, but I can promise you that I worked hard for it, I didn’t just walk in and get the internship handed to me. I have a good GPA, and I’ve worked my tail off. I got the connection because I’m “The Face� guy, but everything after that was pure sweat and blood. Being “The Face� put my foot in the door, and the door swung open when I brought in my resume and hard work.


Q. A.

What is it like interning with Jimmy Fallon?

Today was actually my first day. It was a lot of fun. I showed up early to the job and was able to see where

the studio is. I just kind of ran errands for people and helped out. It’s like a typical internship where you’re just serving other people, but your work is definitely important and you’re there for a reason. I wasn’t just there doing meaningless tasks. Everything we do is important for the production of the show and for the people who produce the show. It’s all with a purpose. It was a great first day though.


What are your future career plans?

I’d like to think that I keep a lot of doors open. I’m really interested in doing something for late night television, whether it be writing, producing or something in that field. I’m also really interested in science; I could also see myself pursuing a career in that. I used to be an engineering major, and I really loved being an engineering major, so I could still see myself doing something with that. I like to have all my doors open, I don’t really have a certain path, so I’m open for anything. My dream job would be working for a late night TV show or something like that, but ultimately, I can’t see what’s happening and I like it. I’m really intrigued by the mystery that lies ahead.



What is your favorite memory associated with “The Face�?

CW File When I went to New York, the day before I went on Blankenship brought “the face� to Beat Auburn Beat Hunger in “The Today Show,� I went to the Knicks game, and 2012 as part of a pie-throwing fundraiser. I held my sign up at the game. I got recognized by a lot of people, and that was the first indicator of how people reacted to the face nationally. I was on the Madison Square Garden jumbotron, and a bunch of Knicks players waved at me. Beyonce and Jay-Z were sitting courtside at the game, so I held my sign up and Beyonce laughed and nudged at Jay-Z and they both got a laugh out of it. During the fourth quarter, I was holding up my sign and I made eye contact with Beyonce and she did the face and got Jay to do it. That was definitely the most starstruck I have ever been just to be around such talented people and get recognized by them. One of the coolest moments is that rush feeling to your heart when people react to the sign. It was heaven for me.


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Photos courtesty of Alabama Greek Missions The annual trip to Nicaragua allows members of Alabama Greek Missions to bond with and serve distant communities at the conclusion of the fall semester.

Alabama Greek Missions returns to Nicaragua By Mark Hammontree | News Editor Less than a week before Christmas, 22 University of Alabama students said goodbye to the small Nicaraguan village of Trapichito. For some students, it was the last time they would ever see the village and its inhabitants with whom they’d grown quite familiar over the course of a week. For others, it was just a temporary goodbye with the promise of reunion next December. The 22 UA students were part of the annual Alabama Greek Missions trip, which has traveled to Nicaragua and the village of Trapichito for the past two years. “Alabama Greek Missions started three years ago, so this is the third trip we’ve done as a group, the second one I’ve been a part of,” said Sarah Elizabeth Tooker, a senior majoring in communication studies and president of AGM. “It really just started because there was a gap, and they saw there really wasn’t a group that connected greek members that were interested in international service work.” The group was started by members of greek organizations to give students an

opportunity to travel abroad and serve others through construction and a vacation bible school day camp. The first year, AGM traveled to Costa Rica but found room for improvement in the structure of the trip. “Our first trip, we learned a lot, we figured out a lot of things to do differently and we ended up switching companies, so now we travel with El Ayudante in Nicaragua,” said Margaret Coates, one of the founders of AGM who now serves as a grad advisor to the group. During the second year, AGM began the House-for-Home campaign, which pledges to build a home in Trapichito for every fraternity and sorority house at the University. “So the neat thing about it is that we really are building a relationship with that one community in Nicaragua,” Tooker said. “That really does convince people who go one year to try to go as many years as possible. Last year we built one house for them, and then this year we actually did two while we were down there, so we’ve done three total.” Tooker said El Ayudante, which translates to “The Helper,” helps facilitate mission groups like AGM by organizing

building materials and providing lodging and transportation. The students stayed at the El Ayudante camp in León, the second largest city in Nicaragua. “It’s almost set up like a summer camp: bunk beds, outdoor showers,” Tooker said. “Boys sleep over here; girls sleep over here. They gave us all our meals for a week, and they’re responsible for carting us to and from Trapichito. The trip is a great opportunity for students to experience a different culture and part of the world,” Tooker said. The students spent their mornings interacting with villagers, including almost 100 children, with various activities and interactive lessons. In the afternoons, the students worked together to construct the homes. “The homes that we build, we actually leave it up to the community to decide which family receives the home, so you really know that the homes are going to the families with the most need,” Tooker said. Many of the students have traveled to Trapichito both years, and Coates said the relationships among the people of the village and the students have a powerful

effect. “The biggest thing for me is seeing the relationships that form between the people of AGM and the kids in the village and the people that we work with and the people we come in contact with,” Coates said. “This year, people would cry when we left, cry when we got there – it was just awesome to see people forming bonds.” While AGM was started to give greek members an opportunity to do service work abroad, Coates said non-greeks can participate. “It’s called Alabama Greek Missions, but that’s just how it started. It’s by no means exclusive to the greek community,” Coates said. “We’re really trying to grow it. One of the officers next year isn’t greek, and he’s done more for the organization than almost anybody.” Tooker said the organization will hold fundraisers throughout the spring to raise money for next year’s trip. “To see how happy the people there are, I think that’s pretty incredible for people our age, to put things in perspective, especially when you get home and it’s four days before Christmas,” Tooker said.

p.10 Spann predicts snow threats this winter WEATHER FROM PAGE 1

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Below freezing A blast of Arctic air has caused air temperatures across the U.S. to plunge, with half of the population placed under a wind chill warning or cold weather advisory.

morning, with temperatures -40 -11 below freezing all over the -7 Windchill ranges -45 -18 -12 state. But the temperatures -26 -5 -15 -50 F to -40 F -27 -38 -23 didn’t get as low as they did -7 -25 -39 F to -30 F in 1985, when the average -31 -39 -27 -16 -16 temperature was 0 and in -1 -10 -29 F to -20 F -29 -19 -19 double-digit negative num-13 -20 -19 F to 0 -7 -7 bers in parts of the state. -10 -23 s4EMPERATURES “It’s been colder than this expected to last -2 -8 here,” Spann said. “You go through Wednesday back into the mid and late 80s, we had two outbreaks … NOTE: Temperatures as of Tues. 8 AM ET During those outbreaks we Source: Weather Channel, hit zero here. I don’t know Weather Underground Graphic: Melina Yingling MCT Campus © 2014 MCT if you can tell the difference between five and zero. I don’t know if any human this mean trough position in saying on a hot day in the would notice the difference, the Eastern part of the con- summer that this is proof but it was a little colder dur- tinent wants to stay there of global warming. It’s just ing those outbreaks in the … If you look at December weather.” 80s.” For students traveling by and January, our anomaWhat was truly unusual lies are very low. December car back to campus, roads about this cold weather, was very cold and obviously should be relatively safe Spann said, was how cold January is starting off very and free from ice. temperatures stayed even cold. It ‘sgoing to take a lot “Roads will be bone dry,” when the sun was shining. of warmth to get us back Spann said. “With dew “The statistical average to where we should be for points, and minus numbers, high today [Monday] is 53, February, and I just don’t roads will be totally dry.” and it’s 14,” Spann said. know that’s going to happen. According to Patrick “So for you to go almost So it looks like this winter is Reilly, president of The 40 degrees below average going to go down as a cold University of Alabama Fahrenheit, that’s just stun- one.” Meteorological Society, ning. The average statistiThe recent cold outbreak precautions should still be cal low is 32, so you’re look- did not result in snow for taken when roads have the ing at 5. So this is highly most of Alabama, but Spann potential to ice over. anomalous.” “This system is by no said he expects to see some A large trough in the jet snow threats before winter means a ‘snowpocalypse’ stream also corresponds is over. Luckily, a cold winter as some individuals are to a ridge somewhere else, does not necessarily mean a reacting to it,” Reilly said. Spann said. harsh tornado season later “However, measures must “Any time be taken to ensure personal in the year. you find a “Statistically safety and well-being.” big trough However, out-of-state stusp e a k i n g , I This system is by no like this, know our luck dents who planned to take there’s also a going to run a plane back to Alabama means a ‘snowpocalypse’ is correspondface additional out,” Spann could as some individuals are said, referring problems. ing ridge,” Spann said. “The greatest danger, to the relatively reacting to it. “And if you calm weather in even if you’re coming in look under Alabama since from Dallas, is what if your the ridge, it’s April 27, 2011. airplane’s coming from — Patrick Reilly a lot warmer “Then again, you Chicago or some place than avercan go a decade where there’s a winter age.” with hardly any storm,” Spann said. Alabama might be having tornadoes here. The 80s? Thousands of flights some of the coldest weather Quiet as a mouse. We had across the eastern on record, but thanks to the some very harsh winters in United States have been ridge, Alaska is seeing rela- the ’80s, but the tornado sea- delayed or canceled over tively balmy temperatures. sons were very, very tame, the past few days, with “They’ve got some plac- with very few problems. So Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta es up there that are in the hopefully we’re in one of International Airport expe30s, and that’s way above those long phases where riencing average deparaverage for them,” Spann we’re just going to stay ture and arrival delays of said. “It all tends to balance quiet, but I sure can’t guar- nearly an hour, according to out. If you look for super- antee that.”, a website duper cold, you can always Spann also emphasized that tracks flight delays. find super-duper warmth, that a particularly cold few Classes will start as norin terms of comparison to days does nothing to prove mal on Wednesday afteraverage. We just got the bad or disprove global climate noon, but according to draw here.” change. an email from UA News, Temperatures will likely “This doesn’t disprove “Faculty will work with sturise throughout the week, anything,” Spann said. “This dents who experience travel but the trough in the jet is just weather. Climate hap- delays because of the severe stream could mean that the pens over decades and cen- weather.” rest of winter will remain turies. Weather happens For students who are cold for the eastern United over minutes and hours. already back in Tuscaloosa, States. This is just a weather issue. be prepared for the cold “Often, upper-air pat- For those people that try weather when classes start terns tend to be persistent and say that this is proof Wednesday morning. through seasons, and some- that global warming is a “Just don’t wear your flip times years,” Spann said. scam, that’s ridiculous. It’s flops and tank tops the first “And it just seems to me that just as ridiculous as people day of classes,” Spann said.


Precautions necessary to stay safe in cold weather By Andy McWhorter | Assistant News Editor With Alabama experiencing some of its coldest weather in living memory and the rest of winter expected to remain chilly, there are several measure students can take to ensures that they stay safe and comfortable in the frigid weather. Portable heaters are a convenient and tempting way to keep the cold at bay, but Gene Holcomb, Tuscaloosa Fire Marshall, said they can be dangerous as well. An estimated 900 portable heater fires are reported to U.S. fire departments each year, resulting in 70 deaths, 150 injuries and $53 million in property damages. Although portable heaters were only involved in two percent of all heater-related fires, they were involved in 45 percent of all fatal heating fires “Turn heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room, only purchase or use portable space heaters from a recognized testing laboratory, plug your heaters directly into outlets, make sure that on every level of your house that you have a working smoke detector and make sure you keep all combustibles away from your portable heaters, fire places, anything like that that could catch on fire,” Holcomb said. Because of the convenience of portable heaters, Holcomb said, people are more likely to use them in potentially dangerous situations without realizing the threat. “You see them used a lot in bedrooms because that’s where people are trying to sleep and stay warm,” Holcomb said. “We recommend you keep three feet clear around the heaters at all times, just to make sure nothing will catch on fire.” According to the Insurance

Insitute for Business and Home Safety, homeowners and renters should take precautions to prevent frozen water pipes. Students who rent houses and apartments should make sure exposed pipes in attics and basements are properly insultated. Local hardware and home improvement stores carry foam pipe insulation that can easily be installed. When temperatures are expected to be low at night, letting faucets drip can help prevent pipe freezing and, if freezing does occur, prevent the pipes from bursting. James Spann, chief meteorologist for ABC 33/40, said young children and the elderly, particularly those in low-income households, are at risk when temperatures drop. “There’s a lot of lowincome people in this state,” Spann said. “You go out in some of the lower-income neighborhoods and communities, and you’ll find families living in structures that there is no adequate heat, the insulation – there is none, it’s horribly cold. That’s always what worries me. But Alabama’s a good state. Hopefully neighbors look after neighbors and we’ll be okay.” Children could put themselves in harms way if left unattended, particularly in Alabama, where few people will know the necessary precautions to take in freezing weather. “Sometimes ponds will freeze,” Spann said. “And children, first thing they want to do is walk out on that ice, and of course that ice is as thin as a razor. The [cold] outbreak at ‘89 at Christmas, we had a death from a child, hypothermia.” Even for young adults, cold weather cold spell disaster if something goes wrong on the road.

“In a case like tonight, when it’s 5 to 10 [degrees], maybe lower up north of here, if somebody breaks down and they’re driving and it’s four o’clock in the morning … if you’re not dressed right, you’ll freeze to death,” Spann said. “Just be sure if you’ve got pals that are traveling in the middle of the night during these kind of deals, just be sure and call them, text them, be sure you know where they are and be sure they make it. Keep an eye on each other.” Drivers can also take precautions before they get on the road to make sure they’re prepared for an emergency situation. “If I were by myself and I were traveling tonight, I would be sure I had in my car a blanket, some type of way to charge my cell phone, an external battery with a charger,” Spann said. “That’s the greatest concern. Driving conditions are fine, roads are dry as a bone. It’s if you break down.” Pet owners should also make sure to take extra care when temperatures dip. “You just can’t leave a domesticated animal outside when it’s 5 degrees,” Spann said. “They don’t like it any more than we do, and while they’re better equipped obviously with the way they’re built, they don’t need to stay outside. So bring them in.” “The one thing I want college kids to do is get a decent app on their phone where they can get warnings,” Spann said. “We learned after April 27 [2011], a lot of college kids were thinking they were going to hear a siren. Let me tell you, that is dangerous.” Spann recommended MyWARN and iMap Weather Radio as his two favorite weather alert apps. “Yeah, they cost $9,” Spann said. “A weather radio costs $30.”




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Healthy eats to sustain resolutions Every new year, a batch of freshly motivated students return to Tuscaloosa with one goal in mind: be healthier this time around. Whether this entails going gluten-free or just cutting out the fast food, local Tuscaloosa restaurants offer year round varieties of clean and lean foods to help people reach and maintain their goals.

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Manna Grocery & Deli This natural foods store and deli, located on McFarland Boulevard, has provided “clean” foods to T-town since 1980. All products sold in the store and deli are natural and not processed with artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Vegetables and other staples are organic when possible, and all bread products are whole wheat. The deli does offer condiments like olive oil and mayonnaise, using “healthy oils” instead of processed fats. Manna also makes dinner to-go.

Steamers on the Strip Steamers on the Strip is a Cajun-style restaurant on University Boulevard, with their flagship location on Hargrove Road. The menu features grilled, blackened and fried shrimp and fish. Low-fat crab dishes are also on the menu. The grilled chicken plate is served with steamed broccoli and corn on the cob.

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Glory Bound Gyro Company

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Steel City Pops This dessert stop, also located downtown on University Boulevard, sells popsicles made from natural or certified organic ingredients. The pops are all gluten-free and contain only raw and organic sugars. Locally harvested elements are used when possible, and the treats contain only fresh fruit. Drawing from traditional Mexican paletas, this local treat is a healthy improvement from the fattening cakes and pies of the holiday season.

The Mediterranean eatery, located downtown on University Boulevard, offers Greek cuisine with a Southern twist. The restaurant is gluten-free friendly, with four gluten-free gyros and the option of cucumbers, carrots or celery instead of pita bread. The Salad Hummus Plate offers two flavors of hummus and a salad for $6.99. A Greek salad with grilled chicken and fat-free raspberry vinaigrette provides a low-fat meal, and all salads are $5 on Wednesdays.

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On a Roll at Fifth and Main A gourmet café, located in Northport, On a Roll offers vegetarian Caprese, grilled cheese and mushroom paninis. They also make four vegetarian soups, including tomato basil and white bean. Half-and-half combos combine a half-sized choice of two from the soup, salad and sandwich menu for a variety of meals around 400 calories each.

CULTUREIN BRIEF Dinner theater fosters artistic expression in Tuscaloosa Michael Gimenez, a former music minister, has a long history with music, performance and artistic expression. His latest project, Heliotrope Arts, will be a culmination of his experiences in music, writing and performance, starting with the production of an original dinner theater in partnership with The Prentice Concert Chorale. Auditions for the production will be held Jan. 11, from 10 a.m. to noon, and Jan. 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. “So much of what happens in art is a recreation of something. For me it’s about creating something new,” Gimenez said. “Heliotrope Arts is an outlet for mainly stuff that I create a concept around, or original music and ideas.” Gimenez was inspired to provide original performances after the economic crash of 2009. He began Heliotrope Arts last month to display his music, film and writing with local performers. “The reality of the downturn of the economy is that certain things in art just aren’t viable anymore, but seeing a show in person on a stage is a personal experience that can’t be recreated without going to a theater. It’s a personal kind of thing,” Gimenez said. The first show, “Tuscaloosa: Summer of 1914,”

will feature ragtime piano, turn of the century songs in men and women’s harmonies, a Sousa March, a cakewalk and a silent film backed by the Dixieland Band and the vocals of The Prentice Concert Chorale. Gimenez and his wife joined the chorale last season, and he arranged for the collaboration with the musical director, Leslie Poss. “Our mainstay is doing great works, like Handel’s Messiah or Mozart’s Requiem, but we have a longstanding history of doing show tunes and pop music as well,” Poss said. “Michael [Gimenez] and I had been talking about different possibilities for the chorale and his foundation of Heliotrope. We already had the connection and thought about Prentice Chorale getting involved.” Gimenez and Poss said they are looking forward to fostering artistic expression of veteran and amateur performers in Tuscaloosa. This dinner theater is the first put on by the Prentice Chorale in 15 years, so the experience will provide a new one for many newcomers in the area. For more information about auditions, visit Compiled by Dylan Walker


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

UA Equestrian Club canters through cold

Photo courtesy of Heather McCall The University of Alabama Equestrian Club spent winter break preparing to hold its first competition in February, inviting 10-15 other schools to Tuscaloosa.

By Hannah Widener | Contributing Writer Keeping the water buckets from freezing has been no easy feat for Equestrian Club Coach Heather McCall, but the cold weather hasn’t kept her team from practicing all winter break. While the track the girls practice on is indoors, it does not block out the cold. However, McCall has no sympathy for her riders, having experienced frigid winters growing up in Connecticut. “I was basically born on a horse. My mom coached at the University of Connecticut which is where I went to school and I have pictures of me riding when I was almost two years old. I competed all through college and I’ve always wanted to be a coach and follow in my mom’s footsteps,” McCall said. “It’s cold out, but I actually think the horses are better in the winter because it’s not hot and there are no bugs, so they’re a lot happier.” Over winter break the Equestrian Club spent their time getting ready for their first competition ever to be hosted in Tuscaloosa in February, which will take place in Sokol Park. The University of Alabama will be hosting 10-15 other schools including Mississippi State University and the University of Georgia. “We provide the horses and we do a competition and they come. They’re not necessarily our horses we rent them from surrounding barns, but it will be a big deal,” McCall said. “In April we’re hosting Auburn and we’re doing a NCAA scrimmage against them because that’s their varsity sport, so we’re really excited about that.” Avery Warner, a junior majoring in marketing, has been riding horses since she was 8 years old and competitively since she was 12 years old. Although she is from Cleveland,

Ohio, and is accustomed to the weather, she knows the horses aren’t too thrilled about the cold. Despite that, Warner is still excited to be hosting the competition in February. “Our show in February is a great opportunity for our team as well as the University. It is truly going to put our team on the map and let other IHSA teams know how serious of competitors we are. The University has been so supportive of our team, I’m excited to show other teams in our region how much our university cares about our team,” Warner said. McCall suggested the girls practice over break to prevent soreness when they come back to practice the following week. Their regimen includes bicycling, because it works similar muscles as horse riding along with Pilates or yoga. For Elizabeth Allen, a junior majoring in mechanical engineering, skipping practice over the break was out of the question. “Yeah, unfortunately, I have to practice. I’m from Tuscaloosa so Heather didn’t really let me have a break,” Allen said. “With horses and practicing, you’re only going to get better if you’re on a horse. Even after a month my teammates and I are going to be so sore after practice because we haven’t been riding as much as we used to.” After the Equestrian Club’s season is over McCall is planning on having the girls take their talents down a different avenue. “We are actually partnering up with a therapeutic riding company that’s called MANE in Montgomery. It’s a great program and they’re really well organized; we’re going to go towards the end of our show season in March. We can at least help out for a couple of days down there whether it’s cleaning the barn or helping with the kids,” she said.


Springsteen’s upcoming release continues heartfelt rock style By Jordan Cissell The cover of Bruce Springsteen’s upcoming Jan. 14 release, “High Hopes,” prominently features two not-quite-mirror-image The Bosses, each clad completely in denim and wielding a blurry Stratocaster, each a faded, out-offocus specter. It’s fitting packaging for an album chock-full of ghosts. Most of the tracks are reworked versions of ideas that didn’t quite make the cut for past Springsteen records like “The Rising,” “Devils & Dust” and “Magic,” and three more are covers of obscure tunes by obscure

artists like Tim Scott McConnell and The Saints. Even now-deceased ex-E Street Band members Clarence Clemons and Danny Federici contributed their saxophone and organ talents, respectively, to a handful of songs. On “Harry’s Place,” spurts of Clemons’ beefy sax punctuate Springsteen’s slinky Tom Waits jive about the titular crime boss and his domain, while his understated runs gives textural depth to “American Skin (41 Shots).” Both tracks also feature Tom Morello on guitar, with which he provides wah-wah propulsion on the former and a lengthy,

soaring, David Gilmour-variety solo on the latter. Morello lends the corroded guitar hero histrionics that he made his signature with Rage Against the Machine to eight of the album’s 12 tracks and contributes lead vocals to “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” a highly electrified reading of the acoustic title track to Springsteen’s 1995 record, which Morello’s band had already reinterpreted on their 2000 covers collection “Renegades.” “High Hopes” is the chronological successor to 2012’s “Wrecking Ball,” but with its focus on the familiar Springsteenian social activism, it may safely be

considered the thematic one, as well. But here Bruce sounds less ticked off, more wizened and weary. Nobody will mistake anything on here for Springsteen’s best work, but it’s another solid set of the work that he has always done best: heartfelt heartland rock vignettes starring blue-collar hasbeens and could-bes. From Max Weinberg’s opening jungle rhythm to Morello’s bursts of wah-wah guitar, “Heaven’s Wall” appears destined for a recurring spot in the sprawling, fourhour-plus epics that are the E Street Band’s live performances. The tune’s muscular riffage and

oft-repeated “Raise your hand, raise your hand, raise your hand” refrain (those three words make up approximately 43 percent of the song’s complete lyrics) are sure to have people doing just that, regardless of their position in the sold-out arena. Which has always been Springsteen’s purpose and prerogative – give everyone, even the people in the back of the stadium (or the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder) the time and the excuse to have a good time. Raise your hands, Bruce says, and we raise our hands. Hope higher, he says, and we hope higher.

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Alabama welcomes early enrollees By Marc Torrence | Sports Editor

Eight players from the class of 2014 arrived on campus as early enrollees. The players will be able to participate in spring practice, getting a head start on those that get to campus in the summer and fall.

TONY BROWN, CB 6’0” 188 lbs., Beaumont, Texas (Ozen)

CAMERON ROBINSON, OL 6’7” 335 lbs., West Monroe, La. (West Monroe)

DAVID CORNWELL, QB 6’5” 241 lbs., Norman, Okla. (Norman North)

SHAUN DION HAMILTON, LB 6’0” 240 lbs., Montgomery, Ala. (Carver)

All photos and recruiting information comes courtesy of 247Sports.



6’2” 220 lbs., Monroe, La. (Neville)

6’3” 250 lbs., Pensacola, Fla. (East Mississippi CC)

CAMERON SIMS, WR 6’4” 199 lbs., Monroe, La. (Ouachita Parish)

JARRAN REED, JUCO DL 6’4” 310 lbs., Goldsboro, NC (East Mississippi CC)


Crimson Tide defeats Commodores at home Alabama extends home winning streak to 13 By Charlie Potter | Assistant Sports Editor With help from a career-high 15 points from freshman forward Shannon Hale, Alabama was able to extend its conference winning streak at home to 13 games Tuesday night. The Crimson Tide (7-7, 1-0 SEC) defeated Southeastern Conference foe Vanderbilt 68-63 in its first conference game of the 2013-14 season. Hale started the game for head coach Anthony Grant and took advantage of his opportunities by getting to the basket. “What y’all saw today was just a glimpse of what he’s capable of,” sophomore guard Retin Obasohan said. “Day in, day out in practice he’s shown what an offensive threat he is, and he just came out and played with confidence today.” Alabama got off to a less than satisfying start to the season by going 6-7 in its non-conference portion of its schedule and looked to kick off its conference slate with a victory. Tuesday night, the Crimson Tide took advantage of Vanderbilt’s mistakes by scoring 17 points off 16 Commodore turnovers, despite allowing Vanderbilt to cut it close toward the end of the game. Alabama led by 16 points at one point. “I felt like we played in spurts tonight,” Grant said. “I was not happy with the energy in the second half and some of the things that we allowed to happen in the second half. So, I’ll have to go back and evaluate the film. But certainly you always would rather learn your lessons through winning rather than having to learn your lessons through losing.” Alabama finished the game with four players scoring in double digits. Senior guard Trevor Releford paced the Crimson Tide with 16 points, six assists and three steals. Junior guard Levi Randolph contributed 11 points, while Obasohan tacked on 15. Obasohan scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half, including a clutch three-point basket that gave Alabama a

But certainly you always would rather learn your lessons through winning rather than having to learn your lessons through losing. — Anthony Grant 66-60 lead toward the end of the game. Grant said Obasohan’s development from a season ago has helped him progress and be able to take shots like he did in the game. “There’s not a guy on our team that approaches every day with a better attitude, with a better work ethic, with a better understanding in terms of trying to do whatever he can to get better,” Grant said. “If you hear a ball bouncing before practice, he’s probably the guy out there shooting.” Vanderbilt’s Rod Odom led all scorers with 20 points and 10 rebounds and couldn’t miss from the three-point line. He shot 5-of-7 from behind the arch. The Commodores were without their leading scorer, Eric McClellan, who did not make the trip to Tuscaloosa, though the reason and timetable for his return are unknown, according to a report from The Tennessean. As a result, Alabama had more players on its bench than its opponents for one of the only times this season. Vanderbilt dressed nine with McClellan not making the trip. Alabama dressed 10. “Obviously, without one of their top players tonight, I thought they did a really good job of making shots, rebounding and keeping them in the game,” Grant said. “They had several guys step up in his absence.”




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CW | Austin Bigoney On a 67-yard pass from AJ McCarron, receiver DeAndrew White beats Oklahoma defender Quentin Hayes en route to a touchdown giving the Tide a 17-14 lead early in the second quarter.

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INSTRUCTION CW | Austin Bigoney True freshman Derrick Henry breaks away for a 43-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

Derrick Henry sees big game in Sugar Bowl loss By Marc Torrence | Sports Editor While Alabama’s loss to Oklahoma was demoralizing in many aspects, fans were no doubt ecstatic with the play of freshman running back Derrick Henry. Henry rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown on eight carries and added another score on a 64-yard screen pass in the fourth quarter. At 6 feet 3 inches and 238 pounds, Henry drew a lot of hype when he was signed out of Yulee, Fla., where he broke numerous national high school rushing records. He previously had only carried the ball in mop-up duty this season, but Saban decided to play him as the No. 2 back in the Sugar Bowl, and it paid off in a big way. “Derrick had a really good bowl practice,” coach Nick Saban said after the game. “Actually, we decided that he was our second best back going into this game, and we were going to give him an opportunity based on his performance in practice and what he had done and the confidence that he had gained throughout the course of the season in terms of knowing what to do and playing fast. “And certainly, he had an outstanding game tonight and did a really good job for us, and I think he has a bright future.”

McCarron sets UA passing marks AJ McCarron capped his storied Alabama career by setting a few final records in the Sugar Bowl. He finished the season with 3,063 passing yards, surpassing Greg McElroy’s

previous record of 2,987 yards in 2010, and also becoming the first UA quarterback to pass for more than 3,000 yards in a season. The 387 yards in the game were also a career-high for McCarron. His 63-yard touchdown pass to DeAndrew White in the first quarter set a UA record for longest pass in a bowl game. McCarron and White broke that record again in the second quarter with a 67-yard score.

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“50-50” before the game. After the Sugar Bowl, where he struggled with containing Oklahoma defensive end Eric Striker in a game where McCarron was sacked seven times, Kouandjio reiterated that he had not made any postseason plans. Auburn’s Greg Robinson, another top tackle, announced he would be leaving for the NFL, and Michigan senior Taylor Lewan is top draft prospect at tackle as well. Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix also said before the Sugar Bowl that he had not yet made a decision. He is expected to forgo his senior season. Linebacker Adrian Hubbard said he would meet with Saban on Wednesday to discuss his future. Linebacker Trey Depriest said he has already decided to return for his senior season.

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5 injured, 2 dead after car accident in Texas

Crimson Tide hit a lull toward end of season



The driver of the Prius, Margaret “Peggy” Howard, 60, was killed in the crash. Her son, Cale Howard, 18, died later in the hospital. Steiner Ranch Elementary School in Austin listed Peggy Howard as a kindergarten teacher on the school’s website. Five passengers from the Prius and Camry were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Wyzykowski abandoned his vehicle and left the scene, but police later found him nearby. He was taken to the hospital for minor injuries. When given a sobriety test for medical purposes, Wyzykowski had a blood alcohol content level of .27, more than three times the legal limit of .08, according to police records released to local TV station KXAN in Austin. Previously, Wyzykowski was arrested on Oct. 20 in Tuscaloosa County for domestic violence in the third degree, according to county records. A UA spokeswoman confirmed that Wyzykowski is a UA student as of Dec. 31 and was enrolled in the fall semester. The 2012 Corolla yearbook listed Wyzykowski as a member of the University’s Sigma Pi fraternity chapter.

He and the Sooners started the game hot and didn’t seem to cool down until the confetti fell from the rafters of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. “You gotta give Oklahoma’s team a lot of credit. They were fired up and ready to play, like most teams we play,” coach Nick Saban said. “Everybody’s got something to prove when they play against Alabama, and Oklahoma certainly did a good job in terms of how they performed.” Usually known for finishing strong, Alabama hit a lull toward the end of the regular season. The Tide lost its final two games and gave up a combined 79 points to Auburn and Oklahoma. “I thought our team late in the season from the LSU game on maybe didn’t have the focus we needed to have. We didn’t pay attention to detail, didn’t do little things right, didn’t practice well,” Saban said. “I think that eventually caught up with us in the Auburn game.” But expectations remain high in Tuscaloosa and across the state for Saban and the Crimson Tide. “Championships, they’re expected a lot around here at Alabama, but we know we fell short this year,” freshman tight end O.J. Howard said. “But it’s not over yet. We’ve got a couple of years. We’ve got a chance. We can still win championships.”

CW | Austin Bigoney Starting off firing on all cylinders, the Crimson Tide was eventually worn down by Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight. His relentless passing and several Tide turnovers sealed the second loss of the season and second Sugar Bowl defeat under Nick Saban. Both Sugar Bowl losses also came after losing the games preceding.


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ALABAMA VS. OKLAHOMA MERCEDES-BENZ SUPERDOME • JANUARY 2, 2014 ALABAMA 31 — OKLAHOMA 45 Freshman running back Derrick Henry strolls into the endzone following a 61-yard pass from AJ McCarron, bringing the Tide within a touchdown of tying Oklahoma’s 38-31 lead in the fourth quarter. The score was Henry’s second of the night after being limited to only one touchdown all season. | Austin Bigoney

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