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Student Should I stay or should I go? dies of heart attack

With the football program back on top, more Tide players are leaving school early B Mar By Marquavius M r Burnett Sports Spo o Reporter msburnett1@crimson.ua.edu msburnett1

That is rapidly beginning to change. Few Tide players had ever made the early jump before There’s no n question that head coach Nick Saban arrived Alabama football has a storied on campus. With the announcefoo ments of Julio Jones, Mark history and a rich tradition. Something Somethin ng that has not been Ingram and Marcell Dareus part of that tradition is having last week, however, seven have its players leave early for the now chosen to skip their senior l seasons since 2008. NFL draft.

By Hannah Mask Assistant News Editor hannah.r.mask@gmail.com A University student died Dec. 155 at her home in Orrville, Ala., after sufferffering a heart attack, her mother said. Christie Young, a senior in the College ege of Arts and Sciences, returned home for the winter break on Dec. 12. Cathryn ryn Young, 43, said she received an emermergency phone call informing her that she needed to get to her daughter aboutt 10 minutes after leaving for work Dec. 15. “[Christie] had collapsed on the porch,” she said. “The neighbors’ son said she’d been having pains.” Christie Young was taken to Vaughan Regional Hospital in Selma, Ala. “The doctor told us that they believed she had a heart attack,” Cathryn Young said. After receiving text messages from her daughter complaining of arm pain while she was at school, Cathryn Young said she encouraged Christie Young to go to the Student Health Center. “One of the doctors wanted to do blood work, but I don’t think she ever got it done,” she said. “[Christie] took some Aspirin and said she was feeling better. “She kept her nephew [Dec. 13], and she kept saying ‘I feel tired,’ but I thought she was just tired from watching him,” Cathryn Young said. “[Dec. 14] she said her stomach was hurting … she said she felt better and went to lay ay down.” However, she didn’t mention any pains ns the following day. “She was a wonderful daughter,” r,” Cathryn Young said. “She was an intelliligent, very open person. She was a really ly sweet girl and very respectful.” Courtney Thomas, a UA alumna who ho majored in accounting, echoed Cathryn yn Young’s sentiments, saying Christie ie Young always had a smile on her face. “She was an energetic, fun person,” n,” Thomas said. “She never had a bad attititude.” The two met through a mutual friend, d, Thomas said, and Christie Young was as always one to make others smile. “She was just all around a happy pererson and a good spirit,” she said.

M Mark Ingram R Running Back A Alabama career: The school’s first ever T Heisman Trophy H winner (2009); broke w many school rushm iing records draft Projected P dra a ft position: Mid-late p ffirst round

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Marcell D Dareus Defensive End Rolando McClain Middle Linebacker

Alabama career: Defen Defensive MVP Championship of 2010 BCS National Ch Game Projected draft position: Top 10 pick

Alabama career: Two-time firstteam All-SEC (2008, 2009), first-team All-American (2009) Drafted: First round, No. 8 overall in 2010 (Oakland Raiders) How he fared: Finished third on the team with 85 tackles during his rookie season in 2010.

Glen C Coffee Running Runnin Back Alabama c career: FirstAll-SEC (2008), team All-S sixth best yards per Alabama hiscarry in A tory in 2008 (5.9) Third round, Drafted: T overall in 2009 No. 74 ove Francisco 49ers) (San Franci Retired How he fared: fa after one season as a backup

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Kareem Jackson Cornerback Alabama career: Three-year starter; freshman All-American erican (2007) Drafted: First round, No. 20 overall in 2010 (Houston Texans) exans)) How he fared: Was a starter throughout his rookie season eason in 2010, ranking fifth on the team in tackles and fourth in interceptions rceptions

Andre Smith Offensive Tackle Alabama career: Three-year starter, Outland d Trophy Winner (2008), Consensus All-American (2008) Drafted: First round, No. 6 overall in 2009 (Cincinnati incinnati Bengals) How he fared: Has played in 13 games and started ed five in his first two seasons in the league

Snow, ice make roads dangerous By Jennie Kushner Senior Staff Reporter jfkushner@crimson.ua.edu Just nice days into the new year, an intense weather system took the Southeast by storm. Some parts of the South have seen upward of eight inches of snow and ice, and travel to Tuscaloosa has been hindered for many students. Westbound lanes of highway I-20 out of Atlanta were closed Tuesday morning, making travel to Tuscaloosa almost impossible. “My travel plans were originally to travel back Monday morning, but because of the accumulation of snow in my area I cannot leave,” said Desiree Dodd, a sophomore le this

CW|Megan Smith Winter storms went through Tuscaloosa Sunday and Monday, leaving roads covered in ice and the campus blanketed with snow. to her first day of classes, but majoring in political science. until closer to the weekend.” Dodd, a Florence native, “The snow has still not melted and is not predicted to melt said she would like to make it See SNOW, page 7

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spective, there’s very little to cheer about a political maneuver whose primary purpose was to ensure that the state of Alabama could continue to enslave roughly half its population without fear of interference,” Rothman said. “That said, I think a failure to commemorate secession would be a tremendous mistake, lest we forget the causes and consequences of a movement that nearly destroyed

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EDITORIAL • Victor Luckerson, editor-in-chief, editor@cw.ua.edu • Jonathan Reed, managing editor, jonathanreedcw@gmail.com • Brandee Easter, print production editor • Daniel Roth, multimedia editor • Will Tucker, news editor, newsdesk@cw.ua.edu • Kelsey Stein, lifestyles editor • Jason Galloway, sports editor • Tray Smith, opinions editor • Adam Greene, chief copy editor • Emily Johnson, design editor • Brian Pohuski, graphics editor • Drew Hoover, photo editor • Brian Connell, web editor • Marion Steinberg, community manager

ON THE MENU LAKESIDE Lunch Buttermilk Fried Chicken Fresh Steamed Broccoli White Rice Beef with Broccoli Stir Fry Vegetarian Burrito

ON THE CALENDAR TODAY

THURSDAY

What: Special SUPe Store

What: Special SUPe Store

Hours – register to win one of five MacBook Airs

Dinner Chopped Steak Herb Roasted Red Potatoes Pinto Beans Vegetable Egg Rolls Ball Park Hot Dogs

BURKE Lunch Beef Top Round Macaroni & Cheese Chicken with Mushrooms in Alfredo Sauce Vegan White Bean & Eggplant Casserole Italian Style Green Beans

FRESH FOOD

FRIDAY What: Special SUPe Store

Hours – register to win one of five MacBook Airs

Hours – register to win one of five MacBook Airs

Where: Ferguson Center When: 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Where: Ferguson Center When: 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Where: Ferguson Center When: 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

What: Class Ring Days –

What: Student Lecture

meet with a Balfour representative at the Ferguson Center to purchase a class ring

featuring John McGuire, French horn

Where: Moody Music Building

Where: Ferguson Center When: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

When: 5:30 p.m. What: Memorial service

What: Men’s basketball vs. South Carolina

for UA administrator Mark Foster

Where: Coleman Coliseum When: 8 p.m.

Where: Denny Chimes When: 4 p.m.

Turkey Meatloaf Fresh Mashed Potatoes Squash Medley Dragon Shrimp Lettuce Wrap Four Tomato Basil Penne

SATURDAY What: 22nd Annual Realizing the Dream Concert Honoring the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. featuring the Alabama Symphony Orchestra — $15 per ticket

Where: Moody Music Building

When: 7:30 p.m.

Submit your events to calendar@cw.ua.edu

ON CAMPUS

University to accommodate students arriving late due to weather Students whose return to campus will be delayed by inclement weather should immediately notify their professors via

myBama. Academic advisers will be available to work with students who are late arriving on campus to ensure that they can register for classes if they have not already done so. Faculty members will work with students whose attendance in class is delayed by weather, so they can make up required work.

CrimsonRide route changed due to construction

Hackberry Lane will be closed awaiting paving. The Gold route buses will have to detour and enter the Rose Towers parking lot from McCorvey Drive. Stops CrimsonRide service on the impacted by this construcGold route will be disrupted tion will be Highlands, Rose Towers, Riverside and due to road construction This week, the entrance Lakeside. Highlands residents to Rose Towers from Old should catch the bus at the

corner of Hackberry Lane and Old Hackberry. Rose Towers, Riverside and Lakeside stops will remain the same, but the route will be different and may take longer than usual because of the detour. The paving project is scheduled to be completed by end of the week.

MBA program ranked 34th in national survey By William Evans Senior Staff Reporter wjevans@crimson.ua.edu

The Manderson Graduate School of Business at the University of Alabama ranked 34th among public institutions, according to a new ranking of MBA programs developed by John Byrne, former editor of Business Week and founder of the original Business Week rankings in the 1980s. ADVERTISING Manderson ranked 70th • Dana Andrzejewski, Advertising overall among all MBA proManager, 348-8995, cwadmagrams. nager@gmail.com Byrne’s “Poets & Quants” • Drew Gunn, Advertising ranking of the various MBA Coordinator, 348-8044 programs in the United States • Hallett Ogburn, Territory is based upon the ranking Manager, 348-2598 methodologies developed by • Emily Frost, National Advertising/ Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Classifieds, 348-8042 the Financial Times, U.S. • Jessica West, Zone 3, 348-8735 News & World Report, Forbes and The Economist. • Brittany Key, Zone 4, 348-8054 According to Byrne, each • Robert Clark, Zone 5, 348-2670 methodology contained flaws • Emily Richards, Zone 6, 348that misrepresented the value 6876 of certain MBA programs. To provide a more accu• Amy Ramsey, Zone 7, 348-8742 rate ranking system, Poets • Elizabeth Howell, Zone 8, 348-

& Quants assessed the pros and cons of the five ranking systems and weighted each ranking system according to its authority and credibility. “These differing weights reflect the authority and credibility we believe each of these rankings have in the business school universe,” Byrne writes on the Poets & Quants website. For instance, the weight given to the BusinessWeek rankings was 30 percent, while Forbes received a weight of 25 percent and The Economist received a weight of 10 percent. “The Poets & Quants ranking has an important advantage over all other lists: because it is a composite of the five major rankings, the P&Q methodology tends to smooth out the impact of statistical anomalies that are often present in any single ranking,” Byrne writes. “Instead, the Poets & Quants system tends to award MBA programs for consistency across the five rankings.”

Robert Morgan, associate dean of the Manderson Graduate School of Business, said Byrne contributed to the spearheading of publishing MBA rankings with BusinessWeek, which pioneered the effort to rank

MBA programs in the United States. Morgan said Byrne is attempting to clarify the rankings of the MBA programs after other publications have followed in the footsteps of BusinessWeek and have

The ability to work with a diverse group of individuals toward a common goal is a key factor for any young professional’s success. — Heather Hale, second year Manderson student added noise to the ranking system. “Each put different priorities on things,” he said. Morgan said the Financial Times and The Economist are both British publications that include schools from outside the United States that publications such as BusinessWeek would not include. “They look at different sets of variables than BusinessWeek or U.S. News & World Report might look at,” he said. “They look for a

blend of programs [in their rankings].” Morgan said Manderson received a favorable ranking in Byrne’s survey because of many factors, one of which includes the starting salary of graduates from the University’s MBA program. “We put a priority on making sure that we are doing all that we can for students by finding employers and by bringing in recruiters to campus,” he said. He said Manderson

events, church bells rang when the state re-enacted Jefferson Davis’ inauguration, and so on,” Rothman said. “The historical interpretation on offer, meanwhile, was right in keeping with the mythology of the ‘Lost Cause,’ in which the war was about state’s rights. Slaves, to the extent they got mentioned at all, were loyal, plantations were places largely of romance and whites in the North and South could reunite based on their shared military glory.” In regard to the statewide celebrations in 1961, Rothman said it was important to bear in mind that the centennial happened during the height of the civil rights movement and was as much about reaffirming segregation and white supremacy as it was about commemorating the Civil War itself. “Today, you couldn’t really get away with the kind of celebration they had in 1961, which is for the best, given that it

was rooted in a distorted and patently racist understanding of the past,” he said. Josh Gray, a junior majoring in international relations and political science, said he felt the state should not celebrate the sesquicentennial anniversary of secession. “Time is too precious to be wasted,” Gray said. “Yes, seceding from the Union is a piece of Alabama history, but so are plenty of other things. Why celebrate a division from being a united American people? Celebrating the secession is celebrating a lot more. It’s celebrating the time period too. The Alabamians who prefer to recognize the secession recognize it. There’s no need to waste the valuable time of others.” Although the day passed rather quietly in Alabama, South Carolina officials have already announced a planned celebration that will feature

continues to be one of the most attractive programs on campus as indicated by rises in enrollment in the program. Heather Hale, a second year student in the Manderson MBA program, said her experience as a student in the program has been rewarding. “The staff does a great job of organizing alumni lunches, corporate speaker sessions, networking events and oncampus recruiting,” she said. “They also go out of their way to find connections with alumni who work for companies aligned with student interests.” She said the team-oriented nature of the program’s instruction has been helpful. “The ability to work with a diverse group of individuals toward a common goal is a key factor for any young professional’s success,” she said. “In addition, improved presentation, project management and spreadsheet modeling skills have been highly practical experiences that will be very helpful in the future.”

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the United States.” On Jan. 11, 1861, the state joined South Carolina, Mississippi and Florida as one of the first states to secede. Rothman said he imagined that students at the University, which had just been turned into a military college, were pretty enthusiastic about the state’s secession.

“[I think they were] under the impression that they would be able to defeat the Union in any war that might result from it,” Rothman said. On Jan. 11, 1961, the centennial of Alabama’s secession, Rothman said the day went much differently than yesterday. “I don’t know all the details, but there was a state commission, Confederate balls were held, the Confederate flag was prominently displayed at many

a Confederate Heritage Ball, organized by the Confederate Heritage Trust and sponsored by the Sons of Confederate Veterans, as well as reenactments, historical readings and other events. Elizabeth Singleton, a junior majoring in apparel and textiles design, said while she understands why some states may want to remember the historical events, she doesn’t think major celebrations that draw a lot of attention to them should be planned. “It’s definitely something that should be remembered, but not necessarily celebrated,” she said. As for Tuscaloosa’s plans to commemorate the event, the Summersell Center for the Study of the South, housed in ten Hoor Hall, has planned a Civil War Sesquicentennial Roundtable to be held April 11 in Room 205 of Gorgas Library. According to the Summersell Center’s website, the roundtable discussion will feature “leading scholars from both the University of Alabama and elsewhere [who] will consider the significant military, political, social and cultural considerations that faced the United States and its residents as the war approached and then began in earnest.” More details about the event will be released later in the semester.


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Professors make predictions about 2011 By Brittney Knox Staff Reporter bsknox@crimson.ua.edu It begins with a topic and then turns into a prediction. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the University’s Educated Guesses, which features UA professors’ predictions for the new year. This edition caters toward trending events, world news and effects of recent national events. “The Office of University Relations started the Educated Guesses project in 1981,” said UA spokeswoman Cathy Andreen. “The media relations office continues to do this project each year.” The office brainstorms ideas for the coming year and asks professors to make predictions in their areas of expertise, Andreen said. Peter Clark, associate professor of chemical engineering, was asked to make a predic-

tion about the oil industry. His guess is that the gas prices will bounce along with the value of the dollar. “Oil is traded in dollars and the price is quoted in dollars,” he said. “Therefore, when the value of the dollar drops, it takes more to buy a barrel of oil.” Clark was in the petroleum engineering department years ago, but it closed in the mid-90s. Despite that, Clark said he still remains knowledgeable about the petroleum industry. “There is a connection with the current rise in oil prices with the worry that the Chinese will be using more oil for automobiles in the near future,” he said. In addition to making predictions about the oil industry, the media relations office sought a prediction about the impact the baby boomers will have on the fight for Social Security. Gary Hoover, an economics

professor, said he was contacted to speak about his expertise of the area of public policy. “The baby boomers were born around the time of 1946, so this year they are turning of retirement age, and my prediction is that they will remain active in the fight for Social Security benefits,” he said. Hoover said a common misconception people have is that the money they are paying into Social Security now will be saved for them later. In actuality, he said, the money the working class is paying now goes for the people who are retiring now. “With more persons retiring, one of the suggestions from the commission is to move the retirement age up to 67,” Hoover said. “My prediction is that these baby boomers will not stand for any reduction in benefits or to move the retirement age up.” He said the baby boomer

generation has a lot of political power, because their generation is more likely to vote than those persons in the age range of 18 to 24. “If this problem is talked about now and a solution is reached, then there will not be an issue of Social Security running out for upcoming generations,” he said. With predictions about gas prices and Social Security came marketing professor Kristy Reynolds’ prediction about shoppers being more focused and value conscious in 2011. “The recession forced a new thriftiness onto consumers,” she said. “Many shoppers started budgeting more and being very careful about how they spend.” Overall, she said, consumer spending should increase this year, but shoppers will still be very vigilant about their budgets and what they buy.

2011 Educated Guesses Iran will cut a deal to stop developing nuclear weapons and small-scale skirmishes between North and South Korea will continue. — Douglas Gibler, political science

Dengue and Chikungunya fever may pose health risks to Americans in 2011, but a cholera outbreak in the United States is unlikely. — Lea Yerby, Rural Health Research

Consumers C onsumers will demand more cloud-based computing products, and a cloud-computing operating system will appear on the market. — Anna Mcfadden, Human Environmental Sciences

UA’s rank drops in national public education list By Charles Scarborough Staff Reporter cjscarborough@gmail.com The University of Alabama ranked 82nd on Kiplinger Magazine’s “Best Values in Public Education” list, ahead of 96th-ranked Auburn University but behind six other Southeastern Conference schools Within the report, Kiplinger stated that they base their rankings on “a combination of academics and affordability.” Their measures of academic quality included admission rates, studentfaculty ratios, retention rates and four- and six-year graduation rates, among other factors. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill finished atop the standings with the University of Florida

taking second on the list. The University of Virginia and The College of William and Mary finished third and fourth, respectively. The University of Maryland rounded out the top five. Alabama was shown with annual cumulative tuition cost of about $17,000 and a total out-of-state tuition cost of about $30,000. Auburn was listed with an annual in-state annual total tuition cost of about $17,000 and a cumulative out-of-state tuition listed at about $33,000. The University was reported to offer a higher annual average of student aid grants as well, offering about $6,000 per need-based and non-needbased student applicant. Auburn reportedly offers close to $5,000 per applicant. However, the average Auburn student is shown

to graduate with less average debt than a UA graduate, despite higher costs and less substantial student aid grants. According to the Kiplinger report, Alabama students graduate with an average debt of nearly $24,000, compared to Auburn’s average debt at graduation of about $22,000. Students at top-ranked UNC-Chapel Hill were shown to pay $17,000 in total in-state tuition and about $36,000 in cumulative out-of-state tuition. The Tar Heels offered close to a $10,000 average per needbased student applicant and about $5,000 per non-needbased grant applicant. UNC-Chapel Hill also said that an average 74 percent of students graduate in four years, compared to Alabama’s 38 percent average and Auburn’s 37 percent average. Outside of Florida, Alabama

and Auburn, five other SEC Schools made the list. Georgia ranked eighth, South Carolina ranked 42nd, Arkansas claimed 57th, Tennessee was 74th and Louisiana State was 76th. Ford Fitts, a senior majoring in history, said he was glad the University finished ahead of Auburn but said he believes there is room for improvement. “It’s good to be 14 spots clear of Auburn for pride and morale in the wake of recent football related events,” Fitts said. “But joking aside, we definitely can improve. I think Dr. Witt has us on the right path, but it’s not an overnight thing. Tt’s a process.” Charles Joseph, a senior majoring in political science, said he wasn’t surprised by Kiplinger’s assessment, but said Alabama offers many

things that can’t be judged quantitatively. “It’s not shocking we finished that low; there are a lot of great public institutions in this country,” Joseph said. “But I’m comfortable with my experience here and wouldn’t trade it for anything. The University of Alabama offers a unique and special experience that can’t be quantified.” Alabama’s drop comes on the heels of this fall’s major tuition increase. Deborah Lane, assistant vice president for University Relations, said the University is still proud to be recognized among the best public schools in the nation. “We are pleased that Kiplinger recognizes The University of Alabama as one of the nation’s best values,” Lane said. “And we are even more pleased that a record

number of students and their parents continue to invest in the quality and value of an education from The University of Alabama.” Lane said she believes the University is continuing to grow and improve. “A decline in our rankings on this survey was not unexpected, since the University was forced to increase tuition in response to a $58 million reduction in our state appropriations,” Lane said. “However, tuition increases combined with our recordsetting growth in enrollment have provided The University of Alabama with the financial resources it needs to continue to attract the nation’s best and brightest students, faculty and staff at a time when most universities across the nation are experiencing layoffs, cutbacks and enrollment caps.”

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Sanity so last Congress By John Brinkerhoff

Radio voice inspires By Greg Poole

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 Editor • Tray Smith letters@cw.ua.edu Page 4

{ YOUR VIEW }

“It was awful. I saw 12 wrecks and almost got in one myself.” — Rod Hunter, junior majoring in marketing

We hear it all over the news, in commentary shows, and in online newspapers. Stories detailing the worst that is in mankind and the continuous bombardment of bad economic news seem to be constantly pervading our front pages. In light of this, it is easy to understand how many Americans can feel both despair and uncertainty in these turbulent times. Yet this holiday break gave us one story that showed the best of America: the story of Ted Williams. A former radio host, Williams became deeply addicted to alcohol and other substances. As a result, he lost everything he had, including his home. His only means of existence came by begging for loose change off an exit ramp in Columbus, Ohio. Even though he had been clean from the things that haunted him for two years, the prospects of a better future looked fleeting while standing at that cold, dreary intersection. But Columbus Dispatch photojournalist Doral Chenoweth turned all of that around, because, unlike many radio hosts today, Ted Williams was blessed with a stunning set of “golden pipes.” After Chenoweth uploaded a video of Williams’ performing voice on YouTube, the video went viral, generating over 12 million hits in its first days. Overnight, offers from the NFL, MTV, ESPN and the Cleveland Cavaliers—along with hundreds of others—came pouring in for Williams. Virtually every cable news network and morning show wanted to interview the virtuoso with the bold, baritone voice. Cinderella had arrived at the ball. This story made me take a step

back from the noise that is our current dialogue of negativity and confirmed to me why this country is still the greatest place on earth. First of all, it shows that America is the land of second chances. We have all heard the stories of men and women who have failed spectacularly in their lives only to succeed even more magnificently at a later time. Consider Abraham Lincoln, who failed at business, had a nervous breakdown, and had a very rough start in politics. We do not recall those failures, because Lincoln ended up saving the Union. The same could be said of Ted Williams. It is inarguable that he had a spectacular fall from grace, given his addictions, arrests and relegation to the shadows of society. But what makes America great is that anyone can be catapulted to greatness with a lot of work and a little luck. While people can have a modest return to glory in some countries, no nation other than the United States could provide this kind of opportunity. In fact, many societies confine an individual to a specific caste at birth, with no prospect of elevating themselves any higher. Right now, some of us may be lying flat on our backs from the events that have occurred over the past two years, but our social fabric allows us to regain our footing and keep moving forward. The same can be said for most students. This is a new semester, and this is the perfect time to dust ourselves off from our previous falls and continue climbing towards our goals. However, while most individuals see the first angle in this story, they perhaps miss the most important aspect in this

modern-day parable: that America possesses a tender heart and carries the spirit of benevolence inside her. Doral Chenoweth is perhaps the most impressive person in this story. His generosity, like many others that openly or anonymously give of their time and money, reflects this national spirit of forsaking our own wants so that others can receive that which they desperately need. It has been awe-inspiring to see that even in the middle of the worst recession since the Great Depression, a plethora of campus organizations have continued to engage in incredible philanthropy. I would encourage all students to find one of the on-campus organizations or a cause that they support and help raise awareness and provide assistance to those in need. Are times tough? Absolutely, and according to many analysts, they will stay tough for many years to come. But these trying times do not mean that America has lost the aspects that made her great, and certainly do not mean that those qualities should be lost on our watch. We must cast off those things that depress our spirits, and realize that we—as individuals, as a campus, and as a nation—can make a difference in the lives those around us that are in need. After all, it only took one ninety-second video to change one person’s world for the better. Just imagine what happens if we all do something similar. Gregory Poole is a graduate student in metallurgical engineering. His column runs biweekly on Wednesdays.

Last Wednesday, Representative John Boehner from Ohio was elected to be the 61st Speaker of the House by the new, Republican-controlled, House of Representatives. After tearfully accepting the almost comically large gavel, he launched into an acceptance speech that, among other things, reaffirmed campaign promises of “respecting fairness in House debate” and “openness in the procedures of bills.” Unfortunately, just a few weeks after an election that demonstrated voters’ eagerness for change and minutes after Boehner’s “can’t we all just get along” speech, the rekindled debate on repealing the health care law demonstrates that the only real change is which party is in control. Both Republicans and Democrats seem to be adhering to the same uncooperative pattern that plagued the last Congress. In fact, the notion of the speaker calling for more cooperation and transparency is not a new idea to this Congress. At the beginning of Pelosi’s term for speaker in 2006, she called for her Congress to be “the most honest and open Congress in history.” In the years that followed, Republicans would complain about the lack of transparency and fairness in the House. At the time, there was truth to that claim. Republicans were not allowed to amend the health care bill or have a substantive debate on it. The major negotiating was between moderate and progressive Democrats, as there was little hope for Republicans to vote in favor of the bill. The final bill was rushed to the floor without any time to read it and passed by an incredibly small margin. It should then come as no surprise that Speaker Boehner’s promises for more openness in the process, which are eerily similar to Pelosi’s pledge at the beginning of her term, reflect the frustration Republicans felt while they were in the minority. However, at the same time he delivered his heartfelt speech regarding reforming the process, Boehner and the Republican leadership actively began doing the same things they had condemned just months earlier and, in a strange sense of déjà vu, Democrats are condemning the practices that they practiced just months earlier. Republican majority leader Eric Cantor announced last Monday that the House will vote on repealing the health care law, rather uncreatively named the “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act of 2011,” without hearings, amendments, or open debate. For their part, the Democratic leadership wrote a scathing letter accusing Republicans of being insincere for bringing “major legislation to the floor without any public hearings.” It is odd that only a year ago, the two parties were in the exact opposite position with Republicans accusing Democrats of making a mockery of transparency after the health care reform bill was taken to the floor without the possibility of amendments. What is even odder than the hypocrisy on both sides is that we are debating a repeal bill that has absolutely no chance of making it into law. If for whatever reason it is actually passed by the Democrat-controlled Senate, which it won’t, then it is guaranteed to receive a veto from President Obama. These failings are tragic, but there is still hope for the institution of Congress. After all, at the end of the last Congress, many members on both sides of the aisle threw off the far wings of their party to come together and pass both a tax cut package that leaned toward conservative ideals and the progressive repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. While the merits of these two bills can be debated, the fact that the two sides compromised for the good of America cannot be. As naïve as it sounds, more compromises and bipartisanship might be seen on the horizon, especially since Democrats control the Senate and Republicans control the House. Only time will tell. Until then, we can only hope that promises made by Representative Nancy Pelosi and Speaker John Boehner will be kept.

John Brinkerhoff is a freshman majoring in political science and communication studies.

Don’t ignore the elephants in the room “I had to go 40 miles per hour behind an 18-wheeler to avoid hitting the bulk of the ice. It took me 45 minutes to go a few miles.” — Stephen Beatty, junior majoring in business management

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My last column in December called for the discovery of a UA student body identity. I refrained from mentioning what I think may or should be our identity because that would defeat the purpose of our entire campus rallying behind what we all agree to be our unifying bond. If someone were to label me as another overly involved, academically ambitious and futilely optimistic independent with the grand idea of unity, they would be correct. But my activities and grades don’t make me more or less a UA student than anyone else, and unity does not consist of morphing all students into one ideal. This university brings together a vast array of unique personalities, interests, goals and talents but somewhere, woven deep our student body DNA, there is a common bond that we all can be proud of. Some may feel satisfied with the status quo and that is great.

T h i s c a u s e will not t e a r down the current social foundations on campus; it just seeks to Wesley Vaughn expand those foundations and build sturdy connections. Some may feel cynical or apathetic about a unified campus for a variety of reasons. At the least, give the cause a chance and trust that it has everyone’s best interests at heart. It will not consist of shoving everyone into a room, locking the door and waiting for unity to magically appear. Our university has reached a breaking point, stressing the need to build a sense of campus unity. Campus has grown

tremendously over the last few years and will continue to do so. Though its infrastructure may have been prepared for this enlargement, student life was not and still isn’t. There are real divisions on this campus that are being ignored because of their historical and national precedent. Segmentation will always occur naturally, but segments become divisions when they do not and cannot communicate, interact and appreciate each other. A subconscious turf war wages – this segment belongs here, this segment does that, both segments cross paths here. Every university in the country probably deals with campus associations dominating the identity of its students. Every university probably deals with those associations segmenting and closing off campus. Every university probably deals with those segments warring against one another.

We, though, decide to ignore all of that. It is quite fitting that a school whose mascot is an elephant ignores the elephants in the room in an almost accepting manner. This university taboos important subjects: the prevalence of UA graduates in the administration, the segregation of the greek system, and the dominance of the top 20 percent of students over the 80 percent majority. I love the University and I’m having a fantastic time, but I don’t pretend it is perfect. Nothing ever is and everything can improve. Silence has never solved much of anything. The low personal payoff discourages speaking out on heated and controversial issues such as those mentioned. However, at some point, it should not be about what this university can provide you; it should be about what you can provide for this university and future students.

The goal is not to label specific groups as villains and decry their behavior, as that would benefit no one and deepen the divides. I must admit that I have fallen into that trap a number of times, and I apologize for it. What we need in the future are honest discussions on what is wrong on campus and how those issues came to be in order to create understanding and comfort amongst students. Only then can we move forward. Through this, we will discover the similarities and like mindedness of our student body. Hope breeds motivation. Motivation leads to action. Action yields results. Results produce trust. Trust creates comfort. Frankly, our campus has yet to even grasp hope.

Wesley Vaughn is a junior majoring in public relations and political science. His column runs on Wednesdays.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Has the amphitheater already gone country? By Hannah Marcum In case you didn’t know, there’s a brand new, $14.9 million amphitheater located minutes from the University, nestled right next to downtown Tuscaloosa, and it’s opening this spring. With any common sense, one would believe that the opening act to this new amphitheater would cater to

a majority of the 30,000 college students that live right down the road. Sorry, guys. It’s Kenny Chesney. Granted, Chesney is a huge name in country music, but if you’ve lived in town for a while, you would know that he was going to come whether we spent $14.9 million or not. Unfortunately for most of us, country music seems like it is going to be the norm at the new amphitheater. The only other show booked for the new venue is the country-pop duo Sugarland, who, according to

their website, will play a show in Tuscaloosa on April 15. In a town once played to by Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix, the only names we seem to be getting are Eric Church, Luke Bryan and Randy Rogers. Oxford, Mississippi, home to Ole Miss, hosted MGMT, Glitch Mob, Matt & Kim, Jimmy Eat World and Of Montreal this year. Oxford is one-forth the size of Tuscaloosa and has 11,000 fewer college students. And they don’t have an amphitheater.

The new theater is managed by Red Mountain Entertainment, which also oversees the Schaeffer Eye Center Crawfish Boil and the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis. This sounds hopeful, but I still think fans of everything but country music are sending up a collective prayer that Red Mountain will set its sights in a direction other than mainstream country stars that are happy to play a show “down home.” This is a college town. I hope someone at Red Mountain

Entertainment is listening to 90.7 The Capstone, the college radio station. I am aware that there are university students that love country music, but I’m willing to bet the majority has a different preference. The Tuscaloosa Amphitheater’s Facebook pages boasts that it will bring in country, R&B, alternative, blues and jazz acts, but it seems like it will be a waiting game for this to be proven. Hannah Marcum is a junior majoring in journalism.


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Fowler: ‘Leave nothing on the field.’ By Jasmine Cannon Contributing Writer Tuesday night’s Student Government Association meeting served as a showcase and “pep rally” for the SGA’s spring semester initiatives, according to President James Fowler. “Tonight was an opportunity for us to say this is what we’re doing in the next month and [present] some long term goals,” Fowler said. “This is the first year we have conducted monthly SGA-wide meetings,” Zack Coppens, SGA director of administration, said in a statement before the meeting. “They are designed to increase SGA engagement by keeping all members informed of projects and events. At this meeting, the executive, legislative and judicial branches will get a chance to discuss their goals and expectations for the upcoming semester. “We look forward to starting this semester off strong,” Coppens said. The meeting began with student affairs discussing three major projects that will be worked on during the semester. Vice President for Student Affairs Stephen Swinson mentioned the Iron Cup, which features the Alabama hockey team versus Auburn. The game will take place on Jan. 14 in Birmingham, and free transportation and admission will be provided for students. Take a Walk on the Bright Side and financial needs for students are two other initiatives headlined by the student affairs committee.

Academic Affairs took the floor to present information on topics including Spring II courses, Capstone Creed Week and scholarships for Kaplan courses. The committee will begin promoting the participation of Spring II classes as early as next week. The External Affairs Committee plans to focus on student employment reform, engaging the campus in the local Sunday alcohol sales vote, Alabama legislative and Higher Education Day are upcoming events that were brought forth by the Vice President for External Affairs Grant Cochran, who spoke on successes from last semester including the voter registration drive, women’s political initiative and the LifeSouth blood drive before moving on to goals for this spring. External Affairs has plans for another voter registration drive in Tuscaloosa in time for the Feb. 22 vote on Sunday alcohol sales. For the Alabama Legislative session held this spring, Cochran stated the SGA will call on students to voice their concerns for the state of Alabama. Higher Education Day, when students travel to Montgomery to advocate state funding for the University, will be held April 7. Deputy Chief of Staff Peyton Falkenburg spoke on the RAGE campaign that is set to take place April 1 at the new Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. The SGA is still working on booking an artist or group for the concert.

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SGA President James Fowler speaks at the first SGA-wide meeting of the year. “This year we’re combining everything into one big event,” Falkenburg said. “We’re hoping that every dollar on ticket sales will go toward scholarships.” Applications for next year’s judicial board will be available in February. Judicial on the Quad will be implemented this spring, giving students the opportunity to ask questions about anything relating to the judicial board. Football ticket appeals will be heard this Friday and next Friday from 10-1 p.m. “One big item that will be coming up in the coming weeks is the constitution,” President James Fowler said. “It’s something that impacts

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safe travels are her priority. “I would like to make it to my first day of classes, but if doing so endangers me, then I will wait it out,” Dodd said. Atlanta natives are dodging highways trying to make classes promptly. Edward Bailey, a senior majoring in engineering, risked his safety just to make it to class. “I am risking going back to school because I am scared to miss class because I only get two excused absences for the semester,” Bailey said. “I am worried because the weather isn’t going to get any CW|Megan Smith better and if I don’t go back Students walk across the snow-covered Quad Sunday afternoon. [Tuesday] I won’t be able to go back until Friday, thus I would Bailey said he e-mailed his teacher alerting her of the danmiss three days of classes.” gerous weather conditions. Bailey said his teacher was under-

everyone in the room, but further than that it’s something that impacts the 30,000 students on campus. It’s one of the more exciting things that we have coming and it will certainly enhance our student government to make it even more accountable, transparent and inclusive.” The constitution will be sent to senate on Thursday and voted on next week. If passed by the senate, the entire student body will vote on the constitution Feb. 1. Fowler ended the meeting with a speech illustrating how SGA members have 10 weeks left and how each member should “leave nothing on the field.” standing but said an absence is an absence. “This week’s inclement weather continues to cause travel delays, and the University understands that some students may not be able to return to campus in time to start classes on Wednesday, Jan. 12,” Deborah Lane, assistant vice president for University Relations, said in a statement. “Students whose return to campus will be delayed by inclement weather should immediately notify their professors via myBama.” Kate Henderson, a senior majoring in advertising, is also stuck in Atlanta, but said she is hoping to travel to Tuscaloosa safety. “I’m hoping to drive back Tuesday afternoon when it is supposed to get warmer and melt the ice, but if not, then I’m fearful I will be stuck in

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• RAGE campaign to raise scholarship money; attracting talent to headline kickoff concert at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater on April 1

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Atlanta until Friday when the temperatures are supposed to get into the 40s,” Henderson said. Students said the University should not cancel classes due to weather implications, but should be understanding of those whose travel plans have been altered. “The University and professors should be accommodating to students without penalizing them for weather related absences,” Bailey said. “There is nothing that students can do about the weather.” Dodd also said professors should be understanding. “The University and the professors should also excuse any absences due to the weather and not count them towards our number of allowed semester absences,” she said. Lane said the University plans to work with students who are arriving late and still need to register for classes. “Academic advisers will be available to work with students who are late arriving on campus to ensure that they can register for classes if they have not already done so,” Lane said. “Faculty members will work with students whose attendance in class is delayed by weather, so they can make up required work. As always, the safety of our students is the University’s highest prior-

• Judicial on the Quad • Take a Walk on the Bright Side Jan. 14, pitting Alabama against Auburn in Birmingham

ity; students should return to campus when they can do so safely.” Those already in Tuscaloosa feel the University should think outside of the box. “It’s a tough situation because the ice near campus in Tuscaloosa was relatively mild, but surrounding areas got hit pretty hard,” said Darren Neels, a graduate student studying sports pedagogy. “It makes it really tough on students who are commuting or traveling back to school from those areas,” Neels said. Tori Sheehan, a junior majoring in journalism, said she felt stressed when making flight reservations. “I felt like I was helpless because on Sunday night heavy winter storms rocked both the Denver metro area and Birmingham,” she said. “I called Southwest, and they said even though no flights were cancelled, there was still a good chance I would be stranded in one of my layovers,” Sheehan said. According to the most recent predications by the National Weather Service, conditions will not be safe for travel until later this week. There is another weather system that could drop temperatures to below freezing, prolonging the dangerous conditions.

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Alicia Sampson, a senior majoring in elementary education, said she and Christie Young were from the same hometown and had met through a relative and worked together in community service projects when they were high school freshmen. Culturama, a club sponsored by the Alpha Kappa Alpha’s in Selma, provided the outlet for volunteer opportunities, Sampson said. After attending Alabama A&M in Huntsville, Ala., for two years after graduating from high school in 2006, Christie Young transferred to the Capstone and reunited with Sampson.

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“Some friends from A&M told me she was transferring, and when she came for orientation I walked her through everything, and we hung out ever since,” Sampson said. The funeral was held Dec. 19, and Christie Young was buried near her hometown church, about half a mile from her home, her mother said. Melanie Miller, associate dean of students, said Christie Young’s death will not go unnoticed. “Like all our students, Christie Young was an important part of the University community and she will be missed,” Miller said. “Our thoughts and prayers were with her family and friends over the holidays and continue to be today.”

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with a circulation of 50,000. According to a press release, the issue has received praise from publications such as The New York Times and The Young people in the South Boston Globe and artists such listen to contemporary as Chris Isaak and Tom Petty. radio hits just like all young The issue includes a 176Americans. But for people page magazine and 26-song in New York, the sounds CD. It can be purchased for of Jay-Z, Nas, Biggie and $10.95 at most newsstands and many other well-known artbookstores as well as the OA’s ists are regional delights. website. Alabamians can look Young Southerners, specififorward to in-depth coverage cally Alabamians, may be CW | Sara Beth Colburn of their regional music. asking themselves what kind “The CD and 80 percent of of music emerges from the the publication featured the magazine are devoted Arkansas’ music scene. South nowadays. “The great thing about to Alabama,” Smirnoff said. On Dec. 1 of last year, The Oxford American magazine Alabama music is that every “All artists on the CD are disprovided some answers by American genre is represent- cussed in the magazine.” Given that many of the releasing its 12th annual ed in the state,” said Marc Southern Music edition. For Smirnoff, editor of The Oxford featured artists are relativethe second consecutive year, American. “There is so much ly unknown, Smirnoff said he understands why young the magazine is choosing a to that Alabama sound.” The OA’s music issue is typ- people may be skeptical. single Southern state as its “It’s all a matter of previfocus — Alabama. Last year ically its largest of the year,

ous exposure and preconceptions,” Smirnoff said. “When it comes to the older stuff that some of our featured artists cover, I have learned that college kids have their barriers.” Despite the generation’s seemingly natural distaste for black-and-white movies and scratchy records, Smirnoff said he believes young people, especially college students, should be intrigued by Alabama’s music. Citing students’ fascination with contemporary music and their general willingness to listen to “good” music, he said most music-savvy students will enjoy the CD. “We’ve tried to come up with a party mix that will work in the presence of smart listeners,” Smirnoff said. “We crave critical responses and have found that students actu-

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ally do like it.” The CD does feature some familiar names. Dinah Washington can be heard covering Hank Williams, and Odetta covers a song by Bob Dylan. Smirnoff said he thinks those well-known tunes should automatically help skeptics warm to the lesserknown artists like soul artist Mary Gresham and garage rock group The K-Pers. “Everybody says ‘I like good music,’” he said. “If that’s true, then people should see how open-minded and critical they can become on the subject [of obscure, good music]. Then it becomes fascinating.” Visit oxfordamerican.org for extended coverage of Alabama music, including web-only articles, videos and more songs not available on the CD.

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Anyone can easily carry an (auto)tune By Jonathan Reed What did you sing in the shower this morning? How did it sound? If you sing like me, it was probably far from perfect. Maybe, though, you’re one of the lucky ones, someone who magically knows how to turn words into music without any help. For the rest of us, there’s no need for that talent anymore. We’ve got machines that turn anyone, regardless of ability, into a pitch-perfect singer. Take everyone’s favorite North Alabama news clip, for example. Antoine Dodson just wanted to get the word out to his neighbors that someone may be climbing in their windows and snatching their people up. His interview on WAFF-48 in Huntsville was funny enough as-is, but it was taken to a whole new viral level when the Gregory Brothers added a backing beat, auto-tuned Dodson’s voice, and creatively rearranged his words into a song. A classic of information-age entertainment, the “Bed Intruder Song,” was born. What startled me was that the song peaked at #89 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and

us to communicate emotion with more than just words. The inflection and tone of a voice often express what a song is about far better than the lyrics. Imagine Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” robbed of its soaring intensity by digital adulteraExcept Frampton and oth- tion. Imagine if the voices of a ers knew the talkbox was just gospel choir were all robbed a gimmick. It sounded cool, of their heartfelt praise by but it was essentially a weird- computers making every pitch sounding guitar effect. I even perfect. Suddenly, hiding your built one out of an old speaker imperfections makes the song in high school, but it wasn’t a serious instrument, and I knew it wasn’t a way to turn a terrible singer like me into a star. We know what Frampton’s unadulterated voice sounds like, because it’s all over most of his classic talkbox songs, including “Do You Feel Like We Do?” Do we really know how T-Pain and Justin Bieber sing without digital assistance? When I buy a song, I want to hear a human voice. I want the singer to tell me a story, to inject some passion into it, and to leave me with some kind of emotional response. I want music that is honest and relatable, not something neat and perfect, every mistake masked by technology. Music has often been called a universal language. It allows

When I buy a song, I want to hear a human voice. I want the singer to tell me a story, to inject some passion into it, and to leave me with some kind of emotional response. was the most downloaded song on iTunes for what seemed like an eternity. And that he told Katie Couric on the CBS Evening News that he wanted to do another song. Because honestly, he never even did one. Yet, thanks to the wonders of auto-tuning, even people who aren’t singers can sing the most popular song in the country. Everyone has the ability to be a star; it doesn’t take talent, skill, practice or even the knowledge that you’re performing anymore. You — yes, you who sang that Bruno Mars song in the shower this morning — could one day top the charts, sounding like a robot the whole time. Instrumentally changing the pitch of one’s voice isn’t new. Back in the 1970s, guitarists such as Peter Frampton used talkboxes on their guitars. Pretty much the same thing, you’re taking an instrumental sound and using it as a voice, right?

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Voice your opinion through The Crimson White’s blogs By Sean Randall

Everybody has something they like to talk about. Celebrities, fashion, video games, literature, food, sports, politics, their personal life, word origins, the list goes on and on. And in this digital world with all its massive social networking, people can say what they want any number of ways, using Twitter, Facebook, online forums and even blogs. Actually, out of all of these things, blogs still seem to be somewhat foreign to people, especially those of a slightly older generation. They may finally be catching up with Facebook and Twitter, but blogs remain a mystery. As news media has turned toward the Internet in stronger force and the Internet has been growing in popularity, blogs have become an easy way to gain fame or even make money. Just look at 2009’s Meryl Streep/Amy Adams movie “Julie & Julia.” Blogging inspired the entire action of the movie. A somewhat lonely and distressed wife

in New York decides to make a blog about her experiences cooking all of Julia Child’s recipes in 365 days. Based on a true story, the movie shows the blog starting shakily, but eventually taking up so much popularity that Julie finds herself in The New York Times, receiving money and gifts and, eventually, writing a book and getting it turned into an award-winning film. If that doesn’t show the power a blog can have, I don’t know what does. Not every blog gets this kind of fame, of course. But even the simplest blogs can get readers from unexpected places. UA student Glenn Halcomb started writing his blog, campusqueerginger.blogspot.com in late September 2010. It’s a simple blog about the arts and literature from a gay perspective. But as simple as it may seem, he gets, on average, about 100 readers a day worldwide, from countries as far away and surprising as Ukraine. With the Internet, these types of connections across the world

are readily becoming more and more common. More and more people are reading the words written on the Internet by ordinary, average Joes and Janes every day. And The Crimson White wants to help. If you are a UA student who has something to say about entertainment, we have a blog. If you want to talk about politics, there’s a blog. If you want to let people know what you think about sports, we have a blog. And with people like Roger Ebert, or people from as far away as Qatar, reading and Tweeting about the articles found on The CW’s website, you may find your words making a pretty large impact on people. If you’re interested in being a columnist or blogger for The Crimson White’s Lifestyles desk, where blogs can cover religion, health, literature, video games, fashion, dance, theater, film, food, music or entertainment in general, contact me at sdrandall@bama.ua.edu. Who knows? Maybe your blog can get you a movie deal one day.

seem less like music and more like just going through the motions and letting a producer at a computer do the art. So when you sing in the shower, regardless of what you sing, how does it sound? Is it any less real without the producer and thousands of dollars of software? Or is it just an unfiltered, uncorrupted, beautifully imperfect rendition of how you feel?

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THURSDAY • Women’s basketball vs Vanderbilt: 6 p.m., Tuscaloosa • Men’s Tennis: All day tournament, Knoxville, Tenn.

FRIDAY • Gymnastics at Arkansas: 7 p.m., Fayetteville, Ark. • Men’s and women’s track : Kentucky Invitational, all day, Lexington, KY • Men’s Tennis: All day tournament, Knoxville, Tenn.

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QUOTE OF THE GAME “We wanted to define this team as winners, and I think this 10-win season defines this group as winners.” — Head coach Nick Saban

PLAYER OF THE GAME Courtney Upshaw 5 tackles (3 TFL), 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble Was named Capital One Bowl MVP

Above: Wide receiver Julio Jones runs as a Michigan State player tries to take him down. Jones finished the game with three catches for 49 yards. Left: Linebacker Courtney Upshaw takes down a Michigan State player. Upshaw had two sacks for 17 yards and three tackles for a total loss of 29 yards and also forced a fumble against the Spartans. CW | Jerrod Seaton

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Offense: 4.0

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POSITION GRADES Special teams: 4.0

From Greg McElroy and Mark Ingram to AJ McCarron and Eddie Lacy, the Spartans could not keep Alabama out of the end zone all game. The Crimson Tide finished with 546 yards of total offense, and the starters were gone before the fourth quarter began. In its final game, Alabama showed just how talented and dangerous it can be offensively.

Special teams units didn’t see the field much at all during the game. The Tide rarely had to punt or kick field goals throughout the game. Seven touchdowns gave the kickoff team a lot of reps, and the Spartans didn’t break a big one.

Defense: 4.0

Coaching: 4.0

The defense was a garbage-time touchdown away from its first shutout of the season. The pass rush was more than fierce, as the Tide recorded five sacks and knocked the Spartans’ first two quarterbacks out of the game. Alabama dominated the line of scrimmage – Michigan State finished with minus-48 rushing yards – and the Tide secondary held the Spartan receivers in check.

Has a team ever looked more prepared? Alabama stopped everything Michigan State tried, and Michigan State couldn’t stop anything Alabama threw their way. The Tide didn’t have any problem staying motivated for this game, unlike the Sugar Bowl two years ago. The coaching staff made the players believe they had something to prove.


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Odds looked grim for Oregon throughout By Laura Owens Assistant Sports Editor crimsonwhitesports@gmail.com

The stats never favored the Oregon Ducks Monday night in the 2010 national championship game. One of the most prominent stats built a barrier in front of the Ducks a month before the game was even played. After that, the odds kept falling further from their favor. The Southeastern Conference is known for its dominant national performance. In the 12 years there has been a BCS national

championship, the SEC has won every year it’s boasted a team. Of the 12 years, the SEC has won seven, and now five in a row with Auburn’s victory. Oregon, from the Pac-10, didn’t look like the favorite in the game. Then, once the clock started ticking, I was hoping more than anything that Auburn would score first. Since 2002, seven of the nine teams (including Oregon) who have scored first lost the game. The only two exceptions were in 2003 and 2008, and both teams were from the SEC.

The worst part was realizing it would be Auburn to take the Crimson Tide’s throne. The biggest rivals college football has ever known won backto-back national championships. As we all know, Oregon scored first. And in the worst possible way. If you’re going to score first and doom yourself, at least make it a touchdown. But it was only a field goal. Disappointing. The third stat that sealed the game was that Auburn went into halftime leading. The stats on that? 11-0. Sorry,

now 12-0. In the BCS’s short history, the team that wins the game is leading at halftime. Auburn was up by 5, and that’s honestly when I gave up hope. Even realizing that Alabama wasn’t going to win No. 14 this year wasn’t the worst part. The worst part was realizing it would be Auburn to take the Crimson Tide’s throne. The

biggest rivals college football has ever known won back-toback national championships. It’s also the first time for two schools from the same state to win the championship back to back. Let’s also throw in that both teams had the Heisman Trophy winner. It’s making history, sure, but it’s the kind of record I had hoped to avoid. Miami and Florida State came close to this record, but there was a year in between their victories. And more likely than not, this feat won’t be repeated again. This feat will be showcased

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Lacrosse team recruits new coach By Tony Tsoukalas Senior Sports Reporter ajtsoukalas@crimson.ua.edu

The Alabama women’s lacrosse team is starting its seventh year poised to make huge strides both this season and in the future. Because lacrosse is not a NCAA-sanctioned sport at Alabama, the Crimson Tide plays in a league called the Southern Women’s Lacrosse League along with other schools from the southeast. The Tide has established itself as a contender in the SWLL and hopes to improve from last year when the team starts its regular season in the spring. Much of the team’s recent success is due in part to new coach, Brian Stanley. “He’s just done an amazing job,” president Madison Cook said. “He has really turned us around.” Stanley is well versed in women’s lacrosse after previously coaching for high school teams in Georgia. Stanley

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30 Days 30 brings more strategy and knowledge than past Alabama coaches. The Tide has not had any trouble adjusting to its new coach. Stanley’s great attitude and passion for the game gave the team an instant bond, Cook said. “From day one, the players have welcomed me with open arms and have been eager to listen and learn,” Stanley said. “Theses are great attributes and building blocks for a strong winning team.” Cook said, “He’s really high intensity and he definitely tells us what his expectations are. I feel like if anything, it has helped so much more. Honestly, everyone is so happy to have him around.” Aside from being the team’s

the girls being a force to be reckoned with in the SWLL tournament at the end of the year.” The Tide also hopes to improve the program in the future by eventually transitioning from being a club team to a NCAA sanctioned team. The team is in its seventh year, making it eligible to become an NCAA team. “We don’t want to stay a club,” Cook said. “We absolutely want to go all the way, eventually recruit and have sponsorships.” My driving force is the passion and dedication, With women’s lacrosse drive and determination of these ladies. becoming one of the fastest growing sports in the nation, — Brian Stanley, new women’s lacrosse coach Stanley said he hopes to see the Tide on the next level in the near future. “I would love to see the Stanley said he sees con- University of Alabama take gest passions outside my wife and family were able to stant improvement and that the lead among the SEC divibe combined: the University the team should be able to sion one schools and be a pioneer,” Stanley said. “I really of Alabama and coaching,” make big strides this season. “I see the girls being more feel that once a school like Stanley said. “For me, being a part of the UA lacrosse pro- competitive in each game they Alabama makes the comgram has been a dream come play,” Stanley said. “With mitment, the other SEC DI constant improvement, I see schools will shortly follow.” true.” coach, Stanley is also a full time air traffic controller at the Atlanta International Airport. Stanley makes the three-hour trip from Atlanta to Tuscaloosa every Tuesday and Thursday to coach the Tide. “My driving force is the passion and dedication, drive and determination of these ladies,” Stanley said. “I feel it is a great privilege and honor to be invited by the University

by the few people in this state who are proud of it. But really, which side would actually be proud of such a record? The Alabama faithful and the Auburn faithful don’t share glory. It’s a terrible coincidence that each team won college football’s highest honor back to back. And thank goodness the 2010 football season is over. With the close of the college football season Monday night, the rest of the world can move on. Auburn has had its day, but come next August, it’ll be Alabama’s turn to take back the state again.

of Alabama women’s lacrosse team. I am honored to give my time and knowledge to help this program succeed.” Stanley has always been an Alabama fan. As a boy growing up in Birmingham, Stanley said he dreamt of playing under coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. To be able to coach at Alabama is something that Stanley said he enjoys and is grateful for. “Luckily, two of my big-

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Tide finishes in AP Top 10 From staff reports

The Crimson Tide finished the 2010 season ranked No. 10 in the AP Top 25 poll. After going 10-3 and finishing its season with an impressive 49-7 Capital One Bowl victory over Michigan State, the Tide finished the season by moving into the top 10 from No. 15. Six Southeastern Conference teams finished in the top 25, with five of those teams in the top 15. All five of those teams finishing in the top 15 are from the SEC West. The only team from the SEC East in the top 25 is South Carolina, falling in at No. 22. The teams from the West Division are No. 1 Auburn, No. 8 LSU, No. 10 Alabama, No. 12 Arkansas and No. 15 Mississippi State.

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