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Finding Their Balance Gymnasts lack experience, not talent By Jason Galloway Sports Editor crimsonwhitesports@gmail.com

But it only took one meet for the Crimson Tide’s freshman class to showcase what they do have: talent, poise and confidence.

There is no question the Alabama gymnastics team lacks experience.

See TIDE, page 8

Floor exercise 2010 season average: 49.23 2011 outlook: Three freshmen were in the lineup on this event in the season opener, and head coach Sarah Patterson said floor exercise would be the area her team will improve in the most throughout the season.

Balance beam 2010 season average: 49.193 2011 outlook: Patterson said she has “natural beam workers” on this year’s team, something she said you don’t find every year. Freshman Sarah DeMeo is ranked No. 1 in the nation on the event.

Vault 2010 season average: 49.355 2011 outlook: Patterson said vault would likely be Alabama’s best event again this year, even though three freshmen were in the lineup for this event during the season opener.

Uneven bars 2010 season average: 49.159 2011 outlook: This hasn’t been the Tide’s best event the last few years, but an anchor of Ashley Sledge and Kayla Hoffman on the back end of the lineup could produce some high scores. Photo courtesy of UA Athletics

UA loses dean, adviser, friend Sunday sales

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By Hannah Mask Assistant News Editor hannah.r.mask@gmail.com

By William Evans Senior Staff Reporter wjevans@crimson.ua.edu

The assistant director of student judicial affairs died Dec. 25 at his home in Tuscaloosa, said Jill Satcher, assistant director of judicial intake. Mark Foster, 49, served in many positions at the University, including working as a student building manager in the Ferguson Center when he was a student in the mid-‘80s and as operations manager of the Ferguson Center from 1989 to 1999. That year, he became the assistant director of judicial affairs, where he worked until his death, said Satcher, who worked with Foster for 17 years. However, his resume extended beyond those positions. “He served as an on-call dean, visiting students in

The city of Tuscaloosa will vote Feb. 22 on a referendum to allow alcohol sales on Sundays. Students must be registered to vote for the referendum before Feb. 10, Grant Cochran, SGA vice president of external affairs, said in an e-mailed statement. “Registration for all voting in Alabama is 10 days before the vote,” he said. “Simply fill out a registration form

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See FOSTER, page 6

Crowds gathered for Mark Foster’s memorial service Thursday afternoon at Denny Chimes.

New SGA constitution in the works By Katherine Martin Staff Reporter klmartin@crimson.ua.edu The Student Government Association is in the final stages of adopting a new constitution, Attorney General Ryan le this

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NEWS in brief Women fight off intruder at apartment complex near campus Tuscaloosa police told the Tuscaloosa News Thursday that two young women chased an intruder from their apartments at Crimson Place Condominiums early Thursday morning. The intruder, 20-yearold Yuni Romero Gonzalez, was arrested and taken to Tuscaloosa County Jail. Gonzalez entered the apart-

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and a representative from the SGA will submit it prior to the deadline… If there are any questions pertaining to the vote or voting sites, a representative from External Affairs can answer those.” Cochran said students who are not native to Tuscaloosa must meet a simple requirement to vote in the referendum. “Simply be a student at the University for 30 days, which all students at the time of the vote should be, and fill out a

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ment of a 19-year-old woman around 2:45 a.m. The resident saw him as she got out of the shower and began screaming and punching him, police said. He then entered another unlocked apartment, where police said he assaulted a 20-year-old woman before she punched him and fled to a friend’s apartment to call police.

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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

ADVERTISING • Dana Andrzejewski, Advertising Manager, 348-8995, cwadmanager@gmail.com • Drew Gunn, Advertising Coordinator, 348-8044 • Hallett Ogburn, Territory Manager, 348-2598 • Emily Frost, National Advertising/ Classifieds, 348-8042 • Jessica West, Zone 3, 348-8735 • Brittany Key, Zone 4, 348-8054 • Robert Clark, Zone 5, 348-2670 • Emily Richards, Zone 6, 3486876 • Amy Ramsey, Zone 7, 348-8742 • Elizabeth Howell, Zone 8, 3486153 • Caleb Hall, Creative Services Manager, 348-8042 The Crimson White is the community newspaper of The University of Alabama. The Crimson White is an editorially free newspaper produced by students. The University of Alabama cannot influence editorial decisions and editorial opinions are those of the editorial board and do not represent the official opinions of the University. Advertising offices of The Crimson White are on the first floor, Student Publications Building, 923 University Blvd. The advertising mailing address is P.O. Box 2389, Tuscaloosa, AL 35403-2389. The Crimson White (USPS 138020) is published four times weekly when classes are in session during Fall and Spring Semester except for the Monday after Spring Break and the Monday after Thanksgiving, and once a week when school is in session for the summer. Marked calendar provided. The Crimson White is provided for free up to three issues. Any other papers are $1.00. The subscription rate for The Crimson White is $125 per year. Checks should be made payable to The University of Alabama and sent to: The Crimson White Subscription Department, P.O. Box 2389, Tuscaloosa, AL 354032389. The Crimson White is entered as periodical postage at Tuscaloosa, AL 35401. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Crimson White, P.O. Box 2389, Tuscaloosa, AL 35403-2389. All material contained herein, except advertising or where indicated otherwise, is Copyright © 2010 by The Crimson White and protected under the “Work Made for Hire” and “Periodical Publication” categories of the U.S. copyright laws. Material herein may not be reprinted without the expressed, written permission of The Crimson White.

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Lunch BBQ Wings Baked Potato Corn on the Cob Chicken & Vegetable Teriyaki Garden Mozzarella Burger

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Dinner Fried Chicked Steak with Smokey Red Pepper Baked Potato Fresh Steamed Broccoli Corn on the Cob Mozzarella Garden Burger (vegetarian)

BURKE Lunch Fried Fish Herb Roasted Potatoes Nachos Surpreme Western Omlet Cavatappi Alle Zucchini (vegetarian)

izing the Dream Concert Honoring the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. featuring the Alabama Symphony Orchestra - tickets are $15

Where: Moody Concert Hall

When: Noon - 1 p.m.

Where: Moody Music Building

What: Deadline to sign up for a Get On Board Day table – sign up with the SOURCE on myBama under “Forms”

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: The SOURCE, Ferguson Center Room 355

When: 4:45 p.m.

SUNDAY What: Come register to win one of 5 MacBook Airs to be given away January 21, 2011. No purchase necessary to register. See www. thesupestore.com for details.

Where: SUPe Store Ferguson Center and Tutwiler Hall

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FRESH FOOD Baked Tilapia Green Beans Italian Garlic & Herb Rice Traditional Stuffed Shells (vegetarian) Spinach & Italian Vegetable Risotto

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the on-campus housing recontracting process and off-campus housing options. Regardless of where they currently live, students are encouraged to attend one of these programs to learn The University Supply Store more about housing options These prowill be open from 10 a.m. to 4 for 2011/2012. p.m. today and Saturday and grams, which will cover the same content each time, are 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. scheduled for January 18 at 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. in the Hall Living Room Housing contracting Parham and Riverside Community meetings to be held Building (these programs will take place simultaneHousing and Residential ously) and on January 20 at Communities will sponsor 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. in the programs next week about Burke West Living Room

and the Rose Towers Activity Complex around 8. The game Room (again, the programs are is from 8-10 p.m. and students should return to the Student simultaneous). Recreation Center by 11:30. For more information, e-mail Stephen Swinson,sgswinson@ SGA provides trans- crimson.ua.edu.

portation to UA, AU hockey game

A l ab a m a will p l ay Auburn in hockey today in Birmingham. Free transportation and admission will be provided for students who would like to attend the Iron Cup. The bus will leave the Recreation Center at 6:30 p.m. and arrive at the Pelham Civic

CrimsonRide route changed due to construction Crimson Ride service on the Gold route will be disrupted due to road construction. This week, the entrance to Rose Towers from Old

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 impacted by this construction will be Highlands, Rose Towers, Riverside and Lakeside. Highlands students 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 the end of the week.

Women’s role to Science Café to talk be addressed in nanotechnology lecture series By Bethany Blair Contributing Writer

By Amanda Sams Senior Staff Reporter alsams1@crimson.ua.edu Women and politics are mixing more than ever with high profile leaders like Hilary Rodham Clinton and Sarah Palin blazing the way toward shattering that glass ceiling. Associate professor of communication studies Janis Edwards will be giving the lecture “(What) Can Sarah Palin Teach Us About Women in Politics” in Manly Hall Room 308 at noon Wednesday to take an in-depth look at female politicians who seem to be defying every stereotype. The hourlong event is free for students, and everyone is invited to bring a sack lunch. “I’m not necessarily focusing on Sarah Palin, but pursuing her as an example of change in the socalled typical woman candidate and leader in politics,” Edwards said. “The model has always been along the lines of liberal women, while Sarah Palin and others represent a more conservative view. That representation requires a new look at women in politics.” Edwards said this is an important topic for democracy at this time, following Clinton’s near-successful run for the White House and Palin’s high profile in the media. The press attention currently surrounding Palin about her statement in the aftermath of

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done, arguably, in the last five years,” Flamerich said. Sprinkle said the four platforms the proposed constitution is based on are functionality, transparency, accountability and inclusivity. These platforms, Sprinkle said, will provide for the best student self-government at the University. The next step, Sprinkle

IF YOU GO ... • What: “(What) Can Sarah Palin Teach Us About Women in Politics” lecture

• Where: Manly Hall Room 308

• When: Noon on Wednesday the Arizona shootings may spark even more interest in attending the lecture, Edwards said. This lecture is the first installment of the Brown Bag Lecture series for the semester. The series, co-sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center and Women’s Studies, is designed to bring the UA community together on the first Wednesday of every month to discuss issues that are relevant to women. “This is not your typical classroom lecture,” said Shannon Langan, education and communication graduate assistant for the Women’s Resource Center. “The beauty is that it’s very unique and personal based on firsthand research by Dr. Edwards. She is very knowledgeable on women’s studies and political communication.” Edwards said the lecture is a great way to spend an afternoon. “[It] provides an opportunity for networking with different people on campus,” she said. said, will be for the rules committee to review the document. The proposed constitution will be brought back to the Senate next Thursday for a vote on ratification. If two-thirds of the Senate pass the document, it will then be voted on by the entire student body in February and passed by majority vote. Katie Breaseale, the SGA press secretary, said she is confident in the Senate’s ability to review the proposal. “As we stated at the

University researchers are hosting a Science Café to inform the public about the benefits of nanotechnology Saturday, according to a UA news release. The event, organized by Nitin Chopra, assistant professor of metallurgical and materials engineering, will be held at Barnes & Noble on McFarland Boulevard from noon to 7 p.m. and aims to promote community awareness of the technological impact of nanotechnology. Chopra described the event as not only a learning tool, but a networking opportunity for those interested in entering the nanotechnology field. “The basic idea is that this is an emerging technology and we’re trying to make the community aware of it,” Chopra said. “Along with the graduate students and undergraduates attending, I would also like to encourage high school students to come visit our booth and do internships this summer.” Because he received a $300 grant from the American Chemical Society, Chopra plans to serve free coffee to those who attend the event. Along with the coffee, there will be posters about nanotechnology, an ongoing presentation by Chopra himself and presentations by gradu-

beginning of this process,” Breaseale said, “rewriting the SGA constitution has been a desperate need for many years. We are currently operating off a document that’s about 15 to 20 years old. “This has been and continues to be an opportunity to strengthen our SGA and assure that we’re executing under proper procedures that bring maximum results to the student body.” Nancy Hogan was appointed and sworn in to the office

ate students and faculty. Nanotechnology is emerging as one of the most important sciences of our generation, Chopra said. An average human hair is 50,000 to 100,000 nanometers, but the science of the small has huge implications. “Now a scientist cannot just say he’s a mechanical engineer, a civil engineer or a materials engineer, because things are becoming so small that all the sciences are coming together,” Chopra said. “It’s bringing all the sciences together and shedding light on the structure of many materials.” Some of those materials include stain-resistant fabrics and computers, Chopra said. Nanotechnology is also being used to purify water after an oil spill. Associate professor of chemistry and Center for Materials for Information Technology Education Coordinator Martin Bakker and his students have been asked to attend the event and demonstrate some of these practical uses for nanotechnology. “My students and I will be both attending and presenting two demonstrations: one on gold nanoparticles, which will be a static experiment to show the differences in color, and a second hands-on demonstration to show ‘size matters’ and to show how chemistry changes with the size of

of senior adviser to the president at Thursday’s meeting. SGA President James Fowler said Hogan will lead efforts in further unification of the campus. “One of my main objectives is to advise the president on issues such as student campus diversity and how to bridge gaps between groups that are normally separated or averse on campus,” Hogan said. A resolution was passed that will allow for the SGA to

materials,” Bakker said. Conferences like this both strengthen the scientific workforce, Bakker said, and promote safer research through knowledge. “Overall, there are two issues: one is national competitiveness and preparing students to work with nanotechnology,” he said. “The other issue is a public education issue. When new materials come along, there are legitimate safety concerns which need to be addressed in a realistic manner.” But Bakker said the event isn’t just directed toward those interested in a career in engineering; all kinds of people can benefit by broadening their knowledge of science in general. “For some younger attendees, it may be learning about career opportunities,” he said. “For all of them it will be learning about how research is done and broadening their understanding of science. I would hope that everyone would benefit from being a more informed citizen.” Bakker and Chopra both represent the Center for Materials for Information Technology Education. The center combines both research and education in an effort to develop new materials to increase data storage. Its 30-member faculty spans seven disciplines across the University.

remove $300 from the executive fund to pay for Hogan’s position. She will be paid $100 each month for January, February and March. Flamerich was the only “no” vote on this resolution, with the sole purpose of wanting to review the executive funds. “I was not against supporting the bill to pay the senior adviser. I wanted to wait a week so we could review her salary and compare it to other executive officials,” Flamerich said.


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OPINIONS

Chinese aircraft a concern

January 14, 2011

By Tray Smith

Editor • Tray Smith letters@cw.ua.edu Page 4

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WHO DO YOU WANT TO SEE PERFORM AT TUSCALOOSA’S NEW 7,470-SEAT AMPHITHEATER? “Lupe Fiasco, J Cole, Common, Talib Kweli, B.o.B, Kid Cudi, Nas, Wiz Khalifa, Chiddy Bang, The Roots...” — @mackcamm, Malcolm Cammern, junior, marketing

“Arcade fire, black keys, vampire weekend, or any current alternative/indie group. Balance out the twang a little, hmm?” — @facadeGWM, Gordon W. Maples, junior, history and English

“People under the stairs, wale, hilltop hoods, the new deal would all bring something not normally seen in Alabama” — @jsrohaly, Jonathan Rohaly, general business

EDITORIAL BOARD Victor Luckerson Editor Jonathan Reed Managing Editor Tray Smith Opinions Editor Adam Greene Chief Copy Editor

WE WELCOME YOUR OPINIONS Letters to the editor must be less than 300 words and guest columns less than 800. Send submissions to letters@ cw.ua.edu. Submissions must include the author’s name, year, major and daytime phone number. Phone numbers are for verification and will not be published. Students should also include their year in school and major. For more information, call 348-6144. The CW reserves the right to edit all submissions.

I knew I had been away from the CW for too long when, on New Year’s Eve, Microsoft Word had disappeared from the “Recent Items” scroll on my Mac. The next day was especially long, as I resorted to occupying my time by watching the launch of the Oprah Winfrey Network. I love Christmas as much as the Griswolds, but being off for two and a half weeks after the holiday just leaves time to reminisce about the holiday. Maybe if I were from a place like New York City, I could extend the festivities by going to watch Mayor Bloomberg orchestrate the lowering of the Times Square Ball. However, I am from the standard Alabama small town, where the only thing showing at the local theater for the entire break was “Yogi Bear.” (Which, admittedly, might have more of a purpose than waiting for hours in a restless crowd to watch an illuminated ball descend in a spectacle that only lasts a few seconds.) It seems like a university that spends over a month on Christmas break could spare time to recognize our veterans and our presidents with a day off. But I guess we have to keep scheduling like we are going to the National Championship, even though that didn’t work out as well as we hoped this year. Still, at number 10, we can all take pride in saying, “Roll Tide.” Nevertheless, I did find some purpose over the extended vacation. Having disappointed myself

year after year by failing to meet my New Year’s resolutions, this year the staff and I have decided to set some resolutions for the opinions page this semester. Or should I say the opinions apparatus, since we are now expanding to dominions beyond “Page 4.” Starting today, we invite you to log onto our website and visit the “Campus Pulse” blog under the opinions section. This section of the website will allow our columnists to expand their horizons by actively connecting with different parts of campus to gauge the “pulse” of our community. We will share our thoughts on campus issues much more frequently, thus expanding both the depth and quantity of our commentary. One page is simply no longer sufficient to accommodate all of the opinions flowing out of our 30,000-large student body, nor the frequent tangents of our more active columnists. So please visit us on the web, comment and help us establish this new venue for discussion on campus. We are also launching weekly polls on the website. Every Monday, we will announce the poll question on the opinions page and publish the results of the previous poll. While we appreciate the readers who energize our debates by posting on our columns, we also understand that not every reader can be as loyal and active as famed CW commenter “Jeb.” So we are launching this new web project to give you an easier way to share your opinion. Our first poll topic this week asks: “Do you think it is appropriate to

celebrate the anniversary of the Confederacy?” Both of these projects are aimed at helping us fulfill our resolution, which is to give you, the readers, more ways to interact and engage with us. The media is changing, and we understand that we must change with it. While the basics of opinion journalism remain the same – to provide thoughtprovoking commentary and help readers understand the arguments surrounding increasingly complex news stories – the platforms people use to access the media are evolving. In utilizing these new platforms, we can provide more content that is easier to access. At the same time, we are continuing our efforts to recruit new, talented columnists and bloggers. If you are interested in applying to write for this page or contribute to our blog, please email me at ralphlesliesmith@gmail.com. Even if you have applied before, give it another chance. It is a new year and a new semester, and we are looking for new faces that reflect the wide scope of personalities represented by the student body. If you don’t have time to write for us, you can always send us a letter, post comments or just answer the poll questions. Columnists are a very opinionated bunch. Here at the CW, though, we want to hear your opinions, too. Even if they are about us. Tray Smith is the opinions editor of the Crimson White. His column runs on Fridays.

Tragedy should be catalyst for more political discourse By Austin Gaddis The mass shooting in Arizona last weekend has left many of us stunned and concerned about the degree of political rhetoric with today’s up-to-the-minute news cycle and the prevailing unrest with the government. The tragedy left six people dead and eight in the hospital. Among those in the hospital is Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the suspected target, who was shot as she was holding a meet-and-greet with the constituents of her district. Giffords was shot in the head from point blank range and the bullet went completely through her brain. She miraculously survived and remains in intensive care while doctors measure her brain activity. They remain cautiously optimistic about her recovery. With this event dominating the headlines in nearly every media outlet, many government officials, mostly left-wing, have looked to this tragedy as a spark for a debate about our current political climate, and others have called for changes in gun laws. These lawmakers are met with opposition by mostly right-wing lawmakers and other government officials. They argue that since the killer’s motive is not yet known, it is wrong to turn this into a political debate at this point, and the discourse should be toned down. Pima County Sheriff Clarence W. Dupnik, a ringleader of the group aiming to turn the shooting into a political debate, said that conservative commentators and news outlets have risen the political tone so high in recent months

that something like this was bound to happen. For the first time in a while, I’m going to have to side with some on the left on this issue. Political rhetoric may not have risen to an unsafe level yet, but this horrible tragedy should spark a political debate throughout our country. However, the debate should not view this shooting as solely politically motivated; it is apparent that the alleged killer, Jared Lee Loughner, was mentally unstable and socially inept. We should all begin to talk about our homeland safety and security. In just the past week, several explosive letters were addressed to government buildings and officials - including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. The letters spontaneously ignited and the authorities believe the multiple letters are connected. Congressional security has also been a topic at the forefront of debate in recent days. With some congressional leaders calling for increased security and others arguing that this would distance them from their constituents, both sides have valid arguments. Congress should refuse increased personal security. As congressmen, our elected officials have a duty to represent our values and opinions in government. Security would only place an uncomfortable barrier in approachability between the representative and the represented. Not surprisingly, our nation’s current gun laws have also been called into question as a result of this tragedy. As a staunch supporter of our Second Amendment right

to bear arms, I do not believe that guns should be any less accessible to qualified gun owners. However, our current laws should be changed regarding reporting and cataloging of suspicious or unusual individuals that could potentially pose a threat to public safety. Finally, we should also begin to ask ourselves what should be considered dangerous political discourse. Coming fresh off of a heated midterm election, there is no doubt that some citizens are outraged with the make up of Congress or the legislation they have recently passed. Even during the campaign season, we saw examples of extreme opposition to the members and views of both parties. Media outlets and commentators from both sides have brought our political dialogue to a new level. One can only speculate the effect that the constant anti-Obama or anti-conservative rhetoric has on such a mass audience. What is considered too far? Let’s start the conversation. No matter what side of the political spectrum we may find ourselves on, we must all begin to talk about issues and fallacies within our political system that have been called into question as a result of the Arizona massacre. No matter our differences, we must come together as Americans to protect a core value on which we pride ourselves - our freedom. Austin Gaddis is a sophomore majoring in public relations and communication studies. His column runs bi-weekly on Fridays.

This past Monday, intelligence officials from the United States received word from sources within China that the J-20 stealth fighter took its first test flight. From grainy cell phone pictures, analysts have determined that the J-20 is a twin-engine fighter that is larger, faster, and more mobile than its closest counterpart - the U.S.’s F-22. U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has previously gone on record stating that the Chinese would not have a fighter plane similar to the F-22 until at least 2025. The test flight of the J-20, confirmed by Chinese President Hu Jintao, shows that China has defied experts and is ready to launch a fleet of advanced stealth aircrafts to challenge the capabilities of the U.S. and its allies in the region. The development of the J-20 is not the most significant new piece of hardware that the Chinese have developed. The Chinese have been working on the Dong Feng 21D, an anti-ship ballistic missile or ASBM, for over five years. The missile could theoretically disable an American aircraft carrier as far away as Guam, which is 1,800 miles away. Such technology is based off the ballistic missile technology China showed off in 2007 when it successfully destroyed an orbiting satellite. This event scared private investors and military leaders when they realized that China now had the capability of destroying the massive satellite network that is the backbone of modern militaries. Such technology is considered so destructive to global security that it is banned by multiple treaties and U.N. Security Council resolutions. Every single defensive and offensive technology that the Chinese are developing has the single goal of preventing the U.S. military from operating in the region. The United States is the only country that operates a fleet of advanced stealth flight aircraft and, of the 181 in its arsenal, very few are in Asia. The main purpose of a stealth aircraft is to evade enemy radar in an offensive operation. It is more likely to be used as an offensive weapon than a defensive one. Additionally, the ASBM is specifically designed to immobilize aircraft carriers. The United States is the only nation that has the ability to operate a carrier fleet in Asia. This would infer that this technology is being designed as deterrent to the United States. At the same time, China’s first aircraft carrier will begin operations in 2012 with two more coming by the end of the decade. Unlike China, the U.S. doesn’t have an anti-carrier weapon. The United States is responsible, by numerous treaties, to defend our allies in Asia, such as Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. This arrangement is similar to the U.S.’s support of its NATO allies during the latter half of the 20th Century. To comply with its obligations, the United States has no choice but to ramp up its armed forces. However, Secretary Gates has decided that the U.S. should not prepare for another major military conflict. It was such preparedness that prevented the Russians from ever striking the West, and the same preparedness may prevent China from one day becoming more aggressive in the Asia/Pacific region. Even though the J-20 took its first test flight this month, the U.S. military has known about the program for a while. In the meantime, the Obama administration has characteristically decided to embrace the smaller, unproven, slower and less capable F-35 jet over the F-22, a program they have proposed eliminating. The F-35, which had its blueprints leaked to the Chinese, is easy bait for the J-20. It is time for President Obama and Secretary Gates to take the long-term view, and begin preparing us for distant threats. Every conflict will not be against terrorists in Afghanistan armed with shotguns and homemade explosives. We must prepare for more modern warfare against more conventional threats.

Ryan Flamerich is a sophomore majoring in chemical engineering.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Vaughn ignores “Elephants in the room” By Greg Houser

Oh Crimson White, I go away for a month and absolutely nothing changes. There still seems to be a noticeable dearth of actual opinion on the opinions page. I’m referring, of course, to Wesley Vaughn’s piece “Don’t Ignore the Elephants in the Room.” My favorite thing about this piece is that Vaughn goes above and beyond the call of duty to do just that, avoid the elephants in the room. He talks about “campus unity,” without ever saying what that means. When I look around, I see tons of unity. Sure, some girls wear different colored tempo shorts, but they all seem to be wearing them. All the bros seem to be sporting their croakies like always. Did I miss something? I think what Mr. Vaughn is really saying is this: white kids hang out with white kids, black kids hang out with black kids, Asian kids hang out Asian kids, etc. Phew, we are all still here right? The world didn’t fall in upon itself as a result of a frank statement with regard to race … did it? Like I said, I think this is what Vaughn was getting at, but I can’t really be sure because of all the deflecting and obfuscating he does. Maybe he’s talking about rich kids and poor kids and frat kids and non-frat kids. Vaughn claims that these issues, as yet only hinted at, should be resolved. Yet, he proffers not a single suggestion. He just kind of whines about it a little bit and wraps it up with what he, no doubt, thinks is a really cute turn of phrase. It’s not. It’s a good thing Vaughn is majoring in political science; he’s already mastered the arts of: hair, smiling, saying a bunch of words without saying anything and swirling words in a manner that yokels may find charming.

Greg Houser is a graduate student in creative writing.


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Longtime Board of Trustees member dies By Allie Hulcher Contributing Writer T. Massey Bedsole, who served on the University of Alabama’s Board of Trustees from 1979 to 1988, died on New Year’s Day. He was the University’s oldest trustee emeritus, meaning he was an honorary member of the board but was no longer active. However, Bedsole remained interested and involved in the University of Alabama System campuses. Bedsole lived a life of leadership and left a legacy that can be felt through the many organizations he was active in. Bedsole attended the University of Alabama, where he received his undergraduate and law degrees.

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emergency situations in the hospital in the late-night and early-morning hours,” Satcher said. “He rode with the UAPD on weekends. He worked part-time with the Athletics Department, keeping statistics for men’s and women’s basketball and gymnastics. He spotted for all the UA home football games. He was also an adviser to the Student Judicial Board and the Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity.” SGA Chief Justice Hayley Strong, who worked with Foster for two and a half years, said he sought to enforce University policy while simultaneously instilling value in students. “Mark was much more than an adviser,” she said. “Mark was my mentor and friend, and he taught me valuable leadership skills, the importance of an education, how to resolve conflict and many other life lessons that just cannot be taught in a classroom.” Foster’s goal was to be helpful to students, Satcher said. “One time I asked him what motivated him to serve as an on-call dean for so long, and his response was, ‘I want to help,’” she said. “To me, that phrase sums up Mark Foster. Anytime someone asked for his assistance, his response was ‘Sure.’ Or, if you said, ‘Mark Foster, I have a question,’ his response was, ‘I have an answer.’” Working with Foster for 17 years was like working with a friend and brother, Satcher said. “He was someone you felt comfortable with and com-

Service as an apprentice seaman, served as a Navy pilot in the Pacific Theatre and left the Navy with the rank of lieutenant commander. After the war, he began his law practice. He also served as a trustee for the University of Mobile for almost 40 years. He was the chairman of committees of the Mobile, Alabama, and American Bar Associations, as well as president for the Mobile County Bar Association in 1960. While on the Board of Trustees from 1979 until his retirement in 1988, Bedsole al.com chaired the Investment T. Massey Bedsole, the UniverCommittee and served on sity’s oldest trustee emeritus died numerous other committees, on January 1. including both Finance and After graduation, he enlist- Legal Affairs. In 1981, he was ed in the Naval Air Training admitted into the Alabama pletely accepted no matter what,” she said. “Someone you could agree or disagree with professionally and know there would be no negative repercussions.” While Foster served and loved the University for 21 years, he had hobbies and interests outside of the Capstone, including reading and playing softball. “[He] loved cold weather and snow,” Satcher said. “[He] almost always wore sweaters in the winter. He sang beautifully and was involved in the choir at South Highlands Baptist Church.” Foster came from a family of seven boys, and Satcher said he often spoke of his six brothers and their families, as well as his mother and father. “If you did not know his family, you felt like you did because of the many stories he shared, and he shared them joyously,” she said. Strong said she considers herself fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Foster, who said she was a very influential member of the UA community. “It is my hope that other students on this campus will also have the opportunity to work with a faculty or staff member that will impact their lives as Mark impacted mine,” she said. “He will truly be missed.” Overall, Satcher said, Foster was a selfless person who always smiled and treated people with respect. “Our office has not only lost a coworker that we saw every day, we have lost a friend we loved, and someone we thought of—and still think of—as a brother,” she said.

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the job done. “He was very faithful, and he came to every meeting,” Bromberg said. “He was very vocal and had a wonderful demeanor. A lot of things trustees talk about are subjects you have to handle in a confidential way. He was great at that. He was a fine trustee.” Pam Parker, the vice president of advancement at the University, remembers Bedsole not only as a trustee member, but also as a friend. Her first memory of Bedsole was at a breakfast they both attended. As a speaker was giving a blessing for the food, everyone in the room kept hearing a familiar sound — that of the Alabama fight song. Looking around, trying to find where the fight song was com-

ing, Parker discovered the culprit — it was Bedsole’s musical tie. For years when he would give blessings he would always end with the valediction of “Roll Tide.” “I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who loved the University more than T. Massey Bedsole,” Parker said. “He was one of those special people. He was always there if you needed help; whether it be recruitment or fundraising, his door was always open.” Both Parker and Bromberg remember Bedsole as a huge Alabama football fan. Bromberg can remember sitting next to Bedsole at Alabama football games. “He had the University at heart,” Bromberg said. “I admired him a great deal.”

Local shelters promote adoptions By Brittney Knox Staff Reporter bsknox@crimson.ua.edu Whether you enjoy walking your dog along the Quad or playing with your cat, students who have the time to devote to loving an animal should be aware of the pet adoption opportunities around Tuscaloosa. In 2010, the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter took in more than 8,000 pets that people brought to the shelter, as well as some that were picked up from around the area, said Linda Workman, assistant director of the TMAS. “With those pets coming in, we host different events and ways for the animals to get adopted,” she said. “During the holidays we had an adopta-thon, and we will have something for Valentine’s Day really soon.” When Tuscaloosa’s Animal Control picks up animals in the community, they house them at the animal shelter. “In the animals we take in, a majority of them do get euthanized,” Workman said. “It is not an issue of space for the animals; it either is for illness or behavioral issues.” She said the solution is to promote awareness about getting animals spayed or neutered to help fix the problem of there being too many animals. According to the website of the Humane Society of the United States, shelters euthanize an estimated three to four million animals each year. “Another thing that assists with more adoptions being

CW | Sara Beth Colburn Last year the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter Shelter took in more than 8,000 abandoned pets. Although the shelter works for adoptions, the majority of the animals are euthanized. made is word of mouth,” Workman said. “It really helps when a person is able to tell someone they got a good dog from us.” There is an adoption application that grants the shelter the information necessary to ensure the pet will be in a good home, she added. “If the student is renting we have to call the facility to make sure that it allows pets,” Workman said. “Also, if the student has roommates, all of them have to come in and agree that they are fine with the pet adoption.” According to information listed on the shel-

ter’s website, “there is a $50 adoption fee per animal, and the animal will be up-to-date on first shots, first worming, spay/neuter, rabies certificate, heartworm test and microchip (for dogs over 6 months).” Students also volunteer at TMAS and make up a large part of those who come to volunteer as opposed to those who may come from the community, Workman said. Another adoption opportunity is with T-Town PAWS, which only houses animals that are to be adopted, as opposed to the animal shelter that takes in animals from animal control.

Community Outreach Coordinator Kayla Anthony said they recently have had two students foster a dog until they can find it a home. “The two students are fostering Denver, a male lab,” she said. “They have been fostering Denver since the end of November and say he is doing wonderful.” She said he visited their facility a few days ago for heartworm medication and seemed to be a much happier dog. Anthony said there are hopes of finding Denver a home at their adoption event Jan. 21.

Caleb Sanders, a sophomore majoring in history, said he values the economic advantagContinued from page 1 es to having alcohol sales on Sundays. form,” he said. “From an economic standThe bill to authorize a vote on allowing the sale of alcohol point, Tuscaloosa stands to on Sundays passed the state make a lot of money … but House of Representatives in it does increase the chance early March 2010 and was of accidents [occurring],” sponsored by state Rep. Chris Sanders said. When asked about the reliEngland, D-Tuscaloosa. The bill calls for the sale of gious aspect of keeping Sunday alcohol on Sundays between as a day of rest, Sanders said noon and 9:30 p.m., except he feels ambivalent. “I am in the middle of the when a Sunday falls on New Year’s Eve, which would then road,” he said. “From a relipermit businesses to sell alco- gious background, it’s wrong holic beverages until 2 a.m. [to have alcohol sales on Sunday]. But me, personally, I Monday.

don’t really care. I’m morally pretty liberal. If you want to drink, then go ahead.” Jeffery Dick, a senior majoring in history, said the ban on Sunday alcohol sales has not prevented people he knows from traveling long distances to purchase alcohol in other locations where Sunday alcohol sales are legal. “If you’re going to drink, then you’re going to drink,” he said, “and I’d rather have someone drive two miles down the road than 20 miles to buy alcohol.” Joe Field, a freshman majoring in philosophy, said religion should not influence legislation. “It’s not cool to make everyone follow a law that is based off a religion,” Field said. David Cifelli, a sophomore

majoring in economics, said he does not believe non-residents of Tuscaloosa should vote in the referendum. “I am ambiguous on the issue, but I do not think that students who do not live in the area should vote on the referendum because they don’t have a legitimate interest in the community,” Cifelli said. The Executive Director of the Tuscaloosa Chamber of Commerce, Terry Waters, said the Chamber does not take an official position on the vote but supports the right to hold the referendum. “The Chamber has been supportive of the referendum and supports the right of the people to vote,” Robin Jenkins, communications director for the Chamber, said.

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Academy of Honor, a prestigious group whose membership is limited to 100 living distinguished Alabama citizens. “T. Massey Bedsole served on the Board of Trustees during a very pivotal time in the history of our University system,” said Kellee Reinhart, spokeswoman for the Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama System. “He was a wise adviser to our chancellor and campus presidents and carried out his responsibilities in a very thorough fashion.” Frank Bromberg Jr., who served on the Board with Bedsole in the 1980s, was on many committees with Bedsole and remembers him as an affable trustee who got

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By Chad Troyan Contributing Writer

The Alabama Crimson Tide swimming and diving team faces the Kentucky Wildcats this weekend as Alabama travels to Lexington, Ky. These two teams are equally skilled, but have different areas of strength. “Historically, we’ve been a better distance team,” said head coach Eric McIlquham. “Kentucky has seemed to have been better with sprinters.” This will be the Tide’s second dual meet of the season for both the men and women. The Tide has already competed against Auburn and LSU this season. The men enter this meet with a dual meet record of 2-0. “We can score in every single event,” said sophomore Reese Shirey. “We have a lot of confidence.” Every team has their strengths and weaknesses, but Shirey said he feels the men have many advantages. “I think we have the advantage in distance and stroke,” he said. “I think we even have an advantage in sprinters.” The women enter the Kentucky meet seeking their first dual meet victory, having lost to both Auburn and LSU. Junior Shelby Hickson said she believes the women also have the advantage in strokes and distance entering the races against Kentucky. Hickson said the women will have to take advantage

of their opportunities to score points. “As long as we can push each other I think we can score,” Hickson said. “We’re ready to win.” This weekend’s meet at Kentucky not only showcases two great Southeastern Conference teams but also marks the beginning of the final stretch of the season for the Tide. The idea that the end is near might sound great to those who would be tired after enduring a season that starts competition in October and ends in March, but McIlquham said he believes the goals they set in the beginning help motivate the swimmers throughout the season. “We talked about NCAAs and the SECs,” McIlquham said. “Our goal at the end was to be top 10 at the NCAA meet.” The Tide has only two more regular meets after Kentucky before the SEC Championship on Feb. 11. As the team draws closer to SEC Championship, they find themselves with the same goals in mind as they did in the beginning of the season. “We’ve always been focused on the SEC Championship,” McIlquham said. “We’ve been training really well.” Since the SEC is a strong swimming conference, talent can be found anywhere, and because of that, McIlquham doesn’t spend time focusing on any specific teams. “We focus on what we do,” McIlquham said. “We

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UA Athletics Senior swimmer Daniel Armstrong competes against LSU earlier this season. Armstrong and the Tide travel to Kentucky this week and are just four weeks away from the SEC Championship in Gainsville, Fla. only worry about what we’re doing.” McIlquham isn’t the only one who keeps the focus on just his team. “We have no specific teams we focus more time on,” Shirey said. “We do the best we can do. It doesn’t matter what team we are racing.” Shirey said there are still

things to be done to ensure they’re ready before SEC championships. “We need to finalize our training,” Shirey said. “We also need to focus on what we’re doing in the pool.” The women admit they have some things they still need to work on as well in order to accomplish their goals.

“We need to train hard,” Hickson said. “We also need to stay positive and push each other. We want to beat Tennessee, LSU, Kentucky and Arkansas.” As for focusing on any one team, Hickson said every team has the same goals. “Everyone’s ultimate goal is to win,” she said.

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Bama begins season with SEC opener By Marilyn Vaughn Contributing Writer

While most students spent the winter break relaxing at home, student athletes with competitive seasons in the spring continued to prepare both physically and mentally during their time away from classes. The men’s and women’s track and field teams were no exception. Each athlete was given a workout plan and was expected to adhere to it over the break. If they slacked during the holiday, it will show this weekend as the teams travel to compete in the Kentucky Invitational just two days after classes resumed. Sophomore t h r ow e r Wilamena Hopkins can speak of the temptation firsthand. “Over break you have family and certain foods, so it definitely takes a lot of dedication around Christmas time,” Hopkins said. “Not only do you not have your coach there pushing you, but you do not have your strength coach as well. So you have to not only be dedicated but

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self-motivated.” The men’s head coach Harvey Glance said he knows conditioning can be fine tuned over the course of the season and rather chooses to focus on the men’s technicalities during this first meet. “This is what the first meet is about, to see where they are condition-wise as well as technically,” Glance said. “They’re pretty technically sound. That really is going to be the difference sometimes between the talent of an athlete and the heart of an athlete is how they perform in traffic technically.” Indoor competitions are usually more cramped than outdoor races, which explains the heavier traffic that the athletes have to compensate for. Typically runners do not have a set lane and crowdedness can become a tactical issue. “One of the key components to having success is being able to run in traffic,” Glance said. “Indoors there are a lot of bodies out there, and there is only so little time and space to maneuver. You got to make

a move at the right time; you got to make sure that when people make their move you don’t panic. You’ve got to be disciplined enough to understand what’s going on around you but at the same time be in control.” Women’s head coach Sandy Fowler also understands the nature of competition at these indoor meets and the meaning of this first meet of the season. “It’s important to compete against the best, which is the SEC,” Fowler said. “Secondary to this, the team kind of realizes, ‘Where am I now?’” As eye-opening as this first meet may be to either team, both still have six weeks to make improvements before the Southeastern Championships on Feb. 25 in Fayetteville, Ark. “There’s six weeks and six competitions [between this point in the season and the SEC Championships], and our goal on this team is, wherever you open up every single meet from this point on, something ought to be better,” Fowler said. “I’m looking for a

personal best or seasonal best as we compete towards the SEC Championships.” The men’s team is also looking to be competitive in the short indoor season that ends in mid-March.

“We will get better; our athletes are determined,” Glance said. “Right now our pre-season ranking is 27th. I don’t know why they keep ranking us worse than we really are. I always want to improve.”

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Tide’s SEC woes persist By Brett Hudson Contributing Writer The Alabama Crimson Tide, after losing its first three Southeastern Conference match-ups versus Auburn, at Tennessee and at LSU, returned home to Coleman Coliseum to play the Vanderbilt Commodores. The Tide fell 82-66 to the Commodores, sliding to 0-4 in SEC play and falling to last place in the SEC West. This loss marked the first time this season the Tide has lost with three or more players scoring in double digits. Senior Tierney Jenkins had 15 points and 11 rebounds, good for her 12th double-double of the year. Sophomore Celiscia Farmer and junior Erika Russell both had 10 points and two steals. Head coach Wendell Hudson has preached playing a complete game and emphasizing the first five minutes of each half to the players all season long, and is ready to emphasize that further. “We need to learn to finish a basketball game,” Hudson said. “We got to learn to play without getting frustrated over the little things that happen. I think a lot of that is the youth we have out there, playing so many young players.” Those young players have lost a significant source of leadership to injury in Katie Hancock, who was injured in the LSU game and may miss a

few more weeks. “We miss Katie, without any question,” Hudson said. “She’s going to compete. We know what we can get out of her. I think we miss her dedication to competing, especially in practice.” The game started out with potential to go down to the wire, with four ties and five lead changes in the first half alone. Neither team built a lead bigger than four points until a late Vanderbilt run gave them a five point lead with 1:59 remaining in the half, which it would hold until halftime, leading 39-34. During the Tide’s most recent four-game losing streak, the start of the second half has been a recurring challenge. It was a slow start that doomed Alabama once again against the Commodores. In the first 3:46 of the second half, the Tide went 0-of-8 shooting and only scored one point from a Kaniesha Horn free throw, while Vanderbilt raced to a 13-point advantage. These troubles continued well into the half, with the Tide shooting 2-of-15 from the field after 8:06 of action in the second half. With 11 minutes left, the Tide found themselves down 61-43, a lead that Vanderbilt preserved to the final score of 82-66. A big part of the Commodores’ win was redshirt freshman Stephanie Holzer, who finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds, well above her averages of

Senior forward Tierney Jenkins drives the land on a Vanderbilt defender during Alabama’s 82-66 loss Thursday night. Jenkins’ 12th doubledouble of the season was not enough to avoid a fourth straight SEC loss. CW | Margo Smith 10.3 points per game and 6.4 rebounds per game. Holzer’s defense had a major effect on Alabama’s offense, especially when she held Horn to eight points on 3-of-12 shooting and zero rebounds. Vanderbilt’s Jence Rhoads had a game-high 20 points and a game-high six assists as well. With back-to-back home games coming up for the Tide, Jenkins is stressing the need to re-focus and emphasize the

mental aspect of basketball. “I think we just keep having mental lapses,” Jenkins said. “Our mindset wasn’t focused on competing.” Jenkins remained optimistic for the future of SEC play, looking forward to righting the ship of second-half shooting. “As soon as we mentally fix things, things will turn around,” she said. “We’re resilient. We’re not going to give up.”

Last Friday, against Penn State, Alabama’s first two balance beam competitors fell, putting the remaining four gymnasts on the event under intense pressure to land their routines. “I love to do beam, and I love that it’s difficult,” said freshman Sarah DeMeo, one of those four. “I love showing off the difficulty, especially because I’m capable of doing it.” Instead of posting a devastating third straight fall, freshman Kim Jacob posted a solid 9.8. Two routines later, DeMeo scored a 9.925, good enough to earn the No. 1 national ranking on beam. After counting a fall and throwing freshmen into nearly half of its routines, the Tide won its season opener by more than two and a half points and posted the ninth best score in the country for week one. “This is probably the youngest team in our 33 years of coaching that we’ve put on the floor,” head coach Sarah Patterson said. “We replaced [16] routines from the national championships last year. [But] I know this team has an opportunity to be great.” Other coaches must agree with Patterson. Alabama was ranked No. 2 in the preseason coaches’ poll, despite losing a senior class full of All-Americans and Ashley Priess to injury. Jacob and DeMeo took the place of top gymnasts like Morgan Dennis and Ricki Lebegern from last season, competing in the all around in just their first collegiate meet. Diandra Milliner, who just enrolled at Alabama, received a 9.95 from one judge for her vault performance Friday before she ever stepped foot in a college classroom.

“The first day she vaulted, after she did a warm-up vault ... Kayla [Hoffman] said, ‘She can stay,’” Patterson said. Hoffman is one of the Tide’s few seniors and ranks second in the nation in the all around. “[Milliner] is an amazing athlete and a great competitor, and we knew that,” Patterson said. “The kid loves to compete.” Although the Tide’s overall score was ninth in the nation last week after coming into the season ranked No. 2, Friday’s victory against Penn State was an encouraging one. “I didn’t expect us to be perfect just because there were so many new routines,” Patterson said. “But I wanted a great starting point, and I think we got that. I feel like [the freshmen] were very prepared, and I thought they stayed calm and confident, and that’s what we asked them to do.” Alabama will take its youth to Arkansas tonight to take on the No. 10 Razorbacks, a team with two gymnasts ranked in the top 12 in the all around. Patterson said she would have liked to do more in practice this week, but she wanted to get the gymnasts in and out of practice because of the snowy weather. “We picked the freshmen up on Monday because they couldn’t get out of the parking deck,” she said. Despite the setbacks, Patterson said junior Geralen Stack-Eaton, who only competed on beam last week, might find her way into the vault lineup at Arkansas. Patterson also said Jacob could have a new pass on the floor exercise, although that is questionable since she has been sick this week. Tonight’s meet will begin at 7 p.m. in Fayetteville, Ark. Live stats can be accessed at gymtide. com.

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By Kelsey Stein Lifestyles Editor kmstein@crimson.ua.edu Blues musician Scott Holt learned his skills from the best – inspired by the music of Jimi Hendrix and mentored by legendary blues artist Buddy Guy. For more than 10 years, Holt, a Tennessee native, was a guitarist for Guy, a blues pioneer who Rolling Stone ranked among the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” Holt and his band will perform at Little Willie’s Saturday night at 9:30. The cover charge will be $5. Holt said he always has a lot of fun playing at Little Willie’s, where he and his band have performed a few times. “I like it because it’s small enough that it’s kind of intimate and you can see people, but it’s big enough because we’re kind of loud,” he said. The shows tend to attract an older crowd, said Bill Lloyd, owner of Little Willie’s, adding that he would like to see more college students come out to see the blues artists they regularly host. “For some reason [college students] haven’t been coming out to see the blues too much,” he said. “I don’t know how much awareness they have about the blues or whether the music has been available here in Tuscaloosa.” Holt said it’s hard for him to differentiate whether the audience is a college crowd or not. “To me, it’s just people and you’re playing for them, and

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as an entertainer your job is to make them happy,” he said. “You do it no matter who you’re in front of.” The group will play a number of original songs, many from their newest album, “Kudzu,” a title derived from the plant that often dominates Southern landscapes. “We’ve been playing these songs live and getting a good response,” Holt said. “It’ll be the first time we play these songs [at Little Willie’s], so I’m excited to see the reaction of the crowd.” Aside from playing “every blues song you can imagine,” the group sometimes plays covers of other musicians as well, from The Black Keys to Earth, Wind and Fire to Jimi Hendrix, though they don’t plan in advance exactly what they will play at a given show, Holt said. “It goes by the feeling of the night and whichever audience we’re playing for,” Holt said. “It just depends on what it takes to get them moving.” Lloyd said the group puts on a tremendous show every time

Submitted photo Blues musician Scott Holt and his band will return to Tuscaloosa Saturday to perform several original songs from their newest album “Kudzu.” they come to Tuscaloosa. “It’s a real good opportunity to see a real pro play,” he said. “It’s not just straight up Chicago blues. It’s more of a rockin’ blues that he’s developed into.” Holt said the primary thing the group has to offer is “a really stellar band.” “I’ve got some really good musicians playing with me,” he said. “It’s real music played by real musicians. Come ready to have a good time; that’s what we’re coming for.” For more information, visit scottholt.com.

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by Design,” an exhibition that will take place on Feb. 3 at the Jim Harrison Gallery on University Boulevard. Forms are available online at uacreativecampus.org and From staff reports must be submitted by Jan. 20 to Maxwell Hall. The Creative Campus “Creative by Design” focusInitiative is currently accept- es on the creativity involved ing submissions for “Creative in design disciplines, such

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In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., the 22nd annual “Realizing the Dream� concert will be held on Saturday night at 7:30 in the Moody Music Building. The concert will feature the best current black musicians and composers, and in doing so will celebrate “the shared goals and aspirations personified by the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,� according to the “Realizing the Dream� website. Samory Pruitt, the vice president for community affairs and the chair of the committee responsible for organizing the event, said he expects the concert to draw a broad audience, not only because of its uniting message but also because of the variety of music that will be performed. “This concert attracts a wide range of people across the community because, regardless of one’s age, economics or race, everyone can enjoy the music and benefit from reflecting on the progress we’ve made on equality and social justice since [King’s] time,� Pruitt said. “It’s a celebration of progress.� Among this year’s featured performers is the Alabama Sy m p h o ny O r c h e st r a , which has not performed at “Realizing the Dream� concerts before, Pruitt said. The highlight of the night, he said, will be the joint performance of the orchestra and the Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Choir, which is composed of voices from Tuscaloosa’s African Negro Children’s Ensemble and the Prentice

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