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Seeking seats for success Adrienne Burch Contributing Writer Walking into a classroom and choosing where to sit is usually something students do without hesitation. It almost becomes routine. Some are back-row people, others prefer seats against the wall. Research suggests, however, that the seat a student chooses in a classroom can tell a lot about

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them and even affect how a professor perceives them. Dr. Lonnie Strickland, professor of strategic management in the business school, has his own theory in regards to where students sit in the classroom. Strickland teaches his students, whom he refers to as customers, how to gain a competitive advantage in the business world. He says that sometimes all it takes to get noticed is your choice of where to sit

in a meeting room. Strickland said that there is a sweet spot in a room—the side of the lecturer’s dominant hand, seated at eye level with the speaker. To demonstrate his theory, Strickland sketched a diagram of his auditorium and circled a few rows on the right side in the middle area showing this optimum seating area.

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Tornadoes roar across north Ala. From Staff Reports At least two are dead and more than 100 people are injured following a violent weather outbreak across the state of Alabama on Monday. The state’s first tornado warning of the day was issued shortly after 2 a.m. in Pickens County and, by daybreak, damage had been reported in Tuscaloosa, Perry, Chilton, Shelby, Talladega and Jefferson counties, said Jim Stefkovich, chief meteorologist at the Birmingham office of the National Weather Service, according to an post. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley declared a state of emergency for all 67 Alabama counties following the outbreak. The governor authorizes



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various state agencies to assist communities and make the appropriate assessments of damage when a state of emergency is declared. “Our Emergency Management Agency will continue to monitor this severe weather and will be prepared for any potential impact on our communities. State agencies are on call and ready to assist communities,” Bentley said in a press release. “I urge Alabamians to heed weather warnings to protect their families, homes and businesses. The severe weather outbreak of last year is still fresh on our minds and is a reminder that we must take the threat of severe weather seriously.”

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Counting Zzz’s and LOL’s Sleep texting a growing problem for students By Jasmine Cannon Senior Staff Reporter Some students may find that their social life doesn’t end when they turn out the lights and their head hits the pillow each night. There has been growing conversation about sleep-texting, which includes responding or sending a text message from a cellular device in the middle of one’s sleep. “[Sleep texting] would be some variation of sleep walking, where people engage in behaviors while asleep,” psychology professor Kenneth Lichstein said. While texting in the middle of your sleep may not be an ideal situation, Lichstein said there is probably no harm psychologically to the individual. While the theory may not be known in every household, it is clear it does occur – especially among teenagers and college students. “Sleep texting definitely can occur especially during the first two stages of sleep because you’re actually very alert, and you don’t actually fall into a deep sleep until right before you’re about to wake,” le this

By Brett Hudson Senior Sports Reporter @Brett_Hudson CW | John Michael Simpson Stress and tough schedules can lead to students texting in their sleep. said Fabrye Anne Robinson, a texting and don’t know you’re senior majoring in psychology. doing it, your body is still movSome students who are ing and still doing something, aware of the sleep texting phe- so you’re not completely at nomenon agree on its harmful rest,” said D’Amber Chambers, side effects, such as disturbing a senior majoring in general both a good night’s sleep and health studies. social relationships. See TEXTING, page 6 “Even though you’re sleep

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Even legendary basketball players are not immune to cold streaks. The reason behind these cold streaks is normally unknown, and eventually the shooter in question returns to his scoring ways, the slump forgotten. Junior forward Tony Mitchell is not immune to these slumps. He went from

averaging 14.5 points per game, to averaging three points per game in his last two games against Vanderbilt and No. 1 Kentucky. Head coach Anthony Grant said he has no doubts in Mitchell and knows that he needs to be a big part of the offense if the Crimson Tide is going to be successful. “We have a couple of plays set up for Tony,” senior forward JaMychal Green said. “We just have to uncover him and get him moving so he can

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just play ball.” However, getting Mitchell into his normal rhythm has been difficult lately, and his scoreless effort in the 69-59 loss to Vanderbilt is proof. “Tony took eight good shots [against Vanderbilt], and none of them went in,” Grant said. “Another thing we have to do as a team is figure out how teams are going to defend us and how we can help each other out all the way through.”

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ESPN internships available for UA students Students who are interested in an internship at ESPN can attend a free information session today at 3:30 p.m. in Bidgood 210. The deadline to apply is Feb. 15. Those interested in applying must be current-

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The University of Alabama Student Affairs Expo on Tuesday, Jan. 31, from 11 a.m.1 p.m. in the Ferguson Center, second floor, will feature information about how students can get involved on campus by participating in events, volunteering, getting a campus job and more. Students will have a chance to learn about more than 20 departments in the division, including University Recreation, the Ferguson

Center Student Union, Housing and Residential Communities and others. Students who attend the Expo can complete a passport by visiting at least 10 departments to be eligible for prizes including a $500 scholarship. Registration is not required for the event, but students should check in at the Student Affairs table near the Ferguson Center information desk to receive their passports anytime from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Remember when seeing an Apple iPad on a bus, an airplane or the subway was a startling new experience? Now you might be startled not to see one. Over the holiday season, so many people bought tablets for each other (and, presumably, themselves), that U.S. tablet ownership nearly doubled among adults, to 19 percent in January from 10 percent a month earlier. The rate is growing quickly: In May 2010, shortly after the debut of the iPad, only about 3 percent of consumers over age 16 owned tablets, according to

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“What happens is when a right-handed person is lecturing, when they are looking, they tend to look to the right,” Strickland said. A good professor or speaker would walk around the room to incorporate different parts of the room in their sweet spot, Strickland said. However, amateur lecturers are limited to this one specific area, making anyone in other areas of the room less likely to get noticed. “If you sit in the back row, you are detached from the class,” Strickland said. “Participation is a large portion of the grade in my class. If you are shy, in the back of the room or against the wall, the odds of getting noticed are close to none.” Many studies have been done about the performance of students based on where they sit in the classroom, but the results are always subjective. Is it that good students with higher

survey information from the Pew Internet & American Life Project. The survey found a similar jump in e-reader ownership as prices dropped below $100 for electronic book readers from Inc. and Barnes & Noble Inc. Nineteen percent of U.S. adults now own an e-reader, up from 10 percent in November. Tablet and e-reader adoption continues to grow quickly just as sales of traditional personal computers slow and even decline. In 2011, PC sales in the U.S. had their worst year since 2001, dropping nearly 5 percent compared with 2010, according to research firm IDC. Analysts

and PC industry executives regularly cite the increasing popularity of tablets when talking about the slowing growth of the PC business. According to the survey, tablet adoption is the highest among wealthier and more educated buyers. About 36 percent of those making more than $75,000 a year own a tablet computer, compared with about 16 percent of those making $30,000 to $50,000, although ownership rates in both groups appear to be growing quickly. The discrepancy is also substantial between college graduates, 31 percent of whom own tablets, and high school grads, at 15 percent.

Students in the front are less likely to text or be on Facebook. They are more apt to pay attention because they do not have the whole room to look at and distract them. — Dr. Philip Gable GPA’s just prefer to sit toward the front? If a bad student was moved to the front would their grades actually improve? The effects of where you sit in a classroom may be more of a correlation than a cause. Psychology professor Dr. Philip Gable says that if students are looking to improve their grades, moving to the front of the classroom would most likely be a wise choice. “Students in the front are less likely to text or be on Facebook,” Gable said. “They are more apt to pay attention because they do not have the whole room to look at and distract them.” Gable also says that he engages more with students that are closer to the front, and they are more than likely the most willing to engage with him. In large

auditoriums, the people in the back half of the room tend to be forgotten by the lecturer. To avoid this, Gable says he often will purposefully try to teach to the back half of the room. As to whether or not professors actually judge students based off where they are sitting in the classroom, it is hard to tell. “One does judge attributes about people based off of body language and facial expressions, such as if a person is uninterested,” Gable said. “It is a natural thing to do.” However, Gable admits that there are exceptions to every situation. “You can’t judge attributes simply off where someone sits. I have had students that sit in the very back corner that ask the most questions.”

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Dean creates environment of innovation By Ashanka Kumari Staff Reporter

Before Disney World opened in 1971, Orlando, Fla. was a city smaller than Tuscaloosa is today. To the dean of the College of Education at the University of Alabama, it was home. Born in Greensboro, N.C. but raised in Orlando, Jim McLean came to the Capstone in 1974 to teach and work with a faculty member on research and evaluation. In the summer of 2004, he was appointed dean of the College of Education. Over the last eight years, the College of Education has more than doubled its enrollment, moved up considerably in the national rankings, increased its external funding more than tenfold and increased its endowments, particularly for scholarships, McLean said. “The position is challenging, time-consuming and sometimes stressful; however, the rewards far exceed the negatives,” McLean said. “The biggest challenges have been maintaining quality programs while growing rapidly.” McLean said the vision and enthusiasm of UA president Robert Witt, as well as sup-

and to document the impact their graduates are having once they graduate, McLean said. Stallworth said McLean’s contributions to the College of Education, the University and the education profession are — Jim McLean numerous and he will leave a legacy of excellence. port from Provost Judy Bonner, opment,” Stallworth said. “He will continue to be a is one reason why he chose to “He works well with Dr. Witt thoughtful and effective leadand Provost Bonner and has er who impacts generations accept the dean position. As dean of the College of increased the number of alum- to come in whatever roles he Education, McLean serves as ni who actively support the assumes in retirement as the College of Education.” the chief academic officer. The College of Education’s “I am responsible for the college’s curriculum, maintaining current goals are to continue appropriate accreditations, to improve their national image encouraging and fostering research, maintaining quality, financial management of the college, fundraising for scholarships and other things, person• McLean has been a nel administration and external dean since 2004. relations,” McLean said. Joyce Stallworth, professor • Future goals inof education and senior assoclude improving the ciate dean of the College of Education, said Dean McLean college’s national is a tremendous leader and image and tracing visionary as well as innovative impact of graduates. and collaborative. “[McLean] implemented a •McLean attended strategy to increase external funding that has increased our the University of levels of funding for scholarFlorida. ships and support for faculty members’ professional devel-

The position is challenging, time-consuming and sometimes stressful; however, the rewards far exceed the negatives.

consummate professional educator,” Stallworth said. McLean has degrees in secondary mathematics education, statistics and received his Ph.D. in research foundations of education from the University of Florida in 1974. Rebecca M. Ballard, director of college relations and Capstone Society coordinator, said McLean has been a great mentor and provider for faculty, staff and students since

his arrival at the College of Education. “His number one priority has been the growth of the College in terms of students, excellence, faculty achievement and recognition for the work that both faculty and students do,” Ballard said. “What has been tremendous and appreciated about the dean’s leadership is his ability to listen and to provide the tools that the college needs to grow and excel.”


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Meteorologist James Spann, who led coverage of the storm through the early morning, blogged his thoughts on ABC 33/40’s “The Alabama Weather Blog” throughout the night. “Once again, this morning, we are picking up the pieces after a tragic night of tornadoes across Central Alabama,” Spann wrote. “An apparent long track tornado, or series of tornadoes, moved across northern Tuscaloosa and

northern Jefferson County early this morning.” Spann said the first damage was reported north of Coker in northern Tuscaloosa County. It moved across Lake Tuscaloosa, he wrote, and then through the relatively unpopulated part of northern Tuscaloosa County. The blog listed Taylors Ferry Road in western Jefferson County, Oak Grove, Fultondale, Pinson Valley, Center Point, Clay Chalkville, Trussville and Margaret as areas with extensive damage. Kristin Wa r e , a

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sophomore majoring in secondary education, said her church, Northpark Baptist, is located right in between Clay and Trussville, so many of her church members are from there. “Last I heard, there were 14-plus members who had either lost their homes or had them damaged,” Ware said. “One of my friends had a tree come through her ceiling, but thankfully, her family had already gone to a safe place. Another family lost their home, but thankfully, all of them were OK.”

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Monday, marchers filled the streets of Washington, D.C. in protest of the 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion in the United States. This ruling helped reaffirm the basic right that disallows government intervention in personal matters, which is a fundamental necessity for a functioning democracy. It seems as though abortion is as divisive an issue in America today as it has ever been; however, it appears the argument set up in most high school and some college government classes fails to address the real issues within this debate. The anti-choice marchers in Washington yesterday failed to understand the larger implications of this issue. Making abortions illegal is only addressing a symptom of a larger problem. As Hillary Clinton pointed out in her 2008 presidential campaign, no one is pro-abortion. Pro-choice individuals do not believe that abortion is the best option, but they recognize that sometimes it’s the only option. Hillary Clinton has held that she believes abortion should be “safe, legal and rare.” Making abortion illegal only amplifies the reality that abortion is, at its very core, an issue of class. Women who remain in the top tier of the American tax brackets would still be able to acquire safe abortions in countries where they are legal, whereas women with less

monetary means would not have this option available. This would leave tens of thousands of lower income American women having botched abortions each year. Creating greater access to quality education, healthcare and birth control will decrease the number of abortions that American women have each year, increasing the standard of living. However, if we leave this argument as it is currently framed, we can never begin to ensure this positive change for everyone. In an article published on Sunday in the Huffington Post, Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Hillary Clinton’s successor in the Senate, brought light on the fact that the 112th Congress was the first to have fewer women than the generation that preceded it. A fact, Senator Gillibrand pointed out, that became very important during the House of Representative’s war on women last year. Whether it’s Republicans attempting to defund Planned Parenthood or pull federal funding from hospitals who

Abaca Press/MCT | Olivier Douliery Anti-abortion activists rally outside of the Supreme Court on the 39th anniversary of the landmark Roe vs Wade case, Monday, January 23, 2012 in Washington, DC. provide reproductive care to women in danger of losing their lives, it is so important that women are there helping fight these attacks on them and their daughters. If not for the strong, pro-choice women in the Senate, in what state would we be leaving women’s healthcare for the next generation? Th a n k f u l ly, Planned Parenthood is still intact, for now. And with the help of the Obama administration, it is now required that birth control be provided by private insurers

without out-of-pocket expenses. America is in dire need of more preventative measures similar to this one in order to cut down on the number of abortions performed each year. With preventative measures, we can effectively create an America where abortions can be legal, safe and rare. However, without the influence of resilient, pro-choice women in government like Hillary Clinton and Kirsten Gillibrand, this reality is one that may never be.

Let’s mark this year as one where we begin to address the real issues – education, health care and birth control. Start implementing measures by which we can ensure women’s health and make abortions as rare as possible. But before we can do that, these marchers need to understand that we’re all pro-life, but we are not all anti-choice. Michael Patrick is a senior majoring in political science. His column runs on Tuesdays.

It’s time for Tuscaloosa to return the favor for Clay town destroyed by Mother It is safe to say that residents Nature, it’s the residents of of Tuscaloosa know a thing or Tuscaloosa. As we all know, two about tornadoes. Nearly there is nothing quite like six months ago, Tuscaloosa viewing the damage of a tortook the brunt of one of the nado. The pictures and videos worst storm systems to ever hit truly don’t do it justice. the United States. It is time to repay the favor. April 28th, thousands of us Call it karma. Call it a call to awoke in confusion and disaction. Call it whatever you array. Gone were the roads want. The city of Clay needs we once knew. Gone were the Birmingham area. houses many of us called home. More than 200 houses have our help. I encourage all UA As we began putting the pieces been destroyed or badly dam- students to help those affected of our home back together, the aged in the town of Clay alone. by the recent storm. If you are a help poured in. People from If anybody can relate to a student leader on this campus, all across the state and nation came with two hands and a willingness to help. I remember working at a volunteer tent last April and asking each person where they were from. While most were from Tuscaloosa, many came from unaffected areas of the state that saw the damage on television and made the drive down for the day to see where they could pitch in. Residents of Birmingham, Mobile, Huntsville and even Auburn came in waves to clean debris, disperse supplies and organize relief stations. Though it is very clear Tuscaloosa has a long way to go towards recovery, the strides made have been astounding. We would not be where we are today without the help of our neighbors. Monday morning, déjà vu occurred in Alabama. The same siren we heard on that cool afternoon in April sounded, and the familiar voice of James Spann echoed in people’s living rooms. Monday’s storm came through much of central Alabama. An 82-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl have been confirmed dead, and over 100 are reported injured in the Cedar Crest neighborhood the day after the April 27 tornado.

this is a perfect opportunity to mobilize your group members and help those in their most vulnerable condition. What these people are doing right now is something many of us are well versed in. I never knew how to operate a chainsaw before April 28th. Conversely, I never knew how much I appreciated power and hot water before they were taken away from me. Raise money, send supplies, send a bus full of volunteers,

do anything to show our neighbors that we understand what they are going through. As student organization leaders, you have countless connections and resources that can make a significant difference in people’s lives. People in our state need our help. Don’t let this opportunity pass you up. Jake Gray is a senior majoring in economics and journalism. His column runs on Tuesdays.

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‘I support gays, but I’m deathly afraid of them’ By Xavier Burgin @XLNB Did my title grab your attention? Awesome. Now, let’s clear some misinformation up before we move further: I am comfortable around my gay friends and colleagues. They do not randomly break out in choreographed bouts of dancing while glitter descends from the sky. Contrary to Cartman’s advice to Butters, gay girls do not start “lezzing” out when they spend the night with one another. And gay people do not have a walking aura that automatically forces you to question your sexuality and buy a copy of Cosmopolitan. Most of us know this, and our lives go on normally when a gay individual interacts with us. Still, we all know that certain person who goes into an

Ron Paul supports gay’s rights to do whatever they want in their private lives but is undeniably uncomfortable when in their vicinity.

uncontrollable fit of awkward looks and uneasy greetings when they meet someone gay. This article is not about them. This article isn’t even about the individuals who vehemently oppose homosexuality and incite violence when faced with it. This is about the person who sits in between. A former aide to Ron Paul recently came out and spoke on his former boss’s aversion to gay individuals. Ron Paul had a significant supporter named Jim Peron who has influential connections in San Francisco. Jim was also

flamboyantly gay. Ron considered Jim a good friend but was noticeably uncomfortable with his sexuality. Ron used Peron’s home as a base to campaign. The former aide has denied any allegations Ron Paul is homophobic but did admit that Ron Paul asked him to find a restroom outside of Peron’s house. Apparently, he was uncomfortable with using the same bathroom as a gay man. The aide laughed it off, until he realized the request was not a request, but a serious demand. Of course, the Ron Paul

campaign has dismissed the aide’s confessions. They have labeled him as a disgruntled worker, but this incident is interesting and speaks to a lot of Paul’s philosophy and actions. Ron Paul supports gay’s rights to do whatever they want in their private lives but is undeniably uncomfortable when in their vicinity. I know a lot of individuals at this half-way point. They support gay rights, but they are deathly afraid of being around gay people. They want equality for these individuals but couldn’t sit in a room with one if notified of the person’s sexuality. This is a conundrum. It is the equivalent of a white person supporting civil rights but retaining an aversion to being around black people, or an individual condemning people

who label Muslims as terrorists but who also feels uncomfortable in the vicinity of them. Is this bad? Is this hypocritical? On one side, their support may seem hollow, but on the other side, this may be seen as progress. They may feel uncomfortable, but at least they actively try to fight against the prejudice or unease they retain. It’s a weird situation to balance, one many people do not experience until it happens. I don’t think that makes them bad at all, but just as they’ve made an active pursuit to support gay rights, they should actively ask themselves why a person’s sexuality scares them.

Xavier Burgin is a senior in New College studying Film Production.

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On-campus gravesite recalls antebellum University UA recognized in 2004 the role of slaves in the construction of campus at grave plot near Biology building By Alyssa Locklar Senior Staff Reporter Although the University of Alabama holds multiple historical landmarks students may pass on a daily basis, one of the most recently acknowledged has been in place since before the Civil War. On Apr. 20, 2004, the University of Alabama officially apologized for the role it played in slavery prior to the Civil War with a plaque recognizing two facultyowned slaves buried next to the Biology building on campus. Th e s l ave s , wh o s e gravesites were previously unmarked, were Jack Rudolph and William “Boysey� Brown. “The marking of the slaves’ graves was one part of a

larger recognition back in 2004 about the University’s connections to slavery,� said Alfred Brophy, the former UA law professor who recommended the apology. “Our faculty owned humans; the University regulations required that the faculty were the only people who could discipline slaves, so on occasion the faculty beat slaves; and the faculty were important developers and disseminators of pro-slavery thought. The graves are another reminder of the important connections between the slavery and the University.� The plaque reads, “This plaque honors those whose labor and legacy of perseverance helped to build the University of Alabama community since its founding.� Although the plot holds the

The goal was to get recognition and an apology for the faculty’s connection and promotion of the institution of slavery. —Alfred Brophy

remains of Horace S. Pratt and his family, the small cemetery has held the body of Rudolph since 1846 and that of Brown since 1844. Prior to the Civil War, small cemeteries such as the Pratt’s were very common. “These small cemeteries are not as aberrational as you might think,� Brophy said. “Tragically, death was more common, and it was extremely difficult to transport students home when they died, so they were buried on site.�

“The goal was to get recognition and an apology for the faculty’s connection and promotion of the institution of slavery,� Brophy said. “Before the Civil War, they were leading developers and disseminators of slavery. They owned human beings and beat human beings.� Brophy said black men and women were a part of the UA community before the students had even arrived. Slaves took part in the original construction of the University.

“It’s not like we don’t have the buildings built with slave labor,� Brophy said in an interview for “Having benefited from that labor, this institution has a moral duty to make amends.� Although the current UA faculty did not play a part in their predecessors offenses, its efforts to right the wrongs done to slaves and to acknowledge the role they played is appreciated by many. “In my opinion, when you have situations like this it is very hard to do something that is going to make everyone happy,� Daniel Whittemore, a junior majoring in economics, said. “Regardless of what you have done or didn’t do, you have to pay for the crimes of your predecessors. I feel like even though a lot of students don’t

realize the plaque is there, the faculty made a sufficient apology, especially considering you cant just go back in time and completely erase slavery from UA’s history.� Although some students can appreciate the plaque and the faculty’s attempt at reconciliation, others feel that the gesture is too little, too late. “On the one hand, saying that the actions were regrettable and apologizing helps it a little,� Cody Dearman, a senior majoring in film, said. “On the other hand, acknowledging the role they had in pro-slavery practices and reminding people of that role surely doesn’t help matters. One incident of backtracking is not enough to erase decades of intolerance.�

CW | John MIchael Simpson CW | Katie Bennett Outside of the UniversityĘźs Biology Building is a graveyard where lie two slaves that the university The four headstones located directly outside the Biology building on campus mark graves from owned during the 1800s. the 1800s, including those of two slaves.



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BikePalooza raises awareness about bike safety By Brett Saunders Contributing Writer

To raise awareness about bicycle safety for both pedestrians and involved cyclists, BikePalooza will take place from Jan. 24 through 26 at the Student Recreation Center. The event will have cycling clubs, on-site registration, giveaways and a raffle. “It’s important that we make sure everyone is aware of bicycle safety as the number of bikes on campus grows to make things easier for everyone,” said Lin Wang, a freshman in New College studying human rights law and creative writing, and the creator of BikePalooza. BikePalooza was created to get different groups of people informed about cycling on campus and to allow students to have a good time while learning. “I think a lot of people on campus have a vague idea of bicycle safety, but haven’t actively sought

IF YOU GO ... • What: BikePalooza • Where: Jan. 24 – Jan. 26

out or received concrete information,” Wang said. “I know when I first started biking, I had no idea it was actually safer for me to ride on the road than on the sidewalk. I also didn’t know you had to signal turns or how to do so.” BikePalooza will also inform drivers about safety tips when it comes to cyclists around them and how to keep from getting in any accidents with cyclists. “I’ve heard many accounts of drivers engaging in reckless behavior when it comes to sharing the road with bicyclists,” Wang said. “Many people seem to think that vehicular safety is only restricted to motor vehicles and don’t pay very much attention to bicycles or how to drive around them, thus endangering lives.” Preparation for this event has taken months, which has included getting groups together to be present at the event and to speak with members of different organizations about helping with BikePalooza. The Druid City Bicycle club and UA’s Mountain biking club will have tables at the event, and more groups will be confirming. During BikePalooza there will be games for people to

participate in and become educated about bike safety. “The safety quiz that the Bicycle Initiative put together is designed to introduce basic safety principles in a rewarding manner. For each correct answer, a ticket will be entered into the raffle under your name,” Wang said. “Prizes include a one month rental from BamaBikes, helmets, free tune-up vouchers from the UA Bike Shop and other items from the SupeStore.” For more information about B i ke Pa l o o z a visit events.

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New residence hall next step in campus master plan By William Evans Senior Staff Reporter

CW|Megan Smith North Bluff, located by Rose towers , construction is currently underway.

North Bluff Residence Hall should be done with construction this summer and ready for students to move in with the start of the fall semester. The opening of North Bluff, a $66 million project spanning seven stories and 970 beds, marks the end of Rose Towers, a residence hall near Jack Warner Parkway that will be torn down when the first phase of North Bluff is up-and-running. When Rose Towers has been removed from campus, the second phase of North Bluff will begin construction, adding about 860 beds to campus upon opening in fall 2014, according to Cathy Andreen, director of media relations. The work of University President Robert Witt to raise enrollment numbers along with the academic quality of the student body has led to a rapid increase of residence halls in the past decade with the construction of Riverside Residential Community in 2005, Bryant Residence Hall and Lakeside Residential Community in 2006 and Ridgecrest East and West in 2007. “Our construction of new residence halls over the last seven years has been in response to the University’s projected growth in enrollment and the desire to provide housing accommodation that meets the needs of today’s students,” said Alicia Browne, associate director for information and communication of housing and residential communities. In July 2010, Browne said that construction of residence halls from 2005 onward has been a direct response to the growth in the student body. The first phase of North Bluff will place the University’s on-campus housing capacity at just under 7,800. In comparison, the housing capacity in the year 2000 was at

New playground built for storm relief Caroline Murray By Staff News Reporter A new playground in Phil Campbell, Ala. will bring a little normalcy back to the small community devastated by the April 27 tornadoes. Two nonprofit organizations, Alabama Forever and Nick’s Kids Fund, have teamed up to bring a place for families to spend time together back to the community. Alex Sokol founded Alabama Forever on April 28, 2011, one day after the storm. He said he is happy to be able to give to a community that lost so much. “Phil Campbell is a town of 1000, and 27 died,” Sokol said. “That is roughly three percent of their population. So, for us to be able to bring a tiny, tiny, little bit of normalcy and joy into kids’ and families’ lives is an honor to be a part of. It’s a blessing to us. We’re so happy to do this for them.” Alabama head coach Nick Saban and his wife Terry Saban founded Nick’s Kids Fund to assist with the needs of children when Nick Saban coached at Michigan State. Terry Saban agreed that the playground is important to the recovery of the community. “The devastation that the city of Phil

Campbell experienced in the tragic tornadoes of April 27, 2011 was incredible,” Terry Saban said. “Nick’s Kids Fund is honored to work alongside Alabama Forever to help resurrect a place of community fellowship and remembrance for the area. We are optimistic that the playground for young children will encourage hope for those affected by the storm.” Sokol said he is thankful for the relationship Alabama Forever has with Nick’s Kids Fund. “My favorite quote from Nick Saban is, ‘You cannot be a leader without serving others,’” Sokol said. “I have taken that to heart, and we are grateful to have this relationship.” Both organizations have already completed other tornado relief projects and have plans for more in the future. Alabama Forever has ongoing projects around the state. Sokol said the mission statement of the organization was left open-ended so those who most needed help could receive it. “We started by giving out water, food, diapers and stuff like that, but we wanted to steer away from the supply game,” Sokol said. “We wanted a more lasting impact. We left the mission statement open-ended so we could help communities in need, affected by the tornado or

“For us to be able to bring a tiny, tiny, little bit of normalcy and joy into kids’ and families’ lives is an honor to be a part of. It’s a blessing to us. We’re so happy to do this for them.” — Alex Sokol, founder of Alabama Forever

not. We want to help communities as a whole, rather than individual families. We want to work on stuff for whole communities that have a multi-generational impact, like this playground.” Sokol, who quit his job to start and run Alabama Forever, said the organization has been spiritually satisfying for him. “I can’t even describe how blessed I feel,” Sokol said. “There was never a moment of listing pros and cons or wondering what I should do. God spoke directly to me, and I wouldn’t trade places with anyone in the world.” For more information on Nick’s Kids Fund or Alabama Forever, visit their respective websites at nickskidsfund. com and

4,500. That leap in on-campus housing has cost the University more than $240 million since the turn of the century, according to a 2010 Crimson White article. HRC anticipates housing incoming freshmen and some returning students in North Bluff, although the exact population of the residence hall is still to be determined, Browne said. North Bluff will feature a student courtyard and surface parking. The classical architecture designed into new residence halls such as Ridgecrest South will be repeated in North Bluff. “North Bluff is substantially similar to Ridgecrest South, which contains numerous classical proportions and elements on a larger scale,” said Tim Leopard, assistant vice president for construction. “Rose Towers never contained any classical elements and, therefore, never really fit in with the rest of campus architecturally. In the end, you would like a campus that has a variety in a narrow range to promote an image and complimentary architectural theme.” The campus master plan, a conceptual map of the University revised every five years, has been updated to identify future locations for student housing besides the two phases of the North Bluff construction, said Dan Wolfe, University planner. North Bluff I and North Bluff II, however, are the only residence halls with an established construction schedule. The 2012 campus master plan encompasses more than just residence halls. Signage, sidewalks, bike lanes, roads, parking, landscaping and reforesting also constitute the designing components of the campus master plan. “Master plans, in general, are very important during times of rapid growth,” Wolfe said. “All of these components are looking 10 to 15 years into the future and are based on growth projections.”

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“It might feel like a wear on your body. You might wake up tired and try to figure out why you’re still so tired, and it’s because while you’re asleep you’re still texting and moving around.” “It does have some type of effect on who you’re actually texting,” Robinson said. “Sometimes you could be dreaming, and it could actually be happening, so it can have an effect on your relationships.” Many believe we are in an age where everyone, especially young adults, is too attached to their cell phones. So, why can’t students let go of their cell phones for the sake of getting a good night’s sleep?

“It goes to show how much we rely on technology and texting now,” Chambers said. “It shows that we [text] too much to the point where we do it in our sleep.” A study completed in November found a connection between stress and sleep texting. Dr. David Cunnington of Melbourne Sleep Disorder Centre in Australia concluded sleep texting is a result of people having too many responsibilities in their everyday lives, according to the British newspaper The Daily Mail. Cunnington advised those struggling with the task to remove their cell phones from their bedrooms when hitting the hay. Texting less during the day can also help to prevent unwanted messaging.

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Job search requires new mindset in 21st century By Kyle Kozak Contributing Writer

Ron McGowan, author of the book “How to Find Work in the 21st Century,” stresses the importance of looking for work over searching for a career. The biggest weakness McGowan sees in job seekers is the inability to market themselves to employers. “The approach used by most people is the same as what employment seekers used in the 20th century, and it

doesn’t work,” McGowan said. “[Jobseekers] must learn how to create a variety of tools that are marketing oriented and focused on the needs of the employer.” McGowan said job seekers should think from an employer’s position to help land a job interview. When beginning a job search, the first thing a job seeker should do is clean their online profile, McGowan said. As for where to begin searching for work, McGowan said to be creative.

“The majority of employment opportunities are never advertised, and employment seekers must learn how to sniff them out and how to approach employers in a strategically effective way,” McGowan said. Fortunately for UA students, there are resources available that bridge the gap between job seekers and employers. One such resource is the Career Center, which provides career-planning services to students and alumni. Tiffany Goodin, program

TIPS FOR LANDING A JOB • Clean up your online presence: The first thing employers will do is to see what they can find out about you on the Internet. They may look at your Facebook page during the interview. Are you ready for that?

• Look for WORK, not a JOB: Don’t scare off employers by communicating that you’re looking for a job and all the traditional benefits that go with it. Make it easy for them to hire you by making it clear that you are happy to accept part-time, temporary or contract work. If you are equipped to work from home, tell them that too. It may appeal to them.

resume to take to the interview, but first you have to get there.

• Think: Put yourself in the shoes of any employer you plan to contact: Why would they be interested in you? What exactly do you have to offer them? Show them in your first contact with them that you know about them, the type of work they do and the industry they’re in. NEVER send out lots of resumes in a shotgun fashion.

• Why should we hire you?: Assume you’ll be

• Ditch the resume:

asked this question during the interview and be ready to answer it. Focus on the key points you made in the material you sent to them. Those are what got you the interview.

EVERYBODY is using a resume. In your initial contact with employers, make yourself stand out in a positive way with more creative tools that are marketing oriented and focused on the employer’s needs. It’s OK to have a

Talking too much in the interview is among the biggest mistakes graduates make, according to employers and recruiters. The more prepared you are for the interview, the less inclined you’ll be to

• Bite your tongue:

ramble on.

• Do your homework: There’s a wealth of information available on the employer’s web site. Amazingly, many graduates never take the time to thoroughly analyze this information and be ready to answer questions about it in the interview. It will also help if you can talk about some of the key issues going on in their industry.

• Create your own job: Instead of waiting for someone to offer you a job, consider what millions of graduates around the world have been doing for years; i.e. operate as a freelancer. The following will give you an overview of the world of freelancing: Finally, you may get some business ideas at: http://

manager for student services at the University’s Career Center, said the center offers individual appointments to help students and alumni with a multitude of career related matters. “We range in topics from choosing a major to interviewing skills, and everything in between,” Goodin said. “We at the Career Center can’t actually get the job for you, but it is literally our job to help you in every step along the way.”

Goodin said that while the Career Center mainly focuses on full-time work that requires a bachelor’s degree or higher, they will help a student find any type of job he or she seeks. Goodin said students should begin applying for jobs at least a semester before they plan to graduate. “The job search process can take several months,” Goodin said. “If you have the mindset that you must find a job

within two weeks of searching, you will most likely set yourself up for disappointment. It takes time to find the right fit. The bottom line is that we’re in a new era in the workplace and people looking for work need to change their approach to finding employment accordingly.” For information from Ron McGowan, you can visit or the Career Center’s website, which can be found at

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Equal opportunity, equal education Disability office levels the playing field By Melissa Brown Staff Reporter The Office of Disability Services, tucked away in Martha Parham East, isn’t something many students give much thought to. With 1,300 registered students, though, ODS is a major UA office assisting students around campus daily. According to the ODS website,, the office works with students to determine academic accommodations for disabilities so that students are evaluated based on their knowledge of course material, not based on the limiting effects of their disability. ODS Director Judy Thorpe works with students every day to “level the playing field,” as she calls it. “We want the two students – one with disability, one without – to have an equal chance to show what they know,” Thorpe said. “And some people will inevitably think they aren’t doing all their work or they’re getting help. But that’s not true. They’re doing just as much work by themselves as everybody else.” The ODS caters to students with a range of disabilities – lifelong physical impairments, learning disabilities, ADHD and even broken limbs – to provide equal access to classroom and academic opportunities. “If you break an arm, it’s a temporary disability, but you still need help taking notes,” Thorpe said. “We’ll see an influx of people after winter and spring breaks. They’ll have had skiing or boating accidents and have broken arms. They’ll come to us so they won’t get behind in class.”

“Come talk to us before you get into trouble… I would rather sit here and brainstorm with a student and point them in the right direction. We can’t guarantee success, but we do guarantee access.” — Office of Disability Services Director Judy Thorpe

Though the ODS works with a wide variety of students, the process to receive documentation begins uniformly, no matter the disability. “Every person that comes through the doors has to have documentation,” said Thorpe, referring to documentation from a doctor or psychiatrist. “Accommodations are always based on documentation.” A student wishing to begin the accommodations process is encouraged to bring his or her documentation to the office, where a case manager reviews it. Including Thorpe, there are four managers in the office. After review, a case manager will sit down with the student and discuss medical and academic history, what doesn’t work, what does work and what needs to be done to provide a successful work environment. “For an ADHD student, for example, we might be able to provide extended test time or reduced distraction testing. For the visually impaired, we can get audio textbooks. Note takers can also be arranged, “ Thorpe said. If a student requires a note taker, he or she notifies the professor, who then finds a person in the class willing to participate. Note takers receive a $50 credit on their ACT Card but otherwise act anonymously.

The system tends to work well, Thorpe said. “We find that bad note takers don’t typically volunteer their services, so we rarely run into problems with that,” she said. “There aren’t universal note taking techniques though, so if you find that the notes you are receiving aren’t helping you, you should go to your professor and discuss it.” Although she said some universities have certain stigmas relating to disability services, Thorpe credits the University’s administration for making ODS a continuing success. “Our administration is really supportive of trying to make UA accessible. We’re very lucky,” she said. “Dr. Bonner and Dr. Witt know education is important for everyone. For example, they’re working right now on making online material more accessible for everyone.” Thorpe encourages any students with disabilities to come in and register with the ODS – even just students who feel they might be having trouble because of an undiagnosed disability. “Come talk to us before you get into trouble,” Thorpe said. “Don’t assume there’s nothing to be done. I would rather sit here and brainstorm with a student and point them in the right direction. We can’t guarantee success, but we do guarantee access.”

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Rec Center activity peaks Wednesday afternoons By Olivia Hodge Contributing Writer

With New Year’s resolutions still fresh in students’ minds and Spring Break quickly approaching, it’s no surprise that the Student Recreation Center is busier than ever. “Historically, January is our busiest month followed closely by February and September,” said George Brown, executive director of the Recreation Center, in an emailed statement. “The usage drops some [by the end of the semester] but we are seeing a far greater number of participants throughout the semester than ever before.” The Rec Center’s popularity , particularly in the beginning of the year, can deter students from using it. It’s a problem the Rec has tried to fix with ideas like several webcams that regularly feed still images of the weight room and the cardio

Historically, January is our busiest month followed closely by February and September. The usage drops some [by the end of the semester] but we are seeing a far greater number of participants throughout the semester than ever before. —George Brown, executive director of Student Recreation machines on the second floor to the Rec’s website. Students can use the webcams to determine best times for use, according to the website. Regardless of whether they use the webcams, the high traffic in January can cause students to carefully plan when they go. “It makes me think twice before I go. Now I usually plan ahead,” said Rachel Neal, a freshman from Mobile, Ala. “Usually, I go earlier, when people are in class or still asleep. I wouldn’t want to go around 5 when it seems busiest.” According to the Recreation Center’s usage records Wednesday is the busiest day,

and Saturday the quietest. The peak hours at the gym are 3:30 to 8:30 p.m., during which students might have problems finding free exercise machines. Parking can also be a problem, but the Recreation Center has lots to the north and south of the building, as well as a lot across Campus Drive, Brown said. “The upper level of the fitness area where cardio equipment is accessed is the busiest area of the SRC,” Brown said. “This is followed by the basketball/gym areas, the group exercise rooms and the lower weight room area. During peak times, all areas of the building are crowded.

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Outdoor Rec offers adventure this spring By Ashley Chaffin Lifestyles Editor

Every semester, the Outdoor Recreation Center sponsors trips around Tuscaloosa and the eastern United States doing various activities in the great outdoors. The spring semester features the usual hiking, biking and climbing, but also a spring break trip spent skiing in the mountains.

T-Town Pull Down When: Feb. 4 What: The first 50 students to fill out their registration forms, found at, will be allowed to compete in a rock climbing competition at the Student Recreation Center. Cost: $30 registration before Jan. 30, $40 after Jan. 30 or on the day of camp Photo: Spring Break Ski Trip to Snowshoe, WV When: March 10-14 What: Everyone on this trip will enjoy four days of skiing. The only thing trip-goers need to bring is clothing, toiletries and money for food. Cost: $650 for student members, $750 for non-student members Provided: The Outdoor Recreation Center will provide guides, transportation, lodging, three-day lift tickets and equipment rental.

Sipsey Wilderness Backpacking When: Feb. 24-26 What: This weekend expedition includes hiking and camping in the Sipsey Wilderness in Northern Alabama. Cost: $40 for student members, $50 for non-student members Provided: The Outdoor Recreation Center will provide guides, transportation, hiking equipment, food, water filters, tents and headlamps.

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Road Bike Chief Ladiga Trail When: March 31 What: The Chief Ladiga Trail runs from Anniston, Ala. to the Georgia state line. During the trip, participants will run a 13-mile stretch of the 33-mile trail. Cost: $30 for student members, $40 for nonstudent members Provided: The Outdoor Recreation Center will provide guides, transportation, road bikes and helmets.

Caving Tumbling Rock Cave When: May 14-22 What: Spend the weekend exploring some of Alabama’s caves, which boast geologic features you won’t see anywhere else. Cost: $30 for student members, $40 for nonstudent members Provided: The Outdoor Recreation Center will provide guides, transportation, helmets, headlamps, kneepads and gloves.

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Professor’s filmmaking extends beyond the class Andrew Grace embarked on a documentary entitled “Eating Alabama,” in which he and his wife ate only foods grown in Alabama.

By Lauren Ferguson Assistant Lifestyles Editor

Professor Andrew Grace’s schedule does not consist of the typical class lectures and test grading. Rather, he spends his time instructing and overseeing students in the University of Alabama’s Documenting Justice Program as well as enjoying his own life as a documentary filmmaker. Grace’s fascination with filmmaking resulted from his evolving interests of photography, music and writing as a teenager. He focused mainly on classic films during high school and continued his film studies through undergraduate and graduate education in Wyoming. He lives in Tuscaloosa and teaches Documenting Justice in the telecommunication and film department at the University. “A big problem here at the University is that students rarely get out of their cliques and groups to experience world views different from their own,” Grace said. “Documenting Justice makes

Submitted Photo them citizens by allowing them to experience something different.” Documenting Justice, a Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility initiative, is an interdisciplinary two-semester course for non-film majors that

focuses on varying topics of social injustice. Alabama Documenting Justice concentrates on issues of social injustice in the state, whereas International Documenting Justice is designed for students studying abroad to research social injustice in

different areas of the world. “Teaching this course helps remind me of how wonderful filmmaking really is,” said Grace. “I enjoy seeing the students have that transformational moment where they suddenly become passionate about their story.

They want to live and breathe it because it means so much to them.” Grace’s love for filmmaking does not stop at campus involvement, but resonates in his life at home. In 2008, Grace and his wife started contemplating why Americans and Alabamians had become so disconnected from the land and local farming. Grace said that these thoughts led he and his wife on their quest to live a simpler life of eating only foods raised in Alabama for one year, and documenting it along the way. “My grandfather was a farmer, and my wife’s family from India were farmers,” Grace said. “We wanted to know where our food came from.” Although the process became more complicated and difficult due to lack of farmers, year-round farmers’ markets and inadequate edible wheat, Grace was able to continue his documentary, titled “Eating Alabama.” “It was a ludicrous proposition, but it wasn’t impossible to do,” Grace said. “We started a small backyard garden project

and eventually turned our entire front yard into a garden as well.” Grace is currently finishing up this three-year film endeavor and has been funded by the Independent Television Service for the documentary. “His choice to take on and document the experience of eating only Alabama farmed food shows his dedication as a filmmaker to the Alabama community as well as the UA community,” said Mary Kathryn Patterson, an employee at the Center for Public Television at the University. “I think this documentary will shed light on the possibilities of consuming local products.” Grace likes being driven by non-monetary interests, and his job allows him to be involved with students and continue his love of film. “I have a naïve hope that people will learn to talk to each other more. When I was in college, I was discovering my role in the world. That’s when I got interested in being active in my community and gaining my sense of values to want to work and live there.”


Layers can keep you warm in any Alabama temperature By Becky Robinson

Anyone from Alabama knows we have crazy seasons. It’s been particularly crazy as of late with it still being 65 degrees in January, and I feel like many people have been thrown off track when they go to get dressed in the morning. I’ve seen people shivering to their core in shorts when it’s ready to snow and I’ve spotted students sweating underneath huge coats when the sun is shining brightly. Since we can’t control the weather, I have a simple way to ensure you aren’t braving the elements: layering. It seems easy enough, but I’m talking about more than

just throwing on an old T-shirt and jacket before heading out. I’m not saying you have to get dressed up for class, because let’s face it, that’s uncomfortable and would garner more than a few stares, but take a few minutes to think about what items you’re going to put together. For instance, if it’s pleasant out, but you know there may be a chance of rain, feel free to wear a pair of shorts, maybe paired with some leggings or tights. You can even wear your favorite winter sweater with it, that way it gets some use before the blistering summers return. Grab an umbrella (the company Totes makes umbrellas that are small enough to

throw in any bag), slip on some rain boots and you’re good to go. Now, you’re not drenched in sweat or freezing. If it’s a cooler day, you can start off with a simple T-shirt: V-neck, graphic or otherwise. Layer a cozy cardigan or loose cardigan over it. Next, grab a scarf and, if needed, a jacket. You can wear almost anything on the bottom: skinnies, boot cut jeans, corduroys if you’re into that…just remember to add more than one layer. You’ll look more presentable and thought out, plus you can peel things off should it get warmer. I feel like layering is the best way to wear all of your favorite clothes without look-

ing insane. For the best result, I suggest you play with your proportions. If you’re wearing super tight skinny jeans, go with an oversized top, whether it be a sweater or tee. You don’t want everything to be skintight, because unless you have a perfect figure, you’re going to end up with a few places that aren’t too flattering. Similarly, if you have wide-leg jeans or high-waisted trousers, choose a top that’s more form fitting. When it comes to layering the most important rule is to have fun. Pick clothes you feel good in and arrange them in a way to make you feel even better. Layering Trends to Avoid: Running shorts, leggings,

Ugg combo. Yes, I know it’s technically layering, but if you’re cold enough to where you’re layering bottoms, just put on some pants. Or, pair denim shorts with some cute patterned tights and a chunky boot. Whatever you do, save the workout clothes for when you actually work out. Celebrity styles watch: Elizabeth Olsen. The younger sister of powerhouse twins Mary-Kate and Ashley recently had her breakout role in the film “Martha Marcy May Marlene.” Unlike her sisters, whose styles are more bold and fashion-forward, Elizabeth chooses simple pieces and arranges them in a way that’s both comfortable and classic.

MCT | Bruce Gilbert Colored jeans and bottoms are a fashion phenomenon thatʼs being adopted by women of all ages.

By Tony Tsoukalas Sports Editor @Tony_Tsoukalas Winning a national championship in any sport takes not only exceptional execution of plays, but also a well thoughtout game plan. The University of Alabama Women’s wheelchair basketball team has won the last three national titles with those two qualities and is looking to add its fourth in a row this year. Though wheelchair basketball does not differ much from the traditional game, one thing that does differ is the use of picks. “Our picks are really different,” guard Elissa Robinson said. “We can completely stop someone, whereas an able-bodied person can only slow them down.” In the wheelchair game, it is possible to lock-up your opposition with a well-executed pick. This allows the team to take opponents out of the game at times. “We can use back-picks,” Robinson said. “We use those to keep somebody out in the back court. We can keep them from completely moving at all.” This technique is difficult to escape. However, if players find themselves in it, there are ways to free up the picks. “You have to go into your oneon-one shadow technique, which we practice a lot,” Robinson said. “We just use space and keep pushing.” Much of the Crimson Tide’s scoring comes from picks. Perhaps the most lethal play in the Tide’s playbook is one they call “four.” The play begins with one of Alabama’s bigs, Karoline Lingyte, taking the ball at the three-point line. If defenders come to guard the accurate three-point shooter, guard Cindy Ouellet comes to set a pick. This frees up Lingyte to drive to the hoop; meanwhile, Ouellet comes off of her pick and creates a twoon-one advantage for the Tide driving toward the hoop. “We score on it a lot because Karolina (Lingyte) hits a lot of threes,” head coach Brent Hardin said. “As soon as she gets the ball out there, most teams will jump her right away. So she keeps that ball moving, Cindy (Oullet) lays that pick and we roll.” If the opposing team does not fall for the pick-and-roll play, the Tide sets up a double-screen on the other side of the court. “If they help, they usually help to defend the roll,” Hardin said. “As soon as they help, we put a good shooter on the other side of the court, and she makes it.” Alabama knows that it cannot rely solely on picks and screens in order to achieve its four-peat. Despite being a bigger team, the Tide also works on it’s outside game in order to remain balanced on offense. “When we play teams that have the same amount of bigs that we do, posting up is not going to work out too well,” Robinson said. “We really need

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Step one Lingyte gets the ball at the perimeter and is pursued by defender.


Making a play for a fourth championship

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this weekend FRIDAY • Softball vs Tulane: 2 p.m. •Men’s tennis vs Arkansas: 4 p.m. Step two Oullet sets the pick for Lingyte who drives to the right. The defender previously guarding Oullet defends Lingyte.

Submitted Photos Top: Number 10 Katie Harmon Middle Left: Number 13 Karoline Lingte Middle Right: Number 14 Elisha Williams Bottom Left: Number 25 Cindy Ouellet Bottom Right: Anni Zeyen If defense sends an extra player to help with the pick-androll play, Lingyte will pass to the other side of the court where Anni Zeyen Katie Harnock and Elisha Williams set up a double-screen play as a backup to the original play.

Step three Oullet rolls out of her pick, and Lingyte passes her the ball. Oullet drives uncontested to the basket for the score. to work on hitting the outside shots. We don’t typically do a lot of 3-point stuff. We tend to do it to stretch the defense out more.” However, due to the difficulty of defending “four – in addition to how well Alabama executes it – the team will look to “four”

to become the downfall of many future opponents. “We score a lot on [four],” Hardin said. “Sometimes we will come down and knock a couple threes, and if we don’t get that, we get the pick-and-role over and over. We like to run this a lot.”

SATURDAY • Men’s track and field vs Auburn: 12 p.m. •Gymnastics vs Georgia: 2 p.m.

SUNDAY • Swimming vs Tennessee: 12 p.m.

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Green added, “We need Tony to score. He’s one of the best players on the team, and when he’s not scoring, it hurts a lot. If he would’ve scored, there may have been a different ending to the [Vanderbilt] game. He’s just got to stay focused and leave [his troubles] in the past. I know it’s hard for him, but he just has to compete and do what he does best.” Grant, in his sixth season as a head coach, has a good idea of what Mitchell needs to hear and do to get back to the level of play that he achieved when he tallied 26 points, eight rebounds, two assists, three blocks and two steals against Wichita State. When asked about Mitchell’s play, Grant recalled a time when Kevin Eastman, assistant coach for the Boston Celtics, asked Ray Allen, one of the best shooters the game of basketball has ever seen, how he got out of such a shooting slump. Allen replied that he simply continued to work hard on a day-to-day basis, and he made sure he was in the rhythm he was supposed to be in. “That’s what you’re supposed to do: Make sure you get good shots and that you’re prepared for any situation that comes at you,” Grant said. “I think that’s what any scorer will tell you.” A scorer on Mitchell’s own team, freshman guard Trevor Lacey, echoed similar sentiments. “Just keep working, keep


The Crimson White Left, Right and Below: Tony Mitchell, 5, goes up for dunks in the Tideʼs Dec. 1 matchup with Georgetown. Mitchell scored 20 points in the game.

shooting, don’t get frustrated and don’t force anything,” Lacey said. “Keep playing the game, and let it come to you.” Another thing that has been lacking in Mitchell’s slump is the highlight reel dunk that he has become known for. Lacey thinks that opposing teams are beginning to plan for that and make sure they don’t give Mitchell those opportunities. “I really think teams are taking that away from him,” Lacey said. “In two-on-one fastbreaks, they’re almost giving up the lay-ups. Trevor Releford has had about four points a game because of team’s running away from him and keeping Tony Mitchell from having that highlight play.”

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Jasmine Robinson is turning the sophomore slump theory on its head. The second-year standout guard is leading the Tide in points per game and spearheading a youth renaissance for the women’s basketball team. “Jasmine [Robinson] has probably been our most consistent player in the last few basketball games,” head coach Wendell Hudson said after the team knocked off previously undefeated Kansas. “She is so versatile. She can move the basketball. You think she’s not as quick as she is, but she can get by you.” Robinson did not see as much playing time last season, but she started seven games and was named SEC Freshman of the Week. This year, she is the team’s leading scorer, averaging almost 12 points a game. Robinson said following behind leaders such as Tierney Jenkins has improved her leadership skills and attitude on the court. “I feel like I’m more aggressive,” Robinson said. “Last year, I didn’t have as many

leadership skills because we had Tierney Jenkins on our team. She kind of helped guide me to be where I am today. My ability on the court and how I am leading my team and doing whatever I can to get the job done [has improved]. My leadership skills, the way I’m playing and how I’m scoring is a major difference from last year to this year.” Robinson is a native of Memphis, Tenn. Before enrolling at UA as an exercise and sport science major, she was a key member of the Overton High School women’s basketball team, leading them to the state tournament for the first time in more than 40 years. Robinson was named to the AllState team twice along the way. “We started watching Jasmine from the start,” Hudson said when Robinson first signed with Alabama. “We decided she was really the type of player we’d like to have in our program. Coach Evans established a relationship with her early on and did a great job maintaining that. She really understands how to go to the basket and has that toughness we are so big on. She’s another player that has the ability to make everyone around her play

better.” “The coaches were genuine,” Robinson said. “I felt like this was the place for me because I’ve been in the type of situation that this program has been in [when I was in high school]… we have everyone here to fill in the puzzle so we can win and rebuild this program.” Alabama has a 10-10 record and is currently winless in Southeastern Conference play. The Tide’s next game will be a conference matchup against Tennessee in Foster Auditorium. The team’s SEC game troubles are no secret, and Robinson says she’s here to help the Tide get through it. “The little things are the major key because we haven’t played a complete game, yet,” she said. “I feel like once we play a complete game and everyone gets on the same page and starts playing hard like we were in the beginning, then we’ll be fine.” Robinson was a part of a noted freshman class that was ranked ninth nationally by ESPN and HoopGurlz. The team has made improvements over the last two years, and things will more than likely continue to go up from here.




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