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Tide falls to South Carolina despite late opportunity South Carolina’s Bruce Ellington goes up for a bucket against Alabama in Wednesday’s 56-54 victory over the Tide. Though Alabama out-shot South Carolina, the team couldn’t convert a lastsecond shot to tie the game. Brandee Easter Meteorologists predict a more active than usual storm season.

La Niña cause of abnormal weather Pattern could bring tornadoes, snow By Mazie Bryant Contributing Writer After the tornadoes ravaged Alabama and much of the Southeast early on Jan. 23, residents of the Tuscaloosa area should be prepared to see more severe weather throughout the spring. The United States is currently in a weather pattern known as La Niña. La Niña occurs when

ity could be in store for the state of Alabama this year. “We are now going through an active weather pattern, which is relatively abnormal for this time of year. I expect that the state will slip into spring without even realizing it and, therefore, experience stormy weather and tornadic activity through the next several months,” said Dice, chief meteorologist of Birmingham’s FOX6 WBRC.

“We are now going through an active weather pattern, which is relatively abnormal for this time of year. I expect that the state will slip into spring without even realizing it and, therefore, experience stormy weather and tornadic activity through the next several months.” — James-Paul Dice, chief meteorologist of Birmingham’s FOX6 WBRC the water of the Pacific Ocean is colder than normal, according to local meteorologists Richard Scott, James-Paul Dice and James Spann. This change causes the Southeast to experience a warmer winter, while the Northwest experiences a colder one. Warm weather causes instability in the atmosphere leading to a rise in the likelihood of tornadoes. The positive or negative phase of the North Atlantic Oscillation is also an important aspect to predicting weather occurrences, Scott, chief meteorologist of Tuscaloosa’s WVUA, said. With a negative NAO, cold weather takes over the eastern half of the U.S. However, since the eastern U.S. is experiencing warmer weather, the NAO is in its positive phase. Because of the instability of warmer weather, meteorologists suspect that more tornadic activ-

However, Spann, chief meteorologist for ABC 33/40 in Birmingham, believes Alabama will go through one more pattern change before the spring conditions are here to stay. “The winter has certainly been warmer than average, but I fully expect one pattern change later in the season,” Spann said. “It could bring some pretty impressive lateseason cold snaps and maybe even a winter storm threat or two.” With the memories of April 27 still looming over the state, Alabamians should take note that not one singular devastating storm is projected to occur this year. “If you look through history, this year’s weather pattern resembles the early severe weather of 2008,” Dice said. “I don’t think we will have a single event, but rather a series of smaller storms.”

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Saban’s secret weapon Sports psychologist teaches mental toughness to young team By William Evans Senior Staff Reporter

Submitted Photo Trevor Moawad has been an inspirational leader for the Tide since Saban’s arrival in 2007.

Real books outpace e-books By Ashanka Kumari Staff Reporter Price, distributors and efficiency are just three things students generally consider when purchasing their textbooks. Today, because of the rise in digital education, along with the use of tablets and e-readers, students have to also decide whether they want to purchase books in print or digital form. For the spring 2012 semester, the University of Alabama Supply Store had a total of 3,022 course material title requests, Bernadette Chavira-Trull, associate director of books at the le this

tal education is easier and more useful in their classrooms. Emerging media lecturer Chip Brantley said he personally uses both an iPad and a Kindle Fire and is surprised he has not seen more of his students using tablets or e-readers in his classrooms.

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Iron Bowl rivalry takes to mat Whether it’s football or hopscotch, when the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Auburn Tigers square off, there is a level of animosity unmatched by any other rivalry in sports. Gymnastics is no exception. The Tide will travel to Auburn on Friday for its first meet of the season against its cross-state rival. While Alabama has dominated the series, they still know that this meet means a little bit more than the rest. “Whether it’s basketball, football, gymnastics, it doesn’t matter. It’s pride,” Alabama head coach Sarah Patterson said. “You may not be the SEC champions, you may not be regional champions, you may not be national champions, but it’s a state

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University Supply Store, said. Of the 3,022 titles, only 45 were e-book titles. “E-book titles represented approximately 1.5 percent of the total number of course materials titles requested,” Chavira-Trull said. “At this time, it appears that the printed version of textbooks is the preferred format option.” For some professors, digi-

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“E-book titles represented approximately 1.5 percent of the total number of course materials titles requested. At this time, it appears that the printed version of textbooks is the preferred format option.”

Trevor Moawad thinks of himself as a piece to a puzzle. That puzzle, far from one-dimensional, has two crystal balls, one Heisman Trophy and 101,000 screaming fans on autumn Saturdays. In 2007, the University hired Nick Saban as head football coach of the Crimson Tide football program. In that same year, Saban hired Moawad. Both have been forces of energy for the mental preparation of the football team that has led to two BCS national titles in the span of three years. Moawad bears the title of mental conditioning consultant with IMG Performance Institute in Bradenton, Fla., where he and his staff work with professional athletes to fine-tune their

psychological preparation for highstress athletic performances. But Moawad is more of a coach than a consultant when it comes to his work with the Crimson Tide. “I’m the one most in front of the team,” he said. Moawad, with the help of his staff and various professionals brought in by Saban, teaches the young athletes of the Crimson Tide football program the fundamentals of mental preparation. The players enter into classes throughout the summer that concern how mood impacts performance, how the mind processes distracting information like the roar of the crowd and how decisions, especially mistakes, can turn into out-of-control consequences on the field.

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Geralen StackEaton competes in last season’s meet against Auburn.

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What: The University of Alabama Church Music Conference and University of Alabama Honor Choir

bama Church Music Conference and University of Alabama Honor Choir

Where: Bryant Conference

Where: Moody Music Building

Where: Moody Music Building

When: 9 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

When: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

What: Coffee Hour

What: BikePalooza


Where: Student Recreation Center

Students give their opinions on anti-piracy bills SOPA and PIPA.

What: Religion in Culture Lecture featuring Jennifer Shoaff Where: 205 Gorgas Library When: 3 to 5 p.m.


Will Tucker assistant managing editor Taylor Holland news editor Malcolm Cammeron community manager

SoRelle Wyckoff opinions editor John Davis chief copy editor Jessie Hancock design editor Evan Szczepanski graphics editor Drew Hoover photo editor Tyler Crompton web editor Daniel Roth multimedia editor Tray Smith special projects editor

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Where: Sella-Granata Art Gallery

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

What: House United Build Where: 346 Ferguson Student Center

What: Grand Opening of the Paul R. Jones Gallery in Downtown Tuscaloosa

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When: 2 to 5 p.m.

ON THE MENU LAKESIDE LUNCH Grilled Jerk Chicken Turnip Greens Yellow Rice Fresh Steamed Carrots Rocky Road Brownies Fiesta Pasta (Vegetarian)

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Comer Hall

Where: Paul R. Jones Gallery

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When: 9 a.m., 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.

What: Bob Jones High School

Where: Room 121, B. B. When: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

When: 2 to 5 p.m.

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What: The University of Ala-

What: 2012 Southeast Regional Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Conference & Symposium Center




DINNER Cajun Roasted Pork Loin with Bigarade Sauce Cumin Black Beans Turnip Greens Chicken Noodle Soup Greek Gyro Sandwich Fiesta Pasta (Vegetarian)

ON THE RADAR Apple again is briefly the worldʼs most valuable company From MCTcampus Apple Inc.’s blowout quarter has pushed the electronics maker back into a neck-andneck race with Exxon Mobil Corp. for the title of the world’s most valuable company. On Wednesday, Apple’s stock opened at $454, nearly 7 percent higher than where it had closed Tuesday and an all-time high for the company. That put its market value – the total value of all its outstanding shares – north of $418 billion. That catapulted Apple past Exxon, which had a slower start to its trading day as its market value shrank to about $413 billion. The two later switched places several times, with Apple falling behind, then regaining the lead in the middle of the day, only to yield to a late rally

by Exxon, which closed with a market value of $418 billion, $2 billion ahead of Apple. Apple’s market value has passed Exxon’s a few times over the last year, only to be leapfrogged once again by the oil company. Both companies have seen their stock prices and market values shoot up in the past six months. In August, when Apple first passed Exxon, the companies were each worth about $339 billion. On Tuesday, Apple said that during its holiday quarter it sold 37 million iPhones and 15 million iPads, both sales records for the company and far outstripping analysts’ expectations. Chief Executive Tim Cook said Apple had been having trouble keeping up with demand for the newer iPhone 4S.







Burke Steak Mashed Potatoes Sauteed Mushrooms Steamed Peas Chili Cheese Fries Broccoli Rabe & Mushroom Polenta

Beef & Broccoli with Rice Herbed Baked Chicken Parsley Rice Collard Greens Glazed Carrots Creole Vegetables & Rice (Vegetarian)

Buttermilk Fried Chicken Mashed Potatoes Seasoned Peas Steamed California Blend Vegetables Belgian Waffles Vegetable Linguine (Vegetarian)

ON CAMPUS Student Affairs Expo to offer opportunities for campus involvement Student Affairs Expo to offer opportunities for campus involvement The University of Alabama Student Affairs Expo on Tuesday, Jan. 31, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Ferguson Center 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.

Impact Alabama seeking regional coordinators for 2012-13 Impact Alabama is currently in the process of interviewing and hiring regional coordinators for its 2012-13 program year. The regional coordinator position combines service with three initiatives: FocusFirst, SaveFirst and CollegeFirst. FocusFirst trains college students to provide high-tech vision screenings and follow-up care to preschool-age children in Head Starts and day cares in low-income rural and urban areas throughout Alabama. SaveFirst trains college students to provide free tax preparation services and opportunities for savings

and economic improvement to working families in Alabama. CollegeFirst trains college and graduate students to help implement a Pre-AP Summer Advanced Placement Institute for high school students in Birmingham, Huntsville and Tuscaloosa. Regional coordinators will receive a monthly living stipend totaling $12,100 for the year, comprehensive health insurance, a $5,000 educational award for graduate studies or student loans, assistance in locating housing and mileage reimbursement at the federal rate.

Nominations for 2012 Last Lecture Award now open Undergraduate students, graduate students and alumni are invited to nominate the faculty member they would most like to hear a lecture delivered on the following premise: “If this were your last chance to talk to a group of UA students, what would you say to them?” Retired fac-

ulty members are not eligible for the honor. Past recipients include Drs. Bebe Barefoot, Lawrence Kohl, Utz McKnight, Jim Salem and Ron Dulek. Nominations must be submitted electronically at by Feb. 10.

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Law school fair to be held at Ferguson Center A law-school fair will be held today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the ballroom on the third floor of the Ferguson Center. Representatives from law schools across the country will speak with students about their law schools, provide advice

and information and answer any questions. Attire is business or business-casual. The event is free to all students. For more information, contact Wendy McMillian at edu or 348-7324.

Undergrad accountancy program ranked 20th in nation In Public Accounting Report’s most recent annual professors’ survey, the undergraduate accountancy program at the Culverhouse School of Accountancy was ranked as the 20th best program in the country, up three positions from its rank of 23rd in 2009 and 2010. More than

1,000 schools in the United States offer accounting programs and around 500 of those, including Culverhouse, are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business or AACSB International. The graduate accountancy program was ranked 24th.

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Mentor program puts learning in students’ hands First Year Experience peer leaders program takes different approach to mentoring By Kyle Kozak

UA’s Division of Student Affairs’ First Year Experience is currently accepting applicants for its Peer Leaders program until Monday. “The biggest objective of the Peer Leaders program is to give new students the tools they need to be successful, to teach them about campus resources, to teach them about having successful study skills and to help them learn what it is that students do for fun,” said Jim Dawkins, coordinator of UA’s First Year Experience. The Peer Leaders program is a response to research showing that students learn study skills from fellow students better than from

“Basically everything a student needs to know, they are much, much more likely to learn from fellow students than they are from professors.” — Jim Dawkins professors, Dawkins said. “Basically everything a student needs to know, they are much, much more likely to learn from fellow students than they are from professors,” Dawkins said. “You have this issue that when students try to learn study skills from a professor, the professor says, ‘Hey, study for an hour, study for two hours for every hour you’re in class,’ and it goes in one ear and out the other.” According to the First Year Experience website,


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“Most college programs, I think, do it the wrong way,” he said. “They bring in a Navy SEAL or a speaker that attempts to motivate the athletes. When you’re trying to motivate every now and then, all you can impact is an athlete’s willpower, and willpower is a shortterm fix compared to an athlete’s real selfimage. Self-image has to be trained just as speed, strength and skill are trained.” During training camp and the regular season, world-class athletes, substance abuse professionals and experts in the field of leadership or improvisational training visit the team to facilitate the mental conditioning of the players. “I think that’s very unique to the Alabama football program because Coach Saban is very comfortable bringing in outside professionals,” he said. “Not all coaches want anyone else in front of their teams.” Moawad is quick to describe his role as a single thread to the larger fabric of the Crimson Tide coaching staff. He is even quicker to dispense with the title of sports psychologist. “I am not brought in to be the motivator,” he said. “The coaches handle a lot of the motivation. Our piece is less about motivation and more about education. “If you can help the athlete understand how they affect themselves, then ultimately that helps them understand that they have control over their lives and are more willing to set goals. When athletes set goals, that’s when they become motivated. You ultimately want it to be more about the athletes being motivated than you trying to pull the strings around, Peer Leaders will help faculty or staff members in Compass Courses and Freshman Learning Communities, which are courses designed to help firstyear students adjust to the University. “We are sort of a different approach to mentoring,” Dawkins said. “It’s actually students going in to class and helping professors teach, and the mentoring isn’t one on one.” Students interested in applying to be a peer leader

them,” he said. One drill Moawad uses to teach players concentration involves elementary arithmetic. First, a player attempts to write down a sequence of numbers in ascending order of value. Second, the player has to complete the same task with a teammate staring silently at his work. Third, the player must redo the task while his teammate shouts insults at him. The drill educates the players on the power of distraction leading to mistakes in the simplest of procedures. “I think the biggest difference between an athlete that plays football at Alabama versus a student is the sheer volume of people that you compete in front of,” he said. “As an athlete, you are very much in the public eye, and there are a lot of different things that can pull on your ability to concentrate effectively. You can’t pretend that the people aren’t watching because you know they are.” To clear the players’ minds in the midst of a game, Moawad encourages the athletes to internalize and focus on one task at a time. “As long as my mind is focused on the specific task at hand, then I can focus on it without being distracted by the 101,000 fans yelling in Bryant-Denny Stadium,” he said. Saban’s commitment to defining and grasping one’s goals one day at a time is indicative of his belief in self-determination, the overarching goal of “The Process” practiced by the Crimson Tide. “Saban has a commitment to developing the total student athlete,” he said. “Our statement is, ‘First you form a habit, and then that habit forms you’.” “It’s a fun program to work with because you know for a fact that Coach Saban is going to have the right process in place,” he said.

Moawad’s exercise for focusing under pressure




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To prepare for a game, players must write out a sequence of numbers. (1) First, they write them by themselves. (2) They write them with a teammate watching. (3) They write the numbers while a teammate shouts insults at them.

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can download an application form by visiting the First Year Experience website. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA and have attended UA for a year. Candidates also have to sign up for one of four two-hour group interview sessions conducted on Feb. 1 and Feb. 2. If selected, Peer Leaders must commit to attend four training sessions in the spring and a retreat on March 3. Dawkins says preference is not based on class standing or involvement in other extracurricular activities, but on a candidate’s availability and motivation. “We are looking for motivated students, students who really want to be part of the Alabama community,”

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Although tornados seem prevalent in the Tuscaloosa area, the city’s risk of being damaged by a tornado for a second time has not changed solely based on the fact that it has been hit before. “There is no increased or decreased chance of a tornado hitting the same spot twice. It’s random,” Scott said. “The atmosphere doesn’t know statistics, so a tornado could hit the same spot four times in one season or one time in 100 years.”

side and the other perspective and say, ‘What can I do to help this student be the best they can? What can I do • Who: Students who to help them acclimate to the have attended UA for at University of Alabama?’” least a year, with a 3.0 or Although this is the first above year of Peer Leaders, the First Year Experience has high • What: Peer Leaders, hopes and expectations for the a program for students to mentoring program. Dawkins learn from other students says students are excited about having the ability to go • Where: into a classroom, teach and help students adjust to college • When: Accepting aplife. plications until Jan. 30 “There are a lot of intrinsic benefits to being a peer leader,” Dawkins said. “You’re Dawkins said. “We need stu- being a part of the University dents who have been in the community. You’re helping shoes of first-year students your fellow students achieve before, who are willing to look their dreams of being a sucat problems from the other cessful student.”


Alabama’s meteorologists are fairly certain in their prediction that the state is headed towards a tumultuous spring, but the inconsistency of weather leaves a margin of error. “No one out there can say this will continue,” Scott said. “The atmosphere is very complicated and can change in an instant. We try out best to figure out what’s going to happen next, but we get stomped sometimes.” Although the prediction is not certain, all meteorologists agree that students need to be more conscious of the weather. “Young adults need to be more connected with what is

going on around them,” Dice said. “Whether they get their information through the television, Internet or social media, students need to be more weather-aware.” Technology, such as the smart phone app iMapWeather Radio, uses a GPS to alert someone who is in a tornado warning polygon. The meteorologists suggest that students invest in this product and take other steps to prepare for severe weather. “I wish people took tornado warnings more seriously,” Scott said. “They are deadly and can change path and strength in an instant.” The destruction of the Forest Lake community is a reminder that students must be aware of severe weather.

CW | Kelsey Stein


Kagan, Thomas need to recuse themselves

Thursday, January 26, 2012 Editor • SoRelle Wyckoff Page 4

{ YOUR VIEW } (web comments) In response to “Why morals matter in one race to the White House”

“I donʼt really agree that Newt Gingrichʼs infidelity, per se, is a disqualifier... itʼs probably more likely that he did it and just lied more successfully than that he is innocent. So itʼs a bad indicator. And I donʼt think itʼs any of my business.”

By Austin Gaddis @austingaddis

“Simply amazing.” Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan penned those two words in an email to a former Harvard colleague on the day the House of Representatives passed Obamacare in March 2010. The email’s subject line said it all: “Fingers and toes crossed today!” Like clockwork, when Obamacare was signed into law, the floods of legal challenges to the health care measure began piling up on court dockets, signaling the inevitability of a Supreme Court ruling on the bill’s constitutionality. Kagan’s support for the law came as no surprise to anyone in the West Wing. After all, her job as then-Solicitor General was to represent the federal government before the nation’s highest court. As members of the Obama administration began developing strategies to defend the health care law in court, it was revealed that Kagan wanted her office involved in the planning. Records show that Kagan was involved in a series of emails that discussed how to handle the mounting legal challenges. Not long after, President Obama was presented with filling a vacancy on the Court left by retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. Answering the numerous calls to put forward a woman, Obama nominated Kagan to

The justices’ refusal to recuse from the review is shameful and displays conduct unbecoming of the high standards to which the justices are sworn to uphold.

fill the seat. After a slightly testy confirmation process, Kagan joined the Court in August of 2010 – a mere five months after her voiced support of the passage of Obamacare. As the health care bill’s constitutionality challenge has finally made it to the Supreme Court, Kagan is now turning a deaf ear to watchdog groups by refusing to recuse from participating in the case. Federal law explicitly states that federal judges must recuse themselves if they have “served in govern-

By Ryan Flamerich The Student Government Association Senate will vote tonight on the most important legislation to come before it this year - a bill establishing an ethics code for the entire SGA. This bill was crafted by a large number of SGA officials through a series of meetings open to SGA members and the public, incorporating concerns and ideas that were expressed into policies that will make

our SGA stronger and more accountable. First, the bill allows SGA senators to impose a greater level of accountability on their peers. If senators miss more than four meetings without providing justification for their absence or sending a proxy in their place, they will be subject to removal from office pending an appeals process. The same rules will apply to senators who fail to perform their o f f i c e hours

“Newt Gingrich, who didnʼt even fill out the paperwork to get on the ballot in hundreds of delegates worth of states, does, and should be discussed as if heʼs a serious candidate?” – Michael Annes


“Laying out by the pool!!!!!!!” @krimsonwhite


— Krimson Anne White freshman, biology

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politics of Washington are checked at the door and the rule of law supersedes any notion of bias. The justices’ refusal to recuse from the review is shameful and displays conduct unbecoming of the high standards to which the justices are sworn to uphold. As the Supreme Court’s final decision on Obamacare is expected in June, all nine justices have been involved in

the preliminary procedures for the hearing. Justices Thomas and Kagan must uphold their dedication and oath to our legal system and respectfully recuse from the long-awaited Obamacare review.

Austin Gaddis is a junior majoring in communication studies and public relations. His column runs on Thursdays.

This legislation will give the SGA the authority, for the first time, to actually enforce its own rules by imposing tough, enforceable consequences on SGA officials who violate the code of laws.

or communicate with their assigned student organizations. This legislation will give the SGA the authority, for the first time, to actually enforce its own rules by imposing tough, enforceable consequences on SGA officials who violate the code of laws. All of us privileged to hold SGA office were elected to represent students. If we fail to live up to that basic responsibility, there are many students who can take our place. These provisions are designed to encourage senators to meet their obligations. Secondly, the bill will allow the executive branch to suspend the salaries of paid members if they fail to meet their duties and codifies the power of the SGA president and vice presidents to replace officials who repeatedly neglect

the work my colleagues have invested in it. This is a true turning point for the SGA, and an opportunity for student leaders across campus to come together and renew the integrity of our governing institutions. Hopefully, we will never again find ourselves blindsided by ethical controversies and investigations because we now have a clear, definitive policy for addressing the conduct of SGA officeholders. However, we will not be able to reach our true potential without the help and participation of the student body. It is important that students not only voice their support for this code of ethics, but hold us accountable for living up to the standards we have set after they are enacted. Together, we can chart a new future where an SGA of restored integrity can become more effective than ever before in representing our rapidly growing and changing student body. Changing the way we do business and holding SGA members to the same standards members of many other student organizations are held is only the first step in creating a student government that is more beneficial to us all.

their offices. Thirdly, the bill establishes the SGA’s first nondiscrimination policy, codifying our commitment to guarantee “equal opportunity in participation for all qualified persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability or veteran status” and comply with federal civil rights laws. Finally, the bill reiterates our commitment to transparency by modernizing our open meetings laws so that students and the press can continue to attend meetings during which SGA business is conducted. I am confident that these measures, combined with an empowered SGA Senate Ethics Committee and SGA Attorney General capable of executing their enforcement, will result in not only higher standards of conduct, but more openness and diversity. That is why I fully support this Ryan Flamerich is the Speaker legislation and am proud of of the SGA Senate.


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mental employment and in such capacity participated as counsel, advisor or material witness concerning the proceeding or expressed an opinion concerning the merits of the particular case or controversy.” Another key provision requires federal judges to recuse from a case if their “impartiality might reasonably be questioned.” However, the final decision for recusal is left solely to the individual justice. A similar call for recusal has been asked of Justice Clarence Thomas, whose wife has significant ties to anti-Obamacare advocacy groups. Like Kagan, Thomas continues to ignore legitimate notions of bias by the public. While Thomas could argue that he has personally never taken a stand on the issue, the mere appearance of bias should cause impartiality to be reasonably questioned. Kagan and Thomas should both recuse themselves from the Obamacare review to affirm our nation’s commitment to a fair and impartial judicial review. Kagan, a perceived liberal justice, and Thomas, a relatively conservative justice, would theoretically cancel the other out in votes for or against the law. The U.S. Supreme Court has long been an institution of the highest honor and a true symbol of America’s commitment to a strong and empowered judicial system. It is an institution where the




“Car sick from the Crimson Ride #UAchat” - @MichaelAFordham “Daily ritual of driving around looking for a parking spot at the rec is getting old #UAchat” - @jlsnyd “Some kind of crazy alarms going off at Bryant Denny #UAchat” - @nolanbush

“Not so much since the buildingsʼ temps are kept as if it was a normal January in Bama. I like a good sauna but jeez” @UA_Hallie — Hallie Drake, senior, English

“bike ride down Sanders Ferry Rd and running around campus” @wkolis — Walter Kolis, staff

A.C. Mitchell, freshman, performs a “communication analysis” about Janice Hahn and Turn Right USA.

“They always say college is about finding your passion. Well, ʻReformation! The Musicalʼ is shooting this Fri for Campus MovieFest! #UAchat” - @thescattering “Thousands of students and fans in attendnce at the national championship celebration! #UAchat #rolltide” - @mattjharris10

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Lawyers to replant lost trees in Rosedale Park By Caroline Murray Staff Reporter

Environmental lawyers and UA law students will replant trees destroyed in the April 27 tornado in a Tuscaloosa park Sat., Jan. 28. The UA School of Law Environmental Law Society received a large donation from the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy and Resources to replant lost trees in Rosedale Park. In addition, several SEER members will join students in the work. Participating students will meet at the law school at 10 a.m., and a barbecue lunch will be served after the tree planting. Evelyn McKinney, UA’s American Bar Association representative, said the event will be an opportunity for students to not only serve the community, but also to meet future employers. “The goal is to plant trees in service to Tuscaloosa,” McKinney said. “But this is also a chance to help students who want to be environmental lawyers come and work with environmental lawyers. They can really get their hands dirty with environmental lawyers and do some networking.” The Environmental Law Society worked closely with the city of Tuscaloosa and the Park and Recreation Authority in coordinating the tree planting. Jeff Bryant, horticulturist for the city of Tuscaloosa, said the site choice has significance. “Rosedale Park is in the area where the storm first hit the ground,” Bryant said. “The law students said they wanted to make the symbolic gesture of planting there.” Jay Strickland, director of park operations for the Park and Recreation Authority, estimated the damage parks received are between $750,000 and $1 million. He said that some of the damage is hard to quantify, however. “That estimation is a relative term,” Strickland said. “Many of the trees lost were 100 and

CW | John Michael Simpson The April 27 tornado uprooted most trees around Rosedale Court, a former housing authority project. Members of the UA Law School plan to replant trees in nearby Rosedale Park. diately. Anything like this helps out a lot.” Strickland agreed these efforts are appreciated. – Jay Strickland “We are very blessed to have people concerned for our parks and for areas that the public uses,” Strickland said. “A lot of Society. “The city appreciates their times, when you have a catasefforts and the money they trophe such as this, it is more spent on the trees,” Bryant said. important to take care of peo“There is no way the city could ple’s homes and infrastructure have replanted the trees imme- first.

“It is a wonderful gesture to bring something to give back to the community that was one of the hardest hit.”

150 years old. That is something that is hard to put a dollar amount on.” Bryant said he is grateful for the contributions of ABA SEER and the Environmental Law

“Sometimes things such as parks are way down the list of what gets help. It is a wonderful gesture to bring something to give back to the community that was one of the hardest hit.” McKinney welcomed all students interested in environmental law to participate in Saturday’s tree planting. If interested, RSVP with Scott Frechette at scott.frechette@

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“I think it’s mostly a matter of price,” Brantley said. “I think more and more students will get [e-books or tablets] as the prices come down and as digital textbooks become more popular.” Carly Hannah, a sophomore majoring in journalism, said she has been interested in using a tablet or e-reader because they may be cheaper in the long run, but prefers real books. “I don’t think traditional textbooks will go extinct because there are people out there, like myself, who don’t like to read on a screen,” Hannah said. “I prefer real books because I like the feeling of actually having the book in my hand and being able to turn the pages myself. I also feel that taking a legitimate highlighter to the pages or taking notes in the margins helps me more than highlighting or making notes on a screen.” Kristen Heflin, assistant professor in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations, said in many cases, print textbooks are still useful, but for her social media class, a good textbook is difficult to find. “Technologies and platforms are changing so quickly that most textbooks are obso-

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“As far as textbooks going extinct, no way. Technology only lasts so long before it changes. Books are words on paper, and once they’re printed, they can take a lot of damage before becoming useless, as opposed to electronic alternatives, which can fall a few feet and become useless.” Brantley said he likes both e-books and physical books, but sometimes an iPad is much easier. “I think books with paper and e-books can peacefully coexist,” Brantley said. “Books-with-paper snobs like to talk about how you can’t take an iPad to the beach, which is true, but an e-book on an iPad is much easier to read while you’re holding a sleeping infant, which is what I’ve been doing for the past year.”

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The UA Meteorological Society arrived in tornadodamaged Clay-Trussville Wednesday to help the American Red Cross perform damage assessment and shelter operations. “We’ve brought water bottles and tarps,” Patrick Reilly, president of the group, said. For residents with damaged roofs, the tarps will come in handy during the next big rain event. The destruction and width of the tornadoes were less significant than that of April 27, but Clay-Trussville and the surrounding area still suffered heavy damage. “Currently, we’ve seen a lot of damage to businesses,” Christopher Amalfitano, vicepresident of the group, said. “It might be months until those businesses can reopen.” The UAMS has 20 active members, and the National Weather Service and Community Emergency Response Team certified most of its members. Reilly and Amalfitano founded UAMS on April 10, 2011 for students who are passionate about weather and serving the community. “Patrick and I were talking about weather outside of Paty Hall one day, and that’s where

“I was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, so I’ve been dealing with tornadoes my whole life. I remember the Dec. 26, 2000 tornado and helping people pick up parts of their lives that were in ruins.” — Patrick Reilly

it began,” Amalfitano said. “I was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, so I’ve been dealing with tornadoes my whole life,” Reilly said. “I remember the Dec. 26, 2000 tornado and helping people pick up parts of their lives that were in ruins.” During severe weather, the UAMS deploys trained weather-chasers to track storms and tornadoes. The group was among the first responders on April 27. The UAMS has saved lives and helped rebuild communities, its members report. Although juggling the role of volunteer and student is often difficult for Reilly and the other members, it’s a job well worth it. “We never do this for recognition,” he said. The group does receive support and thanks from the 150 members on its mailing list. UAMS sends out severe

weather alerts to those who have signed up to receive them, and the students are thankful for the information and timeliness of the alerts. “Our alerts go more in-depth than UA news,” Amalfitano said. “We try not to cover the same information.” “We’ve actually sent an alert before the University one time,” said Reilly. UAMS also provides advice tips to hunters. Reilly calculates animal activity on several factors such as temperature and solunar hunting tables. Using his advice, hunters can pick the best times to hunt for fish, deer and other wildlife. “I’m a hunter myself,” Reilly said. “It’s an estimate and not an exact science, so you still might not find anything.” For more information, contact the group at bamauams@


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Math center celebrates ten years of success By Judah Martin Contributing Writer

In the fall of 2001, the University created the Math Technology Learning Center to teach all introductory level math courses. This year, the MTLC will celebrate its 10th anniversary. The Department of Mathematics will host two receptions in the Learning Center next week, on Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Tuesday from 3:30 to 5 p.m., in which UA administrators, academic advisors and the department’s undergraduate advisors can experience the MTLC and speak with the students who use it. The MTLC was established with a $200,000 grant from the Pew Foundation’s Learning and Technology Program at the Center for Academic Transformation as an effort to modify UA’s intermediate algebra course, Math 100. The MTLC, which hosts courses in beginning algebra, intermediate algebra, precalculus algebra, pre-calculus trigonometry, trigonometry and beginning calculus, aims to teach students math through technological methods. Students take their courses on a computer from a source that can be accessed online, as opposed to in a traditional classroom. A range of tutors that include graduate teaching assistants, math instructors and undergraduate engineering and math majors are available to assist students when needed.

CW | Mitchell Hughes Students working in the Math Technology Learning Center, located inside Tutwiler Hall. Robert Olin, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, believes the methods used in the MTLC are a noteworthy alternative to those of a standard classroom. The MTLC was modeled after the Math

Emporium Dean Olin established at Virginia Tech in 1997. “In the Learning Center, students can learn at their own pace, receive instant feedback on their work, and get individual attention from

a tutor whenever they need assistance,” Olin said. “It promises to remove some of the most common stumbling blocks to early success in math, such as not being able to keep up with the class, not receiving ade-

quate feedback and rehearsals while learning math concepts and lack of individual assistance.” Lance Ross, a graduate teaching assistant in the Learning Center studying geomet-

ric group theory, observed that many students may have trouble adjusting to the concept of taking math courses online. “Some really like it at first because they can work ahead and some don’t like it,” Ross said. “I think the majority [of students] clash at first and then accept it. What the student brings to it is a large part of whether or not they succeed.” Sam Evers, an instructor in the MLTC, feels that the lab is convenient, not only for students, but for teachers as well. “Unfortunately, in a traditional paper and pencil setting, an instructor can’t grade everything,” Evers said. “The computer allows us to assign gradable things. There’s some resistance [by students] at first, but it doesn’t take them long to see that [the MTLC] is a pretty good way to learn.” Despite the need for students to adjust to its environment, the Learning Center has yielded successful results. Since the MTLC’s inception, the rate of students who pass their introductory math classes, although fluctuant, has proved to be significant overall. “In the fall of 1999, when Math 100 was taught the traditional way, only 40.4 percent of students passed,” Olin said. “Math 100 began in the MTLC in 2000. In fall 2000, that percentage jumped by 10 percent, to 50.2. By fall 2003, 78.9 percent of students were succeeding. Those early numbers indicated to us that the MTLC style of learning works.”

Student promotes organ donor awareness By Melissa Brown Staff Reporter Warner DePriest, a University of Alabama junior, was just six months old when he had a liver transplant due to cirrhosis and congenital issues. But he doesn’t want to talk about it – that’s not really a big deal to him. Because of blockage in his transplanted liver, he had to travel to Pittsburgh for serious surgical procedures five times last fall. Through it all, he remained enrolled at UA. But that’s not a big deal either. DePriest is just glad he finished his last exam. “He had a traumatic fall semester, but he still just doesn’t want the focus on him,” said his mother, Sandra DePriest. “He wants to put the

focus on donor awareness.” For years, DePriest has been actively involved in organ donation and transplant communities. Now, he wants to begin to raise awareness on college campuses. “You never know if you’re going to be saving a life,” he said. “Your sacrifice could potentially help another person.” In middle school, Warner DePriest began attending Camp Bridges, a Birmingham-based camp for children with endstage organ disease and transplantation. It was there that he met other kids who shared his experiences. He said sharing stories with his peers made him realize his situation wasn’t a big deal to him. “I went to Camp Bridges for six years, and these kids ranged

from kidney transplants to double lung transplants,” he said. “One of my friends had a double lung and heart transplant. That is so taxing. They take so many medications. Those people have so many more issues than myself.” In 2008, Warner DePriest took part in the Transplant Olympics, an event where donors, recipients and families get together to share their stories while playing sports. There, DePriest learned about Donor Dudes, an organ donation awareness program started by Olympic snowboarder Chris Klug. According to the Chris Klug Foundation website, Klug, a liver transplant recipient himself, founded Donor Dudes in 2003 to promote donor awareness in high schools and college campuses. The website said 18 people

die every day from lack of available organs. Every 12 minutes, another person is added to the transplant waiting list. DePriest hopes to plan an event with Donor Dudes on UA’s campus to educate college students about organ donation. He believes young people are less apt to really consider the possibility that organ donation might ever be an option. “He really wants to use any opportunities he may have to encourage people to be a donor and save lives,” Sandra DePriest said. Today, Warner is happy to be back to classes with his fellow students. He hopes his classmates will understand the importance of being an organ donor. “People should know that their bodies can be of use after they’re gone,” he said.

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Whereas women nationwide are burdened with their daily debate of which shoes will go with which accessories, men must decide how long they can go without wearing the same tie to work again. Two University of Alabama Law School alumni have answered that question with their tie rental company TieTry. Scott Tindle and David Powers were law students who spent a lot of time in search of the perfect business idea before they were supplying men nationwide with fashionable rental ties. Since the company’s birth, there has been some discrepancy as to where the idea came from. “There is a television show called ‘Shark Tank’ about entrepreneurs, and in the show, there was a lady that created basically the Netflix model but with children’s toys,” Tindle said. “Parents could rent the toys, then she would send them out. When the kids were done with the toys, the parents would send them back, and she’d sanitize them and send them out again. We spurred the idea from that.” Many people had wondered if the idea came from the television series “The League,”

where one character had brought of the idea of tie rental on an episode about three weeks before the launch of TieTry. “We did not take the idea from ‘The League,’” Tindle said. “We really appreciate The League running that episode, however, because it advertised the concept for us. It aired in mid-December, and our website launched about three weeks later. We take it as a huge compliment that people think we could pull this off in three weeks.” The website offers ties from many different fashion industries, rather than one particular trend. Currently, they offer a wide variety, ranging from higher-end Italian ties to smaller Southern companies, which serves as a major attraction to consumers nationwide. “I think it is a very interesting concept,” said Jake Anderson, a UA alumni. “If they are able to continue to grow their overall tie selection to keep customers interested, I think it could be very successful.” TieTry aims to satisfy customers in more areas than just the south. “We want to be able to meet as many needs as we can, because at the end of the day, guys are wearing ties for different reasons, because impressing a client in New York requires a different tie,

“We want to be able to meet as many needs as we can, because at the end of the day, guys are wearing ties for different reasons, because impressing a client in New York requires a different tie, rather than when you are hanging out in Tuscaloosa.” — Scott Tindle

rather than when you are hanging out in Tuscaloosa,” Tindle said. Tindle said there are about 10 million men who wear a tie to work everyday. TieTry would like to capture just one percent of the 10 million by their five-year anniversary. Consumers can sign up for packages ranging from $11.99 with one tie per month to $29.99 with five ties per month. “This service is so great because it offers higher-quality ties that would normally cost a high amount of money for me to have to purchase,” said Dennis Sumrall, a TieTry customer. “Instead, I can get them for a really reasonable price. It is also really nice because I don’t ever have to be seen in the same tie at work. They have a great variety, and I am very happy with them.” Because they were once aspiring businessmen themselves, Tindle and Powers urge UA students to pursue their ambitions. “The main thing is, when

you think you have a good idea, you have to follow through with those ideas,” Tindle said. “Ideas in themselves are great, but until they are put into action, they are fruitless. You don’t need to put everything into practice, because sometimes you start mapping it out, and you find it isn’t worth the time and money to see if it will work. You have to put the work in and see if it feasible and go out and make it happen. That’s the difficult part.” Tindle said there were three things he wanted UA students to remember about TieTry. “One, we are both Alabama graduates,” Tindle said. “Two, this is not just for people who wear ties everyday. We are trying to cater to as many different people as we can. And third, we feel that we have a social responsibility to give back, and we are open to working with charities. People can always email us and recommend charities, and if its something we believe in, we are more than willing to work with them.”

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Woods Quad showcases sculptors’ finest pieces Diverse pieces cover a wide spectrum of influences and styles and showcases history of art at University By Sam Gerard Contributing Writer The Woods Quad, also called the “Arts Quad” is located near the Crimson Promenade and features many contemporary art statues of all shapes and sizes. There are six notable pieces around Woods Quad and many others scattered around campus, each with significant histories.

visible in the sculpture because of renovations made after the April 27 tornado.

Goldie 71

Known popularly as the “Fallen Iron Giant,” Goldie 71 is a piece by Joe McCreary, a graduate student and residential artist at Sloss Furnace in Birmingham. Stevenson said the piece is symbolic of the end of the Industrial Revolution. Phoenix “When welding at Sloss Furnace Standing outside the front of was shut down, Joe took parts of old Manly Hall is “Phoenix,” a piece that machinery and based the piece on is constructed out of different vehicu- the decomposition of the Industrial lar components and shards of welded Revolution,” Stevenson said. “The piece symbolically shows industry metal. Andrew L. Arvanetes is the sculp- fading back into the earth.” tor of this unique piece. “As in the Phoenix legend, my work An homage to Brancusi often deals with the passage of time, life, death and existence after death. One of the least conspicuous pieces For this reason, I chose to design this is a monolith known as “An Homage piece to visually suggest the creato Brancusi.” Constructed by Billy ture from this mythological tale,” Lee, this purchased piece is the oldArvanetes said about his sculpture est piece featured in the Woods Quad in UA’s Biennial art catalog. “The and was originally displayed in front vehicular parts suggest movements of Moody Music Hall, but after 1993, through space and time.” the piece was moved to the inner The sculpture also signifies rebirth yard near Garland Hall because of through unconventional means, he construction. said. In the mythology of the phoenix, This sculpture was inspired by the bird can be reborn out of its own Brancusi’s most ambitious sculpashes; thus, the machine parts show tures, the Endless Column. the interpretation of an industrialist “I am drawn towards forms that phoenix. would activate space, recalling experiences, and thus giving that Argyle space energy and vitality,” Lee said about his piece. He said he believes One of the more widely recognized the empty space and peculiar shappieces is known as “Argyle,” the piece ing help enhance the meaning of the at the center of the Woods Quad. The monolith and create repetitive illucreator, Craig Wedderspoon, is a sions. lecturer at UA and works with both graduate and undergraduate art students. Golden cage ball “I took [the art class] because I (no name given) knew who Craig Wedderspoon was,” said junior fine arts major Turner This sculpture, located near Manly Woods, regarding Wedderspoon’s Hall in the Woods Quad, is also a crevery cerebral approach to art. “It ation by Wedderspoon. This is the can be frustrating sometimes, how most recent art of this caliber to be he stretches your mind, but he gets displayed. you through it well. He’s an excellent “It’s based on the expensive Tiffany teacher, and anybody interested in lamps, which is similar to stained art should take his class.” glass,” Stevenson said about the “There are certain elaborate trianspherical sculpture. It accentuates gular patterns that give it the name,” the gold foil that surrounds the colorsaid senior art technician Mark ful glass. Often, the foil is the least Stevenson. “It follows the pattern in observed characteristic about the an abstract etched aluminum form.” work, but this sculpture focuses on Different patchworks of metal are that piece, he said.

CW | Pete Pajor Above: Goldie 71, or “The Fallen Iron Giant,” is symbolic of the death of the Industrial Revolution. Left: “Argyle” was created by Wedderspoon, a lecturer at UA.


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Seniors prepare for last home meet against UGA

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SPORTS this week

THURSDAY • Women’s Basketball vs. Tennessee: 8 p.m.

FRIDAY • Gymnastics vs. Auburn: 7 p.m., Auburn, Ala.

SATURDAY • Men’s Tennis vs. UCLA: 10 a.m., Los Angeles, Calif.

By Mary Grace Showfety Contributing Writer

The Alabama Crimson Tide swimming and diving team will bid ten seniors adieu on Saturday in its last home meet against the University of Georgia Bulldogs. The Lady Bulldogs, ranked No. 1 in the country, just won their 77th consecutive home meet, and the men are not far behind – ranking No. 9. Though the Tide will certainly be the underdog, the team is excited to be hosting such a matchup. Kyle Weeks, a senior swimmer and president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, said he is awaiting the arrival of the Bulldogs with anticipation and a positive mindset. “We all know Georgia’s good, so we just want to come out strong,” Weeks said. “Even though we’re tired and all focused on SECs, we just want to give them a run for their money and compete. We welcome the higher level of competition, and we’re just excited to go against such a good team.” In his last meet in the Alabama Aquatic Center and Don Gambril Olympic pool,

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championship in gymnastics.” For gymnasts like senior Ashley Sledge, who grew up in Alabama, they understand how much the rivalry means to the state and are prepared for an intense competition. “As someone who is from Alabama originally, the Alabama-Auburn rivalry is just so fueled,” Sledge said. “Our fans are just so explosive, and we just cannot wait to get down there.” While the football side of the rivalry certainly gets the bulk of the attention, the gymnastics side has had its fair share of controversial moments as well. In the 1970s, the Crimson Tide traveled to Auburn for a meet,

UA Athletics The Alabama menʼs swimmers prepare to start a race during a meet last year. The Crimson Tide will face off against the University of Georgia over the weekend at the UA Aquatics Center. Weeks also acknowledges the sentiment that comes along with the upcoming meet. “Competing here for the last time means a lot,” Weeks said. “It’s not just the competition experiences I’ve had and when they entered the gymnasium, the loudspeakers were playing the radio call from the famous “Punt Bama Punt” football game from 1972. Last year, the two sides met in Tuscaloosa, and an Auburn gymnast took a shot at the Tide football team when she struck the Heisman pose as part of her floor routine. Needless to say, the Alabama fans, as well as gymnasts, were not too pleased with her display. “I remember that vividly, and I just remember thinking, ‘Gosh, if that had ever been in our floor routine, Sarah [Patterson] would not let us do it at Auburn,’” Sledge said. “So, kudos to her for doing it, to be brave enough to do it, but our fans did not like it, and I do not think she’ll be doing that again.” As for this weekend, Sledge

here. Ninety percent of the time, we’re here in the mornings at 6 a.m., putting in the work when no one can see us. There’s just been a lot of great times with my teammates here, and we’ve sharpened

each other as people and as athletes, so it’s a big emotional experience.” Though the Southeastern Conference Championships are still a few weeks away, senior Ida Persson is excited

“You just can’t focus on keeping the streak alive, because if you do that, it won’t ever stay there. You’ve got to focus on doing – each athlete, one through six, on each event – doing the best they can do, and seven, eight and nine pushing one through six.” — Coach Sarah Patterson

said not to expect anything too drastic from the Crimson Tide. “I think the most we’ll come to doing that is maybe wearing football jerseys when we warm up, but that’s about it,” Sledge said. Sledge, along with sophomore Lindsey Fowler, senior Rachel Terry and freshman Lora Leigh Frost, who are all originally from the state of Alabama, will serve as captains for the meet.

Tide riding a streak of domination Fans like to brag about winning streaks in a rivalry series, and Tide gymnastics fans certainly have a lot to be proud of: 103 straight victories against Auburn. Patterson tries to downplay the streak, saying that the team should focus on what they have

to use the upcoming meet as preparation for all of the competition the SEC has to offer. However, the Sweden native has faith in her team and believes that together they can finish the regular season as victors. “I think it’s just great how the team has come together this year, and I think we’ve done a great job cheering for each other.” Persson said. “I hope that we can bring that into this last meet, too.” Head Coach Eric McIlquham is also looking ahead to the coming weeks of SEC Championships and finally the NCAA Championships, but first, the Tide has to go headto-head with the Bulldogs. “It’s just another step of the process in the things we wish to accomplish as a team,” McIlquham said in reference to Saturday’s competition. Historically, the Tide has had very close races competing against Georgia, and they hope that this meet will be no different, McIlquham said. The Tide will honor its seniors as they celebrate their time and devotion to the team and will be accompanied by friends and family during Saturday’s meet.

to do to win, rather than winning by itself. “You just can’t focus on keeping the streak alive, because if you do that, it won’t ever stay there,” Patterson said. “You’ve got to focus on doing – each athlete, one through six, on each event – doing the best they can do, and seven, eight and nine pushing one through six.” But it still adds pressure to the gymnasts, who want to be remembered for keeping the streak alive, rather than losing it. “I love the streak. You never want to be the class that loses the streak,” Sledge said. “But we put that in the back of our minds, because if we do our job, everything will fall the way we want it. We just want to have a great week of practice and go compete against Auburn in their home.”

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Tide faces test in Tennessee Despite loss, one for memory book By Zac Al-Khateeb Senior Sports Reporter @ZacAlKhateeb

The Alabama women’s basketball team will take on the Tennessee Lady Volunteers at home Thurs., Jan. 26. Alabama (10-10, 0-6) will be looking to earn its first SEC win against the Lady Vols (14-5, 5-1). Both teams will enter the game coming out of blowout losses away from home. Alabama lost at Florida, 37-61, while Tennessee fell to Notre Dame, 44-72. Head coach Wendell Hudson said he expects to face a very good basketball team in Tennessee, especially considering they’re trying to rebound from a loss. “[Head coach] Pat Summit and her staff always do a good job,” Hudson said. “They’re coming off a loss that’s really a big-time loss for them. So I think that the key for us would be to match their intensity level…and I think that’s the

whole key to all of this.” Sophomore Ja s m i n e Robinson echoed her coach’s thoughts about Tennessee. “They’re a good team,” Robinson said. “I know they’re bigger than us. They can easily throw it in the post, and they have good guards. I think all across the board they do everything well.” Hudson also said Tennessee has a plethora of talented players with distinct size advantages over the Tide. For Hudson, the key to overcoming these disadvantages will be to put pressure on Tennessee, use the entire court to make it a transition game and limit Tennessee’s rebounding opportunities. Another key Hudson emphasized is dividing the game into segments. By competing and winning ten four-minute segments, Hudson said his team can recharge and strategize during that time, as opposed to trying to compete over the length of the game. For Robinson, it all comes

down to shooting. Even though the Tide has managed to find opportunities for open shots, she said, they’ve had trouble making the basket. Indeed, against Florida, Alabama had more shooting attempts than Florida did but was unable to make a connection. Still, junior Kyra Crosby said the biggest thing her team can do to help win the game is play together as a team, something the Tide has had difficulty doing this season – over the course of the year, Alabama has had eleven different starting lineups. “As a team, we need to start playing together,” Crosby said. “We need to swing the ball more, transition defense, it’s a lot of stuff. And there’s always going to be things that we can improve as a team.” “I just want it to be a good game. I want to win, of course. But I can’t take another big loss by double digits,” Robinson said. “I just want it to be a good game, and I hope it just goes our way this time.”

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DECIDING MOMENT South Carolina guard Bruce Ellington made a layup with 1.3 seconds left in the game to put the Gamecocks up 56-54. Alabama tried a cross-court pass to JaMychal Green, but his shot fell short, sealing the Gamecocks’ win.

By Zac Al-Khateeb Senior Sports Reporter @ZacAlKhateeb The 2011 football season came to a satisfying conclusion Saturday as the Alabama Crimson Tide and roughly 30,000 fans filed into Bryant-Denny Stadium to celebrate the Tide’s 14th national championship. I was at that celebration with a friend of mine, and we were caught up in the pageantry of the moment: the season highlights, the speeches, the accolades, the roar of the crowd and one last confetti shower for head coach Nick Saban. When we got back from the celebration, my friend looked at some of the commemorative championship posters handed out during the celebration; that’s when he noticed something. “Huh, our record’s not on here,” he said. “Yeah,” I said, laughing. “We’re probably just too embarrassed about that loss to LSU earlier this season. We don’t want people to know we weren’t undefeated.” It was said as a joke. It was meant as a joke. But then I got to thinking, you know, there probably are more than a few Alabama fans out there who are less than pleased the Tide couldn’t pull off another undefeated season – national championship or not.

That might be a bit of an overstatement, but the fact remains that somewhere out in the world, there are fans out there getting irked that Alabama had a loss on its schedule and the team couldn’t achieve that ever-elusive perfect season. However, just the fact that people can have those expectations shows the successful nature of this program in recent years and years long gone. I mean, what other fanbase in the nation can boast such nerve to demand that type of success every year with an undefeated season to boot? I’ll give you a moment to think about that… You back? You couldn’t think of one, could you? At least, not on the level Alabama fans are, anyway. I’ve heard it said that Alabama fans are the New York Yankees of the college football world. We feel entitled to success because we’ve had so much of it before. However, it’s actually probably the other way around. Despite the blemish on its record, Alabama made some huge accomplishments this year – even by its own standards. It became the first team to beat a conference foe in the BCS National Championship game and was the first to do so without winning its own conference or division. It was the first team in a long time to actually beat an SEC team in the title game, and it delivered

the first and only shutout in BCS bowl history. Alabama also had eight players named to the Pro Football Weekly All-America team and gave Saban his third BCS title and his second at Alabama. That’s a whole lot of success for just one season. A lot of teams couldn’t accomplish in a decade what Alabama accomplished in a single game. Also, with that earlier loss in mind, it goes to show it really is about the journey and not the destination. It’s pretty safe to assume that Alabama had a chip on its shoulder heading into the national championship game. Amidst all the doubt, all the naysayers and everyone else’s two cents on why Alabama shouldn’t be allowed a second opportunity at LSU, the Tide rolled into New Orleans, whipped the only team who beat them that season and claimed its 14th national championship. Can anyone say Alabama would have given the same performance if they came into the game undefeated, while LSU came in with revenge on its mind? Who can say? Whatever one’s opinion on the subject, Alabama can claim another consensus championship to add to its illustrious history. Undefeated or not, this season is one that will be remembered for a long time among Alabama fans, and that is something truly special.


| South Carolina won, despite only shooting 22-68 from the court. The Crimson Tide out-shot the Gamecocks with a .429 percentage, but still fell short.


| Freshman Levi Randolph led the Crimson Tide with 12 points. Randolph shot 5-8 on the game.


| South Carolina senior Malik Cooke led all players with 18 points.


| Forward JaMychal Green was held to only six points on the day. The total was eight points fewer than his season average.


| Alabama has now lost four games in a row. The Crimson Tide dropped to 2-4 in conference play for the season.

The Daily Gamecock/Chris Keohane South Carolina player Bruce Ellington shoots over Alabamaʼs Trevor Releford in the Tideʼs loss Wednesday night in Columbia, S.C.



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Pink Box Burlesque opens season at Green Bar By Courtney Stinson Contributing Writer

The performers of Tuscaloosa’s Pink Box Burlesque are bringing their own brand of comedy and merriment to Green Bar Saturday for the premier of its fifth season. Pink Box Burlesque offers a show with performances that include live music, singing, dancing, skits and a message of empowerment. The troupe will perform a review, a

collection of favorite past acts, along with new acts from upcoming performances. The review will include acts from Pink Box’s upcoming Valentine’s show and a tribute to its annual production of “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” “Review shows are a fun way for us to celebrate the last season while teasing the new one,” said Mama Dixie, the Pink Box Burlesque’s Madam. We’re really excited about this season. We’re tackling some show ideas

that have been on the board for a while,” In four seasons, the members of Pink Box Burlesque say they have grown both as performers and as a group and have overcome obstacles to make it to their fifth season. “There have been some great struggles – times when we wondered if we could, or should, keep going; but we’ve pulled together with amazing results. We’ve become something of a band of misfit tassels,” Mama Dixie said.

In addition to the excitement of opening their fifth season, the members of Pink Box Burlesque also look forward to the intimacy and atmosphere of performing at Green Bar. “We love performing at the Green Bar. The people, the building, the atmosphere – it feels like a cozy home,” Mama Dixie said. “We love to stretch our arms on the Bama [Theatre] stage, but there’s something magical about rubbing shoulders at the Green Bar.” Adding to Pink Box’s review is guest

guitarist Fingers McGee, who has played with Pink Box before. They will also be joined by guitarist and songwriter Ham Bagby, who will be taking the stage for the second half of the night while the Pink Box performers attend the after party in Green Bar. Only those 21 years or older are permitted. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the performance begins at 9 p.m. Cost of entry into the performance is $10, and Green Bar is located at 2350 4th St. For more information, call 205-752-2060.

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Worth searching for: Looking for an old friend By Jared Downing Leave it to a woman to come between best friends. We’d been through some tough scrapes, my passport and I. I’d written its number on so many visa forms and hostel ledgers I knew it by heart. It was with me when I was 17, trying to smuggle a Thai frog into the U.S., and it found its way back when my money belt fell off in Kampala. We hitchhiked across India, sneaked into Burma and caught malaria. I kept it in my pack in Central America, and through every

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dollar hostel, crusty market and chicken bus, I hadn’t let it out of arm’s reach, not once. And all it took was a Swedish girl with green eyes. I met her in a pub on Guatemala’s volcanic Lake Atitlan, and it was a full half hour before I realized I’d left my pack behind. I searched for it, of course. I had stuck reward fliers on every lamppost and cantina wall before I finally set out for the embassy to put in for a new one. But the whole way to Guatemala City, I thought about it, about how it was still out there, somewhere, behind enemy lines. I just didn’t know where to look. But I found someone who did. He called himself Fresh. Fresh was a Rastafarian with a grin that sparkled like lighting against his beaded dreadlocks and midnight face. He hustled, but who didn’t? His dream job was to smoke weed and take it easy. He talked about lobsters, mango trees and drinking rum until he fell asleep on the beach, and

sometimes, he would just throw his fist in the air, shout “R-R-R-Rastafariman!” and laugh at the street. His real name was Charlie. In fact, everyone in his gang had odd, Victorian names. There was Nigel, who liked to drink tomato juice, and Herman, who played the drums. And there was Edgar, who didn’t have any real passports but could make a just dandy one for $150. Fresh knew I wanted mine, and somehow, he knew why. So we set off for the volcano lake and prodded an underbelly crusted in tourist residue: iPods, cameras, marijuana and (we hoped) passports. We talked to hustlers, hookers and lowlifes. We went to damp alleys, seedy cantinas and even a travel office rumored to deal passports on the side. But that was all we could find were rumors. Everyone knew someone who knew some-

thing, but no one knew anything. I found one that looked somewhat like me, but it wasn’t mine and went for $700. It may not have been stolen; it’s not uncommon for broke backpackers to pawn their passports, sometimes for thousands. What good was it to find mine, I realized, if I couldn’t afford to buy it back? I ran through scenarios that ended with me bolting out of some basement crime den. Fresh and I even set a rendezvous point in case we got separated. When I brought it up, he just gave a sober nod and said, “You have to take what is yours.” This was all stupid, of course, but in my defense, it seemed more rational after a few days of probing the underworld with a drug-dealer-turned-private-eye. But it didn’t come to that. We chased leads for three days; finally, eating bologna sandwiches on the sidewalk, Fresh paused and said, “You really think we gonna find your thing?” and I realized he had given up a long time ago. Fresh and I parted in Guatemala City. I put in for a new passport, went to the coast and did nothing but juggle for six days. Then I struck out for more adventures, bouncing off the borders like a pinball. The new one had a different number. The pages had cheesy illustrations of American landmarks and patriotic quotes, and it didn’t have my stamps or that orange stain on the inside cover that almost kept me out of Ethiopian Immigration. But I was on a bus heading west when I opened it, and this passport would get me across the border. Then together, we would hitchhike across Mexico. I flipped to the front page and wrote 078373328. I still know the number by heart.

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sons of Anarchyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; has audiences hooked By Ashley Chaffin Recently wrapping up its fourth season on FX, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sons of Anarchyâ&#x20AC;? follows an outlaw motorcycle club as they push guns up and down the California coast. Although Sons is not currently airing on television, the first three seasons are available for instant streaming on Netflix. To put my love for this show lightly, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll just say that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m obsessed with it. However, to put my love for the show more realistically, it is, in my opinion, the most perfect show on television. From the first minute of the first episode, it grabs your attention. There have been other shows that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen that have also done this, but eventually, in the first episode, the plot has to slow down in order to set up the next show. Somehow, creator and executive producer Kurt Sutter (also known for â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Shieldâ&#x20AC;?) keeps the show fast-paced from the first seconds, but viewers never feel lost or confused. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a seamless marriage of very intricate plot details and action, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still not even out of the first episode. As the seasons continue, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sons of Anarchyâ&#x20AC;? never loses its fast-paced action or

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outwardly saying), â&#x20AC;&#x153;WTF?â&#x20AC;? I got through the first two seasons of the show in about two weeks, because I could not turn off my computer and stop watching. The need to know what happened in the next episode literally overcame my need for sleep. I realize that I sound a little crazy, but everyone I know who has watched this show using the instant gratification of Netflix has lost sleep because they had to know what happened. During the fall, I finished work early and skipped homework and sorority events just to go home and watch the Sons on Tuesdays. There is no other show Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever watched that I felt the need to see right as it aired. It is well acted, well written and well produced â&#x20AC;&#x201C; there is no â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sons of Anarchyâ&#x20AC;? has built a downside to this show for me. devoted fan base with its intense I will admit, however, that the storyline and gritty characters. violence and sex scenes are as graphic as FX is allowed to make them. This show is the perfect guy Runtime: 60 minutes show, with lots of guns, violence and boobs, but somehow, as a MPAA rating: TV-MA girl, I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t turn it off. Anyone who can appreciate a wellNumber of Seasons: 4 written show that will never leave you wanting more should CW criticâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rating: check out â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sons of Anarchy.â&#x20AC;? It is, as I said, the most perfect show on television.

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In the culturally fractured Internet age, it’s hard for a single voice to stand out. Music, movies and literature that truly achieve mass consumption are, in some ways, a thing of the past. The last album to crack 10 million copies sold came out in 2003. Of the 100 most popular movies in the history of cinema, the only 21st century film that was based on an original IP was Pixar’s Finding Nemo. Increasingly, we are a society of disparate tastes and interests. However, there are still some people who bring us together. Whether you love or hate Kanye West’s rants, Lady Gaga’s crazy outfits or Mark Zuckerberg’s increasingly sophisticated social network, these people and their primary

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achievements have come to define young people, and, particularly, how people will view the young people of this moment from a historical perspective. The Crimson White is asking you, the reader, to help us determine the voice of our generation – what person, through their achievements, actions or aesthetic, most wholly defines the ideals and worldview of people between the ages of 18 and 24 in the year 2012. On this list, you’ll find people who have accomplished great things (Steve Jobs) and people whose stardom defies accomplishment (Snooki), but all of them have, in some core way, affected the manner in which we’ve developed into the adults we are today.

Justin Timberlake

Harry Potter He’s the boy who lived and made awkward broken glasses cool. Thank goodness we’re not dementors or we’d be screwed. Expecto patronum!

Kanye West Like many young people, Kanye believes he can do anything. After redefining black masculinity and Twitter celebrity, who’s to say he can’t?

He literally brought sexy back. He devised the greatest gifting idea known to man. He can sing, dance and act; what more do you want?


Michael Cera

Snooki showed girls how to bump their hair higher, wear their hems shorter, party harder and make losing their dignity look acceptable.

Does he always play the same role? Sure, but there’s a reason: for better or worse, in Hollywood, we are Cera, and Cera is us.

Katy Perry

Mark Zuckerberg

Don’t know the words to all Perry’s hits? You’re lying. They’re catchy as hell, and, yes, overplayed, but she kissed a girl and liked it.

He may not really be the voice of our generation, but he gave us our voice: Annoyingly selfish recaps of our days and pictures of cats.

Steve Jobs

Jon Stewart From paranoid pothead in “Half Baked” to quirky master of satire, the 5’6” Stewart is much more of a newsman than the 6’4” Bill O’Reilly.

Being a PC or a Mac doesn’t matter, 90% of how you and your technology work is because it’s how Steve Jobs’ genius wanted the world to work.

Lebron James Nearly 10 million people watched ‘The Decision’... Enough said.

Barack Obama Beyoncé She defines the word diva, and then defines it again. And she brought us a song for single ladies and how to be truly bootilicious.

South Park Kids

The Clintons and Bushes are our parents’ politicians. First-time voters broke for Obama and his message of hope and change in 2008.

We were their age when they started saying all the dirty words we knew. On TV For longevity and relevance, only the Simpsons supercede.

Lil Wayne From sorority girls to the hardcore gangsters, everybody listens to the ‘Martian,’ and he is your favorite singer’s favorite rapper.

Lady Gaga Through a self-made biz empire, Lady G, like Madonna & MJ, retools pop style & vids, & spurs debate about artistic intention and audience reception.

Justin Bieber Justin Bieber: Internet boy wonder. Bieber fever or not, we all still sing all the lyrics to ‘Baby’ while Bieb-flipping our boyish haircuts.

1 | Harry Potter

1 | Justin Timberlake

4 | Snooki

4 | Michael Cera

2 | Kanye West

3 | Katy Perry

1 | Jon Stewart

4 | Lebron James

The Rules • The tournament will begin with 16 people, seeded from 1 to 4 in four separate regions • Each week, CW writers and other UA students will write short essays explaining why the celebrity they’ve chosen most defines our generation • Readers will vote online for the person they think should win, considering the arguments considered by the writer

3 | Lil Wayne

1 | Steve Jobs

4 | Lady Gaga

2 | South Park Kids

2 | Beyoncé

3 | Barack Obama

2 | Mark Zuckerberg

Get the “QR Reader” app in the app store for iPhone and Android, scan this code, and be directed to the webpage for voting on this bracket.

Capsules written by Marquavius Burnett, Ashley Chaffin, Alex Cohen, John Davis, Joe Head, Taylor Holland, Victor Luckerson, Katherine Martin, Jonathan Reed, Daniel Roth, Margaret Sasser, Jake Smith,Tony Tsoukalas, Will Tucker and SoRelle Wyckoff. Design by Mackenzie Brown and Evan Szczepanski.

3 | Justin Bieber

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