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Friday, January 28, 2011

Serving the University of Alabama since 1894

Vol. 117, Issue 75

Tide dominates in SEC play By Britton Lynn Senior Sports Reporter

Alabama basketball has started off Southeastern Conference play with the best record (4-1) the Crimson Tide has had since the 2004-2005 season. After winning seven of its last eight games, Alabama is now 12-7 overall. The fans have a lot to do with the Tide’s success this season. Five of the seven wins this month have been at home. Alabama is currently undefeated at home, and this Saturday’s game against LSU is less than 300 tickets away from a homegame sellout. “Our fans, especially the last couple of games, have been tremendous,” head coach Anthony Grant said. “The fans have certainly helped our team in terms of the energy that they bring and the excitement that’s in the building. As long as our players continue to stay focused and understand our responsibility on the court with the effort we’ve got to play with it, it makes for an exciting atmosphere for the fans to watch.” Alabama’s only SEC loss of the season happened on the road at Arkansas. The Tide lost

CW | Katherine Overton Ridgecrest South is one of the largest dorms available to freshmen on campus.

Housing costs raise concerns By William Evans Senior Staff Reporter

See TIDE, page 6

The cost for campus housing has crept upward for the last few years, but the increase is a move to align costs closer to off-campus rates, according to University sources. “Several years ago, we determined that our housing costs were too low, compared to comparable institutions and the off-campus market,” said Alicia Browne, associate director for information and communication in Housing and Residential Communities. “In adjusting our rates, we have tried to bring them into line with comparable schools and with off-campus housing, recognizing that there is some additional value associated with the convenience of actually being on campus.” In the 2006-07 academic year, the rate per semester for a four-bedroom suite in the Riverside residence halls was $2,450. In the 2008-09 academic year, the rate per semester for a four-bedroom suite in Riverside was $3,100. This year, a four-bedroom suite in Riverside costs $3,750 per semester, a 53 percent increase in four years.


CW | John Michael Simpson Freshman point guard Trevor Releford lays in a basket during Alabama’s victory over Auburn on Saturday.

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Air Force ROTC takes to water Laptops, professors

face off during class

By Jaley Cranford Contributing Writer The Air Force ROTC held a Group Leadership Project Thursday at the Aquatic Center that focused on building relationships and working together as cadets. The cadets from the seven flights of the AFROTC were divided into teams and each given the goal of constructing a vessel that would carry the entire team across the pool at the Aquatic Center. Francisco Paulino, AFROTC communication officer, said that the prize for winning the event is points toward the Warrior Flight Award. “The award will be presented at the end of this semester to the flight who earns the most points all semester,” Paulino said. He said that the idea for the event came from Wing Commander Kristin Wolfe after she saw the event done by another ROTC program on Facebook. Garrett Ellis, operations group commander, said the le this


Constitution grants Senate more power CW | Drew Hoover In a team building exercise on Thursday, Air Force ROTC cadets worked in teams to create functional rafts out of cardboard, packaging tape and plastic wrap. exercise was supposed to to know their flight better a lot of introduction into the help cadets enter into the and allowing the cadets to Air Force stuff, so this event third week of the semester have fun. “The first few weeks we do See BOATS, page 5 by letting commanders get


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stitution, and will need to use that power quickly to answer a few big questions left from the constitutional overhaul, like how The senate would get more appointments are made to senpower over the other branches ate committees. of the Student Government Association under the new con- See SENATE, page 5

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“Generally, the use of technology in the classroom is encouraged, but is left to the discretion of the instructor,” Andreen said. Because there is no official “Many of the newer classrooms University policy on the use of on campus are designed to laptops in classrooms, profes- accommodate laptops.” John Clark, a professor in sors make the decision whether they will allow the use of elec- the biology department, allows tronics in their classes, said laptops in his classes and is not Cathy Andreen, director of media relations. See LAPTOPS, page 5



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



LAKESIDE Lunch Chicken Marsala Herb-Roasted Red Potatoes Green Beans Seasoned Carrots Chicken and Vegetable Teriyaki with Rice Garden Quiche (vegetarian) Dinner Mixed Spice Rotisserie Chicken Fresh Mashed Potatoes Old Bay Corn on the Cob Sautéed Seasonal Squash Mozzarella Garden Burger (vegetarian)



TODAY What: Dr. Alison Jaggar hosts a colloquium on the subject, “Addressing Transnational Gender Injustice: Rethinking Some Fundamental Assumptions of Western Political Philosophy”

What: UA’s Alabama Mu-

BRYANT Buffalo Hot Wings Fish & Chips Hush Puppies Potato Wedges Szechuan Stir-Fried Vegetables with Tofu (vegetarian)

FRESH FOOD Gilled Catfish Dirty Rice Fresh Corn on the Cob Southern Green Beans Baked Macaroni and Cheese and Tomatoes (vegetarian)

Where: 354 ten Hoor Hall When: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Where: Moody Recital Hall When: 2 p.m.

Where: 205 Smith Hall When: 10 a.m.

What: Zumba with Rachel Baribeau - $8 a lesson

What: Student Recital featuring Daniel Harris, trombone

What: ABXY Gaming Net-

Where: Moody Recital Hall When: 6 p.m.

work and Creative Campus host PixelCon

Northport located off Highway 82 in the old Johnny Ray’s BBQ building

Where: Ferguson Theatre When: All day event

When: 11:45 a.m. - 12:45

What: Student Recital featuring Chris Thomas, Piano


Where: Moody Recital Hall When: 8 p.m.

What: University of Ala-

What: In recognition of

bama Honor Choir Concert

Women in Prison Awareness Week, the WRC is taking up to 40 students on a day trip to Tutwiler Women’s Prison in Wetumpka, AL.

Where: Moody Concert Hall

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Vans will depart from the Women’s Resource Center

Submit your events to

When: 10:15 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Corolla seeking writ- WRC seeking writers, photographers ers for “Our Voice” newsletter The University’s oldest student-run publication, the Corolla yearbook, is seeking photographers, reporters and feature writers. If interested please email the Assistant Editor Phil W. Hudson at

The Women’s Resource Center is seeking students to work for the “Our Voice” newsletter. Interested students can attend a planning meeting at the center at 2 p.m. on Feb. 3. The meeting

will include information about deadlines, story topics and themes. “Our Voice” is a newsletter that covers events for the Women’s Resource Center and articles about women’s issues. For more information, contact Shannon Langan at

Blackburn Institute nominations due February 1 The University’s Blackburn Institute is accepting nominations for the 2012 class of Blackburn Fellows. All students who will attend the University

dents. The class is offered Sundays from 6 to 7 p.m. and Mondays from 7 to 8 p.m. starting on Sunday, Jan. 23. It will be held in room 203 of the Riverside Community Center on Sundays and the first floor classroom in Ridgecrest South on Mondays. It is open, available and seeking all Honors students with an interest in learning more about basic yoga principles, breathing exercises and stretches to come and join. No yoga mat is required, although it will Yoga class offered probably be preferable. It is required that students for honors students not make it to every class, so students can join whenever they Junior Jess Smith is start- have time. ing her free yoga class again for Honors College studuring the 2011-2012 academic year – even graduate and law students – are eligible. Students can nominate themselves or be nominated by a faculty member. The Blackburn Institute is a program for developing strong leaders for Alabama’s future. Nominations can be sent to Candace Peters at cpeters@ Include the student’s full name, CWID and e-mail address. The deadline is Feb. 1.



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POSSESSION OF DRUG Date: Jan. 21 PARAPHERNALIA WITH Location: 900 Block of 2nd Street INTENT TO USE

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Time: 2:35 a.m. Date: Jan. 21 Location: The Retreat at Lake Tamaha

• Caleb Hall, Creative Services Manager, 348-8042 The Crimson White is the community newspaper of The University of Alabama. The Crimson White is an editorially free newspaper produced by students. The University of Alabama cannot influence editorial decisions and editorial opinions are those of the editorial board and do not represent the official opinions of the University. Advertising offices of The Crimson White are on the first floor, Student Publications Building, 923 University Blvd. The advertising mailing address is P.O. Box 2389, Tuscaloosa, AL 35403-2389. The Crimson White (USPS 138020) is published four times weekly when classes are in session during Fall and Spring Semester except for the Monday after Spring Break and the Monday after Thanksgiving, and once a week when school is in session for the summer. Marked calendar provided. The Crimson White is provided for free up to three issues. Any other papers are $1.00. The subscription rate for The Crimson White is $125 per year. Checks should be made payable to The University of Alabama and sent to: The Crimson White Subscription Department, P.O. Box 2389, Tuscaloosa, AL 354032389. The Crimson White is entered as periodical postage at Tuscaloosa, AL 35401. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Crimson White, P.O. Box 2389, Tuscaloosa, AL 35403-2389. All material contained herein, except advertising or where indicated otherwise, is Copyright © 2010 by The Crimson White and protected under the “Work Made for Hire” and “Periodical Publication” categories of the U.S. copyright laws. Material herein may not be reprinted without the expressed, written permission of The Crimson White.

What: Student Recital featuring Justin Langham, trumpet

seum of Natural History will host a screening of Ghost Bird, the critically acclaimed documentary by Scott Crocker — admission is free and open to the public

Where: Baila Venues in

Citrus Spiced Tilapia Steak Fries Fresh Steamed Broccoli Florets Blanched Cauliflower Vegan Broccoli Teriyaki (vegetarian)



The Civil Wars MUSIC

Colonial Drive

THEFT OF PROPERTY III Time: 6:56 p.m. Date: Jan. 24 Location: 400 Block of 5th Avenue E

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF III Time: 1:36 p.m. Date: Jan. 21 Location: 200 Block of 7th Avenue


HARASSMENT Time: 1:45 p.m. Date: Jan. 21 Location: 900 Block of 2nd Street

Time: 6:55 p.m. Date: Jan. 21 Location: 1100 Block of University Boulevard

THEFT OF PROPERTY III Time: 6:33 p.m. Date: Jan. 25 Location: 400 Block of 5th Avenue E

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF III Time: 10:06 p.m. Date: Jan. 22 Location: 900 Block of 2nd Street

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE III Time: 9:40 a.m. Date: Jan. 23 Location: 400 Block of Bryce Lawn Drive

THEFT OF LOST PROPERTY III Time: 5:04 p.m. Date: Jan. 23 Location: 600 Block of 8th Street

POSSESSION/USE OF CREDIT/DEBIT CARD Time: 8:21 p.m. Date: Jan. 25 Location: 200 Block of McCorvey Drive

THEFT OF PROPERTY II Time: 12:34 p.m. Date: Jan. 26 Location: 100 Block of McCorvey Drive



Time: 2:17 p.m. Date: Jan. 26 Location: 700 Campus Drive

Time: 1:11 a.m. Date: Jan. 24 Location: 900 Block of 2nd Street





Time: 9:31 p.m. Date: Jan. 26 Location: 700 Block of Colonial Drive

Time: 11:13 a.m. Date: Jan. 24 Location: 400 Block of 15th Street



THEFT OF PROPERTY II Time: 11:16 a.m. Date: Jan. 25 Location: 1000 Block of Coliseum Drive


Time: 12:59 p.m. Date: Jan. 24 Location: 700

Time: 12:18 a.m. Date: Jan. 25 Location: 100 Block of McCorvey Drive


Time: 8:53 p.m. Date: Jan. 26 Location: 1100 Campus Drive



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Friday, January 28, 2011


Phone repair store makes big impact By Brett Saunders Contributing Writer

When it opened in September, Phone Restore functioned as a small entrepreneurship between two UA graduate students. Due to its success, the company is planning to expand their store to Birmingham in Homewood and also to the outskirts of Birmingham, most likely in a suburban area. Chris Koerner, a graduate student with a degree in business management and entrepreneurship, and Andrew Batteen, a graduate student with a master’s degree in sports management and a Ph.D. in higher education, were tired of breaking their iPhones and sending them away to be repaired. Koerner and Batteen both

felt that it would be a great idea for there to be an easily accessible store where customers could have their iPhone, Droid or Blackberry repaired on site, instead of having it shipped to the company. “We knew that the store would be successful,” Koerner said. “We have more opportunities in a bigger market like Birmingham. “I realized repairing my iPhone would be easier and take less time doing it myself,” he said. “The most common repair we make is repairing a broken screen,” he said. An online customer review of Phone Restore reports than an iPhone user accidentally put his iPhone in the washing machine. Even though he thought it would not work again, Phone Restore was able

to repair it and have it running. Another Phone Restore online customer said the service is professional and welcoming. Batteen said on average the store sees about 10 customers each day. Koerner said students were initially the intended customer base, but the clientele has broadened in the past several months. With their increased popularity and success, both Koerner and Batteen intend on opening classes for their customers to learn about the iPhone. With this class, the customer will learn how to use the iPhone, download the applications they need and apply them to their everyday lives. Phone Restore is located on 15th Street in building 505C. CW|Sara Beth Colburn They can also be contacted at Mayor Walt Maddox joins Andrew Batteen and Chris Koerner to cut the ribbon at their grand opening on Friday, November 12.

T-Town Pull Down climbers reach new heights By Jasmine Cannon Contributing Writer

Saturday, Outdoor Recreation is hosting their annual T-Town Pull Down climbing competition beginning at 10 a.m. The event will shed light on the sport of rock climbing and expose viewers to a non-traditional sport. “We host the T-Town Pull Down climbing competition to provide a chance for the regional climbing community to get together and enjoy the sport that we all are passionate about,” said Lance Haynie, program coordinator for Outdoor Recreation. “There is a competitive aspect to the event, but more than anything, it provides an opportunity

HOUSING Continued from page 1

Carlos Soto, a sophomore studying in New College, said rent at the off-campus housing community The Retreat at Lake Tamaha costs less than room and board at the Ridgecrest residence halls, which is where he lives. For instance, in the Bloomfield complex at The Retreat, a lease continued for the five months of one semester, for a four-bedroom house that includes a furniture package and a utilities cap package costs $3,125, excluding the application fee, administration fee, security deposit and utilities cap package set-up fee (all one-time charges), according to an e-mail from The Retreat that lists the rates of its apartments. When asked about housing prices, Soto said he decided to move off campus because of the rise in cost. “I feel they’re a bit exorbitant,” he said. “[The residence halls] are nice, but I can also get an apartment off campus for cheaper, and I am not going to continue to pay that much for the proximity [of on-campus living].” Browne said HRC does not budget to make a profit from the cost of housing. Instead, housing costs are directed to the maintenance and support of

for fellow climbers to enjoy each other’s company and have fun.” UA climbing gym employee Michael Rosato said he’s excited about the event. “It’s usually a good turnout,” he said. “A lot of people don’t know about the climbing wall, so when we have this big crowd sitting in the [Student Recreation Center], a lot of people will just come over to watch and that’s a really big part of it. Just to get people excited about the sport because it is a small sport is what I get out of it.” Both students and non-students should pre-register on or before Friday. The cost of participation is $30 for students and $40 for non-students until the

day of the event when the price will increase by $10. A registration form must be turned in with payment. Climbers ages 14 and up can compete. There will be prizes for competitors. The redpoint competition format, a system for judging climbing events in which points are awarded on the basis of completing a climb, will be used and the top three male and female finishers will compete in a flash finals showdown. Derek DeBruin, who worked last year as a graduate assistant for Outdoor Recreation, said the maximum number of competitors was met in 2010, and this year should see a similarly high participation rate.

2010-2011 CAMPUS HOUSING COSTS* • Double Occupancy Room: $2,350 • Single Occupancy Room: $2,750 • Rose Towers (single occupancy room): $3,000 • Riverside, Lakeside, Bryant Ridgecrest (4 bedroom unit): $3,750 *per semester rates residence halls. “New buildings require new professional and student staff, new furniture, increased maintenance and more programming,” she said. Browne said as housing has grown, new resources and services have been added to the residence halls, including new professional staff and resident advisers, the Paty Package Center that assists on-campus students with received packages, and wireless Internet throughout all of the residence halls. Because HRC does not receive state funds to defray these costs, students bear the expenses with their housing costs, Browne said. HRC also standardized the rates for the manifold housing options so that students would not have to fumble around with 20 different housing costs to decide where to

live, Browne said. “Now, for the most part, the cost of a particular type of room is the same from building to building, which we have found is much simpler for students and parents to understand,” she said. “It also makes it much easier for students to consider the ramifications of a room change from one building to another.” Matt Powe, a freshman majoring in business operations management, said he takes issue with the uniformity of cost between his room and board at Ridgecrest South and the room and board for residents of Riverside, who he said have larger living spaces. “I think that college is a business and they’re out for making a profit,” he said. For a four-bedroom suite in Riverside West, East and North, a bedroom is 110 square feet and a living/dining area is 372 square

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“We usually get about 50 competitors,” DeBruin said. “We usually max out; last year we had more than 50 [hopeful] competitors and easily 100 spectators.” There will be two climbing periods, the registration form states. Session A will be from 10 a.m. until noon while session B, which is reserved for out-oftown participants, will be from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. The finals will begin at 3:30 pm. There will be different routes, divided according by difficulty. Haynie said this is a way anyone interested can get involved. Tyler Stenger, a sophomore majoring in finance, said he thinks the competition will turn

out well and that there will be a lot of people going. “I especially like how they have beginner, intermediate and advanced levels of competition so it’s really open for anyone wanting to climb, regardless of their skill set,” he said. In preparation for T-Town Pull Down, Outdoor Recreation has redesigned the entire wall. “Basically, we are tearing down everything we have on the wall so far and we’re setting new routes so that nobody has an advantage of seeing them,” Rosato said. “We basically closed down the wall for a week and a half to do so.” T-Town Pull Down will also feature Rosato playing music

through the speakers located on top of the climbing walls. For more information call 3487045, email outdoor.recreation@ or visit the website at

feet, according to HRC’s website. For a four-bedroom suite in Ridgecrest South, a bedroom is 99 square feet and a living/dining area is 120 square feet. Students in both residence halls bear the same cost per semester.

Benjamin Lowe, a junior majoring in public relations, said the University should admit fewer students to the University to lower the demand for housing. He also said the freshman residency requirement inflates

the price for housing due to the correlated rise in demand. “By having the freshman requirement to live on campus, the University is creating an artificial bubble for their own housing,” he said.

IF YOU GO ... • What: T-Town Pull Down rock climbing competition

• Where: Rec Center • When: 10 a.m. Saturday

• Cost: $30 today, $40 day of event


CrimsonRide drenched with passengers

Friday, January 28, 2011 Editor • Tray Smith

By Austin Gaddis

MCT Campus

UA should require physical education

By Ben Friedman

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As I watched the Student Recreation Center fill up last week, almost to the point of complete saturation, with students m o t ivat e d to pursue their New Year’s resolutions, two observations became apparent. First, that students, in general, don’t have an aversion to pursuing physical fitness as a goal, and second, that they are more often than not incapable of maintaining a healthy habit of exercise. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, though. Any passing conversation I’ve ever overheard relating to one’s exercise (or lack thereof) usually includes a few comments along the lines of “I need to be better about that” or “I wish I had enough time to exercise.” Rarely do I ever hear “My health and welfare is in no way a priority to me.” The University would be well served to include a mandatory physical education class as a requirement for graduation. Though some people may consider a mandatory physical education class ridiculous, not having one would be even more ridiculous. After all, the College of Arts and Sciences has a two-semester foreign language requirement. Though learning a foreign language is important, I cannot fathom how the preservation of one’s body and physical wellness is possibly of lesser importance than learning a foreign language. Requiring a physical education class would also be a way of

{ YOUR VIEW } WEB COMMENTS “Anyone writing satirical pieces should stick strictly to fact, not happenstantial claims from parents. Iʼm so irate. This piece angers me. I think you missed the point of mandatory freshmen on-campus living. (I wish I could capitalize hyphens.) Do you not see, John? Itʼs about meeting people. Come on! Itʼs freshman year!” — James Jaillet, in response to “UA freshmen totally unnecessary”

“I think that the bit about housing being the reason for higher tuition was just a joke. The point of the article seems to be that (freshmen) tend to have a lot to complain about but relatively little to offer in return. So a ʻModest Proposalʼ style solution is offered. Also it follows in the age-old tradition of harassing freshmen.” — Alex Hollinghead, in response to “UA freshmen totally unnecessary”

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demonstrating that exercise should be considered a priority. Right now, our one-credit hour physical activity classes are understood to be on par with other “accessory” classes, like music or fine arts classes. This sends the message that exercise is an accessory — something extra, almost exotic, that we can tack on once in a while when our schedule permits, rather than a crucial daily habit. By this age, people don’t need to be told that exercise is good for them to understand the fact that it is. Because of this, the physical education requirement could be completed in many different ways (think water aerobics, fencing or even hip-hop dance), with its primary goal being not so much to tell students exercise is important (they already know that), but both to let them discover how refreshing exercising feels and to introduce them to the wide variety of resources the University has to offer them. More than twice in the past week, I heard passing comments (once referring to an aerobics class and once referring to the entire Rec center itself) along the lines of “If I had only known this was here last semester, I would have come.” If we were to put in place a mandatory physical education requirement, we certainly wouldn’t be the first university to do so. Bryn Mawr College has a mandatory physical education requirement that is designed, according to their website, to “provide opportunities to help students develop lifelong habits that will enhance the quality of their lives.“ Wellesley College calls their physical education requirement “an essential part of the undergraduate experience.” Students at Harvey Mudd College in California must complete three physical education courses to graduate, including a freshman

year aerobics class. Physical education requirements aren’t confined to “progressive” private liberal arts schools. The University of Georgia also has a one-credit hour physical education class that is mandatory for graduation. In addition to the great physical benefit we would be providing ourselves, there is copious research to suggest that physical activity is beneficial to one’s mental state as well. An Arizona State University study showed that regular exercise had positive effects on students’ mental states, reducing both anxiety and depression rates. Researchers at Duke found in a 1999 study of 156 adults diagnosed with major depression that 30 minutes of exercise three times a week was more effective than the common antidepressant Zoloft. By taking the first step in creating a college culture that promotes good health habits, the University could help preemptively combat the effects of poor student health. If the University were to incorporate a mandatory physical education requirement (which again, could be satisfied by an array of interesting options), there would have to be some exceptions. Intercollegiate athletes, club athletes and those with certain disabilities would be exempt. Other than these certain exemptions, however, an exercise-based class would be useful for every UA student. To satisfy academic “purists,” such classes could even be graded on a pass-fail basis. There is no reason not to make our physical health a priority on this campus. Ben Friedman is a sophomore majoring in social entrepreneurship. His column runs weekly on Fridays.

SGA constitution reflects highest ideals By James Fowler The United States is rare among nations. Most scholars recognize our constitution as the oldest continuously operating governing document in the world. We’ve held to its ideals for the more than two hundred years since our founding fathers put pen to paper. In fact, of the 10 largest economies in the world, the U.S. and Canada maintain the only constitutions that predate the 20th century. For most nations, restructuring and redefining government has been the norm for hundreds of years. For our student government, the time to review, revise and renew our constitution has been long overdue. The 15-year-old document has been rarely examined, hastily amended and imprecisely maintained. In short, we’ve been in the midst of a constitutional crisis for years. And we have risen to the challenge of solving it. Over the past six months, a dedicated group of Student Government Association members has rewritten the book. Willing to carefully and honestly examine our operations, they debated every line of the constitution, finally articulating a system of student self-government that will serve our student body well for decades to come. Last week,

This constitution was crafted on the ideals of functionality, transparency, accountability and inclusivity. And those four principles must define a new era of student government. the SGA Senate unanimously approved their suggestions, and on Tuesday the student body will decide the fate of a new SGA constitution. Today, I call you to civic engagement. I ask that all students rally behind this constitution and stand as a united body for the purpose of better government. This constitution was crafted on the ideals of functionality, transparency, accountability and inclusivity. And those four principles must define a new era of student government. To me, a stronger student government will be more studentfocused. By effecting unified opportunity, this constitution empowers students to participate more fully in their SGA than ever before. It strengthens the separation of powers, allowing more students to make a stronger impact in each branch of government. It strengthens direct democracy, allowing special elections and student petitions for future constitutional change. And it strengthens campus unity by acknowledging the necessary role of specialized campus

organizations in the decisionmaking processes. This document transforms our SGA, and it is a moment of great significance for this university. When students may participate meaningfully in their government, when future administrations are held to the highest of standards, and when campus may trust an SGA whose governing document demands authenticity, then we will have realized a Student Government Association that will lead individuals to a unified campus. One old adage states, “Men make history, but they can never know the history they are making.” I disagree. At this crossroads, we can absolutely know the history we are making. Together, we can choose to make richer the experiences of coming generations by giving them a student government driven and guided not only by our strength and resources but also by our highest and most valued ideals. James Fowler is a senior majoring in business and political science. He serves as SGA President.

As if the rain earlier this week wasn’t enough to make all of us want to skip our classes, the hassle of dealing with the overcrowded CrimsonRide buses is enough to ruin anyone’s day. After trekking to class through the pouring rain on Tuesday morning, I walked into my large lecture class late and dripping with water. When class was dismissed, I decided that I would take the easier (and drier) way back home by using the CrimsonRide bus. As soon as the bus pulled up, my hopes for getting to my destination easily were quickly dashed. When the doors opened, there was no sitting or standing room, but luckily some fellow students begrudgingly made a small spot for me right beside the doors. We started on our cramped route around the Capstone. With the abrupt stops at traffic lights and crosswalks, there were several times that everyone who was standing fell backwards, causing a domino effect throughout the entire bus. I realize that, because of the rain, this was a bad day for everyone, including the drivers, passengers and even administrators who try to coordinate the whole transportation process. However, the issues that I observed on Tuesday speak to a bigger transportation problem that we have here at the University. Last year, the bus system wasn’t perfect but it was efficient in getting any student wherever he or she needed to be on campus in an appropriate amount of time. Buses were relatively punctual and were very rarely so crowded that it was uncomfortable for students. I was disappointed when I returned to the Capstone in August and realized that many of the extremely useful bus routes—like the ColemanQuad Express—were cut. Last year, students were able to park in the Coleman Coliseum parking lot and have a quick and efficient way to get to three key stops in the center of campus—Lloyd Hall, Gorgas Library and Bidgood Hall. Now, students in the same lot must go through stops in front of Moody Music Building, Bryce Lawn, Bryant Hall and the transit hub before they can get to the Quad. From a student’s perspective, our efforts to get to class on time have only been burdened since the number of routes was cut in half. Throughout last year and the summer, I was able to brag about how painless our transit system was to my friends who attend other universities such as Auburn and Ole Miss. They were shocked as to how convenient and accessible the CrimsonRide was to students. This year, I have had to eat my words. Last semester, university administrators asked for our opinion and evaluation of the new CrimsonRide system. I can’t imagine that feedback was very positive. I often talk with students around campus who complain about the inefficiency of our campus transit. My challenge to university administrators is to take what we’re saying to heart. A student-faculty committee dedicated to reforming our transit system would be a great option. This would allow for compromises from both sides. The CrimsonRide is a great program that university administrators and students should pride themselves on. Compared to other universities in the South, our transit system should be commended. However, we should also recognize the many deficiencies within our system. We must evaluate what does and does not work and, luckily for us, we had a great system last year on which we can base our evaluations.

Austin Gaddis is sophomore majoring in public relations and communication studies. His column runs biweekly on Fridays.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Just buy alcohol another day By Jonathan Dallas Stein

The CW opinions section deserves higher quality articles than “Tuscaloosa: unite for Sunday alcohol sales.” It is quite ironic that this article landed directly below Mr. Poole’s article, which points out that certain people don’t belong in college. It’s almost as if its author was trying to prove Mr. Poole’s arguments. Another irony is that the author is majoring in communications. The wandering, rapid-fire delivery of arguments communicates little more than the fact that the writer’s writing skills rival that of an elementary student. On the topic of alcohol, it’s hard to believe that a student can take a threeday bender and wake up with no homework on Sunday. (I’m looking at you professors; we are here to learn something!) However, if this is the case, then do what I do. Make a habit of going to the ABC store one day out of the week (not Sunday when [they’re] closed!) and buy a handle of whatever is the cheapest. That’s a next-level drinking maneuver. Also the argument was made that this law is an affront to Catholics. Catholics believe that they are actually consuming the blood of Jesus Christ and not wine, so there’s no moral dilemma there. Besides, Tuscaloosa law prohibits the sale of alcohol, not its consumption. This law exists as a testament to the Christian background of the area’s residents; students are merely four-year guests. It also forces inexperienced alcohol abusers to dry out on Sunday. That’s smart! If you’re not responsible enough to prepare for Sundays, then have fun with Call of Duty.

Jonathan Dallas Stein is a senior majoring in metallurgical engineering.

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Construction continues despite funding cuts By Taylor Holland Senior Staff Reporter Late last year, an anti-earmark Congress cut nearly $30 million from the University’s planned Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Training and Research Corridor as part of the $130 million they cut from other planned state projects. The $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill, which was

proposed in December of last year, was composed of funds that were earmarked by many of the state’s representatives for state universities, cities and other state projects. According to The Associated Press, the document was not well received by some Republicans, who swore off earmarked appropriations for special projects, and the spending bill, with its earmarks, was withdrawn by Democrats before even going up

for vote. Chris Bryant, a member of UA media relations, said the school’s plans for how the complex’s construction would be paid for have not changed. “Construction on the next phase of The University of Alabama’s Science and Engineering Complex is scheduled to begin in the spring, as planned,” Bryant said. “The University will pay for the construction using both grant funds

The SGA Senate proposed a resolution Thursday to dedicate the current unused balance of the SGA Scholarship EndowmentStudents Giving Back to Student program to offer additional students scholarships. The resolution, authored by Senator Christian Smith and sponsored by Senator David Wilson, aims to provide scholarships for members of the UA community who have performed well academically and contributed to the Capstone community. Smith said the endowment has reached a considerable size, and as it continues to grow, it should be used effectively to offer new scholarships to those deserving. “My resolution is recognizing not only the endowment but the current balance,” Smith said. “The main thing is that the endowment has reached

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Committee assignments can directly affect the flow of funding from SGA—for example, five senators from the Senate Committee on Finance are required by the proposed constitution to sit on the Financial Affairs Committee that awards University money to student groups. With the creation of the Speaker of the Senate position, the new constitution leaves unanswered the questions of how senators are appointed to committees and who appoints them. “Right now, the new constitution does not delineate a set process for appointing senators,” Senator David Simpson said. “However, it does give full authority of appointing senators [to Senate committees] to the legislative branch.” Simpson, who served on the Constitutional Review Committee headed by SGA Attorney General Ryan Sprinkle since the beginning of the current SGA term, said that the Senate now has several more checks and balances over the SGA executive branch. “In the past, the executive branch had a role in appointing senators to Senate committees,” Simpson said. “Not anymore. That now falls under the Senate’s authority, so the Senate will have to decide how it’s done.” Simpson said the Senate should prioritize deciding on a process for these appointments, and should pass these decisions in a bill to change the Code of Law. Ian Sams, SGA communications director, said that while the process for appointments isn’t set now, it will prove to be a relatively easy problem to fix. “The basic understanding is that the Speaker of the Senate will make appointments,” Sams said, speaking of the new Senate office created for the first time under the proposed constitution. “It just hasn’t been

$15,737.35, which is from RAGE and events last year. There’s more to come with future scholarship events.” Smith also clarified what will qualify a student for the scholarships mentioned in his resolution. “There are other rules for consideration,” Smith said. “They have to have 90 credit hours and have GPA of 3.0 or higher and have made significant contributions to the University community. It’s based on merit with consideration of financial needs but it’s not necessarily needs as defined by federal guidelines.” Scholarships from the endowment will be determined by a committee that is comprised of the SGA president, the executive vice president, SGA treasurer, SGA chief of staff, SGA adviser, vice president of student affairs and associate director of financial aid. Another major focus of Thursday’s Senate was the

overhaul of the SGA constitution. Christian Smith also co-authored a resolution with Matt Harris to increase outreach efforts to encourage UA students to vote on the new SGA constitution. Smith said the SGA has put a great deal of effort into improving the SGA constitution and believes the changes will have a significant, positive impact. Human and Environmental Science Senator Chelsea Monaco said the outreach efforts will be extremely important in making UA students feel they have a say in the SGA. “I think this resolution will be a conduit to motivating students from across campus to take ownership of their influence in the SGA and feel as if they themselves are at the table,” Monaco said. “These are significant changes, and students needs to pride themselves in being informed in regards to the actions and practices of the SGA,” she said.

codified yet.” Sams’ original idea, that senators should choose their own committees according to their vote totals, was ultimately omitted from the proposed constitution. The new Speaker of the Senate office is one of the biggest differences between the current constitution and the proposed one. The office will provide more autonomy for the SGA Senate. “The Speaker of the Senate is a senator, elected from amongst the senators, and he or she will be the head of the legislative branch,” Simpson said. In addition to the powers of the Speaker of the Senate, the Senate will also have acts of senate to check the power of the executive branch. “Acts of Senate are going to be a new way to increase checks and balances between the two branches. In the past, everything

that did not change the Code of Laws was considered a resolution,” he said. “Resolutions will only be for expressing the Senate’s feelings about something,” Simpson said. According to Sams, the acts would tell the executive branch to do something. “The Senate can pass an act, and the executive branch would then have to carry it out,” he said. “The Senate has the perception, and often the reality, of not serving a legitimate purpose,” Sprinkle said. “The Senate has become ‘a rubber-stamping facility,’ where Senators ‘sign off’ on SGA programs, projects and initiatives only days before the program, project or initiative is set to begin.” “Acts of Senate will correct this problem and empower the senate to be engaged from day one,” he said.

worried about students losing focus by playing games or spending time on Facebook. “If the students are showing up, that’s good,” Clark said. “I realize that’s the reality of it, that [being off task] might happen.” Clark said he doesn’t mind when students use their laptops, but he notices them more in smaller classes. “If it’s not the laptop, it’s the iPod. If it’s not the iPod then it’s the iPhone or the iPad,” he said. “Something is going to be there for digital distraction.” Lee Mallette, a freshman majoring in global business, said he doesn’t use his laptop to take notes in class. He said that most of his professors are okay with students using laptops in the classroom, but others discourage it. “Some of my older teachers don’t like having that technology and assume you’re just on Facebook instead of taking notes,” Mallette said. “I think the majority of people are going to play on their phones

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helps them get more into hands-on stuff,” Ellis said. He said that there are between 15 and 20 cadets within each flight and each one of these flights is broken down into teams based on age. Ellis said that each group was given five minutes to plan and 20 minutes to construct a raft. “We gave them six to seven cardboard boxes, a roll of packaging tape and plastic wrap,” Ellis said. Ellis continued that the teams chose one person and tried to successfully cross a pool with most of that


CW|Megan Smith Laptop use in classrooms has become increasingly common at the University. if not their laptop and professors should just accept the new technology.” Carolyn Handa, a professor in the English department, incorporates the use of computers in her class “Writing for and with Digital Media.” This class, she said, is taught in a room with laptop access. Handa said one benefit of allowing students to use laptops is that it helps them take notes more quickly than they could by hand. Despite the benefits, Handa said she is sometimes concerned

about students getting distracted on their computers. “If I can tell that they’re off task when we’re having a discussion and they’re typing away, then I ask them to close the laptop,” she said. Amelia Montague, a senior majoring in finance, doesn’t use her laptop to take notes during class and said most people stopped using computers after the lower level courses. Montague said most of her professors don’t permit laptop use because of Facebook and other distractions.

person’s body out of the water as they rowed across. Manuel Fernandez, senior and commander of the support squadron, was included in one of the teams that won one of the three heats. “We built one of the best rafts that I have ever seen out of boxes and plastic wrap,” Fernandez said. He said that part of his success was because of his team. He said that most of the people in his group were engineering majors and that enabled them to come up with a structurally sound raft. Kyle Campbell, a physical training officer, said that in an effort to create more surface area, his team created a raft shaped like a surfboard.

“We decided to make our raft long and flat like a board rather than made of boxes like a buoy,” Campbell said. Two of the eight teams created flat rafts while the other six used boxes stacked to try and stay afloat. Paulino said that this project is more meaningful than trying to build something physically. He said that this event is more about building relationships between cadets. “This Group Leadership Program is to help promote leadership and teamwork between flight mates in each group,” Paulino said. “Overall, it is not about completing the task but the process of what is in between.”

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Sessions’ $60.3 million of earmarks included plans for the Alabama National Guard, a greenway and pedestrian walkway in Center Point and an electronic medical records system for the Good Samaritan Health Clinic of Cullman, according to the AP. The cuts did not include earmarks from the state’s House Republicans, however, because they had banned the practice of earmarking in late November of last year.

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The same report lists Shelby, who currently sits on the Senate Appropriations Committee, as the sponsor or co-sponsor of more than $155.8 million worth of earmarks in the bill, the 17th highest of all current senators. Shelby’s press secretary did not respond to e-mails sent by The Crimson White on Sunday. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., came in as number 71 on the group’s list, with 31 earmark requests totaling more than $60.3 million.


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this weekend SATURDAY • Men’s tennis vs Rice: 10 a.m., Austin, Texas • Women’s tennis vs Baylor: 11 p.m., Waco, Texas • Men’s basketball vs LSU: 7 p.m. • Women’s gymnastics Metroplex Challenge vs LSU, Nebraska, Missouri: 7:30 p.m., Ft. Worth, Texas • Swimming and diving vs South Carolina and Georgia: TBA, Columbia, South Carolina

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When Kayla Hoffman wanted to leave elite-level gymnastics and accept a scholarship to the University of Alabama, her coaches had plenty of reasons to convince her otherwise. Her lines were perfect. The new scoring system would benefit a gymnast like her. College gymnastics just isn’t as competitive. “Everybody wanted me to stay in the program,� Hoffman said. “I felt like I was being called to [go to Alabama]. I eventually just had to say, ‘No. I’m going to enjoy college, and I’m really excited to go compete for a college team.’� Now the Crimson Tide’s only senior competing in the all around, Hoffman has no regrets and has taken on a leadership role on this year’s team. Alabama lost All-Americans Morgan Dennis, Kassi Price and Ricki Lebegern to graduation last year, and junior Ashley Priess – another All-American – is expected to be out until at least March. This has forced Hoffman to become the anchor of a team that gets about half its competition routines from freshmen. “Just being a senior is a little more of a responsibility,� Hoffman said, “and having a young class puts it on the upperclassmen in general to lead the team and show them the ropes.� Head coach Sarah Patterson said, “She does [have a new role], but we’re not trying to make her role anything different. As coaches, we are not try-

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ing to overwhelm her. She thinks about everything, and we’re not trying to let her over-think.� Hoffman started the season by winning the all-around against Penn State with a 39.5. In three meets this season, she has scored 9.9 or higher four times, including a 9.95 on vault in a nail-biting, comeback victory at Arkansas on Jan. 14. According to Patterson, she performs like a different gymnast than the one Patterson recruited out of New Jersey four years ago. Patterson said the only thing Hoffman hasn’t improved on is her lines, because they were already perfect when she came to the Capstone. “Her consistency, everything about her performance-based has improved tremendously,� Patterson said. “I would watch Kayla in high school warm up on bars and miss the same release move five times in a row. The confidence she has now, and how steady she can be, compared to where she was when she got here, is tremendous.� Patterson isn’t the only one that has taken note of Hoffman’s confidence level throughout the first three meets of this season. “You can tell she has more confidence this year,� junior Geralen Stack-Eaton said. “She trained really hard in the fall and you could tell she was on a mission this year.� Hoffman and No. 6 Alabama (3-0) will continue that mission this Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas, as the Tide competes in the Metroplex Challenge, a quad meet against LSU, Nebraska and Missouri.

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Tide looks to topple top 5 ranked Baylor By Jordan Bannister Sports Reporter The No. 60 ranked Crimson Tide women’s tennis team is back in action this weekend in Waco, Texas, for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s annual Kick-off Weekend against No. 3 ranked Baylor. “This is a great opportunity for us to go up against a top 5 team early on,� said head coach Jenny Mainz. “We’re so excited to get out there and compete.� The Tide is thus far undefeated after the 9-all match wins


against No. 14 Florida State, No. 30 Iowa and Central Florida over MLK weekend. On Monday, Jan. 24, Alabama was named top pick to win the SEC Western Division Championship this year, overtaking Mississippi by only one point in the coaches’ poll. Sixtyfive points for the Tide earned them the majority vote and the chance to prove themselves worthy of the coveted nomination. The Baylor Bears have a win to hang on to as well. Baylor played the University of Houston this past weekend and won 5 of 6 singles matches and

2 of 3 doubles duels. The Bears won the faceoff (0-1) 6-1 on Friday, Jan. 21. The Bears have more than five years worth of highly ranked game play behind them thanks largely to their head coach Joey Scrivano. Last year Baylor spent most of its season ranked at No. 1 in the country and ended its spring season at an impressive 30-3 overall. The Tide, however, shows no fear in the face of such a consistently ranked team. “This is what we’ve been practicing for all year,� said Mainz. “We knew who we would play all [of the] fall [season], and


Since that game, Alabama has had two wins, one against archrival Auburn. In the game, the Tigers became the 10th opponent this season the Tide has held to fewer than 60 points

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we know what kind of effort it’s going to take to play our game.� The team has been fervently practicing this week and growing more and more excited for the next competition. “In practice the team really looks fresh,� Mainz said. “From what I see, doubles this year are going to be outstanding. Our teams are working well together and really gelling on the court.� Given the undefeated status and the enthusiasm for the upcoming event, the Tide’s practices have been right on target, Mainz said. Alabama is confident that they can bring

heavy competition to the table this weekend for the Bears. “I have been looking forward to this match against Baylor since the beginning of the fall,� junior Taylor Lindsey said. “I know that our team is ready to go play them, and I’m expecting big things. I really am.� The Tide was the last team to be invited to the ITA’s Kick-off Weekend and refuses to hold back in-game. Alabama also has the chance to rise considerably in the ranks if they hold out against Baylor. The Tide takes on the Bears at the Baylor Tennis Center in Waco, Texas today at 11 a.m.

“Anytime you can have success, it brings conďŹ dence and assurance that maybe your hard work is starting to pay off.â€? — Anthony Grant, men’s basketball head coach — the third in SEC play. Auburn also became the 14th opponent to shoot less than 40 percent against the Alabama defense. Although the success of the team in conference play seems somewhat surprising, the team said they’ve been expecting this kind of playing all year long. “We knew we had the potential,â€? sophomore guard Andrew Steele said. “We knew we had it inside of us. It was a great feeling to finally see it coming to life. I don’t think we were really surprised. It was more like, ‘Finally, the moment we’ve been waiting for since coming here.’ But, we’ve still got a long way to go.â€? Alabama’s defense is allowing just 57.3 points per game, the sixth best in the nation. In the Tide’s five SEC matchups, the team is allowing 0.83 points per possession — the top mark in the nation. Alabama’s opponents are also converting on just 36 percent of their field goals, the second best percentage in the nation. “Anytime you can have success, it brings confidence and assurance that maybe your hard work is starting to pay off,â€?

Grant said. “Hopefully that will make us more hungry and more alert. That’s my hope as a coach. But certainly I see no negatives in our success.� Alabama is aiming for its first 5-1 start in SEC play in six years, when the squad started off with a 6-1 record and ended with a 12-4 overall league record. With the team’s recent success, the players said they are finally getting noticed by their classmates and developing into campus celebrities. “I think we’ve got a little more respect on campus, and students are starting to get excited about us playing,� said junior forward JaMychal Green. “Whichever team we are playing, people just tell us to go out there and get it and friends slap us on the back. It’s a good feeling. I knew from the start we were a good team. We just had to get our stuff together and get team chemistry.� The Tide’s next matchup against LSU will be another test to whether Alabama can protect its house. The Tigers have lost three straight games and are 10-10 overall and 2-3 in the SEC.

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Little Willie’s hosts charity benefit

Page 8 • Friday, January 28, 2011 Editor • Kelsey Stein

LIFESTYLES this weekend

By Jordan Staggs Senior Staff Reporter

In the summer of 2005, Darius Weems, a teenager from Athens, Ga., afflicted with muscular dystrophy, embarked with his friends on “the roll of his life.” After undergoing a 7,000-mile journey, he made it to Los Angeles, hoping to have his wheelchair refurbished by MTV’s “Pimp My Ride.” Project REACH counselor Logan Smalley joined Weems and filmed the entire trip, documenting every stop along the way and testing America’s wheelchair accessibility as they went. The culmination of his work, “Darius Goes West,” made its debut in February 2007, receiving awards and acclaimed status at many film festivals. In response to the movie, many organizations have striven to reproduce the film’s wasabi challenge scene, in which Weems was dared by his friends to eat a whole spoonful of wasabi sauce. The “goslabi” challenge as Weems pronounced it, has become a favorite as a charity event across the nation. Saturday at Little Willie’s, Well That’s Cool will host an event to raise money for muscular dystrophy. There

IF YOU GO ... • What: Muscular dystrophy fundraiser • Where: Little Willie’s • When: 8 p.m. Saturday

• Cost: $2 donation will also be live music and an appearance from Darius Weems himself. “It’s a really great independent film,” said Bo Hicks, a founding member of, a website dedicated to informing Tuscaloosa of events, producing movie and music reviews, and creating weekly podcasts that help make the city “cooler.” “[Darius] gets to travel the country. He sees the ocean for the first time and visits the Grand Canyon. It won all kinds of awards.” Bill Lloyd, owner of Little Willie’s, said he anticipates a good crowd at the event. “We always do well with Well That’s Cool,” he said. “We’re one of the sponsors of the website, and we have a good-sized room for the event and a good sound system.” In addition to several

FRIDAY • Deep South Dread: Top Shelf • Perpetual Groove: The Dixie

SATURDAY • Midget Wrestling: 6 p.m., Harry’s Bar • Glibella: Egan’s Bar

rounds of eye-watering, mouth-burning exhibition, the event will host bands and offer Little Willie’s usual selection of high gravity beers and specialty drinks. Bands performing include DeadFingers, The Howlies and Uri. “We decided just to make a big party out of it,” Hicks said. He will be participating in the wasabi challenge, along with a few of his Well That’s Cool coworkers. “I did a little training the other day at the Chinese buffet, but I think their stuff was weak. My eyes didn’t water or anything.” The original plan was for the crew to eat five spoonfuls of wasabi sauce, on stage, for every $50 raised prior to the event. This plan, according to Hicks, has been deemed too dangerous, as the amount raised has culminated in more spoonfuls than any of the participants care to ingest. “We don’t want to send any of our stellar fundraisers to the hospital,” Hicks said on Well That’s Cool’s blog. But there will still be plenty of “goslabi” eaten, faces reddened and tummies clutched, he said. The event begins at 8 p.m., with music starting around 9 Darius Weems, a film maker who gained notority after his 2007 film or 9:30. A donation of at least debut, will make an appearance at the fundraiser at Little Willie’s on $2 is the cost to enjoy the fes- Saturday night. tivities.

Church celebrates century of worship By Brooke Marshall Contributing Writer Calvary Baptist Church members are celebrating the church’s 100th birthday with a weekend full of events for the Tuscaloosa community. The church celebrated its 100th birthday on Jan. 1, said Timothy E. Lovett, senior pastor at Calvary. The church was started in 1910, and, because the community was growing, in 1911 left the First Baptist

Church of Tuscaloosa to become its own church of 77 members. “They felt like the distance from here to First Baptist, which is on Greensboro Avenue, was too far,” Lovett said. “Our beginning is about providing another Baptist congregation in this community that was closer to the University of Alabama.” Events will include a history fair at the church’s Family Life Center and a mission blitz,

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Lovett said. The history fair will be open to the community from 9 a.m. till 4 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. till 3 p.m. on Sunday. For the mission blitz, church members will go out into the community to show acts of kindness. They are making cookies and will take them to the police departments, fire departments, hospitals and emergency care centers, Lovett said. Church members have also put together care packages filled with basic need items that will be taken to struggling areas of the community, Lovett said. “It’s our birthday, but you get the gift,” he said. The history fair will include three timelines, one about what was going on in the world, one about what was going on at Calvary Baptist Church, and one about what was going on at the University. The history fair will include a display of events that have taken place in the last 100 years, said Eula Shannon, co-chairman of the fair. The displays will be shown in segments of decades starting from 1910.

IF YOU GO ... • What: History fair and mission blitz • Where: Calvary Baptist Church

• When: Saturday Sunday

“We have collected all the material we can find,” Shannon said. “We’ve had to reproduce a lot of things.” Members have also given items that belonged to past members in their families. They began organizing the event in May 2010, but started planning it in September 2009, Shannon said. Having been a member of the church for 53 years, Shannon said going back and looking at the history makes her appreciate it more. “We have wonderful people here, and we are a wonderful ministry to a lot of people,” Shannon said. Community members are also invited to attend worship

services Sunday at 8:25 a.m., 9:45 a.m. and 11:05 a.m. Special guests, including city and county government officials, have been invited to attend the 11:05 a.m. worship service. The Alabama Baptist Historical Commission will also be in attendance to give the church an award, Lovett said. Several members of the Monnish and Nichol families, the original charter families, will attend as well. UA President Robert Witt and his wife will also be in attendance Sunday, Lovett said. The church will unveil a new mission statement on Sunday to help represent them for the next 100 years. The mission statement is “Calvary is an allinclusive community of loving people living out the story of God,” Lovett said. Jerry Elmore, co-chairman of the history fair, has been a church member for 55 years and said it has been revealing to read about the history of the church, the people and their struggles. “This church has touched the lives of people all over the world,” Elmore said.

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