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Housing scholarships to change for incoming freshmen in 2013 By Sarah Elizabeth Tooker Staff Reporter The University of Alabama plans to reduce scholarship packages for future National Merit and Achievement Finalists classes by covering only one year of on-campus housing, a break from the four-year housing scholarships offered in the past. “National Merit and National Achievement Finalists continue to receive four years of tuition, a four-year stipend of $1,000 per year, a one-time $2,000 travel abroad or summer research stipend and an iPad,” executive director of Undergraduate Admissions Mary Spiegel said. She said the change was made to this scholarship package after the University conducted a benchmark study of major competitors including many peer universities from across the country. Auburn University, however, is poised to offer National Merit Finalists a larger scholarship package than the University when the changes occur. According to Auburn’s Undergraduate Scholarships website, these students receive four-year tuition for Alabama residents or $60,000 over four years for non-residents, a $1,000 technology stipend, a $2,500 enrichment stipend, on-campus housing for four years and between $4,000 to $8,000 annually depending upon eligibility determined by National Merit Scholarship Corporation and the FAFSA. Velda Rooker, director of university scholarships at Auburn, said she was unsure when students began receiving a scholarship based on their National Merit designation, but it was more than 10 years ago. Even though Auburn continues to offer a fouryear housing scholarship, Rooker said decisions regarding a change to any scholarship package are communicated by the end of June for the upcoming academic year. “While the on-campus housing stipend for the National Scholars Presidential Scholarship has been discussed, a decision regarding a change in that benefit has not been made at this time,” she said. In the past, students with a four-year housing scholarship have been able to live in on-campus apartments like East Edge, creating more of an off-campus, independent environment. East Edge, however, will no longer be available to students next year since the Housing and Residential Communities lease was only for one academic year and ends this May, Alicia Browne, director of housing administration, said. “Students with housing scholarships will have a variety of other options on campus,” Browne said. “Students could also choose other suite-style buildings or on-campus apartments like the Highlands or Bryce Lawn.” Despite the apparent growing lack of housing options, many students fear that not offering a full housing scholarship may cause the University to slip in upcoming years in the enrollment of National Merit and Achievement students. SEE HOUSING PAGE 2

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The Million Dollar Band’s only facility it can call its own is a practice field, called Butler Field, located on University Boulevard. By Judah Martin and Adrienne Burch CW Staff The Million Dollar Band spends hours practicing on Butler Field during the fall semester, but if nature calls during practice, members have one option – the public restrooms in the Arby’s next door. The MDB practices in almost all weather, including rain, and many members have to keep a bottle or canteen stocked with water to avoid dehydration. SEE MDB PAGE 2, Campaign for the Auburn University Bands

Auburn’s marching band expects to move into the facilities depicted above by 2014.


On-campus residents must register guns UA policy keeps track of students’ firearms By Madison Roberts Staff Reporter Recent mass shootings, such as at an elementary school in Connecticut and a theater in Colorado, have sparked national debates about gun control and raised many questions and opinions about the University’s policy on guns on campus. According to UAPD’s Safer Living Guide, the weapons policy on campus states that illegal or unauthorized possession of weapons on campus is not permitted, but students who live on campus

register them but do not have to keep them in UAPD’s storage. The Safer Living Guide also says in order to store and register a gun students must bring proper identification, a pistol permit if applicable, the unloaded weapon and ammunition in a storage container. Andrew Soto, a junior majoring in psychology and business, has registered his pistol with the University, but since he currently lives off campus, he is not required to use their storage anymore. He is familiar with the CW | Shannon Auvil process of storing guns though, Students living on-campus are expected to register and store guns at UAPD. from previous years of living on and legally own sporting, recre- UAPD so they can have access to campus. ational or hunting weapons may them when needed. Students who register and store them with live off campus are also asked to SEE GUNS PAGE 3


TCF students go to Sundance Film Festival attended the trip. “In 2010, we proposed a student trip to Sundance and attended the festival in 2011 made an appearance and, for in an exploratory capacity,” By Becky Robinson Staff Reporter the first time, so did a class Warner said. “I had been of University of Alabama to the festival before in a variety of capacities. Both Last week, Steve Carrell students. and Ashton Kutcher were at Kristen Warner and Raimist and I believed that the Sundance Film Festival Rachel Raimist, assis- our TCF film majors could in Park City, Utah. Ellen Page tant professors in the TCF gain valuable experience was there, Amy Poehler department, planned and from a festival like Sundance

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dents that are guaranteed housing just isn’t sustainable. The University increased enrollment too fast without putting the infrastructure in place to support that number of students.” Adam Beg, a junior majoring in biology and chemistry, said the National Merit package had a huge influence on his college decision. “I stayed at UA because they made me an offer that was difficult to refuse when I knew I had to pay for medical school as well,” he said. “I couldn’t justify

leaving town since I am from Tuscaloosa, and paying more for what I don’t see as my final degree.” While he agrees the fouryear housing scholarship was a big draw, Beg doesn’t think the switch to only covering one year of housing will hurt the University’s National Merit recruitment. “While it is a significant cut to the scholarship, since dorms here are up to four times as expensive as off-campus housing, and UA has been having housing troubles with the rapid

expansion, this provides a way to increase space.” Cathy Andreen, director of media relations, said more than 600 National Merit Scholars and 100 National Achievement Scholars are currently enrolled at UA; however, Rooker confirmed that Auburn was not far behind with 400 National Merit Scholars enrolled on their campus. With these figures in mind, the University was ranked second in the nation in 2011 among public universities in the enrollment of National

Merit Scholars, according to an Admissions webpage. While the 2012 rankings are not out yet, the University continued to increase the enrollment of these prestigious students this year. “There were 239 National Merit Finalists in the fall 2012 freshman class, an increase of 32 percent over fall 2011, when there were 181 National Merit Finalists,” Spiegel said. Following that trend, Spiegel explained the fall 2012 freshman class was composed of 42 National Achievement Finalists, up from 30 in 2011.

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HOUSING FROM PAGE 1 Claire Harper, a junior and current recipient of the National Merit scholarship package, said many of her friends with the scholarship have said they think it will slow the enrollment rate, especially with out-of-state students. “I can understand why they wanted to change it,” Harper said. “Having so many stu-

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MDB’s facilities lag behind AU band’s MDB FROM PAGE 1 Claire Sibley, a junior in the band, said since they don’t have a practice facility of their own members usually walk to the nearby Arby’s to use their restroom. “A lot of people don’t realize that Butler Field is all we have,” Sibley said. “We don’t have a building for instrument storage, we don’t have shelter from the rain during rehearsals and we rely on the kind people at Arby’s and the generosity of different religious organizations for sectional practice rooms.” Sibley said she was shocked by this when she joined the band and, though the Moody Music Building allows the band to share their space, there is not much room for both the band and the School of Music.

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The Auburn University Marching Band’s practice facility will soon have a $11 million addition. “I thought ‘what band doesn’t Sibley said the band often has have a band room?’” she said. “I to cancel rehearsals because don’t mean to sound ungrateful of bad weather or they risk for all that our athletic depart- damaging their instruments ment provides us. We have one because they must practice in of the most well run and suc- the rain. cessful athletic programs in “We certainly do the best we the country, and they provide can with the resources we do the band with so many oppor- have because we all believe the tunities to perform and grow University, our team, and our as musicians. It would just be fans deserve to have the best really nice to have bathrooms.” band in the country,” she said.

The Million Dollar Band practices on Butler Field in all kinds of weather. “We want to be able to have a to many schools’ marching productive rehearsal every day, bands. Michael Robinson, direcbut it’s disheartening when we tor of the Redcoat Band at The lose a week’s worth of rehearsal University of Georgia, said his because of storms.” band also is 95 percent funded Heath Nails, program assis- by their athletic department tant for the band, said they and awards about $100,000 in are sponsored by the athletic scholarships for band students department and, despite com- each year. plaints from band members, he The 2012 Million Dollar Band feels they are well taken care handbook reports that a small of. percentage of MDB members “We’re very receive scholarfortunate that ships. we don’t have “A majority of to do any fundthe students in We certainly do the best we raising,” Nails the band do not can with the resources we do said. “We don’t receive a scholhave because we all believe have to raise any arship and volthe University, our team, and money from the unteer almost 20 our fans deserve to have the students.” hours per week, But while MDB not including best band in the country. members march individual prac— Claire Sibley outside, Auburn tice time outside University is of rehearsals, constructing a just because $11 million practhey love suptice facility for their marching porting our team and playing band that will include a $500,000 for our fans,” Sibley said. courtyard, $1 million pavilion, MDB scholarships are provid$1 million practice field, sepa- ed by the Million Dollar Band rate concert halls for both the Association, which is made up concert and marching bands, a of former members and friends percussion studio and a pedes- of the MDB, she said. trian bridge. “Typically we give $500-$1,000 According to an Auburn to somebody who qualifies, University news release, and it’s renewable each year,” Auburn’s athletic department Ozzello said. “We don’t give a contributed $1.5 million to the full ride, but it’s something to new building and the band is help them with their expenses.” raising $5.5 million, and AU Sophomore Josh Gresham will match that. The University marched trombone in the MDB of Alabama director of bands, in 2011. He said he thinks that Kenneth Ozzello, said the UA money is being held away from athletic department has no spe- the band. cific plans for any such facility. “But, that’s nothing new and Scholarships are also an it has almost come to be expectincentive for gaining members ed,” Gresham said.



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Krispy Kreme Challenge a road race with a twist By Ellen Coogan Contributing Writer

On Feb. 16 runners throughout Tuscaloosa will gear up for another road race in town, but this one with an interesting twist: Runners will have to eat a dozen donuts in the middle of their race. Hosted by the YMCA of Tuscaloosa and the Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Alabama, the Krispy Kreme Challenge will raise money for programs that benefit at-risk youths. The race will begin at the University Orthopedic Clinic on Bryant Drive, and participants will run one mile to Krispy Kreme Doughnuts on McFarland Boulevard. There, they will eat a dozen doughnuts and then run back. Erica Mola, a sophomore

majoring in exercise science, plans to participate in the event with her roommate. “We have been working out a lot and trying to get in shape, so I thought it would be a good goal to achieve,” Mola said. Mola said she isn’t too concerned about finishing the dozen donuts as part of the race. “I think as long as I pace myself, I’ll be able to [eat all the doughnuts],” Mola said. “Mind over matter.” For runners concerned about the negative effects of the dozen donuts, runners may eat only a few or zero doughnuts and pick up the rest of their doughnuts at the end of the race. However, to be eligible to receive prizes, participants must eat all 12 doughnuts and

UAPD armory holds firearms for students GUNS FROM PAGE 1 “You walk in and say ‘I need to drop a gun off in a locker’ and they have a bunch of lockers where they store the guns and they show you where your locker is,” Soto said. “The next time you come back to check out your gun, you show them your license, tell them your locker number and log when you checked out your gun. You don’t have to give them any type of reason for checking out your gun at all.” Todd Borst, the director of Student Judicial Affairs, said over the past five years, the number of alleged student violations for unlawful possession of firearms has ranged from

receive a “challenger” wristband. “We expect at least 500 runners,” Amber Lucas, development coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Alabama, said. “We are confident we’re going to have that and a little nervous about more, but if we have more, we will gladly take them. We really look forward to the students and staff of the University coming out to support the event.” Charlotte Lewis, special events and fundraising director at the YMCA of Tuscaloosa, said the event provided a way to give back to both at-risk youth and businesses in the community. “We saw it as a way to support a local business destroyed in the tornado while raising money for children in the

community so that they can be involved in our programs,” Lewis said. “The YMCA and Big Brothers Big Sisters provide a large amount of scholarships and financial support for kids to participate in after school, summer camp, special programs and youth sports.” According to, the first Krispy Kreme Challenge began at North Carolina State University as a dare between a few students in December 2004. As the challenge gained publicity, organizers decided to hold it as a fundraiser for the North Carolina Children’s Hospital. Registration is $25 through Feb. 15, and a limited number of CW | Cora Lindholm spots will be available for $35 on the morning of Participants in the Krispy Kreme Challenge, hosted by the YMCA of Tuscaloosa and Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Alabama, will eat a dozen doughnuts and run on Feb. 16. the race.

seven to 18 violations per year. for students who violated the He said the punishments for gun policy. these violations have included The 2012 Annual Campus warnings, probation, along with Security Report, though, educational programs and ini- reported three instances of tiatives. Some cases are pend- illegal weapons possession on ing and others, those in which campus last year, which UA information was sp o ke swo m a n insufficient to Cathy Andreen take action, have explained as a closed. result of a differThe University did a great A report about ence in reporting job when it came to Code of Student criteria. registering my pistol. Conduct violaThe Campus tions for 2011Safety Report —Andrew Soto 2012 showed deals with violathere were 16 tions of law only, cases of unlawnot violations of ful possession of UA policy. The weapons last year. Of those vio- violations of the code of conduct, lations, five resulted in a warn- Andreen said, could include ing, seven in probation, one was fireworks or airsoft guns, not still pending and three lacked just firearms. sufficient information. There Soto said the University does were no cases of expulsion a great job of helping students


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system to the University’s weapon policy where students who have a permit to carry a concealed weapon should be allowed to carry them on campus without having to stow them or register them and those who just own firearms should have to abide by the University’s policy. Other students on campus are in favor of this policy. “The reason I have my pistol is for protection,” Soto said. “I would rather be allowed to carry my gun to class to protect myself if a situation were to happen with those crazy people who do shootings, but I can’t. I’m not going to get in trouble or break the law.” Other students think the University’s current policy is best because concealed carry on campus could increase the likelihood of an accident or

mass shooting. “I agree with the check-in, check-out thing, because what if my roommate got mad and busted in and took my gun? You can trust yourself but you can’t trust anyone else,” Caitlin Baggett, a freshman majoring in psychology, said. Mark Timmons, a junior majoring in civil engineering, said although guns make some people feel safer in situations, he would feel more in danger if students were allowed to carry them freely on campus. “A university is a place where you are supposed to feel safe,” Timmons said. “I don’t care if you have a permit or not, nobody has any use for carrying a concealed weapon around campus and I would hate for something tragic to happen before anyone realizes that.”


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register guns and thinks they are handling the situation as best they can. “The University did a great job when it came to registering my pistol,” Soto said. “Obviously they can’t control the entire University and check if every single person has a gun, but I think they do a great job with their system now. You’re in a Southern state and basically almost every other person who goes to school here owns a gun. Our house alone has 12 guns in it right now.” Andreen said UAPD does not track the number of guns that are in storage and does not have a record of what types of guns they are, although most are hunting weapons. Jack Gerstein, a freshman majoring in general business, proposed an alternative

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Students can be fiscally responsible if they try By Mary Sellers Shaw Staff Columnist

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Of course women should be allowed in combat By Brad Erthal Staff Columnist

Last week the Pentagon announced a decision to allow women to officially fill combat roles. In a wonderful case of euphemism, women were previously allowed to be “attached” to combat units but not “assigned” to them. The upshot was that women could be shot at, but were not officially in small combat units, which affected their career trajectories, but not their safety and responsibility. I will admit that my joy at this decision was nearly matched by the anticipation that I would get to hear elements of the right screech about it, just as they did with the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal, and to the same effect, proving their own incompetence. To their credit, some Republicans, like Sen. McCain, seemed chastened by their defunct doomsday predictions about DADT, and supported the Joint Chiefs’ unanimous decision. They are still pushing for a slow, unnecessarily deliberative process, which is the best they can get. The talk radio hosts were not so serene. I had the pleasure of meeting a female combat veteran from the Israeli Defense Force once. She was very nice, but I would pay good money to watch Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity

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make some of their arguments to her face. My last two columns have been relatively centrist, but today I intend to be evenhanded only in the sense that I need both of them to type. I think this is worth spilling ink over primarily because the arguments advanced against this rule change are vapid, and some are incredibly sexist. Let me start with the fitness argument. Now, I do not believe, nor does anyone in the Pentagon or the White House, that female troops on average will have as much muscle mass as male troops. But the average does not define the distribution. There are many women who, especially with hard work, could pass the fitness requirements for combat roles. I admit the Special Forces may be a different story. The requirements are more extreme, but I doubt that any female who wants to be a SEAL is going to fake her way through BUD/S, so

let her try. castrating them. I heard one particularly The more general alarmmisogynistic shortwave yam- ist decree – that the social merer proclaim that women dynamics of units will change should not be allowed in – is puerile. Israel, Australia, combat because then there Poland, and other U.S. allies would be the distraction of allow women in combat. Most sex in the military. I can be of those are fighting few active condescending sometimes, wars, but I doubt many people but I have rarely cast such will argue with my contention aspersions on anyone as to that the IDF is effective. suggest that the presence of Women’s “health” and members of the opposite sex “hygiene”– these euphemisms would render are theirs, not them unable to mine – have do their job. been put forHe also sounds ward as a reaIsrael, Australia, Poland, and like he just son to mainother U.S. allies allow women stepped out of tain the ban. in combat. Most of those are Mayberry. How I simply canfighting few active wars, but could a grown not follow this man be this logic, espeI doubt many people will naïve? There are cially when argue with my contention already women female troops that the IDF is effective. in the military. are already There are also attached to gay men in the combat units military. Some of these people and are not exactly domiciled are even married to those in in the Baghdad Hilton. other troops. My guess is that At every advance in womthere is sex. en’s rights, there has been a And that is not new. The mil- group of men saying that they itary has been giving troops couldn’t possibly do men’s condoms since World War work. At every stage, women II so they could have a good proved them wrong. So long time with the WACS and the as the military does not lower foreign women and still be fit its standards any more than it for duty. A common epithet for did during our last two major prostitutes is derived from the wars, women will prove these name of a Civil War general, buffoons wrong again. because his unit was notoriously undisciplined. If sex is Brad Erthal is a Ph.D student too distracting for our troops, in economics. His column runs then we will have to start weekly on Tuesdays.

Being on a college budget is hard. Between the necessities – books, food, gas, etc. – and the not-so-necessary, it can be hard to keep control of yourself and your money. I recently discovered that my bank now offers an online budget, where you can categorize each of your expenditures and actually see where your money is going. Every. Single. Charge. Scary, right? You can even set goals for yourself, and if you exceed your budget for the month, you get a text telling you. It sounds pretty nifty, but it’s got me a little worried now, because, let’s be honest, most of us don’t know anything about managing our money. For those of us that have jobs, it can be tempting to splurge after each paycheck on a late night or going to the movies instead of saving up. And for those of us without jobs, we have to rely on our parents or other funds to get by. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m sure there are college students that are frugal in spending and already have budgets laid out for themselves. But somehow, I get the impression that these students are few and far between. And we can be told over and over again the importance of fiscal responsibility – but surely that’s for the government, not 21-year-olds. Let’s be clear: I’m not here to tell you about the best way to spend your money or to shake my finger at your extra spending. I like to go out to eat just as much as the next kid. But I have picked up a few tricks along the way that have helped me squeeze by the past few years. 1. Order online. You’ve heard about getting textbooks online for cheaper prices, but you can order everything else too. And never settle for the price you see on the screen. Google the websites you come across and look for promotional codes – you can usually find discounts or free shipping. Also, Amazon Prime has a great student account where you can get free shipping for a year with their free trial. 2. Get a to-go box. We all know we spend way too much money eating out, so why not make it last twice as long? Studies show that restaurants almost always give you close to twice as much food as you actually need. So cut your

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burger in half at the beginning of the meal, save some of your fries and eat slowly. You’ll end up more full than you realize, and you have another meal or late night snack for later. 3. Turn off the lights. For those of you living on campus, this doesn’t apply as much. But turning off the lights when you leave a room can save a few bucks a month – and to top it off, it’s environmentally friendly too. You’re making Mother Nature smile already. 4. Reuse old school supplies. You’re never going to make it through an entire spiral notebook in a semester, so rip out your old notes and start fresh. The same goes with binders (just avoid writing the subject in Sharpie on the outside, that way your classmates aren’t confused when you’re studying Spanish out of your math binder.) 5. Use cash anywhere you can – especially at the bar. No one wants to come home with empty pockets, and bringing cash with you puts an automatic limit on your spending capabilities. Buying too much alcohol on your credit card also can hurt your credit score, so bringing cash with you is smart in more ways than one. Jokes and tips aside, we do have a real problem on our hands. College students are not being prepared for life after graduation, where we have to pay bills and do our taxes and hold steady jobs to make an income. Make part of your education learning how to be responsible with your money and budget according to your needs. See if your bank has a way to help you sort out your expenses, or move extra money into savings at the end of each semester. We are still in difficult economic times, and with job availability still not at its peak, we need to be prepared.

Mary Sellers Shaw is a junior majoring in communication studies and civic engagement. Her column runs biweekly on Tuesdays.


How far has the South really come? Too few here celebrate inauguration By Lucy Cheseldine Staff Columnist Last weekend marked yet another historic day in America’s ever-filling calendar of commemorations and public holidays. A calendar that, if one isn’t too careful, will leave no time for reflection and enjoyment of the here and now. The present seems ever more clouded by the celebrating of past achievements. We’re constantly reminded that we live in the proud shadow of the achievements vested in the “Star-Spangled Banner.” And these were certainly out in force for Obama’s inauguration. But there’s no doubt, this was an event to celebrate. For America, but especially for the South. So why did everyone seem so reluctant?

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Yes, the country’s first black president is sworn into office for his second term. But this didn’t have to be a political victory. It was one showing just how far America has come. Obama was sworn in over the Bible of a man who fought for black students to get on buses and go to college. I sat in my dorm, over a respectably elaborate breakfast of coffee and pastries, listening to

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that voice which has become so familiar to the world. That reassuring and affirmative voice which has spoken of so many ideals and now has four more years to put them into action. But it is not just the voice of one man who many people here may not agree with. It is the voice of years of history and struggle which have been overcome. The power vested in this president, a power once relinquished to the rich plantation owners of the past, has overcome the harsh and violent attempts at muting it and consumed everything in its path. It has finally ended up in a position of great authority. And yet, where were the celebrations? Where was the music of freedom and achievement? And, more importantly – and perhaps realistically – where

Has the great American principle of “progression” really reached the South?

was the general recognition that this was not just a day like any other? Has this great American principle of “progression” really reached the South? Perhaps I was too distracted by the Fox News team discussing whether Obama had been having a nap in the few off-stage minutes before taking his oath or whether he had indeed just been resting his eyes. But I’m not so sure that was a conversation stimulating enough to

elude my vision from the – what should have been – reveling in one of the most important and resonating days in American history. Yes, we were given a day off college. A prolonged chance to have a lie-in and possibly open a book. But the sun shone and the Quad was empty. Instead, it seems we are all still keeping ourselves to ourselves, allowing the healing notion of a “community” to pass us by and rendering ourselves to a life of individualism, fueled by social networks and iPhones. A world more isolated from its past than glorifying it. A thing America claims to be so good at. For me, to be in the American South, in Alabama for this historic day, was more than I had ever anticipated. And yet my excitement and pride – for a



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country I don’t even call my own – were dulled by the fog of unawareness hanging in the air. It’s been 50 years since integration reached the University, “the stand in the schoolhouse door.” On Jan. 17, James Hood, the man who asked to be let in, died at age 70. That was 1963. His death should only have acted to signify the events of the present even more. But that it hasn’t, leads me to the question. Has the South really come that far? I have to ask myself now because I thought it had. But perhaps that was all just a dream – one the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. hoped would become a reality. Lucy Cheseldine is an English international student studying English literature. Her column runs biweekly on Tuesdays.





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Career Center builds, edits stronger résumés By Sarah Robinson Contributing Writer

In today’s competitive job market, it can be challenging to stand out from the countless applicants striving for the same position. Impressing potential employers can be difficult, especially when you only have six seconds to do it. Job recruiters spend six seconds reviewing an individual’s resume, according to recent study by TheLadders, an online job search site. A résumé is often the first opportunity an applicant has to convince an employer they deserve the job. Will Dodd, a senior majoring in political science and history, is repeatedly revamping his résumé. He started applying for several positions in the strategic communications and public affairs field in December 2012. “I review my résumé each time before I send it out to a potential employer,” Dodd said. “I rework the layout of my résumé to highlight certain information the employer would find most interesting. It allows me

to focus on which parts of the résumé will stand out to that particular employer.” Dodd, who is set to graduate in May 2013, said the best way to improve your résumé is to have it critiqued by others. “An extremely valuable resource for me has been the Career Center at the University,” he said. Mary Lowery, assistant director of career education and development, reviews student résumé and recommends changes based on the résumé content overall and the field to which the student is applying. She said applicants should research their chosen field to learn about résumé particulars that may exist. “Content should be written with a target audience in mind,” Lowery said. “Know what the potential employer needs.” Lowery encourages students to research the organizations and jobs they are targeting to know how your résumé content needs to be tailored. Additionally, Lowery said inconsistent formatting and font, spelling errors and fail-

ing to present experiences in terms of accomplishments are some of the most common mistakes people make. “The bullet points written to describe experiences should begin with actions verbs and shouldn’t be in complete sentences,” Lowery said. “There is no use of ‘I,’ ‘me’ and ‘my.’” Lowery said education is one of the sections everyone will have and from there the sections should be based on the experiences and qualifications of the job seeker. UA graduate Jo Greene majored in history as an undergraduate. Like Dodd, Greene went to the Career Center to get his résumé critiqued. Eventually, he earned graduate assistant position at the Career Center following his graduation in August 2010. He encourages students to get their résumé critiqued, so it can accurately represent their hard work and dedication. “You want a résumé that is strong and well put together,” Greene said. “You don’t want to turn in just anything to the employer, especially if it’s your dream job.”

TIPS FOR RÉSUMÉS • Research your chosen field to learn about résumé particulars that may exist • Research the organization and job you are targeting to know how your résumé content needs to be tailored • Write the content with target audience in mind (know what the potential employer needs) • No grammatical errors • Experience is described in terms of accomplishments or skills demonstrated (Ex. Led team of 10 volunteers in fundraising effort exceeding $5,000) • Bullet points written to describe experiences begin with action verbs; no complete sentences • Content is clear and concise • There is no use of “I,” “me” “my,” etc. • Method of presenting dates is consistent throughout • Education section begins with degree currently being pursued • Degree is worded correctly (check UA Catalog to be sure your degree is worded accurately) • Experiences are listed in reverse chronological order • Résumé has been carefully proofread and critiqued • You do not need to write “references upon request” on your résumé. Generally, references are included on a separate sheet with your contact information at the top. • Freshmen may want to include some highlights from high school as they acquire experience from college activities and jobs.

Medical students elected to join prestigious honor society “ By Mark Hammontree Contributing Writer

Five medical students in their final year of clinical training in The University of Alabama School of Medicine have been elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. The society, founded in 1902, elects around 3,000 members a year, students as well as faculty, who exemplify a deep commitment to the medical profession, especially with regards to scholarship and leadership. The new members are Nicholas Deep of Birmingham,

Ala.; Jonathan Black of Monroeville, Ala.; Jessica Grayson of Fayette, Ala.; Chris Ridgell of Andersonville, Tenn.; and Kevin Greer of Sylacauga, Ala. The top 25 percent of a medical school class can be nominated for membership, while up to 16 percent can actually be elected. However, the prestige of the Alpha Omega Alpha is not lost on the new members. Ridgell, who received his undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt University, said he was humbled by the news. “My classmates are all

instruction at the main campus of the School of Medicine in Birmingham. The College of We are so proud of these Community Health Sciences students. They really do at the the University provides represent the best of the best about 70 third and fourth year students with their final two in our medical school. years of clinical training via — Heather Taylor rotations in family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, neurology, psychiatry very talented and diligent, and surgery. which makes receiving this “I am very fortunate to have distinction truly an honor,” had the opportunity to study Ridgell said. medicine at The University Medical students receive of Alabama and participate their first two years of in clinical rotations on the

Tuscaloosa campus,” said Greer, who received an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University. “I feel that these experiences have provided a great foundation for residency training and the practice of medicine.” Heather Taylor, the associate director of medical students affairs, said this society truly represents the best and brightest and emphasized how proud the University is of these students. “We are so proud of these students. They really do represent the best of the best in our

medical school,” Taylor said. “Election into Alpha Omega Alpha is truly a prestigious honor. It not only means you have excelled academically but that a group of your peers is recognizing your contributions to the school and your potential to be a leader in the field of medicine.” The five students will join the ranks of members from the 120 chapters nationwide and become some of the more 150,000 who have been elected to Alpha Omega Alpha since its formation more than a hundred years ago.

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‘Karbs for Kids’ unhealthy challenge to support health programs, behavior By Tricia Vaughan

prevent them from dropping out of school, engaging in On Feb. 16, Krispy Kreme is violence and using drugs and teaming up with Tuscaloosa alcohol. “’Karbs for Kids’ is a way YMCA and Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Alabama to for us to acknowledge that the host Tuscaloosa’s first ever money we are raising goes “Karbs for Kids” Krispy towards programs for the Kreme Challenge as a fun- kids,” Charlotte Lewis, YMCA’s draiser for programs that special events and fundraising encourage healthy living, such director, said. “The money that as free sports teams for kids. we are raising goes towards financial scholThe challenge arships. The encompasses race itself is just running or walka comical, fun ing a mile from Advice such as running and race.” the University eating a dozen doughnuts all That’s why Orthopedic at once is not normally found the challenge Center, eating in a health column, but when is so impora dozen doughit’s for such a good cause, tant: it’s raising nuts and runmoney to keep ning or walking a one-time deal won’t hurt society’s youth the mile back. anyone. on a straight T y p i c a l l y, path to leading gorging on healthy, sucfatty foods then cessful lives. throwing it all up is a bad thing, but Krispy As a Beautiful Health mentor, Kreme has managed to turn I’ve witnessed the positive the gluttonous act into a effect simply talking to midgood deed. Both Tuscaloosa dle school girls about staying YMCA and Big Brothers Big healthy have on them, so I can Sisters of West Alabama rely only imagine the effect BBBS on donations to supply pro- has on its mentees. Advice grams that ensure kids are such as running and eating a staying healthy. BBBS, specifi- dozen doughnuts all at once is cally, works with children to not normally found in a health

column, but when it’s for such a good cause, a one-time deal won’t hurt anyone. “I am participating in the Krispy Kreme challenge mostly to win a bet with my roommate who has little faith in me,” Jess DeMartin, a junior majoring in marketing and accounting, said. “I also think that Big Brothers Big Sisters is an awesome program for local youth. Growing up, my dad was a mentor for a different organization, and I saw him make a difference in a lot of children’s lives, especially those less fortunate.” Though eating 2,400 calories worth of melt-in-your-mouth goodness is diet suicide and running on a full stomach is sure to make many participants spew all over Bryant Drive, I fully intend on participating, but only this once. The irony of the challenge – an unhealthy practice supporting programs that endorse healthy behavior – is what makes the race fun. And having a good reason to eat all of the doughnuts you can stomach, of course. “I am not concerned about the amount of calories I will be consuming,” DeMartin said.

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pig out on fried dough?” Participants will receive T-shirts and goody bags while winners will receive trophies. Don’t worry about stepping in vomit; trash cans will line the route. Go on YouTube to see

videos of past K2C events to decide if you want to participate. If you decide you’re up for the challenge, pay $25 to register for the event at tuscaloosakrispykremechallenge.

Christian fraternities, sororities offer opportunities for fellowship By Deanne Winslett Staff Reporter When sophomore economics major Brittany Monte arrived at The University of Alabama, she did not see herself joining one of the many UA sororities. But when Monte heard about one of the school’s Christian sororities, Alpha Delta Chi, she decided to look into it. Now, Monte is a proud member of ADChi, and she serves as the vice president of external affairs for the sorority. She arranges swaps and coordinates other events as part of her position.

Monte said her sorority is just like any other sorority. They hold swaps and socialize and they require that their girls maintain a certain GPA and educational standards. “We participate in swaps and we do a spring formal,” Monte said. “We participate in Homecoming and Greek Week. So we are still definitely a sorority, with just a different dynamic as far as having that spiritual side in it.” Their membership requirements are different, however, in a few specific ways. “We have 13 membership requirements,” she said. “Some

of the ones that are a little different are a willingness to abstain from sex until marriage, willingness to avoid situations that would cause another sister to feel uncomfortable, no drugs or smoking. Acceptance of Jesus Christ the savior, active participation in church.” ADChi also has a specific alcohol policy regarding its members. “Our members aren’t allowed to drink at social events nor are members of age allowed to drink in front of pledges under any circumstance,” Monte said. According to the Office of Greek Affairs, the University

has 56 total sororities and fraternities under four different councils with roughly 7,000 students involved. In the instance of ADChi, Monte says that they have close to 40 current members but about half of those members will be graduating soon. Monte said while their numbers may sound small when compared to other sororities, she appreciates the way it allows members to become even closer and develop an even more personal bond with one another as well as with their faith. “I think that this is definitely something that you have to have

a calling for,” Monte said. When it comes to interacting with other members of the greek system, Monte said negativity is not a problem that she has really encountered. She arranges swaps and social events for her girls with a plethora of the fraternities on campus. Ryan Flamerich, a senior majoring in chemical engineering, serves as the vice president of programming for Sigma Phi Epsilon. He said his fraternity has members of all faiths and they often partake in swaps and events with a variety of other organizations, including ADChi, other Christian sororities and

sororities associated with other faiths. “We like to hold ourselves to a very high standard,” he said. “We are an integrated fraternity. We have members of all faiths.” Additionally Flamerich said he doesn’t think Christian sororities and fraternities are stereotyped or viewed differently by other members of the UA greek system. “We feel like they are a constructive member of our greek system,” Flamerich said. “I would say that we view them in the same way we view all sororities on campus.”


the film industry and is a place for young members of the industry to meet executives and make connections or premier their work to a larger audience. Students in the class are able to experience many events at the Sundance Film Festival including access to film screenings, attendance to panels and meetings with industry directors and programmers of the festival. Daniel Ryan, a sophomore majoring in TCF, was one of the students who went on the fiveday trip. “It has been an incredible experience and opportunity to

attend Sundance,” Ryan said. “Being at Sundance was much more than seeing movies. Most films featured a Q&A with directors, writers, actors, and others involved in the filmmaking process. It was great to be able to get insight on their perspective and really engage with the films we saw.” This is the first year a TCF class from the Capstone has been able to attend Sundance, but there are many other programs within the college that allow for student travel. One course offers an internship with the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France

and another gives students the opportunity to visit CNN in Atlanta, Ga. Ryan said his time at Sundance inspired him to continue working in the film industry, and he hopes the University will continue to offer the TCF course in future years. “It was incredibly inspiring to be able to talk to filmmakers and people in the industry. To see their success really motivated me to pursue the work that I want to do and succeed in the industry,” Ryan said. “I am currently looking into volunteering to work at Sundance in the future.”

TCF sends students to Sundance festival SUNDANCE FROM PAGE 1 “What initially seemed to be a daunting task of articulating the benefit to students and countering assumptions that attending film festivals means that all you do is watch movies became a catalyst for us as co-teachers to discuss how we would teach the class and create measurable activities to demonstrate what the students learned,” Raimist said. “Put simply, there are no job fairs for filmmakers or industry professionals. This industry relies heavily on networking, ingenuity and access to insider information.” When approval was granted for Warner and Raimist’s idea,

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‘Gangster Squad’ depicts violent, dog-eat-dog world of 1940s Los Angeles By Dana Woodruff

Flashback to the 1940s, back to a decade ruled by war and governed by prosperity, every man trying to make himself known in a world where money talked and people listened. But beneath the glamorous surface lurked a cold threat: ruthless mobsters with nothing to lose and everything to gain. One such mobster was notorious ex-boxer Mickey Cohen, and his uncensored story has never been publicly exposed in modern media until now. After hitting theaters on Jan. 11, “Gangster Squad” has proven to be an enlightening depiction of the real 1940s, harsh with discreet violence in a dog-eatdog world. Starring Josh Brolin, Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, “Gangster

Squad” is based on the book “Tales from the Gangster Squad” by Paul Lieberman, which was in turn written as a documentation of actual occurrences. The real characters, most having passed away several years ago, come to life once more in this harrowing tale of goodcops-turned-rogue on a mission to eliminate the threat of gangsters in order to save the city. The story takes place in 1940s Los Angeles, Calif. Summoned by the police chief, Sgt. John O’Mara (Brolin) is instructed to assemble a team of men to wage guerrilla warfare on the elusive but influential Mickey Cohen (Penn). The only rule is that there are no rules in this deadly game of catand-mouse. The select few that volunteer for the job are well aware that there will be no

extra compensation and no publicity whatsoever; they are willing to sacrifice their lives to protect the budding city of Los Angeles, Calif., a city that deserves hope and the promise of a future. They will not receive credit for the capture of Mickey Cohen if their mission is successful. The plan is to merely continue their lives, nameless heroes performing an anonymous deed. Enter Sgt. Jerry Wooters (Gosling), a cynical young officer with no particular desire for violence, disheartened by World War II and unwilling to impose a different kind of war on his home, a seemingly safe city. But not all that glitters is gold, and after witnessing the random murder of an innocent child caught in the crossfire of a turf war, Wooters decides to put all of his chips on the

table. Meanwhile, O’Mara recruits four other men to serve alongside him in this battle of epic proportions. Wooters, on the other hand, forms an alliance with one of Mickey Cohen’s rivals – a rising gangster by the name of Jack “the Enforcer” Whalen, known in real life for his claim to be so tough that he didn’t need a gun. As the movie delves deeper into the underground world of gangsters and their lust for power, the fine line between good and evil starts to blur at the margins. One begins to wonder what makes this death machine team of cops and loners better than a close-knit ring of Mafia dons and mobsters. Because they both have one thing in common: the ability to kill without remorse in order to control Los Angeles,

Calif., regardless of their motivations for doing so. The movie portrays the original Gangster Squad as six lethal officers wielding Tommy guns and instigating wild, gruesome shootouts within view of the public eye. It is implied that Mickey Cohen is their solitary target, when in reality the Gangster Squad was after all of the crooks who threatened their paradise. There were actually eight members of the Squad, and Sgt. O’Mara was actually his church’s head usher on Sundays, an ironic role considering the unspeakable acts of violence he was committing behind the scenes. While the movie took creative liberties in its representation of the pursuit of Mickey Cohen, the actual event of Cohen’s apprehension was unexpected and quite humorous.

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Third annual Skin and Bones concert to be held Tuesday night By Marcus Flewellen Contributing Writer

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The UA Trombone Choir and Percussion and Mallet ensembles will perform Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall of Moody Music.

The University of Alabama’s Trombone Choir and Percussion Ensemble will be performing together at the third annual “Skin and Bones” concert on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Moody Music Building. The concert is a combined performance including the UA percussion and trombone studios, featuring 40 musicians – 10 percussionists and 30 trombonists. Last year’s program included classical compositions such as “Summer of the Four Seasons”

by Antonio Vivaldi and “The Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Philip Sousa, as well as popular contemporary songs “Don’t Stop Believing” and “The Simpsons” theme. The Trombone Choir and the Percussion Ensemble are led by two UA assistant professors, Jonathan Whitaker and Timothy Feeney. “We are performing a wide mix of music,” Feeney said, “Soca music from Trinidad, percussion music of Steve Reich, a wild arrangement of ‘76 Trombones,’ an original piece by UA trombonist Michael Johnson. It is a great chance to hear a wide variety

of different music, with its own style and sense of humor.” Whitaker said the ensemble will be playing many different styles of music. “We’ll be playing everything, including ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ by Queen,” Whitaker said. “It will be an hour of entertaining music – something for everyone.” Michelle Rosenberg, marketing support assistant for the School of Music, said the concert allows the audience to experience a mixture of two different ensembles. “It’s nice to see collaborations between different types of ensembles and styles of

music,” Rosenberg said. “Plus, with the use of computers and electronic music in the popular music of the past few years, it’s great to get exposure to talented musicians making music by hand with instruments, and to see what awesome talent is present here at the University of Alabama.” The concert will feature eight pieces and will be streamed live on the web at The concert is free and open to the public. For more information about this and upcoming concerts, visit music. or call (205) 348-1477.



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Record-breaking vaulter talks progress and team goals

By Alexis Paine | Staff Reporter

Editor’s note: Alexis Paine is an athlete at The University of Alabama but also works as a staff reporter for The Crimson White.

Progress. That is what I want this indoor and outdoor track season to be for me and my teammates. Each practice, meet and everything in between is an opportunity for us to improve. We have been focused on enhancing our abilities and making strides toward our goals since we started practicing in September 2012. This past weekend, The University of Alabama track and field team competed at the Indiana Relays at Indiana University. I was less than satisfied with my two prior performances, and I wanted to prove to myself that I had progressed from this point last year. I watched my teammates

improve through the first two the indoor track facility. meets and I wanted to be a I’ll be honest. It was a nervepart of that after not clearing racked and sloppy meet for a bar during our second com- me. I didn’t clear the first petition. For a bar on my first few days, what attempt and the I considered to nerves hit me. Every accomplishment, be a disappointThe butterflies whether it be breaking a ment filled my attacked my school record, tweaking head. I realized stomach, and technique, or improving our that I would not again I worried compete well about not clearpersonal best by something if all I thought ing a bar. I was as small as a centimeter or a about was the determined to second is another step in the possibility of wiggle over the direction we are taking. failure. Instead, bar on my next I focused on attempt any what I needway possible. ed to do and Some may call attempted to crush the worries my next jump an act of diliI had about past mistakes as I gence, but what I really did entered Gladstein Fieldhouse, was revert to a form of vault-

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ments, getting faster and stronger. Breaking this indoor record is one step on a long journey of becoming a better vaulter. It gives me motivation to keep putting in the hours at practice, trying to fix details that may take many attempts to grasp. Like me, the track team as a whole is hungry. We want bigger and better results than the team has seen before this season. Every member knows they have the ability to be something great if they continue to


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ing that is neither efficient nor smart. Luckily, I was able to clear a bar at a school record 4.1 meters, 13-foot-5-inches, a bar I know I can clear with better form. Clearing a school recordbreaking height is something I’m proud of, but it was never a goal. I have the mindset that the height does not matter as much as the developments I make in my technique. With that, higher heights will come. I want to vault like I know I can and continue making improve-

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work at their individual events and listen to their coaches. We are just three meets into a season that lasts until June, and I don’t want my progress or the rest of the team’s progress to end here. Every accomplishment, whether it be breaking a school record, tweaking technique, or improving our personal best by something as small as a centimeter or a second is another step in the direction we are taking. We’ve been “Built by Bama” and we’re ready to show it.





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Women’s basketball team fighting for footing in SEC By Caroline Gazzara Staff Reporter Alabama athletics is renowned for being at the top of the league, guaranteeing a cult-like fan base that is like no other. Women’s basketball is no exception. Though the undying love is there for the Crimson Tide, the real question is if Alabama can really compare to other SEC schools. Since the inception ofthe NCAA Tournament for women’s basketball, the SEC has won nine NCAA Championships out of 31 games. All nine of those wins belong to Tennessee. Only one other school, besides Tennessee, has come close to winning the championship and that would be Georgia. No other SEC school has seen the championship in the past 31 years. Alabama made it to the final four once in 1994. That being said, Alabama has had its ups and downs throughout the past decade. Currently, the Tide is 12-8 overall and 2-5 in conference and will face Georgia this upcoming Thursday. “We have nine more games

We have nine more games in the conference. We have to keep fighting and see what the next games are going to hold. — Wendell Hudson

in the conference,” Coach Wendell Hudson said. “We have to keep fighting and see what the next games are going to hold.” The Tide may not have made it to the NCAA finals, but that doesn’t mean it is out of it for good. Since 2000, Alabama has made it to the SEC championship 11 times. The Tide made it past round one three times and made it past round two once, but it never succeeded in winning the championship. Compared to Tennessee, Alabama has room for improvement. Back when Hudson joined the Tide, Alabama was coming off a 10-20 season. Since joining, Alabama has had one winning season and three losing

seasons. He currently has an average of 14.75 wins and 17.5 losses with the Tide. Though currently not ranked in the country, Alabama has the focus to get noticed. With players such as Shafontaye Myers, who recently broke her high-scoring record against Auburn, Daisha Simmons, who transferred from Rutgers and started this year and Jasmine Robinson, a junior with a great shooting average, the Tide has the potential to come out with another winning season. Hudson said Alabama has improved despite early losses against Texas A&M and Kentucky. “Starting conference play, we started with Texas A&M, which is a really good basketball team, and then our second game against Kentucky, then ranked No. 6 in the country,” Hudson said. “I think we didn’t play as well as we needed to against Texas A&M, I thought we gave a much better effort against Kentucky. We had some opportunities and I really feel like we had some scoring opportunities and had opportunities to be in that game longer but I thought we


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HOROSCOPES Today’s Birthday (01/29/13). You can transform old habits now. You’re in a six-month creative phase. Explore, invent, have fun and get involved with other partners in the same game. Home changes may prompt a remodel or move. Expect a profitable rise in career status. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) -- Today is a 7 -- When it comes to productivity, you’re on fire. But don’t push yourself so hard that you get ill. Rest is especially important now. Don’t forget that a bird in the hand is worth two who are not. Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 9 -- If you discover you have more than enough, leave it where it is for now. Follow the rules to the letter. A conflict of interests knocks at your door. Discuss possible solutions privately. Gemini (May 21-June 20) -- Today is a 9 -- Prioritize now. Delegate a difficult job to someone with experience. Visit a gallery for inspiration, but otherwise stay close to home for comfort. And discover something new about yourself. Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Get that gift for yourself that you’ve been thinking about. See where your ideas take you. Something doesn’t add up, though. Trust your intuition on this one. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is a 7 -Make sure you’re aligned. Compromise may be required, and you’re good at it now. When you’re at a loss for words, find a friend to support you. It helps to put all your ideas on a list. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today

is a 9 -- You’re more connected to your community than you think. Use your newly gained power to advance together through the challenges and be surprised by a breakthrough. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 6 -- Embrace your mistakes. Creativity grows from the broken pieces. Expect to be pleasantly surprised. Happiness shows up sooner or later. Love your lover. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is an 8 -- The more you work, the more you make and save. Just keep plugging away, even if you don’t see immediate results. Resist impulses, and keep costs down. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is an 8 -- Expand boundaries to discover new career opportunities. Play with fire and learn about burns ... push the envelope cautiously. Friends help you make the connection needed. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is an 8 -- Venture farther today and tomorrow, well equipped and in the right company. Advance slowly and steadily. Make a beneficial discovery in your own garage or closet. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 6 -- Pay special attention to finances and revise your budget. Add glamour to your event without breaking the bank. Friends offer valuable, objective, insights. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is an 8 -- Consider that you don’t have the answer, but rather plenty of questions, and that’s the fun part. Open your mind. Enhance your community and improve your quality of life. Romance is available.

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Head Coach Anthony Grant’s team needs more consistency to be successful By Zac Al-Khateeb I’m sure everyone has seen or at least heard of the no call as Alabama fell to Tennessee Saturday. While the circumstances of the Tide’s loss stings for the fans, Alabama shouldn’t have been put in a situation like that in the first place. Alabama simply didn’t do what it needed to win the game, while Tennessee did. The Volunteers took advantage of every opportunity given to them, while Alabama didn’t. The Vols edged the Tide 17-5 in second-chance points and out rebounded the Tide on offense 15-6. All of that could have been negligible, however, if Alabama had simply made its free throw attempts, of which it missed half (five-of-11). What makes this loss worse for Alabama fans is the fact that Alabama was in the middle of a tear through its Southeastern Conference schedule, going 4-0 before losing to Tennessee.

While Alabama didn’t out-class each of its opponents in that span, it did do one thing that always made the difference: remain consistent.

While Alabama didn’t outclass each of its opponents in that span, it did do one thing that always made the difference: remain consistent. Statistically speaking, Alabama has done a fairly good job of that, even outside of its 4-0 SEC streak. But most of Alabama’s losses have come when the Tide simply hasn’t maintained its level of play in certain areas. For example, in each of the Tide’s seven losses this season, it averaged just over 41 field goal percentage. In its 12 wins, it averaged 46 percent. In each of its seven losses this season, Alabama had 30 rebounds, while it averaged 32.5 in its wins. And while that may seem

negligible, two more rebounds in the Tide’s loss Saturday may have made a substantial difference in the outcome of the game. The free throw is the only area where the Tide has remained constant throughout the season, barring its loss to Tennessee. Alabama averaged roughly 70 percent of its free throws before entering into the Tennessee game, where it only managed fiveof-11 shots from the free-throw line. If Alabama is going to have continued success under Head Coach Anthony Grant, it’s going to have to maintain some semblance of consistency in these areas. Alabama has never been a shooting

team under Grant. Rather, its strengths come from its inside presence, its ability to control the pace of the game and its ability to create and eliminate opportunities for itself and opponents, respectively. Therefore, if Alabama can’t maintain control in these areas, it will likely struggle as the season wears on. Sometimes Alabama has gotten away with not performing up to its standard (see Alabama’s 59-55 win over Kentucky). Still, effort and the will to win can only get a team so far for so long. Eventually, the Tide is going to have to achieve a certain level of play and maintain it for an extended period of time. Alabama has the talent to do so, and a somewhat weak SEC schedule certainly doesn’t hurt the Tide’s chances as the season progresses. Only question remains: Will it be the Alabama team that lost to CW | Jingyu Wan Tennessee that shows up, or Senior guard Andrew Steele takes on a Kentucky defender Jan. 22. the one that managed to main- The Crimson Tide earned a comeback victory against the Wildcats, tain a consistent level of play? 59-55.


National Hockey League’s return makes life a little bit more normal again By Marc Torrence I rolled over in bed in my Fort Lauderdale, Fla., hotel on Jan. 6, just a day before the BCS National Championship Game, and checked my phone to find out some of the best news I’d heard in a long time. It had nothing to do with Alabama, Notre Dame or anything else involving the week’s festivities, which I was absolutely exhausted from at the time. It was a text from a friend of mine that was simple but to the point: The NHL

When one of those sports is completely out of commission, like the NHL was, it throws you off.

lockout is over. The season officially started 13 days later on Jan. 19, and while the actual hockey is still pretty bad (there was no preseason of any kind, only a week or so of training camp) it’s a fantastic feeling as a fan of the game and

sports in general. As a sports fan – and, in some ways for me, a sports journalist – you get in a rhythm that flows as one sport ends and another begins. It’s a little bit different for everyone, but for me, it usually goes

something like this: The school year starts and football dominates the landscape. NFL preseason has usually already begun and college football starts soon thereafter. As conference play really picks up in October, the NHL begins – I’ve never been much of an NBA or MLB guy. Once college basketball begins, it’s usually on the backburner with college football reaching its peak of rivalry and conference championship games. The BCS bowls and national championship game are

usually around the time that conference play is picking up in college basketball and it’s full speed ahead for the NHL. After the Super Bowl is over, March Madness is one of the most exciting times of the year. Then it’s the NHL playoffs and Stanley Cup Finals, after which there is a miserable month or two waiting for SEC Media Days. Baseball and the NBA are mixed in there, too, and I’m sure for most of you they fit in somewhere. For the NBA fans in particular, you can empathize with having the start of

the season delayed last year for a lockout. When one of those sports is completely out of commission, like the NHL was, it throws you off. Gary Bettman and company, however, waited until the last minute, for me and for them, and it feels like my sports routine is back to normal again. Even if most of the players are shaking off the rust and not quite playing at a high level yet, it feels good to be frustrated, elated, pissed off and overjoyed again with just one swipe of a stick.

01.29.13 The Crimson White  

The Crimson White is a student published newspaper that seeks to inform the University of Alabama and the surrounding community. Roll Tide.

01.29.13 The Crimson White  

The Crimson White is a student published newspaper that seeks to inform the University of Alabama and the surrounding community. Roll Tide.