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FAC could exclude groups New constitution lacks diverse Finacial Affairs Committee, SGA advocates amendment By William Evans Senior Staff Reporter

CW | John Michael Simpson Above: PixelCon hosted a zombie walk Saturday to kick off the conference. Left: At PixelCon students put their creative skills together to create artwork of their favorite video games. By SoRelle Wyckoff Contributing Writer On Saturday, See the Ferguson Center was video taken over coverage @ by television screens, gaming consoles, graphic posters and fans of the gaming world. Hundreds of gamers attended the second annual PixelCon gaming convention, a joint project of the University of Alabama’s ABXY Gaming Network and Creative Campus, as well as the Student Government Association and Housing and Residential Communities. The PixelCon gaming convention took place at the Ferguson Center from 10 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. Saturday and included

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Band of Horses lists Tuscaloosa Amphitheater as new tour location By Kelsey Stein Lifestyles Editor Reports appeared online F r i d ay that musical acts the Avett Brothers and Band of Horses w o u l d perform the opening show at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater April 1. After Band of Horses posted the concert date on its website, Red Mountain Entertainment, the Birmingham-based concert promoter working with the amphitheater, contacted the group about removing the announcement. At this point, the only shows scheduled at the amphitheater are Sugarland on April 15 and Kenny Chesney and Uncle Kracker on May 25. Red Mountain Entertainment will make two additional concert announcements Monday afternoon. le this

By Britton Lynn Senior Sports Reporter

Alabama sent three of its top seniors – tight end Preston Dial, offensive lineman James Carpenter and quarterback Greg McElroy – to the 2011 Senior Bowl Saturday in Mobile. The Crimson Tide’s players were three of the 20 SEC players in participating in the game – more than any other conference at the game. The SEC’s majority within the Senior Bowl is nothing new. In the past five years, the SEC has brought a total of 112 student athletes to the game. Thirteen of the SEC’s players have won a national championship during the course of their careers, seven have landed on AllAmerican lists and 17 were named to All-SEC squads. The SEC’s talent was a major factor in the South’s 24-10 victory over the North team. When all the Alabama players were asked about the talent in the SEC contributing to the South’s win, each had the same answer: “We won, didn’t we?” And while the winning is nothing new to the SEC, for players like Dial, it’s a little uncomfortable having your old adversaries in the

Fraternity welcomes new members By Allie Hulcher Staff Reporter Doors opened around 7 p.m. Friday, and the audience trickled slowly into the Central High School auditorium to experience Omega Psi Phi’s probate, or coming out show, for its five new members, The Unconquerable

Souls of Havoc. A probate show, according to chapter president Xavier Burgin, is an open presentation of new members of the National Pan-Hellenic fraternities and sororities. During a probate, men and women who have become new, official members of their respective fraternity or sorority perform an


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CW | Drew Hoover The new members of Omega Psi Phi perform a death march down to the stage at Central High School on Jan. 28. A death march is the traditional method of bringing new members to the stage where they will perform and introduce themselves as members of Omega Psi Phi. The death march symbolizes the unity of the group because they must rely on one another to maintain balance and move forward. See more photos at

on-stage step show for the crowd before being unmasked and presented to the attendees as the new members of their respective chapter and fraternity. As the auditorium filled with students, family members and fellow greeks, a DJ in the corner played rap

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The Financial Affairs Committee of the Student Government Association is tasked with distributing money to student organizations. According to language currently in the proposed SGA constitution, which goes to a student vote Tuesday, the FAC would remove the voices of leaders of minority student groups from its decision making, said Michael Forst, director of outreach for the SOURCE. SGA Press Secretary Katie Breaseale said in an e-mailed statement that the SGA is pursuing an amendment to the proposed constitution that would restore the balance between groups on the committee present in the current constitution. The FAC is structured so that four SGA Senators, three representatives of the SOURCE, and three representatives of the Student Leaders Council, make decisions on the allocation

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tournament play, discussion panels, an art display and various activities for attendees. A wide range of people attended, including many college students and video game fans from across the state. And judging by the smiles of the gamers as they moved from room to room, the final product was a success. “I think, so far, it’s a pretty big success,” said Erin Smelley, a senior and Creative Campus intern. “It was a lot of work, but it’s worth it when you see it come together.” Activities ranged from open forum discussion topics such as “Are Zombies Here to Stay,” and rooms filled with flat-screen TVs for free play. It was this wide range of activities that was one of the most appealing parts of the PixelCon tournament, according to freshmen engineering majors Chad Bonair, Lucas Thomas, Kyle Russell and John Skelton. The four freshmen, watching the games in the free play room, each expressed different interests in the video game world, yet were all positive about the PixelCon convention. “Honestly, we heard about it last minute and just decided to go,” Bonair said. Thomas and Skelton said the casual competition of gaming is their favorite aspect of video games, while Russell said he enjoys the more technical side of video games. “The graphics and technology are pretty impressive,” Russell said. “There are lots of sides to it.” The technical side of gaming was well represented at the PixelCon tournament, most notably in the “Art Room,” dedicated solely to the art of video games and anime. The art ranged from student drawings and cartoons to 3D “Mario” stand ups. Another part of the convention was “cosplay,” a chance for attendees to dress as their favorite characters from their favorite video games or anime. One group, the Alabama Ghostbusters Community, donned the familiar uniforms

from the 1984 “Ghostbusters” movie. The organization travels around the area, often for charity events and conventions like PixelCon. “We came out here for last year’s PixelCon and had a great time, so we decided to come back and promote both our group and PixelCon,” said Bo Bearden, a member of the Alabama Ghostbuster Community. “I grew up loving the movies, so this is like being a kid again – but to us, the main thing is community and charity.” Serving the community has been an aim of both ABXY and Creative Campus in many of their events. PixelCon, while free to attend, raised money through $5 tournament fees. The proceeds from the tournament fees, as well as the proceeds from the raffle, will be donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. “Late last year we had… Pixelthon, which was a 48-hour gaming marathon, also for the children of St. Jude’s,” said Neil Taylor, a senior majoring in aerospace engineering and astronomy and a member of the ABXY club who volunteered at PixelCon over the weekend. Despite the activities, forums, fundraisers and interest booths, many guests said their favorite part of PixelCon was the opportunity to join with other gamers and fans of the community. “I mean, most people play games by themselves in their rooms, and I think it’s better for everyone to get together,” said PixelCon attendee Jessica Pruitt. “It’s nice to… celebrate gaming.” Ciara Deuter, a sophomore majoring in fashion retailing, agreed with Pruitt. “I think it’s good for a large group of people who are kind of unrepresented in mainstream media to get together,” Deuter said. “We’re all on the same page with video games anyway, so it’s nice to discuss, ‘Hey, what are you playing?’ or ‘What games are your favorite?’” And whether that sense of community includes debating the particulars of Pokémon battle tactics, or as Chad Bonair said, “getting online and screaming into my headset,” PixelCon provided those and other opportunities to the video game community.

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Prison tour leaves mixed sentiments By Stephen Nathaniel Dethrage Contributing Writer “You couldn’t have just gone to the zoo?” an inmate hissed through the bars at 21 University students touring Tutwiler Prison for Women Friday. The University group rode from Tuscaloosa to Wetumpka, more than 250 miles round trip, to the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women as part of the last event of the Women’s Resource Center’s week advocating awareness and support for incarcerated women in Alabama. Tutwiler is the only maximum security prison for women in the state. The group was comprised of students majoring in criminal justice, women’s studies, political science and more. Four staff members from the WRC and one UA professor accompanied them. A few students made

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songs that provided a backdrop for the growing anticipation to see the five new members of Omega Psi Phi. Some people held clusters of purple and gold balloons, the colors of OPP. Soon, the strolling began. Members of the Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta sororities performed synchronized dances in a perfectly straight line up and down the aisles. The “que dogs,” as Omega Psi Phi’s are also known, also did a stroll through the aisle called a party hop, wearing purple, gold and camouflage.

the trip as an optional part of a course in women’s studies, but most were interested in the conditions at the prison and gladly took the opportunity to see the facility. “I just found out about the trip a few days ago,” sophomore Kristen Loney said. “I’ve been wanting to see Tutwiler for months, so I rearranged my entire week for the chance to tour the prison.” Although they toured the prison as advocates of the women incarcerated there, the group was met with mixed emotions. “Don’t forget us, okay?” one inmate asked. Others were distant, angry or aggressive, like the woman who made the comment about the zoo. “I felt almost guilty,” Loney said. “At times it really did feel voyeuristic, like we were looking

at an exhibit.” A pair of officers led the students on a two-hour tour of the main buildings of the prison, but time did not allow for a completely comprehensive tour. Even so, the visit showed the group the full scope of the diversity among the incarcerated women. They visited inmates with mental health problems in one dorm and those recovering from drug addiction in another. Other specialized dorms included those for inmates who were HIV-positive, the aged and infirmed who required special medical attention, a faith-based dorm for the well-behaved and four inmates in private cells on death row. The captain leading the tour said their youngest inmate was admitted when she was 14 on a charge of murder, and their oldest is living on oxygen in the

Willie White, Terry Rice, David Daniels, Justin Streeter and Ronnie McCoy were initiated into OPP prior to the step show. The step show serves as a way to generate buzz within the community for each new member, Burgin said. “The probate show is for us to introduce them to the campus,” he said. “In one big fell swoop we show everybody who they are without it gradually happening.” Although the neos all had shaved heads and wore purple, gold and camouflage, once the masks were removed their personalities came out. Along with more synchronized steps, each neo did a peel off, which is a semi-rap that can be either

but it’s still something that brings you closer to that person and to get through it is a testament to your will,” Burgin said. “You can’t be a hot head. You need to be tough in the sense that you’re not ready to fight somebody else but you’re able to endure. That is the testament of what it means in our fraternity to be a man.”

emphasized prenatal care and cancer treatment and said no expense was spared for either. Students in each of the three vans returning to Tuscaloosa were asked to consider their original expectations of the conditions at Tutwiler and compare them with what the tour showed. “The living conditions at Tutwiler prison are nothing short of terrifying.” Peña said. “If employed while in prison, inmates earn only 35 cents per hour. “The biggest surprise, however, was a comment made by a man who works in the prison while we were leaving,” he said. “When asked by a student on the trip what it’s like to be in prison there he said, ‘It’s terrible. The women that work here are worse than the women that are in here.’”

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— Phil Burgin comedic or serious, but always serves to give insight into who the neo is. Each new member also is granted two new names. Their line name is determined by what order they were in the line based on height, such as ace, the shortest, and tale, for the last in the line. Their nicknames have specific meaning to them, and it symbolizes their personality. Because Omega Psi Phi believes that once a person becomes a dog he is defined by that for the rest of his life, it is selective in who it chooses to become a member, which is one way to explain how out of 25 men at the interest meeting, only five made it in at the end. “To become a part of any fraternity or sorority is a very trying, tumultuous, endearing event that is by no means easy,

we end up seeing them again.” Andres Peña, a senior majoring in management and political science, said he believes inmates could have better access to schooling. “Each course is currently $700 and inmates’ families are responsible for this fee,” said Peña, who also works at the WRC. “Also, they need activities or jobs in prison that allow the inmates to build skills they can use when re-entering the general population.” Despite low funding and overpopulation, each woman in Tutwiler prison eats three meals a day, sleeps in her own bed and is provided Blue Cross Blue Shield health care, according to officers inside the prison. The captain guiding the tour said each inmate receives the best treatment the world has to offer for whatever ails her. She

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To become a part of any fraternity or sorority is a very trying, tumultuous, endearing event that is by no means easy, but it’s still something that brings you closer to that person and to get through it is a testament to your will. The lights dimmed and all heads turned to the back entrance of the auditorium. Five men holding fast to each other in a chain entered in sync, each wearing camo shorts, a yellow shirt and masked by a black cloth hood. They chanted as their older fraternity brothers guided them down the aisle. The men then broke apart but still moved their feet in step as they recited the Greek Alphabet and Omega Psi Phi’s founding members. The five men made it to the stage, the lights brightened and the crowd grew louder in its eagerness to see each new dog revealed. One of the older brothers introduced each neophyte by saying their hometown and high school, and finally, with a dramatic removal of the black mask, their name.

dorm for the aged and infirmed. She also stressed the issues of overcrowding and lack of funding at Tutwiler. She said the prison and its annex, originally designed to hold 545 prisoners, housed 963 inmates Friday, and an average of 20 officers were scheduled to work each day. The lack of funding and the programs that have been cut as a result are the main reason that a large number of women released from Tutwiler ultimately return to its bars, according to the captain. Without programs that incite and enable the inmates to smoothly transition between incarceration and freedom, the stark contrast between the two worlds is too much for many women, she said. “They’re spoiled,” she said. “They become so dependent on us, on our support, that the free world’s too much for them and

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The University of Alabama Student Government Association was founded in 1914 with “the supreme purpose of — (training) young men and women in higher principles of citizenship.” In this effort, the SGA has been successful. From Lister Hill to John Sparkman to Don Siegleman, there are many examples of SGA leaders on campus who went on to serve the state in important capacities. They got their start here. Now, a unique conundrum has developed. Realizing that the SGA Constitution, while only 15 years old, is outdated, James Fowler and other SGA leaders established a committee to propose a replacement. We will vote on that committee’s valuable recommendations tomorrow. Meanwhile, the Constitution of the State of Alabama, which is 109 years old, continues to ensnarl state and local government. The longest governing document in the entire world, it has 825 amendments. It is three times longer than the Constitution of India (the longest national constitution), 12 times longer than the average state constitution, and 40 times longer than the U.S. Constitution. Yet state leaders, including Governor Bentley, have shown no interest in replacing the outdated charter. Whereas our campus leaders realized that there were cracks in the foundation of student government and issued a proposal to fix them; the governor and other senior Republicans insist that the state constitution can be repaired by yet more amendments. Student leaders at Alabama have managed to do, at the campus level, what generations of governors and legislators have failed to do for the

state. They have outdone the people they are supposed to be emulating. It would obviously be much more difficult to rewrite the state constitution than the SGA’s. There are many more commissions, offices and institutions that are governed by the state. There are also many more special interests that would inevitably try to influence the drafting of a new constitution. Opponents of gambling, for instance, do not want a new constitution because the current one strictly limits gambling. Constitutions, though, shouldn’t be used for determining public policy – they simply define the powers and composition of the organizations that do make laws. Instead of banning or allowing gambling, a streamlined constitution could make sure that appropriate authorities exist to determine gambling policy. Our current constitution, though, not only rigorously governs things such as gambling, but it also hamstrings counties and municipalities. That is why, in nearly every election, we have a list of amendments to vote on, many of which deal with specific areas of the state. I really should not have a vote on local issues anywhere other than Escambia County, where I am from, because I have no knowledge of those issues. Yet, because our constitution is so long and centralizes so much power at the state level, statewide referendums are often required to pass uncontroversial local legislation. At the same time, the amendments that do address statewide issues are often so obscure or confusingly worded that it is hard to form an opinion. It would be much better to let state lawmakers, who have the time and

LETTER TO THE EDITOR CW should aspire to objectivity By Joey Gamble I was disgusted Jan. 21 when I opened the Crimson White to find a quarter page of base political rhetoric under the heading “News.” Does a lecture given by Ron Robinson, president of the Young America’s Foundation, warrant a news story? Absolutely. Would one expect quotes from a president of a politically aligned organization to express ideas that clearly lean towards one political agenda? Of course. However, the absolute lack of balance was disgusting. I do not mean to suggest that Mr. Robinson should have been censored in the article so as not to project a political bias. But a quote such as, “Young Republicans should welcome civility, even though the left hasn’t been particularly civil toward people like you trying to speak your beliefs on college campuses,” should be presented next to a counterview. Perhaps that view could come from a member of the College Democrats, which demonstrates the readiness of “the left” to facilitate a balanced debate. The article also blatantly states that, “the liberal agenda often beats around the bush,” and gives no mention of the counter opinion. This “article” presented one small paragraph of objective “news” and the rest of a quarter page of political rhetoric. If it is worthy to be printed at all, then it belongs on the “Opinions” page. If I want to hear political rhetoric, I will watch FOX News or MSNBC. When I read a newspaper, however, I expect objective news. Certainly, bias will inevitably appear in an article, especially one of this nature but it is the rejection of this bias which is the gold standard of journalism. I hope the Crimson White at least aspires to this standard, even if it may sometimes fail in its achievement. Joey Gamble is a freshman majoring in English and French.

research capabilities to learn about such issues, make those decisions than uninformed voters. That is, after all, why we elect them. Many Alabamians have started voting “no” on all of the amendments to protest the constitution. While this trend is unfortunate for localities trying to improve their areas, if most constitutional amendments end up failing, maybe state leaders will finally be spurred to do what our SGA has done and draft a new constitution. Recently elected Republicans, empowered with a majority in both houses of the legislature for the first time since Reconstruction, should leave their party’s history of opposing a new constitution behind as they consider growing public demands for a new constitution. After running against an inept and corrupt Democratic majority during the last election, the best thing the current legislature and governor could do is call a constitutional convention that would truly restructure the foundations of state government. Governments are like anything else – periodically, they need to be reformed and renewed. While the U.S. Constitution has remained intact since 1789, it is an anomaly that can be attributed to the brilliance of our founders. There was no James Madison when the Alabama Constitution of 1901 was drafted. Tomorrow, as the vote to replace our own constitution happens, think about what the result will mean for our SGA. Then imagine the consequences of a similar effort to renew the state. Tray Smith is the opinions editor of The Crimson White. His column runs on Mondays.

Tomorrow, students In short: The new will have the SGA constituo p p o r tu n i ty tion should be to vote on approved as it the proposed provides a conSGA consticrete proposal tution. We to correct defiunderstand ciencies found many stuin the current dents may constitution. not feel the need to vote on this document. It is simply hard to get people excited about a legal document. However, this constitution is the most important thing students will vote on this year. While the people we elect to serve in SGA offices come and go, this constitution will remain in force for generations of students. The need for a new SGA constitution is profound. Over the years, the current constitution has been sloppily amended, and all of the changes have not been updated. The result has been an SGA that has not always worked under a system of clear rules and guidelines. Thanks to the leadership of SGA President James Fowler and Attorney General Ryan Sprinkle, we now have a concrete proposal to correct these deficiencies. The committee that drafted this proposal included six students from all ends of campus. They logged over 300 hours making compromises and generating ideas in what may have been the most fair and balanced effort to reform the SGA in its 97 year history. While there are no radical changes between the proposed constitution and the current one, the changes that will be made – like, for instance, giving the senate more independence and allowing senators to choose their own leader – are not insignificant. Furthermore, the new SGA constitution will codify some of the most important priorities the SGA has worked on this year. Fowler based his presidential campaign on transparency, diversity, and accountability, and the new constitution will embody those principles in the SGA moving forward. It will put the SGA on a firmer legal footing, and create a more conducive environment for student leaders working to improve this campus in the years ahead. We commend Fowler and Sprinkle for their leadership. We commend the process they established to undertake this daunting task. We commend this proposal and urge every student to cast a historic vote in its support tomorrow.


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UA can create more honorable campus By Nick Lambert Last Monday, Tray Smith wrote a column calling for an honor code at The University. As the vice president of the Academic Honor Council, I wanted to respond and explain what my organization does and wants to do. Ten years ago, the AHC was established in the College of Communication & Information Sciences with the goal of establishing a medium for students to discuss matters related to academic integrity. The students who first sat on this council were charged with promoting integrity within the College of C&IS. Today, the AHC has expanded its borders to include a council in each of the Capstone’s eight colleges, as well as a council representing the Honors College. The AHC is an appellate judicial body comprised of students who strive to promote an atmosphere of integrity on campus. Our goal is not unlike the original justices 10 years ago – We are working to help transform the University of Alabama into a place where integrity is the defining characteristic of each student’s endeavors both in and out of the classroom. A commitment to honor transforms a good student into a great one. So too, a commitment to integrity will affirm our University as a true capstone of higher education. Nevertheless, this is not something that will happen overnight. This change demands the diligent work of all students, faculty and administrators alike. Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines integrity as “the quality of being complete and undivided.” However, a more basic, elementary definition is “doing the right thing simply because it is the

right thing to do.” Academic integrity is more than not cheating on a test or plagiarizing a paper; it requires instilling honor and a desire for excellence in all facets of your life. If we are truly going to change the culture of this campus, every individual associated with the University will need to place all of their vested interest in this fight for honor. Despite the challenges of a campus-wide reformation of this magnitude and significance, the Academic Honor Council already has many programs in place that will ease the transition into an integrity-oriented campus. For the past two years, the Honors College AHC has hosted a freshman convocation that incoming Honors students are required to attend. Incoming students are charged with placing integrity in the forefront of all of their decisions, both academic and nonacademic, while a student at the Capstone. Students then sign a pledge of membership into the Honors College, which focuses on living with integrity. The Academic Honor Council also hosts Academic Integrity Week each year during the fall semester. Throughout the week, integrity is promoted across campus through various forums and roundtable discussions. The overarching theme of the week is to establish progressive dialogue between students about the importance of integrity on campus. The more dialogue that occurs between students, the quicker campus transformation will occur. Academic Integrity Week has seen increased attendance and popularity each year it is held, so the fire is slowly being lit. These are just two examples of the many positive steps students on this campus are making towards a more

integrity-based university. The plan is in place; it is now in the hands of the student body to take this ideal and run with it. If each person reading this article can convince one other person that the commitment to integrity is an imperative undertaking, and that it will change this University, the results would be unparalleled. Ask yourself this one simple question: When you walk across that stage to receive your diploma, will you be able to say that you helped changed this campus for the better? A simple idea of upholding integrity and promoting it to your friends can be an immeasurable change that will improve this campus for years to come. If a change is to be made, it is the responsibility of the University of Alabama student to make it happen. To take a page out of Coach Saban’s book, what the Academic Honor Council is trying to do on campus is a process. We understand that this is not going to be a quick change and that at times this transformation will be extremely challenging. But if we can get the University as a whole to buy into this process, to promote integrity in everything they do, then the lives of all students — past, present and future — will be dramatically enriched. Every student on this campus has inside him or her the power to bring integrity into every decision they make. The necessary programs are in place and the ball is beginning to roll. It is now time for us, as students and representatives of the University of Alabama, to envision this change and make it happen.

Nick Lambert is a senior majoring in finance and the vice president of the Academic Honor Council.

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Alternative break presents ways to serve By Brittney Knox Staff Reporter This spring break, many students may plan to take trips or even just rest at home, but the Community Service Center presents an alternative break that will give students the chance to make a difference in our country and abroad. “This year the spring alternative break will be a trip to Memphis, Tenn., and Guatemala City, Guatemala,” said Wahnee Sherman, director of the CSC.


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of funds to student groups who submit requests for money from the FAC, according to the FAC’s funding guidelines. Forst said the SGA constitution restructures this organization so that representatives from minority student groups, such as the Black Student Union and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, would be bumped from the Student Leaders Council of the committee. “The FAC needs to remain how


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SEC become your teammates on the South’s Senior Bowl team. “It’s different, but once you get out there in the heat of battle, you just focus on who’s in front of you,” Dial said. “But it is different when I look over, and I see big Lee Ziemba sitting there smiling at me. And Kristofer O’Dowd from USC. It was a big adjustment, but it was a lot of fun.”

“The deadline to apply for the trip to Guatemala has passed, but we still have spots open on the trip to Memphis.” Sherman said the cost of the trip to Memphis is $300 and students will be working with numerous service projects from Sunday through Thursday. “They will be working to repair homes of the elderly, community cleanup, delivering meals and working in soup kitchens,” Sherman said. Students going on the Guatemala trip will be mentoring children and working in

an orphanage. Emily Hice, student director for alternative breaks, said she is happy with what this spring break will offer. “I am very excited about the trip this spring break, and I think it is a great way for students to get involved,” Hice said. In addition to the other service activities, Hice said the students might be able to take a tour of the St. Jude’s hospital there. Hice has been on many of the alternative breaks in the past, and she said she remembers her first one to Costa Rice her

sophomore year. “We went on the trip and helped to build a water filtration system,” she said. “It gave me the chance to meet a lot of people, and one of the girls I met on that trip is actually one of best friends now.” Sherman said the CSC has been granting students the alternative break opportunity for about 12 to 15 years. “Students that tend to go on these trips want to do something productive over the break and impact another community,” Sherman said.

it was,” he said. “The SGA does not have the power or the responsibility to restructure the FAC.” SGA Communications Director Ian Sams said the Constitution Revision Committee didn’t intend to cut groups out of the committee. Instead, the committee was trying to clean up the old constitution’s dated wording. “We were reviewing the original constitution in committee and saw that the old constitution mentioned the Council of Presidents that’s no longer in existence,” Sams said. “Basically, we recognized that a group that is now defunct was given seats

on the committee, and we cut them from it.” Breaseale said the proposed constitution, if left unchanged, would place six SGA members in the FAC while reducing the nonSGA presence in the committee to two representatives from the SOURCE. She said after a recent review of the constitution, the SGA plans this week to amend the restructuring of the FAC. “[T]he SGA is reviewing an amendment for spring elections making it five representatives from the SGA Senate Finance Committee, three from the SOURCE or coordinating

body for student organizations and two appointees from the University Vice President of Student Affairs,” she said. “In the event of a tie, the SGA vice president of financial affairs will be the deciding vote.” She said the SGA had a change of heart. “After the review, we have come to believe that decreasing non-SGA presence on the FAC review board so dramatically would decrease the effectiveness of a board that, for years, has been unparalleled in its ability to empower student organizations through financial allocations,” she said.

During the game, McElroy had 36 passing yards, going 5-for-8. And in the midst of blocking for his teammates, Dial had one catch for 5 yards, while Carpenter continued to execute consistently on the offensive line. “It was real exciting playing at the Senior Bowl with all these good players,” Carpenter said. Even though McElroy left the game early in the fourth quarter after a sack that left him with a cracked bone in his hand, the South team’s coaching staff saw

potential in the quarterback who hopes to play in the NFL. “I worked with Greg directly, and I thought he did a nice job,” said Buffalo Bills quarterbacks coach George Cortez. “He banged his thumb up in the game, but you know he did a nice job for us. If they are here, they have potential.” But the Bills coaching staff wasn’t the only NFL affiliate analyzing the players. Practices were attended by more than 800 NFL general managers, coaches,

scouts and other front-office personnel from the 32 NFL teams. After a full week of weigh-ins, interviews and practices preparing the athletes for the draft, the game was the most fun part of the Senior Bowl experience. “It’s been unbelievable,” Dial said. “It’s been a lot of fun, a lot of learning – not a huge adjustment, but there has been some. There’s been a lot of great players out here, but I’ve learned a lot, and I’ve had a really good time being back at home.”

She said students get the opportunity to be immersed into another culture, see some sites and give back to these communities. This past winter alternative break, UA students from all different majors got the opportunity to travel to Haiti and perform service projects to help Hatians recover from a devastating earthquake.

“Students that participated in this effort traveled to San Cristobal, which is in the Dominican Republic,” said Joe Moore, founder of Appleseed Expeditions, a company that aides in coordinating the Community Service Center’s service abroad trips. Moore will also be working with the upcoming trip to Guatemala.


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In one week, Campus MovieFest, the largest student film festival in the world, is coming to Alabama to give students a chance to make a five-minute movie. It is free to participate, and the program provides each team with a computer, editing software, a camera and a phone so they can make a five-minute film in seven days. “The great thing about our program is that you don’t have to be a filmmaker,” said Ann Daykin, promotions manager for Campus MovieFest. “We can help you with everything.” The program started ten years ago at Emory University

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7. Once all the films have been turned in, a panel of faculty, staff and students will decide on the top 16 films, which will then be screened at the red carpet finale on Feb. 10 in the Ferguson Theater. The awards for Best Picture, Best Comedy and Best Drama will also be announced at the finale. The winning teams not only move on to regionals, with a chance of going to nationals, but can also win up to $300,000 in prizes. Although Campus MovieFest can be a great opportunity for students who plan on going into film, it is meant for everyone who has ever been interested in making a film and trying something new. Before Campus MovieFest last year, Tippit was a theater major hoping to someday become an actress. A friend

who was directing a film for the program recruited her for her project. Tippit ended up winning best actress at the school and the regional level, but seeing the whole process of making the movie and the finished product helped her to see that she really belonged behind the camera. “I didn’t believe in myself and Campus MovieFest did believe in me,” she said. “It was one of the moments in my life where I decided that this is what I wanted to do. I realized that I want to help people act, and I want to do the filming and come up with my own ideas and Campus MovieFest was the first kind of spark in that.” The launch date for Campus MovieFest is Feb. 1. Anyone interested in signing up or learning more about it should visit

Podcast group strives to make events in Tuscaloosa ‘cooler’ By Jordan Staggs Senior Staff Reporter Once a week at AMF Lanes, the gang from WellThatsCool. com experiences civil war as its weekly bowling night commences. Bo Hicks, one of the founding members and unofficial spokesman for the web-based organization, enters carrying his signature bowling ball, which looks like a giant blue eye. About three years ago Hicks teamed up with his friend Nick Rymer, a UA graduate working with Alabama Public Television who wanted to begin doing podcasts about events around Tuscaloosa, and anything else which came to mind. “Our first shows were mostly just rambling,” Hicks said. “And we’d never know if a joke just bombed. Now we have a live studio audience and sponsors. It’s more than just a podcast; it’s an event.” Finding information about everything going on around the


city can be hard, Hicks said, so Well That’s Cool is dedicated to getting the word about ‘cool’ events out to the Tuscaloosa masses, providing movie and music reviews and just talking about cool stuff in general. Their podcasts, recorded every Friday at 8:30 p.m. from the “Tree House” headquarters above Oak City Barber Shop, can be found for free on iTunes, and blogs on the site keep everyone updated in the meantime. “It’s nice to see people take a chance on a form of new media to reach others,” Hicks said. “We love what we do.” But podcasts don’t pay the bills. Every member of the team is also a working member of the Tuscaloosa community. “We all have full-time jobs,” said Eric St. Clair, another member of the WTC crew. “Some of us work at elementary schools, others at UA. I met [Hicks and Rymer] through the ‘Druid City Drinking Club’ softball team, and we started doing events and stuff.”

For example, at Saturday’s charity Goslabi Challenge, several members of the website and some other faithful fundraisers ate spoonfuls of wasabi on stage at Little Willie’s to raise money for muscular dystrophy. Their upcoming events include a “Big Lebowski” Wii bowling championship on Feb. 11 at the Bama Theatre. Bowling coupons for AMF Lanes and drink specials, including white Russians, will be available. Another event WTC has seen success with is their paddleboat Brews Cruise, which will feature beer specials and live music as the Bama Belle rolls on the Black Warrior River. “How often do you get to listen to a rock band going down the river on a boat full of beer?” Hicks said. “Never.” But sometimes it is still slow going at Well That’s Cool headquarters, St. Clair said. “Sometimes at our podcasts we’ll have 45 people, and sometimes we’ll have 8,” he said. “For every event that’s been a success, we’ve had a dud.” The team hopes to solve that problem in the future by getting more word out about their website and encouraging people to take a listen to their podcasts— but fair warning, they have an “Explicit” rating on iTunes for a reason. “We do reviews about music, movies and any stories that might tickle our fancies,” Hicks said, “because everyone needs a good fancy-tickling every now and then.” The mission to help improve Tuscaloosa together has kept Well That’s Cool going since its inception, and although not all its founding members are still present, it continues to grow. Nick Rymer, who helped found the website, now attends graduate school in Harlem, N.Y. “Nick still keeps up with us,” Hicks said, “which is the beauty of our medium.” As they gear up for the new year’s events and episode 151 of their podcast, Well That’s Cool plans to continue getting involved in the community, entertaining the Internet masses and making Tuscaloosa cooler.

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No. 17 Kentucky (17-4, 6-2) continued its winning streak yesterday in Coleman Coliseum against the Alabama Crimson Tide with a 82-69 victory. It was the last game the women’s basketball team will play in Coleman. The remainder of their games will be played at Foster Auditorium. “This basketball game can be summed up in one statement — offensive rebounds,” said head coach Wendell Hudson. “We didn’t take advantage of some of those opportunities we had to not make them feel good about how they were starting the second half.” After getting down early, Alabama went on a six-point scoring run consisting of backto-back baskets by Tierney Jenkins and a fast break layup

by Celiscia Farmer. The run put the Tide up 8-6 before a timeout was called. In the final minute of the half, Jenkins scored off a lob pass from Horn. Russell then blocked a UK pass that forced Wildcats to call a timeout after being disrupted offensively. Jenkins come up with a steal after the UK timeout and scored on a layup. The Tide ended the half ahead by two, 37-35, with both teams shooting around 44 percent from the field. “Going into halftime, we just realized that we had to keep blocking out,” Jenkins said. “I think that’s the biggest thing that has hurt us in our past couple games and hurt us tonight once again. I think that’s the biggest thing we have to work on and go from there.” At the half, Jenkins led the Tide with 16 points, six rebounds and three steals. Dunlap col-


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lected 10 points, eight rebounds, three blocks, two steals and three turnovers. Dunlap leads the Southeastern Conference in scoring at 17.4 points per game and in steals with 3.4 a game. Jenkins leads the SEC in rebounding at 10.5 per game and is second in steals, averaging 2.8 a game. Both are natives of Tennessee and have been competing against each other for years. “Since high school we’ve always played together, so we kind of know each other and how we play,” Jenkins said. “It’s kind of like a bittersweet rivalry because you’re friends, but you want to come out on the top end of course.” After sitting out most of the first half because of foul trouble, Kentucky’s A’dia Mathies started the second half back at the point guard position for the Wildcats. Mathies finished the game with 12 points and five rebounds while Dunlap had 25 and 15. Jenkins led the Tide with 27 points and 11 rebounds. Russell was the only other Alabama player in double digits with 11. The Tide did pull closer than


it’s who we’re playing and the records. I think everybody we’ve played here recently, we’ve given ourselves a chance to win… we just are not finishing the plays.” The Tide’s next home game will be a rematch against Florida Feb. 13 in its new home at Foster Auditorium.

eight points in the final minutes of the game but suffered its ninth straight SEC defeat. The loss pushed the Tide’s record to 11-11 (0-9) on the year, and the team will head to Mississippi State (0-8 in the SEC) Thursday. “One of us got to win,” Hudson said. “I hope it’s us. I don’t think

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FT. WORTH, Texas | The Alabama gymnastics team scored a season-high 196.825 to win the Metroplex Challenge in the Ft. Worth Convention Center, outscoring the next closest team by more than a point. No. 10 Nebraska finished second with a 195.600 followed by LSU with a 195.550 and Missouri with a 194.350. The Crimson Tide remains undefeated on the season, going to 6-0 overall and 2-0 against Southeastern Conference competition. Senior Kayla Hoffman won the all-around with a

career-best 39.525, while junior Geralen Stack-Eaton, going in the all-around for the first time this season, posted a 39.475 to take second place. Freshman Diandra Milliner won the floor exercise with a 9.875 while Hoffman and Stack-Eaton tied for first on the balance beam with matching 9.9s. Hoffman also took first on the vault, posting a 9.925 and shared first place on the uneven bars with sophomore Ashley Sledge (9.925). Sledge’s bars score was a career high. Alabama remains on the road next weekend, taking on topranked Florida in Gainesville, Fla. on Friday.

Alabama Team Leaders

Points: JaMychal. Green (20) Rebounds: JaMychal Green and Chris Hines (7) Assists: Trevor Releford (4) Player of the Game: JaMychal Green led the Tide with 20 p o i n t s and seven rebounds, shooting 50 percent from the field.


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