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Smokers say ‘No’ to restrictions By Danielle Drago Senior Staff Reporter At least 43 colleges around the nation have banned smoking on campus according to the Americans for Non-Smokers’ Rights Web site, and some are eyeing the University as the 44th. “Other campuses have gone tobacco-free, and this would be my personal preference for UA,” said Margaret Garner, director of the Department of Health Promotion and Wellness at the Student Health Center. Many steps have been taken to limit smoking around campus. The first step was the policy to ban smoking inside a 30foot perimeter to entranceways of buildings. This step was

supported by the SGA, Faculty Senate and the Professional Staff Assembly within the past two years, according to Garner. Some say, however, these restrictions are not enough. “A few baby steps toward discouraging smoking have been taken by UA, such as trying to move smoking a certain number of feet away from building entrances, a policy that has been largely ignored and unenforced, as any visit to Gorgas or Ferguson will attest,” said Dr. Alan Blum, director of the Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society. “The University is way behind. It is probably either dead last in the SEC or among the lowest ranking

CW | Marion R Walding The University has imposed a smoking ban within 30 feet of entranceways. universities in the SEC for progressive policies on smoking. A ban [on smoking] is

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CW | Alden Jones Missing Art Contest judges Amanda Barnes and Jim Morrison look at a piece of artwork Tuesday afternoon at the Bama Theatre. The winners of the contest will be announced tonight at 6 at the Bama Theatre.

Missing Art Contest held tonight at Bama By Kelsey Stein Senior Lifestyles Reporter

9 p.m. and is sponsored by The Missing Ink, a Creative Campus Initiative publication UA students submitted a that endeavors to increase total of 42 pieces of artwork awareness of the arts among to The Missing Art Contest, UA students. The Missing which culminates tonight with Ink’s Web site, uamissingink. a showcase of all artwork at com, describes the publication as “UA’s official unofficial the Bama Theatre. The showcase will take online arts magazine.” “The main reason we’re place tonight from 6 p.m. to

UA students study abroad in Cuba By Jessie Gable Staff Reporter This semester, for the first time in the University’s history, a group of students will go to Havana, Cuba, for a study abroad program. Under Michael Schnepf, director of Alabama in Cuba and Spanish professor at the University, 11 undergraduate students will be spending three and a half months studying at the University of Havana. The University already had a license to be in Cuba, Schnepf said, and programs are already established in book and document preservation, archeology and water purification. All of the students are undergraduates who are either majoring or minoring in Spanish, Schnepf said, and each student will

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having this event is to promote The Missing Ink, which features student and faculty artwork on the Web site,” said Stephanie Summer, editor-inchief of the publication and a senior majoring in public relations. The showcase of The

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NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS | PART ONE

Healthy eating, weight loss popular vows Editor’s Note: This is the first of a four part series examining several common new year’s resolutions and tips on keeping them. By Josh Veazey Senior Staff Reporter Students looking to lose weight in 2009 can find help in nutritional advice from the Student Recreational Center and Student Health Center. Lori Greene, the dietitian for the Student Health Center, identified several challenges college students often face in trying to lose weight and eat healthier, including lack of money, lack of time and lack of cooking equipment. “I think a lot of people either don’t know how to cook, or they

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plenty of water and don’t skip meals • Keep a journal tracking food eaten and progress don’t have the time to cook or they don’t have the money to buy the things to cook healthier meals,” Greene said. “Which leads to eating out more, or eating in the dining halls and choosing the wrong thing.” Greene said large dining halls usually offer healthy alternatives, but it can still be a battle of wills to eat right when everything is right in front of you and it is all-you-can-eat.

“I always tell people that I think it’s good that they don’t have trays anymore — so you can only carry one plate at a time,” Greene said. “So just get one entrée plate — maybe salad or something on the side, but only one entrée. A lot of times people go to an all-you-can-eat and get two, three, four entrée plates, and you don’t typically do that when you’re sitting down at a meal at home.”

Clara Verner Towers wrapping up work By Drew Taylor Senior Staff Reporter Clara Verner Towers, a retirement center for the elderly and disabled, is nearly finished with renovations, projected for an open-house showing sometime in the spring. The 13-story building, which was first built in 1973 as a retirement home for retired UA faculty members, features 200 apartments which house about 220 people. Stan Pate, owner of Clara Verner, Ltd., said this particular project has been very personal and close to him. “It is my personal belief that elderly people in this country deserve advocates,” Pate said. “I consider myself to be one of them.”

Pate said he first became aware of the building’s dire Clara Verner straits three years ago when Towers he found out that many of its residents were in danger of being evicted from the building shortly before Christmas due to a fire on the eighth floor. The state fire marshal then placed an order for the building to either upgrade its sprinkler system to specific fire code regulations or to move out of the building. It The Ferguson was later determined that the Center fire was accidental, possibly caused by an oven that was left on for too long. Pate said due to the concrete frame of Pate said there was a suffithe building, the fire was very well contained, limiting the cient amount of fire hoses on damage immensely otherwise. See CLARA, page 5

Jessica-Lauren Roberts, a dietitian for the Rec Center and a graduate student studying health education and promotion, suggested keeping a journal to make incremental improvements. “Maybe the first week, you decide that you’re going to eat one more fruit a day. And you try to do that for at least six days out of the week. And then, the next week, increase to two fruits a day,” Roberts said. “If we write it down, we get a really good sense of what our diet is like, and what we can change.” Roberts also suggested snacking when exceptionally hungry, and drinking water to curb appetite.

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Wachovia donates freshman scholarship By Martha Gravlee Contributing Writer

A new scholarship opportunity is open for entering freshmen. Some members of the class of 2013 will be awarded full in-state tuition scholarships thanks to a donation to the University from the Wachovia Foundation. “We are grateful for the scholarship support that the Wachovia Foundation has provided,” said UA President Robert Witt in a press release. “These scholarships will change lives as they

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TODAY • UA School of Music presents Celebrity Series Master class hosted by pianist Andrew Willis — 9 a.m., Moody Music Building • Get On Board Day — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Ferguson Ballroom

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• Men’s Basketball at Auburn — 1 p.m., Auburn, no TV • 20th Annual Realizing the Dream concert — 7:30 p.m., Moody Music Building Concert Hall

• UA School of Music presents Celebrity Series Concert featuring Andrew Willis — 7:30 p.m., Moody Music Building Concert Hall

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to a different school if I weren’t allowed to smoke,” said Brien Horn, a freshman majoring in Continued from page 1 business management. “People would just keep smokinevitable a t UA, not only because of growing recognition ing,” said Seth Key, a senior of the harmful effects of second- majoring in history. “What are they going to do hand smoke but also because of the damage to life and property if we smoke a cigarette?” Horn from cigarette-caused fires,” he said. “It’s America, let us do what we want.” said. “I think [a campus-wide smokHowever, taking the restrictions further could cause tension ing ban] would never work. Not only do students smoke, but on campus. “I would drop out and move many of the teachers smoke. I’m

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sure the administration won’t want to piss them off,” said Jamie Broday, a junior majoring in criminal justice. “The only ban that actually could work has already happened, which is the banning of smoking in restaurants. That ban I agree with because though I’m a smoker myself, I hate when someone is smoking around me as I eat, so I like to have the same respect for non-smokers.” Some students even said they wanted to see a potential ban fail. “I would love for them to go as far as they can with [a ban on smoking], because it’s just going to get shut down. There’s no way that can happen, they can’t do that,” said P.J. Langdon, a freshman majoring in computer science. Progress from anti-smoking campaigns is being made despite controversy. “The most exciting progress I’ve seen on this campus is the interest on the part of more and more employees, notably in stopping smoking, and I have been leading small group discussions over in facilities in which we share tips for stopping and helping one another to do so,” said Blum. Smokers said they already faced discrimination for their choice of habit. “Sometimes you get the look, but you know, f--- you, it’s my body,” Key said. “I’ve gotten the meanest looks ever by just sitting [outside of Riverside West dorm], even when we’re on the side and put our cigarette butts out, people give us looks. Sometimes people just say something like ‘don’t smoke in front of the door’, but there’s a smoking sign right outside,” said Langdon, gesturing to a large sign displaying a smoking cigarette only two feet from the door to the building. “If there was a no smoking sign outside, we would [follow the rule], but there isn’t,” he said.

Quick Facts - Approximately 30 percent of college students are current tobacco users, according to the Harvard College Alcohol Study. - Almost 40 percent of college students either began smoking or became regular smokers after starting college, according to the study. - Reserach supports that if young adults are prevented from starting to smoke through the age of 21 the chances they will pick the habit up are very slim.

Even non-smokers said they would not support further restrictions on smoking. “I’m fine if people smoke. I can’t complain. If people are blowing secondhand smoke into my face then I just walk away,” said Wade Houston, a freshman majoring in political science, who does not smoke. “I think that’s ridiculous because people have nicotine addictions that they need to take care of. I don’t but I understand people in that situation. I think that’s unfair to them. I am proof of the fact that you can be around people who smoke cigarettes and just let them be,” said Houston. The Student Health Center provides resources for those who smoke or struggle with nicotine addictions. For those that are bothered by the prevalence of smoking on campus, politeness is key, said Delynne Wilcox, assistant director of Health Planning and Prevention. “Students can respectfully ask that someone not smoke around them. On campus, students can politely remind others of the policy which prohibits smoking within 30 feet of the entrances to buildings,” Wilcox said. It is estimated that approximately 30 percent of college students are current tobacco users, according to the Harvard College Alcohol Study. Almost 40 percent of college students either began smoking or became regular smokers after starting college, according to the study. Smokers pointed to the daily grind of college life as a catalyst for their addiction. “College life is too stressful,” said Neal Clark, a freshman majoring in pre-law. “If some people smoke, then they smoke. That’s how they make it through the day.” Research supports that if young adults are prevented from starting to smoke through the age of 21 the chances that they will pick the habit up are very slim. Institutions of higher education are unique in that they can develop prevention messages for this age group more easily than other communities. As a result, the Tobacco Strategic Health Team will be developing efforts directed at the freshmen and sophomore students to prevent them from starting to smoke, Wilcox said. Restrictions may also be hindered from progressing because of a relationship between the Career Center and Phillip Morris, Blum said. The world’s leading cigarette manufacturer is present at many job fairs on campus and gives money to the University and is considered a valued employer of UA students, according to Blum. “[UA is] the only university in Alabama that has this kind of relationship with a cigarette company. It’s shameful,” Blum said. Whether more restrictions are put into place, the health of students is the most important thing according to the Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society. “This has nothing to do with passing legislation or enforcing a ban, it has to do with understanding that healthcare is very expensive and that most college students are in good health, it doesn’t mean that they aren’t beginning to pave the way toward bad health while they are in college. I think it is an act of maturity to forgo cigarette smoking on this campus and it’s an act of respect for other people too,” Blum said.


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Students learn uncommon languages European languages are good but just knowing those is limiting.” Students can sign up for any of the languages taught at the CLC as they would any other class, by registering through mybama.ua.edu, Arizumi said. Arizumi said the classes are “self-study,” in that students have to do a lot of outside studying but still must come to class, making the classes not independent study. For some of the languages, such as Arabic, students learns to read and write the language, Arizumi said. Other languages, such as Swahili and Indonesian, only constitute the conversation portion. Ilyas Ileri, the Turkish language trainer, said the students he teaches include those that think Turkish is closest to their native language, students that want to travel to Turkey and students that would like to teach English and need basic Turkish in order to teach in Turkey. “We are really trying hard

to teach a real ability to communicate with the language,” Arizumi said. Arizumi said he also recommended learning a language in the CLC for business majors or students who plan on joining the military. He recommended Chinese or Japanese for business majors and Arabic, Farsi or Korean for members of the military. “Students need to think about the future,” Arizumi said. Elisha Newman, a junior majoring in criminal justice, has taken Arabic at CLC, and is planning on studying abroad in Egypt this semester. She said she choose to take Arabic to help her career since she wants to go into translating and analytical work in the criminal justice field. “I definitely would recommend students take a critical language and the CLC is a great place to start,” Newman said. “I know some of the other languages offered in the CLC do offer the chance of getting a minor, Arabic is just one that doesn’t. I would just make sure before you get too involved that you know your game plan.”

pieces will be available for purchase during the show. “The submissions are a good representation of a variety of artistic mediums, and it’s all really high-quality art,” said Alexis Clark, the coordinator of Creative Campus. “We have ink drawings, water color, acrylics, wood sculptures, aluminum sculptures, ceramics and even a textile doll.” A panel of two industry professionals and one student will judge the submissions and award prizes to the best pieces, Summer said. The creator of the piece judged as Best in Show will be awarded $250 and the runner-up will receive $100. All attendees will vote on the winner of the Audience Choice Award, who will

receive $50 in prize money. Audience members will be entered into a raffle for door prizes, including gift certificates to Swen Chinese Restaurant and a hat and shirt autographed by Tyrone Prothro. The night’s entertainment features local violinist Derryck “D#” Gleaton, as well as a jazz combo. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided. The Missing Art Contest is the first art competition sponsored by The Missing Ink. The publication will continue to sponsor arts contests that encompass all genres, including ones not featured in this contest such as filmmaking and creative writing.

Critical Language Center offers many course options By Karissa Bursch Staff Reporter It is well known that the epicenter of the University language department is B.B. Comer Hall, and walking past can often be an international experience for many Capstone students — mainly because UA’s Critical Languages Center is on the second floor. The Critical Languages Center is a place where students can learn less commonly taught languages such as Arabic, Dutch, Farsi, Hebrew and Thai. Koji Arizumi, director of the CLC, said it is surprising how many students do not know about the Critical Languages Center even though it is the one of the biggest institutions of its kind in the South. “My philosophy is that UA students should know more about culture,” Arizumi said. “The University is internationalized, but not enough compared to other schools. I want students to learn more about languages of the world. Spanish and Western

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Continued from page 1 Missing Art Contest will give many students their first opportunity to publicly exhibit their artwork. Christopher Boone, a senior in New College, submitted three photographs to the show, which marks the first public exhibition of his work. “The reason I entered the contest was to get experience working with my photos,” Boone said. “My dad’s a photographer, so I’ve seen for a long time how you can make a living from photography.” All submissions will be displayed in the theater’s Junior League Gallery, and many

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Continued from page 1 be taking four classes including one Cuban culture class and one course with Schnepf in which they will be required to keep a written journal and take pictures. Wilson Boardman, a junior majoring in international finance and Spanish who will be going on the trip, said he had been studying Spanish since the ninth grade and is going on this trip to be immersed in the culture. Boardman also said he was taking advantage of this opportunity, rather than another study abroad program, because it is offered through the University, and therefore he felt it would be safer. This is most importantly an academic trip; however, the students will be taking weekend excursions to different places on the island including the Bay of Pigs, Ernest Hemmingway’s home and several museums in Havana, Schnepf said. Boardman said he was most looking forward to being with Cuban natives and recording his trip for a documentary film class he is also taking. Schnepf said he encouraged students to prepare for the trip by watching movies and reading books pertaining to Cuban culture. He also advised them to start listening to Havana and Miami radio stations so they could pick up the Cuban dialect and understand the native speakers better. Because Cuba is still a dictatorship under Raúl Castro, who was recently elected as the president of Cuba in February 2008 after his brother Fidel Castro stepped down, UA students will get to see first-hand how another political system works. “Cuba is an entirely politicized country,” Schnepf said.

“They’ll see billboards against the U.S. and they’ll see billboards praising Castro.” In addition, students will get a once in a lifetime glimpse of how Cuba has been for the last half century. “There’s a good chance that Obama will lift the embargo and this will be the last chance to see Cuba as it has been for the last 50 years while Castro was in power,” Schnepf said. The students will leave Jan. 28 and stay through May. They will also get to experience the May Day celebration on May 1 when, Schnepf said, all the Cubans celebrate in the street.

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Little crime occurs on campus over holidays Seven burglaries occur in areas patrolled by UAPD By Christy Conner Senior Staff Reporter While most students were home enjoying time off from school over break, the University of Alabama Police Department was hard at work protecting the place students call their second home. In the areas patrolled by the UAPD, officers saw several cases of DUIs around graduation, several drug incidents and seven burglaries, UAPD Community Services Officer Andy Liles said. A majority of the burglaries occurred in the residence halls, such as Rose Towers, that were open over the holiday break, he said. “I think we had a better break as far as break-ins and burglaries are concerned,” Liles said. “One good thing this year was more people called in for extra

patrols around their homes. We kept a Fringe Patrol officer on duty at all times and the Tuscaloosa Police Department also had officers in the same area.” The Fringe Area is the surrounding areas of campus where students are the majority of population in that area, he said. The Fringe Patrol covers from campus to 15th Str., campus to Queen City Blvd., campus to the Black Warrior River, and from campus to Hackberry. The Fringe Patrol also includes The Bluff at Waterworks Landing because it is being leased as student housing this year, he said. Although there were only a few more patrols called in than in previous years, Liles said he thinks it was a result of the UAPD’s extra efforts to inform students on personal safety before the holiday break

through distributing fliers listing safety tips and printing advertisements and articles where students could easily notice and read. “On the advertisements this year we started saying lock your doors and windows because when most people are locking up, they tend to overlook the windows,” he said. “We had some people who wrote to us and thanked us because they noticed that we had done the extra patrolling they had requested,” Liles said. “I think it helped to get the word out that we are always available and always here even when you are not.” Liles said most of the time students do not take the initiative to protect themselves and their possessions until they are personally affected by it. The minute that can be stopped, the mindset can change, he said. “A smart criminal is going to know when you are gone,” he said. “Safety is an issue that affects everybody everyday and it has to.”


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Smoking ban could alienate students Cigarettes are the only context in which you can mention camels and lung cancer in the same sentence (we promise this isn’t the set up to some bad punch line.) The correlation being made is one we have all been around since the first grade: smoking is bad. We, smokers and non-smokers alike, can all agree on the adverse health affects the general of all surgeons has been warning us about for more than 60 years. The controversy is what to do about it. In the last few years anti-smoking advocates have been pressuring local and state governments to ban smoking in public, and that pressure has been paying off to a certain extent. Now that debate has made itself at home on our lovely campus, complicated by the fact that some of us are just as obsessed with nicotine as we are with tradition. Where the editorial board disagrees is what to do about the problem. A large majority feels that smoking is every American’s right, and the University should stay out of the discussion, especially if the sentiment is bent toward banning smoking on

campus altogether. We fear that banning smoking on campus will have the opposite effect it is intended to. By banning smoking, we wonder what will be done to those who break the rule. We don’t disagree vehemently with the current policy of keeping smokers 30 feet away from building entrances, but an all out ban feels a bit discriminatory to most of us. While we again acknowledge the harmful effects of smoking, it is every person’s right to make that choice for themselves. By banning smoking on campus, University administrators would alienate numerous students and faculty members, potentially causing them to leave, which would make moot the Student Health Center’s goal of protecting students from the illnesses caused by secondhand smoke. With fewer students to cater to in such a way, what would be the point in the first place? CW News Editor Dave Folk contributed to this editorial. Our View is the consensus of The Crimson White’s editorial board.

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Speak without stumbling Lately I have become more critical of prominent, educated women. I think the reason I have begun to study and critique them is because I am currently preparing myself to enter the workforce. I’ve been worrying about internships and my career and life after college, as are most other upperclassmen. I’ve started looking to the prime examples the media sets for us. Last week I wrote about the wretched Ann Coulter and her disgusting opinions. This week I figured I would jump over to the other side of the political spectrum and criticize Caroline Kennedy. Maybe now a few of you Republicans can get off my back about not questioning “my own kind.” Believe it or not, I can criticize liberals, too. Before I criticize her though, I have to acknowledge that Kennedy is an intelligent, educated woman. She graduated from Harvard University, as well as Columbia Law School. She is even being considered for the U.S. Senate seat Hillary

Jessie Landon Clinton will leave empty when she becomes Barack Obama’s secretary of state. Not to mention Kennedy has been married for 22 years and is the mother of three children. She seems to me to be an incredible role model for young women across the country. This is why it kills me to hear about a recent interview Kennedy did with Nicholas Confessore and David M. Halbfinger of The New York Times, in which Kennedy used the phrase “you know” more than 135 times. I personally looked up the transcript

of this interview and counted the amount of “you knows.” I counted 144 “you knows,” but it is reported that it was only 138. Either way, this is not a good thing for Caroline Kennedy. Actually, it is rather embarrassing for anyone who considers themselves to be well-educated. Most of Caroline Kennedy’s actions and experience make her an incredible role model, but she has to clean up her act. It has always been a pet peeve of mine when people overuse the words “like” and “you know” and “um.” It gets under my skin when that one annoying girl walks into class everyday, screaming into her cell phone using “like” and “um” in between every other word. You all know who I’m talking about. When you watch ridiculous shows like MTV’s “Sweet Sixteen,” the most commonly used words on that show besides “gimme” are “like” and “um.” Do any of you want to look ridiculous like those spoiled brats? No, I don’t believe anyone who reads this paper wants to sound like that.

I suppose what I’m saying is that we are all here at the University to get an education, so why don’t you act like it? I feel like people who cannot form competent sentences without stumbling and using “like” and “um” make it very difficult to have themselves taken seriously. Someone else is going to get your dream job because they sounded more intelligent because they didn’t use “like” and “um” excessively. I really feel that our entire generation could use a little vocabulary cleansing. My grandfather always gives all of his grandchildren a hard time for talking too fast and saying “like” too much. Maybe we all need to just slow down and take some time to think about what we are saying. For those of you who are searching for internships or jobs, good luck. If your language is not up to snuff, you’re going to need it. Jessie Landon is a junior majoring in journalism. Her column runs on Wednesdays.

Take off kid gloves By Wesley Vaughn

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Today, the greatest fear is fear itself The news these days plays out like the plot to countless dystopian films and novels: two long-standing enemies are fighting again. One launched an unprovoked attack, the other responded with the typical bloody reciprocation. Today, the fighting is between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, tomorrow it could be Russia and Chechnya or nuclear powers India and Pakistan. Even in the wake of constant international calls for a ceasefire, Israel has persisted in its attacks against Hamas. The Israeli media, as usually happens in wartime, continues to emphasize Israeli losses and downplay those of the enemy. A Facebook application called Qassamcount uses the statuses of its users to inform the world of just how many rockets Hamas has fired against Israel in the last 24 hours. All of this is happening during election season in Israel, with the militant wing of Israel’s political spectrum looking to use the opportunity to its advantage by playing heavily on public fears of Hamas.

Jon Reed It’s a refrain we’ve heard before, particularly recently. Whether it comes in the form of “don’t change horses in mid-stream,” “we’re tough on the enemy,” “we’ve got the experience” or countless other claims dating back to the beginnings of human history, fear is perhaps the most exploited emotion in politics. Mostly used by those with an authoritarian tendency, the cultivation of fear is essential in ensuring power despite the fact that it may defy voters’

own self-interest and logic. Describing how Big Brother uses fear and nationalism in 1984, George Orwell asserts “the heretic, the enemy of society, will always be there, so that he can be defeated and humiliated over again.” There are many motivations for authoritarians to use fear to maintain a state of perpetual war. A warning against one motive comes, ironically enough, from a president elected on his war record: Dwight D. Eisenhower. In his final address to the nation as president in 1961, he warned that “in the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the militaryindustrial complex.” It’s a phrase that is often quoted but often misunderstood. Eisenhower wanted to ensure that those in charge of public policy would not be tied up with those who make money from the industry of war. If only he could have seen a former oil and military supply company CEO, the very image

of the military-industrial complex, as vice president. Of course, Vice President Dick Cheney, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and others like them are not the only ones benefiting from constant war built on intimidation. Their very enemies are built on the idea that they are constantly under attack. Were it not for fear-mongering, al-Qaeda, Hamas and other extremist groups would not exist. Every Israeli tank that rolls into Gaza provides fuel to Hamas’s fire, assuring their fellow Gazans they are being persecuted. Every American helicopter in Afghanistan and every checkpoint in Iraq backs up Bin-Laden’s message that Americans are not liberators, but occupiers. In the words of Washington Post columnist Jackson Diehl, “the Middle East’s extremist movements cannot be eliminated by military means.” War, a human action that began as the ultimate last resort, has superseded diplomacy as the fundamental instrument of foreign policy.

Countless voters in the United States and throughout the world vote based on who they feel would make them safer, not who would protect their rights. Many divide the world into “us versus them,” an ideology ironically rejected by former Bush Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. The idea that the enemy is completely evil and the ally perfectly good, that the world is divided into absolutes, is the very source of power for authoritarian leaders ranging from Bush and Bin Laden to Orwell’s Big Brother. We must all reject the politics of fear and perpetual war and embrace a world where we respect the idea of peace and refuse to be consumed by hatred. Should fear win the day, then, in Orwell’s words, “if you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever.” Jonathan Reed is a freshman majoring in political science and journalism, his column runs bi-weekly on Wednesdays.

Kid gloves are used to warm the hands of children during cold weather. The media can handle certain events, issues or figures with the aforementioned gloves. Basically, it is the act of editorializing in a manner that will not come off as harsh or discriminating. I define it as a weak article that writers push to create a more amiable tone and a more defensible opinion. With the departure of President George W. Bush, many seem to fall into this trap. Take Ian Sams’ article from Monday. If I were to edit “Safire’s Political Dictionary,” his thesis would be the example of “handling with kid gloves.” He vehemently stated “George W. Bush may be remembered positively in the history books.” Wow, give me a minute to put my shoes back on after reading that. An admitted Bush critic, Sams should have just pledged his allegiance to the Republican Party with such an endorsement. From the pen of CW News Editor Dave Folk: “Now aside from the sarcasm, let’s get down to the nuts and bolts of it.” Sams does have a point that I actually agree with, but the delivery was weaker than a deep ball from Chad Pennington. It “may be” the worst I have ever read or it “may be” the best. I know that taking a not so popular opinion is tough, because if it is seen as wrong or hateful, it will force a situation where “there’s no easy way out,” as sung by Robert Tepper in a “Rocky IV” montage. Opinion writers are paid to make unique claims and take risks. Giving soft treatment towards an issue or figure can be done by anyone on the street. As a reader of editorials, I don’t want a possibility or a wavering view. I want an article that convinces me enough to question my beliefs. Wesley Vaughn is a freshman majoring in public relations.

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In the week before Martin Luther King Jr. Day and President-elect Barack Obama’s historic inauguration, the Tuscaloosa City Council honored the city’s first black elected official, the Honorable Shandy Wesley Jones. Jones’ descendents and others who wanted to honor the former Alabama state representative and Tuscaloosa businessman filled three rows in the council chamber to hear Mayor Walt Maddox read a proclamation praising Jones. Martha O’Rouke, whose grandfather’s mother was Jones’ daughter, spoke on behalf of the residents and said Jones was a founding member of the Black Caucus in the Alabama state legislature along with 26 other men. Many in her family were not aware of the history, she said, and they hoped to find relatives of the other men from the caucus so that their memories could also be honored. City Clerk Tracey Croom said she worked closely with O’Rouke to help organize the honor. “It is such an emotional

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“A lot of times when we think we are hungry, we’re actually thirsty, and it seems to help if I can get people to drink at first, and then wait maybe 20 or 30 minutes, and then decide if they are really hungry, and have a snack or meal whatever is appropriate at that time,” Roberts said. Both Roberts and Greene warned against skipping meals, which may deprive the body of nutrients and could do more harm than good to the goal of eating less. “Say you skip breakfast and you get to lunch. You’re going to be really hungry and you’re more likely to eat more at lunch than you would if you ate breakfast and then, four or five hours later, you ate lunch,” Greene said. “So it’s important to eat at regular time intervals.” Roberts suggested frontloading heavier meals each day. “A general rule is to eat smaller meals throughout the day,” Roberts said. “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A lot of people think that

history point for the city of Tuscaloosa,” Croom said. The Council also approved rezoning about 306 acres between Jack Warner Parkway and 25th Avenue Northeast for residential and commercial development. Westervelt Realty, Inc. requested the zonings for the next wave of construction on Lake Tamaha. The project is connected to The Retreat at Lake Tamaha, which has been advertised heavily toward students and will be the first part of the project to be completed. Michelle O’Neal, who spoke to the council for the realty company, said additional apartments and a small marina will be the next construction projects in the development. She said the pedestrian-oriented community is another example of a mixed-use development for the Tuscaloosa area. During the meeting, Councilman Bobby Howard also reminded residents to take their trashcans off the curb after trash has been collected. “I just want to remind them that you put them out in the morning and you take them back in at night,” Howard said.

they should skip breakfast and lunch and eat a big huge dinner and then let that be it. People who eat like that are probably more [likely] to be overweight. It’s better to grab a packet of crackers for breakfast than to go on an empty stomach.” When it comes to measuring results, both advised not dwelling on the number that appears on the scale, but in the initial stages, to notice other effects, such as measuring the waist, hips and bust. “If you add fitness to your weight loss plan, then the numbers on the scale might not change that much, because you’re building muscle, which is good. You want that,” Roberts said. “Be more conscious of the way your clothes fit, and the way they feel and your energy level. Usually if your nutrients are in line, then your energy level is better, you rest better and function better when you’re awake.” The Rec Center offers discount nutritional counseling for UA students at $35 for the initial session. The Student Health Center offers sessions for $20, and their Web site offers general tips and a health calculator.

Clinton vows to revitalize US diplomacy WASHINGTON | Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday that she intends to revitalize the mission of diplomacy in American foreign policy, calling for a “smart power” strategy in the Middle East and implicitly criticizing the Bush administration for having downgraded the role of arms control. At a daylong confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, President-elect Barack Obama’s choice for secretary of state sailed smoothly through an array of non-contentious questions until two Republican committee members pressed her to take additional steps to ensure that former President Bill Clinton’s global fundraising work does not pose even an appearance of conflict with her role as the chief U.S. diplomat. She balked, saying disclosure rules already in place were

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the ground floor, but the rest of the building lacked an adequate sprinkler system, a utility that is available in most, if not all, major residential communities. It would not be long before Pate took on the project, pouring many resources into remodeling the building and making sure that it was a safe place for its residents. “In the discussion, it was recognized that there was other significant upgrades and rehabilitations to the building that were needed,” Pate said. “We eventually reached an arrangement that I would agree to put a significant amount of money into the building and rights to eventually open the building.” The budget for the project was $14 million dollars, mostly for remodeling purposes and electrical work. Amason & Associates, Inc. is the main contractor involved with the project. The building is

carefully crafted and adequate to avoid any conflict. Clinton appeared headed for easy confirmation. She encountered no challenges to her basic vision for foreign policy. Clinton, who will relinquish her seat in the Senate when confirmed, spoke confidently of Obama’s intentions to renew American leadership in the world and to strengthen U.S. diplomacy. “America cannot solve the most pressing problems on our own, and the world cannot solve them without America,” she said, her daughter Chelsea seated behind her in the audience. “The best way to advance America’s interest in reducing global threats and seizing global opportunities is to design and implement global solutions. This isn’t a philosophical point. This is our reality.”

WASHINGTON | Tested before taking power, President-elect Barack Obama appealed to Democrats in Congress on Tuesday to allow the use of an additional $350 billion in federal bailout funds and vowed to veto any move to block the money. Obama backed up his plea with a promise to revise elements of the original bailout program that have drawn widespread criticism, pledging that billions will go toward helping homeowners facing foreclosure. Several Democrats said his commitments, to be made in writing, would be enough to prevent an embarrassing pre-inauguration drubbing for the president-elect when the Senate votes this week. “This will be the first vote that President-elect Obama is asking us for. I’ll be shocked and I’ll be really disappointed if he doesn’t get it,” said Sen. Joseph Lieberman, an independent Democrat from Connecticut. “This is a new beginning.” Behind closed doors,

Obama asks Dems not to block bailout funds

The Associated Press WASHINGTON | Presidentelect Barack Obama’s choice to run the Treasury Department and lead the nation’s economic rescue failed to pay $34,000 in taxes from 2001 to 2004, but the last-minute disclosure didn’t stop Senate Democrats from moving forward with his nomination. Timothy Geithner had paid some of the back taxes in 2006 after the IRS sent him a bill. When the Obama transition team discovered he owed even

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip | Terrified residents ran for cover Tuesday in a densely populated neighborhood of Gaza City as Israeli troops backed by tanks thrust deeper into the city and sought Hamas fighters in alleyways and cellars. On the diplomatic front, Egyptian mediators pushed Hamas to accept a truce proposal and, in a hopeful sign, Israel sent its lead negotiator to Cairo for “decisive” talks on a cease-fire. U.N. SecretaryGeneral Ban Ki-moon also headed for the region to join diplomatic efforts.

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managed by Morrow Realty Company, Inc. Since Pate began the renovations in Feb. 2008, there have been many commodities that have been either upgraded or completely installed, such as new flooring, cabinets, central heating and air, in addition to interior doors and light fixtures. The building also hosts a nutritional center that serves meals daily. In a press release sent out by Pate’s company, Robert Amason, owner of Amason & Associates, Inc., said everything with the project is currently on schedule. “The ground floor has been expanded and the residents have a beautiful glass community area to have social gatherings,” Amason said. “It has really turned out nice.” The remodeling work to the apartments was completed in December, with the following months left for exterior remodeling and utility work, along with some plumbing and electrical work. For more information, call 349-1202 or visit claravernerapartments.com.

communities and we applaud the University of Alabama’s efforts to help first generation students realize their academic potential,” said Mike Russell, Tuscaloosa market president for Wachovia Bank. “We are proud to invest in the next generation of leaders in Alabama through the Wachovia Foundation First Generation Scholarship program.” The scholarships will be made available to students who enter in the 2009-2011 school years and will be renewable for four years at the University. Four Wachovia Foundation First Generation Scholars will be chosen from each class. Aside from being the first in their families to attend college, recipients of the scholarship must demonstrate financial need and leadership as well as meet admissions criteria and be active in extracurricular activities.

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provide more opportunities for our first generation students to finance their education.” “These scholarships will be for first-generation students entering in Fall of 2009,” said Susan Bishop of UA Advancement Communications. Wachovia Foundation First Generation Scholarships was founded by the $250,000 donation. The Wachovia Foundation, a division of Wachovia Bank, provides grants to non-profit organizations involved in education, community development, health and human services and arts and culture, said Evelyn Mitchell of the Wachovia Corporation. “Education is a key building block of strong

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Education Joe Morton sought nearly 15 percent more than this year’s scaled-back budget. Two-year college Chancellor Bradley Byrne sought about 8 percent. And a spokesman for Alabama’s four-year universities requested about 15 percent. Legislators listening to the wish list told education leaders the national recession will require them to reduce spending for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1. “You can ask for the moon if you want to, but the moon is not going to be there,” Rep. John Rogers, D-Birmingham, told educators. “2010 is going to be a horrific year.”

MONTGOMERY | The Legislature’s annual budget hearings sound like a poor child climbing on Santa’s lap and reading a Christmas wish list several pages long. But lawmakers told educators beseeching them for increases to expect budget cuts in the coming fiscal year. Leaders of K-12 schools, two-year colleges and fouryear universities appeared before legislators Tuesday to talk about how well they have performed this year and to ask for big budget increases for next year. State Superintendent of

more back taxes, Geithner paid those additional taxes days before Obama announced his choice in November, according to materials released by the Senate Finance Committee considering his nomination. Obama’s staff told senators about the tax issues on Dec. 5. Finance Co m m i tt e e Chairman Max Baucus, DMont., said he still hoped Geithner could be confirmed on Inauguration Day, asking senators for unanimous consent to skirt rules and schedule a hearing as early as Friday.

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MOVIE REVIEW | “THE READER”

Questionable sentiments mar post-WWII drama By Peterson Hill Contributing Writer Director Stephen Daldry’s first film since his brilliant 2002 feature, “The Hours,” has moments and episodes of greatness, but they’re ultimately unable to string together an entire film. The film is well shot and exceptionally acted, but as a whole, it’s emotionally vacant. Again, Daldry is adapting a well-respected book. This time it is Bernhard Schlink’s “The Reader” which details the guilt of Germans years after the Holocaust has ended. Kate Winslet plays Hanna Schmitz,

a woman in her thirties that seduces a 15-year-old boy named Michael, played very well by David Kross. Since Michael is in school, Hanna, has him read to her the books that he is studying. As Hannah instructs, he must read to her before they have sex. Their affair lasts only a summer, but it haunts him for the rest of his life. We see as the elder Michael, played by Ralph Fiennes, goes about his daily life with an emotional hole in his heart. The story is told through his perspective as he discusses the affair. Several years later, when

Michael is in law school, his class is attending a trial where Hanna is defending herself of Nazi war crimes. The people around him can sense that something is weighing upon him, yet he bottles his emotions and goes about his business while is soul is torn apart, leaving him unable to reconcile his past. Here the film establishes a link between Michael and post-WWII Germany. This has been done before, and done much better. The comparison the movie wants the audience to make is that Michael’s affair had left a stain upon him that is comparable to the stain that the Holocaust left on Germany. Rarely is it that the premise of a film bothers me, but this truly makes me cringe. In a sense, I feel as though the film is trying to downplay the importance that the Holocaust played in history. Kate Winslet is so good as Hanna that she makes you sympathize with her, yet I don’t want to. Not only is she a pedophile, but she is also a Nazi guard. Winslet won the Golden Globe for her performance, and she may deserve it. She is as good as she has ever been in this film. My problem is not with her; it is with the sentiment that the film tries to express.

is a fantastic director. The film is very well directed, but I can’t forgive the sentiments it wants me to believe. I believe in forgiveness. It is one of the fundamental building blocks for carving a peaceful future. But there is a big difference between forgiving someone for having an affair, and forgiving them for the mass murder of millions of people.

‘The Reader’ Directed by: Stephen Daldry

Written by: David Hare Starring: Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, David Kross

MPAA rating: R rottentomatoes.com Kate Winslet stars as Hanna Schmitz in “The Reader,” a role which won her the Golder Globe for best supposring actress. As always, Ralph Fiennes is terrific. There is a subtlety that he exudes in every scene that is perfect for the role. We can see why this man is so scarred by what happened that summer so long ago. David Kross as the younger Michael is also wonderful. He captures two very different characters. The first

is before and during the affair, when he is filled with the confidence of youth and the exuberance that the future gives someone who is young and innocent. Secondly, he captures the torment that has been created by his affair and what Hanna has done to him. There is no doubt that Daldry

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Bottom Line: Great direction and terrific performances can’t save “The Reader,” whose parallels to the Holocaust seem suspiciously unsound.

Polanski does not seek return to U.S. By Linda Deutsch The Associated Press LOS ANGELES | Roman Polanski has no plans ever to return to the United States, according to a legal filing Tuesday in his campaign to win dismissal of a long-ago criminal case in which he pleaded guilty to having sex with a 13year-old girl. Attorney Chad Hummel, who represents the fugitive director, said in the document that the 75-year-old Polanski’s court battle is motivated by a desire to leave a legacy of justice. “Mr. Polanski has no plans ever to return to the United States. But the course of what happens here will have an enduring legacy for the justice system,” said the legal brief. It argued that dismissal of the

1977 rape case would show that judicial and prosecutorial misconduct cannot go unpunished. Hummel relied heavily on new disclosures that emerged during interviews in the film “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired.” He alleges that the documentary released last year revealed “a pattern of misconduct and improper communications” between the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office and the judge in Polanski’s case. He contends the now-dead judge planned to change Polanski’s agreed-upon sentence, prompting the director to flee the country. The surprise move by Polanski seeking dismissal of the case on Dec. 2 has produced a blizzard of legal documents including a prosecution reply

which exposed for the first time explicit sexual details of the assault on the girl in 1977. It said the district attorney’s office would fight dismissal and maintained the law requires that Polanski appear in person if he wants a hearing. Hummel argued Tuesday that Polanski does not need to be present for the court to rule on his dismissal motion. The Academy Award-winning director of 2002’s “The Pianist” lives in France and could not return for a scheduled Jan. 21 hearing without risking arrest. He is also unable to travel anywhere outside of France because of the outstanding arrest warrant dating to 1977. The motion did not mention whether he plans to travel and work anywhere else in the world if the dismissal is granted.


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Members of the Alabama menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tennis team will be in Lexington, Ky., Friday for the SEC Indoors at the University of Kentucky. Three players, Ricky D ov e r s p i k e , Michael Thompson and Houssam Yassine, will represent the Crimson Tide. Though this competition does not track team points, the individual players participating can rise up through the ranks and get more experience on the court before the season really kicks off. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Michael started in January so he needs to get some reps,â&#x20AC;? head coach Billy Pate said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We get to see him play more. Rickyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s young â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a freshman â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and he played a good bit in the fall, but he needs to get out there because he could be a big impact. Hassam is also competing for spot in lineup. He needs to play more reps.â&#x20AC;? The tournament is an opportunity for the players to see what other teams around the SEC look like. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good eye opener to see how good players around the SEC are,â&#x20AC;? Doverspike said.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The SEC dominates in the college tennis world, so weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see who the best players are and how to work harder to achieve our main goal, to get at the level theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all at.â&#x20AC;? Pate said he agrees that the SEC is one of the most competitive conferences in menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tennis. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Georgia won it all the last two years,â&#x20AC;? Pate said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve lost a couple of significant guys, so they may not be quite as dominant as they were last year. Florida was a top ten team last year. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re very good. And weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re right in there too. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wide open and we have a chance. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ranked 23, and Auburnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s close behind us.â&#x20AC;? By competing against the other teams, the players can gauge their own progress and see what more they need to do to prepare for the rest of the season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do as well as I hoped then that shows I have a lot of work to do in practice,â&#x20AC;? Doverspike said. Thompson is brand new to the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team. He moved to Tuscaloosa from South Africa to join the Tide. Though heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still new on campus, he said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adjusting to it well.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cool. I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen that much of it because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been away in Miami, but from what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen, I like the campus,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obviously I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been here that long, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m enjoying it a lot.â&#x20AC;? Adjusting to the level of play in the SEC will be another challenge for Thompson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been here that long, so the more I get to play against the whole SEC the more I get to see whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The levelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quite high so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to adjust.â&#x20AC;? Pate said he is confident in his teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to improve over the course of the season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to end up UA Athletics | Alex Gilbert number 23,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not our goal. We Andrew Felsenthal competes in the Crimson Tide Fall Championship last October. The senior will want to end up in the top ten.â&#x20AC;? start his final spring season at Alabama when dual play begins Jan. 24.

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first year without NBA talent Richard Hendrix anchoring the paint. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like the development of Justin [Knox] and JaMychal [Green]. I think theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re improving, literally weekly. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting a great opportunity to play.â&#x20AC;? Playing against such a small lineup in Mississippi State, Gottfried said he might have to rotate Green, Knox and Yamene Coleman into the game one at a time. Alabama will face in-state rival Auburn Saturday for the first of two matchups this season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The same old worn out quote,â&#x20AC;? Gottfried said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You know, every time Alabama and Auburn get together to play, we could be playing checkers, and everyone understands how important it is and we know that.â&#x20AC;?

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Auburn will both be tough places to play, but we just went on the road to Clemson and did some good things, so hopefully thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be a good carryover for our team.â&#x20AC;? The Crimson Tide (11-4) will face an 11-5 Mississippi State team in Starkville tonight. The Bulldogs are riding a threegame winning streak, dealing an Arkansas squad fresh off an upset win over Texas its second loss of the season with a 70-56 victory in its only SEC game to date. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve watched a number of Mississippi Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s games, and they are playing really, really well right now,â&#x20AC;? Gottfried said Tuesday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re maybe one of the hottest teams. They shoot the three really well. I think it was 36 threes in the last three games theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made, which catches your attention real quick â&#x20AC;Ś Obviously playing over there in Starkville will be tough.â&#x20AC;? The Bulldogs field a fourguard lineup, a mismatch the Tide had to deal with in its win over LSU. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to change the way we start a game, and we believe in how weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re playing, although weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve also at times played with four guards ourselves. We made the adjustment in the LSU game. It was a tough match up for us, but we made the adjustment there. If we have to weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll do it again, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be decided during the game and how the game is going,â&#x20AC;? Gottfried said. Gottfried commented at length about Senario Hillman and the development of some of his younger players during Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s press conference. The sophomore scored the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s final nine points, making 7-of-8 free three throw attempts

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