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Students approve constitution rewrite By Will Tucker News Editor The student body passed the Student Government Association’s rewritten constitution 92.28 percent to 7.72 percent in a referendum vote Tuesday. The vote capped months of work and compromise by members of the SGA Constitution Revison

Committee. 2,228 students voted in the special election. “We’re very pleased with the results of today’s referendum,” SGA President James Fowler said in an e-mailed statement after voting closed. “Today, we enter a new era of student government, and our highest ideals will guide the way. I’m confident in that fact.” The vote’s turnout represented around 7.6 per-

UA denies cheer squad title rings By Zac Al-Khateeb Sports Reporter Despite the University of Alabama cheerleading squad winning the 2011 National Championship, the Alabama Athletic Department will not be paying for the team’s national championship rings. In a statement released to The Tuscaloosa News, Doug Walker, associate director of the athletics department, said this action results from a long-standing policy at the University of Alabama that doesn’t view cheerleading as an NCAA-sanctioned sport. “The University of Alabama congratulates our cheerleader squad on winning the UCA Cheerleading Competition,” Walker said. “The athletics department typically awards rings to intercollegiate athletic teams. The rules, policies and guidelines governing the roles and activities of cheerleaders have been constant for the past several years and were in place before the squad participated in the UCA event.” In a 2010 federal court decision, U.S. District Judge Stefan Underhill ruled that cheerleading was not considered a sport under Title IX. “Competitive cheer may, sometime in the

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cent of enrolled students. By comparison, more than 7,900 students voted in last spring’s SGA elections, representing more than 27 percent of the enrolled student body. “At any level of government, it’s often hard to raise awareness for a special election, but the vote today shows that students care about their SGA’s governing documents and care about renewing student self-

In the Jan. 31 edition of The Crimson White, a quote was inaccurately attributed to Phil Burgin; the quote in question should have been attributed to Xavier Burgin. In the same edition, men who had recently become members of Omega Psi Phi were referred to as becoming “dogs,” but in a formal setting, they should have been referred to as becoming Men of Omega. The Crimson White regrets the errors and is happy to set the record straight.

• 2,228 total votes • 7.6% student voter turnout

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Starting Friday, local bloggers and Twitter users buzzed about a potential upcoming concert at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. Birminghambased promoter Red Mountain Entertainment officially announced the venue’s schedule for its opening weekend on Monday, proving the rumors true. The Avett Brothers with special guest Band of Horses will perform Friday, April 1, followed by Patti LaBelle and The O’Jays on Saturday, April 2. The shows are part of the inaugural Coca-Cola Concert Series. Originally, Kenny Chesney and Uncle Kracker were set to perform the opening concert at the venue, but a scheduling conflict moved the show to May 25.

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The Ferguson Center staff and the Student Government Assciation are collaborating with Red Mountain Entertainment to put on the performance by The Avett Brothers and Band of Horses. “With 33,000 students, we wanted to book bands that would appeal to students and that play at a lot of colleges,” said Red Mountain Entertainment’s Gary Weinberger. “We want to let students know right away that we’re sensitive to their needs.” A main goal behind planning the show is to create a relationship with the city of Tuscaloosa and maintain the already established relationship with Red Mountain Entertainment, said Heather Roberts, a program assistant with the Ferguson

STUDENT REACTIONS “I think it’s great that they are bringing a variety to the amphitheater (like AB and Kenny Chesney later) to attract different tastes.”

“I think the fact that the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater was able to attract a fairly big indie band is encouraging.“

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p The Avett Brothers will perform the opening concert at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater with special guest Band of Horses.

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Vandals have continued to damage the second floor of Ridgecrest South residence hall, South Tower, since last semester, residents said. “They put paint on the wall, soap on the wall, stuff on the rug, they hit out 80 percent of the ceiling tiles and pull out the metal frames that keep them up,” said Meaghan Stuski, a freshman majoring in advertising who lives on the second floor of Ridgecrest, South Tower. The search for the culprit(s) is ongoing as Housing and Residential Communities implores students to stop the vandalism by reporting any activity to HRC or the University of Alabama Police Department, Alicia Browne, associate director of information and communication for HRC, said in an e-mailed statement.


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ing the spring SGA elections and 2011-12 judicial board and First Year Council selections,” he said Ian Sams, SGA communications director, said he believes students can expect to see a better student government. “It’s exciting that the students overwhelmingly asked to change the constitution today,”

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government for generations to come.” Fowler said. According to SGA Attorney General Ryan Sprinkle, the changes brought in by the new constitution will start to have an immediate effect on campus. “Today, students overwhelmingly chose a new path for student government,” he said in an e-mailed statement. “Immediately, this campus will see new guidelines govern-

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“We are encouraging students to stand up and tell us if they know anything,� she said. HRC institutes in its contracts with students a clause for what Browne called ‘group billing,’ which distributes the cost of the damages to the surrounding residents if the perpetrator(s) responsible is left undiscovered. “Damages not attributable to an individual are covered by all students, as stipulated

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in the housing contract, just like damage done to any public setting in a city or town,� she said. Otherwise, the person(s) responsible for the damage will bear the brunt of the expenses. “We expect full restitution from any student found causing damage in a residence hall and the opportunity to live in campus housing may be revoked,� she said. Browne said in addition to walking an extra set of rounds each night, resident advisers have been asked to talk to their residents about the vandalism either in floor meet-

ings or one-on-one. “In our floor meetings, they tell us don’t do stupid stuff because everyone will have to pay,� said Andrea Easley, a freshman majoring in public relations. Easley said she has not seen the vandalism in progress but has heard residents brag about it. “You know a lot of times if they’re intoxicated—all of them,� she said. Taylor Robinson, a freshman majoring in interior design, said before the close of last semester, a sheet was clipped to a bulletin board asking residents what New

Year’s resolutions they had planned. She said one entry read, “Not having $10,000 worth of damage.� Slight damages have spread to the second floor of the North Tower, but none to the extent of the South Tower, residents said. “The bulletin board was torn down,� Neely Smith, a freshman majoring in civil engineering who lives in the North Tower of the second floor, said about the degree of damage to her hall. Browne said HRC hopes to instill a sense of common decency in residents by developing programs focusing on

the topics of “Civility and Community Responsibility.� She said students are the best impediment to further acts of vandalism. “Students are our best allies at patrolling and holding each other accountable for poor behavior,� she said. “Ultimately, students determine to a great extent the nature of life in their community. We want our residents to make clear that this behavior is not acceptable, and they will not be a party to it and will report what they know about vandalism to the staff.�


nence and power in the SGA,� Sams said. This particular aspect of the new constitution could be put to the test as soon as April, with the upcoming SGA elections. “New officers will emerge in April, and a new government will take effect,� Sprinkle said. “Students have shown that they’re eager to strengthen their voice on campus. Ratifying this constitution codifies transparency and inclusivity and creates a more functional and accountable student government.� David Wilson, an SGA senator who sat on the Constitutional Revision Committee, said the

new constitution will affect the elections. “There is going to be a change to the rules,� he said. “For example, the executive vice president is very different. That aspect, the people who were interested in the past might not be interested and want to run for it now since it is so different. Same thing with running for senate.�. As a senator, Wilson said he was excited about the changes to his branch of the SGA government. “I think that is going to have great, incredible implications for the legislative branch,� Wilson said. “I think it will have even more positive things that we have foreseen. I’m ecstatic that this has passed tonight.� Students had mixed opinions about the new SGA constitution. “I think it’s long overdue,� said Asher Elbein, a freshman in New College. “It should set the University on less of a special-interest path and more of a reform-oriented path.� Nicholas Janzen, a junior majoring in political science, said he is not surprised the new constitution passed. “I don’t think it’s going to do anything different,� Janzen said. “Independents don’t care about the SGA. Greeks do.� “The SGA is so heavily majority greek that they can be governed by any rules they want but if the student body isn’t involved; it doesn’t matter what rules they have.� For Fowler, though, the constitution represents a signature accomplishment for his term as president. “This is a prime achievement not only for the SGA, but also for our campus as a whole,� he said.

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Rec Center begins new class series By Bethany Blair Staff Reporter

are based on learning a skill excited about what they’re dancing to.” versus getting a workout.” Along with helping particiThe Discovery Series’ wide variety of classes attracts fac- pants perfect their dancing, Each day, students flock ulty and staff, students and Stockdale said group exercise to the Student Recreation Rec members from around forges friendships and helps Center to participate in its campus who are interested in students connect with one group exercise classes; stu- learning these skills, Darilek another. “I think the more classes dents can kickbox, cycle, and said. “It’s a really good mixture of you try and go to, the more even tone their hips, butts and guts. But the Rec is offering “I tend to focus on what’s hot, but also what its members another set of they haven’t heard yet. I want them to be classes including belly dancing, therapeutic yoga and excited about what they’re dancing to.” Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. These classes, called the Discovery —Kristen Stockdale Series, cost between $40-$99 per person and meet weekly, lasting anywhere from four students and faculty and staff people you’re going to meet,” weeks until April 27 during and members – both male and Stockdale said. “I know that’s the spring semester, accord- female,” Darilek said. “Belly true for my hip-hop class – ing to the Rec Center’s web- dance has been one of our they’re like a little family and most popular and attracts they even get together outsite. Leigh Darilek, manager women of all ages. The mar- side of class.” For more information about of Group Exercise and Non- tial arts varieties tend to credit Instruction, said the attract more males. One of our Discovery Series schedules, Discovery Series classes serve newer Discovery Series, Body times and costs, visit the as another non-credit extra- Blast, seems to attract lots Rec Center’s website at urec. curricular opportunity for stu- of faculty and staff. Another, faculty and Rec mem- newer Discovery Series, Dare series.cfm. bers. She said class structure 2 Dance, has really pulled in a and consistent attendance great mixture of women and differentiate between the men, mostly students.” Kristen Stockdale, the Dare Discovery Series and regular2 Dance instructor, agreed ly scheduled group exercise. Darilek said the main ben- that her class draws in mostefit of attending a Discovery ly students. Her eight-week Series is that it’s the same class, which is mostly chopeople every week, and they reography-based, is geared can progress at a faster dif- toward both dance majors ferent rate than with drop-in and people who love dancclasses where you have all dif- ing. Stockdale teaches the ferent levels and people every technique and fundamentals of hip hop, lyrical, lyrical hip week. “For example, with belly hop and jazz style dancing dance, they can learn the throughout her class. While mainstream hipmoves and really progress into an advanced piece of hop is the primary focus, choreography because it’s Stockdale said she tries to the same group,” she said. broaden her students’ hori“Whereas, if belly dance zons by introducing them to was drop-in, the progression music on the cutting edge. “I use mainstream hip-hop would be much slower and more focused on working out mostly,” Stockdale said. “I because the instructor needs tend to focus on what’s hot, to meet the needs of all par- but also what they haven’t ticipants. Discovery Series heard yet. I want them to be

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Sudanese ‘lost boy’ tells story of migration to U.S. By Ashley Rucker Contributing Writer Victor Deng is one of 4,000 young orphans who came to America in 2001 to escape from the civil war in their homeland of Sudan. Monday night, Deng shared his personal story and offered his encouragement to other young people at the Ferguson Theater’s showing of “Lost Boys of the Sudan,” a documentary about the 20,000 Sudanese children who lost their parents in the civil war. “I stayed in Atlanta for two years before I came to Birmingham,” Deng said. Deng said the language barrier was the most difficult part of coming to the U.S., even though he knew some English. “It was a big culture shock to me,” Deng said. “When I was in school in Kenya, I could

speak some English, but when I went home I had to speak in my native tongue.” Deng said being the only Sudanese person in Birmingham made him feel lonely and was the only thing he didn’t like about being in Alabama. However, he said he found something he enjoyed that he never got in Atlanta. “One thing I like about Birmingham is that it’s smaller than Atlanta,” Deng said. “It is quiet here and the people here are so friendly.” Deng said he plans to go back to Sudan someday to take what he learned in America and use it to help his people in his village. “If Sudan becomes a nation, I need to go integrate my people,” Deng said. “The first priority when I go back is to open my own business and hire Sudanese

people so they may have jobs to support their families.” Recently, the Sudanese people voted in a referendum to make southern Sudan a separate nation and end the 21 years of war that has devastated millions of Sudanese. This will give Deng the opportunity to go back to his country to help the people he left behind. Deng said he hopes the film shows American youth that if they want something bad enough, there is nothing that can stop you from reaching their goals. Deng’s life has seen change in Birmingham. He is now 23 years old and married to a Sudanese woman. They have a baby girl. “The thing I want [young people] to learn is to never give up,” Deng said. “Life is full of challenges, and they have to be committed to face these challenges.”


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The next SGA president should be a maverick By Wesley Vaughn

policy front, or the cold shoulder to Social Security reform and other fiscal catastrophes, the White House hasn’t changed much. The massive corporations still rule the roost, deepening their ties with the bureaucrats, ensuring they will be taken care of the next time they flop. The nominal gross domestic product and the consumer price index are at all-time highs, and we have at best limited signs of growth. High unemployment and record prices don’t sound like avenues to prosperity. All of the economic events of the past three years have debunked the policy prescription we are told will pull us from this awful rut. Is the government spending-equals-growth gimmick finally proving to be a failure? Sure seems like it. If the GOP wants to take the White House in 2012, they need fresh ideas, not the same we have seen from Washington for so long. The last two administrations have employed failed policies that voters should simply not accept for another four years. “The last eight years of failed policies” that the Obama campaign preached about have now become the policies of the last 10 years. So GOP, be most mindful and careful before hopping on the bandwagons that are tempting you to board. We all know what the next eight years could look like.

In the next few weeks, we will find out who has put their name in the running for SGA president. It will soon become clear who has been properly vetted and groomed and the competitor who has the supreme irrationality and intrepidness to butt heads for control of campus politics. Current SGA President James Fowler has laid a successful groundwork for his successors to build on, much better than many presidents before him. It takes an enormous amount of patience and determination to chip at historic campus strongholds for the goal of improving all of campus, and Fowler has done that. Now, we need someone who can pick up that torch and carry it farther than it has ever been taken at this university. Capstonians, we need a leader to fly us into the danger zone. Before Senator John McCain disfigured the term maverick, the identity of a live-by-theseat-of-the-pants individual conjured images of someone who knew no boundaries and never held a predetermined agenda. Like Tom Cruise, we need a straight shooter with a daredevil attitude who will occasionally buzz a tower on a flyby. Especially at a university dominated by tradition, we need a leader who asks “why not?” before seeking compromises on issues. The limits of our SGA and student body are selfcreated and self-sustained; they are not rules and laws to live by. Kenny Loggins, in his cheesy montage theme song, nails it, “You’ll never know what you can do, until you get it up as high as you can go.” The aircraft carrier is out at sea and the fighter jet is prepped; it is time to lift off and quench the need for speed. To do that, a larger focus on communication is a must. There is a distinct difference between transparency and engagement. The SGA can open up its documents and whatever else to students, but that has no purpose without an active push to educate all students about what the SGA actually does on a daily basis. The SGA needs a communicator in office who will strive for openness during the entire process of governing and not just during the time for publicity. The SGA simply cannot claim to be important if most students do not know what it does or how it affects them. Most students do not care, of course, but that should not mean the SGA has no reason to reach out to them. Governments govern all, not just those who care. We need a leader who understands all of this. One who can capitalize on the momentum of the current administration. One who can stand up to those who may stymie campus progress. One who all students are willing to be his or her wingman anytime.

John Anselmo is a senior majoring in economics. His column runs biweekly on Wednesdays.

Wesley Vaughn is a junior majoring in public relations and political science. His column runs on Wednesdays.

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Early GOP field seems unimpressive By John Anselmo Nov. 6, 2012 is a long way down the road. 644 days to be exact. But it is never too early to talk about the next presidential election. With declarations of candidacy sure to headline the month of February, the GOP will need to be diligent in finding their man to face Obama in 2012. Scanning the frontrunners at this point, President Obama can call off the moving vans until January 2017. Honestly, outside of switching Gingrich for McCain, what is so different about the 2012 GOP slate? None of the candidates bring anything new to the table. Let’s look at a few hopefuls. Mitt Romney, the favorite for the GOP nod since the close of the ’08 campaign, has more than a few problems he will have to hurdle. Massachusetts passed a health care law during his governorship, which promised affordable coverage for all residents of the Bay State. Great for the GOP, huh? Maybe he can use it as a GOP counter to the Democrats health care bill. Not so fast, my friend. The Massachusetts reforms and the Affordable Health Care Act are very much alike. After the 2006 “reforms,” Massachusetts residents pay the highest health insurance premiums for a family of four. No affordable access to health care found here. You know proponents of these mandates must be thinking “Please, can’t we just repeal the laws of

economics?” The unpopular Affordable Health Care Act, as everyone knows, has been repealed in the House, after it was the key issue in the 2010 midterm elections. This repeal is the result of the efforts of the new GOP majority. So wait, the said frontrunner championed a state-level, literal cloned version of last year’s health care bill? Sounds like another GOP disaster to me. Shouldn’t the challenging party be quelling the rise of candidates like Romney who endorsed a virtual copy of the chief legislative achievement of the incumbent? One would think so, especially when the law is taking such a bruising in the courts. We can go down the list and profile each GOP hopeful, but that would be a real waste of time. They are virtually all the same. Almost all of the candidates that have served in Congress have some skeleton in the closet today’s Republican voter base will find unacceptable. Outside of two projected candidates, all voted for some version of the bailout, whether it was TARP or the auto bailouts. If the GOP wants to retake the big house on Pennsylvania Avenue, they best shape up in a big way. Sure it is very early, but in times like these, the earlier the better. The Republicans do have one thing on their side. The Obama administration looks more like the Bush administration every day. Whether it be Afghanistan or Iran on the foreign

Net neutrality squashes innovation By Cliff Sims When I opened the Jan. 27 issue of The Crimson White, the article titled “Open Internet means more innovation” immediately caught my eye. Michael Patrick’s biweekly opinion column offered a flippant vilification of Internet service providers. Patrick declared Barack Obama and the Federal Communications Commission are saviors of the Internet for stepping in to stop tyrannical ISPs from blocking websites and keeping them from offering Internet “fast lanes” to certain companies. I realize that this issue involves technologies not easily explained, but I implore you to read on. You don’t need to totally grasp the technologies in play to understand the importance of the Internet to us all and to be able to see the profound implications that this government regulation could have on our future. I will quickly lay out several reasons why net neutrality is simply unacceptable and must be stopped. First of all, the FCC simply does not have the legal authority to regulate the Internet. In April 2010, a Federal Appeals Court made this clear when they struck down the FCC’s claim that they have jurisdiction over the Internet. Then, in November 2010, a bill was introduced in Congress that would reclassify the Internet as a telecommunications service, similar to telephone companies, thereby placing it under FCC control. This reclassification was overwhelmingly opposed, even by the then Democrat-controlled Congress. I suppose we could stop there, but we all know that lack of legal

authority never stopped a decent bureaucrat. So what does the FCC mean when it says that it wants to keep ISP’s from “prioritizing content” and creating Internet “fast lanes”? The capacity of the Internet is not limitless. Only a limited amount of data can flow through at a given time. Advances in technologies are now allowing this data to be analyzed as it’s being sent. This is great because important data that requires a lot of bandwidth, such as live streaming video, can be prioritized to flow through first while less important data, like spam, is given lower priority. This common sense process can optimize user experience and also opens up the Internet to new technologies that could revolutionize our lives. For example, if you needed an emergency surgery but couldn’t get to the ideal doctor, new innovations could allow that ideal surgeon to direct the operation from anywhere in the world, through live video streaming, in real-time, over the Internet. This is just one example of the limitless potential of Internet technologies that wouldn’t be possible with net neutrality. Under this innovation-killing regulation, ISP’s would not be allowed to give your surgery’s transmission the “fast lane” it would need to stream instantly at a high enough quality by giving it priority over far less important Internet activity. Well, what if Internet Service Providers block websites I like to visit or censor free speech? Protecting consumers can be an important role of government. However, ISP’s want to make money by providing access to the Internet to consumers. If they don’t provide

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a high quality product, consumers won’t buy it. There just is not a valid motivation for ISP’s to arbitrarily block websites, as the FCC would have us believe, because this would cause them to lose money by consumers cancelling their service. The idea of net neutrality came from a University of Illinois communications professor named Robert McChesney. In an August 2009 interview with a website called Socialist Project, he said, “The ultimate goal is to get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable companies and to divest them from control.” That description, from the mouth of the man who invented the idea, has nothing to do with protecting consumers. It does, however, have everything to do with the government seizing control of one of the few sectors of our economy that has shown sustained, exponential growth. Net neutrality is a perfect example of what Ronald Reagan meant when he said, “The government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” Do we want the government getting its regulatory fingers on the most powerful medium ever invented or do we want a true “open Internet,” free to grow as it has since its birth, unhindered by pointless government oversight? Net neutrality can be summed up as the government trying to “correct” a problem that doesn’t even exist. They need to stay out of the way and let the most innovative sector of our economy continue to thrive.

There is less than one week remaining until applications for honor societies are due (Feb. 6). There are many benefits to membership in honor societies, including service, networking and scholarship opportunities. But this year, honor societies are striving to add another element to the mix—diversity. Honor societies exist not only to award members for previous accomplishments, but also to foster continued achievements. One of the most valuable ways this occurs is by bringing people from different backgrounds together to achieve common goals. For this to occur, members need to be from various sectors of campus, representing diverse majors and campus organizations. We need you to apply to make this a reality. Still, some people might be apprehensive about applying. As the selections chair for Mortar Board, a senior honorary, I want to ensure applicants that the selections process will be conducted with the utmost level of integrity. All applicants are given due consideration and much time has been spent to create an ethical system for candidate selection. The new classes of honor societies will represent the entire University population, not just select groups. Now, I charge you to make one of the best decisions of your college career, apply to be a member of an honor society. Ask yourself these questions: Do you want to serve the University and Tuscaloosa community? Do you want to apply for scholarships? Do you want to network with other students? Do you have something unique to contribute? If so, there is a place for you in an honor society. This year, as the names of new inductees are read, I hope to see a few names I recognize, but also many that I don’t. I hope to meet the new class and see unlimited opportunities for next year. But most of all, I want to see a dedicated membership of diverse individuals.

Cliff Sims is a senior majoring in political science.

Mallory Meissner is a senior majoring in finance and dance and the vice president of Mortar Board.

By Mallory Meissner

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Spring Break 2011

Rec offers alternative spring break outdoors By Brittney Knox Staff Reporter For those who are still looking for something to do this spring break, the Student Recreation Center is offering two spring break trips for students who enjoy outdoor recreation. “We actually have two spring break trips going this year,” said Lance Haynie, program coordinator of Outdoor Recreation. “There is one to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to go backpacking and the other to Indian Creek, Utah for rock climbing.” Derek DeBruin, a graduate assistant for Outdoor Recreation, was involved in the trip last year to the Sipsey

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Center whose primary responsibility is planning the concert. “The city wants [the amphitheater] to be as much a part of the university community as the Tuscaloosa community,” she said. Roberts, a UA alumna, said they are working to give students interested in event planning and concert production an opportunity to participate in the process of organizing shows at the venue. Red Mountain handled the contracting and is promoting the show, while a team of graduate assistants selected the artists by researching which bands in the right price range were available, as well as what genres students prefer. “It’s more affordable for us, and it’s a way for them [Red Mountain] to partner with the University,” Roberts said. The Tuscaloosa Amphitheater has a seating capacity of approximately 7,470 reserved seats. The University is purchasing a block of tickets for students, while the rest of the tickets will be


Wilderness Area, about two hours north of Tuscaloosa in the Bankhead National Forest. “Last year, we went hiking, canoeing and rock climbing at the wilderness area,” he said. DeBruin was involved last year as a troop leader and said their trip there lasted about four days. “I thought it was a great opportunity for students to experience the wilderness in their own state through participation in a variety of activities,” he said. Haynie said Sipsey offers many different opportunities for adventure and there were six participants who went with last year. Throughout the year, the Rec offers a host of other trips catering to all interests, and available to the general public for $33 each, Weinberger said. Student tickets will be available for $10 each, with proceeds going to a scholarship fund. Though the starting date for sales is undecided, students will be able to purchase tickets at the Ferguson Center, Roberts said. Tickets for the general public for both shows will go on sale Saturday, Feb. 12, at 10 a.m. through the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater Box Office and, or by phone at 800-745-3000. “We’re definitely excited that the University gets to be a part of the opening show and that students get to be some of the first to attend an event there,” Roberts said. Though this is the only event the University is currently helping to plan, Roberts said she hopes to plan more shows in the future, with the Ferguson Center staff serving as a liaison between the University and the amphitheater. For more information about the amphitheater and upcoming events, visit

didn’t receive bids, but their schools supported them Continued from page 1 enough to pay for them to come. It’s kind of sad to see future, qualify as a sport under how schools who aren’t as Title IX,” Underhill said after good as us get so much more his ruling. “Today, however, support.” The University of Alabama the activity is still too underdeveloped and disorganized to Athletic Department could be treated as offering genuine not be reached for comment. varsity athletics participation for students.” A.J. Buckner, a four-year starter and the only senior on the team, said he was “pretty depressed” but not surprised when he heard Alabama would not buy the team national championship rings. Aside from that, Buckner said he feels worse about what he considers a lack of support from Alabama during his time on the cheerleading squad. “When we won [the championship], everybody went nuts,” Buckner said. “Everyone just wanted to congratulate us. Our university doesn’t understand how we represent the university. I don’t understand why the University doesn’t brag that we have another No. 1 team.” Buckner said that when the cheerleading squad tried to compete in the UCA Cheerleading Competition last year, the University almost barred them from competing. “Last year, they said, ‘You’re not doing it,’” Buckner said. “Luckily, we had a ton of alumni send e-mails, and they saw how important it was, and they let us compete.” Buckner said other teams are shown much more support by their schools than Alabama. “We received a bid to come compete from the UCA,” Buckner said. “When we were there, you look around and saw schools that definitely

there are more to come this semester. The next trip is a journey to Rocktown, Ga. to participate in bouldering atop Pigeon Mountain in northwest Georgia. The following one is whitewater paddling in the Nantahala River, N.C., and participating in a rafting class. Those trips will occur in April and they cost $50 and $100 respectively. The trips are not limited to students. Those who want to bring a friend can do so by paying a fee for non-students. Haynie said they selected these destinations for the upcoming trips to offer a variety of activities and locations from which to choose. “We know that not all participants enjoy the same type

of spring break experience, so we attempt to be as creative as possible,” he said. • Outdoor Recreation is offering trips to the Great “I anticipate that both of these trips will be opportuniSmokey mountains and to Indian Creek, Utah. ties for students to experience the beauty and refreshing sim• The Smokies trip will cost $100 and the Indian plicity of an excursion to the Creek trip will cost $250. wild areas of our nation,” he said. • Students can get more information about registering The trip to the mountains will at the Student Recreation Center. take place from March 13 to 17 and will cost $100 for students • Registration ends March 10. and $125 for non-students. The Indian Creek, Utah trip is $250 for students and $275 for non- “Participants can expect to community with new friends students. Registration for both come back to the Tuscaloosa and great stories.” trips ends on March 10 and more information about how to sign up can be found by stopping by the Rec or “Participants can expect to have a great time on both of these trips,” Haynie said.


NEWS in brief UA iPhone app to launch this spring By Stephen Nathaniel Dethrage Contributing Writer

said. “It features campus maps, the directory, course information and class schedules, athThe UA application for letics and news about events on Apple products is expected to campus.” launch sometime this semester, “I’m excited about it. Not for University Relations officials myself, but for the campus as said. a whole,” said Elliott Bell, a The app, originally Blackberry-owning freshman announced in April 2010, is the majoring in history. “Although product of a collaboration of I wouldn’t exactly call myself a the University and Blackboard Luddite, my phone is mostly for Mobile, and at the time of calls and texts.” release, will be compatible only with the iPhone and the iPod touch. “Development work began in July 2010, once all legal agreements were in place with Apple and professional services from Blackboard were finalized.” Assistant Vice President for University Relations Deborah Lane said. “The development and testing phases are now nearly complete, and we expect to be able to launch the app later this spring,” Lane said. “The development process for apps for Blackberrys and Androids will begin when this version is finalized.” Student Government Association President pro tempore David Wilson, one of a few students who were allowed to test the product over the winter holidays, said the current plan is to release to app during or before spring break. “It’s a great app,” Wilson

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Alabama author to discuss state history

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Alabama author Wayne Greenhaw will be on campus tonight to discuss his newest book, “Fighting the Devil in Dixie: How Civil Rights Activists Took on the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama.” The lecture will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library in Mary Bryant Hall, with a reception in Greenhaw’s honor in the lobby starting at 5 p.m. and continuing after the lecture. Guests are invited to buy copies of the book, have them signed, interact one-on-one with Greenhaw and enjoy some refreshments. “He’s one of those people that you’ll meet him and you’ll remember it forever, even if you haven’t read his books,” said Jessica Lacher-Feldman, curator of rare books and special collections for Hoole. “I just think this is one of those times where people will really enjoy themselves, remember it for a long time and talk about it later.” Tonight’s lecture marks the second time Greenhaw has been on campus this school year. In November, he was the keynote speaker for the opening of an exhibit honoring the hundredth birthday of

IF YOU GO ... • What: Alabama author Wayne Greenhaw to speak • Where: W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library

• When: Tonight, 5:30 his mentor William Bradford Huie, another Alabama alumnus. “It wasn’t like he was lecturing or talking down to us,” said Jamie Burke, a senior majoring in American studies who attended the talk in November. “We were just part of his everyday reminiscing about his experiences. It was really enjoyable to feel comfortable with him in that setting.” Along with Greenhaw, Lacher-Feldman said there should be a “very, very, very special guest” introducing him, giving students an informal setting in which to hear about Alabama’s history from two people who lived through it. According to Greenhaw’s website, “Fighting the Devil in Dixie” chronicles what happened in Montgomery after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled

Submitted Photo Alabama author Wayne Greenshaw will be at the Mary Bryant Hall tonight to discuss his latest book on the Civil Rights era. Montgomery’s city ordinance forcing segregation of races on public transportation unconstitutional. Greenhaw was working as a journalist, covering the events as they happened. “It’s… a look at a very specific time in Alabama’s history,”

Lacher-Feldman said. “He isn’t just some professor from a high school. It’s somebody who went through it, experienced it, witnessed it and had to maneuver in these worlds.” Since graduating from the University, Greenhaw has written 22 books and numer-

ous articles and has won many prestigious awards. LacherFeldman said she thinks tonight will be a great opportunity for students to not only learn something about their state’s history but also to learn about the process of writing. “There are authors and then there are writers – he is a writer,” she said. “He has made his living for decades and decades by writing everything from magazine and newspaper articles to whole books to plays.” Besides coming to campus to discuss his new book, Greenhaw will be bringing some of his personal first edition copies of his other books to donate to the Alabama Collection of the W.S. Hoole Special Collections library. The Alabama Collection, which houses books by Alabama authors, books about Alabama and books published in Alabama, aims to be the best and most well-rounded source for anyone interested in or researching Alabama literature and history. “Anything he writes he puts his heart and soul into it, and that has to come across on the pages,” Burke said. “So anyone who reads his books will definitely get a good read, and anyone who comes to his speech is definitely going to be entertained and get a lot of good stories out of it.”


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Blaine Duncan accidentally introduced me to Tuscaloosa’s music scene. Back in August 2009, I was assigned to write a story about a band that I had never listened to before. The band was called Blaine Duncan and the Lookers, and I was to be given a CD and then write a story within a week, adding an interview to the mix. Needless to say, I was nervous as hell. Even in the manufactured form of an interview, it’s hard to fake liking music. You either enjoy it or you don’t, and it tends to show to the artist if you don’t like his music. Eighteen months later, I can admit in the honest company of this paper that I feel Duncan is one of the finest musicians this city has right now. Those 18 months proved to be enough time to where I

can feel detached enough to admit that. Duncan released an album with the Lookers in 2009, a debut record that shockingly holds well today. That sounds facetious, but an accelerated culture doesn’t tend to breed lasting achievement. If anything, “I Don’t Smoke Dope with Satan (Because He Left Me At The Mall)” rings truer with the divisive announcement of Kenny Chesney performing at the new Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. In the song, Duncan derides Chesney in fiery response to the massive popularity of so-called “pop country,” the genre producing Taylor Swift’s singles and Carrie Underwood’s downhome good looks. Duncan’s strength has always been his songwriting, even if credit belongs to the men behind him. However, even compared to 18 months earlier, at least two of the members (drummer Mikey Oswalt and lead guitarist Ham Bagby) have left amicably. The band’s lineup — lead guitarist David Phillips, bassist Kendall Rich and drummer Adam Ridgway

— is the most constant it has been in months, but Duncan’s really the centerpiece. Duncan’s haggard voice leads every song, and his feelings are usually present, even when he readily admits that he isn’t the song’s protagonist. I remember overhearing a person say that, “the music is great but the singer’s voice sucks,” in reference to the Lookers live, and I never found that comparison fair. Then again, I realize that the tattered Southern life that is the theme of Duncan’s solo and band work may just hit me more. After all, punk rock is filled with loads of terrible singers and loads more great songs. While Duncan would describe his work as a more energetic jolt of country, rebellion is one of the universal punk rock tenets we as a culture still have. It is not broken by the presence of technology, but by hating our dads and the egregious behavior of our surroundings. Duncan’s voice could sound like Yoko Ono or William Hung, and the songwriting and music would still come

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out because the voice really doesn’t matter. The haggardness adds to the performance, no doubt, but great songs are also great songs. They tend to be hard to screw up. That alternative culture and mix of desire for the awesome parts of the past without the bullroar of that same past will always stay a universal theme of great songwriting that hits a certain group of kids and adults. And Duncan hits that vein in spades. Blaine Duncan and the Lookers will be performing with The Only Sons at Egan’s on Feb. 5 starting at 9 p.m. There is no cover, and the bar is 21 and up.


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Decision time for Alabama prospects

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RECRUITS TO KEEP AN EYE ON Cyrus Kouandjio, OL - Rivals Ranking: No. 4 overall, No. 1 offensive lineman - Top choices: Alabama, Auburn

Isaiah Crowell, RB Rivals ranking: No. 23 overall, No. 4 running back Top choices: Alabama, Georgia

Brent Calloway, LB Rivals ranking: No. 38 overall, No. 5 linebacker Top choices: Alabama, Auburn (currently committed to Auburn)

Jeoffrey Pagan, DE Rivals ranking: No. 42 overall, No. 4 defensive end Top choices: Alabama, Georgia

Nickolas Brassell, WR Rivals ranking: No. 51 overall, No. 7 wide receiver Top choices: Alabama, Ole Miss

Gabe Wright, DT Rivals ranking: No. 141 overall, No. 13 defensive tackle Top choices: Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee

Robenson Therezie, DB Rivals ranking: No. 17 safety Top choices: Alabama, Auburn (currently committed to Auburn)

LaMichael Fanning, DT Rivals ranking: No. 25 defensive tackle Top choices: Alabama, Auburn (currently committed to Alabama)

* No. 1 recruit RB Jadeveon Clowney, who is deciding between Alabama and South Carolina, will not make his decision until after Signing Day.

No. of recruits


1. Alabama



2. Texas



3. Florida State



4. LSU



5. Auburn




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Tide sweeps Hawaii, struggles with Rice By Seth Bowman Contributing Writer The 34th-ranked Alabama men’s tennis team began the dual match season past weekend by traveling to Austin, Texas, for the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. The team was pitted to compete against No. 29 Rice and No. 39 Hawaii playing at Penick-Allison Tennis Center. Alabama had a down performance opening the event as the men’s tennis team fell to Rice 4-1 in its dual match opener. “We didn’t play poorly, we were just a bit anxious I think,” said head coach Billy Pate. “It

was our first match out, and Rice already had three matches under their belt so that didn’t help us out. They were a tough team, and I felt we were evenly matched. We started to rally back there at the end, but it was too late.” The Owls earned two wins in doubles starting with senior Oscar Podlewski and sophomore Harry Fowler getting an 8-2 victory over sophomore Ian Chadwell and freshman Daniil Proskura. The second win for Rice came at the hands of junior Sam Garforth-Bles and sophomore Peter Frank outlasting senior

Trey Walston and sophomore Jarryd Botha, winning 8-4. Despite dropping five sets in singles competition, the bright spot for the Crimson Tide was junior Ricky Doverspike. Not only did he earn the Tide’s only victories for the day, but he also continued to build and grow personally. “It was great for him to get the wins,” Pate said. “It is great for his confidence and can really help him to continue to build a strong mentality.” Amidst the first day losses, Doverspike and junior Vikram Reddy defeated juniors Michael Nuesslein and Christian Saravia

8-5 in doubles. Doverspike also won in singles, defeating Rice’s Fowler 6-3, 6-1. On the second day, Doverspike continued his dominance by defeating Hawaii’s Leo Rosenburg 6-1, 6-4. Although winning in singles, Doverspike and teammate Reddy lost to Hawaii seniors Daniel Llarenas and Jeremy Tweedt 8-4. The Tide played well overall, winning six sets in singles leading them to a 4-0 sweep of the Hawaii Warriors. “The guys had a sense of urgency going out there against Hawaii,” Pate said. “They were a bit upset after that first day,

and they wanted to go out there and really prove themselves. They certainly built some confidence.” As the Tide prepares to take on Troy and Furman this Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Pate wants to continue to focus on what it takes to get better. “We’re concerned with process oriented goals,” he said. “Every competition and event will have its ups and its downs. It’s how you manage those ups and downs that can make or break you. Whether we win or we lose, we are not going to let that dictate what we do next.”


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