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MONDAY FEBRUARY 3, 2014 VOLUME 120 ISSUE 80 Serving The University of Alabama since 1894


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ltho lthough ltho oug ugh h snow was falling fall on campus at 9 a.m. Tuesday and A Al lab abam abam a a Gov. Robert B Alabama Bentley had declared a state of emergency att 6 a.m., a a.m .m.,., The The University Universit of Alabama did not cancel classes until 10 0:330 a .m. m T m. uesd ue sd day a . 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. As students As stu t dent dentss an nd faculty bega and began to try to leave campus, snow continued to o fall, fal all, l, and and nd roads roa oad dss around d around campus cam became slick. The main roads out of ccampus ca amp pus us a nd da r un ro und Tuscaloos and around Tuscaloosa became densely congested with traffic. T Th e Tuscaloosa Tu T ussccal a oosa sa aC o nty Sherif ou The County Sheriff’s department began to report accumulati ion on on on roadways ro roa oad adways adwa wa ayss around 8 a.m. a.m Tuesday and by 9:15 a.m. tweeted that tion a ap ppr p ox oxiim mat atelly 90 90 acc c idents h approximately accidents had already been reported in Tuscaloosa Coun Co unty un ty. Across Acrro Ac osss the the e state, state, seven people died, and dozens were injured in County. the th e ic iicy cy co con ond ndit ndit i io ions ns. conditions. Cath th thy hy And dreen, UA directo dre dr Cathy Andreen, director of media relations, said students were notified e o ed e possibility possibility of winter wi off the weather and advised to pay attention to roa ad cconditions ondit ittions in a campus road campuswide email sent out Monday at 3 p.m. SEE SNOW PAGE 2

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CW | Austin Bigoney Asia Sistrunk and Raegan Alexander join hundreds on the Quad after classes were canceled due to winter weather.

TODAYON CAMPUS Photography exhibit WHAT: Scottsboro Boys: The Fred Hiroshige Photographs WHEN: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. WHERE: Paul R. Jones Gallery

Vocal auditions WHAT: Alabama Blues Project teen vocalist tryouts WHEN: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. WHERE: 712 25th Ave., Northport

Alabama Blues Project WHAT: Alabama Blues Project Spring Camp WHEN: 3 p.m. WHERE: MLK Elementary School


UA invests in Steinway pianos Music department commits to All-Steinway school initiative By Elayne Smith | Contributing Writer As Christina Lewis, a freshman majoring in piano performance, played the Steinway & Sons piano in The University of Alabama’s concert hall Saturday, a smile grew on her lips. Timing was a challenge as she played the duet, but her fingers hit the last chord of the piece with a perfect attack. The sound rang and resonated through the hall perfectly. Lewis looked at her duet partner and stole a smile. “There are definitely moments I’ve had on Steinways that I’ve never had on any other instrument,” Lewis said. The UA School of Music started an initiative to become an AllSteinway school. This distinction SEE STEINWAY PAGE 12

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No player on Alabama’s roster was alive the last time the Alabama women’s basketball team defeated the Tennessee Lady Vols in 1984. Coming into Sunday’s matchup, the Crimson Tide had succumbed to Tennessee 39 straight times, all but one coming at the hands of coaching legend Pat Summitt. Coach Kristy Curry had Tennessee’s second-year coach Holly Warlick on the ropes early in Foster Auditorium, which has been kind to the Crimson Tide this


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Alabama was gritty, they were tough, they played hard, didn’t have anything to lose.


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win over the Crimson Tide, its 40th straight over Alabama (10-12, 3-6). “Alabama was gritty, they were tough, they played hard, didn’t have anything to lose,” Warlick said. “[They were a] tough basketball team, and we had to make some adjustments at halftime.” Tennessee struck with two straight three-pointers after a timeout with 7:48 to go in the game, expanding its lead to 45-39. It wasn’t long before the Lady Vols took a double-digit lead in the second half, as they led by as much as 16 points. “I wasn’t worried at all,” Tennessee’s Cierra Burdick said. “There was never a doubt in my mind we were going to win

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CW | Lindsey Leonard Eighty-five campus pianos will be replaced with pianos by Steinway & Sons, offering improved quality and reliability.




Monday February 3, 2014


Eddie Lacy named rookie of year Former Alabama running back Eddie Lacy, now with the Green Bay Packers, was named the 2013 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Saturday. Lacy appeared in 15 games for the Packers and saw 284 carries. He rushed for 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns, while only fumbling the football once.


Gymnastics team falls to LSU The No. 7 Alabama gymnastics team fell to the No. 3 LSU Tigers, 197.65 to 196.825 Friday night in Baton Rouge, La. Senior gymnast Sarah DeMeo led Alabama with a score of 39.45 on the all-around, which tied her career best. Junior Kaitlyn Clark posted a career-high 9.925 on vault and tied her career-high score of 9.9 on the uneven parallel bars.

Track and field team wins 7 events The Alabama track and field team won seven events and set eight personal records Saturday at the Indiana University Relays. Senior Diondre Batson won the 60m final with a time of 6.61. Each of his three runs landed in Alabama’s all-time top 10. Junior Ramona Burchell ran a personal best 7.33 in the women’s 60m final. In the field, Junior Charrod Richardson set a new school record in the men’s weight throw with a mark of 69 feet, 6.5 inches.

CW | Austin Bigoney Students Alex West and Emerson Curtis scatter flurries of snow, joining others on the Quad during a snow shower Tuesday.

The Alabama men’s tennis team fell 4-0 Saturday to No. 14 Texas, dropping to 4-2 on the season. Texas picked up a 6-3 victory in doubles on court three and grabbed a 1-0 advantage after winning 6-5 on court two. Texas got off to a quick start in singles and would go on to win matches on courts two, four and five. The Crimson Tide looks to rebound at home against Oklahoma State and Oklahoma Feb. 8-9. Compiled by Josh Gaines and Charlie Potter


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WHAT: Alabama Blues Project teen vocalist tryouts WHEN: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. WHERE: 712 25th Ave., Northport

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Snow causes 3-day class cancellation SNOW FROM PAGE 1

“Any time severe weather is possible – and because weather conditions can change rapidly – the University strongly encourages each person to monitor weather updates from the National Weather Service and local media sources and to refer to safety tips and weather information posted at,” Andreen said Tuesday afternoon in an emailed statement. Andreen advised students to consult road conditions online before traveling outside their homes. Andreen said the University’s Emergency Preparedness and Response Policy Group is in charge of making timely recommendations about suspending or delaying classes and monitors weather reports from the National Weather Service and local and state EMA offices when making decisions. “The National Weather Service updated its predictions for the Tuscaloosa area Tuesday morning, and because of rapidly changing conditions, the emergency preparedness group, who had already convened, decided to cancel classes for the remainder of the day,” Andreen said. “With



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necessary precautions already in place, UA announced the cancellation to the campus at 10:30 a.m.” Deborah Lane, associate vice president for university relations and a member of the emergency preparedness group, said they monitored the situation earlier in the week before the storm hit. “If there is a potential hazard, such as a weather event that might impact the UA campus, the policy group meets prior to the event to review preparedness measures and discuss options,” Lane said. “In the case of this week’s snowstorm, the policy group had been monitoring the weather and were able to act quickly when weather conditions changed rapidly.” Lane said the emergency preparedness group keeps track of emergency situations and makes recommendations for possible courses of action, but it is ultimately UA President Judy Bonner’s decision whether or not to execute the group’s plan. “The Emergency Preparedness and Response Policy Group makes decisions based on analysis of the information that is available,” Lane said. “The president has the authority to accept, amend or reject the policy group’s decisions.” For some students, the

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change in weather was too quick. Kyle Borland, a junior majoring in public relations, experienced heavy traffic on his way to his 9:30 a.m. class and expected more when he heard classes had been canceled and was dismissed by his professor. “I got right in my car. I would have gone and played on the Quad, but I have summer tires on my car because it’s Alabama and you don’t really need winter tires. I wanted to get going before everybody gets on the road, and I left at 10:30 a.m., and it still took me until about 11:45 a.m. to get to University Village, which is like a mile and a half down 10th Avenue,” Borland said. “Just to get away from Bryant-Denny took me about an hour because I was going down Campus Drive from the West Commuter lot right next to Bryant-Denny, and they blocked off turning left there, and then they had blocked off a bunch of other roads, so traffic literally just sat there.” Borland said cars were skidding all over the road as students and faculty attempted to exit campus and snow continued to fall. “My car skidded almost entirely off the road at least once,” Borland said. “I saw five or six car accidents right around the Strip area before I got on 15th.”


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For other students, the weather break was a chance to enjoy the snow and explore campus. Caroline Montz, a freshman majoring in psychology, enjoyed the snowy weather and the break from class. “The snow day was really the first time I’ve actually been in real snow,” Montz said. “I live in Florida, so it’s not often that I get to see snow. It was really cool to just be able to go outside and be with my friends all day. We went sledding, and we went down to the river. It was just really cool.” Montz said she was just happy that classes were canceled at all. “I was actually just about to go to my first class when I got the email, and I was so excited because I didn’t want to spend all day inside with it snowing outside,” Montz said. “I was really relieved that they canceled class.” The winter storm and the unexpected ice it brought to the roads of central Alabama lingered until Thursday. Thousands of children around the state were unable to return home Tuesday and were forced to remain at their schools overnight. Many school districts were still working to return children home late Wednesday. The University resumed classes Friday.

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Budgeting college students burdened by excessive costs By Erynn Williams | Staff Columnist


Men should not dictate women’s fashion By Beth Lindly | Staff Columnist Peplum tops and dresses. Highwaisted shorts. Dark lipstick. These are all topical fashion trends for women, yes, but more importantly, these are all fashion trends that men apparently hate. According to the Huffington Post article “23 Trends Guys Hate (But Women Love),” every single recent movement in the women’s fashion industry is one toward a society where males dictate everything females wear. Thankfully, I only saw the article shared by those criticizing its points, but it still angers me that it was even written. I wasn’t sure if this needed to be said, but I see now it obviously does: Women should not care about what clothes men say we should wear. What the random boy in my anthropology class thinks of my wearing dark red lipstick should not have any bearing over whether or not I put it on in the morning. To suggest so is counterintuitive and offensive, and I resent the implication that I, as a woman, would give their opinion of my outfit a second (or even a first) thought. It’s almost comical how hypocritical their attacks on clothing are. Men

Beth Lindly don’t like skinny jeans because “they leave nothing to the imagination,” but men also don’t like drop-crotch pants because they’re not form-fitting enough. Don’t you dare bite your fingernails too short, but covering them up with fake acrylic nails is out of the question. It’s all straw man arguments and attempts to assert dominance, and it’s tiresome. These unrealistic and childish expectations for women, if allowed to continue, will only contribute to a more oppressive, boring and unfashionable

society. You know what I want? I wish men wouldn’t wear basketball shorts in 40-degree weather just to prove that they can. I wish they would start paying attention to the color of the clothes they put on so that they could maybe match. I wish Adidas flip-flops were outlawed. See? Doesn’t it feel awesome when someone else thinks they can decide what you should wear? Don’t you love having one of your most basic rights, your bodily autonomy, robbed from you? I know I do. Here is a newsflash: When I choose an outfit in the morning, I ask myself two questions. The first is, “What is the weather going to be like today?” The second is, “Does this match, and is it cute?” Shockingly enough, I do not consult the countless articles about fashion trends to see if my outfit is maleapproved, and in fact, I don’t take male opinion into the process at all. What I wear, I wear for me, and if you don’t like it, you can take your complaints to the Huffington Post. I’m sure they’ll hear you out. Beth Lindly is a junior majoring in journalism. Her column runs biweekly on Wednesdays.

During my freshman year last year at The University of Alabama, I, like many other students, had to invest in a clicker for some of my lecture classes. However, at the beginning of this semester, I was told that, despite the fact that I own a functioning clicker, I would need to purchase a new one. A new clicker costs around $56 at the SUPe Store, and although that does not sound like too much in comparison to books, a random $56 charge for an item that you already own is completely absurd. To make the situation seem Erynn Williams even sillier, I have sat in a class and watched my old clicker connect to the channel in the room and send answers. Contrary to the instructor’s word, the older version of the clicker does indeed work, which renders the purchase completely unnecessary. So to those of you who, like me, were told that you needed to buy a new clicker for your classes this semester despite already owning one from previous semesters, get your money back. Your old clicker works just fine. Clickers should be universal. They should be able to work for the duration of a student’s college career, being that after most 100-level classes, one will most likely not need the device. It is simply unfair that a student should have to purchase a new device whenever there is a change in the clicker system. Who is to know when the next change in the system may or may not be? Not to mention, if the student already has a clicker and they purchase a new one, they then own two perfectly good clickers but only use one. What should be done with the other clickers? At the very least, the University should allow students to trade in their old clickers for ones compatible with the new system. This solution would allow for students to save a few bucks and also open an opportunity for recycling. Another issue lies within access codes for classes. In many cases, a student is required to pay for tuition, course fees and books for a class. After paying these costs, students are often required to still find money to purchase an access code in order to do their homework. While there are some books that do include an access code inside, there are plenty of books that do not. This is yet another unfair situation for the student. My question to the University in this situation is, what exactly is the course fee and why does it not cover the access code a student would need for homework? As students, we are always told that we need to budget. At its core, budgeting requires any person to take the time out to evaluate what costs are necessary and what costs can be delayed or avoided. In these cases we are told that we have to pay money in addition to what we already pay for, for “required costs” while the other fees go unexplained. College is far too expensive for students to have to keep fishing for money to pay for things that are unnecessary or not understood.

At the very least, the University should allow students to trade in their old clickers for ones compatible with the new system.

Erynn Williams is a sophomore majoring in dance and international studies. Her column runs biweekly on Wednesdays.


University protocols need re-evaluation after snow By Amber Patterson | Senior Staff Columnist I was born and raised in the South. I am used to short winters and summers with heat that can be compared to Hades. With this said, I know I am not the only one who was a little disoriented by the snow. I woke up that morning, unsure of how to dress or what would be considered warm enough for below-freezing temperatures. To reiterate, I said “disoriented.” I did not say “oblivious to the fact that snow exists and that every blue moon it will grace the South with its presence.” This mindset apparently is not shared with the administration of The University of Alabama, because instead of canceling classes the night before as a precaution, they waited until the last second, causing so much traffic on the icy roads that some students found it better to just abandon their cars in parking lots and walk home in below-freezing temperatures. This winter has been the coldest one to hit the South in years, so it should not have been taken lightly, which is exactly what

Amber Patterson the administration did. Our world revolves around technology now. Most of us check our weather on our phones, and I would say the predictions are more than 50 percent right. My phone predicted snow, along with the numer-

ous weather stations, since the Saturday before the big storm. So why did it take until the snow came down at rapid rates for classes to be cancelled? I understand that the University cannot just cancel class on a whim, but I think that below freezing temperatures is enough to at least delay class for two hours. I am not talking about canceling class when it is 40 degrees, but when we start to get into the 20s and the teens the idea should at least been taken into consideration. This incident is a testament to how UA administration is reactive instead of proactive. I am not coming from the place of a student who wants to miss her 8 a.m. classes but, rather, as a student who wants to feel that her school, which she pays thousands of dollars to attend, cares if she turns into a Popsicle on her way to class. Tuscaloosa and the University were not the worst areas hit by the snow by far. I will admit that it could have been way worse. Still, would we have been prepared if it did? I am merely a student, so I do not know the inner workings of the University when it



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comes to these situations, but something clearly needs to be re-evaluated. Amber Patterson is a junior majoring in public relations. Her column runs weekly on Mondays.

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Chinese students ring in Year of the Horse, spring By Taylor Manning | Staff Reporter The Association of Chinese Students and Scholars came together Saturday evening in the Ferguson Center Ballroom to ring in the Year of the Horse with singing, dancing, food and games. About 400 students, faculty and community members attended the Chinese Spring Festival Ceremony, which celebrated the Chinese New Year in conjunction with the start of spring. “It was a lot of fun,” Christopher Weaver, a recent UA graduate, said. “The culture is what I really like about the Chinese New Year. You learn more and more about it every year, and it’s good to be around different cultures and learn from them.” According to the Chinese calendar, 2014 is the Year of the Horse, which signifies an active and fast-paced year, Liu Liu, ACSS vice president, said. Attendees gathered near the stage to enjoy traditional Chinese food and live performances, which included hip-hop music, a rock band and a tai chi demonstration. “We invited a lot of students from other countries, so celebrating together was like an honor for us,” Xiaozhou Wang, ACSS member, said. “That we could share our own culture was a big thing, and we could also learn about other cultures.” Jon Lewis, a kung fu instructor who was recently inducted into the martial arts Masters Hall of Fame, also performed at the festival. Lewis and his students educated the audience on some of the basic points of Shen Lung, a lesser-known sect of kung fu that emphasizes conflict resolution over violence. “It is a peaceful art,” Dakota Engel, a Shen Lung performer, said. “Self-defense is a byproduct of what we learn.” Participants were also invited to the stage to share their New Year’s wishes with the audience. In return, they were given cash in red envelopes, another Chinese New Year custom. “In the traditional Chinese New Year, the older generation will bring money, and they will put it in red [envelopes] and give them to children,” Liu said. “The reason for that is good luck.” Luoheng Han, associate dean of

We left our country, and everything is new here, but we could celebrate the Spring Festival together. It was like a whole big family, like we shared the same blood. — Luoheng Han

the College of Arts and Sciences, said participation was much higher than he expected, given last week’s class cancellations. “We were afraid we would not sell many tickets, because of those two-and-a-half days the University closed,” Han said. “But it was wonderful. Very close to 400 people showed up. If you consider the ice storm, that is absolutely fantastic.” The Chinese New Year is much like Christmas, Han said. Celebrating the holiday with family is very important in Chinese culture. That was not an option for Chinese students who are far from home, which made the event particularly significant, Han said. “Students walked in and smelled Chinese food, and they saw the decorations,” Han said. “They could enjoy the feeling of home.” Wang said the event was exciting for international students. “We left our country, and everything is new here, but we could celebrate the Spring Festival together. It was like a whole big family, like we shared the same blood.” Liu said the festival also promoted diversity and built a bridge between Chinese students and the community. “This was a perfect venue to share different cultures. I really think as UA grows, the international students will also grow. This CW | Taylor Manning was a perfect opportunity to show cultural This year’s Chinese Spring Festival Ceremony drew around 400 students, faculty and diversity, which represents our university community members to celebrate the Chinese New Year with dancing, food and games. very well.”


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Rowing team awaits completion of boathouse By Kailey McCarthy | Contributing Writer

Photos Courtsey of The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees The new boathouse facility will be situated adjacent to Manderson Landing along the Black Warrior River and will be among the top rowing facilities in the nation.

The University of Alabama began construction on a new boathouse facility at Manderson Landing for the rowing team. The result will be a state-ofthe art facility that will set the UA rowing team apart from many other competitive programs in the country. Nathan Sheehan, assistant director of athletic communications, said the construction at Manderson Landing is just one part of the new rowing facilities being built. “It will be where the team launches, stores and repairs their boats,” Sheehan said. “The other part of the construction, going up with the new Presidential Village, will be where the locker rooms, lounge and coaches offices will be.” Larry Davis, head coach of the women’s rowing team, said the new facilities will help the team make the next big step in developing into a nationally prominent rowing program. “There are only a handful of collegiate rowing programs in the United States that will have the kind of direct campus access to their practice and race site our team will have with the advent of the new boathouse,” Davis said. “Beyond the day-to-day operational boost this will provide, the new facilities will have a major impact on our off-campus recruiting of top-level national and international athletes. Recruits will see firsthand

the commitment the University has made to our rowing program as they tour the facilities during campus visits.” Deborah Lane, associate vice president for University Relations, said the rowing team’s operating budget in 2013-14 totaled $447,400, compared to the football’s program’s $7,572,561 budget. “The UA Athletic Department is financially selfsustaining,” Lane said. “Revenues come from ticket sales, donations, merchandising/licensing, NCAA and SEC television revenues and postseason play. Athletic department revenues fund all sports. No state funds are used for athletics. Eighty percent of all revenue generated for the athletic department is generated by football.” Many changes for rowing at the University have taken place within the last 10 years. Rowing was once a club sport and was made a full NCAA sport at Alabama during the 2006-07 season. With that change in effect, the construction of a new facility is the next step toward meeting the women’s rowing team’s expanding needs. Davis said he cannot wait to see the finished product at Manderson Landing. “I know I speak for our entire team when I say we are excited to see the boathouse and team facilities taking shape on the banks of the Black Warrior River, and we are anxiously waiting for the day we can first step foot into them and call them our home,” he said.

University students reach out to international peers By Emily Williams | Staff Reporter A group of students at a local church is trying to make the transition to American life a little easier for international students on campus. The International Student Ministry, now in its second year, is run through Bama Wesley with the goal of connecting students from other countries with students at The University of Alabama who want to support them. “Many international students have difficulty making American friends and plugging into American culture as exchange students,” Mike Nakayama, the leader of the program, said. “Many of our American students already have an interest in other cultures and languages, so they have a natural draw to connect with international students. ISM is just a matter of organizing and encouraging them to be intentional in understanding and meeting the challenges faced by their international friends.” Participant Austin Rhyne said he got involved because he felt a connection to international students. “I’m an out-of-state student,” Rhyne said. “Obviously for them it’s very different, but it’s something I can relate to, just being somewhere different without friends.” Through the program, students meet with international students, practice

Obviously for them it’s very different, but it’s something I can relate to, just being somewhere different without friends. —Austin Rhyne English, learn about the international students’ cultures, have international dinners and do a coffee hour every Friday. “It’s interesting to hear their different values and things as simple as food,” Rhyne said. “Food is [a] very common topic among cultures. It was interesting to see things as little as like, ‘Why is your water so cold,’ or ‘Why is fruit sliced this way?’ It’s interesting to see when they come over these are the things they pick up and notice.” Rhyne said one of the most popular activities in the program is soccer, which includes impromptu games on the Rec Center fields. Kurstyn Montez, who got involved last year and has started a Bible study group within the program, said working with international students taught her to be intentional with the relationships she makes. “Many of the international students just

wanted one American friend,” Montez said. “I’m proud to say that I’m just that to several people. My conversation partner from last spring still will call me up on Skype and practice her English with me. I believe that we help them learn our customs and languages without the fear of us judging them.” Nakayama said what makes the program different from other international programs offered through the University is the optional church services for students interested in attending. They offer service and small groups Tuesday nights and a program that connects students to a Chinese church with services in Chinese. “While we serve and love with an unapologetic love for Jesus, I coach our students to never serve out of an agenda to convert,” Nakayama said. “We encourage our students to intentionally use their time to serve and bless, and whether spiritual conversation comes up or not, we must love people well.” Rhyne said he enjoyed learning about other cultures and that he benefited from the program just as much as the students he was working with. “I think it helps a lot for those students, but I think it helps us as much,” Rhyne said. “It’s just a great growing experience for everyone that’s involved, and it’s really great for a lot of people. That’s my personal favorite part of it: those natural friendships just blooming. I love that so much.”

Photos Courtesy of Austin Rhyne International Student Ministry connects UA and exchange students through international dinners and coffee hours.

Students gain class credits, work experience in Ghana By Emily Williams | Staff Reporter

Photo Courtesy of Josh Altonji The University’s pro-life organization was named Group of the Year.

Bama Students for Life receives national award By Jacqueline Visina | Contributing Writer Twenty-six University of Alabama students participated in the March for Life and Students for Life of America national conference. With an attendance of more than 2,600 students, the event served as the largest pro-life youth conference in the world. At the conference, the Bama Students for Life was recognized as Group of the Year. “I was cautiously optimistic that we had a chance. It was a beautiful and joyful surprise to be named Group of the Year,” said Claire Chretien, president of Bama Students for Life. Despite the record low temperatures, people came from all across the country to rally for the pro-life movement. The University of Alabama students were not the only representatives of the state. Auburn University homecoming queen Molly Anne Dutton had the honor of sharing her life story with the activists. Students for Life of America is the national organization that oversees nearly 800 anti-abortion

student groups. “The award recognizes the all-around excellence of one pro-life student group who demonstrated success in areas of campus activism, recruitment, community involvement and pregnancy resources,” said Brendan O’Morchoe, national SFLA director of field operations. “So often the work we do is vilified. This recognition gives students the courage and motivation to keep going for another year,” Chretien said. “The primary focus of our group is to give and effect a change. It’s really not at all about our personal benefit. Any benefit we receive is secondary,” said Elizabeth Rust, BSFL vice president. Seeing The Group of the Year award going to a Southern university was eyeopening for many of the attendants at the SFLA conference. “Our culture down here seems to be a little quieter about the issue, and it’s getting louder,” Rust said. “It is very telling that our pro-life group is the strongest in the country because we are not being quiet about it, even if the culture is silencing it.”

Many students choose to get career experience while they are in college, but not many of them get the opportunity to do so in a foreign country. Every summer, undergraduates have the chance to study, sightsee and job shadow in Africa as a part of the UA in Ghana faculty-led study abroad program. Seth Appiah-Opoku, an associate professor in geography, leads between 10 and 45 students on a three-week tour of Ghana each July. The students take six credit hours on the geography and culture of Africa and travel around the country doing field visits. Some of the excursions include visiting a gold mine, a slave castle built in 1482, a monkey sanctuary and a canopy walk in the rainforest. In addition, students spend a week in Sunyani, a sister city of Tuscaloosa, shadowing a job in their field of study. Appiah-Opoku talks with the students to figure out what they are interested in, and arranges a service-learning opportunity that matches students’ career goals. Brittney Knox participated the trip as an undergraduate in 2011. Knox had the opportunity to work at a Ghanaian radio station and explore her interest in journalism. “I was able to talk to the executives there and just learn a lot about their newsgathering techniques, working with the associated press, what did they do to get their news,” Knox said. “Then at the end of me going and visiting

there, I was able to actually participate in a live broadcast. I was the person they were interviewing, and it was really exciting.” Coy Morgan, who participated in the 2012 trip, said his work experience with the Geographic Information System planning department in Ghana helped him in his job search back home. “I learned a lot,” said Morgan, who now works at the Southern Alabama Regional Planning Commission. “I got to do the stuff I was majoring in and got to soak in another culture. I had an interview the other day and they asked, and I told them I’ve seen what can happen if you don’t do planning the right way.” Appiah-Opoku said most students are surprised to see how developed Ghana is compared to the vision of Africa they see on television. He said the experience provides students with a broader perspective of the world and of their own culture. “I think that being an American, some of the students actually haven’t even traveled outside the US; when they go over there I can see that they learn a lot about themselves,” Appiah-Opoku said. “When they go to Africa they have something to compare with the opportunities that they have here in the U.S. Some of them also learned a lot about their profession compared to what’s done in Africa.” The students become completely immersed in Ghanaian culture, learning traditional dances, picking up some of the language and sampling the local food.

“There are several cultural differences, like food for instance,” Appiah-Opoku said. “You get a fish that has the head on it. I had a student say he can’t eat the fish because the fish was staring at him. Again, that’s why we go there, so you see what’s different there. Life in Ghana is so brusquely unlike the hurried life in America.” Morgan described the canopy walk in the rainforest as his most meaningful experience on the trip. “I remember being on the canopy walk, being so high up and just looking out and seeing plants that I’d never seen and animals that I’d never seen,” Morgan said. “The weather, the smell, everything was different. I remember trying to soak that all in and being like, ‘I won’t ever see anything like this in my life again.’” Knox said the most important part of spending her summer abroad was gaining a new perspective on the relationship between the United States and the rest of the world. “I think everyone needs to realize that it’s a global world, and people are coming to America and more businesses are sending their employees overseas to be able to interact with people and actually be culturally aware,” Knox said. “I think being able to study abroad gives you that experience, and you realize there’s more outside of here or wherever you’re from.” This year, the program will take place during the Summer II session. The application deadline is March 21.


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CW File Students of the College of Communication and Information Sciences gather on the steps of Reese Phifer Hall for the State of the College Address.

Programs offer students hands-on experience By Samuel Yang | Staff Reporter For some degree programs at The University of Alabama, completion of a degree indicates a student has spent time working in their field of study, not just studying and taking classes about their field. Corey Tyson said his experience in APR 433, a public relations class where he worked to win a campaign for the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, was like a senior project. “[You] apply everything you’ve learned in the last four years into one project,” said Tyson, who graduated in the fall of 2013. “By the time graduation rolls around, you’ve already got at least one year’s worth of real life experience even if you don’t have an internship.” Tyson said he loved how competitive the work in the class was. “PR is a pretty competitive field, and UA already has, year after year, one of the highest ranked PR programs in the nation,” he said. “When a real client is added to the mix, it makes you step your game up even more.” The class involved a final presentation, which was the first time their group met with their potential client. “You get to compete for their interest. They don’t see you day in, day out, so when you have a presentation to show progress or the final product, most of the time it’s the first

Student teaching has kept me in touch with what I am really doing this for. I am not sitting in a college class learning about ‘students.’ I am involved in real people’s lives. — Josh Grammer

time the client has seen your work,” he said. “We didn’t get a face-to-face meeting with the client until the end of the semester when we presented our campaigns in front of them.” Tyson said he felt the UA program would’ve prepared him for a career, but APR 433, which is a required class, left “no question” that he would be ready to go into public relations. Alternatively, Josh Grammer, a secondary education major and social studies student currently interning at Northridge High School, said he thinks the intern hours are invaluable for those who want to become teachers. He said he believes they are required because the University’s teaching

program is determined to continue as a top program, as well as stay in tune with the current job market. “Today, we are competing fiercely for any job we can get. If we truly believe that our University graduates are up to par, then we should prepare them to be,” he said. “Experience cannot be replaced.” Grammer said coursework alone couldn’t fully prepare a student to become a teacher. “If UA students sit in a class all day, earn a degree, and begin a career with no experience, they are bound for difficult times. Your best hope at success is mentorship and experience. During our education, I believe the experience is where the true learning occurs,” he said. “We learn theories and ideas in our lectures, but we do not fully comprehend an idea until we have seen it implemented. I am alarmed at the number of students who have never held a job when they graduate.” Working in a school, Grammer said, allows him to combine what he learns at the University with real students that he connects with. “Student teaching has kept me in touch with what I am really doing this for. I am not sitting in a college class learning about ‘students,’” he said. “I am involved in real people’s lives. I see them every day. I see them at Taco Casa and everywhere else imaginable. I am a teacher, but I am also a real person. The

students need to see that, and I need to see them the same way.” He also credits the University’s College of Education with providing realistic, experienced professors. “We are blessed to have professors who have taught for several years in the school systems that we will most likely work in,” he said. “The difference between ‘professor’ and ‘teacher’ is often nonexistent.” Where Tyson and Grammer gained hands-on experience as part of their majors’ required curriculum, Kristen Alexander, a senior majoring in communicative disorders, had to go through a competitive application process to secure her spot in the University’s undergraduate clinic. “Our teachers are great but nothing beats actually doing therapy to learn,” she said. “You don’t learn the social aspect of speech therapy and what motivates the kids to talk and work with you.” Alexander sees and treats actual patients at The University of Alabama’s Speech and Hearing Center. The experience, she said, is an essential part of her preparation for graduate school and a career. “It is an important way to bridge the gap between knowledge and practice,” she said. “The material makes so much more sense when you are applying your knowledge hands-on.”

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February forgoes romantic films By Drew Pendleton

This February, a month typically laden with romance movies up on the big screen, Hollywood is offering something different: action. With a large amount of moviegoers looking for a break from the cold, the multiplexes are heating up with new offerings from big stars and the final film of an animation icon.

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“The Monuments Men” released on Feb. 7 Originally slated for release last November, George Clooney heads back to the director’s chair with “The Monuments Men,” released on Feb. 7. Based on a book by non-fiction writer Robert Edsel, the film tells the story of a ragtag platoon of seven men – ranging from historians to art curators to museum directors – sent into the battle zones of Nazi Germany toward the end of World War II. With a mission to find and return stolen art masterpieces, the men find themselves in a fight to defend and preserve the culture of mankind. The film’s trailers give off signs that the film is a mix of drama and action, with a healthy dose of lowkey comedy. Likely to draw solid box-office numbers thanks to its high-profile cast – including Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, John Goodman, Bill Murray and Jean Dujardin (“The Artist”) – “The Monuments Men” seems like a safe bet, a good time with a healthy dose of history.

“RoboCop” released on Feb. 12 Five days later, on Feb. 12, the latest remake of a 1980s science fiction offering hits the big screen. Releasing in 3-D, IMAX, and standard 2-D, “RoboCop” stars Joel Kinnaman (“The Killing”) as a police officer in a futuristic Detroit who is turned into a half-robot, halfhuman hybrid after being injured in the line of duty. Kinnaman may not be a household name, but the supporting cast includes notable actors such as Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Abbie Cornish (“Sucker Punch”), Jay Baruchel (“This is the End”) and the most intriguing casting of all: original Batman Michael Keaton as the villain, the evil CEO of the company whose robot technology created the RoboCop. With stellar visuals and solid performances from the trailers, the film looks to be an entertaining ride into the future that the 1987 original first brought to the screen.

“The Wind Rises” released on Feb. 21 Considered to be the primary competition to “Frozen” for the Best Animated Feature Oscar, animation icon Hayao Miyazaki’s swan song before retirement, “The Wind Rises,” hits theaters on Feb. 21. Adapted from Miyazaki’s own manga, the film tells the story of Jiro Horikoshi (voiced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt), who worked as chief engineer on the design of Japanese fighter planes during World War II. Bursting onto the American scene with the masterful “Spirited Away” in 2003, Miyazaki’s career resume also includes acclaimed films such as “Howl’s Moving Castle” and “Princess Mononoke,” as well as his own production company Studio Ghibli. Miyazaki garnered several American stars to voice characters in his final film ,including Emily Blunt, John Krasinski and Stanley Tucci, and judging by the low-key, beautifully animated trailers, he still has the golden touch.


Amazon “Non-Stop” released on Feb. 28 Closing out February is Liam Neeson’s “Non-Stop,” which gives Neeson another chance to show audiences his skills as an on-screen vigilante. This go-around, Neeson – under the direction of his “Unknown” director Jaume Collet-Serra, also known for making the horror film “Orphan” – plays an air marshal who finds himself fighting to protect passengers on a transcontinental flight when he receives a series of text messages threatening to kill a passenger every 20 minutes. While “Non-Stop” sounds like a run-of-the-mill action movie, the presence of Neeson in the lead gives a sense that it will be an entertaining one. With a supporting cast including Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery (“Downton Abbey”), Corey Stoll (“Midnight in Paris”) and Lupita N’yongo (currently collecting several awards for her Oscar-nominated supporting role in “12 Years a Slave”) “Non-Stop” looks to be a solid offering for audiences when released on Feb. 28.

Kickball league focuses on networking for young professionals By Elizabeth Lowder | Contributing Writer The favorite playground sport of kickball is making a comeback in the Tuscaloosa community this spring. Welcomed to Tuscaloosa last summer, GO Kickball has already made an impact on young professionals in the community. Operated through Atlanta-based GO Sports Unlimited, GO Kickball is cited as the “premier social experience.” The league saw such success over the summer season that it continued into fall, and is gearing up for the spring. With warmer weather approaching, league organizers hope to see an increase in registration. Kyle Church, marketing director for the local GO Kickball organization, said he believes kickball serves as a nice break from traditional and digital networking. He said

GO Kickball brings a fun and active aspect to fostering relationships and building networks with those around you. “Sometimes it’s tough to break away from friend groups, but this is an excellent way to branch out and even put your foot in the door for job possibilities,” Church said. The GO Kickball league differs from University-run intramural sports in that it is focused on networking, not necessarily the sport itself. All teams are co-ed, with anywhere between 15 to 30 players per team. League rules state that at least four women must be on the field at all times, so teams are encouraged to stack their rosters to include as many players as possible. Each GO Kickball game will be officiated by referees trained by the league. Additionally, a league statistician will be in attendance to

keep stats for teams and individuals. Players can check the website regularly for the latest power rankings and overall stats for the league. Reid Peacock, a senior majoring in advertising, was unable to participate in the league this past fall due to conflicts, but he said he is looking forward to the spring season. “When I heard about GO Kickball coming back for the spring, I started to put together a championship-worthy team,” Peacock said. “I’ve already met a lot of new people just by recruiting friends of friends.” GO Kickball has partnered with local establishments such as Innisfree Irish Pub and Moe’s Original Barbecue to provide food and drink specials for participants after the games on Wednesday nights. GO Kickball requires all participants to be over the age of 21, so that

WHAT TO KNOW • Go Kickball is in its second year in Tuscaloosa • Teams vary from 15 to 30 players • Registration deadline is Feb. 17 they can take full advantage of the specials provided by the sponsors. “We’re more of an older league – 21 and up. Our main focus is for young professionals to get out and to get social,” Church said. The registration deadline for captains and free agent players is Feb. 17. Interested participants can register through the organization’s website at or visit the organization’s Facebook page.




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CW | Elayne Smith From engaging in full combat to pottery to cheese making, the Society for Creative Anachronism mimics the society, culture and skills of Europe before the 17th century.

Society recreates culture of medieval world By Dylan Walker | Staff Reporter A once-open field is now a sea of armor. Five hundred men stand across from 500 others, ready for a battle of weapons, balance and skill. As chests are knocked and swords swing, the sound of laughs, friendship and joy prevail. This is a not a fantasy. This is reality for the Society for Creative Anachronism. SCA is an organization that recreates the society, arts and skills of Europe before the 17th century. The group began in 1966 in Berkeley, Calif., and now has 30,000 paid members in 19 kingdoms, or regions, worldwide. Jim Meadows, a first-year graduate student studying social work, has been involved in SCA for 20 years, where he assumes the role of Taran the Wayward. “There’s nothing like it in the world,” Meadows said. “When you’re fighting in a battle, wearing all of the armor and fighting full combat against 500 men, it’s exhilarating.” Society members engage in medieval practices from full combat and armor to pottery and feasting. The Shire of Okeborne Keep, the Tuscaloosa

It really is a world where men can be the chivalrous gentlemen, and being chivalrous is expected. — Jim Meadows

chapter of SCA, has fencing and fighter practice weekly, with arts and sciences meetings every month to learn and perfect skills from making cheese to dancing. “We’re interested in the living culture rather than the recreating of certain historical figures or events,” said Kerry Kennedy, artist in residence at the Kentuck Arts Center and member of the Shire of Okeborne Keep. “We have different governing bodies for arts, service and combat, and you can earn titles and awards for your involvement. I am in the Order of the Laurel for my work in

the arts.” The organization operates through local chapters that are grouped into regional kingdoms. Tuscaloosa is in the Kingdom of Meridies that spans Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Georgia and Tennessee. Events can take place within kingdoms, or internationally. “It’s very popular on college campuses and military bases,” Meadows said. “I’ve been to an event on a military base in Germany, and if we have an event here, there will be people from all over the world that attend.” Gulf Wars will take place in Mississippi in March and is a week-long, international SCA event with culture and combat events. SCA members research their crafts, and many are experts in the field, Kennedy said. She became involved in the group after meeting members from Birmingham at a Renaissance fair. “We’ve gotten to know a lot of people with similar interests, and we all tend to be curious as to how things were done in the past,” Kennedy said. Robert Shuster, a first-year graduate student studying geography, said he found a

family atmosphere in the Shire. He said the group is lighthearted, even during battle. “It’s just a good group of people and a good group of friends who like to be silly and have a great time,” Shuster said. “A lot of people felt that they didn’t have a place to belong, but have found a family in SCA.” Meadows said the group puts an emphasis on medieval times as they should have been. Chivalry is expected of men, and dignity is expected of the ladies. “It really is a world where men can be the chivalrous gentlemen, and being chivalrous is expected. That’s [the] mark of being a man,” Meadows said. Kennedy said the group is open to newcomers and encourages visitors to come to practices, ask questions or get involved. Anyone is welcome to attend fighter practices at the Park at Manderson Landing Sundays at 2 p.m., and the group is on Facebook as The Shire of Okeborne Keep. “When you show up, people are in their armor and beautiful garb, and silk flags are raised, and arrows are flying. If you’ve ever been interested in that, here is your chance to live that dream,” Kennedy said.


Hard Working Americans creates solid album of alt-country covers By Jordan Cissell The band’s self-titled debut is a collection of lesser-known covers.

“All I wanna do is stomp and holler.” And, apparently, shove out loud guitar licks, beat the drums ‘til they’re blue, and let your fingers and thumbs dance across the keyboard like the main stage at the county fair. The lyric (from the song “Stomp and Holler”) pretty much sums up Hard Working Americans’ philosophy in making their self-titled debut. Nobody’s going to mistake it as a formula for high art, but it does make for 40 minutes of regret-free listening. The recording sessions for this album were the first time the band’s members all played together, and each of these dudes earns his daily dollar making important contributions to more established acts – bassist Dave Schools plays with Widespread Panic, singer Todd Snider has carved out a vibrant – if underappreciated – solo career, guitarist Neal Casal works with Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, and drummer Duane Trucks is the younger brother of Allman Bros slide player Derek – so we can forgive ‘em for not taking the time to write any originals for “Hard Working Americans.” What you’ve got here is a collection of solid, lesser-known covers from the alt-country/rock/Americana songbook. No ifs, ands or buts about it. Start at the start. “Blackland Farmer,” originally recorded by Frankie Miller back in 1959, Snider’s narrator revels in his salt-of-the-earth lot in life, declaring his loam-tilling role the direct product of divine providence as sinful slide guitar slithers underneath his swampy growl. At the halfway mark,

arpeggiated organ runs give way to a cool tribal kick-drum shuffle and ghostly slide outro. “Stomp and Holler,” a Hayes Carll cover, is a pure-fun blend of mighty Skynyrd riffing and honky-tonk piano. The big message here: Take a few minutes off from searching for the big message. It’ll be there when you get back. Not everything on the album’s just pedal-to-the-metal Mason-Dixon boogie, though. The raspy, stumbling cover of Randy Newman’s “Mr. President (Have Pity on the Working Man)” is another highlight. There’s an endearing in-auspiciousness to the band’s delivery, a singalong spontaneity in the same vein as Country Joe and the Fish’s socially aware work of the late ‘60s. Tommy Womack cover “I Don’t Have a Gun” may be the coolest of the bunch, with its rumbling rhythm section and quiet-menace guitar pacing a slow-burn trek through the swampy groove, and mid-tempo folk-rocker “Down to the Well” manages to squeeze in two beautiful slide guitar solos. Alt-country often gets a bad rap for being a whole bunch of the same sound over and over again. “Hard Working Americans” probably isn’t gonna do much to change your mind if you happen to fall in the critics’ camp. But what they do – stereotypical (or quintessential) as it may be – they do really well. The dexterous touch for freewheeling, twangsupported informality they display on this set all too often descends into dive bar mush in the hands of less focused and/or talented musicians. There’s not a whole lot of folks making good, earthy stuff like this anymore.


Classic trenchcoat stylish, functional By Giani Martin Despite the scenic snow and ice from the past couple of days, the main goal for those who have to bear the chill is keeping warm. From walks to class across campus to quick trips to the mall, having outerwear that can be deemed as both stylish and functional is the ideal thought at the moment, and the classic trenchcoat has definitely risen to being considered the “it” coat. Although the wearing of the trench has not lessened much over the course of time, men both on the runway and covering the street style sector of fashion have been spotted more frequently this season with some of the best renditions of the classic trenchcoat. With fashion evolving so quickly over time, the ways to wear the trench have broadened to various genres of style with the basic design of the coat remaining consistent. Hipsters, minimalists, grunge-wearers and preps alike can all claim the trenchcoat as a wardrobe staple for the season, each with his own stylistic flair. Style enthusiast Denarius McMeans sports his knee-length Botany 500 trench raincoat during a frigid stroll with his pup during Wednesday’s snowfall. Botany 500 is typically known for being an advocate for the traditional design of the trenchcoat with the original khaki coloring and the separate back yoke (more commonly called the “storm flap”) for protection from the weather; but like I stated earlier, he applies his own stylistic opinion to this standard piece by layering it with a denim Levi jacket and matching it with a camouflage scarf and denim/aztec printed Obey cap.

The main thing that the average man looks for when shopping for outerwear is actually not the style or fashion of the coat; it is the coat’s ability to live up to what it claims to do.

Celebrities such as Kanye West and Scott Disick are no strangers to the fashion industry and have also unquestionably taken to the trenchcoat for both their spotlight and casual looks. Kanye’s knee-length rabbit fur coat by Givenchy has become an everyday staple for him during his daily outings as well as fashion and awards shows. Not only has the trenchcoat proven its worth in regards to style, it has also created a reputation for functionality. The main thing that the average man looks for when shopping for outerwear is actually not the style or fashion of the coat; it is the coat’s ability to live up to what it claims to do. The trenchcoat, first introduced to the British and French soldiers of the First World War by Burberry, was used by the soldiers for insulation and also as a waterproof guard against the weather. Though there are slight variations to the coat, the main variant being the variety of fabrics used to make them such as wools and twill rather than the standard gabardine that was customary at the time. Those same expectations of the coat by soldiers then are definitely very present of men today.

Photo courtesy of Giani Martin The classic trenchcoat is making its way back into men’s fashion with practicality.


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Inverted Finger Lock STEP 1: Seperate middle two fingers (ring and middle).

STEP 2: Lift hand over shoulder and rotate palm upward.

STEP 3: Flex subject’s fingers and apply counterpressure. Keep hand above shoulder to maintain pain.

CW | Austin Bigoney; Inverted Finger Lock Steps taken from SHARP student manual

Kinesiology course teaches self-defense By Cokie Thompson | Contributing Writer The kinesiology department offers a variety of courses to keep students healthy and active. One course, Self-Defense for Women, teaches female students safety by demonstrating how to get out of potentially life-threatening situations. “Being safe is being healthy, so that’s where we come in,” Matthew CurtnerSmith, head of the kinesiology department, said. Instructor Zach Wahl said the course combines cognitive tips to avoid dangerous situations and physical techniques to get students out of immediate danger. Wahl, a doctoral student studying sports pedagogy, is one of six graduate instructors to teach the course this semester, not including a few University of Alabama Police Department officers. The course gives officers a chance to connect with students and demonstrate their duty to protect students. Wahl said the police show the students where the lit running paths on campus are and give them tips, such as walking home in pairs. “It was more than PR. It wasn’t a veneer. It was real,” Curtner-Smith said. Colleen Geary, coordinator of basic

The goal isn’t to teach you how to fight. It’s to teach you how to be safe. — Zach Wahl

physical activity programs, said the textbook for the course follows Sexual Harassment Assault Rape Prevention techniques, and all instructors are SHARPcertified to teach the course. Students learn how to disarm an attacker with a gun toward the end of the course, but the semester begins with more passive techniques, used to get out of situations on a date or in the workplace, Wahl said. “Let’s say you’re in the work environment, and someone is blocking the door. We

teach a hip check so they can get out of the situation,” Wahl said. “Going out and being in that situation is a lot more likely than having a gun to your head.” No matter the d a n g e r, instructors emphsize getting away from the assailant as quickly as possible. “The goal isn’t to teach you how to fight. It’s to teach you how to be safe,” Wahl said. Jenni Jensen, another graduate instructor, said the techniques help students avoid being a target. “We teach girls the type of body language that shows they are strong women, prepared to protect themselves,” Jensen said. Geary said in addition to what the textbook and UAPD officers teach, representatives from Crimson Choice come in to speak about safety at home, such as making sure front doors are metal and that the outside of apartments are lit properly. Geary said the course is centered on making women aware of their surroundings. The course is open only to female students, and most sections have at least one female instructor. Geary said the predominately female environment is designed to make women comfortable to discuss the often sensitive course

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The Campus MovieFest Finale has been rescheduled for Friday. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and the show will begin at 7:30 p.m in the Ferguson Theater. Attendance is free and open to the general community.

The 7th Annual Strive for Five program will begin Tuesday with various kickoff events across campus. S45, a six-week wellness program that encourages faculty and staff to adopt healthier lifestyle behaviors, includes free information, activities, incentives, support and more to help participants reach their goals. For more information or to register, visit edu, email or call 348-0077.

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The Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society will move to a new location on the ground floor of the Jemison-Van De Graaf Mansion at 1305 Greensboro Avenue. The first scheduled day is Tuesday. Despite the move, email addresses, phone numbers and mailing addresses for the society have not changed. The Battle-Friedman House and Gardens are still in operation per their regular schedules.

material. Additionally, having a female instructor demonstrate the techniques on a male counterpart sets a good example. The first sections began in Spring 2008 after Judy Bonner, then provost, approached the kinesiology department about offering a course to make campus safer. The program started with two sections, but demand grew to fill four sections. Now, the department teaches 172 students in six sections, two of which are taught at the UAPD office with an officer working alongside a graduate student. “I knew it would reassure my mom because this is my first time moving out on my own,” said Heather Grzankowski, a first-year graduate student enrolled in the course. Rose Chilton, a freshman majoring in environmental science, is also in the course this semester. She said she feels more confident knowing she has the ability to defend herself. “It’s good to know. You never know what’s gonna happen,” Chilton said. Curtner-Smith said although the course is not growing, there are no plans to shrink the number of available slots. “If we had a perfectly safe world then it would go away,” Curtner-Smith said.


Monday, February 3, 2014

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Ashton’s Route 1. Charlottesville, Va. 2. Charleston, W. Va. 3. Cincinatti, Ohio 4. St. Louis, Mo. 5. Kansas City, Mo. 6. Denver, Colo. 7. Boulder, Colo. 8. Jackson, Wyo. 9. Idaho Falls, Idaho 10. Portland, Ore.

Everett’s Route 1. Providence, R.I. 2. Ithaca, N.Y. 3. Youngstown, Ohio 4. West Lafayette, Ind. 5. Carroll, Iowa 6. Yankton, S.D. 7. Casper, Wyo. 8. Missoula, Mont. 9. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Bikers will raise


for Habitat for Humanity. On average, they must ride


miles per day.

CW | Hannah Glenn

Students bike across nation, construct homes By Alexandra Ellsworth | Staff Reporter Ashton Greer will leave Virginia Beach, Va., in early June and travel across the country. She will see the rugged Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains and flat expansive Heartland. She will stop in Denver and climb the Tall Trail Ridge Pass in the Rockies. Her trip will conclude 10 weeks later when she reaches the Pacific coast in Oregon. Greer, a senior majoring in civil engineering, will not be taking this cross-country trip in a car, nor will she be flying from place to place. Instead, she will be biking the 3,794 miles from coast to coast. “I had always talked about taking a cross-country road trip, but really this is going to be so much better,” Greer said. “I’ll really be able to see and experience the country in a way that you couldn’t in a car.” The cycling trip is part of Bike & Build, a nonprofit organization that does cross-country fundraising cycling trips. All proceeds from the trips go to affordable housing organizations. Each participating cyclist will raise $4,500. Cyclists will also participate in building projects across the country with Habitat for Humanity. Bike & Build has nine different routes whose starting points range from various locations all along the East Coast: North Carolina to San Diego, Southern U.S., South Carolina to Santa Cruz, Central U.S., Providence to San Francisco, Providence to Seattle, Northern U.S., Maine to Santa Barbara and the

Coastal Drift. Greer is not the only UA student who will ride this summer. Everett Secor, a senior majoring in English, will also be one of the 2014 Bike & Build cyclists. Secor first heard about Bike & Build from his cousin in New York. Now the two of them will be participating in the Providence, R.I., to Seattle route. “It sounded really cool and exciting,” Secor said. “I’m excited to be able to get involved in something that is really worth while, something that can make a difference.” For both Secor and Greer, the April 27, 2011, Tuscaloosa tornado had an impact on how they viewed the issue of affordable housing. “The tornado hit just a mile away from my apartment,” Greer said. “It seemed unfair at the time that I could go home to Tennessee and have electricity and running water while so many people had nothing.” As a civil engineering student, Greer is interested in how affordable housing affects and compounds into other problems. Secor volunteered at the VA hospital in Tuscaloosa after the tornado. “I saw how a lot of individuals were not nearly as lucky as I was,” he said. Secor also volunteers frequently with Outdoor Action through the Honors College and enjoys building projects. One does not have to be an experienced cyclist to participate in Bike & Build. Neither Secor nor Greer have much road biking experience. Secor

calls himself a “casual commuter,” but riding long miles is new to him. A lot of training will be required to prepare for the trip. Though Secor and Greer will not be traveling the same route over the summer, they found each other through mutual friends and the Bike & Build website and are training together now. Bike & Build gives its cyclists Giant road bikes after they reach the $1,000 fundraising mark. Since Greer and Secor have not received their bikes, they have been frequenting the UA Rec Center. “We have been riding the stationary bikes together for hours at a time,” Greer said. The average ride is 70 miles a day, Greer said. But some days will cover more than 100 miles. They will have several resting and building days as well, where they participate on building projects. The cyclists will stay in churches or YMCAs that open their doors for them. Some nights they may camp, and Greer said Bike & Build alumni will open up their houses for participants to stay a night. 2012 University of Alabama graduate Margarett Frisby was a Bike & Build cyclist in the summer of 2013. Her route was North Carolina to San Diego. She said she had always dreamed about biking across the country after her fifth grade teacher told her a story about doing it. When she heard of Bike & Build, she said she could not pass up the opportunity. She said her favorite part of the trip was the entire state

CW | Lindsey Leonard Everett Secor, a senior majoring in English, trains for his summer cycling trip across the United States. of Colorado. “We spent two weeks there, and I felt it was really when we all somewhat broke down and really had to rely on each other to make it each day,” she said. “We were exhausted, had a lot of mountain days, and it was elevation we weren’t used to. It was beautiful scenery, and we all realized that this trip would change our lives and be a part of us forever.” Frisby said the trip was a life changing experience for her despite the difficulties and challenges the trip poses. “Those people and trip will always

hold a huge place in my heart and I think [Colorado] is when I realized it,” she said. “We were doing something great. Changing lives, including our own. It takes a lot of perseverance and dedication, but it’s worth it. You create a bond with others who [have] done B&B and it’s something that can’t be explained. Plus, seeing the country on your bike is a million times better than a car or plane.” For more information about Bike & Build, visit There are still available spots for the 2014 summer trips. To support a rider, visit the 2014 cyclists page.

CULTUREIN BRIEF February lecture series returns with new topics February’s Brown Bag Lecture Series is scheduled for Wednesday. Viktoria Riiman, a member of the Socioeconomic Research Group in the Center for Business and Economic Research at The University of Alabama, will discuss “Gender Gap in Academia: Evidence from the U.S. and The University of Alabama.” Maureen Flint, a master’s student in higher education administration, and Jason Garvey, assistant professor in higher education administration, will both present “We Are All Imposters: Creating Affirming Spaces Through Shared Narratives.” The series will be held in 115 Woods Hall and will last from noon to 1:30 p.m.

p.12 Marc Torrence | Editor

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Swimming and diving teams fall In the last regular season meet, the Alabama men’s swimming and diving team fell to the Georgia Bulldogs 164.5-116.5, while the women lost 181-102. Freshman early-enrollee Kristian Gkolomeev won both the 50 and 100 freestyles in the first road meet of his Alabama career. The Crimson Tide will be back in Athens, Ga., as the team opens the postseason Feb. 18 at the Southeastern Conference Championships.

Rowing team to compete in Big 12 The Alabama rowing team, joined by Tennessee and Old Dominion, will compete in the Big 12 beginning in 2015. The three new teams will join Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Texas and West Virginia to make an eight-team conference. Previously, all eight teams competed in the Conference USA Championships for an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. The Crimson Tide will still compete in Conference USA until the 2015 season. Compiled by Josh Gaines and Charlie Potter

CW | Austin Bigoney Sophmore Retin Obasohan avoids a block by Tennesse’s Jordan McRae.

Weather interferes with presentation of Iron Bowl trophy By Marc Torrence | Sports Editor Alabama Student Government Association president Jimmy Taylor drew criticism from fans and media when he made the decision to not travel to Auburn Thursday for the annual Foy-ODK Trophy presentation, citing unsafe weather conditions. The trophy is presented annually to the winner of the Alabama-Auburn football game during halftime of the Alabama-Auburn basketball game on the winner’s home court. Tradition holds that the SGA president of the losing team present the trophy to the winning SGA president and sing the opposing team’s fight song. Both Alabama and Auburn canceled classes on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday due to a sweeping snowstorm that hit the Southeast last week. The basketball game, initially scheduled for Wednesday, was pushed back to Thursday. Taylor was not made available for an interview Friday but released the following statement through Leela Foley, director of SGA media relations: “The decision not to travel to Auburn for the ODK presentation was made early Thursday afternoon after careful evaluation of the ongoing situation resulting from the snow storm on Tuesday that impacted our state and both campuses. It was a difficult decision to make, but at the end of the day, we felt it was better to err on the side of caution to ensure the well-being of the members of our University family. We informed our contacts at Auburn University, who were incredibly understanding, and we thank them very much for that. And, in keeping with the spirit of the ODK presentation, I shot a video with our local

University to spend $3 million on pianos STEINWAY FROM PAGE 1

requires that more than 90 percent of their pianos be Steinways, requiring about 85 pianos to be replaced, and roughly costing $3 million. Being an All-Steinway school is a prestigious distinction, as only 150 schools claim the title. Steinways are the preferred piano for 98 percent of piano artists. Kevin Chance, associate coordinator of keyboard studies, said Steinways are a lot more responsive to playing because of the detail and care that go into the mechanism that works the key depression. Every Steinway is handmade, giving it a reputation

It was most certainly not our intent to cause hard feelings between our two great Universities. — Leela Foley

television station Thursday afternoon congratulating Auburn’s football team on their outstanding season, and I sang the Auburn fight song. While Auburn received the video around 6:30 p.m. Thursday, we understand they were unable to plug it into the program because of the hectic nature of rescheduling the games. “It was most certainly not our intent to cause hard feelings between our two great Universities. The Student Governments of our two schools have a very positive and collaborative relationship, and visit each other’s campus each year to exchange ideas. Our tremendous respect for Auburn University made this a very difficult decision. I understand the concerns of those who felt we should have made the trip anyway. As campus leaders, we were faced with a difficult decision and we decided that the safety of our faculty, staff, and students was our priority.” Auburn SGA president Harrison Mills said there are no hard feelings in a phone interview Sunday. “It’s a sportsmanship trophy,” Mills said. “If I get upset about a tradition like that, then I’m not being a good sportsman.” Foley said the SGA is in the process of putting the video on its website.

for high quality and high costs. Chance said a Steinway is more nuanced than other pianos, so it is more responsive to the differences in attack. “To play a Steinway, the piano feels like an extension of you,” Chance said. “It felt as though the instrument was a part of me. Any sound that I wanted, any nuance, any shape the piano was able to create instantaneously. When the piano is that well-regulated and that well-voiced, it’s as though the piano becomes your voice.” Pianists rely on the instrument they find at their venue, and sometimes have to adjust between instruments. By being an All-Steinway school, Chance said it would help ease these adjustments. Steinways are the preferred instrument in concert halls and competitions.

Alabama falls to Tennessee By Charlie Potter | Assistant Sports Editor The 10,000 white T-shirts and energetic crowd were not enough to pull the Crimson Tide out of its current slump Saturday night. The Alabama men’s basketball team was blown out by Tennessee 76-59, dropping its second straight game. The Crimson Tide lost Thursday on the road to Auburn 74-55. Saturday also marked Alabama’s second consecutive double-digit defeat. “Tennessee was the better team tonight. Give them credit,” Alabama coach Anthony Grant said. “They stepped up, had an answer for everything that we tried to throw at them from a defensive standpoint. They did a great job limiting our opportunities on the offensive end.” The Volunteers (14-7, 5-3 SEC) jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the game and never looked back. Alabama managed to shave its deficit down to as much as one point, but the Crimson Tide never saw a lead on its home court. Part of that was because of poor shooting. Alabama (9-12, 3-5 SEC) struggled from the field, especially from downtown,

PLAN TO WATCH WHAT: Men’s basketball vs. Arkansas WHEN: Saturday, 7 p.m. TV: SEC TV shooting 39 percent (20-of-51) from the field and 20 percent (3-of-15) from behind the three-point line. Tennessee, on the other hand, shot 48 percent from the floor and 45 percent from beyond the arch. The Volunteers also shot 71 percent from the floor in the second half. “I told our guys, ‘You’ve got to take shots,’” Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin said. “We felt like they would probably play a zone most of the night, and when shots present themselves, you’ve got to take a shot. If you miss them, you miss them.” The Crimson Tide also turned the basketball over seven times, resulting in 10 points for Tennessee. But the Volunteers benefited from making the most of its time on the offensive end of the floor.

Jarnell Stokes paced the Volunteers with 22 points and 16 rebounds, while Jordan McRae led all scorers with 26 points. “You’ve got to get stops,” Grant said. “You’ve got to be able to limit their opportunities, whether it was zone or man or in the press, we couldn’t muster up what we had to muster up to get those stops.” Senior guard Trevor Releford led the way for Alabama with 23 points on 7-of-15 shooting. He also tallied six assists. Junior forward Nick Jacobs tacked on 13 points and led the Crimson Tide with six rebounds. Releford and Jacobs were the only two Alabama players to score in double digits. Releford said he must step up and try to help his teammates out of their slump, as the lone senior on the roster. “You’ve got to keep motivating,” Releford said. “You’ve got to keep trying to lead, like coach (Grant) tells me every day. You’ve just got to stick with it, and that’s what I’ve got to try to do throughout rest of the season.” The Crimson Tide travels to Fayetteville, Ark., Saturday to face the Razorbacks. The game will tip off at 7 p.m. and be televised by SEC TV.


Tide takes down Georgia State By Elliott Propes | Contributing Writer Coming off an emotional 4-3 win against Oklahoma last week, the Alabama women’s tennis team wasted no time Saturday when the team took down the Georgia State Panthers 6-1. The doubles matches began, and Alabama quickly gained the lead. Mary Anne Daines and Danielle Spielmann won 6-2, while Emily Zabor and Luicelena Perez won by the same score, clinching the first point of the match. “We won the doubles point and then came out of the gate fast in singles,” Alabama coach Jenny Mainz said. The Crimson Tide started singles off with a bang, taking one-set leads on every court. Maya Jansen, Danielle Spielmann and Erin Routliffe all won in straight sets. Routliffe clinched the match 4-0 after a 6-3, 6-2 win over Linn Timmermann. “It was awesome,” Routliffe said. “I’m just happy we all played well and competed well.” The closest match of the day featured the No. 1 players from both teams. At No. 8 in the country, Georgia State’s Abigail Tere-Apisah came in as a huge favorite over Alabama senior Mary Anne Daines. Daines took an early lead by

By offering such high quality instruments for students to use in their daily practices, they can learn more finesse about music and familiarize themselves with the style of piano found on stage. Chance said each Steinway has its own personality, so the more variety of them to practice on, the more experienced the musician will be. “Just like meeting a new friend, we have to meet a new piano,” Chance said. “The idea is that as educators we want a seamless transition between the practice room, the studio and the stage.” There are about 35 piano students in the department, but all students majoring in music are required to take a piano studies course. Instructors say the All-Steinway initiative will help with recruiting and retention

winning the first set 6-2. Tere-Apisah came back in the second set, which featured five breaks, to win 6-4. The final set was condensed to a 10-point tiebreak, and Tere-Apisah outlasted Daines 10-4. Despite falling to Tere-Apisah, Mainz said she still has confidence in Daines. “Mary Anne is going to get that match,” Mainz said. “Mary Anne is there; she just has to trust it. She’s got to stay the course and continue to believe it.” Emily Zabor and Natalia Maynetto also won to wrap up the afternoon, giving Alabama a 6-1 victory over the Panthers. “I think we were well-prepared,” Mainz said. “I liked our mental toughness, and I liked how we closed out matches.” The win improves Alabama’s record to 3-0 before the team travels to Charlottesville, Va., for the ITA National Team Indoor Championships Feb. 7-11. Alabama will get to play against some of top teams in the country. “I’m very pumped,” Routliffe said. “The whole team is excited.” Improvement and preparation for the rest of the season was a big point Saturday. With the win, Alabama showed it is moving in the right direction. “We needed a good match like this,” CW | Austin Bigoney Mainz said. “We’re just trying to get bet- Carmen Blanco serves to a Georgia State opponent on Saturday. ter and continue improving.”

rates. Skip Snead, director of the School of Music, said this makes a strong statement that the department is committed to quality. “Obviously, being the comprehensive music program in the state Alabama, the School of Music serves as cultural leader for the entire state,” Snead said. “The quality of music school here is very important to the entire campus beyond just music majors because of the influence that it brings culturally and to the arts, and of course as we know, a strong arts and cultural community strengthens the business community and every aspect of the community.” Cindy St. Clair, a third-year graduate student and doctoral candidate in piano performance, said it’s an exciting time to be a piano major because

this shows the University is committed to them in the highest level. When playing a piano that she has to fight with to get the desired sound, she said it takes away from the music. With Steinways pianos St. Clair said she can focus on the musicality of her performance. “When you sit at a fine instrument that’s making beautiful sounds and you feel successful in what’s going on there, your confidence is only going to get greater as you perform,” St. Clair said. “Going on stage is a tough thing because you’re so vulnerable. So anything you can do that builds confidence and gives you confidence to feel secure about what’s going on is going to make your performance much more successful.” The cost and duration of the initiative is variable. The School

of Music announced its plans to become an All-Steinway school Saturday, and the plans are still being thought out at this point. The department will organize fundraisers, host concerts and search for donors to cover costs. Because the department is not clear on the models of pianos it will buy and a variety of other factors, the cost is variable. Michelle Rosenberg, marketing support assistant for the School of Music, said it could take anywhere from one to three years to complete the initiative. Steinway regulates the pianos be upheld to certain standards and will train the piano technicians in the proper maintenance. Steinway also advertises All-Steinway institutes, spreading the University’s image.


Monday, February 3, 2014

Tennessee’s skill, size drown Crimson Tide BASKETBALL FROM PAGE 1

this basketball game. We’re too talented of a team, and we’ve been in that position before.� Burdick led all players with 21 points. Burdick was joined by teammates Isabelle Harrison and Meighan Simmons as double-digit scorers for the Lady Vols. Harrison and Simmons both had 11. With the loss, Alabama blew a chance to defeat its second top-10 team of the season after

downing Kentucky last week. “A loss is a loss,� Alabama’s Daisha Simmons said. “You want to compete as a competitor, you want to win every game, so every loss hurts the same.� The Crimson Tide finished with just seven assists, while the Lady Vols combined for 17 on the afternoon. Tennessee also out-rebounded Alabama 41-32. “I thought they really hurt us down the stretch on the offensive glass, their size,� Curry said. “Size matters. At the end, I thought the skill and size just really hurt us on the offensive glass.�

Myers finished with 11 points. Simmons led the Crimson Tide with 18 points, including seven of the team’s first nine points. Sharin Rivers, who started her fourth consecutive game, was third on the team with nine points. The announced crowd of 3,002, a record for Foster Auditorium, featured a Tennessee crowd that rivaled Alabama’s in terms of population and spirit. “The crowd always gives us energy every game,� Rivers said. The Crimson Tide will next face Missouri (14-8, 3-6) Sunday in Columbia.

CW | TK Scott Tennessee defeated Alabama 64-54 Sunday night in front of a record crowd.



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