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Alabama wins 1st game at Vanderbilt in 23 years back to defeat the Vanderbilt Commodores. The Tide’s victory at Vanderbilt was the first since Wimp Sanderson led his team By Marquavius Burnett to a 65-56 win on Feb. 3, 1990. Sports Editor “I couldn’t be prouder of our NASHVILLE, Tenn.—An team,” head coach Anthony 11-game losing streak that Grant said. “This was a big spanned 23 years crumbled road win for us. We all know the history of this series. The Saturday. The Alabama men’s bas- University of Alabama’s last ketball team had not won win here was in 1990, and we’re in Memorial Gymnasium happy for our team and our since 1990, but the Crimson players, as well as all the playTide fought hard and fought ers that came before these guys.

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I’m not trying to over-dramatize it, but it was important to us to come in here and play well today.” It was more than a win for Alabama. It showed the Tide had the ability to fight through adversity and road struggles. Vanderbilt shot 57.9 percent (11-19) from the field and 71.4 percent (5-7) from behind the arc in the first half. The Commodores were more than on fire and every time Alabama made a run, Vanderbilt hit a timely 3.

Vanderbilt (8-12, 2-6 SEC) led by as many as 11 points, 51-40, with 7:10 remaining. But Alabama went on a 16-4 run, taking its first lead of the contest when Trevor Lacey hit a 3 point shot with 58 seconds left to make the score 56-54. Lacey finished with 17 points, including nine in the last five minutes. Alabama closed the game on an 18-3 run over the final seven minutes and made clutch free throws to seal the deal.

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Online elmination-style contest to last 8 weeks, ends on March 11 By Mark Hammontree Contributing Writer Anthony Grant, The University of Alabama men’s basketball coach, is competing with college basketball coaches across the country to win $100,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of West Alabama in the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge. For its third year, Infiniti has teamed up with ESPN, the NCAA and the National Association of Basketball Coaches to present the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge, a Final Four style tournament including 48 men’s college basketball coaches and their chosen charities from across the country.

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ithout consent, any sexual act is sexual assault. Yet knowing how to gain and give consent for sexual acts is the biggest sexual health problem facing UA students, according to University of Alabama officials. Wanda Burton, peer education coordinator at the Women’s Resource Center, explained consent must be freely given for

every act to avoid a possibility of sexual assault. “You need to be talking about consent in a space where you feel completely comfortable, when there is no persuasion involved,” Burton said. “If you are getting someone drunk to have sex with them, that is sexual assault.” Jessica Vickery, assistant director of Health Education and

Promotion at the Student Health Center, said she believes sexual consent is the number one sexual health issue among students at the University. “Consent. Hands down. No one’s knows if they’ve given it, no one knows if they’ve asked it. It is the one thing I spend the most time [on] in programs with questions,” Vickery said. “Students

are always like, ‘If I did this, did I get it?’ I think the issue of consent has become our biggest issue. Explaining the absence of no does not mean yes, and you have to get it every time for every act, and just because you’ve done it before doesn’t mean you can do it again.” SEE CONSENT PAGE 3

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“I thought the fight in the second half; the resiliency was awesome,” Grant said. “Andrew Steele, our senior, did a tremendous job throughout the game, keeping our guys focused and motivated and on-task in terms of what we needed to do. We always talk about it being a 40-minute game that we have to play, stay the course and play all the way through.” Steele, a fifth-year senior who had lost here twice, carried Alabama offensively along with Lacey. Steele made three clutch 3-pointers to keep Alabama

close and fuel the Tide’s second half run. But his biggest contribution came during every huddle. “I tried to tell them to keep fighting,” Steele, who scored a season-high 13 points, said. “At every media timeout, we had cut the lead by a certain margin. I just kept reminding them, ‘Just chip away, chip away.’ We kept chipping away. … I had full confidence that we would win the game. I didn’t know how it would come about, but not for one second did our team stop believing that we would get the win.” The Crimson Tide (14-7, 6-2 SEC), will next be in action Feb. 6 when it travels to take on the Auburn Tigers. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. and will be televised on the SEC Network.

9th-ranked Tide rolls over SMU, 6-1 CW Staff The ninth-ranked Alabama women’s tennis team earned a 6-1 victory over SMU on Sunday at the Northwood Country Club. With the win, the Crimson Tide moves to 4-0 on the season while the loss drops the Mustangs to 1-3. “It was good to be battle tested on the road this weekend,” said Alabama head coach Jenny Mainz. “Both TCU and SMU were good teams and the matches were competitive. We keep talking about finding our way back into matches when we are down, and we did a good job of that all weekend. We had to work for today’s

win. I thought we competed well and fought in every spot. It was a good test for us, and we got some good quality matches under our belts.” Alabama got wins in doubles from courts two and three to claim the first point of the match. From the No. 2 spot, senior Antonia Foehse and freshman Maya Jansen topped SMU senior Edyta Cieplucha and freshman Elena Fayner, 8-3, while the win on court three went in favor of Tide sophomores Yasmeen Ebada and Emily Zabor, 8-2, over sophomore Holly Verner and freshman Hristina Dishkova. In singles, Alabama posted victories on courts

two through six to seal the team win. Tide senior Alexa Guarachi, playing on court two, came back from a firstset loss to beat Malyarchikova, 4-6, 6-3, 10-7 while Jansen downed freshman Vaszilisza Bulgakova, 6-3, 6-3, on court three. On court four, Foehse collected a 6-0, 6-4 victory over Fayner while Zabor notched a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Verner at the No. 5 spot. Wrapping play up on court six was freshman Natalia Maynetto, who topped Dishkova, 6-4, 6-0. Next up, Alabama travels to Charlottesville, Va., for the 2013 ITA National Team Indoor Championships, which will begin on Friday, Feb. 8.

Jobs numbers kindle optimism for recovery From MCT Campus WASHINGTON – Fears of a recession seemed to evaporate as the nation added 157,000 net jobs last month and other key economic data improved, boosting major stocks to their highest level in more than five years. Economists and investors were heartened by the Labor Department’s jobs report Friday, which suggested that growth accelerated at the end of last year. The new economic readings – a mix of federal and private data – contrasted with Wednesday’s government report that the economy contracted at a 0.1 percent annual rate in the last three months of 2012. The January jobs report, which also showed the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.9 percent, was about in line with analysts’ expectations. But revised job-growth figures showed the labor market was much stronger at the end of 2012 than previously thought, indicating surprising momentum in 2013. Revised government data showed that the economy added 335,000 more jobs than originally estimated during all of 2012, including an additional 150,000

in the last quarter of the year. That was on top of the previously reported fourth-quarter job growth of 603,000 and 2012 growth of 2.2 million. The new figures mean that, on average, the economy added 181,000 jobs each month last year, up from the earlier estimate of 153,000. The higher revisions, in particular, encouraged traders on Wall Street, sending the Dow Jones industrial average over the 14,000-point mark for the first time since 2007. “The economy’s the little engine that could,” said JJ Kinahan, chief derivatives strategist for TD Ameritrade. “It’s slowly climbing.” The small shortfall in the fourth quarter’s gross domestic product – the value of all goods and services produced nationwide – marked the first contraction since the Great Recession ended in mid-2009 and raised worries that another downturn was ahead. Many economists quickly said the report appeared to be an anomaly driven by fears of the “fiscal cliff,” and Friday’s data gave more credence to that view. “We had some pretty good job growth in the fourth quarter,” said Stuart Hoffman, chief economist at PNC Financial Services.

“You don’t get that kind of job growth if the economy is legitimately flat on its behind.” Still, job growth has been modest compared with previous recoveries, and economists saw little in January’s report to suggest that hiring would pick up soon. And the January figure also looked worse in comparison to the revised December figure. The unemployment rate rose from 7.8 percent in December. “I think it’s going to be a tough slog here,” said Joshua Shapiro, chief U.S. economist for MFR Inc. “There are plenty of headwinds out there for the economy. The cost of hiring somebody is great, with benefit costs and everything, and unless companies really absolutely need someone, they’re not going to hire.” Last month, the private sector added 166,000 jobs, but overall growth was pulled down by a net loss of 9,000 government jobs, the Labor Department said. Sectors that showed job gains included retail, construction and health care, while transportation and warehousing declined. “It’s a bit of an underwhelming report,” said Peter McHenry, an assistant economics professor at the College of William

and Mary. “We’ve still got just a very slow recovery – certainly a recovery – but not anything to be really excited about.” The construction industry added 28,000 jobs in January. Some economists had expected more, given the damage from superstorm Sandy last fall. But the increase was “validation the housing market continues to gain momentum,” said Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial. Since bottoming out in January 2011 after the housing collapse, the construction industry has added 296,000 jobs, the Labor Department said. One-third of that gain came in the past four months. “A quarter ago, you’d say the housing market had stabilized,” Kinahan said. “Now you can say the housing market is starting to grow.” In another positive sign for the sector, the Commerce Department said Friday that construction spending increased 0.9 percent in December from the previous month, to an annual rate of $885 billion. The manufacturing sector expanded for the second straight month, the Institute for Supply Management said. Jobs in the manufacturing sector have shown little change since the

summer, the Labor Department said. And consumer confidence also improved slightly last month after Washington policymakers avoided most of the tax increases slated to kick in Jan. 1 as part of the fiscal cliff. The closely watched consumer sentiment index from Thomson Reuters and the University of Michigan rose to 73.8 in January from 72.9 the previous month. One tax change that was not avoided – the expiration of the two-year payroll tax cut – held down consumer confidence, said Richard Curtin, the survey’s chief economist. The higher payroll tax, which started showing up in paychecks in early January, was a drag on job growth, economists said. More potential problems are looming as Congress must deal with automatic spending cuts set to hit March 1. And another battle over the nation’s debt limit could be coming this summer after Congress approved a temporary increase last month. Swonk said such “fiscal land mines” could derail the recovery. Although the nation does not appear headed toward recession again – commonly defined as two straight quarters of contraction – the economy remains fragile, Swonk said.

Alabama abduction: Sheriff thanks man for ‘taking care of our child’ From MCT Campus As an Alabama boy spent his fifth day holed up in an underground bunker with his kidnapper, authorities thanked the man Saturday for caring for the child but remained tight-lipped about whether he had made any demands. Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson said negotiators were

in “constant contact” with the kidnapping suspect, believed to be 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes, whom neighbors characterized as menacing and prone to violent outbursts. One neighbor said Dykes bludgeoned her dog to death with a lead pipe after it roamed onto his property. Speaking through a 4-inch ventilation pipe, Dykes told

negotiators he has electric heaters and blankets in the bunker, Olson said. Authorities also provided coloring books, toys and medication for the boy, believed to be 5 years old and identified by neighbors as Ethan. He is said to have Asperger’s syndrome and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. “I want to thank him for

taking care of our child,” Olson said in a televised news conference Saturday. “That’s very important.” Olson declined to answer a reporter’s question about whether Dykes had made any demands. The hostage situation began Tuedsay afternoon, authorites said, when a gunman snatched Ethan from a school bus after

shooting and killing the driver, Charles Albert Poland Jr. Dykes’ neighbor Michael Creel told the Associated Press he suspected the standoff was a way to make a political statement. “I believe he wants to rant and rave about politics and government. He’s very concerned about his property. He doesn’t want his stuff messed with,” Creel said.


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Service-based honor society is looking for applicants interested in ‘making an impact’ until Feb. 15 By Sarah Robinson Contributing Writer The Elliot Society, a community service-based UA honor society, is accepting applications for membership until Feb. 15. The organization is named in honor of the late Carl Elliott, a former UA SGA president who later became an Alabama congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives. The government official focused greatly on bettering educational opportunities. The group recognizes “students, faculty and alumni who have made significant leadership contributions to the campus, community, state and nation in areas of social and cultural progress and who

UA trains RAs to deal with sexual offenses

CONSENT FROM PAGE 1 Burton said students should avoid talking about consent in an environment where one party is trying to persuade the other to concede, as this can also be a form of sexual assault. “Just because you have consent to do something doesn’t mean you have consent to do everything, and just because you got consent in the past doesn’t mean you have consent now or in the future. Consent is for an act,” Burton said. “Consent has to be freely given, informed and everyone has to be able to give consent.” Vickery said that when it comes to sexual assault,

portray a spirit of the ideals held by Congressman Elliott,” according to the UA Honor Society website. Bianca Taylor, the president of the Elliot Society, said the group accepts students regardless of major or grade point average. “Our mission is to promote education within and around the community, so we want to give everyone a fair chance to volunteer and make an impact,” Taylor said. “We know in order to be a well-rounded person you have to balance community service, extracurricular activities and academics.” Taylor said the group has big plans for the semester. The Elliot Society is participating in a statewide volunteer program called the

false accusations are not possible, despite cultural beliefs otherwise. “Some people think there are false accusations. There’s really no false accusations. If someone feels they didn’t give consent, then they didn’t give consent,” Vickery said. “Whether it’s coerced or manipulated, that’s still not consent. I think right now that’s really a big issue on our campus and students are really confused about it.” According to UAPD’s most recent Annual Campus Safety report, there were 16 forcible sexual offenses reported on campus between 2008 and 2011. Fourteen of those occurred in residence halls. Ashley Frazier, a senior majoring in music therapy and former resident advisor in Parham Hall, said RAs are

Our mission is to promote education within and around the community, so we want to give everyone a fair chance to volunteer and make an impact. — Bianca Taylor

College Goal Sunday on Feb. 24. The program provides free information and assistance to students and families who are applying for financial aid for secondary education. “Financial advisors from Tuscaloosa, Stillman, Shelton and UA will help high school seniors in the community of Tuscaloosa, Birmingham and other areas complete their FAFSA,” Taylor said. The advisors can complete

trained to deal with incidences of sexual assault. “I did deal with situations in training where a sexual assault had occurred and the girl came to talk to me,” Frazier said. “In that situation, you would try to get as much of their story as possible. Then you would contact supervisors, the authorities and counseling if needed.” Although Frazier never had to use her training, she said the University’s status as a “party school” pervades a culture of sexual assault. “Being a party school isn’t helping us at all,” Frazier said. “Being able to separate school life, dorm life and partying would be helpful.” Additionally, Burton emphasized the importance of maintaining a campus culture that doesn’t ostracize victims of

it in about 20 minutes for free, Taylor said. Undre Philips, a sophomore majoring in secondary education and social sciences, joined the honor society in spring 2012. “I decided to become a member because I wanted to find my niche with both community service and educational initiative,” Philips said. He said the Elliot Society is the only honor society that participates in College Goal

Sunday. “We are really trying to make an impact in the Tuscaloosa city schools,” Philips. “We can be the initiators future academic excelling students.” Dana Green, a senior majoring in human development and family studies, joined the group her sophomore year. She said she looks forward to College Goal Sunday every year. “I love College Goal Sunday. It’s nice to know that I am helping someone else go to school like I am going to school,” Green said. She encourages more people to join and contribute to the program. “If we had more people in the group, we could make College Goal Sunday more

It’s important to change the culture so that, one, women are not victimized in the first place, and two, when sexual assault does happen, the victim doesn’t have to be re-traumatized when coming forward. — Wanda Burton

sexual assault. “It’s important to change the culture so that, one, women are not victimized in the first place, and two, when sexual assault does happen, the victim doesn’t have to be retraumatized when coming forward,” she said. Although many students believe they’re only option following sexual assault is pressing criminal charges, Vickery said many students who find themselves confused or concerned about a sexual act can

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use other avenues to address the concern of sexual assault on campus. “I think right now that is the biggest issue because you have a lot of people that walk away confused about whether or not what just happened was okay,” Vickery said. “I think that if they’re questioning whether or not that’s okay it means that it wasn’t okay, but they don’t know legally where to go. Most people don’t feel comfortable [pressing charges], but you don’t have to press charges; you can go through judicial affairs.” Frazier emphasized how important it is for women on campus to know how to avoid sexual assault and where to go if they feel victimized. “As a woman on campus, it’s definitely good to have knowledge about what to do if this situation arises and how to avoid it,” Frazier said. “I feel like I have that information. You learn it as you go through college.” Burton pointed to the need for comprehensive sex education during and after high school, saying this could help students understand the importance of gaining consent for every act. “It would be great if we had comprehensive sex education at the high school and college level,” Burton said. However, Frazier said she was skeptical of mandated

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known and help more people,” she said. Anyone interested in applying for the Elliot Society can email Taylor at brtaylor2@ crimson.ua.edu for more information. Online applications for the Elliot Society are also available online at prehealth.ua.edu.

education around this issue. “They do Alcohol 101, but students don’t really take it seriously,” Frazier said. “If they did that for sexual assault, I feel like students would treat it like a joke. I think it’s better to have events on campus that students can go to if they’re interested.” Although Vickery conceded Burton’s view that UA students need to be better educated about sexual consent, she said she doesn’t think UA students are more uneducated than students at other universities nationwide. “I don’t honestly think UA students are any different than any students in the country. We might be a little bit conservative, but that doesn’t mean our issues are any different than anywhere else,” Vickery said. “People elsewhere might be more open to talk about it, but that doesn’t mean that they know what consent is. It’s not clear. We’ve done a lot of research about it and we haven’t found a comprehensive consent program nationally. They have a lot of the same issues of a lot of other schools.” When it comes down to it, Vickery said she hopes her campus educational programs help teach students to listen to themselves when it comes to sexual acts. “Students need to know to listen to themselves. I know that sounds crazy, but to know to listen to themselves and if they feel something isn’t right to speak up and say no or to ask,” Vickery said. “That needs to become part of the dialog that students are having going forward in whatever sexual acts they are choosing to partake in.”

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Truth pivotal part of pursuit of societal greatness By SoRelle Wyckoff Senior Staff Columnist

As a country, we have an obsession with greatness. Our school has one too, but that’s to be expected considering our athletic department. Within this obsession of greatness is an obsession with the people who we consider to be great. Specimens of great power, great talent and great experiences receive attention and often, great wealth thanks to popular attention. But sometimes these heroes deceive us, and this past month has proved how damaging this deception can be to our society. Lance Armstrong admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs during his reign as the world’s No. 1 biking power. He was rewarded for power he cheated for. Beyoncé, an icon of supreme musical talent, admitted to lip-syncing the national anthem at President Obama’s inauguration. And while Notre Dame and Manti Te’o are maintaining he was the victim of a fake-girlfriend hoax, Te’o continued to push the emotional story even after he knew of its falsification. His great, fake story and relationship garnered him media attention and Heisman sympathy.

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That these great specimens of power, talent and story felt pressured enough to falsify their speed, performance and relationship is tragic. It’s tragic for the individual because it translates to insecurity, but it is most tragic for those who admire these individuals. Fans feel lied to, and this often tarnishes the industry as a whole. About Lance Armstrong, tennis player Serena Williams said, “OK, if somebody [is] that great, what about everyone else in every other sport?’ This deception hurts more than the feelings of fans though. When greatness is achieved, society takes notice, and that becomes a goal or a symbol of other humans’ potential greatness. When this achievement is reached by false means, it puts our goals at unrealistic heights.

This residue of expectations grows with each generation. Vices, like steroids, the editing powers of technology, and the Internet are increasingly available to those who want to reach expectations despite their improbability. Even being the best in the classroom or office have plenty of unethical ways to the top. But humans are remarkable specimens without modification. Lance Armstrong may not have won seven Tour de France titles without steroids, but more than likely he still would have raced in them. Beyoncé may not have sounded as clear as her recording did, but she would still have sounded amazing. Girlfriend or not, Manti Te’o would still have been at the Heisman award ceremony. The pressure caused by unrealistic expectations is toxic, permeating the air at a higher rate every year. To breathe fresh air again, we must be purposeful in our pursuits of perfection. We must first keep to ourselves be true. Cheating and lying to get ahead perpetuates a cycle of keeping up with the Joneses. Individuals should be aware and pledge to be ethically strong despite surroundings and the easy out of temptations. Secondly, we must respect

When greatness is achieved, society takes notice, and that becomes goal or a symbol of other humans’ potential greatness.

those athletes, entertainers and individuals who achieve greatness with hard work, and continue necessary regulation of cheating within their industries. We should broaden our understanding of “greatness.” The pressure to become something of stature is relevant to every individual. We see this drive in our classrooms and offices, on our sports teams and in our relationships. This desire to “be the best” certainly subsides with age, but each person can point to a point in life when they had a goal of greatness and a role model to follow. If we hold our heroes to expectations of truth, we need to hold ourselves to similar stipulations. SoRelle Wyckoff is a senior majoring in history and journalism. Her column runs on Monday.

It was a cold Saturday morning in Fayetteville, Ala., last January when SGA President Stephen Swinson, Treasurer Christian Smith, and I, serving as Speaker of the Senate, represented Alabama at the SEC Exchange, a conference of all 14 collegiate SGAs in the conference. Here I stood on stage with my counterparts defending the strength of our SGA after reports of resignations surrounding the First Year Council scandal had circled around the SEC. The SEC Exchange is a time for collaboration and idea sharing, one of the most significant moments of the year. It was the source of inspiration for many SGA initiated programs, such as 348-Ride, Before Bama, electronic football tickets and Ride with the Tide. This past weekend, our university’s delegation was the only one missing from the conference. My phone was abuzz with inquiries as to why we were not present. As a member of our student body and SGA, I was embarrassed. Our SGA has had a history of going through phases of activity and inactivity. As part of the SGA through the Years project, I spoke to countless SGA Presidents who describe very different SGAs. However, not counting the years of the SGA’s closure by the administration, I cannot find another year or rival the level of incompetency and general disregard for common sense that currently exists. At the Building Champions through Service project in Miami, Fla., an SGA program, more than 300 individuals from the Alabama and Notre Dame communities were present to rejuvenate a section of Downtown Miami, Fla. No one from our SGA’s executive branch stayed for the duration of the project. In December, members of the executive board forced Executive Vice President Matt Harris out of office, utilizing reports that have not lived up to real person accounts for the circumstances around his departure. To top it off, anonymous sources close to SGA officials confirmed to the CW that the SGA lost tens of thousands of student’s tuition dollars during the heavily mismanaged RAGE concert this past fall.

Organizational affiliations say a lot about you. One can determine many of your values and interests by simply looking at the student organizations you’ve joined.

Beyond the executive branch, the SGA Senate has barely met quorum since our election. The Legislative Council, the governing body of the Senate, has not met since March. This as the SGA Judicial Branch just ruled that all elections within the election of Senate and judicial leadership are not bound by the provision in the constitution that states “all SGA elections must be conducted by secret.” Their interpretation of directly contradicts opinions submitted by a majority of the Constitutional Revision Committee, the body that wrote the constitution. This decision opens the door for third parties like The Machine to have further influence over elections. Organizational affiliations say a lot about you. One can determine many of your values and interests by simply looking at the student organizations you’ve joined. I now ask myself, what does my involvement in the SGA say about me? The experiment in democracy known as the Student Government Association is more equivalent to Putin’s Russia. Now more than ever, this organization is composed of individuals looking to advance their political careers and satisfy their egos. Someone far wiser than me told a group of students that being an elected official is unlike any other form of employment in the world. It’s the only job where your boss hires you and leaves you alone unmonitored and without direction. We are the boss, and we should demand more of our leaders. They represent us, and their actions are a reflection of our values and beliefs. If we continue to let our leaders act in complete disregard of our moral code and work ethic, we will become them.

Ryan Flamerich is an SGA Senator from the College of Engineering. He served as speaker of the Senate during the Cochran and Swinson administrations.

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National news outlets need to stick with facts in order to truly benefit viewers By Chris Beacham Staff Columnist

What really is “news?” That’s the question I’ve asked many times while watching the major news channels: FOX, MSNBC and CNN. In the past two years I’ve become a news junkie. I look over Google News daily, The New York Times and the CW. If I’m in my apartment, CNN is most likely running. In fact, it is on my television as I’m writing this article. National news channels run all hours of the day and seven days a week. They consist of politics, world events and social issues, or at least they should. I’ve noticed that on all the major national news channels, very little of the content

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is actually news. If you catch CNN at the right time, you may find a show that is valuable and informative, but most of what is on these channels is pretty worthless. There is a fine line between news and entertainment. Countless times, when a national event occurs, these

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news channels will milk the issue dry for days, to the point where it becomes exploitation. I was astounded by coverage from the media during the recent gun tragedies of the last year. Since these channels run 24/7, they’re desperate to stay on the air and continue to entertain people while competing with other channels. They’ll continue to talk about the issue, even when there is nothing new to say, and they will interview people, including children, affected by these events as they’re unfolding, which is a moral gray area for me. Not only will the reporters and news anchors exploit the issue, but they’ll start making value judgments for you and tell you how to think. MSNBC

When I want news, I want just the facts. No personal moral judgements, no political commentary, but just objective facts.

was already pushing a liberal political agenda as the Sandy Hook event was happening. The commentary was about gun laws, instead of the victims. FOX News was making moral/religious judgments about the issue, instead of looking at all sides of the story. When I want news, I want just the facts. No personal moral judgments, no political

commentary, but just objective facts. Not only does news include less facts, but it now consists of news channels bashing each other. “The O’Reilly Factor” and “The Ed Show” don’t have much news, only negative things to say about people that don’t agree with their point of views. It’s a competition for viewers between these channels, and they will do whatever it takes to get the viewers, even if it means discarding news in exchange for attacking the other perspective. The problem with the media is that they’re so desperate to fill up the 24-hour time slot that they’ll go to excessive lengths to win over an audience from other channels. Instead of reporting, they’ll exploit.

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When the Manti Te’o incident was first revealed, I thought it was hilarious and sad at the same time. The media took that event and went to town on it, now making it less amusing and more annoying. Not only that, but national news is now constantly reporting on something that, quite frankly, doesn’t really matter. The fact that Mant Te’o had a fake girlfriend doesn’t affect the American people, nor will it ever. National news needs to get back to the news. If there is no news, then they need to keep quiet.

Chris Beacham is a sophomore majoring in psychology. His column runs biweekly on Mondays.


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The South needs to have open conversations about race to escape its history By Mazie Bryant Staff Columnist As I was sitting in a classroom in Edinburgh, Scotland, my class began to discuss the issue of race in literature. When asked whether racial issues are still relevant today, a Scottish classmate replied, “I don’t really feel as though race is still an issue in today’s world.” I immediately thought to myself, “Really? You think that?” How nice to live in a world where your genetic makeup doesn’t affect the way you are treated. How nice to live in a world where one of the few aspects of your body that you have absolutely no control over doesn’t affect what kind of job you get, what kind of friends

you have, what kind of hardships you face. Maybe my imagination fails me, but I refuse to believe that world exists. Call me pessimistic or single-minded or cynical, but I can’t even begin to envision this world, and I’m supposed to be living in it? I admit my Southern upbringing has something to do with my criticism of the idea of a prejudice-free world. Alabama has a murky racial past, from Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letters from the Birmingham Jail” to Rosa Park’s legendary bus ride in Montgomery, Ala., and the Selma to Montgomery March. Although the condition of racism has dramatically improved in Alabama, I would argue the state is still decades behind the

rest of the country and even many parts of the world. Sure, schools are now integrated and no one has to drink out of their properly designated water fountains, but I challenge you to find someone south of the Mason-Dixon Line that doesn’t think twice before bringing up racial issues in public. It’s just not talked about. But it’s time that it should be. The University of Alabama has accomplished much over its short history. Founded in 1831 with only 52 enrolled students, the University has swelled to over 30,000 strong and still growing. Furthermore, the 2012 freshman class broke records as 239 of its 6,397 students were National Merit Scholars, a 32 percent rise since 2011. With this great of a number of

intelligent, progressive minds, you would think the University is leading the state out of the depths of its history of racism and into the light of acceptance and equality. But you’d be wrong. Surprisingly, the University that is led by so many great minds is still shackled by the ideals that led the state of Alabama to embarrassment in the 1960s. Fraternities and sororities are still segregated, masking themselves behind the inconspicuous and

unquestioned excuse of tradition, and racism is only a conversation that comes up as an anonymous graffitied statement on campus property. I will admit racism encompasses more than just the blackwhite dichotomy existent in the South. However, traveling to other regions in the world make me realize that maybe my Scottish classmate has a point. In the broad spectrum of the world, racial issues are being pushed aside and labeled “No Longer Popular.” In large,

bustling cities, race is not even recognized. Instead, these seemingly insignificant controversies are being replaced by more pertinent problems, and it’s time for Alabama to do the same. This conversation shouldn’t come in waves. It should be enduring until our tradition-bound minds bend to its strength. Mazie Bryant is a junior majoring in journalism. Her column runs biweekly on Thursdays.

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Be loyal to country, not government In her article, “How far has the South really come? Too few here celebrate inauguration,” Lucy Cheseldine lamented the fact that The University of Alabama did not celebrate President Obama’s second inauguration to her liking. Apparently Miss Cheseldine finds another term under President Obama, who was raised mainly by his white grandparents and attended Harvard Law School, to be not only synonymous with the achievements of the Civil Rights Movement, but also a dream come true for Martin Luther King Jr. Spare me the rhetoric about President Obama’s messianic qualities and his voice being one of “many years of history”; I think judging President Obama based on his actions in office is much more valuable than judging him based on his race. I don’t find it necessary to worship an elitist leader who tirelessly pits classes and races against each other; rather, I chose to mourn on the day of President Obama’s sec-

ond inauguration. Many of us chose not to celebrate a second term under President Obama because of his disastrous first term, during which he targeted Christian business owners, like David Green of Hobby Lobby, forcing them to violate their religious views to fund other people’s birth control and abortifacient drugs. We chose not to celebrate a President who signed a government takeover of healthcare that will force healthy, young people to purchase expensive insurance policies that, according to the Congressional Budget Office, will cost nearly $6,000 per year; we require, on average, only $854 in healthcare services each year, as 200 healthcare economists pointed out in their amicus brief during the 2012 Supreme Court case. During his first term and reelection campaign, President Obama shamelessly promoted Planned Parenthood and the abortion lobby, scorning anyone who doesn’t think abortion is healthcare and fighting to expand taxpayer-funded abortions under Obamacare’s

covert abortion premiums. Another reason I don’t celebrate President Obama’s continuing reign is the fast and furious scandal that rendered United States border patrol agent Brian Terry dead via a gun the Obama administration gave Mexican drug cartels and the incident’s disgraceful cover-up. Add to the list the Obama administration’s carelessness in preventing and responding to the terrorist attack that killed American ambassador Christopher Stevens last year, and you’ve got another reason why I wore black on Jan. 21. If Miss Cheseldine observed a Northeastern college campus on former President George W. Bush’s second inauguration, she no doubt would find a similar number of dismayed, depressed young Americans. And those Americans were not somehow less patriotic than the conservatives who were celebrating. It is our duty to be loyal to our country, not our government.

Claire Chretien is a sophomore majoring in American studies.


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Rece Davis tells students to sieze days at Alabama By Taylor Veazey Contributing Writer

Alabama Program in Sports Communication. Davis was the second speaker APSC has brought Most Crimson Tide fans did not to the University this school have to be covert about their loy- year. ESPN executive chairman, alties during the BCS National George Bodenheimer, came to the Championship game on Jan. 7. Capstone last fall. However, ESPN anchor and UA Davis attributed much of his sucgraduate, Rece Davis said he was cess to his time at the University forced to silently and the mentors and root for his alma teachers he had as a mater during the student. game because it was “I would not be Because of that, when I say, probably not in his here if I didn’t have ‘Chance Warmack is the best interest to venthe foundation I got best offensive lineman in ture into fandom on at the University,” national television. Davis said. “The the country,’ people believe “Because of that, best thing I learned me and don’t think I’m just when I say, ‘Chance at Alabama was how being an Alabama fan. Warmack is the best to learn.” offensive lineman in Learning was a big —Rece Davis the country,’ people part of the process believe me and don’t in Davis’ journey at think I’m just being ESPN, he said. He an Alabama fan,” covered some events Davis said. that he did not like or fully underDavis spoke to a packed room stand, but said that is what stuJan. 31 in the Ferguson Center dents need to do sometimes to get about the importance of going to where they want to go. after what you want to do, despite “You have to be able to do anythe opposition you might receive. thing, and you will learn to appre“Not everybody is going to ciate everything along the way,” share your vision,” Davis said. Davis said. “Versatility is key. It “There were plenty of people who makes you more valuable.” told me, ‘You’ll never make it to Maggie O’Keeffe, a freshman ESPN.’” majoring in telecommunication Davis, a 1988 graduate, was and film, aspires to be a playthe guest speaker at an event by-play baseball announcer one hosted by The University of day. She said she liked that Davis

talked about embracing who you are in this industry. “You get conflicting messages about that a lot,” O’Keeffe said. “Should I fit the mold, try to do this or that or just be me? For him to say that really cemented that for me.” Davis encouraged students interested in broadcasting or reporting to get as much experience as possible and to find the right people who can help you make it to where you want to go. “You can try everything you want to, but nothing will replace experience and repetition on the air,” Davis said. Patrick Brickman, a junior majoring in telecommunication and film, also hopes to be a news anchor in the future. He said he admires Davis’ humility, and the hunger he has to keep improving. “All he talked about was getting better,” Brickman said. “He’s got a job that I would kill for, but he still is not satisfied.” Davis focuses on poise, presence, personality and preparation and hopes these things will help him have staying power and longevity, something hard to come by in his industry, he said. “There’s nothing I could tell those who aspire to be in this profession that is ‘the’ answer,” Davis CW | Cora Lindholm said. “When it’s important to you, UA alumnus ESPN anchor Rece Davis addressed students Thursday in the Ferguson Cenyou can make it happen.” ter during an event sponsored by UA’s Program in Sports Communication.

Tax credit for student loans survives politics of ‘fiscal cliff’ By Rich Robinson Staff Reporter One of the many under reported stories from the recent “fiscal cliff” debate was the survival of a tax credit that helps many middle class families send their children to college. With so many University of Alabama students using some form of federal assistance to attend the Capstone, the extension of the American Opportunity Tax Credit marks an important moment in the debate about the role of government in spurring higher education attendance. The tax credit, which has been in effect since 2009, means individual taxpayers who foot the bill for a student’s college costs and earn less than $80,000 a year can write off $2,500 per year for four years. Frank Mensel, a former congressional liaison for the American Association of Community Colleges who is now a senior fellow at UA’s Education Policy Center, said using tax credits in this fashion is a mixed blessing, but ultimately a positive force. “It’s truly beneficial to the middle class, and I think it’s very existential in that

sense,” Mensel said. Despite Congressional approval, some think tax credits are not a good way to spur college attendance and drive down its costs. “Providing financial aid for college through the tax code is not very efficient or well targeted,” said Mark Kantrowitz, an expert on financial aid and publisher of FinAid.org. “Most people file their federal income tax returns in the spring, but need the money to pay for school in the previous fall. Since the American Opportunity Tax Credit is only partially refundable, low-income students who need the most help, but don’t have a tax liability to offset, won’t benefit as much as middle-income students.” Many University of Alabama students also utilize Pell Grants, federally sponsored need-based grants for lowincome undergraduates, to help fund their schooling. UA spokeswoman Cathy Andreen said 6,155 Alabama students receive some level of Pell Grants. Numbers for the academic 2012-2013 year through Jan. 31 show the average size of an individual Pell Grant for a UA student to be $3,850. Close

to $24 million has been given to the University by the Pell Grant program to distribute to its students so far in the academic year. While Pell Grants are available to those with low income, a larger portion of the population can receive Stafford federal loans. Roughly $79 million has been loaned to UA students through the Stafford program so far in the 2012-2013 academic year. The average loan for UA undergrads is $6,600. While Kantrowitz opposes using the tax code to incentivize education, he strongly supports increased federal involvement. “The government needs to place a greater priority on investment in postsecondary education. More money to help people pay for college is not just a private benefit, but a public benefit,” Kantrowitz said. “A more educated public not only will save the government money in the long term, but people will be healthier and happier, more likely to volunteer and vote, and crime rates will decrease.” Kantrowitz said he advocates getting rid of the three available education tax credits, including the American

LeaderShape to host information session for interested applicants By Mark Blanton Contributing Writer University of Alabama students who have attended The LeaderShape Institute, a yearly leadership program held in Atlanta, Ga., and the division of Student Affairs are hosting an information session in room 302 of The Ferguson Center, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. This is one of three information sessions this semester. These sessions will cover topics such as other students’ previous experiences with the program, transportation and the application process. LeaderShape is a six-day leadership development program where students learn new skills and how to improve an organization. Over the six days, students interact with 60 other college student leaders from all over the country. “It’s a week-long program where you develop your leadership skills and self-reflect a lot,” Karly Weigel, a previous participant in the program, said. “It allowed me to turn

my focus to myself and see what I believe in.” The LeaderShape session UA students will be attending this year runs from July 28 to Aug. 2 in Atlanta, Ga. “It’s an invaluable memory that I have,” Weigel, a junior majoring in political science and public relations said. The University will cover tuition and travel expenses for the program, Phillips Thomas, the student affairs program coordinator for the University’s Division of Student Affairs, said. Shannon Walker, also a previous participant in the program, said attending The LeaderShape Institute was a good experience. “It helps you to learn how you react to certain situations,” Walker, a junior majoring in mathematics and communication studies said. “It helped me to learn about myself.” At LeaderShape students also participate in group activities with their “family clusters,” or small groups. These activities include offer-

IF YOU GO... • What: Information session for The LeaderShape Institute • When: Monday, 7 p.m. • Where: Ferguson Center, Room 302 ing constructive critique to their fellow group members, Walker said. At the end of the six-day session, students are encouraged to come up with a personal vision to implement in the future. Weigel said her vision is to have 100 percent of eligible Americans vote in a future presidential election. Applications for the program are online at sa.ua.edu/ leadershape.cfm. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Feb. 15. Any student who will be returning to the University in the fall is eligible to apply.

Opportunity Tax Credit and using the savings to triple the current maximum federal Pell Grant from $5,550 to $16,650 a year. Mensel said we can’t have world-class schools on the cheap. “Pell Grants are now the backbone of opportunity and workforce development, which will prove our ability to compete with the world, which in turn holds the future of the middle class,” Mensel said.

BY THE NUMBERS... • Current UA students using Pell Grants: 6,155 • Average amount given to a UA student through program: $3,850 • Total given to UA students through program: $23,748,000


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UATD show features lighthearted adult humor By Meredith Davis Contributing Writer The UA Department of Theatre and Dance will commence its spring season with “Design for a Living,” a comedic tale of a romantic ménage a trois written by British playwright Noel Coward. The University’s rendition of the show is directed by UATD graduate student Jimmy Kontos. “Design for a Living” is set in 1930s Paris, London and New York, and follows the polyamorous relationship between characters Gilda, Otto and Leo. After becoming bored with conventional society, the three lovers decide to partake in a relationship that brings forth many questions and leaves the characters to decipher the role society plays in their personal lives. Melora Slotnick, marketing manager of the Department of Theatre & Dance, is excited for a show with mature subject matter. “It appeals to an adult audience because of the content and story – love, relationships, marriage, sex,” she said. “The characters are fantastic; the actors allow the story to unfold brilliantly. I think Jimmy Kontos was very effective in guiding the actors through the script – the use of language, dialect and physicality makes you laugh, makes you grimace and surprises you in every scene.” For students who have never attended a UATD production, Slotnick offers the analogy of comparing a theatre production with a sporting event. “Many students compare theatre with the movies, but I

Given the subject matter, I’m interested to see what audiences think and see their take on a love story that’s not quite what they’re used to. — Thaddeus Fitzpatrick

think it is more like a sporting event,” she said. “When you go to an Alabama football game, you don’t know what is going to happen and that thrill, combined with the atmosphere and people, is exhilarating. The same is true for live theatre – anything can happen in each play.” Thaddeus Fitzpatrick, a senior majoring in theatre, plays Otto in the production, and said he has enjoyed playing an unconventional character. “He is the freest of the three, which is very liberating to play,” Fitzpatrick said. “I’ve never played a character like this. There are elements [of Otto] I can relate to. He himself is not quite who I am. Playing this character has been an amazing experience because he’s so open and honest and free.” Fitzpatrick is looking forward to the audience’s thoughts and reactions to the production. “Given the subject matter, I’m interested to see what audiences think and see their take on a love story that’s not quite what they’re used to,” he said. “We show it in a light that’s really human and not exagger-

ated. It’s something they can look at and learn something from.” For those looking to add more culture to their lives, Fitzpatrick said he believes theatre is the best place to begin. “If you want an eye-opening experience, if you want to culture yourself with a lifestyle outside of your own, theater would be the best place to do it,” he said. “Performing arts have the power to transcend any culture to the point where we can learn something about people and lifestyle we know not of.” “Design for a Living” premieres Monday, Feb. 4, and runs through Sunday, Feb. 10. The Monday through Sunday performances begin at 7:30 p.m., and the Sunday matinee begins at 2:00 p.m. All performances are held in the Bales Theatre in Rowand-Johnson Hall. Tickets can be purchased for $10 online or at the box office in Rowand-Johnson Hall on campus. For more information, please call 205-348-3400 or visit theatre.ua.edu.

IF YOU GO • What: UATD’s “Design for a Living” • When: Feb. 4-10 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. • Where: Bales Theatre in Rowand-Johnson Hall

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The UA Theatre Department is presenting the Noel Coward comedy “Design for Living” in the Allen Bales Theatre this week. It will run Feb. 4-9 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 10 at 2 p.m.

New exhibit in Woods Hall to feature manipulated photos By Becky Robinson Staff Reporter Two UA students will be showcasing their photography at a one-night exhibit and reception called “Conceit.” Kristen Tcherneshoff, a junior majoring in photography and painting, is partnering with Eric Klopack, a senior majoring in American studies, for the show. All of the pieces in the exhibit are silver gelatin prints, which is a process of developing black and white photographs. Instead of keeping the pieces pristine, both artists manipulate and destroy their works to create a different aesthetic. “Eric and I took a photography class this past summer and we discovered that even

TAs in all things, perfection in not really possible. Frustration and anxiety accompanies a constantly fruitless attempt to make a perfect print. — Eric Klopack

though we had slightly different styles, we were both intrigued by the same subject matter, themes and processes for developing and printing the film,” Tcherneshoff said. “We’ve been discussing doing a show ever since then.” Unlike most art exhibits that take place in a traditional gallery, the Conceit exhibit will be displayed in the basement of Woods Hall. “It can be difficult to find a place to show your work on

campus,” Klopack said. “The basement is a really exciting space and it’s useful for us because it’s not in use right now. Unlike most galleries which attempt to have no character, the basement has its own aesthetic that I think works well with our work.” Tcherneshoff said since neither of the artists like to name or frame their artwork, a typical gallery space would not have fit with their exhibit. She said the basement of Woods allows for a

more “raw emotional feeling.” The subject matter of Klopack’s work comes from his frustration with using photography as a medium. “As in all things, perfection is not really possible,” Klopack said. “Frustration and anxiety accompanies a constantly fruitless attempt to make a perfect print. Destroying or otherwise altering a print is liberating. Kristin and I both manipulate our work, creating intentionally dirty or torn or scratched work.” Tcherneshoff works in much the same way. She said she frequently manipulates her silver gelatin prints in a variety of ways so the final product is not perfect. “Every so often I will further the post-manipulation

process by cooking my prints, freezing them, cracking them, burning them, toning them or any other technique I can think of to change the image,” Tcherneshoff said. Tcherneshoff said her images and prints have become more than just works of art. She considers her prints as fragments of her life. “Each photograph represents a time, emotion, thought or substance that has evolved into something bigger,” Tcherneshoff said. “These haven’t become just another body of work, they have become my diary.” She said her main goal in creating art is to cause a reaction from the audience. “Whether it be good or bad, I don’t mind, but I want them to

IF YOU GO • What: “Conceit,” an art exhibit and reception When: Thursday, Feb.7 from 6-9 p.m. Where: The basement of Woods Hall

feel something,” Tcherneshoff said. “Hopefully people are able to understand me more by looking at my work and they can capture a sense of what I feel.” The Conceit exhibit will be displayed for one night only on Feb. 7 from 6-9 p.m. in the basement of Woods Hall.

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Laughs, love story of ‘Warm Bodies’ revives otherwise lifeless Zombie genre By Matt Ford

Zombie apocalypse. Those two words represent an entire revolution in pop culture that has infiltrated movies, literature, television, comics and practically every other form of entertainment. From “28 Days Later” to “The Walking Dead,” the notion of a zombie apocalypse has become commonplace. However, I have recently felt that all of the zombie storylines I read or watched were unoriginal and essentially the same plot. Therefore, it was refreshing to see that Jonathan Levine’s “Warm Bodies,” based on the novel of the same name by Isaac Marion, is a funny and charming film, and presents a pleasantly original spin on the zombie apocalypse genre. The film’s plot, for those who haven’t seen the bombardment of advertising on television, revolves around a zombie who falls in love with a human girl and consequently begins to become human once more. Although I initially

Therefore, it was refreshing to see that Jonathan Levine’s ‘Warm Bodies,’ based on the novel of the same name by Isaac Marion, is a funny and charming film, and presents a pleasantly original spin on the zombie apocalypse.

thought the concept was a little far-fetched, I reminded myself it was, after all, a movie about zombies. So I went to the theatre, bought a ticket and sat down with my drink and snacks to see what all the hype was about. I can truthfully say I was entertained the whole time. “Warm Bodies” is a fantastic mixture of action, romance, creepiness and comedy. More than once the audience burst into laughter, and many of the characters’ one-line zingers contrasted well with the grotesque, uncomfortable scenes of zombies eating human flesh. The concept behind the zombies’ motives was interesting, as well. Without giving away too much, the basic idea

is they eat humans’ brains so they can experience the memories stored in the brain matter. Nicholas Hoult, who plays the undead protagonist called “R” does an excellent job of portraying the conflict of a zombie in love. As seen in the trailer, his heart begins to beat again as he slowly comes back to life, but he must also deal with the demands of his flesh-craving condition. Teresa Palmer plays Julie Grigio, the daughter of the remaining humans’ leader and the girl with whom R falls in love. I won’t go into details, so as to avoid spoilers, but at the beginning of the film, I thought her character wasn’t emotionally believable. However, as the conflict digs up more of Grigio’s past, the

audience is able to understand her and better sympathize with her situation. Palmer is stunning in her performance, and her chemistry with Hoult is evident throughout the film. I was happily surprised to see John Malkovich playing General Grigio, Julie’s father. The veteran actor’s involvement in the movie gave it much more credibility than was previously attributed, and Malkovich, per usual, delivers an intense performance that hooks the audience into the supernatural world. As I left the theatre, I was glad I had watched “Warm Bodies.” Not only because of the laughs, which were definitely a huge component, but also because of the message of hope the film delivers. I think any worthwhile piece of art or entertainment should end with a note of hope, and Levine’s movie did not disappoint. I highly recommend going to see “Warm Bodies,” although I would caution those with weak stomachs from visiting the concession stand beforehand.

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Learn to dress outside usual fashion comfort zones ‘without apprehension’ By Abbey Crain

lar weekend wardrobe to mimic the feelings acknowledged after In the fashion world, any- a Prabal Gurung runway show: thing goes and nothing is off with a tutu. Along with my lack of athletic limits. In my time spent here at the Capstone, I haven’t noticed ability came a lack of hand-eye much affection paid to the whim- coordination, grace and poise – sical nature that fashion often basically everything you need inspires. With fashion week to be a ballerina. I have always nipping at my heels and with admired dancers and their effortno plans (or money) to attend less movements that caress the the grandiose New York event, black mat of a stage. I love the I decided to spice up my regu- sound delicate pointe shoes make

on the scuffed floor, the sleek bun that wisps away stray hair that may detract fervent ballerina concentration, and the tutus. Since I definitely couldn’t be a ballerina, I decided to dress as one. For me, fashion is most fun when you have a character in mind. A ballerina today, a bookworm tomorrow – that’s what makes fashion fun. Dress without apprehension. For this particular Saturday, I

found that the only thing I own worthy enough to pair with such grandiose proportions is my great aunt’s mink stole. Go big or go home, right? I was told she only wore it on Christmas, but I figured a tutu-clad wannabe vogue-er dancing on busy roads is just as great of an occasion. In real life, if I wasn’t just playing dress up, I’d stick to my plain polka-dot T-shirt underneath. It lets the skirt do the talking all

while channeling my “Sex and the City� alter-ego. I suppose tutus aren’t the only way to jazz up one’s usual wardrobe, but I challenge the ladies and gentlemen of Tuscaloosa to step outside their usual fashion comfort zone and dawn the most extravagant avant-garde ensemble they can think of. There doesn’t need to be a special occasion (although Valentine’s Day is coming up and what better way

to tell someone you love them than to dress a little out there? It says you’re comfortable around them). And in Tuscaloosa, there really is no event that would require an average citizen to sport a tutu, so in essence, that’s what makes it fun. To my Tuscaloosa fashionistas, make this February interesting, as the Quad needs a break from leggings every once in a while.

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“They will learn a lot about the other part of the world that they are not exposed to as much.� The evening will conclude with a final film titled “Monica Wangu Wamwere - The Unbroken Spirit.� Directed by Jane Murago, “The Unbroken Spirit� is a documentary of a woman living in Kenya named Monica Wangu Wamwere. The documentary follows Wamwere as a human rights activist in Kenya, fighting to release her sons from jail, who have been convicted as political prisoners. Wamwere participated in the 1992 Mothers’ Hunger

Strike, which was a campaign to release political prisoners from imprisonment. “I watched this movie when I was in high school,� Catherine Davis, a freshman majoring in finance, said. “You really learn about issues going on in Africa that people in American hardly ever hear about on the news.� Before the screening of the films, there will be a reception at 6 p.m. featuring African crafts as well as art that can be purchased in the lobby. General admission for the film screenings will be $10 and $6 for students and children. For more information, visit bamatheatre.org

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the script I knew that this could really be funny, so I just wanted to do my job and make [the role] as great as possible.� If you missed the competition, you can still view all the submissions, even those that did not screen at the finale, and help one film move on to compete in Hollywood alongside the category winners. The submission that receives the most views in the 30 days following the finale will be the Wildcard winner and join the Hollywood competition. You can view all the submissions at YouTube.com/campusmoviefest and see Alabama’s leaderboard at campusmoviefest.com/alabama. CMF promotions manager J.R. Hardman was highly impressed by all the submissions and was glad for the University’s competitors to be recognized for their talent on such a large scale. “I don’t know how it’s possible that the movies get better and better every year. I’m so shocked and blown away by the incredible talent at this school and how many people recognize that,� Hardman said. “We’re just so proud of everyone and I think they’re really proud of themselves.�

old son, Mohammad. Fatima is anxiously awaiting the arrival of her immigration papers, so that she can escape her dangerous surroundings and join her husband who is living in France. The second film screened will be “Africa United.� Directed by Deborah “Debs� Gardner-Paterson, “Africa United� tells the story of three Rwandan children, and focuses on the message of HIV prevention, mixed with humor and adventure. “The audience will learn a lot about modern-day Africa and some of the issues that people are living in,� Foster said.

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“[Winning] feels wonderful. There were so many wonderful people and wonderful films,� Dunkel said. “I’ve wanted to go to [CMF Hollywood] and Casey’s wanted to go since we were freshmen.� In addition to the director’s chairs for category winners, CMF also awarded Silver Tripods to the best actor and actress, best director and best cinematography. Chris Harding won Best Actor for his role in “Rise� and Best Actress went to Zoe Jones for her role in “Intruder.� Connor Simpson, a senior majoring in TCF, took home the Silver Tripod for Best Director for “Manta.� The Best Cinematography Silver Tripod went to “Filament.� Best Director is not Simpson’s only CMF award. His previous submission won the Silver Tripod for Best Cinematography. Simpson was happy with the audience reaction to “Manta� and thinks the film is a step in the right direction for his career.

“The crowd reaction was awesome,� Simpson said. “I want to keep trying to make stuff like that. I made what I wanted to make.� While some films featured captivating effects and remarkable visual and sound quality, the relatively simplistic Best Comedy winner “No Paper, No Plastic,� proved a creative and entertaining story is the key to winning CMF. TCF major Christian Magadan and his crew got a late start creating their film, but their creativity paid off at the Finale, earning them a spot at CMF Hollywood. “[Winning] is kind of mindblowing. We got started a little bit late and we’re really glad at how everything turned out,� Magadan said. “No Paper, No Plastic� actor and TCF major Tanarius Hillaird, who played the incompetent mugger, was a crowd favorite. Hillaird said his comedic performance was just a matter of doing the script justice. “It’s a great feeling knowing that everything you put your hard work into paid off and that people really appreciate it,� Hillaird said. “When I first saw

from the parts of Africa shown in the films. It’s a way of saying they we share our issues and problems and we can get through them together.� To begin the festival, the short film “Farewell Exile� will be screened first. The 15 minute film was originally produced in 2011. “Farewell Exile� was directed by Lamia Alami and is set in an underprivileged neighborhood in Morocco. The film tells the story of a woman named Fatima and her 10-year-

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The Bama Theatre will host its inaugural Evening of African Film Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. and showcase three different movies with the hope that the cultural experience will become a yearly tradition. “This is the premiere night of what will become an annual film festival in Tuscaloosa,� said Dr. Thaddeus Ulzen, associate dean of the College of Community Health Sciences.

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Alabama not feeling pressure as defending champs By Kevin Connell Contributing Writer It was par-5 on the 18th hole in the final round late last May at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn. Senior standout Brooke Pancake needed to hit par to secure the biggest win in program history for Alabama women’s golf team. It all came down to a 4-foot putt. Pancake composed herself and sank the shot. They did it. The Alabama women’s golf team had won its first-ever national championship with a one-shot win over USC. Fast-forward to early February this year. The Alabama women’s golf team is preparing themselves at the Jerry Pate Golf Center early one afternoon for one of the team’s final practices before their season-opener in Puerto

If we had what it took to go all the way last year, there’s no reason we don’t have what it takes this year. — Mic Potter

Rico the following week. From an outsider’s perspective, the girls looked calm and relaxed with the start of the season rapidly approaching. Minus Pancake, the same girls were back for another season, plus a few more, but they didn’t look like a team that had just won a national championship. While many teams would still be basking in their glory after winning their first title, this team was already hungry for more. “I think we have a lot more confidence now knowing that

we’ve done it before,” junior Stephanie Meadow said. “We’ve talked to some of the girls on the gymnastics team, since they’ve gone back-to-back. They had to put it in their past and not act entitled to it anymore, so I think we try to look at it that way.” Like their football counterparts at The University of Alabama, the team is attempting to remove certain words from their vocabularies coming into this season to avoid putting the pressure on themselves. “I mean obviously we want to be repeats, but I’m trying

really hard not to think about it as a repeat, I just want to win another national championship,” Meadow said. “I know that you have to be disciplined and be careful, because just because we won it last year doesn’t give us any head start or any advantage over anyone else.” While they are doing their part to avoid pressure situations, the reason they don’t feel much to begin with is because of the message head coach Mic Potter has instilled in them. Rather than telling his team to go out there and win, he prefers to tell them to just go out and play the best golf that they can. “Our goals are personal and we have certain process goals that we judge our performances on,” Potter said. “They involve not worrying about the score, not obsessing about where we

finish, but rather here’s the shot I have, how do I execute it to the best of my ability.” Following an eighth-place finish in their first tournament of the fall season back in September, Potter refocused the team to get back to the basics and fundamentals of the game. He reminded them to work on the process and not worry about the outcome. In their following two tournaments since then, they have finished second and tied for first. “You have to realize that every tournament is just another golf tournament,” senior Jennifer Kirby said. “It’s the stuff around it and the media and everything else that adds to making it a bigger tournament in your head. “I think the big key for us for this tournament coming up is just getting back into the swing

of things and feeling comfortable out there after it’s been a while.” Although the team finds its success by focusing only on the things that they can control, the expectations are now there and they know they have what it takes to do it again. “If we had what it took to go all the way last year, there’s no reason we don’t have what it takes this year,” Potter said. “I like to think we built a team that will always have a chance.” In the end, the most important thing at the season’s close is not about winning or losing at all. “The biggest thing I want to be able to do is sit down at the end of the year, look at where each of our players was at the beginning of the year and see that they’ve improved substantially,” Potter said.

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Crimson Tide looks to replace 6 seniors from 2012 title run By Alexis Paine Staff Reporter

As veterans graduate from the Capstone and move on, teams are forced to rely on freshman players to fill the void that is left behind. The UA softball team won last year’s national championship with the help of six seniors. This year they enter the season with fresh faces in hopes of bringing home another title. The 2012 Tide seniors played a large role in the team’s winning season. Last year’s senior

class saw five All-SEC team members as well as two AllAmerican team members. The six players closed out the season with a combined 222 runs batted in and 60 wins as a team. These veteran players also helped the team battle from behind against The University of Oklahoma Sooners after the Tide lost the first game of the national championship series. In the second game against the Sooners, then-senior Amanda Locke drove in three runs. Jennifer Fenton, also a 2012 senior, batted in one in

the Tide’s 8-6 win. This finish would lead the Tide to the championship game, which the team won 5-4. Two seniors on this year’s team, Jackey Branham and Kayla Braud, said losing the seniors from last year is a challenge, but the team learned from their leadership, which made a lasting impact on the dynamic of the team. “The qualities they left with, they left with us as well,” Branham said. “We’ve become better leaders because of them. We always say ‘tradition never graduates,’ so they’ve left a lot

with us.” The six graduating players also made room for new players on the team’s 2013 roster. The Tide added four freshmen: Kallie Case, Andrea Hawkins, Leona Lafaele and Haylie McCleney. Braud said she sees great potential in her new teammates who have worked hard in preparation for the season. “They have great work ethic,” Braud said. “They’ve stepped up in ways that will fill the shoes of some of [last year’s] seniors.” The incoming freshmen

come out of high school with statistics that landed them as some of the top recruits in the country. Hawkins stole 27 bases in her 27 attempts during her senior season. McCleney showed up at the plate with a .692 batting average in 2012, while Case was named the No. 28 recruit in the country by ESPN Rise. Branham said she is impressed with the capabilities the freshmen have shown this year. Their speed and their power have allowed them to mesh well with their veteran teammates.

Braud said the dynamic of the team stretches past the field. The freshmen have become great friends with the rest of the team and have no drama on or off the diamond. The team’s chemistry has helped them practice as hard as ever, even though the team won the championship last season. “As far as the team chemistry, it’s outstanding,” Braud said. “We get along extremely well. Nobody feels like we’re entitled. No one is feeling laid back after winning it all last year.”

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Crimson Tide gymnastics team falls to Georgia After season-low uneven bars score, Alabama lost in front of a sold-out crowd in Stegelman Coliseum By Marquavius Burnett Sports Editor The No. 5-ranked Alabama gymnastics team lost to No. 8 Georgia (5-4-0, 3-0-0 SEC) in Stegeman Coliseum Saturday afternoon, 197.500-196.950, in front of a sold-out crowd of 9,924. The Crimson Tide, which is now 3-1-0 overall and in Southeastern Conference competition, was led by Kim Jacob who scored a 39.250 to win her fourth consecutive all-around and shared top honors on

the floor exercise with junior Diandra Milliner. Alabama’s team total was its highest score of the season despite a sub-49 score on the uneven bars. “We didn’t perform to the best of our abilities tonight,” head coach Sarah Patterson said. “We got a little behind the eight ball on the uneven bars and they were on fire on vault. When that happens, we have to really buckle down on vault and while we did a good job, we didn’t nail all our landings.” Alabama started things off with a shaky uneven bars

I didn’t see all of Georgia’s routines, but what I did see told me that they were on fire tonight. — Sarah Patterson

rotation, scoring a season-low 48.95. The Tide was led on the bars by junior Sarah DeMeo’s 9.875. A low score wasn’t the only

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The Alabama women’s basketball team fell to Florida, 87-54, Sunday afternoon at the O’Connell Center. With the loss, the Crimson Tide drops to 12-10 overall and 2-7 in the Southeastern Conference while the win brings the Gators to 14-9 on the season and 3-6 in the league. “Florida did a great job of coming out ready to play,” Alabama head coach Wendell Hudson said. “They made shots and our defensive pressure obviously wasn’t very good today. We need to get back to the things that make us a good basketball team like sharing the ball. We also need to be able to hit some shots if we are going to have a chance to win.”

Redshirt sophomore Kaneisha Horn led Alabama in scoring with 14 points while senior Meghan Perkins chipped in another 10. Perkins also finished with a team-high six rebounds. Florida was led by freshman Christin Mercer with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Tide junior Jasmine Robinson would knock down one free throw to get Alabama on the board first; however, Florida scored the next 11 straight points as the Tide went 0-6 from the floor. Alabama pulled within seven at the 5:23 mark, but the Gators closed out the half on a 13-0 run to lead by 20, 43-23, at the break. Florida would finish the half shooting 61.5 percent (16-26) from the floor, including 5-of-8 from three-point range while the Tide managed 24.4 percent

(10-41) overall. In the second half, Alabama and Florida traded baskets over the first few minutes before the Gators strung together a 14-5 run to extend its lead to 30, its largest advantage of the game to that point. Florida would go on to lead by as many as 34 in the contest. For the game, the Gators shot 58.3 percent (35-60), including 50 percent (6-12) from three-point range. The Tide went 25.7 percent (19-74) overall and managed only 13.0 percent (3-23) from beyond the arc. Florida out-rebounded Alabama, 51-33, and collected 22 assists compared to the Tide’s six. The Tide returns to action on Thursday, Feb. 7, when it hosts No. 15 South Carolina in Foster Auditorium. The game is slated to tip at 6:30 p.m. CT.

outcome of the Tide’s first rotation. Senior Ashley Sledge was pulled out of the lineup after straining her shoulders on a handstand. “We took Sledge out after the uneven bars,” Patterson said. “We’re very protective of her shoulders and when she finished bars and was holding them, I knew we’d hold her out the rest of the way.” The Tide scored a 49.375 on the vault behind 9.9s from sophomore Kaitlyn Clark, senior Marissa Gutierrez and junior Diandra Milliner. It was the Tide’s secondhighest vault total of the season. The Bulldogs held a

commanding lead at the halfway point though, after posting a 49.475 on vault and a 49.275 on the uneven bars. “I didn’t see all of Georgia’s routines, but what I did see told me that they were on fire tonight,” Patterson said. “I’ve said this before, from the time that coaching staff was hired, they had this meet circled in red on their calendar. We came in with a target on our backs.” Alabama had their best rotation of the night on the floor exercise, scoring a seasonbest 49.475 behind career-high 9.95s from Milliner and Jacob and a 9.9 from senior Marissa Gutierrez. The Tide closed the

meet with a 49.150 on the balance beam, paced by senior Ashley Priess’ 9.875. “Tonight the atmosphere was great and the environment was great,” Patterson said. “I think it made some of our ladies a little nervous, and we’re just going to have to learn how to handle that. We have a great chance to do just that next week when we go down to Gainesville.” Alabama remains on the road this week and will travel to Gainesville, Fla., to take on No. 1 ranked Florida Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. ET. A week later, Alabama will take on the Auburn Tigers on Feb. 15 at home.

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The tournament will last eight weeks, with the first half of online voting producing a single winner from four regions from whom the overall winner will be decided. The coach and charity that receive the most votes will receive $100,000 for the chosen charity. Grant is listed in the South Region. “College basketball coaches across America contribute in so many ways throughout the year for numerous national and local charitable organizations as well as community projects and initiatives,” Jim Haney, executive director of the NABC, said. “The Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge enables college basketball fans

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to team with these outstanding coaches in providing significant financial support and awareness for so many worthy programs.” Coach Grant has chosen as his charity the Boys & Girls Clubs of West Alabama, an organization he has been affiliated with for a long time. “It is a privilege to be a part of the 2013 Infiniti Coaches Challenge,” Grant said in a news release. “This is for a great cause and it is something that has special meaning for me. Both my wife and I have worked closely with the Boys & Girls Club of West Alabama, and we are happy to provide support and assistance to our community and this particular organization.” Chris Stewart, director of development for the Boys & Girls Clubs of West Alabama and the host of Coach Grant’s television show, said the coach

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Anthony Grant will donate winnings to The Boys & Girls club. and his wife have been strong supporters of the organization long before they learned about this competition. “Coach Grant grew up participating in the Boys & Girls Clubs in Miami, and in college he worked as a counselor,” Stewart said. “It’s had a big impact on his life. He and his wife Chris, who is on the Board of Directors for Boys & Girls Clubs of West Alabama, have

been great to give so much support.” The Boys & Girls Clubs seek to provide a safe place for children and teens to have fun and to learn in the protection and mentorship of passionate and caring adults and young adult counselors and volunteers. The Clubs of West Alabama have three locations, the primary club in Tuscaloosa and two outreach clubs in Greensboro,

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of supporting your coach who himself is supporting an important cause,” he said. “Coach Grant is not at all in this for himself. It’s not about making him feel good; he’s doing this to try to help our club and get everyone to help as well.”

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HOROSCOPES Today’s Birthday (02/04/13). Fun and romance blossom like early spring flowers. July and December are ripe for career advancement this year. Explore promotional opportunities around April; June’s great for launching. Keep to your financial plan, and your status rises through community participation. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) -- Today is a 7 -- Travel at your own risk. News affects your decisions for the next two days, so remain flexible. Don’t stress; keep studying. Cut the fluff. Keep a low profile. Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 9 -- Appearances deceive, and changes require budget revisions. Craft inspiring goals that push the boundaries of what you consider reasonable. No boredom allowed. Gemini (May 21-June 20) -- Today is an 8 -- Vivid feelings and expression of love occupy you for awhile. Good judgment is still required. Keep your home clean to avoid an argument. Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- Today is an 8 -- The next few days get busy. Don’t spend over budget, speculate or take financial risks. Discipline is required. Get team opinions before committing. A wide perspective sees farther. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Romance blossoms, but there could be difficulties, like temporary confusion or misunderstanding. Ignore insubstantial irritants and advise your partner to do the same.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 9 -- Change takes time. Plan a project privately without rushing. No detail is too small. Research the full story and impress an elder. Score extra points for flair. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Request copies of missing documents. You’ll find it easier to concentrate. Irritate no one. Stick with what you have. Relax and enjoy it. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 9 -- Morale gets a boost. Others buy in to your plans. Don’t fuss about something that doesn’t fit expectations. Often it’s better (although disguised). Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -Today is a 7 -- Take a solitary walk. Answers raise new questions. Provide comfort. Heart and mind are in sync today and tomorrow; let practical optimism guide. An old love blossoms anew. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is an 8 -- Watch for surprises, and keep secrets. Work through some old business. Figure out what you really have together. The possibility of error is high. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is an 8 -- Guard against being impetuous, and hold your temper. Keep following your dream, and do what you promised. Set up a meeting, but don’t show excitable folks unfinished work. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 9 -- There’s a test or challenge coming up. Get quiet to find your focus. Determine priorities. New information dispels an old fear. Amazing results are possible.

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