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When Samuel Jurgens woke up on a sidewalk outside of Paty Hall shortly before 1 a.m. Monday, he thought he was dreaming. His face was numb, his headphones lay nearby, bloodied and broken, and he didn’t recognize where he was. His backpack, containing clothes, books and his Apple Macbook Pro, was gone. Jurgens struggled to get up, fading in and out of consciousness, and stumbled toward Blount Hall, where he had spent the night hanging out with friends. On his way across the parking lot between Paty and Blount, he called to his friend, fellow sophomore Chris Burks. “I apparently called Chris while in that state,” Jurgens
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said in an interview with The Crimson White Tuesday night. “I don’t have a recollection of that, but I told him something. Something bad has happened to me, I remember thinking before I faded out again.” Burks, who had spent the evening with Jurgens, said Jurgens called him about 20 minutes after they had parted for the night. He sounded delirious, Burks said, and repeated, “I don’t know what happened, I need your help.” Burks and another friend, Anna Richardson, hurried to meet Jurgens at the front door of the dorm. “His left side of his face was gigantic,” Burks said. “The jacket he was wearing and his headphones were completely drenched in blood, the bottom half of his face was completely covered in blood; he was bleeding badly from his lip. He had clearly been badly beaten.”
Three University of Alabama football players were arrested for second-degree robbery and one was arrested for fraudulent use of a credit card on Monday. Head Coach Nick Saban announced in a statement sent out just before 1 p.m. Tuesday that the players, H-back Brent Calloway, defensive back Eddie Williams, linebacker Tyler Hayes and defensive lineman Dennis “D.J.” Pettway, are indefinitely suspended from the team. According to the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff ’s Office, Calloway, 20, was charged with
fraudulent use of a credit card. Williams, 20, Tyler Hayes, 18, and Pettway, 20 were booked on two counts of second-degree robbery. “The young men charged are indefinitely suspended as we continue to gather information and talk to the appropriate people,” Saban said in the statement. “The University and football program have strict guidelines regarding issues of this magnitude. This behavior is unacceptable for any studentathlete at The University of Alabama and not representative of our football program.” Athletic Director Mal Moore also released a statement earlier in the day calling the charges “a very serious matter.”
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producer for Pogo Pictures, a production company based in Atlanta. She worked as the producer for the Doritos ad, which featured a goat chewing on Doritos with its owner and ended with the owner creating a ‘goat 4 sale’ sign. “We were sitting at lunch one day, and one of our directors owns two goats. He said
randomly, ‘It’s really funny when my goat chews on chips.’ Nobody really thought anything of it, and then a couple of days later he said the same thing, and then he followed it with, ‘I really think that we should do a Doritos commercial,’” Brown said.
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Players bailed out hours after arrest VICTIM FROM PAGE 1 Friends helped clean Jurgens up and called UAPD, who made a report and escorted him to DCH. To save Jurgens the costly ambulance fee, Burks drove his friend to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with a mild concussion and received stitches to close up his busted bottom lip. Three UA students and football players were arrested early Tuesday morning in connection with Jurgens’ attack and another student robbery that occurred just an hour later. Each man was booked on two counts of second-degree robbery. According to arrest records, Tyler Hayes and Eddie Williams admitted to robbing Jurgens near Paty Hall, and Dennis Pettway “aided and perpetrated” the robbery. Hayes also admitted to standing by moments later along with Pettway while Williams assaulted UA student Caleb Paul in the MIB parking lot on campus. Williams admitted he struck and knocked both men unconscious. Arrest records do not indicate whether Pettway admitted to the crimes. The Attack Jurgens still cannot recall specifics from the attack itself, but remembers the moments leading up to it. Walking from Blount toward his home on Hackberry Lane, he was listening to music when he heard someone ask him a question. As he pulled his headphones off his ears, Jurgens saw someone approach from his left and ask if he had a lighter. Jurgens replied that he didn’t and replaced his headphones before hearing the man ask again. He replied the same and turned to walk away.
1 assailant arrested Sunday for weapon ARRESTS FROM PAGE 1 “We are very disappointed in the actions that have resulted in the charges against these student-athletes,” Moore said in a statement. “In this type of situation, the athletics department works in conjunction with the University.” Calloway, Williams, Hayes and Pettway have been referred to UA Judicial Affairs. According to a University spokeswoman, UAPD received reports of two robberies on Feb. 11, the first at 12:35 a.m. on the 800 block of Campus Drive and
“That’s when I guess some- here before, and I will continue thing happened,” he said. “I being happy here.” woke up, my face was swollen, Chris Paul, the second stuI had cuts, and I had a concus- dent attacked by the players sion. Police say that’s probably Monday morning, said Tuesday when they hit me; I just know night that he was feeling well right after that I lost conscious- and had returned to classes. ness and I regained consciousAccording to a University ness on the sidewalk, staring at spokeswoman, UAPD did not the sky.” send out a campus alert to stuJurgens said he doesn’t dents in the 24 hours between remember being suspicious the muggings and the arrests about the exchange before the because the University normalattack. ly sends out alerts in situations “He just was very nonchalant where students need to take and asked for a light,” Jurgens immediate action. said. UAPD did, however, post an Burks said Jurgens initially advisory on police.ua.edu after had difficulty making sense of the incident. his situation. “He didn’t know what was The Charges going on. He couldn’t tell us Williams, Hayes and Pettway what happened when we first face less serious charges than sat him down,” Burks said. “We the maximum allowed by had been playAlabama law, ing a game in my according to the room about 15 Code of Alabama It’s almost like they were minutes before Section 13A-8-41 doing it for fun, because it happened, and and 13A-8-42, the it seemed weird that they he was saying statutes dealing didn’t rob me of my wallet or he thought that with burglary. was days ago. He Alabama law phone or keys. couldn’t rememholds that causber anything.” ing “serious — Samuel Jurgens Richardson physical injury said Jurgens’ to another” durheadphones ing a robbery is were completely shattered on grounds for a first-degree robthe left side, the same side of bery charge. Robbery in the his face that was swollen and first degree is a Class A Felony. lacerated. According to arrest records, “We thought it must have Williams knocked both men been an object [that broke the unconscious in the respective headphones], but when we got attacks. a look at the guys who were Though Jurgens was released arrested, it could have very from the hospital several hours well been their fists; they were after his attack, he considers huge,” Richardson said. his injuries quite severe. Though Jurgens said the “They [his injuries] were attack was an “eye-opening shocking; they’re something experience,” and his body is I’m still recovering from,” he still recovering, he returned to said. “From what I’ve been told class Tuesday. by the police of what they did “This was just a matter of to me, it could be much worse. chance. I’m still gonna love I don’t have any hernia in my Alabama football. I just want eyes, which my doctor was conto deal with this case, move cerned about. Considering how on with my life,” Jurgens said. athletic and strong they are, it “I just want to get on with my could be a lot worse.” education. I want to continue When asked if he believed his being happy here. I was happy attackers used excessive force
during the assault, Jurgens said he “definitely thinks so.” “The police report doesn’t say that they just punched me and robbed me,” he said. “They punched me, they kicked me in my back, in my ribs. I would definitely classify it as excessive.” According to additional arrest records, Williams was charged with the “Fraudulent Use of a Debit/Credit Card” along with fellow UA football player Brent Calloway, after both men used a stolen ACT card to purchase a snack from the vending machine on the first floor of Bryant Hall. Williams admitted to stealing the card from his previous robbery, and Calloway admitted to using the card with knowledge it had been stolen. Williams was released from jail on a $65,000 bond, Hayes and Pettway were released on a $60,000 bond and Calloway was released on a $5,000 bond, a Tuscaloosa Police Department spokesman said. Jail records indicate they were arrested around midnight and released between 3 and 5 a.m. Tuesday morning. Officers at the Tuscaloosa County Jail said they could not provide information regarding the release of the four men or who paid each of their bail. Sgt. Jeff Judd referred questions Tuesday night to the Sheriff’s Office public information officer, who was not available. Jurgens said he has never met his attackers before and wasn’t sure if they attacked him with specific intent to rob him. “It’s almost like they were doing it for fun, because it seemed weird that they didn’t rob me of my wallet or phone or keys,” he said. “But, I just know they sure did an efficient job because I can’t recall parts of it even today.” Chandler Wright, Will Tucker, Stephen Dethrage and Marquavius Burnett contributed to this report.
Section 13A-8-43 Robbery in the third degree. (a) A person commits the crime of robbery in the third degree if in the course of committing a theft he: (1) Uses force against the person of the owner or any person present with intent to overcome his physical resistance or physical power of resistance; or (2) Threatens the imminent use of force against the person of the owner or any person present with intent to compel acquiescence to the taking of or escaping with the property. (b) Robbery in the third degree is a Class C felony.
the second at 1:20 a.m. in the 200 block of 7th Avenue. Two victims, UA students Caleb Paul and Samuel Jurgens, told police they were assaulted and their belongings were taken. According to the arrest records, Hayes and Williams admitted to investigators to robbing Jurgens near Paty Hall. The arrest records state that Pettway “aided and perpetrated” the robbery as well. Hayes also admitted to standing by moments later along with Dennis Pettway while Williams assaulted Paul. Arrest records do not indicate whether Pettway admitted to the crimes. Hayes, Williams and allegedly Pettway, physically assaulted Jurgens at 12:30 a.m. Monday
with fraudulent use of a credit card as well, was also arrested in a separate incident on Sunday and booked into Tuscaloosa County Jail for carrying a pistol without a license, a TPD spokesman said. Early reports indicated that the University sent out an alert to students about the robberies, but multiple students have confirmed they received no release. UAPD did, however, post an advisory on police.ua.edu after the incident. According to a University spokeswoman, UAPD did not send out a campus alert to students in the 24 hours between the muggings and the arrests because UA normally sends out alerts in situations where
students need to take immediate action, and UA does not usually send out alert in situations like this one. This marks Calloway’s second arrest since his arrival at Alabama. He was charged with marijuana possession in October of 2011. Williams was released from jail on $65,000 bond, Hayes and Pettway were released on $60,000 bond, and Calloway was released on $5,000 bond, a TPD spokesman said. Jail records indicate they were arrested around midnight and released between 3 and 5 a.m. Calloway, Hayes and Pettway appeared in 13 games for the Tide last season. Williams was a redshirt freshman.
morning, stealing a backpack containing an Apple Macbook Pro. Williams’s arrest warrant states that he knocked Jurgens unconscious in the attack. An hour later, Williams assaulted Caleb Paul, knocking him unconscious and stealing his wallet while Hayes, and alledgedly Pettway, waited in a nearby car. Williams and Calloway used a stolen ACT Card three hours later at vending machines in Bryant Hall three hours later. UAPD then investigated the incidents and identified the subjects, which resulted in the players’ arrests by the Tuscaloosa Police Department on Feb. 11. Williams, who is charged
CODE OF ALABAMA - TITLE 13:A CRIMINAL CODE Section 13A-8-41 Robbery in the first degree (a) A person commits the crime of robbery in the first degree if he violates Section 13A-8-43 and he: (1) Is armed with a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument; or (2) Causes serious physical injury to another. (b) Possession then and there of an article used or fashioned in a manner to lead any person who is present reasonably to believe it to be a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument, or any verbal or other representation by the defendant that he is then and there so armed, is prima facie evidence under subsection (a) of this section rthat he was so armed. (c) Robbery in the first degree is a class A felony.
Section 13A-8-42 Robbery in the second degree. (a) A person commits the crime of robbery in the second degree if he violates Section 13A-8-43 and he is aided by another person actually present. (b) Robbery in the second degree is a Class B felony.
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Visiting professor speaks on faith, government Religious studies expert Naomi Goldenberg explored deﬁnition of religion, effects on society Tuesday By Mark Hammontree Contributing Writer
The College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Religious Studies hosted Naomi Goldenberg, a profes- Goldenberg as part of the sor of religious studies at the department’s lecture series, University of Ottawa, said she Relevance of the Liberal Arts is attempting to understand in the 21st Century, in Gorgas what religion is and how it Library on Tuesday. relates to governments around Goldenberg spoke for 45 minthe world. utes to a crowd of 70 about the
current climate of religious discourse in the world today, specifically dealing with the differences, imagined or concrete, between state governments and organized religions. “I’m trying to understand a huge topic,” Goldenberg said to begin her speech. “What is religion, and how does it relate to governments around the world?” Much of her lecture, titled “Why Do Governments Fear ‘Religion,’ and How Do They Use It?: An Exploration of the Role of ‘Religion’ in Contemporary Statecraft,” drew from her own observations of religious and governmental interaction through
I’m trying to understand a huge topic. What is religion, and how does it relate to governments around the world? — Naomi Goldenberg
an exhibit called “God(s): A User’s Guide” at the Museum of Civilization in the Canadian capital of Ottawa. Goldenberg suggests that religions are nothing more than “vestigial” states or, in other words, states acting in a reduced capacity of power. Religions differ from governments, Goldenberg
stated, in only their lack of control over “violence.” After her lecture, Dr. Goldenberg spent some time answering questions to clear up any confusion. She explained that her goal was to simply provide a new approach to interpreting religion and its effect on governments and societies. To Benjamin Flax, a
sophomore majoring in religious studies, Goldenberg’s lecture was a very interesting idea about properly depicting religions in a way that addresses differences that may not otherwise be taken into account. “I felt that it was a very good depiction of the problems in the ‘insider vs. outsider’ theory of religion,” Flax said. Goldberg’s lecture was the third of five in the department’s series. The next lecture will be March 11 at 3:30 in Gorgas 205, and the featured speaker will be David Watt, Associate Professor of History at Temple University, who will be speaking about the church and state relations of the 21st century.
State funds allocated for UA roads By Rich Robinson Staff Reporter
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As part of statewide road infrastructure and development projects, improvements will be made to two roads inside the Tuscaloosa City Limits, including Hackberry Lane and a stretch of 10th Avenue, both running through The University of Alabama campus. In a recent statement, Gov. Robert Bentley announced 302 new road and bridge infrastructure development projects that will total nearly $398 million by the time they are complete. Eleven of these projects will take place in Tuscaloosa County, totaling more than $33 million. These projects are a part
of the Governor’s Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program. “Everyone benefits from ATRIP,” Bentley said. “We’re improving public safety by replacing old bridges and repairing and widening outdated roads. When companies build new facilities, they look for areas with good roads and bridges. ATRIP is giving them what they need. The more companies that build and expand in Alabama, the more jobs we’re able to create.” Two ATRIP projects will soon be underway within the Tuscaloosa city limits, including Loop and Hargrove roads. Tuscaloosa Councilman, Bob Lundell said that the longawaited final phase of the Loop Road realignment and
resurfacing will be possible because of the state’s initiative. “The loop road project started in 1992. Back then, the idea was to make it a two or three lane highway but the residents said that they didn’t want a speedway through there, so then it delayed,” Lundell said. “This is the last phase, phase three.” There will also be improvements to Hargrove Road and Hackberry Lane for $3.5 million and to a portion of 10th Avenue for $6.8 million. The Hargrove Road project will realign intersections with Prince and First avenues. Lundell said the state runs the bids for the construction projects, and they are awarded to the lowest bidder. Since that is the case, the workers given
the job may not be from the local area. “It depends on the contractor. The last contractor for phase two was from Birmingham,” Lundell said. “They pick the lowest bidder, so they could be from Mobile.” Lundell said that the state is totally in charge of the project, and that there is a stringent timetable placed on the construction firms. “After the bids are awarded, [the contractors] have 100 days to finish the road.” Councilman Kip Tyner said that he thinks that the workers should be Tuscaloosa residents. “It just makes sense, and I think they should do that in other cities as well to help their economies,” Tyner said.
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Sometimes, our critics are secretly our friends: my study in hypocrisy By Brad Erthal Staff Columnist
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival: reason to study abroad By Lucy Cheseldine Staff Columnist Nothing quite compares to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival experience. And it is just that, an experience. The streets are full of characters, the pavement becomes a circus, and the cafes and restaurants are playgrounds for the imaginative and eccentric. People come from all over the world to play their own part in the festival. This celebration of the arts runs for almost a month – from Aug. 2 to 26 – with all sorts going on. It’s renowned for its eclectic collection of theater, comedy and general welcoming of improvisation anywhere and everywhere, whether it’s on the stage itself or just a few mates putting on a bit of a skit in the local pub. That’s the great thing about the festival: it’s open to practically anyone. As long as you can find a cast and a venue, you’re pretty much set. My flatmates took their University production from Glasgow last year. James Oglethorpe, one of the cast, told me, “The atmosphere in Edinburgh
during the Fringe Festival is unlike anything or anywhere else you can imagine. In a time when individual expression is discouraged, the city of Edinburgh is brimming with the arts. The excitability is contagious, and it is just a joy to be part of.” As far from the excitement as you might seem now, The University of Alabama is offering students the chance to pop over the Atlantic and get involved with the festival themselves. “Alabama in Scotland, The Arts, Change and Leadership” is a program running from April though September, over which time students will have a chance to take classes preparing
themselves for full cultural immersion in theater, opera, music, dance, art and design. This will all be in preparation for a trip to the festival in Edinburgh, which will run from Aug. 8 to 16. This – take it from a woman who has been there herself – will be the most colourful and memorable part of it all. Not only will you get the Scottish ensemble – bagpipes, black pudding, castles and the odd bit of local ale – but you will be thrown right into the middle of one of the most famous and lively arts festivals in the world. To add a cherry on top, students will have access to conferences and talks with directors of some of the performances put on at the Fringe and will gain an exclusive insight into exactly what goes into putting on a show in this kind of environment. It’s valuable, but it’s also inspiring. After my time at the Fringe – walking up the Royal mile, whiling away afternoons in theaters and evenings in bars, brushing shoulders with directors and actors – I felt the urge to get out my notebook once again. It’s a festival of ideas. And everybody
wants to share them with you. No one can deny that this festival is eye-opening and satisfying for the curious mind. It creates a world all of its own during the summer months and is the starting place for numerous successful artists. It’s not just of creative benefit; it’s an insight into industry, which ultimately means an insight into the economical and business aspects of the arts. Many of these shows are taken to the West End of London or even picked up by television channels and go on to make a good bit of money. In that sense, the program offers the best of both worlds, looking at how art and business interact. Studying abroad, whether to Scotland or elsewhere, can change your life. I believe that everyone should do it if they can. If this experience doesn’t convince you as well, then I do not know what will. Lucy Cheseldine is an English international student studying English literature. Her column runs weekly.
Members of Internet age must go back to dating basics By Amber Patterson Staff Columnist It’s about that time; Valentine’s Day is right on the horizon. Roses and candy hearts will begin to rain down, and inspirational love tweets will flood our timelines. Reflecting on this upcoming Valentine’s Day, I start to think about relationships in this generation. The rules of dating change almost every year, especially as technology becomes more advanced. My conclusion of the sudden change of the dating world is that it has basically become way past complicated. We live in the age of “catfishing” and leaving direct messages on Twitter. It would be really easy to blame the growth of social networking for the sudden disconnect in the world of dating, but it all comes down to us as human beings. We have settled for the convenience that technology has afforded us over actually developing connections that lead to lasting relationships. With the emergence of online
dating and the whole online world that surrounds us, we have become confused as a society on the definition of a relationship. It is one thing to use technology to find a relationship, but it is a whole different game when those relationships are carried out over the internet. My personal opinion is, if you cannot touch the person before the label of relationship is even brought up in conversation, then it is not a real relationship. I know we are not in the age of our parents, where words are exchanged through face-toface communication rather than
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through text messaging or a social actually hold a conversation. network. We do not believe in I will admit that in our genera“going steady” any more; we have tion the traditional dating rituals become more about relations than have changed or become nonexisrelationships. tent. The dinner and movie date is Please do not take this as a girl gone due to economic reasons; the complaining that chivalry is dead. I movies cost just as much as dinner. know there are guys We no longer wait that still open doors three days before and walk on the outcalling, we just side of the sidewalk. send a text and pray We should actually enjoy This is a plea to get that a reply flashes the company of one another, back to the basics of across our screen in rather than the emoji’s we dating, the simple a day or two. request to have a Men are not send. conversation face expected to pay for to face instead of everything, due to between computer feminist views that screens. have taken control We should actuof our society’s way ally enjoy the company of one of thinking. I personally miss those another, rather than the emoji’s days where conversation became we send. In college, I feel that it is the base of a relationship, not what safe to say that most of us are not is said on social networks and datlooking for our soul mates and are ing profiles. Simply put, it is time to on fixed budgets, so grand gestures go back to basics. are not that common anymore, but a simple hello would suffice at Amber Patterson is a sophomore times. Instead of finding those who majoring in marketing and public catch our eye on Twitter and flood- relations. Her column runs weekly ing their direct messages, try to on Wednesdays.
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Last week, I wrote a column about how greeks on this campus should stop writing letters to the CW affirming their lack of racism and instead focus on changing their institutions to end the historical racial divide that these organizations perpetrated on this campus. For the most part, my piece was met with a positive response, even from quite a few greeks. Those who disagree seem to mostly have taken me to mean that all greeks are racist. That misinterpretation is not my fault. I was careful never to imply that and directly disavowed that view three Brad Erthal times in less than 700 words. If a reader missed that, it’s on them. I am afraid that the worst response was from anti-greek zealots. The parody website totalfratmove.com posted a satirical response to my column. The author went over the top in pillorying a stereotype of greek illiteracy and engaged in an absurdist version of straw-man arguments. I don’t care how many times you were denied a bid, this level of stereotyping is crass. The site creates an awful caricature of the drunk, racist, misogynistic frat boy. Incendiary implications of sexism like the article “Rush Boobs From This Week (105 Photos)” are not productive in moving forward with a dialogue on campuses. The last person to snipe at greeks so peevishly was guided by Apollo. Although I know that he was joking, the author, a man apparently called “Bacon,” did tag me with one mock charge which I feel that I must address; that of hypocrisy for not having challenged a frat guy who made racist comments. I think that I can be acquitted of that, since I did not tell anyone to take risks with this; the guy was too drunk to read my body language, was a lot bigger than I was, had already shoved another student hard enough to knock him down (and that in celebration), and having spent more than $100 on booze, could probably hire a better lawyer than I could if things had gone poorly. I don’t make a habit of confronting big, drunk, aggressive racists. And I stand by the principle that you are associated with your friends more than with strangers, even if those strangers attend your school. But the charge holds in another way which “Bacon” could not have anticipated, and thus the friendly fire stung deeply. Even on my own terms, I am a hypocrite on this thesis, because I am an unrepentant Eagle Scout. The Boy Scouts of America have a ban on gay scouts and on atheists. Early in my scouting career, I was unaware of the ban, and it was as I grew more political that I learned of it and it began to chafe. Still, I continued until I earned the ultimate rank in the organization. I was proud of having worked up to that and justified my acceptance of the award with both a Concorde (sunk cost) fallacy and the hollow pledge that I could do more to change the organization from inside. It has been five years, and I have done little, if anything, about it. The Boy Scouts recently announced that they might revisit the ban on gays but have insinuated that they will not force any units to “violate their consciences” by admitting them. The irony of that decision should not be lost on any of us, coming from an organization with a nationwide ban on gay scouts, which violates the consciences of many parents and scouts. So I am a hypocrite on this issue, which I will rectify soon. The BSA gains its reputation from the work of its members. Its ban on gays and atheists and their simultaneous acceptance of state and federal funds violates the spirit of the establishment clause, whether the courts care or not. If someone accused me of being lukewarm on gay rights for this, they would be right, and I could not expect a stranger to determine from the evidence that I am not a homophobe. When the BSA affirms that it will allow its members to continue to discriminate against gays and atheists, I will mail in my badge and cease to lend it my good name.
Brad Erthal is a doctorate student in economics. His column runs weekly.
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“The next thing I knew our other director had storyboards ready with a storyline, and we were shooting a commercial that following weekend just for fun. It was just our production company, and we did it in one day.” Despite the fact that Brown has produced commercials for KFC, Disney, Ford and AT&T, she said she never pictured herself producing a commercial that would run in the prestigious Super Bowl lineup. “It was very surreal. I am used to seeing our commercials on TV, but actually knowing that it wasn’t just a regional commercial and knowing that everybody was seeing that commercial at that exact time was one of the coolest feelings,” Brown
said. “It was very rewarding. I can honestly say I never really thought that I would have a Super Bowl commercial, so it was very cool.” The ad was named the Super Bowl’s creative MVP by Nielsen Wire, making this the second consecutive year Doritos has won. The ad also received the most-liked and most memorable commercial mantles of Super Bowl XLVII, according to the Nielsen Wire report. “The Nielsen ratings are what matter. It was very well received by the public, and in our eyes it was the number one commercial,” Brown said. Terrence Compton, a freshman majoring in marketing, said this commercial was one of his favorites, as he was disappointed with most of the commercials that ran during the Super Bowl this year. “That commercial was
definitely one of the best,” Compton said. “I was kind of disappointed with the overall lineup of commercials in the Super Bowl this year, but that one I was actually laughing out loud at. And to hear that someone from Alabama produced it, that’s just how good we are, and all I can say is ‘roll tide.’” Brown said her time at the Capstone prepared her for her career in post-production by giving her the social skills needed to be in such a high position with a production company, which ultimately led her to produce the commercial. “When I say I fell into this industry, I really had no idea it even existed in my world, and it wasn’t even on my radar. I interviewed with multiple jobs but had no experience in post-production, so other people would get them,” she said. But, when Brown interviewed for the last job, the
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Ruth Brown’s Super Bowl ad featured a Doritos-hungry goat. lady that was interviewing her went to Alabama. “She and I had this instant connection,” Brown said. “Without that connection I made with that lady that I interviewed with, I would never have come here, and now I can say I produced a Super Bowl commercial. I truly believe that going to Alabama actually made that connection for me in a weird way.”
University of Alabama freshman Elias Hakansson of Halmstad, Sweden, was named the Southeastern Conference Men’s Track and Field Freshman of the Week on Tuesday, the SEC Office announced. Hakansson broke a 15-year-old school record in the men’s weight throw last Saturday as Alabama finished second in the men’s standings at the Mark Colligan Memorial in Lincoln, Neb. The school record set by Hakansson came on a throw of 66 feet, 9 ¼ inches (20.35 meters) and eclipsed by 3 1/2 inches, a 15-yearold mark set by Derrick Jones in 1998. It was Hakansson’s second individual victory of the indoor season. Hakansson’s series produced the five of the six longest throws in Alabama history, all exceeding 60 feet, opening at 61-1 (18.63 meters), followed by efforts of 64-1 (19.53m),
63-6 (19.37m) and 64-2 (19.57m) before closing with his record effort. “The weight throw is a new event for Elias, who has come up as a hammer thrower, which is a very different event,” Doug Reynolds, Alabama’s assistant coach for throws, said. “I’m very proud of how hard Elias is working on it, taking on a new event that he’s never worked in before, and how focused he is on reaching his potential. That said, Elias is just scratching the surface of what he can do in this event.” Alabama finished second in both the men’s and women’s standings last Saturday. The Tide competed against Nebraska and North Carolina. The Alabama women finished with 110 points behind Nebraska’s 147, while the men ended the triangular meet with 102 points, behind the 138 points of the Huskers. Alabama athletes won 10 events and set 17 personal bests.
University of Alabama pageant to be held Saturday 1st step for UA students in competition for crown, title of Miss America to be hosted at Bama Theatre By Adrienne Burch Assistant News Editor The Miss University of Alabama Pageant will be held Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Bama Theatre at 7 p.m. This pageant is a preliminary for the Miss Alabama Pageant in June, and then the winner of Miss Alabama goes on to the Miss America Pageant in January 2014 in Las Vegas, Nev. “Contestants compete in a private interview with the judges, lifestyle and fitness, evening gown with an
We are the City of Champions. There is no reason we should not have a Miss America. — Carol Wright
on-stage question and talent,” said Miranda Ward, junior and contestant in the pageant. A panel of five judges will choose a winner based on these five categories. “Any woman between the ages of 17 and 24 enrolled as a student at The University of Alabama is eligible to compete,” Ward said.
There are 16 contestants in this year’s pageant. Each of these women are sponsored by a campus organization such as a sorority, fraternity or the SGA. Ward said contestants have to submit a resume, platform essay and must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. The winner of the pageant will receive a full
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UAPD says bike theft is one of the most common crimes on campus so students need to know how to protect their bikes. By Morgan Reames Contributing Writer Last semester, someone stole Margaret Kennedy’s bike, and the junior majoring in special education became another victim of a recurring problem on The University of Alabama’s campus. “It was locked up behind the sorority houses, and I left it there for the weekend on homecoming weekend. I came back on Sunday to get it, and someone had cut the lock,” Kennedy said. “It was my fault for leaving it overnight, but I wouldn’t think someone would clip the lock.” The University of Alabama bike policy states that registration is encouraged but not required and that if your bike is stolen, you should report it to the UAPD immediately. If the bicycle isn’t registered with the University, though, there will be a delay because of the process of veriﬁcation of ownership and veriﬁcation of
By registering your bike with Parking Services we maintain that information for you, and you are also able to upload a picture of your bike. This will help in identifying your bike if it is located. — Stuart Glaeser
insurance carrier. “It was not registered on campus, so I didn’t call UAPD,” Kennedy said. “I think people don’t really think to register bikes because they don’t think people go and check. I don’t really know anyone that has their bike registered.” There are more than 33,000 students at The University of Alabama, but Stuart Glaeser, manager of transportation services said only 1,850 bikes are registered. “What we have found through several questionnaires is that the majority of individuals do not know their
bike’s brand, make or serial number,” Glaeser said. “By registering your bike with Parking Services, we maintain that information for you, and you are also able to upload a picture of your bike. This will help in identifying your bike if it is located.” Kennedy said she is now more cautious with her bike. “I still occasionally bike to class, but I mostly just use my new bike recreationally, so I make sure it doesn’t get stolen again,” Kennedy said. “And when I go out of town for the weekend, I put it inside my house.”
tuition scholarship for a year to the University. Carol Wright, director of the Miss University of Alabama Pageant, said last year’s winner, Caitlin Brunell, took home close to $50,000 worth of prizes, which included the tuition package. “It’s a nice title to win,” Wright said. “The winner gets a lot of opportunities to meet people and make connections that could help them in the future.” The scholarship also covers out-of–state tuition, which was particularly beneficial for Brunell, as she is from Florida. Brunell went on to the Miss Alabama Pageant and placed 3rd runner-up overall. The Miss University of Alabama Pageant is sponsored by the National Alumni Association, and the
winner gets to work with the NAA throughout her reign. Wright said the winner is able • What: The Miss to travel with the Crimson Caravan tour alongside Nick University of Alabama Saban to visit alumni chapters Pageant across the country. “Ad d i t i o n a l l y, dur• When: Saturday, Feb. ing her reign, she has the 16 at 7 p.m. doors o p p o r tu n i ty to proopen at 6 p.m. mote her personal platform as well as the national • Where: The Bama platform, Children’s Miracle Network,” Ward said. Theatre Wright said the last Miss • Tickets: $10 for seniors University of Alabama to win Miss Alabama was Shannon and students, $15 for Camper in 2004. adults, $5 for children The doors of the Bama under 10 Theatre open at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and $5 for children under 10. “We are the City of “There is no reason we should Champions,” Wright said. not have a Miss America.”
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Sigma Alpha Mu holds Valentine’s rose sale By Madison Roberts Staff Reporter
is proud of what the sale accomplished last year and has big expectations for this year. The members of Sigma “We’re proud to provide Alpha Mu fraternity are host- people with quality roses ing their 2nd annual rose sale while love is in the air, while outside the SupeStore at the supporting the search for Ferguson Center, Feb. 13 and a cure that affects mil14. Each rose will be sold for lions of Americans annu$4, and all proceeds will benefit ally,” D’addabbo said. “I am the Alzheimer’s Association. personally thankful for all Nick D’addabbo, the presi- those who bought [roses] dent of Alabama’s chapter last year and look forward to of Sigma Alpha Mu, said he seeing what we can accomplish
this year.” According to Sigma Alpha Mu’s national website, the Judy Fund, which is directly related to the Alzheimer’s Association, is their national philanthropy. The website states the Judy Fund was founded by a Sigma Alpha Mu member whose wife lost her battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Ben Bruno, Sigma Alpha Mu’s philanthropy chairman, said he is excited about his
position and believes this sale will benefit University students as well as their philanthropy. “I’m really honored to be philanthropy chairman mostly because I will get to have such a strong influence on what charities the Tau chapter will work with, and be able to be a big part of the Alabama community in the best way possible,” Bruno said. Sigma Alpha Mu reactivated their chapter on campus last
year and is hoping to continue to grow in the years to come. “While we are a small chapter, we hope to increase impact and visibility on campus and to complement the already strong Greek community without stepping on anybody’s toes,” Matthew Lesser, the vice president of Sigma Alpha Mu, said. “We aim to cooperate with the University community to be a force for good in the coming years.”
FAST FACTS • Sigma Alpha Mu holds rose sale outside of SupeStore in the Ferg • Roses cost $4 each • All proceeds go to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.
UA representatives to visit Arlington to honor vets Trip to capital inspired by would-be students; group will lay wreath at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier By Kyle Dennan Contributing Writer Several representatives of The University of Alabama will travel to Washington, D.C., this week to honor fallen soldiers, visit those who have been injured in battle and emphasize the Capstone’s support for veterans. On Thursday, Alabama Rep. Terri Sewell will join university administrators and President of the UA Campus Veterans Association Jordan Carpenter in laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. “We know of students who have been to The University of
Alabama who have sacrificed their lives overseas, so this is in honor of all of them,” said Alex Karagas, coordinator of Veteran and Military Affairs. Lowell Davis, the University of Alabama’s Assistant Dean of Students, said it is important for students to remember those who have given their lives while serving in the armed forces. “I think oftentimes, if you don’t know anyone who has personally gone to war, you don’t think about it,” Davis said. “It’s important that we don’t forget what people do for us on a daily basis to keep us safe.” On Friday, the group will visit wounded soldiers at Walter Reed National Military Medical
Center. This trip was inspired in part by a CVA-facilitated campus visit from an injured veteran during this year’s Iron Bowl. “He’s never been a student, but he wants to be. He’s a big Alabama fan. That got us thinking about how we can reach out to people in similar situations,” said Carpenter, a senior majoring in environmental science. The University will also be providing University of Alabama gear to the soldiers and their families, thanks to the generosity of several departments on campus. “I have been blown away by the number of donations. We are going to be able to give
multiple items to every single individual and give items to their family members as well,” said Karagas. The Center for Veteran and Military Affairs, which was opened in the fall of 2012, has recently begun to track those who are entitled to military benefits on campus and has identified an estimated 500 veterans on campus and 1550 dependents of veterans. “People have sacrificed a lot for them to have the opportunities at education that they do,” Carpenter said. “Our job in this office is to support them so that they have the right pathways to be successful, just like every other student on campus, but
they have a different context.” For instance, Carpenter said a single deployment, when accounting for training and recovery time, can disrupt a student’s education for two years. “It’s a huge life disruption. It’s really tough to stay motivated to finish school,” he said. Carpenter’s story is an example of the unique needs of the student-veteran population. “I did go to school here for three semesters right out of high school. The following fall, my brother was in training, and I knew he was going to go to Afghanistan as soon as he got out of training. I felt like my role was not to be here in
school. I felt very inspired to join,” Carpenter said. When he returned to school, the shift was jarring but manageable with the support that Alabama provides for veterans. “It’s a totally different type of pressure that I came back to. I really needed that extra support I found here. It’s helped me transition back to being a student.” UA students, alumni and fans in the Washington D.C. area are encouraged to attend the wreath laying. Anyone who wishes to attend should arrive at the Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery by 2:45 p.m.
University accepting applications for 1831 A-Team until Friday By Sarah Elizabeth Tooker Staff Reporter
Assistant director for First Year Experience Litsa Orban said any UA undergraduThe University will select ate student is eligible for the a group of 24 students to lead A-Team so long as they meet their new extended orienta- minimum requirements, such tion initiative, Camp 1831. as a 2.75 GPA and good standThe group will be called the ing with the University. A-Team.
“I think the most important qualities the A-Team should possess is a passion for the University and an interest in sharing that passion,” Orban said. Sara Hartley, executive director of First Year Experience,
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the students in their small groups that last throughout college or beyond.” A-Team members are encouraged to be involved in other campus organizations and programs, Orban said. “The more they represent different areas of campus, the better a first-year student understands UA and all the opportunities available,” she said. “We are supportive of their involvement and will make sure they can balance their schedule to fit all their commitments.” As far as the future goes, Hartley explained she was hopeful the A-Team group would expand over coming years. “We believe the A-Team will start out very strong and continue to gain more familiarity and more excitement over the years,” Hartley said. “We anticipate that the students on this team will have fun serving UA in this way and that the experience will keep students coming back.” One student, Brittany Day, majoring in political science and public relations, serves in a familiar student leadership role as an Avanti leader for Bama Bound orientation program. She said she most enjoyed the small group sessions held to help make every students transition into the University as smooth and enjoyable
as possible. “Being able to share my own experiences with incoming students was exciting,” Day said. “Every student was unique and so were their interests. Listening to their goals and hearing how they wanted to achieve them was intriguing.” Applications for the A-Team are due Feb. 15. Then Orban said she and Hartley will both help facilitate group and individual interviews and the final group of 24 will be selected by Feb. 21. Students interested in applying should keep in mind they are required to attend both camp sessions during Aug. 6-8 and Aug. 12-14 and all training sessions in March and April of this semester.
FAST FACTS • The A-Team will be the student leaders of the University’s new orientation camp, Camp 1831 • Applications for the A-Team due Feb. 15. • Interviews will be conducted and final selections made by Feb. 21.
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Love sickness is real, and the high it provides looks a lot like cocaine usage By Tricia Vaughan Plato once said, “Love is a serious mental disease,” and how true are his wise words. Love sickness isn’t just a form of expression for those head-overheels, but has been studied as an actual illness. Science shows that those in love experience a kind of high similar to that caused by illicit drugs such as cocaine. Certain neurotransmitters – phenethylamine, dopamine, norepinephrine and oxytocin – elicit the high from “falling in love,”
using 12 areas of the brain. The effect from the neurotransmitters mimics the feeling of taking anamphetamine. The movies and books didn’t just make up the feelings associate with being in love. There are symptoms that go hand-in-hand with “love sickness:” sleeplessness, loss of appetite, inability to concentrate, chest pains and nausea. Those in love may even show signs of sweaty palms, weak knees, dry mouth, increased heart rate and dizziness – the typical storybook definition
of love played out in all of the romance novels. But not everything about love is elated and happy. One study published in “Neuropsychopharmacology” observed the behavior the prairie vole exhibits when separated from its partner. Like humans, the prairie vole is one of the few species that practice monogamous relationships, staying with the same mate for an extended period of time. When the male voles were separated from their romantic partner in the study, they became
unreceptive. The findings suggest humans express similar behaviors as the vole at the loss of a mate, explaining why those who have loved and lost experience a sense of hopelessness. Like many students that go through a rough breakup, Joanna Omar, a senior majoring in political science, experienced the described distress after a break-up with her boyfriend of nearly a year. “I became depressed, I didn’t sleep and I didn’t eat,”
Omar said. Omar’s symptoms are similar to those of not just “love sickness,” but a more intense form of the illness called limerence. The condition, created by Dr. Dorothy Tennov in 1977, describes an intense infatuation with another and the desire to have those feelings returned. Though not classified as a mental disorder, the condition can lead to depression. Other studies have found more mental side effects of falling in love. Stephanie
Ortigue, a professor at Syracuse University, published a study in the “Journal of Sexual Medicine” that found falling in love can affect intellectual areas of the brain that involve body image and metaphors. The study also found the parts of the brain involve different types of love. The reward part of the brain, for instance, is responsible for passionate love. With everything that accompanies this double-edged sword called love, being single this Valentine’s Day never sounded so great.
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For last weeks of winter, move away from extravagant patterns, textures By Abbey Crain These past couple of months, I have decided to take on a fun little style experiment. My wardrobe is usually drenched in a plethora of patterns and textures, but I have experienced a fashion cleansing of sorts and I am back to the basics. I let go of my over-accessorized looks, once bathed in polka-dots and bangles, and stuck with a few key pieces that make getting ready a breeze. Let’s be real, I don’t have a Phillip Lim bag, and I
Black skinnies have been the pants at the top of my drawer and never at the bottom of my laundry hamper.
probably won’t ever have a Phillip Lim bag. But, for example’s sake, I have prepared a modest representation of a classic go-to class uniform for when creativity is lacking and the cold weather isn’t. Maybe it will help my
fellow fashionistas get through these last few weeks of winter. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to break out my pastels and denim cut-offs. Black skinnies have been the pants at the top of my drawer and never at the bottom of my laundry hamper. Black jeans
can go days without washing, right? I find them easy to slip on when I’m feeling a little extra edge is needed in my ensemble and denim just won’t do. You can never go wrong with the oversized sweater and oxford shirt combination. It keeps you looking put-together and billows over insecurities. Try buttoning the oxford all the way to the top to take away from the frump you may experience from an oversized sweater. A lacy, black bra is just a little somethin’ somethin’ to feel feminine when
draping yourself with balloonish proportions. Plus, it’s almost Valentine’s day. An oversized tote is a perfect substitute to your usual Jansport circa 4th grade. It’s big enough for any laptop, binder, or moleskine, but may leave a substantial indention on your right shoulder. For the sake of a completed outfit, work the bag. Dainty jewelry seems to work well with knits and doesn’t get caught in the weaving. Geometric rings and bangles are a fun and easy way to add just the right amount of
accessory to a class outfit. I think my H&M black booties have been my mostworn shoe this winter. The heel is the perfect height for traipsing around campus and clacking on tile floors. I love clacking. Plus, they kind of double as rain boots as they stand their ground in a substantially sized puddle. I understand beanies are “a thing,” but I like pom-poms. When walking with an added bounce on top of my head, it seems to balance out the grownup minimalist look of black on black on white.
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If you happened to be one of the 6.8 million people who watched the “Parks and Recreation” pilot episode on April 9, 2009, you would have seen a hodge-podge cast of B, C and D list actors and actresses in their first show on prime time television. Now, over halfway through its 5th season, “Parks and Recreation” has become a “who’s who” in the comedy world. Amy Poehler plays Leslie Knope, the ineffable protagonist of “Parks and Recreation.” Knope, the Deputy Parks Director for the Pawnee, Ind., Parks and Recreation Department, leads her cast on satirical adventure after satirical adventure in the same way as its “mockumentary” sibling show, “The Office,” does. With aspirations of one day achieving the ultimate goal of holding an elected office in the greatest city in America, the fictional Pawnee, Leslie Knope surrounds herself with friends and coworkers who compliment her spacey yet ever-optimistic personality. Ron Swanson, played by Nick Offerman, is Leslie Knope’s
anti-big-government boss who will ignore or insult anyone, as long as it is at the government’s expense. Ron’s strict adherence to slowing government down makes him the most uniquely lovable character in “Parks and Recreation.” Along with Offerman, bigtime stars in comedy such as Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Chris Pratt and Aubrey Plaza work in the parks and recreation department in Pawnee, each bringing their own quirky and ironic sense of humor to the show. These four actors and actresses specifically have been able to achieve much success in their endeavors outside of “Parks and Recreation,” whether it be acting in blockbuster movies or going on cross-country comedy tours. Adam Scott is another A-list comedian who decided to lend his talents to “Parks and Recreation” but not until after the show’s first season. Despite starring in his own Starz comedy series, “Party Down,” Scott decided to leave the show to join “Parks and Recreation” as Ben Wyatt, a state auditor, in order to work with the show’s all-star cast.
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England in 1819 to perform in Tuscaloosa for 1st time Father-son band mixes electronic, rock, comes to Chloé’s Cup downtown alongside local Tim Higgins IF YOU GO...
By Megan Miller Staff Reporter
England in 1819, a fatherson band, is set to make its first appearance in Tuscaloosa Saturday at Chloe’s Cup downtown. Comprised of father Liam Callaway and his two sons Andrew and Dan, the group is based out of New Orleans, La. The band released their third album at the beginning of 2013, and Tuscaloosa is one stop of many on the way to the SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas. “This will be our first time at SXSW, and we’ve heard it’s an awesome time, jam-packed with bands and all types of music industry people,” band member Andrew Callaway said. “There’s almost going to be too much going on to take it all in, I think, so we’re just going to try to play as much as possible and meet whoever we can.” Although the band has never played a show in Tuscaloosa, they are hoping for a good turnout. Students regularly at Chloe’s Cup for studying and socializing said they were
• What: England in 1819 with Tim Higgins • When: Saturday, Feb. 16 at 5:30 p.m. • Where: Chloe’s Cup excited to have live performers added to the atmosphere. Presley Morgan, a junior majoring in accounting, said adding live music will be an added bonus to the already inviting environment. “The atmosphere, coffee and service at Chloe’s are all great,” Morgan said. “I usually go there to study, but it’s such a cozy place, it makes for a great concert venue as well.” Callaway said they hope their stop in Tuscaloosa will bring some new fans out to see the band. “We’ve been touring all around the South for about a year now, but haven’t yet made it to Tuscaloosa,” Callaway said. “We’ve heard great
things about the town, and this time we were fortunate enough for the kind people at Chloe’s to give us a date. It’s always hard coming to a city for the first time because no one really knows about you, but hopefully we can get the word out about us and our show and get some good people out.” Callaway describes the band’s music as atmospheric textures that float seamlessly across new wave electronics, post-rock swells and dreamcroon vocals, with evocative surges of sound, combined with haunting lyrics and massive chamber rock that unfurl into sweeping, evocative surges of sound. Andrew Callaway said the band’s music is comparable to a combination of Sigur Ros, Future Islands, Radiohead, Explosions in the Sky, Beach House and The XX. Callaway said playing in a band with family can be interesting and sometimes tricky to balance family roles and band roles, but the group has found a dynamic that works for them. “Sometimes we can get a little too closed off and locked up in our own world, but for the
England in 1819, a father-son band, will perform at Chloé’s Cup on Feb. 16 at 5:30 p.m. most part, it’s really great,” he said. “We’re really honest with each other, and we work well together.” Midway through the band’s last tour, their touring drummer had to leave with only two weeks left in the tour. Callaway said though at the time it seemed like a disaster, it ended up pushing the band in a new
direction in terms of their third album. “The electronic drums and synths are a bit of a change for us,” Callaway said. “I have a degree in electronic music composition, which I hadn’t really been using too much, so when I filled in our sound with electronics we really liked the way it sounded. We finished
out the tour, and just decided to stick with that sound. The response from our fans has been really positive as well, so I think we’ll just keep heading that way.” England in 1819, along side opening act and local Tim Higgins, will perform at Chloe’s Cup on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. The show will be free.
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New art-driven show highlights Alabama artists
By Ryan Phillips Contributing Writer WVUA plans to premiere a new art-driven television show, “Alabama Art Seen,” on Wednesday, Feb. 13. This student-produced program will exhibit the many different kinds of artists living and working in the state of Alabama. The half-hour segment currently has three episodes set to air at 7 p.m. on Feb. 13, 20 and 27. Created by UA faculty and produced by media students, the program will highlight artists and musicians of Alabama while providing the students behind the camera with handson professional experience in the television industry. UA professors Nick Corrao
WVUA’s new show “Alabama Art Seen” will premiere on Wednesday, Feb. 13. The half-hour segment currently has three episodes set to air at 7 p.m. on Feb. 13, 20 and 27. The show was created by UA faculty and produced by media students in TCF 451: Advanced TV Production. and Hank Lazer both wanted to profile and promote the arts in Alabama. The collaboration of the two ultimately paved the way for the television show, which is produced and hosted by students. Corrao’s TCF 451 Advanced TV Production class, produces the program, with Corrao working as executive producer. “We produce one or two episodes a semester,” Corrao said. “The students begin the semester by researching and pitching segment ideas. These ideas are then voted on by the class and three are selected for each episode. Small production teams are formed within the class, and these teams are responsible for scheduling, filming and editing their segments with
their artist subjects.” The producers of the show also hope for a positive contribution to local art by way of exhibition and audience interest. By getting the word out about local artists, the goal is to raise awareness in the audience while bringing notoriety to artists around the state. “We wanted to give the public exposure to all of the different types of arts happening in the state, with the aim of growing the excitement and investment in the arts here in Alabama,” Corrao said. “I hope that [the audience] is exposed to different artists and art forms that they didn’t know existed here in Alabama, and more importantly that the show inspires them to seek out more of these
artists and art forms. Getting involved either creatively or as a supportive member of the arts community is a tremendously rewarding experience.” In providing students with the opportunity to work on a commercially broadcast television program, the creators of “Alabama Art Seen” strive to facilitate real world experience for the students involved while giving them a chance to grow in a professional media environment. Lazer, the Creative Campus executive director, is optimistic of the many possibilities associated with this new television program and what it could potentially do for a student’s career. “[Alabama Art Seen] is yet
another example of the amazing opportunities for students to do original work at UA,” Lazer said. “Work that will be seen on a commercial TV station and that will most definitely enhance the students’ career opportunities.” Corrao said he also feels strongly about what students stand to gain by working on this program. “What [the students] accomplish over the course of one semester is very impressive,” Corrao said. “And those experiences and skills translate directly to the jobs that they will have working for television production crews when they graduate.” For students, this provides the opportunity to gain
experience by simply signing up for a TCF class and aiding in the production of the show. Along with being given a participatory role in the projects, students are able to take leadership roles within a true industry setting. “It truly is a unique opportunity that has given us a tremendous amount of valuable experience in our field,” Lauren Jacobs, student producer said. “We get to say that we made a TV show that’s currently onair. How cool is that?” The show has a tentative schedule set for March and students are encouraged to sign up for the class if they are interested in learning about the ever-changing television industry.
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Graduate student’s art evokes echoes visually By Marcus Flewellen Contributing Writer Graduate art student Astri Snodgrass explores memory and perception in her new show “Echo: Paintings by Astri Snodgrass,” which is on display at the Ferguson Center Art Gallery now through March 3. For Snodgrass, a first-year graduate student from St. Charles, Ill., “Echo” will be her sixth solo art exhibition. The show displays her paintings, which create a new perception and awareness for the viewer. “I look at my paintings as kind of a visual echo, because I use a lot of reflections and
repeated images,” Snodgrass said. The title of the show comes out of her theory behind her work, drawing from photographs and inspiration from windows and visual echoes. “I work from photographs and manipulate the photographs in order to generate new images,” Snodgrass said. “I’m interested in windows as invisible barriers that simultaneously connect and divide two spaces. Windows facilitate looking through while at the same time looking back, creating a sense of ambiguity of space and allowing for the viewer to exist in two or
more spaces at the same time. My work offers a skewed and multilayered perception much like a visual echo, creating an awareness of multiple spaces at once.” Snodgrass, who studied studio art in Norway and Argentina before coming to the University, has wanted to be an artist for as long as she can remember. “I was seriously interested in art throughout my childhood, through high school,” she said. “My parents encouraged me to express myself artistically from the very beginning. My mom is an art teacher, she teaches elementary art. So I was just
kind of in that environment my whole life.” Even though this is only Snodgrass’s second semester at the University, she has had no problem becoming a part of the University’s art culture. She previously exhibited work at “You Can’t Hold Water: Works by Graduate Studio Artists” and the 28th West Alabama Juried Show, where she won honorable mention. “Echo: Paintings by Astri Snodgrass” will be open every Monday to Saturday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. until March 3. For more information on the exhibition, contact email@example.com.
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Snodgrass’ work, featured at the Ferg, is based on manipulated photography.
COLUMN | MUSIC
Wussy’s album ‘Popular Favorites,’ a solid, free sample of independent rock By Jordan Cissell Let’s see. It’s Sunday night, easing into Monday morning, and I’m sitting here tearing through a package of generic Fig Newtons and digging Wussy’s new, free, downloadonly album “Berneice Huff and son Bill sings Popular Favorites” at a reasonable volume. A satisfactory scene, indeed. In case you’re unfamiliar
with Wussy – and I wouldn’t be surprised in the least if such was the case – these guys are a four-piece act out of Cincinnati, Ohio, who have been plugging along under the radar since about 2001, releasing several albums of quality stuff that really defies definition. Wikipedia calls it indie rock. What does that mean? I deem it melodic noise with pop’s ultracatchy sensibilities. Let me warn you now –
you’re either gonna really like ‘em, or you’re gonna really dislike ‘em. I don’t see any room for middle ground. But it would be Seward’s Folly to decide one way or the other before you try them out, and “Popular Favorites” is as good a place to start as any. We’re talking 12 solid songs, and they’ll run you 100 percent less than the aforementioned generic Fig Newtons. The album actually kicks off
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with the spoken-word intro to a segment NPR’s “Fresh Air” ran on the band back in 2009. Several of these little pieces from various radio broadcast interviews pepper the album. If you’re in a hurry, they’re entirely skip-able, but at about a half-minute a pop, they’re not too unreasonable of a time commitment. And the band members are really quite humorous, especially guitaristsinger Chuck Cleaver and bassist-keyboardist Mark Messerly. (“Hip hop,” Cleaver deadpans to an eruption of laughter in one clip – his response to a question regarding his stylistic influences.) I suppose the radio bits are fitting, as an overflowing handful of the songs on the record are live-at-the-station takes on some of the band’s more popular cuts. Most of the rest are old demos that never made it onto another CD or covers of songs by other independent Ohio acts with names like Seedy Seeds and Afghan Whigs and Jenny Mae. Check out “Sweetie Sweetie (Live on WOXY),” a Jenny Mae cover in which Cleaver
talk-sings with the brilliantly weird combination of Meat Loaf’s bravado and David Bowie’s inflection over a simple, jangly roots-rock groove. It comes much closer to summing up Wussy’s un-sum-up-ableness than any words I possess the faculties to produce. Another definite highlight is an acoustic version of “Airborne,” which originally appeared on their 2006 debut “Funeral Dress.” It doesn’t soar quite like the electric original, but this stripped-down version gives you ample room to hear the fantastic interplay between Cleaver’s and singer-songwriter Lisa Walker’s perfectly, beautifully (here) raw vocals. And it proves these folks aren’t a bunch of Midwestern hacks hiding behind heavy guitar – underneath, or rather within the cacophony lie clever rhymes and pretty, hummable melodies. I’m of the firm belief that the best thing about listening to Wussy is Walker’s singing voice. In fact, I’m so comfortable in my assertion that I’m gonna go ahead and deem her the best lady vocalist in music
today. Not the most technically gifted by any means, but the breathiness of her pleasant-with-an-edge rasp is certainly the most authentic and consistently enjoyable. Normally Walker splits lead vocal duties at about 50/50 with Cleaver to swell results (see above), but on “Jonah” and “All the Bugs Are Growing,” two old demos Walker recorded under the name The Magic Words, we have the pleasure of digging her all by herself. I find “All the Bugs Are Growing” the more enjoyable of the two. It’s a pleasant layering of the back porch evening sound of summer bugs off in the woods and Walker’s pretty, ethereal poetry with a gently-strummed guitar riff and some weird oscillating loop that’s more textural than audible. By no means does it constitute Wussy’s best collection of material, but “Popular Favorites” is certainly a solid representative sample of these guys’ sound – a good chance for a zero-risk listen to see if you think they’re worth spending time pokin’ around after more.
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Injury to junior college catcher affects roster With Wade Wass out of the game because of hurt ankle, senior Brent Booth steps up to plate for Tide By Marc Torrence Assistant Sports Editor Every team in sports must deal with injuries at some point or another, but the Alabama baseball team, which hosts its season-opener this Friday against the Virginia Military Institute, is already feeling major effects. Wade Wass, a junior college transfer from Pensacola, Fla., who played the his last two seasons at Meridian Community College, was expected to see major playing time right away this season at catcher, but sustained an ankle injury during a scrimmage and will miss the first part of the 2013 season. Senior Brett Booth, who started all 55 games last season including 31 as catcher, will carry most of the load behind the plate until Wass can get healthy and back in the lineup. “We’ve talked about depth on our team,” head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “That’s where it falls right back to the one luxury of
having Brett as our everyday catcher last year. He is just going to have to be a warrior right now, and he is going to be asked to catch every ball game until we get the return.” Booth made the switch to catcher in 2012 after playing much of 2011 at third base. He tied for first on the team in home runs (4) and finished second on the team in RBIs (32). He’ll be counted on to play an even bigger role in Wass’ absence. “It’s a little bit of change getting to dress every couple of days,” Booth said. “But with the injury, people just have to step up, and it’s something you really can’t control. And when the other catcher goes down, just something you have to get back there and keep your body as healthy as you can.” Alabama will miss Wass’ power at the plate as he recovers from an injury that Gaspard said will keep him out until the second half of the season. Wass was named first team Region 23 by the National Junior College Athletic Association last
season. He posted a .427 batting average, hit 23 home runs and added 67 RBIs in his stellar sophomore season. “It’s unfortunate for both Wade and our team right now,” Gaspard said. “We are just hoping for the best today in terms of the time table of the injury and where we go from there.” Wass decided to transfer to Alabama rather than make the jump to professional baseball. He was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2012 draft last summer. How he returns will be critical for his draft stock the next time around in 2013. M e a nwh i l e , G a sp a r d sees it as an opportunity for younger players to get experience. “I mean, he was a heck of a player,” Gaspard said. “Long term, if you look at, this can be an opportunity for some guys to step in and hopefully get Wade back. And now we’ve created a little more depth for when he does come back, and he can make our team even stronger the second half of the season.”
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Senior Brett Booth made the switch to catcher in 2012 after playing much of 2011 at third base.
Tide ﬁnishes Bulldog’s winning streak in Athens, Ga. Narrow away victory keeps hopes of entry to NCAA tournament alive for struggling Alabama team By Marquavius Burnett Sports Editor
to worry about their offensive struggles. “We talked before the game The University of Alabama about how we couldn’t let men’s basketball team won anything on the offensive end another close game despite a affect what we were doing poor shooting night. on the defensive end, and I The Crimson Tide (16-8, 8-3 thought our guys stayed true SEC) squeaked out a 52-45 vic- to that,” Grant said after the tory over the Georgia Bulldogs (12-12, 6-5 SEC) in Athens, Ga. Tuesday night. After the Bulldogs took a Right now, it’s one day at a 41-40 lead, the Tide closed the time, one game at a time for game with a 12-4 run to end us. That’s the only thing we can Georgia’s five-game winning see, and that’s the only thing we streak. should be focused on. “I’m really impressed with — Anthony Grant Georgia. They’re really efficient offensively, and they’ve been guarding well,” Alabama coach Anthony Grant said in a postgame interview with game. “First half, we finally ESPNU. “We knew coming in, got in a rhythm and were able first and foremost, we’d have to take the lead at the half. to do a great job defensively. “We talked about it at the I thought in the first half we half, that we were going to struggled and couldn’t make have to come out and give shots early. I told the guys just a great effort on the defenstay the course.” sive end, and that would The Tide shot 38.8 percent win the game for us. We from the floor, including 33 made enough shots in the percent from behind the arc, half, and our defense was but Grant told the players not outstanding. Switching
defenses kind of bothered them, and that helped us out as well.” Defensively, Alabama held Georgia to 30.8 percent shooting from the field, including 23 percent from three-point range. The Tide stifled the Bulldogs for much of the game with its zone defense but made necessary adjustments when Georgia began making shots. “We felt like we could have some success playing zone, and we played it extended minutes because it was working,” Grant said. “They struggled to find quality shots against the zone. They hurt us late with quality shots, so we switched back to man, and I thought the man [defense] carried us through.” Rodney Cooper led Alabama with 14 points and five rebounds, while Levi Randolph added eight points and grabbed seven rebounds. Georgia’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led all scorers with 22 points and snatched eight rebounds. Nemanja Djurisic put in 12 points and
tallied five rebounds. The Bulldogs were able to outrebound Alabama 41-33. Alabama is now 8-2 in its last 10 games with an outside chance of making the NCAA Tournament. Still, Grant and
the team aren’t looking past their next opponent. “Right now, it’s one day at a time, one game at a time for us,” Grant said. “That’s the only thing we can see, and that’s the only thing we should
be focused on. Our guys are doing a better job of focusing on that as the season goes on.” Next up for the Tide is a home game against South Carolina Saturday, Feb. 16. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.
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COLUMN | MEN’S BASKETBALL
Two paths to NCAA tournament left for Tide By Billy Whyte Bracketologist Joe Lunardi from ESPN currently does not have Alabama making the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The Crimson Tide is also not listed in his first four out or his next four out. Why is this so significant? Well, considering every year many surprise teams win their respective conference tournament to steal a spot from a potential bubble team, the Tide is essentially about 15 to 20 spots out at this point from making the tournament. The main factors the NCAA committee looks at when determining at-large selections and seeding are strength of schedule, record against quality opponents and how many big wins (RPI top 50) or bad losses (bad losses being teams ranked RPI 101-150, and really bad losses are teams ranked outside RPI top 150). Strength of schedule is currently ranked 47, so that isn’t harming the Tide’s résumé. And Alabama is 7-5 against the RPI top 100, which
is solid enough. But the problem lies in the last two components: big wins and bad losses. There just are not enough of the former and way too many of the latter. And there aren’t really any games left to make up ground. Currently, Alabama only has one win against the RPI top 50 (Kentucky is barely hanging there at No. 47), and only two RPI top 50 opponents are left on their schedule (Ole Miss and Florida). In fact, those are the only two RPI top-100 opponents the Tide has left in its remaining eight games. (Note: This was written before outcome of the Georgia game.) The SEC just isn’t that strong at basketball, so Alabama had to capitalize on its opportunities when they were there and for the most part has failed to do so. So essentially, in order to make the NCAA tournament, there are only two options. Option one, win the SEC tournament and get the automatic bid. Or option two, beat Florida and finish 7-1 in its remaining eight games. And even then the
Tide would probably have to win a couple games in the SEC tournament. How did the Tide end up in this spot? Well for one, losing to Dayton, Mercer and Tulane at home hasn’t helped. Beating Cincinnati on the road earlier in the season would have been a huge résumé booster. Not to mention closing against Tennessee would have given the Tide another RPI top-100 win. But what really screwed over Alabama’s chances was that putrid loss against Auburn. Auburn is currently 211 in the RPI, right behind the likes of Quinnipiac and CSU Northridge. Auburn’s win against Alabama was the Tigers’ only win in its last eight games. So let’s look at the options again. Finish 7-1 down the stretch and win at Florida, or win the SEC tournament. The first option is a lot easier said than done. Florida has not only won every game at home this year, but the Gators have also pummeled their opponents at home, winning by an
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the Tide would have to play them. And that’s assuming the Tide can secure the third or fourth seed and manage to defeat the likes of Missouri, Kentucky and Ole Miss in the tournament without tripping up against an easy team along
Crimson Tide posts 13-stroke victory, claims 4th title in Puerto Rico CW Staff
our spring season,” Alabama Head Coach Mic Potter said. The Alabama women’s golf “We did a lot of things very team ran away with the title well and came away with a at the 2013 Lady Puerto Rico double-digit win, but at the Classic on Tuesday with a same time I think we identified 13-shot victory on the par-72, things we have to get better at 6,191-yard River Course at the if we are going to improve as a team.” Rio Mar Beach Resort. Tide junior Stephanie The Crimson Tide has now won the Lady Puerto Rico Meadow finished tied for secClassic the last four times they ond at 2-under-par (214), cardhave participated (2008, 2010, ing a 1-under 71 in Tuesday’s 2011 and 2013). Alabama shot final round. Meadow, who was a 7-over 871 over three rounds battling illness throughout the with an even-par 288 in the tournament, opened with a 73 and followed that with a 70 in final round. “It was a great way to start round two. Arkansas’ Emily
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No. 5 men’s team young, but not inexperienced True freshmen Dru Love, Robby Prater and William Sellers join 7 returning members for 2013 season By Andrew Clare Contributing Writer The golf season starts later this week, and Alabama’s men’s team comes into it ranked No. 5 in the country. After coming so close in 2012 to the school’s first national championship, the Crimson Tide is back and returning its top three players from last year: juniors Bobby Wyatt and Corey Whitsett and Sophomore Justin Thomas. The Tide is relatively young, returning seven of the eight members from last year’s team and adding three freshmen to this year’s squad. Alabama had only one senior last year and has two this season. “We are still fairly young,” head coach Jay Seawell said. “We have a junior, sophomore and a junior but you would
You have to train yourself just to think about today because it’s the most important thing that will help us get better today. — Jay Seawell
never know it by their play of course and they are our three top guys.” As only a freshman last year, Thomas was the named national player of the year, and as only sophomores last season Whitsett and Wyatt were both named second team all-Americans by Golfweek. For veterans and new faces alike, the top priority for the Tide is to improve daily. “Most important thing is
worry about each day and try to get better each day,” Thomas said. “You have to train yourself just to think about today because it’s the most important thing that will help us get better today,” Seawell said. The Tide still has two more spots left in its top five and Seawell said at this point, the competition for them is wide open. “We’re still thinking about who will be the four and five,” Seawell said. “It could be a redshirt freshman, a senior, a junior and another senior.” One of the players competing the spots is senior Scott Strohmeyer, who Seawell said has experience after playing in the national championship match against the Texas Longhorns last season. Alabama has three true
freshmen who have joined the team this year: Dru Love, Robby Prater and William Sellers. Seawell said that the freshmen are currently in a process that involves working hard and getting better every single day. “Our freshmen are in what I like to call a development,” Seawell said. “More than likely they’re going to have a hard time getting in during the spring, but they are doing a good job of fitting in and doing the right things.” Seawell is ready for the season to start and said even though they are a young team, their experience level and knowledge of the game are high. “Technically we’re still young,” Seawell said. “But in golf wisdom and in golf years and golf experience we are pretty experienced so I’m really excited for the year to start.”
Alabama will enter the new season ranked No. 5.
Sophomore Nick Jacobs propels Tide with interior play By Charlie Potter Staff Reporter
Nick Jacobs was huge
When sophomore forward tonight. He had some tough Nick Jacobs is filling up the stat rebounds, made his free sheet, the Alabama men’s basthrows at the line. When Nick ketball team reaps the benefit. In 19 minutes versus LSU, Jacobs plays like that we’re a Jacobs was able to lead tough team to beat. Alabama with 15 points off the bench in a 60-57 victory over — Trevor Releford the Tigers on Saturday Feb. 9 in Coleman Coliseum. Jacobs wasn’t even on the floor for an entire half, but he also snatched five rebounds was able to help boost the Tide and blocked three shots. Head coach Anthony Grant with his solid interior play. He
said Jacobs’ understanding of how to slow down LSU’s success inside was the key in Alabama’s win. “I thought Nick was huge, especially in the second half, with the ability to go to the line, to step up there and make his free throws down the stretch,” Grant said. “It was great to see Nick come in there and continue to battle like he did. I thought he came up with two huge rebounds down the stretch that we had to have. I was really proud of his effort. When he brings that type of
energy and focus, we’re a much better team.” In a game where the Tide struggled from the free-throw line, completing only 60.6 percent (20-33) of its attempts, Jacobs knocked down 87.5 percent (7-8) of his free throws and converted them when his teammates couldn’t in the final minutes of the game. Since conference play began, Jacobs has posted double-digit points four times (Mississippi State, Kentucky, Arkansas and LSU). Alabama won all four of those games. The only
exception came earlier in the season against Tulane. He is only averaging 6.7 points and 3.2 rebounds per game this season, but Jacobs has been coming off the bench to spell junior center Moussa Gueye. However, Jacobs’ ability to penetrate in the paint and score with his favorite hook shot gives the Tide a change of pace from the usual jumpers that the guards put up as the shot clock expires. Junior guard Trevor Releford said Jacobs’ performance
against LSU was the reason it didn’t hand the Tigers the win after leading for the majority of the game. “Nick Jacobs was huge tonight,” Releford said. “He had some tough rebounds, made his free throws at the line. When Nick Jacobs plays like that, we’re a tough team to beat.” If Jacobs can consistently give Alabama a post presence offensively and defensively, the Tide will be hard to beat as the regular season comes to a close.
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