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UA plans series to commemorate desegregation ‘Through the Doors’ events will focus on forward thinking, encourage community By Taylor Veazey Contributing Writer

as co-chair of a committee planning a year-long series of special activities and events titled “Through the Doors.” Through the Doors is an opportunity for different schools, colleges and organizations on campus to sponsor events encouraging community and inclusiveness. “We’ve tried to make this as decentralized as possible so schools and colleges can cele-

When Arthur Dunning stepped onto The University of Alabama campus in 1966, there were only 15 other black students enrolled. This year, the 50th anniversary of desegregation and Gov. George Wallace’s famous “Stand in the Schoolhouse Door” in 1963, Dunning serves

brate this in a way that reflects international level. He wants them and their goals,” Dunning the Through the Doors series said. to be focused on Dunning, who students and forwas also among ward thinking. We want to reflect on the the first five “We want to past, celebrate the successes black players to reflect on the and achievements we’ve walk on the 1967 past, celebrate made, and look to the football team, the successes said the feeling and achievefuture. of social isolaments we’ve tion he experimade, and look — Arthur Dunning enced on camto the future,” pus 50 years ago Dunning said. does not exist anymore, and the Kayla James, presiUniversity has become much dent of the Black Student more diverse on a national and Union, serves as a student

representative on the planning committee of Through the Doors. She said it is an honor to be in such a position at a place where she could not have even received an education just 50 years ago. “I’m thankful to the others before who opened up doors,” James said. “It inspires me to open up doors for others in the future.” James said the Black Student Union is planning a few events for Through the Doors, including a black history and civil rights tour of Tuscaloosa and a

black student alumni reunion. SGA President Matt Calderone also serves as a student representative on the planning committee. He hopes the series opens more doors to ways students and organizations can collaborate on campus. “We’ve done a good job of it so far, but we can always do more to bring us together,” Calderone said. “I think this is a good way to make students sit back and think about that.”

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CULTURE | DATING

LoveisintheWeb By Becky Robinson | Staff Reporter

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ike many other college students, Charlotte Lawson is in a long-distance relationship. However, she didn’t meet her boyfriend in high school or at a bar. Lawson met him online. Lawson, a senior majoring in criminal justice and political science, met her boyfriend of nearly a year through an online Alabama football forum

he moderated. “We just sort of incidentally connected on Twitter,” Lawson said. “I thought, ‘Hey these guys write for this site, and I want to follow them on Twitter and get updates instantly,’ and he followed me back.” Lawson said she and her boyfriend soon found out they shared many common interests, especially music and art. The two planned to meet at a Tuscaloosa bar for the A-Day game last April. “I didn’t go in with any

romantic expectations,” Lawson said. “I was just like, ‘Here’s a friend. If we don’t get along I can go home, block him and never talk to him again.’” That sense of control of her situation made Lawson feel secure, knowing that if things went badly she could delete him from her life with a click of her mouse. She said it was intimidating, though, and she didn’t know what to expect. Fortunately for Lawson, the meeting inspired by her Twitter activity led to a

serious relationship. The pursuit of relationships online has become a hot topic. Everyone read about the scandal surrounding Notre Dame’s Heisman candidate Manti Te’o and MTV’s hit show, “Catfish,” dedicated to helping online lovers meet in person, often with shocking consequences. What was once seen as a tool for older, working people who were too busy for the bar scene to connect through sites like match.com and eHarmony. com has evolved, and online

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dating and social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are now becoming a means for younger audiences to meet. Meredith Cummings, the director of the Alabama Scholastic Press Association, said online dating has evolved drastically since the birth of the Internet in the mid-1980s. “I remember when meeting someone online was this cool new thing you could do,” Cummings said. “We didn’t have social media. We had chat rooms. Now you

can meet somebody with 140 characters.” Cummings said online dating is beginning to become a whole new outlet for people, including college students, to meet. Whole businesses are being created that center around connecting on the Internet. “We’re all getting so used to instant gratification [with technology], and it’s the same thing with dating,” Cummings said.

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SPORTS | BASEBALL

Green Bar to host soul band Tide has hope for new season St. Paul and the Broken Bones will play Feb. 15 By Francie Johnson Contributing Writer There are many things Paul Janeway, vocalist of St. Paul and the Broken Bones, is not. He’s not an accountant, although his in-progress accounting degree and suit-and-bow tie stage outfit might lead one to believe otherwise. He’s not your stereotypical party-hard rock star either; in fact, he doesn’t drink at all. But perhaps most important of all, when he sings of pain and heartbreak, Paul Janeway is not a liar. “Every time I get on stage, there’s a certain mental place I have to go, and it’s difficult sometimes,” Janeway said. “I’m not pretending. Part of our show er • Plea s

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After 2012 record of 21-34, Alabama expected to finish 6th in SEC west By Marc Torrence Assistant Sports Editor After a disappointing 2012 campaign, the Alabama baseball team will return to the diamond to face the Virginia Military Institute Keydets in a weekend series. First pitches are set for Friday at 6:05 p.m., Saturday at 2:05 p.m. and Sunday at 1:05 p.m. The Crimson Tide is coming off a 2012 season that saw the team go 21-34 and finish last in the SEC West. Alabama was

picked to finish sixth in the West in the SEC preseason coaches’ poll. “We didn’t have a great year last year, so I don’t know why people would think we would have a whole lot of attention,” sophomore pitcher Spencer Turnbull said. “But I feel like we have a really good shot at earning some attention this year playing really well. If we can earn it on the field, things will happen for us.”

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“We don’t have to wait and call somebody and sit around and ring our hands and wait for them to call us back and agonize over it. We want to be able to get online and say, ‘Hey, you want to go out?’ and two seconds later have a date.” Although Cummings said she does not see a day where there will be dating sites geared toward college students, she said apps are a possibility.

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The University has services that can help students use online social media safely, even if they are not looking for love. The Office of Technology has a web page students can visit for tips, as does the Counseling Center. Even with the backlash seen in some cases, online dating is likely here to stay. “It’s becoming more and more normal,” Lawson said. “I would say there’s no harm in pursuing friendships, but I could caution against getting your heart set on romantic relationships, lest you end up like Manti Te’o.”

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Sophomore pitcher will start Friday in his fifth SEC start BASEBALL FROM PAGE 1 Turnbull will start for Alabama Friday, an honor given to a team’s top starting pitcher. The right-hander

One app, Tinder, has already become popular with some students. The app allows people who are already near each other to connect through chat rooms. Lee Keyes, the executive director of the UA Counseling Center, said online dating could be a helpful tool for shy people when used correctly. “For people who have a lot of anxiety about meeting others, it can be a way of introducing themselves and having things known about them before they have a face-to-face encounter,” Keyes said. However, Keyes stressed

the importance of maintaining the ability to build personal relationships and cautioned against the pitfalls of online dating. “You don’t start out with a wide-open book on your life. You start with a pretty fundamental profile, and you allow people you’ve established contact with to earn your trust over time,” Keyes said. “[Online dating] should never replace human contact. That would be one of the unwise uses of that medium.” Keyes said the Counseling Center has seen cases of online dating that have caused

trauma in students, whether physical or mental. He also said there were successes in the online dating field and that the results of online dating could be thought of as a wide spectrum. Like Keyes, Cummings said students should remain guarded and skeptical when dealing with online relationships, even though doing so gives the relationship “a weird starting point of not being very open.” She said she trusts Facebook and Twitter more than online dating sites because most dating services do not require much registration or verification of a person’s identity.

pitched 53 innings last season as a freshman, including five SEC starts. Turnbull and the coaching staff is hoping for a breakout year from the young pitcher. “I want to be the Friday night guy. Everybody wants to be the Friday night guy,” Turnbull said. “I feel like I’ve worked hard to get there, and I’m very appreciative of the

opportunity to get a chance to start out there and hopefully I can keep earning my spot there.” Behind him, Alabama will feature a relatively young team. Head Coach Mitch Gaspard said three freshmen could hit in the first three spots in the lineup. With an inexperienced team, the Crimson Tide is still searching for an identity that it hopes will take shape over the first few series of the season. “Within ourselves, our chemistry’s really good,” sophomore Ben Moore said. “And to us, that’s what’s important. We have fun

playing together and as far as the season goes along and how we do, that’ll determine our identity.” Gaspard challenged his team to get off to a fresh start in 2013 after a season that everyone would prefer to move on from. It begins Friday with the three-game homestand. “These first three weeks, like anybody, it’s more about us and what we have to do,” he said. “That’s really what I want to see in our club. We preach to play hard and get after it and be that type of mentality. That’s what I want to see. Are we gonna

be that team that’s really gonna play that way, or are you just gonna talk about playing that way?” Sophomore left-hander Jon Keller will start Saturday, and senior right-hander Charlie Sullivan will start Sunday.

University to host special events June 11 DESEGREGATION FROM PAGE 1

Dunning said many events are still in the planning process, including special events for the actual anniversary of the enrollment of Vivian Malone and James Hood, the University’s first black undergraduates to enroll, on June 11. He hopes the Through the Door series will help students connect to this important time in history. “Fifty years in not long ago. It’s not ancient history,” Dunning said. “We’ve had dramatic changes, and we want students to see how this matters to them.” For more information about the 50th anniversary of the Stand in the Schoolhouse Door and a schedule of Through the Doors events, visit throughthedoors.ua.edu. Events and information will be continually updated throughout the year.

CORRECTION In the Feb. 12 article “Kentuck offers clay crafting class,” W. Lowell Baker was referred to as Kerry Kennedy’s “late” professor. Baker is Kennedy’s former professor who now works at The University of Tulsa. The Crimson White regrets this error and is happy to set the record straight.


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Page 3 Editor | Melissa Brown newsdesk@cw.ua.edu Thursday, February 14, 2013

For some, broken phones worse than break ups By Adrienne Burch and Krystina Pederson CW Staff This Valentine’s Day, some people may be finding comfort in something colder than the arms of their significant other. According to a recent survey by Logitech, 43 percent of the 2,000 single adults surveyed said they would be equally upset by a broken iPhone or iPad and a relationship break up. Laurie Bonnici, assistant professor for the School of Library and Information Studies, said she believes today’s younger generation is more than attached to their technology,

and it is something essential to their lives. “You don’t think of them as devices for you guys. They are more like an extension of your being,” Bonnici said. “It’s like your second right hand.” She said if technology was taken away from this generation, it would be more like a disability. Young people would not know how to communicate with friends or find their way around town. “Technology is relied on,” Bonnici said. “This generation counts on it.” Alexandria Thomas, a freshman majoring in anthropology, said she admits she is very reli-

You don’t think of them as devices for you guys. They are more like an extension of your being. — Laurie Donnici

ant on her phone. “I’m very attached to my phone,” Thomas said. “The first thing I do in the morning is check the weather on it. I’d be upset if it broke, but I’d get over it because it’s replaceable.” However, Bonnici said she definitely agrees that technology is more easily replaced than

a significant other. “With a breakup, you may have a grieving process, and you may eventually go and find someone else,” Bonnici said. “But you can just go buy a new phone at any time.” A 2012 USA Today survey reported that 31 percent of those surveyed said it would be harder to give up their cellphone for a day than their significant other. But when it comes to choosing between either technology or romance, Caitlin Baggett, a freshman majoring in psychology, said she would rather give up technology for 24 hours. “I’d rather go a day without technology, just because my boyfriend goes to college in Georgia, and I’d do anything to see him,” Baggett said. According to the Mobile Mindset Study conducted by the security app Lookout, 60 percent of U.S. smartphone owners claim to check their phones at least once an hour. Young adults are the most addicted, with 63 percent of women and 73 percent of men ages 18-34 claiming they do not go an hour without checking their phones. Baggett and Thomas both feel the compulsive need to constantly be in touch with their electronic devices, whether its checking Twitter, Instagram or even the local weather. Both admit to checking their phones at least several times an hour. “I’d rather be with my girlfriend than with technology,” Wyatt Bailey, a freshman majoring in biology, said. “I’m not very

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Many students admit to obsessively checking their phones multiple times an hour, but still wouldn’t trade technology for their loved ones. attached to technology. I really only use it when I need to.” Despite her attachment With a breakup, you may to technology, Bonnici said she does not view it as have a grieving process, and an addiction. you may eventually go and “It’s like alcohol,” she find someone else. But you said. “It’s not an addiction can just go buy a new phone unless you are using technolat any time. ogy enough where it is affecting your life in a negative way. — Laurie Donnici If it’s not excessive, then it’s just enhancing your life and experiences.”

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Suspension not enough; muggers must leave team, campus By Nathan James Senior Staff Columnist Football is more than a game here at Alabama. Everyone knows that. It’s a cultural institution, a source of identity for the University and a financial bastion that has helped make this university great. Even if you don’t care about the sport, it’s impossible to deny the importance of the Crimson Tide to this college and the surrounding community. That makes what Brent Calloway, Eddie Williams, Tyler Hayes and Dennis Pettway did all the more reprehensible. These members of The University of Alabama football team all had a role in the vicious beating and robbery of two UA students. This past Monday, Williams approached

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Samuel Jurgens, another UA student, and, with the help of Hayes and Pettway, beat him unconscious. The three then made off with Jurgens’ possessions, leaving him face up and covered in blood. An hour later, they did the same thing to another student. Like Jurgens, student Caleb Paul was accosted, beaten, robbed and left bleeding in the street. Williams could have

won a fair fight with both of his victims at once. But he attacked them without warning, in the dark, while they were alone, and he had two friends at his back. These acts would be unspeakable from anyone, anywhere. But coming from members of the football team, they are even worse. The four team members complicit in this crime represent Alabama. Their conduct is a determinant of our university’s reputation throughout the country. They are celebrities and a privileged class amongst the student body. And their actions have shown they have neither the slightest compassion nor the tiniest spark of integrity, regarding not only their fellow students but also their responsibility to this university. They have been given

every perquisite and accommodation this university has to offer, from scholarships to special meals to academic leniency, because they are the face and economic backbone of Alabama. They’re hardly disadvantaged or desperate. They have no excuse for their actions except that they truly don’t care about the safety, property or lives of others. They have a contract with this university, both explicit and implicit, which holds them to a higher grade of conduct than others, and they’ve failed that contract as completely as they possibly could have. They have been indefinitely suspended from the team, and hopefully further reprimands will follow. In order to safeguard the honor of the Crimson Tide, which is a symbol of

the University, all four players should be permanently removed from the team and ideally the student body. Alabama doesn’t need to endorse the kind of cowardice or depravity that they have demonstrated. Yes, we will lose an asset to our team. But football at Bama is more than a game. As such, our players need to be more than athletes. And Williams, Hayes, Pettway and Calloway have shown that they’re not made of the right stuff to do that. Simply put, I’d rather suffer a losing season than see these four represent me and my school on the field. Hopefully others will feel the same way. Nathan James is a sophomore majoring in public relations. His column runs weekly on Thursdays.

VALENTINE’S DAY

Traditions, Christian values may cause younger marriage age in Alabama

By Hannah Waid Staff Columnist

I am an avid reader and was Southern born and bred, which has somewhat caused me to be a hopeless romantic. People sing about it, write about it and make movies about it. Love. And with Valentine’s Day around the corner, half of my heart clings to my hopeless romanticism while the other half looks at my love life through a serious and practical lens. It seems that only a few years ago the rate of marriage was declining and the age at which people were getting married was increasing. But the past year has been filled with engagements. A majority of my friends are now engaged or already married. And in light of Valentine’s Day this week, the pressure to have a valentine will only

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increase, wh e t h e r that valentine is a boyfriend, girlfriend, fiancé or spouse. When my parents got married, they were only 19 years old. This was normal and expected for 1980. They were high school sweethearts, and today, they have one of the strongest marriages I have seen. Their marriage is one that I admire, and one that I hope to someday experience too. But I could not have

imagined getting married at the age of 19. At 19, I was a freshman in college, and I had just started dating someone. I was nowhere near being mature enough to get married. The second semester of my freshman year, I heard a startling statistic in my psychology class. My teacher told us the most common length of dating before couples got engaged was six months. That is ridiculous. When I heard that statistic, I realized I had been in a relationship for about that long. But we were not ready to get engaged. We were still learning about each other, and we were attempting to tackle long-distance dating. An engagement after only six months would not have worked for us, and now we have been happily dating for almost three years. I know the recent

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engagement boom is in part due to my age. I also think that it is largely due to our Southern culture. In Alabama specifically, the percentage of people currently married is higher than the percentage of people married in the U.S. Also, the median age at which people get married is lower in Alabama than the national median age. Most of the nation is waiting till their 30s to get married, some even choosing to live together in a “trial run” for several years before deciding to marry. The younger marriage trend in the South may be due to some Southern traditions that are not as prominent in the rest of the country. Alabama is part of the Bible Belt, and the Christian values of dating and marriage may cause Southerners to date a smaller number of people before

marrying. The Southern family dynamic often entails larger families with women in more domestic roles, which may be another reason for marrying young and starting a family. Society and culture contribute to shaping our decisions about life. This Valentine’s Day, whether single, in a relationship, or happily engaged or married, people should find comfort in and be confident of their status in life. These college years are the most carefree times of our lives, and we shouldn’t be pressuring ourselves to have the perfect valentine or the perfect engagement ring. Perhaps all we need is just a perfect box of chocolates. Hannah Waid is a junior majoring in English. Her column runs biweekly.

In an inspiring letter on education last week titled “Teach for America can close poverty education gap, locally, nationally,” author Jasmine Cannon asserted her belief that poor communities require hope and guidance in the form of bright-eyed college graduates willing to sacrifice two years of the their time. Unfortunately, this is a delusion of grandeur I cannot possibly support. Teach for America is actively destructive to the public education system, and its methods of “lifting children out of poverty” are counter-intuitive. Education has many virtues and exposes opportunities, but it is not a wholesale cure for the problems which ail communities and social classes. One teacher, and for that matter, a community of teachers, cannot make a child less poor, their parents more educated, John Speer or their home less stressful. These are factors outside an educator’s control, no matter how fervently we wish to the contrary. Teachers can, and often do, give their best in attempting to expose their students to opportunity, but success largely depends upon the receptivity of the student and the parent. A trained and experienced teacher will tell you this, but TFA does not have trained or experienced candidates – it has a political machine bent on pushing its agenda and publishing its few successes – ignoring the fact that it has changed little about education in impoverished areas. They have not lifted the Mississippi Delta out of poverty and have had little success at changing educational trends in poor communities. Yet, they are an all too willing pawn in the hands of interest groups who want to bust teachers unions and ignore policy oriented educational reform beyond mass firing of teachers and closing struggling schools. Poor communities need sustainability and trained educators, not a revolving door of inexperienced and well-meaning kids equipped with platitudes about closing the poverty and achievement gap. Most poor schools and communities suffer from a lack of committed teachers willing to work over the long term. TFA has never served that need. More importantly, we now face a surplus of trained teachers who are better equipped to handle the challenges of a classroom than a child with no experience. The undeniable fact is that the vast majority of TFA teachers quit after two years, never re-entering education. Any teacher will affirm that it takes a year to become effective, and the second is spent correcting mistakes. In the third, you might actually make a difference. Sadly, after TFA members move on to law school or medical school (generously supplemented by their time with TFA), their corps members leave satisfied that they have done more harm than good. Unfortunately, they leave trained educators to fill the gaps they left behind. Yet, TFA procures contracts from many school districts to hire their corps members. The ugly truth is that districts can hire these young graduates with no credentials much cheaper than they can hire a trained teacher. Many teachers with credentials and experience are forced to make way for a child with no experience and sometimes no understanding of the subject they will teach. In spite of the obvious fact that little has changed about education since its inception, TFA continues to enthrall young graduates like Ms. Cannon. They endow these naïve graduates with the absurd belief that they are the answer to everything which afflicts these communities. Teach for America never did and never will change the lack of resources in these areas. These students need up-to-date textbooks, more instructional time, smaller class sizes, extra guidance, and most importantly, administrators and teachers dedicated to their education for more than two years. TFA corps members must ask themselves why they are good enough to be hired in impoverished Wilcox County, but Mountain Brook is off-limits. The truth is simple: They are more willing to put the education of a poor child in your hands than an affluent one. The underlying assumption, in spite of all TFA’s claims to the contrary, remains true: poor students are expendable. I am not willing to experiment with a child’s education. If you are seriously concerned with the work that needs to be done in schools, get a degree in education and commit yourself to five years of teaching in an impoverished area. You will quickly learn that larger forces than a lack of belief in students are at work when it comes to serving poor communities’ educational needs. John Speer is a graduate student in secondary education. His column runs weekly.

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1. Pi Kappa Phi -27,601 square-foot fraternity house -Total project cost $7,364,046 2. Russell Hall renovation and addition -Renovations to the existing space of Russell Hall -Phase I has been completed, and Phase II will be the renovation of the second floor -Total project cost $18,058, 561 -Estimated completion date: Fall 2013 3. Student Center at Presidential Village -Includes recreation center, parent programming space, food service and dining space, offices for housing and residential communities -13,000 square-foot Rowing space and equipment for Intercollegiate Athletics

-Total project cost $30,932,305 4. Alpha Chi Omega -40,000 square-foot sorority house -Location at 801 Colonial Drive -Expected completion July 2014 -Total project cost $12,031,525 5. Fresh Food Dining -New dining hall to accommodate student growth with opening of Presidential Village II in August 2014 -Located west of Rodgers Library -Total project cost $15,000,000 6. Ferguson Center renovation and addition -Building expansion and renovation -Enclosing the east dining room on the second floor, the covered plaza at Starbucks and the SUPe Store -Total project cost $35,000,000 7. Alpha Phi -Sorority house on Paul W. Bryant Drive

-Total project cost $11,140,250 8. Delta Chi renovation and addition -Fraternity house at 511 Jefferson Ave. -Total project cost $3,750,000 9. Gamma Phi Beta -Sorority house on Paul W. Bryant Drive -Total project cost $11,989,250 10. Gorgas Library addition -50,000 square feet of space to the north side -Addition of two basement levels -New furniture, audio-visual capabilities, security and telecommunications -Total project cost $26,500,000 11. Shelby Fountain and site improvements -Total project cost $1,875,000 12. Kappa Kappa Gamma -40,000 square-foot sorority house -Total project cost $13,350,575

Alabama prepares for career fairs to be held Feb. 19-21 Students able to network with potential employers including AT&T, Mercedes-Benz and Frito-Lay By Adrienne Burch Assistant News Editor The University Career Center will host career fairs from Feb. 19 to Feb. 21 in the Bryant Conference Center. The Communication Career Fair is Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 1 to 4 p.m., General Interest and Business is Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Technical and Engineering is Thursday, Feb. 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. “Attending career fairs gives students the opportunity to network with employers from a wide range of industries,” Susan Cowles, director of career management for the Career Center at Culverhouse, said. Cowles encouraged all

The more time you devote to researching a prospective employers the better your chances of finding the best possible position with a company. — Susan Cowles

students to come to the fairs prepared. “One of the first and most important aspects to prepare for a career fair is to research potential employers,” Cowles said. “The more time you devote to researching a prospective employer, the better your chances of finding the best possible position with a company.” Students must be dressed in business professional attire and have their ACT card for

entrance into the fair. Caroline Murray, the public relations student assistant for the Career Center at Culverhouse, said students should bring their résumés and research companies prior to coming to the events. “Have something to say when you approach them,” Murray said. “Tell them how you can add value to their company.” She said students should really look into companies

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Free prep resources available for GRE, MCAT, LSAT SGA, Kaplan will offer practice tests that mimic real test situations on Feb. 16 at no cost to students By Samuel Yang Contributing Writer

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Students planning to take the GRE, LSAT or MCAT can get a preview of the exams on Saturday, Feb.16, at 9 a.m. Practice exams, offered by SGA and Kaplan Test Prep, are available to all students and will be administered at Lloyd Hall. “The tests will be just like the real tests, and they will be proctored as if the students were in a real testing environment,” Feleccia Turner, campus manager for Kaplan Test Prep, said. “Students will receive scores immediately afterward on their mobile devices or laptops.” Turner said there was no

• What: GRE, LSAT, MCAT practice exams • When: Saturday, Feb.16 at 9 a.m. • Where: Lloyd Hall, University of Alabama campus • Registration: http://bit.ly/UANPTSpring13 coursework preparation necessary for the GRE and LSAT, though the MCAT would cover material from Physics and Chemistry I. “Most students who take advantage of this are juniors and seniors, and there will be some proactive sophomores,” she said. “A lot of students go without knowing anything about these tests and only hearing about them.”

Turner stressed that “practice is available,” and the practice tests were the beginning of a spectrum of resources UA students have at their disposal. “Take these results and begin preparing a prep plan for grad school,” she said. “Test results are an anchor.” She said comprehensive Kaplan courses in all three tests are available, and books

from the SUPe store can be incorporated in to a study strategy. “You need to know your competition and adequately prepare,” she said. “Students need to be familiar with their test.…Kaplan actually recommends three to six months of preparation for grad school, including test prep.” Kristen Alexander, a junior majoring in communicative disorders, will be taking the practice GRE to prepare for taking the actual exam this summer and applying to speech pathology graduate programs. “For my program, you have to have a certain score to even be considered for grad school,” she said. “The score is as

important as my GPA.” Alexander is not preparing for the practice exam because she wants to know where she stands at a “base level.” “The results give a synopsis of each section, so I know which sections to focus on more when I’m studying,” she said. Evan Chodora, a freshman majoring in mechanical engineering, is taking the practice LSAT on Saturday to see how viable an option law school would be in the future. “There are a greater number of options for people with both degrees,” he said. “There are opportunities in patent law for people who understand both the technical aspect of things as well the legal knowledge.”

Chodora has already taken a practice test and will use the results to plan for the future. “It takes a lot of preparation to do well,” he said. “I feel like if I get a taste of it now, I can know what to work on if I choose to take it for real when I’m a junior or a senior.” He said he would consider the breakdown of the test and look into other resources offered by the University. “I really have no experience with this, because it’s so different than any other test I’ve taken,” he said. “Mainly, I just feel a lot of curiosity.” Workers will be at the door to guide students, who can register online at http://bit.ly/ UANPTSpring13.

Ferg to host DJ lessons Sunday Discover Series class led by entertainment reporter By Jessica Smith Contributing Writer

includes non-credit classes geared to help students and faculty discover a new Students and faculty will talent or passion. In the past, have an opportunity to learn it has offered classes in belly and showcase their DJ skills, including scratching, beat counting, beat matching and mixing in a DJ class being held I’m teaching the basics of DJing. at the Ferguson Center Sunday, Tips and tricks so people can Feb. 17. have fun with their friends and University Programs is be able to host parties of their hosting the class as part of its own. Discovery Series for students and faculty. These events are — Mohagony Harris used to create new learning skills for students’ educational and recreational use. “This series is targeted to getting students to try new dancing, dog training and and exciting things that might flower arrangements. DJ not be offered on campus,” Mohagony Harris is leading Kelly Willis, event program- the event. She is a DJ and mer for University Programs, entertainment reporter for said. “It will enhance the 105.1 JAMZ. students’ horizons and “I’m teaching the basics of increase student involvement.” DJing,” Harris said. “Tips and The Discovery Series tricks so people can have fun

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Tutoring center offers free academic assistance By Morgan Reames Contributing Writer The Center for Academic Success offers many resources to assist students with academics, including a tutoring center. The services are provided for students free of charge. “We serve a variety of students,” Holly Hallmann, director of academic success, said. “The myth is that we only serve students who are struggling, and that is not the case. We serve students who are struggling and students who have A’s.” The mission of the center is for students to work smarter, not harder, and assist students in developing better study

techniques. “We have very competitive students here who want to maintain their high grades,” Hallmann said. The center offers support in various academic areas. “I started tutoring in the spring of 2010, back when we were known as the Center for Teaching and Learning,” Jason Lauer, a senior majoring in chemical engineering, said. “Since then, we have seen a great deal of growth in the services we offer.” The tutoring center offers help in accounting, biological and computer sciences, economics, math, finance, Spanish and statistics.

“As far as I know, the Center for Academic Success is the only resource that offers services applicable to virtually all of the majors on campus,” Lauer said. Katie Merkl, a junior majoring in pre-pharmacy, said she uses the center for help in various subjects. “I use the tutoring center for help with chemistry and math,” Merkl said. “Mostly for chemistry, because it helps to get a different perspective from a tutor rather than the textbook or a teacher.” The tutors won’t do homework for students, but they will provide students with additional aid on subjects to help them

HCA lecture covers equality By Justin Heck and Chandler Wright CW Staff In an HCA Talk titled, “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” a communication studies professor said marriage equality is a major modern social justice issue that will be studied in the future. Professor Meredith Bagley said there is a groundswell of interest and momentum around the issue. “That is important to pay attention to and is valuable to engage in the struggles of your age. Most of us have to rely on our parents to talk about the civil rights activism or feminist activism,” Bagley said. “We missed out on that, but we’re alive and kicking right now and there are activism, social engagement, and leadership opportunities. People could be studying us in 50 years.” Bagley focused on the language used to define the issue. “Anti-gay rights groups focus on the act,” Bagley said. “Progay rights groups focus on the

individual. Each group is framing the argument in different terms and are unable to find common ground because of the language used.” Chase Hudson, a junior majoring in English and philosophy, said the issue affects an individual’s life in many ways. “Marriage equality has obvious political implications,” Hudson said. “But, past that, it dictates our lives in general: how families are run, how children are raised, how the next generation is brought up, how our worldview is formed.” Despite Alabama’s historical unwillingness to embrace wide change, Hudson said he is optimistic for the future of the state. “We don’t always change as aptly, but I think there is always hope,” Hudson said. Bagley disagreed, pointing to the conflicts between states and the U.S. federal government. “I think that the Deep South will probably be a holdout, and you always have to take into account the tension between the federal government and the states over sovereignty,”

Bagley said. HCA Talks, an Honors College program, tries to foster discussion among students and campus professors. “It starts out with the professor presenting what their ideas are, but then professors typically like having group involvement which leads to a general dialogue,” Hudson said. Kindle Williams, a freshman majoring in chemical engineering, said HCA Talks provide a good opportunity for students to explore topics outside of the classroom. “I don’t get to think about anything outside of the box of chemical engineering,” Williams said. “It’s an opportunity to learn about things outside of my major.” Williams said the talks are not like a typical formal presentation lecture. “I feel like it’s more of a conversational setting,” Williams said. “Some people will think that it’s a formal presentation, but it really is more of a discussion where we don’t have to worry about grades.”

fully understand. “The tutors always are happy to help with any questions I have,” Merkl said. “They don’t just give me the answer but an explanation and how to do the problems.” Students can schedule an appointment for a single or group session. “Basically, students can log on to our website and book a one-on-one tutorial session,” Lauer said. “The Center for Academic Success also offers various group tutorial sessions at Gorgas Library for classes like chemistry and physics.” There are also prescheduled sessions you do not have to make an appointment for in chemistry, physics and math. “We offer a range of services designed to help students get a handle on who they are,” Hallmann said. “I think there

are so many resources available to students, and if they can just seek out those resources, they can get the assistance they need.” The tutoring center is located in Osband Hall and open to all undergraduate students free of charge. “My chemistry teacher expects us to learn all the material on our own, and that’s not always the easiest thing,” Merkl said. “It’s nice to have students to go to and get help.” Many student tutors are employed by the center. “We have incredible students that do a phenomenal job,” Hallmann said. Graduate and undergraduate tutors can also help students transition from high school to college level courses. “Some of the tutors have already taken the same class

with the same instructor that I have, so they also give great advice on what to expect and what the instructors focus on for their exams,” Merkl said. There are many other tutoring resources available on campus, with the center being one of the largest. “We are one of the larger providers of tutoring, but many of the colleges have their own academic support,” Hallmann said. “It varies by college. We find out the students’ needs and refer them to the appropriate resource.” The group tutoring sessions help create opportunities for students to find future study partners. “If you don’t know anyone in your class to study with, it’s a great way to meet other students who are in class with you,” Merkl said.


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Tide set to play 10th straight out-of-state game By Zac Al-Khateeb Staff Reporter The University of Alabama softball team will travel to Fort Myers, Fla., to play in the Florida Gulf Coast University/ LaQuinta Inn and Suites Tournament Friday. The three-day tournament will see Alabama take on Appalachian State and tournament host Florida Gulf Coast on Friday, Wichita State and Georgia Southern on Saturday, and Southern Illinois on Sunday. After Alabama’s home game vs. South Alabama was cancelled Feb. 12, the tournament will mark 10 consecutive outof-state games for the Tide to start the season. Head Coach Patrick Murphy said despite all the traveling his team has done, it has been beneficial for team bonding.

“You get to fly to Iowa and fly to Florida, you get to experience all kinds of cool things,” Murphy said. “And hopefully you get to go through some adversity too. You get to play the home team both weekends on Friday night. Five thousand people in Iowa, and it’s already sold out in Fort Myers.” Indeed, Murphy said playing in road games with home field advantage atmospheres will be good for his team in the early stages while preparing for the upcoming Southeastern Conference schedule. Murphy said his team’s No. 1 ranking has a lot to do with the soldout crowds. “We talked before we even started playing, that you have a big target on your back now,” Murphy said. “It’s bigger this year with the national championship last year.” Despite the Tide’s target

on its back, senior outfielder Keima Davis said she was excited about the upcoming tournament. Davis said she felt her team’s performance in the UNI Dome Tournament would carry over into the weekend. “I feel like our whole team will be able to carry it over,” Davis said. “We know that every team’s out to get us. No matter what, we’re always going to have to play our best.” Competition isn’t the only reason the softball team is excited to head to Florida, either. The Tide has four players from the state of Florida: Davis, senior Lauren Sewell, junior Ryan Iamurri and junior Jackie Traina. Murphy said the tournament would be a homecoming of sorts for these players and an exciting opportunity for

their friends and families to see them play close to home. “It’s just going to be a lot of fun for them,” Murphy said. “I know tons of friends and family. Obviously, the game’s sold out that Friday night. They’ve never been sold out ever at Florida Gulf Coast.” Even with the excitement surrounding the tournament, Murphy and the players said they know they have business to handle. Apart from winning games, sophomore infielder Danielle Richard said her team could use the tournament to make early improvements. “We have something we can work on,” Richard said. “But that’s every team, and I’m just really excited.” Murphy agreed with Richard’s assessment, saying his team could improve on numerous areas, both offensively and defensively.

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Weather in Alabama kept the team from playing their first home game on Feb. 12. Offensively, Murphy said out innings, while eliminating his team could do a better “silly” mistakes. job of extending innings and Murphy also said teams like not stranding base runners. Georgia Southern, Florida Gulf Defensively, he said his play- Coast and Southern Illinois ers needed to be able to close could be dangerous teams.

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Men’s team to begin season with Puerto Rico Classic By Andrew Clare Contributing Writer The Alabama men’s golf team will tee off its season this weekend in the Puerto Rico Classic in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. The Crimson Tide has an opportunity to play in different tournaments and different venues all across the country this season. “We are very fortunate that each and every week we’re

playing at a great golf course, great venue,” junior Bobby Wyatt said. One of the tournaments some of the Tide players are looking forward to the most is the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters in Las Vegas, Nev., from March 8 to 10. “I’m really looking forward to getting back to Vegas,” junior Corey Whitsett said. “It’s such a challenging golf

course. The greens are really firm and fast. It’s the closest thing to national championship course we’ll play in the spring, so it will be a great test to see where we are.” Last year was the Tide’s first time at this event in Vegas, where it finished tied for 9th in the team championship. Wyatt finished tied for 5th in the individual championship as Whitsett finished tied for 11th and Thomas finished tied

for 15th. Alabama will face the best completion the nation has to offer, which includes last year’s national champion the University of Texas, the UCLA Bruins, California at Berkley and last year’s tournament champion the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The Tide will play in three more tournaments before the SEC Championship, the NCAA Regionals and the National Championship. The three tournaments are the Schenkel Invitational in Statesboro, Ga., the Linger Longer Invitational in Greensboro, Ga., and the Aggie Invitational in Bryan, Texas.

The SEC Championship will be held April 19 to 21 at the Seaside Golf Course in Sea Island, Ga. “The SEC’s are really important to all of us,” sophomore Justin Thomas said. The national championships will be played on the Crabapple Course at the Capital City Club in Atlanta, Ga., May 28 through June 2. The Tide is really looking to get back to the national championships after coming up short on the very last hole of last season’s national championship match against Texas. “I’m looking forward to Atlanta, the National Championship,” Wyatt said. “It’s a great golf course;

really the situation is really what makes you want to get back there.” Alabama will have a tough road ahead of them this season, but Head Coach Jay Seawell said tough competition and a tough schedule is the best way to help the Tide get ready for a possible national title shot. “The 2012-2013 schedule should be a challenging test for our golf team,” Seawell said. “We have the opportunity to go to some of the nation’s top courses and play against the best competition in collegiate golf. This schedule is an excellent way to prepare us for the SEC and NCAA championships.”

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Tide hopes to continue streak By Marquavius Burnett Sports Editor For a competition to be considered a rivalry, both of the participants have to win, making it a back-and-forth affair. This is not the case with the Alabama-Auburn rivalry from a gymnastics standpoint. The No. 5 Crimson Tide (3-2, 3-2 SEC) currently boasts a 105meet winning streak against the No. 15 Tigers, which spans three decades and includes all meetings between the two teams, regular and postseason. The Tide squeezed past the Tigers 196.325-196.250 last season. Owning an opponent to the magnitude of 105 consecutive victories takes a certain mental focus and commitment to never let up. A driving motivation for these particular gymnasts is not being a part of the team that finally loses to Auburn. “It definitely motivates us,” Kim Jacobs said. “We want to keep that streak going.” Like all sports at Alabama, there is a bit of a learning curve to fully grasp the magnitude of

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riding in with consecutive wins against Missouri and Arkansas. As two-time defending national champions, Alabama has been the hunted all season, getting every team’s best shot. But now the Tide is changing the narrative. “From the beginning of the season, Sarah let us know that every team had the meet against us circled. Everybody is bringing their A game” Sledge said. “We’re coming off a little disappointment against Georgia and Florida, but we’re using that as fuel. We’re going to start circling every meet.” The meet begins Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Coleman Coliseum.

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Crimson Tide mentally prepared for Clemson Teammates learn to ‘pick up the pace’ prior to heading into an evenly matched game against Tigers By Caroline Gazzara Staff Reporter The Crimson Tide men’s tennis team will travel to Clemson Friday, Feb. 15 to play the Tigers. Alabama, fresh off a loss against Samford, hopes to mentally focus on itself rather than the competition. The Tide (7-2) previously leaned on top players to help get the win, but learned after losing that everyone needs to step up in order to win. “We’ve learned a few things,” coach George Husack said. “Number one, we have to out-compete our opponent. Number two, we need everyone on the team to step

forward. We’ve leaned a lot on the top three guys, and it’s time for the rest of the team to pick up the pace. And number three, we learned that it’s just a match; we’re not going to harp on it. It is history, and we’re going to move forward.” With that in mind, Husack is hoping that the week off has helped his team prepare mentally because nothing changes in the course of a week. “[I tell them] to get back to work,” Husack said. “We have 20-plus matches in the year, and nothing changes from week to week. At times there are lapses in concentration but we have to focus on staying focused. There’s no worry

and no fear.” than playing at home. You As of now, only two play- don’t have your home support. ers are undefeated in singles. They have more pressure Junior Danill because they Proskura and are playing at senior Jarryd [their] home, Bartha have so it’s possimanaged to bly easier for As a team, [we] need to be solid. win every us.” We have missed some balls in singles match S i n c e the past week, but we have been of the season. A l ab a m a working on being solid on the Proskura said has had over court overall. that everya week to body is ready practice and — Danill Proskura to go and play prepare, the Clemson even players are though it is an more focused away match. on wh a t “It’s always they need to difficult to play away,” improve on in order to win Proskura said. “It’s different instead of focusing in on the

other team. “As a team, [we] need to be solid,” Proskura said. “We have missed some balls in the past week, but we have been working on being solid on the court overall. For myself, I’m working on being more aggressive. I feel like I am playing really well right now, but I have to keep working harder.” Comparing the two teams, Husacksaid he believes this is an even matchup. Clemson (6-1) has no players with a perfect singles season, so the Tide has a small advantage over the Tigers. “We’re pretty evenly matched,” Husack said. “I

think we are going to be tested because we are on the road, but we seem to elevate our focus and our play when we are on the road. Anything could happen, but I feel good about it.” As Alabama prepares for its next match, Proskura is preparing his team to take the match seriously. “It’s not about tennis right now,” Proskura said. “It’s really mental. When we play well, we play well, but we have to be take every match seriously. We have to start from the first point. We have to have a good start in the doubles and get ahead, and then win in singles.”

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Tide to apply experience from ITA against Washington Head coach Jenny Mainz said indoor championships provided opportunities for team to improve By Andrew Clare Contributing Writer The Alabama women’s tennis team will be hosting a match against the University of Washington Feb. 14 at the Roberta Alison Baumgardner Indoor Tennis Facility at 3 p.m. The Crimson Tide competed in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships this past weekend in Charlottesville, Va. The ninth-ranked Tide went 3-1 in the championships, losing the

first match 4-1 to Northwestern and finishing strong by beating Baylor 4-3 and Texas 4-3. “It was a great learning experience for our program,” head coach Jenny Mainz said. “We went in knowing it was going to be very steep competition against some of the best teams and players in the country. It was a great opportunity to get better.” Alabama plans to use the experience gained in Charlottesville, Va. as momen-

tum in future matches. “I just want see us use the experience from national indoors in Virginia,” Mainz said. “I want us to springboard into this match with that courage, confidence, energy and experience and let it play a part in this match.” The Tide comes into the match against the Huskies with a record of 6-1. Freshman Maya Jansen said one reason the team has been successful in the early part of

the season is team chemistry. “The season has gone well so far,” Jansen said. “I think we have really come together as a team. We play for each other, we work together as a team, and I think that shows in our results.” Washington also comes into the match with a 6-1 record, and Mainz said the Huskies will be tough team to beat. “Washington is a good team,” Mainz said. They are battle tested week in and week

out just like we are, and we’re looking for a great match with them.” After the match against Washington tomorrow, Alabama will play one more non-conference match against Texas Tech Feb. 22 before it starts SEC play on March 1 at Ole Miss. The Tide is ready and looking forward to conference play. “We are so excited,” Jansen said. “For me, having our first SEC match is going to be so

much fun. All the teams are good, so it’s going to be a good experience. We are really hungry for it.” The key for the Tide against the Huskies is to get off to a good start, control the match and play Alabama tennis. “We are hoping to play our game,” Jansen said. “We’re hoping to get after them and not give them much to work with; just play our game and get a good start.”

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half, Levi Randolph drained a 3-pointer to reclaim the lead. After a defensive rebound on the other end, Rodney Cooper made another 3-pointer to muzzle the Bulldogs and coast to a much-needed win. Could this be a sign of things to come? If Alabama were to get hot on offense, now would be the perfect time. Three of its next four contests will be at Coleman Coliseum and against the Southeastern Conference’s bottom three teams: South Carolina (2-8), Mississippi State (2-8) and Auburn (3-7). The Tide holds a 10-3 record at home this season. But Grant said the shots will fall. Until then, Alabama will stick to its defense and ability to stay in games. “It’s about winning,” Grant said. “My whole thing with our guys is to trust your preparation. These guys work hard. They’re good players. They work on their shooting. “We struggled; there’s no secret. We struggled shooting the basketball. I believe it’s going to turn around for us.”

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Billy’s Sports Grill set to open soon in Northport By Courtney Stinson Staff Reporter

Marketing Manager Leigh Ann Callaway said what sets Billy’s apart from other sports bars Billy’s Sports Grill, and restaurants is the food, Northport’s newest restau- made fresh in-house. rant, is bringing a new dinBilly’s ups the ante on typiing experience to Main cal bar food. The cheese sticks Avenue, fusing elements of the are cut fresh from the block, Tuscaloosa sports bar scene battered and fried. Their and the relaxed atmosphere of Greek seafood nachos, which downtown Northport. are made with shrimp, crawBilly’s Sports Grill, open fish and spinach cheese sauce, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., is not bring new flavors to an old your typical sports bar. Billy’s favorite.

“The food is what makes us who we are,” Billy’s Vice President of Operations Paul Humphryes said. Since food is the bulk of their business, the owners of Billy’s consider it more restaurant than bar. Billy’s is family oriented but also appeals to the bar crowd with their happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. and late hours. “[The atmosphere] works well for us,” Callaway said. “We get a lot of business for football games, but we’re family oriented, so it’s not unusual to have mom and dad sitting here with the kids, and dad’s sitting here, and he can catch his game while they’re eating lunch.” With the price of an entrée ranging from $7 to $14, Billy’s has something to suit most budgets and taste buds. Some of Billy’s most popular entrées include the signature chicken sandwich and wings, which have been voted Birmingham’s best hot wings in the Kick’n Chick’n Wing Fest and Best of Birmingham. “I think once the word starts traveling, people will know that they’ll be able to come in and get a salad or a sandwich or wings or steak, and they’ll know that they’ll be able to

come in here for a reasonable price and get premium food,” Humphryes said. When Billy’s opens, they will also offer catering services. Catering options will include platters, boxed lunches and meat and three sides. The Northport location is the newest of three Billy’s Sports Grills. Their original location in English Village in Mountain Brook opened in 1979, and they have a second location in Liberty Park in Birmingham. Humphryes said the new location is like a hybrid of the original Mountain Brook location and the updated location at Liberty Park. In bringing a new restaurant to downtown Northport, it was important to Humphryes to match the community feel of the existing businesses and the overall look and atmosphere of the town. Matching Northport’s small-town atmosphere was an essential part of creating a neighborhood feel for Billy’s. “[Billy’s] fits the area. It’s not like we’re going into an old area and putting a brand new restaurant in,” Humphryes. “We’re going into an old area with a new restaurant with the same look. This is not like a corporate restaurant where

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Billy’s Sport Grill will open in downtown Northport, near City Cafe. they get you in and get you out. I want people to feel like it’s their own personal restaurant and only they know about it.” In addition to meshing with Main Avenue’s atmosphere, Humphryes hopes Billy’s will attract students across the river for more relaxed nightlife with quality food at reasonable prices, live music and amenities like more available parking, which can be difficult to find on the Strip or downtown on weekends. Sports fans will have plenty of screens to keep them occupied. The main dining room

features a 6-by-12-foot Holo Display, along with several other large televisions mounted on the walls to ensure patrons can get all the sports they can handle. Humphryes and Callaway are excited by the challenge of serving the large volume of college students and seeing what he and the staff are capable of doing, especially during gameday. “We already kind of have a plan in place for people to come and hang out with us during the day to eat,” Callaway said.

Show benefits Alberta Baptist Church By Lauren Ferguson Culture Editor The Remember Art Show, a silent auction benefiting Alberta Baptist Church, will be held Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Cypress Inn Loft in downtown Tuscaloosa. Sarah Day, a junior majoring in nursing, decided to

put her artistic talents to use and support the church’s rebuilding efforts after it was damaged by the April 27, 2011 tornado. “I’d always been an artist since middle school and never had a way to give back,” Day said. “I decided I needed to give back to the community and spread the word.”

After the tornado, Day said she heard Alberta Baptist continued to have church in the same spot as before but worshipped in the parking lot. “We heard about it and called and asked about their funding situation,” Day said. “Seeing there was a need, we decided to choose them based on how strong their faith is.”

The event will feature 60 Christian-based paintings to be auctioned off at various prices and 100 scripture bracelets inscribed with Bible verses for $10. Remember Art Show will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, visit their Facebook page or email rememberartshow@gmail.com.


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Pianist dedicates Valentine’s concert to wife By Bianca Martin Contributing Writer University of Alabama piano professor Noel Engebretson will be celebrating Valentine’s Day with one of his greatest loves: classical music. Engebretson will be paying tribute to the holiday with a piano recital Thursday night at Moody Music Hall. “St. Valentines Day is the day of love,” Engebretson said. “And I can think of no better medium to convey the passions, the beauty and the eternal joy of true love than music.” Engebretson said the concert is also dedicated to his 25th wedding anniversary with his wife.

“This concert is for her,” he said. Engebretson has played piano professionally since his early 20s, often performing for the University. “I concertize quite a bit, and I have played concerts [at UA] several times per year since 1992,” he said. He is also an internationally acclaimed concert pianist. “I have concertized in China with three tours there, and I have performed in Serbia, Italy and Ecuador,” he said. “I have a series of concerts upcoming in Ecuador, and I am hoping to establish a cultural link between The University of Alabama and Ecuador, which is of great interest to them too.”

The recital is dedicated to celebrating the intense feeling of love. Engebretson said the concert will consist of “music of the passions.” “I wanted more than just ‘syrupy’ slow music. I wanted to explore the passions connected with love,” he said. “I also wanted to include composers that we don’t normally associate with love music, such as Bach and Beethoven.” Some of the pieces that will be played will be Beethoven’s “Pathetique” Sonata Op. 13 and the Fantasy Impromptu by Chopin. Another piece will be “Widmung” by Schumann, which has a romantic backstory. “[He] wrote this as his life’s

dedication to his new wife Clara, because he had no money to give her a wedding present,” Engebretson said. “He dedicates his joys, his sorrows, even to the grave, to Clara.” The concert is open to the general public. Engebretson said he believes anyone would enjoy it, even if they are not familiar with the music. “I hope that people who come to their first classical concert are invigorated by it,” he said. “I have a personal philosophy in that I believe that we should never bore an audience. If a piece is too grueling for an audience, no matter how much I love that piece, I won’t offer it to a general audience.” One prospective audience

member, Anthony James, said he is excited to hear the performance. “I love classical music,” James, a freshman majoring in microbiology and Spanish, said. “You just get really frustrated and tired of the lack of creativity in some of today’s music, so classical musical provides an escape from that.” Engebretson said music has the power to convey almost all human emotions. “Classical music, to me, is the most exciting music in existence,” Engebretson said. “It speaks to every emotion I have ever known but one.” Engebretson said the “one” other emotion was holding his daughter for the first time. He

even relates that to the passion of music. “I held her the second that the nurses would let me, and it was like being hit by a ton of the most wonderful bricks one could imagine,” he said. “I have never felt anything that powerful or that overwhelming, and all in such an aura of the happiest beauty and love. Beauty and love; that is what I hope people take away from this concert.” Engbretson’s concert will be held Thursday, Feb. 14, in Moody’s concert hall at 7:30 p.m. Tickets costs $3 for students, $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens. Tickets will be available at the door. For more information, call (205) 348-7111.

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Console gaming’s next generation coming with launch of new hardware By Nate Proctor It’s about time. Deep into a console cycle where hardware is being stretched beyond its limitations, software has stagnated, and Nintendo has released two of their own consoles (no, the WiiU is not a next-gen machine), the impending announcements of Sony and Microsoft consoles to launch in 2013 are long overdue. Sony’s announced press event for the end of this month, Feb. 20, will beyond any reasonable doubt reveal some information about their next console for the

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end of 2013. Microsoft will likely follow suit soon after. While much is rumored, little is certain at this point but vague price points, some hardware components and industry history. Though we’re without the ability to mull over the specifics of each console, we can prophesize about what the generation will bring for Sony, Microsoft, computer gaming and beyond. The most exciting and “sexy” aspects that sell a new generation are the graphical upgrades and innovations. The length of the past cycle of the Wii/WiiU,

Xbox 360 and PS3 has allowed their PC counterparts to blow by them in visual fidelity and all manner of aesthetic and technical upgrades. This, paired with extremes contemporary consoles have been pushed to, may result in an initially underwhelming launch. There will be powerful and exciting upgrades within the new machines, but the idea of more expansive worlds, design freedom, quicker loads and expanded digital features cannot compete with the aweinspiring leaps in pixel counts,

dimensions, polygons and overall realism that are traditionally expected. This said, there will be a definite graphical leap, one which many estimate to initially equate at least to a $1,000-gaming PC. More troubling, commercially, will be the difficultly in representing this jump. With the streaming capabilities offered by many news sites and the inability of screenshots to showcase many advancements, the industry may be left in a quandary similar to the creators of high-definition or sharper televisions. Without having

the machine in your home, it’s impossible to replicate. Commercial concerns aside, a next generation is a larger step than it appears to be. Series are entering their fifth and sixth renditions in the same generation, and developers appear to be reaching a point where they are out of room to grow. Of course, they could break out of their comfort zone and think more laterally, but the power of modern systems can only allow so much fidelity and size in modern releases. Development is stagnating across the board

or running into a wall of bugs. This past year, more than any other, top-tier games are being released with a plethora of niggling issues and, in some cases, unrepaired game-breaking bugs, (see XCOM). Though this may be an odd step forward, it is a needed step that may bring forth more than we expect, be it the growth of digital stores into marketplaces, another whack at motion controlled gaming or a left turn no one expects. Whatever the future may bring, thank God it’s here.


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‘The Americans’ focuses on espionage, marriage By Asher Elbein Picture a pair of spies who love their country. A man and a woman, patriotic enough to travel to a dangerous land, a place where the police operate with impunity and a madman has come to power. There they wait, posing as husband and wife, operating in secret. Their children and neighbors none the wiser, working to bring down the evil culture surrounding them. The spies are Soviet deep-cover agents. The land is America. And the show, newly premiering on FX, is called “The Americans.� Phillip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell) avert the typical spy couple characterizations almost immediately. Elizabeth’s character is the one driven by an intense loyalty to the cause and is far colder and harder then her husband. Phillip is wavering, tempted by the comfort around them, distressed at the emotional chasm between he and the woman who is officially his wife. “I would lose everything before I betray my country,� said Elizabeth, and “The Americans� spends a lot of time examining the consequences of that perspective. Espionage work is dirty, dangerous and cruel, and we see just how badly it wears down the souls of the people who practice it, Soviet and American alike. When the Jennings manipulate a cleaning lady by poisoning her son and withholding the antidote, their eyes convey an eerie sense of desperation and fear. How much are they truly willing to give up for their country? Their lives? Their souls? Their children?

As much as it’s an exploration of espionage, “The Americans� is also a show about marriage and parenthood. Seen from the outside, Phillip and Elizabeth have a conventional, loving marriage. But whether the marriage is one of convenience or genuine partnership remains unclear. In addition, the Jennings’ children remain unaware that their parents are Soviet agents. Phillip and Elizabeth must watch their children grow up in a culture antithetical to their own beliefs, trying their best to instill some of their own values in them before the wider culture swallows them up. In both cases, the espionage plots mirror and amplify the domestic concerns. There’s a lot of tension roiling under the surface of the Jennings’ home, and only some of it has to do with spying. Juggling these two plot threads gives “The Americans� neat, thematic complexity and emotional weight, but it does lead to some odd tonal and pacing issues. The spy-centric events feel disconnected from the domestic narrative. While this is probably a conscious decision by the creators, it does leave the show reeling disjointedly between two different speeds. At about an hour an episode, there’s plenty of time to tie the two plot threads together, and at the moment, it’s not coming together as well as it could. Despite its issues, “The Americans� is smart and thought-provoking. The spy game may be brutal and souldraining, but it also makes for excellent television. And by the end, you may be rooting for the communists to win.

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The Valentine’s Day Playlist By Lauren Ferguson and Katherine Owen | CW Staff

Valentine’s Day arrives each year with a slew of emotions. For some it’s a wonderful day of chocolates, sappy cards and a night with your significant other. But for all those singles out there who dislike this commercialized day of love, The Scene has created a playlist to empower and inspire Valentine’s Day haters.

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