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Fans branch out to aid rivals Voters approve alcohol sales law Tide for Toomer’s raises thousands of dollars from students, alumni to restore Auburn trees By Amanda Sams Senior Staff Reporter alsams1@crimson.ua.edu

By Taylor Holland Senior Staff Reporter tlholland1@crimson.ua.edu Overwhelming voter support helped overturn Tuscaloosa’s Sunday alcohol sales laws on Tuesday. By way of an 8,519 to 2,462 vote, an unofficial number released around 8:30 p.m., Tuscaloosa voters approved a referendum permitting the sale of alcohol on Sundays between the hours of noon and 9:30 p.m., beginning on March 6. “I was not surprised with the results,” said Breanna Thackerson, a junior majoring in journalism. “This is predominantly a college town, and passing legislature like this helps boost

See ALCOHOL, page 3 Students vote at Calvary Baptist Church Tuesday.

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, the Tide for Toomer’s Facebook page has raised at least $40,000, half of the total $80,000 in donations that Auburn University has received so far by supporters and alumni nationwide to restore Toomer’s Corner, according to the Interim Vice President of Development at Auburn, Rob Wellbaum. Gina Smith, one of the founders of Tide for Toomer’s, said the page was created as a gesture of goodwill by five UA alumni to help Auburn raise funds for the preservation of their Toomer’s tradition. The alumni created the initiative hoping people will understand that the Alabama fanbase can’t be stereotyped by one person who has caused so much negativity, she said. She said the destruction of Toomer’s Corner for Auburn fans would be like the defacing of Denny Chimes or one of the Walk of Champions statues for Alabama fans. “As we said in our letter

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Tide on fire since move to Foster

The women’s basketball team celebrates during the Crimson Tide’s comeback victory over Florida on Feb. 13. Alabama is 3-0 since moving to Foster Auditorium after losing 10 of its last 11 games before the switch.

By Jasmine Cannon Contributing Writer

The Alabama women’s basketball team is on a threegame winning streak with wins over Florida, Auburn and Mississippi. The streak began Feb. 13 when the Crimson Tide played its first game in the newly renovated Foster Auditorium. Head coach Wendell Hudson said playing in Foster has been a spark for the team. “We’re playing better basketball right now and we’re making some shots, but I think Foster Auditorium has a lot to do with it,” Hudson said. “The atmosphere we’re playing in right now is an atmosphere

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Thomas Friedman, threetime Pulitzer Prize winning author and New York Times columnist, said the United States has fallen out of touch with sustainable values to the point of endangering the economy and the environment. Friedman spoke to an audience in Sellers Auditorium of

the Bryant Conference Center on Tuesday evening. Among the issues he discussed in his “Hot, Flat, and Crowded” speech were the harmful effects of America’s energy consumption that has entered the nation into a losing battle with the laws of economics and of nature. “When you, in effect, go to war with math and physics, you are courting trouble with the two most emotionless,

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Dining facility will be similar to Lloyd Hall’s Stewart Corner By Stephen Nathaniel Dethrage Staff Reporter sndethrage@crimson.ua.edu The development around Alston and Bidgood Halls is scheduled to be finished in July and will culminate in opening a new dining center, according to officials in the University’s construction administration office. “The project is to build a

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food service very similar in concept to Stewart’s Corner in Lloyd, featuring a Subway and a coffee venue,” said Tim Leopard, assistant vice president of construction administration and financial affairs. The task was assigned to the Office of Construction Administration in June 2009 but met delays because of

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Students who will graduate in May can nominate a teacher from their high school for the Capstone Inspiring Educator award. The award goes to high school teachers from across the country who inspired UA students to achieve their goals. Winners will be recognized during spring commencement. Nominations are due by April 1. Applications are available at inspiringteacher.ua.edu. For more information, contact Janet Griffith at 348-8314.

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of intent on Facebook, tradition is what binds generations together,” Smith said. “It’s what gives a grandparent something in common with their college freshman grandchild. Tradition is part of our identity. Auburn is our biggest rival, but our histories, both on and off the gridiron, are closely tied to one another.” She said recognizing the importance of tradition as well as the magnitude of negative emotions that surfaced when the story of the poisoning broke, the founders of Tide for Toomer’s felt it was critical to bring some sanity to the situation. Wellbaum said Smith and her fellow workers, UA alumni Jennifer Hanson, Clay Loftin, Taylor Nichols and Camaran Williams, have worked with the Auburn Development Office from the beginning, and all of the donations are routed directly to the Toomer’s Trees and Traditions Fund. “People have reached out to us from universities all over the country,” Wellbaum said. “However, we especially appreciate the efforts of Tide for Toomer’s. They made it clear they purely wanted to give Tide fans the opportunity to help Auburn, expecting nothing in return.” He said a committee of experts has been meeting daily to determine the extent of the damages, which will undoubtedly cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. “Our No. 1 priority is to save the trees,” Wellbaum said. “The tough part is we won’t know the results of the poisoning until about a year from now. Even if the trees die, the herbicide could remain in the soil for up to a decade. “The initial reaction at Auburn was outrage and anger at this senseless act by a person cloaked as being an Alabama fan,” Wellbaum said. “I went home that night and my three young girls saw the poisoning on the news and cried. ‘Daddy, how could someone do this?’ they asked me.” He said some of the greatest support Auburn has received, however, has been from Alabama fans who dislike being portrayed in such a poor light.

“I just want folks to know Tide for Toomer’s represents the best of the spirit of the University of Alabama,” Wellbaum said. “That group reaching out to us and wanting nothing in return speaks volumes for the character and class Alabama fans possess. My respect for Alabama fans has grown greatly in the past week.” Wellbaum said the healing process began with the news release UA Director of Athletics Mal Moore issued immediately after the incident. “It’s an awful act, a terrible thing to do,” Moore wrote. “A lot of what makes our two programs so special is our many unique traditions. So, hearing this about Toomer’s Corner is upsetting to me in several ways. I certainly hope that whomever is responsible is held accountable.” University of Alabama President Robert E. Witt told The Crimson White in an interview Monday afternoon that he has not contacted Auburn University’s President regarding the Toomer’s Corner incident, and he said he believes the whole incident is completely separate from the University of Alabama. “The man did not graduate from here,” Witt said. “Our records indicate he never took a course here. He’s never purchased a season athletic ticket here. He’s never donated a dime to the University.” Even though the man charged with the crime, Harvey Almorn Updyke of Dadeville, was never affiliated with the University, sophomores Kayleigh Moring and Kelsie van Wyck are of a similar mindset as the Tide for Toomer’s Facebook creators. They are planning to host a silent auction in Tuscaloosa before Spring Break to raise money for Toomer’s Corner. “We are asking for donations for the auction, things like sports memorabilia, pieces from local artists, etc.,” van Wyck said. “We also hope to have a type of raffle at the event for gift cards from local restaurants and businesses. The auction is targeted at alumni, but the event will be open to the public.” Moring and van Wyck are working to involve the athletic department and the Student Government Association in this endeavor as well.

ALCOHOL Continued from page 1

Tuscaloosa’s economy. I think this is something that people have wanted for quite some time and I am glad that I was able to be a part of this historic event.” All polling locations opened at 7 a.m., and multiple limousine and van companies escorted voters to and from the different precincts. Brandon Cole, a junior majoring in Spanish, said the voting process was a pain-free one. “I moved through the line relatively quick, maybe 10 minutes,” Cole said. “I was actually surprised that it took that long. It looks like there will be a good turnout for the referendum.”

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BY THE NUMBERS • Yes: 8,519 • No: 2,462 • Total Votes: 10,981 • Votes at Calvary Baptist: 1,406

Mark Porter, a sophomore majoring in business, said he thought Tuscaloosa voters would pass the referendum. “I think it’ll be really good for Tuscaloosa as a whole if they pass it,” Porter said. “It could bring in a lot of extra money from the bars being open on Sundays and restaurants will get more business

as well.” Tuesday’s vote did not go flawlessly, however, as multiple voters were turned away from the Calvalry Baptist Annex polling location. According to Tuscaloosa Registrar Coral Lewis, some of those turned away called the Tuscaloosa Board of Registrars and the Tuscaloosa City Clerk to complain about the issue. “After we were able to pinpoint the problem, we communicated with Calvary Baptist and let them know that we were getting complaints from those being turned away,” Lewis said. “We told the clerks that they should not be turning anyone away, even if their names were not on the voting list. If that was the case, the voter should be given a provisional

ballot and we will look into the matter further. “We told them to let us figure out why the voter’s names were not on the list and to not turn anyone away anymore.” Estimated final vote counts from the Calvary location were 1,406, with 75 provisional ballots being cast. Prior to Tuesday’s vote, Tuscaloosa was the largest city in Alabama that did not permit Sunday alcohol sales. The last time the issue had been brought up to vote on, 1998, 54 percent of voters said they were not in favor of Sunday sales. As of Feb. 11, the deadline to register to vote, Tuscaloosa had 67,009 registered voters, 1,104 of which registered in the week preceding the deadline, according to various reports.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011 Editor • Tray Smith letters@cw.ua.edu Page 4

{ YOUR VIEW } WHAT EFFECT DOES THE TOOMER’S POISONING HAVE ON THE RIVALRY?

“I donʼt think the poisoning is bad for the rivalry. It makes it stronger, and the next Iron Bowl will be even more intense.” — Danny White, junior, criminal justice

By Gregory Poole

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Welcome to the Blake Griffin Show A table, a chair, Spud Webb, Nate Robinson, D w i g h t Howard – all have been leapt ove r in past NBA By Wesley Vaughn dunk competitions. Never, though, in the 26-year history of the event, has a motorized vehicle been hurdled en route to a ridiculous slam. As a church choir sang “I Believe I Can Fly” and Kenny Smith hyped the crowd, a Kia Optima rolled onto the Staple Center’s hardwood court. The spectacle crescendoed when Baron Davis appeared out of the car’s sunroof with a basketball. Then, bang. Blake Griffin launched over the car’s hood, caught Clippers teammate Davis’ pass and connected on an explosive jam. The NBA world collectively passed out. Normally loquacious bloggers and journalists became stammering fools. The iconic SLAM magazine eloquently tweeted, “*dead*.” Ever since Griffin began airing over opponents and on SportsCenter with daily regularity, we waited for his dunk contest moment. His abusive posterizations of New York Knicks Timothy Mozgov and Danilo Gallinari won him the hardware months ago; Saturday night simply offered the stage to formally induct him into highlight immortality. Upon grounding with some sense of reality, I can admit that

Then, bang. Blake Griffin launched over the car’s hood, caught Clippers teammate Davis’ pass and connected on an explosive jam.

the dunk probably failed to transcend the boundaries of human athleticism. His lift-off occurred well inside the lane, his vertical reach did not shatter any records and his finish, while forceful, lacked much ingenuity. The pageantry though set it apart. To appreciate the NBA to its fullest, you must buy into it as a performance. The rim-rattling power and baseline-balletic grace paired with the range of player personalities and roles has made for a colorful cast of characters and persistent plotlines for the NBA story. The current fascination with Griffin is not new to the NBA; it is only the latest in a long line of player enchantments, and Griffin’s one stellar season fails to even stand out in the big picture. In the 1960s, Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell reigned with their big man rivalry. The 1970s belonged to the ABA-NBA divide and eventual merger and Julius “Dr. J” Erving’s transformational high-flying style. The feuding duo of Magic Johnson and Larry Bird headlined the 1980s. Michael Jordan was the 1990s. The 2000s could arguably become Kobe Bryant’s, but that is for history to decide. Obviously, the NBA has never

shied away from propping up a certain player or players for the greater marketing good of the league. The NBA logo itself, unlike every other professional sports league, resembles the likeness of an actual player (Jerry West). Last summer, LeBron James dominated all sports and news media before choosing to play for the Miami Heat, and since, the Heat garner news coverage like no other team. Now, Carmelo Anthony’s trade to the Knicks is the melodrama of the day – the latest twist in a never-ending tale. Commissioner David Stern has no reason to temper the storylines either. They drive up the ratings during the 82-game season and in the off-season, and he takes full advantage of them himself. I will bet my tuition that the Denver Nuggets will be scheduled to play the New York Knicks on a Christmas Day showcase game. With a lockout looming, this last half of the season may be the last episode of this sports soap opera for a while. Let’s not talk about that depressing news yet though. For goodness sake, Blake Griffin dunked over a car. Wesley Vaughn is a junior majoring in public relations and political science. His column runs on Wednesdays.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Jewish students support African-Americans By Alex Grodner

“Yes itʼs bad. It adds more tension to the rivalry.” — Megan Wilson, junior, political science

In 1962, a Jewish Crimson White editor named Mel Meyer published an editorial advocating desegregation in reaction, crosses were burned on the lawn of Zeta Beta Tau — the fraternity to which he belonged. As a former president of Zeta Beta Tau, as well as a Jewish student myself, I feel compelled to take a stand against hatred as Meyer did many years back. We, the Jewish students at the University of Alabama, believe that all humans should be allowed to live

their lives peacefully regardless of skin color, religion, sexual preference or nationality. Jews and African Americans have a long, shared history of persecution. Yet, throughout this history, we have continued to align ourselves as allies, demanding that justice be awarded to all. In 1965, rabbis rallied alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on his march from Selma to Montgomery. Likewise, 30 years prior, African-American presses had the conviction to report on Jewish persecution in Germany in a manner other papers did not.

So, keeping to tradition, on this day we stand beside our AfricanAmerican friends once more. Further, it is disheartening that individual acts of ignorance can represent the state of Alabama, the University of Alabama, and our greek system. Yet throughout history, difficult situations have often been paired with great opportunities. Let’s not allow this one to slip away. Alex Grodner is a senior majoring in management information systems and the co-president of Hillel.

Lack of Honors College diversity overstated EDITORIAL BOARD Victor Luckerson Editor Jonathan Reed Managing Editor Tray Smith Opinions Editor Adam Greene Chief Copy Editor

WE WELCOME YOUR OPINIONS Letters to the editor must be less than 300 words and guest columns less than 800. Send submissions to letters@ cw.ua.edu. Submissions must include the author’s name, year, major and daytime phone number. Phone numbers are for verification and will not be published. Students should also include their year in school and major. For more information, call 348-6144. The CW reserves the right to edit all submissions.

By Tyler Malone On the front of Monday’s issue, we see a downright bewildering choice of headline. The headline goes to an article on minority representation in the Honors College, whose conclusion is an overreaction to a passing statistic. In fact, several people quoted in the article seem to feel the supposed issue is much less urgent than it is made out to be. First, according to the data provided in the article, the Honors College does not have that large of an ethnic disparity from the general University population. The Hispanic, Asian and Native American categories all have equal or greater representation in the Honors College. The only specific category that is underrepresented is African Americans, by a mere 9.1 percent, and the article bases its entire conclusion on this statistic without regard to the other four

major categories. In reality, the college is for the most part just as diverse as the overall population from which it pulls its members. Second, even if the Honors College were so overly skewed against minorities, is that something to panic about, really? Bear with me for a moment. The Honors College is merit-based by design, with frankly very little discretion in the member selection process. After all, the only requirement is to keep a 3.3 GPA and fill out a form. If any major disparities were present, it would not be because of any discrimination, but because of a simple lack of application, pun intended. The only thing that the data suggests is that the four other ethnic categories are slightly more diligent in either studying or filling out paperwork (more likely the latter, considering the average college student) than the black students are. It comes with an unfortunate result, sure, but one easily

resolved with some better exposure for the college in general. As everyone has become acutely aware over the past few weeks, ethnic discrimination is still an issue on our campus. However, that doesn’t mean that we have to pull new incidents out of the air to pretend to be working toward a solution. The Honors College should be proud that several minorities are overrepresented within its ranks. We shouldn’t get ruffled up over the simple mathematical fact that if four categories are overrepresented, the fifth must be underrepresented. No one wants to neglect any one group, but no one is doing so intentionally. By all means, recruit more black students to the Honors College to even the numbers, but don’t let it distract from the much more pressing issues facing this campus’s diverse community. Tyler Malone is a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering.

A few months ago, I was watching the documentary “Almighty Debt” on CNN, a detailed documentary on how debt has ravaged the African-American community and what some community leaders have done to help those in dire financial straits. Pastor DeForest Soaries grabbed my attention when he succinctly explained that, “Being in debt is slavery.” He’s absolutely right. The book of Proverbs, and many other religious texts, state that, “the borrower is slave to the lender.” For the readers of this column, you are very familiar with the fact that, due to personal experiences of being in debt, I have become somewhat of a crusader against other students going thousands of dollars debt. While some programs at the Capstone have adverse financial ramifications due to the requirements of being a student here, I have come to the realization that no other program is more financially destructive at this university than the required meal plan and its sister program, Dining Dollars. These two programs alone form the largest sources of financial shackles for students who are forced to borrow to pay for these items because they cannot attend otherwise. Every year, freshmen are indoctrinated into believing that Dining Dollars and the meal plan are the best way of getting food at a reasonable cost while “fostering community.” That is how the University explains adding this as a non-negotiable part of the student bill. At a minimum, each student must purchase a meal plan each semester of his freshman year at a rate of $1,272 per semester, with an additional $300 in Dining Dollars each semester they are undergraduates. That is a total of $4,944 over a period of four years. Also recall that not everyone finishes in eight semesters; additional semesters would make that number go even higher. But surely the University has the students’ best interest at heart, and would only have benevolent interests at the core of this program. After all, that’s why we call her our alma mater, right? Actually, if there were any benevolent intentions, they were grossly misconstrued, which leads me to the conclusion that there never were such notions. In 1996, when the University of Alabama was looking to salvage its failing on-campus food service, it turned to the Cornyn Fasano Group, a consulting group that specializes in the food industry, to draft a report detailing how to unload that cinderblock and generate revenue without breaking its nonprofit, government status. In turn, the Portland, Oregon-based group suggested two things: contracting out its food business, and requiring all students to pay an extra $200 a semester into a debit account (it became $300 in 2005 due to inflation). In the appendices of the report, the firm explained that consumers (i.e. the students) would never purchase enough of the plans to make the system profitable, and only by making it a requirement for attendance to the institution would the University even come close to matching the cash flow that would reportedly be generated. In addition, the requirement turned the “product” into a “fee.” With that report legitimizing the plan, the University began requiring the implementation of the Dining Dollars program in the 19961997 school year, and requiring first-year meal plans soon afterward. So what is the result of this $5,000 “fee” to come to the University? There’s no doubt some families will be able to pay the additional bill, but it is also apparent that this will cause financial suffering for many students who cannot afford it. It is obvious the school’s priority is getting more and more revenue, even if that means future alumni will be forced to sign a mountain of promissory notes in the process. So what does this mean for those who are forced to borrow this money? Essentially, it means that those individuals will pay double the money for half the benefits. This is a terrible deal that would never be tolerated in any private sector contract. Don’t like the idea of being forced to pay an additional $5,000 on top of rocketing tuition costs just to come here? Not our problem, says the University of Alabama. Go find someplace else. In doing so, the administration is essentially telling the students to accept the shackles of debt or stay ignorant. I sincerely believe that I am not the only person who realizes this injustice, but individuals expressing our concerns will not be able to cause change; I fervently believe that this needs to be a matter that the SGA undertakes in the coming years. This is a solid opportunity to truly bring productive change for students. If we are to win the future on this campus, we must first begin by realizing that education must be attained with the most minimal debt load possible. With this realization, we can begin to act towards reducing that debt load, and this should be rooted in the fact that the mission of this institution is providing an education, not feeding us with an in loco parentis mentality. After all, I already have two wonderful parents who can help when I have a need. I do not require the assistance of a third.

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Safe Zone Program to discuss harassment By Laura Metcalf Contributing Writer The UA Safe Zone Program is hosting a brown bag session today from noon to 1 p.m. in Manly Hall Room 102. The workshop, “Harassment: What It Looks Like, How to Prevent It, Where to Report It,” will discuss the types of harassment that take place on the University’s campus and ways faculty and staff can help prevent them. Renee Wells, an English professor at the University and chair

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nations will begin to emulate the American model of living, which will necessitate greater energy consumption. The convergence of flattening and crowding in the world threatens the supply of natural resources as demand will grow to meet the conditions of modernizing markets, Friedman said. Halfhearted gestures of

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issues with the budget assigned for the project, and work was stalled. “We originally bid the project to be completed in December, but we came in over budget,” Leopard said. “We were able to redesign the project to fit the budget, began work in December and it is now scheduled to be finished in July.” Kristina Hopton-Jones, director of University dining services, clarified the plans for the new site once construction is finished. She confirmed that a doublesided Subway restaurant, like the one recently added to the Ferguson Center, is set to open at the new location as soon as possible, along with a cafe similar to those found in other

of the UA Safe Zone Committee, said the program aims to help faculty and staff members know how to respond when students come to them with issues concerning harassment. “It’s not something professors deal with on a regular basis,” Wells said. “We want to make sure they feel comfortable about what to tell students.” The main focus of the Safe Zone program is to encourage cultural diversity on campus and to provide a visible network of volunteers for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans-

gender students, in addition to other individuals seeking information and assistance regarding sexual orientation, gender identity, harassment or discrimination. Wells said the workshop will be broader and include people not usually affected by the Safe Zone program, because the topic of harassment can be applied to everyone on campus who is dealing with this issue. “The same steps can be used no matter what type of harassment you are dealing with,” Wells said.

The program will take an in-depth look at harassment using a PowerPoint with embedded video clips of students talking about their personal experiences with harassment, Wells said, which will give students the chance to be heard even though they are not leading the program. The workshop will be led by Lucy Curzon, an assistant professor of art history and a member of the Safe Zone committee. Curzon has led many Safe Zone training programs and said she is glad they are spread-

ing out to address this important issue on campus. Those who attend the meeting will be given packets solidifying the definition of harassment. The packets also state that the University does not tolerate harassment and explain what to do to prevent it, Curzon said. “I am hoping that after the PowerPoint it will be mostly discussion-based,” Curzon said. She will be joined by Cathy Pagani and Kathryn Oths, resolutions officials from the College of Arts and Sciences,

who will help answer participants’ questions. This is the first of two brown bag sessions planned for this semester. The next session, called “Lingo Lesson: Understanding How Language Empowers, Devalues, and Excludes,” is scheduled for March 30. Wells said it will focus on language and how words can include or exclude people. “Hopefully, these sessions will help people become more aware of their actions and how they impact others,” Wells said.

environmental activism, such as initiating Facebook groups to target multinational corporations that pollute ecosystems, do not force the culprits of environmental degradation to change their habits, he said. A movement for an authentic ‘green’ revolution will discard with the quick-and-easy methods of activism Americans have adopted, such as a switch to energy-efficient light bulbs, that he said amounts to nothing more than a party. “That’s not a revolution,”

he said. “That’s a party. We’ve been having a green party.” Friedman said American legislators could institute a tax of $1 per barrel of oil in 2012 to stifle consumption of OPEC oil and funnel money into public projects, such as the public school system. “Why not tax something we want people to use less of that will make us more economically secure and make us more strategically secure?” he asked. Without an economic deterrent to the purchase of oil,

Americans will continue to abuse the product, he said. “No price signal, no green revolution,” he said. In his speech, Friedman illuminated the problems the college-aged generation will have to confront, said Joe Benson, vice president of research for the University.

“He is really pointing out the issues your generation is going to have to focus on,” he said. “Solving them is going to take time. We’ve got to have a driving force — a force that leads to real change. We’ve got to change the path the country is taking.” Joe Hardin, associate dean

of research for the University, said Friedman identifies solutions to the global energy crisis. “He’s trying to give some definite steps that people can begin to personalize,” he said. “These are tangible ways people can be involved in changing the mindset [on energy consumption].”

buildings on campus. “Everything that is currently in the Bidgood Bistro will be moved to the new location,” Hopton-Jones said. “Therefore coffee, grab-and-go items and snacks will still be available.” Jones said the new location will feature only the Subway and the cafe, which are set to accept Dining Dollars, and no meal plan options were planned for the area. “Our hope is that we will be able to be in the facility, stocked and trained to be open for the first day of class.” HoptonJones said. “Dining services will be available at this location as soon as construction is complete.” Leopard said he was sorry for any disruption the various construction projects on campus have caused and asked for the toleration of students, faculty and visitors until the projects

are completed. He said in addition to the new dining services being on schedule and growing closer to completion, the fences that surround B.B. Comer and funnel students through the Crimson Promenade are scheduled to be removed soon. “The construction around B.B. Comer is wrapping up relatively quickly,” Leopard said, “and we should be done next month. Those fences will come down, but we plan to start a landscaping phase around the building over the summer before the start of the new semester. “I always say thank you for the patience and for working with us,” he said. “There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes to avoid interruption of teaching and learning that you may not see, but we do everything we can to minimize our disruption.”

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we’re looking for,” Johnson said. “We appreciate different skill sets, but that doesn’t pigeonhole you. We’re just looking to see what kind of person you are. What is your big idea? Those ideas can get turned into projects.” Some of Creative Campus’s past projects include Quidditch on the Quad and Pixelcon. Upcoming projects include Collaborating with Cinema, the Druid City Arts Festival, the Sketchbook Project, TheDome. ua.edu, Artistry on Wheels and the Breaking Boundaries art show. Intern John Michael Murray,

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Alabama’s baseball team, fresh off of a three-game sweep of Alcorn State, came away with a hard-fought 11-7 victory over Alabama State Tuesday. “Today was a learning experience for us,” head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “It gets a little more serious from here. Now our starters are prepared to go a little deeper into games.” Despite not being played as often as they would in postseason play, the starters still produced for the Crimson Tide. Alabama’s starting pitcher for the day, left-hander Taylor Wolfe, had a stellar performance. He did not allow a hit in his fiveinning appearance and also had nine strikeouts with no walks. “Taylor Wolfe was outstanding,” Gaspard said. “His velocity has gone up a lot. He was at

around 84 or 85 mph, but in the fall he was hitting 90.” Wolfe was in the midst of a possible no-hitter, and seeing him being replaced was a shock for many in attendance. “[Gaspard] told me my pitch count was getting a little high,” Wolfe said. “Obviously, you don’t want to come out there, but I understood why I was being pulled. It’s a long season, and you don’t want to throw everything out there this early in the season.” Scoring started for the Tide when freshman Austen Smith hit a grand slam with no outs in the third inning, giving the Tide a 4-0 lead. “It was a fastball at the letters,” Smith said. “I just put the barrel on it. Coach [Andy] Phillips has worked with me a lot in the offseason, working on my stance and my power.” After getting three straight

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outs in the top of the fourth inning, the Tide had another four-run inning in the bottom of the fourth. Junior Jared Reaves had a double and sophomore Brett Booth had a single in the inning, building up an 8-0 lead over the Hornets after four innings and a 10-0 lead after five. Reaves also had an impact on the Tide’s scoring, going 2-for-2 with a walk, scoring three times and driving in two runs for the Tide. Alabama State gave the Tide more fight than expected, putting together a comeback in the sixth and seventh innings, cutting Alabama’s lead to four going into the eighth inning. “The game got out of hand on us there in the sixth and seventh,” Gaspard said. “But we told them that’s just how quick it can happen, no matter who the competition.” The bullpen gave up all seven

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Left-handed pitcher Taylor Wolfe winds up for a pitch in the Tide’s 11-7 victory over Alabama State Tuesday afternoon. CW | Katie Bennett of Alabama State’s runs, and Gaspard has an explanation for the Hornets’ late comeback. “We weren’t throwing enough strikes,” Gaspard said. “We were leaving balls high in the strike zone, and they caught a little momentum. We did it to

ourselves by walking batters.” Starting with the top of the eighth inning, all hopes of a Hornet comeback were thwarted when junior relievers Nathan Kennedy and Jason Zylstra came in for the Tide and both pitched a scoreless inning.

down, and the look on their face was not like it was when we were going through that losing streak. The excitement that generated against Florida carried over in the Auburn game.” After the Florida game, Jenkins said the team looked at the remainder of the schedule as a four-game season and looked to win out, gathering momentum heading into the conference tournament. The atmosphere in Foster has proven to be louder and more intimate with the fans. “I really like [playing in Foster],” senior forward Tierney Jenkins said. “I feel like it’s a more personal setting and the crowd really helps us out.” Russell said, “I love playing [at Foster]. It’s a nice atmosphere. It’s smaller, but it’s more intimate. I feel like it’s more fans here. Having more people here, and being that it’s louder, I think it just gives us more confidence and momentum to get the win.” While Russell hit a shooting slump at the beginning of Southeastern Conference play, she has bounced back and was named this week’s SEC Player of the Week after averaging 16.5

points, four assists, 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals in victories over Auburn and Mississippi. Before the winning streak began, the Tide had lost 10 of its last 11 games. Offense and defense have been more efficient, and the team is playing with more confidence,” Hudson said. “We’re making shots, but we’re playing with confidence too,” Hudson said. “We’re playing better defense. We’re also rebounding the ball a bit better and we’re pushing the break. That home court advantage and that excitement and all that energy — once you get in that right atmosphere, it helps you mentally, and that’s what helps build confidence.” The team will take on Mississippi State in the last home game of the season before heading to Arkansas to complete the regular season. “Winning is contagious, just like losing is contagious,” Hudson said. “So, when you’re playing with confidence you’re looking forward to going and playing, especially at home. That carries over on the road. I think the team is really excited about both of these next two games.”

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