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plish over 10 years.” Romney insisted that his bold tax proposal would create jobs, boost the economy and would not cost the federal government a dime in lost revenue. “I’m going to lower rates across the board for all Americans by 20 percent,” Romney told a rally at a Christian school in the Phoenix suburb of Chandler, hours before facing off with rivals in an Arizona debate. The debate was the last for the four candidates before Feb. 28 primaries in Arizona and Michigan and the March 6 Super Tuesday contests in 10 states. Romney leads in Arizona polls but is neck and neck with rival Rick Santorum in Michigan surveys. His proposal to cut tax rates across the board was aimed politically at conservatives who have refused to rally to his campaign. Yet he also said he’d limit some deductions for wealthier Americans, a move that could open him to criticism from conservatives who chafe at any proposals aimed at the rich. He said the tax cuts would boost the economy, leading to a 6 percent jump in wages at noncorporate businesses, a 10 percent increase in investment, and a 16 percent increase in business receipts. He said it would create

2.5 million jobs within two years. Aides said Romney would make permanent the Bush-era tax cuts scheduled to expire on Dec. 31, then cut all tax rates by 20 percent. Although President Barack Obama this week signed an extension of a payroll tax cut that will add nearly $100 billion to this year’s deficit, his campaign ripped Romney’s proposal, saying it would add to the government’s deficits and debt. “His proposals to date actually increase the deficit by $2 trillion over the next decade. Will his new tax plan drive up the deficit even further?” Obama’s campaign said. Indeed, even before he proposed the deep cuts in income tax rates, a Tax Policy Center analysis found that Romney’s other tax proposals would cost the government $180 billion in revenue in 2016, assuming the Bush tax cuts were extended for all taxpayers. Romney insisted the tax cuts would not add to the federal budget deficit because the economy would grow faster and he’d slash federal spending. “The economy will grow,” said Williams, but he added: “There’s never been enough growth from tax cuts to pay for the tax cuts.”

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Romney proposes to cut income tax rates From MCTcampus Mitt Romney proposed Wednesday to cut individual income tax rates for all Americans by 20 percent, a promise he hopes will jumpstart his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination and the American economy. It also could add to the government’s sky-high budget deficits and growing debt unless offset with other tax hikes or matched

by sweeping cuts in spending, the kind that have eluded other Republican presidents who made similar promises. Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush used the pledge of sweeping tax cuts to win the White House, failed to cut spending and watched deficits soar. “Absent anything else, this cuts revenue by a lot,” said Roberton Williams, a senior scholar at the Tax Policy Center, a joint project of the Brookings

Institution and the Urban Institute, two Washington center-left think tanks. “To do his tax plan and balance the budget and protect the defense budget is going to be very difficult,” added Josh Gordon, policy director at the Concord Coalition, a group that promotes fiscal discipline. “You would need annual spending cuts that would be about the size of the cuts the [congressional] supercommittee failed to accom-

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Mandatory meeting for UA Student Recruitment Team 2012 Students who are interested in becoming a member of the UA Student Recruitment Team 2012 must attend the mandatory convocation to discuss the selection process on Wednesday at 8 p.m. in 20 Alston Hall. Failure to attend will result in the automatic disqualification of an applicant. Formerly known as the Crimson Belles and Beaus, the Student Recruitment Team will serve as host to prospective students and student-athletes

through tours, lunches, informational sessions and game-day activities. Members of the team will provide guidance and offer insight to students and their families regarding campus life, student involvement, athletics and enrollment. Applications for membership are due on March 2 at noon in 203 Student Services Building. For more information and to download the application go to gobama.ua.edu/uastudentrecruitmentteam.


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The Houndstooth Bar was recently voted as one of the 50 best southern bars.

Houndstooth voted top 50 southern bar By Lauren Ferguson Assistant Lifestyles Editor ldferguson@crimson.ua.edu Garden & Gun magazine recently named The Houndstooth one of the 50 Best Southern Bars. Originally opened in 1988, The Houndstooth provides the the Strip with a spacious sports bar that shows all major sporting events for its bar goers. The bar’s appeal has not only caught the eye of students, but the Charleston-based magazine. “The criteria for choosing these bars was by asking a group of our writers from the southeastern region to tell us about our favorite bars,” said Sterling Eason of Garden and Gun. “The Houndstooth was one of them.” The magazine described the bar as a “no-frills drinking shrine” that offers great views of BryantDenny Stadium and features more than enough televisions for the large crowds on Alabama football game days. Jon Alford, general manager of The Houndstooth, said that this is not the first award The Houndstooth has received. “We’ve been named the Number One College Sports Bar by Sports Illustrated and the Best College Sports Bar by Playboy,” Alford said. The bar’s renovation in 2008 included a complete demolition of the old building and the creation of a much larger space that now boasts over 40 high-definition flat screen televisions that flank the walls of the bar and are even found in the rest-

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rooms. The Houndstooth kept a similar floor plan to the former space, but now has a more spacious covered outdoor patio for nice weather events and fall football games. “Since this renovation we have definitely had more people come here,” Alford said. “Business has almost doubled.” In addition to the new curb appeal and proximity to the stadium, Alford said their good service and drink specials set them apart from other bars in the area. “I like the Houndstooth because they aren’t overly packed, have a lot of TVs and good drinks,” said Meagan Miller, a senior majoring in nursing. The Houndstooth also features live music and participates in trivia night along with other bars such as Brown’s Corner and Innisfree. “My favorite part is that it has music, but its not too loud, so it has an atmosphere where you can actually talk to people,” said Casey Johnson, a senior majoring in secondary education. “It’s less of a ‘see and be seen’ place like Gallette’s and more of a meet up with friends for a pitcher after class kind of place. It may not have the social prestige of other bars, but that’s why it’s more comfortable and friendly.” Garden & Gun searched for bars that were “old or new, grungy or grand, the South’s choicest places to order up a round and unwind,” and it appears one need not look farther than University Boulevard.

Formerly known as the Crimson Belles and Beaus

The UA Student Recruitment Team will serve as host to prospective students and student athletes through tours, lunches, informational sessions, and gameday activities. Members of this team will provide guidance and offer insight to students and their families regarding campus life, student involvement, athletics, and the enrollment process.

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OPINIONS Thursday, February 23, 2012 Editor • SoRelle Wyckoff letters@cw.ua.edu Page 4

{ YOUR VIEW } (WEB COMMENTS) In response to: Vaccinations should remain mandatory “Would I vaccinate today? I would not vaccinate a dog! If vaccines are so great, why are these the sickest children in American history?” — ccdaddy57

“The reason people want to blame vaccines is because they are given around the same time that Autism is most likely seen and diagnosed. People just need someone or something to blame rather than accepting that Autism is genetic and itʼs no ones fault.” — bamagirl123

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Immigration reform should be left to the federal government By Tray Smith @ralphlsmith An Associated Press report this week showed some evidence that illegal immigrants are returning to Alabama after fleeing the state in droves to escape HB 56. Of the 18 Hispanic immigrants the AP interviewed in the Birmingham area, six said they had family members or friends who had come back to Alabama after leaving the state in fear of the harsh anti-illegal immigration law signed by Gov. Robert Bentley last year. This is good news for Alabama and our economy because we need undocumented workers, especially in areas rebuilding from last year’s devastating tornadoes. But it is bad news for border security and further proof of the futility of state-based efforts to police immigration. The immigrants are returning because the law has been largely unenforced, and the courts have struck down

some provisions. The law has not just a reasonable policy, been unenforced because it is it is necessary to prevent our unenforceable. border from being exploited After immigrants enter by our enemies. But even a the country, it is hard to stop completely secure border them from finding some sort would not solve the public polof housing, employment and icy problem posed by illegal transportation. immigration. The only way to deal with illeImmigrants gal immigration come here is to stop it at because its source. That they need Immigrants come here because requires a federwork, and they need work, and our busial effort to secure our businesses need their labor. Border the border. nesses need enforcement must be coupled More fencing their labor. with a plan to allow immigrants across a longer B o r d e r stretch of the enforcewho want to come here and border, if not its ment must work legally to do so. entirety, is a necbe coupled essary first step. with a plan Fencing reinto allow forced by a rising immigrants numbers of borwho want to der police would come here deter more illegal immigrants and work legally to do so. from coming into the counFor some workers, this try as the economy starts to may mean a temporary guest recovery. worker permit like the one Considering the terror- proposed by President Bush. ist threats we face, knowing For others, though, permawho comes in our country is nent residency may be more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

SGA should consider drinking ban if considering campus smoking ban By Cynthia Blake

that smoking can cause cancer. That has also been said The UA S t u d e n t about not eating enough Government Association is green vegetables and a list of trying their hardest to ban other things. I have yet to see smoking. While they are at statistics that say smoking it, they should also ban drink- has caused 16,000 accidents ing on campus. I am a smoker a year. According to Drunk but not a drinker. I have yet Driving Facts, that number to hear anyone say that they is the estimated number of cannot walk across the quad alcohol related crashes every in flip-flops due to smokers. year. On to other health issues: On the other hand, more than once I have heard that people Saving the world from potenare scared to walk across the tial lung cancer seems like a quad due to broken beer bot- noble cause. It really is, but tles, puke and other disgust- at the same time, you are promoting liver ing alcohol-relatproblems. ed things. They are going I have personto protect ally seen, on So, instead of promoting not everyone from more than one drinking or responsibility, c a n c e r, b u t occasion, peoour campus government is allow them to ple outside of promoting drinking as long continue to frat houses and as you do not drive. What ruin their livdorms picking up about the mess? ers. There is alcoholic beveralso alcohol age containers poisoning to as early as 7 a.m. I have also personally seen consider. Are they really trybeer cans and bottles lying ing to save lives? While they are promoton the steps going into buildings. I have seen the piles of ing alcohol and persecuting puke and food thrown all over smokers, maybe they should the ground of the quad during concentrate on what realtailgating season. The bottle ly matters. Things like the tops thrown on the ground fact that, as I waited outside Gorgas Library on Friday for could probably pave a road. What is the SGA doing a Crimson bus to take me to about the alcohol problem on my next class, I had to wait campus? They are aiding in through two blue express making it worse. Just recent- buses and a blue route. A ly, they have enlisted new bus blue express and a blue route routes at night to take on-cam- pulled up together. Following pus residents to popular spots that was yet another blue in town. Now, I read in The route. Why are we making Crimson White how one of things better for drinkers the reasons was to help slow and persecuting smokers, yet down driving under the influ- we cannot always rely on the ence. So, instead of promoting bus system to get to class on not drinking or responsibility, time? The SGA really needs to our campus government is rethink their decision-making promoting drinking as long as skills, especially in light of you do not drive. What about last semester’s issues. the mess? Also, while we are on the Cynthia Blake is a senior subject, yes, it has been said majoring in journalism.

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appropriate. The overall number of legal immigrants permitted each year should be increased. Millions of immigrants have already come here, bypassing the arcane visa process and sliding across the border undetected. Some Republicans, like presidential candidate Mitt Romney, have proposed instituting polices to encourage these immigrants to “self-deport” back to their own countries. There is a case to be made that our laws should be enforced and that illegal immigrants who broke the law to come here should be deported. However, the United States is in a bad position to make that case, considering the government has knowingly allowed this problem to continue for years as our businesses benefited from the work of cheap laborers who came to the country illegally. Some of those workers have gone on to join churches, send their children to public schools and become a part of

their community. Displacing them now because they followed the American Dream the best way they could does not make sense morally or economically. Instead, workers who have been in the U.S. for several years, have no criminal record and agree to pay back taxes and a fine should be allowed to get in line for permanent citizenship. No illegal immigrant should skip legal immigrants on the path to citizenship, but they should eventually be able to earn that right. Only a federal immigration policy that secures the border, opens more legal venues for foreigners to enter the United States and puts illegal immigrants currently in the country on the path to citizenship will completely solve the immigration problem. Intrusive, harsh bills like HB 56 are just political grandstanding.

Tray Smith is the special projects editor of The Crimson White.


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Fiji Run for justice to Former Wall Street Journal take place Saturday writer to discuss civil rights By Sydney Newman Contributing Writer

By Jessica Ruffin Contributing Writer Currently, 27 million people are victims to the act of slavery worldwide, a practice that is stronger today than any other point in history, according to the International Justice Mission. For Phi Gamma Delta fraternity philanthropy chair John Pickering and IJM officers Darby Hess and Tori Luna, this number is unacceptable. They’ve decided to join the fight against slavery in a fundraising event called the Fiji Run. “Together, the Phi Gam brothers from Mississippi State and Alabama will be running from Starkville to Tuscaloosa, [with] each brother running one or two miles,” Pickering said. “All proceeds from the event will be donated to the International Justice Mission.” International Justice Mission is an organization that fights against worldwide slavery, sexual exploitation and other violent persecutions. For Pickering, the purpose of the event is solely to promote IJM’s cause and raise money for the organization. “One of the biggest obstacles to preventing these injustices is ignorance, apathy and a lack of funds,” Pickering said. “Therefore, this event is extremely important for IJM in order to raise awareness and funds to help prevent injustices in the world today.” Pickering said the brothers of Phi Gamma Delta are passionate about rais-

ing awareness for slavery, recognizing the dire need for assistance in the promotion of IJM’s cause. Pickering is also excited that his brothers from another chapter will be joining the Alabama students in the 83-mile run. “It’s a great way for us to come together as chapters and combine our resources to help the community and the world,” Pickering said. Tori Luna, the vice president of Alabama’s chapter of IJM, has enjoyed working with the fraternity in the planning process of the event. “It has been great partnering with Phi Gam. They actually approached [IJM] about the partnership,” Luna said. “I think it’s so cool that men on our campus and Mississippi State’s campus are rising up to fight for the oppressed.” Luna hopes the event will cause those who weren’t previously involved with IJM to get involved with the organization. For Darby Hess, the president of Alabama’s chapter of IJM, all of the goals for the event lie in the promotion of slavery awareness. “My goal is for the students to be more aware of IJM and its causes, as well as the passion for something greater than themselves,” Hess said. “[I hope] that we become more than a student organization, that we may become a student movement.” For more information about the Fiji Run, please visit alabamaijm.com or email the organization at alabamaijm@gmail. com.

THEFT OF PROPERTY II 5:30-5:45 p.m. 400 block of 5th Avenue East

PUBLIC INTOXICATION 1:55-2:10 a.m. 1100 block of University Boulevard

PUBLIC INTOXICATION

Wed., Feb. 15 UNLAWFUL BREAKING AND ENTERING INTO A MOTOR VEHICLE 8:30-9:52 a.m. 600 block of Jefferson Avenue

11:45 p.m. 900 block of 2nd Street

Douglas Blackmon, The Wall Street Journal’s former bureau chief in Atlanta, will discuss his book, “Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II,” tonight at 6 p.m. in Gorgas Library Room 205. The book was awarded a Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award in 2009, in addition to appearing on The New York Times Bestseller List. Joshua Rothman, a professor of history and African American studies and the director of the Summersell Center for the Study of the South, spoke about the basic idea behind Blackmon’s book. “In practical terms, for generations after the Civil War, black people in the South remained vulnerable to arbitrary imprisonment, forced labor and systematic brutality that arguably was far worse and more insidious than slavery,” he said. “It’s a vital part of our national story that we’ve largely buried and ignored.” “Slavery by Another Name” was published in 2008 and discusses the issues surrounding slavery after the Civil War. “[The book] sheds light on the ways that effectively un-free workers laboring under abominable

500 block of Jefferson Avenue

UNLAWFUL BREAKING AND ENTERING INTO A MOTOR VEHICLE/THEFT II 1-8 a.m. 100 block of Hackberry Lane

THEFT OF PROPERTY III

THEFT OF PROPERTY II

11:30 p.m. 400 block of 5th Avenue East

Mon., Feb. 20 THEFT OF PROPERTY II 12-10 p.m.

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UNLAWFUL BREAKING AND ENTERING INTO A MOTOR VEHICLE

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CRIMINAL MISCHIEF III 9:25 a.m.-2 p.m. 1200 block of Coliseum Drive

HARASSING COMMUNICATION 6:15 p.m.-2 p.m. 1100 block of Jackson Avenue

BURGLARY III 12 a.m.-12 p.m. 100 block of Hackberry Lane

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF III 2:50-6:05 p.m. 1200 block of Coliseum Drive

BURGLARY III 2-4:45 p.m. 100 block of Hackberry Lane

POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA 10-10:10 p.m. 200 block of McCorvey Drive

HARASSMENT 10 p.m. 900 block of 2nd Street

Sat., Feb. 18 HARASSMENT 12:30-12:35 a.m. 500 block of Jefferson Avenue

THEFT OF PROPERTY II/ POSSESSION/USE OF CREDIT CARD 11 p.m.-2:30 a.m. 400 block of Jefferson Avenue

THEFT OF PROPERTY III 9:46 a.m.-4:51 p.m. 500 block of Devotie Drive

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Street 300 block of Hackberry Lane 7:15 p.m.

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UNLAWFUL BREAKING AND ENTERING INTO A MOTOR VEHICLE

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Tues., Feb. 21 THEFT OF PROPERTY III 8 a.m.-8 a.m. 100 block of Hackberry Lane

POSSESSION OF POSSESSION OF MARI900 block of Bryant Drive 7:12 p.m. MARIJUANA II/POSSESSION 100 block of Hackberry Lane JUANA II OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA 1:45 p.m. CRIMINAL MISCHIEF III 6:07 p.m. THEFT OF PROPERTY III 100 block of Hackberry Lane 12 p.m.-11:50 a.m.

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conditions continued to serve as a backbone of American economic development well into the 20th century and might serve as a reminder that such circumstances continue to make our lives possible today,” Rothman said. “It has a vital connection to the history of the South generally and Alabama specifically.” Blackmon was with The Wall Street Journal from 1995 until this year, when he became a contributing editor at the Washington Post and joined the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs, a national television program dedicated to public policy. During his time as a senior editor and correspondent at the Wall Street Journal, Blackmon wrote

THEFT OF PROPERTY III 9 a.m. 7:30-8:15 p.m. 100 block of Hackberry Lane 2:30 p.m. 100 block of Hackberry Lane 400 block of 5th Avenue East

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this weekend TODAY • Men’s Basketball vs Arkansas: 6 p.m., Fayetteville, Ark. • Women’s Basketball vs Auburn: 8 p.m., Auburn, Ala.

FRIDAY • Softball vs East Carolina: 4 p.m. • Softball vs North Dakota State: 6 p.m. • Baseball vs Arkansas-Pine Bluff: 6:05 p.m. • Gymnastics vs LSU: 7 p.m., Baton Rouge, La.

With an 8-0 start on the season, the Alabama softball team will play at home for the first time this season as it hosts the annual Easton Bama Bash. Head coach Patrick Murphy said his team was looking forward to being back in Tuscaloosa for the weekend. “We can’t wait to play in front of our home fans and on our turf,” he said. “It’s been a long, long time since we’ve been home for a real game. I know the six seniors are looking forward to it.” Senior Cassie Reilly-Boccia said returning home for her last opening weekend at Rhoads Stadium was unreal. “It’s weird to think this is the last season we all get to play as a senior class,” ReillyBoccia said. “This is definitely a good time in my life right now, getting ready to go into opening weekend.” The Tide will face East Carolina University and North Dakota State University in double headers both Friday and Saturday. Alabama will then play Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville on Sunday. Although not easily recognized teams, Murphy was quick to point out the threat each team poses. “When you have a nonname recognition school, it scares you the most as a coach because we know all three of these teams are capable of beating us,” he said. “North Dakota State shocked the world and beat Oklahoma at home last year in Regionals. East Carolina has reached Regionals the past three years. SIUE is just recently part of Division 1, but they won several national championships in Division 2,

so they have a program that knows how to win. They have our attention.” Reilly-Boccia, who was named a candidate to Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award earlier in the week, said no matter what opposing team is listed on the scoreboard, the biggest opponent Alabama will play will always be itself. “We always say our opponent is always ourselves in the game,” Reilly-Boccia said. “We never play a perfect game. We’re going hard at it this week. We’re trying to respect every team we play, no matter who it is.” One of the most difficult tasks for Murphy this season has been deciding a rotation schedule. With such a large and talented roster, he said it’s been difficult but will use this weekend to give everybody playing time. “Everybody’s been taking advantage of the opportunities they’ve been given,” he said. “That’s the most encouraging sign, that they take advantage of it. It’s making my job much more difficult to put 10 names to a lineup. It’s going to be interesting to see, but we’re definitely going to use everybody on the roster. Everybody gets more opportunities.” Senior Olivia Gibson said the competitiveness of this team can be attributed to the closeness of the entire squad and not just senior leadership. “We have a great group of seniors who just love everybody on the team,” Gibson said. “I think the family we have and the support we have for each other is great, and it’s not about the seniors. It’s about everybody having their best year.” The Tide will begin the Bama Bash Friday at 4 p.m. playing East Carolina, followed by North Dakota at 6.

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Fate has not favored head coach Anthony Grant’s men’s basketball program recently, after his best three players – sophomore point guard Trevor Releford, senior forward JaMychal Green and junior forward Tony Mitchell – made headlines for all the wrong reasons. Now, the team is trying to continue its push towards an elusive NCAA tournament bid, with every game carrying heightened importance. “I think our guys have moved forward,” Grant said. “I think we understand, like with everything else, you can only control what you can control. So for our guys, it’s about getting prepared for our next opponent and trying to eliminate distractions.” It will be a lot easier to tune out outside voices with some good news in the personnel department. Grant said Tuesday that freshman forward Nick Jacobs will be available for Thursday’s game at Arkansas after getting a mouth infection from an injury during practice. Releford will also be available after suffering a blow to the head in practice and showing concussion-like symptoms. The news comes at a great time for the Crimson Tide. “[Arkansas] is a very talented team,” Grant said. “They gave us a great game here at home. In a lot of ways, I thought we were very fortunate to win the game. Going on the road to their place will be an even bigger challenge.” In the last meeting, Arkansas tripped up the Tide in the second half after a switch to zone defense. After trailing by seven points at halftime, Arkansas’ zone defense allowed the Razorbacks to take a two-point lead with less than seven minutes remaining, until a late 9-0 run sealed the victory for the Tide. “We have to constantly stay aggressive,” Steele said. “I think early in the season when we saw zone, we froze up and got timid a little bit. I think we have to make sure we stay aggressive on it.” Getting a win in Bud Walton Arena has been especially difficult since Mike Anderson returned to Arkansas as head coach. Anderson

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was an assistant at Arkansas from 1985 to 2002, when the Razorbacks won five conference championships, appeared in three Final Fours and won the 1994 national championship with teams that were put under the “40 Minutes of Hell” label. Alabama is used to playing in difficult environments on the road in the Southeastern Conference, however. “We understand that the crowd can’t come on the court and play,” Steele said. “The game is going to be settled on the court. You have to put all of that out of your mind. Once you start playing, you don’t really think about it too much.” The Razorbacks are stumbling into this game on a two-game losing streak, losing on the road to Tennessee 77-58 on Feb. 15, then suffering its only home loss of the season to the Florida Gators 98-68 on Saturday. “I thought in their last game, Florida played extremely well,” Grant said. “I don’t think there’s anything you can do when a team comes in playing the way they played.” Grant continued, “If you look at their entire body of work, I think they’ve played 17 games at home and lost once. They’ve been very successful at home.”

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Alabama travels to Auburn looking to avenge earlier loss By Jasmine Cannon Senior Staff Reporter jmcannon@crimson.ua.edu After knocking off high-ranking Kentucky and falling to South Carolina to end its home season, the women’s basketball team will take on rival Auburn at 8 p.m. tonight. “We have to continue to keep playing the way we’ve been able to play here recently,” head coach Wendell Hudson said. “Part of that is that we have been able to make shots, and we have been able to get the ball where we need to get the ball. This team has to take one game at a time, and we talk about one possession at a time.” Hudson said the team has been playing well over the past seven games, and the players feel good heading into Auburn. “Any court is home,” junior guard Jessica Merritt said. “We have to go out and play with the same intensity that we’ve been practicing, and hopefully it’ll favor our way.” “We’ve played pretty well on the road,” Hudson said. “It’s one of those things where, sometimes, getting away from home and being together as a team is a good thing.” The two teams faced each other early in the Southeastern Conference season on Jan. 5. The Tigers beat the Tide at Foster Auditorium 65-55. Sophomore guard Shafontaye Myers was Alabama’s leading scorer, with 13 points, and

led the team with four assists and four steals. Auburn sophomore Tyrese Tanner led the Tigers with 20 points. “We want to keep the game at our tempo,” Myers said. “We don’t want to allow them to get into their flow of the game. We have to keep playing fast…they don’t like to play fast. We have to push the ball, pressure on defense and just be prepared for whatever they have coming at us.” “I feel confident,” Merritt said. “The first time we played them at the beginning of the season, we played a little sluggish just coming into conference. I believe we’ve made improvements over the time, and I believe they’ve made improvements, so this should be a pretty good game.” Auburn is currently on a five-game losing streak. Nell Fortner, who has coached Auburn the past eight seasons, announced earlier this week her resignation effective after this season. Hudson said it’s important that his team stays focused on Alabama. “We can’t let what’s going on at Auburn affect us,” he said. “That’s the big key. I think we have to stay focused on our game and what we need to do.” With this game being a big-time rivalry, it’s sure to bring out the best of both benches. “I feel like [the rivalry is] motivation to me because we’re both in the state,” Myers said. “May the best team win. I feel like we think it’s a big motivation to us.”

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Bama travels to hostile LSU for rivalry meet By Marc Torrence Sports Reporter marctorrence@gmail.com @marctorrence Alabama and Louisiana State have always been rivals, but this season, things became extra tense between the two schools, particularly because of the drama surrounding the 2011 football season. This week, another chapter will be written in the rivalry as the No. 3 Crimson Tide gymnastics team travels to Baton Rouge to square off with the No. 13 Tigers on Friday. “It just makes this battle this weekend so much bigger,� freshman Lora Leigh Frost said. “Basketball’s beaten them, football’s beaten them, and it’s now our turn to beat them.� But defeating the Tigers will be no easy task. LSU is known for being a hostile environment by gymnastics standards. In

most arenas across the country, fans generally show respect to the opposition and focus on cheering for the home team. Not so in Baton Rouge. Their fans routinely taunt opposing gymnasts while they are doing routines – especially on the balance beam, where focus is critical. That’s why the Tide’s focus this week has been on eliminating distractions and keeping concentration. “It’s not the largest environment that we will have competed in, but it will be the most hostile and competitive in that way,� head coach Sarah Patterson said. “It’s a good crowd. It’s a competitive team. It’s an SEC rivalry. It’s the overlay of a football rivalry. There are a lot of intangibles that go into it. It’s also a little bit of that cajun atmosphere.� This week in practice, Patterson pulled out all of the

stops to take her gymnasts out of their comfort zone. She played music, made them do routines facing different directions and even had some of the girls chant “L-S-U� while others did their routines. “We have prepared our ladies for that,� Patterson said. “I think this will be the hardest environment that we’ll be in.� The team also said they will use the BCS National Championship Game as motivation to get the win. “I think we can use that as fuel. I really do,� junior Ashley Sledge said. “We can take what our football team did to just come in and dominate in their arena, and that’s what we plan to do.� The team got a little bit of extra motivation and inspiration from one member of Alabama’s football team. Strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran, an LSU

Kim Jacob scored a 9.900 on the beam Friday night at the Pink Meet against Arkansas.

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graduate, visited practice for a couple of minutes and spoke to the team. “How to focus – that’s what he talked to them about,� Patterson said. “There will be distractions, and he talked to

them about how to mentally focus. It’s a great perspective.� He also applied the “fourth quarter� mantra that has become so popular with the football team to the gymnastics team’s meet.

“When Coach Cochran came in and spoke to our girls – we end on the balance beam,� Patterson said. “He said, ‘It’s four inches wide, that’s your fourth quarter. You’ve got to win it on the beam.’�

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Tide looks to rebound from tough opening weekend By Brett Hudson Senior Sports Reporter bbhudson@crimson.ua.edu @Brett_Hudson In baseball, game planning for your opponents’ pitchers and knowing what their hitters cannot do at the plate is a very important aspect of winning consistently. Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard is not concerned with things of that nature heading into a weekend series with Arkansas-Pine Bluff. “I’m not even worried about Arkansas-Pine Bluff,� Gaspard said. “I’m worried about our team and what we have to do. That’s what’s most important right now.� Gaspard is in a position where some serious overhauls may be

necessary after being swept by Florida Atlantic in the opening weekend by a combined score of 23-8. “When you have a rough weekend like we did in the opener and get kind of caught off guard, it can really put some perspective in there,� Gaspard said. “It has really energized our work the past two days in practice. I think we’re all going to see a different team this weekend.� Both the coaching staff and the players feel like the three losses to the Owls were a result of breakdowns in the mental aspect of baseball just as much as the physical side. “One of the things that was biggest for us was the way we played the game,� Gaspard said. “That’s what was most disappointing for me. Our motto is

play hard and get dirty, and we were the farthest thing from that last weekend. I thought we were very passive and timid.� Starting pitcher Charley Sullivan added, “As a team, it was a lack of intensity. We have to stick to our game plan, which is play hard and get dirty.� This week, Gaspard made some changes in his practice schedule to accommodate his team’s shortcomings against FAU. “[We focused on] fundamentals,� Gaspard said. “[We did] a ton of defense. We’ve extended our defense out from 30 to 35 minutes a day to 45 or 50.� This was a move Gaspard felt compelled to do after Alabama committed six errors last weekend against FAU. “Part of our issue is that one

error leads to two, then leads to three and that’s kind of a mentality,� Gaspard said. “Errors are a part of the game, both physically and mentally, but you have to put yourself where, once we have a breakdown, we cannot continue to let that happen.� One thing Gaspard has not done for the Arkansas-Pine Bluff series is make significant changes to his lineup. The starting rotation will remain the same, with freshman Taylor Gilbeau starting Friday night, Sullivan starting on Saturday and Justin Kamplain starting on Sunday. Gaspard will play freshman infielder Ben Moore more often against Arkansas-Pine Bluff after having a good weekend against FAU. He will play catcher, moving junior Brett Booth to

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third base. “Ben Moore is a kid with a great motor,� Sullivan said. “He shows a lot of intensity and energy. He plays hard and plays the game right. I have full confidence in him behind the plate.� Gaspard’s reluctance to make significant lineup and rotation

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Sculpture marks fresh start By Will Edwards Staff Reporter wgedwards@crimson.ua.edu Debris left behind by the EF-4 tornado that struck Tuscaloosa on April 27 is still being picked up in some parts of the area. From fallen trees to pieces of metal that were once parts of homes, all are sad reminders of what happened that day. However, Creative Campus has found a way to transform these sad reminders into a beacon of hope for those affected. They will unveil what they call “The Nest” on Saturday, Feb. 25 at Rosedale Park. “To me, nests are a symbol of rejuvenation, and we want what we’re doing to be that symbol for Tuscaloosa,” said Emma Fick, a junior and one of the people behind The Nest. The Nest will be a large piece of art made up of branches and debris from the tornado found by University of Alabama students in cooperation with the Tuscaloosa Area Volunteer Reception Center. Working with UA graduate student and visual artist Kelly Shannon, Creative Campus has already built much of the nest, but it is not finished yet. Creative Campus wanted others to get involved, and Naomi Thompson, a junior and collaborator on The Nest, could think of no better group to work on the piece than children around the area. So, they went to local schools like Tuscaloosa Magnet, Cottondale Elementary and Holt Elementary to let students paint branches and make their own piece of the nest. “I wanted the children

Students at Tuscaloosa Magnet School painted debris to be part of The Nest project. The entire project will be unveiled at Rosedale Park in a public event Saturday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m.

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involved in the rejuvenation,” Thompson said. “After all, they are really the people we are building back for.” The Nest will be unveiled Saturday in a ceremony beginning at 1 p.m. and lasting until 3 at Rosedale Park. It will feature a reading about the tornado by UA faculty member Patti White and a performance by trumpeter Brice Miller. People will be encouraged to decorate their own branch and weave it into the nest. Also, branches that students from the area painted will be added. The Nest, which is currently more than five feet tall, is planned to grow to nearly

seven feet after the public’s branches are added. Fick said that none of this could have been accomplished without Creative Campus. “[Creative Campus] is an idea machine,” Fick said. “They provide artists with the resources to make things work.” Both Thompson and Fick have been working with Creative Campus for over a year and say that it has been a rewarding experience, as has their work on The Nest. “Tuscaloosa will eventually get back to normal,” Fick said. “This is something to remind us until we do.”

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Who should win the Oscars and why By Walker Donaldson

is as close to perfect as acting comes. Both men deserve recognition for their roles, but Best Picture: “The Artist” Clooney’s performance is once The move from five to as in a lifetime, giving him the many as 10 nominees for Best edge over Pitt. Picture has created a conundrum for the nominating com- Best Actress in a Leading mittee. Critics panned films Role: Meryl Streep (“The like “Extremely Loud and Iron Lady”) Incredibly Close,” but they have Meryl Streep’s portrayal of made the nominee list because of a need to fill as many of the Margaret Thatcher in “The spots as possible. This year Iron Lady” is perhaps the only the category could essentially saving grace of the film. Streep come down to three films: “The is a perennial Oscar candidate Artist,” “Moneyball” and “The whose seventeen nominations are the most ever by an actress Descendants.” All three were highly or actor. This year’s nominaacclaimed by critics and audi- tion comes as no surprise, and ences alike, “Moneyball” being it seems likely that she will win. Viola Davis, star of “The the closest to a blockbuster film, and “The Artist” and “The Help,” also has a chance to win, Descendants” coming from less but Streep is an “iron lady” to well-known directors. “The the Academy, and that makes Artist” should take home the her the frontrunner and likely little gold man at the end of the winner. night. A black and white film that is almost completely silent, Best Actor in a Supporting it brilliantly depicts the arrival Role: Jonah Hill of “the talkie” and the death of (“Moneyball”) the silent film in the 1920s. Jonah Hill’s performance in “Moneyball” almost steals Best Actor in a Leading the spotlight from Brad Pitt. Role: George Clooney (“The Usually known for his off-color Descendants”) humor in films like “Superbad,” Often in sports movies, indi- Hill instead plays the quirky, vidual character development statistic-obsessed Peter Brand, is sacrificed for the story of a assistant general manager of team, but in “Moneyball,” Brad the Oakland A’s. To describe Pitt makes no sacrifices. Pitt Hill as a supporting actor uses the script to craft a nar- almost does a disservice to his rative of Oakland A’s general talent. His portrayal of Brand is manager Billy Beane that is complex and fascinating. brilliant, witty and most of all, Best Actress in a Supporting believable. That being said, George Role: Melissa McCarthy Clooney’s portrayal of a father (“Bridesmaids”) struggling to hold his family It is not often that a character together in “The Descendants”

in a comedy is nominated for an Oscar, but Melissa McCarthy of “Bridesmaids” breaks tradition. McCarthy stars as Megan, the black sheep bridesmaid whose aggressive and crude mannerisms are hilarious. McCarthy’s role could easily be just an outlet for vulgar jokes, and it is at many points throughout the film, but as the film progresses, she transcends the off-color jokes and becomes a complex character full of sage advice who never loses her comedic edge. Her performance is Oscar-worthy, even if it is a long shot for her to win against women in more serious roles. Best Director: Michael Hazanavicius (“The Artist”)

Woody Allen and Martin Scorcese are two of Hollywood’s most revered directors. Both men have received seven nominations for Best Director, and both men have won the award once. This year, Allen is nominated for his film “Midnight in Paris” and Scorcese is nominated for his film “Hugo.” Both films were hugely successful at the box office, and both are nominated for multiple Oscars. This year, however, the Academy will stray from the consistent heavyweights. “The Artist,” a silent film directed by Michael Hazanavicius, will take the award for its originality and stylistic choices. Nothing like “The Artist” has seen wide theatrical distribution in almost eighty years, and it seems unlikely that a film of its caliber and uniqueness will be in theaters in the near future.

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Little Italy owner George Matta opened the pizzeria on University Boulevard in a building with green walls, set up televisions so that customers could watch sports or their favorite show while eating and hung framed pictures of Italian scenes, but Matta is used to a much more artistic flair in his restaurants. In three of the Little Italy restaurants that Matta opened in Athens, Ga, he hired art students to paint murals on the walls. Now, he said, he’s looking for student artists at Alabama to paint murals inside

the restaurant, beginning after spring break. Matta remembers an art student who worked as a waitress in his restaurant in Athens whom he hired to paint a 25-foot mural. “The deal was $500 dollars, I bought all of her paint, and she could drink all the wine she wanted,” Matta said, laughing. “She drank it all.” It was the first mural she ever painted. Matta said she took three months and worked on a section every time she painted and brought together scenes such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Venice gondola traffic and the Roman Colosseum. “It was one of the most beau-

tiful murals I have ever seen. The scenes flowed from one to the next,” Matta said. The student took pictures of her work for her resume and later got a job in New York City as a scene painter for Broadway. New York culture is part of what compels Matta toward art. It is not unusual to see murals and artistic customization inside buildings in New York or in Athens, Ga. “I’m from New York, I was raised on museums,” Matta said. “I’ve always loved music, artwork and culture.” When Little Italy opened last year, Matta invited Tuscaloosa artists to hang their art and saw customers enjoy it as they waited in line. It worked as a successful way to expose artists in the community and to sell their art. “We’re good at finding talent,” Matta said. As the mural is being painted, Matta invites artists to continue hanging artwork on the walls. Any artists interested in pitching an idea for a mural or interested in painting can contact Matta at 828-582-1153.

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The Crimson White has made predictions for the top categories at the Academy Awards this Sunday. Based on each films’ number of nominations, other awards, Twitter reaction and our movie columnists, we’re predicting which film will win Best Picture, Actor in a Leading Role, Actress in a Leading Role, Actor in a Supporting Role, Actress in a Supporting Role and Best Director. 10 Nominations

5 No Nominations

The Artist CW PREDICTIONS: Best Picture Best Director

The Descendants

Columnist Predictions:

6 Nominations, 3 Wins

• Erich Hilkert: Best Picture, Best Director • John Davis: Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role • Walker Donaldson: Best Picture, Best Director

CW PREDICTIONS: Actor in a Leading Role George Clooney

Columnist Predictions: • Erich Hilkert: Actor in a Leading Role - George Clooney • Walker Donaldson: Actor in a Leading y Role - George Clooney

3 Nominations, 1 Win

5 Nominations, 2 Wins

2 Nominations, 0 Wins

6 Nominations No

5 Nominations

The Help Columnist Predictions:

4 Nominations, 1 Win

• Erich Hilkert: Best Actress in a Leading Role - Viola Davis, Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Octavia Spencer • John Davis: Best Actress in a Leading Role - Viola Davis, Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Octavia Spencer

CW PREDICTIONS: Best Actress in a Leading Role - Viola Davis Best Actress in a Supporting Role Octavia Spencer

Columnist Predictions:

Moneyball

4 Nominations, 0 Wins

4 Nominations, 2 Wins

2 Nominations, 0 Wins

Midnight in Paris

Hugo

4 No Nominations

TWEETS 11 Nominations

• Walker Donaldson: Best Actor in a Supporting Role Brad Pitt

Moneyball, The Artist and The Help are among the Oscar nominees for “Best Picture.” Who are your big winners this year? “@TheCrimsonWhite moneyball!” 1 Nominations, 1 Win

-@tylerd91 Columnist Predictions: • John Davis - Best Director

3 Nominations, 0 Wins

Tyler Dalton, Sophomore, Marketing. .@tylerd91 says Moneyball should win on Sunday. Who do you have winning an award at the Oscars?

6 Nominations

“@TheCrimsonWhite Drive got snubbed hard and should have gotten noms, but Midnight In Paris for best pic, and Meryl Streep for leading lady”

3 Nominations No

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2 Nominations, 0 Wins

2 Nominations

War Horse

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Tree of Life

Beginners CW PREDICTION: Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Christopher Plummer (“Beginners”)

1 Nomination N

Columnist Predictions: • John Davis: Best Actor in a Supporting Role Christopher Plummer • Walker Donaldson: Best Actor in a Supporting Role Christopher Plummer

1 Nomination, 0 Wins

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