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Alabama, Auburn grow new roots UA SGA president James Fowler and Auburn SGA president Kurt Sasser announce plans to plant trees on both campuses at Auburn on Feb. 23.

SGAs at both schools pledge to plant trees to promote harmony between campuses By Jennie Kushner Senior Staff Reporter jfkushner@bama.ua.edu

Feb. 23, 2011, marks a milestone in the history of the rivalry between the University of Alabama and Auburn University that is much stronger than Spike 80DF. Student Government Association presidents from both universities held a news

conference at Samford Hall in Auburn Wednesday to announce the planting of sister trees on each campus, symbolizing mutual respect. Auburn SGA President Kurt Sasser said he and UA SGA President James Fowler worked together to create an idea that represented respect and a healthy rivalry. “It needs to be more than just a statement; it needs to

be a public display of mutual respect between the two universities,” Sasser said. Thus, the sister trees will be planted on both campuses with a plaque describing the institutions’ shared admiration. “There is going to be a lot of discussion and a lot of excitement as we begin this project,” Sasser said.

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FBI veteran to discuss realities of police work By Melissa Brown Contributing Writer

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The Department of Criminal Justice, along with Alpha Phi Sigma, will provide students the opportunity to hear Charles Dorsey, retired FBI agent and criminal profiler, speak about the realities of his career tonight at 6:30. Dorsey, a Tuscaloosa resident and UA alumnus, worked with the FBI for 25 years. He retired in December. During his career, Dorsey handled several well-known cases, such as those involving JonBenet Ramsey, Elizabeth Smart, Melissa Brannen and Jessica Lunsford, who were all victims of abduction. In addition to abduction cases, Dorsey has international anti-terrorism experience in Pakistan and Cuba. Mark Lanier, chair of the department of criminal justice, said he chose Dorsey as a speaker because of his familiarity with the University and his interesting career. “He’s got a fascinating background and a ton of experience dealing with topics that many

• What: Lecture by Charles Dorsey, retired FBI agent • Where: Farrah Hall 214

• When: 6:30 p.m.

criminal justice students find fascinating,” Lanier said. Born and raised just outside of Birmingham, Dorsey received a bachelor’s degree in biology and minors in chemistry and math. He began his career with the FBI immediately after graduation. “The FBI was recruiting on campus my senior year,” Dorsey said. “With my degrees in biology and chemistry, a position in the FBI Laboratory allowed me to utilize my science degree as well as being involved in law enforcement, another of my interests.” Dorsey’s career in the FBI

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Acts of non-alumni fans not indicative of University wishes By William Evans Senior Staff Reporter wjevans@crimson.ua.edu CW | Margo Smith Andrew Steele drives through the lane for a layup during the Tide’s 51-49 win over Auburn Wednesday night. By Laura Owens Assistant Sports Editor crimsonwhitesports@gmail.com

(19-8, 11-2) Wednesday night. Despite being behind almost the entire game, Alabama managed to come from behind and beat Auburn 51-49, despite only hitKeeping its home record perfect was ting 11 shots from the field. The winning field goal came with three not easy for the Alabama Crimson Tide

seconds left as junior JaMychal Green tipped in a basket for the two-point advantage. With the tip-in, Alabama is now 15-0 at home.

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CORRECTION In the Feb. 22 edition of The Crimson White, a quote was incorrectly attributed to Joe Hardin; the name should have read “Mike Hardin.” Hardin was quoted as being the associate dean of research. While he does hold that title, he is also the associate dean for the College of Commerce and Business Administration. The Crimson White regrets the error and is happy the set the second straight. le this

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Graduating from the University comes with a number of advantages, including a career-opening college degree, lifelong friends and the claim of being an authentic Crimson Tide fan. However, many people who have never taken a class at the Capstone crowd into BryantDenny Stadium on game days just as often as alumni do, but the lack of a formal connection to the University calls into question the nature of their relationship to the University, in particular when their actions provoke resentment from collegiate rivals.

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In response to the incident concerning the Alabama fan who poisoned the oak trees at Toomer’s Corner, University officials said they do not consider the actions of the suspect, Harvey Updyke Jr., to concern the University due, in part, to his status as a non-alumnus. University President Robert Witt said the incident does not pertain to the University because the suspect bears no link to the University. “Pay [non-alumni fans] no attention,” he said. “The man did not graduate from here. Our records indicate he never took a course here. He’s never purchased a season ticket here. He’s never donated a dime to

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ava i l ab l e online Local artists asked Nominations being thecapstone.ua.edu. accepted for Inspiring to perform on 90.7ʼs Tuscapalooza Bissell named Educator Award associate dean of WVUA-FM 90.7 is inviting Students who will graduate student musicians to apply College of in May can nominate a teacher for a time slot during the sta- Communication 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.

tion’s annual 12-hour music festival, Tuscapalooza. Artists are welcome to perform their own original music and will be given a time slot between 30 minutes and one hour. The festival will run from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. on April 3. Applications are due by 5 p.m. March 7 at 288 Reese Phifer hall or via e-mail at wvua@sa.ua. edu. Applications are also

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another of my interests.” Dorsey’s career in the FBI spanned several positions, as well as varied environments. “[I spent] eight years as a street agent in the FBI’s Washington Field Office, 13 years as a criminal profiler and three years as the Senior Resident Agent in the FBI’s Tuscaloosa Resident Agency,” Dorsey said. After retiring from the Bureau at the end of 2010, Dorsey remained in Tuscaloosa. “I decided to retire here due to the many opportunities available within a University environment,” he said. These opportunities include speaking to current criminal

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justice students about his experiences and profession. Dorsey said he plans to focus tonight’s lecture on the process of profiling an unknown offender in a criminal investigation – something he said he believes is very different than what is shown on TV. “I feel the criminal justice students need to hear some of the realities of being an FBI profiler,” he said. According to Lanier, Dorsey is the fourth speaker to speak to the department this school year and is expected to draw a diverse crowd. Lanier said he hopes students of all backgrounds will fill up the 186seat lecture hall. “I’ve had a lot of interest from a lot of different departments about this talk,” Lanier said. “I just hope we have enough seats.”

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PR program finalist for award By Jasmine Cannon Contributing Writer

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For the third consecutive year, the public relations program in the College of Communications and Information Sciences is a finalist for Public Relations Education Program of the Year by PRWeek magazine. “It feels fantastic [to be a finalist three years in a row],” said Joseph Phelps, chair of the department of advertising and public relations. “It’s a wonderful testament to the faculty and the students that we have here. Obviously, with three years in a row, this program is really cemented into people’s perceptions as a top program and it should be. It is one of the best programs in the country.” Bruce Berger, professor and former chair of the department, arranged the materials sent in the University’s application. Eight different

• UA’s PR program is a finalist PR Education program of the year for the third year in a row. • UA cam in second last year. sections had to be completed with 200 words or less for the first part of the application, while the University submitted samples of selected information for the second part. “We include a PR campaign plan or two that students produced, information about awards for students and faculty, links or other information about Platform Magazine — really examples of some of our best student and faculty work in the department,” Berger

said in an e-mail. Last year, the University’s public relations program came in second behind NYU’s master’s program. Rounding out the top five with Alabama this year are Brigham Young, Georgetown, Syracuse and NYU. Phelps credits the faculty and the students for creating a successful program and garnering national recognition. “The main reason is because of the work that the faculty and the students do and really how successful they’ve been,” Phelps said. “It’s more than just the efforts in individual classes; it’s everything from curriculum, to the involvement of professionals, to faculty productivity, to all of the other things that the students have been able to accomplish. “The depth of the curriculum sets it apart, the involvement of faculty and the handson approach that takes place. We have a lot of students,

which helps because then when you talk about the best of those students, you’re talking about the best students anywhere. The combination and interaction of faculty that are very knowledgeable and faculty that care with students that care and want to do good work — I think that makes a huge difference in the rankings.” Will Hodges, a graduate student in public relations, said the professors and the students make this program unlike any other. “The faculty is passionate about the material and all have professional experience to bring to the table,” Hodges said. “That kind of insight cannot be replaced or simulated. The program also seeks out a diverse mix of students. The wide variety of backgrounds, interests and personalities in the classroom create an environment that leaves you no choice but to become and

remain motivated about not only the course material, but also the profession.” Morgan Hooper, another grad uate student in the program, said the University’s PR program deserves all of the recognition that it gets. “I believe UA’s PR program deserves the best recognition possible,” Hooper said. “The teachers are unmatched and prepare students for every aspect of the PR field. A real difference in UA’s PR program is that they strive to partner with clients for student projects which gives the students an unmatched experience and better prepares them for a career.” Last year, UA public relations students won 26 awards at the Public Relations Council of Alabama — more than any other school in the state. Students also organized a regional activity composed of professionals and students to learn more about the field

and were heavily involved in The Big Read: Alabama Reads. PR involvement and programs of the sort occur often, many times throughout the year, Phelps said. The University’s program is the highest ranked for both undergraduate and graduate programs. As stated by Phelps, many of the competing institutions have roots at the University, with esteemed faculty members garnering degrees from UA. The announcement of the top program will be March 10 during a gala dinner in New York City. Phelps will be in attendance representing the University. “Well, we want to win, of course,” Berger said. “We want a national championship. Honestly, being recognized as one of the top programs in the country for several years now, we are very proud of that. It keeps us motivated to do even more.”

Toomer incident prompts tighter security By Stephen Nathaniel Dethrage Staff Reporter sndethrage@crimson.ua.edu

Security on campus saw a temporary spike in the wake of the poisoning of the historic oaks at Toomer’s Corner in Auburn, according to University President Witt. “For a brief time there was some additional security, but I believe that has been phased out,” Witt said. “There were additional patrols, and I believe, some of our portable security cameras were located at various points on campus.” Ethan John Noah, a telecommunications film major, said he believes that it was smart on the University’s part to take the extra precaution. “I think that it was the appropriate amount of added security,” Noah said. “I was worried about retaliation after the first allegations came out because of the intense rivalry we share with Auburn. I believed 100 percent that some AU students would take retaliatory measures against one of our landmarks such as Denny Chimes or the statues we have of national championship-winning coaches.” Students at Auburn, however, were not so pessimistic. “I don’t think there will be any retaliation after Auburn fans saw that the guy from the Toomer’s Corner poisoning will do some serious jail time,” said Josh Ross, a sophomore majoring in finance at Auburn University. Chase Parks, a junior majoring in accounting at Auburn, disagreed and said the increased security was a good response to the risk of retaliation, small as it may be. “It’s not very likely, but Auburn has its crazies just like Alabama,” Parks said. “I feel as though most Auburn fans would not retaliate, seeing as they

CW| Sara Beth Colburn Video surveillance is set up at the walk of champions in front of BryantDenny Stadium Tuesday Feb. 22nd.

I don’t blame the University of Alabama at all, and I don’t think most Auburn fans do either. — Chase Parks know this was the work of one man, not of Alabama as a university.” Witt also stressed the importance of the detachment of the event at Toomer’s Corner from the University. He said that according to UA records, the man was not connected to the University in any way. “It was the act of a crazed lunatic, a far extreme [lunatic],” Parks said. “I don’t blame the University of Alabama at all, and I don’t think most Auburn fans do either. The arrested man is far detached from UA and

its students.” Noah disagreed and said the reputation of the University took a hit when the radio show caller, Harvey Updyke, ended his confession of poisoning the trees by saying, “Roll Damn Tide.” “I really don’t think we can detach ourselves,” Noah said. “In this state you pick a side when you are little and that is the team you grow up rooting for and disliking the other. Even though the man arrested never attended school here or anything, he sided with us; through that [it] made us look terrible.”

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{ YOUR VIEW } WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT TIDE FOR TOOMER’S? “I think itʼs great weʼve supported our rivals like this but there are more serious issues that could use that money.” — @cait_hunn, Caitlin Hunnicutt, junior, marketing

“Being classy in the rivalry is important. Tide for Toomers is us showing class and support in a crappy situation.” — @CaseyAlyssa, Casey Sperrazza, sophomore, economics and mathematics

Honors college diversity lagging MCT Campus

Sunday sales lead to destruction of society By John Davis TUSCALOOSA | Aug. 22, 2011 – The fabric of society has been torn. After just six months following the ratification of Sunday alcohol sales in Tuscaloosa, Ala., society as we know it has collapsed around us. What at first seemed like earnest progress has at once turned brother against brother, neighbor against neighbor, as the United States – nay, the world – struggles to find identity in the ensuing chaos. “We just don’t know what could possibly lead to the conclusion of all this chaos,” said Catherine Gray. “The fact of the matter is that I fought against this tooth and nail knowing what would be the outcome. Now that it’s happened, what can we do? Global civilization is at a crossroad, and we don’t know which way to turn – all we know is we can’t go back.” Mrs. Gray paints a picture of moral uncertainty brought about by the ability to purchase alcohol on Sundays. With a 55 percent mortality rate in the last six months, it has become clear that the breaking point for human control over alcohol is seven days. “As evidenced over a period of months since Sunday sales became legal in February, the human mind and body has degenerated to a point that closely resembles the ancient Neanderthal,” spoke Dr. Robert Bozeman, somberly, as he recalled the degeneration of man-

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kind over the past six months. “There is strong evidence suggesting that, in a time period most notable for the invention of the wheel and the discovery of fire, the inhabitants of Earth refused to allow one another to ferment grapes, hops, and other grains on the day we now call Sunday. Of course, the Neanderthal is no longer with us; I think we can all draw the correct conclusion as to what happened.” At Ground Zero of Bedlam: Tuscaloosa’s University of Alabama. On University Boulevard, underwear scatters the street; abandoned dogs slur their barks, attempting to imitate their owners in a last desperate effort to be found; Costa del Mar sunglasses lie broken and forgotten in the gutter. These somber reminders will not allow us to undo the vote, but still the question remains: can we ever go back to the way things were? It is difficult to tell – the vote’s outcome has had far reaching effects. The civil unrest that engulfed North Africa and the Middle East ceased when the dissidents learned of the news of Tuscaloosa’s historic vote, leaving the region in a state of limbo. One account speaks of a weeping grandmother in Libya’s

Green Square crying out “How could this happen?” amidst the silence of stunned protestors newly informed of the outcome. The one question on everybody’s mind: what do we do now? Mike Lee, the newly designated president of the Free Tea Party Republic of Utah, had this to say: “As Mrs. Gray stated, it’s clear we can’t simply go back to the way things were; we can only hope to prevent further deterioration. With that in mind, we must look at preventative acts to curtail the rise of youth delinquency. “The only way we can hope to stop this worldwide pandemonium is through teaching our youth early on the dangers of such things as gay marriage, which is the next logical step of the anarchists behind the Sunday alcohol sales vote. If we can prevent that, then maybe we can get on the trail to redemption.” The Mayans famously predicted the destruction of the earth in 2012; as the citizens of the world continue to purchase and consume alcohol on Sunday, though, could they have been one year too late? John Davis is the Knight of Woeful Countenance. His column runs on Thursdays.

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Tide for Toomer’s infuriating What caused the Great Recession? By Jamerson Godsey

“Great PR for UA. The Crimson Tide nation is looking really good in a really bad situation.”

The Mayans famously predicted the destruction of the earth in 2012; as the citizens of the world continue to purchase and consume alcohol on Sunday, though, could they have been one year too late?

Since its establishment in 2003, the Honors College has become home to many of the University’s brightest In short: While the students and Honors College most engagoffers great poing activitential, it should ties. It is now make a greater a central effort to recruit part of stuminority students. dent life and a valued recruitment tool. Unfortunately, the Honors College has also opened new divides on a campus that was already deeply divided. The Crimson White reported Monday that the Honors College student body is 91 percent white, while white students make up only 81 percent of the overall UA student body. Black students are enormously underrepresented, making up 12.4 percent of enrollment but only 3.3 percent of the Honors College. This discrepancy not only reduces the number of minority students who can benefit from Honors College programs, but it also reduces the benefit students in the Honors College would receive from a more diverse environment. Like the prestigious universities it models itself after, the Honors College could do more to recruit talented minority students. Programs such as the diversity committee in the Honors College Assembly are a good first step, but the Honors College could make a more concerted effort to show that the University is a generally accepting environment. More programs geared toward connecting minority students would be a strong recruitment tool for top scholars. The Honors College has great potential to be a tool for bringing intelligent, motivated students together across racial lines. Currently, though, the Honors College is pulling talented white students from the rest of the student body, and further isolating them from diversity. The gradual progress we have made since integration will not be sustainable if the University doesn’t make diversity a priority for all of its programs. We have confidence in Honors College administrators. However, going forward, we hope the college will be more ambitious in educating different student groups and minority applicants about its many opportunities. Through education and encouragement, the college can identify qualified minority applicants and get them involved.

By Michael Annes important, there are many more deserving causes within the state. According to the website for Beat Auburn Beat Hunger, an annual charity food drive hosted by the University of Alabama, 721,875 Alabamians live in poverty (244,661 of which are children). Likewise, 214,200 households are food insecure. Twenty percent of households in nine counties surrounding this university are below the poverty line. Children in your own communities go hungry. This is but one of the many problems infecting our towns, counties, regions, and country. Yet, we are raising money for a tree? Even the greenest of tree-huggers would say this is messed up. Donation has been deemed a part of speech, and I believe you have the right to donate to whatever cause you desire, but please use common sense. I will be the first to admit that it is easy to get caught up in college football, especially living in the South, where the teams are so good and the rivalries so heated. But let’s not lose our heads. Take care of the real problems first. Maybe it’s just me, but I believe that a child deserves food on his plate a lot more than some college kids deserve to litter on a tree. In summation, Mr. Updyke’s vandalism was awful, and he should be held accountable for his action. Alabama fans, though, should not be coaxed into feeling guilty and whipping out their checkbooks. Instead, help those who need it. Roll Tide.

First of all, I agree that what Mr. Updyke did is morally reprehensible. As an Alabama alumnus, I do not condone his actions in the least. It was a horrible thing, but it has happened. This man has no affiliation with the University other than that he enjoys watching its football team on Saturdays. If he had ended his phone call on the Paul Finebaum Show with “Quack Quack, Go Ducks,” this would be a much quieter and different story. But that is beside the point I wish to make. Tide for Toomer’s has raised over $36,000. This infuriates me basically in two ways. First, an oak tree is a natural organism, native to this climate and area. They grow all over both Alabama and without the help of $36,000. This was not a mystical tree that grew with the help of magic beans. It is an everyday tree that grew in a particular location. And due to its location, people incorporated it into a tradition, and therefore assigned special meaning to it. A meaning that comes not from its molecular biology, but its history. From what I have heard, there is no way to save it. This tree will die. Auburn is well known for its great agricultural programs. If anyone needs help to make a tree grow, it certainly is not Auburn. So what is all this money actually going for? There may be some removal cost, but that sounds like something that Mr. Updyke should have to pay for. Upwards of $36,000 is an offensive amount for the landscap- Jamerson Godsey is an alumnus from the class of 2010 with a B.A. ing cost of a single tree. Second and exponentially more in philosophy.

projects. The problem with money printing, aside from inflation, is that it artificially lowers the interest rate. Saving hasn’t actually increased, but the market responds as if it had. For example, in the past decade, the Fed’s printed money went into the housing market, creating a bubble. Because entrepreneurs didn’t see the true interest rate, resources were misallocated. Labor and resources that could have been used to produce things people wanted were diverted to the housing market. The bubble couldn’t last because the increase in housing construction wasn’t based on actual savings. The interest rate told the market that savings had increased. If this had been true, it would mean that consumers really were delaying their consumption, and that there would be a demand for housing and other long term projects later. But it wasn’t true, so much of the labor and resources devoted to housing construction was wasted. Since people couldn’t actually afford the homes they were sold, many ended up defaulting on their loans. So who cares what caused the recession? Why does it matter? It matters because if we know what caused it, we know what policies will or won’t be able to fix the economy. Since Federal Reserve money printing caused this recession, more money printing (what they call “Quantitative Easing”) isn’t going to fix it, and will just end up making the problem worse later. Trying to prop the housing market back up will only make things worse, because the boom was unsustainable. Propping it up again only restores an unsustainable bubble that will inevitably pop. Resources being misallocated into the housing market caused the problem, and the only way for the economy to become healthy again is for resources to be re-allocated to sustainable and more efficient areas. Trying to keep the resources misallocated will only delay the recovery.

There are several different explanations for the current recession. Some say the market is inherently unstable, some blame deregulation, and others blame the Federal Reserve. How are we supposed to know whom to believe? Well, the first thing I’d look at is who saw it coming. The deregulations many blame for causing the housing crash happened more than a decade ago. The people who blame deregulation had plenty of time in between the actual deregulations and the crash of the housing bubble to sound the alarm about the coming crash. But they didn’t—those who now are sure that deregulation caused the recession didn’t know about the housing bubble until after it had popped. One school of economics, the free market leaning Austrian school, did predict the recession. Austrian economists were saying as early as 2002 that the Federal Reserve was creating a housing bubble, and that if they didn’t stop, it would get bigger and bigger until it finally burst, which is exactly what happened. So what do the Austrians say caused the boom and bust? The key is the money supply and interest rates. The Federal Reserve, or similar institutions, print money out of thin air and give it to banks. This increase in the money supply spreads through the economy, causing inflation. It does this because, since printing money doesn’t increase the amount of goods and services produced, there are more dollars chasing the same amount of goods. So, in effect, the government creates an “inflation tax”—the banks get free money, everyone else gets higher prices. The money creation also affects the interest rate. The extra money in the banks increases the supply of lendable funds. If this increase in supply happened naturally, through increases in actual savings, this would be fine. If people are saving more, they’re delaying consumption. The market responds to the lower interest rate with Michael Annes is a freshman majoring in an increase in production of longer term mathematics.


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Fashion show to celebrate many body types By Allie Hulcher Contributing Writer Tonight at 7 the Fashion Rocks and So Does My Body Show will celebrate all different body types, said Sheena Quizon, dietitian at the Student Health Center and one of the event’s coordinators. The third Fashion Rocks , which takes place in the Ferguson Center Ballroom, will bring a relatable, human element to celebrate Body Appreciation Week, which is otherwise known as National Eating Disorders Week. The Eating Disorders Strategic Team will host the show. Quizon said she tried to recruit models of all shapes and sizes and more males than last year. There are 8 million Americans suffering from an eating disorder, Quizon said, and this show will not only celebrate different body types but

also raise awareness about eating disorders. The models will wear two outfits of their own choosing, and an emcee will share tidbits about each model, including their favorite parts of their bodies and personalities. “The models will be able to strut their stuff and be able to be proud of their bodies,” Quizon said. “The show will also focus on inner image.” Will Nevin, a doctoral student in mass communication, is one of about five male models in the show. He said he thinks it is important for people to have a positive self-image. Nevin, whose blog, ducttapeweddingring.com, documents his weight-loss journey, has lost 150 pounds since the fall of 2009. He said people don’t have to make such a dramatic transformation as he did to feel good about themselves. “Life is too short, existence

too fleeting to hate yourself and how you look,” Nevin said. “We all need to take pride in ourselves — to look good and feel good about who we are, as we are.” Amanda Winder, a junior majoring in nutrition and psychology in New College, is another model who once struggled with weight issues. Even after losing more than 100 pounds in less than a year, Winder said she still had issues with self-confidence. Last year she made up her mind to tell herself that she is beautiful and unique and to trust her words. “I had to get up and tell myself every morning, ‘Amanda, this is your body and it will be what you make it to be,’” Winder said. “‘There is not another one like it out there. You must have confidence in your body and trust that you are unique and beautiful in your own way.’” Winder said she wanted to be

in Fashion Rocks and So Does My Body to express her newfound confidence in her body. Winder said all people should celebrate their bodies and not care what other may think or say. “We must be confident in what we see in the mirror, and not envy someone else’s good fortune,” Winder said. “I still have days when I feel insecure with myself, but then I am reminded to fight back.” Faith Landers is a senior majoring in history. Though she has never modeled before, she said this show appealed to her because she could show others that while beauty comes from within, it displays itself in physical appearance. “By respecting my body and taking care of it, I am a better person to those around me,” Landers said. “How can you truly encourage others if you don’t believe in yourself?”

Students talk race in panel By Stephen Walker Contributing Writer On Wednesday night, the Bryce Lawn Hall Council in association with the NAACP presented “The Elephant in the Room,” a forum for discussing inequalities and how they affect the University of Alabama. The forum began with a lecture by UA professor Ross Bryan on the topic of racism. He talked about the origin of the term “race” and how early notions regarding a skinrace connection had been discredited. “In 1998, the American Anthropological Association put out a statement, and in that statement they said ‘Sorry, race is completely made up,’” Bryan said. Still, a decade later, it is obvious that racism exists on a large scale, Bryan said. “We are here talking about

When students come to UA, they go straight to their bubble,” Fowler said. “The way to take care of this problem is to get leaders of the different bubbles together — James Fowler race because even though it is made up, it’s very real in its consequences,” he said. Some of the consequences of being non-white on the UA campus include fewer opportunities to participate in things like greek life, he said. “Here at the University of Alabama, we don’t like to talk about these things out loud,” Bryan said. After the lecture, the forum showed a short video in which various people from across campus had been asked to state their viewpoint about the definition of race and what it meant to UA students. A six-member panel, including SGA President James

Fowler and Justin Zimmerman, who recently made news when he was made the target of a racial slur, answered presubmitted questions and gave their insight. When asked what could be done to resolve the issues of inequalities on campus, Fowler likened those who have racial biases to being in a bubble. “When students come to UA, they go straight to their bubble,” Fowler said. “The way to take care of this problem is to get leaders of the different bubbles together.” Students chimed in with their ideas and viewpoints on how race relations could be improved.

“I would like to see us have more unity and come together more often than we do,” said Kayla James, a sophomore majoring in business and finance. In addition to race, sexism and inequalities between greeks and independents were addressed. “In order to create more campus unity, the greek community needs to work to change its stereotypes,” said one panel member. “Leaders of the greek organizations need to let their people know that racism isn’t what they stand for.” The audience also spoke of the inequalities that often exist between those who are in a fraternity or sorority and those who choose not to be. Audience members all spoke of their desire to talk about the issue rather than let it be an “elephant in the room” that continues to burden the student body.

Quizon said the show doesn’t want to single out a certain body type, such as curvy. She said the media portrays the ideal woman smaller and smaller and that only 4 percent of women can naturally fit that mold. Landers agreed that the media emphasizes striving for an unattainable body. “People should celebrate their bodies because not doing so can lead to destruction,” Landers said. “Nobody reflects back on life and is thankful that they spent countless hours agonizing over their looks.” Quizon said she hopes people go away realizing that self-confidence and eating disorders are not just campus issues but nationwide issues. “I will be really excited if people in the community come too and bring their daughters who are feeling self-conscious about their bodies,” Quizon said.

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The location, time and type of trees to be planted are yet to be determined, Sasser said. Student leaders and university planners, in compliance with ground guidelines, will determine those decisions. Fowler said the rivalry between the two schools is

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Nevin said any weight loss goal is possible, as long as one possesses the will, drive and time to make the goals a reality. However, he said the weightloss conversation can wait until another day - now is the time to celebrate. “This show is about feeling good for who you are, because no one should have to feel like they aren’t beautiful,” Nevin said. “Because everyone is beautiful.”

“We knew that we wanted to continue our partnership and to tell both families, the Auburn family and the Alabama family, that this is about more than football,” he said. “This is about our partnership that continues and that has been going on for many years.” Kirsten Leeke, a UA senior majoring in business management, said since the poisoning of the Toomer’s trees, onlook-

Our rivalry is more than just a game; it’s a partnership,” Fowler said. “More times than not, our partnership is one that unites us instead of divides us. — James Fowler decades deep, but despite what happens on the football field, the universities work together. “Our rivalry is more than just a game; it’s a partnership,” Fowler said. “More times than not, our partnership is one that unites us instead of divides us.” Fowler said the incident at Toomer’s Corner left students, faculty, staff and fans of the University feeling disheartened.

ers have viewed the Capstone in a negative light. She said she hopes this initiative will prove otherwise. “I think this effort shows the respect Alabama students have for our rival school,” she said. “Despite assumptions made by outsiders, Alabama students have worked to raise money for Auburn, and planting these trees is another way we hope to show reverence.”


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The students of the University Fellows Experience could have applied to schools that would offer them the Ivy League experience, but students such as Colby Leopard, a sophomore majoring in public relations, might not have had such a family experience, he said. “This experience has really made me invested in this University and has helped me to develop skills that will be useful for the things I am passionate about in life,” he said. Recruitment weekend for the University Fellows Experience will take place on Feb. 25 and 26 and will host 60 finalists. “We begin with over 600 applicants and then after we review those applications we go through phone interviews of the top 100,” said Wellon Bridgers, coordinator of the University Fellows Experience. She said after the phone interviews the top 60 students are invited to the University for interviews, and they will then form a Fellows class of about 25-30 students. “The students that apply to this program really have a desire to make things happen,” said Jacqueline Morgan, director of the University Fellows Experience. “We real-

“We use this time to really try to get to know the students for who they are. It’s not how impressive your resume is; we want to know you as a person.” — Colby Leopard ly want the student to grow as a person while being a part of this program.” Students from all over the country apply to the University Fellows Experience, and the admission requirements include a 32 on the ACT, or a student can be recommended into the program by a counselor if they have a 28 ACT score. One of the recruitment strategies the Honors College takes in attracting students of this caliber is to send them an invitation to apply to become a fellow upon being accepted into the University as a prospective student. “One thing we really want is to make sure the student feels connected,” Morgan said. “We want to offer a specialized experience within a small community of scholars.” Morgan said the program is intent in its structure where it gives students the support necessary to use creative solutions and become true catalysts for change. Leopard said the fellows are involved in the recruitment weekend as there are several committees for application review, and there will also be fellows in attendance at the reception that will take place

Friday night. After the reception there is a dinner in Smith Hall with the prospective fellows, current fellows and Honors College staff. “We use this time to really try to get to know the students for who they are,” Leopard said. “It’s not how impressive your resume is; we want to know you as a person.” On Saturday, a panel of five people interviews the finalists and selects who will be chosen. “Although I am excited about the recruitment weekend, I am trying not to be as involved in the process because my little brother is a finalist,” he said. This incoming class of fellows will be the fifth group of students and are from 14 different states. Bridgers said the racial make-up of the current class is predominately white with a few minority students, but she feels as though the racial diversity is representative of the University. “This weekend will open the opportunity for students to join a program that grants leadership training and a host of diverse experiences,” Morgan said.

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The University of Alabama Athletics Department, in conjunction with Tuscaloosa Toyota, launched a rewards program in January for the 2011 school year. The program, known as Crimson Rewards, is designed to give back to the Tide’s biggest fans while also encouraging more people to attend. “The goal of Crimson Rewards is to get individuals to come to all athletic events and to increase participation,” Associate Athletic Director Jon Gilbert said. Members of the Crimson Rewards program earn points by having their rewards card scanned for points at each ticketed sporting event they attend. Eligible events include men’s and women’s basketball, gymnastics, tennis, swimming, track and field, softball and baseball. Program participants are rewarded for reaching the 10-, 20-, 40- and 50-point levels. “Members will earn ‘AllConference’ status and receive a 2011 Crimson Tide Rewards Team T-shirt once they accrue 10 points,” according to the Alabama Athletics website. “At 20 points, members will attain ‘All-American’ status and will receive a 2011 Crimson Tide Rewards hat. Once members hit the 40-point mark, they will be an ‘Alabama Legend’ and receive an iPod Shuffle.” Those who earn 50 points or more will be entered into a drawing for the grand prize, a 2011 Toyota Camry, which will be awarded during the 2011

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football season. Crimson Rewards members automatically have a chance at winning one of many prizes during each game, such as an Apple iPad or flat screen TV, just by showing up and scanning in, Gilbert said. “Only those that scan in and are in the rewards program have a chance of winning these items,” he said. To get started, fans should visit the Crimson Rewards booth at any sponsored event and fill out a short application. Those who wish to save time on gameday may register online and pick up their rewards card at the next event. All students, staff, faculty,

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UA, AU seek diverse faculty By Taylor Holland Senior Staff Reporter tlholland1@crimson.ua.edu

“I go online and pull up organizations and call and actively approach the candidates to get them to apply to Auburn. I try to look at their names and their colleges, and sometimes I physically go to conferences and reach out to the candidates there. It can be a very tedious process.” — Carla Jackson Bell and Assessment during the fall 2009 semester. Carla Jackson Bell, director of Auburn University’s Multicultural Affairs, said the school also actively recruits minority faculty and staff members. “Actively, I do recruit in my college, the College of Architecture, Design and Construction,” Bell said. “I go online and pull up organizations and call and actively approach the candidates to get them to apply to Auburn. I try to look at their names and their colleges, and sometimes I physically go to conferences and reach out to the candidates there. It can be a very tedious process.” Bell said that, of the 1,300 students in Auburn’s

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the University.” Nonetheless, when Updyke admitted to the criminal act on the Paul Finebaum sports radio show, he ended his phone call with “Roll Damn Tide.” Drawing distinctions between fans who are alumni and non-alumni would be a fruitless effort, since the Crimson Tide fan base is of a heterogeneous mixture, said Charlie Ray, a 1992 alumnus of the University. “[Football] is absolute religion and it is very difficult to separate alumni fans from non-alumni fans in a state that is so focused on football and has a low percentage of residents who are college residents,” he said. In a state beleaguered by a high infant mortality rate, high unemployment, low college graduate rate and poor infrastructure, people — college educated or not — turn to football for a sense of triumph in their lives, Ray said. “People in this state don’t have a lot to cheer about or be proud of,” he said. “Football is absolutely something they can be proud of.”

Larry Mullins, owner of Mullins Restaurant in Huntsville, Ala., and a nonalumnus season-ticket holder, said he has purchased tickets to Alabama games for 20 years. A regular in Tuscaloosa during the football season, he said he watches the football team train on the practice field from his condominium on Hackberry Lane. “I’m ashamed of what the man did,” he said. “We’ve gone through some hard years, where after losing, we would have discussions of what took place, but we wouldn’t resort to something like this.” He said alumni and nonalumni fans alike comprise the Crimson Tide fan base and share an element of pride in common. “I’m beginning to wonder if the man ever went to a game, because if he did, he would know we have more pride than that,” he said. He said the incident has cast a disreputable image upon the University. “He’s put a black mark on the University,” he said. “[But] don’t let something like this drive a wedge between our two universities.”

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Both the University of Alabama and Auburn University are continuing to seek out more minority faculty members, according to highranking multicultural affairs officials at both schools. Currently, out of the 1,175 fulltime faculty members working at the University, 985 are white; 70 are African-American; 92 are Asian; and 25 are Hispanic, according to data obtained by the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment during the Fall 2010 semester. Jimmy Williams, associate dean for multicultural affairs, said the University actively recruits minority faculty in many different ways each year. “For the past seven years, I have been involved in recruiting minority faculty by advertising our vacant faculty positions at the Compact Conference for Faculty Diversity and the McKnight Fellows Conference,” Williams said. “We post our vacant

positions on the Minority Faculty Applicant Database, on The Academic Network, Inc. We have also advertised our vacant faculty positions in Diverse Issues in Higher Education.” Williams continued, saying the school also provides search committees with the book “Diversifying the Faculty: A Guidebook for Search Committees,” and requires minority representation on all search committees when possible. According to the University’s diversity brochure, the University currently counts professors and instructors from 28 countries among its ranks. Williams said he does not feel underrepresented on campus because he works closely with many minority faculty members. In comparison, of Auburn University’s 1,184 faculty members, 970 of them are white; 52 are African-American; 123 are Asian; 31 are Hispanic; four are Native American; and four faculty members are listed as having unknown ethnicities, according to its most recent survey by the Office of Institutional Research

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Over the last two weeks, the Alabama gymnastics team has proven it can post some of the nation’s top scores. Now the Crimson Tide will try to show that going on the road will not change that. After posting two straight scores higher than 197 in Coleman Coliseum, No. 5 Alabama travels to Athens, Ga., to take on No. 4 Georgia in a topfive rivalry matchup. “We’ve done it in this environment of 14 or 15,000 people,� head coach Sarah Patterson said. “Now we have to go do it in that environment. That’s the challenge. We have to step out of our comfort zone. We’ve got to start on bars and make a statement. To me, that’s the key for the night.� Starting on bars also proved to be the key for the Tide’s last road game against No. 1 Florida, but Alabama does not want to repeat the result. Three Alabama routines received major deductions on bars against the Gators, and the Tide had no chance of catching up after starting with a 48.075. The team also posted a 47.625 on bars at Arkansas earlier in the season. Although bars – the first event for every road team – has given

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spot in this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classic. This year, the Tide was eager to defend its title against the LSU Tigers, but the team was not able to clinch the title two years

in a row. Each team fielded three groups of anglers. Each boat was allowed five fish for a total of 15 fish. Alabama caught nine bass for a total weight of 20 lbs, 2 ounces, while LSU landed 13 fish with a combined weight of 28-pounds. The anglers for Alabama were Ben Weldon, Warren Hoffman, Dustin Connel, Jeremy Christian, Brian Morrow and Drew Sanford. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We knew we were the underdog coming into the competition,â&#x20AC;? Crimson Tide angler Ben Weldon said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were hoping to keep the College Classic championship in Tuscaloosa, but for having one day of practice, I felt we fished well.â&#x20AC;? LSU had the home-lake advantage at the classic this year. The competition was held on Lake Verret, about 90 miles west of New Orleans. Despite heavy fog, the teams managed to have a productive day on the water Sunday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some of the guys for LSU have been fishing this lake for most of their lives. They know the lake well,â&#x20AC;? Weldon said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was an exciting weekend, and we are glad to have had the opportunity to fish such a great lake.â&#x20AC;? The college classic is one of the first events on the fishing teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s roster for this season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This event B.A.S.S is holding for us starts our season out great,â&#x20AC;? Weldon said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is one of the biggest bass fishing events in the country, and we are getting to showcase our school on the big stage at the Bassmasterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Classic.â&#x20AC;? The college classic was held at the same time as the Bassmasterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Classic. This gave the college anglers an opportunity to showcase their skills in front of the best bass fisherman in the world. This year, Kevin VanDam won the Bassmasterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Classic with a total weight of 69 pounds, 11 ounces. VanDam shattered his record and took home a grand prize of $500,000. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think I can speak for everyone on the team when I say that professional fishing is a dream we all share,â&#x20AC;? Weldon said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We would love to be these professionals that are fishing today.â&#x20AC;? The Tide will continue its season for the remainder of this semester. Alabama will fish a number of events in a few more tournaments.


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Ireland native ďŹ lls â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;missing linkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; for Alabama By Miranda Murphy Contributing Writer Freshman Stephanie Meadow knew it would be a transition when she chose to play golf at the University of Alabama, but she thought it was the best decision she could make for herself. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just got here and felt that this was it,â&#x20AC;? Meadow said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I loved the school, everything about the atmosphere and the facilities. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all top class.â&#x20AC;? Meadow, who is currently ranked No. 26 according to Golfweek/Sagarinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s individual rankings, shows with her scores

that she is becoming more comfortable playing with the Tide. In the last four tournaments, her scores have increased from tied for 46th to No. 1. She earned her first medalist honors in only her fifth tournament at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic on Feb. 13. She also achieved a career best at 4-under-par, 212. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it will give her more confidence,â&#x20AC;? head coach Mic Potter said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But the great thing about her is that sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not going to really do anything differently except keep trying to improve on every aspect of her game. I think any time you win, you feel

like you can win more. I think it brings a lot of good to us and her.â&#x20AC;? Meadow is originally from Jordanstown, Northern Ireland, but has lived in the U.S. since moving here to attend the Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy in South Carolina. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Playing golf in Ireland, there arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t as many good competitions,â&#x20AC;? Meadow said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I won the Irish Girls Close Championship when I was 15 and knew that there wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t much more after that. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why I transitioned over to South Carolina and started to play there.â&#x20AC;?

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life. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty hard at the start,â&#x20AC;? Meadow said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the first time of managing for yourself, and upping the play level to college level is different as well. I think now that I have the first semester under my belt, I know how things work and how to go about things.â&#x20AC;? Meadow said she hopes other players can learn from her and see her as a leader. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To know that I can go out and play against people who are four years older than me is a confidence booster to me and the entire team,â&#x20AC;? Meadow said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If

one person plays well, the others want to play well too.â&#x20AC;? Potter said he recruited her because of her technique, her junior record and her strong academic record. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She was a missing link for us,â&#x20AC;? Potter said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had four proven players, but that one really consistent, solid player was what we needed and she was it.â&#x20AC;? Meadow and the Tide will be competing on Feb. 27-March 1 in New Orleans at the Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;I saw [Tony Mitchell] was off balance when he was going up for the layup, so I just tried to follow the shot up for him, and God put me in the right position,â&#x20AC;? Green said. The first time Alabama led was thanks to a free throw from Green that gave the Tide a 45-43 advantage with three minutes left in the second half. The lead was short-lived, as Auburn immediately answered it with a field goal. Over the last three minutes, the score was tied four times and the lead changed three more times. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We found ways to chip away [at Auburnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lead] and just got it down to 10,â&#x20AC;? head coach Anthony Grant said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think once we got it down to five, the energy really kicked in, the crowd was able to get back into it and I think carried us through it,â&#x20AC;? In a first half unlike any other that Alabama has played, the Tide dug itself into a hole early. In the first 20 minutes of play, the team was only 5-22 from the field, shooting 23 percent. Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main source of scoring came from free throws. Although shooting 13-of-14 at the line, the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offense was not able to keep up with Auburn. The Tigers piled on team fouls early in the game so that Alabama was in the shooting bonus halfway through the first half. With three minutes left in the half, Alabama trailed 31-16, however after a 9-0 run, the Tide closed it to a 31-25 deficit at halftime. Auburnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 15-point lead was the biggest deficit Alabama has faced in an SEC game this season and third biggest it has faced all season. One of the biggest differences in Auburn and Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first-half play was points off turnovers. Though Auburn had 11 turnovers to Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 12, the Tigers converted the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mistakes into 14 points, while the Tide only got 8 points off Auburn turnovers. The second half wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t too much better for the Tide in shooting. Adding 14 more free throws along with only six field

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fouling out, the Tigers were in both foul trouble and scoring trouble. Auburn only scored 8 points in the remaining 12 minutes of the second half to match Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 22. Auburn head coach Tony Barbee blamed himself for the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s loss, saying he hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t taught his team how to win. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I told my guys thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big difference between playing hard and fouling,â&#x20AC;? Barbee said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big difference between those two things. They were all fouls. We put them to the foul line way too much when they were struggling to score.â&#x20AC;?

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Student art to be shown at Garland By Alexandra Ellsworth Contributing Writer

The work of six students majoring in art and art history will be displayed in the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art beginning today at 12 p.m. as part of the 2011 Windgate Fellows Exhibition. Artwork displayed in the gallery will only be student artwork and will include an interesting mixture of paintings, prints, sculptures and photography. The undergraduates participating in the show have received funding to conduct research and produce an entirely new body of artwork solely for this show. In addition to creating the art, the students have also been actively involved in organizing and producing the exhibition. For the art history majors, their work usually takes on the form of a long research paper. “The focus of the program is to give students a chance to do something they can not always do,” said Cathy Pagani, department chair of the art and art history department and professor of art history. Sometimes student may be inhibited by the limitations of their classrooms, financial obstacles or other factors. The Windgate Fellowship provides participating artists and art historians the opportunity to put their ideas in a tangible form, providing support through funds used for both research and production costs. “The Windgate Fellowship supplied the funds I needed to purchase three enormous canvases, painting supplies

The focus of the program is to give students a chance to do something they can not always do. — Cathy Pagani

handed this opportunity. They apply for the fellowship and department faculty members use a jury process to select the winners. “The students write up proposals, and then we as faculty look at them and do anonymous ballots and rank the students,” Pagani said. “Some students talked to their professors about their proposals, so we received some really good, well-thought-out proposals.” Pagani said they were

fortunate this year because all the students were funded. The winners of this year’s Fellowship are Amanda Barnes, Tanya McDavid, Harrison G. Prince, Meredith Randall, Joseph Robertson and Kayleigh Walder. Their artwork will remain on display in the gallery until March 25. The Windgate Fellowship began in 2007 with a goal of assisting students in creating art that normally may be out of their reach. The

first Windgate Fellowship Exhibition was held in the spring of 2008. This year’s exhibition will be the focal point of the College of Arts and Sciences’ annual Arty Party, a fundraiser put on by the College of Arts and Sciences leadership board that raises money for different fine arts departments. This year, Arty Party will raise money for the Department of Art and Art History’s programs and scholarships. The Sarah Moody Gallery of Art is located in 103 Garland Hall and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Thursday evening from 5 to 8 pm. For more information, call the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art at 348-1890.

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Submitted Photo The two paintings in the background are by Amanda Barnes and are titled “Circumstance” and “Distinction.” The sculpture in the foreground is titled “III” by Meredith Randall. and brushes,” said Amanda Barnes, a senior majoring in art and a participant in the Windgate Fellowship. “The fellowship also provided opportunities for research outside of the restraint of classroom assignments.” Barnes has been working on three paintings for the

exhibition, each 4 by 5 feet. She described her paintings as cohesive, but not in the sense of palette or composition. Rather, they are cohesive because she created them with the same mind set. The three palettes are essential, distinction and circumstance. But students are not just

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Grammy results show shifting taste in music culture By Christiane Smedley Read a music column in a newspaper, magazine or online, and you will most likely be reading the opinions of a music elitist. I would venture to say that you know a few of these types as well. A music elitist (as defined by me) is an individual who refuses to listen or enjoy anything top-40 or commercially successful. They listen to a band until it becomes too “pop-y” or sells out, at which point they may strongly denounce the band’s new music while still claiming to be a fan of the old stuff. When talking to a music elitist about the state of the music industry, they will probably bemoan the lack of real, good music and the diminishing taste of the public. If you recognize yourself in this description, I mean you no offense – I am just not one of you. Let me clarify. I love music more than anything. The range of music I am interested in really is all over the place, and part of that can be attributed to my upbringing. While my friends listened to Britney Spears, the Spice Girls or boy bands, my parents played Dolly Parton, the Steve Miller Band and the Beach Boys. They knew good music, and they wanted me exposed to it as well. Because of the range of music I enjoyed while so young, I have never been one to refuse to listen to any type of music, including pop. That’s right, I will admit it: I am an avid music lover, and I listen to the radio. Sometimes, I even enjoy it. I tell you all of this to try to avoid some of the criticism that I will receive for my musical beliefs. I do not believe that popular music is a sign of a decaying music industry; in fact, I am excited about the future of the

industry. This year’s Grammy Awards are a great sign of the times. Last year, Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Kings of Leon were seen on the podium. All sold a substantial amount of records, but not all necessarily deserved their awards (I’ll let you make your own conclusions about that one). The performances did not fare much better, as they were lacking in diversity of sound, and, sometimes, even talent. Skip to this year, and though the performances were still heavily pop-laden, when was the last time you heard just one folk band perform? This year, there were three folk bands, plus a trio of talented mainstream artists performing a stripped down version of a country classic for good measure. In the first performance, indie darling Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine was among the likes of Christina Aguilera and Martina McBride. There were even some surprising winners. Who expected the largely unknown Esperanza Spalding to beat out Justin Bieber, or anyone for that matter, for Best New Artist? Just as surprising was the moment that Arcade Fire, after an interesting performance, beat out Lady Antebellum, Eminem, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry for Album of the Year. And these are two categories that many often believe are based on popularity and sales. This year was not perfect, by any means, but it did display diversity and an emphasis on artistry that has not been seen in years, if ever. The Tuscaloosa music scene is also reflecting the shift. When the first shows were announced for the new amphitheater, there were many complaints over the chosen performers. Kenny Chesney and

Arcade Fire nabbed Album of the Year at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on Feb. 13. MCT Campus

Sugarland are draws, but they were not what the majority of students wanted. I cannot say if Red Mountain Entertainment listened to the complaints or had planned it in the first place, but it was later announced that the actual first performance would be the Avett Brothers and Band of Horses, both folk bands. Yonder Mountain String Band and the Ole Crow Medicine Show were both booked at the Bama Theatre and drew more than respectable crowds. Folk is not the only genre experiencing success in Tuscaloosa, though. Dubstep and jam bands like Bassnectar and P-Groove always attract huge crowds. Even iTunes reflects the shift in the industry. Artists like the Black Keys and even relative newcomers The Civil Wars have been in the topselling albums since their releases. For artists with such independent and seemingly small followings, the fact that they have staying power says something, and that is good news for those worried about the fate of music.

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Recipes to help you look your best for Spring Break this year By Avery Driggers

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COBB HOLLYWOOD 16 • Just Go With It (PG-13) • Justin Bieber Never Say Never 3D (G) • The Roommate (PG-13) • The Eagle (PG-13) • Gnomeo & Juliet 3D (G) • The King’s Speech (R) • No Strings Attached (R) • Justin Bieber Never Say Never (G) • True Grit (PG-13) • Sanctum 3D (R) • The Rite (PG-13) • The Mechanic (R) • The Green Hornet 3D (PG-13) • The Dilemma (PG-13) • Tangled (PG) • Yogi Bear 3D (PG)

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By Jordan Berry

By Erick Hilkert

This year’s Oscar ceremony promises to have plenty of intrigue. Sometimes films will ride a huge wave of momentum during the night, winning many unexpected categories. I think “The King’s Speech” may be the latest film to do so. David Fincher of “The Social Network” is still considered by many to be the betting favorite to win for Best Director, but I am not so sure. I think the Academy will be caught up in “The King’s Speech” and reward Tom Hooper for his work. This isn’t the prevailing opinion, but I have a gut feeling. (If that has taught me anything, go ahead and pick Fincher for your Oscar pool.) The biggest question mark for me is Best Supporting Actress. Melissa Leo was my early favorite, but I can’t help but think that Academy members are slowly cooling on her. I don’t know if Amy Adams will steal enough votes from her to pave the way for Hailee Steinfeld, but I am going against my better judgment and with Miss Steinfeld for my upset pick. I think the Coen Bros. may be the new Woody Allen; that is, their nominated supporting roles may be more likely than not to walk away with Oscar gold. Finally, ignore those who brag about correctly guessing certain categories like Best Documentary Short Subject or Best Animated Short Film. Sure, there are rules of thumb to follow when picking these categories, but ultimately even the best Oscar predictors are making a semi-educated guesses. I mean, technically we are all guessing for every category, but there are at least four categories where everyone is flipping a coin. Whether you are guessing the outcomes or just taking in all the sights and sounds of Hollywood’s biggest night, just have fun and take it all in; there are sure to be some special moments.

Geoffrey Rush showed great comedic timing and helped enliven “The King’s Speech.” The movie probably would have been far too serious and stuffy without him. In a poignant and more dramtic scene, Rush shows the grave disappointment and hurt George VI causes his character by completely belittling him. I’d be happy to see him win, but how many times does Christian Bale have to lose a significant portion of his body weight to win an Oscar? First, “The Machinist”, then “Rescue Dawn”, now “The Fighter”. Give the man an Oscar already. Christopher Nolan should win best original screenplay. Granted, “Inception” is a highly visual film, but since he wasn’t even nominated for best director, I’d like to see him at least win something. The complex structure and ideas that went into “Inception” must have taken a lot of time and creative effort to fully develop. Besides, who else is more deserving in this category anyway? It’s hard for me to get too impassioned about the best actor category when I haven’t seen “Biutiful” (and unless you have ties to New York or Los Angeles, you probably haven’t either). Javier Bardem wasn’t even expected to receive a nomination, but when Oscar winner Sean Penn compares your performance to Marlon Brando, people take notice. Ryan Gosling was left off the ballot. While I love Jeff Bridges, I’m not really sure why he was nominated. It’d be nice to see Annette Bening win for “The Kids Are All Right.” This is Bening’s fourth nomination, and she has yet to win. In a dinner table scene, Bening shows her singing chops with her rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “Blue.” In the process, she reveals a vulnerable, soulful side to her character previously unseen. She makes you care for her character without turning on the tears.

By Carmen Groom James Franco and Anne Hathaway will be hosting this year’s Academy Awards. I’m not banking on Hathaway being very interesting, but I do think that Franco will add some comedy and entertainment to the Oscars. The list of presenters confirmed so far are all famous names, and most have been previously nominated or have won Oscars in the past. Here’s who I will be watching for in particular. Russell Brand – Who doesn’t love this man? He’s hilarious, vulgar, doesn’t care about his grungy appearance and has a British accent. The audience should definitely expect the unexpected from him. There’s no telling what he’s going to

say, but I can promise that his presentation will be amusing. Matthew McConaughey – Basically, the only reason I’m looking forward to him present is that he is so gorgeous. Mandy Moore. I feel like Mandy Moore hasn’t made any appearances in Hollywood since “A Walk to Remember.” However, she will be performing the song “I See the Light” from “Tangled” with Zachary Levi. Gwneyth Paltrow – Paltrow will be performing “Coming Home” from the movie “Country Strong.” I still have mixed feelings on her singing country songs, or any genre of song for that matter. She did sing with Cee-Lo Green at the Grammy’s two weeks ago, and that performance

was…interesting. I’m not expecting anything that outlandish for her Oscar performance. Oprah Winfrey – I feel like America cannot get away from Oprah. That woman is everywhere, so it only makes sense that she would be a presenter for the Academy Awards. I’m only going to watch her to see what kind of uplifting or motivational speech she adds in...so typical. Maybe she will give all the TV viewers Range Rovers or something. As always, I’m sure this year’s Oscars will have some surprise presenters and performers. With strong competition in nearly every category, the 83rd Academy Awards will definitely be something you do not want to miss.

Crimson White columnists make Academy Award picks Category Jordan Berry Best Picture

The King’s Speech

Film Columnists Carmen Groom The King’s Speech

Erich Hilkert The King’s Speech

David Fincher ‘The Social Network’

Tom Hooper ‘The King’s Speech”

David Fincher ‘The Social Network’

Colin Firth ‘The King’s Speech’

Colin Firth ‘The King’s Speech’

Natalie Portman ‘Black Swan’

Natalie Portman ‘Black Swan’

Natalie Portman ‘Black Swan’

Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale ‘The Fighter’

Geoffrey Rush ‘The King’s Speech’

Christian Bale ‘The Fighter’

Best Supporting Actress

Hailee Steinfield ‘True Grit’

Hailee Steinfield ‘True Grit’

Melissa Leo ‘The Fighter’

Best Directing

THURSDAY • Rollin in the Hay: The Booth • Bo’s Bar: Catherine Mountain • Grand Ole Ivorys: Five • Wiregrass Fever: Innisfree • Velcro Pygmies: Rounders • Harper: Green Bar

Best Leading Actor

Best Leading Actress

Colin Firth ‘The King’s Speech’

FRIDAY • The Gnomes: Bo’s Bar • Roosevelt Franklin: Innisfree • The Chinchillionaires: Moe’s • Whiskey River: Rounders • Banditos/The Sages: Green Bar • BSloth/Mos Teutonicus: Egan’s • 2 Da Maxx: Five • Druid City Band: The Booth

SATURDAY • Matt Ritchie Band: The Booth • 2 1/2 White Guys: Bo’s Bar • The Motions: Egan’s • Plato Jones: Five • Druid City Band: Innisfree • Deep South Dread: Moe’s • Ryan Kinder: Rounders • Dead Balloons/Nick Z. Robey: Green Bar

Best Original Score

Best Animated Feature

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross ‘The Social Network’

‘Toy Story 3’

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross ‘The Social Network’

‘Toy Story 3’

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross ‘The Social Network’

‘Toy Story 3’


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